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September 23rd, 2008 — Travel
Each year, Rome hosts one of its most fun loving festivals, gay Pride. We are in the last few days of this year’s event, which has been taking place since the 26th of June and ends on the 20th of September, 2008; so there’s just a few more days to take part. The Gay Village (the name of this year’s outdoors summer event) offered an extensive amount of performances with film, music, festivals, shows and more. Admission for the whole summer was free from 20 to 21.30 hours, after 21.30 the entrance ticket for the Thursday cost 7 euros, and entrance for Friday and Saturday cost 13 (this included a drink). The event was held in the Parce del Ninfeo, via delle 3 fontane, in the EUR area (Metro B: Magliana).
During the past years, the pope has publicly declared his disapproval of the event which has not failed to stem controversy. The controversial relationship between the gay world and the Catholic Church is no secret and it’s no surprise that, in Rome, such an event would not have the ecclesiastical hierarchies’ support. It seems that the Vatican has tried to prevent the making of the festival, with such force that many have lead to the event being described as a real “festival of human rights” and a moment for the “maintenance of democracy.”
The 2008 edition of the Gay Village has seen the presence of important characters such as Giusy Ferreri and Le Sorelle Marinetti. No matter what your sexual orientation and your opinion on the controversial issue in the Italian Capital, this festival is genuinely seen as a reality truly independent from personal opinions; no matter how you feel about the issue, you’re almost guaranteed to have a good time.
The area of Monte Testaccio, which hosts most of the festival, was carefully planned and organized: bars, restaurants, stages, dance spaces and wooden cabins have been able to establish a small town where “tolerance” is the main word. Information about these last few evenings is available on the official website gayvillage.it.
The gay community of the Roman capital has always been very active in organizing events and meetings, with the hope of spreading a message of tolerance. Moreover in the capital there are some local bars very frequented by gay clientele, which represent a real meeting place. Anyone looking for a vacation that includes such activities will find Rome to be an ideal city. For information on where to find your own accommodation (Roma alloggio) in the capital, have a look at Oh-holidays.com where you’ll find a large selection of apartments (appartamenti a Roma) and hotels (hotel a Roma).
September 23rd, 2008 — Travel
England is an incredibly interesting nation to visit for a vacation. There are a large number of tourist attraction to visit enough to satisfy all tastes. For example the historical city of York which is known to have been inhabited since the times of the Roman Empire, Liverpool, and Torquay known as the English Riviera. One place to spend some time in, and that shouldn’t be missed, is London the capital city of Britain
London is an amazing location to visit, maybe for just a weekend or, hopefully for a full vacation. You would be surprised at the number of people residing in the United Kingdom of Britain who have failed to visit London, even more surprising when you bear in mind the fact it is commonly top of the vast majority of visitors lists (of most enjoyable attractions they went to).
There is simply so much to do and see in London that it is almost impossible to recall them all at once. Surprisingly one of the newest attractions in London also happens to be one of the most popular – The London Eye. Another popular attraction nearby to the London Eye is Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. However, one place which must not be missed is Buckingham Palace.
Buckingham Palace is England’s most famous Royal residence, as it is home to the Queen of England. Buckingham Palace is to be found right in the heart of London which makes it an important focus for visitors. The daily pageant of ‘Changing of the Guard’ is incredibly interesting to see and typically English.
Buckingham Palace was originally named Buckingham House. It was originally a large townhouse, built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham. It is actually the townhouse that forms the main core of the palace as we know it today.
Throughout the subsequent 75 years Buckingham House was extended by the construction of an additional 3 wings forming a central courtyard. The primary architects responsible for these additions were John Nash and Edward Blore. John Nash was also responsible for the interior design of the monumental staterooms.
The well known architect Aston Webb was responsible for the construction of the principal facade of Buckingham Palace which, in 1912, he re-designed. Webb together with Sir Thomas Brock (the sculptor) were the winners of a competition to design a memorial to Queen Victoria. This memorial is still seen today.
The Queen has a selection of royal residences besides Buckingham Palace. Each and every year the Queen stays, at Sandringham House in Norfolk, during the Christmas season. Sandringham House is actually privately owned by the Queen (classed as a private royal residence.
Another private residence is Balmoral Castle, in Royal Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The Queen was at Balmoral Castle when she was informed of the sad death of Diana (the former wife of Prince Charles).
If you would like to take a vacation in the United Kingdom then you may be surprised to be informed that it is possible to find cheap London hotels without too much effort, on the other hand you may desire to reside in more luxurious surroundings and the small number of London boutique hotels should be more than satisfactory.
September 22nd, 2008 — Travel
The 18th- and 19th-century French aesthetic was gloriously different from that of England and North America, and many objects bear designs with mythological references to the French experience: which makes France a great place to antique shop. There are over 13,000 antique shops in France. When you come across the words ANTIQUAIRE or BROCANTE, cease moving immediately – this is your chance to get a really good bargain.
In France dining out can be considered its own experience. The French take dining seriously and even consider it to be an art. Food affects the brain as well as the senses. A delicious meal can often be found for a reasonable price at casual cafes because they use fresh local ingredients and classic recipes.
In France there is amazing biking in the countryside. What better place to find opportunities for biking than the country that founded the Tour de France. The rail systems in France will carry your bike to any destination for a relative low charge.
If you are looking for a shopping experience you do dot want to forget then Parisian Boutiques is the place for you. The French consider themselves the most stylish people in Europe. On rue du Faubourg St-Honoré as well as the extension, rue St-Honoré, the most pleasant areas, those with the greatest level of luxury, are found. Between the streets of Palais Royal and Palais de l’Elysee are some of the most upscale and glamorous boutiques in Paris. Here you can travel the same path as designers like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Lagerfield on a once-in-a-lifetime shopping excursion.
For more information visit France Holiday Blog.
September 22nd, 2008 — Travel
If you’re looking for excitement, then Barcelona’s the place to be; culture, art, beaches, history and amazing nightlife all rolls into one. If you’re looking for a night out that’s truly Spanish while avoiding all bull fighting, flamenco dancing, castanet clicking kind of places, then Espit Chupitos is the place to go.
Slightly hidden away from the main tourist areas, Espit Chupitos is mainly hogged by well informed Erasmus students, locals and a few tourists. Nevertheless, the bar is always packed to the brim with people often being turned away after a certain hour for the bar being too full. In its prime on Saturday nights, it’s advisable to arrive before 12pm to make sure you get in, and more importantly, to make sure you get a place at the bar.
But what makes this bar so special I hear you ask? Well, where to begin? The bar is quite tiny and there’s only room for around 20 people to sit down (and that’s being optimistic) and neither is there much room to stand up; this makes it a bit of a battle to get to the bar, but once you do get there you’ll stay there all night. Espit Chupitos is a shots bar that specialises in hundreds of different shots; there’s a blackboard covering most of the wall, with the names of the ridiculous number of shots you can get. None of these names however have any description, so the only way to find out what you like (and very probably what you don’t like) is to pick a name and try it.
The shots cover all tastes and types and believe me, you need to go prepared to get quite drunk, quite shocked and if you’re not careful, burnt eyebrows. You can get the normal shots like tequila and sambucca, though even these have a twist; a sambucca shot usually includes your thumb being dunked in the shot then set alight for you to suck it, followed by the shot. The bar often gets set alight with shots like ‘Harry Potter’ and various other pyrotechnic mad creations. If you’re looking for something a little calmer, then I advise ordering the shot that has cream on top (to be downed with no hands) or the ‘crème de la crème’, which is just like drinking a mini, alcoholic milkshake.
If you’re slightly scared by this mad bar, there’s no need as you can order a normal beer or dare I say it, a coke. Either way, the bar is worth a visit if only to see the pyrotechnic displays (the bar gets set alight every 5 minutes or so). The usual thing to do is to get to the bar, order your shot and stay where you are until you’re ready for the next one; if you move, it’s highly probable you won’t make it to the bar again for the crowds of people.
Make sure to book your accommodation Barcelona well in advance as Barcelona apartment get booked up quickly and Barcelona hotel are expensive.
September 20th, 2008 — Travel
Are you preparing to fly this year? Whether you are scheduling a business trip or a family vacation, there is a good chance that you will want to pack and take a number of your belongings with you. Are you planning on bringing any items with you that are banned? If so, you may want to rethink your decision. As a traveler, you need to understand the importance of following air travel rules, including banned items.
Following the Air Travel Rules
Before you can understand the importance of following air travel rules, you need to famialrize yourself with them. You can easily do this by contacting the airline or airport you plan on using. In addition to contacting them directly, you should also be able to find helpful information, including common air travel rules, on their online websites. These online websites, along with other valuable information on air travel, can be found by performing a standard internet search.
In your search you will not only be able to obtain a list of all of the banned items, but you also will learn specific information on those bans and exceptions to them. For instance, all liquids are currently banned from being stored in your carryon luggage, but small amounts of baby formula, eye care drops, and prescribed medications are allowed. In addition to information on items that are prohibited aboard an airplane or only allowed in certain plane areas, you can also learn more about the airport security screening process. This may include documents that you need to have handy, as well as the security checkpoints that you will have to go through.
Once you have taken the time to familiarize yourself with many of the air travel rules, including those that were recently implemented, you should be able to have a pleasant experience at the airport, as well as aboard your airplane. However, knowing the new rules of air travel simply isnt enough; you also need to follow them. In fact, if you dont follow them you may be in for the shock or surprise of your life.
When it comes to not following air travel rules or cooperating with airport security, you will find that there are a number of different consequences. Perhaps, the most common consequence is that you will miss your flight. If you are tied up with airport security, they are not required to hold your flight just for you; therefore you may be required to book a reservation on another flight. In addition to missing your flight, there is a chance that you could be detained by airport security or local authorities.
September 20th, 2008 — Travel
I fly a lot and am considered a master beyond my years by industry experts corporate travel. I have flown so much that I have known the birthdays of pilots on some regular flights. One time when I was taking a couple of months off and trying to stay home more I actually received calls from the airlines asking where I was and if everything was alright. That is too much. That is too much because of the exhaustion that inevitably comes from the daily travel struggles and family life but also because of the dent it places in your wallet. I have found a method of correcting those issues, at least the expense part anyway.
I received a cold call from a funny salesperson asking if he could have the honor of booking my next set of travel arrangements for me. During a quick phone call he asked me where I typically went, how frequently I left home, where I liked to sit on airplanes, which airlines I preferred, how much I was typically spending per flight to different locations, what type of accommodations the hotels I stayed in needed to have for me to be happy, what size and type of rental cars I preferred, all about my frequent traveler programs and away he went. I tucked it in the back of my mind and forgot about it.
Within a few days I had a need to book a trip. I sent a quick e-mail to him letting him know the specifics about the trip and gave him a few hours to go to work. In the meantime I also began to look to see what I would be able to book on my own. After spending about 45 minutes of my time I had a held itinerary for a flight, rental car and hotel room. The reservations wereall made with my regular member numbers and frequent flier accounts and all discounts were applied. The entire 3 day travel itinerary was budgeted at $1,620.00 for air fare, rental car and a hotel stay.
I received an e-mail from the corporate travel agents a few shor t minutes later I received word that I could save $200 off of my flight if I would be willing to make one-stop (I wasn’t), $30 a day off my rental car if I would use a different company (I would gladly for a $90 savings) and that a better grade of hotel would cost me $69 per night and not $199 per night (a savings of $130 per night and $420 for the trip). I fell in love with this guy who had called me out of the blue a week ago. He had saved me and my company exactly $510. At that point I loved corporate discount travel.
Our department participates in a margin sharing plan that rewards our team of sales people for the margin that we bring in. Travel has been a sore spot for the corporation and the department as the expenses have gone up for travel and we have struggled with ways to cut back. We sell a service that is difficult to sell over the phone, typically requiring a couple of multiple day visits on-site to get a new project started. The next call I made was to our CFO to let her know about how we can all save money on our corporate travel. I sent the person who contacted me originally a personal thank you note.
September 19th, 2008 — Travel
Travel to Singapore
You can gain a lot of convenience and reduce your hassles by using a less popular airport to come into town. By utilizing an airport in a smaller town near by and renting a car, you get out of the congestion of traffic and can drive to your destination without that exposure to the masses all pushing and shoving to get through the major hubs.
Extra copies of travel documents can speed things up a lot especially if you are leaving the country. Often when you are going through customs, you must surrender your passport so the customs agent can make a copy. So you make a copy before you get there and give it to them. With a quick scan, they can confirm that it is a legitimate copy and have you on your way much quicker.
September 19th, 2008 — Travel
Until recently, The St. Peter’s Basilica is the largest church ever built and it also remains one of the holiest sites for religion found in the world. Providing a fitting approach to the great church is the huge elliptical St. Peter’s Square. There are also two beautiful fountains that can be found at this square.
In the center of the square you can find an obelisk which actually dates back to 13th century B.C. The square is also outlined by a monumental colonnade and there are a total of 140 statues to be seen on top of the colonnade. These statues represent saints and have been crafted by numerous artist throughout the history of time.
The dome of St. Peter rises to a total height of 136 meters as it’s the tallest dome in the world. The St. Peter’s Basilica cannot only be enjoyed from the outside with its astonishing views as it also contains over a 100 tombs. Artworks and artifacts can also be found within the basilica and it even contains doors which have been specifically named. As the northern most door is known as the ¨Holy Door¨ which is traditionally opened for celebrations and such occasions as Jubilee years. There is even a ¨Door of Death¨ present at the basilica. It is the far left door into the basilica and has accredited its name due to being used as the exiting for funeral processions.
It would be an understatement to say that the interior of St. Peter’s Basilica looks impressive as it has the capacity of seating 60,000 people. An impressive feat as every bit of space is used to display the finest Renaissance monuments and decoration money could buy, employing the talents of such greats as Michelangelo and Bernini.
The St. Peter’s Basilica begs to be visited and there isn’t a better way of doing that then arranging your accommodation at one of the many Rome appartementen. Rome accommodation (accommodatie in Rome), and hotels in Rome are ideally located all throughout the city, allowing you to maximize your stay in visiting the many attractions that are on offer.
The St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the greatest monuments, locations and effort directed toward a particular belief. You will be mesmerized upon visiting this magnificent attraction site, its sheer size alone will make it for an unforgettable experience. So book your Apartement Rome and make your fantasies upon visiting Rome a reality!
September 18th, 2008 — Travel
Criminal Background Checks – Know Who is taking care of your kids
Free Background Checks, both paid- and free background checks, are quickly turning more and more frequent both by private persons but also for commercial enterprises. Business owners and employers have applied Free Criminal Background Checks for ages now but for individual persons it is a quite young phenomenon.
The same fits for your private life. Would you like an narcotized or drug abuser to be the manager of your family place and children while you are at job all daytime? Would you be calm with your children to be taken to a school summer camp by one of the parents who is a famous “drug-abusing” individual? I can guarantee you I would not and it frights me to see that when it comes to schooltime traveling etc people way too often let their minors take a drive with anyone. A Free Background Check could easily have advised you whether an individual has been caught for motoring while drugged or received any speeding tickets.
Do Free Criminal Background Checks – Also In Your Own Life.
The same fits for your own life. Would you like an intoxicated or drug abuser to be the manager of your family home and babies while you are at work every day? Would you be cool with your children to be driven to a school summer camp by one of the parents who is a famous “drug-abusing” person? I can assure you I would notand it scares me to see that when it comes to school travels etc people too often let their children take a drive with anyone. A Background Check should easily have advised you whether someone is convicted for driving while high or received any speed tickes.
At this background site you can learn more about the different kinds of background checks and their pros- and cons. You can also head over now to http://www.smartbackgroundchecks.com for a free preliminary background check on anyone living within the USA!
You may also want to check out Broward County Public Records if you live on the east-cost.
September 18th, 2008 — Travel
It might be a bit ironic as Italy is the place where people are said to be constantly eating pasta or pizza, but there’s a unique museum dedicated to this staple part of the country’s cuisine. This is the first museum of its kind that specialises in one food group.
At the ‘Museo Nazionale delle Paste Alimentari’ you will first learn a lot about the history of the famous dish and its production. 8 centuries of pasta history are presented in 11 different rooms. You will also learn about all the different ways of producing pasta, as there is so many different ways of doing so.
Starting with the wheat until you finally get the pasta…you’ll see the evolution from simple ingredients to intricate dishes. Did you know that the history of pasta dates back to the 12th century? So it’s understandable that there’s a lot of information to get! And what exactly is pasta made of? You’ll also get answers to that question.
Even if the more ‘conventional’ museum fails to inspire your young ones, the ‘Museo Nazionale delle Paste Alimentari’ will for sure. Almost every child likes pasta and there is no other place where they can get so much information about their favourite dish. The museum is at Piazza Scanderberg 117, very close to the Trevi fountain where you should also go. You can visit the museum easily by public transport as there are approximately 10 busses going there. (Yep, the Italians really do LOVE their pasta.)
The museum is open every day (even Sundays) from 9.30am until 5.30pm. (Closed on public holidays) If you want to go with a big group, it’s probably best to let them know in advance.
The entrance is 10 euros for adults and 7 euros for children under the age of 18. The price includes a MP3 player which provides you with all of the information in 6 different languages.
The museum will provide you and your family a whole day of fun. It’s almost guaranteed that everyone will love this day trip, because lets face it, everyone loves pasta. If you visit the Italian capital it is recommended to book your accommodation in the centre (Unterkunft Rom) in advance. If you come with your family, you will have more space in an apartment (Ferienwohnung Rom) and it is cheaper than a Hotel Rom.