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Winter Olympics 2014 Sochi

Last Friday marked the official start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, hosted in Sochi in Russia. Hosted every four years this sporting event draws tourists from around the world as they see famous athletes from their home country battle it out against the best of the best in a worldwide competition. Although the games are always subject to some controversy due to illegal bidding, arguments about the legitimacy of hosting the games, and on occasion the controversy of the laws surrounding the host country, ultimately the Winter Olympics, must like its Summer counterpart, does a fantastic job of bringing the world together to share the love of a common thing; sport.

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In the run up to the Winter Olympics, the Sochi Art Museum opened a history of Russian Sports exhibition starting from the 21st December. The exhibition was dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty and is the final event of the Year of the Museum of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad. During the Cultural Olympiad, over 100,000 artists from across the country participated in over 3,000 different activities, garnering the support of over 3 million spectators from these various art projects.

Visitors can learn about the various Russian rulers and their dedication to various sports, from the chess loving Peter the Great, to Alexander II’s passion for cycling. The exhibition is open from the 21st December 2013 to the 23rd March 2014, at the Sochi Art Museum, which is located a short 5 minute drive away from Sochi city centre.

agurawaterfsllWhile you are visiting Sochi to take in the excitement of the Winter Olympics, don’t forget to take a look at the grand Agura Waterfalls, also known as Agursky, one of the most famous tourist attractions (aside from the Olympics) in Sochi. These waterfalls are staggeringly tall at just under a hundred feet and are a popular stop off the Agura Ravine hiking trail. The Agura Waterfalls are located just outside the city of Sochi, and provide beautiful panoramic views of the city and the Black Sea beyond.

For those into hiking, make sure to ta ke the Agura Ravine hiking trail, stopping at the Agursky along the way. This is great for people who want to forget modern day life and get back into nature, as this hike is pretty challenging. Best of all, because of its location, the Agura Waterfalls are not very densely populated, so you can really get in touch with nature as you watch the water cascade over the edge of the falls. Then it’s off back to the cosy hotel room to get ready for a jam packed day of sports and more sports!

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50 States Road Trip – Michigan

With a population of around 9.9 million, Michigan is the 9th most populous of the 50 United States and has gained several nicknames over its lifetime, examples being ‘The Great Lakes State’ and ‘The Wolverine State’. One of Michigan’s most famous landmarks, and one of the most easily recognised, is the beautiful and vast Lake Michigan. It is one of five Great Lakes of North American and the only lake that is entirely located within the United States.

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Lake Michigan

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Thought to have been named from the Ojibwa word ‘mishigami’ which means ‘great water’, Lake Michigan borders a total of four different states, and is 307 miles at its maximum length and 118 miles at its maximum width.

The shores of Lake Michigan are home to over 12 million people, with a number of cities, towns and small villages setting up shop by its sandy waters. Seasonal residents may even have summer homes around the lake, with homes they can return to in the colder winter weather.

Mackinac Island

Said to be one of the top 10 islands in the world, Mackinac Island is an Island frozen in time, where you can spend a few relaxing nights taking in the sites, and engaging in calming activities such as carriage tours and walks along the beach. For the more adventurous out there you can also go horseback riding and hiking.

The use of automobiles is banned at Mackinac Island, excluding emergency vehicles, so the air feels fresher and cleaner, and it is a great way to get yourself out and enjoying the world at a leisurely pace, instead of trying to whizz past it from the seat of your car.

Grand Rapids

Heritage_Hill_2Between the cities of Chicago and Cleveland is a small urban city intermixed with a natural beauty. The Grand Rapids is built next to Lake Michigan and is known as ‘River City’ because of its location. It is home to a number of different theatres and stages, and is also the home of ‘Heritage Hill’ the country’s largest historic urban area, and contains over 1300 homes dating from 1848. Homes created from a variety of over 60 architectural styles, Heritage Hill is definitely a site to see.

Hire a Car for our Next Stop – NY or Bust

We travel way East to one of the most populous and famous states in America; New York. Famous for its landmarks and the bustling atmosphere of its token city, NYC, New York is a state that is steeped in its own traditional and cultural history.