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America’s Independence Day Celebration


Thursday, June 26th, 2014

The United States celebrates its Independence Day on July 4, marking the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776. Patriotic displays and family events are organized throughout the United States. It is celebrated with great pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies. Here are top five cities where you can enjoy different shows and events and celebrate Independence Day in style:-

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Washington, DC: - Washington, DC is the most patriotic place in America to celebrate Independence Day. From spectacular fireworks to moving musical performances to family-friendly festivals, there is more than enough fun to fill Fourth of July week. When you are in Washington don’t miss America’s Nation Independence Day Parade, A Capitol Fourth, a free, 90-minute musical extravaganza and if you’re looking to cool down, head over to Tudor Place on July 2 for their annual Independence Day Ice Cream Social. You can enjoy readings of the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, dance performances and cooking demonstrations at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and an evening concert by the National Symphony Orchestra on the West Lawn. Display of fireworks over the Capitol Building and Washington Monument caps off an unforgettable day in history-rich D.C.

Boston: - Each year thousands of people attend the 4th July celebration at Boston’s Charles River Esplanade. There is a free concert featuring the Boston Pops Orchestra, as well as other major artists. The Esplanade becomes saturated with a mass of people, and the Charles River Basin is filled with countless pleasure boats. The Pops concert is crowned with a huge fireworks display over the river in a grand finale. The Charles River Esplanade is a two mile promenade and park located between Storrow Drive and the Charles. The Fourth of July Pops Concert at the Esplanade precedes an impressive showcase of fireworks over the Charles River. Don’t miss Chowderfest on July 5, which affords visitors a unique opportunity to savor Boston’s most popular chowder concoctions.

New York City: - New York is home to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and widely-watched New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square. But New York City also delivers one of the biggest Fourth of July firework displays in the nation. The Macy’s July 4th fireworks display originally made its debut on the Hudson River in 1958. The Macy’s fireworks show features more than 40,000 shells exploding at a whopping rate of more than 1,500 per minute and fireworks soaring up to 1,000 feet in the air. At approximately 9:20 pm on July 4th, the 26-minute display will be set off from six barges positioned between 24th and 50th Streets on the Hudson River. Four barges stationed between 23rd and 42nd Streets in the East River set off 20,000 aerial shells and special effects.

Orlando: - Orlando has world famous theme parks. From Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort to SeaWorld Orlando each offer great fireworks celebrations you will definitely want to check out. Among them is Universal 360 – A Cinesphere Spectacular, which will start on July 4 and run most nights through August 8 at Universal Orlando Resort. The show employs four stories tall, 360-degree projection “cinespheres,” outdoor speakers, music, lasers and pyrotechnic effects to position guests in the very center of their favorite films. The Fourth of July Cinesphere show will also include a thrilling finale complete with an eye-catching fireworks display. You can also enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, and a food festival, water-ski show, and a brilliant fireworks display for free.

Los Angeles: - If you are spending the 4th of July on the west coast consider taking an excursion to Los Angeles to take part in Southern California’s popular fireworks events. Among them is the 4th of July America Fest at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, which combines great music, excellent food, and fireworks galore. On July 4, tens of thousands will also descend on the community of Pacific Palisades for the Americanism Parade on Sunset Boulevard before lapping up family-friendly entertainment, patriotic songs and breathtaking fireworks at the second annual Palisades Rocks the Fourth concert at Palisades Charter High School.

As you can see, there are plenty of things to do on Fourth of July. So what are you waiting for?? Get ready for Independence Day Celebration. Call us toll free @877-247-7183 and our travel experts will be happy to help you. Also you can check our exclusive Independence Day deals and discounts at: http://www.travelation.com/independence-day-sale


Machu Picchu – A Wonder Between the Clouds


Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Machu Picchu also known as “The Lost city of the Incas”and is the one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. It is located 130 Km northwest of Cusco in the Urubamba province at the top of a mountain of the same name and surrounded by an abyss of slightly over 400 meters that forms the Urubamba River canyon.

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It was constructed in the year 1450 and was left abandoned a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Because of its location many visitors of this Peruvian Historic Sanctuary wonder how its old settlers moved these large blocks of stone that constitute this archaeological site and built this immense city at the top of a mountain. This mystery has generated several theories about its origin. Some people believe it is a fortress and therefore it is called “citadel” while others think that it is a religious and sacred place where the Incas worshiped their gods and made sacrifices as their main activities. According to recent investigations the most likely explanation is that Machu Picchu was built by order of Pachacutec, “the Emperor Inca”, as a resting place. Hiram Bingham was the first person to bring word of the ruins to the outside world in 1911. Machu Picchu was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.

Machu Picchu is divided in two areas: the agricultural area which includes large Inca terraces and the urban area which is the place where the Incas lived and organized their religious and civil activities. The latter has indeed two sectors, Hanan, “High Sector”, inhabited by the Inca and his descendants and Urin, “Low Sector”, destined to the rest of the population. This Historic Sanctuary is surrounded by a marvelous landscape full of color. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna. It includes more than 200 orchid species and large ancient trees such as quenual, walnut and cedar. It is also a place to observe birds and mammals such as the Andean Condor, the Cock of the Rocks which is very representative of Peru, and the Spectacled Bear, among others. The mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu, one of the most intriguing destinations on the planet offers an unforgettable magical experience to hikers, tourists, and the early explorers as they climb their way through the Inca Trail.

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Top 10 Strangest Lakes in World


Friday, June 20th, 2014

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Jellyfish Lake, Palau: - It is a marine lake located on Eil Malk island Palau. Jellyfish are known for drifting to and fro at the whim of ocean currents. The millions of golden jellyfish spend much of their lives on the move during a daily migration that follows the sun’s arc across the sky. Snorkeling in Jellyfish Lake is a popular activity for tourists to Palau.

Boiling Lake, Dominica: - Dominica’s Boiling Lake is situated in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park Dominica’s World Heritage site. It is filled with bubbling grayish blue water that is usually enveloped in a cloud of vapors. The lake is approximately 61 m long. Water at the center of this 200 foot wide lake let stays in a constant rolling boil so hot that no one has been able to take an accurate measurement. Because the lake is caused by volcanic activity, it is highly unstable. Sometimes it totally drains, and sometimes it’s the bubbling turmoil you see here.

Lake Manicouagan, Canada: - Plenty of lakes are round in shape, but this is the only known lake that has been cast into the form of an unbroken ring when viewed from above It was created 200 million years ago when a 3.1-mile diameter asteroid and is the fifth largest ever lake.

Lake Superior, North America: - It is the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. The lake’s average surface elevation is 600 feet above sea level and the waves in the great lakes are tall enough to surf. During winter the water is at a balmy 0 to 5 degrees Celsius and the waters are generally more choppy and erratic than the ocean.

Lake Hillier, Australia: - The Lake filled with perfectly pink water. It’s no trick of light either. The 2,000-foot-long lake stays rosy whether day or night and keeps its hue even if taken away in a bottle. Scientists are baffled by the exact cause, although they have narrowed it down to a few microorganisms and bacteria that live in the lake’s salty deposits. Lake Hillier is located on the Recherche Archipelago in Western Australia.

Medicine Lake, Canada: - This Lake exists in Alberta’s Jasper National Park. This lake is strangest because every winter, its water completely disappears; not because of evaporation, but as strangely the water drains from the bottom. Medicine Lake is in fact a four-mile-long, 100-foot-deep flood caused when melting glaciers from the surrounding mountains meet with the Maligne River. Their summer fling happens to be located directly on top of a series of sinkholes that absorb the river, sending it though a 10mile course of underwater caves. Even 4,000 gallons seep out every second, the phenomenon takes weeks. It is also called Magic Lake, and the disappearing act remained a mystery until the 1970s, when biodegradable dye revealed the true nature of its sortilege. Medicine Lake also boasts a healthy population of rainbow trout and brook trout and is a popular spot for fly fishing.

Lake Natron, Tanzania: - The water of this lake is so alkaline, only fish that live in Lake Natron are alkaline tilapia. The water is salty and really hot. The daily temperature in the area is 104 degree Fahrenheit. Deep red and orange color is produced due to red accessory photosynthesizing pigment of cyan bacteria that lives there. The pink color is because of the salt-loving microorganisms that live there. The shallow lake is the only breeding area in East Africa for 2.5 million Lesser Flamingoes, the smallest species of flamingo. Some flamingoes inevitably die in the lake, and when they do, their bodies become calcified, and their carcasses look like tiny statues.

Lake McKenzie, Australia: - There are no more perfect puddles on earth than Lake McKenzie. To start, the impossibly snow-white sand found along its shores is made of 100 percent pure silica, a naturally occurring mineral often used in beauty products that is said to benefit hair, skin, and nails. It is a ‘perched’ lake, which means it contains only rainwater, no groundwater, is not fed by streams and does not flow to the ocean.

Lake Nyos, Cameroon: - It is a crater lake in the Northwest Region of Cameroon and a volcanic dam impounds the lake waters. In 1986, Lake Nyos caused one of the largest unusual natural disasters in recorded history when it literally blew up without warning. It sent a torrent of water 300 feet into the air, followed by a small tsunami to the lake’s shores. Then came a burst of carbon dioxide at 60 miles an hour, creating a roving toxic cloud that suffocated 1,746 people in three days, before dispersing.

Dead Sea, Israel/Jordan: - The Dead Sea is 10 times saltier than almost any other sea on earth. And because one part in three is salt, you can float on its surface. Its salinity is said to have healing powers for skin and joints, and at 1,486 feet below sea level, it is the lowest place on earth.


New 7 Wonders of The World – No. 3 Statue of Christ the Redeemer


Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Christ the Redeemer is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And was considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world from 1931 until 2010 when it was topped by the Christ the King statue in Poland. It is 98 ft tall, not including its 26 ft pedestal, and its arms stretch 92 ft wide. It weighs 625 long, 700 short tons, and is located at the peak of the 2,300 ft Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. A symbol of Brazilian Christianity, the statue has become an icon for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.

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Here are some interesting facts about “Brazil statue of Christ the Redeemer”

1) The concept behind the statue was very first proposed in the middle of the 1850’s when a Catholic Priest by the name of Pedro Maria Boss requested money to construct a religious monument inside the city. And was dismissed so the monument wasn’t developed. In 1921 a monument was proposed once again by the Catholic Circle of Rio. They appealed to the public for support and donations to have something developed to represent the religious strength in Brazil.

2) Christ the Redeemer statue is a globally recognized symbol for peace. This wonderful statue took nine years for it to be finished, and is made from reinforced concrete and the outside is made of soapstone. These components were chosen for the Rio de Janeiro statue on account of their durable qualities and how easy they are to work with.

3) The overall design and style of the statue was produced by a French sculptor. The general cost of the statue was the equivalent of $250,000 today. In 1980 Pope John Paul II was scheduled to visit the Rio de Janeiro statue and major restoration was undertaken. In 2003 escalators and elevators were developed in order for people to get access to the viewing platform without being so complicated to get a great view.

4) In 2008 very strong lightning struck the monument creating damage to the fingers, eyebrows and head. Work was started to restore these issues with the statue, and some of the soapstone was removed and replaced. The lightning rods also had to be repaired as a result of the lightning damage. The last restoration in 2010 concentrated on preserving the interior of Cristo Redentor. All of the stone that was used in the restoration was taken away from the quarry that the original pieces had been from. An amazing lighting system was also set up to light up the base from the monument, which is a great addition.

5) In 2010 a senseless vandal spray painted the Rio de Janeiro statue. The mayor declared it a crime against the nation, and a reward was offered to catch the vandal. Cristo Redentor was voted as one of the New Wonders Of The World in 2007, and has been seen in a lot of films and documentaries for many years. At 38 meters tall and weighing 1.145 tonnes there is no doubt that this breathtaking monument is among the most remarkable man-made structures on earth.

Travelers travel from different countries to visit this place. Millions of tourist comes to visit this place every year. If you thinking about to take a trip to this wonderful place call us toll free @877-247-7183 and our travel experts will be happy to help you. Also you can check our all deals and discounts at: http://www.travelation.com


FIFA Football World Cup 2014


Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The FIFA World Cup 2014 will be 20th World Cup. It is an international men’s football tournament that is scheduled in Brazil this year. This is the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition. The total 31 countries advanced through competitions that began in June 2011 to participate with the host nation Brazil. Total 64 matches are to be played in 12 cities across Brazil in either new or redeveloped stadiums, with the tournament beginning with a group stage. For the first time at a World Cup Finals, the matches will use goal-line technology. This method is used to determine when the ball has completely crossed the goal line with electronic devices and at the same time it shows the result to the referee in awarding a goal or not. After testing several systems over two years, FIFA awarded German company GoalControl GmbH the contract to provide GLT technology for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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There are 32 countries, and these countries divided in to 8 groups are:
Group A: – BRAZIL, CROATIA, MEXICO, CAMEROON
Group B: – SPAIN, NETHERLANDS, CHILE, AUSTRALIA
Group C: – COLOMBIA, GREECE, CÔTE D’IVOIRE, JAPAN
Group D: – URUGUAY, COSTA RICA, ENGLAND, ITALY
Group E: – SWITZERLAND, ECUADOR, FRANCE, HONDURAS
Group F: – ARGENTINA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, IRAN, NIGERIA
Group G: – GERMANY, PORTUGAL, GHANA, USA
Group H: – BELGIUM, ALGERIA, RUSSIA, KOREA REPUBLIC


Games are to be played at 12 stadiums in 12 cities of Brazil and these are Arena De Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza, Estadio Do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Estadio Pantanal in Cuiaba, Estadio Da Baixada in Curitiba, Estadio Amazonia in Manaus, Estadio Das Dunas in Natal and Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre.

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Father’s Day Celebration


Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Father’s Day is celebrated in the honor of fathers for their fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in the society. Father’s Day is celebrated every third Sunday of June in many countries. Its origin may lie in a memorial service held for a large group of men, many of them were fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907.

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History:-

A woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was an influential figure in the establishment of Father’s Day. Her father raised six children by himself after the death of their mother. This was uncommon at that time. Sonora was inspired by the work of Anna Jarvis, who had pushed for Mother’s Day celebrations. Sonora felt that her father deserved recognition for what he had done. The first time Father’s Day was held in June was in 1910. Father’s Day was officially recognized as a holiday in 1972 by President Nixon.

Celebration:-

Father’s Day is an occasion to celebrate the contribution that your own father has made to your life. Wondering what to gift your dad on Father’s Day?

People send cards, gifts to their fathers. Some of the common Father’s Day gifts are sports items, clothing, electronic gadgets or any travel trip with family. Make this Father’s Day special for him. The really great idea is about giving a travel vacation to Dad for Father’s Day. You know that special places that your father has always wanted to visit. You can surprise him by giving a gift holiday and plan a weekend gateway.

These are just a few of the Father’s Day Gifts that might catch Dad by surprise. But the best gift of all though will just be your being there with him on Father’s Day. No Father can get a better gift than that. Any other gift you bring just makes the day better. Travelation offering Father’s Day Special travel deals with additional discounts for a limited time period. For more info call us toll free @877-247-7183 and get extra benefits on flight bookings.


New 7 Wonders of the World – No.2 Petra in Jordan


Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Petra is situated in the Great Rift Valley of the Wadi Musa in Jordan and is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. A UNESCO site, the ancient city is often referred to as “The Rose Colored City” in reference to the color of the rock. This is also called “The Lost City”, as it was lost to the Western world until it was rediscovered in 1812 by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Berckhardt. UNESCO describes Petra as One of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage. With amazing history and ancient architecture Petra is very famous among travelers and millions of tourists come every year to visit.

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History:-

Petra was designed by the Nabataean Arabs, Who carved beautiful structures and buildings into the mountains in Jordan. Serving as their capital, it was created back in the first century, during a time when the Nabatean Kingdom was flourishing. It is also known as the “Lost City” because it was only rediscovered by explorers in 1812. For hundreds of years, it was lost in the desert canyons of Jordan.

Inside Petra Jordan:-

Inside it you will find the mixture of artistic engineering, advancement of laser guide, levels and modern machinery. The most amazing is that most of the structures are carved, not built. Several main structures are larger than life with towering columns that will dwarf anyone standing next to them. Caves carved from sheer rock faces, a theater carved in stone and many more stone structures.

As you go closer look as you walk through the path leading to Petra reveals an elaborate water delivery system that brought water into the heart of Petra. The Romans added to the structure of Petra as it is evident from the columns and other Roman structures, however, in 363 A.D. a massive earthquake leveled most free standing structures but the original construction of Petra was unharmed as they were actually carved from the rock.

While in Jordan you can also see other places like Wadi Mujib, Dead Sea and the Gourge. Plan a trip to Jordan with Travelation and get huge discount on ticket booking. For more info call us toll free @877-247-7183.

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