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Chicago, Arlington House, Sunday, October 23, 2005, 6:15 amYesterday, after our lovely Austrian breakfast we went downtown to the Chicago Cultural Center, the main downtown information hub for tourists, to ask some questions about the Pullman Historic District, a planned industrial community, built in the 1880s by industrial magnate George Pullman, creator of the famous Pullman sleeper cars. We figured this would be an interesting place to visit since it brings together a...

Hello From Chicago - Part 4 - A Personal Tour Of The Chicago Cultural Center

Hello From Chicago - Part 4 - A Personal Tour Of The Chicago Cultural CenterChicago, Arlington House, Sunday, October 23, 2005, 6:15 amYesterday, after our lovely Austrian breakfast we went downtown to the Chicago Cultural Center, the main downtown information hub for tourists, to ask some questions about the Pullman Historic District, a planned industrial community, built in the 1880s by industrial magnate George Pullman, creator of the famous Pullman sleeper cars. We figured this would be an interesting place to visit since it brings together architecture, social and industrial history, and it would really give us insight into one of the most interesting personalities of Chicago's history.To get more information about this neighbourhood we talked to one of the volunteer greeters who staff the Chicago Cultural Center and offer their local expertise to visitors free of charge. The Chicago Greeter program today offers 150 greeters speaking 20 languages and the Greeter program is one of the best ways of getting to know the city through the eyes of a local resident.As a matter of fact, I had registered electronically for a Chicago Greeter Tour prior to my departure, but something had gone wrong with my registration and as a result I was not assigned a greeter. The good thing is that the City of Chicago also offers "InstaGreeters" - local volunteers / experts who take people on downtown walking tours without the necessity of a prior registration.This is how we happened upon our very own personal InstaGreeter tour: Chicago Greeter and local expert Don talked to us a bit about the Pullman Historic District, but the more we talked, and the more he saw that we were really interested, he asked us whether we wanted a 20 minute tour of the Chicago Cultural Center. Considering that this is a Chicago landmark we readily agreed.The Chicago Cultural Center was originally dedicated in 1897 as the city's original Public Library. It is an impressive limestone-faced building with intricate details, marble staircases, patterned ceilings, beautiful floor mosaics and two impressive stained glass domes. The cupola on the south side of the building is the world's largest Tiffany stained-glass dome.Today the Cultural Center houses one of the city's Visitor Information Centers , various galleries, exhibition and meeting spaces, the Landmark Chicago Gallery which displays photographs from the permanent collection of Chicago landmarks, the 294-seat Claudia Cassidy Theater as well as the Studio Theater and various other facilities. You can even get married inside the Chicago Cultural Center.Designed in the beaux-arts style by the Boston firm Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, the Chicago Cultural Center was completed in 1897 and dedicated as the city's original Chicago Public Library. Completed at a cost of nearly $2 million, this remarkable monument was inspired by the neo-classical style of the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893.To start off, Don told us that the name of the city of Chicago is an Indian word for "stinky onion swamp". He also explained that Chicago is a city of superlatives: 3 of the world's 10 highest buildings are located here. Chicago is also widely considered to be the birthplace of modern architecture and a living museum of architecture, showcasing some of the world's most famous architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe and Frank Gehry.Chicago likes to do everything big. The worlds largest public library is located here: the Harold Washington Library Center houses 2 million books. Chicago is also home to the largest building in the United States (excluding the Pentagon): the Merchandise Mart has 90 acres of floor space, housed in an Art Deco landmark. Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park is one of the world's largest fountains. Chicago also has the only river in the world that flows backwards. Engineers reversed the Chicago River in 1900 for sanitary purposes. Here's another interesting fact: Chicago also has the largest Polish population outside of Warsaw.Our local expert Don took us through the building and showed us the two stained glass domes, the exhibit halls, the photo collection of Chicago landmarks, and to keep going along the line of superlatives, Don gave us a brief synopsis of Millennium Park, located right across Michigan Avenue from the Chicago Cultural Center. The idea for Millennium Park was conceived by famous mayor Richard M. Daley, and with the help of private sector donations Millennium Park has become one of the most impressive outdoor venues anywhere. The project cost $495 million, of which $220 million were financed privately.Our Chicago Greeter Don, a former vice-president at Motorola, is very knowledgeable about the history of Chicago and very passionate about his city. His pride in his city is obvious, and there is a lot to be proud of. For me, Chicago's waterfront including Grant Park, the lakefront trail and its beaches are some of the most awesome features of this city. In total Chicago has more than 7300 acres of parkland, 552 parks, 33 beaches, nine museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, 10 bird and wildlife gardens, and it's not surprising that Chicago has won numerous awards including "Best City in the World" and other accolades.With Don's help we got a great overview of the Cultural Center and a bit of insight into Chicago's interesting history. It was the perfect preparation for our tour of the Pullman Historic District, an industrial community created by George Pullman, an industrial despot, yet a foresightful social entrepreneur who, according to Don, was universally despised.Armed with a bit of background knowledge we were looking forward to our exploration of Pullman's social experiment.

Making lucrative Investments in Thailand propertie

Making lucrative Investments in Thailand propertie

Thailand is one of the most attractive places in Asia and has become an excellent tourist hotspot. The entire nation has lots of amazing spots to attract and allure the people. Hence each year number of people come and make investments in Thailand property to gain profits or income. But regrettably the Thai administration is not very open in inviting worldwide real estate people for various developmental purposes. And moreover there is a restriction or bar on the Thailand property and Thailand homes investment done by outsiders. So its best to take help and advice regarding Thailand property, Thailand homes, real estate Phuket from the local professionals expert in various property transactions. Also tgrasia.com is a site all about Thailand property, Thailand homes, Phuket villas, property in Phuket, real estate Phuket, real estate companies Phuket, Phuket hotel resorts, Phuket property, Phuket islands and private islands.Investing in Thailand holiday resorts and Thailand homes rental are really beneficial as these properties ensure in getting a good rental income all through the year. Additionally the investor with his family can stay at their Thailand holiday resorts or Thailand homes and enjoy the holidays. Another picturesque and a big tourist spot is Phuket that is just few kilometers from Thailand. Phuket has many good and luxurious hotels, guest houses and restaurants but Phuket villas and Phuket hotel resorts have its own value. Almost all the Phuket villas are homely and offers complete comfy living conditions to its guests. These Phuket villas are very economical as compared to big hotels with full facilities. Many people have started investing in Phuket property, property in Phuket and property Phuket as its a great way to earn quick money. In addition the Phuket islands and private islands are the best adventure place for tourist, where they can spend some time in the beech and rest at shipping or boating activities. To reach the lovely Phuket islands or private islands you can hire your own car or taxi. Every year thousands of people from all over the world come at Phuket islands, private islands or Phuket hotel resorts and spend their holidays with family, friends and relatives. Moreover you will find many other attractive real estate Phuket investments and lifestyle opportunities including big apartments, private houses and so on. Phuket islands unique coastal beauty as well as international lifestyle is really hard or difficult to beat. The Luxurious real estate Thailand property, Thailand homes, Phuket property, property Phuket attracts lots of people each year. Like many other countries Thailand's real estate property market offers the buyers everything right from big luxurious Phuket villas, apartments and much more. The best thing about making investments in Thailand property, Thailand homes, Phuket hotel resorts Phuket property, and Phuket islands is its cost-effective factor. The real estate companies Phuket provide guidance to the investors. Real estate companies Phuket also tells the investors about how he can make a right investment in Phuket villas, property in Phuket, real estate Phuket, Phuket property, Phuket islands, Thailand property, Thailand homes and private islands. For more details and information regarding Thailand property, Thailand homes, Phuket villas, property in Phuket, real estate Phuket, real estate companies Phuket, Phuket hotel resorts, Phuket property, Phuket islands and private islands then log on to www.tgr-asia.com

The Car Bike Rack - A Good Investment

The Car Bike Rack - A Good Investment

There's few investments that will cost you so little and deliver so much than a car bike rack.If you're a bicyclist, you already know the pleasures and advantages of bike riding. Biking is an excellent way to lose weight, or more importantly to maintain once you've lost that weight. And it's also a most enjoyable way to see the sights of a city. But biking is a lot more enjoyable if you can get out to the parks or out into the suburbs where you can enjoy the quiet of nature.If you hesitate to bike because you don't like being on your own, there are plenty of biking clubs eager for members. By joining a bike club you'll meet people who share the same kind of interests. You'll have an incentive to go out biking on a regular basis. It's a win win situation.The whole wide world is before you - at least, the parts of it that you can reach with your car. By taking advantage of your mechanical wheels you can get out to the trails in the mountains, woods, or even on the beaches.But if you're going on a long distance journey, you'll need to transport your bikes somehow, and the perfect way to do that is with a car bike rack.You've spent a lot of money on your bike - whether it's one designed to take you over hill and dale, or one designed to take you careening down mountain trails - and you don't want it damaged or scratched before you even get it out onto the trails.You've also spent a lot of money on your car, truck or SUV, and you don't want that unnecessarily scratched, or stained with dirt or grease.So you need to invest in a car bicycle rack as well.The Car Bike Carrier for Every VehicleThere is a bike rack out there that will fit any car, any truck, any SUV.There are three types of bike rack on the market. The most common rack you see is the rear-mounted rack, which is attached to the trunk of your car. This type of rack generally only holds up to 3 bicycles.Also available is the hitch rack, sometimes called the receiver rack. This type of car bike rack fits over your car hitch, which keeps the bikes further away from your trunk, and you can generally hold up to five bicycles.Those two racks are the most popular, but some people worry about being rear-ended in an accident, which would of course do a considerable amount of damage to their bicycles. So they elect to get a roof rack.The roof rack, also called a top rack, is just what it seems - a rack that fits on the top of your car. Bikes are safer up there if you're afraid of a casual fender bender. But you do have to have the strength to lift the bike up or down from its perch.There are so many styles of car bike racks, so many manufacturers of quality, that you'll be sure to find something that fits your needs at the price you can afford, and it will protect your investments in car and bike as well. So don't delay, go out and get a car bike rack today.

Volunteering In Kenya: The Exotic Volunteer Travel Opportunity

Volunteering In Kenya: The Exotic Volunteer Travel Opportunity

Kenya is situated in East Africa and shares its borders with Somalia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda and Sudan. Kenya has one of the greatest or biggest wildlife habitats in the world and it is called the Masai Mara, which sees the annual migration of Wildebeast. Some of the other big animals found in Kenya include buffalo, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and elephants. Although Kenya has some natural resources and wildlife, there is still a lot more that Kenyan people need in terms of stabilizing the economy. There is poverty, lack of healthcare facilities, lack of education and poaching and amidst all this the Kenyan and the Masai tribal people are trying hard to carve an existence.If you are interested in overseas volunteer work and want to add to a cause then volunteering in Kenya is a great opportunity! There are many organizations, which have specific programs that can help you get volunteer work in the form of teaching English overseas or lend a helping hand in development of a community. Volunteering in Kenya, Africa can vary depending on the programs but opportunities offered are in the following field:Academic reinforcement Adult education AIDS Childcare/children Community centers HandicappedHealth care Homelessness Nature ConservationPastoral work Primary education Relief Street kids Teaching Wildlife ConservationWomen Youth development Volunteering in Kenya means that you will get to amass a lot of experience through working on several programs for a longer duration. Attending these programs and working for a cause will be a value addition on your resume and also provide the necessary exposure. You will get to work with existing staff and depending upon the program, you will attend to the issue at hand. As a foreign volunteer in Kenya, you can get the following facilities but this will largely vary from organization to organization. They are:The program price can vary from $200 to $600 for 2 weeks You can choose from a variety of volunteer work in AfricaThe programs are mostly flexibleYou will get 24/7 support from existing staff You will get an airport pickup and/or dropLocal transportationFood and lodging will be taken care ofYou will get introduced to the local people, existing staff, banks, restaurants, government officials etc. You will get to learn the local language through a crash courseVolunteering in Kenya also offers a range of opportunities for those who love to be close to nature and wildlife. A part of overseas volunteer work, wildlife and environment conservation programs in Kenya offer opportunities in animal welfare, biological research & conservation, wood cutting, fixing fences, ground patrol, protecting natural resources, reforestation, wildlife surveying and many more.A typical volunteer for working in Kenya doesnt need to have any kind of special education. You just need to be inspired and ready to work for a cause with passion and dedication. One of the key qualities required is the ability to adapt to the environment. There are times when volunteers from US or Europe are unable to eat the food prepared in Africa by a local Masai woman and it is not just about food, it is about complete adjustment and you have to become one with the project. The recommended age is 18 or more for any of the programs. Nationality or religion doesnt matter for volunteering in Kenya.Volunteering in Kenya teaching programs involves teaching in elementary and high schools and the subjects can vary from mathematics to English, science, social science, geography, history, painting, cooking and music. It doesnt matter whether you have any prior teaching experience or not. It all comes down to one thing: Are you ready to volunteer for a cause?

Canadian Casinos North Of The Border For Fun & Games

Gambling in Canada expanded in leaps and bounds during the 1990s.Canada now boasts 59 casinos and 70 racetrack/slots venues in 7 provinces and NWT.Provincial governments oversee gaming in each of the participating provinces.The legal gambling age is 19 years of age. I suggest you call ahead for casino hours and location.All information is correct at time of writing, but may change.Nova ScotiaCasino Nova Scotia operates two locations in Halifax, 1983 Upper Water St. on the waterfront-Purdy's Wharf and Sydney.QuebecAll casinos have a dress code (no jeans), and no gratuities are accepted.Casino Montreal: 1, Avenue du Casino, Montreal in Parc Des Iles. Nuance - 5 star restaurant.Casino de Hull: 1, Blvd. du Casino, Hull. Across the river from Ottawa, Canadas capital city.OntarioContact Ontario Casino Corp. 416-326-0076 for current updates.Charity Casinos: Four locations. All use The Winners Circle players card.Brantford: 40 Icomm Drive, Brantford. Located 55 miles southwest of Toronto in downtown Brantford, ON. This celestial themed casino has a gift shop, a liquor license, Meteor Bar lounge and dining at the Cosmic Diner cafeteria. Open 24 hours.Thunder Bay: 50 Cumberland St. S., Thunder Bay. Location: On the north shore of Lake Superior in Thunder Bay, ON. The area is rich in the history of mining, marine and fur trading. A sea faring themed casino of more than 14,000 square feet.Point Edward: 2000 Venetian Blvd., Point Edward. Location: Ten blocks from Sarnia, Ont. near the Bluewater Bridge on the St. Clair River. Indoor sights of a ships hull, saltwater aquarium and glass bridge add to this nautical themed casino.Casino Sault Ste. Marie: 30 Bay St. W., Sault Ste. Marie. Location: Northern Ontario approx. 400 miles north of Toronto. Great hunting and fishing in this area.Eighteen racetracks have placed more than 9000 slots as per the provincial plan in partnership with the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Commission.ManitobaVLT's available in many bars throughout Manitoba. Two of the best are:Club Regent: 1425 Regent W., Winnipeg.McPhillips Stn.: 484 McPhillips St., Winnipeg.SaskatchewanCasino Regina: Union Station, 1880 Saskatchewan Dr. is this provinces premiere casino.AlbertaCasinos offer regular slots rather than VLTs.Edmonton is Canadas fastest growing gaming city, and Casino Yellowhead is its jewel.Home to the worlds largest shopping/entertainment complex - West Edmonton Mall.Casino Yellowhead: Yellow Head Trail at 153rd St. located in the West Edmonton Mall.At 73,500 sq. ft, Yellowhead is the largest casino in western Canada.British ColumbiaGreat Canadian Casinos operates several casinos in BC.Most locations offer these table games: Blackjack, Roulette, Mini-Baccarat, Red Dog, Let It Ride, Caribbean Stud Poker, Sic Bo, Texas Hold Em, Seven-Card Stud Poker and slots.Each casino is centrally located in large municipalities and offers currency exchange,food and beverage service, wheel chair accessibility and nearby public transportation.Western Canada Lottery Corporation works in conjunction with the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and territory of Yukon and Sport North Lottery Authority.There are no taxes paid on lottery or casino winnings in Canada.Being Canadian and born in Toronto, the research for this information was a labour (Canadian spelling) of love.

Magic Kingdom At Walt Disney World

With attractions like the Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Adventureland, Liberty Square, Frontierland, Tomorrowland and Mickey's Toontown Fair, the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida is perhaps the most popular Disney resort, as well as the first in the line. Built in 1971, the resort spanning over 28,000 acres is, every year, thronged by thousands upon thousands of visitors both young and old.The Main Street, USA, is where you can walk or enjoy a horse-drawn street car. Horseless carriages and the Walt Disney World Railroad are also there to take you visiting Ariels Grotto or Cinderellas Castle amidst other attractions like the Mad Tea Party or Mickey's Philhar Magic. Adventureland takes you through the exotic and remote foreign lands; be it Alladins Magic Carpets or the Jungle Cruise, the atmosphere is stunning and enjoyable for all ages.Dubbed the Most Magical Place on Earth, the resort also features some of the all time greats of the animation world; Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto, all having the Disney name in common between them. Mickey's Toontown Fair boasts attractions that feature all of them, including Donalds Boat, The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm and Mickey, as well as Minnie's, Country Houses.To keep the different sections of the kingdom connected, yet eliminate the need for characters of one kingdom to pass through other kingdoms where they look out of place, the Disney team built utility corridors in the shape of underground tunnels, coining them as Utilidors. The detail that went into the planning of the resort is also apparent from the forced perspective visual trick used in Cinderellas Palace which makes it look much higher than its actual 189 feet.Designed by Michael Graves, the award winner architect, the luxurious Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel Orlando is the place to stay while you visit the Magical Disney resort. At the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort in terms of its location, this hotel features the Heavenly Bed and rooms with limited or resort view of the world surrounding it. The dining facilities within the resort are similarly luxurious as well as exotic, with 17 different outlets to cater to your taste buds. For those who wish to relax during their vacations, there are pools, waterfalls, fountains and even whirlpools to give you complete relaxation as well as a tropical environment to work on that elusive tan.

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Chicago, Arlington House, Sunday, October 23, 2005, 6:15 amYesterday, after our lovely Austrian breakfast we went downtown to the Chicago Cultural Center, the main downtown information hub for tourists, to ask some questions about the Pullman Historic District, a planned industrial community, built in the 1880s by industrial magnate George Pullman, creator of the famous Pullman sleeper cars. We figured this would be an interesting place to visit since it brings together a...