Introduction:Portsmouth is located on the south coast of the scenic county of Hampshire. The city has a long established historic naval presence. The city of Portsmouth was established in the year 1623, being a community that swears by its influence to world history. As well as being an important naval town, Portsmouth has a nostalgic feel with its cobblestone streets, horse drawn carriages, museums and famous historic buildings. Boasting over one hundred restaurants, antique shops and a huge music hall called the Portsmouth Music Hall. You will fall in love with the ambience that this historic city offers as well as the coastal aspect of the place.Places of Interest:A place of historic significance, you can explore Lord Nelsons flagship, HMS Victory and visit Queen Victorias battleship, HMS Warrior 1860. You could also have a look at Henry Vllls Mary Rose and retrace the history of the Royal Navy at the Royal Naval Museum. Other attractions include Charles Dickens birthplace, the D-Day Museum featuring the Overlord Embroidery, Southsea Castle, the Royal Marines Museum, and Portsmouth Cathedral.Royal Marines Museum: This is a grand museum situated in a former officers' mess with sweeping stairways, chandeliers and fine paintings. There are also beautiful grounds in which you can relax and enjoy a quiet picnic with your friends. The Exhibition gallery features a talking head of Hannah Snell, audiovisual shows, interactive games, and a collection of over 7,000 medals. Eastney Beam Engine House Industrial Archaeology: This museum contains a pair of magnificent James Watt beam engines, stationed in their original high Victorian engine house of 1887. There are also a variety of other pumping engines on display here. Natural History Museum: In this museum you can see the geology of the Portsmouth area and a full-size reconstruction of Dinosaur Iguanodon and other fossil remains. You can enter here through the Riverbank scene with a fresh water aquarium and have a look at the different kinds of fish on display. You can also see the Ice Age displays and early mammals and birds here. The Spinnaker Tower: This is one wonder which is absolutely breath-taking.You can experience the stunning views from this unique 170m tower, visible from miles around. This is the newest landmark which is change the skyline of Portsmouth! Aspex Gallery: Here, tourists can experience the most creative and contemporary visual arts; locally, nationally and internationally. There are programs of solo, grouped and themed exhibitions mostly centred on the work of younger or emerging artists. The 1642 Living History Village, Historic Site, Gosport: This is a representational Hampshire village set in the year 1642. You could go back in time and experience this replica of how it used to be with timber and thatched buildings. Occupants dress and speak in 17th century style.Things to do:Portsmouth is also called the Waterfront city. It has a fantastic range of restaurants, bars and cafs to soothe your thirst and satisfy your taste buds. Of course, it will suit your budget too. As far as shops are concerned, the choice is huge.Shopping: The Southsea, this major shopping complex has two department stores as well as a range of boutique shops. There are florists, diamond merchants and antique dealers; even interior decorators to cater to your every shopping need. Of course, the cafes, restaurants and bars are numerous too. There is Gunwharf Quays with 80 outlets that sell big brand names for a discount prices. It is open seven days a week. The City Centre is famous for its branded and trendy stores. The shopping precinct on Commercial Road, the indoor mall at Cascades, and the street markets on Thursday, Friday and Saturday are very popular and well worth a visit. Eating and drinking: There are restaurants and small bistros that offer cuisine ranging from Indian to Italian, Turkish to Thai. If you want to meet with friends or enjoy your weekend, there is always a themed location to drink and socialize. Special Events: Two of Portsmouth's most renowned personalities have events to commemorate their lives in 2006. Brunel 200 Portsmouth will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who was born in Portsmouth on 9th of April 1806.The famous author Richard Lancelyn Green will be releasing his wonderful collection of Conan Doyle-related books, papers and assorted memorabilia in the later half of 2006. Transport: Portsmouth has regular bus routes connecting the main visitor areas. In fact, a new pilot bus service for all you night owls has been inaugurated and is operational on Friday and Saturday nights. The Nightrunner will start services from South Parade Pier at 1.25am and 2.25 am and at Winston Churchill Avenue at 1.30am and 2.30am. There are currently 234 licensed taxis working in the city providing 24-hour service.Food and Drink:Indian Palace: Indian Palace in Gunwharf Quays is famous for authentic and traditional spicy and tasty Indian and moghlai dishes. Arbuckles: This small and friendly restaurant is famous for chicken and vegetarian burgers. Booking is required. A fistful of Tacos: This place at South Sea serves authentic sea food and vegeterian dishes as well. Caf Citrus is a popular caf bar in Albert Road, Southsea. It is perfect for a romantic rendevous or a friendly get-together.Hotels and Accomodation:Whether you are looking for a short stay or a longer holiday, Portsmouth offers a comprehensive range of accommodation from small, private bed and breakfasts to the plusher four-star hotels. It is always better if you reserve your accommodation in advance. The tarrifs for hotels, accomodations and guest houses are generally quoted as per person, based on a couple sharing, and include VAT (17.5%). All prices for self-catering units are quoted as per unit per week inclusive of VAT (17.5%).Inn Lodge Portsmouth Royal Beach Hotel Express by Holiday Inn Portsmouth Tulip Inn Portsmouth Beaufort Hotel Best Western Queens Hotel Seacrest HotelEntertainment:The city of Portsmouth is abuzz with entertainment and activity around the clock. Catering for all diverse tastes such as comedy, film, football, live music, bowling, literature and arts. At Gunwharf Quays there is a bowling arena and a state of the art 12 screen cinema, with a further 9 screen cinema at Port Solent. The Kings Theatre Trust Limited at Albert Road, Portsmouth is famous for live music and theatrical events. No 6 Independent Cinema and Vue Cinemas are two of the 4 major cinema houses here.All in all, Portsmouth is a city on the sea packed with a beautiful mix of history and heritage. Add to it the variety on offer with its bars and restaurants as well as a comprehensive program of events, you know that you have discovered the right city to spend your holiday or short stay. Being situated on the coast is a huge bonus too!.
There is no superior starting place for your travel to Spain than the grand and enchanting streets of Barcelona. There is never a dull moment in this city that literally never sleeps, especially in the summer months. Barcelona is studded with the unmistakable modernism of Antoni Gaudi, who single-handedly landed the city on the architectural map. A stroll down the grand avenue Passeig de Gracia will take you directly in front of both Casa Batllo and Casa Mila, which are incredible feats of art and design and fully accessible to the public. Make reservations to have cocktails and watch the sun set on the Alice In Wonderland-like rooftop of Casa Mila (only available for the summer season). Wind your way through the narrow passages of the Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of town, until you find the overwhelming and unmistakable Gothic Cathedral (just remember to watch your pockets!).Just an hour north of Barcelona in the town of Figueres is Northern Spain's most interesting and unique museum. The Dali museum is so extraordinary because it was designed and constructed by the artist himself and the collection of his works is unsurpassed anywhere else in the world. The coastline north of Barcelona, extending to the French border, is known as the Costa Brava and is one of the Mediterranean's most exclusive and beautiful vacation destinations. Additionally, Catalonia's countryside is spotted with superb Spanish wine vineyards and olive groves. Once you fall in love with Barcelona, it will be extremely difficult to leave; however, there are a few other gems in the north to explore in order to have really traveled Spain.San Sebastian (Donostia)A blend of cosmopolitan chic and sophisticated resort town, San Sebastian offers all the luxuries of a big city while providing the Atlantic coastline with its most popular beach getaway. San Sebastian, the heart and soul of the Basque region, is widely known for its world-class restaurants and irresistible tapas bars; its location just south of the French border has added a unique flare to the culture and cuisine found nowhere else in Spain. Just a short bus ride inland takes you to Bilbao, home of Frank O. Gehry's spectacular architectural triumph, the Guggenheim Museum. This is one stop that must be made when you travel Spain!PamplonaThe captivating words of Hemmingway and the dangerous art of bull running are inescapable symbols of this historic township. Another cultural staple of the Basque region, Pamplona should be a stop on as you travel Spain in July when La Fiesta de San Fermin (The Running of the Bulls) takes place over 14 days. The population of 250,000 explodes to over 1 million, so reserve a place to stay early or simply do what the locals do: eat, drink and dance in the streets until the sun comes up and the bulls begin to run!Months would be needed to travel Spain's diverse cultures and distinct regions. With more limited time, these fascinating destinations provide an intimate window into the authentic Spanish way of life.For more information on travel to Spain and other destinations in Europe, and discount airfare to Spain, visit www.cfares.com.
The bigger your family, the harder it is to find time to spend with each other. Family getaways are one way to carve out some time in that hectic schedule. Family Getaways For A Little Time TogetherIf you have a family, you know how hard it is to schedule a trip. Everyone in the family has a different idea on where to go, and a different schedule to work around. The kids might have sports events and music lessons, while Mom and Dad have a job to go to. If a long trip isnt in the cards for your clan, family getaways can be a great solution to taking a trip together.There are many different family getaways that can be fun and entertaining to the entire group. Depending on your area of the country and the time of year, you can visit such diverse places as the Catskills in upstate New York or the Wisconsin Dells. Many resorts and hotels offer packages to families looking for a short stay, and with the number of different activities available in these areas, there will be plenty to fill up your time.If you choose to stay in the Catskills, a picturesque area of New York State that is in the Adirondack Mountain range, you will have a lot to see and do. This area was made famous by people from New York City, who flocked here in the 1950s and 1960s to stay in the relative wilderness and calm of the Catskill area. If you enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, swimming and just plain relaxing, this area is for you. The Rocking Horse Ranch, located in New Paltz, New York, offers families horseback riding, outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming and much more. This resort is all-inclusive, so everything comes with one price including activities and food.Living in the Midwest United States might mean a trip to New York is out of the question, but that doesnt mean you cant enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin Dells. Known as the home of the indoor waterpark, this area has the most indoor waterparks in the world. The Great Wolf Lodge, in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, has over 70000 square feet of indoor waterslides for your enjoyment. It is also home to a 20,000 square foot live video game adventure known as Wileys Woods. Many other nearby water and amusement parks make this destination a kids paradise if you have younger ones.Family getaways may not be as long as the week trips of past generations, but there is still a lot you can see and do in a short time. Choose a resort area that has much to do in a small area, and spend your together, enjoying all that your getaway has to offer.
Lake Champlain is the largest body of fresh water in the U.S. after the Great Lakes, and at 120 miles in length and an average depth of 400 and 12 miles across, everything about it is impressive. But more impressive than its size is its unspoiled beauty. In a state already known for conservation and back-to-nature vacations, Lake Champlain is the secret destination for a growing number of New England vacationers.Heres my pick of five destinations and attractions in the Lake Champlain region when you visit...ISLAND HOPING VERMONT STYLE:The northern half of Lake Champlain contains a wonderful patchwork of Islands. The largest of the Islands are interconnected with each other and the Vermont mainland by Route 2 in the south and Route 78 in the north. Following Route 2 from south to north will take you through the picturesque towns of South Hero, Grand Isle, North Hero, and Alburg just a few miles from the Canadian border.The Lake Champlain Islands terrain is flat to gentle rolling hills, which means bicycling is a popular way to get around on vacation. In most areas youll have unobstructed views of Vermonts Green Mountains to the east, and New Yorks Adirondacks to the west.BURLINGTON - LAKE CHAMPLAINS CITYThough Montpelier is the state capital of Vermont, its largest city is Burlington, which sits on the shore of Lake Champlain, with the stunning backdrop to the east of the Green Mountains.Activities in Burlington include ECHO, Vermonts world-class lake aquarium and science center on the waterfront, Lake Champlain Chocolates guided factory tour, where you can see these famous chocolates made right before your eyes, and The Ethan Allen Homestead and Museum. Complete your day with a train ride through the beautiful Champlain Valley on the Green Mountain Railroad. The train meanders through gently rolling green pastures to Shelburne and back.CRUISES ON LAKE CHAMPLAINTwo cruise boats operate on Lake Champlain in the summer - "The Spirit of Ethan Allen III" accommodates 500 people and the "Northern Lights" has room for 150 guests. Both these boats leave from the docks in Burlington.While cruising youll listen as tour guides discuss the Lake Champlain regions rich revolutionary past, the importance of the Native Americans of this area, and interesting facts about the Lake. But center stage on either cruise is the stunning views of the Islands and the surrounding mountains of Vermont and New York.DIVING FOR WRECKSIf diving for wrecks is your passion then in Lake Champlain youve come to the right place. The Lake is considered by many divers to have the best collection of historic shipwrecks in North America.Eight of these wrecks are preserved for the enjoyment of divers, and under the watchful eye of the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve. These wrecks offer a unique experience for northeast diving. The types of wrecks vary from a horse ferry to canal boats, with some located close to both the Vermont and New York shorelines of the Lake. Diving experience required ranges from beginner to advance.For more information on these wrecks visit the Preserves site at www.lcmm.org.LAKE CHAMPLAIN MARITIME MUSEUMThe Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is located near Vergennes, and is a marvelous way to experience the historical significance of the lake. The museum at Basin Harbor provides opportunities to step back in time as you explore a Revolutionary War gunboat, watch craftsmen use traditional shipbuilding skills, and learn about nautical life in the Champlain Valley during the conflicts of the 18th century.The Museum is self-guided but has plenty of demonstrations for you to stop and view as you wander around.STATE PARKS ON LAKE CHAMPLAINThere are over 50 State Parks in Vermont, and the Lake Champlain area contains twelve of those state parks, and includes: Alburg Dunes, Knight Point, Sandy Bar, Burton Island, Grand Isle, Knight Island, North Hero, and Woods Island in the Lake Champlain Island chain. Other state parks on the Lakes shore are: Kill Kare, Kingsland Bay, Button Bay, and DAR.Within these Vermont State Parks are opportunities for hiking, biking, camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, and swimming. The parks are a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the waters of the Lake for a day or longer, and to hike trails in between a swim and reading your novel.
Airdrie is a city located in Alberta, Canada. It is just north of Calgary inside of the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor. As part of Calgary's Census Metropolitan Area It adds to area's estimated (1,037,100 in 2004). Because Airdrie is a member community of the Calgary Regional Partnership, It also adds to that regions population of about 1.1 million. Due to Airdrie's close proximity to Calgary, their has been an explode in population over the past few years. Airdrie's population was 27,069 In 2005, making it Calgary's largest politically distinct suburb.Airdrie started as a railway village in 1889 during the construction of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway. Again because of it's close proximity to Calgary, today Airdrie is a gorgeous bedroom community and living industrial centre. Nose creek is its primary body of water, which is also the focal point of a number of green spaces and city parks in the city. One of the more popular of these parks is Nose Creek Park. Nose Creek Park hosts the annual Airdrie Festival of Lights every Christmas season. Other annual festivals celebrated include the Airdrie Pro Rodeo and the Canada Day Parade. Transportaion in Airdrie is a breeze because it is situated on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway, the biggest highway in Alberta. This highwayh connects Calgary and Edmonton, thus making Airdrie a small and central transportation hub.Feel free to reprint this article as long as you keep the following caption and author biography in tact with all hyperlinks.