Derby Day Start to Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Weekend

As Queen Elizabeth II starts her Jubilee weekend celebrations with a visit to Epsom Racecourse, I have my own fond memories of snapping a few photos of Her Majesty on Derby Day.

Queen Elizabeth II

A great historian of horse racing, The Queen will no doubt enjoy the History of Derby Day book that she received after presenting the trophy for the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup.

Queen Elizabeth II at The Derby in 1988

The Queen always enjoyed walking down to the paddock and looking at the horses before the race.

Queen Elizabeth II's annual Derby Day appearance.
Queen Elizabeth II’s annual Derby Day appearance.

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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – celebrations and events:
The Queen came to the throne on 6th February, 1952 and her coronation took place on 2nd June 1953. Marking 60 years of The Queen’s reign, the Diamond Jubilee celebrations will centre around an extended weekend on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of June.

Official Diamond Jubilee website.

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World Wonders Project – Explore Historic Sites Online

It’s awesome to see Google getting involved with the World Wonders Project, especially as 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.

UNESCO World Heritage List: Riomagiorre - Cinque Terre, Italy.
UNESCO World Heritage List: Riomagiorre – Cinque Terre, Italy.

At the start of the year, I made it a personal goal to add to the 220 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List that I’ve already visited and share more of my travel photos from them with the online community.

In the weeks and months ahead, I also hope to be adding more of these cultural sites to the New Travel Notes Travel Blog.

Just last week we visited a few of the Swiss ‘Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps’ collection and France’s ‘Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains to Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans’.

Blessed with great weather, I’m hoping for some stunning photographs when I finally get around to editing them.

The World Wonders Project by Google

Not all of us are fortunate enough to travel to these wonderful places around the world, and even those of us who do make it our life’s work to travel can’t get to see everything in a lifetime; but it’s still worth adding them all to the list.

Well, some are more worth visiting than others.

Google’s newly announced World Wonders Project stems from the Google Cultural Institute, which aims to help preserve and promote culture online – think Art Project (the world’s art at your fingertips); Dead Sea Scrolls (digitizing the biblical manuscripts); La France en relief (detailed relief maps into 3D models); Le Pavillon de l’Arsenal (Paris and how its architecture will look in 2020); Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (presenting Nelson Mandela’s legacy online); and Yad Vashem (commemoration of the Holocaust).

With the help of Street View technology, the World Wonders Project takes you on a on a virtual tour of (currently) 132 historic sites in 18 countries. The famous Google camera-mounted cars couldn’t access all of these sites, so special trikes were made to get in close.

There’s also background information and photographs added from the UNESCO, World Monuments Fund, Getty Images and Ourplace collections.

To complement the project, there’s also a World Wonders video channel on YouTube.

Google’s goal is to go to every park, every museum, every world wonder out there and make it available to Internet users.

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The New Travel Notes Travel Blog

After considerable thought – and playing around with the interesting themes available – I’ve finally decided to move the Travel Notes travel blog over from Blogger to WordPress.

Travel Notes travel blog on WordPress.com
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The original mission of the Travel Notes blog, back in November 2005, was to keep Travel Notes visitors informed of new developments and highlight some of the travel articles submitted to us through Travel-Write.com.

I wasn’t quite sure of the direction that our travel blog would take; whether we’d include links added to the travel directory, answer questions from the travel community, or look around for other interesting travel blogs to link to.

Perhaps we would use the medium for latest travel news or what was going on around the world – focusing on those special events that many of us would like to attend, often only possible through Internet hyperlinks.

Sometimes it felt like I was talking to myself, even though statistics showed that people were clicking through.

Hopefully, moving platforms will inspire me to blog (post) about my travels more often and share my collection of travel photographs and insights from a life inspired by travel; while continuing to keep an eye on what others are doing and pointing you to their inspirational work as well.

Once again – thanks for dropping by on your cyber travels, and please do come back again soon – to catch up on future developments in the world of travel.

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