Reading: For The True Lovers Of English Culture


Ever since we stepped in Reading, we could see hundreds and thousands of supporters donned in the blue jersey of Reading FC supporting and cheering for their team’s football match throughout. Although we had no idea about the club, the vibe was so contagious that we started feeling the happiness and excitement too. Reading is a small town but is rich with both culture and history. If you are looking to catch the local culture in the purest form and not mix it up with multicultural flavors, then a visit here is surely recommended. Let us have a look at some places which you must visit if you come here:

  • The Basildon Park, which was built in the 18th century, is a great parkland where you can walk around catch the sites of castles and buildings which are present there since a lot of eras. There are many exhibitions which are conducted by people all around the world. If you visit this place during the snowy season, make sure to plan beforehand, just like how we did, because some of the parts may be closed for maintenance and weather issues.
  • If you are coming as a family and are looking for a small picnic to the river to give you company, then the Beale Park is the place to go. This place overlooks the Thames River, the same one which flows through London and at the same time, you can catch an amazing and exotic collection of both flora and fauna.
  • Stanlake Park Wine Estate is another place which you will need to spend a day in relaxing and sipping wines from one of the finest places in England. Make sure to book a tour here before you visit.

A three-day visit to Reading is required if you need to cover up all the places.

Preston: This Small Place Is Worth Big Hearts


Preston is a small yet beautiful place to visit in the northern part of the UK. It has Root River flowing throughout the town. We stayed at Ye Horns Inn, which cost us around $96. They also had a microbrewery and a pub.

Places to visit

We started our visit with Eagle Bluff Environmental learning center. We had a pre-booked ski trail with them. Then we visited the National Trout Centre. We went to Harris Museum. We loved the works of John Giblin the most of all displays. While strolling in the town center, we headed to the Lancashire Infantry Museum.

As it was December, we were able to go to the Ribble steam railway. They also had a cafe on the premises. The entry price inclusive of unlimited train ride cost just $7 per adult and $4.5 for kids. The kids were served juice and biscuits while the rides, we were offered complimentary goodies, mince pies, and sherry.

We took a walking tour watching the historic buildings. We were marveling at the architecture of Historic Preston School Building, Historic Elevator, Preston Carnegie library, and 200 St. Paul. We had an evening stroll along the River Ribble. We visited the Church of St. Walburga. Haslam Park is a basic but lovely park.

We loved the sandwiches and salad at Pavillion cafe. Though you may come across it is as overpriced. Do try the freshly grilled food and Mediterranean cuisine in Jaffa. The Mystery Tea House serves a huge range of teas.

Our kids loved the planetarium show at the Space center and escape game at the Laser Quest Preston.

We had a bike sharing ride too, along Avenham and Miller Park. We did hiking at Preston Guild Wheel. The section from the Brockholes of the docks is amazing. You can also run, walk or do cycling there. Moor Park is a must visit.

Syracuse: This Is Best For A College Tour


We had a college tour to Syracuse a few weeks ago. We had the opportunity to experience the city’s wonderful nightlife, beautiful parks, shopping, wineries, and great food. We stayed at the Hotel Skyler which has an interesting history. It was a Jewish synagogue earlier and then a theatre.  Firstly we went to the Onondaga Historical Association Museum. It is a two-storeyed building whereby one can know of the history of Syracuse. It has permanent exhibitions of the remarkable people of Onondaga, its relation with Underground Railroads and its display of Syracuse China. Its admission is free.

Then we went to Destiny USA which is a huge shopping center along with facilities of dining and entertainment. It has more than 20 million visitors annually. It is spread over 4 floors and more than 200 retailers. Further, we went to Clark Reservation State Park. It is often referred to as the geologic wonder and a botanist’s paradise. It was named after the former New York State Governor – Myron H. Clark. It is a 377-acre park which features unique rock formations, having deep crevices, fern species and a glacial lake. One must wear durable shoes or sneakers as the place is very slippery.

We visited the Onondaga Lake Park. It is also referred to as the Central Park of the Central New York. It is located outside the city of Syracuse. It is a 75-mile park. Nearby is located the Salt Museum.

Later we went to Green Lakes State Park which is also outside the city. It has the beautiful natural glacial lakes whereby the two lakes have been named as Green Lake and Round Lake. It has a greenish blue hue due to the clear water and its depth. It also has a golf course.

Waterloo Park

Waterloo- A Tranquil Holiday Destination


 

Waterloo is a small city located in Southern Ontario. Waterloo along with Kitchener is popularly known as the Twin Cities. The place enjoys a moderate weather and is ideal for weeklong stays throughout the year. There are many tourist attractions in the city, including museums, malls, and recreation centers. I had a busy weekend in Waterloo and the few places worth remembering is as follows:

  • Waterloo Park

Located at Westmount Road, the Waterloo Park is an ideal location for a perfect family picnic. The park is situated at the banks of the Silver Lake. There is a lakefront boardwalk that offers a great view of the lake and the surrounding foliage.  Much like here at Waterloo Park, there are many outdoor recreational places for the kids to play and have fun.  Waterloo Park IS the place has lots of recreational facilities for kids, including a splash pad, swings, and climbers. There is also a mini zoo that houses animals like peacocks and llamas.

  • Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery is a place of cultural importance and mainly exhibits artworks made of glass, ceramic, and enamel. Here you can see a huge collection of stained glass art. The beautiful art gallery is one of a kind and every year thousands of tourists visit the place. The place presently houses over 900 exhibits that include a modern and antique collection of pottery wares and glass paintings.

  • Laurel Creek Conservation Area

If you are looking for a tranquil getaway to spend some quality time all by yourself, then Laurel Creek Conservation Area is the right place to be. It is located just off the Westmount Road.  It has a beautiful beach and a lakefront boardwalk. It has a park with beautiful autumn trees and benches to relax. We enjoyed camping at the site for the entire evening. The place also offers beach boat rentals. Tourists also engage in kayaking and canoeing in the lake. There are many birds in this area and visitors often engage in bird watching.

Be In The Midst Of Pure Japanese Culture At Komamoto


Spread over an area of 390 km2, a city in its primary form at the West coast of Kyushu, which happens to have a castle that has complete castle structure and is still kept the pretty compact in its preservation.

Places to visit

This city has a population of about 6,50,000 people and provides its visitors and travelers opportunities such as visiting the Kumamoto Castle, the gardens, Hosokawa residence which was earlier the place of residence for one of the high ranked samurais. Also, the volcano Aso can be checked out for a change. The museum of art: Ashikita, the intriguing Waku Waku undersea aquarium.

The place called Tawarayama which lies in the Minami Ask area tend it one of the famous spots due to the hiking facility it provides. Shimotori shopping arcade, Kamitori shopping arcade, Kihari Fudoson temple, Tamazaki Bairin, Kato, Namaikizakari Street, Oaks Dori, and Kaminoura Dori are some of the other tourist spots.

The food items that must be given a try are the red Wagyu Donburi, Kumamoto Ramen which is complete with its aroma of roasted garlic, Tapiien, Dago-Jiru, Renkon & Hitmoji Guruguru and even sweets like Ikinara Dangi, the hereditary stick rice sugar and syrup candy and the famous booze of the place which is made from the Japanese rice.

When around this place, it is a must to check out Hugo Koryu the site traditionally meant for the tea ceremonies which hold a lot of importance in part of the Japanese people’s life.

The accommodation facilities include Mitsui Garden Hotel, Hotel Nikko, New Otani hotels, Wasuki Tsukasakan, GR Hotel, and Dormy Inn, etc.

The transportation unit has two city tram systems which go in the east and the West direct and cover the spots you would want to visit like Kumamoto station, a castle of Kumamoto, the arcade area and the Jojuen garden. The rates are constant throughout the city, and the travels are supported by one day pass or even IC cards from other parts of Japan.

Nagasaki: Come Into The Lap Of History In Nagasaki


Nagasaki is the capital city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan. Nagasaki has a vast history of a nuclear explosion during World War II. Its history bought us goosebumps, but their hard work and the way they progressed after that, is an inspiration. It is built on a natural harbor with buildings on the traces if hills, which gives breathtaking views all around. I have learned a lot from Nagasaki and its surroundings. The people, their culture and their positive attitude towards life are worth learning.

Places to visit

 

  • Hiroshima Island

 

It is also known as Gunkanjima after the nuclear attack was destroyed. The parts of it bring, and Hiroshima Island brings a shiver down my spinal cord, it is an abandoned island. Nobody can understand the pain those people had gone through, but the experience on that island was enough to know the conditions.

 

  • Mount Inasa

 

According to us, it has the prettiest view of the whole city or Nagasaki, with parks and playground, which gave me immense peace and cleansed my aura with its positive environment. And it can be accessed by cable car or bus.

 

 

Glover Garden is a park in Nagasaki built for Thomas Blake Glover, who was a Scottish merchant and contributed to the modernization of the city. The garden was planned and designed beautifully that it made me want to live and spend the rest of my life there.

 

  • Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

 

This museum took me down to the days of World War II. It is a theme museum based on the atomic bombing by the USA in 1945. It contains pictures, artifacts, clippings, and remains of a nuclear attack. It gave me the scary experience of the nightmare which those people lived in those days.

 

Any history and modern architecture lover can get lost in the vast and deep history of this small and little yet amazingly beautiful place. And the spring season is the best time to visit this lovely place.

Sakai is the dream of every wanderlust


The Sakai City which is located a few miles southwards from the Osaka City has age-old legacies, some originating before the concept of cities in Japan. We witnessed some direct evidence of civilization while for others, we had to rub our heads hard. Sakai contains the numerous tombs of the kings, and the mystery which they bear is a direct competition to the Great Pyramids of Egypt. 

To get a deeper understanding of the history and culture of the city, we decided to explore the temples and shrines. The Museum provides complete information on the city through the artifacts preserved since then.

The present lighthouse on the line of the coast in the city symbolizes the occurrence of foreign trade in the town. Apart from this, one must also witness the Cycling Festival which happens every year and where hundreds of participants drizzle from all over the world.

 

We specifically wanted to know the history of Japanese Knives, and for this, we visited the Hamono Museum. The past is presented there in the form of videotapes, and we also found plenty of souvenirs from there to take home.

Thanks to the numerous Japanese Chef, the city has gained prominence from the countries of the world for its cuisine, and some of the figures in the town have been responsible for establishing a culture of food which has been running for centuries. When touring around Sakai, always look out for exciting places enumerating out the history of food.

Lastly, we visited the shrine at Houchigai, and historically, this was the same places which served as a meeting point for the tri – prefectures in Japan.

To reach Sakai, one would need to arrive either at Tokyo or Osaka first and grab a bullet directly to the city. We recommend at least spend three days here.