Palace of Westminster in London

3 January 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, London, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage

© Michael D Beckwith

© Michael D Beckwith

The Palace of Westminster serves as the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Commonly known as the Houses of Parliament after its occupants, the Palace lies on the north bank of the River Thames in the City of Westminster, in central London, England. The Palace of Westminster has been a Grade I listed building since 1970 and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.   read more…

The Artania

1 January 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month

in Bremerhaven © Tvabutzku1234

in Bremerhaven © Tvabutzku1234

MV Artania (previously Royal Princess and Artemis) is a cruise ship chartered since 2011 by Phoenix Reisen, a German-based travel agency and cruise ship operator. She was built for Princess Cruises by Wärtsilä at the Helsinki Shipyard, Finland, and was launched on 18 February 1984. At a ceremony in Southampton, England, on 15 November 1984, the ship was named Royal Princess by Diana, Princess of Wales. After entering service on 19 November 1984, she cruised as Royal Princess until April 2005, when she was transferred to the control of P&O Cruises, and was renamed Artemis. In 2011, she moved to Phoenix Reisen’s fleet and was renamed Artania.   read more…

InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel in Midtown Manhattan

1 January 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month, Hotels, New York City

© Onyo at wts wikivoyage/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Onyo at wts wikivoyage/cc-by-sa-4.0

InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel is a historic luxury hotel in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. Caswell-Massey had its flagship store in InterContinental New York Barclay for over 80 years. Caswell-Massey, the oldest chemist and perfumer in America, was the first and oldest tenant of the Barclay. Bette Davis, Gloria Swanson, Mary Pickford, Marlon Brando, Jimmy Durante, Debbie Reynolds, Ernest Hemingway and David O. Selznick all called the Barclay home. In 1992, when Bill Clinton first ran for President, the Barclay was his New York headquarters.   read more…

Half Moon Bay in California

1 January 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, San Francisco Bay Area

Ritz-Carlton Hotel © Elisa.rolle/cc-by-sa-4.0

Ritz-Carlton Hotel © Elisa.rolle/cc-by-sa-4.0

Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. Its population is at 11,000. Immediately at the north of Half Moon Bay is the Pillar Point Harbor and the unincorporated community of Princeton-by-the-Sea. The urban area has a population of 21,000. Half Moon Bay is located approximately 25 miles (40 km) south of San Francisco, 10 miles (16 km) west of San Mateo, and 45 miles (72 km) north of Santa Cruz. Neighboring towns include El Granada, Princeton-by-the-Sea, Moss Beach, and Montara to the north and Purissima, San Gregorio, and Pescadero to the south.   read more…

Bourbon Street in New Orleans

30 December 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Chris Litherland/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Chris Litherland/cc-by-sa-3.0

Bourbon Street (French: Rue Bourbon, Spanish: Calle de Borbón) is a historic street in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans. Extending thirteen blocks from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue, Bourbon Street is famous for its many bars and strip clubs. With 17.74 million visitors in 2017 alone, New Orleans depends on Bourbon Street as a main tourist attraction. Tourist numbers have been growing yearly after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the city has successfully rebuilt its tourist base. For millions of visitors each year, Bourbon Street provides a rich insight into New Orleans’ past.   read more…

Theme Week Apulia – Bari

28 December 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Seafood Market © flickr.com - Italo Greco/cc-by-2.0

Seafood Market © flickr.com – Italo Greco/cc-by-2.0

Bari is the capital city of the Metropolitan City of Bari and of the Apulia region, on the Adriatic Sea, in southern Italy. It is the second most important economic centre of mainland Southern Italy after Naples (the third after Palermo if insular Italy is included), a port and university city, as well as the city of Saint Nicholas. The city itself has a population of 320,257 inhabitants, over 116 square kilometres (45 sq mi), while the urban area has 750,000 inhabitants. The metropolitan area has 1.3 million inhabitants.   read more…

Theme Week Apulia – Foggia

27 December 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Villa Comunale © Ettore Timi/cc-by-2.5

Villa Comunale © Ettore Timi/cc-by-2.5

Foggia is a city and comune of Apulia, in Southern Italy, capital of the province of Foggia. The population is at 151.000. Foggia is the main city of a plain called Tavoliere, also known as the “granary of Italy”. It is a communication and industrial center and the main wheat market of Southern Italy. Foggia is famous for its watermelons and tomatoes. Although less important than once before, the agricultural sector remains the mainstay of Foggia’s economy. The few industries present are mostly devoted to food processing. Craftsmanship is also encouraged and developed.   read more…

Willemstad on Curaçao

27 December 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Penha Building from 1708 © Evandria/cc-by-sa-4.0

Penha Building from 1708 © Evandria/cc-by-sa-4.0

Willemstad is the capital city of Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea that forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Formerly the capital of the Netherlands Antilles prior to its dissolution in 2010, it has an estimated population of 150,000. The historic centre of the city consists of four quarters: the Punda and Otrobanda, which are separated by the Sint Anna Bay, an inlet that leads into the large natural harbour called the Schottegat, as well as the Scharloo and Pietermaai Smal quarters, which are across from each other on the smaller Waaigat harbour. The city centre, with its unique architecture and harbour entry, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   read more…

Theme Week Apulia – Lecce

26 December 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Santa Croce © panoramio.com - Lamberto Zannotti/cc-by-sa-3.0

Santa Croce © panoramio.com – Lamberto Zannotti/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lecce is a historic city of 95,000 inhabitants in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Lecce, the second province in the region by population, as well as one of the most important cities of Apulia. It is the main city of the Salentine Peninsula, a sub-peninsula at the heel of the Italian Peninsula and is over 2,000 years old.   read more…

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