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The Museum of the Moving Image, located in Astoria, Queens focuses on history, technology and art of movies, television and digital media, and is the only institution in the United States dedicated to this. This one of a kind museum offers so much to do se, therefore making it a great attraction for individuals of all ages. This dynamic institution offers exhibitions, as well as the largest collection of moving image artifacts in the nation, significant moving-image works, interactive and educational activities and programs and so much more. Visitors get to experience the creative process of making moving images in the ‘Behind the Screen’ exhibit, create their own animations, and even add music and sound effects to popular movie scenes. The museum also features a state of the art cinema that houses 264 seats and screens numerous famous films....more

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The Museum of the Moving Image, located in Astoria, Queens focuses on history, technology and art of movies, television and digital media, and is the only institution in the United States dedicated to this. This one of a kind museum offers so much to do se, therefore making it a great attraction for individuals of all ages. This dynamic institution offers exhibitions, as well as the largest collection of moving image artifacts in the nation, significant moving-image works, interactive and educational activities and programs and so much more. Visitors get to experience the creative process of making moving images in the ‘Behind the Screen’ exhibit, create their own animations, and even add music and sound effects to popular movie scenes. The museum also features a state of the art cinema that houses 264 seats and screens numerous famous films.

Ticket Price

Adults (18 ): $12 Children (3-12): $6 Children under 3: Free

Opening Hour

Wednesday & Thursday: 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Friday: 10:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 11:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays

Recommended Visit Duration

Around 2 hours or more

Suitable For

Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children

Must See

Behind the Screen, Drop in Moving Image Studio

Prayer Facilities

The Museum of the Moving Image will not have prayer facilities for Muslim visitors. Muslims visiting the museum will therefore have to use the facilities offered at one of the many mosques and Islamic Centers in Queens, such as the Islamic Guidance Center of Queens, the Muslim Center of New York and Masjid Al-Fallah.

Halal Food

The Museum of the Moving Image has a café located on the first floor. The Moving Image Café offers a wide selection of delicious food items and beverages to suit all tastes. Visitors can enjoy a steaming cup of tea, or a light meal while here. While the food served at the café will not be Halal certified, Muslim visitors can dine on suitable vegetarian and seafood options. They can also dine at one of the many Halal restaurants in Queens.

  • The Southern Sky Light Show: The Southern Lights

    The Northern lights are considered one of the most majestic wonders the sky can offer to us, humans. People from all over the world fly to the uppermost part of the Northern hemisphere in the spring and summer months to experience a symphony of lights that dance across the sky. However, it is neglected that the Southern Lights can offer an equally pleasurable show of sparkling lights, shades, and colors. There is no competition between the Northern lights and Southern lights as they are both the effect of a scientific phenomenon only possible at the polar opposites of the earth. Although there are minute scientific differences which will later be explained, the aesthetic display and the astonishment these lights create are essentially the same. Yet, for some reason, the Southern Lights is the neglected twin that we will be showcasing through this article. Aurora Australis Photo by NOAA on Unsplash The Southern Lights’ are otherwise known through its original Latin name; ‘Aurora Australis’. This is a more phonetically beautiful translation as Australis means Southern and Aurora a light that touches the sky and historically it was more generally used to describe dawn.   What are the Southern Lights? Photo by NOAA on Unsplash In layman's terms without going into the whole academic field of understanding the effects of the electrons, protons, and the upper atmosphere which would need an entire science degree to understand; The Aurora are disturbances on a magnetic sphere space level which result in the emitting of a light varying in depths, colors, and complexity. The disorder creates an artistic landscape of wonder in the sky, never twice the same because the space weather is unpredictable.   How do they differ from the Northern Lights? Photo by Lucas Marcomini on Unsplash and ThatPhotoGuyNL on Unsplash Recent scientific research shows that the Southern Lights are not a symmetrical representation of the Northern Lights. The sun’s powerful magnetic field pressures the earth’s lines to elongate the lines of the night, elongating the Southern’s lights appearances. When the sun’s magnetic field aligns perfectly with the earth, the Northern and Southern lights can symmetrize, but this is a rare phenomenon. The phenomenon of these lights is only possible due to the activity, storms, and disturbances of the magnetic sphere space. The Southern lights are not the same as the Northern Lights because of the Sun and its magnetic pressures.   Best Time to See the Southern Lights? Photo by NOAA on Unsplash In the opposite fashion of the Northern Lights, the Southern Lights are in the Southern winter. This means the prime time to visit is June through to August, but they can begin as early as March and end as late as in September. They are perfect to catch and experience during the hotter months in the Southern Hemisphere. Although, it is difficult to track the exact moment a light show will open its curtains and start, there are online services available that offer an hourly forecast based on NASA spacecraft orbiting the areas. Remember to check the recommendations based on your desired location for more live information.   Where to see the Southern Lights? Photo by NOAA on Unsplash The choices to view these wondrous lights are surprisingly vast. The Southern lights are the perfect alternative for travelers who are not fans of the cold, icy temperatures of the Northern hemisphere. This article has picked the creme de la creme of the locations to view the Southern Lights.   Australia Photo by Joey Csunyo on Unsplash If you consider the southernmost countries, then doubtless Australia is a territory that will cross your mind. If you are visiting Australia, you have a high chance of being able to witness the ballet of lights. There are highly accessible areas to view the Southern lights and speaking to locals will direct you to the perfect places to view the Southern Lights Victoria, Australia If you happen to find yourself in Melbourne or Victoria then you are in the lottery to view the Southern lights. Hop on a train from Melbourne to Victoria and try your luck to view the light show. The chances are lower here to experience the full Southern Lights but it is near impossible to miss the Milky Way. This option is especially useful for those visiting Australia instead of the lights specifically. Tasmania, Australia It makes perfect sense to look at the Southernmost territory of Australia, Tasmania, for a higher chance of viewing the lights at their supreme best. Tasmania is an island off the south of Australia with a chance of viewing the lights any night of the year. These chances increase when you visit between March and September and you find high altitudes. Tasmania has 38 peaks over the height of 1,220 meters giving you an array of choices on where to spectate and experience the lights. Mount Wellington, Hobart, and South Arm Peninsula are all regarded as great high locations for the display.   New Zealand Photo by Tobias Keller on Unsplash If your sole purpose is to view the Southern lights then New Zealand is the place to be. Not only a place for film stars and fantasy movie scenery, but New Zealand also is not often considered as a location for the Auroras. This is partly because we often imagine viewing these light phenomena in an igloo or surrounded by snow. However, it is completely logical to visit New Zealand for the Southern lights as it is the most Southern inhabited territory in the World. Queenstown, New Zealand Queenstown is a good location to base your stay in, based in-land of New Zealand but on the Southern part of the island, it has good access routes to Lake Wakatipu and Lake Tekapo. These lakes provide a magnificent view of the southern lights reflected on the wide expanses of water. It is important to bear in mind that any chances of viewing the Southern lights are diminished when close to a city and town with artificial lights, hence Queenstown should be a beginning to a means but not the final location. Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve located at Lake Tekapo is a well-known secret amongst star chasers. This reserve is often a pit stop for more than a night as the view and observatory are so perfectly situated it is impossible to experience quickly. The Reserve encourages star-gazers and chasers to stay awhile with facilities run in the night and even telescopes to get a closer look at the sky. Stewart Island Only accessible by ferry from Oban or Invercargill, other possible locations to view the light display of the South, Stewart Island is the most remote and most southern location in New Zealand. It is unobstructed by mountains or tall structures but there is the fear that the weather can cast a cloudy sky and obstruct your view. It is always best to have many options available before planning your Southern Lights adventure.   Ushuaia, Argentina Photo by Luuk Wouters on Unsplash Ushuaia or also known as the ‘end of the world’ is not often considered for it’s Southern Light views. In the winter, Ushuaia has up to 17 hours of darkness on average, really increasing your chances of catching the lights. However, as always it is paramount to find areas with little to no urban pollution and artificial lights as these can significantly interfere and disrupt the display.   South Africa Photo by Thomas Bennie on Unsplash As the name suggests we would assume that the Southern Lights are visible from South Africa, however, it is very hard to predict viewing them on the African continent. This is why we have erred away from suggesting South Africa. Now that we’ve exposed you to the wondrous Southern Lights and highlighted the possibilities of viewing the Southern Lights, we hope that you will consider the often neglected Southern Lights over the Northern Lights. Instead of flying over half the globe, we encourage citizens in the Eastern hemisphere to consider New Zealand and Australia for their next star-chasing adventure. However, if you travel to South America consider making a special trip to Argentina for this unique light upon light experience....

  • 10 Best Places to Visit in Egypt For A Holiday for First-Timers

    The first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions “Egypt” is the Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Nile. In any case, with over 7,000 years of unique history, legacy, and culture, there are numerous other amazing attractions in Egypt to justify its title as a tourist hotspot. With an intriguing history that spans back to the beginning of human civilization, Egypt is known to be a very popular tourist destination. Pharaohs being synonymous with this destination, Egypt is an amazing country to visit to explore ancient tombs, pyramids and attractions which will leave you in awe. An ideal place for adventurers, explorers and history buffs alike. Egypt is an allrounder for travelers looking for a blend of activities rich in tradition, gaining memorable experiences, and simply looking to let loose. Here are 10 Best Places to Visit in Egypt that should be on the top of your itinerary and bucket list when you finally decide to make a trip to this delightful nation. via GIPHY   Giza Image Credit: Photo by Pradeep Gopal on Unsplash Giza is presently known as one of the most renowned spots in Egypt where tourists often visit. Giza is filled with leading hotel chains, famous boutiques, cafés and large shopping centers. Near the hustle and bustle of the city lies the famous Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. You can't say you have been to Egypt without visiting and seeing these monuments first-hand. The extraordinary Pyramids at Giza are famously known for being one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and in addition to that, it is also undoubtedly one of the most famous landmarks in the world. Giza's pyramid complex has awed voyagers down through the ages. An unquestionable feature of any trip to Egypt, Giza's pyramids ought not to be missed. A large portion of the touring destinations at Giza is situated on the plateau aptly named the Giza Plateau, where the Great Sphinx and Great Pyramid stand tall. Don’t forget to snap some pictures of you riding a camel while soaking in the magnificence of the ancient pyramids (Indiana Jones-esque). The pyramids of Giza will definitely be the gem in any trip to Egypt.   Luxor Image Credit: Photo by Lea Kobal on Unsplash Luxor, also known as Thebes in Ancient times, is situated on the east bank of the Nile River in southern Egypt. At its peak, it was the ruling capital of the Middle Kingdom and the New Kingdom of Egypt. Luxor is also famously called the world’s greatest open-air museum. With iconic structures, temples, and historical museums, the city is a significant destination in Egypt. The essential touring destinations of the Luxor are not situated in the city itself but on the other side of the Nile in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. The Valley of the Kings is a burial spot of the Pharaohs of Thebes, this valley comprises of several burial places portraying the life of ancient Egyptians through the engravings inscribed on the walls and the roofs of the burial spots. The Valley of the Queens is likewise a burial location that contains close to 57 tombs including the breathtaking and remarkable burial place of Queen Nefertari. The vast majority of the Luxor attractions are found either on the East Bank or the West Bank of the Nile. Popular features on the East Bank incorporate Karnak Temple, an exceptional sanctuary city that took more than 2,000 years to develop and it is also known to be one of the largest religious places on the planet. The flawlessly lit up Luxor Temple is a jaw-dropping temple to visit at night. Some other attractions to check out in Luxor are the Luxor Museum and the Colossi of Memnon.   Cairo Image Credit: Photo by Dario Morandotti on Unsplash Cairo the capital of Egypt has a rich history of Islamic, Christian and Jewish culture. The 2000-year-old city is additionally the biggest city in Middle-East, Africa and the Arab world. Do not miss out on the opportunity to shop at Khan el-Khalili bazaar where coppersmiths continue to craft their wares despite having small workshops. Vendors are loaded with a variety of products such as ceramics, textiles, spice, perfume, collectibles, souvenirs, and jewelry. Khan el-Khalili is one of Cairo's must-visits with eateries, cafés and street food merchants scattered around the market adding to the appeal of the bazaar. The significant mosques in Cairo are the mosque of Amr Ibn Al-Aas (Al-Fustat), Mosque of Ahmed Ibn Tulun, Mosque of Al-Azhar, Mosque of Sultan Hassan (which is wonderfully lit up in the evening), Mosque of Al-Refai, The Blue Mosque and the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali. Additionally, other Islamic sites are the Salah El-Din Citadel, House of Gamal-Al-Din and the Museum of Islamic Art (Bab Al-Khalq). At the widely acclaimed Egyptian Museum of Tahrir Square, guests can get a better perspective on Tutankhamun along with mummies and different antiquities from Egypt's Ancient past.   Aswan Image Credit: Photo by Mo Gabrail on Unsplash Aswan is the third biggest city in Egypt and is situated on the eastern bank of the Nile River. Aswan is the name given to this city by Arabs, the prior name of the city was "Suno" which translates to 'The Market'. Aswan gives one of the most delightful perspectives of Egypt with the eye-catching views of the town on the eastern bank. Aswan is likewise a bonus for guests as it is flooding with brilliant markets, aromas, Pharaonic and roman remains and artifacts from the ancient spot of Nubia. The two most amazing destinations of Aswan town are the two principle islands-Kitchener which is a botanical garden and Elephantine which is a site having vestiges of ancient structures and a museum. Elephantine and Kitchener Island are worth the time and money spent on exploring these islands. The Elephantine Islands are the ideal escape to loosen up. The vivid Nubian towns in the focal point of the island are unique Egypt vacation spots and make for an incredible night walk. It is also recommended to take the boat to Angelika Island to study the Temple of Philae which is from the Ptolemaic and Roman era. The biggest landmark of the island is the sanctuary of Isis which takes up around one-fourth of the island. Aswan is currently known for its amazing views on the desert dunes and the Nile stream. Some other essential attractions are Aga Khan Mausoleum, Tombs of the Nobles and the Temple of Philae.   Abu Simbel Image Credit: Photo by AussieActive on Unsplash Abu Simbel comprises of two enormous stone temples made out of appreciation for the powerful King Ramses II. Cut out of the mountainside, the sanctuaries are enduring energy of Ramesses II and Nefertari. The temple is the most remarkable temple of all ancient Egypt. Indeed, even in a nation brimming with temples and tombs, Abu Simbel is something uncommon. This is Ramses II's extraordinary sanctuary, embellished with enormous sculpture placed outside, and with an inside luxuriously finished with artistic creations on the wall. The stone impressions of the lord and the lady seated on their thrones is a notable aspect of ancient Egypt. The temple was shifted elsewhere as a result of the rising waters of the lake during the 60s and this attraction creates a flow of tourists throughout.   White Desert Image Credit: Photo by Mariam Soliman on Unsplash Prepare to be stunned by the extraordinary white-hued rock arrangements of the White Desert, the Bedouin national park north of Farafra. This exceptional natural wonder consists of strangely molded chalk mountains with colossal arrangements of chalk running from snow white to cream in color, which likewise includes the sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea and the cliffs of the Farafra Depression. The white rocks have been molded by wind disintegration for a few centuries. The landscapes here look nothing short of magical, with white stones and chunks. For desert fans and travelers, this would be your ideal setting, while at the same time basking in the regular landscape. With its stunning natural beauty, it is among the most delightful spots to visit in Egypt. PS – Lookout for the Rhim and Dorcas gazelle, the latter of which roams the landscape at the White Desert.   Siwa Oasis Image Credit: Photo by Flo P on Unsplash This dazzling oasis, encompassed by date palm ranches and various freshwater springs, is one of the Western Desert's most pleasant spots. The town is based on the remnants of an immense mud-block fortress that ruled the view. This is the best spot to slow down and rejuvenate for a couple of days. Vacationers go to the city to appreciate the town's numerous freshwater springs, walk around sections of land of palm forests and to explore antiquated mud-fabricated fortifications and leftovers of Siwa's Greco-Roman past. Gurgling springs are in bounty here. One of the most famous is a stone pool known as Cleopatra's Bath. A segregated and more private pool is situated on an island in Lake Siwa. An outing to the nearby commercial center offers guests the chance to tour the city's rich culture and soak up the uniqueness the place has to offer.   Alexandria Image Credit: Photo by Peter Nicola on Unsplash Situated on the Northern Coast of Egypt, Alexandria or known as the "Pearl of the Mediterranean" or the "Social Capital of Egypt" is an ancient city in Egypt which is viewed as a significant tourist point of Egypt, the second biggest city of Egypt and furthermore a bustling trade port. Alexandria is enhanced with numerous sublime Greek landmarks, offering incredible touring chances to all and worth a visit for its numerous social attractions which provides deeper insights into its past. The city is definitely a standout amongst other Egypt destinations which would allow you to unwind and relax stress-free. Well known touring spots in Alexandria are Fort Qait Bey, Bibliotheca Alexandrina (one of the largest and most significant library in the ancient world) and Pompey's Pillar Alexandria which is a decent spot to chill with your friends and walk around the boulevards which are loaded up with cafés.   Sinai Image Credit: Photo by Irina Nakonechnaya on Unsplash Egypt's focal point for seashore fun is the South Sinai which is on the Sinai Peninsula. Sharm el-Sheik or, more than likely known as the City of Peace is a European-style resort brimming with lavish lodgings, universally known eateries, and a plethora of activities to offer. Sharm el-Sheik is one of the most well-known retreat towns in Egypt, situated at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula. With its warm, dark blue waters and extraordinary brilliant seashores, it would be hard to eliminate such a spot from your itinerary. Try not to pass up on the opportunity to snorkel or dive into the phenomenal reefs around Tiran Island and Ras Mohammed National Park, home to some incredibly vivid marine life. Sharm el-Sheik gives access into the desert, where you can visit Bedouin camps and climb Mount Sinai, an ancient biblical spot famously known for its optimal view of the sunrise.   Dahab Image Credit: Photo by Nassim Wahba on Unsplash Dahab is a serene budget beach town that goes easy on your bank account. Dahab, which implies gold in English, is one of the most-visited urban communities by travelers and Egyptians in Southeast Sinai. It is otherwise called Sinai's most-cherished diving spot, which makes it a go-to spot for diving or swimming enthusiasts. Any place you pick in the South Sinai will have an association with diving. The Red Sea is one of the top diving destinations on the planet. Apart from being the most celebrated national park inside Egypt, Ras Muhammad National Park also happens to be one of the most well-known diving sites. This attraction is tucked in the midst of the beautiful coral reefs and mangroves of the Red Sea just along with the inland desert of Sinai. It has completely clear waters that permit divers and swimming lovers to effectively view the dynamic corals and aquatic life. If you decide to take a boat for a ride further into the sea, you might even get to spot some dolphins, including Risso's Dolphin.   Nile Cruising Image Credit: Photo by Lea Kobal on Unsplash You can never be finished with a trip to Egypt without going on a journey on the Nile River. Regardless of whether you take it toward the beginning of the day or around evening time, in a boat or a felucca, the appeal of the Nile will blow your mind. For some guests, a multi-day voyage upon this much-admired Nile is a noteworthy feature of their Egypt trip. Cruising the Nile is likewise the most loosening up approach to see the sanctuaries that stud the banks of the waterway on the course among Luxor and Aswan. The two celebrated sights on a Nile Cruise are the Temple of Kom Ombo and Edfu's Temple of Horus, where all the large cruise ships make a halt. You can also opt to voyage the Nile by felucca which is Egypt's conventional wooden boat. Boats and cruises leave from both Luxor and Aswan, yet feluccas must be boarded for trips from Aswan. Egypt offers the most intriguing encounters to tourists and such an experience that cannot be compared to any other place else on the planet. Everything about Egypt leaves its visitors in amazement.THE PS – It is advisable to wear full-length clothing in Egypt, to regard the traditions and save yourself from some serious sunburn.   via GIPHY...

  • Planning To Travel After Covid-19? Here Are 10 Best Road Trips in Australia You Need To Check Out

    Planning a getaway to restart your life after the pandemic? Great idea! Why not plan for a road trip, especially in Australia since it has some spectacular routes and scenic drives as you traverse this large island continent? A road trip will also give you an opportunity to revive long-standing relationships with friends whom you have been social distancing from recently. And, you can do this while taking in the awe-inspiring scenes, hidden natural wonders, and some out-of-the-way places which can only be reached via a road! What is more, a road trip does away with the tedious tasks of extreme budgeting, applying for visas, considering travel restrictions, and embarking on a long flight to reach your destination. It allows you to travel at your own pace, it can nicely work out on a limited budget, and there is no fuss on what to wear – comfort-wear is the way to go! Most importantly, it enables you to create your own unique route while traveling.  Road trips are a convenient way for you to travel with your friends after Covid-19 and it is expected to rise with domestic travel will begin to recover first. To help you plan for your next road trip, here are 10 best road trips in Australia!  via GIPHY  1. The Great Ocean Road, Victoria Image Credit: Mateusz Glogowski on Unsplash This is one famed road trip route taking you across the southern coast of Australia from between Torquay and Warrnambool, Allansford, or a little further to Port Fairy in Victoria. The Great Ocean Road, completed in 1932 as a First World War memorial, showcases breath-taking clifftop vistas, wildlife, shipwrecks, and the never-ending coastlines while passing through quaint towns and rain forest. Things to do and see: Bells Beach, 12 Apostles, Erskine Falls, Apollo Bay, Port Campbell National Park, Loch Ard Gorge, the Island Archway, the cliff-face Gibson Steps, Cape Otway lighthouse, Great Otway National Park, Lorne, Anglesea, Peterborough, the historic fishing village of Port Fairy, and many delicious eateries along the way. Time frame: The route is about 9.5 hours (approximately a 250-kilometre drive). So, a day-trip is possible and done often if you want to enjoy only the passing scenery. But the best way to take in all the sights and sounds and venture further afield is a three to four-day road trip along these most famous road trip routes. 2. The Great Beach Drive, Queensland Image Credit: Tim Foster on Unsplash; You can get a nice view of the beautiful sunrise at Hervey Bay while on this route. For those of you living in Queensland, you need not go too far to catch some scenic views and some of the best routes for a road trip. The Great Beach Drive is the famed road trip on some of the Sunshine Coast’s most stunning beaches leading to Fraser Island and the Fraser Coast while meandering through UNESCO Heritage sites, national parks, and many historically significant landscapes. While traversing this most wonderful of road routes, you will be privy to whale, dolphin, turtle, platypus, kangaroo, and rare bird sightings. Don't miss out on the Hervey Bay; you can get a nice view of the beautiful sunrise and sunset here! Things to do and see: Noosa Biosphere, Great Sandy Biosphere, wildlife sightings, picnics, camping inside national parks, off-road driving, Double Island Point lighthouse, Hervey Bay, Teewah beach, Rainbow beach, surfing, kayaking, swimming, Great Barrier Reef, hiking and trekking, and Fraser Island - the largest sand island in the world. Time frame: The route is about 168 hours (a 380-kilometre drive). Take a three to seven-day road trip along the Great Beach Drive or even longer, depending on how long you want your getaway trip to be and what you want to explore with your friends. 3. The Grand Pacific Drive, New South Wales Image Credit: Mara Page on Unsplash; The Grand Pacific Drive will lead you to some of the iconic places in Australia such as the whitest sand beach, Hyams beach at Jervis Bay. For those in New South Wales, the Grand Pacific Drive will lead you along some of the territory’s most memorable places and coastal scenes through a 140-kilometre bitumen road. Things to do and see: Sydney’s Royal National Park, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Sea Cliff Bridge, booming blowholes at Kiama, Austinmer Beach, Nan Tien Temple, hang-gliding, paragliding Minamurra Rainforest, whitest sand beaches in the world at Jervis Bay, and Jamberoo Action Park. Timeframe: The route is just a few hours (approximately a 140-kilometre drive) and an ideal one-day road trip for anyone from Sydney, Canberra, or other neighboring areas. However, there is nothing to stop you from making this road trip a longer vacation by staying over in any one of the towns or reserves along the way. 4. Great Alpine Road, Victoria Image Credit: Linda Xu on Unsplash; Experience the beauty of lush mountains at Mount Buffalo National Park  Another scenic drive starts off at Wangaratta in Victoria and traverses through the Victorian High Country and ends at Metung in the Gippsland Lakes region. The Great Alpine road trip will stun you with its fabulous Alpine scenes, mountain ranges, deep valleys, wine country, and sparkling waterways. This route will let you revel in the beauty of the mountains while enjoying some relaxation time with close friends whether you live in New South Wales or in Victoria! Things to do and see: Be inspired and rejuvenated by the lush mountains and rain forests, Mount Buffalo National Park, Gorge Lookout at Mt Buffalo, unique rock formations, and waterfalls. You can also try activities like mountain biking, trekking, and horse riding with your friends. Drive through Victoria’s highest alpine village, and view the 1,750 meter above sea-level Mt Hotham. Don't forget to visit towns such as Beechworth, Bright, and Omeo to experience the local hospitality.  Time frame: The road trip is approximately 500 kilometres and best enjoyed through a week where you can take in the scenes and enjoy the local hospitality. 5. Cairns to Cape York Peninsula, Queensland Image Credit: Photo by Pierre-Henry de Soria on Unsplash; Drop by the Palm Cove while on this route, and spend some time with your friends, catching up.  A Sunshine Coast epic journey is the road trip starting from Cairns and ending at the Cape York Peninsula. While this route is not common, unlike the Cairns to Cape Tribulations road trip, it will take you through the World Heritage-listed, Great Barrier Reef to the ancient World Heritage Daintree National Park across red sand, rain forests, many national parks, indigenous history and culture, and scenic views like no other. While the drive is said to be bumpy and does not boast much comfort, it is a once in a lifetime adventure and a chance to experience a simple lifestyle! Things to do and see: Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Daintree National Park, river crossings, ancient rock art at The Quinkan Galleries at Laura, rainforests, Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, camping, Lakefield National Park, traverse the Old Telegraph Track, and walk to The Tip – the northern most point of Australia. Time frame: The route is about 14 hours (approximately a 1,000-kilometre one-way drive). Considering the dirt roads, raw terrain, and the need to do a round trip while exploring places and experiences the region, a minimum two-week road trip is called for. If you really are short on time, consider a one-way drive and return by air. 6. Gibb River Road, Western Australia Image Credit: jancolaco from Pixabay; Enjoy the Kimberley gorges on the Gibb River Road.  Western Australia’s Gibb River Road is another epic Australian road trip route for the adventurous. This route beginning and ending from Derby to Wyndham, or vice versa, will take you through the Kimberley region. Traveling through the outback on dusty roads will require a four-wheel drive, but the journey will take you through national parks, waterfalls, plateaus, gorges, natural wonders and lets you soak in the 50 to 60 thousand-year-old indigenous Australian culture. Things to do and see: Crocodile sighting; Windjana Gorge National Park; Mitchell Falls and Mitchell Plateau; El Questro; ziplining; King Leopold Ranges; visit outback cattle stations; compare and contrast between the Adcock, Manning, Galvans, Leonard, and Bell Gorges; Zebedee Springs; and Tunnel Creek. Time frame: Approximately a 660-kilometre route with only two roadhouses along the way – at Imintji and Mt Barnett. An ideal road trip would be a week-long, and more if you plan to stay and visit some out of the way places. Be prepared with extra fuel which can be expensive to purchase. 7. Red Centre Way, Northern Territory Image Credit: Philippe Wuyts on Unsplash; Kings Canyon, a must-visit to enjoy spectacular views!  The Northern Territory’s Red Centre Way is another epic and very cliched Australian road trip over sealed and unsealed roads. The route takes you through several mountain ranges, red earth deserts, isolated rocks, fresh swimming holes, ancient Aboriginal rock art sites, and historic towns. So, get ready for one epic Australian outback road trip experience! Things to do and see: Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, and West MacDonnell ranges; walking and hiking; Finke Gorge National Park; Watarrka National Park, the only place to see the red cabbage palm; the spirited lands of mulga forest; and the spinifex. Time frame: A loop route of about 1,135 kilometres starting at Alice Springs and taking you through Uluru and Kings Canyon is a 5 to 6-day road trip. 8. The Nullarbor Plain, South Australia to Western Australia Image Credits: Simon Maisch on Unsplash; Create unforgettable memories with your friends here at Nullarbor, South Australia If you are living somewhere in South or Western Australia, consider taking the Nullarbor Plain road trip which stretches across Ceduna/Adelaide in South Australia and Perth in Western Australia. While quite remote, the desert highway is an easy route meandering through the goldfields of Western Australia and the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. If you enjoy off-road driving, then use a four-wheel drive to ride through wide-open spaces, sand dunes, and wooded hills while re-hashing some legendary UFO stories and old-time myths with friends.  Things to do and see: Bragging rights to having seen and driven on the largest piece of limestone on earth; strange landscapes which the Nullarbor Plain is renowned for; wildlife such as giant wedge-tailed eagles, emus, kangaroos, dingoes, and camels; whale watching beneath the world's longest line of sea cliffs; the world’s longest golf course; unique caves; riding over sand dunes; ruins of Eucla Telegraph Station built in the 1870s; and camping under the starlit skies. Time frame: An ideal 6-day road trip of 1,256 kilometres which requires some preparation due to it being remote. So, carry enough fuel, water, and other essential supplies. 9. Heritage Highway, Tasmania Image Credit: Samuel Scrimshaw on Unsplash; Rural Building at Tasmania, Australia.  Living in Tasmania? No worries… This little island has quite a few road trips on offer from the Tassie Loop, to the route from Hobart to Freycinet, and of course the famed Heritage Highway. The Heritage highway which runs between Hobart and Launceston is a 200-year-old road built by convict road gangs in the 1800s. The highway meanders through some scenic views of farmlands, Georgian villages, grand rural estates and the authentic scenes of Tasmania’s historic midlands. Things to do and see: Visit the towns of Oatlands, Longford, Evandale, Cressy, and Perth; enjoy some gourmet food; Heritage Highway Museum and Visitors Centre in Campbell Town; Shene Estate & Distillery; and the Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary. Time frame: A short 2 to 3 days road trip of approximately 200 kilometres. 10. The Big Lap, Australia Image Credit: Martyna Bober on Unsplash; Visit the Bondi Beach at Sydney, one of the most famous beach destinations.  Last but certainly not the least… we have “The Big Lap”, a spectacular adventure around the entire country. Try this fabulous road trip of 15,000 kilometres using Highway One around the edge of Australia as you take in the changing scenes and landscapes of the country’s diverse territories and mixed natural environs. The big lap route will take you through seven capital cities, ride through rain forests and the red earth deserts, cruise along the coastline, and enjoy the vast emptiness of the outback. Things to do and see: Everything and anything that you fancy from the coastline between Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Perth, Esperance, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Hobart. Time frame: To truly experience the big lap, you will need at least six months, so, consider this a final hurrah kind of road trip adventure!   In ending this article, let me say that depending on the amount of time you have for a vacation, some of these road trip routes can be combined with some fun activities to make it a super adventure. So, take this chance; do not agonize about limited overseas travel, but instead, make the most of exploring your own country and enjoying a relaxing, fun-filled time with your friends! Don't forget to download the HalalTrip App, here, for more travel tips, prayer times and Qibla Direction, and many more!    via GIPHY...

  • Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa | A Halal Sanctuary In The Heart Of Nusa Dua, Bali

    Imagine crystal blue waters, the pristine strip of beach with fine golden sand. A private sanctuary right one of Bali's most relaxing provinces – Nusa Dua. Wake up to the best sites of nature and savor being just five minutes away from the beach. via GIPHY Take a breather from the hustle and bustle of life when you're a Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa. Meet the locals and experience the amazing Bali hospitality. This 5-star sanctuary was designed with accents of the Indonesian culture in a serene botanical setting. Here, you'll breathe the new ambiance and be surrounded by the beautiful architecture and natural elements that resemble Bali.  Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa Just 15 minutes away from the airport, you don't have to ever worry about having to sit through a long bumpy ride. This also means that you could leave a little later than usual before catching your flight back home. Image Credit: Nate Johnston on Unsplash The best time to visit Nusa Dua is some time between the end of May till the end of October – from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). During this time, Nusa Dua is in the high season of clear blue skies with temperatures ranging from 24°C to 25°C on cooler days and 30°C to 31°C on warmer days.  Also Read: Pop By These Hidden Gems Of Bali The Next Time You're On This Island The Rooms Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa Nusa Dua understands that everyone has different preferences and styles, hence whilst you have the choice of bigger deluxe family rooms constructed to satisfy tired parents and excitable children, or deluxe rooms that offer just the right amount of space for solo or couples. There are also opportunities to splurge in a personalized manner and be transported to your dream. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa Authentic hardwood floors, spacious balconies with the view of lush tropical gardens and perfectly crisp bedsheets and intricate wood carvings that accentuate the Bali ambiance. The rooms in Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa captures Balinese luxury and identity in even into the littlest details of the room.  Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; Palace Club Lagoon Wake up to their immaculate outdoor lagoon and when the sun starts beaming, lounge at the patio just outside your room or take a quick dip in their outdoor pool. The Palace Club Lagoon Room and suites give you instant access to Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa's various pools or savor the breathtaking view, peering over palm trees at their spacious balconies. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; The Royal Residence The Royal Residence incorporates vintage drapery, heavy textiles, vintage wood within 2 levels. It ensures to encapsulate what classic Balinese royals once experienced. The Balcony extends out into the pool and garden views and it also has a private plunge pool for the whole family. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; Nusa Dua Suite The Nusa Dua Suite gives a homely feel, with different levels, neutral and warm tones. It has an upper level with encompassing views of the palm trees line the beach. The separate living area truly makes you feel you have rented a home in Bali. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; The Batur Suite The Batur Suite ensures that people who enjoy the outside nature, are gifted with a sleek lagoon swimming pool, decks for sunbathing all in a modern marble feel as well as a lush tropical garden. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; The Agung Suite The Agung suite with its white and lighter tones has an airy feel, with a spacious living area. The mature designs, making it the perfect place for 4 adults to come to relax their stresses away in a highly deserving manner. Note: Feel free to request for a copy of the local prayer time table to keep track of your prayers.  Also Read: Get Your Dream Floating Breakfast And Feel Like Royalty For A Day At These 5 Resorts in Bali! The Spa Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; The Nusa Dua Spa A 5-star hotel with a 5-star top-notch spa makes the trip here an unforgettable experience. Nusa Dua Spa makes it their mission to offer traditional Balinese beauty and spa treatment. The product they use has been a national treasure to Balinese women for centuries. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; The Nusa Dua Spa They encapsulate modern luxuries that do not stray from providing their cherished clients with a genuine Balinese experience they will never forget; with coffee and lime body scrubs, milk baths, body, and skin oils that are carefully pressed, natural essential oils to relieve tensions, mixtures of spices, herbs, and plants native to Bali. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; The Nusa Dua Spa The Nusa Dua spa ensures to offer a relaxing, restful but also healing wellness experience as well as a traditional experience that could only be experienced in Bali. Dining The dining options are balanced at just enough for your stay of a week, 7 options to experience. Here is a break down of your breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; Raja’s Balinese Cuisine Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa has four Halal-certified restaurants, each set to serve different types of cuisines. The Indonesian council of Majelis Ulama Bali has declared that the food served is Halal and according to the Islamic law. All ingredients and production processes are in accordance with the decree of Fatwa Commission of the Indonesian Council of Majelis Ulama Bali. If you're planning your stay within the Ramadan period, Halal iftar and sahoor will be made available upon request in the 4 restaurants and room services.   Raja’s Balinese Cuisine Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; Raja’s Balinese Cuisine For an authentic Balinese experience, this dining experience not only serves award-winning food but it does so in an elegant fine dining ambiance. The architecture is wooden inspired, with engraved wooden planks, high planked ceilings in rich mahogany. This ensures that when your dinner of Kunyit coconut curries, sambal tapas, warm spiced Ayam Betutus arrive all your senses are overfilled with Balinese hospitality. Not forgetting the delectable traditional desserts. Note: The menu has an in-depth description of each meal for newbies. Tamarind Mediterranean Brasserie Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa; Tamarind Mediterranean Brasserie This halal-certified restaurant will call you from afar, with its complete structure in wood. The bamboo thatched roof houses an incredible restaurant. The views of the ocean will accompany the wide range of dishes from the west along with side contemporary Asian dishes. From Pizzas to linguine, aubergine dishes to chicken tikka, you can find the traces of Greece, Italy, India on the menu. The options don’t end there, go for dinner for an entirely different menu Tamarind understands the sweet tooth well, with beautiful exotic flavors such as tamarillo, mango and papaya pulp, and mandarins but it also understands classical flavors with inclusions of Toblerone, chocolate, and vanilla. Maguro Asian Bistro Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Maguro Asian Bistro If you are craving a different type of Asian cuisine, namely Hong Kong styled street foods, Japanese sushi or Korean barbecues, Maguro condenses the variety of Asian foods into a hip cool setting beside the pool. The fresh seafood will explode in flavor, the combinations of fresh local fruit and spices of Bali to add a kick to your dishes do not fail to spice up the holiday you’re experienced. There is also an international dessert list. Wedang Jahe Restaurant Image Credit: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Wedang Jahe Restaurant Set in an idyllic setting with Balinese women artistically painted on a brick wall. The restaurant doesn’t offer a menu online due to its endless choices that change. Just be prepared for a mixture of local dishes as well as international ones. There you have it, Nusa Dua Hotel and Spa. You have an opportunity to make your dream holiday come true. Free Download: Wonderful Indonesia | Get Your Halal Travel Guide Address: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali 80361, IndonesiaPrice Range: IDR 1,778,502 onwardsMosques Nearby: Masjid ITDC Nusa Dua                                Masjid Agung Ibnu BatutahHalal Food Nearby: Bebek Tepi Sawah Nusa Dua                                   Queens of India Nusa Dua Website | Facebook | Instagram  ...

  • Every Story Has A Beginning. Here are 7 Historical Places You Should Visit in 2019!

    History surrounds us, whether you're walking down the street, sitting in a cafe or relaxing at home. It can be identified and traced for almost every object. There are many iconic places around the world that are identified by their rich history that still stands amongst us in the present day. This article will explore 7 historical cities you should visit in 2019. Check Out More Halal Travel Blogs 1) Luxor, Egypt We begin with the land of the Pyramids, Om al-dunya (Mother of the world) and the Breadbasket of the Empire. Egypt is generally a treasure cove when it comes to history. From the Pyramids in Giza, to the Hellenistic influences in Alexandria and the Ottoman remnants in the daily lives of their locals. Luxor is often overshadowed by the Capital and Resort towns but for history lovers, Luxor holds an untouched candour. The town's scenery is free of skyscrapers. The Nile and Temple's pillars stand in a way that can transport you away from modern city life. The city is divided by the river, leaving the East side as the lively side and the West side as the dead side. Considered as the oldest city in Egypt, it's no suprise that history surrounds the street. The Luxor Temple and extensions to Karnak Temple are always linked back to the days of Ramsis the 3rd, the Pharoah of Musa (pbuh). Historical Places to Visit: Luxor Temple Valley of the Kings- Tutenkhamun's Tomb Valley of the Queens Karnak Temple Medinet Habu Colossi of Memon 2) Rome, Italy An obvious choice as Rome is an open air museum. When in Rome do as the Romans do. Rome as a city and an expression of life, reminds us how roman lives were like in the early centuries. From the way the roads are structured to the city centre and plazas. A casual bus ride through the city will show you an immense amount of relics, including the Colosseum and fountain of Trevi. The era of Renaissance(rebirth) aimed to link itself back to the prosperity and dominance of the Romans, hence the structures that are in Hellenistic design. It creates a neat circle of history repeating itself. Historical Places to Visit: Castel Sant Angelo Colosseum Trevi Fountain Sistine Chapel The Vatican (though it is technically a separate city) Piazza Novana St Peters Basilica Roman Forum 3) Istanbul, Turkey Where East meets West, Istanbul cannot be compared to any other city in the world. Its unique position globally, historically and socially have made it a beautiful city that's rich in history. Formally known as Constantinople, Istanbul was the capital when the Roman empire split, evolving the city into the Byzantine Empire. After centuries of conflict, the Islamic Caliphate took over and gained access to Eastern Europe. Islamic history is the most prevalent in this destination, with huge, majestic mosques and museums dedicated to sharing Turkey's islamic past. Historical Places to Visit: Topkapi palace Hagia Sophia Sultan Ahmed mosque Grand Bazaar Basilica Cistern Sulemaniye Mosque Dolmabahce palace Galata tower 4) Prague, Czech Republic Prague is a picturesque beautiful city with immense amount of uphills and downhills. This city gives us a cleaner version of what the Bohemian middle ages may have looked like. The cobbled pavements take you back into the past with every step. The sight of houses with wooden panels will make you believe that you're living in a fairytale. Prague was rich in the aspects astrology and religion and the Old Town Square is a reminder of this. An interesting fact about Prague as a city is that is often used to film historical movies and tv shows due to its intact landscape. Historical Places to Visit: Astronomical clock Old town Square Prague Castel St Charles Bridge St Vitus Church Jewish Quarter Wencaslas square 5) Jerusalem - Palestine The holy city is a beautiful culmination of the three monotheistic religion. A truly religious city with Monks, Orthodox Jews and Muslims walking past each other in almost identical modesty and submission to God. This city has undergone immense changes but the old areas will transport you back to the Middle ages. The hilly landscape and forted Walls built by Suleiman the Magnificent shelter a historical haven away from cars and modern buildings. The Al Aqsa complex is not only a place of pilgrimage for Muslims but its serenity and the lack of change show us the steadfastness of Islam throughout the years.  This city is a perfect destination to explore the history of the three religions that majority of the locals practice. Historical Places to Visit:  Ethiopian Church Dome of the Rock Al-Aqsa mosque Old city Western Wall Mount of olives Church of the holy Sepulchre Damuscus Gate 6)Edinburgh, Scotland The capital of Scotland is not only known for the helpful character of the locals but also the history that graces the city. The Edinburgh castle reflects the development of forts and castles as the centuries progressed. With intact architectures displaying the Renaissance and Jacobean eras, Edinburgh is an important state for Scotland because it represents the history of the country's rebellion and cohesion. The rocky roads, gothic buildings and old-fashioned specialist shops truly give a sense of Victorian culture. The city itself holds a historic charm with its bridges, road structures and neoclassical architecture. Hike up Arthur’s seat for a view of the whole city and its sweeping natural scenery. Historical Places to Visit: Arthurs Seat Edinburgh Castle Old Town Holyrood Castle National Museum of Scotland Princes Street 7) Delhi, India India itself is a country drowning in history, so the capital is a good place to start. The Old Delhi holds the beautiful Mughal Red Fort where you can wonder around and imagine being part of the imperial household. Not far from the Red Fort lies Chandni Chowk, a colorful market selling everything from dried fruit to silver jewellery, allowing a historical market experience. This city’s history is heavily intertwined with Hindu and Mughal identities. Visit the intricately lavish Akshardham which shows the artisanal beauty and skillmanship of Hindu artisans. There is an immense list of temples and complexes that are worth a visit because of their unique and beautiful historical influences. A recent culmination of this would be the Lotus Temple which was opened in 1986 and is open to visitors of all religions. Historical Places to Visit: Red Fort Akshardham Qutb Minar complex Laxminarayan Temple Rashtrapati Bhavan Lotus Temple Humayun’s Tomb Get more inspirations for your 2019 trips  ...



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