5 Top Tourist Attractions in Toronto

Casa Loma 5 Top Tourist Attractions in Toronto

The Canadian city of Toronto is known for having some of the most attractive landmarks in the world. With a plethora of attractions, there is something appealing for everyone. Finding cheap flights and discounts flights to Toronto is also easy, further increasing the city’s popularity. Sites like flightnetwork.com never fail to offer affordable prices or a discounted flight ticket, allowing you to experience the best attractions. Here are five of the top tourist attractions in Toronto.

CN Tower

One of the most popular attractions in Toronto is undoubtedly the CN Tower. This tremendous tower extends to nearly 2,000 feet and serves as an observation tower. At the time of its completion in the 1970′s, it was renowned for being the tallest tower in the world. The tower caters to guests from all over the world, offering shopping, restaurants, and unbeatable views of the city.

Bell Lightbox

The Bell Lightbox is another one of Toronto’s top tourist attractions. This cultural event center is the home to Toronto’s best art festivals, film festivals, and gallery showcases. The Bell Lightbox consists of five stories and appeals to any visitor, offering five cinemas, two galleries, three learning studios, a student center, a restaurant, and a lounge. The legendary Toronto Film Festival is held here annually, in addition to a wide array of exhibitions.

Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is definitely part of Toronto’s most popular attractions. This zoo is located on over 700 acres of land and shelters over 5,000 animals. The animals featured here come from over all over the world, including Australia, Africa and the Americas. The zoo provides a wonderful family experience, allowing you to observe and interact with a diverse range of animals like leopards, tortoises, camels, apes, pandas, dragons, lizards and lions. This zoo also offers educational experiences for various age groups and high school biology class credit courses.

Casa Loma

Another top tourist attraction in Toronto is Casa Loma. This house is an incredible example of Gothic architecture and outdoor beauty. While it originally served as the residence of a Canadian soldier and financier, it now functions as a public tourist attraction. This castle contains nearly 100 rooms and includes a wine cellar, a garden room, library, conservatory, smoking room and billiards room. Casa Loma can also be booked for special occasions including weddings, film shootings, business events and birthday celebrations.

Ontario Science Centre

The fifth top tourist attraction in Toronto is the Ontario Science Centre. This science museum is famous for allowing guests to not only admire the work on display, but to also touch the pieces, allowing for an exciting and interactive experience. The displays showcased here include those related to geology, astronomy, anatomy, biology, chemistry and physics.


Clearly, Toronto has a broad range of attractions that can offer an educational and fun experience for everyone. With an abundance of cheap flights easily available, there’s no wonder why the tourist attractions in this gorgeous city are so popular. Whether you choose to visit the CN Tower, appreciate the arts at the Bell Lightbox, observe animals at the Toronto Zoo, admire the architecture at the Casa Loma, or learn something new at the Ontario Science Centre, you can be certain your family will enjoy the trip of a lifetime in Toronto.

Celebrate an Unforgettable Valentine’s Day in London

Primrose Hill Sunset Celebrate an Unforgettable Valentines Day in London

If you are in London for Valentine’s Day there are some incredible things to see and do. Here are some ideas on how you can combine sightseeing with plenty of opportunity for culture and romance.

A Morning Stroll

St James’s Park is situated next to Buckingham Palace and is one of eight Royal Parks, home to many of London’s ceremonial parades, with a rich royal history; thousands flocked here for the Queen’s recent Diamond Jubilee parade.

The flower beds surrounding the park are absolutely beautiful, combining red poppies and yellow begonias to create a beautiful collage of colour, perfect for a romantic afternoon walk. You can cross the lake’s bridge and wander through beautiful areas of low hanging trees, feeding the ducks – you might even find a photo opportunity with a Queen’s Guard.

Lunch at Heston’s

A trip to London wouldn’t be the same without sampling the food of Britain’s best chef, Heston Blumenthal, whose molecular cuisine is famous the world over. His ‘Dinner’ restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, includes a number of historical British dishes.

It’s not nearly as expensive as his ‘Fat Duck’ restaurant in Bray, with more than affordable mains at around £30-£40.

Primrose Hill for Sunset

Primrose Hill Park is one of my favourite areas of London, providing an incredible and idyllic view of London on a clear day. This beautiful park overlooks the South Bank skyline, with green trees and rolling lawns set against the London Eye and Big Ben.

You could venture down in the late afternoon and wait for sunset, treating your loved one to a champagne picnic, it’s so beautiful.

Scale the Evening Skies

The London Eye is one of the greatest icons of London, allowing you to climb the South Bank skyline and marvel at the incredible riverside view, which takes in the towering Houses of Parliament.

Couples can take a ride for as little as £22.50, or have their very own romance capsule, including a private host serving chocolates and champagne. For a real sense of luxury you can enjoy a romantic dinner as you soar into the sky.

Spectacular Show

For something really spectacular, Don Giovanni is on at the Royal Opera House, London’s most historical and spectacular home of live performance, an incredible feat of architecture and acoustics. The show’s protagonist, Don Giovanni, seduces an endless stream of women through his illusionary skills, offering a very alternative Valentine’s tale.

This post was written by Refresh Accommodation. If you are hoping to spend Valentine’s Day in London and need somewhere to stay, check out their range of fully-serviced apartments.

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An Argentinean Bucket List

Tango An Argentinean Bucket List


What is there to say about Argentina other than it’s one of the greatest South American countries I have ever explored? So much so, that after a visit to Buenos Aires, my bucket list soon changed to include almost every aspect of this extraordinary country. I guess you could say my bucket list is now somewhat themed.

Buenos Aires

I want to return to Buenos Aires and dance the local tango in Plaza Dorrego. Every time I see this dance being performed I can’t help but be mesmerised – it’s so passionate and utterly beautiful to watch. Plaza Dorrego offers more than a romantic dance or two; it’s also the home to the Feriade San Telmo (Sunday Market), with indoor and outdoor areas boasting wonderful trinkets, antiques and period attire. The outdoor market, which started in 1970, runs every Sunday between 10am and 6pm, offering every passer-by a tango show and impromptu lessons. The indoor market, however, caters for antique lovers, along with a few produce stalls (the San Telmo indoor market was primarily a produce market when it opened in 1897, until the outdoor market came on to the scene).

Valdes Peninsula

Next on my list is spotting orcas in their natural environment. Valdes Peninsula is home to some of the world’s largest marine mammals, but you need to time your visit carefully as sightings depend largely on season. However, I’m sure if I get my timing right (between September and November), I’ll be able to watch killer whales, among many other indigenous animals, such as Magellanic Penguins, in their protected natural environment. Elephant seals and sea lions can be spotted throughout the year, and when the season is right, you can take boat trips to see dolphins.

Glacier National Park and Perito Moreno Glacier

Another National Park that deserves a place on my Argentinean bucket list is Los Glaciares or Glacier National Park. Once you step into this great National Park you are surrounded by jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery; when the sun hits these ice-capped mountains, you can’t help but ask yourself why this isn’t one of the Wonders of the World.

The Perito Moreno Glacier is considered one of the most impressive tourist attractions in Argentine Patagonia, and is known to be one of only three glaciers that is currently growing in size. Its place on my bucket list is confirmed because of the chance to see a glacier ‘calving’; hearing the iceberg crack and watching it cascade into the depths of Lago Argentino (Lake Argentina), the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water, is an experience I really can’t miss.


Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is my last likely Argentine destination for two reasons: for one I have heard that this busy port is home to some fantastic wildlife, boasting scenery that includes the mighty Martial Glacier, with amazing opportunities to hike and kayak; the second being the opportunity to continue my trip into nearby Chile, another South American country I can’t stop thinking about travelling to.

As you can see, I’ve got a lot of travelling to look forward to. I hope that my newly-‘themed’ bucket list has persuaded you to embark on an Argentinean adventure and inspired you to create a bucket list of your own.

Helene Cooper of Dragoman is a keen traveller, who loves nothing more than embarking on a bigger and better adventure than the last. Argentina has always captivated her imagination and she has vowed to one day return.

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Designing Your Honeymoon on a Budget

Honeymoon destination Designing Your Honeymoon on a Budget


Every engaged couple has visions of a dream honeymoon where they can spend time together relaxing, exploring, and making memories after their wedding day is complete. Unfortunately, sometimes a couple’s budget for the trip doesn’t match up with their dreams and expectations. But don’t despair if you’ve got lofty honeymoon dreams and a more limited budget. Rather then breaking the bank before your married life together begins, we’ll look at five ways to ensure you’re getting the best value for your traveling budget. It’s going to take some research, compromise, and a little creative planning, but I’m here to tell you that you can plan a honeymoon on ANY budget!

1. Decide on Your Must-Haves

Figure out what the most important goal is for your honeymoon. Do you and your partner want to get away from it all off the beaten path? Is relaxation and pampering what you desire? Are you looking for lots of adventure and activities? Keep this goal in mind when deciding on a destination. Rather than traveling to the other side of the world for a luxury spa treatment and tropical weather, consider locations closer to home. Instead of spending your money on an exorbitant plane flight, use those dollars to indulge in your must-haves that will make your honeymoon a success.

2. Choose Cheaper Locations

There are multiple variables that can make a certain location an amazing value for the money. Think about the location’s proximity to your home and if there are direct flights from your nearest airport. East Coasters will have better luck scoring a cheap flight to the Caribbean, while West Coasters may do better going for Mexico. Heavier tourist traffic to Jamaica and Puerto Rico has made these two locations dynamite deals for honeymoons, while Mexico’s weak local currency also makes it a great choice for budget travelers.

3. Use a Travel Consultant

For stress-free, one-stop honeymoon planning, a travel agent can’t be beat. Most travel agents don’t charge any fees to their clients, and the benefits they provide are ideal when booking on a budget. A travel agent can save you tons of time, sorting through the multiple destinations and resort options, as well as often having access to special lower rates. They also can score you perks such as room upgrades and special amenities for honeymooners, that you likely wouldn’t have found if you booked on your own.

Beach resort Designing Your Honeymoon on a Budget

4. Consider an All-Inclusive Resort or Cruise

Once you’re on your honeymoon you don’t want to worry about money, especially if you’re on a strict budget. Rather then pulling your wallet out at every turn for hidden fees, meals, drinks, and tips, you may want to consider an all-inclusive vacation. Although it may seem like a large expense up-front, once your trip is paid for you won’t have to worry about any money on the actual honeymoon. Most all-inclusives include your accommodations, dining, activities, and entertainment. Some will also include gratuities, transfers, and alcoholic beverages.

5. Book Early

If you’ve heard the rumor that you can get last minute travel deals if you wait, I’m here to tell you that is false! If a room at a resort is available a month before your trip, you should be asking yourself why the resort is not already full. From my experience it’s likely that the resort is not going to be of adequate quality for honeymooners. By booking early you’ll take advantage of excellent flight and room availability, early booking discounts, and the option of a payment plan. For honeymooners on a budget these advantages can equal a great overall savings on your trip.

Your honeymoon is the trip of a lifetime and you want to make it count! Even after these five tips, is your budget still coming up short? No worries – book a nice hotel for your wedding weekend and start saving for first anniversary “honeymoon.” Happy travels!

Summer Tannhauser is a honeymoon and destination wedding travel specialist with Adventures Planned Honeymoons (www.adventuresplanned.com). She designs uniquely one-of-a-kind trips for the modern newlywed. She’s all about luxurious adventures, unforgettable memories, and pure and simple fun!

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Bodrum

Bodrum Top 5 Reasons to Visit Bodrum

Nestled in the province of Mugla, Bodrum has within the past few decades built itself up to be a chic and stylish holiday destination for many, including several A-listers.

What was once a small fishing village has since become a resort for paradise-like beaches, dazzling streets and a tranquil harbour that perfectly balances traditional and modern life.

The city was once called Halicarnassus of Caria, which played home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum of Mausolus. Today, it still houses a fascinating range of sights to see and things to do – all of which can be explored on Bodrum holidays.

1. Bodrum Castle

Built in the 15th century by the Knights Hospitaller, Bodrum Castle is reason enough for many to visit this part of Turkey, with it being one of the world’s best preserved monuments that date back to medieval times. Sat overlooking the harbour and marina, the views from the castle are simply picturesque. The castle is the most prominent landmark within the city and now also functions as a museum, focusing on underwater archaeology. Several cultural festivals are also held at the castle throughout the year.

2. Boat trips

The Bodrum Peninsula is world famous for its turquoise water and delightful bays and one of the best ways to experience the stunning coastline is by boat. Boats depart daily from the harbour and are a great way to really get away from it all, soak up the sun in an idyllic setting and marvel at the unbelievably scenery. From hot springs to orange mud and from sandy coves to crystal clear waters, a boat trip is an excellent way to enjoy your holiday in Bodrum.

3. Mausoleum

Whilst the majority of this wonder was torn down and used by the Knights Hospitaller for the building of Bodrum Castle, tranquil gardens with some excavations and a covered arcade remain to be enjoyed. The Mausoleum can be seen and explored just a short walk away from the marina.

4. Beach

A trip to Bodrum wouldn’t be complete without a relaxing day on the beach. Stretching from the castle to Haikarnas, the sea water is perfect for swimming in with boats being banned and the water being cleaned daily. Nearby beaches such as Gumbet or Bitez are more ideal for sunbathers as they are sandy and offer more amenities. Bars and restaurants can be found along the beachfront, with sun beds being free of charge.

5. Taking a bath

Just a few blocks in from the harbour, you can find a hamam, which is a Turkish Bath. Built with stone, hamams are popular in Turkey amongst locals and tourists. Mud baths are also close by to this Turkish port city. From the same area as the mud baths, it is easy to take day trips to Kos and Rhodes for a further adventure.

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