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10 BEST THINGS TO DO IN WATERLOO

Belgium, Blog, Destinations, Europe - GoroadTrip - December 18, 2018

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Waterloo is a city situated in Ontario in Canada. The city is famous for the battle which took place in it. Also known as the Battle of Waterloo, this battle was fought between the French and the British and Prussian army.
It’s a very good place to plan a trip to. There are a lot of things to do in Waterloo.
Here are some of the best things to do in Waterloo:
• ST. JACOBS FARMERS MARKET- This market is farmers and flea market. Its location is to the south of King Street North. Fresh vegetables and lots of locally grown fruits are specialties of this market. People love this market also for its variety of tasty street food. People can also get local handicrafts in this market. Basically, it is a very economical and cheap market.

• THE MUSEUM- This is a museum open to the public. It exhibits a range of permanent interactive and rotating temporary exhibits for almost all age groups to touch, see and enjoy. It is a must be in peoples list of things to do in Waterloo.
• WATERLOO PARK- This park is full of splash pads; there is a replica of a mill and a farm. It is a good location both for adults and children to enjoy. Also, there are picnic sites and sports facilities to enjoy. People can go there for a workout and also for family fun.

Waterloo-Park

• WOODSIDE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE- This is the childhood home of former Canadian prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. This house was built earlier in 1853. This house is well preserved and its a Victorian home. It contains the family heirlooms of the former prime minister.
• KITCHENER-WATERLOO ART GALLERY- This art gallery displays a variety of contemporary visual arts including local, national and international arts. Also its very affordable because the entry fee is almost nil.
• HILLSIDE PARK- This is a great park to enjoy nature. There is a variety of trees in this park. Also, people find many owls in this park. So it is a good place for bird watching and bird photography.

HILLSIDE PARK


• COLOMBIA LAKE- This place is located beside the lake as the name suggests. Its famous for displays a variety of fireworks every July. Also, it is great for going on walks.
• CLAIR LAKE PARK- This is a great place for a quiet and thoughtful sit. It has a pleasant surrounding with many happy and friendly ducks. They also have a set of playground equipment.
• PETERSBURG REGIONAL FOREST- This is a great place for hiking. Nature lovers will love this place. This is surely an item of the things to do in waterloo list.
• BECHTEL DOG PARK- This is a great place to roam around with dogs. The shrubs are short in height and so you can see your dogs and there is no chance of them getting lost. Also, the walks are good for the owners as the environment is very good in the park.
Thus Waterloo is a great place to go on a trip. There are a lot of things to do in Waterloo and also it feels special due to its historical significance. This place is a must visit.

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7 BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN LIER

Belgium, Blog, Europe - GoroadTrip - December 16, 2018

Surrounded by the river Nete, comprising of the city of lier proper and the village of Koningshooikt lays the municipality of Lier in the Belgian province of Antwerp. Very unfamiliar names in the world map yet a beautiful place to explore. Do you find pleasure in visiting places less known to people? Do you love exploring such exotic locations in the world? If yes then there are several Lier attractions that would form a part of your travel itinerary.

Lier offers a wide variety of historical and cultural places to visit for the tourists traveling miles away from home. Though the list is long, we have tried pointing out the 7 best places to look out for in Lier attractions.

1. Begijnhof Lier – A quaint and serene walk amidst the historical and age-old dwellings in Lier carved with narrow streets and a satisfying view. These small and century-old dwellings were originally made for maiden old women and nuns. These continue to be inhabited by the same people till date.

2. Zimmer Tower is another very queer addition to the list of Lier attractions since it forms a part of the old architecture of the city of Lier. This is a clock tower mixed with some fun and humor. You ought to spend some time staring at it and then sit by the cafe nearby sipping on some famous beer and coffee of Belgium.

3. Next in the list of lier attractions comes the Lier historical town. 10 minutes on a train from Antwerp is this historical town comprising of old age buildings and heritage sites. The best part about the Lier town is that every location is at a walkable distance from each other. Flaunting the streets of this old historical town are the cafes serving the premium quality beer, coffee and amazing food which any tourist can look for to relish their appetite. Historical locations in Lier mostly include the Marktplein, Town hall and St. James Chapel.

4. As we move along our list of Lier attractions, comes the famous St. Gummarus Church. This is a brilliant and alluring piece of century-old architecture with a peaceful and sanctified experience. This attraction is a must for anyone visiting the city of Lier.

5. LAGO Lier de Waterperels – This lier attraction would remind you of the Great Bath in the Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro civilization. It is a collection of community swimming pools comprising of several pools for different ages. Enough cafeterias and lounge seats to relish along the pools if you do not wish to swim or lather around. Hence, this forms a part of our list in Lier attractions.

6. T’ struisvogelnest – This forms a part of our list in Lier attractions because of the fact that this a very commonplace for the locals to organize several parties and get-togethers. This is a brilliant sight to watch as the locals indulge in parties while enjoying with the animals in this farm.

7. In our list of Lebu attractions, Stedelijk museum finds a place. This is a small museum comprising of 3 rooms where one room is reserved for special exhibitions. The other two rooms display the masterpieces of Peter Breugel II. Apart from these, there are also paintings from other century-old artists that occupy the displays of the museum. With pretty good audio explanation facilities, this small museum can provide you insights on the art and culture of this small town.

Hence the small city of Lier should be one in your bucket list to check off during your travel plans at least once in your life.

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5 Top Things to do and See in Valletta

Blog, Europe - GoroadTrip - November 10, 2018

Things to do in Valletta

Valletta is a city that changes constantly. It is like a modern city trapped in medieval fortifications.

There is a really striking feature in Valletta, which sums up the relationship between the old and the new in a fascinating way – Porta Reale, the gateway to the city.

This main gate of the city has been rebuilt many times over the past few centuries. The last creation of the architect Renzo Piano has just ended in 2014. The attraction consists of Valletta’s high steel blades which plunge into the clear sky on a hot summer day.

Here is a list of things to do in Valletta.

1. Palace of the Grand Master

Grand Palace of the Master was erected in the sixteenth century. Visiting The Grand Palace is among important things to do in Valletta.

In their rooms, you can see beautiful frescoes with performances by the Knights of the Order of Malta, explore a valuable collection and armor. In the center there is one of the most important religious sites: St. Jana, surrounded on all sides by the main square, an excellent starting point for walks. Although the facade of the cathedral seems quite discreet, its interior design impresses with richness and refinement. On the walls of the cathedral, there are 400 Maltese knights who participated in the Great Siege.

2. National Theater

A pleasant surprise also awaits lovers of theatrical art. You can visit the National Theater of Malta. It was inaugurated in the 18th century and today is one of the three oldest theaters in Europe. In the theater, performances are usually presented in English and it often hosts concerts of the Malta National Orchestra. Every week, interesting cultural events take place in this historic theater.

3. Republic Street

The main attraction is the Republic Street, the main street of Valletta, completely accessible for pedestrians. This street is full of popular shops, souvenir shops, restaurants and coffee shops. It seems that life on the street never ends. You can spend a whole day in an interesting way.

4. National Archaeological Museum

Because the surroundings of the city are of great value to archaeologists, the National Archaeological Museum opened in the city, which preserves its unique works, a collection of works and sculptures. Visiting the museum is one of the most engaging things to do in Valletta.

Again, you can go to the National Military Museum, whose building was founded in 1488 and serves as a point of defense. After the siege of the city, the buildings suffered significantly, but thanks to the effort of the knights were completely restored. The museum rooms contain collections of war materials, weapons, and military equipment.

5. Villa Casa Rocca Piccola

For more than four hundred years, this beautiful villa belongs to the descendants of the noble De Piro family. Now, inside the walls of the villa, there is a very interesting private museum. Each of the exhibitions presented here is a unique gem.

Visitors to the villa will have the opportunity to see beautiful old sculptures, paintings by well-known Maltese artists, collections of ancient books and beautiful antique furniture. The museum has a very interesting collection of typical costumes.

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Explore the beauty of Mdina: The Silent City

Blog, Europe - GoroadTrip - November 5, 2018

Mdina top attractions

Mdina the ancient capital of The Maltese Archipelago is separated from its twin Rabat by ramparts and fortifications which are even today one of Mdina top attractions. Originally, Mdina and Rabat actually formed only one city, Melita. The latter has been stormed several times during its existence by the Arabs, Normans, and Spaniards. The architectural heritage of Rabat and Mdina is thus today a melting pot of cultures.

Nicknamed the “Silent City”, Mdina the ancient capital of Malta brings together 4000 years of history of the island. Its 300 inhabitants, descendants largely of the Maltese nobility, maintain with love the most beautiful palaces of the archipelago. The cleanliness of Mdina is exemplary. Visit Mdina for its calm and exceptional heritage.

Visit its alleys

Timeless, Mdina takes you through a maze of alleys. A good signage brings you cultural and historical information in front of many monuments. The quiet and pedestrian town, we always come back to admire the knockers of its doors, its high houses with rich pediments, its majestic bougainvilleas … And simply enjoy its serenity.

Visit its ramparts

Located on the central hill of Malta, the ramparts of Mdina dominate the island. The view is breathtaking on Mosta, the Mediterranean, and Valletta. On its flanks the alignments of the best Maltese vines.

St. Peter and Paul Cathedral

St. Peter and Paul Cathedral is a miniature version of St. John’s Cathedral in Valletta. Baroque style and very richly decorated, it was completed in 1702. Rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693, behind its monumental facade, you discover a masterpiece of Baroque architecture making it one of Mdina top attractions. The beauty of its floor composed of carved marble slabs houses the eternal rest of the Grand Masters of Malta. Admission is free during the services but there is a fee if you want to visit the cathedral museum.

Cathedral Museum

Cathedral Museum is one of the most important museums in the Mdina is offered in a combined ticket with the cathedral. The varied collection includes paintings, engravings (on Dürer wood), Roman remains, ancient manuscripts, liturgical objects.

Visit the Palazzo De Piro

Built in the 17th century, the Palazzo de Piro is today a “multifunctional cultural center”. It hosts, in an atmosphere full of grandeur and nobility, the exhibitions and important artistic events of Malta. Rejuvenate on its extraordinary terrace overlooking the northern part of Malta.

Visit The Moat Garden

Before leaving Mdina, go down into the moat for the pleasant garden, resting with its benches and its beautiful perspective on the entrance and fortifications of the city.

Falson Palace

Falson Palace or The Palazzo Falzon is one of the oldest palaces of the Mdina and houses a very interesting private museum made up of the Swedish philanthropist Olof Gollcher’s collection.

Church and Carmelite Priory

Church and Priory of Carmelite Baroque church of the seventeenth century combined with a charming cloister which is one of Mdina top attractions. The refectory is beautiful and the reconstituted cuisine not uninteresting. It includes a nice design cafe to rest in.

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FIVE PLACES TO TRY OUT SEA STACK CLIMBING IN IRELAND

Blog, Europe - GoroadTrip - October 13, 2018

Ireland is such a beautiful country. Full of rolling hills and forests, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations. And while it is home to many beauties and has a host of activities that are inviting to the usual tourists, a lot of adventure junkies travel here each year looking to feel the thrill of one quite extreme sport that is known as sea stack climbing.

Sea Stacks are called so because they are staggeringly tall and huge cliff-like structures that have indentations on them, like stacks of paper or files but, somehow, much more inviting. And they rise straight out of the sea, waves crashing and curling around their thick bases. Climbing is often considered dangerous and is, hence, even illegal in many places in the world. But if you’re an adventure seeker in Ireland, you’re in luck. Ireland is known for its collection of majestic and terrifying sea stacks, rising straight out of the surface of the sea and making our hearts call for adventure.

So, here are five places in Ireland you can go to if you love or want to try out Sea Stack Climbing:

Berg Stack

At the turn of the road at An Port stand four looming figures. The Berg stack faces South and towards the Sturral Headland.

All four stacks can be reached using one launching pad. From An Port, climbers need to head south using a coastal path. After about 600 meters, which involves crossing two different bridges, one needs to leave the well-beaten path and head sea-ward. This will lead you to an angled slope that’s not very steep and overlooks the Vertical Picnic stack and the Berg Stack. Climb down to the platforms at sea level, specifically the one that faces Berg. It should be easy to recognize considering that it has a couple of sharp grooves running up its northern side.

Ends of the Earth Stack

Much like its name suggests, this twenty meters stack sits serenely in one of the quietest and most remote areas of Ireland. The moment you step foot here, the majesty of the land hits you. It is as if you and your travel partner(s) are the only people on the planet and somehow it’s not terrifying at all but exceedingly calming. Located to the north of Glenlough Bay, the Ends of the Earth stack looms at a staggering three hundred meters away from the mainland. Not far from this devilishly beautiful stack are Glenlough Bay, Tormore Island and the northern stretches of the Slievetooey Peninsula. At the base of this giant, the tidal streams from north-west and south crash into foaming white salt waves, the sight both violent and breath-taking at the same time.

Glenlough Bay

Glenlough Bay is tucked into the nook of another very remote location in Ireland. A meandering twenty-kilometre trail leads you 3 kilometres away from An Port and to that which can be termed Ireland’s final stretch of wild, wild greatness. Along the length of the entire sea coast, the surface of the churning sea is broken by a collection of sea stacks and cliffs, all of which are fantastic for climbing.

Tormore Island

In the outer edges of the Slievetooey Massif and in southwestern Donegal, this island is a whopping 148 meters in height and is definitely Ireland’s tallest sea stack. It rears its head over the flurry of skerries and sea stacks that have often been termed Land of the Giants. This no rag-tag bunch of stacks are Cnoc na Mara and the Cobblers Tower. This giant among giants is pretty dangerous to get to. If you are going for the nautical way there, you will need an expert guide with you, for the way will take you twisting and turning among a maze of skerries and islands, some of them lurking in the quiet depths, ready to welcome any amateur into their chilly embrace. But, once you brave all these terrors, the sight that awaits you at the top will make all the effort seem more than worth it.

Cnoc na Mara Island

Considering how popular Cnoc na Mara is with climbers, you could say that we saved the best for the last. Cnoc na Mara can easily be called the most popular destination for sea stack climbers. It has an almost vertical climb, sometimes considered too steep for beginners.
If you are coming here by boat, remember that it’s about 150 meters away from the mainland.
There are some things that you need to remember before you decide to climb this stack. The winds can get very harsh and make climbing extremely difficult so you must remember to confirm the weather conditions beforehand. The grassier side is also a big no-no. It is too steep to climb and the winds make it nigh on impossible to attempt a climb.

Tip: Try and use about five dozen half a meter ropes to climb this stack.

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