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A Guide to the Best Christmas Markets in Europe

A Guide to the Best Christmas Markets in Europe

If you are yearning for all things festive then take a look at our guide. Whether you are hankering after the ultimate Christmas tree topper or have just developed a strong liking for mulled wine and Christmas cake you are sure to find something here to your taste. Many markets offer many goods at discounted prices in December so shop around for the best price.

Best for atmosphere

Cologne’s market is actually six markets in one town, the four largest and the most impressive are located right outside the town’s beautiful Gothic cathedral. The markets are a huge event and every year they regularly attract 2 million visitors. The half-timber stalls, the temporary ice-rink, the floating market and the Medieval market outside the Chocolate museum are particularly attractive to visitors and are just a few of the reasons why this market has charmed so many to keep returning in huge numbers year after year. In fact nobody does a Christmas market quite like Germany and Nuremberg, Dresden and Munich are also considered some of the most beautiful and atmospheric.

* Cologne market – 27th November – 23rd December 2009

* Nuremberg market – 27th November – 24th December 2009

* Dresden market – 26th November-24th December 2009

* Munich market – 27th November – 24th December 2009

Best for Children

There is a strong emphasis on fairy tales and folk-lore at the The Prague market and the organisers really go that extra mile in creating a true “Winter Wonderland” setting. There is even a nativity style petting zoo, a very large (and extremely well lit!) Christmas tree, dance and singing concerts and horse carriage rides as well as traditional seasonal foods and decoration/gifts.

* Prague Market – 28th November 2009 – 01st January 2010

Best for Budget

It might not be the most famous market but this traditional but less commercial market in Bratislava, Slovakia might be the perfect choice for a more budget-conscious traveller. Popular with tourists and locals alike this market offers everything from locally crafted gifts, winter clothing and ceramics as well as everything in between. Watch live entertainment as you scoff bread with dripping and onion and potato pancakes filled with goose liver (or just fruit-filled pancakes and apple pies..)

* Bratislava Market-1st November 2009 – 1st January 2010

Most Unique Shopping Experience

If you’re after something a little bit different then perhaps the Christmas market in Valkenburg, Holland would appeal, the whole market takes place in a cave underneath the city. Trawl the candle-lit labyrinth of passageways and caverns for gifts and decorations and marvel at the impressive mural carvings and sculptures also located there.

* Valkenburg – 28th November – 14th December 2009

Best for Chocolate Lovers

If you or your family had a particular addiction to all things chocolate then the popular Christmas fair in Brussels, Belgium should be right up your street. The “Winter Wonderland” takes place on the Place Sainte Catherine and as well as culinary delights such as steamed snails, … Read More

Creating an Online Travel Journal

Creating an Online Travel Journal

Because of how technology has developed through the years, it has already helped a lot of people to really capture and record all the places they have been to using the internet as his/her primary medium. This is primarily the reason why it is very important for you to choose the appropriate online travel journal provider for your preferences and needs, which is why this article will give you some tips on the specific things that you can look for.

To make the decision easier for you, it is advisable that you directly look at the features that each online travel journal provider will be able to give you. Some of the features that should always be given to you by an online travel journal provider are the following: it should be able to let you enjoy a free account with them; their service or site must always be available for access by just having an internet connection wherever you are in the entire world; the journal should be very easy to use and should not require you to have any skills related to programming or coding; a good journal provider always allows their users to upload pictures that they can share to other people, the pictures should also be in a compressed format; and most importantly, you should be given the liberty to make your journal entries private whenever you want to since it is your journal after all.

In addition to the must-have features in an online travel journal provider, there are also some features that you can look for in these providers that can even be the deciding factors for coming up with a decision much easier. If you want a provider that will give you the freedom to upload as many photos as you want, there are those that you can find through the internet. There are also some providers that will allow you to upload as many videos as you want, anytime you need to. Another feature that some of these providers allow their users to do is to update their journals using their mobile phones; this is a very convenient feature considering that you are always traveling anywhere.

Depending on what you want and need in your journal provider, you will surely be able to find one that will suite your preferences as long as you take your time in choosing.… Read More

Why Minority Group Members Don't Use Public Lands More

Why Minority Group Members Don’t Use Public Lands More

In “Meeting the Challenge of Wild Land Recreation Management: Demographic Shifts and Social Inequality” by Dorceta E. Taylor, the author raises a number of challenges and issues around diversity, race, and ethnicity in public lands and outdoor recreation areas. A key reason for this concern is the relatively small percentage of members of racial and ethnic minority groups involved in going to these areas as attendees or being involved as partners or volunteers in managing these areas compared to their percentage in the population. This article raises concerns about why they are less involved than members of the majority white population and how to get them to become more involved.

There are a number of reasons why they may be less involved. One reason for their lower participation may be the romanticized perception of wilderness areas from American history inspired by notions of transcendentalism and romanticism. These ideas have created a romanticized image of the wilderness as a retreat from the modern, industrial world, and now that vision might serve as a counterpoint to today’s high-tech, fast-paced world of immediate global connections everywhere. Still another theme from history may be the notion of the wilderness as a frontier with images of rugged male frontiersmen battling the elements and nature on their own that appealed primarily to white middle and upper class males — an image reflected in the popular image of the cowboy and male hunter in films and TV. Then, too, the national parks and wilderness areas became a place for vacations by wealthy, urban tourists who enjoyed hunting and fishing trips, combined with the luxury of returning to an expensive hotel at night.

While these notions about the meaning of the outdoor experience may have developed in the 19th century, these conceptions and patterns of use have continued to shape the experience of the wilderness today. However, while there may be a smaller number of minority group users, a key reason for this lower participation would seem to be differences in attitudes and culture which shape interest in using the wilderness and the concern with everyday living for minority group members. Also, as reflected in the daily newspapers, TV news, Internet, and popular music, minority group culture is very much an urban culture, centered in the inner cities. For example, images of rap, reggae, and hip hop singers, break dancers, skateboarders, sideshow riders, are all reflections of this urban culture, as are urban based churches and community centers. Then, too, the lack of images of minority group members in books, publicity materials, media stories, and film footage about outdoor recreation may be a contributing factor because minority group members may not see members of their own group as role models.

However, these factors might be addressed by the managers of public lands and outdoor recreational facilities. For instance, publishers, advertisers, and filmmakers can readily put images of minority group members in their materials, and the use of white images in promotional materials certainly doesn’t prevent minority group members … Read More

Large Outdoor Mats For Recreational Vehicles

The open road offers you so much in the way of scenery, freedom, no stress, no deadlines it’s just you and where the road takes you. It’s a great way to spend your free time exploring the country. With the beautiful recreational vehicles and trailers on the market these days it’s really luxurious accommodations while you travel as well. To keep this home like atmosphere the ideal situation would be to have an enjoyable space to relax outside as well as having the extreme comfort inside. How do you do this when your life is portable? Simple, you just take along a large outdoor mat that can work to simply create a clean, comfortable outdoor living room.

The synthetic material offers a soft feel and the mats come in an assortment of sizes, patterns and colors to suit pretty much any style and need. From racing flags, horses and floral patterns to a simple solid with contrasting border. Whether you prefer sporty or more subdued, all are very attractive and all in a UV protective fiber that will ensure that the colors stay bright all season.

The clean surface will pick up some dirt and grass before it gets tracked into your recreational vehicle. If you use it for your picnic area, make sure there are no sharp feet on a table or chair poking into it. If there is a spill, clean up is extremely easy. A little soap and water will fix up the mess and since it dries easily, no bacterial builds up in the mats.

These attractive large outdoor mats are also manufactured so that they won’t kill the grass underneath. No dead brown patch of sod when you pack up to move on to your next destination is an added bonus. Just brush them off, fold them up and you’re off to your next stop with your patio in a bag. The world is yours to travel in style, with your posh recreational vehicle and large outdoor patio mat to accommodate some fine outdoor living. After a day of driving, kick up your feet while the steaks are grilling and enjoy some sunshine. These are a beautiful and simple way to give you some additional pleasure when you take to the road. … Read More

Venture into a Land Few Have Walked Before, a Country Filled With Charm and the Exotic - Myanmar

Venture into a Land Few Have Walked Before, a Country Filled With Charm and the Exotic – Myanmar

Need to be a pioneer? Need to go to a land where few have ventured foot on previously? At that point Myanmar is your ticket to being that exceptional person! With awesome pilgrim design, enchanting waterside goals and what appear to be a larger number of sanctuaries than voyagers, Myanmar truly is a brilliant land for the extraordinary and trendsetting explorer.

Venture into a Land Few Have Walked Before, a Country Filled With Charm and the Exotic - Myanmar

Yangon is the ideal place to begin things off. It isn’t the capital any longer, yet despite everything it is the nation’s greatest city and in addition the nation’s principle monetary center point. A great deal of cool and intriguing locales is here as well. You got Myanmar’s most famous structure Shwedagon Pagoda flexing its brilliant may on you. Likewise, look at the National Museum and Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a long leaning back Buddha statue.

From Yangon, take a short flight north takes you to Bagan. You have never have seen a place like this previously! The town holds the qualification of having the most sanctuaries and pagodas on the planet! Stunningness at the town’s sheer magnificence and at this memorable locating. Investigate by foot, horse-carriage, sight-seeing balloon, or by all techniques.

From the beguiling town of Bagan, we’ll presently take you to another enchanting town (and one with a name to coordinate) Mandalay. Myanmar’s second biggest city likewise flaunts some noteworthy religious communities and pagodas. The town is likewise home to some world records. Look at the blessed Mahamuni Pagoda and Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the world’s biggest book. Investigate the old capitals of Amarapur, Ava and Sagaing in the vicinity and trek over the longest teak connect on the planet at U Bein Bridge.

How about we hit the waters and experience some exceptional things over at Inle Lake. Rub your eyes in the event that you have to, yet yes those folks are paddling their pontoons with their leg! It positively bodes well considering the tall weeds in the region and the great view they have of the fish underneath.

Furthermore, indeed, those felines are paying some dues! For a moment there you presumably however you were in a carnival. In any case, no, this is Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, a Buddhist sanctuary. The priests there have dealt with these cats and shown them this cool trap. Just to tell you, there is likewise a gathering of Shan, Tibetan, Bagan and Ava style antiquated Buddha pictures. We comprehend, it is anything but difficult to be occupied by those adorable apt creatures.

There is likewise time to investigate different parts of the lake. Experience the neighborhood way of life at a clamoring skimming market, which pivots around the waterside towns in a multi day succession. Weave your way through little channels and investigate stupas at the edge of the lake.

Presently you got the Essentials of Myanmar down. You are that pioneer you long to be. Burma has a skill of enchanting and wowing guests and many discover their way back here once more. See what … Read More

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