English-speaking world

January 21, 2018

LEEDS

Situated in the middle of the United Kingdom, with a diverse population of 751,500, Leeds is the third largest and one of the fastest growing, greenest cities in the UK. Metropolitan district’s current population actually makes it the second biggest in England after Birmingham. The city center holds a flamboyant variety of Victorian architecture, in ornate shopping malls and proud  public buildings such as the Corn Exchange and Town Hall. The City Art Gallery excels in its Victorian and 20th-century British art (notably sculpture by Henry Moore). while Armley Mills Museum and Thwaite Mills recall the city's industrial heritage.

Roundhay Park * Civic Hall * Merrion Centre * Boar Lane

The city’s coat of arms has three stars taken from the coat of arms of Sir Thomas Danby, its first mayor; fleece to symbolise the wool industry and three owls taken from the coat of arms of Sir John Saville, who was the first Alderman of Leeds. Leeds’ motto of ‘Pro rege et lege’ is latin and means ‘For king and the law’.
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December 25, 2017

YELLOWSTONE

Yellowstone National Park's 2 million acres are home to an incomparable combination of natural beauty, rugged wilderness, majestic peaks and abundant wildlife, as well as the world’s largest concentration of geysers and thermal features. 96 percent of Yellowstone National Park is located within Wyoming.


Upper Falls of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, which drops 109 feet, is reached by a short path from the road. The view from the brink is thrilling, and one's effort in getting there well worthwhile. The falls are most impressive in the spring when the Yellowstone River is higher from all of the snow melt in late May and early June. This is a very impressive waterfall.

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November 10, 2017

AGAWA CANYON

"TRESTLE AND DAM ON THE MONTREAL RIVER"

The Algoma District spreading north out of Sault Ste. Marie (pronounced soo-saint-marie), Ontario, is 16,000 square miles of vacationland. One of the more exciting trips awaiting the visitor is Agawa Canyon tour out of "The Soo" on the Algoma Central Railway. The Canyon lies in the heart of the wilderness and is accessible only by rail. En route, the train passes over the trestle, which straddles  the rushing Montreal River and an Ontario Hydro damsite.


The Algoma Central Railway is the only way in to this scenic wilderness area, with its waterfalls, mountains, ravines and forests. Special excursion trains make a day trip. There's a two-hour stop within the canyon for exploring, hill-climbing, rock-hounding, picnicking, fishing or just admiring the scenery. It's a trek that will appeal to walkers, hikers, backpackers and anyone who appreciates nature's beauty.


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October 31, 2017

MAINE

Maine Facts
Maine - "Pine Tree State"
CAPITAL - Augusta
AREA - 33,125 sq.miles
POPULATION -  "2015" 1,329,358
MOTTO - "Dirigo" I Direct"
FLOWER - Pine Cone
ANIMAL - Moose
CAT - Maine Coon
BIRD - Chickadee
TREE - Eastern White Pine
INSECT - Honeybee
23 rd. State admitted to the Union


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October 22, 2017

CAERNARFON

Caernarvon is architecturally one of the most impressive of all of the castles in Wales. It was modeled on fortress at Constantinople. Standing at the mouth of the Seiont river, the fortress (with its unique polygonal towers, intimidating battlements and colour banded masonry) dominates the walled town also founded by Edward I. In 1969, the castle gained worldwide fame as the setting for the Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales. The castle also houses the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, Wales's oldest regiment.
Caernarfon Castle, North Wales
Eagle Tower


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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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