Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park: two London parks

Physical Energy statue of George Frederick Watts, Kensington Gardens, London. Author and Copyright Niccolò di Lalla

KENSINGTON GARDENS King William III purchased Kensington Gardens in 1689, the gardens became public park in 1841. Kensington Gardens spanned 111 hectares and originally formed part of Hyde Park. It was Queen Carolina, wife of George II, who in 1728 ...

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Kew Gardens: London’s botanical gardens

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, London, United Kingdom. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Kew Gardens are located on the south bank of the Thames near Richmond, about 10km south-west of London. Kew Gardens have been listed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 2003. Founded in the 18th century, they are ...

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Buckingham Palace: the Queen’s residence in London

Buckingham Palace, London. Author and Copyright Niccolò di Lalla

Buckingham Palace has been the official residence of the British monarchy in London since 1837. The palace was originally known as Buckingham House, because it was the town house of the Dukes of Buckingham who had owned it since the ...

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British Museum: the most important museum in London

Great Court of the British Museum (1994-2000) designed by the English architect Norman Foster, British Museum, London. Author and Copyright Niccolò di Lalla

The British Museum is among the oldest public museums in the world and houses one of the world’s largest collections of the history of human cultures. The collection was started in 1753. The highlights of the museum include above all ...

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Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster: The Parliament

Big Ben, London, United Kingdom. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER The Palace of Westminster, which is also known as the House of Parliament, is the place where the two Houses of Parliament of the United Kingdom (the House of Lords and the House of Commons) conduct ...

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London airports: London has 5 airports

Stansted Airport, London. Author and Copyright Niccolò di Lalla

There are five London airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and London City. Among these is the most important airport on the European continent: London Heathrow Airport, which is also the fourth busiest airport in the world. LONDON AIRPORTS LONDON-HEATHROW AIRPORT: ...

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London Underground: London Metro, Tube Map

London Underground. Author and Copyright Niccolò di Lalla

The London Underground (called “The Tube”) is today among the longest in the world and carries an average of 2.67 million passengers per day. The tube serves 270 stations, divided into 12 lines, and travels a total of 402 km. ...

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Itinerary in Cornwall in 4 or 5 days from Plymouth

The Cornwall itinerary described here lasts 4 or 5 days and starts and ends in Plymouth. Cornwall, the extreme western tip of England stretching towards the Atlantic Ocean, has a magnificent and wild coast formed by cliffs interspersed with beautiful ...

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Itinerary in Scotland: between the Highlands and the islands

The 10 or 11 day Scotland itinerary described here can start and end in Edinburgh or Glasgow. Scotland is famous for the Highlands – a mountainous area covered with moors – but also for its coast, which is dotted with ...

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The climate of the Isles of Scilly: when to go to the Scilly

Thanks to the mild Gulf Stream, the archipelago of the Isles of Scilly enjoy a pleasant temperate climate, ice and snow are extremely rare events in the archipelago. The Isles of Scilly probably enjoy the mildest climate in the whole ...

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Isles of Scilly: islands of unspoiled natural beauty

The Isles of Scilly, located about 45 km off the coast of Cornwall, are an archipelago of about 16 sq km consisting of 5 inhabited islands and numerous other uninhabited ones, they represent the most south-western point of the British ...

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The climate of Edinburgh: when to go to Edinburgh

The ever-changing Scottish climate is largely determined by the Atlantic depression system and the presence of the Gulf Stream, generally the east coast tends to be colder and drier than the west coast. So Edinburgh, which is located along the ...

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Edinburgh: the historic capital of Scotland

Edinburgh (453,000 inhabitants) is a beautiful historic city. Capital of Scotland since 1437 and seat of the Scottish Parliament since 1999. The city is located on the east coast of Scotland along the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. ...

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How to get to the UK. Flights to the UK

Big Ben, London, United Kingdom. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

HOW TO GET TO THE UK: FLIGHTS AND AIRPORTS In the United Kingdom, air transport is highly developed, London Heathrow and London Gatwick are the two main airports in the country with regard to transcontinental flights. Heathrow is the most ...

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United Kingdom power plugs and sockets, telephones

Big Ben, London, United Kingdom. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

In this page of useful information for tourists traveling in the United Kingdom. You will find above all what power plugs and sockets are used in the United Kingdom. What documents are needed to enter England. How cell phones and ...

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The attractions of Wales: what to see in Wales

Wales is a region in the United Kingdom where tourism is constantly growing. Wales has both historical and artistic attractions, such as castles, churches, abbeys, and pristine natural environments preserved and protected by three national parks. The national parks of ...

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Northern Ireland attractions: what to see in Ireland

Northern Ireland, together with Wales, Scotland and England, forms the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland is located in the northeastern section of the island of Ireland. This part of the island represents only 20% of the total territory of Ireland, the ...

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The climate of Basel: when to go to Basel

The climate of the city of Basel is a continental climate, but due to its location Basel enjoys the warmest and less foggy and less rainy climate in Switzerland. The average minimum temperatures are normally below zero in the months ...

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Basel: the second largest city in Switzerland

Basel is the second largest urban area in Switzerland (166,000 inhabitants, 700,000 the urban area) and is also the capital of the canton of the same name. Located along a bend in the Rhine River in northwestern Switzerland, bordering France ...

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The climate of Bern: when to go to Bern

The climate of Bern is characterized by a pre-Alpine continental climate, with rather abundant rainfall especially in the summer months. The average minimum temperatures are normally below zero between the months of December and February, reaching a minimum of -3.6 ...

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Bern: a medieval historic center of great beauty

Bern (about 130,000 inhabitants), is the federal capital of Switzerland. The city stands at 540 meters above sea level, overlooking the Alps. The historic center is located in a meander of the Aare river which surrounds the old town on ...

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Zurich: one of the cities with the highest quality of life

Zurich is the main city in Switzerland, as well as being the capital of the canton of the same name. The city, which has 370,000 inhabitants that exceed one million with the urban area, is at an altitude of over ...

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The climate of Zurich: when to go to Zurich

The climate of Zurich is continental-alpine, characterized by cold winters and mild summers. As in all of Switzerland, rainfall is quite abundant especially in the summer months. The average minimum temperatures are normally below zero in the months between December ...

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Zermatt: famous ski center on the slopes of the Matterhorn

Zermatt with the Matterhorn peak in the background, Switzerland. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Zermatt is a famous Valais holiday resort. This renowned ski resort is located at the bottom of a valley (Mattertal) at the foot of the Matterhorn and the Monte Rosa group in the Valais Alps (Walliser Alpen) in southern Switzerland, ...

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The climate of Zermatt: when to go to Zermatt

Valais is characterized by a pleasant, very dry and particularly mild climate until late autumn. The climate favors Zermatt, located at over 1,600 meters above sea level, thanks to its position facing south, protected from the wind and guaranteed snow ...

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The climate of Lucerne: when to go to Lucerne

The climate of the city of Lucerne is continental-alpine, characterized by a rainy season corresponding to the summer and late spring months, and by a drier season during the autumn and winter months. Temperatures are cold in winter and mild ...

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Lucerne: an enchanting city on Lake Lucerne

Lucerne (60,000 inhabitants) is a beautiful town in central Switzerland, the capital of the canton of Lucerne, overlooking the Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee). The city is set in a beautiful landscape of water and mountains, on which stand the Rigi mountains ...

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St. Moritz: the most fashionable tourist resort in Switzerland

St. Moritz, Grisons, Switzerland. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

St. Moritz is probably the most famous and worldly tourist resort in Switzerland. The town is located in the upper Engadine in the canton of Grisons, in south-eastern Switzerland, near the border with Italy, and stands along the lake of ...

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Switzerland power plugs and sockets, telephones

SWITZERLAND: DOCUMENTS If you are a European citizen, to visit Switzerland you only need a personal identity card valid for expatriation or a personal passport. Children and minors must have their own passport / identity card. For citizens of other ...

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How to get to Switzerland. Flights to Switzerland

HOW TO GET TO SWITZERLAND: FLIGHTS AND AIRPORTS Switzerland maintains regular air connections to almost all the capitals of Europe. The most important airport in the country is Zurich. The other international airports of Switzerland are Geneva Airport (Geneva International ...

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