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Aug
08

The sleeping city in Italy is called Venice.

It is divided into six zones namely San Marco, San Polo, Cannaregio, Dorsoduro, Castello and Santa Croce. The zones do not really have strict divisions, but they are characterized in different ways. San Marco has the Basilica and Piazza. San Polo is a down to earth area where the locals live and hang out. Cannaregio is home to the historic. Dursoduro contains students and the cities university. Castello has the beautiful Giardini and the Venice Arts Festival. Santa Croce is next to the station.

Venice is the only European city and one of the few in the world to have its public transport located entirely on the water. Run by Actv Company, the timetable constantly changes, depending on the tide. The main waterway in Venice is shaped like an S. This means that if you want to travel from San Marco to Rialto by boat, it will take you twice as long as it would to walk. The Grand Canal has only three bridges, but at certain points along the canal you can hire a gondola to cross the stretch of water; this often saves a great deal of time.

If you prefer taxis, the water cabs have very different charges to the more generally found land taxi. You should always tell the driver your destination and find out the price before stepping aboard. Gondolas are also subject to additional charges. They will charge you for an hour even if your trip only lasts fifty minutes.

When you compare Venice to other major cities of the world it is rather quiet. There are several reasons for this. The first is the high average age of its citizens probably the highest in Italy. The second is the relative difficulty there is to get around. This is not a place for cars and other private means of transport and a boat ride is not really ideal for an evening out. Finally, there is a lack of space in Venice, so everything is very cramped.

By nature Venetians enjoy entertaining friends in the privacy of their own homes. As a consequence, there are very few restaurants which stay open until late. Campo Santa Margherita in the summer is an exception to this rule. The presence of hundreds of students on their summer holidays transforms the square into a pleasure pavilion, with restaurants, live music and extemporaneous art exhibitions.

In comparison with other Italian cities hospitality in Venice doesnt come cheap, this may be due to the romantic environment.

Aug
07

Rome – ‘The city of Ceasars, romance and la dolce vita’ – A.Moreton.

Rome was not built in a day and has the spectacular treasures to prove it. Rome has provided the pretty backdrop to many a Hollywood movie: Three Coins In The Fountain, Seven Hills of Rome and Roman Holiday to name but three.

It’s the city of the Caesars, of romance, the city of la dolce vita and long sunny days, the city of endless art, churches and museums, fountain-splashed piazzas and majestic monuments to its golden age of empire. Those monuments will already be familiar to many – the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. But one of the greatest pleasures of exploring Rome is the number of times you stumble across hidden corners, wonderful viewpoints, evocative street scenes and touching vignettes of daily life.

The ancient town of Tivoli is the most popular one-day excursion from Rome. Some 20 miles from the city centre, it’s known for two main sights, the Villa d’Este, a Renaissance villa celebrated for its
Gardens, and the Villa Adriana , a vast villa and grounds created by the Emperor Hadrian.

Trains run from main termini to Tivoli, but this can be a slow journey.

Buses depart every 10 or 20 minutes from the Ponte Mammolo Metro station (Line B). The journey time is 50 minutes. If you have time to spare, Frascati offers a cool, calm retreat from Rome’s heat and hustle.

The Villa Aldobrandini was built at the end of the 16th century and was one of the few old buildings to survive the bombing during 1943 and 1944 that destroyed 80 percent of old Frascati. The villa itself is closed to the public, but some of the grounds are open and offer excellent views of Rome in the hazy distance. Trains depart from main termini every hour and the journey takes 30 minutes.

Helpful Hints about Rome

Language
Italian is delightfully easy on the ear and relatively easy to learn. A few polite phrases might break the ice. Try Buongiorno (Good morning) or Bueno sera (Good evening). Come sta? (How Are You?) or Quanto costa? (How much?)

Currency and Tipping
The Italians use the Euro, made up of 100 cents. Tipping is not expected for all services, and rates are lower than those elsewhere. As a general guide, cabs: round up to the nearest 50 cents; restaurants: around 2 Euros 50; porters: 1 Euro a bag.

Dress Code
Rome can be extremely uncomfortable in the high summer, with temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius in July and August. Light clothes and sensible planning will prevent you becoming hot and bothered in the Roman fray. Top restaurants might demand formal dress for dinner, but for the majority, it’s smart casual.

Safety
Rome is generally safe, but take precautions. Pickpockets are the main worry so carry money and valuables in a belt or pouch, wear your camera, leave valuables and jewellery in the hotel safe and avoid gangs of street children.

Travel
Many of Rome’s sights can be visited on foot – there are organised walks taking in monuments and other places of interest on the way. There’s also a small, efficient (but crowded) subway system that will take you to the outskirts of the city.

Hotels
There are hundreds of Rome Luxury Hotels available so shop around online for your favourite.

Venice – ‘A city built on water with unequalled beauty, which was once the World’s greatest trading empire…’

Nothing quite prepares you for Venice. You can read about it, see film of it and listen to people enthuse about it, but only when you’re actually on the Grand Canal with the wind in your hair watching a Venetian sunset will you fall under its magical spell.
This is truly a place like no other – a city built on water, where the main streets are canals; there’s traffic, but not as we know it. It’s also a city rich in art, sculpture and music. But there are many other faces to Venice.

The shopping here is as good as anywhere in Italy with all the designer names, as well as crafts such as jewellery, glass and fabrics. There are chic bars and a vibrant nightlife and little surprises round every corner. Wander from your intended route and you could find yourself in a small but beautiful piazza – there might be a little restaurant, a chapel or a shop selling Carnival masks. This is a city for art-lovers and romantics … and anyone who wants a brief escape from the age of the automobile.

The main trips out from the city of Venice are to the islands of Murano and Burano. Murano is like a miniature version of Venice itself, but with more modest palaces and fewer churches. Everything here revolves round the glass manufacturing industry which has been established here since 1292.

A visit to the Glass Museum or one of the many galleries is well worthwhile. Visitors to Murano might like to visit Burano on the same day. This has traditionally been a lace-making centre and the houses here are painted in a rainbow of blue, red, peppermint, russet and yellow – colours that are attractively reflected in the waters of the canals. Both islands are reached by waterbus – the journey’s about 40 minutes.

Helpful Hints about Venice

Language
Italian, with a Venetian accent. Italian is delightfully easy on the ear and relatively easy to learn. A few polite phrases might break the ice. Try Buongiorno (Good morning) or Bueno sera (Good evening). Come sta? (How Are You?) or Quanto costa? (How much?)

Currency and Tipping
The Italians use the Euro, made up of 100 cents. Tipping is not expected for all services, and rates are lower than those elsewhere. As a general guide, gondolas and water taxis: between 5 and 10 per cent; restaurants: around 2 Euros 50; porters: 1 Euro a bag.

Dress Code
Summer isn’t necessarily the best time to visit Venice. Apart from the crowds of tourists, the air can be unpleasantly humid. But if you are there in July or August, light cotton clothes would be ideal, with some warm jumpers for evenings on the canals. Good walking shoes are a must.

The best time to visit is from late April to early July. In the late spring, it rains less often, the air is mild and the long days allow you to dine out of doors in the light of the setting sun. If you time your visit to coincide with the famous Carnival (February), remember that the Adriatic coast is often cold and windswept. Take coat, gloves and rainwear. And in the winter and autumn (fall), remember that high tides can cause some flooding of piazzas, so make sure your shoes are fully waterproofed! Except in the very best restaurants, smart-casual is the accepted dress code.

Safety
Venice is not a dangerous city, apart from pickpockets in the most touristy areas. The usual precautions apply: carry money and valuables in a belt or pouch, wear your camera and leave valuables and jewellery in the hotel safe.

Travel
Venice itself is not so big and the best way to explore it is on foot. A good map is essential and it’s useful to locate and remember a few landmarks like the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square to help you get your bearings. If you do want to go farther afield, you can either take the vaporetto or the motoscafo. The former is big and rather slow, but offers fine vistas of Venice from its open deck. The latter is low over the water and faster, with a smaller deck. You can use it to go to the islands of the lagoon. The Venice Public Transportation company, ACTV, has a useful website with full details of fares, routes and times

Hotels
A huge selection of Venice Luxury Hotels available so shop around online to find the one that suits your needs.

Florence – ‘Located in the heart of Tuscany, Florence is considered the birth place of the Renaissance…’

Few nations, let alone cities, can boast of having nurtured such a remarkable heritage of artistic, literary, scientific and political talent as Florence, or Firenze. The roll call of artists and writers who lived and worked in the city is extraordinary – Dante, Donatello, Botticelli, Michelangelo and Machiavelli, to name but a few.

Renaissance Florence remains very much intact and in evidence at every turn. However, its historic palaces, great churches, exquisite sculptures and countless other works of art are not crumbling relics but still a vivid and functional part of everyday life – worked in, lived in, prayed in, prized by present-day Florentines and accessible to all.

Florence is far from being austere and haughty. Alongside the museums, art galleries and historic churches there are designer shops, beautiful piazzas, chic restaurants and cutting-edge clubs. It’s a city of a thousand secrets.

Independent travel to nearby cities is easy. Regional train and bus services cover the whole of Tuscany. Take the No 7 bus from Santa Maria Novella railway station for the little hill-top town of Fiesole for an escape from the city’s summer heat and wonderful views over Florence and the Arno Valley.

Roughly 50 miles west of Florence lies Pisa, the birthplace of Galileo and home of the fabled leaning tower. It can be reached by train from Florence’s mainstation, Santa Maria Novella.

Siena, 21 miles south of Florence, is a mediaeval hilltop city with a maze of narrow winding streets that have survived virtually unchanged from the 16th Century and earlier. It can be reached by Sita’s regular express bus service. If you’re in Italy on July 2 or August 16, it’s worth going out of your way to see the palio, a traditional bareback horse race that’s been held in the Piazza del Campo in Siena since the 13th Century. It’s hot, crowded and utterly crazy!

Helpful Hints Helpful Hints about Florence

Language
Italian, with a Florentine accent. Italian is delightfully easy on the ear and relatively easy to learn. A few polite phrases might break the ice. Try Buongiorno (Good morning) or Bueno sera (Good evening). Come sta? (How Are You?) or Quanto costa? (How much?)

Currency and Tipping
The Italians use the Euro, made up of 100 cents. Tipping is not expected for all services, and rates are lower than those elsewhere. As a general guide, cabs: round up to the nearest 50 cents; restaurants: around 2 Euros 50; porters: 1 Euro a bag.

Dress Code
Florence can be extremely uncomfortable in the high summer, with temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius in July and August. Cotton and linen clothes are best for coping with the summer heat, but you’ll want a sweater or jacket for the cool evenings in spring and autumn (fall).

In winter, you’ll need warm clothes, a waterproof jacket and an umbrella. Comfortable walking shoes for the cobbled streets are highly recommended. Remember to wear respectable dress for Florence’s churches including something to cover bare shoulders.

Safety
Florence is generally safe, but take precautions. Pickpockets are the main worry so carry money and valuables in a belt or pouch, wear your camera and leave valuables and jewellery in the hotel safe.

Travel
You can easily get around the tourist areas of Florence on foot. The longest walks take twenty minutes at most as the important monuments and museums are contained within half a square mile. Hiring a car is not advised, but you’ll see many young Florentines on scooters and if you’re brave enough and can stand the competition, these can be hired for about 30 Euros a day. If you’re taking a cab, use only the official white taxis with a ‘Taxi’ sign on the roof.

Hotels
There are a wide selection of Florence Luxury Hotels available so shopping online is your best bet to find the perfect choice.

Aug
03

Amsterdam’s unique position has made water and bridges to be of vital importance among the historic cities of the north. Along the banks of the river Amstel a city developed that depended on the water for its survival. At one time water was even more important than dry land. Water was the feature which allowed transportation of goods as well as keeping the enemy. Moreover it also added to the beauty of the city. It is quite apparent that due to these reasons Amsterdam is called the Venice of the North.

Amsterdam is a city of water and, naturally, of bridges. Amsterdam has no fewer than 1,281 bridges. Since the 17th century a maze of canals has divided downtown Amsterdam in 90 islands. There are hundreds of bridges which link the islands. The canals have made Amsterdam famous. It is quite apparent that the city has more canals than Venice and more bridges than Paris. Generally quite a few of the downtown bridges are romantically illuminated at night.

The history of Amsterdam may, can be looked upon as a history of bridges from a certain point. To begin with, wooden bridges were built, modeled on the type which was common in the Dutch countryside. They served to provide the needs of road traffic mainly in areas where the east-west connections were of vital importance. Their purpose was entirely practical. The main importance was given to function instead of form. The water was spanned by wooden beams which served as girders. Wooden planking across the beams created an acceptable road surface. Whenever the length of the span required extra support, one or more trusses – interconnected wooden beams reinforced by corbel pieces – were constructed.

The urbanization of the city with modern times and the increasing prosperity were instrumental in the development of the brick bridge. Brick came to replace wood and the arched bridge with its elegant masonry took over from its wooden predecessor which led to the idea that bridges were conceived of as integrated architectural designs. The advent of the brick arched bridge coincided with a more conscious approach to urban development. Bridges became an integral part of the ring of canals.

Bridges that cross Amsterdam’s canals are a wonderful spot for sightseeing: the channel, the tree lined streets, the daily life of locals, the typical houses along the water, the bicycles. On top of it they also provide beautiful scenic background for photos or a useful place to take photographs. There are so many famous bridges across the canals of the city. Every corner one turns one find another bridge leading as the city of Amsterdam calls to find more.

One of the more famous canal sights in Amsterdam is the lineup of seven consecutive bridges that can be seen gracing Reguliersgracht. The old city center of Amsterdam boasts a bridge from which one can see no fewer than fifteen bridges. One can enjoy this unique view from the bridge on the corner of Reguliersgracht and Herengracht. At night the spectacle is extra special, as the arched bridges are illuminated with hundreds of fairy lights.

One of the most important landmarks of Amsterdam is The Skinny Bridge or Magere brug. The fact remains that it is one of the most beautiful bridges of Holland’s capital city. The Skinny Bridge is romantically illuminated at night with thousands of fairy lights. It is very popular with lovers and photographers illuminated with hundreds of lights.

Jul
21

Planning a vacation can be stressful, especially when it comes to money. If you are heading to Los Angeles, you want to find a great hotel without spending excessive amounts on money. Finding cheap hotels during your stay can help you keep your vacation within your budget or save money to spend on airfare or a rental car.

Comparison Shop

There are many websites promising the lowest rates on hotels, airfare, and car rentals. It doesn’t take long to compare rates between the different websites, but spending an extra ten minutes could save you plenty of money. The internet makes it easy to search for hotels by price or location and check rates instantly. Websites like Priceline and Hotels.com regularly offer deep discounts that you would never find if you reserved your room directly through the hotel.

Travel in the Off-Season

If you are planning a vacation and not traveling for work, booking your vacation during the off-season or on weekdays is a great way to save money on hotel costs. Hotels charge higher prices during peak vacation times and on the weekends. Fall and early spring tend to be good seasons to travel, however California’s moderate climate means that even the middle of winter could provide acceptable weather for a trip to many Los Angeles attractions.

Look for Package Deals

Are you planning a Disney vacation? Keep an eye out for package deals where you can score a bargain on a hotel room and admission to the park. You may be able to stay at a more convenient hotel for a bargain price, or get better free perks. Whether you are going to Santa Monica, Universal Citywalk, Hollywood, or Venice, you may be able to find great deals if you look for packages with nearby attractions.

Stay in Adjacent Areas

The hotels closest to major attractions and venues are going to have the highest prices. If you are willing to travel a little further, you can find cheap hotel rooms in other parts of Los Angeles. Keep in mind that Los Angeles does not have as extensive of a public transportation system as other major cities, so if you stay further out you may need a car.

Consider Hotel Alternatives

Do you have to stay in a hotel? There are many boarding options that people do not consider. Empty apartments or timeshares frequently rent for low rates. Most people know that you can resell your timeshare, but few people are looking for rentals. Because of that, you can find deals on spacious timeshares for a week-long vacation at a bargain price.

Shop smart to find the cheapest hotels and lodging in Los Angeles for your next vacation or business trip. By taking a little time to research and compare rates, you can save money on your hotel and keep your vacation plans during tough economic times.

Jul
20

Driving is undoubtedly, one of the most exciting ways to truly explore Italy. If however, you plan to stick to the bigger towns and cities and have no intention of venturing out into the countryside then its probably best avoided.

There are a number of reasons for this, the main ones being the difficulty in both parking and getting around.

On the whole driving in Italy requires a certain amount of bravery and a good deal of patience, with speed and small margins for error seemingly being the essence of Italian drivers.

Even though driving regulations and rules are governed by the same EU laws as in the UK, the degree to which such laws are enforced varies greatly.

Traffic lights are generally respected, within Naples though, stopping at a red light becomes more of an option than a given.

Finding a parking space in most of the cities can be very difficult; this is especially true in Venice. Instead, parking in a supervised car park outside of cities is generally a better idea.

As Italy has an extensive public transport network, connecting most of its bigger towns and cities, it is advised to make use of this in favour of driving around them yourself.

As mentioned above, if however, you plan on spending a lot of time in the country, or have accommodation outside a city, then renting a car and making your own way round is going to be the favoured option.

This is because Italy’s public transport does not stretch out into the country, making many of the smaller village’s inaccessible without your own car.

When out and about on Italian roads one of the main things to watch out for is drivers overtaking. Those more confident on the road tend to get very close behind cars and then shoot out. With most roads being bendy with only one lane per direction, this can prove quite dangerous.

The trick is to just remain calm and concentrate fully on the road at all times. It’s best to have one person navigating and one driving.

Jul
17

Visiting Paris was nice, my family and I traveled to the Eiffel tower and after a long hike we finally made it to the top. We stopped at a coffee shop cafe for brunch after the long trek down the tower, ok so we cheated half way and took the elevator.

I sat with my cousin outside at a round table, we both had our journals out and were writing down whatever was in our heads. I wasn’t too impressed with the tower myself while she wrote on and on how great it was. Granted the view from the tower was beautiful, breathtaking, stunning, but inside the tower was vandalized and dirty. It needed a good paint job in my humble opinion.

The sun was out and a nice cool breeze blew through the sky, flipping my journal pages over on me, which was really starting to annoy me. As we sat there I drank what was left of my coffee and tossed the left overs of my sandwich to the ground for the birds to pick at.

Then I picked up my journal and shoved it in my purse. Our next destination was Venice, Italy. I couldn’t wait to write again.

The next day we were in Venice, Italy and immediately hopped aboard a boat that would take us to the island. I fell in love with Venice as soon as I saw it. I’m a big water person so seeing the buildings surrounded by water was amazing to me.

We took a gondala ride and walked through the shops. My aunt almost tipped the boat over. I was not amused at that time and gave her the evil eye. Granted I love water, but I didn’t want to go swimming at the time.

The one thing I noticed about Venice was that the alleys were filled with trash. As you floated along you could see piles of garbage reaching up to various windows and floating out among the gondalas.

A storm came and my cousin and I ran around in the rain, she was chasing the birds and I was chasing her, while our mum’s were yelling at us for getting wet.

We stopped at another cafe and had lunch. Another sandwich and coffee for myself. I pulled my journal out once more and tucked the postcard I had gotten as a keepsake then began to write.

While in the shop there was another family sitting on the far side. Tourists, like ourselves. Their camera was being passed around as the parents were busy looking through the pictures.

My goal is to go back to Venice for a week, who will go with me I don’t know, but I will go back.

Jul
14

We board our train in Milan on Tuesday afternoon at 1:55 pm (Italian time means that it was more like 2:20 pm) on our way to Venice on a clear bright September day. We entered the first class car from the rear. Be sure to purchase the reasonably priced upgrade to first class in the station before you board, it is well worth it.

Our trip to Venice is comfortable as we chat with a couple from Argentina (it’s their 10th anniversary) and a young man from Padua on his way home (it’s about 2 thirds the way to Venice). There is this almost surreal feeling as we glide across the Adriatic to the station in Venice. We gaze across the sea and the city is a vision, it appears to float with grace in a timeless fashion. There is the feeling that you’ve been here before as you leave the station and cross the piazza (plaza or square) toward the Grand Canal. We booked our hotel in Venice at www.skoosh.com and were pleased with the rates and availability.


Our hotel is 5 bridges “that way” as the man in the sandwich shop instructed us. The room is rather small but very well furnished and comfortable. You can take the boat taxi, waterbus or walk as there are no other means of transportation in Venice. At one time the gondola was the main transport but now it is more of a tourist attraction. We opt to walk and we’re on another adventure. As you walk through the cobblestone avenues (or alleys as the only passages in Venice are alleys and canals) you are reminded that Marco Polo and Giacomo Casanova walked these same paths. We dine at a small restaurant along the way to Piazza San Marcos. Dinner normally is around 20 to 25 EUROS for 2 with wine and spaghetti in the small but very quaint restaurants that are plentiful throughout Venice. The best way to see Venice (if you have the time) is on foot. As you wander the 118 islands that make up this wonderful city you will meet the inhabitants and shop in the little shops that are everywhere. Getting lost is part of the fun as you wind up in places that you never would have found on a tour. On one of our adventures we found ourselves in an open area near an academy of music and standing in the center we could hear someone in an upper room playing a violin, another singing opera and in another room ground level the piano was serenading us. We stood there for 20 minutes eating our favorite Italian treat Gelato!

Jul
12

Europe is so full of history that it would take a lifetime to see it all, not to mention its ingenious architecture. The ancient buildings and bridges are truly an awesome sight, and of course, there are museums in just about every city. However, the cities are only part of the incredible sights Europe has to offer. There are a number of great destinations worth visiting which include;

* Rome: If you’re into history, Rome was once the center of the Roman Empire. UNESCO has listed Rome as The World Heritage Site. You will marvel at the archeology and art of Naples and Pompeii. Travel along the Highway of the Sun from Rome, and see the charming medieval villages.

* Dublin: The Irish have a quaint and charming attitude and the small island near the UK is a pleasant and beautiful place to visit, especially if you like to drink. Dublin boasts some very famous drinking establishments.

* Florence: This historical city boasts some of the most wonderful art galleries, along with fine wine and awesome architecture. Visit the many monuments, museums, churches, and palaces.

* Amsterdam: You will see some of the most beautiful flowers in Holland when you visit this popular city. The waterways, floating gardens, and bridges alone are worth the trip, not to mention the lavender fields and painted vineyards.

* Paris: You will never run out of interesting or exciting things to do in Paris. The sites, shopping, and diverse nightlife will have you planning your return trip before your first visit is over. Cruise along the river Seine and admire the awesome bridges, architecture and monuments.

* Athens: This ancient city of Greece is said to be home to the gods. Check out the Acropolis and Parthenon as well as the Sacred Rock. These historical sites always bring visitors back.

* London: This busy city is heavily visited each year as there is so much to see and do. Also, the shopping, dining and museums are extraordinary. Experience the underground transportation that takes you anywhere in the city.

*Venice: There is such a romantic atmosphere in this lovely city with waterways running in every direction, which is the main mode of transportation. Venice is the kind of city you simply want to get lost in.

All of the best cities to visit in Europe are too numerous to mention here. If you have never visited Europe, you are missing out on so much beauty and history. Perhaps you could skip on over to the Holy Lands where The Lord Jesus Christ traveled during His ministry. Imagine standing on the same ground where the Savior once stood.

Do yourself a favor and travel to Europe at least once. However, more than likely, you will have to go back because there is too much to see in just one trip. Seeing Europe in pictures or movies just isn’t the same as being there. Europe needs to be experienced.

One trip would barely be enough time to take in just one of Europe’s awesome cities. Why not plan a separate vacation to each city and see them all!

Jul
07

Cyprus holidays are the best holidays in the world. Then again I am bound to say that because we (Julie and myself) have fallen in love with this beautiful Mediterranean Island. Every since our first holiday there in 1996 we have been well and truly hooked on Cyprus holidays. So much in fact that we have bought a Cyprus holiday home of our own which we share with our family and friends. I could wax lyrical for hours (and probably will) about the virtues of Cyprus holidays.

Situated close to Turkey and Egypt Cyprus has a beautiful climate boasting over 320 days of sunshine every year. The beautiful clear blue Mediterranean Ocean stays warm right through till the end of November and the short Cyprus winter only last from around the end of December until around the end of March. That’s when it rains and boy does it rain! The Cyprus landscape is dry and barren for 10 months of the year then wham! all the rain in one go so to to speak. The reservoirs get topped up and the ground soaks up all that life giving water. When it rains in Cyprus you could be forgiven for thinking that you are in Venice. The roads become rivers and vast tracts of low laying land become lakes.

But hey! we don’t take our Cyprus holidays for the rain we take them for all that glorious Mediterranean sunshine and there is always plenty of that from March right up to the end of November. Even in December you can go for walks on the beach in shorts and tee shirt although the evenings are cooler. Like I said the sea stays warm well into the year and in fact bathing in the sea is probably warmer in October than swimming in the pools. The reason for this is that the sun heats the sea throughout the long hot summer and it takes a long time to cool down again.

There are some fantastic holiday resorts in Cyprus and they are all easily accessible from one of the Islands airports at either Paphos or Larnaca. There is a modern coastal motorway linking all the main resorts and towns so getting around is a cinch. The Cypriots drive on the left same as the U.K. which is a throwback to the days of British rule that ended in the 1960s. The road signs too are in both Greek and English another legacy of the English occupation of the Island. In fact some people love Cyprus so much that they retire there. They say that Cyprus is like England with the sun but without the rip off taxes.

I won’t go on about the cheap cost of living in Cyprus apart from saying that it makes me question what the British government is actually spending all my taxes on. With so much to do and see in Cyprus you will be coming back year after year (like we do) to get round to seeing everything. You will never tire of this beautiful Mediterranean paradise with it’s friendly people and warm sunny climate. Who knows you may even come to love the place as much as we do and buy yourself a beautiful Cyprus holiday villa or apartment.

Jul
06

West Los Angeles encompasses the most well-known areas of Los Angeles, including Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Venice Beach, Marina del Rey, and Playa del Rey, Malibu, Bel Air, Hollywood and many other neighborhood no many to mention.

Beverly Hills is the most upscale community in West Los Angeles, home to many celebrities and otherwise wealthy individuals. It is a beautiful tree-lined residential community covering under 6 square miles, with enough amenities to supply anyone’s desires. Restaurants and shopping centers are plentiful, with the Golden Triangle (including famous Rodeo Drive) supplying the trendiest, most chic fashion available anywhere.

Santa Monica is one the country’s most famous beach cities, with Santa Monica Pier housing a beachside carnival, giving the area a classic boardwalk setting. Santa Monica has a very active nightlife, with an assortment of bars and theaters to keep the night alive. The community is also well-known for having one of the finest school districts in all of Los Angeles.

Venice Beach is considered one of the funkiest areas in the entire nation, with its beachside artists and street performers, musicians, and other unique attractions. Activity is endless here, as the entire community is a virtual carnival. Combined with all of the ocean-side activities of the many beaches, no Venice Beach resident ever needs to look far for a good time.

Marina del Rey and Playa del Rey are sister towns joined together by a walking bridge. These areas are set aside from all of the hustle and bustle of the city, and they are nice getaway locations. Situated right on the ocean, Marian del Rey houses the largest manmade small boat harbor in the world. Every possible type of oceanfront or beach activity is possible here, and neither is far from downtown Los Angeles or the Los Angeles International Airport.