Monday, June 27, 2011

Sweden - An Outdoor Paradise

If you love the outdoors, it is hard to find a country better suited to indulge your passion than Sweden. Sweden is an ideal location for outdoor and adventure holidays, whatever your age, interest or level of experience.

Sweden is a country which constantly challenges your preconceptions, and many first time visitors are amazed by the beauty and variety of its landscape, the overwhelming sense of quiet to be found in its truly wild places (Sweden contains some of the largest and last remaining areas of wilderness in Europe), and the wealth of possibilities the country offers as an outdoor holiday destination.

Within Sweden's borders you can discover the peace of its huge expanses of forest, the barren beauty of the limitless mountain plains, mile upon mile of quiet beaches and the wonderful, accessible world of the archipelagos, remote yet just a short distance from the cultural attractions of the major cities.

From canoeing in the clear light of early dawn, to trip skating on the frozen sea, to snowshoeing expeditions under endless Arctic skies - Sweden has a great deal more to offer the outdoor enthusiast than you might imagine!

The North

Perhaps the image that springs to mind when many think of Sweden is the majestic mountain world of Lapland, in the north of Sweden. Lapland is certainly well-known as a fairytale winter destination, but far fewer consider the excellent opportunities offered by the area for a summer adventure holiday. With (almost literally) unending daylight during the summer season, Lapland is a wonderful destination for a summer holiday. The well-marked trails and freedom to camp wild make it a paradise for hikers, from novices to seasoned trekkers. And if you would rather explore the wilderness on four legs, Lapland also makes a wonderful destination for a mountain horse-riding holiday!

Northern Sweden accounts for more than half the total area of the country, but just over 10% of its population live in this vast region. It is a world of extremes: extreme beauty, extreme nature, extreme seasons of light and darkness, but despite its remoteness, northern Sweden is easily accessible from mainland Europe - the wilderness is closer than you think!

Central Sweden

The centre of the country is a land of contrasts - the rich cultural heritage of the capital, Stockholm, the economic heart of the country, sits comfortably alongside some of Sweden's most scenic and wildlife-rich areas. Central Sweden is ideal for canoeing holidays, timber rafting on the wide meandering Klarälven river, or hiking and cross country skiing in the quiet mountains of Dalarna. It is also home to some of Sweden's most fascinating large mammals, including the brown bear and the wolf.

The South

Southern Sweden has a very difficult feel from the wilder and more remote areas further north. In the south you will find a patchwork quilt of attractive rural landscapes - less untamed than other parts of the country but with their own special charm, and a wonderful area for hiking, cycling or horse riding.

Nature and the Swedes

Nature is very important to the Swedish people - it is part of their heart and soul. Indeed, many common Swedish names are taken from the natural world. For example, "Bergman" (as in Ingmar Bergman) means "man of the mountains; "Björn" (as in Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA) means "bear". Swedes have a very intimate relationship with the flora and fauna of their country, and most Swedes have a keen interest in the outdoors.

One product of this deep-rooted love of the natural world and the enjoyment of the outdoors is "Allmansrätten", or the "Every Man's Right", system of public access. These laws allow the visitor a unique freedom to explore Sweden's natural areas, including the freedom to camp wild. Of course, such freedom comes with the responsibility to protect and conserve, and Swedish children learn the principles of the Right of Public Access at a very early age.

Sweden is a wonderful destination for wildlife, outdoor and activity holidays - by committing strongly to the principles of sustainable tourism, the natural beauty of Sweden can be conserved and enjoyed for generations to come!

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hot hotel deals for upcoming Father's day

Father's Day is not just an American holiday, but it is celebrated all over the world. Even though different cultures celebrate it on different dates and have different ways to celebrate it, the concept is the same: To honor your father for all the love and support he has been giving you throughout the years.
Amazingly, the first Father's Day card is said to have been made 4,000 years ago in ancient Babylon. It was a message carved in clay of a son wishing his father good health and a long life.
The concept of Father's Day in the United States can be claimed by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington in 1909. She was listening to a sermon on Mother's Day and thought about her father, William Smart, who was a widowed Civil War veteran and raised his six children by himself on a farm. She felt it only fair that he be honored as well. In response to that, Spokane's mayor chose a day in June for the celebration since William Smart's date of birth was June 19, 1910.
It wasn't until 1966 that there was a presidential recognizing of fathers. President Lyndon Johnson set up the third Sunday in June to be Father's Day. Father's Day became an annual national holiday permanently in 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed it into law.
In the United States Father's Day is still the third Sunday in June. It is set up to be a day where children show how thankful they are for their father's love and affection. Usually this is done by sending a card. Many times a gift will be given. One of the most popular Father's Day gifts are neckties.
The tradition of Father's Day spread to neighboring Canada. There, too, it is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. Red roses are usually worn to show appreciation for their father. If the father is deceased, a white rose is worn instead. Cards and small gifts are given to not just the father but grandfather and any other man than has played a father figure role.
In Ireland much is the same as the U.S. and Canada. One striking difference is that if the father is deceased, his children will honor him by sending donations in his name or by doing acts of service.
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Monday, June 13, 2011

Paris Guide - Sights and Interesting Places to Visit in Paris

Paris has always been one of the major tourist destinations in Europe. The city is situated on the banks of the Seine River and is one of the largest European capitals. The metropolitan area of the city is one of the most populated in Europe, about 11.5 million people live in it. Paris is a leading political, business and cultural centre with a global influence on the arts and fashion. Many international organizations and large companies have their offices in the city. Paris is world-known with its neo-classical architecture and is a home to many museums, art galleries, historical monuments and recreation places.
The Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris. It is an iron structure erected on the Champ de Mars beside the Seine River. It is 324 m. high and stands out against the skyline of the city. The tower was built for the celebration of the French Revolution centenary and was inaugurated on March 31, 1889. The builder and architect of the tower, Gustave Eiffel is also famous for designing the iron backbone of the Statue of Liberty. The Eiffel Tower is the most visited building in the world. The annual flow of visitors is about 6 million a year, more than the Empire State Building with 3.6 million and the Tokyo Tower with 3 million. The tower was the tallest structure in the world for its times and replaced the Washington Monument. It remained so until 1930. The tower was struck by lightening in 1902 and 300 feet of the top were reconstructed. Today, the tower has 1660 steps to the top and elevators. It is made on several levels and is a host of several venues. The twinkling lights of the tower were at first made for the arrival of the year 2000. They did not function for about a year and were brought back in 2003. Today, the Eiffel Tower looks elegant and alive with 4 floodlights rotating on the top, which make it visible miles away from the city.
At the end of Champes-Elysees is the Arc de Triomphe. It is situated in the middle of the large circular square Place Charles De Gaulle, from which about 12 streets named after French military leaders emanate. Built between 1806 and 1808, it followed the model of the Arc of Constantine in Rome. It commemorated the victories of Napoleon and the grand army who had won them. The Arc de Tromphe is lavishly decorated in rose marble in the columns and the front paneling. The bronze horses on the top of the monument were taken from Sr. Marc in Venice. There are the names of generals who were in charge of the French troops during the regime of Napoleon engraved on the Arc. It is adorned with many bas-reliefs commemorating the battles of the emperor. The most famous one is the Departure of the Volunteers in 1972, also known as the Marseillaise. At the top of the monument there are 30 shields, each of them bearing the name of one of the successful battles of Napoleon. The Arc includes as well the Grave of the Unknown Soldiers from WWI. The Arc is a home of an observatory with glorious views of Paris and places in the city.
Notre Dame de Paris is a Holy place of worship, a premier tourist attraction and one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the city. It is located on the banks of the Seine River and in the eastern part of the Ile de la Cite. It is the place of residence of the archbishop of Paris for the Roman Catholic Church. It is a supreme example of the Rayonnant style. It has two massive towers from the Early Gothic period, which crown the western façade divided in three stories and doors adorned with carvings and surmounted by figures of the Old Testament kings. The western façade of the cathedral is the most famous sight for tourists. Stained glass is its major feature. A 'Rose Window' is an intricate and massive window located in the centre of the front. The southern tower houses Emmanuel bell cast in 1631. The connection between the two towers is the Grand Gallery, which holds the famous gargoyles of the cathedral.

Monmartre is a historic hill at an altitude of 130 meters in Paris and is crowned by the Sacre Coeur Basilica. It has always been connected with culture and trends and has many cafes and studios of many great artists. Sacre Coeur is a Byzantine basilica and is crowned by white elongated domes. The white stone whitens with age and gets more beautiful as time passes by. It has a bell weighing 19 tons, which can be heard from the distance. The remarkable statues on the façade are made of bronze and depict Joan of Arc, St. Luis and Christ with his hands raised in blessing. The interior of the basilica is adorned with mosaics and a figure of the Virgin and Child. Sacre Coeur was erected in 1914. It is an important place for pilgrimages of worshippers from all over the world. It is an imposing building and a landmark of Paris.
The Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world and one of the most famous. It began as a fortress, later it was a royal residence and in 1793 it became a museum. It has an enormous and varied collection of 300 000 works of artists from all over the world. The art of works spans over 3000 years. The collections on display are: Western art from the Middle ages to 1848 and civilization, which have influenced it. There are the Oriental, Egyptian, Etruscan and Greek departments with art objects and graphic art. There is a section devoted to the history of the Louvre as well as divisions dedicated to Asian, African, Oceanic and American art. The latest addition to the museum was the Glass Pyramid, which is a combination of modern art and historic architecture. It allows light to penetrate to the underground floor.

The Beautiful Dominican Republic

Christopher Columbus imagined that he was seeing a hidden paradise when he saw the Dominican Republic. No wonder, it's a gorgeous island and it has its share of exciting and fun attractions.

The Dominican Republic is home to such a great amount of culture and history that it's a must-visit spot for those looking for an exciting vacation. The Dominican Republic is a very popular vacation spot for tourists today, and the island is dotted with resorts.

Tourists visiting the Dominican Republic love the golf courses and the beautiful ambers. They can also find themselves taking tours through the forests, distilleries, and cigar factories. The malls offer items at unbelievable prices.

There are several regions in the Dominican Republic, and some of them have been developed into destinations for vacationers. Punta Cana is located on the Eastern part of the island, and is now one of the most-visited vacation spots on Earth.

Punta Cana boasts miles of beautiful beaches with unique resorts, and the prices are reasonable enough that many families can afford them. Punta Cana has so many resorts that it's difficult to count them.

Puerto Plata is another very popular vacation spot, located on the north side of the island. It also hosts many all-inclusive resorts, with many of them sitting close to the beach. Thus these resorts, such as Playa Dorada, are popular with surfers and wind surfers.

Located on the southeast part of the island, La Romana is another popular tourist destination. It has a museum that displays artifacts from the natives of the island, and a ferry that brings you to Catalina Island. La Romana has a few all-inclusive resorts, but their number isn't as high as in Punta Cana or Puerto Plata.

Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic, and is also the oldest city in America. It also has the oldest cathedral in the New World, making it a must-see historical destination. There is also a wide variety of all-inclusive resorts in the city as well.

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Playa Del Carmen Mexico

In the modern days the travel for pleasure is one of the most diverse activities and the places that have more interesting things to the traveler are attracting more persons to them. Mexico is one of the most important travel destinations of the whole world and the Playa del Carmen is a very popular tourist destination. Mexico has excellent climate, culture and vast expanses of beaches that make it a very likable tourist destination offering different types of activities in it.
Mexico is known for its most popular tourist attractions like the Meso-American Ruins and many popular beaches like the Cancun. Though there are many attractive beaches on both sides of the country offering different experiences of the Atlantic and the Pacific the Playa Del Carmen occupies a special place among the popular tourist attractions in Mexico. This is a very popular tourist destination in Mexico and attracts many hundreds of Visitors throughout the year.
The popular beach located on the Caribbean side of the Mexican landscape is known for its crystal blue water that is a pleasure to look at and play. The Playa del Carmen is an ancient place dating back to the days of the ancient Mayans and was originally called as the Xaman-HA meaning the waters of the North. This lies just forty miles south of the most popular Cancun Beach, and is one of the most visited places for the realization of the Mayan culture that thrived centuries ago. Even today many of the important Mayan sites are preserved and you will be amazed by the rich splendor of the bygone Mayan era when you visit the Playa del Carmen.
The Playa Del Carmen is known for its white beaches and blue water that are a pleasure to look at and you will not be able to forget the unique experience of this natural beauty. This is the best place to escape from the din of the modern life and get yourself relaxed in the wonderful water and sun. The Playa Del Carmen is a unique combination of archeological, social and cultural sites and activities that will engage your whole family making it the best fit for your next vacation.

When you are in Playa Del Carmen, you must not miss out on visiting the famous culturally rich Mayan sites like Ek Balaam, Chichen Nitza, Coba and Tulum. These are some of the most important places to visit for all those who want to have a feel of the culture and history of the rich Mayan civilization. Apart from this you have many Natural reserves and ecologically important places like the Sian Kaan biosphere reserve at Tulum. This place offers wonderful opportunities for nature lovers with enormous amounts of flora and fauna and biologically diverse environment.
The Playa Del Carmen is known for its vast white beach that offers many types of water related activities like canoeing, wind surfing, Para-gliding and boating. You and your family will not forget the uniqueness of this beach with its well-stuffed international hotels and restaurants. The Play Del Carmen will stand in your memory for a long time to come.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hawaii Interesting Facts

Hawaii is comprised completely of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean. While these are some basic facts about these amazing islands, you really need to take a look at the state deeper to find out some interesting and not well known things.

Little Known Facts About Hawaii

Before become a state Hawaii was kingdom. The first King of Hawaii was a man named Kamehameha the Great. The kingdom was established with help from the British between the years of 1795 and 1810. The monarch oversaw the Privy Council which handled the administration of the kingdom. This system had ministers which oversaw different departments and was based on the British political system. These administrators also acted as advisors to the monarch. Throughout the 1800s the powers of the monarch declined until eventually a bicameral parliament was established.

This reign of the first king is still celebrated on Hawaii on June 11th as King Kamehameha the First Day. This day is the only holiday established during the monarchy and has been celebrated since it was established in 1871. The holiday includes a traditional floral parade with horses and riders adorned in flowers. In addition there are hula competitions and music festivals with local food, history and community activities. The parade traditionally occurs down the Akoni Pule highway and continues to the Kohala Cultural Center. This event is great for visitors looking for cultural history and facts about Hawaii.

Geological Facts About Hawaii

Hawaii contains many live volcanoes and is one of the most studied geological places in the world. One of these unique features is Halemaumau, a pit crater, found in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. At the national park visitors can find many interesting facts about Hawaii and volcanoes in general. On display are the results of years of volcanic evolution on the Big Island. Guests can tour the park can camp there and go to the many events that highlight the history and unique geological aspects of the island.

On the Big Island there are five volcanoes Kohala, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea. Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea are all active volcanoes and in some places you can actually see the lava flowing. All of Hawaii was formed by volcanoes and the islands continue to move and grow. This makes this State unique in the U.S. and many tourists go to Hawaii to see mother earth in action.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Beauty of Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm el-Sheikh, known locally as "the city of peace," is poised at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula on the Red Sea coast. World-famous as a resort town, Sharm has an abundance of luxurious hotels and exclusive shops, plus some of the best diving and snorkeling to be found the world over. It's the ideal hub for exploring the many historic sites of the Sinai Peninsula, and an idyllic holiday retreat in its own right.

There are reasons upon reason Sharm el Sheikh holidays are so fantastic, one being scuba diving for which the place is well known for. Just five miles southeast of Sharm, you'll find the Ras Muhammad National Park, where austere desert cliffs break suddenly into the turquoise waters of the Red Sea, creating an unrivaled marine environment. Over 200 species of coral thrive here, and among them dart more than 1,000 species of tropical fish -including coral grouper, Napoleon wrasse, parrotfish, butterfly fish, and threadfins among them - plus 40 species of starfish and 150 species of crustaceans. It's a diver's paradise, especially in underwater spots like the aptly named Anemone City, and Jackfish Alley, where an abundance of underwater caves and crevices are large enough for the skilled diver to swim through. If you don't wish to strap on scuba gear, however, that's all right too: the coral reefs begin just a few feet below the surface. The land portion of Ras Muhammad is nearly as dramatic, with a mangrove forest and huge cracks in the rock caused by ancient earthquakes, in which pools have formed.

Back in Sharm el-Sheikh proper, the marina is filled with luxurious yachts and sailboats, and the streets are lined with some of the finest names in accommodations - Hyatt Regency, Le Meridien, Four Seasons, and Ritz-Carlton, to name a few. The nightlife is outstanding: superclub franchise Pacha has an outpost here, while Little Buddha, a sushi bar, nightclub, and bar, became (in 2005) the longest continuously-operated bar in the Middle East. Many of the beachside bars feature bellydancers, whirling dervishes and shisha pipes in the evenings. Shops stay open late to sell Bedouin handicrafts, and cafe terraces are filled long into the night.

It is so popular because of the fantastic weather and amazing sites but also for all the fun that can be had here from snorkelling, diving, camel rides and water sports.
Sharm is split up into three main districts. There is the old town, Sharm el Maya and its bays where the tourist facilities can be found. If you are after higher class resorts then El Hadaba is home to villas, condos and apartments as well as some hotels.
Sharm Elsheikh is a great place to go with your girlfriend, friends or even the family there is so much to do and it will definitely be a holiday you will remember years to come.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Mallorca Villa Rentals on the Beach


If your Mallorca villa rental is located in Puerto Pollensa, then you may want to ensure that you are located as near to the beach as possible. So, if you're planning a Mallorca villa holiday with your family and have young children, you should definitely consider staying near the white sandy beach of Pollensa. Puerto Pollensa is a mooring point for yachts and brightly coloured fishing boats, which have in the past few years sadly decreased to be the minority. Families staying in a Mallorca villa rental in this area can also take advantage of the number of seafood restaurants located on the seafront, which are said to be amongst the best in the country.

Albercutx beach is equally as sandy as Puerto Pollensa, but is bordered on all sides by the famous Pine Walk. It is perfect for strolling along on a lazy summer evening and the calm bay makes it a popular destination for watersports and paddling.

If you're looking for a more active break and considering taking a villa holiday in Mallorca with your equally active friends, then you may want to forgo the calm bays of Albercutx and Pollensa for the more thrilling Cala San Vicenc. This beach is popular with surf types, as the coves are more open to the sea, resulting in a number of 'big rollers'. Cala San Vicenc is also the perfect location in which to wine and dine a loved one on your Mallorca villa holidays. The cosy restaurants dotted around the bay are popular for their famous paella, whilst the steep steps leading from the restaurants to the sea provide the ideal spot in which to relax and simply watch the moonlit water rippling against the bay.

Puerto Pollensa is a great destination in which to take a Mallorca villa holiday, but you may also want to consider Cala d'Or, which is situated on the south-east coast of the island. The area is made up of a range of fine sandy beaches which visitors can reach via a popular land train. Of all the beaches, Cala Gran is the largest, but at just 40m long can rarely be described in this manner. However, Cala d'Or from which the resort takes its name is easily the most popular beach, and as it remains crowded throughout the peak summer season, having a Mallorca villa nearby should secure your family a prime spot, if you can get up early enough.

If you don't like the thought of sunbathing on a crowded beach, you may want to take the lead of many Mallorca tourists in-the-know and catch the holiday bus to El Trenc. El Trenc is a beautiful beach of clear water and white sands on which it is possible to spend an entire day of your Mallorca villa holiday. The beach has enough to occupy children and families, whilst couples may want to spend some time walking amongst the nearby pine dunes before sampling a delicious meal in the bar-cum-restaurant which is located close to the water's edge.
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Best Family Beach Destinations

Cheap family holidays may be low on price, however, they are always big on fun. Some of the top destinations offer best bargain pricing with all inclusive rates to include accommodation, three meals a day and resort entertainment to dance the night away.

Cheap holidays to Florida tops the list with self-catering beach resorts and urban condo living at its best. Choose from three, four or five star accommodation on the sugar sand shores of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale or Jacksonville with fully furnished and spacious holiday rentals situated in prime tourism locations. Cheap beach holidays are the only way to go with all inclusive rates to cover the bulk of the travel expenses and free up your cash flow for bigger and better things.

Cheap holidays to Florida may be your target destination, however, don't forget there are plenty of cheap holidays Caribbean located a stone's throw from the sunny Florida shores. On one international airfare to Miami, savvy travellers may connect to the ultimate in island paradise for cheap beach holidays in the Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Jamaica and Barbados using the cheap family holidays route with an all inclusive accommodation plan.

Cheap Caribbean holidays are your best bargain deal for basking in the sun, horse riding along the crystal clean shores and a wide selection of aquatic activities excluding the use of motorised vehicles. Jet skis and fishing boat rentals are available for a nominal surcharge and advanced booking is recommended the day before you intend to use them.

The Caribbean all inclusive resorts are self contained holiday magic for luxurious waterfront lodging, casual and fine dining, dinner shows, local alcoholic beverages, teen activity camps and child minding services included in one low pre-paid holiday rate. Your cheap Caribbean holidays are a phone call away for the season's best deals on sand, surf and exotic adventure found no where else at these rock bottom prices.

Any time of year is the right time of year to enjoy the mild coastal breezes and fair weather conditions in Florida and its island neighbourhood. However, to secure the best pricing and ensure your reservation for a sea view room, early Booking is strongly recommended.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Best Tropical Islands

Think of a tropical island vacation and you think of a golden sunset, a sun drenched beach, blue waters, cool breeze blowing through the palm fronds, and more. These vacations promise so much. There are those who want complete solitude on their vacation and then there are others who want to follow their active day on the beach with an equally active night life. You have great choices in picking the right destinations for your vacation in the tropics.

Many people like to spend their vacation with their families on a tropical island. And why not? There are tropical islands off the coast of Africa, tropical islands in the Caribbean, Polynesian islands in the Pacific, and the Indonesian islands, among many others. You have the choice of flying down directly to any of these exotic islands or taking a cruise that passes through many of these.


This is a great destination for your tropical island vacation in the southwest of Indian Ocean. This is a perfect vacation destination for families and for couples wanting to reignite the romance in their lives.

It is a great place for deep sea fishing. Visitors have an opportunity to see a variety of sea life including the blue or black marlin, sharks of all types, yellow tuna, the Bonitos, the 'emperor', the 'pélerin', and the barracuda. Mauritius is also a great vacation destination for honeymooners.

There are tour operators who can take you around to see various places of interest. La Cuvette Beach,Grand Bay is a shopping and leisure paradise tourists head for.  After a day at the beach you can look forward to a lively night out at restaurants, bars, and discos.

Pereybère is a wonderful public beach popular for its restaurants, pubs, and shopping facilities.

The Maldives

A beautiful tropical island in the Indian Ocean made up of 26 atolls. It has miles of serene beaches with crystal clear waters. A great place to spend your vacation, it is anyone's idea of bliss. Vacationers spend the day swimming and snorkeling in its clean waters and lazing in the luxury huts along the beaches.

The Maldives is an excellent destination for vacationers that want to indulge in surfing, windsurfing, snorkeling, water skiing, para-sailing, catamaran sailing, and big game fishing, among other water activities.


Maui needs no introduction and is the dream holiday destination for everyone. Maui conjures in your mind the lovely white sandy beaches, the crystal clear waters, the cascading waterfalls, and world class golf courses.

This is the second largest of the eight Hawaiian Islands. It is located in one of the remotest places on earth and is a great place for family vacations and fun filled holidays. You can charter pleasure boats for whale watching expeditions, for fishing excursions, and for your snorkel trips.

Another place to see is Haleakala, the largest dormant volcano in the world.

There are many options. All you need to do is to  book yourself your dream tropical island vacation.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Beach Holidays for Fun

Everyone loves beach holidays!  The little ones can dig in the sand and splash in the lapping waves.  The older ones can swim, get a tan, or just relax.  The inquisitive types can explore for sea life, tide pools, and drift wood.  The warm breezes and natural beauty are invigorating and restorative.  Any trip, however, can cause discomfort if you do not plan well.  Here are things you can do to make your beach holidays easier, safer, and more meaningful.

In many parts of the world, people head for their beach holidays in the family car. When planning a trip, it's always a good idea to give the car a good cleaning out first. This will give you more room for your luggage.  Stock you glovebox, too, with a few first aid and comfort items, such as sunblock, acetominiphen for headaches, a roll of antacids, a few cough drops, and a few bandaids.  Don't forget a couple of scrunchies or pony-tailers for long hair. Get the tires checked and replace any that are likely to go flat.  Get an oil change if it's getting close.  Road trips are not much fun when they include breakdowns.  And whatever you do, make sure you have a map and a place to keep it handy.

Travelling with kids is always a challenge.  They may be particularly excited and impatient when they know they are going on beach holidays.  Make sure they have cool water bottles and healthy snacks to munch.  Try a simple car game to make the time pass.  Many kids like looking for letters of the alphabet on signs.  If several people get involved it can be quite fun.

With beach holidays particularly, there is always a need to provide for skin safety.  Be particularly careful about being in the sun for long stretches of time between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Use a sunblock with a high SPF rating and replace it after getting wet or drying off with your towel.  The towel you choose can make a difference too.  Thick towels get heavy and tend to trap a lot of sand.  You may find you like thin towels at the beach.  Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and some sort of foot protection to keep your feet from being burned on the hot sand.

With a little preparation your beach holidays can be enjoyable and problem-free.  When you arrive home you will be relaxed, refreshed, and ready for work. Take a minute to unpack and get your laundry going.  It won't belong until the kids will be shouting, "When can we go on beach holidays again?"

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rotterdam Top Attractions

The city of Rotterdam is located in South Holland, the Netherlands and is the home of great architecture, great museums, and very interesting history and of course great sports and shopping! People come from all around to visit the second largest sports stadium in the country and to stroll down the leisurely streets shopping for various treasures while looking at the beaches that were created along the river.

Great Sports Teams

Football (or soccer as it is know in the United States) is a very popular sport in Europe and the Netherlands is no exception. Rotterdam is the home of 3 different football organizations and the teams are world champions in the country's favorite sport. Stadion Feyenoord was built in 1931 and is the second largest football stadium in the Netherlands. The stadium seats 51,480 people and is usually filled to capacity as most of the city comes out to watch its world champion football team with an energy that could rival the super bowl.
Another sport Rotterdam is proud of it its marathon's. Some of the fastest marathon courses in the world are found in the city by the river. In 2010 the Grande Depart Tour De France which is the most well know International marathon was chosen to be hosted by the city because of its location which would be used as a showcase for the different events of the well know marathon. Hosting the Tour de France was an accomplishment for Rotterdam but it was not the first time the race had been run in the Netherlands.

Shopping in the City
The city streets of Rotterdam are best known for their shopping because of the famous pedestrian only streets that so many shops are sitting on. These famous streets were opened in 1953 and were another first for the city because they were the only pedestrian only street in the entire country of the Netherlands. Great shopping venues have popped up along these streets including a premium shopping center called the Alexandrium which is settled along east of the city.
In order to get to these premium shopping centers a massive transportation system has been set up to include Railways systems that include 7 train stations and 4 train lines, 6 motorways that give access to all areas of the city, a light rail to zip around the city and a subway city system that runs all along the under girth of the city. A tram and bus lines also contribute to modes of transportation around the city and all of these lead right into the heart of Rotterdam shopping venues.

So as you can see Rotterdam has a lot to offer from great sports teams and venues to great shopping and modes of transportation to get you to that shopping. This is a historical place that when visited, will leave you with a sense of wonder and amazement at what goes on in this major port of Europe. The city has been knocked down and rebuilt and continues to thrive and grow and be a center point for many wonderful things.

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