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Venice, Los Angeles

Venice is a beachfront neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles, California, United States. It is known for its canals, beaches and circus-like Ocean Front Walk, a two-and-a-half-mile pedestrian-only promenade...

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Best Time to Visit Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of the most famous European cities that people visit year after year, and it offers a wide range of exhilarating experiences that tourists would kill for. However, Amsterdam is subject to varying weather conditions, and most people are unaware of the best time of the year to visit this marvelous city, which leads to travelling blunders and their disastrous outcome.

The "In-Season" in Amsterdam

From mid-April, all the way to mid-October, are the peak months for tourists since the weather is best during this time of the year. The climate of this region is a bit on the extreme side almost the entire year, so there’s no running from the cold. But what you could do is prepare to visit the city during the tourist peak seasons to enjoy the place to its complete potential. If you are a traveler who craves off-season visits, Amsterdam will remain every as bit as attractive and compelling. A good thing about traveling off-season is all the money that you can save, since all restaurants, hotels and even museums increase their charges during the holidays. Europe can be very specifically extravagant, and you could end up spending more cash than you had planned, so it’s better to opt for empty cheap hotels than crowded expensive ones. Off-season months still witness some amazing yearly events, and the life of Amsterdam doesn’t slow down at all after the holidays are over, rather, it becomes a little more personal and quaint. If you have a thing for natural life of the area, let’s say, the very famous bulb fields near Amsterdam, you can only catch them bursting with color from April to the mid of May.

Weather

During summer time in Amsterdam, the temperatures never rise above 75°F or 26°C, which makes for a very balmy and pleasant atmosphere. Let’s imagine the in-line skating rink at VondelPark is one of the experiences that you’ve planned to try; the best time to visit would be the late summers since the weather conditions are favorable during July and August to a good extent. You shouldn’t be surprised to witness A LOT of rain, since the mean precipitation levels can often be held responsible for the extreme weather conditions. If you are visiting during the winters, always remember to pack some warm clothes because they may be your only chance of surviving the chills. Amsterdam and Holland are both situated below sea level, which would explain the excessive mist, fog and dampness around the whole region. However, even through the tough winters, you can enjoy a few bright sunny days (with chills still cutting through your bones) after winter showers wash the city clean for a day or two.

Best Time to Visit Amsterdam 

Truth be told, there is no bad time to visit this historical and beautifully preserved city, and it is highly capable of simulating your brain cells to generate absolute euphoria all year-round. If travelling to Amsterdam has been on your list for a while, it’s time to check the box.

Amsterdam
Amsterdam

Typical bridge in Amsterdam
Typical bridge in Amsterdam


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Enjoy Your Time with Rome’s Special Events


Romans are fun-seekers round the year. The locals can always find reasons to celebrate so that they can indulge in feasts and merriment. However, as the city is quite lively throughout the night and day, every day seems like a festival to the tourists who come to Rome. But the real festivals are those in which the entire city shuts down on important religious holidays. From costume parades to calorific blowouts, every district of Rome celebrates these special events in groups that march out of their homes to make the most of the occasion. It is difficult to name just a few events that are more important. However, some of Rome’s special events include:

The White Night

In the first or second week of September, a big event takes place in Rome called the White Night. This event dates back to history in 1984 when Jean Blaise founded a research centre for cultural development in Europe. Since then, Europe adopted this festival of opening art galleries and museums overnight on one day every year. Many activities like fireworks and the scarlet sail tradition are to be enjoyed at this festival. In the Scarlet Sail tradition, ships with scarlet red sails are set out to sea to deliver a message of celebration in Rome. The entire city participates in the event and all shops, galleries, museums and clubs are teeming with people, joyously celebrating all night long. Poetry, music, circus arts, theatre, dance, and exhibitions turn the entire city into a carnival. There is also a special dance performed by mystic saints, whirling in their connection to the Universe on wide terraces. The dance takes place continuously until the dawn spreads its rosy light on the city.

New Year’s Eve

The beginning and ending of the year is the best time to visit Rome, because the grandest festivities are seen on New Year’s Eve. Huge colorful fireworks displays mark the coming of the New Year at midnight. The whole night is filled with cracker blasts, fireworks, and sparklers; whether you take part in private parties at homes or huge public gatherings in the central squares. The smaller surrounding towns are not far behind on this day of celebration. They build bonfires in one of the central squares and all the townsfolk congregate at the time of dawn. If you stay near the coast in Rome, you will even hear ships and boats blowing their horns to participate in the festivities. Outdoor concerts with rock and pop bands are also organized throughout the city.

Easter in Rome

The two weeks of Easter are one of the busiest times of the year when the whole city unites to send prayers and follow the traditions of the event. Pilgrims in tens of thousands gather to mark the most important event in the Catholic calendar. Catholics from Rome march to the Vatican City to hear the Pope giving a sermon on Easter Sunday and to receive his blessings.
Where tradition, religion, culture, and fun are concerned, Romans win the hearts of many people by celebrating events in the perfect way.

Rome - The Vatican

Rome Colosseum

Rome Palatine Forum