Russia is home to most billionaires in Europe. Everywhere you look, you will notice status symbols, glitzy restaurants, and other reminders of fortunes made every time the price of oil jumps up. Russia’s citizens are still adjusting to the lifestyle so is the rest of the world. The Moscow of today gives you the feeling of being in Dubai with a bit of London while St. Petersburg hints of Paris with a tinge of Mumbai.
The place is a lot of fun to go to. Businesses are also doing well. For travellers, we need to keep an open mind when we travel for leisure or when we go ther for some official business. Here are some tips to help you in the streets of Russia.
Personally, I’ve always had a fascination for Japan and its capital, Tokyo. I find it simply amazing how one place can manage to combine the old and the new, the modern and also the ancient. I find it hard to think of another place where something hi-tech is comfortably settled in next to something that has a history that dates back hundreds of years.
For example, if you get on the metro that takes you to central Tokyo specifically Chiyoda Ward, you’ll end up smack in the middle of a very modern-looking part of the city. One moment, you’re surrounded by skyscrapers all made of clear glass and shiny steel and the next, you find yourself in front of the Imperial Palace. The massive stone walls seem to whisper the place’s history through the cracks; around you, the glass is neatly trimmed as if to add a gentle touch to the place and entice guests to come in. You won’t find a surly-looking guard barricading the entrance; instead, the gardens are open to the public and guests are free to come and go as they please.
Bangalore is officially called “Bengaluru” and is the capital of Karnataka State and the story behind the naming of the city is great too. Bangalore, according to state historians, got its name from Bendakalooru (the town of boiled beans) after a king strayed into the area during a hunting trip in the late 14th century. A woman offered him a meal of boiled beans which the king enjoyed so much that he named the town after the dish. Bangalore is the 3rd most populous city in India with close to 6 million people living here. Bangalore is one of the fastest growing cosmopolitan cities in Asia. It is called as “Silicon Valley of India” with thousands of IT Companies and lots of outsourced jobs; it is an outsourcing hub where many of the critical projects from Fortune 500 companies are done here. Bangalore is also famous for its climate and is also called “Garden City of India” for its many parks and trees.
Bangalore is a mix of both old and new, with its palace, museums, parks, pubs, restaurants and many shopping malls. “Bangalore Palace” is one of the attractions; it was built by Wodeyar King in 1887. It was inspired by Windsor Castle. This palace was built keeping in mind the Tudor style of architecture with fortified structure, battlements and turrets.
If you are interested in nature, you can always go to “Lal Bagh” which is a well known botanical garden in Bangalore. It was constructed way back in 18th century by ruler Hyder Ali and the plants from various countries were brought by his son Tipu Sultan and planted in this 240 acre garden. It houses close to 1000 species of rare flowers and plants and it has trees well over 100 years old. It is place visited by lot of people everyday mostly joggers and nature enthusiasts. The Glass House which has many of the rare flowers is a center of attraction in “Lal Bagh”. The Lal Bagh Rock, one of the oldest rock formations on earth, dating back to 3000 million years is another attraction that brings in crowds. Cubbon Park is another famous park in Bangalore among joggers which is in the centre of the city.
There are many other attractions in Bangalore like “Vidhana Soudha” which is a seat of Karnataka’s State Legislature, “Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum” which attracts close to million visitors every year, “Bull Temple” which is a temple built in 1537 and has an idol of “Nandi the bull” and is a sacred place for many people.
Bangalore is also very famous for its pubs and nightlife; it has various pubs and discos which are pretty much in demand on weekends among the youngsters. Even though pubs in Bangalore close at 12.00 am, restaurants are open till 3-4 am. If you are interested in shopping, it is home to many shopping malls which have great offers running all through the year. Bangalore is growing up to be a great city but it also has its problem like high traffic, costlier than other Indian cities and lack of Infrastructure. But it is a great place to visit with its perfect blend of history and modernization.
When people go to Hawaii, no one bothers to ask why anymore. Hawaii’s just one of those tourist havens that never seems to lose its sparkle. To make you drool, though, and to convince you that a trip there is worth next month’s paycheck, below are very commendable excuses. You won’t feel guilty about spending a cent when you experience these highlights.
Get Intimate with the Volcano
The Halemaumau in Hawaii’s Big Island has been overflowing with lava for the past two years. While volcanoes are generally beautiful, thanks to their rock formation, it’s very rare that you get to be this close to one that’s active. If you’re attracted to both power and beauty, Hawaii’s active volcano is something to look forward to. If you’re really looking for adventure, you might even consider camping out at the Volcanoes National Park.
Prague should be in your bucket list if you love to know more about architecture. The city practically offers a glimpse of different architectural styles ranging from Baroque, Gothic, Art Noveau, Functionalism, Cubism, and the list goes on. Some even joke that you can get a PhD on architecture when you go on a Prague holiday.
We cannot cover all of the important landmarks for the architecture tour of Prague but we pick some of the best examples.
Charles Bridge (Gothic)
The building of the bridge commenced in 1337 commission by Charles IV and was completed during the 15th century. The bridge was a vital link between the Prague Castle, the Old Town, and the nearby areas. The Charles Bridge is among the most photographed and visited destinations in this part of the Czech Republic.
Being stranded in an airport is not really a good experience but if ever you will get stuck, the following airports are the “best” spots to be at.
Changi is the best airport for 2010 according to the World Airport Awards by Skytrax. The airport has some great amenities for the travellers young and old. Where can you find free use of WiFi or game consoles? Their lounge chairs even have built in alarm clocks, just to make sure those who want to get some shuteye will not miss their flights.
For $10 US you can also access the Jacuzzi and swimming pool at the Ambassador Transit Hotel.
London is a melting pot of cultures. Because of this, you can practically enjoy flavors from different corners of the globe everyday.
Across London, there are restaurants that offer the best genuine cuisines which may well represent food stalls in Vietnam or maybe hawkers in Morocco. Your food adventure around the city does not have to be very expensive as you can find meals costing below thirty quids.
Say “American Ski Resort” and the first thing that comes to mind is the state of Colorado. But did you know that the North American continent offer tons of snow-capped, Ski Resorts to choose from? We’ve listed ten best Ski Resort places your family would love to visit. The best part about it is that you wouldn’t even have to travel far to get there. So without further ado, allow us to thrill you with these choices:
Blue Mountain Resort – Collingwood, Canada