Monthly Archives: June 2012
Binibeca (also called Binibequer) is characterised by private white washed villas and sun drenched patios, perfect for those looking for a quiet villa holiday with their own pool. The golden sandy beach is gently shelving, ideal for families with children. Sun loungers and pedaloes are available for hire and there is a beach bar for snacks and drinks.
Binibeca Vell, also known as Pueblo de Pescadores, is a quaint, present-day re-creation of a “typical” fishing village in miniature built around a long sea inlet. Several “urbanizaciones” surround it including Binisafua and Cala Torret. Read the rest of this entry
Arenal d’en Castell is a self-contained modern resort, with a small supermarket, a few shops, and restaurants and bars. There is also a chemist and a bar just next to the beach. The coastline is dramatic and probably the best feature; in comparison to other Menorcan resorts, this one tends to look over-developed.
Arenal d’en Castell is located on the N coast, 14 mls N of Mahon and the airport. It is buit around a near-circular cove with steep slopes rising on all sides, backed by heathland and pine woods. Read the rest of this entry
Edinburgh is one of the Europe’s most beautiful cities – dominated by the magnificent Edinburgh Castle perched on a volcanic crag in the city centre and offering a spectacular view of the surrounding area. The architecture in Edinburgh is remarkable with over 16 thousand listed buildings.
Take a hike up to Arthur’s Seat or stroll in the beautiful Holyrood Park, west of here is the legendary Royal Mile, a fascinating street full of history. The Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival are two events that bring many visitors from around the world. Read the rest of this entry
The Great Wall is perhaps China’s most famous and most mythologized site. Several sections are conveniently visited from Beijing, including at Badaling, the most popular site, about 70 km (43 mi.) northwest of Beijing and at Mutianyu, 90 km (56 mi.) northeast of Beijing. These impressive brick and earth structures date from the Ming dynasty, when the wall was fortified against Mongol forces to the north. It has been built in several stages and was at its prime time more than 8000 km long.
The Ming sections of the wall are only a late stage in a long history, much of which has little to do with the present structures. The wall is most often associated with the First Emperor of China (Qin Shi Huangdi, reigned 221- 210 BC ) , who after unifying China by conquest undertook to link up previously existing sections of walls belonging to conquered states, but on a course far to the north of the present wall. Read the rest of this entry
Agra is a city in the N Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, around 200 km from the Indian capital city of Delhi. It is the home of the Taj Mahal (Crown Palace), one of the most famous architectural monuments in the world, and two other UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Agra Fort in the city and Fatehpur Sikri are nearby.
The city has little outisde of these 3 sites and is generally visited as part of long day trips from tourist base areas in India. Pollution, especially smog and litter, is rampant and travellers are pestered by swarms of touts and hawkers at every monument, mosque, temple or palace. Read the rest of this entry
Canada’s largest city has been a major tourist destination for decades, and offers a great deal for the traveller keen to see the sights, and experience the vibrant lifestyle that Toronto offers.
With plenty of museums , the former largest standing free tower in the world, a rich cultural life, and areas of supreme natural beauty such as Niagara and Algonquin National Park all within striking distance, Toronto has become the most visited city in Canada, and many people visit every year, some coming for just a few days as part of a larger tour of the country, others taking advantage of cheap airfares and excellent shopping to visit Canada for a short city break from neighbouring USA. Read the rest of this entry
Puerto Banus, located just west of Marbella, before you reach the small town of San Pedro de Alcantara is a world famous venue for the rich and the famous. It is the place to be pampered yachtside and ogle those fabulous luxury yachts while sipping a drink at one of the many open air restaurants and bars. The setting is close to ideal, with its impressive mountain backdrop and ocean views.
Since its inception some forty years ago, the port has steadily grown and now features a casino, commercial shopping centre, a Corte Ingles department store, marine observatory and a multi cinema with films shown with their original soundtrack. Read the rest of this entry
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is not just a theme park, but a huge resort complex covering 47 square miles. The resort contains four separate theme parks, three water parks and 99 holes of golf on several different courses. Miles of outdoor recreation are available including hiking, biking, boating and swimming.
It has three separate areas containing shopping, dining and entertainment facilities as well as a fourth area with nightclubs. A fairly new addition to the resort is the state of the art sports complex where Disney hosts a wide variety of sporting events. Finally, there are about 18 Disney owned and operated hotels and several non-Disney hotels in the resort. All this combined with many other attractions in the Orlando and central Florida area can be quite overwhelming. Read the rest of this entry
Florence is the capital of the region of Tuscany in Italy, with a population of about 366,500. The city is considered a cultural, artistic and architectural gem. Florence, arguably Italy’s most beautiful city, is an essential destination for any serious art lover, who’ll be overwhelmed by the quantity, let alone the quality, of some of the most important examples of western art anywhere in the world, concentrated into one small, beautiful city.
The works of Botticelli, Michelangelo, Bruneschelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Boccaccio, Alberti, Masaccio, Donatello, Vasari and Fra Angelico imbue the city with the magnificence of their contribution to art and life. The city itself is muse to some and home to many stylish citizens who titivate the cobbled streets and fashionable piazzas with their inimitable Italian flair. Read the rest of this entry
This incredible sight is a ‘day trip’ must for those on holiday in the Cancun area. While Europe was still in the midst of the Dark Ages, these amazing people had mapped the heavens, evolved the only true writing system native to the Americas and were masters of mathematics. Read the rest of this entry