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Ten Reasons To Love New Zealand!


Things to do in New Zealand

New Zealand Tours

This is a real toughie!  New Zealand is a long way off from anywhere especially when deciding to go for a holiday. You may well ask ‘Why New Zealand?

No matter how hard you try you cannot nail down just ten reasons to love New Zealand.  First off there so many wonderful and breathtaking places to visit in New Zealand that listing them alone would fill an entire guidebook.  So I am going to cheat here.

This listing is a mash-up.  We highlight individual activities and locations and also provide wide-ranging sections to cover a number of them.  Hopefully that will give you the big picture so that you can fully experience the stunning landscape, incredible weather and get in a huge dose of adventure.  We also hope our highlights will encourage you to take the journey and help organise your limited time in The Land of the Long White Cloud.

The Scenery and Landscape

New Zealand is the result of nature’s genius.  The forces unleashed by the ice age, tectonic forces, volcanism and erosion have created a landscape, flora and scenery unequalled anywhere in the world.  It has produced one of the most unspoilt, diverse and dramatic terrains in the world.  Just the memory of those majestic mountain ranges, crystal clear alpine lakes, craggy fiords and ancient forests (some of which are over a thousand years old) brings a lump to my throat and go all dreamy-eyed.

New Zealand possesses the unique opportunity to “tramp” (hike in Kiwi-speak) through native forests where many trees are more than 1,000 years old, kayak the turquoise waters of a tranquil bay, conquer a mountain, bathe in a thermal pool, ski a volcano, walk on a glacier, swim with dolphins, shoot the rapids in a jet boat, or just lie about on a sandy beach.  Oh yeah!  No place is more than 75 miles from a beach.

The Climate

Without a single doubt, the New Zealand climate is a major appeal as a holiday destination.  It does not have extremes.  The hottest it gets is 25°C and the coldest daytime temperature gets to 12°C.  The country has a long summer and with just enough snow in winter for skiing.  Spring and autumn make a beautiful country gorgeous when the normally green landscape explodes into a hundred different colours.

The Culture

That’s right!  Kiwi culture plays a huge part in the attractiveness of the country.  The people are fantastically friendly and genuinely hospitable.  That probably lies in the fact that they are such a mixed bunch.  The New Zealand population is an interesting mix of English, Scottish, Maori, Asian and Pacific Islanders who have woven their different customs and traditions into a splendid tapestry.  Thanks to the Treaty of Waitangi, between the Maori and Britain, Maori cultural influence on society is all over and its character is one of the most marvellous and appealing aspects of New Zealand life.

Another attractive and audible aspect about New Zealanders is the accent.  They all speak English but many of their expressions, phrases and pronunciation will be apt to confuse.  The Zealand accent has strong Scottish and Irish influences with softer tones.  Such is its appeal you will soon be speaking the same way and long after you leave the islands.

“Kia ora!

Adventure Capital

Despite what other countries around the world may claim New Zealand is the true owner of the title – Adventure Capital of the World.  It’s in the Kiwi DNA.  They are always off and indulging in some wild activity or the other.  They constantly crave a blood rush, accelerated heart rate or adrenaline overdose (all three if possible).  This has seen New Zealander’s invent some really wild sports and activities.  Among their awesome pioneering achievements are jet boating, bungee jumping and zorbing.  So get out of your bed and comfortable, unexciting room and head down to God zone country, because heaven knows what next heart-stopping crazy idea the Kiwis will come up with.  And you just have to get in on the act.

Okay!  So we covered some general and wide reaching New Zealand activities that will make you fall in love with the country.  Let’s move onto specific things and places that could have you either deciding to stay for the rest of your life or returning again and again.

Bay Of Islands

The Bay of Islands – to employ that overused expression – is truly a paradise.  Located in the north east section of North Island, it is an area of stunning beauty and has a gorgeous sub-tropical climate.  Just a three hour drive away from Auckland, the Bay comprises of 144 islands, each one a treat in itself.  Three locations deserve special mention.

Kerikeri: Famed for the Rainbow Falls and the Puketi Forest that is home to the magnificent and ancient kauri trees.  The island also has some really good wineries, orchards and art galleries.

Paihia: In a place of abundant beauty Paihia is the jewel in the crown of the Bay of Islands.  You can go whale and dolphin watching; take off on a tandem parasail over the gorgeous waters; skydive, scuba dive or go exploring on a sea kayak or just loll around on one of its magnificent beaches.

Russell: It was the first capital of New Zealand.  Once known as the “hell hole of the Pacific” because of the exciting, often violent and rowdy behaviour of whalers, traders and sailors who frequented the place and settled here.  Today Russell is a superb big game fishing destination.  You can catch tuna, broad bill, kingfish, shark and other game fish off its shores.  It has also transformed into an elegant town of waterfront restaurants and cafés.  Russell is also the gateway to the Cape Brett Tramping Track and the Okiato to Russell Walkway.

Milford Sound

Located in the south west part of South Island, Milford Sound is the location of the world famous Mitre Peak.  Universally recognised the image of the peak has been the inspiration for many a visitor’s arrival on New Zealand’s shores.  Called by Rudyard Kipling the Eight Wonder of the World, Milford Sound is an intensely beautiful fjord with steep rising rocks and cliffs with hundreds of waterfalls that add to its captivating charm.

Kayaking in the Sound or hiking along the Milford Track are wonderful and fantastically rewarding activities that will give you a physical satisfaction and soul-filling dose of beauty.


The city and area of Rotorua is located in the Bay of Plenty of North Island.  It is a spectacular place of geothermal springs, bubbling mud pools, steaming hot geysers and eye-watering sulphur lakes.  Besides the wonderful scenery Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s cultural hot spots with many Maori landmarks, history, shows and related activities.  There are plenty of opportunities to learn about Maori culture and traditions.

The area is also one of New Zealand’s adventure sports hubs.  You can go wild indulging in your fill of rafting, zorbing or shweebing (Rotorua’s pioneering and latest adrenaline attraction – pedal-powered vehicles hanging from monorail racetracks)

Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers

In a land of splendid scenic plenty the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers rank near the top of anyone’s listing.  These two icy wonders are truly remarkable because they are only 300 metres above sea level, the lowest in the world; accessible to all – no need for climbing gear and most astonishing of all they are both flanked on both sides by lush, thick rainforests!


In any other country lovely Queenstown, its captive glacier Lake Wakatipu, snow-capped mountains, forests and breathtaking scenery would be the top attraction.  Even here in New Zealand in south west South Island it is a gem.  Famed for its beauty Queenstown however has acquired world-wide fame as being the world’s greatest adventure destination.  The nearby Kawerau River is home to the famed and original bungy jump.

Queenstown’s reputation as the ultimate adventure sport destination also lies in the variety and number of adrenaline activities that you can take part in here.  There is sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking, downhill mountain biking and river rafting all year round and in winter there is skiing and snowboarding.  You can never get bored!


This achingly beautiful corner of New Zealand sits on the northern west coast of South Island and a couple of hours from Christchurch.  The little fishing village of Kaikoura is framed by the stunning Kaikoura Mountain Range and the dramatic Pacific Ocean.

Unsurprisingly most of the activities here are marine-oriented.  You can go fishing and kayaking.  Just outside on the eastern edge of the town is a large resident community of southern fur seals for your viewing pleasure. The speciality though is whale and dolphin watching.  Ships from the town go out several times a day taking visitors to see these magnificent sea creatures.  Hiking is also another good option.  Bird-watching enthusiasts will have no problem seeing ocean seabirds such as albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters, including the Hutton’s shearwater

We hope that our picks will give you enough motivation (not that it needs it) to visit New Zealand, right now!  Your visit will be one of the best trips you will ever make and the most memorable.

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Explore Dubai’s Top 10 Attractions with isango!


Ultra-modern, gleaming spires soar skywards; Dubai is a great destination for shopping, partying, fine dining and sporting activities.  The dazzling dawn and the extravagant sparkling lights that transform the night sky are two of Dubai’s faces – nature and modern technology in fine harmony.   From the moment you arrive you will be swept into world of pleasure and luxury where you are limited only by your imagination..Dubai's Top 10 Attractions

There are many things to see and do in Dubai.  Some of its top attractions are:

1) Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab building is a magnificent structure.  It resembles the billowing sail of a classic Arab dhow and has become both iconic and symbolic of Dubai.  Rising majestically 321 metres above the desert and sea it is one of the most photographed buildings on the planet.  At night its beauty is further enhanced by choreographed lighting.  You have not visited Dubai if you have not been to the Burj Al Arab and had your photo taken with building as a backdrop.

2) Burj Khalifa

Another amazing landmark of Dubai, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world.  Its elegant silver-steel finger reaches high into the clear blue sky of this amazing desert emirate.  One of the highlights for every Dubai visitor is a trip up to the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa on the 124th floor.  The trip is more than just an opportunity to view Dubai and the world from a really, really high place.  Besides the amazing views and perspective, while on the ride up in the high-speed elevator you are treated to a wonderful multi-media presentation on Dubai and the construction of the Burj Khalifa.

The best time to take in the view from the observation deck is around sunset and early night when the sun and the city lights create their own unique enchantments.  The designer gardens around the Burj Khalifa are beautiful and worth strolling through.

3) Dubai Creek

In sharp contrast to much of Dubai, the Creek is a step back in time.  In this historical section visitors will see authentic living reminders of Dubai’s history.  The Dubai Creek is a natural inlet of the sea, which winds through the centre of the city, provides a glimpse into the emirates centuries old trading and commercial traditions.  It is still a colourful, bustling throwback to days gone by with traditional dhows loading and unloading goods to and from India and East Africa like their ancient forebears did.

You can take a water taxi (abra) or get on a dhow and slowly cruise the Creek, past Al Maktoum bridge and view the old trading port. On one side of the Creek is Dubai’s Spice Souk.  It is a place full of atmosphere with its narrow winding alleyways and whitewashed buildings, not mention the aroma of incense and spices.  You will gain insights into the fascinating and still thriving traditional life of old Dubai.

4) Dubai Marina

In a city packed with bright, glitzy and amazing buildings the Marina is the newest and shiniest addition to the collection.  The Dubai Marina is the largest and (probably prettiest) man-made marina. The Marina is simply out of this world with berthing space for over five hundred yachts tucked into three and a half kilometers of canal and an impressive purpose built clubhouse. Serving as a backdrop are a number of fabulous skyscrapers, one of which is the world’s tallest twisted building – the Cayan Tower

5) Palm Island, Jumeirah

The whole complex is the ultimate word in luxury.  It is a combination of incredible engineering, architecture and vision.  Built on land reclaimed from the sea it is an artificial archipelago.  It is designed to resemble a palm tree and consists of 17 fronds, a two kilometer long trunk and an encompassing crescent.  It has 4,000 luxury villas and apartments, world famous hotel brands, shopping malls, spas, pools, gardens and wide selection of fine dining restaurants.  There are miles of beach front lined with bars, clubs, spas, pools, gardens, theme parks and all forms of entertainment.

It even has a 5.4-kilometre-long (3.4 mi) Monorail connecting the Atlantis Hotel to the Gateway Towers at the foot of the island with a planned further extension.  This is a truly iconic place that both captures and boggles the imagination and is one of the biggest attractions in Dubai.

6) The Dubai Fountain

Once again Dubai comes up bigger, better and, dare I say it, ‘splashier.’  The Dubai Fountain is set in the 30 acre Burj Khalifa Lake surrounding the tower.  It was designed by the same team that created the Bellagio Fountains in Vegas.  It is now the world’s largest dancing fountains with the jets reaching 500 feet in height and 900 feet lengthwise.  Other astounding features of the Fountains are:  There are over 6,600 WET Superlights and 25 colour projectors that create over 1,000 abstract attractions. The beam of light shining upward from the fountain can be seen from over 20 miles away, and is supposed to be visible from space.

That’s not all.  The musical repertoire is quite impressive with a list that includes Sama Dubai; Baba Yetu, an award-winning song in Swahili; the Arab world’s top-selling dance number Shik Shak Shok; and the signature piece of world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Con te partiro (Time to Say Goodbye).

Dubai Fountain Show Timings:
Sunday to Wednesday
1.00pm and 1.30pm
6:00pm – 11:00pm every 30 minutes
Thursday to Saturday
1pm and 1:30pm
6:00pm to 11:30pm
7) Wild Wadi Water Park

The Wild Wadi Water Park is located in front of the Burj Al Arab in the Jumeirah area of Dubai.  This ultra-modern water complex has 30 rides including a hot and cool wave pool, water slides, artificial surfing machines and a waterfall.  The Park has been built to incorporate the adventures of Arabic mythical folk character, Juha.

8) Bastakia – Traditional Dubai

Carefully and lovingly preserved, the Bastakia Quarter is one of the loveliest places in a city madly in love with the gleaming and ultra modern.  Built during the 19th century by Persian textile and pearl traders it is named after the southern Iranian town of Bastak it is a beautifully conserved reminder of what Dubai once was.  It comprises of a network of lanes and alleyways lined traditional Arab desert buildings that have been turned into art galleries, cafés, and boutique hotels.

The highlight of Bastakia has to be the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.  The Centre is one of the best examples of the traditional building styles.  You will find a beautiful courtyard lined with delicately carved grills and hanging oil lamps.  One notable feature is the wind towers.  They are southern Iranian traditional air-conditioning designs that funnel cool air into the house.  Another reminder of Dubai’s past is the beautiful Bastakia Mosque with its exquisite lattice-worked walls made from gypsum and coral.

9) Desert Safari

Also known as Dune Bashing, you head out in an SUV/4×4/Hummer on an exhilarating roller-coaster off-road expedition over picturesque sand dunes.  The Desert Safari is also a fabulous way to experience the ancient and traditional Bedouin lifestyle.  Besides swooping up and down sand dunes your desert adventure will take you to a campsite at an oasis where you can ride a camel, try out sand boarding, get your hands painted with henna, watch a belly dance performance and top it all off with a delicious barbeque meal.

10) Shopping at Dubai’s Malls and Souks

Let us not forget that it was the lure of shopping and incredible bargains that kicked started the whole Dubai experience all those years ago.  Everything is a follow up and add-on.  While Dubai now has many glittering attractions its biggest still remains the shopping malls where people come for bargains, discounts and incredible promotions, sales and raffles that have Porsches as a prize.  The malls have aquariums, penguin enclosures, ski slopes and fine dining restaurants that give you a fully rounded experience.  The more famous malls are the Dubai Mall (home of the Dubai Shopping Festival), Mall of the Emirates and the Deira City Centre Mall.

On the other hand this city of high rises still retains the centuries old, traditional souks (souqs), which are just as popular as their modern glitzy counterparts.  The most famous are in Deira on the Dubai Creek that boasts of the glittering Gold Souk, the aromatic Spice Souk with stalls overflowing with every imaginable spice.  Other souks stock Indian saris, fabrics, ‘antiques’, copper coffee pots, lamps, daggers, silver jewellery, souvenirs and even furniture.

Dubai seems to have it all – the world’s tallest building; the largest manmade island; the largest shopping mall; the biggest marina and so on.  While we picked only 10 of the emirates attractions, there are many, many more things to see, do and experience.  One thing is sure you will not leave Dubai disappointed whatever your reason for visiting.

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The Eye Of The Beholder – London Eye


London is a city packed with wonderfully preserved buildings spanning a period of almost 1,000 years.  The city is an architect’s dream and a tourist’s delight with so many beautiful palaces, castles and monuments from every period scattered across its 32 boroughs.  London’s architectural glory is not restricted to its ancient past.  While it is extremely proud and protective of its heritage it has not stopped building for the future.

London Eye


The 21st century is very much in evidence with a whole lot of modern buildings that have risen to become icons in their own right.  The Houses of Parliament, the iconic Elizabeth Tower housing Big Ben clock now shares skyline space with the likes of the Shard and the Gherkin.  The Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern vie for attention along with the massive and daunting Tower of London and the nearby Tower Bridge.

That said the most eye-catching and visited structure in the city is – wait for it! – the London Eye!

Yes, this gleaming white, slowly rotating wheel has become the most popular site for visitors from around the world and home.  Looking down at the Thames from 135 metres the Eye is a delicately balanced, stylish and central piece of London’s visual space.  Unexpectedly it helps harmonise the ancient, merely old, historical and modern facets of London’s image.  Perched on the grounds of Jubilee Gardens, the Eye is right next door to the venerable and esteemed Palace of Westminster and does not suffer in comparison.

There is some debate as to whether it should be compared with London’s other architectural masterpieces or even spoken of in the same sentence.  That is because the Eye is an engineering structure, the result of the vision of the husband-and-wife team of Julia Barfield and David Marks.  It is technically not a piece of architecture – a 2001 panel determined that.

Perhaps it is just quibbling.  The Eye is like no other structure in the capital city nor is it like other wheels in Singapore and Nanchang.  For starters, it is not a Ferris wheel.  The designers and operators are at pains to describe this A-frame supported tilted steel and glass spoked ring as “the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel“.

London Eye, London

The Eye however, does share several similarities with another engineering marvel – the Eiffel Tower.  A recent survey found that it is even more popular than the Parisian tower.  That aside both were supposed to be temporary structures.  Their iconic profiles and massive popularity have ensured they will be around for a long time to come.  They have become symbols of their respective cities despite much older claimants to that title. Both were panned by the artistic, historic, cultural and aesthetic communities as being totally out of place.

In essence the London Eye (known by repeatedly changing names) is the triumph of the ordinary folk over the apparently expert.   Research revealed that support for the Eye to remain was an overwhelming and heart-warming 85% across London and the surrounding areas.

It is no wonder that it is loved.  It is as one commentator aptly put it, “It is not there just to be looked at. It’s also there to be looked from.”  The Eye puts the grand city of London in perspective.  Truly the phrase, ‘beauty lying in the eyes of the beholder’ is most apt to describe the London Eye.

Steve Rose put it best when he wrote: “The Eye… exists in a category of its own…. It essentially has to fulfill only one function, and what a brilliantly inessential function it is: to lift people up from the ground, take them round a giant loop in the sky, then put them back down where they started. That is all it needs to do, and thankfully, that is all it does.”

For all its modern, symbolism and scientific and engineering brilliance the Eye has not been able to escape ancient superstition.  Its 32 capsules are numbered 1 to 33 leaving out the unlucky number 13, which probably the best tribute to it.

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A Girls Guide to Shopping in London!


It’s a wonderful, wonderful world for shopping girl. The world is shrinking but the global economy is expanding at warp speed. There are literally hundreds of cities where you could find every known brand to satisfy your shopper’s soul and max out your credit card.

Amongst all the dizzying choices there are a few magical places that stand out as shoppers’ paradises. They possess that aura, history and glamour, which entice you with promises of endless fashion choices. And they deliver too – in style! Paris, Milan, New York and good old London town are absolute wonderlands for a girl and her shopping bag. And it is London that fills our horizon right now.

London is a large and sprawling city with shopping districts dotting the cityscape. For the benefit of the girl in a hurry, we’ve identified the top places you could get your fashion fix. So make a bee-line these locations.

shopping in london



This legendary district picks itself. It is the top of the pops when it comes to shopping. Make no mistake it is a high-end, top-of-the-line west London location. Knightsbridge spells luxury like no other place in the world. This exclusive shopping district is home to some of the world’s most famous and oldest stores. Harrods, distinctive terracotta façade and iconic dark-green awnings and Harvey Nicholls are the two standout names in an area that is simply crammed with outlets for every designer and luxury brand on the planet. You can pick up anything from jewellery to handbags; from Cartier to Zara and every fashion item in between.

If the air is too rarefied for you and your purse, you could indulge in the next best thing – window shopping. Either way Knightsbridge will take your breath away.

Sloane Street, Duke of York Square & the King’s Road

Not too far away – a little walking distance from Knightsbridge is another shopping haven. The area covering Sloane Street, Duke of York Square and King’s Road is the hangout of London’s shopping elite. In these shopping coves you will find the high style Peter Jones store offering everything in fashion. They are also full of tempting boutiques and shoe shops. There are also plenty of charming cafés and restaurants where you can sit and review your shopping day, catch your breath and have an elegant tea.

Oxford Street

Oxford Street  has been the shoppers’ Mecca of for many years. The original home of high street fashion the Street has an endless line of shops dedicated to style, fashion and chic. This is the landing strip of high flying shoppers from all over the world. There is the added enchantment of catching sight of a famous face or figure. You will find designer stuff in every shop along the way.

The undisputed queen of Oxford Street and of the shopping world is Selfridges. The best department store in the world, this wonderful store has the latest in everything from designer collections, toys, gifts, beauty, skincare and an enormous food court full of luxurious hampers and tasty treats. You may never leave the premises.

Another destination on Oxford Street – for the teenage set – is Topshop. The biggest of their outlets, the store offers reasonably priced fashion, party dresses, accessories and a vast area dedicated to shoes. Uniqlo has placed two new stores on Oxford Street.

Bond Street

Close by to Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus is another legendary shopping avenue – the name is Bond, Bond Street! Here the highbrow shopping mavens browse for their posh clothes. Names such as Burberry and Boodles call this major thoroughfare of high style home. You could pop in to famous hotels like The Ritz, Claridge’s or The Dorchester for a bit of refreshment. Then again you could check out which masterpieces are going under the hammer in the illustrious auction houses of Bonhams and Sotheby’s.

Regent Street

Dedicated to the privileged and those on the A-list, Regent Street is famous for its shops and stores filled with luxurious products. This renowned street is also the address of a huge Apple Store and COS. So is Hamleys, one of the largest toy shops in the world and a tourist attraction with it tempting displays of all the latest and sharpest toys. Both kids and grown-ups are unable to resist its many, many temptations.

Comes Christmas time and Regent Street, with its lovely well-preserved period buildings, is decked with colourful strings of Christmas lights. Here though, Santa is a merry fellow working at the behest of the goddess of high fashion.

Marylebone High Street

Marylebone High Street is at the heart of one of London’s poshest areas. Running through Central London it exemplifies and oozes with affluence, a reflection of the neighbourhood. It is also a siren to discerning shoppers looking for chic, high fashion and well-known brands. You will find stores carrying brands as diverse as Givenchy and Lady Gaga with a goodly sprinkling of lacy fabrics, vintage fashion and the brash.

Marylebone High Street blends dazzling couture, subtle wealth and privilege with an élan that is uniquely its own. In a city packed with shopping choices, Marylebone High Street is one of the highlights.

More Shopping

Don’t go away thinking that London is only about high style and the top end of the fashion chain. There is more shopping in this city than anyone can handle. Now that we have taken you around the high brow shopping areas, it is time to head off to the fashion forward and soul-satisfying street markets and other less price-extravagant hotspots.

Weekly Markets and Street Markets

London has a long tradition of street markets. More than 70 pop up during the weekends. You will find that they exude a whole different aura and different prices. The experience here is more chilled and haggle oriented. The feel is one of freshness, excitement and friendly. The random array of mixed merchandise is also what makes up and rounds off London’s fashion scene. It reflects the eclectic buzz of London’s cosmopolitan life.

Portobello Road, Petticoat Lane and Camden Town are just some of the legendary names that spring to mind. On these streets you will find antiques, street art, leather jackets, jeans, way-out clothing, jewellery, accessories, bright humorous, graphic illustrated T-shirts, charm bracelets, say, or kitsch anchor necklaces. They are places with a very special atmosphere and experiences to savour and satisfy the hungriest of fashion appetites.

We hope that our rapid-transit tour of London’s shopping districts, markets, department stores and streets will help you find your way around this city fashion of panorama.

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Festive Celebrations in London!


London is one of the greatest cities in the world and one of the oldest too.  However, it is forever young and always on the go.  The city is a leading one for finance, theatre, fashion and the other arts.  London is always buzzing and summer is the time when the action really kicks into high gear.

Here is a look at just some of the festivities that will be taking place across the city this summer.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was the centerpiece of the 2012 London Olympic Games.  It is now open to the public to explore a wide range of activities, venues and attractions.  Ever since 2013 the Park has played host to series of festivals, concerts and other events.

You can access the venues used for the 2012 games including the swimming pool, tennis courts and cycling tracks.  For a more relaxing time you can ease up on the parkland.  A number of animals and birds have found the area to be to their liking with many making it their home.  Wildlife spotting can be a great pastime and fun.  You could take a boat tour along the canal and learn intriguing facts and stories about the park.

Then there is the Beach Park.  It is the largest urban beach in Britain and the biggest attraction.  It consists of 2200 square meters of sand.  A paddling pool, beach volleyball sections and funfair rides have also been installed along with two bars.  The beach will feature a summer long program of live performances, competitions and sports events.

The beach is open seven days a week – from 10:00am to 10:00pm and entry is free.

More London Free Festival

For twelve years the More London Free Festival has been giving joy to audiences and exposure to up and coming artists of all kinds.  This (2015) the thirteenth year of its running is as good as the previous editions.  The impressive line-up of acts and performances will be staged in the wonderful amphitheater right next to the innovative leaning glass tower that is the Mayor of London’s office.

There will be an eclectic mix of live music, fringe (and mainstream) theater and films.  A giant LED screen will provide full coverage of the Wimbledon Championships, the Tour de France and The Ashes series.

There is also a mini-food festival that runs alongside.  A pop-up restaurant, London Riviera will be serving delicious French cuisine for the entire period

Since all events are free to the public there will be large numbers showing up for performances.  So make sure to get there early and take a cushion as the seating is concrete.

Beginning 3rd June the festival will continue till the 24th September. 

Festival Of Love

It might not be Woodstock revisited but the Festival of Love has been a great way of keeping the spirit of those heady times alive.  For three whole months, ending 3st August, the Southbank Centre will be the focus of love-themed activities, performances, music, exhibitions and free events as hundreds of artists, communities and partners come together to create an unforgettable summer.

One of the more innovative activities is the attempt to get the public (attending or otherwise) to make the world a better place by doing “67 Small Acts for Big Change”.  Activities will also involve free singing and dancing performances, workshops, poetry readings and a dance every Friday night at the Royal Festival Hall.

Saturday 6 June 2015 – Monday 31 August 2015.

London Wonderground

The London Wonderground is dedicated to showcasing the best and hottest acts of the alternative scene in the country.  Top talent on the cabaret and burlesque circuit will be performing in a charming 1920s-style Spiegeltent at the South bank Center.

The entertainment runs the gamut of risque comedy, street performers, wild musicians, comic acrobats and unconventional dark cabaret, interactive art lessons, hilarious and satirical sketches.  To keep your spirits and strength up there will be bars, food stalls and rides.

The festival runs till 27th September.

Visions Festival

A relative newcomer to the London festive scene, the Visions Festival is a music extravaganza.  The music involves star underground acts and performers.  Some of the names on the line up are Camera Obscura, Fat White Family, The Antlers, Shamir, Hinds and Girl Band. 

Like the last two years (this year will be the third edition) the musical action will play out in various venues around the Hackney area.  The festivities will also include a crafts market, exhibitions and street food stalls.

The festival runs up to 8th August.

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Your Guide to LONDON!


London is such an amazingly familiar city – even if you have never been.  Every one of its iconic landmarks, many of its street names and traditions are so well known and recognizable you feel like you know the place well even before you get there.

There is a rich choice of things to see in this, once most powerful city in the world.  Her many attractions are all must-sees.  Whether your interest lies in art, history, colorful traditions, culture or grand buildings, you will find it in London.  A wonderful thing is that entrance is free to many of London’s iconic attractions.

So, onwards to London’s finest!

Buckingham Palace

In many respects London is still a royal city and the best illustration is Buckingham Palace.  This 300 year old, 700-odd roomed building is the Queens’s residence.  Only 19 rooms are open to the public and they are known as the State Rooms.  They are used for audiences with the Queen and official visits from foreign dignitaries.  It takes about two hours for the average walk around of the rooms.

While you are there you should not miss that wonderful institution so closely identified with the Palace – the Changing of the Guard.  The ceremony lasts for half an hour and takes place every day at 11am.  The pageant involves horses, drum rolls, smart uniforms and much impressive foot-stomping marching.

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Tower of London

Another famous (or “infamous”) royal residence is the Tower of London.  The impressive pile of stone work has a grim and very mixed
reputation and history.  It attracts millions every year and understandably so.  It was a palace, treasury, armoury, fortress, London’s first zoo and torture hub. It has many a ghastly and ghostly tale associated with its rooms and battlements.

Today, thankfully, it is a lot less bloody.  As a visitor you will gaze upon the splendid and priceless Crown Jewels; learn about the famous people executed; stories and legends such those of the Tower’s ravens and discover the swords, other killing implements and armour of yore.

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Tower of London, London

The British Museum

More than two and a half centuries ago this venerable and highly esteemed institution opened its doors to the public.  Within its hallowed rooms, halls and corridors are a remarkable collection of artifacts and pieces covering more than two million years of human history.

It is dedicated to the study of world-wide human culture.  The museum’s collection of exhibits includes the invaluable Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies.   It also has thousands of other treasures on permanent display.  A visit is worth every minute you spend in the museum.

London Eye

If many of London’s attractions are remnants of its long and illustrious history, then the London Eye is a futuristic vision from today.  The world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel it is an amazing symbol of modern engineering and London’s forward gaze.

Dramatically affecting the skyline, this technological marvel sits in the heart of the city, facing the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.  Its slowly rotating 32 high-tech observation capsules look down on the city and old Father Thames, all the while offering you a panoramic 360 degree (and on clear days 40kms away) view of this majestic city and its landmarks.

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London Eye, London

The Golden Hind

A proud symbol the Tudor era and of British Elizabethan seafaring exploits, the Golden Hinde, captained by Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the world.  It was put on public display in Deptford for nearly 100 years where it rotted away.

A beautiful, faithful and full-sized replica is now berthed at Southwark, London for the modern day visitor.  In a tiny dock on Cathedral Street, Southwark sits the full-scale reconstruction of Drake’s intrepid galleon.  It is an un-missable part of the London experience.  A tour is a lesson in living, romantic history where you get to soak in the atmosphere of what it must have been like to sail the high seas in the 16th century.  A few minute’s walk away is Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

The current Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is a modern and very faithful replica of the original Elizabethan playhouse based on academic evidence.  It stands a mere 750 feet from the site of the original 1599 and 1614 buildings.

The complex also includes an indoor theatre (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse).  It is based on the designs of indoor playhouses of Jacobean times.

Royal Museums Greenwich

Site of the brass rail that marks the Prime Meridian, the Royal Museums include the National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House and the Royal Observatory.  The beautiful, manicured settings are also a World Heritage Site.

The museums always have events and new (and ancient) exhibits to awe visitors. Some of the better known exhibits are a 4.5 billion year old meteorite, Harrison’s chronometers and Nelson’s uniform.  It is also the location of a wonderful planetarium.

Westminster Abbey

This ancient and hallowed Gothic church has witnessed the crowning of British kings from the time of William the Conqueror in 1066.   A wonderful building complete with paintings, stained glass windows and an important collection of monuments it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Within the grounds of Westminster Abbey are the graves of giants such as Charles Dickens, Chaucer, Dr Samuel Johnson and Charles Darwin.  It also has the tombs and monuments of 450 others.  The Little Cloister which leads to the College Gardens, the oldest garden in England.

National Gallery

One of the world’s foremost art galleries, The National occupies one side of Trafalgar Square.  It houses some of the world’s greatest paintings from the Middle Ages right up to the current century.  At any given time over 2,000 paintings are on display.  Works by Botticelli, vie for attention with those of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Renoir and Van Gogh.

Entrance to The National Gallery is free.  It also conducts special exhibitions, lectures, video programmes and guided tours.

Trafalgar Square

This is probably the world’s most famous open space.  It is a landmark of Central London.  It is the place to go to for special events, demonstrations and major celebrations such as St Patrick’s Day, Chinese New Year and New Year’s Eve

Dominated by Nelson’s Column and its four lions, it is a square that has witnessed much history and still provides a place for a wide variety of vibrant artistic performances.  Since 1999, the Fourth Plinth is site for an ever changing display of modern art.

Trafalgar Square

Piccadilly Circus

Named after a seventeenth century frilled collar, Piccadilly Circus is popular meeting place, busy traffic roundabout (thus the “Circus”) and a tourist attraction in its own right.  At the center of the Circus and above the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain is the lovely aluminum (at that time a novel and rare material) statute of Eros.

A five minute walk from Trafalgar Square, it is located between the theatre areas of the West End and the Haymarket.  The circus is the intersection of five main roads: Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly Street, Covent Street and Haymarket.  It is the site of London’s first illuminated billboard installed in 1895.

Parliament House

Within the Palace of Westminster, are the Houses of Commons and Lords, otherwise known as Parliament House.  It was originally the residence of the Kings of England till fire consumed it 1512.  Extensively rebuilt twice (It was destroyed by another fire in 1834) the only original parts still left are Westminster Hall, St Stephen’s Cloisters, Chapel of St Mary Undercroft and the Jewel Tower.

Designed by architect Charles Barry its famous facade, familiar around the world, is known as the River Front and sits on reclaimed parts of the River Thames.  Its Gothic style buildings are marked by Victoria Tower and Elizabeth Tower – better known as Big Ben.

Big Ben

Big Ben is a symbol of London and is officially called the Great Clock of Westminster.  This amazingly reliable time piece is accurate to within a second.  Its elegant fairy tale like design consists of four identical dials fronted by milk glass.  Located atop Elizabeth Tower, it stands at the north end of the Parliament complex and is lit up from behind at night.

Big Ben, London

St Paul’s Cathedral

The Cathedral sits on Ludgate Hill, the highest natural point in the City of London.  The original church was dedicated to Paul the Apostle in 604 and the current one retains that name.  Designed and built in the baroque style by the great Sir Christopher Wren, its dome is one of the most famous and recognizable sights of London.  It dominated the London skyline for more than 300 years and is deeply embedded in the psyche of English national identity.

St Paul’s Cathedral is a busy working church, with hourly prayer and daily services.  Its services have included the funerals of Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington; the wedding of Lady Diana and Prince Charles and the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.

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A Guide for First Time Visitors to France


If this is the first time you are going to France, you will probably be really excited and a little nervous too.  You will also be faced with questions.  What to see?  Where to go?  What to do?  Where to start?  And a problem it is!  France has pretty much everything.

Paris Tours

It is home to some of the world’s greatest museums and architectural and artistic masterpieces.  Many of its cities and towns are the stuff of picture postcards.  Its natural landscapes are absolutely beautiful.  Wait, there’s more!  It is the source of one of the world’s finest cuisines and wines.  France’s ancient and rich culture is evident in every city, town and village.

Paris Tours

You will need to make the right choices and we hope our suggestions will help your decision-making.


No matter what you have decided to see and where to go there is only one starting point – the City of Light – Paris (‘Paree’ to the locals). The Eiffel Tower, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre – home to the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo – and the Notre-Dame Cathedral, each an icon of this wondrous city.  Past all this beauty quietly flows the idyllic River Seine.  A bateau-mouche cruise on the Seine during the day or a dinner cruise at night is an experience you will never forget.  Stroll through the beautiful Jardin Tuileries, the streets of Monmarte or view Paris from the Sacre-Couer Cathedral to get an intimate and quintessential Parisian feel.

To round off your Paris discovery, take a short trip to the town of Versailles.  The magnificence of Château de Versailles once the centre of French political power will simply sweep you away.


The Loire Valley

The Loire River Valley runs to the south and west of Paris.  This stunningly scenic region is an area of roughly 800 square kms and known as the “Garden of France.”

In 2000 the UNESCO designated the central part of the Valley as a World Heritage Site.  There are reputedly 1,001 fairy tale renaissance era ch?teaux.  These elegant buildings are surrounded by endless gardens, moats and cone-shaped towers.  The interiors are embellished with unbelievable frescoes and fancy ceilings.  At every turn in the road you feel you are in fairy tale land.


Provence is a region of rocky hills and a ruggedly beautiful countryside. It stretches from the Mediterranean Sea to the French Alps.  It is bounded by the River Rhône in the West and Italy to the East.  It was first recognised as a separate region by the Romans.  It enjoys wonderful weather and a rich and distinct tradition of wine and food.  Its scenery, especially the area around Arles, entranced Van Gogh so much he spent a good amount of time painting it.  The ancient and famous city of Avignon is located in this region.

province france

The French Alps

The French section of the Alps is an irresistible part of your tour and should not be missed.  Its many peaks spear-headed by magnificent Mont Blanc are year round attractions.  The stunning beauty of the Alps is further enhanced by the crystal clear lakes of Lac Geneva, Lac d’Annecy and Lac de Bourget.  The region just begs you to go rafting, paragliding, hiking or its best known activity – skiing.

The region is also famous for the chic and happening towns of Chamonix, Megéve and St-Gervais.

The French Riviera

The Côte d’Azur literally: ‘Blue Coast’ is the legendary playground of the rich, famous and beautiful.  The magical and celebrated towns of Nice, Cannes, Monaco and St Tropez are strung out like pearls on this breathtaking strip of coastline.  The region is blessed with 300 days of sunshine and 115 kilometres of beaches.  You may not have the time to visit all of them but a drive along the coastal roads to enjoy the superb views should be on your list of must-dos.

The French Riviera

Mont Saint-Michel

One kilometre off the northwest Normandy coast of France sits the unique little island of Mont Saint-Michel – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is cut from off from the mainland at high tide while vast sandbanks are exposed at low tide.  Only 247 acres in area and 300 feet at its highest, this amazing island embodies the expression that ‘life is stranger than fiction.’

The ancient monastery, massive stone fortifications, winding climbing streets, houses with sloping roofs and tiny quaint shops give Mont Saint-Michel an ambience that could very easily be the setting for a dragons, elves and wizards fantasy tale.

West Coast Beaches

Known as the Aquitaine region, it is an unbroken stretch of gorgeous beaches on the Atlantic Coast.  They are long, sandy, sunny and invite great big surfing waves.  Bordering the beaches are uninterrupted tracts of forests that provide a beautiful backdrop as well as wonderful hiking and cycling trails.  The coast is dotted with picturesque harbor towns, coves, quaint and traditional fishing villages and resorts.  The most famous is Biarritz in the southern portion.

Some Tips and Information

There might be some things that may give you cause for concern when visiting France for the first time.  There is no need.  France is one of the most visited countries in the world and the French are used to helping out visitors.  However, here are a few pointers to help put you at ease.

Learn some basic and essential phrases before you leave home, such as:

Hello: Bonjour!

Good Afternoon: Bon après-midi

Good Evening: Bonne soirée

Goodbye: Au Revoir

Excuse me: Excuse moi (pronounced – ‘xcuse moo-ah’)

Please: S’il vous plaît

Thank you: Merci 

Do you speak English?: Parlez-vous anglais?

I am lost!: Je suis perdu!

Carry a French phrasebook and don’t be afraid to mispronounce words.

Use the trains as much as possible because they are economical, regular and link up most of the cities and larger towns.  Get a SNCF (the train system) schedule.

Since you will be spending several days in Paris buy a Metro pass for the entire duration. It is the easiest way to get around town. You’re never more than a 10-minute walk from a station and the trains run about 18 hours a day.

Carry an adaptor for France’s two-pin plugs.  Other than that all your regular gear should see you through your enjoyable journey through France.

Don’t forget to have fun.  Once you have been to France it is a sure thing you will go back for seconds, at least.

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What to Pack for a Tibet Tour?


To answer that question let’s look at what you will be facing.  Tibet is known as ‘The Roof of the World’ for good reason.  The Tibetan Plateau is probably the highest human inhabited region in the world.  It is a stark (if wonderfully beautiful) land with many of the world’s tallest mountains.  It is also the source for many of the largest rivers on the planet including the Yangtze, Yellow, Indus, Mekong, Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers.  It is a region of high horizons and deep plunging canyons.

tibet on isango

The weather is harsh.  It is very dry for most of the year with an average of only 18 inches of snow.  It does get some rain from the Indian monsoon, which comes in heavy bursts between June and September.  Due to its high altitude the air is thin, which means that sunlight can be very strong and fluctuations between day and night temperatures (20 to 25oC) are extreme.  The winds are strong and almost constant as it sweeps unimpeded across this vast and arid land.  You won’t see too many trees as most vegetation is no larger than low bushes and shrubs.

However, it is this very ruggedness, rocky desolation and ruggedness that grabs at every one of your senses.  It is a place of incredible, if unconventional beauty.  You will be enthralled for every minute of your Tibetan adventure.  And even after you leave.


So What Do You Pack?

Tibet travel presents several unique challenges to the visitor.  So when it comes to packing for a trip to Tibet then you need be guided by a very simple philosophy.  Pack sensibly and that means – keep it to a minimum.

Luggage Carriers

When you are deciding what you will take on your Tibet visit you should first consider what kind of luggage carrier you will pack them in.  Avoid large and heavy suitcases.  The best and most convenient carrier is a medium-sized backpack giving you the freedom of movement.  You will not be weighed down and exhausted at the end of every day.  A waist bag is also a good idea as you can put money, important documents and essential items into it.


These are probably the most vital items on your packing list. The key here is warm.  Pack warm clothing and wear several layers that can be easily added or removed.  You will experience sudden and unexpected temperature changes and bad weather in a single day.  A waterproof rain jacket is absolutely necessary.  There will be frequent rainfall and even snowfall when Tibet tourism is at its peak visiting periods.  Sturdy walking shoes, preferably the insulated waterproof kind are important items too.

A down coat or large overcoat is necessary for those who are travelling beyond Lhasa and Shigatse.  Other essentials include gloves, four or five pairs of woolen underwear, a thick sweater, four or five pairs of woolen socks, long sleeve cotton or lightweight wool shirts and T-shirts. Ladies should avoid skirts or dresses.  Keep in mind that most hotels in Tibet have no central heating.

Essential Items

Outside Lhasa the hotels are basic and don’t have the usual items found in most hotel rooms around the world.  You will need to carry a cup or drinking glass, a small towel, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and slippers. It is not convenient to wash clothes when travelling outside the big towns, cities and you are in remote places.  Carry a packet of clothes detergent powder if you have to do laundry.


Besides your usual prescription medicines you should carry medication to treat colds, headaches, stomach aches and diarrhoea.  Carrying altitude sickness pills are also a good idea.

Skin Protection

First off, solar radiation is strong in the thin air of Tibet so skin care protection is very necessary.  Sun block and creams are necessary items.  Another good sun protector is long-sleeved clothing as are sunglasses.  The wind is strong, constant and dry.  It can cause much damage to your skin.  So carry ample amounts of lip balm and moisturising creams.  These items are important or you could seriously damage your skin.

Miscellaneous Items

Here is a list of other items you should consider carrying.  Some you may need to take with you while others are available in Lhasa.

  • Cash – RMB, Euros or US dollars.  Credit Card acceptance and ATM’s are not a common feature in rural Tibet.
  • Water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • Knife
  • Camera film
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Multi-vitamins
  • Light sleeping bag
  • Walking stick

You are now ready and well-prepared for your Tibetan adventure.

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Your Guide to the “Tour de France”


When July comes rolling around, the whole of France goes bicycle crazy!  The most famous and grueling bicycle race on the planet winds through its streets and fields, up mountains and down valleys. For 3 weeks villages, towns and cities en route put on carnivals.  Every year, since 1903, Le Tour de France has been run – except when war intruded.

Tour de France

France is the most visited country in the world and le tour is one of its biggest attractions, bringing in many thousands of tourists.  The race also takes in a neighboring country or two.  While the route changes every year one part, the end, never does.  After running its spectacularly scenic course through France, the last section is always in the beautiful city of Paris. The race ends with a sprint to the finish line on the Champs-Élysées.

If you should be in France during the Tour and wish to encounter it at some stage here are some of the cities the race will pass through.  This year the race starts on Saturday July 4th at Utrecht in the Netherlands.  It then moves on to Zélande, Livarot, La Pierre-Saint-Martin, Muret, Sèvres – Grand Paris Seine Ouest.  These are 6 new stage cities besides the many other regular, familiar stages.

Tour De France

The 2015 tour is the 102nd edition.  Its route will wind through the Netherlands, Belgium, into France at Paris-Roubaix, Brittany, the Pyrenees and the Alps – a total of 3,360 kilometers of spectacular scenery.  The race will have 21 stages made up of:

  • 9flat stages
  • 3hill stages
  • 7mountain stages with 5 altitude finishes
  • 1individual time-trial stage
  • 1team time-trial stage
  • 2rest days

For the uninitiated we provide the meaning to some terms so you understand what is being discussed around you when the cyclists go whizzing past.

  • Yellow jersey (maillot jaune): Is worn by the rider with the least elapsed time each day or in other words, the leader.
  • Green jersey (maillot vert): The rider with the most sprint points.
  • Pink polka-dot jersey (maillot a pois) for the “King of the Mountains” (the first to the top).
  • White jersey:  The white jersey is given to thebest young rider under 26 years of age with the least overall accumulated time.
  • Prix de la Combativite: For breaking from the peloton (the main group) and leading, rather than sitting back in another’s slipstream.
  • All jerseys can change hands through the course of the race based on daily points standings and times.

The Tour de France is an amazing and arduous sporting event that extracts the utmost out of the human body and spirit.  It is not, however, a ‘first past the post’ winning result.  It is a complex and subtle team sport involving careful and thorough pre-planning.  Split-second tactics and overall strategies play a great part while individual riders’ strengths are aligned with those of others in the team to ensure the best possible outcomes.  Though this is a very professional and commercial event, entry to the Tour is by invitation.

  • Around 200 cyclists compete as part of a team.  Each team is allowed 9 cyclists.
  • All riders in a team are awarded the same time as the leading rider.
  • Team classification: The times of the team’s best three riders are added up. The team with the least overall time wear yellow numbers.
  • The cyclist with the least amount of accumulated time/hours is the overall winner and wearer of the yellow jersey.

Understanding key cycling terms will help you understand how it all works and keep you in the know as you watch the Tour de France.

  • Prologue: A short time trial at the beginning stage of the race.
  • Peloton: The main field of riders, working together by riding close to each other to conserve energy.
  • Autobus: A group of riders at the back of the peloton who ride together for support in mountain stages to try to cross the finish line before the time limit elapses.
  • Breakaway: A rider or small group of riders who race to the front of the peloton.
  • Chase: A rider or group of riders between the breakaway and the peloton trying to bridge the gap to the breakaway.
  • Feed zone: The place on the race course where riders are handed bags of food as they ride by.
  • Time trial: An individual ride where the winner is determined by the fastest time.

Tips for Spectators

Here’s the good news: you don’t need a ticket. This is a free sporting spectacle.  Now the bad news:  Free viewing means huge crowds.

As a spectator the competition is just as fierce as the one on wheels.  Getting a good viewing position on the road is hard with thousands lining the route.  People camp out overnight (some as much as a week before!) to get that all important vantage point.  Roads are often closed well in advance so you have to get there early to secure a good spot.  Oh! Be sure to book your accommodation well in time too.

So if you happen to be in France this July you will now understand what the two-wheeling fuss is all about.  It is a three-week long sporting festival packed with excitement, gorgeous scenery and some extraordinary muscle-wrenching human effort. 

Bon route!

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Must do in Paris: Paris History Bus


Surely this is what the legendary pop group The Beatles had in mind when they sang of the Magical Mystery Tour.  Paris now has a new magical addition to its innumerable and incomparable attractions.  If you have seen and visited the Eiffel Tower and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris then getting on the History Bus will give you a perspective that will blow you away.  If you have not then you are in for a treat of 3D proportions.

Paris History Bus

The History Bus instantly recognizable as it is a grass-covered (yes, indeed!) comfortable air-conditioned vehicle.  It is fitted out with 3D video screens and other high-tech interactive multi-media gadgets to heighten the experience.  It is a wheeled cinematic adventure that has put a whole new twist on the traditional city tour.

In case you are wondering how the whole arrangement works, here is what happens.  You board the bus at the Place de la Concorde – the heart of Paris’ attractions.  It then sets off on a tour of the top monuments and historical buildings.  Only thing is that you can’t see out the windows, which have been turned into movie screens with superb added sound effects.  The locations and history of the City of Paris unfolds on the screens.  This cinema-on-wheels tells the story behind some of the city’s most revered monuments.

Just before you reach the intended attraction, a video clip recounts its history, then the screens roll back and the real thing is before your eyes.  The combination of video and reality produces a really heady experience.  The History Bus tour is not just a history lesson told via modern video.  There is more to this unique journey.

History Bust Tour in Paris

During the course of the trip an English speaking guide who is also part entertainer. The guide throws up numerous interesting stories, spicy anecdotes, historical tit-bits and secrets of the city.  This is done with plenty of humour and jokes.  The guide also conducts quizzes (on what you have seen), games and competitions with prizes to be won.  There is also a bit of karaoke for good measure.

The History Bus has two options – the Express Tour (1 hour duration), covering the

• Place de la Concorde
• Eglise de la Madeleine
• Opera Garnier
• Place Vendôme
• Louvre Museum
• Notre-Dame de Paris

and the Global Tour (2 hours) covers the following landmarks in addition to the ones above.

• Champs Elysées
• Arc de Triomphe
• Trocadéro
• Eiffel Tower
• Esplanade des Invalides
• Alexandre III bridge
• Petit Palais
• Grand Palais

NOTE: The tour does not run on Saturday.

When you step off the bus you are sure to feel you have experienced and connected with Paris in an intimate, personal and exciting way that you probably would not.

To book a History Bust Tour click here.




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