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Aug
15

It is very difficult to name the top ten cities that a person should visit because there are many beautiful cities to choose from and everyone’s tastes can vary. But here is my list:

1)Paris

2)London

3)Prague

4)Vienna

5)Florence

6)Venice

7)Rome

8)Rio de Janeiro

9)New York

10)San Francisco

Paris is a city of amazing architecture, culture and cuisine.

London is a city with outstanding museums and parks.

Prague offers beautiful churches, bridges and palaces.

Vienna can be called the music capital of the world.

Florence is a city of art and history.

Venice is a city of canals, beautiful churches and museums.

Rome is a city of incredible art and history and the gateway to the Vatican.

Rio de Janeiro is the city of the world’s most famous carnival.

New York is one of the financial capitals of the world and an international city.

San Francisco is a city with beautiful nature and excellent examples of modern architecture.

Aug
12

Top Ten Cities to Visit – Here is my list, and why! This is no particular order, and I’ll try to explain what’s amazing about each city.

1 – Sydney – The Weather, The Water, The City, The Culture, the Perfect Balance! I admit, I’m a little biased as this is my home town, but Sydney has a little bit of everything for anyone. Beaches, Bars, Music, Art, Food… You’re going to love it!

2 – Prague – A medieval city that still looks medieval! Prague has spent much of the last couple of centuries being occupied by various empires, and this mighty medieval city never got the chance to sacrifice it’s history for progress.

3 – San Francisco – History, Culture and THAT Bridge. I really loved how connected to it’s amazing history SanFran was, and how visible it all was. As for it’s recent history and place in the counter-culture, it’s got a cool vibe to soak up.

4 – Berlin – Progress and History! Berlin has gone the opposite way to Prague, because when the wall fell, development went wild, and there are some amazing new buildings flying up everywhere. Nazis, Soviets, Bismarck… being in the centre of Europe has meant that so much has revolved around this city.

5 – Paris – Crowning Jewel of Europe. Iconic of modern Europe, with it’s royal and revolutionary history, this funny old town seems to draw all the greatest human achievers into itself and honour and incorporate them into itself. Maybe you could call it a giant museum of humanity… Maybe I’m getting carried away.

6 – Venice – If you have an imagination, Venice is the city for you. Completely different to anywhere else in the world, this city could enthral and amaze me if I lived there for a decade.

7 – Edinburgh – Something about the Scottish capital keeps springing to my mind. It’s like a mini city, from the top of Edinburgh Castle you can see the city limits, and the city centre is so small, but just the right size to be intimate.

8 – New York – Sadly, this is one I have never been to [yet!] but so many artists, writers and musicians that I love have come from there, and they’ve conveyed a sense of the city to me, and I have an overpowering urge to see it.

9 – Tokyo – Technology Extreme! The lights, the gizmos, the isolation, something about the culture of the iconic asian mega-city really appeals to me…

10 – Constantinople – The History! This city was a hinge of Western civilisation for 1,000 years, and it’s all there. So many different cultures are represented here, it’s a city to just soak up!

Aug
10

Saving money is not hard to do while traveling in Europe. For my husband and I, the thing to do is to have your own car so we always rent one to travel. What you want is a mid-size or small car, depending on your needs, and it should be standard for it is better for saving gasoline, and I believe renting an automatic costs more also. Also, if you fly into Frankfurt, Germany the cost of a rental car drops by about 25-30% of what you would rent one for in France. Paris, France by the way, is only a five or six hour drive from Frankfurt by car.

Stay off the toll roads in France and Italy.

For sleeping accommodations, we almost always stay at a pension or gasthaus (bed and breakfast). They are always very nice and inexpensive, starting around 30-40 Euros a night double occupancy including breakfast. The breakfasts are always very good, consisting of a variety of meats, rolls, jams, cereal, fruit, and milk, coffee, and tea or juice(plus you can take an apple or banana with you for a snack). These places are always clean and the people are friendly. So there is your breakfast taken care of right there.

For lunch, we stop at a local grocery store and get salami, rolls, cheese, and juice, and when we are out traveling we find a place along the side of the road and eat. We carry a basket with our things in it and eat from the trunk of the car. We also carry two fold up stools, and the car usually has a let down from the back seat where you can put your meal. You see all kinds of activity, there are hardly any bugs to speak of, and the open air is very nice.

For your dinner meal there is always a restaurant in one of the larger towns to stop and eat at for a hot meal. Never anything expensive.

A lot of attractions are free in Europe: some museums, the open-air museums, castles, windmills. Very rarely is any money asked to view some of these things. There is so much history out in the open: castle ruins, old churches, beautiful villages, rivers, bridges, street markets, seasonal markets; we once came up on a tank trap from World War II when we stopped at a service station; we were in a cemetery once looking at the names and we got locked in and had to crawl over the fence; also a cemetery with a jewish area in it; all sorts of things to see without spending money.

To save money on hotels in cities like say Venice, stay out in a surrounding town or village, take the train in (we did and the train trip cost us about 6 Euros), spend the day and come back to your room later in the afternoon. Our room cost about 50 Euros there. And there was a nice restaurant at the hotel.

We visited a beautiful town north and west of Venice named Asolo. We walked all around, saw all sorts of historical and beautiful sites and we got to park close to everything and it did not cost a thing. Robert Browning lived in this village at one time. We had our lunch with us.

If you will be taking pictures and who wouldn’t, your digital camera is the one to take with you. You will need an adaptor, battery charger and extra batteries, but if you have some of these things already, it is the cheaper way to go. And if you are carrying your laptop with you anyway, you get to see what photos you have taken. Just think of the cost of film and developing. (However, my Minolta always comes with me, nothing can replace my Minolta for beautiful pictures).

Have fun saving money and enjoying yourself.

Jul
21

The Russian Federation or simply Russia for short is a vast transcontinental country straddling the continents of Asia and Europe with Moscow as its capital city. With a massive territory covering 6,592,800 sq miles (17,075,400 sq km), Russia is the largest country in the world spanning across eleven time zones and covering more than one eighth of the world’s land area.

For a country so vast, Russia has a population of only about 142 million people as at 2007. The country’s history and culture went back a long way and because of this, although the Russian landscape is so beautiful and diverse, its main tourist attractions are its historical monuments and sites of majestic buildings, cathedrals, ancient cities and museums.

Nevertheless, nature loving tourist to Russia will always marvel at the largest freshwater lake in the world, stunning raging rivers and alpine forests teeming with fish and wildlife, majestic volcanoes, and towering mountains.

Herebelow are some of the more popular tourist attractions in Russia.

Moscow – Since Moscow is the capital of Russia, it is also the main gateway to the country and its provinces and tourist will usually start their sight-seeing tours here exploring Russia from this ancient city. Moscow itself is also home to several tourist attractions such as the Kremlin and the Red Square amongst many others.

Moscow is one of the biggest cities in the world and occupies an area of about 400 sq miles (1035 sq km) with a population of about 9 million people. This is not counting the more than three million tourists and visitors to the city yearly.

Moscow buildings are rather unique because its architectural style combines the features of Eastern as well as Western cultures and features. The Vysantium styles are mixed with architectural styles of Britain, Italy and other West-European countries.

A visit to some of Moscow’s 80 museums are indeed eye openers as these museums preserve invaluable treasures ranging from rich collections of Russian and foreign art and culture. The Kremlin, the symbol of Russian might and power stands proudly towering over the left bank of the Moskva river. It is the oldest part of the city and is its political, historic and cultural center and the seat of Russia’s legislative power. It is also the site of several museums.

Another tourist attraction in Moscow is the famous The Red Square which is the main square in Moscow and Russia not unlike what Tian An Men square is to China.

St. Petersburg – St Petersburg is another well known city in Russia popular with tourists because it is one of the most beautiful cities of Europe and affectionately called Venice of the North. St Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia after Moscow and has a population of about 5 million people. The city was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and was the capital of the Russian Empire for about 2 centuries from 1712 to 1918. This historical city was the scene of the February and October revolutions in 1917 and was a besieged and fiercely defended city during the last world war.

St.Petersburg is an impressive display of remarkable architectures which can be seen from the cathedral of the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Summer Palace, the Winter Palace, the Smolny Convent, the Vorontsov and Strogonov palaces, the Kazan and St.Isaacs Cathedrals. It is also the soul of Russian fine arts in its rich world class music, ballet, and theatre performances.

If you are in St Petersburg, then you must not miss visiting The Hermitage Museum. This is one of the biggest museums in the world which was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764. Here is a treasure trove of famous works of luminary greats such as the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Velazques, Murillo, Rubens, Van Dyke, Hals, Poussin, Watteau, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse, Michelangelo and Rodin, just to name a few.

Velikiy Novgorod – Velikiy Novgorod is located on the banks of the river Volkhov River which is about 120 miles (about 190 km) south of St.Petersburg. This amazing ancient city was founded more than 11 centuries ago and is a popular tourist attraction today.

Velikiy Novgorod suffered severe damage from German bombing runs in the Second World. The good news is that many of the historical monuments are now restored to its former splendor and glory.

Murmansk – The town of Murmansk is located in northwestern Russia and has a population of almost half a million people. This town is now an important fishing port and is home to one of the largest its fish-processing plant in Europe.

The best time to visit Murmansk is during the Festival of the North, which is celebrated in the last week of March with a ski marathon and reindeer races.

Sochi – After touring some of Russia’s city and towns, let’s take a look at Sochi, Russia’s favorite resort by the Black Sea with towering Caucasus Mountains serving as the beautiful resort’s backdrop.

What makes Sochi such a popular resort in Russia is because of its cool subtropical climate, warm blue sea and the modern resort complexes. This resort also attracts dignitaries like local and foreign head of states and movie stars as its guests.

To cater to the demands of tourists, you can find dozens of hotels and campsites with more than 50 sanatoriums. There are also natural beauties to enjoy such as picturesque waterfalls, wonderful hilltop views, mineral springs spas and alpine vistas to stroll in.

Vladivostok – This is also another important Russian town that is worth visiting. Vladivostok is an important seaport and administrative center of Primorsky Kray region, in southeastern Russia and is extremely rich in Russian military history.

The town was founded in 1860 and is now the chief educational and cultural centre of the Russian Far East. The city is famous for its performing art theatres and its philharmonic symphony orchestra.

Vladivostok is surrounded by the Ussuri Nature Reserve and the Far East Maritime Reserve. Nature lovers can find bumbling black and brown bears, Siberian boars, majestic Ussuri tigers, the rare Amur leopard and colorful migratory birds in these reserves.

The Trans-Siberian Railway – The best way for tourists to discover and tour the vast expanse of Russia is by The Trans-Siberian Railway. The rail trip on the train from Moscow to Nakhodka takes about eight fascinating days, passing through forests of birch and pine, quaint Russian villages and beautiful steppes.

The train will also rumble past Siberia’s Lake Baikal which is as big as Belgium and is home to the world’s only freshwater seal. Other tourist attractions along the journey are the multicultural town of Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude city which is Russia’s center of Buddhism.

Visiting Russia soon? Then do not missed out the tourist attactions featured in this article.

Jul
20

2008 has been the most challenging year of the recent decades in economy. Almost all the countries in the world witnessed economic crisis. Stock markets were tottering up and down. Most of the job outsourcings had to be stopped. Many had to face job loss and layoffs. The U. S. dollar was alarmingly decreasing in value. Money was tight and everywhere there had been depression and tension.

But still people wanted to relax. They sought for vacation destinations to forget their oppressing situations. Though with tight purses, they did visit places where they could breathe the breeze of solace provided by Mother Nature.

FLORIDA, THE BEST VACATION DESTINATION OF 2008

Though strangled by the economic crisis, Florida managed to be the best vacation destination of 2008. With various attractive schemes suitable to the stringent pockets, Florida maintained the flow of tourists throughout the year. Even after the devastation of two massive hurricane seasons, Florida regained the top spot in vacation destinations. With the myriad of attractive destinations available for vacations, both expensive and inexpensive, Florida has been commanding the top spot for travelers around the country.

FLORIDA, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF THE WORLD

Conjuring vivid mental pictures, the very word Florida’ brings before our eyes a whimsical paradise! Swaying palms, sandy beaches and piercing sunlight reflecting off the surface of the surrounding waters fill our mind and body with heavenly comfort.

We can envision the emerald green waters that caress the Gulf beaches at Pensacola. Or the sharks’ teeth sprinkled across the sand in beautiful Venice. Or imagine the colorful varieties of seashells blanketing the coast on the islands of Captiva and Sanibel. Or even the rolling waves lapping at the sugary shore of unforgettable Ponce Inlet.

No doubt, there can be no such beautiful spots elsewhere as Florida’s spectacular seascapes!

KEY ATTRACTIONS OF FLORIDA

Beauty blossoms everywhere in Florida. Besides natural beauty, Florida’s most notable man-made enticements also cannot be overlooked. Images of lush inland landscapes are just as plentiful in Florida. Some of the key attractions of Florida are given below.

1) SANDY BEACHES

Sun and fun can be found in abundance entertaining every heart that walks along the expansive coast. Florida boasts as a place of stunning extremes where the sun shines brighter, the water runs bluer and the sands feel softer. There is no wonder that Miami Beach, supposed to

Jul
18

Winter approaches but Italy has always had a summer atmosphere, something similar to Greece and Spain. That’s what the cultures in the Mediterranean area offer, defined basically in two words: sun & beach. On the other hand, as you might agree with me, possibly this is not the best season to think about sun and beach in Europe. In this case, I highly recommend Italy between their Mediterranean competitors, as I think its offer of culture with its ever-lasting cities is almost impossible to beat.

To begin with, an advice: Italians were never told how to drive. Somebody gave them a car as a birthday present and they have fun driving it. I hope daddy pays the repair shop fees. Seriously, if your plan is to take a ride on a rental car in the proximity of any big city, I would strongly discourage you from going ahead, unless you want to make use of your car insurance payment.

When you take the car away from them, they can be extremely nice people, open mind, and always ready to meet new people and have fun. Girls should be aware that nobody can flirt better than an Italian, so take care if you left your boyfriend/husband back at home, as they will really don’t care. They love to share! And talking about the things they share, what about some of the most important buildings that have made this country famous for?

Of course if you travel from Europe maybe you will begin at another place, but if you come from the outside, I would start the route in Rome. Rome is such a chaos of city that everybody asks themselves how those old buildings are still standing up. And that is true, highly trained hands and minds built those ancient structures that look to the sky, to eternity. Vatican City is a must see and the thousand of churches you will find when walking on the narrow streets of the old town will impress you, specially because you will find them all different from each other, being an entity by themselves, no pure repetitive work.

When lunch time arrives, tourist targeted actors will appear on the scene, promoting there terribly good slices of pizza in restaurants where you will be charged for using the fork, for the water they need to use to clean the dishes and possibly a thousand details more that will make your bill look astronomic. Keep away from those guys or you will spend all your budget with them. And remember that pizza in Italy is good everywhere, if Mr. Scaramucci does not cook it for you, Mr. Caballo will do. Simply, they do it good, it’s their life, so don’t try to eat the best pizza in the world.

Finishing your stay in Rome, I would emphasize in visiting Florence, specially to look at the cathedral and, if you can and your knees allow you, go upstairs to the very top of the building. The sights are really promising.

Another visit you can’t avoid is to the famous town of Pisa. And famous not because of it’s size, but for the tower that receives this name, that one day or another will finally smash a tourist when falling down. The degrees of inclination are going higher, so take the opportunity to visit it now that it is still there standing. Possibly Italians have the situation controlled but… oh, you really never know, they are Italians.

After this visit to the falling tower, I think you simply can’t avoid visiting Venice. Romantic destination together with Paris, Venice can be very tough to live in during the year, but I must admit it has a very strong appeal to tourists to get a “gondola” and surf the the “canale” at night-time. Hotels in the city can be very expensive, so my recommendation is to book one in Mestre, just at the outskirts of Venice, where you only need to take a 3 minutes ride to the city of water.

Finally, if time allows you, and also as it has a good intercontinental airport, finishing your trip in Milan to see the Cathedral could be a nice final strike to this Italian trip.

Sincerely, I hope you enjoy this trip as much as I have enjoyed my trips to Italy. Just remember to take care with Italians. They are not dangerous, but persuasive and good at drama.

Jul
12

We have it in history that Renaissance, the golden age of Italian art and culture that profoundly affected the intellectual life in Europe, left its impact in almost all aspects of intellectual enquiry, including literature, philosophy and arts. Among these, the evolution of fine arts, like painting, sculpture and architecture has been said to be one of the landmarks of the age, and even today, centuries later, it is still reflected in the richness of the numerous treasures of art found in Tuscan, Florence, Venice and in other parts of Italy. In fact, the Italian Renaissance began the opening phase of the Renaissance, a period of great cultural change and achievement in Europe that spanned the period from the end of the 14th century to about 1600. The Renaissance today has been quite synonymous with the soaring spirit of invention and innovation, qualities that have been attributed to classic Italian art by scholars. There have been splendid works of Italian art created in this era as classic concepts of beauty and aestheticism. Even today, true connoisseurs of art celebrate the loftiest artistic achievements of humankind with these art works created in Italy, the birthplace of western civilization, culture, art and history. Renaissance Romance, reflected in these great pieces of art has been regarded as a quintessentially Italian theme that captures the essence of Italy and that which is reflected in the enriched Italian art encompassing the particular period.

If we look back into the history of Renaissance, we will see that the European Renaissance, which scholars refer to as a principal catalyst of the revival of art in Europe, began in Tuscany, and gradually entered the cities of Florence and Siena. Florence, the birthplace of modern culture, the historical Italian city that is gifted with breathtaking Renaissance masterpieces, is in fact, home to a treasure trove of the world’s finest classic paintings, and the undisputed seat of the most glorious of Renaissance architecture. It is also the seat of Florentine power, the Palazzo Vecchio, and the Piazza Michelangelo. The captivating beauty of Florentine architecture which flourished during Renaissance has today been turned to the city’s most wonderful attractions, which include the triple delights of the Duomo, the adjoining Baptistry, and the delicate beauty of Giotto’s Tower. In all these fabulous artworks, we see a marvelous intricacy of Florentine architecture which reached its creative crescendo

Jul
04

Everyone wants a holiday to be relaxing, luxurious, and unforgettable. Holiday is meaning less unless it has fun, adventure, experience and comfort to offer. This year let us plan to visit Italy as it promise to offer you everything you are in search for your perfect holiday.
Italy is the country of three most beautiful cities that are vibrant Rome, attractive Venice and tourist city Florence. Canals and palaces of Venice, museums, food and scenery of Rome, the artistic attraction of Florence and the jaw-dropping beauty of other cities are going to make your holiday memorable.
Italy is also significant for its cultural and religious values, as you will definitely be visiting so many cathedrals and museums. The ruins portray the historical background of Italy, as it has always been prone to destructions. The high mountains ranges, beautiful countrysides, lakes, seas and yummy cuisines have more to offer than expected.
This is all about the country but holiday not only means to visit a beautiful country holiday is mainly concerned with your comfort and leisure and to achieve them there is a need for holiday home that suits you best. To book a home for your holiday in Italy you have two options, one is going to travel agent and other is online booking. The first one is time consuming, expensive and indeed a tiring job and the second one will get your home booked with just few mouse clicks and with your credit card of course but trust me it is the fastest and cheapest way possible to book a rental. Yes, I know you all must prefer the online booking so let me tell you much more about it.
There are dozens of websites that provide you the facility of online booking they allow you to reserve a holiday home by contacting with the owner directly. They allow holiday seekers to search in their wide selection of homes of different type-villas, cottages, apartments barn etc. for their holiday in any part of the world. These kinds of websites give satisfying information about every holiday homes with rental prices.
http://www.holidayhomeseuro.com offers you the opportunity of booking your holiday homes in Spain, Italy and other parts of world.

Jul
02

Of course, Hollywood is really a land of dreams for its entire visitors. There are numerous sites in this city that helps you to get more familiar with the world of Hollywood and these sites include Universal studio Hollywood, Paramount studios, Farmers Market, Rodeo Drive, Hollywood sing, Hollywood walk of fame, LA Hollywood Theaters and LA Hollywood Streets. If you visit Hollywood California, you’ll probably be witnessing some of your favorite Hollywood celebrities face-to-face live in front of you. And this is how your trip in Hollywood turns out as memorable event in your life. There are numerous places that you can visit in Hollywood, and I has only mentioned some of them in this list below:

Paramount Studios

Universal Studios Hollywood

Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Farmers Market

Rodeo Drive

Hollywood Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Los Angeles Hollywood Streets

Highland Ave

Pantages Theater

Hollywood Bowl Theater

Los Angeles Hollywood Theaters

Kodak Theater

Grauman Chinese Theater

These are all about the attraction areas in Hollywood, now it’s time to take a glance over the areas of attraction in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, well-known as “City of Angeles”, is a wonderful cultural city perfectly blessed with life 24/7. When you arrive to Los Angeles, you’ll be exploring out a city full of glamour, dreams, and fun. Log Angeles, a city refining enjoyment, is an outstandingly great place where you would like to arrive again and again not just due to the glitz and glamour that the fabulous Hollywood offers but also to experience what it means to be at the sun socked beaches of Venice and Santa Monica Beach. Frankly speaking, there is a lot in this original Toon-Town, offering you more than you ever demanded. Downtown is the heart of Los Angeles city and is about 12 miles (19 kilometers) east of ocean and edged in by the I-5, I-10 and US 101.

There are numerous places you can visit while having a trip in Los Angeles. I’ve traced down a couple of them in a list below:

Los Angles zoo

Disneyland

LAX Airport

Los Angeles Convention Center

Burbank Airport

LA Staples Center

California Los Angeles Studios

NBC

CBS

Warner Bros. Studio

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Venice Beach

Santa Monica Beach

Los Angeles California Beaches

UCLA

USC

Los Angeles California Universities

If you want then you can easily visit these all beautiful sites and have a lot of fun enjoying your vacation in these sites with your partner or with your family. You can easily access the entire required informative details regarding the rooms, accommodation, booking, facilities, and other necessary details of your chosen Hollywood and Los Angeles Hotels. Keep in mind, you require a lot of consideration while choosing a Hollywood or Los Angles Hotel because if you’ll be able to find out the most comfortable hotel in Hollywood and Los Angeles area, then only you can ensure that your stay is going to be much more enjoyable and relaxing throughout your business or vacation trip.

Jun
30

I don’t get a commission for touting this miraculous gift for traveling seniors. I only wish I had it in the 90s when I did all my post-retirement jaunts around Europe, Mexico, South America, Canada and Alaska. It’s the Garmin StreetPilot, a handy little portable GPS (Global Positioning System). The cost ranges from $250 to $1,500, depending on screen size (2″ to 7″) and number of advanced doohickey attachments, like Bluetooth for giving it cell phone capabilities. Of course, there are competitive makes of the same kind of GPS product, but many experts tout the Garmin as best.

If you’re aware of how the larger, much more expensive GPS units work in cars, just imagine walking down a narrow, dark street in the middle of Venice and wondering how to get back to your hotel. Then you take out your trusty little Garmin, and watch and listen while the lighted screen and voice tell you precisely all the twists and turns on how to get back to your Venetian palazzo in time for the antipasto.

Or you’ve decided to stroll through Muir Woods, home of the giant Redwoods in Northern California, and you’re beginning to believe you’re caught up in a redwood hall of mirrors. Your brilliant Garmin will look up in the sky for that ever circulating satellite, in an instant, compute all the info in its electric brain and tell you how to get back to that woodsy lodge in time for the campfire sing of coombaya.

In my foreign travels, when I got lost, which was quite often, I had to bring out all the maps and try to figure which way to turn, or ask natives in high school versions of their language just where the hell was I. The current versions of portable GPS devices would have been great companions then, and I can only guess how much more sophisticated and helpful for senior travelers they will become in the near future.

Of course, not many gift givers will have the inclination or budget to be so generous with their farewell present for your soon-to-happen senior adventure. So, as long as you’re paying $1,500 to fly to the port of embarkation, another $5,000 for the cruise and another $2,000 for the three-day stopovers in Venice, Florence, Rome, Paris and Barcelona, why not give yourself a bon voyage present … a handy, little, portable GPS system. With it by your side, you may lose yourself in the joys of travel, but never again when you’re in the middle of a strange city.