English-speaking world

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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April 17, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO

San Francisco is one of California's major cities and one of the most beautiful in the world. It lies on over 40 small hills situated around San Francisco Bay. It is made up of 49 square miles of long boulevards, curvy streets, hidden alleyways and lots of hills. The city was founded in 1776 when the Spanish set up a Franciscan mission there. When gold was found in California during the late 1840s thousands of gold miners settled there and San Francisco turned into a bustling town.

The Heart of San Francisco documents a setting that is quintessentially "San Francisco". We can almost hear the clanging of bells as a cable car makes its way ponderously up the street while colorful vehicles dodge to and fro on the congested pavement

The cable car is San Francisco’s most famous symbol. It was designed to go up and down the city’s steep hills. Golden Gate Bridge is one of the largest bridges in the world. It spans the entrance to San Francisco Bay over a total of 2,700 metres. Towers stand on both sides of the bridge San Francisco has a very exciting skyline with old buildings on one side and modern skyscrapers on the other.

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March 25, 2017

DUBLIN

Greetings from Ireland!

Dublin is located on the East Coast of Ireland, stretching along the Irish Sea in a half moon shape. The city is bordered to the South by the dramatic Wicklow Mountains. The language spoken in Dublin is English. Street signs and official buildings are signposted in both English and Gaelic, the indigenous Irish language. 

Dublin City, colourful, vibrant, exciting. The living capital city of Ireland.

Dublin's elegant Georgian architecture makes it one of Europe's most attractive capitals. Dublin is a relatively small and accessible city, small enough and safe enough to get around on foot. It has history, charm, sights, museums, galleries, theatres, shops, pubs, restaurants and an abundance of character. Dublin is a thriving cultural centre and boasts a great literary legacy with many luminaries of Irish literature such as Joyce, Shaw, Yeats, Wilde, Kavanagh and Beckett, being associated with the city.Famous for its easy going charm and cultural heritage, Dublin is also the capital of The Craic (pronounce 'crack'), the art of life.

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March 11, 2017

SIGNAL HILL

Signal Hill in Cape Town is a renowned tourist attraction. The large flat-topped hill located beside Lion's Head and looking out at nearby Table Mountain is a spectacular look-out point standing proudly between Green Point and the City Bowl. The name Signal Hill dates back to when it was an important semaphore post used for communication with distant ships at sea. Signal Hill's main attraction is the battery with the Noon Gun positioned just below the mountain top. Here a cannon-shot is fired every day (except Sun) at 12 o'clock noon on the dot, to uphold an old Capetonian tradition. The hill has been an observation post for shipping since the first European settlement.


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February 25, 2017

PLACERVILLE

Placerville is a charming California "gold rush" town named after the placer gold deposits found in its river beds and hills in the late 1840’s. The City of Placerville is centrally located between Sacramento, the State capitol, and South Lake Tahoe, world-famous recreation center. Situated above the fog line and below the snow line, Placerville boasts an ideal climate with four distinct seasons.

Placerville, or Hangtown as it was called, was a crossroads in the Mother Lode. It is located at the junction of what is now Highway 49, then the Mother Lode Trail, and U.S. 50, then the main East-West road from Sacramento to the Comstock Lode in Nevada. 
Placerville's treasured heritage is reflected in the historical, nineteenth century architecture of its downtown core. The Gold Bug Mine is the major historical and geological attraction in the park. An excellent example of hard rock gold mining, the Gold Bug Mine has a solid wooden floor, lighting throughout, and an air shaft providing clean cool air at all times. The mine floor is often damp depending on the season. 

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February 11, 2017

PORTSMOUTH

Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant waterfront city. Ideally situated on the south coast of England, the UK’s only island city is ideal for a short break by the sea. There are lots of things to do in Portsmouth, with magnificent museums, live music venues, contemporary art galleries, two cathedrals, a diverse literary heritage, nightlife, festivals and countless events throughout the year.
Portsmouth was the birthplace of Charles Dickens, and has also been home to Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling during their lifetimes. These literary greats are celebrated at museums throughout the city and with frequent events.


The centrepiece of Portsmouth's bustling harbour area, the elegant Spinnaker Tower at Gunwharf Quays, is the tallest public viewing tower in the United Kingdom, rising 170 metres above sea level and offering spectacular views along the south coast.

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January 28, 2017

PACIFIC PARADISE

Pacific Paradise Resort is located close to Long Beach on Cox Bay, just 7 kms south of Tofino on the spectacular west coast of Vancouver Island, BC.  Perched on the edge of Pacific Rim National Park close to Long Beach and bordering Chesterman Beach, consider Pacific Paradise Resort a natural adventure hub to pristine beaches, ancient rainforests and the world-renowned, majestic fjords around Meares Island and Clayoquot Sound.

 Resort&Motel Tofino, B.C.
RIGHT ON THE BEACH FACING THE OPEN PACIFIC
This truly one of the world's most beautiful spots - a veritable wonderland of quiet splendor made vibrantly alive by the magnificent, but ever-restless sea. View is "SUNSET POINT", part of Pacific Paradise Resort.

The west coast is known for its natural beauty and this Vancouver Island resort is no exception with unforgettable front-row seats to nature's greatest waterpark. From towering old-growth forests to the crashing waves of the mighty Pacific Ocean, everyday is an adventure here. The area also inspires many renowned artists. makers and artisans, who honor the magic of their home by bringing it into the physical realm. Add to that a climate that summons outdoor enthusiasts from all corners of the Earth and it is clear that Tofino is poised to please.
 
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January 08, 2017

BARNEGAT LIGHTHOUSE

This 172-foot historic lighthouse is located on the northern point of Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Built from 1857-1858, "Old Barney" alerts ships of the Barnegat Shoals, a resting place for approximately 200 shipwrecked vessels. Barnegat Lighhouse was designed by George Meade, who would later make a name for himself in the Civil War. There are 217 steps that lead to the light.


From this lofty perch there are wonderful views of Long Beach Island, the Atlantic Ocean, Barnegat Bay, Barnegat Inlet and Island Beach State Park. It is also a favorite recreational area for boating, fishing and swimming. Besides people come here to walk, birdwatch and learn about maritime history.
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January 01, 2017

ATLANTIC CITY

Atlantic City is a resort city in New Jersey, United States, known for its casinos, boardwalk and beach. It is more than just a gambler's haven; it's a legendary resort town like no other. The most popular way to get around Atlantic City is on the 4-mile long Boardwalk (the oldest in the United States), as most of the operating casinos are on the Boardwalk. Atlantic City is right on the beach at the Jersey Shore; you can go swimming, tanning, fishing, or surfing. It is very unique, having both a small town charm coupled with an international "big city" identity. The world-famous Steel Pier extends 1,000 feet over The Atlantic City Ocean, providing the best view of the ocean.

Ocean One Pier and shopping mall is in the foreground. It extends from the world famous boardwalk out over the ocean. The bathing beach and Casino Hotels comprise the background

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