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Bonnie Scotland – Every scene a picture, every experience a memory (Part 1 of 2)

From prehistoric times, Scotland was a wild land that had to be tamed. Its resilient early inhabitants persevered to make this country of rugged landscapes and wet, cold weather into what it is today. The Scots have had struggles with both the conditions and its neighbours throughout the years, giving them a rich history and a unique culture that is world-famous.

The popular travel website tripadvisor.co.uk lists more than 400 destinations in Scotland, emphasising the importance that tourism has on the country. Some of the statistics related to Scotland, sourced from tripadvisor.co.uk are as below:

Scotland by the Numbers

Source: www.tripadvisor.co.uk

Accommodation:

Hotels: 1,382
Bed and Breakfast / Inns: 4,993
Holiday Rentals: 6,062
Destinations: 405
Things to see/do: 4,463
Restaurants: 11,036

Attractions:

Destinations: 405
Things to see/do: 4,463

Cuisine:

For a special treat, try out the street markets in many cities and towns. Small speciality shops selling traditional Scottish food are another great way to taste the best of what Scotland has to offer.

This two-part article will look at the six most visited destinations in Scotland, as listed in tripadvisor.co.uk. In this part, we will look at the first three.

1.   Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, and the second largest in terms of both size and population. A city which prides itself on being the administrative capital of the country, Edinburgh has a long and proud history, and the evidence is immediately clear for anyone who enters it.

Dominating the city’s skyline is the iconic Edinburgh Castle, built in the 12th Century as the seat of Scottish royalty. The large and generally well-preserved castle compound is now home to several museums and exhibits, including the Scottish Crown Jewels, which includes the last crown worn by a Scottish king. The terrace on the castle’s entrance is also the venue for several Scottish celebrations throughout the year, the largest of which is Hogmanay, the days-long Scottish New Year celebration. Scottish dancers, games, bagpipes, and other items are included in this celebration, which culminates on the dawn of each year.

Edinburgh, like most major cities of its age, is a blend of ancient and modern. An attractive modern cityscape juxtaposed with the old city, which has stood the test of time, is one of the many charms of the city. The new and old cities together constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Palace at Holyroodhouse, the official seat of the British monarch in Scotland, is a majestic building erected in the 17th century and some areas are open for public viewing at certain times. Between the Palace at Holyroodhouse and the Edinburgh castle is a straight thoroughfare known as the Royal Mile, which travels through the old city of Edinburgh, and is an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, pubs, and visitor attractions.

The Scottish Parliament building, the seat of the Scottish Government, considered a masterpiece of modern architecture, is also open to the public at certain times.

Among this attractive city’s other attractions is the popular Edinburgh Zoo, the largest of its kind in Scotland. The Whiskey Museum is a privately owned museum not far from the Edinburgh Castle that offers information on the history of making whiskey, the different kinds of whiskey available and other intricacies of the process of distilling this popular beverage. A science centre known as Our Dynamic Earth brings science education to a whole new level, with modern innovative technologies as well as pure science educational tools for children and adults alike.

If you are into museums, you are in for a treat in Edinburgh. We recommend spending a few days to go through the city’s many museums including the Scottish National Museum, the Museum of Childhood, and the Scottish Writer’s Museum, among many others.

The city’s smaller historical buildings, including famous pubs, coffee shops, and restaurants are also among well-visited sites in the city. Special mention should go to The Elephant House, the coffee shop where JK Rowling wrote the world’s best-selling series of books (later adapted into movies) about the boy wizard Harry Potter.

Historical attractions aside, Edinburgh is a great city for shopping. Larger department stores and smaller shops are interspersed within the new city’s shopping areas, and if you are out souvenir shopping, you don’t have to go much further than the city’s little souvenir shops. Large shopping malls are aplenty, and so are a wide array of restaurants and pubs for you to enjoy many of the world’s finest cuisines.

Not to be forgotten are Edinburgh’s many festivals, including the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and the Edinburgh International Food Festival, each of which brings a large number of tourists from within and outside of the United Kingdom.

Visitors will find a whole range of accommodation options in Edinburgh, be it a hotel, Bed and Breakfast, an inn, or a rental property, if you wish to stay for a longer period.

Edinburgh at a glance:

Hotels: 146
Attractions: 695
Restaurants: 1853

 

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2.   Glasgow

Glasgow is considered Scotland’s second city, although it is both the largest in terms of size and the most populous. A city which combines old and new with a flair like no other in Scotland, Glasgow is personified by its taller and larger buildings, great transport system, wonderful wide roads, and a friendly and diverse population. Glasgow is one of Scotland’s more attractive cities to visit.

Among the city’s historical attractions are the impressive Glasgow Cathedral – built in the 12th century – and the Glasgow Necropolis, the final resting place for some of Glasgow’s more famous inhabitants.

Glasgow is one of the few cities of Scotland that feels like both a real metropolis and a warm, welcoming town. The busy crowded streets and colourful people make Glasgow one of the most alluring cities in Scotland. A common sight in Glasgow are buskers (street performers), who get to perform freely within the city. Most of these street performers will leave you mesmerised as to their vocal talent and skill with musical instruments.

Among other attractions in Glasgow are the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the largest in Scotland, the Glasgow University museum, the modern Glasgow Science Centre, the headquarters of BBC Scotland, and the Gallery of Modern Art. Not far from Glasgow is Falkirk, the location of the famous Falkirk wheel, a masterpiece of engineering and design, which is a boat lift with a unique design, and is well worth a visit.

Glasgow features great nightlife, an excellent range of world cuisines in a mind-boggling number of restaurants, and entertainment and shopping venues that are of the highest standards.

Getting around Glasgow is not just easy, it’s also fun. A small but efficient underground rail network connects some of the city’s attractions, and is a fun way to travel. Buses and trains are also available for travel, as are taxis. Glasgow is a highly pedestrian friendly city as well, so a city sightseeing tour on foot is a great idea.

A quick trip to Edinburgh, just 45 miles away, is also recommended, for a great cultural and historical experience.

Glasgow at a glance:

Hotels: 89
Attractions: 467
Restaurants: 1752

 

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3.   Aberdeen

Situated in the Northeast of Scotland, Aberdeen is considered the Oil and Gas capital of Europe. The former fishing village and centre of education – Aberdeen had two universities at a time when England had two – has now become one of the richest cities in the United Kingdom, and is known to have the postcode with the highest concentration of high net worth individuals in the nation.

Aberdeen is affectionately known as the Granite City for its buildings with unique granite facades, which are sourced from an ancient quarry located within the city limits. On a sunny day, the granite will glisten in a shade of silver, and make the city very attractive.

The more than 1.3 mile long Union Street is the city’s main thoroughfare, and is a great area for some shopping. The main attractions in the city centre are St. Nicholas Kirk (‘Kirk’ is Scottish for ‘Church’), a 10th to 11th century church in the heart of the city; the Aberdeen Art Gallery; the Tollbooth museum, which commemorates the prison that used to be located in the area; the Aberdeen Maritime Museum at Provost Ross’s House, which shows the long history of seafaring in the Aberdeen area, first as a fishing and trade port, and later as a major port for the Oil and Gas industry in the North Sea; Provost Skene’s House, the oldest known dwelling in Aberdeen, which now houses a museum; the Gordon Highlander’s Museum, celebrating the highland military traditions of Northeast Scotland; and the Marischal Museum, which contains artefacts from the University of Aberdeen’s 800-year history, and is housed in the old Marischal College building, which was recently restored to its former glory.

The city’s old quarter, known as Old Aberdeen, is home to the University of Aberdeen, and covers an area with a lot of historical buildings such as the 12th Century St. Machar’s Cathedral. The University itself is an example of outstanding ancient architecture, and is well worth a visit.

Shopping malls and University campuses are among the newer attractions in the city. Gambling is legal in Aberdeen, and plenty of casinos dot the city’s main areas. The beach area is known for its fun and games, and the sandy beach is ideal for a nice relaxing jog or walk. The water is – quite expectedly – cold, and wading is not recommended even in summer.

The city is home to a few recreational parks, which are great to spend some time catching some rays, or for a fun time out with family and friends. Duthie Park comes highly recommended, and one of the main attractions is the indoor botanical garden known as the David Welsch Winter Gardens, carefully subdivided into several climactic conditions, from tropical to arid to temperate.

Aberdeen has a few interesting and popular walking and cycling tracks, where you will get to see the city and its suburbs from up close.

A few miles from Aberdeen city are a few locations of interest.

Balmoral Castle, open for a few months every year, is the holiday home to the British monarch, and certain areas of the premises are open to public tours. The town of Huntly, famous for its variety of internationally known brands of Whiskey, is well worth a visit for its scenic beauty, if not for anything else. South of Aberdeen is the town of Stonehaven, birthplace of the deep fried Mars bar, and is home to a few traditional ‘chip shops’, some of which still use the old methods to fry their food (e.g. using Lard instead of Vegetable oil). If you are interested in castles, Aberdeenshire is the best county in the United Kingdom for it. More than 300 castles dot the map, and among the most famous and attractive are Crathes Castle, Huntly Castle, Dunnotar Castle, and Castle Fraser.

Aberdeen is also the gateway to Orkney and Shetland Islands in the North Sea, the northernmost islands in the United Kingdom. Ferry services are the ideal way to get to these islands, once the home of Vikings, the evidence of which still remains in these amazing islands.

Aberdeen at a glance:

Hotels: 62
Attractions: 193
Restaurants: 500

 

TravelCenterUK provides holidays to Aberdeen. The city is served by the Aberdeen International Airport, and we have partnered with the best airlines in the world to take you to Aberdeen in safety and in comfort. Call our experts and book your flights to visit the Granite City today!

 

In the second part of this article, we will look at the next three most visited cities in Scotland, and a few more places you have to see.

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Hawaii – The Aloha State

Of all the states in the United States of America, Hawaii is the most isolated. Interestingly, being the only island state, it is also the only state to not have straight lines in its borders.

Hawaii’s diverse natural scenery, warm tropical climate and its abundance of public beaches, oceanic surroundings, and a multitude of active volcanoes make it one of the most sought-after destinations for tourists – American and foreign – as well as surfers, biologists – marine and otherwise – and volcanologists. It is also known for a few historical sites and locations, the most famous of which is Pearl Harbour, which was the location of the first modern military attack on American soil by another nation.

The state is made up of the Hawaiian Archipelago, a set of volcanic islands ­in the Pacific Ocean that had a native Polynesian people, who are still resident in the state.

Hawaii State is known for its cultural and ethnic diversity, with a multitude of races living in peace within the state. Among its inhabitants are peoples originating in Europe, Africa, Japan, the Philippines, and the native Hawaiian population.

 

The popular travel website TripAdvisor.com lists the following as the most popular destinations within Hawaii State:

Honolulu

Honolulu is the state capital, and the largest city in the US State of Hawaii. It is located on the island of Oahu, and is an exciting, buzzing, and vibrant city, which can be described as both metropolitan and cosmopolitan. The city is home to a diverse population and it a melting point of many different cultures, including Asian, African America, Native American and White. This adds value to the city in terms of attractiveness for tourists, and in terms of richness in culture.

Hawaii may be the dream holiday destination, but its heart is Honolulu. Voted one of the top holiday destinations in USA almost universally (TripAdvisor.com included), Honolulu offers a lot of things to a lot of crowds.

If you are looking for a holiday spent on the beach, there is no better city in the United States, as a whole range of beaches is available for you. If your scene is Surfboarding, parasailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, or even getting some rays lying on a towel on the warm sand, Honolulu lets you do everything.

If you are the adventurous type, look no further than the many national parks, mountains, and water sports activities that the city and its immediate area has in abundance. Go on a safari, a nature trail in the mountains, or get a lifejacket on, and straddle a jet ski. Honolulu allows you to do all of this, and more.

If you are a history buff, or into expanding your horizons on an intellectual and aesthetic level, there are many museums, galleries, performing arts centres and monuments dotted around the city that provide you good information and a great time.

Honolulu also has a thriving foodie culture, if you are so inclined. Hawaiian is one of the most distinct cuisines in the United States, for its use of tropical ingredients and native methods of cooking. The food is always delicious, and in Honolulu, you are never too far from a restaurant.

Honolulu at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 136
Number of Attractions: 605
Number of Restaurants: 1919

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Kihei

Situated on the western shore of the Hawaiian island of Maui, Kihei has seen rapid growth over the years. The coastal city offers an impressive array of hotels and restaurants that cater to tourists from all around the world who converge on this lovely city to dive, swim or just lay in the sun on Maui’s fine white sandy beaches.

Kihei is home to the Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. It is one of the world’s best places to spot these majestic gentle giants. Take a boat out into the ocean and see them up close and personal.

Kihei gives you the opportunity to make use of the natural beauty of the area. Grab a boat ride, go on an eco-tour, take a rafting trip, or just rent a car and enjoy a scenic drive along the vistas of the beautiful coastline or visit the volcanoes Haleakala and Puu Kukui.

Kihei at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 81
Number of Attractions: 122
Number of Restaurants: 139

Kihei is a city you have to spend some time in. Take in everything that the city has to offer, and then some. Let TravelCenterUK worry about flights to Kihei. Call our experts today and book your next holiday to the Hawaiian paradise city of Kihei.

Kailua-Kona

Kailua-Kona’s most famous product is its distinct coffee, known as one of the top speciality coffees of the world. The city is affectionately known as Kona, which does cause some level of confusion in the area as there is a Kona district that is in the vicinity of Kailua-Kona. Confusion aside, though, Kailua-Kona is one of the top tourist destinations in the state of Hawaii.

Kona has a range of activities that suits everyone. A rigorous walk along the “Royal Footsteps” waterfront stretch of Alii Drive will get your systems going. You will be able to take stargazing to the next level with a night time visit to the summit of Mauna Kea, where you will get clear skies and clean air, which makes it the perfect environment to watch the celestial bodies at their best. A location such as this seems to crowd the sky with more stars than you would usually be familiar with.

Kailua-Kona has a collection of natural wonders. Waterfalls, volcanoes, and soft black sands are just some of the features that make Kailua-Kona a unique nature travel experience.

At dusk, enjoy a luau, where you will be able to join in the hula dancing, with its unique hip shaking.

The Kamakahonu compound is a museum and gallery that gives you great information about native culture and history.

Kailua-Kona at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 15
Number of Attractions: 280
Number of Restaurants: 231

Whether you come for the coffee or not, Kailua-Kona is one of the must-visit spots in Hawaii. Indulge in luxury when you book your flights to Kailua-Kona through TravelCenterUK.

Lahaina

Lahaina is the former capital of Hawaii, and is considered one of the most interesting historical towns in the state. It has a rich history of whaling, and during the 19th century, it was the centre of the global whaling industry. Lahaina’s beauiful Historic District is a national historical landmark.

Lahaina hosts some great dinner shows such as Old Lahaina Luau and Feast at Lele. Ka’anapali Beach (see below) is one of the best beaches in Maui.

Lahaina is affectionately nicknamed “the Jewel in Maui’s Crown” due to its natural and man-made beauty. It is home to about 9,000 residents, and among the city’s most attractive sites is the vast banyan tree in Courtyard Square.

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Lahaina at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 29
Number of Attractions: 236
Number of Restaurants: 229

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Kapaa

Kapaa, also spelled Kapa’a meaning “solid” in Hawaiian, is a small town nestled at the base of Nounou (the Sleeping Giant) Mountain on Kauai Island. It is very tourist friendly, and has a diverse array of hotels, a collection of exciting shopping centres, and restaurants that offer a range of cuisines.

The Kinipopo Shopping Village is a favourite among visitors for its fun eateries and small keepsake shops. Visitors should also look for the “Kauai Made” logo for products made by local craftsmen using traditional materials.

Kapaa is also a great destination for water sports, including water skiing and kayaking, and where better to do them than on one of the town’s beautiful beaches?

Kapaa at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 12
Number of Attractions: 91
Number of Restaurants: 104

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Hilo

Hilo is a town located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Its geographical landscape is diverse, with beaches of black, grey, brown and white sand, in contrast with mountains and dramatic waterfalls.

Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo is the only zoo in the United States to be located in a tropical rainforest. A day trip away from town are the snow-capped mountains Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa – both containing observatories near 11,000 feet (3350 m) – and Kilauea Caldera, an active volcano.

Back in the rustic little town, visitors are treated to a farmer’s market, restaurants, shopping areas and a collection of banyan trees planted by celebrities and politicians.

Hilo at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 35
Number of Attractions: 103
Number of Restaurants: 205

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Poipu

Poipu, on Kauai’s South Shore is the location of some of the best beaches in the United States for swimming, diving and all kinds of water sports.

If sunbathing on a scenic beach is not really your idea of relaxing, try one of the many spas in the area, where many treatments incorporate local natural ingredients, and invariably leave you in a state of pure bliss.

Poipu is one of the best places in the world for a romantic escape. Indulge in an ocean view room at a luxury resort, and you will get to experience spectacular sunsets.

Poipu at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 37
Number of Attractions: 28
Number of Restaurants: 27

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Princeville

Princeville is a town that was originally planned as a barony of the young Crown Prince Albert Kamehameha, whose sudden illness and untimely death at the tender age of four meant that he would never live to see its establishment. The present resort community of Princeville pays tribute to this young Hawaiian Crown Prince, as it is nothing if not regal with its emerald cliffs overlooking the magnificent Hanalei Bay.

Princeville has no less than two championship golf courses, each offering challenging fairways and unsurpassed views over the ocean. The coastline itself is pure magic. An eclectic mixture of natural beauty and careful landscaping, the coastline includes several pristine beaches, lush vegetation, crystalline waterfalls and sapphire waters, making Princeville one of the most beautiful places anywhere in the world.

Princeville at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 17
Number of Attractions: 28
Number of Restaurants: 20

Princeville’s name might have come from a tragedy that befell the Hawaiian Royal Family, but there should be nothing tragic about your next trip to Hawaii. Book your flights with us today, and we will ensure that you get the best seasonal offers that you will find anywhere.

Waikoloa

Waikoloa is a town located on the picturesque Anaehoomalu Bay. It has some beautiful sands for traditional beach relaxation, family games, and water sports activities. The clear and clean waters of the area are perfect for snorkelling and seeing first-hand the wonderful array of marine life in its natural habitat.

Closer to the shoreline, visit the Waikoloa Anchialine Ponds, which are lava formed pools fed by a mixture of fresh and salt water through the rock and teeming with small marine life. These pools represent an important part of local customs, and a carefully laid out trail forms an interesting and informative walk through the area.

There are two excellent golf courses at the Waikoloa resort: the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. – or Beach Course – and the Kings’ Course. Both of these splendid courses are designed to present the ultimate golfing challenge, and are set in areas containing spectacular scenery in which to enjoy your game.

Waikoloa at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 19
Number of Attractions: 41
Number of Restaurants: 56

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Ka’anapali

Ka’anapali is located on the island of Maui, one of the largest and most beautiful Hawaiian Islands, and is a popular vacation destination. The waters around the island of Maui are pristine – crystal clear and beautiful.

Enjoy the wonderful waters and the white sandy beaches of Ka’anapali by taking a relaxing kayak tour. The South Pacific Kayaks company offers high quality kayak tours that are fun and safe for the whole family. This kind of tour is the perfect way to spend the day outside.

One of the little nuances of Ka’anapali is that it does not have any established hotels (TripAdvisor.com). This does not mean that there are no accommodation options in town. Lots of holiday rentals are available, so if you are planning a trip to Ka’anapali, do your research and make your bookings early.

One of the most popular things to do when you are taking a vacation anywhere in Hawaii – Ka’anapali included, of course – is to go to a Luau. This is a truly traditional dining and entertainment experience. There will be music, traditional hula dancing, and some of the best food that you have ever tasted.

Ka’anapali at a glance:
Number of Hotels: 0 (Other accommodation options available)
Number of Attractions: 12
Number of Restaurants: 8

Its name may be difficult for those not used to it to pronounce, but we find no difficulty in finding you the best prices on your next trip to Ka’anapali. Contact us today for a quote, and make a booking early to avoid missing out on this popular destination.

In summary

Hawaii is truly paradise on earth. Spend the day doing all sorts of activities on a beach, a mountain, or a volcano, or visit a rustic little town in the midst of it all. In the evenings, enjoy a hearty feast at one of the island state’s Luaus, with fun and entertainment, with hula dancing, ukuleles, and lots of great food.

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Most Amazing Streets in the World

One of the interesting things about going on a trip is the opportunity that you encounter to stroll in the streets and explore the local lifestyle while treating yourself at the exciting shopping and dining hotspots. If you get a chance do not miss to visit some of the below mentioned streets that offer a myriad of attractions.
Wandering in these super streets is fun, memorable and it will never fail to amuse you! Let’s start our journey along these amazing streets in the world.

1. Champs Elysees, Paris, France

Home to an amazing monument in Paris, Arc de Triomphe, literally known as the Triumphal Arch commemorating the French war heroes, Champs Elysees carries the prestige of being an iconic street of France. This boulevard in the “city of love” is embodied with ultimate luxurious shops and restaurants, grand theaters, boutique shops and cafes. This street spans for 1.9 kilometres in length and 70 metres in width. Revered as one of the most beautiful streets in the world, an implausible stroll along Champs Elysees should not be missed during your visit to Paris.

2. La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain

La Rambla is one of the most happening, never sleeping, highly vibrant and colorful streets in the world. Since the early morning to the mid-night the street is always frequented by locals as well as tourists who easily get infected by the energy and liveliness of the street. This street connects Plaça de Catalunya, the Catalonia Square in the center of Barcelona city with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. This party-like street is filled with loads and loads of small and big shops, restaurants, cafes and bars in addition to the ever-active street performers.

3. Las Vegas Strip, Nevada, US

For tourists and locals who are fond of risk-taking, testing their luck at casinos and getting thrilled at the gambling tables, this street stretching along the South of Las Vegas Boulevard in Clark County, Nevada is an irreplaceable option in the US. Highly illuminated and bright Las Vegas Strip is an ultimate option for cozy-seekers who like to get pampered in some of world’s largest luxury hotels and play at the best casinos in the world. In addition to gambling, this street is also renowned for its thriving shopping localities, live events and shows.

4. Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China

Let’s not miss Asia’s biggest and busiest shopping avenue, Nanjing Road in China that was once known as Nanking Road which is visited by millions of people every day. If you are shopaholic there is no better option for you than visiting Nanjing Road that is also revered as the longest shopping street spanning for over six kilometers. The street is filled with anything and everything that you want ranging from food stuff to clothing, accessories to antiques to electronics. The street itself is a complete tourist destination as it features many hotels offering decent to super luxury accommodation.

5. Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem

Via Dolorosa, the street visited by thousands and thousands of Christians to pay homage to Christ is one of the most unforgettable routes in the history of Christ. It is believed that Via Dolorosa is the road which was taken by Christ toward the cross where he was crucified. In recalling the history this way is named as Via Dolorosa in Latin which means “Way of Sorrows” or “Way of Grief” or simply denoted as the Painful Way. Notably every Friday, a Roman Catholic procession walks down the Via Dolorosa route which is a must watch activity of Via Dolorosa.

6. Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg, Russia

Nevsky Prospekt, the prime city of St. Petersburg was planned by Peter the Great in connecting Moscow. This grand street is embodied with many tourist attractions such as palaces like Rastrelliesque Stroganov Palace, Cathedrals like the massive neoclassical Kazan Cathedral, historic monuments like the Art Nouveau Bookhouse and a memorial for Catherine the Great, modern retail and entertainment venues like Elisseeff Emporium in addition to the 18th century churches and shopping mall, 19th century department store, the National Library of Russian and many more.

7. Broadway, New York City, US

A leisurely walk down the Broadway is an assured getaway in New York that you can cherish forever. This is one of the oldest streets in the US dating back to the first New Amsterdam settlement in the 17th century. Broadway runs through the borough of Manhattan in New York City spanning for more than 50 kilometers. This street is also known for its theatre studded premises. Additionally, a stroll through Broadway ends in a complete sightseeing of many renowned US buildings and places such as the Central Park, Alexander Hamilton US Custom House, Woolworth Building, Grand Central Hotel, Morgan Stanley Building and Trinity Church.

8. Via Appia, Rome, Italy

Referred as “Appian Way” in English, this thoroughfare is studded with numerous interesting avenues that attract thousands and thousands of locals as well as tourists for fulfilled strolls and memorable journeys. Via Appia remains as one of the ancient Roman roads that has a major contribution towards the history connected with the Roman Empire. The street is a mix of historic monuments portraying the exceptional class of Romanian architecture, ruins of many cultural identities of the ancient Romans such as bridges, tombs, temples and much more.

9. Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City, Mexico

Running diagonally across the heart of Mexico City, Paseo de la Reforma is one of the most admired boulevards in the western hemisphere of the world. This wide street is home to some towering buildings of Mexico, including the Torre Mayor and Zona Rosa. Along Paseo de la Reforma, in addition to usual tourists attractions such as luxury hotels, cafes and restaurants, many unforgettable monuments commemorating the Mexican as well as American history are located which makes the road important for both the nationalities. These monuments such as El Angel de la Independencia pay tribute to the heroes of Mexico and the Americas.

10. Piccadilly Circus, London, UK

One of the globe’s most lively and animated streets or in other words “Junction” Piccadilly Circus in London is highly welcoming and known for its hospitality. Piccadilly Circus is filled with many remarkable theatres, nightclubs, bars, neon signs and video displays, prominent buildings such as the London Pavilion and Criterion Theatre, memorials such as the statue of Eros and Shaftesbury memorial fountain and the Piccadilly Circus tube station which is a part of the mighty London Underground system. This thoroughfare is highly famed for the double-decker bus rides as well.

Life is a journey towards what is meant for us. It may be the ultimate contentment about life as preached by many religions or simply reaching things that make us happy that help us to rejoice life. We would say with confidence that a journey aiming to visit these streets can become a part of reaching the happiness that each and everyone seeks for.

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Best Places to Travel During Easter 2015

Easter means a lot of things to a lot of people. For Pious Christians, it is a day to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. In the ancient Pagan religions, Easter symbolised the beginning of the harvest season. For modern day children, it means lots and lots of chocolate, looking for colourful Easter eggs, and an overall good time. Even non-Christians take part in celebrations in most parts of the world, just because it is another reason to party!

 

Easter time was always celebrated by most countries around the world for the very fact that it is the time that the first harvest is done. Ancient Pagan religions and animistic beliefs, as well as Indo-Aryan religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism have significant events around this time, to invoke blessings on the local populations.

 

Most of the symbolism of Easter comes from the concept of fertility: Eggs symbolise a new life, Rabbits (Bunnies) symbolise fertility, and the ancient religions had deities of fertility that symbolised this season. The Christian takeover of the holiday managed to keep the spirit of the holiday, adjusting it to symbolise the date of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

Different parts of the world have Easter (and the beginning of spring, where they do not celebrate the Christian holiday) celebration-related customs. From Cyprus, where great fires are lit in schools or church yards, to the Czech Republic and Slovakia, where the unusual tradition of spanking takes place on Easter Monday, to the decoration of Easter Wells (called Osterbrunnen) in Germany to bless water, yet another celebration of fertility and life.

 

If you are considering taking your holiday in Easter 2015, this is a list of the most interesting places for you to choose from:

 

Orlando, Florida, United States

Anyone with even a little bit of knowledge in Geography knows that Orlando is all about theme parks, and they are not wrong. Home to a wide range of theme parks, you will find yourself in the midst of the action during the Easter holiday. It is not like Orlando to miss out on a celebration. The theme parks lead the way in celebrations, as they create Easter wonderlands for children and adults alike. Colourful parades, Easter egg hunts, and dining experiences make up the fun activities, while places such as the Bok Tower Gardens and SeaWorld have special sunrise services for worshippers in a classy, elegant setting.

 

Flower festivals, Mardi Gras celebrations, and music festivals are all part of the Orlando Easter experience, with new festivals added every year. If you are into basketball, you are in for a treat, as the Basketball season will be in full swing during April (Easter 2015 will be on 5th April) and the local NBA team – Orlando Magic – will be playing a few home games during this time.

 

TravelCenterUK has special offers on flights to Orlando for Easter 2015, so call today and book your holiday with us.

 

Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg is the most happening city in South Africa to spend Easter 2015. From special Easter events to spectacular music events, April brings a whole new level of excitement to Johannesburg. Enjoy a wide range of music festivals – from blues to hip hop and everything in-between – and get your feet tapping to the Rhythm of Africa!

 

If you are into adventure travel, Johannesburg offers Safari Tours out to the wilderness. As a country where the “Big five of Africa” – African Elephants, Black Rhinos, African Lions, Cape Buffalo, and African Leopard – roam in their natural habitat, South Africa is the best place for a Safari Tour.

 

Perhaps the biggest event in Johannesburg’s Easter season is the spectacular Rand Show. Held annually for over 120 years, it has become the city’s most sought-after festivals. Including live performances by international artists, beauty pageants, fun rides, magic shows, and “Snow Time” – a special treat to get away from the heat of the action. The whole city comes alive during the celebrations and festivities that last 10 days (2015′s Rand Show will run from 3rd April to 12th April, coinciding with the Easter weekend).

 

Contact TravelCenterUK today and ask for special Easter 2015 flight offers to Johannesburg. We have some jaw-dropping deals lined up for you, so don’t miss out!

 

Bangkok, Thailand

When one thinks of Easter holidays, the predominantly Buddhist South East Asian nation of Thailand might not be the first thought that enters their minds. However, Bangkok – along with the rest of the nation – comes alive with the celebration of Songkran from the 13th to the 15th of April. Marking the Thai New Year, Songkran is celebrated by young and old alike by throwing water at each other, so prepare to get soaked! As April is the hottest month of the year, with temperatures reaching 40°C, a bucket of water thrown at you is a welcome treat.

 

As for Easter in the traditional sense, most international, and some local, establishments decorate their storefronts with Easter eggs, bunnies, and other Easter-related items. International hotel chains provide special Easter meals. Easter services will be held in churches in Bangkok and other parts of Thailand.

 

Book your flights to Bangkok today! TravelCenterUK has some great Easter 2015 offers lined up for you.

 

 

Seville, Spain

Spain is a predominantly Catholic European nation, and celebrates Easter throughout the country. Seville is home to one of the most spectacular Easter processions anywhere in the world, with masked penitents (called ‘nazarenos’ locally) and lavish floats leading a dazzling display, which includes marching bands, Baroque statues illustrating the Easter story.

 

Most restaurants and bars in the city of Seville celebrate Easter, as it also symbolises the beginning of spring for its people.

 

Book your holiday to Seville in Easter 2015 with TravelCenterUK, and make use of the special offers we have in store for you!

 

Rome, Italy

There is perhaps no city in the world that gets as much attention as Rome does during Easter. A special Easter Mass is held in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican conducted by the pope himself. Another highlight is the Pope’s traditional message of hope and peace (known as the “Urbi et Orbi”).

 

The city itself comes alive with a procession which celebrates the life of Jesus Christ until the crucifixion. The celebrations are held in a grand scale, and a sense of community is fostered through them.

 

Rome is a very popular Easter destination, so book your flights to Rome with TravelCenterUK today! We will find you the best flight offers available.

 

Multiple Destinations, the Philippines

The Philippines is the Asian country with the largest  Catholic population, with at least 85% of the population following the faith. Easter celebrations in the Philippines are not for the faint-hearted. Most cities celebrate Easter with bloody rituals involving penitents who whip their own backs with sharp objects such as blades and bamboo sticks. These rituals are believed to cleanse their sins, cure illness, and grant wishes.
Processions marking the carrying of the cross are also held throughout the Philippines, showing the level of devotion held by the Filipino population.

 

Get in touch with one of TravelCenterUK‘s experts and book your flights to the Philippines today!

 

 

Easter is a time for celebration no matter where you plan to spend it, so contact us today and find out about special offers to any of the listed destinations, and many more. Make Easter 2015 a memorable one!

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Amazing Foodie Avenues in America

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well” as was once said by a wise person, food is everything, it gives happiness.

All of us can admit that dining is one of the major aspects of your vacation to any corner of the world. Especially if you are visiting America, places to visit will include spots where you will taste food that is special and authentic to specific locations.

Are you planning to visit the United States of America? Get ready with not only your baggage but also be prepared to feed your tummy!

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, the biggest city in the State of Wisconsin has numerous foodie outlets serving a range of authentic American cuisine. Nevertheless the city is well-known for its juicy bacon dishes served at the cafes and restaurants. Meat-loaf wrapped with tender bacon made out of fresh local meat served at Comet Café, deliciouspeanut butter bacon burger from AJ Bombers, weekly free scrumptious bacon during happy hours at Saloon Calhoun and the annual bacon buffet hosted by “The Hog”, city’s radio station in association with Harley Davidson Museum are some of the hotspots that you have to look for in Milwaukee to have an unlimited bacon feast. Adding up to all these delights Milwaukee is also renowned for its various aesthetic ethnic festivals featuring numerous varieties of food during the summer months.  Some of these festivals named Feast Italiana, German Fest and Summerfest are tourist favourites in Milwaukee.

New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven, is known as college town where one of the Ivy League schools the Yale University is located. Though New Haven is known for the university’s economic significance related to higher education, professional and financial services, health care etc. the city is also famed as “apizza” city serving one of world’s best pizzas ever.  New Haven-styled pizza are unconventionally baked in either coal or wood fired brick ovens with thin crust and no cheese. However certain range of apizza are made by adding mozzarella cheese.  Visitors to New Haven ought to visit Frank Pepe’s or Pepe’s to taste these scrumptious one of a kind pizza in the world. If you seek some alternative food other than apizza, new Haven is loaded with a variety of foodie options. You may try Louis’ Lunch serving some tempting fast food items, Miya’s preparing the most appetizing Sushi in the town and the lunch carts and trucks tariffing the campus areas during the lunchtime.

San Diego, California

This coastal city is the type of city the offers ample food varieties that make you crave for more and more variety. Being located on the boarder to Mexico, San Diego’s cuisine features both the flavours of America and Mexica. The city is the origin of Carne Asada Fries, a tasty combination of French fries, Carne Asada, is typically made out of grilled thin marinated beef steak, guacamole, sour cream and cheese. Even you can be a part of “carne asada” that denoted a social event of family members or friends where preparing Carne Asada is similar to the barbeque night in other parts of the world. Interestingly San Diego also claims to be the birthplace of burrito, wheat flour tortilla wrapped with fries inside. Are you looking for more variety to treat your taste buds? Being a seaside city San Diego is also renowned for the appealing Fish Taco served not only in the foodie-approved Fish Taco spots but also from the food trucks located a few minutes away from the Mexican border.

New Orleans, Louisiana

One of the prominent port cities of the United States which is also the largest city of Louisiana is a tantalising foodie city too. The food items for which New Orleans is famous for includes food items that are influenced by multi-cultural involvement. Especially the city is famous for its Creole food that blends the flavours of French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Native American, and African cuisine. This multi-styled delicacy features Appetizers, Soups, Main dishes such as Chicken Creole, Jambalaya, Quiche etc., Side dishes, Desserts, Beverages and even Breakfast and Condiments. Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter is a one of its kind place that you have to visit to taste Creole food. Muffuletta sandwich, an Italian influenced sandwich features horizontally split muffuletta loaf covered with layers of marinated olive salad, mortadella, mozzarella, ham, salami and provolone. NOLA is one of its kind of place for you to taste Muffuletta sandwich and some Italian influenced seafood dishes. You can also try a Po’boy, meaty submarine which originated in Louisiana.

Providence, Rhode Island

It is no wonder that Providence, one of most populous cities in Rhode Island features many small scaled to high-end boutique restaurants offering numerous mouthwatering cuisines while reflecting various food cultures and traditions. You can enjoy a tempting dinner by the shores from Champlin’s in Narragansett or relish fresh chicken and lamb shish kebab at the festival at Woonsocket’s St. John Baptist Romanian Orthodox Church. If you are a sweet-lover be prepared to taste one of world’s best donuts. This coastal city is considered as a paradise not only by tourists but also by the donut lovers. Providence brags more donut shops per capita than any city in the USA. There are 32 Dunkin’ Donuts outlets sweetening the entire city which you will not miss to visit. You may also try Portuguese sweet bread at Silver Star, or just sit back and watch a Bruins game at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.Allie’s Donut’s giant donut cakes is another must taste option in Providence.

Portland, Oregon

The Chief American city known as Beer City, Portland‘s role in the United States’ microbrew revolution is incredible. Portland is renowned for craft brewery where these breweries produce small scaled beer with varying qualities, flavours and brewing techniques. Interestingly Portland is home to over 60 microbreweries, which is extremely high when compared to other US cities. To be specific, if you are a beer fan you can visit various breweries notably McMenamin Brothers, Hair of the Dog, BridgePort, Widmer Brothers, and Hopworks Urban Brewery. Not only beer but the city is also famed for its range of food varieties served in the specialty restaurants. Owning to these specialties, the city has been awarded and recognised as “Delicious Destination of the Year: A rising city with a fast-growing food scene” by Food Network Awards (2007), “one of the best places in the country to dine” by The Washington Post (2010) and 5th position in the nation’s food and bar scene by Travel + Leisure (2012). The list goes on with more varieties of foodie delights such as specialty coffee, considering coffee as an artisanal food, notably served by Stumptown Coffee Roasters, vegetarian cuisines and street food offered by a huge number of food carts located all over the street of Portland.

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