S: By Stepanova Anastasiya
FC: Places I'd Like to Learn Better
2: My book is about cities which I want to visit. | Millions of people all over the world spend their holidays travelling. They travel to see other continents and countries, modern cities and the ruins of ancient towns. They travel to enjoy picturesque places or just for a change of scene. It's always interesting to discover new things, different ways of life, to meet different people, to try to different food, to listen to different musical rhythms.
3: Egypt | Egypt is probably the world's oldest civilization having emerged from the Nile Valley around 3,100 BC, historically. Egypt is probably one of the oldest vacation spots. Early Greeks, Romans and others went there just for fun, and to see the wonders of some of mankind's earliest triumphs. But Egypt is much more than Pyramids and monuments. It is also Red Sea scuba diving, hot night spots, luxury hotels and five star restaurants. It is romantic cruises down the Nile on festive river boats, a night at the grand opera and it is a cultural experience like none you have ever experienced. Egypt is a land bustling with life, sound, visual beauty and excitement. More than anything else, we want you to think of Egypt as fun. For thousands of years, it has been the playground of emperors and kings, and we hope you will take the time to find out why.
4: Venice is a city frozen in the mists of time, ancient yet thoroughly modern. Somehow it survives built on a series of wooden poles that sink deep into the mud and flowing water of the Adriatic underneath the city. It floods regularly, and they say it is now sinking. Venice has no cars or even streets. It is made up of small canals, walkways, and footbridges. Transportation is by foot or Gondola boat only!
5: When people think of Venice, a Gondolier in his striped vest and straw hat is the first image that comes to mind. There is no better way to see Venice than hiring one of these charming gentlemen to ferry you about. Your first stop should be Murano. Murano is where the famous Venetian glass is made. It has been producing glass since 1291, when the craftsmen were moved to the Island of Murano to protect Venice from fire and the smell of smoke. Murano was the main producer of glass in Europe during the 15th and 16th Centuries. They have daily glass blowing exhibitions taking place, and wonderful shopping. It is very worthwhile to visit the Museo Vetrario. Located in the Palazzo Giustinian, it has a fantastic collection of antique glass pieces. Particularly note worthy is a Wedding Cup by Barovier with beautiful enamel work dating from 1475.
6: If you are the adventurous sort, Venice in February is a blast. There is nothing in the world that compares to Venice's Carnival. The Carnival is a tradition that dates back to the 11th century, hit its peak in the 18th century, went into a slow decline and was revived full force in 1980. Carnival consists of a series of balls and street parties where all the participants wear elaborate costumes to hide their identity. Historically, anonymity provided by the masks has been used to carry out secret amorous liaisons, and for the famous, notorious, and wealthy to blend in with the crowd. Part of the fun is not knowing if your newly met companion is a Prince or just one of those handsome gondoliers.
7: The Masks worn by partygoers are Venetian treasures in and of themselves. There are shops all over Venice that sell them and give demonstrations on how they are made. They cost between $5.00 USD and $5000.00 USD. They are a fun souvenir to take home with you. Be sure to plan your stay well in advance, if you want to visit during Carnival. Hotels are regularly sold out during this period.
8: Venice is never an inexpensive city to visit. Expect to pay on average about $300.00 per night. Especially if you want to be in walking distance to San Marco's Square. San Marco's Square is the location of the Basilica (of San Marco) and the Doge Palace (when visiting the Doge Palace, the torture chamber is a must see). You can easily spend all afternoon just walking around here. A fine way to cap off your afternoon is to sit in one of the surrounding cafés people watching over your expresso. | Venece
9: Dinner in Venice is always a delight. Fish is the expected menu item, but the ice cream is what Venice is famous for making. Gianduiotto is a chocolate ice cream dream, that you must try before leaving Venice. Also popular are the seasonal water ices. They are made from fresh fruit frozen in blocks of ice, then shaved down into a taste treat. When you leave Venice give a warm Cordiali Saluti to all, and know you have been somewhere unlike any other place in the world.
10: Las Vegas (Spanish: "The Meadows") is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Nevada, the seat of Clark County, and an internationally renowned resort city for gambling, shopping, and entertainment. Las Vegas, billed as The Entertainment Capital of the World, is famous for the number of casino resorts and associated entertainment. | Las Vegas
11: The major attractions in Las Vegas are the casinos. The most famous hotels are located on Las Vegas Boulevard, better known as the Las Vegas Strip. Many of these hotels carry thousands of rooms. There are, of course, large casino areas in these hotels as well. There are many hotel casinos in the city's downtown area as well, which was the original focal point of the city's gaming industry in its early days. Several large hotels and casinos are also located somewhat off the Strip but adjacent to it, as well as in the county around the city.
12: New York | New York is one of the largest cities in the world. Its population is over 11 million people. New York is an industrial and cultural centre of the country. Most business is centred in Manhattan Island. The whole area is very small, that's why the sky-scrapers were invented in New York and, especially, in Wall Street. Wall Street is a narrow street with big houses, but it is well known all over the world as the busiest street in the USA. People do business there. There are two more world-famous streets — Broadway and Fifth Avenue. Broadway is the centre of the theatres and night life. It is known as “The Great White Way” because of the electric signs which turn night into day. It is the city that never goes to sleep. Buses and sub-way run all night. There are many drugstores and restaurants which never close their doors. There are cinemas with films that start at midnight. Fifth Avenue is the great shopping, hotel, and club avenue. | NEW YORK
13: New York is the largest port in America. More than half the trade of the United States goes through this city. There are many places of interest in New York. They are: the Statue of Liberty, the United Nations Building, Empire State Building, Columbia University, City Hall, New York Public Library and others. When you come to New York you see lots of cars, big and small, black and yellow, old and modem; you do not see any trees or flowers in the streets, but only cars. You'll see and hear advertisements everywhere. There is no getting away from them. Advertisements fill the newspapers and cover the walls, they are on menu-cards and match-boxes, they are shouted through loud speakers and shown in the cinemas.