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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Facts about Calabria

We have divided all the information that we have about Calabria into sections so that your work gets easier. Just browse through the points given below and you’ll realize how much there is to know about this small place.

Calabria: Numbers
➤ Calabria is a region in the south-western part of Italy and has an area of approximately 5,822 2 miles.
➤ It has a population of about 2 million.
➤ The average summer temperature of this region is somewhere around 26ºC . However, this temperature could rise sometimes to somewhere around 35ºC.
➤ The minimum temperature in the winters is somewhere around 13ºC. This is the coastal temperature. This temperature goes on decreasing as you cross over into the mountainous regions further into the mainland.

Calabria: Plant and Animal Life
➤ Coastal regions along the Tyrrhenian Sea are well known for their abundant production of different types of citrus fruits and their olive groves.
➤ Also, these regions have a variety of plums and pears that grow well.
➤ The Parghelia and Capo Vaticano regions produce a variety of onions that is typical to them. These onions have a very distinct flavor, which is induced in them by the constitution of the land and also the water supply in the region.
➤ Vegetables like zucchini, beans, cauliflowers, eggplants, pumpkins, peppers, etc. are also grown in abundance.
➤ Animals like red deer and foxes are found abundantly in this region.
➤ Birds like hermit sparrows, barn owls, gulls, etc. also thrive here.

Calabria: Culture and Economics
➤ Calabria has a very rich cultural heritage, punctuated by breathtaking architecture.
➤ History and wilderness have been very efficiently preserved in this region, thus making it a major hit with tourists, especially European ones who now see the region as a good option to buy property in as well.
➤ Gothic and Renaissance style painting is what awaits tourists looking around for some ancient influences.
➤ Wood and ceramics are two of the forms of sculpture that Calabrian culture has an invaluable treasure of.
➤ Though Calabria was not an economically developed region in the past, it is slowly evolving into one of the prime zones for economic development.
➤A lot of funds are being directed into the development of infrastructure in an attempt to promote national and international tourism.

Calabria: Randoms
➤Calabria is often referred to as the ‘toe of Italy’. This is because of the peculiar shape that the land mass of Italy has. It seems to form a boot like structure, jutting out of the mainland and entering the ocean.
➤ This ‘toe’ is what separates the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Ionian Sea from one another.
➤ The capital of Calabria is Catanzaro and the whole region is divided into other regions, in which some important cities are Cosenza, Crotone, and Vibo Valentia.
➤ The region of Calabria juts out in a north-east to south-west direction.
➤ The weather in Calabria is one of its most important USPs. You can enjoy full sun in this region as this is the region that receives the most amount of sunlight in summers, which are dry and warm.
➤ Also, its winters are relatively cool, but nothing very uncomfortable. So, all in all, a typical Mediterranean kind of weather, that can be enjoyed at its best in the months between October and March.
➤ Calabria has recently joined the leagues of metropolitan areas in Italy, bringing it on par with places like Rome, Milan, Venice, etc.
➤ As far as topography is concerned, Calabria is a region that boasts of both, a glorious coastline and also some fascinating mountain ranges.
➤ The official currency of Calabria is the Euro, being converted from the Lira.

Vacation Ideas for Couples Rekindle Romance

The Sun and the Sand

What could be a better place to laze around than on a beach? The sun and the sand make a fantastic cocktail for a romantic setting, both during the day and at night too! You sit in the sun and get a fantastic tan by day, and go for a romantic moonlit stroll on the beach at night. And if you enjoy a bit of activity during the vacation, there are several beach-side attractions available for you to choose from. You and your loved one could go para-sailing over the seas. A para-sail is like a parachute stringed to a motor-boat. So when the motor-boat moves, it takes the para-sail along with it and gives a panoramic view of the beach and the sea. Alternatively, you could go snorkeling and check out the marine life habitat along the beach. If you wish to go deeper into the sea, you can also opt for scuba-diving. The beach authorities might provide you with oxygen tanks and other supplies necessary for scuba-diving. Some beaches also come with the added attraction of dolphins and some boats take you deep into the ocean for a view of the dolphins playing in the sea. If you wish to take matters in your own hand, you could also rent a motor boat or a jet-ski and go speeding over the high seas. And if nothing else, there is always surfing.

Some of the best beaches in the US can be found in Florida and California. These two states are well aware of their popularity as vacation destinations and are well equipped for providing the best beach holiday ever. If you are looking for romantic ideas outside the US, you can go to the beaches in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean Islands, or even Australia, depending on your budget.

Backpacking and the Mountains

On the other hand, if you are looking for adventure and the sunrise in the mountain vale, then you and your loved one should head to the mountains. With the Rockies and the Appalachian mountains still around, mountain hiking is one of the best getaways in the US. Mountains themselves come with a great deal of activity, but if your hunger for action is still not satiated, there are several things you can do. You could go snow skiing, or if you’re not a big fan of snow, you could go hunting (in those states which allow it). Other activities include hiking and trekking, which can be done all year long! If you’re looking for a mountainous getaway outside the US, the Alps and the Himalayas are exciting options as well.

Cruise

A cruise is the ultimate experience if you want limited activity and just want to spend a few special days luxuriously. A cruise trip makes you feel like a king, and is an ideal getaway if what you really want is some special, alone time with the person you love. No work, nothing. Just pure enjoyment. There are several cruises available that will take you to Hawaii, or the Bahamas. If you wish to go a bit farther from the US, you could go either to the Mediterranean or the far East. There are many cruises near and around Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Places must Visit In London

1. Buckingham Palace
Perhaps the most famous palaces in the world, Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British monarch. State rooms are open to visitors only during the Palace’s Summer Opening, which takes place in most of August and September. However, if you are heading to the palace at a different time, you can witness ‘Changing of the Guard’, where the guard is changed daily from April to July, and on alternate days from August to March.

2. British Museum
This museum showcases works from the birth of human civilization to the modern age, and has contributions from all continents of the world. The main attractions include the much debated Parthenon Marbles (Elgin Marbles), Mummy of Cleopatra from Thebes, and the Rosetta Stone. Entry to the museum is free.

3. London Eye
The 32 capsules on the London Eye, carry almost 10,000 visitors every day. Due to its 360°-rotation ability, you can almost see the entire city of London, when you reach at the top. Until the Shard’s privately-operated deck opened in 2013, The London Eye was the tallest public viewing point.

4. London Zoo
The world’s oldest scientific zoo, The London Zoo consists of more than 16,000 different types of animals and birds. This is also one of the best places for children, as you can book a VIP encounter with the animals for them. And what’s more? You can also stay overnight at the zoo in Lookout Lodge.

5. Sir John Soane’s Museum
Other than shopping in the streets of London, one of the best things to do is to check out Sir John Soane’s Museum. Sir John Soane was an architect and an avid collector of curios. During the time he lived, he has collected some of the best antiquities from all the four corners of the world. These antiquities can now be seen in the museum, which was the architect’s former home. Visit the museum on the first Tuesday evening of every month; the house is lit by candles.

6. Madame Tussauds
At Madame Tussauds, you’ll see some of the world’s greatest icons face to face. From Queen Elizabeth to Michael Jackson, you’ll meet the world’s most influential personalities from the field of sports, history, entertainment, etc. Sing along with Madonna, play football with Beckham, and click a photograph with her majesty Queen Elizabeth.

7. Elizabeth Tower (Nickname: Big Ben)
The great bell of the clock at the Palace of Westminster, the Big Ben is one of the most prominent symbols of London. In 2012, it was renamed from ‘Clock Tower’ to ‘Elizabeth Tower’, during the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. On 17th April, 2013, during the funeral of Margaret Thatcher, the bells were silenced to mark ‘profound dignity and deep respect’.

8. Tate Modern
A modern art gallery, you can reach Tate Modern via the wobbly Millennium Bridge. This can be quite a controversial visit because it has exhibitions of all kinds. Some are for art lovers and some of them are completely for adults. It is globally the most-visited modern art gallery; expect a lot of surprises.

9. Kensington Palace
This magnificent palace has been home to the royal family for more than 300 years and some parts of the palace still exist as private residences. The beautiful state apartments and Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, which contains the dresses worn by Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana are open to the public. It is now the official royal residence of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George of Cambridge.

10. Westminster Abbey
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is where all monarchs are crowned, buried, and sometimes married, since 1066. The last wedding to take place at the site was of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

Vacation Spots in Canada

Canada is a vast country with six different time zones. It is surrounded by the contrasting Pacific and Atlantic seaboards. It has many rivers and lakes that can satisfy your urge to do some fishing or enjoy water sports. It offers a variety of sightseeing options, ranging from the urban centers like Ottawa and Toronto to the lonely and isolated Eskimo regions alongside the frozen seashores of the Hudson Bay.

Besides, the Rocky Mountains provide some breathtaking views of the valleys below. Here are some of the happening places to visit, or things to do, which will serve as a guide to an exciting tour of this large country.

Ottawa

The capital city, Ottawa is famous for its historic Rideau Canal, which is connected to the Ottawa river. Also, the Parliament building is a historical monument worth paying a visit to. You will also get to see a perfect blend of traditional and modern art in the various museums across the city. The Canadian Museum of History is one of them. Many historical artifacts are preserved here, along with their background information. The National Gallery is one more place which has a magnificent collection of photographs, sculptures, and artwork of many famous artists such as the Group of Seven, Tom Thomson, Monet, Picasso, Renoir, Van Gogh, Bacon, etc. If you are a crazy shopper, especially one who loves outdoor shopping, then ByWard Market is the place for you. This market dates back to more than 200 years. With a cheerful atmosphere at any time of the day, this place is an absolute must-see.

Banff Gondola

A gondola ride is the best thing to do in the Banff National Park, situated in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It boasts of extremely breathtaking bird’s eye views across 360 degrees during the eight-minute ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain. The gondola ride elevates you from a height of 698 m to 2,281 m. After arriving at the upper terminal, there is no end to the fun and adventure. The Banff Summit Walk is a 1km long self-guided route, that takes you to the Sanson’s Peak Meteorological Station and the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site. The interactive ‘Giant Compass’ is also present at the upper summit terminal rooftop. Encountering the conserved local wildlife including the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep is an unforgettable experience. Though these animals are friendly for most parts, it is still advisable to keep a safe distance, as they are wild animals after all.

Cave and Basin, and Boardwalk Trails

Canada has a total of 43 national parks. The oldest one, Cave and Basin National Historic Site has an open-air mineral pool with growing mat and algae. There are naturally occurring warm mineral springs inside the cave. The Discovery Boardwalk Trail situated above the bathing pavilion, the Marsh Boardwalk Trail, the Sundance Trail, Greenwich Park Trail, and many more small walkways provide you an insight into the history of this park.

Conservation Parks

The Glacier National Park protects a portion of the Columbia Mountains Natural Region. Endangered animals like mountain goat, caribou, and grizzly bear are protected here along with the unique stands of old-growth hemlock and cedar trees. The Rogers Pass is also situated here. The scenic and mountainous Jasper National Park is a world heritage site. The Sunwapta Falls and Athabasca Glacier are located here. The Kootenay National Park is rich in its ecology and varied landscapes. Yoho National Park is where the secrets of ancient ocean life and animal species are presented.

Niagara Falls

There is no need for an introduction to this amazing creation of nature. It is situated on the Niagara river, along the international border of Ontario and the US state of New York. There are three falls, with The Horseshoe Falls being the largest one, the American Falls, and the smaller Bridal Veil Falls. It is the main tourist attraction in Canada and the most visited spot for honeymooners. ‘The Maid of the Mist’ boat cruise, which is the oldest tourist attraction, is named after an ancient Ongiara Indian mythical character. These cruise boats carry the passengers to the thundering rapids of the falls from both sides.

Adventure and Sports

Hiking is the main attraction in almost all the national parks. The long-distance foot paths include the Voyageur Trail, surrounding the northern shores of Lake Huron and Lake Superior; the 690km Bruce Trail from Queenstown on the Niagara River to Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula, etc. Both cross-country and downhill skiing can be enjoyed in all the major resorts such as Revelstoke, Whistler, Whitewater, Red Mountain, etc. Canoeing is also one of the major sports. You can do both boat and airplane drop offs. It is most challenging in the Northwest Territories and in British Columbia, whereas rivers and lakes in Ontario also provide exciting opportunities. You can also enjoy ice hockey, American football, Canadian football, especially in Toronto where these sports are hugely promoted.

Shopping

Toronto is the most famous city for shopping with its high-end boutiques, discount stores, huge shopping malls, and designer shops. St. Lawrence Market, Kensington Market, Yorkdale, and Eaton Center are some of them. West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, was the world’s largest indoor shopping mall until 2004 and found a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records. It contains more than 800 stores, 110 eateries, a hotel, and a huge water park. Montreal also has some of the trendiest shopping districts. 26th December, Boxing Day, is the biggest shopping day in Canada. It is the day when you can get great bargains. You can buy the best butter tarts, ice ciders, Neige Apple Ice Wine, coins especially the ‘toonie,’ and the triple-layered chocolate Nanaimo bars.

It can be said that in Canada, you can experience the hype and buzz of New York City, tranquility and peace of the old English countryside, and the wilderness of Africa, all in one country. It has to be one of the most geographically diverse places on the planet.