It’s A Women’s World: The ‘Ladies’ Château’ of the Loire Valley

It’s A Women’s World: The ‘Ladies’ Château’ of the Loire Valley

A French barge cruise on one of European Waterways luxurious, fully-crewed barge hotels is an experience to remember. We firmly believe that there is no better way to explore the Continent than from the water.
The Nymphea hosts our French barge cruise in the Loire Valley, passing under the remarkable five-arch bridge of the Château de Chenonceau. Built in a pale grey stone, the bridge’s symmetrical curves are juxtaposed against the castle’s pointed turrets and enchant our guests time and time again

 

It’s not only architecture and engineering buffs who fall in love on the banks of the River Cher. The unique history of the Château – spanning from the early sixteenth century to the modern day – is well worth discovering.

Hidden Histories

Cruising beneath the repeated arches of the gallery aboard our French barge cruise, our guests often wonder who created them.

Today we are looking at some of the famous inhabitants of the ‘Ladies’ Château’ – the women who shaped both this beautiful building and France.

The Mistress: Diane de Poitiers

Intellectual, royal-favourite Diane de Poitiers lived in sixteenth-century France; no decorative wallflower, Diane was intelligent and politically savvy. She became so well-liked by King Henry II that she often wrote and signed official correspondence on his behalf using the portmanteau ‘HenriDiane’.

Diane was also the King’s mistress for over two decades – perhaps the most powerful woman in the country. As Henry’s mistress she was given the Château de Chenonceau. Diane not only lovingly developed the gardens, she commissioned the stunning arched bridge spanning the river – one of the most iconic architectural features of the Loire Valley.

The Wife: Catherine de’Medici

Catherine de’Medici was the wife of Henry II and, understandably, was jealous Diane’s influential position in Henry’s court. After Henry’s death Catherine forced Diane de Poitiers, the legal owner of the property, to leave and triumphantly took possession herself. Determined to make the Château her own, Catherine installed a grand gallery running across Diane’s bridge – the strong-willed widow had successfully displaced the trusted mistress.

Under Catherine’s management, the castle became the site for many extravagant parties and, rumour has it, the first ever firework display in France lit up the sky over one of her night time revels.

The Saloniste: Louise Dupin

During the French Enlightenment, eighteenth-century French women were at the centre of literary, artistic and cultural advancements. Louise Dupin, who lived in the Château de Chenonceau with her husband, formed a literary salon there which drew in leaders of the Enlightenment movement such as Voltaire, Condillac, Buffon and Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle.

An intelligent woman herself, Louise saved the building during the widespread destruction of property prompted by the Revolution. Louise pointed out that the arched bridge provided a rare crossing place on the river essential for the movement of people and trade. As a result of her quick thinking and bravery we can enjoy the splendour of the Château de Chenonceau in the twenty-first century.

Keeping your Winter Holiday Green

Keeping your Winter Holiday Green

We live in a time where people are becoming increasingly eco-conscious, and both cor-porations and individuals are doing more than ever to reduce their carbon footprint. This is fantastic news and very important in a bid to protect our planet and reduce the impact of global warming, but there is still a lot of work to be done. The good news is that even small changes can have a huge impact.
As a rapidly growing industry that’s set in natural surroundings, the skiing community must look for ways to keep winter holidays green without compromising on the quality of stays in catered ski chalets and shredding powder on the mountain. If you have a ski trip coming up and want to do your bit, here are a few simple ways to have an eco-friendly holiday.

 

Public Transportation

One great way to protect the environment is to opt for public transportation instead of taking your own car. The local public transport system is usually free with a lift pass, and offers a good chance to make a few new friends along the way. Using the local train network is also a good option if you want to venture outside of the resort and explore.

Recycling in Your Chalet

There has been a huge push to encourage recycling in ski resorts in recent years. Simply separate your rubbish from what can be recycled and take it down to the recycling point. This only takes a few minutes, but has a very positive impact on the environment.

Gear from Eco-Friendly Companies

There are a growing number of eco-friendly ski and snowboard companies that provide gear that does not harm the environment. This includes using eco-friendly waxes on snowboards and skis that are made from sustainable, reclaimed or recycled materials. For a great and guilt-free experience in the snow, why not consider renting or buying this equipment from a company that is doing its part to save our planet?

Chalet Hire from Reputable Companies

One of the easiest ways to go green is to book your catered ski chalet from a reputable company that has actively taken steps to combat damaging the environment. Take your time to research the company, and keep your eyes peeled for those that adhere to an AITO recognised environmental policy.

Getting There

Transport is always a concern when it comes to green holidays. Flying can produce three times more CO2 emissions per passenger than other forms of public transportation, so avoid this if possible. Good alternatives include driving (car shares are even better) and going by train (there are many stations throughout the Alps).

Offset Carbon

If you do decide to fly, you can still do your bit by offsetting your carbon (certain airlines provide this option at the time of booking). A few options include getting a shared transfer or bus from the airport/train station and using a transfer company that offsets their carbon.

Adhering to Resort Environmental Issues

If you choose a resort that has environmentally friendly practices in place, be sure to ad-here to these during your stay. The staff members know how to best protect the site, and they can make it easy for you to do your bit whilst still enjoying your stay.

Never has it been more important for people to reduce their environmental impact than today. Fortunately, this can be relatively straightforward during a stay in a catered ski chalet, and will allow us all to continue skiing without damaging the beautiful surround-ings.

Oral Surgeon vs. Common Dentist: Which is Better for Dental Implants

Oral Surgeon vs. Common Dentist: Which is Better for Dental Implants

When considering any type of procedure or oral operation, it is important to do due diligence on the prospective dental professional you are considering. Doing so can ensure that you get optimal care and successful results. Although we know insurance can play an important role in selecting a medical professional to perform your procedure, it is still up to you to make a final decision. Many dentists and oral surgeons currently accept tissue patients and provide cash rebates or payment plans to make care more affordable. While teasing, selected medical professionals should not be selected at their own expense. Your smile is an important feature and should not be trusted just for anyone. Oral Surgeon vs. Common Dentist: Which is Better for Dental Implants
If you have just lost teeth or lost the entire dental arch, dental implants provide the ideal dental solution. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are inserted into your jaw bone. They are designed to integrate with surrounding tissues and support crowns, bridges, or implant dents.

Oral Surgeon vs. Common Dentist: Which is Better for Dental Implants

While it is true that a general dentist trained in dental implant placement can perform dental implant surgery, it is often recommended that oral surgeons accustomed to dental implant surgery perform this procedure. Discussed below are four reasons why oral surgeons make great choices for dental implant surgery.

Highest Education Levels General dentists usually spend seven to eight years earning their degree. Depending on their focus, the general dentist will receive a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). After undergoing the required dental implant training courses and passing their license exams, they are cleaned up for practice.

Oral surgeons, however, continue to complete four to six additional years after completing the dental school. This is most common in hospital-based settings or surgery, allowing them to focus on dental surgical procedures. To obtain the highest level certification, oral surgeons can continue to be board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. When oral surgeons get certified, they follow the highest standards of care and procedure. To maintain this certification, they must take continuing education courses every year.

Extensive Training and Experience Oral surgeons focus their time and efforts in surgical procedures, such as secretive tooth extraction, jaw massage operations, and dental implant placement. Unless the dentist’s primary focus is the placement of dental implants, they spend most of their time doing dental fillings and repairing tooth disorders.

An oral surgeon is more familiar with facial anatomy, neck, mouth, and jawbone and can better treat wounds and diseases in this area. Your oral surgeon will do a full evaluation of your jaw bone using the latest technology to properly install your dental implant. They can also determine if there is bone loss and can provide early treatment, such as a gum transplant, sinus lift surgery, or bone grafting. The most common dentists should outsource this preliminary procedure. The success rate of your implant depends heavily on the health of your jaw bone and the placement of your implants. Offer a Maximum Sedation With operating background, oral surgeon is equipped to provide maximum sedation rate with IV or general anesthesia. Common dental practice is usually only able to offer local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and in some cases conscious oral medication, such as Valium or Halcion. While together they can turn off the area and help you relax, you will not really fall asleep. Oral surgeons can provide a stronger sedative and you can have peace of mind knowing their facility is certified with basic life support and advanced heart. Equipped to Handle Unexpected Complications Since oral surgeons are educated in anatomical nerves and the workings of facial structures, such as sinuses and jaws, they are better equipped to install dental implants and deal with unexpected problems. While dental implant surgery is low risk, as with any surgery, there is always a risk of complications. Oral surgeons generally offer more sophisticated tools and technologies than general dentists, allowing them the opportunity to quickly and effectively navigate major sinus or other difficulties, such as a broken bone and tooth infection.

The Mood of purple

The Mood of purple

It has been found that certain colors have an effect on our mood. Colors at the red end of the spectrum are considered warm while the blue shades are cool. We will deal with the color purple which is contains both a warm red and a cool blue. Talk about mixed emotions! Are you a red purple or a blue purple?

The Mood of purple The Mood of purple

Red is a warm color and associated with strong emotions such love, comfort and warmth. While red seems to evoke these strong positive feelings it also appears to exacerbate strong or negative feelings such as anger or wrath. The color red apparently intensifies our emotions whatever they be. Red makes some persons feel confident and powerful and we wear it if we want to be noticed. Red is used to decorate certain rooms in the home. It is said to stimulate the appetite when used in the dining room or kitchen.

At the other end of the color spectrum is blue which has a cooling and calming effect. Imagine how it makes you feel to look out at a cloudless light blue sky. It is also associated with intelligence and productivity. For this reason it is often used to decorate the office. Because of its calming effect blue very often decorates the bedroom. Blue is non threatening and is viewed as a sign of reliability and stability. It is also a favorite color of many so is considered conservative. In the center of this color wheel we find the color purple which is most often associated with wealth and royalty. According to some authorities on color psychology the color purple is a balance between the two primary colors of red and blue. So, one would expect it to have a stabilizing effect on our emotions. But maybe that is the reason it is considered to be so mysterious by some. Is our mood swayed by the intensity of red or the amount of blue in the certain shades of purple?

Wisdom and spirituality are often associated with purple. In ancient times purple was extremely expensive and could only be afforded by the most affluent of persons. The reason for this is because it rarely occurs in nature and in those days was very hard to produce. Hence, only the very wealthy could obtain purple clothes or other purple things.

Purple is liked by both women and men and is often used in decorating. It has a calming effect on both mind and nerves and yet is emotionally uplifting and stimulates creativity.

Wisdom and spirituality are often associated with purple. Purple, it appears, has the qualities of both red and blue. Purple has several shades each having a different meaning. Light purple or lavender is feminine and romantic. Bright purple is the shade most often attributed to wealth and royalty. Dark purple is believed to evoke sadness and frustration.

Irritability and arrogance, it is believed, are brought on by too much purple, even making one impatient with others. Too little purple brings about apathy and negative feelings.

So, are you as confused as I am when it comes to decorating your home of office with purple? Do you like to wear purple? I started this article with the intention of blending the moods evoked by red and blue into one blended mood associated with purple.

In closing it appears that one should keep in mind the different shades of purple when using them in the color scheme. It seems that you can have purple in any room of the house or even wear all the purple you want. Just be mindful of the effect certain shades can have on the mood.

So, are you as confused as I am when it comes to decorating your home of office with purple? Do you like to wear purple? I started this article with the intention of blending the moods evoked by red and blue into one blended mood associated with purple.

In closing it appears that one should keep in mind the different shades of purple when using them in the color scheme. It seems that you can have purple in any room of the house or even wear all the purple you want. Just be mindful of the effect certain shades can have on the mood.

Katy Beacher is a retired registered nurse and grandmother with a lifetime of experience in homemaking and decorating on a budget. She currently runs a website endlesscoastaldecor.com where home décor items are sold.

The River Po: a Barger’s Guide

The River Po: a Barger’s Guide

Searching for great river cruises? Italy’s lovely rivers and canals offer tourists a chance to explore the wonders of this beautiful country. When you navigate down the River Po, you can travel through the various Italian natural landscapes, marvelling at unique lagoon islands, gorgeous lakesides flocked with birds and charming Renaissance cities with awe-inspiring architecture.
Length and Route

 

The River Po is a 650-kilometre long stretch of water that will take you from the canal city of Venice to the cultural hotspot of Mantua. Starting in the Venetian Romantic city, you can travel up the river through the Po valley, along the river and the Bianco Canal to San Pietro in Volta, before heading towards Zelo and Governo and finally reaching the lakeside city of Mantua. Along the way, you will encounter both the upper and lower Po plains which are surrounded by the Alps, the Adriatic Sea and the Apennines. You can admire the contrast between the two levels, as the first is a drier landscape with few trees and the second is abundant in water and greenery.

History and Feats of Engineering

The Po River has a very interesting and intricate history. Although it is a bit temperamental, in some places being extremely shallow and in others flooding the landscape, the River Po has enabled centuries of settlers to prosper. It is Italy’s largest waterway and ensured that the region grew into the country’s most important economic area. Its water fed the fields on the bank and led to the flourishing of agriculture. Connecting Turin, Vercelli, Piacenza and Cremona, it was also used as a trade route by the early Mediterranean settlers and later by the Romans too.

This extraordinary river also gave birth to the iconic canals of Venice, as it forms a 100-kilometre long delta which feeds the city’s lagoon. Creating the famous 118 islets, surrounded by 177 canals which host many river cruises, Italy is able to attract many tourists to The Floating City every year. It would not feature its unique architecture of colourful houses built on the ‘submerged forest’ of wooden piles without it. It is also thanks to this legacy that the Po Delta has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Attractions en Route

You can gain brilliant insight into the Roman, Etruscan, Istrian and Byzantine empires by going on Po river cruises. Italy is a treasure trove of culture, with stunning architecture and artworks just waiting to be explored. I’d recommend visiting the beautiful seventeenth-century Villa Ca’Zen. Located on the riverbank, it is a breathtaking stately home where the great Lord Byron courted his muse, Countess Guiccioli, and composed some of his most famous verses. You will also want to explore the city of Mantua, with its neoclassic Palazzo Canossa and the impressive Renaissance dome of the Basilica di Sant’ Andrea. For a bit of musical history, head over to the Teatro Scientifico where the young Mozart first wowed his contemporary with his extraordinary piano skills.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury river cruises and barge holidays throughout Europe. If you’re looking for the most exciting river cruises, Italy is an ideal choice. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

Dare to Dream of a White Christmas in Courchevel

Dare to Dream of a White Christmas in Courchevel

Imagine waking up to a scene of snowy mountains and pine trees capped with a fresh dusting of snow on Christmas morning. Well, if you book a ski holiday to Courchevel for the festive period, this is exactly what you and your kids can expect!
In addition to enjoying a perfect winter wonderland, you and your family will be able to enjoy many festive activities in the resort, ranging from fantastic French-cooked Christmas dinners to a torch-lit descent for the kids to enjoy when the sun goes down.

 

The best part is that all of this couldn’t be easier to reach from the UK, as there are regular flights to Geneva from most UK airports, as well as excellent transport links from Geneva to Courchevel.

Courchevel for Families

While the exclusive Courchevel resort of 1850 is a perfect destination for many couples and ski enthusiasts, families with young children may prefer the lower resorts of 1550 and 1650, which are smaller and have a more family-friendly and intimate feel.

All of the resorts have their own children’s ski schools (I highly recommend learning with the French ESF – let them know that your children are English, and they will put them in an English-speaking class). What’s more, there are nursery runs, snow playgrounds and beginner slopes in each of the resorts.

When you venture away from the slopes, you’ll find that there is as much to do off as on the snow. For example, why not take the family ice skating, bowling or to the cinema?

What to Expect During the Festive Season

As you make your way from Geneva to Courchevel, you’ll feel the excitement of your children growing when you drive into the heart of a Narnia-esque landscape of snowy mountains and pine forests.

When you reach the resort, you’ll discover that the French embrace the magic of the festive season just as much as we do back home. The high streets in all of the resorts sparkle with Christmas lights, giving the entire area a truly magical feel.

Festive treats are likely to include carols and fireworks, traditional markets, a parade, tons of hot chocolate and live music events, as well as traditional Christmas meals in its many restaurants.

Highlights for 2017 include a torch-lit descent that’s led by ESF instructors and that features Santa as a special guest, as well as a special Boxing Day luge event.

Lastly, don’t forget that you’ll also be able to ski on Christmas Day. All of the resort’s lifts and pistes are open all day. Who knows – you might even discover Santa practicing his carving turns!

How to Get There

The resort is served by four airports during the ski season: Chambery, Lyon, Grenoble and Geneva. For the most regular and stress-free connection, choose a flight to Geneva with providers such as easyJet, British Airways, Swiss International or Air France.

For a completely hassle-free way of getting your family from the airport to your resort, simply book an airport transfer with Shuttle Direct before you leave home.

Let us know how many of you will be travelling, how many child seats you will need, and what ski equipment you will be carrying, and we’ll meet you at the airport with the perfect transport for you and your family.

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What to Expect When Cruising the River Moselle

What to Expect When Cruising the River Moselle

Renowned as one of the most picturesque rivers the world, the Moselle stretches for a languid 340 miles from the Vosges Mountains of France to flow into the Rhine in Germany. Various sections have become extremely popular with barge holiday operators, not just for the magnificent scenery encountered along the way, but also for the many historical attractions and, of course, the wine.
The Route of the Moselle

 

From its elevated source at Ballon d’Alsace, the river passes through the spectacularly beautiful and historically significant French landscape of Lorraine, before forming part of the border of Luxembourg and Germany. On its path it takes in countless small towns, Alpine villages and wine-growing regions. Some of the more industrialised sections of the Moselle Valley are also used for transporting goods on large cargo ships. The river joins the Rhine at Koblenz, as its longest tributary. Since it was made entirely navigable in 1964, the river has become a very busy waterway, encompassing 14 locks and a dedicated shipping channel. As well as barge holiday operators, the traffic comprises large numbers of private vessels and commercial and cargo ships.

Attractions en Route

For those on a barge holiday, whatever section of the Moselle makes up the itinerary there are countless attractions to see from the water and on shore excursions. One of the most enchanting is Burg Eltz, a real-life fairytale castle set in its own lush forest. The medieval castle is immaculately preserved, having been in one family for more than 850 years. The interiors are bedecked with original tapestries, furnishings and artworks that have been curated with such attention and care they look like the centuries have simply passed them by. Set upon the peak of a huge craggy rock, Burg Eltz epitomises the concept of a fairytale castle.

For those passing through Trier (close to Luxembourg), exploring the Roman ruins of the oldest city in Germany is a must. Founded in 16 BC by the infamous Augustus, Trier was a vital trade and financial hub for the Roman Empire for more than four centuries. Today one can walk around its many archaeological attractions and take in sites like the Porta Nigra, the Hauptmarkt and the city’s most iconic landmark, the magnificent UNESCO-listed Trierer Dom – the oldest cathedral in Germany. The city is also famous for a very different reason as the birthplace of philosopher Karl Marx.

Fine Wine

It’s not for nothing that wine is one of the most popular themes for barge holiday itineraries in this region of Germany and Luxembourg. The Moselle Valley is renowned for some of the world’s finest Rieslings, which make up around 60% of its total production. The region provides the perfect conditions for this famous grape, with records indicating that it has been grown there since 1435. The Riesling has a distinct colour and flavour that aficionados attribute to its high acidity, and it has the ability to age well up to 40 years.

For history, scenery and the opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the most acclaimed wine regions in the world, cruising along the beautiful River Moselle is invariably a most memorable and enjoyable experience for travellers of any age.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holiday itineraries. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

Underwater Shipwrecks: The Most Dramatic of Dive Sites

Underwater Shipwrecks: The Most Dramatic of Dive Sites

Whether you’re a seasoned diver or just starting out, there’s an undeniable romanticism and sense of adventure around wreck dives that you won’t be able to get elsewhere. The excitement builds while you’re in a speedboat zipping through the immense expanse of blue, wind whipping your hair and you into a frenzy. Often you’ll not spot any signs of civilisation as far as the eye can see and then, suddenly, with all your gear securely in place, it’s overboard and underwater into a magical world where ghostly ship remains loom as if from nowhere, waiting to be explored…
If this sounds tempting, the reality is much better. Do these thrilling historical sites offering spectacular dives, stunning reefs and enchanting folklore call to you? Great: here are three of the best this fine planet has to offer.

 

Townsville, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is the a fabulous dive site any diver worth their salt has explored, and this British-built luxury passenger ship which fell victim to a cyclone back in 1911 is arguably its crowning jewel. Teeming with marine life and a spectacular ship in itself, if you’re only ever going to take the plunge with one wreck dive ever then this should be a strong contender.

Grand Anse, Grenada

The Bianca C has become known as the Titanic of the Caribbean after it sank in 1961 due to a boiler room explosion and consequent fire which lasted several days. At 180 metres (600 feet) long, this is the largest shipwreck you can dive in the Caribbean. If you have your full wreck dive insurance certifications then you’re in for even more fun as you’ll have multiple chances to enter the wreck.

Chuuk Lagoon, Federated States of Micronesia

Are you on the hunt for a travel destination which boasts a true wealth of wreck diving options? Then look no further than Micronesia. This little section of paradise in Oceania is undoubtedly the place for you. In years gone by it was thought to be the most formidable of Japanese strongholds in the whole of the Pacific during WWII, and Chuuk Lagoon was completely devastated after an American attack on the base back in 1944. 249 aircraft, 32 merchant ships and 12 warships sank, with over 20 wrecks having been discovered since. You’ll be like a kid in a sweetshop deciding which dives to do — some of the most popular include the 500 foot (153 metre) Shikoku Maru and the 440 foot (134 metre) Fujikawa Maru.

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Not every travel insurance covers you for wreck diving, and some dive insurance won’t cover you below 18 metres. Let’s Go Insure’s dive insurance provides cover for up to 50 metres as long as you have the necessary qualifications. Get in touch with our team today to make sure your once in a lifetime dive insurance needs are met.

The Halloween tradition to tell your child ahead of time

The Halloween tradition to tell your child ahead of time

Halloween is one of the most expected holidays of the year. Both children and adults are excited to start decorating their homes and gardens according to the latest trends. Halloween is now the reason for partying until sunrise and wandering around in the most frightening costumes on the market, but nobody knows the ins and outs of this problem or how the idea of ​​Halloween comes up. This article is meant to present some of the stories behind Halloween that everyone should know. Children need to understand why they need to dress up on this holiday and that’s the importance of decoration they see around it. The Halloween tradition to tell your child ahead of time
Sculpting the pumpkin, also called jack-o’-lantern comes from the legend of a famous person who modeled wax or other objects to illuminate souls trapped in purgatory. Some objects such as pumpkins have traditionally been used in Ireland and Scotland. The American pumpkin carving tradition has been certified since 1830 and was initially associated with harvest time. The late nineteenth century has brought the meaning of harvest time and New Year to the Halloween holidays. Costumes are the main focal point of this holiday and much can be said about them.

 

This habit is still preserved today, as everyone – both children with western and adult diferens – walks costumed on the street, looking for a house to be cheated or treated. Wearing a costume that portrays a supernatural figure into something popular today but not many people know what they wear costumes for this special and spooky night. In Halloween, ghosts and spirits seem to roam the cities and haunt the people who come their way. To avoid that, people start walking around and leave their homes in frightening costumes so they are unconscious on the street. Even if Halloween is no longer a very religious holiday, people have fun celebrating it and decorating their homes so the atmosphere begins to enter. Adults buy adult disfraces so they can match their children as they roam. Plus, it makes a great theme for family photos so no one can stay away.

Before Halloween, there was Samhain. Samhain is a very religious holiday which suits the holidays of the Day of the Dead. Basically, Samhain has no specific date when it is celebrated but is counted on the 8th full moon after the spring equinox. The Celtic legend says that the barrier between the good world and the evil world (called hell and heaven) has broken out during this time and people can reach the underworld and meet any creature on both sides. Plus, the time should stop for two days and everyone gets trapped between the worlds. The Celtic people think it’s New Year’s Eve. Samhain is the origin of the traditional Halloween apple game, which is also called the swinging apple.

Private Excursions Falmouth Jamaica

Private Excursions Falmouth Jamaica

Evidently there are many great excursions in and around Falmouth Jamaica. Pre-booking your private shore excursions before arriving in Jamaica is the best option; careful planning allows for doing more and seeing more of the island within the limited time that will be spent on the beautiful island.

To experience the wealth of Jamaica’s history you will need to visit the Georgian Town of Falmouth with its interesting stories and exquisite architecture; they tell tales of the island evolution from its colonial past and its present progression into the paradise that it is today. The town has managed to preserve the ambiance of a European town, and for this reason it manages to create a serene feeling for those who visit.

This stunning town of Falmouth, boasting the exquisite European architecture is pleasing to the eye. For size, Falmouth is a small town, but is perfect as an entry point to the island. For this reason, the town is home to one of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Ports. Situated on the northern coastline of Jamaica, Falmouth is between 30 and 60 minutes to some of the island’s best excursion sites.

Leaving from the Pier in Falmouth, the landscape will tell the story of the region’s colonial past; once being a major player in the sugar industry, the port that is now used by Royal Caribbean was once used as a commercial port where rum and sugar was shipped to Europe. The Hampden Plantation was where the sugar cane was grown and the sugar processed in the mills located on the property. Today, the site now houses the Hampden Rum Factory which offers tours of the facilities. It is a great experience for cruisers arriving at this port.

Rafting on the Martha Brae is another excursion that is very close to the Falmouth Port. It is a romantic experience for couples and is great for kids also. For older folks, this is a wonderful activity, making it a perfect choice for families. The rafts are handmade by locals; designed using the shoots of the bamboo plant. The Martha Brae River is tame body of water making raft rides down the river quite smooth and enjoyable. It doesn’t get better.

The town of Montego Bay is just a 30 minutes’ drive west of Falmouth. Being in this resort town you are guaranteed to have a great time. You have the choice of Great House Tours; either at Greenwood or Rose Hall for a peek into Jamaica’s past. The Rockland Bird Sanctuary affords a once in a lifetime experience to interact with some of the most gracious species of birds. There is golfing at one of the many courses; shopping for souvenirs, and a trip to the beach are just some of the activities in Montego Bay in which Cruisers arriving in Falmouth could indulge.

To the east of Falmouth there is the town of Ocho Rios, home to some of the best waterfalls in the world. The Dunn’s River Falls need no introduction; it is Jamaica’s premier tourist attractions featured in many travel magazines. It is 600 feet of gushing water, cascading down the rocks; great for climbing.

The Blue Hole Secret Falls is another waterfall in Ocho Rio; though not as popular as the Dunn’s River Falls most people think that it is a better experience. This is possibly because the Blue Hole Secret Falls offer ropes wings, cliff diving, jumping, swimming and cave exploration. Visitors report the thrill of the experience as being unforgettable. It one of the must do things in Jamaica whether you are staying in a hotel or as a Falmouth Cruise Excursions.