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End Of Line

The Finish Line

In 40 days I have traveled the world. Seeing new and exotic place. Going to 3 different continents, 9 different countries and 9 different cities. Traveled close to 35,000 kilometer and have spent thousands of dollars on hotels, flight and tours. But will never regret it.

I look at the city of technology, life, cities, ages, history, culture, creativity and opportunity. They are all different but the history and art are rich with discovery.

I am now home in Canada and I really miss my family and friends. But I am still glad that I fulfilled my dreams.

Until next time! ;)

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Posted by justinroska 18:35 Archived in Canada Comments (0)

Explore The City of Opportunity - Day 3

London, England

It is my last day here in London so I planned something very special. My first destination is London's greatest site, Big Ben. It is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London.

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I later a taxi drive to go across the River Thames to go to the other side of London to see Buckingham Palace. It is the official residence and main workplace of the British royal family. The palace is a setting for state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focus for the British people at times of national rejoicing and crisis. Right in front of the palace is the Victoria Memorial in honor of the late Queen Victoria. Outside the gate are the Queen's Guards with there big bushy black head wear. I tried to make funny face to make them laugh but the did not move a muscle.

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After that I went to get lunch at Bag O' Nails. Which had the greatest fish n' chip in the world. They had live music and the best beer you would ever taste!

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When I finish eating it was already 5 in the afternoon so got a taxi and told the driver to ride to the London Eye. When I got there I lined up and paid around $30 Canadian. The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames in London, England. The entire structure is 135 metres tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 metres. It is slow moving so you barely know that once you are in there you are moving. It was getting dark and the view from up the top was beautiful you can see the whole city.

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After that I went back to my hotel and started packing. I sure going to miss this place. This was my last stop before I go back to Canada and I will never forget the places I saw. This will always be a life to remember!

Posted by justinroska 18:07 Archived in England Comments (0)

Explore The City of Opportunity - Day 1 & 2

London, England

I am now London, England and it is bright sunny afternoon. I got a taxi and head to Lancaster London Hotel to stay for 4 days and 3 nights.

Just outside of my hotel is a garden which happens to be my first destination. The Greenwich Park is the oldest enclosed Royal Park in England. It covers more than 180 acres and has been made a World Heirtage Site. It commands fine views over the River Thames, the Isle of Dogs and the City of London. The park provides a setting for several historic buildings, including the Old Royal Observatory, the Royal Naval College, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House.

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After my stroll around the park, I decided to walk a pathway to the National Maritime Museum. It is the largest maritime museum in the world . The Queen formally approved Royal Museums Greenwich as the new overall title for the National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House, the Royal Observatory, Greenwich and the Cutty Sark. The museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The museum's Maritime London gallery is a permanent exhibition exploring the importance of London's maritime heritage and its impact on world trade.

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Just right beside the museum was the Queen's House. Not the actual residence of the Queen. It is one of the most important buildings in British architectural history, being the first consciously classical building to have been constructed in Britain. Architect Inigo Jones introduced Palladian style to England during his trip to Italy. One of the houses greatest features were the Tulip Staircase and the cubic Great Hall.

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I was getting tired of walking so I went Bar Du Musee for a bite to eat. Opened as a tiny French bistro on Nelson Road, Greenwich in 1969, it has grown into a successful restaurant and nightspot but it still holds true to the original concept with a delicious menu and has a selection of good value international wine.

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After having a delicious meal, I feel so full and I could not walk, so I decided to get a taxi and sleep on it. That ends my day.

Day 2

It is now my second day in the city of London and I my first destination is not that far from the hotel. It Royal Observatory Greenwich. It plays a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation, and is best known as the location of the prime meridian. Having only a longitude 0 degrees. It is pretty interesting being in the middle of the western and eastern hemisphere.

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After my visit to the prime meridian, I walk for a few minutes and went to go to the Old Royal Naval College. It is the architectural centrepiece of Maritime Greenwich. It has been here since the Roman era (almost 2000 year age)!

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I was getting hungry so I had lunch at The Old Brewery. It is a restaurant, cafe, bar and brewery all in one. They even have a to learn about the history of beer. How cool is that?!

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After my lunch I went to my last sight of the day. The Cutty Sark is a British clipper ship. Built on the Clyde in 1869 for a shipping line, she was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, coming at the end of a long period of design development which halted as sailing ships gave way to steam propulsion.

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If you don not know by now, for the past 2 days I have been going to places that are United Nation World Heritage Sites. These places have really deserve this name for there rich history and great architecture. Tomorrow is my last day so I am going to make it special! Blog to you soon!

Posted by justinroska 16:35 Archived in England Comments (0)

Awaken The City of Creativity - Day 3

Milan, Italy

It is my last day in Milan and I will only be going to 2 places.

The first place is the Torre Velasca. It is a skyscraper built in 1950s and part of the first generation of Italian modern architecture, while still being part of the Milanese context in which it was born, to which also belongs the Milan cathedral and the Sforzesco Castle. The tower is around 100m tall and has a peculiar mushroom-like shape.

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My last destination is Idroscalo. It is an artificial lake in Milan that was originally constructed as a seaplane airport. It is owned by the Province of Milan which has transformed it into a park. The place hosts many recreational activities and is now sometimes known as the "Sea of Milan". Sports within the park include kayaking, canoeing, dragon boats, rowing, sailing, swimming, horse riding and water skiing. Idroscalo has also bars and nightclubs and has been the venue for open-air concerts.

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Near the lake there is an amusement park called Europark Idroscalo Milano. It is opened to the public for the first time in 1965, the park is a popular stop on Via Rivoltana near Idroscalo Lake. It is open seven days a week from March through September and on weekends throughout the year. There are roller coasters, a midway , a house of mirrors, a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, merry-go-rounds, two flume rides, house of horrors, go-karts, a trip simulator, and various other fantasy and thrill rides. The park also features a restaurant and a pub. Near the center of the park grounds is an enclosed playground including plastic tunnels through which small children could crawl while their parents watch through a screen. This place is filled fun and joy.

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It was getting dark and I have to leave early tomorrow morning. It will sad to miss this place and I hope to see more of it again.

Posted by justinroska 09:43 Archived in Italy Comments (0)

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