Monthly Archives: September 2017

Exceptional Houston Time

As one of the largest cities in the U.S., Houston doesn’t lack exclusive entertainment or cultural and educational sites. This is a city nationally recognized for historical Space Center, fantastic and growing art scene, and family-friendly outdoor attractions.

Be sure to check out this Houston Travel Guide to ensure that you are staying at one of the best hotels in Houston as you plan your trip. Then keep reading to find attractions you won’t want to miss for an exceptional Houston trip.

NASA Space Center

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How many cities across the nation can brag that they have the NASA Space flight and space centers? Only a rare few. Houston became synonymous with National Aeronautics due to its Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston. As the supreme center for NASA’s human spaceflight programs, since the Gemini IV flight in 1965, the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) successfully pursued a mission to explore the space providing the first-class astronauts.

At the same time, visiting Space Center Houston is an opportunity of a lifetime, not only to experience but also to learn about all wonders of space from real NASA astronauts and simulations of their missions. Visit the shuttle replica, Independence, seated on top of the historic and original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft, or start the journey with Mission Mars virtual tour and exhibit.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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The great thing about The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is the fact that if you are an art lover, it is a world-class museum, and if you’re not, you can also delve into it and have the time of your life. The place consists of 19 museums and more than 65,000 displayed works of art, representing different cultures and art collections from ancient to modern art, and presumably everything in between.

In addition to the permanent collections they accompany, some of the interesting touring exhibits are The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta, Pixel Forest, Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism 1910–1950, and many other worthy of your time. So keep an eye on the promos of this fascinating place.

The Cockrell Butterfly Center

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As a part of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Cockrell Butterfly Center is a true living butterfly habitat and memorable place for family entertainment. Learn about amazing bug species and butterfly life-cycle. A variety of beautiful butterflies flying around the area make you feel like you are in a fairy tale land; maybe you’ll be lucky enough and they’ll land on you! Kids love doing interactive games and quizzes offered at the center.

Also, at the Cockrell Butterfly Center is a simulated tropical rain forest where you can enter three-story glass structure built around a 50-foot waterfall. Plenty of exotic plants and hundreds of gorgeous live butterflies imported from around the world, found their home here.

Houston Street Art

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City of Houston is heaven for the street art. Each corner of the city, even the smallest neighborhoods, has its own recognizable artistic style and a unique story. There are giant murals, colorful mini murals, and striking culture graffiti. Some of these vibrant works of street art are permanent, and you can see them at any time, but others may be replaced tomorrow, so check them out right the way.

It would take a plethora of time to get around all buildings, stairwells, train car,s and bridges decorated with public art. Spend a day taking some awesome shots and getting to know artists of the murals in Montrose, The Heights, East Downtown, and Midtown.

Houston adventures offer something new each time making tourists come back for more unforgettable moments.

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Artistic and Archaeological Riches of Montenegro

Montenegro has a tradition of art going back to prehistory, as testified to by the archaeological finds of paintings by prehistoric man in Lipci near Risan dating to the 8th century BC. The drawing represents a deer hunt, and also features a symbol of the rising sun and others. Another drawing has been discovered on a stone tablet in the Prokletije mountains in the north of Montenegro, depicting a prehistoric man and a wolf.

The Crvena Stijena (Red Rock) site in Petrovići is around 30km from Nikšić and is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe. Remains from the Middle Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze ages have been found here, and are highly significant, testifying to the beginnings of life not just in this part of Montenegro but on the planet as a whole. For many years, local and foreign expeditions have been coming to this unique and internationally significant site. More than 26,000 items from the time of prehistoric man have been excavated here. A great many items used in everyday life have been discovered, such as for the procurement and preparation of food, but also non-utilitarian items. These include handmade stone items, snails and shells, as well as ceramic vessels.

The numerous medieval fortresses in Montenegro are an art-form in their own right. They feature Byzantine, Romanic, Gothic and Baroque construction styles, as well as stone forms and paintings. Through the ages these fortresses have played a military and feudal role, or were built as town fortifications. They are built of stone and feature surrounding walls and towers. These fascinating structures were raised in numerous coastal towns, where Illyrian, Austro-Hungarian, Turkish and Spanish influences predominate, such as in Bar, Ulcinj, Herceg Novi, Budva, Kotor, Risan, Perast, as well as in the north of Montenegro: Rijeka Crnojevića, Podgorica and the Lake Skadar area.

The National Museum at Cetinje includes: King Nikola’s Museum, the Museum of Petar II Petrovic Njegoš, the birth house of Njegoš, the Njegoš Mausoleum on Lovćen, Bishop Danilo’s Mausoleum on Orlov Krš, the Art Museum together with the Dado Đurić Contemporary Art Gallery, the Ethnographic Museum and the newly-opened Archaeological Museum and Lapidarium.

The National Museum houses collections of weapons, medals, flags, crests, stamps, photographs, as well as archaeological, numismatic, ethnographic and applied art collections. There are also the residence and the chapel raised in honour of the secular and spiritual leader, poet and philosopher Petar II Petrović Njegoš. During the 1970s the Montenegro Art Museum was known as the Art Gallery, and houses some 3,000 exhibits, including some of the most important works in contemporary Yugoslav and Montenegrin fine art.

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Lipska Cave, a Geological Masterpiece

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If you are interested in how caves come to be and develop, and if you love to have fun exploring, then a visit to the Lipska Cave is just the activity for you. The Lipska Cave is the only cave in Montenegro that has been evaluated by caving experts and made safe for visitors. It is located only 5km from Cetinje, and is a chance to enjoy an array of channels, and geological, structural and water features. The system of 2.5km of passages, halls and galleries of karst features is a geological masterpiece of nature. Due to the river that flows through the cave, the dripping of water and the deposition of CaCO3, this cave is rich in many different types of cave formations, including stalactites and stalagmites, which make for a visually impressive experience.

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The Lipska Cave was discovered before the time of Prince Njegos, and there is written documentation by well-known researchers and scientists from the 19th century of the cave’s decorations and motifs. Interestingly, the Lipska Cave is connected to two other caves: the Cetinjska Cave by the Cetinjska Monastery, and the Obodska Cave near Rijeka Crnojevica.

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There have also been wine tastings in the cave, and in October visitors can enjoy discounts. The paths through the cave and the tours are suitable for children as well. If you are the adventurous type, but not quite an Indiana Jones, don’t worry, there are tours suited to every type of visitor. The Lipska Cave and all of its treasures can be explored in the company of trained guides.

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The Peek into the Cave tour lasts 45 minutes, during which you will walk a 400 m route and have the opportunity to take a look at the cave’s passageways and channels. The tour also includes a train ride. The Peek into the Cave tour is recommended for first-time visitors to the cave, and this tour is the best way to experience the magic of fascinating underground features and enjoy a visit to the best-known cave halls and the cave’s main channel.
Cave Adventure is a tour for the most daring visitors, who want to investigate the cave’s most hidden corners. Experiencing this tour in smaller groups helps intensify the experience and enjoyment of the cave’s beauty. In any case the most surreal moment is when you step off the main path and into the deepest part of the cave, where the cave is completely dark, and only lamps illuminate your path. The Cave Adventure tour includes a train ride and lasts a total of 100 minutes. 

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Do you want to prove yourself as a true explorer? Are you the bold type, who loves physical activity? Then you have chosen the right tour for you. The Cave Expedition can be tailored to your wants and needs descend into the cave by rope from the ceiling like a true explorer, and, together with a professional guide, visit every corner and lake and investigate them thoroughly. Setting off in search of a hidden trove of gold coins in the heart of the Lipska Cave is a truly unique feeling. The Cave Expedition tour lasts 2-3 hours, and can be adapted to suit the needs of families with children.
Cave opening hours:
OCTOBER – NOVEMBER

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Autumn and Montenegro Travel

Yellow, red and golden colors predominate in autumn, and why miss this magical time of year in Montenegro when it is perfect for experiencing adventure? The best time to travel is often said to be between September and November, and it is not different in Montenegro. The beautiful weather, the sunny days and the cool but still-mild evenings are perfect for 4×4 safaris, photo safaris, mountaineering or simply hiking the mountain trails, visiting cultural and historical sites with our tour guides or exploring bays and concealed beaches. Here you can bathe since the average temperature of the Adriatic Sea is still 23°C in October. For visitors who want to spend their days in complete relaxation of body and soul, we can recommend one of the spa and wellness hotels offering a variety of treatments, massages, saunas, refreshing pools or relaxation in a whirlpool bath in beautiful mountain or seaside surroundings.

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What are the advantages to traveling to Montenegro in autumn?Prices of flights and accommodation are lower.
Roads, cafes and restaurants are significantly less busy.
You can visit one of the numerous festivals and other cultural events in Montenegro.
You can tour several destinations, towns and visitor attractions when there are no crowds.
You can travel and spend time outside in light clothing, without the summer heat.
You can enjoy autumn foods and the fruits of the harvest.
You can best experience daily life and authentic local culture.

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