Nov 17

Top Iconic Sights to See in London

London, the capital city of England has a bustling population of around 7.5 million people. It is a vibrant melting pot of culture and has a combination of the old and new world that would surely amaze your senses. Before booking online with Venere.com, preparing a list of iconic places to see in this glorious city is a must to avoid itinerary issues and confusion.

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Big Ben

 

There are so many things to do and places to visit in London. It is mandatory for any visitor or traveller to see the iconic Big Ben! It wouldn’t be a visit to London if you don’t get to see this tower clock at all. The Westminster Abbey, a glamorous Anglican cathedral and the Palace of the Westminster, the seat of government where the Big Ben sits are representations of the English Gothic art and symbols of parliamentary monarchy, definitely a grand sight you shouldn’t miss. History lovers will love getting around this side of the city.

 

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Big ben and Westminster abbey

 

A block away from the Abbey is the Parliament Square and the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center. The structures and architecture of these buildings will bring you back in time just marveling at them. But of course, London is never late when it comes to modernity so expect up to date interiors and technology when you peek inside these buildings.

 

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St. James Park

 

From the Westminster, you can either explore St James’s Park and the Horse Guard Palace. If your visit to London falls on a summer, you are in luck, the Buckingham Palace, which is the official residence of the Queen, is open to the public during the summer season!

 

The Westminster Bridge can become packed with visitors, tourist and travelers from around the globe. This spot can give you a splendid view of the Westminster, the Big Ben, and the London Eye which sits right across the river.

 

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London Eye

 

Interestingly, the London Bridge and the Monument to the Great Fire of London also draws in a number history geeks. And from there you can also visit St. Paul Cathedral and the Museum of London to learn more about this amazing city.

 

 

Big thanks to my friend Marie for the photos :)

Nov 05

Skimboarding Adventure in Ka’anapali Beach

Hawaii is considered as one of the loveliest places in the planet. It is indeed a natural wonder that offers plenty of adventure activities and relaxation packages for friends and families. This group of islands is located in the heart of the Pacific so thrill seeking surfers and skimboarders are also allured by what Hawaii can offer. One of the best places to enjoy skimboarding is on Maui – the Big Makena. It is not very crowded so skimboarders can enjoy wider spaces for their exhibitions.

 

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Ka’anapali Beach is also very famous with the skimboarding community because of the “sidewash.” It is also very spacious and not a lot of people visit here though it is gaining popularity with the locals. This beach offers powerful breaks which is ideal for the performance of different tricks. It is easy enough to find Ka’anapali Beach, just pick a map and ask some locals and you’ll easily find your way down there. You and your family or friends won’t find Ka’anapali beach lacking for there are great hotels around such as the Westin Hotel and the Hyatt. Among its neighboring beaches such as Lahaina, Ka’anapali Beach is the best option for its nice beach breaks, accommodations options and nice locals to hang around with.

 

Photo credits: Bengt Nyman on Flickr – https://flic.kr/p/5KMjcb

Oct 07

Villa Holiday Experience: A splendid Home away from Home

Planning for your family’s next perfect holiday destination? Why not try a Villa holiday experience. Villa rentals are offered in most places around the globe.  These wonderful homes give pleasure to both big and small families and what is more fascinating is that you can also handpick a villa which offers child-friendly facilities that can offer added protection for your little ones.

 

villa holiday

 

It is indeed a wonderful feel to stay in a fabulous home beautifully situated in the most sought-after location. Villa handlers like PPA Properties offers a wide selection of properties for an ideal villa holiday in different locations and destinations to ensure that your stay will fit your travel plans and requirements.

A Villa rental is an ideal place to celebrate memorable occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries or other important family events. It is a fully furnished accommodation, beautifully designed for comfort and relaxation. It also built in a sophisticated ambiance from which will be irresistible to enjoy whether near the coast or through a stunning scenery and landscapes. Moreover, villa staffs are helpful and friendly to cater your needs.

A marvelous second home away from home, an ideal place to rent for two weeks or more to unwind from the busy and stressful city life. A lodging place which is  a wonderful holiday home to stay for a vacation that offers privacy for leisure and bonding moments with your loved ones.  Villa holiday experience is truly a great holiday treat worth the true value for money.

 

Photo credits: www.ibiza-spotlight.com

Sep 18

Exploring Barcelona

Barcelona is best to explore and visit during the months of May to June when temperatures are balmy with lots of festivals to enjoy that declares the advent of summer.

Families, couples, most especially culture lovers and adventurers will truly enjoy Barcelona for it is rich in architectural and artistic tradition such as sacred cathedrals and churches, historical remnants, bustling beaches, splendid sites like Parc Guell, Casa Batlló and Sagrada Familia and more.
The region also offer exquisite food and wine one would really savor. You can find traditional Spanish dancing and cuisine throughout the city. Famous popular spots are  Barri Gòtic, Las Ramblas and Eixample

The Sagrada Familia, is found at the Eixample neighborhood, the proof of  the city’s rich Catholic tradition.

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la sagrada familia
photo credits: Ljupcoi/Stockphoto.com

Parc Güell in Gracia is another place worth to travel around. Travelers recommend Taking escalators up to the top of the hill is recommended for travelers, not used to arduous climbs uphill.

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Parc Guell
photo credits: matthewleesdixon/iStockphoto.com

 

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Barcelona Parc Guell Columns
photo credits: wikimedia commons

As most sights and scenes can be explored by foot, more outlying attractions are reachable through public transportation to maximize  sight pleasure. If you are looking for a night out, quite a lot of bars are open throughout the city for a vibrant night life.

Spend a day and enjoy a fantastic swim with the crystal clear blue water with your loved ones in Barcelona beaches.

Barcelona Beach

Barcelona Beach
photo credits: oh-barcelona.com/flickr

Moreover, if you are a collector, Barcelona is a great place to shop for antiques, artisan and crafts.

 

 

Aug 29

Santa Catalina Island Family Vacation

Santa Catalina Island located in the Southern coast of California is a popular family vacation destination in the US. Vacationers can travel to this island by air or by boat. Most people choose the luxury of travelling to Santa. Catalina via a helicopter which only a 15-minute journey. Boat trips usually take an hour from the mainland.

Santa Catalina Island

The proximity of this island to the busy Southern California area makes it a favorite destination of families who wish to escape for a while and experience rest and relaxation. The island offers great activities including parasailing, fishing, golf, diving, kayaking and scuba diving. Kids and adults are found frolicking on the beach or taking an enjoyable walking tour on any ordinary day in Sta. Catalina.

Image via catalinachamber.com

image via catalinachamber.com

There is nothing that you will want more in terms of entertainment in the area. The island Museum is filled with rich historical artifacts. Shoppers will have a grand time at the Metropole Market Place which is designed with a French Quarter cobbled stones and beautiful water fountains. You can find everything you need from the shops such as artwork, books, gift and souvenir items, baked goods or sportswear.

IMG_4033:  Casino Building, Avalon

Casino Building, Avalon by Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce, on Flickr

Plus, whatever your budget is, you can also find different types of accommodations for you and your family. There are bed and breakfasts, camping grounds and hotels that offer special packages for the whole family.

IMG_4049:  Avalon at dusk looking toward mainland

Avalon at dusk looking toward mainland by Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce, on Flickr

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