Loch Torridon in Scotland

6 May 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks

House on the Loch © flickr.com - Chris Combe/cc-by-2.0

House on the Loch © flickr.com – Chris Combe/cc-by-2.0

Loch Torridon is a sea loch on the west coast of Scotland in the Northwest Highlands. The loch was created by glacial processes and is in total around 15 miles (25 km) long. It has two sections: Upper Loch Torridon to landward, east of Rubha na h-Airde Ghlaise, at which point it joins Loch Sheildaig; and the main western section of Loch Torridon proper. Loch a’ Chracaich and Loch Beag are small inlets on the southern shores of the outer Loch, which joins the Inner Sound between the headlands of Rubha na Fearna to the south and Red Point to the north. The name Thoirbhearta has a similar root to Tarbert and indicates a place where boats were dragged overland.   read more…

Pompano Beach in Florida

4 May 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida

© Friejose/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Friejose/cc-by-sa-3.0

Pompano Beach is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States, along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, just to the north of Fort Lauderdale. The nearby Hillsboro Inlet forms part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The city’s population is at 112,000. Located 35 miles north of Miami, it is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which is home to an estimated 6.2 million people. Pompano Beach is currently in the middle of a redevelopment process to revitalize its beachfront and historic downtown. The city has also been listed as one of the top real estate markets, being featured in CNN, Money and the Wall Street Journal as one of the country’s top vacation home markets. Pompano Beach Airpark, located within the city, is the home of the Goodyear Blimp Spirit of Innovation.   read more…

The World Dream

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

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© Arno Redenius/cc-by-sa-4.0

World Dream is a cruise ship that is in service for Dream Cruises. It was previously ordered as World Dream for Star Cruises. The ship is designed for the Asian cruise market and has a large number of restaurants and a casino along with specially designed cabins. It was christened on 17 November 2017 by Puan Sri Cecilia Lim who was named the God Mother of the World Dream.   read more…

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki

1 May 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month, Hotels

© flickr.com - Janine/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Janine/cc-by-2.0

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel is a beachfront luxury hotel located in Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. One of the first hotels established in Waikiki, the Royal Hawaiian is considered one of the most luxurious and famous hotels in Hawaiian tourism, and in its 90-year history has been host to numerous celebrities and world dignitaries. The bright pink hue of its concrete stucco façade with its Spanish/Moorish styled architecture and prominent location on the wide sandy beach have earned it the alliterative nickname of “The Pink Palace of the Pacific”. The Royal Hawaiian Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.   read more…

Bay of Kotor in Montenegro

1 May 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

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© Elisabeth64/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Bay of Kotor, also known as the Boka, is the winding bay of the Adriatic Sea in southwestern Montenegro and the region of Montenegro concentrated around the bay. The bay has been inhabited since antiquity. Its well-preserved medieval towns of Kotor, Risan, Tivat, Perast, Prčanj and Herceg Novi, along with their natural surroundings, are major tourist attractions. The Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Its numerous Orthodox and Catholic churches and monasteries attract numerous religious and cultural pilgrims.   read more…

Seven Stars in Kyushu

29 April 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels

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© Sanjo/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Seven Stars in Kyushu is a deluxe sleeping car excursion train operated by Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu) in Japan since October 2013. The overall design concept of the train was overseen by industrial designer Eiji Mitooka. The name of the train is derived from the seven prefectures of Kyushu and the fact that the train is made up of seven cars.   read more…

City Hall Square in Copenhagen

27 April 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

City Hall Square © Bill Ebbesen

City Hall Square © Bill Ebbesen

City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) is a public square in the centre of Copenhagen, Denmark, located in front of the Copenhagen City Hall. Its large size, its central location and its affiliation with the city hall make it a popular venue for a variety of events, celebrations and demonstrations. It is often used as a central point for measuring distances from Copenhagen.   read more…

Theme Week Uzbekistan – Tashkent

25 April 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Circus Building © Francisco Anzola/cc-by-3.0

Circus Building © Francisco Anzola/cc-by-3.0

Tashkent, or Toshkent, is the capital and largest city of Uzbekistan, as well as the most populated city in ex-Soviet Central Asia with a population in 2018 of 2,485,900. It is located in the north-east of the country close to the border with Kazakhstan. Today, as the capital of an independent Uzbekistan, Tashkent retains a multi-ethnic population, with ethnic Uzbeks as the majority. In 2009, the city celebrated its 2,200 years of written history.   read more…

Theme Week Uzbekistan – Bukhara

24 April 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Poi Kalon Ensemble © flickr.com - Fulvio Spada/cc-by-sa-2.0

Poi Kalon Ensemble © flickr.com – Fulvio Spada/cc-by-sa-2.0

Bukhara is a city in Uzbekistan. Bukhara is rich in historical sites, with about 140 architectural monuments. The city served as the capital of the Samanid empire and Khanate of Bukhara and was the birthplace of Imam Bukhari. The nation’s fifth-largest city, it had a population of 247,644 as of 31 August 2016. But according to the Statistics of O’zStatQo’m Department the City is the second largest after Tashkent by number of people who migrate. Number of daily migrants is 4,752,000 as of 22nd April 2018. People have inhabited the region around Bukhara for at least five millennia, and the city has existed for half that time. The mother tongue of the majority of people of Bukhara is Tajik. Located on the Silk Road, the city has long served as a center of trade, scholarship, culture, and religion. UNESCO has listed the historic center of Bukhara (which contains numerous mosques and madrasas) as a World Heritage Site.   read more…

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