Thursday, July 2, 2015

Los Cabos, Mexico


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Los Cabos – Rich History & Landscape 

The history of Los Cabos is very rich as the description of its landscape. Being one of the oldest sections of the southern Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos transforms into `The Capes’, bringing about a lasting history to this area of the world. Los Cabos is situated at the southern area of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula in the state of Baja California Sur and covers the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, which is the municipal seat together with the Resort Corridor that is situated between these two towns.

Till the latter of the 20th century, this was a rural and a remote area and only when the Mexican government started developing Cabo San Lucas for the tourists, did it then spread east to the municipal seat. Its main attraction is the climate as well as geography where the desert meets the sea, together with sport fishing, golf and resorts. Tourism is the main economic activity with around two million tourists visiting this amazing destination each year. With almost 360 days of good sunshine every year, together with various activities to choose from,this destination can entice the tourist with its matchless natural beauty with a great holiday experience.

Ultimate Seaside Escape in Mexico

One could indulge in surfing, snorkelling, kayaking or diving at some of the various appealing locations and have an awesome stay at this awesome destination. To get closer to nature, one could try the ATV ride through the mountainous terrain and learn about the flora and fauna or hop into a Hummer H2 for another amazing ride or even zoom along a Chenowith race for more exceptional adventure.

Whatever activities the tourist may indulge in, one will have an amazing experience at this destination which is full of natural beauty and a time for a great vacation.Los Cabon is the ultimate seaside escape in Mexico with endless summer at the tip of the Baja Peninsula where tourists could come here for all year round, water sports and outdoor activities. Its sister towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo tends to offer various experiences ranging from all night bar crawls to Thursday night Art Walks. In the midst of them, the Corridor offers all-inclusive resorts providing everything for a family vacation or a perfect honeymoon.

Los Cabos – Two Cities – Cabo San Lucas/San Jose del Cabo

Los Cabos with the two cities, cosmopolitan Cabo San Lucas has the well-known rock formation called the `El Arco’, where the Sea of Cortex meets the Pacific Ocean, while the colonial style San Jose del Cabo, which is the Tourist Corridor is a 20-mile stretch of dazzling beaches together with luxurious resorts connecting them with the rustic East Cape, which is the home of the world famous Cabo Pulmo.

It provides an adventure of various water sports activities, tranquillity, delicious food, together with world-class sport-fishing and unparalleled nightlife and visitors could have an awesome time at this destination. With all these amazing activities together with the climate and the geography, Los Cabos has now become Mexico’s outstanding vacation spot, besides being a leader in the global resort section as well as a popular port of call for cruise liners.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Red Square, Moscow


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Red Square – City Square in Moscow

Red Square, a city square located in Moscow separates the Kremlin which was a royal citadel earlier and presently an official residence of the President of Russia is said to be the central square of Moscow dues to its main streets being connected to Russia’s important highways, originating from the square. For centuries, it remains to be the heart and soul of Russia.

 In 1990, the Red Square and Kremlinhave been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List due to their complex links to the history of Russia since the 13th century. From late 15th century after the completion of the Kremlin walls, Red Square had been the central point in the political as well as the social history of Russia and the former Soviet Union had many names though the prevailing name is used since the 17th century.

Besides being a market place, the square has also accommodated at several time, the first public library and university of Moscow, public theatre, a printing house and churches. The square has got its name from the word `krasnyi’ meaning beautiful and is meant `red’ in contemporary Russian and has nothing to do with communism or the colour of several of its buildings. Earlier it was known as Trinity Square due to the Trinity Cathedral which was the predecessor of St. Basil’s Cathedral and its name was made official towards the middle of the 17th century

Fire Square – An Area of Violent Fighting

It was well known as `Fire Square due to the number of times that medieval Russia had been burnt and during the time of the Mongol and Tartar invasion, it had become an area of violent fighting where cannon stood ready to defend the square right till the end of the 17th century.

Towards the southern area of the Red Square, outlined by huge porticos of GUM and Kremlin is the icon of Russia – St. Basil’s Cathedral which is a confusion of patterns, colours and shapes, the peak of a style which is unique to Russian architecture. Prior to St Basil’s the style comprised of tent roofs and onion domes which has been used in designing wooden churches.

The amazing history of Red Square is seen in several painting by Vasily Surikov, Konstantin Yuon and many others. The square was a place of various public ceremonies, balls, proclamations and sometimes for the coronation of Russia’s Tsar that took place there. It gradually built up since then and was used for official ceremonies by the Russian government ever since its establishment.

Lenin’s Mausoleum/GUM Department Store/Kazan Cathedral/State Historical Museum

The Red Square is said to be a sacred place with various festive processions being held at the square. During Palm Sunday, it is said that the famous procession on a donkey is prepared wherein the patriarch, is seen sitting on the donkey and is accompanied by the tsar together with the people coming out of Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Kremlin.

Other interesting places are the Lenin’s Mausoleum which contains the embalmed body of Vladimir Ilvich Lenin, who was the founder of the Soviet Union. Towards the eastern area of the square is the GUM department store and next to it is the restored Kazan Cathedral. The State Historical Museum, occupies the northern area where its outlines echo the Kremlin towers while towards the northwest lies the Iberian Gate and Chapel which have been rebuilt.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Stanislas Square, Nancy


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Stanislas Square = Huge Pedestrianized Square - Nancy

Stanislas also known as the place Stan is a huge pedestrianized square in Nancy, Lorraine, France. Nancy is the capital of the Meurthe-et-Moselle Department which is the historical capital of the Duchy of Lorraine as well as the largest urban area in Lorraine region. Besides this it is also the second largest city in Eastern France and the fifth largest university town nationwide with regards to student population.

Three squares in Nancy have been added on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1983 namely Place Stanislas, Place de la Carriere and Place d’Alliance. Due to the easily mined iron ore in the Meurthe River, the region of Nancy settled as early as 800 BCE, though no major settlement existed in ancient times.

Stanislas Square is considered as the most beautiful royal square in Europe and the high point of Nancy’s exceptional collection of the 18th century monuments, on UNESCO’S World Heritage List, the city of Nancy is known across the globe due to Place Stanislas. It has been surrounded by wrought iron worker Jean Lamour’s fine work railings with gold highlights, a magnificent example of Classical French architecture that was built by Emmanuel Here.

Royal Fountains Works of Barthelemy Guibal 

The royal fountains of the Square are the works of Barthelemy Guibal and famous buildings that surround the square comprise of the City Hall, the Theatre-Opera House and the Fine Arts Museum. Towards the middle of the 17th century, the Old Town as well as the New Town of Nancy had been separated by vast esplanade.

An exiled king of Poland, Stanislas Leszcznsko, who had become Duke of Lorraine in 1737 decided to create a square to honour and glorify his son-in-law Louis XV of France. The leading French royal squares, sanctifies the royal image while at the same time is the setting for all famous festivities.

Architect Emmanuel Here and Stanislas had selected a perfect site for their project in mind which was opposed by Marshal de Belle-Isle, a French military commander of the province for a long time. Foundation stone of the first building in the square was officially laid in March 1752 and the inauguration of the royal square was solemnly done in November 1755.

Magnificent Buildings – Classical Style

A bronze statue of Louis XV in the attire of a roman general decorates the centre of the square, which was the work of two sculptors Guibal and Cyffle and the statue together with the surround allegorical figures went missing during the French Revolution. It was only in 1851 that a new statue of Stanislas was erected in its place. The City Hall occupies the whole of the south area and the façade above the main entrance have coats of arms of both the town of Nancy and Stanislas.

 The magnificent buildings surrounding the square are in classical style. Till date the Grand Hotel and the Opera House are on the east side and towards the west area is the Jacquet Pavillion and the Fine Arts Museum which was the College of Medicine during the time of Stanislas. On the north side, the buildings are kept lower for the purpose of defense to enable crossfire between the Vaudemont and Haussonville bastions.

5 Home Buying Tips from Real Estate Agents in Chennai


When it comes to buying a home in metropolitan cities like Chennai, there is no better guide than the Real estate brokers in Chennai. The brokers here have absolute knowledge of the local market, property rates, area specific features, taxation rules, local administrative procedures and knowledge of the prevalent property laws. You can get the comprehensive list of property agents in Chennai on Housing.com, India’s leading online real estate portal that facilitates buying, selling and renting of all kinds of real estate assets. Here are 5 home buying tips from the real estate agents of this southern city –

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Location

The property dealers in Chennai advice people to lay special emphasis on location and the property should be finalized only once you are fully convinced about this aspect. The home should be nearer to schools, colleges, bus depot, railway station and if possible an airport as well. The maximum travel time to office or an educational institute should not be more than 1 hour one way. Anything more than an hour is a no and must be avoided if possible.

Accessibility

The home must be easily accessible by at least 2 modes of transportation and must have good roads leading to and fro from it. It should also be nearer to all essential amenities such as vegetable market, department and grocery stores, pharmacy, banks, ATMs, diagnostic centers, hospitals, eateries, malls, multiplexes, hotels, etc. The realty brokers in Chennai caution people against buying a home in a far fringed place for end use, if accessibility is poor.

Price

Price is another factor that brokers advise to closely look at. This is important irrespective of you looking to buy an investment asset or a house for end use. Paying a higher price for property that is not worth it, is the biggest mistake that you will ever do in realty transaction and hence it should be avoided at all costs. To get the best price you must search for a home online through credible web portal such as Housing.com that features thousands of verified homes all across Chennai including the city center, upcoming and developed locations.

Features

One of the most important aspects of home buying process is the feature associated by the property. Hence, the property dealers in Chennai advice the prospective home buyers to do due diligence of the home in terms of features and the amenities offered. A good home must come well equipped with basic facilities such as lift, parking, small garden / park and security.

Paperwork

Last but not the least, getting the paper work right is the most important aspect in the property purchase process, not only in the metro city of Chennai but across India. Hence, you need to be extra vigilant when it comes to signing any legal documents pertaining to realty dealings. In case you chose to transact through Housing.com, you will face no such issues since its team will take care of all aspects including the legal documentation, stamp duty, execution of sale deed, housing loan, etc. However, in case of offline sales you need to involve a good property lawyer to take care of the paperwork.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Vatican City


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The Vatican – Awesome History & Artwork

The Vatican needs no introduction and being the centre of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican City State together with the surrounding Italian districts of Borgo, Prati as well as the surrounding area of Monte Mario has an awesome history and artwork than most of the cities in the world. The Vatican City is located on the Vatican hill towards the right bank of the Triber River and is a walled enclave within the city of Rome.

It has an area of around 44 hectares with a population of 842 and is the smallest internationally recognised independent state in the world in terms of area and population. The Vatican City is different from the Holy See dating back to the early Christianity and is the main episcopal see of 1.2 billion Eastern Catholic and Latin believers all across the globe. Vatican City is the temporal seat of the Pope, the head of the worldwide Catholic Church.

World’s Smallest State

It is surrounded by the city of Rome in Italy and is the world’s smallest state. Vatican City which is the papal residence was built on the tomb of Saint Peter and the Vatican’s position as a sovereign state was defined by Lateran Treaty by 2029, marked by the building of a new road – Via della Conciliazione which led from the huge St. Peter’s basilica to the Castel Sant’ Angelo, which is an old grim monument.Beyond the Vatican City, there are thirteen buildings in Rome and one at Castel Gandolfo which is the Pope’s summer residence that enjoys extraterritorial rights.

 Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina had been elected on March 13, 2013 as Pontiff and ruler of the Vatican, who took the name of Francis. The Pope has full legal, executive and judicial control. Executive powers over the areas tend to fall in the hands of a commission of cardinals that have been appointed by the pope.The pope’s chief advisory body is the College of Cardinals and after his death, the cardinals elect his successor for life.

Radio Station Broadcast in 29 Languages

Within the Vatican City there are 11 Vatican Museums together with the restored work of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and Vatican Garden which is an enchanted area with large and small gardens, together with fountain, fish pool and enclosure for rabbits. It dates back to the medieval time when the vineyards and the orchards had extended to the north of the Apostolic Palace.

The radio station of Vatican City broadcasts in 29 languages all over the world and has its television station, the daily newspaper, post office together with the Vatican stamps, offices, shops and publishing house which are all signposted in highly sophisticated system of organisation. Over a thousand residents perform in the smooth daily running of the nerve centre of official Christianity together with the Pope at its head which is all guarded by the Swiss Guard.

The Swiss Guard has the task of protecting the Pontiff himself and tends to wear colourful clothing which is similar to the uniforms that are worn by Renaissance-era soldiers, winter palette of clothing differing from summer palette. The economy of Vatican City is financially supported through the sale of postage stamps and tourists mementos, sale of publications and fees for the admission to the museums.