Most Beautiful Front Doors Around the World….!!!

Generally doors are sadly boring, but they don’t need to be; they might as well work as thoughtful designs of gateways between worlds or between diverse elements of our existences.

The front door is normally the sole component of a building’s outer part that everyone will interact most regularly with, so if you wish a building to look awesome, there’s likely no nicer way to do it than by designing a gorgeous door.

1. Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Source: mandalaybus

2. Garden Door

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Source: wallpapersinhq.com

3. Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

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Source: Ken Piorkowski

4. Northumberland, UK

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Source: Maree Turner

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Source: Rig

6. Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

 

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Source: Natalie AE

7. Fes, Morocco

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Source: David K. Edwards

8. Valparaiso, Chile

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Source: Byron Ellis

9. Pollença, Balearic Islands, Spain

 

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Source: silverlarynx

10. Shanghai, China

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Source: Sean Maynard

11. Sardinia, Italy

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Source: Pia – Artemisia1975

12. Garden Door by Kazuyuki Ishihara in Japan

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Source: Anya Langmead

13. Burano, Italy

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Source: John C. Hutchins

14. German Alps

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ource: Dominic Walter

15. Chefchaouen, Morocco

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Source: Olga Osipova

16. Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

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Source: Ahrabella Heabe Lewis

17. Germagno, Piedmont, Italy

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Source: Wozz

18. Jaipur, India

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Source: payal.jhaveri

19. Valloria, Italy

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Source: socket974

20. Soho, New York, New York, USA

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Source: Gary Burke

21. Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal

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Source: Amaury Henderick

22. Miami, Florida, USA

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Source: jaydkim 

23. Bali, Indonesia

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Source: Corinna A. Carlson

24. Montmartre, Paris, France

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Source: John Kroll

25. Copenhagen, Denmark

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Source: Ingeborg van Leeuwen

Source…www.top13.net

Natarajan

 

Best Cities to Live in The World ….

Some cities are just easier to live in than others.

Global consulting firm ECA International came out with a list of the most livable cities around the world for North Americans.

The ranking objectively evaluates a bunch of factors that contribute to the overall quality of living, including climate, availability of health services, housing and utilities, isolation, access to social network and leisure facilities, personal safety, air quality, infrastructure, and political tensions.

So if you’re thinking about moving somewhere, may we recommend that you check out the following cities. Canada, Northern Europe, and the United States dominated the list.

1. Toronto, Canada

‘Good air quality, solid infrastructure, decent medical facilities, low crime and health risks have contributed to Toronto topping the global ranking for quality of living for American assignees,’ said Michael Witkowski, vice president of ECA International.

Toronto has a huge services industry, including law, accounting and advertising. Over 56% of employees in Toronto’s multifaceted economy have post-secondary degrees or certificates. It’s also the major design center of Canada’s design economy, and has a ‘fast-moving‘ fashion industry, which has contributed to the 550% increase of Canadian apparel exports since 1994.

The longest street in the world — Yonge Street — runs through Toronto.

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Toronto is a delightful place to live.

 

2. Dublin, Ireland

In the past, Dublin was a major food processing and manufacturing city, but it has attracted major global pharma and tech companies, including Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Yahoo!.

Guinness originated in Dublin, and is still brewed there.

 

3. Copenhagen, Denmark (tied)

Copenhagen is a business, finance and commercial center in Scandinavia. Big industries includepharma, biotech, computer science, and telecommunications.

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Copenhagen is a bronze statue of the little mermaid, based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale.

 

3. Zurich, Switzerland (tied)

Zurich is another financial hub in Europe — about a quarter of the jobs in the city are finance related. Biotech and life sciences are also big industries, while the small aerospace and automotive supplier industries are rapidly expanding.

Zurich’s St. Peter Church has the largest clock face in Europe (not Big Ben, like most people think.)

 

3. Ottowa, Canada (tied)

Ottawa’s economy centres around two major sectors: technology and the federal government. The two sectors account for 37% of the city’s GDP.

There is a 30-foot-high spider sculpture called ‘Maman‘ in Ottowa’s National Gallery of Canada.

 

Vancouver, Canada (tied)

Vancouver has one of the most active startup scenes, and it was ranked ninth in the world on the Startup Ecosystem Report 2012. Both HootSuite and Avigilon have their headquarters in the city.

Vancouver also has the third-largest film industry in North America.

 

Bern, Switzerland (tied)

The service sector is Bern’s major industry, but tourism is also a driver of the city’s economy.

Watch giant Swatch is headquartered in Bern.

 

Stockholm, Sweden (tied)

Stockholm is Sweden’s major industrial center, including metal and machine manufacturing, as well as paper, printing and chemicals.

Stockholm became the capital of Sweden in 1436.

 

Seattle, Washington, US (tied)

Seattle’s major industries include aerospace, information and communications technology and healthcare. Additionally, tech and clean energy are increasingly becoming more dominant industries.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates was born in Seattle.

 

Boston, Massachusetts, US (tied)

Boston is a major intellectual center in the US, housing numerous universities and medical centres. Other major industries include the financial services, creative industries, and renewable energy.

The Boston Red Sox sold out a record 820 consecutive games in a row.

 

Greenwich, Connecticut, US

Greenwich has a large community of financiers. The city houses hedge funds, as well as Wall Streeters and their families.

Greenwich is one of the wealthiest areas in the US, but is also part of the most unequal place in the country.

 

Geneva, Switzerland (tied)

The headquarters for the UN, the Red Cross, and the World Health Organisation are all located in Geneva (not to mention other international organisations such as the WTO and WEF). And the city’s also known as a major financial hub.

The uber-luxury watch company Patek Philippe was founded in Geneva in 1852.

 

 

The Hague, The Netherlands (tied)

The Hague is a major international city, with over 150 international organisations located there. Notably, it houses the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice.

Everyone’s always buzzing over Amsterdam, but you can legally smoke weed in The Hague, too

 

Stavanger, Norway (tied)

Stavanger is the center of the oil and gas industry in Norway, and one of the biggest energy hubs in Europe. Half of the people living in Norway who work in energy are located in Stavanger.

Every May, Stavanger hosts a huge international jazz festival called MaiJazz.

 

Gothenburg, Sweden (tied)

Major sectors in Gothenburg include technology, engineering, and several industrial companies. Additionally, the city serves as a major port.

In August, you can go to a three-day musical festival in the city called Way Out West.

 

Basel, Switzerland (tied)

Carnival of Basel.UBS and the Bank for International Settlements are headquartered in Basel. The city also has a large watch-making industry, as well as pharmaceuticals, biotech, and nanotechnology.

Basel in a major cultural center in Europe, and houses a huge art collection in the Kuntsmuseum Basel.

 

Vienna, Austria (tied)

A large proportion of workers in Vienna are white-collar workers, public employees, and civil servants — and that percentage continues to grow. Over half of the employees in Austria’s service industry live in Vienna. Overall, Austria’s most important and fastest-growing industry istourism.

Vienna is known for its famous sachertorte, a thick chocolate cake with a thin layer of apricot jam.

 

Berlin, Germany (tied)

Berlin houses big names like Borsig, AEG, and Siemens, but is always advancing in the sciences and academics. Additionally, the city has established a major film industry, and tourism has skyrocketed in recent years.

A three day international beer festival with over 300 breweries and 2,000 sorts of beers takes place in Berlin. Oh, and it’s held in a 1.4-mile-long beer garden — the longest in the world.

 

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (tied)

Luxembourg’s economy runs on the steel, banking, and industrial industries. In fact, the largest steel company in the world, ArcelorMittal, is based in Luxembourg City.

Although Luxembourg has three official languages: French, German, and Lëtzebuergesch (‘Luxembourgish.’)

 

Eindhoven, Netherlands (tied)

Although it’s not a particularly large city, Eindhoven has grown into one a leading city in the 21st century by getting ahead in both technological innovation and design. Additionally, it’s a university city with a number of undergraduate schools.

In 2011, the city was named the most intelligent community by the Intelligent Community Forum.

 

Montreal, Canada (tied)

Montreal’s economy is extremely diversified. Major industries include aerospace, electronic goods, pharmaceuticals, engineering, finance, and research and development.

Montreal also happens to have the second largest French-speaking population in the world (it’s behind only Paris).

 

SOURCE::::  ELENA HOLODNY  in  www.businessinsider.com.au

Natarajan

Jan 23 2015