Archive for November, 2010

  • Banaue Rice Terraces: 5 days exciting tour
    Banaue Rice Terraces: 5 days exciting tour
    On my former trips to many Asian countries, I have seen many rice fields, but have never come across the rice fields that are compatible with the splendor and the steep scale of the Banaue Rice Terraces. The hilly rice terraces of Banaue are the mankind’s largest engineering accomplishment as the vertical space from top to bottom rows is more beyond the altitude of the tallest structure in the world. And further, if someone would manage to lay these Philippine rice terraces end to end, then they have the capability to cover around half way across the world. Do you want to know who carved it? The Banaue Rice Terraces were carved by the ancestors of the present cultivators now known as the Ifugao tribesmen. These rice terraces are more than 2,000 years old and were surprisingly built with the ancient hand tools. I decided to  [...]
    Posted at November 30th, 2010 at 12:11 am
  • Hadrian Wall: An exciting Roman tour in England
    Hadrian Wall: An exciting Roman tour in England
    Accessible within 3.5 hours from London via the railway network, the Hadrian’s Wall is an ancient as well as the most famous landmark of the Roman Empire in northern England. This defensive fortification was named so after the emperor of the same name during whose era it was made (from 122 AD until probably 128 AD). Marking the northernmost Roman border, this Wall of Hadrian is today one of the main historical highlights in England gaining much importance as Stonehenge. More popularly, the entire region is known as the Hadrian Wall Country in which this Hadrian’s Wall has become the Roman pride. To add to your excitement, this wall is now no longer a wall, but has been transformed into a National Trail of 84 miles also known as the Coast to coast path. So, this time, I planned to visit this exciting fortification where there  [...]
    Posted at November 29th, 2010 at 12:11 am
  • Diving in Bali: Go For It
    Diving in Bali: Go For It
    Bali is regarded as the ‘island of the Gods’. Diving in Bali is a great way to unwind and relax. Bali is ideal for diving. Make sure to utilize the proper gear. The Oceanic Sunfish or Mola Mola is sure to mesmerize the traveler. They are found in the waters of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. Tepekong or Mimpang is renowned for its pigmy-sized seahorses. The corals found in Bali are diverse in range. In terms of variety, Bali beats all other coral hotspots hands down. There are several safaris organized for diving in Bali. These safaris are spread over many days. They are planned in such a way that the traveler’s in-water time is maximized. Traveling time, on the other hand, is minimized. Travelers are offered the unique opportunity of getting in touch with the local culture of Bali. There are many tour operators who offer  [...]
    Posted at November 26th, 2010 at 12:11 am
  • Pont du Gard: Spellbinding Bridge
    Pont du Gard: Spellbinding Bridge
    Pont du Gard is stone aqueduct comprising of three levels. It crosses the river valley of Gardon. It is situated 25 km to the west of Avignon. Pont du Gard was constructed in BC 19 by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, who was the son-in-law of Augustus. Pont du Gard was granted World Heritage Status by UNESCO in 1985. The aqueduct was designed for carrying water across the river valley of Gardon. The aqueduct stretches for 50 km bringing water from the springs of Uzes. The water was then transported to Nimes or Nemausus, which is an ancient Roman city. The aqueduct’s gradient consisted of 34 cm/km. It descends nearly 17 meters vertically. It delivers close to 20,000 cubic meters of water everyday. No mortar was used in the construction. Some of the stones used in the construction of the aqueduct weigh nearly six tons. Iron clamps are  [...]
    Posted at November 25th, 2010 at 01:11 am
  • Songdo: the Ultimate Business Destination
    Songdo: the Ultimate Business Destination
    Each country has its own eco-friendly city that is planned on a grand scale. Germany is famous for Eco City Hamburg, United Kingdom for Hanham Hall, Sweden for Gothenburg’s Super Sustainable City, Spain for Logrono Montecorvo Eco City, and UAW for Masdar. South Korea has two sustainable cities that are planned on a grand scale. Fosters and Partners created the first city. The second city is none other than Songdo International Business District, abbreviated as Songdo IBD. Songdo is an eco-friendly city with a huge list of eco-credentials. The city is surrounded by vast amounts of green cover and park. Songdo is renowned for its solar passive design. The buildings (nearly 120 of them) are constructed according to LEED standards. Kohn Pedersen Fox has designed the Songdo IBD. The city is situated on Incheon’s waterfront. The  [...]
    Posted at November 24th, 2010 at 12:11 am
  • Channel Tunnel: A Modern Wonder
    Channel Tunnel: A Modern Wonder
    Ever since its inception, the Channel Tunnel has been showered with praise and criticism. Channel Tunnel is often called Chunnel. Channel Tunnel serves as an undersea link between England and France. The tunnel connects Folkestone in Kent to Coquelles near Calais. With the inclusion of the Channel Tunnel, property rates in France have soared. An increasing number of British travelers fancy the idea of owning property in France. They utilize the Channel Tunnel as a route to France. Channel Tunnel’s history is unique. It is often regarded as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Channel Tunnel contains the longest part of any tunnel located above sea level. Channel Tunnel is a masterpiece of engineering. In 1802 it was decided that France and England should be connected. In 1802 Albert Mathieu suggested creation of an artificial  [...]
    Posted at November 23rd, 2010 at 01:11 am
  • Tours of Stonehenge: Simply Magnificent
    Tours of Stonehenge: Simply Magnificent
    The world-renowned structure of Stonehenge is located nearly 90 miles to the west of London. The spot is can be reached through comfortable day trips from London. There are a plethora of tours that are available from London to the iconic structure. Most tours to Stonehenge last for 45 minutes to one hour. It takes a lot of time to visit Stonehenge. The stay at Stonehenge, too, is relatively short. Hence, there exists only one tour which does not cover other tourist spots. Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath tour is one of the most popular tours of Stonehenge. Most tour operators have listed this tour as their flagship tour. In line with the mainstream tours, this day tour covers three destinations. Almost every tour of Stonehenge from London will include places such as Oxford, Windsor, Castle and Bath. Most tours of Stonehenge utilize  [...]
    Posted at November 22nd, 2010 at 02:11 am
  • Leptis Magna: Its Magnificence
    Leptis Magna: Its Magnificence
    Leptis Magna is also spelled as Lepcis Magna. It is the largest city of the former region of Tripolitania. It is situated nearly 62 miles toward the southeast of Tripoli, which lies along the Mediterranean coast of the country of Libya. Leptis Magna is separated by a distance of 2 miles from present-day Al-Khums. Leptis Magna is a fine example of Roman architecture. It was awarded World Heritage Status by UNESCO in 1982. The region was founded in early 7th century BC. Phoenicians of Tyre or Sidon discovered the region. The city was later inhabited by the Carthaginians. This was toward the end of the 6th century BC. The city had a natural harbor near the mouth of the Wadi Labdah. This eased the growth of the city to a mighty trade region of the Mediterranean and trans-Saharan areas. Leptis Magna served as a market for agricultural  [...]
    Posted at November 19th, 2010 at 04:11 am
  • Hawaiian Volcanoes: Full of Wonder
    Hawaiian Volcanoes: Full of Wonder
    The Hawaiian Islands owe their existence to volcanic mountain eruptions. These mountain regions are the most splendid on the face of the earth. Hawaiian volcanoes stand at an impressive height of 4572 meters above sea level. Mauna Loa is the highest peak, which stretches for an additional 4170 meters. Hawaiian volcanoes are shield volcanoes. Hawaiian volcanoes were created from the tons of molted lava, which extended for 3 meters. The volcanic cone is flat-domed, sloping, and broad. The Hawaiian Islands stretched from northwest to southeast. The initial volcanoes have become extinct. Some scientists are of the view that the archipelago, which is a group of islands, had its origins in the piles of basalt over a mammoth fissure. The activity shifts to the south. There is another hypothesis, which suggests that the Pacific plate is  [...]
    Posted at November 18th, 2010 at 01:11 am
  • Roman Baths: Sacred and artistic ancient marvel
    Roman Baths: Sacred and artistic ancient marvel
    In the nation of England, there is a city called Bath wherein you can take a tour of these sacred Roman Baths. Well, I think the city must have got its name because of the presence of these ancient Roman Baths. It’s quite logical to think so, right? This time on my trip to England, I decided to soak in the holy waters of the Roman Baths at Bath, which are very well maintained. The entire complex of the Roman Baths was found at some time in the 18th century. The present mesmerizing Georgian edifice that you see today dates back to this century. Currently, these ancient Roman Baths encompasses the relics of the Temple of Aquae Sulis, a pretty museum of relics, and the Roman baths below the lane level of this new city, which are fed by the holy hot spring. The latter one indicates as to why these Roman Baths at Bath are regarded  [...]
    Posted at November 17th, 2010 at 12:11 am