Pushing it too far from city? Stay safe

Traveling is a wonderful experience and if you travel far from home the experience becomes unique and enriching, you can know new and exciting places, learn about other cultures, and much more. Each city has its own spirit or scent that makes it unique, is like cities and countries have their own personality according to their people and customs.

 

When you travel far from home, you must adapt yourself to a place with its own customs and spirit to get the best experience, knowing your destination is very important, therefore the research made before travel becomes very relevant since information gives you a serious advantage when you are visiting a an unknown place.

 

What you should know to stay safe?

 

Although traveling is a wonderful experience, it becomes more risky in proportion of how far from home you go, you must research carefully to minimize the danger you’re exposed to.

 

About laws and customs

 

At first you should know the laws of that place, many things, that are allowed and are normal behavior in your city, maybe forbidden by law in other city or country, you also should know something about the customs of that place.

 

It is very important to know about customs laws, knowing what you can introduce into the country you’re going to visit will avoid very unpleasant moments.

 

A very good idea is to visit the website of the city you’re going to visit, it usually content a lot of useful information for tourists.

 

About services

 

Get information about the services available, it is very important to know, for example if the water is potable, many places don’t have drinkable water and you should buy it, the information about health services, security services, etc., is essential in order to stay safe.

 

Get information about public transportation, which options are more safety, what do you need to access, in some places you need a card to access public transportation, in other places you need a ticket or coins.

 

If you’re going to drive either your own car or a rented car, you should have information about traffic laws and rules, road services, for example tow truck service, many times those service are rendered by companies in a limited area, for example, “Lexington Tow Truck Service”.

 

Do some research about typical food and what it contains, in case you’re allergic to any ingredient.

 

About currency and languages

 

Figure out which languages are spoken in your destination place, and get an app for your smartphone that helps you to communicate with local people, that will make things easier for you.

 

It is also important to know about currency, what is the currency of that country, how much the things, like basic services, cost, how much cash you are allowed to introduce into the country you’re visiting, etc.

 

Take all this information with you, travel safe and get the most wonderful experience of all.

What to see in Belgium

Europe, the old world, has a very ancient history full of legends, magic and struggle. The European countries that we know today are the result of all of the above, those countries are a huge source of the wonderful historic and cultural knowledge for the whole world.

 

European countries are a perfect destination for all who want to travel and live an amazing adventure immerse in an atmosphere of romanticism and the ancient days. The religious places, the castles, the historic locations all of that combined with the modernity and technological features of our days makes this continent something worth to be seen.

 

Belgium

 

Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium is in the Western Europe, is bordered by France, The Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg. This lovely small country is populated by a vast amount of people and by result it has a very rich culture and an ancient history, their Chocolate, beer and waffles are well known around the globe.

 

This is certainly a country that you must visit when you visit the old world, that’s something you’ll never regret, their cities have a stunning beauty with many historic and modern places that will provide you unforgettable moments to cherish for a long time.

 

This country has three language communities; the Flemish Community (Dutch-speaking), the French Community (French-speaking) and the German-speaking community for that reason the government, culture and education depend of this division which, for tourist, means, more to be seen and more variety of things to be seen and enjoyed.

 

What to see in Belgium

Belgium is much more than awesome chocolat or awarded beer, there are many places to be visited, some of them are:

 

The Belfry of Bruges, this stunning structure is a must see place, located in the old and famous city of Bruges, the 366 steps of that tower attracts million of tourist encouraged by the hope of a beautiful view when they reach the top.

 

Grand Place, also known as Grote Markt and dating back the 14th century, it is a huge city square surrounded by amazing and ancient historic buildings.

 

Mini-Europe and Atomium, Mini-Europe is located at the food of Atomium, the first is a stunning place with beautiful gardens and miniatures of monument of European Union and the second, the Atomium is a representative building that is now a museum.

 

Graventeen, located in the beautiful and ancient city of Ghent, is a beautiful castle from Middle Age, built on 1180, its name, in Dutch means “Castle of the Count” and you must visit the museum inside.

 

Saint Bavo Cathedral, located in Ghent, is the most outstanding attraction of this city.

 

Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai, it is a Unesco World Heritage built in 12th century.

 

Waterloo, the place where Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated, nowadays there is a memorial in that place which is a major tourist attraction

 

Basilica of the Holy Blood, located in Bruges, was build in the 12th century and it houses a relic of the Holy Blood allegedly collected by Joseph of Arimathea.

Top most religious cities in the world

The human needs to believe in something higher, something or someone who gives meaning to its existence, not only as individuals but as human race. This has led us to create diverse religions, to give meaning to the things we either  don’t understand or know.

 

Religions has brought peace, hope and comfort to millions, sadly, many cruel and terrible wars have been fought in their name, holy symbols and places have been both, motive for fight or source of peace and devotion. There are many religious places, some of them from ancient times and extinguished religions and other from modern days, cradle of current religions.

 

Most religious cities in the world

 

Some places are source of legends and spirituality, being there transports us to older days, and we can’t avoid to feel the atmosphere, breathing the faith and the devotion professed by those who gave a sense of holiness to those places.

 

Some of those places are:

 

Mecca; located in Saudi Arabia, is the holiest city in Islam, the largest mosque in the world is in Mecca and inside that mosque there is the holy Kaaba, a sacred cube, every Muslim during their prayers, wherever they are, should face the direction that cube is. It is mandatory for all adult Muslim, to visit this city at least once in their lifetime. It is forbidden by Saudi law to enter Mecca if you aren’t a Muslim.

 

Lhasa; located in Tibet, the literal meaning of its name is “Place of Gods” and it was residence of Dalai Lamas for many years until 1959, when the 14th Dalai Lama went into exile. This city, before Chinese occupation, had a huge political and religious meaning, and in our days, it still being a major symbol of Buddhism with temples like Jokhang Temple.

 

Jerusalem; located in Israel, is a city with a enormous religious meaning for the three major religions of today, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, it is the holiest city for Jewish, the third holiest city in Islam and a place or huge importance for Christians, there are many relevant places and temple of this three religions to visit.

 

Vatican City; it’s a sovereign state in the city of Rome, Italy, where the central administration of Roman Catholic Church and it’s the papal residence. It’s religious significance is beyond any doubt, there several places worth to  be visited, like Sistine Chapel, St Peter Basilica, the Vatican Museum and more.

 

Varanasi, located in India, is a place of great religious significance for Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, there are many temples to visit and the biggest attraction are the the Ghats along the banks of Ganges river where Hindus perform several religious rituals.

 

Other cities with remains of past religions are:

Machu Picchu, located in Cusco region, Peru, is a remain of famous Inca civilization

 

Athens, capital of Greece, there are many temples dedicated to several gods of ancient Greek mythology

 

Top 3 Must see temples around the globe

We, as human beings, have the need to believe in something, to feed our spiritual life with faith and give sense and light to our doubts and darkness, there have been and there still are many religions and cults that pursue the satisfaction of that need, but no matter in what you believe, those religions and cults gave us many of the most amazing places on earth.

 

Many legendary artists have gave us the fruit of their inspiration and devotion, like Leonardo Da Vinci or Michelangelo, the Gospel Music is another form of art based in religion, as well as architecture, in this field there are temples around the world testifying the spiritual belief of many people since ancient times.

 

The top 3

 

There are many temples considered as stunning works of art around the world, ancient and recent, the devotion of artists have produced incredible wonders worth to be seen, and here are three representative temples that you must enjoy.

 

Angkor Wat; located in Cambodia its name means “Temple city” or “City of temples” it was built as a temple of hindu god Vishnu, then it was transformed into a buddhist temple on 12th century, it has become a representative symbol of Cambodia and a tourist attraction visited for many people, attracted by its religious nature or because the magnificent architecture and decoration.

 

Temple of Heaven; located in Beijing China, it is a religious complex dedicated to heaven, where Emperors used to pray for good harvests, it was finished on 1420 by Yongle emperor and it’s one of four temples, the other three are Temple of Sun, Temple of Earth and Temple of Moon. On 1918 the Temple of Heaven was turned into a park and it is an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998.

 

The Sistine Chapel; it is not as ancient as the other two, but this symbol of catholicism is widely known around the world, it´t the result of the restoration of the “Cappella Magna”, which occurred between the years 1477 and 1480 ordered by Pope Sixtus IV. Currently is the site of Papal Conclave, where the new pope is elected.

 

The fame of this temple mainly lies in the painting that decorate its interior, artist like Michelangelo and others as Sandro Botticelli, gave a part of their talent and inspiration to contribute to the greatness of this temple.