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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.
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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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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.

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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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Mumbai (Bombay)

Travel Guide to Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra, India

Overview:
Mumbai is the commercial capital of India, a city of entrepreneurs, concrete towers, clubs and discos, cricket, Bollywood and more.

The city, a cluster of seven islands, was named by its native Koli fisherfolk after the goddess Mumbadevi. After the Portuguese gained possession of the islands in 1534, they renamed it Bom Bahia, for the natural harbour, which served as a safe haven for its ships.

In 1661, Charles II of England received the islands of Bombay as dowry when he married Princess Catherine of Braganza. The British Government leased the islands to the East India Company, who developed it into a thriving trading port.

The promise of business opportunities and religious freedom drew people to Bombay from all over the country. As the migrant population burgeoned, land was reclaimed, and the city began its haphazard metamorphosis from a trading post into a metropolis and industrial hub.

The city also became a hotbed of political activity during the struggle for independence, hosting the First Indian National Congress in 1885. Nearly fifty years later, the Quit India movement was launched in Bombay.

In the mid-’90s, the city was rechristened Mumbai. Today, Mumbai is the country’s financial and cultural centre. It is also home to a thriving film industry. It is seen, to the teeming masses that flock there to live and work, as a place where opportunities abound. Its inhabitants, an amalgam of great wealth and abject poverty, are swept into the endless maelstrom of activity that characterizes this city of dreams.

Places To Visit when you are in Mumbai:

Gate way of India, Mumbai
Gateway of India
The Gateway of India was built in 1924 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India. Built in the 16th century Gujarati style, the monument stood testament to British supremacy. Ironically, it was from here that the last British troops left the country after independence.

Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus
Formerly known as Victoria Terminus (VT), this is one of the most imposing buildings in Mumbai. It was from Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus that the country’s first train rolled out. At the entrance to the terminus is a large statue of Queen Victoria. The clock on tower is 3.19m in diameter. Stone gargoyles, peacocks, monkeys, elephants and British lions are placed among the buttresses, domes, turrets, spires and stained glass windows. The Terminus looks more like a cathedral than a railway station.

Chowpatty Beach
Chowpatty beach is located in the heart of Mumbai. Every evening, the beach is transformed into a hub of activity. Historically, during the freedom struggle, public meetings and rallies were organised here.

Haji Ali Mosque
This mosque is located at the end of a long causeway protruding into the Arabian Sea. The white mosque is the tomb of Saint Haji Ali, a wealthy Muslim who renounced the world and proceeded to Mecca. It is said that he died in Mecca and the casket miraculously drifted to the spot at which the mosque is built toady. The mosque can only be approached during low tide.

Hanging Gardens
The Hanging Gardens or Ferozshah Mehta Gardens were laid in 1881 on top of a reservoir on Malabar Hill. The garden provides a spectacular view of the city.

Mumbai High Court
This building, designed in the English Gothic Style, was built in 1878. The main structure rises 54.2 m in height and is surmounted by statues representing Justice and Mercy.

Hutatma Chowk
Better known as Flora Fountain after the beautiful stone fountain at its centre, Hutatma Chowk is the established business centre of Mumbai. The Fountain was erected in 1869 in honour of Sir Bartle Frere, Governor of Bombay, who was responsible for shaping much of Bombay.

Jain Temple
The Jain Temple, built in white marble, is dedicated to Adinath, the first apostle of the Jains. The temple is decorated with paintings depicting incidents from the life of the Tirthankaras. The first floor of the temple is particularly dedicated to Parasnath. His image has been carved out in black marble and images of planets as seen in Hindu mythology, adorn the ceiling.

Kala Ghoda
Kala Ghoda (Black Horse) got its name from the imposing statue of King Edward VII, seated astride a black horse, which rested there. Although the statue has long since been removed, the name stubbornly lingers. The Kala Ghoda area is home to some of the city’s most beautiful buildings – The Elphinstone College, the David Sassoon Library, the Army Navy Building and the once-celebrated Watson Hotel. In an attempt to turn the area into an art district, city conservationists organised the Kalaghoda Fair, an open air craft bazaar, and cultural arena. This festival has become an eagerly awaited annual event.

Kalbadevi
North of the Crawford market is a predominantly Muslim area, dotted with Chawls (dwelling clusters), and home to some of the busiest and most colourful bazaars in Mumbai. Near Kalbadevi is the Jama Masjid and the Mumbadevi temple, dedicated to the patron Goddess of Mumbai’s original inhabitants. It is one of the best places to wander aimlessly.

Mani Bhavan (Gandhi Memorial)
Mahatma Gandhi’s residence in Bombay between 1917-34 has been converted into a museum, which displays pictures and books related to his life.

Marine Drive
Also known as Netaji Subhas Chandra Marg, Marine Drive features a bustling waterfront promenade. Marine Drive is built on land reclaimed along the Arabian coast, and runs from Nariman point to the foot of Malabar Hill. Sunsets here are particularly beautiful.

National Gallery of Modern Art
The National Gallery of Modern art in Mumbai exhibits the work of prominent contemporary Indian artists. The National Gallery is housed in the building that was formerly Sir Cowasji Jehangir Public Hall.

Nehru Planetarium
Eight kilometres from the centre of the city is the Nehru Planetarium. Its shows provide glimpses into the mysteries and wonders of outer space, and are particularly entertaining for children.

Prince of Wales Museum
Like the Gateway of India, this structure commemorates the visit of King George V. The building is built in Indo Sarcenic style and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The central hall features a huge dome which is believed to have been inspired by the Golgumbaz. The museum, which opened in 1923, has an impressive collection of artefacts from places such as Elephanta Island, Jogeshwari Caves, and the Indus valley. There is a large collection of terracotta figurines, ivory carvings, statues, and miniatures.

Taraporewala Aquarium
The aquarium was opened in 1951 and has an interesting collection of marine and fresh water specimens. Shells, shell craft and fishery by-products are also on display.

Walkeshwar Temple
This Hindu temple, bordering the Banganga Tank at Walkeshwar, dates back to approximately 1715. Rama is said to have stopped here to rest on his way to Lanka to rescue Sita. Legend has it that the Banganga Tank was created when Rama shot an arrow into the ground, and water sprang forth. Despite its proximity to the sea, the Tank holds fresh water.

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Matheran
This quaint hillside retreat was discovered in 1850 and is the nearest hill station from Mumbai, and provides a welcome respite from the heat and crowds of the city.

Lonavla
Lonavla and Khandala are twin resorts just over 100 kms from the rat race of Mumbai. The towns are perched high on the Western Ghats, and popular tourist destinations. Both towns are famous for their delicious chikki (molasses candy) and chocolate fudge.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Previously known as the Borivali National Park, this protected forest area is on the northern outskirts of Mumbai. The Lion Safari is popular attraction. However, the small population of animals, which includes a few tigers and panthers, faces extinction due to urban encroachment.

Bassein
This fortified city, built by the Portuguese, separates greater Mumbai from the Indian mainland. The city of Bassein was at its architectural best in 1534, with one cathedral, five convents and 13 churches. In 1739, the city was lost to the Marathas. The ruins of the fort are the only evidence of a glorious past.

Elephanta Island
The Elephanta Caves are said to date back to the third century. The island was the capital of powerful coastal kingdom and the excavation of the caves from the 6th century hints at the glory of the kingdom. Centuries later, when the Portuguese took possession of the island, they named it after a monolith of an elephant, which they had found there.

Mumbai Facts:

Population: About 15 million

Climate: Being on the coast of the Arabian Sea, Mumbai’s climate is largely influenced by the sea. The climate is moderate, with summers hot and winters pleasant. The monsoon lasts from June to September, and rainfalls heavy.

Main Language(s): Hindi, Marathi and English

Time Zone: GMT + 05:30

Phone Area Code: 022

Best Time To Visit: The best time to visit Mumbai is between November and February. It is advisable to avoid Mumbai during the monsoon months.

Airport Distance from City Center: 26 kms

Taxi Rates from Airport to City: Pre-paid taxi service available

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Bangalore (Bengaluru), India

Bangalore, Karnatka, India:
Bangalore which is now renamed as Bengaluru is one of Asia’s fastest growing cities. Situated at an altitude of 920 metres above sea level, Bangalore is the principal administrative, cultural, commercial and industrial centre of the state of Karnataka. Spread over an area of 2190 square kilometres, Bangalore enjoys a pleasant and equable climate throughout the year. Tree-lined streets and abundant greenery made it the ‘Garden City’ of India.

However, since local entrepreneurs and technology giant Texas Instruments discovered its potential as a high-tech city in the early 1980s, Bangalore has seen a major technology boom and is now home to more than 250 high-tech companies, including homegrown giants like Wipro and Infosys. The erstwhile garden city has now been pegged the ‘Silicon Valley’ of India.

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Bangalore Attractions

Where to go and what to do in Bangalore? Here are some of the important places to visit in Bengaluru, India.

Vidhana Soudha
Located at the northern boundary of Cubbon Park, this majestic building, with a total plinth area of over 5,00,000 sq. ft is built in a neo-Dravidian style. It houses the Secretariat, the State legislature and several other Government offices. The gleaming white domes, pillars and archways resemble the architectural pattern of Mysore’s old palaces. The huge, carved doors of the cabinet room are made of pure sandalwood. The entire building, when floodlit on Sunday evenings, presents a truly breathtaking picture.

Lal Bagh
These 240-acre gardens were laid out during the Muslim era (18 century) by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, 200 years ago. They contain the largest collection of rare tropical and sub-tropical plants with many awesome century-old trees. Fountains, terraces, lotus pools, rose gardens and a deer park surround the magnificent glass house built in 1840, on the lines of London’s Crystal Palace. The Annual flower, fruit and vegetable shows are regularly held here. Lal Bagh also houses the offices of the Karnataka Horticultural Society that renders free advice to those interested in flowers and gardens. A giant Electronic Quartz Flower clock is also in the garden.

Cubbon Park
Planned and laid out in 1864, this beautiful 300-acre park contains the public library and the museum. The illuminated “fairy fountain” and the elegant graeco – colonial style buildings add to the beauty of this park. The imposing red Gothic structure within this park is Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall, which houses the public library. Also situated here are the High Court, the Government Museum, the Technology Museum, the Govt. Aquarium and the Jawaharlal Bal Bhavan.

The Fort
Situated opposite the City Market, the Fort is noted for its beautifully carved Islamic-style arches on the gate walls, and for the well-preserved Ganesha Temple within its precincts. One of the temple’s outer walls carries an exquisite carving of Sri Krishna playing his flute, and within, there is a fine statue of Lord Ganesha. Originally built in mud by Kempe Gowda in 1537, the Fort was extended and fortified by Tipu Sultan. He preserved the Ganesha Temple as a testament to his religious tolerance. It is open to the public from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tipu’s Palace
Situated near the fort, construction of this palace was begun by Tipu Sultan’s father Haider Ali, and completed by Tippu himself in 1791. It resembles the Daria Daulat Palace at Srirangapatna, Tipu’s capital. It was known as `Rashk-e-jannat’ – the Envy of Heaven. Constructed largely of wood, it is known for its five elaborately decorated arches surmounted by exquisite minarets, and paintings on the walls and ceilings. It is open to the Public from 6a.m. to 6 p.m.

Venkataramanaswamy Temple
Bangalore has some beautiful temples. Adjoining Tipu’s summer palace is the Venkataramanaswamy Temple, a 300-year old temple built by the Wodeyars and still in very good condition.

Bull Temple
South of Bangalore in Basavangudi, is the Bull Temple built by Kempe Gowda. The deity is a massive 15-foot Basava or bull, which was believed to have been the vehicle of Lord Shiva. The cause for wonder about this Nandi is that it has been carved from a single boulder.

Gavi Gangadhareswara temple
Another impressive temple is the Gavi Gangadhareswara temple, an unusual cave temple. It has been designed in such a manner that, on the festival of Sankranti, a local festival, the rays of the sun pass between the horns of the Nandi placed outside the temple, illuminating the image of Lord Shiva.

Someshwara Temple
Another temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is the Someshwara Temple built by Kempe Gowda in Ulsoor.

Around Banglore

Nrityagram
35 kms from Bangalore at Hesaraghatta is the famous Nritya Gram, a centre for dance that imparts extensive training in seven dance disciplines and two martial art forms to residential students. The Nrityagram celebrates the Vasantha Habba (the spring) every year. Renowned artists are invited to come and perform in a night-long gala, open to the public.

The Hesaraghatta Lake
This a man-made lake, near the village is also a popular tourist spot. Bannnerghatta National Park
Just 21 kms from the city and easily accessible by road is the Bannerghatta National Park. A part of the Bannerghatta forest, the park houses a mini zoo, a crocodile farm, lion and tiger safari parks. Situated 60 kms from Bangalore, at a height of 1478m above sea level, is the Nandi Hills resort. What used to be the favourite summer getaway of Tipu Sultan, is now a popular picnic spot with its awesome fort, sprawling lawns and two ancient temples.

Whitefield
The Shri Satya Sai Baba ashram is the chief attraction at Whitefield. It is now more or less a suburb of Bangalore, with increased access lines and more people moving into the neighborhood. The ashram is called Brindavan and any public transportation will take you there, though auto rickshaws may make a bit of noise about the extra charge you ought to pay. It is an interesting place, and the sage has quite a few interesting aspects to his personalities. He is very revered and many people believe him to be an incarnation of the earlier Sai Baba of Shirdi, a Hindu saint of older days.

Nandi Hills
This is a hill resort near Bangalore whose solitude has not been tampered by commercialization. The weather is very pleasant and though a far cry from the misty Himalayan hill-stations, Nandi Hills has a very pleasant ambience about it – a nice place to chill out in if you are in the vicinity. For one, it has been a popular hill retreat right from the days of Tipu Sultan who is said to have visited here occasionally. Tipu’s drop, a 600-metre high cliff offers a fantastic view of the plains down below. Ideal picnic spot.

Ramohalli
A little away from the city is Ramohalli, a picturesque picnic spot, that boasts of a 400-year old sprawling banyan tree, spread over 4 acres. The region around Bangalore is dotted with gigantic rock formations, the two notable ones being Shivaganga (4599 ft.high) and Savandurga. The latter used to be a fortress and the hideout of Kempe Gowda.

Mysore
Mysore is just 139 kms by road from Bangalore. It was the capital city of Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan and the entire Wodeyar clan. Mysore’s prime attractions are the Mysore Palace, the Chamundi Hills, the famous Brindavan Gardens, the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery located in the Jaganmohan Palace, the Mysore Zoo and St.Philomena’s Church.

Srirangapatna
15 kms from Mysore is the old capital of Tipu Sultan, Srirangapatna. Its fort bears witness to the Tiger of Mysore’s last battle against the British. His mausoleum, the Gumbaz, which sports ivory inlaid doors and the famous tiger-striped emblem is also nearby. Near Srirangapatna is the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary.

Somnathpur
40 kms away from Mysore is the Somnathpur Temple, a star-shaped structure built in 1260 A.D, an outstanding example of Hoysala architecture.

Ramanagaram
49 kms from Bangalore city, Ramanagaram is famous for its rock formations, a great attraction for rock climbers. Ramanagaram is also an important silk cocoon market.

Shivaganga
50 kms from the city center is a hill which provides a breath-taking view of the the nearby areas. There are two famous shrines dedicated to Lord Gangadeshwara and Goddess Honnadevi.

Hassan
194 kms from Bangalore is Hassan, from where one can go to Belur, Halebid and Shravanabelagola. Shravanabelagola is a famous Jain pilgrimage with a 17m high monolith of lord Bahubali standing tall.

International Technology Park (ITPL)
For those that have business and more business on their minds, the International Tech Park in Bangalore offers a superb business advantage to corporations seeking a foothold in India, one of the world’s biggest emerging markets. The futuristic Park is built to exacting international standards, supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure. Amidst a refreshing and aesthetically appealing environment, the Park offers a one-stop solution integrating office, production, commercial, residential and recreational needs in a single location. The International Tech Park is meticulously designed and built to suit the requirements of international hi-tech companies in the field of information technology, software development, electronics, telecommunication, research and development, financial services and other non-polluting hi-tech industries.

Electronics City
Electronics City is an industrial park spread over 330 acres exclusively meant for electronics industries. It houses more than a hundred industries, including IT industry leaders like Motorola, Infosys, Siemens, ITI, and Wipro. The area is maintained by Keonics, which provides the necessary infrastructure.

Bangalore Facts

To give you a little background, Bangalore was founded by Kempe Gowda in the early 16th century. Two centuries later, it became an important fortress city under rulers Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. The ruins of those periods can still be seen on the Bellary Road, at Lal Bagh, Ulsoor and Gavi Gangadhareswar Temple.

The people in the city are warm, hospitable and friendly. Bangalore is generally regarded as a place that most visitors like to chill out in. Not to say that it has nothing for the people interested in history. Along with the modern day pubs, discos and hangouts, one can still see remnants of the older Bangalore. All in all, a lovely city to visit.

Population: About 65 lakhs (6.5 million)

Climate: One of Bangalore’s most attractive features continues to be its pleasant weather. Like we said earlier, Bangalore is not inclined to extremes. It meets the season’s expectations, which means, it is warm in the summer, chilly in winter and the monsoons visit regularly.

Main Language(s): Kannada, English

Time Zone: GMT+ 05:30

Phone Area Code: 080

Best Time To Visit: March to May (warmest months)
December to January (coldest months)
June to September (rainy – southwest monsoon)
November to December (rainy – northeast monsoon)

Airport Distance from City Center: 12 kms

Taxi Rates from Airport to City: Available for a flat rate of Rs. 150 to city centre.

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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.

Amsterdam Holidays

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

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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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