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History, legends and entertainment in the Maiden Tower

History, legends and entertainment in the Maiden Tower
On a small islet located in the Bosporus just off the coast from Üsküdar on the Asian side of Istanbul sits another famous landmark, full of history and legends: The Maiden Tower. (map) At first glimpse, it’s just a lighthouse, but ask any local about the maiden tower and immediately you will be regaled with stories about love and jealousy, tragedy, good food and music. How does all that fit together? Maiden Tower in the Bosporus History of the Maiden Tower A watch tower was first build...
May 25th, 2010 | inka | Read More | Comments: 0
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A Literary Pint in Dublin

A Literary Pint in Dublin
Have you ever heard the old travel advice that you should never stop for a drink or a bite to eat in the very center of a city? This is true in many of Europe’s cities, as prices are usually higher and quality might be lacking. Another element to this argument is that you might rub elbows with more tourists than locals. Luckily, this couldn’t be further from the truth in Dublin. Grafton Street is the center of Dublin, a pedestrianized shopping street that is lively any time of the day....
May 12th, 2010 | Jessica Colley | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: landmarks, pubs

The Hollywood Sign is Here to Stay

The Hollywood Sign is Here to Stay
... fundraising concerts, while some celebrities took out their checkbooks to help save the picture perfect view around one of Los Angeles’ defining landmarks. After much uncertainty, it has been confirmed that the Hollywood Sign has received full funding to preserve its surrounding land. On April 26, 2010, a press conference announced that the $12.5 million goal had been reached thanks to its final benefactor, Playboy magazine’s Hugh Hefner.  He not only wrote the check for the remaining $900,000...
April 27th, 2010 | Joannaline C. Young | Read More | Comments: 1
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Sydney Photo Friday: Looking Out Across Sydney

Sydney Photo Friday: Looking Out Across Sydney
Sometimes in life it’s the ordinary things that come together to create something special. If you live in Sydney, you’ve probably walked past this park bench a thousand times. But stop and look and you see the Harbour Bridge looming in the distance, and the Opera House to the right. I love the composition of this photo; the shadows are stunning, and the loved-up couple only adds to the romantic air. Isn’t it time you looked around and appreciated how beautiful the city really is? Image source:...
April 23rd, 2010 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
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It’s Hollywood Down Under on Sydney Movie Tours

It’s Hollywood Down Under on Sydney Movie Tours
Who needs Hollywood when you’ve got Sydney? New South Wales’ capital has become the coolest place to shoot a movie, with directors lured by our beautiful weather, stunning scenery and laidback attitude. International blockbusters like The Matrix, Mission: Impossible II, and the most recent Star Wars movies were all filmed here, not to mention local classics like Australia, Mao’s Last Dancer, Moulin Rouge, and Muriel’s Wedding. Sydney Movie Tours operate a range of fun tours which will take...
April 19th, 2010 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: coach tours, featuredarticle, guided tours, landmarks, movies, walking tours

Sydney Photo Friday: Opera House at Dawn

Sydney Photo Friday: Opera House at Dawn
I don’t care how many times you’ve seen it: the Sydney Opera House is truly magical. Add all the vibrant colours of dawn and you’ve got even beauty. I love this photo. If you’ve never been to Sydney, consider this a note that you need to visit. And if you’re a local, let it remind you what a stunning backyard we have. The Sydney Opera House at dawn Image source: Pete Gaylard @ Flickr ...
April 16th, 2010 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, landmarks, Photos

Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb

Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb
Sydney Harbour Bridge, or “The Coathanger” as the locals call it, is one of the most iconic bridges in Australia. Most tourists will simply drive over the bridge, or take photos from afar, but there’s a better way. Get up close and personal with this Sydney landmark on a BridgeClimb tour. Standing 134 metres above Sydney Harbour, a BridgeClimb is not for the faint-hearted. But if you can summon the courage it’ll be worth it. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of conquering this massive...
April 15th, 2010 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 1
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Sydney Photo Friday: Sydney Opera House

Sydney Photo Friday: Sydney Opera House
It’s such an iconic image, but I never fail to be impressed by the Sydney Opera House. I’m off there tomorrow night to catch The Whitlams pairing up with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and I just can’t wait. There’s something so special about seeing those big white sails, stepping inside the venue which always seems so luxurious, and enjoying a fantastic night of music. Give me that over a sweaty pub any day! Image source: Piotr Zurek @ Flickr ...
December 4th, 2009 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 1
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Photo Op: Qwest Field, Home to Seattle Seahawks

Photo Op:  Qwest Field, Home to Seattle Seahawks
The sky may not be quite this blue, but with a bye weekend for the Seattle Seahawks, the parking lot at Qwest Field may be this empty. Due in large part to a number of critical injuries, the Seahawks are off to a pretty abysmal start at 2-4.  Fan are hoping this bye week gives players a little healing time.  And, a little time to works on the offense, too. Opened in the summer of 2002, Qwest Field also hosts the Sounders, and college and high school teams, offering 67,000+ seat capacity.  A roof...
October 25th, 2009 | Mary Jo Manzanares | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, football, landmarks, Qwest-Field, recreation, Seawaks, sports

Don´t miss the Palacio Barolo

Don´t miss the Palacio Barolo
Located just a few blocks east from the Congreso Nacional, on the picturesque Avenida de Mayo, you will find one of the most impressive buildings in Buenos Aires, the Palacio Barolo. Constructed with funds donated by an Italian textile tycoon Luis Barolo, and designed by architect Mario Palati, it was inaugurated in 1923 and remained for 12 years the tallest skyscraper in the city. The dome is 16 meters in height and was inspired by and Indian Temple. The lighthouse at the top of the building can...
September 28th, 2009 | Pablo Juan Augustinowicz | Read More | Comments: 0
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Quirky City Bus Tours

Tours of the city, amusement parks, celebrity homes, and well-known landmarks are ubiquitous in L.A. But how about forays to crime scenes, the hangouts of cutting-edge literary figures, and the big, huge L.A.’s more “interesting” neighborhoods (or ‘hoods). Unordinary and extraordinary tour company Esoteric offers “Bus Adventures into the secret heart of LA.” Led by smart and funny guides, tours are rolling “urban studies” educations with themes such...
May 22nd, 2009 | M. L. Johnson | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, crime, Excursions, History & Info, landmarks, neighborhoods, Tours

The Better Side of Riverside

Located approximately 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Riverside offers unexpected pleasures and treasures. 1. The Mission Inn. Now a luxurious 239-room hotel, the legendary Mission Inn had humble beginnings as a 12-room adobe boarding house. Turned into a grand resort hotel in 1903, this Mission Revival-style landmark has hosted 10 United States presidents and many other luminaries. Stroll the grounds, indulge in a spa treatment, and sample one of the hotel’s distinctive restaurants. The...
March 17th, 2009 | M. L. Johnson | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: architecture, Attractions, birds, Family Friendly, gardens, History & Info, Hotels & Places to Stay, landmarks, Outdoors & Recreation, plants, trails

The Grand Old Lady by the Sea: The Sylvia Hotel

…As the old song goes. There’s a number of small hotels in Vancouver and one of my favourites is the Sylvia Hotel one of Vancouver’s landmarks, right by English Bay in Vancouver’s West End. Built in 1912, as an apartment building the Sylvia was named after the owner’s daughter.  The Sylvia Court Apartments, as it was originally named, fell on hard times during the depression and was converted into a hotel in 1936.  During WWII many of the rooms used a private residences for merchant...
October 28th, 2008 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, history, Hotels & Places to Stay, landmarks, Restaurants & Bars