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8 Places to Travel Before They Disappear Forever

We all know that nowadays global warming has a devastating impact on world, even though it is sometimes not noticeable at all. Furthermore, the some of the most precious touristic destinations are suffering along with it and will no doubt soon disappear off the map! If you are planning your next dream vacation, consider the following destinations as their days on the Earth have a clock.

1. Maldives

Famous for being the lowest island in the world, the majority of these postcard islands are less than a few feet above sea level. No wonder the group of islands are endangered by the rising ocean level! The situation is so critical that the President and the federal government of the Maldives have begun purchasing new land for their citizens. If this global trend goes on, the Maldives as we know it, will disappear under the surface of the sea.

2. The Great Barrier Reef

The most amazing reef in the world is dying! The largest and the most breath-taking coral reef in the world is just off the east coast of Australia. The ocean acidification, pollution, cyclones and the rising sea temperature causing coral bleaching issues. As a result, 50% of the Great Barrier Reef have therefore disappeared in the last 30 years. It is predicted that in 2030 the Great Barrier Reef will officially be history.
The Great Barrier Reef - 8 Places to Travel Before They Disappear Forever

3. Venice, Italy

The “City of Water” has a long history and known to be one of many romantic getaway destinations. There is no doubt that everyone is arguing about what will happen to Venice and when it’s time will come, as the city sinking 5 times quicker as scientists have predicted.
Venice - 8 Places to Travel Before They Disappear Forever

4. Madagascar

The 4th biggest island in the world is one that has a dense tropical rain forest and wide range of wildlife. Nevertheless this ecosystem has been destroyed time after time through poaching, burning and logging, and nothing has been done about it. If somebody does not decide to take proactive action, the wildlife and rain forests will disappear in no time.
Madagascar - 8 Places to Travel Before They Disappear Forever

5. The Dead Sea

Everybody needs to take a dip into the Dead Sea being more than 8 times saltier than the average oceans. However this salty lake has decreased by up to one third over the last 40 years. In the next 50 years the Dead Sea will be gone!
The Dead Sea - 8 Places to Travel Before They Disappear Forever

6. Galapagos Islands

These few islands just off of the coast of Ecuador have experienced a surge in tourism of at least 12% for the past 10 years, with the result of increased business in hotels and restaurants. However, the range of unique animal species are currently facing extinction due to increased tourism.
Galapagos Islands - 8 Places to Travel Before They Disappear Forever

7. Congo Basin

Did you know that the Congo Basin has the 2nd largest rain forest in the world? Just like the Amazon rain forest, the Congo basin provides the Earth with vital resources. Experts predict that up to 60% of this rain forest will disappear by 2040, due to mining, farming, illegal logging and guerrilla warfare.
Congo Basin Rainforest - 8 Places to Travel Before They Disappear Forever

8. Glacier National Park, Montana

This huge National Park was once famous for having the 150 glaciers with views that will take your breath away. It now only has 25 active glaciers. Scientists have suggested that due to our climate issues that we face today, all remaining glaciers along with the unique wildlife will be destroyed as soon as 2020!
Glacier National Park Montana - 8 Places to Travel Before They Disappear Forever

Top things to do in London for free

London for free isn’t usually words one would hear in the same sentence, most people assume that London has to cost a small fortune to have a great day out. Contrary to popular belief there are a plethora of things to do in London for free. Whether you are a resident or a tourist visiting the great City of London you will find this guide very useful as we’ve have scoured the city and discovered all the best attractions and activities that can be done for free.

1. Natural History Museum

The first thing you will notice when visiting the museum is the remarkable Romanesque style architecture. Quite often visitors will stand for long lengths of time just admiring the fabulous façades before entering the building. There are two entrances to the Natural History Museum; the main entrance on Cromwell Road is usually the busiest but by far the most beautiful, but the side entrance on Exhibition Road has easy access for wheelchairs and families with pushchairs.
Natural History Museum London

The colossal life size bone cast of Dippy the Diplodocus Dinosaur is probably the most iconic feature of the museum where it stands in the Central Hall as you enter from the Cromwell Road entrance. Thereafter you will be met with a multitude of historical exhibitions going through the ages of time. One can easily immerse one’s self for hours walking around the gigantic building which is full to the brim of weird and wonderful artefacts.

2. Buckingham Palace

Get your picture taken of you in front of Buckingham Palace, or if you would like to see the famous changing of the guards, make sure to get there well before 11am to secure yourself a good spot amongst the crowd! You will be impressed on how well this show is organised considering that the London traffic is blocked for a short time. Buckingham Palace is one of the most iconic landmarks and the most royal building in the country being the London residence of Her Majesty The Queen and proves to be one of the few working royal palaces of the world. To get there, walk through the park (you can’t miss Buckingham Palace) before getting off at the tube stations Green Park or St James’s Park.

3. National Portrait Gallery

Of course free entry to the National Portrait Gallery which houses the world’s largest collection of portraits of famous Kings, Queens, musicians and film stars from the Middle Ages to the present day. There is no doubt that you will recognise some paintings if you are into art. The atmosphere is a lot less busy and peaceful, which is less overwhelming compared to other museums in London. Visiting this Gallery gives you the chance to know the people who have shaped British history. This collection will include paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos. If there is time left, why not treat yourself to an exhibition. www.npg.org.uk

4. The Shard View

The Shard, being the newest landmark, has one of the most spectacular views in London at the height of 800 feet or 244 metres overlooking all central attractions. The lift will take you up to the 69th floor where it becomes clear why people refer to London as possibly the greatest city on earth. Once you have arrived to the observation deck, you can climb the stairs to the 72nd floor where the corners are open, giving you an outdoor feeling.
The Shard London
The Shard is seen as a new dynamic symbol in London and has therefore given London’s skyline a new meaning. It is double the height of the London Eye, therefore the only place where you can view the entire city at once. Don’t forget your camera.

5. Hyde Park

Hyde Park is famous for being one of the greatest city parks worldwide. This park will leave a lasting impression on you and is well worth a day trip visiting as it is one of the Royal Parks and is home to various monument and statues, where you will have the pleasure of seeing the Serpentine Bridge, Speakers Corner and the Dianna Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.

Hyde Park is not only the best experience in London, it also comes with a 40 acre recreational lake (Serpentine) where you can take a dip in the water, cycle around the lake, and even skate in the winter! (Exact dates yet to be confirmed) The park also provides a various areas where areas where sports teams can practise and not to forget a huge children’s playground. This Park really has something for everyone including two restaurants serving anything from a cup of coffee to a full three course meal.

6. British Museum

You cannot miss a free visit to one the world’s best museums! The first thing that you will notice is the sheer size of this building. The British Museum has a historic collection that covers over two million years of human history. This museum has an amazing collection of ancient historic items where you can learn a thing or two. There are plenty of helpful staff on duty who are able to answer any questions that you may have. To compare the treasures of the world cultures situated on the impressive Great Court make your experience here an unforgettable one. The most popular historic items include the Egyptian Mummies or the Rosetta Stone. The best way to get here is via Holborn tube station.
British Museum Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh

7. Borough Market

This is the perfect opportunity to experience an open market on a sunny day. Dating back to 1276, this food market is one of the oldest in London. Keep a look out for the great cheeses and bread stalls of London. The market is made up of almost 70 stalls and stands, represented by producers nationwide that sell fresh produce including fruits, vegetables, fish, meats, breads, cheeses, coffees, cakes and many more. There are also stalls for produce from abroad. A definite must for all food lovers in London. The Borough Market is open from Wednesday through to Saturday. You will find this market just a minutes’ walk from London Bridge tube station.
Borough Market London

8. Wallace Collection

This free national museum displays stunning works of art in a gorgeous historic London town house coupled with a beautiful restaurant, which is said to be the perfect setting for some of the world’s greatest paintings. Where else can you see stunning works of art, furniture, armoury and porcelain for free? There are 28 rooms with a collection of 18th-century paintings, furniture and porcelain just waiting to be explored. There are also many other paintings from artists like Titian, Canaletto, Rembrandt and Gainsborough. The people who work here are extremely informative and very passionate about their collection – which is no wonder! If you are hungry after touring around the Wallace Collection, dine in the perfectly situated courtyard restaurant. www.wallacecollection.org

9. Big Ben

You can’t miss Big Ben outside of the House of Parliament and the amount of detail that went into these buildings are breath-taking. Don’t leave London without seeing Big Ben. This is no doubt the most famous clock tower in the world and never fails to impress as it is one of London’s most iconic landmarks. The name Big Ben was originally given to the large bell inside the tower, weighing up to 13 tons! To get here, alight at the Westminster tube station.
London Big Ben

10. Tate Modern

Situated on the South Bank of the Thames, this museum displays contemporary and contemporary art makes this museum definitely worth having a look regardless of what artists have an exhibition on! Tate modern is Britain’s national modern art gallery which houses the British art collection from 1900 to the present day. The building itself is huge inside and it is well worth having a look. Sometimes you feel as though you should be laying a piece of string behind so you can find your way out of this maze, but before you know it you are back at the exit. The beauty of all this is that you do not have to pay for this experience and seeing artworks by various famous artists such as Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dali, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois. www.tate.org.uk

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Three Places You Must Visit In Your Life

It’s one of the most exciting that time of the year, where your family has to make that ultimate decision and decide on a couple places to vacation. Many families become tired of traveling to the same vacation spots year after year. Before choosing a vacation location there are at least three in the world that a family must visit.

If you haven’t been to Canada…it’s about time you pack some suitcases and be on your way. There are several places for the kids to enjoy themselves at the strips where there are arcades and much more.

If you’re looking for a night out with your spouse you’ll be surprised at how many small romantic restaurants you find offering a variety of food. Even in the summertime Canada is never too, hot or too cold so there’s perfect weather. Canada has a little something for everyone. There is one spot that men and women alike will enjoy is Edmonton, Canada’s largest mall, it’s the largest shopping and entertainment centre. There are over 800 stores, 110 eating outlets and restaurant.

Surprisingly, there are still American adults who have never stepped foot onto the Miami Florida soil. This is perfect for someone who loves the warmth of the sun…in Florida, there is plenty of it. There are also plenty of beautiful beaches like Sunny Isle Beach- Complete with a mixture of entertainment, relaxation, places where you can surf, swim and fish this is the place everyone in the family will enjoy. Haulover Beach – This beach is definitely a family fun place. There are concessions, nice places for families to picnic.

As always there’s surfing, sunbathing, swimming and there’s a part of the beach that’s clothing optional. Bal Harbour- BAL Harbour Beach is a place made for both the women and men. There’s shopping areas, spas and golf courses for the gentlemen. Miami just doesn’t offer some hot beaches to enjoy but let’s not forget Universal Studios is right nearby for the kids.

The Universal Islands of Adventure offers entertainment for every age. The Islands of Adventures has nightclubs and celebrity chef restaurants for adults traveling with children. There are block buster movies and much more. Islands of Adventures are one of the perfect places to go with the whole family.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom- Animal Kingdom is a Kodak moment for the family where you’re able to see the different kinds of animals, enjoy scary fun roller coaster rides and play interactive games.

Florida offers such more than words can describe, if your curiosity has been peaked just a little go and satisfy it by visiting Florida.. An action packed city with lots and lots of fun things to do you can have such a great time there you never want to leave.

Every day New York hosts several Broadway plays ranging from old school classic to modern day. You can even take the whole family with you and then afterwards enjoy dinner at the several classy restaurants around. For ladies who love to shop New York has plenty of discount stores that offer name brand clothes, pocketbook and jewelry for bargain prices. There’s strips, fireworks everything you can possibly imagine. If you are adventurous family looking to explore earth’s realms start off with these three amazing places.

Virgin Gorda beaches and lobsters

This is the second leg of a truly fun week. There are adventures to get each morning when we land somewhere else, but also fun time on the boat itself.

 

The Club Med 2 has an open bar. Yes, that means free flow of pretty good things…all day long. So being on a French boat, you have Ricard for aperitif at lunch time if you are on the boat at lunch time…and pina colada by the pool before sunset, and obviously wine during meals. We are in the North Hemisphere end of November, so sunsets are early at around 5.30pm each day…with some pretty cool views from the swimming pool bar on the back deck. By 6pm, it’s champagne time…all night long. Well, first it’s shower time and getting change for the evening obviously…this is still a French place! And as we all now that mixing different alcohol drinks is not a great idea, I found a fun group of people ready to go on the champagne all night long, each evening, for great and fun time! More in the next entries of this truly fun group of people.

Little warning, Club Med 2
Club Med 2Club Med 2
Club Med 2
is French, and it feels. Out of the 280 guests on the boat this week, I don’t think a single one doesn’t speak at least some French. It would be a pretty boring week if you can only speak English here…and as you may be aware…French people living in France suck when it comes to speak something else than French. You’ve been honestly warned!

So this morning, it’s BVI time. No I’m not coming for business here. And BVI doesn’t only stand for offshore companies…it does too stand for gorgeous beaches, yachts, and British Virgin Islands. We have sailed all night long from Dominica…Dominica is Commonwealth and poor….BVI is British Territory and pretty wealthy.

I spent my day with Thierry….same age as me, and ready to have some fun this week. Because at the end of the day we know you don’t find single ladies in their thirties on these cruises…we knew we would need to get organized to do something else than read our books! Didn’t do my homework about Virgin Gorda. I kew the diving was average, and that the cruise had a BBQ lunch of lobster organized for us on the
Lobster time…Lobster time…
Lobster time…
beach! So we took a “beacher” with the intention to simply go on the beach for the morning.

 

There was a shuttle to “a” beach rented for the morning by Club Med. We set next to the rasta driver…yeah man…and he dropped us on the way. That was off-plan, completely out of the blue! It was time for us to go explore the National Park of “The Baths”. This is some kind of a National Park…it is a series of beaches separated by granite rocks. I first felt in the Seychelles…before finding myself rather in some kind of adventure hike for teenagers ready to have some serious fun. Wow, that place is amazing!

We spent the all morning going from beach to beach and climbing those huge rocks…even getting lost on deserted beaches as wandering if we were only on the right trail. The water was beautiful and warm….the yachts were around, it was just plain full fun…simple!

We made our way back to the Club Med beach, just on time for the last shuttle. Good idea, as we had no idea where the BBQ was, and the ride back to
Little pina colada by the pool…Little pina colada by the pool…
Little pina colada by the pool…
the landing point of the cruise was quite a walk away. Lobster BBQ! That simply cannot be bad just by the way it sounds. It was another of these…free flow of rose wine…of salad, and yes, of lobster too! The sun was there, at the end of the lunch…our faces ended the same color as the lobsters on the grill….but one more time…fun it was!

Back on the boat before the crowds for a good nap and some swimming pool time. Not that 280 guests makes you feel crowded on such a huge sail boat…but queueing is simply really not our thing.

Another really fun night was awaiting us…and a short sail to the land of Uncle Sam…or pretty close to this actually, for another fun adventure…on which I will have to write pretty soon!