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Sunshine Paradise, Florida: Beaches and Disneyland



Sunshine Paradise, Florida: Beaches and Disneyland

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The sunshine state of Florida, is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. Surrounded by coastal region from three sides, Florida is known as sunshine state. Florida is a perfect gorgeous tourist destination for sunsets and romantic interludes along with crazy hair-raising adventures. Sparkling blue waters, snow-white beaches with the sunny skies , florida beaches will give any caribbaen isle a run for the money. The white sands along with the treasures of sea attracts every visitors. The beauty of the beaches of Florida soothes the soul of every visitors with its serenity sea and the pleasant view. Florida beaches has it all to offer for kids and people of all age and hence is an award winning place.  With over infinite beaches in Florida, it has over 800 miles of beachfront with exculsive miles of bays and inlets. Located on narrow islands, Florida beaches are separated from the mainland and are accessed by long bridges and causeways. Beaches of Florida are categorized in three locations with its regional diversity.

The Atlantic beaches, the gulf coast beaches and the Florida keys are the three main categories which include the best beaches of Florida. The beaches on the eastern shore of Florida, categorized as the Atlantic coast have ample of attraction to fascinate its tourist Atlantic coast beaches on the eastern shores of the state offer the best and attract the most tourists. Daytona beach is a perfect destination for enjoying the springs and a pleasant drive on the beach. Cruising on the motorcycles and automobiles on the beach is the popular thing to do in Daytona beach. There is an annual bike week held in the month of October known as biketober fest for all the motorcyclists who loves to drive on the beach.

Miami beach, is one of the happening beach and  is America’s top destination located in Florida. Miami beach of Florida famous for its splendor view and the beauty with warm snowy sand and crystal clear water has everything to attract from family groups to youngsters. For family beaches like Crandon park beach and Matheson hammock park are very famous with all family beachside activities. For youngsters there are beaches like swimsuit optional beach and Houlevar nude beach, which is the legal nude beach in Miami and thus attracts various tourists and visitors for topless sunbath. Miami beaches is famous for attracting youths from all over for the exciting nightlife they offer. There are various pubs, discs, lounges ,cafes etc around Miami beach to thrill the nightlife.Miami is also famous for exclusive shopping and dining options.

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Fort Lauderdale, is famous for its popular beach activities. It has seven miles of white and sandy beaches. Bicycling, roller-blading, wind-surfing, jetskiing, scuba diving and deep sea fishing are all the activities you engage yourself into. Along with the beaches it has dozens of restaurants, shops and charming sidewalk cafes at the beachfront promenade. Florida gulf coast beaches are on the western coast are warmer, calmer waters and has great splendor view of sunsets. Sanbiel and captiva islands have over 15 miles of beaches and famous for their shelling and hence and known as world’s best shelling beaches. St. Pete beach and Panama city beaches are again famous for the splendor view of reflecting sunsets on crystal clear water and snowy and sugary soft sand, located in Florida gulf coast, making it perfect destination for beach lovers.

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Florida key beaches are  another perfect destination for holidays. Florida key beaches are famous for its coral reefs and calm, crystal clear water. Bahia Honda key, mile marker 37, anne beach, fort  Zachary taylor state park and beach, etc are the most popular and famous beaches of florida keys , a perfect get away for beach holidays.florida keys aerial view

Apart from the beaches and splendor beauty of florida, youngsters have many more reasons to enjoy along the coast. Nightlife along the beachside is real must see for the youngsters. Lounges and bars, cafes and bistros are all over the beach a perfect treat for youngsters to relax.

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Florida has one more reason to be called as a perfect spot for vacation even for kids as worlds famous Disneyland is located in  southwest of downtown Orlando city. Located in the heart of sunny state of Florida, Walt Disney world resort is the world’s most popular entertainment resort. It’s a perfect ideal and dream destination for kids. For kids it’s not  less than their dreamland. Walt Disney world resort features four huge theme parks, two thrilling waterparks, back to back show performances, plusmasses of themed restaurants , bars, shops and hotels. It has several additional recreational and entertainment venues. And it’s all delivered with that trademark Disney magic. It’s just one of the best experience to see the parade of all your cartoon characters you have been seeing since your childhood. There are many misconceptions of the location with regarding the location, the fact is it is not within Orlando city limits, but it’s actually about 21 miles southwest of downtown Orlando. Disneyland is easily accessible through roadways. Private cars, busses, taxis etc are all easily available from any place of florida to Disneyland. Thus, Disneyland indeed becomes your dreamland of childhood. rides at disneyland

Apart from the wonderful beaches, adventure sports, Disneyland to name a few, Florida has many other tourist attractions and many more places to explore the beautiful place. Florida as sunshine paradise is aplty said as it shines with all its beautiful attractions appealing anyone to explore the place more and fall in love with it.

Confident Beach of Sydney: Manly Beach



Confident Beach of Sydney: Manly Beach

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‘Seven  miles from Sydney and thousand miles from care’, aptly said by Port Jackson, while describing the beauty of the Manly beach.

The beach has it all! For all the beach lovers, Manly beach located in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia brings out all what a beach lover would wish for. The confidence of having it all in the beach is the reason it is known as Manly beach for having a manly confidence. Captain Arthur Philip, while on his tour to Sydney and the beach was fascinated by the people living there and the beach. He thus gave the name Manly cove to the place after seeing the confidence and manly behavior of the people. Many beach is one of the scenic and popular beach of Sydney. With the serene and calmness of harbor beaches on one side and wild waves of Pacific ocean on the other side, the beach showcases the mixture of both the worlds.

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Manly beach is one of the most popular and beautiful tourist attraction of Sydney, Australia. Manly beach considered as one of the most beautiful gateway to Sydney’s northern beaches, offering activities and attractions to engage in for people of any age. There are ferries available from Circular Quay to Manly which disgorges lots of tourists to the Manly Wharf number of times in a day. Weekend are the times when people from all places land there to explore the place for everything it offers. The appealing atmosphere and the serene unique peace and beauty of the place makes it a perfect place for picnics and weekend getway.

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Along with the beautiful walk on the coasts of the tranquil beaches and bay, there are many activities to indulge in. With the stretch of over 20km beautifully designed bicycle track, it becomes an amazing adventure to explore the the beautiful town with the beach on bicycle. Manly is famous for its bike and bicycle tours, where you can hire the latest models of bicycles at the best price and select from the wide latest range. Exploring Manly on bicycles, rollerblades, bikes or on foot is just a peaceful treat. Nearing to the beach and a short walk along the Corso till the Manly wharf, the oceanfront is lined up with pine trees adding to the beauty of the place and making it a unique in itself.

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Another way to explore Manly is a self-drive leisure boat, with the perfect safety and comfort matter in which no license is required. It’s a perfect way to discover the joy of Manly’s waterways.

Many beach is also famous for its beachside activities like surfing and other watersports activities are very popular. There is oceanworld situated near the beach with a ten minute walk offers an array of interesting sea life and sea creatures. Along with the oceanworld is the Manly sea life sanctuary which offers few amazing and limited experiences worldwide, with underwater encounters with the sharks, where you can shark dive and get a rare chance to enter their world without the cages.  Kayaking around the sea is another activity to enjoy the beach.

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Apart from the wonders of the Manly beach, the only pedestrian thoroughfare from Manly corso that leads to manly beach is something one should not miss for. After the beach activities there is lot to around the Manly beach. One can opt for the pleasure of shopping while strolling along the beaches in the northern direction to queenscliff or south to the shelly beach.

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Manly beach offers amazing seafront restaurants, amazing pubs and night life. There are many famous restaurants along the beach with great food and refreshments after a long tiring day with the beach activities. Cafes and lounges are also a cool treat along with the sunny beaches. Best lunches served at ‘Out of Africa’, for those who want to explore and try exotic and aromatic dishes of Moroccan. Pubs like Steyne hotel, The shore club are the of the famous pubs along the way of the beach of Manly. Wharf bar for the drink beverages like elegant wine and perfect chilled beer which are waiting specially after the beachside activities. Hugos is a restaurant serving excellent Italian dishes like pizzas in the whole of Manly beach, the place is bit upmarket with great cocktail bars, lounge seats with the mark of comfort and with the awesome view of the Manly. With the great place like Manly beach, which has it all from activities and attractions with the serenity of the place, it attracts lots of youngsters making it a perfect hub for night life and party lovers, with the pleasure of good restaurants, bars and lounges. Many beach thus attracts people of all the ages as everyone has their share of activities. Many has a good accommodation option along the coastal area of the place. There are many residential option with beautiful structured houses in Manly.

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Manly beach is easily accessed from Sydney by ferries and private vehicles or tour buses. 7miles away from the hustle bustle of Sydney’s city life is place of calmness and perfection, Manly beach. A tour to Sydney is incomplete without the visit to Manly and its beach.

Thus the confidence of the beach having it all is a true saying by Captain Arthur Philip. Manly beach is thus a Australia’s one of the popular beach.

The home of Insurance institution – Lloyd’s Building, London



The home of Insurance institution – Lloyd’s Building, London

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The Lloyd’s building, sometimes known as the Inside-out building is a great illustration of the radical Bowellism architecture, according to which the building is provided with the services like ducts and lifts in the exterior that enlarges the space in the interior. The building has its name from Edward Ll0yd who founded a coffee shop at this location in 1688, where the maritime insurance was conducted.

The architecture of the building was designed by the architect Richard Rogers and it took eight years to build the 33,510 square meters of concrete, 30,000 square meters of stainless steel cladding and 12,000 square meters of glass was used as a material in its construction.

This internationally renowned building is also the home of insurance institution Lloyd’s of London. After 25 years of its completion in 1986, it became the youngest structure ever to receive the Grade I listing in 2011 and also referred by English Heritage as “globally distinguished as one of the key buildings of modern epoch”.

Architecture

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The building is situated on the prior site of East India House in Lime Street near Leadenhall Street in London’s financial district.

Coming to the center of the building, there lye a chamber having 14 floors and 76 meters in height. At the ground floor of this chamber, one can see the Lutine Bell, which is reclaimed from the French frigate La Lutine . There is a norm behind the ringing of bell, it is rung once for every good news that comes and is rung twice for every bad news. When one reaches inside the glass and steel, he can find an unexpected treasure that is the classical Italianate wood-paneled Adam room, designed by Robert Adam in 1763. The building is having seven storeys on the south elevation to a series of terraces on its north side. The architecture emits a glow which can be easily visible from the exterior and also the building looks more extravagant even at night.

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The building’s spectacular design has given it numerous awards, and some of them are Civic Trust Award, Concrete Society Commendation and Financial Times Architecture at work award and also the most honorable RIBA award in 1988 notifying its success and fame. Its windows have triple layered solar control glass with airing craters helping the artificial light to refract back in the interior. Also the building is incorporated with 1400 kilometers window gasket seals and ducts and pipes of 80 kilometers. The building’s underwriting area is 19,000 square meters. The mind-blowing rostrum on the ground floor which houses the popular “Lutine Bell” is fashioned from mahogany and was redesigned to the current building by Sir Thomas Edwin Cooper. The total cost of completion of the building was around 75,000,000 euros.

Awards and achievements

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Lloyd’s building was opened by Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh on November, 1986. All the awe-inspiring features have made this spectacular architecture to be one of the finest examples of British High-Tech architecture and also have been referred as a mechanical cathedral. The building was also bestowed as the Eternit 8th International Prize for Architecture and also won the PA Award for Innovation in Building Design and Construction in 1988.

The building is also attracted by its multi-storey, free-standing escalator within its atrium and also its mechanisms are bared and punctuated in yellow. Its atrium has also quite influenced by the Crystal Palace designed by Joseph Paxton in 1851.

A few great awards are too added in its list and one of them is the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence.

 

Attractions near the building

This fabulous building is surrounded by many attractive places to visit and entertain. A few of them are –

  1. LeadenHall Market

A splendid market with a variety products including great fashions and accessories at genuine prices is located between Leadenhall Street, Gracechurch Street and Lime Street. One can also enjoy the city food and drinks with shopping experience and can also entertain himself with the beautiful infrastructure and artistry. An event named St. George’s Day is being organized at the place on 23 April, 2014. This event comprises of a breath taking performance by the Morris dancers and other fine English traditions.

The market also has an eye catching architecture resembling that of the  Victoria’s with beautifully painted wrought iron beams. The place is a complete filming location for all kinds of productions.

2. Old operating theatre museum and Herb Garret

A great theatre museum which is the oldest in Europe and discovered in a unique space in the Herb Garret of St. Thomas Church, is one of the most unusual museums in London. It is a 300 year old herb garret house with wooden operating tables and stands for observation from which observer witnesses surgery that is performed before anesthesia.

3. Fashion and Textile museum

This museum is a center of contemporary fashion, textiles and jewelry of London. It not only exhibits various beautiful exhibitions showcasing the elements of fashion, textiles and jewelries but also executes courses where students can enroll and learn to be more creative and innovative, hence making an inspiration for the new generation who are inclined towards this field and want to have a good network in the market.

 

Island of Serenity and Nature: Philip Island, Melbourne



Island of Serenity and Nature: Philip Island, Melbourne

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For those who love to explore the divine serenity of nature, and its calmness, Philip island is the best place for it. One of the world’s most beautiful island located in South-east of Melbourne, Victoria. It’s a glory of nature which soothes the eyes and soul with the beauty of its place. Away from all the city’s chaos and stress, Philip island brings you the perfect treat to cherish your soul with its beauty. Philip island is named after the first governor of new south wales, Arthur Philip. A less than 2hr drive from Melbourne, leads to the beautiful island of Philip.

To discover the divine serenity of the place, a one day trip to Philip island is enough. With the spectacular coastal serene and abundance of chance to explore the wildlife with other heritage structures, a trip to Philip island becomes more thrilling. With the breath-taking views, island is famous for its wildlife, koala conservation center, Churchill island  and the world’s famous penguin parade.

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Penguin parade is the most popular attraction of Philip island, with the electrifying moment of watching infinite number of penguins coming one by one from the sea and emerging on the beach of the island in the dusk time. Mind-blowing parade of little penguins attracts thousands of tourist around the world. The adorable little penguins never fail to charm the visitors. There are many different ways to explore the little penguin parade tour with the different packages available.  Penguin plus viewing platform is a type in a package which lets visitors with more personal viewing experience limited to around 200 people along with a ranger experienced for giving commentaries. VIP tour package, privileges with a spectacular view of penguins with a personal ranger, complimented with a cheese platter as a part of the VIP package. Ultimate adventure tour is a package limited to ten people which provides exclusive commentary on a private beach to view the penguins in the latest night vision technology. Guided ranger tour is a package providing reserved front row seats. Thus experiencing the amazing sunset along with the penguins makes the trip a memorable trip of lifetime.penguin parade

Koala conservation center is another attraction of the island. Strolling in the woodland and coming face to face with the koalas is one of the exciting moment. Centre provides tree top boardwalks and other such places to explore the amazing life of koalas in their own natural habitat. The place also features the beauty of natural wetland. One gets a chance to know all about the life of koala’s from coming out of the mother’s pouch till learning to find food and meeting other koala’s. Koala’s are known as the most laziest animal which spends maximum of its time in sleeping. To promote koala conservation has become very essential for saving the population of koala’s in the Philip island. Strolling through the bushes amongst many other different types of species, specially the wallabies, alligators, possums, echidnas, snakes etc. tourists and visitors can indulge with the wildlife and the thrill of finding the koalas by themselves. The koala conservation centre provides visitors with its interpretation centre which has gift shops with the collection of soft toys of koala’s and famous animals of Australia. It also provides educational displays which showcases the interesting information of the place.koala conservation centre

The nobbies centre is one of the finest tourist attraction of the Philip island. Located on the tip of western Philip island, the centre has breath-taking views of the strong water waves of the Bass Strait.  The place also features the view of world’s largest colony of Australian fur seal. One can spot the real beauty of the place from the outdoor observation desk specially created to explore the vastness of the nature with advanced telescopes all over the desk. A small walk on the boardwalk specially designed to experience the stroll over the cliffs and the cold strong breeze refreshing the souls with a musical note of the waves along with the air. The walk on the beautiful wooden boardwalks gives a chance to talk with the beauty of nature and a perfect space of soul and nature. One can get a chance to spot wild kangaroos and other animals wandering freely in their natural habitat. Running carelessly all over the place and keeping the visitors fascinated.

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Churchill island heritage farm is other fascinating attraction of the place. Off the coast of Philip island, the place holds the history of European settlement and a piece of victoria’s heritage. With the land of around 57 hectares, place offers beautiful cottages with gardens and lawns. It gives a glance of beautiful Philip island and the western port. The farming practice of ancient Australia is reflected from the Churchill heritage farm. The breeze itself of the place reflects its ancient culture and natural importance. You can found moonah trees, wetlands, heritage gardens and buildings etc in the Churchill farm. There are many gift shops, cafes and restaurants providing ultimate beverages and food with quality wine and the perfect pleasant views of western port.churchil heritage farm churchil heritage farm1

Philip island is accessed by roadways, a 90 minute drive from Melbourne. There are many tours services which provides buses and private cars daily for Philip island. There are no accommodation options available on the Philip island, thus Melbourne is the only option providing ample of options for accommodations as it has many world’s best hotels and restaurants.

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Thus the beauty of the place calls to explore them, once in Melbourne. The serenity of the place excites the soul with joy.

 

Of French Cuisine: Quiche



Of French Cuisine: Quiche

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Quiche, full of Italian flavors and herbs is a perfect crispy creamy treat for dinners and snacks. Quiche is an open faced Italian baked dish with the crust and stuffings of cream, cheese, custard, meat, seafood and exotic vegetables. Quiche is a perfect treat for all Italian food lovers who loves baked cheese and creamy dishes and thus is popular all over the world like that of other Italian dishes like pizzas, pastas, enchiladas, lasagna etc. The quiche does not only look great, but it tastes delicious with the fresh exotic vegetables and ingredients with the Italian spices and herbs. Ingredients like bacon, mushrooms, etc. are the most common and popular ingredients of quiche. The filling of quiche is just like liquid satin as it is so cheesy, creamy and rich in the flavors that it just melts in the mouth, and will let the taste-buds of the mouth to a different high.

Quiche is an ancient dish which is believed to be originated from the Lorraine region in France that borders Germany and during the medieval times the area was named as Lothringen, which fell under the German kingdom. There is still a mystery of the origin as some say its originated in 16th century and according to Oxford Companion to food it says that it became popular only in the beginning of the 19th century. Thus the only clear thing with the history of quiche is that it is originated in Germany during the ancient times. The meaning of quiche is cake which is derived from the German word kuchen. Though in today’s quiche is only considered as French cuisine with its typical flavor it gives. Quiche Lorraine is the most famous and popular type of quiche which is flavoured with cheese, onions and bacon.

Quiches goes well with all types of meal, whether it is brunch, lunch, evening snacks or for dinner parties. The recipe of quiche has variations according to the types and ingredients. According to the variation, there are plenty of recipes available on internet, both with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. A good knowledge of baking is a must for trying this delicacy at home. Quiches are generally made with the combination of eggs, liquid, cheese, vegetables all baked in a pastry shell. One should be careful with the baking temperature and baking time. The filling of the quiche depends on anything like creamy cheese mustard with exotic vegetables, bacons, mushrooms or any leftover foods. The pie crust should be tender and flaky. Once mastered the art of baking quiche, one can always try with different ingredients and flavors.quiche 2

All types of quiche has a common thread between them, that is of creamy cheese custard and Italian flavors and herbes. Though the other ingredients like bacon, vegetables, meat etc. vary from type to type. Quiche Lorraine is a popular type consisting of bacon, onion and cheese. Roasted tomato basil and parmeson quiche is another variety with gives an amazing taste of tomatoes blended with crème and cheese. Goats cheese and watercress quiche is another type of quiche which is gluten-free and tastes amazingly awesome. Sticky onion and cheddar cheese quiche is another type of a great quiche which gives a perfect treat for dinner parties, picnins n other such events. Garden vegetables and goats cheese quiche is another type of awesome quiche which includes fresh vegetables from the gardens making it more tempting and delicious. Pea, mint and goat cheese quiche is adds delicious elements to the perfect treat. Cauliflower and bacon cheese is another variation in the types of quiche. Rocket, mushroom and bacon cheese and potato spring onion and Montgomery cheddar quiche is few of the rare types of quiche. Salmon and watercress quiche, Broccoli and Boursin Quiche egg free cheese and bacon quiche are other types available in France.  Seafood Quiche with Havarti Cheese and Dill, and Roasted Pepper, Prosciutto and Feta Quiche are other good and exotic variations of the French cuisine quiche. Spinach mushroom and corn quiche is other common variation popular all over for the vegetarian option in quiche. Thus there are numerous variations and types of quiche all over.spinach quiche

Quiche has many nutritional advantages like protein due to dish’s high egg content and the cheese and crème. It has lots of fiber as it has many vegetable having rich fiber contents. It also has its part of vitamin and mineral content. Vitamins like B-12, calcium, iron and zinc are the range of vitamins and minerals found in quiche. It also has content of fats and calories.

Quiche nowadays are easily available all over the world with those restaurants providing French and Italian cuisine. Apart from the French territory and countries, quiche is best available in many other countries. Brasserie by LM is a restaurant in Chicago serving the French traditional cuisine, quiche. Most of the options available are all the vegetarian types. Sharis restaurant serves quiche in many parts of US. In India quiche are available in restaurants like indigo deli, le pain quotidian and other restaurant and bakeries serving French cuisine.

Quiche goes well with milk, tea or coffee when had for breakfast and goes amazing with the sip of wine with dinner. French cuisines are always linked with the art, elegance and wine.