Adventures in Michoacán, Mexico Part 2

Let’s go to Michoacán, Mexico Part 2

Since my last blog post I talked about traveling to Michoacán, Mexico and I thought I was finished with that blog post. But then I started thinking when I visit my family in Michoacán we do so much more. The last time that I was in Michoacán my family took me to the city and there were so many old-school Volkswagen Beetle cars. We went to so many beaches and had so much tasty food.

The first place you need to visit and see is the city of Morelia. Visit during the day or at night the city is always alive. You can always visit the plaza that is close to the church. The thing that I love about plazas is that the trees are all cut the same with white paint painted on them. You can always just relax on a bench and listen to the city traffic.

If you visit the plaza then make sure to visit the church, the Morelia Cathedral. I feel like it one of the buildings that you notice the most in the city of Morelia. I did some research and Morelia’s Cathedral took almost a century to build. It also has the largest organ in the Western Hemisphere. I also found out that on Saturdays there’s a night show of lights, music & fireworks. If you do visit the Morelia’s Cathedral take a look inside, it’s beautiful but please be aware that people might be praying inside. I was told one when I was a little girl that on the side of the building there’s a mural of the devil. But they made him look pretty, like a beautiful person. I spent some time searching it and I don’t think it was ever true I think my family just tried to scare me.

These are all the places that I would visit in Michoacán plus more. Let me know where you would go in the comment section below. Don’t forget to go out and see the world!

 

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Adventures in Michoacán, México

Let’s go to Michoacán, Mexico

The last time that I went to Mexico I was a junior in high school, it’s been about twelve years since I have seen my family in Mexico. But the last time that I have visited Michoacán it’s been much longer than twelve years. Growing up I always went to Mexico during the summer to visit my family. As I got older I didn’t want to visit Mexico, probably because I was a teenager trying to rebel. Now I miss it and I miss my family.

Michoacán is a beautiful place to visit but lately has been in the news for the wrong reasons. But don’t let the negative news stop you from visiting. Like my parents always tell me to be aware of your surroundings. Now let me convince you why you should make your next trip to Michoacán, Mexico. The best time to visit Michoacán is in September through December. Its ideally the best weather not to hot but at night it can get chilly.

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Photo by Jezael Melgoza

Monarch Butterflies

The first place that you have to visit is the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. It is a World Heritage Site which means it is a landmark selected by the United Nations Educational. The best time to visit the monarch butterflies is in the winter or October through March, when they have migrated to Mexico to find a warmer climate. Now when you arrive you have to hike up a trail to see the butterflies. There are locals that if you pay a certain few will allow you to ride their horse and guide you to the top. When you get to the top just make sure you don’t touch the butterflies.

Lake Pátzcuaro

Lake Pátzcuaro is a lake in a volcanic basin that is surrounded by towns. These small towns are well-known for its fishermen. Janitzio is one of the main islands inside Lake Pátzcuaro. The only way to get there is by a boat ride from the dock of Pátzcuaro.  Janitzio is known as being one of the best places to see the Day of the Dead festival which is around November. Also, make sure you visit the Tzintzuntzan Archaeological Zone. They are ancient ruins that once looked like pyramids.

This island is known for its statue of José María Morelos, a hero of Mexico’s independence campaign. For the longest time, I thought the statute was about Jesus but I guess you learn something new every day. If you climb inside the statue you can have a beautiful view of the town. Plus, there are also great restaurants by the water that you should eat at. So make sure you order something with fish.

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Janitzio

These are all the places that I would visit in Michoacán plus more. Let me know where you would go in the comment section below. Don’t forget to go out and see the world!

 

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New Orleans: Beignets, Mardi Gras, and Jazz

Let’s Go To New Orleans  

For today’s adventure, we are going to New Orleans, home of the Saints, Beignets, and the birth of jazz. New Orleans has so much history to offer but also night time fun. When I think of New Orleans I always remember the “One Time, In New Orleans” commercial but also American Horror Story: Coven. That particular season was filmed in the Bunker Mansion in New Orleans. If you would like to visit New Orleans then the best time to visit is from February to May. If you are interested in Mardi Gras then plan your visit in December or January.

FOOD

A classic dish that you have to stop and eat in New Orleans is plate of beignets. Beignet’s are a square piece of dough, fried and covered with powdered sugar. Enjoy a plate of these powder sugar squares with a chicory coffee. The classic place to go to is Café du Monde. Another classic dish that you have to eat is gumbo. If you don’t know what gumbo is a thick stew that can have a combination of meat, seafood, or rice. Make sure to visit either the Gumbo Shop, Galatories, or the Cochon Restaurant. Make sure to call ahead and make a reservation.

FRENCH QUARTER

Make sure you visit the French Quarter it is one of the oldest sections of the City of New Orleans. You can explore Jackson Square a historic park in the French Quarter. It is known as one of the most recognizable landmarks. Visit the Voodoo Museum, learn all about the history and culture of voodoo. The general cost of admission is just $7.00, they also offer cemetery tours. Visit the above ground cemetery’s that New Orleans has to offer.

BOURBON STREET

Bourbon street is also located in the oldest neighborhood of the French Quarter. It extends 13 blocks from Canal to Esplanade Avenue. What I didn’t know about New Orleans is that you are allowed to take alcoholic beverages to go. Bourbon Street is the place to go for some night time fun. You can do a bar crawl or head over to Carousel Bar & Lounge. They have a revolving bar inside and it was voted top 20 bars in the world. You also can’t miss New Orleans signature drinks which are the Hand Grenade, Purple Drank, and Hurricanes. If you just want to walk around you are going to hear music on every corner, especially jazz music that will make you want to dance. If you just want to walk around you are going to hear music on every corner, especially jazz, music that will make you want to dance.    

These are all the places that I would visit in New Orleans plus more. Let me know where you would go in the comment section below. Don’t forget to go out and see the world!

 

 

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So Much To See In China Part 3

Let’s go to China Part 3

Since my last post about China, I said that there was so much to see in China so let us continue that journey. Our last stop in China was in Shanghai today we are going to Chengdu population of 14.43 million people. So, what is Chengdu known for? Many people visit Chengdu because it is known for being the home of China’s cute giant pandas. The best time to visit Chengdu is in the spring around March through May.

Chengdu

Since Chengdu is known for being the home of China’s giant pandas then our first stop is to visit pandas. Visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, it is a

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Photo by Bo Peng

non-profit research and breeding facility. You can observe pandas and other endangered animals. The research base opens up at 8 a.m. if you visit before 9
a.m. you can watch the pandas eat bamboo. Down the main road from the Research Base is Happy Valley Chengdu a theme park. Rides range from roller coasters to Ferris wheels, they have it all. 

Another place you should visit is the Anshun Bridge which is located over the Jinjiang River. The meaning of the bridge is known as “peaceful and fluent”. There is also a restaurant near the bridge that has a great view of the Anshun Bridge. It is called the Veranda Bridge Restaurant, make sure you visit during the night time the bridge lights up and the view is beautiful. 

Did you know that Chengdu has one of the world’s largest mall? It is the New Century Global Center and it is known as the world’s largest single building. Not only does it have more than a hundred shops, inside of it you will find a hotel, an indoor beach, IMAX cinema, pirate ship, aquarium, and a skating rink.  So, if you are in the mood to do some shopping make sure you check out the New Century Global Center.

Another place that I found on Pinterest that I did not believe was true was Leshan Giant Buddha. It is a 71-meter-tall statue that is carved out of stone on the side of a cliff. The construction of that statue started in 713 AD and it took 90 years to finish the project. If you would like to visit the Buddha statue it is about two hours away from Chengdu. But to be able to see this statue in person and not through pictures would be incredible.

These are all the places that I would visit in China plus more. Let me know where you would go in the comment section below. Don’t forget to go out and see the world!

 

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From Glaciers To Volcanoes Welcome To Iceland

Let’s Go To Iceland

Do you guys remember the TLC song Waterfalls and part of the lyrics say “don’t go chasing waterfalls?” Well, for today’s trip we are going to Iceland and we are going to chase waterfalls. If you guys didn’t know Iceland is known as “The Land of Fire and Ice.” Iceland has the largest glaciers in Europe and the most active volcanoes. The summer months in Iceland are going to be, July and August. It is also the most popular time to visit Iceland but there is also 24 hours of daylight. September through October is relatively warm and less crowded.

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Iceland is personally on my bucket list because it’s the best place in the world to see the aurora borealis or Northern Lights. The best time to visit the Northern Lights is late October thru March. But you will have to get out of the city to have a better view of the lights. You can always visit the Aurora Reykjavik where they have exhibitions of Northern Lights on display and give guided tours. Plus, if you visit Iceland around November through February flights can be relatively cheap. 

Our next stop is the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa in southwestern Iceland. It’s about a forty-minute drive from Reykjavik. It’s one of the most visited attractions in Iceland, a manmade lagoon but the warm waters are rich in minerals. The water looks blue but it is actually white. Another bonus of the lagoon is that they have free silica mud which can help improve skin.

Now since we were going to see waterfalls, let’s chase some waterfalls. Make sure you visit the Seljalandsfoss it’s about a two-hour drive from the blue lagoon. But along the way, you can see what Iceland has to offer. You can also walk behind the waterfall into a small cave. There are plenty of waterfalls near Seljalandsfoss but you should stop and look at the Svartifoss. This waterfall is surrounded by dark lava columns, that’s how it got its name.

 

These are all the places that I would visit in New Zealand. Let me know where you would go in the comment section below. Don’t forget to go out and see the world!

 

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Crazy Adventures in New Zealand

Let’s Go To New Zealand!

So, what do you think of when you hear New Zealand? I honestly have no idea. Like all the other things that I don’t know about I google it and went down into an internet wormhole. I found a lot of interesting things about New Zealand, like, The Lord of the Rings movie were filmed in New Zealand. Also, New Zealand is home to 29 million sheep and the population is 4.6 million people, that’s a lot of sheep. New Zealand summer tends to be around December through February. Spring is around September through November.  Fall is around March through May and its beautiful and less crowded. Winter is around June through August if you like to have a snowy vacation.

NORTH ISLAND

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Photo By: Jeff Finley

If you are a fan of the Hobbit movies than make sure you stop and visit the town Matamata or also known as Middle Earth. They give tours of the colorful hobbit holes and allow you to drink in the Green Dragon pub. After many searches on Pinterest, I found out about a glow worm cave. It’s in a village in Waitomo and they are called the Waitomo Caves. The caves glow from the Arachnocampa luminosa, a commonly known glowworm in New Zealand. They also give tours or you can go tubing inside the cave. You should also visit the town of Rotorua and see the bubbling mud pools and the tall Pohutu Geyser, which erupts daily.

 

If you visit the city of Auckland and want some adventure then you should do the Auckland skywalk or skyjump experience. You can jump off the highest building in New Zealand or you can just hang off the edge of the building. You will have a 360° view over Auckland Harbor while hanging 192 meters under the city. If you don’t want to be a daredevil then you can always visit the Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium. There is an underwater glass viewing tunnel that passes through the aquarium that lets you see any aquatic life.

SOUTH ISLAND

After all the fun in North Island hop over to South Island for some more adventures. Visit Queenstown and ride the most famous swing in the world, Nevis Swing. You are suspended 160 meters above the canyon floor and released at 120 kph. . . wow, what a rush. If you’re not into that then visit Bob’s Peak. Ride the Skyline gondola and you will get a view of Queenstown’s. On the way down ride the luge track and feel like a character in Mario Kart. Both tracks are 3m wide and 800m long and you can either ride the scenic or high energy track.

These are all the places that I would visit in New Zealand plus more. Let me know where you would go in the comment section below. Don’t forget to go out and see the world!

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So Much To See In China Part 2

Let’s Go To China Part 2!

Since my last post, I said there was so much to see in China, so, let us continue our journey into China. Our last stop was in Xi’an, China today we are going to Shanghai. Shanghai is one of the most populated cities in the world. With a population of 24.18 million, the city is becoming a global financial center.

SHANGHAI

Now if you are traveling from Xi’an to Shanghai you might want to think about taking the bullet train. The trains top speed is 186 mph…WOW. Growing up in a small town the train passes through but people mostly use their car to get around town. Plus, it’s the bullet train when are you ever going to ride one again. Once you arrive in Shanghai you should visit the Shanghai World Financial Center. The building resembles a giant bottle opener but you will have a beautiful skyline view of the city.

Next stop, visit the Oriental Peral TV Tower it’s just down the street from the Shanghai World Financial Center. It’s one the most recognizable landmarks in Shanghai. You can always take a tour inside. Also, the Shanghai Municipal History Museum resides inside. Down the street from the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is The Bund, an attraction you can’t miss. You get a view of a beautiful waterfront and have a view of the skyscrapers standing across the Huangpu River. Just around the corner from The Bund is Nanjing Road. The road stretches six miles and its equivalent to New York’s fifth avenue, with shops from all over the world. Some of the roads date back to the Qing Dynasty and many of the same shops still exist. 

Since there is so much to see in China. . . Blog post to be continued!

These are all the places that I would visit in China plus more. Let me know where you would go in the comment section below. Don’t forget to go out and see the world!

 

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