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Downtown Los Angeles (Photo: Slices of Light via Flickr)
Article from Travelmag
Translating to The City of Angels and also known as The City of Dreams, Los Angeles is a beautiful landscape of both inspiration and aspirations. A winning combination for visitors, the second largest US city has a lot to offer indeed. Cruise the coastline on The Pacific Coast Highway Route 1, or the PCH as it’s known locally, for stunning views of beaches from Long Beach all the way to the rugged hills of Malibu. Stop at Venice Beach to sunbathe and watch the surfers—and the human circus parading down the boardwalk: artists and performers, skateboarders with snakes, chainsaw jugglers, tattooed bikini babes and bodybuilders. See firsthand the lifestyles of the rich and famous by driving through Beverly hills and splurging at the shops on Rodeo Drive. Take advantage of LA’s rich history in the entertainment and music industry, and tour one of the major film and television studios before bar hopping along Sunset Strip. To experience art in a serene setting, don’t miss the Getty Museum with its lush surroundings, modern architecture and incredible landscaping. You, too, will be inspired and invigorated in a city pulsing with creative energy and ambition.
Will McGough of Travel Pulse has written a timely article describing 10 U.S. cities that should be on your must-see list this year. Maybe this year will be the year to scratch that travel itch. Read on here:
You say you need a break ? It’s the dead of winter here in Chicago, and, yes I could use a break ! Somewhere far away to a city that’s a treat to the senses. Fortunately, Travel Den has 20 city destinations for you to consider.
Craving a romantic getaway? Paris is the perfect place. The City of Lights remains one of the most popular destinations on the planet — with millions of international visitors flooding into France each year. With so much to see and do on the banks of the River Seine, it’s no great surprise that tourism continues to boom here.
It can be busy, but with tourists spoiled for choice in this iconic city, it is still possible to beat the crowds and take things at your own pace. The most popular spots include The Louvre — the most visited art museum on Earth — as well Notre Dame (?), the Champs-Elysees and, of course, the Eiffel Tower. But Paris is perhaps best experienced from a quiet café on the Left Bank. Head here for coffee and croissants, before strolling the city’s grand boulevards en route to Montmartre, where the artists await and the bistros beckon.
There’s nowhere on Earth quite like Venice. Located in a shimmering lagoon in the attractive Adriatic, and built upon 118 small islands, there’s no question that this Italian gem is a unique place. It’s also popular — the streets teeming with tourists and the major spots often crowded. Planning a visit? It is possible to beat the hustle and the bustle and the cruise ship hordes. Like to see the sights? Take our advice and head out early.
St Mark’s Square — home to the famous Basilica and Campanile — demands a visit, as does the Grand Canal, that serves as the city’s main thoroughfare. Look out for the Rialto Bridge, before retreating to the backwaters as the crowds begin to build. Lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces and abodes, there are some hidden treasures to be discovered just off the beaten track. Interesting, attractive and forever unique, this is a destination that must not be missed.
Well that’s two cities. Eighteen more to go. Will your next adventure await your click on the link below ?
Visiting London this year ? If you are a fan of art deco, these landmarks are a must visit. They don’t build them like this anymore. A feast for a photographer, or a tourist. Enjoy !
By Andrea Cambaro
Art Deco left visible signs in London’s urban landscape during the 1920s and 1930s. Many landmarks are still scattered across the city, conveying a modernist and exhuberant approach to architecture.
Debuted at the grand Paris exhibition of 1925, the Art Deco movement flourished in Europe and the US until World War II. It was a bold and eclectic wave of decorative styles which influenced both design and architecture, promoting exuberant shapes and geometric motifs, bright colours and Ancient Egyptian revival. In London, that period of modernist enthusiasm is often associated with lidos and cinemas, factories and institutional buildings. Both famous and lesser-known landmarks can be included in an Art Deco tour of the UK capital.
This imposing 19-storey building was commissioned in 1932 to provide a new home to the University of London. It remained an unfinished project due to the start of World War II, but even so, it defines the architecture of Bloomsbury to this day. Designed by Charles Holden, its austere exterior style falls somewhere between traditionalism and modernism, while the interiors feature typically Art Deco marble elements and decorations. Senate House inspired George Orwell’s Ministry of Truth in his best-known novel ‘1984’.
Senate House, Malet St, WC1E 7HU
Carreras Cigarette Factory
Ancient Egyptian Revival is a recurring theme of Art Deco architecture, and the Carreras Cigarette Factory is one of the most striking examples in London. A bright colonnade, the cat motifs above it, and two black cats guarding the entrance are only some of the Egyptian features found on the facade. The original project also included a solar disc to the Sun-god Ra, covered during the war because of its resemblance to the symbolism of the Third Reich. Turned into offices in 1961, the building lost many of its original details and decorations, some of which were replaced during an extensive renovation in the late 1990s.
Hampstead Rd, NW1 7DF
Not far from Regent’s Park, 66 Portland Place is home to the Royal Institute of British Architects. It has served this purpose since opening in 1934, when it was inaugurated by King George V and Queen Mary. The bas-relief figure above the entrance is titled ‘Architectural Aspiration’, while five more figures decorate the facade on Weymouth Street. Architecture is also celebrated by two more sculptures depicting a man and a woman as creative forces. The interiors feature wide floor-to-ceiling windows, bright spaces, marble, carvings and other decorations. To have a look around, the RIBA library and cafe are open to the public.
66 Portland Pl, W1B 1AD
Daimler Car Hire Garage
The Daimler Hire was a company that hired out chauffeur-driven luxury cars. It had its headquarters at 7 Herbrand Street, a four-storey concrete building with a distinctive horizontal motif contrasted only by a narrow tall window in its central section. To the right is the iconic spiralling ramp that best defines this building, and which served as the main entrance. Particularly remarkable are the continuous windows following the shape of the ramp. The Daimler Hire Car Garage was designed by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners, who were also responsible for the Alaska Factory described below.
7 Herbrand St, WC1N 1AF
Dating back to 1869, this former sealskin factory is a curious throwback to Bermondsey’s industrial days. All that remains of the original building is a stone arch decorated with a relief of a seal, while the Art Deco tower standing at the back was added during the 1930s. Unlike much of Bermondsey, the factory survived World War II thanks, in part, to an unexploded bomb, but closed in the 1960s due to the declining popularity of fur coats. The building has been converted into apartments, and the elegant red letters ‘Alaska’ on its facade still command attention from passersby on Grange Road.
61 Grange Rd, SE1 3BA
Also known as Ideal House, this seven-storey office block was erected in 1928-29 as the London headquarters of the National Radiator Company. Ancient Egypt-inspired detailing and polished black granite are the first features to be noticed while looking at the facade, but the building wouldn’t look as chic without the gold and green decorations on the upper floors. Palladium House was declared a Grade II-listed building in 1981, and today it hosts private flats as well as a restaurant on the ground floor.
1-4 Argyll St, W1F 7LD
The Daily Express Building
Once home to the British press, Fleet Street is also famous for its iconic buildings and architecture. The most striking of all is n°120, which housed the Daily Express until 1989. Its black facade features vitriolite and chromium panels, and distinctive rounded corners. An oval staircase and a remarkable pendant lamp stand out in the lobby, which is pure Art Deco joy in the form of plaster reliefs and silver decorations. Founded in 1930, the Daily Express Building remains the most futuristic architecture on Fleet Street.
2be, 120 Fleet Street, EC4A 2BE (closed to the public but may open during Open House London every September)
This nine-storey building has been the headquarters to the BBC since opening in 1932. The impressive curved facade is its most defining feature, made of Portland stone and topped by a large clock. Above the entrance, a statue depicts ‘Prospero and Ariel’ from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, while ‘Ariel between Wisdom and Gaiety’ is the theme of another bas-relief to the side of the building. The Art Deco interior was designed by Australian-Irish architect Raymond McGrath. Today, Broadcasting House also comprises a glass-panelled wing completed in 2005 as part of an extensive refurbishment.
Portland Place, W1A 1AA
Cheap drinks are the only good reason one needs to visit a Wetherspoons pub. The patterned carpets are soaked in years of passing feet and beer spills, but it wasn’t always that way at The Coronet on Holloway Road. Originally known as the Savoy, this was one of many cinemas lining this street. But as larger televisions and home cinema units became more affordable, many cinemas, including the Savoy, were forced out of business. It held its last screening in 1983, and briefly turned into a snooker club before falling into disuse. The pub chain restored part of its former glory, making it the booze palace it is today.
338-346 Holloway Rd, N7 6NJ
The 1930s were the golden age of British lidos, and their design was often influenced by the Art Deco aesthetic and modernist architecture. Brockwell Lido is one of the best examples surviving to this day. Its Olympic-sized swimming pool is circled by elegant, horizontal architecture. Located in Herne Hill, South London, the lido opened in 1937 and closed in 1990 due to cost-cutting plans by the council. It re-opened only four years later thanks to a local campaign, and today it’s still a very popular summer spot.
Brockwell Park, Dulwich Rd, SE24 0PA
Article by Paul Stafford for TravelMag
Tourists ride on elephants in front of Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit (Photo: Paul Stafford for TravelMag)
Siam’s former capital city still holds plenty of glimpses of its former spiritual and political glory. But to get those glimpses, it’s necessary to navigate the trappings of modern, urban Thailand.
There are two versions of Ayutthaya, and they couldn’t be more opposed. One is hardly distinguishable from some of the more suburban stretches of Bangkok, the Thai capital two hours by train to the south. Busy roads clamour with traffic; the shrill wails of barge whistles sound out as cargo is pulled along the Chao Phraya river, or one of the many other waterways that circumvent and enclose the main city; and swarms of wires slalom from one overloaded pylon to the next, while daily life somehow finds a way through the sultry heat and smog.
It was this Ayutthaya to which I was introduced outside the city’s train station late one evening. It was this city that kept me awake most of my first night, tossing and turning in sweat-drenched sheets, or startled awake whenever I was fortunate enough to drift off. It was these roads that seemed certain to pose major challenges to me, as I tried in vain to find what I’d been assured was a safe cycle route around the old city the next day. But then, ‘safe’ is a relative term.
As I pedalled along, dodging tuk-tuks packed with tourists, whose very existence seemed proof that it was possible to explore the city without sweating profusely, I caught a glimpse of the other Ayutthaya. Well more accurately, it was an Asian openbill stork that first caught my attention, with its thick beak seeming too cumbersome for its dusty frame. The stork was perched atop a weather-beaten structure that formed a shape somewhat like an upturned ice cream cone, with a much thicker, derelict column behind it, built of red bricks. This was not the chaotic, modern Ayutthaya; it was a glimpse into the past, of the Ayutthaya Kingdom’s (a Siamese empire) former capital city.
Buddha statue at Wat Mahathat (Photo: Paul Stafford for TravelMag)
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By Beach Bliss Living
I think it’s safe to say, Sanibel Island, FL, has the world’s best shelling beaches. There are a few other shell beaches that make the top list, such as the one on St. Bart (Caribbean) and at Shark Bay (Australia), but none come close to Sanibel’s variety of shells. So let’s shellebrate Sanibel, a lush shell hunting paradise where waves and currents funnel hundreds of species of shells right onto the beaches! Photo by Anne McKinnell.
Sanibel island has 15 miles of beaches, 22 miles of bike paths, abundant wildlife and the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the country. So there’s more to Sanibel island than just shells! Well, not technically. The island is actually made of shells.
Sanibel fishing pier and lighthouse beach, is one of the six public beaches on the island. You can bike to this beach on the Periwinkle pathway. Lighthouse beach, along with Blind Pass (between Sanibel and Captiva) are the two top destinations for shelling.
And here are some Sanibel shelling facts and tips you want to know:
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Looking to REALLY get away. How about to a private island ? One catch, you have to take a cruise to get there. Read about the best islands to cruise to in this article by Lissa Poirot of Far and wide.com Then start packing your bikini !
Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas may be “just” 268 acres, but Norwegian Cruise makes up for its relatively small stature with style.
Forget the barbecue lunches the other islands provide. On Great Stirrup there is a beach grill, taco bar and Caribbean-fare food truck, along with Bacardi, Patron and Bertram’s bars. When not dining, guests enjoy immaculate and groomed white-sand beaches.
Sample review: “WOW, is all I can say about GSC the Norwegian Cruise Line private island. We had a private villa for the day with its own AC, TV, bathroom with shower, butler service and living room. We had a front porch with lounge chairs and lounge chairs on the beach. There was a champagne bar and all the food you could eat. The beach was so beautiful. We can’t wait to go back.” – cathy s
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Need something to do this holiday period ? Those living in the Southern Hemisphere have 26 best day and 2 day hikes right in your neighborhood in New Zealand. Check out this hiking guide from moonhoneytravel.com
The best way to experience New Zealand is with your own two feet. New Zealand is a hiker’s paradise. During our three months traveling in NZ, we sought out the best trails and hiked as much as possible. We’ve assembled our favorite hiking trails below for both the North and South Islands. You’ll find a range of short and long day hikes as well as 2-day hikes. We’ve also included trails we didn’t experience due to poor weather, or lack of proper equipment (basically our wishlist for our next trip). So, if you’re asking “where should I hike in New Zealand,” or “what are the best backcountry hut hikes,” keep reading because we’ve got you covered.
Click on this link to find location and particulars of each hike, and much more.
Yesterday, I posted an article about an Ice Castle being built in Lake Geneva, Wis. I thought today I would post another article on all 5 USA locations as there could be one near you to visit. So here there are:
A company called the Ice Castle Project sets up ice castles all over North America, in places where the climate is suitable for ice.
As soon as winter approaches, they start a drip system to create the ice castles, which are then carved into magical creations. Lights and music are added, creating a winter wonderland for visitors willing to brave the cold for a unique night out.
The ice castles usually open after the holidays and continue to grow throughout the season as more ice is added and some daytime melting takes place. In 2018, they had five US locations and one in Edmonton, Canada.
Photo Credit: AJ Mellor
If you haven’t visited ice castles before, these tips will help you have a good time!
Photo Credit: AJ Mellor
Article by Tonya Prater