Sightseeing in London

London is a beautiful place to visit.  Here are the must see places on a short visit. 

 

Big Ben

When you think of London,  you automatically think of Big Ben.  This has to be the world’s most iconic clock tower.  Located at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, is in one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions. Definitely go on the hour to hear the chimes.  It is busy with tourists trying to take picture of it so the bridge can be crowded. Even busy it is definitely worth seeing and taking in the architecture surrounding it. Big Ben will  unfortunately go silent soon till 2021 due to renovations. But you need to see this iconic clock that most of us grew up seeing in our childhood books.

Buckingham Palace

You have to stop at Buckingham Palace, right? Your trip would not be complete without seeing the working headquarters of the Monarchy.  The Changing of the Guards is a colorful spectacle of British pageantry. I met a vacationer who claimed he owns one of the biggest painting companies in Mesa, Az and he told me he watched the show twice and never saw a guard waiver or smile. The stoic ceremony lasts about 45 minutes and is an amazing sight to see.

If you get a chance, visit the State Rooms using the headphones and mini tablet so you can stroll through at your own pace and listen to the history of the palace in your language.  Also, the gardens are magnificent to see.  Pictures are not allowed inside so you really have to see it for yourself.  They do offer guided tours so if you are limited on time this option might be more beneficial for you.

 

 

Westminster Abbey

You can’t leave London without seeing Westminster Abbey. This 700 year old building has over one million visitors a year.

The Abbey is the place where the royals hold coronations, funerals and other religious ceremonies.  Princess Diana’s funeral was held here.  The Abbey is rich with history, paintings, stained glass, other artifacts. You can join in for worship daily and guided tours are offered.  You need to visit the Abbey to truly appreciate the stunning architecture and get a postcard worthy picture.

 

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace is the former home to Queen Victoria and Princess Diana.  This beautiful palace has exhibits throughout.  Currently the Princess Diana:Fashion Story is being displayed.  Come and see some of her elegant dresses and outfits.  Diana, Princess of Wales was considered a fashion icon of her time. Make sure to take a stroll through the well manicured gardens that Princess Diana loved to visit.  She raised Prince William and Harry at Kensington Palace.  Prince William and his family now reside here.

It is just a special place to visit knowing Princess Diana lived there.  You can’t help but love the “Princess for the People” as she was known.

 

The London Bridge

The London Bridge has beautiful views and is a great place to take pictures. The view at night is stunning with the city illuminated.  

Definitely worth taking the time to stroll across it and enjoy the view.  London Bridge is in a trendy part of town, the food is great and it is close to the Tower of London so you can visit both attractions at once.  

 

 

Yes, You Can Have a Family Vacation in Las Vegas

Interesting things to see in Las Vegas with the family

Las Vegas is seen as a party and gambling town but there are things to do for the family also. It can be a reasonably priced vacation for a day trip or longer vacation. Here are 10 things for the entire family to enjoy.

 

  1. Adventure Dome – the World’s largest indoor amusement park located in the Circus Circus Hotel. There are 25 different rides and attractions for the family to try.
  2. Pinball Hall of Fame – collection of pinball machines popular from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. Pinball games are still being made and this place lets you introduce your childhood game to the kids. You can even play them. Takes lots of quarters!!
  3. Shark Reef Aquarium – Kids will love to visit this aquarium in the Mandalay Bay hotel. This great place has exhibits of dangerous sharks to beautiful exotic fish. A must see with the walk through tunnel containing 1.3 gallons of water.
  4. Las Vegas shows – there are a multitude of shows that are family friendly including several Cirque du Soleil shows, the Jabbawockeez and the most popular for the family Circus 1903. Be sure and check dates before arriving.
  5. Madame Tussauds Museum – see life-like wax museum figures of celebrities and more. You can also and use props to take pictures dressed up with your favorite celeb.
  6. Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. – This Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network is perfect for the Avenger fan in the family both adult and kids. You can train as an agent and see props such as Iron Man’s suit, Captain America’s shield and much more.

  7. Bellagio fountains – watch fountains dance and shot up high into the air to the music and lights. It is free so check the times to see it.
  8. Volcano at the Mirage – this free show will fascinate the kids and adults alike.
  9. Discovery Children’s Museum – this interactive museum is full of exhibits for the entire family. Be sure to see Water World with models of the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.
  10. For the more adventurous family, there is zip-lining, water parks, indoor skydiving and much more.

Las Vegas has become a family friendly environment and makes a great affordable vacation for the entire family.

Hassle-free holiday in Africa: what you need to know

Africa. The one place where there are so many negative things reported the last couple of years. However, no matter what, this is one of the most beautiful countries in the world that you can visit. And, if you are making sure that you are getting to know everything about Africa and how to have a hassle-free holiday, then you realize that this might be a good idea to start planning your next trip to Africa. Here are some information about Africa that you need to know so that you can have the holiday of a lifetime:

You will find the most beautiful deserts and wild life there

It doesn’t matter in which part of Africa you are going to, on holiday, the one thing that you might not have known is that Africa is the one place where you will find the most beautiful deserts and some great wild life.

This is also in Africa, and in Africa alone, where you can find the Big 5. This is known as the top 5 animals in Africa that you will not in any other place in the world. Something that you should see to believe how great these animals really could be.

It isn’t as dangerous as many people are making Africa

So many rumors about Africa are that this is a dangerous place to be, and that it is recommended that tourists are staying away. This isn’t the truth.

Yes, there are some countries in Africa that are more dangerous than other countries, but most of the African countries are really not as dangerous as what many are saying. And, if you were on holiday in Africa before, you will know that you can go there, without any problems at all.

Tourists are surprised about how modern some of the countries in Africa might be

When you think of Africa, you think about communities that are overflowing with poverty and children going hungry and a lot of illnesses that are killing so many. However, there are some of these countries in Africa that are modern and that aren’t struggling with as much poverty as other African countries.

So many tourists have reported that they were surprised about how modern some of these countries are, and how comfortable they are living. And, that there are more peaceful than what most have considered.

Africa is one of the countries that are getting really a lot of publicity. However, this isn’t always good publicity and this scare away some tourists from visiting this country. However, it is possible to have a hassle-free holiday in Africa, and that you don’t need to be scared about your safety. These information proof that you can go to Africa and have a great holiday without any problems with safety. There are some good things about Africa, and their nature and wildlife are just to name two reasons why you should consider going there on holiday.