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Aug
08

Berlin, quite surprisingly, has more water surfaces and bridges (650 approx) than Venice, Amsterdam and Stockholm put together! This beautiful capital city and heartbeat of Germany, Berlin is a fascinating place year round with a vast array of attractions to entice all visitors to it again and again especially in the Winter months when its 7 Christmas Markets are out in full force. From traditional markets selling Christmas arts and crafts including hand-blown glass objects, jewellery to mulled wine and cinnamon buns, visiting these markets is a fantastic and fun lead up to Christmas for all the family.

Sightseeing is intense in Berlin…from the remnants of the former Wall to the Brandenburg Gate to Checkpoint Charlie, there is a lot to see in Berlin. A short city break is usually not enough to take in all the historical sights of this legendary city and a second visit is usually imminent on any first-time traveller’s agenda. The transport system in Berlin is, justifiably, known as one of the most efficient in Europe and connects Berlin with the rest of Germany and European countries.

With so many airlines operating routes to Berlin’s main international Tegel airport and a whole crop of low cost carriers now flying to Schonefeld Airport too, it’s never been easier to visit Berlin. Berlin specialists, www.myberlin.co.uk offer fantastic, low prices for a city break to Berlin. They combine cheap flight and discounted hotel packages at top quality hotels including the 5 star Westin Grand Hotel. Check out the offers now as these prices are unbelievably excellent value for money and are not going to be around forever!

As Berlin is just an hour’s flying time from the UK, it makes for the perfect city break, both midweek and weekend. Whether for shopping, sightseeing or for the Christmas Markets, Berlin also makes a great culinary break for food lovers. Try authentic sauerkraut, spicy sausages, schnitzels and pretzels washed down with one of the 800 varieties of beers found in the Bavarian region of Germany. I would recommend you visit Berlin at any time of the year but more so at Christmas when the city is lit up by thousands of twinkling lights and the air is crisp with a hint of snowfall beginning to cloak the city with its velvety texture – that’s the best time to go to Berlin!

Aug
01

Amsterdam the official capital of the Netherlands, stays on the banks of two bodies of water, the IJ bay and the Amstel river. Founded in the late 12th century as a little fishing village on the banks of the Amstel, it is at this time the most larger city in the country and its financial and cultural centre. Amsterdam is not a common city in that it has all the benefits of a substantial city culture, history, food, entertainment, good transport with just some of the disadvantages: it is physically tiny, Incredible, fairly silent, and mostly thanks to the canals, has in some measure little traffic.

Whether you want to visit world distinguished museums, wander along idyllic canals, bask in the glow of the Red Light District, amplify your education of beer or smoke a monster joint, Time Out Amsterdam will tell you the path. Staying at Amsterdam is a breeze and because of its flat terrain, most of the city dwellers manage bicycles to drive in town. Amsterdam also has great public transportation such as trams, a great subway system and the central train station. Housing, especially low savings account accommodation, could be difficult to come up with while in summer and out there Easter and Christmas. It pays to make plans ahead of time

Not much of the low budget hotels or hostels have a internet image, so you eventually will have to get through them promptly by phone or fax or browsing on the internet at http://yahoo.com. Amsterdam is one of the best tourist destinations in Europe. Everybody fall in complete love with the Wonderful canals, old cobblestone streets and Beautiful Dutch architecture. Amsterdam is talk about to as the Venice of the north and has a lot of romantic waterways where you and your beautiful partner can spend high quality time together. I dont care what budget you got, you could enjoy Amsterdam.

I recommend you visit Amsterdam and have a good time, plan ahead of time and book your flights with enough time so you can get the best prices in the market. If you buy your flight tickets months ahead you will get incredible offers and discounted prices.

Jul
31

“This is not Italy, USA!” : Traveling Points for Americans

While enduring every traveler’s nightmare, a layover at the under-construction Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris, France, we watched with exhausted dismay as the electronic departure sign intermittedly displayed and then removed our last-leg flight into Venice. After having flown for eight hours through the night, a sleepless one at that, our group was tired, cranky, and out of sorts…we wanted to get on the next plane only to get off of it ASAP. Still, there’s no excuse for bad behavior, especially when one’s feet are resting upon foreign soil. Watching for any sign that our flight via Air France was again on the board, we grew bored and started people watching. I don’t know which was worse, that feeling of being stuck in an airport or being stuck in the characterization as one of many rude, uncouth traveling Americans. Yet I could see why the French disliked those from the US, on that day, I witnessed several Americans demand in loud voices for their flight to be rescheduled…yesterday. It would have been comical, had it not been so crass…and unreasonable. I cringed and not for the last time during our nine day excursion at some Americans’ ridiculous and impolite behavior toward our very gracious and accommodating Italian hosts.

Fast forward another eight hours, our entire tour group of thirty-eight men and women are happily ensconced at the Hotel Saturnia where every guest is treated with the utmost courtesy and respect, so it was a simple matter to respond in kind. Still there were moments during the upcoming days when we witnessed more uncivil and even bizarre behavior from fellow US citizens. At times, we wanted to run interference and offer apologies. Finally, we realized that some Americans were simply unaware of how their attitudes and actions were affecting native Venetians. Time for an education.

According to Hotel Saturnia’s chief concierge, Andrea Scarpa, Americans, despite their foibles and lack of travel savvy are still considered “fantastic” in comparison to guests from across the globe. Scarpa says that what Italians most appreciate about Americans visiting their country is their expression and appreciation upon receiving a good meal (as in spaghetti) or after a good rest (as in a hot shower). Americans almost always make their requests for the best restaurants, shopping, etc…kindly, warmly, and they tip better than most Europeans as well. Kudos to Americans for expressing

Jul
26

Birmingham used to be the city of the car, to the extent that pedestrians in the city centre came a poor second. This is no longer true, Birmingham has inner and outer ring roads that keep traffic out of the way, an orbital motorway system so that passing traffic doesn’t even have to be near the city and a fully pedestrianised shopping zone. A combination of elevated highways and underground tunnels speedily carries traffic that does have to pass through the city centre away from the shopping and business areas. With its central location in the heart of England Birmingham is well served by road, rail, air and canal.

The city of Birmingham is ringed by a network of motorways, from which the city centre can be accessed. These are the M42 to the east and south, the M5 – to the west and the M6 to the north. The junction of the M5 and M6 heading north had for many years been a cause of major delays as the motorways were carrying twice the volume of traffic they were designed for. The M6 Toll Road was opened in 2003 to relieve this congestion; it is the only toll motorway in The UK and runs for 43km (27 miles) from the M42 at Coleshill to the M6 at Cheslyn Hay. The main route connecting Birmingham and London is by using the M6 which joins the M1 near Rugby.

Heading north the M6 continues on to Carlisle. The Gravelly Hill interchange is a route by which traffic on the M6 accesses the city. The interchange is known affectionately as Spaghetti Junction, due to the tangle of elevated roads and underpasses that make up the junction. Motorists new to Birmingham can be confused by the A38(M) at Gravelly Hill. It has seven lanes and operates a ‘tidal’ system in the middle-lane. If you have to travel through the city from north to south, using the Queensway tunnel system makes it an easy journey. A series of three inter-connected tunnels means you can avoid a whole lot of traffic trouble.

The main railway station for Birmingham is New Street, in the heart of the city. With a footfall of 35 million passengers a year it is the busiest railway station outside of London. Many train operators use the station, but Central and Virgin Trains are the two main users. Virgin operate the lucrative express London-Birmingham mainline route, the fastest journey time for this is 1 hour 21 minutes. Virgin also operates the main south-west to the north routes, many of which pass through and stop at Birmingham New Street. As well as operating local commuter trains Central run many other services such as those between Liverpool & Norwich and Nottingham & Cardiff. There are two other stations in the city centre; Moor Street (at the east of the city centre) and Snow Hill (at the north of the city centre) which are connected by a railway tunnel. The main train operators from these stations are Central and Chiltern Railways.

Central Trains again run local commuter services, as far as Worcester, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Wolverhampton. Chilton Railways operate a service that runs to London Marylebone; this is a service that stops frequently with a fastest journey time of 2 hours 7 minutes. Most journeys begin at Snow Hill with the option of joining the train at Moor Street.

The main coach station in Birmingham is Digbeth, to the south of the city centre. The main coach operator from Digbeth is National Coaches who offer services to all other major towns and cities. whose main operator is National Coaches. The fastest journey time to London Victoria Coach station is 2 hours 50 minutes, but can cost less than 10 GBP one way. Megabus, which operates from the city centre, offers a similar service.

Birmingham Airport is to the east of the city and is the fifth largest airport in the UK. 50 airlines operate out of it to over 100 destinations daily. The airport does handle inter-continental flights, however most flights are to and from European destinations. The airport also used by freight carriers and charter flight operators.

Birmingham has an excellent public transport system operated by Network West Midlands, which integrates public transport across the region. The city has a modern fleet of buses operated by Travel West Midlands that are able to utilise ‘bus only’ lanes on the main arterial routes, an excellent local commuter railway network that befits the second city and is only surpassed by London’s. Centro is the current operator of this franchise. The rail network is fully integrated with the bus services and many of the railway stations have free park-and-ride facilities. Midland Metro is a light rail/tram system that operates from Birmingham Snow Hill and Wolverhampton city centre, via Wednesbury.

It is a fact that Birmingham has more canals than Venice. Whilst still used to transport some freight around the country, they are now more likely to be used by leisure craft. Once the transport highway of the nation, Birmingham is at the confluence of 4 major canals; the Dudley & Stourbridge, the Grand Union, the Stratford and the Worcester & Birmingham canal.

Jul
25

By far the most popular destination for Europeans who take overseas holidays is Spain – but a Spanish airline has surprised many by opening a new route to holiday competitor Malta – which is riding the crest of a tourism wave after some years in the doldrums.

Vueling, a Spanish low cost airline, started flying to Malta three times a week from early April, with the route of Spain’s capital Madrid to Malta’s Luqa Airport.

The Spanish airline was set up just four years ago and already has 24 aircraft in her fleet, and before the announcement of the new Malta service flies to nearly sixty different destinations, and passenger traffic grew an impressive 75 per cent year on year to November 2007, when it carried nearly half a million passeners in that month alone.

Current destinations for the airline include internal Spanish flights to Alicante, serving the Costa Blanca region, and Malaga for the Costa del Sol – both ideal to escape from the city for a golfing or sailing break, or just to spend some time on the beach. With low prices a weekend break is affordable and easy for those working and living in the Spanish capital.

Less surprising in the routes the airline flies to are Nice in the South of France, Milan in Italy, which allows easy access to the Swiss Alps – and Venice, ideal for a romantic couple of days away.

Choosing Malta as a destination for Spanish tourists is a clear example of how Malta is successfully diversifying from her main holiday trade from the UK, which has formed the vast majority of her tourists in recent decades. Allowing low cost airlines to fly to the island’s Luqa Airport has boosted the Malta holidays and hotel trade tremendously in the last two years.

New official figures show that last year’s all important summer season was the best in six years for holidays to Malta, reversing the decline in fortunes for the Mediterranean island.

The good news for Malta is that despite the increase in the number of tourists arriving on the island via low cost flights, the occupancy levels of hotels has increased across the accommodation range from basic to 5 star, showing that Malta can appeal to all.

Further good news for Malta came from the figures for hotels and holidays with the news that while the number of arrivals from her traditional UK market rose by eleven per cent, the number of people from Germany visiting Malta increased by a third in 2007, adding strength to the holidays industry that has been reliant on tourism from one country in the past, and even Spanish tourists now visiting the island.

Both Germany and the UK have seen new low cost flight operators sucessfully applying to fly to Malta, and the increase in tourism can largely be put down to them, but with Spanish and Scandanavian airlines taking an interest Malta could see a real cosmopolitan mix arrive for a holiday this year, further diversifying the mix of European tourists the island welcomes for their holidays.

Jul
18

Historically the number one spot for holidays, a Spanish island has surprised many by opening a new route to holiday competitor island Malta – which is riding the crest of a tourism wave after some years in the doldrums.

Vueling, a Spanish low cost airline, will start flying to Malta from March 31 three times a week, to and from the Spanish capital Madrid.

The airline was set up just four years ago and already has 24 aircraft in her fleet, and before the announcement of the new Malta service already served some 57 destinations, and passenger traffic grew an impressive 75 per cent year on year to November 2007, when it carried nearly half a million passeners in that month alone.

Current destinations include internal Spanish flights to Alicante, serving the Costa Blanca region, and Malaga for the Costa del Sol – both ideal to escape from the city for a golfing or sailing break, or just to spend some time on the beach. With low prices a weekend break is affordable and easy, as well as a longer week or two holiday now the airline is offering cheap holidays.

Less surprising in the routes the airline flies to are Nice in the South of France, Milan in Italy, which allows easy access to the Swiss Alps – and Venice, ideal for a romantic holiday or couple of days away.

Choosing Malta as a destination for Spanish tourists is a clear example of how Malta is successfully diversifying from her main holiday trade from the UK, which has formed the vast majority of her tourists in recent decades. Allowing low cost airlines to fly to the island’s Luqa Airport has boosted the Malta holidays and hotel trade tremendously in the last two years.

New official figures show that this year’s all important summer season has been the best in six years for Malta, reversing the decline in fortunes for the Mediterranean island.

The good news for Malta is that despite the increase in the number of tourists arriving on the island via low cost flights, the occupancy levels of hotels has increased from basic to 5 star, showing that Malta can appeal to all.

Further good news for Malta came from the figures for hotels and holidays with the news that while the number of arrivals from her traditional UK market rose by eleven per cent, the number of people from Germany visiting Malta increased by a third this year, adding strength to the holidays industry that has been reliant on tourism from one country in the past, and even Spanish tourists now visiting the island.

Jul
04

Gone are the days of Fort Lauderdale, Florida being synonymous with only Spring Break. These days Fort Lauderdale means a lot more, it’s grown up and become more upscale. You can however still have a good time and party here. The ‘strip’ is still a popular night spot and of course, the beach and all the many waterways in and around the city are still a major draw. Now, in addition to all of that, Fort Lauderdale has several theaters many shops and you can find a restaurant to satisfy any appetite, they also host a huge art show and Music festival each year, normally in March .

Las Olas Boulevard is considered to be the, shopping and cultural center of the city, it runs along the riverfront area on the banks of the New River which is where, hundreds of years ago settlers and Native Americans alike would bring their wares to be bought, sold and traded, it was the birthplace of the city. It only seems appropriate that to this day today you can still go and enjoy the many shops and restaurants this place is has always been a community hub.

Fort Lauderdale’s extensive Art and Entertainment district that runs east-west along Las Olas Blvd, from the beach to the heart of the city. This is where you’ll find the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Here you can see a play, enjoy both modern and classical dance or hear a lecture. In March the city also hosts the annual Langerado music festival, where everything from Rap to Regea is welcomed and for dinning, dancing and shopping be sure to check out the trendy Riverfront.

The best word to describe the climate of Fort Lauderdale is tropical, it has hot humid summers and dry, warm winters. It is know as the “Venice of America” because of it’s extensive, intricate canal system. So to say that Fort Lauderdale is great if you love the water is an understatement. While you’re at the beach you can lay out or play volleyball, all the normal things you’d expect to do at the beach. However you can also go sailing or wind surf or wind kite off the beach. Do you own a yacht? You’ll fit right in as many people here do, this is a perfect place to go yachting on the Intracoastal or go sightseeing up and down the canals looking at all the magnificent homes and architecture in the area. If you have a smaller boat or even a kayak you can enjoy the waters here just as much. The fishing, as it is on most of the coast, is great here too, the canals and other waterways are great to go skiing through or pull a tube behind your boat.

Fort Lauderdale is a favorite spot of tourists and Floridians alike, it’s the 7th largest city in Florida. If you’re planning to fly in Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is located here. And when you’re ready to leave Florida you can catch a flight to over 55 U.S. cities as well as Canada, the Bahamas with flights to Latin and South America. The airport is only two miles from Port Everglades which is great if you’re planning to be on one of the over 3,000 cruises that leave from the port annually.

Fort Lauderdale has it all, food, fun, sun, the arts, shopping, yachting as well as a rich culture and history. Whether you’re in the mood to relax or party, be wild and crazy or take in a little bit of art Fort Lauderdale has just what you’re in the mood for.

Jun
27

European travel brings you to the most steeped-in-history cities of the world.

My top ten cities you should visit are London, England; Paris, France; Barcelona, Spain; Marseille, France; Florence and Rome, Italy; Istanbul and Kusadasi, Turkey; Athens, Greece; and Venice, Italy. Fly to London and then take the Eurostar Train through Paris and coach to Barcelona, or fly from London to Barcelona.

Book a Cruise from Barcelona and you will enjoy all of these cities in just 12 days.

My wife and I were spell bound by the immense beauty and history of these cities and you will be, too!

But I digress. As we lead up to this great adventure and to experience first hand, the wonder of these cities, we’d like you to follow us through the 25 days we spent in Europe and the Mediterranean last year (September, 2006).

We found that by booking the air flight separate from the tours, you can save considerably. Being Canadian, we flew from Calgary, non stop, to London overnight which provides a good night’s sleep and you arrive refreshed to take on the sites of London.

The flight was uneventful, plenty to eat and although sleep wasn’t always easy, we managed to get some rest. We landed at Heathrow International Airport and took the Trafalgar Tour Airport Shuttle Service to our hotel in Fulham. After a quick check in and lunch, we took the subway to Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, and then back to our hotel for dinner and bed.

Hint: It’s wise to pre-purchase a London Pass before you leave home, and you can save on entrance fees to many London attractions.

The next day, we started our Taste of Britain Tour, with a continental breakfast followed by a City Tour of London including all the famous spots of down town London.

We purchased tickets for the show “Les Miserables” from one of the down town vendors at much reduced rates and then caught the subway to Westminster where we took a Catamaran Cruise down the Thames as far as the Tower Bridge and back. Beautiful.

We then visited the London Acquarium which was only average in standard, before walking to the Imperial War Museum for some intriguing information about the Holocaust and scenes from both major wars.

As we’d seen much of the London sites before, we were happy to have a quick bite to eat, then off we went to the Queens Theatre to see “Les Miserables” which was just marvelous.

The following morning, the Taste of Britain tour of England, Scotland and

Jun
27

Welcome to the land of the mighty Roman Empire! The Romans may have left the world stage a long time back, but the charm of Italy remains the same. Tourists from all over the world arrive in Italy to experience the rich history and culture preserved in the streets and historical monuments of Italy. Tourists looking for information on Italy tours can find it in this reliable World Travel Guide. This site provides updated information on flights to Italy, Cheap vacation packages, and hotels in Italy.

Italy is a beautiful country bordering France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovakia, in Southern Europe. The Mediterranean Sea flanks the boot shaped country in the south. The country is famous all over the world as the origin of western culture and is also the home of the Catholic Church. The Renaissance started here in the middle ages and changed the history of the world. Italy is also famous for its fashion houses like Gucci, its cuisine, and stylish sports cars. This World Travel Guide provides information about Italy tours covering major cities of Italy, like Rome, Bologna, Naples, Pisa, Turin, Milan and Venice.

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Jun
21

It is often referred to as the Venice of the North or the Paris of the East. The city centre is set on the south bank of the Neva river.

Modern St Petersburg has no shortage of restaurants, and plenty of variety. Aside from traditional Russian restaurants, Chinese and Japanese cuisine is popular, with sushi a recent craze.

St Petersburg has a vibrant, varied nightlife ranging from opera and ballet to nightclubs, rock concerts, jazz clubs, and acid house raves. How ever, the scene is constantly changing with new venues opening and old ones closing. Most of the decent night life is in the city centre.

The local currency is the ruble. The market near the Spilled Blood Cathedral offers every thing from matrioshka dolls to hand-painted lacquer boxes in a wide range of quality and prices.

The main square of St Petersburg is one of the world’s most magnificent plazas. Palace Square contains the picturesque Baroque buildings of the Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum on one side and the Classical yellow and white former General Staff buildings of the Russian army on the other. The main point of the square is the Alexander Column, a tall monolith of red granite topped by a cross and the statue of an angel, dedicated to the Russian military victory in the Napoleonic wars. Palace Square has been the site of numerous political protests, most notably the demonstrations of Bloody Sunday in 1905 that started the first Russian Revolution. Today the square, with the views of the Admiralty’s golden spire and the dome of St Isaac’s Cathedral from across the vast stone paving, is filled with markets, outdoor cafes and the sound of horse-drawn carriages.

The Bronze Horseman, on Senatskaia Ploschad Square, facing the Neva River and surrounded by the Admiralty, St Isaac’s Cathedral. The monument was built by order of the Empress Catherine the Great as a tribute to her famous predecessor on the Russian throne, Peter the Great. According to a 19th century legend, enemy forces will never take St. Petersburg while the Bronze Horseman stands in the middle of the city. During the Second World War the statue was not taken down, but was protected with sand bags and a wooden shelter.

You can fly direct to St Petersburg from the UK by booking online at www.fly.co.uk.