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Find Your Shade of Green

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Green View - Olof S

Green View - Olof S

Thinking about going green? With families around the world changing their light bulbs, cleaning products, diet, recycling and commuting habits, why not try applying some of those ideas to your vacation time too!While some of us (ahem) might be using the green movement as a way to avoid bathing, the changes to your holiday time this year needn’t be so drastic. Here are three minor changes I’ve discovered through my own travels that can majorly affect the way you experience your vacation (for the better, I swear!) continue reading

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Dublin, Ireland, We’re Doing it Tourist Style…

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Dublin Green at Trinity College - lynq8831

Dublin Green at Trinity College - lynq8831

Well, I’ve officially been in the UK for a week, and it’s already time to go on a holiday. Dublin, Ireland, here I (and a collection of five other American twenty-something’s) come! As if we haven’t had enough tourism our first week in England, its time to give Dublin’s tourist market a try. I might be missing Spring Break in Cancun this year, but who needs the sun and sand when you can spend your holiday weekends travelling around Europe?

We’ll be there for three days, and are already looking forward to a jam-packed schedule of the most fantastically touristy sites possible. continue reading

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Scooter Tours – Spain’s Newest Way to Tour

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scooter tours in barcelona Spain has always offered a variety of attractions from discovering hidden courtyards and junk shops in the Barri Gotic in Barcelona to sun-bathing on the golden sands of Mallorca. Choosing which of their hottest destinations to visit is a hard decision. Do you want to visit a water park in Mallorca, go to the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, or buy knick-knacks in Ibiza? If you do decide on Ibiza over Mallorca you’re immediately left with the sad feeling you’re really missing out on the soft sands of El Arenal beach. Luckily, now there are new tours to help you make the most of your time no matter where you choose. continue reading

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Approval granted for ‘unique’ Tate Modern development

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Southwark Council has granted planning permission for a development at London’s Tate Modern that will add a striking new building to the gallery.

Designs created by international architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron will see the oil tanks of the former power station in which Tate Modern is situated used as the basis for the new structure.

Announcing its approval of the project, Southwark Council said the proposed building will be "an extraordinary and unique addition to London’s townscape" that will offer further regeneration benefits to London’s Bankside area.

Tate director Nicholas Serota said: "We are delighted that Herzog & de Meuron’s revised plans have been granted approval by Southwark Council. We look forward to creating one of the most exciting cultural buildings in Europe which will bring direct benefits to Southwark and London as a whole."

Coming at an estimated cost of £215 million, the development is scheduled for completion in 2012.

From June 12th this year, travellers on London tours will be able to head to Tate Modern to see Futurism, the first major exhibition of futurist art in Britain for some 30 years.

London – Ride the London Eye, visit the Tower of London or take a day out of the city to see Stonehenge.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19107062-ADNFCR

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Visit some of Europe’s leading museums for free

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People taking culture and sightseeing tours across Europe next month will have the opportunity to visit some of the continent’s most high-profile institutions absolutely free.

The Nuit des Musees initiative sees museums and galleries all over the continent welcome visitors for free for one evening, with most opening from dusk until the early hours of the morning.

May 16th will be the date of the 2009 edition of Nuit des Musees, which this year will be celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Institutions set to take part in the project this year include Cosmo Caixa in Barcelona, the Museo Sorolla in Madrid, the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence and the Musee Charlier in Brussels.

France will be one of the biggest participants in Nuit des Musees, with major attractions including the Pavillon de Vendome in Aix-en-Provence, the Musee d’Aquitaine in Bordeaux and the Louvre in Paris expected to be involved.

The Louvre was recently named by the Art Newspaper as the most visited museum in the world last year, ahead of the British Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and other institutions.

Culture and Sightseeing – City Tours – Whichever city you are in these tours will help to ensure you do not miss a thing.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19105587-ADNFCR

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Italy and the Vatican Worship for Easter

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As the home of the Vatican, it is no surprise that Easter in Italy is a major event. The celebrations vary from the intensely religious to the carefree celebrations of spring. Catholic masses are conducted by the holiest of men in the Vatican and traditions of amusement take over neighboring towns. The historic Scoppio del Carro leaves worshipers in awe. The celebrations are extremely religious but are conducted on such a scale that members of any school of thought will enjoy them. Italy at Easter time is a spectacle and a dream but there is no Easter bunny in Italy, so don’t expect to be greeted by a sugar-covered chocolate marshmallows when you land.

Easter Sunday, a Day of Celebration

Pasqua, the Italian Easter, sees the people of Italy escape out of doors and enjoy the spring sunshine. People parade the streets holding large statues of Mary or Jesus before them in reverence. Catholic priests travel from home to shop to home offering blessings for good luck. In St. Peter’s Basilica the Pope says a special mass. An average of 100,000 people turn up for this even every year covering the earth beneath the Pope’s balcony. The night before the Pope baptises adults newly converted to Catholicism and calls the word to peace. continue reading

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Recession ‘won’t stop Brits from travelling’

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The recession and the credit crunch will not stop British people from taking holidays, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has claimed.

An economist from the WTTC said that the likely effect of the economic crisis will not be fewer holidays taken by British people but more affordable breaks within the UK.

According to Amir Girgis, the tourism industry has picked up on the possible repercussions of the credit crunch and the weak value of the pound by launching new campaigns to promote domestic travel.

"You see more promotions for domestic travel here because there is a market due to the weakened exchange rate and due to the recession," he said.

"People want cheaper holidays. People still want to travel and that is the difference between this recession and any other blips we have had in the travel and tourism industry."

London tours could prove a more popular option this year following the recent launch of a £2 million marketing campaign to promote the city.

The international initiative will showcase the sights, experiences and attractions on offer in London that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

London – Ride the London Eye, visit the Tower of London or take a day out of the city to see Stonehenge.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19093949-ADNFCR

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Excitment and Adventure in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas has more to offer now than ever before. Daily excursions into the Mohave Desert and tours of some of the American South West’s most legendary sights such as London Bridge, the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam offer easy access to the trip of a lifetime! Phototours present you with the best views of scenic attractions while providing you with plenty of time to make memories. A bit of history is brought into each tour as guide share their knowledge of the land.

Phototour Indian Ruins & Valley of Fire – Take remarkable photographs as you tour the Lost City of the ancestors of the Hopi Tribe. The Valley of Fire and Rainbow Vista will offer you startling panoramics with harsh colour schemes and surprising textures. Visit Altatl Rock for a view of ancient petraglyphs, while your guide teaches you about the Native American tribes that have called this land home. continue reading

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Singapore’s Creatures and Cultures

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Singapore – an exceptional blend of eastern and western culture, Singapore offers once in a life-time experiences in a safe and family-friendly environment. Whether going on a night safari or viewing the city from 165m up, on the Singapore Flyer, travellers can experience jaw-dropping sights.

Who can refuse the chance to sip Chinese medicinal herbs before watching the night lights give the colourful city a new life after dusk?

Try one of these exciting tours to experience the real Singapore:

FunVee Night Safari Shuttle Tour - For a once in a life-time experience explore the jungle under the glow of the moon. This all-inclusive tour takes you on a tram ride through habitats of some of the most elusive creatures of the night.  As the world’s first night safari, participants will have a tale for home none of their friends can top! continue reading

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New isango! Travel Experiences February 09 Update!

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February has brought us a library of exciting new tours and deals for exploring the globe. On isango! you can find the best offers for biking across the hills of San Francisco, USA or absorbing the magical air blowing off the ocean at Cabo da Roca on a tour of Sintra, Portugal. From Washington DC to Paris to Dubai we have great products for you!

New Things to Explore in Portugal:

Sintra Scenic TourThis 4.5 hour tour takes you through the scenic countryside of Lisbon providing splendid views of castles, ocean and the alluring Boca do Inferno where the waves stir in chaos. Stretch your legs at the Pena National Palace and the small town of Cascais, home to local fisherman and sometimes the royals of Europe.

Hop on Hop off 48h Bus ticketExplore Lisbon at your own pace with a 2-day access pass to a bus driving to all the best destinations within the city. Offered in 8 languages, the tour provides an unbeatable orientation to the city.

Red Tramcar – The Hills TourThe easiest way to explore the expansive hills of Lisbon, the Red Tramcar allows you to explore the city without leaving your seat! Just look out your window to see the medieval architecture of the Alfama, people chatting and shopping by homes in Chiado and the impressive government buildings and mansions of Lapa. continue reading

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