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10 Things for Adrenaline Junkies to do in Tasmania

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The unique topography of the Tasman Peninsula boasts of several exciting adrenalin sports and activities. Adrenaline junkies won’t lack for thrills, whether it’s scuba diving, rock climbing, skiing, kayaking or other activities.


1. Scuba Diving
Tasmania is surrounded by many beautiful bays all rich in marine life. One can access all these sites by boat. On the East Coast Dive Trail, divers can explore shipwreck sites from way back as 1779. The west coast is wild and only hardy divers can attempt the waters here.

2. Snorkeling
Snorkelers have much to explore in Tasmania, particularly along the east coast. The clear blue waters allow snorkelers to play with the soft and hard corals, and enjoy the multi-hued marine life.

3. Surfing
You can enjoy some large waves on the Bass Strait, and in Hobart where the high swells delight pipe-surfers. There are 6 surf spots in the North Coast, 11 in the east, 15 in Hobart and SE, and 17 in the west coast. Shipstern Bluff is the most challenging surfing location in Australia.

4. Sea Kayaking
Kayaking is a great way to catch the best sights, both above and below the water. Sign up for a sea kayaking tour to explore the Southwest Area of Tasmania which is chock full of remote islands, wild rivers and wilderness harbors. Don’t forget to explore Wineglass Bay and the Great Oyster Bay by kayak.

5. Skiing
The Australian ski season is between June and September. Tasmania is one of the tree states to experience sufficient snow for annual skiing. Visit the Ben Lomond National Park’s premier ski resort and Mount Mawson in the Mount Field National Park for the best skiing in Tasmania.

6. Snowboarding
Most ski villages offer snowboarding as well. Snowboarding is great fun, especially when your snowboard hurtles down a steep slope, such as the one on the Ben Lomond plateau. The stunning scenery and diverse wildlife make snowboarding here a very popular experience.

7. Rock Climbing
Climbers crowd here to try the Totem Pole, a spectacular free-standing dolerite rock pillars that spears straight out of the water. With sharks and volatile tides at the bottom, climbing this rock is a say-hello-to-death kind of endeavor.

8. Wilderness Sport Climbing
Try wilderness sport climbing over the huge boulders at Adamsfield, ranging from light slopes to steep roofs. This wilderness range presents a challenge to the fittest of climbers, as the effort requires quite a bit of trekking as well.

9. Mountain Climbing
The 1270 meter tall Mt. Wellington in Hobart is a mountain climber’s delight. Cataract George in Launceston offers a great variety of climbing experiences as well. The Freycinet Peninsula offers the Hazards, a fabulous 300m high, pink granite dome to the climber.

10. Abseiling
The beauty of Cataract Gorge is vied only by its reputation as a climber’s paradise. More than 300 rocks are available for climbing in the lower gorge, with another 550 climbs up to the Trevallyn Dam. Climbers start with abseiling and then move into climbing, guided by professional climbers.
 

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What to see in Singapore.

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Singapore is obviously extremely diverse when compared with countries in Western regions. It is crammed with culture from clashing eastern and western influences, with endless things to discover, so much so that Singapore sightseeing can be a little overwhelming. Just what are the best places to visit and the must do activities? Fear not, Singapore sightseeing isn’t as daunting as it may sound.

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Versailles Palace Tours.

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Visiting the French capital of Paris is something which many people strive to do in their lifetime. But why not think outside the box and aim to see some of the finer things located in the regions around Paris; for example, the Palace of Versailles.

Versailles Palace tours are somewhat popular, with people coming from far and wide in the hope to see one of the grandest palaces in the western world. History fans are also drawn in by the pull of the Versailles Palace as so much has previously happened on these grounds. After all, it is one of the places that sparked enough controversy during the French Revolution to play a significant role in it. continue reading

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Discover the Moulin Rouge Paris.

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blog-picRoll up, roll up! The prancing Moulin Rouge girls are calling all Parisians and visitors alike to come see their breathtaking dancing. Despite the numerous attempts to recreate this famous cabaret club, nothing else quite compares with the exquisite Moulin Rouge Paris.

It takes some skill to become a Moulin Rouge dancer, with all the acrobatic high-kicks and elaborate twirling. Only the best dancers are selected and only after vigorous training are they finally allowed to take to the stage and perform with the rest of the glamorous Doriss girls.

But it is not only the beautiful girls that take centre stage at the Moulin Rouge Paris. The costumes, made of feathers, rhinestones and sequins, attract their own audiences, and small ponies and snakes which grace the performance only add to the allure of the world’s most famous nightclub.

The Moulin Rouge Paris was built in 1889 in Pigalle, the Red Light District of Paris. It has always had a certain amount of fame, originally creating a sense of stigma as the courtesans lifted their skirts to reveal their undergarments to the viewing men. Nowadays the stigma has been replaced by a touch of inspiring glamour, especially after the 2001 film which starred Nicole Kidman as leading lady, Satine, who lived in an elephant and was admired by every man in Montmartre.

The Moulin Rouge Paris has had its own fair share of inspirational people pass through the doorways of its entrance; for example, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the famous 19th century artist who used the Moulin Rouge as the setting for many of his pieces. Toulouse-Lautrec was famed for his night-time antics, the Moulin Rouge Paris being one of his most favoured hang-outs. A place where he could spend the evening drinking alcohol and dancing with beautiful girls; who at the time used the same area as the spectating men to wow the audience with their sensational moves.

For an evening cram packed with history and glamour, be sure to experience the Moulin Rouge Paris.

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The Wizard of Oz theatre break

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blog-picture7Begin the adventure of a lifetime and follow the yellow brick road to the Wizard of Oz theatre break. Re-live the ultimate voyage of Dorothy on the trail through the forest on her infamous quest to return home. This vivid production portrays the well known story of Dorothy and her small dog Toto with the modern songs and surprises from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bill Kenwright.

According to the Library of Congress, this timeless classic is the most watched motion film in history, no wonder the theatre version is such a success. Released in 1939, The Wizard of Oz is just as watched today as it was over 70 years ago. Significant changes were made during the adaptation from novel to film, such as the role the Wicked Witch of the West, and even the famous ruby slippers were silver in the book. However, the changes have helped to make

This American fantasy was originally written in 1900 by author L. Frank Baum, titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The children’s classic has been reprinted numerous in the 111-years that have since passed, and the story is as well know to the children of the 21st century as it was in the first years of its publication.

The Wizard of Oz theatre break is not a new concept. Back in 1902 the novel was first adapted to entertain audiences from the stage. The initial success of both the original novel and this first stage adaptation lead to Baum writing 13 more Oz books.

Today, the Wizard of Oz theatre break has progressed majorly since its original performance on Broadway. Costumes and sets are immaculate, producing a glittering, shining show, which everybody can appreciate. The Wizard of Oz theatre break has remained strong for 109-years – that surely says something about how great the production is.

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Shrek the musical theatre breaks

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blog-picture6Fans are guaranteed to be queuing up for a Shrek the Musical theatre break this spring when the production hits the West End. Shrek the Musical theatre breaks were huge news in America when the show was performed on Broadway early last year. The production ran from December 2008 until January 2010, and has since gone on to do a tour of the USA, giving everyone across the country the chance to be partthe phenomenon. The West End, which is every bit as good as Broadway, is sure to see tickets for the production sell out fast.

The Dreamworks film of Shrek was extremely popular, twisting and turning the traditions of original fairytale on its head, seeing a kind-hearted ogre over-come the evil handsome prince and save the beautiful Princess Fiona, who ends up transforming into an ogre herself. The tale is complete with dragons, towers, curses, talking gingerbread men, and humpty dumpty, but everything seems mixed up.

The theatre production of this animated film is sure to be just as fun and light-hearted as the movie. Suitable for the whole family, a Shrek the Musical theatre break has something for everyone, combining the wonderful show with a memorable stay in a fabulous hotel. Enjoy free time during the day to see all the brilliant London attractions such as Madame Tussauds, the Thames River, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.

A Shrek the Musical theatre break can be tailored to meet specific requirements too, meaning all trips and short holidays can meet everyone’s expectations. Pick from a list of central hotels, all close to the tube so getting around London to both sightsee and get to the theatre will be easy.

Be sure not to miss out on a Shrek the Musical theatre break. It will give you the chance to experience London for what it truly is, and provide a fun, enjoyable trip for the whole family.

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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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