Cruising the Waterways: Spontaneous Moments and Cultural Experiences

Cruising the Waterways: Spontaneous Moments and Cultural Experiences

For the uninitiated, the idea of a barge holiday may seem like an odd way to see a country. However, ask anyone who has travelled the waterways of Europe and they will explain with gusto the beauty of cruising through foreign landscapes, tasting gourmet food and wine and learning about local culture and customs.
A barge holiday offers an intimate and immersive way to explore a new place. Not only will you get a novel perspective of the landscape from your position on the water, you will gain inimitable insights from experiences catered to your own tastes and interests.

 

Spontaneous Moments

Though a barge holiday with European Waterways is always meticulously planned, the gentle rhythm of travel allows plenty of time to become acquainted with some of the more unusual aspects of a country or region. Of course, we enjoy showing guests iconic architecture and famous landmarks, we know that they equally appreciate unplanned, authentic moments where they can truly connect to people and places.

This is what we call an ‘insider experience’: an experience possibly unique to the small group of people travelling on your hotel barge creating a memory you will cherish forever.

We love spontaneous moments in which our guests can form relationships with people they meet along the journey. For example, one memorable afternoon our guests were treated to a private tour of a Burgundian lock-keeper’s immaculate garden and cottage before being asked to share a glass of Pastis. They bravely joined him in a game of boules and though our guests played valiantly they were thoroughly beaten by the locals! In the past, our holiday-makers have received a tour of the beautifully tended grounds of a Scottish castle and given a knowledgeable talk by the head gardener.

As many of our guests are wine connoisseurs, we often seek out interesting wine-related adventures. One fortunate group were shown round a beautiful Renaissance castle by the owner himself. The count then took his fascinated visitors down into his excellent wine cellar – we were all very envious! There is also a certain wooden boat on the River Loire well-known to our guests. The hospitable owner is very happy to share a carafe of crisp white wine with his passengers.

Cultural Experiences

We try and lead our guests away from the typical tourist haunts and introduce them to locals whenever possible. From master clockmakers in Holland to builders in a Thames-side boatyard, these craftsmen always have stories to tell and are a fantastic way to tap into the rich history of the waterways. We encourage an appreciation of traditional values and skills – whether the job is the manoeuvring of delicate cogwheels or the creation of an entire vessel, you’ll be impressed! Meeting and learning from locals is one of the best ways to gain a comprehensive cultural knowledge of a region that a guide book just couldn’t deliver.

If you crave a real understanding of the places you visit then maybe a barge holiday is just what you’re looking for.

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.

For Love Key: The History of the Waters

For Love Key: The History of the Waters

As a barge cruiser, the canal system is a complicated and balanced engineering feat. The keystone that supports this water channel is key. Whether run by key owners, followed up by barge owners, or controlled automatically by computer, the key allows fast and easy barge passage through the countryside. Without this engineering miracle, the canal trip is simply not possible. So, how is the key found and what exactly does it do?
When and Why Are They Invented? For Love Key: The History of the Waters

Rivers have long served as important trade and communication networks. However, this network is limited because the ship can not travel deep inland and it is very difficult to travel up through the river. The key, the invention that allowed the ship to gain or lose altitude, was developed by the Chinese in the tenth century and by the Dutch on the thirteenth. The initial “pound” key focuses on filling and drying small sized rooms, and facilitating the construction of the first independent waterway – or canal – that causes worldwide trade expansion. This arrangement also helps ships travel up or down in the domesticated rivers like the Thames.

This centuries-old invention is used today in some of the most important global trade routes – the Panama Canal, for example – and also allows for more relaxed travel, such as barge cruises. For Love Key: The History of the Waters

How do they work?

As we know, this technical miracle is designed to help boats upstream or downstream. If a ship wants to travel upstream, first the bottom gate should be opened so as to let the key drain. Next, the bottom door opened, and the boat could enter the room. After the gates of the lower and lower gates of the water gate are closed, the gate of the upper water door is opened, the water flows in and the water level rises. The boat is gently lifted to the next level and the top door can be opened safely, so the ship can continue its journey. Once again the same process occurs, but vice versa.

Getting Technical: Flights and Ladders

Engineers working with channels often have to cope with sudden changes. This can often not be handled with a single key, leading to a common feature of a channel called ‘flight’. This term refers to a group of 30 keys adjacent to each other, but with a sufficiently wide range between allowing the ship to pass each other. They gradually raise or lower the barge to the appropriate level. Since each room uses water from the above, the flight uses the same amount of water as a single key.

The more popular setting is the stairs; Here the top gate of one room acts as the lower gate above. To help with this process, the side pool is used to adjust the level perfectly in the upper and lower spaces. Of course, the best way to appreciate this amazing engineering feat is from the gentle barge cruise deck.

Paul Newman is a Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, France’s most respected luxury all-inclusive cruise liner provider and other major destinations. Part of an experienced barge team, Paul first queued to support a slow-paced barging cruise facility for anyone looking for a unique holiday experience. For Love Key: The History of the Waters

Go Sky High & Ski Free in Courmayeur

Go Sky High & Ski Free in Courmayeur

Courmayeur, nestled in the Italian Alps at the foot of Mont Blanc, may be famous as an elegant ski resort but for those who want the snow and mountains without the high octane thrills, it also offers a range of other activities.
With exclusive boutiques and excellent restaurants scattered around the resort’s pretty pedestrianised centre, combined with the short transfer from Geneva to Courmayeur, it makes a wonderful spot for a winter break, even without the skiing.

 

Mountain Views Without Skis

Restaurants and boutiques are all very well, but if you’ve come to the Alps for stunning mountain views but don’t want to do too much walking then you’ll be thrilled to discover that the Skyway Monte Bianco cable car makes the mountains accessible to all.

First built as a way of connecting the Italians of Courmayeur with the town of Chamonix in France as early as the 1930s, the original cables were destroyed by French fighter planes during World War Two.

After the war, a station was opened at 3300m, but engineers were unable to reach the summit due to the shifting glacier ice. It wasn’t until 2015 that the top station at Punta Helbronner was finally opened at 3466m.

Today the Skyway Monte Bianco takes visitors from Courmayeur, up through a series of stations, to the summit of Mont Blanc with views of many of the Alps’ highest peaks.

Spend Time at the Skyway Stations

Starting at Pontal, visitors are swept up the face of Mont Blanc to the first station of Pavillon du Mont Fréty.

Those who just want to feel they are at the heart of the mountain landscape will enjoy spending the day at the station here, enjoying the botanical garden (which specialises in Alpine plants) or relaxing in its restaurant, shopping area or cinema.

For a truly breathtaking view of the Alps, carry on up the cable car to the top station at Punta Helbronner. The modern structure (designed to look like a shard of ice) has a 360º viewing terrace and a crystal museum, as well as a café, bar and restaurant.

Relax with a Skyway Spa

Put all thoughts of aching skiing muscles out of your mind and instead imagine staying at the Pré-Saint-Didier Spa and indulging in its ‘Spa and Cable Car’ package. The deal includes days spent on Mont Blanc at the Skyway’s beautiful stations, followed by relaxing, rejuvenating treatments in the spa’s elegant therapy rooms.

How to Get There

Since relaxation and beautiful scenery is at the heart of your winter break to Courmayeur, it’s good to know that getting there couldn’t be easier. There are regular flights from the UK to Geneva, and a short, easy transfer of an hour and a half from Geneva to Courmayeur.

For the ultimate stress-free transfer from Geneva to Courmayeur, book an executive car with Shuttle Direct before you leave home and we’ll be there to meet you at the arrivals lounge when you land and take you directly to your resort accommodation.

Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

For avid nature lovers, a small group wildlife cruise in Galapagos affords a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to encounter a wide range of unique animals, including a host of fascinating reptiles.
The local habitat is extremely favourable for reptiles and the original arrivals were more than likely washed up on the shores attached to driftwood or vegetation that came from mainland South America. Because they can subsist on very little water, many more of them would have survived the journey than their mammal compatriots. Over the ensuing millennia, they evolved to adapt to their habitat in many ways – so much so that they are virtually unrecognisable from their ancient ancestors.

 

The Giant Tortoise

Needing little introduction, Giant Tortoises are probably the most sought-after sighting for visitors on a wildlife cruise in Galapagos. While they have no natural predators and were free to live extended lives and evolve to their massive proportions, at one stage human intervention (from pirates and whalers) decimated their numbers. Today, however, they can be observed in their natural habitat (predominantly in the cool, lush highlands of Santa Cruz), and also in the breeding stations on Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal. True to their name they can grow to weigh up to 250kg.

The Marine Iguana

These remarkably adapted animals are the only sea-going lizard in the world. Their ability to dive for food to depths of 15m sets them apart as a unique endemic species. They’re able to regulate their own body temperature and are quite often seen sunning themselves on the rocky shoreline in order to bring their temperature back to normal after oceanic dives. They can be found throughout the coastal habitat of the archipelago and, like the majority of the wildlife here, are not concerned by the presence of humans.

The Land Iguana

Land Iguanas are larger than their marine counterparts and are not seen as prolifically. They tend to be quite solitary in nature and prefer to forage alone for their food source (vegetation) in a grassy scrubland habitat. Their preferred delicacy is spiky cactus plants, which the hardened, coarse skin around their mouth allows them to devour, spines and all. A new Pink Iguana has recently been discovered on the volcanic slopes of Isabela, although due to the nature of their very small population it’s not possible for visitors to see them.

The Lava Lizard

Lava Lizards can be seen scurrying around everywhere, seemingly always in a hurry to be somewhere else. They subsist on a diet of small insects and grow anywhere up to 30cm in length. The seven endemic sub-species of the lizard all have unique adapted characteristics, depending on where they’re found. Experienced naturalists can tell at a glance from which island they come.

Reptiles Unique to the Region

Some of the other reptiles that might be seen are any of the nine species of geckos and the four sub-species of small, harmless snakes. Most of the reptiles of the region are now considered endemic, which means that those who explore these fascinating islands on a wildlife cruise in Galapagos will see animals that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet.

How to Book Westjet Airlines?

How to Book Westjet Airlines?

WestJet Airlines Ltd is a economic low cost airlines operating in Canada since 1996. It began as a low cost airline to compete the major airlines in Canada and is now operating to 100s of destinations to Canada, the United States, Europe, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
For booking of Westjet Airlines Reservation Number tickets follow the steps

 

1. Open westjet site and login into your account if you have one or create an account or continue as a guest.

2. Click on book and then select book flight.

3. you can choose flights or multicity option

4. Enter your from and too destinations and then choose the number of adults , childrens and infants travelling .

5. Enter the date of your journey and click on get flight ,select the flight you want to travel and enter all the details of passengers.

6. Now choose the payment options and make the payment to finalize your reservation.

The various ways to contact the westjet airline ltd is as under.

1. WestJet provides social media support 24 x 7 , they can be contacted on facebook or twitter to get any kind of info you want . the only limitation is that no payment transaction can be completed of social media.

2. Westjet is always ready to hear from you and share your feedback through email . Your just select your concern and put your comments and fwd it to westjet. You will get a reply.

3. Contacting Westjet on phone is very easy. The lsit of various countries with their phone number is listed just click on the country you are calling from to get the number.Charges as applicable will apply.

4.. For international toll-free numbers charges may apply from hotels or payphones so use international dialing prefix. 5. You can also make a Westjet Airlines Customer Service request and choose the subject you want assistance on.

The River Thames: A Guide to Barging

The River Thames: A Guide to Barging

The River Thames is the spine, the lifeblood and the main attraction of one of the best-known and historically important cities on the planet. But while the section that flows through London is certainly the most high profile, the 215 miles of the Thames slice England, stretching from the Cotswolds at Cirencester, through rural towns and villages to Oxford, London and finally emptying out into the North Sea.
Historically, the Thames has been a vital trade route right back to Roman times. Today, while the Port of London handles around 10% of the entire country’s commercial shipping, the quieter sections of the waterway appeal to private leisure vessels and barge cruise operators.

 

Built On a River

When the Romans arrived in Britain in AD 43, they settled at the most strategic site on the river to build their city, Londinium. From the port they traded extensively throughout the Mediterranean and also made roads to link the capital with the rest of the country. It was the Romans who built the first bridge to span the river, on the site that would later be the crossing of the city’s famous London Bridge.

Bridges and Locks

The bridges that were built across the Thames have become icons of engineering in themselves. Tower Bridge is one of the most acclaimed, and has been an instantly recognisable landmark of the capital since its construction in 1894. The incredible mechanism that allows for its raising and lowering still functions with perfect precision. Westminster Bridge sits under the shadow of Big Ben and is considered one of the most elegant of all in terms of its architecture. The Millennium Footbridge is the city’s newest, opened in 2000 and crossing the river at St Paul’s Cathedral.

There are 45 locks along the river and each has its own history; some date back to the 1500s while others were variously constructed through the 1700-1800s. While in earlier times weirs were built in order to divert the flow of the water to use in mills, as the traffic increased, many of these were converted or used alongside locks, to allow the passage of vessels to navigate the fall of the river. Today, for those on a barge cruise, navigating the locks is one of the most interesting and anticipated parts of the experience.

Attractions en Route

The beauty of exploring the route of the Thames by barge cruise is the constant accompaniment of scenic views and historical and cultural attractions. Runneymede, the site where King John signed the highly significant Magna Carta document, is a popular disembarkation point. As well as the official monument to the event, the lovely woodlands are filled with wildlife and walking paths.

Windsor Castle is another high profile attraction that can be visited along the river, and the oldest and largest castle in the world lives up to the pomp and grandeur of its reputation (the Queen may even be in residence). At Henley-on-Thames, the renowned River and Rowing Museum celebrates not only the river itself, but also the international sport of rowing for which the town has become globally recognised.

Meandering Through History

The elegant curves of the Thames have defined the history of Britain in so many ways. The privilege of being able to traverse its length on a modern day barge cruise offers a unique insight and a truly memorable way in which to see to the country.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge cruise 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.

Space for a Claustrophobic

Space for a Claustrophobic

Katy beacher is a claustrophobic with a lifetime experience in homemaking and decorating on a budget. Katy runs a website which sells home décor items entitled Space for a Claustrophobic

Katy Beacher is a claustrophobic with a lifetime experience in homemaking and decorating on a budget. She currently runs a website where they sell Coastal Decor. Shop their selection today. Visit their site now at Space for a Claustrophobic

In todays homes space seems to be a scarce commodity. The following article attempts to reveal some helpful tips on how to open up the space in the small house or apartment to make it seem bigger without breaking the bank.

The main contributing factor in that cramped feeling one gets in small spaces is clutter. Newspapers, magazines, or books lying haphazardly around the living room adds to that “closed in” feeling. Just the simple act of stacking the magazines or arranging them neatly on a table will add space to a room. The kitchen or dining room table is another culprit when it is stacked high with mail, keys or other things that one tends to drop there because its faster and easier than putting them away. The author had an aunt who lived in a very tiny house (so small that people called it a doll house) that was always neat and tidy and never made one feel cramped. Aunt Leta’s motto was “everything has a place and everything is in its place”. Above all, keep the floors clean and free of clutter.

Light colored or neutral walls and floors add space to the environment. Leave windows uncovered and decorated with blinds that can be opened during the daylight hours and closed at night for privacy and/or consider curtains that frame the windows rather than cover them. Too many pictures on the walls can close a room in. Too much furniture can shrink your space and make it feel crowded. The furniture pieces should not only be small in number they should be light or neutral in color with maybe one or two colorful accent tables. Light gray furniture comes to mind accented with splashes of blue and orange pillows.

Lets move on into the dreaded kitchen, a place that seems to be especially susceptible to that closed in feeling. If one can afford it, a skylight is extremely helpful in providing light and airiness. White cabinets and light colored counter tops with just a few often used items strategically placed can add a lot of space to the room. Children’s rooms can be helped by offering convenient places to store unused toys and games. A desk and a book case in an older child’s room will provide space for storage of those items that often contribute to clutter such as books, CDs, etc.

If you happen to be in the market for a new home look for one with high or vaulted ceilings. Its uncanny how high ceilings can open up a small house. Large windows will open up the house and make it seem larger. Wood floors are less confining than wall to wall carpeting. Picture the wood floors with a few area rugs strategically placed.

So one doesn’t have to spend a lot of money to provide an atmosphere of openness. This entire article seems mostly devoted to the importance of good housekeeping, doesn’t it? Sorry about that! But it is important. So lets get rid of the clutter, clear off that dining room table and place an inexpensive accent or conversation piece in the center. Then take a seat in your favorite chair and enjoy the space you’ve just created.

Private Airport Transfer to Negril Jamaica

Private Airport Transfer to Negril Jamaica

Of any choice, you always deserve the best; your travels in Jamaica will avail basically two types of airport /hotel transfers. One option is a shared service and the other is private taxi service. While the choice is always yours; you will more likely than not choose the one that best serves your needs.
Travelling to the resort town of Negril is always a thrilling ride; situated about 50 miles west of Montego Bay or approximately one hour away your stay in Negril promises to be a great experience. Famous for its many small hotels, villas and guest houses, Negril is truly a gem of resort town. Famous for its Seven-Mile Beach that has graced the cover of many travel magazines, Negril has something for everyone. It is also has another famous spot that attracts hundreds, if not thousands of visitors daily; whether they are staying there or just checking out the resort town for the day. No one should visit Negril without a stop at the joint called, Rick’s Café, a place for cliff diving and watching beautiful sunsets.

 

Getting to Negril from the airport in Montego Bay is easy, the road surface is good and the sceneries are breathtaking. However, to compliment all the wonderful things private airport transfer to Negril is certainly the better option. While it could be the more expensive option, it is more than likely turned out to be better than you first thought.

Vacations are special and most times too short , hence, maximizing every last minute of the vacation should be explored and this is where the private option comes in handy. On the other side of the coin, the shared option could cost a little less but may eat into your vacation time. In choosing the shared option there are several factors that can cause a delay and adversely impact the outcome of your vacation. One could that the bus could take a long while to be filled; another is that there will be a series of stops at other resorts to drop off other guests.

Private Airport Taxi to Negril is certainly the way to go. Instead of sitting on a big bus waiting for it to be filled, you could be off on your journey as soon as you exit the airport. In no time you will be settled in at your resort and enjoying visits to the pool of the bar or sitting on the beach sipping on tropical cocktails. Other important features of your service include being transported in a modern vehicle that is fully air-conditioned. For guests travelling with children, most Montego Bay Airport Transfer Service Company do provide complimentary child seat of the young ones safe.

Go private!!! You will be glad you did. Depending on the size group it may not even cost more than the second option. You get to control your pace and stops are accommodated. Another important feature is that using Private Airport Taxi will allow you to experience the thrill of officially starting your vacation in the private vehicle with an amiable driver who will treat you to the richness of all his country has to offer…all along the way it will be Jamaica where there is “NO PROBLEM MON”

Route Optimization – Routing Optimization Can Help Your Service Customers

Route Optimization – Routing Optimization Can Help Your Service Customers

If you love a business that route planning is often important so your service can reach customers on time, then route optimization is something you should consider first. Using a routing optimization software can make everything look very easy for you. It also helps you generate the best customer satisfaction that has become very important just for any business lately. Whether you are a general contractor, engineer, installer, technician or shipping professional, you really know how important it is to serve clients in time.
If you spend your free time for the first time, then there is always an opportunity for customers to switch to the next service provider. As a business owner, you definitely do not want to experience this kind of thing. When delivering services and products can keep customers happy and they will continue to trade with you in the long run. If there is a need to keep the customer intact, routing optimization can help you in many ways. So, before you choose route optimization, you first need to understand some of the underlying things related to it. Route Optimization – Routing Optimization Can Help Your Service Customers

Route optimization is something that can help a person determine the most appropriate and cost-effective route option. When you use routing optimization software, it becomes easier for you to find the shortest route between the two points. There are several relevant factors that need to be included for it such as the location and number of all stops that may fall through that route. There are several other things that can also affect the results of route optimization.

• The number of intersections and turns along the route • Traffic and stop signals • The nearest or best driver to make a delivery service on that route • Traffic jams that may occur during a certain time • The best access to stop on that route

This time you will experience applications that work in a better way to plan your route so customers can be served on time. Actually you can say that route optimization can help you to serve your customers quickly than ever before. If you have the best, most appropriate and shortest route at your fingertips, you can easily feel the difference within a few days. No matter what kind of business you do, if there is a need to serve customers on time, then Routing optimization can help you in many ways. This app is designed to do business on the go! Whether you’re online or offline, this route optimization app works the best way. When you’re offline, and making changes, it saves data that’s automatically changed on the device and once you’re online, the stored data is synchronized to the dedicated server. This makes it easy for you to know the changes you’ve made before. For this reason, the route optimization app can be useful to you at any time. Route Optimization – Routing Optimization Can Help Your Service Customers

Everything you could really plan to become familiar with firearms.

Everything you could really plan to become familiar with firearms.

In many ways, firearms are a big expense. They may be expensive and they can also love your own interests that can connect you with more confidence. However, how can you find the weapon you like? Keep reading and you can learn how to do that.

Everything you could really plan to become familiar with firearms.

Discover the maturity of your child while buying a new gun. A simple rifle can be a safety risk associated with tots in teenagers who easily place each of their little lips. Make sure the fresh markers tend to be kept away from the kids. Markers that can be used for teens can potentially infuriate younger children.

Good markers should be safe and healthy and entertaining. For young adults, gun hunting will instruct them all on this safe practice as well as accuracy and reliability. You can find a firearm that will explode properly when bringing the right one hard pressed. Teenagers usually have good mastery of enjoying themselves simultaneously. Learning via enjoy is better education and learning. Everything you could really plan to become familiar with firearms.

Introduce your teenager to your weapon by giving him a toy gun that he can easily enjoy. Some types of toys and pistol games along with non-lethal cartridges are actually very popular. Your child can examine his intentions. Some toy guns have a target so your child can certainly practice shooting something inferior. Everything you could really plan to become familiar with firearms.

Always check the label of the gun. Right now, you will not find many firearms containing dangerous parts similar to those of many years ago. However, you can get some around. Such rifles can damage your child, they should swallow some of them.

Bring your kids together while searching for their own weapons. Unless you now know what they want, predict where the gun they will enjoy starts to hit and miss. This is likely to ensure they will get something that will surely be enjoyed by many people. Furthermore, this ensures you do not lose your hard-earned money with any kind of firearms that will not be used.

If there are firearms you buy for children with only batteries, be sure to remove them whenever your teenagers usually use them. Using shock at how uncomplicated it is to get a child to adopt an electric battery outside a new weapon in a pack or even chew it. It does not allow them to make it happen.

Follow a firearm that has excellent return guidelines. You will never learn what kind of weapons teenagers can do. Simply by studying the store’s trading plan, will save you a lot of trouble.