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.
First of all: Grab a beer, get in the stands, and raise that scarf high above your head!!
Let try to make this article like that, for each stadium, we are going to tell you when it opened, its capacity, its tenants and of course why you should visit.
We begin our trip of stadiums in Scotland with the Celtic Park in Glasgow.
Year Opened: 1892
Tenants: Celtic F.C.
Why you should visit: It is one of the oldest stadiums in the United Kingdom, and if you happen to catch a game in Celtic Park when the Rangers are in town…prepare to have your mind blown.
Celtic Park on a midweek Champions League night, there is arguably no better place to be. Also known as "Park head" because of the area it resides in, Celtic Park is by far the most electric ground North of the border. Hearing the Celtic faithful belt out their iconic songs makes the ground one of the best places to watch a football game in Europe.
Now, let us talk about the best stadium of the best team in Germany: Allianz Arena.
Year Opened: 2005
Tenants: F.C. Bayern Munich, 1860 München, and the German National Team
Why you should visit: The outside design looks like a beautiful boat, along with the inside being near perfect. When Munich takes the field on a Saturday night, it is a great place to be. It is best known for its exterior light panels, which change colour according to the match that is being played inside the stadium.
In Italy, the largest stadium is San Siro but the Stadium is also known as the Stadio Guiseppe Meazza because it welcomes two teams, A.C Milan and Inter Milan.
Year Opened: 1926
Tenants: A.C. Milan & Inter Milan
Why you should visit: The bitter cross town rivals share the stadium and have their home games on alternate weekends. If you happen to be there when they play each other, well…you are in for a treat.
Then, we go in England, in the stadium of one of the favourite club in the world: Liverpool F.C and its Anfield Road.
Year Opened: 1884
Tenants: Liverpool F.C.
Why you should visit: To be a part of a stadium full of fans singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” should be on the bucket list for any travelling soccer fan. Whether it would be the memory of the 96 fans that were killed at Hillsborough or the vocal thunderstorm of the Kop itself, Anfield is, without a doubt, one of the best football stadiums in the world.
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is the place of Real Madrid F.C, the best club in the world, all is said. Year Opened: 1947
Tenants: Real Madrid C.F. & the Spanish National Team
Why you should visit: There is no better place to watch a Champions League game, especially when world superstars and future legends are on the pitch.
We come back in Germany, in the largest stadium of the country located in Dormund: Westfalenstadion or Signal Iduna Park for an agreement deal.
Year opened: 1974
Tenants: BVB Borussia Dortmund
Why you should visit: Borussia Dortmund's home ground is known for having one of the best atmospheres in Europe. The "Yellow Wall of Noise" that the BvB faithful provide is frightening to any opposing teams.
Maybe the most famous of everyone is ‘Estádio do Maracanã’ in Rio de Janeiro in the country of football, Brazil.
Year Opened: 1950
Tenants: Flamengo and Fluminense F.C.
Why you should visit: It is the home of Brazil’s national team and it is constantly overlooked by the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio. Once inside, the colorful stadium will be sure to impress.
In 1950, there was nearly 200 000 people in attendance.
We are going now to a different country again but we are not going so far, in Argentina, in La Boca for the Stadium of Boca Juniors: La Bombonera.
Year Opened: 1940
Tenants: Boca Juniors
Why you should visit: The stadium is, by far, one of the fiercest environments for any opposing players and fans. The stadium also features a 90 degree section, which kept the stadium from being built over the street and neighborhood behind it.
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.
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.
The national UK tourism agency VisitBritain made new researches and announced that the traffic of overseas visitors can be increased thanks to the Grammy and BRIT Award winning music.
In a survey of 20,000 overseas panellists, music is seen as an integral part of Britain’s culture and heritage. Almost the half of the interviewed reveals that Music in Britain is seen as a cultural activity that it’s expect to be produced. Also, at the question “what musical activities you would like to undertake while in Britain”, the most popular choice was going on a Beatles tour in Liverpool.
The Beatles with Elton John, Led Zeppelin and Queen are four of the artists who have sold over 300 million records worldwide. They all are Britain and they contributed to make Britain the second largest exporter of music in the world, with a UK music industry revenues totalled £3.8 billion in 2010.
In this moment Adele is leading the current crop of British sales, with more than 18 million copies sold worldwide. The Chief Executive of VisitBritain Sandie Dawe said: “Recent Grammy and BRIT Award success for Adele make our shores a global hub of musical activity which inspires the world”. In addition, other artist as Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Florence + The Machine and Tinie Tempah have attracted last year some of the 31 million tourists who came to Britain.
To celebrate the music success in Britain, this year the Olympic and Paralympic Closing Ceremonies 2012 have been officially called "A Symphony of British Music". In that events will perform an entirely British cast of high profile performers.
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