This beautiful island of mountains, forests, historical sites and of course the beaches shares a part of the history of this country.
It is impossible to see everything that this island has to offer. However, we are going to share with you some of the most iconic spots in St. Lucia!
Iconic Spot #1: The Pitons
The Pitons are two iconic volcanoes. Each volcano has its name: Gros Piton and Petite Piton. You can hike to explore these volcanos or sail around them. Either way, you can enjoy the beauty that they offer the island.
Iconic Spot #2: Pigeon Island
Pigeon Island is another top spot for you to visit especially if you love history and nature. What makes Pigeon Island a popular place is that it is known for pirates. The infamous pirate, Jamb de Bois, created a camp there to ambush Spanish trade ships. You can hike around the ruins and visit Fort Rodney. This is a spot that you’ll never forget. Pigeon Island is a National Park of Saint Lucia. You can go snorkeling, sailing, and diving off the shores, too.
Iconic Spot #3: Soufrière
Soufrière is one of the most well-known spots in St. Lucia. Explore the town square. Immerse yourself in the local culture of Saint Lucia. Experience some of the natural wonders of the islands. The Saint Lucia Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens is also here. Some visitors use Soufrière as a starting point to hike out to Toraille.
The best way for you to explore the iconic spots here is to ask a local.
They are knowledgeable about some hidden gems, too.
Let’s get this unforgettable trip planned together and make sure that you see everything that you want to.
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A visit to Costa Rica would simply be incomplete without taking the time to appreciate its thriving and unique cultural scene. Artists have long been inspired by Costa Rica’s beauty and vibrant culture, using its natural resources for inspiration and, occasionally, instrument.
If you like both art and adventure, check out the list below. Some places are off the beaten path and some are right in the heart of the city, but all of them are unforgettable.
The Museum of Stone Spheres
The Museum of Stone Spheres, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Diquís Delta, is home to more than 300 stone sculptures. Colloquially known as “Las Bolas”, these spheres – much like Stonehenge – are of nebulous origin and purpose, though archaeologists have dated them back to about the year 600. Their mysterious nature and historical significance have even inspired modern art.
The town of Sarchí is world-renowned for its woodwork, leather shops, and ceramics. Located at the base of the Central Valley Mountain Range, Sarchí is also famous for its oxcarts – brightly-painted, beautifully decorated symbols of Costa Rican tradition. The oxcarts line the shop-lined streets, where you can purchase and admire any manner of artisanal crafts and furniture.
This downtown San José gallery specializes in fair trade and indigenous art of Central America. It features hundreds of unique and exceptional pieces, from tribal masks to pottery. Namu prides itself on its mission statement – “to respect and celebrate the permanence and legacy of the first people” of Central America – and its commitment to paying artists quickly and fairly. They also have an online shop with both original and replicate items.
The Monte Azul Boutique Hotel preserve sits at the base of Chirripó, Costa Rica’s highest mountain, and is surrounded by 125 acres of lush rainforest. Its living spaces are expertly and beautifully curated by the hotel’s artist-in-residence. Between the stunning natural environment and the luxurious and expansive accommodations, Monte Azul is truly an inspired experience.
The Museum of Costa Rican Art
An old airport in San José’s La Sabana Park is now the Costa Rican Art Museum, which features sculptures, paintings, photographs, and more. The museum hosts the works of Costa Rica’s most famous artist, Francisco Amighetti, a surrealist who specialized in showing the daily life of Costa Ricans.
Plan before you go: the museum offers complimentary admission on Sundays and is closed on Mondays.
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Paris is sweet on the eye, sweet on the romance and sweet on the palette. It is a sugar lovers dream and the only problem you’ll have when it comes the delectible French deserts is which one to choose. To help you navigate that yummy last course we’ve broken down the top 10 must try deserts for your visit to France. And if you have to eat more than one a day just to get through them? Well, c’est la vie!
10 Sweet Treats to Eat While Visiting Paris
The Tartes Aux Fruits – The tartes aux fruits are prepared with fresh fruit inside a buttery pastry. The fruit sit atop a heavenly Chantilly cream. You can enjoy these tartes in both miniature and pie sizes.
The Éclair – The éclair is a popular dessert in Paris. The long French choux pastry can be filled with either a rich custard or pastry cream, and topped with a sweet fondant. By definition, the term éclair means lightning in French. Go figure!
The Paris Brest – This pastry was created to celebrate the Paris to Brest bicycle ride in 1891. Naturally, its circular and contains praline flavored crème and choux pastry.
Macaron – Macarons are undeniably delectable. There are so many flavors to choose from. The base ingredients include an airy meringue and almonds. Be sure to not confuse with coconut macaroons, in which the English added the -oon to the word in the 16th century.
The Tarte Au Citron – Tarte Au Citron also known as the lemon tart are also very popular. Donning a pastry crust and delicious lemon filling. The filling, however, is not made with fruit. The cream is a mixture containing lemon juice, lemon zest and of course, eggs and sugar.
The Mille Feuille – This fluffy treat comes in a vanilla or custard slice and is comprised of several layers of puff pastry. Between the puff pastry lies an additional two layers of pastry crème. Another name for the Mille Feuill is the Napoleon.
The Tarte Tatin – Named after the hotel that serves the dessert (Hotel Tatin), the tarte Tatin is a unique upside-down pastry. Its ingredients include caramelized fruit prepared with sugar and butter. It pairs famously with a bit of tart crème fraiche.
The Choux à La Crème – These cream puffs are created using puff pastry as well. They swell while cooking and are actually hollow. The oozing center can be either whipped cream or custard. Interestingly enough, once you add chocolate as your topping, it then becomes a profiterole. There are various different toppings you can add to this pastry, from ice cream to fruit and even spun caramel.
Croissant – This buttery flaky wonder is a signature French pastry. There are so many ways to top it; you can use fruit, chocolate, fondant or a compote of your choosing. You will not be disappointed.
The Petits Four – Translated, petit four means small oven, and are also known as mignardises. The fours are miniature bite-sized confections that can also be savory if you choose. The sweet route includes a sugary glaze atop a crispy biscuit. These pastries are perfect for tea parties.
Why not try them ALL!
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Yes, Cuba may look like a small island on the map, there are so many places that you can visit during your stay that offer you different activities to do.
You will not be disappointed, I promise!
Each city has its own things that must be seen, has its own history to tell that you just have to see for yourself and its own little subcultures.
Let’s dive into what you can in La Havana and Santiago de Cuba during your visit to Cuba.
Of course, when you think about Cuba La Havana or Havana comes to mind or the Camila Cabello song. You will most likely land here. It’s a great place to get acquainted with the culture firsthand, get a feel for the country and walk around to see old buildings mixed with newer buildings. It is definitely a unique site for you to see.
Some recommendations of what you can do in La Havana are: go for a tour in a vintage car around the city, visit some museums such as the Museo de la Revolucion, do a sunset walk on El Malecon, and do some people watching of the locals.
One of the best things to do in Havana is to attend the ceremony of “el cañonazo de las nueve”. This ceremony takes place each night at 9 pm, in the fortress of La Cabaña, which was completed by 1774 and made Havana the most fortified city in the “new world”. It does cost a fee to be a part of this, but it includes a drink as well. Something you definitely won’t want to miss.
Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba is the second largest city in Cuba and you can experience a true Caribbean atmosphere here. It is also one a very HOT location and can be known for being a shady part of Cuba. This has caused a lot of people to dash out of there quickly. However, it does have its appeal as well. Santiago de Cuba is a cultural hub for music, architecture, literature, and politics which makes it one of the most interesting places to visit in Cuba.
There are many things that you can do in Santiago and right outside the city too. The Parque Céspedes is a must see place because it is lively, full of musical talent, and surrounded by historic buildings and museums.
One of the nicest places to visit in Cuba can be visited on a day trip from Santiago is La Gran Piedra. This is a mountain range that has cooler weather than Santiago and is the home of some old busted but still functioning coffee plantations. Here you can do a tour of the coffee plantation which is one of the must do things to do in Cuba! You will have the opportunity to taste amazing, strong, dark coffee!
You definitely don’t want to miss out on going to Cafetal la Isabelica. This is not far from La Gran Piedra and you can get the most breathtaking view of the Caribbean sea from you. You will want to have your camera ready for this!
Now, these are just two cities that you can visit in Cuba, but there are still many other towns and cities that you can go to as well!
We just wanted to give you a small taste of what is waiting for you in Cuba.
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