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16# Must See in India

Cultural India by UNESCO World Heritage Sites

17 UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites in India

India tour through UNESCO World Cultural Sites. Visit at https://theworldandmylaptop.com

India - 16 UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites
India, Sanchi UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites
Sanchi Buddhist Monastery

India tour through UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. Visit at https://theworldandmylaptop.com
Sanchi Buddhist Monastery, India
We will guide you through the most beautiful sites according to UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites

#1 Delhi, Humayun’s tomb

#2 Qutb Minar and its monuments

#3 Agra Fort is a walled city built by the Mughal Dynasty. Some 4,000 builders worked on it daily for eighty years, completing it in 1573.

Agra Fort
Agra Fort in India – UNESCO World Cultural Site

Agra fort is a walled city and it was the site of a battle during the Indian rebellion of 1857 which caused the end of British East India.

#4 Taj Mahal

#5 Mongol city

#6 Khajuraho, the Buddhist monastery in Sanchi

#7 Ajanta Caves

#8 Ellora Caves

Ellora caves, India
Ellora caves, India

Ellora caves, India. India tour through UNESCO World Cultural Heritage

#9 Elephant Caves

#10 The churches and convents in Goa

#11 Pattadakal: the group of monuments

#12 Hampi

Hampi, India. UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Visit the site for more on India at https://theworldandmylaptop.com
Hampi, India
Hampi, India. Visit the site for more on UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Sites at https://theworldandmylaptop.com
Boats at Hampi, India

#13 Thanjavur – the Brihadisvara Temple

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#14 Mahabalipuram and its group of monuments

#15 Konarak Sun Temple

#16 Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a narrow-gauge railway that runs between New Jaipaiguri and Darjeeling in the India state of West Bengal, India.

India – UNESCO Wold Cultural Heritage Sites.

 

Indian UNESCO World Cultural Sites.

 

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The best Event on Earth – Carnival Rio!

Will you be at the Rio Carnival 2019?

 

 

 

 

Rio Carnival is Samba

Street Parties, Samba Parades, and Flashy Carnival Balls

The Africans have subsequently influenced the Carnival with the introduction of samba music in 1917. Samba is now considered as traditional Brazilian music, and you can experience its rhythm at the Rio Carnival 2018.

Almost all the music played during Rio Carnival is samba. It is a uniquely Brazilian music originating from Rio, a dance form that was invented by the poor Afro-Brazilians.

Dates for Rio Carnival 2018

Friday, February 9th, 2018         Schools under Access or Gold Group perform – Day 1

Saturday, February 10th, 2018    Schools under Access or Gold Group perform – Day 2

Sunday, February 11th, 2018       Samba Schools of Special Group Competition – Day 1

Monday, February 12th, 2018     Samba Schools of Special Group Competition – Day 2

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018     Children’s Parade Commences

Saturday, March 14th, 2018         Champions of Special Group Parade at Sambódromo

Insight into Carnival history

The word Carnival originates from the Portuguese ‘Carne Vale’, interpreted as ‘Farewell to meat’.

The phrase refers to the Carnival as being the ultimate celebration before a period of abstinence from alcohol, meat and pleasure begin. This period lasts up to the Easter holiday, the date when Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

Here, you can book and get a download a free guide with all about 2018 Rio Carnival events, venues, Rio Carnival’s history, 2018 Rio Carnival tickets, costumes for the 2017 Samba Parade and “Sambódromo” information, accomplished with insiders’ recommendations.

 

 

 

 

Well-known Top attractions in Rio

Cristo Redentor in Corcovado Mountain, the funicular to Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour), Ipanema and Copacabana beach. Enjoy the amazing Copacabana Palace Hotel. Drink some “água de coco“.

Let National Geographic’s City Destination map of Rio de Janeiro guide you as you explore this fascinating city, known for its stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches, and unique Carnival.

 

 

 

 

 

Maracana Stadium

Jardim Botanico

Go extreme! Parasailing & Paragliding in Rio de Janeiro! 

See also TripAdvisor, the Brazilian most reliable Website with reviews from travellers.

Take some time off in Búzios  and or Angra dos Reis – RJ

Ready to experience the Rio? Book now the Belmond Copacabana Palace

 

The Sunset Between Two Continents – Welcome to Istanbul

The sunset between two continents - Istanbul

Follow me to Turkey

 

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Turkish coffee! I love the details!
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Take a break from the traffic…go visit the Prince Islands!
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The Blue Mosque at praying time.Free to visit.

The tourists start to arrive and the festival season kicks off in Istanbul

Top events by month in Istanbul

March: Akbank Short Film Festival, Nevruz

April: International Istanbul Film Festival, Istanbul Tulip Festival

June: Istanbul Music Festival July: Efes Pilsen One Love, Istanbul Jazz Festival

September: Istanbul Biennial, Efes Pilsen Blues Festival

October: Akbank Jazz Festival and Istanbul Design Biennial

Istanbul is perfect for a family-friendly break

children will be appeased by the fantastic Baklava, Lokum ( Turkish delight) and Dondorma (ice cream), the castles, the underground cisterns, and parks. Toddlers and bigger kids love ferries, and Istanbul offers loads of chances to climb aboard. The Princes’ Island is a good offer as the kids love taking a horse-drawn carriage and can also hire bicycles to get around. The city’s contemporary art gallery has several exhibits which include multimedia and teens will amuse and engage.

Top 8 attractions as a local 

Markets -street vendors such as in Kadikoy, selling fruit and vegetables. Most neighborhoods have a produce market where the stallholders hawk farmhouse cheese, olives, and fish.

The Grand Bazaar, my favorite place in Istanbul. Safe as everywhere else. And the kindness of people is unbelievable!

 

Be aware of the rules when you visit the mosques. Even though very touristic, the primary function is a religious one so avoid visiting on prayer times. The Ottoman mosques are jewels in the city’s crown.

Picnicking and promenading are some of the local’s favorite pastimes and there are many parks and gardens free to the public. Enjoy the Hippodrome in Sultanahmet,the Yildiz Park and the Emirgan Woodson the Bosphorus!

The sunset over the world’s most beautiful skyline, the fortune to see it in between two continents.

Wander the streets surrounding of the Galata Tower, while enjoying an aperitif and admiring the boutiques. The Old City is unique.

The Salt Galata, the 19th-century building has been converted into a cutting-edge cultural centre.

Experience the ethnic enclaves by visiting Fener, a traditionally Greek suburb that has at its heart the symbolic headquarters of the Greek Orthodox church.

Babylon is an Istanbul institution with a diverse program of live music and Salon an intimate venue in the headquarters of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture & Arts.

Topping the seven hills of the Old City is not necessarily a lifetime journey. In every corner, a fantastic cultural experience lies and Istanbul invites you to come back! This magical meeting place of East and West is made of beautiful people, very kind and friendly. The details in the way they are in hospitality and the culinary heritage are extraordinary. The restaurants in Istanbul are known as the best in the country and they are all over. However, most visitors prefer to sample the succulent kebabs or the freshly caught fish and that are the city’s signature dishes. As far as we know, Turkey is on the world best destinations rank along Mexico and France and if you’re trying to guess why we invite you to get the tickets and find out by yourself! Tips while in Istanbul: try Turkish coffee and the Turkish bath. And be prepared to drink tea all over the day. Do not worry, there are plenty of takeaway, ATM, ferries, buses, and nobody misses home. Oh, Turkish people speak English pretty well but they can be a bit shy. Hopefully, not for too long! Great people make great destinations.

I want to say THANK YOU to the Turkish people! Your hospitality is the reason why you’re at the top of the world tourism ranking and I’m very grateful to you!

Go, visit, explore Turkey. I’m are sure that you won’t regret!

Meet Istanbul:#1 go on a journey into the history of candy making in Istanbul. Here’s the story of these colorful and delicious candies from the royal Ottoman cuisine to today #2 explore the coast of tranquility “If the world was one country, Istanbul would be its capital” Napolean said.

Are you ready to Experience Turkish Riviera? Discover Booking best hotels here.

 

 

 

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Tea Culture Worldwide – Europeans whom have made tea history

Through the most important tea destinations

“Tea is an amazing drink. It has started wars, formed the economic backbone of several countries, is drunk on every continent and is now being hailed as a drink that can even extend life itself. Whatever it is, for me it is one of life’s essentials”.

Giles Hilton – Master of tea

Europeans that have made the tea's history
Sir Thomas Lipton (1850-1931)
Sir Thomas Lipton (1850-1931)

Sir Thomas Lipton (1850-1931)

Madame de la Sabliere in 18th century the suspected custom of taking tea with milk is attributed to her.
Madame de la Sabliere in the 18th century the suspected custom of taking tea with milk is attributed to her.
Madame de la Sabliere
Madame de la Sabliere in 18th century, 
the suspected custom of taking tea with milk is attributed to her.

Visit Whittard of Chelsea and the Twinings store at the Strand, London.

Short distance walking from Trafalgar Square. A must for tea lovers!

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Twinning’s shop in London. Love it!
The tea influencer in England by the Portuguese Catarina de Bragança.
The tea influence in England by the Portuguese Catarina de Bragança.

The tea influence in England by the Portuguese Catarina de Bragança.

Infuse…help yourself with a cup of tea…Gorreana, the only tea plantation in Europe! Gorreana, in São Miguel, at the amazing Archipelago of Azores. Masala Chai Tea in India, all sorts of tea in China, from white to blue.The traditional Moroccan Mint Tea.Black tea with milk in the UK.The Japanese ceremony and its culture. The historical sights in China, the tea tours in the U.S.

10 Tea Traditions Worldwide and Tea Consumption!

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Chinese Porcelain

The little Book of Tea

Flammarion presents its series of informative, richly illustrated guides, covering lifestyle and cultural topics. Find out everything you want to know about your favorite subject in one handy volume:

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Prague

"The City of 100 Spires has grown up..."Prague

Having gained a reputation as a party destination, Prague has, in recent years, been reinventing itself as an important economic hub.Plus, it’s a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site.Prague is a great place for exploring on foot, but it’s even better by water.Take a boat trip in Vltava River or hire a small rowing boat from one if the many places along the bank.

Cultural Prague

Both the State Opera and National Theatre are magnificente buildings and renowned institutions and if you can spare the time, a night out at one is an experiente to remember.The State Opera in particular has a stunning auditorium.If nothing else, book a tour during the day just to have a look at

http://www.narodni-divadlo.cz

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City centre in Prague.

Historic City Centre

Beautiful and elegant city of Prague
Panoramic view of the historic centre from the boat

Spoil yourself in Bath, England!

Bath – Breathtaking Georgian City

Welcome to Bath, a city that brings history to life! Bath City Sights, streets, museums and galleries. An author’s home and gracious Georgian city.

1 Roman Baths and Museum (Abbey Churchyard)

2 The Royal Crescent was designed by John Wood the younger and built between 1767 and 1775. In Georgian times the houses were usually rented ‘for a season’.

3 Assembly Rooms and Museum of Costume (Bennett Street)

4 The Building of Bath Museum – this museum tells the story of the creation of Georgian Bath and provides a fresh insight into how the splendid houses of this fashionable resort were designed, built, decorated and lived in.

5 Victoria Art Gallery ( Bridge Street)

6 Holburne Museum and Crafts Study Centre ( Great Pulteney Street)

7 Royal Photographic Society (Milsom Street)

8 Bath Industrial Heritage Centre (Julian Road)

9 Bath Postal Museum – a fascinating record of the development of the English post system from its earliest days. The first officially sent letter was posted from Bath in 1840.

10 Pulteney Bridge leads into Great Pulteney Street, Bath’s magnificent residential street.

Outside Bath 

The American Museum, the Stately Homes, the Picturesque Villages including Castle Combe and Lacock and other attractions such as Cheddar Gorge and caves; Longleat Safari Park, Glastonbury Tor; Wells Cathedral and The SS Great Britain.

Guided tours in Bath

In Bath enjoy a guided foot tour, bus tour, river tour or by balloon. Talking tour: Bath Abbey, Pump Rooms and Roman Baths, the Theatre Royal, the Queen Square, the Royal Crescent and its museum, the fascinating Circus, the Museum of East Asian Art, the Assembly Rooms and the beautiful Museum of Costume, the Building of Bath Museum and the Bath Postal Museum. The Pulteney Bridge and the Great Pulteney Street are both mandatory!

Main attractions in Bath, England. Visit the site for more at http://theworldandmylaptop.com
Hot air balloon taking off at Victoria Park, Bath

Hot air balloon taking off in Victoria Park – Bath
There are many fantastic places on Earth and Bath-Somerset-England is for sure one of them. A perfect destination for shopping at Milsom street and a gracious Georgian city. Take the chance to visit  Jane’s Austen Museum. During the eight years she lived here, Jane Austen wrote Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion, and revised Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey. The historic seaside evokes the world of the most flawless of Regency novelists. The Roman Bath Spa for relaxation. The hot, mineral-rich water was the reason for Bath’s popularity. The Royal Crescent and Circus. Take the best of life and travel to Bath Somerset

By the way, if you want to eat well do not look further: Martini Restaurant is the place (Italian cuisine made by great Italian professionals). Bath is a shopper’s dream and many streets are pedestrianized and in addition to the West country’s widest range of high-quality shops running from Milsom Street down to Southgate. Bath also has an expensive network of intriguing arcades and a daily antique market. Bath is the most beautiful city in the U.K. where I had the chance to live for nearly two years.

Bath Official Site

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If there were no other architectural landmarks in Bath, the Royal Crescent alone would command the visitor's attention and the historian's accolades.
The Royal Crescent

The Circus and the Crescent is probably the most beautiful sight in Bath. But there are many more.

Bath Abbey in Sommerset, England
The Abbey in Bath

The Abbey in Bath and the surrounding area with coffee shops and gardens.

Fashion Museum, Bath
Fashion Museum in Bath, Somerset
Visit Jane Austen's Museum in Bath
Jane Austen Museum and Tour, Bath, Somerset
  • Jane Austen’s Museum in Bath
  • Shopping in Bath is a dream being Milsom Street my favourite in the U.K.
  • Discover the imposing Elizabethan home of Jane’s wealthy brother Edward.
  • Enjoy the view over the city of Bath from Beechen Cliff and visit the small cliffside garden close to The Cobb in Lyme Regis planted in memory of Jane.
  • The Museum of Costume 

 

Lombardia! Start in Milan

24 hours in Milan is better than nothing…do you agree?

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