Denmark is a Beautiful Place to Visit

Jutland is the main part of Denmark, which is a peninsula located towards the north of Germany. It also consists of other islands with Zealand and Funen being the biggest.

THE CLIMATE

The climate in Denmark is mild, and it is often wet and rainy there because it is located on the coast. The summers in Denmark are really cool with an average temperature of 19oC and fairly cold temperature in winter with an average high of 1oC.

TOP-RATED CITIES

The nine regional centers in Denmark are as follows:

  • Copenhagen (København): this is the capital city of Denmark and the largest. Copenhagen is a really vibrant capital, and there are lots of things to see and experience here.
  • Aarhus: this is the second largest city in Denmark and the main city of the Jutland peninsula. It is famous for its historic open-air museum.
  • Esbjerg
  • Aalborg: there is a beautiful city center here, and the Jomfru Ane Gade is located here too, where you’ll get the best nightlife in the city.
  • Herning: has a great entry point to the western coast beaches in Jutland.
  • Rønne
  • Sønderborg
  • Odense: this is the home to Egeskov Castle (one of the most preserved Renaissance castle situated in Europe.
  • Nykøbing Falster: you can set out to the mighty chalk cliffs of Møn, explore the old abbey and the castle, or even visit the good beaches on the islands.

FOOD

Eating out in Denmark could be pretty expensive. You can check out pizza stands and kebab shops for a budget meal. The traditional Danish meals are made with seafood, so you should expect lots of herring in your dish. Heart meat, particularly pork is also popular in Denmark.

Wherever you want to eat, avoid restaurants with multiple languages in their menu.

 

MONEY MATTERS…A LOT!

Denmark is generally an expensive country. All the consumer goods and services have a sales tax of 25% which has already been included in the displayed prices. Getting food or drinks can be really expensive if you are on a budget. Don’t get so surprised when you see a print of beer for about $8 at a bar or restaurant.

 

Tourist Hot Spots in Toronto

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, so it should come as no surprise that it is the first choice for both national and international travelers. Whether you are in the Toronto city or in the Greater Toronto Area, you can easily find a lot of fun activities, food, and events to keep you occupied throughout your stay.

Toronto is a mind-blowing city, that holds a perfect blend of both modernity and history. Its skyline is decorated with stunning architecture and the city has it all – natural outdoor spaces, top education, entertainment and a lot more.

Here are 3 places you must visit:

  1. The CN Tower

One of Toronto’s most popular attractions is the CN Tower. It is a whopping 553 meters tall and is an engineering marvel with in-house top-notch dining and entertainment facilities. Not only does it offer breathtaking views of Toronto, but there’s also a 3D theatre, shopping mall and more. In 1995 it was considered one of the Modern World’s Seven Wonders by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

     2. The Distillery District

The Distillery District is one of Toronto’s most interesting areas, full of amazing attractions and a staggering history. You’ll also find some of Toronto’s best boutiques, coffee shops, art shops & galleries, luxury restaurants and performance venues here, so there’s definitely a lot to see and do. It’s a pedestrian-only village that houses more than 70 cultural and commercial establishments made in iconic red brick, Victorian-era buildings of the Gooderham & Worts whiskey distillery. You’d be surprised to know that in 1871, the Distillery district accounted for about half of the province’s total spirits, but today it has become one of Toronto’s coolest neighborhoods, perfect for artistic and culture loving hip people. Sounds worth visiting, right?

3.  The Art Gallery of Ontario 

Moving on from the hip streets of Distillery district, it’s time for a grand art tour to the famous Art Gallery of Ontario, housing so many epitomes of art. It contains over 80,000 masterpieces, dating from the first century to the present day. The gallery is surely going to blow your mind when you see it’s unique collection of paintings, photographs, sculptures and other national and international artworks. The Thomson Collection is a must to check out, here you can see European art masterpieces dating from the Italian Renaissance through the mid-1900s centering around Peter Paul Rubens’ Baroque world-renowned painting “Massacre of the Innocents.”

These are the top 3 spots to visit in Toronto on a short trip.

Have fun!

 

New Zealand sites to see

New Zealand is one of those places you’ll never stop talking about, once you’ve been there. The beautiful island country is blessed with amazing natural beauty, including spectacular scenery from mountain ranges, active volcanoes, majestic coastlines, lakes, fiords, glaciers and lush rainforests. It’s also one of the world’s least crowded countries, with a population of just 4 million, making it great for peaceful get-aways and trips.

New Zealand is a compact place, divided into two islands, and you can easily visit several holiday destinations across both islands in a short time.

If you’re already thinking of visiting the country, here are 5 of the most beautiful places in New Zealand you should definitely visit when you’re there.

  1. Milford Sound

Milford Sound is situated in the northern-most end of the Fiordland National Park. It is famous for some of the most marvelous coastal scenery, majestic mountains, and deep blue waters in the world. If you like trekking you should also try the Milford track, which is New Zealand’s most visited hiking trail.

 

 

  1. Bay of islands 

This bay was named by Captain James Cook when he visited it in 1769. It consists of 144 islands, deserted bays and heavenly beaches. You’ll also be able to witness an abundance of marine life like whales, penguins, dolphins and the big marlin here. If you like adventure sports you should also try diving , sailing yachts, world cruises.

  1. Tongariro National park 

Unlike most national parks you may have seen, this one  has a rugged, volcanic landscape, both notorious, and famous, for its surprises and extremes. It’s blessed with a plethora of diverse flora and fauna. You’ll comes across amazing tranquil lakes, active volcanoes, untamed forest and desert-like plateaus. Hikers should also try the 19km long trek through its center, known as the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

  1. Rotorua 

This is a place you should definitely visit while in New Zealand. It is famous as the country’s thermal wonderland since the1880’s. There a lot of thermal springs, mud pools and geysers are in the area, making it one of the country’s top outdoor tourist spots. Also, don’t forget to visit The Wai-O-Tapu nearby, famous for its hot springs and their colorful appearance. The smell of sulphur is an indication of thermal activity that is evident in the region.

New Zealand is definitely one of the most beautiful countries in the world to visit. It offers you unbeatable chances for adventure, peaceful getaway, and exploration. Whether you are traveling solo or with a group of friends, New Zealand has a lot to offer.

 

Sightseeing in London

London is a beautiful place to visit.  Here are the must see places on a short visit. 

 

Big Ben

When you think of London,  you automatically think of Big Ben.  This has to be the world’s most iconic clock tower.  Located at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, is in one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions. Definitely go on the hour to hear the chimes.  It is busy with tourists trying to take picture of it so the bridge can be crowded. Even busy it is definitely worth seeing and taking in the architecture surrounding it. Big Ben will  unfortunately go silent soon till 2021 due to renovations. But you need to see this iconic clock that most of us grew up seeing in our childhood books.

Buckingham Palace

You have to stop at Buckingham Palace, right? Your trip would not be complete without seeing the working headquarters of the Monarchy.  The Changing of the Guards is a colorful spectacle of British pageantry. I met a vacationer and his family who owns a small business in Arizona (Mesa Painting Pros) and he told me he watched the show twice and never saw a guard waiver or smile. The stoic ceremony lasts about 45 minutes and is an amazing sight to see.

If you get a chance, visit the State Rooms using the headphones and mini tablet so you can stroll through at your own pace and listen to the history of the palace in your language.  Also, the gardens are magnificent to see.  Pictures are not allowed inside so you really have to see it for yourself.  They do offer guided tours so if you are limited on time this option might be more beneficial for you.

 

 

Westminster Abbey

You can’t leave London without seeing Westminster Abbey. This 700 year old building has over one million visitors a year.

The Abbey is the place where the royals hold coronations, funerals and other religious ceremonies.  Princess Diana’s funeral was held here.  The Abbey is rich with history, paintings, stained glass, other artifacts. You can join in for worship daily and guided tours are offered.  You need to visit the Abbey to truly appreciate the stunning architecture and get a postcard worthy picture.

 

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace is the former home to Queen Victoria and Princess Diana.  This beautiful palace has exhibits throughout.  Currently the Princess Diana:Fashion Story is being displayed.  Come and see some of her elegant dresses and outfits.  Diana, Princess of Wales was considered a fashion icon of her time. Make sure to take a stroll through the well manicured gardens that Princess Diana loved to visit.  She raised Prince William and Harry at Kensington Palace.  Prince William and his family now reside here.

It is just a special place to visit knowing Princess Diana lived there.  You can’t help but love the “Princess for the People” as she was known.

 

The London Bridge

The London Bridge has beautiful views and is a great place to take pictures. The view at night is stunning with the city illuminated.  

Definitely worth taking the time to stroll across it and enjoy the view.  London Bridge is in a trendy part of town, the food is great and it is close to the Tower of London so you can visit both attractions at once.  

 

 

Yes, You Can Have a Family Vacation in Las Vegas

Interesting things to see in Las Vegas with the family

Las Vegas is seen as a party and gambling town but there are things to do for the family also. It can be a reasonably priced vacation for a day trip or longer vacation. Here are 10 things for the entire family to enjoy.

 

  1. Adventure Dome – the World’s largest indoor amusement park located in the Circus Circus Hotel. There are 25 different rides and attractions for the family to try.
  2. Pinball Hall of Fame – collection of pinball machines popular from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. Pinball games are still being made and this place lets you introduce your childhood game to the kids. You can even play them. Takes lots of quarters!!
  3. Shark Reef Aquarium – Kids will love to visit this aquarium in the Mandalay Bay hotel. This great place has exhibits of dangerous sharks to beautiful exotic fish. A must see with the walk through tunnel containing 1.3 gallons of water.
  4. Las Vegas shows – there are a multitude of shows that are family friendly including several Cirque du Soleil shows, the Jabbawockeez and the most popular for the family Circus 1903. Be sure and check dates before arriving.
  5. Madame Tussauds Museum – see life-like wax museum figures of celebrities and more. You can also and use props to take pictures dressed up with your favorite celeb.
  6. Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. – This Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network is perfect for the Avenger fan in the family both adult and kids. You can train as an agent and see props such as Iron Man’s suit, Captain America’s shield and much more.

  7. Bellagio fountains – watch fountains dance and shot up high into the air to the music and lights. It is free so check the times to see it.
  8. Volcano at the Mirage – this free show will fascinate the kids and adults alike.
  9. Discovery Children’s Museum – this interactive museum is full of exhibits for the entire family. Be sure to see Water World with models of the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.
  10. For the more adventurous family, there is zip-lining, water parks, indoor skydiving and much more.

Las Vegas has become a family friendly environment and makes a great affordable vacation for the entire family.