Plan Here your Next Vacation to Cultural Paris
Aug26

Plan Here your Next Vacation to Cultural Paris

Paris is a wonderful capital city with something for everyone, regardless of age, gender or interests, and while it is very much associated with romantic breaks for couples, families and groups of friends can have an amazing time there too. It has many famous landmarks and is a place many people feel that they know quite a lot about before they even go, but there are some things many people forget to consider when they go to Paris. Planning ahead To ensure you have a great time, it is well worth planning ahead and being prepared. Although it initially might not seem like much fun having a schedule and your plans set out for each day, to get the best out of Paris and make sure you can see and do as much as you can in the time you’re there, you need to plan things out in advance. Part of your preparations should always include arranging some cheap travel insurance to make sure you’re covered for all eventualities. It’s also best to work out how much currency you will need and shop around for it before you go, as you’ll get a far better deal this way than if you have to exchange money at a tourist hotspot once you’re there.(Image by L.G.J) Free activities Everybody knows the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, but it is also well worth making the most of all the free attractions that Paris has to offer (and there are plenty). Notre Dame Cathedral is a must-see, and is free besides optional extras such as a climb up the 387 steps to the top of the Cathedral Tower. The less well known but equally spectacular Sainte-Chapelle also offers free entry to all EU citizens under the age of 26, children on family visits and disabled people plus their care givers, which is worth bearing in mind.     For a relaxing picnic in the sunshine, you can’t beat the Jardin du Luxembourg with its spectacular formal gardens, beautifully kept lawns and orchards boasting a variety of different fruit. Other must-see attractions that cost nothing to visit include the Arc de Triomphe, the Place de la Concorde and the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. If sporting events are of interest freebies include the Tour de France finish and the Paris Marathon. Eating and drinking As with many popular tourist destinations, the best places for enjoying a meal and a glass of wine are a little off the beaten track. The best indicator of whether somewhere is worth eating is whether locals go there: if it’s full of tourists without a Parisian in sight, move...

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4 Safety Precautions One Should Consider During Skiing
Aug19

4 Safety Precautions One Should Consider During Skiing

Skiing is one of the most competitive sports in which the participant uses feet and specific boots, and whereby one can fly effortlessly down a snow covered slope, feeling the wind in your face and soaking up all the stunning scenery making one of the most loved activities in the world of sports. It is a sport that beginners can enjoy and take part the rest of your life due to its breath taking adventure across some of the most spectacular places on earth. When visiting places endowed with these amazing activities, you should count yourself in as it is a game of unexplainable fun. However, engaging in this kind of sport it’s always advisable to embrace both the good and bad part. It is always said that the safety of any lover of sport is always in his or her hands. Here are some of the precautions one should consider to reduce risks and make the game more enjoyable. Proper Preparations It is obvious that, if you are in good shape the chances of having more fun on the slopes are more compared to a less fit skier. It is important to improve your physical strength through engaging yourself in activities involving endurance and perseverance to keep you fit in the harsh conditions. Mental strength counts for a major part during your skiing preparations and the skier should have a good attitude and total confidence in towards the game. Going for skiing lessons is another good idea.(image by Rob Lee) Always Respect your Capabilities Every skier has his or her own level of expertise. You cannot compare the level of experience between amateurs and professional skiers. With his in mind, it is always advisable to respect your limit by skiing in trails that are within your level of experience. To be safer, it is always important to obey posted trail closure and other warnings. You must also avoid dangerous stunts if you are not confident about your skills as this will pose a threat to you and other participants. Therefore, for every degree that you tackle, it is imperative that you manage the situation with total confidence, both on the ground and on air. Prepare for the Weather and Wear the Required Gear In the snow covered mountains weather is always unbearable, and it’s always advisable to wear layers of clothes and a helmet liner, hat or a headband. It’s also important to carry along an extra pair incase the first pair gets wet. Skiing gear should be bought on competitive skiing shops with knowledge about the best outfit. Hiring is not always advisable since one is not...

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5 Reasons Why San Francisco is a Great Place to Travel
Aug15

5 Reasons Why San Francisco is a Great Place to Travel

San Francisco is the gem of Northern California and a great place to visit. Aside from the classic sights and icons of the city, like the Golden Gate Bridge and the steep, winding route of Lombard Street, the city has a lot to offer. If you’re thinking of heading to the City by the Bay, here are some things you shouldn’t miss. 1. Ferry Building Marketplace The Pacific Northwest has an abundance of excellent open air markets full of fresh produce, local confections, crafts, and other delights. San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace offers the highest quality goods in the city, allowing you to taste things you can’t find anywhere else. It’s definitely a refreshing change of pace from your average grocery store. There’s nothing quite like chatting with the knowledgable vendors for a more personal shopping experience. 2. Palace of Fine Arts Much more than your typical city park, the Palace of Fine Arts echoes the look of Ancient Roman architecture and rests on a lush, green landscape by the water. As you spend your day walking between popular destinations like Fisherman’s Wharf and Golden Gate Park, the Palace is a great place to relax and enjoy some fresh air. It’s ideal for picnics or just lounging at a leisurely West Coast pace. (Image by rjptn ) 3. Golden Gate Park Speaking of that most famous bridge, the long park at Golden Gate has a lot to offer. You can find an excellent hotel close to Golden Gate Park, like the highly acclaimed St. Regis Hotel. It’s always encouraging to find a museum that’s a work of art itself, which is what you’ll find at the beautiful Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. Classical architecture and a variety of sculptures out front make this a unique aesthetic experience, while the combination of enduring and modern art inside is among the best collections in the world. Once you’re done at the museum, the nearby Japanese Tea Garden offers delicious food and a serene place to enjoy it. 4. Muir Woods National Monument While the bridge and the hilly city streets are urban icons of San Francisco, nothing says Northern California nature like the towering redwood trees. Muir Woods National Monument is just a short drive north of the city. It features some of the nation’s oldest and largest trees in stunning groves, as well as beaches close by for swimming and sunbathing. There’s also a convenient park-and-ride shuttle in nearby Sausalito. (image by Ray Bouknight) 5. Angel Island Visitors to San Francisco often find themselves on the famed prison island of Alcatraz, but there’s another, more positive locale in the Bay. Angel Island has been...

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The Best Resorts in the Dominican Republic
Aug15

The Best Resorts in the Dominican Republic

When you travel to the Dominican Republic, your choices of resorts look to be endless. There are some with all of the amenities that you can imagine, and there are smaller resorts that feel more like you never left home. Bavaro, Punta Cana Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A1varo Casa Veintiuno This is one of those resorts where you feel like you are at home. A large breakfast is served each morning that consists of breads, fresh fruits, coffee and eggs. The best thing is that it’s not a buffet, so you don’t feel pressured to eat a lot in one meal. It is a smaller resort that doesn’t have many rooms. While sitting on the balcony, you can see the beautiful beach and the waves crashing along the shore. If the resort is not busy, the owners sometimes offer to drive you to the nearby town to see what is there. Hotel Villa Colonial The pool area is an oasis as it’s surrounded by a modern concrete border and hidden by trees. It is a romantic resort with an attentive staff and spacious rooms. You are within walking distance of several shopping centers and attractions. Breakfast and dinner are served. Iberostar Grand Bavaro If you are looking for somewhere that has an amazing view of the beach, then this is your resort. There are several cabanas located by the pool so that you can relax in the sun. Butler service is available. There is entertainment at night. You can see the blue waters of the ocean while you are sitting on the balcony. The beach is only a short walk from the resort. Overall, this is one of the quietest resorts in the area. Iberostar Grand Bavaro Source: http://paraisos.es/lugares-extranos-del-mundo The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real While you are at this resort, you should make swimming in the large pool one of your priorities. Every one of your needs are met while staying at the resort. Palm trees are located near the hotel, and if you want a coconut, someone from the staff will get it for you. The landscaping of the resort is like paradise with beautiful greenery and flowers. There are several restaurants, or you can order room service if you want to relax inside your spacious room. This is a family friendly resort, and there are plenty of activities for all ages through the day and evening. Tortuga Bay Nestled right along the shore, this resort offers large rooms that are decorated with a tropical theme. Amazing toiletries are placed in each bathroom, and you will find that room service is impeccable. A restaurant is located at the resort that...

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5 Family Destinations in Barcelona
Aug14

5 Family Destinations in Barcelona

Unless you’re never married or you just have a strong dislike in kids, one of the best ways to travel is with children and families. What could be nicer than that? It is the time of the year for the whole family to go on a holiday and what is more when the travel destination is in Barcelona, Spain? When it comes to a family travel, you will always want to make group activities as your top priority. Apart from that, finding the right accommodation that will suit your entire family’s needs is a must as well. With HouseTrip.com you get the chance to scroll through each page easily for available apartment rental in Barcelona for your family. Furthermore, the reviews written are genuine and came from the past guests to avoid disappointment. Below is our list of 5 family destinations in Barcelona: Poble Espanyol In Barcelona, every child in school has visited Poble Espanyol, at least once. This “Spanish Village” was built in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exhibition with showcase of various areas such as Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Madrid and Valenicia. And if you’re coming with your children, make sure to come on Sundays where they have story time, puppet shows and parades.(Image by Dmitry Karyshev) L’Aquarium Barcelona Your kids will undoubtedly love the gorgeous setting of the Mediterranean Sea life in L’Aquarium Barcelona. There are two free admissions for those who book a tour and all equipment for tour is always provided. This dramatic presentation will awe your children with colorful fish, stingrays and sharks! Montjuic’s Font Magica Font Magica, or translated as Magic Fountain, is probably Barcelona’s one of the best attractions. Children usually love this kind of thing where you get to witness the dancing waterspouts growing in size and height as they change colors, and being choreographed with music. It is a free weekend show and crowds usually gather on the National Art’s steps from 8pm all through midnight, from Thursdays to Sundays. Parc Guell Looking for a “garden city” in Barcelona? Well, Parc Guell is the place you are looking for. With the touch of Gaudi, it isn’t like any other park you have ever seen before. What we think kids love about this place are the a hall of columns, carved stone trees and the decorative giant-sized mosaic lizards. The entrance is free, thus, it can get pretty packed with visitors. Make sure you come as early as possible or during weekdays, instead of weekends.(Image by Don McCullough) Tibidabo End your holiday with a visit to the Tibidabo Mountain where you’ll get the chance to enjoy Ferris wheel, merry-go-round and any...

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