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By on Feb 14, 2018 (Edited Feb 15, 2018)

In this current day and age travel has become exponentially grandiose and the opportunities to soak in various cultures around the world are much more accessible. One of the most popular areas for tourism and travel is Europe. European architecture is a defining staple of what entices visitors from around the globe, from the lavish art deco chateaus in Paris, France to the art nouveau edifices in Barcelona, Spain. When venturing deeper into the specific institutions that tourists and explorers interact with the most frequently, one need not go further than the hotels and resorts in Europe. The hotels and resorts, which we will explore in this article are hotspots for travelers and more importantly embody the thematic and cultural elements engrained in each respective country.

The first hotel on our list is the Hotel Le Meurice in Paris. The elegance of the hotel is unrivaled with a refined juxtaposition of 18th century opulence and contemporary chic. In addition to the aesthetic pleasure that one feels when entering the hotel, there is a rich history and culture prevalent as the hotel has been around since 1815. Renowned artist Salvador Dali was a common inhabitant of the hotel and stayed there so much that they created a restaurant, “Restaurant Le Dalí” which was created in homage of the legendary figure. Other dining options include Two-Michelin Star restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse. The hotel’s long lasting relationship with fine art and literature are representations of how it truly embodies the essence of Parisian culture.

Not too far away is the prestigious Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville, Spain. The hotel has been in service since 1929. Architecturally the hotel embellishes on the aristocratic identity of the hotel as it was originally designed for the Ibero-American exposition of 1929 where the residents included kings, presidents and dignitaries. The fine carpets, coffered hanging lamps and tall arches and columns all accentuate the affluence of t...

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By on Feb 14, 2018 (Edited Feb 15, 2018)

Everybody has once in lifetime thought of buying their dream house. It is thrilling and frightening at the same time, thinking about investing in a brand new property. After all, it involves a great financial investment. Many things are needed to be taken care of while searching for a house, bidding and making arrangements required to buy the property.

The most important thing prior to investing in a building is building inspections. It is necessary as it is not wise to neglect even a bit of process in order to be ensured that the house you are buying is free from any structural or other flaws. Building Inspections basically involve the process of examining the condition of the house.

What exactly are Building Inspections And What Is their Necessity?

Building inspections involve assessing and evaluating a building. A professional structure examiner is required to accomplish them. Building inspections consist of thoroughly checking the ceilings, floorings, doors, electrical wiring, plumbing, proper ventilation and a lot more. Building inspection should be a priority before the actual auction. The area of inspections is large in regards to a home/building and the buyer can’t himself carry out these inspections well, therefore an expert is required for the same.

Who benefits from a property inspection? Buyer or Seller?

Building Inspections provide major benefit to the buyers, as they are the ones who are going to make big investments. But at the same time, it is equally important to the seller to close deal in a satisfactory manner, avoiding any end time issues. For buyers, an inspection report acts as an insurance that their investment is worthy. Similarly, for sellers, it acts as a tool for demonstrating their honesty and transparency.

Issues that can be brought to light with building inspection reports

If you are about to buy a new property or wish to sell your own, you should get the building inspections done by a professional exami...

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By on Feb 14, 2018

With guns drawn the police approached the old Chev truck with caution suddenly a gun appeared in the driver’s hand. The police dropped down to kneeling positions with guns raised and pointed at the driver who was now holding the gun to his own mouth. One of the policemen call out to the driver, STOP, WAIT. Then the shot rang out, jumping up and running at the same time the police rushed the truck. One of the police was screaming on the radio "I need ambulances now"

The officer in charge was still waiting for headquarters to give the go ahead for them to proceed to the house up on the hill, where there was still thought to be more shooters or god only knows what. What must have seemed like hours, but what really only about two minutes, headquarters called out go in now, fast. Just then a young woman came running out the snow covered corn field. She was screaming "don't shoot, don't shoot". She had been hiding in the corn field that had gone uncut that fall. The wet fields had cost the farmer but had saved the girls life by giving her cover while she was trying to escape from the murderer. The young girl was only dressed in a nightgown and slippers and was shaking profusely and unable to speak clearly. The police quickly put her in one of the squad cars and tried to get out of her what had happened. All she could say was "my family has been shot please get up there and help them".

With that information two squad cars and one ambulance headed down the ice covered road about 1/4 mile to the junction that headed up the hill to the house. They knew that they had come in on the wrong route as they turned the corner at the beginning of a 1/2 mile ice and snow cover up hill drive. "We should put on our tire chains" said the officer of the lead car. But they knew they didn't have time to stop now. The lead squad car hit the gas, the driver knew he would never make the hill unless he had some speed. The next two cars followed suit leaving just enough dis...

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By on Feb 14, 2018

1. Fubiz

Fubiz, an art and design blog, is an example of a really sleek design that also includes some cool personalization.

Near the top of the blog's homepage, readers can side-scroll through "highlighted" posts. Below that is the Creativity Finder, where visitors can select their chosen personas -- from "Art Lover" to "Freelance" -- location, and the type of content they're looking for. From there, readers can browse content specifically catered to them.

We can't help but love the header image, too. It uses something called "blue mind" psychology, which has found that the sight of open water can naturally draw us in. By using it in a design scheme, Fubiz is able to visually attract visitors to its content.

2. Brit + Co

Everything about the Brit + Co homepage says "clean," "warm," and "welcoming." It's free of clutter, making the content more digestible, and the layout is extremely organized.

We dig the seasonality of the site, too. I mean, avocado jack-o'-lanterns on the dawn of October? Adorable, and replete with a colorful, fun photo to illustrate the story's content.

The subtle "trending" header also serves as a nice way to promote popular content, without being too in-you-face about it. Plus, with such great visuals, we took note of the nod to Pinterest -- that icon is important to include when your blog incorporates attractive imagery.

3.Tesco Living

We love the colorful, consistent design of Tesco Living, the blog site of British grocery chain Tesco.

Remember how we keep harping away at brand consistency? Check out the rhombus-like designs in the top banner -- that reflects the same ones that appear in Tesco's logo.

What Tesco Living has achieved is a great balance of simplicity and boldness. The layout is extremely minimal, but it isn't dull. Warm and welcoming shades underscore each content category, and the photos add dashes of colors throughout the site. It's a great example of how the right imagery can achieve an appealing "less-is-more" ...

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By on Feb 14, 2018

Alphons Kannanthanam, the incumbent minister of tourism for India, recently stated, according to the Guardian (2018), female tourists should wear skirts or short dresses in India nor should they walk alone at night in the country’s small towns and cities as a self- security and safety. Moreover, all travelers are handed a gift bag that has the “dos and don’ts” of how to move around in any city of India. The points are not something to be seriously concerned upon, however, due large populations crimes are the main nuisance that the city faces.

The issuance of the safety guidelines by the tourism minister was to address the sexual assaults issue that several travelling women face in India the media took attention to this when a particularly high- profile case of the gang- rape and brutal murder of a Delhi’s medical student in 2012 and numerous subsequent sexual harassment and attacks on female tourists that venture on the Indian streets.

The India’s National Crimes statistics indicate that daily of 92 rape cases are reported, of which most are of the rural regions. ActionAid UK (United Kingdom) did a survey on how much safe are women in India and it is discovered, according to their statistics (2018), that nearly four out of five women have experienced some form of harassment or violence in the public. These statistics amounts to almost 80 percent of the working and studying women in India between 18 and 25. These statistics, moreover, can be projected upon the female tourists as well, as it was experienced by several women reporting such cases, namely; the kidnapping of Japanese woman who was sexually assaulted in 2014 in Bihar. Similarly, the gang- rape by the group of men of the Israeli woman in the Himalayan resort town of Manali that caused a lot of stir in July of 2016. The most famous among such incidents was the rape and murder of a British teenager in Goa in 2008. These were some of the reported cases that took a lot of news coverage in the inte...

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