Thursday, April 24, 2014

San Sebastian – Modern Cosmopolitan Destination

San Sebastian
San Sebastian located on the shores of the Bay of Biscay in Basque Region of northern Spain is a modern cosmopolitan destination for exploring interesting sites in the country and is one of Spain’s pearls of touristic supremacy. San Sebastian flanked by a number of promenades with awesome beaches, the most famous being the Playa de la Concha.

The La Concha Bay has a small offshore island which enables visitors with a few hours of pure enjoyment in this beautiful setting while the nearby popular Ondaretta Beach is a better version for those interested in relaxing by the sea or swimming in chilly clean water. Geographically being a small city, San Sebastian is divided into areas which are worth visiting and exploring.

The Old Part has a variety of amazing restaurants and tapas or pintxo bars which are of great reputation both among tourist and locals. One of the city’s most amazing Michelin Star restaurants has some delicious and the finest quality of food stuff which should not be missed while visiting this appealing destination.

Known for Parades and Festivals

Leisure strolls by the seashore on a warm afternoon towards sunset will give one the privilege of the best fresh fish and shellfish together with a vibrant nightlife that follows thereafter in the city. One could also take the opportunity on some affordable and homely menus at the back streets. The summers is the best time to visit the city with the climate being mild with comforting warmth and during the day it is just pleasant and not too hot.

San Sebastian is also known for its several parades and festivals throughout the year most of which takes place during the summer months. The main economic activities are tourism and commerce and it is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Spain.

 Being the city’s small size, events like the San Sebastian International Film Festival have given this destination an international recognition together with Wroclaw, Poland, and will be the European Capital of Culture by 2016.

Oldest Museums – San Telmo Museo

The Culture in San Sebastian as the Basque speakers call Donostia, is a costal beauty which is experienced best in the summer season accompanied with music, film festivals together with bar snacks and one will always find some sort of culture where visitors can involve themselves at any point of time. The dFeria, held in March, a festival of theatre and dance is held in order to present performing arts creation with focus given to Basque theatre groups which runs for five days.

 It brings the global theatre down to Donostia with a lot of festive ambiance and should not be missed by enthusiastic of dance and theatre.The San Sebastian Heineken Jazz Festival in July is a tradition which is followed since 1966, hosted with a hundred concerts across twelve indoor and open space venues. It is shown at Kursaal Auditorium and Zurriola Beach which are very popular.

The San Sebastian International Film Festival in September is an annual Donostia festival which is considered as important as the Cannes festival showcasing about 200 to 250 international films, awarding the Golden Shell. One of the oldest museums, San TelmoMuseo in the Basque country was built in 1902 which is situated below Mount Urgull housing over 26,000 art pieces across 11,000 square meters of space.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Kyoto, Historical City


Kyoto
Kyoto city historically known as Meaco is in the central part of the island Honshu, Japan, having a population of around 1.5 million. This imperial capital of Japan formerly for more than a thousand years is now the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture which is in the Kansai region and also a major part of the Kyoto Osaka Kobe metropolitan area.

The city had been called Kyo or Miyako or Kyo no Miyako, in Japanese and in the 11th century the city was named Kyoto after the Chinese word for capital city. Kyoto the ancient capital of approximately 1,000 years was moved to Tokyo by the Emperor, Kammu, after the Meiji Restoration who established the capital `Heian Kyo in the city in 794. Kyoto is surrounded by mountains and one can witness the amazing changes of nature all through the four seasons in Kyoto. Ancient Japanese traditional customs and heritage still continues through their festivals and in their everyday lives,

Combination of Modern and Old Japan

Kyoto is filled with history of beautiful old city packed with famous temples, shrines and markets which creates a combination of modern and old Japanese world and is the best city since it has everything appealing from a tourist point of view transporting them to a different era altogether.

It has been the centre of Japanese culture in art, literature as well as education and all of the National Treasures in culture are situated in Kyoto and nearby areas of Nara. Besides the temples, shrines and markets they also have many beautiful gardens screen paintings and soft meditating statues of Buddha which have been restored with care.

Birth Site of Quintessential Japanese Culture and Traditions

The city flourished as the capital of Japan and was the birth site of the quintessential Japanese culture and traditions. After its transfer of the capital to Tokyo with the Meiji Restoration in 1868, the city continued to maintain its position as Japan’s cultural capital and is a home of various treasures of the country, worthy of global pride together with various historical buildings as well as traditional crafts and arts.

Moreover, Kyoto is also noted as the spiritual home of the Japanese and it is believed that without knowing Kyoto, it is impossible to grasp the true essence of Japan. Kyoto is a perfect blend of tradition, industry and culture with the combination of its rich and colourful history together with its geographical and climatic factors which is laid out in a grid pattern with the Palace placed at its centre.

Modelled on Modern Day Xian

The city was modelled on modern day Xian, the capital of the Tan dynasty of China and the surrounding were named according to their positions related to the Imperial Palace – Rakucha for central Kyoto, Kitayam – northern Kyoto, Higashiyama - eastern Kyoto and Nishiyam – western Kyoto.

The river that flows from north south through the middle of the city known as the Kamo river, serves as a useful reference point and the areas besides the river bank have been developed into walking trails, parks as well as playing fields thereby making the riverside a favourite spot for both the locals as well as tourists who can relax within the city.

Santa Fe – New Mexico

Santa Fe – Earliest known Settlement

Hotel Santa Fe
Santa Fe city was originally occupied by Pueblo Indian villages which date back from 1050 to 1150 and the earliest known settlements is presently the downtown Santa Fe which came after 900. Cluster of home which centred around the present day site of Plaza and spreading over half a mile to the south and west across the village known as Ogapoge was originally built by a Native American group and the Santa Re River provided water to the people living in that vicinity.

The Santa Fe River is also a seasonal waterway that was a year round stream till the 1700s. By 2007, the river was recognized as the most dangerous river in the United States according to the conservation group of American Rivers.

Highest State Capital

Santa Fe is located at 7,199 feet above sea level making it the highest state capital of the United States of New Mexico and is the fourth largest city in the state and also the seat of Santa Fe County. Santa Fe means the holy faith in Spanish which had a population of around 69,204 in the year 2012 and is also the oldest capital city in the United States.

Moreover it is the principal city of Metropolitan Statistical Area that covers all of Santa Fe County besides being a part of the larger Albuquerque-Santa Fe Las Vegas combine Statistical Area. When the city was founded, it full name was La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis – The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi.

Open Landscape of Sand Mining

During the Spanish colonial era and towards the 1st century of independent Mexico, the town of Santa Fe at that time had open landscape of sand mining activity which had been divided between the towns of San Pedro Tlaltenango Cuajimalpa, San Mateo, Santa Fe and Santa Lucia. Santa Fe was moreover connected by the former royal road connected by Tacubaya to Toluca and the royal road was at the present avenue known as Cuajimalpa Arteago and Salazar in the Sierra de las Cruces which continues with the current route of the federal interstate highway joining Mexico City to Toluca.

Santa Fe has mainly high-rise buildings which surround a large shopping mall and is currently the third largest mall in Latin America – Centro Santa Fe and the district also has a residential area with three college campuses besides other facilities. The atmosphere, food, open spaces and the architecture here is amazing which can take a full day to explore the places of interest at this destination.

Chilly Winters and Warm Summers

The climate of Santa Fe is a semi-arid climate with chilly winters and very warm summers with the average 24 hour temperature in the city ranging from 30.3 degree F. in December to 70.1 degree F. in July. Due to the relative aridity and elevation, the averagediurnal temperature exceeds to 25 degree F; every month and most part of the year at 30 degree F.

It receives around six to eight snowfalls each year between November and April and the heaviest rainfall is experienced in July and August along with the arrival of the North American Monsoon.

Animal Supplies

When you make the decision to care for animals on a farm or in your home, you need special hardware for their health and well-being. From the basic bowl for food and water to a hen house to keep all of your chickens, you can find a variety of items if you shop online. There are items that you can get to feed your pets easily so that you don’t have to step inside the pen or through the fence. You can also find hoses that you can use to put water in bowls inside the fence so that you can keep your animals hydrated.

Transporting animals might be part of your responsibilities if you own a farm and have cows, horses or other livestock that people want to buy. You could also transport animals to a doctor when they are sick. There are pieces of hardware that you can get that will help you transport the animals easily such as a trailer or carrier. Items can be found online that will help with the birth of animals on a farm. You can also get items to nurse baby animals in the event that something happens to the mother. Heaters and de-icers are also sold online so that animals stay warm and the food and water wont freeze.

Taking a Tour

Explore the world
If anything is worth doing, it is worth doing correctly. For those who are looking for a grand adventure, climbing one of the world's tallest mountains may be something that you are interested in. However, if you are going to climb a tall mountain, you want to make sure that you are doing so safely.

Climbing a mountain in a safe manner requires that you have a guide with you to help you get to the top without any issues. If you do encounter health issues while attempting to climb to a high elevation, having someone alongside you can make it easier to return to the bottom of the mountain or summon emergency assistance.

In most cases, a guided tour of a new location is always more fun than doing it yourself. Having someone with you who can point out the historical significance of a location or simply provide fun facts about climbing as you go can help you learn while you are attempting such a daring feat.

Humans are meant to explore. If you have time off from work that you haven't used or are simply looking for something to break the monotony of everyday life, taking a trip to the top of the world may be just what you need.