Travel & Destinations

Madrid Palace, the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family

Madrid Palace, the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family

Madrid Palace is one of the most popular palaces in the world and like Buckingham
Palace; it is designated for the country’s Royal Family. It is also one of the oldest palaces
since its construction was started in the year 1735. Over the course of time, renovation
work was carried out by successive emperors. Today, it is mostly used for state
ceremonies since the Spanish Royal Family does not live here anymore instead they
have opted to stay at the Palace of Zarzuela. The palace has a huge building covering an
area of 135 thousand Sq. meters having 3,418 rooms.
This palace has a unique place in Spanish history and with novel art displays,
construction designs and decorations. It has also become a major tourist attraction in
the world as the visitors can take a tour of the palace. Close to the Madrid Palace is the
Alcatraz Palace, which is also significant in Spanish history. We were in Spain last year
visiting different states of the European Union. We were staying in Barcelona while we
were planning to visit the capital city as well. We reached here by road and booked a
hotel in the commercial area.

Exploring the City of Madrid

Madrid is a historic city with countless tourists attractions spread all over the city. We
first decided to explore the city before visiting Madrid Palace. We visited the Museo
Nacional Del Prado which is among the best European art collections. We also visited
the Parque del Buen Retiro which is a beautiful park with fountains and a lake. We went
boating here enjoying the beautiful weather of the city. Next, we went to the Madrid
Palace after which we spent a few hours in the Plaza Mayor in the city.

Exploring the Madrid Palace

We went to the Madrid Palace after spending a few hours in the city. It is a beautiful
building, which impresses the person the first time. Outside the palace, there are Plaza de la Armeria and Plaza de Oriente. There are also two gardens here named Campo del
Moro and Sabatini Gardens. We spent some time outside before we went to explore the
interior of the building. Inside there are King’s apartments, Queen’s apartments,
banqueting hall, Royal Chapel, apartments of Infante Luis and the Crown Room. There is
also a library, pharmacy, and armory here. We spent few hours exploring the interior of
the palace and took memorable pictures here.

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Top Things to Do in Shanghai, China

City of Shanghai China

At the turn of the 20th century, it was a thriving metropolis to rival Paris, with vibrant nightlife, couture houses, and posh private clubs. One hundred years later—following war, destruction, and redevelopment—it’s once again at the top. Shanghai is a city of stunning contrasts, with regal heritage buildings and the world’s second-tallest skyscraper. There’s so much to see in this city of 23 million, so to help you make the most of your time in Shanghai, we’ve rounded up 25 of its best sites. Some are ancient, some are new, but all with leave you with a better understanding of one of Asia’s most dynamic cities.
Here are the top 5 things to do in Shanghai, China.

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1. Shanghai Tower:


Shanghai Tower is in the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone of Pudong. It is the tallest building in China and the second tallest building in the entire world, after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Its observation deck is, however, the highest ever conceived by humans, which offers the highest views of Shanghai in a 360-degree pan-optic, doughnut-shaped room that looks out onto the entire city and beyond. It was designed by American firm Gensler, with Shanghainese architect Jun Xia taking the lead on design. Though the project started way back in 1993, the construction only began in 2008.


2. The Bund:


The Bund is Shanghai’s waterfront boulevard, lined in the heritage buildings that showcase the city’s pre-1949 past and across the river from the Pudong skyscrapers of its future. Along the Bund, Shanghai’s street life is in full force. It’s bustling even at dawn, with locals’ ballroom dancing, exercising, and practicing tai chi and qi gong. Day and night, Chinese tourists, foreigners, and Shanghai locals walk the Bund, snapping photos of each other backed by the skyscrapers. At night, the towers are lit with flashing neon lights reflected in the Huangpu River.


3. The Oriental Pearl Observation Deck at Night:


The Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower is located in at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district by the side of Huangpu River, opposite The Bund. This makes it a distinct landmark in the area. It is the tallest in Asia and third of the TV towers in the world. The body of the tower creates and admirable image. It’s described in in an ancient Chinese verse as ‘large and small pearls dropping on a plate of jade’. It consists of 3 gigantic columns, 5 small spheres, basement and the square.


4. Old City:


A great neighborhood for exploring and getting lost. The Old City was once the central core of Shanghai, surrounded by a fortified wall built to keep out Japanese pirates. Today, just one 50-year section of the Old City Wall remains. The area’s old shikumenstone gate houses are disappearing rapidly. Here you’ll find the highest concentration of narrow, winding laneways where laundry flaps from bamboo poles, locals drive scooters piled perilously high with cargo, and where not so long ago chamber pots were still in use. This is one slice of old Shanghai that will never be replicated, so see it before it’s gone.


5. The Yuyuan Garden:


Yuyuan Garden is a famous classical garden located in Anren Jie, Shanghai. It was a private garden of the Pan family in the Ming Dynasty. The garden was considered the largest and most prestigious of its era in Shanghai after it was completed in 1577. This garden features a unique design, and it perfectly blends decorative halls, elaborate pavilions, glittering pools, zigzag bridges, pagodas, archways, and impressive rockeries.

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Things to Do in Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal may be known for its wine and port, but oenophiles aren’t the only ones who have fallen in love with this cozy northern city. Aside from booze, the second most popular city of Portugal has some of the best scenery in the country—and some of the best shopping, too: think idiosyncratic artwork, crafts, and handmade clothing. We’re fans of the hillside Yeatman Hotel, and we even dubbed Zé Bota one of the best restaurants in the world.

Here are the top places and things to do in Porto.

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A Journey to Tibet and its Towering Mountain Peaks

Tibet

Tibet is an autonomous region in China famous for its mountainous ranges. We had just arrived in China and we were traveling from one city to another enjoying the changing lifestyle of the country. China is one of the oldest civilizations in the world and since the age of industrialization, it has become a major power. We were traveling in a group (not traveling with pets) and whenever we visited a country, we were interested in exploring the natural habitat and the phenomena of nature. We decided to visit the Tibetan region of the country, as it is a wonder of nature. There are towering and mountain ranges whose peeks reach the heights of the sky. The region is known as the “Roof of the World” owing to the presence of the mountain range.

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Kiribati: Explore One of the Best Tourist Destinations

Kiribati beach

Kiribati is one of the most interesting and most rapidly growing tourist attractions in the whole world.
Kiribati consists of thirty-two atolls which are famous for its amazing beaches and beautiful scenery. The whole island is literally filled with great locations and you can do some of the greatest activities there.

Here are the top 2 tourist attractions in Kiribati.

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Top 3 Things to Do in Calabria, Italy

Calabria, Italy

One of the best cities in Italy is Calabria, Italy. If you are reading this, you are probably searching for the top 4 things to do there. The city is located on the west coast of the Calabria region of southern Italy. This location makes the city one of the southernmost regions of Italy and lies directly opposite the eastern coast of the island of Sicily in close proximity to the busy port of Messina.

Like Switzerland, the economy of Italy depends on this whole region. The city’s economy depends on its port and coastal transport and it serves as a major link to Naples, Taranto and Messina.

Here are the top 3 things you can do in Calabria, Italy.

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