Top Magical Places to Visit in New Zealand (I)


Nestled away in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, are the islands of New Zealand. Often overshadowed by its large neighbor, Australia, this is a country that should be singing its natural rugged beauty. Instead, it quietly carries on — knowing that every day, a few thousand new visitors fall in love with it.

There’s a wealth of beauty to discover here — and these top magical places to visit in New Zealand are just a few of our favorite places.

The North Island, home to the capital Wellington and boasting great rolling hills, dense rainforests, fruitful wineries and steaming geothermal lakes, was the stunning setting for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films. Volcano cones dot the countryside — some extinct, others still bubbling. The South Island is best known for its spectacular scenery — vast blue lakes, world-famous glaciers, rusty red mountain ranges and dramatic fjord land.

1. Top Magical Places to Visit in New Zealand: Auckland

In New Zealand’s largest city, you’ll find yourself at the heart of the country’s shopping Mecca. Designer stores line the streets of Chancery and the Otara Saturday flea market overflows with Maori and Polynesian homemade cuisine.

At the Viaduct, hire a jet ski and take a tour of the harbor to learn about the city’s surrounding suburbs — and there’s no better view of the Harbor Bridge than from underneath it. Stop for dinner at the marina, with dozens of sailboats, in the bar and a ruby sunset backdrop, this is the perfect welcome scene.

2. Top Magical Places to Visit in New Zealand: Matamata

If the love for Tolkien’s Hobbits has brought you to New Zealand, then you’ll find the velvety green fields of Matamata completely magical. Located two hours south of Auckland, one of the prime film sets for The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings trilogy, is now open. A tour of ‘Hobbiton’ will take you to the homes of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, along with other familiar scenes. Finally, the Green Dragon pub is open to all.

3. Top Magical Places to Visit in New Zealand: Rotorua

Thanks to its spot on the Volcanic Plateau, Rotorua is home to the world’s most lively geothermal activity. Watch the famous Pohutu Geyser erupt hot spring water up to 30 meters into the air and take in the spectacular rainforest vistas from the banks of beautiful Lake Tarawera and Lake Tikitapu.

To get a bird’s eye view, book in for a 15,000ft skydive with NZone Rotorua. The one-minute free fall allows plenty of time to take in the swirling blues and greens of the hot lakes below.

A short helicopter ride from nearby Whakatane town is an active volcano called White Island. Explore this sulphur-spewing beauty with a guide and a hardhat.

Places to visit in the UK


There are so many places around the world and so many sights to see. Visiting the United Kingdom is definitely on my list of top 10 places to visit eventually. Once there, here are the many places I would like to visit…..

Tower of London

For limited time the Tower of London is offering tours after dark and rare glimpse into in the shadows of the Tower. Yeoman Warders, guardians of the Tower, guide visitors through secret life in the fortress with tales of mystery, murder and indiscretions. Tickets are £25 per person and can be booked online.

London Eye Giant Ferris Wheel In England

London Eye constructed at the turn of 20th century is the biggest observation wheel of its kind. Located on the banks of River Thames it took six different architects to design this marvel. It happens to be the fourth largest structure in whole of London. The giant Ferris wheel is also called the Millennium Wheel and it is almost 135 meters tall. It is one of the most popular attractions of the historic city and both locals and tourists can be seen visiting and taking a ride at this marvelous wheel as it gives an unspoiled birds-eye view of the London city.

Big Ben

Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and often extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower. The tower is officially known as the Elizabeth Tower, renamed as such to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II (prior to being renamed in 2012 it was known as simply “Clock Tower”). The tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower. The tower was completed in 1858 and had its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009, during which celebratory events took place. The tower has become one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and is often in the establishing shot of films set in London.

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England, about 2 miles (3 km) west of Amesbury and 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones set within earthworks. It is in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.
Archaeologists believe it was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. Radiocarbon dating in 2008 suggested that the first stones were raised between 2400 and 2200 BC, whilst another theory suggests that bluestones may have been raised at the site as early as 3000 BC.
The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC. The site and its surroundings were added to the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1986 in a co-listing with Avebury Henge. It is a national legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument. Stonehenge is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage, while the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust.
Archaeological evidence found by the Stonehenge Riverside Project in 2008 indicates that Stonehenge could have been a burial ground from its earliest beginnings. The dating of cremated remains found on the site indicate that deposits contain human bone from as early as 3000 BC, when the ditch and bank were first dug. Such deposits continued at Stonehenge for at least another 500 years. The site is a place of religious significance and pilgrimage in Neo-Druidry.

York Minster

York Minster is a cathedral in York, England, and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. The minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the second-highest office of the Church of England, and is the cathedral for the Diocese of York. It is run by a dean and chapter, under the Dean of York. The formal title of York Minster is “The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York”. The title “minster” is attributed to churches established in the Anglo-Saxon period as missionary teaching churches, and serves now as an honorific title. Services in the minster are sometimes regarded as on the High Church or Anglo-Catholic end of the Anglican continuum.
The minster has a very wide Decorated Gothic nave and chapter house, a Perpendicular Gothic Quire and east end and Early English north and south transepts. The nave contains the West Window, constructed in 1338, and over the Lady Chapel in the east end is the Great East Window, (finished in 1408), the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world. In the north transept is the Five Sisters Window, each lancet being over 52 feet (16 m) high. The south transept contains a famous rose window, while the West Window contains a famous heart-shaped design, colloquially known as ‘The Heart of Yorkshire’.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is an amusement park situated along the Fylde coast in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. It is the most visited tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, and one of the top twenty most-visited amusement parks in the world with an estimate of 5.5 million visitors in 2007. In a 2014 TripAdvisor poll, Pleasure Beach was voted as the best theme park in the United Kingdom and the 12th best park in Europe respectively The park is privately owned by the Thompson family under BPB Holdings ltd. In 2003 Pleasure Beach opened the Big Blue Hotel, a four star family and business hotel and in 2011, Nickelodeon Land, a substitute of the main park which includes numerous family-orientated rides and attractions based on the Nickelodeon brand opened.

Thermae Bath Spa

Thermae Bath Spa is a combination of the historic spa and a contemporary building in the city of Bath, England, and re-opened in 2006. Bath and North East Somerset council own the buildings, and, as decreed in a Royal Charter of 1590, are the guardians of the spring waters, which are the only naturally hot, mineral-rich waters in the UK. The Spa is operated by Thermae Development Company.
The main spa building, the New Royal Bath, was designed by Grimshaw Architects and is constructed in Bath stone, enclosed by a glass envelope. It has two natural thermal baths, an open-air rooftop pool and an indoor pool, a large steam room with four circular glass pods and 20 spa treatment rooms, including the 18th century Hot Bath. The stand alone Cross Bath is a grade 1 listed Georgian building containing one open-air thermal bath.

Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is an opera house and major performing arts venue in Covent Garden, central London. The large building is often referred to as simply “Covent Garden”, after a previous use of the site of the opera house’s original construction in 1732. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented. A year later, Handel’s first season of operas began. Many of his operas and oratorios were specifically written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there.


Snowdonia (Welsh: Eryri) is a region in north Wales and a national park of 823 square miles (2,130 km2) in area. It was the first to be designated of the three National Parks in Wales, in 1951. Prior to the designation of the boundaries of the National Park, “Snowdonia” was generally used to refer to a smaller area, namely the upland area of northern Gwynedd centred on the Snowdon massif, whereas the national park covers an area more than twice that size extending far to the south into Meirionnydd. This is apparent in books published prior to 1951 such as the classic travelogue Wild Wales by George Borrow (1862) and The Mountains of Snowdonia by H. Carr & G. Lister (1925). F. J. North, as editor of the book Snowdonia(1949), states “When the Committee delineated provisional boundaries, they included areas some distance beyond Snowdonia proper.” The traditional Snowdonia thus includes the ranges of Snowdon and its satellites, the Glyderau, the Carneddau and the Moel Siabod group. It does not include the hills to the south of Maentwrog. As Eryri (see above), this area has a unique place in Welsh history, tradition and culture.

The Lowry

The Lowry is a theatre and gallery complex situated on Pier 8 at Salford Quays, in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. It is named after the early 20th century painter, L. S. Lowry, known for his paintings of industrial scenes in North West England. The complex was officially opened on 12 October 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II.

Bed & Breakfast in Milan, Italy


1. Bed & Breakfast in Milan, Italy: B&B Althea – All in the family

Althea is a family run bed & breakfast on the third floor of an early 1900’s building in a quiet residential street east of city center (10 min by tram or bus). Althea offers you a comfortable, light and air-conditioned room with a double bed (or two single beds) and a private bathroom with shower.

Services and facilities at B&B Althea include: TV and wireless Internet access, full continental breakfast, elevator, private entrance and air conditioning.

The owners speak English, French and Swedish.

2. Bed & Breakfast in Milan, Italy: B&B Milan – Right in city center

This is a small and friendly B&B right in the middle of the city, only a few steps away the Duomo and the animated area of Colonne di San Lorenzo.

All no-smoking rooms have fridge and facilities for preparing tea or coffee. Upon arrival, the host offers you a bowl of fruits and other extras.

3. Bed & Breakfast in Milan, Italy: B&B Monteverdi – At the violin maker

Named after the famous son of Cremona and situated in the violin maker’s neighborhood, this is a musical place. There is even a violin maker downstairs.

This B&B offers a flat / apartment with independent entrance.

Services and facilities at B&B Monteverdi include: air conditioning, satellite television, wireless Internet, refrigerator, microwave oven and bicycles.

4. Bed & Breakfast in Milan, Italy: B&B Navigli – Close to city center and nightlife

A straightforward B&B hotel with 25 colorful, modern rooms with air conditioning, mini bar, LCD TV, Wi-Fi Internet, safety deposit box. The B&B is located close to the lively Navigli district with a lot of café’s, bars and restaurants.

Transport: Tram 9, 29/30

5. Bed & Breakfast in Milan, Italy: B&B Porta Garibaldi – A one-apartment facility

This B&B offers a small private apartment, with two single beds and one double. It is located close to the lively Brera district, a few steps away from Brera‘s famous art galleries and museums and 20 min walking from city center.

Services and facilities at B&B Porta Garibaldi include: free Wi-Fi Internet, satellite television with Sky, a sumptuous fresh breakfast, books and dvd movies, guide books and tourist info, private entrance, fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, PC-TV connection, hairdryer, sound proof windows, free bicycle, free extra bed for children up to 3 years.

Transport: Metro 2 – Moscova stop or Tram 2 – Piazzale Baiamonti stop


Leisure Activities in Costa del Sol (Part 1)


The range of leisure activities in Costa Del Sol is large and varied. Whether you prefer to relax or would like to go on a little adventure – there is something for everyone here. Those seeking relaxation can best find it in one of the many spas, such as Spejo’s, or by going on a walk along the beautiful Costa Tropical, and marvel at the amazing landscape. The Torcal de Antequera cliff scenery, which looks as if it was artificially created, is also amazing. Fuengirol Zoo or the Sea Life Center in Benalmadena are the places to be for those who have an appreciation for flora and fauna close to their heart. The “dolphin safari” boat trips bring visitors closer to the animal life in the region and are also an impressive experience.

1. Simple Diving (Leisure Activities in Costa del Sol: Diving spot – Torrenmolinos)

The dive school, Simply Diving, offers course for beginners and professionals, as well as special offers such as night and wreck dives. Any equipment required can be hired on site. There is also a complimentary shuttle service from the hotel to the dive course. Presentation of a medical certificate is mandatory.

2. Mijas Aquatic Park (Leisure Activities in Costa del Sol: Waterpark – Mijas Costa)

At the Mijas Aquatic Park there are loads of spectacular slides and pools. There are wave pools, whirlpools and slides of every kind from steep to spiral in form. In addition to all this, there are also restaurants and bars, as well as sporting activities such as mini golf and a climbing wall.

3. Buddha Beach (Leisure Activities in Costa del Sol: Other – Marbella)

The Buddha Beach ranks among the most exclusive beach clubs in Marbella. The bar with live DJs on the beach offers special drinks in a luxurious atmosphere. The restaurant serves various seafood and Thai dishes. Oriental spa treatments are also offered.

4. Spejo’s (Leisure Activities in Costa del Sol: Thermal & spa – Puerto Banus / Malaga)

At Spejo’s you can indulge both your body and mind over an area of 2,500 square meters. The spa areas with various baths and saunas, therapy zones with face and body treatments made of everything from seaweed to oil, as well as work-outs for the entire body can be enjoyed here, not forgetting the restaurant too.

5. Fuengirola Zoo (Leisure Activities in Costa del Sol: Other – Fuengirola / Malaga)

At the Fuengirola Zoo there are birds, mammals, reptiles and fish. There’s even a breeding program for the preservation of endangered species. The most important tourist attraction is the “Moonlight Visit” during the summer, when Fuengirola Zoo stays open one hour after midnight. There are tours twice a day.

Points of Interest in Greece


Greece has a number of popular cities and destinations that truly satisfy any traveler’s tastes — be it those looking for history, beaches, wine tasting, medieval structures, nightlife or even archeological digs. It is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, with some major cities or points of interests to include, but not limited to the gems below:

Points of Interest in Greece: Athens

The country’s largest, most influential metropolitan center, and also the capital city, Athens, is most known for the Parthenon. Athens was built in honor of the goddess, Athena. It is one of the world’s oldest cities, with recorded history dating back nearly 3,400 years.

Points of Interest in Greece: Delphi

Delphi is home to the famous oracle of Apollo, which is a major archaeological site.

Points of Interest in Greece: Mykonos

Mykonos, often compared to Ibiza, touts a cosmopolitan lifestyle, sophisticated nightlife and picturesque villages — all adding to its allure.

Points of Interest in Greece: Thasos

Thasos is one of the smaller islands with a big reputation thanks — in part — to the treasures of its natural beauty, rich history, character and local color.

Points of Interest in Greece: Santorini

Santorini is a volcanic island known for its beautiful views, towns, and sunsets. With its popular black volcanic beaches and infamous Red Beach, Santorini offers picturesque views, eclectic cuisine, a bustling nightlife and excellent wines.

Points of Interest in Greece: Crete

Crete, the largest and most populated of the Greek islands, with a population of over 500,000 inhabitants, boasts the most temperate climate, and mountainous views; it’s no wonder this is the jewel of the Greek Islands tourism list.

With sites such as the Acropolis in Athens; Archaeological sites of Delphi, Olympia and Mystras; the medieval city of Rhodes; and Mount Athos, Greece is also home to approximately 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (8 tentative).

It’s a true paradise of endless possibilities!

Museums at the Wolfsburg Castle in Germany (I)


The Wolfsburg Castle, with its ornamental gables and the onion tower which dates back in the 16th century, is one of the most magnificent architectural marvels of the Northern Germany. Inside the castle you will find: the City Gallery, the City Museum, the Kunstverein Wolfsburg, the Heidersberger Institude, as well as the Teaching Workshop (regional teacher training). Keep reading to discover the museums at the Wolfsburg Castle in Germany. All of them are worth a visit and this is your chance to find out more about their amazing history.

1. Museums at the Wolfsburg Castle in Germany: City Gallery

The City Gallery of Wolfsburg is an institution for contemporary art located in the opulent Renaissance structure of Castle Wolfsburg. Historical architecture and contemporary art create an exciting dialogue in the exhibit rooms. Since the art offers specific insights, alludes to alternatives and helps to understand the problems of our reality, which are becoming more and more complex, the City Gallery of Wolfsburg constitutes a forum from which impulses for the future emanate. A richly varied palette of events is available for all ages. Special focuses can be found in institution’s exhibitions under the motto “Young Art in an Ancient Castle”; the Art Prize of the City of Wolfsburg “A Young City viewing Young Art”; printer’s workshop; cooperative projects with local artists; a collection with paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs and videos.

2. Museums at the Wolfsburg Castle in Germany: City Museum

“Living history” is the motto of the City Museum in the Castle of Wolfsburg. In the historical ambience of the coach houses, between the defensive walls and the Fachwerk, this museum presents the history of the castle, the region and the city, in hundreds of original exhibits, from the foundation pile of the Castel Wolfsburg to a complete hair salon from the 1950s. Listening stations provide music and testimonies from contemporary witnesses, while interactive media and films facilitate a very personal encounter with this special city. The City Museum is more than a historical museum; it uses imagination and entertainment to present a comprehensive portrait of the very special city of Wolfsburg. At the same time its exhibitions and castle tours provide information about the history of the Castle Wolfsburg, an architectural monument to the North German Renaissance.

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Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera (I)


The Mayan Riviera, Mexico’s 80-mile long Caribbean coastline, stretches from the quaint fishing village of Puerto Morelos to the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka’an. It’s a coastline of hidden coves, white-powder sand beaches and gleaming aquamarine seas. Perfectly blue skies and green coconut palms scattered on the beaches’ edge compete this picture-perfect postcard. This sliver of heaven offers visitors orange of vacation options from eco-tourism to ultra luxury destinations.

Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Cancun

Cancun, once a coconut plantation, became a tourist mecca during the late 1970s, mainly because of its design. Cancun is now a wonderful place to practice jet skiing, snorkel, scuba diving, swimming, and sailing. Alternatively, you can take one of the hundreds of tours to modern beaches. High rise hotels hug the coastline, while bars and restaurants spill into Cancun’s “party central” area that attracts tourists from all over the world.

Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen was once an old fishing village. Now, 34 miles south of Cancun’s airport, the town’s main shopping street, Fifth Avenue, is a pedestrian mall, whose shops lure visitors with tequila, sombreros and other tourist items. Playa, as it is referred to by locals, offers everything from luxury hotels with all the facilities, to smaller personalized establishments; several bars, shopping malls, bistros serving traditional and international food, cultural and recreational spots, water sports and golf.

Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Chichen Itza

Inland from the pristine beaches, Chichen Itza performed an important role in Mayan religious rites, since its birth in the fourth century. People believed that the cenotes, or underwater sinkholes, were doorways to the afterlife. Now that Chichen Itza has been made a New World Wonder, the ancient ruins are a major tourist stop.

Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Xcaret

One of Riviera Maya’s biggest attractions, Xcaret, was once a Mayan port for departures to Cozumel. There’s swimming along an underground river, dolphin programs and cultural attractions. Visitors come to learn about the area’s ecology and Mayan history, relax on the beach, float down one of two subterranean rivers, swim with dolphins, or wander the jungle-shrouded trails.