North America, Sightseeing

The Construction of the White House from the First Brick Till Today

Construction of a new third floor and roof began in 1927. Steel beams provided new support for the eighteen guest and service rooms that were added in the expansion. In this image, a chute clears away debris from the construction. Credit: National Archives

The White House is an American icon. From its classicly clean french doors to the stately interior, it is immediately recognizable. However, few know details about its construction and several reconstruction projects. Initial construction began on the famous building in 1792, and a mere eight years later, President John Adams was the first to live inside it. Since then, the White House has had several major reconstruction projects, including the following: 1. Initial Construction On…

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Europe, Ski, sports and adventure, Things to do

In Search of Sun: 8 Top European Beaches

Whilst the summer that Brits have just seen wasn’t a bad one by our admittedly rather measly standards, few of us harbour much optimism about autumn and winter. Our winters vary from the mildly wet to the distinctly chilly, but in the past few years, the period from November through to the beginning of March (indeed, even later this year) has been bitterly cold. For thousands of years, residents of these Atlantic isles have watched…

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Travel Tips

How to Pack for a Long Round-the-World Trip

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Packing for long-term travel with round-the-world flights, when you’re going to be away for up to a year or more, is a bit of a juggling act. While you need to take enough to get by, you’ll likely be spending a lot of your time in transit from place to place, and that means lugging your possessions around with you in a backpack. Every item you pack adds to the weight you’ll be carrying, so you’ll…

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Caribbean, Destinations

When is the Best Time To Visit the Caribbean?

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The Caribbean is comprised of over 5,000 islands, reefs and cays and is a popular vacation destination. The most commonly visited Islands include Jamaica, Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands. With the year-round moderate temperatures and extensive list of outstanding resorts such as The Royal Westmoreland  in Barbados, Caneel Bay in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Atlantis in the Bahamas to name a few, the Caribbean is an ideal vacation spot…

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Culture and religion, Eastern Europe, Things to do

Chugging Through Time on the Danube Express

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Often dubbed a luxurious hotel on wheels, the Danube Express is a sumptuous train and its most spectacular route is between the ancient capital of Istanbul and Budapest, the glittering capital of Hungary.  Named for the river, the Danube Express can make for an extraordinary holiday experience.  Witness the Bosphorus and journey through the Carpathian Mountains, over the Hungarian plains, to the stunning Hungarian capital on the Danube River.  Breath-taking scenery, delicious cuisine and the…

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Things to do, Western Europe

How to Spend a Weekend in Scotland

Historic buildings and great food make Edinburgh one of the UK’s best destinations

Home to rolling hills, stunning coastline, and some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in Britain, Scotland is a rewarding destination. Easy to access from major cities in England, visiting Scotland for a weekend is a wonderful experience.   This simple two-day itinerary is ideal for people travelling to Scotland for the first time. From city life to stunning countryside, try these great activities for a fantastic experience that’s undeniably Scottish.   1.     Fly direct…

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Things to do, Western Europe

10 Things to See and Do in London

The London Eye offers an excellent view of the amazing London skyline.

From history to business, culture to couture, London is a city with a huge amount of sights, activities, and attractions for visitors. Enormous in size and rich in culture, a trip to London is an opportunity to learn about one of the world’s greatest cities.   Whether you’re visiting by yourself or as part of the coach tours of London, be sure to try a few of these ten exciting, educational, and interesting things to do in…

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Africa, Mediterranean

The Trip of a Lifetime: Exotic Sharm el Sheikh

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The city of Sharm el Sheikh is located in South Governorate, Egypt, along the Red Sea. It is a popular tourist destination due to its historic and religious sites, as well as various other tourist attractions. Yet, what should you be aware of when visiting this exotic city?  5 Major Attractions in Sharm el Sheikh  1. Burning Bush  At Saint Catherine’s Monastery, there is a bush that is world famous; it is believed to be…

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Things to do, Western Europe

7 Things to Do in the Lake District

The Lake District’s mountain walks offer excellent summit views

This is the follow-up to our previous article: 6 Charming Towns You Should Visit While in the Lake District With hundreds of unique attractions on offer, it’s difficult not to have a good time in the Lake District. Whether you’re an adventurer or a history enthusiast, the myriad things to do in the Lake District make even the shortest holiday a true adventure. If you’re planning a trip to the Lake District but don’t know…

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Travel Tips

20 Reasons to Buy a Holiday Home

From relaxation to scenery, holiday homes have a lot to offer

From cramped hotel rooms to long air journeys, the downsides of travelling can be extremely stressful. It’s no wonder so many British families are saying no to typical holiday plans in favour of their own hidden holiday retreat.   If you’re getting tired of the typical holiday routine – long queues, expensive air and rail tickets, and misleading small hotel rooms – let these 20 reasons help you make the decision to buy your own…

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