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Walking in Italy

What can be said about Italy? Home of the Roman Empire; the Renaissance; great science; art; literature; and today, a byword for high fashion. Italian cuisine in all its glory rivals the best in the world, and the friendliness and hospitality of the Italian people is legendary.

Someone once said that to see Italy is to see life, and it’s hard to disagree. In the north it has the great lakes of Como, Garda and Maggiore, and the mountains and Alpine culture. In the centre it has beautiful hills and fertile valleys. To the South it has more mountains, stunning scenery and a marvellous Mediterranean culture.

Wherever you are in Italy, you won’t be far from stunning historical and beautiful cities such as Florence, Pisa, Rome, Venice, Milan, Turin, Bologna and so on. You can even visit self-determining states such as San Marino and The Vatican City – truly countries within a country. All this surrounded by the blue sea and beaches – Italy really does have something for everyone.

Holidays involving walking in Italy

Italy is, of course, a dynamic modern country within the European Union. It isn’t a museum and, as with any modern industrialised country, its major sites and centres can become busy at peak times in the tourist season. Getting around can be quite a daunting prospect if you don’t know the country and can’t speak the language.

Public transport can be confusing, and driving in the centres of many Italian cities is not typically advisable for those of a nervous disposition! In all this, it would be too easy to miss many of the sights and fail to experience the ‘real Italy’. That’s why there is now a wide range of professionally escorted holidays geared around walking in Italy.

The entire emphasis of this type of holiday is on flexibility and making sure that you have expert help in getting around and seeing things. Of course, there is also emphasis on using your own feet as ‘motive power’. It can often be the only way to get to those off-the-beaten track sites and to become a real explorer of this great country.

You can tailor a package to suit your specific requirements and timetable. So, perhaps you would like a two-centre holiday with one week in the north and another based near Rome. Each day you could take a series of recommended and escorted walks from your base and really get to see things that the casual passing tourist just doesn’t.

Why go walking in Italy?

Few people would argue that the only way to explore major city centres is on foot and public transport. Having these tours guided by experts can add to your enjoyment and remove the stresses of trying to get everything ‘sorted out’ yourself.

Yet Italy is not just a country of great urban tourist centres. Small town and rural Italy offers fantastic treasures of history, art, scenery and culture. Getting to see and experience these locations may just never be on the schedules of many conventional package holidays. Some sights such as mountaintop villages or deserted unspoilt beaches may be completely inaccessible by coach or even car and the only way you’ll get there is to walk. Of course, there are the less immediate benefits of a walking holiday. It’ll be helping to keep you fit as you walk off all that delicious pasta!

Walking holidays – only for the super-fit?

Put simply – no! You don’t need to be an Olympic athlete or even very fit to go on a walking in Italy holiday. The holiday also does not have to be exclusively walking every day. You can combine several days in a conventional hotel base with just a few set walks that can be as demanding or as gentle as you wish. You won’t find yourself on forced marches to meet someone else’s schedule!

 

Things To Really See in Greece

Greece has been a popular holiday destination for a long time and it’s not hard to see why. It is a country of great hospitality, magnificent beaches, stunningly blue seas, fantastic cuisines and its culture and history are second to none. Few people that have visited Greece have departed anything other than enraptured. Whether you’re in coastal areas of the mainland, island-hopping, or exploring ancient towns and villages in the mountains, Greek holidays have something for everyone.

Walking in Greece – A Different Experience

Of course there is ‘seeing Greece’ and then REALLY seeing Greece! If you’re based in a single resort, you may find after a while that you’re feeling the need of a change of scenery. It also has to be said that the larger resorts in just about any country may sometimes be a little ‘international’ and you may feel that you’re not quite seeing the real Greece and its people.

It’s also possible that perhaps you’d feel a little intimidated by the prospect of trying to make your own way around strange city centres. Hiring a car may increase your freedom but even that does not always provide the perfect answer.

If you’ve ever been frustrated by: trying fight your way around the busy traffic in a strange town and navigating as you go; straining to catch a glimpse of a beautiful village or castle several miles away as you drive around constantly trying to find an access road; or getting to your destination only to find it impossible to park, then you’ll know how limiting cars can be! The answer to all of these issues might be a walking holiday. Basing all or part of your holiday around walking in Greece offers a huge number of advantages.

You will be able to get off the traditional tourist tracks and see the real country. You can explore mountain villages, historic sites, coastal paths and beaches that are unspoilt because they’re completely inaccessible by car. You’ll be able to see rural life, experience the countryside and have the opportunity to interact with local people in real situations, as opposed to a completely tourist environment. All this and you’ll be getting, or keeping fit in the process!

A Walking Holiday to Suit all

If you’re apprehensively thinking at this point that walking in Greece involves strapping on a massive pair of boots, then heading off up steep mountain trails for 2 weeks of non-stop heroic slogging, well, you can relax!

Greek walking holidays offer a vast range of opportunities to suit all ages, fitness and interest levels. For example, you can go on an escorted city-centre tour that ensures you’ll see the sights in the company of an expert guide. You’ll miss nothing and also won’t have to worry about interpreting the public transport systems!

Whether you’re based in a city or the countryside, each day you could be taken to a new spot and do some planned walks to see the local sights. These walks can be as strenuous or as undemanding as is appropriate to your age and fitness levels. Your expert guides can make sure you get the best out of every second of the day.

Similarly, your accommodation can be simple or luxurious as your tastes and finances dictate. You can be based in one accommodation centre, or split the holiday over several in different areas of the country. Alternatively, you can split your holiday to have one week in a fixed coastal location to do some traditional sunbathing, then spend the next week walking.

If you’re walking in Greece then ‘freedom’ is the key concept. The holiday can be entirely built around your interests and needs. As such, it can cater for people of all ages and walking skills. So, if you’d like that holiday with a difference that gives you a taste of the real country, why not find out more about holidays walking in Greece?

 

California Wonders

California is so rich with sights and great places to visit that one has to plan not one but many trips there to truly take in all it has to offer. Why a visit to Los Angeles alone can fill a week and you would still leave behind so much to do and see. Here in the home of our great movie industry, the idea of hanging out near the major studios to catch a glimpse of a movie star is pretty hard to resist. And you can pass your time waiting by going to Grauman’s Chinese Theater to put your own feet in the famous imprints on the walk of fame. There you can see if your shoe size lines up with such greats as Marilyn Monroe, Marlin Brando, Dustin Hoffman or even Lassie.

While in LA don’t forget that this is the area of the country where you can check in at the original Disneyland. Yes while the Florida and other locations that have been built since then are wonderful, don’t miss the chance to sing “It’s a Small World After All” with the anamatronic figures that will delight you and your children in those historic rides in Disneyland.

Anywhere you go up and down the California coast, one thing will continue to draw your eye is the amazing California coast. The sight of those waves making huge breakers on the rocks and beaches has been the object of art for many painters over the years. If you live in a land-locked state or even if you have enjoyed the coast lines in the gulf states and the eastern seaboard, the California surf will be yet another viewpoint of the majesty of God’s creation in the oceans that grace our fair country.

It might take another whole trip to enjoy the exotic locations all around the city of San Francisco. But give it that time because this is a town you want to take in on foot or by traveling on their famous and historic street cars. For a small city, San Francisco will charm you so thoroughly that you would swear you were in one of the quant and charming villages of Europe, Spain or Greece. The sight of those breath taking hills that the residents have to drive each day will probably bring back some great movie you saw that was filmed there. And it’s easy to get goose bumps standing on the corner of Haight and Ashbury and reflect on the birth of the Hippy Movement in the early sixties right on that spot.

There is just so much to do up and down this big and diverse state that you will want to have a car at your disposal just to tour the paradise like conditions that residents enjoy there every day. A tour of the wine country in northern California is another experience that has become famous for charming visitors of all ages. You can even retrace the voyage of the characters in the movie Sideways which won an Academy Award and further added to the lore and fame of this wonderful part of California.

California may not steal your heart away from your home town and state. But one this is for sure. Your trip to California will leave you with dozens of exciting memories and it will leave you with something even more lasting. You will come home with a determination that you have to get back to California and continue to enjoy the many treats this great American state has to offer.

Pattaya City Resorts Guide

In fact in terms of the meaning and usage they are not much different, that is, they refers to the accommodation for tourist for travelers but resort may have additional characteristics of having beautiful garden or open-air public are available for guests to be able to enjoy with natural environment.

But for normal hotel accommodation, this could means the building of the hotel in the city area were has no garden or green space available for its guest or provide just a little one. Also resort accommodation could refers to the accommodation that located in mountain or woods where tourists or travelers can fully enjoy the environment. According to this reason travelers tend to prefer to look for resort accommodation rather than building hotel. If they are not required to join business trip and have to stay in city central area.

Pattaya is the small lovely city on eastern region of Thailand. It is the small city that well known for tourists of its beautiful beaches and nightlife. There are also hotels and resort accommodations available in this city. However, according the most area of the city is urban area, so it is quite rare to see large resort accommodation available for tourists. However, if you are planning to visit this city, there are some beautiful resorts available for you but you may have to be hurry because they normally have full booking in high season.

Even though it si quite hard for you to find large resort accommodation in Pattaya, but there are some other hotels that have improve its environment to be a resort. One of the good examples is the hotel called Cabbages and Condoms Resort which I have visited last year.

I book this hotel through hotel booking website in very in quite cheap price and the hotel’s service is really impressive. For some of you who nay want to stay in city central area but would love to relax on private beach. There are some resort provides this for external guest too.

Booking for hotel in this city is also very easy. It is quite surprised that I can see many of travel agents in my country offering hotel booking service for this city. Even though it is just a small city in small country but the tourism market is very competitive. Therefore, many of hotel booking websites owners try to make a deal with local agents or directly to hotels or resorts to offer competitive prices available to customers.

 

Recommended Destinations

From January to December, holiday lovers and tourists are constantly moving from their stations to visit other destinations in order to observe new places, snap photographs and generally make new discoveries of interest. Some families love excursions; and there are those who can almost give up human close ties’ just to experience new sights. Now, due to increasing travelers’ expectations and their continuous yearning to be informed about new, exciting new place and get update about old sights, there arose vital reason to create what is now known as “Upcoming Travel Destinations Updates.” This takes place when proclamation about travel destinations to look forward to is made through diverse channels, such as the local and foreign media, bulletin boards, press releases, online blogging and so on. Fortunately, every serious traveler and industry player sentimentally holds every news and/or update about upcoming destination in high esteem. One may be tempted to look for many reasons for certainty, however it is clear that it help them glean vital information, choose places to go, mark their calendars and possible book ahead if need be. Again, travelers have the wonderful privilege to carry out these vital exercises from the travel agent online, as they assiduously plan their budget with sense of smartness.

It should also be noted that, apart from visiting well known or new tourist’s attraction such as monuments or historical palaces, most travelers almost always look forward to see other activities such as cultural dances, local fair, colorful festivals and more diverse local events to enrich their experiences.

Some interesting places

Prepare to visit Amsterdam – a place known for its tulips, wooden shoes and canals. Do you want see some great beaches during summer? Then Myrtle Beaches are waiting for you. Perhaps you prefer traveling during the winter season. The city of Phoenix is a great place to be with your family or alone. And if you want to traverse outside your station during summer and winter then, Wisconsin is an ideal place you should consider. Meanwhile, let’s see some interesting destinations you should be prepared to visit in the coming months:

March/April

USA: Washington, Los Vegas and Arizona.

The tropical regions: Caribbean, Belize, South America.

The south pacific region: New Zealand and Australia.

November/December

USA: Colorado, Arizona, South eastern, Ski Resorts.

The tropical regions: Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, Caribbean.

The south pacific region: Asia and Maldives Lastly, the Hawaii is one of the few places you can visit all year round due to stable weather condition.

 

Las Vegas Excitement

The city is situated in the deserts of Nevada not that far from Los Angeles, California. It is an attractive tourist spot for many reasons. Along with the 24 hours a day gambling in America’s biggest casinos, there are exciting shows and exhibits to see which are suitable for the whole family.

Among the fantastic shows that you can see in Vegas is the magic show of David Copperfield at the Mirage Hotel. You can also opt to visit an exhibit about the life of rock n roll legend Elvis Presley.

You’ll want to spend time wandering up and down the famous Las Vegas strip which has so much going on that it can be overwhelming at times. The electricity and energy pulsating through this city is incredible!

Of course the biggest thing that Vegas is known for is it’s casinos. Vegas is a gambler’s paradise. Many people love to visit the city of Las Vegas because they can gamble. They have dreams of “hitting it big” and winning a fortune! While this dream doesn’t come true for most, the attempt can be quite thrilling.

Music is another exciting feature of this city that is like no other in the world. Famous singers such as Celine Dion and Elton John frequently perform in Vegas.

Of course the biggest musical related show in Las Vegas is The Beatles themed Cirque de Soleil: Love. This amazing show combines the theatrics of Cirque de Soleil with the timeless music of The Beatles. If you already have the Love CD then you’ll have some idea of what to expect as far as the revisualization of The Beatles music. If you haven’t heard the Love CD then it’s highly recommend that you purchase it now.

The hotels in Las Vegas are among the most luxurious in the world and almost all of the hotels in Vegas have a huge casino inside! You can have an incredible time in Vegas without ever leaving your hotel! Among the incredible luxury hotels in Vegas is the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel which is located on the aptly named Paradise Road.

Even the Super 8 Motel in Las Vegas is exciting! The Super 8 in Vegas is the biggest Super 8 in the whole world and it includes a pool which you have 24 hour access to. And while it is one of the few Vegas hotels without a casino inside, it does have a casino right next door.

If you want to stay at the largest casino on the Las Vegas strip then you should stay at the Golden Nugget Casino and Hotel which has over 45,000 square feet of casino space.

Traveling to Kauai, Hawaii

When traveling, the thing to remember is that the trip is about a holiday or vacation. From the minute you enter the airplane until getting back home, your vacation should be focused on lowering the stress level in your life and getting balance back in your world. Yes, it will cost more but in the end, the vacation will have done it’s job and you will leave Hawaii refreshed and ready to go back to your career or business.

By lowering the stress level, we’re talking about getting the services necessary to keep from having got concern yourself with any difficulties. Take for example getting around at your destination of Kauai. You “could” rent a car and try to find you way around unfamiliar territory. If getting lost, being late, dealing with traffic and the stress of other motorists is your idea of a vacation, go to New York City.

If however, getting to see the sights and enjoying the island is more like vacation time, consider using the services of a tour company, or even hire out a car and driver for an afternoon. Another potential possibility is public transportation. It runs on a regular schedule and you get to people watch while getting around for almost no cash. The car and driver is more expensive but they can get you around to see the local side of the island while the public transportation route takes you to the more popular areas. Maybe using both on different days can give you the benefit of an enjoyable vacation without the worry of a car rental, gasoline, accidents, parking etc.

If you plan on doing some Kauai island sightseeing and need a car rental, consider one with limited miles and leave it at home whenever possible. A weekly rental can cost a couple of hundred dollars but the you shouldn’t feel a need to use it everytime a short trip is in order.

Another idea to lower the stress level is to consider getting a condominium or rental until with a full kitchen. This is especially good if you’re traveling with kids. A quick trip to the neighborhood food store can take care of the childrens eating issues and take you off the breakfast, lunch and dinner, time schedule. Get food that’s easy to prepare and let the kids fend for themselves at least sometimes. This gives them a sense of independence and allows you to sleep in occasionally during the vacation.

The key to a fun and enjoyable Kauai vacation or any Hawaiian vacation, is to get out of the rut and schedule that’s your life back home. Do different things, experiment, see new sights, enjoy a different culture. In all, a Kauai vacation can recharge your batteries and give a new outlook on your world back home

 

Tourist Attractions in Rio De Janeiro

The Statue of ‘Christ the Redeemer’

When it comes to visiting Rio de Janeiro, the first and foremost attraction that comes to our mind is the gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer. It is one of the most astonishing as well as classic things situated in the state of Rio, and hence you should never miss a visit to this place during your Brazil trip. This amazing sculpture is basically a representation of the Brazilian Christianity. It is the largest statuette of Jesus Christ found in the entire world till now. Located in a height of around 2,300 ft over the Corcovado Mountain, this striking and entrancing Art Deco statue overlooks a vast region of southern part of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Tourists are allowed to hit the highest point, which enables them to enjoy the panoramic view of the exclusive and magnificent landscape, particularly at dawn and dusk.

The Sugarloaf Mountain

It is another wonderful place in Rio, and tourists across the world simply love to get pleasure from its outstanding beauty. It is nothing but an enormous colossal rock found almost 1,299 ft over the tranquil stream of the Guanabara Bay. Being one of the most incredible rocky formations, ascending amid land and water, it offers an outstanding vista to the visitors. The Sugarloaf Mountain is truly one of the most popular tourist attractions in Brazil, and can be reached by two cable cars. You would simply fall in love with the beauty of the picturesque landscape that is visible from the crest of the mountain.

Sambadrome Marques de Sapucai

If you have a flair for exploring diverse culture, different lifestyle, and so on, you have to come to Sambadrome Marques de Sapucai. It is the best place in Brazil to identify the colours, feel the spirit, and get accustomed with the culture of the country. Sambadrome is basically a vast area mainly intended for parade. It is positioned in the centre of the city of Rio de Janeiro and is used for various purposes. During ‘Rio Carnival’, the world-famous festival of Brazil, Sambadrome becomes highly crowded. Right from captivating Samba events to lots of other amusements, this place turns into a perfect source of enjoyment at that time.

Copacabana Beach

Those who prefer beach vacations would surely love the serenity and purity of the Copacabana Beach of Rio de Janeiro. It is located in the southern part of the city, and is known to be one of the most visited places in the entire Brazil. The beach of Copacabana is approximately 4 kilometres long. Pristine white sand, crystal-clear water, awesome weather, excellent accommodation facility with every single amenity, two historical castles at both ends of the long stretch, etc. are some of the major attractions of the place.

Brazil Tourist Attractions

Iguacu Falls

It is one of the picturesque locations of Brazil located on the Argentina-Brazil border. One of the most significant aspects of this natural beauty is that it consists of 275 waterfalls. The most impressive waterfall is called the Devil’s Throat, which has a height of 269 ft. You can reach this place from other Latin American countries too like Argentina and Paraguay. You can reach this renowned waterfall system from Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) and Puerto Iguazu (Argentina). Along the canyon, you will find a long walkway. This will definitely be a great experience for the travelers. An extension of the walkway in the lower base of Devil’s Throat will surely fascinate you.

Christ the Redeemer

One of the most famous and iconic tourist attractions of Brazil is ‘Christ the Redeemer’. A famous statue of Christ, situated in Rio de Janeiro, the gothic structure (130 ft tall including a 31 ft pedestal) is located at the top of Corcovado Mountain, 2,300 ft above the sea level. You can get a panoramic view of the entire city from this point.

Amazon River

The 4,000 miles long river is the second longest in the world. The region is known for its rich indigenous flora and fauna that supports a healthy ecosystem. Per studies, currently there are more than three thousand recognized species of fish in this region. It should be noted that many species in this region are yet to be discovered. Interestingly, you can find a tenth of the total number of species in the Amazon rainforest. Over one million living species can be found in and around Amazon River. Travelers can enjoy the jungle tours.

Ouro Preto

Have you heard about the best preserved colonial town of Brazil? It is Ouro Preto, which literally means ‘back gold’. This town was founded at the end of seventeenth century. One of the attractive aspects of this place is the well preserved Portuguese architecture that reflects the colonial past. Interesting thing about this city is that any new house built here should match the historical architectural standards of the colonial buildings. Tourists flock to this place all year through to get a glimpse of the historic Brazilian heritage. When you visit Ouro Preto, never forget to check the beautiful churches of the 18th and 19th century along with the Aleijadinho’s famous sculptured works. This is the reason why this place is regarded as one of the top tourist attractions of Brazil.

Fernando de Noronha

It is a picturesque archipelago, located 220 miles from the northeastern coast of Brazil. This archipelago is famous for beautiful landscapes, pristine beaches, and variety of wildlife. Fernando de Noronha has 21 beautiful islands. The largest of them has a population of 3,500. Snorkelers and divers love this place. The water here remains warm throughout the year and the visibility is good even at depths of fifty meters.

 

Sightseeing in Brazil

One of the new world wonders is an exemplary object. It is Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro With the Statue of Christ the Redeemer on its top. The city itself might be recognized as the most popular travel destination in the country, but, in fact, it is powered by mighty statue that cannot but impress both visitors and locals. It is one of the highest statues in the world: the Christ spread hands towards Rio and its residents precisely in 1931. However, the idea had been introduced a decade before, on the anniversary of Brazil Independence Day.

Ouro Preto (Minas Gerais state) was added to the list of UNESCO Heritage in Brazil, and if visiting the city, there is no doubts it was reasonable thing to do. This town was a heart of the gold fever in the 18th century, and, therefore, was widely advanced by locals and European invaders. The urban landscape cannot go without colonial buildings and sightings performed in Baroque style. Ouro Preto is indeed fascinating. The name of the city is translated as the “black gold”, which essentially refers to gold-diggers and black-colored gold bars they mined at the very peak of Ouro Preto history.

Sao Joao del-Rei (Minas Gerais state) is one more historic city in the neighborhood. In practice, the city is famous for a great number of beautiful churches and cathedrals. Since the city founding in the 18th century about 70 churches have been constructed.

The administrative center of Minas Gerais state, Belo Horizonte, has a great variety of momentous sightseeing spots. Basilicas and mighty sculptures decorate the streets of the city, and this beauty was also highly estimated by UNESCO in 1985. The most interesting places include: Abilio Barreto historical museum, Liberty Palace (Palacio da Liberdade), Mineralogy Museum (Museu de Mineralogia). Museu de artes da Pampulha is a former casino building, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. It collected more than 900 works of Brazilian artists and sculptors.