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8 things to see in Hue, the Imperial city of Vietnam

8 things to see in Hue, the Imperial city of Vietnam

Hue is considered to be the intellectual and spiritual center of Vietnam. Established in 1687 along the Perfume River, it was the imperial city of Vietnam under 13 kings of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. During these years, architectural works of a high cultural and historic value were built: the Citadel, especially the Imperial City, 7 Royal tombs of 9 kings, the Esplanade of Nam Giao, the Ho Quyen arena and the Hon Chen Temple. Part of the Citadel was bombed in 1968 at the time of fierce fighting for Hue by communist soldiers of North Vietnam against troops of South Vietnam, sided by the United States military. Over the years, Hue has been the source of much of Vietnam's literature, music, medicine, and astronomy, as well as 1,700 of the 3,000 dishes that make up Vietnamese cuisine. In 1995, Hue was designated a UNESCO world heritage site. A year later, the Vietnamese government approved a $70 million, 15-year plan to repair the main structures, refurbish royal tombs and restore the city’s original Feng Shui positions.

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4 side trips from Manila in 12 pictures

4 side trips from Manila in 12 pictures

Manila is great in and of itself. If you want to see the Philippines and not just stay in one place, public transport opportunities imply you would have to return...

Add the tandem paragliding to your itinerary

Add the tandem paragliding to your itinerary

Breathtaking tandem paragliding flight from Babadag Turkey A few years ago, during my stay at the Oludeniz beach resort in Turkey, many people told me I shouldn't miss out on...

8 tips for planning your Cinque Terre itinerary

8 tips for planning your Cinque Terre itinerary

Cinque Terre in Italy has become the extremely popular travel destination. To get most of your time and avoid disappointments, read my tips for planning your visit. 1) What time...

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7 Must See Sights for the First Time Visitors of Minsk

7 Must See Sights for the First Time Visitors of Minsk

The capital of Belarus is a big city with 2 million inhabitants and lots of things to see. Everyone is talking about the cleanliness of Minsk. It’s also very green,...

The One Thing You Must Do in Brest, Belarus

The One Thing You Must Do in Brest, Belarus

If there is only one thing you can do there, go and watch lamplighter lighting lamps on Sovetskaya Street around sunset. Brest is a city with a long and complex...

8 Castles, Palaces and Mansions of Belarus

8 Castles, Palaces and Mansions of Belarus

Belarus lies in the center of Europe. It was a place at the crossroads "From the Vikings to the Greeks" and from European capitals to Moscow. Numerous invaders came here...

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How to become an expert of Riga’s Art Nouveau architecture in half an hour

How to become an expert of Riga’s Art Nouveau architecture in half an hour

If there is just one reason for visiting Riga, the capital of Latvia, it is the fact that the city has the finest and largest collection of Art Nouveau buildings in the world, with over 800 houses built in this style. More than 438 hectares of the historical Centre of Riga are inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List, recognizing its great collection of outstanding Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) architecture. Janis Krastins, a professor of architecture, said: "In Brussels you pass one or two Art Nouveau buildings when you walk down the street, but here, Art Nouveau is everywhere you look." I am Latvian and sometimes I have a feeling that Latvians are too self critical and reluctant to praise their own country. With this photo essay I would like to make my contribution to advocating the beauty of my beloved Riga. How it all started The Art Nouveau golden age coincided with the city’s rapid economic growth in early 20 century. It was more than 10 years before the disastrous First World War.

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Five things to know about trekking Pinatubo, the Philippines

Five things to know about trekking Pinatubo, the Philippines

1) What is Pinatubo and why go there? Pinatubo is a volcano located 100 km north-west of Manila city, Luzon Island, Philippines. Prior to its eruption, it was a little...

4 Must See Sights of Taal Heritage Town, the Philippines

4 Must See Sights of Taal Heritage Town, the Philippines

Why visit Taal? The charming town of Taal is the oldest town of Batangas province. It is located 112 kilometers (70 miles) south of Manila. When people think of Taal,...

Heavenly island hopping in Coron

Heavenly island hopping in Coron

 When I was planning my Philippines itinerary, one of the most difficult parts was deciding where to go for the island hopping and the beaches. As I am more into...

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Your Guide on Public Transport in the Philippines

Your Guide on Public Transport in the Philippines

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12 day Vietnam itinerary in 12 pictures

12 day Vietnam itinerary in 12 pictures

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