Summer is fast approaching and the kids are now pestering their parents as to where they should go for the summer vacation. With all this heat and cramming to meet work deadlines, everyone hopes to see the oasis at the end of the desert. That for all the pressures and headaches work and study bring, there would still be a day or even a week of fun during the adventure that is summer vacation.
For that reason alone, starting this March until the end of summer, La Isla will be sharing vacation ideas for our readers to delve into; helping them choose the perfect place to spend the season.
First stop: Switzerland.
Wade through the pristine bodies of water the Swiss are very proud of; from Lake Silvaplana with its impressive view of the Corvatsch Mountain, to Weggis Lake as it sits in the looming shadow of the Rigi Mountain, also known as the “Queen of the Mountains”. Else, climb to the top of the Matterhorn Alps located on the border between Switzerland and Italy.
The various attractions of Zurich, the country’s largest city, are ripe for the visiting, like the Credit Suisse Bank, headquarters of the eponymous financial services company. From Zurich, take a cab to the city of Bern then go for an afternoon walk in the Bundesplatz, the city’s Government Plaza, and stroll on through to the Jesuit Church located in the Lucerne district of Switzerland.
Feel the cool breeze as you travel aboard the Glacier Express, considered the most famous railway in the world, as it tours the most untouched parts of the country. You should also keep an eye out for the Lake Fountain in the city of Geneva.
Traveling opens up new worlds, letting you enjoy everything a country can give; from its natural wonders, to structures old and modern, to cultural experiences, to its friendly and outspoken people. With all the experiences traveling can bring, one can truly say that it is a passion that never ceases. So travel to Switzerland now, and live out one among many possible journeys for the summer vacation.
The rainy season is not over but the time for Christmas trees and Santa Claus has come so pack your bags and be ready because this Yuletide season, we will fulfill your Christmas vacation wish list by bringing you to Seoul, the heart of South Korea’s commercial, industrial and cultural center.
This month, get the best of two continents as LaIsla travels to Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city. Long known as Constantinople, it served as the entrance to the Black Sea on the traditional juncture between Europe and Asia. Lying partly in Europe and partly in Asia, the city is the center for culture, industry and commercial.
Start your journey by passing through the Bosphorus Bridge that connects the Asian side of Istanbul to its European side. Through the bridge, one can see the far-reaching view of the Istanbul Strait, sometimes referred to as the Bosphorus. Visit the different mosques of the city, from the Sultan Ahmed Mosques, or also known as the Blue Mosque because of the blue tiles surrounding its interior walls, to the Yeni Mosque or the New Queen Mother Mosque, which dominates the ferry docks at the southern end of Istanbul’s Galata Bridge. Walk into the sea side village of Kanlica, one of the oldest districts in the city and taste its ever famous Kanlica Yoghurt.
Live your dream of being a pirate and eat in the Maiden Tower located in the middle of the Bosphorus. This open restaurant offers different Turkish delicacies you surely won’t forget. Be a prince or princess for a day in the Rumelian Castle, built way back in the second half of the 15th century, and now serves as a museum and open theater. And if a shopping venue is what you’re looking for, the Red Vintage Tram will bring you to Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue, one of the busiest shopping venues in Europe.
As Asia’s Pearl of the East meets the historical empire of the West, Istanbul’s remarkable mosques, strikingly attractive castles and towers, authentic villages and towns and world-class modes of transportation will surely give you the best of everything. Learn and be astonished of one of the world’s great historic capital cities ̶ a place you will never forget.
When life gives you a chance to go back to the past, are you willing to take it? Some would say no to this, for they are already attached to the magic of the modern world. Others would definitely say yes, for the sake of adventure, knowledge or curiosity. But what if I told you that you can be in one place that can provide history and the present at the same time? What makes it more interesting is that you can also see a bit of the future in this place!
This month’s issue is your ticket to crossing the bridge offered by Tokyo. Unlike in some movies, there is no time machine here to take a glimpse of history as well as upcoming events ̶ just imagine three bridges to the past, present and future.
In seven years, the Summer Olympic Games 2020 will make history in Tokyo. Although it is still far, people are already looking forward to it, and possible athletes are already doing their best to practice and train themselves. Something to look for in the future!
On the other hand, feel the essence of the history by visiting old temples in Asakusa and mingle with other locals during festivals there. Trace back the past by walking around and examining historical places built years and years ago.
Go back to the modern world in a shorter period of time. In the morning, sunrise is beautiful in the Tokyo Bay. At night, well, no other places have more neon sign lights than in Tokyo District!
Tokyo is a place that chose to be traditional as they absorb the modernization of the world. You don’t have to wait for Olympics 2020 to witness its superb beauty! Stop looking at that painting of Mount Fuji with Sakura around. You can see them with your own eyes, or even climb on it. Now is the time to experience everything directly!
Have you ever thought about retiring from work and spending your hard earned money going to different places you haven’t been before? Are you having a hard time deciding where to start your retirement days? Then our September issue will help you decide and create your very own travel bucket list.
Chicago has been nicknamed the “Windy City”, the term was popularized in the bidding for the 1893 Columbian Exposition by Charles Dana, editor of ‘The Sun” a New York newspaper. The main explanation for the nickname is its weather that is strongly influenced by Lake Michigan.
Take off and land through the O’Hare International, the world’s fifth busiest airport and Chicago’s major airfield. Visit the city’s different parks with its own landmarks such as the Grant Park where the Buckingham Fountain, the world’s largest fountain, lays, and the Millennium Park with its famous and unique Cloud Gate. See the Water Tower and the Trump International Hotel in the Magnificent Mile, a large boulevard with classy shops, museums, restaurants and hotels, and downtown Chicago respectively.
Go for a stroll in Chicago’s The Loop, the city’s community area and commercial center, and be amazed by the different plays the Chicago Theater offers. Cheer for your favorite teams in the Soldier field, the American Football Stadium, and United Center, an indoor sports arena and home of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks. Finally, enjoy the different rides in the Navy Pier and cruise along Lake Michigan aboard one of the city’s luxurious boats.
After many years of working for your own future as well as your family’s now is the time to reward yourself and experience an extraordinary vacation to the city’s invigorating tourist attractions. Take a look and spend your retirement days in Chicago, the Windy City.
People travel to different places in order to escape the pressures of work, school and other activities. Each of us, even for just a day, wants to be away from the stressors of our daily life. But what is the definition of escape? What really is away? Is it somewhere where you can be in peace and serenity with nature or somewhere where you can be adventurous and sporty with different extreme activities? Whatever your idea of away is, one thing is for sure you’ll know it when you finally visit Ontario in Canada.
Surrounded by Manitoba on the west, Hudson Bay and James Bay on the north, Quebec on the East and United Sates on the south, Ontario is the largest province in Canada. The southern part is the bulk of the province’s population, manufacturing and agriculture. It is where Toronto, the capital city, lies and the center for tourist attraction. On the other hand, the northern part is sparsely settled and dependent on mining and forestry. The word Ontario is of Iroquorian origin and was given to the most easterly of the great lakes in 1941. Aside from it having Canada’s largest population it is also well-known for its tall buildings and skyscrapers.
Splurge and have a good find at the Eaton Centre and Chinatown, which offer foreign and branded quality products that fit your needs. Visit the unique structure of Ontario’s city hall and legislative building, home of the city’s political system. Feel the fresh air and be dazzled by the natural beauty of Niagara Falls and Humber bay. Experience the first class rail road system of Toronto’s subway consisting of underground and elevated railway lines. Lastly, go downtown in Toronto’s Harbourfront and stroll by the water’s edge and don’t miss the iconic Toronto skyline with CN Tower remaining to be the tallest free-standing structure in the western hemisphere.
So if you’re someone who loves architecture and is not afraid of great heights, then Ontario is perfect for you. With its extraordinary landscapes, stunning buildings, and world class shopping destinations, the place will surely sweep you off your feet ̶ the great escape you’ve never imagined and that will surely make you want to go back again.