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Tourist Locations and Delights Of Alappuzha May 09

Alappuzha, better known as the Venice of the East is an important tourist location in India; in fact a pearl in India’s tourist map. Rich in cultural history, Alappuzha even had trade relations with Greece and Rome in BC and in the Middle Ages. A land that veins itself with stretches of backwaters fringed by coconut palms; labyrinth of lakes, lagoons and freshwater rivers makes it an exotic tourist location.

The most delightful experience at Alappuzha is of course it houseboat cruises. The houseboats moving silent, un-disturbing the waters are the ones that evolved from the Kettuvallams of the olden times. The Kettuvallams (boats with knots) are nothing but boats held together with coir knots, they were used as rice barges capable to carry tonnes of rice or spices.

But now, these traditional barges have transformed to peaceful water-habitats with all the creature comforts of a nature inspired hotel that floats on water with facilities including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, kitchen and balcony for angling.

Boating on these houseboats, one can enjoy a peaceful voyage along Kerala’s famed palm-lined backwaters through the quiet, water-bound villages and the state’s lush rice bowl, Kuttanad, is a peaceful dip along the simple lifestyle of the people here which is far cry away the busy crowds of the people in the cities of India. Top tourist attraction is the annual boat race, Nehru Trophy Boat Race featuring snake boats racing each other in the Punnamada lake. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Sporting Goods Deals of the Fall Season Sep 10

Fall truly is the perfect season for outdoor sports and many brands are encouraging customers to stay out in the gorgeous weather by putting together attractive sporting goods deals that only a true couch potato could ignore. From boating and camping to fishing and hunting, sporting goods deals can turn anyone into the outdoorsy type for as little cash as possible.

Check out this list of the hottest sporting goods deals available right now and then get yourself outdoors for some fun while looking your very best! Read the rest of this entry »

6 Things to know about Australian Beaches Feb 09

Beaches are one of the most attractive features of Australia. Every tourist wants to visit and swim at world famous beach resorts. However, few visitors realise that there are some important facts that should be known before going to a beach. Travel insurance is necessary for everybody intending to swim, in case of accident. It is also best to stay in local accommodation such as serviced apartments. Sydney apartments will have concierges who will advise visitors on safe beach practices.

Australian Beaches

Some basic tips for visiting Australian beaches are:

  • Swim between the flags
  • Be careful of rips
  • Read signs for information
  • Beware of blue bottles
  • Be sun aware
  • Know shark safety

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Black Sea Discovery Feb 03

Overall the river cruise was excellent, if rather hectic at times in order to cram all the excursions in, and we met lots of very nice fellow travellers from different parts of the world.  Food and service was very good, as were the organised tours. The standard of local guides was generally good.  What struck us, having been on similar cruises, was how quiet and free from vibration the ship, MS Tranquillity, was.  This was most important as most of the cruising was done at night.

Danube in Budapest
Vitters Nirvana

The optional Folklore Dinner in Budapest was excellent, and in stark contrast to that in Bucharest (see below).

There were some downsides:

– The dining and bar lounge areas were quite cramped even though we were told the ship was not full.

– The optional Folklore Dinner in Bucharest was a bit of a disaster – poor service, very average food and the wine tasting suffered from a lack of wine!

There was also a scarcity of wine with the meal.

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