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  • The United Kingdom, The Land of Hope and Glory

    A quintissential view of London with its trademark double decker, the capital  and largest city of the UK, London ©Nikos Koutoulas/flickr

    A quintessential view of London with its trademark double decker, the capital and largest city of the UK, London ©Nikos Koutoulas/flickr

    The United Kingdom is an island country situated in Europe. France lies to the south and Ireland to the west. It is one of the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world, known for its vast, dynamic and influential history and culture as well as for its unique charm and beauty.

    The total area of the UK is 243,305 sq km while the coastline is 12.400 km.

    The capital and largest city is London. Pound Sterling is the currency of the country. The political status is constitutional monarchy under Queen Elizabeth II.

    The United Kingdom consists of four countries, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The rest of the three countries have their own devolved administration as well having their own capital city. Cardiff is the capital of Wales, Edinburgh for Scotland, and Belfast for Northern Ireland.

    English is the official and national language of the country. Each of United Kingdoms countries have their own national and recognized languages like Scottish and Scottish Gaelic in Scotland and Irish and Ulster Scot in Northern Island. Welsh is the only Celtic language that is official in Wales alongside English. Many numerous minority languages can be also heard, particularly in big cities like London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham.

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  • Top Belfast festivals in the spring of 2013

    Ship at the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival

    Ship at the Maritime Festival ©gotobelfast.com

    The capital of Northern Ireland has had a rather infamous reputation during The Troubles but fortunately a new era had arrived to Belfast. Life is more peaceful now, but not less eventful.

    As the short video shows, Belfast is lively and fun and full of things to do. To prove you that and make the city a desirable destination for you, behold the top Belfast events in the spring of 2013.

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  • The most expensive drinks in the world and where to get them

    photo by Sarah_Ackerman on Flickr

    When you’re a backpacker strapped for cash, or an eco-conscious independent traveler, buying the most expensive drink on the menu is probably not going to be among your most cherished travel experiences.

    But if your bank account is doing good, or if you happen to win the lottery, there are a few extravagant and costly drinks in the world that can quench tour thirst in the glitziest way possible. If you’re in the mood to spend ridiculous amounts of money on things that are gone in a few slurps (or if you’re just plain curious about what the posh people drink) you might be interested in finding out which are some of the most expensive drinks in the world and where to get them.

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  • Paradise on England’s doorstep: Ireland and Wales

    Dublin, Ireland

    Dublin, Ireland

    It is perhaps one of the great idiosyncrasies of the English population that we seem to share a firm conviction that if we are to find our own version of Shangri-La, we need to search for it beyond the borders of our own country.

    As a nation, we are quick to dismiss the merits of such gems in England as the Lake District, the Norfolk Broads, the Yorkshire Moors and the beautiful coastal regions of Devon and Cornwall. While our local familiarity with these places may not breed contempt, it does seem to nurture a healthy disregard for the many outstanding places we have in England.

    If that is true for England, then it is certainly the case for two of our nearest neighbours, as when it comes to incredible scenery, outstanding attractions and a wealth of fascinating history, both Ireland and Wales can offer their own veritable paradise of options for tourists.

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  • The most beautiful World Heritage Sites in the world

    If a place has the label of Unesco World Heritage Site, then you can rest assured that what awaits you is without a doubt one of the most stunning places on the planet. Any place can become a world heritage site, whether it is natural or built by humans, the only condition is that it should have a great cultural or physical significance.

    There are many such places on the planet, over 900 in fact, scattered over all the continents. Although all of these places are really amazing, some of them are obviously higher up on the list of things you should see before you die, so here a list of the most beautiful world heritage sites in the world.

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