Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece (II)

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Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece (II)

Lefkada is a Greek Island in the Ionian Sea, on the west coast of Greece, which is linked to the mainland by a long road and a floating bridge. It has many beautiful beaches and amazing landscapes. This article series covers the best tourist objectives in Lefkada, Greece. Subscribe to our Blog and make sure you don’t miss any of our travel news & updates!


4. Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece: Ai Lias


Built at a height of 1.015 meters, above the village of Egklouvi, is the chapel of Ai Lias and it is the best location for a view of the whole Lefkada from above. 

The date that the chapel was built is carved on a stone above the chapel’s entrance:  1 May 1869. The floor was laid in 1890 as inscribed on one of the tiles. In 1879 a big earthquake struck and the chapel collapsed. It was rebuilt without a dome, but rather a tiled roof. A cistern is found outside the chapel, which is surprising at such a height.



5. Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece: Archeological Museum of Lefkada


The Archaeological Museum of Lefkada is housed on the ground floor of the Town Hall along with the Cultural Centre. It is small but very significant. Its remarkable collection of findings, photographs and the information that accompany them give the visitor an idea of the dynamics of the region, the changes it suffered, which determined its economy, the relations amongst the different regions and the inhabitants’ activities during ancient times. An important section of the exhibits has been derived from the excavations carried out by the archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld who used innovative methods and interdisciplinary ways of searching the island for evidence to substantiate his theory that Lefkada was Homer΄s Ithaca. The exhibits of the Museum cover a long time period, from the Paleolithic Period all the way through to the Roman Period. They have been found in different locations of the island, such as in the ancient capital Niriko and the surrounding regions, in the caves of Heirospilia (in Eugiro, a village in the south of island), in Asvotrypa  (in the village of Fryni – a suburb of the town), in Heirotrypa (an area of Apolpaina village), in the cave of the Nymphs in Agia Kyriaki, in Mpoliatsos Cave (in the central and highland mainland), in the burial mounds (Early and Middle Bronze Age), in Nydri, in the graveyards of the ancient town of Lefkada, in the Skaroi Mountain, in Meganisi  etc.


The Museum, which is considered one of the most important tourist objectives in Lefkada, Greece, is housed in the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Lefkada (A. Sikelianou & N. Svoronou). The findings appear to cover a large time period that begins from the middle of the Paleolithic Age (200.000 – 35.000 B.C.) up to the later Roman Period. The museum exhibits the finds from the excavations of German archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld, in a separate space, who developed the theory that Lefkada was Ithaca in Homer’s poems. The museum houses tools, ceramics, brass items, jewelry and grave gifts mainly from ancient Niriko, Nydri, Hoirospilia in Eugiro and the cave of Fryni.

Best Tourist Attractions in California (III)

Best Tourist Attractions in California: Apple Company Store – Visit the Mothership


Located inside Apple's headquarters, this unique geek boutique sells souvenir T-shirts, baby onesies, accessories and hats, all emblazoned with our favorite half-bitten apple.


Unlike most Apple retail outlets, the store is only open weekdays and it doesn't sell computers. Still, it's a must-see for the true Mac fan.



Best Tourist Attractions in California: Aquarium of the Bay – Explore the depths of the sea


A family trip to Pier 39 in San Francisco wouldn't be complete without stopping at this 65,000-square-foot oceanfront aquarium. It's home to more than 20,000 sea creatures — including the native sevengill shark, which cruises the nearby bay. Watch these massive predators devour their lunch at 11:30 a.m. Sundays and Thursdays, then explore the aquarium's floor-to-ceiling tunnels filled with schools of anchovies, bat rays, skates and giant sea bass. 


In the "Touch the Bay" exhibit, you can lightly pat leopard sharks, bat rays and tide pool creatures such as sea stars and sea cucumbers.


Tip: Buy the Bay Cruise package ($37 adults; $22 kids 5-11) and you can visit the aquarium and join a 1-hour tour around Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay.



Best Tourist Attractions in California: Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World – Shopping for the manly man (or woman)


This ginormous 180,000-square-foot store, dedicated to the great outdoors, sells everything under the sun — from full-size Tracker boats to fire arms and kayaks.


Inside the massive "log cabin," you'll find giant freshwater and saltwater aquariums, an indoor trout stream, Nascar simulator, shooting range and target casting. Several events are offered throughout the year, from archery classes to hunting/fishing workshops and family summer camps. Fish feedings take place at noon every Saturday.


While you're here, enjoy lunch at the Islamorada Fish Company, where you can dine on wild game and seafood alongside a 13,000-gallon saltwater tank. Menu items include hickory smoked rotisserie chicken, venison stuffed mushrooms and hand-breaded alligator. We prefer the Islamorada Sandwich, made with grilled mahi mahi, sauteed onions and American cheese.


Tip: An additional store is located in Manteca at 1356 Bass Pro Drive, Manteca, CA 95337.


World’s Most Beautiful Flower Destinations (II)

Few spaces are more peaceful and awe-inspiring than a beautiful garden. One feels calmer when surrounded by flowers, water features, fountains and the sound of nature.


Some of the world’s most beautiful flower destinations can be found from California up to Victoria, Canada. Each park is an ideal destination to visit to appreciate the beauty of a city. All offer wonderful walking trails for exercise among colorful flora and fauna.



World’s Most Beautiful Flower Destinations: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve


In March and April, the hills come alive in bright orange, with delicate poppies.


Some call this reserve "March Miracle" depending on how much rain the area receives. Many times mid-April is the peak of the poppy display.


Other wildflowers include owl's clover, lupine, goldfield, cream cups, and coreopsis. The desert grassland produces a mosaic of color and fragrance each spring.


Located in the Mojave Desert Grassland habitat, the duration and intensity of colors and scents vary from year to year. There are eight miles of trails through the gentle rolling hills, including a paved section for wheelchair access, making the park a wonderful place to hike and explore. Benches located along the trails make good places to sit quietly and watch for singing meadowlarks, lizards zipping across the trail, gopher snakes and rattlesnakes. If you're lucky, you may spot a coyote or bobcat. Numerous burrows around the walking trails house mice, gophers, kangaroo rats, beetles, and scorpions.


Visit the onsite Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center at the Reserve to watch a short video to learn more about the reserve. There are wildlife and plant displays and a gift shop. It's open weekends from 9 am. to 5 p.m. beginning March 22nd, and then daily through April from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



World’s Most Beautiful Flower Destinations: Huntington Gardens and Library


Located in San Marino, about 25 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, is a breathtaking 207-landscaped property of unique and exotic plant collections and botanical gardens. There are more than 14,000 different of varieties of plants showcased in more than 12 gardens. Forty gardeners, a curatorial staff and marathon 100 volunteers maintain the collection.


A must-visit is Liu Fang Yuan, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. It's the largest Chinese Garden outside of China. This authentic 12-acre garden inspires the elegant harmony of the beauty of nature and learning. Architects and artisans from Suzhou, a Chinese city renowned worldwide for its ancient gardens, worked with Californian builders to produce a traditional Chinese landscape. Walking through its paths enriches the mind and spirit alike. Chinese architecture and rocks are placed around the water's edge to balance native California oaks. Aman-made lake, windows, bridges, and pavilions provide different views of the landscape.


Continue on your garden journey to explore Australian gardens, camellia gardens and an interactive children's garden.


The Japanese Gardens transport visitors to a tranquil and Zen-like oasis. Completed in 1912 and opened to the public in 1928, it features a drum and red moon bridge. Sit near koi-filled ponds and be sure to visit the bonsai collection.


The Conservatory appeals to families with its hands-on opportunities. Make a reservation to have a tea lunch or snack in the Rose Tea Room.


Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera (II)

Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Xel-Ha

Xel-Ha is one of the most magical spots of the Riviera Maya. It’s an amazing biological aquarium where the ocean combines with the freshwater currents of springs and underground rivers, creating a mesmerizing ecosystem. This amazing formation of nature is surrounded by thick jungle, caves, cenotes, and even a few small archaeological spots. The park is the perfect habitat for all types of flora, fauna, and aquatic life.


Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Tulum

Farther down the coastline, Tulum historically attracted backpackers, throwback hippies and nature lovers who wanted to enjoy an off-grid vacation. Today, Tulum is still more boho than Cancun, with rustic restaurants and bars on the sand, yoga at sunrise, and soothing massages on the beach. No high rises or condo towers, (thanks to building restrictions), just rustic yet chic cafes and coffee houses. Tiny retreats line the streets that lead to the beach. Tulum caters to those in search of intimate settings, solitude and the desire to get closer to nature.


A huge coral reef, the largest in the northern hemisphere, protects the Riviera Mayan shoreline from crashing waves and dangerous undertows. It's teeming with tropical fish — an adventurer's paradise for divers and snorkelers.


Ancient Mayan ruins, from a powerful civilization long gone, are perched right on the coastal cliffs and along the shoreline. Even more ruins are tucked away safely in the rainforest, protected from the tropical storms and hurricanes that pass by from time to time. Inland and south of Tulum, the Sian Ka'an biosphere covers more than 2 million acres of national parks and reserves with lagoons, forests, pristine beaches, and an intricate network of underground caves and cenotes. Flamingos, tapirs, wild cats and dolphins call this their home. Seasonally, baby sea turtles shuffle through the sand towards the water— called home by the ocean.


Other Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera

Other more laid back attractions include Coba, a small Mayan town in the midst of ancient ruins where you can actually tour a Mayan village. Akumal, once barely a dot on the map is growing up with resorts, restaurants and bars all perched on the Riviera Maya's dazzling white sand. Eco-resorts, all-inclusive resorts, villas, and even planned communities all want a piece of this paradise. 

Fascinating Places to See in Havana, Cuba (II)

When Christopher Columbus landed in Cuba in 1492, he described it as the most beautiful country that human eyes had ever seen. He wasn’t wrong. Numerous Spanish settlers soon followed him, and the glorious churches, fortifications and palaces in Havana’s Old Town still tell of their power and wealth to this day. In contrast, the many slaves who had to work to create this luxury in the tobacco and sugarcane plantations lived in much less pleasant circumstances. Keep reading to discover which fascinating places to see in Havana, Cuba.


4. Fascinating Places to See in Havana, Cuba: Capitoline Hill (Building)

The Capitol in Washington D.C. was taken as the inspiration for this dazzlingly white building, with a 62-metre-high dome and a very wide set of steps. The bronze doors at the entrance depict scenes from the history of Cuba. There is a diamond set into the floor of the domed hall, from where all of the distances on the island are measured. In addition to all this, you will also find magnificent assembly halls and a library with around 3,000 scientific works.


5. Fascinating Places to See in Havana, Cuba: Museum of the Revolution (Museum)

Behind the building stands the yacht, Granma, with which Fidel Castro and 81 other revolutionaries landed on Cuba in 1956 to overthrow the government, On the second floor there are various depictions of the revolutionary struggles, from the uprising of the slaves to the two wars against Spain and the fall of president Batista at the hands of the Communists. The first floor is dedicated to the achievements of the revolution in terms of medicine and education.


6. Fascinating Places to See in Havana, Cuba: Malecon (Street)

The facades of the houses on this coastal road, some seven kilometers in length, are marked by their regular contact with salt water. Yet this is a pulsating part of town where above all young people like to meet to go jogging, fishing and skating, to play music and to flirt. There are also small, quaint shops here and at carnival time each year there’s plenty of clowning around. 

Most Important Tourist Attractions in Chicago (II)

Although Chicago is often called the “Second City” of the USA, it can easily compete with New York City. The city on the bank of Lake Michigan is not only one of the largest in the USA; it is also the economic and cultural center of the Mid West and one of the major transportation hubs in America. In this article we will review some of the most important tourist attractions in Chicago.


4. Most Important Tourist Attractions in Chicago: Water Tower (Tower)

The Water Tower rises to a height of 160 feet (49 meters) between all of the city’s skyscrapers. The Gothic tower from yellowish limestone was built in 1869 and was one of the few buildings to survive the Great Fire of 1871. It is therefore one of Chicago’s oldest maintained constructions. With its numerous small peaks and turrets, the Water Tower resembles corny Walt Disney castle. The Pumping Station houses a visitor’s center with tourist information.


5. Most Important Tourist Attractions in Chicago: Old Town (District)

The Old Town is located north of the city center. The area was originally home to many German farmers before it later became a lower-income residential district with small houses and narrow streets. Today most of the workers’ houses have been restored, making Old Town a popular residential area. Especially noteworthy are Moody Church, a large Protestant brick-façade church, and Menomonee Street, which still contains historic houses from the time before the Great Fire.


6. Most Important Tourist Attractions in Chicago: John G. Shedd Aquarium (Aquarium)

The aquarium, which opened in 1930, is one of the largest and most frequently visited in the world. Visitors can expect various salt and freshwater tanks with habitats recreated true to the original. There is for example an artificial coral reef as well as walkways through the rainforest. Over 8,000 marine animals inhabit the underwater world, including sharks, dolphins and whales, but also ocean turtles, penguins and seals. Demonstrations take place on a regular basis in the large saltwater tank.

World’s Most Beautiful Flower Destinations (I)

Few spaces are more peaceful and awe-inspiring than a beautiful garden. One feels calmer when surrounded by flowers, water features, fountains and the sound of nature.


Some of the most beautiful gardens are found in California up to Victoria, Canada. Each park is an ideal destination to visit to appreciate the beauty of a city. All offer wonderful walking trails for exercise among colorful flora and fauna.



World’s Most Beautiful Flower Destinations: Descanso Gardens


Just 20 minutes from downtown Los Angeles is 160 acres of cultivated and natural beauty. Relax and recharge while visiting the Japanese gardens, camellia forests, waterfalls, rose gardens and lilac garden. Newspaper magnate E. Manchester Boddy owned this property and the Los Angeles Daily News.


During Spring, cherry trees, tulips, daffodils and magnolias are in full bloom. On Easter weekend, eggs are hidden on the one-acre Central lawn.


Families enjoy a ride on the Enchanted Railroad, an eighth scale replica of a diesel train, which takes visitors around a section of the park. There is also a tram tour of the park. This park is a very popular wedding destination.



World’s Most Beautiful Flower Destinations: Bellagio Las Vegas


Originally built by Steve Wynn, the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is an indoor display of nature, with magnificent flowers 365 days a year.


During spring celebration, summer season, fall harvest, winter holidays and the Chinese New Year, 140 expert horticulturists theatrically arrange gazebos, bridges, ponds, and water features into stunning floral destinations. Thousands of flowers and plants aroused in the different exhibits.


Experts lead garden talks between the hours of 10:30 am. – 11:30 am. They provide tips and answer questions from visitors about the gardens.


The South Garden offers live musical performances daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The resorts grandeur is open 24 hours a day to the public and admission is free.



World’s Most Beautiful Flower Destinations: Butchart Gardens


One of the world's premier show gardens is located in charming Victoria, Canada. Its a designated National Historic Site of Canada.


Jennie Butchart began building her flower garden over a century ago. More than a million visitors appreciate this destination each year. While she collected plants, her husband collected ornamental birds from all over the world. He had a beloved parrot in the house, a flock of ducks in the Star Pond, and peacocks on the front lawn.


In December 2009, Butchart Gardens opened the Children's Pavilion and the Rose Carousel with a menagerie of thirty animals, including beam, homes, ostriches, and zebras.



The Gardens' owner — and great granddaughter of Jennie Batched — consulted with an artist from North Carolina. The carvings were done by some of the few remaining carvers of carousel art. Each animal is carved from basswood and took many months to complete. There are also two chariots able to accommodate disabled persons Enjoy an afternoon Tea in the Dining Room with a variety of scones, sandwiches and loose-leaf tea. 


Best Tourist Attractions in California (II)

Best Tourists Attractions in California: Alcatraz – Spend a day on The Rock


Gangsters like Al Capone, George “Machine Gun Kelly” and Robert Stroud were among the infamous residents at this San Francisco prison, which operated between 1934 and 1962. 


Several ferries depart from Fisherman's Wharf daily to Alcatraz Island. Alcatraz Cruises (the official ticket source) leaves from Pier 33. After a 10-minute ride, you'll arrive on the island, where you can pick up their highly regarded cell house audio tour and begin exploring. 


Plan on at least 3 hours for touring the island and cell house, which averaged roughly 275 prisoners at a time. During its operation, 36 men attempted to escape from Alcatraz. The most famous escape was in 1962 when John and Clarence Anglin, along with Frank Morris, created plaster dummies and fake vent coverings to fool the guards. 


Best Tourists Attractions in California: Alcatraz – Tips


If you want to avoid the crowds, book the Early Bird Tour, which departs Pier 33 at 9 a.m. The spooky night tour leaves at 4:20 p.m. Be sure to buy your tickets at least two weeks and up to 90 days in advance. They are rarely available the same day. For discounted fares, consider buying a San Francisco CityPass. Blue and Gold Fleet offers an "Escape from the Rock" tour which circles the island.



Best Tourist Attractions in California: Angels Flight – Shortest railway in the world


Dating back to 1901, these black-and-orange funicular railway cars were the darlings of LA's stylish Bunker Hill. Closed in 1969, the Beaux-Arts style cars were relocated and opened again in 1996, connecting Hill Street to the California Plaza Watercourt. Today, you can ride all 298 feet for just a quarter.


Top Attractions in Milan, Italy (I)

Top Attractions in Milan, Italy: Castello Sforzesco – A collection of museums


The actual Sforzesco Castle is for a large part a 19th century reconstruction of the Renaissance building of the Sforza family. The Sforza Castle houses several municipal museums (one fee) the most interesting of which are to be found in the so-called Ducal Courtyard.


At present, the Castle is a quadrilateral divided in three parts: the first half is taken up by the Piazza delle Armi, with its landmark, the central (19th century) Filarete tower facing the city and with two cylindrical towers on each side.


Top Attractions in Milan, Italy: Castello Sforzesco – A collection of museums


The back half of the quadrilateral is covered by the Rocchetta (left) and the Corte Ducale (right). The Rocchetta has an inner courtyard and a square tower.


The Ducal Courtyard encloses the Palazzo Ducale and the Portico dell'Elefante. On the ground floor of the Palazzo Ducale you'll find the Sala delle Asse decorated with paintings originally designed by Leonardo da Vinci. In the rest of the building you'll find Michelangelo's last sculpture, the Rondanini Pietà and Mantegna's Trivulzio Madonna. The museum website gives a precise floor plans with clickable rooms.


Top Attractions in Milan, Italy: Castello Sforzesco – A collection of museums


On the first floor of the Rocchetta (reachable via the Palazzo Ducale museum) is the Sala del Tesoro (Treasury room), which contains the beautiful tapestries of the 12 months by Bramantino.


Leaving the Castle at the back (western) side, you enter the very pleasant Sempione park.


Top Attractions in Milan, Italy: Castello Sforzesco – A collection of museums


If you have the MilanoCard you may want to go to the Bar Castello opposite at the Piazza Castello for 10% discount on your lunch.

Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece (I)

Lefkada is a Greek Island in the Ionian Sea, on the west coast of Greece, which is linked to the mainland by a long road and a floating bridge. It has many beautiful beaches and amazing landscapes. This article series covers the best tourist objectives in Lefkada, Greece. Subscribe to our Blog and make sure you don’t miss any of our travel news & updates!


1. Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece: Agia Kyriaki


If you go beyond Nydri Beach and look towards the sea, what will surely catch your eye is the chapel of Agia Kyriaki. According to an inscription found inside the church, “the holy temple was built in 1906 and is the property of Kakonas”.  Right next to the building there’s a staircase leading to a cave at about 3-4 meters height. Many icons were found inside. You can reach the chapel by sea, or by land. Specifically, just outside Vlyho, there’s a road leading to Geni and Desimi, which at some point branches out and if followed towards the left leads to the chapel. The road is tarmac up to a certain point and can be accessed by car, but the last 200 meters before reaching the chapel turn into a very narrow footpath. A local festival is organized every year on the 6th and 7th of July, at Vlyho, a region across the chapel, next to Nydri.



2. Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece: Agioi Pateres


The monastery stands for centuries on a rocky landscape, 5 kilometers above Nikiana, towards Alexandros, inside a cave, close to the region of Skara. It is one of the oldest Christian temples found on the island. Church sources state that the Three Fathers who came to the island after the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea, Bithynia, 325 A.D. became monks here and took shelter in the cave. They taught the Gospel until the end of their lives. Their graves were found in a neighboring cave, where the simple chapel of Hermitage that was built in their honor.



3. Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece: Agios Donatos


Above the village of Egklouvi, at a height of about 900 meters, lies a church that was initially dedicated to Agios Dometios. When renovating it in 1980, the locals dedicated it to Agios Donatos, the Episcope of Lefkada from 284 A.D., who, according to the legend, fell off a tower during the persecutions against the Christians. The remains of this tower can be found a few meters away from the church. Agios Dometios is celebrated on August 7.