Alnwick Castle, England
Alnwick Castle in England is an impressive fortified building, located in the Northumberland County, in the city with the same name. Currently, the castle, which was many times renovated, is the residence of the Duke of Northumberland (n. 1956), Ralph Percy, son of Hugh Percy, the tenth Duke of Northumberland and of Lady Elizabeth Montagu Douglas Scott. Percy lives with Isobel Jane Richard, his wife, and their children in Alnwick Castle, occupying only a part. The family permits visiting the impressive building during summer. Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited building of this kind in England, after Windsor Castle, and also the tenth most visited. After the Second World War, as happened with most castles in Europe, the one in Alnwick was used in the educational system, functioning as a school for girls (from 1945 to 1975), as a school of pedagogy, and since 1981 as an additional campus in the St. Cloud State University. Currently, the Duke’s house is also an important cultural centre in northern England, the castle hosting various exhibitions and other manifestations of art. Also, history and neoclassical architecture enthusiasts can visit parts of the castle, but only during summer, because that’s when the Duke’s family decided it could be visited. In the north side of the castle, is flowing the river Aln. There is a ravine that actually separates the building and the entire estate from the city itself. Meanwhile, tourists can enjoy the two parks, the first located in the northern part and known by the locals as "The Pastures" (grasslands) and the second, much larger, located near The Pastures, and known as the Hulne Park . In fact, Alnwick Castle in England became famous, not necessarily because of its history and its almost perfectly preserved beauty, but because of the series of films "Harry Potter". Many scenes have been shot in the castle and in the surroundings, the outside of the castle being actually the outside of the Hogwarts Castle in the film. With minor modifications, the fortified building became known to the general public and therefore heavily visited by tourists. But here were filmed other films as well, such as "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Elizabeth" etc.
First World Hotel & Plaza - The largest hotel in the world
The largest hotel in the world has 7351 rooms and is composed of a 24 floors tower and a second one with 28 levels. We are referring to the First World Genting Highlands Hotel and Plaza, Malaysia. In 2006, the building had 6.118 rooms, but two years later lost the title of the largest hotel in the world against the complex consisting of The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas, together adding 7117 rooms. But in August 2015, the construction in Malaysia has recovered the lead in the top of the giant hotels, after it was added an annex of 1,286 rooms for visitors. The third largest hotel in the world is MGM Grand Las Vegas, with 6852 rooms. It reigned supreme between 1993-2006. The largest hotel in Romania is The Rin Grand Hotel, in Bucharest, with 1459 rooms. When you check into a Superior Deluxe or World Club room in the new tower, you'll encounter exclusively designed spaces enhanced by all the comforts you may need. After all, no expense should be spared for a little extra luxury. A lush, grand tropical rainforest greets guests at the main entrance of the First World Hotel, followed by a spacious Spanish courtyard lobby. All rooms are comfortably furnished with modern amenities.
The London Foodie: Coya
Coya restaurant brings the spirit of Latin America in the heart of London. With a Peruvian culinary, chef Sanjay Dwivedi spent a year traveling in South America to find his inspiration for the menu. You can eat here traditional dishes like cheviche, tiradito and anticuchos. Coya restaurant with a Peru culinary, has won over time, fame and notoriety! Once introduced into the Latin atmosphere, the restaurant welcomes you with an extremely modern and chic bar that will fulfil every wish in terms of drinks! You can also find an alluring grill, which invites you to taste the dishes prepared on the spot!
Ekstedt - Stockholm, Sweden
The restaurant reinvents the primitive way of cooking, absolutely all dishes on the menu being cooked directly on the fire, as they were cooked by our ancestors. The restaurant chef, who bears the same name, Niklas Ekstedt, is the author of four cookbooks and presents two TV shows. However, he states that he feels best in the kitchen. Starting from varieties of Swedish fish to baked apples, all the food dishes are made using a wood fired oven, for which different types of wood from Scandinavia are used, which spread a subtle aroma around the cuisine!
Located in the city of Granada, in Spain, the Alhambra Palace is an architectural expression of Islam. In fact, the name "Alhambra" comes from Al Hamra, which means "red" in Arabic and it represents the colour of the rocks on which the palace is built. Entrance to the Alhambra Palace costs 14 euro / adult, 8 euros (12-15 years) and is free for children under 12 years. The Palace can be visited from Tuesday to Saturday between 15 March to 14 October and on Fridays and Saturdays during October 15 to March 14. Alhambra in Granada is one of the most important monuments of the Islamic architecture. This, along with the Great Mosque of Cordoba, are the most prestigious evidence of the presence of Muslim in Spain, from the eighth century until the fifteenth century. Alhambra is a set of buildings, part of a fortress that dominates the plain and the city of Granada, located in front of a popular and picturesque neighbourhood, Albaicin. The Alhambra Palace in Granada is the most beautiful and most famous medieval castle in Europe and one of the most important monuments of Islamic architecture. Alhambra was the palace, the citadel and the fortress of the Moorish kings until the fall of Granada. Because of the mastery with which it was built, it was not torn down but it continued to be used as a royal palace Today, it is a monument with four distinct areas: the palaces, the military zone or Alcazaba, the city of Medina and the agrarian Generalife, all of which are located in a woodland area, with many gardens.
Balboa Park, San Diego
Balboa Park is situated in the north-east of San Diego in California. He is a beautiful piece of land with huge areas of abundant, green meadows, lots of flowers and trees in bloom. Balboa Park is famous for its lovely landscapes and gardens, spread across an area of approximately 5 square kilometres. The park was designated one of the largest parks in the world by Project for Public Places in 2003 for combining the horticulture with art and culture. There are more than eight gardens including the beautiful Alcazar garden - winner of several awards, the Rose Garden, the Japanese Friendship Garden and the historic Botanical Building. In addition to the open areas and the natural vegetation, the park hosts a variety of cultural attractions, including museums, theatres, shops and restaurants and also the San Diego Zoo. Most attractions are in El Paso, a long driveway that passes through the center of the park. Here are the park's museums, such as the San Diego Museum of Art, Museum of Photographic Art, Science Center and Reuben H. Timken Museum of Art. Many of the buildings lining the street were built in the Spanish Renaissance style. The Botanical Building, with the pond with flowers in the foreground is one of the most photographic scenes from Balboa Park and it is a destination that should not be avoided. It was built for an exhibition in the years 1915-1916 and it is one of the most impressive structures in the world. The Botanical Building planting include more than 2,100 permanent plants, including fascinating collections of cychas, ferns, orchids and other tropical plants and palm trees. In here, it can also be seen some of vibrant seasonal exhibitions.
Sacré Coeur, Paris
Sacre Coeur is also called "the white castle in the sky" and the way to the basilica that watches Montmartre from above, is compared by some with the ascension to Heaven. The basilica was built in 1875 as an act of penance meant to bring hope after France was defeated by Prussia in 1870. Built in the Roman-Byzantine style, Sacre-Coeur was consecrated in 1919 and was named basilica, becoming a holy place. Before entering the Basilica, stop for a moment to admire the beauty of Paris, seen from the square in front of Sacre-Coeur. Even better, you can climb in the dome at the top of the building, from where you have a view of 50 km around it. An attraction point inside the church is the Savoyarde bell, with a diameter of 3 meters and a weight of 18.835 kg - the biggest bell in France. The mosaic inside the basilica, designed by Luc-Olivier Merson (1922) also needs to be seen, and it represents the Holy Heart of Christ, adored by the Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc. The Sacre-Coeur crypt houses statues of saints and a relic, believed to be be the Holy Heart (Sacre-Coeur) of Christ. The entrance to the basilica is free, but access to the crypt and dome is charged 5 euros. This fee is worth paying for the spectacular views from the dome of the basilica, the second tallest observation point in Paris, after the Eiffel Tower.
Great Wall of China
The giant construction of the ancient world, the Great Chinese Wall measures 21196.18 kilometres long, being even today "the longest wall on Earth". No one knows exactly which Chinese state decided to surround its territory with waves of earth and stone. In order to protect the state they had unified, the first emperor of China, Qin (221-210 BC), commands to link together the fortifications built by his predecessors. So he would continue building both east and west, with a total length of 5,000 kilometres, achieving the longest wall that would subsequently become famous. During the next dynasty, the Han (206-220 BC), the wall was again extended eastward and westward to a length of 21196.18 km. Having suffered great damage over a millennium, the Great Wall was rebuilt for about 6400 km during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the dynasty that also established the capital of Beijing (the form in which it kept until today). Winding over the mountains and hills, and also through deep valleys, the wall, which is provided from place to place with rectangular forts and towers for defence, has a height of 12 meters and a width of 6.5 meters. Paved with stone, it was used as both a strategic road and a trade route. Overgrown since the nineteenth century, the Great Wall was taken under government protection in 1952, being declared a historical monument of China. However, only a small portion of the wall was rehabilitated and it’s still accessible to tourists.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown is a resort town on the South Island, in the Otago region, in the south-west of New Zealand. It is built around an entry called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long and narrow lake in Z-shape, formed after a glacial process, and has spectacular views of the nearby mountains. Queenstown city's population reaches 10,500 residents in the urban area and it exceeds 20,000 residents in the district area. Queenstown has an alpine climate with great temperature fluctuations from 25 ° C - 30 ° C in the summer months (July) to 8 ° C in the winter months (December, January and February). Queenstown is well known for its spirit of adventure and extreme sports possibilities. The city is amazing: it’s a place where you can find everything you may look for. If you're the adventurous type , you have a lot of activities to choose from: elastic rope jumping, skydiving, paragliding, hang gliding, jetboating, horse riding, and mountain biking. If you are interested in the nightlife, you also have a great choice: bars, restaurants, nightclubs, some of them open until morning. You have the opportunity to meet interesting people, Queenstown being singular in New Zealand with the multicultural society and with representatives from all over the world. Queenstown is one of the most beautiful cities surrounded by the Southern Alps, near Lake Wakatipu - the longest in New Zealand. A superb view is offered by the gondola over the city.
Ithaa - The first underwater restaurant in the world, 5 meters below the Indian Ocean.
Have dinner on the bottom of the sea in the first underwater restaurant in the world! With walls made entirely of glass and located 5 meters deep in the Indian Ocean, there is now opened the first underwater restaurant in the world, called Ithaa, which belongs to the exclusive resort Conrad Maldives Hotel. Fine cuisine in a unique place, unparalleled anywhere in the world! This is what the world's first underwater restaurant offers, a marvel that belongs to the luxury resort Conrad Maldives Hotel. It was built so the guests could enjoy freely the beauty of the ocean and underwater life without having to dive. Located right in the crystal clear water, the restaurant is so bright that both employees and guests are required to wear sunglasses. Described as the most beautiful restaurant in the world by the New York Daily News, Ithaa ("mother of pearl" in Dihevi, the official language of the Maldives), offers a panoramic view that is absolutely breathtaking. The restaurant is built in order to accommodate a total of 14 people, and a dinner here costs about 190 pounds per person. It serves fine European cuisine, from caviar and lobster to seafood. It is also open for breakfast, brunch, and it can be rented for private parties or unusual weddings. With unrivalled views, the 5-star restaurant of the Conrad Maldives Hotel was built specifically so the guests could enjoy the beauty of the ocean without getting wet. Under the blue and crystal clear water, the restaurant is so bright that customers and staff, are required to wear sunglasses.
Sea Life London Aquarium
The London Aquarium, Sea Life London Aquarium, hosted by the historic building County Hall located on the Thames is one of the largest aquariums in Europe. Thousands of marine creatures from around the world can be admired by visitors. The London Aquarium is hosted by the Country Hall building which was built in the early 20th centry and served as headquarters for the London City Council until it was abandoned in 1986. The aquarium opened its doors in 1997 and occupies several floors in the center of this historic building. The aquarium covers three floors where can be admired over three thousand species of marine animals and plants, located in more than 50 tanks containing an impressive amount of water - over two million liters. This number makes the London Aquarium one of the biggest attractions of this kind in all Europe. Sea Life in London is divided into several areas. Each of these areas represents a different biotope such as rivers or oceans. There is a very large aquarium that simulates the existing conditions in the habitat of the Thames. Other ecosystems are presented in aquariums containing an impressive variety of fish and other animals such as octopus, squid or jellyfish. The biggest attraction is represented by a huge aquarium with sharks and stingrays. Another impressive aquarium is the one that presents the habitat from the Indian Ocean where you can find other stingrays, sea anemones, sharks and colourful fish specific to this area. Sharks are the most popular among tourists who flock to see these dangerous animals but piranha, crocodiles or seahorses attract tourists’ attention as well. Stingrays are popular especially among children because they can even pat them in a special aquarium.
Karoly Kiss's poplar tree - Cuzăplac, Salaj County
One of the most beautiful tourist attractions from Salaj county and in the same too little knowned is the “Karoly Kiss's poplar tree”. The Poplar tree belongs to the white poplar species (populus alba) and is probably the oldest tree from the Almas Valley. Locals say it would have over 350-400 years. Because the tree is too little is known, some of it is down due to a fire caused by some shepherds unaware of the value of such a secular tree. “Karoly Kiss's poplar tree” is right at the edge of the Roman road or "Traian's Road" as the locals call it, the road that connects the Optatiana - Porolissum Roman camp and Napoca. If you are near the Cuzăplac village, do not miss this goal, you will be amazed by the grandeur of this centuries-old tree.