Lets start with wine bars and cafes! In Italy bars are literally on every corner. Do not confuse them with the classic American bars. Italian bars ( or caff) serve caf, cappuccinos, hot chocolates, tea, light snacks and aperitifs. We recommend in particular 2 historic places.The Gilli which is a wine bar and restaurant and since 1733 it has been serving also all kinds of treats and light meals.. (Piazza della Repubblica,ph: +39 055 213 896). And just in front the Giubbe Rosse Caf where you can have brunch from 9 or a complete menu from 18 ( Piazza della Repubblica 13/14; ph: +39 055 212 280).Tip: a coffee is way too cheaper (up to 1) at the counter that at your sit at the table. In this way you can enjoy a good coffee-break in fantastic places without spending a fortune!Once stuffed with an excellent Italian Breakfast with cappuccino and brioche you are ready to visit the Uffizi Museum, probably the reason why you got your flight ticket to Florence!Palazzo Vecchio (Uffizi) is an amazing palace set just around Piazza della Signoria, once the centre of political power and city life. Just behind there is the spectacular Ponte Vecchio housing numerous antique and modern jewellery shops and the Signoria open arched galleryIn the Uffizi Gallery you can enjoy Italian masterpieces from Medieval period to Modern. Just to give you some masters names: you will be meeting Leonardo, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Caravaggio.There are also periodic modern art exhibitions Check the official website to get all info and the ticket reservations to avoid extenuate queues. The main entrance is under the portico of the Palazzo degli Uffizi 6 and it is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8.15am until 6.35pm (last entry 6pm). Admission: 9.50 (plus 3 to online reservations); concessions available. (uffizi.firenze.it). One of the best ways to reach the city centre is to get the n. 23 bus or line B.To get an affordable accommodation while in Florence you can check the following nice Bed and Breakfast ( B&B) providing clean accommodations and friendly atmosphere. The Abatjour B&B close to the train station, Soggiorno Primavera, the central B&B Cinque Sensi, Althea rooms B&B, Cimarosa Armony BB, a Casa di Dante BB; Bed and Breakfast tourist house, Bed and breakfast Montebello B&B. Usually a double room costs around 50-70 euros per night.If you prefer a guest house or a budget hotel you can try this selection where the prices are very good for the quality and the services they offer. Hotel Castri which is set in a Renascent villa with a green park, hotel Palazzuolo, hotel Guelfa, il Ghiro guest house. There are also studios and apartments or upper scale hotels where you start form 50 euros per person per night at the Gemini Studio, Alex house, Leopolda hotel, hotel Autopark, hotel Erina, Alamanni Hotel, Hotel Beatrice, Goldoni hotel. This prices are for a night stay and they are subject to changings but in general they include breakfast, linen and towels.
Cambridge combines the best of traditional and modern life in one city. The towers, quadrangles and gardens of its 31 colleges create the Cambridges spectacular landscape. At the same time, visitors enjoy the best in theatre, music and live entertainment in Cambridges many festivals and theatres. A great spot to visit all year round, Cambridge is host to many thousands of visitors, and endures as one of Englands most popular places to visit.Places of InterestOn every corner of the city, there is at least one building or view that is worth visiting and exploring. There are also places off the beaten path that are definitely worth a short excursion.The Universitytake a guided tour of Cambridges 31 famous colleges. You can spend time investigating these colleges for a day or for weeks.Moggerhanger ParkThis Georgian Grade I Historic house is a jewel in the Bedfordshire Countryside. It has undergone a gradual renovation process, and fits the striking and original design of Sir John Soane.Cromwell MuseumSir Oliver Cromwell, born in 1599 attended this former school along with Samuel Pepys. Now a museum, this collection features objects once belonging to the former Lord Protector and his family.Fenners FieldHave a pint, some crisps and watch a cricket match in the Universitys cricket field. You can view a match in April, May or June.ADC TheatreThe oldest theatre in Cambridge, this venue is home to the finest student productions as well as community theatrical projects.Things To DoWhatever your interests, you can find a variety of activities in Cambridge. Whether music is your passion or you prefer taking a nature hike, there is always something going on in Cambridge, regardless of the season.Corn Exchange FestivalIn the summertime, Cambridge is home to one of East Anglias finest events during which you can experience the best in every genre of music, comedy and drama.Cambridge Folk Festivaldescribed by the Daily Telegraph as Europes most celebrated folk festival, this frequently sold-out event features folk music from every corner of the world.Fireworks DisplayCambridge hosts the largest free fireworks display in England, and along with the impressive show, there is also free, live entertainment and a bonfire.Debenhamsno trip to England is complete without a shopping excursion at one of the most frequently visited department stores in the country. Whatever you are looking for, you will find it here.Roman Road Walktake a stroll back in time on a circular Roman road that will lead you through local fields and villages.Food & DrinkIn addition to visiting Cambridge superb sites, you will also need to grab a bite to eat now and again. Whether you prefer a formal meal, a light snack or a traditional English tea, you can easily find a place in Cambridge that suits your appetite and your budget. If you fancy a pint, there are many pubs to choose from as well.Red Lion-16th century country pub in the lovely village of Hinxton serves traditional English fare and drinks.Bun Shopif you are looking for a restaurant and pub with a Mediterranean flavour, enjoy the tapas, the continental food and the Flamenco dancing at the Bun Shop. There is also a Quiz Night every Tuesday.Maharaja Indian TandooriThis is one of the oldest Indian restaurants in Cambridge, and it serves traditional Indian favourites, including Madras, Tandoori and Bhajis as well as piping hot vindaloo.The AnchorThis classic English pub has a riverfront terrace and serves English breakfasts as well as Sunday roasts.TattiesA good place to grab a quick bite to eat, this charming establishment specializes in jacket potatoes, snacks, coffee and tea and has a great selection of vegetarian dishes.Hotel & AccommodationsWhether you are looking for a five-star hotel or a budget bed and breakfast, it is quite easy to find what you are looking for in Cambridge. There are many medium-priced Bed and Breakfasts or Guest Houses which are family run and provide amenities such as cable TV, quality bathrooms and showers, and hot beverages. Many offer free continental breakfasts or low-cost English breakfasts. For the adventurous, there are many camping grounds located outside of the city centre if you are keen on renting a caravan. For those who prefer self-catering, there are many houses and apartments available to let by the week.Aylesbray LodgeBrooklands Guest HouseSorrento Hotel & RestaurantCambridge Garden House Moat HouseCentennial HotelDe Vere University Arms HotelRoyal CambridgeAcorn Guest HouseBest Western Gonville HotelAshtrees Guest HouseArundel House HotelCarolina Guest HouseSleep Inn CambridgeThe Meadowcroft HotelBest Western-Connoisseur, Cambridge Quy Mill HoteKirkwood HouseHotel FelixExpress by Holiday Inn CambridgeDresden Villa Guest HouseThe Cambridge BelfryAlpha Milton Guest HouseCambridge Apartments LtdBlack Horse MotelEntertainmentTheatre has a long and well-respected tradition in Cambridge, and it is in this city that many of todays popular entertainers made their foray into the performing arts. The Corn Exchange Theatre is the largest venue in the city, and hosts operas, large-scale professional productions and stand-up comedy. It is also worth investigating student talent as well, and the ABC, the oldest theatre in Cambridge, is worth a visit. The Mumford is the legendary student theatre in Cambridge and is the largest student venue. Drop by the Corpus playroom, which features student productions throughout the year.If you prefer cinema, visit the Arts Picture House, which features foreign and mainstream films and also sponsors childrens programs. The Vue Cinema has an 8 screen selection, with enough choices to suit every film fancier.There are several notable festivals in Cambridge during the summer. The Cambridge Folk Festival is the finest of its kind in Europe and features an impressive and eclectic mix of traditional music, from Irish favourites to American blue grass. At the Corn Exchange Festival, you can hear any style of music that suites your taste. There are also comedy programs and theatrical productions on the schedule.Regardless of your interests or the time of year you are planning to visit the city, Cambridge an outstanding array of nightlife, dining, entertainment, and sightseeing options. Even if you stay for months, it is unlikely that you will be able to experience everything Cambridge has to offer, so a return trip to this fantastic city should definitely be in your plans.This Article may be freely copied as long as it is not modified and this resource box accompanies the article, together with working hyperlinks.
With all the beaches to choose from on the two, long 100-mile shorelines of Eleuthera, which ones stand out and why? You have a choice of among 50 or so, and unless you are planning on spending three to six months on the island exploring all of the pock-marked rough roads that take you to each of the hidden beaches then youll want to know which ones to make sure you get to. Here is a list of the beaches that are the must-sees during your week in paradise. #5 Twin Bay (Rainbow Bay Subdivision) these two charming beaches win the contest hands down for the most romantic. Set below a cliff, Twin Bay offers two cozy cave beaches with space so intimate that theyre really only suitable for one couple lest you invade on anothers privacy. You need to get up early to claim this beach first. Both beaches are side by side on the Atlantic side and are reached by climbing down a set of rock stairs carved out of a fallen boulder. They each offer shade in the sandy cave, some sun by the waters edge, and a lot of wave action due to the nearby breaker. It is possible to have a strong current. In high tides they will flood so be prepared in case the water levels rise. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and grab a bottle of wine to enjoy the full day at these amazing little beaches. Pluses: Seclusion, shade, interesting terrain due to the caves, good waves.Minuses: They may already be occupied, strong current, not a lot of sun, a steep climb down rocky stairs.#4 Ten Bay (Ten Bay Subdivision) with only one private home on the beach and with mile of gorgeous pink sand, Ten Bay has become a favorite for everyone, young and old alike. It offers a spectacular unobstructed view onto the horizon for picturesque sunsets. The landscape is dotted with tall palm and casuarina trees for shade especially around the middle of the beach. The water is usually very serene and quite shallow with no current. This is a good beach for sunning, wading, snorkeling, and bonefishing. This is an excellent beach for toddlers because of the soft cool sand and shallow waters. It tends to be more popular so you are likely to see a few visitors on the beach from time to time. It is also a good strolling beach, and there is usually an abundance of conch shells at its northern end.Pluses: Sunsets, extremely clean, shallow calm water, good snorkeling around the sides of the bay, lots of sun, shelling.Minuses: Other people on the beach, no waves, shallow water.#3 Double Bay (Double Bay Subdivision) this beach has it all and is one of the great wide Atlantic beaches of Eleuthera. Private houses are spread far and wide up its 2 mile coastline and they are largely hidden by dunes, and lush vegetation. The beach is quite wide by Eleutheran standards with plenty of sand between the dunes and the sea. A pretty landscape is dotted by several small cays, and the southern shore juts out convincingly separating Double Bay from Savannah Sound. The sand is firm and offers a great walk due to its length. There are small pockets of reef to snorkel on and at the southern end of the beach are two shipwrecks, one partially visible, and the second larger one much further out from shore offering a more daring snorkel and spear fishing. The water is delightful, and this is an excellent swimming spot due to how quickly it gets deep. This beach has awesome ambient sound as the small waves crashing to shore offer a delightful tone to complement the magnificent view.Pluses: Swimming, lots of beach, shipwrecks for snorkeling, interesting landscape, good walking or running, easy roads and easy access.Minuses: Very little shade, few access spots, many private houses, ship debris. #2 Jacks Bay (near Cotton Bay) a very pristine spot with very few houses. Because of its remoteness you are likely to have this beach to yourself. It is a sandy half moon bay on the Atlantic, which is protected by a strong breaker at the mouth of the bay. This has the benefit of providing great crashing waves that you can see and hear offshore while providing a protected swimming area close to shore. There is lots of sun and little shade on this beach. Snorkeling can be done along the northern shoreline, although the tides can make this quite shallow. The water in the bay tends to be shallow and calm due to how well protected it is. There are lots of baby conchs in the grassy areas off of the shoreline.Pluses: Calm protected waters, wave sound at bay entrance, pretty half moon shape.Minuses: Little shade, no waves, few shells, some debris, bumpy access road.#1 Lighthouse Beach (Lighthouse Sound) few beaches match the raw beauty of what is found at the Lighthouse. With large beaches on both the Caribbean and Atlantic separated by a natural limestone outcropping that can be climbed to where the old Lighthouse still stands, these beaches offer everything a vacationer could hope for including breathtaking panoramic views, interesting limestone caves, miles and miles of pristine beaches, and fabulous swimming on both sides and in both oceans. It is possible to swim from the Atlantic to the Caribbean using the channel that runs between the rocks and feel the power or two seas colliding. The best reefs are far offshore for snorkeling and currents can run strong where the oceans meet so be careful. Bring a kayak to reach the best offshore snorkeling spots.Pluses: Elevated views, two beaches, two oceans, miles of sand and water, good snorkeling offshore, lots of shady spots, lots of sunny spots.Minuses: Difficult to reach and rough road, no civilization nearby, likely to have other tourists because of its unique characteristics.Honorable MentionPapaw Bay, Winding Bay, Deep Creek, Club Med, Savannah Sound, Airport Beach, Rainbow Bay, Windermere Island (private).
A globetrotters itinerary is never complete without a visit to Tuscany. Tuscany beach holidays are memorable for any sea lover. The clean beaches which are filled with golden sand and spectacular views, makes Tuscany coastal areas, a splendid vacation destination. Tuscany beach holidays are filled with fishing, water sports, sun bathing, etc. Excellent marine and coastal facilities in Tuscany are other factors that attract visitors to the place. The archipelago of Tuscany offers picturesque views to the tourists, who are overwhelmed by its beauty. Tuscany is also a perfect destination for exploration, with its uneven terrains, exotic villages and ancient rocks.The primary destination for many tourists in their Tuscany beach holidays is the beautiful coastline of Versilia. Versilia is famous for the sandy beaches and mountains that are the reasons for the pleasant weather, in the region. It is also popular for the unlimited fun it offers and the exciting night life of the area. The place became popular for being a much frequented spot of the artists like Lorenzo Viani, Galileo Chini, etc.If Versilia is a prominent destination, in the Tuscany beach holidays of people, they get to visit many tourist spots, in the region. The elegantly built lounges and palaces in Viareggio; Pietrsanta, the sculptors destination; Camaiore, an opulent place with monuments and memories; the antique villas of the tiny villages, etc are few tourist spots that are situated in Versilia.Versilia in Tuscany is hailed as Apuan Riviera pearl. A well- developed and modernized network of rail roads and roads and the frequent bus and coach services, makes this place accessible to any outsider. Forte Dei Marmi is a fashionable resort in Versilia. This holiday home has attracted artists, poets, painters, writers and tourists with its pine forests and scenic view of beautiful beaches, since its establishment. Viareggio harbour in the Versilian coastline is yet another must see sight.Tuscany beach holidays are the time to enjoy among the boundless beaches and sea. From dawn to dusk, tourists can enjoy the delights of the beach, during a holiday season, with a visit to Tuscany. Being with the endless beaches in Tuscany and unwinding one self can be a delightful experience.Another highlight of Tuscany beach holidays is the excellent cuisine of the region. The Viareggian fish dishes and the traditional delectable Tuscan cuisine make the visits to Tuscany even more memorable. A traditionally prepared pizza or a mouth-watering spaghetti allo scoglio are must-taste items in any Tuscan menu. Tuscan wines like the Montecarlo white wine and the classic Chianti reds are much sought after drinks in Tuscany. The nightlife in Tuscany is another prominent attraction of the region. Tuscany beach holidays are incomplete without quiet strolls, along the promenade or visits to the thrilling Versilian discos. Hordes of people visit Versilia in July and August for the Puccini Festival. Located in the shade of the Apuan Alps, Versilia, is a sandy coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The luxuriant hills and pine woods of the region further embellish the beauty of Versilia, making it a nature lovers paradise. With all the facilities and captivating natural and man-made attractions, Versilia is an exciting place to visit, during Tuscany beach holidays!
One or two weeks before I travel overseas, I make a packing list and check items off as they go in my suitcase. In addition to the packing list, I also have my electronics list.With all of the gadgets and gizmos, wires and cables, I need a list to make sure that I have everything. It is no fun to arrive in a foreign country and not be able to use your laptop or camera.First and foremost, I check my laptop. I want to make sure that I have everything. So, I check to make sure that I have my power supply and spare battery. I also have a USB device that converts one port into four. I prefer to use a mouse, so I pack that too. I bring a LAN cable in case there is no wireless available in the hotel.I already have a power strip that will accept 3-prong electrical plugs. This is an absolute must as a 3-prong plug will not work in most Thailand electrical outlets.Next thing I do is charge up my camera batteries. I like to take pictures of my entire holiday to include the departing airport, layover and arrival. I also ensure that I have my memory card and my spares. I also have a USB device for my "memory card" so that I can transfer pictures to my laptop. I check the memory card and delete or transfer any pictures on the card. I like to start my vacation with empty memory cards.I have a tri-band, GSM cell phone that works in Thailand with a local SIM card. So, I make sure that the battery and back-up are both charged so that I can use my Thai cell phone as soon as I hit the ground in Bangkok.Next, I check my portable DVD player. I make sure that I have my power cord and also my DIN jacks for the TV to DVD connection. I charge the battery and make sure that I have the small remote control and that the battery is operational.Packing up all the charger cables and wires on the very top of my suitcase makes for easy finding when I arrive.I also have some minor electronics. I have sound reducing headphones that I pack in my carry-on. No real electronics, but I do make sure that I have 4 AAA batteries. That way I have 2 to use and 2 spares.Checking your electronic devices before you go, charging all of your batteries, and packing all the cables and wires, will make your vacation go electronically smooth.