With the holiday season fast approaching many cities around the world are preparing their streets with gaudy baubles and lights. Where are the best displays around the world?
While some local authorities appear to let children design their Christmas light displays, others take real care in putting together a tasteful festive display. In Vienna, Austria, the streets are lined with white lights which illuminate the city’s beautiful architecture with none of the tacky neon that blights other cities.
That said, fans of colored lights should head to Medellin, where the spectacular displays draw crowds from all over Colombia. The overload of color reaches the next level in Hong Kong, where lights line the streets and are beamed out from the top of the city’s multitude of skyscrapers.
Further east, in the Japanese city of Kobe, thousands of hand-painted light bulbs line thoroughfares near one of the city parks, drawing millions of people. Back in North America lights and nature combine at Niagara Falls, which are illuminated with more than 3 million lights. Visitors can also watch a number of animated light shows projected onto the falls themselves.
In Saint Augustine, Fla., the Spanish colonial district is lit up with 2 million bulbs, all of which are white. The tradition stems from the candles which colonists used to place in their windows, and the modern-day version is a stunning sight.
Consider a trip to any of these destinations in order to experience Christmas in a different culture. It’s sure to be a fascinating experience.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.