The New York City skyline as seen in the distance as fireworks explode over the Hudson River during the Macy's fireworks display on July 4, 2009 in West New York, New Jersey. It was the first time since 2000 that the Macy's display took place over the Hudson River and not the East River.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Las Vegas is not like other cities. No city in history has so explicitly valued the needs of visitors above those of its own population. All its growth has been fueled by tourism, but the tourists haven't spoiled the "real" city; there is no real city. Las Vegas doesn't have fascinating little-known neighborhoods, and it's not a place where visitors can go off the beaten track to have more authentic experiences. Instead, the whole thing is completely self-referential; the reason Las Vegas boasts the vast majority of the world's largest hotels is that around thirty-seven million tourists each year come to see the hotels themselves.
The casinos want you to gamble, and they'll do almost anything to lure you in; thus the huge moving walkways that pluck you from the Strip sidewalk, almost against your will, and sweep you into places like Caesars Palace. Once you're inside, on the other hand, the last thing they want is for you to leave. Whatever you came in for, you won't be able to do it without crisscrossing the casino floor innumerable times; as for finding your way out, that can be virtually impossible. The action keeps going day and night, and in this windowless – and clock-free – environment you rapidly lose track of which is which.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
It lies in the middle of the 22-kilometre wide Bahía de Banderas, the seventh largest bay in the world, fringed by endless sandy beaches and backed by the jungly slopes of the Sierra Madre. Its hotels are scattered along several miles of coast with the greatest concentration in Nuevo Vallarta, north of the town and sliced through by an eight-lane strip of asphalt. Just south of Nuevo Vallarta is the new marina, where you can stroll along the boardwalk and have a look at how the other half live, on beautiful boats. Despite the frantic development of the last decade, the historic town centre, with its cobbled streets and white-walled, terracotta-roofed houses, sustains the tropical village atmosphere, an asset assiduously exploited by the local tourist authorities.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The Market Square in Antwerp is surrounded by Guild houses and the Town hall. Most of the guild houses are rebuild after they burned down in the 16th century. On the first photo you can see the town hall, a renaissance building constructed between 1561-1565.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Whitewater rafting is indeed a very exciting recreational activity which is popular all throughout the world. Before, rafting is only a means of transportation. But in this modern age, it becomes a pastime or a sport to some individuals. Rafting isn’t an easy activity. You get to encounter different classes of rapids until you get to bump into the most dangerous rapid: large waves and huge rocks. Safety is always important to this kind of activity.
Cagayan de Oro: a blooming city in Misamis Oriental province never gets too late when it comes to rapids. One of the city’s major tourism attractions are their WhiteWater Rafting Adventure. Aside from being friendly (since the city is known to be as the City of Golden Friendship), the whitewater rafting guides are also equipped with professional skills traversing the Cagayan de Oro River a couple of times.
alt & Sill Hotel - Sweden's first floating hotel, the innovative, eco-friendly development will offer visitors a new way to experience the beauty of the Bohuslan coast and enjoy the seafood of this Taste of West Sweden restaurant. The underside of the hotel’s pontoons will be a perfect home for shells and mussels, acting as a natural purification plant for the marine environment. A new reef outside the hotel will also be created to benefit shellfish.
The hotel consists of six two-storey building on floating pontoons.The floating hotel has 23 rooms with 46 beds, one of which is a suite. All the rooms have their own entrance and access to an outdoor seating area. The interior is characterized by modern Scandinavian simplicity with functional furniture and unique detailing. There is also a clear connection to food and wine. All the rooms are named after spices used in the kitchen and the colors have been carefully chosen to match.