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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Top Lake in New Zealand

Lake Rotorua

The second largest lake on the North Island of New Zealand, Lake Rotorua was formed in the crater of a volcano. Tinged a slightly yellow colour by the sulphur for which the area is renowned, the lake is perhaps not too tempting for a swim. However, if you’re in New Zealand walking, you’ll find no better route than around a section of the lake. Once you’ve seen the water close up, you may like to get an aerial view by taking a trip on the Skyline Skyride gondola, where you can enjoy the phenomenal view and even do a little shopping in the souvenir shops and restaurants. From the top of the gondola, you will get a fantastic view of Mokoia Island, which Maori legend names as the setting of the great love story of Hinemoa and Tutanekai.

Lake Taupo

Also found on the North Island, Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s biggest and most impressive lake. Created by the largest volcanic eruption that has been recorded within the last 5000 years, the freshwater lake is a beautiful shade of blue from which it is difficult to avert your gaze. One of the most popular havens of activity in New Zealand, walking around the lake you are likely to spot a number of parachutes floating above you as skydivers descend. However, if you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, there are some glorious hikes to be enjoyed, including the Great Lake Walkway between Taupo to Wharewaka Point, the Huka Falls Walkway, and even a wander around the Waipahihi Botanical Reserve.

Lake Wanaka

One of the jewels of the South Island, Lake Wanaka is estimated to be over 300 metres deep. The lake is overlooked by the Mount Aspiring National Park, allowing for beautiful reflections to be cast over the waters on calm days. In the winter months, these mountains are scattered with skiers, and in summer, walkers can rediscover the trails that have been hidden underneath the snow. Paths through the foothills will take you around the edge of the lake, passing remnants of Maori carvings and statues as you go. Whatever the season, Lake Wanaka is one of the most peaceful and beautiful places in New Zealand. Walking the shores of the lake with the backdrop of the mountains for company is a rewarding pastime whether there are autumn leaves on the trees, snow on the ground, or a warm sun beating down on your back.

Though for many, New Zealand walking is all about navigating glaciers and climbing mountains, some of the most beautiful views come from a slightly lower altitude. With some of the most impressive stretches of water in the world, there is nothing quite like walking the shores of New Zealand’s lakes.

 

Museums And Galleries in New York

The Museum Of Modern Art

Arguably the most popular and influential museum in New York, the Museum of Modern Art is packed full of modern and contemporary art which showcases a diverse range of talent from all over the world. Founded in 1929 and located in central Manhattan, the museum displays artwork in a range of different media, including photography, architecture and illustrated books, as well as paintings and sculptures, all of which date from the 1880s up until the present day. No matter how many times you experience sightseeing in New York, the ever-changing exhibitions and collections will ensure that there is always something new for you to see.

The Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art, or ‘the Whitney’ as it is commonly called, focuses on 20th and 21st century American art and, in particular, the work of the nation’s living artists. For those who are looking to get a true sense of the country that they are in, this really is an essential experience as part of their sightseeing. New York saw the opening of the Whitney in 1931, when it was originally sited on West Eighth Street in Greenwich Village. After outgrowing this and other locations, it finally took over its present site on Madison Avenue at 75th Street in 1966. Rather than just concentrating on the more popular artists, the museum regularly purchases artworks within just a year of their creation. This is often before the artists have become at all well-known, thus allowing visitors the opportunity to experience the raw talent of some of the country’s up and coming stars of the art world.

The American Museum of Natural History

For those with an interest in any aspect of natural history, the American Museum of Natural History is definitely not to be missed off the agenda for sightseeing in New York. This is one of the largest and most celebrated museums of its kind in the world. Those who have seen the film Night at the Museum starring Ben Stiller, will be familiar with the facade of the building which featured in the movie. Founded in 1869, the museum’s collections comprise a breathtaking 32 million specimens which, despite the museum occupying 25 interconnected buildings, cannot all be displayed at the same time. Whether you have a fascination for human biology, minerals and gems, fossils, meteorites or dinosaurs, this exceptional museum will take your breath away. The dinosaur skeletons alone are worth making the trip for, as is the full-size model of the Blue Whale which is on show.

Endless Variety

With hundreds of museums, galleries and exhibitions to explore during your time sightseeing New York, there is no wonder that people return a number of times to visit as many of them as they can. The ever-changing ranges of collections and exhibitions add even greater variety, so no matter how many times you come back there will always be something different to see.

Stunning Tourist Sites in Russia

1. Palace Square : After the imperial squares of Moscow acquired significance, Palace square was soon created in Petersburg, Russia. The enormous and outstanding formal court attracts many of the vacationers because it depicts the ancient struggle of the terrific politicians of Russian Federation in the early twentieth century.

2. The Alexander Column : Auguste de Montferrand built the traditional Alexander Column in 1833. He had also built the well known St. Isaac’s Cathedral. This astounding column is placed so that it aligns to perfection with Winter Palace entry in addition to the triumph arch.

3. The General Staff Building : You should certainly go to this traditional monument the General Staff Building. It is ordered by Alexander 1 in 1819. This Historical monument faces the Winter Palace which also positions the wonderful triumphal arch that is the most crucial monument to war as opposed to the great Napoleon. Although, this monument is not open for holidaymakers and usual public, since they truly need to protect this architectural development created by the good people.

4. The Admiralty : In the year 1823, the Admiralty was made for administering the Russian Navy. Andreyan Zakharov built this extraordinary tower that’s centrally based with gild spire which caps this structure.

5. Decembrists Square : Decemberists square was made in remembrance of the regrettable day of revolt which is also regarded as 2nd square of St. Petersburg. This medieval memorial reminds of the tragedy of foretime where rebels were attacked, held captives and than exiled or executed.

6. Peter the Great Statue : Tsar Peter the Great, The Bronze Horseman sculpture looks incredibly attractive and symbolizes historic symbol of Russia. It had been commissioned by Catherine the Great and its creator was Frenchman Etienne Falconet. You definitely will find this amazing statue really sympathetic from wherever you look at it.

7. Peter the Great Cottage : This remarkable meek Cottage built from heavy good wood was the main dwelling of Peter the Great. This little house provided shelter for Peter when he was building this amazing city of Russia. It was constructed in 1703 and went on just three days for the army carpenters to make it.

8. The Peter and Paul Fortress : The largest project taken on in this traditional period was the building of The Peter and Paul Fortress. Subsequently as the castle was made, The Peter and Paul Cathedral was erected inside which could be the basic interest of the historical memorial.

9. Engineer’s Castle : Paul, Catherine’s son, made this striking and tough castle to guard himself from getting assassinated . But, sad to say he was murdered in his bedroom just in 3 days of getting there.

 

Treasure Island, Florida

Treasure Island Beach is a charming beach town right off the waters of St. Petersburg, Florida. It boasts some of the widest beaches in Florida, and its family-centered demographics make it an ideal vacation spot for families, and folks looking for a relaxing getaway. In fact, Babe Ruth owned a Treasure Island beachfront house after he retired.

Not too much has changed since the Babe lived out this way – it still attracts a number of tourists, but not the large crowds you see at Clearwater Beach. Treasure Island is actually one of the few places you can still enjoy ‘Old Florida,’ just as the Babe did, with an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and recreation activities.

Deep Sea Fishing – Enjoy a group fishing expedition with your family. Set sail from the docks of John’s Pass Marina and explore local area waterways in search of a big catch! There are several fishing charters in Treasure Island that offer affordable fishing expedition packages for the whole family.

Waverunner Rentals – You can rent waverunners on the beach and on Boca Ciega Bay. Most charge around $60 hour an hour rental, but you can typically fit two people on each one. That works out to be $120, although you can score a better deal if you rent during twilight hours.

John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk – Full of shopping and dining, this is a must-see for all those visiting the area. Check out the Friendly Fisherman Restaurant or Sculley’s Boardwalk Grille. The boardwalk is a great place to watch for dolphins, known to come out during twilight hours. A beautiful way to watch the sun set!

Hubbard’s Marina Ferry to Egmont Key – Take a ferry ride to historic Egmont Key, which was used by the military in the Spanish-American War and World War II. You’ll see the historic lighthouse, and tons of Florida wildlife including the seagrass beds, the gopher tortoise, and a seabird sanctuary. You’ll have the opportunity to snorkel and swim as much as you’d like. Tours last 3-5 hours.

John’s Pass Parasail – If you can brave the height of 1,200 feet, you’ll see the most incredible view of Treasure Island and the surrounding Gulf Beaches, all the way down to Sarasota. Stay perfectly dry or dip into the waters! You can even experience the rush with one, two, and even three people at a time!

At night, most people visiting will stay in Treasure Island Beach Resorts or Treasure Island Beach Rentals. They’re far less crowded than nearby hotels on St. Pete Beach, although there are some terrific St Pete Beach Vacation Rentals. Vacation rentals offer an affordable, comfortable, and convenient stay for the entire family, right in the heart of this spectacular beach, right where all the action is!