Destinations

Three Cheap Eats in Montreal

 

 

Montreal is a foodie’s heaven. Best of all, you don’t have to shell out your precious pennies to enjoy it. There are a variety of tasty cheap eats available at your finger tips.Thanks to several large university campuses located on this tiny island. You just need to know where to look.

1. Le Cagibi

Cuisine: Vegetarian, Mexican
Average spend: breakfast €2 – 7, lunch/dinner €6 – 8
This indie cafe/bar features an appetising menu of fresh soups, salads, burritos and sandwiches accompanied by an excellent selection of tea and coffee. It also offers a simple brunch and breakfast menu that is definitely easy on the wallet. The free Wi-Fi is ideal for travellers on the go and the music isn’t so bad either, so stick around a bit. Check out the daily soup and salad combos. Lentil, lemon and coconut never tasted so good together! See the menu.
5490 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

2. Restaurant Boustan

Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Average spend: pitas €2.50 – 3, combos for €6
For authentic Middle Eastern food on the go, Boustan serves up vegetarian and meat shawarma varieties and platters to satisfy your nightly cravings (open from 11 a.m. until 4 a.m.). Menu highlights include the shish taouk (also known as a kebab, doner or shawarma) and roasted potatoes smothered in the house garlic sauce. The line-up out the door shows just how much Montrealers love this little hole-in-the-wall. See the menu.
2020 Rue Crescent

3. Les Folies

Cuisine: Vegetarian, French and Canadian
Average spend: starters €3 – 5, brunch €8 – 10, mains €11 – 12
Les Folies (meaning crazy-ness) is a lovely little brunch spot with an outdoor patio overlooking bustling Avenue Du Mont Royal East in Montreal’s Le Plateau neighborhood. Brunch items like omelettes, crepes and homefries are a staple of any Canadian cosmopolitan diet and are worth a try at this unique restaurant. Also featured are creative salads and juicy burgers for your meat-eating friends. Try La Fraîche: refreshing greens mixed with fresh fruit, seeds and creamy raspberry vinaigrette. The cocktails are also surprisingly delicious (like the tart raspberry mojito), which are available in pitchers to share. See the menu (French only).

Miscellaneous

Three French Tourists Arrested in Sri Lanka for Kissing a Statue of Buddha

 

 

We need to internalize the habits and customs of the destination we visit in order to avoid situations that would be offensive to people who welcome us. Our Western ways are very different from the rules of conduct practiced by Asian countries and some of them could have serious consequences.

Three French tourists, two men and a woman,were arrested in Sri Lanka after the woman was photographed kissing the lips of the statue of Buddha.

Sri Lanka is predominantly Buddhist and its people are very sensitive to the lack of respect of the image of Buddha, as well as visitors’ behavior in the sanctuaries.

The country’s authorities specifically accused the tourists of ‘desecrating’ the Buddhist shrine town of Kandy; showing disrespect to the Buddha by kissing the holy statue (in another photo a man is pohotographed as imitatingthe Buddha’s posture. These behaviors deeply offended the Buddhists.

The misconduct of the French was denounced by the employee of a local establishment, who alerted authorities when the tourists tried to print photos and were detained.

Subsequently after paying a fine of 1,500 rupees (8.6 euros), they were released. They were originally sentenced for five years. The judge also ordered their deportation.

Beyond its status as a tourist, visitors must be be aware about the holy places and remain silent silent during prayers Tourists should be silent and should dress properly.

 

Destinations

Tourists Opt for Armenia

 

 

Of late, Armenia has been gaining increasing acceptance among tourists as a must-visit destination. One destination that is highly recommended are the churches that are scattered throughout the country and they certainly are part of the attractions that tourists can consider during their vacation.

In Armenia museums are worth visiting and among them Erebuni Museum is one of the most recommended because it showcases many historical pieces of great value. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular museums for tourists.Visitors will also enjoy other museums such as the Museum of History and art galleries which allow them to discover a little more about Armenia.

But if you are not font of going on an art trail, you can opt for a relaxing holiday in Armenia by going to places that ovewhelms you with natural beauty. Breath taking mountains, the valleys and scenic villages are something that one should explore during ones stay in Armenia. And there are different lodging houses for travelers with beautiful natural and peaceful surroundings.

Within this natural rural environment, tourists coming to Armenia can enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking or excursions to different places. They also can enjoy the wide variety of wildlife that Armenia has to offer. No wonder then that many experts think Armenia will surely be one of the most sought-after destinations in this part of the continent.

Best way to enjoy a vacation with family and friends in Armenia is to take a trip during the summer months using the free time on holidays. Whether you love nature or culture, Armenia is a country that you will like. We are sure that it will also surprise you along the way as you will have the opportunity to visit some of its most unique and exciting cities.

 

 

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The Turks and Caicos Islands

 

Just as days get colder and darker in Germany, man yearn for the sun and heat. The Caribbean is the best place to visit with its average temperature of around 30 degrees.

Along with some of the better known places like the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas , there are some lesser known islands that are nonetheless beautiful. There is a group of islands that are situated at the foothills of the southeastern Bahamas, and is part of the Caribbean, that has many holiday seekers enthralled. We are, of course, talking about the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Only recently, the 19-kilometer-long beach of Grace Bay Beach was hailed as “the most beautiful beach in the world”. The approximately 497 km ² island group offers beautiful white beaches and crystal clear waters with beautiful and colorful coral reefs and can rightfully call itself a paradise for water sports enthusiasts.

Speaking of coral reef, the South Caicos Island is the tip of one of the largest coral reefs in the Caribbean. The official language is English, as the island group is under the sovereignty of Great Britain. However, paid with U.S. dollars and with enough of them in the travel budget, you may be followed by all kinds of recreation seekers enterprises. You can try underwater expeditions or cave tours.  350 days of sunshine means that holiday seekers, honeymooners and solo travelers return with their batteries fully recharged.

Tourists can reach the the Turks and Caicos Islands any day of the week as international airlines such as American Airlines, British Airways and Delta Airlines fly there daily.

 

 

Destinations Miscellaneous

India Plans to Promote Mining Tourism

 

 

Worldwide, there are various mining centers that promote a new type of tourism around mining, understood as an activity that tends to enhance, disseminate and gain knowledge of the sites, areas and mining and geological regions. This recreational activity can be done passively from the mere contemplation or actively interacting with the appeal.

And while many might sound strange, it has many followers and therefore, the state government of Goa, India, is targeting closed mines to develop various tourist activities based on the proposed mining policy announced by the State Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. He wants to specify an initiative to develop tourism in those sites after the mines have already stopped working.

He claims that the ‘Tourism-related ore will be promoted to raise awareness, educate citizens and provide employment opportunities for local people, considering that the geoparks will be established in the state, whenever this is possible.

The Director of Mines, Prasanna Acharya, said the idea of converting closed mine shafts into lakes is pending. “If the mining companies have planted trees, then we can see if they can be converted intospices farms”.

In order to shape and develop a better concept to promote tourism related to mining, the government will appoint an appropriate consultant.

‘The land, after the closure of mines, could be returned to local management bodies preferably as a common property resource especially for the benefit of the rural poor.

 

 

Destinations Miscellaneous

The Most Popular Crafts of Argentina

 

 

If you are traveling in Argentina and want to take some memories back home, there are certain craft items that you should keep in mind because they mostly represents the country.

– Mates: come in all colors, sizes and materials. Mate is an infusion feature Argentina, and is therefore also one of the most typical handicrafts.

– Football Shirts: The national sport. One of the best things you can give to someone is the official shirt of one of the major football teams in the world – the blue and white National Team jersey.

– Leather clothing: Argentina is one of the leading exporters of authentic, high quality leather clothing. However, prices are not always cheap (though most agree that businesses pay in installments with major credit cards ). If you’re on a budget, you can choose accessories like key chains or belts, which are also made of best leather craft.

– Food: Canned vinegar, spices and homemade sweets are characteristic of each region and are among the most sought handicrafts in the country. Also, foods such as dulce de leche and yerba mate are also required by visitors.

– Musical Instruments: If you travel through northwest Argentina you will find plenty of flutes, reed pipes, and other instruments like sikus craft, gift ideal for carrying and remembering the sweet sounds of regional music.

– Other: Of course, you will find thumbnails of the Obelisk, postcards, prints, paintings, sculptures, textiles and many other crafts typical of Argentina. It all depends on your taste.

The best place to buy these and other crafts is the Florida Street in Buenos Aires. Florida Street is a downtown street where any means of payment such as credit cards, checks, or cash (local or foreign currency in most cases) are accepted. As much as they offer discounts, do not buy from street vendors in the city, because they are illegal and result in unfair competition for retailers.

Elsewhere in the country, it is best to go to a craft fair but, yes, you can only pay cash because the positions of the fairs do not accept cards (credit or debit).

 

Destinations

Hiking in Wales

 

Cymru is the Welsh name for Wales. The capital is Cardiff and Wales also one of the six Celtic nations. The rugged landscape of Wales is characterized by some green moors, hilly landscapes, meadows and mountains. If you want to do an outdoor holiday or wish to pursue the hobby that is far away from home, Wales is the perfect place, as it has rugged landscapes and rugged mountains that are suitable for long and difficult hikes.

Snowdonia, with 1,085 meters in height, is the highest mountain in Wales. Liverpool Bay, Clwyd and the Wye are just a few of the many rivers that run through this land.

The landscape of Wales is so fantastically beautiful as well as contradictory. Wales is located on the coast, some mountains, and green fields that have many hilly routes to offer.

A hiker’s heart could desire nothing more than such a broad range of experience in landscape features. Wales wants to attract hikers, as the distance from place to place is quite far. Yet, its appealing nature takes the stress away. Besides, its great landscapes, Wales showcases castles and a touch of Britain’s history and culture.

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The Laurel Forest of La Gomera

 

 

The laurel forest of La Gomera is a must-see tourist attraction. The forest is one of the oldest and best one within Europe. The laurel forest is almost completely natural, so it has an impression of absolute originality.

There, one meets the Azores and the Stinklorbeeren laurels especially. These are joined by a variety of ferns that grow very high. The laurel forest also grows moss veils, moss beards and braids. Also, there are lichens, which give the local trees a mystical look. Incidentally, the lichen is no indication that the forest is sick, which is thought by many. This is quite the opposite, because this in fact indicates the purity of the local air.

Because of the diverse rainfall and humidity, the forests in such thrive. Moreover, to prevail in a laurel forest, it is usually always the same climatic conditions. Thus, mild and constant temperatures always prevail there. Even the normally resistant to moisture stays there. In addition, longer dry seasons in this area absolutely unusual. These climatic conditions can be found all year over.

The focus of the laurel forest are huge trees, which can rise up to 30 meters. The laurel forest tree shines with a density that can be up to 3,000 trees per hectare. These forests have their origin in the far past in the Tertiary.

 

 

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Honeymoon hotspots: top places to start your life together

Picking your honeymoon destination is a very personal decision – it’s something that’ll depend on the personalities of you and your partner, what your interests are and what your idea of a romantic break is. Of course, the fact that there are just so many options out there can make choosing just one or two that little bit more difficult; so, we’ve put together a list of some of the top places to start your married life together, giving you a quick look at what gives each its honeymoon appeal.

If you need more guidance making your decision, tour operators can be a massive help in narrowing down your choices. Hayes & Jarvis weddings abroad are a good place to start your search, since they also offer honeymoons and specialists like this are your best bet if you want something more than generic holiday advice.

The Maldives

A gorgeous archipelago in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives barely needs an introduction. This is one of the ultimate places to go if you’re looking for seclusion, privacy and luxury resorts. One of the main advantages to coming here is that, since there is just one resort per island by law, you won’t ever feel like you’re battling the tourist crowds. Throw the destination’s impressive selection of luxury spas into the mix, and it’s easy to see why this is such a good place for honeymooning couples.

It’s for you if:

  • You’re looking for relaxation
  • You want the most intimate, classic romantic setting
  • You are keen to try water sports, such as diving

Sri Lanka

Another Indian Ocean destination, Sri Lanka is a beautiful island that’s perfect for relaxation and spotting wildlife. Some of its top highlights include Yala National Park, where you can see leopards, elephants and sloth bears, and the stunning lagoons of Bentota. This destination’s also good for culture vultures, since you can explore places like Kandy, which is home to one of the most important sites in the Buddhist faith, the Temple of Tooth.

It’s for you if:

  • You want to see exciting animals
  • You hope to spend a lot of time relaxing on the beach
  • You fancy soaking up some culture while you travel

Africa

Now, obviously Africa is a vast continent, and not all of it is honeymoon material. Some areas, however, are absolutely mind-blowing – especially if you’re looking for a honeymoon with a difference. Here are some of the top places to pick/things to do:

  • Go on safari: There are a host of national parks where you can see some of the world’s most incredible animals. Masai Mara National Park and Kruger National Park are among the best.
  • Take a hot air balloon safari: What could be more romantic?
  • Explore Cape Town: A must for city slickers, Cape Town is a great place to start if you fancy exploring South Africa. While you’re here, make sure you take the trip up Table Mountain – the city’s famous backdrop – for an unforgettable honeymoon experience.
  • Discover a paradise island: Not keen on going on safari or exploring a big city? That doesn’t mean Africa isn’t for you; head to the gorgeous island of Zanzibar and you can relax on some of the most stunning, peaceful beaches you’re ever likely to encounter, as well as discover the fascinating cultural heritage of Stone Town.

It’s for you if:

  • You’ve always dreamed of going on safari
  • You want to experience somewhere truly unique
  • You’ve got your heart set on spending your honeymoon on a beautiful island
Destinations

Undiscovered Musandam

 

 

Musandam is located in the northernmost part of Oman. Till a few years ago, it was hardly accessible to tourists. The Omanis on Musandam are still very traditional, in contrast to the other residents of Oman. Musandam is located on the Strait of Hormuz. The peninsula, with nearly 2000km² of area, divides the Gulf of Oman and the Persian-Arabian Gulf. The many bays, similar to the Norwegian fjords, earned Musandam the sobriquet “Norway of Arabia”.

The peninsula is dominated by the high mountains that slope steeply, partly directly into the sea. The highest peak is the Jebel Harim, with 2087 meters. There in the mountains, there are plateaus, from which you can enjoy brilliant views. On a clear day, you can look up to approximately 60 km away to the Iranian coast. Once a year, one of these plateaus is locked and guarded for several weeks.

Khasab is the capital of Musandam. The Khasab Castle Museum is a treat for lovers. Here lies the history of Oman, Musandam and Khasabs, which are illustrated wonderfully. The museum is richly equipped and is very well maintained. A highlight is the traditional dolls in national costume.

The harbor is well worth a visit. Much is produced there by smugglers of boats who are operating out of Iran. The Iranians exchange sheep and goats for cigarettes and electronic equipment. The Omani side of this trade is legal.

For sports enthusiasts, there are many dive trips. The intact underwater world around the Musandam Peninsula fascinates more and more divers. There are huge schools of fish, which sometimes take several minutes to pass the divers. Completely intact coral reefs, turtles, barracudas and seahorses can be observed in the various dive sites. For night dives, you can get lobsters, lionfishes, nudibranchs and many more. The water temperature is always about 23 ° C. The currents are well known and the dive guides are usually avoided.

 

 

Miscellaneous

Prepare Your Skin for the Summer Vacation

There are lots of people, blogs and sites that will tell you that tanning under the sun is a lot better than spending time under the sunbed lamps. And anything natural is most often indeed better than most things manmade. But that does not mean that it is always true and tanning at saloon and using tanning beds or spray tan can be at times better for some of us than the natural way.

Here are 5 reasons why you rather tan at a saloon than on the beach.

Tanning indoors makes you more responsible when it comes to skin protection and overall health. This might be a result of the fact that you are overly conscious that you are using tanning beds and hence take extra precaution or the use of tanning lotion the right way. But studies suggest that indoor tanners are far better at taking care of their skin than those on the beach.

Tanning indoors at a saloon or even having a tanning bed at home (If you can afford that), allows you to have softer and younger looking skin. Pre-tan lotions and moisturizers after tan, which are often used by indoor tanners along with healthy UVB radiation helps in this cause.

Indoor tanners can measure the exact amount of tanning that they get and there is absolutely no chance of over-exposure. Since those on the beach will most likely all day under the sun, they will not have either any control on the amount of tan or its intensity. Using a tanning bed that sports timers, you can accurately get both.

Faster results in a more controlled and definite fashion is what indoor tanning promises. You can get the exact look you want for that ‘special night’ and plan for it perfectly using indoor tanning. That is something that time under the sun cannot deliver.

Indoor tanners can get time under the ‘light’ all year long and at all times. Hitting the beach in your exact window of free time is not always possible. Also the use of bronzers and tanning lotions along with consistent time on sunbeds helps maintain that bronze look all throughout the year.