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  • San Francisco
    San Francisco
    San Francisco is situated on the west coast of America, bordered by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco bay and is a perfect vacation getaway. If you are a foodie you should definitely visit Taqueria Cancun and Farolito and Mission district lodges some of the finest places that offer mouth-watering tapas (beef meat) and burritos. San Francisco is known for its diversity – from the hippie haunts of Haight-Ashbury to Chinatown. The stunning view of the Pacific Ocean and the modern, cosmopolitan vibe of San Francisco offer a reason to visit this gem on California’s coast. Some of the places which are worth visiting are listed below. Alcatraz: Alcatraz Island, located in the middle of San Francisco bay, is an infamous federal penitentiary. You can walk through the cell blocks where Al Capone, the Birdman of Alcatraz, and  [...]
    Posted at May 25th, 2009 at 07:05 pm
  • Enchanting Thailand Beaches – Pattaya Beach, Phuket Beach
    Enchanting Thailand Beaches – Pattaya Beach, Phuket Beach
    Thailand beaches will spark your senses with its breezy beach fronts, indulging Thai massages, enthralling shorelines and hidden islands. One is bound to be mesmerized by its regal limestone deposit islands at the Andaman Sea and the serene settings of the villages lacing the Mekong River. Pattaya Beach, located in conjunction with the central part of the city, has numerous opportunities for the avid buyer with scores of shopping arenas, hotels and bars for relaxation. Pattaya which factually means the wind of the south west monsoons was initially a quaint fishing village. In the recent years it has gained popularity as a top notch, globally renowned beach retreat. One can undertake numerous adventure sports like parasailing, snorkelling, and surfing or simply stroll down the sun kissed, golden hued sandy beach. Pattaya Beach is  [...]
    Posted at May 25th, 2009 at 10:05 am
  • Rotorua – Land Of Geothermal Bliss And Lake Scapes
    Rotorua – Land Of Geothermal Bliss And Lake Scapes
    For those who seek the pleasures of the old world where you were one with nature, revelling in the joyous charms of baiting fish, long winding strolls along vegetated trails, rowing or paddling your own boat or deriving thrills in plunging through an innate water hole, then Rotorua is the perfect family expedition for you. The city of Rotorua located on the North island of New Zealand. This place is located in an area that is the one of the final remnants of geo-thermally active sites worldwide. The warm therapeutic waters beacon one and all for a skinny dipping session. Set amidst beautiful landscapes of bubbling geothermal activity, hot water springs and mud pools is the quaint village of Whakarewarewa located in Rotorua, the core of the North Island. According to Maori history, this was the place where the fire goddess sprung  [...]
    Posted at May 25th, 2009 at 05:05 am
  • Statue Of Liberty Enlightening The World
    Statue Of Liberty Enlightening The World
    New York in Manhattan is a city that is abuzz with skyscrapers and modern achievements in construction and design; it stands alone on the East Coast of North America as an exemplar of man’s achievements in commercial and residential living. The New York city is well known as a city of sky scrapers, successful business district and also ground to notable buildings, such as the Empire State and Chrysler which are easily recognizable the world over. One key monument that literally exemplifies this aesthetic is the Statue of Liberty, which is situated on Liberty Island, in New York Harbour. This statue was gifted to America by the people of France in 1886 as a gift to commemorate the centennial of the Declaration of Independence, and as a symbol of the friendship forged between the two countries during the American Revolution.   [...]
    Posted at May 24th, 2009 at 10:05 pm
  • Palenque
    Hidden in the dense forest in a spectacular mountain setting are the Mayan ruins of Palenque. It lies near the Usumacinta River in Mexico. The sire is 150 meters above sea level and is located at a distance of 130 kilometers south of Ciudad del Carem. The ruins of Palenque are famous for its complicate sculptures and have archeologists uncover many facts about the Mayan civilization. The city became a settlement as early as 300 BC but it became a commercial and religious centre in the 6th century. Due to its location the city enjoyed abundance of water from the surrounding mountain streams and waterfalls. There was an elaborate system of aqueduct to channel the water in the city. Most of the city was engulfed by the forest when the excavation first started. As of now my 30% of the city has been cleared of the forest. The total area  [...]
    Posted at May 22nd, 2009 at 10:05 am
  • Caracol … Place of Three Hills
    Caracol … Place of Three Hills
    If all Belize Mayan sites have to be ranked for there importance and grandeur then Caracol would be placed on top of the list. Caracol, or El Caracol as it is locally known lies in the foothills of Maya Mountains at an altitude of 1,500 feet. The city is surrounded by dense forest and lies on the Vaca Plateau. Caracol is one of the largest ancient Maya cities and covers an area of 65 square miles and at its peak had a population of over 2,00,000 people. Mayan settlers moved to Caracol around 1200 BC but the bulk of construction happened in between 300 AD and 800 AD. Archeologists have significant proof that the city attacked and conquered Tikal in 562 AD. Later the city also conquered Naranjo in AD 631. These two conquests boosted the military and economic might of the city and propelled population grown in the region. The main structure  [...]
    Posted at May 22nd, 2009 at 01:05 am
  • Altun Ha Ruins of Belize
    Altun Ha Ruins of Belize
    Altun Ha which means Rockstone Pond has been a settlement since 250 BC and is an hour by road for Belize City. It gets its name from the neighboring village of Rockstone Pond. Construction of the main buildings started in the city around 100 AD and continued till the 10th century. It is believed that there was mass looting in Altun Ha in the year 900 AD and it was a form of revolt against the ruler of the city. The city has an area of around 5 square miles. The main structures in the city are the two central plazas which are surrounded by towering temples. At its peak the city was inhabited by over 10,000 inhabitants and was an important trading centre in the region. The largest pyramid in The Temple of the Masonry Altars and has a height of 54 feet. It is thought to have been the focal point of the community’s religious activities  [...]
    Posted at May 21st, 2009 at 05:05 pm
  • Lamanai….. City of Crocodiles
    Lamanai….. City of Crocodiles
    Located on the banks for the New River Lagoon is the ancient ceremonial centre of Lamanai. The impressive Mayan ruins are the largest in Belize and the English translation of Lamanai means submerged crocodile. The city has one of the longest occupation span amongst all Mayan cities lasting over 3,000 years. The city is well engulfed by the forest and one has to climb on top of the temple pyramids to actually get a real picture of the surrounding landscape. Lamanai is also amongst the very few Mayan cities where the archeologists have uncovered the original name. It is believed that the occupation of the city started in 1500 BC, but the majority of the city construction started around 4th century BC and the Mayan’s occupied the city till 1600 AD. At its peak more then 35,000 Mayan’s lived in the city. Today much of the city remains  [...]
    Posted at May 21st, 2009 at 08:05 am
  • Uxmal…. City That Was Built Three Times
    Uxmal…. City That Was Built Three Times
    Uxmal is a large pre-Columbian city of Maya Civilization in Yucatan, Mexico. It is located at a distance of 78 kilometers from Merida. Archeologists have come out with a census that the city was first inhabited as early as 800 BC. The city was abandoned in 1450 AD after the Toltec’s rose to power and established their capital in Chichen Itza. The city at its peak was inhabited by over 30,000 people and most of the buildings in the site were constructed between 700 AD and 1100 AD. The main ruins of Uxmal are spread over an area of 150 acres and the residential district spread beyond the main ruins. Unlike other cities in the region which were build in proximity of cenotes, Uxmal is rather unusual. There are many man-made reservoirs and were probably used for storing rain water, one of such cisterns is located just near the entrance  [...]
    Posted at May 21st, 2009 at 12:05 am
  • Chichen Itza
    Chichen Itza
    Chichen Itza which means ‘At the mouth of the well of Itza’ is one of the most visited pre-Columbian archaeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsular in Mexico. It was one of the key cities and the focal point of the Mayan Civilization. Sometimes Chichen Itza is also referred in the ancient archives as Uucyabnal which means ‘Seven Great Rulers’. The site contains many buildings including temples, palaces, stages, markets, baths, and ballcourts. In the heart of Chichen is the El Castillo or the Temple of Kukulkan. It is a step pyramid and has stairways on all four sides. During spring and autumn equinox the rising and the setting sun the structure casts a shadow in the shape of a plumed serpent. One can see the entire archeological site after climbing to the top of the pyramid. Much of the site is still engulfed in the forest  [...]
    Posted at May 20th, 2009 at 06:05 pm