Miramichi: Exploring the Lesser Known Area of New Brunswick

If you tell someone that you are going to visit Miramichi for the weekend, they are surely going to be very surprised. But trust me when I say, this less explored region has so much to offer. There are so many things that you can choose to do. Take a quick look at some of these to make an itinerary.

Fly Fishing

Fishing is one of the biggest attractions for anglers from different parts of the world. The primary attractions of the region are the popular bass or salmon from Atlantic. In case you are not from New Brunswick then you will have to hire a guide in order to go fishing. They will teach you with utmost patience and care. I had a superb experience. Standing hip water in the river is something I am going to remember for a lifetime.

Boat Tour

Do not forget to take a boat tour. This way you are going to get an amazing view of the river through this. There are several tours offered and you can just choose the one that you like. At times the boat will take you to Ritchie Wharf Park. I filled my stomach in here with some snacks available. Also, I visited the souvenir shops to take some for my loved ones.

Beaubears Island

This is place is a natural beauty. However, apart from it is also filled with shipbuilding and Acadian history. It is actually a seasonal park that has an interpretive center. The historical tour includes a boat ride. I found all locals in colorful costumes and they will greet you for reenacting the story of Beaubears Island. It is a popular spot for a picnic and is a great place to have some fun with your family.

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.

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 http://www.ujsinc.com 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.