Travel Destinations

Water Sports in Greece

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Greece water sports

 

Holidays in Greece are mainly focused on its beaches and other natural beauty as well as its historical sites and nightlife. It has great diversity in architecture as well as historical monuments, but one thing common to most of Greece is the pristine beaches and crystal clear turquoise water. Visitors, mainly from the rest of Europe and increasingly from all over the world, enjoy Greece water sports throughout the many islands.

The main water sports enjoyed on holidays in Greece are swimming, jet skiing, parasailing, wakeboarding, barefoot water skiing, sea canoeing, sailing, scuba diving, kite surfing, wind surfing, fishing and many more.

Water skiing is very popular in Athens, especially at Vouliagmeni beach. There are well-trained instructors who cater to children. Expert level water skiing is also available. Most skiers make a deep water start by crouching in the water with the knees bent and arms outstretched. The two arms and rope should be between the knees. When the signal is given, the boat driver gradually pulls the skier, who holds on to the handle of the rope and rises out of the water skimming the surface on the skis.

 

Sailing in Greece

Sailing is also popular, but depends on weather conditions. The various sailing companies can be contacted for information on boat hire and weather conditions. Winters are mild and short, but tend to be wet. Summer, from April to October, is the high season with warm, clear blue skies most of the time at the beaches.

Greece water sports include windsurfing. The Island of Paros is one of the windsurfing centres of the world. Designated six times the World Cup site, it is the best place for top competitions or for learning the basic skills. It has unique weather conditions with the required wind, and the ideal beach conditions to make it one of the top three best places in the world for windsurfing.

A combination of sailing and surfing, windsurfing needs a board two to four metres with a connected sail rig and a mast. Someone with good surfing skills can usually learn wind surfing quickly.

 

Diving in Greece

Diving is another water sport that is especially good in Greece. The crystal clear water makes underwater visibility excellent, and there are not only reefs and sea animals to see but archaeological sites also. From Mykonos divers see ancient Greek and Roman scenes as well as wrecks, caves and canyons. The currents are almost non-existent, and the water is clear and warm in the Aegean Sea.

Greece is an excellent water sport holiday destination, and with budget and luxury accommodation there is something for everyone. Resorts cater to families so that each family member can enjoy a water activity suitable for their level of expertise and interest.

The island of Corfu in Greece

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Corfu covers an area of 592 km2 and has a coastline of 217 km. It is a long narrow island, 62 km long and 9 km wide. It is green, due to its fertile terrain, with olive trees in the north, wealthy vegetation in the center and less greenery in the south. The island’s land is mainly mountainous, with its highest peak Mount Pantokratora (906m), on its northern side. The capital is the town of Corfu.

Its western side, bordered by the Ionian Sea, has rocky and abrupt coasts and its sea is often rough. Its eastern side, separated from the Greek mainland by a narrow stretch of sea, has large beaches and beautiful bays and its sea is often calm.

The island’s climate is mild throughout the year, with a pleasant cool summer because of the winds from the Adriatic Sea. On the island agriculture had flourished, but today it has given way to tourism. Corfu has many beautiful sites that visitors should not omit from their itineraries. One of these is the little bay in the peninsula Kanoni, 4 km from the capital, with the Monastery of Vlachernas, connected to mainland only by a narrow passage, and with the small picturesque island of Pontikonisi. This place is one of the most beautiful and representative of the island.

In the village of Palaiokastrizza, 25 km from the capital, on the western side of the island, the visitor meets a wonderful natural environment, full of ancient legends. The landscape is green, with little bays of unique beauty. The legend says that the Palace of King Alkinoo, who helped the legendary hero Odysseus after his shipwreck, was on this side. It says also that a small island, in the area, is the hero’s petrified ship.

 

Other Greece destinations

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Tourist Attractions in Malaysia

Tourist Attractions in Malaysia

Malaysia is the most visited countries in the world! Mainly attributed to the beautiful monuments and other children and adult attractions present there. The Capital Kuala Lumpur hosts some of the world’s finest monuments, parks and so on.

 

Petronas Twin Towers:

This beautiful twin tower is indeed the landmark of the capital, Kuala Lumpur. It hosts a number of offices, conference halls, a sprawling park and a market with a shopping complex. If you are in Kuala Lumpur, then you can see these towers standing even at a 1 km distance. So take photographs of you standing near the Petronas Towers and show it to your friends!!

 

Sultan Abdul Samad Building:

This historic building was once ruled by the colonial forces, but now functioning as the High Court and the Supreme Court. The Clock Tower and the Moorish design make it very special among the monuments in the country itself.

 

Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens:

This is a destination which should not be missed for sure. This historical monument built in 1880’s, is by far the most sought after park in the city. The artificial lake is surrounded by magnificent flowering plants, shrubs, and trees along with a botanical garden. Music and cultural shows conducted regularly also adds to its beauty. Besides it is the home to wide varieties of entertainment which consists of various sites like Orchid Garden, Hibiscus Garden, Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Malaysian National Monument, Deer Park, Carcosa Seri Negara and Forest Research Institute of Malaysia. So don’t miss it if you are in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Johor Grand Palace and the Royal Abu Bakar Museum:

The beautiful palace patronized by Sultan Abu Bakar is one of the most ancient palaces of Malaysia. Built in 1864, this beautiful and the majestic palace represents the Anglo Malaya Style in its construction. Nowadays this palace serves as a museum holding the collections of the assets of the King Sultan Abu Bakar.

 

Johor Art Gallery:

This art gallery in Johor city is the treasure house of all historical and cultural artifacts and other antiquities. Tourists will also enjoy seeing historical items like ceramic objects, currency, and calligraphy. Other items present in the gallery include fabric, manuscripts, weapons and other objects of fine arts. So get a taste of history about the city of Johor.

 

Johor Forest Parks:

If you travel around Johor then you will find several forest parks in your way. The Endau Rompin National Park is known for its rich flora and fauna. Also it attracts tourists from all over the world. The natural habitat here makes people amazed. If you are looking for other parks here in Johor, then you have lots as well like Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest, Gunung Ledang Recreational Forest, Gunung Arong Recreational Forest, Gunung Lambak Recreational Forest, Gunung Belumut Recreational Forest and Gunung Panti Recreational Forest.

 

Langkawi Beaches:

If you are traveling to Langkawi city, then make sure you don’t miss the beautiful beaches. Beaches are the perfect holiday destinations for tourist, be it any country. The most visited ones in the city are Kanjung Rhu, Panti Kok, Pantai Genang, Pantai Tengh, Datai and Burau Bay. All these beaches promise good recreation and great holiday experience. If you are looking for places to relax and enjoy then don’t miss these beaches.

 

Pulau Payar Marine Park:

This marine park in the city of Langkawi is famously known for its assortment of marine life and vegetation. The great thing about this park is that it protects the endangered species of fishes and other marine animals within a sanctuary. The Coral Garden is known for its beautiful golden corals. Besides in this park you also have the privilege of swimming and sailing as it is close to the beach.

So Malaysia is truly a dream world for the tourists!!! With each city offering so much of fun, the tourists are sure to enjoy their trip to the country!!

Liverpool’s Nightlife

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Nightlife in Liverpool

 

Liverpool boasts a wide variety of night-life which suits all ages, preferences and tastes. There are a wide range of bars, clubs, restaurants, cabaret and live music venues to chose from in which many celebrities can be spotted.

Using the Liverpool City Scene Tour at the start of your evening will show you the trendiest places to eat, drink, dance, shop and all the places to be seen!

There is a diversity of performing arts in the City of Liverpool which can be seen at famous theatres such as the Playhouse, Empire and Royal Court Liverpool. One of the city’s newest attractions is FACT, a centre for Film, Art and Creative Technology. This building has cinemas, studios and other performing arts venues which is conveniently situated in one of the lively nightlife quarters of the city.

 

Albert Docks

 

More bars, restaurants and clubs can be found at the Albert Docks as well as a comedy club and other places such as BabyCream, Baby Blue and Pan American club, which are frequented by soccer and television stars so be sure to have your camera at the ready!

Liverpool has nightlife to suit everyone, for those who prefer a quieter time there are a multitude of bars and cosy restaurants, Newz bar and The Living Room are a couple of hideaways which play a variety of music in a more subdued atmosphere.

Concert Square and Mathew Street are lively and bustling with many bars to chose from or you could spend the night trying lots of them!

Anyone wishing to dance the night away should try clubs like Garlands and for a night out you will be sure to remember can be found at Heebie Jeebies and Society.

And of course there is always the legendary Cavern Club if you are looking for memorable nightlife in Liverpool, the UK’s city of culture.

Liverpool – Where to stay?

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The vibrant city offers a vast range of chic hotels, family accommodation, budget hotels and many bed and breakfast establishments and guest houses if you are wondering where to stay in Liverpool.

The Crown Plazza, a newly built stylish hotel which has full leisure facilities is situated on the popular Albert Docks. The Thistle Atlantic Hotel is built in an unusual ship-shape and is right in the heart of the city close to the Liver Building with magnificent views over the river Mersey.

For hotels that offer excellent accommodation but are not quite so pricey the Campanile and the Dolby can be found within the same areas of the city.

Also, The Holiday Express Inn is among the hotels in the dock area and offers a comfortable base from which to explore the sights.

 

Liverpool Shopping Area

For those who wish to spend there time doing some retail therapy there are a number of hotels located in the heart of the shopping area. The Marriott City Centre hotel is a luxurious place to stay and comes with a leisure club and fine dining. The Holiday Inn has recently under gone refurbishment and provides good value for money.

People finding where to stay in Liverpool on a smaller budget may like to try the John Moores and Hope Universities which rent out accommodation during both the Easter and summer breaks. There is also an International Youth Hostel and Embassie Independent Hostel in the centre of the city.

Beatles fans can really push the boat out and opt to stay in Hard Days Night Hotel, which has been specifically designed to capture key events in the lives of all four Beatles. The hotel is opposite the Cavern Club in the ‘Beatles Quarter’ of the city and full of bespoke, contemporary and visual designs. This is not for those deciding where to stay in Liverpool on a limited budget!

Visiting the Detroit

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Detroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan in U.S. It was founded by the Frenchman Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac in the year of 1701. Detroit is the main seaport city on the River Detroit. Detroit is also recognized as the most famous automotive city in the world. It is also called as Motown and Motor city. Other nicknames are Rock City, The DD Town, and Arsenal of Democracy. The population of Detroit in 2006 was approximately 918,849. At this time Detroit was the fourth largest city in the country. Detroit is also famous for its excellent tourist attractions.

 

Automotive Hall of Fame

This Detroit’s Hall of Fame is located near Henry Ford Museum in Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn. This is the major public exhibition place for the international motor vehicle industry. The visitors who visit this museum are allowed to design their own cars and display in this exhibition.

 

Henry Ford Estate

This is the family home of the legendary automotive giant Henry Ford and his spouse Clara who lived there for the period from 1915 to 1950. This estate is a Historic Landmark of the Nation, and presently it becomes a part of the Michigan University campus. You can find well furnished and extraordinary wooden works and many personal artic rafts in this estate which consists of 56 rooms. The main attraction of this estate is the personal garage of Henry Ford’s car collections and marvelous gardens with amazing waterscapes.

 

Detroit Institute of Arts

This Institute is recognized as America’s fifth largest museum which displays more than 100 galleries and the amazing collection of 65,000 workings, from mummies to Matisse. This museum is located in Downtown Detroit. The spotlight of this museum includes the contributions of Bureghel the Elder, Botticelli, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Rubens, Picasso, Caravaggio and Cezanne. You can also enjoy the selected international films from January to May.

 

Detroit Historical Museum

This museum is located in Downtown. You can see the history of the city from Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac’s first landing on the bank of the River Detroit and how the city becomes the industrial capital. It is very interesting to walk through the streets of Old Detroit and discover the 19th century shops in this museum. The visitors can find the underground rail road which was used by the slaves to escape from the South.

 

Beaches

Apart from the above discussed places there are many beaches such as metro Beach, Kent Lake Beach, Heath Beach and many more to visit in Detroit city to swim, take sunbath and to surf. The Metro Beach is the main attraction with 1000 foot long sandy with warm water of Lake St. Clair. The beach and the nearby park give you an eye-catching view of Lake St. Clair. You are free to enjoy the privacy in the vast 770 plus acres of property. The beach shops, pool with water slides, bathhouse and restrooms are the amenities offered by the beach to the tourists. The other attractions are golfing, swimming and paved bike rides. You can also enjoy marina facilities.

It is interesting to visit other places apart from the historical museums. Beaches and other attractions like belle Isle Park, yacht clubs, swimming beaches, children zoo, conservatory gardens, ball fields, handball courts, tennis courts, lakes, rivers, natural parks and many more picnic spots are interesting.

5 Festivals to Attend in Thailand

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Thailand, known officially as the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly as Siam, is a land of colorful festivals. While some are well-known to tourists, others are not found in travel guide books. Here are five festivals to attend in Thailand that make travel to Southeast Asia enjoyable and memorable.

Loi Krathrong Day

Loi (or Loy) Krathrong Day is a popular festival celebrated each year in Thailand and parts of neighboring Burma and Laos. The traditional practice pays respect to the water spirits, and modern festivities include decorated raft parades, beauty contests, and elaborate fireworks. The event occurs during the twelfth month in Thailand’s traditional lunar calendar (November) on the evening of the full moon.

The word “loi” or “loy” means “to float,” while “krathrong” refers to a lotus-shaped leaf cup. Recognizing Thailand weather, the festival celebrates the end of the rainy season. Many market stalls and shops sell special banana leaf cups for the celebration. People add a candle, coin, and incense stick to the krathrong before floating it on a river, lake, or canal.

The King’s Birthday

The King’s Birthday festival celebrates His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, the ninth king of the Chakri Dynasty. Born December 5, 1927, he is the longest-reigning monarch in Thailand’s history. The people of Thailand recognize their king as the “heart and soul” of the nation. He is highly esteemed by his subjects and by people around the world. His birthday, observed as a national holiday, includes national rejoicing, decorated homes and buildings, religious rites, and national prayer for the king.

Christmas in Thailand

Christmas is a popular celebration, despite the fact that 95 percent of Thailand is Buddhist. The Thai people enjoy celebrating Christmas and other international holidays because they like to have fun. Young men dressed as Santa Claus meet children at the school gates, and girls dressed as angels give candy to the students. During school assemblies, children sing Christmas songs and watch plays about Mary, Joseph, and Jesus.

The shopping season is busy, too, as Thai markets sell Christmas trees, decorations, and presents. Cities, homes, and buildings shine with Christmas lights throughout the season. Many Thai people celebrate Christmas with parties.

The Ghost Festival

Phi Ta Khon is actually a group of events known collectively as The Ghost Festival. The annual three-day events take place in May, June, or July in the small town of Dan Sei in Thailand’s Loei province. Phi Ta Khon has roots in traditional Buddhist folklore. In a past life, the Buddha was a beloved prince who left on a trip for such a long time that his subjects thought he was dead. When he returned, his people welcomed him back with a celebration so loud that even the dead awoke and joined in.
Today, festival participants dress up like ghosts and monsters. They wear large masks carved from coconut tree trunks, hats made from rice steamers, and patchwork clothing. The festival includes parades filled with loud celebration, music, and dancing.

Chinese New Year

At a time when Thailand weather is the coldest, the nation celebrates Chinese New Year in a big way. Exploding firecrackers, dragon dancers, and happy children with oranges and “ang pao” (coins tucked inside red envelopes) make their way down the streets of Chinatowns throughout the country.

Chinese New Year is the most important day on the Chinese lunar calendar. Thai participants pay respect to their gods and dead ancestors, welcome the coming spring, and pray for good luck. They celebrate with abundant food and drink, street operas, lion dance performances, and other festivities.

 

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Plan a European city break

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A city break can work wonders to replenish the damaged energy level which is a result of routine life and stressful work. Often people wish to get the best out of their city breaks as they are going to cherish the memories and feel happy for a long time from now. This is the reason why planning a city break should be done with great care keeping in mind all aspects. If you are at your wit’s end and cannot even think of which city to select then the ideal place for you would be Isango.  European cities are quite popular for their lively ambience and warm welcome to the tourists. There are too many places to be explored in the sight seeing trips. Here at Isango you will get to know about the top European city breaks.

Popular Festivals

Are you fond of taking part in popular festivals? Then Amsterdam is the correct destination for you. This place is almost always bustling with life with numerous visitors flocking together to taste the flavor of cheerful festivals hosted by Amsterdam. The most famous one is known as Grachtenfestival. It runs for nine days and is loved by the admirers of classic music. Another unique and popular location is Venice. The exceptionality of Venice is in its canals connecting all parts of the city. The smooth Gondola rides will make you feel extremely romantic. If you plan the Venice city break in July then you will get to see the famous festival Venetian Plague.

 

European city break

Are you fond of the ice sports or love to get the shiver of ultimate chilled winters? Then the perfect city break for you should be at Prague. The mountain tops covered with milky white snow will sway you minds to a different world of satisfaction. The irresistible invitation of Czech pubs often lures the tourists to spend exciting evenings with a glass of drink. Barcelona is the place of Olympics games and entices the visitors with the sun-bathed golden beaches, like Valencia. Those who wish to spend a milder summer should opt for the Edinburgh city break.

The Edinburgh Festival

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Edinburgh is the capital and second largest city in Scotland. Sometimes known as the “Athens of the North, Edinburgh is home to many museums, art galleries, as well as many other historical treasures. It is a famous festival city, and one of the well-known festivals in Edinburgh is the Edinburg Festival, which is held in August and September of this year.

 

The international Edinburgh festival

The international festival is a memorable three weeks of amazing opera, music, theatre, dance and visual arts. All types of cultures are represented, as you will see exceptional displays from Asia, Japan, Korea, China, India, Taiwan, Vietnam and much more.

The Edinburgh Festival, known as the largest in the world, was founded in 1947 by the Edinburgh International Festival. There are so many outstanding events at the festival. The opening concert is Das Paradies und die Peri, which is a unique work by Schumann.

You will also be able to see the National Ballet of China, which is a remarkable ballet production with extravagant sets and brilliant costumes. The Scottish Ballet will also give an unforgettable performance at the festival.

You can also see great theatre productions, such as King Lear or The Tempest. Other theatre events include The Wind-up Bird Chronicle and One Thousand and One Nights. All shows will be impressive performances that will blow you away.

There are thousands of artists, including the biggest names on stage. You can see Shakespeare’s greatest performances or stand up comedy routines. The Edinburgh Festival has something to suit the taste of anyone.

 

Free Events

There are also several events that are completely free, so you can enjoy the performances without worrying about paying money. Therefore, the festival will meet the budget of anyone.

When you go to Edinburgh during the festival season, you need to take one of its local historic tours. You will go to Blair Street, which is home to one of the haunted Edinburgh vaults and continue to Greyfriars Kirkyard, which will give you a look at the mysterious past of Edinburgh.

The area is full of excellent dining facilities. You can go to the award-winning restaurant of Michelin Star dining in a relaxing and tranquil setting. You can experience mouth-watering Scottish cuisine with a touch of French influence.

The finale of the festival is a spectacular fireworks show hosted by Virgin Money. This is the world’s largest and most stunning fireworks extravaganza. The explosive music in the show is inspired by Asia, Arabia and the east. There will be more than 100,000 fireworks launched from Edinburgh’s famous castle, making it an astonishing experience.

You can get to Edinburgh through air via the Edinburgh airport. There are also trains and busses that travel to and from the city. Edinburgh has numerous ways of getting around the city. There is a local bus and train service, as well as private taxis.

The city comes to life for three weeks to celebrate the biggest arts festival in the world. Millions of tourist flock the city for this monumental event. It is an event that will leave you wanting to return to the capital city.

Coach tours in Britain

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Britain’s diversity and size make it a suitable destination to explore by coach travel and tours. Visitors can choose to take in the full range of sites and attractions, or focus on smaller sections of the beautiful and historic island.

 

Wales

Coach travel is a great was to explore the beauty of Wales. Cardiff and Swansea Bay offer a great mix of shopping, sightseeing and unique attractions. The coffee shops of the Cardiff Bay re-development are a wonderful place to relax, while the city of Cardiff plays host to a range of major international sporting events. Cardiff is a particularly good place for Christmas shopping and getting into the festive mood. Chepstow and the historic Wye Valley are also worth a visit, particularly by those who love horse racing. Trips from London and the South of England can also take in the Forest of Dean and the historic city of Bath.

Trips to North Wales and Snowdonia, which can incorporate the historic city of Chester, focus on beautiful countryside, outdoor activities and small sea-side towns. Hiking, mountain biking, and rafting are just some of the popular activities available within Snowdonia National Park, while the calm waters of the Irish Sea are ideal for swimming and other water sports. Llandudno, set in the shadow of towering Snowdonia, is one of the most beautiful seaside towns in the whole of the UK. More information on sites and attractions in Wales can be found on the Visit Wales website http://www.visitwales.com/

 

London, Oxford and Cambridge

The southern cities of London, Oxford and Cambridge make a wonderful weekend getaway and bus tour like Golden Tours. London’s iconic sites, extensive shopping, cultural events and nightlife make it an ideal destination for individuals of all ages, while the historic Oxbridge cities are wonderful for walking tours and relaxing over afternoon tea.

Oxford, the oldest university city in the UK, is situated just 50 miles from London and is dominated by medieval colleges and churches of Gothic architecture, set amid the rolling Oxfordshire countryside. Cambridge, Oxford’s great and long-time rival, is similarly dominated by the historic buildings of its world renowned universities, and boasts a vibrant atmosphere. Among the sites in London not to be missed are Buckingham Palace and the surrounding parks and gardens; Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament; Trafalgar Square and St Paul’s Cathedral. Shoppers should not miss Oxford Street, Westfield Shopping Centre by the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, and the many unique markets across the city.

 

Scotland

Coach trips are also a great way to explore thelochs and glens of Scotland. Sample the Glasgow nightlife; walk the historic, winding streets of Edinburgh; search for the legendary Loch Ness Monster; climb Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles; visit the home of golf, and sample the world-class golf courses of St. Andrews; fish, hunt and hike to your heart’s content; and relax in the evenings with haggis and tatties, washed down with some fine Scotch whiskey. More information can be found on the website of the Scottish tourist board, Visit Scotland or go here to find a selection of coach tours.

Britain is a historic, beautiful, and diverse country. Coach tours are a great way to explore this island, and memorable journeys, that don’t cost a fortune, can be had all year round.