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Dubai, UAE

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Located in the southern part of the Persian Gulf, Dubai is one of the seven Arabic Emirates. Nowadays aside from popular resort city it has become one of the most important business locations in the Middle East. Modern building towers over ancient historical landmarks. It is the home to some of the most exquisite hotels on the planet some reaching a rating of up to seven stars! Dubai is the place where the rich come and play.

Dubai
Dubai AttractionsDubai Attractions:
The main tourist attraction in Dubai is shopping. It is a home to over seventy shopping malls including the 7th largest mall in the world – the Dubai Mall. It is deemed the shopping capital of the Middle East and goods range from designer brand shoes and clothes, to more traditional items and local produce. A thing to note here is that many of the things sold do not have a fixed price. Burj DubaiCustomers and sellers usually negotiate the price of the item sold, which over the years has become a tradition.

Dubai has a variety of parks, both large and small, which are a part of a project created to increase the local fauna. The more popular include the Creekside Park, Safa Park, Al Mumzar Beach Park and Wild Wadi Water Park. Desert Safari is also a popular activity among the tourists that visit the city but want to get away from its streets. For those with interest in history the Dubai Museum hosts a variety of exhibits and historical artifacts.

Dubai Palm Tree Island: Luxury Holidays at it’s best
Dubai Palm Tree Island

Dubai at Night: Night life is active at Dubai. At night Dubai turns into a city of gold with lights burning around the city. The magnificent view of Dubai at night can be seen below.

Dubai CityDubai Night
 

Dubai Weather and Best time to Visit

Dubai Climate

Dubai Climate:
Because of its desert climate, Dubai summers are extremely hot, reaching over 40 degrees Celsius during the day. At night the temperatures drop to approximately 30 degrees. During the wintertime the weather is fair with highs in the low twenties.
Best Time to Vist: The best time to visit Dubai is in late autumn or early spring without risking sunstroke in the blazing heat.

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Barcelona, Spain

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Barcelona is one of the largest Spanish cities. It is located near the French border and is on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is a popular tourist hotspot because of its clear blue water and sandy beaches and because of the city’s historical monuments. It is also a place where young people come to party and have fun.

Barcelona ClimateClimate:Because of its location in Western Europe, the climate in Barcelona is deemed as mild. It has distinct four seasons, with summer being the best time to visit the city.

Barcelona Travel Tips: Because it is the capital of Catalunya, aside from Spanish, Catalan is also spoken widely. While some people understand English it is still a good idea to know a bit of Spanish or have a translator guide handy when vacationing there.

Barcelona AttractionsBarcelona Tourist Attractions: Barcelona beaches have long been a place of interest for those who decide to vacation there.
Barcelona Nude BeachBeach Holidays: Barcelona is a sea resort that offers four distinct beaches. The largest and most populated one is called the Barceloneta. However, it can become rather crowded in the summer so a good choice might be one of the following: the Icaria beach, the Stiges beach and for those who prefer to walk in the nude – the Mar Bella beach which is a nudist beach.

The famous Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Sagrada Familia

Some of the more famous tourist attractions include Sagrada Familia designed by architect Antonio Gaudi, the Barcelona Aquarium and of course the Barcelona FC Museums which represents soccer throughout history. There are plenty of museums like the Picasso Museum, the Miro Museum and many others worth seeing.

La Merce FestuvalEvents & Festivals:
Different events occur throughout the year in Barcelona. One of them is La Merce which is a five day celebration in September in honor of Mare de Deu de la Merce – the patron saint of the city. During this time the streets are filled with people and tourists who are trying to capture the moments in camera.
Jazz Festival:
The Barcelona Jazz festival is another event that gathers thousands of jazz fans October through December.

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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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Rio de Janeiro: Nicknamed “Cidade Maravilhosa” or “The Marvelous City”, Rio De Janeiro is bursting with sights and sounds. It is best known for its spectacular annual carnival, beautiful beaches and the beautiful people who frequent them! It is also a proud sporting city and home to one of the largest football stadiums in the world, the Maracana Stadium, which will play host to the 2014 FIFA cup final. In the summer of 2016, the city will make history as the first South American city ever to host the Olympic Games. Rio De Janeiro which also called Rio is the second largest city in Brazil and is the capital of Rio De Janeiro state.

Major Attractions of Rio De Janeiro:
The statue of Christ the Redeemer; Sugar Loaf Mountain; Ipanema beach; Sambadromo; the Arcos de lapa; Pedra da Gavea; the market at Praca General Osorio; Parque Nacional and the Floresta da Tijuca.
Rio De Janeiro
Things to Do in Rio De Janeiro:
No trip to Rio would be complete without a train ride up Corcovado Mountain to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer, now one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. Soak up the sun with the beautiful people at Ipanema Beach and then explore the chic boutiques and restaurants in the surrounding area. Dance to the sounds of Samba and Bossa Nova late into the night, or just relax with a Caipirinha in one of the many bars around Copacabana Beach.

Climate and When to Go
Rio has a tropical savannah climate, and temperatures can be as high as 82F throughout the year, rarely dropping below 68F. Cool breezes from the Atlantic Ocean make the heat more bearable in the main tourist beach areas. Despite the heat, the weather can be changeable with rain occurring particularly between December and March.

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Rio De Janeiro City Map

Paris, France

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With the vast amounts of history and art Paris has become the must see city in Europe for any self respecting tourist. Being one of the oldest cities in Europe, it offers people a large number of activities for every interest no matter what their age. Aside from being home to many historical landmarks, it is also known as the City of Life – la ville the lumiere, as well as the City of Fashion.

Paris Holidays
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Paris Tourist AttractionsParis Attractions
Paris is the home of many monuments of historical importance that have now become some of the most famous tourist attractions.
Eiffel Tower, Paris: The pride of Paris is the Eiffel tower which has now become a symbol of the city and is a must see for everyone that sets foot in the city of romance.
Versailles, Paris
Chateau de Versailles, Paris:
The Chateau de Versailles is France’s most exquisite piece of renaissance architecture, known for its grand size, multiple rooms and lovely gardens.

Other must see places are the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre Dame Cathedral, la Opera Garnier, the Pantheon, the Catacombs and many others.
Paris Louvre Museum
Paris also boasts a variety of museums that help represent different sides of history. The most famous one is the Louvre, which is the current home of the Mona Lisa among other famous paintings. One can’t go wrong when visiting the Picasso museum which shelters Pablo Picasso’s many works of art. The Paris museums have become a home to the paintings of many famous historical artists.

Paris WeatherParis Climate : Paris is gorgeous all year round. Because of its location is has a mild European climate with winters being rather cold, while summers are warm and sunny. The best time to visit Paris is summer time. But as different events ranging from French tradition to the modern Fashion week, it is a city full of tourists throughout the year.
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Sydney, Australia

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Sydney is famous for its beautiful harbour and the spectacular harbour bridge that bestrides it. The city also boasts world-class shopping, restaurants to suit every palate and, of course, the Opera House which plays host to some of the world’s finest music, dance and opera. This vibrant and diverse city has a unique and fascinating history. In 1788 eleven ships arrived bearing the very first British settlers, whose influence can still be seen in the city today.

Sydney Major Attractions
Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, St Mary’s Cathedral, The Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Taronga Park Zoo, Sydney Aquarium.

Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House. Photograph by: Rodney Haywood
Sydney Harbor Bridge

Things to Do in Sydney:
Take a tour around Circular Quay, walking in the footsteps of the first settlers; experience the sights, sounds and smells of Chinatown; take a leisurely stroll in the botanic gardens or hang out with the beautiful people on Bondi Beach. Take the ferry across to explore the natural delights of Manly or indulge in some serious retail therapy in the upmarket shops of Paddington.

Climate and When to Go
Sydney is a true year-round destination with warm summers and cool winters. Sunshine is almost guaranteed at any time of year. Do remember to protect yourself from its harsh rays by applying sunscreen and wearing a hat.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Amsterdam
The beautiful and friendly city of Amsterdam is famous for its canals, coffee shops and vibrant nightlife. It has world-class museums and galleries and an array of markets. Eclectic and charming, Amsterdam has plenty of unique attractions: its “brown” coffee shops are legally allowed to sell Marijuana and the lively red-light district makes for fascinating people-watching! Other quirky attractions include the Museum Vrolik, with its large collection of preserved human remains and the charming Poezenboot, a floating cat-rescue shelter.

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Major Attractions of Amsterdam:
Anne Frank’s House, The Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Madam Tussaud’s, Dam Square, Artis Zoo, The Botanical Gardens, and The Heineken Brewery Museum.

Things to Do in Amsterdam:
Take a leisurely boat trip on the canals or hire a bicycle and explore the city on two wheels; browse the markets; enjoy the nightlife or relax in one of the many cafes and just watch the world go by.

Climate and When to Go:
Amsterdam has a temperate climate with mild Winters and cool Summers, making it an ideal destination at any time of year.

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Amsterdam City at Night

The Famous Amsterdam Bridge at Night


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Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Australia : –   Melbourne is the capital, and the largest city of the province, Victoria in south east Australia. It is also the second largest city in all of Australia. Melbourne had been ranked in the top three of the most livable cities in the world.
The beautiful Yarra River which runs right through the middle of the city is the heart of tourist attraction in Melbourne.

Melbourne AttractionsMelbourne Attractions:   Melbourne is referred to as the cultural capital of Australia. It is the center for education, music, film, the arts, sports, and tourism. It is also known as the garden city due to its abundance of gardens and parks throughout the city. Enjoy River boats, water taxis and cruise through the Yarra river to enjoy a spectacular trip. Melbourne has no height building restrictions so some of the tallest buildings are located here. Some of the buildings have public observatories at the top. The city is always celebrating some type of cultural festival, whether it be for comedy or music or film. There are over 100 art galleries in Melbourne. The city houses many corporate firms, banks, and the Ford and Toyota manufacturers are housed in Melbourne.

Melbourne Australia

Melbourne ClimateClimate:   Melbourne has an oceanic climate. The weather is highly unpredictable due to Melbourne being on the border of a hot inland area and a cold ocean area. Snow is rare, the last time snow was in Melbourne it was 2005. The average low is 46 degrees Fahrenheit and the average high is 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Their summers last from December to March. The winter months in Melbourne are from June to August.

Melbourne FactsMelbourne Facts:   Melbourne is a very diverse city. Two-thirds of the population speaks English, and over 100,000 people each speak Italian, Chinese, and Greek. There are emigrants from 233 countries, which speak over 180 different languages and dialects, and practice over 116 different religions. The most popular religions however are Christian and Catholic. Melbourne has its own airport, Melbourne International. They also have a sophisticated inter-city transportation system of trams, buses, and trains. They use the Australian Dollar which is equal to 95 cents of the U.S Dollar.

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Map of Melbourne, Australia