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Top 6 Things to Do in Doha, Qatar

Qatar's capital city, Doha is a flourishing tourist destination. The city encourages patrons to invest on flights tickets and unearth a wide assemblage of things and activities that need to be explored and enjoyed.

Experience the enamouring beauty of Doha, the capital city of Qatar, a fast blossoming Middle East country that thrives on its glorious parade of cultural attractions, remarkable monuments, interesting museums, mesmeric historical emblems and refreshing sporting activities. Doha has come to represent all this and much more on behalf of Qatar. With its lap full of noteworthy sightseeing and interesting recreational pursuits, Doha has been pushed right at the global tourism's acme, right among the world's biggest holiday destinations.
Doha has realised its tourism potential and has sought to capitalize on it by promoting modern luxury hotels, and well-maintained seaports and airports. Almost every key destination on this globe is connected to Doha via direct/indirect flights. With the modern accompanying the traditional, it goes without saying that there is a lot to do in the city after blocking tickets on flights to the region.

Explore the Cultural and Historical Flair

Beautiful Beaches in Mangalore

Mangalore is located in between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats in Karnataka. It is the administrative headquarters of Dakshina Kannada district and covers an area of 132.45 square kilometers. It has been a major trading port of south India from the medieval times and is known for its historicity. Even though it has been urbanized over the past few decades, it retains its tradition as a cultural centre and houses some of the most ornamental temples and sacred churches. The city is famous for its many beaches that are spread across its borders.

The city derives its name from the Hindu goddess, Mangaladevi. Due to its strategic location, it has been used for centuries to export many items including coffee and cashew nut. People of Mangalore engage in all sorts of urban and semi urban occupations. The population of Mangalore is said to be over 419, 000 people. Among them, Hinduism is the major religion practiced followed by Christianity. Tulu seems to be the primary language of communication in the city. However, people also speak Malayalam, Konkani, Tamil and Kannada.

The culture of Mangalore is reflected in its art forms, cuisine and architecture. Yakshagana is a famous folk dance performed in Mangalore during Dasara and Krishna Janmashtami. Karadi Vesha is another popular dance form unique to the city. During festivals such as Diwali, Dasara and Ganesh Chaturthi delicious treats are cooked. The Udupi cuisine in Mangalore has some exclusive dishes like Neer Dosa, Patrode, Boothai Gasi and Kadubu. Minor communities such as Catholic Christians and Muslims also celebrate their respective regional festivals.

A Brief Travel Guide to Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Puerto Princesa, Palawan
When it comes to listing the most well-known and touristic spots in the Philippines, Puerto Princesa in Palawan is definitely one of the places that come to mind. The capital of Palawan is a perfect destination because it combines the convenience of being in a city, with a rich natural environment which is suitable for eco-tourism.

Mayor Edward Hagedorn, a recognized environmentalist, has exerted efforts to maintain sustainable development in Puerto Princesa, keeping a balance between development and environmental preservation.

Getting Around Puerto Princesa, Palawan

It is quite easy to get around Puerto Princesa. If you choose to stay near the Rizal Avenue area, all of the commercial centers such as banks and restaurants are pretty much a stone's throw away. You can either choose to take a tricycle or walk around to take in the city's attractions. For longer trips, it may be necessary to hire a van.

Famous Large Outdoor Clocks In North America

There are many famous tourist destinations across the United States; the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, Time Square, the Las Vegas Strip and Ellis Island, for example. Then there are some tourists that enjoy traveling the country to see a specific type of landmark, such as a lighthouse. Another type of landmark with multiple locations tourists can travel to are large outdoor clocks. Not only can several of these be found in the United States, but across the world as well.

Located in Jersey City, New Jersey, the Colgate Clock boasts a 50 feet diameter. The original Colgate Clock was built in 1906 and sat atop the Colgate-Palmolive headquarters. A replacement clock was constructed in 1924 to take the place of the original. This large outdoor clock has been relocated several times and now resides in an empty lot on the Hudson River waterfront.

With 19 different dials and displays, the Dreger Clock, which can be seen in California, tells local time as well as the time in 12 international cities. It also shows the date, day of the week and the phases of the moon. This clock was originally constructed between 1928 and 1933. Its current location is in the Buena Park Historical District in Buena Park, California.

Also located in California is Jesop's Clock. This large outdoor clock has long been an icon for the city of San Diego. It displays the time in hours, minutes and seconds along with the month and day of the week. It has 21 dials, 12 of which are used to display the time of various international cities. The current location of this landmark is in Horton Plaza, a shopping center in downtown San Diego.

Greenville’s Upcountry History Museum

by G. Carpenter

 The Upcountry History Museum, operated by Furman University, is a regional museum located in Greenville, South Carolina.  It preserves and promotes the history of the Upstate of South Carolina, a region that includes the cities of Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, and York.  It also includes the mountainous areas along the border with North Carolina.  The museum is housed in a unique building with a clock tower reminiscent of the one on Greenville’s Old City Hall.

The museum’s interactive exhibits help visitors learn about the history of the region and the culture of its people.  Permanent exhibits focus on farming, the textile industry, early settlers, mountain culture, and civil rights.  Visitors can enjoy multimedia presentations, touch screen displays, and artwork.  Many exhibits are child friendly and touching is encouraged.  The museum showcases temporary exhibits on a variety of topics in its Changing Gallery and Focus Gallery.

The current special exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to explore Southern culture.  “Uniquely Southern Folk Art” showcases the work of 25 folk artists from across the Southeast.  The art is from the Scott Blackwell Folk Art Collection.  Notable artists whose work is featured in the exhibition include Leonard Jones, Howard Finster, Mose Tolliver, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, R.A. Miller, and Lonnie Holley.  South Carolina artists that are highlighted include Richard Burnside and William Thomas Thompson.  The exhibit will run through September 2, 2012.  An upcoming exhibit scheduled to open in October is “Looking Through the Lens: A Photographic History of Greenville.”

5 Reasons to Visit Branson, Missouri

by David Bryce

 When trying to figure out a new place to venture to, sometimes it is hard to know what is in store for you. It isn’t like you can just pull out a crystal ball and see what your vacation will be like. It is always best to go at it being educated and having some information on places to see and things to do. Branson, Mo. can be one of the best places to experience with your family.

Entertainment: Branson has a plethora of entertainment for you to choose from. From musical performances, golf courses, to afternoon train rides through the mountain wilderness, you will find plenty to do that will sate your need for getting out and seeing something new. Visit the Bandstand Theater, Thousand Hills Golf Resort, or Branson Railway Tours. All places are designed for your comfort and enjoyment, showing you that famous southern hospitality.

The Great Outdoors: Being nestled in the Ozarks, you have many choices of outdoor activities you can do. The weather in that area is generally very mild and warm year round, so you don’t have to worry about your plans being ruined much. Do check your forecasts before you plan a day on one of the two major lakes near Branson. But even hikes and horse trail rides can be done in minimal rain. The ziplines in the canopies of the forests provide you with spectacular views of the vegetation and heart pounding fun.

Dubai- The land of celebrations

by KumarSol

 Dubai has always been on the top of the list for holiday trips. The various attractions in Dubai encourage people to spend their leisure moments in its lap. The environment, deep blue sea and other attractions make people to love it at the first sight. 

Cruises in Dubai 

As half of the Dubai is covered with water, there are many water activities and cruises for the visitors. The Dhow Cruise is among them, which serves the tourists with all the facilities for entertainment such as belly dance and music. You can enjoy the dance and music while sipping your favorite drink. 

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Taste the real life of Mauritius in Port Louis

Port Louis
by Susan Crown 

 Mauritius’ capital city, Port Louis, is a mandatory stop for anyone looking to get a taste of real life in the Indian Ocean nation. While its spectacular setting and mountain backdrop make the city worth visiting alone, it’s also packed with sights and experiences that make Mauritius holidays in this unique city mandatory, with a mix of cultures you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

 A Mauritius holiday usually begins on the Candan waterfront. This is where you’ll find most of Port Louis’ tourist shops, and where you’ll find the highest concentration of bustle and chaos in the whole city. It’s an exciting experience, but shows little of the real everyday life of the citizens of Port Louis. For a flavour of this, head to the Central Market where you’ll find local traders selling some beautiful, fresh and fragrant fruit and vegetables, as well as some very interesting artisan crafts. If you’re a little intimidated by the crowds (this is a real functioning market and not a tourist attraction by any means!) head to the more sedate Craft Market instead. Here you’ll find the goods are a little more expensive, but do tend to be crafted with extreme care and love. If you’re looking for some unique handcrafted gifts to bring home to friends, this is certainly the place to find them. For a colour and tasty sensation, visit the nearby Bombay Sweets Mart. Here you’ll find the local speciality, Caca Pigeon, or in English, Pigeon Droppings!

Atlanta’s Christmas at Callanwolde

Christmas at Callanwolde
by Ajay Sethi

 Christmas at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is a 12-day Atlanta holiday tradition.  Highlights of the seasonal festivities include tours of the mansion, holiday concerts and special activities for children.  This year’s celebration is scheduled for December 7-18.

The Callanwolde estate was once the home of Coca Cola heir Charles Howard Candler.  The Gothic Tudor style home was completed in 1920.  Callanwolde hosts concerts, literary events, and other fine arts activities throughout the year.  The historic mansion is beautifully decorated for the holidays by some of Atlanta’s top interior and floral designers.  The home’s decorations reflect a classic English Christmas theme that was popular in the early 20th century.

The Christmas celebration kicks off with a Preview Party on December 6 from 6-9pm.  Attendees will be the first to see the decorated mansion and meet the designers.  An evening of musical entertainment will be provided by jazz vocalist Gwen Hughes.  Wine and gourmet refreshments will be available.  This is a reservation only event, and tickets are $75 per person.

Daytime Activities to Enjoy for a London Hen Weekend

London Hen Weekend
 by D Gammell 

 Virtually everyone knows about London's nightlife and hens that choose to go there would know what to expect. Though most hens would know what to expect at night time, not a lot of hens know what's in store for them during the day. As a global city, London does have a lot to offer. Still, if one needs ideas on daytime hen party activities, here are some of those.

Learn New Dance Moves

What better way to spend the day than to learn something new? Since London is known for the performing arts, you can easily find a professional dance instructor that will teach you and your girlfriends some new dance moves during your hen party in London.

Latin dances are sexy and if you do not know how to dance the salsa, you can do so as one of your hen do activities. Besides the salsa, you can also learn how to dance burlesque, or perhaps, do some dirty dancing.

Mix and Match

You do not have to go to France to learn how to make perfume if you have always wanted to know how to make some. Get a perfume making lesson as one of your daytime hen party activities and have a lot of fun mixing certain scents.

If you'd rather start partying during the day, you can always choose to learn how to mix cocktail drinks. Of course, you'd get to sample your own concoctions! Learning how to make cocktails can be a great way to start drinking during the day.

Tour Tasmania by Road

 by TraceyLC 

 Tasmania may be small in size but its overflowing with natural beauty and a rich history. Tasmania’s small size makes it the ideal destination for a road trip and the close proximity of each town means you can spend more time exploring and less time driving. 

Day 1 – Devonport
Devonport is Tasmania’s third largest city and the home of the Spirit of Tasmania car ferries. If you are bringing your own car over from the mainland, Devonport will be your first port of call. The maritime city is full of attractions suitable for all ages, from the spectacular ‘Bluff’ headland with its aboriginal carvings and Aboriginal Culture Centre to the Don Railway and Devonport Maritime Museum & Heritage Centre. Devonport is also bursting with unique boutiques and specialty shops making it a shopper’s paradise. A wide variety of restaurants and cuisines can be found on the streets of Devonport, satisfying even the most gourmet tastebuds. Accommodation in Devonport Tasmania is varied and plentiful, from quaint bed and breakfasts to international hotels and even holiday parks and backpackers.

Day 2 – Devonport to Launceston - 100km
The drive from Devonport to Launceston takes you through the picturesque wine region of the Tamar Valley. The Tamar Valley has an abundance of wineries, scenic walks, historic settlements and many small townships to explore. Once in Launceston, the second largest city in Tasmania and the third oldest city in Australia, there are numerous activities for young and old. Launceston is renowned for its fresh local produce and local wines so is a gourmet playground for foodies. The many nature walks and diverse natural attractions will keep nature lovers busy and for adventure lovers the Cable Hang Gliding and Hollybank Treetops Adventure are sure to satisfy.  There are a range of Launceston Hotels and accommodation options available for travellers, with prices to suit every budget.

What to do in Albury Wodonga

Albury Wodonga
by TraceyLC

 Albury Wodonga is made up of two inland Australian towns nestled on either side of the New South Wales and Victorian border. Located on the shores of the mighty Murray River the twin towns are a surprise package as a holiday destination with an eclectic range of activities and attractions for all age groups and interests. As would be expected, river based activities are plentiful but you may not have expected to find stunning wineries, gourmet dining or a pub inspired by a cartoonist.
Albury Wodonga accommodation is plentiful and ranges from houseboats and farmstays to luxury hotels and resorts. All styles of travellers and all budgets are catered for in these picturesque and inviting towns.

Arts & Entertainment
A number of annual events are hosted by the twin towns, many based around the local country spirit and include things such as rodeos, horse races, musters and bush festivals but are not limited to these. There are also local and national sporting events and community events celebrating important days of the year. The towns are busy enough to attract some of the most popular Australian music acts on tour, and local galleries and museums host a range of exhibitions. The HotHouse Theatre is Victoria’s third largest professional theatre company and is widely acknowledged as Australia’s leading regional theatre company. The local Regent Cinemas house nine high tech cinemas including a Gold Class cinema that screens all the latest international and national movie releases. 

Getting To Manhattan

by H.D. Bien

 A lot of people like to visit or would like to visit Manhattan if they get a chance. You might actually have tickets to a TV show taping being held there. You can use these quick tips to make sure you get to Manhattan at the last minute.

Getting A Plane Ticket

Getting a plane ticket at the last moment is possible, but you need to know what things to avoid. A lot of people just buy the quickest flight out and they will lose a lot of money this way. You need to make sure you are searching for your ticket on various websites that offer tickets. Make sure you find one that has a round-trip ticket as well. You will find cheaper deals if you do this. You should also call your trip advisor and tell them to start planning your trip for you. Try to find the spots of each day that a lot of people don't like to fly. This could be in the middle of the week, mornings, or even evenings. You can find great deals this way.

Booking Hotel Rooms

Booking your hotel room for your last minute trip can be much easier than trying to find a plane ticket at the last minute. You have a little more flexibility when it comes to this. You can save some money if you search around as much as you can. You can ask your booking agent to see if they have anything as well. It will feel a lot like getting a plane ticket at the last minute, but you don't need the fanciest room if you don't need it. Hotels also offer many more rooms than plane tickets do. You can call around to each hotel and ask them what kind of deals that they might be running at the time.

Things To Remember

When booking your last minute trip, make sure you understand what these types of companies will be doing. They know you need a ticket badly, and you know it to. They will be looking to get the most money out of you and you will be looking to save as much money as you can. This is just the way it goes with situations like this. In the end though, it is all about supply and demand. If you can not get the cheapest plane ticket you would like to, you might just have to settle on that expensive ticket. If you don't want to pay for the prices of the expensive tickets, you might just try to attend at a later time, to save yourself some money. It really is up to you. The best piece of advice I can give you is to just keeping search around as much as you can, and settle on the ticket or hotel room that offers the best value for you.

In conclusion, a lot of people successfully plan last minute trips. They are often successful at finding decent enough deals to take the trip. If you absolutely need to visit at the time you want to go, you might just have to pay a little extra to get a ticket or good hotel room. 

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Auckland Hot Spots

by TraceyLC

 In recent years New Zealand has become best known for its otherworldly landscapes that are being so readily used to depict fantasy lands in big budget Hollywood movies such as the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. Few people visit New Zealand to visit Auckland alone but as a starting or ending point to a New Zealand adventure, Auckland has a lot to offer. Here is a list of the current hotspots in Auckland and the must do things to see and do if you’re passing through the cosmopolitan city that is Auckland. Don’t stay holed up in your Auckland CBD accommodation thinking there’s nothing to see… get out and explore - you could be pleasantly surprised.

Auckland Art Gallery

The gallery only re-opened in September of 2011 after a 3 year major renovation and is well worth a visit even if you’re not an art connoisseur. A highlight of the gallery is the gallery of turn of the century portraits of Maori leaders with their intricate tattoos and fierce expressions. The permanent collection is spread across four levels and includes both contemporary and Kiwi work and international pieces.

Seafood Depot

The hottest place to eat in town is definitely the relatively new Seafood Depot at the base of Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower.  The rustic restaurant serves up delicious seafood on wood plank tables coupled with stunning local wines. 

Britomart Bars

Another new addition to Auckland’s happening nightlife are the Britomart Bars located in the once derelict Britomart district. The area has been transformed into a vibrant hub of bars and restaurants in stunningly renovated historic buildings. This is definitely the new Auckland hotspot for the young and the trendsetters.

Parnell Farmers Markets

If you’re into good organic produce, locally sourced and made gourmet products, live music and mouthwatering hot food, then Parnell Farmers Markets will be right up your alley. On weekend mornings the markets are packed with locals diving into a fresh bacon and egg bap, sipping on freshly brewed coffee and picking up some stunning locally produced cheeses to have over the weekend. 

Karangahape Road (aka K Road)

Similar to Sydney’s Oxford Street or London’s Carnaby Street, K Road is a quirky shopping district packed with trendy cafes, kitsch home ware shops and local designer boutiques. Once a sleazy red light district and still with some connections to that era, the people watching on K Road is a draw card on its own. 

Even if you’re just passing through Auckland, take some time to escape your Auckland airport hotel and explore the hot spots in Auckland, you’ll be surprised at what a grown up city Auckland has become, and the standard of Auckland hotels is world class so your stay will be a comfortable one. 

For more information on Auckland hotels including Auckland CBD accommodation and Auckland airport hotelsvisit Choice Hotels New Zealand online.

Places to Visit in Paris

by Lia-feature

 Paris is one of the most popular destinations in the world because it has gained the reputation of being romantic and cultural. France itself was an important hot point in the development of European culture, especially where Modernism and 20th century culture are concerned. Moreover, Paris enjoys the luxury of offering one of the most refined cuisines in the world, including an impressive array of wines and champagnes. So if you are looking for places to visit in Paris, we are going to enumerate some of the main attractions in what follows.

   Among all the famous places to visit in Paris, the Eiffel Tower definitely takes the crown, so we begin with it. Built in 1889 by engineer Gustave Eiffel – the same individual who made the Statue of Liberty –, the tower was only intended to be presented at an exhibition, but remained to become the city’s most important landmark. Don’t miss climbing the tower for a spectacular view of the city and its surroundings.

   Another important destination that you shouldn’t miss in Paris is the Louvre Museum, holding one of the most impressive art collections in the world, including the renowned and mysterious Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Unfortunately, you may have to wait in long lines to get in, especially if you go at the height of tourist season, but it is definitely worth the wait. Further into the city, one of the important places to visit in Paris is the Arc de Triomphe, the largest of its type in the world, reigning at one end of the beautiful boulevard, Champs-Elysees. 

   Paris is filled with sumptuous, grand buildings, so keep your eyes peeled whenever you roam its streets. Make sure you don’t miss destinations like the d’Orsay Museum, host of a wonderful collection of Impressionist paintings from masters like Manet, Monet and Renoir. The Sacre-Coeur basilica is among the essential places to visit in Paris, because you get to admire the Byzantine-like architecture and the complex mosaics inside. And if we’re talking about churches, we also need to mention Sainte-Chapelle, a tremendous example of medieval architecture and simply one of the most beautiful churches to exist.

   Like we mentioned before, Paris used to be the place where all the rebellious artists of the 20th century gathered to form the basis of modern culture, and this can still be experienced and felt in quarters like Montmartre. A must in Paris is visiting the Notre Dame de Paris, a Gothic masterpiece of unsurpassed beauty. For more of the cultural Paris, you can also visit the Picasso Museum, the Rodin Museum and the Brancusi atelier. 

It can be difficult to decide which are the best places to visit in Paris, because every visitor will probably like a different aspect of this cultural city; nevertheless, everyone will enjoy the beautiful architecture, the impressive churches and basilicas, the wide boulevards and narrow alleys with their romantic atmosphere.

Places to Visit in USA

 by Lia-feature 

 The United States is the most popular and renowned country in the world today, thanks to their financial power, but also to their strong export of culture, among which the film and music industry are the most popular. There are fifty states in the US, not counting Washington D.C., which is the capital and is considered a federal district. There are 48 contiguous states here, meaning they are linked together, but there are also Alaska and Hawaii, which adhered in 1959. We mentioned all this information in order to make a point out of the fact that it can be difficult to choose the best places to visit in USA.

   Every state in the USA has something which makes it different and special, so if you want to make an American road trip, make sure you have enough time and money to check out all its attractions. Nevertheless, we are going to present some of the most attractive places to visit in USA, the first of them being the state of New York, and mainly New York City. This is the largest city in USA and it is a financial and cultural hub. Museums, parks, cafes, restaurants, skyscrapers and a stupendous nightlife are among the things you can enjoy here. Don’t miss a visit to Ellis Island to see the Statue of Liberty and climb on top of the Empire State Building for a spectacular view of the city that never sleeps.

   Among all the places to visit in USA, our favorite has to be the state of California, home of Hollywood and San Francisco. The latter is one of the most beautiful cities this country has to offer, with its hippie culture and nonconformist attitude, its Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and numerous parks and beaches. However, if you prefer a more historical town, go to Chicago, Illinois, where you can also enjoy some of the best American food and not only. Here you can admire the wonderful old and modern architecture, take a stroll through Millennium Park and be impressed by everything you see in the Museum of Science and Industry.

   One of the most famous places to visit in USA, Las Vegas is the major city in the state of Nevada. It is, of course, famous for its casinos and gambling venues, but you can also enjoy the architecture, the spas and hotels, or the Bellagio Fountains. Fine cuisine and fine living in general are celebrated here, but be careful not to over-spend in this brightly-lit city located at the edge of the desert. These were our main picks for USA destinations, but we also recommend Hawaii for its exotic landscape, Los Angeles for the nightlife and beaches, New Orleans for its culture, food and music, and Washington, the unmistakable capital of this country. 

There are many wonderful places to visit in USA, but among them New York City is special, because it is a world capital where people and cultures from around the world clash and create a special and unique atmosphere.

5 Top Attractions To See On School Tours Of Venice

by Angela Bowden 

 Students may all be different from one another, but one thing that can often unite their interests and boost collaborative learning is the magic of school tours. Such trips offer a number of benefits: an inspiring destination, new experiences, and the chance to learn while having fun, far from the bounds of the classroom. Venice, one of Italy’s most celebrated cities, provides all this in abundance.

The Canals

Venice is almost synonymous with its canals, which number 117 in total, including the Grand Canal, creating the 177 islands that make up the city. Used instead of roads, they are the city’s most famous feature, and exploring them on a traditional gondola is a memorable aspect of school tours to Venice. As well as being an important piece of Venetian history, gondolas offer the perfect opportunity to take in all the dazzling sights of the city from a unique vantage point, making them the ideal introduction to your trip.

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco, or St. Mark’s Square, is perhaps the place that best showcases the grandeur of Venice. This magnificent square is surrounded by three of the city’s oldest and most important sights: St. Mark’s Basilica, established in the first century to house the relics of Saint Mark the Evangelist; the 15th century clock tower; and the Doge’s palace, formerly the political seat of power in Venice.

Galleria dell’Accademia

For artistic students, school tours to Venice are a real treat; this is a city bursting with incredible works, left over the centuries by artists who were inspired by its spectacular beauty. Instead of being confined solely to museums, many works by the city’s greatest painters and sculptors can be found in its churches – but the museums that do exist are spectacular collections of work, particularly in the Gallerie dell’Accademia

Rialto Bridge

The Rialto district is the financial heart of Venice, and has been since the 11th century when it became the site of the city’s main market, leading to the need for a permanent bridge to access the area on the bank of the Grand Canal. The original wooden bridge needed constant maintenance, and was replaced by the stone Rialto Bridge in 1588. It is thus the oldest existing bridge spanning the canal, as well as being one of the city’s most beloved architectural gems.

Museo Vetro

Among the areas of Venice that can be visited on school tours, there are some that stand out for their history – chief among them is Murano, one of the oldest glassmaking communities in Europe. The exquisite glass produced in Venice has long been one of its most valuable products, and the history of this wonderful art can be discovered at the Museo Vetro, or Glass Museum, housed in an ancient palace on Murano island. 

Angela Bowden works for STS (School Travel Service), the UK's largest educational travel company, providing tours for secondary schools, primary schools and colleges. School tours with STS can encompass a focus on art/design, foreign languages, history, science/nature, geography and more, to worldwide destinations.

London British Museum For Tourists

If you thought you had a pleasant experience at the last museum you visited, think again. This museum has some of the most breathtaking artwork on display at all times. Make sure you find out about the rich history of this place as well, you will be very entertained.

The Main Stairs

It is hard to call this section of the museum an attraction, but once you see all of the artwork and fellow museum-goers around, you will enjoy it. The pathway is lit up by lights every few feet and the stairs themselves are another treasure in themselves. You can really grasp the museum by overlooking the banisters and checking far out into the distance. Be sure to find the best time that a lot of the different collections are on display, because not all of them will be displayed every single day. They try to mix it up a little because they have so much. Just like when a rich person needs to spend their money in different places, not all just in their house. They usually have foundations and other things to keep their fans busy. That is what this museum is trying to do.

Enlightenment: Discovering the World in the 18th Century

This exhibit is one that is permanent so you will definitely get a chance to see it while at the museum. That is kind of nice that they put something there that is always there, just to keep everyone happy. There are about 5,000 different pieces that are displayed that can make the viewer truly grasp what life was like in the middle of the 18th century all the way up to the beginning of the 19th century. The museum was founded by an Act of Parliament and that Act can be seen in George the III's library that was restored.

How To Select A London Tour Experience

London Tour Experience
Consider a Full Service Tour

On a full service tour, a professional will drive you to each destination while lecturing to you about the London's history. Full service tours are generally the most expensive tour option but they are also the most interactive and require the least amount of work. Tour operator pick different landmarks, so do some research and make sure your favorite landmarks are included before booking.

When you're dropped off at a destination, you'll have a pre-determined amount of time to explore and interact. Tourists will see popular attractions like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, or St Paul's Cathedral. The entire tour might last from 5 to 10 hours.

Before booking a full service tour, check to see if a meal is included. Since they last an entire day, it's usually important to get an authentic London meal.

Enjoying Amsterdam's Artistic Expression

The landscape of Amsterdam tends to change throughout the year, just as the seasons alter the environment and feel of it. But just like the charming coffee shops and the occasional sleek city hotels and other high class restaurants, Amsterdam has an ever-present and permanent art scene well worth enjoying. Some small galleries and large museums all have a unique feel, which can suit every kind of traveller looking to be enlightened and inspired.

Paradise for Rembrandt fans
A great place to begin an art adventure is the Rembrandt Museum. Located within easy distance of any hotel within the city, Amsterdam is the former home of this famous artist. His old house has now has been turned into a gallery featuring many of his greatest works. The guests can move from one room to another, noting the more humble downstairs kitchen areas and working their way up to the grander, high ceilinged spaces and see where he slept and enjoy the beautiful paintings all in the same place. Tours are also freely available for those who want to know all the historical details of this home in the heart of the city.

Marvel at independent galleries

Everyone wants to see the famous Van Gogh's when they head to Amsterdam, but there are many other tiny galleries that feature contemporary artists who rival some of the great artists of the past. Those that are into unique and interpretive installations can head to Galerie Fons Welters, a fixture put on the city scene since the 1980s. The gallery highlights raw, new and local talent with interesting lighting and creative use of floor space. Exhibits often change, so you may like to visit to coincide with the opening of a new show and have the chance to meet the artist. It's free to enter and open Tuesday through to Saturday. If you're staying in any of the city hotels, Amsterdam is easy to get around, and this top gallery is a highlight that shouldn't be missed.

A more interactive gallery is the Mediamatic, featuring artists that focus on how work is portrayed through art and even digital design. Not only are guests welcome to peruse the centre, they can also sign up to attend various workshop and lectures throughout the year. There are also some film screenings, which sometimes prove provocative and unforgettable.

Ponder the life of Van Gogh

A visit to this city would not be complete without two things: staying in a sleek city hotel (Amsterdam style) and an outing to the Van Gogh Museum. This is Arguably one of the most famous museums in the Netherlands, probably Europe, you could wander around this gallery all day and still find new things to experience around every corner. There are roughly more than 200 permanent pieces from Van Gogh on display, which cover all his time of work, from still lifes and landscapes to portraits and rough drawings. Van Gogh is not the only artist on display, however, and you can see a variety of 19th century art by Dalou, Bernard and Monet, just to name a few.


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Visiting the South Island of New Zealand

 by TraceyLC 

 If spectacular scenery and amazing activities appeal to you, then the South Island of New Zealand is the place to go. Boasting an incredibly diverse landscape ranging from rugged mountain ranges to sheltered waterways and stunning coastline, the South Island is a feast for the senses. The range of activities in the South Island is extensive with adventure sports for thrill seekers, a plethora of outdoor activities for nature lovers and plenty of options for rest, relaxation and pampering. The South Island is also well set up for tourists and accommodation options are varied and plentiful, catering to all budgets. 

Nelson is the Northern gateway to the South Island, located on the largest fishing port in Australasia and surrounded by fertile countryside; it is a town with bountiful fresh produce from both the land and the sea. Foodies will enjoy exploring the many wineries, chic restaurants and trendy cafes and experience fresh food at its best. Funky art galleries and a rich Maori history will enthral culture lovers while the surrounding National Parks provide plenty of opportunity to commune with nature. Nearby Marlborough Sounds is a must see and is best explored by water. Local tourist companies offer a range of cruise and tour options including hosted kayak tours exploring the maze of winding waterways and spectacular coves. The Queen Charlotte Track is a 71 km track winding through the Marlborough sounds and can be done by either foot or mountain bike. The track boasts spectacular scenery and takes between 3 to 5 days to complete. There is a good range of accommodation along the track including tent sites, cabins, motels and hotels.  Accommodation in Nelson covers everything from eco lodges and farm stays to luxury hotels and motels and everything in between.

Another town worthy of a visit is the coastal town of Kaikoura nestled at the base of a mountain range and right on the coast. Kaikoura has a stunning combination of snow capped mountains and pretty beaches with a range of activities based around each. Whale and dolphin watching are popular past times along this stretch of coast, and the surrounding mountains provide many opportunities for hiking, mountain bike riding and bird watching. Kaikoura is also rich in Maori culture and visitors can take a cultural tour of the area. The Coastal Pacific Train Journey passes through Kaikoura and is considered one of the most scenic train journeys in the world, and is a unique way to see the area. Accommodation in Kaikoura is geared to all types of travellers and all budgets, with a great range of options to suit everyone.   

The city of Dunedin on the south eastern coast of the South Island is New Zealand’s oldest city. Located at the head of a natural harbour and surrounded by rugged bush covered hills and valleys, the city has both natural beauty and rich historical value with stunning architecture from the late Victorian era. The nearby Otago Peninsula is internationally renowned as a wildlife reserve and is home to the breeding grounds of the rare royal albatross, fur seals and colonies of yellow-eyed and little blue penguins.  CNN has voted the Otago Peninsula as one of the ten most romantic places in the world to propose. Cruises of the area are a great way to see the local wildlife in its natural habitat and a relaxing way to spend a day. Accommodation in Dunedin is world class and ranges from backpacker’s accommodation to luxury hotels and everything in between.

Invercargill is the southernmost city in New Zealand, and is known as the heart of the Southland area. Garden lovers will adore Queens Park with its 80 hectares of stunning garden beds and tree lined walkways. Half an hour away is the fishing port of Bluff, famous for its Bluff oysters and fantastic seafood which supplies the local restaurant industry with its fresh delights. For bird watchers, a short ferry ride to Stewart Island is a must as it is home to a huge range of native birds and the only place in New Zealand where you are likely to see a Kiwi in its natural habitat. Nugget Point, along the coast in the Catlins is home to fur seals, sea lions, yellow-eyed penguins, spoonbills and gannets. Invercargill accommodation is good quality, with Invercargill being a popular destination for conferences. There are a good range of hotels and motels along with caravan parks and camping grounds for the budget conscious. 

For more information on Accommodation Nelson, Accommodation Dunedin and Invercargill Accommodation visit Choice Hotels New Zealand online. 

Top Miami City Tours and Miami Attractions

Miami Beach

 by Miami Tours Operators 

Travel Destinations and Seaquarium Miami and Really Helpful, if you are a non-swimmer you can still enjoy an encounter with the friendly dolphins. Florida Dolphin Tours introduced a dolphin wading encounter program during 2009. This program is similar to the deeper water dolphin encounters. Two people enter the water and meet two trained dolphins, who will greet you with a wide range of playful greetings. You will also learn how to make signals to the dolphins which will prompt them to sing and dance! All of this takes place in waist deep water and no swimming is required. 

Miami is a very popular tourist center in USA. Tourist attractions are enormous and the visitors can make a choice of their own about the places they need to visit. Some of the famous tourist destinations are described here. Miami Florida Hotels, Seaquarium Miami and Everglades Tours and Top Reasons to Buy, Miami Attractions comprises of all you can enjoy beaches, sightseeing, historical monuments and interesting museums. Just plan your holidays in Miami and be ready to enjoy perfect vacations in Miami. Explore the city with your family and friends just hire vehicle or your choice and enjoy picturesque views. You can also learn about the facts, history, locals and neighborhoods of this place in your vacations. 

After you arrive to Miami Beach, FL, The first thing you must do is go to the beach! Now after that, Miami has a lot more to offer than just the beach. For that same reason you will rapidly notice Miami if very full of tours retailers all over the place, the main reason for that is because people want to know more about this great place. With more than 2,000 animals and over 1,200 plants can be viewed from the walkways, casual visitors and regular tourists may not understand the depth of these exclusive but if you are planning holidays in Miami for the first time you will surely discover something unique and stunning. Miami Seaplane Tours, Seaquarium Miami and Everglades Tours and Creative Ideas, The Wet Season, May through November, is very hot and humid, the animals take cover and the only things flying around are mosquitoes. 

Most people stay away during his time of the year, but not me this is when I was there. Don't get me wrong I had a great time when I went and can't wait to go again but I wasn't exactly the best prepared. First I wore a bright yellow shirt, not the best choice of colors, I might as well have put a bug target on my back, and then I didn't put bug spray on right away and big mistake. I know no one likes to bring this up but, folks, it is a swamp and swamps have bugs, please take and use bug spray. 

Based directly on the beach in the renowned Artwork Deco Area, this package-style house presents secure lodgings with easy amenities on Marine Push in Miami Beach, Fl. Swim in the Atlantic, or the Gulf of Mexico, along the way to Key Largo, Key West, and see in person the legendary country that Hemmingway found to be inspiring. Enjoy the Gulf Coast Florida offers, and wander pleasant Key beaches. Go fishing on a charter boat to catch the big ones you can tell stories about, the marlin, and sailfish. 

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Celebrate a Season of Magic in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park

by Sherron Kines-Hodge

 Atlanta’s Piedmont Park is all decked out for the holidays.  Thousands of lights illuminate the historic park in midtown Atlanta each evening.  A Season of Magic transforms the park into a spectacular winter wonderland that will delight Atlanta residents and visitors.

Visitors may stroll through the park for free during the evenings and enjoy the lights, or they may choose several seasonal activities at a nominal price.  Children will love riding the old fashioned carousel, with the Legacy Fountain light show as a backdrop.  Carousel rides are $3.  Adults may enjoy the holiday beer garden or the horse drawn carriage rides.  Piedmont Park is the only Atlanta park offering carriage rides this season.  Carriage rides are available daily from 5-10pm.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $60 for groups of 3-5.  The rides start from two locations: Magnolia Hall near the Tennis Center and Park Tavern at the corner of 10th Street and Monroe Drive.

Families may try out their athletic skills at the Piedmont Park Ice Skating Rink, which is open from November 21 through February 28, 2012.  The rink is located in the Garden Tent at Park Tavern.  The tent is heated for comfort with piped-in music and rink-side dining.  Tickets are $15 and include skate rental.  Day and night skate sessions are available.  
Adults are invited to the Jingle Mingles on Wednesday nights through December 21.  The $15 cost includes a special complimentary cocktail, a D.J. and music, classic table games, and holiday themed crafts.  Jingle Mingles take place in Magnolia Hall from 6-10pm.

Piedmont Park’s Green Market will finish its 2011 season on Saturday, December 10.  Attendees can buy seasonal items and enjoy music by local musicians.  The kids can make eco-friendly seasonal decorations from recycled materials.  The Green Market is held at the 12th Street entrance gate.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located adjacent to the northwest side of the park off Piedmont Avenue.  This holiday season the garden is hosting its own special light show- “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights.”  Visitors will walk through a dazzling display of nearly one million energy efficient LED lights.  The Great Lawn will feature a unique color changing light show choreographed to holiday music.  The Fuqua Conservatory is illuminated by low voltage lasers, giving off an unusual “Avatar” effect of green dots.  

Train lovers will enjoy the G-scale model train display set in an outdoor landscape.  Tickets for Garden Lights are $18.95 for adults and $ 12.95 for ages 3-12.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the light show.  Garden Lights runs through January 7, 2012 from 5-10pm.
Enjoy both the Season of Magic in Piedmont Park and Garden Lights at Atlanta Botanical Garden this December.  It’s a spectacular way to ring in the holiday season. 

Sherron Kines-Hodge is the Director of Sales at the Hampton Inn and Suites Atlanta Airport Hotel.  The Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport Hotel is just north of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and just southwest of downtown Atlanta. The hotel is two and a half miles from the Georgia International Convention Center and four miles from Atlanta Expo Center.

For more information visit: http://www.AIRPORTHAMPTONINN.COM          

Columbia’s House Museums Offer Christmas Tours

 by Kim Roberts 

 Three of downtown Columbia, South Carolina’s historic house museums are decked out for the holiday season.  Visitors may take guided Christmas tours of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, the Robert Mills House, and Mann-Simons Cottage.  Each historic property has been beautifully decorated for Christmas celebrations in the 19th or early 20th centuries.

The Hampton-Preston Mansion, built in 1818 and listed on the National Registered of Historic Places, is one of Columbia’s oldest remaining houses.  It was the home of two wealthy Columbia families during the first half of the 19th century.  During the Civil War the home served as a Union Army Headquarters.  It was later used by several educational institutions including Chicora College and Columbia Bible College.  The home has been restored and is furnished with period pieces, some belonging to the original families.  Four acres of gardens have also been restored.  The Hampton –Preston Mansion is located at 1615 Blanding Street.

The Robert Mills House is an elegantly restored 1823 residence at 1616 Blanding Street.  It was one of the only private homes designed by Mills, the first native born professional architect.  He was widely known for designing public buildings, including the Washington Monument.  The building was converted to a Presbyterian seminary in the 1830s.  President Woodrow Wilson’s father, a Presbyterian minister, taught at the school.  The facility was later used by Columbia Bible College.  The Robert Mills House is furnished with early 19th century English, French, and American decorative arts.  The home is a National Historic Landmark.

The Mann-Simons Cottage, located at 1403 Richland Street, is a unique historical property.  The land was owned by former slaves and once contained several cottages and commercial buildings.  The 1850s era cottage is the only remaining building on the property.  Descendants of the original family owned the property until 1970 and operated a number of small businesses, including a grocery store.  The Mann-Simons Cottage is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today the three properties are owned by the Historic Columbia Foundation.  The homes may be visited year round, but are specially decorated for Christmas tours through January 2, 2012.  Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm and Sundays from 1-5pm.  The homes are closed on Mondays, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.  The last tour begins one hour before closing time.  Tour tickets may be purchased at the Robert Mills Museum Shop.  Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for ages 6-17.  Take a holiday tour this season and experience Christmas from a bygone era. 

Kim Roberts is the Director of Sales for Hilton Garden Inn Columbia/Northeast. A top choice among other hotels in Columbia SC, this newly opened property is located just off I-77 at exit 11 near the Northeast business district and is conveniently situated just 15 miles from downtown Columbia.       

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All About Nusa Dua

 by Ray Horsfall 

 Beautiful Nusa Dua is the place to come if you’re looking for serenity, sunshine and luxury. Made up mostly of 5 star resorts, Nusa Dua makes the most of the incredible natural coastline of Bali, and Nusa Dua hotels are not only exclusive but negate much of the hassle of traveling to a place like Bali. There’s not as much in the way of bartering with local traders and being swept up in the cultural hustle and bustle, but if beaches and relaxation are your game, then you can’t go past Nusa Dua.

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The public beach in Nasu Dua is beautiful and because it is not ‘owned’ by any of the resorts it retains a unique Bali flavour. The sand is blindingly white and the East-facing location ensures a beautiful cool breeze, along with some of the warmest water temperatures in Bali due to the reef far out. It is also a prized surf-spot due to said reef, and if you’re into surfing there is little more enjoyable than returning from a heavy day on the water to a cocktail and soothing massage!

Serangan Island

The name means ‘Turtle Island’, and is a conservation area for sea turtles. It’s possible to get boats from Nusa Dua out to the island and usually these have glass bottoms so that you can view the marine life. The island also plays a big role in religious history and tradition, and despite its diminutive size there are actually four temples on the land, one of which, Pura Sakenan, is one of the holiest sites for Balinese Hindus.

Be Pampered

As I said, Nusa Dua is all about luxury, and this makes it the perfect place to take advantage of traditional Balinese massage and Indonesian spa treatments. Nusa Dua also boasts incredible restaurants at its many resorts and a cocktail from one of its beachfront bars will be hard to beach. If you’re in Nusa Dua, it’s time to put on your pampering pants and forget for a while about the elevated price tag it carries with it!

Water Sports

Nusa Dua is the perfect place to indulge your love of water sports, with the resorts offering everything from sailing, jet-skis and kayaking to para sailing and jet-boats. It’s a water-lover’s paradise and the crystal-clear waters make any activity on the open seas a delight.

As far as Bali accommodation goes Nusa Dua is up at the steep end, but if you’re looking for luxury, you really cannot go past it. With more package deals available than you can poke a stick at, Nusa Dua offers the perfect indulgent getaway–once you return you’ll be refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to take on real life again…although you may not want to! 

Ray Horsfall is a writer for Bali Dream Tours which specializes in Bali Accommodation  

Delhi Luxury Inns, Total Comfort

 by aditi mats 

 Delhi, the funding of India together with the 3rd major city of India, has genuinely developed into a cosmopolitan town. Delhi prominent for the custom & culture will now be also preferred for its investments, industrialization, and health resources etc. Delhi is filled monuments, historical places, malls, markets etc. In short, it includes now develop into the most impressive places of view in travelers. Luxury hotels in Delhi offers great comfort and ease and revitalize you for your stay at Delhi. 

Delhi has always attracted individuals with its charm. Traveler, businessman, or perhaps a student, the vibrant choices that come with Delhi are enough to really make it magnificent. From beautiful monuments with the huge local retailer, Delhi is really a entire package for ones holidays. 

To present you with comprehensive comfort, the metropolis offers many luxurious inns in Delhi. These inns not just supply you with modern amenities but probably sometimes organize small get-together parties to help you be talk with other guest. Also its provides you fully furnished spacious rooms with modern amenities, car parks, community rooms, spa, antique shops, boutiques shops, beauty parlors, concierge services. These resorts also have Bar & lounge facilities with regards to esteemed guest. 

One of the advantages of deciding on hotel in Delhi is that, almost all lodges are simply near markets, airports and railway stations, which will make on your path of travelers from side to side. 

Hotel Oberoi Delhi is preferred ready for its advantageous location. Overlooking the Delhi's Pub on one side additionally, the Humayun's Tomb on the other guitar, just 30 minute drive from air-port, Oberoi hotel Delhi offers just about the most comfortable and opulent stay at the funding city. 

Connaught place, centrally located in Delhi, is a busy business place accompanied by a shopping spot. It might be easily obtainable hotel location in New Delhi. 
Some of the popular Delhi luxury lodges near Connaught Place is the Imperial Hotel, Shangri-La, and Le Meridian. Likewise hotel Shangri-La, Hyatt regency hotel, hotel Taj palace, the Grand hotel. 

The various other recognized Delhi Luxury Motels are Aman Resorts, Amarya Garden, Claridges Hotel Delhi, Hotel Crown Plaza, Hotel Hyatt Regency, Imperial Hotel Delhi, Le-Meridian, ITC Maurya Hotel, Oberoi Maidens, Shangri La, Le Meridian, The Lalit Delhi, Hotel Taj Mansingh, Hotel Taj Ambassador Delhi and Sheraton Hotel Delhi. 

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Gran Canaria Holidays

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Gran Canaria is basically the third largest in the Canary Islands and its major city Las Palmas shares capital status with Santa Cruz in Tenerife. Gran Canaria is said to derive its name, not from the yellow birds that sacrificed their lives in mines before the invention of the Davy Lamp, but from the worship of dogs which adorn their coat of arms. Canaari, which the Romans called it, means dog in Latin.

Today their worship tends to be mainly aesthetic and pleasure is derived from coastal pleasures such as bathing, surfing, sailing, fishing and diving. The sanded beaches can vary immensely from volcanic black to glattering gold, popular and well-maintained to secluded and craggy. It is probably the most beautiful of all the islands and enjoys temperate spring weather (21-27ºC) all the year-round. The mountains of the Pozo de Las Nieves are the only exception, as they heighten they invite snow to the higher peaks.

There are clubs for these sports that will help you get the most out of your experiences and they are more than worthwhile the effort. Surfing and sailing will help you to get the most of being on the water. Fishing will help you get the most out of the water: marlin, needlefish, tuna and others. And under the water, there is a huge diverse fauna and flora blessed seascape waiting for the diver to explore. The port houses many vessels from the meek to the more grandiose cruisers and also is a good stop over point for boat owners who need essential repairs. There are also organised boat trips to whale and dolphin habitats with experienced guides and crew to ensure a knowledgeable and safe tour.

Besides the sea, botanical varieties of plant are abounding on this beautiful island and it claims over 100 indigenous species unique only to Gran Canaria itself. A visit to the Botanical Gardens in Las Palmas will help you to identify and discover these for yourself. There are many ways to get around Gran Canaria, you can walk, cycle, hike or you can mount a horse and even a camel can be arranged on one of their safaris. Take to the heights with rock climbing or survey the area with a round of golf at one of their courses. There are also amusement parks for children, great shopping opportunities and nightlife to relish until the next dawn arrival.

It has its own airport with excellent transfer facilities to your final destination. These can be arranged in advance and purchased at the same time as organising your flight ticket. Another popular option is to have your own transport and hire a car, either in advance or at one of the desks at the airport.

Ferries to Ireland: Getting Travel and Hotel Packages

Ireland: image credit: National geographic

The best way to explore Ireland is by a car and ferries to Ireland holiday package where you can; stay in a luxury hotel and explore the country at your own convenience and pace. You can pack up your car with all the goods you need, bring all the family, and even bring the dog if you wish and have your hotel room ready and waiting for you when you arrive.

Ireland has a great selection of 3 star or 4 star hotels in the city, coastal and inland locations making a ferries to Ireland package perfect for a car tour, short break or even on a relaxing spa weekend. If you like a break down south you could visit Cork city and stay at the Maldron, just 5 minutes away from Patrick Street, Cork city's main vibrant thoroughfare, this hotel is ideally located for enjoying Cork City be it the traditional Irish pubs or award winning restaurants. You can then take a break from the city and visit Kinsale. The Carlton hotel is set on 90 acres of mature wooded parkland with panoramic views overlooking Oysterhaven Bay. Discover a region renowned for its rugged coastline, beautiful harbour locations, a myriad of gourmet restaurants and superb golf courses.

The Hudson Bay Hotel in Athlone is just over an hour drive from Dublin Port and is the perfect location for exploring the midlands Tourist attractions include Athlone Castle, Clonmacnoise, and Belvedere House or enjoy a taste of Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey at Locke's Distillery. Another opportunity with one of the many ferries to Ireland is a city break in Dublin, The Burlington Hotel is one of Dublin City's most well know hotels and a long standing favourite. With ample complimentary parking, choice of local pubs and restaurants just outside the hotel and within easy reach for St Stephens Green and the shopping area of Grafton Street.

If you would like to visit the West of Ireland you could drive the two hours from Dublin Port to Galway city and stay in the Galway Bay Hotel in the seaside Salthil resort. It is well worth taking the time to explore Galway's pedestrianized streets full of interesting shops and traditional Irish bars. You could then drive a little further towards Co. Clare then stay in The Armada Hotel; a world away from the hustle and bustle of modern day living and commanding a superb ocean-front setting in the beautiful seaside resort of Spanish Point.

There are many different options open to you when you take one of the many ferries to Ireland and with a nice hotel to spend your nights you will never tire of getting to know the country

Places to See in Singapore on Road

Singapore city. Image credit:  National Geographic

Getting around Singapore can sometimes be very difficult, as the city-capital has over 5 million people,  and with a density population of  about 19,544 people per square kilometer. With the kind of population, it means that it is very cramped and prone to serious traffic jams. This can be a big problem if you do not know where you are going, which is why a chauffeur service can come in handy. Before you plan your next visit to Singapore, make sure you book a valet service to ensure that you go everywhere that you need to go on time.

 Singapore Laws

Due to the population density of this tiny island, there are laws that govern the number of vehicles that can be on the road at one particular time. Those who buy a car must apply for a special license to be able to drive their vehicles. Any chauffeurs that you decide to hire will also need to have this drivers license, which makes these services in high demands. As a result, it is a great idea to find a valet service before you arrive, as you never know if one will be available.

Arriving at Singapore Airport

Perhaps the main reason why people hire a chauffeur in Singapore is for airport transportation. The Singapore Changi Airport is the seventh busiest airport in the entire world, so finding transportation once you arrive can be a challenge. Although there is public transport available, most people just want to relax after the long flight to Singapore and do not want to deal with more crowds. Hiring a chauffeur makes this very easy, as you will be picked up at the airport and taken anywhere that you need to go. The airport is about 20 minutes from the downtown core, so it is an easy trip to make if you have a valet.

Places to Visit In Singapore

Once you arrive in Singapore, you can use your chauffeur to take you to all of the culturally significant locations in the area. Some of the most popular locations to visit in Singapore include Marina Bay, which is a great location for shopping, and the Singapore Botanical Gardens, which is home to over 3000 different types of orchids. If you are looking to try some local cuisine, places like Telok Ayer Market could be worth a visit. With so many different places to explore, it makes sense to have a professional driver to take you everywhere, as it is the fastest and most efficient way to get around the city.

Historic Towns in inland New South Wales

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 by TraceyLC 

 Although Aboriginal Australians have inhabited Australia for over 40,000 years, their nomadic lifestyle has left little for historians to explore. Colonial occupation of Australia began in 1788 when the British First Fleet landed on Australian shores loaded with convicts and a penal colony was established.  Over the next century numerous other colonies were established surrounding the lucrative gold fields and agricultural industries and European settlement flourished with the  population growing rapidly. In the early 1800s, towns were starting to be established all over the country in regions where farming and agriculture were optimum. Although Australia’s history is relatively new, there are still some great places to visit with rich pasts and historical architecture.


Goulburn, located in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, brands itself as Australia’s first inland city and was first opened to European settlement in 1820 when the colonial government made land grants to free settlers.  A few years later, land in the area was released to buy and Goulburn was established as a sheep and farming region.  The town continued to grow and prosper with the railway arriving in 1869. Many of the town’s historic buildings were built in the late 1800s and still stand today. The first lock up was built in 1830 and the first Goulburn gaol was proclaimed in 1847. In 1881, new premises were erected and after several renamings and a 20 million dollar extension in 2001, the current Goulburn Correctional Centre was born.  The high risk management facility is the most secure prison in Australia and houses the most dangerous and infamous prisoners. The Kenmore hospital completed in 1894, the Coolavin Hotel in Sloane Street from around 1850 and Goulburn’s first permanent fire station built in 1890 are all grand examples of architecture from their era. Goulburn’s historic buildings and pretty countryside make it an interesting place to visit. There is plenty of good Goulburn accommodation available to suit all styles of travellers, only two hours from Sydney, Goulburn and on the train line, Goulburn is easily accessible for a day trip or a weekend away.


The town of Moree in northern New South Wales has a slightly chequered history. Originally inhabited by the Kamilaroi indigenous people, Moree was established as a town in 1862 due to its rich, dark soil ideal for farming. The original occupants were largely driven from the area by the European settlers. In 1965 Moree came to the attention of Australians as a rural town that was involved in racial segregation most notably in the local swimming pool where aborigines were refused entry.  After a confrontation with the local council and pool owners, aboriginal children were allowed to swim outside school hours. The historical cemetery in Moree is a must see for genealogists and historians, being the final resting place for Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens, author Charles Dickens’ youngest son.  There are several historic buildings constructed around the turn of the 19th century, including the courthouse and vicarage worthy of visiting and the surrounding farmland is home to the largest pecan nut farm in the southern hemisphere. Moree accommodation is good value and the locals are friendly and accommodating. 


Established in 1846, Orange is a city in New South Wales central west region that flourished after a nearby gold discovery in 1851 which led to the Australian gold rush era. Orange became a central trading centre for gold along with an agricultural centre due to the excellent conditions for cold climate fruit. There are still a good selection of buildings built in the 19th century displaying the charm and beauty of this era. You can take the Heritage trail that winds through the streets of Orange past the Holy Trinity Church (1879), Duntryleague Guest House (1876), Orange Court House (1873) and Orange Town Hall. The heritage Robertson Park was established in 1882 and is still flourishing with ancient trees and beautiful gardens.  The birthplace of famous poet Banjo Patterson who wrote the iconic ‘Waltzing Matilda’, Orange has set up a monument recognising Australia’s best known and admired poet. The growth of the wine making industry in the region has seen Orange’s popularity as a holiday destination increase and seen the dramatic expansion of Orange accommodation options. Orange has a great range of hotels, motels, B&Bs and apartments at value for money prices. 

For more information on Goulburn accommodation, Moree accommodation and Orange accommodation visit Choice Hotels online.

How to find Hotels for a business trip

Many people travel for business reasons very often. When trying to look for hotels for business trips, it is wise to consider the hotels that have business type of accommodation. The considerations can vary from business services or just  being able to relax after a hard day's work. This makes it a pretty easy process.
Business Services

The first thing to consider is what kind of business services the hotel offers. will they have meeting rooms or places to work from? Do they have a business center? Think about what you are going to need. Are you traveling for a business event, do you need a room to show presentations in? There are many hotels out there that offer all of these services. You simply need to know where to look and whether the services are high quality or not. The business centers typically have a fax machine, printer and computers to work on. Higher end hotels also have collation services as well as equipment to rent. There are even locations that make it easy to rent tablets and laptops.

Relaxation and Fun Services

People that run these places know how important it is to deflate after a rough day of working. They offer lounges where one can go to relax and have a few drinks in the hotel. The area may also be filled with high-end restaurants that cater to business people. They know that it is a lot of hard work and they know what you need. Super high-end places that offer executive lounges have made it their life's work to build the most visually and professionally appealing places to stay.

Making Decisions

Consider the work budget and what kind of services you and your team would prefer to have. It is great to have all of the things you need and want in one place. Locations that provide business services, delicious foods to eat, and drinks to have at the end of the workday are the most appealing. Make sure that you concentrate on the ones that have the higher ratings. Do some research into the various options that are available. Look into their reviews. People love to give reviews of places they have been and they list the pros and cons of every hotel. This makes it all the more easier.

Discuss the potential locations with your team and your boss. Make sure that everyone going on the trip has say in where they get to stay. Other business associates can also help by giving information about hotels they have stayed at during other business trips, which will add a positive impact to how you all decide where to stay. Your boss in particular could most likely help, because they have more than likely been to all kinds of places and can offer you some insight.