Archive for April, 2010
Prague – the city of a hundred spires – is no shrinking violet. She displays her beauty graciously and is much admired for it. From the gently curving arches of her many bridges as they span the river, to the elegant silhouettes of her ancient architecture, visitors are entranced from the moment they arrive in Prague. Airport shuttles that take you to your accommodation are more than just a service – they will give you your first taste of the Gothic spires and Baroque domes of the city skyline and whet your appetite for more.
Your Prague airport shuttle will take about 45 minutes to cover the 20km to the city. The driver will more often than not give you a running commentary on the city, and it is a great way to get some insider tips. As you weave around the sometimes narrow, cobbled streets to your hotel you will catch your first glimpses of Prague’s most famous sights.
The most famous attraction of all – Prague Castle – is the largest ancient castle in the world. In fact it is more than a simple castle – it actually looks like a small town. On your ride from Prague airport to the city you will not pass directly by the Castle, but you will be able to see the elegant outline as it overlooks the river below, and be inspired to visit. The castle was built in the 9th century and added to in later times. In the 14th century it was almost completely rebuilt in the Gothic style we see today. Within the gates of the Castle is the magnificent St Vitus Cathedral – spiritual symbol of the Czech State. The interior of this beautiful cathedral leads off to numerous side chapels, one of which houses the Crown Jewels and the tomb of Good King Wenceslas. On the outside of the Castle walls is Golden Lane. You can walk along and admire the houses (now shops) built right into the castle fortification. The lane leads to the dungeons and the original castle walls, and was once home to the famous writer Franz Kafka.
Probably not top of everybody’s must see travel destinations, but perhaps it should be. South Korea is a fascinating country with plenty to offer. Here are five reasons to go.
Finally if you’re anything like me food will play a big part in your holiday and in South Korea you will not be disappointed. South Korean cuisine is inimitable and delicious. There is plenty to choose from so if you want to give your taste buds a treat you can’t go far wrong in South Korea.
Of course a holiday isn’t a holiday without a shopping spree and in South Korea you can shop all day and night if you like. South Korea, and especially Seoul, has an amazing array of shops from department stores and shopping centres to markets and unique one-of-a-kind shops. You can shop 24 hours a day in some cities so don’t foget to bring your credit card!
It may be all the rage in London and New York with fashionista types but South Korea is the real home of green tea and you can get some delicious varieties here. It’s great for your health and pretty cheap too!
Karaoke is huge in South Korea. The country has plenty of private karaoke bars where you and your friends can exercise the vocal chords and sing to your hearts content without the risk of annoying the other customers! Known as Nore Bangs, meaning singing room, the bars are hugely popular with locals and tourists alike.
If, like me, you are an avid horse rider, the phrase “African horseback safaris” probably awakens in you a deep-seated exhilaration driving you to make whatever plans necessary to make this dream come true. A horseback safari on a game rich private concession in the depths of the watery Okavango Delta in Botswana is a unique experience.
Imagine cantering along through a shallow flood plain next to a herd of giraffe, you watch in amazement their slow motion cantering gait and wonder to yourself, how else would you experience something of this magnitude in this remote wilderness! The close encounters with wildlife you experience from the saddle allow you to feel part of the natural wilderness.
African Horseback Safaris is an award winning horseback safari operator based at Macatoo Camp on the western side of the Okavango Delta. The camp features 6 large, classic African safari style tents, each with twin beds and their own en-suite shower and loo. Oil lanterns light the tents at night. Centrally there is a large mess tent with sofas, books and games, a terrace from where you enjoy the spectacular sunsets and tucked away, a private pool. Meals are cooked on the open fire and are delightfully tasty. It is here that horse-mad people from all over the world meet to share this magnificent wildlife experience.
To be able to join a horseback safari in a Big 5 wilderness area (lion, rhino, elephant, leopard and buffalo territory), you have to be pretty proficient on horseback. You will need to feel confident about keeping up with the group, capable of riding at all paces; rising to the trot and controlling your horse at the canter. You may be required to gallop out of trouble, so beginners will not be allowed to ride. However you are still welcome at the camp if you are not a proficient horse rider. Other game activities are offered to the partners of those horse-mad people.
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