Fancy Expeditions http://www.fancyexpeditions.com Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:12:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The World’s Best Locations For A Life Changing Vacation http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2015/01/worlds-best-locations-life-changing-vacation/ http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2015/01/worlds-best-locations-life-changing-vacation/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:12:59 +0000 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/?p=1384 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com

If you’ve been searching online for articles that list standard destination recommendations like Spain and Italy, you’ve come to the wrong place. While some people like to stick with the main tourist hubs, we think it’s always a good idea to look for somewhere more interesting. European countries might be enjoyable occasionally, but you should …

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If you’ve been searching online for articles that list standard destination recommendations like Spain and Italy, you’ve come to the wrong place. While some people like to stick with the main tourist hubs, we think it’s always a good idea to look for somewhere more interesting. European countries might be enjoyable occasionally, but you should always try to push your limits. Some destinations offer life changing vacation experiences that you will never forget. So, maybe you should do a little more research before booking for annual summer getaway for 2015?

 

Reunification Arch, Pyongyang

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North Korea

While you will have seen all the propaganda about North Korea on the TV, you probably don’t understand the true nature of the country. Ten years ago, anyone who wanted to visit DPRK had to fly to China and then smuggle themselves across the border. However, that is no longer the case. There are now around nine flights per day from mainland China to North Korea, and so you can visit the country legally. It is one of the last places on earth that is still holding onto a system of government that predates World War Two. The people who were born and raised there are very welcoming to tourists, and your safety is guaranteed.

 

Patagonia

Nestled between Argentina and Chile, Patagonia is one of the most beautiful mountainous regions in the whole of South America. Those of you who want to see some amazing sights simply can’t go wrong. The views are breathtaking, and there are plenty of organized expeditions every single week. You just need to look online and do some research. That is the best way of discovering the best activities. Patagonia expeditions can vary in length. Some last only a couple of days, while others can continue for over a week. Your selection should come down to your fitness levels, and the amount of time you’re willing to spend in the mountains.

 

Iran

If you’ve ever taken a holiday in London, you’ll have no trouble handling the hustle and bustle of this next location. Tourists aren’t free to visit many middle eastern countries these days for the obvious reasons. However, Iran is one nation that welcomes thousands of westerners each year. Contrary to what you might see on the television, this is a forward thinking nation that has adopted a lot of modern technology. If you want to experience a Muslim country for yourself, there is no better location in the world. Best of all? The oldest civilization on earth came from Iran, and so there are thousands of ancient monuments to visit. Just be warned that most tours have to be organized in advance, which means you need to make all your arrangements before leaving home. There is only a low threat of terrorism, and so you shouldn’t be too concerned. At the current time, Government advice states that Iran is nowhere near as dangerous as Morocco. Many tourists travel there each year without incident, so you have nothing to worry about.

 

Wherever you decide to take your holiday this year, we hope you manage to experience a new culture and way of life. You might even dispel a few myths and learn what it’s like to live on the other side of the fence.

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Owning a car is expensive enough. With a basic sedan costing an average of $9,122, plus gas and insurance, it’s no wonder that unnecessary auto repair is consistently ranked one of the highest causes of consumer complaint annually in the United States. While exact estimates of the amount of money lost vary, the number is …

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Owning a car is expensive enough. With a basic sedan costing an average of $9,122, plus gas and insurance, it’s no wonder that unnecessary auto repair is consistently ranked one of the highest causes of consumer complaint annually in the United States. While exact estimates of the amount of money lost vary, the number is generally agreed to be in the tens of billions, with some estimates ranging as high as $40 billion. Even worse, 27% of Americans report being dissatisfied with repair services they’ve gotten, with most of the dissatisfaction stemming from high costs. So how can car owners cut back on spending on repairs?

 

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First, realize that most of your repairs (which cost Americans an average of $750 in 2013) come from the same few parts of your car. Your engine, for one, is the most important part of your car and therefore must be fixed more often. Your tires and your brakes also have short lifespans and need regular changing. Tire pressure monitoring systems in new cars are subject to bugs and malfunctions that require repairs, and your car’s suspension and timing belts also need regular replacement.

These types of repairs may be common, but they’re not the most expensive. A blown motor can cost from $1,000-$4,000 to fix, and a transmission replacement can cost between $1,800 and $3,500. Even a small head gasket costs $1,200 to $1,600 to replace.

To minimize your spending on car repairs, you can do a few things. Avoid verbal estimates and make sure that you’re not getting charged for repairs that are covered by your warranty or advertised as free. Visit mechanics that your friends and family have recommended, and check with your local Better Business Bureau for any complaints. Ask for details on the various parts and repairs and if your repairs are guaranteed, and get a written invoice that details exactly what repairs were done and what parts were replaced, including itemized costs. Finally, pay only after the agreed-upon repairs have been completed.

Remember, though- most mechanics are hard-working, trustworthy people. If you find a mechanic that you have a wonderful experience with, make sure to pass his name on to friends and family so that reputable mechanics get more business.

 

 

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Wine tour at Cape Winelands http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2014/12/wine-tour-at-cape-winelands/ http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2014/12/wine-tour-at-cape-winelands/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:51:42 +0000 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/?p=889 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com

Planning a trip to South Africa?  Don’t miss to book a wine tour at Cape Winelands. Take advantage of the  Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour to discover the picturesque vine yards’ spectacular scenery, feel the warm hospitality, fine wine tasting and world-class cuisines. The Cape Winelands is situated in the Western Cape Province located …

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Planning a trip to South Africa?  Don’t miss to book a wine tour at Cape Winelands. Take advantage of the  Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour to discover the picturesque vine yards’ spectacular scenery, feel the warm hospitality, fine wine tasting and world-class cuisines.

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The Cape Winelands is situated in the Western Cape Province located in the south-western tip of the African continent. It is known as one of the “pearls” of South Africa’s rural and small-town sub-regions. The district that offers visitors a one-of-a-kind experience while roaming around the wine farms. 

Aside from enjoying the vast and impressive vine yards and cellar tour, the place also offers visitors a memorable sensory experiences at its wine tasting wineries which presents different foods to pair with wine tasting. Savour pancakes and wine pairing or the chocolate and wine pairing at the historic Uitkyk estate.

 

Take pleasure in wine tasting on the spot or to pocket for a treat at home at Neethingshof estate at the hub of the Stellenbosch Winelands. Moreover, you can also try a horseback wine tour at Knorhoek. After the exciting horseback riding tour, indulge and satisfy yourself with cheese and wine under the oak trees. Get delight in combining the taste of the two of the worlds enticing palate pleasers – a new chocolate and wine in Durbanville Hills.

 

After the wine tasting event, experience a more fun and exciting activity at the longest zipline tour in Africa. The Ceres Zipslide Adventures offers a pure adrenalin Eco-adventure which consists of 8 slides. A cool and entertaining adventure one can truly get pleasure from.

 

Enjoy a day of real quality wine tasting of some of the best wines in the world while you learn more about this remarkable industry.

 

 

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Top Iconic Sights to See in London http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2014/11/top-iconic-sights-see-london/ http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2014/11/top-iconic-sights-see-london/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:32:44 +0000 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/?p=1371 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com

London, the capital city of England has a bustling population of around 7.5 million people. It is a vibrant melting pot of culture and has a combination of the old and new world that would surely amaze your senses. Before booking online with Venere.com, preparing a list of iconic places to see in this glorious …

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London, the capital city of England has a bustling population of around 7.5 million people. It is a vibrant melting pot of culture and has a combination of the old and new world that would surely amaze your senses. Before booking online with Venere.com, preparing a list of iconic places to see in this glorious city is a must to avoid itinerary issues and confusion.

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Big Ben

 

There are so many things to do and places to visit in London. It is mandatory for any visitor or traveller to see the iconic Big Ben! It wouldn’t be a visit to London if you don’t get to see this tower clock at all. The Westminster Abbey, a glamorous Anglican cathedral and the Palace of the Westminster, the seat of government where the Big Ben sits are representations of the English Gothic art and symbols of parliamentary monarchy, definitely a grand sight you shouldn’t miss. History lovers will love getting around this side of the city.

 

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Big ben and Westminster abbey

 

A block away from the Abbey is the Parliament Square and the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center. The structures and architecture of these buildings will bring you back in time just marveling at them. But of course, London is never late when it comes to modernity so expect up to date interiors and technology when you peek inside these buildings.

 

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St. James Park

 

From the Westminster, you can either explore St James’s Park and the Horse Guard Palace. If your visit to London falls on a summer, you are in luck, the Buckingham Palace, which is the official residence of the Queen, is open to the public during the summer season!

 

The Westminster Bridge can become packed with visitors, tourist and travelers from around the globe. This spot can give you a splendid view of the Westminster, the Big Ben, and the London Eye which sits right across the river.

 

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London Eye

 

Interestingly, the London Bridge and the Monument to the Great Fire of London also draws in a number history geeks. And from there you can also visit St. Paul Cathedral and the Museum of London to learn more about this amazing city.

 

 

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Skimboarding Adventure in Ka’anapali Beach http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2014/11/skimboarding-adventure-kaanapali-beach/ http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2014/11/skimboarding-adventure-kaanapali-beach/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 04:13:19 +0000 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/?p=1367 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com

Hawaii is considered as one of the loveliest places in the planet. It is indeed a natural wonder that offers plenty of adventure activities and relaxation packages for friends and families. This group of islands is located in the heart of the Pacific so thrill seeking surfers and skimboarders are also allured by what Hawaii …

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Hawaii is considered as one of the loveliest places in the planet. It is indeed a natural wonder that offers plenty of adventure activities and relaxation packages for friends and families. This group of islands is located in the heart of the Pacific so thrill seeking surfers and skimboarders are also allured by what Hawaii can offer. One of the best places to enjoy skimboarding is on Maui – the Big Makena. It is not very crowded so skimboarders can enjoy wider spaces for their exhibitions.

 

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Ka’anapali Beach is also very famous with the skimboarding community because of the “sidewash.” It is also very spacious and not a lot of people visit here though it is gaining popularity with the locals. This beach offers powerful breaks which is ideal for the performance of different tricks. It is easy enough to find Ka’anapali Beach, just pick a map and ask some locals and you’ll easily find your way down there. You and your family or friends won’t find Ka’anapali beach lacking for there are great hotels around such as the Westin Hotel and the Hyatt. Among its neighboring beaches such as Lahaina, Ka’anapali Beach is the best option for its nice beach breaks, accommodations options and nice locals to hang around with.

 

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Villa Holiday Experience: A splendid Home away from Home http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2014/10/villa-holiday-experience-splendid-home-away-home/ http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2014/10/villa-holiday-experience-splendid-home-away-home/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 08:45:23 +0000 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/?p=1363 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com

Planning for your family’s next perfect holiday destination? Why not try a Villa holiday experience. Villa rentals are offered in most places around the globe.  These wonderful homes give pleasure to both big and small families and what is more fascinating is that you can also handpick a villa which offers child-friendly facilities that can …

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Planning for your family’s next perfect holiday destination? Why not try a Villa holiday experience. Villa rentals are offered in most places around the globe.  These wonderful homes give pleasure to both big and small families and what is more fascinating is that you can also handpick a villa which offers child-friendly facilities that can offer added protection for your little ones.

 

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It is indeed a wonderful feel to stay in a fabulous home beautifully situated in the most sought-after location. Villa handlers like PPA Properties offers a wide selection of properties for an ideal villa holiday in different locations and destinations to ensure that your stay will fit your travel plans and requirements.

A Villa rental is an ideal place to celebrate memorable occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries or other important family events. It is a fully furnished accommodation, beautifully designed for comfort and relaxation. It also built in a sophisticated ambiance from which will be irresistible to enjoy whether near the coast or through a stunning scenery and landscapes. Moreover, villa staffs are helpful and friendly to cater your needs.

A marvelous second home away from home, an ideal place to rent for two weeks or more to unwind from the busy and stressful city life. A lodging place which is  a wonderful holiday home to stay for a vacation that offers privacy for leisure and bonding moments with your loved ones.  Villa holiday experience is truly a great holiday treat worth the true value for money.

 

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Exploring Barcelona http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2014/09/exploring-barcelona/ http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2014/09/exploring-barcelona/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:20:33 +0000 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/?p=480 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com

Barcelona is best to explore and visit during the months of May to June when temperatures are balmy with lots of festivals to enjoy that declares the advent of summer. Families, couples, most especially culture lovers and adventurers will truly enjoy Barcelona for it is rich in architectural and artistic tradition such as sacred cathedrals …

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Barcelona is best to explore and visit during the months of May to June when temperatures are balmy with lots of festivals to enjoy that declares the advent of summer.

Families, couples, most especially culture lovers and adventurers will truly enjoy Barcelona for it is rich in architectural and artistic tradition such as sacred cathedrals and churches, historical remnants, bustling beaches, splendid sites like Parc Guell, Casa Batlló and Sagrada Familia and more.
The region also offer exquisite food and wine one would really savor. You can find traditional Spanish dancing and cuisine throughout the city. Famous popular spots are  Barri Gòtic, Las Ramblas and Eixample

The Sagrada Familia, is found at the Eixample neighborhood, the proof of  the city’s rich Catholic tradition.

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la sagrada familia
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Parc Güell in Gracia is another place worth to travel around. Travelers recommend Taking escalators up to the top of the hill is recommended for travelers, not used to arduous climbs uphill.

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Parc Guell
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Barcelona Parc Guell Columns
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As most sights and scenes can be explored by foot, more outlying attractions are reachable through public transportation to maximize  sight pleasure. If you are looking for a night out, quite a lot of bars are open throughout the city for a vibrant night life.

Spend a day and enjoy a fantastic swim with the crystal clear blue water with your loved ones in Barcelona beaches.

Barcelona Beach

Barcelona Beach
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Moreover, if you are a collector, Barcelona is a great place to shop for antiques, artisan and crafts.

 

 

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Santa Catalina Island Family Vacation http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2014/08/santa-catalina-island-family-vacation/ http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2014/08/santa-catalina-island-family-vacation/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:14:54 +0000 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/?p=977 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com

Santa Catalina Island located in the Southern coast of California is a popular family vacation destination in the US. Vacationers can travel to this island by air or by boat. Most people choose the luxury of travelling to Santa. Catalina via a helicopter which only a 15-minute journey. Boat trips usually take an hour from …

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Santa Catalina Island located in the Southern coast of California is a popular family vacation destination in the US. Vacationers can travel to this island by air or by boat. Most people choose the luxury of travelling to Santa. Catalina via a helicopter which only a 15-minute journey. Boat trips usually take an hour from the mainland.

Santa Catalina Island

The proximity of this island to the busy Southern California area makes it a favorite destination of families who wish to escape for a while and experience rest and relaxation. The island offers great activities including parasailing, fishing, golf, diving, kayaking and scuba diving. Kids and adults are found frolicking on the beach or taking an enjoyable walking tour on any ordinary day in Sta. Catalina.

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There is nothing that you will want more in terms of entertainment in the area. The island Museum is filled with rich historical artifacts. Shoppers will have a grand time at the Metropole Market Place which is designed with a French Quarter cobbled stones and beautiful water fountains. You can find everything you need from the shops such as artwork, books, gift and souvenir items, baked goods or sportswear.

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Casino Building, Avalon by Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce, on Flickr

Plus, whatever your budget is, you can also find different types of accommodations for you and your family. There are bed and breakfasts, camping grounds and hotels that offer special packages for the whole family.

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Avalon at dusk looking toward mainland by Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce, on Flickr

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Totally Relaxing Senior Vacation Rentals http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2014/08/totally-relaxing-senior-vacation-rentals/ http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2014/08/totally-relaxing-senior-vacation-rentals/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:28:30 +0000 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/?p=1341 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com

The best part of your retirement years is probably when you are finally able to travel, to relax and have fun. What better way to do so than going on a relaxing and fun-filled vacation be it with your significant other or visiting family members from afar. The first thing you need to consider when …

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The best part of your retirement years is probably when you are finally able to travel, to relax and have fun. What better way to do so than going on a relaxing and fun-filled vacation be it with your significant other or visiting family members from afar. The first thing you need to consider when planning your vacation is where you should stay. This is where senior vacation rentals come in.

What Is a Vacation Rental?

A vacation rental is the rental of a furnished condominium, apartment, or house on temporary terms as opposed to paying to stay in a hotel. Opting to rent fully furnished houses are relatively cheaper and more convenient for most people basically because all the necessities you will ever need is already provided for by the owner or landlord.

However, like any other alternative option, there will always be pros and cons. For example, vacation rentals are cheaper especially when you are planning to stay for an extended periods. Know, too, that vacation or holiday rentals do not have the same amenities as hotels such as 24-hour room service or maids to clean up your room. You have to do all those yourself.

As a senior citizen, you are faced with the challenge of how you can effectively budget your money for the duration of your vacation. In this case, availing of senior vacation rentals are the best choice. Sure, it means you have to do manual labor from time to time but it is a small price to pay for comfort as well as affordability – two terms that usually do not coincide because comfort is known to be costly.

Besides, if you were wise enough to ensure you have more than ample funds in your 401k coupled with your retirement money, then you would be able to enjoy your time in senior vacation rentals. You might even start looking for golf carts for sale since it’s no secret golf is one of the activities that seniors enjoy, and senior vacation rentals happen to feature some of the best golf courses on the planet. They find it therapeutic and calming, not to mention the fact that it keeps their minds and bodies active.

 

Finding Your Way around Hawaii

There probably is no better way to spend your senior vacation than enjoying the salt and sand in Hawaii. The easiest to find a vacation rental is through a travel agency specializing in booking top of the class vacation rentals in all islands of Hawaii. Having your own travel agent to book and plan your travel plans will alleviate you of having to stress about your accommodations and travel itineraries. In addition to that, asking your booking agent to help you out with your planning will not entail additional costs. Two fabulous vacation rentals around Hawaii are:

• Maui Kai North Kaaanapali Beach, West Maui. Unlike most vacation rentals, Maui Kai is not only a senior-friendly condominium; they also have a daily maid service as well as high-speed Internet access. In addition to that, the condominium is situated in front the beach giving vacation goers a beautiful oceanfront view.

• Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff, Kona Big Island. Like Maui Kai, Outrigger is also a condominium that is also senior friendly. Although it has a daily maid service, they do not offer laundry service, which means you have to wash your own clothes. Given the situation, each condominium unit is equipped with their own washing machine and kitchen area for cooking. They offer various discounts and special amenities for the seniors and offer free Wi-Fi Internet as well.

 

Away from the Beach: North Georgia Cabin Rentals

If the beach is not for you and you would prefer the outdoors then the North Georgia Cabin Rentals are your best option. Unlike planning a stay in Hawaii, North Georgia’s mountain reserve does not have their own booking agency, but they do have their own website where you can book in advance. They offer a variety of things to do like canoeing, trout fishing, and golfing.  The place offers a variety of flea markets, fairs, and festivals. For seniors who love all things vintage, there are also a variety of antique and craft stores around town.

Wherever you choose to go on your senior vacation, the first thing on your requirements should include a budget- and senior-friendly senior vacation rental. With an agency to help you, all that is left to do is relax and have fun.

 

Photo credits to: Great Senior Opportunities

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Unusual Architecture – Odd Buildings That Should Be In Your Bucket List http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2014/08/unusual-architecture-odd-buildings-bucket-list/ http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2014/08/unusual-architecture-odd-buildings-bucket-list/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:32:14 +0000 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/?p=1326 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com

Summer break may be over, but that does not mean your travels should be. From the Philippines to another part in Asia to Europe to the United States and to the Latin Americas, depending on your budget, here are some places you definitely must see first-hand because their Architect must have been truly… inspired. CULTURAL …

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Summer break may be over, but that does not mean your travels should be. From the Philippines to another part in Asia to Europe to the United States and to the Latin Americas, depending on your budget, here are some places you definitely must see first-hand because their Architect must have been truly… inspired.
CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES (Metro Manila, Philippines)

Cultural Center of the Philippines

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In 1969, National Artist Leandro V. Locsin finished the construction of a national center for culture and the arts. Consigned by the infamous first lady, Imelda Marcos, he built an 88 hectare complex. It was made mostly of concrete with the main building square shaped and a fountain pool in front of it.

During its construction, a lot of people, Locsin included, highly criticized the total cost of the CCP, making it more of an extravagance for the elite than anything else. In subtle retaliation, rumor has it that Locsin designed the CCP to look like a toilet bowl. There goes ?50 million flushed down the drain.

Nowadays, it is no longer only the Marcos family that holds the cards on what can be built or not. More businesses in the private sector are investing in property development. Big players such as Megaworld are building communities, while startups such as Lamudi Philippines  are selling individual real estate online.
SANZHI PODS (New Taipei City, Taiwan)

Sanzhi Pod Village

image via Carrie Kellenberger on Flickr

Futuro is a Finnish house design that was devised around 1960-1970. It was meant to be a movable home that could suit any environment. Unfortunately, the design was met with public hostility, as they were seen as too unrealistic looking.
In 1978, Futuro-styled homes, now known as the Sanzhi pods, were built originally as a vacation resort for the U.S. military in East Asia. To make things even creepier than it already is, the construction was abandoned only two years later due to numerous superstitious deaths and accidents.
Today, these pods are a popular tourist destination in northern Taiwan. They are actually color coded depending on their location. The northern ones are white, the southern ones are blue, the western pods are green, and the eastern pods are blue. These may be Futuro for students of architecture, but for the rest, they look like UFOs.
ATOMIUM (Brussels, Belgium)

The Atomium, Brussels, Belgium 2009

Image via Jeremy Crawshaw

For those who watch the Big Bang Theory, this construction must definitely be in the gang’s bucket list. The Atomium is a 335 feet (102 meters) stainless steel architectural accomplishment that was built for the 1958 Brussels World Fair. It has nine spheres 59 feet (18 meters) in diameter with 6 of it open to visitors, containing exhibitions, and offering panoramic views. Each one is connected by 12 diagonal tubes that contain escalators. An elevator is found within the vertical tubes.
At the top-most sphere is the Belgium Taste Restaurant with a seated capacity of only 80 people. Reservations, especially during dinnertime, are strongly recommended as a gourmet menu is offered.
P.S. The spheres are for rent!
HAINES HOUSE (Pennsylvania, United States)

Haines Shoe House

image via Beck Gusler

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do;
She gave them some broth without any bread;
Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

 

This might just be the most blatant form of advertisement yet. Built in 1948, this house was built by Mahlon Haines… a shoe salesman. It has actually five floors, and is even next to a dog-house of course, also shaped like a shoe.

 

CALAKMUL BUILDING (Mexico City, Mexico)

 

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image via Omar Barcena on Flickr

 

The invention of the washing machine must have really changed architect Agustin Hernandez’s life. The Calakmul Building, also called La Lavadora, was inaugurated in 1997, and is located at the center of Santa Fé, one of the wealthiest areas in Mexico. Unlike a real washing machine where you can see inside the circular pane, the Calakmul building has a mirror effect and reflects the city, making it looking out than looking in.

 

The Calakmul building was actually named after a Mayan city during the period of the Mayan Civilization. Calakmul is one of the largest of the Mayan sites that were discovered in Southeastern Mexico. It was rediscovered in 1931.

 

Nowadays, Mexico has the 14th largest economy in the world, and the 10th strongest in purchasing power. Santa Fé is one of the country’s major business zones, and the third largest shopping mall in Latin America is located here. Companies such as the Chrysler Group and Liverpool (not the soccer team) have their head office here. However, over investment in the city has caused an influx of commercial properties, and it now has a vacancy rate of 27%… more than a quarter of the city.

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