English-speaking world

September 24, 2017

KILLARNEY

Located in the County of Kerry, Killarney is at the heart of the very beautiful and spectacular Southwest of Ireland. Also known as ‘The Town in the Park’, Killarney town is surrounded by 26,000 acres of National Parkland, including three stunning lakes. Killarney, one of Ireland's jewels and busiest tourist towns has many beautiful sites including Torc Waterfall, Muckross House and the Killarney National Park and is often referred to as the gateway to the Ring of Kerry.


Ross Castle is situated on the edge of Lough Leane one the lower lakes of Killarney National Park, 1.5 miles south of Killarney within the Kenmare Estate. It is a square tower house with bartizans, or overhanging turrets, on two of the tower's corners and two (of the original four) round towers. The castle is surrounded by parts of a square bawn or defensive wall. The most important room of the castle is the Great Hall situated on the top floor with large windows, fireplace, kitchen and minstrels' gallery. Ross Castle Killarney was probably built in the late 15thcentury.


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September 15, 2017

VICTORIA

Victoria is the provincial capital of British Columbia - Canada's most westerly province. It is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. In the city centre, the narrow streets are lined with handsome 19th century stone buildings, and great baskets overflowing with flowers grace and lampposts. It will charm you with its colonial heritage, beautiful world famous gardens, and its inner city harbour which is the focal point of the city. The Parliament buildings themselves overlook the harbour which is  a bustle of activity year-round. Every year the city of Victoria is adorned with millions of flowers, enhancing its reputation as Canada's "City of Gardens".

PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS, VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
 
Construction of the current Parliament Buildings started in 1893 and they were officially opened on February 10, 1898. The style of the Parliament Buildings has been described as ‘free classical’ and ‘Romanesque.’ The roof is capped by 33 copper domes of different sizes. On top of the central dome, stands a gold plated, two-metre tall statue of Captain George Vancouver. Each night, the buildings are illuminated by more than 3500 energy-efficient light bulbs.

To visit the Parliament Buildings, go to Parliamentary Tour Office

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August 19, 2017

KEYSTONE SHORTWAY


The transcontinental Interstate 80 (I-80) is designated across northern Pennsylvania as the Keystone Shortway, a non-tolled freeway that crosses rural north-central portions of the state on the way to New Jersey and New York City. In Pennsylvania, Interstate 80 is also known as the “Z.H. Confair Memorial Highway.” On Sept. 17, 1970, the Pennsylvania section of I-80 was completed. Motorists had the ability to travel uninterrupted through the Commonwealth from Delaware Water Gap in Monroe County to Sharon in Mercer County. For over four decades, many have traveled the “Keystone Shortcut” to reach their destinations and get quickly from point to point, proving that the Pennsylvania section of I-80 continues to be an important artery in the U.S. highway system.

The KEYSTONE SHORTWAY , Interstate 80, between Sharon and Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, 313 miles, 53 interchanges and 486 bridges, gives good access to many of the state parks and recreational areas as well as the shortest route across the state.

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June 30, 2017

LIVERPOOL

Blighted by urban decay after decades of economic decline, Liverpool may not sound like an appealing place to visit, yet the resilient Liverpudlians (or "Scousers"), the twin modern cathedrals, the first-rate art galleries and score of museums, the musical and maritime heritage, make this one of England's most engrossing cities.

Mersey Tunnel Entrance. St. George's Hall. Cathedral. Landing Stage

The neo-Gothic Anglican cathedral, the largest of its denomination in the world, and biggest church in England, is the masterpiece of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.
St. George's Hall - one of the country's finest neo-classical buildings and tone-setter for the surrounding, undeniably impressive cityscape.

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June 11, 2017

NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK

Welcome to Niagara Falls!

Niagara Falls USA is located 420 miles from New York City. It is a bustling tourist town with a tremendous range of man-made attractions. Nicknamed the world’s honeymoon capital, this spot is a natural wonder attracting newlyweds, families, cross-country travelers and waterfall fans. Each year millions of tourists from all over the world come to experience Bridal Veil Falls on Luna Island. From this point on the American side you can actually stand on top of the falls. A system of illumination also makes the falls a great attraction at night, every night of the year. Niagara Falls is amazing!


May 28, 2017

WYANDOTTE, MICHIGAN

The Annual Wyandotte Street Art Fair

Incorporated in 1867, the City of Wyandotte is often described as the ‘Heart of Downriver’. A waterfront community, Wyandotte is rich in history and is known for its distinctive architecture, charming downtown district and a variety of cultural offerings. Wyandotte is well known for its community events, beautiful historical Museum, festivals and annual Wyandotte Street Art Fair. The Fair is traditionally held the second week of July each year. This popular event combines over 400 talented craftsmen and artists in a festive atmosphere. Special children's shows, street musicians and entertainers, along with delicious food booths provides something for everyone.


The purpose of the Wyandotte Street Art Fair is:
  • To promote and expand community awareness of the creative arts through quality exhibits that provide meaningful, cultural enrichment.
  • To offer the artist and visitor alike the opportunity to meet one another in a hospitable and festive atmosphere
  • To stimulate a sense of civic unity and pride through the dynamics of cultural understanding
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May 14, 2017

TORONTO

Toronto is Canada's commercial and culture centre. Located on the northern shore of Lake Ontario, the city offers a fascinating combination of high-tech architecture with leafy Victorian neighbourhoods. It's a vibrant, exciting city with a multitude of sights to see and places to go.
CN Tower. This is the world's tallest free-standing structure. 553 m from the top of the transmission mast to the surface of the reflecting pool at the base. It's a tourist attraction as well as a communications tower, with indoor and outdoor observation decks, and the world's largest revolving restaurant at the 351 m.


Toronto - a great city to visit: skyline with CN Tower, Casa Loma, City Hall

Casa Loma. A fairytale castle in the heart of the city. Built in 1911 a rambling medieval-style castle, filled with the greatest luxuries and the most modern and ingenious inventions of the age.
City Hall. The symbol of Toronto's coming of age as a city of international stature. Completed in 1965, after years of acrimony, its design of twin curved towers immediately became a source of local pride.


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