The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

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Chernobyl is the name of a Ukrainian city and it was where the Chernobyl nuclear disaster took place. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant is located 100km from Kiev in Ukraine. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster was a devastating accident on 26 April 1986 when reactor no 4 exploded with reactor fire that lasted for 10days at the Chernobyl power plant in Pripyat a City in Ukraine -founded on the 14th of February 1970, officially a city in 1979 with a population of 49,360, it was abandoned few days after the 1986 Chernobyl accident.

A sudden surge of power during a reactor system test destroyed unit 4 of the nuclear power station, helicopters were used to pour sand and boron on the reactor debris. The sand was meant to stop the fire and excess radioactive materials, the explosion caused the release of radioactive particles into the air which later spread over Europe, because of this it was noted that the Chernobyl disaster was a major accident talking of causalities and costs to fight the contamination, as a result of this, thousands of employees where needed to work on the area and measure were taken to contain the exposure. It was reported that about 31 deaths were directly caused as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

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Few weeks later, the damaged area was covered with a temporary structure designed named “sarcophagus” to stop the further release of excess radioactive material into the environment. The Chernobyl exclusion zone is an officially exclusion zone around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster and it is also known as the 30 kilometer zone or the zone. The Chernobyl exclusion zone was established after the 1986 disaster and it is a region of approximately 30km radius from the power plant but due to the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the area was designated for evacuation and placed under military control-occupying a larger part of Ukraine.

A square mile of pine forest was buried near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant to reduce the radioactive contamination around. Only individuals on official business and project at the plant or   those charged with evaluating and dealing with the consequences of the nuclear accident and those operating the undamaged reactors were only allowed around and into the site after the government already evacuated about 115,000 people from the heavily contaminated areas in 1986 and about 220,000 people later on.

28 workers out of 600 workers later died due to severe exposure to the radiation caused by the accident. Although about 106 workers had already received high doses almost enough to cause radiation sicknesses. However, about 2 workers had already died within hours of the explosion though not from the radiation, over half a million workers were employed to clean up the areas and the government ensured that the workers’ health were regularly checked.

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The Chernobyl nuclear disaster destabilized, affected and contaminated the Russian federation, Belarus and Ukraine all inhabited by millions of people, however the consequences was not limited to the territories of Belarus, Russia or Ukraine as other European countries were also much affected but not as much as the three countries. The WHO (World health organization) recognized and was concerned about the radiation exposure to people living in those areas before being evacuated.

Thyroid cancer have been diagnosed with children and teenagers living around those areas in 1986 and this was caused as a result of drinking contaminated milks which contained radioactive iodine caused by the Nuclear disaster thereby contaminating their thyroid glands, because of this over 6,000 thyroid cancer issues have been discovered among the victims living around the area during the Nuclear accident, fortunately over 95% of the victims were successfully treated. It was further discovered that some deaths around the area especially those caused by cancer came to be as a result of the Chernobyl disaster.

Although, it is almost three decades since the accident happened, there are still controversies concerning the impact of the disaster and the environmental hazards and implications. The nuclear disaster emitted radioactive particles into the environment and atmosphere contaminating the aquatic and urban areas. The urban areas like the parks, streets, roads and roofs became contaminated during dry conditions; bushes, lawns and the roofs were much -more contaminated but under wet conditions parks and lawns received the greatest contamination, however immediate care was taken to reduce severe exposure by the evacuation of the people.

The agricultural environment was also contaminated, the agricultural plants and animals were exposed to the radiation and reindeer meat was contaminated in areas like Russian and Sweden as a result of the nuclear disaster. The water system, even that of Europe was contaminated due to direct deposition unto the surface of rivers and lakes. The contamination of the aquatic had already decreased after countless dilution and physical decay of the radioactive particles.

Active measures were taken immediately in reducing radio iodine intake through milk due to milks contamination; unfortunately the radio iodine exposure couldn’t be fully controlled due to lack of timely information and guidance that should have been provided to individuals and private agricultural farmers. Further measures taken to reduce the exposure was being careful of contaminated pasture feeds for the agricultural animal, feeding the animals with a clean fodder and proper and clean milk processing.

A long term agricultural problem faced has been the contamination of milk and meat, other measures taken include; the treatment of land used for crops, application of caesium binders to animals, restricting firewood collection by the public, restriction of any hunting practices to avoid consumption of meat already contaminated, prevention of fire in areas highly contaminated, restriction on the harvesting of food products e.g. mushrooms.

Belarus assigns over $1 million on a daily basis to help combat the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Over the years, it has managed to resolve problems and find solutions to emergencies especially helping those who suffered from the accident. It was calculated that the damages caused by the Chernobyl disaster was over $250 billion however ,with all the investments made to recover the damages they were still not enough to cover the damages caused by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

The affected and contaminated areasmonstr2 will be healthy again as time goes by after the soil gets rid of the radionuclides and other harmful particles, although the affected regions will also need large investments notwithstanding, this is also a long term process in terms of acquiring funds.

Knowledge and advancement in technology has been gained over the years due to the scientific activities and researches made in overcoming the catastrophe caused by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and this has greatly helped the international community and the world at large to discover new ways on how to address emergency situation in any region or area of the world.

The Nuclear disaster was the world greatest man-made disaster ever, and its occurrence had a drastic effect on the ecosystem and the consequences and results was a dangerous radioactive exposure that hit Europe and Russia and almost destroyed everything .The bad tragedy really affected people’s life, economy and culture especially that of Belarus. The agricultural sector of the country s economy is worth over $800 million annually. Losses incurred include; one fifth of the agricultural lands, contamination of the Belarusian forests, mineral resources and industries. Over 2 million people, suffered from the consequences with over a million still living in contaminated areas.

Medically, the implication of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster caused a rapid growth of cancer, especially thyroid cancer common among the children in those areas caused as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Thyroid cancer went 50 times up with 10 times up among the adults living around the areas. The whole population went through physiologic effects and problems as a result of the residence change, bad health conditions and many were forced to change their way of life and adapt to new conditions available to them, because of this emergency measures that was taken required “a string of time” and some money consuming efforts.

Belarus with support from international organizations created favorable conditions for the recovery of the affected areas and they include; settlement of people from the most contaminated area, adequate protection system for all the population, radiation control and monitoring system in the agricultural system to help produce good and safe food, a legislation to regulate all the recovery activities within Belarus.

International organizations really helped play a significant role to effectively reduce the consequences and adverse effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on the affected areas. The UN spent over $80 million to help reduce the effects of the disaster. Charity organizations and individuals also help render assistance to Belarus, nonetheless all the donations and financial assistance was not enough to make up for the total damage done to the whole region.

There have been various recovery projects to aid the recovery of the affected areas. The Chernobyl Shelter Fund was established in 1997 and its duty is to help finance the Shelter Implementation (SIP) and its main aim is to help transform the site into an ecologically safe place.

The United Nation Development Programme launched the Chernobyl Recovery and Development Programme (CRDP) in 2003 for the recovery of the affected areas and its main aim is to help support the Ukraine government in reducing the ecological consequences of the catastrophe.

The International Project on the health effects of the Chernobyl accident (IPEHCA) was created to help discover the main cause of health problems duchernobyl_mutationse to radiation. It received funds from japan and the funds were divided between Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. The Chernobyl reactor is presently enclosed in a large concrete sarcophagus-built to allow the operation of the other reactors.

After the nuclear accident, the Chernobyl Raion administration was being transferred to the neighboring Ivankiv Raion. And although the city is now ghost towns, a number of people still live in houses marked with sign saying that “the owner of this house lives here. Official workers are stationed in the city to watch and keep an eye on the exclusion zone. Different types of animals’ live there now mostly are mammals and this came to be as a result of the city parts mostly desolated.

According to WHO, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster was estimated to have caused up to 4,000 deaths from cancers and may create over 40,000 excess cancers in the future, however comparing the Chernobyl nuclear disaster with other nuclear events, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster put 400 times more radioactive particles into the atmosphere than even the atomic bomb. In order words the radioactive particles lived longer than those released by bomb detonation, nevertheless the radiation particles spread over the years is much less harmful.

The Friends of Chernobyl children is a charity organization that was established in 1995 with the sole aim of bringing together children at risk; from Belarus to the United Kingdom. The charity organization was established as a result of the Chernobyl disaster and the effect on the children. Annually over 700 children are moved to Britain from orphanages and poor homes and they are provided with medicines.

Another charitable organization is the Chernobyl children project which is a United Kingdom registered organization. The charity organization helps brings the children to UK for holidays most of them suffering from cancer and some diabetes. Projects undertaken by the organization includes; rendering assistance to children living with cancer by supporting and helping with medicines, care for children living with poor conditions even with families, providing training and educational facilities to support the children.

The Aidwhat_is_chernobyl_like_today convoy is also a British charitable organization running various humanitarian projects especially in Europe. The organization supports the area affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster by providing a safe and social space for young people and also supporting orphanages, training and encouraging the youth.

Ukrainian National Museum is a historical museum located within Ukraine established on 25 April 1992 that was dedicated to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and its effects on the country. The museum combines collections of artifacts, models and items to educate tourists and the public about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.The museum provides details of the nuclear disaster. The museum is founded by the Ukrainian government receiving support and funds from the Japanese government. Fortunately, most of the cultural items and artifacts have been translated into other foreign languages mostly English to aid easy access for tourist visiting.

Morocco’s renovated Riads combine old-world charm with modern comforts

Travelers looking for luxury have never set their sights on the dusky labyrinthine streets of the old cities of Morocco. But those who venture there are discovering the Riad, the North African equivalent of a bed-and-breakfast, with stylish contemporary decor, superb local cuisine and the kind of impeccable service you can only hope for at the finest of hotels. These inns, mostly old homes rebuilt by European entrepreneurs, are part of a revitalization that has helped transform the medinas — the old walled cities at the core of most Moroccan cities — into so much more than a place to shop for carpets, leather and exotic trinkets.

 

The medinas of Marrakech and Fez, in particular, are becoming popular destinations for travelers who want a taste of an exotic, almost third-world culture, but feel like ending each day in first-world comfort. Morocco battled a reputation as a slightly dicey, potentially unsafe destination for years, says the president of Gateway2 Morocco travel, a Moroccan-Canadian based Travel Agency. Morocco’s King Mohammed VI provided the law enforcement and cleanup services necessary to turn streets that were once crowded with beggars and touts into clean, welcoming places to explore.

And visitors were finally ready to try staying in the medinas, instead of taking day trips in from big-name hotels in the modern neighborhoods.

‘You’re not going to go all the way to Morocco to stay at the Hilton,’ says Brahim, who books a variety of morocco tours that use Riads (it translates as ‘courtyards’) whenever possible.

‘Our clients love them; it shows up in the feedback regularly. The Riads are typically run by a couple who go way beyond the usual to make you feel at home.

And the Moroccan people welcome Americans as graciously as visitors from anywhere else in the world. No need to stick ‘We’re from Canada’ patches onto your suitcase; this is one Muslim country where you’ll never need to hide your heritage or defend U.S. foreign policy. A proclamation that you’re from the States almost always is met with, ‘Americans? Big welcome,’ and a friendly offer to help you find a good restaurant or sightseeing stop. The Sept. 11 attacks dealt a severe blow to what had been a 10-year government plan to boost tourism, which accounts for 20 percent of the Moroccan economy. About 9 million people — including more than 250,000 Americans — visited the country in the year 2015.

 

Desert Safari in Dubai

Desert safari Dubai can be one interesting tourism activity which people can do when they visit Dubai. As the capital city of a country in the Middle East area, people usually will expect the desert which is identical with the Middle East area. In fact, people are able to find the interesting safari activity which can bring them to explore the exotic beauty and unforgettable experience in the desert. There are some options of desert safari which people can take in Dubai.

Evening or Morning Desert Safari

People can go all around the world for finding beautiful place but they will not forget to find beautiful moment in beautiful place. Sunrise and sunset can be the beautiful moment which we are talking about and people can take the evening desert safari to see the last sun rays shining in silver. Gold dust view can be seen with morning desert safari after all. Usually after enjoying the beauty of the desert, you will be invited to a camp with a red carpet welcome and drinks and snacks are provided while listening to traditional music rhythm of the desert. When dusk began to fall, proceed again to a larger camp, there has been prepared dinner with typical menu tempting deserts. There are also many available camels are ready to ride. The layout of the tables and chairs are very exciting because mostly soft carpet in the desert and open to the sky bright with decorations million stars. While all around there is a special room rectangular shaped tent whose roof is open. The scenery is so beautiful.

Camel and Overnight Safari

Arabian history cannot be separated from camel riding and of course camel safari can be an attractive option for enriching people with experience in the desert. The vast desert will be explored by riding the camel. People of course do not want to miss the opportunity to stay overnight in the desert with Dubai desert safari. If you spend the night in the desert, you will be entertained by typical Arab festive menu with a variety of grilled meats were tasty indeed tempting. The atmosphere of the desert is very immersive. In small stores, you can enjoy a good drink juices and soft drinks. Even liquor is also available in the form of beer and wine is intoxicating. While traditional music continues lilting continue to entertain and warm atmosphere of the night in the desert begins to cool. After eating dinner was over, the top event awaited arrival. Starting with the music with lively joyous tone, two beautiful young girls suddenly appeared in the open red carpet in open stage. Both were dressed in red and very minimal typical belly dancer costume. Accompanied by the music buoyant and dynamic, the two dancers began snaking while moving the rest of the body with a smile and twinkling eyes were full of meaning. Some of the songs kept changing. Both dancers with witty and kindly kept invite the audience to dance along. So, come and enjoy the beautiful desert safari in Dubai.

 

Faking the Appearance of Wealth

Over the years, I had seen many infomercials from people who had all kinds of money making plans. There was one with a supposed real estate mogul who turned out to be nothing but a fraud. There was another one with two short people and I’m not quite sure what happened to them. One infomercial had a book by a guy who wore a suit with question marks all over it. If those guys could make an infomercial, then so could I. I got a limo for Toronto for a weekend and picked up a camera from the pawn shop.

I wasn’t rich like any of the guys in the infomercials, but I knew the perfect way to fake it. If people can believe that you have money, then they will do what it takes to emulate your fictitious lifestyle. This has been done with many celebrities before.

A Party Bus for My Daughter’s Wedding

The first time I was on a party bus was nearly two years ago. My brother was getting married, and we arranged for one for his bachelor party. It was such a great experience that I have used party buses for a number of things since then. My daughter is getting married in a few months, so I went to www.partybustoronto.limo to reserve a party bus for her special day. I can still remember my brother’s wedding, and I knew that hers would be very similar. While I don’t drink at all, I know that I am a rare exception to this, particularly when it comes to weddings.

I don’t have a problem with anyone who drinks as long as they drink responsibly. I know that my daughter does enjoy a few glasses of wine now and again, and I expect that the majority of her friends are the same way. That is why I want to get a party bus for the wedding party. I don’t want them to worry about getting a designated driver or not having as much fun because they have to worry about transportation.

Enjoy Restful Week at Hay River Suites

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There are so many ways which people can take for enjoying their weekend or holiday. It is sure that people will wait for this moment very much because it is the time for them to relax and feel free from the pressure which comes from their working routine. They should use their weekend or holiday time properly. It can be fun for just spending time at home doing nothing. However, people can find the support from hay river accommodations which can offer them with the restful week. Sometimes people need to go out from their home to find the new environment which can help them refresh their mind. Some people think that they should go to the high class hotel with expensive price to enjoy this experience but in fact, they will be able to enjoy this from hay river hotels.

People can check the official website of this hotel for getting more information about the facilities which can be offered by this hotel. There are some great reasons which make people should make this hotel as their choice for spending holiday or weekend. People can truly enjoy the experience of clean, quiet, and comfortable hotel in hay river motels. This can be the reason why people will get the restful week enjoyment. Being far from their home in a strange place which can offer comfort sometimes will be great refreshment experience before people go back to their daily routine after all. They will be able to bring along their family or friends to the hotel for doing some simple things. They can just enjoy the afternoon sun while preparing the barbecue at the patio of the hotel for instance. More importantly, this experience can be found with great rates.

It is sure that people will get some great offerings which people can find from hay river suites after all. In every suite, people will get the bedroom and living room. They even will find the kitchen which is completely furnished. The room is comfortable because it is supported with air conditioning system. They can also get the entertainment support they need from the satellite TTV as well as Wi-Fi provided by the hotel. There are some amenities which can be found from the hotel including the guest patio, guest laundry, as well as plug in parking. The location of the hotel is pretty strategic with the support from helpful and friendly staff.

Three Must Visit Destinations In North Vietnam

From the charming capital of Hanoi, to the breathtaking spectacle of Halong bay, North Vietnam is a fantastic place for you to book a holiday to. There are a vast range of wonderful tours of this area catering for all tastes and budgets available at North Vietnam Tours. Here are three of the best places to visit in the northern part of this exquisite country to make your North Vietnam Travel a memorable experience:

Ha Long Bay – This UNESCO World Heritage site in Northern Vietnam is stunningly beautiful and the highlight of many people’s journey around this country. Prepare to be wooed by the seemingly endless and enormous, eroded limestone pillars surrounded by crystal clear blue water with a scattering of beautiful islands. Peak season is between June and August but it is pleasant to visit this area all year long.

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Sapa – This extremely beautiful town in Northwest Vietnam is encircled by absolutely gorgeous, mountainous terrain and deep luscious valleys. Sapa is an extremely popular destination to go trekking as it is home to many different hill-tribes. Trekking is easily one of the most memorable activities you can do in Vietnam. Switch off from the world and experience a unique culture and way of living. Wake up atop of a beautiful, picturesque valley with your new Vietnamese friends. Book your trekking tour in Sapa now at North Vietnam Trekking Tours.

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Hanoi – Any North Vietnam travel itinerary would not be complete without a visit to the capital – Hanoi. This charming capital city is a wonderful blend of East and West. It is a great place to learn about Vietnamese culture featuring numerous interesting museums and temples. The food is incredible as well and sampling some ‘Pho Bo’ should be your number one priority. Be sure to take a cooking class when you go there and learn all about Vietnamese cuisine. It is also a great city for a casual stroll in one of its numerous wonderful parks.

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Top Five European Travel Destinations

I’ve been cruising about the net looking for what I might consider the top five European travel destinations and found the list of places to see and their attractions to be pretty daunting. There’s just so much variety and an amazing array of antiquities that would appeal to any history buff, that its hard to choose.

Because I was raised in Southern Alberta, a Province that only entered Confederation in 1905, if you encountered a building that was a mere 100 years old you were looking at ancient. Then I visited Toronto and Quebec City and was amazed at the centuries old architecture on display. That was impressive but I never really appreciated the meaning of ancient until I traveled to Europe.

The mix of modern and ancient in European cities and landscapes is fascinating but the old is so much more interesting. I found myself transported back in time and wondering what it would be like had I not been born so late. Anyway, here’s my top five.

England

First stop has to be England and the next France, mostly because Canada’s history is so linked to those two founding nations. But England’s many medieval cathedrals, fortified castles, beautiful Cotswold villages and the great bustling city of London are attraction enough.

London is a magnet and definitely qualifies as one of the top five European travel destinations. Its museums, royal pageantry, theatres and art are famous around the world. I just had to see the iconic London Taxis on my first visit as well as the omnipresent English Pubs where we quaffed a pint or two. I was most amused as a Nanny parked her charge’s stroller outside the door of one of those quaint establishments and nipped in for a quick lunchtime pint!

The British Parliament Buildings where one of my heroes, Sir Winston Churchill held sway for many years are impressive, as are Westminster Abbey and The Tower of London. The Tower houses the Crown Jewels so security there is intense and nobody is permitted to touch them. Very recently someone actually circumvented the security system at the Tower but the Crown Jewels were not taken.

Only one person had previously broken in and made an unsuccessful attempt at stealing the Crown Jewels. That was in 1671 and the thief was one Colonel Thomas Blood. King Charles II actually pardoned Blood, perhaps because he was much impressed with Colonel Blood’s audacity and near success.

I spent a day at the British Museum but could have spent an entire week in the Parasitology section alone. What an amazing place. I was a student at the University of Alberta and was on my way to present my Masters of Science results to an International Conference of Ecological Parasitology being held just outside Warsaw. I got the chance to see many of the type specimens of tapeworms, parasitic nematodes and trematodes I had only read about in the scientific literature. Alas the rest of what the Museum has to offer still awaits me. Off to France we go.

France

Paris has to be on the top of anyone’s agenda in a visit to France. Nowhere is the exquisite French cuisine, accompanied by fine wines and delectable desserts more on display than in Paris. I was there many years ago on the way to that Conference in Poland. The “standoffish” and grumpy reputation of the waiters and hotel staff I had been warned about at first seemed accurate. But as soon we tried communicating in our admittedly bad French, their demeanor changed to courteous and helpful. But they did switch to English. I’m thinking our Canadian accents and halting French were not very efficient. I also think they truly appreciated our attempt at speaking French. Mostly their “Joie de Vivre” shone through, only heightened by the accompaniment of very fine Cabernet.

While there you must visit the Louvre, probably the most majestic and important museum in the world. Who can forget the Mona Lisa or Venus de Milo once having seen them up close and personal- or as close as security will permit. Just this one museum would qualify all by itself as one of the top five European travel destinations.

And then there’s the magnificent Palace of Versailles in the Ile de France region which is now a suburb of Paris. Its beautiful gardens and resplendent Chateau are sights to behold. Louis XIV moved his Court to Versailles in 1682 and it became the centre of political power until 1789 when the French Revolution began. During his time at Versailles, Louis XIV transformed the Palace, Chateau and gardens so that much of what one sees there now has the indelible stamp of Louis The Great, the Sun King.

Spain

Then off I go to Spain, land of bull fighters and medieval villages picturesquely sprawling along hillsides with cottages shining white in the brilliant sun. Spain is also famous for its art museums and cathedrals that reach to the heavens as though trying to touch God himself. You’ll find fine art and sculpture throughout the many museums open to the public. An exuberant nightlife awaits you after the tours of the day are done.

Andalusia’s great attraction, La Alhambra in Granada with its Moorish grandeur is truly amazing. The sprawling courtyards and gardens with their fountains and sculptures will captivate and stimulate your imagination.

If you get to Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia is definitely an attraction. Its architecture conjures images of fairytale palaces. It actually is a huge unfinished Basilica designed by Antonio Gaudi, perhaps the most famous of Spanish architects and builders. Construction began in 1882 and the Basilica remains under construction to this day.

The Netherlands

A trip to the Netherlands, a land of windmills, canals and tulips is next on my list. Amsterdam’s waterways, friendly people and laid back atmosphere are truly enjoyable. On my visit many years ago I was impressed by the truly progressive attitudes of the people. I was amazed by the lineup of small, tidy and licensed brothels we encountered on a tour along the waterfront. We just looked!

While there a couple of other cities are definitely worth taking in. The Hague is the both the centre of the Monarchy and of International Diplomacy with the International Court of Justice located there. Rotterdam situated on the delta of the Rhine and Maas Rivers is the largest seaport in the world. This modern city was completely rebuilt after being leveled by the Nazis in 1940 and now boasts soaring towers of steel and glass. It is truly a testament to the will and industry of the Dutch.

Italy

And finally I am off to Italy, rivaled by Greece alone in its contribution to modern civilization, art and literature. Famous for its art, fine foods and wine, and welcoming people, Italy is the birthplace of a great list of famous writers, artists, politicians and Saints. Its many art museums and collections will provide fascinating glimpses into history from ancient times to modern day.

The Vatican, a tiny independent state founded in 1929 is the centre of Catholicism and a must to visit while in Rome. Although the City State is recent, in ancient times the term Vatican referred to the marshy area on the bank of the Tiber River, between the Milvio Bridge and the present Sixtus Bridge. You must take in St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, especially Michelangelo’s famous art.

Ancient Rome itself with its Coliseum, The Roman Forum and the many collections of the finest art and sculpture in the world will dazzle and intrigue any visitor.

Conclusion

There you have my top five. I hope I’ve managed to stimulate you to conjure up your own list of exotic destinations. Sit back and dream of actually being there with friends and family enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of new places and the people who make them so much more enjoyable.

I encourage you to check out my information and discover how I may be able to help make your next trip away extraordinarily restful and enjoyable.

Canadian Travel and CAD

There is bad news for Canadian travelers, as the Canadian Dollar (CAD) continues to weaken versus the U.S. Dollar (USD). As of February 16, 2015, the CAD/USD exchange rate was hovering around .80, but had fallen from a high of around .94 in July of 2014 to the recent rate. Some experts are forecasting that the loonie could fall even farther, with the dramatic drop in the price of oil and dimming prospects for the international economy. One major bank predicted a fall to .75 by the first quarter of 2016. The strength in USD is placing pressure on exchange rates for Canadians wishing to travel to warm beaches in Florida, and elsewhere in the U.S.

The fall of the CAD may be putting a crimp in the travel plans of many Canadians. A weak CAD/USD exchange rate makes destinations in the United States more expensive. The unfavorable exchange rate makes everything from hotels to car rentals more expensive in the United States. One option for Canadian travelers is to look for alternative destinations that cost less, and are not impacted as much by the slide in the loonie.

Alternative destinations could include Asia, where places such as Thailand and South Korea offer reasonably priced accommodations and inexpensive food. Although plane tickets may cost more, but the lower price of hotels and food can more than make up the difference. Another possible location is Eastern Europe. Places like Budapest and Prague offer fantastic European culture, but are more cost-effective than pricier destinations such as London and Paris. For those Canadian travelers looking for beaches and sun, Greece and Lisbon offer great travel destinations. Central and South America may offer some opportunity as well. Bolivia is a cheap destination, and offers a great deal of natural beauty. Certain cities in Colombia and Guatemala are other possible destinations. Mexico has both very touristy areas such as Cancun, but also offers smaller, less known destinations, such as the small surfing and fishing village of Sayulita.

One simple step that can help Canadians save money with traveling is to exchange foreign currency in advance of leaving the country for their destination. Not only does exchanging over the Internet make financial sense, but it can also save time for busy travelers. Waiting until arrival in the foreign country may be more costly, due to unfavorable exchange rates and lack of competition for exchange business.

Many banks and independent exchange providers now allow for the exchange of currency over the Internet. When searching for an exchange provider, make sure to look for transparency, the amount of wire fees to be charged, and the quote on the exchange rate itself. Make sure to choose a provider that will provide a smooth transaction, be responsive to your communications, and provide easy information as to the status of exchange transactions.

Knightsbridge Foreign Exchange, Inc., is one exchange provider that Canadians may want to research. Knightsbridge can accommodate same-day transactions, and offers no fee wire transfers, as well as providing update information on transactions.

While the slide of the CAD may not be done yet, Canadian travelers can still enjoy travel by choosing less expensive alternative destinations, and making sure to save money by exchanging their currency before leaving the country.

I Found an Quick Way to See More Shows

I have had a Netflix account for a couple of years. But I am in Canada, and I have heard that the version that we have is not as good as other versions in other countries, especially the US Netflix version. I am not surprised because they have some many cool things in their country that we often have not had the luck of having. But I heard from a couple of people that we can not get their version, and I wanted to try it out myself to see if it was true.

First, you have to have an account in the first place. You can’t just get the American version without having an existing account, no matter what country you are in. The reason for this is because you will just be making a change to your account, and you will need a base for the new version to run on. But do not worry about losing your original account because you will have access to watch everything on that one, plus the new one.

You will simply need to get signed up to a DNS tool that will allow you to make the change. Once you register with your account information, you will see the change right away. You will even be able switch back and forth thanks to this tool. You do that within only seconds. Just follow the instructions that you are given when you join up. Not only that, you will be able to watch shows that other countries outside of American get to see as well. It really is quite genius.

I love shopping in the United States, and I have often bought DVDs for popular TV shows and movies when I got there for the weekend. It is completely legal to bring them back over the border. But now I do not have to do that anymore, I can simply watch what I want on my own account in the privacy of my own home.

CannabisCouchSurfers.com – The #1 Cannabis Travel Network

Marijuana is now legal in more than 20 states across the USA and there has been an exponential rise in the usage of cannabis over the last few years. But despite this, it can still be a bit of a “taboo” subject. If you are a regular smoker, it may be of benefit to you to live or holiday with an individual who is relaxed about your usage of marijuana. CannabisCouchSurfers.com tries to fill this niche by connecting you to people who are advertising rooms for you to stay at many locations across America and beyond.

With CannabisCouchSurfers.com, you can exchange services or favors & stay with your host by trading services or possibly stay for free, and build a friendship & memory with your host which will last forever. It is possible to register as a guest or host for free on the website. There is a long held tradition of marijuana smokers acting in a communal way with each other which CannabisCouchSurfers.com tries to do by connecting people with a place to stay. If you join today, you can get a free papercraft by sending a request to CannabisCouchSurfers@gmail.Com.

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Travel Canada

Virtually known throughout the world as a vibrant multicultural exciting place to visit and live. It is the capital city of the Province Of Ontario. It is within driving distance of several other major cities such as Ottawa and Montreal. There is much to see and do in this bustling city. It boasts of 11 Historical Museums, is well known to have the worlds longest street, but is most famous for it CN Tower. When here, be sure not to miss a visit to the family orientated Ontario Place. Yearly events such as the Canadian National Exhibition. A unique upcoming event running from July to October is the Toronto Chinese Lantern Festival, second in size to Asia itself. Toronto is a place you surely will want to visit.

A the junction of three exquisite rivers you can find the capital city of Canada known as Ottawa. This beautiful city is only 4 hours from Toronto, and even closer to Montreal. There is much to see here but some of the most significant features found here are within the landscaping itself. Places such as Rideau Falls and the world renowned Niagara Falls. Don’t miss out on a visit to the Royal Canadian Mint. You will find it highly interesting and informative. There is always something going on in Ottawa such as the upcoming August Music Festivals, or the Changing Of The Guard, also in August. If planning ahead for a trip to this city then consider visiting during the Canadian Christmas Lights in December.

Locate the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers and you will discover the city of Montreal actually located on an island. This beautiful place belongs to the Province Of Quebec. A short car ride along the city routes will take you to Ottawa or Laval in no time.. This quaint city is renowned for its annual exhibitions of “Who Is the Real Santa Claus” and its unique collection of nativity scenes from around the world. When then, be sure not to miss seeing the Damoiselle, a ongoing event until December 16th,2008. This is an exhibit surrounding the history of Montreal’s co-foundress. A annual upcoming event that can be counted on is the Montreal Highlights Festival.

Travel to Western Quebec and you will discover the vibrant city of Laval. Located on the South bank of the St.Lawrence River. Easily reached from Montreal or Quebec city. One of the major highlights of this city is Symposium de peinture et de sculpture de sainte-rose. A celebration of the arts. If planning a trip to this beautiful Canadian city be sure to plan it around the Journees de la culture hosted in September. This is a spectacular art and cultural festival. Don’t disappoint yourself by not visiting the thousand islands river park. Laval is truly a city to visit to relax or choose to participate is some of the exciting events they have to offer

For a intriguing place to visit, consider Quebec city in the province of Quebec. Located within the capital national region it is known to be one of the oldest cities in North America. It is only a 145 mile trip from Montreal and is in proximity to Ottawa. Its is quickly becoming famous for its annual summer festival, and exciting winter carnival. It is the host of exquisite museums such as the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museum of Civilization. While there be sure to include a visit to Montmorency Falls. A truly breath taking site. If time permits then pay visit to the Historical Chateau Frontenac.

If we head East towards the eastern prairie region of Canada we will Winnipeg, the capital city of Manitoba. Often referred to as the “Gateway To the West”. For sight seeing itineraries ,you can easily find Saskatchewan only 330 miles from here. One of the have to see adventures when in Winnipeg is “The Forks”. This is at the points of the historic Red and Assinboine rivers. An annual event that everybody should attend at least once is the Festival du Voyageur. This is Canada’s largest winter festival. Winnipeg also boasts of having the worlds longest skating rink. A sure crowd pleaser is the upcoming Ukrainian Festival 3 day celebration.

When one thinks of Canada one of the first cities to come to mind is Calgary. The home of the famous Calgary Stampede. This city is located in the south end of the Province of Alberta. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to plan on visiting neighboring cities such as Edmonton or Banff. Aside from the Calgary Stampede this city also host their annual Folk Music Festival, a major event to Calgarians and visitors alike. Don’t miss out on seeing the Canadian Rockies. Calgary is also pleased to boast that they have one of the fastest long track speed skating ice rinks in the world. This is really a sight to see.

For a exciting and perhaps different excursion consider Edmonton. This is the capital of Alberta and is located on the North Saskatchewan River. The fact that there are no major cities in real close proximity is not a real concern as Edmonton has everything to offer. Annually this city hosts the Edmonton Klondike Days Festival and Jazz city. Events for the whole family to enjoy. For those interested in sight seeing don’t miss out on visiting the largest mall in North America, The Edmonton Mall. Then there’s also the Historic Fort Edmonton Park. If you are planning a visit to Edmonton in the near future they plan on attending the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival.

If you are looking to visit a place of beauty then consider the largest city in Saskatchewan, namely Saskatoon. Being within the traveling distances of Moose Jaw and Regina makes this an ideal spot to include in your holiday plans. They are fast becoming known for their annual Karting event, the Western Canadian Championship Series. Keep in mind also, the upcoming events of the Re-Inventors Exhibit and the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival. If you are interested in doing some sight seeing then plan a visit to the Western Development Museum. For a change of pace stop by “Berry Barn”. An ideal family outing would be a trip to the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo.

Victoria BC is known to be a hub of activity. This city is the capital of British Columbia and is situated on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island. Vancouver being the closest major city. There are numerous annual events running throughout the entire year. For example there is the popular Pacific Rim Whale Festival or the Dragon Boat races. An event well worth seeing is the upcoming Adventure Games, ideal for the sports minded. Make sure you plan a visit to Butchart gardens and include whale watching if time permits. A must see in Victoria is the Galloping Goose Trail.

If it’s the life by the sea that you find intriguing then you won’t want to miss a visit to Halifax. The capital of Nova Scotia and the largest city in the Atlantic provinces. There is a never ending array of activities taking place in this city. It has become world wide known for the Halifax Citadel, a historic site. Close behind this in popularity is the Maritime Museum on the Atlantic. A ongoing event that’s adds to the ambiance of this city is Murphy’s on the Water, a combination of boat tours and cuisine. In the near future Halifax will be presenting the Halifax Highland Games, Scottish Festival and International Tattoo.

If you travel to the southeastern part of New Brunswick you will arrive at the exciting city of Moncton. Although this city is an endless hub of activity you could visits its neighboring city of Dieppe. Amongst all of the tourist areas and things to do make sure to visit the Bay of Fundy. You will witness the massive tidal surges. Then make a point of seeing Rocks Park. If you want something to talk about when you get back home, be sure to include a visit to the world famous Magnetic Hill. Annually Moncton enjoys holding its Atlantic Seafood Festival. In the near future they will be having their World wine and food expo.

Canadian Destinations For Those Who Love Beaches And Sun

So, you love the beach and you love the sun, and you are going to Canada. Maybe you might like to go to a Canadian beach. Seriously, you could even go in the summer. This may have already occurred to you. You may have even begun researching the best beaches that are to be found in Canada. That may even be what brought you to this article. If so, here is a quick list of prime locations for your next vacations beach cottages.

In Grand Bend, Ontario check out the The Pinery. It offers a unique ecosystem that makes nature watching attractive. There are one-hundred foot sand dunes and massive oak trees alongside this lake. If you like nature more than surfing this may be a great place. There are other vacation properties available in the area.

In British Columbia you can find Wreck Beach in Vancouver. This beach is interesting for those that appreciate nature as well. This nudist beach draws thousands each summer. It is located at the Western tip of Vancouver. The water is surrounded by Vancouver’s largest heron reserve and this yet another interesting aspect to this more unique destination.

Nova Scotia is home to Cape Breton Island which is home to Ingonish Beach. There is a National Park located in the area. On one side of the beach you have a lake and on the other side you have the Atlantic Ocean.

These beaches are a good start for the typical and obscure experiences that you may find on the beaches of Canada. That does not mean that there is not something more suitable to your wants though. There is more complete information about these and other beaches online. You can even find ratings and comments of many beaches by people that have been to the beach. First hand knowledge is a good way to get an idea of what to expect. Here are a few brief descriptions of some more of Canada’s beaches that may appeal to you and your vacation group.

Sauble Beach is considered one of Canada’s friendliest beaches. It has soft sand and sunshine (and sunsets). There is a sand castle competition hosted on the beach as well. There are even golfing, hiking and a number of other activities in the area.

One of the more popular tourist beaches are the Sandbanks beaches. This is a beach where swimming is common and the sand and the waves are admired. There are three beaches in the area.

Wasaga Beach is located in the Southern part of Georgia Bay. The view from here includes the Canadian Blue Mountain. It is considered a prime destination for families.

Be certain to check the weather before you plan your vacation as well. All the beach in Canada may not supply a satisfactory vacation if the weather is not right for what you want. You can often find average weather conditions based on the previous years online. In addition there are a number of extended forecasts that can be found online. Selecting a location with nearby attractions can be a good way to ensure alternate activities in the event that the weather turns bad as well.

Great Canadian Antique Furniture Is Worth the Look

Collecting antique furniture is really a very rewarding endeavor. However, it is very important that before you start buying pieces you do your homework. One of the things that makes a big difference is being able to recognize the different styles of antique furniture. Being able to recognize the different style will help you date them and evaluate them.

Though Canadian antique furniture is not a style of its own but is based on many of the major style of history it none the less is unique in its character. So what is unique about Canadian antique furniture? Well depending on where in Canada the furniture was made it certainly will have a different look and feel to it.

In Quebec and eastern Canada the French influence is certainly evident. Those who created these pieces of furniture just loved to paint. Not only that but as they have been passed down from one generation to the next, they were painted and repainted time and again. This means that there are quite a few layers of paints on them. They were usually painted in colors of red, blue and yellow. Some enthusiasts like to try and strip away all the extra layers in order to reveal the original way it was painted in.

If you check around I’m sure you could find an Empire chest from the 1800s. A chest like this usually has two drawers over three and is often built by master craftsmen out of Cherry wood, bird’s eye Maple, or Tiger maple. It is not easy to find an example like this that is well-preserved and in marvelous condition but they can be found.

With some persistence you could also find a fabulous Queen Victoria pressback rocker, from around 1900. It truly would be a fabulous find if it was in unrefinished condition with its darken patina blackened through time. This is how you wish you could find all the antique furniture you are looking for.

It is always wise to do some research before traveling across the border or to a new area of Canada to try and locate places to check out. The internet is a very useful tool for doing this. Though not all the place in small communities have a presence on the web certainly the large shops will. These shops may not be where you want to buy because their prices can be a bit higher than the small shops but you don’t want to travel for nothing. And while you’re at the larger shops you can see some great examples and maybe a larger variety of Canadian antique furniture.

While you’re in the area you should also check out some of the flea markets or thrift stores you’d be surprised by what you might find.

You can also shop for Canadian antique furniture without leaving your home by shopping online. This could be done by finding a dealer or dealers online that might have what you’re looking for. One big problem buying this way is you aren’t able to inspect the furniture yourself before purchasing it. You also could look at any one of a number of online auctions like eBay. But dealing online always has the same problems. That all means you need to only shop where the dealer has a very good and reputable business.

Do your research well when it comes to buying Canadian antique furniture so you have a good amount of knowledge before you start shopping. This knowledge you help keep you from making mistakes and help you negotiate the best deals.

Canadian antique furniture has an ambiance of its own and brings that into your home. It gives you a relaxed country feel. So if you are anxious to relax when you come home by having a country feel to your home then this furniture just what you are looking for.

Experimenting with New Couples Toys

When I started dating my wife, she admitted to me that she liked to use sex toys. It was interesting to see her so open about the topic. When we got married, we started thinking about the idea of toys that the both of us could use. Introducing couples toys into our bedroom rituals would spice things up and allow us to explore our bodies more to reach higher levels of pleasure. Since I had never tried toys before, I wasn’t quite sure which ones would be suitable for me. I wasn’t too keen on the idea of using anything that would place a foreign object inside my body, and I didn’t want anything that would cause me pain.

My wife and I looked online for recommendations from other married couples who experimented with toys. The other couples suggested that I start with something light, like a vibrating toy. I always thought vibrating toys were for women only, but apparently they can stimulate males in a similar manner as with females. I ordered a toy from an online shop and tried it out with my wife one night. The vibrating toy gave us quite a pleasant experience.

Since I enjoyed the toy, I decided that it would be nice to try something with a little more intensity. I still hadn’t warmed up to the idea of foreign objects being inserted, but I was ready to try a ring, which other couples mentioned. The night my wife and I tried the ring was one of the best nights of our lives. It was like my wife and I had so much energy and we were in a high state of arousal. It was as if we had been taking supplements to improve our bodies. There’s a lot more toys that my wife and I will explore.

Getting My Favorite Supplement Back Home

Last year I was staying with a relative in America for a few months. While there, my relative gave me a dietary supplement called Vimax. The supplement really helped me lose weight. When it was time for me to go back home to Australia, I didn’t take any Vimax with me. I had to find somewhere to buy Vimax in Australia, which wasn’t an easy task, because I hadn’t even heard of the supplement before leaving for America. I checked most of the well known stores that sell supplements, but I couldn’t find Vimax anywhere.

I did some searching and found an online store that supplies the supplement, among many others. I ordered the supplement and it came to my house in only a few days. The package I received actually had more pills in it than the one that my relative in America had. I take the supplement every day as part of my attempt to lose weight. I’ve been exercising and eating a healthy, balanced diet and my weight has gone down dramatically since I started.

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