Singapore officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign city-state and island country which consists of one main island along with 62 other islets.
Singapore is a global commerce, finance and transport huband a busy container port.
The country has also been identified as a tax haven.
Singapore ranks 5th on the UN Human Development Index and the 3rd highest GDP per capita.
It is ranked highly in education, healthcare, life expectancy, quality of life, personal safety and housing.
There are four official languages: English (common and first language), Malay, Mandarin and Tamil; almost all Singaporeans are bilingual.
Singapore is a unitary multiparty parliamentary republic, with a Westminster system of unicameral parliamentary government. The People’s Action Party has won every election since self-government in 1959.
Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate. Temperatures usually range from 22 to 35 °C (72 to 95 °F).
Singapore’s standard electricity supply is 230 volts AC with a frequency of 50 hertz (230V/50Hz).
You can use your electric appliances in Singapore, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220-240 V.
Some of Singapore’s most popular sites are:
Gardens by the Bay is a nature park in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden.
Sentosa is an island resort off Singapore’s southern coast, connected to the city by road, cable car, pedestrian boardwalk and monorail.
The River Safari is a river-themed zoo and aquarium located in Singapore.
The Singapore Zoo, located in a heavily forested area houses over 72 species of animals.
The Underwater World, is an oceanarium located on the offshore Singaporean island of Sentosa. It houses more than 2,500 marine animals of 250 species from different parts of the world.
Orchard Road is Singapore’s retail center, with discount outlets, department stores and upscale boutiques, alongside luxury hotels.
Other top rated locations in Singapore include Merlion Park full of statues and fountains, Jurong Bird Park, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Tiger Sky Tower, Peranakan Museum and The National Orchid Market.
There is no doubt that Singapore is not only a economic treasure but it’s an nature reserve treasure. Let me know all about your trip. Have a safe journey.
Portugal is a southern European country bordering Spain. Its location on the Atlantic Ocean has influenced it's tourist attraction - to the beaches, this in turn has played a role in their diet; salty cod fish and grilled sardines are national dishes.
Portuguese is the spoken language, which is related to Galician language, spoken in northwestern Spain.
The kingdom of Portugal lasted some 800 years, from 1139 to 1910.
The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, signed in 1373, is the oldest alliance in the world which is still in force.
Since 1910, the country has been a republic.
The modern democratic republic was founded in 1976.
The first Pirate code was invented in the 17th century by the Portuguese buccaneer Bartolomeu Português.
The modern Portuguese legal system has been influenced primarily by German law.
Due to the influence of Roman Catholicism, Portugal is one of the most socially conservative countries in Europe.
Portugal is the only country in the EU, along with Spain, where life imprisonment has been abolished.
The Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon is the longest bridge in Europe with 17,185 m/56,381 feet.
From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles.
Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril.
The Jeronimos Monastery was built in 1502 by order of King Manuel I. It was built to commemorate Vasco Da Gama’s voyage and to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success.
Great figures in Portuguese history are also entombed here, like King Manuel and King Sebastião, and poets Fernando Pessoa and Alexandre Herculano.
Jeronimos Monastery Cloisters was populated by monks of the Order of Saint Jerome , whose spiritual job was to give guidance to sailors and pray for the king’s soul.
UNESCO has classified it a World Heritage monument. This style of architecture became known as Manueline, a style of art that served to glorify the great discoveries of the age.
Each column is carved with coils of rope, sea monsters, coral, and other sea motifs. It portraits an era of sea exploration and the Biblical story of Joseph.
The Tower of Belém is typical of the Manueline style of architecture. The four-story tower was created in the shape of a ship’s bow jutting into the water.
The main side of the fortress faces the sea and is completely different from the side impression of the tower. Built from ivory-white limestone, the real beauty of the structure lies in the decoration of the exterior.
The Pena National Palace was built in the 19th century by Atlantic Ocean , the palace was meant to be a summer home for the Portuguese royals.
Ferdinand’s taste was imposed on the builders and designers, the result was a Palace that looks like it has a little of all the other palaces of the era.
One portion caters to a medieval European castle, a portion of it is modeled after an Islamic tower dome. It’s full of colors – there is a purple wing, a red clock tower, a lots of yellow ornaments.
King Ferdinand said he wanted the palace to look like an opera.
It is now seen as one of the grandest examples of Romantic architecture.
Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city.
The Sao Francisco Church looks like an ordinary 14th century Gothic and Baroque construction.
There is a museum housed in the catacombs below consisting of artifacts from the former monastery.
Praça do Comércio is a large square on the banks of the River Tagus in Lisbon. It was built on the site previously occupied by the Palace Yard following its destruction in the 1755 earthquake. Lisboetas often still use the previous name for the square.
Along with the Arco da Rua Augusta at its northern end, the Praça do Comércio is one of the centerpieces of the redevelopment of the Portuguese capital by the Marquis of Pombal in the mid-18th century.
The U-shaped square, open at the Tagus end, was designed by Portuguese architect, Eugénio dos Santos.
Discover the best of Portugal’s capital on this hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Lisbon. Choose from four different routes, all offering opportunities to see the city’s monuments and explore its charming neighborhoods. An option line to Cascais allows you to explore the magic of that town as well. Tickets can be purchased for 24- or 48- hours.
Hop on a double-decker bus at the Lisbon Terminal in Marquês de Pombal Square. Settle in and cruise through Lisbon on one of four different but equally engaging sightseeing lines, including lines to Belém, Oriente, Castle or the charming beach town of Cascais.
Sunbathe on one of the many sandy beaches along the Cascais Line. Catch the best coastline views before settling onto a beach to unwind.
On the western side of the square is the main Lisbon Tourist Office (Turismo) with a stylish shop selling upmarket craft items from all over Portugal.
On this side of the square is the HQ of Viniportugal, which promotes Portuguese wine. There are tastings Monday through Saturday.
The world-famous Porto wine is a sweet Portuguese fortified wine from the Douro Valley, Portugal.
Over half of the world’s cork is produced in Portugal.
Salvador Vilar Braamcamp Sobral is a Portuguese singer and a former psychology student. He represented Portugal in
the Eurovision Song Contest this past May and gave Portugal its first win since their debut in 1964. Below is a video of the winning song for your enjoyment.
Portugal has great hotels, motels, car rentals, tours and restaurants.
Have a great time in Portugal, let me know all about your trip.
Norway is a great place to travel to, it’s an indescribable beauty that is rarely seen. It’s making contact – with nature.
It’s not unusual to see the guests aboard a ship walk out on deck in the middle of a cold winter night; to catch a glimpse of how the sea brushes upon the fjords.
This ranks as one of natures most interesting experience – especially when it’s 12:00 a.m. and the sun is shinning as bright as it does on any afternoon.
Unlike many countries, this is one of the things that makes Norway a great winter getaway.
In the late 19th century the coast line from Bergen to Kirkenes was a busy route for all sort of ships.
Norway is a great place to take a cruise. A popular route is Bergen to Kirkenes.
One of the exciting things about visiting Norway is being able to take a picture of the sea at 3:00 a.m. without a flash.
In the last few centuries the North Pole has became synonymous with Santa Claus, reindeers, vikings, trolls, salmon and cod fish.
Norway is famous for it’s different types of excursions:
There are ski expeditions, dog sledding, kayaking, birdwatching, snowmobile trips, sea eagle safari, mountain hikes, whale watching, sailing to Geiranger fjord, and naturally fishing in Lofoten – a great place to catch cod.
As you approach the coasts of Norway you might see penguins – they are very communicative – lots of noise in their area.
You may also see Polar bears – they are the opposite – no noise in their area- loners, quiet types – serious – very family oriented. You can see that in the interaction they have with their youngs.
Walrus – on the other hand are very observant – as you approach them – you get the feeling – that they are the ones doing the sight seeing. Besides that – they have great teeth. One glance and you find yourself smiling at them.
Reindeers are and always have been magestic animals – they are a large part of the Norwegian culture. Up north it’s not unusual to see reindeers running thru the mountains in all colors. The white ones – are the most unusual and – photographed ones.
Visiting a Sami Camp in Honningsvag, Norway, (The North Cape) is a great way to learn about them.
Norway is one of those countries you just want to visit in the winter, summer, spring and fall.
Each season in Norway is an indescribable experience. From skiing to sailing.
Seeing the fjords covered in snow as you ski – it’s an incredible experience; then seeing them completely green – as you fish or sail is awesome.
This type of experience can only be matched by seeing the fjords in transition (spring and fall).
Then when is it best to visit Norway? I’ll let you figure that one out.
Below are some must see places while your there:
Bergen was founded in 1070 AD, was the capital of Norway. It’s a colorful city that has retained the history of Norway.
Enjoy a trip on the Floibannen Funicular during your visit to Bergen and see all of Bergen.
This exciting trip up to the mountain is a magnificent experience in itself. Mount Fløyen, it’s approximately 320 metres above sea level.
From above you can enjoy the cityscape, the seaward, and the fjords surrounding Bergen.
The arctic circle marks the border to the Arctic region. During the summer months they have 24 hour sunlight.
This is what is referred to as the midnight sun.
The charm of the Lofoten islands are the small fishing villages with granite cliffs and white sand beaches.
You will find lots of fish racks and traditional fishermens huts.
Great place to try a fish cake.
The Northern Cape
The Northern Cape is the northern most point of the planet. A popular place for the snowmobile tours. There you will see the Sami people grazing reindeers.
Near the top, there is a exciting nature reserve called Gjesvaer Tappan. Great place for bird watching.
The Seven Sisters
When in Norway crossing the Arctic Circle on a ship is an important part of the experience.
Most tours celebrate it by asking all the passengers to meet on deck and there ritual begins. Here’s a tip: wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet during the ceremony.
Along the way you will pass the Seven Sisters.
The seven sisters are beautiful mountains that have influenced social myths, according to some Norwegian folk tales – trolls are turned to stone if they do not hide before the sun rises.
This was the case with the seven sisters – at least they are still beautiful. See for yourself.
Oslo is the capital of Norway, the winter capital of the world. A multicultural city with modern architecture, a sculpture park named Vigeland, a Royal Palace, a Nobel Peace Center, Museums, and home to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump.
Clearly there is so much to do and see in Norway – below is a video that Expedia put together it features some of the most amazing places in Oslo.