If you’ve got a thing for flowers, color, beauty, history and sweet-smelling air, the Netherlands’ Keukenhof Gardens, not far from Amsterdam, is the place for you. It’s gorgeous. So gorgeous, in fact, that no one has ever taken a bad photograph there. Well, not of the flowers anyway.
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Even if you’re not the kind of traveler who wants to check off as many destinations as possible in a week-long vacation, you might get restless staying in one place for that long. With some cities, you not only have the option of visiting another region, you can also stamp your passport by going to a whole different country for a few days.
The vibrant student city of Cluj-Napoca, located in legend-riddled Transylvania, and has proclaimed itself as Romania’s ‘city of the arts.’ A multi-cultural city with its origins in Roman times, Cluj’s profile is currently riding high as European Youth Capital for 2015. Thanks to its proximity to many of Romania’s unique attractions, exploring Transylvania from Cluj-Napoca is a sightseer’s delight.
The Peles and Bran castles are a few hours drive outside of Bucharest, therefore making a great day trip to our Romania travel plans. Since we were traveling without a car, I chose to book the Castles of Transylvania from Bucharest Private Tour in order to discover the true history of the region.
Children shriek in giddy delight as alpacas nuzzle the fence—a strange feel of Andean charm in the middle of Appalachia. Alpacas are the main attraction here on Apple Hill Farm in North Carolina, about 25 minutes from Boone, but there are also goats, chickens, donkeys, and pigs that accompany them on this 42-acre property. As […]
The mythical land of Vlad the Impaler, Transylvania is the wild frontier of once-secretive Romania. It’s a mysterious region encircled by the Carpathian Mountains and is rapidly opening up to the West. It’s home to enticing Saxon-cum-Baroque cities, medieval villages, fortified churches and magical castles. There’s so much to see and do, but here are our picks for the top 10 things to do in Transylvania:
Lithuania is a country with rich history, beautiful scenery and Baroque architecture that will undoubtedly soon be a firm fixture on the destination hotlist. The small Eastern European nation joined the EU 10 years ago and is the home to the historic capital city of Vilnius. There are many charms lying within easy reach of Vilnius. One of the most popular day trips from the capital is to Trakai.
Mall of America is a massive shopping center located in Bloomington, Minnesota, just 10 miles from downtown Minneapolis. It’s the largest shopping mall in the United States and has a plethora of retail shops and activities covering four levels. Heading to a mall while visiting Minneapolis may not seem like something that that should be at the top of your travel list, but Mall of America is far from your average shopping center. From fun and games to fashion and food, this mega mall is a top place to experience when in Minnesota.
Lithuania’s lovely, small capital of Vilnius has a deliciously photogenic Old Town and many reasons to tempt visitors to explore; but outside the capital there are many more attractions to discover, from remote sandy beaches to bravura Baroque architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage memorial constructed from crucifixes. Here are five top sights in Lithuania, all within easy reach of Vilnius:
The Carpathian Mountains run from Western Slovakia, near Bratislava, all the way to Transylvania in Romania. Slovakia was formerly behind the Iron Curtain, and part of the sprawling Austro-Hungarian Empire prior to World War I. Then it separated from Czechoslovakia to become its own country. Does Slovakia have an identity of its own? The locals certainly think so. I booked the Small Carpathian Wine Country Day Trip From Bratislava, the capital, in order to find out.