Come visit romania

Have you ever been to Romania? If not you should, in fact everybody should, simply because it’s really beautiful and you can see a lot of things, like the castle Dracula lived in, the Black Sea where pirates used to hunt down every ship that passed by.

Romania has a lot of cool places to visit, but in my opinion the most beautiful of them all are the parks of Bucharest, the capital city on a hot summer day. Why is that you might wonder, well let me tell you that Romania has the most beautiful girls you have ever seen, and in the summer they all go out in parks to hang around. It’s like a paradise on earth, you will be amazed and dazzled by the variety and beauty of them. If you are a girl, let me tell you that the boys are worth while too ;)

Other absolutely magnificent places to visit are the Romanian beaches, i’m telling you that you won’t find anything like them anywhere else. The sand is delicate, the sea is hot and not very salty and the beaches are full with people. An interesting phenomenon has been happening in the past few years, more and more girls go to the beach topless, so there is beauty to be admired everywhere. Don’t miss your chance to have a vacation in paradise, visit Romania in the summer and you won’t be sorry.

If you go during the winter it isn’t that bad either. The mountains are superb and there are a lot of resorts to accommodate even the picky ones. Going skying is something a lot of people practice in the Romanian mountains, and Brasov is one of it’s leading mountain resorts.

One more thing that will make your trip easier and more pleasant, many Romanians speak English, so there is little chance to get lost no matter where you are.

Make your vacation memorable and go visit Romania.

Attractions in brazil

Even though Brazil covers almost half of South America a majority of its residents live on the coast. The residents of Brazil vary in ethnic orientation as well as economic status. Because of the people and the lush landscape, Brazil is a fabulous place to visit.

One of the most popular places to visit when in Brazil is Rio de Janeiro. This city is known as the marvelous city and has one of the most beautiful settings in the world. It boasts beautiful beaches and breathtaking views.

While in Rio you can view the Christ the Redeemer statue which sits on top of Corcovado.

There are also a multitude of beaches that you can visit depending on your lifestyle. Rios main beaches include Arpoador, Barra da Tijuca, Botafogo, Flamengo, Leblon, Leme, Pepino and Vidigal.

Rio is also home to some wonderful museums, including the Museu Historico Nacional. However, the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio De Janeiro houses Brazil’s most important collection of modern art. If you are interested in learning more about Brazillian history, be sure to visit the Museu da Republica.

Another great city is Sao Paulo. It is South America’s largest city with over 17 million residents and is Brazils financial, commercial and industrial heartland. As a tourist, you will not want to miss it’s famed nightlife or grand shopping opportunities.

Salvador da Bahia is the state capital and is split into upper and lower sections. This city is perfect for a long walking excursion because most of Salvador’s museum, palaces and churches are concentrated within Cidade Alta. This is also the place to find local craftsmanship finds. Head for the Mercado Modelo to find the best in Brazil, with a focus on rich African flavors. Salvador is known for being the center of Brazilian music and other great clubs and bars featuring live music of Brazil.

If you are interested in exploring underground lakes like Lago Azul and viewing spectacular waterfalls, be sure to visit the Diamantina National Park.

Travel to Northern Brazil and you can visit the Amazon River. You can also visit one of the world’s biggest and most spectacular falls located where Paraguay, Argentia and Brazil meet. If you are more interested in seeing some exotic wildlife be sure to visit the Pantanal Wetlands. The huge area extends into Bolivia and Paraguay.

A heavenly village nestled on the coast is Jericocoara. While there you can take in awesome views of a sparkling white sand-dune desert and a gorgeous turquoise sea.

Brazil ’s capital, Brasilia, and does not have a lot to offer the tourist as the cities of Rio and Sao Paulo or the Northeast section of the country. However, there is some interesting architecture to see. A guided tour is recommended if you want to venture into the capital.

If you are lucky enough to visit Brazil anywhere from December to March you can participate in Bahia’s Carnival which is a lavish festival with memorable parties, music and great Latin American food. Carnival in Rio takes place in February/March. Local residents dress in lavish, colorful costumes and it is known as one of the biggest parties in the world to celebrate Lent.

Brazil has many other cultural things to offer than just beautiful beaches. Take a trip to Brazil to explore and learn about this rich country in South America.

Hot dogs and planes

Hot dogs and planes! Summer is a good time for both of them. Why not try taking your dog flying with you if you haven’t already?

I’m not talking commercial airlines here, this is general aviation. Little private planes owned by little private people who fly out of little private airports (or dirt strips as the case may be).

There are probably lots of people reading this who have put their dog in a crate and watched it vanish off into the cargo hold of the commercial jet for a trip and wondered if that animal would have disintegrated into a nervous puddle of goo by the time the plane landed at the destination…this is a completely different situation. We’re talking a chance to get out of the house and have some fun with your pet!!!

Think of it as an opportunity to spend more quality time with your hairy (or scaly or slimy) friend. In addition to dogs I will also include all other “pet” animals that could comfortably fit in a small plane – cats, ferrets, guinea pigs, pot bellied pigs, ant farms, bullfrogs, you name it!

That said, a good plan when considering bringing your buddy along for his first flight is to keep in mind how your pet reacts to riding in the car. If he is “gung-ho” about it, there’s a pretty good chance that he’ll enjoy the plane as well.

If the instant he rounds the corner and sees the car he barfs, this probably isn’t going to be an enjoyable time for either one of you and perhaps you should reconsider.

However, if you are stuck between a rock and a hard place and your projectile-vomiting pet absolutely HAS to fly with you there is a product out there that works beautifully called Sic Sacs. Intended for humans, the developers probably wouldn’t mind if you used them for a different species. (Assistant in full-body rubber suit to sit in back seat with pet and hold bag is highly recommended if you choose this option).

An important consideration when flying with an animal is hearing protection. You have it, so why shouldn’t they? Their hearing is even more sensitive than yours.

Mutt Muffs! What, you say? A company called Safe and Sound Pets makes aviation headsets for dogs, which they call Mutt Muffs. The research and development behind this product is extensive and it is definitely worth looking into if you plan on taking your pooch on flights with you. They even engineered them to fit a dog’s head with special straps!

There’s no reason why your pet should have to suffer from noise when there is a product out there that you can train him to wear that will protect his hearing. With all different sizes (yes, there’s one that will fit a cat) there’s no excuse not to give this a try!

How to fly with your pet: You can start out slowly by just taking the pet to the airport with you. That’s all. Let them get used to the sights and sounds.

Then your next trip you can put your pet into the plane, but don’t take off yet – let the animal sit in the plane and get used to it. If you will be using a harness to secure them now is a good time to calmly give it a try. Nonchalance and acting like you have all the time in the world is crucial here if you have a skeptical pet.

A couple of dry runs like this are ideal as they allow the pet to acclimate themselves to the new situation on their own terms.

Eventually you can start up the plane and see how things go in the backseat. If you are happy with what is going on then keep the “baby-step” format going until you are 100% sure that your pet is comfortable in the plane. Practice taxiing.

Then, finally, you can take off. As you can see, this is not an impulsive “Oooh it’s Saturday, let’s go flying for the first time today” type of deal. You MUST consider the pet’s well-being, or you might end up paying a doggie psychotherapist a lot of money somewhere down the road. This is avoidable. Take your time. Plus, anyone who is a dog psychotherapist needs to be seriously questioned as to their sanity anyway.

Things to bring with you on that first fateful flight:

1. Yourself

2. Helper

3. Pet

4. Safety harness for pet to sit in back seat if pet is large enough

5. Food & water for everybody

6. Hearing protection

7. A sense of humor

8. Windex to clean nose prints off the window

Take advantage of summertime and spend some quality time with your pet – it may take a little bit of getting used to for both of you, but in the long run it will be well worth the effort, and it will ensure that you can spend more time together and less time feeling guilty for neglecting them at home whole you go out and have all the fun!

So, there you were…not thinking about bringing your pet with you in the plane. You were worried that he might chew through his crate while you were out flying, but now you have a wonderful opportunity to spend more time with him. Carpe diem!

Looking for more information on private planes and dogs? Have you ever heard about the rescue group of volunteer pilots who fly animals in need to wherever their new home is going to be? They are looking for volunteers, so if you’re interested in donating your time and flying expertise to help animals you can check it out. The internet is a great place to start your research. The organization is called Flying Paws, and after having taught your own animal to ride happily with you it should be a piece of cake!

Leather luggage that is indestructible attractive and affordable

These bags may have gone underground for a while, where the general traveling public is concerned, but for the experienced traveler they have always been the gold standard.

Far superior

Many of the luggage products offered today are of nylon fabric construction. This material is a decent material for a piece of luggage but prone to manufacturing quality issues. The fabric holds together fairly well but the stitching can have a tendency to pull from the zippers and seams can split. For the most part, this is due to the locations that manufacture the products. Quality inspection is not as rigorous as it could be because manufacturers follow a different business model.

Hard charging luggage

The versatility of leather luggage is renowned to the traveling public at large. There is a reason that leather luggage has been in use for as long as it has. It is the most versatile and durable type of luggage available. At one end of the leather bag spectrum is the basic valise. These open mouthed bags are grab and go bags that can carry just about everything in a wide open stiff bottomed bag. Throw the bag around and do your worst. This bag will stand up and protect your belongings with no signs of adverse damage.

Exceedingly reasonable price

Some may have the traveler believe that leather luggage is an expensive option. This is just flat wrong. Leather luggage is reasonably priced by any measure and in some instances even better then other options. Consider the 5 piece luggage set from between $150.00 and $410.00. For many other types of luggage you would need to search far and wide for pricing such as this. The even better part of this particular pricing is that you will be getting the full advantages of leather. When others are on their third set of luggage your first set of leather luggage will just be getting ready for the action ahead. Buy it once, buy it for life.

The leather quality

The process of getting a piece of leather to the stage where it can be ready to become a fine piece of leather luggage is arduous. Each step requires close attention to detail. By the time the leather reaches the luggage manufacturer it is soft and supple yet strong and ready to last more then a lifetime. A vast majority of leather luggage manufacturers realize this and continue the piece of leathers journey with the safe craftsmanship that it was given before it got to them. Heavier denier yarns are used to make sure that stitching lasts for decade upon decade. Where grommets are required, only the finest materials are used. The maker of the piece of leather luggage you buy thinks of it as a symbol of pride, just as you do when you show it off during your travels.

Around the world and back again

If one bag is just not enough and you plan of an extended voyage most leather luggage product lines have a full set that will suit your varied needs. Make-up case to shaving kit-garment bag to backpack a full set of leather luggage will set you up for whatever the world has to throw at you. Perhaps the most important leather bag that a full set of luggage may offer you is the bag for your suites and dresses. Many of today’s suit bags offer space for one or possibly two suites or dresses before you begin to cram another change into the bag. Most leather luggage sets, however, offer you a roomier bag with the option of up to five suits or dresses. Ultimately, this option indicates just how much attention leather luggage manufacturers pay to what you, as a traveler, ask for in the construction of your bag.

Mactan serviced apartment rentals becoming popular with travelers to cebu philippines

Lancaster Cebu Resort Residences [LCRR] in Mactan, Cebu, a boutique Brand Name Condotel Investment of Pacific Concord Properties Inc, is now ready to accept guests in the Condo Hotel. Under the management of Lancaster Hotels, Land and Properties, Inc. [LHLPI], rental operations of LCRR were soft launched March 2007.

Beth Collingz, International Marketing Director of PLC Global an internet based sales and marketing company and lead marketing partners with Pacific Concord Properties, Inc., for the Lancaster Brand of Condotels in the Philippines, recently announced the company has acquired, by purchase, additional units in its Lancaster Cebu Condotel adding another 75M pesos to its project inventory and expansion program. This brings the number of properties held in the development to 75 suites with another 120 units to be added before year end for Condo Hotel rental operations.

Property is all about LOCATION said Collingz. Mactan, Cebu, provides one with both the laid back pace of provincial living, as well as prerequisites of the urban dweller. Schools, hospitals, restaurants, shopping malls, and leisure are all found on the island itself.

Lancaster Cebu Resort Residences, located a mere 3 minutes from Mactan-Cebu International Airport, provides you with easy access to all the essentials of urban living. This ideal location will complement the Condotel operation since Lancaster Cebu will function as a condominium hotel a preferred accommodation choice of businessmen and holiday travelers alike. Clients can either purchase Condotel Suites for investment purposes or lease the units on weekly, monthly or yearly basis. We currently have Fully Furnished Executive Studio Suite and Two-Bedroom Suites available at Lancaster Cebu Resort Residences at Pre-Increase Prices that will be Ready For Occupancy from November 2007 at the current price said Collingz.

For the soft launch, LHLPI has prepared special promotional room rates aimed at budget travelers. Guests can check-in to any of the executive studio suites for as low as $35 a night or to any of the two-bedroom loft rooms at $65 a night plus 13% Government Tax whilst longer term discounted rates for monthly and yearly lease rentals are also available said Collingz.

Lancaster Cebu also offers Studio Suites for sale. Collingz said Fully Furnished Studio Suites [36.5625sqm [395sqft] Philippine Pesos: - Pph-75,321.00/sqm - Pph-2,753,924.06] are available and may be purchased with initial Reservation Fee - Pph-100,000.00 Balance Payable without interest over 24 consecutive equal monthly payments of - Pph-110,580.17 [Tax Inclusive]. Alternatively buyers can Save - Pph-106,156.96 by making Reservation [-Pph-100,000.00] then within 30 days 40% Net Down Payment of - Pph-955,412.70 with resulting Balance payable without interest over 24 consecutive equal monthly payments - Pph-66,348.10. Another option, Pay Cash and take 10% discount [Save - Pph-275,392.40] Pay the Reservation Now [-Pph-100,000.00] and the Cash Balance within 30 days [-Pph-2,378,531.66] for an Effective Total Cash Price of - Pph-2,478,531.66. This Suite many also be purchased on Five Year Payment Terms through our no qualification In-House Finance with 15% Down Payment.

Whilst the Lancaster Cebu Resort Residences Executive 2 Bedroom Suite, Fully Furnished 2 BR Loft Suite 65.74sqm [710sqft] - Pph-83,161.00/sqm Philippine Pesos: - Pph-5,467,004.14, may be purchased with an initial Reservation Fee - Pph-100,000.00 Balance Payable without interest over 24 consecutive equal monthly payments of - Pph-223,625.18 Tax Inclusive. Alternatively Save - Pph-214,680.16 by making the Reservation - Pph-100,000.00 then within 30 days 40% Net Down Payment of - Pph-1,932,121.50 and resulting Balance payable without interest over 24 consecutive equal monthly payments Pph-134,175.10. Another option, Pay Cash take 10% discount [Save - Pph-546,700.41] Pay the Reservation Now [-Pph-100,000.00] and Balance within 30 days [-Pph-4,820,303.73] for an Effective Total Cash Price of - Pph-4,920,303.73. These Two Bedroom Fully Furnished Suites many also be purchased on Five Year Payment Terms through our no qualification In-House Finance Available with 15% Down Payment said Collingz

Whilst some renovation works are still ongoing within the complex, unit rentals are now available to guests at 'Special Promo Rates'. Cebu City is the acknowledged gateway and Queen City of the South. Cebu is the most important trading and commercial hub outside of Metro Manila. Mactan Cebu International Airport assures the arrival of a steady stream of international flights from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kota Kinabalu, Seoul and Qatar. There are also chartered flights from Incheon, Taipei, Kansai, Nagoya and Kiaoshung that arrive on a weekly basis. Cebu is identified by Asiaweek and Conde Nast Traveller as one of Asia’s Best Cities

Useful tips on san francisco hotels

No matter what the purpose of your visit to San Francisco, be it either for business or for holidays with your family, you would certainly like to find for yourself the right San Francisco hotel. San Francisco hotels are one of the most luxurious and classiest hotels on the west coast.

San Francisco hotels that offer luxurious accommodation are more expensive than typical hotels you would find in other parts of San Francisco. However, staying at those luxury San Francisco Hotels is definitely worth the stay.

The primary reason for these San Francisco hotels being more expensive is due to the reason that they are located near the most popular tourist attractions in San Francisco, and they offer you the best amenities available. These San Francisco hotels are located near the financial district of San Francisco, close to Union Square. Union Square is a popular attraction for people who are interested in theaters and shopping. The Union Square Shopping Center houses some of the biggest department stores in the country. It is known to be the top destination of anyone who enjoys shopping. If you want to stay in any of the San Francisco hotels in the Union Square then it is always advisable to make prior reservations as this place although has a large number of Grand Hotels and small Inns but they are always flooded with tourists and finding a place at the last minute might pose to be a problem.

The San Francisco hotels here provide excellent service with delicious food. You can always count on its rich sea food apart from the world's delicacies which the restaurants here serve. Your stay in any San Francisco hotel would be greatly comfortable and pleasant, San Francisco hotels here provide numerous services like airport pickup and drop facilities, swimming pools, spas, health clubs, fine restaurants, and air conditioned rooms. With the mesmerizing city in the background, San Francisco hotels definitely create an impression, which is equally charming.

San Francisco hotels have also seen the revival of small hotels. Travelers won't necessarily find the range of special services like, secretarial assistance, full-room service, same-day laundry that larger San Francisco hotels offer. Some bed-and-breakfast inns, with their quaint decor and more intimate surroundings, may appeal more to romantic people. Most San Francisco hotels don't have in-hotel parking. A few offer valet parking; otherwise, you park in nearby downtown garages.

Many San Francisco hotels offer discounted packages from time to time; and most have business rates.

Whether you are on a business trip or on vacation with your loved ones, San Francisco is a great place to visit. While in San Francisco you will never think of what to do. With so much attractions like the Alcatraz, the Golden Gate bridge and Almo Squaree. The Bay Bridge, beautiful beaches, fisherman' wharf and the never ending nightlife and events in the city will keep you well occupied throughout the day. If that's not all, you can stroll through the famous union square doing nothing. You can stay in the best luxury hotels, where your comfort and convenience are prioritized.

What to see in egypt

If you are planning a trip to Egypt, as the UK Director of operations for One World Tours in the UK, here’s my top ten list of places to go and things to see and do in Egypt…

1. The pyramids at Giza. This may sound obvious but visiting them is not the only option. You can go inside them, ride camels around them and possibly most spectacular of them all, visit them and night and view the awesome Sound and Light Show at the pyramids. In the darkness of night, the Sphinx is lit up and narrates the history of the Pyramids. In addition a fantastic soundtrack plays and lasers dance all over the Pyramids. This show is a MUST.

2. Kings Tuts Mask. The mask of the child king, just has to be seen in person to be believed. The intricate work is one thing, but there is just an amazing “aura” of peace around this artefact. Words simply cannot describe what you will feel as you stand in front of it.

3. Abu Simbel. This is a true past and present wonder. The past is obvious, but as a present day wonder, not everyone realises that this entire structure was moved to make way for Lake Nasser. That alone makes it well worth the trip out from Aswan to view it.

4. Valley of the Kings. I personally love Luxor and the Valley of the Kings is a true site to behold. Despite its close links to death, there is a truly peaceful feeling there. It should be mentioned however that not all the tombs are worth seeing. You entry tickets gets you into 3 of the tombs and you can pay extra for others and for King Tuts tomb too. The 3 we suggest visiting are Ramses I, Tuthmosis III and Ramses VI .

5. Luxor Temple. This temple is located right on the bank of the River Nile and is a great place to stroll at leisure. Ironically an amazing view of this place can also be seen from the second floor of the McDonalds opposite – sorry it’s true !

6. A Felucca sailing on the Nile. Best taken in Luxor (opposite the entrance to Luxor Temple) this is a simple yet fantastic pleasure. We suggest heading out early in the afternoon, partly because the river provides a welcome rest from the days heat, but mainly because the return journey will see the sun setting over the Nile and this is something just not to be missed.

7. Karnak Temple. This temple complex can be visited either by day or night. If you can do both, do both, but if you can only do it once, do it at night. Karnak Temple is a huge place and is lit beautifully and as you wander around and the story of its history unfolds, you are truly transported to another time and place. The final act takes place overlooking a lake where the temple is stunningly lit and reflected in the still waters in front of you.

8. Diving in the Red Sea. Diving in places like Hurghada, Dahab and Sharm el Sheikh is some of the best in the world and if you are a beginner, where better to learn that at the Red Sea Riviera !

9. A Nile Dinner Cruise (in Cairo). Arguably a little clichй, but if you can get past that, then a Nile river cruise in Cairo is well worth doing. The skyline is beautifully lit and as your cruise ship heads out into the dark waters, you are sure to have a romantic evening which you will never forget.

10 Riding a Camel. It just has to be done ! The best locations are at the pyramids on the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor. Here it can be done nicely in conjunction with a trip on the Nile by felucca (stopping for a camel ride during the afternoon).

African safari is affordable for you

An African Safari is the vacation of a lifetime. Make sure you choose your tour company wisely as there is a lot of difference between tour operators. Looking for great value? Ask a travel agent to keep an eye out for African Safari special offers to find exclusive tours at unbeatable prices. Or if you have some extra time, surf the internet for a few weeks before booking so that you get a good idea of the tours being offered. Safaris, aside from the airfare, are not much more expensive than other guided tours unless you take the luxury option, and it's bound to be an unforgettable vacation.

Safaris to the Kruger Park, which is roughly the size of a small country, are always popular. This area of Africa has seen human habitation for roughly 40,000 years. Indigenous populations coexisted in balance with the local game, but after Europeans arrived and began to hunt for trophies, game populations declined drastically due to the uncontrolled slaughter despite hunting laws introduced to South Africa in 1858.

The area first became protected in 1989, just before the Boer War, after a campaign by Paul Kruger to establish the Sabi game reserve between the Sabi and Crocodile rivers. After the Boer War ended in 1902, the James Stevenson-Hamilton was appointed warden of the Sabi Game Reserve, and formal protection and rebuilding of game stocks was instituted. Stevenson-Hamilton became determined to protect the area permanently by making it a national park. After much lobbying, he succeeded. The national parks act was passed in 1926 and the Sabi and Singwitsi reserves (by then the Transvaal Game Reserve) became the Kruger National Park.

It took a few years before visitors discovered the park. In 1927, a total of 3 tourist vehicles ventured into the park, bringing in an income of 3 pounds. By 1930, there were 900 vehicles roaming on the 500 kilometres of new roads in the park, and staying in the huts and tents that could accommodate up to 700 people. Stevenson-Hamilton was an outdoorsman who disapproved of luxurious facilities, and he attempted to maintain a rustic atmosphere. However, when he left, accommodations were upgraded and the park became a reknowned destination for tourists from all around the world.

By 1955, visitors flocked to the park in numbers exceeded 10,000 a year, prompting extensive development of roads and tourist services along with the fencing of the park boundaries. During peak holiday season, such as Christmas, Easter and July, the park can be quite crowded. There is now a daily limit to number of visitors, so if you must travel in peak season, reserve well ahead of time.

Adjacent to the Kruger on its Western Boundary are a number of private game reserves, including the Sabi Sand, Timbavati and Manyeleti. Kruger Park Safaris offer a huge variety and density of wildlife, as well as a wide range of safari experiences. You'll never be able to see the whole park in just one tour. Safaris include everything from tented walking safaris and self-driving safaris to ultra-luxurious fly-in safaris. Kruger Park holds hundreds of lodges for different tastes and budgets.

The Kruger Park is a year-round destination, but there is a seasonal difference in climate. The dry season (winter) is usually between May and August, although rainfall starts declining in April and is still fairly low in September and October. This is the best season to see game, as permanent waterholes attract animals, the vegetation becomes thinned out, and trees have fewer leaves to obstruct the view. Winter has warm days and chilly nights. The average maximum temperatures is around 24 degrees in winter, and the average minimum is about 8 or 9 degrees, although it can drop as far as 5 degrees. It is important to bring along a warm jacket for early morning and evening game tours.

The wet season (summer), is from November to March. This is when the Kruger Park receives most of its rainfall, usually in dramatic afternoon thundershowers. The weather is hot and balmy, with Average maximum temperatures of about 30 degrees Celcius, with an average minimum of 20 degrees. The summer grass and foliage becomes lush and green, and while this makes for beautiful scenery, it can also make game viewing difficult. Also, animals no longer concentrate around waterholes because there are now widespread sources of water.

However, for birdwatchers, the wet season is the ideal time to visit the Kruger Park, as this is when the migrating birds arrive, and when all the local birds are at their most active. The Makuleke region of the park is renowned for its many species of birds, and visitors may see exotic specimens such as Scarlet Chested Sunbirds, Broadbilled Rollers, Redheaded Weavers, Wattle-eyed Flycatchers and owls, such as the Pels Fishing Owl, the Scops, Whitefaced, Pearl-Spotted and Giant Eagle Owls.

The wet season is also the best time to see baby animals, as most animals calve at the beginning of the rainy season to take advantage of the lush grazing grounds.

Luxury resorts in and around the Kruger Park are not cheap, but offer services such as massages, reflexology and room service for guests who like to remain within the bounds of civilization while still having an opportunity to take day tours and see game.

Overland Safaris in a tour group are the most economical way to see Kruger Park. These group tours are a great way to meet like-minded eco-tourists and enjoy a genuine outdoor experience. Both camping and hotel options are available.

The bush of the Kruger Park can also be experienced on hiking tours. These walks are conducted in parts of the region not accessible to vehicles, including the spectacular Lanner Gorge.

Happy days out for the whole family

A day out with the family always seems like a great idea – until you discover that everyone has different ideas about where they’d like to go and what they want to do. Particularly true in families that have children across a wide age range, it makes it difficult to find something that pleases everyone.

Traditionally, theme parks have been the preserve of older children and thrill-seeking adults, but these parks, especially those in Europe, have followed the USA’s model of providing a range of rides and activities that suit all ages.

1. Adults

Just because you’re an adult it doesn’t necessarily follow that you love thrill rides. Those who do can happily spend all day queuing for roller coasters and water rides, always on the lookout for the scariest experience or the most extreme ride. Others may prefer more sedate boat rides, scenic walks or sophisticated shopping. A park that can cater for the less adventurous parents and grandparents will often manage to lure the whole family through the gates.

2. Teenagers

The majority of teenagers love rides; and the faster, scarier and more daredevil the better. Teens can usually be allowed to roam the park without adult supervision, just meeting up for lunch or for a family ride. The enclosed environment of the park, together with modern safety measures and the convenience of mobile phones mean that teenagers can have their independence and parents can relax.

3. Younger children

Extreme rides have height, and health warnings allow parents to decide what sorts of rides are suitable for younger children. Whilst some kids want to experience the bigger rides, others are happier with theatre shows, low-thrill rides and other experiences.

A theme park that can cater for the whole family offers value for money as well as a great day out. It allows parents to share experiences with their kids, it gives teenagers the independence they need, and it gives everyone something to talk about on the journey home. A good theme park indulges all the senses and usually leaves you wanting more – so why not go back again tomorrow?

Loincloths and tenderizing at a budapest spa

The Gellert Hotel Spa is renowned as the ultimate spa destination in Hungary. Here’s a first hand account of the Gellert experience.

Gellert Hotel Spa

While in Budapest, everyone kept saying I hadn’t experience Hungary until I had a spa. According to my newfound friends, “a spa” meant the Gellert Hotel Spa.

Being a macho American male, I dragged an American girl I met on the train with me to the spa. The purported purpose, of course, was chivalry and introducing her to an experience she would never forget. After paying $2 each, my bluff was called. Women and men were separated for the treatments. I was alone and didn’t speak a word of the language!

Once separated, I was sent into a large room with what appeared to be a few hundred dressing rooms. An attendant looked up from a desk, said something in Hungarian, slapped a piece of cloth in my hand and pointed to a dressing room.

In the dressing room, I prepared to change only to realize the cloth was no more than a string and a 2 x 2 inch square of cotton. For those anatomically challenged, the string went around your waste and the cloth hung in front. At this point, there was only one thing to do. Chant the traveler mantra, “Ah, what the heck. I’ll never see any of these people again.”

Outside the dressing room, I proceeded to immediately stand around, try to look casual and see what the locals were doing. This was a bit difficult as I was the only person in the room. Eventually a local showed up, changed and headed down a hall. I followed and hoped he didn’t notice.

At the end of the hall, we walked through two giant pools. The walls were painted in baroque styles, the steps into the pools were marble and the whole place was impressive. I nearly let my loincloth slide up.

After the pools, we approached a room that looked remarkably more industrial. There was a line out the door and I dutifully joined it behind my guide. After a few moments, we rounded the door and I saw something I did not expect. Eight loincloth clad men like myself were lying on metal tables. Large male masseuses were standing over them. They would slap them about, spray them with garden hoses, slap them about and repeat as necessary. This wasn’t the massage I was anticipating, but I sure as heck wasn’t getting out of line. That would be to embarrassing!

After a few moments, it was my turn to jump up on a table. My “masseuse” looked at me and said, “Americanski?” I nodded. He grinned. And the beating began. A Hungarian/Turkish massage reminded me of the movie “Rocky.” In Rocky, the lead character pounds on sides of meat to get ready for his fight. In the case of the massage, I was the side of meat. It didn’t hurt, but it wasn’t exactly relaxing.

After a few moments of tenderizing, I was lifted off the table and sent flying through the air. As time slowly passed, I noted this hadn’t happened to any of the men who went before me. I also noted the limestone and marble material used in the walls. Just as I started panicking, I splashed down into a pool to the sound of laughter. While I was trying to decide if I should laugh or be enraged, my body started sending its own signals. I was in a pool of what had to be the coldest water on the planet earth. I am talking Antarctica kind of cold.

Leaping out of the pool, the men in the room gave me a standing ovation accompanied by hunched over, gasping laughter. Now I knew Hungary.

Well, when in Rome…err, Budapest.

Mauritius vacations

Port Louis is the capital and main port of Mauritius, it was founded by the French governor, Mahe de Labourdonnais in 1735. The harbour lies sheltered in a semi-circle of mountains. Portugal is a land which has heterogeneous but unequalled culture. Portugal was one of the worst countries in Western aggregation before the launching of Democracy in the assemblage 1974 and the incorportation into dweller Union in the assemblage 1986.

Port Louis, the capital and largest city, has a population (1997 estimate) of 146,499.

Sugarcane is the main cash crop of the country which is grown on 90% of the cultivated land and accounts for 25% of the export of the country. Sugarcane is grown on about 90% of the cultivated land area and accounts for 25% of export earnings. The government's development strategy centers on industrialization (with a view to modernization and to exports), agricultural diversification, and tourism.

Summers stretch from November to April with temperatures reaching 34 Centigrade on the coast. Humidity is highest from December to April but this is always manageable, especially in the coastal regions where there is a constant breeze. Summer runs from November to April, with temperatures reaching as high as 93?F (34?C) on the coast. Humidity is highest from December to April but is never unbearable, particularly on the coast where there is a constant sea breeze.

Visit the shops, indulge in the water sports available or spend a lazy day on the beach. In the evening, enjoy the world-renowned sensuous Sega Dance performance, a highlight dinner entertainment. Visit the bustling Port Louis that happens to be the happening capital city of Mauritius. Tours to Curepipe in Mauritius brings you to an enchanting world of tea gardens and ship building industry.

Mauritius is indeed the paradise on earth, take your Mauritius Vacation, you'll love it.

Trip to cozumel in mexico

The island of Cozumel is only 12 miles (19 km) off the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula's east coast and 44 miles (71 km) south of Cancun. For years, Cozumel was a quite sleepy island that didn't get many visitors until Jacques Cousteau did a documentary on it after discovering the world class scuba diving at the Palancar Reefs nearby. Since 1961, Cozumel has been known as one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world. In fact for decades since that time, the only tourists visiting the island have been primarily scuba divers. Mainstream tourists went to the resort intensive Cancun in the mainland instead. However, Cozumel became a regular cruise ship port of call in recent years and today it is one of the busiest with two separate terminals. It is common to have five or even six different cruise ships at port on any given day. I've been to Cozumel twice, the first time staying several days on a scuba diving vacation and the second time for a day via cruise ship (also scuba dived during my second visit).

As a result of the cruise ship boom, there has been lots of retail development along the main waterfront road of Avenida Rafael Melgar in the island's only town of San Miguel de Cozumel. There are countless jewelry and t-shirt shops most with staff standing in the entrances enticing visitors to enter their stores. Both silver and liquor can be good bargains here. There are also some nice Mexican crafts shops too. The one problem that we found was that after about 4 jewelry shops, they all started to look the same. It was almost a retail overload. For those who came for a wilder time, there are some bars such as Carlos 'n' Charlie. The town's main outdoor square, Plaza del Sol, is just opposite the main ferry dock to the mainland. There are usually street vendors and artists in the Plaza as well local entertainment during some evenings. The artists do some amazing artwork with spray paints and their prices are very reasonable. San Miguel's main tourist area can be very busy during the day when the cruise ship passengers are in town but since most ships depart at dinnertime, the evenings are actually very quiet. The only tourists left at night tend to be the scuba divers staying in Cozumel.

Most of the hotels and resorts are south of San Miguel and are not within walking distance. However, there are numerous white taxicabs that are readily available. The larger and more luxurious resorts tend to be even further south of town along the southwestern shores. This is actually not surprising since most of the best scuba diving sites are southwest of the island. An easy way to see the 33 mile (53 km) by 9 mile (14 km) island is by renting a scooter or a 4x4. I once rented a scooter and zigzagged along most of San Miguel's streets to see the neighborhoods. Then I went on the main road leaving town and went south. After passing by the larger resorts and going around the southern tip of the island, I found the beaches along the southeastern shores. The shores near San Miguel along the crowded west coast are not known for beaches but the southeast part here have some really spectacular ones. Even better is that there is very little traffic here so the beaches are pretty quiet. Sometimes people can park their scooters and enjoy a beach all for themselves. There are a few stops with refreshments and more souvenirs at prices even better than in San Miguel. After traveling north again, there is a road about halfway up the island that goes across and takes you back to San Miguel entering the town's east side. My scooter tour of the island took just over 2 hours and cost $25 US for the rental. Cozumel has several ancient Mayan ruins but they are not nearly as large or spectacular as the ones on the mainland. After seeing some photos of them in advance of my trip, I didn't even bother to see the ruins.

Cozumel is a nice port of call for cruise ships as there are many shopping opportunities. Passengers who scuba dive or snorkel can easily book directly with the many dive shops in San Miguel without going through their cruise ships which will cost much more. For cruise ship tourists who do not intend to do any water sports and have some time after shopping, it is highly recommended to rent a scooter or 4x4 to tour the island. This is also a nice way to spend the last day of a scuba dive vacation in Cozumel.

Rozier s orleans diary

At the cafй

They are to be found at the far right hand corner; perhaps two or three, perhaps seven or eight.

There is Eugene, very spry, served as a volunteer in the French war in Indochina. He likes women and they seem to like him. In ten seconds he can get any woman smiling. There is Yves, used to run a drapery shop, likes women too, but has slowed down since his last marriage. Spent three years in the Algerian war. There is Alain, a physics teacher, speaks a little English. Always looking for the perfect woman. He likes the English. There is Andrй, was with a Tunisien colonial regiment in Indochina, likes his Masonic meetings, always at the theatre. But he has been missing for some weeks. Is he at his apartment in Arcachon? But he had to go to the clinique for a minor operation. It is a little worrying when friends don't show up.

There is Michelle, who talks little and Nicole who says even less. Ah! but there is Jacqueline who with her sharp tongue makes up for both of them. Sadly Marguerite who has been part of the furniture for as long as I can remember can't make it any more, and there is Daniel, Raymond, Jacques etc.

I am the only foreigner. They collectively don't have enough English to read the first sentence of this article, so I will have to translate it for them.

Maybe one or two have a computer, none use e-mail, internet or blog. Most are retired, a few are waiting to retire. None are interested in making any more money. I, though, am still very active professionaly and want to make a lot more money. I am truly a foreigner. However we all get on very well together. Well, most of the time. Maybe I am some strange kind of foreign pet.

We have our favourite waitress. She is pretty and young and always smiles and makes us feel welcome when she shakes our hands. She is also Moroccain. She is a very good ambassadress for her country. Ah! but what is her country?

Today is the great day. The day when France collectively stops smoking at the working place. My cafй will still be full of smoke though. The law will not apply to cafйs for another year. The psychological shock of taking away this last refuge where smokers, leaving their office, can seek drink, friends and tobacco, would have been too great a risk for any government in an election year.

In my mother's old village of Milverton in Somerset, England, there wasn't a single baker's. In Taunton the county town, not too long ago, I tried to buy some rye bread. None. The English as a nation would appear to have the choice between, white or brown, sliced or unsliced, thick or thin. And they are the nation that gave to the world the sandwich.

I have five baker's within walking distance of where I live. The best and my favourite is within a hundred yards, as all good bakers should be. The baker is French, his wife Russian, and there are three women who sell the bread. Two are French and one is Moroccain. They are all smiling and friendly. It is a real pleasure to go to the baker's. The Moroccain is like the waitress in my cafй, very pretty, polite and speaks excellent French. Not surprisingly she is the only one who speaks a little English and uses the Internet, so does her husband, so I shall be very polite here.

The other day I had bought a baguette and on the way home it broke in two. It was very fresh, still warm, and half fell to the ground. I shall talk about French pavements another day. I went back to buy half a baguette but the shop refused to accept payment.

They also have I don't know how many different kinds of bread, one dozen, two dozen? All shapes and sizes, all types of cereals. The only additive allowed is salt. English bread has about twenty two additives I believe. I like my baguette a lovely light golden brown on the outside and properly baked on the inside. I buy it in the morning to eat for breakfast and lunch and again in the evening for dinner. Fresh twice a day.

My friends in the cafй are always willing to talk about food, which ranks with the weather and health as main topics of conversation. I said I couldn't understand my sister-in-law at all. She buys half a dozen industrial baguettes at the super market once a week and then puts them in the freezer at home. After all, one of the reasons for living in France is their bread which must rank above politics and on a par with women. I am trying to teach them British humour. It's not easy in French and much gets lost in translation.

There is of course Harry's bread in the supermarket for American visitors. That makes them smile.

Developing a home workshop

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It is the handyman’s dream to have his own home workshop. Imagine the convenience of going out to the garage and working on your latest project. You can work on your projects in the evenings and weekend without ever leaving your home. If you have some vacant space, you can develop your own home workshop with a little foresight and a lot of planning.

It is important to plan ahead before you randomly start putting your tools into a space. You should really give a lot of thought about where you are going to put your workshop. Do you have a large yard where you can build a separate building for your shop? Or perhaps you have a shed sitting empty? An unused garage is a great place for a woodshop as well. If you have a large basement, you can easily put a woodshop downstairs in your house as well.

Selecting a shop space

When you select your workshop space there are a few things that you will definitely need to consider. Where is the shop in relation to the rest of your house? Will your shop be in the house? If so you will need to consider some factors such as the level of volume, and insulation. Workshops are very loud, and you will need to be sure that a shop is properly insulated to muffle the excess volume from the rest of the house; otherwise your family members will not be happy when you go to work!

Insallation is also an important consideration if you are looking at an outside workshop for the same reasons. A loud workshop will not make your neighbors happy, so you should take the proper steps to insulate your woodshop. An outside shop is also vulnerable to the elements. It is not very enjoyable to work in a cold shop in the dead of winter either.

Accessibility is a big issue when you are considering a shop space. Think about the types of materials you will be working with. Are you going to need to get 4 x 8 sheets of plywood into your workshop? It is very important that you have a large access window or door into your shop where you can get wood in and finished projects out.

Setting up a shop

It is best if you are able to plan ahead before you set up your shop. It can be very easy to get carried away when you are setting up a shop and throw your tools in with no particular order. However with a little planning and thought, you will be able to have a well organized and efficient shop.

Think about things like dust collection. You will create a lot of dust and wood shavings during your construction. However, if you think ahead you will be able to decrease the amount of dust in your shop. Install a dust collection system around the walls of your shop. Another nice to have item would be compressed air piping around the walls. Both of these things are much easier to install before you begin using your shop.

Think about the large items that you will have and plan accordingly. You will need permanent areas for a drill press, a chop saw, a band saw, planer and jointer, and table saw. Some items can be mounted on carts with wheels in order to bring them into the working area and roll them out of the way when they are not in use.

Safety first

The last thing that you will need to think about is also the most important. Safety needs to be a primary consideration when you are planning your shop space. There are a lot of heavy tools that could seriously harm someone, and you will need to be responsible to take the necessary steps to prevent any accidents. Installing a sub panel in your shop is an excellent idea because you can simply lock out the electricity to your shop, when you are not in there. It is also very important to have a door that locks securely, and remember to lock the door! Also have a cordless phone or cell phone handy in case you injure yourself and need medical assistance.

Final Thoughts

Having your own home wood shop is a great thing. The convenience to your projects will encourage you to get out there and build. With a little bit of planning, you will be able to create an amazing space that will serve you well and that you will enjoy spending time in.

How legalized online gambling is better for society

The question we should be asking is, by banning online gambling are we going to make things better or worse?

The answer to that question is simple, banning legalized and regulated online gambling in any form, just makes another way for organized crime to get a hold of peoples money, and then no one but the criminals win.

If you want to keep a child from seeing an R rated movie you do not ban the movie from the theaters do you? No that would be silly you just make sure that people are doing there best to check and verify that no one under 18 gets into see the movie. By banning the movie chances are greater that someone will get a bootleg copy and show it to every kid in the town.

So if you want to keep a child from gambling online then all the online casinos should be regulated and monitored, not banned.

The same goes for terrorists. If you believe terrorist groups are exploiting an unregulated and unmonitored industry such as the online gambling industry, then by regulating it you can see where the money is going and make sure it is not going to fund international terrorist attacks. All that is accomplished by banning it is that the criminals get a stronger grip on the industry.

The ban on online gambling is much like the war on drugs. If marijuana was legalized in the USA crimes related to it would almost go away completely, because it would be sold in stores and it would be controlled, another advantage would be that people would no longer be going to jail for marijuana related charges, this means thousands of less people getting arrested and going to jail every year, which would save us tax money that could be better spent.

By making online gambling in the USA a legalized form of adult entertainment it would also bring in an estimated 1.2 billion dollars in taxes to the American government. This money could be used for schools, police and universal healthcare for all Americans.

This is how you improve society, not by telling people what to do. It is human nature to want what we can not have so the more laws you put in place to stop people from doing something the better the chances are that people are going to do it.

People are just as likely to become addicted to gambling at a regulated casino as an unregulated one, but the difference is that in a regulated casino they will not extend you the amount of credit that will get you into trouble in an illegal casino.

And in a regulated casino they will have information on how to get help if you have a gambling problem. In an illegal casino they will not have this type of information, they want you to continue to gamble till you have nothing left, and then they will let you fall and find someone to take your place.

In the long run society can only prosper if we educate people on the dangers of gambling both online and in a casino, and not from banning an industry that employs thousands of people in countries all over the world. No one gains anything from just telling people they can not do something that they are going to do anyway.

It is about time the government learned this and stopped making the same mistakes year after year.

Los nombres detras de las bandas de musica

Muchas bandas de mъsica son nombradas a partir de diferentes situaciones, personas o cosas que jamбs te haz imaginado. Aquн te contaremos todas las historias detrбs de las bandas de mъsica mбs famosas de la historia. Los orнgenes de las bandas de rock y seudуnimos de artistas son un misterio que te revelaremos aquн. Diviйrtete!

1) Los Bee Gees:

Los hermanos Giba primero tuvieron en mente el nombre de " Los Rattlensnakes" para su banda. Luego tuvieron la idea de honorar las iniciales de los dos hermanos Giba y un amigo cercano y uno de sus primeros soportes, DJ Hill Gates, quien no tiene nada que ver con el fundador de Microsoft. Es asн como Los Bee Gees fueron nombrados luego de las iniciales Bill Gates.

2) Bob Dylan:

Su nombre original es Robert Zimmerman, y era demasiado largo y ademбs el era un fanбtico de Dylan Thomas.

3) The Doors:

Primero fueron nombrados Psychedelic Ranger. Luego fueron inspirados por una cita de William Blake: "si las puertas (doors) de la percepciуn serian lavadas, todo aparecerнa al hombre como es, infinito."

4) Elton John:

Su nombre real es Reginald Dwight. Tomo su nombre artнstico de otros mъsicos britбnicos, Elton Dean y John Baldry.

5) Elvis Costello:

Naciу llamado Decнan Patrick McManus. Cuando comenzу su carrera musical, adopto un alias creado por una combinaciуn de Elvis Presley y Lou Costello, simplemente porque representa lo opuesto de el otro Elvis.

6) Eurythmics:

Su nombre es originado en un sistema de instrucciуn musical de 1890 que se focaliza en respuestas fнsicas.

7) Everything but the Girl:

Se inspiraron en una propaganda de ropa britбnica que vendнa todo menos a la chica (Everything but the girl). La implicaciуn era que todo estaba en rebajas menos las cosas de chica.

8) Green Day:

Si fumas marihuana y luego te relajas todo el dнa, has tenido un dнa verde (Green Day).

9) Guns and Roses:

De los nombres de Axl Rose y Tracii Guns.

10) Marilyn Manson:

El seudуnimo del lнder de la banda mezclo dos de las celebridades favoritas americanas: Marilyn Monroe y Charles Manson. Otros miembros de la banda usan los pseudonimos Ginger Fish, Twiggy Ramirez y Madonna Wayne Gacy.

11) Nirvana:

En el budismo significa el estado de bendiciуn perfecta obtenida por la destrucciуn de uno mismo.

12) Pet Shop Boys:

En la disco gay "underground" habнan los cuartos oscuros en los cuales no sabes con quien estas teniendo sexo. Una variaciуn son los Pet Shops: no sabes con lo que lo estas haciendo.

13) Queen:

Una palabra que caracteriza a los travestis y la realeza. Connotaciones perfectas para el nombre de la banda en los ojos de Freddie Mercury.

14) Ramones:

Una historia un poco "freaky". En el principio de su carrera, Paul McCartney se llamaba a si mismo Paul Ramone.

15) R. E.M:

"Rapad Eye Movement" Movimiento rбpido de ojos, que es un estado de sueсo.

16) TLC:

Las iniciales de los apodos de los miembros de la banda son T Boz, Left Eye y Chilli. Tambiйn sugiere los acrуnimos de "Tender, Loving y Care".

17) UB40:

La banda fue desde un principio relacionada con temas polнticos y fue nombrada a partir de un formulario de desempleo en britбnico.

18) U2:

Un tipo de aviуn espнa usado por los estados unidos, Bono explico una vez que U2 creciу de pensamientos de interacciуn con la audiencia... como en "you too" (vos tambiйn).

19) Velvet Underground:

Nombrados a partir de un titulo de un libro de sexo desconocido que uno de los miembros de la banda habнa encontrado tirado en la calle.

20) XTC:

Esta banda de punk fue formada en 1976 antes de que usar drogas sea popular. La banda habнa cambiado su nombre original Star Park luego de mirar a Jimmy Durante clip en el que dice:"Estoy en Йxtasis!"

21) Yeh Yeh Yeh:

De acuerdo a Karen O, la inspiraciуn de esta banda de Hip hop vino de la frase Newyorkina que significa "Whatever".

How to get a hotel discount

You need to ASK if you want a discount. Here are ways to do it:

* Search the internet, look for great deals. There are various types of hotels that offer great discounts on the web for online customers. Be sure to check these out.

* Plan your trip during the off season months. These are the times when big discounts are given.

* Call the hotel of your choice. Ask them about offers and discounts that they can give. List all promotions.

* Certain hotels can give discounts to credit card holders of certain card establishments. Ask for the manager and ask him about it. The manager is the best person to ask, since if you can make negotiations, he has the authority to make negotiations with you.

* Ask if they give discounts to students or senior citizens.

* Simply ask through the phone how can you qualify for a discount. If at certain day of the week or at certain times of the year they give discounts, ask them about it and ask how much or how less can they give, then ask if you could get still a higher discount. Usually at off peak seasons, hotels will be willing to give in, just to fill the empty rooms.

* Ask for certain packages. Hotels usually offer rooms with free breakfast.

* Do name drop. If you know of someone who frequently stays them, mention his name. It can help. Tell them your friend referred you to them and ask for a discount. Don't ever give up if they say no. A statement like "is that the best you can do?" can encourage a big discount.

* Often, people in the military get good hotel rates. Usually, discounts are offered to government employees.

* At off peak seasons, you could definitely ask for special rates. Then if they don't budge after you have offered a discount, ask some extras, like breakfast.

* When negotiating, it is very important to write down all agreed discussions. Write too, the names of the persons that you have been talking to, the time as well as the day and date. Ask for a number that you can call before checking in to the hotel for confirmation.

* Upon arrival to the hotel, look around and ask for negotiations once more. For instance if you feel that the hotel is not fully booked, ask for a room with a better view than the one you are in, if you don't agree with what you see.

Enjoy your stay!

How gambling horoscopes help you win

Many people believe that by using astrology you can tell your future, and maybe it can not, but by following the advice given in Horoscopes many people find great luck, so how else can it be explained.

This phenomenon can be explained by the fact that if you believe it is true that you will have good luck on a certain day you probably will.

This does not mean that the prediction was right, but if you believe good things are going to happen to you at work, in your personal life or in a casino, you will give off a positive energy that attracts other positive energies and this will help good things happen.

Some people do not believe this theory either. They feel that if you believe good things are going to happen and they do it is because you were in a better mood and making better decisions which will bring about better results.

No one can tell how exactly gambling horoscopes help a person win in a casino, but the fact remains that they do help people win all the time.

Studies have been done to try to show exactly how horoscopes work, but no one has ever been able to come up with an explanation that seems believable. All they have been able to show is that the more you believe the better and more accurate the predictions will be.

This may be because if you really believe in the accuracy of the gambling Horoscope you will find things that you rationalize to make fit into the horoscopes prediction.

No one has ever been able to find any reason any form of prognosticating works, but people do believe in it and it is that belief in it that seems to make the things come true.

Studies have been done in the past and have proven beyond doubt that a person who has a more positive outlook will tend to have better luck and will generally be a happier person; where as a person with a negative outlook will constantly have negative events take place around them.

The only explanation scientists have ever given for this is to say that the average human only uses 10% of the brain and that the explanation for these events is hidden in the 90% of the brain we do not use, and that maybe if and when we learn the secrete for unlocking these areas of the brain we will then be able to get a better understanding of how all types of psychic predictions work.

But until then all I can tell you is that if you believe that the prediction will come true then it will come true.

By reading your horoscope and waiting until it says you will have a good day, then going to the casino to do some gambling you will greatly increase your chances of having a winning day and the more you believe it will happen the more it increases your chances of being successful.

Spend a night at paris

When darkness falls the City of Light gives credential to its name. The monuments and bridges are illuminated, and the glow of old-fashioned and modern street lamps, the blaze of sidewalk-cafe windows, and the glare of neon signs flood the avenues and boulevards. Parisians start the serious part of their evenings as in other European people stretch, yawn, and announce it’s time for bed. Once the workday is over, most people go to a cafe to meet with friends over a drink and perhaps a meal. Later they may go home or even proceed to a restaurant or the theater; and much later, they may show up at a bar or a dance club.

Parisians shows one the many facets of nightlife; where to go for a quiet drink and a tкte а tкte, and where to go to party. Whether one wants to watch a play or film, see a concert, or dance until the early Metro. Paris is the place to be in and the best place to spend an evening.

Pigalle is the seedy sex centre of Paris but home to some good music venues and the Moulin Rouge cabaret, where the cancan is still performed. Montmartre is heaving in summer but the views over Paris from Sacre-Coeur are matchless. Bastille is buzzing with bars and clubs but is a bit too hectic for some. The best area for an evening’s cafй-hopping is the Marais district, closely followed by the increasingly fashionable Oberkampf, which suits a younger crowd.

The hottest Paris nightspots are in the city’s northeastern districts, particularly around Mйnilmontant, Oberkampf, and Belleville, while the Bastille clubs and the Marais bars are still going strong. The Grands Boulevards and Pigalle/Montmartre are also bubbly places with plenty of theaters, bars, and concert venues. By contrast, the Rive Gauche is a relatively minor player, dominated by student pubs and jazz bars in the Latin Quarter and a sprinkling of chic hangouts toward St-Germain-des-Prйs. The Gucci-and-Vuitton-clad jet set can still be found around the Champs-Йlysйes and Rue St-Honorй, with prices to match the ritzy atmosphere. In warmer months Parisians flock to the floating clubs and bars, moored along the Seine from Bercy to the Eiffel Tower. Midweek, people are usually home after closing hours.

Nightlife in Paris is alive and kicking. The “City of Lights” has never been shy or early to bed. “Bars” aren’t clearly defined. It could mean an establishment which serves beer, one which serves beer and food, wine, wine and food, a cabaret atmosphere or any other descriptions. Bars have taken the place of the cafй.

The variety of music halls, jazz clubs, dance halls, rock music, cabarets, satiric theater, and risquй entertainment is incomparable to other places in the world. Paris is still a city not shy of nudity and there are many gay and lesbian clubs and restaurants mostly found in Le Marais. Bars are usually wine bars and pubs are generally serving beer and hard liquor. Clubs usually have food and entertainment. There are still some literary haunts and many hotels have their own clubs. Cabarets are still the first choice of nightlife entertainment because it is in the cabaret one will find the cancan of Paris.

Just about every club and cabaret has a cover charge. Some covers include champagne or a one drink. There is no way one can get bored in Paris. Paris after dark is swinging.

Globetrotting cities of the world

How much of a globetrotter are you? Guess this city? Hint: This city is an eclectic mix of old and new, East and West. It is a bustling metropolis and an epicurean paradise. Formerly, Constantinople, it is the only city in the world that bridges two continents – Asia and Europe. It is the largest city in the predominantly Islamic country of Turkey. Answer: Istanbul.

There is nothing like discovering or learning about a city and losing yourself in its irresistible pull. There is thrill in connecting with different cities and in the process having a better grasp of humanity, history, culture, geography of the world. We are in the threshold of a new millennium. With it comes globalization - a world without borders. This reality plus hunger for knowledge has served as a catalyst for people to venture forth and acquaint themselves with the cities of the world. Come let’s take a sneak peak at some of these great cities. Let’s discover diverse worlds as we tread from one city (familiar or newfound) to the next and be entranced.

Few places in the world have a bigger number of familiar landmarks than London. Whether it is Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham palace, #10 Downing Street or Harrods, the sights of London are legendary. London thrives as a collection of vibrant and distinct communities. There is West Hampstead, Kilburn with its Irish heritage, Hampstead Heath (a vast park in North London) and Soho Square. Take a virtual tour of London canals and discover a floating community of houseboats.

Paris is the City of Romance. Meander through the cloistered streets of Montmartre. Be awed by modern art and “hi-tech” architecture such as the Beaubourg Centre, the cultural heart of Modern Paris. This blending of old and new architectural styles adds up to the many reasons why most everyone ultimately falls in love with Paris.

New York is a city that never sleeps. Climb up the Empire State Building. Pass by the Chelsea galleries. Experience the sights and sounds of Brooklyn nightclubs. Take your fill of Broadway shows. Immerse yourself in the museums of New York. Truly, it is the 21st century city.

Reach for the sky. Hongkong’s skyline is one of the most famous in the world. Take a tram ride up Victoria Peak and get a glimpse of the spectacular view of the territory. Savor culinary delights honed to perfection. And take out your credit cards and splurge. Hongkong is a shopping paradise.

Chiang Mai is paradise revisited. Just an hour’s ride from Bangkok, Chiang Mai has charm, mountains, and greenery. Join in the festival of Songkran (New Year water festival) and the Loi Kratong (candle festival). Along with the showers of water and the twinkling kites that light the night sky, the city comes alive and molds the old with the new, eliciting a sense of nostalgia. Finally pay homage in the temples in Chiang Mai. Bask in the cooler climes of Chiang Mai. It can’t get any better.

Dubai is a world on its own. It is a giant-sized playground for the whole family. It is the second largest of the seven states making up the United Arab Emirates. Luxury villas, theme parks and skyscrapers dot the desert and the coast. However, Dubai is not all glitz and glamour. For a glimpse of its past, visit Deira district – narrow alleyways, nondescript buildings, jewelry shops and spice souk and breathe in a variety of aromatic spices. Try skiing at the Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. Dubailand is set to open. Suffice to say Dubai is giving Las Vegas a run for its money.

And the list goes on….. Unraveling the myriad cities of the world may take a lifetime but take the first step, you’ll never regret it. Travel, read or surf, take your pick. Keep discovering… Keep learning.

Chester city guide including chester hotels


Visit Chester and discover a delightful cultural mix that evolves when a 21st century city has been shaped by 2,000 years of history. Within the city walls Chester combines five star luxuries, exclusive stores, excellent dining and a vibrant nightlife with attractions such as a Roman Amphitheatre and Gothic Cathedral.

Places of interest:

Chester boasts a complete circuit of historic walls, sections of which date back to Roman times, Chester’s most unique feature is the 13th century ‘Rows’ – two tiers of enticing shops, running through the main streets. Other attractions include the beautiful River Dee, the recently restored Grosvenor and Cheshire Military Museums, a Roman Amphitheatre, the Grosvenor Park and the city’s famous Roodee Racecourse.

The Roman Amphitheatre, the largest arena ever uncovered in Britain.

The famous Chester Rows are unique, being two-tiered galleries built in the traditional black and white ‘magpie’ style. They offer a wide range of shops selling goods from antiques to high fashion.

Grosvenor Museum offers visitors the chance to explore 2000 years of Chester history. This includes Roman life, Chester wildlife - past and present, art galleries, and a unique Chester timeline.

Entrance is free. You can take a light hearted journey through the Roman heritage of Chester. Tours last approximately 1.5 hours and can be provided, on request, at any time of the year.

Chester Zoo is one of Europe's leading conservation zoos, with over 7,000 animals living in spacious and natural enclosures. The zoofari overhead railway and waterbus cater for your transportation needs. There is also a Children's Farm complete with Marmot Mania, brass rubbings and face-painting.

Chester Market, having been established in Chester since Roman times, is one of the oldest functions of the council.

Things to do:

There are many ways of seeing the attractions and surrounding areas of Chester. Tours by Foot, Bus, Rail and Waterway are all available. If you enjoy the festival atmosphere you can relax at the Chester races, the annual international film festival or food and drinks festival. All tastes are catered to in historic Chester.

Chester Racecourse holds meetings throughout the summer months including the May Festival, a Family fun day and a Roman day. There has been racing on the Roodee at Chester for over 450 years and the thrill of watching a race at Chester unfolding before you from the sophisticated surroundings of the course’s enclosures or the vantage point of the City walls is an unforgettable experience.

Bus tours operate from the Chester Visitor Centre that allows you to discover Chester from the comfort of a coach. Commentary is provided along the way by a knowledgeable and experienced guide. The tours take in such sites as the Amphitheatre, the River Dee and its bridges, the Old Port, and the Racecourse.

The Annual Food and Drink Festival celebrate the success of local producers where they exhibit their fayre to over 6,000 food and drink lovers.

The International Film Festival is run by the Chester Film Society. This popular annual event showcases fringe cinema from all over the world. The festival runs for a week, generally during early spring.

A Cruise along the Waterways of Cheshire is not only relaxing but offers a chance to enjoy the attractive sites of historic interest, heritage and culture of the area. There are more miles of canals here than in any other English county.

A Town Crier is a regular feature in the summer months You can enjoy this midday flamboyant spectacle at the Cross in the heart of the City, from Tuesday to Saturday from May to September.

Food & Drink:

There is plenty of opportunity to pause and take refreshment during your strolls around Chester in one of the many cafes, restaurants and wine bars. Contained within this vibrant city is an eating scene of diverse proportions. The styles of foods available include Italian, Chinese, Thai, Indian and some of the best bars, night clubs and coffee houses you can imagine.

Samsi Japanese Yakitori Bar. Instead of the menu being divided the traditional manner of starters and main course you will find that most dishes are available in appetiser and main course portions. For people unaccustomed to Japanese food assistance is available.

Vito's Trattoria Pizzeria. This is a traditional pizzeria where the waiters pace about with enormous pepper mills and straw-wrapped Chianti bottles hold candles over gingham tablecloths. All the old favourite dishes appear on the long menu.

Chez Jules Restaurant. Located in a former fire station this is a bistro style restaurant where the reasonably priced menu is changed daily. There are usually about six starters and the same number of mains on offer. It is a firm favourite with the locals.

Mongolian Barbeque. An award-winning restaurant that offers customers the chance to choose their own combination of meat, fish and vegetables and then watch as they are stir fried on a huge Mongolian style griddle.

The Boot Inn, Chester’s oldest public house dates back to 1643, its faзade was rebuilt and restored in the late 19th century and again in 1988. This very attractive 17th Century inn is accessible from the street level by narrow stony staircase. This leads into a large hall, which is divided into two main sections. Features include a fireplace, a large bar counter, low ceilings and exposed beams.

Hotels & Accommodation:

The city of Chester has a wide range of hotels and quality assured guest houses suitable for the business traveller and tourist alike. Elsewhere in Cheshire your options include luxurious country house hotels, excellent farmhouse B&B’s and self catering.

Macdonald Blossoms Hotel

Higher Huxley Hall Non-Smoking

Alton Lodge

Best Western Queen Hotel

Quality Hotel Chester

Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel

Eaton Hotel Non Smoking

Dene Hotel Chester

The Chester Grosvenor and Spa

Comfort Inn Chester

Ramada Chester

Brookside Hotel

Llyndir Hall Hotel

Chester Moat House

De Vere Carden Park Hotel Golf Resort Spa

Broxton Hall Country House Hotel

St. David's Park Hotel

Mollington Banastre Hotel

Best Western Westminster Hotel

Thornton Hall Classic Hotel

Hoole Hall Hotel

Express by Holiday Inn Chester Racecourse

Crabwall Manor

Gateway To Wales Hotel


Telford’s Warehouse is an independent family run bar/restaurant and an internationally renowned music and arts venue. Upstairs is a popular restaurant and contemporary art gallery. The lower area and bar are reserved for the many popular live music nights which having played host too many famous names that have helped to establish ‘Telford’s’ as one of the most important venues in the country.

The Miniature Theatre of Chester is based at the Chester Town Hall, performing works that include both world premieres and plays by local talent.

Chester Theatre Club, based at the little theatre, was founded in 1944 and stages 6 plays per year. The auditorium seats 126 and there is a licensed bar

Alexander's Jazz Theatre is the leading North West venue for jazz, blues and rock artists. It hosts Chester Jazz and Blues Festival. Alexander's is also a famous for the alternative comedy nights every Saturday.

Chester is an excellent destination for that short break. It is a city where you can immerse yourself in history, shopping or elegance. This Roman city and its 21st century delights will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

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Traveling to mexico be sure to understand the new travel requirements

Making plans to travel to Mexico this year? Is a Mexico family vacation in your future, or are you looking to take a little time for rest and relaxation on the sandy white beaches of Cancun or Puerto Vallarta? Well, your timing is right. It promises to be another fantastic year south of the border for all of the major Mexico resort hot spots! In fact, 16 million Americans will probably visit Mexico this year.

Be sure you are prepared before you travel, as there have been some new requirements issued by the U. S. State Department. Although it’s a minor change from prior travel requirements, it affects all U. S. citizens entering the United States from countries within the Western Hemisphere who do not currently possess valid passports. Essentially, all that is required is a passport, which most frequent travelers have anyway. The goal? To make it safer for you and to strengthen United States border security.

Here are some important facts you should know:

• The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires that by January 1, 2008, travelers to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada have a passport or other secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States.

• In the proposed implementation plan, which is subject to a period of initial public comment, the Initiative will be rolled out in phases, providing as much advance notice as possible to the affected public to enable them to meet the terms of the new guidelines.

• The proposed timeline will be as follows:

o December 31, 2006 - Requirement applied to all air and sea travel to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.

o December 31, 2007 - Requirement extended to all land border crossings as well as air and sea travel.

The Easy Way to get a Passport

First, when applying for a passport, make sure you allow enough time! It typically takes 6 weeks to process a passport application. Where can you apply for a passport? The State Department provides a handy search tool to help you find the Passport Acceptance Facility nearest you. What’s the busiest time for passport processing? Usually between January and July. Of course, if you have an emergency and need to travel to Mexico right away, the State Dept does offer some options. Go to their website at http://www. travel. state. gov/passport/passport_1738.html, or call the U. S. National Passport Information Center: 1-877-4USA-PPT

Additional Tips for Travel to Mexico

• Be sure to leave your travel itinerary and passport information with a friend or relative in case the originals are lost. It can also be helpful to carry a copy of your travel documents with you in a separate location from the originals.

• Avoid traveling with large amounts of cash. Credit cards are widely accepted and most areas visited by tourist will have an ATM machine. These are great options because they are safe, convenient and you get a favorable exchange rate. Another option is to use traveler’s checks.

• Using a fanny pack or travelers wallet for your cash and passport is a great idea.

• While they are making great strides in improving the water quality throughout Mexico, it is advisable to drink bottled water. In addition, avoid drinking beverages over ice as the ice may have been made from tap water.

• Wash vegetables and fruits in a purifying solution of some type.

• Before leaving, check with your health insurance provider so that you are aware of your coverage.

• If you are planning to drive over the border be sure to obtain a temporary import permit and all the necessary insurance.

So now that you’ve been informed, what are you waiting for? Mexico is a land of incredible beauty and natural wonder! Whether you’re going to sunny Cancun, festive Acapulco, or even Puerto Vallarta, your perfect Mexican vacation getaway is just a flight away!

Guidelines for finding a san francisco hotel

San Francisco hotels are one great place to seek out luxury as well as economical lodging. Wherever in the city you are going to stay, the most important thing that you should know is what is the best way to find the right hotel to stay at? For this, it is necessary that you do your homework, as doing so will make you have no problems finding the right San Francisco hotel at the right price and with the amenities you desire.

Prepare your budget initially, as to what kind of San Francisco hotel you want to stay in. Are you more concerned with luxury lodging that offers swimming pools, room service, and a fancy restaurant? Or are you more interested in a clean and affordable hotel that will just offer you a spot to crash at night after long full days of site seeing and enjoying the city? Once you have an answer to all those questions, you can search more efficiently for the right hotel for you and your vacation.

Internet is perhaps one of the best places to look for your San Francisco hotel. Go through travel websites, which are available in plenty. Look for San Francisco hotels that are recommended by the users. Or San Francisco hotels that are offering getaway packages through the website? You will also be able to search by amenities and prices so that you can narrow things down to the two or three you think might best give you what you want out of your trip.

In the next step, narrow down your San Francisco hotel selection to one or two places. Call the hotel’s front desk and find out if they are running any offers that are not necessarily listed on the website. You can also find out what are the places of interest near to the hotel. Moreover you can find out what services are offered by the San Francisco hotel by speaking to their staffs who can give you inside tips and advice about the area. In addition, you get a feel for the people who work there, which is vital when you are looking for a place to stay in a city with which you are not familiar.

Going on a vacation to any city can be a lot of fun and a great way to get a little rest and do a little relaxing. But at the same time you must remember that a planned trip can be provide lot of pleasure while an unplanned trip can make things bad. It can spoil the entire mood of the vacation. In order to avoid so and to make your trip pleasurable and memorable for times to come, the most important thing to take into consideration while planning is to figure out where you are going to stay. Finding the right San Francisco hotel is your first step in planning that San Francisco vacation. Internet offers most instant and handy information and extremely helps you in your search for San Francisco hotels.

Remember the steps to follow, first of all make sure you know the best two or three places for you. Then, make some phone calls and get more detailed information on the candidates you have found. Once you do that, you will be able to make the right decision on the best San Francisco hotel for your vacation getaway.

Les houches - the hidden gem of the chamonix valley

In the heart of the French Alps, in the north east of the Rhone Alps region lies the village of Les Houches. Nestled at one end of the Chamonix valley in the Mont Blanc region of the Haute Savoie Les Houches had long been the considered a mere satellite village of its much more illustrious neighbour Chamonix - the world capital of skiing and mountaineering. Of course the locals knew better and many high mountain guides, ski instructors and pisteurs had long since migrated to this quite and peaceful corner of the Chamonix valley - drawn as much, perhaps, by it’s magnificent setting at the foot of Mont Blanc, it’s peace, tranquillity and traditional ambience as its more affordable property. However, it wasn’t long before the resort became recognised as a little gem in the centre of the Mont Blanc Massif and tourism bloomed due in a large part to Les Houches’ incredibly easy access to and from Geneva airport.

It wasn’t always so. It was only with the construction of the new road between Le Fayet and Chamonix during 1860-70, and then with the arrival of the train in 1901, that Les Houches began to open up to summer tourism. It was then that Les Houches became a small holiday retreat and the first hotels and holiday homes began to appear. Les Houches first started as a winter destination with the construction of the Bellevue cable car in 1936-7. From the 1960s the growing tourism development led to the construction of new lift systems. But, it was with the digging of the Mont Blanc tunnel (1959-65) and the completion of the Route Blanche motorway in 1990 which opened up the village of Les Houches to the rest of Europe.

Situated at a height of 1000 metres Les Houches is a pleasant family resort with an exceptional panorama of the Chamonix Aiguilles which encircle the Chamonix valley. The village is made up of a number of small hamlets, with numerous old farms and chapels and enjoys fantastic 360° views, some great tree lined skiing along trails winding through the woods (perfect for bad weather days) and two of the best on mountain restaurants in the valley.

Les Houches also has the widest variety and greatest number of runs in the Chamonix valley, offering everything from gentle greens and blues for practising your newly acquired turns on, to the world famous Kandahar - a regular feature on the FIS Men's World Cup downhill circuit. Indeed, the Kandahar is considered by many racers to be second only in difficulty to the Streif on the Hahnenkamn in Kitzbuhel. The run is 3343 metres in length with an impressive 870m of declivity and the winning time is sub two minutes. With its series of technical passages and jumps, including La Cassure and Le Goulet, the Kandahar is also considered to be one of the most beautiful downhill slopes in the world.

Les Houches offers a myriad of activities throughout the year to suit all tastes and inclinations. During the winter season, in addition to the skiing and snowboarding, Les Houches offers dog sleighing, outdoor ice skating, snowshoeing, indoor climbing, paragliding and local markets offering fresh regional produce. During the glorious summer months you can climb, trek, mountain bike, paraglide, play tennis or simply relax and enjoy the fresh mountain air and stunning scenery. Combined with a variety of bars and restaurants, shops and museums to visit and explore there should be enough to keep you occupied throughout your stay.

Kensington palace london guide

Kensington Palace in London is a working Royal residence. Of great historical importance, Kensington Palace was the favorite residence of successive sovereigns until 1760. It was also the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria. Today Kensington Palace accommodates the offices and private apartments of a number of members of the Royal Family. Although managed by Historic Royal Palaces, the Palace is furnished with items from the Royal Collection.

Today Kensington contains the offices and London residences of The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Princess Margaret, Diana, Princess of Wales and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester used to live in Kensington Palace and have their offices there.

Kensington Palace stands at the western end of Kensington Gardens and is perhaps the finest building in the Borough. Originally called Nottingham House, it passed into royal ownership in 1689 when it was acquired by William and Mary.

After William III's death in 1702 the palace became the residence of Queen Anne. Wren designed the Orangery for her and a 30-acre garden was laid out by Henry Wise. Further extensive alterations were carried out for George I and William Kent painted the elaborate trompe l'oeil ceilings and staircases. The last monarch to live at Kensington Palace was George II, whose consort, Caroline of Ansbach, influenced the development of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. For her, Charles Bridgman created the Serpentine, the Basin and Grand Vista and the Broad Walk.

Early one morning in June 1837 Princess Victoria, who was occupying apartments in Kensington Palace, awoke to the news that she was Queen of England. She immediately moved to Buckingham Palace. Kensington Palace first opened to the public in 1912 with a display of relics and objects relating to the City of London. It attracted 13,000 visitors in just one day. The museum pieces now form part of the collection at the Museum of London. Visitors today can see the State Apartments, the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection that includes outfits from the 18th century to the present day, the Orangey and sunken gardens.

The palace was the London home of Diana, Princess of Wales and is still home to several other members of the Royal Family. The State Apartments and the Court Dress Collection are open to the public and highlights of a visit include the recently restored Kings Apartments and a magnificent collection of paintings. The Court Dress Collection includes a fabulous and very rare court mantua made sometime between 1750-53 and the 'exploded' gentleman's outfit - everything from underclothes to fine lace cuffs and all part of the elaborate costume worn to Court by an 18th century gentleman. The Orangey Cafe adjacent to the Palace serves light lunches and snacks throughout the year.

Turning a trip into an experience

Don’t underestimate the difference that staying in a boutique hotel can make to your next journey.

How often do you hear someone say, “I can’t wait to stay in the hotel”? Discussions about forthcoming holidays nearly always centre on the things we want to do, or the places we’re looking forward to seeing, and the place where we’re staying doesn’t feature at all. All that changes once you’ve booked into a boutique hotel.

These hotels have been lovingly created by their owners in order to offer you an experience, not just a place to stay. The belief that your holiday or business accommodation should be well designed and provide great service is one that has resulted in hundreds of “boutique” hotels opening up around the world, to cater for the increasing number of travellers who want to stay somewhere special.


Anticipating your holiday is one of the things we all love. In the weeks before we leave home, we get increasingly excited and really look forward to taking a break from our everyday lives and having new experiences. This anticipation can often be flattened when we reach the hotel, which turns out to be impersonal and indifferent; unless you’ve booked boutique:

• Welcoming – boutique hotels are designed to be welcoming, so you are looked after from the minute you arrive.

• Different – you’ll notice lots of differences from regular chain hotels as soon as you arrive. From the way you check in to the design of the rooms and the public spaces, and the facilities on offer, you’ll know immediately that you are staying in an individual hotel.

• Design – all the things you want to do with your home but haven’t had time to do. It might be polished wooden floors or spectacular artwork; Egyptian cotton bedding or funky armchairs. It’s this design and detail that makes boutique hotels different from all other traveller accommodation.

• Facilities – large hotels have pools and spas, but they’re impersonal. The facilities at small, individual hotels are designed to make you feel at home whilst indulging in treatments or taking advantage of concierge services.

The experience

The low number of rooms at most boutique hotels defines your experience: you’re one of a small number of guests who are benefiting from the great designs and flawless service that these hotels provide. You immediately feel more relaxed and you’re able to enjoy your holiday as an all-round experience. Book again for next year, so that you can tell everyone how much you’re looking forward to staying in the hotel.

Hotel fire safety steps that you should take to ensure that your stay is a safe one

Almost without exception, each of us has traveled away from our homes and stayed in a hotel, motel, or a bed and breakfast establishment. Oftentimes we become "relaxed" while away as we fail to make ourselves aware of the dangers a fire presents especially in an unfamiliar environment. Let's take a look at some of the things you should do to minimize your risks while away from home.

Even before embarking on a trip, fire fighting experts strongly suggest you research to find out if your hotel has a fire safety plan in place. Does the establishment have smoke detectors and a sprinkler system? In addition, you should pull together and pack a personal survival kit which includes a flashlight, a portable smoke detector, and a roll of wide duct tape. When traveling abroad you should learn the word for "fire" in the native language.

Promptly upon check in you should ask about the hotel's evacuation plan, find out where the fire alarms are located, and check to see if there are smoke detectors and a sprinkler system in your room. If the establishment is deficient in any of these areas, strongly consider staying somewhere else.

Once you are in your room check the windows to make sure they open and close properly (if they are not the sealed type). Identify at least two ways out of the room, if available, and learn how to unlock your door in the dark. Keep your room key and flashlight by your bed and remember where they are at all times.

Should a fire start in your room, leave immediately and bring your room key with you. Close the door and sound the fire alarm. Quickly walk to safety and do not use the elevator. Once you are on the ground floor, leave the building immediately.

If a fire begins elsewhere in the building take your key and a flashlight. Put the back of your hand against the door to see if it is hot and then check the hallway for smoke. If smoke has been detected, crawl low along the floor and exit by way of the first stairwell you see. Again, do not use the elevator.

If upon touching the door to your room you find it to be hot or if there's a great amount of smoke in the hallway, the fire is nearby and you will need stay in your room. Call for help, fill the bathtub with water, and cram the bottom of the door with wet towels or a throw rug. Tape the edges of the door and, if possible, hang a sheet from a window to signal for help. If your windows are sealed, attempt to smash them open with a chair or other blunt instrument. Finally, wait for the fire professionals to come to you and never attempt to jump from your room's window.

Do these preventative measures seem extreme to you? They may seem that way if you are not a frequent traveler. Many of the fire codes we take for granted in the USA are much lower -- if not at all existent -- in certain other countries. Take the necessary precautions before your trip to ensure that your stay at an establishment is a safe one.

Usa - copper mountain

Copper Mountain was referred to as the best ski slope in "North America" by the US Forestry Service, for its amazing resources and ability to cater for beginner, intermediate and expert skiers. Based only 120 KM from Denver airport and with 160 metres of pure skiing fun, Copper Mountain is the only place to go skiing in America.

With a 3 Kilometre base and a summit of nearly 4 kilometres it is no wonder the slope is big enough to handle over 30,000 visitors on a monthly basis. With twenty two lifts the Copper Mountain is renowned for its 6 man high speed lift, 5 doubles, 5 triples, surface chairs, quad lifts, tubing zone and even quad lifts that can travel in excess of 40 kilometres per hour.

The upper lifts close at 1500 every evening, meaning you get 30 minutes to complete your last run before your days skiing is over. Opening at 9am in the morning Monday to Friday there is no excuse for not getting an early start. At the weekends the lifts open around a half an hour earlier, making it much easier to fit more skiing into your day.

In total Copper Mountain covers two and a half thousand acres, and stands nearly 800 metres tall. With 125 trails in total, 18% cater for expert skiers, 36% for advanced skiers, 21% for beginners and 25% for intermediates. The snowfall in Cooper Mountain is also something to be reckoned with; the total snowfall in November to April of 2005/2006 was 283.58, with March appearing to be the best month for snow. Although April to November provides the best snow, Copper Mountain also has an avalanche machine keeping the slop active for around 12 months in the year. This machine works by releasing a gas that turns water into snow. The machine provides genuine powdery snow that can even be altered to be icier, or softer to meet the needs of the skiers.

The Copper Mountain is set to be active for 12 months of the year, as of some point in the next two years, whilst plans are also unveiled for an indoor facility. The massive success of Copper Mountain is said to be partially attributable to hosting world snowboarding events, and also offering other activities such as snow tubing which is becoming increasingly popular, as well as snowshoeing, hiking, biking and snowmobile vehicles.

When I last visited Copper Mountain major regeneration work had just begun. They had started re-building the lift, their were hotel and lodging developments, and they have even started investing in real estate. From what I understand you will be able to buy a property overlooking the amazing slopes in a small amount of time. They had also seen the importance and the market that exists for training skiing. When a facility has the best training facility, new skiers are more likely to come along, learn how to ski at Copper Mountain and then come back year after year. They have built a complex that will house and support their training team, and they intend to offer lessons for a great price to encourage people to learn how to ski at Copper Mountain.

Copper Mountain is also home to freestyle snowboarding facilities which are becoming increasingly with teenagers looking to get started in winter sports. The snowboarding facilities include ramps, half-pipes, jumps and runs, whilst also being flood light, allowing the facility to operate much later than when the lifts stop functioning.

If you have never been to Copper Mountain then you will soon realise why it is rated as the best Skiing facility in America. Did you know that many film scenes have been completed on this mountain? It may also surprise you to know that this is usually completed when there is no snow on the mountains, and an avalanche machine generates snow in the absence of a any skiers or tourists.

Cost cutting ideas for your wedding

Don’t leave your shopping to the last minute. The more time you have to shop around, the more you can negotiate. It’s difficult to find bargains under pressure, so leave plenty of time to work with wedding vendors. Never hire the first vendor you meet. You should always make your decision based on several vendors.

Avoid a Saturday wedding. Saturday is the busiest wedding day of the week, and the most expensive. If you can try to have a Sunday or Friday wedding.

When you pay your bills use a credit card with a reward program. You have 30-days to pay the bill, in addition, you might earn enough miles to cover your flight to your honeymoon destination.

Avoid the busy summer wedding season. You might be able to get better deals during the fall and winter months.

You might be able to wear your mother’s or your grand mother’s wedding dress. In addition to saving a bundle, but you also might make you mother very happy. Buy a sample wedding dress or rent your wedding gown.

Hire businesses you know to get a great deal. If you have a friend who is a musician, a photographer, a caterer, try to work out a deal with them.

If you want to save a lot of money, hire a non-wedding photographer. Almost any good photographer should be able to do a good job photographing your wedding.

Buy your wedding accessories from non-wedding professionals. Many of your wedding accessories might be available at non-wedding vendors. Shop online. You can more effectively comparison shop online than trying to visit your local bridal shops.

Work with a wedding reception venue that allows you to provide your own alcoholic beverages. In addition to the obvious savings, you can return the unopened bottles to the store.

Work with an airline to get a group discount on the plane tickets for your wedding guests. Your wedding guests will appreciate the savings, and you might save on your plane ticket to your honeymoon destination.

7 tips for single woman

: Here are 7 Tips for single woman from people who have a happy and long-term marriage…Tip #1: It is OK to be Single First of all, DON’T PANIC. Remember: * There is no shame being single! * Marriage is not for everyone! * No need to marry a fool! Marriage is not the destination for the entire human race. Being single is not a sin; you can choose to remain single, as long as it makes you happy. Always remember why you want to get married: to find somebody who MAKES YOU HAPPY and be happy with him for the rest of your life. Marriage is not for your parents, although your parents might want to just grab somebody on the street to finish this job. Marriage is for your friends. Why you care others’ voice more than the one from your own heart? Marriage is not for saving face: there is no shame being single! Marriage is not just another step in your life, just like going to college, finding a job or getting promoted. Trust me. It is a turning point in your life! Marriage is not finding a patron or a living ATM: it is an enjoyable journey for you and another soul. Marriage is not putting a beautiful dummy beside you: beauty is just a skin deep and will fade in years. Marriage is not to get Children. Children are its natural result, not the purpose. Marriage is not to get sex. You can get sex without marriage! Marriage is not to get married. No need to marry a fool! A bad predicament possible is being married to someone you do not love. It will cause no end of grief and complications in your life. An even worse living hell is being married so someone you do not love. Life is too short to waste this way! To find out more meanings of different rose numbers, please go to Click here to get your FREE copy or go to http://www. roseforlove. com/7tips. html
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