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A Guide To Salzburg Austria

A Guide To Salzburg Austria


Salzburg, Austria is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Mozart.
The city is home to numerous music and drama festivals throughout the year. The movie The Sound of Music was filmed in this city and is a popular tourist attraction. The alpine setting of this city gives it a unique charm. There are many sites to see and lots to do here.

Accommodations

There are many hotels in the city to fit every taste and budget. Prices vary widely from many affordable hotels to more luxury hotels with higher price tags. The internet is a good source of reviews of the many hotels in the city. You can view pictures and read descriptions of the various hotels before choosing your accommodations.

Vacation packages are available online or through a travel agent. These can save money, compared to booking your flight and accommodations separately. Do some research before visiting a travel agent or booking online into some of the hotels available in the city. Decide if you want to be in the inner city or farther out.

Sightseeing

Salzburg’s Old City is the center of the city and the most historic area. It is considered one of the most aesthetically beautiful cities in Europe. The area has many old footbridges to walk and pedestrian only areas for sightseeing. Horse and buggy tours of the area are also available. If you need a break from the city, consider walking the many paths outside the city to relax and enjoy the quiet and beauty of nature.

Salzburg is home to many old churches, most in the Baroque style. The cathedral in the center of town dates back to the 17th century. The architecture of these old churches gives the city its unique character. Some to see include: St. Sebastian’s, St. Michaels, St. Johns and St. Peter’s Abbey.

Mozart’s Birthplace has been renovated to the original apartments inhabited by the family. The room where he was born and the room where he composed most of his famous works are still open for tours. Guided tours are available the first Sunday of each moth. This is where the composer lived until 1773. Mozart’s Residence is located nearby and is where he lived from 1773 to 1780. There are exhibits related to the family and the works of Mozart.

Fans of the Sound of Music often love visiting Salzburg. The movie was filmed here. You can tour locations throughout the city that were featured in the film. A tour bus playing music from the movie takes you around to all the locations featured in the film.

Mirabelle Palace is open for tour. The ornate palace is also home to amazing gardens with statues of mythical figures. Heckentheater on the West Side is the oldest Hedge Theater north of the Alps. This was constructed in the 1700s as an outdoor theatre. On the same site is the Zivergegarten, which is a dwarf garden.

Hohensalzburg Fortress is another popular tourist attraction in the city. The fortress was first constructed in the year 1077 and expansions were done in 1160 and again in the 15th and 16th centuries during the Hungarian War. This is the largest fortress in all of central Europe. It was very effective and was never conquered by enemy armies. The fortress is open year round for tours.

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How about some Snorkeling in Acapulco?

How about some Snorkeling in Acapulco?

Summary: Who says snorkeling is only on the Bahamas? Mexico’s Acapulco does offer a lot in terms of snorkeling too.

Who says snorkeling is only on the Bahamas? Mexico’s Acapulco does offer a lot in terms of snorkeling too. Though the most ideal spots are accessible by motorized boats alone, once you get the chance to rent (or procure it by other means) you would be grateful for the effort.

Probably the best place for snorkeling in Acapulco is in Isla la Roqueta. Here the water can be as deep as 30 feet but you’d be convinced it is nowhere more than 10 feet since the water is exceedingly crystal clear. Take a glass bottom boat if you can to maximize your snorkeling in Acapulco experience. Isla la Roqueta may not offer much in terms of corals and marine diversity but it do have an endless patch of marine vegetation that house multitudes of fishes. Isla la Roqueta DO has plenty of fishes to see. Even just by skimming the surface, schools of them will pass any swimmer often, completely unafraid. And don’t forget to seek the submerged statue of the Lady of Guadalupe.

You could head also to Puerto Marques for your snorkeling in Acapulco experience. This snorkeling location is located 15 kilometers southeast of Acapulco. You can either take a boat or drive down the coastal highway and take a turnoff the road. This is also a frequent area so there are persons who do ‘watches’ for your car and stuffs for a dollar. Anything should be safe, but it is generally advised not to bring highly valuable items. Keep stuffs like purses and black bags out of site. In the trunk or anywhere as long as it remains hidden from plain site.

Puerto Marques provides an excellent snorkeling in Acapulco experience. Noted mostly for its shallow and clear waters, Puerto Marques do offer an interesting aquatic habitat.

Playas Caleta & Caletilla is the best place to gaze at the Mexican diversity and culture. Listen to a guitar tune, drink a cerveza, and try the white cheese dip and a tortilla, and of course a snorkeling in Acapulco experience. Gorgeous scenery underwater and above, calm waters and lots and lots of colorful fun, that’s why Playas Caleta & Caletilla is Acapulco’s most traditional beach.

The sunken ship Rio de la Plata makes an excellent underwater scenery, just perfect for snorkeling. This sunken ancient ship lies in the waters of Icacos located in the Zona Dorada. Don’t miss this underwater spectacle, but be sure you know how to swim to a moderate depth.

Too bad, just like in Isla la Roqueta, other sites for snorkeling in Acapulco couldn’t get any better. Due to the number of native bathers that hardly responsible that frequented the area, these marine habitats suffered dearly. Still, by government restoration and strict laws, this snorkeling place credits among the best Acapulco experience.

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Mexican Soccer

Mexican Soccer

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The Mexico National Football Team is the national soccer team in Mexico. The Mexican national soccer team is under the Fédéracion Mexicana de Futbol Asociacion, A.C. (FEMEXFUT). The FEMEXFUT is the official governing body of the sport soccer in Mexico. The Mexican national soccer team is also know as the “El Tricolor” and it is also one of the top soccer teams (playing under Group D along with Iran, Angola and Portugal) in the recently concluded FIFA World Cup 2006 that was held in Germany. The Mexican soccer team is under the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American Caribbean Association Football). CONCACAF is the governing body of football associations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The Mexican national soccer team is currently leading in the number of most Gold Cup wins in CONCACAF. The Mexican national soccer team is also the leader in the overall number of CONCACAF wins. They were not able to claim a slot in the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament. They were knocked out by the Columbian national soccer team.
Even though they were not able to secure a place in the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament, the Mexican soccer team has been included the Word Cup for numerous times. In the qualifying round the Mexican team defeated Costa Rica and then two months later defeated the U.S. soccer team. The Mexican soccer team defeated the Iranian soccer team 3-1 in the opening game of the World Cup. The Mexican team was then tied against Angola in a 0-0 score. However, Portugal knockout the Mexican soccer team in a heartbreaking 2-1 score, for a slot as a qualifier in the FIFA World Cup Semi Finals.
The Mexican soccer team participated in the first World Cup in 1930 but was not able to participate until 1950. Since then, it has qualified six successive World Cups and hosted the 1970 FIFA World Cup. Even before the Mexican national soccer team had made an impression in the World Cup series, it was compared to South American and European soccer teams. The Mexican national soccer team only had one victory out of the five World Cup tournaments that they participated since then.
Mexico professed that they have the best league in soccer outside Europe, outplaying the Brazilian soccer club and Argentinian soccer club, because most of the South American soccer players tend to play in other countries rather than their own. The Mexican national soccer team was the only team in to ever have a player participating in five consecutive World Cup tournaments. That Mexican national soccer team player was their goalkeeper named “Antonio Carbajal” who became a legend in the international soccer game. At present there are a lot of Mexican soccer players who want to prove their worth in the international world of soccer. Who can ever tell? Maybe the next soccer superstar will be a Mexican.

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Not so American Samoa

Not so American Samoa

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American Samoa is an unincorporated and unorganized territory of the United States. It is located in the South Pacific Ocean, just to the East of the larger country of Samoa. International rivalries in the later half of the 19 th century were settled by an a treaty in 1899, in which the country of Germany and the United States of America divided the Samoan land area. The United States formally occupied its portion and kept a strong presense.

The western islands of Samoa which once belonged to the United States are now the independent state of Samoa. A cooling station was built by the U.S. Navy, in Pago Pago Bay for its Pacific Squadron. During the second World War, US Marines based in American Samoa, out numbered the local population. This has historically had a huge cultural influence on the country, which is still evident in many parts of the country today.

Some quick Facts:

  • American Samoa is located in the region of Steps Point, which is the southern most point in the United States of America
  • Goods manufactured in American Samoa or it’s region can be labeled “Made in the USA.”
  • Approximately 30 Samoans, most from American Samoa, play in the National Football League (NFL).
  • The National soccer team of American Samoa holds a world record in international soccer for the record defeat in an international match, a 31 to 0 crushing by Australia on April 11, 2001.

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Caribbean Travel Special

Caribbean Travel Special

High season in the Caribbean starts in January all through April. So if you want to get the best Caribbean travel special, then get the deepest discounts in late April or early May, and last into December.

Below are some of our top picks for Caribbean travel specials:

Apple’s February Frees and Best Buys

A well-established company with departures from dozens of US cities, Apple Vacations is always offering Caribbean travel specials and promotions, including multiple departure cities and popular all-inclusives. The company also specializes in Hawaii and Mexico, often departing from the northeast US, but with flights from the Midwest, Seattle, San Diego, and more.

Like most booking sites, the Apple web site also offers a nifty tool to allow you to choose a Caribbean travel special. And if you want to find out more about what resorts offers what to families, just click on any of the resort name and get info on:

* Kids’ programs
* Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free
* Children’s pool
* Teen disco
* Babysitter fees
* Dining and entertainment
* Beaches

And plenty more. Their February Frees also offer great promotional rates. The have one now at the Allegro in Punta Cana. Apple’s Best Buys are discount Caribbean travel specials to all-inclusive resorts like Sandals and Beaches, as well as packages to other popular destinations in Cancun, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and more.

Off-Season Caribbean Travel Specials at Aruba.com

If off-season deals are for you, then check for island-wide Caribbean travel specials at Aruba.com. The site allows you to explore their directory where you can book your accommodations, plan your vacation, dine in the best restaurants, and enjoy the exciting activities available to you at sunny Aruba. To customize your Caribbean travel special, just make your choice on the following items:

* Activities
* Air only
* Aruba Certified Expert to plan your trip
* Best hotel rates and availability
* Booking flight and hotel saving packages
* Preferred partners
* Restaurants

Atlantis Resort Waterscapes

This world-famous resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas, is truly one-of-a-kind with acres and acres of waterscapes, including shark lagoon, Lazy River, amazing water slides, casino, spa, and Discovery Channel Camp. Atlantis also has many underwater viewing areas where you can see some 50,000 sea creatures.

So if you want a Caribbean travel special perfect with kids, then choose any of the 4-day/3-night stay deals at the Beach Tower. In addition, these Caribbean travel specials include ground transfers. For the lowest-priced Caribbean travel specials, get a room at Atlantis’ Beach Tower. Coral Towers comes second while the Royal Towers got the steepest rates.

Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbor

82 oceanfront rooms, terraces and balconies with panoramic views, one-bedroom suites for families with full kitchen and two bathrooms – all on an island so quiet you’re going to think you’re alone…which you probably are. That is what the Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbor offers. With 52 acres of white sand beaches surrounded by lush gardens, this Caribbean travel special resort has activities for families, including snorkeling, tennis, feeding fish of the pier, mountain biking, sailing, and sport fishing.

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