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Category Archives: Travel

Ski Resort Vermont

Vermont is known for Lake Champlain, which makes 50% of Vermont’s Western border. Vermont has beautiful Green Mountains, which run north to South. Tourism is a large industry in Vermont. In winter several Ski resorts host skiers from around the globe. Resorts, hotels, restaurants and shop are an attraction for the tourists. Trout fishing, lake fishing and ice fishing are an attraction here. The Long Trail is also a major attraction in Vermont.

The Long Trail is a Hiking Trail located in Vermont, running the length of the state. It is the oldest long distance trail in the United States. Horse shows are an annual event and Vermont’s state parks, historic cities, museums, golf courses, and new boutique hotels with spa’s attract tourists. You can go skiing or snowboarding on the snow covered mountains in winter or go hiking, biking, fishing, or paddling and also golf in summer. Vermont is a perfect place, away from the hustle bustle to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

There are many cozy, old fashion and modern lodges, Bed and Breakfasts, Country Inn and Ski Resorts in Vermont to welcome their guests.

Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont – A mountainside Ski Resort in Vermont. It has 8 pools, 8 family resorts and they conduct children’s programs and activities for all age groups. They also offer advantage packages irrespective of whether they ski or not. It has over 1000 acres of all-terrain access and 750 acres of woods in between trails. Smuggler’s has three interconnected mountains to its benefit, Morse, Madonna and Sterling.

Killington, Vermont – Situated in the scenic Green Mountains of Appalachian Trail is a 3-Diamond, AAA approved Resort. It is popularly known as Inn of six mountains.

Stowe, Vermont – It is a world famous historic village, situated besides the highest peak Mt. Mansfield. It has indoor and outdoor pools, bed and breakfast, hot tubs, restaurant and dinning. It is a perfect choice for weddings and family reunions. Stowe Ski ResortsVermont also has facilities for corporate meetings and conferences. Stow offer teaching programs in Snowboarding and Cross country skiing.

Historical Places in Turkey

Gallipoli

Gallipoli is a pilgrimage destination for the thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who visit the destination on April 25th every year in order to pay their respects and watch the ANZAC day memorial celebrations. The Turkish leader feared that if England, France and Russia defeated Germany in the Great War then Turkey would be derived of more of its empire, so Turkey joined forces with Germany and fought against the allies. This saw New Zealand’s entrance to the Great War and although the campaign was minor in numerical terms, it still holds great significance and personal importance to the Australians and New Zealanders who knew someone that fought there. On your holiday in Turkey the area is definitely worth a visit and you can expect to see an extensive collection of Great War paraphernalia from sunken battleships to guns, forts and battalions.

Cappadoccia

The fairytale castles of Cappadocia are simply breathtaking and a hot-air balloon ride over the peaks of them provides the perfect finale to your holiday in Turkey. The area is steeped with mystery and although the rock formations are said to be the result of years of fire, water and wind working together to create the outstanding landscapes, no one is quite sure why the inhabitants choose to live underground in cave houses. The houses date from 3000 BC and you can visit the inside of one whilst on your holiday in Turkey.

Ephesus

The ancient city of Ephesus is a tremendously popular site with tourists on their holidays in Turkey. The city is said to be the best preserved ancient city in the Eastern Mediterranean, and many believe it to be one of the best preserved Greek sites in the world. The city was home to the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the seven original wonders of the world, but now is only represented by a single column standing in a lake. Nevertheless there is still plenty to see on a visit to Ephesus and you certainly won’t be disappointed on your Turkey holidays. The Basilica of St. John is the resting place of St. John the evangelist and is therefore a popular Christian pilgrimage destination, whilst the Cave of the Seven Sleepers tells the legend of seven Christian boys who fell asleep in this cave in 250AD and woke up in the 5th century.

Pamukkale

Pamukkale is an ethereal destination, with a name that translates into English as “Cotton Castles”. The landmark is a made up of a naturally occurring phenomenon of white stalactites and water-filled plateaus. The geothermal hot springs that stand on this site are full of naturally occurring minerals, predominantly chalk and limestone, so when the water hardens whilst coming down the mountain this unique landscape occurs. Of course, something this spectacular can’t be missed whilst on your holiday in Turkey and many tourists visit this area in order to bathe in the spectacular sacred pool, which is located inside the Pamukkale Hotel.

Didymia

Didymia is an ancient Greek Temple located near Turkey’s holiday resort of Altinkum. The word “Didymia” is Ancient Greek for twin and this refers to Apollo and Artemis, who were the twin children of Zeus and Leto. The temple was an important Greek site for oracles, where deities gave answers to questions through the mouth of a priest. The Persians and Earthquakes may have destroyed a large amount of the Temple but the remains are definitely worth discovering on your Turkish holiday.

 

Lyme Bay Coast, England

The Lyme Bay coast is an easily accessible part of England renowned for its fossil hunting, breathtaking natural beauty, sheltered harbours, sandy beaches, thatched cottages, sense of history and pastoral landscape. The weather is relatively mild all year round so it’s a great place to visit at any time during the year. Obviously the area is quieter outside of the main school holidays so that’s the time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds. There are so many things to see and do here on the Jurassic Coast, so here are a couple of suggestions for things to do if you take a break in the area:

A bracing walk and a fine ale!
One of my favourite forms of exercise is a bracing two mile walk along the East Devon coast between Beer and Branscombe. But be warned, a head for heights will come in handy! This walk is quite strenuous but you will enjoy the most fantastic views across the open seas.

There is large car park at Beer Head and this is the starting point for the walk. Head west out along the relatively level white cliffs of Beer Head and enjoy the views to Portland Bill in one direction and Torbay in the other. On your walk you will pass the spectacular chasm of Under Hooken that was created in 1790 when part of the cliff broke away and slipped down. Follow the well-maintained path on to Branscombe Mouth. This is the spot where the container ship MSC Napoli was shipwrecked in 2007 and this became national news as crowds flocked to the beach in a re-creation of ‘Whisky Galore’. Tranquility has now returned to this beautiful part of the coastline.

The village of Branscombe is a short way inland from Branscombe mouth and is spread out along a long winding road. There are two pubs in the village, The Masons Arms, which is closest and the Fountain Head, which is at the far end of the village – both are well worth a visit. You can enjoy at your leisure a locally brewed Branscombe ale before you head back to Beer.

Where’s the beef?
Soak up more than 900 years of history on a visit to Forde Abbey, four miles south east of Chard on the Dorset/Somerset border. This elegant former Cistercian monastery is set in 30 acres of spectacular award winning gardens. The landscape has developed slowly since monastic times and it is constantly changing with the seasons and years. Its character in the spring is totally different from that of the summer or autumn. The gardens are open every day throughout the year.

The Tearoom is open daily until the 31st October and the food served at Forde Abbey is cooked in the Abbey kitchens using produce grown on the estate or sourced from local producers. The walled kitchen garden and the soft fruit grown on the estate provide a wealth of seasonal fresh produce. I must make special mention (and apologies to any vegetarians reading this) of the famous Forde Abbey Red Devon Beef, which often appears on the menu. All of the Forde Abbey beef comes from animals that have been born and reared at Forde. I thoroughly recommend a visit to the estate shop where you can buy cuts of beef to take home with you – it’s the best beef I have tasted.

 

Great Resorts in Greece

Mystique

The Mystique resort is in a simply dazzling location, clinging perilously to the volcanic cliffs of Santorini. This luxury resort in Greece is so exclusive that it is reserved for only the most discerning of travellers, with just 25 available suites. All of the suites face the turquoise hued water of the Adriatic coast, but it is the two Spiritual Suites and their adjoining Spa Rooms, which make a holiday in Greece just a little more luxurious. These private rooms feature their own Jacuzzi, treadmill, fitness machine and a relaxing spa bed. For all guests, when the sun sets, visit the secret underground caves for a spot of wine-tasting; sampling the rare and indigenous wines of this region.

Kirini

Greece’s luxury resort of Kirini overlooks the volcanic islands of the Caldera Basin, and it is the remarkable spa facilities which put this resort firmly in the top five. The spa has a steam room, Jacuzzi, indoor pool and jet showers and guests can choose from a list of various spa treatments which are on offer. The Junior Suite and Honeymoon Suite feature a Jacuzzi on the veranda, creating the perfect viewpoint for the spectacular sunsets which the island of Santorini is famous for.

Yria Resort

This idyllic luxury resort in Greece is the perfect destination if you’re after some much-needed rest and relaxation. With meandering paths and covered walkways, the hotel is a far cry from the party resorts that have given some other Greek islands their names. The hotel has an incredible restaurant featuring a range of local delicacies, which simply must be sampled on your holiday in Greece. Lighter meals can be enjoyed by the hotel’s pool whilst enjoying the cool island breeze, and relaxing atmosphere which has earned this resort is accolade.

St. Nicholas Bay Resort

The romantic resort of St. Nicholas is the perfect place for a luxury holiday in Greece if you’re a honeymooning couple, or simply someone who wants to get away from everything. St. Nicholas is located in a traditional Greek village, and nestled amongst olive trees and lemon groves. The recently renovated hotel features five separate restaurants, so one thing’s certain, you’ll never be stuck for somewhere to eat on your holiday in Greece. Of all the restaurants, The Minotaure is the most popular and here innovative cuisine is served alongside soft piano music.

The Blue Palace Resort and Spa

Even in Greece a luxury holiday just isn’t complete without a pampering session at the local spa. But when you have an ancient Greek style thalassic spa on the grounds of your hotel, then it’s keeping away that’s the problem. Fortunately if you decide to venture out in time for dinner then the hotel has an incredible four restaurants to choose from, including Mediterranean, Asian Fusion, and a Greek restaurant located on the water’s edge. This hotel features plenty of activities and watersports from wild waterskiing excursions to peaceful canoeing amongst the islets.

Places to Visit in South Africa

Cape Town, Western Cape Province
Just recently been voted “the 3rd Best City in the World” by US Travel and Leisure Magazine 2008. Cape Town offers a huge diversity of things to do including culture activities and theatre shows, great shopping, casino entertainment, outdoor adventures and scenic nature tours, historic tours, wine tasting, beer tasting and brandy tasting. You will find a number of things here to keep you entertained. She’s beautiful, she’s vibrant and she’ll leave you with lasting memories.

Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province
The Cape Winelands refers to the beautiful wine growing area stretching from Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch all the way over the Hottentots Holland mountain range to Montague and Robertson showcasing over 200 different wine estates. These world-class estates offer wine tasting and some offer cellar tours providing a fascinating insight to the winemaking industry. The scenery is magical with dramatic mountain backdrops and endless vineyards that change colours with the changing seasons.

Hermanus, Western Cape Province
Known as the best land based whale-watching destination in the world, Hermanus is visited by Southern Right Whales between May and December every year. Moving north from the cold Antarctic, attracted by the warmer waters along the South African coastline and the calm waters of the protected bays, they come to mate and calve. The most spectacular close up sightings of these gentle giants can be seen from the rocky coastline or from a licensed chartered boat offering exhilarating boat-based whale watching. Witness them skyhopping, lobtailing or breaching, typical actions that when seen close up leave you breathless. September month seems to attract the majority of numbers and this is also when you can experience the colourful Hermanus Whale Festival, festivities celebrating the return of the whales.

Garden Route, Western Cape Province
The coastal area stretching from Mossel Bay to Tsitsikamma is known as the Garden Route. A beautiful area made up of rugged rocky coastline, long white sandy beaches, fairytale evergreen forests, protected endemic fynbos vegetation and botanically rich lakes and estuaries. The popular coastal towns of George, Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay attract a huge number of tourists every year who come for the temperate climate, natural beauty and numerous outdoor activities.

Game Reserves of the Eastern Cape Province
Africa is well known for its exciting wildlife but also for its malaria. The Eastern Cape offers excellent Big 5 game viewing in a malaria free zone, a big draw card, especially for families travelling together with young kids.

Isimangaliso Wetland Park, Kwazulu Natal Province
Listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its superlative natural beauty. Covering about 240,000ha, with a further 84,000ha in, on or under the sea, this is a large chunk of sub-tropical paradise stretching 220km along the East Coast from St Lucia to the Mozambique border. As well as a mind-blowing range of natural systems, ranging from dune, swamp and coastal forests to rocky and sandy shores, coral reefs and submarine canyons, mangroves, savanna grassland and the largest protected wetland in southern Africa, it is a culturally fascinating area and has immense fun potential. Game drives, bird watching, hippo and crocodile cruises, cultural tours, fishing, canoeing, scuba diving, snorkelling and whale watching are some of the activities that can be enjoyed.

Kruger National Park, Limpopo and Mpumalanga Province
World renowned as an exceptional wildlife destination, Kruger National Park is approximately 2 million hectares in size and is South Africa’s largest game reserve. Unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Mpumalanga Province
The Sabi Sand Reserve is the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism in Southern Africa, and is the oldest of all the private reserves in South Africa. It has only ever been a wilderness area and is home to a vast wildlife population, including The Big Five, and a number of endangered species too. Flanking the Kruger National Park, animals pass unhindered between the reserves. This is where you will find some of the oldest and well-known private game reserves such as Londolozi, Mala Mala and Singita offering their exclusive luxury lodges and the authentic all-inclusive African safari experience.

Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng Province
The Cradle of Humankind Site covers 47 000 hectares of land, mostly privately owned and is made up of 12 dolomitic limestone caves containing the fossilised remains of ancient forms of animals, plants and most importantly, hominids. The dolomite in which the caves formed, started out as coral reefs growing in a warm shallow sea about 2.3 billion years ago. The Maropeng Visitors Centre, an internationally acclaimed tourist attraction, highlights, by means of interactive, visually stunning exhibits, the universal relevance of the Cradle of Humankind as our ancestral home. A fascinating display and a definite “must see”.

Soweto, Gauteng Province
Soweto – melting pot of South African urban culture, rich with the history of the struggle against apartheid. Soweto is the most populous black urban residential area in South Africa with a population count of close to 900 000. The name Soweto is an acronym for South Western Townships, a cluster of townships sprawling across a vast area 20km south west of Johannesburg. Soweto is best visited accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who will not only give a real sense of its history but help you understand its ongoing evolution. A tour to Soweto would normally include the Mandela Museum, where Madiba once lived; a stop at the Hector Pieterson Memorial; a drive down Vilakazi Street, the only street in the world to have housed two Nobel Prize winners (Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu); Freedom Square, where the ANC’s Freedom Charter was proclaimed to thousands in 1956; and the Regina Mundi Church, the “Parliament of Soweto”, where the bullet-marked walls are witness to ex-security-police brutality.

These suggestions offer a basic insight to South Africa’s ability to “wow” her visitors but there are many more hidden gems under her veil. The “off the beaten track” areas are sometimes even more spectacular so be sure to investigate these. Also combining a visit to a neighbouring country like Botswana, Namibia or Mozambique adds great value as well. So is South Africa a great travel destination? I believe you will find it absolute fabulous!

Travel to Turkey

The country of Turkey has been rated one of the most visited places in the modern world. Most avid travelers and adventurers have found that this country has much to offer in the way of exciting activities and unending adventures centered upon the traveler.

Turkey’s rich Muslim culture, their historical battlegrounds and the great palaces has demonstrated the quality displayed all across the country. A quick glance at the cities will reveal that this is truly the land that has witnessed Alexander the Greats triumph over Achilles during the Trojan War. It has also hosted the Ottoman Empire’s battles which have greatly helped to shape the world as we know it. These features are particularly important in terms of the development of modern civilizations.

Located between the European and Asian continents, Turkey’s culture is a special misture of Eastern tradition and Western modernism. Turkey has a strong presence in the area with a magnicificant historic, cultural influence and growing economic impact in the area. Located between Europe in the west and Central Asia in the east, Russia in the north and the Middle East in the south, Turkey has been increasing strategic importance to the major world powers.

Upon arriving in Turkey you will be welcomed and amazed with the kind, friendly and warm attitude of the Turkish people. Aside from the rich Muslim culture Turkey is known for its famous delicacies and its fantastic cuisines which are prominently made by its famous Turkish chefs. Every tourist who visits Turkey agrees that the food in this country is nothing short of superb.

Yachting and the renowned white water rafting are one of the recommended activities that are usually reserved for tourist who demonstrate a love of water sports. For the adventurous people who travel to Turkey mountain climbing, bicycle riding, hiking on one of the many trails or skiing offer unlimited fun for all. You should not miss the world famous hot air balloon show that is displayed annually. Apart from these activities you can readily investigate the various tourist sights such as the great mosque structures or perhaps ride the gullet which is Turkey’s traditional boat.

Turkey will not only amaze you with its rich history but will engage you with many unusual activities which offer its tourists and travelers an abundance of entertaining activities to fill your many waking hours. From the start of your day and on into the wee hours of the night you cannot get enough things to do nor places to visit in this wonderful country.