Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Kyoto, Historical City

Kyoto city historically known as Meaco is in the central part of the island Honshu, Japan, having a population of around 1.5 million. This imperial capital of Japan formerly for more than a thousand years is now the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture which is in the Kansai region and also a major part of the Kyoto Osaka Kobe metropolitan area.

The city had been called Kyo or Miyako or Kyo no Miyako, in Japanese and in the 11th century the city was named Kyoto after the Chinese word for capital city. Kyoto the ancient capital of approximately 1,000 years was moved to Tokyo by the Emperor, Kammu, after the Meiji Restoration who established the capital `Heian Kyo in the city in 794. Kyoto is surrounded by mountains and one can witness the amazing changes of nature all through the four seasons in Kyoto. Ancient Japanese traditional customs and heritage still continues through their festivals and in their everyday lives,

Combination of Modern and Old Japan

Kyoto is filled with history of beautiful old city packed with famous temples, shrines and markets which creates a combination of modern and old Japanese world and is the best city since it has everything appealing from a tourist point of view transporting them to a different era altogether.

It has been the centre of Japanese culture in art, literature as well as education and all of the National Treasures in culture are situated in Kyoto and nearby areas of Nara. Besides the temples, shrines and markets they also have many beautiful gardens screen paintings and soft meditating statues of Buddha which have been restored with care.

Birth Site of Quintessential Japanese Culture and Traditions

The city flourished as the capital of Japan and was the birth site of the quintessential Japanese culture and traditions. After its transfer of the capital to Tokyo with the Meiji Restoration in 1868, the city continued to maintain its position as Japan’s cultural capital and is a home of various treasures of the country, worthy of global pride together with various historical buildings as well as traditional crafts and arts.

Moreover, Kyoto is also noted as the spiritual home of the Japanese and it is believed that without knowing Kyoto, it is impossible to grasp the true essence of Japan. Kyoto is a perfect blend of tradition, industry and culture with the combination of its rich and colourful history together with its geographical and climatic factors which is laid out in a grid pattern with the Palace placed at its centre.

Modelled on Modern Day Xian

The city was modelled on modern day Xian, the capital of the Tan dynasty of China and the surrounding were named according to their positions related to the Imperial Palace – Rakucha for central Kyoto, Kitayam – northern Kyoto, Higashiyama - eastern Kyoto and Nishiyam – western Kyoto.

The river that flows from north south through the middle of the city known as the Kamo river, serves as a useful reference point and the areas besides the river bank have been developed into walking trails, parks as well as playing fields thereby making the riverside a favourite spot for both the locals as well as tourists who can relax within the city.

Santa Fe – New Mexico

Santa Fe – Earliest known Settlement

Hotel Santa Fe
Santa Fe city was originally occupied by Pueblo Indian villages which date back from 1050 to 1150 and the earliest known settlements is presently the downtown Santa Fe which came after 900. Cluster of home which centred around the present day site of Plaza and spreading over half a mile to the south and west across the village known as Ogapoge was originally built by a Native American group and the Santa Re River provided water to the people living in that vicinity.

The Santa Fe River is also a seasonal waterway that was a year round stream till the 1700s. By 2007, the river was recognized as the most dangerous river in the United States according to the conservation group of American Rivers.

Highest State Capital

Santa Fe is located at 7,199 feet above sea level making it the highest state capital of the United States of New Mexico and is the fourth largest city in the state and also the seat of Santa Fe County. Santa Fe means the holy faith in Spanish which had a population of around 69,204 in the year 2012 and is also the oldest capital city in the United States.

Moreover it is the principal city of Metropolitan Statistical Area that covers all of Santa Fe County besides being a part of the larger Albuquerque-Santa Fe Las Vegas combine Statistical Area. When the city was founded, it full name was La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis – The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi.

Open Landscape of Sand Mining

During the Spanish colonial era and towards the 1st century of independent Mexico, the town of Santa Fe at that time had open landscape of sand mining activity which had been divided between the towns of San Pedro Tlaltenango Cuajimalpa, San Mateo, Santa Fe and Santa Lucia. Santa Fe was moreover connected by the former royal road connected by Tacubaya to Toluca and the royal road was at the present avenue known as Cuajimalpa Arteago and Salazar in the Sierra de las Cruces which continues with the current route of the federal interstate highway joining Mexico City to Toluca.

Santa Fe has mainly high-rise buildings which surround a large shopping mall and is currently the third largest mall in Latin America – Centro Santa Fe and the district also has a residential area with three college campuses besides other facilities. The atmosphere, food, open spaces and the architecture here is amazing which can take a full day to explore the places of interest at this destination.

Chilly Winters and Warm Summers

The climate of Santa Fe is a semi-arid climate with chilly winters and very warm summers with the average 24 hour temperature in the city ranging from 30.3 degree F. in December to 70.1 degree F. in July. Due to the relative aridity and elevation, the averagediurnal temperature exceeds to 25 degree F; every month and most part of the year at 30 degree F.

It receives around six to eight snowfalls each year between November and April and the heaviest rainfall is experienced in July and August along with the arrival of the North American Monsoon.

Animal Supplies

When you make the decision to care for animals on a farm or in your home, you need special hardware for their health and well-being. From the basic bowl for food and water to a hen house to keep all of your chickens, you can find a variety of items if you shop online. There are items that you can get to feed your pets easily so that you don’t have to step inside the pen or through the fence. You can also find hoses that you can use to put water in bowls inside the fence so that you can keep your animals hydrated.

Transporting animals might be part of your responsibilities if you own a farm and have cows, horses or other livestock that people want to buy. You could also transport animals to a doctor when they are sick. There are pieces of hardware that you can get that will help you transport the animals easily such as a trailer or carrier. Items can be found online that will help with the birth of animals on a farm. You can also get items to nurse baby animals in the event that something happens to the mother. Heaters and de-icers are also sold online so that animals stay warm and the food and water wont freeze.

Taking a Tour

Explore the world
If anything is worth doing, it is worth doing correctly. For those who are looking for a grand adventure, climbing one of the world's tallest mountains may be something that you are interested in. However, if you are going to climb a tall mountain, you want to make sure that you are doing so safely.

Climbing a mountain in a safe manner requires that you have a guide with you to help you get to the top without any issues. If you do encounter health issues while attempting to climb to a high elevation, having someone alongside you can make it easier to return to the bottom of the mountain or summon emergency assistance.

In most cases, a guided tour of a new location is always more fun than doing it yourself. Having someone with you who can point out the historical significance of a location or simply provide fun facts about climbing as you go can help you learn while you are attempting such a daring feat.

Humans are meant to explore. If you have time off from work that you haven't used or are simply looking for something to break the monotony of everyday life, taking a trip to the top of the world may be just what you need.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Charleston – In Honour of King Charles II of England

Charleston founded in 1670 as Charles Towne in honour of King Charles II of England, adopted its present name in 1783 and moved to its present location on Oyster Point in the year 1680 from the west bank location of the Ashley River which was known as Albemarle Point. From 1690, Charles Towne became the fifth largest city in North America and remained among the first ten largest cities in the United States through the 1840 census.

By 2010 census, its population had reached around 120,093, putting Charleston currently as the fastest growing municipality in South Carolina. Its Metropolitan area covers Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties with its population by 2012 estimating to 712,220 being the third largest in the state as well as the 76th largest metropolitan statistical location in the United States.

Well Preserved Architecture, Rich History

Charleston is the second largest city in the south-eastern State of South Carolina and is also one of the oldest and the principal city in the Charleston North Charleston Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area. It lies on the south of the midpoint of South Carolina’s coastline on the Charleston Harbour, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean which has been formed by the confluence of the rivers Ashley and Cooper.

Charleston is known for its well preserved architecture, its rich history, awesome restaurants with friendly and well-mannered locals and has received many accolades which includes `America’s Most Friendly City’, by Travel & Leisure in 2011 and by Conde Nast Traveler in 2013 as well as the most polite and hospitable city in America by the magazine – Southern Living. There are many attractions to look for, from the harbour to the inland plantation while the main hub of activity is the Charleston’s Historic Market area.

Famous Sweetgrass Baskets

Getting to and around Charleston is fairly easy unlike many of America’s historic Colonial towns with the Interstate 26 being the main highway serving Charleston which terminates at Meeting Street and is the main drive into town leading to the Historic market location.

The Market had been the main part of life for over two hundred years in Charleston where the Greek Revival style market hall building was completed in 1841, and facing the Meeting Street which currently houses the Daughters of the Confederacy Museum. The vendor’s sheds stretch behind it all along the East Bay Street with over 100 vendors inhabiting it. One will find a variety of options on clothing, souvenirs, jewellery, artwork, crafts and food items inclusive of the low Country’s famous sweetgrass baskets.

Leisure Carriage Rides 

Leisure carriage rides can also be taken down Charleston’s back and main streets and tourists can get to know more on Charleston’s history and culture on their visit to the historic architecture with their tranquil gardens. Charleston is an attractive destination with a combination of sand, sun, history, good food accompanied with friendly people.

Its impressive architecture and beaches have been drawing many tourists to this amazing destination besides the over friendly locals who have been contributing genuine hospitability to every visitor thus enhancing the travellers delight at this remarkable destination.