Suzhou – A Garden City of China

Love gardens? Then I would recommend that you head for this city that is famous for its garden landscapes. I and my friends had no problem reaching it from Nanjing by rail. The city is known for beautiful gardens and canals that are well maintained and showcase rich Chinese culture. This city is also known to lack modernism and is a city free of skyscrapers.

If you love looking at the traditional Chinese buildings, with whitewashed walls and sloping, tiled roofs this is a city to visit.  My old friend from school, Andrey who is one of the top Vancouver siding contractors, mentioned if I was visiting China, that I should visit this city and boy I am glad I did.  It is beautiful and rich with history and the arts.  This city is also called “heaven on earth” due to the landscaped gardens and several sites of historical significance that were worth exploring when we stayed here for two days.

Visit the Classical Gardens

This is a tour that we took as do most tourists who come here; it would take you by the numerous gardens here as well as help you tour the different winding canals. Excursions with commentary by an experienced guide showcased the rich history behind each of the different garden landscapes, many of which have temples housed in their midst.

Stop by the Suzhou Silk Museum

Any city tour you take will take you here. I found this particular museum interesting for the different silk specimens it houses as well as the different worms that weave the fabric. There are other elegant relics here that surround the history of silk in the country.

Enjoy by the Lake Tai

This famous lake is also accessible from this city; we stopped by here to take a boat ride in the lake and enjoy different recreational activities by the lakeside.

The city is also known for its meandering canals and waterways that you can enjoy with boat rides. There are well-preserved houses by the canals that are worth checking out. We also took a waterways tour of the city which goes through Zhouzhuang water village which houses the Humble Administrator’s Garden.

Terrace: Experience the Best of Nature

Terrace is one of the best-kept secrets of British Columbia. If you have to explore the best of nature, there is no place that is better than this. It is situated on the banks of Skeena River. The snow-capped mountainous range is just a treat for the eye. There are many things that you need to explore when you are in Terrace. Take a look at the attractions to check out during your visit.

Exstew Falls

Believe me, this is one of the most spectacular falls that I had come across in a long time. As you drive down the forest service road for about ten kilometers, you will come across 2 waterfalls. Both the lower and the upper offer a spectacular view. Do not forget to carry your cameras to capture this beauty on your lens. The upper falls sweep down a hundred meters down the rocky bluff into a lush green basin. The view is just stunning.

Terrace Mountain

There is a signature trail that will lead you to the Terrace Mountain. It starts from Johnstone Street and eventually climbs up through the coastal forest. There are wooden benches along the trail if you feel you are too tired and want to rest for a bit. The city and the river sit at the bottom whole the coastal mountain surrounds it.

Gruchy Beach

I have a strong affinity for beaches. So missing out Gruchy beach was a complete no-no. The 1-kilometer long trail surrounds the beach and it is a true gem. It will take you through old cedar, Williams Creek, spruce, and hemlock forest. This trail ends at the sandy beach of Lakelse Lake. The natural beauty of this place is simply breathtaking. It is the perfect place to spend some quiet time.

Trois-Rivieres: Unveil The Beauty Of The Cultural City

The strategic location of Trois-Rivieres makes it the ideal destination for the pleasure seekers and tourists alike. I loved the continental climate of the city which makes it suitable for visiting all year round. Trois-Rivieres is a cultural hub. The historical heritage of the city is the primary draw for the tourists. Check out some of the best things that you can do.

  • Travel Back in Time

Trois-Rivieres is smaller in size in comparison to Montreal but attracts many visitors because it makes them travel back in time. Rue des Ursulines, the oldest road in the city is pleasant for a long walk. There are many buildings along this road that has been categorized as cultural properties. It offers a picturesque view. Many old buildings date back to 1650.

  • Get to Know About Ursulines

Take some time and visit the Ursulines. This is a religious institution under the Catholic Church. It was pretty dominant in Trois-Rivieres back in time. Visit Musee Des Ursulines to learn more about it. Take a tour of the buildings. When I visited, an exhibition was going on and the exhibits gave me more idea about the place.

  • Check Out the Jail

Visit Trois-Rivieres’ Old Prison, it is now a historical monument which opened its door to the public in the year 1822. Go for a guided tour to know more about the history of the inmates and the prison. Want to experience how it feels like to be in prison? Spend a night behind the bars and have morning breakfast. You are given a t-shirt. I took this home as a souvenir. It was a phenomenal experience.

  • Take Photos Over the Bridge

Laviolette Bridge is a prime landmark of the city. The structure impressed me with its elegant design. It is 2,707 meters long and has 34 pillars. Click some photos on this magnificent bridge and take back home some awesome memories.

Trail: Exploring The Diverse And Vibrant City

Trail is not a popular destination for a vacation. However, there are lots of things to do and see in this North Carolina city. Dine at great restaurants, admire the art, and enjoy wandering around the path. You will be able to do it all. The city with a diverse culture has experienced significant growth in the last decade.

Here are some of the things that you should not miss out on when you are in Trail.

  • Crooked Creek Park

This is the best park that I came across in this area. In case you are visiting with kids you do not have to worry, there is a playground for dedicated to them. A musical area has been set up to consist some striped instruments with drums and hammers. These produce really funny sounds. The swing brought back the kid in me. It features a soccer and baseball field, too.

  • Sun Valley 14

There is a multi-screen theatre that you can check out. To my surprise, the prices were cheaper than the local owned theatres. In fact, the seats are pretty comfortable. The sound system is also incredible. The best part is that they have a rewards program which you will be able to use for the weekend, too.

  • Trail’s Dynasty Miniature Golf

Want to do something different? Visit the Trail’s Dynasty Miniature Golf. The course is nice and does have a few challenging holes. When you tired after playing, you can sit down to have ice cream at the Hershey. The place is available for events like birthdays. It is a good place to enjoy with your family.

  • Charlotte National

In case playing miniature golf wasn’t enough, go to Charlotte National. Enjoy golf in a natural setting. The contours and the slopes enable you to place your shots well and take advantage of the location of the hole.

Mississauga: Discovering The Hidden Beauty

Mississauga is a center for art, sports, culture, and entertainment. My trip to Canada would have been incomplete if I didn’t visit this city. With time, the bustling city is turning out to be a primary tourist attraction.  It has so much to offer that you are never going to feel bored. Let’s let a look at the best things to do in Mississauga.

  • Visit Port Credit

Port Credit is also called the Village on the Lake. The beautiful and serene village on Lake Ontario should not be missed out when you are in Mississauga. There are miles of trails that you can explore. Several activities and events take place during the summer.

  • Explore the Mansion

Located in Port Credit is the Adamson Estate. This is a farmland and a private home that is open for public visiting. I loved the ancient barn onsite. The best thing about this farmland is the eastern pine trees. This makes the property look aesthetic. The trees have been here since the establishment of the estate.

  • Take a long walk

Stretching for about 740 kilometers, the Waterfront Trail also passes through Mississauga. This sits along the Port Credit’s lakefront. Walk, skateboard, or cycle on the trail. If you are feeling somewhat adventurous, you can head west towards Oakville or east towards Toronto using the trail.

  • Have some fun at the Arcade

Want to have some fun and entertainment? Visit the Playdium which features an arcade and various other attractions. It covers an area of 12,000 meters indoors. I loved the simulated rides, arcade, and the laser maze. Since I spend my entire day here, I had my lunch in the restaurants inside the arcade. Get a 2 hour or 4-hour playing card to make the most out of the arcade visit.

Top Reasons Why You Should Travel To Munich

Are you planning for a journey to Munich? You will love its exciting attractions. Munich is one of the leading tourist destinations in Germany. The weather condition of this city will not hinder you from enjoying the outdoor activities found in this city. Most inhabitants of this city are fluent in English. You will, therefore, not have a language barrier in Munich like found in many other Germany cities. Below are four Munich attractions which will interest you.

The Eisbach River and Englischer Garden

The great Eisbach River provides an avenue for the surfer lovers to surf in the precinct of a city. This man-made river passes through the Englischer Garden, a gorgeous recreational area located in Munich. It was created as a sidearm to accommodate large water currents of Isar River. If you love surfing, there is a man-made wave on one side of this river. You will find a lot of surfers here every day. The Englischer Garden has beautiful sites for sporting and other exercise-related activities. If you love quiet places, this is the best place to be because it is away from the hustles of the city.

The Frauenkirche Church

Another fantastic attraction that might interest you is the 15th-century old church of Frauenkirche. This sanctuary fascinates everyone due to its mysterious footstep popularly referred to as the Devil’s Footstep. The footstep is hilariously believed to have been caused by the devil. You might not be superstitious, but you will be amazed at the number of people who think the Devil set his foot here. What is more interesting is that during World War II the print was never erased despite the destruction caused on the church.

The Allianz Arena

You can also visit the famous Allianz arena especially if there is an activity going on. This 75000-seater stadium is famous because it is the only stadium in the world whose exterior can change color completely. You, therefore, can not tell the color of the arena.  This arena has hosted many international fixtures, and you might have seen many matches on television which were played here.

The Deutsches Museum

If you are travelling to Munich with kids, you will find the Deutsches Museum very resourceful. There are vast activities that can keep your lovely ones occupied as you visit the main museum. Deutsches Museum is famous because it is the largest museum for technology. It boasts of 28000 exhibitions from all of the 50 branches of science.  This museum will challenge your knowledge of science and technology. The displays are well planned so that you can easily find the exhibition that interests you. This museum can accommodate up to two thousand people.

Conclusion

Munich, the Bavarian capital, is famous worldwide due to its fascinating attractions.  From culture, sports, religion and science, you can always find something captivating in this Germany city. It is continuing to be among the most visited cities in Germany. Your Munich visit will forever remain in your memory.