Ballantyne Magazine

SUMMER 2019

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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London's vast cityscape brims with ancient and contemporary buildings and monuments. Serene green spaces intersperse the architecture. Above: Tower Bridge crosses the River Thames and is more than 120 years old. It has a new glass floor and giant, moveable roadways that lift for passing ships. Below: Union Jack, officially called Union Flag, is the flag of the U.K. It contains crosses of three patron saints — George (England), Andrew (Scotland) and Patrick (Ireland). Bottom: Buckingham Palace is the working headquarters of the monarchy. Visit Britain/Visit England, the national tourism agency, notes that Americans are most likely to visit the capital city during summer. The arrival of warm weather signals festivals, outdoor concerts, sports competitions, parades and more. This summer's "more" includes the recent birth of Archie, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — the duchess being U.S.-born Meghan Markle. Lauded as the world's best-rated destination in TripAdvisor's 2019 Travelers' Choice Awards, London exudes a modern and multicultural vibrancy that belies its age. Its beginnings harken back to Roman times. Straddling the winding BALLANTYNE SUMMER 2019 80 Escape Photo by Antoine Buchet, courtesy of England's Historic Cities and visitlondon.com Photo by Jon Reid, courtesy of England's Historic Cities and visitlondon.com

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