Waterfalls in Iceland

downloadThe thunder of tons of water endlessly falling onto the riverbed below. The spray of fine, cool mist swirling in the air. The constant power, strong enough to change the landscape yet somehow silken soft. A waterfall is an amazing experience!

Here in Iceland we bring you close to some of the most beautiful waterfalls, or foss, in the world. Dettifoss, or Fallling Falls, made famous in movies like Prometheus, is Europe’s most powerful. Skógarfoss, or Forest Falls, is said to hide a hidden treaure ~ a chest of gold and riches sits behind its intense veil. The waters of Goðafoss, or Gods Falls, are watched over by lava formations that have commanded respect for over a millennia. And of course Gullfoss, or Golden Falls, with its wide and graceful tiers poses picture perfect for visitors in all seasons. And in between these beauties, silver lining the bare mountains, are thousands of smaller foss, most with names and a story or two behind them. Some are seasonal, appearing with the spring thaws, while others stay the year round, freezing into odd winter shapes. But all bring us drop by

Charming Siena Italy

download (1)Tucked within the magnificent Italian region of Tuscany, Siena is the quintessential medieval village that will certainly capture any traveler’s imagination. The town is known for its traditional horse racing called Il Palio held every July 23 and August 16. But make no mistake about it, Siena is a year round destination and one of the most visited in the country.

One of the town’s best features is its stunning architecture that has been impressively preserved for the younger generation to admire. During your visit, don’t miss the chance to explore its historic center, which depicts Siena’s success and wealth during the middle Ages. Fortunately the historic center of Siena is for pedestrians only, which makes sightseeing even more wonderful. This area is where you will find what is considered to be one of Europe’s finest medieval squares – the Piazza del Campo. Adorned with architectural gems, like the Mangia Tower (Torre de Manhia), the Palazzio Pubblico and the Fountain of Joy, this fan-shaped square is a hit among tourists and adored by locals.

The Duomo or main cathedral in the city also stands proudly at the

Travelling Through Spain

Chirag-Virani-Spain-Pamplona-4-810x490Travelling through Spain to the ferry port of Balboa I was surprised to see the ever-changing scenery. The terrain changed every few miles. With numerous places inviting you to stop for refreshments along the motorway; these are probably welcome in the heat of summer, but it is Spring now and the roads are pretty deserted. I do wonder how they make a living in winter.

We left the flat countryside of San Pedro del Pinitar where the coastal sands meet the Mar Menor, and the shallow water’s of the inland sea. Here the mountains pop up almost vertically from the wide flat expanses where fruit trees grow amid dusty, stony soil. Golf urbanizations built for visitors line the coastal areas.

Soon before us are a craggy range of mountains, and isolated homesteads. Spain has half the inhabitants of the UK but is twice the size. Then for many miles the motorway winds through a mixture of small dusty towns and varied countryside.

Once Albacete is left behind Rhoda is the next large urbanization. Madrid was easily passed with

Burma And The Elephant Dance

At the outset I want you to know that for a proper understanding of this article it is important to take into account that there is a close relationship between Burma, the Burmese people and elephants and want to briefly explain why this is so. The elephant is the largest land animal (mammal) and in all countries with or without wild elephant population elephants have always been well liked and admired for their massive size, enormous strength, intelligence, cleverness and sheer grandeur. In countries such as India in which Hinduism is a dominant belief and in Asian Buddhist countries such as Burma (since 1989 also called Myanmar) the elephant is also deemed highly auspicious and is worshipped for his spiritual significance.

For those not so familiar with Hinduism and Buddhism to understand why – particularly the white – elephant is sacred and so closely associated with Hindu and Buddhist beliefs it is important to know that, for example, the religious Indian figure that is always depicted with an elephant head is the powerful Hindu god Ganesha (in Burma known as Maha Peinne) one of the globally best-known (because of the elephant head) and most worshipped deities

How to Travel Around the World

Even though most people dream of traveling the world, what they might be failing to take into account is the preparation that is needed. Traveling can be incredibly extensive as well as international vacation so you must plan accordingly. With a travel agency or not, international travel is still something that you should be thoroughly prepared for. With this in mind, below you will find some helpful advice as to what is important in order to make sure that you aren’t forgetting anything.

Get tickets

Now, if you are planning a worldwide trip it’s likely that you are going to travel by airplane. Interestingly enough, some airlines are going to offer you package tickets which include all the cities that you are going to visit on your holiday. Even though the service is rather costly, it is definitely going to save you a lot of headache and it’s going to make the trip much more enjoyable.

List of documents

Travelling to different countries might require all sorts of documentation. Make sure to do research prior to your trip in order to determine the type of documentation that you are going to need for each

Places to Visit in Switzerland

Switzerland otherwise called the ‘roof of the world’ is a land-locked country in central Europe. Bordering five countries: Austria, Germany, France, Italy and Lichtenstein, it is a true paradise. Known for its lakes, towns, fields, mountains, villages, cities, culture there is almost everything a tourist wants to find.

Top 5 Cities to Visit

Largest city & financial center of Switzerland.
Cafés, traditional shops, famous art galleries & museums are in abundance.
You can take a strolling walk to enjoy Lake Zurich.
Train ride is available to Uetliberg Mountains that gives a panoramic view of the city & country side.

Lies on western shore of Lake Geneva.
Snow-capped mountains cover the city (awesome view).
Walk; rent a bike or public transport, all at your convenience.
Top locations include farmed water fountain, Reformation Wall, Place Bourg du Four, St. Peter’s Cathedral & the birthplace of UN.

International Olympic Committee’s residence
A scenic city and inspirational destination for sports fans.
Do not miss the Olympic Museum & Lausanne cathedral.
It’s just 40 minutes from Geneva.

A medieval iconic city & official Switzerland capital.
Most famous for Zytglogge, an antique clock tower.

Vacations In Iceland

One of the most agreed upon historical theories about Iceland is that the first visitors who discovered Iceland were monks who came from Scotland in the 8th century. However, the first human settlement in Iceland was at the end of the 9th century. Many of the peoples who first resided in Iceland came from Norway and Ireland.

Lots of travelers began to tour Iceland due to its unparalleled atmosphere. The iced rivers cover more than 10% of the whole surface area of Iceland. Some of these rivers host hot water springs at its outlets, which is one of the most matchless natural scenery in the entire globe.

Another amazing feature in Iceland is that it is the only place in the world where you can view the sun at midnight! Yes, the sun shines in Iceland all day long in the month of June, while in December; the sun shines most of the night. These exceptional ambiences attract many travelers to spend a vacation in Iceland.

In winter, guests who travel to Iceland can view the Aurora, these amazing pink, yellow, green, and blue lights that come from the North and South poles. Where else

Canal Boating Safely in the Netherlands

There are plenty of reasons to visit the Netherlands (it boasts a thriving tourism industry), and many families choose to embark on a barge tour of the country’s world-famous waterways. These holidays are especially suited to those with children, and who like to be on the move during their holidays. There’s room on a barge for children to play and burn off energy, neatly avoiding the ordeal of restlessness on a long car journey.

Before travelling anywhere in Europe, including the Netherlands, UK holidaymakers should apply for an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), however, even with an EHIC in place, there are still other things to consider. While barge holidays are generally very safe, a solid, cheap family travel insurance plan should help avoid any unpleasant surprises should you be unfortunate enough to encounter health issues during your holiday. Below is an overview of what to expect in terms of medical treatment when visiting the Netherlands on a barging holiday.

AGIS Zorgverzekeringen

Should any member of your party become ill in the Netherlands you won’t always have to fall back on your insurance policy if you have an EHIC. When making an appointment with

Great Britain As a Tourism Destination

Steeped in centuries of History, the countries of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, collectively known as Great Britain have so much to offer the tourist. I am originally from England now living in Canada and to be honest I never appreciated the beauty and history of Britain when I lived there. Now after living in Canada for many years I’ve come to appreciate the history and culture of these magnificent islands that make up Great Britain.

Canada where I now live is a wonderful Country and has much to offer as well, but in a different way as a young country of just over 200 years it just doesn’t have the History offered in Great Britain.

The quaint, scenic country British roads inevitably lead to an historic pub or a cute Bed and Breakfast. Britain is steeped in extremes, the Yorkshire Moors with it’s stone cottages and wandering sheep, the Lake District with it’s magnificent lakes, numerous Castles dotted throughout the countries, the many Art Galleries and tourist sites, unique cities like Chester with it’s Tudor Buildings, walled cities like York. Centuries of history mixed with modern day cities.

My all time favorite tourism

Fascinating Market Tours in Can Tho Vietnam

The Incredible Valley of the Moon in Bolivia

If you ever wonder what the moon looks like up close, one of the best places to get an idea is the Valley of the Moon in Bolivia. The valley, which is called Valle de la Luna in Spanish, is indeed a spectacular site. Here, you will be in great awe at the giant sharp monoliths trying to reach out and touch the sky.

It is hard to believe that these series of stalagmites are just what is left of a mountain of sandstone and clay that was torn down little by little by rain and strong winds over a multitude of years. The valley’s lunar landscape has been formed through the erosion of the soft soil. Father Time and Mother Nature are the true sculptures of the Valley of the Moon, and visitors who come here are fortunate to see today.

Although it is named a valley, the site itself is technically not a valley but a congregation of canyons and huge spires. One thing that really makes such spires stand out is their variation in color. Some of them exhibit a reddish hue, while others are dark purple and beige. This color difference is

How to Travel the World in Cheap

The truth is that most people like to travel. This is because that the unknown generally thrills you. With the broad access to information that we currently have, it’s easy to browse pictures of beautiful countries, which sparks the desire to travel even more. However, unfortunately this is a rather expensive pleasure. Therefore, not everyone can afford it. Nevertheless, there are some tips that would help you travel a lot cheaper and in some cases for free.

1. Swap homes

As a matter of fact, home swapping is rapidly becoming a trend and you can even find this method on some of the most popular travel websites. The fact is that the majority of travel expenses go towards accommodations. Therefore, when you swap your home with other fellow travelers you eliminate this particular line of expenses and your trip becomes much cheaper. It also has perks like a fully equipped kitchen, proper bathrooms, and things that you won’t find in a cheap hotel.

2. Carpool

This is a term that relates to numerous people traveling within the same vehicle. For instance, you can look for someone who travels in the same direction and you

Glamorous St Tropez in France

If you visit St. Tropez now, you will find it hard to believe that it used to be a sleepy fishing village at the heart of the French Riviera. The coastal town may never have moved, but it is a long way from its simple and humble beginnings. Today, it is simply the most famous resort in Europe, attracting thousands of upscale tourists.

Prominent personalities from Paris like Picasso, Boris Vian and Sarte frequented St. Tropez during their time, but it was the filming of the movie Et Dieu Créa la Femme (And God Created Woman) that really put this French village in the tourist map. The movie catapulted the image of Brigitte Bardot and made her a certified sex symbol in the ’50s. She and her oozing sexual appeal onscreen made people want to see if St Tropez is really a lustful spot to lounge around under the sun.

Of course the main reason for visiting the village is its beaches that cuddle the Mediterranean Sea and embrace the wonderful warm weather. If you are seeking the quintessential glamorous St. Tropez beaches, where folks come to see and be seen; then Nikki Beach and Plage

7 Good Reasons Why You Must Travel Far and Wide

Pick up a world atlas or simply browse one online. Turn to the map of your state or province and see how small your area is compared to the whole state. Now, go to a map of your country and while your area may disappear, your “big” state or province becomes a small part of the country. Continue to a map of your continent. This time you may not find your state or province, and your “big” country becomes a small part of your continent. To finish, turn to the map of the world and what do you notice? Your country may not disappear, but your “big” continent becomes a “fraction” of the world.

This exercise demonstrates that you enlarge more and more your worldview as and when you travel far and wide.

The headline events of the past century and especially the explosion of the internet in the last decades have made you aware of the diversity of the world. However, no matter how well-informed you are about the world from your couches or armchairs, nothing beats jaunts to those places for firsthand experiences.

So in the following headings, we are going to

The Wonderful Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam – Netherlands

Travel is only half fulfilling unless you immerse yourself into destinations rich in culture, history and arts. You get most of the culture from the food experience, the edifices around, and the people you meet. As a visitor you should not pass up the chance of going to a local museum especially if it is the kind of museum like Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.

Standing resplendently like a castle, Rijksmuseum, or the State museum, is one of the oldest museums in Europe and has been with us for over two centuries now. This lengthy existence warrants its extraordinary collections of old paintings highlighting its own most celebrated Dutch masters as Rembrandt and Vermeer. The museum encapsulates 800 years of the Netherland’s history and the art from the Middle ages to contemporary times. Some 8,000 works in 80 exhibit rooms are on display.

For the Rembrandt fan, the Rijksmuseum is a delightful collection of the artists work. The exhibition “Late Rembrandt” which has been running from February until May of this year, showcases the master’s works at the pinnacle of of his life as an artist. These works total over a hundred paintings, drawings and prints. Rijksmuseum has

Places to Go in North Wales

As you may already know Wales, and especially North Wales is rich with history and heritage. Every year thousands of tourists from all around the world come to visit the many attractions that North Wales has to offer.

If you’re looking for somewhere to go in North Wales then one of the best options is without doubt Snowdonia national park, where you will find the famous Mount Snowdon. Standing at 1085 metres above sea level, Snowdon is the highest point in the British Isles excluding the Scottish highlands. It is one of the most popular places in the UK for hikers, climbers and tourists looking to find a good view. Despite its height you do not need to be an experienced climber to reach the top. There are several paths of different difficulty leading to the top or if none of them take your fancy you could always just catch the train all the way up, where there’s a café waiting for you!

However if you’re looking for something more adventurous and challenging then there are a range of events that run on and around Snowdon. If you want a physical challenge and want to see

Italian Trip: Sorrento

A light breeze from the sea was caressing my face. The air was warm. It was a pleasant mild morning. From afar, gazing in my direction was the quiet ruler of Napoli: the Vesuvius. Neapolitans have lived under its peaceful rule since 1944. Yet, it hasn’t always been that way. That fascinating Volcano has been responsible for havoc and destruction. Pliny the Younger, a Roman poet, recounts the last moments of Pompeii in a letter to his friend Tacitus – it is breathtaking.

I was sipping a fresh Tassoni. A drink too often overlooked outside of Italy. It is a refreshing sweet syrup made of cedro (Yellow citron fruit), perfect aperitif if paired with large green olives.

I was sitting on the terrace of the Grand Hotel Excelsior Victoria. A historical hotel, operated since 1834. The hotel sits on a cliff on the edge of Sorrento. It took very little for my wife to fall in love with its stunning views, secluded garden and frescoed restaurant. Before I knew it, the first cheque to book that venue for our wedding had been signed.

My wife was there next to me, scribbling on a piece of

Wonderful Red Beach on the Greek Island of Crete

The Greek Island of Crete has so many traits that make it a truly enchanting place to visit. Aside from a splendid landscape and captivating natural sites, it also has a wonderful culinary heritage and lovely seaside villages.

Crete’s beaches is also one of the reasons why people try to make their way to the island’s shores. Because there are many beautiful sandy stretches you can find here, it is really hard to determine which ones the best. Despite this claim, the Red Beach in Crete manages to come out as one of the most distinct and sought after beaches on the island.

Red Beach got its name from its unique red sand, believed to have been formed from the rocks in the region. This trait alone separates Red Beach from its fellow beaches. The red sand provides a striking contrast to the sparkling blue-green color of the sea. But the reddish hue is not the only thing that is special about it; as it is also a highly recognized nudist beach. In fact, Red Beach is considered to be one of the best nudist beaches in the world by established news agencies like Yahoo Travel.

The Advantages of Nile Cruises in Egypt

Among the most important reasons why tourists who travel to Egypt love to go on Nile Cruises is that the ride includes all the important historical sites in the cities of Luxor, Aswan, and even between the two cities.

In Aswan, the guests enjoying their vacations in Egypt would visit the High Dam, the most significant architectural achievement of modern Egypt. The High Dam was constructed in the 1960s to control the water of the flood of the River Nile and to generate electricity. After a long story of struggle to collect the money to fund such a huge project, the Egyptians were able to do it!

The other visits tourists who travel to Egypt enjoy in Aswan are the Philae Temple, one of the finest Greco Roman temples of ancient Egypt. The temple was relocated after the construction of the High Dam. The water reserved due to the dam exposed many historical sites to drawn in the River Nile. The rocks Philae temple were divided, numbered, transferred, and then assembled it its new location in Agilika Island.

One more historical site tourists enjoying their holidays in Egypt explore as part of their Nile Cruise

Travelling in Spain – How Different Is It?

What a surprise coning from Britain’s roads to those in Spain. We have only experienced travel in the winter but my daughter tells me they are still comparatively quiet when she travels in the summertime; how different the flow of traffic is.

Toll roads are virtually empty and most of the motorways, with the exception of large town interchanges like Bilbao or Madrid they are very light with traffic and on the whole drivers here do not seem to be in such a rush.

Something we learnt yesterday from a fellow driver you can easily be caught speeding on toll roads as your entrance and exit times are recorded and if you show excessive speed you can be fined on the spot at the exit barrier.

Talking to a cyclist, helmets are to be worn according to the police although locals never seem to bother; or with lights. However this chap told us he had been fined 250 euros for being drunk in charge of a bike and not wearing a helmet on a major road.

There seems to be zero tolerance for any drink driving situations.

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