Thursday, July 7, 2011

Chile - Santiago

Santiago is often quite a smoggy capital. And in a setting like this, it genuinely is really sad, as when the Chilean capital is having a bright day there are few more spectacular locations for a city in the entire world. Encircled by mighty snow-capped Andean peaks, on the rare days when the smog clears it feels like the city’s been magically lifted high into the stars.

La Chascona 
 Informative in-depth tour to Pablo Neruda's life, a look that goes well beyond the walls of this mansion-like house that Neruda built for his mistress Matilde Urrutia. The place, built to resemble a boat as Neruda loved the sea but he also had a great fear of her, is also built on various levels, with small and big rooms, beautiful balconies overlooking Bellavista and Santiago and rooms that are far away from the main house creating the illusion of a complex of bungalows.
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
For US $6 (3.000 pesos) you can get into the most famous museum of Santiago. It is full of artifacts in great condition with good explanations in Spanish and English. In addition to the permanent exhibit on the second floor of the museum, there are always temporary exhibits on the first floor. If you're in Santiago try to stop by the museum for a few hours.

Pueblito los Dominicos
If you like to bring home traditional gifts that reflect the local culture. Pueblito los Dominicos is a small artisan shopping village on the outskirts of Santiago that offers many small shops that carry these types of items. Set on the grounds of an old church and highlighted by the Andes Mountains in the background, this is great place to kill a few hours and get those hard-to-find local gifts to bring home for you family and friends. There are some small cafes that actually have some decent food.

Monday, July 4, 2011

South Korea - Seoul

The city of Kimchi (fermented cabbage) and Soju (cheap, toxic potato liquor), Seoul is manically fast-paced, yet home to some of the most tranquil temples and palaces you’ll ever see. It’s modern, yet sprinkled with sites that date back thousands of years; conservative, yet home to an every-night-of-the-week party culture.

Seodaemun Prison
Was designed by a Japanese Architect and was constructed in 1908. The Japanese ran this prison to oppress Korean patriots who fought against the Japanese invasion for sovereign independence. Seodaemun Prison is the symbolic site of Korean independence movement and a symbol Japanese cruelty. More than 40.000 independence fighters were imprisoned and tortured here, and died for the country.
63 Building
if you will visit during the week days it'll be nice and quite. you can find there not only great views but also art gallery, aquarium, wax museum and imax, you can buy ticket for one or all the attractions they are all similar price and all worth seeing. i would avoid this place on weekends and holidays, it gets very crowded.

Ice Museum
This is a tiny museum tucked away in Insadong (seoul) near Anguk station. You can walk around the freezer and see different ice sculptures and an entire house made from ice, complete with a toilet and bathtub!! They have mini ice models of the Eiffel tower, Leaning tower of Pisa and a Korean gate.
Namsangol Hanok Village
Five traditional Hanok homes were moved from throughout Seoul to this destination. Furniture and mannequins in the traditional dress are shown in the different houses and represent the status of the tenants. You can get your picture taken in traditional clothing (3,000 won), activities for kids (such as fan painting) and on the weekends they host a variety of performances. Neat to see, especially since it's free.


Friday, July 1, 2011

Turkey - Antalya

As the heart of the Turkish Riviera, Antalya has transformed from a bustling seaside town to a plush, resort ridden spot that is ideal as a Mediterranean break with a cultural twist. The region’s beaches are laden with turtles and scattered with sand so hot they are an effort to walk on. The clear water is ideal for snorkeling and day-trips out on old-school wooden cruise liners.

A small bay is 15 km away from olympos.. It is the most clean and beautiful beach in Antalya. There are about 20 pansion and hotels in this bay. Some of them is bungolows. No disco no club.. Only a beautiful sea.
Sand Museum - Kum Müze
In this museum (I would not really call it this) they have build different creatures from myths around the world. Very nice to look at, not too expenisve (ca. $ 4)and worth a look, especially if you are already on the beach anyways. they are open at night as well.

The old quarter is resplendent with minarets and mosques, as well as being home to an ancient Roman Theater and surrounded by the crumbling walls of the old city. The ornate city wall gates are well worth exploring, as are the back street experiences, like delving in amongst the thin, winding streets or shopping for gently flavored Turkish delight on the busting market stalls.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Denmark - Copenhagen

Formerly something of an off-the-beaten-track capital, Copenhagen has spent the last few years clamoring its way up the European tourist spot ladder, and winning over many a travel critic on the way. A blend of ancient and modern architecture has stormed the city center, turning it into a classy  place to be, while locals are slowly losing their ‘stay in’ habits and taking to the enviable cafes and restaurants.

UNESCO World Heritage
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Projects sponsored by UNESCO include, among others, international cooperation agreements to secure the world cultural and natural heritage (World Heritage Sites). As of 2009, 890 sites are listed: 689 cultural, 176 natural, and 25 mixed properties, in 148 states.

The goddess Gefjun fountain
Located in the grounds of of the kastelet fortress.  It is one of the landmarks in copenhagen thats not to be missed because it tells a special history (mythological in sense).The fountain was constructed in the beginning of the 20th century. In norse mythology, gefjun is the goddess of ploughing and one night, she decided to plow a part of scandinavia with her oxes (her sons) and in turn separated denmark from sweden.
Rundetårn (The Round Tower)
In the heart of Copenhagen centre, and is a great, cheap tourist trap to visit. Its a tower which is connected at one end of a church, and is a spiral ramp inside which spirals all the way to the top (there is 15 steps to get up at the top mind you). You get dizzy if you run down fast. The tower is 35m high and 15m in diameter and once at the top, is one of the best vantage points to get great views of the city.