Thursday, August 29, 2013

Train from Quito to Guayaquil - Tren Crucero

Four-day, three-night journeys between Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador, aboard the 54-passenger train Tren Crucero are available from Tren Ecuador.

Running from the coast up through the Andes, with views of tropical forests and volcanoes, the train ride varies from 50 to 86 miles each day, with passengers staying in hotels at night. The itinerary includes visits to villages, markets and ranches. On two of the four days, steam locomotives are used.

The train departs about every two weeks. A cabin costs $1,270 per person double occupancy, with the single supplement $97.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

D-Day Anniversary Cruise With Silversea Cruises

The 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, is the focus of a cruise May 30 to June 8, 2014, being hosted by the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. The Silver Cloud of Silversea Cruises will feature historians, such as Tom Brokaw, giving talks plus officials from WWII museums of the UK and France.

Sailing from Lisbon, the ship will call at England's Portsmouth, the Isle of Guernsey and the French town of Saint-Nazaire and send five days in Caen, Normandy. Cabins start at $16,998 per person double.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Discover Echo Beach with Canggu villas

Canggu is the kind of place you can head to make the very best of all worlds. Despite being just 10KM to the north of bustling Kuta, it almost feels like you’ve headed to a different island entirely. The pace of life slows down, the noise is basically non-existent and the beauty of the place is enough to drop jaws left, right and centre. It’s also a surprisingly affordable resort, though those looking to splash out in a big way need only head about 20 km to the nearby town Seminyak where all-things super luxurious are ready and waiting on silver platters.

As far as staying in the resort goes, there’s really no better option on the cards than the stunning Canggu villas dotted all over the place. For those intent on staying right in the centre of where all the action is, there’s always a stunning villa to suit. And likewise, anyone preferring to be a little further away from the beaten path and connect with nature in the most tranquil areas possible will always find Canggu villas to suit with exceptionally low prices.

Of course, the huge black beach is the biggest draw of all and serves as a magnet for millions of visitors every year from all over the world. Choose a villa from the best in the business and this stunning strip of coast can be your own front yard for an unforgettable trip to a remarkable and unique corner of the world.
And just in case you didn’t know, Echo Beach at Canggu is also reputed all over the world as one of the finest beaches for surfing you’ll ever come across. So if a bit of the wet and wild action is up your street, you’ve found your perfect place!

Choosing a Villa

Technically speaking, choosing from the various Canggu villas on offer couldn’t be easier. There are so many amazing options across the resort designed to fit all tastes and desires that getting it wrong really isn’t an option. Instead, it’s all about deciding what kinds of luxuries you’d like, how many people you’re planning on bringing along and what your idea of fun and games it.

For those with kids in the mix, there are plenty of fully family friendly options around with more entertainment and amenities than you could ever need. If complete and total privacy is the order of the day, secluded villas with their own private pools are just a few clicks away and never cost as much as you’d expect. And for those looking to push the boat out in a big way, the sky’s really the limit when it comes to luxuries and refinement.

Quite simply you name it and you’ll find any number of stunning Canggu villas to suit!
Holidays to Bali are all about getting enjoying well-deserved time to yourself dong precisely what it is you want to do, when you want to do it. This is what makes Canggu such a dreamy location as no matter what it is that floats your boat, you’ll find it so close at hand just waiting for you to make the most of it!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Warsaw's Museum of the History of Polish Jews

The new Museum of the History of Polish Jews opened in Warsaw, Poland this past April. The main exhibition is still being installed and is due to open in 2014. In the meantime, the new, 43,000 square foot building is hosting temporary exhibitions, film screenings and performances. As of July, 2013, all exhibitions were free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and it is closed on Tuesday.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Guided Walks in Ireland on the Cliffs of Moher

Ireland's Cliffs of Moher is located west of Dublin, about a 3-hour ride. There is now a new coastal walking trail that cost 400,000 Euros to build.

Starting at the visitor's center, the 12-mile trail offers views from the cliffs, which reach up to 700 feet above the sea below.  The path, at points, has steep ascents with no handrails and narrow flagstone steps. Facilities include a restaurant, a cafe, a gift shop, toilets and picnic areas. No dogs are allowed.

Guided walks must be booked in advance and depart at 10 a.m. daily. The visitor center entry fee is 6 Euros and includes parking.

Change to Stonehenge Area

By Mactographer (Own work) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

In southern England's Wiltshire county, the A344 toll road that ran next to Stonehenge has been closed. It will be torn up and planted over with grass as part of a refurbishment project designed to protect the site and improve the visitors' experience.

Plans include removing the tall fence, installing new paths and landscaping and building a new visitors' center. Upon completion in summer 2014, a shuttle bus from the visitor center will take visitors 1 1/2 miles along a portion of the old road, letting them walk the final path up to the ancient stones.