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    Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
    4:22 am
    Tips For Gay Travel to Mongolia
    Although there is not much of a gay scene throughout Mongolia, its beautiful landscapes and unique culture make it a distinctive travel destination for gay travel. Homosexual acts were declared legal in 2002, but naivet about homosexuality still persists and gay travel to Mongolia is a good idea for your next vacation. Once led by Genghis Khan, Mongolia is situated between powerhouses Russia and China with Ulaanbaatar serving as a unique capital city. Known as a nation of nomadic people, the country is the least densely populated place and open to visitors looking to explore the lakes, mountains, Gobi desert and bands of wild horses. With beautiful landscapes and cultural experiences, Mongolia can be a popular destination for gay travelers despite its not being known for an open gay scene. It is best to start your journey in Ulaanbaatar, where guesthouses typically serve as travel agencies that can help you plan your trip. It is best to travel into the capital and spend several days planning your countrywide excursions. There is an international airport, but consider taking the train from Beijing in order to view the beautiful countryside euboia. While staying in Ulaanbaatar, you can expect to pay roughly twenty dollars per night (for double rooms) if staying in a guesthouse. They can help you to coordinate both longer and shorter stays. If you are planning a shorter vacation, they will likely advise you to visit Kharakorum, Genghis Khan's ancient capital city, as well as the Terelj National Park, which is a good stopover on the way to the Gobi Desert. You may also be interested in doing a family home stay, in which you lodge with local residents and get a feel for everyday life and culture in Mongolia. Longer stays of a month or longer are ideal for a big loop of the country to include the aforementioned destinations all in one trip evia. While in Ulaanbaatar, you will want to see the Natural History Museum and The Culture Show, which include the spectacular talent of Mongolia's National Symphony Orchestra. Also be sure to find traditional Mongolian fare on the cheap at places like Mongol Shabu. Gay travelers should not feel uncomfortable, despite homosexuality being relatively under the radar countrywide evia. This is not typically considered a result of conservativeness, but a relative lack of information about gay culture and context. While visiting the country independently and sorting out an itinerary on your own offers flexibility, there are also travel groups catering to LGBT travelers that provide structured trips. Typically they served as a way to see the "best of" the country and highlights include the Gobi Desert, ancient capital of Kharakorum, local camel farms and the Terelj National Park. With various activities like horseback riding along the Mongolian Steppe and cultural activities like traditional Naadam festivals, they appeal to all types of travelers. These groups often include visits with local LGBT groups and a look at the barely existent gay scene in country. Despite a small gay scene, the country offers beautiful landscapes and unique culture that make it an unforgettable excursion for gay travelers.

    Current Mood: relaxed
    Monday, March 5th, 2012
    4:14 pm
    Why Take A Mediterranean Cruise
    A Mediterranean cruise is without doubt the most varied type of cruise available. There are more than 120 seaports around the Mediterranean coastline, offering numerous combinations of cruise vacations over one-week, two-week or longer trips. A huge clash of cultures await all who opt for a Mediterranean cruise epaggelmatikos odigos euboias. You can visit no less than 17 different countries, including such nations as Spain, Italy, Greece and Egypt. Each nation has its own unique attractions, all of which you can sample as your cruise ship gracefully sails around the calm blue Mediterranean Sea. More than 50 companies offer cruises along varied routes in the Mediterranean. Some companies specialize in providing Western Mediterranean cruises, concentrating on ports of call around Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Morocco. Other companies offer Eastern Mediterranean cruises which take in Croatia, Greece, Turkey and countries in the Middle East. Popular specialist Mediterranean cruises include a tour of the North African nations, a Mediterranean islands cruise that visits the island nations of Cyprus and Malta, as well as cruises around the Greek Islands. If you're after a longer vacation, it is possible to arrange a cruise itinerary that takes you around most if not all of the Mediterranean nations. History, culture, grand cities, ancient monuments, romantic islands and breathtaking views are all within easy reach on a Mediterranean cruise. In the Western Mediterranean you can discover the traditional white Andalucian villages of Southern Spain, sample the world-famous Manzanilla sherry in Cadiz and visit the cultural hub of Europe in the shape of Barcelona, before travelling onwards to the French Riviera. A cruise that takes in the wonderful coastline of Italy yields such treasures as the dormant volcano of Mt Vesuvius, ancient Pompeii and the stunning city of Rome. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia hold many delights too on a Western Mediterranean cruise. In the Eastern Mediterranean, cruise passengers can discover the spectacular Croatian coastline and its beautiful city - Dubrovnik, before diving southeastwards to sample classical Greece and its sultry islands. The island of Crete is always worth a visit, if only for the historic Palace of Knossos. epaggelmatikos odigos evias A visit to the holy city of Jerusalem is a worthwhile excursion from both Israeli ports - Haifa and Ashdod - on a Mediterranean cruise of the Middle East. Egypt's Port Said is well worth a visit too. evia Port Said provides access to the world famous Suez Canal, which takes vessels into the Red Sea and onwards in to the Arabian Sea. The Mediterranean region has seen many a civilization rise and fall. It is a crucible of human evolution and is rich in relics left over by more than 6,000 years of occupation. If you've ever wanted to discover what it felt like to be an Egyptian pharaoh, Roman warrior or a Greek philosopher, a Mediterranean cruise can give you just that opportunity. . John Metcalfe http://www. azcruises. com.

    Current Mood: crappy
    Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
    2:55 pm
    The Utmost Security and Speed When Sending Parcels to Italy
    Italy is an immensely popular tourist destination for many British holidaymakers, whether it is for a Mediterranean beach holiday or enjoying the fantastic sights and cultural attractions in many of Italy's world famous cities such as Venice, Rome and Florence. The country is well known for another thing too, fashion. When thinking of the homes of fashion people often mention a string of cities throughout the world and only Italy boasts two cities in this group: Milan and Rome. Fashion is a major industry and way of life in Italy and many people are astounded at how well people dress and take pride in their appearance in Italy, a simple trip to the shops to buy some milk will often be accompanied by a stylish outfit for many Italians, it is this style that many people who visit or are looking to spread their business to Italy love and so inevitably sending items to or from Italy is a very common activity. Sending clothes and fashionable items to Italy may be something you are tasked with and have concerns about the security as well as the speed of the delivery. You may have customers or clients at the other end waiting for your delivery to arrive and it is obviously important to ensure your delivery goes ahead without incident to maintain a solid reputation and guarantee future business for yourself by using a reliable parcel delivery service. Sending parcels to Italy using an international courier is the preferred option since these companies have plenty of experience of delivering to Italy within a short space of time and to almost any location. When it comes to people sending parcels to Italy and to many of its busy cities you'll want to know your parcel is in good hands and what better way to know this than by using a courier who will update you with where your parcel is at any point during the delivery process. With tracking codes given with each order you and your recipient will be kept informed of any changes and developments with regards to your Italy-bound deliveries. So for anything important or even fragile it is important to make sure that you send your parcels via a secure parcel delivery expert that has experience and the resources available to deliver your parcel to Italy within days and not weeks. Ship parcels to Italy with the leading Europe delivery services to make sure your parcel arrives without any problems epaggelmatikos odigos euboias.

    Current Mood: refreshed
    2:16 am
    Horley United Kingdom
    Any visitor who visits the United Kingdom a visit to Horley is a treat that you cant miss. This lively town in Surrey is very popular with tourists as there are plenty of things to do and see while you are here. This town is located close to the twin towns of Reigate and Redhill. You can also travel to the town of Crawley and Gatwick Airport from Horley. In addition to visiting these neighboring towns you will find lots of interesting places to see in town. For families with kids a visit to Ladyland Farm will provide you with ample enjoyment. At this farm in Horley you will see many lambs, kittens, calves, rabbits and other baby animal species which you may not in general get a chance of seeing up close. Coming here is an excellent opportunity for students to see and understand animal behavior as you are provided with the chance of seeing how young animals interact with each other and behavior. The best time to visit this farm which is north of Horley would be during the school holidays as it is closed during the school term. Another interesting place that you might like to visit while you are in Horley would be Sainthill Manor. The manor overlooks the hills and countryside of the Weald. Here you will be able to visit the home of Gibbs Crawfurd who built the manor in 1792. Later in the 1800s the manor became the headquarters of the China Inland Mission. From here many people were recruited for various missions by this organization. The manor is sprawled across almost 59 acres. In addition to visiting the manor and seeing what lies within you may be interested in looking at the superb landscape around the manor. Nature lovers and visitors who are looking for a relaxing place in Horley to visit will find High Beeches to be the perfect place to go. This serene woodland is located close to Haywards Heath. As you explore this woodland you will discover that it encompasses about 20 acres of land. Within this woodland you will be able to find a number of different water gardens which have been attractively laid out. In addition to these water gardens you can see many different flowers like orchids, roses, cowslips and many other beauties. As you walk around this enchanting garden you will see a place which is well maintained by the High Beeches Gardens Conservation Trust. evia One of the best times to visit this marvelous place in Horley is during the springtime when the many plants which flower in this season will capture your imagination. These are not the only sights and places that you can view when you come to Horley. Some interesting places that you should think about visiting are the Archway Theater Englands only under the arches theater which can be found under the arches of the Victorian Road railway bridge, Godstone Vineyard, Wattlehurst Farm and Barons Cave among the other sights. So now that you know what awaits you here in Horley you may be interested in coming to this small but very famous town. Once you are here let your mind focus on having a great time and enjoy seeing the sights of this town which can take your mind off the cares and grinds of your daily life.

    Current Mood: worried
    Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
    1:57 pm
    The spectacular smugglers cove in Zakynthos
    The island of Zakynthos, more commonly known as Zante in English, is the third largest of the islands in the Ionian Sea. Although they enjoy long, hot summers, the high rainfall in winter means that these islands are much greener than many of the other Greek islands. Olives, grapes and citrus fruit are all grown commercially here. There are pine forests in the southeast of the island and in places the rich aroma of herbs overpowers the salty smell of the sea. If you like arid landscapes then the Cyclades Islands may be for you. If you like lush vegetation, I recommend Zakynthos. Hotels, villas and apartments here come in all shapes and sizes. Prices per person, per night, range from 20 for a private room in a backpackers hostel to 150 for 5 Star accommodations. If you dont want to stay in one of islands hotels, there are scores of villas, Zakynthos apartments or campsites to choose from. Zakynthos is a beautiful island. Its most spectacular site is perhaps Smugglers Cove, also known as Shipwreck Bay or Navagio epaggelmatikos odigos evias. Almost every brochure you pick up about the Ionian Islands will have a picture of this place. Staff in your hotel or your Zakynthos apartments will be able to give you directions and advice on how to get here. In 1980 the Panagiotis, which was carrying contraband cigarettes, ran aground here during a storm while trying to escape the Greek navy. The remains of the ship are still visible to this day. The wreck, however, is not what makes the site so famous. It is famous because the sand is brilliant white, the surrounding crystal clear sea is a glorious blue, and the beach itself is nestled at the base of towering cliffs. This must be one of the most beautiful places in the world. The beach is only accessible by sea. epaggelmatikos odigos evias Various companies run boat trips there. It can get very busy around lunchtime so the best time to visit is early morning or late afternoon. Take a picnic and enjoy a relaxing time in a truly amazing location. To complete your Shipwreck Bay experience you should take the opportunity to see it from the top of the cliffs. On the road from Anafronita to Volimes you pass a signpost directing you to a lookout platform perched high above Shipwreck Bay. If you can handle heights this is definitely worth a visit. The view from the platform is spectacular, particularly at sunset.

    Current Mood: awake
    Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
    10:21 pm
    New Years Eve Getaways
    Celebrating arrival of each new years day at Times Square can sometimes start to bore you off, especially if you are a New Yorker. If you are one of them who wants to welcome this new year in a place, which is free from pickpockets and well-intentioned drunks in your area, then you need to start working on that idea as soon as possible! If you want to find the best new year's eve getaways, then you have to plan your way ahead so that you can get the best location at the best price, so that you can enjoy the best time of the year with the best people in your life! When you are planning ahead for a weekend getaway. First of all you need to decide the city which is suitable for the kind of getaway that you have imagined (romantic or family), then make the lodging and traveling arrangements and then determine which are the exciting things that you will be doing, once you reach that destination! Top New Year's Eve Getaways When you are looking for the best new year's eve family getaways, you need to think about children (if any) and the things to do on new year's eve for them. Always be smart and selective when it comes to choosing the best vacation spot for new year's celebration. Keeping fun in mind, here is a list of top locations where you can spend this new years' eve! Sydney, Australia If you are in search of a replacement for the 'New York Apple Drop', then you need to come Down Under and experience Sydney new years eve getaways at least once. Sydney, Australia new years bash is located along and near the famous Sydney Harbor Bridge where the action and fireworks take place. The fireworks at Sydney Harbor Bridge pulls millions of guests each year and millions other who witness it through television. The best thing to do would be to celebrate new year's eve at the Harbor Bridge and then fly somewhere near, in Australia for a double celebration say to the Great Barrier Reef! London, England If you want to celebrate new year's eve, then why not do it the way the Queen does it! One of the best new years eve weekend getaways would be to fly to England and celebrate in The London Parade! This parade has it all, from local marching bands, to clowns and from heroes to foreign crowd! Apart from being at the parade, you can also enjoy and celebrate anywhere else in London, including the London Eye, London's Big Ben Tower etc. places, where there is no dearth of fun and joy of new years! The best thing about choosing London as one of the new year's eve mini vacation, is that you can wrap your tour in a short span of time, without missing any excitement or celebrations in travel. Toronto, Ontario Toronto, is one of the best vacation spots in Canada, even as new years getaways. Due to its excellent diversity, there are numerous types of new years celebrations that take place, making it a tourist hot spot when it comes to celebrating new year's eve. There are various places in Toronto that you can visit, the most special of them all, being the Entertainment District! As the name suggests, there is unlimited fun in Entertainment District and especially, at the Nathan Phillips Square. You can also participate in Toronto's First Night Toronto Festival and enjoy with your family and kids. Tokyo, Japan Japan is rated as one of the best new year's eve destinations, for a reason! Welcoming new year in Japan is all about walking the streets, visiting friends and families, if any, in Japan and visiting clubs and restaurants to celebrate the new year. Tokyo is one of the best new year's eve destinations because, new year celebrations there, begin on 29th December itself, and end on 4th of January! The Japanese tradition is to make pilgrimages to various temples and pray for prosperity and goodwill for the upcoming year. The new year's day is all the more special because it is the day when the Imperial Palace opens for the public for two whole days! Disney World, Florida If you are in search of some inexpensive weekend getaways, then you need to search for them in your own motherland! For instance, if you are in the US, then you can simply enjoy some cheap holidays to Disneyland, Florida and enjoy the new year's eve with Disney characters and not to forget, your family! This is one of the best new years eve family getaways! Since you and your kids are not the only people in world who love Disneyland, you need to move fast and make some early booking. You can get some Disneyland discount packages and ensure that your fun is not compromised in the waiting lists! Paris, France City of Lights, as it is fondly known, Paris is one place that you would not want to miss to be on a new year's eve! New year's celebrations in Paris take places in two different and the most famous places in Paris, namely, the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elyses where people wait for the new year to arrive near the Arc de Triomphe. The capital city of the most passionate people on the earth, Paris is one of the best romantic new years eve getaways, what with pleasant-tasting French wine and a romantic kiss from your partner, at the stroke of midnight! euboia A perfect welcome to the new year! Athens, Greece Now, a little bit a bout my dream destination! When in Athens, you can have new year's eve of a lifetime! Greece is the place with most exotic locations, sugary white sand beaches and numerous historic monuments! A perfect blend of all the excitement in one place, it becomes a question of your personal choice really, to decide whether you want to spend the new year's eve relaxing along side the beach or learning about romanticism of Ancient Greece! The best place to visit in Greece is to spend the new year's eve is Plka, a beautiful Greek neighborhood which is popular for its restaurants, fashion boutiques and warm-natured people! List of a few more new year's eve getaways that you can consider while planning for new years eve events! Nadi, Fiji Islands San Francisco, California Nassau, The Bahamas Florence, Italy Montebello, Quebec Bora Bora, French Polynesia Lisbon, Portugal Los Angeles, California Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Berlin, Germany Las Vegas, Nevada Napa Valley, California Grenadines, West Indies Vermont, New England Durango, Colorado Barcelona, Spain Ibiza, Spain Goa, India There are numerous other places and ways to celebrate new year's eve, with your near and dear ones. You can also book a local resort, club house and welcome the upcoming year in style! Well, on this note, I conclude this article about the new year's eve getaways! I hope it was helpful in the search of the best holiday destination! Wish you all, a very happy and prosperous new year, in advance!

    Current Mood: intimidated
    Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
    6:37 pm
    Crete, Greece - Gem of The Mediterranean
    The Greeks will tell you that when the gods created the world, they apportioned all the dry land out to each race, at the end there was a pile of rocks left, and these they threw into the Mediterranean Sea, and this became Greece. Whether the story is true or not, Greece remains a rocky country, which probably explains why the Greeks are so good at moving rocks about, but one particular pile of rocks, the island of Crete is a gem amongst rocks. From fertile coastal plains to rugged barren mountains, from mellow stone houses to stark concrete modernity, from bustling capital to sleepy hill villages, Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands, is an island of contrasts. Home toover 500,000 people and several million olive trees, the island remains ever popular with visitors from northern Europe, other parts of Greece, and indeed, visitors from all over the World. Many visitors never venture further than the beach, pool, or the nearest taverna, and remain (blissfully) unaware of just how large the island is! Unlike the other Greek islands you cannot drive (or in some cases walk) around the island in one day, but having said that, four or five days is sufficient to give time to sample some of the islands delights and attractions, and 3 weeks will give you time for a full blown tour. Driving around the island is an experience in itself, road signs appear in both Greek and Roman characters, the spelling however has a certain eccentricity which gives map reading a whole new angle. And the, sometimes, tortuous hairpin bends on the mountain roads could be a challenge to any rally driver. Add to this the occasional appearance of a goat from out of nowhere, and the odd large truck which can appear at any time, and you will soon find your driving skills much improved and your speed much reduced in line with the pace of life we experience here! To many Crete means the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur, and many visiting cruise ships stop only for the day to give their passengers time to see Knossos and its Minoan Palace and the Museum in the capital, Heraklion. To the uncomplicated farming people of many thousands of years ago, the city of Knossos would, indeed, have seemed like a Labyrinth! But outside the city there lie more ruins of interest, and greater simplicity, leading to greater understanding and more insight into the history behind the ruins. The interior of the island holds many surprises, with spectacular scenery such as the Samaria Gorge, the longest in Europe, and traditional hill villages, churches and monasteries, where little has changed for many years, and where you are just as likely to see someone in traditional Cretan dress riding a donkey as you are a tourist riding a scooter. Even in the tourist resorts development has taken place around agriculture, and the olive trees and field of potatoes behind your apartment block will still be an active part of the life of Crete. Waking to the sound of cocks crowing and goat bells can still be a fact of life even when surrounded by concrete and glass. Throughout the island the remnants of occupation by invaders from the Romans, through to the Turks, can still be seen, with aqueducts and architecture still plainly visible. But throughout these invasions the Cretan people have remained relatively unscathed and retain their justifiable pride in their island and their culture. With English spoken widely throughout the island to ask a Cretan a question is to invite them to sit with you, and with time measured differently here you are likely to be sitting for while! Long conversations will naturally require food and drink, and eating or taking coffee here are as much an art form as a necessity, with long leisurely meals often prepared from the caf owners home grown produce accompanied by his own village wine. Larger restaurants in the tourist resorts serve international menus, but you came here to sample Crete didnt you Of course, we have some wonderful beaches, pick the right place and you can have a cove nearly all to yourself even in August, and our crystal clear, turquoise sea is ideal for swimming, diving, and other water sports. (I often have the sneaking suspicion, still after all this time, that someone puts dye in the water to make it that blue! ). Add to this pony trekking, rock climbing, para-gliding, and a round of gold on the 18 hole desert golf course and your stay here can be as active or inactive as you like. Many prospective visitors ask me about nightlife for gay people on Crete. The Greeks, of course, do not admit that they may have gay Greeks at all, for much of the time, although this is changing slowly (like everything in Greece). It is not that they ignore it as a way of life, they just seem to take no notice of it! In the busy tourist resorts little notice is likely to be taken of a noticeably gay couple, but it is advisable to be like the Greeks and be discrete, but then this applies most places, in the quieter villages you may well raise an eyebrow or two! We do have one bar which is now openly marketing itself as gay, and we do have a busy nudist beach, which is usually of interest, and yes, there are gay Greeks, believe me, I live here! Having said that, there are excellent bars and clubs, which serve the mixed population during the summer months and if your idea of a holiday is clubbing each night from 10pm until 5am, with your days spent recovering, then that is up to you, but I always suggest you try and get to visit Crete one day! During the summer months transport links with northern Europe are excellent, with many flights each weeks coming direct to the island. Ferries to the mainland and other islands are frequent and make Crete an excellent choice for island hopping or as a long side trip on a general European itinerary. Many of my guests arrive on Crete via Santorini (which can be expensive! ) and Mykonos (which they tell me is no longer the almost exclusively gay resort it used to be. I personally havent been there since the late 70s! ), and leave again by ferry for Athens. In the winter, ferries still sail as they are the supply chain to the islands. Flights can be a little more complicated as in most cases you will have to come via Athens. euboia An out of season trip to Crete reveals the Cretan community as it really is, as there will be few tourists around and many attractions will be closed. On the other hand you will get to see the island clothed in a mantle of green, and the olive groves carpeted with wild flowers, particularly in March and November, rather than barren hills and red soil that summer visitors will see. The result of temperatures up to the mid 40s Celsius and rarely any rain from May to September! Trying to describe Crete, the birthplace of Zeus, the seat of Minoan civilisation, and home of olive tree culture, in 1500 words, is like trying to put a ship in a bottle, but much harder, but I hope this short article has given you some ideas and I look forward to seeing you on Crete, the island gem of the Mediterranean! Some notes about me, the author. I was born in England and have travelled extensively in Europe including Eastern Europe and Russia when the Iron Curtain still existed. In 1981 I went to Australia where I lived and worked in Perth and Kalgoorlie until I was deported, because they have no taste! Returning to Brighton, England, I worked in the electrical industry until I started my own catering business. In 2002 after many happy times on Crete on holiday, I decided the time was right to move here. With goods and chattels packed, and after a long drive across Europe and three ferry trips later, I arrived on Crete in February 2004, and bought Villa Ralfa a few weeks later, opening it as a gay orientated guest house in September 2004. Since then I have had visitors from Australia, USA, New Caledonia (! ), France, Italy, Holland, Spain, South Africa, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, and of course the UK. You can find my website at http://www. villaralfa. com/and if you need any suggestions for travel to Crete then you are welcome to contact me by email through the web site.

    Current Mood: flirty
    Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
    12:44 am
    I Love Touring Italy - Lake Garda
    If you are looking for a European tourist destination, consider Lake Garda located mostly in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. Depending on your interests, this beautiful area might be an ideal vacation spot. You can get classic Italian food, and wash it down with fine local wine. It is hardly an undiscovered area, but that shouldn't stop you from going. With a little effort you should be able to find some relatively untouched spots. Be sure to read the companion articles in this series that present Milan, small town Lombardy outside of its capital Milan, and the Lake Como district. While people often think of Lake Garda as being part of Lombardy that is not entirely true. This beautiful lake spills over into the neighboring regions of Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto as indicated below. Lake Garda is an alpine lake, formed by glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age roughly ten thousand years ago. It is Italy's largest lake measuring about 30 miles (52 kilometers) long and at most 10 miles (17 kilometers) wide. Near the lake the terrain tends to be mountainous in the north and flat in the south. The lake is relatively clean, but as tourism continues to expand. . . We start our Lake Garda tour at its northern tip, Riva del Garda, situated just inside the region of Trentino-Alto Adige. We will travel counterclockwise around the lake, crossing the border into Lombardy and stopping first at Tignale, then at Gargnano, and next at Gardone Riviera with its historic neighbor Salo, and finally at Sirmione near the lake's southern tip. We then enter the Veneto region stopping at Bardolino, Punta di San Virgilio, and finally Macesine, not far from our starting point. Riva del Garda is probably the best-known resort on Lake Garda. It's also one of the less expensive areas around the lake. You'll find a castle with a moat. The Museo Civico (Civic Museum) is part of the Rocca, a medieval fortress on the lake. If you don't know how to sail or windsurf don't despair, local schools can teach you epaggelmatikos odigos evias. The Thirteenth Century Torre Apponale defended the city from invaders and held prisoners. Look for Riva del Garda's symbol, Anzolin, the little angel on the top of the tower who welcomes all who enter the town as she spins in the wind. Tignale, our first stop in Lombardy, is actually on the panoramic road off the main road. It consists of six hamlets each about sixteen hundred feet (five hundred meters) above sea level. This setting is great with its hills, mountains, ravines, olive trees, and luxuriant vegetation. Early in the First Millenium Tignale was evangelized and subsequently became the site of the Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Star, or the Madonna of Montecastello, probably built upon a temple to a pagan god. Later this area was fortified. Be sure to see the painting of the pursuit and killing of a famous local bandit, Giovanni Beatrici of Gargnano. Given the difficult terrain and the independent nature of the local residents Tignale has been active during numerous wars. Some military installations can still be seen in the area. Tignale is home to the Visitor's Center of the Parco Alto Garda Bresciano (Upper Brescian Garda Park) an Alpine landscape that covers almost 150 square miles (380 square kilometers) and nine local municipalities on Lake Garda's western shore. euboia Gargnano, population about three thousand, is a great place for fishing, snorkeling, and sailing. In fact it is one of the best places to sail on the western shore of Lake Garda. The town's major attraction is the Chiesa di San Francesco (Cloister of Saint Francis) and its campanile (bell tower). The church graveyard contains Roman gravestones. As you walk around town you may see some houses that still show the traces of cannon balls fired during the Third War of Italian Independence in 1866. In 1943 Mussolini founded his short lived Repubblica Sociale Italia (Italian Social Republic) here. He installed himself in a late Nineteenth Century art nouveau villa called Villa Feltrinelli about two miles (three kilometers) north of town. You can get your revenge by staying in Villa Feltrinelli, which is now an upscale hotel, but you'll have to shell out big bucks to do so. I'm told that you won't be disappointed with its beauty and luxury including magnificent gardens and a fine library. So we see that even towards the end of his days, Benito was able to live well. Shortly thereafter. . . Gardone Riviera, population twenty-five hundred, is best known for the mansion Vittoriale degli Italiani (The shrine of Italian victories) and the major Italian writer Gabriele d'Annunzio who lived there from 1922 until his death in 1938. This building has been called a Fascist Luna Park so you probably can guess d'Annunzio's politics. He was both Mussolini's mentor and major competitor. Mussolini purportedly stated: "When you are saddled with a rotten tooth you have two possibilities open to you: either you pull the tooth or you fill it with gold. With d'Annunzio I have chosen for the latter treatment. "So d'Annunzio enjoyed extensive huge funds to expand the property, construct and/or modify the buildings and to create its impressive art and literature collection. The Vittoriale degli Italiani complex includes the plane which he flew over Vienna in World War I and a light cruiser. In the interest of full disclosure d'Annunzio did attempt to influence Italian politics almost until his death. In 1933 he wrote Mussolini trying to convince him to avoid making a pact with Hitler. In 1934 he wrote a satirical pamphlet about Hitler. And in a 1937 meeting in the Verona train station he tried to convince Mussolin to leave the Axis alliance. Can you guess who also lived in Vittoriale degli Italiani Mussolini's mistress, Clara Petacci, conveniently resided here to be close to her heart throb Benito when he was not exactly roughing it in nearby Gargnano's Villa Feltrinelli as described above. Be sure to visit the two acre (one hectare) Giardino Botanico (Botanical Garden) Andre Heller formerly known as Giardino Botanico (Botanical Garden) Hruska. You'll see thousands of exotic Alpine, Mediterranean, and subtropical plants. Not bad for such a small site. The little town of Salo, population ten thousand, once had big ambitions. It was the capital of Mussolini's Nazi-backed puppet state, the Italian Social Republic, also known as the Republic of Sal. Its main sights include a Fifteenth Century Duomo (Cathedral), the Sixteenth Century Palazzo della Magnifica Patria (Palace of the Magnificent Fatherland) with a historical museum covering among other subjects, the Resistance against Fascism, and a Palace hosting an archeological museum. Every Saturday morning there is a great outdoor market where you can forget about politics, but frankly this part of Italy has not been a major political center for more than sixty years. Sirmione, population about seven thousand, is our last stop in Lombardy. This area was definitely settled by people more than two thousand years ago; some may have lived in houses on stilts. Its number one tourist attraction is the Grotte di Catullo (Grotto of Catullus) a large rectangular structure said to have been the site of the fun-loving Roman poet Catullus. The truth is that his villa was most likely nearby. Some say this was once the finest private villa in Northern Italy, others say it was a public bath with water piped in from a nearby hot spring. Go visit the ruins and the museum anyway. Stop by the Castello Scaligero (Scaliger Castle) which dates back to the Thirteenth Century. You can climb a tower to get a different perspective of Lake Garda. Churches to see include the Lombard San Pietro in Mavino already renovated in the Fourteenth Century with its collection of frescoes and a Romanesque bell tower dating from the turn of the Millennium, and the Fifteenth Century Santa Maria Maggiore. In 1889 a diver from Venice was laying pipes on Lake Garda's cracked, clayish base when out gushed a sulfur spring from the bottom of the lake. To make a long story short, Sirmione is now a spa town. Of more interest to the kids is Italy's largest theme park, the Gardaland Theme Park with dolphins, state-of-the-art roller coasters, and lots more. It's about 8 miles (12 kilometers) east of Sirmione on the Veneto side of the border. Kids measuring less than one meter tall get in free. (Usually we give dimensions in feet, miles, etc. with the approximate metric equivalent in parentheses. In this case, it's the metric measurement that counts, period. )Bardolino, population somewhat exceeding six thousand, is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. It's the biggest resort on the lake with numerous shops and historical remains. Bardolino's main claim to fame is its wine, discussed at the end of this article. In the fall it hosts an annual Cura dell'Uva (Grape Cure) Festival. Some of the participants put crushed grapes on their skin, others drink grape juice, and still others drink the local wine. I think they all have fun, even if they aren't cured. The Romanesque San Severo Church and San Zeno Church both date from around the turn of the Millennium. San Severo is the most important church in the region and features huge frescoes. San Zeno's chapel is considerably older than the church itself. For a change of pace visit the local Oil Museum, devoted to olive oil, not to petroleum products. evia Stop to admire the Punta San Virgilio (Saint Virgil's Promonotory), perhaps the most romantic spot along the lake. Nearby is the Fifteenth Century Villa Guarienti di Bronzane but you can only see it from the outside. The Parco Baia di Sirene (Mermaid's Bay Park) for kids and adults is open to the public. Malcesine, population thirty-five hundred, also claims to be the most popular resort on the lake. It's near the mountains and provides several ski lifts. A cable car takes you to the summit of Monte Baldo. If you're ambitious head back down by mountain bike. Be sure to see Castello Scaligero (Scaligero Castle). There are several Italian castles carrying that name including one in Sirmione, but the Malcesine version is said to be the best. You can even climb the tower and see the town and its surroundings from above. But to my knowledge, you are not allowed to descend by mountain bike. What about food When you talk lake, fish forms a major part of the local cuisine. Indigenous fish include the rare Lake Garda carp, whitefish, lake trout, eel, pike, tench, and perch. Citrus fruits, cheese, and wine also form a major part of the diet. Lake Garda's olive trees are quite special. To conserve land they are trained to grow high, so high that scali, special long poles originally invented for lemon trees are needed to harvest the olives. Their olive oil is exceptional, even by Italian standards. Let's suggest a sample menu, one of many. Start with Bigoi con le Agule (Spaghetti with Sardines. ) Then try Luccio in Salsa (Pike with Sauce, eaten cold). For dessert indulge yourself with Torte di Mele (Apple Cake. ) Be sure to increase your dining pleasure by including local wines with your meal. We conclude with a quick look at Lombardy wine. Lombardy ranks 11th among the 20 Italian regions in acreage devoted to wine grapes and in total annual wine production. The region produces about 62% red and ros and 38% white wine, but there is little ros. There are 15 DOC wines. DOC stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata, which may be translated as Denomination of Controlled Origin, presumably a high-quality wine. The G in DOCG stands for Garantita, but there is in fact no guarantee that such wines are truly superior. Over 47% of Lombardy wine carries the DOC or DOCG designation. There are three DOCG wines: the sparkling Franciacorta said to compete with French Champagne and priced accordingly, the red Sforzato di Valtellina, and the red Valtellina Superiore. Remember, Lake Garda is shared by three regions of Italy, Lombardy, Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto. The best-known local wine comes from east of the lake near Bardolino, part of Veneto. Bardolino DOC is produced in a variety of styles from a specified variety of local grapes. Bardolino Superiore DOCG is a dry red wine also produced from local grapes but to more stringent specifications. This wine must be aged for a minimum of one year prior to sale. Notice, when introducing Bardolino wines I said the best-known local wine, not the best local wine. Wines are produced all along Lake Garda. Determine for yourself which one is the best.

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    Monday, January 23rd, 2012
    11:24 am
    Choosing the Best Times to Travel to Europe
    Schedule Europe Trip for Best Seasons, Values A journey to Europe is the holiday of a lifetime. Limitless sites and attractions are waiting throughout the continent. The prices and the weather are the major elements in deciding the prime travel periods. A good compromise is to choose the period before and after the busy summer season, because the weather is mostly good and prices are lower. Southern Europe also offers a nice experience in the winter, with reasonably mild weather. If nice weather is important to you, the winter is one of the worst times to see northern Europe. Gray, wet and cold weather is common December through February. And daylight is in short supply, so evenings will be spent primarily indoors. However, winter travel offers the best prices. Italy or Greece would be good choices if you are limited to a winter vacation. There are some other benefits to winter travel. Winter festivals and New Year's are exciting times in Europe. Cities such as Paris are beautiful when decorated for the Christmas holidays. New Year's eve in Paris is exciting, with parties, festivals and night life. Several other countries have holiday events and festivals as well. The biggest benefit of winter travel is that you will see fewer other tourists. epaggelmatikos odigos euboias Your experience will be more authentic, seeing European life without the crush of people. Early spring finds most of Europe still chilly and wet, especially in the north, so streets are uncrowded. Though not great for swimming, the weather is fine for outdoor tours and sightseeing. Budget-minded travelers will like the cheaper prices for airfare and hotels. May and June are among the best months to visit most European countries. The weather is warm on most of the continent and it's still uncrowded. There are a variety of festivals and cultural events throughout Europe in May and June. Because the tourist season hasn't started into full swing yet, you can get good deals on accommodations and plane fare. An added benefit is few lines at most tourist attractions and plenty of room on tours and in restaurants. Once schools let out, Europe quickly becomes crowded. The summer months are very busy and hotels get booked quickly. Because of the demand, everything is more expensive in the summer. Tourist destinations are very crowded and you will wait in lines at many attractions. Northern Europe, with its good weather and smaller crowds, would be a good option for summer travel. Whatever season you choose, there are more than enough attractions to provide a great European holiday.

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    Sunday, January 22nd, 2012
    10:20 pm
    Italy - An Economy With a Vibrant International Freight Scene
    Italy is a forward-looking country with a dynamic freight transport sector, which supports its imports and exports activity. The United Kingdom is one of Italy's largest export customers with sales of goods worth just over 9 billion pounds in 2008. Meanwhile, UK sales to Italy were worth over 13 billion pounds in the same period. So freight forwarding between the two countries is a well oiled machine, and there are many shipping companies with expertise in arranging services between Italy and England. in 2008, Italy was the seventh-largest economy in the world and the fourth-largest in Europe. After the second world war, Italy changed from being a farming based economy which had been severely affected by the results of the war, into an important industrialised economy and a leader in international trade. The freight services sector in Italy has developed in tandem evia. Italy is a highly developed nation, and, according to The Economist, has the world's 8th highest quality of life. The country has an especially high standard of living, and is the world's 18th most developed country, higher than Germany, United Kingdom and Greece. Consequently, Italian buyers are sophisticated and demanding, especially in terms of quality. They therefore have a taste for good quality and innovative imports from the United Kingdom, especially in technology and quality consumer goods. Some up-market fashionable British brands are also in demand in Italy as imports. The customer base of shipping companies to Italy reflects this. Despite this, Italy's economy suffers from many problems. After strong expansion between 1964-1988,the last decade's average annual growth rate has fallen behind the European average. What's more, Italian living standards show a considerable north-south divide. The average GDP per capita in Northern Italy may far exceed the EU average, whilst some regions and provinces in Southern Italy are well below the EU average. Italy is sometimes called the sick man of Europe. Freight transport options are correspondingly more available in the developed northern region. The Italian economy is undermined by lack of infrastructure development, market reform programmes and investment in research. Italy still receives financial aid from the EU. To this extent, the freight industry is held back and it is not at the cutting edge in the same way as it is in countries like Sweden. Italy has fewer world-class multinationals than other economies of its size, but there are a large number of small and medium sized businesses, and in the North, there are many companies involved in industrial and machinery production. This has led to a manufacturing industry focused on exports of niche and luxury products. Shipping companies have been keen to attract business from these kind of businesses and they comprise the vast majority of the customer base of an average Italian shipping company or freight company. Italy's major exports and freight cargo by sector are motor vehicles, chemicals, electrical engineering, home appliances, aerospace and defence technologies, firearms, fashion, food processing, sport and luxury vehicles. The automotive industry is the fifth largest automobile producer in Europe. There are therefore many international freight forwarding options for cars and other vehicles. It is a surprising fact that Italy is the world's sixth highest exporter. Contributing to this, Italy is an important fresh food exporter. Italy is the largest kiwifruit, grape and artichoke producer worldwide. The country also exports and produces more wine than anywhere else worldwide. Italy's closest trade ties are with the other countries of the EU, with whom it conducts about 60% of its total international trade. Italy's largest European Union, in order of market share, are Germany, France and Spain followed by the UK. So the international freight infrastructure linking these countries is very robust and a freight forwarding will be guaranteed a high level of service.

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    10:16 am
    The Meaning of the Thumbs-up Hand Gesture Around the World
    epaggelmatikos odigos euboias Hand gestures mean different things in different countries. What is considered a cool sign may be a grave insult in another country. This article takes a look at one of the most common signs: the thumbs-up sign. The thumbs-up sign consists of a closed fist held with the thumb extended upward. The most common interpretation of this sign is as a sing of approval (there is even a metaphor in English: The proposal was given a thumbs-up), but there are some countries where it may be an insult or where it will not be understood. The origin of the sign is unclear, but one theory is that the thumbs up sign was used by the crowds to signal if a defeated gladiator should be spared, whereas the thumbs down would signal that he should be killed. Let's have a look at different countries and what the thumbs-up sign means there:Australia - If it is still or downwards, it usually means OK or alright (or agreement). Thumbs-up with a little upward motion can be a grave insult, depending on context. Canada - The sign means alright or good. you can use it to signify approval epaggelmatikos odigos euboias. China - OK, good. Egypt - Perfect, goodFrance - OK. Germany - Ok, well done, great. Greece - Means great, good job, OK, congratulations. Iran - Very obscene gesture. Iraq - Very obscene gesture. Ireland - OK, good. Italy - OK, go or alright or used for hitchhiking. Japan - Sometimes means ''good'', not widely practiced by adults. New Zealand - Means like all good, or yes or anything positive really (when hitchhiking this gesture is also used but held right out so people in cars can see). Russia - Well done, good. Spain - All right. Sweden - OK, great. Thailand - Very obscene gesture. Turkey - Not used. United Kingdom - OK, good. USA - Means ''great'' or ''awesome'' or whatever. Also used to sign approval, but stronger than an OK sign. Please note that meaning of gestures varies among various parts of countries and also among cultural groups and between generations. Happy travels!

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    Saturday, January 21st, 2012
    9:44 pm
    Honeymoon Destinations
    Honeymoon is one of the most crucial periods of a married life. It's the time when two souls mingle with each other, creating a bond to be cherished forever. For newly weds, it's the best time to know and discover the new side of their partners. Hence, for this phase of relationship building, the couples need to make careful planning. Main task is finding a perfect location for romantic getaway. There are so many beautiful places around the globe. But, choosing from the best honeymoon destinations is tad difficult. If you are facing similar problems, take a look at the list of top honeymoon destinations below. Small descriptions have been attached highlighting their attractive features. It will certainly remove your dilemma. Top 10 Honeymoon DestinationsMaldivesAn archipelago of more than 1000 private islands, Maldives offers you a world of privacy and peace. epaggelmatikos odigos euboias Amid the stunning surroundings of this island country, you and your partner can try hand at adventure also. Sailing, swimming and diving in the blue sea water will be absolutely fun. During leisure time, you both can go for soothing spa therapies. DubaiDubai in UAE is the most sought after luxury honeymoon destination. The city is blessed with golden sandy beaches and sea-water inlet. There is a stunning heritage and diving village. On your honeymoon in Dubai, you can stay at the lavish Burj Al Arab hotel. This sail-shaped structure is acclaimed all over the world. CaliforniaCalifornia in USA can be divided into two parts such as north California and south California. In northern California, you will come across enchanting mountainous regions and forests. Southern California, on the other hand, is rich in stunning beaches. If you want to see the best of this part in America, visiting San Diego, Disneyland, Malibu and Santa Barbara will be a fulfilling experience. CaribbeanCaribbean islands are world popular among honeymooners. Honeymoon in Caribbean is filled with marvelous private islands and beach resorts. If you are planning for a honeymoon vacation in this exotic destination, make a choice between places like Anguilla, Aruba and Antigua. These island towns are very beautiful and well equipped to serve guests' needs. IndiaIndia is culturally rich and dotted with diverse types of attractions in all the major parts. Some of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India that are worth considering include Goa for beaches and heritage sites, Kerala for backwaters, Darjeeling for exotic hill views and Rajasthan for luxury holiday experience. GreeceGreece is one of the most romantic destinations in world. euboia Surrounded by rugged coasts, golden beaches, cascading waterfalls, caves, sand dunes and rivers, Greece is arguably a heavenly abode. During your honeymoon, you both can explore the architectural treasure of this country along with its natural splendor. Some of the must visit cities in Greece are Athens, Rhodes and Ossios Lucas among others. New YorkNew York is again a honeymooner's paradise. Couples visit the city's Empire State Building to bask in the filmy moments of love and romance. They head over to its Central Park for a skating stint. Many find Brooklyn Bridge in New York a perfect spot to enkindle romantic mood. FranceThe main highlight of the France honeymoon trip is intricate art work, splendid architecture and delicious gourmet. You can take a tour of its countryside for a relaxed and romantic getaway. However, when you go to this country, make sure to visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris. HawaiiHawaii islands are filled with serene green beaches and crystal clear waters. On your Honeymoon to Hawaii You can take a walk on the island beaches with your partner for a romantic experience. Or else, call in your adventurous soul for adrenalin pumping activities like hiking, surfing and diving. One of the best places to visit in Hawaii is Maui Island. Here, you will get to see mesmerizing underwater reefs. ItalyAmong the favorite honeymoon destinations of the world, Italy is one. There are many attractive cities in Italy which you can visit, but Venice must not be given a miss. With bustling streets, heritage churches and buildings, Venice makes for a different kind of honeymooning experience.

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    8:33 am
    The New Seven Wonders of the World
    The New Seven Wonders of the World is something that the numerous people would like to see. Travelers enjoy to see the 7 New Wonders if they go via river or ocean cruise. In the year 2007, July the results of the New 7 Wonders of the World were publicized in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. It was in the year 2009 that the campaign was started to select the new 7 man-made wonders of the world. The people all around the globe came forward to nominate their favorite choices. In January 2006 the International panel of judges was formed. These 21 finalists were later on posted at the site of New 7 Wonders. There were more than 100 million votes from all around the globe which decided upon the seven winners. The notion of choosing the New 7 Wonders was derived by the Ancient 7 Wonders of the World; these were compiled in 200 B. C by Philon of Byzantium. The list given by Philon was used as a travel guide by other people in Athens, it was seen that all the sites which were man-made were situated in the Mediterranean Sea basin. evia Regrettably, now only one of the original 7 wonders of the olden world is in existence today, this is The Pyramids of Egypt. The other 6 early wonders were: the Temple of Artemis, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Statue of Zeus, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. The Taj Mahal in India Petra in Jordan The Great Wall of China in northern China Chichn Itz in Mexico The Statue of Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro Machu Picchu in Peru The Colosseum in Rome Other nominees of finalists are: Acropolis in Athens, Greece Angkor in Cambodia Eiffel Tower in Paris Easter Island Statues in the South Pacific Ocean Hagia Sophia in Istanbul Kremlin in Moscow Kiyomizu Temple in Japan Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany Statue of Liberty in New York City Sydney Opera House in Australia Pyramids of Egypt Stonehenge in Great Britain Timbuktu in Mali The New 7 Wonders Foundation is also running a contest for The Natural Wonders. The procedure of selection will be very much similar to the one which was adopted for the man-made wonders. These wonders are just worth admiring and leave its spectators awestruck.

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    Friday, January 20th, 2012
    8:05 pm
    Guideline For People Travelling To Greece
    Greece can satisfy even the most demanding of its visitors. It has beautiful scenery and great man made establishments, it has sea but also mountains, it has archaeological sites and night clubs as well, it has crowded areas but it also has nice and quite places. The best of all is that all these are not far away from each other. I don't think its an overstatement to say that Greece is a traveler's paradise. Where can you find such places. If you want to find fancy restaurants and Hotels and all the comforts a man can get those are the services every known place has and they are actually difficult to miss. Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Corfu, Crete, Athens, Thessaloniki, Samos are among the most visited destinations in Greece. If you need luxurious accommodations, fancy restaurants, loud music, packed cafes, lots of visitors you can find them here. Places that are not crowded but still have lot to offer are more difficult to find. There are less services and less money to be gained from visitors and therefore are not heavily promoted. If you are looking for those places don't ask at your local travel agent. Don't arrange a Cruise hoping to find them. The are usually very close to the crowded centers but not much is mentioned of them. Lots of smaller islands that are not heavily advertised, and island satellites to famous ones usually fall under this category and would be ideal places for people that want to explore the alternative Greece. For the sake of the discussion I am going to mention Gaudos, Paxoi, Fournoi, Sifnos, Ikaria, Chios but this is not extensive by any means. These places are usually recommended from people that have already gone there. If you have not had such recommendations then I would advise you to prepare your trip to the most favorable location leaving some room in your schedule for visiting places that the locals will undoubtedly suggest. An inquiry to a local Greek travel agent or a Greek Habitant might reveal some hidden treasures around the area. Keeping in mind the pros and cons presented right after, one can easily recognize such places. With quiet destinations you avoid the mass tourism and the noise and you enjoy more the nature and the hospitality of people simple and not caught up at the great rush of our times. Nature is purer and the food is fresher and atmosphere is unspoiled and healthier. The prices are cheaper too. One great disadvantage is that such places don't have many means of transportation to and from them and not to many comforts should be expected when looking for accommodation. Some of them don't even have air connectivity with mainland Greece. They might have boat or bus connection 3-7 times a week from the near by Town. Travel off high season Greeks usually take their summer vacation around the 15th of August that is the biggest festivity in the Orthodox Christian world, commemorating the Assumption of Theotokos (Mary the mother of Jesus). Around these days everything gets very busy with boats running full and extra flights being added and all types of accommodation running at full capacity. These period makes for some very tiresome vacation and I would definitely avoid it if I had the choice euboia. Planning either before or after August is probably the smartest thing one can do when traveling to Greece. You do avoid the headaches and prices are a whole lot different. Almost all destinations in Greece are connected through Athens, so this gives an opportunity to the traveler to explore the Athenian lifestyle and Acropolis if he/she so chooses. Some alternative routes include Italy which has daily direct boat connections to the Ionian islands and Turkey which has daily boat connectivity to the nearby islands of the Aegean. Arranging your car rental before hand Small places usually luck the public transportation of the big and famous cities. Buses usually run not very frequently and planning your excursions around them usually is not an easy chore. The more crowded places will probably have cars booked fully for the high season times. So if you are planning on using a car arranging it ahead of time is always good choice. Alternative accommodations for rent If you are not interested in the standard services of a hotel (food, everyday cleaning/towels/sheets pools and restaurants) you can rent villas or homes at cheaper prices. Usually the such places provide a high level of service compared to what you pay for them. Plenty of non Hotel accommodations are spread at all possible places and the go by the names of "studios" "apartments" "homes" "rooms to let" "homes". Some times its even possible to rent such places a monthly rental fee, provided you will stay for at least 1 1/2 months there.

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    Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
    8:59 am
    The Greece Effect Some Changes In The World Currency Orders
    The debt crisis ensuing in Greece seems to be impacting currencies and prices of commodities like oil in a big way. Not only has it dashed the hopes of the Euro to emerge as an alternative reserve currency to the US dollar, but has actually propped up the latter due to emerging risk and investors seeking shelter in the safe haven of the US dollar. The problems plaguing the Euro are not limited only to the Greek crisis, but debt problems in the nations of Portugal, Spain and Italy are adding to Euro woes as well. Similar debt issues had led to a decline in the US dollar from mid 2002 to 2008, with US budget and current account deficits having bloated to unmanageable proportions. It was during this period that the Euro had gained importance as an alternative to the US dollar and made major gains in its value. However, with the recent debt problems unfolding in the Euro zone, the Euro seems to have been hit by a double whammy resulting in it losing some of its sheen. evia While, the Euro zone debt crisis has hit the Euro directly, the economic uncertainty in the Euro zone is leading investors to take cover under the safety of the US dollar. This has propped up the US dollar and has hit the Euro indirectly. Once there were signs of the recession easing off, the US dollar lost some of its value it had gained as the safe haven currency after 2009. However, the Euro zone crisis has propped up the US dollar once again due to its safe haven status. euboia The Euro's loss of strength brings in other sticky problems for the Euro zone economy. A weaker Euro along with oil prices having firmed up in dollar terms, implies that Euro zone's oil imports have become more expensive and with that come in the prospects of inflation. However, a weaker Euro is helping prop up exports and Germany is experiencing a robust demand for its exports. Recently, China piped Germany to become the largest exporter in the world. The Euro, which has depreciated nearly 17% compared to the Chinese Renminbi, is now helping Germany catch with its lost position. From these dynamics, it appears that troubles in some nations of the Euro zone are helping other nations in the Euro zone. Thus, while nations like Greece are facing a debt crisis, which is weakening the Euro, the weaker Euro is helping Germany boost its economy. While, the Euro and the US dollar battle it out for supremacy as a global currency, the recession followed by the Greek and Euro zone crisis has brought into limelight other currencies that could someday gain predominance. The Indian central bank, the Reserve Bank of India has undertaken a study, which suggests that the Chinese Renminbi and the Indian rupee are gradually gaining currency as possible alternative currencies due to the inherent strengths of the two economies. While, the Indian central bank has asked the Indian government to carefully evaluate the possibility of floating the rupee as an alternative currency, it has also stated that the US dollar is likely to continue as the main reserve currency in the foreseeable future. The Indian rupee as of now is not fully convertible though market fluctuations reflect in its changing exchange rate unlike the Chinese Renminbi, whose rate has been fixed by the government. However, eventually, the Indian rupee will also become fully convertible. All said and done, the recent economic recession and the current Euro zone crisis are certain to bring about some changes in the world currency orders.

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    Monday, January 16th, 2012
    8:21 pm
    How To Maintain Your Natural Healthy Weight Loss Plan
    For healthy people to lose weight is simple: burn more calories than you consume. Your healthy weight is determined by the ratio of height and weight in your body or body mass index (BMI) and fat amount. Unfortunately, 60% of the population in North America are considered overweight, because, according to food high in saturated fats and trans fats lead to many diseases and become a BMI index of unhealthy eating a heavy burden on our national health care system. For many people tend to lose weight, but to maintain this weight loss is a big trouble and issue to be concerned. In fact, if you have a healthy weight-loss plan, you will not have any questions, insisted that the weight loss. 1) suggested that trick you into weight loss body For many people tend to lose weight, but to maintain this weight loss is a big trouble. In fact, if you have a permanent healthy weight-loss plan, you will not have any questions, insisted that the weight loss. There are some weight loss tips that may assist you, you may have to bear in mind in their daily diet. 1. Replace high-density low-nutrient density foods Is low, such as fruits and vegetables, food, bulk density, filling, contain fewer calories which means that it can assist in losing your body weight and control the hunger rate in your body. Through the consumption of fewer calories, you can weight over time, to maintain delay. 2. Pile your food Additional food off the air less heat. Studies have shown that people drinking water is no longer off the air than normal milkshake milkshake consumption, 28% of calories, because no additional milkshake mix and quantity of air. 3. Food, in order to avoid Keep away any foods that contain saturated fatty acids and trans-fat, high. Dipping, high-calorie fried foods can contain any excess fat will be stored for future use, resulting in weight gain. In addition, saturated fat and trans fats may cause bad cholesterol Clogg of the arteries, causing heart disease. 4. Restrictions on grain varieties Over eating of food will make you go beyond the fullness, because you want to taste everything. Do your best to limit only a handful of snack choices at home you will consume less because you will get tired of the same old food. 5. Replace low-calorie beverages or water, high-calorie drinks Studies have shown that you can drink without weight gain, high-calorie beverages, because high-calorie drinks right through your stomach to register it realization. Therefore, you may intake more calories, but you will still feel hungry. 2) and the weight-loss foods contain high levels of fiber As the fiber to improve colon function, to maintain large intestine strong, accelerated the grain of the muscles and increase transit time stool (faeces volume size), which helps prevent constipation and hemorrhoids. Fiber-rich foods are usually low in fat and, therefore, it is very important to weight control component. Now, we will talk about why the food contains a lot of high-fiber will lose your body weight effectively. 1. Dietary fiber can provide high-calorie food for each Since most fibers could not be digested in your body, this is because they have a negative calorie effect. Fiber does also help to deceive the feeling than you would normally consume low-calorie full of your stomach. 2. To extend the dining High-fiber foods need a lot of chewing and swallowing. Therefore, you need a longer time to complete the meal evia. 3. To fill your stomach Soluble fiber absorbs water and your stomach to form the gel, this swelling, resulting in a signal in your stomach receptors to your brain, you are still full and no longer need to eat. 4. Stable blood glucose Containing high-fiber foods such as whole grains, yuba released into the blood stream in the sugar slowly, so as to stabilize blood sugar support to help lose weight. Is also a high fiber diet can affect the blood glucose response, the next meal, your blood sugar to keep in one day more stable. 5. Improve your hormones Glucagon-like peptide-1, a small protein produced naturally in the human body, and can slow down the digestive process, so there will be a sense of fullness, so you lose weight. 6. Prevent certain calories Fiber block absorption of calories, strengthen the body's absorption of nutrients. Studies have shown that diet contains only 20 grams of fiber a day to absorb more than 48 grams of dietary fiber containing more than 8% of calories. . How to lose weight food alternative The most healthy weight is determined by the ratio of height and weight in your body or body mass index (BMI) and fat amount. Unfortunately, 60% of the population in North America are considered overweight, according to BMI index. We also discussed the negative weight of the article, "food make you lose weight. " In this article, we will discuss how to lose weight your diet and food alternatives. 1. Dip fried foods crispy and tasty, but it contains a lot of saturated fat, resulting in arteries with cholesterol, heart disease and unhealthy weight gain has. You can avoid these steaming, stir, and consume more cold water fish. 2. Add a teaspoon of pepper and mustard meal will increase the metabolic rate as much as 25 percent. 3. Replace your low-fat yogurt or low-fat condensed cream recipe. 4. Do not stifle your butter or sour cream baked potato. Replacement or a low-fat salsa pepper. 5. Use olive oil or canola oil instead of animal fat or vegetable oil. 6. Add nuts to your diet. Nuts are high fat and nutrition, so include them in your diet, but do not overdo it. 7. Mung bean paste in the peanut butter cookies butter substitute, reduce fat and increase fiber. 8. To meat or cranberry sauce, tomato sauce and gravy Skip poultry. Click here for the hair zone 9. If you do not eat your food, while walking, driving or watching TV, you will eat less and enjoy your food 10. Put your spinach instead of lettuce sandwich, because spinach is more nutritious. . How to lose weight medicine As we have mentioned in other articles, weight loss is simple: burn more calories than you consume. If you have a healthy eating plan, which includes a lot of fruits, vegetables, less meat and dairy products andare low in saturated fatty acids and trans fats, it will help you lose weight and keep it off longer. In this article, next to some of the eating plan, we found that some herbs can help you lose weight and keep it off forever: 1. Fennel Seeds Fennel is a well-known fat metabolism and get rid of the material through the urethra. It has a pungent odor, is a vitamin A can significantly improve a rich visual acuity. Fennel seeds aid digestion and promote liver and kidney function, spleen, so as to ensure processing and the elimination of healthy dietary fat. 2. Cleaver Cleaver is the most famous and health supplements can help remove waste and toxins, one of the lymphatic system is a good antidote. Cleaver is a strange lesson appetite, but by speeding up fat metabolism. 3. Raspberry leaf Red raspberry leaf is very useful to many people's health. Red raspberry leaf can be used to treat various problems. Next to a reputation as a slimming aid, raspberry leaf tea is thought to help control diarrhea, nausea, and help with pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum mothers easier. 4. Japanese Green Tea 3 to 5 cups of green tea consumed in the meal will help to boost your metabolism, which means burning more calories faster. 5. Burdock Root Burdock help improve carbohydrate metabolism, and aid the body's hormonal health and because of its ability to control weight and cleansing detoxification pituitary gland. 6 Stellaria Stellaria media has been widely used as a wash to relieve eye pain, while the leaves can be used to ease the cuts and ulcers. It contains vitamin C, protein, flavonoids, phytosterols and glycosides, as well as a large number of high. Stellaria media may be useful when the weight of a healthy lifestyle, proper diet and exercise, including the loss. 7. Chlorella Chlorella to help restore the body's natural balance and AIDS stimulates intestinal peristalsis, any weight-loss program. 8. Royal Jelly Royal jelly is fed by the workers of honey queen bee to stimulate her growth and development of bee milky secretion. Royal Jelly also said to improve athletic and sexual function, slow the aging process and promote weight loss. More herbal medicines, has the same effects, such as cinnamon, etc. to lose weight 5, how to lose weight of common sense Coupled with a healthy diet plan and consumption of fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products are saturated and trans fats will help you lose weight and keep it close and low. We must talk to your physician or weight loss specialists before you begin any weight-loss plan to. Here are some common sense states that can help you to lose your body weight: 1. Do not skip your breakfast Skipping meals will only make you eat the next meal. After a long period of hunger, your stomach triggers the brain to release more chemicals, you eat more (more than two meals combined, the next meal). 2. Accordance with the BMI index According to the U. S. National Institutes of Health healthy weight is defined as body mass index of 24 or less. Body mass index for men and 25-30 women were considered to be overweight. Body mass index is a reliable person, from 19-70 years of age. Research shows that people 64 years old, from dying from heart disease does not deal with the risk of body mass index between 25-27. Body mass index over 28 seems to increase the risk of heart disease. 3. Slowly, surely Change your habits slowly. Day to replace some saturated fatty acids and trans fatty foods And health food. Gradually began to exercise. Walk for several days, a day after 10 minutes 15 minutes, 30 minutes. Keep going until you work, and then gradually rose to do a good job monitoring work plan. Very pleased if you lose 2-3 pounds a week. 4. Medium to stay active in In the computer or TV all day sitting in front will increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, II diabetes, obesity, heart disease and depression. 5. Shopping Parking Parking in the parking lot at the end of your car will help you burn more calories. If you calculate calories, burn all your travel, you take measures, such as shopping, grocery shopping, work, pick up kids from school, you will be surprised. 2,506 per mile will burn 125 calories. 6. Moderate alcohol intake Moderate alcohol consumption does not contain fat, cholesterol, sodium, rarely drinks and often associated with women's weight-related losses. Moderate alcohol consumption and better health, live longer. Drink red wine 2 cups cups of women and men, every day will help to enhance blood circulation, reducing heart attack risk. 7. Studies have shown that eating chicken soup with rice and drinking water before a meal will help curb the appetite. m. How to lose weight with the Mediterranean Diet As we have mentioned in other articles, a healthy person weight loss is simple: burning more calories than you input. The most healthy weight is determined by the ratio of height and weight in your body or body mass index (BMI) and fat amount. Unfortunately, 60% of the population in North America are considered overweight, according to BMI indices. There must be something that our eating problems. In areas such as Italy and Greece, where the distant south, most people have a longer living period, because their diet contains fruits and vegetables. In southern Italy and Greece, the only people eating fish and poultry meat several times a week several times a month. Their high-carbohydrate diet, only contains 8% of saturated fat. You can seek for some very good traditional Greek restaurant in your local food products. Here are some dinner, I found the eating habits than we are different: 1. Tasting souvlaki Also shish kebob that it contains a lot of vegetables and a small amount of meat. This is one of about 300 calories, 10 grams of fat meal only an average of 1 / 5 of the saturated fat. 2. Pita Bread Sandwiches Pita bread sandwiches, including a significant lettuce, some meat, feta cheese and cucumber juice. It contains approximately 800 45 of total fat and saturated half grams of calories. Unfortunately, the impact of the Western diet, these meals, we found that some are no longer a real Greek food. They are high in meat and saturated fat, so please do not think that all of the Greek restaurant is the original Mediterranean diet. There are two of the original Mediterranean diet recipes will not only help you lose weight, you can also reduce your blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, the level of bad cholesterol. With dill yogurt 1. Sauce (source from Ellaia) * Yogurt dill sauce * 300 grams. Yogurt, low-moisture content * 1 spoon dried dill * 1 garlic, salt, pepper * 2 tablespoons olive oil ELLAIA * 1 spoon lemon juice. * We are in the pulp and a little garlic salt and mortars. In a deep bowl, with our garlic, dill and pepper, olive oil and lemon we continue until they strike a good yogurt mixture. We believe that the mixture in the refrigerator. Accompanied by vegetables and vegetable salad. 2. Meat with plums from the Ellaia (source) * 1,5 kg of meat (pork, lamb, beef, or chicken) * 1 onion * Salt, pepper, nutmeg * 1 cinnamon stick * 5-62 Lemon clovesjuice * 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil ELLAIA * Half a kilo plums * 1 cup almonds * 2 tablespoons sugar or honey * Wash and cut the meat part of the. We have a basin, and throw in the large particles, salt, pepper, onion, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and the lemon juice. We left the meat marinated 2-3 hours, and we cherish the water wet to absorb the water, but also to facilitate the peeled almonds. We are placed in a pot of olive oil fried meat. We and liquid immersion Marinades, we add 1-2 cups hot water, we boiled the meat cold until it get soft. We have also put the plums, almonds and honey or sugar, we let them cook a few minutes. Finally, we will provide you with a list of food Mediterranean-style diet. It contains cheese, eggs, fish and seafood, fruits, cereals, legumes, nuts, olive oil, red wine, vegetables and yogurt. In the top of the pyramid contains meat, poultry and lower, more broad-based, with dairy products, oils, fruits and vegetables. 7. How to lose weight fiber Fiber is plant material, humans can not digest parts. There are two kinds of dietary fiber, soluble and insoluble species. Both are important to bowel function. Soluble fibers dissolve in water, forming a gel in the intestine. Insoluble fiber passes through the digestive system virtually intact, and to increase stool volume and the role of sponge to absorb water. If you have experienced a diet plan or program and other weight-loss drugs, supplements, despite your efforts do not seem to lose weight, then you might not eat enough fiber. Studies have shown that people eat up to 60 fiber per day, 85%% of ideal weight. In the U. S. , on average only about 15% of fiber per capita consumption, which may be 60% of adults obese reasons. Here are some foods high in fiber: 1. Yuba Yuba is a high-fiber, contains protein. The dry fiber-rich complex carbohydrates, like other legumes make you feel full faster and easier. Therefore, it is an ideal slimming food. Is also a high-fiber diet can reduce the risk of colon cancer, as well as cholesterol levels, we know that could lead to heart disease. 2. acai berry Acai Berry is full of vitamins and minerals, can help reduce weight, strengthen muscles and increase overall energy. Acai berries help to increase, such as burning more calories doing housework and exercise regularly your calorie consumption rate. This increase in metabolic rate can be dramatically lose weight. 3. Whole grain products Whole grain is very nutritious, as they are vitamins, a good source of phytochemicals, and you need a day, the daily life of minerals. Whole grain products generally take longer to digest, which gives the feeling of fullness, thereby preventing weight loss program from overeating the next person. This is basically how weightlessness help. 4. Broccoli Broccoli is not only low-calorie, but also cheap. Broccoli is the most delicious and healthy vegetables, it can be a readily available throughout the year. Broccoli can help you to lose your body weight effectively, because they are high in fiber and water, so you get some calories of food a lot. 5. Celery Celery has a high concentration of calcium is the light of your endocrine system. The hormones help to break the establishment of fat, weight loss accumulation. 6. Spinach Spinach is a dart green, negative calories vegetable. This is an excellent source of powerful disease fighting antioxidants and iron, a good source of vitamins and minerals. Spinach is a fiber and 1 cup steamed spinach is only 42 calories. 7. Seeds and Nuts Seeds and nuts are rich in protein, nutrients and fiber. It contains Omega fatty acids, which means that many nuts and seeds can make you feel more fully, and to prevent weight loss results you eat too much. All of these are the foods we eat every day, and contains high levels of fibers, help to improve bowel function and transition time, and weight loss. 8. Negative calorie foods These foods make you lose weight, because they have such a small amount of heat, it needs more calories to digest them, and then the food itself contains. One example is the food, which contains 25 calories, 50 calories your body, subject to break down and digest. Celery First of all, if you have to eat celery, you know this requires some work to chew, and with one, which contains a single 5-calorie chewing may consume more calories, and then celery contains a Water ice Ice water significantly cooler than your normal body temperature, so that regular consumption of tap water, rather than ice water will cause your body to burn excess calories, so that its temperature back to normal. Orange A medium-sized orange is sparse 37 calories. Kumquat fruit Each kumquat fruit is 13 calories Lettuce Only 6 calories per cup lettuce services. Lettuce is 10 calories per cup service. Spinach 1 cup of spinach contains 7 calories Cherry Tomato 3 Cherry Tomatoes contain 6 calories. Mushroom Mushrooms is 15 calories a cup.

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    Customs and Manners in Foreign Countries
    Whether you like it or not, you are a representative of the United States once you travel to a foreign country. Many have to come to associate such questions as: "Don't you have an American cup of coffee" or "You don't speak English" or "That's not how we do things at home. evia " as typical American behavior overseas. Nonetheless, there are several things you just can't do when you travel as they are regarded in bad taste: taking photographs of people without asking their permission, acting critical or amused by customs that are alien to you, getting too familiar, too fast (for example, slapping someone on the back, even if the gesture is well intentioned). To be regarded as a good ambassador (and save yourself from embarrassment), it's advisable to read a few books or research online about the culture and customs of the country you plan to visit. epaggelmatikos odigos euboias Clothing: Wearing shorts in public is generally not acceptable in most parts of the world, including some European countries. In Arab countries, low necklines, sleeveless shirts, and short skirts are definitely a bad idea. When in doubt, dress conservatively. Also, while it is tempting to dress in the local style, like wearing a sari in India, be sensitive to the culture - sometimes the local citizenry will appreciate your attempt to fit in; sometimes it will be considered an insult. Greetings/touching: Handshakes are an almost universally accepted form of greeting, although in some countries, like Japan, a traditional bow from the waist down is preferred. Be careful how you address someone; don't use first names unless you are invited to do so. In some countries, you'll see a lot of hugging and kissing going on among the locals (Greece, Italy, Latin countries, Slavic countries); an affectionate hug or peck on the cheek that you share with a new acquaintance is fine, but usually if you are responding to, not initiating it. Language/Gestures: Taking a crash course in the language of the country you will be visiting rarely results in the mastery of the language. Instead, learn some polite expressions (hello-goodbye-thank you) and relax. epaggelmatikos odigos euboias English is pretty common worldwide, especially in tourist areas, and you can always include body language to get your message across. However, some American gestures have totally different meanings in other countries. For example, in Bulgaria, shaking your head horizontally means "yes"; shaking it vertically means "no". Also using the American gesture for "OK" (the thumb and forefinger making a circle with the other fingers pointing up) can be embarrassing. In Brazil that gesture means "screw you": in Japan it means "money": in Southern France it means "zero" or "worthless". Food/Drink: You may find yourself staring down at a local delicacy - snake soup in China, a yak burger in Tibet, sheep's eyes in Saudi Arabia, calves' brains in France - and wonder what to do, particularly if you are a guest in someone's home. Be brave, take small bites, and pretend it tastes like something you like. When presented with a strong alcoholic drink, like ouzo in Greece, take small sips and stop when you must (you can refuse, citing medical reasons as your excuse). Remember that Hindus and some Buddhists don't eat beef (the cow is sacred); Muslims don't eat pork, and strict Muslims abstain from alcohol. If you are eating with Muslims, never touch food with your left hand (the left hand is for bathroom use and is considered unsanitary; using it would be very offensive). Socializing/conversations: If you are acquainted with the history and culture of the country, you shouldn't get unnerved. In general, some topics can be touchy or controversial, like money, religion, politics, and sex. But the particular nature of the people is critical. The Japanese do not want to talk about World War II; the French scowl at the classic American question: "What do you do for a living"; the Chinese call their country "China" or the "People's Republic of China" - not "the Mainland"; people in Scotland are "Scots" or "Scotsmen," not "Scotch" (the drink) or "Scottish" (the language or the terrier).

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    Sunday, January 15th, 2012
    7:22 pm
    Student Tour - Backpacking In Europe
    For the fortunate few, life isn't complete without a backpacking trip through Europe. This right of passage is believed to further the maturation process of college students, according to sociologists. Of course, others have opined that copious amounts of alcohol, sun and Amsterdam have something to do with it. euboia Regardless of your purpose, you still have to figure out what to take. Backpack - Getting In Touch With Your Inner MuleObviously, the first critical item is your backpack. While one doesn't need to buy the $10,000 Himalaya Turbo Pack, you should also avoid the $12 blue light special. So, how do you pick a happy middle groundThe best method for picking a backpack involves three phone books. Select/swipe/borrow three yellow page books from neighbors/friends/enemies and hit your local sporting goods store. With the books, head to the backpackapalozza section of the store and pick out a few sturdy/cool/outrageous rigs. Stuff the phone books in, adjust the straps and go for a walk. Now break out into a run to simulate future dashes for trains/ ferries/ toilets and make the sales people nervous. These steps should quickly reveal the perfect pack. Now, you may have read other publications suggesting highly technical ways to select a backpack. Trust me, until you have run for the last ferry from Italy to Greece, you have no idea how to pick a pack. The three phone book test solves this nicely. What To TakeThere are a few mantras that every person should chant before packing for Europe. These chants were developed originally by the little known, Oh-My-Back Monks of Southeast Asia. The "OMB" Monks were known for traveling half way to far off cities, turning around, returning home and then traveling the full way to said cities. Religious experts opined as to the deep metaphysical meaning of such trips. They were later embarrassed when the monks revealed the back and forth nature of the trips was due to forgetting something, often whether they had turned off the iron. Nonetheless, such chants have become the guiding light of experienced backpackers. Let us slowly and clearly chant together,"I will pack only that which will not result in me being hunched over like a Sherpa. ""Remember, I can pick it [(lower voice) toothpaste, book, soap] up over there. ""I will not stuff thy pack to the point of bursting, for thy damn zippers always break/get snagged/refuse to work. ""I will learn humility through wearing incredibly wrinkled clothes and shall not bring an iron. ""I shall bring only one guide book, not one for each country that I MIGHT see. ""I accept that I will come home wearing something I didn't take and will have lost/traded/burned much of what I did take. "For female travelers and, okay, the occasional male,"I will not bring high heels or a gaggle of make-up. "Admittedly, chanting these mantras will not bringing you immediate enlightenment. Fret, not. You can always throw items away or send them home in a box to your parents/friends/parole officer. For the resourceful backpacker, it is not unheard of to send particularly smelly/discolored/toxic clothing to an ex-girlfriend/ex-boyfriend/little brother. Follow these practical guidelines and you will soon happily be speaking in a loud voice to make foreigners understand you. The EvidenceThis is the hard part for most travelers to wrap their minds around. You will forget those special moments of your trip when you met the hunk Sven or babe Svenetta from Sweden and had a romantic evening/danced the night away/got arrested in Ios/Ibiza/the airport. Maybe not immediately, but you will eventually forget. You will also forget or lose the contact information of people you meet, despite meticulously writing it down on the back of a coaster/napkin/your hand in a bar/poetry reading/jail at three in the morning. Surprisingly, said coaster/napkin/hand often survive the night/day/weekend and get deposited in your already trashed backpack. Of course, their presence is often forgotten when you later put a Oktoberfest mug/wet towel/toothbrush in. The extra padding at the bottom of your pack is specifically designed to deal with the decomposing result. Still, the information is gone and so is your future with Sven/Svenetta. To properly record the magical moments of your trip, you must take a diary or journal. Don't worry, you can burn it later before you get married/your parents get nosey/you have kids. You want a journal in a water/beer/sweat resistant case. Of course, I prefer a Nomad Travel Journal, but just make sure you take something. When you have some extra time in the bus/train/jail cell, you can record how you got there and the people you met. Trust me, when you, Sven/Svenetta and your nine children are sitting on the porch, you will greatly enjoy reading your journal. Of course, that assumes you didn't burn it.

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    7:22 am
    Worlds Most Unusual Places
    Our planet is full of places that offer spectacular views, bizarre topographical features, and a variety of flora & fauna. There are many places on earth which seem odd or unusual in comparison to what we are used to seeing in day-to-day life. Some of the world's most unusual places are described in the paragraphs below. Most Unusual Places in the World The most unusual places in the world listed below should have something interesting and bizarre that would interest the readers. Socotra, Republic of Yemen This is one of the most unusual places on earth with features that are out of the world. For a moment, one would feel that he has traveled to a different planet. The Dragon Blood Tree is one of the important features of this island. The branches of this plant give it a mushroom-like appearance. The desert rose is another plant with a weird appearance. The stem of this plant resembles the legs of an elephant. The Dorstenia gigas is a plant which can even grow in rock; it doesn't necessarily require soil as a medium for growth. All these and other features make Socotra one of the most unusual places on earth. 83-42, Greenland It is one of the few pieces of land in the northernmost region of the earth. Located in the Arctic ocean, this permanent point of land is also referred to as Schmitt's Island. The unusual or unique thing about 83-42 is that even while the surrounding area is covered with ice, this part of land remains black. The area of 83-42 is 35 m x 15 m; elevation is just 4 m evia. Mount Roraima, Venezuela This mountain has a shape that resembles a hood. Unlike other mountains which taper along the tip, Mount Roraima has a table-top that rises 400 m. Another interesting fact about this place is that it rains here almost everyday. The surface of Mount Roraima is formed of sandstone. Salar de Uyuni Located in Bolivia, the Salar de Uyuni island is marked by breathtaking landscapes that offer vasts tracts of salt and other interesting features. Salar de Uyuni is known for the largest salt desert in of the world. The area covered by salt is so large that it becomes difficult to find any reference in determining the skyline. There is also a hotel completely made of salt in Salar de Uyuni epaggelmatikos odigos evias. The gigantic cacti found on this island is also one of the unique features of this place. All these features make Salar de Uyuni amongst world's most unusual places. The Richat Structure The Richat Structure is circular, and is located in the Sahara desert near Ouadane, Mauritiana. It has a diameter of approximately 50 km. This place seems unusual since it is the only prominent feature in the surrounding huge desert. The Richat Structure is used as a reference point/landmark by space crews. Years of soil erosion has resulted into the formation of this structure. Earlier it was believed that a meteorite could have created the Richat Structure. However, this theory was ruled out; also the flat floor of this structure doesn't provide any clue about the fall of meteorite. Ice Hotel, Sweden This hotel is constructed every year from ice. The village of Jukkasjrvi near Kiruna in Sweden is where this ice sculpture is created annually. Steel is used in creating the frame for this construction, since a substance that is a portmanteau (blend) of snow and ice forms the binding material for blocks of ice. The sub-freezing temperatures help in retaining this ice structure. Ice taken from Torne river is used in the construction of this hotel. It is therefore, amongst most unusual places to live in the world. Cancun Underwater Museum This underwater museum is located near the coast of Cancun, Mexico; it is amongst the important Mexico tourist attractions. Sculptures placed in this museum are created by Jason DeCaires Taylor. A pH neutral concrete material is used in the creation of these artworks. There are 400 sculptures installed in this museum. The world's most unusual places presented in this article include places with natural as well as man-made structures that amaze the viewers. There are many such places with weird features like the ones mentioned above. The important, and indeed some of the most unusual, ones are presented in this article.

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    Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    11:15 pm
    Countries that Speak French
    French and English are the only two languages which are spoken in almost all the continents. It is a roman language and hence is one of the oldest languages in the world. It is the official language of 29 countries and millions of people either take it as their second or their third language. French communities are in around 56 countries. The widespread of French language started in the 15th century. Before that it was considered as a sophisticated and polite language and was used by the elite class. In the 17th century French was known as the language of diplomacy and international relations. Hence it was started being used around the world. But it was very soon overshadowed by the English language and then English became the language of international communication. In this article we are going to discuss about the different countries that speak French as their official or unofficial language. Countries that Speak French as their National Language The countries which consider French as their national language are known as a La Frencophonie in French which means community of French speaking countries. Following is the list of countries that speak French as their national as well as official language. Belgium Benin Burkina-Faso Burundi Cameroon Canada Central African Republic Chad Comoros Democratic Republic of Congo Djibouti France Gabon Guinea Haiti Ivory Coast Luxembourg Madagascar Monaco Niger Republic of Congo Rwanda Senegal Seychelles Switzerland Togo Vanuatu Countries that Speak French in Europe The continent of Europe constitutes France where you can find the largest number of people speaking French. Europe has many nations which have French as their national language and it is also the official language of European Union. Legal status in France Switzerland Monaco and Andorra Belgium Italy Luxembourg Countries that Speak French in Africa It is said that half of the French speaking population reside in Africa. There is a huge list of African counties where French is an official language. Although French being the official language for these countries there are other local languages too which are widely spoken including English and Dutch. Democratic Republic of the Congo Madagascar Cameroon Coite d'Ivoire Burkina Faso Niger Senegal Mali Algeria Guinea Rwanda Chad Burundi Benin Togo Central African Republic Republic of the Congo Gabon Comoros Equatorial Guinea Djbouti Seychelles Countries that Speak French in Asia There are very few French speaking countries in Asia. Mostly it is found as the second or third language. epaggelmatikos odigos evias It is usually taught in schools but is not considered to be the top most priority. epaggelmatikos odigos evias Lebanon Syria Israel Southeast Asia (Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam) India (Pondicherry) Countries that Speak French in America Maximum people who speak French in America are in Canada. French is considered as an official language in Canada with English. Around 25% people speak French in Canada. Apart from it there are some other countries too which either have French as their second or third language. The countries that speak French in South America and North America are as follows. Canada French Guiana Guadeloupe Haiti Martinique Countries that Speak French in Pacific The countries that speak French in pacific are under the territory of France hence they find it as their official language. Apart from this Vanuatu comes under the sovereign republic. French Polynesia New Caledonia Vanuatu Iles de Hoorn (Wallis & Futuna) Other Countries that Speak French This is a category which have the names of the countries that do not mark French as their first, second or third language but you can hear French in some regions. Albania (Europe) Bulgaria (Europe) Cape Verde (Archipelago off west coast of Africa) Dominica (Caribbean) Egypt (Africa) Greece (Europe) Guinea-Bissau (Africa) Lebanon (Middle East) Morocco (Africa) Macedonia (Europe) Mauritania (Africa) Mauritius (Island off African coast) Moldova (Europe) Romania (Europe) Saint-Lucia (Carribean) Sao-Tom et Principe (Island off African coast) Tunisia (Africa) I hope the above given list of the countries that speak French has helped you. By the list you can make out how French speaking people are widely spread across the world. So here I take your leave and will see you soon with some more information. Till then Au revoir (Good bye in French) and Bonne journe (Have a good day).

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