Tours For 2 » Europe http://toursfor2.com Romantic Escapes With The Love Of Your Life Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:06:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 Romance On The River: World’s Best River Cruises http://toursfor2.com/romance-river-worlds-best-river-cruises/ http://toursfor2.com/romance-river-worlds-best-river-cruises/#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:14:37 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1704 Couples really need to relax and spend a nice quite time together from time to time but with the business of everyday life, this is not always possible. Nevertheless as busy as you might be you simply can’t go on working yourself to a frazzle. A cruise down the river is just what you need […]

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Couples really need to relax and spend a nice quite time together from time to time but with the business of everyday life, this is not always possible. Nevertheless as busy as you might be you simply can’t go on working yourself to a frazzle. A cruise down the river is just what you need enjoy a short break and a little time alone with your significant other.

River Cruises in Europe

Europe is at the top of the list for river cruises simply because here you have so many different options to choose from. The Rhine, Seine, and Danube Rivers are just a few of the options available for you to enjoy a nice river cruise. Many of the rivers in Europe pass thru several different countries so you enjoy seeing new places along the way. If you choose to do some river cruising in Europe then you should definitely check out the AmaWaterways cruise company which has a large fleet of ships that cruise a number of Europe’s rivers. With this company you there are 3 nights, week-long, and even a 27 day romantic river cruise to choose from.

River Cruises in Africa

The continent of Africa is certainly not the first place that comes to mind when you are thinking about taking a river cruise but it is in fact a great choice. As a matter of fact you can turn your river cruise into an all out safari as you float past a wide variety of species along the shore. For an all out romantic cruise you should book a stay on the Zambia Queen which will take you on a luxury safari down the Chobe River bordering Botswana and Nambia.

River Cruises in Asia

Anyone who has been to Asia will agree that it is a land full of adventure and sights to behold. With a Asian river cruise you can experience the unique culture of the area while at the same time enjoying a relaxing and romantic break. The Yangtze River and the Mekong River are just two of the beautiful rivers on the continent of Asia. There are different cruise lines to choose from if you decide to take a river cruise on the Mekong River depending on where you start. A cruise on this river can take you anywhere from Vietnam to Laos and thru other Asian countries such as China and Thailand.

River Cruises in South America

The thing that makes a South American river cruise unique is definitely the exotic tropical environment and all the beautiful scenery you will float past on your journey. In all reality there is probably no river in the area that is better known than the Amazon River which happens to be a great choice for river cruises. There are several small cruise lines that will take you on a unique and romantic Amazon cruise including the SeaDream Yacht Club and Aqua Expeditions.

River Cruises in North America

Although North America is last on the list of amazing places to experience a river cruise it is in no way less romantic than any of the others. To name a few, the Columbia and Mississippi Rivers are great options for a romantic river cruise and Hudson River in New York and the St. Lawrence in Canada are a couple more great choices.

Take a river cruise along with the love of your life to enjoy the relaxing break you deserve and a chance to chill out a bit and spend some quality time together.

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Most Romantic Destinations to Visit In 2014 http://toursfor2.com/most-romantic-destinations-to-visit-in-2014/ http://toursfor2.com/most-romantic-destinations-to-visit-in-2014/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 01:24:55 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1660 The New Year is just around the corner and it is time to start planning a romantic trip for you and your lover. There are many places you could choose to visit this coming year but here is a list of some exceptionally romantic spots that you should check out in 2014. Cancun Mexico First […]

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The New Year is just around the corner and it is time to start planning a romantic trip for you and your lover. There are many places you could choose to visit this coming year but here is a list of some exceptionally romantic spots that you should check out in 2014.

Cancun Mexico

First on the list of amazing romantic destinations to visit is the sunny city of Cancun, Mexico. This area in Mexico draws many tourists each year due to the fact that it is a great place to go for a relaxing break. But Cancun also has a romantic flair to it with its sun soaked beaches and beautiful tropical climate. Many resorts in the area cater to couples looking for a romantic getaway and dining in Cancun is first class. Enjoy a nice quite dinner on the beach or a lovely dinner cruise in the evening.

Bora Bora French Polynesia

The island of Bora Bora is a part of the Society Island group of French Polynesia and makes for the perfect romantic island getaway for couples. Bora Bora is the place to visit if you are looking for extravagance and luxury and things do tend to be a bit pricier here. But the price you pay for accommodations and dining is definitely worth it as you are sure to receive nothing short of excellence. The beautiful beaches and the barrier reef that surrounds the island along with all the scenery and natural beauty of the island make this a very romantic destination.

Hawaii

With six major islands that make up the State of Hawaii to choose from, you surely can’t go wrong when visiting this romantic hot spot. The pristine beaches that can be found all around Hawaii are really inviting and offer you and your lover a nice, quiet, relaxing time. Many different resorts around the island insure that you will enjoy the perfect getaway during your stay in Hawaii. Weather you choose to come here for your honeymoon, anniversary, or just to enjoy a nice vacation together, you will not be disappointed.

Bali Indonesia

If you are looking for the ultimate island destination, look no further than Bali, Indonesia. This group of islands in   is a romantic paradise for lovers.  The resorts and spas that can be found on the island offer you a relaxing time filled with comfort. The natural beauty that surrounds you in Bali is sure to keep you in a romantic mood all throughout your stay. Sneak away for a quiet time together on the beach or get out and about and take part in some of the adventurous water activities that can enjoyed here.

Venice Italy

So far quite a few tropical islands have been mentioned in this list of romantic destinations but you will also find some urban destinations to be just as romantic. Venice, Italy is one of these destinations with its canal, churches, bridges, and beautiful piazzas. The historic architecture, culture, and way of life in Venice blend together to add a unique romantic feel to the place. Many activities can be enjoyed in Venice such as a gondola ride on the canal exploring various points around the city and plenty of museums to visit and sights to see. You can be sure you won’t get bored as you explore this beautiful city and enjoy a relaxing visit together.

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Cyprus: Two Cultures http://toursfor2.com/cyprus-two-cultures/ http://toursfor2.com/cyprus-two-cultures/#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 00:00:39 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1625 Cyprus, officially the Republic of Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea particularly, east of Greece. The culture of Cyprus is split into two distinct cultures of Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Each community preserves its own culture, being linked to the cultures of Greece and Turkey, with less cultural interchange between them. The Greek culture has been on […]

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Cyprus, officially the Republic of Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea particularly, east of Greece. The culture of Cyprus is split into two distinct cultures of Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Each community preserves its own culture, being linked to the cultures of Greece and Turkey, with less cultural interchange between them. The Greek culture has been on the island since the earlier days. The Turkish culture came with the invasion of the Ottoman Empire in 1570. It was under this rule that the division between the two communities became clear. However distinct the cultures are the sound of music and the display of artistic creativity unites the people beyond divide.

Music to Inspire

The traditional folk music of Cyprus has common elements with Greek, Arabic, and Turkish music including Greco-Turkish dances like the sousta, zeibekikos, tatsia, syrtos, and karsilamas as well as the Middle Eastern arapies and tsifteteli. There is also a musical poetry known as chattista which is normally performed at traditional celebrations and feasts. The instruments commonly used in Cyprus folk music are the bouzouki, oud, violin, accordion, lute, Cyprus flute and percussion to include the toumperleki.

Popular music in Cyprus is influenced by the Greek Laïka scene; artists who play in this category include Anna Vissi, an international star,, Evridiki, and Sarbel. Hip Hop, R&B and reggae have become popular too with the emergence of Cypriot rap and the urban music scene at Ayia Napa. Other music forms include the Cypriot rock music and Éntekhno rock.

Art to Live by

The art history of Cyprus stretches back up to 10,000 years, from the discovery of Chalcolithic period carved figures in the villages of Lempa and Khoirokoitia. The island houses numerous religious icon paintings from the Middle Ages and many painted churches. Cypriot architecture was influenced by Italian renaissance and French Gothic brought to the island during the Latin domination era from 1191 to 1571.

In modern times Cypriot art history starts with the painter Vassilis Vryonides who studied at the in Venice.  The two founding fathers of modern Cypriot art were Adamantios Diamantis and Christopheros Savva who both studied in London. In many ways these two artists set the base for upcoming Cypriot art.  Both artistic styles and the patterns of education of Diamantis and Savva remain influential until today. While majority of Cypriot artists still train in England, others train in Greece and in local art institutions like the Cyprus College of Art, the Frederick Institute of Technology, and the University of Nicosia.

One of the characteristics of Cypriot art is towards figurative painting although conceptual art is being strongly promoted by a number of art institutions like the Nicosia Municipal Art Centre.  Municipal art galleries can be found in all the major towns and a large and lively commercial art scene exists.

The music and art dimensions are only two of the avenues by which people can enjoy their lives despite their separation between Greek and Turkish cultures. They both love music and appreciate art. These two expressions not only build up their spirits but can take them to their dreams.

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Come with me to Wales http://toursfor2.com/come-with-me-to-wales/ http://toursfor2.com/come-with-me-to-wales/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:00:32 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1580 Wales is an island of Great Britain and a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It is bordered by England to the east and Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea to the west. The country is situated within the North Temperate Zone, and its climate changeable. The development of mining and metallurgical industries n the early part of the Industrial Revolution transformed the country from agricultural into an industrial society. Today, […]

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Wales is an island of Great Britain and a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It is bordered by England to the east and Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea to the west. The country is situated within the North Temperate Zone, and its climate changeable.

The development of mining and metallurgical industries n the early part of the Industrial Revolution transformed the country from agricultural into an industrial society. Today, with the country’s heavy industries gone or declined, Wales’ economy depends on the light and service industries, tourism, and the public sector.

Cultural Practices

Neolithic colonists integrated with the indigenous people, gradually changing their lifestyles from a nomadic life of hunting and gathering, to become settled farmers. They cleared the forests to cultivate the land and establish pasture. They also developed new technologies such as ceramics and textile production and many more

In literature, Wales can claim one of the oldest unbroken literary traditions in Europe. This literary tradition dates back to the sixth century and, with the inclusion of Geoffrey of Monmouth and Gerald of Wales, as two of the finest Latin authors of the Middle Ages.  Poets Taliesin and Aneirin for the earliest Welsh verse. Welsh poetry and native lore survived the Dark Ages, through the era of the Poets of the Princes and the Poets of the Gentry.

The National Museum of Wales was started by a royal charter in 1907 and is now a Welsh Government sponsored body. The National Museum is composed of seven sites across the country, including the National Museum Cardiff, Big Pit National Coal Museum, and St Fagans National History Museum.  In April 2001, the attractions attached to the National Museum were granted free entry so the number of visitors increased.

Aberystwyth, a university city is home to the National Library of Wales, which houses a number of Wales’ most important collections such as the John William’s Library and the Shirburn Castle collection.

Beautiful Sites

King Edward constructed a series of great stone castles like Beaumaris, Conwy and Caernarfon. His son, King Edward II of England, was born at Edward’s castle at Caernarfon in 1284. He became the first English Prince of Wales in 1301.

Wales has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Castles and Town walls of King Edward I in Gwynedd, the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape, and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

The best of the few Welsh artists of the 16th to the18th centuries left the country to work in London and Italy. Richard Wilson was the first major British landscapist. He painted several Welsh scenes on visits from London. At the later part of the 18th century, the popularity of landscape art increased and more Welsh artists stayed in their homeland. Artists from outside Wales were also allured to paint Welsh scenery due to the Celtic Revival and in the early 19th century, the Napoleonic Wars preventing the Grand Tour to continental Europe made travel through Wales more accessible.

Wonderful Insights

Wales with its advanced culture in the field of literature, architecture, and the arts still had to go through the ups and downs of the times. What is important though is how Wales stood up and bounce back from every challenge. It is something you and me can learn from.

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Copenhagen: A New Haven to Discover http://toursfor2.com/copenhagen-a-new-haven-to-discover/ http://toursfor2.com/copenhagen-a-new-haven-to-discover/#comments Mon, 14 Oct 2013 01:58:13 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1568 Copenhagen is the exciting capital of Denmark. A number of tunnels and bridges connect the areas of the city together, and the city scape is pronounced by waterfronts and promenades.  Copenhagen’s metropolitan area in recent years has included parts of Southern Sweden. Currently, Copenhagen is one of two major centers in the bi-national Øresund region. This […]

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Copenhagen is the exciting capital of Denmark. A number of tunnels and bridges connect the areas of the city together, and the city scape is pronounced by waterfronts and promenades.  Copenhagen’s metropolitan area in recent years has included parts of Southern Sweden. Currently, Copenhagen is one of two major centers in the bi-national Øresund region.

This city became the capital of Denmark at the start of the 15th century. This capital was a Viking fishing village during the 10th century. Since the commencement of the millennium, Copenhagen has nurtured strong cultural and urban development with huge investments in cultural infrastructures and facilities. Since the completion of the transnational Øresund Bridge, Copenhagen has integrated with the Swedish city of Malmö and grew into a joint metropolitan area.

Denmark’s capital is noted as one of the most expensive at the same time environmentally friendly cities worldwide. It is filled with palaces, high-end shopping districts, and immaculate waterfronts.

Amusement in Sights

The Tivoli Gardens has amused people from all over the world and locals as well since 1843. Like a small fairy tale village, these gardens can be found right at the center of Copenhagen. It is an amusement park with theatres, roller coasters, restaurants, cafes, and outdoor stages for live performances. Tivoli transforms itself into a winter fairyland during Christmas, where skating and buying presents are an outdoor fun.

Also in Tivoli is Amalienborg, the winter residence of the Danish royal family. The Rococo Palace complex is another sight in Denmark with four palaces that were built by four noble families in mid 18th century; these palaces make up a beautiful square.

According to a legend, the waters of Øresund used to be full of Mermaids, particularly the Mermaid Banks in Øresund. Today, on the same place sits the Copenhagen’s most famous attraction, Little Mermaid on a rock. The sculptor Edward Eriksen sculptured the mermaid in bronze, using his wife Eline as a model for the body. The sculpture is based on the fairy tale of the same title by Hans Christian Andersen.

Pastries for Dessert

A Danish pastry or simply Danish, especially in the United States of America, is a Viennoiserie pastry in France yet of Viennese origin, which has become Denmark’s specialty. Danish pastries are popular around the world. This pastry is called wienerbrød “Viennese bread” in Denmark, Iceland, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Sweden and Norway. It is known as facturas in some Spanish speaking countries. In Vienna, the Danish is referred to as “Plundergebäck” or “Golatschen”. Like other pastries, such as croissants, Danish pastries are made of yeast-leavened dough, creating a layered puffy texture. The ingredients include flour, milk, eggs, yeast and lots of butter or margarine.

For countries far from Denmark, Danish cookies are more popular since they last longer than bread. Danish cookie is a well-known European dessert which is also consumed throughout the world. Danish cookies are favorites among kids and grownups too in other countries as snacks. The basic ingredients needed to make Danish cookies are butter, flour, eggs, sugar, baking soda, and almonds.  Chocolate chips and cashew nuts are also used to garnish these cookies.

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The Splendor of Brussels http://toursfor2.com/the-splendor-of-brussels/ http://toursfor2.com/the-splendor-of-brussels/#comments Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:00:44 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1524 Brussels is Belgium’s largest urban area at the same time its capital with 1.2 million for its population. Since the close of World War II, Brussels has been a major center for international politics, home of international organizations, and a place for diplomats and civil servants. Modernization in Structures Brussels was modernized after the war; […]

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Brussels is Belgium’s largest urban area at the same time its capital with 1.2 million for its population. Since the close of World War II, Brussels has been a major center for international politics, home of international organizations, and a place for diplomats and civil servants.

Modernization in Structures

Brussels was modernized after the war; the construction of the North–South connection completed in 1952 is a link to the main railway station. The first line of the Brussels Metro was operational in 1976.

Since the early 1960s, Brussels had become the de facto capital of what would be the European Union with many modern structures constructed.  Development however, was allowed to progress without giving much regard to the aesthetics of newer buildings and their harmony with the surroundings therefore many architectural gems were demolished to give way to newer buildings that often clashed with the environment, a process better known as Brusselization.

People and Culture

From the last Belgian census in 1991, 63.7% of the inhabitants in Brussels-Capital Region answered they were Belgian citizens. However, there were numerous individual or familial migrations to Brussels at the end of the 18th century and onwards, with Karl Marx, Victor Hugo,Pierre Joseph Proudhon, Léon Daudet to name a few and those from neighboring or more distanced countries. Included in the list werelabor migrants, foreign students, and expatriates. Other immigrants are from non-Western countries, many of them of Turkish and Moroccan ancestry, as well as French-speaking black Africans from Rwanda, Burundi, andDR Congo.

Roads and Streets

In medieval times, Brussels stood at the intersection of routes running north-south and east-west. The ancient design of streets radiating from the Grote Markt/Grand Place still remains, but has been replaced by boulevards constructedon the railway connection between the North and South Stations, over the city walls, and over the River Senne.

Brussels like any capital city is full of national roads and the principal routes are the N1 to Breda, N2 toMaastricht, N3 to Aachen, N4 to Luxembourg N5 to Rheims, N6  to Maubeuge, N8 to Koksijde and N9 to Ostend. Usually these routes run on highways called chausses or steenwegen in a straight line, but at times lose themselves in some of the narrow shopping streets.

Grand Place and Flower Carpet

The Grand Placeis the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by guildhalls, the city’s Town Hall, and the Bread house. This Bread houseis currently known as the Maison du roi or King’s House in French, and theBroodhuis or Bread house, after the market whose place it took. Wealthy merchants and the increasingly powerful guilds of Brussels built houses around the square. This square is the most memorable land mark and important tourist destination in Brussels. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that measures 68 by 110 meters.

The first flower carpet was created in 1971 on the Grand Place by the landscape architect, E. Stautemans, who got his inspiration from other carpets developed in diverse Flemish cities. The Brussels Flower carpet on the Grand-Place gives it its peculiarity.

The carpet is of 77 m X 24 m in area and is made in several stages. It is planned one year ahead. The number of flowers and the combinations of colors are determined based on the subject whose reproduction is being elaborated. The carpet then has to be made by about 120 volunteers who install near a million begonias at the rate of 300 by m3 within 4 hours.

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Lovers’ Place, Venice http://toursfor2.com/lovers-place-venice/ http://toursfor2.com/lovers-place-venice/#comments Mon, 26 Aug 2013 00:00:56 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1482 The city of Venice and the Republic of Venice prospered on trade and became wealthy through most of its history.  Its main products then were silk, grain, and spices. Today, Venice speaks of tourism, fashion, style, beautiful structures, and romantic settings. Buildings and Palaces Venice has magnificent buildings and structures that are constructed along the […]

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The city of Venice and the Republic of Venice prospered on trade and became wealthy through most of its history.  Its main products then were silk, grain, and spices. Today, Venice speaks of tourism, fashion, style, beautiful structures, and romantic settings.

Buildings and Palaces

Venice has magnificent buildings and structures that are constructed along the canals. Some of these are the Doge’s Palace, Palazzo Mocenigo, Palazzo Grassi, and many more.

Doge’s Palace has been repaired and restored many times already. Its façades had been restructured. The original sculptures, some of which were masterpieces of Venetian sculpture of the 14th and 15th centuries, were placed, together with other pieces from the facades, in an area set aside for the Museo dell’ Opera.  After undergoing careful restoration works, they are now exhibited, on their original columns, in these 6 rooms of the museum, which are traversed by an ancient wall of stone, a leftover of the earlier Palace. The rooms also contain remnants of statues and significant architectural works in decorative stone from the facades of Doge’s Palace.

Palazzo Mocenigo is another palace in the Santa Croce district of Venice, just off the Grand Canal, behind a church. It has facades on two sides: one looking on to a small canal and the other to a land entrance on a narrow lane. The exterior does not speak so much but inside it is a typical aristocratic Venetian residence. Nowadays the palace is open as a museum for visitors to view..

Palazzo Grassi is the latecomer among the palaces on the Grand Canal of Venice, Palazzo Grassi has an academic classical style that is in contrast to its surrounding of Byzantine Romanesque and Baroque Venetian palaces.  It has a formal palace façade made of white marble, and lacking the lower mercantile openings typical of many Venetian patrician palaces. Palazzo Grassi is architecture in the Venetian Classical style located on the Grand Canal of Venice, in northern Italy. It was designed by Giorgio Massari, and the building was completed between 1748 and 1772.

Romantic Setting

Venice is known as a setting in films like The Tourist, Chasing Liberty, and many more due to its mysterious serenity and romantic atmosphere.

The film, The Tourist showcases the Italian lifestyle in terms of designer dressing and fashion. The characters are dressed in sharp Armani suits and Bulgari creations. Angelina Jolie’s best moment is observable by the boat chase down the canals and across the lagoon, where she handles the launch with expertise. The film ended after all the actions as a movie of romance.

In Chasing Liberty played by Mandy Moore, Venice is portrayed during the free gondola ride when the actor kisses Mandy Moore to hide her from their pursuers and the gondola driver singing Amor meaning love.  It is a romantic comedy film indeed.

The structures and the canals are two of the attractions in Venice that awe visitors, tourists, and film producers until today. A lifetime visit that one cannot maximize by touring alone, so, why not bring along a partner to enjoy the mystery and romance in Venice?

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Celebrating in Scotland http://toursfor2.com/celebrating-in-scotland/ http://toursfor2.com/celebrating-in-scotland/#comments Mon, 05 Aug 2013 00:00:06 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1449 Scotland, the northern third island of Great Britain is also part of the United Kingdom; sharing a border with England to the south and to the east by the North Sea. It is also bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and to the southwest by the North Channel and Irish Sea. […]

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Scotland, the northern third island of Great Britain is also part of the United Kingdom; sharing a border with England to the south and to the east by the North Sea. It is also bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and to the southwest by the North Channel and Irish Sea. There are more than 790 islands in Scotland. Its population is 5,295.000 in the 2011 census.  The Scottish people are a nation that respect its traditions and loves to celebrate them.

Scottish Culture and Festivities

The Edinburgh International Festival started in 1947 is an annual festival and celebration of the arts. For over fifty years now, this festival is observed as one of the most important celebrations of the arts in Scotland and abroad.

The Hogmanay Festival is essentially a unique New Year’s celebration. This festival is normally held every 31st day of December and is phenomenally well supported with loud voices and laughter. It’s a ticketed festival that starts early in the evening up to its peak at midnight with the ringing of bells and plenty of greeting each other.

This is followed shortly by the singing of an old folk song the ‘Auld Lang Syne’ meaning the good old days. This song was based on the original poem written by Robert Burns and later played to the tune of an old folk song yet very famous worldwide even until today. What a beautiful way to look at the year that has just passed with gratitude and facing the year ahead with hope and love.

Highland Games

Many Highland Games are held in the highlands of Scotland. These games provide a showcase of traditional sports that tourists and locals alike can partake of. The games include the bagpipes, the kilt, the caber toss, the tug-o-war, and other heavy events. The popularity of the events has made them symbols of Scotland.

 The Cowal Game or the Cowal Highland Gathering that is held in Dunoon, Scotland every August is the world’s largest Highland game gathering with about 3,500 competitors and 23,000 spectators somewhere in the region.

Scotland holds these events throughout the year in celebration of its culture and heritage, particularly that of the Scottish Highlands.  Aside from the competitions, there are the piping, drumming, dancing, and other Scottish entertainment events.  There are exhibits too, mostly of Gaelic and Scottish way of life.

Visiting Scotland

Visiting Scotland therefore is a triple event. It is a learning activity of the culture and traditions of the Scottish people. How they preserved their culture is amazing.  The visit is entertaining too with all those dancing, bagpiping, drumming and watching the games as well as the exhibits. A sporty kind of visit is another event for those who are interested to join the games or compete.

Added to the events are the beautiful sceneries of Scotland. The castles remind us of the past, the majestic empires, and the royal history. The beaches and rocky ocean views allure us tourists to come and visit Scotland. The magnificent hills of the highlands are so naturally refreshing and clean with tall trees at the backdrop. So, what are you waiting for? Come join us in our visit to Scotland.

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Pretty City, San Marino http://toursfor2.com/pretty-city-san-marino/ http://toursfor2.com/pretty-city-san-marino/#comments Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:00:58 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1430 San Marino is situated on the Italian Peninsula on the northeast side of the Apennine Mountains which is surrounded by Italy.  It has the smallest population of all members of the Council of Europe with an estimated 30,000 people. What makes this city pretty are its legends, realities, places, music, and sports. Legends and Truths Claiming […]

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San Marino is situated on the Italian Peninsula on the northeast side of the Apennine Mountains which is surrounded by Italy.  It has the smallest population of all members of the Council of Europe with an estimated 30,000 people. What makes this city pretty are its legends, realities, places, music, and sports.

Legends and Truths

Claiming as the oldest surviving constitutional republic and sovereign state of the world, San Marino has this story in many legends as the monastic community founded on 3 September 301, by stonecutter Marinus of Arba continues to be told.

In reality, the country’s economy mainly relies on finance, services, tourism, and industry yet it is one of the wealthiest countries in the world In terms of GDP (per capita), with a figure comparable to the most developed European regions. The economy is stable and the unemployment rate is low. It has a budget surplus with no national debt.    

Places of Awesome Sights

From Malta one can take a pleasant trip to the Blue Grotto Caves through a speed boat cruise. This boat takes tourists around the shore to a fantastic set of caves that have deep blue waters.

The Basilica di San Marino is the main Catholic church of the city of San Marino located in the Republic of San Marino. There are other buildings of Christian faith which depict a distinct domination of historic religions.

From caves and churches, the next sights of interest are hotels because of their magnificent views of the ocean.  At InterContinental Malta, the staff provides guests their high standard of service on top of the usual amenities and facilities. At the Grand Hotel San Marino, expectations are not only met but also exceeded. At Hotel Cesare, grace and elegance are felt by guests as they considered this hotel as an immensely refined establishment in glorious San Marino.  And at Hotel San Giuseppe, travelers are provided with a once in a lifetime experience through its remarkable setting in the midst of a sprawling park.

Love for Music and Sports

The people of San Marino love music as manifested in their various musical appreciations of performances like that of the latest semi finalist of NBC’s The Voice 2013, Caroline Glaser, the performance of BANDA ÉBANOS – E Ai Tome Amor, and the Show de Bandas OCP com Musical Terceira Dimensão.

The love for sports is evident in different football leagues that the people of San Marino have been involved in.  The Stadio Olimpico in Serravalle, San Marino is currently used for football matches. It is the national stadium of San Marino, and is also used by the club San Marino Calcio, which plays in the Italian football league. The Stadio Olimpico is a multi-purpose stadium that has a maximum capacity of 6,664 seats. It has hosted several teams such as Spain, Germany, England, and the Netherlands.

It is so wonderful to visit a place that is small yet stable; legendary but true. That is the pretty city, San Marino.

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Lively and Lovely, Manchester http://toursfor2.com/lively-and-lovely-manchester/ http://toursfor2.com/lively-and-lovely-manchester/#comments Mon, 15 Jul 2013 03:47:40 +0000 http://toursfor2.com/?p=1421 Manchester, England is located within the Greater Manchester Urban Area.  Manchester is the second largest city in the United Kingdom; it is both a city and a metropolis. It is not just a large urban area but also a center of activities. The people are lively and the places are lovely.  Students’ Choice It is a […]

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Manchester, England is located within the Greater Manchester Urban Area.  Manchester is the second largest city in the United Kingdom; it is both a city and a metropolis. It is not just a large urban area but also a center of activities. The people are lively and the places are lovely.

 Students’ Choice

It is a very exciting and lively place. It has three universities and many schools offering special courses such as English. The EF International Language School caters to students from different countries of the world.  At EF, students are free to choose where to live for the duration of their stay in school, in host families or inside the campus with other students. The school provides sports and facilities for its students like football, billiard, basketball, and many more. Media facilities include the computers and cozy places for students to study their lessons.

The University of Manchester is a public research university. The university owns the John Rylands Library the Manchester Museum, the Jodrell Bank Observatory, and the. Whitworth Art Gallery.

Tourists’ Preference

There are many tourist attractions around Manchester and these include the Manchester Cathedral, the Manchester Wheel, the Imperial Museum, the Manchester Library, the Manchester International Museum of Science and Industry, the Victorian Gothic Structures, the Baroque style townhouses, the Royal Exchange Theatre, and the railway stations.  Manchester has buildings of different architectural designs within its centre. There are still buildings that were built during the Victorian Edwardian periods.

No diehard football fan should ignore the National Football Museum, which carries both the FIFA and FA collections, with the hallowed ball that was used in that World Cup final of 1966 while doing exhibitions adds interest to real displays.

The Streets of Manchester

The streets are wide enough to allow light trains to traverse around the city. The people are free to walk across the streets to transfer from building to another or from one shop to the next. The streets and buildings appear like a very big mall complex. There is the Canal Street that was established in early 19th century.  There is the Corporation Street in 1848. This street had been a scene of the Manchester bombings. The Deansgate Street was built during the Anglo Saxon period.  The Market Street was built before 1417.  The Mosley Street in 18th century has buildings like the Midland Hotel, St. Peter Square, and Manchester Art Gallery.

As these streets converge at the center if Manchester, one can observe from the designs of the structures that this place has influences from different countries. Manchester is rightly proud of its museums – this is a city that has witnessed more than its fair share of political reform, and the tale of British politics.

The streets, the structures and the schools have contributed to Manchester’s evolution into a sturdy city.  The city has maintained its culture to be that strong to become the metropolis that it is today.  Lively and lovely, two appropriate words to describe Manchester.

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