Atlantas Candlelight Holiday Home Tours

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Many beautiful homes in the Atlanta area are decked out for the holidays and featured on candlelight tours. Many tours have become favorite holiday traditions and are fundraisers for local charities. Here are the highlights of candlelight tours scheduled in historic Grant Park and in the cities of Marietta, Roswell, and Decatur.

The 30th Annual Decatur Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes is scheduled for November 30 and December 1, from 5:30-9:30pm each evening. The 2012 tour features seven homes that are beautifully decorated for the holidays. Some homes have been carefully renovated and others are newer builds. Rosehill estate and its lovely gardens are included on this years tour. Tickets are $20 in advance when purchased online or in several locations around Decatur. Tickets are $25 the weekend of the tour. Proceeds benefit four youth and educational organizations. Parking at tour sites is limited. It is recommended that visitors use the free shuttle that can be boarded at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Decatur. The shuttle stops at all tour sites.

The Marietta Pilgrimage holiday tour is scheduled for December 1-2. Six private homes in the Church-Cherokee Street Historic District will be featured, as well as several churches and other historic buildings. Day Tour tickets are $20. The $15 Candlelight Tour includes admission to three of the homes. There is also a $25 combination ticket. Tickets may be purchased at tour homes and at the Marietta Visitors Bureau. Shuttle service is available during the day.

Roswell, Georgias Southern Trilogy Candlelight Tour will be held on December 8 from 5-9pm. Visitors will be greeted by costumed docents at the citys three historic home museums. The Greek Revival style Barrington Hall was built in 1830 by a Rowell founder. The 1839 Bulloch Hall was the childhood home of President Theodore Roosevelts mother, Mittie Bulloch. The Archibald Smith Plantation was built in the 1830s by a well-to-do cotton farmer. Candlelight Tour tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. All three historic homes have a variety of other activities scheduled throughout the holiday season.

The Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes will take place December 8-9 from 6-10pm. The tour benefits three local non-profits in this historic neighborhood east of downtown Atlanta. Eight homes are included on the tour including the historic 1868 Burns Mansion and the 1856 L.P. Grant Mansion, now the headquarters of the Atlanta Preservation Center. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the weekend of the tour. The tour begins at St. Paul United Methodist Church, where visitors will find childrens activities and an artist market.

What To Eat During Your Ski Holiday

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Compare for a moment a beach holiday with a ski holiday. The first is all about lying under the sun and doing practically nothing, whereas the latter is taking advantage of as much light as possible by skiing, walking and snowboarding and other activities that require a lot of energy. Besides, a cold environment makes the body burn more calories.

This of course does not mean that we are allowed to forget our good weight loss habits. On the contrary, it is important to be even more careful, because when we get carried away it is easy to forget how to eat properly.

If you are about to leave for your ski resort, for the whole week or just for the weekend, it is important to know how to eat. In this article I will point out a few tips to follow during your winter holiday.

First of all: forget about drinking alcohol to protect yourself from the cold, it is just a myth and a dangerous one indeed. If you feel warmer after your shot of whiskey or grappa, it is probably because of the bar you are sitting in. Since alcohol is a vasoconstrictor, the effect will be exactly the opposite: you will feel cold.

Do not forget the proteins: in a cold environment our body instinctively craves for carbohydrates, forgetting about proteins, which are essential to keep a good muscular integrity.

If you do not want to waste time in the restaurant at lunch, have several small meals during the day, rather than a proper lunch; bring some energy bars with you.

Speaking of bars, be careful with chocolate. It is true that it gives a lot of energy (about 550 Kcal for 100g), but unless you are planning an Arctic crossing, walking 12 hours per day, lower calories bars, with yogurt or muesli are a better choice.

If you have to sit down and have a proper lunch, stay away from fat foods. It is not hard to find them in a mountain resort, but the myth around them is that they will give you more energy, and make you warmer, but in fact they will just slow down your digestion and make your skiing in the afternoon harder. And of course leave alcohol for after dinner.

Even if your lunch was light, always wait one hour before going back to the ski run.

At dinner, if you had carbohydrates for lunch, balance them with proteins.

Now go have fun!

Brazilian Beaches Lover’s Ecstasy

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Beautiful pallid sands and fresh turquoise bluish green waters are not the only factors that make Brazilian beaches the most loved all over the world. At any time of the year, you can find yourself getting a gorgeous sunburn or revelry the night away. Brazil has a plethora of beaches that can anyone into a beach bum. Long coastlines dotted with pretty cafe’s and long hours spent trying out irrigate sports makes the Brazilian beaches a most sought after target amongst all beach lovers.

Copacabana Beach:
This Brazilian beach is a hot spy especially for the New Years evening. Copacabana is situated in the southern area of Rio de Janeiro. Its beauty is enhanced with the historic castel that are seen at this Brazilian beach. Copacabana also draws a reputation for being known as one of the best beaches in the world. A fun time at Copacabana beach would mean oodles of fun in the sun with games such as volleyball.

Ipanema Beach:
Located in the Southern area of Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema beach is a mixture of different civilization. This beach like all Brazilian beaches offers white sands and loads of games and fun. A saunter down the sandy shoreline would reveal people playing games such as beach volleyball, football etc.

Pipa Beach:
It is located in the state of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil. Pipa attracts people because of its fine white sand and precipice that offer a gorgeous view of the place. Pipa has a vast number of fine restaurants nightclubs.

Ponta Verde Beach:
This beach is located in Maceio in the city of Alagoas. Ponta Verde also linger to be the most recurrent beach of Brazil. This beach is a popular spot because of the reefs, which contain tiny ponds that form during low deluge. This is also most frequented because of a certain part of land that scheme out of the sea. This land is covered entirely with a green cover.

Toque Toque Grande:
The Toque Toque Grande beach is located in the city of Sao Sebastiao in Brazil. The island is quite unoccupied by people. It’s an ideal location for those wanting some isolation and love scuba diving.

Jericoacoara Beach:
This beach is known for offering some of the most stunning views in Brazil. It proves to be an ideal spot for surfing.

Discover Ireland With Seaside Holiday Accommodation

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Ireland has emerged as one of the best and most visited tourist destination in the world. The country has many things to offer its visiting tourists such as its lush green unspoiled natural heritage, exciting culture, rich history, friendly people, authentic Irish cuisine, and its extremely beautiful beaches. The list of must visit places in Ireland is uncountable.

The country has got more than 1500 km of long coastline which is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the Irish Sea on the east. These beaches are the most spectacular and beautiful in whole Europe. Among these beaches the most famous are:-
Brittas Bay beach
Rossnowlagh beach
Ballybunion beach
Curracloe beach
Morriscastle beach and many more

These beaches are one of the most visited tourist destination in Ireland. Because of their popularity you can easily get a decent accommodation facility near the beach. There are many options available at these places such as the sea side hotel or resort located near to these beaches. Every kind of accommodation facility is available as per the different needs and requirements of the visitors.

These sea side holiday accommodations plays a perfect host when you want to spend your whole holiday enjoying the beauty of the calm and vast ocean. The rooms in these beach hotels are also very large, airy and warm. Some of the luxury sea side hotels or resorts even offer luxury suites which are equipped with separate living, dining and bedroom spaces. Most of the sea side holiday accommodations even have a balcony or a private sun deck area for people to take sun bath in their own privacy. Some sea side hotels and resorts in Ireland even have their own private beaches which are accessible by their own guests only. Most of them are even equipped with heated swimming pool, 24 hour sauna facility, gyms, spas and massage centers to cater the visitors requirement.

These beach hotels have something for every one of every age group. Experience their quality restaurants, pubs and discos where you can eat, drink, and dance to unwind yourself. They even have the facility of onsite entertainment and event facility such as dance and music show by any renowned local artist or any good band or group. Just check out the list of these amenities offered by these sea side hotels before booking them.
Due to tourist rush in Ireland its advisable to do advanced online reservations and booking of hotels and flights before visiting the country. You can even visit various websites to know more about the places to visit, accommodation facility, shopping and other required information.

Kingfisher Flights Schemes For Business Travelers

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With inter-state and international business witnessing great momentum, airlines in India like Kingfisher have come up with corporate schemes for the benefit of corporate travelers. This airline, known for its exclusive in-flight luxury, comfort, and entertainment options, has a dedicated business unit catering to the specific requirements of business fliers. To have a detailed view of the business Kingfisher Flights schemes, log on to the Kingfisher official website. No wonder, this is one of the many reasons that Kingfisher flights witnessed the greatest passenger base in the year 2009, witnessing a dominant market share amid the airlines in India.

The Kingfisher Elite, under the corporate Kingfisher flights scheme, offers exclusive travel solutions. You can take along your associates or clients or colleagues and fly with them at your own convenience anytime anywhere. Safety and privacy are the buzzwords of these Kingfisher flights schemes. You can also choose the Kingfisher Elite for leisure visits. The range of business jets and eurocopters comes equipped with a private suite with attached rest room and shower, custom designed luxurious interiors, state-of-the-art conference room accoutered with all business aids, and separate sections for guests and staff. The services on board are tailored to meet your exact requirements.

Another advantage of getting registered with Kingfisher flights for this business travel is that you can choose from a fleet of aircrafts for group travel – Airbus 319, Airbus 320, Airbus 321, Airbus 330, ATR 72-500 and ATR 42-500.

Kingfisher Red Airlines, the auxiliary of Kingfisher, is the low-cost wing of the parent group. It was earlier termed as Simplifly Deccan and prior to that Air Deccan when it was owned by another group. Known as a budget airline, Kingfisher Red has maintained the same tradition of on-board hospitality like Kingfisher as well as the low-cost flying conveniences of Air Deccan.

To know about the offers, visit the Kingfisher Red Airlines official website. Around 58 destinations encompassing Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Tirupati, Kochi, Manali, to name a few are covered by Kingfisher Red. Become a member of Kingfisher and start availing benefits with every trip!

Experience the Culture of the Cook Islands

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Experiencing a new culture is the best part of holidaying overseas. It’s exhilarating to escape the beach or pool and immerse yourself in a new location.

The Pacific Islands are a perfect place to travel if you’re looking for a mix of relaxation and adventure. Vanuatu, Samoa and Fiji; there are a number of different countries to travel, all offering their own unique cultures and way of life.

For the ultimate experience combining the sought after island holiday with the country’s rich history, book a stay at a Cook Islands resort and spend a week or two under the warm sun and blue skies.

Culture on the Cook Islands

These islands boast a strong culture through language, music and art that range from the traditional through to the contemporary. Holidaymakers that are interested in more than just a country’s historical way of life will love the strong national identity that the locals proudly call their own and the constantly evolving, unique culture that the islands are home to.

The islands have a close affiliation with New Zealand; the two countries are in a free association and share close similarities in indigenous language with Cook Islands Maori the official language of the nation’s people.

Island society still maintains strong associations with the villages and their chiefs. Land rights and titles are passed down at the discretion of older family members and the bond of family is held in great esteem by the locals.

Art and Music

Traditional artworks are commonly in the form of woodcarving and weaving with each of the country’s different islands featuring their own unique style and subject matter. The contemporary art scene in the Cook Islands is populated by painters, sculptors and photographers, sharing close ties with New Zealand artists with the island’s culture and history a focus that shines through in many works.

Christian music is popular on the islands, but traditional Polynesian song and dance draws a number of tourists and visitors and remains frequently performed and enjoyed. Every island in the nation has its own dances that are taught from a young age and dances are commonly accompanied by the Cook Islands styled drumming of the traditional wooden percussion instrument, the pate.

Holidaying and Vacations

The most populous and well known island, Rarotonga, is the commonly chosen location for holidays because of the luxurious resorts that offer travellers a quality stay, relaxing location, amenities and access to the vibrant and unique culture of the islands.

Book a trip away and find out for yourself why a stay in the Cook Islands is considered one of the best island vacations in the world.

Flu Prevention Tips on Travelling

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In recent years, the breakout of some pandemic flus, such as SARS and H1N1 flu, get many travellers into panic. Health problems have become the top concern on travel. Travellers are likely to get infected with flus through journey, as it is avalable for virus to spread in closed passenger cabins of vehicles and hotel rooms. Are there any tips that can reduce the risk of getting flus?

First, make sure to clean your hands as soon as possible. On the journey road, it can not be avoided to touch some public used items, such as books and cups on the planes, pillows and covers in hotels, etc. Though most public items have been sterilized before sent to next customer, it’s still possible that some items may be left for some reasons. And you may get the virus left by the former user if he was ill. Do not touch your faces or eat anything until you wash your hands well. You’d better take some sterilized soaps with you, they can help kill flu virus before it get access to your body.

Second, Take a sanitary facial mask with you. You are advised to wear it when you stay in crowded public places, like vehicles, stations or shops. It may keep you away from some pandemics, for many flu virus get into human bodies through close contact with those who get ill. However, it cannot be seen as perfect flu shields. If you had any health problems on the journey, you’d better go to see a local doctor, for some medical treatment should not be delayed, like flus.

Last but not least, keep a good work and rest schedule. You’d better keep your own daily schedule on travels. Over-exhaust make your immunity system get worse, which are accessible to flu virus.

All in all, it’s necessary to take some health precautions for travelling, which can keep you away from flus and other illness.

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Package Tourism

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A popular form of travel package tours are fully organized tour where in the tour operators arrange for the whole trip in advance. This type of tourism is possible for large groups though some operators cater to small groups as well.

Tour packages usually offer pre arranged transportation and accommodation. But many packages offers extensive services like conducting sightseeing or wildlife watching in company of guides and manager. The services are determined by the costs and offerings.

The package tours may include to and fro air tickets as well. There is no harm in booking extensive package trips since the organizer benefits are passed of to the tourists. The packaged tours are safe and enjoyable hence the popularity. This kind of travel is most preferred by inbound tourists from foreign countries.

Top rated tour operators who conduct tours in large groups of fourteen to sixteen member are more in demand. They are usually landing agents for large tour companies based in the parent country. The tour is virtually conducted by the operator of the country to be visited.

The service providers and accommodation hotels get business in bulk in packaged tourism. They pass on the cost benefit is provided to the operator who in turn reduces the travel costs chargeable. Hence packaged tourism has made tour affordable.

Customized group travel packages are also feasible through established organizers. The tourists design their own itinerary, accommodation and transportation preference and forward it to the company. The company then conducts the travel so designed and gets a commission.

In all forms of packaged travel financial security and safety is there. Most of the trips are conducted by professional managers and guides hired by the company. This makes tour efficient, safe and interesting as many employees offer interactive interpretation of the offerings. Hence it is advisable to travel in groups tours for holidays.

The trend for holiday packages has witnessed a recent upsurge. Both predefined and customized packages are in demand. Most of the tourists are booking packages offered by popular organizers and companies all over the World.

Staying In Holiday Villas

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Most likely the best way to enjoy a vacation with the family, spend time in a cottage, that is for rent all over the world. Vacation rentals are the best choice of accommodation for travelers looking for a self catering style holiday. The villa is up more than apartments and hotel rooms, and is generally a two-story structure, the property is a safe and pleasant environment for families and children means.

Renting a villa, you are assured of a generally more quiet and relaxed atmosphere compared to the apartments. Villas building can be solved on large plots of land away from neighbors and thus providing more privacy. Apartments are often associated with a high tower, and the apartments could have neighbors above, below and on both sides of the unit. While this may be considered sociable, noise can often be a disadvantage.

The advantage of renting villa is that the children’s outdoor space you get with villas and even adults can enjoy this space for grilling, which rarely something you are entitled, in an apartment there so much.

Villas are available in various sizes, styles and structures, and thus the price of the villa Prices vary depending on depending on this. One thing that you can be sure of is that villa rentals are much better value for money compared to hotels.

With the ownership, blasting out of the past 15 years, holiday homes all over the world are available. If you want to book a holiday home, then you need to find a trustworthy site apartments.

Rent in the search for villa, you should find a reliable site apartments and do your research on the villa, to ensure it meets with your requirements.

Villa are available in many popular countries in Europe and the U.S. Asia and Australia. Tourists can see the value when booking a value for money holiday home that offers the necessary flexibility.

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When booking a self catering holiday villas, you can be assured of a house-door and accommodation can be accountable for your own cooking and entertainment.

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