Oct 8, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Prague, Czech

The capital of Czech is a destination that you will definitely be amazed by, no matter what time of the year it is - you will experience some moments in the Prague exactly the way they were in past. Full of historical values and magnificent architecture, this city is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, not to mention the beer that you will taste.

Prague has been a political, cultural, and economic center of central Europe with waxing and waning fortunes during its 1,100-year existence. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic and Renaissance eras, Prague  was not only the capital of the Czech state, but also the seat of two Holy Roman Emperors and thus then also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire and after World War I became the capital of Czechoslovakia. The city played major roles in the Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years’ War, and in 20th-century history, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era. Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of twentieth century Europe. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter and the Lennon Wall.

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Oct 7, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Cape Breton Island

Cape Breton Island is the northernmost island in Nova Scotia. It is noted for its unique and vibrant traditional Scottish violin music incubated by its relative isolation over the years- so much so that music lovers from Scotland come here for a taste of their own past. Typically a duo of violin and piano play hearty dance music that can be seen at community halls throughout the island. The early-evening tourist-targeted concerts are well advertised; later at night you can find ones that draw the entire local community. Some of the most important musical centres are Judique, Margaree Valley and Chéticamp.

Scenery is a major reason to visit Cape Breton. Plan to stop along the many spectacular lookoffs on the Cabot Trail - this will lengthen your travel time between destinations. Since the Cabot Trail is more a destination than a drive, visitors seeking to truly experience this environmental masterpiece should plan on staying a minimum of two days in the villages around the Trail. A number of private operators offer trip planning services to assist visitors in taking advantage of the best attractions both on and off the Trail, some offering all-inclusive multi-day packages.

We also recommend you check out the Celtic Colors Festival. Spanning hundreds of events across dozens of towns, the music options at Celtic Colors are not solely Celtic but include folk and some Acadian Zydeco (Acadeco) and jazz, and an increasing amount of world music.

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Oct 4, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Alhambra, Granada

Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was constructed during the mid 10th century by the Berber ruler Badis ben Habus of the Kingdom of Granada in al-Andalus, occupying the top of the hill of the Assabica on the southeastern border of the city of Granada.

The name Alhambra comes from an Arabic root which means “red or crimson castle”, perhaps due to the hue of the towers and walls that surround the entire hill of La Sabica which by starlight is silver but by sunlight is transformed into gold. But there is another more poetic version, evoked by the Moslem analysts who speak of the construction of the Alhambra fortress “by the light of torches”, the reflections of which gave the walls their particular coloration.

Despite long neglect, willful vandalism and some ill-judged restoration, the Alhambra endures as an atypical example of Muslim art in its final European stages, relatively uninfluenced by the direct Byzantine influences found in the Mezquita of Córdoba. The majority of the palace buildings are quadrangular in plan, with all the rooms opening on to a central court; and the whole reached its present size simply by the gradual addition of new quadrangles, designed on the same principle, though varying in dimensions, and connected with each other by smaller rooms and passages.

The Alhambra was extended by the different Muslim rulers who lived in the complex. However, each new section that was added followed the consistent theme of “paradise on earth”. Column arcades, fountains with running water, and reflecting pools were used to add to the aesthetic and functional complexity.
After the Christian conquest of the city in 1492, the conquerors began to alter the Alhambra. The open  work was filled up with whitewash, the painting and gilding effaced, and the furniture soiled, torn, or removed.

Charles V (1516–1556) rebuilt portions in the Renaissance style of the period and destroyed the greater part of the winter palace to make room for a Renaissance-style structure which was never completed. Philip V (1700–1746) Italianised the rooms and completed his palace in the middle of what had been the Moorish building; he had partitions constructed which blocked up whole apartments.
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Oct 1, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas is the capital and largest city of Venezuela. It is located in northern Venezuela, near the Caribbean. It is not one of the top touristic destinations of Venezuela, and travelers often bypass the capital city in order to see the country’s amazing natural attractions. However, the Venezuelan capital can be a fascinating city to explore, replete with excellent art, food and a bustling nightlife.

You should really visit places like:
La Plaza Bolivar - located near the Metro Capitolio. Is located in the city center. It has statues of Simon Bolivar, and is close to Congress and other government buildings. It also displays nice examples of colonial architecture.
La Casa Natal de Simon Bolivar. Bolivar’s birthplace, also downtown. One of the few well-preserved colonial buildings with some great paintings and a museum. Next door is the Museo Bolivariano with some of Bolivar’s war relics. Capitolio Metro Station.
Jardin Botanico - located next to the Central University. is a well-kept garden with an impressive array of tropical plants and trees. Metro Ciudad Universitaria or Plaza Venezuela.

Centro de Arte La Estancia - an art gallery situated in the middle of the lush and manicured gardens. Rotating exhibits by  a variety of artists are shown.

The Avila mountain to the north of Caracas is highly recommended for hiking, views of Caracas, and its fresh air. The Sabas Nieves entrance, accessible by bus from Altamira, is the most popular. So if you are adventurous you should definitely try that out.

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Sep 30, 2012 - Experiences    Comments Off

Fly a Jet Fighter, MigFlug

MiGFlug is the appointed intermediary between the public and operators of fighter jets such as defence departments, airforces and military or warbird pilots. One-of-a-kind agreements allow MiGFlug to arrange training- and demonstration flights in two-seater fighter jets. One seat will be occupied by the pilot whilst you as MiGFlug client will enjoy the flight from the second cockpit. This is the way we organise legal fighter jet flights, putting you as an acting crew member into a real jet flight. And what’s best: You don’t need any experience as a pilot!

With MiGFlug, you can fly a real fighter jet - even if you have never flown a plane on your own before! One of our experienced flight instructors is carefully preparing you for the flight, explaining the instruments and finally going to take off with you. During the jet flight, you will even get the chance to fly the jet by yourself and perform stunning manoeuvres in the jet fighter aircraft, if you desire to do so. The flight consists of manoeuvres like loops, rolls, immelman turns and, depending on the aircraft and location, spectacular low-passes above the airfield as well as supersonic flights. The pilots will adjust the flight to your wishes whenever possible. Together, you will ensure that your day as a fighter pilot will be the day of your life!

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Sep 29, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island is an island territory of the Australian state of New South Wales situated in the Tasman Sea some 550 km east of the mainland. Lord Howe Island was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1982 on account of its beauty and biodiversity. The island is crescent-shaped, approximately 10 km long and 1.5 km wide at its greatest width. The island forms the top of an extinct underwater volcano and seamount, projecting above the surface of the ocean. It has the southern-most coral reef in the world. The population of Lord Howe Island is approximately 350 people. Only 400 tourists are permitted to visit the island at any one time.

Look around, it is a beautiful place. The views from high vantage points are amazing. There are also many places to visit like the remnants of the underwater volcano. Lord Howe Island is very much geared up for outdoor recreation: bushwalking, trekking, guided and self-guided walks, fish feeding, swimming, surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, bird-watching and reef walks are all popular. Sports are also an option: golf, tennis and bowls especially. Deep sea, rock and shore fishing charters are available. For the more laid back, options include picnics, barbecues, bicycling and dining out. Available for hire are golf clubs, tennis racquets, bicycles and helmets, scuba and snorkelling gear, paddle skis and spy boards. This is definitely one of the most beautiful island in the world.

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Sep 28, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Morelia, Mexico

Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. The city is in the Guayangareo Valley and is the capital of the state. The main pre-Hispanic cultures here were the P’urhépecha and the Matlatzinca, but no major cities were founded in the valley during this time. After the Mexican War of Independence, the city was renamed Morelia in honor of José María Morelos y Pavón, who hailed from the city. In 1991, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well preserved colonial buildings and layout of the historic center.

Built in the 16th century, Morelia is an outstanding example of urban planning which combines the ideas of the Spanish Renaissance with the Mesoamerican experience. Well-adapted to the slopes of the hill site, its streets still follow the original layout. More than 200 historic buildings, all in the region’s characteristic pink stone, reflect the town’s architectural history, revealing a masterly and eclectic blend of the medieval spirit with Renaissance, Baroque and neoclassical elements. Morelia was the birthplace of several important personalities of independent Mexico and has played a major role in the country’s history.

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Sep 27, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Lofoten, Norway

Lofoten is a group of islands in the northern part of Norway. The archipelago is often described as one of the most scenic parts of Norway. The main attraction of the archipelago is its majestic scenery. The coastline is dominated by high mountains cut by fjords, as well as sandy white beaches.

Apart from the scenery, the fishing history of the archipelago is visible in several little villages all around the coast. Nusfjord and the lovely A are prime examples. The Lofoten has many traditional fishermen red cabins built on the sea shore or over stilts (the rorbu), and it is even possible to stay in one. In the summer, you can enjoy the the midnight sun. In Leknes, the sun remains above the horizon from May 26 to July 17. The midnight sun is best viewed from the western beaches, such as the Vestvagoy Island beaches Utakleiv and Eggum. When there is midnight sun, there is a polar night, and in winter the sun does not rise from December 9 to January 4. The archipelago is at a good latitude to admire the Northern lights, but from the end of April to September, the nights might be a little too clear.

You definitely need to check out The Lofoton Viking Museum and you also shouldn’t miss out on whale safari, mountain climbing, mountain hiking, diving, fishing.

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Sep 26, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial 1,441-room Rococo summer residence in modern Vienna, Austria. It is one of the most important cultural monuments in the country, and since the 1960s it has been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs. At the end of the 17th century Emperor Leopold I commissioned the gifted Baroque architect Bernhard Fischer von Erlach to build a palatial hunting lodge for the heir to the throne. On the site of the old imperial château de plaisance a splendid edifice was to arise.

Half a century later under Maria Theresa Schönbrunn Palace was to become the magnificent focus of court life. From that time onwards it played host to the leading statesmen of Europe. Although Austria is now a republic, Schönbrunn has remained a place of political encounter at the highest level. The magnificent architecture and the exquisite décor of its state rooms marks Schönbrunn out as a cultural treasure and tourist attraction of the first order. The park at Schönbrunn Palace was opened to the public around 1779 and since than has provided a popular recreational area for the Viennese population and international visitors alike. Extending for 1.2 km from east to west and approximately one kilometer from north to south, it was placed together with the palace on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1996.

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Sep 25, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Positano, Italy

Positano is a small picturesque town with splendid coastal views, on the famous Amalfi Coast in Campania, Italy. The town itself is perched on an enclave on the face of a hill and winds down towards the waters of the Amalfi Coast. Naturally beautiful, Positano attracts thousands of visitors every year. All year long, the town is always full of people, but if you are planning to visit Positano, it would be best to schedule your trip during the spring season.

There are loads of little stairs leading from everywhere to everywhere straight. Alternatively there is the one road meandering down to the harbor. But while speaking on getting around you can also consider a bus that goes down and - especially - up the hill following the meandering always congested road.

While here you should definitely visit Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta. This is one of the most famous attractions in Positano. The old church, boasting of a majestic dome, was built in the 1920s and is the location of the famous 13th century Byzantine icon, the Madonna di Positano. Also seeing the harbor is a great way to spend part of the day. You can also take ferry trips to Paestum or Ischia and Capri (including the Blue Grotto) during summer months.

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