Glastonbury, Somerset – Enjoy Your Vacation

April 25, 2009 at 2:42 am (Uncategorized)

As you are looking for that fabulous vacation, why should you settle for an area that is ordinary, when you can settle for a place that is extraordinary? With the town of Glastonbury, you will see something out of your dreams. When we first went here, we could not get enough of it. In fact, we had to extend our stay for another week, because there was so much we wanted to do. Glastonbury can be found in Somerset, England. It is sitting thirty miles south of Bristol. As we continue this article, we are going to tell you some more information about this wonderful area.

First of all, you are going to come across a population of 8,800 in this wonderful town. Yes, there are people of all different shapes and sizes. This wonderful area is known for the history, including Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury Tor and Somerset Rural Life Museum. There are many different legends and myths that are associated with this area. You will be able to learn about those different legends and myth when you visit this area.

Near the village of Pilton, you will be able to find Glastonbury Festival. However, in order to attend this festival, you will need to heck the calendar online so that you can see the date. Within these walls of this town, you are going to come across a lot of great scenery. You cannot miss out on a great tour of the tower at the summit.

In our opinion, Glastonbury just so happens to be amongst the best place of the world. There is so much that this area has to offer you. At the end of the last ice age, nearly 10,000 years ago, the lowland landscape of this area was formed. Interesting fact? If so, then you will find many other interesting facts about this area by visiting it.

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Shop Till You Drop in Goa

April 21, 2009 at 5:25 am (Uncategorized)

Your trip to the wonderland of Goa is not worth without shopping for the rarest of handicrafts and other local artifacts. The artisans in Goa are expert in designing such unique articles and items with natural elements like coconut shells, sea shells, wood, leaves etc. Shopping is included in the priorities of the itinerary of every tourist in Goa. The state offers something special to buy to its every guest with varied taste. Bargaining is actually a fun while shopping in Goa. You can bring down the prices and make the purchase a worthwhile experience.

Markets in Goa are loaded with handicrafts, cuisine, spices, cashew nuts, wine and other interesting stuff. Goan markets are a mirror of Goa’s ethnic culture and let you enjoy the best of cosmopolitan culture. If you are a fashion lover, you must try out the fashion shops located in fabulous old Goan houses. Traditional, modern and beach side outlets are ideal for memorable souvenirs. Panjim, Old Goa, Anjuna Flea Market, Mapusa Friday Market and Night Bazaars are paradise for shopaholics. Popular things to buy in Goa are:

  • Pottery & Terracota (flower garden pots, bowls with floral designs, figures of Gods-Godesses & animals, ashtrays and pen holders etc.)
  • Wooden laquerware/Wood turning (cradels, babycarts, toys, corner stands, etc.)
  • Crochet & embroidery (table cloths, children and ladies gartments, pillow and cussion covers, linen etc.)
  • Bamboo Craft (flower baskets, mats, and letter-holders, pen stands, fans and other decorative items)
  • Fibre craft (shopping bags, ladies purses, coasters and wall hangings, etc. made of banana or sisal fibre)
  • Jute Macrame craft (decorative bags, belts, wall hanging, lamp shades, flower pots, hangers, etc.)
  • Coconut mask carving
  • Sea shell craft (ashtrays, lamp shades, coasters, chandeliers, curtains, pot hangers, table mats, clocks, mirror frame, etc.)

These products can be bought at the most reasonable prices from beach side shops or the Government owned as well as private emporias. Goa Rural Handicraft and small Scale Industries Development Corporation (GRHSSIDC) is an authentic institution for these souvenirs.

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Dublin’s Tourist Offices – Your One-Stop-Shop For Travel & Tourist Info

April 14, 2009 at 5:51 am (Uncategorized)

1. Dublin Tourism Office – Suffolk Street

Dublin Tourism is located in the magnificent Saint Andrew’s Church located in Suffolk Street just around the corner from Grafton Street. Here you can pick up some complimentary leaflets and brochures and purchase some of the more detailed guides and maps available in store. Get the latest bus, train, ferry and Dart information. Book a flight or book a bus tour and go beyond Dublin, book a walking tour or even a musical pub-crawl! Browse the shop for a wide choice of local books and maps, postcards, prints, gifts and souvenirs. Or why not purchase some tickets for an upcoming concert or show at the ticketmaster desk. You can also exchange your money at the foreign exchange service available here.

Opening hours: 2nd Jan-31st Dec: Mon to Sat 9am-5.30pm.
June-Sept: 9am-7pm.
Sun and Bank Holidays: 10.30am-3pm.
Sun & Bank Holidays July & August 10.30am-5pm.
Closed: 25th, 26th Dec and 1st Jan.

2. Dublin Tourism Office – O’Connell Street

Located at 14 Upper O’Connell Street this office provides similar services to that in the Suffolk Street office. Here you can obtain Dublin and all Ireland information, reserve walking and bus tours, enquire about bus, rail, dart, air and water services, secure your place at one of the latest sporting, music or theatre events at the ticketmaster desk. Purchase a great book or present at the gift shop or change that money at the foreign exchange service.

Opening hours: 2nd January – 31st December: Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm.
Christmas: 24th December 9.00-15.00. 25th, 26th, 28th December & 1st Jan closed.
27th, 29th, 30th, 31st December & 2nd January 9.00-17.00.

3. Dublin Tourism – Dublin Airport

Dublin Tourism provides all of its visitors with a wide range of services that include information for Dublin and all over Ireland. Tourist literature guides and books, a wide range of maps and books can be purchased. There is also a booking service for bus tours, walking tours, musical pub crawls and much more.

Opening hours: 2nd Jan – 31st December: Monday – Sunday 8am – 10pm.
Bank Holidays 8am – 10pm.
Christmas: 24th + 31st December 8.00 – 18.00. 25th, 26th December & 1st Jan closed. 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th December & 2nd January 8.00 – 22.00.

4. Dublin Tourism – Dún Laoghaire Ferryport

Located at the new terminal at Dún Laoghaire Ferry Port you can receive an abundance of information on Dublin and Ireland. Here you can avail of a booking service for a variety of tours that include bus, rail, water, walking tours, literary and musical pub crawls. You can also secure your tickets for the latest theatre, sporting or musical event. Purchase some books, guides, maps and souvenirs at the gift shop and receive helpful advice and information from the friendly representatives.

Opening hours: 2nd January – 31st December: Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm. (Closed for lunch 1.15pm to 2.30pm).
Bank Holidays – As Above.
Christmas 24th December 9.30am -1.15pm.
25th, 26th, 28th December & 1st January closed.
27th, 29th, 30th, 31st & 2nd January 9.30am – 1.15pm & 2.30pm-5.30pm.

So come along and meet the friendly team and knowledgeable staff who will provide you with information and advice that will help you make the most of your time during your visit to Dublin.

Mairead writes for GoIreland.com – Ireland’s leading travel and accommodation website.

Check out GoIreland.com for everything you need to know before you visit Ireland. GoIreland.com has low prices for quality approved hotel, B&B, guesthouse and self catering accommodation all over the country.

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Shopping in Barbados

April 6, 2009 at 5:52 am (Uncategorized)

Rest assured, when you visit Barbados there would be more than enough places around the island to do your shopping. Barbados is known for its duty free shopping especially on the popular street Broad Street. On Broad Street you should expect great stores to do your shopping.

There are a variety of stores to choose from when you’re shopping in Bridgetown.

Some of the stores on Broad Street are:

Bionic Shop is one of the stores which have great clothes to choice from. This store is a men store and it sells everything like tuxedos, shoes, belts ties etc. If you are looking for a stores a bit more casual in terms of shoes you should check out Shoe Locker also at the top of Broad Street.

If you want basically everything in one place should check out Cave Sheperd. This store is located in the middle of Broad Street. It has three floors. On the bottom floor is where you would find beach wear, shoes and also a music store. The second level comprises of clothes for both ladies and gentlemen. The third floor has sports attire and things for the kitchen. On this floor you would also find a restaurant. This restaurant is very popular with the locals and you should really try it when you’re in cave Shepard.

Other shopping malls on this street are Mall 34 and Norman Center and if you get hungry these are several restaurants to satisfy your taste buds.

If you are shopping for jewelry Broad Street is the right place to be. Some of the jewelry stores located in Barbados is:

1. Little Switzerland
2. Colombian Emeralds
3. The Royal Shop
4. Diamonds international

If you want to take home a souvenir you could find it in the Pelican Craft Center, the airport and also the Bridgetown Port. Pelican Craft Center is a great avenue to get local arts. It is located in front of the Bridgetown Port and should only take like five minutes to walk.

Shopping is not only in Bridgetown but also on the west coast and south coast. The shopping areas on the west coast are Sunset Crest Shopping Center, Chattel House Village etc and all of these are located in Holetown, St. James.

On the south coast you would find Sheraton Centre, a branch of Cave Sheperd and Quayside Center.

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