Friday, December 30, 2011

Devin Castle Slovakia

Do you wish to know the mythical castle where Jules Verne set his novel " The Castle in the Carpathians "We invite you to visit on this occasion, the ruins of a fortress where you can see the River Danube and Moravia found in a landscape that drew up at the same Napoleon.
The Devin Castle is located in the region of Devin in Bratislava, the capital of the Slovak Republic. He is currently working on it, part of the museum of the city that develops exhibitions in various parts of the area.

Its strategic position at 212m in height, gives the visitor, from one of his most beautiful towers - a magnificent panoramic view of the confluence of the rivers Moravia and Danube, as well as part of the Austrian territory.

Formerly, this location-coupled with the height at which he was-he gave the castle, the essential characteristics for an eminent strength.

The view from this point, allowed its successive occupants, control the main trade routes and military steps. These were established mainly along the Danube from ancient times.

In fact, the area has been inhabited since found prehistory and also have passed through it, Celts and Romans, and even the very Napoleon, who in 1809 destroyed much of the castle. The Romans, have given the complex, one of the most ancient Christian churches in Slovakia.

Today we can see the ruins at the base of the castle.

His story
Its foundation is given in the eighth century, and their participation was definitive in wars held between Moravia and France . It began as a strong call Dowina (girl in old Slavic language) and in subsequent years was expanded and renovated into a stone castle, before the thirteenth century.

The medieval castle stone was built with the aim of defending the western border of the Kingdom of Hungary and in the year 1320, was baptized under the name "Devin Castelanus." XVth century, enriched it with the addition of a palace.

Jules Verne and other stories
As I mentioned above lines, it is said, Devin has inspired the famous writer Jules Verne. The castle that Verne describes in his novel "The Castle in the Carpathians", takes its essence of this quote, although in outline, the story is located in Transylvania.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Some days in Ireland for Christmas

Day 26 is St. Stephen: young people noisily parade procession.
New Year's Eve the house is cleaned thoroughly as a good omen.
The day is celebrated January 6 Nollaig na mBan, a tradition that men are responsible for cooking and other preparations.

Ireland is an ideal destination to enjoy Christmas. His landscapes, legends, myths and history and, above all, their culture, who knows seamlessly combine the best of yesterday and today . Their traditions are mostly Catholic, as is the country, but always with the peculiarities of Irish idiosyncrasy. For the Christmas market of '12 Days of Christmas' One of the most unique traditions of the Irish Christmas decorations is the placement of a candle at the entrance or in some of the windows of the house. The candle is lit by the youngest of the house on Christmas Eve and it is a symbol to welcome the Holy Family and may only be extinguished by a girl or woman named Mary.   Christmas markets always occupy a special place in the events that make up the celebrations of this time in Ireland . Dublin is very popular '12 Days of Christmas', a Christmas market that takes place in the Docklands .

St. Stephen Festival
On December 26, the day of St. Stephen, is one of the most deep-rooted festivals of Ireland . During this day we celebrate the Wren Boys throughout all of Ireland but especially in the small town of Dingle in County Kerry. In St.Stephen youth, dressed in masks and suits, are asking for money Young people come to Street outlandishly loud clothes and parade in procession. Are usually dressed in masks and suits asking for money and singing their traditional songs, and anyone who gives them that gift, he was given a pen full of good luck . On this day also celebrated two important events related to riding , as St . Stephens was the patron saint of horses: in Dublin , Leopardstown Christmas Racing Festival and The Limerick Racing Festival, both from the 26th until December 29th. The New Year's Eve, December 31 , it is customary to clean house in Ireland thoroughly as a good omen and good luck in the coming year. They fill the house and winery supplies of firewood for the night of 31 with the hope that the new year is just as plentiful.

Eating and drinking
The day is celebrated January 6 Nollaig na mBan , a tradition that the men of the house is responsible for the day of cooking and other preparations for women to rest and not worry about anything. As meals, most typically on the night of Christmas Eve is taken as a dessert plum pudding , steamed sweet made an elaborate sauce served with cognac and butter and enjoy Christmas dinner duck, goose or pheasant stuffed with potatoes and apple sauce and typical foot mince (mince pies). All can be accompanied by mulled wine , a sort of hot red wine is added spice and cinnamon.

Florida wants to be the destination for Nude European Tourists

Pasco County is a classic nude in the U.S. for over 70 years.
They estimate that there could be 19 million European nudists.
The municipality of Florida will spend public money on an advertising campaign in France, Germany, Holland and Britain.

Nudity is also a way of tourism and its "practitioners" can be an object of desire of many tourist areas. A town of Florida , with nudist beaches for nearly 70 years , it is clear, and now you want to attract European nudists.

For over 70 years
The Pasco County , in western Florida this week agreed to invest public funds to promote itself as a destination for nudists, an initiative that aims to promote European tourism in the area. Looking for European tourists in low season: July and August this municipality is the United States with the highest offer in this regard , but until now never had happened spend taxpayer money to advertise this aspect. The town granted public funds to the Association for the Development of Pasco Area Naturist, which responsible for trying to attract Europeans interested in nudism in this area of Florida . According to the daily Tampa Tribune , the campaign seeks to promote the influx of European tourists during the hot months of July and August , which in this state are considered low season . Those months, the ambitious tourist complex built for visitors nudists have a very low occupancy.

19 million potential visitors
Advertising Pasco County nudist destined will focus on France, Germany, Holland and Britain . There, they estimate, more than 19 million practicing nudist. In summer there is what tourists "We have multiple complex next to each other, but in summer vacations we do not have are tourists . We were told that we built and would come But the fact is that we have built and the tourists do not know it, "said the president of the association, Paul Brenot, the television channel ABC News .

Fuerteventura is committed to its volcanoes as tourist

The council will include volcanoes in the island to offer visitors.
They're going to put trails in volcanic areas of interest and create bird observatories and landscapes.
The project will maintain its seal of Biosphere Reserve.

The Canary Islands are a sun and beach destination, a place of rest. But reducing the attractiveness of the islands only to that would be grossly unfair. The peculiar nature of Canary makes these unique islands. Its geography, its landscapes are of incomparable beauty. Part of that different natural assets are its volcanoes . Lanzarote has long been showing its underground treasures, El Hierro has begun to take advantage of its recent seismic events, and now Fuerteventura also wants to "sell" their volcanoes.

A volcanic experience
The project 'Canary volcanic experience' diversify the range of leisure and open new business opportunities and employment associated with the concept of sustainable tourism. The background paper, the catalog of volcanoes on the island is now a reality. in value is placed inside the island and its sea The project, which will give value to the inland sea, serve to maintain the seal Biosphere Reserve . 'Canary volcanic experience' is divided into three installments (2011-2013) and has a budget of 766,667 euros to cover by the Cabildo of Fuerteventura (31%), the Canary Islands Government (31 %), Turespaña (31% and the Association of Hotel and Tourism Fuerteventura (7%). Once developed the technical study and inventory of resources volcano of Fuerteventura, is now entering its second phase.

Bringing tourism volcanoes
In 2012 is planned to develop various activities such as fitness trails in volcanic areas of interest (in 2011 and these works were undertaken in Tindaya, Pico de la Zarza and Gairia boiler) , these signaling pathways (the pathways and the specific geological transit), building observatories (of birds and landscapes), training of guides and tour operators in the product 'volcanoes', promotion of this product in tourist areas (hotels, airport, port, museums ...) and development of material specific media promotion. In short, as the president of the Association of Hotel and Tourism Fuerteventura, Antonio Ant, "is very interesting that the tourist is alternative to the sun and the beach .

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Easter Island myth and reality of a culture

Rapa Nui is considered the largest outdoor museum in the world.
The island has played host cultures as the Inca or the Maya.
There are over 900 of its famous megalithic statues called Moai.

Easter Island , called by its inhabitants Rapa Nui or Te Pito Te Henua is the most remote inhabited island in the world. It developed a more complex cultures, comparable only with great megalithic cultures (Egyptian, Inca, Maya) - in extreme isolation. Myth and reality are confused in this area that gave rise to a unique culture, which makes Rapa Nui a valuable archaeological treasure that crosses the borders of Chile .

Rapanui and Spanish
Rapa Nui is the name of the ethnic group inhabiting the Easter Island . This name was later extended to Aboriginal people for their language and the island they inhabit. Moai and Ahu decorate the entire coastline Currently Spanish is the official language of the island, although the rapanui is protected by law, from the approval in Chile in 1990 of the 'Indian Act. " Rapa Nui National Park was designated by UNESCO in 1995 as a World Heritage Site . Easter Island is considered the largest outdoor museum in the world.

Moai and Ahu
The megalithic landscape surprises with its religio-political centers dedicated to the spirits of the ancestors, who were deified and represented in statues megalithic or Moai . More than 900 270 Moai and Ahu or altars, decorate the entire coastline and part of the land as sacred interiors. In terms of existing islets against the cliff of Rano Kau and Kari Kari , are protected as a Nature Sanctuary since 1976.

Krakow Spiritual Capital of Poland

Its old town is one of the most beautiful in the world.
Nowa Huta allows us to know what life was like in the years of communism.
The Wieliczka Salt Mine, the first registered World Heritage List, are a maze of 300 kilometers underground.

Krakow, with its 700,000 inhabitants, is perhaps the Polish city more European feeling. The so-called "Slavic Rome" is a true "crossroads." Located close to the Czech and Slovak borders, was a vital location on trade routes in Europe. Today, Warsaw will be the official capital of Poland, but Krakow is its spiritual capital. The beauty of this city watered by the Vistula River is palpable in its historic center, in 1978 declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO . It is claimed that this old "almond", chaired by the imposing Market Square, is one of the most beautiful old towns in the world (which was saved from the bombing of the World War II).

The Jewish quarter of 'Schindler's List'
Whatever the chosen door, the most spectacular is that of St. Florian, the old protective wall safe and Krakow, the road leads to the Plaza del Mercado ("Rynek Glowny"). Then, the largest square of medieval Europe , which has preserved its positions Cloth Lonja, the tower of City Hall, the churches of St. Mary and St. Adalbert, mansions and houses that surround this unique stage of Poland . Since 1978 , its old town is a World Heritage Site must walk along the Camino Real in the direction of the Barbican, which was part of the defensive wall, stopping before in "The Michalik burrow." This cabaret of the late nineteenth century is still a meeting place for tourists and Cracow. Nearby is the most important paintings saved Krakow: "Lady with an Ermine", the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci (who recently went through Madrid), exhibited at the Museum of the Czartoryski The Kazimierz district, which portrayed in the list Schindler Steven Spielberg , is currently a "Soho" Polish bars and restaurants that "coexist" with the old Jewish synagogues. In fact, just as the Jewish population is not in this neighborhood or the city are only 80 people surveyed.

Life in Communist Poland
The Wawel Hill is the great symbol of royal power . This hill, dominated by the Cathedral, is the site of coronations and where lie the tombs of Polish kings. There are 17 other beautiful churches in the old city, interest in their appearance or their ornate interiors. You can drive a car 60 to visit a working home the outskirts of Krakow, Nowa Huta offers us an unusual shock. The former industrial area built around the Tadeusz Sendzimir Metallurgical industrial complex, allows us to dive into the architecture of socialist realism after the Great War. You can even see the cars "Trabant" (the popular "soap" in the years 60) visiting a working house and the neighborhood that once presided over a six-meter statue honoring Lenin. More classic, but no less striking is the visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine , recorded in the first list of UNESCO as "World Heritage". In this maze of underground chambers and 300 kilometers of galleries walk only 3,500 meters, at a depth between 64 and 135 meters, but the 22 chambers of the mine founded in the thirteenth century visitors jaw-dropping.

Hotel on Wheels at the circus

The Circus has a wagon Raluy conditioning and accommodation.
Guests can participate in the trials of the show.
The company will remain in Barcelona until Jan. 9.

Who has not dreamed of enrolling in a circus? is likely that children today do not, but the last few decades accounts seemed very attractive plan. Well, who ever had that desire can be fulfilled now for a few days. The Circus Raluy offers the possibility to sleep in what its leaders say is a 'hotel on wheels' . This is a caravan of 1939 has been completely restored and equipped to accommodate guests. The wagon has the usual amenities of a hotel : room with double bed, living room with television, another room with two beds, bathroom heating and air conditioning and minibar. The price is 200 euros per day in double room 50 euros per bed. But the most attractive of this unique initiative is the opportunity to participate in the daily life of a classical circus. Guests have free entrance to the functions and , optionally, can participate in the daily activities of the company, including testing, public reception, and so on. "Almost always act in Catalonia and many people from other parts of Europe who come from afar to see us, so we decided to offer accommodation. Furthermore, these people are usually very fond of the circus, so if you want, we will show what happens between racks, "said William Giribaldi, one of the components Raluy, when the service launched, less than one year . Raluy Circus is currently in Barcelona to present her new show, 'The acrobats', which remain in the Port Vell until 9 January. The show, which later will tour other cities in Catalonia and Madrid pass by in the summer of 2012 , commemorates the centenary of the birth of Louis Raluy Iglesias, veteran founder of the company.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Foreign tourism grows in Spain

Overnight stays by German tourists rose 14%.
The negative figure was contributed by residents fell by 9.3%.
The most frequent destination abroad is Balearics, the Spanish, Andalucia.

The Spanish tourism industry seems to weather the crisis successfully. The 2011 is still a good year. Spain received 5.1 million in October of foreign tourists, up 8% from a year ago. But also, there were more hotel stays and longer. Overnight stays by residents fell by 9.3% According to the National Statistics Institute (INE), the overnight stays in hotels rebounded 3.2% in October from the same months of 2010 to total 24.7 million, while the average stay rose by 3.5% and stood at 3.2 nights per visitor. The overnight stays of residents stood at 8.4 million, representing a decrease 9.3% , while non-residents experienced an increase of 11.1%, reaching 16.2 million. In the full year stays rose 6.9% over the previous year.

Prices vary little

The hotels were admitted an average of 37.8 euros per available room and billed 67 euros on average per occupied room, with a decrease in prices of 0.1%. In the tenth month of the year, the occupancy rate was 52%, an increase of 2.2%, according to the INE. With regard to prices, the four communities, the Balearic Islands, Andalusia and Catalonia , which account for 64.2% of the total weight of the Hotel Price Index, had different behaviors. Balearic establishments increased their prices by 0.8% in Catalonia rose 0.8%, and the Canary Islands, 2.8%, while in Andalusia there was a decrease of 1.8%. The Autonomous Communities with the highest occupancy rate by bed during October were the Canaries, with 70.7% of the offer, Madrid, with 58.7%, and the Balearic Islands, with 57.1%.

German and British
The main markets are still Germany and the United Kingdom, which together accounted for more than 9 million overnight stays in October, with increases of 14% and 5.3% , respectively. Stood behind France, with 6.9% increase, Netherlands, with 4.4% and Italy with 3.5%. Overnight stays by German tourists rose 14% in terms of living in Spain , stressed travelers from the Community of Madrid, 20.2%, Andalusia, 16.4%, Catalonia, 15.7%, and Valencia, 9%. As a major destination for foreign travelers Balearic Islands were the chosen place, with 27.1% of overnight stays, followed by Canarias, 26.2%, and Catalonia, with 17.1%. Travelers living in Spain were the main destinations Andalusia, 17.6%, Catalonia, 13%, the Valencia, 12.5%, Madrid, 10.2%, and the Canary Islands, 8.3%.

Summer Culture festival

The leisure society, which is also the society of hustle and surface drills, which abhors downtime, idle contemplation and reflection, seems to have established the principle that culture is a matter of when not to worry you have nothing else to do . With summer on the calendar installed territories of leisure and long perspective, open before our eyes as soft parentheses studded with promises to fulfill, cultural offerings become a senior option in the menu of seasonal suggestions . Yeah, okay, these initiatives are not exclusively or almost summer as a bathing suit and flip flops, barrier creams and snack bar bleeding, but it is a matter of frowning and severe plan to get in the conglomerate mixture, make no distinction, rigor and trifles, great performances and productions to get by without too many demands. Such a vacation package may be labeled "culture of summer", a catch that will fit in a hip-hop and a review of "Antigone" in key guerracivilista a Jardiel moon light and worth the event, an exhibition of sculptures of bread crumbs. The question is do something and look out these other cultural worlds that are in this, if only for the moment, in the months of summer heat, then we'll see. Despite the fierce scratching of the crisis of culture that ship sails very worthy summer by the same sea of every summer , anchoring at festivals and making its way into the programming of the municipalities still able to spend a few pence to thing. Apart from other considerations and techniques with all the drawbacks and lack of comfort that if we want to argue picky, attend a performance at the Teatro Romano de Mérida or the Comedy Corral de Almagro , with the same starry sky that had at viewers roof for several centuries, is priceless.

Brazilian carnival

Brazil sounds tropics, football, samba, carnival to ... including emerging country. But do you sound like "festas juninas" or "lined"? Surely not. That is why the country's tourism authorities have taken to promote these two fundamental aspects of northeast Brazil. The "Festas juninas" (June Festivals) are, to say the people of Pernambuco and Paraiba (two NE States), more the too familiar fun carnival in Rio , and dancing the "forro" much better than the lambada. In fact, festas and lined closely resemble his older brothers better known internationally, but both have a touch more parochial, more rural. For starters, the festas juninas are eminently familiar, suitable for all audiences . And although it is estimated that this year the city of Caruaru and Campina Grande have gone more than two and a half million people, still have a local air that makes them unique. Family parties for young and old, traditional games such as "Piscaria" in which you try to catch fish out of their cardboard and sand sea by hooking a ring, the "donkey tail", a sort of blindman's buff in which must put the tail in place a cardboard donkey , the universal sack races ... And the food, because it always ends up in food and drink. Dancing, eating and drinking are the three objectives of the "Fest", as in all towns right?. And always in the street with the cool, because the weather in these parts, but the tropics occasionally surprised by pouring rain to be as fast as they came and dried in a seen and unseen. Lunch at the "milho" (corn), which is the king, appears here and there a thousand different ways. From the "Curau" corn-based cake and coconut milk, until the "couscous" world's largest (Guinness dixit) two thousand kilos of maize, rice and steamed tapioca, a native of Africa, not forgetting rice milk of life, led by the Portuguese. And in the midst of "gangs" extras running through the city picking up the food and drink offered at the houses , candy and "quentão" a rum with ginger. Heterogeneous groups representing different sectors of society, and trades unions, the historical characters such as "bacamarteiros" who fought in the war against Paraguay in 1864, nursery schools, to nursing homes ... but all with imaginative costumes, brilliant, full of color. And all dancing "forro" original rhythm of the region very simple and joyful, as his followers. Now he plays with all kinds of electric instruments, but in origin (and there are still groups purists) as interpreted solely based trio "Sanfona" accordion, "azambumba" (bass) and metal triangle. With the "lined" as with many things, it happens that historians do not agree with its origin. Most believe that the name derives from the English expression "for all" (for all), found written on the doors of the dance party of Pernambuco in the eighteenth century when the British were there building the railroad. But others say it comes from the African word "forrobodó", synonymous with celebration. How are you "Junin" trying to make the leap to international stardom.

Cangas de Onis travel guide

Probably the best known city (and visited) the Principality of Asturias , for its spectacular scenery, the activities you can do in the area and of course, gastronomy.

The town of Cangas de Onis is full of history and anecdotes, every corner and surroundings are of interest and is difficult to choose what to visit if you have just a couple of days. I propose the musts in this paradise of nature.

In the middle of the Picos de Europa, between Cain and Poncebos, the path of the "Ruta del Cares" through the gorge that follows the river in one of the routes most amazing mountain hiking you can do in Europe.
Known as the "Garganta Divina", path, literally carved in the rocks of the mountains, is a wonderful journey over 11 miles away from the village of Cain , in León and Poncebos, in the council ( municipality ) in Cabrales in Asturias . If you enjoy this activity climber, you can get information on page Ruta del Cares . I attached a video , you certainly want to come visit!

 To enjoy an accommodation near this route I recommend you visit Arcea Village Apartments Bridge (yes, they are called as cartoons, jiji). You can enjoy 24 hours of mountain landscapes and nature in pure state.

Lagos de Covadonga
Without doubt, one of the most beautiful landscapes of Spain, and arguably in Europe, are the Lagos de Covadonga:

Way through the Lagos de Covadonga in the Picos de Europa, amid the mountains of Mount Auseva, comes amid a sea of green ... Covadonga, and after him, the shrine of Covadonga.

All this enclave is located in the National Park Picos de Europa , the scenery can not define with words ... judge for yourself ...

 If you need accommodation in the area of Cangas de Onis we give you the full range in a single click . One of the most visited by his charm at the Hotel Sucuevas , in nature, if you prefer to stay in touch with the nauturaleza but with great detail the Cepada 4 * Hotel is your accommodation.

Hotel Sucuevas

Hotel La Cepada

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Kingfisher Airlines in Crisis

Great as is the India territorially is common to find different airlines of confidence in the Asian nation, let's just one of these specific cases that of Kingfisher Airlines, Which has operated since 2003, recognized for its advertising slogan "Fly the Good Times" both locally and internationally. To give an idea of the importance that hasKingfisher Airlines  bear in mind that it becomes one of the exclusive six airlines worldwide five-star rated by Skytrax, a merit that has been the pride of the company.

The airline has its headquarters in the city of Bombay, being itself part of the company's United Breweries Group, with the main international airport in Bangalore, taking three more secondary character in the cities of Bombay, Delhi and Calcutta. It has about 71 destinations, of which about 63 are responsible for going through the regions of India and the remaining 8 are related to other destinations in Asia and Europe . Is planned for next year may already be part of the alliance OneWorld, which will mean a greater number of routes of travel to be able to provide. Its fleet currently amounts to about 45 aircraft .

Monday, November 21, 2011

Museum of Underwater Archaeology in Bodrum Turkey

If you want to see the sunken ships oldest in Europe will have to visit the Museum of Underwater Archaeology Bodrum port on the Turkish coast of the Aegean.

In its collection are thousands of objects, works of art, artifacts and wrecks of ships from different eras. Among the treasures of the fund ecuentran parts and ships of the court of Queen Nefertiti . The value of their collections has called the visit more than 300,000 visitors so far this year.

Maybe that's why the Museum of Underwater Archaeology Bodrum expand its space by adding new rooms to the 13 it already has. They consider the process from discovery to display these centuries remained sunken ships in the waters, through the necessary conservation work.

One of the key pieces of museum is the Uluburun boat , the oldest aufragio Europe with more than 3,500 years . The remains of this vessel were found in 1982 by a search engine sponge just 50 meters from the Turkish coast, opposite the fishing village of Uluburun.

The museum is located in the Bodrum Castle, built between 1406 and 1522 by the Knights of St. John. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 08 to 17 h (in summer until 19 pm) and admission costs about 4 euros.

Flash mob at the airport in Dubai

Imagine you are about to catch a flight home, or you're getting to an airport far away as Dubai and you are surprised by a massive dance. This flash mob at the airport in Dubai will give you an idea.

For those who do not know what it is this, say a flash mob is a staging by people in a public place to meet, such as a choreography, so it may seem "spontaneous".

These meetings began in 2003 when Rob Zazueta created a page, which began to organize these meetings, which often are created for entertainment, but also sometimes carried out for political reasons.

Today, with little spontaneous about because it shows that there are many hours of rehearsal, professional dancers and choreography carefully studied. But the looks of surprise from those not, is still the best prize.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Shopping in Paris with a personal shopper

There are trips and travel and some are more special than others because they have a plus, something that makes them unique. The five that we propose for the coming months with the addition that are accompanied by true professionals: a 'personal shopper', an artist, a historian. Which you join?

Paris Shopping
Paris always has an escape, especially to go shopping , but it offers Kuoni has an added plus, since it includes the assistance of a personal shopper that will take you through the most famous neighborhoods of shops and will explain what's going on in the Parisian catwalks. The proposal includes three nights in the downtown boutique hotel Banke bed and breakfast, two hours with the personal shopper, a walk through Paris with driver-guide, private transfers from airport to hotel and secure. The price from € 691. Air tickets are not included. New Year in Israel different Nuba offers you an exciting tour of Israel from the hand of an expert, historian, archeologist and expert in Middle East Religions and Science, Titus Rivas. You know the history of ancient Judea, Galilee and Samaria in the first century, biblical sites, archaeological sites, places where he lived and preached his mind the historical figure of Jesus, sleeping in a kibbutz or enjoy food Khosa . A proposal by December 27 to January 3 for a small exclusive group of travelers. Your price: € 3,700 per person. With children at home of Santa Claus Do not you wish your family was the protagonist of a real Christmas story? It is the intent of Travelkids to devise a five-day journey to the heart of Finnish Lapland accompanied by animators make improvised wizards and elves. In addition to meeting in person to Santa Claus himself, the itinerary includes extensive activities for all family members, from sleigh safaris, snowmobile until the Olympics games or traditional white. Departures from Madrid and Barcelona to the bridge of December, Christmas and New Year. Price: from € 1,675 € 2,295 children and adults. A professional photographer Cuba with a walk along the Malecon in Havana while the last rays of sun disappear into the horizon. Or at the Plaza Mayor in Trinidad and streets full of colors to capture the essence of Cuba and its colonial architecture. Admire the landscape and nature in the natural paradise of Topes de Collantes. These experiences Click Dreaming gives you live from a different point of view, capturing all the beauty and contrasts of the island from the hand of Albert Maso, a professional photographer, assistant and advisor to National Geographic. Is 13 to 21 January and the price, € 1850. Put the garde art face A brushstroke here, another there ... some time meditating. Right turn, left turn. ... Up and down, far, near. So again and again, until you see a work of art born contemporary. Who has not had the curiosity to see how it moves a full time creative artist? Plenio follows in the footsteps of painters, sculptors, architects and photographers to put you ahead of the avant-garde. And you are encouraged to speak with the spirits, visiting foundries, know the studies in which they work, ultimately, take in the most current art.

Costa Rica is Green

It is the perennial color defines the landscape of this country plagued by natural parks, there are more than forty-, ecological reserves, volcanoes, rainforests and spectacular beaches. Look at this little photo shoot and you'll see here is an undisputed star: Mother Nature. That 25 percent of the territory of Costa Rica is protected, not something that happens in any other country in the world, says much of its natural potential, a paradise that its inhabitants have had the wisdom to preserve. Check the nesting of green turtles in Tortuguero National Park, walk through the dense rainforest of Manuel Antonio, consider dropping the Arenal Volcano lava from its crater located at 1633 m. high while one is immersed in the hot springs that flow at his feet, admiring the colorful quetzal in the Monteverde Reserve, to emulate the monkeys traveling suspended between the tops of the trees, diving on the beaches of Guanacaste ... Nature, course, has been very generous with this small country located in the heart of Central America and extending from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. After admiring it in pictures, you just have to find out.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tarutao Islands of Andaman Sea

Although its small geography is hidden among the mangroves and rain-forest, its banks festooned with bright solitary beaches and turquoise waters of a white coral sand so blinding that look like the perfect destination for a hidden pirate treasure. But really the most valuable are themselves, the handful of pristine islands that make up the unknown Thai territory Koh Tarutao archipelago.

Not intended to steal the beautiful attractive Phangnga Bay or even the paradise island of Phuket , the most alluring tourist destinations in the Andaman Sea. As these secret islands have chosen has been to maintain its natural charm but jealously guarded. Its beaches are beautiful and open to those who come because they do not know the custody of resorts and remain as wild and lonely, letting the calm waves rocking the Andaman. Inland, the softness of geography disappears behind the dense tropical forests . In these monkeys are the masters of their trees and their sounds elicit the island daily. The brooch southern Phangnga Bay is the island of Koh Lanta , where no more land on it and watch the scene of endless beaches is inevitable that outlines tempted to walk barefoot to check the sunny warmth of the sand. The slow pace and blue everything floods and spread of joy turned the island into a paradise backpacker. Perhaps there comes now the bohemian spirit is breathed into it. Today, despite having a good and varied tourism is not allowed the building height exceeds that of a coconut tree. This is compounded by a continuing nature intact tropical forest covering the mountain range that runs along the inside island. It also has exceptional natural spaces such as the National Park Mu Koh Lanta Marine , in the southern tip of the island, brings together a wealth of land and sea with its rainforest and mangroves along the rich coral reefs. 

The customs of its inhabitants ancestral sea gypsies Leh-Chao Thai language, as fishermen are known Muslims living for hundreds of years of wealth of the Andaman Sea fish, preserved in the village of Ban-Ou Sangka . Its rhythms and non-fishing tourist presence are the heart of living a nomadic life in the sea. While Buddhism and the Chinese roots of most of the inhabitants of Koh Lanta is breathed in the Old Town , with its wooden houses supported by piles submerged in the sea. After leaving Koh Lanta sailing south referred to some of the islands in its surroundings, a magnificent brooch Phangnga Bay. Three hours by ferry with several stops that allow a closer look at these pearls of the Andaman Sea. The journey culminates by giving access to the small universe of 51 islands that make up the Tarutao archipelago , and near the sea border with Malaysia. Here the sea seems even dream when one lands directly, since there is no pier on the island, the waves that wash Koh Lipe. So you can feel the pleasant temperature all year round it stays around 25 º C. Four beaches around the flat geography of Koh Lipe. The two largest, Sunrise and Pattaya , surround the island environment in which we live barefoot in the morning to night. And not just because almost all the activities you can do are linked to the seductive waters of the Andaman, but because even the only street-marked by a lively resort with bars, restaurants, massage and craft shops and souvenir- connecting the two beaches in a fifteen minute walk is sandy. From Koh Lipe outermost islands of Tarutao National Park built in the islands of Koh Tong, Koh Rawi and Koh Ad ang are very close. Its rich submarine, considered among the best in the world, bases its protection as a national park in 1974. 

However, it does not take an experienced diver to discover its beautiful and unique coral and the colorful fish fauna hidden in nooks and crannies. The crystal clear waters make it visible from the surface of vessels in day trips take you to these islands. Just a few meters to a diving equipment snorkel to enjoy the extraordinary life of the waters of the Andaman. A paradise of coral and surprising ways fauna-hosts over 25% of the world's tropical fish - which is impossible to tire. And when this happens is as tantalizing peek shelter the white sandy beaches shaded by palm trees offering a break worthy of the most fearless pirates. In fact, the Tarutao island , from which the archipelago takes its name, was created in 1930 a penalty for confining prisoners politicians. During the Second World War, both prisoners and their warders, were cut from the mainland, engaged in the piracy of ships plying these waters. Many were the crews of sunken ships and killed until British forces ended the war was. Since then the peaceful work of the Andaman Sea fishermen and farmers were the only activities of these islands. Kho Lipe Leaving all eyes are fixed on the tiny Kho Khai by the dramatic arc of rocky coastline of white sand that is the symbol of the national park. This small island whose name means 'egg island' is the favorite part of the Andaman Sea turtles chosen to spawn. Kho Tarutao is the largest island of this protected natural area. In its 26 miles long remains a magnificent example of tropical forest is well worth the walk along the paths of its dense forest. This will find valuable part of their fauna: deer, monkeys, langurs and macaques and deer, boars and otters, and a hundred species of birds. Therefore not be left to navigate around the island features Thai boats - longtail boats - not to miss its magnificent beaches, mysterious caves and recesses of its mangroves. GUIDE Directions From Spain there are three flights a week from Thai Airways connecting to Bangkok. From here there is frequent communication with the main airports in southern Thailand: Phuket, Krabi and Hat Yai. travel between the islands is nothing better than to use the various ferry lines that connect all the islands of southern Thailand including the mainland and also Krabi and the island of Phuket. Bundhaya Speed Boat and Speed Boat & Lipehferry . 

Best season from October to May, because during the remaining months of the monsoon make it very difficult the access to the islands. Where to stay in Phuket, The Indigo Pearl , whose architecture evokes the mining past of the island a century ago. In some of the villas of Pimalai Resort & Spa in Koh Lanta, where not only is a luxury hotel, also everything around him. In The Tubkaak , an oasis of peace that has a most beautiful beach of the Andaman coast. Or in the Bundhaya Resort , Koh Lipe, an ideal base to enjoy the beach in Pattaya and the atmosphere chill out that floods every evening. Where to eat Try the authentic taste of Thai cuisine is so 'chic' in Europe that during the stay in Phuket not be dispensed to book in the Black Ginger , where Thai architecture surrounded by a lagoon and its flavors are being immersed in the pleasures of the old Siam. Do not miss in Koh Lipe, the Festival of Boat floating sea gypsies held between 13 and 15 of the crescent moons of May and October. During these three days and nights the fishermen with their songs and try to ward off bad luck rituals and invoke a promising fishing. 

A Day at the Ascot races

If you were unable to attend the traditional horse races to hobnob with princes, celebrities, millionaires, nobles and politicians who attended the social event and most important of Great Britain, join the other quotes, by the end of year occur in Ascot. No jeans or casual wear no shirts, no bare shoulders or backs. If you want to be present in one of the races held in the town of Ascot, 10 miles from Windsor Castle, the landmark residence of Queen Elizabeth II, refrain from going dressed like that because it is one of the essential requirements to view this site as linked to the British monarchy. With capacity for 1,650 people, beyond the sporting event you decide to sign up, this unique space is a meeting of the elegant and extravagant aristocracy of Great Britain, a whole social event to see and be seen. This image gallery shows you what happens in it.

Suji Sanmachi Takayama in Japan

The city of Takayama is lovely and that appeal is attributable largely to the unique neighborhood of Sanmachi Suji . Many tourists come every year to this area of Japan to stroll through its streets.

For lovers of Japanese history this area is a joy. It does not take an expert to appreciate the great value of their beautiful single family homes of wood. Some are preserved almost intact since the Edo Period .

It is a small, pedestrian neighborhood, so it is easily walkable. Among its main attractions are four museums, two merchants' houses, street markets and the fantastic morning bridges across the Miyagawa .

If you have wanted to pay for the tickets of museums and houses of merchants will understand much better what was the lifestyle of this charming city of the prefecture of Gifu .

However, what gives so much life to this neighborhood are the shops and souvenir stalls. There are many great craft items, but what I liked most were the numerous distilleries sake of the old quarter of Takayama.

I will highly recommend this tour by Suji Sanmachi Takayama in Japan , during the day with the bustle of people, and at night, where the streets are empty and only hear the sound of rustling trees and old houses of wood.

Explore Moroccan Desert

In Ouarzazate, in full route of the kasbahs, affectionately Ouallywood tell by the number of films have been shot by their surroundings. I discovered the fabulous fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou environment in which one of the most famous, 'Gladiator', the Oscar-winning film by Ridley Scott. To shoot the scenes of the battles in Germania, Ridley Scott and his team traveled to Bourne woods in Surrey, England. To recreate the grandeur of Rome is served, not to mention a good dose of technology, the sets raised on Fort Ricasoli, on the island of Malta , who most recently used for Alejandro Amenabar staging of Agora . And the beautiful kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou was chosen to acclimate the African village who is taken into slavery and trained as a gladiator the disgraced Maximus (Russell Crowe), general of the armies of Emperor Marcus Aurelius elder until his death at the hands of his own son. Can that many of the inhabitants of Aït Ben Haddou have not ever left the village, yet they know well what is a casting and how it managed to get an extra role. 

And this village, the most photogenic of southern Morocco , has become a classic for film crews. This part was filmed Lawrence of Arabia , The Jewel of the Nile , some scenes of the second part of Sex in New York and, of course, gladiata r . For the latter, almost enough to add a kind of arena to its adobe buildings, because the town was perfect as it was to roll thanks to a peplum, like other essential stops on the route of the Kasbahs, Ait Ben Haddou is a true journey into the past. Across the High Atlas mountains, a hundred miles from the bewitching city of Marrakech , the Kasbah of Aït Telouet first and then Ben Haddou, emerging like a mirage by two detours on the road which opens to the Great South of Morocco. The crenellated towers with geometric patterns that crown his creatures, his or town Ksar crumbling walls fortified and surrounded by palm trees give this last oasis airs that so many filmmakers have come here to look, while speaking to visitors days of the caravans that crossed the Sahara and seeking refuge in this kind of sand on the strengths of protecting the goods they hauled on the backs of their camels. Only a handful of families still living in this spooky town protected by UNESCO as World Heritage. The rest of its inhabitants have long since moved to the humble village which was built across the creek, leaving virtually uninhabited Ait Ben Haddou old. Very near Ouarzazate emerges that more than one city is a single long street in the that line the hotels that house the Nordic many come here to seek guaranteed sunshine all year round, apart from the studios that have served for so many films as been recorded by their surroundings, especially the Atlas Studio, whose visit this itinerary is highly recommended. Although Ouarzazate itself of little interest, just one kilometer from the center stands the imposing restored kasbah of Taourirt , another of these citadels of mud, symbolizing the essence of the Berber culture, within which you must visit the chambers of the tribal leader Glaoui, the last great master of the Atlas. By the way that heads towards the dunes of Zagora and the Draa Valley will dramatically threading between powerful pre-desert landscapes other good handfuls of ksour. But if you opt for the road but you go through the Dades valley, the concentration of these old fortified villages and kasbahs miraculously survived over the centuries is even greater. 

Two very elegant get up in the palm grove of Skoura , from whose slopes surrounding paths are taken north to stand in the villages of Asseghmo, Timatdit or Toudounte, brimming all of these authentic castles of land. Continuing towards the Kelaa of Mgouna, famous for the cultivation of roses, a walk will be undertaken by the Dades gorges or even more impressive Todra , set between the walls of a great canyon of 300 meters, culminating finally in Sea dunes of Merzouga is lost beyond the village, and the whole Sahara, Erfoud. GUIDE How to get flights from several Spanish cities to Marrakech for even less than 50 € with Ryanair and Easy Jet , and increasingly competitive also with Royal Air Maroc , Air Europa and Iberia , a company that also flies to Ourzazate stopover in Casablanca. Flights and a week's hotel, for even less than 300 € with agencies such as Falcon Travel , adventure and different routes through the area with specialists such as Travel Tuareg or Mugam , which proposes a handful of expeditions on foot or by road through the Atlas and the rest of southern Morocco. When to go You can go all year, but the best times are spring and summer. Getting around If travel to the Route of the Kasbahs not part of an organized tour, the best is to have a vehicle. Through Avis can rent an SUV for a week from about 250 €, and a highly recommended for 4x4 penetrate through the tracks, about 800 €. Where to stay The options are varied, but nothing comparable to settle in any of the many kasbahs converted into a hotel, Relais & Châteaux as Ahlan Give or Ben Moro in Skoura, Dar Daif , 5 kilometers from Ouarzazate, Hotel Tomboctou in Tinghir, Ksar El Khorbat , in the Todra Valley, Kasbah Azul , Agdz near, or Kasbah Ellouze (T. 00212 5 24 89 04 59), very close to Aït Ben Haddou, all with much charm but none as luxurious as the Kasbah Tamandot Sir Richard Brandson acquired full Atlas Mountains and from which to make an excursion to Aït Ben Haddou. Where to eat Hotels / kasbah mentioned also have restaurants where you can sample delicious local specialties such as couscous, tagines, the cake or the lemon chicken. The route can be visited Aït Ben Haddou entirely free, loitering at will among the castles of mud, and you can also access many of the Kasbahs of the route you choose. ... Be sure to saturate at least two days in Marrakech, with the tricks of the Jemaa El Fna, the souks and walks in his palm, its palaces, its many restaurants to the latest and nightlife. For some days at the beach, none in the vicinity with the charm of Essaouira. And, of course, dress day for the Route of the Kasbahs with a walk through the gorges of Todra and a sunset over the dunes, either in Merzouga, Rissani or Zagora.

Winter Getaway Hotels in Spain

Do not you spend a few days apetecería break in rural accommodation with the person you love most? We offer some suggestive proposals to 'lose' in charming corners of our country.

Can Mora de Dalt 
not stay with the desire to enjoy the sea in winter! Yes, because this hotel is a magnificent view over the sea and the old San Vincente de Montalt, one of the best preserved villages of the Maresme, just half an hour from Barcelona and five minutes from the beach. The farmhouse dates from the fifteenth century and for 18 generations belongs to the same family. It has 11 spacious rooms and charming garden. The place is perfect for reading, walking on and off near the city. Double room: 95-125 €. Viura This winter make a commitment to contemporary art and encourage to explore the last great avant-garde work of the Rioja Alavesa. It is strongly opposed to its surroundings, two overlapping cubes and large windows that let the relaxing countryside outside all the rooms. 

Located in Villabuena de Álava, is the ideal base from which to discover this land so closely linked to wine and wineries flagship step known worldwide fame as Ysios, the architectural work of Santiago Calatrava, and Marques de Riscal, the revolutionary creation of Frank Gehry . In addition to taste selected dishes from the renowned Rioja and Basque cuisine, do not miss the breathtaking views of the surroundings from the terrace gardens. Double room: 110-120 €. The Pilgrim Way To this milestone must be reached if you are looking to unwind and enjoy life. Created from a palace and a Romanesque church, today is a benchmark for excellence in service and facilities. 13 rooms of different styles and get a palm hailed the trip was unforgettable. Belongs to the prestigious Relais & Chateaux chain. Double room: 120-200 €. La Almunia del Valle Its location could not be more ideal for a getaway to the south. First, because if what is sought is living in town, this old farmhouse ham is just eight miles from Granada, but looking for skiing, is integrated into the natural park of Sierra Nevada. A boutique hotel of just ten rooms warm immersed in a large house with garden, from which products are obtained to produce the tasty fresh market cuisine offered to guests. Double room: 107 €. 

La Casa de San Martin in this imposing stone mansion of the eighteenth century with spectacular views of the Ara River Valley there is no hurry. And no TV, so it's a perfect winter retreat for relaxing with a good book in front of the fireplace or take long walks in nature, coming as it is Ordesa National Park and Monte Perdido. Located in a long, narrow plateau, the house looks like the keel of a boat on land. Within nine rooms comfortable beds, Egyptian-cotton clothing and a welcoming rustic decor ... Double room: 162 €.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Kashmir Travel Guide

Learn more about Kashmir, known as "Paradise on earth" as the tourist attractions of Kashmir Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Patnitop, Srinagar, Pahalgam etc. The Mughal Emperor Jehangir said: "If there is a heaven on earth is here, here, here." 

Hats off to the beauty of the glory of the Crown of the country, the state of Jammu and Kashmir, in the upstate village. Kashmir is the destination that offers a lifetime experience for site visitors. 

The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been divided into three regions, Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Kahm the region has been blessed with the beautiful Dal Lake, the majestic Himalayan peaks and skiing in Patnitop, to get an overview of the Chinar trees at sunset. 

Geographical beauty of Jammu and Kashmir, reflects the beauty of Kashmir, which includes places like Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonmarg, Lake Wullie, Leh, Zanskar, Kargil, Patnitop, Sansar, Kishtwar and Krimchi. 

The capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar is popular throughout the country for its beautiful lakes, houseboats, traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits. The Mughal gardens are also a major tourist attraction. The best time we can travel to Srinagar from June to early November and has been extended until December to February in winter. 

The station is the most visited mountain in the State of Jammu and Kashmir, a distance of 56 km from Srinagar. The main attraction of the place is skiing and heli-skiing, golf, gondola and Gulmarg Biosphere Reserves and other Alpather Lake. 

The valley of Pahalgam is situated at the confluence of lake and river Lidder Seshnag. The picturesque Pahalgam is also associated with the annual Amarnath Yatra. This is the place that is very popular in activities such as fishing, horse riding, golf and hiking.