A Battlefield Tour of the Lochnagar Crater

August 28th, 2014 admin Travel and Tourism 0

There are so many battlefield and memorial sites to visit in France and Belgium that, in order not to become overwhelmed by them and end up visiting none, an itinerary is essential!

Of course, travelling on an organised battlefield coach tour with an experienced operator is another way of doing it. They know the most popular sites that people like to see and plan their journeys around Normandy and Ypres with this is mind.

One such popular location is the Lochnagar Crater, a massive scar on the landscape outside the town of Albert, Picardy, which has survived as a memorial to all who fought and died in the first world war.

The Lochnagar Crater was created on the first day of the Somme Battle, by the 179th Tunnelling Company of the Royal Engineers on 1st July 1916 – the sappers.

The plucky and inventive 179th exploded four large mines in tunnels within enemy territory, collapsing German dug-outs and creating a hole in the La Boisselle countryside of around 91 metres in diameter (300 feet) and 21 metres (70 feet) deep.

Lochnagar Crater is a privately owned first world war battlefield memorial or, as owner Richard Dunning describes on his website, “unique Garden of Remembrance”.  A memorial ceremony is held yearly on the anniversary of its creation, the first day of the Somme.

The Somme, as might be imagined, has a great many memorial and battlefield sites suitable for inclusion in an organised tour, which can be the best way to see these locations.

For example, experienced guides from Battlefield Tours, a family run business working in partnership with The War Research Society, looks after tourists, from their pick up point in the UK until they are dropped off again. Travel on the coach tours is free via National Express, as is entrance to all the museums and historical locations visited.

As well as coach tours the company has also devised a battlefield tour schedule further afield for those who wish to fly to destinations such as the Channel Islands, Malta and Poland.

Come to New York City

August 28th, 2014 admin Travel and Tourism 0

New york is a very big and populated state in U.S.A. The most interesting thing in NY is New York City (NYC). This city isn’t only Manhattan, but consists of, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island. Did you know Manhattan was the smallest out of the 5 boroughs, but is the most densely populated. NYC consists of more , than 8 million people. New York has many tags, such as “The city that never sleeps.” The most famous of these tags are “Big Apple.”

New York City is the birthplace of many cultures, such as the Harlem Renaissance. If you come to NYC you can see the many attractions. One particular attraction that many people around the globe come for is seeing the “Empire State Building.” Empire State Building is like a monument of NYC and you can see everything in NY from the top.

Another great attraction is the Statue Of Liberty. Did you know the Statue of Liberty is made out of copper and slowly by the years turned green. You can come to the many museums in NYC, but the best in my opinion is Metropolitan Mesuem of Art. It is one of the biggest museum in the world. That’s all to explain about NY, if you want to learn more come visit.

All About Niagara Falls !

August 28th, 2014 admin Travel and Tourism 0

Niagara Falls has been a tourism hotpot for many years now. Niagara Falls is the border line between Canada and the United States. The Horseshoe Fall which is in canada, and the American Fall, which is located in America.

The Horseshoe fall is 173 feet (53 meters), and the American Fall is 70 fee (20 meters). The Horseshoe fall is overall, larger in width and height. Niagara falls isnt only a tourism hotspot, people use the enormous energy of the falls to make power.

The first known effort to harness the waters was in 1759, when Daniel Joncaire built a small canal above the Falls to power his sawmill. Augustus and Peter Porter purchased this area and all of American Falls in 1805 from the New York state government, and enlarged the original canal to provide hydraulic power for their gristmill and tannery.

In 1853, the Niagara Falls Hydraulic Power and Mining Company was chartered, which eventually constructed the canals which would be used to generate electricity. In 1881, under the leadership of Jacob Schoellkopf, enough power was produced to send direct current to illuminate both the Falls themselves and nearby Niagara Falls village.