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Monday, 23 July 2012

Quebec, Canada

Quebec is a province of Canada, the largest in size and second to Ontario in population. Predominantly French-speaking (French being the official language), Quebec is located in the east of Canada and is situated east of Ontario; to the west of Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island; finally, to the south of the territory of Nunavut. The capital of Quebec is Quebec City, its largest city Montreal. Québec is unique among tourist destinations. Its French heritage does set the province apart, and it is one of the only areas in North America to have preserved its Francophone culture. Its European feel and its history, culture and warmth have made Québec a favourite tourist destination both nationally and internationally.

The most popular places to visit in the province of Quebec are Montreal and Quebec City. Quebec City is the capital of the province and features a charming French, old world feel. Enjoy the St. Lawrence River, and the impressive Hotel Chateau Frontenac. Explore the plains of Abraham where wars between the French and British were fought. Take a tour through the old part of the city on a horse drawn carriage, and discover hidden treasures in the boutiques, bakeries and shops. Experience the nearby ski hill, Val Saint - Come; Visit the Canyon Sainte-Anne, which was forged by an ancient glacier; Take a Sepaq fishing trip or guided sport hunting tour; and take part in the one of the world's largest winter carnivals Le Carnival de Quebec!
 1) Old port of Montreal:
Stretching for over two kilometres along the St-Lawrence River in Old Montreal, the Old Port Of Montreal has been the social, economic and cultural soul of Montreal ever since early French fur traders used it as a trading post in 1611. It was here that the city and the port came to life more than 350 years ago. The redevelopment of the city's Old Port took place in the early 1990s, under the direction of architects Aurèle Cardinal and Peter Rose. Today, the riverfront welcomes over seven million visitors per year. The historical Old Port offers Montrealers and visitors alike access to a wide variety of activities, including the Montréal Science Centre, with an IMAX Theatre, and the Montreal Clock Tower. It offers riverfront access for walking, cycling, roller-blading, quadricycle, pedalo and Segway rentals.

Old port of Montreal

Niagara Fall, Canada


Niagara Falls is a major attraction, drawing 16 million visitors each year, the Falls are acknowledged as one of the world's natural wonders and are indeed Canada's most important tourist attraction.

There are actually 2 waterfalls, the smaller American Falls, near the E bank on the US side, and the much larger, more impressive Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side. Both can be viewed from any part of the long pedestrian promenade built high above the river bank, which is punctuated by elevated viewing platforms and ranks of coin-operated telescopes.

This ramshackle, easy-going town is undergoing something of a transformation, with high-rise, upmarket hotels, a convention centre and the Minolta Tower Casino being welcome additions. Plenty of parkland, botanical centres, vineyards and minor theme parks provide alternative interest for visitors staying for more than a couple of days.

This destination is suitable for anyone wishing to experience one of the world's most spectacular natural settings.

There is a mixture of unsophisticated hotels to upmarket bracket, plus various motels and cheap B&Bs dotted along the riverfront road and in elevated positions overlooking the Falls.

Niagara Falls

 1) Niagara Falls - Horseshoe Falls:
Canada's section of Niagara Falls is known as The Horseshoe Falls which drop about 173 feet (53 m) and is Canada's biggest tourist attraction which bring in around 20 million visitors per year. The Horseshoe Falls are about 2,600 feet (790 m) wide. Peak numbers of visitors to the Horseshoe Falls occur in the summertime, when Niagara Falls are both a daytime and evening attraction. From the Canadian side, floodlights illuminate both sides of the Falls for several hours after dark (until midnight). The oldest and best known tourist attraction at the Horseshoe Falls is the Maid of the Mist boat cruise, named for an ancient Ongiara Indian mythical character, which has carried passengers into the rapids immediately below the Falls since 1846. Cruise boats operate from boat docks on both sides of the falls.

2) Skylon Tower:
The Skylon Tower standing at 160 metres (520 ft) is the tallest structure that overlooks Niagara Falls with views over the American Falls and the larger Horseshoe Falls, from the Canadian side of the Niagara River. The tower has two restaurants at the top level, the lower Revolving Dining Room and the upper Summit Suite Buffet. The Revolving Dining Room seats over 250 people and revolves through 360 degrees over an hour. An observation deck sits at the tower's summit and the base of the tower features a number of gift shops, fast food restaurants and a large amusement arcade.

Skylon Tower

Toronto, Canada

Canada's largest city has been a major tourist destination for decades, and offers a great deal for the traveller keen to see the sights, and experience the vibrant lifestyle that Toronto offers.

With plenty of museums, the former largest standing free tower in the world, a rich cultural life, and areas of supreme natural beauty such as Niagara and Algonquin National Park all within striking distance, Toronto has become the most visited city in Canada, and many people visit every year, some coming for just a few days as part of a larger tour of the country, others taking advantage of cheap airfares and excellent shopping to visit Canada for a short city break from neighboring USA.

Toronto


Toronto has all the style, excitement and exuberance of a major metropolis but, unlike most, it's also clean and well-run (the transport system actually works!), and it has the lowest crime rate of any major North American city.
 It is also, according to the UN, the most culturally diverse city in the world. Most big cities have a Chinatown and a Little Italy, but Toronto also has a Koreatown and a Little India, a Greek quarter (the Danforth) and a Portuguese enclave (along Dundas Street West).

Downtown Toronto is a compact area with a good bus, streetcar and subway system that connects the city districts. The downtown is also very clean and vibrant with people from all walks of life bustling about. Toronto is a safe city even at night when the city is still fairly busy and apart from a few select areas, the streets can be wandered unhindered at all hours.

1) CN Tower:
The CN Tower is a communications and observation tower standing 553.3 metres (1,815 ft) tall and is the tallest free standing tower in the Western Hemisphere. Formerley the World's tallest free standing structure is was surpassed by the Burj Khalifa and the Guangzhou Tower in 2009. The tower provides stunning views of Toronto and Lake Ontario along with an awe inspiring appreciation of how high you can look out to the sites below. It takes less than a minute to reach the look-out level in a glass-fronted lift. The tower provides a number of attractions to tourists such as the revolving 360 degrees Restaurant, a walk across a glass floor on the 113th storey, views from the Sky Pod that is 447 metres (1465ft) high and also a collection of entertainment attractions at the base of the tower

CN Tower


New York

New York is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and North eastern regions of the US and nation's third populous. The state is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south and Massachusetts and Vermont to the east. The state has a international border with Ontario to the west, and with Quebec to north. The most popular tourist place in New York is Manhattan. There are other four tourist places also attract tourists. They are Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island.    

New York

There are numbers of attractions of the New York.  some of them are as below

1) Brooklyn Bridge:
 Brooklyn is the one of the oldest bridge with suspension. It was completed in 1883. It was the longest bridge till 1903. It was the  first steel wire suspension bridge in the world. Now it has become an icon of the New York city. 

Brooklyn Bridge, New York.

 2) Empire State Building:
The Empire State Building is 102-story skyscraper located in the New York city at the intersection of West 34th Street and Fifth ave. It has a roof height 1250 feet. It stands a total of 1454 feet. It stood as the world's tallest building for 40 Years from 1931. After 911 attack, It was again the tallest building in New York. Now It is second tallest building in New York.

Empire State Building

 3) Statue of Liberty:
The statue of Liberty was a gift from France to US and It is a symbol of freedom and democracy. It was dedicated in 1886 and announced as national monument in 1924. There are thousands of visitors visit Statue of liberty daily. 

Statue of Liberty

 4) Central Park:
There are 25 visitors visit central park daily. It was opened in 1859 and completed in 1873. Visitors can find everything from sprawling waters and green meadows to stunning bridges, and performance center, plus education facilities, gardens, classical architecture. 

Central Park

  5) Times Square:
Times Square is a major tourist hub and busy commercial intersection in New York city. 

Times Square

6) One world trade center:

One world trade centre

Still under construction. it will be completed in 2013.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Italy

Italy has everything that tourists could wish for. From food to art, from varied countryside to flamboyant fashion, history and archaeological interest that no other European countries can boast. Italy has more than 40 heritage sites, Italy has more than any other country on the planet. The best cities of the Italy like Rome, Venice, Milan attract tourists from centuries.

Italy Map

      There are plenty of attractions in Italy. some of them are as follows

1) Florence Cathedral:

Florence Cathedral is a cathedral church, located at Florence city. It was started to manufacture in 1296 and completed at the end of 1435. The exterior of the basilica is made with polychrome marble with green and pink boarders. this building is the part of the UNESCO world heritage site, and a major attraction for the tourists of Tuscany. it is the largest church in the Italy and largest dome in the world.

Florence Cathedral


2) St Mark's Basilica:

St Mark's Basilica is a cathedral church, located at Venice city. It is most popular church among the all churches of the city. It is also a best example of the architecture of the byzantine. it was the "chapels" of the Venetian rulers. Since 1807, it has been the seat of the patriarch of the Venice. It is state as a power, wealth of the venetian. From around 11th century, it was known by Church of Gold (Chiesa d'Oro)

St Mark's Basilica



3) Piazza del Campo:

Piazza del Campo is a public space of historic center of Sienna. It is one of Europe's greatest medieval squares. It is known worldwide for its beauty, art, and architectural integrity.

Pizza del campo



4) Colosseum:

Colosseum is an elliptical theater located in the center of the Rome. It is considered as a greatest building work by Roman architectures. It started to construct in between 70 - 72 AD and completed in 80 AD. The Colosseum, capable of seating 50000 people at the same time. it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology.

Colosseum

 
 
5) Pantheon: 
 
  Pantheon is a building, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa. It was rebuild by Emperor Hadrian in around 126 AD. The building is a circular with a three ranks of huge granite columns.

Pantheon



6) Leaning Tower of Pisa:

It is freestanding bell tower. It is situated behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure. It was intended to stand vertically. the tower currently leans to SW. The height of the tower is 55.86 meter from the ground. 

Leaning Tower of Pisa



The other attractions of the Italy are as below

7) Roman Forum
8) Spanish Steps
9)  Keats Shelley Memorial House
10) Uffizi Gallery
11) Rialto Bridge
12) Pompeii
13) San Siro
14) Castel Sant'Angelo
15) And more.....

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

London, England

London is the capital of the England.  The city is divided by river Thames. The city has something to offer everyone like majestic stately house, tranquil green parks, museums, art gallery, shopping centers etc. The Royal family house have their main resident in London at buckingham palace. There are other houses to visit within London with Royal connections like Hampton court palace, the tower of London, an ancient royal hunting parks.


London city


There are other places to visit which are as below

1) Royal Academy of Arts:
It is located in the city The Royal Academy of arts has a unique position in being independent, privately funded institute,led by artists and architects. The main purpose of the institute is to promote the creation, enjoyment, and visual arts like exhibitions, education, debate, and discussion etc.

The Royal academy of arts


2) Neasdem Temple: 
It is officially called as shree swaminarayan temple. it is a 70 ft high Hindu temple It is made by  Incredible marbles and limestone structure. It attracts half million visitors each year. The temple covers 1.5 acres and able to accommodate 5000 people in  hall. 

Shree Swaminarayan Temple

3) London Eye:
The London eye is a 135 meter tall ferris wheel, located on the bank of the river Thames. It is most popular tourist place in UK. The London Eye is visited by over 3.5 million visitors per year. The London eye's structure has 32 separate capsules which rotates and can carry 25 persons in a single time. The wheel provide different views of the central Londen. The London Eye is also famous for fireworks. people all around the world come London to watch fireworks on 31st December.

London Eye

and other attractions like Somerset house, National gallery, Tate modern, Hampton court palace, British museum, and Leeds castle.  


      

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Auckland

Auckland is largest metropolitan city of the New Zealand, with a population over 1 million. it is main commercial and financial center of the country. The best way to experience the city is from water, sailing around the attractive harbour, or ferry cruise to islands. The volcanic hills provide different kind of views over the city, mountains, and green urban parklands.

Auckland city


here some attractions don't forget to visit..
 

1) Sky Tower: The sky tower is located in the Auckland CBD. It is 328 meter tall, and 14 th tallest tower in the world. The tower is the part of casino which attract 500,000 visitors per year. The upper part of the tower contains two restaurants and cafe, revolving hotel which turning 360 degrees once every hour. The tower also features 'skyjump' , a 195 meter jump from the observation desk.

Skytower, Auckland

2) Auckland War Memorial Museum: The Auckland museum is the most important museum for war memories. It is mostly concentrated on the collections of war history, as well as military history. It is one of the most ionic building of the country, constructed in the neo-classicist style.

Auckland War Memorial Museum



3) Auckland Harbour Bridge: The Auckland Harbour Bridge is an eight lane motorway bridge. The bridge joins the two cities( Auckland, North shore city) of the New Zealand. The bridge has a length of  1020 meter. The bridge is considered as an icon of the city. It mimics the Sydney harbour bridge.

Auckland Harbour Bridge

other attractions

4) Auckland Regional Botanic Garden
5) Kelly Tartlon's Underwater World
6) Waitakere Ranges
7) Auckland Zoo
8) Auckland Art Gallery