Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic is an extraordinarily beautiful city. Standing on the banks of the river Vltava (the locals generally use the German name for it the Moldau). Few wars or natural disaster ever reach here and the architectural heritage has been beautifully preserved. It is also know as the Hundred Spired City due to the many churches that adorn the city streets.Much of the street plan, in as much as there is one, is medieval. And will come as a surprise (hopefully a pleasant one) to anyone used to living in a grid pattern North American city.The city still boasts many beautiful buildings dating from the baroque period; a sight lost to much of Europe, that suffered so much in the devastation of two world wars. The canter of the city is a pleasure to walk around. Much of it is dating from the 14th century, when Charles IV started the university and built the New Town area of the city.Prague only established itself as the capital in 1918 with the creation of Czechoslovakia. It remained under Soviet control until 1989, when the Velvet Revolution gently broke the grip of the failing Soviet Union.Nowadays the city has thriving cafes, clubs and shops, where the newly wealthy and the inspirational window shopper can keep themselves amused for hours on end. The boulevards contain everything from traditional Czech souvenirs to the latest hi tech modern electrical gadgetry.Must See Prague: Charles Bridge: built in the 14th century, it was believed at the time, that odd numbers were lucky. The builders started work at 5:31 on the day 9/7/1352 very odd, but maybe effective, as the bridge is still standing today! St.Nicholas Church: When building work finished in 1756 Prague had one of the finest Baroque churches in Europe and it still retains that position today. There is a huge painting of St. Nicholas in the nave and a wonderful bell tower. Mozart gave a recital here and there are still frequent classical concerts throughout the week Prague Castle: Now the home of the president, it was previously the seat of the Czech royal family. It is surrounded by palaces and features an army museum. The changing of the guard takes place every hour and, as with some other European Capitals it is quite a spectacle. Bring a camera. The Old Town Square: Built before the 12th century this is the oldest and most historic square in Prague. It is made up of many interesting buildings including many from the baroque period. Many of the buildings are brightly colored and there are many pavement cafes, where you can relax and watch the world go by. The National Technical Museum: Although unimaginatively (though accurately) titled, this is a fascinating collection of all things technical. With everything, from a railway carriage belonging to the Archduke Ferdinand, (whose assassination sparked the outbreak of the first world war), to a working reconstruction of a working coal mine. Vhsyrad Castle: Over a thousand years old and a former home of the Czech nobility, this castle has an impressive pedigree. Take a stroll on top of the ramparts for a great view of the city and river. There is a wonderful gothic church, a museum and a cemetery, where the composer Dvorzac the Author of the New World Symphony is buried. Petrin Park: One of the hidden gems of Prague There is a rose garden, a maze and a gate to a well cultivated garden, but the real sight is from the tip of the hill. Take the short cable car ride to the top and there is the Petrin tower, basically a smaller copy of the Eiffel Tower. It is an outstanding viewpoint and well worth the effort.Food and drink in Prague are both hearty (as you would expect in Eastern Europe) and affordable. You must try the dumplings and the beer is some of the finest on the continent. It is also the original home of Budweiser and they still make their own, some would say superior version. The hotels are more expensive than they used to be, but are still affordable. Look around for the best bargains. The transport, mainly buses and trams, is very good. Although English is not as common as in many parts of Europe, a lot of the locals speak a few words. It is always worth asking directions, as they are polite and friendly people. A visit to Prague will not disappoint but dont go in winter unless you have a good coat.
Introduction:Set on the coast of Hampshire, south of Winchester, this is a place that abounds with a fascinating heritage. The Romans, who established it as a seaport, founded Southampton approximately 2,000 years ago. This was the port from which the ill-fated Titanic had set sail on her maiden voyage in 1912. Even though the place was affected during the Second World War, Southampton has grown sturdy with huge docks built for the cruise industry. The core of the modern city is now based around the City Centre.Places of Interest:Southampton is famous for ports, art galleries and museums. The place has a story to tell everywhere you visit.Museum of Archaeology - This museum recounts Southamptons history with displays from prehistoric, Roman, Saxon and medieval times. Medieval Merchants House-This is one of the earliest surviving merchants homes in the UK. Tourists can take in a glimpse and see how life was 700 years ago thanks to the authentically recreated furniture and overall ambience. Solent Sky Solent Sky, where the worlds first seaplane was built. It is also the place where the Spitfire fighter plane, used heavily in the Second World War, was born. Southampton City Art Gallery - Situated in the heart of the Cultural Quarter, it contains over 3,500 works of art spanning six centuries of European culture. The 20th century British art remains the main attraction here.Things to do:Southampton is a great place to shop and dine. Be it enjoying the nightlife or being a part of special events, this city has always had lots to offer.Shopping - The West Quay complex on West Quay Road offers shoppers a good selection of high street retailers, designer boutiques and traditional shops. The West Quay Retail Park brims with the choicest of retailers that are normally found on the outskirts of towns. Other good shopping areas include the Marlands Mall, Portland Terrace and the Bargate Centre, off the High Street on East Street. Restaurants - There are many restaurants offering an eclectic mix of cuisines. The rates are competitive and the price range for a three course meal for one, including a half bottle of house wine or equivalent (where available) is:**** (over 40)*** (30 to 40)** (20 to 30)* (up to 20)Tipping of around 10% for a three-course meal with wine is given customarily in up market eating places. During weekends most restaurants require prior booking.Transport - The airport is situated 7km (4 miles) northeast of Southampton on the outskirts of the city. A good rail network links Southampton with the main rail station in the city. The National Express operates regular coach services connecting Southampton with various destinations in the UK. The National Express terminal is located in the centre of the city on Western Esplanade within a stones throw from the Central Railway Station. Taxis can be hailed on the street or at ranks at the railway and bus stations. First Southampton is a company that operates a comprehensive network of buses linking all parts of the city. Bus no. 12 operates between the city centre and International airport. Nightlife - From conventional old alehouses to stylish bars and nightclubs, Southampton has a flourishing nightlife with a huge chioce. The Red Lion, 55 High Street, or The Duke of Wellington, 36 Bugle Street; are two of the traditional old alehouses having a decent bar menu. Special events - There are events like Titanic Memorial (Sep 4), the Southampton Boat Show (Sep 16-25) and Trafalgar Day with trips on the SS Shieldhall on the Solent (Oct 21), which are specific to Southampton. In Euroblade, October, Southamptons city streets are closed off and turned into a track for inline skating. The event is not a race and is open to skaters of all ages and abilities. It assumes dimensions of a festival atmosphere with wigs, crash helmets and fancy dress.Food and Drink:Langleys Bistro and Garden Room Caf -This is a non-smoking restaurant that serves the best of food and wine. The ambience as well as the great customer service is worth writing and raving about. Kutis Brasserie - Situated in the centre of the town, Kutis is also a place that has great ambience and offers authentic Indian and Bangladeshi food. La Cantina - With dishes like fajitas, tacos and fiery chilies, this place makes for a good party environment. Olive Tree - It offers a selection of the best European dishes. The Woodlands Lodge Hotel - A 15-minute drive away from the city centre, this place gives you the choicest food in the most scenic of surroundings.Hotels and Accommodation:Southampton, being an important sea port, receives visitors by the ferry-load, which means there is no shortage of places to choose from. The hotels given below are categorized into four different pricing categories and are based on the cost of a double room per night with breakfast and including all taxes:**** (over 120)*** (80 to 120)** (40 to 80)* (up to 40)The services offered by the larger hotels will usually include a gym, pool and extensive business and conference facilities.The Star Hotel Southampton Park Hotel Dormy House Hotel Macdonald Botley Park Hotel, Golf & Country Club Initial Style Conferences GRAND HARBOUR Express By Holiday Inn Southampton - M27, JCT7 Novotel Southampton Chilworth Manor Classic Hotel Dolphin Hotel Jurys Inn SouthamptonEntertainment:The Mayflower Theatre on Commercial Road is the largest theatre in southern England. Another good venue for live comedy is the Jongleurs Comedy Club, 2-4a High Street. There is normally a disco after the comedy acts. There are two multiplex cinemas UGC and Odeon, which play the latest movies.The strategic maritime importance has played a noteworthy part in how Southampton developed over the years. Today the port is synonymous with the city. Tourists love to flock to this place, which is growing every year with several development projects in the pipeline, like a 162 million project to create a huge entertainment arena at West Quay.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, travel is increasing every year and it is predicted that even more people will be on the road this year. Traveling with the family can be a great way to spend quality time together but it can also be stressful. Increase your chances of a fun, stress-free and safe vacation by following these simple tips:• Beat boredom with child's play. "Are we there yet?" What is it about these words that go straight to a parent's spine? Keep kids entertained with some great car games that make getting where you're going half the fun. Magnetic board games, portable video games and classics such as the license plate game, "I Spy" and the alphabet game will keep energetic kids in good spirits and actively engaged no matter how long the journey.• Stop smart. When stopping at rest stops, make sure it's just your kids getting back in the car and not the bacteria and germs they pick up in the bathroom. Bring products that keep your family healthy, such as hand sanitizer and Lysol Disinfectant Spray, to kill rest stop germs that can be transferred from the rest room to the surfaces in your car. To prepare for those inevitable spills and "oops" moments, keep paper towels or wet wipes handy.• Eat right. Sure, you can stop at the rest stop for food-along with the thousands of other people on the road. But roadside dining doesn't always offer the healthiest choices. Instead, keep your family's bellies full with snacks that you can eat right in the car, such as trail mix, string cheese, fruit roll-ups, bottles of water, and fruit. These easy, convenient snacks are yummy (for them) and healthy (for you).• Keep everyone happy. Pick a destination that has fun activities for all ages. While it's tempting to head for the place that the kids will love, make sure there's something for mom, dad and grandma to do as well. Some top family vacation spots that offer something for everyone include Orlando, Fla., Anaheim, Calif., Williamsburg, Va., Hershey, Pa. and Yellowstone National Park. Family vacations can be chaotic but immensely rewarding. And if you keep these tips in mind, you can help ensure safe and happy travels-at least until you get there.When stopping at rest stops, make sure it's just your kids getting back in the car and not germs they pick up in the bathroom.
For many business owners, the thought of planning a summer vacation can be complicated at best and unthinkable at worst.Concerns about customer or client care and anxiety about missed business opportunities can make many small-business owners feel they cannot take any time off. Despite these worries, more than 67 percent of business owners still expect to take a break for at least one week this summer, according to an annual survey by OPEN from American Express, the company's small-business team."Small-business owners work very hard, and it's important that they take time off to recharge," said Alice Bredin, small-business adviser for OPEN from American Express. "Advance planning can make it easier for them to take a much-needed vacation and quell concerns about their companies running smoothly in their absence." The following tips may help business owners justify some time off this summer and save some money as well:* Plan ahead to save money. Some credit and charge cards allow cardmembers to earn points toward everything from airfare to car rentals to hotel stays and let them redeem points at virtually any airline with no blackout dates or restrictions. By using a charge card like the Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express throughout the year for business purchases, you can accumulate points quickly to help offset the cost of your next vacation. * Brief key clients or customers. When possible, give them a minimum of two to three weeks' notice. Identify your stand-ins and communicate your confidence in their ability to help should a problem arise. * Take a day trip or a three-day weekend. Sometimes a long getaway is just not in the cards. In that case, a brief escape with a change of scenery can do wonders and allow you to return to work rested and refreshed.
Spanish property for sale - finding YOURSSpain is medium sized country with population thinly spread out throught the entire country. There is vast streches of hilly areas which over look the sea and have become a best location to build villas. These hills have their own water supply and hence it comes a feasible location for building a township or a villa as per the requirements of the customer. The speciality of these areas are that they are a short distance away from the main city. This adds special feature to the hilly locations. They have the peace of the hills and are easily accessible from the main city. Other an the hills, most of he apartments have a own community swimming pool and independent villas of course have their own swimming pools. Finding a Spanish "property for sale" that fits the family wishes and requirements can be a daunting task.First you have to ask what kind of Spanish property for sale that are you looking for. This includes searching for suitable areas, price range, property type etc. This takes some thinking and discussing over the family dinners and also researching Spanish property for sale over the Internet. You will find many a lot of Spanish properties for sale, but more importantly you will get an understanding of the Spanish market. Also, you can find other people who have already found their homes, and some of them share their experiences.Make contact with the estate agent who has the Spanish property for sale you would like have more information about. This can be done from home, and you should also take time to speak to the agent on the phone (ask them to call you) to find out if the agent understands your wishes and requirements. There are many agents who will show you any Spanish property for sale, but take your time, and if it doesn't work with the first agent, then just call the next one.The real estate agent assists you in finding a Spanish property for saleTypically an agent will be escorting you on the viewing trip to see the any Spanish property for sale you have asked for and explain about the areas where they are located. The viewings are always arranged on a "one to one" basis, where you are the only client. The same agent will support you from start to finish, saving you the stress, and time, and hassle re-explaining your wishes and requirements. It is important to come to a decision with peace of mind and at your own pace. The buying procedure and how to obtain a mortgage will also be explained on the viewing tour if needed.We found our "Dream Home" - support please!A thorough step-by-step walk through of the buying process is often required, including the legal aspects of buying a property in Spain. An agent should go through different options on how to get the mortgage in place, and should visit one or more banks with you.After having bought the Spanish property for sale where are looking for, the agent should be your contact to the Spanish, and assist you with renting, renovation work or any other help needed with your property.