Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Miniature World Landmarks

With so many incredible landmarks around the world, the chances of us seeing them all in person is slim to none. That’s why Tobu World Square in Japan is a sightseer’s dream! The theme park contains over a hundred 1:25 scale models of the world’s most historic buildings, complete with 140,000 1:25 miniature people who make the exhibits look strikingly real.

The park is divided into six zones based on regions of the world: America, Egypt, Europe, Asia, old Japan, and modern Japan. The landmarks are reproduced with great detail all the way down to cars, trains, and miniature people populating the sites, and feature gardens that change with the seasons.

Nortre Dame Cathedral, France

Blues Point Hotel Outdoor Terrace by Carter Williamson Architects

Carter Williamson Architects designed an outdoor terrace for the Blues Point Hotel in Sydney, Australia.

Project Description:
The Blues Point Hotel required an outdoor terrace that was enjoyable to be in but respected the residential neighbours by keeping the noise down and maintaining privacy. The deck unifies the internal spaces of the pub by infilling the original L shaped plan and meeting the interior spaces at floor level. By opening up the best rooms and giving them back to the hotel, and inviting these spaces to share in the joy of the deck, the hotel in an instant feels familiar yet infinitely bigger.

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Emirates Palace

The Emirates Palace  is a luxury hotel located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) city of Abu Dhabi. The hotel was built by and is owned by the Abu Dhabi government, and is currently managed by the Kempinski Group. Not too far from the hotel is the Marina Mall, one of two large shopping malls in Abu Dhabi city. According to some local residents of Abu Dhabi, the best view of the hotel can be obtained along the long stretch of road leading to the hotel (Corniche Road).

With a construction cost of over US$3 billion, 302 rooms and 92 suites, the Emirates Palace is reputed to be the most expensive hotel ever built . Much of the interior decor is in gold and marble. The main central area houses an expansive marble floor, balconies and a large patterned dome above, picked out in gold. The hotel also contains a large conference centre . World-renowned music artists and other concerts have already taken place at the Palace Conference Centre. Some of the performances include the Scorpions (band), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Swan Lake ballet.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Extraordinary Natural Wonders, Pamukkale

PAMUKKALE is one of the most unique phenomena in nature.Extraordinary Natural Wonders Of Turkey

Pamukkale is located in the Inner Aegean region at a distance of 20 km from the town of Denizli in Turkey.

Pamukkale (Hierapolis) translates to Cotton Castle. The great attraction is the white immensity of the cliff with sculptured basins full of water and congealed waterfalls; they seem done of snow, cloud, cotton.
On approaching Pamukkale, the first thing you will see is a rock platform over 100 m in height rising up from the plain.

The slopes of this hill, which look from a distance like a great white speck, are covered with large numbers of pools and terraces.

As you come nearer, you will begin to see this natural phenomenon, which resembles a frozen waterfall, in greater detail.

Wonderful Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls (French: les Chutes du Niagara) is a set of massive waterfalls located on the Niagara River, straddling the international border separating the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York.

The falls are located 17 miles (27 km) north-northwest of Buffalo, New York,
75 miles (120 km) south-southeast of Toronto, Ontario, between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, New York.

Niagara Falls is comprised of two major sections separated by Goat
Island: Horseshoe Falls, mostly on the Canadian side of the border and American Falls on the United States side.

Joc House by Nico van der Meulen Architects

This house is designed with luxury and contemporary design. It looks from the architecture and the house exterior design. The house features pool out and indoor. This house is designed specially for the mature couple. You will impress when you see the decoration and interior of this Joc house. This wonderful house is designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects. The luxury residence sits on a 26 1/2 acres parcel of land on a northern slope in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The architect Nico van der Meulen stated that “The driveway takes you past the house to the back to a protected porte cochere and a glass front door, from where you overlook an indoor splash pool and an outdoor water feature with a series of fountains spilling over the far edge. A pair of staircases lead to the kid’s bedrooms on the one side and the main suite and the gym on the other side.
The entrance hall overlooks a double volume, open plan family/ dining room and kitchen leading through frameless glass doors onto an expansive lanai and infinity edge pool, framed by a massive beam. The wall between the family room and lanai is all glass and can be fully opened.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Niagara Falls At Night

The name "Niagara" (Iroquois Nation pronunciation "Nee-ah-GAh-rah") is said to originate from an Iroquois word "Onguiaahra" meaning "The Strait".
The region's original inhabitants were the Ongiara, an Iroquois tribe named the Neutrals byFrench settlers, who found them helpful in mediating disputes with other tribes.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The 100 most beautiful places in the world - Part 5

(81-100 Places)
100. Petronas Twin Towers

The Petronas Twin Towers (also known as the Petronas Towers or Twin Towers), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia were the world's tallest buildings, before being surpassed by the Taipei 101.
However, the towers are still the tallest twin buildings and office building in the world. Tower 1 was built by Hazama Corporation and Tower 2 by Samsung Engineering & Construction and Kukdong Engineering & Construction (both of South Korea).

They were the world's tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004 if measured from the level of the main entrance to the structural top, the original height reference used by the US-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat from 1969 (three additional height categories were introduced as the tower neared completion in 1996).

99. The State Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St Petersburg. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars that was built to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. This ensemble, formed in the 18th and 19th centuries, is extended by the eastern wing of the General Staff building, the Menshikov Palace and the recently constructed Repository.

98. The Kennedy space center

The John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is the NASA space vehicle launch facility and Launch Control Center (spaceport) on Merritt Island, Brevard County, Florida, United States.
The site is near Cape Canaveral, midway between Miami and Jacksonville, Florida. It is 34 miles (55 km) long and around 6 miles (10 km) wide, covering 219 square miles (567 km2). A total of 13,500 people work at the site as of early 2008.

There is a visitor center and public tours; KSC is a major tourist destination for visitors to Florida. Because much of KSC is a restricted area and only nine percent of the land is developed, the site also serves as an important wildlife sanctuary; Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore are also features of this area.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The 100 most beautiful places in the world - Part 4

(61-80 Places)
80. The Meidan-e Imam at Ispahan

Meidān-e Emām, in the historic center of the city of Esfahan, Iran is one of the greatest places in the world. He is an important testimony of the social and cultural life of Persia in the Safavid era and was established in 1979 as an important historical site in the list of UNESCO World.

79. The Sagrada Familia

The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família , often simply called the Sagrada Família, is a massive Roman Catholic church under construction in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Construction began in 1882 and continues to this day.

78. The statue of Liberty and the Manhattan view

Liberty Enlightening the World , was presented to the United States by the people of France in 1886. Standing on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, it welcomes visitors, immigrants, and returning Americans traveling by ship.

The copper-clad statue, dedicated on October 28, 1886, commemorates the centennial of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence and is a gesture of friendship from France to the United States.

The 100 most beautiful places in the world - Part 3

(51-60 Places)
60. The royal palace and the Wat Phra Kaeo, the emerald buddha temple

The Wat Phra Kaew is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand. It is located in the historic center of Bangkok (district Phra Nakhon), within the grounds of the Grand Palace.

59. The mont Saint-Michel

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is a rocky tidal island and a commune in Normandy, France. It is located approximately one kilometer off the country's north coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches.

58. The Meteors : monasteries built on rocky peaks

The Metéora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Kalambaka, Greece and is second only to Mount Athos.

The monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Peneios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The Metéora is home to six monasteries and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Metéora's criteria for the UNESCO World Heritage Site are I, II, IV, V and VII.

Friday, June 8, 2012

The 100 most beautiful places in the world - Part 2

(21-40 Places)
40. The Potala, dalai-lama's palace
The Potala Palace is located in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region. It was named after Mount Potala, the abode of Chenresig or Avalokitesvara. The Potala Palace was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India, after an invasion and failed uprising in 1959. Today the Potala Palace has been converted into a museum by the Chinese.

39. Aerial view of Rio bay

Rio de Janeiro, is the second largest city of Brazil and South America, behind São Paulo, and the third largest metropolitan area in South America, behind São Paulo and Buenos Aires. It is the state capital of Rio de Janeiro.
The city was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries, from 1763 to 1822 during the Portuguese colonial era, and from 1822 to 1960 as an independent nation. It is also the former capital of the Portuguese Empire (1808 - 1821). Commonly known as just Rio, the city is also nicknamed A Cidade Maravilhosa, or "The Marvelous City".

The 100 most beautiful places in the world - Part 1

(01-20 Places)
20. Fjords and the Preikestolen cliff
Preikestolen or Prekestolen, also known by the English translations of Preacher's Pulpit or Pulpit Rock, and by the old local name Hyvlatonnå, is a massive cliff 604 metres (1982 feet) above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau, in Forsand, Norway. The top of the cliff is approximately 25 by 25 metres (82 by 82 feet) square and almost flat, and is a famous tourist attraction in Norway.

19. Sand dunes of the Sahara
The Sahara is the world's largest hot desert. At over 9,000,000 square kilometers (3,500,000 sq mi), it covers most of Northern Africa, making it almost as large as the United States or the continent of Europe.

The desert stretches from the Red Sea, including parts of the Mediterranean coasts, to the outskirts of the Atlantic Ocean. To the south, it is delimited by the Sahel: a belt of semi-arid tropical savanna that comprises the northern region of central and western Sub-Saharan Africa.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

France, 15 Places To Visit In France

Musee du Louvre

France has it all – enviable beauty, refined architecture, cultural sophistication, and infectious romance. Every little corner of the country is worth visiting regardless of season.
So many places, so little time… here are 25 suggestions of places to visit in France when planning your getaway.

Abbaye du Mont Saint Michel

Italy, 25 Places To Visit In Italy

Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi)

Planning your next foreign adventure? Have you given any thought to Italy? No? Then maybe this photo list of 25 places to visit in Italy will give you some food for thought. You could even nibble a slice of pizza or a bowl of pasta to really set the scene.
Oh and btw, if you are not planning a foreign trip, then the photos are still worth a look

Cinque Terre

Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi)

Spain, 25 Places To Visit In Spain

Balearic Islands

The Alhambra

City of the Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Scotland, 15 Places To Visit In Scotland

Old Town of Edinburgh
Castles and bagpipes, men in kilts and the Loch Ness monster. Or tartan, shortbread and a wee night at a ceilidh with a dram.

Yes it rains a lot in Scotland but that doesn’t mean to say it’s not a beautiful place. Here’s a photo list of 15 places to visit in Scotland if you ever decide to trace your ancestors, Come on, everyone claims to have some long lost relative from Scotland. 

Neist Point

Glasgow Merchant City

Monday, June 4, 2012

Cappadocia Cave Hotel, Yunak Evleri

In Cappadocia’s magical landscape of fairy chimneys, in the ancient village of Urgup, is a luxurious hotel carved into a mountain cliff, the Yunak Evleri.

This hotel includes six cave houses, 30 rooms dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries and a 19th century Greek Mansion.

Yunak Evleri is an inspiring hotel – an ideal base for exploring Cappadocia’selaborate underground cities, hidden cavernous churches and enchanting rock terrain.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Petra In Jordan

Bungalows on the island of Moorea

Bungalows on the island of Moorea 
Moorea is an island in French Polynesia, and is located 17 km north-west of the island of Tahiti. Moorea - translates as "yellow lizard", but before the island was called - Aimeho (sometimes recording Aimeo or Eimeo). Earliest Western colonists and travelers also called Moorea as York Island.

Because of its stunning scenery, Moorea is one of the most visited islands of French Polynesia. Especially common for people here spend their honeymoon. The island is especially popular as an object of advertisements in bridal magazines USA. More images after the break...

Bungalows made of straw. The island of Moorea.

China - Beautiful Place In China, Shanxi

Shanxi province is a beautiful place in China. It looks fantastic and truly amazing on these photos. Shanxi Province got its name due to its location to the west of Taihang Mountain.

Shanxi neighbored on Hebei, Henan, Shaanxi and Inner Mongolia & Autonomous Region. It is located to the east of the Yellow River, and is also known as Hedong. Shanxi belonged to Jin State in Spring and Autumn Period, so it is abbreviated in Jin.

Shanxi occupies an area of 156,000 square kilometers and has a population of over 32 million, including its minority ethnic population. Its capital is Taiyuan City.

More images after the break...

Friday, June 1, 2012

Poland, Bialowieża - one of the wildest region in Western Europe

                                                   Trees from Bialowieza National Park

Today photos from the ancient woodland laying on the border of the Polish and Belarus. This place is definitly worth to see. It's on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
                                                           Bialowieza wilderness

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