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Natural Resorts of Belitung

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By Tour Viewers

Tanjung Kelayang Beach

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Tanjung Kelayang Beach, Photograph by Tour Viewers

Belitung (or in English, Billiton) is an island on the east coast of Sumatra, Indonesia in the Java Sea. it forms part of the province of Bangka-Belitung Islands. The island is known for its pepper and for its tin production . It was in the possession of the United Kingdom from 1812 until Britain ceded control of the island to the Netherlands in the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824. Its main town is Tanjung Pandan.

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Tanjung Tinggi Beach, By Andika, Tour Viewers Photographer

Location:

Belitung island is located very strategic, surrounded by three major islands: Java, Sumatra and Kalimantan. Belitung Island is surrounded by seas and small islands. Pantai Tanjung Tinggi is shaped like a cove approximately 1000 meters long with white sandy beach and granite blocks. Visiting the Pantai Tanjung Tinggi will feel as like you are in a fantasy world.

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Photograph by Tour Viewers

Its main island’s beaches, including Tanjung Tinggi and Tanjung Kelayang, are known for their rounded granite boulders, fine sand and calm waters. This beach, Tanjung Kelayang, is for visitors to have a closer look and enjoy the panoramic view of the island. Visitors  must visit Tanjung Kelayang first by taking a boat.

There are   many seafood restaurants and other places of interests.  The beach is large with very soft white sands, lots of nice photo spots, and  big rocks too. Ships are available for transportation,   immediately can reach edges of the beach.

The main tourist destinations also includes  Tanjung Tinggi Beach. Pantai Tanjung Tinggi is also called Pantai Bilik (Chamber Beach) because it is flanked by two peninsula. Pantai Tanjung Tinggi is approximately 2 km east from Pantai Tanjung Kelayang. Pantai Tanjung Tinggi is located in the north of the island near the hamlet of Tanjung Tinggi, Belitung island in Bangka Belitung province.

On the eastern tip of Pantai Tanjung Tinggi there are rocks that form a tunnel through which you can walk through. The panorama is exotic and very compelling. But besides having a beautiful panorama you can also go fishing, diving or use jet skis.

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There  is also Pulau Burong, which can be accessed from Tanjung Binga beach by walking at low tide. There is also Lengkuas Island, which is the home of a 129-year-old lighthouse and a good place for snorkeling. Another destination is visiting Babi Island and Kelayang Islet on East Belitung, specifically Kelapa Kampit, as there you will find new tourist attractions as well. A magnificent Kong Hu Chu temple called Fu De Ci temple is also on offer to visit. The temple is expected to attract more tourists to East Belitung area.

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Accommodation:

Belitung Island’s Hotels and Places to Stay

Nearby Hotels See all 21 hotels in Belitung Island:

Belitong Inn,  Green Tropical Village, Kelayang Beach Resort,  Billiton Hotel, Marriot Belitung, and Havana Mutiara Hotel Belitung

(Tour Viewers)

Discover the Best of Rome

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Here are ten must-dos in the Eternal City.

National Park

The Appian Way Regional Park is a protected area of around 3,400 hectares, linking the center of Rome to the Alban Hills. One of the earliest and most important of the ancient Roman roads, the Appian Way boasts impressive pine forests, tombs, and monuments commissioned by the emperors as well as the Park of the Aqueducts. An ideal spot for a bike ride.

Archeological Site

The Roman Forums and the Sacred Way is where one of the most advanced societies man has ever witnessed began. The ancient Roman senate and religious buildings stand alongside incredible freshly restored highlights, such as the House of Augustus and the House of Livia on the Palatine Hill and the recently cleaned Colosseum, all available with a single archaeological ticket.

UNESCO Site

The entire historical center of Rome is UNESCO-certified. The holy site of St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican City was consecrated in 1626 and is the largest church in Christendom, built by Donato Bramante, Carlo Maderno, Michelangelo, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. It contains Michelangelo’s magnificent 136-meter-high dome, his “Pieta” statue, the sacred ancient burial ground and tomb of St. Peter, and capacity for 60,000 people.

Cultural Experience

Whether you are Catholic or not, attending the weekly ritual in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican City is an interesting cultural experience. See the Pope, the local crowds, and the famous Swiss Guards. The event is free every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Tickets to guarantee a seat can be obtained from the Swiss Guards.Best Day Trip

Visit Ostia Antica, and have the ruins all to yourself.

Located 30 kilometers southwest of Rome, it is bigger than Pompeii and allows visitors to enter a world of bakeries housing 1,800-year-old mills made of volcanic stone, fishmongers, and restaurants dating back 2,000 years. Standing eerily empty but well preserved, and a short train ride away, it is very much worth the effort and has its own museum, too.

Off the Beaten Path

Villa Maxentius is one of the most beautiful Roman ruins to visit. Once the plush mansion of the Emperor Maxentius, it boasts three major ruins: the palace, the circus, and a mausoleum. It is a green oasis in the center of Rome on the Appian Way, and best of all, it is completely free. Take a picnic!

Most Iconic Place

The Pantheon is unmissable. The best-preserved ancient Roman temple in the world, and the largest concrete dome in the world at 43 meters in diameter, it dominates the Roman skyline. Go early to see the light bursting through the oculus or in the evening to watch the guards closing the doors. Better still, go when the red rose petals are dropped through the oculus every year for Pentecost.

Historic Site

Palazzo Valentini is the next best thing to a time machine, transporting visitors 7 meters beneath street level to see the ruins of two lavishly decorated ancient Roman houses. The houses were discovered beneath a Renaissance palace, which has been the base of the provincial and prefectural administration of Rome since 1873. With original marble floors, bathrooms, and mosaics, it’s a true look at the lives of Roman nobility.

Neighborhood to Explore

Monti’s bistros and boutiques are tucked behind the wings of archaeological sites like the Trajan Markets and Nero’s Domus Aurea palace. Wine bars, vintage markets, and postcard-worthy buildings and balconies await you after a morning of walking around Rome’s main sites.

People-Watching Spot

Everywhere in Rome is good for people-watching but especially Piazza del Fico in the evening to watch the locals playing chess and smoking cigars or the Borromini Terrace overlooking Piazza Navona.

(National Geographic)

Everything to Know About Bangkok

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Here’s how to plan the best possible trip to Thailand’s culture-rich capital.

 

AMONG GOLDEN TEMPLES and glitzy bars, Bangkok fuses its past with a vibrant present, with world-class cuisine and nightlife available for everyone— no matter your budget. Because of the rapid expansion in the 20th century, modern skyscrapers stand tall next to food shacks and traditional wooden huts. Cars crowd the streets alongside motorbikes and bicycles in a chaotic buzz, but the noise and the activity rarely feel overbearing.

When to Go

Bangkok is popular year-round but it’s most comfortable between November and March. That’s when the temperatures (though still hot) will be more manageable for exploring the city. In the off-season, April to October, it’s still great to visit (especially for incredible hotel deals), but be prepared for regular rainstorms and a lot of humidity.

Celebrate

The annual Songkran festival, a celebration of the Thai New Year, takes place in April each year and usually marks the end of the tourist high season. During the three-day festival, locals and tourists alike throw water on one another. Some of the more festival-like areas, such as Silom, turn into giant water parties with people using water guns to make the most mess. Be prepared to get wet!

What to Eat

Beyond the tourist sites, Bangkok is perhaps best known for its street food markets and roadside vendors. Thai food classics such as Pad Thai (noodles with chicken or shrimp), Som Tam (papaya salad), and Tom Yum (hot and sour soup) are available just about everywhere. And despite the ban on street food vendors announced in April 2017, many still operate along side streets, and some specific markets have still been allowed to continue running.

Souvenir to Take Home

Be mindful of what souvenirs you choose to take home from Thailand. While many Buddhist temples are happy to accept visitors from any faith, billboards throughout the country (and even on the way in from Bangkok Sukhumviit Airport) will remind you to not buy souvenirs featuring the Buddha’s likeness, as it’s considered disrespectful to the faith. Instead, look for original art and fashion from Bangkok’s many independent shopping centers, especially the Chatuchak Market open every weekend.

Sustainable Travel Tip

Bangkok’s metro and Skytrain (the BTS) is an efficient and easy way to get around the city. Trains run frequently and connect riders to all of the most important hot spots. No matter the weather, it’s a useful way to get around and avoid Bangkok’s congested traffic.

Instagram-Worthy View

Take in spectacular panoramic views over Bangkok from the rooftop Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar, located 61 stories (198 meters) above the city. A former helipad, the rooftop offers 360-degree views with an elegant restaurant, though you can also opt to just grab a drink at the open bar. Note that there’s a “smart casual” dress code.

(National Geographic)

Bali As Prime Destination

 

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Bali is a popular tourist destination, which has seen a significant rise in tourist arrivals.  The island is the province of Indonesia with the biggest Hindu population. The province includes the island of Bali and a few smaller neighbouring islands, Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.
It is located at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with Java to the west and Lombok to the east. Its capital, Denpasar, is located in the southern part of the island.

Tranquility In Twin Lakes, Beratan-Bali (By Tour Viewers)

It is renowned for its highly developed arts, and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, ready for various tourist attractions such as traditional and modern dances, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking and music.

In March 2017, TripAdvisor named Bali as the world’s top destination in its Traveller’s Choice award.

 

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Cheerfulness During Sunset Time

(Kuta Beach, Photograph  by Tour Viewers)

Locations:

The island of Bali lies 3.2 km (2.0 mi) east of Java, and is approximately 8 degrees south of the equator. Bali and Java are separated by the Bali Strait. East to west, the island is approximately 153 km (95 mi) wide and spans approximately 112 km (70 mi) north to south; administratively it covers 5,780 km2 (2,230 sq mi), or 5,577 km2 (2,153 sq mi) without Nusa Penida District;[37] its population density is roughly 750 people/km2 (1,900 people/sq mi).

Bali’s central mountains include several peaks over 2,000 metres (6,600 feet) in elevation and active volcanoes such as Mount Batur. The highest is Mount Agung (3,031 m, 9,944 ft), known as the “mother mountain”, which is an active volcano rated as one of the world’s most likely sites for a massive eruption within the next 100 years.[38] As of late 2017 Mount Agung has started erupting and large numbers of people have been evacuated, the airport in Bali has been closed.

Sunset Beach, Kuta-Bali ( Video By Tour Viewers)

Accommodation

Luxurious hotels are available for visitors among others Bali Beach Hotel in Sanur after they have arrived at the Ngurah Rai International Airport. The tourism industry is primarily focused in the south, while significant in the other parts of the island as well. The main tourist locations are the town of Kuta(with its beach), and its outer suburbs of Legian and Seminyak (which were once independent townships), the east coast town of Sanur (once the only tourist hub),Ubud towards the center of the island, to the south of the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Jimbaran, and the newer developments of Nusa Dua and Pecatu.

The Island has received awards for its attractive surroundings (both mountain and coastal areas), diverse tourist attractions, excellent international and local restaurants, and the friendliness of the local people. The Balinese culture and its religion are also considered as the main factor of the award. One of the most prestigious events that symbolizes a strong relationship between a god and its followers is Kecak Dance. According to BBC Travel released in 2011, Bali is one of the World’s Best, ranking second, after Santorini, Greece.

How To Get There

Bali is accessible by flight, roads, and ships.

Flight

Ngurah Rai International Airport or Denpasar International Airport is located in South Kuta district and is just 13 kilometres from Denpasar, the capital of Bali.

The capital of Bali. Flights from major international cities regularly fly in and out of the Denpasar Airport. It is also well connected to most of Indonesia and has regular domestic flights connecting it to major cities within the country. From the airport, you can easily hire a taxi to your destination. Please note that buses might not always be available from the airport.

While buses are not a very common form of transportation in Bali, some run on longer routes, connecting the regencies of Denpasar, Singaraja, Gilimanuk and Amlapura. These long-distance buses have at least one terminal in each town. Fares can go up to IDR 10,000. More expensive tourist shuttle buses are also available.

Roads

You can take a bus from Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia) to Bali, but only if you can brave the 23-hour bus journey.

Sea Transport

The sister islands of Bali can be accessed by local cruises. Since these come in elaborate tour packages, inclusive of meals and a short stay, they can be quite expensive. Traditional, inexpensive boats can be used for shorter distances, however.

Bali is quite a popular port for most cruise liners traversing through South East Asia. To get into Bali through the sea route, take a flight to Singapore, Sumatra or Java and take a ship for your onward journey to Bali. The information desks at the airport will guide you thoroughly.

Walking

They say that the best way of getting to know a place is on foot. However, Bali, despite its pristine beaches and rice terraces has rather poor roads and damaged sidewalks. Walking therefore is quite a task around the island. Guided walking tours are, nonetheless, available for the countryside and they include Mount Batur and the villages of Ubud.

Taxi

Taxis are the most reliable form of public transport in Bali with ‘Blue Bird’ being the most popular company, replete with a fancy phone app and a calling system. These taxis are plenty in number and impossible to ignore owing to their distinct blue colour and the bluebird logo. The drivers can speak good English and the fares are usually around IDR 70,000. Avoid taxis that have broken or no meters at all as you might get cheated. Uber is also operational in Bali and is usually cheaper than radio taxis with fares coming to anything around IDR 40,000. Cash payments are accepted.

Car and Motorcycle Rentals

Travelers who can drive or ride a bike are at a massive advantage as the best way to move around in Bali is with your own vehicle. Scooters, also known as ‘motors’ can be rented for a day. Several tourist agencies in Kuta and Seminyak offer these bikes for rent. Wearing a helmet is vital. An even cheaper alternative is renting a bicycle. If your budget is on the higher side, you could hire a car along with a driver. If you intend to rent a self-drive car, you must carry your international driver’s license. Remember that the Balinese drive on the left hand side of the road. Check prices of renting and fuels with various vendors before committing to one, to avoid overpaying, as these prices keep changing.

(Tour Viewers)

Know Before You Go: Mexico City

 

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(National Geographic)

Experience the best of Mexican traditions in the cosmopolitan capital of Mexico City.

One of the best times for a visit to Mexico City is during its Día de Muertos celebration. This lively holiday centers on November 1 (traditionally honoring deceased children) and 2 (honoring deceased adults), but spans from late October through early November. You can see and do everything you could the rest of the year, with the added spirit of Mexico at its festive finest. Look for ofrendas everywhere. These altars of remembrance hold flowers, candied skulls, toys, and sometimes bottles of tequila; some can be quite elaborate. You’ll also encounter plenty of catrinas—skeletons dressed to the nines.

While you’re in the city, or if you plan to visit Mexico City at other times of the year, take time to visit some of its UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Historic Center, Xochimilco, UNAM (Mexico’s largest public university), and architect Luis Barragan’s House and Studio. Mexico City has more museums than any city in the world except London. In 2008 UNESCO added Día de Muertos to its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. Here are some ideas to get you started.

WHEN TO GO: Perched at 7,382 feet, Mexico City enjoys pleasant weather year-round, with summer and autumn high temperatures in the low 70s. In the dry months of winter, the thermometer ranges from the low 40s to around 70F, while spring can climb into the upper 70s. It’s a good idea to use sunscreen, drink plenty of water, and, on your first day or two, take it easy. To enjoy Day of the Dead activities, plan to visit Mexico City from mid-October to the first week in November.

Distance from Mexico City: 30 miles, ~1 hour

How to Get There: Take a bus from Terminal Central de Autobuses del Norte, Gate 8.

Don’t Forget to Pack: Bring cash for bus and entrance fee, water, sunblock, snacks, camera, and athletic shoes.

(National Geographic)

The 6 Best Places to Stargaze in Australia

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(National Geographic)

Australia’s vast outback is dotted with world-class telescopes, giving tourists an extraordinary window on nearby planets, stars, and galaxies.

Want to explore the wonders of the universe without the light-years of travel and gravity sickness? Welcome to the exciting world of astro-tourism, where terrestrial astronomers and their telescopes take you on a journey to the stars. Australia’s clear skies and vast tracts of uninhabited land make it the perfect location for some of the world’s most significant astronomical observatories and telescopes—and a great destination for travelers who believe the sky isn’t really the limit.

PARKES TELESCOPE, NEW SOUTH WALES

When Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon, the Parkes radio telescope was watching. Fondly known as “The Dish,” this 210-foot-wide telescope stands proudly in a grassy paddock that in 1969 was also full of sheep. Located around 220 miles west of Sydney, The Dish is one of the largest single-dish radio telescopes in the southern hemisphere, and has been involved in the discovery of more than half of the 2,000 known pulsars. Visitors can enjoy the monumental vista from the viewing area, or explore the universe in a high-definition 3D experience while kids complete a scavenger hunt.

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Nestled in the eucalyptus-covered slopes outside the Australian capital is the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. Its relatively small size belies its global significance as a listening post in NASA’s Deep Space Network; most recently, it caught the final signals from the Cassini spacecraft as it plunged into Saturn’s dense atmosphere last year. The four active antennas loom over a display-packed visitor’s center with exhibits on the past, present, and future of space exploration.

AUSTRALIA TELESCOPE COMPACT ARRAY, NEW SOUTH WALES

The outback Australian town of Narrabri, five hours northwest of Sydney, is home to a population of around 6,000 people, plus plenty of kangaroos, emus, and koalas … and six enormous radio telescopes. The Australian Telescope Compact Array’s 70-feet-wide telescopes have helped study stars that are surrounded by glowing clouds of diamond dust, and been used to image spectacular supernova remnants and near-invisible ghost galaxies—an impressive array visitors can enjoy with daily free admission.

SIDING SPRING OBSERVATORY, NEW SOUTH WALES

If you’re after the “classic” telescope—the hemispheric dome that slides open to allow access to the heavens—then Siding Spring Observatory is the place for you. It’s home to eight research telescopes, including Australia’s largest optical telescope, which observes hundreds of galaxies and stars simultaneously. On the 310-mile trip from Sydney to the observatory’s home near Coonabarabran, visitors can also take in the world’s largest virtual solar system drive.

GINGIN OBSERVATORY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Not far (at least in Australian distances) from the future site of the international Square Kilometre Array—the largest radio telescope ever built—is the Gingin Observatory. The dark Western Australian skies provide visitors the perfect spot for stargazing—with astronomers’ expert guidance—through the observatory’s telescopes. Visitors can also learn about Aboriginal astronomy from local Noongar elders, and explore gravity and cosmology at the Gravity Discovery Centre.

SYDNEY OBSERVATORY, SYDNEY

The center of Australia’s largest city might seem an odd place for an observatory, but the Sydney Observatory has stood, perched on a grassy hill overlooking Sydney Harbor, for more than 150 years. The warm sandstone building houses the oldest working telescope in Australia (first built to observe the transit of Venus across the face of the sun in 1874) which visitors can experience with a night tour.

 

(National Geographic)

Here’s How Disney Inspires Our Love of Travel

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Before visiting the originals, experience five of the world’s most iconic sites in the Disney Parks.

No matter where you travel or who you meet, you learn something new that changes your perspective in a positive way. Interactions with different cultures in iconic, far-flung places, or even with people of diverse backgrounds in your own city, ultimately teach you more about yourself and the world around you. For many Americans—like myself—our first introduction to foreign lands happens in Disney–“the Happiest Place on Earth”–which offers a fascinating cultural melting pot of people from across the globe.

Walt Disney opened Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in 1955, and later welcomed visitors to a larger park resort—Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida—in 1971. He wanted to build a place for adults and children to share in cultural exploration, with a bit of imagination.

“Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning, together with every variety of recreation and fun designed to appeal to everyone,” Walt Disney said.

Disney Parks’ visitors can discover more about different cultures than ever before during Disney World’s Incredible Summer celebration and Disneyland’s Pixar Fest—this is where you can see the lights and fireworks show Together Forever—A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular(Spoiler Alert: My favorite part is when the skeletons from Coco dance on Main Street’s rooftops for Día de Los Muertos).

And while you’re there this summer, Disney will inspire you to seek adventures. As Walt Disney said: “Here you leave today—and visit the worlds of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.” See the Disney interpretations first, then book a trip to these five iconic destinations.

MOUNT EVEREST

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Located in the Himalaya of Nepal, the world’s tallest and most famous mountain attracts thousands of courageous and highly experienced climbers in April. Everest presents dangers in an extreme environment, but its beauty and mystery captivates many—even from a great distance. Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom takes adventurists to the tallest attraction in all of the Disney Parks, traveling around the fictional “forbidden mountain” guarded by theyeti, or the creature that is said to inhabit the Himalaya, according to folklore in Nepal. Adventurists discover interesting facts about Everest and the local culture of the Tibetan-inspired village decorated with prayer flags.

GREAT BARRIER REEF

The world’s largest coral reef system expands over nearly two thousand miles, and includes the largest collection of coral, tropical fish, dolphins, birds, and other marine life off the coast of Australia. Not only is it one of the seven wonders of the natural world, but it’s the only living thing on earth visible from space. Nemo, arguably the most beloved clownfish, lives in the Great Barrier Reef and the Seas with Nemo and Friends in Epcot highlights his home and the EAC, or the East Australian Current, which transports his friends and family of sea creatures to save him. Here, you can learn what you can do to protect coral reefs and its marine wildlife—but remember you can save their habitats even from your own home.

REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK

National Parks are America’s greatest natural treasures. The world’s tallest trees on Earth grow in Redwood National Park, but lesser-known prairies, oak woodlands, and wild riverways also fill the park. Grizzly Peak in Disney California Adventure Center pays homage to our great outdoors, particularly California’s vast landscape. Young adventurers can participate in the Wilderness Explorer program with Up’s Russell and Dug as they explore the Redwoods, just in time for National Parks Week.

ROUTE 66

The most iconic American highway, also known as the Main Street of America, opened in 1926 in response to the great migration west to California. The historic road runs through cities like Tulsa, Oklahoma; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Amarillo, Texas; and Los Angeles, California, where drivers can still see the famous neon signs and quirky, rustic hotels. Take a step back in time to Cars Land in Disneyland where the fictional town of Radiator Springs pays tribute to Route 66 with the looking Cadillac Mountains (inspired by the Cadillac Ranch roadside attraction). Flo’s V8 Café references the vibrant diners cene well known to Route 66 travelers, and visitors get a glimpse of some of the thousands of roadside attractions found along Route 66.

NEW ORLEANS

It’s one of the liveliest cities in the world—if not the most animated in the U.S. every Mardi Gras season—and NOLA celebrates its 300th anniversary this year with even more events, festivals, and exhibitions to entertain locals and guests. New Orleans Square welcomes guests with traditional jazz and spicy food, while the haunted mansion awaits those who dare to venture through its eerie hallways. If you escape the ghosts, then take a tour through NOLA’s flowering courtyards surrounded by architecture influenced by French, Creole, and Cajun design.

(Natianal Geographic)