Category: Attractions

Pisa to get new leaning tower

Pisa to get new leaning tower

Just read an interesting article about how there are plans for a second leaning tower in Pisa, visible from the original but approximately 3 miles away. This new attraction will house offices, shops and apartments. City officials have accepted the proposal which will cost $64.8 million. The new tower will only appear to be leaning

Bode Museum, Berlin

Closed for repairs since 1997, Berlin’s Bode Museum recently re-opened. Located on Museumsinsel, Berlin’s Museum Island, it houses a number of sculptures, Byzantine art, and coins and medals.

New Year fireworks in London

Spectacular fireworks and celebrations at Big Ben and other London landmarks.
New Year celebrations at Universal Studios City Walk Orlando

New Year celebrations at Universal Studios City Walk Orlando

Bid a fond farewell to 2006 and rock in 2007 with live performances  at Universal Studios City Walk Orlando from recording legends Cyndi Lauper and Tower of Power.     You’ll get to enjoy all-you-can-eat gourmet food at one of Orlando’s hottest spots for entertainment,  be given  a  midnight Champagne toast as the New Year
Celebrate New Year's Eve with a splash!

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a splash!

Get along to Tampa’s Florida Aquarium and see the New Year in with a splash! The ‘Aqua-Eve’ event runs from 9pm until 1am on New Year’s Day and you’ll be treated to delicious food, cool beverages, live entertainment and dazzling fireworks. Downtown chic attire. Tickets now cost $90 for those last minute bookings.
Temporary ice rink at Oxford Castle, UK

Temporary ice rink at Oxford Castle, UK

Come and enjoy the festive season at the Oxford Castle ice rink – south-east England’s most magical ice skating experience! The ice rink  can be found  temporarily  within the walls of William the Conqueror’s 1,000-year-old castle. Younger visitors can join Santa and his friends in the fabulous Christmas grotto.   If you don’t want to
50 works of art to see before you die

50 works of art to see before you die

In an interesting article for The Guardian, Jonathan Jones takes a look at 50 works of art you really ought to see.   I’m ashamed to say I’ve seen only a few of them.  Making the list are, in no particular order: Piero della Francesca The Baptism of Christ (1450s), National Gallery, London Antony Gormley

Harrods video

An insight into the world’s most famous department store in Knightsbridge, London owned by Mohamed Al Fayed: Harrods.
Swarovski Crystal Worlds near Innsbruck, Austria

Swarovski Crystal Worlds near Innsbruck, Austria

Re-opened in December 2003, the Swarovski Crystal Worlds, in Wattens near Innsbruck, is a must-see for anyone visiting Austria.    Catering for both adults and children, the entrance to this fabulous museum – face of a giant covered in grass, with crystals for eyes and a waterfall coming from its mouth  – is perhaps its
Fish or Treat

Fish or Treat

Experience an all-night Halloween adventure at Vancouver Aquarium after everyone has gone home. Join them to explore the Aquarium in search of aquatic animals and then curl up in your sleeping bag in front of the majestic beluga whales in their Arctic Canada underwater viewing gallery. Minimum age 6 years. Cost is $100 per person
New Royal Bath spa re-opens

New Royal Bath spa re-opens

A historical health spa has re-opened 28 years after the last person bathed in Bath’s natural thermal waters. The New Royal Bath spa  on the aptly-named Hot Bath Street  in the Roman city of Bath in south-west England  has an eye-catching, open-air, rooftop pool, from which bathers are able to gaze out to the skyline
Earthpark near Pella, Iowa

Earthpark near Pella, Iowa

According to USA Today, Iowa  is to  welcome a huge indoor rainforest and environmental centre, based upon the successful Eden Project in the UK. Known as Earthpark, it will cover 70 acres of woodland overlooking Lake Red Rock near Pella. In addition to the rainforest, there will be an aquarium, and an outdoor prairie and

Auckland Heritage Festival

The Auckland Heritage Festival gets underway today and will run until  24th September 2006. It is a celebration of the city’s unique heritage, a time to remember the days gone by and reflect on the rich and diverse history of Auckland city. Among the events there will be open days and guided tours of Blockhouse
Sydney Opera House guided tours

Sydney Opera House guided tours

Official tours of the Sydney Opera House are now being run at the famous Australian venue. The tours take begin every half hour between 9am and 5pm and take you on a journey through the extraordinary history and architecture of the building, and give you an overview of the Australian performing arts scene. Discounts are
2006 Farm Attractions of the Year

2006 Farm Attractions of the Year

A day out on a farm is great fun for the family and the National Farm Attraction Network (NFAN) in  England has just announced the winners of  its 2006 Farm Attractions of the Year.  Not in its fifth year, awards are divided into three categories according to the size of each attraction. Category A (over
Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days

More than 350 of  England’s  most familiar and important heritage sites will be opened for free by English Heritage, the National Trust and Historic Houses Association tomorrow, alongside more than 3,000 other fascinating properties of every period and style. As part of the History Matters – pass it on campaign and Heritage Open Days, the