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Paris : Worlds Most Popular Tourist Destination

Are you dreaming to visit Paris? Paris is considered as one of the worlds most visited city and its also one of the worlds most romantic destination. The Paris Region (Île-de-France) is France’s foremost centre of economic activity. With €500.8 billion (US$628.9 billion), it produced more than a quarter of the gross domestic product (GDP) of France in 2006. Paris is the most popular tourist destination in the world, with over 30 million foreign visitors per year. There are numerous iconic landmarks among its many attractions, along with world famous institutions and popular parks.

This beautiful city is the home of European refinement, Fashion, historical culture, elegant Paris Hôtels and overindulgence seem to be around every turn. Built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower is probably the most popular tourist destination of Paris. It was erected as tribute to the end of the French Revolution, but today it is one of the most well-known and most recognizable buildings in the world. The magic of the Eiffel Tower can truly be felt when you venture to the top to get a spectacular view of Paris. Going to the top of the Tower right before sunset provides the best views. Please don’t try to take the stairs. You can reach the first two levels of the observation decks by foot, but why settle for that when you can ride the elevator to the very top. Somehow the sweat and gasps for breath as you hike up the flights of stairs steals from the romantic mood of the Eiffel Tower but there are the odd fitness gurus who attempt the walk or even run up. After it gets dark, you can see the lights on the Tower twinkle in the twilight. Lights go off at 2 am, so be sure to catch a glimpse before then. Continue Reading

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Visiting Ireland

Ireland is an island in north-western Europe which has been divided politically since 1920. The Republic of Ireland (Irish: Éire or Poblacht na hÉireann) is a nation state of Western Europe. It constitutes the main portion of (the island of) Ireland, and is bounded to the northeast by Northern Ireland (Irish: Tuaisceart Éireann) which is part of the United Kingdom.

Ireland is an exotic tourist spot. It is popularly known for the myths, magical incidents and legendary stories associated with it. Numerous tourists from all round the world are wowed by its natural beauty and charm. The wonderful Ireland cities with a horde of interesting activities for young as well as the old and the scenic splendor with which the country is blessed have always been inviting people from all round the world. Finding Ireland Hotels is easy and reservation is widely available online.

Dublin (Baile Átha Cliath) – the capital and the country’s largest city. Offers excellent pubs, fine architecture and good shopping and great Dublin Hotels. Dublin is a very popular tourist destination and is the fourth most visited European capital.

Cork (Corcaigh) – second largest city in the Republic of Ireland – located on the banks of the River Lee. Founded c.600 by St. Finbarre and known for good food, pubs, shopping and festivals. Cork has a thriving cultural scene that was acknowledged internationally when it was named the European Capital of Culture for 2005. Several festivals are held annually in the city giving the visitor an opportunity to experience a wide range of music, theatre and film. Visiting several Cork Hotels are also a good itenerary.

Those who live in Belfast tend to either absolutely love the city or detest it. Although the outsider’s perspective tends to be more forgiving as Belfast was voted the fourth best city in the UK for a city break in the Guardian/Observer travel awards. Needless to say, a visit to Belfast will be rewarded by a glimpse of a unique city that has finally begun to celebrate, rather than fight over, its place as a cultural meeting-point of Britain and Ireland. Belfast is certainly exhibiting an air of determined optimism, with new hotels, bars, restaurants, clubs and shops opening at an incredible rate. It is a city that is proud of its Victorian and Edwardian heritage and efforts to restore historic buildings are proving successful. Tourism is on the increase in Northern Ireland, especially among those seeking a weekend away or short break in Ireland as Belfast can offer a significantly cheaper and more rewarding alternative to the busier, more expensive and more tourist-driven Dublin.

Belfast remains a great place to explore as it is still relatively undiscovered compared to our neighbors in Dublin and is ideal for the tourist that enjoys a city with character yet still has a raw, unspoilt energy. A visit to the capital of Northern Ireland will provide a more stimulating trip as, once you scratch the surface, it is easy to see beyond the ethno-political conflict of years gone by. It is a city which has changed dramatically in a decade due to this peace and prosperity and you will be greeted with warmth from locals who feel a new-found sense of pride in their city. Indeed, the old cliche that you will be welcomed like an old friend by the patrons of Belfast’s many pubs and bars is actually true, as the locals love to find out what draws you to their little part of the world and of course they like the chance to share a little bit of their history with you! Ask any local and they will tell you that a trip to Belfast will mean that you learn far more about the British and Irish psyche than a trip to a cheesy Irish pub in Dublin or on a tourist-swindling tour in London. You can get discounted Belfast Hotels rates by having an advance online reservation.

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Visiting Australia

mackay australiaAustralia’s biggest attraction is its beautiful landscape. Cities of Australia showcases different form of art and they offer good food. The Australian cuisine is a mixture of different cuisine of the world, as part of the immigrants coupled in Australia. This way the Italian restaurants cohabit with those Chinese, the Hindu come closer to the Irishmen, the Thai are very close to the Lebaneses. The restoration level is high and therefore interesting ethnic-gastronomic experiences can be had.

The Australian meat is also of high quality-tendered and more pleasant than in Italy- where you may eat big beefsteaks, accompanied by potatoes enriched with butter or creams or sour creams. If its your first time to visit Australia , its not difficult to find Hotels in Australia. There are plenty of beautiful villas to choose from and you can also book online to get discounts on Gold Coast Hotels.

If you want to enjoy white sand beaches, you should visit Noosa. Noosa is situated on the Sunshine Coast on the east coast of Australia. Noosa Hotels are easy to find, you can also avail of discounts if you book early.

North Queensland in Australia is a tropical paradise that offers pristine beaches. Cairns attractions rank as some of the most original and exciting destinations in Australia. Golden sunny beaches flanked by pristine rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef make Cairns a region that literally has it all. Cairns Esplanade, once a huge grassy park, now features a world-class facility incorporating an outdoor amphitheatre, a large sandy swimming lagoon, grassy picnic areas, walking tracks, free public barbeques, children’s playground, shops and restaurants, Cairns Hotels an environmental interpretation centre and a Great Barrier Reef Cruise departure terminal.

The most important thing to remember should you decide to go “off Road” (off a sealed road) in the Outback is to seek local advice on your intended route as well as ensuring someone locally knows of your travel plans. If your vehicle does break down in a remote area stay with it do not attempt to walk. Generally people who stay with their vehicles are located quickly and easily.

Please note, that some rental suppliers do have conditions that limit the operation of their vehicles in the outback. Should you plan to go off road we suggest that you discuss your intended route with the rental company beforehand.

It is a legal requirement that any gates opened to allow your vehicle to pass through are closed afterwards.

Any travel across designated Aboriginal Land will require permission from the owners beforehand. As the permit process varies from state to state (and can take up to six weeks to obtain). It is best to contact the national parks’ controlling body in each state prior to your journey.

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Corfu Island : A Greek Paradise

Have you visited Corfu: a greek island paradise? Corfu is one of the most popular and beautiful Greek islands. With a wealth of natural beauty, a rich culture that spans centuries and a gentle magnetic appeal it is easy to see what draws people back year after year. Corfu island’s diverse coastline offers beaches that range from glorious sweeps of golden sand and bustling seaside hotels in Corfu to enchanting white-pebbled coves. Inland the scenery is spectacular, and there is an abundance of charming traditional Corfu accomodation villages where you still encounter donkeys, occasional traditional costume and of course the gloriously lazy pace of life Greece is so famous for.

Corfu is the second largest island in the group known as the seven islands. The island of miracles and wonders, where every moment the scene changes without affecting the harmony of the terrain. Corfu, the most green of the Greek islands, has three million olive trees. As well as flower-strewn countryside and Adriatic-style villages, it has splendid coastal scenery and some excellent secluded beaches. On this cosmopolitan island, you’ll be able to combine relaxation with good times and a full nightlife, for Corfu is an international tourist centre which can satisfy the demands of the most difficult visitor. Pick a Corfu hotel of your choice, and enjoy your vacation in Greece.

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Holidays in Turkey

Do you want to spend your Holidays in Turkey? I bet you do! Although Spring and autumn are the best times to visit Turkey, you can visit this beautiful country anytime you wish to. With the exception of ?stanbul, Turkey doesn’t really have a winter tourism season.  Turkey’s Peak season is from July to mid-September, when most Turks take their Turkey Holidays. The best time to visit eastern Turkey is from late June to September for you to enjoy Cheap Holidays to Turkey. Don’t plan to venture east before May or after mid-October unless you’re prepared for snow. Try to avoid travelling during Kurban Bayram?, Turkey’s most popular public holiday.

About Turkey

Turkey (Türkiye) is located on the Mediterranean, in the Anatolian region of West Asia, with a small section in Mediterranean Europe separated by the Turkish Straits (Bosphorus, Sea of Marmara, and Dardanelles). With the the Black Sea to the north and the Aegean Sea in the west and Mediterranean Sea to the southwest, Turkey is surrounded by Bulgaria and Greece to the west, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia to the northeast, Syria, Iraq and Iran to the southeast.

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Cebu Pacific to mount daily Macau flights

Cebu Pacific (CEB) will expand its Manila-Macau-Manila operations from three times weekly to daily to meet rising demand.

Initially, the Manila-Macau service will have an additional Sunday flight beginning January 13, 2008 and will become a daily service on June 6, 2008.

Candice Iyog, CEB VP for marketing and product, said, “Our passenger loads to Macau continue to grow and we need to keep up with the rising demand.

We expect this growth trend to continue partly because of our offering of trademark year-round low fares plus a strong peso has made travel to Macau, and other international destinations for that matter, very affordable.”

Fares to Macau start at P1,499 one way, exclusive of taxes and surcharges. Continue Reading

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Air China and Shanghai Airlines join Star Alliance

Air China and Shanghai Airlines, have formally joined the Star Alliance airline network. With the addition of the two Chinese airlines, Star Alliance now has 19 member carriers operating 17,000 daily flights to 897 destinations in 160 countries.

On domestic routes alone, Air China and Shanghai Airlines have added more than 40 new destinations to the Star Alliance network, thereby bringing alliance benefits to many more travellers.

Air China is Chinas’ national flag carrier and sole designated passenger airline partner of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Air China was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange on December 15, 2004. Continue Reading

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Ritz-Carlton Hotel opens in Beijing

ritz-carlton beijingRitz-Carlton has opened its third property in China, in Beijing’s central business district. To celebrate, the 305-room Ritz-Carlton, Beijing is offering introductory rates from US$200 through February 29, 2008.

“We are very pleased to open our third China hotel in Beijing, a city which has undergone an impressive transformation as both a major commercial center and a world-class tourism attraction,” said Simon F. Cooper, president and chief operating officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. The company currently manages hotels on Beijing’s Financial Street and in Shanghai. Future expansion plans include locations in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Sanya, Pudong (Shanghai), Macau and Hong Kong. Continue Reading

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New Zealand Travel Guide

If you want action, adventure or just relaxation, New Zealand is the perfect destination for you. There’s a lot of things to do on your holiday in New Zealand with outdoor & adventure activities, tourist attractions, wildlife viewing & nature, food & wine, Maori culture, museums & art galleries, shopping & more. Enjoy a fun filled holiday in New Zealand, one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

On the North Island of New Zealand you’ll find Auckland, a large city set around stunning inlets and bays. Not surprisingly, most of the Auckland’s most celebrated activities are to do with water. These include dinner cruises in the harbor and swimming with dolphins.

New Zealand offers a wide range of quality and affordable accommodation options to suit all travelers budgets. Hotels in New Zealand, Hotels in Auckland, Hotels in Wellington, Hotels in Christchurch, resorts, luxury lodges, self contained motels & apartments, bed & breakfast / homestays, holiday homes, backpacker, holiday parks & camping. Accommodation options range from a single night’s Bed and Breakfast, to Customised, Multi-day all inclusive packages. Many accommodation providers offer the flexibility to extend your stay in a place you love for an extra day or 2 within off peak times with little or no fuss. Motel accommodation is one of the most flexible accommodation arrangements available in New Zealand. Continue Reading

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Do you want to have a Smoother Move?

If you’re an employee who keeps on moving from one state to another, you need to be careful and learn some moving tips on how to move your things. There are lots of ways to help make your things move easier and more smooth. Read here for help to get a better Moving Services.

Information you should Check in Advance before you hire a Mover: Continue Reading

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Westin Hotels & Resorts Gains Momentum in India with Three New Properties in Hyderabad, Pune and Kol

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc (NYSE: HOT) continues its aggressive expansion in Asia Pacific, announcing agreements to manage three new Westin hotels in three of the fastest growing markets in India. In Hyderabad, the biotechnology hub of India, Westin will open The Westin Hyderabad, Mindspace. The second new addition – The Westin Pune, Koregaon Park – will be in Pune, an emerging destination for banking and financial services. The third hotel – The Westin Kolkata, Rajarhat – will be in Kolkata, the commercial and trading hub of India. The Westin hotels in Hyderabad and Pune are scheduled to open in 2009, while The Westin Kolkata, Rajarhat will open in 2010.

“Westin’s new hotels in Hyderabad, Pune and Kolkata further accelerate our plans to become one of the most recognizable brands in India, both in gateway cities and emerging commercial centers,” said Miguel Ko, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific. “The Westin promise to invigorate and renew guests during their stay will undoubtedly appeal to international guests who have traveled a long way to reach the bustling economic hubs of India.” Continue Reading

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What is Absinthe?

absinthe spoonAbsinthe is a strongly alcoholic aperitif made from alcohol and distilled herbs or herbal extracts, chief amongst them grand wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) and green anise, but also almost always including 3 other herbs: petite wormwood (Artemisia pontica, aka Roman wormwood), fennel, and hyssop. Some regionally authentic recipes also call for additional herbs like star anise (badiane), sweet flag (aka calamus), melissa (aka lemonbalm or citronnelle), angelica (both root and seed), dittany (a type of oregano grown in Crete), coriander, veronica (aka speedwell), marjoram or peppermint.

Grand and petite wormwood were historically cultivated near Pontarlier in the Doubs region of east France and in the adjoining Val de Travers in Switzerland, the two traditional homes of absinthe, while the other herbs were shipped in: fennel from the Gard region of France and even from Italy, the anise from the Tarn region or from Andalusia. Continue Reading

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