Tips and Ideas
Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is one of the most remote cities on earth, being separated even from the other cities of its own country by the hazardous wastes of a desert and the sheer distance of a continental landmass. However, once you have made the journey, Perth is a city that is laid back, cosmopolitan and one of the most attractive places in Australia. This has not, yet, been reflected in terms of visitor numbers although there are signs that this is beginning to change.
From 9 September to 23 October the 2011 Rugby World Cup will be contested in New Zealand, with twenty countries from around the world vying for the coveted Webb Ellis Cup. Although many people may not know or understand the sport, for those of us who know which is the truly beautiful game it is more than enough reason to travel to far New Zealand. Here is a brief guide to the 2011 tournament for those lucky enough to the travelling to see the games or who will just be watching from home.
Whether you are vacationing on the Isle of Wight, exploring London for a week or two, or venturing to the northernmost point of Northumbria, there is much to see and do in England. Known for its colorful history from ancient Roman times to the present, England’s landscape is dotted with an abundance of castles and museums to display the historical past of this once magnificent world power. The following museums in the greater London area are some of the lesser known museums in England worth visiting.
London has for months now been gripped by the drama of the Olympic tickets. This has been made all the more exciting due to the inexplicable bidding system where people have paid for their tickets, often many hundreds of pounds, before they have been told which events they will be seeing. All this means that if you haven’t planned ahead you are unlikely to get tickets to the 2012 Olympics unless you are willing to pay very large amounts of money for them. However, there are several events within the competition that are free to watch and many other concerts and performances around London that visitors can take part in to make the most of this incredible opportunity.
Taking advantage of the attention during the Rugby World Cup, the Real New Zealand Festival runs from 9th September to 23rd October to celebrate and promote the culture and tourism of this beautiful country. The festival is spread out across the entire nation so wherever you are or want to be there should be something worth seeing, doing or eating.
From the 20th to the 23rd of October 2011 the Kiev International Tango Festival will take place in the beautiful Ukrainian capital. The festival aims to be an annual event but this year’s will be the second so it still has a small and intimate character. Although it is in its infancy, the incongruous combination of ancient Slavic architecture and modern Latin music works very well and seems set to continue its growth. Of course, Kiev is worth a trip anyway but anyone with a passion for the tango will find even more to delight them.
From the 15th to the18th of September the annual Brooklyn Book Festival will take place in the vibrant eponymous New York district. The long weekend will see a wide range of literary themed events taking place catering to a broad variety of tastes and preferences. As well as meeting like minded book lovers, visitors will also get the chance to meet some of their favourite authors, from up and coming new hopes to global superstars. The obvious attraction of the festival to connoisseurs of a good book is equally matched by the appeal to general readers. The festival events have been specifically designed to cater to as wide a range of interests as possible, including for young children, making this a potentially excellent family weekend.
The capital and largest city in the Czech Republic is Prague. It is also one of central Europe’s largest cities and has served as Bohemia’s historic region capital for centuries now. There are a number of gift shops that target tourists lining the streets of the Old Town district. During the month of December, the Christmas Markets populate the downtown square where you can find all the arts, crafts, foods, and Prague memorabilia that you can possibly stand.
The north of Portugal is almost totally ignored by international visitors who concentrate, perhaps understandably, on the south of the country. However this is to ignore a particularly beautiful part of the world and the immensely attractive city of Porto. Among Porto’s many charms are a world heritage city centre, a fantastic restaurant and late night bar scene as well as easy connections to the rest of Europe.
The second largest city in Spain is Barcelona as well as being the capital and largest city of Catalonia. The city gained prominence over 2,000 years ago when it was a Roman occupied city name Barcino that became popular because of its location along Spain’s northeastern Mediterranean coastline. The city gained the attention of the entire world in 1992 when it hosted the summer Olympic Games and launched the tourist industry to a considerably higher level.
The City of a Thousand minarets – Cairo, Egypt’s, as well as, Africa’s largest city and one of its densest, offers the visiting tourist lots to see. With the right blend of old and new, one can wander the streets of this city and never get enough of it. Cairo derives its meaning from the French Le Caire, meaning “The Conqueror” – and true to its name, this city will conquer your heart.
The most populous city in Turkey is the city of Istanbul as well as being its cultural and financial center. It is situated on both sides of the Bosphorus Strait, the narrow waterway that separates the Black and the Marmara Seas. Istanbul has long been considered the bridge that links Asia with Europe both culturally and geographically. It is also known for its wide array of nightlife choices and features numerous pubs and cocktail bars that are worth visiting.
“Piazza” means “Square” in Italian and it has always played an important role in Florentine history. Since many centuries ago people liked to meet with each other or go for a coffee in the squares in the city center. Explore the most beautiful and important piazzas in Florence to experience the spirit of the renaissance city.
Bullfighting is one of Spain’s most antique and important traditions. Each year thousand of people gather in Las Ventas, in Madrid, for the bullfighting season.
The capital city of Latvia is Riga, as well as the largest of the Baltic States’ cities and the Eastern Baltic’s 2nd largest city. As there are numerous redevelopment projects currently underway in the city, Riga is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance and turning into what is sure to be one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. With the numerous pubs and cocktail bars in Riga, it is one of the continent’s most popular tourist destination for those loving lively evenings filled with dancing and drinking.