Beijing’s Forbidden City

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Located exactly in the centre of the ancient city of Beijing, the Forbidden City is the world’s largest palace complex. YongLe (or YungLe), the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty, ordered its construction in 1406, which lasted until 1420. Not very long for such an impressive complex but then, about one million workers were employed, among them 100,000 artisans alone.

Former War Zones Too Dangerous to Enter

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When the smoke clears and the last shells have fallen, some war zones will retain painful reminders of former unpleasantries.

Welcome to Deception Island

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Deception Island. The name alone conjures intrigue, concealment and trickery. Upon approaching this remote, horseshoe-shaped Antarctic outcrop, a desolate and forbidding coastline looms – sheer, snow-capped rocky crags and barren volcanic slopes cloaked in a soup of swirling fog. Occupied sporadically for a century or more, ghost settlements are now all that remain of the island’s earlier human ventures. Several vicious volcanic eruptions have made sure of that.

Italy's Drowned Village

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Legend has it the bell can still be heard in the dead of winter, sounding out its knell despite the fact that it has long since been removed. The bell tower of the 14th century church that projects from Lake Reschen in the far north of Italy is all that is now visible of the once thriving village of Graun. In the middle of the last century, the town was drowned by the artificial lake that lies above it to this day – and all because of the business designs of a big electricity firm.

Al Hajjara: The City That Hangs Over A Precipice

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View of Al Hajjara - Would you want to live on the top right?
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The city of Al Hajjara in Yemen’s Haraz Mountains seems ancient yet modern at the same time: the taller of the brown, flat-roofed houses so precariously balanced on top of the mountain resemble early skyscrapers. Many are decorated with elaborate white friezes and patterns so typical for the region. The town’s remoteness and narrow streets suggest a close-knit community that might, in times of invasions, have allowed outsiders to enter yet not necessarily to leave…

The Blue City From Above

Tom Thai
In the arid north-west of the Indian subcontinent lies the state of Rajasthan. A land of lush forests as well as the mighty Thar Desert, Rajasthan contains one of the jewels of India – the Blue City of Jodhpur.

Paris in the Snow

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Pont Alexandre III in the snow
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Ah, Paris! Not only a destination in summer when the days get longer and the skirts shorter; no, also popular in winter when all the famous places and monuments are covered by decorative layers of snow. We heard couples from near and far are already gathering in time for Valentine’s Day. Some cities just have it all, but see for yourself…
The Eiffel Tower, built in 1889 as the entrance arch (talk about splendour!) to the World’s Fair, was the world’s tallest building until 1930. Since then, it has seen it all and takes its six million annual visitors in its

Germany’s Incredible Hanging Railway

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The hanging railway in Germany's western central city of Wuppertal (pronounced Voopahtahl) is the oldest monorail system in the world. Built in 1900, the Wuppertaler Schwebebahn or "floating train" has been continuously operated since 1901, despite two world wars, various accidents and other turbulent events. Find out the stories behind this stylish and green mode of transportation.
Schwebebahn then and now – trial with 6 compartments in 1903, and in 2004:

Milan: The Opera House of Italy

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Whether you are a fan of opera or not, Italy is where it all started and Milan is most definitely the place to be if you want to experience opera at its uplifting, magnificent and lung-bursting best. Italian culture has opera at its very heart and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala (La Scala) is the most famous and celebrated opera venue in the world. Getting tickets to a performance at La Scala is both tricky and expensive and audiences tend to consist almost entirely of supremely wealthy aficionados, celebrities and the aristocracy. The opera house has a bar, a book shop and a history museum, too. Many famous operas were first performed here, including Puccini’s Madame Butterfly in 1904.
Opera is one of those things that you do need to try before making your mind up about it – and you might be surprised. It’s not all about buxom, emotional women in togas beseeching a lost love with a series of screeches and glass-shattering caterwauls. Opera has been known to move even the hardest of hearts to tears.
There are also some beautiful and historically significant opera houses in Venice (La Fenice), Naples (San Carlo), Rome, Verona, Bologna, Parma, Palermo and Pisa. The opera season in most regions is usually from autumn to spring, although outdoor performances during the summer months are also very popular.
Native Italian composers such as Rossini (1792-1868), Verdi (1813-1901) and Puccini (1858-1924) created some of the best-loved operas which to this day are performed all over the world and enjoyed by millions. Why not watch these rousing and passionate musical dramas in their rightful birthplace, performed triumphantly in the mother tongue? Get your designer finery on, grab a take-out pizza and go and join in!
It’s got to beat drab and dreary television soap operas, anyway. Walford or Milan? It’s a tough one. Bellissimo!

A Frenzied Delirium of Feathers: The Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge, ParisPhoto: Roy Rainford/Corbis
Just as Italy is famed for its stirring opera performances, so France prides itself on the glittery cabaret of its capital’s famous nightlife activities – and none quite so glittery and famous as the Moulin Rouge show. This wild, exotic, energetic show was recently made even more famous by director Baz Luhrmann’s award-winning and visually bedazzling 2001 film starring Nicole Kidman (and formerly adapted in1952 from the book of the same name by Pierre La Mure, then starring Zsa-Zsa Gabor).
Described by Andrey Bely in 1906 as a “frenzied delirium of feathers, vulgar painted lips, and eyelashes of black and blue,” the Moulin Rouge is widely believed to be where the can-can dance originated. If Peter Stringfellow had been born in the mid-19th century in downtown Paris, he may well have come up with a similar idea himself. As it is, the venue was the brainchild of Joseph Oller, a part-time book-maker and impresario from Catalan, Spain who moved to Paris as a child. The emphasis was (and remains) on the burlesque, the provocative and the seductive, and it was certainly primarily an adult form of entertainment. Today, however, the Moulin Rouge (‘red windmill’) continues to offer its thousands of annual visitors a veritable smorgasbord of resplendent visions and sounds and is now enjoyed by women just as much as men. Almost as much, anyway. The centre-stage courtesans and scantily-clad dancers of the turn of the 20th century (when the venue was frequented by avant-garde regulars such as alcoholic French artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec) have now largely been replaced with professional entertainers and over the years these have included Ella Fitzgerald, Liza Minelli and Frank Sinatra.
Still redolent with the romance of the era, the Moulin Rouge needs to be experienced, even if you only go there to have a glass of wine and steal a sneaky peek at what goes on behind those ornate doors and beyond the rainbow of fluorescent lights.

10 Most Friendly Countries of the World

There are some nations that boast the title of the friendliest, most welcoming or most hospitable people in the world. Whether various surveys and rankings are right or not, each of us has probably visited one or two countries where the locals’ kindness has exceeded our expectations.

The countries mentioned below have made this list because of their hospitable greetings to travelers. So, add them to your must-see list as there’s nothing nicer than a warm welcome. Here I have compiled 10 most friendly countries on the world. I hope you will like it. Do add or suggest other countries in our comment section.

10 Most Beautiful Golf Courses in France

Everyone who visits France talks about the exquisite beauty of the country. From the charming smaller villages around Alsace and Provence, to the culture and bustle of Paris, France’s aesthetics cannot be called into question. It’s no surprise then that compiling a list of the most beautiful golf courses in France was pretty easy – narrowing it down to the best 10 was the hard part.

So here I have compiled some of the most beautiful golf courses in France. I hope you will like it.
Belle Dune, Northern France

Rio Carnival: The Most Colorful Party on Earth

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If you’ve ever joined the UK’s most famous and flamboyant street party, the Notting Hill Carnival, you will have experienced something of the taste of this huge-scale, all-out, orgiastic, four-day mother of all parties: the Rio de Janeiro carnival. This mega-celebration in Brazil is an annual event, starting forty days before Easter (so usually mid-to-late February, which tends to be Rio’s hottest month). The tradition of carnival is celebrated throughout Brazil but Rio’s is widely believed to be the biggest and the best. Indeed Rio is recognised as Carnival Capital of the World, attracting around 500,000 visitors every year.
In each and every way a glorious and relentless assault on all five of your senses with its triumphant samba parades and the raw energy of the colourful street bands, the carnival is intended to represent hedonism, excess and unfettered jubilation; a true celebration of life and of being alive. Although Brazil is a religious country – around 75% of the population is Roman Catholic – the carnival is a deliberately subversive statement, reflecting the country’s modern attitudes and vibrant mix of people. Its end time coincides with the beginning of Lent, when many people (even the non-religious) temporarily abstain from a naughty or dirty little habit that they enjoy indulging in such as smoking, eating chocolate, drinking alcohol or… well, use your imagination. So the carnival is a no-holds-barred opportunity for going a bit wild and doing whatever the hell you want – and loudly and proudly, too – before Lent’s self-restraint mission begins.
Although it does have a reputation for having its no-go areas, Rio de Janeiro is certainly a city worth visiting anyway – hot all year round with vivacious people (Cariocas) and stunning beaches – but if you can spare the extra cash and enjoy huge rapturous crowds and thumping music, book early for a carnival stay and leave your inhibitions at the airport.

Berlin's Legendary Love Parade

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Never let it be said that our German friends don’t know how to party. The Love Parade, with a 20-year tradition that can be traced back to the demolition of the Berlin Wall in 1989, is an annual celebration of love, tolerance, peace and diversity, with a banging techno soundtrack, superstar DJ sets and writhing crowds of up to a million or more. Not bad for what started as a politically-motivated demonstration with just 150 people and the simple motto, “Music knows no boundaries”.
Although it began in Germany and Berlin is its birthplace, there have been numerous other Love Parades around the world, all boasting the same joyous theme and similar mixes of loud, proud, loved-up visitors. Other venues include Vienna, Sydney, Zurich, San Francisco (LoveFest/LovEvolution), Acapulco, Mexico City, Cape Town and even a one-off Love Parade in Leeds, England. For an entire weekend (usually during the summer months), the streets are crammed with floats and trucks boasting mega-powerful sound systems on full volume, and swarms of euphoric people in colourful cyber costumes (or in some cases, a notable absence of clothing).
This event is not for the faint-hearted or the wallflowers among us. The Love Parade is said to be the biggest and most clamorous and amorous (although perhaps not so glamorous) street rave in the world, and has even been referred to as "the greatest amateur circus on earth".
Having overcome recent funding problems and various other obstacles (which unfortunately resulted in the cancellation of a number of recent events), the Love Parade continues to attract huge crowds, and Dortmund’s triumphant 2008 “Highway to Love” event had a staggering 1.6 million visitors, most of whom really were quite literally ‘staggering’ after four days of intense dancing, partying and ‘feeling the love’. The next official event is in Duisburg in June 2010 so grab your glowsticks and your whistles and go feel the love for yourself!

5 Casinos Where You Can Meet Royalty

Monaco casinoPhoto: via Wikipedia
As a child, many of us grew up being told stories of princes and princesses. As little kids we fantasized about one day being one, how big our castle would be or how many servants we would have. The thought of being a royal bore excitement inside our little minds.
Well, did you know you actually could meet one of those princes or princesses? You just need to be in the right places at the right time.

10 Most Famous Lost Cities of the World

A city becomes lost when it is abandoned by its inhabitants and left to decay. This can be the result of war, migration, or natural disaster, but in each case these cities can act as a sort of time capsule, leaving a civilization frozen in history and waiting to be discovered. While many of these cities have indeed been rediscovered, others have never been found and have taken on the status of legend.

Whether real or mythical, here I have compiled some of the most famous lost cities that have captured the imaginations of historians, archeologists, and adventurers.

10 Most Unique Golf Courses in the World

Golfing holidays have become increasingly popular over the past decade and are a perfect way to unwind and catch a tan, whilst also enabling a healthy dose of rivalry to take place during your break. If you’re thinking of booking such a sporting vacation, you’ll be pleased to know that golf courses are popping up at a steady rate in pretty much every country you can name. However if you’re looking for something a little more unique, there are also a number of golf courses which are bizarre enough to become talking points in their own right, even before you’ve managed to buckle your first club.

Here I have compiled some of the world’s unique and strangest golf courses and holes. I hope you will like it.
The Movable, Floating Green

10 Most Beautiful Lighthouses in the World

In early time people set fires at the edge of the water to warn boats of dangerous rocks and shores. The early lighthouses used wick lamps as a source of light.  In the olden times the light beam could only travel a few miles.  In 1822 the first modern lighthouse lens was invented by a Frenchman named Augustin Fesnel.  He found out how to increase the light by using prisms.

Here I have compiled the list of some of the most beautiful, amazing lighthouses. These are so beautiful that if you are watching them at night you could stay without a breath. If I missed any, do share it in comments section.
Enoshima Lighthouse, Japan

Coober Pedy: The Australian Town Where 1,500 People Live Underground

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When temperatures reach a searing 40 degrees Celsius outside, there is only one place to go in Coober Pedy, South Australia – underground.
Nearly half of the 3500 inhabitants in this outback town live underground. Known as the opal capital of the world, in amongst its disused mine shafts you’ll find homes, hotels and even a church dug into the hillsides.

Journey Through a Tribal Mountain Village in India

The View from the MountainPhoto: Tom Antebi
Although having an actual showerhead attached to a pipe constituted a bit of a luxury, the water at that time of day was so cold that the only mental tool I had to propel myself into it was by telling myself, “It’s not getting any warmer…”
I padded across the courtyard for my morning ritual of chai with Jagdish and his family and to read my copy of The Times of India, whilst Akash and Vivec watched cartoons starring Indian gods.

The Hospital in the Rock: The Nuclear Bunker that Lies Beneath Budapest

Hospital in the Rock, CorridorPhoto: Ali1234
Deep in the bowels of Budapest, beneath the famous Buda Castle – which overlooks Hungary’s capital bristling with medieval and Baroque architecture – lies a hidden part of the city. In the shadow of the palatial grace of some of Europe’s most magnificent architecture, inquisitive souls can descend to discover an

Life in a Communal Rubbish Dump in India

Home Sweet HomePhoto: Tom Antebi
By this point it was about 2 in the morning, and there must have been thousands of them, all walking on the side of the dusty motorway, heading in the same direction as us. They all bore various bits of religious paraphernalia, and as we drove on and on, so did the seemingly endless stream of people. After asking the orthopedic surgeon in the back, whose English was probably better than mine, it transpired they were

Il Palio: Siena's Electrifying Horse Race

The Piazza del Campo during Il PalioPhoto: Peter Sterling
Twice a summer, the Piazza del Campo, or central square, in the otherwise quiet Tuscan city of Siena swells to capacity with locals and tourists alike for one of the most pulsating sporting events in the world – Il Palio. The horse race, held on a narrow strip of dirt imported specifically for the event, circles the piazza – and tens of thousands of onlookers – in less than two frenetic, often terrifying minutes.

Old Delhi: City Of Wonders

Old DelhiPhoto: Marianovella Monti
Cows, cars, dogs and men live, breathe and sleep on the bumpy, brave streets of Old Delhi. A little boy, no older than 6, but more streetwise than an old man of 60, hangs onto the sleeve of my shirt as he asks - with his much rehearsed but irresistible stare - for 10 rupees; equivalent to 15 pence.

The Most Colorful Food Fight on Earth

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Ivrea is a small Italian city about 40 minutes North of Turin. It was the site of the first post-Roman kingdom of Italy, around 1000AD. It has its day of glory once a year during Carnival, when a juicy orange battle takes place, in memory of of a local insurrection in 1194, against Holy Roman Emperor Frederick of

The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona

bullPhoto: Eneko Alonso
Spain is a country full of amazing sights, sounds and tastes. But one event defines Spain like no other... the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona.
Started in the 14th Century, the purpose of this event (yes there IS a purpose!) is the transport of the bulls from the off-site corrals where they spend the night, to the bullring where they are killed in the evening bullfights.

Giethoorn: The Dutch Village With No Roads

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Can you imagine a village with no roads? There is such a place in the Netherlands called Giethoorn (pronounced 'geethorn'). There are no roads and cars have to remain outside the village. The only access to the stunningly lovely houses in Giethoorn is by water, or on foot over tiny individual wooden bridges.

The Serene Beauty of Holland's Kinderdijk Windmills

The main canal of KinderdijkPhoto: Regina Fugate
Windmills are unique to the Dutch landscape, and everyone who has seen images of Holland, has seen a picture or painting of a windmill. Can you imagine the Dutch landscape without windmills? I can’t!
Lovers of windmills will be visually rewarded when they visit Kinderdijk: nowhere else in the world will you find such a concentration of operational windmills, not even in other parts of the Netherlands! The nineteen mills at Kinderdijk were built between 1500 and 1740 and they are so well-preserved that in 1997, the windmills were put on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Small Town USA: America's Living National Museum

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In every major city a local or a tourist can find a museum that contains priceless masterpieces of paint, canvas, plaster and stone. But if one were to turn off the interstate and drive to where the neighbors still borrow a cup of sugar and time moves slower, you will find a different kind of museum. A museum of traditions and values.

Trafalgar Square's Amazing Maze

Maze in Trafalgar SquarePhoto: Steve Punter
As a Londoner I am very attentive to the innovative quirks of the UK's capital, from strange elephants dotted around the city, to giant chessboards, to an oversized ship in a bottle and recently, a rather large (30m by 20m) and environmentally friendly (!) maze found right in the centre of Trafalgar Square. Much like the Queen of Heart’s maze in Wonderland, the attraction is not just aimed at confusing the puzzled wanderer; on the contrary it seeks to teach foreigners and locals alike about the pulsing heart of Theatreland; London’s West End. The idea is to encourage tourists to drop out of the ordinary tourist trail (Big Ben, Portobello and the Change of Guard) in order to be pleasantly surprised by the multitude of unwritten

Capturing the Spectacular Sunset of Manhattanhenge

Manhattanhenge 2001Photo: Neil deGrasse Tyson
There’s nothing like a dramatic pink, red, and orange-hued sunset to cap off your tiring and stressful day, especially when you’re feeling down in the dumps. Over at the Big Apple, urban folks have definitely got it made because they can watch an incredible Manhattanhenge sunset during the summer season. Because of the many buildings and skyscrapers looming over the New York streets, you wouldn’t really expect to see a brilliant display of a sunset glow when you’re walking home from work. But come the end of May, the urban phenomenon called the Manhattanhenge fully lights up the streets at around 8 o’clock in the evening, as the sun aligns with Manhattan's streets, running from east to west.

10 Best Places to Live in Europe

Europe has been the center of Western Civilization since time immemorial. One of the most beautiful places on the earth, Europe has grandeur of its own. Travelers from all over the globe love to visit Europe at least once in their lifetime. If visiting this place could be so exciting, simply imagine the charm of being a resident of this wonderful continent.

This list was based on an annual survey conducted by Mercer Consulting based on the quality of living worldwide. So here are some of the best places to live in Europe. 
Zurich, Switzerland

10 Biggest New Year’s Eve Parties around the World

When it comes to celebrating the New Year, there’s nothing wrong with sitting on your sofa with a bag of potato chips and a beer, waiting for the ball to drop in New York’s Times Square. But if your resolution is to experience more of the world, get started early this year and ring in 2010 at one of our global celebration destinations. Whether you want to party with a few friends or a huge crowd, I’ve compiled a list of unique locations from Las Vegas to Barcelona, that will help make your New Year’s Eve more memorable.

So here is a list of some of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties around the world. I hope it will help you to pick your place to rock New Year’s Eve.
Las Vegas, Nevada

McMurdo Station: Living In Antartica's Isolated Confined Environment

Antarctic SunsetPhoto: elisfanclub
ICE is indeed what the few permanent residents of the South Pole live in. ICE, an 'isolated confined environment' as defined by psychologists, is the aptly named situation in which the Antarcticans live. The vast island is home to scientists, researchers, biologists and those who have made the voyage to experience a type of solitary, isolated life. McMurdo, the most populated station in Antarctica, is home to only 1,200 residents and that is in the summer, the peak season. Whilst on McMurdo, inhabitants are forbidden to leave the continent and furthermore, the base.

The Nevada Test Site: America's Nuclear Playground

Wasp PrimePhoto: National Nuclear Security Administration
Hidden away in the American Southwest is an often overlooked locale that's the perfect place for anyone who wants to get away from it all. This historically significant and awe inspiring site offers exclusivity and danger for the thrill-seeker in all of us, while being safe enough for the whole family.

Yakutsk: The Coldest City on Earth

YakutskPhoto: Kanadier
It’s fall in Yakutsk, the jeweled city of eastern Russia, and it’s cold — really cold. Frost-bitten and paralyzed by brutally low temperatures nearly year-round, the city moves at a crawl, its people scrambling from one heated enclosure to the next in an attempt to carry out daily life without succumbing to the

5 Most Amazing Attractions in Dubai

Dubai CityPhoto: Chrissy Olson
Nestled in the desert on the Persian Gulf is one of the world's fastest growing cities, Dubai. The largest city in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai has embraced changing global attitudes and has gone from a city whose economy revolved around oil to a showcase of business and luxury. Though they have a history of trade, being a major international hub since it was controlled by the British decades ago, real estate has taken center stage. Dubai has transformed its skyline with plenty of steel, glass and locally inspired architecture. Its

Six Flags New Orleans: The Theme Park Devastated by Hurricane Katrina

Six Flags Over Louisiana remains submerged two weeks after Hurricane KatrinaPhoto: Bob McMillan FEMA
When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Louisiana, with catastrophic force in 2005, nothing was immune to its devastating effects. Six Flags New Orleans is found in the Ninth Ward - one of the hardest hit areas, and has been shut down ever since.

10 Craziest Roads on Earth

Stelvio Pass (D3A_4347)Photo: Steve Harris
A great way to escapes, even if just for an hour or two, is to hop in the car and go for a drive... roll down the windows, let your hair blow in the wind and leave all of your troubles behind. Better yet, grab a friend and hit the open road! We are about to embark on a journey that takes us around the world, from the wild and wacky to the white knuckled, our journey is going to take us all the way from the world's shortest street straight through to The Road of Death. So, if you think you can handle it grab your GPS, gather your nerves and get ready for the ride of your life as we explore ten of the worlds craziest roads!

Exploring Small Town Maine via Big Woods Country

River ViewPhoto: R. Gordon
I’ll be honest – I hadn’t been expecting to meet a member of the blues rock band ZZ Top in a small town in rural Maine. Yet, that was what appeared to have happened on one stormy day in mid-October. Or at the very least, I had found a man with a strong resemblance and a story to tell. Rural Maine on this particular day comprised the small town of Cherryfield, sat by a freezing but nonetheless brightly sparkling river, and

Detroit: The Ghost City Gradually Being Reclaimed by Nature

Haunted HousePhoto: Shane Gorski
In 1966, the Fermi Nuclear Power Plant near Detroit overheated and partially melted. The incident was detailed in a book called We Almost Lost Detroit. The facility was closed down, and the utility company hopes someday to remove all traces of the abandoned power plant.

Torontohenge: When a City's Grid Aligns with the Sun

TorontoHenge Oct 2011 #1Photo: Mike DeHaan
What is "Torontohenge"?
"Torontohenge" is the artificial name for the times when sunrise or sunset is aligned with the streets of Toronto. Stonehenge, of course, is the famous British stone circle, viewed by many as being a giant calendar. Its most spectacular annual event is based on its orientation toward sunrise exactly on the summer solstice.

Keene: New Hampshire's Green Cultural Oasis

The Horatio Colony TrustPhoto: Joseph Dunsay
Residents of America's Northeast Corridor have to contend with traffic and development every day. A weekend in the country can be a way for them to refresh their souls. Keene, NH is a small town in the middle of New England's forests. The drive to Keene takes about four hours from New York City, NY and about two hours from Boston, MA. The scenery visible from the highway on the way to Keene is stunning, because most of the route is through unbroken forests. Keene's proximity makes it a convenient weekend destination for New Yorkers and New Englanders.

New York City's Sobering Irish Hunger Memorial

The Irish Hunger MemorialPhoto: Joseph Dunsay
The Irish Hunger Memorial in New York City, NY is situated in the Battery Park City neighborhood. It memorializes the Irish Famine of 1845-1852. Over a million Irish died as a result of this famine and one million more emigrated from Ireland.
Designer Brian Tolle universalized the lessons of the Irish Famine by including references to other famines in human history. Visitors start with a stark representation of famine. Then they climb a path through a

Jersey City: A Model of Urban Density Done Good

A Jersey City SkyscraperPhoto: Joseph Dunsay
Manhattan owes its high number of skyscrapers to its island geography. Builders built up because Manhattan has little space to build out. The result is an extensive skyline that viewers can admire from many kilometers away. The view from across the street is less appealing. Looking out the window from a Manhattan office, one is likely to see the exterior wall of another Manhattan office. This contrasts to the view from a typical Jersey City office.

Top 5 Awesome Miniature Crafted Cities

5. City of Biscuits

Chinese artist Song Dong used thousands of biscuits and sweets to create a replica of an Asian city complete with a stadium and a church. The cityscape, installed in London department store Selfridges, was comprised of over 72,000 edible treats including caramels and fruit shortcake. Once it was completed, customers were invited to dig in.

10 Most Smart Spree European Cities

The dollar may be weak against the euro, but that doesn’t mean the entire Continent is off-limits for those who enjoy luxury values and venturing beyond the old standbys of London and Paris. We’ve corralled ten smart spree European cities that constitute historic, cosmopolitan hot spots where you can still live like a 19th-century aristocrat without blowing the family fortune.
So here i have compiled for European travelers a list of most smart spree European cities. i hope it will help you in your tour.

10 Worst Cities for Techies around the World

Ever wondered which are the worst cities for techies? Cities which don’t provide an ideal work environment for IT pros. CIO recently released a list of 10 cities that it thinks IT pros should avoid. This list covers a wide aspect of review of cities socially and economically. Social security and health issues are the top priorities for any city to live in.

So here is a list of some of the worst cities for techies around the globe. You may disagree or agree with our list so please do share your thoughts in our comment section.
Mumbai, India

Top 5 Most Amazing Flashmobs

5. Glee Flashmobs Hit, in Seattle

If you were out and about in Seattle in this April, you might have encountered more dancing and music than expected. You can thank the TV show “Glee” and Seattle’s propensity for flash-mob participation for that.
“Glee” flash mobs broke out in several spots around the city on Sunday, April 10th in the afternoon.

10 Best Environmental Friendly Buildings in US

People from all walks of life are adapting the behavior of going eco-friendly behavior all around the world. At the forefront of the green revolution is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which looks at minimizing the effects that the construction industry have on the environment. It encourages careful sourcing of materials, and tries to make buildings as self-sustaining as possible, reducing waste wherever possible. This applies to both new-builds and retrofitted, preexisting constructions.

America is forefront in making this environmental assistance. We have decided to look at where that money goes, and look at some of the best-designed buildings that the green movement has to offer. So here are some of the best environmental friendly buildings in US. I hope you will like it.

Helios House Gas Station, LA