When spring arrives, you can see the world around you bloom again in full splendor.  Flowers blooming in spring indicate the impending arrival of warm weather. Spring is the best time in the year to visit beautiful gardens. Here are some exquisite gardens you would certainly enjoy visiting.

Laz Pozas, Mexico

This garden situated in the subtropical rainforest region in Mexico is the creation of Edward James a surrealist art patron, eccentric and poet. Created to emulate Garden of Eden this place has waterfalls, concrete structures and numerous exotic and beautiful tropical plants scattered over a huge area of about 80 acres.

Jardin Canario, Canary Islands

Canary Islands are a tiny group situated in the northwest African coast. The Jardin Botanico Canrio Viera y Clavijo has several fascinating plants of which the notable section is the Garden of Succulents and Cacti, which has over 10,000 plants.

Katsura Imperial Villa, Japan

The gardens surrounding this villa are spectacular. These symbolize the traditional Japanese gardening skills. Built during the early 1600s by Katsura royal family, the garden has breathtaking landscaping done with several bridges, a pond, some cherry trees and many more. Seeing the exquisite gardens a visitor is sure to become enthralled and take to gardening. With the advanced technology available now like the led grow lights available at http://growlightsbase.com it is possible to grow a garden easily without worrying about the weather changes.

Butchart Gardens, Canada

The area occupied by the Butchart Gardens was initially a limestone quarry owned by Robert Pim Butchart in Victoria, British Colombia. When the limestone was exhausted, the sunken pit attracted Butchart’s wife, Jennie who turned it into a sunken garden. The success of the garden made her add on other gardens that exist now such as Japanese garden, Italian garden, and rose garden. These gardens are now regarded as the best gardens worldwide.

Keukenhof, Netherlands

The tulip gardens in Netherlands are world famous, and have been featured in many films and television shows. This garden is the largest in the world and although the flowers are in endless rows, you will never get tired of them.

Versailles, France

The Versailles gardens were originally built to appease King Louis XIV who was well known for his decadent and luxurious lifestyle. Each and every detail of the garden has been meticulously done without overlooking even a single part making it a dream come true for landscape enthusiasts.

Kirstenbosch,South Africa

This garden is present right at the bottom of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. The place is known for its spectacular scenery in addition to the superb collection of flowers and plants. This garden stands apart from the rest, as it not only looks appealing, but is also focused on preserving some of the plant varieties that are indigenous to this area. This makes the place extremely special and a must visit place. The region is also home to some of the extinct and endangered plants in the locality. The garden aims at propagating these rare species and introducing them again to their original habitat.


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Holidays aren’t much fun, if you don’t have any trip planned. Visiting new places aren’t only fun but help you get a new perspective on different aspects of your life including personal and professional. While visiting the popular tourist destinations is the usual thing that people go for, recently the adventurous holiday trips are more in vogue among vacationers. If you are keen on adventure trips in Europe here are some fresh ideas that are sure to chase away the boredom, clear the cobwebs, and keep you alive and vibrant.

Canoeing in Portugal

Portugal coast offers plenty of adventure sports for the brave traveler. The volcanic archipelago- Azores and Furnas in Sao Miguel are places that have diverse activities to enjoy. From deep sea diving and climbing the mountains to canoeing in volcanic crater and swimming, the country has much to offer.

Cycling in Czech Republic

Vienna and Prague are popular destinations for their art galleries and of course the cheap beer. However, these are not why you need to visit the place. The beauty of the land here is something precious and untouched that you will be beholden at first sight.

The stunning valleys with Bohemian villages and endless hills make the place a paradise on earth not just for cycling but also for a drive through. The hiking routes are pristine and spectacular. You can also sign up, for some hunting expeditions here. Having the right tools for your adventure trip is important as it can enhance your adventure and make you enjoy it more. When I go on hunting trips, I make it a point to take along my special tactical knives, which I buy at http://edgehunting.com.

Winter in Sweden

Swedish wilderness is home to Siberian jays, woodpeckers, golden eagles, and bullfinches. Even if the winter is harsh here, if you are up to it, the trip is worthwhile. The remote forest regions can be explored in snowmobile. You get plenty of birds to photograph and watch here.

Walking in Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands consist of 18 islands, all volcanic, situated between Iceland and Scotland in the Norwegian Sea. You can walk in the Amabadalur valley and in Saksun village, which has a breathtaking route that passes by the tidal lagoon. Klaksvik, the largest town located between fjords and mountains, is also a must visit place here.

Mountain climbing in France

The highest mountain in Western Europe, Mont Blanc provides the right place for an exciting mountain climbing expedition. The mountain can be accessed via three routes. Of the three, the Gouter Route is a tough one requiring high level of fitness. I initially attended the practice climbs and some training before I started on the trip. It was worth it!

Another interesting place for mountain climbing is the Via Ferrata in Dolomites, Italy. The ‘iron roads’ of the First World War pass through an interesting array of mountain tunnels, swaying bridges, rusty ladders and around the limestone ranges, which is an exhilarating experience any adventurous tourist should try at least once in his or her lifetime. The Dolomites features over 200 routes making it easy to choose one suitable for you.


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Visit Brazil

Brazil is one of the South America countries that got most appealing attractions that you have to visit. Brasil is very popular for football as a national sports, the country also boasts for the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu sport. Football has been so famous in Brazil that has produced big names in the football history. The Jiu Jitsu also is very popular and has been held in the country since ancient times. This sport teaches people how to defend themselves. And if you are really into one of those two Brasil is a best place to for training and improvement. Don’t forget to take your bjj gi with you on a Brasil holiday.

However, not only these two attractions do attracts tourists but also there are also some spots that you don’t have to miss as you plan your visit to Brazil. In this article, we’re going to look at five hot spots that you have to spend your holiday.

Fernando de Noronha

It’s located approximately 354 kilometers northeastern coast of Brazil. When you visit Fernando de Noronha, you’ll see the landscapes, wildlife and the beautiful beaches. You can enjoy swimming and snorkeling. It’s easier to learn Portugal as the island is inhabited by Portuguese speaking people. Enjoy basking on the sun as you enjoy the cool breeze.

Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto is one of the historic towns preserved in Brazil. While in this town you will see the Portuguese colonial architecture, the modern building and the sculptured work which makes this city a popular tourist spot. Your holiday won’t be completed without seeing the old churches preserved in this town.

Iguazu Falls

A trip to Iguazu falls is the one that will leave you with memories of Brazil. With 275 falls along this river, the U-shaped Devil’s Throat waterfall is worthy your visit. This fall stretches a height of 82 meters and 269 ft. you can also see the plains of Argentina since the waterfall is located on the border of Brazil and Argentina.

Amazon River

This second largest river in the world is ideal to those tourists who are nature lovers. Explore rain forests that this river is located in. Also you can explore the upper part of the river and enjoy buzzing, boating and spotting animals. The river also holds more than 2,500 species of fish. The lushly greenery environment allows you to take photos that will help you to have that adventurous feeling when you look at it. Don’t miss out touring this river.

Salvador Beaches

Salvador BeachesThese beaches are located in the state of Bahia. The reefs that surround these beaches are something that you won’t miss to explore. The natural pools formed are ideal for children to swim in them. Enjoy playing in the sandy beaches, swimming, sailing and other water activities while on the beach. The breeze from the sea gives you that holiday feeling. Salvador Beaches have made Brazil to stand out as one with best beaches to spend your holiday.

These spots are some of the Brazil tourism that you have to spend your holiday touring them. We believe you will enjoy you holiday in Brazil.

References:

Brasil: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil

Football In Brasil: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_in_Brazil

photo credit: @Doug88888


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Museums to Visit in Greece

Exploration is an experience that everybody desires. However, a historical exploration is one that you have to especially when on holiday. Greece is just one of the countries that you have to visit and see the history and culture preserved in these museums. The city of Athens holds several museums that you’ve to visit while on holiday.

In this article we’re going to look at different museums in this rich cultural and historic city that you have to visit and see the ancient features preserved in them. Let’s look at each museum and what it holds that you’ll have to see when exploring these museums.

Acropolis Museum

This museum is located in the city of Athens.  As you walk in this five-story building, you’ll see the ancient beautiful sculptures, adorned Acropolis, standing objects, statues that are displayed in this museum. Don’t miss out to walk on the lower level of this museum where you’ll see excavations of an ancient Athenian neighborhood. This is an experience that you’ll not find it anywhere.

National Archaeological Museum

Bronze statues, Mycenaean gold, marble relief of gods and goddesses and red and black figured vases that are preserved in this museum will capture your sight. The ancient hunting frescoes are also preserved in this national museum and are something that you don’t have to miss out.

Museum of PopularGreek Musical Instruments

Located in the city of Athens, you’ll be welcome with the Greek music that is played with an elderly Greek gentleman. Enjoy this soothing music as you see the traditional music recording instruments preserved in this music. The photos of musicians playing the instruments in the museum will leave you feeling relaxed.

Archaeological Museum of Iraklion

This museum preserves the ancient culture. The museum preserves exquisite gold jewelry, stone figurines, elegant bronze and frescoes. Not only these will make you to visit the museum but the Neolithic, Archaic Greek attracts tourist in this museum. Visit this museum and see the culture preserved in it. This museum is located in the city of Crete.

Archaeological Museum of Chania

This museum has a collection of ancient works. Different artworks of different ages/centuries are preserved in this museum. The museum of Chania attracts visitors for it’s regarded as a provincial museum

As you enjoy your summer holiday in Greece, visit these museums and see the cultures preserved in them. I believe this article has highlighted what you have to see in each and every museum that you will walk in. Go, see and enjoy as well.

http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/culture/museums

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Spend your Summer in France

Are you looking for an inspiration summer holiday? Don’t be stressed, France is the answer. Enjoy visiting fantastic places some of which have not heard of. Known to many as the city of love, France has more to offer in terms of adventure and tourism adding excitement to your romantic holiday or your honeymoon.

In this article, we’re going to look at those places that you have to spend your summer holiday and that have made France to be among the world class tourists destination.

Palace of Versaillies

The Palace of Versaillies in France shows the opulence and grandeur of the French Monarchy to tourists. The architecture of this palace attracts tourist from all over the world and also the art, antiques, beautiful furniture and the fascinating garden is something that you don’t have to miss.

Mount Saint-Michel

Your holiday will not be completed without visiting Saint-Michel to see the Abbey and Church. This village also has the remains of the medieval ramparts and also holds Saint-Michel museum of history which attracts tourist from all over the world. The historic battlements preserved in the museum are something you don’t have to miss. This is a nice spot to spend your romantic evening walk.

WW1 Battlefields

Spend your summer holiday exploring these world war one fields in France. These fields have attracted tourists for ages now as they come here to see the cemeteries, memorials and see the museum that preserves the story of this war. These fields are preserved to date and they remain significant to the people of France. Take your time and see this sad historic event.

Musee du Louvre

Visit Musee du Louvre and enjoy seeing the artifacts, sculptures and the famous art. What is entailed is here, is not a day thing but is something that you have to prepare to spend a day.  This Louvre has a museum that displays about 35,000 art works from all over the world. You’ll see the Egyptian antiquities, Greek, Islamic art, Roman antiquities, paintings, drawings and prints in this museum. This is a rare experience that you will find it only while touring France.

Pont du Gard

Wind up you holiday by visiting this iconic bridge. You will be thrilled as you’ll see the Roman marvel up close while on this bridge. The museum besides the bridge that displays the engineering work used to build the bridge will leave you contented.

We believe this article has highlighted spots that you were not aware and that you have to visit if you’ve planned to spend your summer holiday in France.

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I’m a big fan of art from all eras. I make a point to look at small galleries of art wherever I go on vacation. But sometimes I want to spend my whole vacation in a museum, looking at the amazing artwork. Sound a bit odd? Well, I’m sure I have people who would love to join my in my artistic travels! Here are some of my favorite destinations for beautiful artwork. Close your eyes, and take a beautiful artistic journey with me to my favorite vacation spots.

Florence, Italy

Florence is the home of Dante, who wrote the magnificent work The Divine Comedy. Every year Florence has an arts festival to honor the great poet; you can see all of the original artwork for Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell… The Hell artwork is my personal favorite because it is the most emotional. You can also find the works of other great artists like Da Vinci here; the Italian Renaissance was birthed in large part from Florence. You can find some of the world’s most influential art here in this beautiful city.

New York City, USA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the middle of Manhattan rivals the largest European museums; the Met, as it’s known to natives, takes up almost 4 city blocks and is filled to the brim with stunning paintings, sculptures, and unearthed archeological finds. And you won’t just find European and American art; you will find art from ancient Egypt, Africa, and Greece. The Met is perfect for history nerds like me as well as art buffs. No matter what culture you’re from, you will find out more about your roots from the Met. In addition, since it is centrally located you will be able to eat out at the best restaurants and stay in wonderful hotels. I’m a big fan of the Ramada on 3rd Ave… I got a great indoor basketball for the trip from Patio Sport because their basketball court is so much fun to play on!

Paris, France

I’ve saved the best for last, because one cannot have a real discussion about great art without talking about France. France was the next great artistic capital after Italy; it took a bit of the spotlight way during the late 1600s onward. The Louvre in downtown Paris is one of the greatest storehouse of art on the planet; the most famous piece of art, the Mona Lisa, is stored here. France is also a great place of food, culture, and fashion as well. I’m really glad I took some French classes in high school, because the local French people are very willing to let you practice your French on them, and they want to practice their English on you as well! If you live in the United States especially, you will love French culture. Just remember to be polite, open-minded, and don’t assume everything will be the same as what you’re used to. That goes for every culture you travel in, if you want to have a good time!


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Best Musical Vacation Spots

Do you listen to music when you go on trips? Why not make your whole vacation about music? There are so much great vacation spots for music lovers, where you can spend your whole vacation listening to great music and having a great time. These are vacation spots from all over the world, where you can have fun listening to music and enjoying your holiday.

New York

Do you love musicals? New York is the best place to be for you. Broadway is the best place for musicals in the world; all of the best musical theater actors and actresses come to New York. The best part about this trip is that there are so many things to do. If you decide you don’t want to go to the theater that day, you can plan a day in NYC, eating food or going clubbing or whatever you want! And at night you can see plays like Les Mis, The Phantom of the Opera, or Hamilton. There are so many options for the theater lover in NYC!

Chicago

Chicago has the best alternative music festival in the world: Lollapalooza. It features bands like Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Twenty-One Pilots, and other greats from the alt-rock world. The Foo Fighters have also performed here, so there really is something for everyone! Lollapalooza lasts for 3-5 days, with different bands performing each day. Just make sure you choose a good hotel; some of the Chicago hotels are a little cheap. Some bad hotels could use some mouse baits to catch the rodents… Make sure you read the hotel reviews and pick a good one!

Manchester

Manchester in England has some great rock festivals, featuring bands like Slipknot, Korn, System of a Down, and Stone Sour. These festivals are a ton of fun! They’re like a best mouse trap from Insect Murderer… They just keep you there! You won’t want to leave when the festival is over. There are so many fun things to do, such as try the craft beer, see the sideshow tents, or just listen to the bands play.

Los Angeles

LA is the music capital of the United States. New York has Broadway, LA has all the recording studios. Because there are so many bands there, there are concerts going on all the time. And not small concerts either; bands like Rage Against the Machine played there all the time simply because that was their hometown. If you love rock music, this is the place for you. Since most of the venues are pretty small, you will be up close and personal with your favorite bands. I’ve seen Green Day play live in small clubs just for fun. But beware: LA is a big city, and those concerts sell out fast! But if you can get into one of those small venues, you are sure to have a great time. I know I always have! Just remember: online pre-ordering is the way to go!


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I enjoy taking a rustic vacation every once in a while. A resort is a wonderful place to stay for a holiday, but nothing beats the feeling of conquering nature during your vacation. However, you have to pick your vacation spot carefully. Your natural, rustic vacation could turn into a very miserable, unhappy stay very quickly. I’ll share a few of my personal favorite vacation spots for travelers all over the world. The only rule is that they have to be wilderness destinations!

The Smoky Mountains

The United States and Canada have some of the best wilderness vacation spots. There are so many undeveloped portions of the US and Canada that are wonderful for the wilderness traveler. The Smoky Mountains in East TN and North Carolina are perfect examples of this. The Smokys offer a perfect blend of wilderness and comfort. If you start your vacation camping in the national park and decide you’d rather not, there are plenty of hotels and resorts for you to choose from.

The Garden of the Gods, Colorado

The Garden of the Gods is a natural rock formation that offers a perfect travel spot for the wilderness traveler. There are campsites on top of mountains as well as in valleys, and hiking enough for the most daring traveler. Make sure you pick up a good-quality survival knife, such as this one here: http://asklancelot.com/best-survival-knife. You will need all the survival gear you can get in order to have an enjoyable vacation; there are lots of animals around during some seasons.

Yellowstone

Yellowstone is one of the most famous American national parks. It is home to natural geysers like Old Faithful that you can watch. It also contains natural populations of buffalo, wolves, and black bears, which can be hard to find naturally in the US anymore. There are all sorts of campsites within Yellowstone, but they are very strict about messing with the natural environment. I would recommend buying a high-quality hunting knife, but do not go around cutting the trees or damaging the environment with it. “Take nothing but pictures; leave nothing but footprints” is the motto for the national parks.

The Swiss Alps

This is a non-American entry to the list, but it is so well worth it. Europe is unique because there are so many more opportunities for travel. In the US travel is largely limited to cars and buses and planes, but in Switzerland travel can be done on foot or on bikes. A biking tour of the Alps is an unforgettable experience; I would say it beats every experience the US has to offer. If you have the opportunity to take a trip to the Alps, do it. You can even stay in hostels along the road if you’d prefer not to stay in tents every night. You have the choice of how rustic you want to be. If you have the opportunity, take this trip. You won’t regret it.


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Got any plans for your next trip? Want to try something new while on your travel vacation? Why not birdwatching?

Birdwatching is a great hobby for anyone who loves travelling. You get to enjoy scenic sights at the same time you’ll be amazed with different species of birds. Take note that we have around 10,000 species of bird. So, if you think you’ve seen the most beautiful bird, think again! You haven’t seen a fraction of it.

Although you can see birds pretty much everywhere, some travel destinations are popular for their amazing birdwatching opportunities and unique endemic species. Birdwatching does not only let us observe birds and their fascinating features and habits; it also gives us opportunity to slow down, meditate and appreciate our surroundings. Here let’s talk about some of the best destinations for birdwatching.

  1. Madeira, Portugal

When travelling to Madeira, don’t forget to bring a reliable bird watching telescope like the one here: https://likehubble.com/best-spotting-scopes-for-bird-watching/. Considered among the top destinations for bird lovers in Europe, Madeira boasts of over 46 different bird species that consider this paradise island its home. It is a perfect destination for everyone who wants to discover and relax with nature.

  1. Kruger National Park, South Africa

The Kruger National Park provides grassland and savannah habitats for some 500 bird species. It covers almost 20,000 square kilometers that is home to spectacular bird species that include Martial eagle, Southern Ground-Hornbill, and glossy starlings. As a bonus, you can also observe extinct animal species such as lions, rhinos, elephants, etc.

  1. Loophead, Ireland

The serene coastline, wetlands of Loophead makes it an ideal destination for birds. Kittiwakes, guillemots and other migratory birds are among the most common species that you can see here. The Loophead Lighthouse is the best place to set up your scope for birdwatching. If you still don’t have a scope, you can check the bird scope reviews at https://likehubble.com/.

  1. Narathiwat, Thailand

If you want to see exotic bird species of Asia, the Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary must be on your list. Located in Narathiwat in southern Thailand, this sanctuary serves as home to garnet pitas, Malaysian rail babbles and reddish scops owls. Whether you are a casual or a serious bird-watcher, you will definitely fall in love with Narathiwat’s landscape and its rich biodiversity.

  1. The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The best time to visit this equatorial island is between October and February when migratory birds flock the shores of this island. It has the richest biodiversity with an exquisite bird population. There are around twenty bird species that are endemic to this island. Some of the bird species that you can find in the Galapagos are: Galapagos Penguin, Waved Albatross, Red-Billed Tropicbird, Brown Pelican, Blue-Footed Booby, Nazca Booby, Red-Footed Booby, Frigatebird, Galapagos Hawk, Lava Gull and many more. Many of the birds you’ll see in the Galapagos Islands are rare and exotic.

Discover these great destinations and be amazed at the beauty of birds!


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Travelling as a Woman

If you’re a woman, chances are that your travel experience is a bit different from that of a man. For one thing, you have more to worry about in terms of sexual assault and predators in the streets. However, we’ve put together a guide of everything you need to know in order to have a safe and enjoyable vacation.

Choose Wisely

The first step is to choose your travel destination carefully. You can’t be too careful when it comes to countries that have a bad reputation for kidnapping or slavery. Depending on how large your travel group is, you might want to be careful about some places in Eastern Europe, Africa, or US cities like Memphis or Chicago. Read up on your local government websites; most countries maintain a database of crime states from other countries and advise travelers which places are safe and which ones are not. The US government is very good about this, and their stats are very helpful for anyone traveler from any country.

Go with People

This is true for men and women alike, but don’t travel alone if possible. Books and movies romanticize travelling alone in a place you’ve never been, but we don’t recommend that to anyone unless it’s a very safe city. Travelling alone in Sweden? You’re probably fine. Travelling alone in Egypt? Hmmm… You might want to give that a second thought. Going with a group can cut your chances of being accosted almost in half. Plus, group travel is a lot more fun in most cases, in addition to being much safer.

Stock Up Beforehand!

You need to make sure that you have everything you need before you go. In some countries, even basic supplies like great reusable menstrual pads can be hard to come by. And NEVER drink the water in a foreign country… There can often be pathogens that your body doesn’t recognize that can ruin your vacation quickly. Although you may or may not need it, an international SIM card for your phone can give you a lot of peace of mind. You will have access to a limited number of minutes and data while you’re abroad, so you can use your phone in case of emergency. Be sure and get a list of the emergency numbers of the country you’re visiting beforehand!

The Food

After you’ve stocked up from TopLadiesSecrets.com and bought your SIM card, you’re ready to talk food! Really, there’s just one word of caution here: be careful about seafood. Seafood can really mess your stomach up in other countries if you’re not used to it. Do some research online to find out what foods don’t agree with travelers very well, and be careful about “hole-in-the-wall” restaurants. Little restaurants can often be the key to upset stomachs later.

And that’s that! Do you feel ready to take a trip with your girlfriends this holiday season? Just be safe, stock up, and be sure to have a great time!


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What Makes A Hotel Five Star?

Have you ever wondered how hotels are classified? A lot of people actually don’t understand how hotels are rated based on the star and diamond standards. They simply choose a hotel based on the advertised star or diamond rating.

Before anything else, let’s be clear on one thing – there’s actually no international organization that ranks or rates hotels. Hotel ratings is subjective and often a result of customer feedback. So, it is possible for any hotel to claim that they are 5-star even if they are not. You may be dismayed to know that there are only around 154 hotels around the world that have been officially rated Five Star. These are the best of the best in world of luxury hotel service. And it’s not surprising to find scathing reviews about a five star hotel’s service.

However, this doesn’t mean that there are only very few luxury hotels around the globe. These hotels have only set themselves apart from others which make them a notch above the rest. Already on its 58th year of publication, this list of Five-Star rated hotels is managed by Mobil. It ranked hotels in the US based on the services offered and gave travelers a trusted review of where best to stay when travelling.

Through the years, the system of classifying hotels has transformed to adapt to the changing trends in hotel amenities and services. Standards have been tightened while adding more city hotels. The hotels in this list are continuously monitored with standards being upgraded regularly to ensure the best services for guests.

In 20111, this list became the Forbes Travel Guide. It continues the tradition and adheres to the standards. Usually, mystery shoppers visit hotels incognito and stay there. They rate the hotel based on their experience. At the end of the survey, they sit down with the hotel provider and discuss their findings. The Forbes list is published annually in February.

So how are hotels evaluated? What makes them the best among the rest? 24-hour room service? Swimming pool and fitness hub? High quality facilities and amenities? Wi-Fi and other connectivity features? As well as minute details like a good wireless doorbell, such as those reviewed at DoorbellBase.com? Basically, a hotel is rated based on a total service package. From the way you are greeted at the lobby to the time you check out. The service should be reliable and the amenities should be complete. A five-star hotel has all the services that a hotel guest would need plus they are ready to serve every guest’s whim. The best hotel service crews even anticipate the requests of their guests.

It’s the totality of the service that is actually rated and not just parts and parcel of the hotel. Some hotel chains have perfected hotel service. These hotels have inculcated in their staff the culture of providing only the best service! Of course, these highly-rated hotels come at a price, but for those in search of luxury, these hotels are worth every penny!


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Interesting uses of LED Lighting

The amazing changes technology brings to our lives are beyond compare. Take for instance the evolution of lighting systems. The LEDs, which were earlier used only in laser pointers, have now become a commonly used lighting feature in various aspects of our life. From LED TVs and headlights to wallpaper and even clothing, the LEDs have pervaded our space albeit in a positive light.

When compared to incandescent bulbs, LEDs are very compact and don’t radiate heat. More important is the fact that they consume less energy. Other advantages include a flexible and plastic design, which enables these lights to be used in various innovative methods, which is not possible with other lighting types. Here are some of the most exciting, bizarre and funny uses of LEDs.

Virtual Sky

LED lights save energy eight times more than the conventional incandescent bulbs we use. Moreover, research indicates that LED is also instrumental in making us productive and happier. This was tested by replacing the ceiling panels in working place with LED modules that mimic sky. Workers feel as if they are out in the open. The LEDs being less harsh than the fluorescent bulbs their positive effect is certainly believable.  As working in natural light has been found to increase productivity by over 15 percent, the LEDs help in better work atmosphere and more productivity.

LED in car sunroof

It is natural for your car to get steamy and hot, when you leave it out in direct sunlight. But the sunlight can be turned to your advantage. The new LED powered by solar rays fitted to the sunroof of your car will illuminate the car interior. You also find LED light bars such as in http://lightbarland.com/ which you can use to increase visibility, while driving at night. Even break lights and turn signals are made of LEDs.

Contact lens

A stunning new invention by Finland’s Aalto University uses bionic type of contact lens that aims at changing our view of reality. The bionic lens transmits visual information to a sapphire transparent chip fitted with LED. This helps the person wearing it to view their computer screen directly without any other additions needed. With just your contacts and eyes you can check you mail, browse etc.

Light strips

The LEDs are available in strips, which can be taped inside your car. These LEDs are elegant and handy available in a wide range of colors. The lights are versatile and light in weight. The roll of LED lights can be cut for use in projects. So instead of hiring a lighting contractor or specialist you can do the job cheaper and easier. The LED light bars such as the EYOURLIFE LED BARS are used by motorists for better lighting while riding. The LED strips are also waterproof.

Wall panels

With the new luminous LED wall panels, you can easily do away with the annoying chore of painting your walls regularly. The LED panels from Philips can configure in different color combinations so you can change the color of your walls easily.


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How to have a holiday outdoorsEven though the snow has finally melted away, it is still very cold and wet out there. Winter is not quite ready to say good bye yet. But little did she know that no matter how ferocious she chooses to be, she will never be able to prevent adventurous holiday makers from taking yet another trip of a lifetime, whether it is high up in the Swiss Alps or the Himalayas or even in the middle of a blizzard right in the middle of their route between Bristol and Glasgow. But while winter gleefully unleashes yet another storm cloud burst, unhappy and less adventurous folks can pipe up and still enjoy themselves at home, as though they were already on holiday.

An indoor barbecue second to none

Click here to sample the choices of electric smokers you will have at your disposal to respond to yet another call to gather the neighbors and have a whale of a time while the rain pelts your windows. This is indicative of a fine example of how innovative the socialite in you can be while it’s still too cold and inclement to gather your best mates together out on the patio. Here, you can still have a prime barbecue sheltered from the bad weather.

And when your favorite cuts and ribs are all done and ready, just the way they like it, everyone can gather around the self-help table in your dining room and help themselves to saucy and cheesy salads and warm potatoes and vegetables. You can even have a get together reminiscing over past trips. How do you do this? Well, it’s simple really. Haul out your favorite photographs, slides and home movies, put some light, background music on, and give your interested friends the show of a lifetime.

Keeping yourselves warmly inspired

While you’re secretly being inspired yourself, you’re motivating your stay at home mates to get off their own backsides and helping them realize that a trip abroad or even across to the continent is highly affordable. A proper gas smoker also helps you to save both time and money. It may not be a barbecue, it doesn’t have to be, but smoking your meat is entirely ideal for indoor dishes and meals. Guests will never need to go hungry.

They don’t ever need to be bored either. Please regale them about your most memorable moments overseas. Don’t forget to tell them about your most embarrassing moments either. All these and more are part and parcel of what makes up the finest holiday anyway. But what if you’ve never been anywhere, ever? Well, surely by now, you’ve come to realize that through guidance and inspiration, at least one vacation is possible in your lifetime.

Please take some time out to read a few of the previous posts here on some of the greatest places on earth well worth visiting.


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Travel Destinations for Every Music LoverMusic adds color to our lives. It can inspire our mood to better heights and uplifts us when we’re down. Without music, life is dull. And it’s not surprising why many people fall in love with music. From indie concerts to music halls, thriving underground club to a multi-day festivals, there are different music venue that will cater to your ear’s preference. Music is wide and varied – hip-hop, rock, jazz, R&B, country, classical and much more. While everyone may have unique musical taste, here are some tourist meccas for every music lover:

  1. Boston, MA

The music scene in Boston is eclectic, rich and dynamic. From hip hop to electronica artists to metal bands to rock, Boston’s live music scene is a must see. It’s not entirely surprising to know that it’s the birthplace of rock icon – Aerosmith.

  1. Seattle, WA

Considered the home of grunge music, Seattle’s music scene is worth visiting. If you happen to be in the city, be sure to check the permanent exhibit devoted to Nirvana found at the EMP Museum. It also features exhibits of rock idol Jim Hendrix as well as the evolution of music videos. The city has a number of live music venues catering different musical genres. You may also chance upon classic musicians on streets. I’ve seen a violinist playing his violin (much like those reviewed at Violinio) when I once visited Seattle.

  1. Prague, Czech Republic

Musicians from around the world all converge at the Prague International Music Festival. For music lovers, the city is the place to be in during the musical festival. Performances from both indie artists and big musical performers are showcased throughout this event.

  1. Graceland, Memphis, TN

If you’re an avid rock n’ roll fan, then Graceland should be on top of your list. Aside from having some great music venues and performances, it is also where you can visit the Elvis’ mansion.

  1. Chicago, IL

Chicago is the destination for those who love rhythm and blues. But aside from R&B, the city is also a thriving hub for hip hop and house music. Occasionally, you can find full orchestra concert performances in the city. There are also great music schools around. If you are planning to enroll your kids to a musical school to learn violin, you may want to check out this site.

  1. San Francisco, CA

Metallica and hippie movement trace back to this city. It has a very lively music scene with hubs catering to different preferences. Interesting places to visit in the city include the Great American Music Hall and The Fillmore – a famous club which has hosted Janis Joplin, Hendrix and countless other acts from different genres.

These are just some of the places that music lovers might want to include in their bucket lists. It’s also exciting to discover different musical scenes in every place you go. Don’t be afraid to check out local music hubs or clubs. Traditional music is also very interesting.


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Useful Travel Items

There are some things which are just good to bring along when traveling long distances far away from home, such as when you’re on vacation or taking a trip related to your job. People often underestimate the value of a good map, though it’s one of the most useful items you could ever pack when going on a long trip. These days many people use GPS units and digital maps to take care of this need and good maps for much of the world are freely available through the Internet. That’s just one very useful item, but there are still a few more items most people should pack when traveling.

Another good thing to pack when traveling is a first aid kit. You never know when you, someone traveling with you, or someone you meet might get injured. It’s just a good idea to have one of these around in your vehicle anyhow, even when you aren’t planning on traveling far. It’s one of those “just in case” items you know you might need, but hope you’ll never have to use. A good first aid kit should include disinfectant wipes and antibiotic ointment as well as bandages, gauze, tape, splints for setting broken fingers and a few other essential items like emergency insulin for diabetics.

One major concern for drivers especially is traveling at night when there is little or no artificial light to help improve visibility. Headlights alone sometimes aren’t enough to ensure you are able to see, as well as be seen by other drivers. For this issue, consider adding LED light bars to your car, truck or van. Click here for information about Cree LED bars made specifically for the purpose of increasing vehicle visibility while driving. It’s better to be seen and avoid an accident in the first place rather than to have a kit, phone and flares available in case you crash at night; believe it.

Speaking of flares, you don’t typically get those in first aid kits, and they are a great thing to carry in your vehicle while traveling in case you get into an accident after the sun goes down. Visibility can be very low in some places – especially if there is no overhead lighting, like when driving in the back country or other locales which are more rural and less urban. A set of flares can be the difference between being visible and getting the help you need and watching the ambulance drive right by you while you sit on the side of a dark road.

Last but certainly not least on this short list of useful travel items is a spare tire, or maybe even two, tucked away in your vehicle’s storage space. Nothing can stop someone traveling quite as fast as a sudden flat tire, but thankfully these are also some of the easiest things on a vehicle to replace, next to stuff like spark plugs and batteries. You’ll need a jack for lifting up the vehicle if you want to swap tires, and pneumatic jacks are probably the best of the bunch.


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If you are looking for a completely unique and exciting holiday adventure, a motorcycle trip is a must.

Riding a motorbike through scenic landscapes could possibly be one of the best adventures you will ever experience! Unlike the usual packaged travel tours that many tourists tread, motorbike adventures lets you see l the less explored sights and scenes of a country. It gives you an immersive experience of the climate, the culture and the people – something you don’t usually experience in planned trips. But before you even consider trying a motorbike adventure, make sure you have with you motorcycle safety equipment and accessories. We’ve found some good motorcycle helmet reviews at Motorcyclistlife.com.

Which countries offer the perfect motorbike adventure tours? Let’s see.

  1. Turkey

Turkey promises leisure motorbike ride through constantly changing sceneries with delicious cuisine and rich culture. The road networks range from fast, smooth motorways to bumpy rural roads. City traffic can be heavy at times but out of the cities, the pace is light. From the country’s capital, ride across the Bosporus and run past through the ruins of ancient empires that dot the roadway. Leisurely drive through the mountain roads of the Black Sea mountains, then the road leads you to the lunar landscapes of central Anatolia.

Marvel at the massive rock formations that the valley features and spend your night on one of the luxury cave hotels. Further down the route, you’d pass through the vibrant scenery of the Taurus Mountains until you reach the Turquoise Coast where a relaxing retreat awaits you.

  1. Morocco

This North African country offers a fantastic winter road trip for motorbike enthusiasts. The landscape offers different riding possibilities to suit different driving tastes. The country has a reasonable road surface and a manageable traffic.

If you’re an experienced motorcyclist and want a more adventurous route, you can try the sand dunes, mule tracks and dry riverbeds – and there are also off-roads. Morocco road trip lets you tide your motorbike and cruise along the scenic Atlantic coast, or through the wild mountain switchbacks of the Rif Mountains. Routes along the deserts of the Sahara give you far-reaching views and a rollercoaster of bends.

  1. Italy

Towering over the winding roads of northeastern Italy, the Dolomites are mountain ranges that showcase unique, dramatic pinnacles. These Italian roads are not the best place for children to try motorcycling even if they wear the best kids motorcycle helmet. Some roads are carved along steep mountain ranges and require utmost precautions. What makes motorcycling in Italy more exciting is that the entire country seems enamored with motorcycles. Their warm welcome makes motorbike tours even more enjoyable.

Along major routes, you can find hotels display orange sign with motorcycle logo – which means the facility is ready to assist motorcyclists (whether you need touring information, secure parking or spa facilities). You can even chance upon fellow riders in most of these hotels. Share a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and lots of stories.

These countries have some of the best motorcycling routes that you can try on your next vacation. You can find travel and tour operators offering guided motorbike road trips but you can always come up with your own adventure!


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Maybe you have not even though about that, but going to the woodworking vacation can be the kind of holiday you’re looking for. We do not all dream about lying on the beach. Some of us simply love to be active and to use the trip to learn new things. Going to one of these holidays can be a real refreshment and exit from the comfort zone if you have not dealt with woodworking.

If you are an amateur or professional in woodworking, then this vacation may be an opportunity to meet people with similar interests, share experiences and learn something new. Well then, let’s mention a few schools that can provide you with the opportunity to relax through woodworking.

Chidwick School of Fine Woodworking

is located in the Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana. This is a place that can provide quality vacation, to those who are engaged in wood processing, as well as those who just want to try. Top woodworking coaches will transfer you their knowledge in workshops that are fully equipped to deal with this activity. Going to a place like this is an excellent way to become familiar with the processing of wood. To have your workshop, you need a lot of tools, including a wood lathe that can be found online here: http://woodlathereport.com/ It is best to become familiar with the ways of processing wood, before embarking on the procurement of equipment. This vacation can be the right way to learn.

The Clary Lake Woodworking School

is a quiet place and a true oasis of creativity. It is located in the Mid-Coast Region of Lincoln County, Maine, near Jefferson. The offer of this school has a huge number of courses, from the very basics of wood processing, to making furniture. The accommodation has a special charm. It is a comfortable farmhouse, 160 years old, with pieces of antique furniture. Here you can find inspiration at every step. If it is not in accommodation or in the workshop, you will find it in the surrounding areas that provide a place for swimming, walking and relaxing.

Peters Valley School of Craft

is located in Layton, New Jersey and is a great place for creative people. Here, in addition to woodworking, you can deal with other fine arts such as processing of ceramics or metals. Peters Valley has summer programs for adults as well as programs for youth. It offers accommodation and enjoying the beauty of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

is located in Gatlinburg, TN. Here you can learn a lot about the craft, primarily on the processing of metal, wood, ceramics, jewelry making. You can find accommodation, enjoy socializing with people, acquire new knowledge, but also escape into nature when you needed it. Arrowmont is located near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Woodworking vacation is a great way to escape from everyday life and really relax in a creative way. A holiday without activities can be a pleasure few days, but it can become monotonous and boring. This type of vacation offers something completely new – an experience that is worth trying out.


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Home and away, good safekeeping for the holidaysThis is a fortuitous time for us to be talking to you. Most of you are getting ready for your year-end holiday, that’s if you haven’t already left. We talk about holidays mostly anyway, so we’re quite glad you’ve landed here at the right time. It’s challenging for us too, because not only do we have to make new arrangements for new destinations in the New Year, we now have a new set of logistics to consider. It does not matter how outlandish or hair-raising the location is, we’re not shy to venture where angels fear to tread, as the great Hemingway once said.

You don’t need to take risks

Throughout most of his life and right up until his tragic death, Ernest Hemingway was a risk-taker, not just with his pen, but mainly on his travels around the world. Name any danger zone on earth during his life and you will find that he was there. Of course, Hemingway stopped over at many glorious spots such as Cuba and the Caribbean next door. That’s where we come in. And we’d like to point out that we’re also sensible and highly responsible adults, which is why we’d like to go off the beaten track for once and remind you to keep yourselves safe during the holidays.

Not many people know this, but Ernest Hemingway ended his life tragically in the nineteen sixties by blowing his head off with a rifle or shotgun, we’re not sure which at this point. Needless to say, being the reckless man that he was, he never made time to buy himself a bullet-proof secure gunsafe then. We also hope that most of you are not carrying or storing guns at home. There’s more than enough practical ways of keeping yourself and your family safe at home or even on holiday for that matter.

A hard to believe holiday destination

Home and away, good safekeeping for the holidaysUnderstandably, some of you are going to find our next great holiday tip and customary anecdotes hard to believe. Our next great holiday tip is this; located close to the USA, Cuba is one of the most beautiful and affordable countries to visit as a tourist these days. Between the States and the Castro’s, you could very well say that the Berlin Wall is being chipped away brick by brick.

Apart from one or two unmentionables, Cuba is beautiful in more ways than one. Not only are their landscapes and pristine coastlines sights to behold, the people are lovely too. The crumbling and yet quaint old buildings and haciendas from a bygone era before the revolution somehow seems to match the charm and hospitality of Havana’s locals. Tongue in cheek, we’d also like to warn you that their casual demeanor stretches a lot further than their tattered shorts and vests.

A green place to visit

It’s also worth mentioning that Cuba is well on its way, in fact streets ahead of their more prosperous neighbors, where greening and cleaning the environment is concerned. Let’s leave it at that for now. Talk to your travel agent about a tour there, book your flight and go and see for yourself.


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