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Category Archives: Travel

Keep Holiday Plans Organized

• First of all, make sure where you want to go and where you will live. To decide the place, you can take the help of internet. Focus on your interest and find the place accordingly. For example, if you want to enjoy taking sunbath then you must select any beach where you can enjoy the cool breeze and smooth sand to relax for some time. As far as accommodation is concerned, consider any reliable hotel booking portal to get access to any economical last minute accommodation.

• Book your flight tickets. Do not forget to compare the rates of different airlines before booking the one.

• If you are planning to travel abroad, check for the money exchange rate in prior just to have an idea that how much money you will require at your holiday destination.

• Ask any of your neighbors or friends to take care of your emails and pets once you will not be around.

• Pack your luggage according to the weather of the holiday destination. Keep in mind that traveling light is always recommended and to carry clothes accordingly is of utmost importance. What will you do a fancy dress if you are going to a beach for fun?

• Double-check all the documents that you will need on travel. The best is to email a scanned copy of your documents at your email address. This type of precaution sometimes proves very handy in the hour of need.

• Once again, confirm your reservations a day before your flight. This precautionary measure will save you from facing any hassle, and you will enjoy your holiday more efficiently.

• Make sure that you close all the windows properly.

• Do not forget to unplug all the appliances.

English Garden In Munich

One of the most famous and popular Beer Gardens of Munich is located right in the heart of the English Garden, around the Chinese Tower or Pagoda. This is also the most colorful Beer Garden and has a lot to offer for ones eyes and ears. Often you will hear the sounds of a Brass band playing live from the first floor of the Chinese Tower. As soon as the warm sunbeams appear, local folks will enjoy their first Maß beer of the season. (In Bavaria it is common to order beer by a Maß and this means a liter!) As it gets warmer, more and more visitors from the nearby university, locals and international guests will enjoy the weather, companionship, the great local food and off course dive into the ancient tradition of the Bavarian beer drinking style.

Take a walk to the nearby Kleinhesselohe See, a large lake and the next, beautiful Beer Garden with the name Seehaus, Lake House, awaits you here. In the old days, the gardener and investor Friedrich Ludwig von Sckell enlarged this lake and a small Beer Garden, as the forerunner of the current one, was established on the edge of it. Today, after restructuring, it can host up to 2,500 guests and is an all year round popular place to see and to be seen. Especially on the weekends you should come early, if you want a prime seat at the lake side and intend to stay a couple of hours. Overall it is the bit younger crowd that prefers this Beer Garden and families will enjoy sun-bathing, paddling on the lake, or feed the swans and let the children play with the corsair in the backside of the garden. This is also the first address in winter during foehn periods, where all the seats at the lake might be taken although the lake still carries ice. In summer you might like to sit in the shady backside of the Beer Garden or come later in the evening, after exploring the beauty and tranquility of the English Garden.

Explore Marktredwitz

We start at the market, the birth place of this town and see the historic City Hall dating back to the 14th century with a beautiful Renaissance Jutty from 1592. Behind the St.-Bartholomäus-Church (14th – 16th century) we discover Lug ins Land which can be translated as look at the land. This is the oldest building of Marktredwitz in form of a tower, dating back to the 13th century and is the rest of the ancient castle. Near by we discover another architectural treasure, the St.-Theresien-Church, (Rococo, 1776/1767) which was founded by Empress Maria Theresa for the stationed Austrian Garrison at that time. Now we turn right and walk through the market passing beautiful houses from the late Baroque area and partly replaced after huge fires in the years 1822 and 1836 by Neo-Classical and Biedermeier style fronts.

Continuing our stroll along the Hirschmannstrasse we will see the new City Hall which was build in 1794 for residential purpose. It was that house where Johann Wolfgang von Goethe staid as a gust when he visited Marktredwitz from the 13th to the 18th of August 1822. Take the chance and visit the Goethezimmer where a collection of paintings and items are on display to remind every visitor of the good old times.

Many more sights are waiting to be explored and you might want to take a break at the Goldene Löwe (golden lion) the oldest tavern in town before continuing your stroll through the streets of Marktredwitz.

If you don’t like to take that trip on your own you can join the official guided tour including an ascent of the tower. Those tours are organized between May and October each year and start every Saturday morning at 10:00 am. Meeting point is the Tourist Information office.

Christmas Markets In Northern Germany

Rostock

26.11. – 22.12.2009, Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm

Rostock, the almost 800 year old Hanseatic Town, has retained much of its original charm and is home to a diverse cultural scene. This cosmopolitan university- and port-town has a Historical Center with typical northern-style German brick architecture and a maritime atmosphere. Once a year, the twinkling glitter of the Christmas lights glow along the River Warnow and the Baltic Sea and transform the Historic City Center of Rostock into the largest, and one of the most gorgeous Christmas Markets in the North of Germany. Here, Father Christmas traditionally arrives in the town harbor by boat to open the Christmas Market. Northern specialties include candied apples, deep-fried bananas, candy floss, baby doughnuts, burnt almonds, Glögg, a sort of Swedish mulled wine and biscuits from Sweden; smoked sausages from Rostock, smoked fish from Warnemünde and north German fried fish in batter.

Lübeck

23.11. – 30.12.2009, Mon-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11.30am-9pm

The entire oval old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lübeck is nowadays a modern trading port and, via the coastal resort of Travemünde, a terminal for ferries to and from Scandinavia and the Baltic. A stroll around the Christmas-Fair area, which was first mentioned in 1648, is an absolute Must-Do for all Lübeck visitors. The market and its some 400 merchants offer toys and Christmas decoration, gingerbread, hot spiced wine and plenty of other things.

For 30 years Lübeck’s Fairy-tale Forest has been a festive attraction. 500 illuminated fir-trees and 21 stalls recreate beautifully the tales of the Brothers Grimm. (Open till 23rd Dec.)

The Historic Christmas Fair at the foot of St. Mary’s Church makes visitors travel through time; medieval flair unfolds amidst modern Lübeck. (Open 26.11-23.12). The Crafts Fair at St. Peter’s offers with over 50 craftsmen and -women from Northern Germany a wide variety of traditional and contemporary gift ideas. (Open 27.11-14.12). The arts and crafts market inside the festively decorated church-hall and in the small cabins of the long hall of the medieval Hospital of the Holy Spirit is unique! The exhibitors come from all over Germany and Northern Europe. (Open 28.11-08.12). Of course, Christmas in Lübeck would not be complete without a visit to the Christmas Bazaar at Niederegger’s, where you can taste famous marzipan cake, a delicious gateau with a rich nut brittle cream and a thin coat of marzipan.

Hamburg

23.11. – 23.12.2009, 10am-9pm daily

The Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg is Germany’s second largest metropolis and is home to one of Europe’s largest ports. There is a taste of far-away places throughout the city, even in the little canals and waterways of the old warehouse district. During Advent, Hamburg’s Town Hall provides the grand setting for the city’s most charming Christmas Market. One hundred merchants will set up their shops on Hamburg’s largest Urban Square. Roast apples, hand-crafted items and the quaint cottages designed by Bernhard Paul, director of the famed nostalgic Circus Roncalli, set this Christmas Market apart from seasonal activities elsewhere. Here you will find hand-crafted Christmas decorations from the Erzgebirge region, wood carvers from Tyrol, bakers from Aachen producing their famous Printen-Cookies on the scene, Gingerbread makers from Nuremberg and pottery from the Lausitz region. Silversmiths and many other artisans and craftsmen invite you to marvel, join in, taste and enjoy. New is the Nordic Lane, a tribute to Hamburg’s traditionally close ties to the countries of Scandinavia and the Baltic region. Santa Claus is riding up to the sky above the roofs of the market cottages in his reindeer sleigh.

Lüneburg

22.11 – 22.12.2009, 10am-7pm daily, Historic Christmas Market, 05.12 – 06.12.2009

Lüneburg is located on the edge of the Lüneburger Heath between Hamburg and Hannover. In the middle ages salt, the so called white gold, made Lüneburg a very prosperous town; this is still evident today as most of its magnificent and historic buildings are intact and in their former glory. This ancient salt-trading and Hanseatic Town has a romantic Christmas Market atmosphere, with Christmas lights showing its gabled houses and medieval churches in the most beautiful light. Booths decorated on Brothers Grimm Fairy-tale themes transform Lüneburg’s pedestrian streets into a magical fairy-tale world. A daily special and changing Christmas program starts from 4pm daily.

Find Cheap Hotels for Holiday

  1. Leverage Hotel and Organization’s Memberships

Your membership to a hotel might not look useful until you want to find a place to stay during the holidays. Most establishments have incredible bargains for members and surprisingly, it costs nothing to join. You can also get discounts through membership to organizations, such as veterans associations, professional bodies among others. Be proactive and ask about any of these perks when doing a search.

  1. Start Your Search Early

You have to start your hotel search early enough in order to identify those establishments that are most likely to offer good deals. By starting your search early, you have all the time to learn more about different hotels through reviews. This makes it easier to find a place that suits your budget.

  1. Use Booking Aggregators

The internet is a treasure trove of information where you can easily identify an affordable hotel. Using your preferred travel date and budget aggregator sites helps you find the best play to stay and for no fee. It is also faster to book from their website once you have found the perfect deal.

See Parks in Paris

Jardin des Tuileries

The Jardin des Tuileries is located between the Louvre and place de la Concorde. It is the oldest and largest public garden of Paris. The designer of the park is the same architect as of the gardens at Versailles. People who visited the Versailles gardens will imagine how stunning this park is. Jardin des Tuileries is declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. It is a formal garden with beautiful paths, perfect lawns and exquisite sculptures – copies of ancient works.

Jardin du Luxembourg

The 25-hectare park is located in the 6th arrondissement and is a wonderful family attraction. The park was created in 1612 and since has become one of the greatest parks in Europe. There are six tennis courts, playground for children, and unique sculptures. Locals bring their children for pony rides, ice-cream stands, puppet shows, sailing in the central fountain. Also, on the wooded side of the garden you will see people of different ages playing chess. So, Jardin du Luxembourg is an absolutely perfect place for family weekends and a must-visit tourist attraction.

Jardin des Plantes

This park is the main botanical garden in France and home for four museums. It contains more than 10.000 species and tropical greenhouses. Also, there is a small zoo. Ideal place to bring kids both for fun and for educational purposes. Jardin des Plantes was initially a royal medicinal garden in 1626. But in 1640 it became available for public. This enchanting spot is like something from fairytale and appearing there you will feel yourself in a wonderland.

Adventure Germany Travel

Lake Constance has scenic views fed by the Rhine and sitting at the base of the Alps. It is one of the main sources of water for Germany. Here you will find your choice of hotels along the lake. Take a tour from the water by tour boat, enjoy fresh caught fish from the lake at restaurants in the area, and some of the famous German Beer. Hike into the alps and have an adventure that people have enjoyed for centuries.

Have you ever wanted to be a Duke or a Duchess? For up to four weeks you can be at Camp Buldern located in a genuine castle. Here you will be staying at a real German Castle with people from all over the world.

You will stay and adventure travel around the scenic village, enjoy the park like grounds pond included, hike around the area, enjoy scenic views and learn a little german.

Travel along the Rhine in Germany and you will find an area rich in history and adventure around every turn. The castle at Wurzberg is on the World Heritage List it was partially destroyed during World War II. The castle was completely restored to its fine example of Baroque style. The frescos were repainted and paneling replaced it is a beauty. The gardens are done in english style and wandering about the grounds will take you to times gone by.

Adventure down the Rhine a bit further and you will find Wertheim a village where you will wander along cobblestone streets among half timber houses. The Art of Glass blowing has been going on here for for generations. You will find it fascinating to watch as the artists create the fragile art pieces.

Planning the Perfect Weekend Getaway

Before you start booking and searching for great weekend getaways, you need to know what type of holiday you want. Do you want to go to an exotic seaside location and stay in a five star resort? Do you want to head to the countryside and enjoy natural trails, some cycling and adventure walks? Do you want to take to the snow capped peaks and learn to ski or snowboard? There are so many options, so having an idea on what you want for your weekend can help you find the best deals that come in within your budget.

The next thing to remember is the types of accommodation available. If you can five star is always enjoyable as you have the best of everything, sheer luxury, elegance and outstanding service. But don’t be fooled, three and four star accommodation can be just as rewarding, bearing in mind that every country has their own rating systems. Know if you want a double room, a twin room, adjoining rooms or an apartment or suite which can accommodate you and your family with ease. This will narrow down your search considerably.

Know who you are travelling with, this can make your decision so much easier. Travelling as a family can be exhausting, especially if you have younger children. In these cases look for weekend getaways where there are things for the children to do to reduce the risk of boredom and ensuring that you have the best holiday experience. As a group of friend, find friends that are interested in the same things as you so that you know your weekend will be one filled with fun and excitement, good laughs and much needed relaxation.

Further, you will want to take a close look at inclusive deals and this is why. Inclusive deals sometimes include your flights and airport transfers, so you pay one price for everything. You can find deals that include breakfast or dinner bed and breakfast, those seaside resorts may throw in some waterspouts or a massage at their on-site spa. Find out about the inclusive deals so you can choose which ones best meet your particular requirements.

You will want to set yourself a budget for your entire weekend. This is so important. If you do choose a holiday deal that isn’t inclusive, you may find you spend considerably more than you were anticipating, which can restrict your weekend and stop you doing things you may have enjoyed. With your budget in mind, you can browse the inclusive deals, see which ones are the best value for money and then book those, leaving yourself some spending money to ensure your weekend getaway is a complete success.

The final tip to a weekend getaway is to have some fun, enjoy yourself. Put your feet up, relax and make the most of your time away from home. Some people recommend turning off your phone and staying away from the internet. If you want to use your phone for photographs, maybe consider turning it onto airplane mode, so you only use the device as a camera. The calls and messages you can deal with when you are back home or in the office.

Shopping at Forum Wetzlar

Location, Map, and Driving Directions

How to get there: Am Forum 1, 35576 Wetzlar, Germany

Additional travel info:

By car:

You can reach the FORUM Wetzlar most directly on the B 49, exit “Garbenheim”. In Wetzlar, follow the signs to notice, “City”, then direction “FORUM / ARENA”.

By bus:

The central bus station is located directly next to the FORUM Wetzlar. All bus routes stop here.

By train:

The FORUM Wetzlar is located directly opposite the railway station Wetzlar.

Opening Hours

Generally Monday through Saturday 9:30 am to 8:00 pm.

Most grocery stores close on Sundays and are open limited on Saturdays. Especially in small villages it will be hard to find an open store after noon on a Saturday and Sunday. So buy your goodies before you hit the weekend. Also the Forum will be closed Sundays (there are one or two Sundays per year when this is not the case.)

Payment

Although some of the stores in this mall accept credit cards, most of them actually do not. Either you have to have enough cash, or you can use a debit card issues by a German bank (e.g., “Scheckkarte”). Be prepared and try to get some cash before visiting stores. If you see a sign that they accept credit card you can take advantage of that and save your cash for other expenses where no credit cards are accepted.

Adventures Trek

Peru, a beautiful country in South America, home to a part of the Amazon forest. The country filled with beautiful Peruvians was warm and welcoming. I spent my first two days in the country’s capital Lima going sightseeing and acclimatizing myself to its weather. By the third day, I was ready to see the beautiful Trek.

Booked a tour company, the previous day to make my tour less stressful as I chose to go on the four days trek. The tour company sent a representative to pick me up from my hotel to the train station (the fee paid to the tour company covers transportation and any other fees).

Before embarking on this adventure, it is advised by the tour company that tourists go on altitude training over hilly terrain and get medication in case an altitude sickness might occur.

These are the list of things I packed for my Inca Trail trek:

  • Camera and lenses
  • Bag pack and bag pack rain cover
  • Hiking pole
  • Waterproof hiking boot
  • Socks
  • Towel
  • Swimsuits
  • Shirts
  • Undergarment
  • Rain jackets and umbrella
  • Bug spray
  • Headlamp
  • Light jacket
  • Flip flops
  • Toiletries
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Sunscreen
  • Deodorant
  • Pain relief drugs
  • Light weight hat
  • Passport
  • Coins for the restroom