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  • Get your motor running: 5 grea Get your motor running: 5 great motorcycle trips

    • From: Emmsey90
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      Produced by writer, blogger and journalist Matthew Crist in association with road traffic solicitor Motor Defence Lawyers.

       It’s something that most four wheeled motorists may not understand.

      But the thrill of riding some of the most bike friendly roads in the world, just you and your “steel horse” for company, is one of the greatest experiences known to man, woman or beast.

      If the bypass on the way to work, or an evening jaunt on the expressway, just aren’t doing it for you – here are five of the most spectacular and thrilling routes available for the ultimate thrill seeker.

      Snowdonia National Park

      Starting in Shropshire on the border between England and Wales, you will ride north on a route dotted with splendid views and fascinating history. After a slow, twisty start, this route runs through a predominantly rural area with stunning scenery on all sides. On a clear day you’ll glimpse views of the magnificent Mount Snowdon, as well as its surrounding peaks.

      The area is dotted with Edward I's still imposing castles, such as Harlech and Caernarfon, the latter of which is a world heritage site. You can even get the Snowdonia Mountain Railway to the top if you’re feeling the strain after the twists and turns of the A5.

      Pacific Coast Highway, USA

      This is one of the most famous road trips going and presents beaches, cliffs, redwood forests, sleepy seaside towns and world-class dining along this snaking and undulating road that can provide thrilling sport riding and more relaxed cruising.

      As one of the best known routes in the world, expect to see plenty of other riders out there, as well as getting caught behind the usual caravans and mobile homes.

      Ceuta to Marrakesh, North Africa

      Bikers on this route venture along an exotic corridor of ancient citadels, bazaars and desert landscapes. After rolling off the ferry at Ceuta, riders travel through the wild Rif Mountains to Fez then climb the, sometimes snow-capped Atlas Mountains, to hit the Sahara at Erfoud.

      Meandering west through the Todra Gorge, the route passes palm groves and the imperial city of Marrakesh and all this historic venue has to offer. Bikers attempting to complete the loop would do well to remember it’s another 200 miles back to Ceuta via Casablanca – but well worth the trip.

      Trollstigen, Norway

      Trollstigen is a mountain road in Rauma, part of the route connecting Soggeberget and Valldal. It has an incredibly steep incline of 9% and no fewer than eleven hairpin bends, all up a steep mountain side. The road was opened on July 31, 1936, by King Haakon VII after 8 years of construction. The road up is narrow with many sharp hairpins, and although it has been widened in recent years, vehicles over 12.4 metres long are prohibited from driving the road – making it perfect for motorbike riders.

      Umbrailpass, Italy

      The Umbrail Pass, on the Swiss-Italian border, connects Santa Maria in Val Müstair with Bormio in the Adda valley. The Passo dell'Umbrail ascent is 13 km in length, which climbs over 1,000 meters. On the Italian side, it connects to the main highway, which connects the Stelvio Pass.

      Snow capped mountains. Lush green hills and incredibly clean Alpine air. It’s all here for the rider to take in on this epic journey, with plenty of places to stop and take in the breathtaking scenery. With such a steep climb, look on the Brightside - it’s all downhill once you reach the summit. 

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  • Lovely Holidays on India Golde Lovely Holidays on India Golden Triangle Trip

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      Indian is a position which is known for its incredible visiting locations. Every year a lot of vacationers check out Indian to savor their vacations. They have fun to the maximum and earn various encounters which they treasure in their lifestyle. Among the famous locations the group trip of Indian which is generally known as Amazing Golden Triangle Tour is visited by devoted vacationers a lot. On this trip the vacationers appreciate three locations of the country at the same time and create their vacations fantastic. The three locations are Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. At all these three locations individuals encounter different factors of Indian with the help of safeguarded history and modernity.

       

      The voyage of this trip gets start with the discovery of Delhi. Delhi is the investment of Indian. The town embraces the vacationers with their open arms. Here vacationers found variety of factors of Indian such as lifestyle, history, fortifications, castles, massive structures, markets, chillness and swaying way of living lifestyle. Here vacationers appreciate to the maximum with their near one by checking out variety of locations of the town. Some of the popular locations where vacationers can have fun are Indian checkpoint, Jantar Mantar, Qutub Minar, Humayun grave, old ft, Red ft etc.

       

      The trip gets continue with the discovery of Agra. For Agra the vacationers are quite energized as they get a amazing opportunity to discover Taj Mahal. The outstanding monument of love draws vacationers from all over the world. The outstanding beauty of the perfect example makes individuals spellbound. The vacationers check out the position for time and time to look its enchanting beauty. Apart from the Taj Mahal the Agra ft is quite amazing for vacationers on Amazing Triangle Indian Tour. People here also check out the

       

      The vacationers not only appreciate these visiting locations on Indian Amazing Triangle. They also check out the last town of this trip i.e. Jaipur. This is the investment of Rajasthan and on this location vacationers get a chance to discover the non-urban aspect of Indian. The great and unique feature of this position is leave that holds the attention on vacationers a lot. On this amazing position the vacationers take encounter of camel journey which is certainly without words on their voyage.

       

      People can appreciate this trip anytime just need to create a plan. It’s an confidence of visiting agencies that their vacations will be outstanding. So think much just pack your bags and appreciate your charming vacations with near ones.

       

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  • Prominent Tourist Destinations Prominent Tourist Destinations of Rajasthan Tourism

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      Rajasthan, the largest state ofIndiaand the land of kings, has numerous fascinating tourist destinations which are visited by a number of domestic and international tourists each year. Tourism in Rajasthan is a rewarding experience that will last in visitors’ memories for lifetime. The state is widely acclaimed for its rich culture and tradition. In terms of tourism the state has lots to offers its visitors.

       

      Jaipur – the capital city of Rajasthan & famously known as the Pink City of India, Udaipur – the City of Lakes or the Venice of the East, Jodhpur – the Blue City of India, Jaisalmer – the Golden City of India, Bikaner – the Camel City, Pushkar – the Abode of Lord Brahma, Ajmer Dargah Sharif, Bundi, Mandawa – the Land of Frescoed Havelis, Shekhawati – the Open Air Art Gallery, etc are most sought after tourist destinations of Rajasthan tours which attract tourists from all over the world. These places are internationally famous for architectural wonders in forms of forts, palaces, havelis, museums, mansions, castles, heritage hotels, palace hotels, etc.

       

      Apart from magnificent forts, palaces, temples and havelis the royal and imperial Indian state of Rajasthan is also known for rich flora and fauna. There are many interesting wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Rajasthan that are prominent destinations for wildlife tourism in India. Ranthambore National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Tal Chappar Blackbuck Sanctuary, Kashmir toursBharatpur Bird Sanctuary, etc are popular destinations in Rajasthan for wildlife tourism and jungle activities.

       

      Camel safari and sand dunes are also attractions for many Rajasthan tour packages. Rajasthan tourism also promotes golden triangle tours inIndia covering Jaipur and two other cities non-Rajasthan citiesDelhi andAgra.

       

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  • Duffus Castle Duffus Castle

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      Duffus Castle between Inverness and Elgin, eastern Scotland. The castle was built half on solid ground and half on fill. Shortly after completion, the half built on fill slide off its foundation and thus the term, "What a duffus." At least I assume that's where it came from.

       

       

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  • Lismore Castle bridge Lismore Castle bridge

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      The stone railing on the bridge over the Blackwater River leading to Lismore Castle, Ireland.

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  • Fort Saint - Andre Avignon Fra Fort Saint - Andre Avignon France

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      Fort Saint-André à Villeneuve-lez-Avignon

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  • A Visit to the Emerald Isle A Visit to the Emerald Isle

    • From: biglannie
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      Slieve Leag Cliffs, Atlantic coast of County Donegal

      Just returned yesterday September 22, 2011 from a two week bus trip of Ireland

      Seen along the way was:

      Green fields, hills and glens lined with stone fences and plenty of sheep

      Pretty red headed girls and men with tweed hats

      Pubs with Guinness, Jameson & Irish music

      Big Irish breakfasts, lamb stew and mashed potatoes

      Quaint seaports, rocky cliffs, farms and mountainsides

      Sudden rain showers, clouds and a cold wind

      Wool sweaters, Girls doing Irish dance and men crooning folk songs

      Little cottages with hay thatched roofs, Georgian homes and castles on the hills

      Fireplaces burning coal or peat and the nicest people I have had the pleasure to meet!

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  • Midnight at Mont St Michel Midnight at Mont St Michel

    • From: Donna Carroll
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      While touring France and stopping to visit Mont St. Michel I could not resist a walk at night to capture the castle illuminated.   My brother and myself took the walk from town and back which was beautiful.   Many of our photos contained the mysterious  "ORBS" often caputred in photos .

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  • Castle in Kufstein, Tirol Regi Castle in Kufstein, Tirol Region Austria

    • From: suzitvlldy
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      I took this photo while driving by the Castle in Kufstein. Not a bad shot if I do say so myself considering I was in a moving vehicle at the time.

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  • Austria for those of us that d Austria for those of us that don't ski!

    • From: suzitvlldy
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      Austria – Historic birthplace of classical music. Mozart, Hyden and Strauss. This country has it all from castles, chocolate, coffee house, cathedrals, strudel, schnapps, the Vienna Boys Choir and Lipizzan stallions. Not to mention some of the most breath-taking scenery around.

      Driving through the Tirol region of Austria, my brain couldn’t come up with enough adjectives to describe the scenery that lay before me. Magnificent, majestic, incredible and beautiful just didn’t seem to do it justice. EPIC.  The mountain ranges are EPIC. That’s the only word to describe it. The smattering of small town and villages all with the typical Tyrolean look just add to the ambience. One town in particular is Kufstein. The city itself is impressive and at the same time charming with all its little winding alleyways and buildings dating back to the 11th century. The Fortress is the centrepiece rising high above the town itself. What’s interesting is during the day, even during winter, the Heldenorgel concert can be heard at mid-day. Afterwards St. Vitus Parish Church’s mid-day ringing plays for about 10 to 15 minutes. The Christmas market during December held at the fortress makes it a perfect setting for holiday merriment.  For a change of pace a short 10 minute drive away is the Riedel Wine Glass factory and outlet store. Here’s a unique opportunity to take a factory tour and see how this glass is blown into the unique creations that are world famous.     

      On to Salzburg, you can’t help but stare in awe of the picture-perfect scenery. As you wander around this beautiful city, you eventually wind up in the “old town” or Altstadt as it is known with its quaint streets, cafes and shops. It’s the home of the city’s most beloved son, Mozart. The city is most proud of its #1 son and rightfully so as his music has withstood the test of time. The city is best discovered by foot. Everything you want to see is within walking distance of one another. For an incredible view of the city, take the funicular up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress. Built in the 11th century, its Europe’s largest and completely preserved fortresses. Have a walk around, or enjoy a cup of coffee in the one of cafes while taking in the views.   One of the biggest draws is the Sound Of Music tour which is very popular. It takes you to the actual locations where the movie was filmed. Based on the true story of the Von Trapp Family it is not only entertaining, but moving as well. Interesting note. Salzburg has 35 churches in the city. Keep in mind that the city is not that large. On Sunday, a different church rings their bells at 10 minutes to the hour and then again on the hour. I guess that’s if you don’t make it one of the services, you can still catch one at another church. The bells ring up until 3:00pm. In 2006, all 35 churches rang their bells at the same time in honour of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. My understanding was that it was so loud, that the city decided not to do it again for probably a very long while.  The city is famous for its music festival during the months of July and August and for its Christmas Market during November and December.

      Vienna is just as beautiful as Salzburg but in a different way. Whereas Salzburg is more countrified and surrounded by the Alps, Vienna is more cosmopolitan with a history and beauty all its own. What defines Vienna? In my opinion, it has something for everyone. This is a city for all tastes.  History, Culture, Music, Food and Wine. It has 4 palaces, including the Hofburg, Schonbrunn, Palais Paliffy and the Belvedere.  It has one of the oldest Ferris Wheels still in existence today which is an icon in its own right.  Ringstrasse one of the most famous Boulevard’s in all of Europe houses the Austrian Parliament, State Opera House, Vienna Opera House and Museum of Fine Arts. Rising in the heart of the city centre is the iconic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Centuries old, its an engineering marvel in itself.  Want to experience something different?  How about learning how to make Schnapps at the Schnapps Museum? Owned by the same family since its inception back in 1875. If you are lucky you will have the tour conducted by the patriarch of the family himself, Friedrich Fischer. He will entertain you with stories and antidotes from days past along with giving you a chance to sample each and every single type of schnapps that his family has invented. You might even get a chance to create your own. Speaking of sampling alcohol, there are plenty of wineries of which Austria is famous for. A lot of them located within the city itself within small taverns. If alcohol is not your style, maybe you would like to try your hand at Strudel making for which the country is celebrated.   How about learning the history of the Sissi Taler, and Mozart Hearts chocolate that are so typical Viennese? Don’t forget those tastings!  Maybe you don’t want to anything at all! Then I would recommend going to the one of the coffee houses that Vienna is well known for. Sit down, talk with a local, enjoy a cup of coffee and a bite of Strudel. For those who love to shop, don’t forget the Christmas Market! Festive and lively, it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement of walking around exploring all the stalls, buying trinkets all the while enjoying a cup of mulled wine and munching on roasted chestnuts. Don’t forget to look at the one of the largest advent calendars in the world! Lastly, Vienna would not be complete without partaking in a dinner and concert. After all,  this is the home of the Waltz, and Classical Music.  A perfect ending to a perfect tour.

       

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  • Building sand castles at the B Building sand castles at the Banzai Pipeline

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      Playing in the sand at dusk at the Banzai Pipeline (Ehukai Beach).

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  • Courtyard, Bacharach Courtyard, Bacharach

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      The medieval village of Bacharach on the Rhine in Germany is a delightful place to spend a day. The quaint little town itself is fun for a stroll with it's half-timbered buildings and views of the castle above. To really appreciate Bacharach, take a short hike on paths above it  along the old town walls. You'll enjoy splendid views of the medieval town and Father Rhine while walking past the acres of vineyards climbing the steep hillsides. If you really want the full experience, go to any of the hotels and ask for a walking tour by Thomas Gundlach. For a very reasonable price he not only gives you the history of the area but an insightful take on modern German life and culture. 

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  • Winery in Bacharach Winery in Bacharach

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      The medieval village of Bacharach on the Rhine in Germany is a delightful place to spend a day. The quaint little town itself is fun for a stroll with it's half-timbered buildings and views of the castle above. To really appreciate Bacharach, take a short hike on paths above it  along the old town walls. You'll enjoy splendid views of the medieval town and Father Rhine while walking past the acres of vineyards climbing the steep hillsides. If you really want the full experience, go to any of the hotels and ask for a walking tour by Thomas Gundlach. For a very reasonable price he not only gives you the history of the area but an insightful take on modern German life and culture. 

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  • Bacharach views Bacharach views

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      The medieval village of Bacharach on the Rhine in Germany is a delightful place to spend a day. The quaint little town itself is fun for a stroll with it's half-timbered buildings and views of the castle above. To really appreciate Bacharach, take a short hike on paths above it  along the old town walls. You'll enjoy splendid views of the medieval town and Father Rhine while walking past the acres of vineyards climbing the steep hillsides. If you really want the full experience, go to any of the hotels and ask for a walking tour by Thomas Gundlach. For a very reasonable price he not only gives you the history of the area but an insightful take on modern German life and culture. 

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  • St. Peter's Church, Bacharach St. Peter's Church, Bacharach

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      The medieval village of Bacharach on the Rhine in Germany is a delightful place to spend a day. The quaint little town itself is fun for a stroll with it's half-timbered buildings and views of the castle above. To really appreciate Bacharach, take a short hike on paths above it  along the old town walls. You'll enjoy splendid views of the medieval town and Father Rhine while walking past the acres of vineyards climbing the steep hillsides. If you really want the full experience, go to any of the hotels and ask for a walking tour by Thomas Gundlach. For a very reasonable price he not only gives you the history of the area but an insightful take on modern German life and culture. 

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  • Bacharach Bacharach

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      The medieval village of Bacharach on the Rhine in Germany is a delightful place to spend a day. The quaint little town itself is fun for a stroll with it's half-timbered buildings and views of the castle above. To really appreciate Bacharach, take a short hike on paths above it  along the old town walls. You'll enjoy splendid views of the medieval town and Father Rhine while walking past the acres of vineyards climbing the steep hillsides. If you really want the full experience, go to any of the hotels and ask for a walking tour by Thomas Gundlach. For a very reasonable price he not only gives you the history of the area but an insightful take on modern German life and culture. 

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  • Strolling Bacharach Strolling Bacharach

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      The medieval village of Bacharach on the Rhine in Germany is a delightful place to spend a day. The quaint little town itself is fun for a stroll with it's half-timbered buildings and views of the castle above. To really appreciate Bacharach, take a short hike on paths above it  along the old town walls. You'll enjoy splendid views of the medieval town and Father Rhine while walking past the acres of vineyards climbing the steep hillsides. If you really want the full experience, go to any of the hotels and ask for a walking tour by Thomas Gundlach. For a very reasonable price he not only gives you the history of the area but an insightful take on modern German life and culture. 

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  • Vineyards of Bacharach Vineyards of Bacharach

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      The medieval village of Bacharach on the Rhine in Germany is a delightful place to spend a day. The quaint little town itself is fun for a stroll with it's half-timbered buildings and views of the castle above. To really appreciate Bacharach, take a short hike on paths above it  along the old town walls. You'll enjoy splendid views of the medieval town and Father Rhine while walking past the acres of vineyards climbing the steep hillsides. If you really want the full experience, go to any of the hotels and ask for a walking tour by Thomas Gundlach. For a very reasonable price he not only gives you the history of the area but an insightful take on modern German life and culture. 

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  • Werner Kapelle Bacharach Werner Kapelle Bacharach

    • From: bevandlee
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      The medieval village of Bacharach on the Rhine in Germany is a delightful place to spend a day. The quaint little town itself is fun for a stroll with it's half-timbered buildings and views of the castle above. To really appreciate Bacharach, take a short hike on paths above it  along the old town walls. You'll enjoy splendid views of the medieval town and Father Rhine while walking past the acres of vineyards climbing the steep hillsides. If you really want the full experience, go to any of the hotels and ask for a walking tour by Thomas Gundlach. For a very reasonable price he not only gives you the history of the area but an insightful take on modern German life and culture. 

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