Santo Domingo – Oldest European City of the New World

Santo Domingo – Oldest European City of the New World

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The Dominican Republic is a country in the Caribbean that shares its land boundary with Haiti on the west. Santo Domingo, officially Santo Domingo de Guzmán, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic and the largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean. Street signs and restaurant menus are written in Spanish, which is the country’s official language. Santo Domingo is the cultural, financial, political, commercial and industrial center. Coffee, sugar, and tobacco are the island’s main sources of income. Tourism is also playing an important part in supporting the economy now. Christopher Columbus visited the island on December 5, 1492. Actually, he founded the island (accidentally), naming it Hispaniola.

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Alcázar Balcony

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Alcázar de Colón

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Panteón Nacional

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Catedral Primada de América

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Fortaleza Ozama

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Mouth of the Rio Ozama

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Convento de los Dominicos

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Monumento de Fray Antón de Montesinos

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Puerta del Conde

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DR Founding Fathers

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Mausoleum of Christopher Columbus

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New Caledonia – Taste of France in Pacific

New Caledonia – Taste of France in Pacific

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New Caledonia is a dependent overseas territory of France lying in the western Pacific Ocean, in the Coral Sea, to the east of Australia and west of Vanuatu. The territory consists of the main island of Grand Terre, the archipelago of the Loyalty Islands , the Isle of Pines and numerous small, sparsely populated islands and atolls. The main island is by far the largest of the group and contains about nine-tenths of the population. It is surrounded by a coral reef that extends from Huon Island in the north to the Île des Pins in the south. Except for the central part of the west coast, which is bordered only by a fringing reef, it is a true barrier reef enclosing a large lagoon. There are numerous passages in the reef, usually at the mouths of rivers. New Caledonia’s lagoons, with their diverse reefs and associated ecosystems, were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008. New Caledonia offers beaches, mountaintop fondue in chalets, camping, amazing snorkelling and diving, and fabulous French food.

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Kek Lok Si Temple Chinese New Year Lighting 2017

Kek Lok Si Temple Chinese New Year Lighting 2017

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Standing on a hilltop at Air Itam, near Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. The temple began construction in the early 1890′s and is still going on today. The complex is divided into three zones while the temple grounds comprise the hill entrance, souvenir, food and drinks stalls and the turtle liberation pond. The mid section of the temple houses temples, gardens, the pagoda and the four heavenly kings pavilion; meanwhile the hilltop plays host to an enormous statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin as well as more gardens and temples. The temple’s enclave including a pagoda and a huge statue of the Goddess Kuan Yin is prominent. Besides the monastery, a seven-storey pagoda of 10,000 Buddha images displays the essence of an eclectic mix of Chinese, Thai and Burmese architecture.

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Orchid Show in New York Botanical Garden

Orchid Show in New York Botanical Garden

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The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show never fails to disappoint, and this year’s show is no exception. The visual style is deliberate. “Orchidelirium” harks back to the era when orchid mania swept Victorian England with such intensity that it required a new word to describe it. The spectacular centerpiece of the show, above, is a “mountain” of volcanic rock and orchids built over a cleverly-hidden structure of steel and chicken wire.

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Lybrook Badlands, New Mexico

Lybrook Badlands, New Mexico

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The Lybrook Badlands, at over 7000 feet elevation, offer a comfortable summer hiking destination. Countless, multihued sandstone hoo doos are so ingeniously shaped that they appear crafted in a Santa Fe artist’s studio rather than by natural forces. The cliffs separating the steps complicate long-distance hiking. Easy routes between the levels are limited and difficult to find. The Badlands are located approximately two-and-a-half hours from Albuquerque in northwestern New Mexico.

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New Honda Fit RS 2015

New Honda Fit RS 2015

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The next generation of the Honda Fit subcompact won’t be coming to the U.S. until next year as a 2015 model, but the redesigned third-generation Fit goes on sale in Japan this year. The 2015 Honda Fit will not only be the first vehicle from Honda to wear the new Exciting H Design, it will also be the first Honda Fit to be manufactured in North America.

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Boulder at Moeraki, New Zealand

Boulder at Moeraki, New Zealand

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At Moeraki, 40 kilometres south of Oamaru, huge spherical boulders are scattered along the beach. Others can be seen emerging from the sandstone cliffs. Each boulder weighs several tonnes and is up to two metres high. New Zealand’s inhabitants have different unscientific theories concerning the origin of these boulders. One of them tells that they are fossil dinosaurs’ eggs. The version of aliens landing, who laid the eggs but couldn’t sustain the severe Earth climate, is popular too. But real things were another. Formed in ancient sea floor sediments around 60 million years ago by a similar process to the formation of pearls.

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The New GMC Yukon Denali 2015

The New GMC Yukon Denali 2015

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The Yukon family of SUVs Yukon, long-wheelbase Yukon XL, and luxurious Yukon Denali, adopt many of the changes applied to the Sierra. The 2015 GMC Yukon Denali is all-new with bold new styling, additional refinement, more power, new fold-flat rear seats and a quieter interior. The new exterior design features HID headlights, Chrome Denali grille and standard 20-inch wheels. Illuminated, power-retractable assist steps and 22-inch wheels are optional. The Yukon Denali is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine with Active Fuel Management, direct injection and variable valve timing that produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated with a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission, featuring TapShift control, Tow/Haul mode and Auto Grade Braking. Inside the Denali features active noise cancelation technology to make the interior quieter and an eight-inch customizable driver display with three available user themes and available head-up display. Third-generation magnetic ride control delivers more precise body control for better driving dynamics and a smoother ride.

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New Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

New Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

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The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a smartwatch, a device designed primarily to work as a companion to a Galaxy range phone or tablet, just like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or Galaxy Note 10.1. The smartwatch is quite large. Although its screen is square, large bezels on the top and bottom give it a chunky, rectangular shape, with rounded corners. The strap is made of good quality rubbery plastic and a slight bulge in it houses a 1.9-megapixel camera.

Specifications:

1.63in Super AMOLED display with 320×320 resolution
800MHz processor
512MB RAM
4GB internal storage
1.9MP camera with auto focus
315mAh Li-on battery
Bluetooth 4.0
accelerometer
gyroscope
11.1mm face thickness
73.8g
price £299

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New York Botanical Garden in Bronx

New York Botanical Garden in Bronx

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The New York Botanical Garden boasts one of the world\’s greatest collections of plants. You can explore 50 diverse gardens and plant collections across 250 acres of year-round beauty throughout the National Historic Landmark landscape, including 30,000 magnificent trees. A wonderful journey into the country in the heart of an urban center. The gardens are always so lovely to visit, any time of the year.

Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed Mondays (except Federal Holidays, like Memorial Day, Labor Day)
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas

Grounds-Only Admission
Adults $10
Seniors: $5
Students (with valid ID): $5
Children (2-12 years), $2
Children under 2: Free
Members: Free

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