Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT)

12 September 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport

© yacht-transport.com

© yacht-transport.com

Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT) is the world’s leading yacht logistics company, and offer hassle-free yacht transport & boat transport to the world’s most desirable cruising grounds. DYT serves its customers with a global network of 10 offices and many highly-qualified representatives. The goal is to help make yacht transport as smooth and simple as possible. With its own fleet of three semi-submersible, dedicated yacht carriers, DYT provides the exceptional service and reliable scheduling it takes to best serve boat transport needs.   read more…

9/11 – 10th anniversary

11 September 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, Living, Working, Building, Museums, Exhibitions, New York City, Events

This image contains all of the names of those who perished in the World Trade Center on 9/11. The names are from the CNN September 11 archive. The names that are highlighted in orange are those of fire fighters and police who died in the line of duty. Photo: Dzeni

This image contains all of the names of those who perished in the World Trade Center on 9/11. The names are from the CNN September 11 archive. The names that are highlighted in orange are those of fire fighters and police who died in the line of duty. Photo: Dzeni

Meanwhile the re-building of the new Word Trade Center make great progress. The Twin Tower foot prints on Ground Zero together with a Cultural Centre will form the 9/11 Memorial Plaza / National September 11 Memorial & Museum, surrounded by the WTC Tower’s 1 to 7. The One World Trade Center Tower (Freedom Tower) will become the heart of the ensemble. After completition the tower will reach a height of 1776 feet (541.3 m – the hight is a reminder to the Declaration of Independence from 1776). At that time it will be the highest building in the Americas and will rank as the N° 3 of the tallest buildings in the world for a few years.   read more…

Rennes-le-Château

9 September 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Sainte Marie-Madeleine church © Hawobo

Sainte Marie-Madeleine church © Hawobo

Rennes-le-Château is a commune in the Aude department in Languedoc in southern France. It is known internationally, and receives tens of thousands of visitors per year, for being at the center of various conspiracy theories.   read more…

The IJsselmeer

9 September 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Volendam © FaceMePLS

Volendam © FaceMePLS

IJsselmeer is a shallow artificial lake of 1100 km² in the central Netherlands bordering the provinces of Flevoland, North Holland and Friesland, with an average depth of 5 to 6 m. It is named after the IJssel river that drains into it via a smaller lake, the Ketelmeer. The IJsselmeer is the largest lake in Western Europe. The IJsselmeer functions as a major fresh water reserve, serving as a source for agriculture and drinking water. It also offers plenty of opportunities for various recreational activities.   read more…

Theme Week Belgium – Bruges, Venice of the North

8 September 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, European Union, General, European Capital of Culture, UNESCO World Heritage

Rozenhoedkaai Canal © Jean-Christophe BENOIST

Rozenhoedkaai Canal © Jean-Christophe BENOIST

Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is located in the northwest of the country. The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It is oval-shaped and about 430 hectares in size. The area of the whole city amounts to more than 13,840 hectares, including 1,075 hectares off the coast, at Zeebrugge (meaning “Brugge aan Zee” or “Bruges on Sea”). The city’s total population is 117,000, of which around 20,000 live in the historic centre. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 616 km² and has a total of 256,000 inhabitants. Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam, it is sometimes referred to as “The Venice of the North”. Bruges has a significant economic importance thanks to its port. At one time, it was the “chief commercial city” of the world.   read more…

The music city of Montreux

7 September 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

View on Lake Geneva and France © Christian Perez

View on Lake Geneva and France © Christian Perez

Montreux is a municipality in the district of Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It is located on Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps and has a population of 23,800 and nearly 90,000 in the agglomeration.   read more…

The Greek island of Corfu

6 September 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Corfu City citadel © Stefanos Kozanis

Corfu City citadel © Stefanos Kozanis

Corfu is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the second largest of the Ionian Islands. The island is part of the Corfu peripheral unit, and is administrated as a single municipality. The municipality includes the island Corfu and the smaller islands Ereikoussa, Mathraki and Othonoi. The principal town of the island and seat of the municipality (pop. 33,886) is also named Corfu. Corfu is home to the Ionian University. The island is connected to the history of Greece from the beginning of Greek mythology. Its Greek name, Kerkyra or Korkyra, is related to two powerful water symbols: Poseidon, god of the sea, and Asopos, an important Greek mainland river. According to myth, Poseidon fell in love with the beautiful nymph Korkyra, daughter of Asopus and river nymph Metope, and abducted her. Poseidon brought Korkyra to the hitherto unnamed island and, in marital bliss, offered her name to the place: Korkyra, which gradually evolved to Kerkyra (Doric). Together, they had a child they called Phaiax, after whom the inhabitants of the island were named: Phaiakes. This term was transliterated via Latin to Phaeacians.   read more…

Gifhorn, the goat city

5 September 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Goat Memorial © Thomas Hermes

Goat Memorial © Thomas Hermes

Gifhorn is a town and capital of the district Gifhorn, in Lower Saxony. It is situated at the confluence of the River Ise and River Aller, near the cities of Hanover, Celle, and Wolfsburg. Gifhorn is home to the International Wind- and Watermill Museum which contains a comprehensive collection and working replicas of the world’s most common windmills.   read more…

The Hôtel Ritz Paris

5 September 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels, Paris

Hôtel Ritz Paris © Vlastula

Hôtel Ritz Paris © Vlastula

The Hôtel Ritz is a grand palatial hotel in the heart of Paris, the 1st arrondissement. It overlooks the octagonal border of the Place Vendôme at number 15. The hotel is ranked highly among the most prestigious and luxurious hotels in the world and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. The hotel, which today has 159 rooms, was founded by the Swiss hotelier, César Ritz, in collaboration with the chef Auguste Escoffier in 1898. The new hotel was constructed behind the façade of an 18th century town house, overlooking one of Paris’s central squares. It was reportedly the first hotel in Europe to provide a bathroom en suite, a telephone and electricity for each room. It quickly established a reputation for luxury, with clients including royalty, politicians, writers, film stars and singers. Several of its suites are named in honour of famous guests of the hotel, including Coco Chanel and Ernest Hemingway who lived at the hotel for years. One of the bars of the hotel, Bar Hemingway, is devoted to Hemingway and the L’Espadon is a world-renowned restaurant, attracting aspiring chefs from all over the world who come to learn at the adjacent Ritz-Escoffier School. The grandest suite of the hotel, called the Imperial, has been listed by the French government as a national monument in its own right.   read more…

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