What to Visit in Rome

November 10, 2009 at 6:01 am (Uncategorized)

The Eternal City, referencing Rome, is thousands of years old. When traveling to this beautiful destination the old and the new cross paths. There is much to see and do in Rome, so much so, that most plan to see it year after year and still cannot write it off. Starting with the many tours offered, travelers get a better understanding of the rich history and culture of the area.

Tours of Rome can come in many forms. They offer tours as a group or individual personal tours. Usually the guides are experts in the history of the people and country. This personal way of viewing the city gives the traveler an in-depth look at the area allowing you to touch the area visually, kinetically, and artistically.

The guides are in control of the various tours, taking you up and down the historical streets, introducing you to the past first hand. Many of the tours fill up fast so you may want to schedule your tours as soon as you purchase your tickets to make sure you get what you want. Research the many organizations that offer the tours so you can get a reliable, knowledgeable, and ethical tour guide.

Day Trips

There are plenty of towns close by to take a train trip to see or a bus ride to visit. Other towns like Venice are a plane ride away. Depending on how much time you are, going to be in Rome will help you decide where to take a leisurely drive for the day. Leaving one busy city for another busy city may not seem like a relaxing trip so let us explore some slower towns that have a lot to offer.

Take a drive to Ostia Antica to see the Roman Ruins. They are not as famous as Pompeii or Herculaneum and they will not have the crowds, but the trip will be full of history. Take a drive to Frascasi, a town that is a quick train ride outside Rome. You can enjoy spending the day, enjoy the local white wines, or just have lunch before going back to the city.

Ostia Lido is another half hour trip away. This beach town is a great place to journey to if you just want to get in the water. The private beaches will cost you money to enjoy them, but you don’t want to visit Italy and not go to a beach.

Viterbo is a medieval town. Taking the 2-hour trip to this little town is a must see on anyone’s list of things to do. The history of this town also goes back hundreds of years.

Some places are so famous there is no need in defining them; just remember to put them on your lists of things to do while visiting. Make sure you visit:

* A church
* The Borghese Gardens
* The Coliseum
* The Pantheon in Rome
* The Markets
* The Trevi Fountain
* The Vatican

There are probably hundreds of other things to do and see while in Rome. Everyone that has ever visited this city will probably have a different list; remember you do not see it all in one visit. To experience this city means visiting several times to get it all in. Just remember to book tours early and wear comfortable shoes.

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5 Reasons to Shanghai, China

November 2, 2009 at 5:59 am (Uncategorized)

1. Language barrier is always a problem if you visit a non-English country. However, Shanghai is now an international big city, not only the service workers can speak English, but also some of the vendors on the streets. So you do not have to worry about the language here in Shanghai.

2. Shanghai city is one of the most important airport as well as a seaport in China and the world, so it is the most convenient entry city when you visit China, so why not drop a few days to tour in Shanghai by the way?

3. By 1932, Shanghai had become the world’s fifth largest city, home to 70,000 foreigners because of its international trade and political reasons. So foreign cultures have a great influence on the traditional Chinese culture in Shanghai, therefore here you will see high combination of various cultures, including architecture, religion, food etc.

4. Big cities will never lose its charm on entertainment, so does Shanghai. The bars in Xintiandi Entertainment Complex, the acrobatic show in Shanghai circus, the world first-class brands in Nanjing Road, the eye-catching system LED in the Bund area and so on.

5. The most attractive point you should come to Shanghai is because of the World Expo 2010 will be held here. Expo 2010 Shanghai China will be a great event to explore the full potential of urban life in the 21st century and a significant period in urban evolution, will also be a grand international gathering which providing cross-culture dialogues.

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Dining and Wining In Paris

October 27, 2009 at 5:57 am (Uncategorized)

How to Opt for your Dining and Wining Arenas in Paris:

When you would like to plan a night on the town, it is wise to make a point that you spend the night time right. So, look into the optimal wine and dine areas by visiting your local Travel Agent. Perhaps you can take a look online to find a broad array of fine wine and dine areas in Paris as well. The’re many nice ways to spend your evening while you are in Paris.

If you love cancan dancing, then you will love the wine and dine adventures at the lovely Moulin Rouge Paris. The Temple of French cancans has been some occurring in Paris for 100 years now. As the lighting deem and the curtain rises, you will relish the show while feeling the magic in the atmospheric state. Over 60 ladies in this show assist you to enjoy the cancan dance. If you aren’t cautious, you will be misplaced in the Doriss Girls and her Dancers beauty. While watching the highlight will like the 3-course dinner that is served with wine. Don’t worry, since you will have a ride back to your hotel. Paris transport will pick you up and take you to the destination. Thus, you can enjoy Paris’s fine wine without stressing. Don’t forget this is a jacket and tie dinner so that means no casual cloths. This show will last about five hours. What a night!

For those of you who do not like cancan dancers, you may want to enjoy a meal and educational areas around Paris. The dinner is served at the Eiffel Tower. You will relish fine dining at Altitude in one of the 95 restaurants in Paris. On the first floor of the restaurant, the name 95 arrived due to the towering meter that is above sea level.

In this eating place, you will be in a position to look out the big bay windows at the wonderful lights around Paris. This is not recommended for a romantic dinner, since you will be seated and dinning with the other entire tourist. This restaurant seats 200 people. The eating place doesn’t provide you with menus. Rather the staff serves what the menu as for the night offers. You can bring your children at this event.

If you are arranging a romantic night on the town, you may wish to consider the Seine Cruise, where you will like a selection of entertainment, meals, wine and more. On the cruise you will relish find meals over the Champs-Elysees.

How to dress for your cruise in Paris:

This dinner is a conventional meal, so you need to be dressed in formal wear. This way no casual wear. The cruise lasts about four hours or so. Here you will enjoy sailing under all the famous bridges that Paris must proposal you. This cruise doesn’t propose drop off and pick ups at the hotel, so take it easy on the wine unless you are taking a taxi home.

Still one the cruise you will have a time of living your life. Make it a romantic cruise for two and enjoy the wide array of fun and entertainment. To find out more to do with dinner outings while in Paris you can check with your local travel agent or go on the world wide web for more facts. Enjoy themselves.

A friendly word of advice:

At present travel agents online are offering up to 75% off cruises through Paris. The package includes hotel, cruise and more. To discover more details about the packages visit the internet and locate Vacation packages to Paris.

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Toronto Island Ferry, Attraction from History

October 14, 2009 at 5:56 am (Uncategorized)

The Toronto islands were first accessed in 1833, when a ferry boat ‘Sir John of the peninsula’ started taking visitors from the mainland to the Toronto islands which was across the bay. ‘The Toronto’ which belonged to George Heathcote was the first steam Toronto island ferry that was commissioned in 1835. It was in service till 1851.

Two brothers who were the co-owners of a hotel on the island which was called ‘The Peninsula Hotel’ started bringing passengers across to the island in their horse powered boat called ‘The Peninsula Packet’. Horse powered boats were run by horses which were made to run on a treadmill which then moved gears and propelled the boat. Fascinating isn’t it?!

‘The princess of Wales’ another Toronto island ferry undertook its maiden voyage in 1865 and served for the next 18 years. It was succeeded by ‘The Luella’ in 1882 which was at that time considered the fastest ferry to go across the bay. It could carry 122 people and was in service till 1934.

Monopoly started in about 1892 when John Doty Engine and Ferry company purchased Turner Ferry Company which then merged into one company with A.J. Timon’s island Ferry Company in order to form the Toronto Ferry Company. After this merger, there were many ferries that were pressed into service and then retired for the Toronto island ferry service.

The Trillium, named on the official flower of the region was Ontario was commissioned in 1910 and it was used until the late 1960’s when it was towed away for storage to be used only in am emergency. This boat has paddle wheels that were to its side and it was also equipped with decks for observation. Eventually the City of Toronto bought out the Toronto Ferry company and handed the ships and rights to Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). This was the municipal body that ran the transit systems in the mainland.

By mid 20th century there were many diesel powered boats that started replacing the other ones and subsequently the authority of managing the Toronto Island ferry service was passed on to Metro Toronto Culture and Parks. At the same time, the ferry ‘Trillium’ was also restored and pressed into service in 1967 in its original appearance of 1910.

The Toronto Ferry Service changed hands again for the last time when its ownership and authority were transferred from the Toronto City’s department of Parks and recreations which in 2005 came to be known as Toronto’s Parks, forestry and recreation department.

With such a colorful history behind it, its no surprise people love to take rides on the Toronto Island ferry to experience and be part of history.

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Portugal Holidays Paradise

October 4, 2009 at 5:54 am (Uncategorized)

Do you like the beach and would love to hit the waves for some water sports? Do you just want to relax and work on your tan? Do you have a family and want to experience a great culture but still want to be by the sea? Well, my friend, if you are looking for the best place to be during your Portugal Holidays, or any holiday for that matter, then Algarve is waiting for you!

Algarve is located on the southern side of Portugal, and is the perfect choice for anyone, because it is literally designed for tourists and thrives on tourist attention. Now, when you are in Algarve, the funny thing is, that it’s not all that crowded, and in fact, since there are a multitude of resorts, hotels, beaches and theme parks, this means that there is something for everyone, and that also means it will never be “crowded” like Disney Land, or any other “hot” vacation spot, like Hawaii.

In fact, Algarve has quickly beat out other popular vacation destinations, just like Hawaii, and let me tell you why. You see, the climate in southern Portugal is perfect for holidays, because it generally ranges from 15 to 28 (°C), and that makes it neither too hot nor too cold.

When you choose an accommodation in Algarve, you will find that most are centralized around the beaches, but of course if you want one that is not, you can try renting a villa if you have a family. The hotels, however, are a little bit of a different ball game as they can cater to tight shoestring budgets, as well as the more luxurious hotels which are luxurious, but of course it depends on your price range.

However, if you really want to experience Algarve, you would be best trying to get a villa, apartment or resort, because you can get a hotel in literally every country, whereas a villa or resort is more exclusive to the country, and of course the experience itself for your Portugal holidays.

Faro is the beautiful capital of Algarve, and you will easily find plenty to see and do there, especially when it comes to the historic architecture. The highlight of Faro is the Nossa Senhora do Carmo church which houses the regions most eminent religious icons.

If you are more adventurous or have children, the sand stoned west coast is one of the best places to visit, as there are many natural grottos, caves, and other unique landscapes for you to explore. The colors are also absolutely breath taking, and if you are visiting during the late afternoon, you can watch the colors change with the sun set, it’s quite a unique experience!

Family attractions and other attractions are available during your Portugal holidays, and the most common of these are the Zoos. There is the Zoo Marine and the Lagos Zoo, however the best one is the Zoo Marine, as it is both a water park and a marine zoo. You can also find lions and dolphins within this zoo.

The Algarve is only about 3-4 hours from Lisbon (the capital of Portugal), and if you want to go there, you can consider spending a day in Lisbon going there by train. If you do decide to take a train ride from Algarve, you will most definitely see some of the most beautiful scenery of hills and valleys. But, even if you do not visit Lisbon, you most definitely will find Algarve to be one of the finest destinations to choose for your Portugal holidays.

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Ko Samui – Crown Jewel of Thailand Tourist Spots

September 21, 2009 at 5:52 am (Uncategorized)

A lot of us tend to underestimate the grandeur, splendour and majesty of the many beautiful islands of the country of Thailand. While we are on this topic it is unfitting not to remember the magical contribution that Ko Samui makes to the tourist attractions of Thailand. It plays its part perfectly providing every vacationer with a valid reason to return again and again.

This island, Thailand’s third largest, is located approximately 35 kms. from the town of Surat Thani and offers commuters an international airport, which is humble in its design and yet boasts of a uniqueness that is yet to be matched. This is the perfect place to land giving you a subtle hint of a vacation spot out of a fairytale world. Transportation within the island is not a problem. Samui is known for its Pickup taxis that will take you around the island, and are easy to come by during the day and at night. You can also rent yourself a jeep or motorbike at an extremely reasonable price, if you want to explore the island for yourself; highly recommended by any tourist.

The main areas to visit in Ko Samui are Chaweng and Lamai. They are famous among all tourists alike for their bustling streets during the day offering exquisite Thai cuisine, an exhaustive range of shops for the compulsive shopper and their generally inviting atmosphere. Night life in Cheweng and Lamai is no less exciting. They have their own selection of bars and discotheques and pubs to welcome their visitors to arguably the best nightlife around. The Green Mango, Reggae Pub, Santa Fe and Bauhaus are the most famous night spots on the island.

We can’t forget one of the major reasons anyone would want to visit Thailand. Of course, it’s the sprawling Thailand beaches, giving all tourists the opportunity to soak up the sun. Ko Samui offers no less to its tourists. Some of the better known Thailand beaches in Ko Samui are Chaweng Beach, Lamai Beach and Mae Nam Beach, each providing the tourist with different experiences and activities, but all providing the same warm Thai hospitality.

The tourist attractions in Thailand are also its various Thailand festivals. In Ko Samui, just like any other part of Thailand, they celebrate, in addition to New Year’s Day and the Chinese New Year, the Thai New Year. It is known is Songkran, a word derived from Sanskrit, and is celebrated every year from 13th April to 15th April. Loy Krathong is another unique Thailand festival held in Ko Samui.

So if you want a truly Thai branded experience, Ko Samui is no less a haven than any other mysterious island of this magnificent country. A journey to this fascinating place will leave you always coming back for more.

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Loving Bucharest

September 12, 2009 at 5:51 am (Uncategorized)

For a foreigner, Bucharest is the capital of Romania, but for the people living here it is more than that.

When you are used to travel abroad, of course it is easier to make the difference, to understand why a city could speak better for itself, instead of many others could do. Ignoring the bad rumors, taking into consideration only the good things about the city, let’s imagine the trip of a new arrived in town, coming by plane from anywhere:

1. The arrival in Romania-Bucharest on Henri Coanda International Airport (old name Otopeni).

2. From the airport you can take a taxi, a yellow and licensed car, or the bus until Piata Unirii, right in the heart of the city.

3. On the way from the airport you will see showrooms for cars, furniture and construction materials shops, a lot of advertising banners, houses and blocks of flats. Somewhere on the left side is Zoo Baneasa and the International Bucharest Baneasa Aurel Vlaicu Airport (old name Baneasa). A lot of hyper and supermarkets can be found now on the road: Metro is one of them.

4. On the left side there are Herastrau Lake and Herastrau Park, on the right side there is a big building named Casa Presei (old name Casa Scanteii) where the most important newspapers and magazines are printed. Closed to Casa Presei, it is the Exhibition Center Romexpo, where in the last years many international and internal exhibition and fairs were organized.

5. World Trade Center, former Sofitel and currently operating under Pullmann brand is a modern and exquisite business center which is also situated on the right side.

6. On the left side, inside the Herastrau Park, or close to it there is Palatul Elisabeta, which belongs now to the former King of Romania Mihai and to the Princess Margareta. Also Muzeul Satului (The Paysan’s Museum)is inside the park, a piece of Romanian old tradition and old houses. It is very interesting because the whole museum is a restored village sharing its stories with the visitors. Many popular exhibitions are organized here and the traditional folklore, the beautiful costumes and the old houses offer a glimpse of Romania’s history.

7. The Triumph’s Arch (Arcul of Triumf) presents the honours in town to the visitors. The National Television buildings are situated on the left side, not far from Herastrau Park. If you choose to go towards Ana Ipatescu boulevard, you could see beutiful old houses where a lot of embassies are placed. The Paysan’s Museum, The Art Collections Museum, Antipa Museum are situated on the right side.

8. Arrived in Victoriei Square, where Victoriei Palace is situated on the left side, you have to decide on which way to continue, this depending on your final destination. First of all you will reach the Romana Square, where The Academy for Economic Studies, is situated in an old and beutiful huge building, on the left side. Howard Johnson Hotel is situated in the area. If you want to go in the middle of the city and to reach the University Square you will follow on Nicolae Balcescu Boulevard, or you could go on Calea Victoriei Boulevard, which is the next on the right side.

Be aware that the traffic in Bucharest is very heavy, especially at the rush hours – from 8 to 10 in the morning and from 5 to 7 in the afternoon.

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What to Visit in Paris

September 1, 2009 at 5:49 am (Uncategorized)

Paris is an ancient city full of intrigue with a huge story, but what many people do not realize is that is great, in fact, the second largest in Western Europe. Paris is famous for several things, like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, markets, galleries and history matched only in other European cities.

Short breaks in Paris are primarily taken by couples wanting a romantic weekend, but it is a great city with lots to see and do that to really get a sense of this city, it takes a week. Traveling around Paris is relatively easy as the subway system is very efficient and reaches everywhere.

La Tour Eiffel, who has more than 300 meters high, is a magnificent steel structure can be seen throughout most locations around the city with elevators take tourists to visit the top for a panoramic view of Paris. The night was full of lights that must be seen to be believed it is also possible to take organized tours which not only inform visitors about the history of the Tour, but also on the history of France.

A stroll along the Champs-Elysees is a must when visiting Paris, the most famous street in Paris, with shops, cafes and restaurants packed along wide sidewalks. This is the elegant area of Paris market which attracts thousands of tourists each day is also where most hotels are five star, but fortunately, hotels tend to be cheaper once you move out from downtown.

With nearly one third of a million samples, you can not see everything in the museum of the famous city, the Louvre, in fact, probably never to see them all if they were there every day of the week. There are thousands of pictures here and maybe some of the finest art collections in the world, including the famous Mona Lisa.

Then there is the equally famous Arc de Triomphe Napoleon, who built and engraved with the names of his generals back in 1806 which became an ideal place to take pictures. The Arc also features an observatory to take in the surroundings and views and is located on the Place Charles de Gaulle where twelve of the main avenues of Paris have begun, including the Champs-Elysees.

Obviously, this is not the only places to visit, but when visiting Paris, these are the most popular and certainly can not lose more than offer many regular guided tours, some with little or no everything. Paris has always been a destination for artists it is therefore not surprising that people like Monet, Picasso and many others lived in the city for years and some of his works are still visible today.

Paris short stays never be regarded as tasters for what is a truly wonderful destination city as this article has not yet considered the question of medieval castles and Gothic churches that Paris has in abundance.

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Darjeeling Tour, India

August 24, 2009 at 5:47 am (Uncategorized)

“Divine nature has blessed all the places on this earth. Beauty should lie in your eyes to admire some place or the other.”

Planning for your honeymoon, or a relaxing family trip, or even a freak out vacation with friends – choose a north east India tour package, and visit Darjeeling. This fascinating place is best known for Buddhist monasteries, tea plantations, ride on the chairlift, shopping in the colourful markets and trekking to high altitude spots. Popular as one of the most magnificent hill resorts in the world, Darjeeling also has a unique feature of toy train, which takes you from Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling through scenic valleys.

Prominent Attractions

The word ‘Darjeeling’ is derived from Tibetian word ‘Dorje’ which means ‘a precious stone or ecclesiastical scepter’ (which is emblematic of the thunderbolt of Indra), and ‘ling’ means ‘a place’. Therefore, Darjeeling literally means the land of the thunderbolt.

War Memorial

Constructed in the memory of brave soldiers who died in wars, War Memorial is worth a visit. It also offers picturesque views of snowy peaks in the backdrop.

Lloyds Botanical Garden

Serving as a family picnic spot, this colourful garden is located below the Market Motor Stand. Various Himalayan plants, flowers, orchids etc. can be spotted here.

The Shrubbery

Located on the Jawahar Parbat behind Raj Bhawan, the Shrubbery is also a beautiful garden offering magnificent views of Kanchenjunga Range and Singla Valley.

Happy Valley Tea Estate

Darjeeling and the nearby areas comprise of about 70 tea gardens, out of which Happy Valley is the nearest (3 km). One can also see the processing of the world famous Darjeeling tea here.

Moreover, all the native people in Darjeeling are addicted to festivities. They celebrate Lepcha/Bhutia New Year’s Day (1st week of January), Losar Tibetan New Year’s Day (February) and Durga Puja/Dussehra with full vigor and enthusiasm.

If you are more inclined towards sightseeing, March to May and September to November is considered the best season to plan a trip to Darjeeling. Tourists also love to get photographed with the snow-clad peaks of Himalayas in backdrop while wearing local attires.

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Barcelona’s 5 Great Beaches

August 12, 2009 at 5:45 am (Uncategorized)

Barcelona is home to some of the best beaches in Spain and boasts four main beach areas that cover more than four kilometres of the city’s coastline. There are many other beautiful beaches in the areas surrounding the city as well. Here are five of the best beach destinations in and around Barcelona.

1. Barceloneta Beach – Barceloneta Beach is one of the most popular beaches near Barcelona’s city centre. The beach is easily accessible by train and is well connected to the city’s main roads. Popular activities in the area include swimming, kite surfing and water sports. There are also many restaurants and bars in this area that tourist can take advantage of. This in many ways if the beach people associate with when they talk of Barcelona beach.

2. Sant Sebastia Beach – This beach is near to Barcelona city and is one of the most traditional beach areas in the region. This beautiful beach provides guests and tourists with a quiet and relaxing environment perfect for picnics and romantic walks. This is a great place if you want to avoid the mor3e crowded beaches whilst still being fairly central.

3. Bogatell Beach -Bogatell is the perfect beach destination for nature lovers and people interested in heath and wellness. There are no noisy bars in the area, which makes it perfect for activities like cycling, jogging, and exercising. The beach also has an interesting stone pathway ideal for leisurely strolls.

4. Nova Icaria – Nova Icaria is located in close proximity to the Olympic Marina. Nova Icaria is a busy beach and is the perfect choice for those tourists interested in socializing and mingling with the locals. Two of the city’s most popular restaurants, the Chiringuito de Moncho and Mango, are located near this beach area. Tourists can also take a walk down the beach to the nearby Port Olimpic where numerous bars and restaurants are located.

5. Mar Bella – Mar Bella is a large beach area where tourists can enjoy activities like swimming, surfing and windsurfing. There are also many restaurants in the vicinity that offer visitors a choice of cuisines. Mar Bella is very popular among tourists and locals alike; it also houses a naturist section that is secluded from the rest of the beach area by bamboo trees. This is an extra 15 to 20 minute walk if you are walking from the marina or bottom of Las Ramblas, compared with Barceloneta beach.

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