What a Great Time with Friends

I have a friend that is going to be forty years old and he decided that until he turned forty, he would celebrate his birthday at his home. He always had a weekend full of booze and food and lots of adult party games. We always have fun but I knew that since he wasn’t married he was going to start slowing down with his partying. We found a platinum Toronto party bus rental company that was going to allow us to chip in and all pay for a limo for his last year as a party boy. He did not have any children or a wife, or even a girlfriend but he decided by the time that he was forty that he would be slowing down. Continue reading →

My Birthday Was the Best Ever

The diamond party bus that I found on your website was the perfect party bus for my 30th birthday party. I have a group of girlfriends that I never seem to be able to get together with because we all have our own families and jobs and lives, so we are all too busy to just get together and hang out at our favorite bar or go out to a club or even just go out for a great meal. So one night I was talking to my husband he suggested us finding a party limo or party limo bus for my birthday. That way we could all go together and have a fabulous time.

I went online and started to look for the perfect ride for us. Many of the websites had some of the things I wanted, but most of the time when I found them they were completely booked up for the time I wanted. Continue reading →

I Have a Lot of Pride for the Company That I Work for

I invite everyone I meet to view our website to learn more about the company that I work at. Each employee is given a referral number, and if anyone is kind enough to use it when they rent a party bus from us, employees get to have a percentage of the purchase price! I love it, and it comes in hand because I work so hard at recruiting new clients. That said, the service that we provide mostly speaks for itself because it’s so unique and interesting to people.

When I head through a family friend that he knew of a company looking for a full-time driver, I knew that I wanted to apply right away. But I had no idea just how much I would enjoy the job. Continue reading →

My Birthday Was the Best Ever

The diamond party bus that I found on your website was the perfect party bus for my 30th birthday party. I have a group of girlfriends that I never seem to be able to get together with because we all have our own families and jobs and lives, so we are all too busy to just get together and hang out at our favorite bar or go out to a club or even just go out for a great meal. So one night I was talking to my husband he suggested us finding a party limo or party limo bus for my birthday. That way we could all go together and have a fabulous time.

I went online and started to look for the perfect ride for us. Many of the websites had some of the things I wanted, but most of the time when I found them they were completely booked up for the time I wanted. Continue reading →

Travel Journals – Preserve Your Travel Experiences

Traveling is a great way to escape the rat race and experience new cultures and places. Alas, your experiences can fade with time. The best way to prevent this is to keep a travel journal for your trips. Travel Journals Take a minute to give some consideration to your most recent trip. What sticks out in your mind? Now think about the first trip you ever took. Undoubtedly, you remember few things about the trip. The experiences you’ve forgotten are lost to time. If you had kept a journal, this wouldn’t be the case. There are famous instances of people keeping journals throughout time. Of course, Anne Frank’s Diary is the best example. In her diary, Anne kept a running commentary of the two years her family spent hiding from the Nazis. While your travels will hopefully be more lighthearted, keeping a journal will let you remember them as the years pass. A good travel journal combines a number of characteristics. First, it should be compact so you don’t have to take up unnecessary space for other things. Second, it should have a case to protect it from rain, spills and so on. Third, the journal should contain blank areas to write your notes. Fourth, the journal should contain cue spaces to remind you to keep notes on specific things. Cues should include: 1. Who you traveled with, 2. Where you stayed and if you enjoyed it, 3. Who you met and contact information for them, 4. Places to eat, and 5. Things to see and if you would visit again, At the end of the trip, you should be able to get the following from your journal: 1. Contact information for other travelers and people you met, 2. Enough detail to provide you with a guide if you travel to the location a second time. 3. Memories to reflect upon years later, and 4. Something to give you children and grandchildren later in life. To get the most out of your travel journal, you should spend a few minutes writing in it every day. Every day of a trip brings new experiences even if you’re just sitting on a train or bus. If you get writers block, you can note whom you met, what you saw, etc. Traveling is a chance to experience new things and meet new people. Don’t lose these experiences to time.

Euro Copter Develops a New Flight Guidance Concept and Russian Helicopters Go Naval.

Euro copter Has successfully demonstrated new landing procedures relying on augmented satellite guidance that can be tailored to more completely comply with the local environmental requirements. These new landing procedures were validated with a twin-engine Euro copter EC155 during flight tests performed as part of the company’s participation in the Green Rotorcraft Integrated Technology Demonstrator Program me-which is part of Europe’s Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative. Euro copters validation flights demonstrated significant reductions in the helicopters perceived sound footprint-consistent with predictions. The company also confirmed that such automated low-noise approaches could be tailored to local environmental requirements, thereby optimizing Euro copter helicopter operations for even the most sensitive environments. The flight testing involved the use of optimized noise abatement flight paths compatible with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations. During the EC155s landing approaches, vertical guidance was provided by EGNOS, the European satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) ,with the helicopters flight management system (FMS) coupled to the automatic flight control system (AFCS).This enabled the new approach profiles to be flown accurately, minimizing the pilot workload with an automatic monitoring of speed profiles and ascent/ descent rates. “Improving the neighbor-friendly aspects of rotor craft continues to be a priority for us, and these new tests underscore how advanced flight guidance systems can be brought together with the latest navigation technologies to reduce perceived sound,” said Yves Favennec, Vice-President of Research at Euro copter. The Green Rotorcraft Integrated Technology Demonstrator Program me that supported Euro copters EC155 flight evaluations is part of the Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative, which is Europe’s most ambitious aeronautical research programme ever. Clean Sky’s goal is to develop breakthrough technologies that significantly increase environmental performance of the air transport sector, resulting in quieter and more fuel efficient aircraft and rotor craft. Euro copter is a founding member of the Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative, and recently joined with its other members to propose an extension of this effort during the 2014-2024 time period. Russian Helicopters Go Naval Nearly 460 companies from 36 nations took part in the recent International Defense and Maritime Salon (IMDS) exhibition in Saint-Peters burg, Russia, including 36 ships and other craft which were berthed or anchored at the nearby waterfront. The aviation part of the show included in-flight demonstrations by three Russian Air Force aerobatic teams. In addition, Russian Helicopters had two of its aircraft in the static display area for the first time, namely the ka-27PS SAR (used by the Russian Navy) and Ka-52 Alligator gunship of the Russian Air Force. The co-axis Kamov helicopter family is viewed as an ideal design for the ship-borne machines, with the result that many Ka-27/31 helicopters have been chosen by a number of navies outside Russia among them those of India and Peoples Republic of China. The Ka-52 had earlier made its international debut flying at the Paris Air Show before returning to Saint-Peters burg .The Maritime version, dubbed the Ka-52k,is to become a striking feature of the two Mistral –type LHDs-the Vladivostok and the Sevastopol-to be delivered to the Russian Navy by DCNS,of France ,in 2014-2015. The Ka-52k is going to be protected by a tough anti-corrosion coating and will be equipped with folding rotor blades and wings, as well as a number of systems adapted for naval use. The type is reported by Rosooboron-export, the Russian arms export state agency, to have already attracted a considerable amount of interest from a number of countries seeking to develop their naval power.

Holiday Home Prices Wilt In Euro Drought

Spain and Portugal have suffered one of their worst droughts on record this summer, with consequences from empty swimming pools for the tourist to economic disaster for farmers losing their crops and livestock. Roger Munns, Managing Director of Tribune Properties, predicts that property prices in the two European countries could drop as much as fifteen per cent in some areas as more owners decide to put their villas and apartments on the market. ‘For many owners of second homes the original motivation to buy was to have somewhere they could spend time in a relaxing environment. Coupled with the thought of a good investment for the future, the market for overseas homes from buyers in the UK, Germany and Scandanavia has really taken off in the last twenty five years. But soaring temperatures and a strain on the water supply could have consequences for their rental returns next year, which many owners rely on to meet their overseas mortgage. Many holidaymakers want to rent a villa with a pool – but the attraction soon goes if the pool is empty. Some golf courses are having to cut down on watering their greens too, and it won’t take a big fall in tourism to mean the difference between breaking even and not being able to meet the mortgage commitments for some overseas property owners. This autumn could see more properties than usual being put on the market, with a consequential fall in prices’. Early warning signs of a potential fall in property prices have already been seen on the Spanish Mediterranean island of Menorca, which has enjoyed better rainfall this year than the Spanish mainland and no water restrictions, but some villas being cut in price by over ten per cent. Water restrictions on the mainland are having an impact on potential villa buyers, with many questioning the value of a swimming pool when they might not be able to use it. Portugal has recently asked Spain for 6 million Euros in compensation, as water levels in the River Douro which runs through both countries fell below limits established in a bilateral agreement,with Portugal coming close to accusing her neighbour of stealing her water. Good Time to Buy ‘For anyone considering buying a property in Portugal or Spain, this September and October could be the ideal time to buy’, say Tribune Properties. ‘Unusually many properties were being reduced in price in August, traditionally a good month for sales. We normally see villa and apartment prices being dropped mid September onwards when the tourists and potential buyers are thinner on the ground as some owners are keen to sell and don’t want to wait until the following Easter before having a real chance of selling again.’ The drought isn’t the sole cause of property prices falling add Tribune Properties, saying it has accelerated price falls and come on top of an already poor year for many estate agents in Europe. ‘A good barometer for European property are the tax havens of Monaco and Andorra which don’t rely on ‘tourist’ buyers, but usually have a steady supply of buyers interested in taking advantage of the zero income tax rate. Andorra is in the Pyrenees and has no water supply problem – but estate agents were twiddling their thumbs this summer waiting for buyers to show – and they didn’t. Monaco similarly has had no water supply problems, but has also seen a lack of buyers. The tourists are still visiting the Principality and hotels in Monaco and Monte Carlo have been as busy as ever, but again there is a lack of serious property buyers, and negative property inflation is quite possible in Monaco this year for the first time in a decade. With more property available on the market we would suggest buyers draw up a list of three or four villas they have viewed and liked, and then suggesting to the owners that they would consider buying at fifteen per cent below the advertised asking price to see which ones are prepared to consider it.’ Sea Water One possible answer to secure the long term tourist trade and consequential property market is to follow Malta’s example of building desaliniation plants, converting sea water to drinking water, sometimes known as ‘reverse osmosis’. The Mediterranean island competes with Portugal and Spain for the attention of second home buyers, and has a healthy tourist industry – despite having no rivers and low rainfall, allowing the island to function normally even in drought conditions. The water from this source can be used for agriculture and ensuring adequate reserves to fight forest fires for example – it might just be the answer too for the swimming pools and golf courses – and would allow a plentiful supply of high quality for domestic use.

What Happens if Greece Leaves the Euro Zone?

Athens, Greece: Welcome to the Grexit. I come to you today from a small, corner café in the Plaka neighborhood, the oldest in Athens, built in the shadow of the Acropolis. I’m lunching — and writing — al fresco as Athenian life unfolds around me on the cusp of what is supposed to be the end of the world as Greeks know it. Yet, life seems to carry on, largely unperturbed. Few here believe a Grexit is even remotely possible. This is the country, after all, where democracy was born. And no one believes, as do the U.S. and British press, that democracy will also be buried here in the form of a Greek exit from the euro zone and the European Union — an exit I should point out that the Western media mouths have, like so many Chicken Littles, been warning was imminent since 2010. I’ve been disagreeing with them for just as long. Their analysis is simply wrongheaded. They’re being played by political operatives who have certain political agendas best served by getting out to the populace a message of fear: the dreaded Grexit. After spending five days in Athens talking to bankers, venture capitalists, economists — and random cabbies and a jewelry-store owner — I have an answer to those who ask “What happens if Greece leaves the euro zone?â€: A Grexit … Will … Not … Happen. The question of what happens if Greece leaves the euro zone for a new drachma is so cataclysmic for Greece that even the amateur politicians running Syriza, the Greek anti-austerity party, will not allow it happen — despite the vitriol spouted in Greece’s parliament for the benefit of the voters who put Syriza into power. The reality is that 80% of Greeks want to stay in the euro zone — and a nearly equally large number is willing to accept a bad deal with the Germans over dismissal from the common currency. Nor do the Germans want Greece out of the union — despite all the windbaggery emanating from Berlin about taking a hard line on Greece. The Berliners know a Grexit is most assuredly not manageable in a clean fashion and would ultimately destroy everything the euro and the European Union stands for … and that would ultimately destroy the EU, and with it, the German economic miracle built on free trade between European countries unencumbered by currency conversions and border crossings. What we have, and what the popular media fail to piece together, is various forms of Game Theory all unfolding at once. Everyone has a dog in this hunt. Everyone is trying to out-game the opponent. And everyone knows each other’s actions over the years are a big reason we’re here in the first place … yet none of them want to tell their individual constituents the truth. So, to bring you up to speed on Greece and the opportunity this crisis presents, let me break down into a few very meaningful parts the years of mistakes that have made us worry about what happens if Greece leaves the euro zone … and why this Greek drama will never end in a Grexit. Greek Spendthrifts First things first: The Greeks. They screwed up. They lurched socialist in the 1980s. And as all socialists do, they mucked up the economy by larding it with public excess. Prior to the ‘80s, Greece had a relatively small public sector and small public debt. But vote-buying politicians love to spend other people’s money buying votes, and so everyone with a favor to call in or a child in need of a job found a politician willing to find state employment to keep a voter appeased. By the ‘90s, Greece’s admission to the European Union — and its movement toward meeting euro-zone qualifications — was paying dividends: It suddenly had access to cheap credit, allowing the political class to borrow at German-level interest rates … which they promptly used to expand pension benefits in Greece faster than salaries, and to add layer upon layer of bureaucracy to create unnecessary jobs that insured votes, creating a bloated, inefficient public sector. Banking Blunders Second: We have the Germans and the French. They screwed themselves in the 2000s. For years, German and French bankers loaded up on Greek debt. They figured that since Greece was an EU country, with EU interest rates, its credit worthiness was no different than Germany’s or France’s. Turns out, not so much. When Greece’s debt problems threatened to swamp the country in the wake of the global financial crisis, the German and the French governments spent oodles of taxpayer money pretending to bail out Greece when, in reality, they were using Greece as a pass-through entity to bail out German and French banks that should have collapsed from their own investment stupidity. But that message — our bankers are morons — isn’t politically expedient at home. So, rather than man up and admit their fault, they blamed lazy, pampered Greeks who squandered all the money on Ouzo-soaked vacations and an early and overly-generous retirement. Much easier that way. And a Faulty IMF And, pulling up the rear, we have the folks inside the International Monetary Fund — never the sharpest tools in the shed and quite often some of the dullest. The IMF has a history of faulty economic analysis, a fact on display in 2007, just before the global crisis exposed Greece’s failings. Local Greek economists were pointing to the worrying spiral of public and private debt amassing in Greece and warning that the country was on an unsustainable path. The IMF, however, published upbeat reports that, while noting that households were becoming overextended, “The Bank of Greece has responded to these risks by stepping up its monitoring of banks’ lending standards, strengthening provisioning requirements, and introducing prudential measures to limit credit to highly indebted households

First Euro Zone Country Gets Ready to Exit the Euro

US politics has been known as for its polarized politics. US politics has been revolving around democrats and Liberals from many years. It seems Greece is walking the same path. For the first time since 1945 elections in this financial bruised country has become battle between two parties. Greece economy has running towards the great Greek tragedy rapidly. The bruised country just registered the highest unemployment rate (record 21.7%) in the history. More serious concern is 54% unemployment rate in youth. Greece is sitting on face of erupted volcano of unemployment. European debt crisis is paying heavy toll on Greece. The parties that support the European Union and the austerity measures—and the parties that traditionally held power for over 60 years—only garnered 34% of the vote. Alarming sign is extreme right wing-left wing parties which are hardcore opposition of European Union and austerity measures has distributed remaining seats among themselves. These parties have totally different ideologies. But there is strong possibility that they will come together to form the. Coalition government. There is no prize for guessing that their common minimum program will be to reverse back austerity measures. Greek law states that the minority party with the most votes must attempt to form a coalition government in order to run the country. Now it has become crystal clear that party which was favoring Eurozone and austerity measures could not form the government in current circumstances. But the problem is those party values and ideologies are opposites like north polar and south polar. If they failed to form a coalition government then there is provision in Greek Constitution that there will be re –election. If both parties can not form government there is always option of re-elections in the country. Due to current political instability in Greece European Union has warned the nation that if Greece doesn’t apply austerity measures it’s difficult for them to get bail out money to restore financial stability in the country. If Greece doesn’t get the bailout money it could have declared their bankruptcy and will forced to leave European Union. This situation is further complicated by the fact that certain interest payments on Greek bonds are due this week. Now the million dollar question is can Greece be able to pay them? If the country couldn’t pay back it will become a defaulted nation. It could lead to various disastrous chain incidents. It has been observed that Apart from Germany other European countries are not happy with the austerity measures. If Greece leaves European Union there is possibility that other countries like France, Spain, Italy and Ireland which are badly hit by European debt crisis can make their exit from European Union. But experts think that even Greece make it’s exit from EU other countries stand united under the banner of European Union as they know that the last few years Greece will be unable to pay its massive debt. Also read articles on sovereign debt crises of European

Interesting Facts About Europe And The European Union

Europe is the second smallest and the third most populous continent in the world. It extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Ural and Caucasus mountains in the east. In this section we look at some of the interesting facts about Europe.
A Replica Of The Watt Steam Engine Which Propelled The Industrial Revolution.
A Replica Of The Watt Steam Engine Which Propelled The Industrial Revolution.
Europe – On The Map
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Europe constitutes 2% of the earth’s surface area and 6.8% of the total land area.
Europe is said to be named after ‘Europa’, a Phoenician Princess in Greek Mythology.
Europe is divided into 50 countries and 6 disputed territories.
Europe was designed for political reasons.
There are 5 peninsulas in Europe namely the Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal, Andorra and France), the Balkan Peninsula (Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Macedonia), the Scandinavian Peninsula (Norway and Sweden), the Jutland Peninsula (Denmark and Germany) and the Italian Peninsula or Apennines Peninsula.
Europe is separated from Asia by the Ural and Caucasus mountains.

Aerial View Of The Ural Mountains.
Aerial View Of The Ural Mountains.

Russia is the largest country in Europe. It is also the largest country in the world.
Russia constitutes 40% of Europe’s total land area.
Vatican City is the smallest country (by area and by population) in the world.
Greenland (Denmark) is the largest island in the world.
The Dune du Pilat (France) is the tallest sand dune in Europe.

Aerial View Of Dune du Pilat.
Aerial View Of Dune du Pilat.

Vatnajokull (Iceland) is the largest glacier (by volume) in Europe.
Finland is the most forested country in Europe.
Mt. Etna (3,329m) is the tallest active volcano in Europe. It is located in Sicily, Italy.
River Volga is the longest river in Europe. It is also the largest river (in terms of discharge and watershed) in Europe.
Europe’s largest predator is the brown bear.
Polar bears can be found in the northern stretches of Europe (Greenland and Norway).
Some of the important animals in Europe are tree frogs, wild boars, blue tit, hedgehog, roe deer.

A Snapshot Of The Polar Bear.
A Snapshot Of The Polar Bear.

Russia is the most populous country in Europe.
Germany is the most populous country in the European Union.
Europe has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world. The birth rate is almost stagnant.
The major religions of Europe are Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
The earliest hominid to be discovered in Europe was in Dmanisi, Georgia.
Piano was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori in Padua, Italy.
The earliest extant six-string guitar was built by Gaetano Vinaccia in Naples, Italy (in 1779).
The design of the modern classical guitar was established by the Spanish luthier Antonio Torres Jurado.
The violin was also invented first in Europe.
Europe has 7 time zones (UTC+0hrs, UTC+1hrs, UTC+2hrs, UTC+3hrs, UTC+4hrs, UTC+5hrs, UTC+6hrs).
Europe is the birthplace of Western Culture.
The Industrial Revolution started in Great Britain during the eighteenth century.
The Statue of Liberty (USA) was constructed in France.

The Statue Of Liberty During Its Construction In France.
The Statue Of Liberty During Its Construction In France.

Both the World Wars (I and II) were principally focused in Europe.
Adolf Hitler was Austrian.
The tallest Ferris wheel (London Eye) in Europe is located in England.
Cricket was invented in England.
The Tomatina Festival of Spain is one of the most unusual festivals in Europe where people throw tomatoes at each other. It is held in the Valencian town of Bunol.
The longest railway line in the world is the Trans-Siberian Railway line. It has connected St. Petersburg to Vladivostok since 1916.

A Train Running Along The Trans-Siberian Railway Line.
A Train Running Along The Trans-Siberian Railway Line.
The European Union

The Institutions of the European Union are the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, the European Council, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Central Bank, the Council of Auditors and the European Parliament.
The European Anthem is ‘Ode to Joy’ composed by Beethoven (ninth symphony) in 1823.
Brussels (Belgium) is the capital of the European Union.
The first direct, democratic election to the European Parliament was held in June 1979.
Greece was the first country to become an associate member of the European Union (in 1981).

The European Central Bank.

The Ultimate Europe Itinerary in under two weeks!

Europe – Culture, Art and the finest delicacies!

Europe: This is where you can find it all! Culture, culinary delights, art and famous monuments.

Who said that you need at least a month to see Europe? We believe that most of Europe can be visited in less than two weeks.

Day 1: LONDON

Where to stay: Kensington: Great area for convenient tube connections. The hotel prices are slightly less expensive than around other neighbourhoods so you get more for your money. Around Kensington you will find Harrods, Hyde Park, Wellington Arch, V&A, Science Museum, Natural History Museum and many other famous attractions.

Activities for the day
1. There are a lot of things to see in London. We recommend that you see all of the important sights in your first day in order for you to take a more relaxed approach on the second day and go back to the places you liked the most.

Visit:
1. Buckingham Palace: a must see for any fan of the Royal Family. But even if you are nottoo fussed about them it is still a beautiful place and it is an experience to see the guards especially when they change over. This happens every day. The official change over time is 11:30, however they start arriving with music at around 11:15. It is advised that you get there early as a lot of crowds gather to see this spectacle.

How to get there: Closest Tube Station to Buckingham Palace is Green Park

2. Piccadilly Circus: The next stop after Green Park is Piccadilly Circus. Piccadilly Circus could be considered London’s version of Times Square. Although Londoners don’t quite like that comparison. Piccadilly Circus is impressive at night, but nevertheless it is a great spot to visit during the day. There are a lot of shopping opportunities nearby.

3. Westminster Abby, Big Ben and the London Eye: Three attractions within just meters away from each other. The area around the Big Ben is lovely. Located directly on the Thames River it offers scenic views over the river. On one side you have the Big Ben and on the other side of the river you have the London Eye. A very pleasant spot on a nice sunny day (yes they do happen in England).

How to get there: From Piccadilly Circus catch the tube back to Green Park. From there change to the Grey Jubilee Line to Westminster.

4. London Bridge. Ideally you get there when it is already dark. In summer that may take a while. London Bridge is most impressive at night. There is an abundance of pubs and restaurants nearby, so even if you get there early sit down and enjoy your dinner with scenic views and digest your food on one of the nicest walks across London Bridge.

How to get there: From Big Ben walk across the river to Waterloo Tube Station. From there catch the Jubilee Line to London Bridge.

Day 2: LONDON

Activities for the day
1. Catch the tube to Camden Town. This place is not for everyone, but it should be visited for its uniqueness. Camden Town could be considered Punk Central. There is an abundance of Tattoo & Piercing Stores, Shops that sell anything from leather jackets to Steel Cap Boots covered in Studs. Camden Town also features several flea markets, where you can find all sorts of unique items and the odd treasures.

2. Walk through the streets of Soho. Soho is close to the theater district and is known to be the place to meet for anyone who is young, rich and different. Formerly known as a center for sex shops it has undergone a major change. Today Soho is the center for film, music and theater. The odd sex shops remain, but are not dominating this neighbourhood anymore. A pleasant place to walk along and enjoy a coffee at one of the many cafes.

How to get there: From Camden Town catch the tube to Leicester Square. Leicester Square is in the center of Soho.

3. Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Notting Hill. Enjoy a pleasant stroll through this huge park. Hyde Park is more or less located within the Kensington Gardens. Walk through Notting Hill and see how the rich and famous of London live.

How to get there: From Leicester Square walk to Tottenham Court Road tube station and catch the tube to Lancaster Gate. Notting Hill is just 2 stops further from Lancaster Gate.

4. Harrods
The world’s most famous department store. Harrods is the largest department store in Europe and is a must see for every tourist to London. Open until 8pm from Monday – Saturday. Sundays until 6pm.

How to get there: From Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens approx. 1.5kms walking distance.

Day 3: PARIS Eurostar

Catch the Eurostar from London Snt. Pancreas to Paris. The journey time takes around 2.5 hours. Expect to pay anywhere between $50 – $200 for a one way ticket. Prices vary and depend on availability and class. Book in advance.

Where to stay: Louvre. Paris has so many attractions it is hard to find a hotel that is close to all of them. But you certainly can’t go wrong staying just minutes away from the famous Lourve Museum and just 30min walk from the high end shopping street Champs Elyseeys.

Activities for the day
There are a lot of things to see in Paris. We recommend that you see all of the important sights in your first day in order for you to take a more relaxed approach on the second day and go back to the places you liked the most.

Visit:
1. Eiffel tower: I don’t think we need to describe or explain anything about the tower. Being one of the world’s most famous structures, it does not require further explanation.

How to get there: From your hotel walk to Opera Metro Station and catch the tube to LaMotte Picquet Grenelle. From there change and catch the tube to Champ de Mars.

2. Notre Dame: translated Notre Dame de Paris means “Our lady of Paris”. And a lady she is: Elegant and sophisticated this cathedral is considered as one of the best examples of French Gothic architecture in France.

How to get there: From the Eiffel tower catch the yellow line to St-Michel Notre Dame metro station.

3. Arch de Triumph/Champs Elysees: Do I need to explain any more? One of the most famous and most expensive shopping strips in the world, which ends with one of the most famous monuments in the world; the Arch de Triumph. Even if you don’t feel like a big spender today, it is a beautiful street and window shopping doesn’t cost anything.

How to get there: From St Michel catch the metro to Chatelet. From there change and catch the metro to Champ Elysees.

4. Sacre Coeur: We have left the best for last. Many think the Eiffel tower is the highlight of Paris, but Sacre Coeur has something mystical about it. The church alone is absolutely breathtaking, but its location further contributes to its unbeatable charm. The Sacre Coeur Basilica looms over the city on the highest point and the views are to die for. If it is too late and it is getting dark visit it the next day.
How to get there: From Champs Elysees catch the metro to Concorde and change onto the green line to Abbesses. From Abbesses it is approx. 800metres walking distance.

Day 4: PARIS

Activities for the day
1. River Cruise: We are not a fan of tours, however the best way to cruise along the Seine River is with a pre-booked cruise. There is an abundance of cruises available. You can choose between lunch and dinner cruise. We recommend the lunch cruise. It is cheaper and less formal. Prices vary and range from $40 – $200.

2. Louvre: If you have the time and the patience and you like art then this is an absolute must see. One of the most acclaimed museums in the world it features artists such as Rembrant, Van Gogh and the most famous painting in the world: THE MONA LISA by Leonardo Da Vinci. Find out the mystery about her smile yourself. The lines to get in can be long.

How to get there: The closest metro to the Louvre is: Palais Royal Musee du Louvre.

3. Galeries Lafayette: Shop till you drop in this impressive department store in traditional French design.

How to get there: From Le Pain Quotidien approx. 900meters walking distance.

Day 5: AMSTERDAM

Catch the Thalys to Amsterdam. The train departs Paris Nord and arrives at Amsterdam CS. The journey takes around 3.5 hours. Prices vary and depend on availability and class. Expect to pay between $40 to $100. Book in advance.

Where to stay: Oud Zuid, also known as the famous Museumkwartier district. Like the name suggests most museums are located in this area. It is not far from the city center and the area itself features an abundance of cafes, shops and restaurants.

Activities for the day
1. Do it like the locals: Hire a bike and ride through the narrow streets. Amsterdam doesn’t have must see attractions like Paris or London. Here you can take it easy and just enjoy the lovely feel of this city. Bikes can be hired from various locations.

Day 6: AMSTERDAM

Activities for the day
1. Canal Cruise. Cruise along Amsterdam’s canals with one of the many cruise companies. Duck down to cruise underneath one of the many low bridges. Cruising past attractions such as the Casino, the Anne Frank house, the Rembrandt house and many more a canal cruise offers a city tour from a different perspective.

Prices for 30min are around $20.
For more information visit: http://www.amsterdamcanalcruises.nl.
There are many tour companies and most boats run every 30min, so you should not have a problem finding a seat.

2. Concertgebouw
Visit this late 19th century Opera house. Traditional Dutch architecture build to deliver the best sound inside. If you are lucky you might be able to grab tickets for a show for the same night.

3. Red Light District. A must see at night. Not as seedy as one might expect. Amsterdam’s red light district has become a major tourist attraction. Some people even bring their kids! Choose one of the many bars for a drink!

Day 7: BERLIN

Catch the train from Amsterdam to Berlin. The journey takes around 6hours. Night trains are available. This saves you time as well as money on accommodation. Prices vary and depend on availability and class. Expect to pay around $70 for a one-way ticket. For more information visit http://www.nshispeed.nl/

Where to stay: Berlin Mitte, translated this means Berlin Central. Although geographically it is located in the center of Berlin, the city does not have a center as such. Each neighbourhood stands on it’s own and offers a different experience. Most hotels are located here, hence we are recommending this area.

Activities for the day

1. Brandenburg Gate: Berlin’s most iconic monument. It is featured on the back of three different German Euro Coins.

How to get there: Closest Metro Station = Brandenburger Tor

2. Reichstag: This is the building of the German Parliament. The building itself has a long history. It’s construction took 10 years. It was finally completed in 1894. The glass dome was added in 1999.

How to get there: Approx. 500 meters walking distance from the Brandenburg Gate.

3. Siegessaule: A long (2km) but beautiful walk. From the Brandenburg Gate walk along Straße der 17. Juni. The street is framed by trees and surrounded by a huge park (Tiergarten). This is the same location the annual Love Parade was held, until they moved the celebrations to a different city within Germany.

4. Checkpoint Charlie: This used to be the most frequented crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War.The name Charlie came from the letter C in the NATO phonetic alphabet. Today it has become an ultra merchandise memorabilia tourist destination with fake guards posing for photos.

How to get there: From the Siegessäule walk to U-Bahn Hansaplatz. From there catch the U- Bahn to Friedrichstraße. At Friedrichstraße change lines and catch the next one to Kochstraße.

Day 8: BERLIN

Activities for the day
1. Berlin Wall: See the longest remaining piece of the Berlin Wall (1km long). After the reunification, artists started painting the former grey wall. Today this stretch of wall has become the largest open-air gallery in the world.
How to get there: Closets Metro = Warschauer Strasse.

2. Kurfürstendamm: Kurfürstendamm is Berlin’s version of the Champs Elyesees. A popular nick name is Kudamm. Here you can find any designer label you are looking for.

How to get there: From Warschauer Strasse catch the U-Bahn to Uhlandstrasse.

3. KADEWE: One of Europe’s oldest department stores. Build in 1907 it is the 2nd largest department store in Europe. It is bold, pompous and big. Here you’ll find everything you are looking for and more. A great shopping destination.

How to get there: From Kurfürtendamm you can walk. Depending on where you are on the Kudamm it can take between 10 – 20 minutes. Alternatively catch the U-Bahn from Kudamm to Wittenbergplatz.

Day 9: VIENNA

It is approx. 800kms between Berlin and Vienna, thus we recommend that you catch a flight in order to save time. Cheap flights are available if you book ahead.

Where to stay: Innere Stadt: Translated this means Inner City, so basically the city center. One can never go wrong with staying in the city center and since hotels are reasonably cheap compared to London or Paris one can afford to.

Activities for the day
1. Visit the Opera house. One of the most impressive Neo-Renaissance buildings, both inside and out. Best visited at night when the grand chandeliers light up.

Lunch:
Enjoy coffee and cake and the world famous Sacher Cafe located in the Hotel Sacher. Established in 1876 this cafe has been perfecting the art of cake making for over 150 years. Try their Sacher Torte. Not as rich and sweet as one might expect it is best enjoyed with fresh cream on the side.

How to get there: Located right behind the Opera House it is within just 200 meters walking distance from the Opera.

2. Visit the Austrian National Library
This library could easily feature in any Harry Potter movie. The library has been restored beautifully. You will feel transformed back in time.

How to get there: Just 500meters walking distance from Hotel Sacher.

Day 10: VIENNA

Activities for the day:
1. Visit Schonbrunn Palace. This is a picture perfect palace straight out of the movies. Beautifully landscaped gardens (including a labyrinth made out of hedges) are surrounding this 17th Century Palace. Unesco World Heritage Site.
How to get there: Closest train station = Schönbrunn Station.

Day 11: ROME

Fly to Rome. It is approx. 800kms between Vienna and Rome, thus we recommend that you catch a flight in order to save time. Cheap flights are available if you book ahead.

Where to stay: Vaticano: Close to the city state of the Vatican. It is approx. 45min walk away from the sights of Rome, but it is easy to get around with public transport. Vaticano is quiet, simple and beautiful.

Activities for the day
1. Visit the Colosseum. This amphitheater is close to 2000 years old.

How to get there: Closest Metro Station = Colosseo

2. Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain. This world famous Baroque Fountain is believed to ensure a return to if you throw a coin in it. If you love this city get rid of your spare change and hope to return to this beautiful place. An estimated 3000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day.

How to get there: From Colosseo catch the metro to Barbarini Fontana di Trevi.

3. Visit the Pantheon, once a temple to the ancient Greek Gods it now functions as a church.
How to get there: From the Trevi Fountain the Pantheon is within 600metres walking distance.

4. Gelateria La Dolce Vita
Make sure you grab some Gelati when in Rome. There is nothing better than a cold gelati on a hot day! This place has been recommended by many.

How to get there: Approx. 1.5kms walking distance from the Pantheon

Day 12: ROME

Activities for the day
1. Visit Vatican City. The smallest country in the world with only 0.2 square miles in size.

Vatican is a landlocked sovereign city state within the city of Rome. Certain Nationalities require a separate tourist visa. Citizens of the EU, the US, Canada or Australia do not require a separate visa for the Vatican.

Visit:
1. St. Peter’s Basilica

Arguably one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world the St. Peter’s Basilica is located in the center of St. Peter’s Square.

There are a lot of things to see, but since everything is confined to such a small space it is easy to wander around for yourself and explore the historical buildings and artworks without further guidance.

2. Visit Capitoline Hill. Michelangelo designed the grounds. Capitoline Hill features several art and archeological museums. The grounds themselves are beautiful and worth strolling around.

Music To Enliven Your Eurotrip

Say, you’re at the doorstep of your dream Eurotrip. Literally, as in at the airport. And you can’t enter Europe because the airline lost your bags.

Or, you’re already in Europe. But for whatever reason, you didn’t do your online research properly, and you turn up at an attraction that’s closed. For the rest of the year.

Or maybe there’s really nothing very wrong. You’re just tired. Your feet are killing you. You have a long train ride ahead. You start to long for home.

It happens to every visitor to Europe. Unforeseen circumstances. Unhelpful weather. Visual overkill … … When that happens, the awesome medium that is music is your buddy for the day. Be it sung or an instrumental, music can revitalise your Eurotrip. Outside of despondent moments, music is also the key to perfecting any Eurotrip. The Old World is not meant only to be seen or felt, or tasted. It is also meant to be heard. Music has always and will always be an integral part of Europe.

Here are songs I recommend for visitors to Europe. Sorted by countries.
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Disclaimer: I’m no musicologist. Obviously my list is far from exhaustive; for example I left out huge chunks of Eastern Europe. What I’m recommending below is based on what I’ve heard and found to be evocative. If you feel that any song should or should not be included, please do comment.

Criteria of Selection: I refrain from listing only folk or classical music. I’m aiming instead for a broader, more universal appeal. As much as possible, I try to include a mix of everything, from classical compositions, to evergreens, to jazz, to even pop music.

Playlist: Here is the link to the playlist of songs I compiled in Youtube.
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Mozart, one of Austria’s most representative musicians.
Mozart, one of Austria’s most representative musicians. | Source
Austria

You got to be kidding if you’re beside the Danube and not humming The Blue Danube. You’re really missing out too if you’re in Vienna on New Year’s Eve, and not attending a concert performing this beloved masterpiece.
Not renting expensive audio guides while touring Hapsburg palaces? Then complement your visit with regal Strauss music. The Emperor’s Waltz, Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, the Die Fledermaus Overture are amongst the most renowned pieces.
Salzburg is the hometown of Mozart. If Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is too common for you, consider some of his opera pieces, such as the Magic Flute. Other Mozart compositions are great too. His Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C is my personal favourite. Ave Verum Corpus is perfect when in a tiny, deserted little chapel, with unmarked graves.
Salzburg is also renowned for … … Yes, singing nuns and dainty white flowers. The Sound of Music is nowadays the theme for many days tours in Salzburg. Just try not to terrify the countryside when you bellow the lyrics atop a hill.

Belgium

Salvatore Adamo holds the proud title of being the bestselling Belgian musician of all time. Performing for more than half a century, he has lots of chanson hits for you to check out. Such as Tombe La Neige or C’est Ma Vie.
Do you know that the saxophone was born in Belgium? Any song featuring the saxophone as the lead instrument has extra meaning in Belgium. My favourite saxophonist, by the way, is Stan Getz.

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Bulgaria

With embarrassment, I admit I know nuts about Bulgarian music. Just so that I do not leave out too much of Eastern Europe, I researched online and found Gradil Ilia Kilia. This was listed as a famous Bulgarian folk song. To me, It feels very representative of the more rustic side of Bulgaria.
Czech Republic

Antonín Dvořák is Czech’s foremost contribution to classical music. His most famous composition is The New World Symphony, but that’s for the Americas. While in Czech itself, consider his Humoresques. Listen to this while appreciating the night time splendour of Prague Castle.
The romance of France, expressed through music.
The romance of France, expressed through music. | Source
France

(France is difficult. There are so many wonderful compositions depicting the many faces of France. What I have here only scratches the surface.)

La Vie On Rose by the immortal Edith Piaf. If you could only listen to one song in France, this is it.
Another appropriate piece by Edith Piaf is Sous Le Ciel De Paris, translated as Under The Sky of Paris. What else could be more romantic during a stroll to the Eiffel tower? Alternatively, April In Paris, the Ella Fitzgerald version, reminds you of everything to love about Paris, and can be enjoyed all year long.
Think misty, brooding beaches. Quiet, foggy villages. Un Homme Et Une Femme. Or A Man And A Woman, by Francis Lai. Watching the movie while snuggling inside a quaint French apartment is a wonderful experience to have on any Eurotrip.
To be honest, the movie was weird to me. (Singing only? No dialogue?) But the Umbrellas of Cherbourg, or Les Parapluies de Cherbourg by Michel Legrand is another French movie soundtrack that has earned permanent place in international fame. It is an evocative piece to enjoy when touring Northern France.

There are many other famous “French” music, even if they aren’t exactly French by birth. Moulin Rouge, the pop version. Les Misérables, etc. A visitor to France should really have no difficulty finding suitable music to enjoy.

Getting The Best Airfare To Murcia

Every year many people from Europe and other parts of the world travel to the beautiful region of Murcia in Spain for their vacations, and taking a holiday in this area has become far more affordable thanks to the ease of finding flights to Murcia at a price that won’t overstretch the budget. This is a destination that is perfect for a break in both the summer and the winter months, thanks to its agreeable climates throughout the year, and whatever time of the year you decide to visit you will find that there are some great deals on flights available. Many people decide to come to this destination each year, from those that wish to enjoy the excellent golf facilities in the Costa Calida area and those that want to enjoy the beauty and charm of La Manga, to those that simply want to kick back and relax on one of the fabulous beaches in the area. And with such great deals available when it comes cheap flights, it is easier than ever to enjoy the ultimate vacation experience in this wonderful and vibrant destination. Murcia has everything you could possibly want for the prefect and satisfying vacation experience, from rich history and heritage and exciting culture, to incredible natural beauty, charming and beautiful destinations, fabulous beaches, exciting entertainment, a host of attractions, an abundance of recreational facilities, and more.

Get a great deal on your flights to Murcia

When it comes to finding flights to Murcia you can enjoy some really great deals and deep discounts when you go online, where you will find an incredible choice of flights with prices to suit most budgets. The Internet has fast become one of the most popular methods of finding cost effective flights over recent years, and there are many benefits to looking for your flights to Murcia online. You can look forward to excellent choice when you use the Internet, with a range of airlines and travel companies offering some very competitive deals on these flights. You can also look forward to deep discounts, as many companies will offer lower prices online because of the lower overheads and the ability to cut out the middle man. And the great thing about using the Internet is that you can browse a range of flights, compare prices and times, and even make your flight booking from the privacy and comfort of your own home, and at a time that suits you.

Don’t forget your accommodation and extras

Of course, getting a great deal on your flights online isn’t the end. You can also get some excellent deals when it comes to finding accommodation in the Murcia area, and the choice of accommodation available in this area means that you will find something that suits your needs as well as your budget. You can search the range of accommodation quickly, easily, and conveniently online, and you can make your booked with ease and comfort from the privacy of your own home. Again, you will find some excellent deals when you book your accommodation online, and you can also look forward to some great deals on other extras, such as travel insurance cover and car hire.

Because the Internet has become more and more secure over the years, booking your flights, accommodations, travel insurance cover, and car hire for your Murcia vacation is not only easy and convenient, but is also safe and secure. You can enjoy arranging your trip under one virtual roof, and spend the rest of your time looking forward to a memorable and exciting holiday.

The Top Five Water Parks In Europe

Adaland Aquapark,Turkey

Adaland is divided into three distinct areas and each of them is guaranteed to cause your family hours of fun whilst on their package holiday. The spiralling slides and windy rides all take place in the Aquapark area and the park is best known for the slithering Yellow Python, a brightly coloured spinning tube which drops you out into a giant splash pool. The remaining areas of the park are the dolphin section, giving you and your family the opportunity to watch daily dolphin shows and afterwards swim with the stars, and the Seapark, which allows you to hand-feed magnificent manta-rays and snorkel amongst Turkey’s marine life, whilst on your package holiday.

Water World, Ayia Napa

Water World claims to be Europe’s biggest water-park, but it is the park’s Ancient Greek styling and not the sheer size of the destination that has coveted it many travel industry awards. There are 18 rides in total from the spinning Aeolos Whirlpool to the rather more sedate Aphrodite’s Pool, a huge relaxing Jacuzzi aimed at the park’s adult visitors. Many of the rides feature height restrictions, but younger children will have hours of fun in the Trojan Adventure, a gentler play structure featuring water pistols and smaller slides.

Aqualand, Tenerife

Aqualand is actually a chain of seven water parks situated in Europe. However the best of the bunch is located on the island of Tenerife. Like all the best water parks, the site features a dolphinarium and the dolphin shows here are the best in Europe. The park is home to a vast array of water based rides and customers that have visited other Aqualand parks, whilst on their family holidays, will be pleased to note that it has all the old favourites from the spiralling Anaconda to the five-slide spectacular, which is the Super Slalom.

Aquasur, Gran Canaria

Aquasur is the Canary Island’s biggest water park and also one of their most popular tourist attractions. The sun holiday daytrip destination is another Aqualand park, and whilst it doesn’t have the friendly dolphins of Tenerife, it instead features a population of sea lions that your children will love swimming with after their spectacular show. All the family favourites feature in this park, including the spiralling Anaconda and the adrenaline packed, Kamikaze and Adrenalina rides.

Fasouri Watermania, Cyprus

Fasouri Watermania won the much coveted award for the best water park at the 2007 World Travel Awards and it isn’t hard to see why. The park remains the biggest in Cyprus and is definitely a must visit for those on a family holiday. There is enough to entertain both adults and children alike and competitive families can organise a race down the six-lane Mat Chaser, to see who’ll be taking on the washing-up duties for the remainder of the package holiday.

The bizarre Crossover game is a lot harder than it looks and involves crossing an activity pool on giant floating orange slices. Smaller children will enjoy playing in the slightly more sedate kiddie pool, and the football pitch and playground give your family the perfect opportunity to dry out before heading home.