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Top 5 destinations for flower lovers

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Flowers tickle not only the imagination, the heart, but touches one soul. A bouquet is nice but fields of flowers are just overwhelming. These flower farms are not travel destinations on their own but the colors of tulips, lavender, roses, daisies and other flowers will just make anyone take the turn. Here are some of the best places to see the loveliest flowers in the world:

The Netherlands

Going to the Netherlands during spring time makes it a capital sin not to see the tulips and daffodils. After all, after the good life in Amsterdam, they are most famous for their flowers. They grow it and export it all over the globe. The fields of flowers in the Netherlands resemble the colors of the rainbow. If you are going between April thru September, you might just be in time for the fabulous flower parades. Visit Alkmaar in the northern portion of Holland where aside from the flowers you will learn a lot about the history and try their best samples of cheese. . Another great flower destination will be Keukenhoff known to be the biggest garden of flowers.


Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

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Young and old alike have been fascinated with vending machines. Like mini convenience stores, these are great when you’re feeling quite hungry, and there’s no store nearby. Just feed the machine a bill or some coins, press a button, and out comes your chosen snack.

You might find I interesting to know that the first vending machine actually dispensed holy water, of all things. Hero of Alexandria devised this coin-operated machine in the first century, and it was only followed during the nineteenth century, when postcards and gums were sold.

A snack isn’t all there is nowadays, as more and more people are beginning to realize the convenience and advantages that this machine has to offer. If vending machines used to offer sodas and little packets of biscuits and chips, today, you might be a little surprised at what’s being offered in these incredible machines. Japan tops the quirkiness factor when it comes to vending machines, dispensing underwear to noodles. The ever-famous Lobster Game, similar to those machines where you try to catch a stuffed toy through a crane, gives you fifteen seconds to catch a lobster. The US has copied it by creating their own Maine Lobster Game.


Top 8 places to visit in Amsterdam

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With Amsterdam being the capital city of the Netherlands, it is one of the most liberated and tolerant cities in the world. Coffee shops, the red light district and the overall open-minded people make Amsterdam a traveler’s dream. However, there is more to see in Amsterdam besides coffee shops and the famous red light district.

  • The Anne Frank House. Anne Frank was one of the victims of the Nazi regime in the Second World War. The Anne frank House is the historic home where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Germans. The queues for the house can be enormous but it’s a impressive and worthy sight to visit. The best time to go is around 8 30 am when the museum is opening or at noon, because there are less people and you won’t have to wait too much in line. It would be ideal if you can get a ticket from your hotel which would put you in the front of the line.
  • The Nemo Museum. When travelling with younger children the Nemo Museum is a great idea for a day of fun and culture. The museum offers exhibits which stimulate youngsters by including them in the collection of science and technology. Also check the Cafe from the top of the Nemo Museum if you can at night for a great view of the city.
  • Rijksmuseum. If you haven’t been to the Rijksmuseum, you haven’t been to Amsterdam. This museum holds masterpieces, furniture and beautiful jewelery and other stunning items. If you visit this museum, make sure to see the Nightwatch by Rembrandt.
  • The Royal palace. The Netherlands are a monarchy and the Royal Palace is the official Royal residence. However, the Royal family ( Queen Beatrix and prince Willem Alexander) live in the Hague. The Royal palace holds a large collection of royal furniture, chandeliers and other exclusive items.