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Yokohama – Japan’s Pride



Yokohama – Japan’s Pride

After Tokyo, the most populous city in Japan is the City of Yokohama with a population of 3.7 million. It is the largest incorporated city of Japan. It lies on Tokyo Bay’s western coast, which is to the south of the Tokyo, on the island of Honshu. The city is the commercial centre of the region of Greater Tokyo. After mifd-19th century, it developed rapidly. Many foreigners are found in this city visiting this place for commercial as well as tourism purposes. It was the first port that was opened for foreign trade in 1854 and ever since then, it has been a growing graph for Japan as well as Yokohama.

The Tallest Structure amidst a park:

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The tallest structure on the Yokohama land is the inland lighthouse named as Yokohama Marine Tower. It is situated in the Naka ward. This is not just the tallest structure of Yokohama but is also the tallest lighthouse in the world. It is located right in front of the Yamashita Park. Yamashita Park is another very famous attraction of Yokohama. The park is 750 meters long and is a great place for the locals as well as the visitors.  From this park, you can watch the entire port of Yokohama and a lot of greenery of the space makes it a spot to freshen yourself up and relax a bit. Many street performances can be noticed in and around this park which are super fun to watch. Some of these performances also include fire stunts. The park is very near to Osanbashi Pier which is another place of Yokohama every person must visit.

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The tallest building of Japan after Tokyo Skytree is the Landmark Tower which is also located in Yokohama and is a major attraction for the foreigners because of the height. The Landmark tower is the third highest structure on earth made by men. It has an observation platform for the tourists on the 69 floor of the building which is the top floor. It provides exceptionally good views of the Yokohama land and its skyline. The fastest elevators in Japan are inbuilt this great and giant piece of architecture. You can also go to the 70 floor to have a cocktail and a fine dinner.

Arena and Museums:

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The largest arena in Japan is the Yokohama Arena which is only at a five minute walking distance from Shin-Yokohama Station. Many famous musicians perform and hold concerts here. Among the many museums, the most commonly visited museum is the Yokohama History Museum that depicts the history of Yokohama from Primary period of ancient times to the Modern period of today. The museums are historical and classical. Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum is also a very different kind of museum. It is the museum of the Japanese noodles. The interior of this museum resembles a Tokyo Town and was designed in the year 1958. There are 9 ramen restaurants in this museum and upstairs, there is a history museum. Another such example is the Yokohama Doll Museum. You should also visit the Kanagawa Museum of Modern Literature.

Motomachi and Chinatown:

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The best place for shopping lovers in Yokohama is the Motomachi. Yokohama Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in japan and one of the largest Chinatowns in the world. It is as old as the times of Opening of Japan in the year 1859. This place is a major tourist attraction because of the umpteen numbers of Chinese grocery shops and also the place to buy cheongsam dress at cheap rates and or jade knick-knacks at reasonable prices. Though you may find these places a bit crowded on the weekends but the items available here are unique and cheap at the same time, especially at Motomachi. Chinatown is more known for the food you get there which has an unforgettably yummy taste.

For the Sports Fans:

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The City of Yokohama is the home of the baseball team – the Yokohama Baseball Team of the Central League. The Stadium of Yokohama known by the name Bay Stars Stadium is the best place to watch a match of baseball in the whole country of Japan. This stadium was constructed on the remains of Cricket Ballpark of the previous century. This stadium has open roof architecture and the grass on the ground is naturally grown and thus the green color is natural and comfortable to the eyes every time. And for the Soccer players, the Nissan Stadium of Yokohama is the best spot.  Nissan Stadium is a very large stadium and was the host for the 2002 FIFA WORLD CUP’s final match. The J League Soccer team is the home team of Yokohama along with Yokohama FC.

And the waterfronts:

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The historic port of Yokohama is Kannai. But the most famous waterfront of Yokohama is the Osanbashi Pier from where you can watch the sun rise and sun set events which looks beautiful every day. You can get the complete view the Bay Bridge without any obstructions and on a day with clear sky, you will be able to see the Mt. Fuji clearly.

Other interesting places of Yokohama are the Yokohama Science Center, Minato Mirai 21 Area, Kirin Yokohama Beer Village, Kogane-cho, Noge, etc. The Yokohama city is as good as it seems from the outside. The people are friendly and language is also not a big problem as most of the population communicates in English. When visiting Japan, a stop at Yokohama will be worth your time.

Giethoorn- The Venice Of Holland



Giethoorn- The Venice Of Holland

Giethoorn-Venice of Holland

Giethoorn a beautiful village in Netherlands also known as “Venice of Holland”.It is also known as “Small Venice of the north”.In this village we cannot find single car as there are no roads.It became locally famous, especially after 1958, when the Dutch film maker Bert haanstra made his famous comedy Fanfare there.This village of 2,500 inhabitants located in the province of Overijssel is best accessed by foot, bicycle or canoe. All the houses are lined up along the canals and the preferred method of transport is punting.there are 4 miles of canals and farmhouses with thatched roofs dating back to the 18th century.

Giethoorn-Venice of Holland

Giethoorn-Venice of Holland

History:

The history of this village is around 1200 when Franciscan monks settled in the area.In the marsh lands peat was formed and when the settlers started to use the peat, canals were dug for transport. Big areas became lakes, many of them not deeper than three, four feet.Giethoorn was a separate municipality until 1973, when it became part of Brederwiede.There’s a story about how all the lakes came to be as well.The story begun when the huge and big flood disaster destroy this town. After this flood, first inhabitants found masses of horns of wild goats, which had probably died in 1170 during the flood. They called their settlement Geytenhorn (geit = goat), ulimately becoming Giethoorn (dialect goat = geit = giet).

Giethoorn-Holland

Giethoorn-Holland

Locaion:

Giethoorn is located at the edge of a national park, a beautiful area.The tiny Dutch village of Giethoorn,right in the middle of the De Wieden nature reserve, is fondly known as the Venice of Netherlands.It is quite an apt name for the place, since it has distinct features that are reminiscent of the romantic Italian city – 7.5 km of canals.The Giethoorn village is home to less than 3000 people.Most of them live on their private islands as the city consists of minute areas of land beautifully surrounded by water. The  180 bridges are the only way to reach many houses, other than the boats.

dutchvenice-map route

dutchvenice-map route

Attractions:

Most of us are familiar with the scenic beauty of Venice also known as the ‘Queen of the Seas’, in which the various islands are interconnected through water transportation.  It would be close to imagine another place quite the same as Venice- and this is where we are mistaken!  There is almost an identical place in Holland called Giethoorn in the province of Overijssel which, like Venice, is an idyllic place that is connected through canals having practically no roads whatsoever.The Victorian-style houses and cottages located on private islands and the 180 odd wooden bridges that serve as links to houses appear as if out of a storybook.  Since water transportation is the only way to move about, you can indulge in a sightseeing boating trip or perhaps even be a little adventurous by hiring a ‘whisper boat’ or punter to roam around by yourself.Many houses are as it were built on little islands, reached through a high bridge. All this imparts to Giethoorn a beauty unequalled anywhere else.

In winter Giethoorn is a very popular destination for ice skaters.The little  reed covered farm houses and beautiful gardens and also canals, in the center is not a road but a canal where you have to travel by boat. The canals, the uncountable caracteristic wooden arch bridges and have given Giethoorn the nickname the Venice of Holland. The travelers who adventure here are usually mesmerized by the familiar atmosphere, bohemian canals, small wooden bridges, vivid flowers and colorful 200 year old homes.Canal tours are popular with the many tourists.

Village full of tourists

Village full of tourists

The boats called punters are typical to Giethoorn, however, and have become famous the world over. They are driven by an electric motor that make a sound no louder than a whisper. The village itself is the main attraction, where the atmosphere is said to be extremely peaceful and relaxing. Tourists also love admiring the classic Dutch architecture, including houses with thatched roofs and some carefully preserved 18th and 19th century farm houses.This town is very clean and very fresh. What is more enthusiastic and can reflect the real heaven besides the green town.you inhale fresh air in your nose without any contamination or pollution.We can find connections from house to house through foot over bridges made of wood and looks spectacular.

houses connection through footover bridges

houses connecting through footover bridges

Highlights:

The whole of Giethoorn is a highlight in itself.The people of the village are proud of their characteristic houses with thatched domes overlooking the canals.If you ever want to get away from city life and find peace in a beautiful place, the perfect destination for you is Giethoorn in the Netherlands.Beautiful nature, old houses, ride boats in channels or walk after numerous wooden bridges … Simply, it is a place that offers you relaxation and also to briefly forget the noisy cars, because they are here not welcome, primarily because this tale like place does not have roads..In Giethoorn there are various museums where you can learn about the life and work of the last 100 years, to see pottery works, as well as old cars, bikes and sleds. There are also organized numerous art exhibitions, and there are special activities for children. During the winter, this place is extremely attractive for fans of ice skating.We can get rented bikes also depending on the route the cost depends.

Overiew of giethoorn

Overiew of Giethoorn

cycling in the village

Cycling in the village

houses with parking of boats

Houses with parking of boats

Calgary: The Heart of New West



Calgary: The Heart of New West

Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is situated approximately 80km to the east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies, at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River. The major source of income in this land is energy, financial services, film and television, transportation, technology, aerospace, manufacturing, retail and tourism sectors. It is Canada’s fourth largest metropolitan area with a population of over 1,220, 000 (as of 2009). It is also the house of head offices of major corporate houses in the country. It also became the first city in the country to host the Olympic Winter games in the year 1988.

It is a modern and clean city, with a booming oil and energy economy. It has led to an influx of well educated and affluent workforce into the city. Calagarians are looking for new type of lifestyles, leading to opening of new restaurants, theatres, boutiques, hotels, and high-end recreational outlets. It is a very exciting place for all those who love shopping and sports.

How to Get There?

Calgary is well connected to all the neighbouring cities and you can get there either by road or air. The Calagary International Airport is well served by Canadian as well as international carriers, such as WestJet, Air Canada, British Airways, etc. Several volunteers, dressed in red and white Western wear are always ready to serve the tourists and direct them. Though it is well connected to most other Canadian cities, it is better to drive from places across the border.

Calgary is well accessible via road too. It is just an hour’s drive East of Banff and about 3 hours South of Edmonton. There are several buses services also. However, due to service cuts in 1990, it still remains inaccessible via rail. However, there are rails to nearby places like Vancouver, jasper, Lake Louise and Banff.

Weather and When to Visit

The best time around the year to visit Calgary, is from late May to the end of September. In winters, the weather can be greatly unpredictable. There is a plethora of exciting things to do for winter enthusiasts. However, if you are not really a winter fan or have budget constraints, you should reconsider the idea of visiting this area in winter. Also, you may find heavy snowfall during winter months, covering the mountain peaks.

Calgary Stampede:

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The Calgary stampede is the western themed, grand festival hosted in Calgary. It is celebrated for around ten days in the early July. It is very popular and draws crowd from several parts of the world, justifying its name ‘Stampede’. The bookings and reservations are done well in advance and last minute arrangements may not be a good idea. It adds big wads of dollars to the local economy each year. It is one of the most looked up to event in whole of Canada. It has games, concerts, rides and the class rodeos. The nightlife is awesome with tents set up on the fairgrounds for the Cowboys.

The Calgary Public Library:

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The Calgary public library is the biggest public library network of the city, which is second largest in Canada. It loans books, CDs, DVDs, e-books, Blu-rays and all other form of electric and non-electric media. The number of members borrowing from its seventeen branches, makes it the sixth largest municipal library system in the entire North America.

The Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium:

The Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium is the centre of celebrating art and culture. It is one of the two twin art facilities in the province, with the other being located in Edmonton. It was opened in the year 1957 and has a capacity of 2538 spectators. It has hosted several Broadway musical, theatrical, stage and local performances over the years. It is run by the provincial government and underwent a major renovation in 2005. It is the home of Alberta ballet Company, the Calgary opera, the Kiwanis Musical Festival amongst others.

Shopping Hub:

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Calgary has a number of exciting shopping centres such as The Core Shopping Centre, Stephen Avenue and Eau Claire Market. The market is full of branded stores as well as eclectic collections. There are numerous locally grown products and craft articles prepared by local artisans which can be easily found. The Core shopping Centre also houses the Devonian Gardens, the largest indoor gardens, situated on its fourth floor. Another exciting place for shopaholics is the 17 Avenue, located in the heart of the city, which holds a plethora of restaurants, bars and nightclubs too. All those who love shopping, would definitely love this place!

Other Attractions:

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There are numerous other attractions too. It is a must-go place for all the art lovers. There are several museums and art galleries like the Chinatown district, the Calgary tower, the art gallery of Calgary, Military Museum and the Glenbow Museum. A major tourist attraction is the Heritage Park Historical Village, located on the west of Calgary. It is a live depiction of life in pre-1914 Alberta, with replicas of buildings, historic monuments and even the vehicles such as steam train and electric sheetcar. Other attractions include Prince’s Island Park, the Calgary zoo, the Telus spark, the Telus Convention Centre, amongst others.

The Amazon: World’s Largest Rainforest



The Amazon: World’s Largest Rainforest

Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest is the largest tropical Rainforest in the world, covering over five and a half a million square kilometers and is being the home for many wildlife creatures.It is a home for almost one-third of all species, the Amazon Basin is the planet’s greatest reserve of all the life forms,it is home for many species which are not found any where else in the world.Although exact numbers are not known, the basin may contain up to one million plant species Almost over two-thirds of the fresh water that is present on the earth is found within this Amazon basin.Over 20% of the earth’s oxygen is produced here itself.The Amazon is made up of a mosaic of ecosystems and vegetation types including Rainforests, seasonal forests, deciduous forests.The Amazon forest stretches from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the tree line of the Andes in the west.

Amazon Rainforest

Amazon Rainforest

History:

The Amazon Rainforest has been continuously inhabited for at least 10, 000 years and even more.The Forest area was formed during the Eocene era after temperatures had dropped around the world as the Atlantic Ocean had widened, paving the way for a warm and wet climate.The earliest inhabitants in this area were stone-age peoples, living in hundreds of far-flung tribes, some tiny, others numbering in the tens of thousands. It was from the west that Europeans explorers first arrived.According to the scientists, the Amazon Rainforest was created millions of years ago when the Amazon River changed direction from west to east.This forest has a history of at least 55 million years old. After the extinction of the dinosaurs, the climate got even wetter and the Rainforest grew as far south as the 45-degree latitude. The Amazon River itself was “discovered” by a Spanish explorer and conquistador.

Amazon-Worlds largest Rainforest

Amazon-Worlds largest Rainforest

Location:

The Amazon Rainforest,which is also known as the Amazon Jungle is located in South America in an area known as the Amazon River basin.It covers an area of 7 million square kilometers.The forest covers several countries,out of which Brazil and Peru holds the largest portion of this Rainforest.The Smaller portions exist in countries like Venezuela, Colombia, French Guiana, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, and Suriname.Amazon Rainforest is located in the upper section of Brazil south of the Equator. The Amazon River is located 2 to 4 degrees south of the Equator.Because of this the temperature around this is humid and wet.

Geographical location of Amazon_rainforest

Geographical location of Amazon Rainforest

Wildlife in Amazon Rainforest:

The Amazon Rainforest is the largest home for  wildlife,Here we can find tiny insects to huge predators, it’s a vast and interconnected web of life.And there are all naturally provided facilities to all type of species to survive.It is home for 60% of the wildlife species which is about one tenth of the wold’s species.Till now we can find at least 40,000 plant species which makes the rain forest looks like huge monster green covered on the land,It contains 427 mammals species including familiar forest mammals such as raccoons, bats, mice, deer and otter iconic rain forest mammals, such as jaguars, spider monkeys, black howler monkeys, anteaters and armadillosit also has strange and unique mammals such as capybara, freshwater dolphin, tapirs, peccaries, sloths and agouti,it comprises huge bird life about 1,300 birds species like harpy eagle, toucan and hoatzin and many more,378 reptiles species like boa and it also contains more than 400 amphibians like dart poison frog and many others.With around 3,000 freshwater fishes including the piranha have been found in the Amazon itself.

Wildlife in Amazon

Wildlife in Amazon

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arapaima

Squirrel monkey, Amapa, Brazil

Squirrel monkey, Amapa, Brazil

People and Communities:

More than 30 million people, including 350 indigenous and ethnic groups,live in the Amazon Forest area and these people depend on the natural resources that are available in abundant amount for agriculture, clothing and traditional medicines. Most live in large urban centers, but all residents depend on the Amazon’s natural bounty for food, shelter and livelihoods.However we can find thousands of distinct ethnic groups with their own distinctive language and culture that even remain today in tropical Rainforests around the world.Most of the tribal people don’t ever go to school like us,indeed they learn about the forest areas from their ancestors and few people in their communities.They learn about hunting,fishing and they also learn about the medicines available in those forest areas and how it must be used.

Indigenous people amazon

Indigenous people amazon

People in amazon

People in amazon

  Destruction of Amazon:

Destruction of the Amazon Rainforest has increased almost about one third in the past year, reversing a decade-long trend of better protection for the world’s greatest Rainforest.Till now in this Rainforest the destruction cleared the area larger than 200 football fields.The worst year in which most of the destruction of the forest area took place is 2004,about 27,000 sq km of forest was destroyed.The increase in deforestation was largely caused by the expansion of farming areas and the development of infrastructure projects.

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Amazon-deforestation

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Amazon-rain-forest-destruction

Highlights:

Travel to Amazon Rainforest offers the opportunity to breathe in some of the purest air on the planet and see some of the world’s most amazing birds and animals.We can have a look from the bullet ants to tarantulas, jaguars to capybaras, piranhas to giant river otters, capuchins to howler monkeys and much more.This is a must visit place by everyone in his life time and can have best memories in his life spending in this adventures Wildlife.Houses and cottages are also available for tourists near the forest area.

Houses in amazon rain forests

Houses in amazon RainforestsHouses for touristsHouses for tourists

Transport through water in the rain forest

Transport through water in the Rainforest

The Rose Bowl – Stadium for the Immortals



The Rose Bowl – Stadium for the Immortals

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Legends, heroes and immortals are stuffs of fantasy and myths but in real life all such figures come to life inside a sporting stadium. Sports are the best way one can find heroes, legends and immortals. Sporting personalities and moments allow us the chance to enjoy, live and celebrate are heroes and legends. And the theatre for such great athletes, heroes and legends to perform is known as a stadium, an outdoor building, and a cauldron where the greatest moments of sporting history are performed and lived. There are many stadiums world over which are known for their history, their size, their fans, the great sporting history that has been created in them and the teams they represent. For fans of a particular sport or team their stadium is their temple, a place where they worship their immortal players and one such stadium located in the city of Pasadena in California is called the Rose Bowl Stadium.

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The Rose Bowl is an outdoor athletics stadium situated in Pasadena, Los Angeles and is the home of the football teams of University of California at Los Angeles as well as the host of the most famous football bowl game in the United States of America, the Rose Bowl football game. The stadium is a landmark in American and Californian history with the distinct honor of hosting events of two Olympics held in Los Angeles in 1934 and 1984, a Soccer World Cup Final in 1994 and Women’s Soccer World Cup Final in 1999. The stadium came up at a time when American Football was developing into a national game with great popularity and following, all over the country there soccer stadiums coming up. Los Angeles itself had its own showcase event “the tournament of roses” which was played on the New Year’s Day and known as ‘America’s New Year Celebration’ it was held for the first on January 1st, 1902 at Tournament Park. For the coming 14 year the event lost much of its sheen and was dominated by other side vents instead of Football as the game were too lopsided to draw crowd.

Rose-Bowl-game

But in 1916, under the official name of the Rose Bowl the Football match was re-instated as the showpiece event soon it became an annual event and started drawing crowds of over 40,000 thousand on the game day. This led authorities to commission the building of a permanent stadium at Arroyo Seco some three miles south of the original Tournament Park. The designer of the stadium was Myron Hunt who was inspired form the design of the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut which was built in 1914; the stadium was originally built as a horse shoe and opened in 1922 hosting the first game between USC and Cal in October of 1922. The official opening of the stadium as the Rose Bowl though happened on January 1st, 1923. Since its opening the stadiums has undergone many renovation project which has led to the expansion of its capacity and facilities. The horse-shoe shape of the original design got converted into a full bowl in 1928 after the development of the southern end of the stadium.

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After the building of the southern end the capacity of the stadium rose to around 55000 thousand, each year at the bowl game the stadium would be packed to quarters building an atmosphere which was never seen before in any American stadium. After the Second World War more expansion happened and by 1972 the stadium became the largest in USA with a capacity to hold 104,000 plus spectators for a game, from 1972 till 1997 the Rose Bowl remained the stadium with the highest capacity but was surpassed by the Michigan State University stadium which held a capacity of 109,000. From the wooden benches of the early years to the bucket seats of today, spectator comfort has come a long way for the Rose Bowl. Today the Rose Bowl stadium can host around 92000 spectators at a time with numbers touching the 94000 mark sometimes. The stadium has also been host to many other events such as rock concerts, a soccer world cup final with an attendance of 93000 and the NFL Super Bowl.

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Rose Bowl stadium and its showpiece event the Rose Bowl game is considered to be the showcase of the immortals, a place where some of the defining moments of American Football’s history have been created. The Rose Bowl game which sees the participation of the two of the biggest and best teams in American College Football has captured the imagination of millions of American and is the biggest game in College football and second biggest in American Football after the ‘Super bowl’.  In 2014, the stadium held its 100th Rose Bowl game which was eventually won by Michigan State University Spartans, the most successful team at Rose Bowl games have been the University of South California, Michigan State University and the Washington State University. The Rose Bowl game is an annual showcase of the greatest talent there is in American college football, it represents an integral part of America’s sporting culture and its heritage.