Tips on Finding Prague Accommodations

With all of the choices available to you, where should you go to find the best and most affordable Prague Accommodations? I have always felt like getting the right accommodations does as much in helping or hurting a trip as anything else you do, so that makes finding them crucial. It becomes even more important when you are travling overseas; everything does. What is the best way to track down the right Prague accommodations, though? I have always found that there are a couple of places to check. Your two best bets for finding the right places and the right prices are through an online travel site and via a travel agent.To get your search for Prague acommodations rolling, you should hit that resource of resources, the internet. With hundreds of discount travel websites available now, you will be able to find one that works with international travel (not all of them do, though). First of all, sift through some of the online travel sites that offer help with international travel and accommodations. Then you can go to the proper section of each and search for Prague accommodations and just start looking over what you get back You will see a number of Prague accommodations that may or may not work for you, but at least most of the sites are going to give you prices, lists of activities, and details about where the hotel is located. Lastly, you will be able to compare everythign side by side within each site, and if you are sure to write down deals that seem good, you can compare them across sites as well without too much trouble.Another way to search for Prague accommodations is by contacting a travel agent. In the case of long, expensive, or internetaional trips, a travel agent may actually be your best bet. Yes, better than the internet or even you making phone international phone calls to hotels. A travel agent will have contacts that can help them get insider deals and package prices. Their entire job is to be able to build relationships that allow them to get pricing they can pass along to you. Also, he or she might be able to find you Prague accommodations as part of a travel package if you are already using him or her.Who wouldn’t be excited about an exciting trip to Prague? In order to get it to go off well, though, you know that there is planning that must be done. You will need to line up flights, passports, tours, and activities. However, your Prague accommodations are possibly the part of your trip that will most influence your enjoyment of the overall trip. Surf the internet and some of the travel sites to get an idea of pricing, but also contact a travel agent who might just surprise you with the types of deals and packages he or she can get you into. Just make sure you do as much research as you can and that you are at ease with your selectoin no matter how you find it. Then, you will have nothign more to do than sit back and enjoy your Prague vacation.

Tips on Finding Paris Accommodations

What should you do to find the best Paris accommodations to stay in on your next trip to Paris? Nobody, and especially not me, is saying that finding good accommodations for an overseas trip at a good price is easy, but it can be done. When traveling to Europe, you especially want to make sure you have all your ducks in a row so that there are no suprises, or so you are prepared if there are. There are a couple of places you should look in order to find the Paris accommodations that will suit you best. Travel websites online and your travel agent are your two best resources of which you should make use when seeking out your Paris Accommodations.In order to get an idea of what good prices run at, I would advise that you first check the internet. With the number of travel sites now out on the internet, you should be able to find a large sampling of Paris accommodations pricing. I have always found it more productive to check out the big travel sites before the other ones. Sift through those to find three or four that you like and can navigate easily. Then, go to each site’s accommodations or hotel sections. Select the location in France where you want to stay, and assuming that the site works with international travel you will do fine. You will get a list of Paris accommodations, and with most of the sites you will also be able to research the ameneties of the hotels and their precise locations. It is a nice way to see multiple Paris accommodations side by side so that you can properly compare them to one another. Then, just write down or otherwise keep track of some of the prices to help you as you continue your research.

The other resource that I find to be the most productive for Paris accommodations is a travel agent. For overseas trips especially, a travel agent will be extremely helpful in finding a place for you to stay at a good price. Travel agents have access to discounts and rebates that can actually help you get Paris accommodations through them for less than you would online or just calling around on your own. In addition, if you are using a travel agent to put together the rest of your tip, then why not see if he or she can include Paris accommodations as some sort of travel package that may even save you more money in the long run.There is perhaps nothing more romantic or exciting than a trip to Paris. However, such a trip requirs a lot of planning and often times a large chunk of money. Therefore it is important to make sure you have everything planned thoroughly and that you are getting the best possible prices. With that in mind, make sure you do careful research on your Paris accommodations. Though you should first check the internet to get a feel for the pricing, you may be best off going with your travel agent since he or she may be able to put together a package of some sort for you. No matter how you go about booking your Paris accommodations [], make sure you first do your research and then you can go foreword in your planning with confidence.

Cape Town’s Curious Coffee Culture

Compared to major cities in Europe, coffee culture is something that Cape Town seriously lacks. But perhaps only on the surface of things. For what do you call the hoards of good looking people who gather on trendy Kloof street on a daily basis, religiously succumbing to that dark brown, aromatic caffeine injection?Although there is no standard way of ordering or drinking coffee in Cape Town – it could be tall black or flat white; skinny with wings, or grande Americano con panna – there is no lack of coffee, coffee shops or coffee drinkers. It’s just a matter of knowing what you like and where to find it.Cape Town has recently experienced a steady rise in the popular American-style coffee shops similar to the Starbucks phenomenon that hit the United Kingdom not too long ago. These establishments have streamlined the coffee drinking experience into a kind of Macdonald-esque drive-through-on-foot, where reasonably good coffee is prepared super fast and sold at above average prices. Simply decide on the origin of the coffee bean, intensity of the roast, the fat percentage of the milk, whether you want a cup or a mug, ‘eat-in’ or ‘take-away’. Then place your order on the one side of the counter, pass the glass display with a choice of numerous pre-prepared and packaged sandwhices, biscuits and muffins, and pick up a scaldingly hot drink on the other end. Easy as pie.The problem is, even though these establishments offer you a ‘tailor-made’ drink, in probably less than a minute, the supposed “speciality” coffee that arrives at the end of the counter is nearly always an utter dissappointment – even the cocoa or cinnamon they make you sprinkle over yourself, somehow contribute to the overall blandness. Gone are the days of grand establishments with white tablecloths and eloquant waitrons, serving aromatic coffee in elaborate china. Or are they?At the stately Mount Nelson hotel in Orange street, Gardens, the splendour of this bygone era is still very much alive. Here, high tea (or coffee for that matter) is still served in the colonial lounge every afternoon, accompanied by a feast of sweet and savoury treats prepared with beautiful attention to detail.But if a humble street cafe is more what you had in mind, a stroll through the city centre will certainly satisfy your need. Walking up St. Georges Mall and surrounds will provide you with ample quaint coffee shops serving anything from stale filter coffee to decent espresso – so make sure to choose well. Try the really strong and aromatic coffee from Crush – a favourite with business people wanting to kick start their day. For the health conscious, they serve suberp gourmet sandwhiches as well as fragrantly spicy Chai Latte.Round the corner from Crush, in Church Street, close to Greenmarket Square, is the charming Cafe African Image where exotic coffees from all over the African continent can be enjoyed in the colourful surroundings of Pan-African art and crafts.In Bree street there’s the quirky Birds Boutique Cafe, where proper South African-style”moerkoffie” (Afrikaans for ground coffee) is complemented by freshly baked biscuits, muffins and scones with such decadent combinations as dried figs and chocolate.Long street also has it’s fair share of Coffee shops. There’s the tiny, although bustling, Tribe Cafe with delicious coffee and delectable sandwhiches. Two blocks further up Rcaffe serves decent espresso and freshly baked sweet and savoury patries, while DeliZioso on the next corner whips up anything from cappucino’s to espresso macchiato, accompanied by a mouthwatering Italian-style lunch buffet.In the nearby and trendier Kloof street, franchises like Seattle Coffee Company and Mugg&Bean compete with one of Cape Town’s most popular coffee shops – the impossibly cool Vida e Caffe. In a way, the arrival of a designer coffee shop like Vida e Caffe, is a small miracle. Because somehow, it captures the efficiciency of a drive-through-style shop without compromising the quality of the coffee or the drinking experience. The shop’s sleek interior is as aesthetically pleasing as it is practical and comfortable. But the biggest drawcard, is without a doubt the exceptionally flavourful and consistently good 100 % Arabica coffee that they serve with such friendly passion.Until recently, I thought the best coffee I’ve ever tasted was in Melbourne, Australia. I had been told what a refined coffee culture Melbourne possesses and subsequently headed for a coffee shop on arrival. Without hesitation, I ordered ‘filter coffee’ – hoping to sound as universal as possible. The look on the waitron’s face was a mixed expression of complete confusion and utter disgust. My Australian companians quickly saved the situation by ordering a round of “latte’s” for the table (short for ‘caffe latte’), explaining that ‘filter coffee’ is not a concept anyone in Australia is familiar with, as Melbourne’s coffee culture draws on the strong Italian presence in the city. Soon after my tiny faux-pas, the most beautiful drink arrived, served in a short glass on a saucer. No funny-eared cup or grotesque glass mug – simply deliciously strong, creamy espresso, topped with slightly frothy milk, served in a glass.On my return, I frantically searched the streets of Cape Town for a coffee shop where latte’s are served the way they are in Melbourne (or Italy for that matter). I searched numerous trendy coffee houses, obscure Italian restaurants and dodgy canteens without any success. Thousands of cups of coffee and endless nights of insomnia later, my salvation arrived in the pure white bliss that is Manna Epicure. And they even get it right down to the short latte glass and saucer. Coffee as good as this, in such a beautiful, modern setting (perhaps with a little toasted brioche, poached pear and milk jam, on the side) turns coffee drinking into one of the most refined earthly experiences. No wonder my coffee drinking journey’s always seem to end there.But no matter what your preference or pretention might be – from stale filter to strong ‘moerkoffie’ or authentic Melbourn-style lattés – if it’s coffee you’re after, Cape Town will surely satisfy the need.

New Year & New York City – You Can Save Money

New York City is a city of spirit, heart and hard to decide for travel, even in the face of disaster. Home to such riches as the Statue of Liberty, 5th Avenue boutiques; the famous Broadway stages and the breathtaking Met, the Empire State Building, Central Park,New York is one of the best tourist places in the world and in USA as well. Being the most excellent tourist spot the city New York has top rated hotels in USA providing range of facilities & various type of hotels, well-located, the finest amenities & services that make you feel at home away from home.In most of the cases specially while traveling to major cities & tourist places & attractions, the hotels close to New York City and near to any major & crowed attraction, the more money you can expect to pay to the hotel. Here you have the option to choose a low cost hotel in New York. One of the best option to save money is the stay with the hotel little far from the city like not in any posh area and try if you can manage with 2-3 star rating hotel in New York city. This will just save money for you.As far as the shopping areas are concern a number of shopping centers you can find around any hotel you choose to stay in New York, but here again you can look for the cheap & better shopping places little far from the hotel.We should always try to save money in all protocol while traveling to any city in any country and because sometime New York goes very expensive in seasons so this would be a good idea to choose the better place to travel with discounted cost if possible. Instead of paying more money to guide or travel agent try to use the direct services from the hotel like book your hotel online and try to contact local person for more information, to find out the best shopping area, attractions and all you want. Stay in a comfortable hotel with low cost and for shopping you can choose some less crowed region, for travel you can select the city bus for New York city travel, and off course try to keep your money safe although the crime rate is not high in New York but still when you are saving money this is very important to keep this safe for future travel or for next visit to New York City.


One of the most beautiful places on the Earth, Sicily recently was associated only with mafia. Now the situation has completely changed. Mafia is almost defeated and the island has become travelers’ paradise, very popular resort whose beauty is supplemented with the wide range of architectural and cultural attractions.Sicily is a mix of cultures and nations. The explanation lies in its rich history. During the centuries Sicily was ruled by Asians, Africans and Europeans that formed the special Sicilian nation. On the island you can still see Phoenician settlements, Punic cities, Greek temples, Roman amphitheatres, Norman Arab castles and Aragonese churches.

Cities with the Greek origin are mostly situated on the west side of the island. These cities are Selinunte, Segesta, Siracusa and Agrigento. There, on the West also lies the impressive Valley of Temples.The architectural style of the cities in the Eastern part of Sicily was formed under the Baroque influence, and received the name of the Sicilian Baroque. The most outstanding cities of the East are Ragusa, Modica, Scicli, Ispica and Noto. Magnificent “stone gardens”, remains of the Sicilian Baroque era are included in World Heritage List of UNESCO.

Other interesting towns to visit on Sicily are Taormina, called the “pearl of the Ionian Sea”, Enna, which is “Sicily’s belly button”, “the ceramic town” Caltagirone and Catania, with its Baroque palaces. Catania is also known for its intense nightlife.The capital of Sicily, Palermo, is an ancient city founded between the 8th and the 6th century B.C. Palermo stands on the shore of its own wide bay underneath the limestone bulk of Monte Pellegrino. The historical part of Palermo strikes with the fusion of Arabic and Viking influences, reflected in the medieval buildings of the 11th and 12th centuries. Palazzo dei Normanni is the best sample of the style.All the cities on Sicily are not very big. Palermo, the biggest one, has the population of 652 000. The typical Sicilian city is more like village with small houses, and the cozy atmosphere of a place where everybody knows each other.The best of Sicily is its nature. You can never forget the beautiful landscapes of hills, vineyards, olive groves, almond orchards and endless wheat fields. Sicily is an island and, thus, is surrounded by the sea so blue that it seems unreal. In addition, I should mention, that the sea is not only beautiful, but also very good for swimming. Nearby Sicily you also can find a huge amount of the small islands, which are also worth visiting.

Above the blue of the sea and the greenery of the fields rise magnificent mountains. Europe’s greatest natural wonder, Mount Etna is situated on Sicily.The other thing Sicily is famous for is its cuisine. Like all on the island, the food represent a refined mix of East and West. The main ingredient is fish. As a land with a lot of vineyards, Sicily has its own wines that are rapidly becoming world-popular.

This island, separated from the other parts of Italy has its special magic and is the perfect place for rest.

Au Pair in Paris

If you are between 18 and 30, student and ready to offer some domestic help to a local family, this might interest you. Though mainly for females, now a day more and more male students are getting seen in this domain, and your work may vary from changing diapers of their child / children to English lessons and in fact you may need to do any work that is a part of their life (thus it will vary from family to family), what you can always try to negotiate at the beginning, in exchange of your food, lodging and some small pocket money (around 250 euros a month). Just to inform you, Au Pair works are basically about helping children, though you will often end up doing other works as well. Sometimes, you can even hope to get a monthly transport pass which you can use in metro, RER and bus (locally called Carte Orange).You will have to work in the weekends and in the evenings of weekdays, and the working hour will also vary from case to case. It can be between 30 to 35 hours a week, but if you are a full time student, it is advised to negotiate lesser hours at the very beginning, say about 15 to 20 hours a week should be fine, otherwise there will be no time spare for your home works. Besides, you will also have 2 days off per week.If you are coming to France to learn French and to learn the French way of life, this can be the ideal solution for you, though you need at least the basic French to do this job.To find an au pair position, you can start your search from the American Church of Paris, a wonderful place to meet other English speaking individuals and for other English resources. Start by picking up the magazine ‘FUSAC’, you will find it just near the main gate. (Till now the best printed resource for English speaking people who need information in Paris). You can also have a look at the notice board, you may find something interesting, and then put your own message there (for which, yes, you will be needing to prepare a ‘looking for an Au Pair position’ page printed from your computer or a cyber-café and a telephone number where potential families can contact you).Besides, you can contact different Au Pair agencies in Paris, and you may or may not need to give a commission for the service as often the agencies take commission only from the host family).A different version of this Au Pair work also exists, and that is to help old people in their houses. There are a lot of old people here in Paris who don’t like going to old homes, and also find it difficult living alone in their deserted house. These people will like your company if you are ready to offer them, and along with some some household works, you can easily manage a free lodgment for you plus some pocket money. The choice is really yours. If you like children and young family, then go for Au Pair jobs, and if you prefer older people, then you choose the later.To get a list of some Au Pair agencies in an around Paris, you can go to the Practical Info section of author’s Paris Forum site (below).Happy surfing.

Stratford-upon-Avon is Weird

The rural town of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, England went for hundreds of years as just that. It was a country town with a market for the local farmers and traders to sell their wares, with shops, businesses, trades and agriculture being the usual income for local people. Situated on the pretty English River Avon and surrounded by villages of thatched cottages, the people who were born in Stratford-upon-Avon generally had a pleasant countryside existence.Then came the craze for Shakespere.Gradually over a number of years this little town has transformed itself into a place of culture and is now the second largest tourist destination in England. Scholars of English always knew that William Shakespere was born in Stratford, but it was only in the 20th Century that serious moves were made to re-popularise his plays, so much so that a new theatre was built in his town of birth to immortalise the “Bard” in 1932.This new theatre on the banks of the Avon became a Mecca for scholars, students and theatre audiences. By employing well known as well as unknown actors, actresses, directors and staff Stratford soon became the best known Shakespearian theatre in the world.The Royal Shakespere Company was able to expand in later years, and bought new property in Stratford to open small, intimate theatres, where the actors could talk directly to the audience. The very best actors, both in England and abroad, were often trained at the RSC in Stratford, and love to come back for a season from time to time.The RSC now performs both Shakespere and many other authors all over the world, and is still considered “The Best” by many of even its sternest critics.So, what happened to the little market town in the centre if England? It’s now a big town with a small town centre and no market. The people of Stratford have largely been pushed out of town by the incredibly high property prices. Stratford has become such a success that more than half of the smaller houses are weekend homes for the rich, and leaves many local villages dormant during the week.Shakespeare’s Birthplace in the middle of town is a lovely half-timbered old house which is now trampled over by a million tourists every year. The town is within 2 hours of about 20 million day trippers living in England. The houses that belonged to William’s relatives do not escape either. You can tour the whole lot on double-decker buses along what were, recently, country lanes that are now covered with various coloured lines in the middle and on both sides.The really bizarre reason to travel to Stratford-upon-Avon is to see if you can find a local person. Particularly during the spring, summer and autumn seasons you won’t find many. Japanese, German, American, Korean, Swedish, Dutch, French etcetera Yes. But a real Warwickshire accent? Unlikely.Interested in this subject? Try this link for more of the same.

Conventional Miami

Competition is rife between salesmen, businessmen and academics both in the States and worldwide for the chance to win a trip to Miami for a convention from their bosses. People sitting in offices watching the snow or rain outside may well wish they had worked a little bit harder last year so that they could be one of the lucky few to be chosen for a week in tropical sunshine during the northern winter.Miami, Florida is one of the most famous and popular convention centres in the States. For keen workers it’s a question of Miami-or-bust as an annual excursion if you are good enough at your job. The annual pilgrimage sorts out the “sheep from the goats”, and to be left out probably means that you have failed to reach last year’s target.For the academics a freebee in the sun chatting jurisprudence and meta-physics, Egyptology, pure maths, geomorphology or Greek philosophy with someone who actually understands what you are talking about is a tonic which brings them back to their students mentally and physically refreshed.Miami certainly has the facilities available to cater for large parties of businessmen. A long list of hotels offer conference facilities, and often the larger companies will book a whole 3/400 bed hotel for the duration of a particular convention.The largest Convention Centre runs to half a million square feet, whilst many smaller venues are always in use all around Miami and the surrounding areas.The variety of Miami conventions [] and conferences is truly staggering. These include such topics as Treasury Management in Latin America, Career Fairs, engineering shows, legal conferences, many medical conferences and trade shows, other trade shows for every conceivable product, travel, entertainment and fashion shows. The list goes on and on.If you’ve managed to persuade your superior that your attendance at the convention is vital, there is plenty to do in the hours between lectures, speeches or meetings. Many people like to experience the famous South Beach with its miles of sand and upbeat nightlife. Zoos, aquariums and outdoor activities abound if you have a day off, and the shopping is of a high standard.The choice of restaurants to suite all tastes and budgets and the tropical temperatures in winter also encourages many employers to favour Miami for its company’s trade fair, or to send its employees there as an annual bonus for good performance. Major clients of any trade or profession like to do business in pleasant surroundings with all the relevant comforts.Miami is likely to remain as one of the most popular convention centres due to both long established use and its ability to cater for the numbers without losing its identity.Interested in this subject? Try this link for more of the same [].

Driving in Thailand

Many people like the thrill of riding fast motorbikes and driving rally cars, some enjoy driving 4 X 4 vehicles in wild terrain at speed or just seeing how fast their 10 year old car can go, whilst others prefer a complicated game of Mah Jong or chess, maybe even the occasional game of Russian roulette. The psychology of Thai drivers includes all these traits and more.Driving in Thailand is not for the feint-hearted. If you happen to be from one of the few countries in the world who drive on the Left side of the road you have a slight mechanical advantage because you are used to driving on the “wrong side of the road,” and with the steering wheel on the “wrong” side, but even these benefits will not help you much in Thailand.Whilst the laws of the road are very similar to your home country’s, the Rules of Engagement are quintessentially and pragmatically Thai. Compared with Western countries the passing of a driving test is a minor formality which takes around 10 minutes in a car park with red cones. Until you pass this “test” you can drive anyway without ‘L’ plates if you are with another driver.The general knowledge of any sort of Highway Code is virtually non-existent and such things as undertaking at speed and a total lack of signalling, even when turning across several lanes of traffic is normal practice.In towns and cities motorbikes will cut you up left and right at the same time. Another will probably pull out in front of you and expect you to stop for it, whilst pedestrians weaving between traffic queues do not seem to notice cars or motorbikes heading for them at 50 kms per hour and only inches away.In country districts where the roads or tracks seem to be appallingly potholed in places, any rules of the road are entirely forgotten by the local drivers who have been driving round these hazards for years. They will of course use the bit of the road without holes which may or may not be the correct one. It is possible to find yourself on entirely the wrong side whilst someone going in the opposite direction passes you on his wrong side. 4 X 4 vehicles are a must for country tracks as cars suspensions and ground clearance just won’t cope.If you have a driving licence from your own country as well as an international one, you have the patience of a holy-man, have eyes in the back of your head, the reflexes of Michael Schumacher in a Formula 1 Farrari, a crystal ball for checking out the local traffic and to make sure that the ‘puddle’ in front of you is not a metre deep, then you may wish to come to South-East Asia to check out this dangerous pastime []. It’s actually very good fun!Interested in this subject? Try this link for more of the same [].

The Panama Canal Took Nearly 400 Years to Build

Having discovered the treasures of South America and conquered the richest gold producing countries there to provide backing for wars in the Mediterranean and Europe, the Spanish discovered it was a long way home.The substantial quantities of gold found and stolen from the native Indians in Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia had a dangerous, time consuming and very long journey before it could be lodged in the Spanish Treasury. Journeys of around 17,000 miles took years rather than weeks, with the storms of Cape Horn, pirates and sickness decimating many ships that tried it.In about 1524 advisors to Charles V suggested a shorter and safer route through the isthmus of Panama if a suitable cutting could be found to justify the enormous work necessary. The treasures of South America were so colossal that a survey of the isthmus was ordered and in 1529 plans in some detail for a canal between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans were forwarded to Spain.Spain at the time was too busy with wars in Europe, and the plans were quietly forgotten. However in 1534 another keen Spanish official put forward a different route for a Panama canal which was amazingly close to the route in use today. Various other plans were made but the Spanish Kings ignored them all.It was not until 1819, probably as a result of the work of the scientist Humboldt in South America, that the Spanish Government finally showed an interest and authorised the construction of a Canal in Panama. It also allowed the creation of a company to carry out the project. Once again the project never really got going.The 1848 Californian gold-rush led to various surveys being carried out as to the feasibility of the canal between 1850 and 1875. These showed only two possible routes, one across Panama, and the other in Nicaragua. The Colombian government allowed an international company to dig a canal in 1876 across their part of the isthmus, but the company failed.The builder of the Suez canal was then called upon and de Lesseps formed a French company to construct a sea-level canal in Panama. The work was dogged by many serious problems, one of the most fundamental being the tidal range in the Pacific of 20 feet whilst that of the Atlantic side only 1 foot. Other flaws in route and design, as well as the tropical weather problems eventually led to the abandonment of the project causing great financial loss to many in 1899.However the US stepped in and signed a treaty giving independence to Panama and a guarantee that the ten mile ‘Canal Zone’ be protected. Work resumed in 1904 with a drastically revised system of locks and in Panama history [] was made when the Canal was eventually opened in 1914 after many difficult years, and some 390 years after it was first considered.Interested in this subject? Try this link for more of the same [].