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Posts from March, 2011

Five Exciting Things to do in Barcelona

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There is so much to see in the city, sometimes it can be a challenge to decide what and how to do it. But if you’re on vacation, why not try being a tourist with a difference! Here’s a selection of different ways to explore the wonderful, vibrant city of Barcelona – and make sure you make the most of your trip by staying in one of the best Barcelona hotels.

Kickbike and Scooter Tours of Barcelona!

For the eco conscious amongst you, why not take a cross between a bike and a scooter as a way of transporting yourself around the city. Kickbikes are suitable for pretty much anyone, and you can either join a guided tour or just rent the kickbike and take off for the day. Either way, it’s a great way of keeping fit and seeing the sights at the same time.

Barcelona Ice Bar

With a cool -5 ambient temperature, Barcelona’s Ice Bar is the only one of its kind in the world which is built on a beach. Situated at Playa de Barceloneta, the Ice Bar offers the perfect place to cool down from the hot Mediterranean sun. Just don’t forget your jacket and gloves!

Antique Caravan Tours

If you fancy seeing the surrounding area from the back of a traditional horse-drawn caravan, then why not take a tour to discover a little more about the tradition Catalan farmers of the area. From years gone by up to modern days, these tours will give you an insight into the Catalan culture and how the locals live at one with the countryside. The tours last from half a day up to a week in duration.

Rickshaw Tour

Rickshaws are a great way to explore the area, and the fact that someone else is doing the pedalling is always a bonus! What better way to have a local show you around their city, and you never know, you might learn a few words of Spanish along the way!

Go Back to School

No, not seriously, but how about signing up for a cocktail making class and learn how to mix ‘em up like a pro. You’ll be taught some neat bartender tricks, and no doubt be allowed more than just a few tasting sessions along the way. Then at the end, you can watch the professionals show you exactly how it should be done. Cocktail classes are run in a few venues in the city and last a few hours.

Guest post by Escapio.com

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London Theatre Breaks Are Amazing.

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blog-pictureTheatre is the ultimate thing to do in London. Watching the West End stage light up with fabulous frocks, magical music and stupendous stories really is something that cannot be missed. London theatre breaks are brilliant for everybody, old and young, and there is always some new show being experimented with, meaning that London theatre breaks will never grow old, dire or monotonous.

London theatre breaks combine a wonderful show with central London accommodation, so a stress free trip is ensured. Simply state which hotel you would like in the booking process, and London theatre breaks will sort out the rest. You can even decide your seat numbers for the theatre. It really couldn’t be more straightforward.

One of the most popular shows is The Lion King. This classic was well-liked on film, and even more so in the theatre. The costumes are show stopping, the music is well-known and the theatre set is magical, almost making you believe you are watching from the Serengeti Plains. A Lion King Theatre break is a great show to take children along to, although parents are asked to ensure younger children aren’t disruptive, so everyone can enjoy the show. The Lion King Theatre break isn’t just for children; the enchantment of the set and the acts mean all ages can be awed by it.

Other popular shows include Mamma Mia, Wicked, Grease, and Dirty Dancing.

London theatre breaks only offer the best seats and give you a choice of choosing where you want to sit. Don’t strain your eyes trying to see the marvels of this show when you can get a choice of great seats with London theatre breaks. The hotel choices are all in zone 1, situated only a short walk from tube stations ensuring that convenient access to theatres is had.

London theatre breaks are brilliant value for what they offer, and ensure a trip to remember.

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Lion King Theatre Break

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blog-picture5 No trip to London is complete without a visit to the theatre. The West End, like New York’s Broadway, is renowned for its brilliant, spell-binding shows and inspiring performances. Each month, there is something new being experimented with, from improvised comedy, to creative dance shows. Despite this new wave of adventure, some of the classical theatre performances are still going strong, for example The Lion King.

A Lion King theatre break is more popular than ever. See the elaborate costume designs used to perform this well known classic, and discover just why it is so popular. A Lion King theatre break can be tailored to specific needs. Need somewhere to stay after the show? A Lion King theatre break is exactly what a break should be. Combine the show with a central hotel so the hassle and worry of finding good accommodation is taken away, making the focus of the trip solely about enjoying and experiencing as much of what London has to offer as possible.

The Lion King’s success has made it one of the longest running shows of all time. The Lion King theatre break show is performed in London’s Lyceum Theatre which is situated in London’s Theatreland, approximately a ten minute walk from Covent Garden underground station, making it easily accessible. The show has been running continually since October 1999, often showing matinee’s as well as evening performances.

Theatre breaks in London draw in people from near and far. Some of the packages which combine a hotel stay and a theatre show together make it understandable why it is so popular; there are some amazing deals. Spend the day sightseeing around the spectacular capital of England, before relaxing in front of a great theatre show in the evening. The Lion King theatre break really is the perfect getaway.

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Giants Causeway Tours

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blog-picture4You don’t need to travel far to find natural breathtaking places. The natural wonders of world can be found everywhere, near and far. Ireland has a great array of some of the most amazing natural formations, one of the best being the Giants Causeway, situated on the north coast of Antrim. Giants Causeway tours are very popular, and it is clear why.

The Giants Causeway is a unique rock formation on the coast of Ireland. For centuries it has baffled people with its mysteriousness and significance. When the causeway was discovered in 1697, there were many speculations over whether the formation had been made by men with chisels, nature, or indeed by giants. Legend tells of a giant named Finn who built a causeway across the sea to challenge a rival giant in Staffa, Scotland. After completing the causeway, he fell asleep. His rival came looking for Finn, and upon seeing the rival was much bigger than her husband, Finn’s wife wrapped him in a blanket and told the rival giant to be quiet so as to not wake the baby. The rival, fearful of how big Finn must be to produce a baby that size, fled back to Scotland, destroying the causeway so he could not be followed. The neat formation certainly doesn’t look like nature could have formed such perfectly rounded rocks; however, in 1771 a Frenchman discovered that in fact it was not giants that made the causeway, but instead the result of volcanic action.

Despite there being a reasonable explanation for the Giants Causeway, it is still magnificent to see in reality, which is why Giants Causeway tours are extremely popular. The Giants Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage site, for both the natural formation of the causeway, and also because the wreck of the Spanish Armada ship, the Girona, lays close by.

Ensure not to miss this natural phenomenon; you won’t be disappointed.

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Theatre and Hotel deals in London

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blog-picture3When one thinks of London, the thought of theatre and all its connotations pop into mind. Visiting the theatre has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in London for a long time, and with the wide variety, exceptional performances and well-written plots, it is clear why. Along with New York’s Broadway, London theatre has the reputation of being the best in the English speaking world, and usually they do not disappoint.

Theatre and hotel deals in London go hand in hand. One cannot experience the thrills and delights of a theatre show without the need of staying in a hotel nearby. And with all the hustle and bustle of the tube, a central hotel close to Theatreland would be more than convenient as your time can be spent enjoying the English capital rather than pushing your way through it.

Theatre and hotel breaks in London can be enjoyed by everyone. There is such a variety in performances that there is sure to be something in which everybody will fall in love with, even those who believe theatre is not for them. Come and let your mind be swayed, and discover the spectacular shows, acts and costumes.

The great thing about the various theatre and hotel deals in London is that your visit needn’t be restricted to just the show. Why not spend the day sightseeing around some of England’s biggest attractions, such as Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, before relaxing in the evening in one of the theatres around Leicester Square. Or if you are enjoying a family excursion, aim to see one of the matinee shows of the Wizard of Oz theatre breaks. The combinations of shows and hotels are extensive, definitely something for everyone.

Ensure you get the best theatre and hotel deals in London to allow you a trip you will never forget.

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See The Grand Palace of Versailles with Versailles Tours

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blog-picture2 Versailles, once the capital of the Kingdom of France, is now famous for the grand palace situated there. The Palace itself is steeped in history, and Versailles tours are the best way to discover the stories and facts behind what happened there.

The Palace was transformed from a royal hunting lodge and the royal court and government was moved there by King Louis XIV in the 1682. The Palace subsequently grew in size and in luxury. One of the grandest rooms is the Hall of Mirrors, which was used as a meeting place in the 17th century. Seventeen impressive mirrors line this room which faces out onto the stunning gardens. Other magnificent rooms include the Kings Grand Apartment, the Kings Chamber and the Royal Chapel. Versailles Palace tours ensure that the whole of the Palace is seen, and in depth knowledge is given about everything in which they signify.

It is not only the rooms of the Palace which aim to impress. Versailles tours also encourage garden visits as they are equally spectacular. Water features are ample, with the Grand Canal and numerous fountains and groves all adding to the wonders of these beautiful gardens. Walks are plentiful with sculptures and the orangerie lining the way. The relaxing atmosphere of the garden is perfect for picnicking on a hot day.

Also pay a visit to Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet; the private place where the former queen of France used to escape from the stresses of the palace. Also see the Grand Trianon, a group of buildings where Louis XIV escaped the palace with his mistress Madame de Montespan.

Versailles holds so much history to it. And there is more to Versailles than just this grand Palace; it is also a prosperous city too. Let Versailles tours help you discover the wonders of this brilliant place.

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See everything with Paris hop on hop off bus tours.

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blog-picture1Paris is filled with some extraordinary famous landmarks and monuments which everyone should aim to explore at least once in their lifetime. The intricate designs provide a pathway into the city’s deep and meaningful past, and show how rich in culture and glamour the French capital has always been. The Paris hop on hop off bus is a great way to discover as much of Paris as you can in a short time. Just simply use the pass for the desired number of days and explore the best of Paris to your hearts content.

The Eiffel Tower winds high above the city, giving amazing 360 degree panoramic views of the picturesque capital. It is the most iconic landmark in Paris, and it is impossible to visit this breathtaking city without experiencing the Eiffel Tower. Its steel exterior was shunned by Parisians at the time it was built due to its ugliness, but now draws in visitors from far and wide. It houses three floors and two restaurants, in which visitors can either climb or take a lift to dine on the scrumptious food, or simply peer out over the most spectacular views of the French capital.

The Notre Dame is one of the most famous cathedrals in the Western world. Great novels have been set here, with Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, hiding away from the world in the bell tower. However, there is so much more to this beautiful cathedral than works of fiction. The cathedral was fully completed in 1345, after almost two centuries of construction. Many historic figures held coronation celebrations in the Notre Dame, such as Napoleon I and his wife Josephine.

The Paris hop on hop off bus stops right outside these attractions and more. Be sure not to miss a thing with the Paris hop on hop off bus.

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The Best Things to do in the Isle of Skye

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Scotland is one of the most peaceful countries in the world. Its vast landscape seems to roll on forever. Its hills, cliffs, seashores and many islands which dot the coast creates scenery so serene than not than many other places compare. The Isle of Skye is one of the pleasant islands which line the coast. Situated on the West Coast of Northern Scotland, it is the second largest Scottish island, with a population of around 9,232.

This island, whilst relatively small, has so much going on, with so much to see and discover which is why Isle of Skye tours are great for anyone wanting to discover the best of this picturesque place.

The largest town on the Isle of Skye is Portree. This is a great area for visitors to stay in as it enables them to easily explore the island whilst having amenities close by. The town has the islands only secondary school, the Aros centre of Gaelic heritage, and has been used in some films including Harry Potter and Made of Honor.

Points of interest on the island include Neist Point, a viewpoint where visitors can look out to sea and see dolphins, whales, porpoises and basking sharks. There is also a lighthouse here which was built in 1909. The Dunvegan Castle is also a great place to visit. This castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland, and was opened to visitors in 1933. The castle towers over Loch Dunvegan which is home to many seal colonies. The island also has the Talisker Distillery, which produces the islands Single Malt Scotch whisky. The Cuillin Hills are a main tourist attraction also. These rocky hills are famous to hikers and mountaineers due to the rough rock which makes it easy to climb.

Be sure to explore all the wonders on this stunning island with Isle of Skye tours.

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Hop on Hop off Paris tours are so convenient.

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Hop on hop off bus tours are the best, most convenient way to explore any town or city that you are visiting for the first time. Hop on hop off bus tours are especially set up with first time tourists in mind. The passes are flexible and can be used as much as required within the validity of the pass. What’s more, it means you can plan what you want to see, when you want to see it, and spend as much time as you please at the attractions, without the restrictions of following around a tour guide who tells you how long you can stay there. Hop on hop off buses drive at regular intervals on well devised routes, stopping outside some of the major attractions of that city. They are certainly the easiest way of making sure that all the noteworthy attractions are seen and experienced, in the most cost effective way.

Paris, with its extensive sightseeing attractions and masses of monuments, is a city in which it makes sense to invest in a hop on hop off Paris bus pass. The hop on hop off Paris bus pass has over 50 different stops on four, interlinked routes, making finding your way around easy and convenient.

See the Notre Dame, the beautiful cathedral which was originally erected in 1160 by Bishop Maurice de Sully. The Notre Dame is steeped in history, and also the setting for Victor Hugo’s famous novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Hop on hop off Paris buses also stop at the Arc de Triumph, the historical military monument commissioned by Napoleon, the Louvre Museum, the Moulin Rouge, the Champs Elysees, to name a few.

Hop on hop off Paris also includes personal headphones with commentary available in 8 languages and an optional Seine River cruise. You really can’t go wrong with hop on hop off Paris bus tours.

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Theatre Breaks in London Are Amongst the Best Things To Do in London.

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Theatre breaks in London are one of the most popular tourist attractions to experience in the English capital. With so many theatre productions being explored and attempted each year, it is not surprising why theatre breaks in London are so appealing to visitors and Londoners equally.

Of course there is so much more to a trip to London than just relaxing in the audience of a production. London is the home to the Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, the IMAX cinema and the River Thames. Walk down the South Bank and enjoy entertainment in the way of mime artists and living statues, or feed the squirrels in the park by Buckingham Palace. Dine in one of the diverse restaurants, take time out in a traditional English pub, or spot a bargain at Portobello Market. It is difficult to find boredom in this lively English city.

However, time away from the hustle and bustle of the busy tube and crowded walkways is something which should be cherished in London. That is why London theatre breaks are so fantastic. They provide an escape from the crowds for a few fun filled hours. And with so many different theatre productions to choose from, there is sure to be something for everyone.

For families, discover the magic of the Shrek fairytale with a Shrek the Musical theatre break. We all know the film, how Shrek the ogre and his Donkey embark on a mission to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona. This stage production brings the characters to life, adding feel good music and a fun atmosphere.

The ever changing productions mean that theatre breaks in London can be experienced again and again. There is a reason why London theatre breaks are so popular, why not discover the reasons why for yourself?

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