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5 most extraordinary temples in Bali that you absolutely must visit!

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Going to the paradise island of the Gods, you want to make friends not only with the ocean and the numerous beaches of Bali, but of course, if you do not plunge headlong into the culture of the island, then at least slightly open the secret curtain into the world of the island's unusually expressive sights.

In this article Bemorepanda will tell you just about one of the components of Bali's culture - the most significant, and at the same time popular (due to their unusualness) temples of the island.


You don't have to be religious or get carried away with cultural attractions to definitely want to see, for example, a tiny temple with monkeys on a huge sheer cliff above a raging ocean, or an incredibly graceful temple-pagoda in a sacred mountain lake.


In general, each of the Balinese temples described in the article, in our opinion, deserves a visit, but if you are limited in time, then Bemorepanda hopes this article will help you make the best choice in favor of 1-2 of the most interesting places in Bali for you.


A map with all the temples and other attractions of the island is at the end of the article!


Pura Tanah Lot

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Judging by the number of postcards, the Pura Tanah Lot is perhaps the most famous temple in Bali. A remarkable feature of the Tanah Lot temple is that you can approach it only at low tide, at other times the ocean separates the temple from the land.


The fact that Pura Tanah Lot stands on a cliff 100 meters from the shore does not mean at all that it is not worth going here at high tide, on the contrary, it seemed to me that this way the views from the shore to the temple in the raging waves only benefit, all the more inward anyway you can't go in, just climb a couple of steps and peep slightly.

A sacred snake lives in the rock next to the temple, which you can see for a donation.

Pura Luhur Tanah Lot - Bali Semara

In addition to the main temple on a rock-island, in the Tanah Lot complex there are other small graceful temples on the cliffs, to which (regardless of the water level in the ocean) you can walk along the narrow edge of the cliff, right a meter from the cliff, and it will take your breath away! I don't think it's even worth talking about what cool pictures you can take there.


The bulk of tourists come to Tanakh Lot at sunset, firstly, the temple looks most advantageous in sunset colors, and secondly, dance performances begin immediately after sunset, although their schedule is constantly changing, here you will get to, but in any case, in my opinion each of the Balinese dances deserves attention.


In the morning and in the afternoon, it is also no less interesting, for example, on the left to the temple complex there is a hotel, on the territory of which there is a beautiful green golf course. You can also walk to the field from the temple, here is a small deserted beach, and even extreme surfers find this place interesting.


Pura Oolong Danu

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In the mountainous region of the island, on Lake Bratan (Beratan) there is a small, surprisingly harmoniously blending into the water landscape, the Pura Ulun Danu pagoda-temple.


The goddess of fertility Devi Danu "dwells" in this temple, so the temple is popular not only among tourists, but also an important place of pilgrimage for local residents, because according to legend, if you appease the goddess with generous offerings, then the harvest will be generous.


In addition to the multi-tiered pagoda on the water, there are other temple buildings with courtyards on the territory of the Pura Ulun Danu complex, which you can look into. There are also a couple of flower paths along the lake and a small green park for walking with benches and statues.

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In general, this place is very picturesque, and if you really want to feel the atmosphere, admire the lake, temple and mountains, then it is better to come early in the morning or by sunset. Although, on the other hand, despite the crowds on weekends and festive ceremonies, on the territory of the Ulun Danu temple there is an opportunity to see beautiful girls dancing Balinese dances and musicians playing in the temple on a traditional gamelan instrument, and simply smart tourists.


A trip to this temple can be very successfully combined with a visit to rice terraces, strawberry farms, Git-Git waterfall, botanical garden and lakes Bratan, Buyan and Tamblingan.


Pura Besakih

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"The mother of all temples" - that's exactly what the Balinese call Pura Besakih, because this is the main temple of the island, and it is amazing because it is located on the slope of the Agung volcano - the highest mountain in Bali, at about 1 km above sea level.


The mountains in Bali are considered sacred, because according to the most ancient belief, the gods live on them, by the way, the Besakih temple is more than 1000 years old. If you want to see no, not gods, but a stunning view of the mountains around, as well as the ocean, our advice to you is to come in the morning. By lunchtime, here most often, like over all the mountains, clouds are gathering, for the first time we did not take this moment into account and got into a rainy haze ((Pura Besakih, Bali

Pura Besakih, Temple on Gunung Agung, Bali, Indonesia

On the days of ceremonies, it is quite crowded here, which, on the one hand, slightly violates the idyll of these places, and on the other, allows you to see the Besakih temple, with its altars and statues in beautiful bright sarongs, as well as a hundred other local Balinese with offerings, if you wish, you can even join to their unusual ceremonies for us.


Pura Uluwatu

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The Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple itself is not of particular interest, moreover, every time we were there, the doors to the inner courtyard of the temple were closed, it is very small and is opened only on special occasions.


It is the territory itself that is of interest, from the walking paths of which views of the mighty and endless ocean open.

And the unusual feature of the Uluwatu temple is that it stands on the edge of a huge rock, and 90 meters down the waves of the raging ocean break just on this rock, in general, the place is incredibly picturesque.

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If you like to get aesthetic pleasure from contemplating nature or are fond of photography, then come here to meet the sunset - the sun sets in the sea, and the black silhouette of the rock and the Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple against the background of a multi-colored glow spreading across the sky is something unimaginable.


After sunset, here, on the territory of the complex, they arrange a national performance - Kecak, the language does not dare to call it just one of the Balinese dances, the spectacle is spectacular - on a round stage, under cover of night and under mesmerizing cries, elegant, in sarongs and bright makeup, the artists introduce auditorium in a kind of trance.


We also want to note that the entire territory of Pura Luhur Uluwatu is occupied by the ubiquitous monkeys. Someone will enjoy watching these funny creatures, but you should be on the alert, seemingly kind creatures can easily take away glasses, a cap or a phone.


There is practically no shade on the territory, so my advice to you: come either early in the morning, because in the afternoon it was scorching heat, sometimes unbearable, or closer to sunset.


Pura Lempuyang

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As soon as you will see the Pura Lempuyang temple, You will immediately call it "heavenly", and then, when you decided to read more about it, you learn that one of the translations of the Pura Lempuyang temple just means a heavenly creation.


Pura Lempuyang is a whole complex of temples, all the components form like a staircase to heaven, each subsequent temple is located on a hill above. A hiking trail of 1,700 steps winding through the jungle leads to the top; the ascent takes about 4-5 hours.

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In general, trekking to the very top of the Lempuyang temple is probably not for everyone, but it is worth coming here anyway, because, even if you do not climb to the very top, already through the gates of the lowest temple, if you are lucky with clear weather, the view is simply fantastic - to the Agung volcano.


It is better to come in the morning to see everything at its best. Well, and of course, the morning arrival may well become an aid to go to "conquer" the rest of the temples, at this time the sun is not so terrible, and the reward will be not only a feeling of completeness and awareness of one's capabilities, but also an amazing atmosphere along the way, and especially on the very top.


One of our acquaintances said that the gazebo in the upper Lempuyang temple is one of the most amazing places where he had to meditate. If you are on this wave, then you are definitely there. If not, enjoy the view from the lower temple and head to the Tirta Ganga water palace, which is just around the corner!


We would not call this place a tourist, but the fact that the temple does not greatly attract tourists, rather speaks of its inaccessibility, rather than uninteresting))


They say that there are more temples on the island than houses, and this can be easily believed, here even the smallest village has at least 3 temples:


  • The central temple of Pura Desa is the main "temple of the village" dedicated to Brahma the Creator,
  • Pura Puseh is dedicated to the god Vishnu and other spirits of the earth,
  • The temple of "dead souls" Pura Dalem - dedicated to Shiva the Destroyer or his wife Durga.


There are even more temples in large towns and villages. In each of them, it is quite easy to get to some kind of ceremony or ceremony.

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First visits to Paris can be just as daunting and confusing as enchanting. It is often difficult to know where to start: what should be a priority in the first days of visiting sights and exploring the capital? It's so easy to get dragged down by the charming little cobbled streets and old passages or to feel overwhelmed by the city's endless list of museums and monuments proposed in your guide.


Most of the city is, of course, worth exploring. But especially if you're a first-time visitor to the French capital, there are a few sights you'll probably want to focus on when you arrive.


Why you should visit the city of lights

Take advantage of the excellent opportunity to get to know the French capital, see the famous Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Champs Elysees, and much more with your own eyes, and hear stories that you will not read in any guidebook.


Everything is fantastic here! No wonder so many writers, artists, philosophers, and directors sang of this city, at one time unable to resist its beauties. Dumas, Hugo, Hemingui, Bashkirtseva, Nerval, Puy de Chavannes, Remarque, Vian, Gounod, Berlioz, Frank, Sartre, Cortazar, Karamzin, Mylnikov, Mayakovsky, Monet, Pulbo, Utrillo, Carnet, Godard will be your invisible travelers on a journey through France.


Paris captivates and inspires, inspires to create something new! Imagine Hemingway, who sits in his favorite restaurant, "Fouquet," and does another immortal work! It is also easy for us to imagine you starting a new and exciting page in your life in Paris!


What are the top things to do in Paris?


30. Toast Like the French at a local wine bar

As expected, Paris has a remarkable number of excellent wine bars. Enjoy a simple glass or two in one of these laid-back bars, where you might also tuck in a plate of fragrant cheeses, creamy French, or thyme sausages. Some of those who have made our list of the best also specialize in small containers that fit the definition of gourmet.


Whether it's a light-tasting, fresh Beaujolais Nouveau for the harvest season or trial, "challenging" the more complex red and whites of Burgundy or Bordeaux, there is something for everyone in these bars. After all, in France, wine is not a snobbish affair - it is something that most people enjoy.


29. Enjoy the fresh air of the Bois de Boulogne

Sometimes a breathing room a little further away from the stress and noise of the city is fine. When you're not on a day trip, you wouldn't mind the fresh, slightly green air overhead at the Bois de Boulogne - and the heavily carved wooded park of an old forest.


There are substantial green lawns guarded by tree-lined walking trails, ponds inhabited by ducks and wild birds, an open-air theater, children's puppet theater, and even an old-fashioned horseracing play (Hippodrome) await here. Pack a picnic, put on your walking shoes, bring a camera, and enjoy a day away from the city right - on the very edge.


28. Visit the Old Paris Operahouse and see a ballet there

Quite confusingly, the Palais Opera Garnier does not host opera performances. These days - that it is the service of the new Opera Bastille. But this historic site, now home to the French National Ballet, is a remarkable place to visit, inside and out.


Its sumptuous, elegant design can be admired from afar as the Royal Avenue de l’Opéra - an iconic sight worth a look. The magnificent staircase in the entrance and main theater, crowned with a moving ceiling painting by French painter Marc Chagall, is sublime.


27. Eat Some Delicious French Bread & Pastry

A trip to the French capital would be incomplete without sparing a few in a warm atmosphere, inviting bakers and pastry chefs (pastry shops) to taste their tempting creations. From croissants all butter and bread to chocolate, which boasts the ideal balance between flakes and softness, to crusts, impeccably baked, creamy lemon wands mini-tarts, and fluffy eclairs, there is a whole gourmet world to discover there.


However, he should not be intimidated. While impressive, these products are an integral part of everyday life in Paris.


26. Go underground to the Catacombs

It doesn't have to be Halloween to enjoy the terrifying experience of going far underground to see the Catacombs of Paris. There are tens of miles of tunnels dug far below street level, but only a tiny part of them can (legally) be visited.


After buying a ticket and descending a long spiral staircase, you will be thrown into a strange world of death. Millions of human bones and skulls are arranged correctly (curiously, very French), along with the pathways souls transferred from overcrowded cemeteries in the 18th and 19th centuries. Some will find this attraction unquestionably refrigerated, while others will enjoy it as an archeological and social curiosity. Anyway, it's worth a few hours.


25. Take a day trip to Versailles

Versailles and its world-famous palace and gardens are a short one-hour trip out of town, making it an important and easy day trip from Paris.


This 17th-century palace had humble beginnings as a hunting lodge before embarking on an opulent palace under the rule of Louis XIV, also known as the "Sun King." Today, strolling through the extensive formal gardens and visiting the Incredible Mirror Hall is an experience you will probably not forget. Also, reserve some time for quieter, lesser-known buildings and parks, including Petit Trianon and Queen Hamlet, if Maria Antoaneta withdrew from the pressures of court life and even claimed to be a shepherdess at times. Humble or milking.


24. See some of Monet's most beautiful works at this small museum

Many visitors to Paris ultimately see a small collection at the western end of the Tuileries Gardens, which houses one of the most impressive works of the impressionist master Claude Monet art. But they shouldn't.


Pay a visit to the Orangery Museum and witness the sweeping beauty of Nymphéas, a series of murals that immerse you in Monet's distinctive world of color and light and watery landscapes. His waterlilies are a symbol of world peace, painted after the end of World War I as a gesture of hope and reconciliation.


In addition to Monet's stirring masterpiece, the Orangerie Museum also houses Jean Walter - the Paul Guillaume collection, with outstanding works by Cézanne, Renoir, Picasso, Sisley, Matisse, and Modigliani. After seeing Orsay and the groups at the Pompidou Center, an afternoon here offers another dose of inspiration - and art education.


23. Explore Canal St Martin & its shops, Hip restaurants

Anyone who wants to understand contemporary Paris should spend some time walking up and around the Canal St. Martin, one of the city's most vibrant and innovative areas. Walk to the center of one of the most graceful green metal bridges to watch the boats float down the canal (and come through complex locking systems).


Enjoy a glass of wine and a few small plates at a wine bar, or Nosh on the eclectic cuisine in one of the many new restaurants, all in balance. Boutiques and bookstores Browse the art for the latest in style and design. You can even have a water picnic right - a favorite local pastime.


22. Around the Amble Latin Quarter

Nothing says enough about Paris like a day strolling through the Latin Quarter, one of the city's most upscale and beloved neighborhoods. Start by browsing the books at your beloved Shakespeare and Company English Bookstore before heading to Sorbonne University Square for a coffee. Then check out the medieval treasures at the Cluny Museum, browse through rare books and antiques near the Jardin du Luxembourg, and wind down the narrow streets behind the Pantheon at Place de la Contrescarpe.


Or just get lost and make any number of your discoveries: morning light hitting the tops of buildings; the joy of tasting fresh bread, pastries, and fruit on the Rue Mouffetard market square or Place Monge… the possibilities are almost limitless.


21. Get Lost Inside an Old World French Department Store

In addition to being masters of all things cooking and gastronomy, Parisians are also expert buyers. Their elegant department stores demonstrate this.


Many of these multi-story monsters built during the elegant turn-of-the-20th century period known as the "Belle Epoque" stock everything from wine to haute couture to hardware and home supplies. Among our favorites: are BVH in Le Marais, Lafayette Galleries, and Le Bon Marché, the first-ever modern store.


20. Grocery store at a French market

The French take food very seriously. There is no better way to experience that firsthand than to visit one of the city's many outdoor food markets. These markets are usually held several times during the week, and there is one in almost every neighborhood. Even if you stay in a hotel, you can stock up on fresh fruit, cheeses, cold cuts, and other snacks perfect for a picnic along the Seine.


See our delicious guide to the Marché d’Aligre, a favorite farmer’s market among the locals.


19. Satisfying Natural Curiosities at Deyrolle

Are you looking for a little old-fashioned and weird fashion? Deyrolle is an old Parisian boutique (opened in 1831) specializing mainly in taxidermied animals (none of which are recent, however, a potentially reassuring point for those dealing with animal rights).


In the 7th arrondissement, you have located this veritable cabinet of life-sized tiger houses, bears, birds, and countless drawers filled with every possible butterfly, bug, or insect. Many boutique subjects have been used to study botany, entomology, and zoology. This is one of the weirdest shops in Paris - and well worth a visit if you can deal with taxidermy.


18. Eat Some Famous Parisian Ice Cream

Hidden on Ile Saint-Louis, you will find almost 100 flavors of ice cream at the famous Berthillon. You can try everything from wild strawberries to peaches, hazelnuts, pistachios, and white chocolate depending on the season. The idyllic set-up shop - located on a small island in the Seine, opposite Notre Dame Cathedral - makes it a must-visit. You can stroll through the streets lined with 17th-century villas while enjoying the cone.


17. See Picasso's most extensive public collection of work

After closing for almost five years, the Picasso Museum in Paris reopened at the end of 2014 in a new state after an expensive renovation. Now, this world-class museum spans more than 50,000 square feet and houses thousands of works by the inimitable Spanish artist. The main building, a 17th-century mansion in the Marais (see # 15), has furniture designed by the legendary Diego Giacometti.


Masterpieces of housing and works from lesser-known periods in Picasso's work, the museum also offers temporary exhibitions symbolizing the work of artists such as Giacometti. It is a must-see for anyone interested in the history of 20th-century art.


16. Relax & Walk in the Luxembourg Gardens

Even if you know very little about the French capital, you may imagine Parisians relaxing in lawn chairs on terraces overlooking lawns and neat ornate ponds. This is an iconic image you can play for yourself visiting the Luxembourg Gardens. This Italian and French-style paradise was once the reason for Stomping Queen Mary to give Medici.


Although it is a favorite place to relax with a picnic, Renaissance-era formal gardens are popular with runners, pedestrians, and children who compete with their canvas behind the SENATE. Also, admire the collection of statues: some of our favorites include stunning sculpted images of various queens and other royal women in France throughout history.


15. Wander through the Marais district

If there is a better French neighborhood for a walk, sightseeing, shopping, tasting, and people-watching in one morning or the afternoon, I did not find it. The Marais, which spans the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, has a rich history in Paris: It is home to the city's historic Jewish Quarter (pletzl) and serves as the heartbeat of the city's vibrant LGBT community.


In the live setting, you'll also find stunning Hôtel Particulier (old school mansions), numerous medieval sites and landmarks, several high-end and designer boutiques, and many of the city's most famous museums. Including the Picasso Museum.


14. Find a Vintage Treasure at the Flea Market of Clignancourt / St Ouen

It's easy to get overwhelmed by this flea market in Paris. After all, the 150-year-old flywheel - literally "fleas" - is among the largest in the world. But with a bit of concentration and perseverance, you can find a treasure in the maze of stalls, whether you're hunting for antique silver cutlery or vintage Chanel couture. The square is located on the northern edge of Paris, where the 18th arrondissement meets the suburb of St. Ouen.


The easiest way to get there? Take Metro Line 4 to "Porte de Clignancourt" and follow the signs on the market. You can also take line 13 to the Porte de St Ouen station (and the "steering wheel" section, which stretches into the suburbs).


13. Shop (or shop window) on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

Suppose you want to shop like a Parisian high-roller or pretend to head to Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and the surrounding neighborhood. Adhering to the 1st and 8th arrondissements (districts), the street is lined with the biggest names in fashion and luxury, ranging from old school couture labels such as Goyard, Hermès, Gucci, and Prada, as well as coveted houses and designers' contemporaries (Apostrophe June Ashida). You can also find custom perfumes, high-end jewelry, pastries, and even excellent old-world, good luggage. It is no wonder it is included in our guide to the best shopping districts in the French capital.


12. Contemporary Art See World-Class at the Louis Vuitton Foundation

This stunning newly designed foundation by Frank Gehry offers world-class contemporary art performances. It is one of the unique additions to the Parisian skyline in recent years. Collection houses are owned by Bernard Arnault, President and CEO of LVMH. You will see everything from giant paintings to Gerhard Richter's interactive installations by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson. Afterward, they have a picnic or a walk in the vast park and wood known as the Bois de Boulogne.


11. Admire Sculptures at the Rodin Museum

In a romantic setting at the Musée Rodin, a great sculptor's studio was completely renovated and reopened to visitors in November 2015. Set in an 18th-century mansion, the museum is home to more than 6,000 works by Rodin, including "The Thinker "And" The Kiss. " There are also 15 sculptures in the permanent collection by French sculptor Camille Claudel, another master.


After seeing the sculptures, admire the vast collection of drawings and molds cast on the screen. The lush grounds are home to a rose garden, cafe, and fountains. Several emblematic sculptures from Rodin thanks to parks, including "Orpheus" and bronze studies for "the merchants of Calais."


10. Take a walk through the Père Lachaise

Paris counts within its walls many of the most poetic cemeteries in the world, but Père-Lachaise - all outdo. Countless famous figures are buried here: the most popular being the Lead Doors singer Jim Morrison, whose grave is constantly watched by fans. French playwrights Molière, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, and Richard Wright are just a few. On a sunny day, climbing to the top of the cemetery and looking down on the generously projected crypts can be surprisingly joyful.


9. Take a boat on the river Seine

Seeing some of the most beautiful sites in Paris slides past you as you dive into the Seine River is an unforgettable and essential experience. Companies such as Bateaux-Mouches and Bateaux Parisiens offer one-hour excursions from the Seine for around 10 euros. You can hop past Notre Dame or the Eiffel Tower. Go at night to enjoy the glittering play of light on the water, and dress in the warm wind of the Seine can be cold. You can also take tours of some of the canals and waterways in Paris, which will allow you to see a semi-hidden part of the city of light.


8. Explore the Sacré Coeur and Montmartre

With an unmistakable white dome that some compare to a meringue crowning the city, the Coeursits Sacré is at the highest point of Paris on the mound of Montmartre or Butte. Consecrated in 1909, this basilica is best known for its gleaming gold mosaic interiors and dramatic terraces. You can expect views of Paris on a clear day.


Take the funicular with a metro ticket and stop at the Sacré Coeur before exploring the winding, similar village streets of Montmartre. And after expending all your energy up the formidable Montmartre hills and stairs, consider spending an evening at a traditional Parisian cabaret, such as the legendary Moulin Rouge or the ultra-folksy Au Lapin Agile.


7. Visit the Pompidou Center and the Beaubourg neighborhood

Parisians consider the Georges Pompidou Center to be the city's cultural pulse. This modern art museum and cultural center, located in the neighborhood affectionately called Beaubourg by locals, opened in 1977 to honor President Georges Pompidou.


The Centre's signature skeletal design, which evokes bones and blood vessels, is either loved or reviled — not in intermediaries. Suppose Wacky design is not a cup of tea. In that case, the permanent collection at the National Museum of Modern Art is a must and has works by Modigliani and Matisse. Rooftop views of the city are also in order.


6. Marvel at the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees

The 164-foot Arc de Triomphe commanded by Emperor Napoleon I, does precisely what it was meant to do: Awaken pure military power and triumph. It was built in an age when leaders erected monuments in their honor and reduced them to their egos. Beautiful sculptures and bas-reliefs His arch commemorates Napoleon's generals and soldiers. Visit the Arc de Triomphe to start or culminate a walk down the equally grand Avenue des Champs-Elysées. I can't help but feel great about you.


5. Walk around the Sorbonne and the Latin Quarter

The Sorbonne University is the historical soul of the Latin Quarter, where higher learning has flourished for centuries. Founded in 1257 by a small group of theological students, the Sorbonne is one of the oldest universities in Europe. It has hosted countless great thinkers, including philosophers René Descartes, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir. Enjoy a drink on the cafe terrace in front of the college before exploring the winding little streets of the Latin Quarter behind it.


4. See the Stunning Impressionist article at the Musée d’Orsay

Walk across the bridge from the Louvre to the Musee d’Orsay and witness a bridge and the figurative between classical and modern art. Home to the world's most extensive collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings, the light of the Musée d'Orsay and airy rooms are wailing you through three floors of modern wonders, from ethereal dancers Degas to Monet's water lilies, all the way to the green jungles of Gauguin his. Important works by Van Gogh, Delacroix, Manet, and others await you.


3. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower

More than any other landmark, the Eiffel Tower has represented an elegant and contemporary Parisian city, but this has not always been the case. The Iron Tower, built for the 1889 Gustave Eiffel World's Fair, was wildly unpopular with Parisians when unveiled and nearly demolished.


It has attracted over 220 million visitors, and it would be hard to imagine Paris now without it. The tower crowns the night sky of Paris with festive light, and a storm flashes every hour. It has also recently entered the firm twenty-first century, modernized with solar panels and glass observation decks on the floor, to the delight of some and the vertigo of others. Cliché? Yes, maybe. But essential.


2. See Notre Dame Cathedral, a Gothic Marvel

No first trip to Paris is complete without visiting this marvel of Gothic architecture, dating from the 12th century. One of the most beautiful and outstanding cathedrals in Europe, the dramatic towers, spires, glass, and stained glass statues of Notre Dame Cathedral are guaranteed to take your breath away.


Witness the first hand on the spot, which was once the heartbeat of medieval Paris, and which took over 100 years of hard work to complete—climbing the north tower to see Paris from the Hunchback Vantage Quasimodo. You will immediately understand why Notre Dame is one of the top attractions in Paris.


1. Visit the Louvre Museum and the Old Palace

It may take half a lifetime to find the Louvre inside and out. However, it has to start somewhere. The world's largest and most diverse collection site of pre-20th-century painting, sculpture, and decorative objects, the Louvre is a worldwide tourist drawcard. Don't forget the Mona Lisa and Venus from Milo; make sure to visit the less crowded wings to warm up in the works of Vermeer, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and countless others. The centuries-old palace itself is a testament to a rich history that stretches from the medieval period to the present.


Unusual things to do in Paris

Flea markets in Paris attract the attention of many tourists. If you find yourself in the capital of France on a day off, then visit the Porte de Vanves market, located not far from the metro station of the same name. There are many locals here, few tourists, and prices are lower than in the "hyped" market in Clignancourt. If you like such places, we advise you to book a tour and, together with a Russian-speaking guide, visit the atmospheric flea markets of the suburbs of Paris, where you can excitingly hunt for unique gizmos; for more information, follow the link.


Things you can do in Paris for free

If you want to see the honest Paris and Parisians, go to the markets. The excellent morning starts right there. Markets are the essence of tastes and smell, the very heart of the city and people: in the markets, they meet and exchange news, discuss political news and complain about the government. And you can also eat delicious food in the markets, cheaper than in cafes and restaurants, for example, fresh oysters with champagne, pancakes with maple syrup or chocolate.


The most picturesque park in Paris, Buttes-Chaumont (Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, 1 Rue Botzaris), on a vast territory of 25 hectares, you can run, lie on the grass with a book or have a picnic on the lake with friends. In the middle of the lake rises a 50-meter rock with an elegant Belvedere Sibyl rotunda. If you are not afraid of heights, feel free to climb up, a fantastic view will be a reward for daredevils! And in the park, there is the only waterfall in Paris.



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Saint Barths, officially known as Saint Barthelemy, is a French Caribbean island with white sand beaches and a popular winter getaway for the rich and famous. Surrounded by a harbor filled with yachts, Gustavia's capital has high-end restaurants and historic landmarks such as the Wall House, whose exhibits highlight the island's Swedish colonial era. 


Best hotels on Saint Barths


Many consider Saint Barths to be the winter equivalent of Saint Tropez, so it's no surprise that many of the famous restaurants and hotels on the Côte d'Azur also have branches on this Caribbean island. Bemorepanda has ranked the best hotels on the island in the top 10 hotels and resorts in Saint Barth. Without exception, they cater to an upscale clientele that has loved the island since the 1960s. From private resorts with pool villas and breathtaking ocean views to popular design hotels and celebrity hideouts.


10. Hotel Villa Marie Saint Barth

You can walk to the beach in just 17 minutes. Offering a spa center and fitness centre, Villa Marie Saint Barth is located in Gustavia, 29 km from Saint Martin. It features an outdoor pool, restaurant and bar. It offers free WiFi and free private parking on site.


All rooms are equipped with a TV. Some rooms have a seating area. All rooms have a terrace or patio. It has a private bathroom. Bathrobes, free toiletries and a hairdryer are provided.


The property offers a free shuttle service. Saint Barthélemy Airport is 2 km away. Couples especially like the location.


9. Hotel Barriere Le Carl Gustaf St Barth

With the onset of winter 2022, Le Carl Gustaf will enter a new chapter in the life of the hotel: it will open its doors after a redesign and acquire the prefix, Barriere, testifying to belonging to a group known for luxury hotels. The updated design was worked on by the architectural bureau Gilles & Bossier, who has portfolios for the Four Seasons, The Ritz-Carlton, and Baccara. Twenty-three rooms and suites in cottages and villas with pools, surrounded by a shady garden, are located near Shell Beach. Here, on the beach, there is the Le Shellona restaurant, which serves fish, seafood, and fruits in various forms. Another restaurant, Fouquet’s, run by three-Michelin-starred Pierre Gagnère, specializes in French-inspired dishes.


8. Hotel Manapany

You can walk to the beach in just 8 minutes. Hotel Manapany is located in Gustavia. Features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar and garden. The hotel can book family rooms. There is a children's playground on site. The reception is open 24/7. Guests can book an airport shuttle. Room service is available upon request. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas of the hotel.


All rooms have a wardrobe. All rooms at Manapany Hotel have a private bathroom with bathrobes, a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. Some rooms have a seating area. The rooms are equipped with a desk and a coffee machine.


A continental or buffet breakfast is served in the morning.


Guests of Manapany Hotel can relax on the terrace.


The hotel is 37 km from Saint Martin and 31 km from Grand Case.


7. Hotel Christopher Saint Barth

Christopher Saint Barth is located in a secluded oasis, 5 km from Saint Barthélemy Airport. It features a gym, Sisley Spa and a large infinity pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and free valet parking.


The hotel offers bright, airy rooms and suites with ocean views. Rooms and suites are equipped with satellite TV, an iPod docking station and a CD player. Other amenities include a minibar, safe and Nespresso coffee machine. The private bathroom comes with a hairdryer, bathrobes and a welcome pack with slippers.


The hotel's on-site restaurant serves dishes from Chef Arnaud Fay, who has been awarded 2 Michelin stars and Meilleur Ouvrier de France ("Best Master of France"). Inspired by the French Riviera, guests will feel like they are in the south of France at the restaurant, enjoying the warm sun on their skin, the salty breeze in their hair and the leisurely passing of time in this sunny paradise, unique features of this amazing place.


The reception is open 24/7. Guests can rent a car. A free airport shuttle can be arranged upon request.


Couples especially like the location.


6. Rosewood Le Guanahani

The ultramodern Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Ideally located on an 18-acre private peninsula overlooking Marigot Bay, Barth is considered one of the most iconic in the world.


It offers 66 rooms, suites, and villas with bright design elements and private pools, restaurants and bars, two private beaches, a swimming pool, a kids club, a fitness studio, a tennis court, and a spa center.


The hotel is surrounded by two beautiful beaches, including a reef-protected lagoon, just a few minutes' walk from the vibrant city center.


5. Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa

Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa is located in Gustavia, 35 km from Saint Martin, which can be reached by boat. It features a restaurant, a private beach area, and water sports facilities.


It offers air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV, a coffee machine and a private bathroom. Bathrobes, slippers, and free toiletries are provided.


Guests can take advantage of the 24-hour front desk, babysitting, free airport shuttle, and on-site shops.


The hotel also provides car rental services. The surrounding area is popular for horseback riding and snorkeling. Saint Barthélemy Airport is 5 km away.


Couples especially like the location.


4. Le Sereno

You can walk to the beach in just 8 minutes. The comfortable Hotel Le Sereno is located on the beach in the Grande Sul de Sac area. The hotel offers breathtaking panoramic views of the bay. Guests have access to the outdoor pool, bar and spa.


Luxurious, spacious suites are well-equipped and decorated in a contemporary style with stunning views. The suite features a large wooden terrace with sun loungers. Some villas also have a private pool. The living and dining areas are located in the shade, directly above the water. The rate includes breakfast for 2 people.


All sea-view rooms feature four-poster beds, a desk, a dining table and chairs, beautiful mirrors by designer Christian Liagre, and other furnishings specially designed for Le Sereno. The full-size bathrooms feature exotic woods, granite sinks, deep soaking tubs and separate showers that open onto a private sun terrace. Bathrobes and a hairdryer are provided.


Other amenities include a safe, minibar, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, iPod with docking station, DVD player, direct dial telephone, free high-speed Wi-Fi and a Nespresso coffee machine on request.


Le Sereno has a restaurant. Guests can also make use of the laundry service. Free activities such as snorkeling and canoeing are available at the hotel and nearby. Guests are offered free beach bags and beach shoes.


3. Eden Rock

The hotel is a symbol of the island, it is included in the top 100 best on the planet. It was built by Remy de Haenen, a smuggler and the first mayor of the island's capital, who opened St. Barthelemy to the world. Once a six-room villa, today it has turned into a complex of 34 bungalows, one of which, by the way, was regularly rented by Cameron Diaz. In addition to her, Beyoncé, Brad Pitt, and Elton John rested here. And at the Rock Stars villa with a recording studio, the songs of The Beatles were born. Since 1995, Eden Rock has been owned by the family of Pippa Middleton's husband. The hotel opens at the end of November after a two-year renovation, offering new apartments and traditional art exhibitions within the complex. And the Sand Bar - a restaurant on the beach where Jean-Georges, the head of the New York ABC, ABCV, and JoJo, conjures - will become even larger after the reconstruction.


2. Cheval Blanc St Barth

The boutique hotel consists of nine suites, bungalows, and villas set in tropical gardens. 


Jacques Grange ended in a short time and brought an island atmosphere to the design of the rooms: they are all in snow-white and turquoise tones, with furniture

light wood, decorated with fabrics with a floral pattern. Children are adored at the hotel, and a maximum of services are provided for them - from bathrobes and slippers to individual menus and wellness programs. The spa is impressive with exclusive Guerlain offers and maternity treatments. And the hit of the excursion hotel program is going out to sea on a 21-meter yacht with a personal butler.


And from December 2019, the cuisine of the La Case restaurant will be headed by the famous chef Jean Imbert. When creating the restaurant's menu, he drew inspiration from the beauty of the Caribbean Sea and the art of living in the tropics. Jean Imbert's dishes are juicy meats with local spices, seasonal vegetables and fish with original sauces, and fruit and chocolate are the basis for many of his desserts. The refined interior of the restaurant was designed by Jacques Grange with an exclusive collection of dishes from Dior, the location of La Case on Flamands beach has made the restaurant a point of attraction for hotel guests.


1. Hotel Le Toiny

Hotel Le Toiny is an excellent choice for guests of Toiny, with an upmarket atmosphere and many helpful services to make your stay a pleasure.


Guest rooms offer a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, and a minibar, and guests can go online with the free Wi-Fi offered by the hotel.


Hotel Le Toiny features a 24-hour front desk, room service, and a concierge, to help make your visit even more pleasant. It also features a swimming pool and a free breakfast. If you are driving to Hotel Le Toiny, free parking is available.


The secluded beachfront complex consists of villas, each with magnificent ocean views and a private pool. It features a gourmet restaurant, fitness center, and spa.


Villas at Le Toiny feature modern décor and seating and dining areas, as well as a furnished patio. It comes with a flat-screen TV, wardrobe and wooden floors.


Le Toiny's restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine.


Toini Beach with a beach club and surfing facilities is only a few meters away. Guests can rent boards and snorkeling equipment. Hiking trails pass nearby. The hotel has a jewelry boutique.


Gustavia, the capital of Saint Barthélemy, with shops and sights, is 8 km away. The island's international airport is a 15-minute drive.



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It's the time of year again when we start thinking about those beautiful summer days on the beach. If you dream of a holiday in a seaside town, these places offer something for everyone, whether you want to enjoy an idyllic stretch of sand and solitude or enjoy a series of fun, along with the chance to spend a day at the shore.


Top Beaches in the USA


21. Chincoteague, Virginia

This serene tiny island off the coast of Virginia has been made famous by a children's book. Still, travelers of all ages will want to check out this beach town to see wild ponies and enjoy access to Assateague Island. 37 miles long. The National Coast. In addition to being home to wild ponies, you will find foxes and a bird-watching refuge with over 320 species of birds, including herds and woodpeckers. Every year at the end of July, the ponies are rounded to swim on the canal, one of the most unforgettable tourist attractions to experience. You can also enjoy filling with fried seafood baskets such as shrimp, deer, and flames at Chincoteague Diner after a day of playing on the beach.


20. Long Beach, Washington

In southwest Washington, not far from the Oregon border, where the Columbia River empties into the Pacific, the Long Beach Peninsula offers plenty of fun for almost everyone and lots of seafood and colorful shops. In addition to 25 miles of beautiful public beaches and state parks, the area is home to a new national park, two historic lighthouses, cranberry ponds, and oyster farms. Long Beach's charming streets are lined with entertainment, including a carousel and carnival rides, game rooms, bike rental shops, unique museums, candy stores, and various oyster burger dining options. And fried potatoes to luxury meals offered by the Northwest cuisine region. Long Beach is also world-renowned for hosting the annual Kite Festival and the Kite Museum.


19. Provincetown, Massachusetts

Provincetown, located at the far end of Cape Cod, in an intensely beautiful setting, including vast scenes and over 30 miles of beaches, is known for its photo welcome for people of all kinds. Enjoy the quiet beach of Herring Cove, stroll through the sands of Race Point Beach and explore the colorful downtown area, from all types of seafood and fudge shops to art galleries. Grand mansions, fine restaurants, bookstores, and coffee houses. It is also a great place to watch whales. Keep in mind that this is not a place for conservatives, as you will be forced to see a lot of same-sex public posters. On the other hand, an open mind will enjoy many beautiful people.


18. Pescadero, California

Located between Santa Cruz and San Francisco, this charming coastal rolling town is home to less than 700 residents and makes f perfect weekend getaway for S.F. The inhabitants of the Gulf area, with its clean, clean air and impeccable, uncrowded beaches. Visit the Ano Nuevo State Park, known as the home of the elephant seals that use the dunes here to rest and mate, as well as the multitude of beautiful beaches in both directions where you can explore the tidal pools full of all kinds of sea creatures. . Enjoy bike trails and off-road hikes through the majestic axes of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and head to the many colorful shops and restaurants in downtown Pescadero. Don't miss Pie Ranch, a sustainable, slice-shaped pie farm that offers a farm stand with fresh produce and seasonal pies, and picnic tables.


17. Corolla, North Carolina

Corolla, the northernmost city on the outer shores, is known for its wide, clean, sandy beaches that lean slightly toward the Atlantic and wild horses. These mustang ponies are descended from Equidae brought here by Spanish explorers more than 500 years ago. Take an off-road safari tour in a caravan or try to find them yourself. In the Mecca of this fisherman, you can also enjoy excellent fishing and participate in various water sports, including kayaking, jet-skiing, and surfing. You will find several local golf courses, hiking trails, and great seafood restaurants on land. Although it lacks "super-stores," shopping enthusiasts are sure to enjoy the interesting local shops.


16. Kennebunkport, Maine

Most people associate this beach town of Maine with shopping and restaurants in Dock Square, known for its colorful dishes, such as the legendary lobster at Mabel's Lobster Claw Restaurant, but the real point of a visit to Kennebunkport is driving on the country roads and looking for piled lobster traps: high Cape Porpoise, the small strip of sand at Goose Rocks Beach. The lucky 1,200 people living in the area know that it is one of the true treasures of Maine. While you’re here, you can enjoy one of the best meals in all of England, at The White Barn, west, across the river, on neighboring Kennebunk Beach, serving an incredible four-course menu.


15. Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Florida

Fernandina Beach, a small town on Amelia Island, a barrier island off the north coast of Florida, has been charming to visitors for nearly 500 years. It offers a lively culture on the beach, the charm of the seaside, and a history of the city center, with a booming scene. It is also home to Fort Clinch State Park, the largest natural area on the island, with 8,400 meters along the banks of the Amelia River and 4,000 meters along the Atlantic coast. The dunes are perfect for a walk, and you will also find a half-mile-long pier for fishing and spectacular waterfront views. The brick fortress itself is one of the best-preserved 19th-century fort fortifications in the nation. Visitors can sit on the outer walls and enjoy Cumberland Sound and the Atlantic coast's more breathtaking views.


14. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Carmel-by-the-Sea, a colony of former Monterey Bay artists, maybe the ideal beach town for romance. Enjoy the fiery sounds of the waves crashing on the rocks, walk with your loved one through a seal along the shore, and pamper yourself in one of the many wine-tasting places in the city center. You’ll also find various romantic restaurants with gourmet cuisine and ocean views and high-end shops and jewelry stores such as Tiffany & Co. A wide range of accommodation options perfect for setting the scene for romance awaits, including L'Auberge Carmel-style castle and Mission Ranch, an old dairy farm rescued by developers of the city's most famous former mayor, Clint Eastwood.


13. Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington

Friday Harbor, the county seat of San Juan Islands, just a ferry ride from Washington State, is an ideal getaway for those who prefer cooler summers (high weather in the 70s), are active, and enjoy an abundance of animals. wWild Several beaches can be found throughout the island, including Jackson Beach, just two miles from the ferry landing, providing access to the calm waters of Griffin Bay. Visitors can also rent a bicycle or a moped and explore the city center full of galleries, ride a kayak around the waters or take a whale-watching cruise for a chance to see local killer whales and other marine life. Otters are hungry, and seals are. You will also find several exceptional restaurants offering gourmet cuisine at the table. The Place offers fresh local seafood, including fried oysters from the neighboring island of Orcas, with fantastic views of the ferries coming and going from the harbor.


12. Bandon, Oregon

The spectacular beauty of Oregon's Bandon Seashore draws visitors to the mid-19th century, some of whom decide never to leave. This tiny town on the south coast of Oregon is a quintessential seaside destination with bald birds, precipices, geese, and bald eagles sitting in a clean swamp just east of the city. At the same time, puffins, dead, and cormorants frequent the ocean only at sea. Shell Point. Gray whales migrate along with the shower, and killer whales are sometimes seen in the estuary. The old town of Bandon is full of restaurants, galleries, boutiques, and bookstores, while the beachfront apartments just south of the city are ideal for the beach.


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11. Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz is the perfect beach town for those who want a lot of excitement, along with time in the sun and sand. Adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts will find virtually an endless number of attractions, including hiking in Henry Cowell State Park, just a few miles from the city, sailing to Pleasure Point, kayaking, and beach boarding on Santa Cruz's main beach, and horseback riding. With emotions like the Giant. Dipper roller coaster at Beach Boardwalk. The Santa Cruz Pier is ideal for watching sea lions in the water, shopping for beachwear, and enjoying fresh seafood at any number of restaurants while enjoying beautiful views of the ocean.


10. Lahaina, Hawaii

This former whaling village on the west side of Maui is a place where the island's kings hung in the 19th century. It offers historic charm with colonial-style buildings that proudly display their date of origin. Take a walking tour to visit many of its landmarks, such as the local prison, built-in 1853 to block delinquent sailors. The surrounding streets are lined with art galleries, cafes, and trinket shops. It is also a great place to watch whales from December to May and for a picnic at any time of the year, especially under the epic banyan tree of the city, which darkens almost an acre in its park. Kaanapali Beach offers an ideal stretch of three miles of white sands at the edge of the crystal clear azure waters just a few kilometers north.


9. Newport, Oregon

NOnthe central coast of Oregon, Newport s a beautiful beach town for families. It is home to many child-friendly attractions, such as the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Hatfield Marine Science Center along the bay. You can also watch sea lions and spend time on idyllic sandy beaches building sandcastles, flying kites, and other everyday beach activities. They'll love literary types here, too, with a bookstore on almost every block in the Beach'swaterfront district; While you're at it, you won't want to visit Yaquina Head, Oregon's tallest and oldest active lighthouse. The 93-meter-high lighthouse was completed in 1872, built in a natural area created by the lava flow 14 million years ago.


8. Beaufort, South Carolina

This friendly town next to Hilton Head on Port Royal Island is famous for its historic pre-war architecture and water-soaked local cuisine. It offers a perfect combination of southern charm and urban sophistication and an excellent base for exploring the surrounding natural surroundings, such as Hunting Island, a 5,000-acre state park with over three miles of unaltered beach, known as one of the most more attractive sands. In the state. Enjoy leisurely walks with the fragrant winds of Mandevilla as you walk the slower pace of life in Beaufort. The lively center boasts bookstores, art galleries, antiques, and restaurants with classic Lowcountry cuisine, including thick and spicy gums.


7. Tybee Island, Georgia

Tybee Island has been named the perfect beach town with plenty of white sand and great seafood dishes, including Crab Shack, which claims to be the "barefoot elite" spot, and North Beach Bar & Grill, with its delicious shrimp and crab cakes. Visitors can also take tours to see resident dolphins and explore two military forts. One of the best ways to explore the island is to rent a beach cruise at Fat Tire Bike Rentals and take a free cruise. Check out the 239-year-old Tybee Lighthouse and head to the historic McQueen Island plateau. If you visit in the fall, don't miss the annual Pirate Fest, an event held every Columbus Day weekend that brings pirate enthusiasts from across the nation.


6. Ogunquit, Maine

Ogunquit translates to a beautiful place by the sea and just happens to be known as the home of the most beautiful beach in the south of Maine. In summer, locals and visitors plan their day according to the tide. Between the high seas and the low tide as the current of the Ogunquit River flows into the Atlantic, people are heading for the stretch of flat sand that rolls along the river, carrying a range of floating devices such as inner tubes and rafts. The city is also known as the birthplace of the summer stock theater, with the Ogunquit Playhouse still thriving after more than 80 years. No matter where you are, you will be within easy walking distance of the beach, classic seafood boats, and boutique items made by local artisans.


5. Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May is an ideal destination for both families and those looking for a romantic getaway, with its charming host, horse-drawn carriages, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Throughout the year, you can find entertainment, art shows, boating, visit the zoo, taste a craft beer at local breweries, take a self-guided wine tour or spend some time at the arcades on the promenade. It offers beach resorts, romantic inns and family hotels, and great shopping at Washington Street Mall.


4. Carpinteria, California

The southernmost town in Santa Barbara offers exceptional quality beaches in Southern California, a relaxed pace, mild weather all year round, and a wide sandy beach with waves of beginners, perfect for learning on board. While it may be foggy in the morning, it can be an ideal time to enjoy the delights of Linden Avenue, shaded by palm trees and lined with cafes, galleries, and clothing stores. Enjoy breakfast at Esau, famous for its fantastic chili Relleno omelet, and when it's time for lunch, stop for a burger at The Spot. This eclectic, art-filled city is one of the few beach communities in California that hasn't lost its original flavor.


3. Haleiwa, Hawaii

This northern shore town of Oahu is the Hawaii you had in mind, with clean beaches, white sand, palm trees, and perfect surfing. It is also the social and artistic center of the area and has long been known as a surfer's paradise, with great waves and a relaxed and laid-back attitude. The waves certainly do not disappoint - surfers and spectators gather here for the exciting daily water show from October to April. Whether you are an expert or a beginner, Haleiwa has waves for you. The town is full of local style, excellent surf shops, boutiques, art galleries, and charming restaurants.


2. Treasure Island, Florida

While Treasure Island used to be a treasure hunt, today, this island on the Florida Gulf Coast, near St. Petersburg, is known for its three miles of green, white-sand beaches. The barrier island offers an ideal beach getaway for swimming, snorkeling, parasailing, running on the beach, and just walking backward and watching the sun sink under the water's edge. During the summer, on the first and third Saturdays of June, July, and August, the city sponsors a sunset festival with street performers, artisans, and live music. Try to ring the steel drum and watch the magicians and fire eaters, leading to the grand finale: a glorious sunset.


1. Bar Harbor, Maine

Situated on Desert Island Mountain, at the gateway to Acadia National Park, this historic city still retains its Victorian splendor of days gone by. It is full of Victorian mansions transformed into elegant restaurants and romantic guesthouses. The downtown area is particularly crowded with walks and bikes. It has been voted the best beach town for cyclists by Smarter Travel. Cycling enthusiasts will love the miles of trails in nearby Acadia National Park, with over 40 miles of unique transportation routes ranging from easy to challenging. Bar Harbor even offers free rides in the park for you and your bike.


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