A Tourist Guide to Lake George, Adirondacks

INTRODUCTION

Like a blue diamond, which shimmers and shakes with the invisible hands of the wind, Lake George, some 200 miles north of Manhattan, is nestled in a bed of green crushed velvet officially designated the Adirondack Mountains. As a destination, it can be considered a jewel.

One of eleven New York State tourist regions-including Long Island, New York City, the Hudson Valley, the Catskill Mountains, the Capital District, Central-Leatherstocking, the Thousand Islands, the Finger Lakes, Greater Niagara, and Chautauqua-Allegheny-the Adirondacks themselves are part of the Great Cambrian Shield. Composed of Precambrian igneous and metamorphic rock that was thrust upward some ten million years ago, it was once the hunting grounds of the Iroquois and Algonquin Native Americans.

In order to protect its wildlife and preclude depleting forestation, however, the State of New York created the six million acre Adirondack Park-2.6 of which are federally owned and 3.4 of which are privately owned-in 1892, and two years later the Adirondack Forest Preserve was established, a constitutionally protected Forever Wild Area for the purpose of “preserving (its) exceptional scenic, recreational, and ecological value.”

Measuring 9,375 square miles, it is today a refuge of vast, silent forests, 46 rugged, green-carpeted peaks-of which 5,343-foot Mount Marcy is both the highest in the park and in all of New York State-3,000 gleaming lakes, and 30,000 miles of rushing rivers and streams. Containing the headwaters of the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, the Black River, the St. Lawrence River, and the Mohawk River, it offers abundant, nature-based activities, from hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking, and camping to mountain biking, and attracts more than ten million annual visitors. It is the largest park preserve in the United States.

“In the mid-1800s, the Adirondacks were an undiscovered natural treasure,” according to the “Visit the Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks” guide (p. 1). “Hidden peaks with mirror surfaces are teamed with native rainbow trout. White-tailed deer roamed the shores of silent waterways. Towering mountains stocked with ridgelines climaxed at stunning panoramas of the wooded landscape below. Boundless forests of sugar maples and American beech trees stretched as far as the eye could see, painting the autumn hills and valleys a medley of deep oranges and flaming reds. Lake George was the glistening jewel in the treasure chest that is the Adirondacks.”

LAKE GEORGE VILLAGE

Having been designated by three names, Lake George began as “Andia-ta-roc-te,” so-called by Native Americans; progressed to “Lac du Saint Sacrement,” or “Lake of the Blessed Sacrament,” a title bestowed by Father Isaac Jogues, the first white main to have seen it in 1646; and ended with the current “Lake George.”

Although the area’s pristine nature would suggest serenity, its early history was marked by conflict, as evidenced by the three forts, including Gage, George, and William Henry, that once rose from the shores and were integral to the French and Indian War.

Revolutionary War activity also played out there. In May of 1775, Ethan Allen and 83 of his Green Mountain Boys captured Fort Ticonderoga, 32 miles to the north, without releasing a single bullet from their muskets, capturing it from the British. Lake George served as a strategic waterway during the war for the next eight years.

During the winter of 1775 to 1776, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Knox transported artillery from Bolton to Fort Ticonderoga via oxen for ultimate use by George Washington in defense of the British in Boston.

The following year, British General Burgoyne traveled southward from Lake Champlain and then through Lake George with his entourage and supplies, culminating in defeat in Saratoga. Other historically significant figures also frequented the area: in April of 1776. Benjamin Franklin and Philip Schuyler passed through Bolton’s waters while journeying northward to the military situation in Canada, and seven years later General George Washington visited the head of the lake during his own post-Revolution inspection. Thomas Jefferson, exploring the area in 1791, paused to express its pristine quality when he wrote that the lake was “the most beautiful water I ever saw” in a letter to his daughter.

Formed after combining Queensbury, Bolton, and Thurman on August 2, 1810, the 32-mile Lake George is Warren County’s smallest town.

While the early-1800s were characterized by lumbering, as once evidenced by the proliferation of sawmills, its beauty, coupled with the lake’s steamboats, began attracting tourists, and wealth, like a physical language, expressed itself through the increasing number of homes and mansions rising from the eastern shore.

By mid-century, stores, schools, restaurants, and court houses assembled into a cohesive town, and access via the New York State Thruway (I-87) became the final infrastructural aspect that ensured its vacation destination transformation, particularly during the summer months.

Today, Lake George Village, with its single main artery locally called “Canada Street” (Route 9) and accessibility via Thruway exits 21, 22, and 23, serves as the southern base for Lake George residents and tourists alike with its services-shops, ice cream parlors, restaurants, banks, libraries, and an historical association. For young travelers, there are arcades, fun parks, haunted houses, and the House of Frankenstein Wax Museum.

LAKE GEORGE ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation in Lake George takes many forms, from the known, such as the Best Western, the Holiday Inn, the Quality Inn, the Hampton Inn, and a significantly sized Courtyard by Marriott, to the long-established properties comprising Motel Row at the north end of Canada Street. Since it divides into Routes 9L and 9N, the latter, because it hugs the lake, continues to feature cabins, cottages, and complexes for a considerable distance as it winds its way to Bolton.

Of particular significance is the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center on the lake’s southern basin. Historical staple of the area whose roots were planted more than a century and a half ago, and now in its third rendition guise, it had originally been propped on a bluff overlooking the southernmost portion of the then-named Village of Caldwell. To its basic, three-story structure, which stretched 115 feet on either side and protruded 235 feet to the lake, were added two additional floors with a tower on either side, almost tripling its capacity from 350 to 900 guests. Turn-of-the-century modernization took the form of private bathrooms.

Although a June 24, 1909 fire consumed the property, it once again rose from the ashes two years later when new owner Delaware and Hudson Railroad opened a smaller, but just as lavish facility, accommodating 150 on three floors. Externally it sported white stucco and red tile roofs.

1912 marked the first year that it remained open throughout the winter and toward that end activity centered on skiing, skating, and sledding. Yet the Great Depression, not conflagration, proved its enemy a second time and the railroad divested itself of it.

The Fort William Henry Corporation, founded in 1952 to resurrect the property and construct a replica of the original one, along with changing tourist profiles, obviated its purpose by 1969, prompting its demolition and leaving, at least on a temporary basis, the Fort William Henry Motor Inn.

Yet history, as has been proven on countless occasions, often repeats itself and the dynamic became reality here. Employing the original 1911 footprint and incorporating many of its design features, a new five-story, all-suite hotel, attracting the higher revenue business sector, was constructed, opening on July 18, 2004. Located on 18 acres and offering luxury accommodations in the main hotel, medium-range rooms in its Premium East Wing, and budget ones in its Standard West one, it offers numerous facilities: a fireplace and gift shop-equipped lobby, the White Lion Restaurant for breakfast, the Tankard Tavern, and the Lookout Café, and close proximity to attracts such as the Fort William Henry Museum, Battlefield Park, and the Lake George Steamboat Company.

LAKE GEORGE VILLAGE ATTRACTIONS

Because of the village’s compact nature, all of its attractions, which are historically-based, are within walking distance of one another.

Lake George Visitor Center:

Located on the corner of Canada Street and Beach Road, the Lake George Visitor Center offers a supply of brochures and maps, and an area diorama. Staffed, it affords tourists an opportunity to speak with representatives to facilitate trip planning and provide recommendations.

Lake George Historical Association and Museum:

Located on the corner of Canada and Amherst Streets in Lake George Village, the Lake George Historical Association and Museum is housed in the three-floor, 1845 Warren County Court House and its first act of preservation was to save, from demolition, its very housing.

“The museum is a popular attraction and provides a means of discovery to the rich past of this historical region,” it advises.

Of its many exhibits, the basement located jail cells, dating from the court house’s 1845 construction, area shipwrecks, and photographs of earlier, lake-plying steamboats are significant.

Fort William Henry Museum:

Both historically significant and symbolic is the red, log-formed Fort William Henry Museum, which, in original form, played a role in the French and Indian War. The conflict, an extension of the Seven Years War between France and England, was ultimately transferred to North American soil.

Wrestling for land dominance, the English built Fort Edward, considered “The Great Carrying Place” and the third-largest settlement after those in Philadelphia and New York, while the French planted their own roots north of the St. Lawrence River in areas that would later become the states of Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Yet sparks, when ignited between two sides, have a way of closing the distance between them, and this occurred when the French commenced construction of Fort Carillon on the southern tip of Lake Champlain in what would eventually become New York State. The physics principle of “every action has an equal and opposite reaction” is perhaps more applicable here, because the British “reacted” with a fortification of their own-specifically, Fort William Henry at the southern tip of the still-designated Lac du Saint Sacrement, so that they could protect their own colonies. As a staging point against French entrenchments, it additionally served as protection of the inland waters between New York and Montreal.

The fort itself, ordered by Major General William Johnson and tasked to his chief engineer, Captain William Eyre, was designed in the Vauban style-that is, rectangularly configured with corner bastions and 30-foot curtain walls initially consisting of log facings and earthen fillings. It was externally surrounded by three dry moats and a fourth side that sloped toward the lake. Capacity was between 400 and 500.

Christened “Fort William Henry” to honor the two royal grandsons of King George II, it was intended to protect British interests to the south and serve as a military launching point against the French and their Native American allies to the north.

Enemy siege, under General Marquis de Montcalm and comprised of 3,000 French regulars, 3,000 militia, and 2,000 Native Americans, occurred on August 3, 1757, as their progressively tightening lines began to choke the fort. Numerically disadvantaged, Lieutenant Colonel George Monro, its commander, sent couriers to Fort Edward to request reinforcements, but Major General Daniel Webb considered the route too dangerous for his soldiers and “kept them home.”

Consistent hammering, artillery depletion, and structural damage predictably forced Monro to surrender six days later, yet the Articles of Capitulation, the title of Montcalm’s surrender terms, were both humane and generous: the British troops were permitted to retain all their possessions and weapons, sans ammunition; the garrison could leave with one cannon; and they agreed that attacks against the French would be suspended for an 18-month interval. The French regulars marched the British to Fort Edward the following day.

But ironically, the “enemy” proved, in many ways, to be the silent, uncompensated third party Native Americans, who gained nothing from their participation and hence took matters into their own hands.

Anger, expressing itself through the shooting, scalping, and bludgeoning of the wounded and sick who had been left behind, culminated in the snatch of guns, clothing, and implements, and the Fort Edward marching column was attacked by marauding Indians. Because of both language and customs barriers between Montcalm and his local allies, he was unable to thwart their efforts or adequately retaliate.

Nevertheless, he ordered Fort William Henry to be burned to the ground on August 11.

Occupying its original footprint, a replica, based upon the original British plans, was built in 1955, or 198 years after the actual fortification was destroyed by flame. Today, the visitor can catch a glimpse into British solider life in the area through its barracks and bastions, casemates, emergency hospital, guard room, sutlery, Monro’s quarters, 18th-century food and frontier exhibits, powder magazines, and tailor shops. A military crypt, an 18-pound cannon recovered from the lake, and the original well from 1756 are located in the courtyard.

“Hear the report of musket fire and the roar of the cannon as you step back in time to 1757 at Fort William Henry,” the museum proclaims. “Listen to stories and see artifacts from the daily life of this British outpost in the wilderness, defending the colonies during the French and Indian War.”

Across the fort and fronting the lake is a life-size wooden sculpture made by Master Wood Carver Paul Stark of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Rogers in a canoe, highlighting the area’s history.

Battlefield Park:

Located at the southern end of Lake George, 35-acre Battlefield Park marks the area where engagements between Algonquin and Iroquois tribes and American Colonists and British soldiers occurred. Aside from the remnants of Fort George, there are three significant statues.

In the first, dedicated to the region’s Native Americans, a North American is depicted dipping his hand into a pool of water. In the second, King Hendrick, a Mohawk chief, demonstrates the danger of dividing his forces to General William Johnson. And in the third, Father Isaac Jogues represents his attempt to spread Christianity to the Huron Indians during the 1630s and 1640s.

Delaware and Hudson Railway Station:

Although now only housing the Steamboat Gift Shop, the Delaware and Hudson Railway Station, located across from the Lake George Steamboat Company and constructed between 1909 and 1911 in the Revival style with a stucco frame, a stressed brick tower, and a terra cotta upper section, is symbolic of the role it once played in the area.

Transportation between New York City and Montreal had initially consisted of waterway travel-in this case, those waterways consisted of the Hudson River, Lake George, and Lake Champlain-yet a more direct route, resulting in shorter travel times, was attainable with land-based methods, specifically track-plying trains.

While it had its origins in the Saratoga-Fort Edward Rail Road chartered in 1832, the line, which never materialized, was replaced by the Saratoga and Washington Rail Road Company that was formed 16 years later and transported passengers between Saratoga Springs and Whitehall. Freight was carried as of 1851.

After ownership changes, resulting in the Saratoga-Whitehall Railroad Company in 1855 and the Rennselaer-Saratoga Railroad in 1856, the Glens Falls Railroad line opened in 1869 and was extended to Lake George in 1882. When the Delaware and Hudson assumed control, it made intermodal transportation possible by connecting with the Lake George Steamboat Company’s vessels for continued carriage to Ticonderoga.

The railroad station, as testament to it today, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

LAKE GEORGE

Lake George, considered the Queen of American Lakes, is the glittering centerpiece of the area.

Formed between 10,000 and 12,000 years ago, it is 32 miles long, three miles wide, 200 feet deep, 320 feet above sea level, has 108 miles of shoreline, occupies a 233-square-mile area, has 183 islands, and its surrounded by 2,665-foot Black Mountain, its highest peak. Beyond Bolton Landing, it divides into Northwest Bay and the Narrows.

Three southern-end engagements between British and French forces in the Battle of Lake George resulted in the first major victory of the former over the latter. Yet the blood of yesterday’s wars was transformed into the beauty of today’s topography.

“Lake George is without comparison the most beautiful water I ever saw,” Thomas Jefferson once wrote. “Formed by a contour of mountains into a basin 35 miles long and from two to four miles broad, finely interspersed with islands, its water limpid as crystal, and the mountainsides covered with rich groves of silver fir, white pine, aspen, and paper birch down to the water; here and there precipices of rock to checker the scene and save it from monotony. An abundance of speckled trout, salmon trout, bass, and other fish with which it is stored have added to our amusements the sport of taking them.”

Aside from its recreational activities, which encompass swimming, fishing, and parasailing, there are several cruises that cover a portion, or all of, the lake.

“Lake George is beautiful to behold from any vantage point, but to realize her true majesty in all its forms, there’s nothing like gliding along the shimmering surface of this ‘Queen of American lakes,'” advises Paul Tackett in his article “Giants of the Lake” (“Visit the Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks,” Warren County Tourism Department, p. 24). “… Any one of several spectacular cruise ships stands ready to escort passengers through the Lake George experience of a lifetime.”

“Spend an hour or enjoy an unforgettable day aboard one of the magnificent vessels that ply the crystal clear waters of Lake George… ,” he continues (ibid, p. 24). “The captain discusses the colorful history of Lake George while guests gaze upon the same shoreline and forested mountains that inspired George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and James Fennimore Cooper.”

Two companies offer a variety of excursions and both are located at the southern end on Beach Road.

Lake George Shoreline Cruises, the first, has two boats in its fleet: The 115-foot, tri-deck, 400-passenger “Adirondac,” constructed in 2004 and modeled after the late-19th century touring ships; and the 85-foot, dual-deck, 150-passenger “Horicon,” which was built almost exclusively of mahogany, teak, and yellow pine in 1988.

The company has its own Shoreline Restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the lake.

The second cruise concern, the Lake George Steamboat Company, was instrumental in the area’s transportation history and hails from more than two centuries ago.

Because of the success of steamboat services on northerly neighboring Lake Champlain, the Lake George Steam Boat Company planted its own aquatic roots on April 15, 1817 after the New York State Legislature approved commercial shipping on it.

The canal boat-resembling “James Caldwell,” powered by a third-hand engine and sporting two long boilers and a brick smokestack, constituted its first vessel, which commenced service that year, and required a full day to traverse the lake’s length. But the inauspicious beginning to the service had a mysterious ending: it was inexplicably consumed by flame four years later while moored at his berth.

It was quickly succeeded by three other boats: the 100-foot-long, six-mph “Mountaineer” in 1824, a side-wheeler; the 140-foot-long, 13-mph “William Caldwell” in 1838; and the 145-foot-long, 13-mph “John Jay” in 1850. In 1857, the 400-passenger, wood-burning “Minne-Ha-Ha” joined the fleet.

As subsequent owner, for 72 years between 1871 and 1943, of the Lake George Steam Boat Company, the Delaware and Hudson Railway built some of the finest side-wheeler steam vessels used in its track-and-water intermodal transportation system, particularly the 223-foot, 20-mph “Sagamore” and the 230-foot, 21-mph “Horicon II.”

A post-World War II ownership change to Captain Wilbur Dow in November of 1945 preceded the company’s resurrection, which entailed the addition of the “Mohican” two years later, the “Ticonderoga” in 1950, and the construction of the present Steel Pier on Beach Road.

Three boats constitute its fleet today.

The “Lac du Saint Sacrement,” its flagship, was specifically designed for large groups and conventions. Stretching 189.6 feet and accommodating 1,149 on four decks, it was christened on June 15, 1989 and has a top, 18-mph speed.

The “Minne-Ha-Ha,” whose name was given to the wife of Hiawatha and means “laughing waters,” is one of the last steam-powered paddle wheelers and resembles the Mississippi River boats. Lengthened in 1998, it now stretches 137 feet and carries 500 passengers on three decks.

The “Mohican,” the third vessel in the fleet, was built in 1908 and is thus the oldest continuously operating tour boat in the country, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Converted from steam to diesel in 1946, it is 117 feet long, accommodates 350 on three decks, and cruises at 15 mph.

Both the Lake George Shoreline Cruises and the Lake George Steamboat Company operate a variety of cruises, from the lakefront to Paradise Bay, Islands of the Narrows, and full-length ones to Ticonderoga, with an equal number of dining options: self-purchase snack bar and grill items, afternoon lunch and evening dinner cruises with entertainment, St. Louis rib Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, mac ‘n cheese Wednesdays, Pizza Thursdays, Fiesta Fridays, and Prime Rib Sundays.

“For that one-of-a-kind cruise adventure,” concludes Tackett (ibid, p. 25), “step aboard any one of these gleaming white marvels and kick back awhile. As the sounds of Lake George Village fade, the ship becomes a world unto itself: the playful breeze rolls over the passengers as the sun warms them, body and soul.”

Article Sources:

Tackett, Paul. “Giants of the Lake.” “Visit the Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks.” Warren County Tourism Department, 2019.

Finding the Best Hospitals in Bogota, Colombia

Bogotá is the capital and most populous city of Colombia, a major country in Latin America. As the 30th largest city in the world, Bogotá features many green parks, famous landmarks and amusement parks. The city is a major tourist destination and is one of the major industrial centers in Latin America. There are many good hospitals and eminent doctors in Bogotá. Some of the leading hospitals offer health care that is compatible with global standards. These centers have a much greater nurse to patient ratio than most and provide warm accommodation in a friendly environment.

The Hospital Universitario San Ignacio (HUSI) situated at Carrera 7 No. 40-62, Bogota is a premier health care facility with wide in country recognition. The Ministry of Social Protection and the National University recently announced that this hospital is among the top three Colombian hospitals. This 304 bedded four level hospital has a 22 bed pediatrics ward, ten operating rooms and two delivery rooms. The HUSI offers the best medical and surgical service for a variety of specialties and subspecialties. The departments of radiology, nuclear medicine, ultrasound and plastic are fully equipped. The hospital has sophisticated CT scans and magnetic resonance imaging. The emergency department and intensive care units are adequately furnished for intensive care patients, children and infants. The internationally reputed center for oncology treatment and research: The Javeriana Oncology Center is a part of the Hospital Universitario San Ignacio. HUSI is a major teaching school in the country and more than 80% of the staff doctors are bilingual. It has special section for international patients with English speaking staff and offers comfortable accommodation in 17 suite rooms. Contact: +57 316-466-0399

Hospital Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota located at Calle 119 No. 7 – 75. Bogotá is an important hospital with state-of-the-art facilities. This service-oriented hospital was established in 1983 by the famous non-profit health care organization, Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá. It is a private University Hospital with 13 departments, 6 advisory committees and 2 institutes. The hospital employs 1,500 staff and imparts health care to about 150,000 clients every year. The hospital employs outstanding doctors and has full-fledged departments in all branches of medicine. The surgery department has units in cardiovascular surgery, hepatobiliary and neurosurgery. The operating rooms all have facilities for laparoscopy, microsurgery, laser surgery, argon coagulation, auto transfusion, extracorporeal circulation and laminar flow systems. This hospital exhibits the lowest surgical site infection rates in Colombia. The hospital possesses all newest technological devices including Philips IE 33 scanner to display 2D, 3D and 4D images, the SPECT-CT Gamma Chamber for sophisticated tests, the Clinac iX with modular radiotherapy for cancer therapy, and the PET/CT and holmium laser for minimally invasive treatments. The hospital has modern ICUs, emergency department and various laboratories. Phone: (571) 6030303

Clínica El Bosque located at Calle 134 No. 12 – 55; northern Bogota DC is another popular hospital in the city. A group of eminent doctors established this hospital in 1977. The hospital currently offers complete and cost effective medical service in all major medical specialties. Its well known surgery department features eight operating rooms and specialized units in general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, and microsurgery. Clínica El Bosque has a pharmacy and laboratories all of which are accredited by international agencies. The intensive care unit has 14 beds and the emergency department as a whole is equipped with modern devices to offer the excellent services of specialized doctors and nurses. The hospital has established a nonprofit teaching institution named the Forest Colombian School of Medicine. Phone: 1-2740577

Two Major Hospitals in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent translates to the “stone city”. This city is the capital of Uzbekistan and one of the oldest cities in Central Asia. Tashkent has many mosques and religious sites and is often referred to as the cultural capital of the Islamic world. The city is modern, but maintains much of its heritage as well. The health care sector in Tashkent is in a developing phase and you have to look to major private hospitals for quality health care. This is a note on some of Tashkent’s leading hospitals.

Tashkent International Medical Clinic situated at 38, Sarikul Street is a famous hospital in the international community of Tashkent. A well-known chartered non-governmental organization in the country established this center in 1994. The clinic is specifically designed to provide medical service at global standards to the international community in Uzbekistan. The staff members of foreign embassies, international representatives, along with other expatriates and their families in Tashkent are regular visitors to this hospital. It provides good diagnostic and therapeutic service in fundamental medical specialties. It employs an internationally trained staff and all the hospital services are readily available in English and other languages.

The dental unit treats all types of dental, oral disease and facial injuries. They also have an orthodontist on staff. Complete vaccination programs are also available. The center offers many health promotion programs and packages including weight control, immunizations, antenatal and postnatal care. It has a modern emergency center that has physicians accredited by the U.S. in advanced life support. It also offers medical evacuations to members. It has a good pharmacy and laboratory. Additionally, the clinic possesses ECG, modern X-rays, Pulmonary function test, audiogram and ultrasound diagnostic facilities. Tel: 998 71 291 0142

MDS-Services hospital is another modern hospital and is situated on Botkin Street in Tashkent. This private hospital founded in 2004 offers effective medical service by employing many well-trained doctors. It has well equipped departments in all medical specialties. It has clinics for diabetes, infertility, epilepsy, allergy, obesity and more. The therapeutic department on the second floor has 12 beds. The language of service is Russian and Uzbek.

An operating unit featuring two operation theaters offers effective surgical service in all major areas. It is known for advanced video laparoscopy and endoscopy. It has a modern emergency department, ambulance services and an intensive care unit. Tel: 269-7085

Excellent Hospitals in Athens, Greece

Greece has hospitals that belong to both the private and the public sector. Athens also has a balance mix of both private and public hospitals that are well equipped to cater to any kind of medical issues. The public hospitals in Greece are managed and controlled by The National Health Service.

The Diagnostic and Therapeutic Centre of Athens, Hygeia has been functional since 1970.It is a private hospital founded by eminent Greek physicians to provide world class and modern care to its patients. The Hygeia Diagnostic and Therapeutic Center provides health and medical services throughout Greece and in some other countries too. There are 22 surgery clinics, 11 pathology clinics, 6 diagnostics centers, 8 rehabilitation centers and10 hospitals abroad.The hospital as an Organ Transplant Unit and an ICU that is equipped to deal with all kind of medical problems. The hospital also has ambulance services and their ICU is equipped with the requisite support and diagnostic facilities to ensure proper treatment to its patients. The hospital has the facility for Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) to help fight blood diseases. It was the first hospital in Greece to introduce the concept of one day surgery.

Kyanous Stavros is a privately owned hospital and diagnostic centre. The centrally located hospital was set up in the year 1963 and is one of the finest hospitals in Athens. The hospital has the latest technology and is in the process of continually modernizing its operations and departments. It is a multidisciplinary hospital that has 24 hours emergency room that caters to the requirements of foreigners and tourists. There are ambulances services available that are equipped to provide safe and quick transportation throughout Greece if required. The hospital has a range of accommodation facilities to suit the requirements and pockets of a variety of patients. The hospital accepts the majority of insurance companies whether private or public. The hospital provides treatment to all the citizens who might approach it regardless of the fact whether they have insurance or not.

One of the prominent hospitals in Athens is the General Hospital of Attica KAT. The hospital with its modern medical and technological equipment and a well trained staff is a reliable health care centre. The hospital address is 2 Nikis street in Kifissia and it is easily accessible through the Electric Railway or the Underground Metro. The hospital has a pathology division, an orthopedics department that caters to all kinds of orthopedic problems, a general surgery division and also specialized surgeries department.

IASO General is a hospital with state of art facilities and services. The hospital has an ICU that is world class and is known to be amongst the best in the country. It has a Coronary Care Unit and was the first in the country to have a dedicated unit for diagnosis and treatment of heart ailments. IASO General is also equipped with an up-to-date accident and emergency department. There are 10 highly sophisticated surgical units and an angina pectoris unit in the hospital. It also has internal medicine, surgery and diagnostic divisions. The surgeries department has facilities for thoracic, plastic, cardiac, orthopedic and general surgeries. The address for the hospital is 264 Mesogeion Ave. 155 62 Holargos and the contact no is 210 650 2000.

Helena Venizelou founded Marika Eliadi Maternity Hospital in 1926. At that time there was an acute shortage for good hospitals and trained staff for maternal care in the city. The hospital was set up with an aim to provide advanced natal care not only to entire Athens but to the entire country. Now the hospital provides specialized maternity care and also other services that cover secondary and tertian health requirements. The hospital also has an internal medicine department, endocrinology department, cardiology department and a hepato-gastroenterology unit.

If you need medical help, the next time you are in Athens. Take a look at these facilities.

Two Excellent Hospitals in Changchun, China

Changchun, situated in northeast China, is the capital and largest city of Jilin province. It is a major industrial, transportation, tourist and cultural center of this part of China and is home to the biggest vehicle producer of the country, FAW. The city has a pleasant climate and is often referred to as the forest city, the spring city and the city of automobiles and films. Like all other major cities in China, Changchun also has a well-developed medical service sector. The leading hospitals are provided with the latest facilities and offer the service of eminent doctors at an affordable cost. This is a summary of some of the well known hospitals in Changchun.

China-Japan Union Hospital situated at 126 Xiantai Street in Changchun in the Development Zone is a huge, state-owned, modern hospital with 1550 beds. The hospital was founded in 1949. This tertiary level hospital is managed by the Ministry of Health and was the first A-hospital in the province. This advanced hospital has an area of 201900 square meters and a construction area of 134,400 square meters. The hospital employs 1501 staff members. There are 274 senior medical staff including 80 professors and 156 associate professors. The Japanese government invested 2.6 billion Yen in the venture and this is why it is also referred to as the China-Japan Friendship Hospital. This service-oriented hospital puts great emphasis on the use of modern technology, high levels of quality and is approved as a “Baby Friendly Hospital” by WHO, UNICEF and by the National Drug Clinical Research Center in the Chinese government. The center has full-fledged departments in all major as well as rare specialties including rheumatology, hematology, infectious diseases, honored traditional Chinese medicine, nuclear medicine and electrical diagnosis.

The First Clinical Hospital of Jilin University is another leading hospital in the country and is located at No 71, Xinmin Street in Changchun, near the beautiful Chaoyang Park. The hospital has a 1,100 bed capacity central hospital and 350 bed capacity subsidiary hospital both of which are managed by the Public Health Ministry. This advanced hospital with a 72,650 m2 area has a glorious history of 61 years. The hospital employs 1855 staff including 113 professors and 232 advisors. It has spacious outpatient department that treats over 1,520,000 people annually. The center has acquired 35 prizes of scientific and technological advancement given by the national and provincial governments during the last decade.

Travel With Ease Around Singapore Using Bus Transport Services

Singapore is a country of extremely well developed system of public transportation. Everything in Singapore is made for the convenience of people, and when you come over here to visit, this factor really stands out.

Singapore has it all: metro, trams, cable cars, railways, ferries and buses, and all of them are fairly inexpensive. The roads there are very well planned which means a very low percentage of traffic jams. Also, even though the city is very densely populated, you can always see a lot of tourists hanging around and using the convenient transportation of Singapore. The most popular type of transportation amongst tourists is the Singapore bus transport.

The bus transport service in Singapore is very highly developed, and using this public transport you can get almost anywhere you want. For the ride on the bus you pay in coins, throwing them right into the small box on the bus that is always located next to the driver. When using Singapore bus transport, you can forget about getting any change back, no matter how much cash you have put into that little box.

In Singapore, there are two types of bus transport service – those with air conditioning, and those without. If you’re looking for the cheapest choice, then buses without air conditioning is the way to go – the cost of riding one of those is below one American dollar. If you pick the fancy air conditioned bus service, then the cost of this ride might be anything up to one and a half American dollars.

What is interesting is that the time schedule of Singapore bus transport is the same as that of the underground metro. Just like anywhere else, you can always see the time schedule on any of the bus stops or even buy this schedule from a newspaper kiosk. Passengers that are looking for a ride on a bus with a discount will need to acquire a travel card. The travel card allows you to ride as many times as you prefer per day, but most of these travel cards are only valid for three days.

It has to be noted that despite the cheap cost of Singapore’s bus transport service, their services established within the city and between Malaysia and Singapore are always very reliable. Buses depart regularly and always on time. Most of the buses are well maintained, very new, comfortable and modern (even the ones without air conditioning).

If you’re a tourist in the city, you can also find the famous “HopOn” coaches that are available in most famous cities of the world. “HopOn” of course means that you can get on and get off the bus at any stop; jump off from one bus, do the touristy things, and hop onto the next one. You can mostly spot these buses going from Raffles Boulevard to Sentosa, and the ticket cost 12 American dollars per person.

Your Ideal Lake Tahoe Vacation

Planning for your ideal Lake Tahoe adventure? How to arrive is less difficult as it seems.

If you need it be a single getaway, a family group weekend, a couple’s retreat or some days of sporting adventure, then Lake Tahoe has it all.

Lake Tahoe is reputed to be the perfect year round vacation and wedding destination with relatively stable weather conditions, breathtaking scenery and a mixture of environments suited to a broad range of sporting activities.

Located between the borders of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe boasts of over 300 days of warm sunshine, 396 inches of annual snowfall, 18 world-class ski and snowboarding resorts, incredible golf courses, fantastic hotels, casinos and many, many more.

There are several ways of getting to Lake Tahoe since there a big 3 US air carriers that all serve the Reno-Tahoe International Airport like American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, as well as stop-overs by Continental, Northwest, Alaska, Frontier and Southwest.

From the airport rental cars and express bus service are the perfect method to travel to the lake.

Another good travel option is to arrange for shuttle service from the hotel you are staying in.

Driving time to the north shore is about 45 minutes, and 90 minutes to the south.

Winter storms are frequent and it’s easy getting caught unprepared, as Lake Tahoe weather quickly changes from clear skies to blizzards.

Winter and summer storms are usually common from September through June and drivers should make certain they have chains with them to tie around the tires especially when passing through snow-drenched roads high up in the alps.

The shoreline is now abuzz with casinos on the Nevada side of the lake.

The most notable is the Cal-Neva Lodge, which was famous for hosting the rich and famous.

Frank Sinatra, once a part owner, and Marylin Monroe were common faces here, while former president John F. Kennedy also enjoyed spending time at this famous establishment.

For a relaxing and romantic getaway, one will discover many romantic destinations that boast of world-class service, elegant decors and scenery, superb cuisine and a broad array of choices to select from.

There’s usually a steady stream of live shows on the south shore at Harrah’s, Caesars, and at some of the other establishments near by.

So, if you desire you plan to go skiing, mountain biking, paying golf or simply relaxing and enjoying the breathtaking view, experience the enjoyment of your Lake Tahoe vacation.

Proper planning is key to make you enjoy your vacation. From what things to pack, the way to save time and money, preparing for high altitudes, it does guidance a lot to make your vacation as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible.

You can reduce your financial outlay with Lodging Packages and Deal, and still enjoy a valuable vacation at Lake Tahoe at lesser costs.

Many resorts and hotels offer a mixture of pre-arranged packages that include activities, lodging and often meals, all for one low price.

Many resorts in addition have recreational facilities that could assistance build a stay enjoyable and worthwhile, if you aren’t a, outdoor junkie or would in the same way as to just take a break from the busy routines of commonplace living.

These resorts provide complimentary access to recreational facilities including swimming pools, gyms, spas, playgrounds, ski and sledding lessons and a whole lot more families on a break will love.

So make this your ideal Lake Tahoe vacation, the way to get there is only as easy a pie.

Brighton – The Gay Capital Of Britain

Brighton is one of the most colorful, vibrant and creative city of Europe. It is renowned throughout UK and Europe as gay-friendly city and for that it is often referred as “The Gay Capital of Britain”, every year in the month of August Gay Pride carnival is held here which attracts thousands of people all over the world, this parade consist of part and funfair in Preston Park.

Almost 8 million tourists visit this city in a year. It is also one of the most cultural cities in Europe with full of creativity. Here entertainment offers a hotbed of Festivals, galleries, museums, film, nightlife, comedy and theatre. Tourist who come here and are sporty they can try windsurfing, can hire jet ski or they can ride the wild water slides at King Alfred’s Leisure Centre. One can also enjoy county cricket, football, horse and greyhound racing and world-class windsurfing championships.

Tourist Attractions

West Pier Trust – Know for its wonderful architectural style and visited by millions of people. It is one of the most photographed buildings in city with its sculptural remains.

Chapel Royal – It is very peaceful place to be visited especially for those who want to escape crowded shopping markets and other places like attending concerts or other places with lot of crowd. The Church was founded in 1794 to cater for rich and famous.

Blatchington Windmill – The original mill installed here since 1820 is still in working condition. It shows how grain is turned into flour in traditional way and one can explore a fascinating display of historical milling and agricultural exhibits which include thresher and oat crusher.

Chattri Indian War Memorial – It is a cremation place of Hindu and Sikh soldiers who died during World War I. It was opened in 1921 by Prince of Wales and every year on 4th Sunday of June a pilgrimage is organized by the Royal British Legion. This pilgrimage is attended by representatives of Indian High Commission in UK, ex-officers and men of the Indian Army.

Barlow Gallery/Museum – This is the most suitable place to see unique collection of Chinese works of art from China’s history from the 12th century BC to the 18th century AD. It shows beautiful examples of bronze vessels, pottery tomb figures and burial vessels as well as a number of Korean wares. Several exhibitions are organized here through out the year.

Brighton is well connected with other cities of UK as there are several railway stations, bus and taxi service is also available. Regular trains are available here and many residents commute to London other cities of UK for work, however other destinations include London Bridge and Bedford airport. It takes almost 50 minutes to reach London Victoria from here by the fastest service. Almost 300 buses are operated by Brighton & Hove Bus services.

Travel Guide To Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Isla Mujeres is one of the most visited travel destination for tourists visiting the Cancun area in Mexico. The island is a great escape for those looking to get away from the busy beaches that Cancun gives them. You do not have to go that far after you get off the ferry to realize that the experience that you will get here is very different. The island is small and the interior is not populated by people, but you will find salt water marshes where once upon a time the Mayans got their salt from.

Getting Around

Though there is a small airport at Isla Mujeres you will not be able to land there as it is for military and private planes only. Though you could hire a taxi service in reality renting a scooter or even a golf cart will prove to be enough. If you decide to go with a taxi service you can choose to pay one per hour which should run you at about 15 dollars an hour or you can pay per trip which should not cost more than 5 dollars from one end of the island to the other. Renting bicycles is also a possibility when you travel here.

Pirate History

If you like pirate history then you should make it a point to visit Laguna Makax in Isla Mujeres. This is the place where pirates would anchor and wait for ships to ambush. Today, there is another use for the Lagoon and that is to protect ships and vessels during hurricane season. If you head to the salinas, the lagoon is not too far from there. You can also follow the signs if you did rent a scooter, bike or golf cart. The island also gave buccaneers the seclusion they wanted.

Paradise For Divers

When it comes to diving, not too many places will give you as good a chance as Isla Mujeres. You have many places to choose from including El Jigueo, Barracuda, La Bandera, Arrecife Manchones and Ultrafreeze. Sea life is abundant especially close to the corals. Another activity which has taken off in the last few years is snorkeling with whale sharks; it started by Isla Holbox which is to the north west, but now you can do so right from Isla Mujeres. Make sure that you have a certification card and remember that there is a fee of 20 dollars per dive.

How To Get There

As stated earlier there is no airport available to tourists in the Island so you will need to take a ferry. From the Zona Hotelera in Cancun you can look for two spots to take you there: The first one is Playa Tortugas and the second one is Playa Linda. If you are staying at the resorts then you can ask the concierge service to check the schedule for you. There are also another couple of spots in Punta Sam and Puerto Juarez which you can reach from the city of Cancun.

You Would NEVER Guess – A Windy City Where East Meets West

Baku Boulevard… hugs the breezy seafront

Constructed in the beginning of 20th Century the Baku Boulevard is one of the most modern western features of the city. This wide stretch of side path is flocked with people from all around the world. Visitors frequent the kiosks and small sea facing cafeterias along the Sunset Boulevard of the city. This sidewalk is so breezy that the wind whirls through the hail locks even while jogging and cycling. It is popular amongst Couples who visit here to celebrate their anniversary on cable cars along the boulevard. Playground and other entertainment are also available here, in case you have a kid or two in the tow!

Old City Baku… the hub of culture, history, and tradition

This spot ranks first in World heritage sites under the UNESCO. Explore the cinematic streets of the Old Baku City that is abundant with age-old architectural buildings that are being redesigned. The old city is essentially the home of palaces like that of the Shrivanshahs and Maiden Tower. You can hire a guide to trace your ancient trail to the depths of the city.

Yanar Dag… the land of fire

The legend goes that this gas vent was mistakenly lit by a shepherd who had been smoking. The inception of the 20th century has seen the natural gas reserves being deeply drilled that led to the extinguishing of most of the same. However, amidst all the sleeping gas flame reserves, Yanar Dag is the only one that is still awake. Its rarity makes the tourists crowd this spot. It is also famed as the Fire Mountain.

Azerbaijan Carpet Museum… storehouse of the finest carpets

This Museum site is situated at the very center of Azerbaijan and should be listed in top Things to do in Baku if you are planning to visit. The showcasing of the world’s best carpet and rug collection will surely have its magnetic effect on you. The visitors walk along the polished halls that are filled with vibrant colored carpets depicting the evolution of the city’s history. And the museum building itself is a site- its in the shape of a rolled white and gold carpet, absolutely impossible to miss!

Bibi-Heybat Mosque… the favorite of Alexander Dumas

Built by the famous Shirvanshah Farrukhzad II Ibn Ahsitan II, the mosque of Bibi-Heybat is truly a marvel that will leave you gawking! This beautiful mosque had appealed to Alexandre Dumas to an extent that he nicknamed it as the mosque of Fatima. Resurrected after the destruction, the newly built mosque is today’s spiritual epicenter for all the Muslim natives of the country. Can you imagine, that it was rebuilt based on the testimonials descriptions of travelers and the available pictures?!

Flame Towers… the iconic skyscrapers

These towers are the most important symbols and landmark of Baku. This modern feature is located on a hilltop with the view of both the Baku Bay and the Old City of Baku. The new flame-like structures saw completion only in 2012. It is highly influenced by the fire worship practice that has been famous in Azerbaijan from the ancient times. The view of the towers is absolutely stunning with its transparent bluish tinge complementing the sky itself. If you are planning on a king size vacation you can also arrange your stay in the Fairmont Baku Hotel inside the Flame Towers.

Fountains Square… the throbbing heart of Baku Downtown

The Fountain Square is extremely popular amongst visitor all around the globe for its vivacious entertainment culture. This spot is sure to give you a fun packed experience with all the lip-smacking food of the local cafes, gourmet restaurants. You can also take away souvenirs for loved ones back at home. This plaza is lined with luscious green trees and beautiful fountains that run throughout the Fountain Square. Finding the city’s pulse is a cake walk for any traveler since it’s centrally located. Do not miss it in the night, when the fountains are illuminated giving a surreal feel and effect to this place.

Maiden Tower… the iconic building

Similar to the Old City of Baku, the Maiden Tower has also been listed by the UNESCO as one of the world heritage sites. Giz Galasi, the famous local wall city of Baku is home to this iconic architectural structure. Posing as the most differentiating feature jutting out at the clear skyline, Maiden Tower is crowded frequently with travelers. The top of the tower gives an exquisite view of the Sea and insight into ancient times of Baku.

Martyr’s Lane… a memorial to Azerbaijan heroes

It has been built as a token of respect to the civilians that died for their country during the independence movement of Azerbaijan. It was built over the burial ground that is home to around 15000 heroes. The lane sides are adorned with walls made of marble that bears the martyr’s name engraved in gold. An ever lit flame rises from the middle of the memorial signifying the remembrance of the gone by Heroes. Many citizens and visitor pass by to pay their homage.

Palace of Shrivanshahs… the nostalgic trail

The Palace of Shivanshahs breathes of the ancient times of the 1400’s. This palace gives its visitors ample scope to get an in-depth idea about the cultural and architectural roots. It is segregated into 5 sections. The colossal network of white, is breathtaking site and a splendid part of Azerbaijan’s history.

This was the tour of Baku and we were quite surprised that the city itself had so much to offer- architectural splendors and marvelous city vibe. This time of the year is probably the best time to make it to Baku, as the summers are departing and chilly winters are still a while away.

How To Reach

By Air: Baku is well connected and has Heydar Aliyev International Airport which is 16 miles (25 km) away from the city center. Almost all major airlines service this airport.

By Rail: Russia and Ukraine have rail connections with Baku. The trip takes about three nights and is advisable if you have time!

By Road: Baku is connected by road to many international destinations like Turkey and Iran.

Where to Stay

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