Life is sometimes ironic. When you are stressed and exhausted with work or daily routines, all you can think about is going on holiday. Yet, when it is just around the corner, you have no idea where to go! You haven’t booked any tickets or planned anything, so you are left with spending that “holiday” at home.
One of the easiest ways to quickly decide your next vacation destination is to ask yourself: what do you want to see? Pick a landmark, whether it is a building, a bridge, a mountain, or whatever you wish. Here are some examples.
If you are feeling romantic, then Paris is the place to go. You might be thinking, “The Eiffel Tower?” Well, there are actually countless of equally enticing and crazy romantic places in Paris for you such as The Louvre, Jardin Du Palais Royal, etc.
Not really into Paris? Hop over to a nearby city, you can see historical European buildings from the time of kings and queens. There are old castles, majestic museums, and iconic townhouses, which will all make you want to go Dutch.
For those of you who’ve been dreaming of the American Dream, it’s the right time make it come true! San Francisco is one of the cities you have to visit. Hopping on and off cable cars is fun and Golden Gate Bridge is awesome, but you’ll understand why we claim this city, that surrounded by water and distinctive skyline, is made for love.
Let’s move on to a place in the middle of the world, called Asia. In the North there is Shanghai, where you can see a mix of Chinese and Western influences in the landmarks offering endless romantic spots and activities that will really sway the heart.
For food lovers out there, Hong Kong might be a good option to satisfy your inner foodie. But maybe you're the type of traveler who attracts to hustle and bustle of daily life, then you should go to the vibrant city of Tokyo, home to an array of activities and great outdoors for couple and family to make your holiday super exciting, if not romantic!
Actually, any place could be fun and romantic, because you're going on a vacation with your loved one(s). Now you know a glimpse of our favorite destinations, and you can imagine yourself spending your holiday at one of those cities, therefore the next step would be to book the tickets. To make travel planning even better, you need to find a good deal, which means you cannot miss the HSBC - Cathay Pacific Travel Fair!
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Easter is coming! As Christians everywhere commemorate the death and resurrection of Christ, some might plan to go overseas to spend the long weekend and holiday. We've complied a list of several unique Easter traditions from around the world to inspire you in making your Easter more memorable!
As a predominantly-Catholic society, people in the Philippines take The Holy Week very seriously. Although the more secular people would make use of the long holiday to go overseas or to visit beautiful beaches around Manila and other cities around the country, most people would take part in the week-long Easter celebration. One of the most unique tradition there is for the faithful visit several churches–sometimes seven, sometimes fourteen, sometimes no set number depending upon the particular practice–to pray before the Blessed Sacrament in each church, in a tradition called Visita Iglesia or Visitation of Churches.
One of the most popular Easter traditions in the world is the Easter Egg Hunt. Children get to paint hard-boiled eggs in bright colours, and the adults will hide them for the children to find, with the Easter egg itself was defined by early Christians as an Easter symbol of the resurrection of Jesus: the egg symbol was likened to the tomb from which Christ arose.
The White House Easter Egg Roll is a timeless tradition that dates back to 1878 under President Rutherford B. Hayes, held on the White House South Lawn in Washington D.C. each Easter Monday for children aged 13 and younger and their parents, hosted by the current President and the First Lady. The Egg Roll is basically a race, where children push an egg through the grass with a long-handled spoon, while other activities such as live music and decorated Easter eggs exhibition happen around the lawn, encouraging kids and young people to live healthy and active lives.
A lot of Brazilians will travel abroad during the Semana Santa (Holy Week), but as a country with one of the biggest Roman Catholic populations in the world, a lot of age-old traditions are still taking place in Brazil for Easter. One of the most beautiful traditions in Semana Santa is the decoration of streets for the Sunday procession. Many cities do it for Corpus Christi, but in Ouro Preto, a town near Belo Horizonte, for example, people create colorful carpets with wood shavings, flour, coffee, flowers, and other elements the night before Easter Sunday for the procession to walk on.
Easter is famous for its' Easter Parade, and the most famous of Madrid's Easter parades is that of the Cristo de Medinaceli (Christ of Medina), which takes place on Good Friday, April 4, and runs through the main streets of the city from the parish of Jesús de Medinaceli. Whether you're religious or not, a traditional Easter procession is worth seeing for the emotion that fills the Madrileños who walk their saints through town and how the city centre's streets are decorated. All around Spain there seem to be traditional desserts for every holiday, and Easter is no exception. It doesn't matter if you fancy yours with milk, wine or in the purest form, you'll find all types of 'torrijas' in bars and restaurants throughout the city. To officially bid adios to Easter week, on Sunday there's a spectacular 'tamborrada' (drum parade and festival) in Plaza Mayor. Hundreds of official drummers meet at noon to create a thundrous event with their drums, cymbals and bugles that sends tingles up and down the spines of locals who come to watch as well as anyone not in the know happening by and startled by the first whack of the stick.
The Osterbrunnen (Easter Well or Easter Fountain) is a German tradition of decorating public wells or fountains with Easter eggs for Easter. It began in the early 20th century in the Franconian Switzerland region of Upper Franconia but has spread to other regions. The decoration is usually kept from Good Friday until two weeks after Easter. Decorating a well for Easter honours water, essential for life, and Easter, the feast of renewed life. Over the time, these decorated wells became interesting tourist attractions, such as the wells in Heiligenstadt and Bieberbach which become destinations for bus tours from cities such as Munich and Dresden; Heiligenstadt is visited by some 80 buses a day, while the fountain in Bieberbach was listed in 2001 in the Guinness World Records for 11,108 hand-painted eggshells!
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