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Prague: A Bohemian Charm

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Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, is a beauty in its own. It is also the historical capital of Bohemia. This city is filled with gorgeous architecture and is rich in history. Prague is also famously known as the City of Hundred Spires.

 

Prague is considered one of the most historic places around the world and for good reasons. Prague was home to several Holy Roman Emperors and was founded in Romanesque. The city flourished mainly during the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras. Prague played a vital part in the Bohemian and Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years’ War and in the 20th century history as the capital of Czechoslovakia, during the World Wars as well as Post War Communist Era. These factors make it a city enriched with rich history.

 

The capital of Czech Republic is also considered one of the most beautiful cities of the world for plenty of reasons. This city offers beautiful architecture and many cultural attractions to tourists. Some of the main attractions are listed below:

 

Prague Castle: The Prague Castle is the largest castle in the world. It is the city’s most popular attraction. The Prague Castle looks like something straight out of a fairytale with its looming spires and towers. There is a spellbinding collection of museums, galleries, historic buildings and Cathedrals within the walls of this castle. Saint Vitus Cathedral dominates the castle grounds with its fascinating beauty as it is considered one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe. However, visitors need to pass a security check before entering the premises and so, you should definitely carry your passport or proof of identification.

 

Charles Bridge: The Charles Bridge is for the romantics at heart. It will never fail to fascinate artists who love to pay tribute to the place through their work. With its immaculate collection of Baroque statues on both sides of the bridge and the superior Prague Castle shadowing over it, Charles Bridge is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places at Prague. The best time to visit is early in the morning or at dawn.

 

Veletržní Palác: It has an exquisite collection from the world’s best like Picasso, Van Gogh, Schiele and the likes. Some of the best arts from the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries are spread over the four floors of the building, making it a strong contender for Prague’s best museum. There is also an amazing collection of abstract, surrealist and cubist art.

 

Other attractions of Prague include Old Town Hall, Strahov Library, Municipal House, Prague Jewish Museum, Prague Spring etc.

 

The best time to visit Prague are the spring and early fall as the weather is mild and the crowds are fewer. Prague has an ideally chilly climate and hence most of the tourists visit during the warmer season making it overly crowded. The warmer season also offers relatively high hotel rates and overall expensive stay. Spring and early fall has lower hotel rates.

 

Overall, Prague is a destination not to be missed. Just make sure to plan your visit during the best season so that you can have the best possible experience.

Boracay: A Tropical Island Dream

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Boracay is a picturesque, small island located an hour’s flight away from Manila, the capital of Philippines. If you are looking for a few days of relaxation, Boracay is the perfect place for you.

Boracay is nestled by crystal clear water and dazzling white sand beaches. The beautiful beaches are lined with luxury hotels, bars, restaurants, shops and just about anything a tourist might look for. The beach facing hotels have lounge chairs by the front where you can relax and enjoy your time.

If you are a more adventurous person, you can take part in water sports and activities like surfing, snorkeling, sailing etc. Boracay has something or the other for everyone. The small island also offers a nightlife which comes alive at night with high energy parties and buffets which continue well into the night.

The best places to visit in Boracay include:

White Beach: This beach is the most popular among tourists and is divided into three sections, Station 1, Station 2 and Station 3. Station 1 is known to have the widest beachfront with luxury hotels and resorts. It is the most expensive among the three stations but the quality of stay is high as well. Station 2 is the commercial zone of the White beach. Tourists interested in shopping, partying ot trying out new restaurants prefer to be here. Station 3 is the calmest among the three stations with lesser crowds. It is also the least developed among the three, making it the cheapest. All of the White Beach is open to the tourists for them to swim or relax wherever they want to. The White Beach comes alive at night and is a spectacle not to be missed.

Puka Beach: Puka Beach is less crowded than White Beach and ideal for tourists who want to escape the crowd. Tourists love to have picnics on this beach. But, the shops around the beach cost a fortune for foods. It is best to pack your own food while having a picnic at Puka Beach.

Other attractions of the Boracay island include Motag Living Museum, Ariel’s Point, Diniwid Beach, Willy’s Rock, Crocodile Island,  Mount Luho, Crystal Cove Island etc. You can spend as many days as you want to without getting bored.

Boracay has a warm climate and hence you can visit this beautiful island any time of the year. However, it is better to avoid visiting in Monsoon due to rains. Tourists should choose locations and hotels according their budget. The ideal dress code for ladies would be bikinis and maxi dresses with comfortable pairs of flops. Men can rock their shorts and swimsuits as well. Packing good sunscreen will always be a good idea.

What to pack for Summer Trip in Iceland

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As opposed to our expectations of the weather during summer is not the exact one in Iceland. While visiting Iceland in summer is beautiful, chances of it not been a replica of the summers you are used to can be high.

You have many reasons to visit during this period because the midnight sun is usually very beautiful and the days longer. The environment is full with a beautiful green pasture as the sheep roam the country side. There is so much to do including rafting and whale tours as well as many fun festivals.

The main things you need to think of when packing are the same as those you consider during other seasons of the year. Be prepared always for wind or rain. It is not uncommon to have varying weather patterns in a day. The day can begin as a cool one and warm up at midday. Wear clothes easy for you to take on and off anytime.

Here is a list of what you need to pack.

Outerwear

Weatherproof shell; you will need a jacket that is water and wind resistant and still gives you enough warmth. It’s different from a rain jacket.

Pants and rain jackets: if you are interested in visiting the waterfalls, you can expect that you will get wet at some point. Having this two will come in handy. They can be taken on and off easily depending with the activity.

Hiking Pants: They should be waterproof to avoid wetness if you encounter any wet regions. They should be flexible, comfortable and able to shield you from weather elements.

Packable down vest or jacket: have a jacket or vest that you can add to the layer if you need extra warmth between your shell and base. They are useful because they are easily packed in a tiny bag.

Headband and hat: it’s unfortunate that you still need something that covers your ears and head during summer. It’s not mandatory on all days but there are days that you will need it. When visiting the ocean or the Northern parts of Iceland because they are cooler regions.

Layers

Thermal base: You should be safe to be warm and comfortable. It’s advisable that you pack both bottom and top, especially if you will be camping or heading to the interior regions.

Shirt: Unless you never get disturbed by cold, it’s recommended that you pack a long sleeved one. You might have nice days and others not so favorable as far the weather is concerned.

Fleece: It is easy if you need a layer or to wear alone if you do not need a jacket. Especially the moments you do not need to protect yourself from rain and wind.

Jeans: It’s good that you carry jeans to wear when you’re off to dinner or just hanging out.

Footwear

For your footwear you will require a lot more in Iceland. You will need hiking boots to navigate through rugged terrains. Walking shoes will be comfortable whenever you are having an easy day exploring Iceland. Flip flops to make it easier when getting in and out of the swimming pool and going back to the changing rooms.

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