Cruising the Mediterranean

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 19-02-2012

Sail luxuriously through the Mediterranean and stop at a number of exotic ports of call. While you relax in a deck chair, the cruise ship moves through the pleasant waters of the Mediterranean. Every morning brings with it a new culture and environment to explore and spectacular shops that can meet even the most discerning shoppers needs. These trips provide all of the accommodations that a resort has to offer and often includes meals and entertainment options.

Mediterranean cruises often start from Italy, Spain, Greece or France and cover a wide swath of area. Cruises are most popular from April to October every year, although trips can be found outside of the bust season.

One beautiful ports of call starts in Barcelona. Over one million passengers a year choose to have this as the start of their journey. Historic attractions, beautiful architecture and great food make this city shine above all others. From the mountains of Montserrat to the Museu Del Calcat, this medieval city will take your breath away before you even embark on your journey.

All roads lead to Rome-and ships dock here as well. Rome cruises actually depart from a port near Rome called Civitavecchia. Only one hour away from Rome, this quaint city is worth the wait. While you pass your time away in Italy, check out some of Rome’s famed locations. The Vatican, S.t Peter’s Basilica and the Pantheon are all located in this monumental town. Although it no longer retains its title as the capital of the world, once you explore its cobbled streets for a few hours you will see why it was once the top city on earth. Rome is an extraordinary convenient port as well-ships leave Rome in all seasons of the year to any location throughout the Mediterranean.

One of the most famed locations in the Mediterranean, Venice is one of the top experiences to have in cruising. Sail through the Giudecca Canal into Venice and wander through the car-free streets. Hire a gondolier for an afternoon and learn firsthand why Venice has enjoyed a reputation for being a romantic travel destination. With hundreds of bridges, this city is just as easy to explore by foot as by water. Make sure to stop at the Basilica di San Marco and Piazza di San Marco before you leave Venice.

A variety of cruise lines sail the Mediterranean, offering an array of experiences and travel options. The entertaining and expensive Carnival or Costa cruise lines are a hit with the younger crowd, but their hard-partying ways often are a negative for older patrons. The ultra-luxurious Seabourn is known for combining an elegant, yet relaxed attitude to make its guests feel both at home and catered to. Other cruise lines, such as Celebrity, grant travelers a unique experience with Broadway-style shows and an after-hours martini bar.

No matter what cruise line you ultimately decide on, a voyage through the gentle waters of the Mediterranean is sure to leave a lasting impression. Surrounded by history and cradled in the lap of luxury, a Mediterranean cruise provides the ultimate vacation experience.

Geocaching – making maps a thing of the past!

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 17-02-2012

Fancy getting back to nature, exploring the beautiful Welsh countryside and possibly getting your hands on some fabulous prizes all at the same time? The Great North Wales Borderlands Adventure Trail will give you the opportunity to do exactly that and all you’ll need is your smartphone!

The Adventure Trail uses geocaching, a high-tech form of treasure hunting, which involves tracking down hidden caches by entering their exact coordinates into a GPS system. Each cache contains special treats for anyone who finds it, along with a log book for skilled navigators to note down their details, and a camera to take some fun photos as proof of your findings.

North Wales Borderlands have launched the campaign in partnership with Regatta, and are hoping that it will encourage keen explorers to visit north wales, enjoy the beautiful scenery and have fun with the family. There are ten caches in total and they have been hidden in three locations in the North Wales borderlands – Wrexham, Denbighshire and Flintshire. A map can be downloaded from the NWB website and clues will be posted on Facebook and Twitter to make the experience even more fun. Anyone who manages to locate all ten of the caches will have the chance to be entered into a draw where they could win a weekend away in the North Wales borderlands, courtesy of Regatta.

The caches have each been hidden in a variety of locations around North Wales, these include the picturesque Green Field Valley Heritage Park, which is a fantastic day out in itself, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Chirk Castle. A map can be downloaded from the NWB website, where there are tons of clues and tips about finding each of the caches, along with information about the locations themselves.