Sunday, December 27, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo #64: Diamond Head

View from Diamond Head Crater.  O'ahu Island.  Hawaii.  June 2014.

Overview of Diamond Head Crater

Diamond Head Crater refers to a tuff cone that is volcanic, found in the island of O’ahu in Hawaii. British sailors who found calcite crystals in the beach adjacent to it and thought they were diamonds gave the name to it back in the 19th century. The natives commonly refer to it as Lēʻahi. It forms part of the Honolulu Volcanic Series and is estimated to have been formed over 200,000 years ago. The 3,500feet diameter and 760 foot summit makes it probably the most recognized crater in the world. The prominent landmark is known mainly for amazing scenery, hiking trails, and military history. It is also a United States Monument.

Top Attractions

Hiking trail. The crater has a 0.75 mile(1.1 kilometres) hiking trail that goes all the way up to the rim of the crater. The trail is mostly unpaved and the uneven rocks on it make it quite a challenge. The trail was built in 1908.
Coastal artillery platform. This is an observation point that was built in 1908. It offers a great and detailed view of the Pacific Ocean and Waikiki. It can be accessed through a series of steps and a small tunnel, a total ascend of about 762 feet.
Geologic and historical sites. The crater itself is part of the various geological features found there. The historical sites include the military base, which still has a battery of cannons that was built by the U.S. army in 1904.

How to get there

A flight to the Honolulu International Airport, located in Oahu island in Hawaii. Airport shuttles or rented cars will take you to Waikiki and taking bus number 58, 23 or 22 will get you to the diamond Head

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo #63: Ford Motor Museum

Ford Motor Museum.  Dearborn, Michigan. April 2012

Overview of the Ford Motor Museum

The Henry Ford is a large museum complex which is full of history. It is also referred to as the Greenfield Village or Edison institute which is a bit more formal. The indoor and outdoor museum found in Metro Detroit, a Dearborn suburb in Michigan, forms a National Landmark. It was named after its founder Henry Ford, an industrialist who thrived in the automobile sector. He had a desire of preserving items which have historical significance and would portray the revolution in the automobile industry. A vast array of machinery, famous homes, Americana and exhibits are all housed in the property.

Top Attractions

Heroes of the sky
This is the newest permanent exhibit from which you can share the many experiences and stories of people through the first 40 years of aviation.

You can have a great time exploring the Buckminister’s Dymaxion house. It is the only remaining prototype of the vision of Fuller’s mass produced and affordable housing.

The Abraham Lincoln chair
This is the chair that President Lincoln was sitting on this chair when he was assassinated in 1865. The American cousin was being produced at Ford’s theatre during that time.

Greenfield Buildings and Village Districts:

Edison at work
You can take a very exciting and invigorating trip to Thomas Edison’s idea factory. All his great work and ideas are presented to you.

Liberty craftworks
This will take you way back in time when simple products that we use from day to day were personal and treasurable creations of artisans.

Ford Rogue Factory:

Legacy theatre
You can learn a lot about the tragedies and triumphs that surrounds the Rogue with historic footages that have rarely been seen.

World’s largest living roof
The final assembly building of the truck plant at Ford Rogue Centre has a living roof growing on it and is attracting quite a lot of interests lately.

How to get to Ford Motor Museum

You can get to Ford Motor Museum from the west or east via l-94 to Oakwood Boulevard exit. Ford museum is about 2 and a half miles from that exit. From the south, l-75 will take you to Southfield Freeway from where you will have to drive about 4 miles to Oakwood Blvd.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo #62: Norte Dame Cathedral

Overview of the Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre-Dame Cathedral is also regarded as Notre-Dame, is a historical Catholic house of worship situated in Paris. In French, Notre Dame means our lady of Paris. The cathedral is broadly regarded as one of the greatest instances of Gothic design of France, and also it's one of the biggest and well-recognized chapels on earth. The beautiful tainted glass and naturalism of its designs are usually in comparison with Romanesque architectural mastery.

Top Attractions

Crypts under the Cathedral
The Historical Crypt of  Notre-Dame, Paris was made in the year of 1965 to defend numerous old ruins, uncovered while in development work and occupying the initial settlement deal in Paris towards the present day. The historical crypts are maintained through the Musée Carnavalet. It includes a huge display, incorporating comprehensive types of the design and architecture of various periods of time. Thus, the most important element is still observable that is the underneath ground heating set up throughout the Roman occupation.

The Organs
Although a number of organs had been placed in the cathedral as time passes, the initial ones had been not enough for the structure. The very first mentioned organ was completed in the eighteenth century by the famous constructor François-Henri Clicquot. Thus, the organ was totally reconstructed and extended within the nineteenth century by the prominent builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. The notable organ consists of 7,374 pipes, including ca 900 regarded as historic. It also includes a 32-key pedalboard, 110 real stops, and five 56-key manuals.

The Bells
Notre-Dame cathedral includes 10 bells. Among the biggest is Emmanuel, made in 168. It is positioned on the southern side of the tower and has a weight of approximately 13 tons. The bell is always tolling to indicate the time of the day. This amazing bell is usually ringing very first, a minimum of five seconds prior to the rest.

How to get in the Notre Dame Cathedral

You can visit the Notre Dame Cathedral by walk or catch a metro line 4 from Cite. You can also visit there by RER B and C.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo #61: Big Ben and Parliament Building

Big Ben and Parliament Building.  London.  England. UK.  March 2013.

Overview of the Big Ben and Parliament Building

The Parliament building which is also recognized as the Palace of Westminster is  situated right on the Thames river London, UK. It is a wonderful building which has been made in the year 1840, The building is usually most identifiable because of the clock tower which is regarded as Big Ben. Big Ben is  the bell located inside of the tower.

The Parliament of UK is built up of 2 houses: the House of Lords and the House of Commons and also both have their own assembly chambers. You can visit the Parliament building as well as view a discussion or question period if you want. Once a year, in the month of May, the Queen comes to the parliament to start a new session of the House of Lords.

Top Attractions

Jewel Tower
Jewel Tower was built in 1365. The medieval Royal Palace has actually 2 remaining parts. Jewel Tower is one of them. The tower is also known as the "King's Privy Wardrobe" because the tower was built to store the treasures of King Edward III. The tower is a stone made 3 storey building, which actually located across the path from the present Palace of Westminster.

Big Ben
Big Ben is the great bell located at the north end of the Parliament building in Westminster, London, UK. It was built in 1859. The structure is 96 meters in height and it consist approximately 400 steps to the very top. It is not allowed for foreign tourist. Only a British residents can climb Big Ben through a Lord or MP.   

Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey is situated in the west of the Westminster Palace. The abbey is actually a traditional spot for coronation and as well as a funeral site for English monarchs. It is a living church where still worship takes place. The confessor's shrine St Edward is located at the heart of the abbey church as well as the tombs of many great men and women of British history also situated in it.

Victoria Tower
The Victoria Tower is actually situated on the opposite side of The Big Ben. It was built in 1860. During the parliamentary period, the Union Flag is raised on the top of the tower. 

Westminster Hall
It is the most oldest hall of the Houses of Parliament since 1097. The Westminster Hall is one of the biggest unsupported medieval halls of

How to get the Big Ben and Parliament Building

You can visit The Big Ben and Parliament Building by the popular hop on, hop off sightseeing bus, local bus or train.