London for me is the best place to enjoy vacations whether you are traveling alone, with friends, family or kids. London is a place for all kinds of people and people of all ages.London has that vibe of happiness and welcoming smiles from people making you feel like a part of their city. London still has its rich culture and heritage intact along with its tremendous growth as a powerful city. It is the central hub for retail, fashion, IT, films, and theatre, finance et all, hence has one of the busiest and beautiful airports in the world.
It has numerous tourist attractions and sight-seeing places to visit. They are unique in their style, architecture, and history, awe-inspiring and lovely. The mode of transportation in London is so systematic and the sign boards throughout the city are self explanatory and never make you feel lost. The London Underground, popularly called tube stations have tube maps and are very easy and cost effective mode of traveling. Even buses are a good option. The trademark London black cab is very good to try a small distance just for the experience sake of it and not a preferable mode to travel, they very expensive. There is a hop on hop off tour bus which tours along London Attractions and major landmarks of the city. There are night tour buses too. Cycling is also an option for tourists.
There are innumerable eat outs, cafes, pubs and restaurants in London. Being a foodie myself, trying out English food is what I enjoyed the most. English people prefer breakfast as the biggest meal of the day, big breakfast with English Tea is sumptuous, tasty, healthy and soul gratifying. English desserts are a must try, they are gooey, sweet and juicy (yum yum).
People of any place represent their Country’s culture and ethics. English people come across as the most warm and friendly people, I have had an amazing experience with locals and some of them helping me during my travel, hence making my trip a memorable one. London is one of the most fashionable cities in the world. I was amazed by their impeccable dressing sense and the way they carry themselves. There are many places to shop some exclusive designer clothes, trendy dresses and shoes et all. Central London is the shopping hub and you can find almost all major brands and designer shops here.
There are many bed and breakfast options available for people looking for cheaper accommodation, there are many hotels across London which fits in your budget.
Weather is unpredictable in London, and you can expect spells of rain at odd times of the day even during off seasons, nevertheless the spirit of Londoners and the lively attitude of making tourists feel at home make London the most happening city in the world for me.
The Nightlife in London is just wow. The young and the old enjoy alike. The clubs are safe for women and the music is upbeat and trendy. Some clubs do have a dress code. No stags allowed in most of the clubs. My favorites are ministry of sound and tiger tiger.
There are many kids entertainment spots and hang out places. Special attention is given to kids at several stores. There are many easy travel access options for physically challenged, elderly people and pregnant women. 24 hours police helpline is available for safety and protection.
River Thames flows across the city, giving London an awesome look and feel. The city itself is very clean and they have well-kept it. The theatre urbanity is very good as someone who loves watching plays; I had time to watch a play called ‘The Suit’; I thoroughly enjoyed the performance of the artists. The Royal Albert Hall and O2 arena always have concerts happening almost every weekend and its bliss for all the music lovers.
London is a cosmopolitan city and you find people from almost every part of the world. Of all the places I visited in London, Greenwich is my favorite spot; this place is away from the hustle bustle of the city and is very calm, especially cutty sark overlooking the river. The royal Naval College is nearby and allowed for public view. The prime meridian or mean time at Royal observatory is one of its kinds in the world and a part of National Maritime Museum situated here. The Greenwich market exhibits antique and vintage things on display and sale and there are many street food stalls to try out. I plan a London trip almost every year and now it feels like my second home.
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The Wonders of Paris, France
March 31, 2012
The most Prominent landmark in Paris would have to be the Eiffel Tower. More the seven million people visit the Eiffel Tower each year. For a small fee you can ride the elevator to the top. The view from the top is spectacular. If you want some exercise you can take the stairs that go from the ground to the second platform. Many People like to go to the Eiffel Tower at night because it is all light up.
At night when it is lit up it looks an attractive golden color, instead if the dark brown it is painted. The Eiffel Tower took two years to build; it was finished on March 31, 1889. The Eiffel Tower was originally built for the world exhibition in 1889, but today it is used as a radio transmission tower and a tourist attraction. The Eiffel Tower is named after Gustave Eiffel, the main contractor and architect.
The Arc De Triomphe and Versailles are some of Paris’ other famous landmarks. The Arc De Triomphe is a 164 ft. arch. It honors all the soldiers who have fought for France, particularly during Napoleon Bonaparte’s reign. Under the Arch lies the Tomb of an Unknown Soldier, which honors all of France’s soldiers of have never been identified. Beside the Tomb is the Flame of Remembrance, which is rekindled every morning at 6:30 am. Versailles is one of the most extravagant buildings in the world. It is a humongous palace with over 700 rooms, 67 staircases, 2000 windows, and 1250 fireplaces. The whole property is 19,262 acres.
There are tons of museums in Paris. Some of the well known ones are the Louvre and Musee de L’Air et de L’espace. The Louvre was originally a royal palace but became a museum in 1793. Outside the museum is a substantial glass pyramid. Inside there are heaps exhibits including artifacts from Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci is also displayed there. Musee de L’Air et de L’espace is France’s museum of air and space. Some of the exhibits include air force combat planes the 50’s, the Ariane missiles, and two concords. It was established in 1919 making it the world’s oldest aeronautics museum.
Paris also has many art galleries. Musee de L’orangerie, the Pompidou center, and the Orsay museum are just a few. Musee de L’orangerie’s exhibits are mostly by impressionist including Heri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Claude Monet. By far the most famous works there are a few paintings from Clade Monet’s series ‘Water Lilies’. The Orsay museum was opened in 1986. It is located in an old railroad station. The museum displays art from 1848 through 1914. Many of the paintings are by impressionists. The Pompidou Center was opened in 1977. It is named after French president, Georeges Pompidou, who was in power from 1969 to 1974. The center has a bold design with plastic tubes running up and down it’s glass walls. It contains paintings by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse among others.
Paris is the culinary capital of the world and is known worldwide for its gourmet cuisine Some of the best places to eat in Paris include Le Cinq, Taillevent, Restruant Pierre Gagnaire, and L’Astrance. Le Cinq serves classic and contemporary dishes. Restruant Pierre Gagnaire is famous for their innovative dishes that will please both your eyes and your taste buds. L’Astrance is well known in the culinary world for their surprise menu. The chef, Pascal Barbot, cooks meals for his guests according their preferences.
Parisians celebrate many holidays. The most important being Bastille day, which is on July 14. It celebrates the French revolution. If you are lucky enough to be visiting during Bastille day then will get to see the military bands, parades, bonfires, and firework shows. Parisians don’t only celebrate French holidays, for example they also celebrate Chinese New Year. For it people gather in the Chinese district to celebrate. There are Parades with bright and colorful dragons, fish, and flags embossed with Chinese symbols. Chinese restaurants are usually backed to the brim with tourists and locals. Sometimes there are also special plays or musicals or even film festivals.
In conclusion visiting Paris, France truly a memorable experience. Paris one of the most beautiful cities in the world you can visit. There are so many phenomenal things to see and do you will never get bored.