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h1 Luxury holiday in Costa Del Sol

November 16, 2009

The Costa Del Sol greets over two million people a year who comes at Malaga Intrenational Airport and visit many resorts situated along the attractiveness coastline from Gibraltar in the west to Nerja in the east.

Generally Costa Del Sol with the annual temperature of 18ºC and is one of Europe’s top holiday destination. The well known resorts are lying in the west of Malaga with Fuengirola, Benalmadena and Mijas Costa. The beaches have become a favorite spot for Costa Del Sol tourist holiday makers from all over the world. The golden beaches, eye catching mountains with prosperity of flora and fauna, beautiful villages amplify the beauty of the destination.

Costa Del Sol as a destination is also famous for golf courses, which has around 70 Golf courses. Golf is however not only the sporting activity in Costa Del Sol but also offer a range of sport like tennis clubs, an assortment of water sports, equestrian centers are available up and down the coastal line.

Though Costa Del Sol is treated as a holiday destination, luxury lovers like to visit because of a range of famous luxury hotels. H10 Anadalucia Plaza is a four star hotel which is located in Marbella opposite to Puerto Banus Marina and it is just a 5 minutes walk from the Costa Del Sol beach. It is an updated , impressive and very well furbished hotel which always create a luxury feeling for the visitors.

Hotel Perla Marina is also a prominent holiday lover’s hotel which is situated in Nerja with the scrutiny to the Mediterranean Sea. The facilities and the privileged location allow holiday makers to enjoy the pleasure and cool of the sea as well as the environment of the beautiful town.

Hotel  Torrequebrada is located in Benalmádena Coast, well surrounded by nature filled palm trees only a few metres from the beaches and well-linked to the the Málaga international airport.. This glossy hotels faces a sandy beach along the Mediterranean Sea as well.

The magnificent Hotel Las Piramide is one of the other hotel in Costa Del Sol catering to business and leisure travellers alike and is ideally placed on the Mediterranean shoreline of Fuengirola. By occupying a good location there are many attraction nearby with easy reach. The Sohail Castle, Open-Air Museum, Santa Fe de los Boliches and Mijas Village. The wel known family friendly and fun Fuengirola Zoo which is just a kilometer from this hotel.

Hotel Las Arenas is mostly liked by tourists and a modern seafront property located by the Santa Ana beach with the beautiful view towards the Mediterranean. Another fabulos hotel for Costa Del Sol tourists.

Not only these hotel as a tourist destination Costa Del Sol surrounded with a range of luxury hotels to make the luxury holiday makers happy and fun. Visit here for more hotels.


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Canal Cruises in Amsterdam

January 19, 2009

One of Amsterdam’s most distinct features is its wonderful canals which run throughout the city. While you may prefer walking or cycling, do not discount taking a canal cruise which is a great way to leisurely experience the city, day or night.

A good place to start is in front of Amsterdam’s Central Station where you will find a number of canal cruises and tours. Just head over to a particular boat, find out when it is leaving and buy your ticket (tours cost around 10 to 15 Euros). Most tours last for about an hour and are great if you have limited time in Amsterdam or if it starts to rain.

One canal tour worth taking is the Museumboot (Museum Boat) tour which lets you “hop-on-hop-off” near Amsterdam’s many museums and galleries, while also giving you selected discounts on entry fees. A ticket costs around 14 to 16 Euros and tours start in front of the Central Station.

Of course there is no better way to experience Amsterdam at dusk or at night than by taking a specialty canal cruise. The 2 hour Candlelight Cruise (starts at around 7.30 PM) is a great way to spend the evening with that special someone, while the Dinner Cruise which includes a four-course dinner is also an option worth considering. If your musical preferences bend towards jazz, then definitely take the Jazz Cruise (sets off opposite Rijksmuseum) which gives you a chance to enjoy some live jazz music. The Jazz Cruise takes place on Saturdays (8 PM and 10 PM) and is in operation only during summer (April till the end of November).

Taking a canal cruise in Amsterdam is something worth doing at least once. If leisurely cruises are not your style, you can always hire a canal bike (pedal boat) and pedal your way across the city.


Coming to Paris from London

January 18, 2009

If you’re looking for a quick and hassle free way to get to Paris from London the best option would be to take the Eurostar train (top speed of 300 km/h or 186 mph) which makes the journey across the channel (or rather underneath it) in just 2 hours and 35 minutes. Sure, the flight time to Paris from London is only about an hour and 20 minutes, but that does not take into account the total time added on from commuting by train from both airports (about another 1 hour 15 minutes) and the time it takes to check in.

The Eurostar train, with 16 daily services running right into the Paris city centre is especially ideal for those who may only have time to spend one day in the “City of lights”.

The London Eurostar Terminal can be found at Waterloo International Station which is located close to the London Eye. The Eurostar service to the Euro Disney Resort in Paris also leaves from here. Rail pass holders should remember to bring their passes along as they are eligible to quite a discount, while concession fares are available for young people and those on wheelchairs. Remember, each person is allowed up to 2 pieces of luggage and try to check in about 30 minutes before departure (Check in closes twenty minutes before the scheduled departure time).

Another great advantage of using Eurostar is that it arrives right in the heart of Paris at the 19th century Gare Du Nord Station. The station also has Metro services (lines 4 and 5) and RER (commuter train) services (lines B, D and E) which provide easy access to the many sights and sounds of this romantic city. Outside the Gare Du Nord station one will also find public bus services and a taxi rank. If you have the time, there is no better way to take in Paris than by enjoying a leisurely stroll through the city.

The Gare Du Nord station is located in the 10th arrondissement (a small district in Paris, and Paris is divided into twenty such arrondissement) of Paris, which is home to the picturesque Canal St. Martin and the historic Place de la Republique. Charming restaurants and cafes abound in the area, while close by you will also find the magnificent Sacre Coeur basilica which stands atop Montmartre Hill.


Dublin the City of Living Culture

January 16, 2009

To visit Ireland’s capital city Dublin, is to visit a place rich in history and culture and one which boasts of proud traditions in music, theater and literature. The best way to experience Dublin is by exploring the city and immersing yourself in its colourful and interesting culture.

The Temple Bar district which is located in the Dublin city centre is a good starting point. Considered the main cultural center, Temple Bar is home to many restaurants and pubs where you can soak up the Dublin atmosphere. However, most Dubliners seem to steer clear of this area, so if you really want to mingle with the locals, head to Grafton Street.

After having done your rounds at Temple Bar or Grafton Street, you should consider taking in some of Dublin’s historical attractions. Places worth visiting include Trinity College which is Ireland’s oldest university and home to the ancient book of Kells, Dublin Castle and St Patrick’s Cathedral.

If you want to delve deeper into Dublin’s fascinating culture then definitely consider taking in a show at the Abbey Theater which also happens to be Ireland’s national theatre. Keeping the city’s rich theater tradition alive, Abbey Theater is a great place to take in an authentic Irish stage performance. Also close by is Peacock Theater which is home to more innovative forms of theater productions.

For art lovers a visit to the National Gallery and the Irish Museum of Modern Art is a great way to take in the country’s artistic heritage. Also in Dublin one will find the James Joyce Center where you can learn about the author who penned “Dubliners”.

For the ultimate Irish experience however, visit Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day (17th of March) when the city is transformed into one big celebration of Ireland’s proud cultural heritage.


Universal Studios Hollywood

January 1, 2009

If you love the movies and the thrills and spills of an amusement park, then Universal Studios Hollywood is a must visit when you come to California. The park is 10 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles and you will need to spend the whole day if you want to enjoy the many rides and shows on offer.

Some of the more interesting and exciting rides are “The Mummy” which is a roller coaster type ride coupled with some cool special effects, “Back to the Future” which takes you on a dizzying trip back and forth through time (a must for fans of the movie!), “Terminator 2: 3D” minus Arnold though with some great effects and “Jurassic Park” the ride where you will come face to face with a menacing T-Rex along with a heart stopping surprise which will get you’ll see! Smaller children will enjoy the new “Shrek 4-D” cinematic show.

Also not to be missed is the live action “Waterworld” show which is truly amazing (get there about 15 minutes before the scheduled time). The sets are huge, the stunts are awesome and the thrills guaranteed..especially when “something big” (it’s a surprise) comes hurtling towards you!

If you want to learn more about the movies then definitely take a Studio Tour. New attractions on the tour include sets of CSI, War of the Worlds and parts of Skull Island (from King Kong). If you are pressed for time then it is probably a good idea to buy a “Front of Line Pass” (online or at the gate) which gives you quick access to the rides and the shows.

Universal Studios Hollywood is a not to be missed experience which will keep the kids enthralled and give grown ups a chance to be kids all over again.


Free things to do in New York City

December 30, 2008

Who ever said, that nothing in this world is free got it wrong! New York City offers lots of fun family attractions and activities which are absolutely free of charge and gives one a true feel of the ‘Big Apple’.

Here is a list of things I picked up from around, that you can do for free in New York City:

Big Apple Greeter Tour
Especially tailored to help “out of towners” who are unfamiliar with New York, these free guided tours are led by friendly local volunteers who know their way around the city. Each tour covers one of the city’s five boroughs and is a great way of discovering some hidden treasures of New York which lie off the beaten path. A tour usually lasts between 2 to 4 hours and group sizes are small (2 to 6 people). If you wish to organise a Big Apple Greeter tour or get more information, the local number to call is (212) 669-8159.

Staten Island Ferry
I am told that a ride on the Staten Island Ferry which travels between Staten Island (St. George Ferry Terminal) and lower Manhattan (Whitehall Terminal) is something definitely not to be missed. This free 25 minute (approximately) ferry ride gives you a chance to just relax and take in some breathtaking views of New York City, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Do remember to take your camera for some photographs to show off to your neighbours!

Alliance for Downtown New York
Alliance for Downtown New York is another free tour service where visitors are taken on a 90 minute walking tour of the lively Downtown area. Stops along the way include Custom House, the Trinity Church, Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange. The Downtown New York tour takes place every Thursday and Saturday and departs from the front steps of the US Custom House (One Bowling Green) at 12:00 PM (noon). Those travelling in groups will have to reserve ahead (contact (212) 606-4064 for details).

Sony Wonder Technology Lab
The hi-tech world of the Sony Wonder Technology Lab (56th Street and Madison Avenue) showcases the latest trends in cutting edge technology and communication and is another ‘must visit’ free attraction. This 4 floor ‘lab’ is a great interactive learning experience for the whole family and features hands-on exhibits which give you a chance to get involved in digital sound processing, operate robots, edit a music video and even create your own racing game!

More Freebies!
What else is there for free in New York? Well, there is the Downtown Boathouse (Pier 26 in TriBeCa between Canal and Chambers streets and Pier 64 in Chelsea at West 24th street) where one can go kayaking, Grand Central Terminal which offers free tours every Wednesday at 12:30 PM, the Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City), Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main Street, Flushing) and the National Museum of the American Indian.

So although New York can be pretty expensive, these free offerings can go a long way in making your visit to the Big Apple quite an economical experience.