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Aug
11

It all began for the Piazza as early as the 9th century when it was a much smaller space than it is today. In 1177, changes and additions were made to the square before the meeting of Pope Alexander III and Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. Additional buildings were added in 1640 and the newest buildings in 1810 were specially made at the request of Napoleon. Although named as a square, according to its shape this square is actually a trapezoid and the length of the Piazza is 175 meters.

There is no shortage of archaeological delights in Venice and there is plenty to see at Piazza San Marco. From this unique plaza, one may tour the St. Mark’s basilica that is a famous cathedral adorned with domes and attractive mosaics. One may visit the Palazzo Ducale di Venezia which is a gothic palace that was the place of residence of the Doge of Venice. Among other special features and attractions, one may also view the Torre dell’Orologico, the Clock Tower that has become a part of Venetian culture as it has been striking the hour for over 500 years.

The Piazza San Marco has always been known as a place of central importance to the people of Venice. This is rather like an extraordinary museum out in the open air, filled with enchantment and architectural masterpieces. It is reported that Napoleon referred to the Piazza San Marco as the “finest drawing room in Europe”. Today, the Piazza continues to attract guests and has proved to be a very popular venue for tourists.

The Piazza hosts cafes and souvenir shops even bags of food for the pigeons can be purchased. It is probably true that a majority if not all of the tourists visiting Venice have their photographs taken with pigeons in the background at the Piazza San Marco.

Hotel accommodation can be found within walking distance of the Piazza San Marco. It probably should be noted that the price of vacation rooms close to the Pizza itself will be higher than accommodation that is situated a bit further away in a quieter area. Various levels of holiday accommodation may be found west of the Piazza, east of the Piazza, north of the Piazza and along the waterfront.

Many people would recommend that the best time to visit the Piazza San Marco is during the early evening. At this time, the square is lit up and [takes on] a lively, unique and even romantic atmosphere. Musicians begin to play and sometimes people begin to dance. This special square seems to have a character and personality all of its own.

Today the Piazza San Marco continues to be a very popular gathering place in Italy. This site hosts historical buildings steeped in tradition and culture, indoor and outdoor cafes, buildings of architectural interest, stones, monuments, artistic structures, traders, pigeons, people, bustle and perhaps best of all no cars.

Aug
10

Auto Plan Holidays offers a wide range of Lake Garda Hotels in many resorts along the lakes shoreline. Lake Garda has a host of small resorts, which are rich in history – some Roman settlements and others with medieval castles and imposing buildings. All of them surrounded by spectacular scenery.

The lake is split into two regions. In the north is Trentino, ruled by the old Hungarian Austrian empire until 1919, when during the Great War the Austrians lost the region to the Italians. In parts of Trentino the German language is still spoken by the local population although Italian has of course been the official language for almost 90 years. North of the lake is the Dolomites – these flat-topped mountains are delightful and hide green valleys and alpine villages yet are all within 20-30 minutes drive of Riva del Garda.

The vast majority of the lake is in the region of Verona and we offer a number of resorts along the southern shores. Verona of course is well known for its open-air opera in the original Roman coliseum, and is also the background to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Visit Venice. The accessibility by rail to Venice is also a factor in choosing a Lake Garda Hotel, because fast trains connect from Pescheira del Garda to Venice – and the return cost is about 25.00 per person (less for under 12s).

Garda, is a small town, situated within an inlet and offers cobbled streets, some traffic free with tiny squares, and a small fishing port. There are several historic palaces that can be visited and a wide range of sports, walking paths and mountain bike rentals are possible. We offer three properties, all of which offer a swimming pool and easy access to the lake-good value is the Hotel La Perla which up to 12 July offers half board for 57 per person in a double room per night; Apartments too – and in similar situations we also offer one and two bed roomed apartments Rentals in June from 59 per night per unit.

Bardolino, which is half way down the lake, is a pretty resort with pedestrian areas free of traffic and a wide choice of restaurants and an area known for its excellent light red wines. We offer four-star hotels The best being the Spa Hotel Caesius with rates that start from 72 pppn on room and breakfast and also offers some special Spa treatment packages for both “Her & Him” For more modest costs are our one and two bedroomed apartments in the resort on offer from 47 per night.

Peschiera; this charming resort has a fortress surround by the lake’s waters and is the most southerly resort on the lake. One of the advantages staying here is the main line station, which offers quick access by rail to Verona, Venice and even Milan at reasonable prices. There is also a theme park “Garda Land” ideal for young families. We have one hotel and seven apartments offers.

Lake Garda offers such variety – Lakes, Mountains and even Venice within easy reach but more important offers value for money holidays.

Aug
09

Lesser Town in Prague is truly an architectural treasure chest. It was founded in 1257 on the slopes bellow the Prague castle and it is the part of Prague least affected by resent history. If you are looking for something medieval, this is the place to be. You will be surrounded by history, museums, theatres, high-class restaurants and fashion boutiques. You can find here a lot of nice and neat hotels. Everything is easily accessible by foot, though the centre is very well connected by trams and 3 subway lines. But parking might be difficult to find and a permit is required.

The historical core of the city is situated on both banks of the Vltava River. The hotels in Lesser Town have their own atmosphere which is ensemble by this mythic place. You will have a wonderful view from each of them. Lesser Town located on the left river bank, with its unique architecture and antique cobblestone streets, unchanged for centuries, is home to lots of foreign embassies, gardens and best restaurants. What can you find here exactly?

Charles Bridge (Karluv most)

Named after the Emperor Charles IV in 19th century the Charles Bridge is Prague’s most familiar monument. Designed by Petr Parler, it was completed in 1400 and it connects the Lesser Town with the Old Town. Although it is now pedestrianised, it withstood wheeled traffic for 600 years. There are thirty statues on the bridge; many of them have been replaced with copies. Originals are kept in the Lapidarium of the National Museum and at Vysehrad. The magnificent Gothic Old Town Bridge Tower was designed by Petr Parler and built at the end of the 14th century. It is considered the finest Gothic tower in central Europe, mainly for its decoration. There are marvellous views of the Vltava River Valley. The Prague hotels with the view of the Charles Bridge are the bests. 

St Nicholas Church (Kostel sv. Mikulase)

St Nicholas Church is the dominant of the Lesser Town Square and one of central Europe’s finest baroque buildings. It was begun by Kristof Dientzenhofer, continued by his son Kilian and finished by Anselmo Lurago. The statues, frescoes and paintings inside the church are by leading artists of the day, such as Karel Skreta and Johann Kracker. 

Kampa Island (Kampa)

Known as the Venice of Prague, Kampa Island has been formed by a branch of the Vltava called the Devil’s Stream (Certovka). Originally there were only gardens on the island but it was also used for washing clothes and bleaching linen. In the 17th century the island became well known for its pottery markets. Today it is an elegant part of Prague with a village-like character. A lot of myths are narrated in Prague about this place. Make your holidays special and find yourself a cute Prague hotel in this area. 

Petrin Hill (Petrin)

With a height of 318 m the Petrin Hill is a network of eight parks offering magnificent panoramas of Prague. Most of the vineyards from the 12th century were transformed into gardens and orchards by the 18th century and today it is a great place for quiet walks easily accessible from Hradcany and Strahov or by funicular railway from Ujezd. Up the hill there is an observatory, the 60m high Observation Tower – an imitation of the Eifel Tower, the Hunger Wall that was built by the poor of the city in return for food in the 14th century, the Mirror Maze, the Church of St Lawrence and the wooden Church of St Michael. 

If you really want to enjoy your stay in Prague, relish the atmosphere of the historical centre of the town, you should look for a charming hotel in Prague´s Lesser Town.

Aug
07

Amsterdam caters from everyone and its variety of accommodation reflects its popularity with options ranging from youth centers to luxury hotels. Amsterdam was founded in the year 1200 and used to be a fishing village based around the Amstel River. It was built with many canals with around four hundred bridges over them.

Today, Amsterdam is the nominal capital of the Netherlands. The “Amsterdam Hidden Treasures” project aims to allow Amsterdam visitors the chance to discover some of the city’s lesser known tourist attractions. This year, it is focusing on the areas of art, history, performance, fashion and design.

Amsterdam boasts a plethora of cultural treasures and museums. It is houses over 50 museums, although not all of them are famous. You are sure to find a few of the more famous Amsterdam’s museums in the Museum Quarter, such as Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Van Gogh Museum.

Visitors should make a point of seeing Rembrandt’s House, the Maritime Museum, and the Amsterdam Historical Museum. Another hidden jewel is a hidden church in the attic of a canal house called the Amstelkring Our Lord in the Attic. These museums are just to mention a few. You will also find the Concert Building in the Museum Quarter.

The Royal Palace is open for visitors during the summer months. This 17th century building is still in use by the queen and is therefore beautifully maintained. All visitors should take the time to walk around the popular Dam square. The Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein areas are wonderful areas to walk around during the day. Street performers, acrobats, arts and music will entertain you as you walk during this bustling part of town. Stay here until nightfall and notice all the locals attending their favorite
theatres, cinemas and clubs in the area.

The Oude Kerk is a popular tourist spot. It is an old church with little houses attached to its sides. Architectual enthusiasts will enjoy its Gothic-Renaissance style and it is definitely worth the view. After the Oude Kerk, follow the narrow vaulted passageway to the quaint Begijnhof, which is a garden is surrounded by many old structures. This is where you will find a medieval church and the oldest house in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam’s natural treasures

Amsterdam has a lot on offer for fans of natural beauty. It boasts the oldest Botanical Garden of its type in the world, which was built in 1682. You can take a boat cruise or canal tour along the rings of canals. Take part in a bike, boat or walking tour of the city, a truly excellent way to see the historical sights.

Amsterdam offers many accommodation options, ranging from luxury boutique-styled hotels to self catering rental apartments and youth centers. Campgrounds that offer bungalows are also an option during Summer time.

Aug
07

One can spend hous, days and weeks running around Amsterdam as it is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in Europe that is famous for its tolerance and diversity. It could be said that it is the city full of life with little road traffic and enriched with its cultural heritage. The canal view of the city gives it a completely different and beautiful look. Other tourist attractions including the museums, coffee shops, historic port, theatres, restaurants etc capture one’s attraction easily. Additionally the weather of the city supports tourism a lot. Various hotels and accommodations are present here at various locations that provide you the facility to enjoy the city with desirable view. The correct selection of a hotel that suits your trip makes the trip more enjoyable and comfortable. Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in Europe. The name of the place is derived from Amstel dam that means a dam on the river Amstel, thus pointing to the city origin.The beautiful canals running through the city center adds a wonderful attraction to the place. It ‘s appealing as well as pleasing to walk around the place as it has a little road traffic. The culture, international restaurant, good transport facility, intimacy of city clubs and bar and its welcoming attitude attract visitors very easily. Due to its beautiful view the cultural capital of Holland ‘Amsterdam’ is well known by the name of “The Venice of the North”. People from different background, culture, and sub-culture could be seen here giving it a unique and distinctly urban environment. Amsterdam is the city full of life. It is famous as the city of tolerance and diversity. The city is famous for its red light district, historic port, coffee shops, canals and many more. It is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. The destination is never far away in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a city of contradiction but has all the advantages of a big city as its attractive culture, international restaurants, good transport and calm and quite atmosphere. It’s hard not to get attracted by the buzz of open-air summer events, pubs, beautiful views of canals of this likeable city. All these views and pleasure could be enjoyed nicely along with various facilities provided by different hotels of Amsterdam. Most of the places of city remind us of 17th century city, but it is progressive and open city unlike any other European city. Another attraction of the city is Rembrandt’s famous painting ’The Night Watch’ at Rajksmuseum. Rembrandt was one of the most successful painters of his time. Apart from museum various historical places also attract tourists a lot. The city has several top-rank jazz venues and concert hall to entertain visitors. In addition to this shopping in Amsterdam is also a delightful activity that could make one’s trip the memorable one. Besides this the weather of Amsterdam is also calm and relaxing. It has gentle and mild climate but due to its geographic location variation in temperature is quite common. The trip to Amsterdam is a pleasurable one as rain is evenly spread all through the year that makes the day more pleasant and breathtaking. On the whole Amsterdam is a complete entertaining and relief-giving package that one should never miss.

Aug
06

Amsterdam is one of the small cities in the world but considered the most beautiful and romantic city. It is said to be a city of tolerance and diversity. Good transport, nightlife, culture and international restaurants are all present in this city, thus featuring it to be a bigger one. It is very amazing to know that the city is built on canals and is popularly known as “Venice of north”. It is the financial and business capital of the Netherlands and considered one of the best cities in Europe as it provides a location to international business.

The increasing number of tourists’ attractions to this place has increased the number of hotels in Amsterdam. The arrangements made to provide comfortable accommodation to travelers are really to be appreciated. The immediate service and warm hospitality of the hotels staff are marvelous. Amsterdam not only has accommodation for wealthy travelers, but also some cheap Amsterdam hotels to suit the taste and budget of every traveler. They offer discounts on several occasion and provide comfortable lodging at reasonable rates, which had made it possible for many tourists to visit the place.

Amsterdam has a rich architectural history. No one can doubt on the architectural designs of hotel Amsterdam, after the visit to the place. The wooden building built in 1425 still exists as the same. Even the school building in Amsterdam are highly decorated with decorative ornaments and oddly shaped doors and windows. Hotels in Amsterdam are built around many of the famous tourists’ attraction such as:-

  • Anne Franks House- this is the house, where Anne frank and her family took refuge from Nazis during Second World War. There is a museum that hold the history of all those who took shelter in this house.
  • Museums- one of the best museum, Rijks museum, is a collection of paintings from Netherland. Stedfelijk museum depicts the creation of modern art. The traveler can come across various modern paintings by fine artists.
  • Vondelpark- it is the largest park in Amsterdam. It remains crowded by people for morning and evening walk.
  • Dam and Royal palace- this place in Amsterdam is always crowded. It features an unremarkable building and very popular shopping area around it.

    Apart from it, The Red Light District, the flower market, canal boat rides etc are some of the main places to visit in Amsterdam. The travelers can easily find hotel Amsterdam around these attractions. Hotels in Amsterdam offer excellent services by offering minibars, pools, gymnasium and other facilities to satisfy the needs of tourists.

  • Aug
    06

    Vacationing in Italy is a dream come true for so many Americans. Those who have Italian heritage often wish to see where their families originated. Those who have no Italian lineage still look upon Italy as one of the foundations of Western civilization. Rome, Venice, Tuscany, Florence, Umbria, Chianti, San Gimignano, Siena, Orvieto, Todi, Assisi, Spleto and Montepulciano are all legendary to those of us raised in the “new world” and for many are simply places we’ve read about in our school books, or seen on television or in the movies. Many Americans, sadly, know little of the geography of Italy, but do appreciate the food. After all, pizza and spaghetti are considered as American to us as apple pie and hot dogs. But only on a trip to Italy can a person really appreciate this magnificent country, home to Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo, and Christopher Columbus.

    When you are ready for that once in a lifetime experience of an Italian vacation, consider a private home rental for your source of lodging. Hotels can be nice, but staying in a private home rented for the occasion can give you a chance to see the real Italy. Explore the countryside, walk into the village and visit with the residents, and see what it feels like to actually go home, to a cabin or villa at the end of the day, living as the Italians do. Or, try a beach house if that suits you or an apartment if you prefer a more urban setting. Getting to know the local people by living among them for an extended stay of a few weeks will give you a chance to learn some of the language, or if you already speak Italian to brush up on your skills. It will also give you a chance to learn local history in a very unique way, from the people themselves. You will appreciate all of the similarities of Italian culture with your own, and learn to appreciate the differences as well. The Italians are a wonderful, friendly people with a rich culture and history. Taking the time to live among them, getting to know them as friends and neighbors, is truly an experience you will always remember.

    Private homes for rent to vacationers in Italy can be found in various price ranges. If you are looking for luxury, there are villas available. If something more rustic suits your taste and budget, then smaller homes and even old farmhouses are available to appeal to all tastes. Just as an example, one property includes two bedrooms, queen size beds, kitchen, laundry area, bathroom, central eat and the satellite television, telephone and VCR that most Americans are used to having. Imagine though the coziness and comfort of coming back to the house after a day of sight seeing to sit by the fire place, drinking a glass of a local wine, having a light dinner of pasta, and enjoying the peace and quiet of your surroundings. Staying in a hotel in a major city will certainly show you the tourist hot spots, but staying in a private home will show you the real Italy.

    Rent holiday home or vacation rental in Italy and enjoy your stay!

    Aug
    02

    Anyone traveling this holiday season will either stay with friends and family or book a hotel room. Luckily, hotel reservation services are a convenient means of securing the best rooms in any city across the nation…or world. Many prominent hotels and more discreet names are slashing their prices on winter stays, especially on seasonal destinations.

    If you enjoy winter-inspired getaways to beautiful location such as Vail and Aspen, Colorado, 6Star Reviews reports that Hotels.com is offering huge savings on ski condo stays. For interested travelers, the sale runs through March and top-rated ski destinations are included. Besides extending great discounts and offers, the Hotels website is running a Vacation Giveaway for in-demand locations like Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

    If your idea of a fabulous winter weekend isn’t in downtown Manhattan or the slopes in ski-lodge-saturated cities, why not check out international rates abroad? GTA Hotels, for instance, runs continuous special offers on cities such as London, Venice and even Paris. Even for the non-globe-trotting individual, these specials are hard to resist. International travel doesn’t have to burn a hole in your wallet, as long as you book ahead and on rooms with travel discounts.

    Hotel reservation services are the perfect trip-planning tool, especially if you’re interested in holiday travel. Not only are you able to preview your actual room, you’ll gain access to brand-new specials continuously. Most hotel booking sites allow you to sign up for newsletter updates, which send news and discounts right to your inbox. Before the holidays arrive and rooms fill up, book your reservation online to enjoy the colder months ahead.

    Jul
    30

    These days, more and more people are leaving the comforts of their own homes to discover the joys of traveling. Barely a few years ago, it was the past time of the rich and famous. Now, however, even college students with little money can now travel to their heart’s content. What was once a luxury has now become a way of life.

    Indulge Your Wanderlust

    There is truth in the adage: “The world is a book and those who don’t travel read but a page.” There are indeed many marvels in the world, marvels that people are now traveling far and wide to see. Think of the pyramids of Giza, the beauty of Venice, and the full moon celebrated in Koh Phangan. These are things you don’t see in your own backyard, so pack your bags, get your passport, and keep your cash on you at all times with one of those Colibri money clips.

    Rough It Up

    Of course, travel does not come cheap but it does not have to be expensive either. Budget travel is now being made possible by budget airlines, hostels, and tours. You won’t be sipping champagne in first class seats, staying at the Hilton, and driven around in a limousine, but you will be seeing the sights that you so long to see. And don’t worry. Chances are you won’t be staying in the wilderness, unless, of course, you choose to.

    Indeed, budget traveling means roughing it up. You might have to share your room and bathroom with strangers in hostels, so keep your valuables under lock and key and your cash in Colibri money clips. Some of the most beautiful sights in the world are in very poor areas with very bad living conditions. Get yourself vaccinated. You don’t want your holiday cut short because of some strange, exotic illness. Prepare to live on street food as they are the cheapest food there is. Keep your Colibri money clips on hand to pay for your food on the go. You don’t want to spend a lot of time distracted while rummaging through your backpack for your money. Your Colibri money clips will also come in handy when you buy souvenirs from your trip.

    Do It Right

    Banish the image of fancy Louis Vuitton trolley bags and fashionable travel clothes from your head. If you’re going to go budget traveling, you need to pack light and dress right. You can never go wrong with a big strong backpack. Pack wash and wear clothes because you don’t have the luxury of ironing. Wear sensible footwear, such as hiking boots, rubber sandals, and flip flops. Keep a sturdy pair of sunglasses, a hat or two, Colibri money clips, and lots of sunblock.

    Remember, you’re not Paris Hilton jet setting from one location to the other. You are a budget traveler, a backpacker, and practicality is your best friend. At the end of the day, you’ll find that you’ve had more fun backpacking than traveling first class. And when you find yourself watching the amazing sunset in the island of Boracay or listening to the call of thousands of birds in the Canary Islands, you’ll know it was definitely worth it.

    Jul
    25

     

    Bangkok was known as the “Venice of the East” in the past as it was filled with many canals. People used to live on water doing their day to day activities while floating on boats. Many of these canals were filled in to make way for new roads and buildings over the past years but even now many of these old canals still remain on the Thonbui side of the Chao Phraya River.

     

    Along these canals, we can see even now many people dwelling and they are very much used to the life in their floating residencies. They are visited monks who do alms rounds, the postmen, and even vendors coming by boats. One can enjoy a long tailed boat ride for about 1,000 baht to have some good time in a quiet environment and even to have a closer look as in how Thai people used to live along the canals. And also it is possible to visit so many temples that have very historical background. While traveling through these temples and other ancient monuments one can gain a thorough knowledge about the history and the development of the entire city.

     

    More over, during the boat ride, it is also possible to stop at the Royal Barge National Museum, which is established along one of the main temples in the canals. That is also a major destination where most of the tourists intend to go in the hope of gaining more knowledge about the traditions and basic cultural aspects of Thailand as well as Bangkok. Therefore many tourists who come across Bangkok for their business purposes and to spend some good time do not miss the opportunity to spare some more time along the canals to relax them selves.

     

    For visitors who opt to stay for a longer time Bangkok serviced apartments such as President Park will provide convenient access and comfortable stay to most of the other attractions in Bangkok as well.

     

    Mentioning about more attractions that grab the eyes of the visitors are the monasteries called “Wat Paramal Ylkawat”, “Wat Suwannaram”, “Wat Chaloand more near the canals in Bangkok. All of them are based on the history and various cultural aspects of Thailand which enhances the value of the nation.