With its modest dimensions, Ireland encompasses a great variety of scenic beauty. This varied landscape is further enhanced by a wealth of remains from country's ancient history, which includes fortresses castles and mansions. The predominance of pastoral rather than tillage farming has enabled to retain many well preserved passage graves dating from pre-historic times.
Recalling the romance of turn-of-the-century elegance, George W. Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina offers a glimpse of a bygone era. The 250-room French Renaissance-style chateaux, first opened in 1895, still houses original furnishings and art objects collected by Mr. Vanderbilt during his lifetime.
The Australian national flag is the result of a competition held in 1901. The Union Jack, national flag of the United Kingdom, occupies the top left corner. Directly below is the seven-pointed Commonwealth Star. The right side of the flag depicts the Southern Cross, a constellation seen in Australia’s night sky.