Lima in Peru has successfully gotten away from a bad image into a very grandiose one. Years ago, tourists couldn’t get away fast enough from this city, but not, with all the rediscovered glories of the colonial and the ore-conquistador eras, more and more people from all over the world are visiting over and over again.
It is said that one of the many beautiful things about Lima is its fabulous sunset considered as one of the most magnificent in the world. One of the reasons for this is because it is ideally located facing west directly across the Pacific, allowing the setting sun to magically flood its rays into the beaches.
From the paragliders spiraling the horizon, to the surfers beating the waters, to the bodies lying on the beaches, the scenes in Lima are almost very much Californian. Add the fact that most hotels are world-class and some even have rooftop infinity pools.
This development has been happening to this city in recent years. This is the reason for the undeniable booming tourism.
The City of Kings
Before Lima became a booming tourism city though, it was acknowledged as the City of Kings because it is rich with regal history and legacy brought by the Spanish conquistadores. Fortunately, the forgotten legacy was rediscovered and once again, Lima has been cleaned and restored to show off its colonial gems and other treasures like the cathedrals.
Peru has been very lucky to have missed out on the global recession, and the government was able to remodel the Museo Larco, a place worth visiting because of its galleries of Chimu jewellery in silver and gold that lights up every time visitors approach
If you have always been apprehensive to visit Lima in Peru because of its previous bad image, then there is nothing to worry about anymore. This city has once again claimed its title as the City of Kings, and every visitor will know why.
If you are going on a visit in one of the most important political countries of the European Union, Belgium than you should surely visit some of the chocolate stores there and try the unique and very tasteful treats. Although Switzerland and Austria are probably better known than Belgium when it comes to the chocolate business, in Belgium it has always been about quality and perfection. Belgium chocolate has raised the standards of quality in chocolate and it is an example of a great product.
Belgium chocolate has been produced centuries back and it has been developed and its quality has been improved for centuries. Today there are many small shops that are still producing chocolate by the original old recipes and made by hand, it is this establishment that are very popular and frequently visited by tourists. Belgian chocolate, same as wine in many countries and cheese in France or Holland, can be tasted at special chocolate tours that include several shops and more types of chocolate.
The chocolate shops in Belgium are especially famous for the pralines; pralines are filled with various creams or nougats, including hazelnut, coffee, some fruit taste or chocolate. Today there are many chocolate companies that are specialized in pralines and they are well – known worldwide, such are Leonida, Neuhaus, Nirvana, Godiva etc. There are actually over 2000 small and large companies operating in the chocolate business in Belgium today. In Brussels there are more than one chocolate museum where you can go and learn about the history of the chocolate and the process of making it, you can also by souvenirs. Walking tours are organized and start at several popular spots in the city and will take you to the most popular and important chocolate locations.
Far north on the Scandinavian Peninsula is the capital city of the Kingdom of Norway, Oslo. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with many architectural sights to see and many museums displaying the life and the tradition of the old Norse people and the Viking culture. But also is also one of the most cultural cities on the Scandinavian Peninsula and it offers many fancy establishments to visit and many things to do.
There is diverse nightlife and various establishments to visit in Oslo, the Oslo Opera House is great for those who enjoy opera, ballet and concerts, the building itself is a popular attraction. Another popular building and a tourist site that also offers entertainment is the National theatre, it is Baroque – style building where you can buy a ticket and see a play. The National theatre is also host building to many art paintings from famous Norwegian painters and seeing these paintings comes free with the ticket.
There is a huge selection of restaurants, bars and clubs in the city from quiet places where you can enjoy and rest, cocktail bars and places where you can dance until the morning to rock and metal clubs. Festivals are also very popular in Oslo; they are a way to combine entertainment and culture, especially during the summer months many festivals take place in Oslo. Most of the festivals are held at an old public park in central Oslo it is on a high hill. In Oslo jazz music is especially popular and there are many festivals and concerts where you can hear this musical style.
Norwegians enjoy wandering, so picnics in the park and hiking in the hills are one of their favorite things to do, it is a good way to relax but also explore and see the surrounding.