Almost anyone will probably agree that in a perfect world they'd be able to travel more. It is one of the most natural human desires to want to see different parts of the world and experience new things. And anyone who has traveled will probably agree that you don't really appreciate or think about your home too much until you have the perspective of seeing how people live in other parts of the world.The problem of course, is that travel has always been expensive. Although airfares have gotten cheaper over the years, they are still expensive enough that most people don't fly regularly, and this is likely to remain the case. So unless you plan on suddenly getting rich, you're going to have to come up with some discount travel solutions if you want to fly more, and a great thing to look into if you're looking for a cheap flight are charter flights.Charter flights are cheaper because they work on a different system than a started airline flight. A standard airline will have a set route between two cites: an airline will fly a certain amount a times a week between two cities, and this remains constant regardless of the amount of passengers. In other words normal airline routes function like bus routes, and sometimes there may only be a few people on the plane. It is this need to average out costs - to be able to afford all those times when the plane is a third full - that leads to high airfares.A charter company can offer cheaper fares by working in a different fashion: they will charter an entire plane from an airline for a particular date and time, and thus receive a heavy discount on the cost. They can then pass some of this discount on to you by offering a lower per seat price for the flight. Most charter companies operate along very common routes during peak times - for example, sunny vacation spots during the winter.Charter flights are much more reliable then other more radical ways of obtaining discount airfare, and fares will generally get cheaper as the departure date approaches. There is a certain amount of risk, however: a charter company can decide to cancel a flight if they haven't sold enough tickets. Unlike a regular airline, which constantly has planes going to multiple destinations, the charter company may not be able o immediately put you on another plane. So instead of waiting a few hours it's likely that if your charter flight is cancelled you'll either be receiving a refund, or waiting at least a day or two for another charter - which of course can ruin any vacation.That being said, there are many large and reliable charter companies, and charter flights -- while not offering discounts as big as can be found through other "discount travel" methods - remain a reliable alternative to regular airfare. And if you're flexible and willing to buy a ticket on short notice, you can find many excellent airfares from charter companies, making charter flights one of the more popular discount traveling methods.
Port Louis is the capital and main port of Mauritius, it was founded by the French governor, Mahe de Labourdonnais in 1735. The harbour lies sheltered in a semi-circle of mountains. Portugal is a land which has heterogeneous but unequalled culture. Portugal was one of the worst countries in Western aggregation before the launching of Democracy in the assemblage 1974 and the incorportation into dweller Union in the assemblage 1986.Port Louis, the capital and largest city, has a population (1997 estimate) of 146,499.Sugarcane is the main cash crop of the country which is grown on 90% of the cultivated land and accounts for 25% of the export of the country. Sugarcane is grown on about 90% of the cultivated land area and accounts for 25% of export earnings. The government's development strategy centers on industrialization (with a view to modernization and to exports), agricultural diversification, and tourism.Summers stretch from November to April with temperatures reaching 34 Centigrade on the coast. Humidity is highest from December to April but this is always manageable, especially in the coastal regions where there is a constant breeze. Summer runs from November to April, with temperatures reaching as high as 93F (34C) on the coast. Humidity is highest from December to April but is never unbearable, particularly on the coast where there is a constant sea breeze.Visit the shops, indulge in the water sports available or spend a lazy day on the beach. In the evening, enjoy the world-renowned sensuous Sega Dance performance, a highlight dinner entertainment. Visit the bustling Port Louis that happens to be the happening capital city of Mauritius. Tours to Curepipe in Mauritius brings you to an enchanting world of tea gardens and ship building industry.Mauritius is indeed the paradise on earth, take your Mauritius Vacation, you'll love it.
Westminster Abbey is the place of the coronation, marriage and burial of British monarchs, except Edward V and Edward VIII since 1066. Visitors can see the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Royal Tombs and Shrine of Edward the Confessor, the Coronation Chair, Lady Chapel and Poets' Corner, the Royal Chapels etc. The current building dates largely from the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries.Westminster Abbey's real name is Collegiate Church of St.Peter at Westminster. Englands most notable statesmen and distinguished subjects have been given burial in the Abbey since the 14th century. In the Poets Corner in the south transept one can find the tombs of Chaucer, Browning, Tennyson, and other great English poets.The origins of the Abbey, which is the resting-place of Britain's monarchs and the setting for coronations and other great pageants, can be traced to the 13th century. Over centuries parts of it have been rebuilt or added to. The two towers on either side of the main entrance, which has made the Abbey a recognisable edifice, was built in the mid-18th century. Throughout the world people feel that The Abbey, as Westminster Abbey is affectionately known, is theirs. It is indeed many different things- burial place of kings and queens, the setting for coronations and other royal events, a sculpture gallery of world importance, the home of the Order of the Bath, and a symbol of the Christian faith at the heart of the nations government. But it was founded as a Christian monastery and remains, to this day, first a place of worship.The Westminster Abbey is an integral part of the history of the United Kingdom. In fact, religious services have been held at this site for more than one thousand years. The view from the North Door as you enter the Abbey is truly awe inspiring with a beautiful rose window of stained glass directly in front.Located next to the Houses of Parliament in the Westminster neighborhood of London, Westminster Abbey is a must-see for any London visitor. With the oldest parts dating to the year 1050, the Abbey contains some of the most glorious medieval architecture in London. And because of its royal connections, it was spared King Henry VIIIs general assault on monastic buildings during the Reformation. The coronation throne where monarchs of England have been crowned since the 1300s can be seen in the abbey. Fans of William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and other giants of literature will enjoy the Poet's Corner full of memorials to such as these. English history or Christian history buffs will enjoy seeing the tombs of the Protestant Elizabeth I and Catholic "Bloody" Mary as well as the tombs of David Livingstone and Charles Darwin. Closer to our own time, in 1998 ten 20th-century Christian martyrs such as Deitrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Oscar Romero were immortalized in stone statues over the Great West door. Westminster Abbey is a Gothic monastery church that is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English monarchs. Neither a cathedral nor a parish church, Westminster Abbey is a church owned directly by the royal family.
Here is an interesting fact. Did you know that the city of Baton Rouge is divided into parishes instead of counties? This is all thanks to the city's rich history. Wandering around the streets of "Baton Rouge" , you can gaze at the abundant historical structures that decorate the city. It is almost like taking a trip down memory lane. When talking about Baton Rouge historic homes, the Magnolia Mound Plantation comes right to mind. This French Creole house was built in 1791, but has maintained its original plan and charm for more than 200 years. The entire house was constructed using cypress beams as support and flooring. It is a testament to the unique, outstanding quality of old, Southern architecture. Currently, the Magnolia Mound Plantation is the site of educational tours and courses designed to teach visitors and school students the rich French Creole culture that has shaped much of southern Louisiana. I still remember my field trip there as an elementary student. The intricate cotton loom and other historical antiques were beautifully displayed throughout the wooden mansion to provide a romantic experience into the distant past.Also noteworthy among the Baton Rouge "historic homes" is the Nottoway Plantation. Located just above the Mississippi River, this huge mansion shows an unorthodox blend of ancient Greek architecture and more modern designs. Built in 1859, the Nottoway Plantation possesses many characteristics which were rare back then. It is truly an architectural wonder for its time.Famous for being the oldest plantation home ever built and recorded in the Mississippi Valley area, the Destrehan Plantation has endured both colonial and the civil war to hold on to its splendor since its establishment in 1787. In terms of design and color, the San Francisco Plantation is undeniably the most unique of the genuinely-restored Baton Rouge historic homes. Constructed in 1856, this popular landmark features an 1830 Slave Cabin, an 1840 Schoolhouse, and a Museum Store, all situated amongst 300 year old Oak trees. It is truly an interesting site to be visit.Myrtles Plantation is another famous historic home in Baton Rouge, but for a different reason than the homes mentioned above. The Myrtles Plantation ranked tops as one of the countrys most popular Haunted Houses. Built in 1796, this 2-century old plantation boasts a 120-foot veranda, extravagant French furnishings, crystal chandelier, hand-painted glass, and of course, its ghosts. Once upon a time, tours offered on the Laura Plantation were ranked as the Best History Tour in the US. Nowadays, the Laura plantation still lives up to its reputation. Constructed in 1805, its 12 buildings feature salve quarters that fully exhibit the lifestyle of Creoles and slaves during that period.The Baton Rouge historic homes speak truth to the citys rich, past life. Not only do the homes educate us about the past, but they also provide us with something magical to help motivate our imaginations.
Ja ich muss zugeben, dass der Name "Bamboo Island" einfach nur traumhaft und unrealistisch klingt. Dabei handelt es sich um ein kleines Fleckchen Erde in Mitten Thailands Meer. Ein wunderschner, verlassener Strand, 45 Minuten von der Zivilisation, weiser Sand, grne Pflanzen, trkis durchsichtiger Meer, bunte Fische und einfach nur traumhafter Blick. Eigentlich ist dieser Ort nicht in Worte zu fassen, und doch knnte ich Stunden lang ber die Schnheit dieser Insel reden. Obwohl ich nur eine Stunde auf dieser Insel verbracht habe (und diese Stunden mit wie eine kurze Ewigkeit vorkam) hatte ich das Gefhl mein persnlichen Garten Eden gefunden zu haben, ja mit dem abstrakten Namen "Bamboo Island".Die meisten werden mich an dieser Stelle fragen, wo liegt den nun diese traumhafte Insel und wie kam ich denn berhaupt an einem solchen Ort?Beide Fragen kann ich mit meiner kurzen Geschichte beantworten. Letzten Dezember entschloss ich mich mit meinem Freund, Weinachten und Sylvester nicht in Deutschland zu verbringen, sondern in Thailand. Thailand war schon immer unser Traumreise gewesen. Verschiedene Berichte, Bcher und Filme inspirierten uns und machten uns neugierig, diese fremde Welt zu erkundschaften. Von den 3 Wochen Thailand, verbrachten wir eine ganze Woche auf einer Touristenreichen Insel, die sich Ko Pi Pi nennt, eine Insel in der Provinz Krabi. Krabi befindet sich in Sd-Thailand, etwa 800 Kilometer sdlich von Bangkok, Thailands Kapital. Ko Pi Pi ist eine beliebte und begehrte kleine Insel, die sich im Westen Thailands befindet. Ko Pipihat seinen guten Ruf durch den Film "The Beach" "Der Strand" mit Leonardo Di Caprio erhalten, denn genau dort wurde der Film gedreht. Ko Pi Pi sollte aber nicht wirklich das sein, was es zu Anfangs erscheinen mag. Natrlich waren die Hotels ein wahrer Luxus, die Natur eine Pracht und das Essen ein Genuss. Umgeben von Meer, Strnde, Palmen und tausenden Inseln, wer kann sich da noch beschwerden. Und trotzdem hatte es noch immer nicht "Klick" bei mir gemacht, ich hatte noch nicht meine Traum Insel gefunden.Eine Abends, als wir am Strand neben dem kleinen Hafen der Insel spazieren gingen, sprach uns ein Thailnder an, ob wir nicht eine Bootstour machen wollen, um die benachbarten Insel zu besichtigen. Normalerweise streiten wir immer solche Angebote ab. Wir bevorzugen organisierte Boote und organisierte Gesellschaften, Gruppen. Doch irgendwie hatte mir mein Gefhl gesagt, dem Thailnder zu zusagen und wir verabredeten uns mit ihm fr den nchsten Tag an den gleichen Stellen. Am nchsten Tag saen wir mit ihm in seinem kleinem "Speedboat" und fuhren von Insel zu Insel. Ein paar Inseln waren voll mit Schaulustigen Touristen, andere mit Hotels und tauchenden Touristen berfhlt. Der Thailnder sah uns an, dass wir ermdet von den Touristenmassen waren. Also sprach er uns an, ob wir einen besonderen Ort sehen wollen, der aber 45 Minuten entfernt sei. Wir spontan sagten zu. Er sprach von einer Insel, die sich "Bamboo Island" nennt.Und so gelangen wir auf der traumhaften "Bamboo Island". Eine unbewohnte Insel, mit nur wenigen Touristen, Natur in ihre Schnheit. Die Stunde die wir auf der Insel verbrachten kam mir vor wie ein Traum. Erst tauchten wir im durchsichtigen Wasser und schauten uns die bunten Fische an, darauf spazierten wir durch die grnen Wiesen, die an dem weisen Sand angrenzte. Wir blickten in die Weite und entdeckten einfach nur Inseln und Insel rund herum. Dieses Gefhl ist so unbeschreiblich, ich empfand ein reines Glcksgefhl, als ob ich schwebte! Auf dem Ruckweg ksste mich mein Freund und saget mir Danke, dass ich dem Thailnder vertraute und zusagte, denn "Bamboo Island" war der Hhepunkt unserer Reise.