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Gorky Park, a must visit when in Moscow

Who would have thought that travelers will be able to visit Moscow and its numerous attractions! There was a time that traveling to Moscow was wishful thinking but when the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991, travelers from around the world were given the chance to visit and explore Moscow.

The capital of the Russian Federation, Moscow is known for its historic landmarks, grandiose architectures, and numerous attractions including Gorky Park, which is a must visit when in Moscow. The Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure often called Gorky Park, was opened in 1926, and now covers a total area of 300 acres. Named after Maxim Gorky, a Russian and Soviet writer, Gorky Park is a central park of culture and leisure, Russia’s first park of its kind. It became famous in the western world when it was described in the novel Gorky Park which later became a movie. It was also the inspiration for the song "Wind of Change" by the German Hard Rock band Scorpions; the name of a rock and roll Russian band; the title of one of the game achievements in the multiplayer shooter video game, Team Fortress 2; and was featured in the film Police Academy: Mission to Moscow. Gorky Park is just 5 kilometers away from the heart of Moscow.

The park is one of the most popular attractions in Moscow. It draws in an average of 20,000 people daily. It features a business area, an outdoor movie theater, observatory, cafes, bars, restaurants, and a greenhouse where you can buy fresh produce. It also showcases an indoor and an outdoor sports center where you can enjoy a variety of activities including handball, football, volleyball, roller blading, or cycling. And that’s not all, lessons on aerobics, dancing, and yoga is offered too. Kids will have a fantastic time in Gorky Park with its three kids' clubs where they can enjoy art classes from a master, and a number of kid-friendly activities. A large skating rink is available during winter for kids of all ages!

Gorky Park is open 24 hours and doesn’t cost a cent to enjoy. It is an excellent place to relax after hours of visiting the numerous attractions of Moscow. Consult your travel agent for more details. 

Enjoy 330 days of Sunshine at Isla Margarita, Venezuela

Visit Isla Margarita at any time of the year and enjoy the best beaches in Venezuela without having to worry about swimming amidst a heavy downpour of rain!

330 days of Sunshine is what Isla Margarita offers its visitors. The largest island in the Venezuelan state of Nueva Esparta and located off the northeastern coast of the country, Isla Margarita is divided into two peninsulas but an 18 kilometer strip of land connects the two. An island getaway for both domestic and foreign travelers, it offers the best of both worlds for everyone ranging from beaches, opulent shops, numerous dining options, and activities to experience. The Del Caribe "Santiago Mariño" International Airport located in the island is your portal to Isla Margarita. It is served by a number of domestic and international carriers.

If you are a beach lover, Isla Margarita is known for its fantastic beaches including Playa Caribe, Punta Arena Beach, Paradise Beach, Playa Zaragoza, Guacuco Beach, Playa Puerto Cruz, and Playa Pampatar, just to name a few. You can enjoy a boat ride in Laguna de la Restinga, a lagoon which features lakes and a mangrove swamp where you can view Venezuela’s wildlife, and if you are lucky enough, you might catch a glimpse of an anaconda! For history buffs, check out the Fortin de la Galera, Museo Marino de Margarita, Faro Punta Ballenas, and Castillo San Carlos de Borromeo. Don’t forget to take time out and enjoy some fantastic dishes at La Isla Restaurant, El Rancho de Pablo, La Casa de Ruben, and Mediterraneo Bluu Café.

Isla Margarita is known for providing its travelers a great time at a fraction of a cost compared to the other Caribbean islands.  You might want to make Isla Margarita your next vacation destination. 

Magic is in the Air in Sonoma, California

Begin your first day as a couple in Sonoma, California, a county that will take you the past, where you can enjoy the present, and look forward to an exciting future. Best of all, it is the perfect honeymoon destination!

The heart of California’s wine industry, Sonoma County has more than 400 wineries, 50 parks and miles of coastline. The county extends from Pacific Ocean beaches, to Redwood Forest Mountains. Sonoma County can be easily reached by land or air travel. There are four major international airports that are nearby.  

If you desire a secluded romantic getaway with a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean, you must enjoy a few days at Timber Cove which is located in a remote area in Sonoma County. Guerneville will be perfect for couples who want to be surrounded by massive redwood trees. It is also just a few minutes way from 50 wineries, where you can make a toast for your new life together. For historically inclined couples, Sonoma City is where you must be headed. It is where historic sites surround the town plaza. For nature lovers and wine enthusiasts, Kenwood is a great home base where you can enjoy in-town tasting rooms, visits to world-renowned wineries, and long walks at the Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. For couples who enjoy art and culinary experiences, the town of Valley Ford is where you can indulge in fantastic cuisines while your eyes feasts on a variety of art work. 

Sonoma has over thirty cities and town where you can enjoy the first days of your married life. Whatever appeals to you, you can be sure Sonoma County has it!  

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