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Keraton Yogyakarta

What to Do and Where to Go in Yogyakarta

If you’re aiming to learn about history and culture of Indonesia and Java, enjoy mystical scenery of the mountain and the beach, and go on a shopping frenzy for a large variety of art products ranging from silver to batik products, then Yogyakarta is the place for you. This town has been known by domestic and international tourists for its beautiful culture, art, and scenery. So, what to do and where to go when you’re in Yogyakarta? Here are some suggestions for you:

Keraton Yogyakarta
This is the place to go if you want to get an insight of Java culture and learn about Yogyakarta’s royal family. Keraton is the center of Sultan’s activities, as a lot of ceremonial festivals held here. Tourists will be able to see the exhibition of Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX’s personal items and enjoy various art performances like traditional dances and puppet show.

Borobudur Temple
This ancient Buddhist temple, located around 40 km northwest of Yogyakarta, is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. It has 1460 relief panels and 504 Buddha effigies in its complex, and was built in the 9th century. The relief panels on this ten-terraces building are sculpted skillfully and depict the story of Ramayana. Visitors should walk clockwise from the entrance of the temple understand the sequence of the stories.

Prambanan Temple
If Borobudur is a Buddhist temple, then Prambanan is a Hindu temple located around 20 km east of Yogyakarta. There are three main temples in the primary yard, Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva, the symbols of Trimurti in Hindu belief. If you have a chance to visit this temple, make sure you have a guide in hand to show you around and explain the wonderful magical legend behind every temple.

Parangtritis Beach
The beach on 27 km south of Yogyakarta is closely related to the legend of Ratu Kidul, as many Javanese believe that this beach is the gate of Ratu Kidul’s magical kingdom that controls the southern sea. Tourists are forbidden from swimming in this beach, but there are ATV rentals for visitors to put the pedal to the metal and have fun.

Malioboro & Beringharjo Market
Experience the wonderful hectic of this busy street of Malioboro that is a haven for souvenir fans. Batik, leather puppets, accessories, and other traditional souvenirs can be found here in a fairly low price. In Malioboro street, you’d also find Beringharjo Market, a traditional market to find delicious traditional Javanese snacks, batik products, Javanese herbs and spices, and antiques.

This sub-district in Yogyakarta is the center of silver handicrafts in Indonesia. Not only it’s perfect for some silver handicrafts shopping, but tourist can also learn to make their own silver handicrafts. Some places even have a reliable English and France speaking guide. The duration of each course ranges from 3 hours to a whole day, from morning to evening. The fee for each course varies, depend of the duration of the course.

Sawasdee Khaosan Inn

Bangkok Hotels

Bangkok is one of cosmopolitan city in Asia, and the town full of attractive offers to see. Bangkok offering a wide selection of tourist attractions, ranging from ancient temples to visit, watches lady boy show, Muay Thai matches, and feel the unique dishes that you do not find in other countries. Right now Bangkok has become one of the most places to visit for tourists from different walks of life.

Bangkok has many choices of where to stay. For tourists who first came to Bangkok, may feel confused and a little hesitant to pick a good hotel to stay. But do not worry about it; Bangkok has a selection of hotels, either for visitors who have a limited budget, backpackers, and tourists who want luxurious comfort. Bangkok has it all.

For the backpackers who seek affordable accommodation, clean, comfortable, and are in a good environment, Bangkok has a large selection of places to stay. Indeed, not many facilities on offer, but all the basic needs will be met and you get a place to rest quietly and comfortably. Not only that, these affordable hotels also offers a friendly environment, not far from downtown, and easy to reach due to its strategic location.

There are quite some of the places recommended for backpackers, such as Khaosan Road and Sathorn Road. In both these areas tourists can find some pretty good hotels and affordable for the backpacker. Baan Silom Soi, Sawasdee Khaosan Inn, Silom Nantra, Sawasdee Smile Inn, some of the hotels is fairly good and quite affordable. Comfortable enough to be a place for backpackers to stay, within easy to reach and close to downtown.

Besides having a lot of choice for backpackers, Bangkok also has many options for tourists who want to find comfort in luxury. Full facilities services that pamper guests, everything can be found when you stay at a luxury hotel. If you are looking for luxury, Bangkok will give it to you.

St. Regis Bangkok, for example, will indulge you who are looking for luxury in this city. Offers a variety of first class service, as well as a wide selection of cuisine, places to pamper yourself, this luxury hotel can be one of your choices to stay. If you want a private service, you can also get it at this hotel. Enjoy the beautiful views of the city of Bangkok, the location of this hotel right in the front door Ratchaprasong road, a place that has a high-street fashion street.

Whatever you looking for, a luxurious first class hotel or a budget hotel, Bangkok have it all. Make sure to consulate with your travel agent before you make decision where to stay. Enjoy Thailand, enjoy the city of Bangkok.


Sightseeing in Dundee

Many people visiting Scottish cities immediately look for the nearest whiskey distillery that is open to tourists. Whilst there is a distillery nearby, Dundee is a city with plenty more to offer its visitors as well as a very warm welcome. Walking through the streets of the city, you can come across sculptures of the famous comic characters that are closely associated with the city and visit some of the wonderful local attractions. One of the free things you can do in Dundee is to take in the views over the Firth of Tay at the one of the famous bridges that span it.

In the past much of the city’s wealth came from the Jute industry, for which Dundee was internationally famous. There is now a museum celebrating that heritage called the Verdant Works at West Henderson’s Wynd, to the north west of the city centre. This museum is open daily, apart from the winter bank holidays, and tells the history of the Jute industry in the city. It has displays of machinery, computer generated and hands-on interactive demonstrations and information about the social conditions of the workers in Victorian times. At Discovery Point, which is in the Discovery Quay off Riverside Drive, you’ll find the Discovery ship in a dry-dock. Now a museum, the Discovery was the ship that Captain Scott used for his 1901-1904 exploration of the Antarctic. You can explore the ship and use the multimedia displays to improve your understanding of what Scott set out to achieve. The ship was originally built in Dundee and has a 1/2m thick hull to withstand the pack ice. Tickets for the Verdant Works and the Discovery can be bought separately or as a combined one. Whilst down by the river, you could also visit the HM Frigate Unicorn at the Victoria docks, about 500m to the east of Discovery Point. The Unicorn is the oldest battleship still afloat, having been built at Chatham in 1824. However, there are plans to move it into a dry-dock to ensure its preservation. You can walk around the frigates four decks and consider what life would have been like for the three hundred sailors that would have manned the ship. Although it never saw any ‘action’, it was said to be one of the fastest and most powerful sailing warships of its day. As you walk back into the city centre from there its worth passing the Customs House and Harbour Chambers on Dock Street. These are imposing Victorian buildings, ‘classically’ styled to impress everyone with the importance and wealth of the sea trade passing through the city.

As a city steeped in history it also has the museums to recount its past. The McManus Gallery and Museum is the main one run by the city council. Located on Albert Square it occupies a typically Victorian Gothic style building and has displays of archaeology, local history and natural history; along with an art gallery on the first floor. The McManus is currently undergoing a major refurbishment to incorporate the latest multimedia developments. Broughty Castle Museum is to the west of the city at Broughty Ferry. Built in 1496 it is has an imposing presence at the mouth of the Firth of Tay. It now houses a museum telling the story of local people from the past to the present.

Dundee isn’t just a city with historical museums and artefacts. As a city keen to develop its reputation in biotechnology and the new media it also has a what is called a modern museum, despite the contradiction in terms which that might be! Sensation is at Greenmarket and has over 80 inter-active exhibits to stimulate thoughts about and explain scientific phenomena. So, if you fancy experiencing zero-gravity or sliding down a nose inside a giant skull or walk along the innards of a leaf – Sensations is the place to head for. Special exhibitions – a recent one was on explosions – and guest lectures add to the programme of events that can be seen here.

Outside of Dundee a visit to Glamis Castle really has to be considered. A family home for over 600 years to the Bowes-Lyon family, it is probably best known as the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Apart from the grandiose interiors to see there are magnificent gardens and, in the summer, outdoor events including jousting and archery. Glamis Castle is about 20km (15 miles) north of Dundee using the A90 and A928. Closer to Dundee is the Mills Observatory, at the summit of Bagley Park to the west of the city. This is the only observatory in the country that is open to the public and free of charge. It has displays explaining astronomy including a planetarium and, on clear evenings between October and March, members of the public can use the facilities and even try the refracting telescope. Interestingly, the observatory dome is made of papier màché around a steel frame.

Centurion, South Africa

Travel to Centurion, South Africa

Centurion is a well established South African community. It features a beautiful and natural business environment that is spread through all its communities

Centurion is also famous for its historical background, both ancient and recent South African history. It is famous for the Sterkfontein caves dating back to 2-3 million years ago. In 1851 during the first Algo boer war, battles were fought over some of the land. During the early 1900, in the second Anlgo boer war, many were sent of the women and children were kept here for safety. This did not prove a safe move, where over 1000 children lost their lives, And thus a deep historical background, ever changing.

There are many places to see while visiting; history, entertainment, art, shows, events and much more. The community has developed fast over the years, with more people and more jobs being created everyday… The development of the Community seems to be expanding, with a high demand for property and high housing rates. Although a first choice for many, especially those closer to areas like Littleton, Eldoglen and other close by communities.l

With highly satisfactory accommodation and many places to visit and also be entertained, Centurion is the perfect choice for those seeking opportunity and an ever evolving society.The community of Centurion is relatively vibrant and friendly, however there are exceptions. The Centurion Mall is also a key attraction to the community and is also responsible to some extend for past and future developments.

The community of Centurion, welcomes all travelers from around the world with a smile.

Statue of Liberty seen from the Circle Line ferry, Manhattan, New York

Travel Guide to New York City

New York with its Skyscrapers, Central Park, Greenwich Village, and Upper East Side is in perpetual change and full of expendable energy. When you land in New York City, with its huge buildings and amazingly designed structures, you will feel like a kid in huge candy store. The first thing you will find is that you are at home in NYC, meaning that, nobody makes you feel like an outsider. Nobody cares whether you are different, you speak another language etc. No one discriminates against you.

The main attractions in New York are the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, The Empire State Building, The New York Stock Exchange etc. The Frick Collection, Manhattan, New York, is one of the most wonderful private art collections. Brooklyn Bridge, once the longest suspension bridge in world, spans the East River and brings the NYC and Brooklyn close. Through the centre is a walk way for the pedestrians and cyclists. There are six lanes for motor vehicles.

Another biggest attraction of New York is the JFK International Airport in Queens County, New York, around 12 miles from Lower Manhattan.”The Met”, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with its permanent collection of two million art works, is a stunning sight. It lacks nothing; art, sculpture, arms and armor, costumes, drawings and paintings etc. Works of art from every corner of the world are available there. Art works from Egypt, Islamic countries, Rome, Greece, Europe – you name it – it is there.

New York City, also called the Big Apple, is the capital city of New York State. It has 5 boroughs – administrative divisions of state – namely Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Bronx and the Staten Island. New York has the lowest crime rate for the last 10 years among the largest 25 cities in the world. It is the centre of fashion, culture, entertainment. Broad Way in New York, with its 40 professional theaters with capacity of 500 each, is the world famous.

On the open air deck of the 86th floor of The Empire State Building is the observatory. It gives a beautiful picture of New York, day and night. A two hour cruise will give you a great view and understanding of Liberty Island and Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty stands majestically on the Liberty Island. Statue of Liberty – a gift of friendship from French to the Americans – is now a symbol of freedom and democracy.

Rangitoto Island

Holiday in Auckland

When planning your New Zealand walking holiday you shouldn’t discredit a trip to the bustling city of Auckland. Sure, New Zealand may have plenty of volcanoes, national parks and forests more suited to hiking, but the Auckland is a perfect microcosm of the country as a whole. Where else in the world can you walk volcanic islands, dine in a tree-house and catch a game of rugby, all in the same day?

Rangitoto Island

Located just a 20-minute boat trip from Auckland, Rangitoto Island is one of the most scenic spots in the country. The island actually consists of a dormant volcano that last erupted 600 years ago. It was bought by The Crown in 1854 for £15 and since then has been used as a base for harbour defence, fire control and a radar station. Nowadays the island is the domain of picnickers and hikers who arrive by the boat load for the New Zealand walking opportunities.

There are designated New Zealand walking trails on the island, each taking in a plethora of natural sights from the caves to Mackenzie Bay. Rangitoto Island has over 250 different species of native trees and several ornate species of orchid.


You simply can’t visit New Zealand without catching a game of rugby and as Auckland is home to the famous “All Blacks” it’s probably the best place in New Zealand to see a game. If you’re not that heavily into rugby and don’t want to fork out over the odds on a top price ticket to an “All Blacks” game, you can catch the Blues instead at Eden Park.

Wine Tours

The New World is slowly overtaking Europe in terms of wine production. If you can tell your Merlot from your Malbec then you’ll pleased to hear that only in New Zealand, walking around vineyards is possible, so close to a built-up area. Oenophiles are spoilt for choice when it comes to taking tasting tours around the city. From the old favourite West Coast to the newcomer Matakana, there are several places around Auckland where you can sample the produce and simply forget that you’re just minutes away the city.

Dine in a Treehouse

Eating your evening meal amid the branches of a giant redwood tree has to be one of the world’s most unique dining experiences. The huge pod shaped structure was designed by a group of Pacific Environments Architects and access is provided by a giant, elevated, walkway. The tree house can only seat 30 guests at a time so booking ahead is imperative. Redwoods Treehouse is located just outside Auckland in a town called Warkworth. This town is located on the banks of the Mahurangi River and is extremely scenic, it was founded by John Anderson Brown who lived in Warkworth, Northumberland and when walking New Zealand’s Warkworth, guests will spot several similarities with the English village.

The Sky Tower

The Sky Tower is Auckland’s most iconic monument and no New Zealand walking holiday would be complete without a trip to the observation deck at the top of the building. At 328 metres high, the building is the tallest in New Zealand and offers views out at over 80 kilometres in every direction. The more adventurous amongst you will want to attempt the Sky Jump and Sky Walk from the top of the monument; guaranteed to give you quite a rush!

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Holiday in Norway

Norway is without question one of the most beautiful countries in Northern Europe and an absolute paradise for people who love getting out and about in the great outdoors. Its mountains, fjords and lakes will take your breath away and the pureness of the fresh air will send even the pastiest of city dwellers home with a glow on their cheeks.

One of the best ways to see the country is to book a ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ tour. These tours give you the option of spending between one and three days taking in some of the best fjords and places of natural beauty in the country. If you prefer to explore under your own steam then it’s a good idea to hire a car as some of the best sights are off the beaten track and a little tricky to get to on public transport.

The most popular tourist destination for nature lovers is probably the Voringsfossen Waterfall in Hardanger where a number of waterfalls converge into one in a magnificent spectacle. Purpose built lookouts have been constructed both above and below the falls to give visitors a dazzling view and there are lots of beautiful picnic spots nearby where you can enjoy a bite to eat after taking in the sights. Whatever you do, don’t forget the camera!

In Norway everyone has the ‘right of access’ in the countryside so hill walking and climbing tours are very popular. You’ll find trips to suit all levels of fitness and skill, from a gentle stroll around the lakes to something a little more challenging in the mountains. The mountains around the Trollstigen Mountain Road are some of the most impressive and a drive along this road is a great way to take in the scenery if you don’t fancy getting out the ropes and crampons.

One of the most incredible natural phenomena in Norway is that of the midnight sun, which means that the sun never sets and it is bright literally 24 hours a day. This lasts from the 12th June to 1st July in Nordland, but lasts for the entire 6 months of the summer in the North Pole. This can be quite difficult to adjust to when you’re used to sunrise and sunset, but there’s nothing quite as enchanting as taking a midnight stroll through the countryside in broad daylight.

Of course Norway is not all about fjords, mountains and lakes. A break in one of its main cities also makes for a great trip, and with accommodation costing less than most other countries in Europe a weekend break needn’t break the bank. One of the most popular destinations is the capital city of Oslo, which is a bustling modern city, yet rich in culture and heritage. Spend your days strolling round Bogstadveein, the trendy heart of the city, which is great for shopping and eating out, or find out more about the city’s Viking and Scandinavian past at the Viking Ship Museum. Then top your day off with a trip to the beautiful National Theatre which runs an ongoing programme of plays and operas.

Flights to Norway are very reasonably priced and if you hunt around and plan ahead you can get some really great deals. Add this to the fact that accommodation and eating out are also relatively inexpensive and you’ve got yourself a real bargain of a trip.

Instituto Nacional de Seguras

Museum in San Jose

Downtown San Jose hosts a number of fun and important Costa Rica museums, most within easy walking distance from one another.

One of those, the Costa Rica Jade Museum, is a must-see for visitors wanting to look back to the life and culture of those who came before us.

While most people probably think of a museum as a place where old things and art from the past have been put on display—and where a couple of hours can be whiled away before hitting the malls—the displays are far more.

A good museum has two characteristics:


  • A single piece (or multiple pieces of an artist) like a carving, painting, or statue provides a glimpse back in time to the artistic soul of a particular artist while
  • A collection of pieces from many people (most whose names are forever lost in time), from different social groups, and covering an extended period of time (often measured in epochs or centuries), affords today’s observer an opportunity to see the evolution of a people’s culture, religion, and secular life.


The museum, located in the National Insurance Institute (Nacional de Seguras), hosts the world’s largest collection of pre-Columbian (pre Christopher Columbus) jade, more than 6,000 pieces.

The appearance of jade carvings in Costa Rica, about 600 B.C., coincided with a seminal, dramatic cultural change in the country that lasted for nearly 1,000 years until replaced by another seminal, seismic change when gold replaced jade.

While people had lived in Costa Rica for perhaps 13,000-15,000 years, sophisticated jade carvings suddenly appeared on the scene over the course of a few decades. The suddenness, coupled with the relative sophistication of the earliest carvings (rather than an evolution from simple, crude carvings to more and more sophisticated objects) and the dramatic cultural, religious, and material changes that quickly ensued, are strongly suggestive of a once insular society suddenly introduced to and influenced by outside cultures.

Jade, like gold after it, represented a tectonic change in culture.

It wasn’t just art.

It came to represent, in an historical blink-of-an-eye, man’s changing view of himself and his relationship with the gods.

And that, of course, led to a profound change in culture, not only in religious rituals but in material life as well.

Now, certainly, most of the visitors who go to the museum have no idea about—or interest in—the role jade played in the evolution of society 2,500 years ago. They simply enjoy the beauty and mystery of the green stone carvings.

And, fact is, that’s more than enough reason to visit the Costa Rica Jade Museum.

Patrick Street

Shopping Holiday in Cork City

Cork City has quite an expansive shopping area, with a range of stores to suit every budget. This precinct encompasses Patrick Street (the longest of Cork’s retail streets) and North Main Street, with Oliver Plunkett Street and Princes Street in between. There is also a variety of spacious shopping centres, including Paul Street Shopping Centre, North Main Street Shopping Centre, Merchant’s Quay Shopping Centre, French Church Street and the famous English Market. This covered market has been in operation since the early 18th century, making it one of the oldest. There is a huge variety of stalls here, selling everything from meat and vegetables to cheeses and spices, to soaps and Champagne. There is also a choice of cafes here, in which one can take a break from wandering and watch the world go by. There are entrance ways from Princes Street, Patrick Street, Oliver Plunkett Street or the Grand Parade. If you wish to go slightly further afield, great shopping opportunities are also available in Blackpool, Mahon, Douglas, Carrigaline, Bishopstown, Wilton or Midleton.

MacCurtain Street is one of the oldest shopping areas in Cork City. Here, one will find an eclectic mix of shops, ranging from antiques, to musical instruments. Along the way there are a number of quaint cafes to revive oneself. Crowley’s Music Centre is where the legendary musician, Rory Gallagher, bought the 1961 Fender Stratocaster that will forever be associated with him. Back in the day, MacCurtain Street was the place to head if you fancied some old style confectionary. A case in point was Hadji Bey’s shop, located on the ground floor of the Metropole Hotel, which was famous for its Turkish Delight in the early 20th century. Sadly it ceased trading in the 1980s. These days, the Metropole Hotel is still there, and the area around the bay windows is where Hadji Bey’s used to be.

French Church Street is one of those shopping areas with many secrets just waiting to be discovered. Here you will find a range of exciting unique shops, selling clothes and accessories, to sweets and coffee. Heated outdoor seating areas are available around many of the coffee shops, giving this street that French coffee society ambience. This street, together with Paul Street and Carey’s Lane, forms the Huguenot Quarter. In this area is the Huguenot graveyard. This walled cemetery dates back to the early 18th century; a time when Huguenot refugees left France to start a new life in Cork. They specialised in textiles, making silk and linen. They also became property developers.

Since the late 19th century, goods have been bought and sold on Cornmarket Street (also known as the Coal Quay). It was also the site of St Peter’s Market, which originally was a food market but nowadays is a vibrant pub and eaterie. In the late 90s/early 00s, major regeneration projects saw many apartments being built, along with a retail centre that is accessible from Paul Street. These days, street traders sell their wares on Cornmarket Street every Saturday morning. Its nickname hints at its origins; this district used to operate as a quay, as it was where the channel from the River Lee flows. However, it was concreted over to develop what is now Cornmarket Street.

Opera Lane is one of the newer retail districts in Cork City. Architects ensured that its design complements the surrounding historical structures – for example the Queen Anne House at Emmet Place and Crawford Art Gallery. Many of the well known high street stores, like Topshop, Gap, Next, Kuyichi, Topman and Tommy Hilfiger, to name just a few, trade here.


Where To Go For Kids Holidays in Spain

Beautiful Costa Blanca on Spain’s central Mediterranean coast has been attracting tourists for decades. At first they came to enjoy the warm climate, wide sandy bays and little scenic coves tucked away behind high cliffs. But as the area has become more popular, something else has happened. Fishing villages have evolved into resorts that specialise in holidays, jammed full of restaurants, bars, shops, hotels and family attractions. A prime example is Benidorm. Barely recognisable from its days as a sleepy fishing village, the town is now famous as a holiday resort with fantastic facilities and entertainment for all the family.

Sheltered by mountains, Costa Blanca enjoys the best holiday weather in Spain with the most days of sunshine in a year. The coastal region has even been named by the World Health Organisation as having one of the healthiest climates in the world. It’s little wonder, then, that many of the attractions for children involve water-based fun. Aqualandia near Benidorm is one of the best places to spend a fun-filled day dipping in and out of the water. It’s among the largest aqua parks in the world, with more than twenty slides and water rides centred around a huge lagoon area. Perfect for water babies, the park also appeals to adults with a giant Jacuzzi surrounded by fountains and waterfalls.

Right next door to Aqualandia is another water attraction, but this time the marine mammals are doing the splashing. Dolphins take centre stage at Mundomar Park, performing shows in the afternoon and posing for photos with the children. There’s also an underwater viewing area where visitors can watch them interacting with their trainers. Families looking for an unforgettable experience can book a session in the water with the dolphins or sealions. The park is home to exotic animals like flamingos, parrots and lemurs, as well as water mammals like penguins and otters. Feeding time for the penguins and lemurs, when the animals are at their most active, is a guaranteed highlight for the kids.

Theme parks are always a big hit with children too, and Costa Blanca has a fantastic one. No effort has been spared in constructing Terra Mitica, which is split into areas with rides dedicated to the great Mediterranean civilizations of Egypt, Rome, Greece, Iberia and ‘The Islands’. Some of the attractions, such as the looping rollercoaster and an enormous pendulum swing, are truly hair-raising, but there are smaller versions for younger children and those with delicate stomachs. In the heat of the midday sun, getting soaked on the water log and rapids river rides is an exciting way for the family to cool off.

Benidorm definitely has the greatest concentration of activities geared towards kids, but the popularity of family Costa Blanca holidays means that you can find entertainment for children no matter where you go. Even the more adult-orientated towns like Altea are used to welcoming children and have seafront play areas and child-friendly facilities. Retaining its Spanish charm, the little town of Altea is ideal for families looking for a quiet base close to Benidorm’s attractions.