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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

10 Best Places to Visit on Christmas Holidays



There are vast options for you that how you will spend your Christmas holidays. If you are planning to spend your Christmas holidays somewhere else then there are many destinations which offer unforgettable holidays.

Here is the list of 10 unique destinations for celebrating your Christmas:

1. San Francisco, California


The most scenic place with beautiful Victorian “painted lady” houses, idiosyncratic neighborhoods, and top restaurants with diverse cuisine from Asian to Latin. The City by the Bay is often a top-ranked U.S. city. There you can also enjoy the Great Dickens Christmas Fair which recreates Victorian London with 700-plus costumed actors depicting fictional and famous historic figures, dance parties featuring reels and waltzes, merchants and artisans galore, music representing the far-flung British Empire, and English pub grub.

2. St. Lucia


If you want to spend your Christmas vacations on white sand beach then St. Lucia is a best place, an extremely lush Caribbean island. This island has two volcanic peaks called the pitons. You will witness various enjoyable activities there such as, masquerade bands that perform in the streets, the Festival of Lights with its light sculptures and lantern contests in mid-December, or the countryside bonfires on Christmas Eve.

If you want to have relaxing vacation then there are two extraordinary hotels, Ladera and Jade Mountain. This small island is having so much to offer you on Christmas.

3. Charleston, South Carolina


If you want to celebrate your Christmas vacations in a spiritual manner then Charleston is a best place.  This historic district haves more than 3,500 18th- and 19th century house, spiritual concerts, house and garden tours, craft demonstrations, and storytelling about Lowcountry Christmas traditions that were created over the centuries at plantations like Middleton Place, Drayton Hall, and Magnolia Plantation make for a gracious Southern holiday.

Go to dine on horse-drawn carriage at any of three historic inns. Take your family to the Festival of Lights featuring millions of sparkling lights, Santa’s Village, and nightly train rides through an Enchanted Forest housed inside a state park.

4. Santa Fe, New Mexico


If you love folk life and want to enjoy your Christmas vacations on such place then Santa Fe is best destination for you. You can enjoy traditional Mexican, red-Indian and Spanish foods here. See and enjoy various classic Christmas activities here. But never forget to see the historic museums here. The fabulous Museum of International Folk Art and the New Mexico History Museum are worth watching.

5. Newport, Rhode Island


Newport Rhode Island is known as New England and it’s famous for its mansions. There are various cultural attractions, historic sites, and much more that you can desire for. Enjoy the formal Victorian dinner circa 1891, murder mysteries, and a Christmas concert. 

6. Puebla, Mexico


This beautiful colonial city is near the Mexico City, it takes only 2 hours by bus to reach there. Puebla is home to many Mexican delights from spicy and delicious foods to hand-painted ceramic potters and tiles. Beautiful old designed hotels in 16th- through 18th- century mansions called Tesoros de Puebla in the UNESCO-designated historic center.

7. Quebec City, Canada


The old fashioned town with mansard roofs and stone buildings; the Quartier Petit Champlain, where a cobblestone street is lined by specialty shops and evergreen adorned with lights. There is a beautiful castle like Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac hotel. If you wish to have classic snowy Christmas vacations then this place is perfect for you.

8. San Antonio, Texas


A place of colorful lights River Walk, which is getting day by day more attraction from tourists. More than 122,000 colored lights and 6,000 luminaries at Christmastime glitters with art installations like oversized fiberglass fish suspended over the river. A river barge is most scenic way to experience the River Walk. A best place for a colorful Christmas vacations.

9. Germany


You can have memorable Christmas vacations in Germany. Delicious traditional foods and drinks, you can witness and enjoy various cultural activities here. Germany is the country where tree-trimming tradition began. There will be so many indoor and outdoor Christmas festivals and concerts. Your every moment here will be full of joy and will make it a long lasting memory for you.  

10. New Orleans, Louisiana 


If you are a religious person then this place suits you more, caroling by candlelight in front of St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square; free jazz, gospel, and classical concerts inside the cathedral. See the top chefs cooking demonstrations. Variety of food at many restaurants, this is the place where you can rejoice your Christmas vacations.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

10 Amazing Wonders of the Natural World



Earth is full of natural beauties and I don’t think that any one can see all of those in life.  From huge forests to marine life, from mountains to deserts the Earth shares its beauty with us.

We had made a list of such amazing wonders, which are less about places and more about formations and events.

1 – Ice Circles


It’s a rare fact that ice circle occur in slow moving water in cold climates. Ice circles are the large ice discs that rotate slowly in the water. It is believed that they form in eddy currents.

Ice circles are mostly observed in Scandinavia and North America, but in January 2009 one was also recorded in Britain.

2 – Red Tides


Red tide is a common name for a observable fact but correctly its known as an algal bloom, the event in which estuarine, marine, or fresh water algae rapid increase in the water column and results in discoloration of the surface water.

That can be seen only in coastal areas where algae are present in high concentrations.

3 – Columnar Basalt


Columnar Basalts are the rock formations that came in to existent from quick cooling of lava flow.

The most famous basalt flow in the world is the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland; on this basalt the vertical joints form polygonal columns from its appearance it seems as it’s built artificially.

4 – Sun Dogs


Sun Dogs are the particular type of ice halo. This is a colored patch of light at left or right of the sun, 22 degrees distant and at the same distance above the horizon as the sun. That is most usually or 2nd most commonly seen of the ice halos.

Anywhere in the world in any seasons sundogs can be seen. In Europe or USA the can be seen once or twice in a week they are seen best when the sun is low.

5 – Moeraki Boulders


The Moeraki Boulders are large and spherical boulders lying Koekohe Beach on the wave cut Otago coast of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden. Those boulders are scattered on the stretch of the beach where they have been protected in scientific reserve.

The main aspect of these boulders is that they are unusually in the size and highly spherical in shape.

6 – Penitentes


Penitentes are the snow formation usually found on high altitudes. They look like tall thin blades of hardened snow, positioned closely and blades oriented towards the general direction of the sun.

Height of penitentes can be same as a person’s height. Darwin described them in 1839. When on March 22, 1835 he have to squeeze his way through snowfields covered in penitentes near the Piuquenes Pass, on the way from Santiago de Chile to the Argentinean city of Mendoza.

7 – Light Pillars


Light Pillars a visual occurrence created by the reflection of light from ice crystals with near horizontal parallel planar surfaces. Light pillars usually occur because of sunlight but moonlight and strong artificial light can also form light pillars.

The pillars look like the feather of the light that vertically lay out above or below the light source. When the sun is low on the horizon then most sun pillars can be seen.

8 – Catatumbo lightning


World’s largest single generator of Ozone is Catatumbo lightning in Venezuela. This is a cloud storm which forms a voltaic arc above the height of 5km, during 140 to 160 nights a year, 10 hours per day and up to 280 times per hour, over the area where Catatumbo River flows into the Lake Maracaibo.

Catatumbo Lightning can be seen from hundreds of miles away from the lake that is also known as Lighthouse of Maracaibo.

9 – Cave of the Crystals


Cave of Naica Mine is known as the Cave of the crystals. It’s located in Chihuahua, Mexico. This cave contains giant selenite crystals, some these are the largest natural crystals ever found.

The largest crystal in the cave is 26 ft in length, 36 ft in diameter and 55 tons in weight. The cave is about 98 feet in length and 33 ft in width. It’s extremely hot with air temperatures reaching up to 109F with 90 to 100 percent humidity. Without proper protection human can survive only ten minutes in this cave because of extreme temperatures.

10 – Pink and White Terraces


Pink and White Terraces were located in New Zealand but unfortunately they were destroyed by the violent volcanic eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886.

Geothermally heated water with large amounts of siliceous sinter that regularly spouted for two geysers located beside Lake Rotomahana and small waterfall on a hill slope, leaving thick pink and white silica, which formed terraces in the shape of water pools.

The white terraces were more beautiful and were covering a large area about 3 hectares and descending 30 meters, while people went to Pink terraces to bathe.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Work from Home as an Online Travel Agent



Travel industry has been a mystery for many people. Travel agents share the same attributes of their jobs as real estate agents. You can be a travel agent or a home based freelance travel agent, or you can also start travel agent work after your retirement. For a number of people, this is a full time job, while others enjoy it doing as a part-time work. Travel industry is an ever growing industry. If you are looking for a home based work then you can start working as a free home based travel agent. Just by learning few things you will be become able to work as an independent travel agent and earn a good amount of money.

Responsibilities of a Travel Agent


The responsibilities of a travel agent include the booking of travel customers. A travel agent provides information about the available travel options to the customers and makes booking for them with their suppliers. In return to this suppliers pay them a commission based on the number of booking they have made. A travel agent is free to change their suppliers if they see existing supplier not paying them commission. A travel agent is also independent of changing their client service fee for the time which they are giving to their work.

Amount of Commission a Travel Agent Gets


Many hotels pay 10% of the cost of the hotel excluding taxes and fees. If you book your hotel a customer with a $100 per night then you will get $10 on that reservation. In some cases, travel agents can get paid a better price of performing the same work. Booking through an online travel agent doesn’t cost a lot to the customer unless the travel agent charges for the services.

Who Can Do This Job?


Anyone who has set up an account with travel agents can do this job. Many suppliers require their agents to have an IATAN, CLIA or ARC number. IATAN sits for International Airlines Travel Agent Networking. CLIA sits for Cruise Lines International Association. ARC sits for Airline Reporting Corporation.  Memberships for all these companies require certain things such as sales, money in the bank, training in the relevant industry or experience, and membership fee. Most require the Errors and Omissions insurance of $1,000,000 or above.  However, an average travel agent, membership is exceptional, as they can work with some organizations as an independent agent. It is advantageous to work with a travel agency. That is because most of them many of these are unable to make sufficient sales with a specific supplier in order to gain high commission levels and bonuses.

There are more chances to get increased commission percentages when you work with many travel agencies. You also get a consistent support from your agency and it holds importance.

Scope of a travel agent


Travel industry is an ever changing industry. These changes sometimes bring good news for its workers, while sometimes bad news. According to recent changes that have been made, airlines have cut the commissions for their travel agents. Nevertheless, there are still many other suppliers who are paying good amount to their agents. In past, cruises were booked only by the rich people, but this trend has changed now and people belong to all income can book them. Every year more and more people book cruises.

On which services you can earn commission?


Following are the services on which you earn good commissions:

  • Hotel reservations

  • Rental cars

  • Tour packages

  • Cruises

  • Some airline flights

  • International airline tickets

  • Travel insurance

  • Ground transportation

  • Attraction tickets

  • Train tickets reservation

People always need travel agents to make their travel booking practices easier. Selling travel services is not a tough job because people need to travel from one place to another with varying reasons.

How to get into travel industry?


Most people think that they need to have any special training to start their career in travel industry. In reality, truth is quite different from it. You can step into this industry anytime and after getting in start training. Training doesn’t take a lot of time. You can join training courses offered by organizations like ICTA; CLIA etc. working with suppliers is also the best practice to learn this work.

Friday, October 28, 2011

How to Travel In Free?



If you are having any family member or friend who can store your belongings and stuff for a considerable time period, it is a time to start long term traveling. It is obvious that nobody will like your arrival on his doorstep without a planned departure date so be careful when you once decide for visiting someone. Inform them before your arrival so that your surprise may not lead you towards a counter-surprise from their side.

The other factor which is to be seriously considered is the money. You need a lot of money in the hotel expenditures, general accommodation, visits etc. a part from that, money is required in almost all the activities that you normally do during your trip. So keep enough money with you once you depart for a place.

Anyhow, if you want to start off your long term traveling adventure, here are some tips for you which will certainly help you a lot in numerous aspects. You just need to follow them up seriously. Remember they are just the few. Hundred of other ways and opportunities are there and you just need to explore them out. A little effort is of course needed but the output is going to be according the input given by you.

Anyhow, these tips are quite helpful for you if you are seriously looking for a long term travel. So there you go with eight tips regarding the long term traveling.

1. Caretaker’s Gazette


It is quite beneficial if you join this service. The annual membership is approximately 30 US dollars. The chief advantage of the joining is that you gain an easy access to a people who want the individuals to take care of their living places without rent-fees. There is a variety of opportunities for almost every one like campground hosting, ranch hands, motel management, organic farm workers, nursing for the old people etc. There are so many places all around the world from US to Australia, Europe to Micronesia and in short every where.

You can also apply for the additional stipend on the bases of your experience and entailed work. There are many people who are simply working for the world trade arrangements and paying opportunities, all you need is to explore.

2. Woofing


This is also an organization which has got a lot for you. It actually is an acronym perhaps for “World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms”. It is an international organization which has a vast network in almost 70 countries. The organization is of gardens, organic farms, business ranches, exchange of services for accommodation, training and food etc. they are many services which they require.  Some of them are maintenance of basic garden and farm, handy work and caring for the small kids and children. Almost, anyone who is willing to have such lifestyle gets works and opportunities here.

If you work with Woof, you will surely find many links to a number of volunteer organizations and such sort if opportunities regarding the work exchange. You can get a lot of valuable experience by working with them. Moreover you become social and find a lot of friends almost from all kinds of backgrounds and status. Above all, you become able to manage your expenses at your own in a constructive manner.

If you want to gain full access to the listings and contact details, many companies demand a subscription. The details are normally about the hosts. The prices of subscription vary from place to place but they are not over priced for a received value. It thus depends on you that what are your priorities and preferences.

3. House Careers


If you think that you can spend your vacations house-sitting for somebody and you are eligible for it, many opportunities are there for you. There are lists upon lists of the individuals who require people to look after their places of living for varying time period. This time period can be of weeks, months or even years. There is vast range of the place, you can find such work anywhere in any part of the world.

There are some limited free membership options offered by some companies, so better you go for them. One year membership is also offered but it solely depends on your needs and requirements.

4. Organic Volunteers


You can find hundred of worldwide opportunities like woofing and Caretaker’s Gazette. We can simply say that it is just like pick blueberries for a living. The prospects are not at all limited to the organic gardens and farms, but some hostel management jobs, artist retreat internships, jobs related to agricultural and permaculture etc. are also there. Hence it is up to you that what are you good at and what you really want to do. A wide variety of the services have been offered to you so choose according to your skills and preferences.

5. Couch Surfing


It is actually a network of many people who are ready to open up their homes and places of living for the random travelers. They also are willing to open them for those travelers even when they aren’t the hosting guests. There are numerous sites having high quality members and referrals. They have planned out a comprehensive and affective plan for the safety and security of the traveler as well as the host. But it is also to keep in mind that when you are living at a strange place for a stranger, there are many risk factors which must be seriously considered and many precautionary measures must be taken before hand. In short, you need to be extra careful.

6. Global Freeloaders


It is somehow similar to the couch Surfing. It is basically a cultural exchange program for both the traveler and the host. There are no charges for registration, it is all free. The only thing which is needed is that the member must be able to host well and travel as well. So if you lack any of the above factors you are humbly asked to wait.

7. Servas


Servas is basically original couch surfers and Global Freeloaders. It is actually an organization which is non profit, non dimensional, and non ethnic. It just works for the good-will and cultural exchange. It has been working for about 50 years and it is also recognized by the United Nations. A part from working for connecting the people and places, it has got many volunteers who work in the relief camps and work for the peace through a number of projects. It is something which must be appreciated.

The hosts offer their houses, living places and dinner tables for normally two nights to the traveler who just meets with their approval. There is a process known as exhaustive process, and travelers need to go through that. There are some in person interviews which are taken in order to screen and filter the quality and deserving candidates. The interview is normally taken before the acceptance of any individual for a specific work.

8. Hospitality Club


It is internet based. Nothing is charged if you want to join this. It is actually the Servas of the online world and it is also too beneficial. There are many steps which they take for the facilitation of the people and their members. There is a series of passport checks and online feed back system with balances and checks to keep it safe. It is also efficient in working and there is a lot of scope for the people seeking long term travel.

Some of the opportunities regarding the long term have been illustrated above, but they are just few. There are uncountable opportunities and ways which you can go for in order to have such kind of traveling. All you need is to do a little research and discover for the opportunities. Find the best and suitable places. But keep this thing also in your mind that you must be very careful regarding the work and services you do for the strangers and host. You need to adopt some extra precautionary measures for your own safety; otherwise it is a great risk not only to you but also to your life. Always work with a genuine company and once you get to do some work, be sincere and try to be professional.

There is a vast variety of the services and jobs offer, the most important thing that you must keep in mind while deciding for a particular one is your ability. If you are not able to do and perform a particular task which you are choosing, the whole effort gets useless. So be careful regarding the choice of the work as well along with other factors. .
People generally choose to work but later they find themselves in certain disputes like they don’t feel good living at a particular place for some one, especially if the time period is too long. So once you start working, be very professional. This is also a part of the long-term travel.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia


This is the statue of god in whose honor 1st ever-Olympic games were held in the history of mankind. This statue of Zeus was located on the land name Olympia which given its very name to Olympics.

Its located on the west coast of modern Greece in the ancient town of Olympia almost 150km west of Athens.

 
There is opinion that the ancient Greek calendar starts in 776 BC the year in which Olympic games were started. The splendid temple of Zeus was built around 450BC and the architect Libon designed it and the Athenian sculptor Pheidias made statue of Zeus. He started working on the statue of Zeus around 440 BC. In making of statue wooden frames, metal sheets and ivory was used.

The beauty of temple attracted the people and worshippers from all over the world for years. The statue was repaired in 2 BC skillfully. In the first century AD the Roman emperor Caligula tried to shift the statue to Rome but he failed to shift it because the scaffolding built by workmen was collapsed. The emperor Theodosius I banned the Olympic games in AD 391 as Pagan practices and also the temple of Zeus was ordered closed. Later on Olympia faced the natural disasters like earthquake, landslides and floods, and the temple was damaged by fire in the 5th AD. The rich Greeks transported the statue to Constantinople but it was destroyed in 462AD by massive fire.

Pheidias started working on the statue around 440BC and years earlier he developed a technique to build large size statues of gold and ivory. The workshop of Pheidias still exists in Olympia that can be a co incident that it’s so much identical in size and orientation to the temple of Zeus.

The base of statue was about 6.5 m (20 ft) wide and 1.0 (3 ft) high aside from its base the statue’s height was 13 m (40 ft) according to modern building heights its equal to a 4 story 4- story building.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Temple of Artemis at Epheseus


A question can come in mind that this is just a temple how it can have place amongst other unique structures like Pyramid, Hanging Gardens and the Clossus of Rhodes answer for that is just simple the beauty of this temple attracted people for years which mean it was the one of the most beautiful structure on earth in its times. The Temple of Artemis is not a simple temple like other ones; it was the most beautiful structure on earth was built in honor of the Greek goddess Artemis (Diana) of hunting and wild nature.

It’s located near the town of Selcuk, 50km south of Izmir (Smyrna) in Turkey.

The temple foundation was made in 7th century BC. But its structure, which is listed as Wonder that was built in 550 BC. Its construction expenses were beard by the Lydian king Croesus and the Greek architect Chersipheron designed it and it was decorated with bronze statues, which were sculpted by the most skilled artists of their time like Pheidias, Polycleitus, Kresilas, and Phradmon.

Similar to other temples of that time its foundation was in rectangular form, the building was made of marble having a decorated outward appearance and a spacious courtyard. There was a marble step surrounding the building led to the high terrace that was almost 80m (260 ft) by 130m (430 ft) in plan. The columns were 20m (60 ft) high with Ionic capitals and carved circular sides. There were total 127 columns aligned orthogonally covering the whole area except the central cella or house of the goddess.

The temple was having so many very beautiful works of art that includes four ancient bronze statues of Amazons sculpted by the finest artists at the time.

The early descriptions about the temple by the historians helped a lot the archeologists to re build the building. Well a more accurate reconstruction of the temple may give the general layout of the temple.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Coober Pedy Australia: The Place Where People Live Underground



Australia is an amazing place which is a country and a continent also. Before Second World War it was hard for world to reach this continent across the ocean. But now this continent is amongst the world’s most developed places. Australia is having diverse climate conditions.
Central Australia is having extreme weather conditions. The dry desert and hot temperature makes it hardiest place to live. But there is something unique about this desert which attracts the tourists. The stark beauty, strange geological formations, unfamiliar type of animals and shrubbery are main source of attraction for tourists in Coober Pedy.  

Coober Pedy is a south Australian town with population of 3500 people and it’s a famous tourist destination for tourists who love to visit extreme climate places. Coober Pedy is located 846 Km north of Adelaide and 645 Km south of Alice Springs.

It will be better that you prepare on forehand before traveling to Coober Pedy. This unique town is also known as Opal Capital of the world as world’s 70% opals coming out of its 70 minefields. Eighty years of mining made this town look like a lunar landscape.

World’s Only Underground Town

But the thing which makes Coober Pedy unique in world is that 80% of population lives there under ground. It’s because of hard weather temperatures which goes up to 50 degrees in summers. That’s why people live in houses dug into the ground. But its not like that people there live like the ancient human beings, these underground residents have all the modern facilities which you can expect in any normal house.

The reason to have underground residence in Coober Pedy is that the insulation makes it cooler and saves the inhabitants from harsh affects of the hot weather.

In Coober Pedy’s other attractions is its Desert Cave, which is the most prestigious accommodation for tourists. It will be a unique and fascinating experience for a tourist to spend some nights in an underground hotel. World’s only underground bar and gaming room is also here. There is also an art gallery, showcasing some of the best work of the artists from Central Australia.

Umoona Opal Mine

If you want to see this culture at its best then it’s necessary that you would visit a mine. Umoona Opal Mine and Museum is the main tourist attraction in Coober Pedy , here you can know so much about opals. On a visit to Umoona Opal Mine you will be guided and shown that how they cut and polish the opal stones. There is an interpretative center in Umoona Opal Mine which explains the history and process of mining and also documentaries are shown. You can see different displayed fossils there which were found in the mines. There is a retail centre also where you can buy genuine Coober Pedy made jewelry.

Locals of Coober Pedy


Inhabitants of Coober Pedy are having relaxed and friendly attitude. Though this is a small town but here you can see incredible ethnic diversity, with over 45 different nationalists being represented.

Exclusive Natural Attractions

Near the Coober Pedy town there are some exclusive natural attractions which are being shown in many Hollywood’s movies. One of them is the Breakaways which is a series of flat topped mesas formed over the years and other is Moon Plains that are a vast expanse of rocky plains unlike anywhere in the world.

There is no problem of accommodation for tourists in Coober Pedy, as they are welcomes always. You can always checking into an underground hotel!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa is located in Alexandria, Egypt.

Alexandria was having different blends of culture in the late first century. It was having Roman and Greek traditions and Christianity was also flourishing despite from all that changes in culture ancient Egypt’s great kingdoms were still not forgotten. This place was having unique impact that people combine their talents rather than destroying cultures.


The evocative reminders of a culture that existed 1,900 years: Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, “ Mounds of Shards”. Three levels burrow into the ground its carved out of solid rock near the sites of the ancient stadium and the long vanished temple of Serapis, a Greek and Egyptian god. Many such catacombs once filigreed Alexandria’s underground but earthquakes and construction projects destroyed them.

Kom el Shoqafa was not find out by any human that’s interesting also in 1900 when it was re discovered after centuries that was by a donkey which accidentally fell through a hole in the ground, and that time it was seen the animal had made an extraordinary archeological find.

Kom el Shoqafa was an active burial site in the late second century. There is ancient circular staircase leads down into the catacombs. The bodies were lowered by rope down the well formed by the spiraling stairs. At the end of the staircase there are two benches are carved into wall inches overhead by the cockleshell motif found in classical designs.

A circular building through a six-pillared central shaft opens off the vestibule. On the left there is triclinium, that’s the funeral banquet hall where friends and family gather on stone couches covered with cushions. It is believed by the scholars that the catacombs at 1st may be were only for one family but latterly they were expanded into a mass burial site, and its assumed that was administrated by a corporation with dues paying members.

Down through staircase to second level there is an area eerily alive with sculpture. In the lobby of the building two pillars are topped by the papyrus, lotus, and acanthus leaves of ancient Egypt, two falcons flanking a winged sun decorate the frieze. In the walls there are carved figures of man and a woman probably can be figures of the tomb’s original occupants. The man’s body in figure is having stiff hieratic pose as its found in ancient Egyptian sculpture while his head is in the lifelike manner of the classic Hellenes and the woman’s figure is also rigid but it sports the Roman hairstyle.

Three huge stone coffins with non-removable covers along the sides of the chamber. It’s assumed that bodies were inserted in them from behind using a passageway that runs around the outside of the funeral chamber. There is a hallway with 91 wall inches in the central tomb chamber and each one providing burial space for three mummies.

The visitors can reach the first level through a breach in the rotunda wall that way probably was not used by the original builders. This way leads to the Hall of Caracalla, in this hall the bones of horses and humans were found. The hall name is on the name of Emperor Caracalla who massacred the Alexandrian youth in 215 AD.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

El Camino del Rey



El Camino del Rey is a very dangerous walkway that goes along the steep walls of a narrow gorge known as El Chorro.

Location of El Chorro


The El Chorro gorge is located in Spain near Alora, a village close to Malaga. It’s very close to the Mediterranean Sea.


El Chorro is a limestone gorge in Andalusia through that passes the Guadalhorce River. In 1921 Dam was made on this river forming three reservoirs, which are having thick pine forests on the sides. Makinodromo is having rivers, lakes, canyons and full of trees, this area is well known in Europe for rock climbing and its also popular for mountain biking, hiking and camping.

Next to El Chorro gorge there is a 700 meters high Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Pass and on the side of this high mountain there is a walkway. This path is famous as a very dangerous path called El Camino del Rey (The King’s little path).

This path was constructed in 1901 and it got its name because Alfonso XIII of Spain officially opened the path.

People are traversing this path from many years but now this path is in poor condition due to lack of repairs. In 2000 a tourist had died trying to cross it. But that accident hasn’t affected many people. El Camino del Rey is still a popular climb even today.

Description


The Camino del Rey is a path constructed on the gorge wall. This unusual walkway is hundred meters above the canyon base and travels the full length of the gorge.

Currently the walkway is no longer in best shape because different sections of concrete are broken away. Still the walking the full length on it is possible. It is said that the walkway was built so that the king can observe the engineering work taking place in the gorge. But now this walkway instead of Royalty gets the climbers.

This walkway is only 3 feet wide and its held to the mountainside by pins driven into the stone. 700 feet below the river is flowing.

On purpose of its building was to allow local workers the ability cross between two nearby waterfalls, Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls and it was serving as a shortcut to workers so that they wont have to climb down the mountain on one side and climb back up on the other.  But now this walk is in status of serious disrepair many parts of this walkway are completely collapsed leaving nothing but a metal beam and a wire. So if you got chance to walk on that then that’s best for you to never look down.

Though there is a great danger and risk but that doesn’t seem to stop people from climbing it. This walkway is still serving as short cut to Makinodromo the famous climbing sector of El Chorro. A century ago this walkway was a shortcut and its still serving as a short cut several people risk their lives on a daily basis to climb on that though is illegal.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

How to Find Cheap Travel Packages?



It is common that for traveling savings are made, but sometimes you cant save enough that you can see other countries and different cultures in other words lack of savings is big hurdle in traveling. But that’s old days story now you can still travel even in the recession. Before it was a dream for middle class person to travel by air, but now so many airlines, which offers cheap travel packages.

To find cheap travel packages here are some tips.

Searching alternative route for cheap flights


It depends a lot on searching alternative route to the destination. Search for flight status that you can get direct flight to the destination or combination of 2 flights. That is for the combination of 2 flights is lot cheaper than direct flight after that look for discounts for travel aids. Never travel in peak times because it’s hard to find any cheap flight in season months.

Web Sites best source for searching travel discounts


There are plenty of websites in which you can find travel discounts. It is better to search the airline websites also to see their offerings about cheap flights. After your search make complete note of all cheap flights that will help to choose one that suits you more.

Consulting Travel agents


Travel agents are always more updated and haves more information about traveling which sometimes you cant find in websites so its better to consult any best travel agent also to get helpful information for cheap flights and travel discounts.

Visiting bucket shops in your cultural neighborhood


Mostly travel agents sell their discount travel tickets to these shops and you can get that ticket from these on a considerable price. But this is not for sure that visiting a bucket shop will help you 100%.

Important


The best and most important thing which is needed to find travel discount is that you should have to be flexible, the more you are flexible the more you will get cheaper discounts on travel and if you are not flexible about dates then a little time search wont give you much about best travel discounts. In simple words patience is key to get a best travel discount flights.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Underwater River In Mexico



If you think that nature have limits about its wonders then in my view that will be a false thought. Still there are so many sights and wonders, which are waiting for any discovery by humans.

Beauty lies in the eyes of beholder well that’s correct. There are so many beautiful and amazing places on planet earth that we can’t see all of them in single sight. Beautiful beaches, islands, valleys and oceans always attract humans.

Thousands of people who love diving around the world they would never seen such beauty underwater that I am going to mention, yes if you are a professional diver then you should visit Cenote Angelita, Mexico.

In picture you can see underwater river. This place is Cenote Angelita, Mexico. When you go deeper than 30 meters the water is fresh, deeper than 60 meters its salty, there under beneath you can see a river with trees and leaves.

Though its not a real river but it looks like river. In fact that’s only a layer of hydrogen sulphide. But to be honest this is really amazing.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Around The World Plane Ticket



Trekking around the world can be a whole lot of fun. However world tour tickets are quite expensive. There are many traveling agencies offer discount packages. There are many fun places to visit around the world.

Poor Planning


Poor Planning can ruin your holiday trip. A world tour can get quite hectic. Traveling to so many countries can be difficult. Therefore certain steps need to be kept in mind. It should be remembered that these holidays, will differ, from your single country vacations.

Destinations


The destinations that one wants to visit must be decided on forehand. These shall vary from person to person. Different people have different concepts of where to go for a vacation.

One should be practical. All the countries in the world cannot fit into a RWT trip. While deciding which places to visit, the climate conditions of these places should be considered.

The freezing weather of many countries should be avoided. Therefore one should research the different places to visit. Find out the best time to visit these places.

Tickets


There are many travel agencies which deal with RWT tickets. You should research and ask around for the best travel agents. One can also look up airline alliances for flights which stop at multiple countries. Examples include OneWorld, SkyTeam, and Star Alliance.

The best option would be to buy your tickets in advance. 2-4 months before the holiday would be a good time to book the tickets. You will be able to save a lot of money this way.

Different Factors


Different factors must be kept in mind while planning a RWT trip. It must be kept in mind that for a standard RWT ticket, the number of, countries and miles shall be restricted. These tickets do not let you travel in different directions.

You will only be able to choose one direction at the start of the trip. If this is not suitable for you then customized tickets are also available. The problem with these tickets is that they are quite costly. Many people won’t be able to afford the tickets.

There are many renowned travel agencies which can help you out. There official websites provide tools for customers to plan their holidays. They are quite handy.

Another factor to be kept in mind is the tourist season. Ticket prices will be exorbitant at this time. Therefore this time of the year holidays should be avoided.

Travel Insurance


People planning to go for a RWT trip should get travel insurance for themselves. It should cover medical costs, lost luggage and hospital cost. If one can afford the insurance then other things may be covered as well.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Most Mysterious Places Of the World

According to experts mysterious sites around the world were created by ancient civilization with the help of advanced knowledge and technology and that possibly can be more advanced than our current one.  Some do not believe that there was any so much advanced ancient civilization on earth and ancient astronauts who came down from heaven handed all of the superb knowledge down to us.

Most of scientists do not believe on up stated ideas they try to explain ancient enigmas on the ground of religion and ritual.

According to Discovery Channel there are 3 places, which are the Most Enigmatic Places in the World. But aside from that there are so many other places around the world that capture our imagination because they seem to be so mysterious.

Stonehenge


Stonehenge is one of the most popular mysterious places in the world.

It’s a megalithic monument on the Salisbury Plain in Southern England. It’s composed of 30 upright stones, which are called sarsens, each stone is ten feet tall with more 45 tons weight; they are aligned in a circle with 30 lintels (each lintel weight is 6 tons) perched horizontally atop the sarsens in a continious circle. Inside the outer circle there another circle composed of similar stones and constructed in same fashion.

There are so many great monuments around the world now question is that what is so special about Stonehenge? Who built this? Is it was an astronomical observatory, a religious site or something supernatural?  There are no exact answers for these questions.

According to some experts Druids built Stonehenge, but they can’t tell about the builders. It was constructed between 5,000 and 3,000 years ago, from that it’s easy to know that it was built before that the first metal tools were invented.

Apart from that who built this stone monument, but that anyone can understand that in its construction thousands of people were involved. Dragging huge stones from Marlborough Downs, 30 Km to the south of Stonehenge that is remarkable achievement and amazing feat of engineering.

Stonehenge is even mentioned in Arthurian legend that names Merlin as the engineer.

Another interesting thing is that Stonehenge is built on such angle that the sun rising over the horizon appears to be perfectly placed between gaps in the megaliths.

Nazca Lines


Nazca Lines the excellent group of geolyphs in the world located in Nazca Desert, between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana in Peru. Engraved on the surface of the desert pampa sand about 300 figures made of straight lines, geometric shapes and pictures of animals and birds. All these engraved drawn images on the desert can be seen only from the air.

There are three mysterious features about Nazca Plateau:

·        The straight lines in the pattern of crossing lines in all directions are many kilometers long.
·        Many of lines form geometric shapes like angles, triangles, bunches, spirals, rectangles, wavy lines, etc.
·        Those lines form animal patterns also.

It is believed that the people called Nasca drew these lines but how they created this wonder of the world no one had explained. As the Nazca lines cannot be viewed except from the air it is assumed that the Nazca people had never seen their work from this vantage point.

Easter Island


Easter Island, which is called Rapa Nui in local language, is located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean and it’s under control of Chile government.

It is small, hilly, treeless island of volcanic origin.  It is one of most isolated inhabited territory on earth but this aspect is cause of its fame, the thing which makes it apart from any other place on earth is its hundreds of megalithic human like statues that face inland from the shore. These statues are called moai.

Approximately all moais are carved out of compressed, easily worked volcanic ash. In these moais largest ones weight is 165 tons and its height is almost 22 meters.

It really looks mysterious that on a barren island how these mega statues were carved? Who built these and why? And how such gigantic statues were carved?

Scholars are unable to answer these questions some suggest that Easter Island inhabitants, the Rapanui who were came from Polynesia.

Easter Island is also known as Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua, meaning “The Navel of the World” and as Mata-Ki-Te-Rani, meaning “ Eyes Looking at Heaven”.