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  • Ice in the Sun Ice in the Sun

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      Ice storms can be beautiful when the sun shines.

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  • Dazzling Dubai: Wonderful attr Dazzling Dubai: Wonderful attractions in Dubai

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      Dubai with time has gained a wonderful reputation is and is really known for being larger than life. There are number of attractions that make the tourists stick around this fantastic place, various shopping malls, amazing luxury desert resorts, water parks and a lot more makes Dubai an extremely superlative tourist spot. This is one of the major places that are considered to be immensely astounding holiday destination.

      If you are planning a holiday at one of the coolest locations, then you can book your flights to Dubai without giving any second thoughts, staying here for a few days in order to enjoy the charisma of this city is not a bad option.The Mall of Emirates

      Dubai no doubt is well known for its startling malls; however, The Mall of Emirates which is also known as home to the indoor ski slope was recently surpassed as the Middle East’s largest mall.

      The beaches in Dubai are the best places if you are looking forward to relaxation make yourself comfortable under a palm tree and relax.

      This is just one side of Dubai, if you wish to experience the other side of it, then it is advisable for you to visit Batskiya quarter or, some of the great traditional villages that are further out of town.

      Climate:

      As Dubai, is a deserted location, it is of no doubts that the climate out here will be hot and sunny which makes it quite roasting. During summers, there’s an 11 hours of sunshine during the day time and the temperature is generally above 37 degrees, at times it even reaches up to 40, such days are known to be the hottest days in Dubai. However, in the evening the temperature drops down to somewhere close to 20 degrees, but you cannot expect the humidity to vanish away, it still exists in the air which makes the atmosphere really uncomfortable. The temperature gets a little milder between December and March, during the day temperature falls in the range from 20s to 30s, in the evening the atmosphere gets a lot cooler as the temperature gets close to the teens. Rainy season in Dubai is really limited; you can expect the rainfall from January to March.

      Certain obvious reasons and attractions in Dubai make it a fantastic place for vacations, however, everyone needs to know about the best time to visit Dubai, and after all, nobody wants to spoil the fun of being there.  

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  • Exploring Budapest: Day 1 Exploring Budapest: Day 1

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      Flying all the way from Los Angeles, my mom and I arrived in Budapest at 9 in the morning - fun.  After making our way to the hotel, we ended up passing out for a good 3 hours on the extremely comfortable beds in our room.

      Miraculously, we were able to wake up and force ourselves to go outside and explore, despite the major jet lag. About 10 seconds after stepping outside, the blue sky quickly vanished and it started pouring so we ran into a cafe close to the hotel and hid out there for a good hour. 

      I was eager to try some Hungarian food so I ordered goulash soup which was really delicious. I’m no food expert so I’m not quite sure if there are several different kinds of goulash but mine had beef, potatoes, carrots, and onions in it. I’d definitely recomend trying it if you’re ever in Hungary! Unfortunately, I only ate goulash once while I was there because the rest of the week was extremely hot and who the hell wants to eat soup when it’s 90 degrees out?

      The rain stopped after an hour and sunshine returned so we decided to walk around the city a bit to get an idea of where everything is. We walked long the Danube River, passed the gorgeous Parliament building, and ended up around St. Stephen’s Basilica which is surrounded by beautiful shops and cafes. 

      Jet lag got the best of us again and we ended up returning to the hotel and falling asleep by 8:30. Yeah. Party animals.

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  • Prague – Vienna Cycle Tour Prague – Vienna Cycle Tour

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      Last September I joined a cycle tour in the Czech Republic. The tour took us from Prague in Central Bohemia to the rolling hills and charming medieval and Renaissance towns of South Bohemia and then through the gently-sloping vineyards of South Moravia. Some riders then cycled on to Vienna, whilst others chose to return to Prague. For many non-Czechs the countryside of the Czech Republic is unknown, secret, and undiscovered. This tour is a wonderful opportunity to discover what lies beyond Prague, a city that is deservedly visited by millions of people every year.

       

      We were a very diverse group. Our party consisted of seven Australians, a British couple, a couple from Brazil, a New Zealander, an American, and our Czech guide, Jiri (George) and driver, Jindrich (Henry). And me – I’ve been living and working in Prague for six years, but I’ originally from London, UK. Age-wise, collectively we covered every decade from early thirties to (almost) seventy. As those who have been on tours like this before, there is a camaraderie amongst cyclists that transcends continents and ages.

       

      Our First Day:        Prague to Ceske Budejovice by mini-bus

                                  Ceske Budejovice to Cesky Krumlov by bike

       

      After collecting everybody from their hotels on a quiet and overcast Prague Sunday morning, we group of strangers, soon to become brave companions of the trail, gathered together in the cellar meeting room of the tour company to introduce ourselves and to receive a full briefing. We were given a detailed itinerary for each day, a safety briefing and a small glass of slivovice (a local plum brandy that some people quite like).

       

      Then it was outside to hitch up the bike trailers to the mini-buses, check on helmets and water-bottles, and on to Ceske Budejovice. After a two and a half hour drive, we parked up in the city centre and everyone was allocated their bikes for the week. The bikes are already pre-selected for individual size, weight and experience by the company. Some people had brought their own pedals and these were quickly fitted by the ever-helpful staff.

       

      Ceske Budejovice is of course the home of the Czech Republic’s second most famous beer, Budvar or Budweiser. It is an old town with a lot of green spaces and a very large Renaissance square, where we took the first of many group photographs.

       

      We made our way through the town and down to the River Vltava (Moldau), the same river that runs through Prague. It was a great way to start, riding along the flat cycle path following the river to test out the comfort and settings of our bikes. After a while, we reached a rocky outcrop – our first hill! After climbing above the river, we coasted down a winding forest path to the small settlement and large monastery of Zlata Koruna (Golden Crown) founded in 1263. Here was a chance to stock up on a well-deserved bowl of soup and plate of sausage.

       

      After suitable refreshment, the last stage of the day’s short ride was down to the fairy-tale chocolate-box town of Cesky Krumlov, dominated by the second-largest castle in the country built on sheer rocks which rise up from the river. It is spectacularly beautiful and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  George gave us a tour of the town, but sadly it was raining quite hard at this stage, so we were very glad to arrive at our hotel. The luggage had already been delivered to our rooms and we had time to freshen-up before dinner.

       

      Dinner was in a lovely medieval restaurant where the food was prepared on an open fire. We sat at long wooden tables and had a chance to get to know each other better. However, what really bonded our group together was the next stop in a lovely crowded pub with a piano player who took requests. I’d like to think that our lusty singing of old standards was enjoyed by the locals as much as it was by us.

       

      Kilometres cycled:   27

       

      Second Day:Cesky Krumlov to Trebon

       

      After a fine and hearty breakfast, we gathered in the courtyard of the hotel to reacquaint ourselves with our bikes and make some final adjustments to them. And so we set off. It’s a long climb out of the valley of Cesky Krumlov, nestled on a bend of the river, where in high summer canoeing and rafting are very popular. We rode along paved cycle tracks and forest paths before stopping at a village restaurant for lunch. It was quite a strenuous day’s cycling and some of our valiant company took respite in the mini-bus for the more hill sections. The mini-bus is never far-away and is stocked up with water, fruit and energy bars.

       

      I should add that the day was quite testing; not only because of the distance and terrain, but it was also quite cold and raining, so it did test the morale of the group. However, the week’s forecast was good and the outlook was for sunny weather. Some of us rode the mini-bus into Trebon, while others pressed on through the mud and rain to arrive later.

       

      After a welcome shower, we met for a meal in the hotel restaurant, which was served with élan and charm by our hosts. Some opted to take a walk around the town afterwards to take in the Renaissance square, the Marian column, the charming castle and a local hostelry to taste the renowned local brew.

       

      Kilometres cycled:   61

       

      Third Day:    Trebon to Telc

       

      Trebon has been the centre of the Czech fish industry for five centuries. Over this time many fish-ponds and man-made lakes have been developed to produce carp and other fish. Carp is a traditional Christmas meal in the Czech Republic. It is a flatter area of South Bohemia, so a good chance to get in some faster cycling along paved forest paths. It was raining lightly and misty but this added to the mystique of riding through the dark, silent pine forests of Central Europe. All very atmospheric, all very Brothers Grimm.

       

      After about 25 kilometres we left the woods and the land began to undulate through fields. We met up with Henry and the mini-bus for snacks and refreshments, and to mend a couple of punctures.

       

      We pushed on through the rain. This was the most gruelling day, the furthest to cycle, nearly 80 kilometres and the second two-thirds were fairly hilly. We stopped for lunch at a country pub-restaurant, but otherwise it was head-down and concentrate on getting to Telc and South Moravia.

       

      The town of Telc is another UNESCO World Heritage site. It has a breath-takingly beautiful and extensive square, consisting entirely of Renaissance buildings from the 16th century, decorated in the typical brightly-coloured and sgraffitoed style of the time. It’s a great photo opportunity.

       

      We stayed in a very fine hotel not far from the main square, which had been a large farm and dairy complex. The tasteful reconstruction provided spacious rooms and a fine restaurant which served an excellent and well-deserved dinner.

       

      We were all pretty tired after this day, but we went to bed knowing that the following days would be sunny with temperatures rising to 25 degrees Celsius. Indian summer weather!

       

      Kilometres cycled:   78

       

      Fourth Day:  Telc – Vranov

       

      This was a shorter day than the day before but we had some hilly country to tackle as we followed the spectacular rocky and wooded valley of the Dyje river, which flows into the Danube.

       

      By mid-morning the sun had begun to shine and the temperature to rise. We rode through sun-dappled forests and fields and stopped at a large 17th century convent complex, where we stocked up on snacks and looked around the old buildings perched on top of a hill with lovely views of the Moravian landscape we were to cycle through.

       

      In the afternoon, after lunch in a country village restaurant where some of our party were brave enough to assay the delicacies of the bull, we cycled through deeply-forested paths with short steep climbs and satisfyingly long downhill runs.

       

      We passed the 11th century castle Bitov, high on an outcrop of the river, and climbed up to take a short tour of the castle. It was extended during the 15th to 17th centuries and had a fine library and impressive collection of hunting weapons: bows, crossbows and guns.

       

      A short distance away is another castle called Zornstein (Angry Rock). This is a quite different structure to Bitov, having been abandoned in the Middle Ages and largely derelict. It is however an impressive ruin of medieval fortifications. There were fine views to be enjoyed from this historic vantage point over the blue skies and green forests of the winding valley of the River Dyje.

       

      From Zornstein, it was a short ride down to the river and along the bank to Vranov.

       

      Kilometres cycled:   44

       

      Fifth Day:     Vranov to Znojmo

       

      This was also a shorter day in terms of distance, but again there were some tricky hills and off-road forest tracks to be negotiated.

       

      However, we did have the chance to tour the castle which sits upon a rocky crag that dominates the small town. The castle was modified extensively in the Baroque style in the 18th century and so offered a completely different style to the previous day’s visits. It really was a most impressive place giving an insight into the opulent way of life of the aristocracy during Hapsburg rule.

       

      After the informative tour, we saddled up again and rode out of Vranov towards the major wine-producing town of Znojmo. This was another enjoyable day during which we mostly followed the border between the Czech Republic and Austria. The trails pass through forest and paved tracks in an area which had been off-limits for forty years during the days of the Iron Curtain. The natural habitat is therefore unspoiled. 

       

      The last section of the ride was quite taxing as we had to climb up away from the border towards Znojmo, situated on a steep hill above the river Dyje. It is a impressive sight with several ancient spires and towers rising above the houses perched on the hillside.

       

      After the steep ascent, we were pleased to arrive at the hotel, beautifully modernised with glass staircases, large rooms and comfortable beds.

       

      Kilometres cycled: 40

       

      Sixth Day:    Znojmo to Mikulov

       

      For me this was the finest day for cycling. The weather was beautiful, warm and sunny, and the terrain was gentle passing through undulating wine-growing lowlands.

       

      We had a long lunch at a traditional pub-restaurant and passed by the only section of preserved pre-1989 defences with fences, originally electrified, tank defences and a cleared, and previously mined, dead zone. It was quite creepy to see the physical embodiment of the ‘Iron Curtain’ and difficult nowadays to understand how peoples could have been so brutally divided after the Second World War.

       

      About 15 kilometres before Mikulov we stopped at a small wine-cellar, little more than an underground shelter, where the proprietor talked us through his current production and we tasted Burcak, the deceptively first fermentation of the grape juice. It was interesting to see the small scale of the production, but it is clear the the best of the wine never reaches the export market.

       

      Feeling refreshed, we pushed on through the glorious afternoon sunshine to Mikulov which we could see jutting out of the surrounding plains from far away. We had our farewell dinner in a restaurant adjacent to the hotel and then repired to a wine bar for prize-giving and valedictions.

       

      Kilometres cycled:   70

       

      Seventh Day:                   Mikulov to Vienna

                                  Mikulov to Vratice – Lednice area

       

      Mikulov is a charming small town with a population of about 8,000 which was at one time a major centre of Jewish trade and scholarship. It is very interesting and thought-provoking to walk through its square with its pretty church and then through the adjacent Jewish quarter with its 15th century synagogue.

       

      After breakfast, our fellowship was broken. Eight of our party had planned to end their tour in Vienna and they set off with George guiding. After a day’s ride they were driven the remainder of the distance to Vienna and delivered to their hotels by the ever-reliable Henry.

       

      The rest of us spent an enjoyable day riding a circular route from Mikulov to Valtice and Lednice. This area is another UNESCO World Heritage site and is thought of as the most architecturally valuable region in the country. This was a great day’s cycling to end the tour. We cycled along deserted roads to Valtice through the heart of Moravia’s prime wine region. We paused in Valtice to have a look at the impressive chateau and then pressed on to Lednice. The route took us through the forested parklands of the Lichtenstein family which are studded with ostentatious monuments including the Temple of the Three Graces and a shrine to the patron saint of hunters, Saint Hubert. After lunch in Lednice, we went to walk around the glory of the neo-Gothic chateau.

       

      Then it was back to Mikulov along a series of ribbon lakes following the border to meet up with the driver, Tonda, who drove us back to Prague and delivered us to our hotels, safe, sound and tired after a most enjoyable cycle tour through some of the finest countryside and towns that the Czech Republic has to offer.

       

      Kilometres cycled:   47

       

      Total kilometres over the week:  367

      Guided Group Tour by: www.bicycle-tours.cz

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  • Sunshine Sunshine

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  • Beautiful Xishuangbannan in Yu Beautiful Xishuangbannan in Yunan Province China.

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      Xishuangbanna, an autonomous prefecture of the Dai ethnic group which covers an area of 20 thousand square kilometers borders on Laos, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam, located in the south of Yunnan Province in the People's Republic of China. Its one of the well-known tourist cities in China where the Water-Sprinkling Festival is held each year in the middle of April, famous for natural landscapes of tropical rainforests and minority folk-customs. Many of tourists from around the world visit here every year, especially in the boom season of tourism. If you like, you can go visit Xishuangbannan anytime in a year, since the weather temperature there keeps averagely 16, and only 28 even when its very hot in summer. Its a sunshine place where it never snow.       

       

       

      Rubbers, tea leaves, sugarcane, spices, tropical fruits and some other special local products are all produced in Xishuangbanna, and also there are some developed scenic spots, such as Primeval Forest Park, Wild Elephant Valley, Botanical Garden, tropical rainforests and so on. It is one of the scenic areas and also an important tourist development zone with abundant tourism resources. As you enter Xishuangbannan, you will feel as if you are in a green world where primeval forests, rubber plantation gardens and orchards all come into your sight.  

       

      The Peacock Lake which is surrounded by lakes around it looks as clean as a mirror, covering an area of 18700 square meters. It was developed as a park in 1977 where there are pavilions, exotic flowers, peacocks,pythons, foxes, wild boars, moneys, thrush birds, and some other endangered animals. And there is a waterside pavilion in the middle of the clean rippled lake, on which Pattra leaves, coconut trees, areca-nut trees and oil palm trees are all reflected. What’s more, visitors are allowed to enjoy scenery by boat on the lake.                   

       

      The Wild Elephant Valley of Xishuangbannan is situated in a natural preservation area in the north of Jinghong where there is a vast tropical rainforest that makes it possible for tropical plants to grow and wild animals like Asia elephants to live. There are only 300 Asia elephants in total now. They often haunt as a group at rivers, dense forests, or near people’s residences to hunt for food and water, or to take a walk. On the other hand, a number of tourists from the world are attracted by the landscapes of the tropical rainforest and wild Asia elephants.

       

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  • Budget travel for tourists in Budget travel for tourists in Myanmar

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       There are so many places of interest  in Myanmar. Shwedagon is soul of Myanmar. Besides, it is ancient Pagoda, Temple, ancient capital of Myanmar King lie on the bank of Ayeyawaddy and Mountains ranges.  Myanmar Dagon Travel is arranging for Air tickets,Bus tickets, Train Tickets, Boat tickets, Hotel reservation, Group tours,Package tours, FIT, Yangon City tours, guide service and Planning trips.Now it is managing the travel of budget traveler with cheaper prices.

         The destinations are Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inlay lake,Taunggyi, Golden Rock ( Kyauthtiyo Paya), Mawlamyine,Saggaing,Mt.Popa, Taungoo and Beaches.

         Check the itinerary as a following for budget travel

           Day1- Meet at air port and transfer to Hotel.\

           Day 2- Visit in Yangon and to Mandalay by night bus

           Day 3-check in hotel in Mandalay and visit in Mandalay

           Day 4 - Visit in Mandalay

           Day 5- To Bagan by boat and check in Hotel

           Day 6 -  Visit in Bagan

           Day 7-   Bagan

           Day 8- Bagan

           Day 9- To Inlay by morning bus and check in Hotel in Inlay lake

           Day 10- Visit in Inlay

           Day 11 - Visit in Inlay and back to Yangon by night bus

           Day 12-  To Golden Rock by bus and check in hotel

           Day 13-  Golden Rock and back to Yangon

           Day 14-  Yangon

           Day 15-   Depart

      It is flexible itinerary.  So I would like to invite all clients to come to visit our country. we are responsible for your trip.

      This itinerary is save your budget, So Please Just try to check with Myanmar Dagon Travel.

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  • Enjoy your dream vocation in t Enjoy your dream vocation in the Perth

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      The westernmost capital city which sits on Swan River, Perth is known for its sunshine, natural beauty and relaxed pace. Beyond its tranquil river and balmy beaches, the city has lively city precincts with great shopping, nightlife and dining options to meet the locals and experience its vibrant culture. There are so many things to see and explore. So take a Perth cheap flights and enjoy some amazing things about city.

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      King Street is lined with art galleries and elegant boutiques. For shoppers there is no better place than Murray and Hay streets. The Edwardian theatre is a great place to enjoy a day out with your family and friends. It stages large scale ballet, opera theatre and orchestra productions. There is nightlife every night of the week in Northbridge which sits just behind the city centre. You can enjoy your meals in top value restaurant along with aromatic café or cocktails between William, James, Aberdeen and Parker Street which are adorned with great assortment of clubs, bars, cafes and top value restaurants.

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      Leederville is a place for students, families and professional to hang out. If you love music then catch some live music in Mount Lawley where the art-deco Astor Theatre hosts various programs for popular Australian musicians. From culture to cocktails, Perth’s compact, friendly and energetic city precincts have much to entice you. So Book low fare london perth flights and enjoy your visit to one of the most beautiful destinations of Australia that has something for everyone. Some must see attractions of city include.

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      • Perth Zoo
      • Adventure world Perth
      • The Aquarium of Western Australia
      • The Perth Mint
      • Yellaghonga Regional Park
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  • Perth – a gateway to Western A Perth – a gateway to Western Australia

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      Perth is a vibrant city full of positive energies that offers a truly unique Western Australia experience to its guests. If you are looking for an extraordinary holiday then Perth is an extraordinary place to visit. It is sunniest capital of Australia that embraces a relaxed outdoor lifestyle and offers its guests some of the fascinating places to enjoy their holidays. Pick any time of the year and book your flights to Perth and you will be surely bathed in warm sunshine on the powdery white beaches where the ocean dazzles with sunlit shades of blue. Australia beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world and the beaches of Perth are a stunning example which makes it an ideal spot to enjoy beach holidays. People of all age’s flock to Cottesloe Beach a perfect spot for swim, surf and snorkel. For teens and youngsters Scarborough Beach is a firm favorite.

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      Just 40 minutes drive to South of Rockingham offers a great range of beaches to suit everyone. It is the best place for families where they can enjoy snorkeling and paddling in the blue waters of ocean or watch dolphins who often seen around the jetty. Food is always a festive affair in historic port of Fremantle. Perth zoo, Perth Mint, the Bell Tower, Kings Park and Botanic Garden are some of the amazing destinations that you can’t afford to miss on Perth holidays. So book low coast flights to Perth from London to enjoy one of the best holidays of your life.

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  • Ftan Switzerland Ftan Switzerland

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      The clouds in the Alps were so thick we couldn't see anything for hours.  All of a sudden, for just a minute, the sunshine appeared, just long enough to take this photo.

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  • Pool View Pool View

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      The fresh water pool at the Conrad Hotel in Puerto Rico which provides a view of the lagoon & city in a quiet relaxing setting.  We were lucky to enjoy a day of sunshine with the clouds staying inland  to create some nice contrast for this picture.     

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  • In Touch with the Real World: In Touch with the Real World: Vietnam Bicycle Tour

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      Because the technology makes traveling easier than it was hundreds years ago, today people fly from places to places to experience the different cultures in various countries. Vietnam, however, is one place that people think it is the place left in the world that is so close to the “reality.” Many destinations have not yet been explored by travelers.

      Vietnam is a bicycle-friendly country. Many people use bikes to commute in Vietnam. Bicycle travelers, Bill Fridl, Patrick Morris and David Foster chose their ways to discover the country. They cycled in Vietnam between 1995 and 2000. If you choose this method to sightsee in Vietnam, time can be the issue. Plan a trip with time flexibility to ensure a good quality trip. Cycling in Vietnam, time and energy are what you need. Knowing basic techniques to take care your bike would be a plus, and you can usually find some locals to help you with the bicycle problems. However, the language barrier could be a challenge.

      The bicycle brings more adventure excitments

      People who had traveled to Vietnam agreed that it was an interesting experience in general, but the bicycle tours definitely brought more adventurous excitements. There are two directions you can go. From north to south, you can visit Hanoi, Hue, Danang and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in that order. Or choose the other way travel from south to north. You can fly to Saigon and bike to Danang, Hue and Hanoi. I figure that if I am biking from place to place, I don’t want to go back and forth. Additionally, I want to at least visit and spend some time at the four big cities in Vietnam.

      According to some experienced bicycling travelers, it will take about three weeks to finish the route, but it really depends on how much time you want to spend in these places as a tourist, meaning sightseeing and just hanging out to relax. The benefit and disadvantage of the bike tour is that you might feel the cultural shocks sooner than regular “tourists” because you are so close to the locals.

      Be prepared for the cultural clashes

      Beginning from national capital Hanoi, a city called the “Paris of the Orient” because of the beautiful lakes and shaded streets. The beauty of the bike tour is that you can meet the locals and observe what they are doing every day. Friendly smiles, sunshine beaches and yummy food, they are all the amazing things to attract biker’s attention on the way to their next destination. While hanging out nearHanoi, Frenchtown, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Presidential Palace, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple are hot spots to visit. Hanoi is a historical town where visitors can find evidence of the history.

      Hearing so many people’s stories about visiting Hanoi, Bat Trang sounds like an attractive place. The town specializes in making large pottery and porcelain using traditional methods. The history dates back since the 16th century. This destination might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I am usually attracted by the things like that. Besides, Bat Trang is located in the southeast of Hanoi about 17 kilometers away.

      Hue, known as one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam, is the royal family’s former residence. Hue is also the heart of culture, religion and education. After days of biking, visiting the Thien Mu Pagoda is a peaceful journey. When you feel like a little bit of sunshine and salty water, the Thuan An Beach connects to the South China Sea and is about 13 kilometers from Hue. The beach has a protected lagoon. Although foreigners need to pay the fee to enter the area, it is still a popular location.

      Along the Perfum River (Huong Giang), there are many places to see such as Hon Chen Temple, Minh Mang Tomb and Gia Long Tomb. They are solemn locations with great masterpieces of architecture. Other things such as people’s activities on the streets and the view at the Trang Tien Bridge can also be appealing to visitors as well.

      Start from Hue and bike 108 kilometers south, you arrive at Danang. It might sound like a long way, but you will enjoy the view of Lang Co Beach and Hai Van Pass. In 1965, Danang became one of the biggest US military bases in Southeast Asia.

      The China Beach (Non Nuoc) is about 15 kilometers from Danang and about one kilometer away from the Marble Mountains. The beach is a popular surfing and swimming resort from March to August. Sponsored by the Vietnamese government and other various organizations, there is a surfing contest held in the area every year. Danang is also the third biggest city in Vietnam.

      Finally, you reach Saigon. The city had been through so many times of name changes. Today, it is known as the Ho Chi Minh City worldwide although not many Vietnamese use it. Saigon is probably the most famous city in Vietnam due to its frequent media exposure.

      In Saigon, I won’t miss the water puppet theater for the world. The show is only 20 to 30 minutes long. It is for the children’s entertainment, but it will please all ages. There are two fixed venues, History Museum and War Crimes Museum. It requires many difficult techniques to make a great water puppets show. There are also fixed venues for water puppet shows in Hanoi. Planning the trip, I would probably include the shows at the two cities and called it a Vietnam Water Puppet Tour.

      Some people think Saigon is a dangerous city because of the aggressive drivers, prostitutes, child beggars and other criminals. Experienced travelers recommend being aware of the bui doi (street kids). Vietnamese called them the dust of life. They sell random goods for a living and sometimes steal from tourists. Foreign bikers also think that it is the most confusing place to ride a bike. There are not many traffic lights in the district. Most of the roads seem to be one-way, but not many people follow the signs so be prepared for the chaotic situation.

      Move slowly and prepare for the chaotic streets

      Today, the Internet is so convenient that there is so much information about traveling. Use the search engine leads you to many travelers’ unique stories.

      Visit the following links to read about cycling in Vietnam: Active Travel Asia

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  • In Touch with the Real World: In Touch with the Real World: Vietnam Bicycle Tour

    • From: Activetravel
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      Because the technology makes traveling easier than it was hundreds years ago, today people fly from places to places to experience the different cultures in various countries.Vietnam, however, is one place that people think it is the place left in the world that is so close to the “reality.” Many destinations have not yet been explored by travelers.
      Vietnam is a bicycle-friendly country. Many people use bikes to commute in Vietnam. Bicycle travelers, Bill Fridl, Patrick Morris and David Foster chose their ways to discover the country. They cycled in Vietnam between 1995 and 2000. If you choose this method to sightsee in Vietnam, time can be the issue. Plan a trip with time flexibility to ensure a good quality trip. Cycling in Vietnam, time and energy are what you need. Knowing basic techniques to take care your bike would be a plus, and you can usually find some locals to help you with the bicycle problems. However, the language barrier could be a challenge.
       The bicycle brings more adventure excitments
      People who had traveled to Vietnam agreed that it was an interesting experience in general, but the bicycle tours definitely brought more adventurous excitements. There are two directions you can go. From north to south, you can visit Hanoi, Hue, Danang and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in that order. Or choose the other way travel from south to north. You can fly to Saigon and bike to Danang, Hue and Hanoi. I figure that if I am biking from place to place, I don’t want to go back and forth. Additionally, I want to at least visit and spend some time at the four big cities in Vietnam.
      According to some experienced bicycling travelers, it will take about three weeks to finish the route, but it really depends on how much time you want to spend in these places as a tourist, meaning sightseeing and just hanging out to relax. The benefit and disadvantage of the bike tour is that you might feel the cultural shocks sooner than regular “tourists” because you are so close to the locals. 
       Be prepared for the cultural clashes

      Beginning from national capital Hanoi, a city called the “Paris of the Orient” because of the beautiful lakes and shaded streets. The beauty of the bike tour is that you can meet the locals and observe what they are doing every day. Friendly smiles, sunshine beaches and yummy food, they are all the amazing things to attract biker’s attention on the way to their next destination. While hanging out near Hanoi, Frenchtown, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Presidential Palace, Hoan Kiem Lake,Ngoc Son Temple are hot spots to visit. Hanoi is a historical town where visitors can find evidence of the history.
      Hearing so many people’s stories about visiting Hanoi, Bat Trang sounds like an attractive place. The town specializes in making large pottery and porcelain using traditional methods. The history dates back since the 16th century. This destination might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I am usually attracted by the things like that. Besides, Bat Trang is located in the southeast of Hanoiabout 17 kilometers away.
      Hue, known as one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam, is the royal family’s former residence.Hue is also the heart of culture, religion and education. After days of biking, visiting the Thien Mu Pagoda is a peaceful journey. When you feel like a little bit of sunshine and salty water, the Thuan An Beach connects to the South China Sea and is about 13 kilometers from Hue. The beach has a protected lagoon. Although foreigners need to pay the fee to enter the area, it is still a popular location.
      Along the Perfum River (Huong Giang), there are many places to see such as Hon Chen Temple, Minh Mang Tomb and Gia Long Tomb. They are solemn locations with great masterpieces of architecture. Other things such as people’s activities on the streets and the view at the Trang TienBridge can also be appealing to visitors as well.
      Start from Hue and bike 108 kilometers south, you arrive at Danang. It might sound like a long way, but you will enjoy the view of Lang Co Beach and Hai Van Pass. In 1965, Danang became one of the biggest US military bases in Southeast Asia.
       
      The China Beach (Non Nuoc) is about 15 kilometers from Danang and about one kilometer away from the Marble Mountains. The beach is a popular surfing and swimming resort from March to August. Sponsored by the Vietnamese government and other various organizations, there is a surfing contest held in the area every year. Danang is also the third biggest city in Vietnam.
      Finally, you reach Saigon. The city had been through so many times of name changes. Today, it is known as the Ho Chi Minh City worldwide although not many Vietnamese use it. Saigon is probably the most famous city in Vietnam due to its frequent media exposure.
      In Saigon, I won’t miss the water puppet theater for the world. The show is only 20 to 30 minutes long. It is for the children’s entertainment, but it will please all ages. There are two fixed venues,History Museum and War Crimes Museum. It requires many difficult techniques to make a great water puppets show. There are also fixed venues for water puppet shows in Hanoi. Planning the trip, I would probably include the shows at the two cities and called it a Vietnam Water Puppet Tour.
      Some people think Saigon is a dangerous city because of the aggressive drivers, prostitutes, child beggars and other criminals. Experienced travelers recommend being aware of the bui doi (street kids). Vietnamese called them the dust of life. They sell random goods for a living and sometimes steal from tourists. Foreign bikers also think that it is the most confusing place to ride a bike. There are not many traffic lights in the district. Most of the roads seem to be one-way, but not many people follow the signs so be prepared for the chaotic situation.
       Move slowly and prepare for the chaotic streets
      Today, the Internet is so convenient that there is so much information about traveling. Use the search engine leads you to many travelers’ unique stories.
      Visit the following links to read about cycling in Vietnam: Active Travel Asia
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  • Staying In London… and my firs Staying In London… and my first Journal

    • From: Andrew23456
    • Description:

      This being my first post…and my first ever real blog I suppose, I will apologise now for my poor grammar.  

      I am a business traveller – I travel around the world for work. I will not tell you what I do, or who I work for, because let’s face it – I may get in trouble with the big boss! Why take the risk? Well I want to be able to write about my travels and have a little moan if I want to – without being scared of getting the sack. Do not get my wrong – I am very lucky to have this job which allows me to travel, meet new people and at the same time pay me to be doing it! But when you are stuck in a hotel, miles from home, sometimes you get a little bit lonely. Or when you are sitting in an airport, with your flight 6 hours delayed, the day before your wife’s birthday…you start to wonder why you bother!  (And seriously consider eloping so you don’t have to listen to her moaning at something that was out of your control!!)

      Anyway, with the introductions done, I will actually start my first blog post…

      I am staying in London for business at the moment. I have been here for two hours and have three days and nights or meetings, dinners and drinks with some consultant or another. In addition to business, I am going to explore London and maybe even have a little bit of fun! I am sitting in a very quaint little café, whilst I wait to get the keys for my very lush London serviced apartment that my company are oh so kindly putting me up in! I will have to keep you updated on how I am finding the apartment. I didn’t know what one was until I started business travel.

      Today I have an afternoon meeting, but I am hoping that it doesn’t drag on forever so I can go and go and maybe take a walk in the sunshine down regents canal….it is a hard life.

      My plan this evening is to visit convent garden, meet up with a long lost university friend and go to my favourite restaurant – the place with the best fish and chips ever, J sheeky! (http://www.j-sheekey.co.uk/). Then maybe onto my favourite London pub – Lowlander down Duruy lane. It is always really busy though thanks to an impressive range of draught and bottled beers! Tomorrow is filled with long meetings and a lunch which I expect to be nothing but dull.

      If I get the chance I will keep you updated over the week on how my London trip is progressing

      Peace out. 

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  • Colorado, USA Colorado, USA

    • From: AmazingTravels
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      Not sure what to expect, but Colorado is truly an amazing place to visit.  I have heard that it is a great place to live and work too.  Don't know if The first day I could be that far from a huge body of water (ocean), but the mountains and sunshine and clouds and adventure sports might make up for it.

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  • My First Trip to Brisbane My First Trip to Brisbane

    • From: JKnave
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      For my first trip after I retired is I visited Brisbane this is a popular location for tourists and it is the gateway to the rest of Queensland. The sub-tropical climate makes it a very comfortable place to visit all through the year and there is a lot of tourism infrastructure already in place, which makes it easy to get around with plenty to do and see.

      Brisbane, Australia is an amazing city and I was amazed by the sheer beauty of it. It combines the latest in modern technology with pristine natural beauty to create one of the most vibrant, cosmopolitan modern cities anywhere. Brisbane is a showcase for the arts and architecture. It offers fine dining and some of the best shopping in the world; they have shops that will rival Paris. It is a source of nature and culture.

      I was recommended by some locals to travel to the top of Mount Coot-Tha to receive a nice view of the city. Up there you can see the whole city laid out below you and it makes it simpler to come up with a plan to see the whole capital of Queensland. There are several key areas not to be missed. The South Bank experience is important. There the cuisine of the whole world is laid bare. There are Greek, Lebanese, Turkish, French and Australian restaurants with a variety of scents and flavors that will make your head swim we had the pleasure of dinning at the Restaurant Two, Amici's Italian Restaurant, and the Jellyfish Restaurant.

      When it comes to the arts Brisbane is world class. The Queensland Art Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art, the theatre at the Culture Centre, classical music, opera, jazz festivals and Italian Film Festivals are but a small sample of what the capital of the Sunshine State has to offer. There is also dance and drama and shows with some of the world’s finest dramatic artists.

      Nature has lucky Brisbane astoundingly. There are marvelous rivers walking through and around the city and amazing beaches where scuba, snorkel, surfing and water skiing are taken to high art. The Australia Zoo, plenty of theme parks, Story Bridge Adventure Climb and other opportunities for adventure abound. Brisbane’s weather is sub-tropical but the hearts of the people are warm and welcoming and they bid you welcome to Brisbane.

      When trying to find somewhere to stay I found that there are various kinds of accommodation that is offered in Brisbane from backpacker’s hotels to five star luxury apartments and hotels. I found the best places online and they were paired with accommodation reviews. It was a hard decision between the Oaks On Felix Hotel located on Felix street and Medina Executive Brisbane Hotel on Ivory Lane. They are both 5 star hotels with world class amenities, it was a difficult decision.

      I decided on the Medina Executive Brisbane Hotel because of its vicinity to the Brisbane River. I am extremely happy with my choice; I got a two bedroom suite on the upper floor so I was able to take my morning meal on the terrace that overlooked the river and the city skyline.  I also like that it had a cetral location that was convenient to may exciting places.

       I was drawn to this region for its uniqueness and rightfully so, I enjoyed every minute of my trip. There were many wonderful things to do and see and yet is stands out ahead of many different regions throughout the world very simply because of the unique people that live in this region and unique layout that creates an exciting city life that is surrounding by one of the most natural areas found on earth today. 

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  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge Sunshine Skyway Bridge

  • Sunshine Sunshine

    • From: ljwells
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      Glacier National Park, Montana

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  • Burst of Sunshine Burst of Sunshine

    • From: Donna Carroll
    • Description:

      Taken in Cape Town at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.  This is a must see on a beautiful day for both scenery and floral beauty.

    • 4 years ago
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  • Sentinel Dome Sentinel Dome

    • From: elenacrecelius
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      Hiking up to the top of Sentinel Dome with friends was the perfect way to end a day touring Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park in California. Emily Dane is enjoying the afternoon sunshine that lit up the amazing 360 degree view while Dave Baer is inspecting the mountaintop map in the background.

    • 4 years ago
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