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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Top Places to Visit in Santiago Chile

Top Places to Visit in Santiago Chile
  • San Cristobal Hill
  • Palacio de la Moneda
  • Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Plaza de Armas
  • Casa Colorada
  • Parroquia de Santa Filomena
  • Inglesia de San Agustin
1. San Cristobal Hill (formally Tupahue or "palace of the gods," today rises over 2500 feet. On the top of the hill is the "Chapel of the Immaculate Conception," and a 65 foot statue of the Virgin Mary. At the bottom of the hill are a zoo and a beautiful Japanese Garden. Also located on the summit is the Manual Foster Observatory.

2. Palacio de la Moneda is the location of the Chilean government. It was opened in 1805 as a national mint (Moneda means "coin." The Palace occupies an entire city block and has a beautiful facade.

The Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts began in 1880 and moved to the present location in 1910. It contains hundreds of artwork by Chilean artist, plus several pieces by South American artists. There is a lovely café and gift shop and is a lovely place to spend a morning or afternoon. By the way, admission is free on Sundays.

4. The American Museum of Natural History is a terrific museum filled with many exhibitions including Environmental Halls, Reptiles and Birds, Fossil Halls and Human Origins, to name just a few. A charming restaurant and gift shop is available and is a place where you could spend the day.

5. The Plaza de Armas is the veritable essence of Santiago and is surrounded by many historical buildings, including the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Central Post Office. There are some delicious restaurants surrounding the Plaza. It is a fantastic place to spend a couple hours just watching the people.

6. The Casa Colorada (Red House) is a Colonial house built in 1769 and houses the Museum of Santiago.

7. The Parroquia de Santa Filomena is a beautiful Church built in 1884. The church is decorated with many beautiful paintings, and the window paintings are spectacular.

8. The Inglesia de San Agustin (Church of St. Augustine) was built in 1625 and is the second oldest church in Chile. In the church is a wooden statue of Jesus Christ, called Christo de Mayo. There is a local legend that during an earthquake the crown slipped down around the neck of the statue. When they tried to push it back in place blood started flowing from the face, and the ground began to shake. The statue has remained untouched with the crown still down around the neck. A beautiful church worth the visit.
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Top Places to Visit in Lima Peru

Top Places to Visit in Lima Peru
What comes to your mind when you think of Lima Peru? The ruins of Machu Picchu? Beautiful mountains - historic buildings - Llamas running in the streets? Well, that is Lima, but much more awaits the visitor to this magnificent city. Here are just a few of places to see.
  • Historic Center of Lima
  • Museo de la Nacion
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Walls of Lima
  • Cathedral of Lima
  • Torre Tangle Palace
  • Museo de arte Italiano
1. Lima was founded in 1535 and originally called the City of the Kings. Today the Historic Center of Lima still stands in all its wondrous beauty. Magnificent buildings surround this historic site, recognized by UNESCO as a World Historic Site.

2. The Museo de la Nacion (National Museum) is home to thousands of artifacts dealing with the entire history of Peru. The most moving exhibit is located on the sixth floor called Yuyanapaq, which means, "to remember." It is a photographic tribute to the historic struggle of the land between 1980 and 2000.

3. The Plaza Mayor is the true birthplace of Lima. The foundation of the town was laid January 18, 1535 and the city was built around this plaza and the Historic Center of Lima. The plaza is surrounded by the Government House, Cathedral of Lima, Archbishop's Palace, the Municipal Palace and the Palace of the Nation. A spectacular place to visit and not to be missed.

4. The Walls of Lima constructed in 1684 to protect the city from invaders and torn down in 1872 to expand the city. During construction in the 1980's some of the remains of the wall were discovered a today a beautiful park displays some of these ruins.

5. The foundation of the Cathedral of Lima was laid at the same time as the foundation of the city. It has been damaged several times by earthquakes. The church contains beautiful paintings, sculptures and is the burial place of the founder of Peru, Francisco Pizarro.

6. The Torre Tangle Palace is probably the most beautiful building in South America. Two outstanding carved wood balconies are on each side of the building, and the entrance is carved in stone. Currently the Ministry of Foreign Affairs occupies the property. You can book a tour through one of the local tour companies in Lima. It will be well worth the visit.

7. The Museo de arte Italiano (Italian Art Museum) was a gift of the Italian government in 1921. It contains many excellent works of art from over 125 renowned artists.
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Top Places to Visit in Stockholm

Top Places to Visit in Stockholm
Stockholm, the city of the Nobel Peace Prize, lined with canals and loaded with fabulous restaurants and shops, has so much to offer. Filled with history and culture Stockholm has been populated since 1252. Here are just a few of the wonderful things to do in this great city.
  • Gamla stan
  • Vassa
  • Drottningholm Palace
  • Stockholm City Hall
  • Fotografiska
  • Junibacken Children's Museum
  • Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology
1. Gamla stan is where Stockholm began. It is "old" Stockholm; its narrow alleyways are lined with medieval buildings. The cobblestone streets are filled with charming shops and restaurants.

2. The Vassa Museum houses the warship Vassa, which sank on its maiden voyage on August 10, 1628. The ship was rigged with 10 cannons and a crew of 100. Only a few minutes after launching the ship began to list to port, and then continued to list until it sank with 150 people (the crew was allowed to bring families on board for the maiden voyage). At least 30 drowned and when the ship was raised in 1961, 16 more remains were found. The restored ship is on display with hundreds of artifacts. A lovely restaurant and gift shop make the visit a pleasant one.

3. Drottningholm Palace is located on the island of Drottningholm, built in the 1600's, has been the residence of the Royal Family of Denmark ever since. The site is accessible to the public, and the reception rooms are spectacular. A charming restaurant and gift shop top off the visit.

4. The Stockholm City Hall is one of the most spectacular buildings in Stockholm. The way to see this magnificent building is by public tours, offered during the day with licensed guides. A lovely restaurant and gift shop offer visitors a wide selection of food and gift items.

5. Fotografiska houses what is perhaps the largest collection of photos in the world. The exhibitions change and all of them are brilliant. The Museum houses a charming restaurant and gift shop.

6. The Junibacken Children's Museum is one of the most adorable children's museums in the world. There are so many beautiful exhibits that children can participate in, and the Story Train is an absolute delight. Do not skip lunch and the lovely gift shop.

7. The Swedish Museum of Science and Technology contains over 30,000 square feet of breathtaking exhibits of over 50,000 objects and artifacts, over 200,000 drawings, 620,000 images and over 50,000 books. Some of the world's oldest computers are on display, as well as appealing cars and airplanes. Yes, there is an excellent restaurant and gift shop to culminate a pleasant visit.

You must spend a week in this delightful city.
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Top Places to Visit in Warsaw

Top Places to Visit in Warsaw
Warsaw Poland brings memories of Communist control and heroic acts to promote freedom. The beautiful city of Warsaw offers so much in history and culture. Here are just a few of the things you can do in this fabulous city.
  • Warsaw Uprising Museum
  • Copernicus Science Center
  • Royal Castle of Warsaw
  • Fryderyk Chopin Museum
  • Wilanów Palace
  • Warsaw Citadel
  • Museum of Caricature Cartoon Art.
  • Krolikarnia
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

1. The Warsaw Uprising Museum is dedicated to those heroes who rose up during the 1944 uprising. You will find hundreds of artifacts, photos and memorabilia. There is a lovely shop where you can buy things associated with the museum.

2. The Copernicus Science Center houses over 450 interactive exhibits that the whole family can enjoy. There is a charming Bistro at the entrance and a cafe near the Planetarium. A fabulous gift shop offers souvenirs of this great museum.

3. The Royal Castle of Warsaw offers fascinating exhibits such as, Oriental Carpets, Numismatics, Paintings, sculptures and historical artifacts. The palace was used by the Polish Monarchs. Today it is a fantastic museum.

4. The Fryderyk Chopin Museum is dedicated to the brilliant Polish composer and musician. It contains five levels of exhibits and many artifacts from the composer's life and works.

5. Wilanów Palace, built in the 16th century by King John III Sobieski, today contains artifacts from this rich history of Poland. It is an outstanding cultural center, holding concerts and musical events, especially in the Rose Garden during the summer months.

6. The Warsaw Citadel was built by Russian Tsar Nicholas I to solidify Russian control over the country. During peacetime over 5,000 Russian Troops were stationed there. Cells housed Polish patriots who supported the rebellion. Today you can see some of the cells and discover the fortifications and weaponry of the period.

7. Near the castle stands a museum like no other in Poland, the Museum of Caricature Cartoon Art. It is a fantastic place to visit for the whole family. A fabulous gift shop gives you the opportunity to get some of the cartoon samples. Here is a fun place to spend the morning.

8. Krolikarnia (Rabbit House) is a grand palace was built at the beginning of 1782 by King Augustus II the Strong for rabbit warren! Today it is a lovely museum featuring art and sculpture by Xawery Dunikowski.

9. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is the only surviving part of Saxton Palace that was destroyed in WWII. The Changing of the Guard takes place here every day at noon. Since 1925, it has housed the remains of a young soldier who died defending Lwow.

I always hesitate after each article and ask myself why I could not have put more places in the article. The answer is always the same - not enough room. There are many places that are well worth a visit that I just could not include.
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Top Places to Visit in Berlin

Top Places to Visit in Berlin
When you think of Berlin, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Berlin Wall - without question is the first thing we think. That is Berlin, but if that is all you see, you have missed so much. Here are some of the exciting things you can do in this historic city.

  • Berlin Wall
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Reichstag
  • Berlin Island
  • German Historical Museum
  • Berlin Zoological Garden

1. The Berlin Wall constructed in 1961 divided the city into the East and West. It even separated families. Between 1961 and 1989 over 5,000 people tried to escape through or over the wall and over 100 died in their attempt. Barbed wire and barriers stretching 97 miles surrounded three Western sections and 27 miles of barrier divided East and West Berlin. In 1963, President Kennedy gave his Ich bin ein Berliner speech. In 1987, President Reagan challenged Michael Gorbachev to "tear down this wall." We all know the results of these speeches. Today only a small part of the wall remains as a memorial.

2. The Brandenburg Gate was built in the 18th century and served as one of the city's main gates. Today is the symbol of Berlin standing to maintain independence and probably the most celebrated icon in Germany.

3. The Reichstag was built in 1894 and housed the Diet (government) until 1933 when it was damaged by fire. The building fell into disrepair, and the East German government (volkskammer) held their meetings in East Berlin while the West German government (Bundestag) met in Bonn. After the reunification of East and West Germany the building was restored in 1999, and today is the location of the unified government, the Bundestag.

4. Berlin Island is the location of five leading museums. The Altes Museum (Old Museum) features artifacts from the Greek and Roman period, The Neues Museum (New Museum) features artifacts and papyrus from the Egypt Museum, The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) features works of Classicism, Romanticism, the Biedermeier era, Impressionism and early Modernism., The Bode Museum, features Byzantine art, coins a
nd medals, and the Pergamon Museum, featuring Greek and Roman art, pottery and sculpture.

The German Historical Museum features the history of Germany and of Europe. It is a terrific museum of culture filled with historical artifacts.

6. The Berlin Zoological Garden covers 84 acres with over 1,500 species of 19,500 different animals. It is said to contain the most significant collection of animals in the world. After visiting this vast array of animals, you can sit down to a delightful lunch at the Zoo Café and see the lovely gift shop and take home souvenirs of this magnificent zoo.

After each article I finish, I always regret that I could not include more of the exciting places there are to see in this magnificent city. Please allow several days when you visit.
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Top Places to Visit in Sydney, Australia

Sydney Opera House
When you think of Sydney, you think of Kangaroos, "Down Under," Koala Bears and the Sydney Opera House. Sydney is that, but if that is all you saw, you missed Sydney! Here are just a few of the exciting things to do in this marvelous city.

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Harbor Bridge
  • Wildlife Sydney Zoo
  • Fort Denison
  • Queen Victoria Building
  • Sydney Sea life Aquarium

1. The Sydney Opera House is the symbol of Sydney and began life between 1957 and 1973 when Queen Elizabeth II opened it. It has been the subject of criticism as well as praise. Cost overruns and controversy brought strong street protests and brought about the resignation of the architect Jorn Utzon. He was later rehired, and the project was finally completed. The venue changes frequently, as the New Year's Eve is outstanding. Several bars and restaurants offer a pleasant visit.

2. The Sydney Harbor Bridge with the Sydney Opera House in the background is the photographer's dream. The Bridge is always seen in the spectacular New Year's celebrations. The bridge called by locals The Coat hanger, because of its arch design. The bridge is the sixth longest span bridge in the world and is the second widest at 160 feet. The bridge carries automobile, train, pedestrian and bike traffic.

3. The Wildlife Sydney Zoo is a lovely family setting. Every imaginable kind of animal exists now from the adorable Koala Bear to the Tasmanian devil. There is a tremendous opportunity for watching the animal feeding, and there is a place for animal petting. There are appealing eating-places and a lovely gift shop.

4. Fort Denison has stood in the Harbor of Sydney for over 150 years. It has served, as a fishing spot, navigational guide, weather station, now is a lovely restaurant and museum. Captain Cook Cruises offer regularly scheduled ferry service to the tiny island. An exquisite lunch is available daily, and a terrific Sunday Brunch is served.

5. The Queen Victoria Building, known to the locals as QVB, has become a grand shopping arcade. Over the decades, this beautiful old property has been threatened with demolition. Fortunately, visionaries saw the future and have produced a mall like no other in the world. Filled with many boutique stores and enjoyable eating-places, QVB is a must see.

6. The Sydney Sea life Aquarium offers over 13,000 animals from 700 species in 14 incredible theme zones. There is a touching area where you can interact with some of the aqua life. A delightful gift shop and various food areas offer a perfect place to visit with the family.

This beautiful city needs lots of time to see all of the exciting places that are available. Unfortunately, short articles such as this only give me the opportunity to show just a few.
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Top Toughest Mountains to Climb

Top Toughest Mountains to Climb
Climbing is recognized as one of the severe hobby things to do. It's not at all an easy task to go up individuals rough tips and there's always a new threat stalking about anyone. Some people include misplaced his or her lifestyles to this pastime. So, the reason perform folks still carry on accomplishing this pastime? It really is pertaining to thrill, excitement and with the sense regarding threat. Several foothills tend to be an easy task to go up in contrast to several tend to be hard. Let's have a look at the actual 10 toughest foothills in order to go up.

1. K2:

K2 sits between Pakistan and Cina in fact it is referred to as the next maximum huge batch with the globe. Additionally it is referred to as your toughest huge batch to ascend. They have your top associated with 8611m in order to ascend of which top seriously isn't an easy feat. Soon after hitting certain altitude, people will begin to experience breathable oxygen deprivation. This huge batch has become nicknamed because "Savage Mountain". This nickname by itself speaks a great deal. A lot of people get past away into their quest to achieve the peaks. This is because of the difficult and large journey together with the wintry and extremely capricious weather conditions. The actual climbers usually expire after they are generally regarding come down your huge batch as opposed to after they are generally ascending the item. A different useful truth about this huge batch can be that it's rumored to get been cursed for ladies.

2.  Nanga Parbat:

Nanga Parbat can be one more huge batch in this list whose altitude can be beyond 8000m. The idea is based on Pakistan and contains your top associated with 8125m. It is often adoringly called because "Man eater" and "Killing Mountain". The reason behind this kind of names can be the high mortality fee. It can be huge batch crafted from glaciers and rock and roll. On the subject of technological problems, the item comes in par along with K2, and that is your toughest huge batch to ascend. Right now, you can imagine just what the item has to be want to ascend the item.

3. Fitz Roy:

From time to time when people say "Beauty kills", then you certainly ought to think the item. This saying can be turned out because of the Fitz Roy huge batch. The breath are going to be hitched when you view it. Although, powering the striking splendor sits your tale of countless fatalities. The idea is based on Pantagonia as well as top is around 1 / 3 associated with Bracket Everest. Although, usually do not produce your mistake associated with underestimating the item for the top. An excellent high technological complications towards climbers. Added to that the item is situated in a really singled out position and contains very unstable weather conditions.

4. Kangchenjunga:

With growing mountain climbing strategies and security precautions, people usually believe you can easily ascend piles nowadays. Here is the reality concerning several piles except Kanchenjunga. Regardless of how many sophisticated strategies as well as security precautions utilized, your dying toll welcomed in this kind of huge batch can be increasing as opposed to decreasing. It can be 8586m high and sits between Nepal and Asia. The reason this kind of huge batch offers stated several lives are generally the avalanches and fully capricious weather conditions.

5. Annapurna:

This huge batch is based on Nepal and is 8091m high. An overall variety of group of peaks are generally called because Annapurna although, when people say they wish to ascend Annapurna, chances are they are generally talking about the biggest optimum in this series. This huge batch offers stated numerous lives and is known as one of the dangerous piles. Although, with the aid of sophisticated mountain climbing strategies and security precautions, your mortality fee adjusted lower just a little.

6. The Matterhorn:

This huge batch is a Swiss image. The idea sits between Switzerland and Italy and is 4478m high. Despite the lower top, it is able to state many lives. The true reason for here is the unforeseen avalanches and rockfall, high technological complications and overcrowding with the ascending option. It can be tricky to believe of which overcrowding is probably the reasons behind high dying charges although, it does not take reality.

7. Baintha Brakk:

Baintha Brakk can be also known as "The Ogre". The idea is situated in Pakistan and is 7285m high. It can be acknowledged among the toughest piles to ascend for the history and dangerous ascend. Although 1 portion associated with climbers was victorious to ascend the item with 1971, no-one dared to ascend the item until finally 2001. The reason behind this was of which, the first ascend was consequently complicated and dangerous of which no-one had your guts to think about ascending the item. The altitude, steepness and stone land include the reasons associated with the leadership associated with fear.

8. Vinson Massif:

The actual Antarctica region is a complicated destination for a accomplish. Right now, add the biggest huge batch of that region, then you need on your own one of the toughest piles to ascend. It can be 4892m high and is well known for its high dying charges. The idea showers your climbers along with good technological problems and wintry and capricious weather conditions. Given it is situated in Antarctica which in turn by itself is definitely an singled out region, absolutely no guide could accomplish punctually in the event almost any damages comes about.

9. Pomiu:

It can be section of Four Females Off-road. Right now, because the saying "Girl" has become utilized, usually do not care to underrate the item. This huge batch could show you the real energy that is undetectable in most young lady. The idea is situated in Cina and is 5413m high. Despite the lower top, only a few people care to ascend the item. The razor-sharp peaks and complicated terrains are generally the key reason why individuals are terrified associated with long-lasting your quest to ascend the item. However, the item is probably the beautiful piles and had the item not necessarily been consequently complicated to ascend, it might happen to be about the most holiday destinations.

10. Lhotse:

Lhotse can be associated with Off-road Everest and is based on between Nepal and China. It can be 8516m high. With several unsuccessful attempts and high dying charges, it may be stated among the toughest piles to ascend. They have your steepest deal with with depends upon. The southerly deal with can be complicated to the climbers to ascend. However, the north deal with can be relatively easy to ascend consequently, of which those who are on their solution to ascend Bracket Everest spend some time with the north deal with.
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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Advantages of Small Ship Cruising, Goodbye on a Tropical Cruise?

It's been a long winter, and there have been so many demands made on your time this year, you feel washed out and more than ready to have your battery recharged.

How can you accomplish this? You have a need to be incommunicado for a week or so without phone calls, irksome texts or emails and above all leave your responsibilities in someone else's hands and completely unwind.

Your partner desperately needs some regeneration and pampering too. You've ruled out lengthy international flights with dodgy connections, and the associated accommodation hassles, this is hardly relaxing!

Then you hear a whisper about a Pacific island cruise - not just an ordinary cruise, you know the usual type, a huge floating hotel with another thousand or so shipmates - but a small luxurious island hopping cruiser that caters for just a few like-minded adventurers discovering the little-known islands and bays of sun-drenched places such as Vanuatu and the lovely island kingdom of Tonga.

Discover the advantages of small ship cruising

• The minute you step off the plane you will find yourself in a warm tropical paradise far away from the maddening crowds where you are welcomed by a friendly crew and transferred to your floating holiday hotel.

• Your classy stateroom will be ready and waiting with your own private bathroom and shower that includes a range of toiletries. With individual climate control, doors that open out on to spacious deck and views over the crystal clear waters, you definitely won't have any need for the television set and video entertainment program (but it's there anyway - just in case)!

• Dining on a small luxury cruise ship is a magnificent affair. The clean Pacific air will stimulate your appetite for the delicious gourmet meals prepared by some of the best chefs in the world who use the fresh local produce and seafood to present you with gastronomic delights, all served with a selection of fine wines; alfresco dining is usually the norm to take advantage of the balmy evenings.

• Your ship will set sail to explore some of the most idyllic little islands and coves the world has to offer. To further investigate places of interest a landing craft is provided and for the more intrepid, sea kayaks are great fun

• Try snorkeling over the coral reefs, swim at the deserted white sand beaches or take a long walk through lush tropical vegetation. The fishing in the islands can be spectacular with your chance to try for a trophy fish. Tuna, mahi mahi and wahoo are often landed and then prepared in a delicious manner by the chef

• Meet the smiling local villagers whose lifestyle is largely unspoiled by tourists who will often perform impromptu local cultural dances and ceremonies, and if you are exceptionally lucky, the chief will invite you to take kava with him

The choice is yours - to do as little or as much as you like - take part in all the onboard or water activities provided or just lie back in perfect peace on the sun-deck with a tropical fruit cocktail and dream your cares away.

These luxury cruises have a fully trained crew who are dedicated to making your holiday enjoyable and relaxing from embarkation to departure.

If this sounds like the holiday you deserve then choose an operator who has the experience in small ship cruising with an enviable safety record and dedication to customer satisfaction and service. On board the Island Passage you will discover the perfectly formed luxury travel experience with adventure cruises in New Zealand and the South Pacific designed to provide the glamour and exclusivity of luxury private motor-yacht cruising.
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Istanbul Attractions

Istanbul is one of the famous cities in the world, which acts as the heart for historical, cultural and economic development of the country of Turkey. The city holds the pride of being one of the largest cities in the continent of Europe and it is also one of the largest cities in the world with respect to higher population within the limits of the city.

During a survey conducted in the year 2010, it was found that about seven million foreigners visited this city just for tourism purpose and this has made the city to receive the pride name as the European Capital of culture. The city also acts as the tenth most popular tourist destination attracting more and more visitors from other nations.

When you are visiting this city on a luxury trip, do not miss out the opportunity of traveling in the luxury train of Istanbul Orient Express and some of the other attractions to be visited in the city are discussed in the content given below:

Ottoman Empire: A minimum of half-a-day is required for exploring this greatest attraction of Istanbul. Since higher entrance fee is charged, for people, who wish to get full value for the money paid by them as entrance fee, spending a whole day in the empire would be ideal. But, if time forces you to leave the place immediately, do not forget to visit the must-see features of the empire being the innermost courtyard, imperial treasury and the Harem.

Byzantine Wonders: Even if the number of days you are planning to spend in this city is lesser, do not forget to visit the Church of St. Saviour in Chora. This church is popular for its intricate wonders and it lodges frescoes and celebrated mosaics that are standing as the great examples for the art of the earlier era.

Grand Bazaar: This is a must to visit place for shopping enthusiasts and at least three hours is required for exploring the content of this shopping arena. There are more than 5000 vendors dealing with different products and some of the city's best purses, handbags and carpets can be acquired only from this place.

Tower of Christ: Galata tower, which was built in 1348, is originally called as tower of Christ. Several decades ago, it was used for housing prisoners of war and during 1960s, the tower was reinstated and nightclub was added. You can get a superior view of the entire conurbation of Istanbul from the 360 degree viewing gallery present in this place.

There are several other attractions as well to explore in the city and enjoy your trip along with your Istanbul Orient express travel.

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Shopping Travel - Special Travel Deals

Special Travel DealsWhen shopping travel, and often I do, always I look for all the special travel deals. One day I realized that all those deals are strangely familiar. I became aware that the travel "pie" is one entity carved up among several of the larger vendors. Then those entities have their networks and divide their "pieces of the pie" amongst that network, larger the better. Then I understood, many of the most popular travel providers actually practice these same methods, otherwise known as affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketers are actually just online salespeople. Some create a storefront in the form of a website, some pursue email-marketing tactics, and others may commit to the social media for their promotional methods. No matter the methods, the fact is it all is part of the same large travel pie that they all share. Considering this actuality, why might one go to the smaller website?

The reason is in the packaging. As the quality marketers present a product, they will attempt to add value. Perhaps they may provide a comparative shopping value or a more dynamic reviewing process. Some are creative in the composition and compatibility of the offers present and others will focus on just hotels or flights. Then again, there are the many travel search sites.

In this search and purchase online world in which we have become, this is the most abundant method. Search, get the prices of two or three returned results, choose, purchase, and go. Well, I have found that there is great value in looking into more than just one share of the pie. Often when you search at more than one website you will find three of four that seem to be from the same piece of pie, and they are. This is where the value comes in. Wise it is to be sure you are searching more than one primary piece of the pie. Extending searches for special travel deals may be found to hold great value.

Special Travel DealsI have often found substantial savings with this type of search continuation. I search and have found that often one piece of the pie has worked out a better deal than the other pieces were able. I find one has better travel deals on hotels and another better-priced flight. The task then becomes in finding a central location for centralized travel shopping. Once you find that website and have a good experience then stick with it, but make notes of the other sites for comparative value. Create a travel folder in you bookmarks or favorites menu and house several in it for quick reference.

Frequent travelers will find great value in a little extra search and preparation of future searches. Of course, an organized structured approach will provide the most efficient shopping experience every time. If one knows that future shopping for travel is most likely to occur, prepare yourself a special folder, as I suggested. Special travel deals are more than worth a small amount of foresight. After all, the dollars you save should stay in your pocket whenever possible.
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7 Reasons To Spend Your Money Travelling

Reason #7: Culture

Mopeds zoom up and down busy streets beside me. My head jerks back and forth. I'm looking side to side, trying to find a gap in traffic. But it seems like it won't ever come!

Traffic honks loudly, cyclers pedal fiercely, and food stall workers buzz around prepping for yet another busy night. Stand still for one moment and multiple tuk-tuk drivers are there to greet you, offering everything you may need. Move too fast and you'll miss that chance to cross the road in that gap of traffic to get to that restaurant where your newest group of friends has agreed to meet.

That's rush hour in Asia, only to be experienced by standing right in the middle of it. There's no other way to learn about a culture, but to submerge yourself in it. No books, no videos, no media back home will really show you what it's like to be part of another culture. So get out there and be part of one!

"People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home."
-Dagobert D. Runes

Reason #6: Get Perspective

Getting tired of waiting for the newest fancy gadget to come out? The one everyone wants to be the first to get, even though, within a week, everyone will own it anyways.

Why not put all that in perspective by trying your hand at travelling somewhere different? Away from the comfort of your own vehicle, or the public transportation system you already know inside out. How about somewhere without high speed trains that easily zip you around to anywhere you'd like to go.

Try Thai time for a change. Where afternoon means any time from eight in the morning to a few hours after sunset. Here, buses are never on time, but no one is stressed or phased by it. Nothing other than the traffic seems to be urgent. Bring a deck of cards, and enjoy your hour long wait for dinner. Enjoy a good book and a few naps while waiting indefinitely for a bus that was supposed to have picked you up five hours ago.

In Asia you never know what's going to happen, so relax and live a stress-free life like the locals. Kick back, relax and enjoy it!

"The voyage of discovery lies not in discovering new lands, but in seeing with new eyes."
-Marcel Proust

Reason #5: Eat and Drink!

Ahhh, a world where food means more then a can of Alphaghettis, or a pre-packaged microwavable dinner full of chemicals. Europe has fresher tasting ingredients than North America. In Asia they're even fresher. The land where even I like to have extra vegetables in my stir fried dinner.

How about some pasta? Head down to Florence and see how the Italians really cook it up. Think that Guinness beer tastes good back home, try it fresh on tap at the Guinness factory in Dublin Ireland. Or head back to southeast Asia and get yourself a fresh fruit smoothie, with locally grown fruit!

Food and drink always tastes way better in its country of origin! Find out where your favourite food was first served, then go discover how it really tastes. As well as what other wonderful dishes they might also serve.

Eat your tripple A steak and beef back home, but save the French baguettes for Paris, Pad Thai for Thailand and Couscous for Morocco!

"Eat well, travel often."

Reason #4: Adventure

Not getting enough from your weekend outings to visit the mountains? Time to go further than the next town down the road? Do you need to find yourself that new and better camping get-away?

Are you always looking for a bigger adventure? Then a trip around the world is the perfect thing for you! Take to the night markets of Asia, go trekking in Nepal, ride a camel at sunset in the Sahara desert, ski the swiss alps or take a boat to an island in Thailand. You'll always be about to set foot on another adventure, as soon as your finished the one your currently on!

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."
-St. Augustine

Reason #3: Opportunities and Connection

If the most exciting opportunity of your daily life is getting to do that new task at work that only arises once a month, maybe its time for a change.

When you're on the road, great opportunities arise nearly daily. From that awesome day trip spending time hanging out with locals in their own village, to meeting someone new and exciting to travel with for a few days, to the chance to see your favourite band live in a foreign country with a group of new friends, you never know what's going to happen next on the road. Embrace it and make as many connections with others as you can. The rest will work itself out. Drop off your laundry to a local cleaner instead of having to do it yourself, and jump on that opportunity to rent a bike and explore a foreign land by cycle.

"The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are."
-Samuel Johnson

Reason #2: No Frowning Faces

Don't like hopping on that same bus every Monday-Friday morning and being surrounded by hundreds of frowning faces? Are you becoming one of these frowning drones? Sadly, this is common in the Western world, but there's hope!

The rest of the world isn't like this. Take a look at the Khmer locals and they'll always be flashing a smile at each other. Right back at you too. Here, smiles are contagious! You will catch their case of the "smiles" before you have a chance to realize you're no longer frowning.

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
-Lao Tzu

The #1 Reason to spend your money travelling: No Routine, No Stress, No Worries

Wait, what's that? It's 11:30am Monday morning and I'm still in bed. Something's funny. I'm not sick. I didn't sleep through my alarm. Oh yeah! That's life on vacation. No job to attend every morning, nothing to stress about. No relationships and drama to deal with. Just me, myself and I.

So turn that frown upside down and get out there and enjoy life as a backpacker, stress free!

Backpacking is much cheaper then most people believe. Almost every backpacker destination is cheaper than home, and this will be apparent in your daily budget. Accommodation can be found for as low as one dollar a night. Prices for meals are just as low. Transportation is cheap and great activities normally range from free-$10.

Of course it's easy to splurge on everything, but if you are determined, your budget can be as low as $10 a day in Asia. A more comfortable budget will set you around $25 a day depending where you are. To compare, that means one tank of gas back home equals four days of travel!

Still not convinced? Being a world traveler also looks great on your resume!

The next opportunity you get, take that leave from your job, and go out to explore a world unknown to most Westerners. You'll meet tons of other like-minded Westerners all smiling and having an exceptional time.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Places to Visit in France

Places to Visit in France
It can be argued that France is the most romantic country in the world, or at least in Europe; what is certain is that it is a beautiful place, filled with history and culture, unsurpassed cuisine and home of the best wines in the world, including the unmistakable champagne from the region of Champagne. In what follows we are going to take a short look at some of the best places to visit in France, because it would be impossible to see all this country has to offer in just one vacation.

We cannot present any places to visit in France before mentioning Paris, the capital, where some of the country's best attractions can be found, including that romantic air tourists are hunting for when they come here. The city is filled with wonderful destinations such as the Eiffel Tower, the Pere-Lachaise cemetery where important authors and personalities are buried, including famous singer Jim Morrison, from The Doors. The Louvre, one of the most impressive art museums in the world, also hosts the legendary Mona Lisa painting, by Leonardo da Vinci. We are now just going to skip ahead otherwise this article could be filled only with information about Paris.

One of the most beautiful and romantic places to visit in France, the Loire Valley seems taken out of a fairytale; this magical natural landscape is considered to be the garden of France, yet there you will not only enjoy the luxurious and impressive vegetation, but the countless chateaus and mansions as well. Mont Saint-Michel is another French landmark that shouldn't be missed, especially the Benedictine abbey reigning over it. Furthermore, if you like to see how people lived hundreds of years ago, you will definitely enjoy taking a stroll through the small medieval village surrounding the abbey.

Places to Visit in France
The sites we mentioned before are situated in the region of Normandy, an attraction in itself that could turn into a standalone holiday if you would like. Nevertheless, let us move on with our places to visit in France. If you prefer the seaside, warm temperatures and a relaxed atmosphere, take your vacation to Cȏte d'Azur; it can be a bit expensive and VIP-oriented, but the landscapes make it worthwhile.

The French are well-known for their eye for beauty and the spectacular, and their infamous queen, Marie Antoinette was no exception, having built one of the most impressive castles, the Versailles. With its lush, symmetrical gardens, its sumptuous chambers and rich tapestries, this testimony of times' past is truly a wonder of the world. France is also famous for its sparkling wine produced in the area of Champagne, so if you are interested in how and where they are made, don't miss sampling it.

There are numerous beautiful places to visit in France because this country has a long and rich history and a unique, special culture that can only be experienced if you visit other places besides Paris, such as the wonderful Versailles palace.
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Places To Visit Around San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport
San Francisco International Airport is the second busiest airport in the State of California, next to Los Angeles's. The former is hailed the 20th biggest airport across the globe. It has great public amenities, which include public showers, shops, restaurants, and more.

One can expect a lot of people arriving and leaving San Francisco, virtually any time of day. Merchants in the establishments located in and out of the airport typically have customers 24/7. Since there are many travelers, one can expect hotels and taxis to be abundant around the area.

There are also spots to visit around the airport. Even those who have connecting flights can still enjoy a glimpse of the world renowned city without leaving the vicinity. Mission Station and 24th Street are only around 20 minutes away from the airport. This is where the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is located, and visitors can feast their eyes on Chicano, South American, Central American, and Caribbean traditional art pieces.

Along Mission Street is the Cartoon Art Museum. This is the only preservation and cartoon art exhibition in the country where visitors can expect to see them in all forms and sizes. The museum has around 6,000 cartoon art pieces on display.

The area also boasts of top hotels. Visitors need not go farther for a lovely bath and much needed sleep, as hotels like the Hampton Inn, Hilton, Four Points by Sheraton, and Embassy Suites are all located minutes away from the San Francisco international airport.

San Francisco International Airport
Those who are ready to shop can drop by Crocker Galleria Shopping Center in Montgomery Street Station. There are over forty shops, restaurants, and boutiques that await travelers. Chinatown is also located along Bush Street and Grant Avenue, where one can indulge in authentic Chinese cuisine. Colorful shops also line the streets, which is why it is considered one of the city's classic towns.

The Embarcadero waterfront offers great photo opportunities to tourists. It is located just a few minutes from the station. Great photos of the San Francisco Bay and the Bay Bridge areas are the best way to top off a short visit to the city. Tourists do not have to worry about transportation, as there are many SFO cab and car rental services. They can book for the services before they arrive in San Francisco or they can choose to hail a cab to go to nearby tourist spots or hotel.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Best Places in the Philippines to Travel for 2013

Best Places Philippines

Why Travel Philippines?

That "it's more fun in the Philippines" is more than just a campaign mantra by the government, it is an authentic depiction of the Philippines reflected by the fact that Filipinos are one of the happiest people in the world. With its rich natural treasures, vibrant culture, scrumptious foods, feisty festivals, value for money and welcoming people across the country, it is without a doubt that the Philippines is one of the best places to visit. In fact, the fun in the Philippines is so irresistible and habit forming that many foreigners have not only chosen to travel but live and stay here for good for which the country was recently named one of the world's top retirement destinations.

10 Best Places in the Philippines to Travel in 2013

1. Palawan - Palawan is the home to the longest subterranean river in the world that lies beneath a limestone karst, the Puerto Princesa Underground River, one of the seven "New Natural Wonders of the World". It also has best diving spot in the world namely the Tubbataha Reef and is a haven for the world's most beautiful resorts such as the Coral Bay, Rio Playa, El Nido and Dos Palmas resorts.

2. Baguio - The "Summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio is popular for its cool climate within this tropical country. It serves as a cool vacation retreat and is famous for its parks such as Burnham Park, Camp John Hay and Botanical Gardens.

3. Bohol - Currently the country's no. 1 tourist destination in the country, Bohol is known for its beautiful beaches as well as diving and snorkeling sites. It is also famous for Chocolate Hills and the tarsier, the world's smallest primate exclusively found in Bohol.

4. Cebu - The Queen City of the South, Cebu is also a top tourist destination in the country which practically has all what the country offers from pristine beaches, adventurous activities, vivacious cultures to first class accommodations.

5. Camarines Sur - The latest addition in the Philippines top tourist destinations with the biggest jump, Camsur is the popular venue for water sports activities such as wakeboarding, summer surfing, Triathlon and Dragon Boat Competition.

6. Tagaytay - The second summer capital of the country, Tagaytay is equally famous for its cool climate and several retreat and vacations spots such as the Tagaytay Highlands, the Picnic Grovea and People's Park in the Sky. It is also where the world famous Taal Volcano can be found.

Best Places Philippines
7. Camiguin - One of the smallest provinces yet richest in natural splendors, Camiguin is one enchanting paradise that has numerous scenic spots in its every nook including the Katibawasan and Tuasan Falls, hot and cold springs and most exquisite lagoon and white islands.

8. Vigan - A travel back to time, Vigan is the home for many historical heritages of the country featuring the 18th century Spanish colonial era.

9. Subic - Formerly the largest US overseas naval base, Subic had been transformed as destination for sea sports like sailing and yachting as well as many outdoor activities.

10. Davao - The largest city in the world, Davao is home to the tallest mountain in the Philippines, Mt. Apo and the home for the largest eagle in the world, the monkey-eating Philippine eagle.
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Unique Attractions of the USVI

When it comes to sightseeing pleasures, the United States Virgin Islands has more in store in addition to pristine beaches and protected bays. The tropical island paradise also has an array of interesting destinations that take the island's natural beauty up a notch to provide you with a one-of-a-kind experience.

Coral World Ocean Park
Ocean Park
Coral World Ocean Park, at Coki Point Beach in St. Thomas, is a unique marine park showcasing the richness of the Caribbean ocean life. Among the wide range of attractions, is a three-story observation tower that is located in the middle of a living and breathing coral reef that is 100 feet offshore. The walk towards the tower is through a foot bridge with a clear view of the colonies of corals, and an array of fishes and other aquatic animals down below.

The tower's top-level offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding islands and cays. At the middle level is a very huge circular tank filled with deep-sea predators. The tank treats with you a face-to-face encounter with the fearsome creatures that are otherwise only seen in pictures. Among the tank's residents are different specifies of the sharks, moray eels, sting rays, and barracuda. The tower's base is an underwater observatory with a 360-degree glass enclosed viewing area that gives you an idea of the life in and around an active coral reef.

Apart from the Tower, Coral World Ocean Park also features exciting and educational attractions like, the Caribbean Reef Encounter, Marine Gardens, the Turtle Pool, Touch Pool, Sting Rays Pool, Sharks Pool, Iguana Alley and many more.

The Atlantis Submarine and Harbor Cruise

Atlantis Submarine
Atlantis Submarine, a recreational submarine company in St. Thomas, offers the world's first fleets of submarines that cater to tourists and guests. The expedition begins with a 20-minute scenic ride from St. Thomas to Turtle Cove, where guests are transferred to the high-tech Atlantis-15 submarine. The 40- to 50- minute and one-and-a-half-mile underwater adventure features going through a canyon area called Snapper Valley. Marvel at the rich and swarming sea-life like, the brain corals, stag horn and pillar corals, an array of tropical fishes and perhaps catch a glimpse of a shark.

The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts
Caribbean Museum
The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts that sits across the beautiful waterfront in Frederiksted, St. Croix, is the only Museum Center in the Virgin Islands. The small museum is home to exciting and almost changing roster of exhibits. Many are cutting-edge multimedia creations that might come as a surprise given its out-of-the-way location.

The United States Virgin Islands is teeming with fun and adventure. With pristine beaches and protected bays, and along with the unique attractions listed above, there so much more that the USVI has in store for you on your Virgin Islands vacation.

Greg Hunt is a wanderer who has the knack for writing. Upon a trip to the Virgin Islands, fell in love with its hum and vibration. He currently resides in St. Thomas and works as a skipper for a St Thomas boat rental company, Pirates Paradise Adventures.
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Places to Visit in California

Taking a vacation is, for most of us, the best part of a year because it only happens once or twice a year, and it is the only time when we can truly rest and spend an enjoyable time. This is why it is good to choose your vacation destination carefully, and plan with care in order to have no worries. In this article we are going to talk about places to visit in California, one of the most spectacular states in America. California is the most populous state in the United States, and it is also the third largest, so it is natural that there are numerous attractions. Moreover, it is the home of Hollywood, and it has a warm climate all year, which means you can visit it any time you like.

There are countless beautiful places to visit in California, but we are only going to mention some of the more important ones here. For example, a longer stay in this sunny state shouldn't be deprived of a visit at the San Simeon State Park where you can enjoy the stupendous gardens and a lovely view of the sea. If you are also interested in culture and history, don't miss the California State Capitol Museum, which is open daily. Many tourists also find it interesting to visit the Queen Mary, a wonderful old ship docked at Long Beach. After all this serious culture, perhaps you would like to take a break and have some fun at the Knotts Berry Farm Theme Park.

If you are also looking for more exotic places to visit in California, you might be surprised to know that in the past few decades this state has gained a respectable, if not admirable name in the wine-making industry, competing with the best European wines. If you are interested in all that, you need to visit Napa Valley and the Vineyards where you can admire the beautiful landscape and learn how the wine is made there.

Among the many places to visit in California, there are numerous outdoor destinations that you are sure to enjoy, such as the Larson Volcanic National Park, Newport Beach, Lake Tahoe or Death Valley National Park. The latter should be visited together with Mount Whitney, because the two represent the lowest and the highest points of the coterminous United States.

You were probably waiting for the following destination to be mentioned from the beginning of the article, but we thought it best to leave the best for last. We are, of course, talking about the Universal Studios in Hollywood, where you can see how and where the biggest movies are made. Regardless, you shouldn't miss Disneyland or Yosemite, if you are in California.

Seeing how it is the third largest state in the United States and the most populous, it is perhaps normal that there are countless amazing places to visit in California, this warm, sunny and welcoming state where good wine and good movies are made.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Accomodation At The Baobab Beach Resort

Baobab Beach Resort
Most African countries are very popular when it comes to tourism. Africa is not all about animals, there are many other things that make people enjoy a stay in the great land. There are amazing landscapes, unbelievably intact traditions and cultures, great beaches as well as a wealth of many accommodation facilities in all the places that you choose to visit.

Kenya is one such great country with the coastal region being a part of its major highlights. The coastal region is a great place to tour especially because there are all the facilities that one may need during a holiday. The most important detail of any holiday is the accommodation question.

One of the best places where you can get excellent accommodation is the Baobab beach resort and spa. The resort is set up to overlook the great Indian Ocean, thus creating some of the best views ever. The tropical gardens in the area are unbelievably beautiful. Its surroundings are also very amazing and breathtaking, thus making a stay here quite magical.

The resort is well facilitated and has many coconut trees, some being very exotic. It is a great place for all who want a retreat that is totally exotic and luxurious. There are three hotels here, namely the Kole Kole, Baobab and Maridadi wings.

Baobab wing is set up on a cliff overlooking the beach of Diani. It is an excellent choice for families. At the Maridadi wing, you will have a view of the Indian Ocean and also you will be very near the swimming pool. All rooms are modern. The Kole Kole area has ocean views and an infinity pool. It is near the hotel's private beach area.

The existence of the different wings only means that there are a lot of accommodation options that highly depend on your personal budget and special specifications. The main building has double rooms, great family rooms as well as cottages suitable for couples and most especially honeymooners.

Baobab Beach ResortThere are also modern rooms which comprise of deluxe bungalows as well as superior rooms. In some rooms you will receive a gift basket as well as a gift to welcome you. These are located mainly at the Maridadi wing.

At the Kole Kole wing you can expect to find exclusive suites as well as superior/deluxe rooms. Deluxe rooms are quite spacious with big beds that are mainly four posters. Suites are even larger with Jacuzzis big enough to fit two people.

Food is in plenty regardless of the wing you are staying in provided by the various restaurants in the resort.
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Nothing But The Best When You Take A Memorable Luxury Cruise

If you have decided to take your holiday vacation this year and embark on a luxury cruise, you are in for a very fabulous experience.

You will return from a luxury cruise totally rejuvenated, enthralled and with some very special memories of places you have never seen before and with enough luxury and spoiling to last you a long time.

The caliber of cruising on a luxury cruise ship has changed significantly over the last several years and many of the amenities and quality of products on board are very exclusive, along with offers of early bird savings and good deals. You will find there are many variations in price as you start to explore the different cruise ship companies.

As the term 'luxury' implies you will expect to get absolute top quality from your holiday in all aspects of the cruise.

With the flood of luxury designer homewares and bathroom accessories available globally today you will find many cruise ship companies have incorporated these beautiful, expensive, designed products for your enjoyment such as bath oils, scented candles, imported coffee, high-thread count sheets, oversized bath towels, as well as bathrobes, exquisite hand-made chocolates and much more.

Onboard suites have also been designed by well-known interior decorators and designers, very similar to what you would expect to find in top of the line resorts all around the world.

It goes without saying that the people who enjoy and can afford luxury travel demand the best of everything and they have the money to pay for it! They are accustomed to having the best that is on offer and naturally this includes their knowledge and taste for good cuisine and wine.

The smart operators acknowledge this and to this end take no short cuts - absolutely no expense is spared in offering the knowledgeable traveller the finest experience in dining.

It is not unusual to discover a staff of highly acclaimed world recognized premium chefs onboard who will amaze and delight passengers with their finest creations.

Many cruise ships will promote very attractive all inclusive packages. This has been a successful marketing technique for the traveller's absolute convenience. Once you have booked your passage and climbed on board there is nothing to worry about except having a good time. Visitors have responded to this very well as it leaves them their precious holiday time to soak up the absolute luxury and relaxation.

When you choose a small luxury cruise ship you are privileged to get to visit some of the most remote areas in the world and be introduced to some of the most beautiful beaches and the world's most primitive villages.

Island Escape Cruises is the absolute luxury in small ship cruises. If luxury cruising is your ideal holiday look for a company that has a good safety record and is committed to providing first class customer service.

When you cruise with The Island Passage you will discover the perfect luxury travel experience of remote places in a luxury motor-yacht designed to give you the ultimate holiday.
Come and join us for the trip of your life.
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Spending Your Honeymoon on a Celebrity Caribbean Cruise

Are you looking for a place where you can spend your honeymoon? There are only few places in the world that could rival the beauty and charm of the Caribbean that you simply have to see it especially during your honeymoon. Wouldn't it be nice to go on a cruise and then swim on those crystal clear blue waters with your spouse during stopovers? Sailing on a cruise ship and swimming on the beach could be one of the most romantic things that you and your spouse could do on your honey. What is really cool is that you can have both if you go on a Celebrity Caribbean cruise. Going on a Celebrity Caribbean cruise is definitely something that you and your spouse should consider for your honeymoon. As one of the newest ocean liners sailing to the Caribbean to day, the Celebrity Caribbean cruise ships are ranked as one of the best in the world.

According to many people who have tried taking a Celebrity Caribbean cruise before, these ships are simply one of the grandest and safest that they have every traveled in. Since the ship is so big, you cannot really feel much of the motion of the seas so there are fewer possibilities for you to get seasick. Even if you are one of those people who are easily afflicted with motion sickness, you need not worry about going on a Celebrity Caribbean cruise because their ships are big and stable on the water.

What you can do on Your Celebrity Caribbean Cruise

There are plenty of things that you can do with your spouse during your Celebrity Caribbean cruise. While the ship is in motion, you can take advantage of the many forms of entertainments on board. If you are one of those athletic people who would like to have some physical activities while on board the ship, you can play volleyball or tennis on board the ship. There are also some aerobics and yoga classes, which you can join in.

The ship usually comes alive with night activities just after sundown so you can spend the whole night partying with your spouse of you like.

If you want to go dancing with your spouse at night, there is a band and an orchestra on board the ship. There is also the casino if you and your spouse would like to try your hand on recreational gambling. In case you and your spouse would like to spend sometime on your own under the starts, there are lots of open spaces on the ship where you can spend some quality time alone. You can sit under the stars for hours if you like.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Exciting Things to Do in Florence, Italy

If you are looking for a captivating Italian sojourn, with a taste of history, culture, cuisine and architecture, Florence is the ideal vacation destination for you. Regarded to be the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region and of the province of Florence. By stepping into the city, you will be transported to an era of grandeur and majestic brilliance, where the cathedrals and sculptures created by stalwarts like Giotto, Bottocelli and Michelangelo still stand tall today.

There are a wide range of exciting things to do in Florence Italy according to your interests, preferences and budget. Here are a few of them:

Galleria deqli Uffizi and Galleria dell Academia: If you are interested in art, these museums will leave you spellbound because of their collection of Renaissance art, medieval paintings, sculptures and tapestries created by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Perugino, among many others. Michelangelo's famous David is also present in the Academia, along with many musical instruments collected by the illustrious Medici family.

Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio: Florence holds innumerable options for sightseeing. The Piazza della Signoria is the famous square of Florence located in the heart of the Historic Center. It holds open air exhibits and breathtaking works created by the great masters. The Palazzo Vecchio is a splendid landmark which is the town hall of Florence and contains some of the most beautifully decorated rooms.

Food Tours: Among the most essential things to do in Florence Italy is to try Tuscan food, which is the basis of Florentine cuisine. These food tours take you on a walking tour, where you get to taste their coffee, learn about the coffee roasting process, savor traditional truffles and pastries, visit open air cafes, go to the San Lorenzo Central Market for sampling balsamic vinegars, crostinis etc and then stop by the gelato shops to get the famous Italian ice cream.

Dining: There are many restaurants you can choose from for having dinner and lunch. Soft bread with a crispy crust, white beans simmered with herbs such as sage and a dash of extra virgin olive oil, grilled or roasted meats like Beef Steak Florentine, wine braised deer, boar and rabbit and filling soups are what make up a typical Tuscan meal.

Wine tasting: No Italian vacation can be complete without tasting its wine. Florence has extensive wine tasting tours where you will move through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to reach the wineries and cellars in the Chianti Classico region. A guide will give you a tour of the vineyards and orchards of olive trees and cypresses, where you can sample the wines, olive oil and various types of cheese.

Shopping: Florence is one of the top fashion capitals and you will find different souvenirs, paintings, antiques, clothes, shoes, accessories and leather products in the various town squares, in Mercato Nuovo or Meracto Centrale.

Florence receives millions of visitors every year and it is not surprising that the Historic Center of Florence was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The city's rich artistic heritage, magnificent buildings and options for various activities make it one of the most popular tourist spots in the world.

Larry Aiello is a travel writer that loves to share his knowledge and passion for Italy. He just recently published a book available on Amazon to help first time travelers plan for their vacation of a lifetime. Here is the link to his Italy travel book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008XHUSUY

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Planning A Great Sundance Vacation To Attend The Festival

Sundance vacations
Even the mere thought of Sundance vacations can bring a smile on anyone's face. Sundance Film Festival has been one of the most popular places for showcasing the talents of budding filmmakers. This festival is held in Park City, Utah. You can easily make your bookings here in order to enjoy a great time vacationing with your family and friends. The best thing about this place is that it welcomes you even if you are not a filmmaker. As an audience too, you can enjoy a lot here and if you are planning a Sundance vacation to attend the festival then you can go through this article carefully.

Some of the key instructions and guidelines that could help you in planning a great Sundance vacation are given below.
  • The first thing that you got to do is to plan your vacations in advance so that you are able to save on your time and money. You should consider visiting the place in the month which is the most affordable one. Planning your visit in the month of January is the best probable option for you. However, you should follow the right steps in order to generate some fine results on the go.
  • The next thing that you can do is to visit the official website of Sundance film festival in order to know more about the rates and bookings. You need to gather as much information as you can if you want to make your stay a memorable one. With a little bit of online research you can definitely generate some fine results on the go.
  • Again, you should consider keeping an eye on the calendar regularly so that no inconvenience is caused. Make sure you keep yourself engaged in the overall planning if you wish to save your hard earned money and time.
  • If you are planning to book on last minute then you should consider talking to a travel broker. He is the one who could really help you in making your bookings at affordable rates.
  • An important thing that I would like to tell you is that advance planning can really save the day for you. You just need to be very careful while making your bookings. Once you do it in advance you will be able to save your hard earned time and money.
Sundance vacations
So, these are some of the most interesting things that you should remember in regard to planning a great Sundance vacation to attend the festival. This is surely going to be a life changing experience for you. You got to be very careful while planning a trip to this place. But first of all, you should read this article carefully so that no inconvenience is caused. This is going to help you in a lot of ways. For any other assistance you can consider seeking some professional guidance. I am certain about one thing that Sundance vacations are going to amaze you in every single way.

Are you planning to visit the Sundance Film Festival? If yes, then you can plan out your vacations after talking to some experts in this industry. Visit our website today for any other information on booking sundance vacation. It will be a great experience for you.
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