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A Travel Guide For Cologne

November 25, 2018 in Blog

Cologne is the four most populated cities in Germany. These days the city is a beautiful cultured destination with great leisure facilities, pubs and shops. However, during WWII, Cologne was heavily bombed and damaged. After years of restoration work it has been rebuilt to portray the wonderful historic Roman city it use to be.

Traveling to Cologne
Flying is the recommended choice of transport as the city has Cologne-Bonn Konrad Adenauer Airport located 10km from the centre. Also, for people arriving from countries that are outside Europe, Frankfurt Airport is the closest and provides transfers for the 200km journey. Trains and large roads make it easy to get to the city via other methods.

Accommodation in Cologne
Hotels are the most popular choice of accommodation in Cologne. However, check for the festival dates as this can seriously affect the availability of rooms. Hotels are great as they offer different classes of rooms and are conveniently situated around the city.

A Brief History of Cologne
Cologne has a vast history as it is the eldest city in Germany. The city has great importance in Roman History as it is one of four sanctified cities that formed the north corner spot of the Empire.

At the beginning of the thirteenth century Cologne was renowned for being the largest fortified city in the world. However, it has been changed around a lot since then as 90% of Cologne was destroyed during WWII.

City Attractions and Sights
Since the heavy bombing in WWII, restoration efforts have seen the city burgeon into the historic Roman centre that it used to be. The Cologne Cathedral that was originally established in 1248 was rebuilt to its previous state. It is an important feature of the city and one of the worlds most impressive Cathedrals.

If you are interested in museums then head for the Aldstadt city’s most famous museums are such as the Museum Ludwig. For relaxation check out Claudius Spa that is found in the Rheinpark area although, you will need a car to make the journey.

Shopping in Cologne
Cologne has a great range of shops that cater for everybody’s needs. The most popular shopping areas are in the centre of the city. Other smaller streets that head out of the centre have more unique shops and indoor markets. The shopping areas are sectioned off for pedestrians, attractive and well laid out.

Food and Drink
Cologne has a great range of top quality restaurants that offer all kinds of international food. There are also numerous attractive cafes and bars as well as all takeaway options.

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India Train Travel – Commendable And Dependable

October 27, 2018 in Blog

Traveling can take out all your troubles. You will be able to relax and unwind. You don’t have to bear with all the work pressure you experience at the office. There are no deadlines and no quotas. All you need to do is enjoy and have the greatest time of your life. If you too want to experience this kind of freedom and a worry-free vacation, go to India. While you’re there, you should go on an India train travel.

There are many forms of transportations. Oftentimes, taking the bus is the most ordinary way to explore India and other tourist places. Taking the taxi on the other hand is a bit expensive. But if you want to experience exploring India in whole-new different way, you must get on a train

You see, India’s rail network is quite commendable. The many cities of India is connected by the railroads and you too can have access to them. If you want to reach India’s internal suburbs, the train is the most excellent way of transportation. Some airways cannot access certain cities in India, but if you know your way around, you can find train stations so that you can board a train.

The trains in India are among the best in the world. You can expect luxurious service while onboard. Some of the popular trains in India are the following Palace in Wheels, Fairy Queen, Royal Orient, Deccan Odyssey, and Kalka Shimla. The trains cover different destinations so you have to determine first the exact place that you want to visit first. This way, you will not be wasting any money by taking the wrong train. There are friendly staff in the train stations that you can show you the right way.

What can you expect to see from the different train travels? India has several major cities that are visited by thousands of tourists every year. You see, the people in India respect all kinds of religions and you can also find the different shrines of all these religions. Some of the prominent religions in India are Sikhs, Hindus, Christians, Muslim, Jains, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, Baha’is ¬†and Jews. Gods are believed to reside in Charcham Himalayas together with the Goddesses. Pilgrimage centers can be found in central India, north, south, east and west; as well as Hindu faith and worship.

A popular site that you can visit to check out India’s train travel is India-train-tour.com. You can book different train packages on this site including that of west India, golden triangle, north India, Nepal train, south India, and the prominent, palace in wheels.

Train travel is still cheaper than air travel. Even though airplanes are much faster, a lot of people still prefer to travel by train as it is cost effective. At the same time, you can still expect to get luxurious travel while onboard. Choose the train operator carefully because you’ll never know what’s going to happen. The operator should have a good reputation and did not have severe past customer complaints.

If you want to visit other sites on the web, you can do so, and with much ease. Be sure to check out the train packages they offer and compare the packages with each other. By doing so, you can assess which company offers the best package at the lowest possible price. Conduct your search now and enjoy traveling to India. You can now reach distant places by making use of India train travel.

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Philippines Travel: Gentle Giants Of Donsol, Sorsogon

September 29, 2018 in Blog

Donsol used to be a sleepy coastal town in Sorsogo a province in the southernmost tip of Luzon. Nobody knows Donsol except for, of course, its local inhabitants until a few years ago when tourists from all over the world began to flock this remote place to get a look-see at the largest fish on earth: the whale shark.

Before, fishermen in Donsol were ignorant of the ecological (and tourist) value of whale sharks. They used to hunt, slaughter and sell the poor gentle sea creatures to Japanese traders. Local folks call them butanding or big fish in the vernacular. Early sightings of the butandings were reported in the Visayan seas in Bohol further south. It was said that massive slaughtering caused their migration to Donsol waters.

Although, according to stories, the first butanding that was netted out in the area was also butchered. A marine biologist witnessed it and instantly recognized the fish as a rare marine species. The biologist immediately reported the incident to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), an international organization promoting the preservation of the wildlife.

WWF wasted no time and launched an education campaign about the giant creature. After coordinating with the Department of Tourism, whale-watching soon became a tourist activity that allowed extra income for the people of Donsol.

Whale sharks can grow up to 50 feet in length. It has a rather wide mouth with hundreds of pointed teeth. It usually comes in grey or greenish brown color with white or yellow spots all over its body.

It earned the label gentle giant of the sea because of its harmless nature, considering it is of the shark family. It has nothing in common with whales except for its size, thus the name. Divers can swim and interact with them and are only known to sink deeper into the ocean when it gets upset. There has been no known attack on humans of whale sharks.

Scientists are still baffled with the large migration of whale sharks in Donsol. These fishes are known to prefer the cold waters, not the tropical seas. One explanation would be the flourishing of planktons in the area. Planktons are organisms that fill the diet of the whale sharks. It is also hard to record the number of whale sharks that now thrive in Donsol. But early studies show that whale sharks can travel 14,000 miles in 40 months and is capable of breeding in different sea environments.

Whale sharks swim on the surface of the water especially during the morning and early afternoon. It opens its mouth rhythmically when feeding on the planktons and visitors may be treated to this wondrous sight if they spot the fish at the perfect time. But don’t expect them to jump up and down the water like the whales or dolphins. Thats actually another beauty of the whale shark experience because this makes it perfectly easy and safe to get near them.

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6 Tips For Travel Trips

September 18, 2018 in Blog

We love taking trips, whether it’s a short road trip, or a longer trip by air to some distant exotic place. But all too often we fail to plan for our trip and the result is frustration and annoyance.

1. For road trips, get the right maps and plan your route thoroughly. Everything won’t go exactly to plan, but at least you’ll have much fewer nasty surprises.

2. Never, ever make a joke about bombs or terrorists near security at an airport. Many people have jokingly mentioned they have a small bomb in their case as their luggage is being inspected. Later at the police station they deeply regretted their stupidity.

3. Be immediately suspicious in airports, railway or bus stations when someone bumps into you. It may be a pickpocket. Also be aware if something is spilled on you, or a spot on your clothing is pointed out to you. These things are designed to distract your attention from what is really going on: the theft of your valuables.

4. While cruises make planning easy with their all in charges, there is likely to be many extra items that you should budget for. These include, taxes, surcharges and fees, tipping, drinks, some shore excursions, shopping purchases, etc.

5. The most obvious thing to check on before setting off on a foreign trip is the state of the local weather where you are going. You don’t want to arrive in a t-shirt if it’s snowing, or in a fur coat if it’s in the 90s.

6. A trip to a theme park will suffer from a lack of careful planning. Some parks are so big that planning is essential. Get a list of all the rides and a map of the park, as well as opening and closing times, before setting off.

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Cheapest Way To Travel To Malaga

September 9, 2018 in Blog

Malaga is located along the southern coastline of Spain in the Costa del Sol region. It is a port city on the Mediterranean Sea and is included as part of Andalusia, one of Spain’s seventeen autonomous communities. The Malaga airport is the most commonly used airport for those traveling to the Costa del Sol area with its annual passenger count as more than eighteen million. Airlines at the Malaga airport offer a variety of flights to and from destinations across the world, with connections to airports in over sixty foreign countries worldwide and throughout Spain.

Several larger discount airlines offer lower-priced flights to Malaga. Finding cheap flights to Malaga should not be difficult. You can contact the airline directly for flight information if you know which airline you wish to use. You can also use the services of a travel agency or search and make a reservation online.

Discount fares often come with less convenience, as the discount airlines offer few services to make up for the cost of the discount fare. You may want to opt for a larger, non-discount airline if you do not want any inconvenience, but if you do choose a discount fare and experience some inconvenience remind yourself of the money saved. One difference in flying with a discount airline is that they often restrict the number of bags and baggage allowance. Though most airlines have some policy on the number of bags you can carry on or check-in, discount carriers may have a more stringent policy on baggage. Be sure to confirm the airline’s baggage policy and find out how many bags you are allowed. Otherwise, you may find that you are required to pay a fee for the additional baggage or over weight baggage fee, which is sometimes more expensive with discount airlines. Another difference is that you will have at least one layover, or maybe more, depending on the carrier, the departure location or that particular flight package. Sometimes, more stops during a flight results in a better deal. Finally, when flying with cheaper airlines, you may have to retrieve your bags at each stop and check them in again for each part of the flight. You may not simply check in your bags initially and get them when you arrive in Malaga. You may need to wait in line at each airport and go through the baggage process each time. You may experience some inconvenience but remind yourself of the money worth saved.