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London continues to be a top tourist destination, and there was renewed interest and many more visitors with the Olympics being held there. Visitors are always anxious to tour famous attractions when they have spare time from other activities, and London is filled with amazing historical places of interest. Here are some best things to do in London. London is an exciting place to visit. With so many places to visit and numerous attractions to see, and exciting things to do, you will be spoiled for choice.

westminster.abbey_Westminster Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a spectacular example of a Gothic church which has been the venue for almost every royal coronation since 1066 and included that of Queen Elizabeth II. Royal weddings, including that of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011, have brought joy there. Burials of approximately 3300 honored people have occurred over the years including kings and queens as well as Charles Dickens, Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and many others.

Theatre tickets for an outstanding London theatre should include the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The original open-air playhouse that housed Shakespeare’s plays was built in 1599 but was burned down in 1613 when a thatched roof caught fire from a cannon shot during a play. A new Globe was built on the same foundations before Shakespeare’s death and operated until 1642 when it was closed down and later razed by the Puritans. After discovery of the foundations in 1989, a new theater was completed and was officially opened in June, 1997 by Queen Elizabeth II.

hampton-court-palace1The Hampton Court Palace presents an actor portraying King Henry VIII who shows visitors what the Tudor world and royal residence living was like. Here you will see the world’s largest private art collection, the property of the current Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Victoria opened the apartments with their original furnishings, paintings and tapestries as well as 60 acres of formal gardens to the public in 1838.

The Churchill Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum include 90 years of Winston Churchill’s life. They must be entered through an entranceway on King Charles Street that did not originally exist when the underground bunker was eventually increased to 30,000 feet and housed the operations for World War II. On August 16, 1945 when the bunker was closed, workers went home and left desks, papers, blackboards and even Churchill’s swivel chair just as they were.

tower bridge crossing the thames river in london englandA Thames river cruise tops off a visit as it weaves through the city and past many of the main attractions including Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, the House of Parliament, and many others.

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Soyak-Park-Apartments-for-sale-in-Halkali-Istanbul-r-31Make sure you are hiring the right real estate broker by checking their history. Have they made successful deals in the past? If they have no achievement to show, they probably do not have the skills or the network you are going to need. They should also be able to show you material they work with, such as charts and checklists.

When you are in the market to purchase commercial real estate it is very important to do some research so that you can find out what the crime rate in the area is. That is important because you will not be able to easily find tenants to lease space in a dangerous neighborhood.

If you are relatively inexperienced with commercial real estate investments, don’t forget that as with other investment types, there is a learning curve that will allow you to select and pursue properties with more confidence as you become increasingly familiar with the process. Don’t rush yourself. Be sure to take the time to absorb all of the details and processes involved.

If you are planning on investing in an apartment complex, think big. The more apartment spaces you have to rent, the greater your profit potential. Think of it this way as long as you have to take out a loan to finance the building, you may as well make it worth your while. Not only can you earn more money with a larger building, but in most cases it is no more difficult to manage than a smaller building. Turkey properties are affordable to buy in the places such as Marmaris, Istanbul, Alanya, Antalya, Kumluca of Turkey. Now, buying a property in Turkey is a pleasurable experience for real estate investors and there is huge Property for sale in Istanbul.

Commercial properties have a lifetime. One of largest mistakes you can make as an property investor is to ignore the fact, that over time, a building will need upkeep, and you will have to pay for it. Every property goes through phases where things will need to be updated, repaired, or replaced. It is best to have a long-term plan so you are able to handle such repairs. Expect to lose some money to due diligence. When you’re making deals, you should always be aware of how much money due diligence can cost you. For instance, if you’re making a small purchase and realize too late that you actually don’t want to buy it, then you don’t want to lose money that way.

You should consider commercial real estate to be a long term investment. Think about your decision thoroughly, take time to complete your transaction, and get your apartments ready before you rent them. You will be making money slowly at first, but once you have paid off your loan, you will be making huge profits.

Find out how up-to-date the structure is, inside and outside. If you are interested in buying a commercial property, it’s crucial that you know the age of the roof, the age of the hot water heater and things of that nature. This way you will be able to gauge how much more money you will need to spend on the property.

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san-francisco-meeting-venue-classroomIf you are considering buying a second property, whether for investment purposes or as a holiday home, then you have the entire world to choose from, as to where you would like to purchase. These days, there are no hard and fast rules as to where you should buy a second home, so you are not limited to looking for a property in places such as Tuscany or Provence. According to an article published in a British newspaper, the following are some of the best places in the world to own a villa.

If you like the idea of owning property in Portugal, then you might want to do some research on an area called Alentejo, where you have the opportunity of not only buying one of a variety of villas, but, when you purchase one of these properties, you also become the proud owner of a vineyard as well. Properties vary in size and the larger the property you buy, the bigger the vineyard you will own.

Another of the best places in the world to own a villa, according to the article, is Kotor Bay, Montenegro. This is the ideal place for those looking for somewhere quiet and relaxing to go to, to get away from the rat race for a while. Kotor Bay is considered to be one of the best medieval towns in Europe, so it is no wonder that it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Apart from the abundance of history, the town also has plenty of restaurants, nightlife, attractions, as well as many shopping opportunities.

Although the idea of owning meeting venues in one of the best places in the world might be appealing to you, it is advisable that, when making your decision as to which property you want to purchase, you think it over very carefully, before signing on the dotted line and committing yourself to something that will cause you problems in the future. Visit www.venuefinder.com/meeting-rooms/ for best venue locations and meeting rooms all over the world.

Should the mysteries of Africa be appealing to you, then you will definitely agree that Kenya is one of the best places in the world to own a villa. Lamu Island, a favourite of many who can afford to purchase a villa there, is situated on the Indian Ocean, and is where you can watch Arab dhows sailing by during the day, and sip sundowners from a deck in your tropical garden, while the heady scent of jasmine wafts around you.

Arguably one of the very best places in the world to own a Villa is The Island of the Gods, otherwise known as Bali. Stunningly scenic, and breathtakingly beautiful, it is a paradise for many, and a place that offers not only a vast array of attractions, but is also known to be one of the best surfing and diving locations in the world. There are plenty of shops in Bali, selling anything and everything, from clothing to arts and crafts, and a whole lot more. Restaurants to suit every kind of budget are available everywhere, as are pubs, clubs, and a wide variety of other forms of night time entertainment.

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55671-1819-its-a-knockout-hen-weekend-in-londonYou and the girls have been preparing for your wedding for months and now the big day is nearly here. You are probably looking forward to a getaway with your friends before the wedding but want to do something different from the customary hen weekend. There are several other ways you can celebrate your final hours of singleness for those who won’t settle for traditional.

The conventional hen weekend usually consists of misbehaving, a little too much booze, and letting loose to the point of morning-after regrets. Skip the hangover and try something classier. It’s your last weekend as a free woman so do it up right. Take the opportunity to indulge in a trip to a luxury spa. This is your opportunity to unwind and de-stress before the whirlwind of the wedding.

If you and your crew are the gambling type but don’t want to deal with the casino scene, head to the races. Rent a private box and order some champagne with lunch. Or if you prefer the outdoors head to the UK’s surf capital for a few days of fun in the sun.

You can still let loose without going overboard if you decide to do it at a salsa club. Shake your tail feathers. At Bar Salsa you and the girls can get an hour’s salsa lesson and enjoy a delicious dinner before letting it all out and flaunting your spicy new moves on the dance floor. There are numerous bars and clubs in London West End region, which provides ultimate entertainment.

You and your girls can soak up the theatre by spending an unforgettable evening at London’s West End Theatre Scene. If the bridal party has a knack for drama, there is no more enjoyable way to indulge in this pastime – and no more reputable place than the West End Theatre. The attraction has drawn countless lovers of theatre and non-theatre crowds alike.

London’s theatre scene will satisfy the actor in everyone with their variety of plays, from classic to modern. Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, and Chicago are just a few this theatre is known for. So stop at the box office to get theatre tickets to any one of their wildly popular plays.

There are several high-end hotels and even apartments you can rent to accommodate you and your guests. London’s Theatre Scene will treat you like royalty to create a beautiful experience you will always remember. Sit back and enjoy a hen weekend without regrets.

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India’s Western Ghats

India’s Western Ghats have been added to the prestigious list of the United Nation’s cultural agency, UNESCO’s world heritage sites.

The mountains cover an area of about 160,000 sq km (61,776 sq miles) stretching from India’s southern tip to Gujarat. The lush mountains are at risk of a biodiversity crisis due to rapidly increasing population, the BBC reports.

According to UNESCO, the forests include non-equatorial tropical evergreen forests and are home to at least 325 globally-threatened flora, fauna, bird, amphibian, reptile and fish species. The mountains are also recognised as one of the world’s eight ‘hottest hotspots’ of biological diversity, and its forests influence the Indian monsoons.

Some interesting Facts:

  • The Western Ghats have 508 bird species, 16 of which are endemic.
  • Nearly 10,000 Asian elephants live here.
  • The rare nilgiri langur monkey lives here

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted to add the Western Ghats — believed to have forests older than the Himalayas — to its World Heritage List, taking India’s tally of such sites to 29.

On July 1, the World Heritage committee, a 21-member body, met at St Petersburg, Russia, and included the Western Ghats on its list, along with 14 other sites around the world. About 17 nations, including Russia and Japan, participated in an elaborate discussion and backed the proposal to include the Ghats on this prestigious list.

Popularly known as ‘Sahyadri’ and ‘Malnad’ in local parlance, the Western Ghats mountain chain starts at the border of Gujarat and Maharashtra, and runs through the states of Maharashtra , Goa, Karnataka , Tamil Nadu and Kerala, ending at Kanyakumari . It is recognized as one of the world’s eight hottest hotspots of biological diversity that largely influences the Indian monsoon weather pattern.

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