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  • Ten Tips for london Ten Tips for london

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      Ten Tips for London

       

      London is one of the world's great cities. It has been almost continuously inhabited for over 2000 years and was the epicentre of the worlds largest empire for three centuries. Generations of wealthy Londoners with philanthropic inclinations have resulted in today's magnificent collection of public buildings. Creative reuse of resources and enlightened urban planning have resulted in a superb transit system. For North Americans there is no, or at worst only a small, language barrier to overcome. Do not be offended, for example, if someone asks you what time you would like to be knocked up. London is not inexpensive however. Here are ten tips to help keep your London trip on track and under budget..

       

      EasyHotels

       

      EasyHotel is a chain of budget priced hotels which has five locations in London These hotels are tremendously inexpensive by European standards. Our South Kensington room in Central London, which was only two blocks from a tube station, cost 47 pounds per night including tax. Locations are usually found in renovated older buildings. The rooms are spartan. Bathrooms are constructed of acrylic material . Wall Panels and ceilings are made of plastic panels. Amenities that are expected in hotel rooms like closets, chairs and coat hangars will not be found. Room cleaning, windows, television and Wifi are all extra cost items. If you are looking for a relaxing haven to retreat to from the bustle of London look elsewhere. If you are seeking a clean, quiet, inexpensive place to sleep at night give EasyHotel a try. The website is at http://www.easyhotel.com.

       

      Transit

       

      Visitors arriving at Heathrow can get their first experience with London transit by taking the tube (subway/light rail) to the city centre. An unlimited travel pass for central London, covering bus and tube travel will cost 7 pounds per day. This pass is available after 9:30 a.m. when the morning rush has subsided . If your stay in London will be 4 days or longer, get a weekly pass for 28 pounds. These circumvent the 9:30 a.m. restriction as well. A passport size photo is required for the weekly pass so bring a spare one with you. Tube transport is very efficient but the perspective from the top of a |London double decker bus is unique. Get on one going in your direction. You can always use the tube to get where you are going after you get lost on the bus.

       

      Phones.

       

      There is no need to get burned by mobile telephone roaming charges here. To take advantage of low European telephone rates make sure that your GSM phone is unlocked before you get here. If you don't have a GSM phone, unlocked refurbished units are available for under $100.00 in Canada. If smart phone type capability is required, get one that is equipped with Wifi. Upon arrival in London go to the first mobile telephone store that you see and purchase a SIM card and some phone time. On this visit I went with the Mobile provider Lebara. The SIM card was 5:00 pounds and talk and text airtime was another 5:00. Rates vary depending on call type, but the airtime was sufficient for 100 minutes calling a local land line. Calls to another Lebara subscriber were free which is worth noting if travelling in a group. Lebara coverage was good in London and adequate outside the city.

       

       

      Leicester Square/Covent Garden/Piccadilly Circus

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      The area containing Leicester Square (pronounced Lester), Covent Garden and Piccadilly circus is the centre of tourist activity in London. Tourists from all over the world congregate here. Buskers are a regular feature of the area and they occasionally compete for attention with movie stars at Leicester Square premieres. Covent Garden, the historical site of a fruit and vegetable market, hosts shops and restaurants today. Piccadilly Circus is home to the National Gallery and is only a short walk from Horse Guards and Trafalgar Square..

       

      Theatre

       

      New Yorkers might disagree but London is the English speaking theatre capital of the world. Most of the plays that you have heard of played or are still playing here. The Phantom of the Opera is in it's 26th year of production. In and around Leicester Square are many outlets offering discounted tickets. Many of the people working the booths are theatre buffs who will take the time to help you make your selection. We enjoyed “Noises Off”, a British farce, seated 4 rows from the stage for 36 pounds at the Aldwych theatre.

       

      Pubs

       

      No visit is complete without a stop at a traditional British pub and they don't get much more traditional than Ye Olde Cheddar Cheese. Located in an alley called Wine Office Court off the north side of Fleet Street between Aldwych and Farringdon Road, Ye Olde Cheddar Cheese was rebuilt in 1667. People were a lot shorter in 1667 so if you are 5'9” or above, mind your head when visiting the ground level tap room or negotiating the stairs to the downstairs warren. The pub has a nice collection of draught beers by Smith. Beer is one of the few things in London that North Americans will not find terribly expensive.

       

      Hatchards

       

      The oldest bookstore in London is Hatchards which was founded in 1797 by John Hatchard and still occupies the same location. Do not expect to find dusty old tomes copied by a wizened monk in the 12th century here. Other than it's collection of books by and about Winston Churchill, Hatchards selection is much like that of any other upscale modern bookstore although with more signed copies than most. For book lovers the helpful knowledgeable staff, eclectic layout and the realization that you are treading the the same floors that Dickens probably walked on make the visit worthwhile.

       

      Speakers Corner

       

      For those not overly burdened by the concept of Political Correctness, Speakers Corner is worth a visit. It is in the Northeast Corner of Hyde Park near the Marble Arch tube station. The best time to visit is on a weekend afternoon but you might find someone with a soapbox and an agenda at other times as well. Anyone is free to speak their mind here and members of the audience are free to respond. These exchanges are usually good humoured and often quite witty. Historical figures who are reputed to have exercised their right to free speech here include Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin.

       

      English Breakfasts

       

      English Breakfasts are famous. The best place to get one is not in your hotel. You will need to find a gritty out of the way cafe that is frequented by locals. They are everywhere although harder to find in the more expensive areas. My current favourite is a hole in the wall cafe in the Hammersmith & City tube station in Hammersmith. These places typically charge between 5 to 7 pounds for selections of bacon, sausage, fried tomato, mushrooms, beans, eggs, potato, toast and coffee or tea. Entertainment is free. London humour is pointed, cynical and merciless. On my last visit two members of a local work crew were mocking a third who had achieved a hangover during an unsuccessful mating attempt. Try to contain your amusement just like the locals do.

       

      Museums and Galleries

      London hosts more than 200 museums and numerous art galleries. Many of these, like the British Museum and Tate Modern, are world reknowned. Others such as The Horse Guards Museum have a specific focus. Many offer free admission to their permanent collections. The best I visited were the British Museum, National Gallery and the Tate Modern. All of these fall into the free category.

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  • Indochina Sails attends Intern Indochina Sails attends International Tourism Fair in Spain

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      Indochina Sails announces to attend the International Tourism Fair in Spain from January 30, 2013 to February 3, 2013. We welcomes all attendees to discuss about the possibilities of working together.
      Indochina Sails is the first and biggest company to offer overnight cruises on the bay, now widely known as the number one choice for discerning travelers, operating a fleet of six newly built wooden junks designed in time-honored traditional style, with contemporary and luxurious cabins and facilities. All Indochina Sails' boats feature spacious, well-appointed cabins and suites with large en-suite bathrooms, large sundecks with comfortable lounging furniture and elegant dining rooms and bars; they are designed and fitted to international standards while maintaining traditional styling, creating the perfect balance of modern comforts and nostalgic ambiance.

      From January 30, 2013 to February 3, 2013, the International Tourism Fair - Fitur is going to be held in Spain. Indochina Sails aims to promote Luxury Cruises in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam with the luxury segment, which is addressed to people who want to live a unique experience, with personalized service, privacy, tranquility and simplicity about the New Seven Wonder of the World. 
      Fitur - International Tourism Fair in Spain.
      Attendee: Le Phuong Nhi – Director of Sales and Marketing
      Hall: Pabellón 8
      Stand Number: 8E26
      Tel.: 84 4 3984 2362 / Fax: 84 4 3984 4150
      We look forward to meeting you!
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  • Indochina Sails kicks off hot Indochina Sails kicks off hot offer for the Summer 2012

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      Halong Bay - one of the New Seven Wonder of the world, has become the most attractive destination for tourist when come to Vietnam. Visit Halong Bay, tourist will have chance to see the spectacular nature which the Creator award for Halong. Go with the development of Halong, Indochina Sails in over 10 years, has contributed in introducing the beauty of Halong all over the world by providing cruising overnight package on Halong Bay. Indochina Sails is one of the first companies to offer tourist cruising on Halong Bay and now it become one of the most luxury cruise in Halong Bay

      Backed by 10 years experience hosting international travelers on the tranquil waters of Halong Bay, Indochina Sails has set a new standard for luxury cruising. Now widely known as a number one choice for discerning travelers, Indochina Sails operates a fleet of four newly built wooden junks designed in time-honored traditional Vietnamese style, with contemporary and luxurious cabins and facilities. Now Indochina Sails have 6 Boats (4 Boats Indochina Sails and 2 Boats Valentine).

      Our boats feature spacious, well-appointed cabins and suites with large en-suite bathrooms, large sundecks with comfortable lounging furniture and elegant dining rooms and bars. We have designed and fitted our boats to international standards while maintaining traditional styling, creating the perfect balance of modern comforts and nostalgic ambiance.

      In order to refresh your coming vacation to Vietnam, Indochina Sails would like to give out the hot offer for thepromotion package 2012. If you book the 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights overnight cruise on Halong Bay of Indochina Sails, you will have chance to catch out promotion package. This will be including:
      This promotion is valid to 30 Sep. It is about one month left, if you are planning your vacation in Vietnam, just make your decision and we will do all the rest for you!
      For more information about the package promotion, please visit websitehttp://indochinasails.com/en/promotion.html

      Supported by Indochina Sails - The most luxury and safest cruises in Halong Bay

      INDOCHINA SAILS
      Hanoi Office
      Add: 27 – A6 – Dam Trau Quarter – Hai Ba Trung District – Hanoi – Vietnam
      Tel: +84 – 4- 39842362
      Fax: +84 – 4 – 39844150
      Email: info@indochinasails.com


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  • Best cruise in Halong Bay – Ho Best cruise in Halong Bay – How to select!

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      Halong, literally “Descending dragon Bay”, is a true wonder of Vietnam and natural heritage site which is recognised by UNESCO. Around 3,000 limestone islets rise from the emerald waters, and no matter how many pictures, stories, and movies of Halong Bay you come across, you still need to see it with your own eyes.Cruising around Halong Bay can be enjoyed from small junk boats or luxury cruises. There are about 500 licensed boats, and on any given day, up to 300 of them will be plying the water.

      Halong Bay must be seen with your own eyes, but make sure to pick the right cruise. Therefore, choosing theright cruise for your vacation can be a hard job. Here are some tips for you to pick the best cruise inHalongBay.

       

       

       

      Don’t look for the cheapest option. Ask what’s included in the price and if safety equipment is provided. Please remember that you’ll get what you pay for in Halong Bay.

       

      Better prices are often offered by reputable travel agents or specialists. The prices listed on cruises’ websites are public prices which are more expensive than travel agents’ prices. In the low season from May to September, the prices can be 20 – 30% lower than the high seasons.

       

      Budget cruises are often full of guests and you can’t do much about the quality of food and services. Mid-range cruises are better in terms of cabins, food and services. They can also easily adapt your special requests. The luxury cruises offer additional services such as wifi, or massage. The food is better as are the cabins.

       

      Check the weather before you go. If storms and rain are forecast, don’t go because the cruises can be cancelled at short notice by the Authority of Halong Bay. The best time to visit is April or November.

       

      Do your homework before you book the cruise. There are hundreds of cruises in Halong Bay which means there are thousands of tour operators and travel agents selling these cruises. Prices vary and can be hundred of dollars different. So research before booking can save you money.

       

      There are some reputable cruises in Halong Bay such as Indochina Sails. Backed by 10 years experience hosting international travelers on the tranquil waters of Halong Bay, Indochina Sails has set a new standard for luxury cruising. Now widely known as a number one choice for discerning travelers, Indochina Sails operates a fleet of four newly built wooden junks designed in time-honoured traditional Vietnamese style, with contemporary and luxurious cabins and facilities. Now Indochina Sails have 6 Boats (4 Boats Indochina Sails and 2 Boats Valentine)..

      About the Itinerary, please visit http://www.indochinasails.com/en/itinerary.html for more information.

       

      Supported by Indochina Sails - The most luxury and safest cruises in Halong Bay

      INDOCHINA SAILS
      Hanoi Office
      Add: 27 – A6 – Dam Trau Quarter – Hai Ba Trung District – Hanoi – Vietnam
      Tel: +84 – 4- 39842362
      Fax: +84 – 4 – 39844150
      Email: info@indochinasails.com
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  • Luxury Cruise through Vietnam' Luxury Cruise through Vietnam's Historic Halong Bay with Indochina Sails

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      Halong Bay, only 105 miles from Hanoi, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Guests will be surrounded by hundreds of lush islands, each with names that reflect their unique shapes, like Voi Island (Elephant), Ga Choi Island (Fighting Cock), and Qua Chuong Island (Bell). The over 900 islands are said to have been created when God sent a group of dragons to help the Vietnamese fight invaders.

      When the dragons spit out jewels and jade, the islands were formed and blocked the invaders' path. Once the dragons decided to stay in peace, many of the islands were given names to honor them. Bai Tu Long Island is where the young dragons looked after their mothers and Back Long Vi Island is where young dragons played in the sea and wriggled their tails.

      Indochina Sails, an extension of luxury cruise company Huong Hai Junks, boasts over ten years of experience, bringing guests from all over the world to the beauty of Halong Bay, Vietnam. Featuring tropical weather, guests aboard a cruise through the bay should expect warm, humid weather in the summer and cold, dry weather in the winters. Regardless of the season though, guests will be able to witness limestone karsts (which have undergone millions of years of various environments), isles in assorted sizes, and many caves with ancient legends surrounding them. Set in Quang Ninh province, the Halong Bay has a rich history and we think it would make for a beautiful luxury vacation.

      As one of the first companies to offer overnight cruises, Indochina Sails has six vessels in their fleet, each designed to reflect a traditional Asian style, while still supplying guests all the modern amenities needed. All of their boats have spacious cabins with large en-suite marble bathrooms (complete with massage showers), sundecks, freshly cut flowers, dining rooms and bars. Rich wood and large windows accent the rooms, with luxurious linens covering the bed to ensure a good night's sleep. The rooms vary depending on which of the six ships you choose for your cruise, whether it be one of the four Indochina Sails or one of the two Valentine vessels.

      Two Premiums ships are available, the Indochina Sails Premium and the Valentine Premium, each offering guests more space and more exclusivity. The Valentine is a full-service vessel and offers everything the other larger boats do, except this one only has two deluxe cabins on board. The Indochina Sails Premium is the newest to the fleet and features 24 cabins, a massage cabin, and a gym. With bigger windows than any of the others, guests will be able to relax in the lounge without having to sacrifice views of the bay.

      Guests are sure to be charmed by the many legends as they cruise through crisp waters and admire Mother Nature at her best. Indochina Sails offers a cruise for two days and one night, and a cruise for three days and two nights, each with an exciting itinerary. For the two days one night itinerary, on the first day guests will be taken to Luon Cave and explore it by either bamboo boats or kayaks. Titop Island is next up, where you can swim at the beach or hike up the mountain for photos opportunities. Day two will bring a Surprise Cave visit, where one can find a small fishing village and visits to some of the area's most untouched locations.

      Rates vary depending on cabin type, cruise length, and season but can range anywhere from $330 to $788 per cruise. The rates include sightseeing fees, tour guides, and insurance.

      For more information about itinerary, please visit our website http://www.indochinasails.com/en/itinerary.html

      INDOCHINA SAILS
      Hanoi Office
      Add: 27 – A6 – Dam Trau Quarter – Hai Ba Trung District – Hanoi – Vietnam
      Tel: +84 – 4- 39842362
      Fax: +84 – 4 – 39844150
      Email: info@indochinasails.com
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  • Indochina Sails - Luxury Cruis Indochina Sails - Luxury Cruises on Halong Bay Vietnam

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      One hundred and seventy kilometers from Hanoi, in northeastern Vietnam,Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage website and undoubtedly 1 of the most gorgeous locations on earth.
      The bay is a magical blend of land and sea with thousands of limestone islands and islets in a myriad of shapes and sizes. A lot of the islands include caves and grottos, some hidden away for millions of years, but now accessible for our lucky guests to explore and marvel at their immensity and spectacular displays of stalactites and stalagmites. The bay is bordered on the south and southeast by the Gulf of Tonkin, on the north by China and on the west and southwest by Cat Ba Island and encompasses 1553 square kilometers.
      Backed by over ten years experience hosting international guests on the tranquil waters of Halong Bay, Indochina Sails has set a new standard for luxury cruising. The first company to offer overnight cruises on the bay, we are now widely known as the number one choice for discerning travellers. Our fleet of six newly built wooden junks are designed in time-honoured traditional style, with contemporary and luxurious cabins and facilities. What better way to experience the natural beauty and spectacular seascape of this UNESCO World Heritage site than on board an Indochina Sails junk!
      Each of our boats functions spacious, well-appointed cabins and suites with significant en-suite bathrooms, a large sundeck with comfy lounging furniture and an elegant dining room and bar. We have designed and fitted our boats to international standards whilst maintaining traditional styling, producing the best balance of contemporary comforts and nostalgic ambiance.
      Our boats are built in Vietnam, utilizing neighborhood supplies and the handiwork of skilled craftsmen and artists. The wood featured in the interiors is known as “go huong”, which translates as aromatic wood, it is a highly durable and beautifully grained wood which adds to the wealthy and warm character of the boats.
      Our new boat, the Indo three, also features ceramic artworks handcrafted in Bat Trang, nicely identified as the house of the country’s most talented ceramic craftsmen. All of our boats are decorated with silk from Van Phuc, the “Silk Village”.
      The “Valentine”, perfect for those searching for a much more exclusive and intimate expertise, is a full service vessel offering all the facilities and amenities of our bigger boats, but with only five cabins 4 Deluxe cabins at 19 square meters every single and one Suite cabin at 30 square meters, all with Jacuzzis.
      Whichever of our boats you sail on we make your journey special proper from the commence by supplying our own private pier to embark from.
      Supported by Indochina Sails - The most luxury and safest cruises in Halong Bay
      INDOCHINA SAILS
      Hanoi Office
      Add: 27 – A6 – Dam Trau Quarter – Hai Ba Trung District – Hanoi – Vietnam
      Tel: +84 – 4- 39842362
      Fax: +84 – 4 – 39844150
      Email: info@indochinasails.com
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  • Indochina Sails - Luxury You D Indochina Sails - Luxury You Deserve

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      Discover Halong Bay tours by cruise Halong Bay Vietnam. Backed by over ten years experience hosting international guests on the tranquil waters of Halong Bay, Indochina Sails has set a new standard for luxury cruising. The first company to offer overnight cruises on the bay, we are now widely known as the number one choice for discerning travellers. Our fleet of six newly built wooden junks are designed in time-honoured traditional style, with contemporary and luxurious cabins and facilities. What better way to experience the natural beauty and spectacular seascape of this UNESCO World Heritage site than on board an Indochina Sails junk!

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  • WILD BEAST MIGRATION. WILD BEAST MIGRATION.

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      Safe Ride Tours and Safaris is a Kenyan locally registered tour operator manned by highly qualified, experienced and friendly staff.  We handle incoming clients who want to experience the best of either Kenya or Tanzania  wild Beast migration .Our main objective is to help our clients realize their holiday expectations,leaving sweet memories that will outlast the actual adventure.

      Safe Ride has its own, well maintained fleet of safari vehicles driven by highly trained, professional English and Spanish speaking driver guides. Our mountain climbing guides and porters are also highly trained on rescue and first aid services.
      Our Safaris: We have Safaris and itineraries spread from Kenya to Tanzania,including climbing both Mounts Kenya and Kilimanjaro, thus giving our clients a rare chance of visiting two countries at the cost of one.
      Quality and Reliable Services: We strive to offer high quality services that one can always rely on. Our efforts in quality and reliability have been widely recommended by visitors from all corners of the world. The widely referred LONELY PLANET TRAVEL GUIDE, in their current 2009 edition (Page 72), 2006 edition(Page 65), and the previous 2003 edition have also recognized our consistentsuperior and reliable service.

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  • 2012 Luxury Hotel Barge Cruisi 2012 Luxury Hotel Barge Cruising Brochure Available from European Waterways

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      European Waterways has officially launched its 2012 hotel barge cruising season with a colorful new brochure that features the newest addition to its fleet, the 12-passenger Panache, and their newest on-board amenities. Europe’s largest and most distinguished luxury hotel barge cruising company, European Waterways’ vessels cruise in France, Italy, Scotland, England, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg.

      “With the largest fleet of hotel barges cruising Europe’s picturesque canals, rivers, and lagoons, we offer sophisticated travelers the widest choice of destinations and experiences,” said Derek Banks, Managing Director of European Waterways.  “We have been in business since 1974 and are recognized as the first choice for luxury hotel barge vacations.  Our discerning passengers look forward to escaping the crowded cities and immersing themselves in the scenery, history and relaxed lifestyle of Europe’s beautiful countryside – all while sampling some of the best local and regional wines and enjoying superb cuisine expertly prepared by our on-board master chefs.”

      Every all-inclusive six-night cruise features escorted excursions to nearby historic and cultural attractions, gourmet lunches and dinners onboard, plus meals at select fine dining establishments, an open bar stocked with top quality wines and spirits, the use of all outdoor barge amenities such as bicycles and spa pool, and local transfers to/from the barges upon arrival and departure.

      New this year is the “Barging and Biking” option, for the more adventurous passengers. This complementary option provides clearly marked maps with suggested routes, backpacks containing a hearty boxed lunch, and everything else the bikers might need to explore the surrounding countryside and charming villages along the way.  Some barges also carry tandem bicycles, offering another romantic way for couples to enjoy their relaxing barge cruise.  In addition to booking cabins on scheduled cruises, an entire vessel can be chartered for family events, as well as by groups of friends or members of clubs or associations. The charter cruise itineraries can be customized for family-oriented activities, wine appreciation, walking and hiking, golf, and other interests.

      “All the favorite vessels and cruises are back, from Burgundy to the Scottish Highlands, from the River Thames to the lagoons of Venice,” said Banks.  “Our 2012 season is already shaping up to be one of our strongest yet.  With special pricing on select Spring cruises, it’s an even better reason to enjoy this unforgettable experience, and take advantage of the great value, that is a European Waterway’s hotel barge cruise vacation.”

      Bookings are now being accepted for the specially priced Spring cruises and all other European Waterways’ 2012 cruises.  Prices are from $3,230 per person and from $23,400 for full boat charters. For a copy of European Waterways’ 2012 brochure, log on to www.gobarging.com, where you’ll also find additional information on cruise rates, discounts, cruise schedules, and itineraries. European Waterways can also be contacted at 1-877-879-8808 or by email at sales@gobarging.com.

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  • Lumina Luxury suites and Mexic Lumina Luxury suites and Mexico City

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      The Lumina Luxury Suites Hotel is a modern, 8 month old private enclave in the Polanco section of Mexico City. The hotel is within walking distance (10-15 min walk) of Chapultapec Park - the zoo and many of the major museums are in the park.

      The Lumina is a true oasis in the hustle & bustle of Mexico City. It is for residents only and you get buzzed in - reception is manned 24/7. The hotel & decor is modern with lots of black, white, silver, and pale pastels in the color scheme. On check in you are greeted by Barbara, the hotel manager and shown to your room and given a tour of this wonderful hotel. Check in is quick, pleasant and very efficient. Right now most of the guests are business travelers with a few of us leisure travelers - they would love to start getting more leisure travelers and Barbara was happy that I was going to do a write up of the place.

      There are 12 suites in total - 1 and 2 bedroom. All of the 2 bedroom suites have private courtyards and only 1 of the 1 bedroom suites has a private courtyard. We had a 2 bedroom and I highly recommend the 2 bedroom suite - a true home away from home. Our suite had 1 bedroom with a king bed and the other bedroom had 2 twin beds. There is a living/dining room combination, a full kitchenette, 2 bathrooms and 1 large courtyard and a smaller courtyard. All areas of the suite were tastefully and comfortably furnished and the kitchen came equipped with china and silverware for 4, pots and pans, microwave, coffee and tea maker and a reasonably priced fully stocked mini bar. The bathrooms are large and had robes, slippers, hairdryer and nice toiletry articles - very soft and fluffy towels too! Even q-tips and cotton pads for wiping your face. The living area had a comfy leather couch and the dining area had a table and chairs for 4. Everything you would need for an extended stay. Bose sound system with a removable Ipod that you could take for your walks around the city and what was really neat - when you check in there is mobile concierge service - they give you a mobile phone that is programmed with the Lumina's number that you can take with you on your travels around MC -if you get lost or just tired - hit the number for Lumina and they will immediately send a cab to pick you up - we did not need to use this but it was nice to know that we had this option if we needed it!.
      The courtyard off the living area was truly private with comfortable chairs and a table and we enjoyed sitting out there in the mornings and evenings. The smaller courtyard had 2 chairs and a table if you wanted to eat outside. The courtyard walls are composed of Lumina's signature living garden walls - pretty neat concept - concrete walls entirely planted with flowers. The beds were the most comfortable hotel beds I have ever slept on - soft as silk linens and a very fluffy comforter - I felt like I was sleeping on a cloud all enveloped in my cozy nest - did not want to get out of bed in the morning!!! On check in they ask what time you would like your continental breakfast and what kind of juice, teac, coffee, etc. you would like - it is delivered and they set the table for you and you are ready to eat - good selection of breads, rolls, fruit and excellent service. The hotel also has a small gym, steam and sauna rooms, great spa (we did not have time to use the services but the information they sent me had some very enticing treatments listed) and a real nice rooftop deck.
      The restaurant is for guests and their friends only and since we only had 2 nights we ate in the restaurant both nights and food and service were excellent.
      We arrived around 12 noon and wanted to go to the museum - the concierge got a map and great directions all ready for us and away we went to Chapultapec park - walking throught the park is very pleasant with lots of statues lining the way. We passed the zoo which was huge and wished we had time for a visit. We arrived at the National Museum of Anthropology and it is a must see for any visitor to Mexico City - wonderful exhibits of all the different time periods and indigenous people of Mexico. After about 4 hours in the museum we headed back to Lumina for a wonderful dinner and a comfy nights rest. 2 nights dinner and laundry services ran us about $130US - pretty reasonably priced for a 5 star hotel.
      The next day we used the services of Wayak tours for a trip to Teotihuacan - Wayak has very reasonably priced tours and very informative guides - I would recommend them for your stay in Mexico City - they also have tours in many other places in Mexico and a whole fleet of buses that can take you all over Mexico. Our tour not only included Teotihuacan but the Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe and a brief 45 min stop in the main zocalo of MC. All place that any visitor to MC should see. Teotihuacan is awesome and so big!
      I am sorry we only had 2 nights in this wonderful hotel & city - we could have easily spent a week at Lumina! I am not usually a big fan of real modern hotels and decor but it worked well here and you felt at home - we absolutely loved it and would go back again!

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  • Blessing of the Fleet, Darien Blessing of the Fleet, Darien GA

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      Blessing of the Fleet view of ships

      Just a girl (ok, woman) and a dream: to go to as many wacky small-town festivals as possible. And the Blessing of the Fleet seemed perfect.

      Which fleet? Well, it’s for the shrimp boats, which isn’t exactly beshert for a someone who keeps kosher, but feh, it’s a FESTIVAL! Go anyway! I don’t have to eat the shrimp, just celebrate someone else’s livelihood.

      So high school friend Regina and I loaded up the car and drove to Darien (an hour South of Savannah). Dad suggested we take the scenic route to avoid the highway. Sage man. Except that apparently even the scenic route to Darien is quite dull.

      And sadly, that was foreshadowing; the festival was also dull. Your basic parade (B-), bouncy things for the kids, crafts including hair bows, hand-made miniature shrimp boats (impressive), and an unnecessary number of “artists” painting their perspectives on the landscape. We ate some stomach-ache-inducing lunch, looked at each other, shrugged and said, “I could leave.”

      I was guilt-stricken for talking up festivals and then not delivering; Regina was heart-broken on my behalf. That’s what good friends do: wrestle emotionally without cause, play a fun song and get over over it!

      We opted not to go back the next afternoon for the actual blessing. Each boat would be blessed individually. One at a time. Not efficiently all together. Plus we had read the blessing already on the website:

      “May God in Heaven fulfill abundantly the prayers which are pronounced over you and your boats and equipment on the occasion of the Blessing of the Fleet. God bless your going out and coming in; The Lord be with you at home and on the water. May he accompany you when you start on your many journeys: May he fill your nets abundantly as a reward for your labor; And may he bring you all safely in, when you turn your boats homeward to shore…. Amen”

      We turned our boat (AKA crossover vehicle) homeward and were much happier for it!

      See you at the next festival – it surely will be better!

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      Fort Flagler, along with the heavy batteries of Fort Worden and Fort Casey, once guarded nautical entrance to Puget Sound. These posts, established in the late 1890's, became the first line of a fortification system designed to prevent a hostile fleet from reaching such targets as the Bremerton Naval Yard and the cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Everett. Construction began in 1897 and continued in one form or another until the fort was closed in 1953.

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  • Oops Wrong Way...Let's Go To K Oops Wrong Way...Let's Go To Krk Instead

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      We left the Neboder Hotel in Rijeka about 9:00 am in our rented Skoda for a day trip to the Istrian peninsula.  Navigating the city in our first full day in Croatia was not as straight forward as we had thought, and we found ourselves heading east out of the city instead of west.  By the time we realized our mistake, we were already about 15 kilometers east of Rijeka.  Rather than turn around and retrace our route, I suggested that we see if we could get to the island of Krk, off the southwest coast of Hrvatska, as the Croatians call their nation.  I had read a little about the island during our trip planning, and since we weren’t on a rigid schedule, away we went!

       

      Kraljevicia Kastel Zrinski 4.JPGOur first stop was at Kraljevica, on the mainland of the Adriatic coast, for coffee and a stretch of the legs.  Like many Croatian port cities, Kraljevica is a blend of the old and the new, modern ships unloading their freight, a centrum complete with a castle, shopping, cafes, and everything you would expect in any city, but small enough to get around quickly, and with few tourists. 

       

      Between my limited Russian, a little pidgin Croatian I learned for the trip, and my wife’s passable Italian, no English was spoken at all during our visit because no one we met spoke any.  It was obvious that few Americans have ever taken the road down to the center of the city to the coffee shop at the end of the main street.  We hung at the central park for a while and visited the Kastel Zrinski before getting on the road.

       

      From Kraljevica we headed east to the Krk turnoff.  We weren’t sure if there was a ferry or not.  Turning south, we found a modern bridge as impressive as anything you will see on the interstate highway system in the United States.  After paying a modest toll, we drove through the rolling hills of the northern part of the island.  The two-lane highway was comparable or better than the rural highways in our home state of Nevada.  In about an hour, we were on the outskirts of Grad Krk. 

       Suncani sat Sundial in Krk Croatia

      Krk (pronounced just like the renowned starship captain) is a mecca for Italian tourists, but visited by few Americans.  Small kiosks sell grappa and souvenirs outside the walled city, sharing space with the Sunčani sat (a stone vertical sundial), and outdoor restaurants.  The large marina serves a fleet of small craft and yachts and is very picturesque.

       

      There are four entrances into the city.  We chose entry through the southwestern entrance, a small portal marked by a Roman plaque that is barely noticeable between the vendor stalls.  Inside, the city is a maze of narrow polished cobble-stone streets and adjoining buildings and homes all built with native rock and completed with painted plaster in most cases.


      Frankopan Castle Krk Croatia

      Our first stop inside the city walls was the Kamplin, a large public square adjacent to the Frankopan Castle.  The oldest tower of the castle dates to the late 12th century and construction was completed in the mid 13th century.  Today the area is used for festivals, concerts, and outdoor theater.  A single art vendor, his cat, and a few strolling couples were the only inhabitants on this sunny autumn day.  A small gate on the north walls of the castle opens to a rock stairway down to the sea.  A great view of the harbor, the modern residential sections of the city, and the rocky coast were well worth a few minutes braving the brisk Adriatic winds.


      Most visitors enter Krk through the main entrance on the west which opens into the Vela placa, a public square where modern banks, restaurants, and shops give little indication of the rich history of the city.  The strange mix of old and new is perhaps most reflected by the ornate cistern which was built in 1557 but moved to its new location during restoration work in 1997. We had a memorable lunch of fresh anchovies at the Terasa café and tasted our first Karlovec beer (one of the Croatia’s leading brands).  We were not disappointed in either the fish or the brew.  Cats, which seem to be ubiquitous in the old town sections of Croatian cities, waited none too patiently for treats from the tourists whose language was strangely unfamiliar to them.


      24 hour clock.jpg One of the prominent features of the Vela placa is the Old City Hall Tower, a two-story structure completed in 1493.  The old arched entrance into the city now serves as the location of a modern coffee shop. 

      The tower includes a unique clock with a 24-hour face.  Originally, the clock only had one hand, probably because of the limits on the mechanical clockworks  A minute hand was added to the clock in the 1990s, when the old mechanical works were replaced with an electrical system.

       

      The skyline of Grad Krk is dominated by the domed bell tower of Krk Cathedral, built in the 11th and 12th centuries on the site of a 5th century basilica.  The cathedral is part of a complex that includes the Romanesque Saint Quirinis and Saint Margaret churches. We also stopped at the Roman frescoe Krk Croatiawhich was located in a small room next to an equally small bar.  We did not have to time to visit the many other city attractions such as the Benedictine Convent of St. Mary, the Stanic Gallery, and the Freedom Gate.  The weather was a little to cool and windy to take advantage of any of the city beaches.  After enjoying Grad Krk, we studied the road map and decided to take a circuitous route back to the mainland.  We had no idea where we are going or what we might find, but the map showed that we would eventually end up where we wanted to be and, figuring that we might never again be on the island of Krk, set off on our way.

       Mudflats near Solini Croatia

      Ĉižići lies on the east of the island, across a small bay from its sister city of Solini.  The two towns are separated by a picturesque tidal flat where the locals come to bike, wade, sun, and relax.  A narrow man-made spit extends northward into the sea with a dramatic view of the mainland coast in the background.  We enjoyed a picnic snack and then headed for Rodine on the east side of Island Krk. Unfortunately, we arrived at Rodine too late to visit the Biserujka caverns (maybe next time).


      Rodine Croatian Sheep Slaughter.JPG

      Along the way, we saw a shepherd slaughtering a sheep.  We stopped, and when he quizzically looked at me, I showed him my camera and asked “photograph?”  In perfect Italian, he simply shrugged his shoulders and went about his work.   I made a picture of his efforts as his sheepdog patiently waited for scraps.

       

      The northeast part or the island is harsh terrain with stunted vegetation and a landscape of boulders and rocks.  Unsuitable for cattle, sheep are the major agricultural commodity.  According to the Croats we spoke with, this part of the island was once forested but had been denuded of its timber to supply Venice with pilings to keep that Italian city above water.  Once the trees had been cleared out, erosion removed the native soils, leaving behind a stark landscape of rocks and boulders. 


      Stone sheep corral near Rodine, Croatia

      Not to be stopped, the Croatians of Krk lined the roads with rock walls more than a meter tall, constructed circular sheep corrals that are visible on Google Earth, and built every house and building, including new construction, with the native rocks loosely bound together with mortar and a few precious wooden lintels and roof beams.  Rocks and boulders everywhere, a dreamland for geologists.

       As dusk fell, we headed back west to the main highway and a journey to the mainland and Rijeka, reaching our hotel about ten hours since our departure.  While we did not have the opportunity to see the entire island, we were able to turn our wrong turn in the morning into a wonderful day trip that allowed us to experience and enjoy a special part of Croatia. 

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