The most expensive fontain in the world is located, as you can guess, in Dubai. Maybe thay don’t haveÂ beautifulÂ nature, but they have oil. In this days that means they have money, and if you have money, you can make what ever you want. Even nature. You can make island in the shape of trees or even in the shape of world. You’ve must seen it, right? Also you can bring water in the middle of a desert. And when you have water, you can make the most expensive fontain in the world.
The golden age of travel lives on aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train. Winding through some of the world’s most beautiful and exotic landscapes, it voyages through Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, and on into Laos. Mountains, forests, fascinating towns and golden temples create a rich tapestry of life along the way.
I think these are some of the most beautiful monasteries. Hidden in the mountains, so close to the sky, they are quiet shelters far far away from secular society. No matter the religion, these isolated wonders remain an expression of pure faith and peace beyond time and space. Some of them are still inhabited, others, forgotten will become dust with time.
St George Monastery, Wadi Qilt, Israel
The monastery, originally dedicated to the Virgin, was founded about 480. It flourished in the sixth century but was destroyed by the Persians in 614 and thereafter was abandoned. The present buildings were erected between 1878 and 1901. The church dedicated to the Mother of God has fine icons and wall paintings; the church of St John and St George preserves a sixth century mosaic pavement. In a cave are the remains of the monks who were killed during the Persian advance on Jerusalem.
Xuan Kong Temple, near Datong, China
In Chinaâs Shanxi Province around 500km (300 miles) south west of Beijing is located The Hanging Temple (named Xuan Kong Si). This amazing structure is one of the most precarious structures in the world. Long wooden beams extend from the outer edge of the temple buildings down to holes chiseled into the massive rock face.
Anapafsa Monastery, Meteora, Greece
The Greek word Meteora means “suspended in the air”, and our words meteorite and meteorology come from the same root. The conglomerate rock at Meteora, Greece, has eroded into fantastic peaks upon which medieval monks built monasteries, several of which are still active. The isolated monasteries of Meteora helped keep alive Greek Orthodox religious traditions and Hellenic culture during the turbulent Middle Ages and Ottoman Turk occupation of Greece (1453-1829).
Djurdjevi Stupovi Monastery, Serbia
Djurdjevi Stupovi Monastery in Ras ,Republic of Serbia,near Novi Pazar was founded by the first Serbian ruler Stefan Nemanja in 1170-1171 according to the incarved inscription from the main church portail. It was built on a hilltop near old Ras and its location is a significant point in the area at his new just established state with the tour of Ras as a capital.
Petra Monastery, Jordan
Petra is a historic and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma’an that has rock cut architecture and water conduits system. Established sometime around the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourism attraction. It lies on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. Petra is an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.
Madonna del Sasso, Switzerland
High up above the town of Locarno, there is a sanctuary located on a forested cliff; Madonna del Sasso. Sasso means rock, so hopefully I wonât be struck down for translating it as Madonna on the Rocks. The church was consecrated in the 19th century when a local monk, Brother Bartholomeo, claimed that the Madonna had appeared before him whilst walking in the woods.
Popa Mountain Monastery, Myanmar
Rising majestically out of the plains of central Burma, 2,417 feet up in the air atop an ancient, sheer-sided volcanic plug, the Buddhist monastery of Popa Taungkalat surveys the surrounding scene. An amazing example of a human construction merged organically with its natural setting, Taung Kalat also draws thousands of pilgrims each year because of its great spiritual significance. More about this monastery here
Glojene Monastery, Bulgaria
According to the legend, the monastery was built in the 13th century (1224), when Ukrainian knyaz Georgi Glozh settled in the area with Ivan Asen II’s approval. The knyaz founded a monastery carrying the name of St George, whose icon he had brought with himself. The icon then disappeared numerous times only to be found on a hill not far from the village of Glozhene, which was interpreted by the monks as a divine sign to move the monastery there. This was eventually done near the end of the 14th century.
Le Mont Saint Michel, France
Mont-St-Michel (also written Mont Saint Michel) is a small rocky island about 1 km from the north coast of France at the mouth of the Couesnon River in Normandy. The mount is best known for the medieval Benedictine Abbey and steepled church that occupies most of the 1km-diameter clump of rocks jutting out of the waters of the English Channel.
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The Mardan Palace Hotel one of the most luxurious hotels in the Mediterranean region, was opened in the popular Turkish resort town of Antalya costing nearly 1.5 billion USD. Continue reading
Those having families know that nothing can make a family more united than a picnic or really good time when going out together. It is a super real fun for whole family to have a nice time climbing mountains, camping, hiking, gathering berries and mushrooms, walking in the park or enjoy sunbathing on the beach and near the sea. Continue reading
My two favorite rides at Disney theme parks are “It’s a Small World After All” and “Big Thunder Mountain Railroad”. Both are popular attractions at Disneyland, Disney World, and the Disney parks in Paris and Tokyo.
“It’s a Small World After All” made its debut at the 1964 New York World’s Fair in the UNICEF pavilion and was designed as a message of international harmony by Walt Disney’s team. It was transported to Disneyland in 1966, and located inside Fantasyland; it instantly became a highlight of the park.
In this ride, passengers get into boats outside the attraction and they are carried inside and moved along by a gentle current. They go through a series of rooms, each of which has dolls from different countries and cultures singing and moving to the catchy song. There is the Taj Mahal, Big Ben, and the Eifel Tower, among other global landmarks. I like trying to spot all the different countries and landmarks.
There are about 300 Audio-Animatronics figures from 100 different nations. They are simple and childlike with their repetitive movements and limited articulation. At the end of the ride, there are dolls from all the different nations singing “It’s a Small World After All” together. To me, it is very appealing ending.
That song is the infectious kind that I can’t get out of my mind. It was written by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, who also wrote the songs for Mary Poppins. It is continually played in a soundtrack loop, about 4,800 times an operating day in Disney parks around the world. Just about all of us can’t help singing along.
It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears,
It’s a world of hopes and a world of fears;
There’s so much that we share,
That it’s time we’re aware
It’s a small world after all.
It’s a small world after all,
It’s a small world after all,
It’s a small world after all,
It’s a small, small world.
There is just one moon, and one golden sun,
And a smile means friendship to ev’ryone;
Though the mountains divide,
And the oceans are wide,
It’s a small world after all.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, in Frontierland, is a relatively gentle roller-coaster geared towards adults and teens; it is more exciting to ride in the back of the train than the front. It was modeled after a runaway mining train in the Wild West, and opened in Disneyland in 1979 and in Disney World a year later. The track and queue design are different at each park, even though the theme is the same. There was a prolonged development phase for “Big Thunder Mountain Railroad” in which they considered several “histories” for the mountain. Themes of gold fever and revengeful native American spirits were finally chosen for the ride.
In Disney World, the ride is about 3.5 minutes of hairpin turns and dark descents, and there are six trains which are nicknamed I.B. Hearty, I.M Brave, I.M. Fearless, U.B. Bold, U.R, Daring, and U.R. Courageous. I prefer this roller coaster to other ones because it is just exciting enough for me. You feel like you are falling, and go around corners quickly enough to be tossed from side to side.
There are 20 audio-animatronic figures including donkeys, chickens, possums, and the rainmaker in a now flooded mining town: Professor Cumulus Isobar. There is also antique mining equipment, falling rocks, an earthquake, and the smell of sulfur as you pass phosphorescent pools. In Disney World, you careen through a dinosaur’s ribs, under a waterfall, past spewing geysers, and over a volcanic pool.
The lines are long but move fairly quickly. It is best to go during parades, or use a FASTPASS, or go late in the day (many people say it’s even better after dark). Plan for at least 30 minutes of queuing at non-peak times, and an hour at peak times.
It is easy to see why “It’s a Small World After All” and “Big Thunder Mountain Railroad” are so popular. They both have appealing themes and lots of attention to detail. They are very different from each other but both are great examples of why Disney theme parks are so much fun. I never get tired of them.
Yellowstone tourshave become more popular in the past few years due to the reluctance of many Americans to travel abroad. The Yellowstone Canyon, waterfalls, hot spring geysers, and active volcanoes also bring in visitors from around the world. If you have not been, it is a great time to go right now and well worth the time and money you will spend there. Continue reading
Residing within a secluded enclove on the beautiful North Wales coastline, Colwyn Bay is the second biggest town in North Wales, with just under 30,000 people. It’s primary source of income for the town is with tourism, and as a result it can be a great place to visit on a day out.
The Internet makes buying train tickets so much easier nowadays. We have the flexibility to book train tickets whenever suits us, day or night. This means we no longer have to make a trip down to the train station during lunch break or wait on hold for the next operator. This benefits both customers and the operators since the costs are lower for booking therefore prices can be lower for customers. The Internet also means you can get quotes for different trains and different modes of transport to compare as well as take advantage of the best value deals.
Trains themselves have certainly improved over the years in the service that they can offer both business customers and individuals. Of course different operatorâs trains are equipped with different features; national operators will be able to offer more additional services than trains runnielng on local or quieter lines.
Trains have really come along compared to ten years ago. Technology advances are everywhere for example most trains will offer power points that can be used for mobile phones, laptops and gaming systems and included in the price of the train ticket. Electronic displays so you can easily see seats that are reserved or for you to find your own seat.
Trains must also cater for disabled passengers so there are now more services available to make it easy as possible for disabled passengers to navigate trains. There are many innovative trains that offer free Wi-fi fantastic for keeping in touch with friends, browsing the Internet and for business users it offers them a viable alternative to airline travel, they can continue to work while travelling, keep in touch with the office and phone clients which obviously arenât possible on an airplane.
The train can be better for many, once you are on the train you can sit and relax or get on with your work, no traveling to airports, no checking in, no waiting in lounges and no waiting for your luggage to be returned, overall many will find trains offer a better service meeting their needs and provide a less stressful journey.
Written by: KIM CHAMBERS
Getting out of bed early when you’re on vacation seems really stupid, unless you’re headed to the beach to fish. No matter how early I’ve gotten up, had a cup of coffee and a biscuit; by the time I’ve made it to a favorite fishing spot, there was someone already there! The exception to this is Fort Pickens State Park near Pensacola Beach, Florida where the beach is rarely overcrowded.
Where travelers settled after a long day wasnât always that big a concern. Most were content as long as they had a bed and a shower. But times have changed and todayâs travelers consider lodging just as important as the ultimate travel destination.