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Bristol, England Travel Guide

Bristol is on the rise. Abandoned docks have become places of entertainment, historical attractions breathe imagination and a top-notch street art scene brings color and spice. From Clifton’s legendary suspension bridge to Brunels SS Great Britain, steamships and trains, Bristol is a city steeped in history. And it’s exposed in an attractive way too.

Throughout Bristol you will find restaurants that serve ethical, local, and creative cuisine. Visitors can enjoy everything from romantic dinners, a French theme to fabulously affordable gourmet cakes – inexpensive meals with numerous canteens, cafes, and espresso bars are particularly well represented. Here are top must-see attractions in Bristol, England.

Brunels SS Great Britain 

This powerful and innovative steamboat was designed in 1843 by the engineering wizard Isambard Kingdom Brunel. You can walk around the kitchen, the dining room, the surgeon’s quarters and see a huge replica steamboat at work. The highlights are passing under the “sea of glass” on which the ship sits to see the propeller and the rigging of Go Aloft! Climb. The new Being Brunel exhibition has restored the design office where Brunel along with his team worked on the creation of the ship.

M Shed

Located in the middle of Bristol Pier’s famous cranes, this magnificent museum is a treasure trove of memories. It is divided into 4 main sections: Life, Place, People, and large exhibits for working outdoors. They offer a fascinating glimpse into the history of Bristol, from the possessions of slaves and Wallace & Gromit figures to a work of art and a deck game by Banksy. There are regular crane, train, and boat trips from the museum (£2 – £6); more information is available on the website.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

The most photographed and famous landmark in Clifton is the suspension bridge of Clifton which spans the gorges of Avon. It was designed by engineer Isambard Brunel with construction starting in 1836, although before its completion in 1864 Brunel had died. You are free to cross on foot or by bicycle; motorists pay a fee of £ 1. There is a visitor center close to the tower on the west side of Leigh Woods. The free tours of the bridges are excellent.

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

A few surprises await you in this classic and old Edwardian museum. Look for the artwork by famous street artist Banksy Paint-Pot Angel in the lobby; a grave statue with a pot of pink paint over its head is said to question our expectations of museum exhibitions and the value of art. It is also a reminder of the artist’s extremely popular exhibition here in 2009. Directly above is the Bristol Boxkite, a prototype of a double-decker powered by a propeller hanging from the ceiling. …

Dream Journey for One Week in Andalucia

Andalucia tops the list of dreamy, romantic destinations that everyone should visit once in their lifetime. Its attractions range from beaches that front the Mediterranean and Atlantic shores, Moorish cities, sheer cliffs, fiestas, and flamenco.

If you only have a week to spare, here are some of the highlights of Southern Spain that should not be missed.

Costa Del Sol

A coastal haven situated on the Mediterranean, Costa del Sol or the Sun Coast is an area famous for beautiful golf courses and glamorous beaches.

For example, the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande offers crystal lakes and long fairways against a backdrop of the lovely Andalusian landscape. The San Roque Club lies on the grounds of the summer palace of the Domecq family.

The beaches of Costa del Sol are bathed by the rays of the sun all year round, and they front charming beach towns. Playa del Cañuelo is a quieter beach away from the crowds with a curving shoreline and clear water. It is located in Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo National Park.

A beach town with lots of character and natural beauty is Nerja. It offers dramatic views of the coastline and a great selection of eateries.

Marbella is famous for chic hotels, nightclubs, and bars. Apart from its party atmosphere, Marbella has palm- lined promenades, lovely beaches, and a pretty marina.

Malaga

An entry point for visits to Andalucia, Malaga is the largest city on the Costa del Sol. It is also the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Malaga is renowned for its awesome Cruise Port, wellness treatments, Tapas bars, and over 30km of beach. The old town is a charming gem of narrow streets, little boutiques, outdoor cafes and dining terraces.

Alcazaba

Whilst in Malaga, visit this Moorish fortress and palace, originally built in the 11th century. This immense structure is spread over a number of hills and commands amazing views of Malaga.

Picasso Museum

One of the most famous artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso was born here, hence there is a museum dedicated to some of his works. This museum presents an overview of his paintings and contains over 200 pieces that catalogue part of his career. 

Granada

Every visit to Andalucia must include a stopover in Granada. Top on the list of the attractions here is the hilltop citadel of Alhambra. This is a  massive complex of walled dreamy palaces, decorative fountains, and a fortress.

The gardens are stunning, and the decorations are sophisticated. Founded by Sultan Muhammad ibn Nasr, this was a true and fortified city that was self-sufficient with mosques, Arab baths, and other amenities. This is a gem of ancient art and a great place to take memorable pictures.

Seville

Famous for Flamenco dancing, Seville is the capital of the Andalusia region and a center of rich culture, traditions, and historic monuments. The famous places of interest here include the Seville Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Also to be explored are the Alcazar palace, the bullfighting Museum, and Plaza de Espana, the most famous square in Seville.

World-famous for its beaches, mild climate, gastronomy, and diverse geography, Andalucia is truly a dreamy destination that is just waiting to be explored.…

6 Exciting Bucket List Ideas for Sporting Events

There is no better way to get acquainted with a country and its people than attending a major sporting event, as you rub shoulders with the locals. This is a unique and enjoyable way to experience a destination. Here is a bucket list of sporting events that will offer you an unforgettable experience.

1.      Wimbledon

The oldest and most prestigious tournament in the world, Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. Annually held in London, Wimbledon began as a garden party tournament and it has retained many of its traditions.

One of them requires players to dress only in white, and the games are still played on grass. The sporting event takes place at Wimbledon Village in late June and early July.

2.      Tour De France

This is an annual men’s’ bicycle race mostly held in France but sometimes crosses the border to neighboring countries. This is a challenging race that takes place in stages combining both flat and mountainous routes. The race involves almost 200 cyclists who cycle over 2,000 miles. The event is held annually in July, and lasts 23 days.

3.      World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is an international soccer tournament that is held every four years. A brainchild of Jules Rimet, the first tournament was held in 1930. The top 32 national teams play at the World Cup tournament which lasts a month long. Since football is the world’s most favorite sport, the tournament is full of energy and passion with thousands of fans watching the live-action.

4.      Hong Kong Sevens

A premier tournament on the World Rugby Sevens series, this event takes place over 3 days and is held annually in Hong Kong in late March or early April. The tournament is one of the most popular sporting events in Asia, and it is attended by fans from all over the world. During the event, Hong Kong comes alive with a vibrant carnival atmosphere, making this a sporting event that must go on your bucket list.

5.      Golf

One major golfing event to include on your bucket list is the British Open, also known as the Open. This is one of the world’s four major golf tournaments. Through the years, it has been held on courses located in both Scotland and England. The inaugural tournament was held in Scotland in 1860, and in 1995 it became part of the PGA Tour. This is a unique and prestigious event valued by both professional and amateur players.

6.      Formula 1-Monaco Grand Prix

Famous for its glamour, the Monaco Grand Prix is held during the last weekend in May. This is an excellent location to attend a sporting event as it combines a holiday on the French Riviera with the excitement of watching Formula 1 cars whizz by.

Monaco’s first Grand Prix was held in 1929, hence it is a historical event that has held on to tradition. It is famous for its challenging circuit that dangerously winds around the narrow streets of Monaco.

The excitement of attending a live event far outweighs the experience of watching it on Television. The above sporting events are prestigious and unique, and they have earned a place on your bucket list for sporting events.…

Your Travel Essentials

Travel is life changing. As you visit beautiful places and form lasting friendships, it enriches your life. However, in order to make the most of your experience, good planning is essential. For instance, you need to identify your travel essentials to ensure that nothing is forgotten.

You may wish to create a checklist to guide you accordingly. Some of the items that you need to take note of include:

Travel and Health Documents

For international trips, you will need an identity document such as a passport for entry into your destination country. It is important to verify that the validity of your passport goes beyond 6 months of your intended date of return. It is also important to check whether you meet the visa and health requirements.

Shop for a Suitcase

When you arrive at your destination, the last thing you need is to claim your baggage only to realize that it has been damaged. This underscores the need to select a suitcase that is sturdy and durable. For this reason, it is worth going for brands that are known for quality.

A case with wheels will be easier to transport, and those made from soft fabrics are useful as they are expandable.

You may also choose to invest in carry-on baggage if you prefer to take your luggage on board. However, airlines have stringent requirements for luggage intended for overhead bins. It is necessary to check the rules of the airline you are travelling on.

Medication

Recommended on the list of travel essentials is medication such as cold and flu tablets, cough mixtures, antihistamines for allergies, and prescription medication. These will help you deal with minor medical emergencies.

Toiletries

For toiletry items that will be carried on board, it is important to keep in mind security guidelines that state that liquids should not exceed 3 ounces (100ml). Generally, it is recommended that you carry with you a supply of basic toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, tissues, moisturizers, razor, shaving cream, shampoo, soap, deodorant, hairbrush, and conditioner.

Striking a balance between your ‘needs’ and your ‘wants’ will enable you to keep the contents of your toiletry bag down to a minimum to save on space. For a short stay away, you may not need to carry along full-size bottles.

Financial

Crucial to carry along are credit, debit cards and cash in both foreign currency as well as US dollars. A money bag is recommended for safe carriage of these items.

What Appliances are Needed?

You will need your smartphone, charger, and power bank. It is also important to have a travel adapter, headphones, laptop, and e-reader.

What Clothing is Essential?

The basic clothing to pack includes underwear, bras, shorts, T-shirts, swimsuits, socks, belts, sleepwear, leisure shoes, and sneakers. The other clothing items should consist of pieces that can be layered, mixed, and matched to give you a wider range of wardrobe choices. Neutral colors work best as they are versatile.

Guided by the above, you can embark on your travel adventure secure in the knowledge that you are adequately prepared for the experience.…

Top Tourist Attractions in Germany

Germany is a country that is vast in history, culture, natural beauty, and cherishing landscapes and other tourist sites.

Several historic cities and small but beautiful towns combine to make this country.

The place is enriched with forests, mountains, and it attracts millions of visitors everywhere towards its picture-perfect tourist attractions, castles, and historical towns. Germany’s natural landscapes are enchanting with such unique biodiversity. Their man-made landscapes abound are awe-inspiring as well, with beautifully maintained gardens and lawns, exactly like what All Seasons Outdoor Maintenance is doing in Michigan since 1992.

The old and lovely palaces and cathedrals are located everywhere in the country. There are centuries-old traditions as well. 

This place is highly recommended to travel for you if in case you admire nature.

So, while planning your trip towards Germany, it is difficult to visit all the beautiful places here in a short trip span. In order to help you with this problem, we have perpared a shortlist of the top tourist attractions in Germany.

Let’s have a look at them.

Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate

To get started with your trip to Germany, we will recommend you to visit Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate first. This awesome place was constructed back in 1791. The sandstone monument is also renovated after the Acropolis in Athens.

It features an impressive height of 26 meters. The quadriga, the four-horse chariot that carries the goddess of victory is located on the top.

This place is without any doubt, the most iconic structure located in Berlin. Though it was heavily damaged during World War II, but still, it serves as a center of attraction for both east and west.

You can enter this place anytime there are no particular timings to visit the place. Also, you do not need to pay any sort of extra charges while exploring this place as the entry fee is free for everyone.

If you are planning to visit Germany then make sure to add this place in your list as well.

Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral)

The Cologne Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Mary is situated near the banks of the rhine and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions located in Cologne. 

This gorgeous place was established in 1248 and it is a remarkable masterpiece of High Gothic Structure.

The interior of this Cathedral is also magnificent with different charms and attractions.

Other famous places that you can visit here include the panoramic views of the South Towers. Regardless of these, travelers are also allowed to visit the 13th century stained glass in the Three Kings Chapel and the Treasury.

These are the main spots that somehow remained in their original position even after World War II.

The Black Forest

The mind-blowing black forest is surrounded by dark and dense hills filled with woods. This place is highly visited and it ranks on the top as compared to the other places in Europe. 

The Black Forest is situated on the southwestern side of Germany. It exceeds 160-kilometers from Pforzheim in the north to the Waldshut on the High Rhine in the South, its a hiker heaven.

On the west side, there are steep forests. This place is enriched with nature and adventure. You will love this place for sure.