From the click-clack of a horse-drawn carriage trotting on the medieval cobble-stone streets to the smell of fresh waffles wafting through the air, Bruges is one of those rare places that stir all your senses without overloading them. Even in the height of summer, a visit to Bruges feels like you are entering a community of people rather than a crowd of tourists – and you are treated accordingly by the locals. Although there are few activities to do in Bruges, you cannot overestimate how much time you can spend happily getting lost in the plethora of alleys, canals and verdant ramparts within the town that is in itself a UNESCO World Heritage site. One day was simply not enough.
Just look at that face. Can you honestly say that that face does not make you want to take whatever means necessary to get face to face to it and hug it in the most lovable way possible? I bet not. Well lucky for you, although you may not be able to hug said seal, here's how you can get the opportunity to see such an adorable seal sunbathe, slip and slide through the waters along the Tasman peninsula (and perhaps a dolphin or two as well!)
A castle so magical, Walt Disney made a logo out of it. On first appearances, the appeal of Neucshwanstein is its fairy-tale ambiance, however there are a lot more interesting things about this 19th century castle.
If I was in charge of writing the dictionary, I would define Yosemite as 'The hikers dream'. With an area spanning 3000 square metres, the park provides endless unique hikes ranging from flat and short to steep and long (see hike map here). Blame it on stress from completing my honours whilst planning my trip, but I somehow thought a day trip to Yosemite from San Francisco (which is a four hour drive each way) was going to give me enough time in the park.
As part of my recent trip to North America, I took part in the Topdeck 'Coast to Vegas' tour. Included in this tour - and a predominate reason I chose this tour over others - was a visit to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park with a traditional Navajo guide. Weather you're a fan of old-western films, more recent sci-fi films (e.g. Transformers) or even just Doctor Who, you're surely familiar with this site and its raw natural beauty.
With its low fences (except for the sumatran tiger of course!) and casual atmosphere, Symbio Wildlife Park is not your ordinary zoo. Instead, it is more like the giant backyard of a family who takes care of an eclectic collection of exotic and endangered animals.
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