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Hitting The Links In Aruba

Hitting The Links In Aruba

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Though much of Aruba is dominated by an arid landscape, there are still several stretches of green ideal for one of the world’s favorite pastimes.
Despite the fact that the small island of Aruba has fewer golf courses than some other Caribbean destinations, the sport has long been a popular activity for locals and visitors alike. Beginning golfers and children can participate in lessons and golf clinics at a number of sites, while true enthusiasts can enjoy an 18-hole gem designed by one of the world’s leading architects. As you enjoy the sites in Aruba, consider taking a break to hit the links amongst some of the most beautiful scenery on earth.

The finest of Aruba’s golf courses – Tierra del Sol – rests amongst the picturesque desert beauty of the island’s northwestern coast. Designed by world-renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tierra del Sol is notable for its harmonious integration with the natural landscape. With fairways weaving through patches of cacti and impressive rock formations, the course offers players a golf experience unlike any other in the Caribbean. One of Tierra del Sol’s signature holes – the perilous 3rd – lies atop an imposing cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Tierra del Sol is also known for its vibrant wildlife, including lizards and salamanders that spend their days basking in the sun and a community of elegant egrets that inhabit the salty marshes of the 14th hole.

If that isn’t enough to lure you to the championship-caliber links at Tierra del Sol, the course has plenty more to offer its visitors. Regardless of season, the greens fees include the use of high-tech golf cart equipped with communications systems. In addition to serving as both caddies and scorekeepers, the carts allow golfers to order food and drinks from the clubhouse while on the course. Before heading out on this challenging course, novice golfers and children may want to take advantage of Tierra del Sol’s half-day golf clinics. Offering several hours of instruction and priced at just $45, the package even includes a free lunch in the clubhouse.

Another great place to work on your skills while visiting the island is Aruba Golf and Leisure. With a 300-yard driving range, an 18-hole putting green complete with a chipping area and affordable club rentals, Aruba Golf and Leisure provides everything you need to enjoy a relaxing Caribbean afternoon. As the practice facility is open daily from 7am to 11pm, Aruba Golf and Leisure serves as a great way to unwind after a day of shopping or sightseeing. Much like Tierra del Sol, the site also offers golf clinics throughout the day. These reasonably priced lessons typically last an hour-and-a-half and include a voucher to the neighboring House of Cheng Restaurant.

The newest course in Aruba is the charming 9-hole spread known as The Links at Divi Aruba. Designed by celebrated Caribbean golf course architects Karl Litten and Lorie Viola, The Links at Divi Aruba chose to incorporate paspalum grasses – one of the best surfaces for seaside golf courses. Set amongst the luxurious resorts of Oranjestad, nearly every hole makes use of shimmering natural lagoons and incredible Caribbean scenery. When you’ve finished your round, you can enjoy a luxurious meal at the on-site restaurant Windows or visit the bistro for a quick snack.

Located near Aruba’s second-largest town – San Nicolas – the Aruba Golf Club is a simple 9-hole course that has been a local favorite for years. What the course lacks in distance and difficulty, it makes up for in scenery. Residing in the undeveloped countryside on the far side of the island, Aruba Golf Club allows golfers to enjoy a relaxing round while admiring the cacti, waltzing goats and endless Caribbean horizon.

For those that enjoy golf on a smaller scale, Aruba’s Adventure Golf and Fun Park can’t be missed. Holding the self-proclaimed title as the world’s largest miniature golf course, Adventure Golf and Fun Park also features attractions such as paddleboats and other water toys. Located in central Oranjestad, the park has long been a favorite destination of both local and visiting families.

While Aruba is still in the process of becoming a premier golf destination, there are plenty of great courses to visit for a relaxing day in the sun while in Aruba. Furthermore, as most of Aruba’s golf sites are family-friendly, you won’t find a better active pursuit to unwind after a day experiencing the sites on of one of the Caribbean’s most exciting islands.

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A Guide to Taking Your Dream Bahamas Cruise!

A Guide to Taking Your Dream Bahamas Cruise!

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The Bahamas is arguably the most popular cruise destination for U.S. travelers, and is especially popular with first-time cruisers from the U.S. Only 75kms from mainland USA, the outer islands that make up the group can be reached within a matter of hours. This makes the Bahamas an excellent choice of location for a short Bahamas cruise break of two, three or four nights away from home.
Some 700 islands make up the archipelago of the Bahamas, of which only around 50 are inhabited. Cruise lines generally focus on just two Bahaman ports – Nassau and Freeport.
Nassau is Bahamas’ capital, and is located on the island of New Providence. It is a beautiful compact city that is easy to explore inside a day’s shore excursion. The city’s charm is in its architecture – and of course its people. Late 18th century and early 19th century colonial buildings stand as reminders of Bahamas’ British past. Parliament Square in downtown Nassau offers a unique perspective on the city’s architecture, watched over, as always, by a grandiose marble statue of Queen Victoria.
But Nassau is not just about history. It has a vibrant modern side too. Quality shops, fine restaurants and golden beaches, up onto which the inviting warm transparent waters of the Caribbean lap, are all there to be sampled. Activities such as snorkeling, diving and passenger submarine rides make for an exciting time in this tropical paradise. The nightlife in Nassau is buzzing too, with casinos and nightclubs offering the best of Bahamian life.
A Bahamas cruise to Freeport on the island of Grand Bahama offers tropical paradise that is very close to home. Easily accessible on a two-night Bahamas cruise, Freeport is a city that welcomes cruisers and tourists with open arms. Duty-free shopping is one of the biggest draws of Freeport, and the city itself features a 10-acre international bazaar – a real shopping paradise in the tropics!
The nightlife in Freeport is world-renowned. Casinos, nightclubs and live entertainment in Freeport are amongst the best in the Caribbean, and make for a great night out when you’re on a Bahamas cruise.
For travelers looking for a Bahamas cruise of a longer duration than four nights, some cruise lines offer special extended cruises, several of which incorporate a port call at a private island owned by the cruise company.
Bahamas cruises generally depart from ports in Florida. Port Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale and Miami port are the big three which offer cruises to the Bahamas. So, if you’re looking to take a short romantic break, or just fancy a change of scenery for the weekend, why not get yourself down to Florida and book a Bahamas cruise. Bahamas cruises are reasonably priced, and I guarantee you that the experience will be one that lives long in the memory…

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About the county (4)

About the county

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Italy, the birthplace of pasta and pizza provides a wide range of choices for artwork lovers to experience. A temperate climate exists here with very hot summers and not so cold winters. The weather is the best in spring and autumn with pleasant temperatures and scenic views. At that time of the year, the place isn’t crowded much and things can be enjoyed in leisure. Incase of emergency call 112. For fire call 115 and for ambulance call 118.

Culture

Italian is widely spoken and is the official language. English isn’t very familiar to the locals. Family ties are of utmost importance here and hence social courtesies mean a lot to the locals. There is a great impact of the Roman Catholic Church on the culture here. There is a high content of chlorine in tap waters, so bottled water is recommended for staying fit during the trip. Since Italian is spoken on a wide scale, it is highly recommended to learn few common Italian phrases which can be of great use. Social gatherings call for formal wear, but one can dress in casuals otherwise. At some religious places, sleeveless shirt and shorts are frowned upon. So they are better avoided. Purses and wallets should be well guarded and in case of any theft, police should be informed about the incident.

Site Seeing

The first thing to check out is the leaning tower of Pisa, where Olympics originated. At places like museums and art galleries, photography, especially flash photography is restricted. Check out the ticket counter for more information. Italy should be majorly discovered on foot for a thorough viewing of all the beautiful buildings and monuments. Coaches and trains are a good option to get to a tourist spot.

Shopping

Shops here are open from 9am to 8pm, closed for lunch. Quality of goods is great although the prices are very less. Items like crystals, lacework, leather good, and jewelry can be bought at the stores. Remember to hold on to the receipt. Tipping of 10% is customary along with the service tax levied on the bill. Italy is famous for top designers of the world, so do buy clothes and accessories to update your wardrobe. Cruises have formal gatherings in the evening, so ensure to buy a cocktail dress or some formal wear, though casuals can be worn at other times.

Electricity

The voltage used is 220 volts and 50 Hz frequency.

Getting there

Alitalia is the national airline of Italy. Many other flights connect to Italy from USA, Canada and Australia and there is big competition to attract passengers giving a wide range of offers to travelers. Rome airport is located 26 km away from the city and it takes 45 minutes to get there from the airport. Trains connect directly to Termini Station from where one can take taxi to get to their destination. Duty free shops, bank, car hire and restaurants are the other services provided at this airport. Milan has another famous airport here, which is at a distance of 45km away from the city.

Brindisi, Ancona, Naples and Venice are the major seaports of Italy. Italian State Railways connects many European cities. But, Eurostar provides the fastest train service.

If choosing to drive, don’t forget to carry international driving license and international insurance certificate. Roads connect Italy to France, Austria and Switzerland. Many coach services are provided from the neighboring countries.

Duty Free Items

1. 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250g of tobacco
2. 2liter of wine and 1liter of spirits (over 22 per cent) or 2liter of fortified or sparkling wine
3. 50g of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette; 500g of coffee or 200g of coffee extract (if over 15 years of age)
4. 100g of tea or 40g of tea extract
5. Gifts not exceeding €89.96 (if entering from an EU country), €175 (if entering from a non-EU country).

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Tips In Traveling To Australia

Tips In Traveling To Australia


A lot of people around the world have been dreaming of exploring and discovering the wonderful sights and attractions of the land down under, the magnificent island of Australia.
A great number of individuals are in awe with the sun-kissed strips and terrain of this exquisite country which offers you a taste of the outback or a choice to go frolicking and enjoying a sun tan in its luxurious beaches. This is the country where you can get to enjoy the most out of your summer and take pleasure in the wintry seasons of ice and snow. Get caught up in the up-to-the-minute elements and facets in its modern cities and visit the popular Sydney Harbour where the world famous Sydney Opera House is located.

Before booking that trip to Australia and excitedly packing your clothes and essentials, you may want to know that December and January are fully packed tourist months this is because these months mean long vacations from school. Thus, if you are looking forward to visit Australia during these months, then make sure to book your hotel accommodations well ahead of time.

January is also a hectic month for Australia because it hosts the “Festival of Sydney.” This means a celebration where there is a great display of street theatre, huge and enormous exhibits of fireworks and a lot of open air concerts. Other celebrations and festivities include the Comedy Festival held in Melbourne during the month of April and in September, writers are given honor and recognition with their own “Writer’s Festival.” It may interest you to know that there is also one very unique Australian festival that would be very exciting for all beer lovers and that is the “Darwin Beer Can Regatta” which is held in the month of August. The festival entails not the drinking-beer-until-you-drop theme as a lot of people may think but it involves boat races where the water crafts are ingeniously made out of beer cans. And gay people are not to be set aside when you are in Australia because they have their very own “Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras too. This event is usually celebrated in the months of February or March. Melbourne also takes on a Midsummer’s Festival in the months of January or February.

The point in fact, there is no bad time to visit Australia as the weather is usually good. The sun is usually scorching hot and sizzling during December to February which is perfect for summer vacations and escapades. The beaches and oceans of Australia are more than welcoming for you to take a dip in its waves and enjoy breaking surf or two. During the months of June until August, you get to take pleasure in playing with the snow and skiing to your heart’s content in the regions of Victoria and New South Wales.

If money and expenses are the issue, you may be glad to know that in Australia the accommodation and food are very affordable and could be very well within your financial budgets. There are budget meals to choose from in a lot of establishments and one way to save is to cook your own food which is typically allowed in most camps or hostels.

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Is Football Coming Home

Is Football Coming Home


The English football team have managed to reach the quarter finals of the Fifa World Cup, will this finally be the year that football comes back home for the first time since 1966?
Despite not playing their best football, England are still in the tournament and must have a great chance of lifting the trophy.

Some might say that I am biased as I am from England myself and am an avid England supporter, however I really feel that 2006 could be the year for our boys out there in Germany. This may of course be all blown away on Saturday when the team face Portugal and big Phil Scolari. Scolari has been the manager of the last two teams who have knocked England out of the last two major tournaments and therefore will pose a big threat to my team. He was the manager of the Brazil team that beat England in the 2002 World Cup and he was and still is the manager of the Portugal team that beat England in the 2004 European Championship. I am hoping that it will be third time lucky for the English this year.

To say that England are yet to peak is a bit of an understatement as they have in truth been well below par. This could however be quite a good thing, how many times have Germany scraped through to the final stages of the tournament without thrilling the crowds?

With Wayne Rooney becoming stronger and fitter this has to be the best opportunity that England has had for quite some time. There are many leaders and potential captains in the English team. Players like John Terry, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard would all make worthy captains when David Beckham decides to give up this role. As well as potential captains, these players are also what I call winners and when push comes to shove hopefully will deliver the goods.

Argentina, Brazil and Germany could prove to be the biggest dangers to England. After a slow start Ronaldo seems to have found his scoring boots again and the Brazil team has some great players all over the park. I have to say that I am getting quite bored of them winning however, surely its the turn of England this time around.

Germany have played some great football on their home turf and seem to building up a head of steam. They could prove quite difficult to stop and always seem to do well in the World Cup.

Many people would argue that Argentina have probably played the best football so far and that they are worthy favourites. I would have to agree with this and just hope that they have peaked too soon.

It certainly would be a great summer in England if our team can bring football home to where it belongs this year. Good luck England.