London always has been a popular travel destination. With easy transportations access and English as a communication language UK & London in particularly is one of the first choices for many travelrs. But this month is very special.
Yesterday, Apr 21 was Queen’s Elizabeth 85th Birthday. One of the privileges of being a Queen is that there are two birthdays – actual one on Apr 21 and official on June 12 (celebration goes on usually on Saturday).
One of the important events yeaterday was the traditional Royal Maundy Service at Westminster Abbey. There is a tradition that Monarchs give a special coins at Maundy Thursday. Yeomen of the Guards carried the Maundy money in red and white leather purses. This year two purses were given to 85 men and 85 women to mark the Queens age – a white purse (Maundy money) containing 85p in Maundy coins but red purse (in lieu of food and clothing) contained L5 coin and 50p piece.
Later Queen’s Birthday was marked with two major gun salutes – first at noon in Hyde Park and second at the Tower of London at 1pm.
This year celebration of this event is a part of Royal Wedding next week. If you follow British mass media then you know that London got Royal Wedding fever ahead of Prince William and Kate’s Middleton big day.
There are 1.5 million royal wedding watchers expected in London on April 29. I think now it is to late to do some plans for visiting London during this special event but definetely can follow Royal Wedding live on April 29 at 10am London time. Well not very comfortable times for US – 2 am (PST), 5 am (EDT) but for European countries you can watch it if you are off the job or staying at fome 🙂
For the latest updates go to Royal Weding and visit London sites.
Have you been wondering how one or other place suddenly become ‘hot destination’? I was but never got more or less reasonable answer. What comes to the nature – there are so many nice & beautiful places in the world. Almost every big city in Europe has some great architecture and historical sites…
What are the reasons besides the regular travel destinations like New York, Paris or Rome suddenly Prague or Stockholm became popular? It is kind of funny but many people discovered Prague after ‘Mission Impossible’ with Tom Cruise was released or seeing ‘Lords of the Rings’ made many people wonder about New Zealand. The power of images is great and often films are the ones that makes us want to pack and head out to world.
But if we look at the most popular destinations during last few years, Las Vegas, Cancun and Hawaii remained constants on the ten most popular domestic and international destination. Whether planning for Spring Break or looking ahead to finding the perfect location for your summer vacation, think of Las Vegas as a popular destination filled with great hotel and nightclub experience; Cancun – a place with pristine beaches and varied entertainment; Hawaii has been great vacation destination already but with Aulani Disney Resort opening in August 29 will make it magical destination for all ages.
Last year Stockholm got a lot of attention because of royal wedding. But this year much more visitors will head to London at the end of April. Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. In Britain it will be 4 days of public holidays and big celebrations. Guess how many people from around the world already have booked the tickets to London?
Another hot destination of year 2011 is going to be Australia. Why Australia? Because Oprah did announce, “We’re going to Australia!” on seasons premiere in September, 2010. Since then this destination has been on the radar of media and travelers for sure. With all the media attention and a $5 million marketing campaign launched by Tourism Australia more and more people will think about going ‘down under’.
P.S. Travelers – get ready for Russia in 2014! Russia is working hard to make winter Olympic Games in Sochi event of the year.
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