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Visit the Spectacular Fort Lauderdale, Florida



Visit the Spectacular Fort Lauderdale, Florida

It is not a city which remains in limelight all the time or included in the list of most beautiful cities in the world, but after seeing the majesty of this city you will find out that it is quite underrated. Fort Lauderdale, located on the Atlantic Coast in Florida, is a city of long beaches, amazing arts, culture and festivals. The city is just 37 km away from Miami and just 3 km from Port Everglades. Millions of people visit Fort Lauderdale every year and enjoy 23 miles of Atlantic beaches, Intracoastal Waterway, Inland canals,   shopping at Las Olas Boulevard and tour of some historic districts. Fort Lauderdale is also one of the most famous diving destinations in Florida with almost 70 artificial reefs.

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There are no dry seasons in Fort Lauderdale and the climate is tropical rainforest. The temperature hovers from 58 F to 91 F around the year and summers last from June to September. The winter season is not so long and stays from December to February. Most suitable time to visit Fort Lauderdale is between November and April as it is cold season with clear skies. But if you like to hang out on the beach a lot then you can visit this city any time of the year.

How to get here?

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Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport is just 3 miles away from the city centre and receives numerous numbers of flights from many countries. You can get to downtown from the airport by rental cars, bus, courtesy shuttles and famous Sun Trolley. Sun Trolley is a free trolley service towards the city. Fort Lauderdale is also connected by road and water to many other cities.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation

There are a lot of places to enjoy a great stay in Fort Lauderdale. From Hotels to apartments, from villas to resorts and from cheap hostels to motels, this city has it all. Some of the tourists’ most favorite hotels are Aqua Hotel, By Eddy, Bali Hai Hotel, Bahia Mar, Beach Gardens, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel, II Lugano Suite Hotel, Atlantic Hotel and Spa. There is also famous Pelican Grand Beach Resort with private beach, on site dining, outdoor pool and spa. Every room has cable TV and video games along with free wifi all around the hotel. If you would like some cheap deals then there are Galt Villas Motel, Sunrise Inn & Apartments and Motel 6. You can also find some suitable apartments at Winterset Suites and Casa del sol on the beach.

Food

Fort Lauderdale may not have the most famous cuisine in the whole world but it surely has some damned good chefs with their delicious foods. One of the most famous eating places here is Valentino Cucina Italiana on S. Federal Highway offering good chef side seating, amazing pastries and a bar with great cocktails. You can also enjoy monkfish, sunchoke, black trumpet mushroom, and cute shallots. Some other options include Market 17 offering tasty pan roasted pork which is quite famous around here, Casa D’Angelo, Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille, Thasos Greek Taverna, Hot & Soul and the Sea Restaurant.

The Attractions

Museum of Discovery and Science

Museum of Discovery and Science

Museum of Discovery and Science is located right in the heart of Fort Lauderdale and offers some great science and technology exhibits. It is one of the largest museums in Florida and one of the most visited too. A new EcoDiscovery Center is also opened recently at the museum with some Airboat Adventure, antics of river otters, hurricane force winds in the Storm Center and some science events. The Museum remains open everyday with its legendary AutoNation IMAX Theater. The ticket price of the exhibits is $14 per person and $9 for IMAX Theater.

Bonnet House

Bonnet House

Bonnet House is a museum located at Birch Road of Fort Lauderdale and is home to some really amazing historic paintings and artistic sculptures. It was added to the US National Register of Historic Palaces in 1984 and named after Bonnet Lily. The museum is easily accessible by all means of transport and remains open from Tuesday to Sunday. The Public Tour Hours are from 9 am to 4 pm and ticket costs $20 for adults and $16 for children aging 6-12.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is located on East Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale and offers a lot of activities like bicycling, camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, picnicking, swimming and lot more. This place is heaven for nature lovers as there can learn a lot about local plants and wildlife here. There is also the Terramar Visitor Center nearby featuring natural and cultural history display. This park is a part of late Mr. Hugh Taylor Birch’s estate and gives a great representation of historical and ecological legacy of Fort Lauderdale.

South Beach

South Beach

Located more in Miami than Fort Lauderdale, is a great place to hangout and party all day long. You will see a lot of guys’ roller skating here and people partying at night. At the Haulover Park here, you can enjoy a lot of activities like fishing, bicycle rides, tennis and golf. The clear blue water and white sand makes it one of the most beautiful beaches around the world. You can take a stroll at Lincoln Road or go to a local bar for some cool cocktails. There are Art Deco buildings nearby which are quite iconic and presents a great piece of architecture.

There are many other cool places to visit in Fort Lauderdale like the International Swimming Hall of Fame, Swap Shop, New River Inn, Lockhart Stadium, Calvary Chapel, the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and many more.

Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand



Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand

Moeraki Boulders, Koekohe Beach, New Zealand

‘The Mysterious Moeraki Boulders’

The Moeraki Boulders are very huge spherical stones that are scattered over the sandy beaches,they dont look so ordinary but looks like round boulders that have been shaped by rivers and pounding seas.These boulders are actually concretions that have been exposed through shoreline erosion from coastal cliffs that back the beach.Many of the people think in different ways about the origin of these boulders.Out of those few assumptions one of them is that they are fossil dinosaurs’ eggs.The other belief is that the version of aliens’ landing, who laid the eggs but couldn’t sustain the severe Earth climate,which is a popular assumption too. According to the legends of Polynesian people Maori,these boulders are baskets with food and pumpkins that are washed away by the waters and seas to the shore from the wreck of a large sailing canoe.

Moeraki Boulders, Koekohe Beach, New Zealand

Moeraki Boulders, Koekohe Beach, New Zealand

History:

About 60 million years ago,the concretions know as the Moeraki boulders started forming on the ocean floor.Centuries of coastline erosion have revealed a spectacular view of these curiously large spherical boulders.This Moeraki Boulders has a long history of Maori occupation,which can be visualized to our eyes in the town by the Kotahitanga Maori Church and a pa site nearby.To the South of Moeraki we can find a town of Palmerston,where we can see an historical scenic route to Central Otago.These Moeraki Boulders are as big as 3 metres in diameter and has a weight several tones,of them the small boulders can resemble an over inflated football.The tourist signs say they took four million years to form.

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Location and approach:

A little fishing village Moeraki has become famous for a geological wonder for its natural scenic boulders.These boulders are all large balls and a fascinating tourist attraction about 70 km north of Dunedin.The Moeraki Boulders are situated on Koekohe Beach at a place named Kumara, midway between Hampden and Moeraki townships in North Otago.To reach these Moeraki boulders we have only a small one-way side road,1 mile north along the main road from Hillgrove railway station.

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Attractions:

The spherical stones known as Boulders that line New Zealand’s Moeraki Beach reach up to seven feet in diameter and have been compared to everything from the marbles of giants to colossal dinosaur eggs to half-submerged prehistoric turtles, ready to stand up and shake off the sand at any moment.They are actually concretions,masses of compacted sediment formed below ground more than 50 million years ago.As the sand that surrounds them erodes,they seem to rise to the surface as if pushed up from the center of the earth.These type of stones are also found on Bowling Ball Beach in Mendocino, CA.These are formed by the mixture of rock which was originally mud and clay,The coastal elements are slowly eroding the boulders into fascinating shapes and uncovering new ones.Underneath are the boulders that the mud stone,these are originally wet in nature.Most of these boulders are spherical in nature and only few of them are in different shapes although previously they are spherical in nature because of the eroding of the coast the shape of them has changed for few boulders.

 

Excellent look of Morekai boulders

Excellent look of Morekai boulders

Moeraki Boulders.

Moeraki Boulders.

The boulders are grey-coloured septarian concretions, which have been eroded out by wave action from the cliffs of soft, black mud stone that back the beach.In some places,we can find partially exposed concretions.The largest concretions of these boulders are traversed by cracks,filled by a yellow calcite.For few of the concretions the upper part is worn away and only a shell remains,looking like discarded segments of orange peel.

Highlights:

There is a nice walk from Moeraki village to the boulders, it is about an hour return walking.You begin by following a good track from the village and then you come out onto the beach.There are baby boulders on the beach and some you can see up in the clay cliff along the way and some that have been washed out by the sea.The large group,of boulders are well worth the trip to see nothing else like them.The park down at the beach access,is the sign that will give you the history and myth of the boulders before a short walk to the petrified wood and spherical boulders.Coming from this way you get the wide shot of all the boulders before seeing them up close.Really fascinating and worth a stop on your drive to these boulders.

Moeraki Boulder

Moeraki Boulder

Aside from this wonderful Moeraki boulders we can fin another attraction along the beach from the famous boulders to the lesser known Moeraki lighthouse.Located at the end of Lighthouse Road in Moeraki,the lighthouse is of 1876 and is still in use.This requires some navigation onto gravel roads.Navigation is also an issue when walking down to the lighthouse and separate point. There is a good path and then it moves onto grass beware of the holes.All it is worth for the sightings of penguins and frolicking seals.Do not approach the penguins as a guide will be swift to ensure that one stays the statutory 15 metres away.

Light house

Light house

Visiting around late afternoon or evening during nesting season ie., during December to February we can see these fabulous penguins.This charming seaside town also has a yellow-eyed penguin sanctuary, a seal colony, Hectors dolphins that can be seen from the shore and a vibrant fishing community.

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Penguins at Katiki point

Penguins at Katiki point

 

 

Basilica of the Sacre Coeur, Paris



Basilica of the Sacre Coeur, Paris

Paris the capital city of France is regarded as most visited city of the world. Paris is famous for its many historical and modern buildings, palaces, churches and world famous many other attractive sites. Among the most famous attractions of the Paris one is the sacre Coeur basilica, one of the most noticeable landmark regarded as sacred heart of Paris. This white dome is a roman catholic church dedicated to sacred heart of Jesus, is situated at the city’s highest point on Montmartre hill. As it sits at the very top of the hill, visitors can get great view of Paris.

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Montmartre hill or also regarded as the holy hill situated in the north of Paris,  is around 129 meter above the sea. It is 130 meter high. Montmartre is primarily known for the white domed basilica of the sacre Coeur. There are many other old churches on this hill like saint pierre de Montmartre. The name of hill origin from the word “mount of mars”. The hill is regarded as religious symbol as it has been suggested as a likely druidic holy place because it is the highest point of the area.

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The basilica of the sacre Coeur was built on Montmartre from 1876 to 1919, regarded as a gesture of expiration of “the crimes of the communards”.  The large image of the dome’s mosaic shows, the very atmosphere of the basilica reflects the spirit of humble worship. To the right of Jesus stand the archangel Michael and besie him joan of arc wither sword and white gowned ‘France incarnate’ offering her crown back to Jesus. Some 234 spiraling steps lead you to the basilica, which provides the wonderful view of gold mosaics, stained glass window and one of the world’s largest clocks. Nearby of sacre there is saint pierre church which is one of the oldest church in Paris. The entire building of sacre coeur constructed with calcite type stone This stone constantly exude calcite, which ensure that the basilica remains white even with weathering and pollution.

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It is very easy to get to sacre Coeur by metro then either walk up the hill or take the tram. To avoid the steps, take the funicular, which costs one metro ticket each way.  It provides the most beautiful panoramic view of the city till around 43 km. it constructed in roman-byzantine style inside the building the ceiling is decorated with the largest mosaic in France measuring about 480 meter square. This iconic church of Paris is regarded as a monument of both political and cultural. It was constructed honor the 58, 000 lives lost in the Franco- Prussian war and to restore the faith of people during such trying time. it is still a symbol of religious faith and bravery of humanity.

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The interior of basilica is seems heavy and over-ornamented. It is notable for its size 100 meter long and 50 meter wide. Inside the church has the massive golden mosaic set high above the choir and Christ in majesty depicts Christ with a golden heart and outstretched arms, surrounded by various figures. It received over 10 million pilgrims each year and it is most visiting site of Paris.

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This dome Has the work of many world famous artists like Vincent van gogh, Alfred jarry andgen paul. The artistic work in beautiful roman style make the interior site of this dome more attractive. Rooftop open for visitors provides most amazing view of sunset and sunrise. The second reason of basilica’s popularity is its 262 foot high campanile hang la savovarde one of the world’s heaviest bells, weighing about 19 tons. It is regarded as world’s heaviest and biggest bell.

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The sacre basilica basically the most attractive destination because it provides to the visitors peace and the feeling of religious purity and satisfaction as the People considered it as holy place because it is related to the purity of Christ. The visiting sites of dome are the mosaic, the dark interior of the church is illuminated by golden mosaics. The 450 meter square mosaic displaying the Christ in majesty was created by luc- oilier and holds the record of largest mosaic in France. The dome with supported by 80 differently topped columns.

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The visitors can also visit to The crypt, displaying several statues of saints, inside the treasury contains ornaments that were offered to the church as  a gift. Than the grand pipe organ, considered as the greatest instrument of the world. It has 109 ranks and 32 note pedal board. Other things to see the gorgeous stained glass window, the basilica’s crypt with never ending vaulted arches and the bronze doors depicting various bible favorites such as last supper.

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Near to this there is an interesting museum consisting of local exhibitions. Montmart museum with beautiful inner guarden sacre Coeur is built of travertine stone, it also has the meditation fountain. The visitors can also see  Montmartre cemetery offers beautiful and calm respite from the rush of the city. many visitors come to admire the superlative view from the top of its 271 foot high dome. The sacre de Coeur basilica provdes the most beautiful artistic work of the Paris with the most beautiful panoramic view of the city.

Harbour Bridge, Sydney



Harbour Bridge, Sydney

Harbour bridge , Sydney

Location

Harbour bridge in Sydney is one of the best known  tourist attractions and one of the lovable photographed marks .It stands 134 metre above the harbour which is one of the largest steel arch bridge. Harbour bridge is very fondly known as the ” coathanger” by the residers that live there . Harbour bridge was officially opened in 1932 and finally in 2002 , Harbour bridge celebrated its 70th birthday with pomp and shows .Sydney’s Harbour bridge has been very vastly known as the architectural jewels in the crown of australia which has been regarded as one of the most beautiful city. Many photographers have tried to capture the beauty of the bridge , but there is nothing more captivating than going and experiencing the beauty of the bridge for the first time with your own eyes.

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History

From the northern to southern shore of the harbour , Francis Greenway proposed a building bridge in 1815. But , that building took some time and finally the design submissions for the bridge were invited in 1900. The designs and the submissions for the bridge were finally invited in 1900. The designs and the submissions that were invited were considered ill-suited and as the result , the process of the building of the bridge stopped eventually.

DJJ Brasfield and some of the officers of the NSW Department of the public works managed to prepare a general design for the bridge.And the plans of building a new design of the bridge were finally executed after the First World War. Worldwide tenders were invited for the construction of the bridge in the 1922 by the New South Wales Government and contact was reached to english firm dorman long and corporations of the middlesbrough.

Finally , the execution of the construction of the bridge was started in 1924 and it took 1400 men and eight years to built the attractive and lovable bridge in Sydney.The approximate cost to build the bridge was 4.2 million . The construction of this bridge took six million hand driven rivets and 53,000 tonnes of steel. Now , at present, The bridge carries eight traffic lanes and two rail lines. Two eastern lanes were tram tracks at the time of construction and eventually, those tracks were constructed to road traffic when sydney closed down to its tram system in the 1950′s .

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Past of the Bridge

Harbour bridge is certainly blessed with an interesting past and amazing stories behind the successful completion of the Harbour Bridge .These stories also include its opening on 19th march 1932. When on the opening ceremony of the bridge , John Jack started the ceremony of cutting the ribbon , suddenly then Captain Francis who was the member of the political group immediately used his swords to slash the ribbons .Captain Francis de Grovt did that so because he was of the strong belief that the only person who deserve to cut the ribbon should only belong to the royal family as Captain Francis de grovt himself belonged . This was the whole idea behind doing this . And then , through his sword , the ribbon officially got cut .

Around that time , approximately 800 families were living in the bridge path. And the families that were coming in the way of the completion of the bridge , were eventually got shifted from that place so that the successful completion of the bridge could take place.Their homes got demolished without any compensation . No compensation was given to the people who had their home demolished and as a result , sixteen workers lost their lives .

There are many interesting stories that are linked with the successful completion of the bridge .It is a very popular ans known fact that the americans fly under the harbour bridge with one  kittyhawk  flying under in about February 1942. It has also been reported that in 1943, a flight of 24  RAAF Wirraways also passed under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

It has also been notices that first to clear the time , the pilot himself changed the flight path at the end moment to go over the top of bridge. Again , the dutch also flew three aircrafts which were of 18 squadron under the bridge in formation. They circled back to do another flight under the bridge in a single flow .

One more story is also associated with the bridge of Peter Issacson also flew the huge australian lancaster under the harbour bridge when he was on a tour to australia to collect funds for the was effort

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Climbing the Bridge

One of the most interesting way to experience Harbour Bridge is to climb the top of it .Climbing the bridge started in 1998, which attracted many tourists . If you take a climbing tour to the bridge through ladders and stairs , you will find that the view is absolutely catching , unforgettable and not to forget ” breath-taking”. Bridge- climbing gives you an incredible opportunity to walk to the submit of the bridge and experience the world’s spectacular views which are absolutely a stunning treat to the eyes .

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Thus , Sydney Harbour bridge is one of the most luring , captivating , and tourist’s favourite landmark in Australia .The pictures even cannot truly capture the beauty of this marvellous and stunning bridge . You cannot afford to miss the beauty and a refreshing experience of this unique bridge . Harbour Bridge in Sydney is worth a visit.

 

Kesar Rabdi Ghevar: Royal Delicacy of Rajasthan RTP



Kesar Rabdi Ghevar: Royal Delicacy of Rajasthan RTP

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Ghevar, a traditional royal savory of Rajasthan is like a capital sweet-dish of the state. Ghevar is a popular dessert which has a place in heart of every Rajasthani and can be found at any auspicious occasions like weddings or other celebration and on festivals like savan ki teej. It’s a delicious blend of disc shaped wheat flour cake with a sweet dip in sugar syrup. The popular dish is savored since ancient times for ancient festives like Makar sankranti, Gangaur, Teej and Raksha bandhan. Ghevar is also gifted on many purposes, like to newly married girls on teej and gangaur festival or while greeting any people. Gifting ghevar is known as Sanjara which is a traditional ritual and marks as the beginning of beautiful relation with all the good hopes and a positive start. Ghevars are easily found in the sweet shops, hotels and restaurants or any cafes in the state of Rajasthan. Ghevar is a popular recipe amongst all Rajasthani locals can make easily at their homes.ghevar 2

The taste of ghevar is impacted with the quality with its cooking method. To make a properly cooked delicious ghevar is an art to make. Though the recipe goes with simple ingredients like wheat flour, pure ghee, sugar, dry-fruits of personal choices, cardamom powder and yellow food color, it cannot beat those available in the cities of Rajasthan. To make the delicacy of ghevar, wheat flour is mixed with water and ghee/ butter to make a batter. Yellow food color and cardamom is added to the batter and the mixture is put in the cylindrical mould and is put in heated ghee to fry a little. After repeating the process the round delicacy is made which is known as ghevar. After this procedure ghevar is dipped in sugar syrup and it garnished with soaked saffron/kesar, dryfruits like almonds, pistachios, cashew-nuts etc. and silver varak to enhance the beauty of the delicacy. To add with the variations, adding rabdi to the ghevar is also very popular and it just makes the taste incredible. There are many other variations to the delicacy of ghevar. Rabdi is another sweet traditional delicacy of India, which is made by using full fat milk which is boiled to become thick and condensed added with sugar, cardamom and other dryfruits.process of ghevar making

Tasty flavor of ghevar makes it very popular in the state of Rajasthan and the variations available in it gives the buyers number of options to select from the temptations. The most popular variation of ghevar is kesar rabdi ghevar also known as malai rabdi. After dipping the ghevar in sugar syrup it is topped with rabdi which is known as condensed milk or thickened milk garnished with dry-fruits and kesar. Mava ghevar is also one of the popular variation available in the shops. Apart from these three popular variations, fruit flavored ghevars are also the exclusive variation available at few places. Fruit flavors like mango and orange flavored ghevar has become a must to explore out in the shops. Ghevar garnished with grated paneer( cottage cheese) is also a good variation to try for. Chocolate ghevar has become another must try to explore the variation. Few even offer ghevar soaked in rabdi instead of the rabdi topping. Thus there are number of variations one can go for according to the choices and personal preference.type oF ghevar

Ghevars are rich in fat contents and rich source of calories. If had along with a glass of hot milk, it helps in putting on the weight. But for people who want to lose weight, indulging in ghevar will cost them few more extra kilos and reason to worry. People suffering ailments like diabetes should also not have extra indulgence of the sweet delicacy. But there is a reason to joy as there are solutions for their problems. There are options in ghevar like those shallow fried with less ghee and with the sugar free options available to decrease the fats and calorie count. This becomes the perfect treat for those with overweight and diabetic problems. Still despite of health issues and diabetes problems there is no fall in the demand of Rajasthan’s royal sweet. This shows the spirit and love of Rajasthani’s for their most popular delicacy Ghevar.

Ghevars are in high demand during the time of festivals like Teej, Rakhsha bandhan, Gangaur etc. all the sweet shops are crowded with orders during those days. Though ghevars are originated from the Indian state of Rajasthan, and its famous amongst the Marvadi’s and Rajput of those region, ghevars have also found its place in other states and cities like Agra, Mumbai, delhi etc. the taste and sweetness of this delicacy is thus spreading. The famous shops in Rajasthan selling ghevar are LMB, which is famous for ghevar all over Rajasthan, Jodhpur mishtaan bhandar, rawat mishtaan bhandar in Jaipur, Bikaner sweets and chaat centre again popular in all over Rajasthan. Thus these are the few of the popular shops in Rajasthan. Ghevars are difficult to find in foreign countries, but during festive time if lucky one can find a treat for self.

A trip to Rajasthan is just not complete if one miss outs on the Rajasthani traditional treat of ghevar.