There are many reasons to visit Ybor City, but some of the attractions honestly cannot be missed when making the trip to this historic neighborhood in the heart of Tampa, Florida. Whether you are looking for a night out on the town with some drinks and dancing or a glimpse into the rich culture of a beautiful city, Ybor City has something for everyone. If you want to make the most out of your trip to this area, here are 5 things that you simply cannot ignore.
1. Ybor City Museum – This museum is a great way to learn about the history of the city for a very low price (currently $ 4 per person). The museum’s main exhibit space is contained inside the former Ferlita Bakery, which is a historic building that is a perfect example of the architecture of the city. The outside of the museum is a beautiful park, where knowledgeable park rangers provide tours and information about the city’s past. There is also a self-guided walking tour for purchase or rent at the museum that is narrated by local historians and is a great way to see the city at your own pace and learn about the rich history.
2. Columbia Restaurant – One of the most beautiful and delicious destinations to take in. No trip to Ybor is complete without visiting this historic restaurant. Founded in 1905, the Columbia is the oldest continuously operated restaurant in Florida. Seating more than 1,500 people and taking up an entire city block, it is also one of the largest Spanish restaurants in the world. As the oldest Spanish restaurant in the United States, they serve some of the most authentic dishes anyone could hope to find. The Columbia also features flamenco dancing to entertain their diners and is a show that must be seen by anyone visiting.
3. Amphitheater Nightclub – If you are looking for a night of drinking and dancing, there are not many places that can compare to Amphitheater. With a sound system unlike any others, the amount of bass is sure to make sure you enjoy every beat that the DJ plays. The main dance floor is mostly made up of a very large rotating platform that is sure to have any patron enjoying themselves. The crowd skews in the 18-30 range and is not recommended if you are not a fan of pulsing electronic music.
4. Ybor City Saturday Market – If staying in Ybor City for any amount of time, this market is a great opportunity to get some local produce and enjoy a lovely Florida morning in the sun. This market satisfies locals and tourists alike with the farm-fresh produce, fresh baked breads, and local crafts. Not only will you enjoy the wonderful atmosphere, but be supporting the local economy of Tampa as well.
5. Guavaween Halloween Festival – If there is any event to plan your trip to Ybor City around, that event is Guavaween. This Latin-inspired Halloween celebration is one of the biggest parties you could ever hope to find. The events schedule for the morning and afternoon are family friendly, with many things to do with the little ones. The evening’s festivities are much more adult oriented, with live music and 100,000 people enjoying their favorite beverages while dressed in their creative costumes
Bikaner IND – Junagarh Fort Ganga Mahal the main audience hall 02
Image by Daniel Mennerich
Junagarh Fort is a fort in the city of Bikaner, Rajasthan, India. The fort was originally called Chintamani and was renamed Junagarh or "Old Fort" in the early 20th century when the ruling family moved to Lalgarh Palace outside the fort limits. It is one of the few major forts in Rajasthan which is not built on a hilltop. The modern city of Bikaner has developed around the fort.
The fort complex was built under the supervision of Karan Chand, the Prime Minister of Raja Rai Singh, the sixth ruler of Bikaner, who ruled from 1571 to 1611 AD. Construction of the walls and associated moat commenced in 1589 and was completed in 1594. It was built outside the original fort of the city, about 1.5 kilometres from the city centre. Some remnants of the old fort are preserved near the Lakshmi Narayan temple.
Historical records reveal that despite the repeated attacks by enemies to capture the fort, it was not taken, except for a lone one-day occupation by Kamran Mirza. Kamran was the second son of the Mughal Emperor Babur who attacked Bikaner in 1534, which was then ruled by Rao Jait Singh. In the battle, the Mughals were defeated by Rathors. Kamran then returned to Lahore.
The 5.28 hectares large fort precinct is studded with palaces, temples and pavilions. These buildings depict a composite culture, manifest in the mix of architectural styles.
The city of Napa is the main city of Napa Valley metropolitan area and home to 86,000 people came from all over the world and different horizons . It’s located on the Napa River that runs through Napa Valley down to San Pablo Bay and San Francisco Bay. The vibrant part of Napa is the downtown located along Main Street and “The Riverfront” where you can admire its cottage and fancy houses, diverse architecture, museums, fine restaurants, patios and courtyards filled with boutiques, coffee shops and wine tasting rooms. Take a walk to admire the great and picturesque mural paintings all over the city. Among the main attraction is the wine train just across the pedestrian bridges where you can visit Copia, the American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts. Copia is a famous cultural institution and museum. For more information about Napa, you can visit Napa City’s official website: www.cityofnapa.org.
If you are interested in visiting the city of Napa, Copia and take the wine train. Feel free to fill out our Travel Request and we will combine Napa attractions with your wine tour. Napa Valley is characterized by its cool, wet winters and very warm dry summers. Napa River overflows and floods Napa city and thousands of acres all over Napa County from time to time as it happened in December 2005. Yet, Napa climate is very warm in summer which makes its wine growing regions one of the best ” terroirs” in the world.
The history of Napa and the name Napa derives from the Nappeans; the Native American-Indians who lived in Napa Valley area for thousands of years, in such fertile soil and along the banks of the Napa River .
In early 1800’s, Padre Jose Altimura, led the expedition to Napa under the Spanish Flag and then after 1820’s under the Mexican Flag to explore Napa Valley and converts the Indians to Christianity.
In 1846, California Bear Flag peaceful Revolt took place at Sonoma Historic Plaza and resulted in a complete control of Napa and California from the Mexicans. By 1870, the Native American demographics changed significantly due to the probably cause of U.S. Manifest Destiny and the flood of newcomers to Napa Valley who forced the native Indians to leave their native lands. The City of Napa was founded by Nathan Coombs in 1847. By 1850, the Dophin became the first steamship to navigate through Napa River in order to open a path for commerce to promote business in Napa Valley.
The California Gold Rush on the late 1850’s expanded Napa City. In 1858, the Great Silver Rush began in Napa Valley. The most noted silver mine was the Silverado Mine, near the summit of Mt. St. Helena. The mine was immortalized by Robert Louis Stevenson in his classic novel: The Silverado Squatters.
Today, Napa has become the primary business and economic center as well as the Agricultural Capital of California Wine Country.
Die Flößerbrücke ist eine Straßenbrücke über den Main in Frankfurt am Main. Sie verbindet die Obermainanlage in der Innenstadt mit dem Deutschherrnufer in Sachsenhausen. Als einzige Frankfurter Mainbrücke überquert sie den Fluss nicht im rechten Winkel, sondern in einem Winkel von ca. 70 Grad zur Fließrichtung des Mains. Es ist zudem die einzige von einem Pylon getragene Straßenbrücke in der Frankfurter Innenstadt.
Die erste Flößerbrücke entstand 1964 als Provisorium, um während der Sanierung der etwas westlich gelegenen Alten Brücke den Verkehr aufzunehmen. Die heutige Brücke wurde 1984 bis 1986 erbaut.
Die Flößerbrücke ist Einbahnstraße in nördlicher Richtung. Über die Brücke verläuft die Bundesstraße 3.
As far as city breaks are concerned, it doesn’t get any better than the bold, brash, bustling boulevards of New York City. The United States’ most populous city is synonymous with skyscrapers, yellow taxis, sprawling parks and a way of life that only a select few other cities in the world can ever claim to share.
Indeed, New York isn’t for the faint-hearted. The city that has come to be known as ‘The Big Apple’ is a modern metropolis and one of the world’s true ‘megacities’. Whilst there is plenty to keep tourists entertained for weeks, many choose to visit New York simply for the inimitable buzz that has come to symbolise the very essence of what makes the US what it is today.
New York has many nicknames that aptly summarise in a short sentence what this city is all about, but none more so than ‘the city that never sleeps’.
Whether its midday or midnight, the streets are always teeming with people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. Times Square – the city’s iconic intersection, famed for its animated digital advertisements – is probably busier in the middle of the night than most other cities manage at rush hour.
Situated at the mouth of the Hudson River, New York is divided into five main boroughs: Long Island, Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens. A wander through any of the neighbourhoods within these districts, will reveal the extent of the cultural diversity within this amazing city.
The areas of Chinatown, Little Italy and Spanish Harlem act as a constant reminder of the history of not only this city, but the country as a whole.
New York was one of the main entry points for immigrants arriving from Europe in the 19th and 20th century and Ellis Island – a small island located in New York Harbour – was the main point of entry for more than 12 million immigrants between 1892 and 1954. Today, Ellis Island is home to a fascinating museum that documents this significant period in New York – and America’s – history.
For those on a short trip to New York City, it’s possible to see all the main attractions in a couple of days. The Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and Greenwich Village are all within reasonably close proximity to each other and if time really is of the essence, it’s probably possible to manage all of them in one long day.
Central Park – a large public, urban park located in the commercial district of Manhattan – probably deserves a little more time for exploration. With 25 million visitors each year, there are lakes, walking tracks, ice-skating rinks, a zoo, a wildlife sanctuary and a whole host of other attractions providing days of entertainment for those with enough time at their disposal.
With so much to do in this city, it’s little wonder that JFK International Airport receive around 60,000 passengers every single day from flights to New York, making it one of the busiest airports in the world. This helps to ensure that New York City remains one of the world’s greatest and best-loved cities.
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Canal Grande – Venice, Italy
Image by Justin in SD
In Venice, this canal is the equivalent of a freeway, or perhaps a more appropriate comparison would be Broadway in a major US city. It is the main canal in Venice winding from one side of the city to the other in the shape of a backward "S".
I took this from the Rialto Bridge which is right in the middle of the Grand Canal and a very busy point where either side of the canal is lined with restaurants, boat docks, and gondolas.
Godrej E City is launches brand new creation in the world of residential apartments recognized with multi comfortable features with the interest of stylish and respected life style. The e city seamlessly integrates smart design, modern living and sustainability, masking the limitations between architecture and nature into one landscape element. The centrally located apartment offers all the perks of an active lifestyle. With world-class amenities and entertaining actions, you will have sufficient opportunity to know-how life to the fullest in full length and with pace of the fast changing world. Converting the thoughts and ideas into well knitted structure of mortar and bricks, the Godrej group of constructions is aiming high with the framework of sky hugging towers. Godrej E City is located at Doddathogur, Near Crowne Plaza of Electronic City, Godrej E City is associated with the reputed school, colleges, hospitals and other major banks. The place is available from almost all parts of the metropolis within the time frame of few minutes. Allowing the accessibility of transport and other conveyance at the door steps of the location, the unit proffers its residents all kinds of comforts. A beautiful tree-lined main avenue welcomes you, leading on to the 5 storey buildings spread over 15 acres of land area and enclosed by green open spaces covering 70% of the development. The 2/2.5/3 BHK flats offer the mix range of customers making it just right place for the compatible city dwellers. The open area is kept open for the pedestrian-friendly garden which is considerately designed to limit vehicular movement, so you can enjoy a carefree and bracing walk. Coming to the interiors, these condos have charming walls with different exciting shades of color in each room matching with the composedness of the designs. The porticos, balconies have superb space to enjoy indoor games with your kids at any time. The kitchen which is referred as the heart of the family is skillfully oriented to store things in fashion with the modular facilities. The lush green belts have bordered these dwellings so that each and every step you will knowledge the shrub bed bearing floral and enjoyable look. The garden amidst the tranquil view of the location is the main magnetism for the residents with the unbelievable view of Sunset. With the advantage of covered car parking and being surrounded by some of the top emerging buildings, this area is going to fetch good number of populations of city dwellers in the coming future. To safeguard and protect the human force living inside, well organised security and manual vigilance is arranged .One call door to door maintenance services are provided to make Godrej E City Bangalore, the most inhabitable and reputed one. In the world where the tag name holds major importance, the Bajaj group of real estates have already achieved milestones and carving their niche in construction of robust pillars and multifold times strong walls. Thus live like royal families in this abode and reinvent your instincts by getting aspired from nature and its elements.
Copan HN – Stela M and the Hieroglyphic Stairway 01
Image by Daniel Mennerich
The Main Group represents the core of the ancient city and covers an area of 600 by 300 meters. The main features are the Acropolis, which is a raised royal complex on the south side, and a group of smaller structures and linked plazas to the north, including the Hieroglyphic Stairway and the ballcourt. The Monument Plaza contains the greatest concentration of sculpted monuments at the site.
Sierra Leone is a very populous city situated in the western Africa. The country is very vast spread and holds some truly amazing cities within, one of them being the Freetown city. It is the capital city so you can well imagine the importance of the city and the biggest and hugest city not only in the matter of number of people living in the city increasing the population trends but also the size and vast area of the city is something that counts in the vitalities of the city. The city is sort of a central hub for industries of every kind. The economy is all centered on this capital city of Sierra Leone. The most important financial centers of Sierra Leone are situated in the Freetown city making it worth a lot more.
The culture is also a booming factor in the importance of the city. The culture is highly diverse and runs in the life blood of the city making the environment of the city more exciting and thrilling than ever. Man of the country’s most important financial centers and international companies are located in this city we are talking about. Education is also nothing short of in here. The two most important and main universities of Sierra Leone are located in this vast city making it more necessitated for the mental health development of the country. Fourah Bay College is literally the oldest ever institute in the history of western Africa making it more popular than ever. The main airport of this city is called by the name of Lungi and is located around the River on a port named as Loco district.
Many of the most important television stations and those of the radio are also located in this important city. The economy is based on the natural settings as well as the economic settings and the harbor of Free Town plays a really very important part in all of this.Sierra Leone has problem of illiteracy. Out two third of the adult population is illiterate. The schools and colleges are not enough for the population of Sierra Leone. Situation has improved after the end of civil war. Efforts are being made for the eradication of illiteracy and lack of education among masses. The education till primary level is free in some Government sponsored Public schools. Universities and teacher training colleges are being built. But still Sierra Leone has to go a long way to be at par with the education systems of developed countries.
Provision of drinking water is also a problem in Sierra Leone. The water supply problem is to be solved by building dams. A constant effort is required at national and district level for a free supply of running water in houses. Sierra Leone is famous for its football passion. There are two famous football clubs in Sierra Leone. Football team has not been qualified for FIFA world cup yet. But it has been a part of many African and international football competitions.
Nuremberg (German: Nürnberg is a city in the German state of Bavaria, in the administrative region of Middle Franconia. It is situated on the Pegnitz river and the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal and is Franconia’s largest city. It is located about 170 kilometres north of Munich, at 49.27° N 11.5° E. Population (as of 01/2006) is 500,132.
Park City hotels and Park City lodges have become a retreat for those seeking accommodations, fine dining and year-round recreation. There are a number of Park City hotels and Park City lodges to choose from, including a Deer Valley luxury lodge. Take a look at all Park City hotels and a Deer Valley lodge to make sure your stay is memorable.
Get away from every day life and surround yourself by nature with a relaxing stay at a Deer Valley luxury lodge. If you need a weekend retreat for the family or new scenery for a business conference, the ideal solution is a Deer Valley lodge. Any number of Park City hotels and Park City lodges will meet your needs.
Offering year-round recreation from skiing to golf, Park City hotels have something for everyone. Make Park City lodges or a Deer Valley luxury lodge your home away from home, all while breathing in the fresh mountain air in Utah. A Deer Valley lodge is prepared to accommodate you any way you need.
At a Deer Valley lodge or Park City hotels location, any number of special events and activities take place. If you need a reception hall for your wedding or business meeting or a Deer Valley luxury lodge to have your family vacation, Park City lodges have what you need. For leisure or business travelers, Park City hotels and Park City lodges offer complete services.
A few of the amenities included at luxury Park City lodges and Park City hotels include jetted tubs, ski lockers, wood-burning fireplaces, pools and concierge services. Deer Valley lodge is the perfect location for your family vacation or other special event offering a variety of accommodations and suites. From friendly valet to welcoming hotel staff at check-in, comfort surrounds you upon arrival at a Deer Valley luxury lodge.
A Deer Valley lodge and many Park City hotels are just 30 minutes away from the SLC airport and minutes away from three world-class ski resorts. Park City lodges are commonly filled in winter with skiers who have traveled to Park City hotels for the greatest snow on earth. World-class skiing, year-round cultural events and seasonal activities characterize a stay at a Deer Valley luxury lodge.
A summer visit to Park City lodges includes golf, hiking, fly-fishing, horseback riding, hot-air balloon rides and mountain biking. At a Deer Valley luxury lodge, there are plenty of activities for people of all ages. Spending time outdoors is what Deer Valley lodge and Park City hotels is all about.
Stay at one of these Park City hotels or Deer Valley lodge and enjoy skiing in the winter, mountain biking in the summer, and shopping along Main Street year-round. Historic Main Street is located near Park City lodges and hotels and is quickly accessible from a Deer Valley luxury lodge. Park City hotels and Park City lodges are all convenient to the city’s shops, restaurants and nightlife.
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Cincinnati City Hall is a registered historic building in Cincinnati, Ohio, listed in the National Register on December 11, 1972.
The main building comprises four and a half stories with a nine story clock tower. An optical trick known as forced perspective makes the building appear even larger than it actually is. As it becomes taller, its windows get smaller.
The building was constructed by the David Hummel company of Cincinnati using stone quarried in Wisconsin, Ohio, Missouri, and Indiana. Marble stairways and wainscoting originated in Italy and Tennessee, while granite columns were obtained from Vermont. Stained glass windows were installed which depict Cincinnatus and illustrate Cincinnati’s early history. A granite statue of Jesus was contributed by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1864 and displayed in the alcove on the south side of the building until 2003.
Jersey City is a city rich with lifestyle variety, attractions, and entertainment. It is also a city with fascinating small ethnic neighborhoods, modern high rise condo towers, and attractions that include museums, a nationally recognized science learning center, and unbeatable, world class harbor views overlooking the New York City Skyline, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
Jersey City is also steep in history. Before the Civil War, the city was an important stop on the Underground Railroad that led to a secret trail of safe houses that helped runaway slaves escape from the southern plantations. Four main railroad routes converged in Jersey City, and thousands of slaves passed through here on their way to freedom.
In recent years, Jersey City has undergone major redevelopment. The city has benefited from being across the Hudson River from New York City and from the relocation of many major corporations; new residents followed to enjoy a less expensive life style than NYC. This development has seen a dramatic increase in new high rise housing, shopping areas, restaurants, and major attractions.
The redevelopment of Jersey City is best exemplified by its waterfront. Construction of tall office towers and apartment complexes have taken hold along the downtown district, while further south, Liberty State Park is also experiencing improvements with the preservation of its natural environment to preserve the wetlands and creation of recreational areas, and the restoration of the historic CRRNJ railroad terminal. There is no better view in the world than Jersey Citys view of the harbor, overseeing the New York City Skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Jersey Citys Neighborhoods The Grove Street area, with easy access from the PATH station, is the center of downtown activity with arts, restaurants, and nightlife.
Van Vorst Park is one of the citys nicest neighborhoods, with tree lined historic brownstone homes, and a convenient walk to the Grove Street Path station, cafes and restaurants.
Paulus Hook is a charming neighborhood of Brownstone Row Houses with an excellent view of New York City and is convenient to the ferries to and from Manhattan. It also has many restaurants, arts and shopping throughout the mostly residential district.
Jersey Citys financial waterfront, known as Exchange Place, is home to many large financial firms and tall office towers. 30 Hudson Street, at 781 ft and 42 floors, is the tallest building in New Jersey, and the tallest building in the United States which is not within its metro area’s largest city. However, like many financial centers its virtually deserted after 6 PM.
Journal Square is anchored by the Loews Jersey movie palace, which is also home to live music and art works. A short walk from Journal Square is Little India, where you can sniff the aroma of spices, and sample some of the excellent Indian restaurants.
Newport is a complex of residential rental towers, condos, restaurants, hotels, and the Newport Center Mall with on-site parking for more than 15,000 vehicles.
Jersey Citys Major Attractions
Liberty State Park Created in 1976 for the U.S. Bicentennial, Liberty State Park is as large as New York’s Central Park but is far less developed. It is a prime waterfront location that draws 4 million visitors a year to experience the many world class park attractions.
With sweeping views of lower Manhattan, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, and ferries to all of the above, it also has playgrounds, picnic areas, bike paths, jogging paths, estuary, gardens, a marina and a large, beautiful restaurant with an awesome view. The park is host to many festivals, concerts, and other cultural happenings, and offers a great view of the fireworks displays over the water on the Fourth of July.
The park is easy to access via car, bus or light rail.
In the parks northwest corner is The Liberty Science Center, a family science museum, located on Phillip Drive. The most visited museum in New Jersey, it has 3 floors of interactive exhibits that focus on invention, health, and the environment. Also located in the Liberty Science Center is the Kodak Omni Theater, with the largest sized IMAX dome screen in the world. The Liberty Science Center is undergoing expansion and construction and will re-open in July of 2007.
The Liberty walk promenade graces the eastern edge of Liberty State Park, and is a 1.3 mile stroll taking in the park office, the Statue of Liberty overlook, and the restored CRRNJ railroad terminal.
The Interpretive Center, an environmental and historical educational facility, is located on Freedom Way. The Center, which houses an exhibit area, auditorium, and classroom space, offers programs for both the general public and school groups. Adjacent to the Center lies a sixty-acre natural area that consists mostly of salt marsh, nature trails and observation points to complement this wildlife habitat.
Hop on a ferry near the CRRNJ railroad terminal and visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Statue of Liberty Located on Liberty Island, a 12 acre island, it is 2000 feet from Liberty State Park. While there have been many claims as to which state the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Island) is in, it is in closer proximity to New Jersey and the State of New Jersey in fact does retain the riparian rights to all the submerged land surrounding the statue. However it continues to be within the territorial jurisdiction of the State of New York. Picnicking may be enjoyed at the southern end of the park located near the Administration Building. Picnic tables are provided with magnificent views of the harbor and skyline.
Ellis Island Since it opened in 1892, Ellis Island has been the nation’s premier federal immigration station until 1954 when it closed down. The immigration center processed over 12 million immigrant steamship passengers. After being greeted by the Statue of Liberty and processed at Ellis Island, the arriving immigrants purchased tickets and boarded trains at the nearby railroad terminal that took them to their new destinations throughout the United States
The main building was restored after 30 years of abandonment and opened as a museum on September 10, 1990. Today, over 40 percent of America’s population can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island.
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are free, but you need to buy a ferry ticket to make it to the both places. The ferry and tickets for the ride can be had on the waterfront in Liberty National Park.
Liberty National Golf Course Liberty National Golf Course is the world’s most expensive golf course. Opened in 2006, it stretches along New York Harbor with awesome views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and the New York skyline.
Jersey City Museum Located in the historic Jersey Citys Van Horst district, it contains a collection of more than 20,000 objects of regionally significant art and historical objects, and important 20th century acquisitions. The Collection includes over 300 paintings and works on paper by local illustrator and landscape painter August Will (1834-1910), as well as drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, maps, textiles, decorative arts and industrial objects.
Frank Dalotto is a freelance writer and travel consultant. His specialty is writing articles about New Jersey travel, including attractions, events, and restaurant reviews. He is the owner and editor of New Jersey Leisure Guide and a travel consultant for Leisure Travel Mart. He is a member of ASTA (American Association of Travel Agents) and CLIA (Cruise Line International Association).
Last week I visited Berlin. 24 hours aren’t much time unless you are Jack Bauer the main character of 24. I came to visit my good old friends. If you read this, thanks for everything, it was a great time.
Of course I took come shots of the great architectural scene over there. The first is of a place called Sony Center. It has a roof which is made from parts that are supposed to look like sails.
As I really love sailing this planets oceans the roof was of course fascinating to me. If you ever go there be sure to bring a wide lens. The roof is really huge. You are not able to capture the whole thing with a 18mmm on a crop camera!
However… The locations also reminds me on all these movies where people sit in a spaceship shooting around with guns in front of these huge glass wall with the space in the background.
If you have ever seen a movie like this you might know what I am talking about
I wish a beautiful and creative week to all of you!