Beautiful Vancouver, City of the Sea & Mountains

Written by Clint Leung


As one flies over Vancouver duringrepparttar decent intorepparttar 150482 Canadian cityís airport,repparttar 150483 surrounding beautiful natural scenery is already noticed with mountains on one side andrepparttar 150484 sea onrepparttar 150485 other. Once insiderepparttar 150486 baggage claim area ofrepparttar 150487 international airport, visitors are greeted with large Pacific Northwest Coast Indian art carvings. This adds torepparttar 150488 overall flavor of nature andrepparttar 150489 environment that makes Vancouver so different from other major cities. When driving along Granville Street towardsrepparttar 150490 city center, one canít help but notice thatrepparttar 150491 trees and hedges inrepparttar 150492 residential areas are so much larger and taller thanrepparttar 150493 ones we normally see elsewhere. One ofrepparttar 150494 locals claims thatrepparttar 150495 superior growth ofrepparttar 150496 areaís plant life is due torepparttar 150497 huge amount of rainfall. Vancouver is close to bothrepparttar 150498 ocean andrepparttar 150499 mountain range so lots of rain is expected. In fact,repparttar 150500 rain here can actually be a problem as grey skies, especially duringrepparttar 150501 winter months, are one ofrepparttar 150502 few negatives of living in Vancouver. Fortunately, there is very little snowfall withinrepparttar 150503 city so for Vancouverites, it is a trade off of some sort to have to deal with rain rather than shoveling snow during their winters. As for tourists,repparttar 150504 best time to visit Vancouver isrepparttar 150505 least wet season which is duringrepparttar 150506 summer months. Iíve been told by another local that September is one ofrepparttar 150507 best months to visit. Whenrepparttar 150508 sun is shining in Vancouver with bothrepparttar 150509 ocean and mountains asrepparttar 150510 background, it really doesnít get any better.

Stanley Park onrepparttar 150511 west side of downtown Vancouver isrepparttar 150512 most visited attraction. A drive aroundrepparttar 150513 island will reveal great photo spots of bothrepparttar 150514 city andrepparttar 150515 ocean. Vancouverís Aquarium is also on site in Stanley Park as well as a magnificent collection of Pacific Northwest Coastal Indian art totem poles. Of course, one can always marvel atrepparttar 150516 tall trees which seem to touchrepparttar 150517 skies here. The Lionís Gate Suspension Bridge connects Stanley Park with North Vancouver onrepparttar 150518 other side ofrepparttar 150519 harbor. Onrepparttar 150520 north side is Grouse Mountain,repparttar 150521 areaís closest ski resort torepparttar 150522 city that has turned into an all year round attraction. Duringrepparttar 150523 non-winter months, one can takerepparttar 150524 gondola up Grouse mountain for some wonderful hiking and views ofrepparttar 150525 Vancouver skyline. The Capilano Suspension Bridge which visitors walk across to a nice nature area is another must see nearby. One ofrepparttar 150526 cuisine highlights inrepparttar 150527 British Columbia province isrepparttar 150528 salmon and one ofrepparttar 150529 best restaurants to sample it isrepparttar 150530 Salmon House in adjacent West Vancouver. Dinner there withrepparttar 150531 Pacific Northwest Coast Indian art dťcor and spectacular nighttime views ofrepparttar 150532 city is one ofrepparttar 150533 best ways to finish off a day of sightseeing.

Kyrenia: The Jewel of Northern Cyprus

Written by Rhiannon Williamson


With 340 days of sunshine a year andrepparttar perfect Mediterranean climate itís no wonder thousands of visitors flock to Cyprus every year to escaperepparttar 150481 sometimes less forgiving Northern European climate.

Northern Cyprus has all ofrepparttar 150482 prerequisites forrepparttar 150483 perfect summer break: sunÖlots of! Beautiful sandy beaches, warm turquoise blue waters to bathe in and a sumptuous mix ofrepparttar 150484 best of Eastern and Western cuisine. And Northern Cyprus is able to offer its many visitors far more than a perfect climate and fine food; one ofrepparttar 150485 highlights of a visit to Northern Cyprus is a trip torepparttar 150486 ancient and beautiful harbour town of Kyrenia (or Girne).

The town of Kyrenia, or Girne as itís called in Turkish, isrepparttar 150487 jewel inrepparttar 150488 Northís crown; a fine old harbour town with a beautiful horseshoe shaped harbour which is lined with waterfront restaurants where youíll be able to while away a lazy afternoon watchingrepparttar 150489 fishing and sailing boats going about their business.

Anyone lucky enough to enjoy a stay in North Cyprus should never missrepparttar 150490 opportunity to see Kyrenia harbour at night. Hundreds of candles gently lightrepparttar 150491 waterside restaurants and flicker and dance offrepparttar 150492 waterís edge creatingrepparttar 150493 most perfect ambience in which to dine anywhere inrepparttar 150494 world. If youíre a lover of freshly cooked seafood youíll be spoilt byrepparttar 150495 huge array of seafood dishes on offer atrepparttar 150496 specialty fish restaurants which arerepparttar 150497 pride of Kyreniaís harbour.

Torepparttar 150498 side ofrepparttar 150499 old harbour sitsrepparttar 150500 magnificent Byzantine Kyrenia castle, once used during colonial times as a prison byrepparttar 150501 British itís nowrepparttar 150502 home ofrepparttar 150503 Kyrenia shipwreck museum which houses one ofrepparttar 150504 oldest trading shipwrecks inrepparttar 150505 world. The ship sailedrepparttar 150506 Mediterranean atrepparttar 150507 time of Alexandrarepparttar 150508 Great and it sank around 300BC when it was already of quite an age! Many ofrepparttar 150509 objectsrepparttar 150510 ship carried on its voyage over 2300 years ago are now also on display atrepparttar 150511 shipwreck museum including perfectly preserved almonds which were stored in around 9000 jars held underrepparttar 150512 sea untilrepparttar 150513 ship was recovered in 1969.

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