Iconic New York Activities You Can’t Miss

Jul 22, 2015 by

Iconic New York Activities You Can’t Miss

New York City is a place filled with iconic landmarks, buildings, and activities that make the city so unique. From shopping in Times Square to eating a street hot dog to floating past the Statue of Liberty, there are so many “Only in New York” activities to do while visiting the city. To help you check off this city’s bucket list items, we have compiled a list of the top activities you can’t miss during your trip to The Big Apple.

Shopping in Times Square

Portrayed in hundreds of shows and movies, this iconic square is filled with brightly lit advertisements and billboards, which make a great background for any photographer. Sometimes called the Center of the Universe, Times Square is one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions and can’t be missed during your time in New York. What better way to commemorate your time here than to get some shopping done and pick up a few souvenirs for friends and loved ones?

Times Square is right in the middle of Manhattan, and has many of the best hotels in New York City within walking distance.

Eating Street Meat

New York City has plenty of gourmet restaurants; in fact, it has some of the best food in the world. While we suggest you have a meal at one of the many highly ranked establishments, you should also make some time to try out a street hot dog. These classic dogs are good for an on-the-go meal and will make you feel like a local in no time.

Statue of Liberty Drive By

A beacon of hope for those newly arriving to the country, The Statue of Liberty is a can’t miss landmark while visiting the city. This historic statue is situated on an island off of Manhattan and can easily be seen from one of many tour boats or the Coney Island Ferry. Make sure you bring your camera so you can document your drive by of Lady Liberty.

Walking Through Central Park

It’s the largest park in town, and you cannot miss a tour of this beautiful oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. There are performers to keep you entertained, ponds to boat around, grassy areas to take a nap on, and trails galore for you to explore. For active travelers, jogging the multitude of paths is a good way to stay in shape while on vacation.

There are many sightseeing tour buses that will take you to Central Park and other attractions in the city. If you have a short time in the city and need direct transportation to all the tourist sites, this is the perfect option.

Catch a Live Performance

There are many options for you to catch a show, whether it be a street performance by one of the many talented buskers or the high-class Broadway shows. New York City is one of the centers of the entertainment world, and you should take advantage of this fact while visiting the area. Besides, you never know what famous person you might see while attending a show, whether they be on stage or in the crowd.

 

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How employees could benefit from a 4-day working week

Jul 21, 2015 by

How employees could benefit from a 4-day working week

This infographic by Citrix GoToMeeting shows how employees could benefit from a 4-day working week. The graphic shows how a 4-day working week could give us more time for travel and leisure as well as more quality time with our families.

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Famous Sports in Ancient and Modern Rome

Jul 21, 2015 by

Famous Sports in Ancient and Modern Rome

One of the finest traits of Ancient Rome was to assimilate customs and ideas from different cultures and incorporate them into their own style of living. Just as other aspects of Roman culture are influenced by Greeks, sports were not away from the influence. However, ancient Romans mixed their own twist in the sports which were considered not as artistic as their Greek counterparts. The reason for this was the violence involved in sports.

Romans were fascinated with sports that displayed violence to emphasize the strengthening of the body by exercises. Hence, Ancient Rome adopted many sports that added to the violent “Roman games”. Nevertheless, other simple sports like swimming, horseback riding and fishing were also practiced in those days.

In modern day Rome, however, games in focus are those that are commonly played around the world. Although Romans still like wild and violent games; these spectacles are rarely seen in modern day sports in Rome.

Gladiatorial Combats (Ancient Rome)

One of the most popular forms of sports and entertainment was the gladiatorial combats. Gladiators either fought to death or to serious injury which they called “first blood”. The gladiators used a variety of weapons and exchanged them to injure the opponent as much as possible.

The gladiatorial fight reached their height of fame under the emperorship of Claudius who adored these combats and made them legal. He used to give hand gestures to support these combats. The idea of thumbs down for a losing opponent and raised fist for a winning one are both derived from the same combats.

Circus Maximus (Ancient Rome)

This is a site which was used for chariot racing and the great circus. Since the stadium was the largest one in Rome with a capacity of 385,000 people, it also held gladiator fights which the entire city attended with gusto.

There were two temples which lay in the center of the track for chariot racing, with seven large eggs and seven dolphins in each. One of the temples was removed when the racers had covered a lap. This was practiced to inform the racers and the spectators about the game’s progress.

Tennis (Modern Rome)

In Modern day sports, Tennis is the most popular one. Various clubs are full of tennis fans in the spring. The International Tennis Championship is also held for two weeks every May at Foro Italico. The event invites the world’s top players to smash out the balls on the clay courts.

Golf (Modern Rome)

Spring awakens another type of sport fans who roam around the city to find the best place for golfing. There are many golf clubs located in and around the city. The National Championships are held in October across Rome’s golfing clubs.

Racing (Modern Rome)

Racing is still a part of Rome‘s heritage where a plethora of racing games are held in racing venues around the city. Steeple chase and trotters are contested in the racing venues during spring.

Apart from horseback racing, auto racing enthusiasts head to their racing track in Valle Lunga. Especially on weekends, Formula-1 and Formula-3 cars chase each other for the lead position. Dogs race tracks, rowing and motorbike races are also held in different venues within the city.

Rome is famous as a sports loving city all over the world. Therefore, sport fans love to spend their time here, to behold the best spectacles in large stadiums and numerous sports venues.

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Maya Riviera Tips for Photo Conscious People

Jul 20, 2015 by

Maya Riviera Tips for Photo Conscious People

You’ve heard so much about Cancun, the fun and restaurants, but what about the rest of the area. The Maya Riviera has much more to offer than just spring breakers and nightclubs. You can take home great photos and have the best experience when you follow these travel tips. Learn what you must see in the Maya Riviera and where you can get the best photographs.

The name of the area, Maya Riviera, comes from it being the Mayan area of Mexico and that there are many beautiful ocean beaches. Put those together and you get Maya, or Mayan, Riviera. Along with the Mayan part of the name, you get the history of this civilization and the ruins left behind. They left many interesting and unique artifacts for you to see and take photos with.
The Maya Riviera stretches from Cancun to the north and Tulum to the south and in between there’s many stops. Most people know about Cancun and decide to stay there for a night or 2 depending on how much they want the partying and night life. Those who want just a little of that or none at all, will want to head south. There are more natural things to see and do.
One of the highlights of this area is the cenotes. If you’re adventurous, you can dive down into these underground waterways just like the locals do. If you’re not as adventurous, you can still experience them by getting into the water and swimming there or taking a kayak. Local guides can take you around the area and show you the best and most accessible ones.
Continuing with the water theme is Akumal. It’s the best spot off the coast in the ocean to snorkel. If you’re an experienced snorkeler or would like to try it out, this is the place. With a waterproof camera you can take pictures of the many tropical fish, and of course, sea turtles that you’re sure to see.
And last but not least are the ruins. The most famous one is Chichen Itza. It’s a big pyramid surrounded by other interesting ruins. If you can only go out to see one area with ruins, this is it. Although you can no longer climb it you can still take great pictures of it and the other ruins in the same area. A guided tour would be best to learn about the many interesting parts of the ancient Maya civilization.
Other ruins you can visit are Coba and the ones in Tulum. Coba is another pyramid but this time right in the forest and is less crowded. Down in Tulum there are ruins, less spectacular, but right on the ocean surrounded by the most beautiful and sandy beaches.
After you’ve booked your stay at one of the premier resorts in riviera maya, think about what you want to see once you get there. There’s so much to see besides just Cancun. Venture south and make it to Tulum which might be the best place of all.

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If you want to practice this ‘Instagram tips’, in one of the Barcelo Hotels, you should check Resorts in Riviera Maya

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5 Interesting Facts about Morocco

Jul 17, 2015 by

5 Interesting Facts about Morocco

Home to Casablanca and Marrakesh, the Berber stronghold of Morocco covers an area slightly larger than California. A land of of vibrant charm and intoxicating natural wonder, Morocco’s treasures include the Sidi Yahya shrine, believed to be the tomb of John the Baptist.

1) The world’s oldest university

The University of al-Karaouine, in Fez, was founded by Fatima al-Fihri, in 859, and is recognised as the oldest degree-awarding and continually operating educational institution in the world. Al-Karaouine became a State university in 1963, continuing the rich religious and scholarly heritage of the Muslim al-Andalus. It is also the site of the largest mosque in Africa, with a 22,000 capacity, and resplendent horseshoe arches, adorned with geometric designs and floral Andalusian art, and edged with Kufic calligraphy.

2) An oasis of peace with free Wi-Fi

When you need to get away, relaxing in Marrakesh’s Arsat Moulay Abdeslam Cyber Park after a day’s sightseeing in busy Medina is as soothing and calming as sipping Moroccan tea. What better place to enjoy a picnic than this beautifully kept, 8-hectare park, which offers shady trees, free Wi-Fi, and a quiet atmosphere of urban tranquility.

3) Resting place of Yves St Laurent

The Jardin Majorelle, also in the ‘Ochre City’ of Marrakesh, is a magnificent garden which took 40 years of passion and dedication to create. This calming retreat has a whole series of mini landscapes with exotic trees and plants, gentle streams and pools complete with water lilies and lotus flowers, and numerous sheltering birds. Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent purchased the garden in 1980, and such was his love for the place that his ashes were scattered there when he died. Vibrant, glowing architecture tops the garden off, and high walls add protection and a feeling of ‘time out of time’.

4) The Venus of Tan-Tan

A timeless piece of prehistoric art, the Venus of Tan-Tan was found in 1999, in the Draa River bed, a few kilometres south of the town of Tan-Tan, by German archaeologist Lutz Fiedler. It is reckoned to be 300,000 to 500,000 years old, and may well be the earliest artistic representation of the human form. The six-centimetre-long piece of quartzite rock, shaped by carving and natural geological processes, shows traces of the pigments used by humans to further define its human-like form.

5) Africa’s highest ski resort

The formidable Atlas mountains, spanning Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, contain North Africa’s highest peak (4,165 metres), and once housed ancient fortified Berber villages, near Morocco’s Jebel Toubkal. For today’s keen adventurers with appropriate holiday insurance, Oukaïmeden – approximately 80 kilometres from Marrakesh – is the highest ski resort in Africa, and well-equipped with ski-lifts, hotels and ski-rental facilities. Due to Morocco’s climate, there is a comparative lack of snow, so good skiing on the steeper slopes can’t always be guaranteed, and skiers would be wise to splash on effective sun protection and wear sensible headgear, even during the Moroccan ‘winter’. Nevertheless, there’s always the natural beauty of the nearby Toubkal National Park where you may catch a glimpse of a Barbary macaque, or a Cuvier’s gazelle.

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