Thursday, September 3, 2020

canada Toronto
Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area.

onto is a massive city, and happens to be the largest city and most visited city in Canada . It is also one of the most multicultural cities in the world. In fact, it is often pegged as ‘The New York City of Canada.

onto is split into six separate districts, with what is now known as Old Toronto being split into five very diverse and unique areas, each of which is then divided into smaller neighbourhood, some of which are cultural enclaves. It is a sprawling city with much to offer visitors, from architectural structures to famous annual events.

At 553 metres, the CN Tower is not only the tallest building in Toronto, but it is also the tallest free standing building on the continent. It also happens to one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World.
The CN Tower boasts the highest glass floor paneled elevator in the world, which lifts passengers up to its magnificent glass floored viewing deck. If you are afraid of heights you may not want to look down at the city from 342 metres above.

View the city from even higher at the 447 metre high SkyPod, which offers insanely spectacular views. Those that really want to get their heart pumping should try SkyWalk, where participants are standing on a hands-free ledge towering over the city. For those who want to get even higher, try window seat helicopter will have a great fun. and a lot more ...

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Austria is a landlocked country of approximately 8.7 million inhabitants in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The territory of Austria covers 83,878 square kilometres (32,385 sq mi) and has a temperate and alpine climate. Austria's terrain is highly mountainous due to the presence of the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 metres (1,640 ft), and its highest point the Grossglockner is 3,798 metres (12,460 ft). The majority of the population speaks German, which is also the country's official language. Other local official languages are Croatian, Hungarian and Slovene.
Austria is a parliamentary representative democracy. The capital and largest city, with a population exceeding 1.8 million, is Vienna. Austria is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, with a nominal per capita GDP of $46,972 (2018 est.). The country has developed a high standard of living and in 2016 was ranked 24rd in the world for its Human Development Index. Austria has been a member of the United Nations since 1955, joined the European Union in 1995, and is a founder of the OECD. Austria also signed the Schengen Agreement in 1995, and adopted the European currency, the euro, in 1999.
As a federal republic, Austria is comprised of nine independent federal states (also referred to as provinces): Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Vorarlberg and Vienna.
The origins of Austria date back to the time of the Roman Empire when a Celtic kingdom was conquered by the Romans in approximately 15 BC and later became Noricum, a Roman province, in the mid-1st century AD—an area which mostly encloses today's Austria. In 788 AD, the Frankish king Charlemagne conquered the area and introduced Christianity. Under the native Habsburg dynasty, Austria became one of the great powers of Europe. In 1867, the Austrian Empire was reformed into Austria-Hungary.
The Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed in 1918 with the end of World War I. The First Austrian Republic was established in 1919. In the 1938 Anschluss, Austria was occupied and annexed by Nazi Germany. This lasted until the end of World War II in 1945, after which Austria was occupied by the Allies and its former democratic constitution was restored. In 1955, the Austrian State Treaty re-established Austria as a sovereign state, ending the occupation. In the same year, the Austrian Parliament created the Declaration of Neutrality which declared that the country would become permanently neutral
complex, incorporates the Burgkapelle (Imperial Chapel), where the Vienna Boys' Choir sings Sunday Mass, and the famed Spanish Riding School, where Lipizzaner stallions perform elegant equine ballet, along with a trove of museums, including in the chandeliered Kaiserappartements (Imperial Apartments). Other immense palaces include the baroque Schloss Belvedere and the Habsburgs' 1441-room summer residence, Schloss Schönbrunn, while 19th-century splendours such as the neo-Gothic Rathaus (City Hall) line the magnificent Ringstrasse encircling the Innere Stadt (inner city).

Masterpiece-filled Museums

One of the Habsburgs' most dazzling Rinsgstrasse palaces, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, houses the imperial art collection. It's packed with priceless works by Old Masters, and treasures including one of the world's richest coin collections. Behind the Hofburg, the former imperial stables have been transformed into the innovative MuseumsQuartier, with a diverse ensemble of museums, showcasing 19th- and 20th-century Austrian art at the Leopold Museum to often-shocking avant-garde works at the contemporary MUMOK. Meteorites, fossils and prehistoric finds fill the Naturhistorisches Museum, while exquisite furnishings at the applied-arts Museum für Angewandte Kunst are also among the artistic feasts in store.

Soul-stirring Music

With a musical heritage that includes composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss (father and son), Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler, among countless others, Vienna is known as the City of Music. Its cache of incredible venues where you can catch performances today include the acoustically renowned Musikverein, used by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the gold-and-crystal main opera house, the Staatsoper, and the multistage Konzerthaus, as well as the dedicated home of the Vienna Boys' Choir, MuTh. Music comes to life through interactive exhibits at the captivating Haus der Musik museum.

Renowned Drinking & Dining

The Viennese appreciation of the finer things in life extends to its opulent coffee-house 'living rooms' serving spectacular cakes; its beloved pub-like Beisln dishing up hearty portions of Wiener schnitzel, Tafelspitz (prime boiled beef) and goulash; elegant restaurants; and its fine Austrian wines served in vaultedVinothek (wine bar) cellars, and in rustic vine-draped Heurigen (wine taverns) in the vineyards fringing the city. Local and international delicacies fill the heady Naschmarkt stalls, and creative chefs are experimenting with local produce and fresh new flavour combinations in innovative, often repurposed venues.

Friday, July 17, 2020

new zealand
New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It comprises two main landmasses—the North Island and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands, covering a total area of 268,021 square kilometres
The region’s largest city is Hamilton, with a population of over 141,000 New Zealand’s fourth largest city, lies about an hour and a half’s drive south of Auckland.
Hamilton is spoilt for choice for places to relax and enjoy. The city is home to some of the most spectacular gardens in the country, including the international award-winning Hamilton Gardens, an internationally recognised zoo, one of New Zealand’s largest aquatic centres, and world-class international sports stadiums and event facilities. Extensive walkways and cycleways link our residential areas to the beautiful Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, which flows right through the city. Hamilton’s south end boasts an arts and cultural precinct, with inspiring exhibitions at the Waikato Museum, music and theatre, and an impressive selection of cafés, bars and award-winning restaurants. 
Hamilton’s proximity to the ports of both Auckland and Tauranga, close access to two airports (Auckland and Hamilton) and strategic location on the road and rail networks provide significant opportunities for export and import.

Before European settlement, the Waikato was heavily populated by Māori. Today, Hamilton is diverse, home to over 80 ethnic groups. It is also a relatively ‘young city’ with around half its residents under 30 years old.

Thursday, June 11, 2020


Spain, a country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, includes 17 autonomous regions with diverse geography and cultures. Capital city Madrid is home to the Royal Palace and Prado museum, housing works by European masters. Segovia has a medieval castle (the Alcázar) and an intact Roman aqueduct. Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudí’s whimsical modernist landmarks like the Sagrada Família church

Madrid is one of Europe’s most amazing cities. The capital of Spain is an exciting and dynamic metropolis with plenty of things to do and lots of places to enjoy. Of course, travelers usually have a limited amount of time when visiting a city. Thus, it might be difficult to choose from the big range of things Madrid has to offer if you come here, maybe staying at aspasios atocha apartments. Luckily enough, we have a solution for you. Here is our short list of top five things Madrid is famous for.

Prado Museum

Museo del Prado
Museo del Prado
The world-famous Prado Museum ranges of course under the top five of our must-sees in Madrid. The permanent collection features lots of different styles, time periods and artists. Among the painters exhibited in the Prado you can find works by such great masters of European painting as Velázquez, El Greco and Hieronymus Bosch. Even people who are not necessarily big art fans will certainly find plenty of interesting paintings in the Prado. Make also sure to visit the Goya paintings downstairs – they are well worth it!

The Center of All The Roads in Spain

Kilometer 0 in Madrid
Kilometer 0 in Madrid
Madrid’s Puerta del Sol is probably the city’s most famous spot. Among other things, it is well known for being the place where people gather on December 31 to celebrate the New Year. On top of that, the square is also the point where all of Spain’s six major roads start. While this fact is pretty familiar to Spaniards, most tourists have no idea that the Puerta del Sol is Spain’s symbolic “Kilometer 0.” In the middle of the square you find a small plaque that shows the exact point where Spanish roads begin – don’t miss it!

Calamari Sandwiches

Calamari sandwich
Calamari sandwich
If you’ve ever been to Madrid’s Plaza Mayor, you may have noticed locals tucked into bars, eating a baguette stuffed with deep-fried, battered squid. The area around the city’s grand central square, is one of the best places in Madrid to try this well-known local delicacy. Calamari sandwiches are the must-try snack for anyone who travels to Madrid. You can try them at any of the little bars with queues trailing out the door on weekends. The traditional version is served with mayonnaise. However, lately some bars also offer more elaborate version of this delicious sandwich.

The Oldest Restaurant In The World

Sobrino de Botín
Sobrino de Botín
As you probably know, Spain is a great place for foodies. The quality and variety of the contemporary Spanish cuisine places it doubtlessly among the world’s best food scenes. In this sense, Madrid is no exception. One of most interesting experiences you can have here is eating at the world’s supposedly oldest still existing restaurant—there’s even a Guinness World Record certificate to prove it. The place is called Sobrino de Botín and was founded in 1725. In this old tavern-style restaurant you will be able to try the incredible suckling pig and the delicious roasted lamb. Get ready for the ultimate taste experience!

The Biggest Zara In The World

Zara on Paseo de la Castellana
Zara on Paseo de la Castellana

For many people, traveling is incomplete without shopping. Recently, Spanish clothes brands have been taking over the world. Zara, owned by Spanish fashion company Inditex, is probably the most famous one. In Madrid you can find the biggest Zara store in the world at 79 Paseo de la Castellana. The 6,000-square meter (65,000-square foot) space houses womenswear, menswear, clothes for children and accessories. And if you still don’t have enough, you can go for some of Madrid’s amazing small boutiques on the Gran Via and the Calle de Fuencarral.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Located in Southeast Asia, the Philippines are an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands and are a popular holiday destination. Situated on the eastern Asian border between the Philippine and South China Seas, the below Philippines map shows some of the most popular destinations and regions including Boracay - home to Bulabog Beach and White Beach, Manila - home to Manila City, Makati, Mandaluyong, Quezon City, Pasay and Pasig, Cebu - home to Cebu City and Mactan Island, and Palawan - home to Puerto Princesa, El Nido, Coron and Busuanga Island.The ideal way to understand the islands, this Philippines map shows a range of accommodation options and popular attractions. Boasting one of the world's longest coastlines, the Philippines is renowned for its stunning beaches as well as being a particularly affordable holiday destination. Offering a laid back atmosphere, rich culture and authentic cuisine, the Philippines is considered similar to Bali and offers everything from famous beaches and party regions as well as modern cities, sparkling malls, colonial architecture and colourful fiestas. Use this map to help you understand the lay of the land in the Philippines and to decide which wonderful region you wish to visit, or why not visit them all.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

From Hungary's capital city of Budapest-appropriately called "the city of lights"-to its many quaint villages and fantastic scenery, this East European country evokes a strong sense of history and tradition at every turn. While Budapest is justifiably compared to cities such as Prague and even Paris, and is by far the country's biggest tourist draw, not all the best places to visit and things to do in Hungary are in the capital.
Cities and towns of all sizes in Hungary have preserved their classic old historical attractions, many of which exhibit influences from various cultures, including Turkish invaders and Italian Renaissance designers. And Hungary's countryside includes some of the most beautiful scenery to be found anywhere in europe. In fact, wherever you are in Hungary, you're never far from spectacular mountains and lakes, beautiful river scenes (the Danube runs right through the country), and lush valleys, all providing great opportunities for hiking and other outdoor activities.
To help you make the most of your explorations in this remarkable country, be sure to refer often to our list of the top-rated attractions and things to do in Hungary.

Buda castle
When you first set eyes on spectacular Buda Castle (Budavári Palota) in Budapest, you'll appreciate why so many people consider the city the "Paris of the East." This spectacular historic landmark-now a UNESCO World Heritage Site-ranks right up there with Versailles in terms of its majestic proportions and wonderful design.
Built on the site of a palace destroyed during the Siege of 1686, this newer structure was rebuilt in the 18th century for the Habsburg monarchy and includes more than 200 rooms. Its symmetrical layout focuses on the lovely 61-meter-high central dome facing the Danube, where you can get stunning views of the castle and the other buildings on castle hill
Parts of the original medieval building have been reconstructed, including theBuzogány Tower and the impressive 15th-century South Tower.

The beautiful Danube River flows through Hungary from north to south, and as it passes through Budapest, it splits the city in two. One of the best sunset views of the river and of both Buda and Pest is from the Freedom Bridge, a favorite spot for locals.
Other great places from which to view this majestic river are at the Danube Bend, one of the country's most popular recreational and excursion spots. This is where the river winds its way through the heavily wooded Visegrád Mountainsbefore turning sharply south (the river's "knee") towards Budapest. The area is popular with hikers and nature lovers and is included in the many excellent river cruises that travel the Danube from as far as neighboring Austria.
The Danube Cycle Path is a popular way for active travelers to see the river as it winds through the hills between Budapest and Vienna. Along with constantly-changing river scenery, you'll pass elegant Esztergom, the Roman fort of Kelemantia, and traditional Hungarian villages like Szigetmonostor. If you prefer a more relaxing way to experience the river

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

republic of palau

Palau’s breathtaking beauty inspires people to care more about the planet. Palau is also known as The Republic of Belau. It has over 200 hundred islands out of which only 8 are inhabited. It is located in the western Pacific Ocean. Palau gained independence in October 1994. In December that year, it was admitted to the United Nations. About 21,000 people reside in Palau. Of those, about 70 percent of Palauans live on the island of Koror. The present capital of Palau is Ngerulmud. Government offices moved from Koror – the former Palauan capital – to Ngerulmud, on October 7, 2006.
Palau covers an area of 489 square kilometers (189 square miles). Palau’s prolific, untouched reefs offer a rich wealth of coral formations and marine life. Huge caves, blue holes and a vast variety of exotic and rare marine species are easily accessible in crystal clear water. Hence, tourism is the country’s main business inviting snorkelers and scuba divers from all over the world. Palau also exports tuna, copra, garments and shellfish. The main agriculture of Palau consists of copra, cassava (tapioca), sweet potatoes and coconuts. Palau also exports tuna, copra, garments and shellfish. The major agricultural crops of Palau consists of copra, cassava (tapioca), sweet potatoes and coconuts.
Interesting And Fun Facts About Palau

Palau is often referred to as Belau.In the Pacific Ocean, Palau is a part of the Caroline Island chain. In 1500, European explorers first discovered the Caroline Islands.In 1783, Palau was accidentally discovered by the shipwrecked crew of Captain Henry Wilson when he reached the shores of Ulong.
In the Republic of Palau, the highest point is Mount Ngerchelchuus (242m).In the First World War, Palau was occupied by the Japanese.USA began administration of Palau in 1947. Under the United Nations authority, the islands became a part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.Palau and the combined States of Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk and Yap (the Federated Stated of Micronesia), gained separate status in 1979.In 1981, The Republic of Palau came into existence.In 1985, the first President of the Republic of Palau was assassinated.Palau’s currency is the U.S. dollar.The languages spoken are English, Japanese, Palauan and 3 other local languages.Roman Catholic, Protestant and Modekngei (native) are the most common religions followed in Palau.Palauan women, like their male counterparts, traditionally used to go topless in the past. They used only a two-piece skirt and a few garlands as costumes. Today, some local women still continue their traditional dressing, although more covered and conservative styles of modern clothing have found their way into their culture, especially with the heavy influx of tourists.Huge number of large pelagic predators, turtles, dolphins, sharks and many species of migratory fish which are not found anywhere in the world gather at the distinctive crossroads of three of the world’s main ocean currents in the Palaun archipelago.Floating Garden Islands, known as The Rock Islands, are made up of lime stones.Palau doesn’t have a military force of its own. The U.S. is responsible for its defense under a Compact of Free Association between Palau and the US.In 1855, Spain claimed the Caroline Islands (Palau and FSM).In 1899, following the Spanish-American War, the islands were sold to Germany.American and British whalers began visiting the Caroline Islands at the beginning of the nineteenth century.All year round, Palau experiences a pleasantly warm climate with an annual average temperature of 27 degrees C and between July and October, Palau gets its heaviest rainfall.

Monday, April 6, 2020


Poland is a fascinating country that serves as the geographical and cultural crossroads of Eastern and Western Europe. Located at the center of the Northern European plain, Poland has been a nation of survivors since the foundation of the first Polish state more than 1000 years ago. Through its turbulent history its people have managed to maintain their identity, and today, the country enjoys a crucial position as the largest of the former Eastern European states and one of the most populous members of the European Union.
Poland is a member of the European Union. It joined the Schengen Area in 2007. As a result passport checks are abolished on Poland’s borders to Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Lithuania. It practically means that persons admitted to the Schengen Area can travel hassle-free between the countries of the Schengen Area without internal land and sea border controls, from Portugal to Poland and from Greece to Finland.
Thanks to its location, Poland occupies a special place in the European Union. Poland’s border on the river Bug became the EU’s eastern border. In the wider geographical and geopolitical sense Poland occupies a central position. More and more foreign investment from Western Europe is to be shifted to Poland, as well as from the US and Asia. Poland’s geographic location facilitates the logistics activities and forecasts indicate an increase in the number of immigrants to the country.
Polish institutions of higher education participate in international student exchange programmes and engage in bilateral agreements and individual exchange programmes pursued by particular schools. All these initiatives enhance the development of relations between Polish and foreign institutions of higher education. The number of Polish institutions of higher education awarded an Erasmus University Charter approach 200 and the mobility of Polish students grows rapidly.
Poland’s education market has been the most dynamically developing one in Europe during the last twelve years. The number of higher education institutions has increased five fold while the number of students quadrupled. Each year almost half a million young people begin their education at universities and colleges.
Polish academic traditions reach back to 14th century, some of the Europe’s oldest universities can be found here. The Jagiellonian University of Cracow was established in 1364. Nicholas Copernicus and Marie Skłodowska-Curie are among great names of Polish scientists known and admired worldwide.
Polish universities offer high quality studies and are an integral part of the European education space. All leading universities offer programmes thought in English, these include medicine, engineering, humanities, business and finance. Poland takes active part in the Bolonia Process. Thanks to the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) students can be fully mobile, and continue education in other countries.
Poland in short
  • Official name: Republic of Poland /Rzeczpospolita Polska (short form: Poland/ Polska)
  • Government type: republic
  • Location: Central Europe
  • Border countries: Belarus 416 km, Czech Republic 790 km, Germany 467 km, Lithuania 103 km, Russia (Kaliningrad Oblast) 210 km, Slovakia 541 km, Ukraine 529 km
  • Language: Polish
  • Capital city: Warsaw
  • Major cities: Gdańsk, Kraków, Łódź, Poznań, Wrocław
  • Population: around 38 mln inhabitants
  • Total area: 312 685 sq km (304 465 sq m – land, 8220 sq m – water)
  • Climate: temperate with cold, cloudy, moderately severe winters with frequent precipitation; mild summers with frequent showers and thundershowers
  • Local time: GMT + 1 hr
  • Member of the European Union: Since 2004
  • Religions: Roman Catholic 89,8%, Eastern Orthodox 1,3%, Protestant 0,3%, other 0,3%, unspecified 8,3%
  • Monetary unit: zloty (PLN)
  • Actual exchange rates:

Sunday, March 29, 2020


Sunday, March 15, 2020


Egeskov Castle, the house as we see it today, was built by Frands Brockenhuus and was completed in 1554. A few years prior to this, he had married Anne Tinhuus who had taken over the original estate from her parents.
In those days, political unrest, the Reformation and the Counts' Feud caused many landowners to build their houses as well-protected castles, and Frands Brockenhuus was no exception. He built his castle in the middle of a lake on a foundation of oak pilings, according to legend, in such quantities that "it took an oak forest to do it".
The building, which looks so peaceful and idyllic to today's visitors was built for defence purposes. It consists of two long houses connected by a thick double wall - the first house could be abandoned and the fight continued from the second house. The double wall is so thick, it contains hidden stairs and a well to secure a water supply during a siege. The outer walls have machicolations for dropping solids or liquids on the enemy and embrasures, and the enemy's flank could be shot at from the towers. In addition, the only access to the house was across the drawbridge.
In the more than 400 years that have passed since it was built, various families have lived in the castle. In 1784, Egeskov was sold to Henrik Bille whose descendants have owned the castle ever since. In 1883, Julius Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille moved into Egeskov and, during his time at the castle, it was restored by Helgo Zettervall, a Swedish architect, who also made the tower roofs higher, re-established the corbie gables and built the gatehouse you pass through when visiting the castle.
During this period, the castle was developed into an up-to-date model farm with its own dairy, power station and railway track to Kværndrup, and this formed the economic basis for the large, modern farm that Egeskov is to this day.
The park has been open to the public for several generations and has remained unchanged since 1959 when restoration of the historic grounds commenced.


In 1967, the Veteran Car Museum was opened in the impressive building which used to be a barn and, over the years, the museum has been extended to include several of the surrounding farm buildings.
The Banqueting Hall was restored in 1975. Since 1986, the Hall and many of the other rooms in the house have been open to the public daily throughout the season.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Malta is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast. It's a nation known for historic sites related to a succession of rulers including the Romans, Moors, Knights of Saint John, French and British. It has numerous fortresses, megalithic temples and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, a subterranean complex of halls and burial chambers dating to circa 4000 B.CFounded in 1566, Valletta is Malta’s capital cityand is one of Europe’s smallest (and southern-most) capital cities, with many buildings having a strong Baroque character.Built on a peninsula between two natural harbours (Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour), the city sits perched on higher ground. Its streets were aligned in a grid-like layout, being wide and straight, which is said to have been chosen to allow the sea breeze to provide respite from Malta’s hot summer weather.
Valletta is Malta’s administrative and commercial hub, with several government departments occupying some of its historical buildings and several financial and logistics companies having their offices here.
Despite its small size, Valletta is packed with sites of historical significance, with buildings dating back to the 16th century. So much so that it’s been an officially listed UNESCO World Heritage site since 1980.
That’s right, the city of Valletta as a whole is recognised by UNESCO for its historical and cultural value. That doesn’t mean the place is swarming with tourists however, although tour groups aren’t an uncommon sight, particularly during the summer months.
Intrigued? In this article, I cover the basics of what you need to know about Valletta, what makes it so special and what’s worth seeing and experiencing when you decide to pay Malta’s capital a visit.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

If you think of the Netherlands, flowers, windmills and wooden shoes come to mind - but Holland has so much more to offer! Enjoy the bracing wind with a beach walk along the Dutch coast or a cycling tour of the Veluwe. Experience the welcoming hospitality of North Brabant and Limburg, the authentic charm of our Hanseatic cities and the Achterhoek in eastern Holland, and the freedom of the provinces of Friesland and Groningen with their wide horizons. Discover how the Dutch battle against the water in Flevoland, our newest province, and immerse yourself in Dutch culture in the modern metropolises, historic cities, and picturesque villages in the west of the Netherlands.
And best of all, you do not have to choose because all this and much more is within a two hour travel distance.

The difference between theNetherlands and Holland is theNetherlands is the term for the country as a whole, while Hollandrefers to just the two provinces of North and South Holland

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths. Go for a boat tour on the canals, stroll through Vondelpark, and go shopping in the inner city. Amsterdam is a unique city!

Monday, February 3, 2020


A small island nation home to around 4.5 million people located in the Pacific Ocean, new Zealand  is famous for its national rugby team, its indigenous Maori culture and its picturesque landscape. If you’re an international student considering studying abroad, New Zealand may be a long way from home. But the many hours and possibly days spent travelling to get there will be well worth it!

The seasons in New Zealand are directly opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere, and are the same as those in Australia. New Zealand's climate can best be described as being extremely variable, and anything except tropical!  You are very likely to experience 4 seasons in one day, which is very normal!
New Zealand in Summer - December to February
Travelling in summer has the advantage of the best overall weather. However the biggest disadvantage is that it is also the busiest time of year for both local holiday makers and international tourists. As a result prices tend to be significantly higher, and accommodation in some areas can often be very difficult to obtain.
Autumn in New Zealand is a time of spectacular changes in colours, with vivid russet browns, reds and golden leaves. This is especially the case in Wanaka and the Otago region of New Zealand in the South Island; or Hawkes Bay in New Zealand's North Island. For those on a self drive holiday, if you are travelling any time after Easter, the roads and number of other tourists are always much less; so this is always one of the best times to travel to New ZealandThough temperatures in the mountains are cold; once you get away from there, the winters are relatively short and mild. There are many days or nights when you will have crisp, clear skies; though in the North Island it may be a little wetter. For the keen and beginner skier, New Zealand has a great choice of Ski Fields with the ski season running from June to the first week in October. In the North Island are the volcanic peaks of Tongariro National Park with Whakapapa and Turoa Ski Areas.  The South Island has great skiing at Queenstown, Wanaka and Mount Hutt; as well as many smaller club fields.
For those wanting to do a New Zealand self drive holiday, driving is extremely easy. There is little traffic on the roads, and any snow that falls is generally in the mountains, and not in the valleys. Only the heaviest snow falls will result in a few days of snow in the lowlands, and this only happens very occasionallySpring is a great time of year to travel in New Zealand. As the ski season is still coming to an end; the Southern Alps and mountains are majestic with their snow covering. For adventure seekers, this is a great time for white water rafting, as the mountain snows start melting.
Spring is also the time when the new flowers and leaves start appearing. For gardeners it is a special time of year in New Zealand, with some magnificent gardens and parks to visit. In the North Island of New Zealand a visit to the Taranaki Rhododendron and Garden Festival, or to Hawkes Bay to see the blossom on the trees are highlights. In the South Island of New Zealand, Christchurch is aptly named "the Garden City", and there is no better time than Spring to take in the gardens and parks of Christchurch. Also you could make a visit to Otago and Dunedin, with its many historic gardens, or Alexandra with its blossoms and annual spring festival.