West Hendon Brent reservoir

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Discover the Brent Reservoir in west Hendon popularly called the Welsh Harp from the public house called the name which stood nearby until the early 1970s. The reservoir is the only site of special Scientific Interest in Barnet and Brent and hold enough water to fill 3 million baths. It is located at the boundary between the London boroughs of Brent and Barnet only 30 minutes from central London. The Welsh Harp is home to the Hendon Waterside project, a regeneration development set within 170 hectares of beautiful green surroundings.
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Georgian London: rapid growth, Industrial Revolution and British expansion

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Discover Georgian London where the British city became the capital of a vast empire importing goods from all over the globe from Indian cashmere to China ceramics.  It was a time of rapid growth, the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution and a time of British expansion throughout the world. Continue reading Georgian London: rapid growth, Industrial Revolution and British expansion

Medieval London: the rise of the most important city in Europe

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Discover Medieval London when Britain’s capital became the largest, wealthiest and most important cities in Europe despite its fair share of diseases, famine, religious controversy and invaders attacks.  A city belonging to craftsmen and merchants producing and selling remarkable handcrafted objects with engraved designs. Continue reading Medieval London: the rise of the most important city in Europe

Bedford Square: London’s best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture

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Discover Bedford Square, a lovely garden square in the heart of the Bloomsbury district of the Borough of Camden in London.  It is considered one of the best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture in London and many of the surrounded houses are grade I listed buildings.  It was built between 1775 and 1783 as an upper middle class residential area and its name comes from the main title of the Russell family, the Dukes of Bedford, who owned much of the land in what is now Bloomsbury. Continue reading Bedford Square: London’s best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture

Bloomsbury Tavistock Square: home to Gandhi statue and cherry tree

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Discover Tavistock Square a public square located in the heart of Bloomsbury within the London Borough of Camden.  A statue of Mahatma Gandhi, sculpted by Fredda Brilliant and installed in 1968 is the gardens centre-piece.  Tavistock Square was originally developed on the estate owned by the Dukes of Bedford in the 1820s.  It is also home to a fabulous cherry tree planted in 1967 in memory of Hiroshima victims. Continue reading Bloomsbury Tavistock Square: home to Gandhi statue and cherry tree

Sopot Molo: Europe’s longest wooden pier

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Discover the Sopot Pier known as Molo, considered the longest wooden pier in Europe with 511.5 meters.  It was  first built in 1827 as a pleasure pier stretching from the middle of the popular Sopot beach and Spa Square on one end, way into the marina and Baltic sea to the other end.  The pier is one of Sopot’s most visited tourist attractions but also serves as a mooring point for cruise boats and water taxis. Continue reading Sopot Molo: Europe’s longest wooden pier

Sopot: Molo, Lighthouse, Monte Cassino and the Crooked House

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Discover Sopot, a charming seaside town famous for being a major health-spa resort destination.  Part of the Tricity (Trójmiasto) with nearby Gdansk to the south and Gdynia to the north, it is located in the northern part of Poland, within the Pomerian voivodeship on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea.   Continue reading Sopot: Molo, Lighthouse, Monte Cassino and the Crooked House

Gdansk Old Town by night

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Discover Gdansk Old Town by night, sometimes referred to by its German name Danzig, a strategic and highly influential port for nearly a thousand years.  What was once the stronghold of the Teutonic Knights and an influential city within the Hanseatic League during the Middle Ages has become northern Poland largest city and capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship.  It gain notoriety in the 70s and 80’s when it became the heart of political upheavals against communism and  the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers on the Plac Solidarności visibly commemorate victims of the ancient regime. Continue reading Gdansk Old Town by night

Hel Peninsula Northern Poland

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Discover Hel Peninsula, a 35-km-long sand bar peninsula in the Northern part of Poland home to the sea resorts of Chałupy, Jastarnia, Jurata and Hel.  It is located some 50 kilometres north of the Tricity it is one of the most visited Baltic destinations especially during the summer months where it is an ideal place for camping and enjoying various water sports including kite surfing.
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Trans Maldivian Airways: Paradise Air Taxi

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Discover the Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA), the best way to get to your piece of paradise in the Maldives.  TMA is a private airline in the Maldives operating out of the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in Male, the Maldives biggest city and capital. Being the World’s largest seaplane fleet, it provides seaplane transfer services to a large number of tourist resorts.
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Kuredu Resort: Maldives’s Top Destination (Lhaviyani Atoll)

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Discover one of the most popular and top rated destinations of the Maldives, the Kuredu Resort & Spa, offering an excellent choice of accommodation and facilities to match. Home to some of the world’s most pristine beaches and often referred to as the only truly remaining Paradise on Earth, it is ideal for sunbathing, snorkelling, diving and enjoying the wild live both on the land and under water.
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Maldives Beach: white sand and azure waters

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Discover one of the world’s most pristine beaches in the island nation of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.  Often referred to as the only truly remaining Paradise on Earth, it is ideal for sunbathing, snorkelling, diving and enjoying the wild live both on the land and under water.  Known as the Sunny Side of life, Maldives is really one of the most beautiful place on the planets will it be because of its breathtaking beaches, turquoise water or incredible underwater kingdom filled with sharks, turtles and a variety of other colourful tropical sea life.
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Maldives: swimming with Manta rays

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Discover the Maldives Manta Rays or Manta birostris ray who live in the open water of tropical oceans or close to coral reefs. It feeds on tiny plankton organisms, krill and small fishes and can go up 5 meter in size, making it the biggest type of rays . Manta females give birth to 1 to 2 young after a 13 months gestation period and pregnant females have been seen jumping out of the sea spectacularly while giving birth to their young!

Video transcript:

  1. Maldives: swimming with Manta rays
  2. Live in the open water of tropical oceans
  3. Often close to coral reefs
  4. Can go up 5 meter in size, making it the biggest type of rays.
  5. Feeds on tiny plankton organisms, krill and small fishes.

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Maldives: Swimming with Blacktip Reef Sharks

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Discover the Blacktip reef shark from the shallow inshore waters of the Maldives, easily identified by the prominent black tips on its fins.  The Blacktip reef shark or Carcharhinus melanopterus is a species of requiem shark, in the family of Carcharhinidae,  among the most abundant sharks inhabiting the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.  This species typically attains a length of 1.6 m (5.2 ft).
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Gdynia: Baltic sea port & Experyment Science Center

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Discover Gdynia, home to the Baltic’s sea biggest port, founded in 1926.  Located within the Kashubia region in Eastern Pomerania, Gdynia is Part of the Tricity with neighbouring Gdansk and Sopot, and considered one of the most visited sea resort town in the region

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  1. One of the most visited sea resort town in the region
  2. Located in Kashubia in Eastern Pomerania
  3. Part of the Tricity with neighbouring Gdansk and Sopot
  4. Gdynia port: Founded in 1926 and one of the Baltic’s Sea biggest ports
  5. Experyment: Gdynia’s Science Centre

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Maldives: Paradise on Earth

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Discover the Maldives island nation in the Indian Ocean, the only remaining Paradise on Earth, ideal for sunbathing, snorkelling, diving and other water sports.  Known as the Sunny Side of life, Maldives is really one of the most beautiful place on the planets will it be because of its breathtaking beaches, turquoise water or incredible underwater kingdom filled with sharks, turtles and a variety of other colourful tropical sea life.

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HD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam.

Gdansk Industrial City (Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers)

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Discover Gdansk the Industrial City, sometimes referred to by its German name Danzig, a strategic and highly influential port for nearly a thousand years.  What was once the stronghold of the Teutonic Knights and an influential city within the Hanseatic League during the Middle Ages has become northern Poland largest city and capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship.  It gain notoriety in the 70s and 80’s when it became the heart of political upheavals against the communist regime and  the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers on the Plac Solidarności visibly commemorate victims of the ancient regime.

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Écusson by night: Montpellier’s Historical centre

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Discover Montpellier’s Historical centre, also known as the Écusson district home to over a thousand years of history within its labyrinth of typical medieval streets.  It is home to a variety of sights including the Place de la Comédie at its heart, the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre and a variety of Historical Hotels and private mansions.  The vast majority of the buildings in this historic centre have medieval roots and were modified between the 16th and the 18th centuries.

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Rue du Plan d’Agde : Bohemian Montpellier by Night

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Discover Rue du Plan d’Agde one of the most animated streets in the heart of the Écusson,  Montpellier historic district.  It is filled with a variety of cafes, bars and restaurants including the charming and unique Bouchon St Roch at the corner of the Rue du Petit Saint Jean.  The street ends on the beautiful Église Saint Roch and its facing St Roch Trompes l’Oeil mural painting.

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Le Bouchon St Roch: Montpellier restaurant

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Discover Le Bouchon St Roch, a very unique restaurant in the heart of Montpellier Historical Center.  Located on the corner of the pedestrian and very vibrant Rue du Plan d’Agde packed with its varieties of bars and restaurants and the rue du Petit St Jean, only a stone’s throw away from the beautiful St Roch church.  This remarkable restaurant is well known for its indoor French decorations, very friendly staff and its large terrace at the front.

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Place de la Comédie: Montpellier’s central square

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Discover la Place de la Comédie, Montpellier’s central square and most famous rendez vous point.  Located at the heart of historical district, only 200 meter north of the railway station, it was built on the location city’s fortifications and has become today the hub of Montpellier’s activities.  It is indeed one of the most vibrant destinations of the city packed with restaurants, cafes, bars and street artists.  It is home to the Opéra national de Montpellier on one side, the Fontaine des Trois Grâces at its heart and the Esplanade green space on the other side.
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Montpellier: most seductive city in the South of France

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Montpellier located on Mediterranean Sea coast is one of the most charming and seductive cities in the South of France.  It is the elegant capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, the Hérault department and the third-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille and Nice.  It is considered the fastest growing city in the country over the past 25 years, filled with culture with a selection of museums, a young dynamism with numerous universities and world-class architecture including over a dozen of very stylish private mansions and Historical Hotels. Even its tramways designed by Christian Lacroix as moving tableaux are often considered as the sexiest of the world.

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Alaçati: aegean town in western Turkey

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Discover Alaçati, a charming Aegean town renowned for its  windmills, architecture and vineyards.  Located on the western coast of the İzmir Province, next to the sea-side resort town of Çeşme.  It is considered one of the most authentic towns in western Turkey with its pedestrian narrow streets filled with stone houses, boutique hotels and Mediterranean restaurants.  It is also famous for its nightlife with plenty of places opened until the morning.
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British Museum: world’s second most visited museum

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The British Museum is the second most visited museum in the world with more than 5.5 millions of visitors a year, just after the Louvre in Paris.  It has an enormous collection of over seven million objects originating from all continents.  It is a museum of history and culture which mission it  to document and illustrate the story of human culture from its beginning to the present.  Some of the key highlights of the British Museum include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Ancient Egypt mummies.  The museum is free but special exhibitions require tickets.
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British Library: United Kingdom national library

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Discover the British Library, the United Kingdom national library home to over 150 million items from all over the world with historical manuscripts dating back as far as 2000 BC.  It is considered the world’s second largest library, right after the American Library of Congress.

British Library Video Transcript:

  1. United Kingdom national library
  2. World’s second largest library
  3. Home to over 150 million items
  4. Historical manuscripts dating back as far as 2000 BC

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Camden Canals: North London 13km canal network

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Discover the Stables Market part of the Camden Market in North London Camden Town. It is located in the former Pickfords stables and Grade II listed horse hospital, where numerous stalls and shops set in the large arches in railway viaducts.

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Camden Stables Market: part of North LondonCamden Market

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Discover the Stables Market part of the Camden Market in North London Camden Town. It is located in the former Pickfords stables and Grade II listedhorse hospital, where numerous stalls and shops set in the large arches in railway viaducts.

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West Heath: Beautiful forest part of North London’s Hampstead Heath

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Discover West Heath, a beautiful green space in North London part of the famous Hampstead HeathPark.  It is adjoining theGolders Hill Park to the North and Sandy Heath to the East, and strategically located between the tube station of Hampstead and Golders Green on the Northern Line.  It has an amazing duck pond at its heart and is the perfect place for nature lover.

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Hampstead Heath Extension Park: North London beautiful green space

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Discover Hampstead Heath Extension, a beautiful green space in North London part of the famous Hampstead Heath Park.  It is adjoining Sandy Heath to the South, and located between the tube station of Golders Green to the west and the Hampstead Golf Course to the east.  It offers a variety of sports pitches and a small forest on the southern End.

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Budapest Fisherman’s Bastion: neo-Gothic terrace

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Discover Budapest’s Fisherman’s Bastion located on the Buda Castle hill next to the Matthias Church, a unique neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque terrace offering spectacular views over Budapest.

Video transcript:

  1. Fisherman’s Bastion
  2. A neo-Gothic terrace on the Buda Castle hill
  3. Built in the 19th century to serve as a lookout tower
  4. With 7 turrets representing the original 7 Hungarian tribes

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Budapest Fisherman’s Bastion Sequence Shot

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Discover Budapest Danube River at sunset with some of the Hungary Capital top landmarks including the Buda Castle and hill, the Hungarian Parliament building, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the grandiose Széchenyi Chain Bridge.

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Budapest Danube River at sunset

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Discover Budapest Danube River at sunset with some of the Hungary Capital top landmarks including the Buda Castle and hill, the Hungarian Parliament building, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the grandiose Széchenyi Chain Bridge.

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Budapest’s St. Stephen’s Basilica

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Discover Budapest’s St. Stephen’s Basilica, a grandiose Roman Catholic Church located at the end of the Zrínyi Pedestrian Street.  It was named in honour of the first King of Hungary and is considered one of the largest church buildings in Hungary.

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  1. Stephen’s Basilica
  2. One of Budapest’s most iconic landmarks
  3. Located at the end of the Zrínyi Pedestrian Street
  4. Grandiose Roman Catholic Church
  5. Named in honour of the first King of Hungary
  6. One of the largest church buildings inHungary

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Széchenyi Chain Bridge: Budapest’s most iconic bridge

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Discover the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, one of Budapest’s most recognisable sights, spanning across the River Danube between the western Buda and eastern Pest.

Video transcript:

  1. Széchenyi Chain Bridge
  2. Budapest’s most iconic bridge
  3. Suspension bridge connecting western Buda to eastern Pest
  4. Designed by English engineer William Tierney Clark
  5. Opened in 1849and considered one of the world’s engineering wonders
  6. First permanent bridge across the Danube

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Budapest Parliament on the Danube

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Discover the Hungarian Parliament building on the Danube River at sunset, one of Budapest’s most iconic landmarks.

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  1. Hungarian Parliament Building
  2. One of the most iconic landmarks of Budapest
  3. Official seat of the National Assembly of Hungary
  4. One of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings

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Gellért Thermal Bath: Budapest’s most famous hot spring spa

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Gellért Thermal Bath is one of the Budapest’s most famous Bath complexes with a Swimming Pool and many hot water pools with temperature up to 40 °C.  It is part of the famous Hotel Gellért on the Buda side of the city.

Video transcript:

  1. Gellért Thermal Bath
  2. Budapest’s famous natural hot spring Bath complex
  3. One of Europe’s most iconic thermal spa baths
  4. With swimming pool, wave pool and spa treatments
  5. Offer a great relaxation and entertainment all year round
  6. Part of the famous Hotel Gellért
  7. Located next to the Gellért Hill on the Buda side of the city
  8. Large Swimming Pool(water temperature 26° C)
  9. Central Thermal Pool (water temperature 36° C)
  10. Side Thermal Pool (water temperature 40° C)
  11. Steam baths and immersion pool (water temperature 19° C)

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Best of Budapest: Hungary’s capital top sights

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Discover Budapest’s top sights including the Buda Castle and hill, the Hungarian Parliament building and the Danube river, the Zrinyi pedestrian street and the St Stephen basilica, the grandiose Széchenyi Chain Bridge, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Matthias Church, the Széchenyi Thermal Bath and the Vajdahunyad Castle in the VárosligetCity Park, the Szepmuveszeti Muzeum and the Heroes’ Square, the famous Andrássy Avenue and the House of Terror museum, the Dohány Street Synagogue, the Hungarikum Bisztro and the Dob3 bar.

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Budapest by night: Buda Castle, Parliament & Chain Bridge

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Discover Budapest by night with some of the Hungarian Capital key landmarks including the Buda Castle and hill, Hungarian Parliament building and the Danube river, the Zrinyi pedestrian street, the St Stephen basilica and the grandiose Széchenyi Chain Bridge.

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St-Pancras International: world’s most wonderful railway station

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Discover St-Pancras International, considered one of the world’s most wonderful railway stations.  It is Located on Euston Road in the London Borough of Camden, between the British Library and King’s Cross station . The station is situated within a Grade I listed building and is widely known for its Victorian architecture.  It was originally opened in 1868 by the Midland Railway, and had at that time the world’s largest single-span roof.  It later escaped planned demolition in the 1960s and was renovated and expanded during the 2000s at a cost of £800 million s.  Once connecting London with the East Midlands and Yorkshire, it is today linking the capital with the North and South-East of England, as well as a connection with Paris since 2007 via Eurostar.  The St-Pancras International station is home to 15 platforms, a shopping centre, a bus station and to the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, which opened in 2011.

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Hyde Park: London’s most famous Royal Park

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Hyde Park, part of the Royal Parks, is one of the largest and most famous parks in central London.  It is divided in two by the Serpentine Lake and the western extension of the Kensington Gardens is often considered part of the park, although technically separate since 1728.

Video transcript:

  1. Part of the Royal Parks
  2. Largest park in central London
  3. Was the site of the Great Exhibition of 1851

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Royal Albert Hall: London’s most famous concert hall

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The Royal Albert Hall is the impressive concert hall located south of the Kensington Gardens opposite the Albert Memorial.  It hosts a variety of performances each year from ballet and opera to rock concerts.  It is perhaps best known for being home to the annual summer Proms concerts.

Video transcript:

  1. One of London’s most impressive concert halls
  2. Located south of the Kensington Gardens
  3. Renown for hosting annual summer BBC Proms concerts

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Royal College of Music: London’s best known conservatoire

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The Royal College of Music is South Kensington well known conservatoire situated between the Royal Albert Hall and the Imperial College.  It was founded by Royal Charter in 1882, with its first director being Sir George Grove and followed by Sir Hubert Parry.

Video transcript:

  1. Well known London conservatoire
  2. Located in South Kensington next to the Royal Albert Hall
  3. Founded by Royal Charter in 1882

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Exhibition Road: London’s cultural heartland

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Discover Exhibition road in South Kensington, considered London’s cultural heartland being home to the National History Museum, the Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum.  It is also the location of various higher education institutions such as the Imperial College London, the Pepperdine and Jagiellonian University Abroad. Its name comes from the 1851 Great Exhibition held in nearby Hyde Park at the northern end of the road.

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Video transcript:

  1. London’s cultural heartland in South Kensington
  2. Home to the National History Museum
  3. Home to the Science Museum
  4. Home to the Victoria & Albert Museum
  5. Home to the Imperial College London

Marble Arch: impressive white marble triumphal arch

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Discover Marble Arch one of central London’s key landmarks, a 19th-century triumphal arch in white marble, located at junction of Oxford Street, Bayswater Road and Park Lane, on the Northern East Edge of Hyde Park.  It was design in 1827 by John Nash to be the state entrance to the Cour d’honneur of Buckingham palace, and was later relocated to its current location in the 60s.

  1. Marble Arch
  2. Central London’s key Landmark
  3. 19th-century white marble triumphal arch
  4. At the junction of Oxford Street, Bayswater Road and Park Lane

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Best of Kensington Central London

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Discover the best of Kensington, within the western part of central London, home to some of the world’s best known museums.  Indeed, Exhibition road in South Kensington is the location of the National History Museum, the Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum.  Kensington is also famous for its parks including Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Holland Park.

Video transcript:

  1. Hyde Park: London’s most famous Royal Park
  2. Serpentine: Hyde Park’s Amazing recreational lake
  3. Kensington Palace: British Royal residence
  4. Kensington Gardens: London’s Royal Park
  5. Exhibition Road: London’s cultural heartland
  6. Albert Memorial: Prince Albert statue in Kensington Gardens
  7. National History Museum: World’s Most Renowned Museum of its kind
  8. Science Museum: Astonishing Science Spectacular Museum
  9. Victoria & Albert Museum: for art and design lovers for art and design
  10. Royal Albert Hall: impressive concert hall
  11. Royal College of Music: London’s best known conservatoire
  12. Marble Arch: impressive white marble triumphal arch

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Kensington Palace: British Royal residence

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Discover the astonishing royal residence of the Kensington Palace within the beautiful green space of Kensington Gardens, the western side of Hyde Park.  The palace has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century, and is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

Video transcript:

  1. Residence of the British Royal Family
  2. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
  3. Within the beautiful green space of Kensington Gardens

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Serpentine: London’s Hyde Park’s Amazing recreational lake

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Discover the Serpentine, an amazing 40 acres (16 ha) recreational lake in the heart of Central London’s Hyde Park.  It was created in 1730 at the behest of Queen Caroline. The Serpentine takes its name from its snakelike, curving shape, although it only has one bend.

Video transcript:

  1. Amazing 40 acres recreational lake
  2. In the heart of Central London’s Hyde Park
  3. Takes its name from its snakelike shape

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Albert Memorial: Prince Albert statue in Kensington Gardens

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Discover the Albert Memorial a grandiose statue of Prince Albert, husband of Queen’s Victoria, located on the Southern tip of the Kensington Gardens, opposite the Royal Albert Hall.  It was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in a Gothic Revival style and took over ten years to complete.

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Kensington Gardens: London’s Royal Park

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Discover the Kensington Gardens the beautiful green space west of Hyde Park and delimited by the Serpentine recreational lake.  The park, once part of the private gardens of Kensington Palace is a perfect destination to unwind away from the crowds with no less than 111 hectares of space.

Video transcript:

  1. One of London’s Royal Parks
  2. Home to the Albert Memorial
  3. Home to the Kensington Palace

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Covent Garden Sequence Shot (5D Mark3 and Steadicam)

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Explore this amazing Sequence Shot of the Covent Garden district in London’s West End from the Covent Garden Piazza to the Covent Garden Tube Station.  Covent Garden is one of the capital’s most popular entertainment districts with various theatres, free street performers, cafes and world known operas.

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Exploring Barcelona: one of Europe’s Greatest Cities

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Discover Barcelona and some of its most important sights including la Ciutat Vella, Barcelona old town, Barcelona Beach, Barri Gotic, La Rambla, El Raval, Eixample, Gràcia, Sants-Montjuïc and Plaça d’Espanya

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Barcelona Amazing views: Harbour Cable Car

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Discover Barcelona Amazing views from the Harbour Cable Car, a 1450 metre long harbour aerial tramway with red cars which connectsBarceloneta to the Montjuic.The entrance is in Barceloneta on the top of the 78 metre tall Torre San Sebastian tower.  It passes by the Torre Jaume I tower, considered the world’s second tallest aerial tramway support tower, before reaching the Montjuic, offering amazing views over Barcelona.  The Harbour Cable Car journey takes about 15 minutes and the one-way ticket is €11.

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London’s Regents Park: London’s most famous green space

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Discover Regent’s Park, one of the most famous green spaces in the capital, and part of the Royal Parks of London.  It is situated north of Marylebone road and Regent’s Park tube station and surrounded by Park road to the West, Prince Albert road to the North and Albany Street to the East.  It is home to a variety of recreational sights including the London Zoo, the Boating Lake and the Open Air Theatre within the Inner circle.

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Barcelona: Catalonia capital city

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Discover Barcelona, capital of Catalonia and everything it has to offer its visitors, from the continent’s best-preserved Gothic quarters and fascinating Gaudi architecture to the beautiful beaches served by multiple underground stations.  Barcelona is Spain’s most cosmopolitan city offering a variety of world cuisine including succulent Catalan dishes.  The nightlife and music scene is also one of the most vibrant and their football team is known and supported around the world and.  In short, Barcelona is perhaps the most equipped of all European cities will it be for arts, cultures, sport or lifestyle.

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Barcelona Gothic Quarter (5D and Steadicam)

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Discover the amazing Barcelona Barri Gotic considered the oldest part of the Ciutat Vella, Barcelona old town. It literally has its foundations in Roman times as it was built upon the old settlement of Barcino.

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Barcelona beach boardwalk (5D & Steadicam)

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Discover one of the world’s Best City Beach Boardwalk in Barcelona.  Amazing sequence shot of the Barcelona Beach Boardwalk with its numerous bikers, joggers and rollerbladers.

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Barcelona Barri Gotic by night: Ciutat Vella oldest part

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Discover the amazing Barcelona Barri Gotic by night with a few astonishing sequence shots. The Barri Gòtic is the oldest part of the Ciutat Vella, Barcelonaold town. It literally has its foundations in Roman times as it was built upon the old settlement of Barcino. It’s quite easy to see these portions of the Roman wall through this area and for those looking to see more, you can visit the City History museum which takes you below ground to tour the 2,000 year-old foundations. Fully pedestrian, this area is quite popular for visitors to see the history of the city.

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Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2014

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The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is the biggest events of its kind, attracting over 70K people from all continents each year.  It is the perfect networking event with the majority of attendees being executives and CEOs, from large Telecom giants such as Vodafone and Orange, to device manufacturer (Nokia, Samsung, and HTC) and app builders.

Some of the hot topics at the MWC this year included:

  1. Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp
  2. Internet.org & connect everybody on the planet
  3. Digital identity & Open ID connect
  4. Firefox OS and mobile apps
  5. 4G getting mainstream (in some part of the world at least)
  6. MEducation
  7. Wearable devices
  8. Smart cities

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World’s Best City Beach: Barcelona

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Discover the world’s Best City Beach in Barcelona.  Amazing sequence shot of the Barcelona  Beach from Barceloneta west side to the Olympic beach on the eastern side.  With such an amazing city beach it is no wonder that Barcelona is considered one of Europe’s most popular destinations.

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Chinese New Year London Celebration

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The Chinese New Year Celebration in Central London is considered the largest outside Asia attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year. The ceremony showcases a variety of traditional Chinese performances including Chinese dragons and lion dances.

The festivities take place in the heart of London, within Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue.

Jerash: World’s Largest Roman ruins

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Discover Jerash a city in northern Jordan best known for its Roman ruins within the archaeological site.  It is home to remains dating back to the 3rd century BC when it was part of the Greek Decapolis cities.  It strategic location, at the crossroads of the spice trade route, enable the city to prosper during the Roman area where most of the sights were built including the Forum, Cardo colonnaded street, the Agora, Nymphaeum and the Artemis Temple. Today it has become one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, second only to Petra, and should definitely be on your list when visiting Jordan.

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Aqaba: Jordan’s Red Sea resort destination

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Aqaba is Jordan’s best known resort destination, located on the Red Sea within the southern tip of the country.  With its crystal-clear sea, underwater marine life and all year-round sunshine it has a lot to offer its visitors.  It has various entertainment and activities, including world class facilities and luxury hotels.  The Gulf of Aqaba water are considered one of the world’s best diving spots and great for all water sport enthusiast will it be for snorkelling, water skiing, windsurfing or fishing.  It is also a historic city dating back to many millennia and the unique Aqaba Museum is a perfect way to discover everything about its past.  Aqaba has become today one of the major tourist attractions in Jordan best known as a seaside and diving resort, for its warm water and rich marine life as well as home for Jordan’s mega projects.

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Instagram for feeling: Imagini App (iOS and Android)

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Imagine what it would be like to see how the world is feeling right now…

Now you can, with Imagini, an innovative new app that connects our feelings to the world around us.  Instantly capture and share your mood wherever you are — at home, in a restaurant or on a beach.

Upload photos and add a one-word reason why you feel that way.  We will then tag the exact time and place so you can compare your feeling to people around you, and understand why

You can discover how the rest of the world is feeling too, thanks to a world feeling map. By connecting the globe’s emotions, we can explore the world in a whole new way.

Download now to discover how the world is feeling.

Site: http://imagini.net/

Petra Jordan: one of the world’s new 7 Wonders

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Petra one of the new 7 Wonders is by far the most visited attractions in Jordan.  It was once the capital of the prosperous Nabataean people and today attracts millions of visitors each year.  This breathtaking complex of ruins and temples built into red rocks was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.Located to the South of the country, it is easily accessible from Amman’s capital or from the resort town of Aqaba on the Red Sea.

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Little Petra Jordan Travel (Siq al-Barid)

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Discover the lesser known but incredibly unique Little Petra, only a short 15 minute drive away from Wadi Musa and Petra, one of the World’s Seven Wonders.  It is officially named Siq al-Barid but often referenced as Little Petra due to its resemblance to the original sight with astonishing carved facades and its high gorge.

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Hendon by night, North West London

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Discover Hendon by night, a nice neighbourhood in North London with some of its key sights including Hendon Underground Station, Hendon Way, Hendon Park, Brent Street and Middlesex University.

First footage shot with the Canon EOS 5d mark 3 by Mat Siems.

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World’s Best Places 2013

Welcome to World’s Best Places, the online resource for the planet’s most spectacular destinations.  From the idyllic beaches of Phi Phi, to the exciting metropolis of Amsterdam, Bangkok or Singapore, passing by the lovely towns of the French Riviera, it has something for every taste and budget.

Discover the Top Destinations in Europe

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Europe also called the old continent refers to both a cultural and political distinction as well as a physiographic one.  It is, and especially Ancient Greece, the birthplace of Western civilization and still offers today a very rich cultural heritage.  Europe can be divided into a variety of regions, but a common grouping is between the North and South, East and West.

Discover the Top Destinations in Asia
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Asia is perhaps one of the most diverse and intriguing continent on Earth offering an abundance of cultural and historical heritage, and a variety of natural wonders.  It comes to no surprise that Asia has become one of the most sought after destination in the world with millions of tourist flocking in each year.  From the idyllic beaches of Thailand to the Himalayas, the world’s biggest mountains, passing by some of the 21st century biggest cities include Shanghai, Hong Kong or Bangkok, it really has everything to blow your mind away.

Discover the Top Destinations in Oceania

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Oceania is a geographical and geopolitical region consisting of numerous lands and islands in the Pacific Ocean.  The most important and biggest country is by far Australia followed by New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.  The remainder of the continent is divided between the smaller nation groupings of Melanesia in the west, Micronesia to the north and Polynesia the Far East, and home to some of the world’s most idyllic islands destinations.

Discover the Top Destinations in the Americas

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The is a vast continent referring to the landmasses of both NorthSouth, Central America and often including the idyllic islands of the Caribbean’s.  It represents about a third of all the world land mass and some 13% of the world population.  It is a place of great diversity, from the Rockies mountains in the North West of Canada, to the beaches of Brazil, passing by some of the worlds’ greatest cities such as NYC, LA and Buenos Aires.

Discover the Top Destinations in Africa

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Africa is the second largest continent in terms of both land area and population and is best known to as the cradle of human civilization.  It is a land of breathtaking natural wonders, from infinite deserts to amazing falls passing by safaris, friendly and genuine people as well as a variety of bustling metropolises.  It is home to the longest river, the 6,650km-long Nile River running from Burundi to Egypt and home to the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, the 5,890mMount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Museum of London

The Museum of London is a well known cultural attraction which explores the history of Britain’s capital from the prehistoric times up to the 21st century.  It is strategically located next to the remains of the Roman city wall within the south west corner of the Barbican complex.  The museum is composed of nine permanent chronological galleries from prehistoric, Roman and Medieval London way up to the People and World City, as well as a few temporary exhibitions.  It offers the visitor a great history lesson with some 7,000 original artefacts, painting and sculptures as well as numerous interactivities and videos.

The Museum of London has the following permanent galleries:

  1. London before London: 450,000BC to AD50
  2. Roman London : AD 50-410
  3. Medieval London: 410 to 1558
  4. War, Plague & Fire: 1550s-1660s
  5. Expanding City: 1666-1850s
  6. People’s City: 1850s-1940s
  7. World City: 1950s-today
  8. The City Gallery: Showcasing our most iconic treasure
  9. Museum of London images

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Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2013

Every year in February, Barcelona hosts the GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC), considerd the world’s largest exhibition of the mobile industry.  The event which usually attracts some 70,000+ participants has this year welcomed a record-breaking 100,000+ visitors from over 200 countries at their new cutting edge Fira Gran Via facility.  The congress showcased 1,500 of the most influential mobile operators, device manufacturers and software builders, but also acted as a conference with numerous key speakers discussing the latest issues and opportunity within the Mobile space.

Topics

  1. MWC Introduction
  2. MWC top trends
  3. MWC images
  4. MWC video

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World’s Top Cities to live in 2012

What are the top cities to live in this year?  In 2012 the most liveable places on the planet are Melbourne, Vienna and Zurich, topping respectively the Economist Intelligence Unit’s, Mercer and Monocle index.  Australian, Canadian, German speaking and North European cities such as Helsinki and Copenhagen are favourites on the list, considered some of the world’s best places to live with a high quality of life standard.

Topics

  1. Introduction
  2. Economist’s World’s Top Cities to live in 2012
  3. Mercer’s World’s Top Cities to live in 2012
  4. Monocle’s World’s Top Cities to live in 2012
  5. World’s Top Cities to live in complete list

Economist’s Top Cities to live in 2012

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU’s) Global Liveability Report 2012 puts Australian cities on top position with 4 spots on the top 10 list including Melbourne voted the world’s most liveable city.  Vienna, Helsinki and New Zealand feature on the list as well as 3 Canadian cities with Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary on the 3rd, 4th and 5th position respectively.

The Economist World’s most Liveable cities order and ratings:

  1. Melbourne, Australia, 97.5
  2. Vienna, Austria, 97.4
  3. Vancouver, Canada, 97.3
  4. Toronto, Canada, 97.2
  5. Calgary, Canada, 96.6
  6. Adelaide, Australia, 96.6
  7. Sydney, Australia, 96.1
  8. Helsinki,  Finland, 96
  9. Perth, Australia, 95.9
  10. Auckland, New Zealand, 95.7

Mercer’s Top Cities to live in 2012

Mercer 2012 Quality of Living Survey puts German speaking European countries on top position with Vienna taking the lead and other cities including Zurich, Munich, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva and Bern on the list.

The Mercer World’s most Liveable cities list:

  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Zurich, Switzerland
  3. Auckland, New Zealand
  4. Munich, Germany
  5. Vancouver, Canada
  6. Düsseldorf, Germany
  7. Frankfurt, Germany
  8. Geneva, Switzerland
  9. Copenhagen, Denmark
  10. Bern, Switzerland
  11. Sydney, Australia

Monocle’s Top Cities to live in 2012

As for the Monocle’s magazine Most Livable Cities Index have Zurich topping the list, Helsinki second and Copenhagen third.  Other Global cities unique on this list include Japan’s and Sweden capitals Tokyo and Stockholm.

The Monocle’s World’s most Liveable cities list include:

  1. Zurich
  2. Helsinki
  3. Copenhagen
  4. Vienna
  5. Munich
  6. Melbourne
  7. Tokyo
  8. Sydney
  9. Auckland
  10. Stockholm

World’s most Liveable cities complete list

The following is the complete list of the world’s most Liveable cities 2012 in alphabetic order (including the top 10 of the :

  1. Adelaide
  2. Auckland
  3. Bern
  4. Calgary
  5. Düsseldorf
  6. Frankfurt
  7. Geneva
  8. Helsinki
  9. Melbourne
  10. Munich
  11. Perth
  12. Stockholm
  13. Sydney
  14. Tokyo
  15. Toronto
  16. Vancouver
  17. Vienna
  18. Zurich
Position EIU Mercer Monocle
1 Melbourne Vienna Zurich
2 Vienna Zurich Helsinki
3 Vancouver Auckland Copenhagen
4 Toronto Munich Vienna
5 Calgary Vancouver Munich
6 Adelaide Düsseldorf Melbourne
7 Sydney Frankfurt Tokyo
8 Helsinki Geneva Sydney
9 Perth Copenhagen Auckland
10 Auckland Bern & Sydney Stockholm

World’s Top Cities to live in HD video

The following is an HD Film about the World’s Top Cities to live in created by Mat Siems.  It includes some of the world’s most important cities such as Melbourne, Vienna, Vienna, Vancouver and Auckland.

Click here to view the World’s Top Cities to live in HD.

World’s Top Destinations

Each year, the Tripadvisor community selects the top 25 most popular destinations on the planet. This year’s winner is the British capital of London, considered one of the world’s most cosmopolitan places and host of the XXX Summer Olympics.  It is followed by other well known economic capitals, including New York and San Francisco on the American East and West Coast, as well as Paris, Rome and Barcelona in continental Europe.  Marrakech leads the way in the northern part of the Africa, and Cape Town in the Southern part of the continent.  Istanbul remains a popular destination linking East and West, and Beijing and Shanghai destinations in Asia.  Finally Sydney, French Polynesian Bora Bora and American Honolulu are favourite within the vast sea covered continent of Oceania.

Topics

  1. Introduction
  2. World’s Top Destinations 2012 map
  3. World’s Top Destinations 2012 list
  4. World’s Top Destinations 2012 video

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World’s Best Beaches

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The following is what we believe are some of the World’s best beaches from the popular destinations off the coast of Florida, to the remote islands of the Pacific passing by the idyllic resort destinations such as the Maldives and the Seychelles.  We combined sought after places from all over the globe including snorkelling and scuba-diving favourites, romantic honeymoon gateways, and most popular spring break destinations.  Hopefully you will find the perfect escape beach among some of the most breathtaking spots on the planet.  If we missed any one of your favourite beaches please make sure to let us know in the comments.

World’s Best Beaches is a list of the most incredible sunshine regions on the planet from North America to the Pacific islands, passing by the Caribbean’s, South America, Europe and Asia most amazing destinations. It includes beaches from the USA, Brazil, Mediterranean Islands, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Goa, Maldives, Thailand’s, Malaysia, Philippines, Seychelles, Goa, Maldives, Thailand’s, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Ocean Beaches

  1. World’s Best Beaches video
  2. Introduction
  3. World’s Best Beaches map
  4. World’s Best Beaches regions

World’s Best Beaches map

The following is full screen interactive map of the World’s Best Beaches with image slider and HD video.  The map includes top beaches in the Caribbean’s, North and South America, Europe, South East Asia and the Pacific Islands.
World's Best Beaches map

World’s Best Beaches regions

From East to West (and North to South), starting with the US and terminating on the Pacific, passing by the Caribbean’s, South America, Europe and Asia the following are the World’s Best Beaches regions:

  1. California Beaches: US most expensive coastal real estate
  2. East Coast Beaches: Nantucket Island, the Hamptons & Virginia Beach
  3. Florida Beaches: welcome to Miami, Fort Lauderdale & Daytona Beach
  4. Mexico West Coast Beaches: home to Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta
  5. Mexico East Coast Beaches: Mayan Riviera with Cancun & Yucatan beaches
  6. Bahamas Beaches: perfect the romantic gateway
  7. Greater Antilles Beaches: Varadero, Jamaica & Punta Cana
  8. Lesser Antilles Beaches: home to Providenciales, voted the world’s best beach
  9. Central America Beaches: Pacific shores & the Caribbean Sea
  10. Brazil Beaches: home to the world famous Rio’s Ipanema Beach
  11. Argentina and Uruguay Beaches: Punta del Este, Bikini Beach & Punta del Diablo
  12. Chile Beaches: balnearios with a warm Mediterranean climate
  13. South Europe Beaches: Word’s most Expensive
  14. Spanish Beaches: Costa de Sol’s Marbella & Malaga
  15. Portuguese Beaches: Algarve’s unique spots
  16. Balearic Islands Beaches: Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza & Port d’Alcudia
  17. Mediterranean Beaches: Sardinia, Malta, Cyprus, Sicily and Corsica
  18. Greek Islands Beaches: Crete, Ionian, Mykonos & Santorini
  19. Canary islands Beaches: with unique fine black sand
  20. South Turkey beaches: home to Ölüdeniz & its world famous Blue Lagoon
  21. Egypt beaches: home to Red Sea resort town of Sharm El Sheikh
  22. South-Africa beaches: home to Durban’s Golden Mile & South Beach
  23. Seychelles beaches: world’s most photographed beach
  24. Goa Beaches: India’s primary holiday destination
  25. Sri Lanka Beaches: between the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal
  26. Maldives Beaches: palm-fringed heaven in the Indian Ocean
  27. Bangladesh Beaches: home to the World’s Longest Beach
  28. Thailand’s Beaches: world’s most famous including Phangan, Samui & Phi Phi
  29. Malaysia Beaches: home to Langkawi the land of one’s wishes
  30. Philippines Beaches: Southern Negros, El Nido, Boracay, Cebu and Siargao
  31. Eastern Australia Beaches: Fraser Island, Bondi Beach & Whitehaven Beach
  32. Southern Australia Beaches: surfers spots at Ninety Mile Beach and Bells Beach
  33. Western Australia Beaches: world’s best surfing spots
  34. New Zealand Beaches: Waiheke Island’s, Coopers Beach & Ocean Beach
  35. Pacific Ocean Beaches: Bora Bora, Cook Islands & Hawaii

California Beaches

California Beaches might not be the most breathtaking natural destinations, but they are certainly one of the most popular appearing in numerous Hollywood productions.  Scattered across over 1,000 miles of the USA’s west coast they are usually flat with rocky shores and some of the most popular include Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Barbara, San Diego’s Ocean Beach (OB), Ocean Beach San Francisco, Encinitas, Huntington Beach, Pismo Beach, Carmel and Santa Cruz.  Those beaches are also famous for being the US most expensive coastal real estate, especially around the Newport Beach area, where the average home price is about $2.5 Millions.

East Coast Beaches

The US is also blessed with splendid natural destinations on its Eastern side including the sought after Hamptons Beaches in the state of New York with its unspoiled coastline of windswept dunes, the popular family destination of Nantucket Island in Massachusetts, the Myrtle Beach in South Carolina with its breathtaking views of Atlantic Coast and Virginia Beach considered one of the greatest seaside resort.

Florida Beaches

Florida the sunshine sates is considered the world’s most popular Beach destination for overseas visitors, attracting over 3 million overseas tourists each year in Miami alone.   The 7-mile-long Miami Beach is by far the most popular attractions in the city, made famous by the famous Art Deco Historic District of South Beach as well as for its nightlife and world class shopping location.

Other famous beach destinations in the state of Florida include the picture perfect Saint Pete Beach with its Sugary-white sand and off shore dolphins, Daytona Beach made popular by its auto racing and spring breaks, and finally  Fort Lauderdale offering a long stretch of beautiful beaches and great swimming,

Mexico West Coast Beaches

The West Coast of Mexico is blessed with several hundred miles of coastline facing the Pacific Ocean.  It offers a variety of well known resorts such as Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta, as well a smaller beautiful beach destinations such Chamela, Navidad and Zihuatanejo.

Mexico East Coast Beaches

The Easter side of Mexico also known as the Mayan Riviera has become a popular resort destination not only with American students coming for Spring Breaks, but also with European travellers. Some of the most sought after resorts include Tulum famous for its breathtaking Yucatan beaches and the Chichén ancient ruins located nearby, Playa del Carmen known for its nightlife, Cabo San Lucas for spotting celebrities and Cancun the favourite beach resort destination for students and families alike.

Bahamas Beaches

The Bahamas are one of the most sought after places in the Caribbean especially for those looking for an on-the-beach wedding or just a romantic gateway.  With some seven hundred islands offering fine white sand and surrounded by clear water, it is not a surprise that it is for many the idea of tropical paradise.  Some of the most beautiful beaches are located on the Out Islands such as Abaco, Andros, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Harbour Island and Long Island Beaches.

Greater Antilles Beaches

The Caribbean islands of the Greater Antilles have become one of the world’s most popular beach destinations.  It is relatively large in size compared to the Lesser Antilles and strategically located South East of Florida, if offers a variety of colonial and cultural sites surrounded by picture perfect natural destinations.

Some of the most sought after resorts include Varadero with its 13-mile-long peninsula and Cayo Coco with its powder-white beaches in Cuba, the luxury Cayman Islands with its crystal clear waters, Jamaica with its laid back vibe and its Seven Mile Beach, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic known for its party atmosphere along its 25 miles coastline and Puerto Rico famous for its Championship golf courses.

Lesser Antilles Beaches

The Lesser Antilles although much smaller than its neighbour is blessed with some spectacular natural beauty.  The Providenciales beaches of the Turks and Caicos Islands was voted the world’s best beach for two years in a row. As for the island of St. Barthelemy, often referred to as St. Barts it is considered the best beach for celebrity watching, with many A-listers such as Uma Thurman, Beyonce and Jay-Z have been spotted there.  Another magnificence sunshine destination is the Palm Eagle Beach in Aruba, world famous as a diving spots with is turquoise waters and unique sites such as the wreck of the torpedoed tanker Pedernales.

Central America Beaches

The Central America Beaches are blessed with soft sands and warm waters that span on two diverse coastlines, the Pacific shores on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other.  Some of the best destinations in the area include the very laid back Placencia in Belize ideal for water sport lovers, the nightlife and international dining experience of Playa Tamarindo in Costa Rica, the small and wildlife packed San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua, Bocas Del Toro known as the surfing capital of Panama and Roatan within the Bay Islands which offers a truly Caribbean experience for a much smaller price.

Brazil Beaches

Some of the Brazilian Beaches such as Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro are world famous for its sex appeal, immortalized in various songs.  Other amazing spots surrounding the great city include Arpoador beach, Leblon Beach and the Tijuca National Park.

Argentina and Uruguay Beaches

Mar del Plata’s coastline is considered Argentina’s premier beach destinations, however nothing beats the beach resorts of its small southern neighbour of Uruguay, considered to have the best vacation spots in the whole of South America.  Depending on what you are looking for, the sleeping state has it all.  From Punta del Este as a Glamorous jet-set destination with its upscale nightlife to Colonia del Sacramento for peace and quiet, passing by Bikini Beach or the Gorriti Island for the beach experience and the small village of Punta del Diablo for a top surfer destination.

Chile Beaches

With over 4000km (2500 miles) of coastline, it comes to no surprise the Chile offers some of the best beach resorts on the Pacific front of the Southern Hemisphere.  Indeed the country is packed with a variety of islands, coves, rocky cliffs and bays, making it the ideal destination for the more adventurous type.  Some of the most sought after resorts known as balnearios are located in the central part of the county, with a pleasantly warm Mediterranean climate.

South Europe Beaches

Many say that the French and Italian Riviera are the most beautiful in the world. On thing is for sure, is that it is home to the Word’s most Expensive Beach, with a square foot of real estate in Monaco costing over $58,000 a square meter ($5,000 a square foot).

Some of the most sought after destinations within the French Riviera include Nice seaside town with its pebbles beach, Cannes famous for its Film festival as well as for having the only sandy beach in the area, Menton considered the pearl of France and the sexy glamorous St-Tropez.

As for the Italian Riviera, the Amalfi Coast with its unique limestone cliffs plunging into the turquoise Mediterranean Sea is a must see destination, so is the remarkable Monterosso al Mare town in the heart of Cinque Terre, known as the area’s only sandy beach.

Spanish Beaches

Spain is perhaps the European country most famous for its beach destinations.  Indeed millions of tourists from the continent northern states (especially from the UK and Germany) flock in each year to enjoy the diversity of the Spanish coast.  The Costa de Sol is one of the most visited regions on the southern coast, especially around the city of Marbella famous for its casinos, marinas and a glamorous vibe, Nerja packed with various water sport activities and the Malaga port city with its long coastline.  Further east are located the more peaceful beaches of Costa Brava in Catalonia such as the sleepy town of Cadaques.

Portuguese Beaches

The Portuguese Beaches of the Algarve are perhaps one of the most unique in Europe, often comprised of charming sandy coves surrounded by dramatic cliffs on one side and natural clear water on the other.  One of the most sought after destination is the historic city of Lagos offering a 2.5-mile coastline and a variety of water sport facilities.

Balearic Islands Beaches

The Balearic Islands located south of mainland Spain offer some of the most beautiful beaches as well as some of the most exciting parties in Europe.  The most popular destinations include Palma de Mallorca with their picturesque beaches of gold sand, Ibiza world famous for its nightlife offering no less than 50 beaches along its 100 miles coastline and Port d’Alcudia with one the longest beaches in Majorca.

Mediterranean Beaches

Apart from the coastal towns, Balearic and Greek Islands (which are covered separately), the Mediterranean have plenty of magnificent Beaches within the islands of Sardinia, Malta, Cyprus, Sicily and Corsica.

Greek Islands Beaches

Greece is the Mediterranean country blessed with the highest number of Islands from Crete the biggest, to the charming Ionian, Dodecanese or Mykonos Islands.  Santorini is considered the most beautiful island and is home to the astonish Red Beach and Kamari Beach.

Canary islands Beaches

The Canary, a group of islands located off the Western coast of Africa have become a sought after destination for Europe.  Tenerife is the island with the most popular and largest resorts.  It is known for its unique fine black sand, as well as a windsurfer’s paradise, due to its constant wind.

South Turkey beaches

The Mediterranean coast of Turkey has one of the most amazing beach destinations in the region.  The most popular is the small village of Ölüdeniz, world famous for its Blue Lagoon surrounded by mountains and known for its paragliding.

Egypt beaches

Egypt is not only home to world class historical sites but it is also blessed with some of the most jaw dropping natural spots such as the Red Sea resort town Sharm El Sheikh or the Marsa Alam beach holiday town, both famous for their underwater treasures.

South-Africa beaches

South-Africa offers astonish natural beauty with its numerous beaches offering white sand and turquoise waters.  One of the most sought after destinations is Durban within the KwaZulu-Natal Coast, blessed with miles of sandy shores known as the Durban’s Golden Mile and is especially popular around South Beach.

Seychelles beaches

The Seychelles are known to be one of the most amazing tropical destinations and it comes to no surprise that it is officially considered the world’s most photographed beach.  This archipelago of the Indian Ocean is protected from the ocean’s waves by a reef and is blessed with astonishing turquoise waters and very fine white and pink sands.  One of its most praised spots is the beach of the Anse Source d’Argent within the island of La Digue.

Goa Beaches

Goa is by far one of the most visited regions in India, located less than 600km south of the buzzing Mumbai.  It is considered the primary holiday destination in the country, attracting 2.5 million visitors each year including numerous foreign tourists, with its fabulous beaches and green lush vegetation.

Sri Lanka Beaches

The island of Sri Lanka is blessed with over a thousand miles of beautiful golden beaches and blue waters of the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal.

Maldives Beaches

The Maldives is another of those magical destinations one should visit at least once in their lifetime.  This beautiful palm-fringed heaven offers spectacular beaches, warm waters and an astonishing underwater word. Located south of India and Sri Lanka within the Indian Ocean it is composed of over a thousand islands packed with a variety of luxury resorts.

Bangladesh Beaches

Bangladesh is known to have the World’s Longest Beach, the Cox’s Bazar with over 75 miles of uninterrupted sand on the coast and edged by beautiful cliffs.  It is a relatively unvisited destination making an ideal place for those looking for something a bit different.

Thailand’s Beaches

Thailand’s Beaches are perhaps one of the most famous in the world. Some of the most sought after destinations include Hua Hin, Thailand’s first beach resort town, Koh Phangan known for its full moon party, Koh Samui one of the most beautiful island, Koh Tao Thailand’s divers paradise, picture perfect Phi Phi Island, Koh Lanta the country’s most unspoiled destination and Phuket considered Thailand’s largest and most popular island.

Malaysia Beaches

Malaysia although less popular than its Thai neighbour it is blessed with astonishing natural beauty and have the advantage of being much cheaper and less crowded.  One of its top destination is Langkawi known as the land of one’s wishes, which has become the ideal place for an escape vacation with its clear waters, white sands to lush green forests

Philippines Beaches

With over 7000 islands the Philippines has some of the most breathtaking beach locations in South East Asia. Some of the best areas include Southern Negros with its world-class beaches and top diving spots, the picture perfect limestone formations of El Nido, Boracay known as the crown jewel of Philippine beaches, the banana-shaped island of Cebu and Siargao the country’s best know surf spot.

Eastern Australia Beaches

The Eastern Coast of Australia is often considered the most spectacular place in the country.   One of its most amazing destinations is the Fraser Island, off the coast of Queensland which offers some 640 square miles (1,664 square kilometres) of unspoiled natural paradise.  As for top city beaches, Sydney’s Bondi Beach and Palm Beach are by far the favourite for sun worshippers.  Other key destinations within Australia’s East Coast include Byron Bay known as the country’s most easterly point, Four Mile Beach with its clean white sand, the Gold Coast one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations, Hyams Beach famous for having the world’s whitest sand and Whitehaven Beach a long stretch of sand surrounded by azure water, located near Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

Southern Australia Beaches

The South coast is another amazing destination in Australia with a 3,800 kilometres coastline offering amazing beaches.  It is famous for being home to Australia’s most important surfers destinations including the Ninety Mile Beach and Bells Beach.

Western Australia Beaches

The lesser known South Western Coast of Australia is considered to be the world’s best surfing spots, with its huge challenging waves.  Some of its key destinations include Cable Beach considered one of the world’s most stunning beaches, Cottesloe one of Perth’s most popular beaches, Monkey Mia ideal for nature lovers with a huge variety of animal and bird life found nearby and Scarborough for surf fanatics.

New Zealand Beaches

New Zealand is considered one of the most unique countries when it comes to Natural Beauty.  It is no surprise that it offers some astonishing beaches including the Waiheke Island’s Onetangi Bay with its stretch of golden sand, the Karikari Peninsula’s Beaches with endless white sand and crystal-clear waters, Coopers Beach surrounded with red-emblazoned pohutukawa trees, Hot Water Beach famous as a natural spa experience, the Ocean Beach ideal for surfing and Kaiteriteri Beach near Canterbury.

Pacific Ocean Beaches

The Pacific region has the world’s most remote islands but at the same time offers some of the most idyllic tropical destinations.  Those include the magical French Polynesian islands of Bora Bora often considered the most beautiful islands in the world, the Cook Islands comprised of fifteen beautiful islands and the more popular island of Hawaii, often consider America’s surfer paradise.

Best of Normandy, North of France

Normandy is a beautiful region in northern France bordered by the English Channel.  It is well known for its spectacular natural beauty with its white cliffs within the Alabaster Coast, its long stretch of sandy beaches and a variety of parks and gardens.  It comes to no surprise that it became the heart of the Impressionism art movement headed by Monet at his studio in Giverny.  Normandy is packed with a variety of lovely resort towns such as Deauville, Trouville and Cabourg within the Cote Fleurie, as well as various historic destinations such as the old city of Honfleur.  The region is also the land of chateaux and impressive medieval architecture, being once the land of William the Conqueror, one of the greatest warriors of all time.  It is home to the Mont-St-Michel, one of Normandy’s most spectacular sights and France’s most visited attractions.  The region of Normandy is also known for the D-Day allied invasion (on June 6, 1944) within the Omaha and Utah Beach, which became a significant turning point during the Second World War.

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Best of Honfleur, Normandy, France

Honfleur is a lovely coastal destination surrounding a beautiful 17th-century harbour known as Le Vieux Bassin.  This charming town is located in Calvados, within the region of Lower Normandy in the North of France.  The town is well known for its well preserved historic architecture of traditional buildings, museums and churches such as the Église Ste-Catherine and the Musée de le marine.  Historically it is famous for being the departure point of some of Europe’s greatest sea explorers including Samuel de Champlain, who founded Quebec. It has many pedestrian streets at its heart including the Rue de la Ville, packed with various cafes, restaurant and boutiques offering some of Normandy’s best known specialities such as Cider, Calvados and local cheese.

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Best of Mont Saint Michel, Normandy France

Mont Saint Michel is a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site located on an island just off the coast of Lower Normandy in northern France.  It is best known as the site of the spectacular and well-preserved Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel at the peak of the rocky island, and surrounded by winding streets and a medieval architecture.  It is one of the most visited tourist attraction in France and the most recognisable sight in a Normandy.

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World’s countries 2012

The World in 2012 still officially contains 195 countries.  Taiwan is still not on the list as it officially a province of the People’s Republic of China, even though it has relations with over 100 countries.   The newest created countries include South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011, Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in February 2008 and Montenegro which became a country in June

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Notting Hill Carnival: Europe’s biggest street festival

The Notting Hill Carnival taking place in West London each year is Europe’s biggest street festival.  For two days at the end of the month of August, the members of the West Indian community flock the streets of Notting Hill in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for one of the biggest celebration on the planet.   The carnival has lived in the area since the 60’s and is today attracting over a million people a year.  If you are looking for a vibrant celebration, with plenty of sound systems for street dancing and numerous Caribbean food stalls serving up jerk chicken, then the Notting Hill Carnival is the place to be.

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