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Historical Landmarks of Europe you want to visit!

Landmarks are landmarks for a reason. Europe, with its centuries of rulers, wars, artwork, and more, as well as the wealth and opulence that came with colonial power, has more than its fair share of landmarks that are recognized not just in their native nations but around the world, and we’ve created a list of the ones you need to make sure you see.

With its many dynasties, past and present, Europe’s landmarks are often dominated by castles and palaces. Europe is a continent whose history, art and architecture have made a deep impression on the rest of the world. The world cannot complete its school education without studying the achievements of the ancient Greeks and the Roman Empire. One has found himself to be deeply influenced by the artistic achievements of the renaissance painters and architects. So, it is natural when travelers decide to go to Europe to see the wonders of the Antiquity and Renaissance Age firsthand. That said, Europe has got so many such destinations that it becomes important for one to prioritize as it is not possible to cover all the heritage destinations in one go. So, here are some of the major heritage destinations in Europe worth visiting –

Athens – The capital city of Greece, one of the oldest and the most important city-states during the Antiquity period. Its citizens included Aristotle and Plato. Some of the major attractions amongst monuments over here include the Acropolis (which includes the Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, Theatre of Dionysus, etc.). Athens has got some of the best museums in the world and the museum at Acropolis, the National Archaeological Museum, and Byzantine and Christian Museum are some of the famous museums in Greece.

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Rome – The capital of Italy presently and the capital of the almighty Roman Empire earlier, this old city has got history flowing through its veins. As the political capital of the Roma Empire and later as the Spiritual Center of the Christian World Rome has always occupied center stage in Human Civilization’s consciousness. This makes a trip to the city a must, a place which would never run out of attractions. From the Colosseum to the Pantheon, from the mausoleums of Augustus and Hadrian to the Forums Rome has many remains from the Roman Empire. These are some of the popular draws for millions of tourists all over the world.

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Paris – The capital city of France this historical city has heritage sites spanning from the Middle Ages to the French Renaissance and from the French classical period to the Modern Era. Landmark monuments like the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the Cathedral of Saint Chappelle, the Palais de Louvre, the district of Marais, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower are just some of the numerous monuments present in Paris. One can also not forget that Paris is also the home of arguably the world’s best painting, the Mona Lisa.

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These three cities are just three of the many well-preserved historical centers which one can visit in Europe. Cities like Prague, Krakow, London, Barcelona, etc. are also amongst some of the most highly rated heritage sites in Europe. They are frequented by many visitors from across the world. The best part about these sites in Europe is that they are easily accessible by Air and there are plenty of options available for hotels. 

That said, to get yourselves the best deals you must get in touch with the best travel experts as it is them who will get you the best hotels which are closest to these landmarks and at the best deals possible!

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Our top ten things to do in Cayman Islands!

I am often asked how I have chosen the top 10 list, that I put up on my blog.  While in college I found it much easier to create a list when I started studying for a test or writing a term paper. Knowing that it is easy to understand why I create a top ten list, now as to how do I decide what goes on the list, simply put it is things I would like to do or have done in Cayman Islands.  I have chosen things on this list either because I have come across them while studying for certifications, personal experience, research, or client recommendations. Each of the item on the top 10 has a link, which will open a new window for more information.

 Let us know what you think of our list in the comments below the list. 

 1. Stingray City

Stingray City is among the Cayman Islands’ most popular attractions. Aquatic lovers mingle with marine life by wading among friendly stingrays that congregate near the sandy shore. This once-in-a-lifetime experience lets you get up close to these magnificent animals. Experience the majestic southern Atlantic stingrays in only three feet of water as you brush up against these creatures. Stingray City is a group of sandbars located 25 miles off the shore of Grand Cayman, and offers tours ranging from 3 to 5 hours. During the tours, you can swim with, feed, and take memorable photos with these friendly rays.

 2. Seven Mile Beach

If soft coral sand beaches, stunning turquoise waters and calm waves aren’t enough to sell you on a visit, maybe what’s located on and near the beach will. Seven Mile Beach Grand Cayman is home to many of the area’s best resorts, bars, restaurants, shops, natural wonders and more. It’s a popular destination that never seems to be too crowded. You will have no problem finding a peaceful space all your own right in the middle of it all.

 3. Scuba Diving

Devilishly deep drop-offs, wicked wreck dives and some of the coolest coral in the Caribbean have made the Cayman Islands a world-class dive destination. Grand Cayman’s North Wall plunges deeper than 1800 metres/6000 feet and offers beautiful wall diving with opportunities to see spotted eagle rays and sea turtles. Grand Cayman also offers accessible shore diving on great coral reefs with little to no current. Cayman Brac offers a good mix of wall, wreck and reef diving for all experience levels.

 4. Go to Hell

The tiny town of Hell is located in the West Bay area of Grand Cayman. It’s about a 10 minute drive north of Seven Mile Beach. You’ll know you’re there when you turn onto Hell Road!

 5. Cayman Turtle Center

Cayman’s largest land-based tourist attraction, Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter hosts more than 200,000 visitors each year. Educational, cultural and entertainment programmes are consistently being created and updated to enhance the experience that can only be found at our world-renowned attraction.

 6. Histoic Great House Pedro St James

Discover the unique heritage and culture of Cayman via this lovingly restored window into the 18th century that’s only a 20-minute drive from George Town. It a time in the Cayman Islands when most people lived in tiny, thatch-covered houses, a wealthy Englishman, using slave labour from Jamaica, created an astonishing 3-storey building called Pedro St. James.

 7. Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Garden

Enjoy the simple elegance of a traditional Caymanian garden with the startling beauty of an exotic floral display.  Spend an hour or two… or a full day! One thing is certain, each of our visitors will leave with a greater appreciation for the delicate balance of nature and the dedicated care in it’s preservation.

 8. The Crystal Caves

We stopped at the Crystal Caves during our short trip to the Caymans and were very happy with our decision. We’ve never seen anything like these caves and likely never will! Andre, our guide, was funny and very informative throughout our tour — he actually played in the caves as a kid! They take you through 3 cavesCayman Islands

 9. Mastic Trail

Mastic Trail is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bodden Town, Cayman Islands, Cayman Islands that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round

 10. Visit Georgetown

It is well worth a trip to George Town, the capital of the Cayman Islands. It is the financial hub of the Cayman Islands and where the government conducts its business. It is also home to the high–end jewellery and beauty stores.

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Our top ten things to do in Greece

I am often asked how I have chosen the top 10 list, that I put up on my blog.  While in college I found it much easier to create a list when I started studying for a test or writing a term paper. Knowing that it is easy to understand why I create a top ten list, now as to how do I decide what goes on the list, simply put it is things I would like to do or have done in Greece.  I have chosen things on this list either because I have come across them while studying for certifications, personal experience, research, or client recommendations. Each of the item on the top 10 has a link, which will open a new window for more information.

 Let us know what you think of our list in the comments below the list. 

Santorini

“Santorini is a gorgeous Cycladic island that sure knows how to stop you on your tracks with its mesmerizing beauty. From its glorious sunsets and staggering multicolored cliffs to whitewashed buildings and ash-laden calderas, Santorini is definitely blessed with a unique landscape. Its beauty makes it one of the top spots to visit in all of Greece, but so does its delicious Greek food restaurants!”

Acropolis

“Visiting the Acropolis is one of the highlights of your visit to Athens, a must-see site that epitomises Ancient Greece. This rocky hill is topped by the Parthenon temple dedicated to Athena, Goddess of wisdom and war who planted the first olive tree on this very spot to found the city of Athens. On a visit in late February, we experienced warm and sunny weather, making Spring the ideal time to visit he Acropolis before the scorching heat and crowds of summer descend on Athens.”

 Knossos

“If you have an interest in Greek mythology and archaeology, then the ruins of Knossos Palace make for an interesting stop during a visit to the island of Crete.”

National Archaeological Museum 

The National Archaeological Museum of Athens, is not just the best museum in Athens. It is also the best museum in Greece, and dare I say, one of the best in the world. 

 Mountain of the Gods

“Being the largest mountain in Greece and the second highest in the Balkans, Mount Olympus understandably created awe to the ancient Greeks that believed that that was the place where their gods lived. The origin of its name is disputable since there are plenty of theories surrounding it. The most prominent is that “Olympus” meant sky”

 Cruise the Islands

“Cruise journeys keep you in rejuvenated mood in the midst of sea waters. In fact, such journeys make for an amazing family tour. Here, we have enlisted 11 best Greek island cruises you mustn’t miss out during your European vacation plan.”

 Rhodes

“Rhodes itself has a pretty long (sometimes turbulent) history, incredible natural beauty, stunning architecture, and of course lip-smacking food that I’m almost certain you’ll devour as soon as you touch down.”

 Greece’s beaches 

“Paradise Beach on the island of Mykonos attracts thousands of party lovers from across the globe every Summer. The golden sands and clear waters makes Paradise Beach Greece’s number one open-aired seafront clubbing destination – giving Ibiza a run for its money!”

 Patmos 

“The history of the Greek holy island of Patmos is fascinating. Initially, it was known as Letois after goddess Artemis, the daughter of Leto. Patmos is also referred to as Jerusalem of the Aegean and is popular among Greek orthodox people.”

 Delphi 

“As we walked to each section of Delphi, we were greeted with more and more ruins, as well as spectacular mountain views. “

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