historical sites n.a building that was built in the past
The center is ideally located within easy reach of many historical sites.
breathtaking a.extremely exciting, beautiful, or surprising
The view from the top of the mountain is breathtaking.
picturesque a.visually attractive, especially in a quaint or pretty style
It was a pretty town with a picturesque harbor and well-preserved buildings.
My hometown is both traditional and modern.
modern a.designed and made using the most recent ideas and methods
We're in the very modern-looking building opposite the station.
preserve v.maintain (something) in its original or existing state
We need to preserve the buildings.
high-rise n.modern buildings which are very tall and have many levels or floors
There is an argument that some cities could cope with more high-rise buildings.
hospitality n.the act of being friendly and welcoming to guests and visitors
The local people showed me great hospitality.
day by day a.gradually; daily
He weakened day by day.
potential a.someone's or something's ability to develop, achieve, or succeed
The region has enormous potential for economic development.
hotspot n.a popular and exciting place
The building is one of the best hotspots in town.
settle down v.to become familiar with a place and to feel happy and confident in it
She quickly settled down in her new job.
enormously adv.extremely; considerably; greatly
I'm enormously grateful for your help.
barely adv.only just; almost not
His wages are barely enough to keep body and soul together.
skyscraper n.a very tall building of many stories
The skyscraper rears high into the sky.
ameliorate v.to make or become better; improve
Nothing can be done to ameliorate the situation.
infrastructure n.the basic systems and services(transport and power supplies) that a country or organization uses in order to work effectively
Improvements are being made to the region's decrepit infrastructure.
decrepit a.in very bad condition because of being old
Most of the buildings were old and decrepit.
region n.an area of a country, especially one that has a particular characteristic or is known for something
There's a shortage of cheap housing in the region.
vicinity n.the area around a place
We could see that there were several open Wi-Fi networks in the vicinity.
frequently adv.regularly; often
He frequently donates large sums to charity.
increasingly adv.to an increasing extent; more and more
The U.S. has increasingly relied on Japanese capital.
accessibility n.the fact of being able to be reached easily
Two new roads are being built to increase accessibility to the town centre.
consequently adv.as a result
All the shops were closed, and consequently we couldn't buy any food.
venues n.the place where a public event or meeting happens
The hotel is an ideal venue for conferences and business meetings.
tourist attraction n.a place of interest to tourists
The indoor flower market is a big tourist attraction.
majority n.the greater number
The majority of my patients come to me from out of town.
commute v.to make the same journey regularly between work and home
One Monday morning I set off on my daily commute to work.
transportation n.a vehicle or system of vehicles, such as buses, trains, etc. for getting from one place to another
The city is working to improve public transportation.
traffic jam n.a large number of vehicles close together and unable to move or moving very slowly
The snow caused traffic jams all over the city.
rush hour n.a time during each day when traffic is at its heaviest
Take alternate routes during the morning rush hour.
comfort n.a pleasant feeling of being relaxed and free from pain
These jeans have added Lycra for comfort and fit.
strive v.make great efforts to achieve something
We are constantly striving to improve our service.
chain store n.one of several similar shops that are owned by the same person or company, especially one that sells a variety of things
The streets are dominated by chain stores.
fashion house n.a company that designs and sells new styles of clothes, shoes, bags, etc., especially expensive ones
She runs a fashion house now.
get around v.visit a lot of different places as part of your way of life
We had to use public transport to get around.
pavement cafe n.part of a cafe which is outdoors or on the pavement or sidewalk
It's very pleasant to linger in a pavement cafe here and just watch the world go by.
linger v.to take a long time to leave or disappear
We went to small cafes where we could linger over cappuccino.
residential area n.an area where people live
There is a large market in the residential area.
inner-city n.the central part of a city where people live and where conditions are often poor
The program gives kids from the inner city a taste of the wilderness.
poor housing n.housing that is not in good condition
Many health problems are made worse by poor housing.
shopping centre n.a group of shops with a common area for cars to park
On the debit side the new shopping centre will increase traffic problems.
shopping mall n.a large usually covered shopping area where cars are not allowed
We are going to build a shopping mall in this area.
office block n.a large building that contains offices
There's another new office block going up behind the station.