Mykonos – A great destination all year round

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When it comes to travelling, most holidaymakers want a destination that offers it all, and with a wealth of different experiences to make memories from. If you’re looking for a destination that has it all, all year round, then Mykonos certainly should be on your wish list, so stick a pin in your map and find out all you need to know about this great holiday destination.

Culture and history

Like most of Greece, Mykonos is steeped in history and culture, and if you’re a fan of Greek mythology, then you’ll be right in the thick of it here. Legend has it that Hercules himself had something to do with its creation – throwing giants into the ocean to create the rocky island. If you’re interested in seeing a little history on your visit, then a trip to the castle of Gyzi, built in the 13th century is certainly a ‘must see’. On top of this, you’ll be able to take in the ruins of Mykonos’ previous incarnation, and even an 18th century church.

Relaxation on the beach

A break in Mykonos isn’t complete with a little relaxation by the sea, and if its stunning beaches with golden sand and a stunning azure blue sea you’re looking for, then you’re on to a winner. Whether you take a picnic and spend all day on the sands, or visit one of the plethora of beach bars and cafes to get a little shade (recommended – it gets very hot at the height of the day), you’re certain to love sun-worshipping here.

Dining out in Mykonos

A holiday is often all about the culinary delights and Mykonos doesn’t disappoint here either. Whether you choose fresh seafood delights, the famed Mykonos sausage (it really is as delicious as they say) or fancy some of the Island’s best-known cheese – Kopanisti – with bread, you’re sure to find your taste buds tantalised. Don’t forget the Ouzo to wash it down with either!

All year round entertainment

Of course, if you’re looking to visit Mykonos in the cooler months, you’ll want to know that you can still enjoy experiencing all the island has to offer. The good news is – you can. With a whole host of festivities happening all over the island, Christmas is actually a popular time to visit, with many of the cosmopolitan restaurant and bars getting into the spirit of the season by decorating their spaces and getting the outdoor heaters out of storage – although often, a warm jumper will suffice to keep the evening chill out.

Whatever you’re looking for in a holiday, and whatever time you’re looking to fly, considering Mykonos and all it has to offer is certainly likely to leave you sure you’ve made the right choice of destination.

Really Powerful Speakers

When I travel the World I usually try to look at everything they have in their stores there. This allows me to broaden my horizons and make sure that I don’t miss out on anything important that I might be able to find there such as this leslie speaker. This is something that I spotted during my recent visit to another part of the country and I was very glad to have found out about it.

Guitar scales chart

What do you do when you love to play a musical instruments very much? You take steps in order to make yourself familiar with everything there’s to know on the topic such as this guitar scales chart. When you are really into guitars, you will want to know absolutely everything there is to know about them and you want to be confident that you have not missed out on anything.

Electric Guitars

There is one thing in life that I like a lot and want to write about: electric guitars. Quite few instruments have captured me enough over the years and I still keep discovering all of the joys that come with the possession of a kramer pacer. MI will write about it again next time I am going to have a chance to do something about it. For now, you can try to read on the topic yourselves.

Still wondering about your Summer holiday?

Summer time is the time to travel, but where to go? Should you head to the beach or the mountains? Somewhere relaxing or somewhere exciting? Modern or exotic? Here is a list of top travel destinations places to get your mind geared up and planning for the perfect summer vacation.

 

Beachy relaxation

If dipping your toe in some of the world’s clearest aqua blue waters has always been a dream, then a summer vacation to Akumal in Quintana Roo is the place for you. This stunning beach destination is just a short drive from Mexico’s Cancun Airport. Here you will find miles of pristine fine white sandy beaches, luxury resorts, incredible dining and shopping and most importantly, some of the bluest waters anywhere on the planet.  It has long been renowned for its world-class diving and the beautiful Half-Moon Bay.

 

Exotic delights

From beautiful tropical beaches to the bustle of the capital city of Bangkok, Thailand is a country everyone should explore. Often touted as having the world’s best street food, it is also a shopper’s paradise. The natural beauty of Thailand changes dramatically from the beaches in the south to the villages in the north.  Bankgkok’s golden temples and treks to visit the hill tribes on the back of an elephant only add to the exotic wonder of this peaceful country.

 

Historic sights

Not much in the world is more historic than the Coliseum and the Forum, right next to each other in Rome. Relics of the first great western civilization that controlled the known world at that time, these two attractions are impressive not only for their beauty but also for their history. This is where Caesar walked and where gladiators battled to the death. So much of our world’s history comes from this spot. Find an excellent tour guide to get a full appreciation of these historical wonders.

 

Pristine Nature

Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada is an outdoors person dream. While hiking, climbing and mountain biking are year-round pursuits; in the summer visitors also enjoy canoeing, rafting and kayaking the glacier-fed rivers and lakes. It is home the stunning emerald Lake Louise, Canada’s largest cave system the Castleguard Caves, more than 1000 glaciers, and a 27-hole championship golf course. There are truly luxurious hotels including the Fairmont Banff Springs or for those more adventurous there are plenty of campsites.

 

Urban Excursion

For something a little different, what about a city centered vacation? A favorite is Seattle, Washington which enjoys near perfect weather in the summer – not too hot and not too cold (or wet). With the ocean, mountains and thousands of acres of parkland, Seattle is a little bit of everything in one great cosmopolitan city. There are museums, theaters, festivals along with world-class dining, luxury and discount shopping. A special treat in Seattle is the Pike Place Market for fresh fish and wonderful trinkets, enjoy a latte at the original Starbucks, or visit the EMP Museum designed by architect Frank Gehry, and highlighting the history of music in Seattle. For the sport buffs don’t miss your chance to catch a Seahawks or Mariners home game.

 

8 undiscovered European destinations that you need to visit!

Europe is home to many of the world’s most iconic cities – from Paris, Rome, and Berlin, to London, Barcelona, and Dublin, the list of must-visit destinations is extensive.

But if you’re looking for a different experience, there are also a whole host of relatively undiscovered European destinations that are certainly worth a visit.

Looking for inspiration? Check out our top eight undiscovered European destinations…

Kotor, Montenegro

Tucked away on a secluded Montenegro bay, Kotor is surrounded by picturesque scenery and stunning views.

Take a walk through a maze of winding, cobbled streets, embark on a tour of the town’s medieval buildings, climb the 1,350 steps to the town’s ancient fortifications, or embrace your adventurous side and paraglide from the cliffs surrounding the town. There really is something here for everyone!

Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

Established as a mining village during Medieval times, Kutna Hora still boast much of its original architecture. Check out the town’s St Barbara’s Cathedral with its Gothic architecture or visit the Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the Bone Church, which has been completely decorated using human bones!

If you’re visiting during the beginning of June, you’ll also get to take part in the Royal Silver Festival, featuring crafts and goods relating to the mining history of the town. Oh, and there’s also fencing!

Bologna, Italy

Although this beautiful city often goes under the radar, it is home to a rich and varied array for cafes, restaurants, bars, and cultural treats!

If you pay this Italian city a visit, we’d highly recommend a visit to the Museum of Modern Art (they’ve got a super-cool bar!) and a day trip to the new gelato museum.

Coimbra, Portugal

Once a capital city, Coimbra is located in close proximity to two of Portugal’s most bustling cities – Lisbon and Porto. Home to one of the oldest academic institutions in Europe, the university town offers plenty for visitors to do and see.

Make sure you take a tour of the town’s ancient cathedrals and experience some traditional Fado music in one of the town’s many bars and café’s. If you’re lucky enough, you might also get to experience one of Coimbra’s famous festivals. Held each year, the festivals include firework displays and street parties. We’ve got it on good authority that Queima das Fitas (the Burning of the Ribbons) in May, and Festas da Rainha Santa are not to be missed!

Kosice, Slovakia

Whilst Slovakia’s capital city, Bratislava is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination, the country’s second city, Kosice, is still relatively unheard of – but we’d highly recommend a visit!

Located on the eastern side of the county, this stunning city boasts an abundance of beautiful gothic architecture, wonderfully preserved buildings, and bucket loads of historic charm.

Top attractions include the Eastern-Slovakia Museum, tucked away within a Neo-Renaissance building in the city’s main square, Villa Cassa, home to Europe’s oldest coat of arms.

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

As well as being utterly breathtaking, this city is also renowned for being warm and welcoming to all of its guests. Rich in history, and surrounded by the Olympic mountains, the capital city offers the perfect mix of east and west with its many museums, mosques, and cathedrals.

Whilst you’re there, make sure you explore the city’s historical centre (you can sign up to a free Sarajevo Walking Tour for an expert guide). There are also plenty of bars and restaurants to keep you entertained during the evenings.

The Anzore Islands, Portugal

Located just off the court of Portugal, these islands are home to stunning, crystal clear blue and green lakes, lush green prairies, volcanic cone and craters, captivating flowers, and delicious wines. If you’re looking for a tranquil and relaxing break, the islands are definitely worth a visit!

Porto Palermo, Albania

Located just south of Himare, Porto Palermo is a stunning expanse of green rolling hills surrounding a well preserved village. The village is centred around a beautiful 18th century castle, whose picturesque grounds spread along the pristine coastline.

As well as exploring the castle, we’d also recommend taking an early morning hike through the surrounding hills, snorkelling in the clear waters, and taking a trip along the coat to the neighbouring town of Agave.
So that’s all the 8 undiscovered European destinations that you need to visit, but hopefully we can soon add to this number and find u even better holiday destinations.

How to take care of your gadgets while travelling

How many gadgets do you take with you when you travel; a smartphone? Tablet? Laptop? E-reader? MP3 player?  Portable speakers? Portable WiFi? I’m sure there’s a whole host of other items that we need to take with us to make our trip more enjoyable and more interactive. They all serve a purpose and without them we find ourselves lost, who can remember a world before these gadgets?! However, travelling with gadgets comes with risks (smashing your screen, theft, racking up a massive data roaming bill, dropping your phone in the sea etc) so it is important to ensure that you put plans in place to cover all eventualities. Here are the best ways to protect your gadgets when you travel…

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Protect against theft and loss

Insurance will ensure that your gadget is covered for any sort of damage or theft and this is vital. Travelling abroad with expensive gadgets will put the local thieves on high alert and they will try all sorts of tactics to take your gadgets from you but on the other hand you might be the clumsy type and drop your phone into your Mojito or leave it in the pocket of your swimming trunks whilst fine tuning your backflip off the diving board. Either way, protection is key and insurance will ensure that you are fully protected regardless of what happens to your gadget.  If you are thinking that you already get travel insurance so you are covered, think again.  Nowadays most travel insurance won’t cover your gadgets, you will need a separate plan or to add it separately.

Protect against roaming charges

Staying in touch when abroad really is simple these days, never have truer words been spoken than when a well-known telecoms company used the slogan “it’s good to talk” but also remember that “it’s not good to rack up a massive date roaming bill”. To overcome the potential of coming home to a huge bill it is always worth finding out about the costs of purchasing an international SIM card for your phone so you can receive free calls in most countries and also reduce roaming charges by up to 95%.  For your tablet of iPad you can grab a worldwide data SIM card that gives low cost prepaid internet wherever you are in the world.

Protect against water

For any electrical gadgets that may be used on a beach, around a pool or trekking across rivers, storing them in a waterproof case will work wonders. The cases are available for most gadgets these days and some will even let you use them in the water to take photos – or watch a movie under the sea if you really want! Rather than splash out on an expensive case a good quality Ziploc bag will do the trick (test it with just paper in first). If you are travelling in humid places keep your devices in Ziploc bags always as moisture can seep in and send electronics a bit loopy.

Protect your screen

Our gadgets are constantly in our hands, we never want to let them out of our sights but this puts them at risk of being dropped and smashed. Whilst this cannot be completely eliminated there are things that we can do to make them sturdier. One option is gorilla glass screen protectors.  These sticky, bendable screen protectors stick onto your screen and keep it free from scratches and smashing (there are numerous YouTube videos that show people hitting the glass with hammers but I wouldn’t recommend trying this!)  You can also be extra save and get a sturdy case that will protect your device if you drop it.

 

London is a Magical Place

London is without any doubt one of those places that has a lot to offer to everybody. There are like thousands of bars and restaurants in London and if you are into cuisine you will never have enough of them.

One other unique thing that fascinates me about London is its filming locations. Various movies such as The Bourne Ultimatum or my personal favourite Hustle were filmed in London. The list of list goes on and on, and if you are into this type of things you will be very happy to participate in a London Film Locations Tour that will take you to all those filming locations.

What is the best time of year to participate in one of the filming location tours you might want to ask. Any time is really good as long as it is convenient to you, but from my experience I can say that summers are probably the best time there is. If you are reading this post after it has been published on this blog, chances are that you still might be able to book a trip to London and the take part in one of the most thrilling tours you can ever participate in. Being able to relive some of the moments captured in films and movies can be like a dream come true. It will be especially valuable to you if you are into such things, and many people are fans of various films. Movies such as Skyfall or Johnny English will become reality provided that you want to make them happen that way. You might want to remember to take a camera with you in order to be able to take some breath-taking pictures that will allow you to relive those moments during the years to come and share them with your family as well as friends.

What Is Staying In A Log Cabin In The Woods Really Like?

If you’ve ever dreamed of staying in a rustic log cabin in the middle of a densely wooded forest, surrounded by majestic pine trees, creeks, fishing ponds and hiking trails to add to the natural allure, you might find this experience by staying in a place like Beavers Bend cabin lodging. Log cabins can make a person feel as if they have totally escaped into a place that was inspired by a bygone era.

Nature lovers enjoy getting away from the fast pace of everyday life and experiencing life as it was when times were simpler. The idea of total relaxation in a private hot tub on a redwood deck can inspire feelings of seclusion and peace. Being able to go hiking, try fly fishing on a rushing river, or experiencing the sheer joy of kayaking, canoeing and boating can make anyone feel like they are thousands of miles away from their worries.

Getting Back To Nature Is Healing To The Soul

The feelings one has when they get back to nature are like a soothing balm to the soul. Gazing out a window surrounded by the tranquility of freshly fallen snow, or looking out and watching a family of deer delightfully grazing in the woods brings a person feelings of true contentment. Once the leaves change color in the fall, the picturesque landscape seen from large picture windows from a pastoral log cabin in the woods can leave a person breathless.

Getting away from the busy traffic and the noise of urban life has its rewards. A person relaxing in a log cabin in the woods might find themselves immersed in feelings of peace and contentment that are hard to find in any other environment.

All The Comforts Of Home

Some log cabin lodging facilities come fully furnished with the comforts of home, and some even have extra amenities like satellite television. For a true back to nature experience, however, you can choose to keep the television unplugged and tune into the sights and sounds of nature instead.

One of the nicest parts of a log cabin getaway is the ability to escape the things that bombard and overwhelm our senses every day. Getting away and staying in a log cabin in the woods can be an incredibly freeing experience, and one that nature lovers will adore.