We have all been subjected to these late-night, tear-jerking save-a-pet commercials. Before you kick the bucket, make a point to go down to the local animal shelter and adopt a dog or cat if not for you or your family, perhaps for a good friend who needs a companion.
After all, what might not make a a huge difference to your life, may in fact make a great positive impact on that of the furry little friend you adopt.
Even though the housing market isn’t that great at the moment. But for buyers, especially first-time ones, it’s actually very ideal.
While current home owners unfortunately see their properties’ values plummet, consumers can more oft than not get once heavily priced homes for bargain basement prices.
And, perhaps more importantly, paying on a mortgage versus dead rent money rent, you build equity, essentially meaning that one day—assuming the housing market isn’t terrible and property values are up, you’ll either be able to get it back in one of several forms, and maybe even make a tidy profit.
The new World Trade Center (WTC) is a vision of downtown New York that combines modern, safe and sustainable commercial space, convenient transportation, and a destination cultural center. The new WTC will include:
Five new skyscrapers (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 WTC)
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center
The World Trade Center Transportation Hub
550,000 square feet of retail space
A Performing Arts Center
9/11 forever altered the lives of millions around the world, with over 3,000 people not just from the U.S. killed or missing and the most powerful nation on Earth experiencing an attack of apocalyptic proportions.
Over a decade later, the victims and heroes of that day are commemorated with the 9/11 memorial and future 105-story One World Trade Center, expected to open by 2013 and possibly act as the catalyst for additional towers.
Pay your respects to the victims, both living and perished, and experience the soon-to-open museum.
You won’t wanna miss out on this one, particularly if you have kids.
It’s no Disney World, but Toys ‘R’ Us Times Square is ‘one of the largest toy stores worldwide’ and sprawls some 110,000 square feet.
Attractions include a 60 ft Ferris wheel, a life-sized T-Rex dinosaur that quite scarily roars at passersby, Jurassic Park department, Lego Store, and virtually any young girl’s biggest fantasy a 4,000 square ft. Barbie dollhouse.
And that’s just barely scratching the surface of this dreamworld. Additionally, the Times Square Toys ’R’ Us boasts large, interactive “play areas”, boutiques that showcase the world’s hottest, most culturally diverse, and cutting-edge toys in the world.
Although this may sound like one for the kids, I can vouch that this place is mesmerizing at any age.
Hovering some 4,000ft above the the Grand Canyon, SkyWalk is a 1.2-million-lb platform that extends 70 ft over the Grand Canyon’s West Rim.
Engineers steadfastly ensure that the SkyWalk is completely safe, although 2.5 inch thick glass is all that stands between tourists and a 4,000ft plummet-of-death… No really, it is all very safe though.
White water rafting, cabins, helicopter rides through the Canyon, and several eateries round out the things to see and do around the West Rim.
Not only will this be a heart-racing experience but it really will give all acrophobic’s the chance to conquer their fears!
There is no point of hanging on to old grudges when in the end they’ll do you no good and will only cause extra stress if anything. Learn to let go of wrongs and forgive. While I am telling you to forgive, I am not encouraging you to forget all. Leave yourself in a position where you aren’t carrying any unneeded hostility but you are also not leaving yourself open to more hurt.
The majority of situations are pretty petty when all is said and done and you have looked at the bigger picture. Leave no room for regrets later in life.
This iconic landmark is one of the most remarkable architectural structures from medieval Europe. It is located in the Italian city of Pisa, behind an extremely old cathedral. It is one of the most visited European cities.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a 186ft freestanding bell tower and although it was designed to be perfectly vertical, it started to lean during construction and now leans an almost uncomfortable 3.99 degrees.
In other words, the top of the tower is displaced horizontally some 12-ft from a normally perfectly-plumb vertical stance.
It has two sets of stairs, one with 296, the other with 294 steps and offers a pretty awesome view of Pisa from the top.
There are several other towers in Pisa that also lean: the bell tower at the church of St. Michele dei Scalzi, and the bell tower at the church of St. Nicola.
You don’t even have to be into the dog-eat-dog world of politics to enjoy this one!
Our first president, George Washington, selected the site for the White House in 1791. The cornerstone was laid in 1792 and a competition design submitted by Irish-born architect James Hoban was chosen. After eight years of construction, President John Adams and his wife, Abigail, moved into the unfinished house in 1800.
The White House, is currently occupied by the very cool President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. It is home to one of the most powerful men on Earth and one that’s steeped like no other in cultural, social, and political history.
“This is really what the White House is all about. It’s the “People’s House.” It’s a place that is steeped in history, but it’s also a place where everyone should feel welcome. And that’s why my husband and I have made it our mission to open up the house to as many people as we can.” – Michelle Obama
And while you’re at it, put these additional must-see spots in D.C. on your list: The U.S. Capitol, The Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, Mount Vernon, and the U.S. Holocaust Museum.
Chocolate’s one of the most sinful, blissful little pleasures around. So why wouldn’t you want to tour the place where they actually manufacture these tasty treats ?
Hershey’s Chocolate World is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Here you get to see how the chocolate is made. They show you the steps they take to make the heavenly piece of chocolate right from the point of the cocoa bean.
Hershey’s isn’t only a place to stuff your face with chocolate goodies but also has an abundance of boutiques, eateries and exhibitions, all located within Chocolate World’s perimeter.