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Kusadasi, Turkey

If you still haven’t decided where you’d like to go on vacation this year, think about Kusadasi. Kusadasi is a resort town located on Turkey’s Aegean coast. Besides numerous beautiful beaches with clear water, here are a few more things you should visit in this town.

• The city walls – This is a name for three monumental city gates that once existed, unfortunately only one remains today.
• Guvercin Adasi – Or Pigeon Island in English, is a peninsula at the end of the bay with a castle and swimming beaches (a private one included). Also, there is a very popular cafe across the bay.
• Yilanci Burnu – A second peninsula beyond Guvercin Ada. It is recognized as the location of the original settlement of Neopolis. Some walls are still visible. Here you can find some of the most beautiful beaches with many beach clubs.
• Kaleici Camli – A mosque built in 1618 for Grand Vizier Okuz Kara Mehmed Pasha.
• Ladies Beach – Located very close to the town center, it’s one of the main tourist attractions in Kusadasi.
• Aqua parks – There are several of them located near this city. All of them have wave pools and white water slides.

Finger Lakes, New York

Upstate New York is heaven on Earth when it comes to the natural world, we’re all aware of that. But, the west-central section of it is home to a pattern of lakes that look quite unusual when observed from a bird’s-eye perspective. Called the Finger Lakes for obvious reasons, they represent a very popular tourist destination; one that we’re incredibly glad to have stumbled upon. Because the Finger Lakes are narrow and long, they actually resemble the fingers of a hand; not to mention that the fact that they’re roughly oriented on a north-south axis only adds to the already obvious impression.

There are a total of eleven Finger Lakes and their names, from west to east are: Conesus Lake, Hemlock Lake, Canadice Lake, Honeoye Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Keuka Lake, Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake, Owasco Lake, Skaneateles Lake and Otisco Lake. The further eastern-bound Cazenovia Lake is on occasion referred to as “the twelfth Finger Lake”, due mostly to its similar shape. Additionally, it needs to be said that Finger Lakes commonly do not encapsulate the Oneida Lake; however, it has been referred to as the “thumb” on many occasions. So, if one was to compare the Finger Lakes to the fingers of the human hand, the Oneida Lake would be the thumb, whereas the middle finger would be represented by the Seneca Lake.

The thing that you should definitely look out for (in addition to the obvious, insanely attractive features) around the Finger Lakes are – wineries, believe it or not. When it comes to wine, the Finger Lakes region is to New York what the Napa Valley is to California. In excess of 100 vineyards and wineries can be found all around Hemlock, Conesus, Keuka, Canandaigua, Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. Since 1976, a great number of wineries have been open for visitors, and you know what that means – tasting Seyval blanc, Vidal blanc, Cabernet Franc, Pinot noir, Riesling, Chardonnay etc. Enjoying a delicious glass of wine is good for your health, not to mention what it will do for you if you drink it while gazing upon the breathtaking scenery of upstate New York!

Finally, culture is something that you’ll also have a chance to enjoy while visiting the Finger Lakes. There are quite a few museums in the region, many of which are internationally renowned. For example, the Strong National Museum of Play, the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Seward House Museum William H. Seward, the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Museum of the Earth, the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum and many others.

Shanghai, China

An exotic destination doesn’t always mean you have to travel to Hawaii. Sometimes a trip to Shanghai, China, is all you need. Shanghai is the largest city in China by population, and also the largest city by population in the world. This global financial center attracts millions of visitors every year.

One of the main reasons why people decide to visit Shanghai is shopping. Only for this activity, you’ll need more than a week in Shanghai. Tens of thousands of stores exist in Shanghai. If you can’t find something in Shanghai, then it can’t be found. Everything from cheap to very expensive clothes can be found. Jewelry, toys, electronic equipment….the list goes on.

Among tourists, the Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden are very popular. Visiting Shanghai without visiting this places would be a loss of time. Also, the extensive Lujiazui skyline should not be missed. Two major museums also attract many visitors – Shanghai Museum and the China Art Museum.

Portland Head Light

The Portland Head Light’s home is Cape Elizabeth in the state of Maine. More precisely, the Gulf of Maine’s Casco Bay is actually where the light station is located. The entrance into Portland Harbor’s primary shipping channel has a head of land on which the Portland Head Light was built. Officially, speaking, the Portland Head Light is the state of Maine’s oldest lighthouse, whose construction was actually completed way back in 1791. The United States Coast Guard is in charge of the maintenance of the foghorn, beacon and tower of this fully automated light station. Additionally, Fort Williams Park is home to the maritime museum that was once the lighthouse keeper’s house.

It was George Washington himself who gave the directive to start construction of the Portland Head Light in 1787. Construction was finally completed on the 10th of January, 1791. Originally, whale oil lamps were used for illumination. However, after the Lighthouse Board’s formation, a Fresnel lens (fourth-order) was installed in 1855. This lens was subsequently replaced with another Fresnel lens (a more powerful second-order one). Then, in 1958, an aero beacon replaced the second-order Fresnel lens. Finally, in 1991, a DCB-224 aero beacon updated the existing lighthouse lens.

Between 1789 and 1790 there were uncertainties regarding the financing and thus, the completion of the almost-finished Portland Head Light. However, in 1790 those uncertainties were resolved on the second session of congress, when “a sum not to exceed $1,500” was approved under the direction of the President in the purpose of completing and finishing the construction of the lighthouse. During the same year, construction was indeed completed and the 10th of January, 1791 was the first time it was officially lit.

Moscow, Russia

Did you know that Moscow was declared to be the ninth most expensive city in the world? But, don’t let that discourage you – Moscow is also one of the world’s largest urban economies – it has been ranked as an alpha global city and it’s also one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world. Wondering why?

People often describe Moscow as one big cold city. And this is partially true. Moscow’s climate is very tough during the winter – the temperatures go from -25C (-13F) to -30C (-22F). During the summer, the climate is very pleasant and the temperatures usually don’t go above 3oC (86F). Typical high temperatures in the warm months of June, July and August are around a comfortable 20 to 26C (68 to 79F).

The masterpiece of Russian architecture, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, is Moscow’s best known site. This church is today a museum. Also, the church acquired its present-day vivid colors in several stages from the 1680s to 1848, and the colorful exterior is best seen at night.

There are total 96 parks and 18 gardens in Moscow, including 4 botanical gardens. One of the oldest ones is the Gorky Park, founded in 1928. The main part along the Moskva River envelops estrades, children’s attractions (including the Observation Wheel water ponds with boats and water bicycles), dancing, tennis courts and other sport facilities. The oldest garden is Moscow is the Neskuchny Garden which features the Green Theater, one of the largest open amphitheaters in Europe, able to hold up to 15 thousand people.