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The Gothic City of Siena

April 17, 2019 in Blog

Let’s step aside to one of the oldest Italian cities. Welcome to the city of Siena! This amazing and historical place seduces with its sleepless environment, medieval architecture and cozy atmosphere.

In my opinion, I think there is no person who will not become thrilled with its central piazza known as Il Campo. It’s legendary for Palio horse race that takes place twice a year and draws hundreds of spectators, while during the rest of the year it presents the main place for people’s meetings.

Unlike other Italian cities that sparkle with excessive luxury, the city of Sienna succeeded to keep its own unique charm. So, you’d better not expect to go shopping and eating at expensive restaurants ‘cause this place has to offer only plenty of Gothic architecture and marvelous history.

Among the buildings overlooking Piazza del Campo, you will see and should visit the Palazzo Comunale (or Palazzo Pubblico, which is the city’s Town Hall) and the Torre del Mangia. Furthermore, the city has a range of fantastic museums and galleries such as the Siena Civic Museum and the National Gallery. The historic center of Siena is one of the best preserved in the region and is a true joy to explore.

What else to visit?

From other magnificent treasures of Siena, I highly recommend you visit the Cathedral, the Crypt, and the Piccolomini Library of Piazza del Duomo. The Cathedral is enriched with works signed by famous artists such as Donatello, Nicola Pisano, Michelangelo and Pinturicchio.

After you’ve visited all previously mentioned monuments, it’s definitely time for a break and to try one of the best Siena’s specialties- ice cream! Bar Pasticceria Nannini offers the best ice cream you’ll ever taste.

The Museum dell’Opera contains many of the original art pieces from the Cathedral. The most popular part of the museum is the panoramic view point at the top where you will have a magnificent view of the Cathedral as well as the rooftops of Siena and the Tuscan hills.

by Feri

Glacier National Park – A Slice of Heaven!

April 13, 2019 in Blog

Glacier National Park is situated in the Rocky Mountains of Montana in the United States of America (USA) close to the border of Canada. My husband, my daughter and I drove from Seattle through the scenic highways to Montana, then down to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Many people do not know that you only need one ticket per car which costs $80 to see all the National Parks in the US, valid for one year! Maps are provided and there are visitor centers that have friendly and informed staff.

You can find lodging in the Park itself but you need to book well in advance as it fills up quickly. Since we are big procrastinators, we could not find a suitable Airbnb in the US. This worked to our advantage since we stayed just across the border in Alberta, Canada and were able to also see the Waterton National Park and breathtaking views of the sunset in the countryside. If you decide to go to Waterton, make sure you have a meal at the Prince of Wales hotel which has a spectacular view and friendly staff.

Unlike Yellowstone National Park, you need to hike to get to scenic spots and hidden lakes. The hikes are relatively easy but it’s worth to invest in a good pair of hiking shoes. The east part of the Park is much prettier than the west side – so if you only have a day, it would be best spent on the east side.

There are also water falls in Glacier Park and you can jump into the water from a height so don’t forget your swimming suit if you are interested. There are bear signs everywhere, so if you are going with young children or don’t fancy running into them, be sure to carry a bell that comes with or without a pepper spray!

We were told that 25% of the glaciers have already disappeared due to global warming – they estimate that by 2038 there will be none left if it continues at this rate. So be sure to visit while the glaciers are still there and the water level is relatively high.

Australia shopping and travel tips

April 8, 2019 in Blog

A traveler to Australia might need a brief respite after arrival due to the distance it has taken to travel to the continent. Some travelers might be groggy and feel out of sorts for a day or two because of the time differences involved, and the traveler might not be clear on what they are allowed to bring into the country and what is strictly prohibited. Plants and plant by-products require a quarantine period which might slow travelers down considerably.

Visitors to Australia have free sightseeing trips that they can enjoy. There is a variety of transportation modes available throughout Australia. A traveler can get great bargains on bus or train tickets if they participate in discount card programs. There are terrific discounts for travelers with this type of membership because the discounts extend to tours at public buildings, amusement parks and arcades and many fine dining opportunities.

The shopping hours throughout Australia are generally 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and Sundays and public holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. While shopping in Australia for many items, there are some tipping rules that will make the shopping go smoother. Even though in many respects tipping is relatively new in Australia. While dining with friends at lunch or dinner, and if you have enjoyed your meal and your waiter was lovely, then you can tip your waiter for upto 10 percent of the final bill. You can also tip the people who help along the shopping path such as porters at hotels and taxi drivers who speed travelers to their next shopping destination.

Taking advantage of many travel discounts will be high on every travelers list. A visitor to Australia will have to be mindful of the time changes throughout the continent that could have a direct effect on scheduling a vacation or a daily shopping excursion to other parts of the continent that have not been visited yet. The time changes, in conjunction with the air travel fatigue, might overcome older travelers. It is always a good idea to keep the time factor, and time schedules for transportation and retail locations handy at all times.

When planning vacation trips to any foreign countries, there are many entry rules that will apply. In order to enter the continent of Australia, travelers are required to have a valid passport on them at the point of entry, and some people run into difficulties because they do not have valid visitor visa or student visa. The only exceptions to the two-document rule apply to those that hold passports from New Zealand.

Duty-free shopping is encouraged at all major airports throughout the world. For travelers that plan to visit Australia, there are rules that apply to duty-free items that arrive with the passenger at the point of entry. Travelers must declare any foreign currencies that they enter Australia with, as well as any plant or animal by-products, and also to declare tobacco products, because there is a certain limit allowed for each person that travels. Age limits will apply to travelers who bring duty-free items into Australia too.

Top 3 Places To Visit in Provence

March 22, 2019 in Blog

Visiting the region of Provence in France presents an enchanting nifty adventure during which you travel through time, history, different tastes, and scents. It reveals the quiet, yet powerful joy of life.

If you are willing to discover some of the most beautiful villages in this region and to find out its well-kept secrets, this might be the perfect place for your adventure! That’s why I have chosen to write about the most picturesque villages in Provence. Each Provence’s village represents the world for itself with a unique atmosphere and a breeze of history.

  1. The village of Gordes

In my opinion, the Gordes village simply seduces with its sleepy fortress standing over. It was built by the Romans and was renovated during the period of the Renaissance. Make sure you have enough time to walk down its narrow streets and enjoy in its countryside.

  1. Porquerolles

If you love swimming and spending time in untouched nature, then the village of Porquerolles will definitely leave you speechless. It offers insane white sand beaches, turquoise sea, and rugged cliffs. Approximately 50 years ago, it was a private area, but today is a widely famous protected area that has left unreclaimed.

  1. Cassis

The village of Cassis represents one of the most popular places when visiting the region of Provence. If you want to visit it then make sure you experience the taste of their famous vines. The Cassis’ dramatic scenery, the lavender scent, pastel-colored buildings, and summer breeze are something that you’ll remember forever.

The volcanic island of Santorini, Greece

March 7, 2019 in Blog

If you’ve been searching for your next travel destination, I want to represent you with the magical island of Santorini. Unlike any other Greek island, this Cyclades’ island lives on the ‘’active’’ volcanic isle and it’s famous for the magnificent looking caldera. Your dream about the turquoise waters now may become true ‘cause Santorini will provide you with a real festival of colors. The white buildings with blue roofs on one side, and countless shades of blue on the other.

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by Steve.B

India Travel Destination Tips

March 2, 2019 in Blog

Are you in search of a vacation spot where you can find a lot of tourist places? Well, if you are, perhaps it’s time you visit India. Tourists from different countries flood India and the main reason is because it offers fascinating and attractive tourist places that is so rich in history, culture, heritage, peoples, and sightseeing. You will surely need some travel destination tips when you visit India in order to have the best vacation ever.

Some of the most popular travel destinations in India are here in this article. Make use of these travel destination tips to get the most out of your India travel.

The very first place that you need to visit is Rajasthan. This is India’s largest state in the west. You can find stunning palaces, forts, and monuments. If you love deserts, this is the best place. Royal stays are welcomed in the converted resorts and hotels which were before havelis and palaces. Some of the spots you can visit are Amber fort, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Jaisalmer fort, camel fairs, and camel safari.

Next stop are pilgrimage tours. Many pilgrims take place in India as it is rich in cutlture and religions. Some of the pilgrim sites inlucde varanasi, haridwar, rishikesh, and amritsar golden temple. You can find architecture marvels that serve as a place for worship. If you like pilgrims, join one while you’re in India.

The third is wildlife tours. You can find around eighty national parks and more than five hundred animal sanctuaries. Those individuals who like wildlife can visir Kanha and Bandhavgarh sanctuaries located in Madhya Pradesh, Ranthambore and Sariska found in Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh’s Dudhwa and Corbett parks. You can enjoy the safari tours and trekking in the different wildlife destinations.

Yoga and Ayurvedic tours are also quite popular in India. You can have recreational holidays in India’s ayurvedic hospitals, helath resorts, and colleges. In Kerala, you can find South India’s ayurveda centers where you can spend some time to refresh your body.

For those individuals who love foods, festivals, religion, and culture, you can go to South India. Aside from that, you can also go sightseeing of India’s temples. The most popular is Taj Mahal, and then there’s also Jantar Mantar. Taj Mahal is also called the ‘monument of love’ and it can be found in Agra city. This temple was built by Emperor Shahjahan for Mumtaz Mahal, his wife. You can also visit carved temples, majestic forts, and other architectural wonders.

So there you have it, the greatest travel destinations that you can go while you’re in India. You can surely create lasting memories there especially if you travel with your family or friends. Prepare for a grand vacation in India so that you too can visit the different tourist places there. It’s one-time life experience that you shouldn’t miss. Try saving some money now so that you can make your dream India trip come true.

These India travel destinations tips are very useful especially for first-time India visitors. You should prepare yourself before you actually go there so that you won’t get lost and you know the right places to visit. Focus on the places that catch your interest so that you can make the most out of your time in India. Enjoy and relax because this is the time to savor the pleasures offered by such a very interesting place like India.

by Steve.B

The Art of Spanish Travel

March 2, 2019 in Blog

If you have a desire to see some of the best art in Spain, look no further than the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia on Calle de Santa Isabel 52 in Madrid. Among the masterpieces hanging on the walls are works from Solana, Miro and Picasso.

One of the most famed pieces of the hundreds of works hanging on the walls of the Queen Sofia is Picasso’s Guernica. That joined with the other works have ranked this museum’s modern art collection as one of the most important not just in Spain, but in all off Europe.

When one thinks of modern art, they also usually think of that art being housed in a very modern gallery. This is not the case with the Queen Sofia. The building was constructed in the 18th century. Its life was to end in the 1970’s, with a date to be demolished, but it was then declared a historic monument and preserved, then turned into a museum.

Not only is the building a place to view great works, it also offers a great view of the city. The building has transparent framed elevators that you will travel on as you go to the gallery. From the elevator, you can get a fabulous view of Madrid.

Once you step out of the elevator, your art experience is underway. First, you will encounter a selection of Solana artworks including The Circle of the Cafe Pombo, The Meeting of the Pharmacy, and The Chorus Girls. While these are more modern of pieces, the collection runs the range from the late 19th century to modern day works.

There is an ample collection of Miro in the museum, which is a very popular attraction with the crowds who come in. The collection includes Escargot, Femme, Man With A Pipe, Fleur, and Femme et Oiseau Dans La Nuit (Woman and Bird in the Night). These works were painted in the 20s and 30s in Barcelona.

Another very popular series of works in the museum are those of Dali. Included at the Queen Sophia are By the Light of the Moon from 1927, the 1945 portrait Galarina, and his 1951 and 1955 Crucifixion paintings.

Of course, many are drawn to the several Picasso pieces housed in the museum. They may not be what many would expect from a Picasso assortment. Included in this collection is his 1896 First Communion , which has a young Picasso painting in a very academic style. In addition, the 1901 Woman In Blue also shows some of his younger work.

You begin to see Picasso’s cubist style in the 1907 Las Se+¦oritas de Avignon. Eye catching is the 1937 Guernica painting, which displays Picasso’s impression of a bombing of this town.

The Queen Sophia collection is not limited to paintings. The collection also includes over 46,000 square yards of exhibition area which houses a number of pieces of porcelain, glass, pottery and other works of art. In addition, there is a library for studies and research into artworks, as well as a cafeteria once you work up an appetite from your travel through the vast halls.

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February 23, 2019 in Blog

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February 23, 2019 in Blog

by Julie

Helpful Tips For Winter Travel

February 16, 2019 in Blog

We’ve all felt Jack Frost taking a nip at our nose, and facing Jack also means facing the harsh reality that a harsh winter promises, including the toll it’s like to take on our main mode of transportation.

It’s common knowledge that the tempestuous winter months put our vehicles through greater stress and strain, and can often make minor imperfections into major malfunctions. With that said, experts emphasize the importance of getting your car geared up for winter well advance of the plummeting temperatures.

Battery Operation: Since cold weather can be hard on batteries, checking your battery should be a top priority

– Make sure connections are tight and corrosion-free and that the cables aren’t lose.

– Have a technician conduct a load test to further determine your battery’s condition.

Check Your Liquid Assets: Professionals point out the need to check your vehicles vital fluids and filters, as well as its hoses, belts, and tires.

– At minimum, get oil and filter change.

– Check you coolant level and make sure the water/antifreeze ration is correct.

Set Your Sights On Safety: Remember, visibility is key for winter driving.

– Make sure you have ample windshield-washer fluid. And make sure to always keep it topped off with proper commercial anti-freeze.

– Check and double-check wipers, their condition, and how they are functioning. You can even choose to switch to winter blades as an option.

– Inspect headlights, taillights, brake lights and defrosters, and make sure they are in good, working order.

Interior Design: How your car operates on the inside is just as important to how it functions on the outside.

– Inspect floor for cracks or holes that may allow dangerous (and toxic) exhaust gases into your vehicle.

– Ensure that your heater (and defroster) are working.

Check Brakes, Belts And Hoses: Make sure all are in good condition and in working order before hitting the road.

– Top-off brake, clutch and transmission fluids.

– Check pressure on your belts. Also check for any cracking or fraying.

– Look for loose connections on hoses, as well as for unusual bulges, cracks, tears, and holes.

Treading On Thin Ice: Tire pressure and tread depth affect traction in the snow and rain.

– Check the inflation pressure of your tires and make adjustments according to the season and the temperature. This check, say experts, should be conducted several times a year (about twice a month).

– Check your spare tire and make sure you have one.

Getting Your Wheels In Motion: One of the best ways to safely get around in winter is by switching to a climate-friendly tire.

– Replace current tires with tires especially designed for colder, icier conditions.

– Check tread Depth. Keep in mind the shallower, the better.

– Beware of studded tires. They may offer more traction in wintry weather, but can reduce traction of dry roads.

Stay Attuned To Your Car’s Needs: Taking care of your car means knowing what it needs and when.

– Check the owner’s manual for instructions on how often you’ll need a general tune up, including spark plugs, ignition, coil, fuel injection, etc. and get one done just before the brunt of the winter season strikes.

– Put a minimum of one coat of wax on the exterior to protect paint against the winter making it easier for snow and ice to simply slip off

– Spay a lubricant (such as WD-40) in all door and trunk locks to prevent them from freezing.

Winterize Your Vehicle Inside and Out: Be prepared in care of emergency

– Stock and emergency kit with flashlight, flares, first-aid kid, blanket, warm clothes, gloves, hast, paper towels, snow shovel, snow brush, ice scraper, washer fluid, high energy food and water, and booster cables, and keep it in your car.

– Keep some sand or other such coarse material in your car to pour under tires to assist with traction if you get stuck on ice or hard-packed snow.

– ALWAYS carry your mobile phone with you and make sure it’s charged.

Polishing Your Safety Skills: No matter what kind of vehicle you drive or how well you maintain it, cautious driving is always recommended.

– Invest in an advanced winter driving course.

– Drive carefully and stay safe!