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Top Things To Do When Visiting The UK

The United Kingdom is one of the smallest countries in Europe, however, it is also one of the most globally influential in the world. That’s why Pedleys Solar, one of Australia’s fastest growing solar installers and a previous guest on my podcast, is looking to expand operations there.

The UK consists of four nations – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – and the country is a cultural hub, with tons of exciting monuments and attractions for tourists to visit. From the Millenium Wheel in London to Stone Henge in Salisbury, this is your guide to some of the most worthwhile things to do when visiting the United Kingdom.

The London Eye – London

London is the capital of the UK, and therefore has too many attractions to even count. However, if you take a trip on the London Eye, then you can see the whole city on both sides, giving you the opportunity to catch sight of The Shard, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, The Thames and several other famous monuments.

The RSC – Strapford-upon-Avon

The Royal Shakespeare Company provides entertainment through its Shakespearean plays. Although most people would associate Shakespeare with The Globe Theatre in London, the playwright was actually from Strapford, where some of his shows were held. You can spend an evening watching Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet or any many other plays in this gorgeous town.

The Cavern Club – Liverpool

If you’re a fan of The Beatles, then this is the perfect place for you. The Cavern Club was where the band first played a gig, making it both an iconic part of their history and a great tourist attraction. To get a full sense of the city, there are also some great bus tours, which will take you to all the best attractions that Liverpool has on offer.

Brighton Pier – Brighton

Of course, it’s impossible to visit the United Kingdom without stopping off for a classic fish-and-chip meal somewhere along the way, and Brighton Pier is one of the best places to do this. You can spend a day on the beach, ride the carousel, have an ice-cream and top it off by playing an arcade game on the Pier.

Stone Henge – Salisbury

Stone Henge is an iconic tourist attraction in Britain. Many people have thought up wild and wonderful conspiracy theories about how it got there, but you can simply admire the stunning views and picnic by one of the UK’s most famous monuments.

Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh

The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, is a beautiful medieval city tucked away in the nation’s hilly landscape. The castle stands proudly above the bustling town and has been occupied since the iron age. During your trip, you can visit the remarkable great hall, be charmed by the cosy St. Margaret’s Chapel and watch several of the entertaining medieval-style shows available to you.

Snowdon Mountain – Gwynedd

Finally, Snowdon is Wales’ most famous mountain, situated in the Snowdonia National Park. Surrounded by a mountainous green landscape, you can choose to either climb the mountain and admire the beautiful views, or stay at the bottom and simply relax whilst breathing in the country air. Whatever you choose, Snowdon is definitely worth a visit.…

Simply Breathtaking France

When we hear about France the first thing that comes to mind is the majestic Eiffel Tower, but the reality is that the European country hides many charms from north to south that will make you want to stay there forever.

Its city is living history, every monument, museum, palace and even streets have a story to tell as if it were not enough you can enjoy incredible gastronomy consisting of wines, cheeses, sweets, and cold cuts.

If you are already feeling a little convinced, we talk about some places that you have to visit so that you delight with all the charms that France offers you.

  • If you are looking to soak up some sun, enjoy some sea and a mild climate, a good option should be The Blue Coast, this is made up of Cannes, Nice, Saint Raphael, and Saint-Tropez, this place you can spend unforgettable days.
  • If you want to walk streets that remind you of a medieval village, you should visit Carcassonne, when you visit you will feel that time stopped and stayed at an earlier time. Its old town is protected by a double wall of 3 kilometers consisting of 52 towers and 2 enclosures. In addition to its incredible structure, inside you will find a theater created in 1908 where every summer the Citadel Festival is held.
  • Traveling with children? Perfect, it’s time for everyone to sweeten their souls and be kids again on an unforgettable visit to Disneyland Paris. It’s an unreal and perfect world that will make the experience a dream.
  • If you are a sports lover and what you are looking for is where to practice it, your place is Champagne-Ardennes, in this region, you can have horseback riding, hiking, nautical activities, or just enjoy national parks or its large lakes. You can also experience one of the best things to do and is to visit some Champagne winery and try the most appending sparkling drink.
  • We can’t fail to name Paris, one of the most iconic cities in France, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Museum Orsay, Champs-Elysées, Montmartre, are just some amazing places you could visit. Paris is considered the city of fashion but also of shopping, art, and gastronomy so it will be impossible to get bored.
  • All the landscapes in France look like they’re taken out of a painting, but surely one of the best is those that have a lavender field in it. In French Provence you can enjoy the largest field of lavender, these bloom between June and September, not only the view is amazing but the smell that cures everything.
  • Enjoy the gastronomy of all the places you visit, France boasts one of the best cuisines in the world and that’s something you can’t miss. Don’t just try to taste, try to take a quick-cooking class.

These are just a few things you can do in France, you’d need your whole life to know all the wonders that this place includes, but it’s never too late to start so follow your instinct and enjoy everything.…

Japan: Land of the rising sun, but also a land of contrast

Visiting any country for the first time can be overwhelming.

Unless you’re planning to go to one of the smaller countries (such as Liechtenstein), you’re going to have to spend some time planning. You’ve got to narrow down what you want to see. But first-time visitors to Japan are in luck: there is a basic route you can take that will let you peak in at the contrast this land holds.

START WITH DISNEY

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are two parks located just north of Tokyo. They are easily accessible from the airport, and I find that they are good way to ease yourself into this culture. They are obviously very tourist-oriented, so they expect people to have problems with the language, and the culture. Disneyland is similar to the other Disney Parks, but designed to accommodate much bigger crowds. All the favorites are here, from Space Mountain to the Haunted Mansion. But the big draw is DisneySea. This is a Disney Park that is unique to Tokyo- you won’t find another in the world. Although DisneySea has got some attractions from other Disney Parks (such as Tower of Terror), it’s packed with it’s own unique attractions. It is also a beautiful, gorgeously detailed park.

TOKYO

Just south of the Disney Parks is Tokyo, a place that absolutely requires some planning. This city is absolutely huge, and you can see everything from the latest high tech gadgets in Akihabara (Electric Town) to Kabuki theater. The city also has Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines scattered throughout. The Meiji Shrine is located in Yoyogi Park, and feels almost secret. You feel an immediate hush as you approach the shrine, and it’s one of those Japanese contrasts: this peaceful, beautiful places is in the center of a huge city. Always pay close attention to the rules for entering any religious facility. Mmany in Japan will require that you remove your shoes, so this is not the place to wear the socks with holes in them! Tokyo also offers every type of food you can imagine. You’ll certainly want to try authentic Japanese food, but if you simply must have a hamburger, you can find it in Tokyo.

TAKAYAMA

Take the Shinkansen (bullet train) out of Tokyo and head for Takayma, a city located in the mountains in the Hida region of the Gifu Prefecture (because the name is common, you’ll sometimes see it referred to as Hida-Takayama. It’s like you’re stepping back in time here, and the Old Town is the best place to experience this. There are wonderful preserved homes and shops here. You can even travel by rickshaw!

KYOTO

Your final stop is Kyoto (in the Kyoto Prefecture). If you want to spot a real Geisha, this is the place to come. Geisha’s are highly skilled entertainers, who dress in beautiful robes, and wear heavy makeup. If you’re lucky enough to attend a gathering that includes a Geisha, you’ll have a unique experience that you’ll remember for life. You can sometimes spot a geisha in the Gion and Shilo-dori sections of the city. It will usually be early evening, or dusk, and they’ll be hurrying to an appointment. If you spot a geisha during the day, it’s likely a tourist who paid to be made up. If you do encounter a geisha, treat her politely and with respect.

FINAL THOUGHT

Japan is a place where contrast is always visible. Modern buildings often sit near old temples. You can stay in historic Ryokans that include the latest gadgets. Regardless of where you stay, you’ll want to use a service called Takkyubin (tack-you-bean). This is a luggage delivery service that quickly and effectively moves your luggage literally from hotel room to hotel room. So if you start your stay at a Disney resort hotel, when it’s time to move to a Tokyo hotel, you simply fill out the Takkyubin paperwork. The hotels will coordinate moving the luggage. That way you don’t have to struggle with large bags when traveling by train. Just carry a small overnight bag, and wait for the rest of your luggage to appear (usually the next day).…

Top 5 must-visit destinations in Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, an exotic city that dates back to over 10 centuries ago, is a renowned tourist destination in Northeastern Africa. Cairo’s tourist attractions are many and diverse, with over 15 million tourists flocking in this ancient city each year.  

While most tourists are allured by the city’s ancient history, the city has so much more to offer beyond the great pyramids. In this article, I have reviewed the top 5 must-visit destinations in Cairo. 

  1. The Great Pyramid of Giza

Also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops, the Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and only standing wonder of the Ancient world. Every year, thousands of travelers come to witness this intriguing structure that dates back to over 4,500 years ago. The pyramid was built between 2580 and 2560 BC and measures approximately 756 x 481 feet. 

The structure  used over 5 million tons of milestones, and human power of 100,000 men. The pyramid is surrounded by a massive burial site, including two temples, a few smaller satellite pyramids, 2 large pyramids, the Great Sphinx to the southeast, small mastaba tombs for nobles, and large cemeteries to the east and west.  

  1. The Khan El-Khalili Market 

Khan El-Khalili is a massive market that dates back to 1383. If you want to taste the best of the Egyptian dishes, this is the place to be. Besides the food, the marketplace has more to offer. You’ll find vendors selling gold, spices, lamps, silver, and cooper products, among other goods. 

  1. The Al-Azhar park 

Initially opened in 2005, the Al-Azhar Park is a popular attraction to tourists as well as the locals. The park is located in the old city of Cairo and is considered as the 6th great public places in the world.  

The park features a 30-hectare lush garden with over 325 labelled varieties of plants.  At the apex, the park also offers a spectacular view of the Mohamed Ali Mosque and the Citadel of Cairo. Inside the park, you’ll enjoy the best of the Egyptian dishes in the eateries. 

  1. The Cairo Tower

Located at Sharia Hadayek Al Zuhreya Gezira, the Cairo tower is the 2nd most visited tourist spot in Cairo, after the Pyramid of Giza. For over a half-century now, the Cairo Tower is the tallest structure in Egypt, featuring a height of 187m. The architectural design is profoundly fascinating, and you’ll enjoy every bit of your time there. It was last renovated in 2009 and hosts a variety of restaurants. 

  1. The Nile River 

With a length of about 6,695 kilometers, the Nile River is the largest river in Africa, and perhaps the longest in the world. Per second, River Nile discharges an average of 3.1 million waters to the Mediterranean Sea. 

Thanks to the fertile songs along the river, farmers can grow crops. As well, you will be able to witness the incredible historical and archaeological sites of the Egyptian traditional village life. 

Conclusion 

From the mind-blowing pyramids to the Sahara desert and historical museums, Cairo is a world-class destination worth exploring. As far as safety is concerned, Cairo and Egypt at large are considered a safe place to visit.