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THRACE

Thrace is a place of history, with exceptional ecosystems and virgin forests, a meeting point between western lifestyle and oriental culture. Local hospitality mesmerizes visitors, while fauna and flora fascinates…
The natural reserves of Thrace are among the most significant in Greece. It is here, within the ultimate dominance of nature, within the crystal-lake waters and the ‘hopeful’ green of the forests, where the feasts of colours leads through the ‘walk of life’. The area of Thrace hosts one of the country’s most varied bird-fauna, where one can enjoy endless hours of bird-spotting.
Exploration at Dadia forest and Vistonida lake, distinctively protected biotopes of the region, as well as the Evros river estuary take the mind of a journey, with sole companion the inhabitants of the area, the hundreds of rare bird species who live there.
A wish that time would stand still is what comes to mind after a visit at the village of Livaditis, with its well known waterfalls. Continuing the tour to Thrace, numerous choices are offered; hiking on the paths of Haido National Park, where the oak-tree forest is aged more than 200 years, climbing Balkan’s second tallest waterfalls, with over 40 metres of height and residing at the forest village of Erymanthos, an ideal base for mountain biking, 4×4 off-road driving and trekking. Amid lakes, rivers, fileds and forests emerges the seaside and simultaneously lakeside Porto Lagos village. It is at the striking church of Agois Nikolaos, located in the middle of the lagoon, where visitors become one with the thousands of birds flying around them.
Thrace’s dreamy locations elevate the natural beauty of historic places, where one can experience the harmonic coexistence of East and West, by gazing at monumental Orthodox churches close to Muslim establishments. Touring around Thrace, visitors find themselves at the Pomakohoria district, where they can enjoy going through the little stores of traditional art and get acquainted with the friendly locals.
At the island of Samothraki, the medieval chateaus, the water-and oil-mills, the streaming waterfalls and Fengari (Moon), the tallest mountain in the Aegean Sea, set a scene by far different from urban style.
Tasteful oriental sweets are worth taking home after saying goodbye to Thrace, as they will ideally accompany nostalgic memories generated by this wonderful place.

DON’T MISS:

The Ethnological museum of Thrace at Alexandroupoli

Exploring of the aquatic reserves of xanthi

Getting familiar with the sericulture and the prominent silks of soufli

The picturesque village of komotini

Touring the Dadia forest, in the middle of Evros prefecture

The full of hern birds rivers of Thrace

SHEIKH ZAYED MOSQUE ABU DHABI

This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 41,000 worshipers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers –10 meters in diameter, 15 meters in height and weighing twelve tonnes. The mosque’s first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.

Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty. The striking white and gold colours shining in the sun are transformed at night by a unique lightning system which reflects the phases of the moon.

Visitors’ Tip
Why not finish sight-seeing or shopping for the day and take the 5pm ‘Sunset Tour’? Get to the mosque around 4:30pm – a wonderful time to take photos – to wind down and chill out for 20 minutes in the lovely, afternoon breeze before the tour.

Opening hours: Unlike other mosques in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open daily to visitors, except on Friday morning, which is for worshippers only. Complimentary one hour guided tours run (Sun-Thurs) at 10am, 11am and 4.30 / 5pm. Friday times are 5pm and 7.30 /8pm and Saturday 10am, 11am, 2pm, 4.30 /5pm and 7.30 / 8pm.

The times for the last two tours of the day vary between 4.30 and 5pm, and 7.30 and 8pm, depending on the time of the  year. To check the current times, visit
http://www.szgmc.ae

Ramadan opening hours: During the Holy Month the mosque is open daily except Friday from 9am to 12pm (midday), and the one-hour complimentary tours start at 10am and 11am.

Other Attractions
Abu Dhabi Corniche
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Al Ain Oasis
Al Ain Paradise Garden
Emirates Palace
Yas Viceroy
Qasr al Sarab
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
Jebel Hafeet
Hili Fun City
Al Ain Camel Market
Al Ain Zoo
Arabian Wildlife Park
Arabian Nights Heritage Village

CYPRUS

Summary: Cyprus is in the Middle East, an island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey, and is a central plain with mountains to the north and south, and scattered but significant plains along southern coast, with a UN controlled buffer zone between northern and southern halves. The Greek Cypriot economy is prosperous but highly susceptible to external shocks such as swings in tourist arrivals, and remains based on agriculture and Turkish-funded economic development.
Capital: Nicosia
Time Zone: DST +0300 UTC
Population: 792,604
Languages: Greek, Turkish, English
Power: 240 V, 50 Hz
Currency: Cypriot Pound – Currently 1 CYP = 2.2870 USD $
Climate: Cyprus has a temperate and Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cooler winters. – Currently 63º, Larnaca Airport Weather

Nicosia: Although embroiled in turmoil and cut by the Green Line, which separates Greek South from Turkish North, Nicosia offers 12th century buildings and shrines, venetian city walls, and a number of museums celebrating the history of the country, like the Leventis Municipal Museum, the Dragoman Hadzigeorgakis and the Byzantine Museum. Nearby, the Troodos Mountains offer relaxation in the resorts, or head back to Nicosia to relax in the world famous Büyük Hammam – a Turkish bath.

Limassol: Wine aficionados will love Limassol, with frequent festivals, the biggest of which is the September Wine Festival. In addition to the grapes, the Folk Art Museum, where you can shop for local handicrafts, and the Cyprus Medieval Museum, housed in the 14th century Limassol Castle, are places to keep you busy, other than the beaches and the nearby Troodos Mountains. In the nearby villages of Amathus, you can watch as excavation sites are worked.

Paphos: Once home to a cult of Aphrodite, Paphos or Pafos offers Roman, Christian and Byzantine architecture, like the Tombs of the Kings, with more than a mile of tunnels and tombs to explore, along with many beautiful mosaics dedicated to Dionysus. The city has beaches to enjoy, but not many hotels, making Paphos better as a daytrip destination or seen on package tours.

SEE, HEAR, ENJOY

Discover all the great things to do and see in Barcelona with City Sightseeing

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Discover Barcelona at your leisure with a City Sightseeing tour
The Barcelona City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Tour has two different tour routes to explore the city, the Blue Line and Red Line. A Green Line also operates from April to October. See the major sights aboard our open-top Double-Decker bus. The tour will highlight all the things to do in the city so that you can hop on and off at your convenience at more than 44 stops. The key sights and world famous attractions of this fantastic city are included on the tour including the Gothic Quarter which is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. Wander around the ancient winding streets where many of the buildings date from medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. A great number of buildings are World Heritage Sites. Especially remarkable is the work of architect Antoni Gaudi, which can be seen throughout the city. His best known work is the immense but still unfinished Cathedral the Sagrada Familia, a symbol of Barcelona all over the world and has been under construction since 1882. Other works by Gaudi, include his famous Casa Batllo, Casa Mila and Park Güell.
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The city of Barcelona is awash with things to do and places to see
Those who appreciate the work of Picasso will be spellbound by the Picasso Museum and if you wish to tread in the footsteps of the artistic genius, you can do so by visiting the landmarks that shaped his youth: Stroll along the Calle Reina Christina and then cross over to 3 Carrer de la Mercè to see where his family lived, though the building was later destroyed. Gaze in wonder at Gaudí’s fairytale architecture – the Sagrada Familia is both breathtaking and grotesque. Marvel at his Casa Batlló, built for textile industrialist. Nearby, you can gaze at his rivals’ architecture: the Casa Amatller and the decadent Casa Lleó Morera by Puig i Cadafalch. Hop off at the The Parc de la Ciutadella – Barcelona’s most central park. The park includes a zoo, a lake, a large fountain and several museums.

Hop off at over 44 stops as many times as often as you like using Day or Two Day tickets on 2 routes
For your evening entertainment, you may wish to delight your ears at one of the city’s concert halls such as The Gran Teatre del Liceu, L’Auditori or The Palau de la Música Catalana. Or perhaps sampling the seafood at Gracia’s seafood restaurants takes your fancy. The best place to enjoy chilled fruit sangria in Barcelona is one of the many outdoor bars and cafés. There are so many things to do by day or night in the city. If you’re visiting in September, the Festes de la Mercèe swings into town. It started life as a small religious parade but since then it has grown into a week-long party celebrating Catalan culture. Performances, incredible firework displays along the beaches, a sea-front air show, exhibitions, children’s activities and free concerts make this a celebration of Barcelona in all its splendour.

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Attractions

    • BeachesBeaches
    • Parc de La CiutadellaParc de La Ciutadella
    • Barcelona AquariumBarcelona Aquarium
    • Port Aventura Theme ParkPort Aventura Theme Park
    • Montjuïc Castle (Castell de Montjuïc)Montjuïc Castle (Castell de Montjuïc)
    • Poble EspanyolPoble Espanyol
    • La RamblasLa Ramblas
    • Picasso MuseumPicasso Museum
    • Guell ParkGuell Park
    • La Sagrada FamíliaLa Sagrada Família
    • MontjuicMontjuic
    • TibidaboTibidabo
    • MontserratMontserrat
    • Tossa de MarTossa de Mar
    • La Pedrera (Casa Milà)La Pedrera (Casa Milà)
    • Barri GòticBarri Gòtic
    • FC Barcelona Museum and StadiumFC Barcelona Museum and Stadium
    • Joan Miró FoundationJoan Miró Foundation
    • Museum of Contemporary ArtMuseum of Contemporary Art
    • Parque Natural de Bardenas RealesParque Natural de Bardenas Reales

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ALTERNATIVES TO DISNEYLAND

Are you a thrill seeker or want to spend a day of fun with your family? Guess what! Amusements parks are the way to go.

Wait a minute! on a second thought, you may be wondering why I said so, but I’m sure this will help; Did you know that amusement parks always have something unique to offer?  Yes it does!  

From the thrilling rides, to live shows and kids’ attractions, amusement parks form the bedrock of a huge hunk of the global tourist trade.

One name that comes to the head at the mention of amusement parks will definitely be the Disneyland Park. The Disneyland Park, commonly known as Disneyland, is the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, opened on July 17, 1955. Spanning 160 acres (65 ha) and the only theme park to be designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney, it…

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LADIES GROUP 2013

Posted: January 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

LADIES GROUP 2013

A beautiful holiday a nice travel experience.
Ladies guess what ?
This years holiday is going to be awesome and thrilling
Exploring the most exotic continent in the world will definitely be an exciting holiday this year.
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DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL 2013

Dubai shopping festival, a world class, internationally acclaimed festival is just the right place for pious shoppers, a new world of discovery for adept of taste, Garden of Eden for family and Disney world brought down to Dubai for children. Aside from the heavily discounted, tax free shopping that this festival is majorly known, the festival is also packed with lots of entertaining programs and events for its guests. Everyone who comes to this festival is sure to have more than enough share of the exciting and heavenly activities organized for this festival.

Scheduled to commence 3rd of January and end 3rd of February 2013, the 32 days extravaganza is set
to bring out the best from its host country by featuring wonderful display of fireworks to indicate
the commencement of the festival, uniquely organized shopping competitions, entertaining street
performances and various performances of artists during the festival. Mind blowing activities have been
cataloged to enthrall visitors and residents during the festival in 2013, some of which are:

Tax-free shopping: the celebration will begin with entertaining street performances and fireworks
display. Devout shoppers can begin enjoying their shopping which comes with a 75% discount off the
item and also participate in the entertaining events organized during the festival. Notable items on
display include clothes, jewelleries, watches, electronics, carpets, textiles, perfumes, and handicrafts of
major brands amongst other fascinating things.

Children Show: The Dubai Dolphinarium will be organizing an exclusive show for kids during DSF 2013.
There are other events too to keep the children engaged such as Children of World Olympiad, fairs,
cartoon and circus shows.

Sport: Sports freaks visiting Dubai during DSF 2013 will be opportune to engage themselves in varieties
of sporting events, some of which are Football Tournament, open Tennis Championship, Ice Hockey,
Hockey on Synthetic Surface, Skating and Rowing Championships and many more.

The Carnival: the carnival is held every weekend during the festival and will be noted with dramatic
performances and parade of known international artists. Shows by acrobats, percussionists, dancers,
musicians, jugglers and many more awaken the festive spirit all across the country and visitors will get to
enjoy live concepts and jazz performances. The carnival which will be held in different locations would
be done with different themes like Chinese, Arabic, Russia and lot more

Attractive Prizes: coupled with tax-free discounted rates shopping that will be done, shoppers can
also look forward to opportunities of winning several daily and weekly prizes, which will be organized
by participating shopping malls and retailers. There are lots of prizes to be won ranging from luxurious
LX570 car to Dh.100,000 which will be won in cash in the Lexus Mega Raffle. A DSF promotion is
announced by the Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group, giving visitors exciting offers such as a chance to win
21kilos of gold worth Dh.4.5mn through raffle draw.

DSF is an all encompassing event for everybody and its has something to offer people of all ages. Events
done during DSF vary from outdoor and fashion shows to international concerts sport and musical
shows and performances.

Date: 3rd Jan to 3rd Feb

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Maui Island

Discover your own reasons to love Maui as you stroll the seaside streets of Lahaina and the lovely beaches of Kaanapali. Feel the mana (power) of Haleakala National Park or discover the arts and culture of Kahului and Upcountry Maui. From championship golf courses to the scenic road to Hana, your vacation on the “Valley Isle” promises to be unforgettable. It’s no wonder why thousands of humpback whales migrate to Maui’s warm waters year after year.

Stand above a sea of clouds high atop Haleakala. Watch a 45-foot whale breach off the coast of Lahaina.  Lose count of the waterfalls along the road as you manoeuvre the hairpin turns of the Hana highway. One visit and it’s easy to see why Maui in Hawaii is called “The Magic Isle.” Though second in size among the Hawaiian Islands, the Maui Island is first in people’s hearts. Repeatedly at the top of the “best island” surveys of consumer travel magazines, Maui possesses a magic that lingers in the heart and grows.

Getting to Maui
Kahului Airport (OGG) is the Maui’s main airport. There are two smaller commuter airports as well: Kapalua Airport (JHM) in West Maui and Hana Airport (HNM) in East Maui. Many airlines offer non-stop flights direct to Maui. You may also fly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu before heading to Maui on a short, 30-minute flight. There is also daily ferry service to and from the nearby islands of Lanai and Molokai.

Getting around on Maui 
You can get around Maui by shuttle, tour bus, taxi, or public transportation. But to really experience all that Maui offers you should consider reserving a rental car in advance from the Kahului or Kapalua Airport.

The main airport on Maui

The main airport on Maui is Kahului Airport (OGG). There are smaller commuter airports in Kapalua (West Maui) and Hana (East Maui). It’s about a 45-minute drive from Kahului Airport to Lahaina. Both Molokai and Lanai are served by their own airports.

Dining

Pack a hearty appetite because Maui offers an exotic blend of savoury dining. Indulge in the flavours of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, made from produce, picked right from the farms of Kulaand and fish caught fresh from the sea. Try a traditional Hawaiian meal at a sunset luau or get off the beaten path to try some local favourites in small towns like Wailuku and Paia. In Maui you can feast on everything from haupia to hamburgers. Learn more about Maui restaurants in KaanapaliKahuluiKapaluaKiheiLahaina and Wailuku. Visit www.gohawaii.com orwww.worldtraveland.com

Accommodation

There is a wide range of accommodations on Maui, including resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and condominium rentals. You’ll find resorts and hotels of every size and budget in KapaluaKaanapaliLahainaKiheiMakena and Wailea on the sunny western coast as well as one resort in Hana in East Maui. Whether you’re looking for a 5 Diamond resort or a seaside cottage, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in Maui. Learn more about Maui hotelsbed and breakfastscondominiumshostelsvacation rentalsKapalua vacation rentalsKaanapali hotelsKapalua hotelsKihei hotels, and Hana hotels. Visit www.gohawaii.com orwww.worldtraveland.com

Activities: Places to be on Maui

From Luau to land adventures, fine art to fine dining, Maui has a wide range of activities to make your vacation unforgettable. From whale watching to surfing, you’ll have plenty of chances to experience an array of outdoor adventures on Maui.

On Maui, you’ll have plenty of chances to try an array of outdoor adventures you’ve never experienced before. Snorkelers will be rewarded with unforgettable sights in Molokini’s luminous waters. See your first humpback spout as you whale-watch from Kaanapali Beach . Or feel the rush of your first surf lesson off the shores of historic Lahaina .
On land, horseback ride atop Haleakala: Maui’s highest peak. You can even take your first helicopter ride to see breathtaking views of Maui’s pristine valleys and waterfalls.
Plan your trip during one of Maui’s many special events. Experience one-of-a-kind cultural performances, stage shows, musical events and sports competitions throughout the year on Maui. But if you didn’t have enough time to do it all, you can always come back for more. For most visitors, their first adventures on this miraculous island are rarely their last.

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