Why Disneyland Florida is the Perfect Family Holiday Destination

Why Disneyland Florida is the Perfect Family Holiday Destination

Disneyland, DisneyWorld or Walt Disney World – whatever you call it (and the latter is the official name) everybody knows that it is the main attraction for a family holiday to Florida. 

The biggest Disney theme park is also the world’s most-visited entertainment resort. It is made up of four separate theme parks, two water parks, twenty three on site hotels and numerous spas, fitness centers and other entertainment.

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Originally developed in the 1960′s as a sister venue to the existing Disneyland in California, DisneyWorld finally opened in 1971 and today offers such a wide range of attractions that there truly is something for all ages, making it the perfect destination for a family holiday.

Although the European version of Disneyland outside of Paris is within easy reach of the UK, Florida has many aspects that make for a more magical and memorable family holiday.

A long haul plane journey has the feel of an ‘adventure’ and can add a huge dash of excitement for all ages and of course one of the main reasons anyone holidays in Florida is that it is officially the warmest state of all in the USA, virtually guaranteeing all-year round good weather. The nickname of the “Sunshine State” comes about because the subtropical climate gives an average daily temperature of seventy degrees Fahrenheit.

Walt Disney World is situated in Lake Buena Vista which lies twenty-one miles to the southwest of the city of Orlando, which many visitors choose as the base of their stay. Orlando claims the tile of “the holiday capital of the world” and has a wide range of attractions to back it up.

The famous shopper strip ‘International Drive’ is the location for a series of major shopping malls that cater for every budget and is a surefire attraction for those who take their shopping duties seriously.

Other major attractions situated in or within easy distance of the city include the Universal and MGM film studios which are massively popular with movie fans for the insights they provide and the behind the scenes secrets which they reveal.

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Despite their massive popularity, man-made attractions are only a small part of what a holiday in Florida has to offer. The coastline around the peninsula that makes up the State is over 1,300 miles long and includes arguably the most famous national park in the USA; the Everglades.

There is also the fact that a mix of Central American, indigenous Indian, European and Hispanic cultures make a unique hotchpotch of influences out of which comes a unique general lifestyle.

Of course, the real family attraction remains Disneyland in Florida because it provides unforgettable life-long memories for the younger members of the family whilst having major rides capable of bringing out the youngster in people of all ages.

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Top 3 October Days Out for all The Family

Top 3 October Days Out for all The Family

Ah, October. The time where summer makes way for autumn, the leaves start to fall from the trees and the beginning of beautiful, crisp sunny days.

But for many families, October also signifies the run-up to the first academic half term. Now I know what you’re thinking; just where has the time gone, right?  It only feels like yesterday you were packing the kids off for their first day back at school, and now the half term holidays have somehow managed to sneak up on you again.

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You’re once again left with the mammoth task of planning how to keep them entertained for the duration of the break. With the British weather so unpredictable, it’s difficult to plan activities to which you can let them run riot and cause havoc outside. So, you’ve got to some thinking to do.

As well as keeping the children amused, you too are deserved of enjoying the time you’ve taken off from work to look after the family.

So, here are some great ideas for days out that all the family can enjoy and that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. And, who knows, you might learn something new too!

Halloween Scarefest – Alton Towers

Now, you can’t think of the month of October without thinking of Halloween.

During the 13th – 14th October and the 19th – 31st October, Alton Towers are putting on the ultimate Halloween event. With thrill-seeking rides, amazing attractions, jam-packed live shows and costumed characters, there’s something for the whole family.

If you’re perhaps looking to make the most of the Halloween celebrations, the hotel rooms are totally transformed into a complete spook-fest, with themed rooms and facilities.  With the theme park also open until 21.00, you can ride the rides after dark to really add to the experience!

The day out is also a good chance to get some great photos of the kids as they explore the park and meet some ghostly characters. It could also make for fun, original Halloween cards; simply print off the best photos on your all in one printer when you get home, pop them on some card and away you go!

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre based at Bankside, London, is also a great attraction for the whole family.

By learning about one of the country’s finest playwright’s, both you and the children can explore a variety of William Shakespeare’s plays, take a tour of the globe itself, see actors perform and even get the chance to act out some his most famous acts themselves.

Up until the 14th October, the Globe is also running an exclusive tea and tour package. So, whilst the kids are out exploring, you can take a guided tour of the theatre with one of their expert storytellers. This is then rounded off with a selection of sandwiches, scones, tea and cakes, in company of the elegant surroundings of the River Thames.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Looking for an attraction that will leave the kids amazed and speechless? Well, all enjoy a little peace and quiet every now and then…

Well, London’s Ripley’s Believe It Or Not at London’s Picadilly Circus is certainly the number one place for that. With a collection of over 700 of the world’s most weird and wonderful people, animals and facts, this museum is certainly one of a kind. Set across 5 floors, this attraction is guaranteed to delight the whole family.
For a small extra cost, you can all attempt to tackle the utterly mind-boggling Mirror Maze – it’s sure to leave the kids amazed and exhausted just in time for the journey home!

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Exploring Munich On a Budget

Exploring Munich On a Budget

A Bit of History

Munich is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria. It was founded by Benedictine monks in 1158. The name Munich as a matter of fact means “By the monk’s place.” In those days it was the seat of German royal power. During World War I the city was ravished by French Air Raids, and was thrown into political chaos. This lead to a rather infamous time in Munich’s history when in 1923 when Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party attempted to overthrow the Weimar Republic known as the Beer Hall Putsch. Their plot was foiled and Hitler was arrested. But not for long, because soon he would be released and take over full control of Germany. During WWII Munich was a Nazi stronghold.

Present Day Munich

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Today Munich is a thriving city with where a population of about 1,400,000 people enjoy a high quality of life thanks to a thriving economy. Its main sources of income are from information technology, biotechnology, and publishing. Environmental pollution is low, so feel free to leave your face mask at home. Munich is said to be the safest city in Germany thanks to a large police presence, but you still might want to avoid going to Hasenbergel district alone at night.

Exploring Munich On a Budget

If you’re exploring Munich on a budget avoid Oktoberfest, which runs from late September to October. During Oktoberfest the prices go way up and safety also goes way down. The best month to visit is in November. The weather in November is cold, so bring a Jacket. The weather for the rest of the year looks like this: Winter is from December to March. The coldest month being January with an average temperature of −2.2 °C (28 °F). Do expect snow. Summer is from May until September. The hottest month is in July with an average temperature of 24.0 °C (75 °F). Expect sudden rainstorms during this time.

Cheap Accomodations and Travel

November is also the best time to find cheap accommodations. The Wombats City Hostel is highly recommended and starts at 24 Euros a night. A family sized hotel starts at around 84 Euros a night. The cheapest form of travel is by train. Prices range from 2.50 to 5.20 Euros a ticket. More information can be found at the Munich Central Station Website: http://www.hauptbahnhof-muenchen.de/rw_e6v/main.asp?WebID=hbf_m_e If public transportation doesn’t excite you then the next best thing is bike travel. Call-A-Bike offers daily bike rentals for 5 Euros. Learn more by visiting this site: http://www.muenchen.de/int/en/traffic/biking/call-a-bike.html

If you ever want to stay in Munich check out the list of quality and affordable Munich vacation rentals on Live Like a German.

Tourist Destinations

Like I said, there is a lot to see in Munich. The top tourist destinations are the Bavarian Castles. If you’re planning on seeing some Bavarian Castles and Palaces like the Nymphenburg Palace, then get a season pass. An annual pass for 1 person is 45 Euros. For 2 people the pass is 65 Euros. The passes are good for all locations. Normally each attraction is 15 Euros each per a day. The Bavarian Museum is only 1 Euro on Sundays Tuesdays are the best time to see a movie when tickets drop from 8 Euros to 5.9 Euros

See Munich for Free

If you’re looking for something free to do then there’s lots. The Munich walking tour is always free. Some places you can visit for free are Munich’s Church of Our Lady, Field Marshal’s Hall, Munich’s Residence Palace, Theatine Church, Viktualienmarkt, The English Garden, St. Peter’s Church, St. Michael’s Church, Dachau Concentration Camp, Deutsches Museum, and the Olympic Stadium.

When you’re done seeing the sites save money on food by avoiding the main tourist spots. Food prices for quick eats ( kabobs and gyros) start at 2 Euros. However the most affordable food can be found at the local markets. I Hope you enjoy your time exploring Munich on a budget.

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Tips For Introducing Your Product To A Retailer In Japan

We had our first meeting on Friday with a retailer in Tokyo. We are the sole importer in Japan of one of the products on our online shop, and had been contacting suitable retailers and department stores for the last 3 months trying to get the chance to have a meeting and introduce the product.

Finally last week we had our first meeting with a potential customer, and to our excitement they showed a lot of interest and wanted to place an order!

Here are some tips based on our experience.

Tips for introducing products to retailers in Japan:

1. Find potential customers

Look for retail shops that would be interested in your product – if you don’t have any contacts in your industry, get out and about in Tokyo and search for shops that you think might be interested in your product. When you find a suitable candidate, the next step is to make contact with the buyer (the person who is actually the decision maker on what products the shop will sell in-store).

It is often difficult to find the contact details of the buyer on the company website – in our experience we found it most effective to go into the actual shop, explain to the shop staff that you import a product that you think the shop would be really interested in, and that you would like to introduce the product to the buyer. Ask the staff if they can tell you the name and phone number of the buyer. For us, this worked 100% of the time!

The staff in every store we went into had a piece of paper behind their counter that contained a list of the relevant company managers and their contact details. The staff would then write the name and phone number on a piece of paper or business card for me (if they don’t tell you the buyer’s name initially, make sure you politely ask for it!

Usually the phone number is not direct, so it makes it much easier if you know the buyer’s name so they can transfer your call to him/her easily).

 2. Prepare yourself before calling

Prepare yourself before you call the buyer. You will need to speak in Japanese, so if you don’t have sufficient Japanese language capability, ask your business partner or a friend to make the call for you.

3. Call the buyer

Here are some points for when you call the buyer:

  • Introduce yourself and ask to speak with the buyer
  • When the call is transferred to the buyer, introduce yourself again. Explain that you were in their [location] shop and enquired to the staff about introducing your product, and the staff gave you his/her contact details.
  • Give a short explanation about your company and the product you would like to introduce
  • If the buyer shows interest in the product, offer to send more information by email. If the buyer agrees, ask for the buyer’s email address.
  • Say thank you and that you will send them an email straight away.
  • After you send your email, follow-up with a phone call to make sure the email arrived safely.
  • If you don’t hear from the buyer after a few days, call again and ask if they are interested in meeting so you can introduce the product. If they agree to have a meeting, congratulations! See next step!

 4. Confirm Meeting 

If the buyer agrees to have a meeting with you to see the product, make sure you confirm all the details (date, time, location) of the meeting by email. The day before the meeting, send a short email that you are looking forward to meeting tomorrow – this is a polite way to confirm the meeting again, and also show your enthusiasm for meeting with them.

5. Prepare for Meeting

There are many points to consider before your meeting with the retailer.

  • How will you carry the product to the meeting? In a bag or suitcase? For us, we had to travel on the train in peak hour, so in order to keep our product safe and easy to carry, we took a small business-style suitcase.
  • How will you wrap the product? As you know, Japan LOVES wrapping gifts and products in multiple layers of packaging. We wanted to convey this image of high-quality and care for our products, while at the same time being environmentally friendly and not going too overboard with the wrapping. In the end we decided to wrap our products individually in white tissue-paper to make them look special (we didn’t use any tape or string so that we could open them easily and quickly).
  • How will you make brochures/pamphlets about your company and products? We made powerpoint presentations in Japanese containing details of our company and products including photos and retail prices. We were considering to print the presentations on high quality paper at Kinkos, but our Japanese entrepreneur friend said he doesn’t print anything anymore. He said he just shows his presentations on his iPad. So that’s what we did! And it worked perfectly! The iPad gave a very professional touch, and we also saved time and money by not having to go to Kinkos and print everything out on paper. This also was excellent as it enabled us to make last minute changes to the presentations on the morning of the meeting. After the meeting, we sent a thank you email to the buyer and attached the PDF files of our presentations to the email.
  • Who will lead the meeting? If you will attend the meeting with your business parter (s), make sure you decide in advance who will lead the meeting (preferably the person with highest Japanese language ability, or the person who knows the most about the product). This will ensure you look professional, confident and organised. Other duties in the meeting include writing notes and showing the products.
  • Do you know the location of your meeting? As you know, Japan doesn’t have any street signs, so it can often be difficult to locate the street or the office building you are looking for. Even with an iPhone and google maps, it can sometimes be difficult! Make sure you arrive super early and confirm the location of the buyer’s office before your meeting. If you have any trouble, don’t be afraid to call the buyer on the phone and explain that you are lost and ask for help with directions. Usually people are very understanding in Japan about directions, especially for foreigners!
  • Are there any labeling requirements or tests required on your product by Japanese law? Sometimes it may be okay for you sell your product on your online shop in Japan with a simple tag or label, but once you start distributing to retailers there are often many requirements regarding labeling and care instructions. Make sure you are up-to-date with the Japanese requirements for your product before your meeting with your potential customer.
  • How much margin can you give the retailer? This may depend on the industry, but in our case we found the distributors usually list the prices of their products on their brochures as retail price (not wholesale price), in order to give them flexibility to adjust the wholesale price based on the volume ordered as well as their customers’ requirements. For example, if the customer is a big department store and wants to order large quantities of your product, you might offer them a lower wholesale price (and therefore give them a higher margin). Before you meet with the buyer, make sure you do all your calculations – how much margin are you willing to give the retailer, while still ensuring you make some profit for your company? How important is the retailer for your business and how eager are you to meet their requirements? For example, if this is your first big break, you might consider meeting the retailer’s requirements in terms of margin, even if it means little or no profit for your company at this stage.  Think about the other benefits – if it is a well-known retailer, can you use this as a success story and gain valuable free PR for your product, which might help you with your other meetings with prospective buyers?

6. Good luck in the meeting!

Once you’ve done all your preparation, you are now ready for the meeting! Good luck!

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Australia by rail. Take a scenic feast of this great land!

Australia by rail. Take a scenic feast of this great land!

If there’s one thing Australia isn’t short on, it’s land! Far away from the laneways of the culturally-rich metropolitan jungles and contrasting urban sprawls, you can find seemingly endless highways that provide hour after hour of filmic landscape. From the red sands of the far north to the lush green of the south, there’s much to see about this great land of Australia.

There’s more than one way to tour Oz, but if you’re looking for an unrivalled scenic journey, travelling by rail is a great way to take in the landscape while relaxing in the best possible manner.

Here are our top-tips for some of the best rail journeys in Australia.

Indian Pacific Rail Tour

Travelling along ribbons of steel, you’ll glide cross-country with views of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the impressive Blue Mountains and stops for off-train sightseeing tours. This three-day-journey begins from Perth, climbing through the picturesque Avon Valley and into Western Australia’s stretching wheat belt.

Pushing on to the Nullarbor Plain, the landscape takes on a richer hue through the natural mallee scrubs, bluebush plants and saltbush plants. Shuffling through Adelaide where you’ll be able to either punctuate your trip with a rest for a few days, or simply stay aboard, the train then sets course through farm country with a grand finale of the spectacular Blue Mountains.

Spirit of the Outback

Offered a quick, but memorable, 24-hour journey from Brisbane to Longreach, the Spirit of the Outback is second on our hot-list. Whether lounging in the berths or seated in air conditioned comfort, the landscape of Queensland’s outback opens up in full view through the cabin windows. The desert sand dunes with its red hills make for some great holiday snaps.

You’ll be treated with some Aussie treats along your journey, and can chill out in the board lounge with the other travellers while sipping drinks and taking in the sights.

The trip is punctuated by several stops in historic towns; including Barcaldine, Emerald and Blackwater. Emerald is one stop you’d do well to stretch your legs at, and while you’re there you can check-out the largest outdoor Van Gogh sunflower painting at Morton Park, standing at an impressive 25 meters high!

The Kuranda Scenic Railway

This railway tour is a quick, but nonetheless unforgettable 90-minute journey from Cairns to the tropical rainforest of Kuranda. There are unparalleled views of steep ravines, cascading waterfalls and tropical canopies within the Barron Gorge National Park. Constructed in the late 1800s, you’ll be treated to an awesome privilege as you travel through the 37 bridges and 15 handmade tunnels by the pioneers of North Queensland.

If you’re looking to add some more fun to your rail journey, you can take a trip on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway an exhilarating experience offering a fantastic perspective of Barron Gorge.

The Southern Spirit

For an alternate scenic adventure, you can book a trip between Brisbane and Adelaide via Melbourne on the Southern Spirit for days of adventure and beautiful scenery.

The rail tour snakes through four states, as you take in the views of the Eastern Seaboard and Great Dividing Range right from the privacy of your platinum-service cabin! Standing at over 7,000 feet high, Mt. Kosciusko of the Australian Alps will drop your jaw, and suffice it to say; the Great Dividing Range is one of the most beautiful locations in Australia.

For any insatiable adventurers out there, you can take full advantage of the Whistle Stop Tours of Byron Bay, Hunter Valley, Albury-Wodonga on the Murray River and the grandiose Grampians National Park – all of which are tours included in your fare.

The Ghan

The Ghan is a remarkable journey to the two jewels of the Red Centre and the tropical Top End in southern Australia, where you can experience three days of unsurpassed scenery.

Each day begins with a fresh panorama of changing landscape, as the majestic Flinders Ranges and the sweeping Adelaide Plans unfold a portrait of natural splendour. Cobalt blue skies and red earth typifies the character of this journey. Entering the Top End, the terrain mellows with picturesque flora dominating the landscape.

Why not try something different for your next holiday? Climb aboard one of Australia’s many rail adventures for a unique ride through the heartlands, taking a look at what’s in your own backyard!

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If you’re travelling within Australia and in need of affordable airfares, you’ll be sure to find cheap flights to get you on that train fast!

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Classic Italian Drives – the Strada Chiantigiana

A rural drive that is an Italian classic is the Strada Chiantigiana, or the SR 222. The back road goes through Tuscany’s wine country through to the small cities and towns of Chianti including Greve, Radda, and Giaole, situated between Florence and Siena. The road runs south adjacent to a network of two lane secondary roads, and has beautiful vistas of Tuscan vineyards and rolling hills before reaching the connection to Sienna.

This 100 km drive has some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Europe. Allow plenty of time to visit local wineries and restaurants, and walk in the winding streets of the diverse towns and meet the locals.

About 35 km outside of Florence is Greve, which is home to the region’s biggest tourism information center, so you will definitely want to stop there. Grab some brochures, and sit at one of the coffee shops or wine bars of the Piazza Matteotti, before buying some supplies for your picnic or other favorite recreational activities. If you are there in September, attend the annual wine fair from Greve, which is a major event for Chianti.

You are sure to find the symbol of a black rooster when you find yourself in the center of Gallo Nero country and also sample some Chianti Classico wine. You might want to see some beautiful medieval castles located in the district.

If you travel south for another 10 km, you will find the medieval town of Panzano, which was erected around the remnants of a castle, beside the Strada Chiantigiana. At Enoteca il Vinaio you can partake of light meals and local wines while you admire the vast vineyards from the terrace. Panzano’s San Leolino church, built in the Romanesque style and only 1 km south of town, is located on a picturesque hill and houses several Renaissance frescoes.

Only twelve kilometers southward from Panzano lies the hill top town of Castellina, a major crossroads during the Etruscan era, and a region which was battled over by neighboring Florence and Siena. Panzano has several Etruscan remains, including four tombs and a well, as well as many palaces from the medieval period, which are still standing.

From here, you could detour twenty kilometers toward the east, traveling via Volpaia to the vicinity of Radda and Gaiole. There are more Etruscan ruins and wine estates located 6 km north of Volpaia. Retrace your steps and take the turn to Gaiole, to visit the Badia a Coltibuono, which is an abbey nestled near a forest of cedar trees. Wee rustic churches and aged castles surround Gaiole’s market town. The restored Castello del Brolio is open for visits, and located south of the city. You can see Siena and the hills beyond from here.

Returning to the Strada Chiantigiana, drive the remaining thirty kilometers south to Siena. The centre of the city is very pedestrian-friendly, and contains a medieval palazzi and many shops, cafes, and places to eat along its narrow pathways. The world famous Piazza del Campo is covered with straw and dirt two times per year for the exciting Palio di Siena, the heart stopping bareback horse race.

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Important Things To Know When Traveling To Italy

When traveling to another country, there are some vital information that are considered to be a “must know” before you go travel. If you’ll be traveling to Italy, here are a couple of things that you should know so that you can avoid getting into trouble and paying for violation fees.

Piracy Is A Crime

Even in Italy, piracy is considered to be a crime. In fact they impose hefty fines on Tourists that purchase counterfeit goods when visiting Italy. Being a part of the Italian Government Tourist Board’s ongoing commitment to make sure that travelers like you would be safe and secure, it is extremely recommended that you do not, in whatever circumstance, attempt to buy any kind of counterfeit item. Doing so can make you end up paying a fine that costs more than the authentic product.

Fines in Italy can cost you up to 10,000 Euros if you are caught buying a counterfeit product. On the other hand, those selling counterfeit items are charged criminal charges. The Italian government’s campaign on such kinds of illegal transactions is quite strong.

Customs Regulations

Upon entering and leaving Italy, your luggage will be examined. There is free entry for personal things such as: clothing, whether used or new; books, fishing tackle, household and camping equipments, a pair of skis, two tennis rackets, CD player accompanied by up to ten CD’s, tape recorder, Dictaphone, computer, baby carriage, two still cameras and up to ten film rolls for each camera, one movie camera, personal jewelry, binoculars; a portable radio set, with a small amount of license fee; 400 cigarette sticks, and a number of pipe tobacco or cigars that doesn’t exceed 500 grams or 1.1 lb.

All of these items mentioned can be duty-free imported, provided that they’re for personal use only. Thus, these shouldn’t be sold, traded or given away. You can also bring a maximum of one hard liquor bottle and two wine bottles. However, these bottles shouldn’t be open. Additionally, you are allowed to bring a maximum of 6.6 lbs. of sugar, 2.2 lbs. of cocoa and 4.4 lbs. of coffee, which you can bring duty-free.

If you’ve visited another country prior going to Italy, you’re allowed to bring with you souvenir items purchased from that other country up to a maximum value of $500 only.

Exporting From Italy

If you’ll be buying souvenirs from Italy, you do not really have to worry about restrictions, since there is none. However, one exception to the rule would be works of art and antiques. Items like these would require authorization from the Ministero dei Beni Culturali e Ambientali, in order for you to export them.

Are You Canadian?

If you’re residing in Canada and you’re returning from an out of the country trip, then you could pass for personal exemption. Every article which you acquired from other countries, whether received as gifts, purchased, or bought from the duty free shop, either in Canada or abroad, should be declared on your return back to Canada.

Are You From The States?

If you’re a U.S. tourist, you are allowed to bring back home duty-free goods purchased abroad that values up to $400. Your goods should be with you as you travel. An assessment of 10% is imposed on your next $1,000 worth of purchased goods.

However, you can also send parcels, which contain gifts, back home duty-free, provided that each parcel that a person receives wouldn’t exceed $50. All packages that you would send should also have the mark “Unsolicited Gift”, and you should declare all the contents of the package and the amount that you paid for it.

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Attractions to Visit in Spain

Attractions to Visit in Spain

young-happy-tourist-couple-riding-segway-enjoying-city-tour-in-madrid-palace-in-spainIf you are looking for a wonderful place to visit on your next holiday or vacation, then the hands down choice should be Spain. Spain is a country with many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and has more to offer than just about any other country. With wonderful people and great weather, you couldn’t do any better than finding low cost airlines for Spain flights for your next vacation.

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While Spain has numerous places to visit and take in the scenery, one of the best places is the capital city Madrid. Madrid has a very vibrant culture and is filled with various museums and historical buildings as well. One of the first places you should visit is the Golden Museum Triangle.

This is where you will get the chance to look at some of the finest art collections in the classical art period along with other collections that come from all over Spain and various other European countries. Then, you can head over to the Reina Sofia National Museum and Art Center, which houses Madrid’s best collection of modern art, including works from Picasso, Dali, Bacon, and even Miro.madrid-spain-financial-district-skyline-at-twilight

In fact, there are so many different museums and places of history to visit, that you should plan on more than just a couple of days being there. Actually, with all the things that you will want to see, you should probably think about staying a week or two so that you don’t feel like you missed out on anything.

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There are plenty of restaurants that you are going to want to try as well as seeing the museums and historical buildings, and you will never get tired of the laid back lifestyle that is prevalent in the area. When it comes to a great vacation that you and your family will remember for a lifetime, there is no better place to go than Madrid and the surrounding area.

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Three Destinations for a Cheap Greek Holiday

Three Destinations for a Cheap Greek Holiday

Three most popular destinations to visit in Greece is Pireus, otherwise known as the famous Athens, Kefalonia and Rhodes. There are many other destinations to see while in Greece, however, these are the areas that are most recommended for those that are first coming to the area, as well as those that want to see what is considered the most beautiful landscapes in all of Greece. You can get great cheap holidays to Greece so get out there and spoil yourself!

Athens

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Athens is the must see place for those that are taking a cruise to the area since it has the Greek culture that people expect. The area offers traditional architecture, as well as two of the must see places in the entire world. The Acropolis and the Parthenon are two places in which those who have been in any history class in the United States have learned about, being able to see these places in person is a once in a lifetime event. And one that can only happen if the person travels to Athens. When in the area, people should be certain to travel the city and sample the cuisine that is considered some of the best in all of Greece since it still relies on the history of the area, and this can be tasted in every food that is tasted.

Kefalonia

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Kefalonia is the place that any person who is just getting to Greece should visit. The people in the area are warm and receptive of visitors, making everyone feel welcome. In addition, this is where the photographs of Greece that people see throughout the world are usually taken because the beaches are beautiful and there are overabundances of olive groves that are picture perfect. The Makris Gialos Beach is probably the most photographed beach in the entire world and is worthy of the time to seek out and spend some time on.

Rhodes

Rhodes is a place that you must visit. Thus, those that are taking a Greece holiday must be sure to stop into the area. The most dominating feature that people come to see on the island is the medieval castle that dominates the shore. This is a beautiful piece of architecture that any person is going to find appealing. For those that do get to venture to the island, they should be certain to check out not only the castle, but the Palace of Grand Master of Knights, which is one of the most interesting things to do while on the island.

Taking a holiday to Greece is going to be wonderful, however, be sure to check out these three destinations in order to make sure that you get to experience everything that Greece has to offer.

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Italy’s Must See Museums

Italy is well known for being a country of culture. There are a great many artists and interesting historical figures who were born, lived or who were inspired by Italy that it is hard to visit any town in the country without having some reminder of its fantastic past. There are museums dotted all over the country including many well-known and some lesser known ones, but they all contain exhibits of global interest that are also extremely educational too.

Here are 3 of the best public museums in Italy that we believe are well worth a visit;

Uffizi Gallery in Florence is one such well-known tourist hotspot, and it is also one of the best things to see in Florence. It is home to some fabulous Italian Renaissance artists’ masterpieces. The down side to this very popular must see attraction is the fact it is so popular it is necessary to book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

If staying for a while in Rome, a trip to the Vatican Museum is worthwhile. It is the largest museum complex in the world with over 1400 rooms filled with amazing art and historical relics. It is also possible to see the Sistine Chapel and certain parts of the Papal Palace. Again, advance booking is advised.

The National Archaeological Museum in Naples is home to fabulous Roman and Greek antiquities. For any fan of archaeology or even those with a slight curiosity, the National Archaeological Museum is a great place to visit. Many of the fascinating artefacts found there have been recovered from sites at Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Finding a cheap holiday deal to Italy is not always easy, especially in the peak season, however, once you are here you can visit many of Italy’s cherished historical sites and museums for very little money. If you have the budget then consider hiring a car on your trip as this is the easiest and cheapest way to visit museums and sites in different parts of the country.

 

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