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South African National Parks Solo Ride : Kaapstad Motorcycle Adventure Tours

South African National Parks Solo Ride : Kaapstad Motorcycle Adventure Tours.

A busy week ahead sorting out the final details plus off to London on Thursday night to an event hosted by South Africa Tourism featuring Charley Boorman and Julia Bradbury. I plan to leave UK on 11th February and start my solo tour of some 6000km’s on Monday 18th Feb.

The route will see me take in some of the most spectacular National Parks in South Africa including Agulhas, Bontebok, Wilderness, Storms River Mouth, Golden Gate, Augrabies Falls, Namakwa and Table Mountain. There will be other stops in between and I hope to send you photographs and blog updates from these points as I ride around the country. One particular ride I am looking forward to is the Sani Pass and a visit to the highest Pub in the world.

 

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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Africa, South Africa

 

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Schloss Sanssouci

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Sanssouci is the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, in Potsdam, near Berlin. It is often counted among the German rivals of Versailles. While Sanssouci is in the more intimate Rococo style and is far smaller than its French Baroque counterpart, it too is notable for the numerous temples and follies in the park. The palace was designed by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff between 1745 and 1747 to fulfil King Frederick’s need for a private residence where he could relax away from the pomp and ceremony of the Berlin court. This is emphasised by the palace’s name: a French phrase (sans souci) which translates loosely as “without worries” or “carefree” symbolising that the palace was a place for relaxation rather than a seat of power. The palace is little more than a large single-storey villa – more like the Château de Marly than Versailles. Containing just ten principal rooms, it was built on the brow of a terraced hill at the centre of the park. The influence of King Frederick’s personal taste in the design and decoration of the palace was so great that its style is characterised as “Frederician Rococo”, and his feelings for the palace were so strong that he conceived it as “a place that would die with him”. Because of a disagreement about the site of the palace in the park, Knobelsdorff was fired in 1746. Jan Bouman, a Dutch architect, finished the project.

During the 19th century, the palace became a residence of Frederick William IV. He employed the architect Ludwig Persius to restore and enlarge the palace, while Ferdinand von Arnim was charged with improving the grounds and thus the view from the palace. The town of Potsdam, with its palaces, was a favourite place of residence for the German imperial family until the fall of the Hohenzollern dynasty in 1918.

After World War II, the palace became a tourist attraction in East Germany. It was fully maintained with due respect to its historical importance, and was open to the public. Following German reunification in 1990, the final wish of Frederick came to pass: his body was finally returned to his beloved palace and buried in a new tomb overlooking the gardens he had created. Sanssouci and its extensive gardens became a World Heritage Site in 1990 under the protection of UNESCO; in 1995, the Foundation for Prussian Palaces and Gardens in Berlin-Brandenburg was established to care for Sanssouci and the other former imperial palaces in and around Berlin. These palaces are now visited by more than two million people a year from all over the world.
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Posted by on April 24, 2010 in Europe, Germany

 

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Tailor Made Holidays for Groups in Europe

The birthplace of William Shakespeare and one of the best-loved places to visit in central England. Easily accessible from London and most of southern England, it is a ‘must’ as part of a tailor made holidays for groups. See Shakespeare’s museum and also Ann Hathaway’s cottage amongst other things. Check out our Stratford day trips and our Stratford overnight which includes Warwick Castle and Oxford for a well-rounded cultural experience.

Warwick Castle is over a thousand years old, was built by William the Conqueror in 1068 and is considered the finest medieval fort in England. The castle has many attractions, from the dingy dungeons to the grandeur of the State Rooms and Great Hall. Visit the King Maker exhibition and climb some of the magnificent towers to view the surrounding countryside. A tailor made holidays for groups trip to Warwick Castle is a must for history lovers.

Fans of the Royal family will be in their element! Steeped in history, visit the home of Queen Elizabeth II and enjoy a through the keyhole experience of the world’s largest and oldest castle. Enjoy the spectacular State Apartments and marvel at its generously furnished environment. Used for State occasions to this day, be a part of where these regal traditions take place whilst appreciative world well-known artworks. Visit St. George’s chapel, where the tombs of numerous kings and queens reside, and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House to be amazed by the magnitude and intricate design.

Smart, chic and seriously French – there’s lots of cool shopping and spa style in Paris to be found. Some of the most famous sightseeing places and lots of art, old quarters and trendy stuff to lose yourself in. The tailor made holidays for groups café society by day and night and all sorts of world-class restaurants to choose from. Paris clubs and night spots are a class apart and guarantee a great time!

Fed up with expensive Euro prices? Want a great summer week at affordable prices? Like the tailor made holiday for groups idea of your own apartment or villa with a group of friends – freedom and your own place with no hotel hassles. Then go for Siofok on the coast of Lake Balaton in Hungary.

Long a major favorite with Dutch, Scandinavians and other Europeans because of its nightlife and fab beaches it is yet to be discovered in the UK. Especially this year when Europe and the Med are hurting anyone with pounds in their pocket, this is a great place to go tailor made holidays for groups to guarantee a cool time at cooler prices

Season is from beginning of June to end August and, regret, because of popularity, we can only usually take bookings for whole weeks (minimum 5 nights) and for groups – not for individuals or couples only. Flights are easy – loads of options to Budapest and we arrange transfers to the coast

Masses of activities, in and out of the water, and the main attractions at night are the restaurants with really great prices and all-night clubs. Then just laze the day away on great beaches with good swimming conditions. For the active, apart from water sports, there are quad bikes, buggies and paintball all at prices much better than the UK

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Posted by on April 21, 2010 in Europe

 

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Toronto – Canada

By Hannah Rollmaker

Though there are many beautiful places to visit in Canada, no other city comes close to Toronto in terms of sightseeing and grandeur. Toronto is easily the most populated city in Canada and is the capital of the province of Ontario. Toronto, with two and a half million citizens, ranks in at number five in the most populated cities in North America. If you include the Golden Horseshoe (the region of Southern Ontario that Toronto is a part of), you’ve got a whopping eight million people that call the Greater Toronto Area home! This is a quarter of Canada’s entire population contained within earshot of America’s Great Lakes.

Toronto commands a very large cache in the global financial sphere and for good reason. The Toronto Stock Exchange is one of the ten largest stock exchanges in the world. The “Big Five” banks of Canada all call Toronto home and Bay Street, in the Financial District, is known the world over for having some of the most important brokerage firms on the face of the planet. With such wealth, it is little wonder that Toronto is one of the most expensive cities to live in within Canada. This high cost does have an upside, though, as Toronto is one of the safest cities in North America when it comes to crime rates. Much of this has to do with the city’s stringent policies regarding gun laws but, regardless, the low incidence of crime is even more remarkable when one considers how diverse the population of Toronto is. No one nationality is dominant in Toronto, though people of European descent (British, Irish, and the like) make up just over half of the population. Nearly a quarter of Toronto is made up of Chinese and South Asian people, and the fact of the matter is that Toronto is incredibly diverse and there is no real “majority”. This is made even more evident when one sees how multilingual the city is; though English is the dominant language, there are enough French, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, and many more foreign tongues that the emergency services are able to respond to over one hundred and fifty languages!

Toronto is about more than just business and multiculturalism, though. Tourists who visit Toronto consistently marvel at the amazing sights contained within this busy burg. The Toronto Zoo, for instance, is one of the largest in the world and contains nearly five hundred different animal species and over five thousand different creatures! The much loved neighborhood of Yorkville attracts visitors from around the world for its very prestigious upscale boutiques and restaurants. For those with slightly less discerning tastes, the Toronto Easton Centre offers people of more modest means an incredible shopping experience and, as a result, has become Toronto’s most popular tourist spot, attracting an astonishing fifty-two million visitors a year! With all the perks of big cities and hardly any of the crime, pollution, or crowding, it is little wonder that people from all over the world adore and cherish Toronto. If you have yet to visit this Canadian wonderland, do yourself a favor and take a pilgrimage to the happiest place on Earth (north of Disney World, that is).

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Toronto attractions and highlights

* Canadian National Tower

Toronto’s most famous landmark is the CN Tower, a 553 metre- (1,815 foot-) tall steel and concrete transmission tower and observation deck which is the second tallest freestanding structure in the world.[1] But it is now recognized that the CN Tower is the tallest free-standing tower in the world.

* Sports stadia

The Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome) is the world’s first sporting arena to feature a fully retractable roof. It is currently home to the Toronto Blue Jays (baseball) and the Toronto Argonauts (Canadian football). Nearby, the Air Canada Centre is the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs (ice hockey), the Toronto Raptors (basketball), and the Toronto Rock (box lacrosse). It was built to replace the legendary Maple Leaf Gardens. Additionally, there is BMO Field, which the home to the MLS team Toronto FC (association football).

* City Hall

Toronto’s City Hall is one of the city’s most distinctive landmarks. Built to replace its predecessor — now known simply as Old City Hall — its modernist style still impresses today (it has been used as a backdrop in American films to depict a city of the future). Directly in front of City Hall is Nathan Phillips Square, a public space that frequently houses concerts, art displays, a weekly farmers’ market, and other public events. It is also the site of a reflecting pool that, during the winter, becomes a popular skating rink.

* Yonge-Dundas Square

Yonge-Dundas Square is the city’s newest and flashiest public square, located across the street from the Toronto Eaton Centre, a large, popular shopping mall long enough to have Toronto Transit Commission subway stops at both the northern and southern ends of the mall. Another upscale shopping mall with subway access is the Yorkdale Shopping Centre, although this mall sits outside of the city centre at the intersection of two highways, Allen Road and the 401. Queen’s Park, an historic scenic park and public space, surrounds Ontario’s Legislative Assembly.

* The Toronto Islands

The Toronto Islands form part of the largest car-free urban community in North America. Accessible by ferry, “the Islands” include a public park and a children’s amusement park, Centreville. The city has several large forested urban parks, the best known being High Park to the west of downtown. The city is crisscrossed by a network of ravines that have remained almost wholly undeveloped. The Martin M. Goodman trail also traverses the entire lakeshore from one end of the city to the other, a section of this trail runs as a Boardwalk through the Beaches area, from Ashbridges Bay to Victoria Park Avenue. The Scarborough Bluffs are majestic cliffs along much of Scarborough’s shores.

* Toronto’s oldest cathedrals

The Roman Catholic St. Michael’s Cathedral and the Anglican St. James’ Cathedral are both on Church Street.

* The Distillery District

The Distillery District is a collection of old and restored industrial buildings from the 19th century which now feature artworks and historical artifacts from Toronto’s early industrial past.

* Casa Loma

Casa Loma, Spanish for “Hill House”, is a castle overlooking downtown Toronto, it is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.

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Posted by on April 17, 2010 in Canada, Toronto

 

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My World: Spirit of Victoria – sunset cruise

Visit MyWorld Tuesday and enjoy some amazing photographs from all over the World!

The following images are courtesy of Derek Moore, taken aboard the Spirit of Victoria.

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Posted by on April 12, 2010 in South Africa, Western Cape

 

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Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan is an enormous archaeological site in the Basin
of Mexico, containing some of the largest pyramidal structures
built in the pre-Columbian Americas. Apart from the pyramidal
structures, Teotihuacan is also known for its large residential
complexes, the Avenue of the Dead, and numerous colorful,
well-preserved murals. At its zenith in the first half of the
1st millennium CE, Teotihuacan was the largest city in the
pre-Columbian Americas. At this time it may have had more than
200,000 inhabitants, placing it among the largest cities of the
world in this period. The civilization and cultural complex
associated with the site is also referred to as Teotihuacan
or Teotihuacano. Although it is a subject of debate whether
Teotihuacan was the center of a state empire, its influence
throughout Mesoamerica is well documented; evidence of
Teotihuacano presence,if not outright political and economic
control, can be seen at numerous sites in Veracruz and the
Maya region. The ethnicity of the inhabitants of Teotihuacan
is also a subject of debate. Possible candidates are the Nahua,
Otomi or Totonac ethnic groups. Scholars have also suggested
that Teotihuacan was a multiethnic state. The city and the
archaeological site were located in what is now the San Juan
Teotihuacán municipality in the State of México, Mexico,
approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) northeast of Mexico City.
The site covers a total surface area of 83 km² and was designated
a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It is one of the most
visited archaeological sites in Mexico.
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Posted by on April 11, 2010 in Mexico

 

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Lares – Machu Picchu

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Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2010 in Peru

 

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