Many of our readers remember a competition called “New 7 Wonders of the World” which announced the winners in summer 2007. Every person could vote via the internet. Many Russians were disappointed that there was no Russian monument in the final winners list. This led to a similar contest organized by a number of Russian media using the same internet voting system. The 7 Wonders of Russia were announced on 12th of June 2008, when Russians celebrate The Day of Russia. Tourism-Review.com presents the wonders chosen by almost 26 million people.
Those familiar with unusual properties expect them to be tucked away in hard to reach or far away places. Some properties however have city centre locations in mainstream destinations, within easy reach of us all. Perfect for a weekend break, these properties also offer some amazing mid week bargain packages and for those who book early, a fantastic place to stay in major cities at the weekend. Steve Dobson picks some of his favourites.
What city is the best to live in? Where are enough parks, shops and other services for your life to be as comfortable as possible? The western standards are getting higher and higher, people are moving in and out more frequently for better job opportunities as well as for better quality of life and they are also getting harder to please. Mercer Human Resource Consulting Company has recently done a research focused on the quality of life and general living standards in cities and capitals around the world. People were asked to judge the quality of their life and to estimate how comfortable and content they are about their lives. The output of this research is the list of the world’s top ten inhabitant-friendly cities.
In July 2008 the UNESCO World Heritage List was extended yet again by 19 cultural and 8 natural treasures of the world. Let’s get familiar with the few stunning wonders of nature that were included on the List.
All children and almost all adults love fun fairs and various amusement or theme parks. As the world gets faster, also the roller coasters and other attractions want to offer its visitors more adrenaline experiences, more speed and more unexpected twists and swings - it is just getting fast and furious. Coastersandmore.de, a roller coaster magazine, has published a study on the world’s fastest and thus “coolest” roller-coasters ever.
In July 2008 the UNESCO World Heritage List was extended yet again by 19 cultural and 8 natural treasures of the world. In Asia, five great cultural properties got inscribed on the prestigious list.
There is more to a romantic getaway than a bunch of roses and a run-of-the-mill hotel. With designer hotels increasingly perceived as over priced and all-to-common, couples looking for a bit of romantic sparkle are turning to Unusual hotels to provide a fantasy or a themed overnight stay with real WOW factor. Steve Dobson found a number of properties that stood out enough to merit special mention.
Each year the European Commission examines the quality of coastal as well as inland bathing waters in the EU. In 2007 a total of 21,368 bathing areas were monitored. Out of them 95% of the coastal water and 89% of the freshwater sites were found to comply with the mandatory physical, chemical and microbiological standards. Which of the 27 EU members enjoy the highest percentage of quality coastal bathing waters?