Pasadena is best cities in California

Posted on 15 January 2020 (0)

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Pasadena is one of the most easy-going cities in California. There is no reason to think about getting bored as ample things are there which you can do without getting tired or fatigued. Here is a list of things that you can indulge in while vacationing in Pasadena.

Pasadena City Hall

You can bask yourself into the designs of the Pasadena City Hall. Nothing can be compared with this piece of art when lit at night. Shadows of the stone arches fall dramatically which makes it look even more beautiful. It is a marriage of Mediterranean style architecture and Spanish Colonial style architecture. I visited the place at night, but you can visit during the daytime too. 

Tea Rose Garden

If you are a tea connoisseur like me, then this place is absolutely for you. What I liked the most was that they have more than 50 variants of tea in this room which is exceptional. You will find it difficult to leave without buying one or more of their signature tea variants. I could not resist myself from buying three variants of tea with a great aroma. 

The Huntington Library

If you want to lose yourself, The Huntington Library is the perfect place. The extensive grounds have winding paths surrounded by flora that connects to art exhibits, international gardens, and research library. Painting classes, occasional special tours, and other events are hosted regularly. I joined the special tour which gave me the opportunity to know more about the structure and organization. 

Rose Bowl

It is appealing to different people because of the variety of events hosted there. Think of concerts and football games that are hosted in the Rose Bowl. Occasionally, this venue can be changed into a soccer stadium. It also hosts the largest flea market on the second Sunday of every month. You can plan your trip on a Sunday to witness this.

 

Esmeraldas: A Wonderful Beach Side City

Posted on 15 October 2019 (0)

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Esmeraldas is an Ecuadorian city that has a unique cultural vibe, even though it has faced some political disturbances from time to time. At the time I visited the city was in a peaceful state which makes it ideal for travelers to visit and take in the sights and experiences that the city offers.

Attractions of the City

This city is considered a hot spot, not only for the Afro Ecuadorian culture, it represents but also due to the cultural vibes, such as marimba and other dance performances that can be seen here or the waterfront at Las Palmas that offers great views along with eateries ideal for seafood lunch along with several cocktail bars.

Places to Visit

I discovered that Playa de Las Palmas is the best place to walk around and spend a day; the boardwalk by the beach is made attractive with several retail and restaurants. I also stopped by the Parque Infantil Roberto Luis Cervantes is a historic park here that is well maintained with several walking and hiking trails and activities for children and families.

I also took a trip to the Cloud Forest of Mindo. It is one of the most popular trips close to this city that is located in the northwest region of the Andes and is by the Nambillo reserve. There are several nature-based activities to do here such as enjoy a butterfly farm, taste chocolate that is made here, go bird watching, take a hike by the waterfall, go ziplining and visit a coffee museum.

Eateries

I also stopped by several eateries here. One restaurant, Parrilladas El Toro is a steakhouse that specializes in chops and beef; Oh! Mar is an open beach side restaurant that has wonderful seafood dishes on the menu. La Tunda is another cafe which has an Italian menu as well as outdoor seating.

Nazareth – a City that Preserves the Jesus Era

Posted on 17 July 2019 (0)

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Nazareth was a city that I had to include in my list since it offers much insight into biblical history. This Israel city is an old one that holds onto to its historic past and has several landmarks and sites that reveal much about Mary’s bearing of her child, different places that Jesus was at, prayed, studied and how life was in that era.

Places to Visit

 

  • Basilica of the Annunciation

 

This was the church that I visited first, known to be the domed structure where many believe is where Mary was informed by angel Gabriel that she would be bearing a child. Built in 1969, it is where the Annunciation took place.

 

  • St Joseph’s Church

 

This was the next site which was an interesting place for me since it retains how the carpentry workshop of Joseph was. It was also built on a historical site, the Romanesque revival style that reflects the old churches and their architecture in 1914.

 

  • Mount Precipice

 

This place proved to be a scenic mountain tour as well as a historic religious site which is thought to be the place from where a mob planned to throw off Jesus. The peak is at a height of 395 meters and with panoramic views.

 

  • Nazareth Village

 

I enjoyed visiting this museum as well which retains a village scene depicting how people lived in the time of Jesus.

 

  • Greek Orthodox Church

 

This church is another landmark structure here that has a subterranean chapel; I was impressed with the architecture as well as the underground spring here that is a must-see for all travelers.

 

  • Eateries to Stop by

 

There are several places where one can stop by to enjoy local fare. Abu Ashraf is a coffeehouse that is an old timer here; enjoy sweet pancakes here that are with cinnamon walnuts, goat’s cheese as well as coffee that is made from a mix of different beans. Alreda is a restaurant that is housed in a mansion that is 200 years old. Avra was another café restaurant I visited that served Palestinian and Greek dishes.

Boulogne-Billancourt – Discover Unique Architecture all around Here

Posted on 07 April 2019 (0)

Discovering the different cities of France was a delight for me and one such city was Boulogne-Billancourt. This is located in the southwest part of Paris and you can get here easily by different kinds of the commute.

What I discovered about this town was its bourgeois history as well as an industrial past. At the same time, there is the architecture of the Avant-Gardist style that is well preserved around the city.

The Parcours Des Annees District

I took a walk around this area as the architecture here abounds of several modern landmarks that are unique. You will also find several buildings here that date back to the thirties; take a walk around Parc des Princes that is a football ground which now acts as a workshop for different architectural projects. Here you will also find examples of the works of several leading architects who have created unique studios and artist homes here.  

The Town Hall

Once you have walked around the district I mentioned above you can also take a trip to see the town hall. Known as Tony Garnier’s town hall, the way it is designed shows off the community wealth of the region.

Musée Albert Kahn

This is a museum I visited here and I recommend it to you as well. If you are here with family, they will particularly enjoy the gardens that surround this museum. I discovered that it was created and maintained by the Kahn family initially after which it became public property.

The Parc Rothschild

Last but not least, take a visit here as I did. I found it to be included in most of the local tour itineraries and hence, you will not have any problem finding this place. The chateau has expansive gardens around it and a lake that makes it a beautiful, outdoor space to be and relax in. At the same time, you get to see the mansion of the Rothschild family, one of the prominent families in this region.

Londrina – A Tranquil Winter Getaway

Posted on 20 January 2019 (0)

Londrina is a gem of a city located in the Southern Region of Brazil. From the earlier days, the city has been a major commercial center known for its German, British, and Japanese settlements. Agriculture is the major occupation in the city which is popular for its horticulture and diversified fruit plantations. Some of my best days in Brazil were spent in Londrina and the city has some great attractions for every type of tourist. Listed below are the 3 major attractions of the city.

  • Lake Igapo

Lake Igapo is the most beautiful site in the city. It is made of 4 man-made lakes that are connected with each other. There is a lot of greenery all over the place and offers a relaxing location for hours of hiking or a simple stroll by the lakeside. There are many biking trails surrounded by large trees. The place also offers some amazing views of the skyscrapers on the other side.

  • Godoy Woods State Park

If you enjoy natural scenic attractions like, you should definitely visit Godoy Woods State Park. Here you can find some forested natural trails that are undisturbed by man. It is a gem of a place for those who like to explore deep into the woods. Besides lush green paths lined by tree groves, the place has some well-kept landscapes with recreation facilities for tourists. We trekked for over an hour and came across some beautiful gardens and open spaces that are ideal for kids as well.

  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral

 

The cathedral to be one of the busiest churches in the city. The construction is fairly modern and has lots of woodwork. The glass facade is colorfully designed and depicts an image of Jesus. The interiors are made of shiny wooden structures and are quite different from the usual architectural techniques used for making churches.