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Are you looking for a different type of travel for your next vacation?
Why not change your habits and experience a special kind of trip – a train ride.
When traveling to a new country, a popular choice is to head to the main cities, and you can lose a lot of time going from one city to another, without necessarily having the opportunity to see the landscapes that are sometimes breathtaking. A train ride will offer you the opportunity to observe landscapes that you may never have seen before. Sitting on the train, you can enjoy a good lunch or a drink whilst taking full advantage of the scenery available to you, allowing you to properly relax.
Depending on the type of travel, stops in cities are planned to give you time to discover the cities, after witnessing the surrounding landscape.
Train rides are becoming more popular and you will find a large number of luxury train rides available all over the world. I can assure you that a trip like this will certainly remain in your memory for a long time as a wonderful experience.
Bellow you will find a list of the top train rides around the world:
London, capital of the civilised world, is a wonderful metropolis with an incredible number of places to visit and to discover.
To traverse this vast city, which is the largest urban area in the European Union, a dense and extensive public and private transport network is required.
Public transport provision is, in most cases, managed by the local public body responsible for transport in the city, TfL (Transport for London).
It is not always easy to understand how transit works in a city, and it can be a stressful experience at the best of times. This post is designed to help you understand London’s transport system a little better, to provide information and advice on how it works, and hopefully to prepare you for the exhilarating experience.
Today we’d like to share an event with you that you most likely have never heard about, but will grasp your interest for sure.
Do you know the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival and the famous Dragon Boat Race?
This Chinese feast was also unknown to us until one of our interns arrived with many stories about one of his favorite travel destinations: Hong Kong.
The Dragon Boat Festival, or Festival Tuen Ng, is held every year, on the fifth day of the fifth month (Chinese calendar). It’s celebrated not only in Hong Kong, but also in other places such as Shanghai or Taiwan and in other cities or countries with a significant Chinese population. Nowadays this tradition is followed in more than 60 countries, with over 60 million international participants – still the most famous one is in Hong Kong.
This event is not only a boat race, even if the race is the most popular happening during this day. The Chinese month in which the festival occurs is actually considered an unlucky month, as it coincides with the beginning of the warm weather season and outbreaks of sickness epidemics.
In 2011, the Dragon Boat Festival will occur on the 6th of June.
We all know the comfortable, spacious and elegant rooms offered by hotels around the world, but I listed something completely different for you: have a look and be amazed by these most unusual places to stay!
Under the sea – Fiji Islands
The Poseidon Resorts, is certainly one of the most unusual and cool places to sleep.
This 5 star hotel is located in a private Fiji island, at 12 meters deep and it’s the first permanent underwater complex in the world.
The rooms have large windows, allowing a view of the exceptional marine life at any time of day. Imagine you fall asleep watching the fish dance around your room.
You will also discover another more unusual activity this hotel offers; drive your own mini submarine!
It’s not cheap, as you might have expected, but for this experience and the exceptional service, I’d say it’s more than worth visiting.
There’s nothing better than a warm and sunny destination for your summer holiday.
With one foot in the water and another one in the mountains, the city of Nice is a perfect destination for great summer holidays with family or friends.
Located in the South of France near Italy, on the French Riviera, Nice has been a popular destination for quite a long time.
Nice is the second most visited city in France after Paris, and well-known worldwide for its famous ‘Promenade des Anglais’. This old city is full of color and its carnival is the oldest and largest in France.
Explore this wonderful city, it will bring you pleasure and awaken your senses.
As it is not always easy to know what to do on a day in an unfamiliar city, here is an example for spending a nice day in Nice!
A: Arc de Triomphe – This is one of many monuments that Paris is famous for, located at the tip of the beautiful and wellknown Avenue des Champs-Elysees.
It was built in 1806 as requested by Napoleon Bonaparte, who after the battle of Austerlitz has said to his troops “You will go home only under triumphal arches”.
This monument therefore has great historical connotation, at its feet there’s the tomb of the unknown soldier of World War I.
Paris is a huge city but getting from one point to another is a breeze when you know your way around the public transport system!
I will explain all the options in Paris’ public transport system to you!
The best way I think to visit and discover a city generally would be by foot. Because Paris is such a large city, I think avoiding using public transport might not be the best option for this metropolis. When it comes to public transport, Paris has plenty of choice to travel comfortably: by subway, RER, bus, tram, taxi, taxi-bike or even by “Boat Bus” on the Seine river
Whether you go to Paris for 1 day, 1 weekend, 1 week or more, there are various packages and discounts available for transport tickets. Children below the age of 4 can make use of all means of transport for free, and children from 4 to 11 get 50% discount on all tickets!
Tickets have to be inserted in the gates to the subway and RER, but on the bus showing your ticket to the driver suffices.
The public transport system in Paris is divided into 6 zones, therefore it is handy to plan your travel before you go, to be sure to purchase the best prices ticket or card. Points you should take into consideration:
- The zone you are leaving from
- The zones you will be crossing
- The zone you will arrive in
Film lover? Paris lover? Feeling like walking in the footsteps of movie heroes and stars?
But first: do you know why Paris is that much chosen for film shootings?
No doubt it must be because “the city of lights” is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in the world.
With its historic, unique and prestigious architecture, Paris is the subject of a great number of films – great classics and new creations.
It is important to know that the city of Paris has everything in place to facilitate film production. It is a source of employment and economic benefits to the French capital, but it also influences its cultural impression abroad.
When winter arrives and the snow begins to fall is when snowmen are “born” everywhere in the snowfilled cities. This season in Europe, with unbelievable snowfall in December, was great for creation of all kinds of structures made from snow!
But did you know that each year snow sculpture competitions are organized around the world? You can see it with your own eyes in France, the USA, Canada, China, Japan and many other countries.
The competitions are a great opportunity for bringing together a large number of sculptors and visitors of all horizons to delight the young and old thanks to huge with stunning snow sculptures!
Paris, the “City of Lights” has a great many amazing things to offer for tourists.
This is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, as everyone knows, but also one of the most expensive ones! However this does not mean you need to rob a bank when you travel to the French capital.
There are many things to do and see for free in Paris, so you could visit the capital without spending a lot of money.
Here is a selection of 5 things that you could visit and see for free in Paris, especially for YOU!