Saturday, February 28, 2015

Charles Island, Bahamas

Charles Island – Mini Dubai

Charles Island is the gateway to North Eleuthera and Harbour Island. It is located within the harbour of the settlement of Spanish Wells and has access to utilities as well as support facilities which is within its vicinity. Charles Island is presented as a `mini Dubai’ since it has the capabilities of mixed use luxury property which is quite huge with open zoning.

Presently it is serviced by three electrical lines, telephone service and government water and any developer could be benefited from its amenities that have been offered by the Spanish Well’s community and Eleuthera locals.

The electric lines run across the harbour from Spanish Wells which is a big advantage in any development plans while the power plant in Spanish Wells is known to be one of the best in the whole of Bahamas which is a well-run reliable and privateentity. One will find labour, hardware stores, marinas as well as several other supplies of convenience within reach of their location.

It is an appealing spot of a short distant from the world famous Harbour Island which is easily accessible through the Fast Ferry service together with three airports on Eleuthera, and protected by barrier islands, with full service as well as utilities making it the most appropriate private marina.

The Gateway to Eleuthera

The International Airport is within 15 minutes away which accommodates commercial as well as private charters while the fast ferry services runs daily between Spanish Wells and Nassau and to some other islands and this service helps to go to Nassau/Paradise Island/Atlantis for gambling and nightlife and return back in the morning to head back to the island, to ones’ private home or lodging.

The beautiful and amazingly located property is at times referred as `The Gateway to Eleuthera’ and the property are highly valuable with regards to investment. Not only are the services and supplies accessible, Charles Island helps in building one’s dream home which can be readily found here. Nassau is the capital and the largest city as well as the commercial centre of the Commonwealth of Bahamas. It was formerly known as Charles Town and in 1684, was burned to the ground by the Spanish. It was renamed Nassau in 1695 after it was rebuilt under Governor Nicholas Trott in honour of Dutch Stadtholder and later on by King of England.

Amazing Views & Excellent Elevations

One will find various ridges offering amazing views and excellent elevations at Charles Island together with some low lying areas with deep water surrounding the island. The island has good infrastructure of building supplies, dry dock and repairs, contractors, mechanics, well stocked grocery stores some of which can be home delivered.

The proximity of Spanish Wells to the settlement is of great advantage with its excellent infrastructure. There are freight boats from the US, Nassau and other islands every week, besides golf cart, car rental, taxi and water taxi services, clinics, courier services, doctors, banks, together with customs and immigration and several other business which support and make their contribution to a good lifestyle.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Carthage, Tunisia

Carthage – Centre of Ancient Carthaginian Civilization

Carthage is a city in Tunisia and the centre of the ancient Carthaginian civilization. The name Carthage is an extensive archaeological site founded by the Phoencians, and is located on a hill that dominates the Gulf of Tunis as well as the surrounding plains. Carthage is one of those famous historic sites of the Roman Empire.

It was founded in the 9th century by Phoenician traders from Tyre, in present day Lebanon. Its location made it master of the Mediterranean’s maritime trade. It has two first class harbours and has the advantage in possessing the most efficient means of communication at that time – the sea.

The people from Carthage soon learned the skills of building ships and used them to dominate the seas for centuries where the most important merchandise was lead, silver, ivory and gold, together with beds and bedding, cheap pottery, glassware, jewellery, wild animals from Africa as well as fruits and nuts.

Central Part in Antiquity 

Carthage played a central part in Antiquity as a great commercial empire during the metropolis of Punic civilization in Africa and the capital of the province of Africa during the Roman era. It also occupied the territories which belonged to Rome during the long Punic wars which then destroyed its rivals in 146 AD and the town was rebuilt on the ruins of the ancient city by the Romans.

Besides mixing, diffusion as well as blossoming of many cultures like Phoenico-Punic, Roman, Arab and Paleochristian, this metropolis as well as its ports has given way to wide-scale exchanges in the Mediterranean. Its property comprises of the vestiges of Roman Vandal, Punic, Paleochristian and the Arab presence and the biggest known components of the site of Carthage are the acropolis of Byrsa, the Punic ports, the Punic Tophet, theatre, the necropolises, circus, amphitheatre, residential areas, basilicas, the Antonin baths, Malaga cisterns and lastly the archaeological reserve.

The Carthage site bears great testimony to the Phoenico-Punic civilization which was the central hub at that time in the western basin of the Mediterranean and also one of the most amazing centres of Afro-Roman civilization.

Home of the Legendary Princess of Tyre

Carthage has been associated with the home of the home of the legendary princess of Tyre, Elyssa-Dido, the founder of the town, sung by Virgil in the Aeneid with the great navigator-explorer, Hannon with Hannibal who was one of the greatest military strategist of history together with writers like Apulee, the founder of Latin-African literature, the martyr of Saint Cyprien as well as Saint Augustin who trained and made many visits at that place.

The site of Carthage has retained theelements which characterise the antique town, meeting place, urban network, recreation, worship etc.: inspite of its integrity which was partially altered by uncontrolled urban sprawl duringthe time of the first half of the 20th century. The maintenance and the restoration work that was carried out over a period of years has been in accordance with the standards of international charters which has not caused any damage to the monuments as well as to the remains of the site of Carthage.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The National Museum of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeological Heritage of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology, opened in 1890 is located in Kildare Street, Dublin. It comprises of artefacts which range from 7000 BC to the 16th century and are displayed in seven exhibition galleries.It is a home to the Irish antiquities Division of the National Museum of Ireland and is responsible in maintaining the portable archaeological heritage of Ireland.

The Natural History Museum which is a section of the National Museum is the oldest part and is considered distinct, houses specimens of animals of various parts of the world and its collections together with the Victorian appearance have not changed since early 20th century. The National Museum has three branches in Dublin with one in County Mayo, having strong emphasis on Irish art, culture and natural history.

The development of the Irish civilization can be traced from archaeological exhibitions from the arrival of the people who first came to Ireland in the Mesolithic or Middle Stone Age to late Medieval Ireland. Besides these, there are also other exhibitions which deal with the Ancient Egypt and Roman civilisations.

Provision for Guided Tours 

The National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology’s educational facilities comprises of an audio-visual room, an Activity Cart in exhibition galleries together with an education resource room.They also provided guided tours which could last approximately about 45 minutes where a two weeks’ notice is essential at the time of booking group tours. It is also advisable to notify the Museum staff in advance if the tourist would be visiting on a self-guided tour.

Moreover the Museum also hosts public lectures all through the year together with workshops where admission to the lectures is free and no booking is needed, though seating is done on first come first served basis. The lectures conducted last for around one hour. The National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts and History located at Collins Barracks in Dublin comprises of a collection of artifacts namely silver, ceramics, furniture, glassware, weaponry and costume and is home to the Art and Industrial Division of the National Museum of Ireland.

It is responsible for artifacts related to Irish political, social, industrial, economic and military history for the last 300 years while the museum staffs takes care of the collections of Irish, European as well as Oriental decorative arts providing an understanding of international design and culture as they relate to Ireland.

Ancient Treasures/Artifacts 

This amazing Dublin museum in Ireland presents ancient treasures as well as artefacts of 9,000 years of human inhabitation which are rich objects and archaeological discoveries kept on display. Several of the prehistoric gold collection, the largest and the finest native origin gold exhibit are the most impressive than any national museum in Europe outside Athens, including the lunula neck ornament, sheet gold sun disks and collars together with twisted arm bands, ear-spools and clothing fasteners which dates back from 2200 to 500 BC.

The early Christian relics, discovered, are of world importance which includes the Ardagh Chalice, Cross of Cong, Lismore Crozier together with a bell which is presumed to belong to St. Patrick. The discoveries from Dublin’s Wood Quay, the intact Viking urban centre excavated in Western Europe portrayed a town layout as well as the everyday life from 1000 years and prior to it together with widespread commercial connections.

Moreover, the museum also features a large collection of weaponry, an illuminated Book of Psalms which was recently found in a bog and well preserved bog bodies probably belonging to the Iron Age and earlier tribal sacrifices.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Milan, Italy

Milan – Italy’s Largest Urban & Metropolitan Area

Milan is the 2nd most populuous city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy. It is also financially an important city in Italy and situated at the centre of Italy’s largest urban and metropolitan area. Though it is not considered beautiful as some of the other Italian cities, being partly destroyed by Second World War bomb raids, the city has been rebuilt into a cosmopolitan business capital.

Milan when compared to other places is interesting due to the fact that the city is more about lifestyle, of enjoying worldly pleasures, a paradise for shopping, football, opera and nightlife.Milan is also famous for its wealth of historical as well as modern sights like the Duomo which is one of the largest and the grandest Gothic cathedrals in the world.

 The gilt bronze statue of the Virgin Mary which is placed on the highest pinnacle of the Duomo in 1774 has become one of the most enduring symbols of Milan. La Scala is one of the best established opera house, the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele is an ancient and a glamorous arcaded shopping gallery, the Brera art gallery has some of the finest artistic works in Europe.

 The Pirelli tower is a majestic example of the 1960s modern Italian architecture, the San Siro, a huge and famed stadium or the Castello Sforzesco, a grand medieval castle. The UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Santa Maria alle Grazie Basilica contains one of the worlds’ famous paintings namely the Leonardo da Vince’s – The Last Supper.

Grand Palaces & Churches

At first glance, Milan seems to be a bustling and quite stylish metropolis with a good variety of grand palaces as well as fine churches at its centre though it seems slightly prosaic, business orientated and a soulless place. On a rainy, grey or foggy weather, some of the buildings, some ancient while others modern; tend to display a severe appearance.

Milan is a diverse city filled with history at every corner with a plethora of hidden gem together with an established history in theatre, literature, music, sport, art and fashion etc. Milan is the main industrial, financial and the commercial centre of Italy as well as a leading global city and its business district hosts the Borsa Italiana and the headquarters of the biggest national banks and companies. Besides this, the city is also a major world fashion and design capital and its museums, landmarks and theatres which include the Milan Cathedral is the fifth largest cathedral in the world.

Known for Various International Events & Fairs

The UNESCO World Heritage Site draws over 6 million visitors every year. Milan hosts various cultural institutions and universities with the enrolment of over 185,000 students in 2011 which is 11% of the national total. Milan is also well known for various international events and fairs which include the Milan Fashion Week as well as the Milan Furniture Fair which was the largest of its kind in the world.

It will also host the 2015 Universal Exposition as well as the Design world Expo in the year 2016. Besides all this, Milan is also a home to two of the world’s major football teams namely A, C, Milan and F. C, Internazionale Milano.

Friday, February 13, 2015


Taipei – Largest City of Taiwan 

Taipei is the largest city of Taiwan as well as its economic, political and cultural centre having a modern cosmopolitan metropolis with lively and diversified face and full of exuberance. It is the national capital city and is in the northern area of the island in a basin between the Yangming Mountains and the Central Mountains.

Being the fourth largest administrative area of Taiwan after New Taipei, Kaohsiung and Taichung, the Greater Taipei metropolitan area encompassing the central Taipei City with the surrounding New Taipei City and Keelung represents the largest urban group in Taiwan.

 Taipei was founded in the early 18th century during the Qing Dynasty rule and became an important place for overseas trade in the 19th century. Taipei was made the capital of Taiwan Province cicca 1886 by the Qing Dynasty when Taiwan was separated from Fujian Province.

 Taipei City is a home to around 2,695,007 inhabitants, with the metropolitan city having a population of around 7,028,583. The city proper population is on the decrease in recent years while population of the adjacent New Taipei is on the increase.

World’s Largest Foreign Exchange Reserves 

Being the centre of rapid economic development in the country it has now become one of the global cities in production of sophisticated technology and components which have been the part of the so-called Taiwan Miracle bringing about dramatic growth in the city with foreign direct investment in the 1960s.

Taiwan is presently a creditor economy having one of the world’s largest foreign exchange reserves as of December 2012 of more than US$403 billion. Taipei is a world of fascinating contrast from the world’s tallest building to the largest collection of Chinese art and is a mixture of the modern as well as traditional together with a generous amount of energy with friendly people.

Taiwan is endowed with mountains, with over 200 of its peaks, more than 3,000 metres high thus making Taiwan geographically very unique. Since mountains are seen all over, mountain climbing has become a popular leisure activity in Taiwan.

Rich Marine Ecology

Taiwan has rich marine ecology and one comes across groups of bottlenose dolphins, spinner dolphins, Risso’s dolphins as well as pan tropical spotted dolphins that tend to jump out of the Pacific Ocean along the east.

 In Kending towards the southern tip of Taiwan and on Green Island and the Penghu Archipelao one will find Azure seas and magnificent coral reefs and this place is an amazing discovery. The climate is warm and humid and a variety of terrain which include plains, basins, sandbars, hill, mountains and plateaus have made the country a home to various animals and plant life including many endemic species.

This can therefore be regarded as a big gigantic eco-park. Taiwan is also known for its hot springs and the warm waters of these springs are heated and charged by the earth’s own energy and considered to be soothing, revitalizing and reinvigorating.

Few of the spring have been diverted into bath-houses and health spas where it can be enjoyed in pools or private bathrooms with other traditional treatments also offered. Others are left completely natural in forests and along the river side which are ideal spots for relaxing and relieving the tired body on a long hike in the wilderness. Taipei is one of those exciting places with plenty to explore and cherish.