France is one of the world's great centers of art and home to a host of famous artists.
USA has so much to offer from amusement parks to cultural destinations is this the perfect destination.
Italy is a nation that hosts unique and fascinating events of international resonance throughout the year.
Visit Brazil and experience the glamorous beaches of Rio de Janeiro and the thundering Iguaçu Falls.
Paris is a modern and dynamic city with significant universities and cultural life.
Las Vegas is a gambling heaven and known for their sponatenous weddings.
Rome home to the Ancient Romans is worth a visit to discover the wide variety of cathedrals and museums.
The enchanting city of Barcelona is a visual delight and famous for its impressive history and culture.
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The Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath tour departs from Victoria Coach station in London and includes entrance to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge, plus traditional pub lunch - why not try the fish and chips?
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During this tour, you will be able to visit three places. First of all, Stonehenge, one of the most popular prehistoric monument in the world. And try to discover the mysteries of buried people heading..
Located in the North of Europe, Finland is also a part of Scandinavia with Norway, Sweden and Denmark. It is a country where the nature reigns with thousands of lakes and forests, the midnight sun or in Winter, Finland has a lot of things to offer. If you like to be in open spaces, hiking, saunas,..., you will like the country of Santa Claus.
First of all, we begin with the capital: Helsinki who is also the largest city of the country. Historically, it is a vanguard to protect Finnish people against the Russian opponent with for example ‘Suomenlinna’ who is a sea fortress built on six islands. This monument is classified World Heritage site by UNESCO since 1991. In 2012, Helsinki was the World Design Capital.
One of the most famous landscapes of Europe is in Finland: Lapland who is spread on all the Northern territory. We can discover vast well-preserved natural areas which is almost uninhabited. Furthermore, during the winter, it is covered by an immaculate snow. The house of Santa Claus is located in Finland, in Korvatunturi. If you want to meet him, you just have to knock out to his door. He welcomes young and older children throughout the year.
It is the period of the year where the sun rises just a little bit; Finland lives at the same rhythm than the polar night.
During the summer, in Rovaniemi, flatlands of Lapland are cover by numerous floral carpets.
The nickname of Finland is ‘the land of a thousand lakes’ and it is not usurped. Indeed, their numbers have risen to over 180 000. During your trip, you cannot avoid this step.
Forests have also an important place in Finland, they cover around 75% of the territory. It is the most wooded country in Europe. If you come, it is certainly to find calm and serenity and for these reasons, there are wonderful places.
During the summer, the sun never goes down for few weeks in Northern Finland. The midnight sun is something incredible especially when you have a lake just in front of you.
Reindeer are one of the symbol of Finland and it is an icon in the Lapland. During the winter, one thing to absolutely do is sleigh ride in the snow.
The land of thousands lakes has around 5.2 millions citizens and more than 2 millions saunas, it is like an institution in the country. They play a real social part in the Finnish lives. Sometimes, it is here where we can take important business or politic decisions. To put its ideas back in place, after the relaxation at 90 degrees, you can take a bath in the polar lake just around or make a hole in the ice. This is typically Finnish!
Croatia is being one of the most fashionable place to visit in Europe and the country is not a place thoroughly worked over by the tourist industry. It is located in the Balkans, at the crossroads of Central Europe, South-east Europe and the Mediterranean. Croatia's Adriatic Sea coast contains more than a thousand islands. Croatia is a good introduction to the Balkan countries with its tourist-friendly cities, regional influences, and proximity to destinations in other countries.
Situated on the Mediterranean, the weather stays warm during all the summer especially along the coast which means hat sunbathing, swimming, and water sports will be waiting for you. During the spring, it is more comfortable than in Eastern-Europe who is still chilly.
Croatia is fitted with a magnificent natural beauty with its coastal, mountains and valleys landscapes. There is also national parks like the Plitvice National Park which is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. Driving along the Adriatic Highway is a real pleasure for all the drivers with many special views to see of bays of blue water, craggy cliffs and towns built on slopes.
When you visit Croatia, it is important to enjoy the local culture with hearing traditional ‘klapa’ singers in Split, visit a market in Zagreb or buy Croatian embroidery in Dubrovnik. Festivals are something to don’t miss to celebrate something with the locals.
Roman architecture is famous in countries like Italy or Turkey but did you know that Croatia is also home to Roman temples amphitheatres, palaces, and other structures? In cities like Split and Pula, Croatia’s Roman architecture is well preserved.
Dubrovnik one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. The city integrated UNESCO World Heritage in 1979. You can walk throughout walls for spectacular views, visit and explore palaces, fortresses, churches or just relax on the beach, in a pub. For fans of the series ‘GAME OF THRONES’, Dubrovnik is where they making some scene of ‘King’s Landing’.
Croatia's regions offer diversity in culture, food, history, and terrain. Istria takes pride in its Italian influences, while Dalmatia's islands and coastal cities attract sun-seeking travelers from all over. Inland regions have their own traditions and heritage, too, and it's worth knowing a little about what makes each region unique.
Croatia did of his area a real advantage for all the tourists by its diversity. Indeed, it is a Mediterranean country but also an Central Europe country with mountains, flatlands, continental and maritime space. You can’t be disappointed by this country and think to take your camera.
The ranking that we are going to show you is based on many standards: quality of attraction, welcome, setting, cleanliness, shows, etc... This top 10 is the answer to a huge question that every kids want to know: ‘Which are the best parks in the world?’
10: Number 10 of this ranking is ‘Pleasure Beach’ in Blackpool, England. It is the second best amusement park in Europe. He has more than fifty attractions. One of them is the well-known water ride: Valhalla, recently voted the second best in all the world.
9: ‘Tokyo DisneySea’ is the best theme park in Asia. It is a section of the ‘Tokyo Disney Resort’, within the Tokyo Disneyland. It is one of the most beautiful Disneyland parks and maybe the most successful.
8: ‘Universal Island of Adventure’, located in Orlando in the United-States, is one of the most recently build parks, because it opened in 1999. All attractions are based on the Universal motion pictures universe like: ‘Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey’, ‘Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man’ or ‘Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls’.
7: A park located in Orlando again: ‘Magic Kingdom’ who is like ‘Disneyland’ but in Florida and bigger. Really classic, one of the most famous amusement parks in the world and the first-built of the four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort’.
6: ‘Busch Gardens Williamsburg’ is in the city of Williamsburg in Virginia, United-States. It is considered like the most beautiful amusement park in the world, with magnificent landscapes and is renowned for its food, cleanliness and for its shows.
5: ‘Disneyland’ is located in Anaheim, California, is the first of Disney’s parks and is the only one designed and visited by Walt Disney when he was alive. One of the most appreciated attractions by the visitors is ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye" who is an adventurous scenic stagecraft.
4: ‘Knoebels Amusement Resort’ is one place off the podium. He is situated in the city of Elysburg, in Pennsylvania, United States. This amusement park is famous for its two wooden roller coaster and its haunted house. The restoration is one of its good strengths. (first since fourteen years).
3: ‘Dollywood’ is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, United States. This amusement park is the property to the American country singer: Dolly Parton. He is celebrated and appreciated for its familial attractions, concerts and shows (number 1 in the world for that). It also has one of the best wooden roller coaster.
2: For the second place of this ranking, we go back to Europe, in Germany and in Rust exactly for the Europa park. In the program: 55 attractions (with 11 roller coaster), one of them is the Silver Star, the second highest in Europe (73 meters).
1: Our number one of this ranking is an American park again, located in Ohio, in the city of Sandusky: ‘Cedar Point’. It is the park of all the records with the most numerous attractions (69 with 17 roller coaster), and ‘best roller coaster in the world: ‘Millennium force’
Vienna is the ex-capital of both the former Austro-Hungarian and Holy Romano-Germanic empires. The city has lost of its glory, prestige and extent. Yet it remains an ancient museum city which has not lost any of its splendour. Here are the nine things you have to see if you ever visit Vienna, capital of Austria.
One of the main figures of this country is the well-known musician: ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’. In 1769, Mozart played in the 'Wiener Staatsoper', one of the most prestigious operas in the world.
Hofburg Palace was built in 1220 and once was the winter residence of the Habsbourg (Regent family of Austro-Hungary). It has now become the residence of Austria's President. It is, by the way, the place where Adolf Hitler pronounced his speech for the unification of Austria and Germany, in 1938.
Stephansplatz is the central place of Vienna, with the famous St. Stephens Cathedral and its numerous shops. It is one of the most touristic places of the city.
Schönbrunn Palace was the summer residence of the Habsbourg and it is certainly the most popular of Viennese Palace. It looks like an Austrian Versailles Palace.
In a nearby district, you will find many famous museums such as the ‘MUMOK’, the ‘Leopold Museum’ or the ‘Kunsthalle’. There are lot of restaurants and bars there.
The University of Technologyis located in the Karlplatz like the church, and this is truly one of the reasons why you want to visit the city.
Belvedere Palace, built in 1714, welcomes the largest collection of the Austrian’s painter Klimt. It is also in this palace in 1955 that the Treaty of Austria’s independence was signed, after the occupation of the country.
Naschmarkt is the largest market in all the city, products from all over the world can be found there. Furthermore, there is a flea market on Saturdays, where you can find everything.
The most famous park of Vienna is the ‘Prater’. Moreover, there is a permanent fun fair. The big wheel of this fun fair is a symbol of the city because it is the oldest one in activity (Viennese Giant Ferris Wheel).
The ranking takes into account the beauty of the city, its frame, its architecture, but also the activities which we can make in 2014.
Number 1 is Paris. The City of Lights is being renewed, and we will only be able to walk the 2.5-mile road leading to riverbanks and to the wooden and steel staircase linking the Orsay Museum to the Seine in 2014. The Picasso Museum will be given a facelift in the Marais, just like the freshly reopened Museum of fashion. Who said the French capital city was resting on its laurels?
We are now focusing on a Caribbean city located in Cuba: Trinidad. The city is celebrating its 500th birthday in 2014, this means great parties in places decorated with porcelains and 15th century Italian frescoes. Trinidad is also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Afro-Cuban culture deserves its huge celebration, and Trinidad's old palaces make great dance-floors.
The third city of this ranking is Cape Town, South Africa.
Cape Town in South Africa is the third of this ranking. Amongst its mountains and surrounding sea lies an history full of good and bad memories which both call to mind the beauty of a unique culture. In 2014, the city was chosen as the Design World Capital. Hopefully, this could lead to many splendid innovations.
Let us come back to Europe now, and focus on Latvia's capital: Riga. Released from the Iron curtain twenty years ago, the city has now revived. Latvia's capital regained its luxury cafés and the splendour of its architecture step by step. It now replaces Marseille as the “European Capital of Culture”.
We will end this ranking with Vancouver, Canada. The cold city peacefully lies in the middle of mountains and parks, right next to ski resorts and protected beaches. There are numerous activities do be done every season, and even during winter, the Canadian climate remains really enticing.
Have you ever been to England? When they come to this country, most people just prefer to go to London and visit its most famous sights like Big Ben, The Tower Bridge or Trafalgar Square... But what they don’t know is that England has so much more to give. It is a country with a history and magnificent landscapes. The only thing left to do is to go outside the city and explore the nature. We can also say that there is a surprising amount of great tourist attractions in England, which can all be found in a relatively small area.
Therefore, we are going to tell you about five amazing places in England:
Let us start with Stonehenge, which is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world. It was created by a civilization that left no written records. Its stones date back to -2500 B.C. and we don’t really know what the purpose of this place originally was. The site and its surroundings attract about one million people a year and were recently added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
Durham Cathedral is of a different kind but definitely remains a must-see. It is maybe the greatest Norman Cathedral in Europe. Located in the North-East of England, its construction revolutionized the Norman art. The first stone of Durham Cathedral was raised on August 12, 1093.
Then, if you’re looking forward to leaving modern civilization for a while, the Cotswolds is the perfect place for you. This region is known for its stone built villages, its historical towns, and its stately homes and gardens. It is also described as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”.
The next place you do not want to miss is the Lake District! Located in North West England in the county of Cumbria, the Lake District is the largest National Park of the country. It is England’s first destination for hiking and climbing. Its main attractions are its lakes, fells, mountains and hills, which were carved by glacial erosion and providing dramatic and inspiring scenery.
Finally, the fifth amazing place in England I would like you to discover is Hadrian’s wall, which was built by the Roman to protect their colony Britannia from the tribes of Scotland. It stretches over 73 miles across the north of England from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. It was built in 122 A.D. by Roman Emperor Hadrian. Nowadays, it is part of UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites, and it has become the most popular tourist attraction of the North of England.
All around the world, celebrations are organised on Wednesday for the 450th anniversary of the greatest English poet. His cultural legacy is tremendous: he added hundreds, if not thousands, of words to English language.
Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. Most of the festivities are held in his birthplace where the world will pay tribute to the most popular British poet. There will be fireworks on the roof of the RSC theatre, followed by a performance of Henry IV. Strat-upon-Avon has been celebrating Shakespeare's birthday for 2 centuries. The two-days festival are marked with parades and pageantry, music and special events at the Shakespeare’s house. This year, the celebrations will take place on April 26th and 27th and are expected to include more events and activities than usual.
Although shakespeare was born on April, some events have been organised in January especially in Shakespeare Global theatre with performancesand operas. Otherwise, there was the first Shakespeare Day in March.
If you plan to visit the UK between 2014 and 2016, you have good chance to see a brilliant company somewhere in Britain performing Shakespeare’s plays.
A lot of theatres around the world have already scheduled the live broadcast of performances from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
In 2016, Stratford-up-Avon already anticipated to commemorate his 400th anniversary of his death. Festivities are expected to be more impressive.
Have you been to London many times and never get tired of going back? Of course, it is a beautiful city. However there are things to see that are really interesting and whichare out of the ordinary tourist tours of the capital.
Each tourist guide of London always offers its west side, where there are the most important monuments and the most popular attractions of the city. Even the east, however, in recent years has been subject to a work of urban regeneration that has turned it an attractive destination for tourists.
The first place to visit is Hackney, was a London slum , but which has recently been re-evaluated and re-discovered. This is the part of the city where Alfred Hitchcock discovered his movie-making skills, since here he set some of his first films. The Hackney Marshes, with its 88 football fields, is one of the biggest green spaces in the area andit was chosen in 2012as a part of the Olympic Park.
Hyde Park, well-known by tourists, but in the north-east corner of the wide green area something happens that you do not see every day: near Marble Arch is located the Speakers' Corner, where usually on Sunday mornings, many people, express their opinions on certain topics. Climbing on chairs, stools and folding ladders always attract the attention of many onlookers. Here, in the past, important people such as Karl Marx, Lenin and George Orwell held their historical speeches.
When you speak about London's markets, immediately it comes to your mind the iconic Portobello Road. However, you might also find great deals at the Broadway Market. Here you can find everything from street food to household appliances at a very affordable price. Located between London Fields and Regent's Canal, it is still not well known by the mass of tourists and it is mostly frequented by local people, so represents the true British style.
The neighborhoods of the East End, especially the Whitechapel and Spitalfields districts, are always associated with the macabre figure of one of the most infamous serial killer in history: Jack the Ripper. Many guided tours lead bravest visitors along those streets where the crimes were committed. Of course, the tour will take place in the evening, starting around 7pm, to give a greater aura of mystery and anxiety experience. London hides many other places in which it is possible to test their mettle, such as the Old Bailey, place of numerous public hangings, the place of the barber Sweeney Todd and the place of torture Braveheart.
In recent years, the King's Cross station, in the district of Camden Town, has become a very popular destination, thanks to the worldwide success of the young wizard Harry Potter. It is a hidden track of this old Victorian-style station, retaining its features of other times with its large arches,. The place is magnificient, and here there is the platform 9¾ which really exists, among the platforms 9 and 10: from here, as they say in books and movies, the train takes the students to wizards' school in Hogwarts. The platform is enough recognizable, as in a wall a luggage trolley has been planted with which more and more tourists decide to take a photo.
From July 25th, every travelling citizen of the European Union member state, no matter how young, needs to be travelling with their own passport. Previously in many countries, children have been able to travel having their information in their guardian's passport. In 2009, the EU made a change to the passport regulations so that a passport can only hold the information of one person.
There is no certainty how some of the member countries are going to react to this change in the regulations but some of them have announced to control their borders according to the new regulation. Also several airlines have stated that they will be applying the regulation in their passport control at the airport.
In many countries, this regulation has been implemented already before the EU announced the change in the legislation in 2009. For example, in the UK children have been required to have their own passport since October 5 1998 which means that even all the 10 year passports which had the information of a child have been expired even before the regulation was set by the EU. However this has not been the case in all the member countries which is the reason why this regulation was put in place.
In the UK, the passport restriction was placed to match the international standards and to prevent child abduction. The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) is responsible for issuing passports in the UK. Parents can get several types of a court order which states that only the parents of the child are allowed to apply passport for the child. If the application for the passport is coming from someone else, IPS will automatically reject the application. In some cases, the mother of the child is also allowed to forbid the child from getting a passport.
More information about the issuing passports in the UK can be found from Directgov website.
After acquiring passports for the whole family, you are ready to head for a holiday. Do not forget to book a hotel before your departure.
If you are planning a trip to the United States, why not visit the breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia or North Carolina. The Parkway does not only have amazing landscapes but it offers other attractions and activities for everybody. The construction of the Parkway started 77 years ago and today the road is 469 miles long.
The Parkway has astonishing views as the road snakes through the mountains. You can find many small villages and local businesses along the Parkway which offer the opportunities to taste the local delicacies and go shopping. There are several galleries along the Parkway for those who are interested in art. For more cultural experiences, you can stop by in one of the museums or visit a theatre. In case you happen to travel during July you can check out the Appalachian Summer Festival held annually in Boone which is located in North Carolina and is easy to visit from Charlotte. In the North Carolina end, you can experience a totally different culture by driving through the Cherokee reservation. The area is reserved for the descendants of the original American Cherokee tribe to live in and has many attractions and souvenier shops for tourists.
In the autumn the colour palet changes and the leaves turn bright red, yellow and orange. During summertime, the nature offers the ideal environment for hiking, biking, camping, swimming and fishing. In the winter, parts of the road are closed as they would be dangerous to drive but alternative routes are available. You can pick up your own map for free from the travel centres located along the road. Any exceptions in the road are mentioned and a separate map for the length of the exception is provided.
As the Blue Ridge Parkway is only accessible by vehicles, it might be an idea to rent a car from either Charlotte or Richmond and book a hotel to stay after the day's drive.
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