Luoyang – Discover the Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

The reason I came here was to see the city that is said to have cradled the birth of Chinese civilization. Today you can easily reach the modern city from Shanghai or Beijing by train. An old friend, Mark with has mentioned Luoyang in the past & had highly recommended I check it out.  This interior city has a rich history and there are several historic sites to see that you and your family would find educational.

I came here during springtime. Luoyang is known to have mild weather and even summer days are not too hot. It has been the place of religious studies and Taoism has originated here.

You can check out the historic sites here which is a long list. That is also because it has been the birthplace of over 13 different kingdoms including the first which was the Xia dynasty. I had a short stay here so I focused on the main places for sightseeing.

First Stop – Longmen Grottoes

This was my first stop. It lies by the southern outskirts and is a site that has survived over 1400 years; here you can see about 2100 grottoes where tens and thousands of Buddha statues can be found. The grottoes here are comparable to Mogao caves and Yungang Grottoes in other parts of China to form one of the main cave clusters of the country.

Explore the White Horse Temple

This was my next stop. It is a Buddhist temple that is worth visiting when you are here. Located in the eastern part of the city, it is over 2000 years of age and also honored as the cradle or the birthplace of Buddhism in the country.

Stop by the Shaolin Temple

This temple needs no introduction. If you wish to come here you would be climbing the slopes of Songshan Mountain which is in between Zhengzhou and Luoyang. It is famous for the martial arts that it originated and that spread across the world.

I stayed back to witness the Zen Music Ritual that is performed at night and is an outdoor performance against the mountains that is worth witnessing.

I did not have more than a day here but I would advise you to spend a few days here as the different relics have extensive history behind them that you would need time to hear about and explore.

Manitoba: The Less Explored Destination for Next Holiday

Manitoba, the centrally located provincial state in Canada is neglected by people as a tourist destination. However, the decision to visit this place and explore what it has to offer. To say the truth, if you take a bit of time, you will have a wealth of things to discover. It is an ideal destination for a summer retreat. Take a look at some of the best things that it has to offer to its tourists.

The Forks

It is located where the Assiniboine and the Red River meets. Whether you visit in summer or in winter, this place is going to offer you a lot of fun. It is actually a historical building that has been restored to turn it into a marketplace. There are food stalls, restaurants, and some unique shops. I found some unique things to take back as souvenirs for my friends and relatives back home. If you are visiting in winter, you will find a skating rink.

Churchill Polar Bears

Churchill has been popular for the polar bears. It lies on Hudson Bay’s rocky coast. In winter polar bears wander around the coast and there are tours available for the tourists to check out these furry animals. I close encounter with the bears was simply amazing. I had seen nothing like it. You can also visit the Eskimo Museum that shows the works of art and tools.

Grand Beach

There is a large stretch of beach in the Grand Beach Provincial Park. If you are planning to go sunbathing, this is the place to be. It comes as a respite from the busy life of the city. I put up in one of the accommodations that are available in the beach area. The food offered by the restaurants here and the nightlife is simply stunning.

Richmond: Experience The Richness Civil War Involved City

Richmond is a city with great historical significance. It has been actively involved in the civil war. There several historical sites which commemorate the civil war period. However, this is slowly becoming popular as a tourist destination. I found many exciting attractions, craft breweries, and amazing eateries in here. There are areas that are filled with natural beauty.

Here are a few things you can do when you are in Richmond.

  • Metro Richmond Zoo

I wasn’t going to miss out on the zoo that houses more than 2,000 animals. There are 190 different species in Metro Richmond Zoo. I also came across some endangered species. There are tigers, cheetahs, rhinos, giraffes, and so much more. Want to feed the giraffes, you can do that too. However, there are is a specific time for that. It surely had a great experience here.

  • Science Museum of Virginia

Science enthusiasts should definitely visit the Science Museum of Virginia. In case you are traveling with children, this is the best place to be. There is an extensive range of activities to that will excite kids. The exhibits have been divided into themed parts like health, electricity, and geology.

  • Hollywood Cemetery

This had been found in the year 1847 and is popular for its famous figures of people who had interred more than years. It includes the 2 former US presidents, John Tyler, and John Monroe. This place is the resting place of over in numerous confederate soldiers.

  • Belle Isle

Cross a visually beautiful footbridge to reach the Belle Isle. It is a small area which is surrounded by rocks which have been smoothed out by water over the years. I saw many locals sunbathing on these rocks. There are also trails if you want to walk over the island. It takes you through the picturesque wild and romantic woodlands.

Reynosa: Catch The Best Attractions

I found the people of Reynosa to be very friendly. Situated on the bank of Rio Grande River, it is across the Mexico-United States border. It is a popular tourist destination and is frequented by people from all over the world. If you are in Texas, Reynosa is just a couple hours of drive. I found the city to be an amalgamation of historical monuments and spectacular churches. There are various places to explore and spend some time. Here are some of the best places that you can visit.

  • Experience the natural beauty of Quinta Mazatlan

Quinta Mazatlan is the called the world birding center. I found different species of bird here. You will not spot them easily anywhere in the country. Plain Chachalacas is a bird that you can spot in the palm tree. You will also spot Common Pauraques. Olive Sparrows, Buff-bellied Hummingbirds, and Green Jays are some of the common species of birds that you will find in here. Hike in the paradise of nature. This is just the appropriate place if you are traveling with your kids.

  • Explore the history museum

Developed in an old conventional manner of placing large stones over one another, the museum had been developed in the 19th century. This was an old house that had been converted into a museum. Since then it has opened its gate to the common people. I found many things of historical significance like archaeological structure, antique furniture, ancient weapons, traditional utensils, and several photographs.

  • Spend some time at Reynosa Cathedral

Reynosa Cathedral is a must-visit attraction. This is no doubt, an architectural magnificence. Developed in a neo-classical style is the main attraction. There is an adjoining church to the capital that is equally beautiful. If you want to spend some quiet time like me, visit this cathedral.

Lethbridge: Indulge In Fun And Exciting Trip

Lethbridge is often overlooked by tourists. However, I found this to be a fantastic place to visit. There are many parks where you can enjoy the natural beauty. You can visit with your family or friends. There are so things that you can do when you are in Lethbridge. Here are just some of the things you will enjoy doing.

  • Visit Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden

The natural beauty of the garden simply took my breath away. The oasis of tranquility is so colorful during springtime. Walk through the garden and it will give you peace of mind. This is the best place to spend some quiet time with your family.

  • Check out Henderson Lake Park

Take a ride and visit the premier park of Lethbridge. The man-made lake, picnic areas, mature trees, and shelters make this the place to be. Also, there are 3 playgrounds and if you visit with your kids, they are going to have so much fun. The park holds annual events that include the Lethbridge Dragon Boat Festival and Canada Day Celebration.

  • Wander around the Indian Battle Park

The river bottom trail, picnic areas, and the natural playground make the park so interesting. I took my family for a picnic. However, keep mind that some of the picnic areas have to be booked in advance. The best attractions are Coal Banks Kiosk, Medical Stone, and Incline Railway.

  • Nicholas Sheran Park

Want to head to the water and do some fishing? Visit to Nicholas Sheran Park. If you do want to go fishing, simply breathe in the natural beauty of the park. You will find 7 kilometers of paved trails and fitness equipment in the park. What I loved was the playground with the theme of train and coal. There is also an edible orchard for you to check out.

Four Convincing Reasons Why You Should Visit Vienna

Are you searching for a perfect city for a vacation? Stop searching; head to Vienna, the adorable capital of Austria. You will never regret. Vienna is famous worldwide as a perfect tourist attraction city mainly due to its rich culture, hotels and world-class restaurants. If you love open-air swimming in ideal weather, you will find Vienna captivating. Here are four compelling reasons why Vienna should be on your must-visit list.

The Wiener Riesenrad

Every country has its national icon. Think of the Statue of Liberty in America or the London Eye. For Vienna, and this is not funny, it is the wheel -Riesenra. This exciting wheel was made in 1897, and since then it has entertained thousands. If you have not watched the 1940s best-selling movie, The Thriller, do it before visiting Vienna. The Riesenrad is featured in this movie. There are no better ways to view this city than to be on top of this wheel- although you will lose your direction. However, it will be a no-go zone if you fear heights.

The Hofburg Palace

Do you know Austria had an empire? It was once an empire with queens and Kings. The Kingdom was authoritative. The Hofburg Palace was where the action was. Visit it and feel how the loyal ruled. That was ages ago. Hofburg is still relevant today in a more thrilling way. If you have a weekend to spend in Vienna, by all means, come here; there is a lot to see. Arouse your spirit with arts of world-famous icons like Klinit and Dürer, visit the butterfly house, and a film museum. If you have time (and nerves), you can learn how to ride a horse at the Spanish Riding school. Watch out for these places because you might spend your whole vacation here- but who cares anyway? If you want to, who can stop you?

The Palmenhaus

Do you like greenhouses? Welcome to the world’s largest greenhouse in Palmenhaus. You might not be a farmer, but you definitely would like to know where your food comes from. The Palmenhaus almost covers the entire Burggarten Park. Here, you can see, touch and smell thousands of plants from across the globe. If you have ever heard the Garden of Aden, you might mistake this greenhouse with it. Once you are done with plants, you can enjoy your dinner in one of this park’s remarkable restaurants.

The Sacherforte

Do you know that Vienna has its signature food? It has. Grab a Sacherforte! It is the only way your mouth will know you are here. This cake is only found in Vienna unless you want an imitation. It is so popular here that it has a whole day dedicated to it: December 5. There are two Sacherforte makers in Vienna today, The Hotel Sacher and Demel. Their war of supremacy is already in courts, but the cakes are in mouths.


If you want to make your vacation memorable, you should visit this Austrian city. You will never regret. The residents of Vienna are always jovial and charming. Once there, you will feel like you are in a perpetual celebration. From the beautiful sights, food, sports, and recreational activities, Vienna is a must see city when in Austria. Do not forget to take a Sacherforte home!