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Ski Resort Vacation Review

28 Aug

Skiing is one of the healthiest and most invigorating workouts that you can indulge in with your entire family. Whether you are a skiing enthusiast or you just want to try it for the first time, a ski resort is one of the best places to visit for a more fulfilling experience. Perhaps, you are planning a ski resort vacation. Maybe you don’t know the best ski resort to visit. Well, here is a review of the best ski destinations in the world that you should consider.

St. Anton, Austria

For many years, St. Anton, Austria has maintained its crown as one of the best ski destinations in the world. Apart from its wild terrains and après, the resort is located in one of the snowiest regions in Europe, Arlberg. St. Anton has 340km of pistes, more than 52 square kilometers of off-piste terrain and 200km off-piste itineraries. Coupled with its efficient lift systems and glamorous chalets and hotels, St. Anton, Austria is a magnet for skiing.

Deer Valley, US

Located in Wasatch Range, Utah, Deer Valley is renowned for its upscale appeal. The resort has hosted several skiing competitions including the 2002 Winter Olympics and the International Ski Federation competitions that are held every year. It caters for an elite audience and boasts of six mountains and bowls, 670 acres of snow, 930 acres of glade skiing and convenient lifts.

Les Deux Alpes, France

Les Deux Alpes, France boasts of some of the most attractive après in Britain. It features a lift system with incredible views like the Venosc connected by gondola that makes it a unique skiing delight. The resort is open from mid June to late August and for the French half term between October and November.

Cervinia, Italy

Cervinia, Italy is a sure ski vacation destination that offers patrons up to 360km of slopes that run across the Switzerland border to Zermatt. One advantage of visiting this resort is that it gives you the opportunity to explore one of the best ski zones in the world at a fraction of the cost. Even without going all the way to Zermatt, the resort is linked to the village of Valtourneche which is also a great snow-recreational ground.

Vail, US

The Vail is a sure ski destination for mixed ability groups. It features an expansive range of runs that are split into three sections. These are the front face, Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin which are all connected with efficient lift systems. Patrons here can choose from the nursery slopes, long cruises at the front face or more challenging steep runs. The huge traffic-free resort village also features Tirolean-themed chalets.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt, Switzerland is a famous ski vacation resort for families, experts, ski travelers and intermediates. At the resort, guests are treated to magnificent views of the Matterhorn, the most photogenic mountain in the world. Apart from the weathered chalets that line up its narrow streets, Zermatt also boasts of snowy slopes. Visit the resort between late November and April for a remarkable experience. This is a hot spot for a friend of mine who is a professional arborist, he visits Switzerland twice a year to go skiing and also to admire the historic trees.

In addition to these resorts, there are several options that you can still consider for a fulfilling ski vacation. These include Alta/ Snowbird, US, Les Arcs, France, Courchevel, France, Jackson Hole, US, Breckenridge, US and Chamonix, France and Snowmass, US.

Popular Retirement Destinations

01 Dec

Perhaps looking to buy a second home, or selling up and retiring to a warmer climate to live out the rest of your days? Spain for example offers a whole host of attractions that most people look for when searching for a retirement hideaway. The weather here is pretty much outstanding throughout the year which proves to be ideal for those that like the sun, and enjoy long summer days. The pace of life is relaxing to say the least and flexible eating times allow for late lunches as well as late night evening meals. The pressure of work and the usual fast pace of the work and stress driven life is left behind and exchanged for bottles of wine, and a stress free lifestyle.

France is another common choice for people looking for a different way of life. France is well known for its wine and unique cuisine, and a well situated home will allow you access both great wine and stunning food. If you are lucky enough to get a home in the south of France then you could find yourself surround by acres upon acres of grapevines and vineyards. France offers a relaxing atmosphere that isn’t too far away from the UK lifestyle for example. Being able to keep up the particular elements of the lifestyle that you can enjoy in the UK, United States or Canada but at a much slower pace if desired. Learn more about French wine and where to enjoy it here winefolly.com/review/french-wine-exploration-map/

Another massively popular destination is Italy. Proving to be the ideal lifestyle for many people, it is not uncommon for some to sell what they have and move to Italy. Offering both rustic and contemporary accommodation, it’s easy to see why people are moving to this country and buying villas in Tuscany as it’s a lifestyle that people dream of. If a relaxing atmosphere and a stunning landscape is what you are looking for then Italy could be the place for you. If you are after a more specific location in Italy then Tuscany could be perfect. In an area steeped in history that screams out the rural lifestyle, you are more than likely to settle down to a level of relaxation that you only dreamt was possible.

Before you buy new property or invest in a rental space in any of these locations it might be advisable to do some research. Check out the internet for some advice and guides and even visit some of the locations and try something like a self catering Tuscany based holiday to really sample the lifestyle… I know I really enjoy it, you can too!

A big “thank you” goes out to our good friend Tim at www.sandmanpaintingwinnipeg.com for sharing this article with us, who has recently invested in a retirement property in France and frequently visits the surrounding cites that were mentioned. He hopes to one day relocate his business to this beautiful part of the world.

Travel Activities on the Beach

30 Oct

Family vacation travel time is a great excuse to go to the beach. You get to enjoy the sun and surf while also spending time enjoying a quality leisure family vacation. Spending time at the beach usually constitutes going for a long weekend, but sometimes staying 3-4 days at the beach can get a little repetitive. How do you keep your children active at the beach? What fun summer activities can you do? We’ve got you covered.

Family travel vacations are the perfect time to start a new hobby, or continue with a project you never finished when you were home. Here are some basic summer beach activities that can be done between just you and a child, or the whole family!

* Shell collecting * Exploring tide pools * Harvesting shellfish * Photography * Flying a kite * Catching fish bait * Bird watching * Beach volleyball * Picnics * Hiking

Some of these activities seem pretty basic, but others can be the beginning of multiple fun projects with your family. The shells you’ve collected could be glued to picture frames or put in vases to make centerpieces. You can make a picture collage of your trip with the pictures you took. Photography can also be a way to incorporate your children into something special that usually only mommy and daddy get to do. Family vacation travel time can sometimes be the perfect time to allow kids to do something they wouldn’t normally get to do… like use the “big kid” camera.

Some beaches don’t allow harvesting shellfish, but for those that do, the adventure and rush of collecting clams, oysters, mussels and bay scallops bring families and children the feeling of being stranded on an island, harvesting their own food to survive! Creating a story to go along with your “hunt” is a great activity that can get the whole family involved.If your kids are slightly older, catching fishing bait can be very popular. Your kids can catch minnows, bait fish, crabs, shrimp and other baits by throwing a small cast net or seines out to sea and dragging it back in.

Paris – The Most Popular Destination

24 Oct

Paris began its life as a simple Celto-Roman settlement known as Lutetia on the Ile de la Cite. Today the Ile de la Cite is occupied by the Cathedral de Notre Dame, famously shown in the 1923 film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. As the Roman Empire crumbled, a new leadership was founded and in 508 CE Paris came into the hands of Clovis of the Franks, considered by the French to be their first king, and the birth of Paris as we know it today. As one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Paris has been the backdrop for countless films and the inspiration for even more books; its popular landmarks are instantly recognised by people across the globe.

Named after its designer, Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest and best known tourist attraction in Paris. Although seen as undeniably French, the Eiffel tower was originally offered to Barcelona but after they rejected the tower, it went on to become the most recognised symbol of Paris. Indeed, since its completion, the Eiffel tower has attracted more than 200 million visitors.

However, no trip to Paris is complete without a trip to Montmartre: at 130 metres above the city, there is no better view over the beautiful French capital. Montmartre also plays host to one of Paris’ most famous churches, the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. In addition, just behind the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur lies the artist’s quarter, which in times past has been the location of popular artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Henri Matisse. Today the most famous art to be witnessed here has been created by the music industry, with Montmartre appearing in music videos for songs by popular groups such as Snow Patrol, U2 and Savage Garden. Gather more info on visiting the Montmartre at www.tripsavvy.com.

Situated on the right bank of the river Seine lies the world’s most visited art museum. A pillar of popular culture, the Louvre has been made a point of interest through the bestselling book and film “The Da Vinci Code”. Although probably most famous for its housing of the Mona Lisa, the Louvre actually holds more than 35,000 works of art. As such, any trip to Paris should include a stop off in the Louvre, its sheer size ensuring there is always more to come back to.

Having been the focus of so many books and films, it should come as no surprise that many artists, writers and actors choose Paris as their final resting place. For many of Paris’ richest and most famous, the only place to be buried is Pere Lachaise cemetery. Proudly displaying the tombstones of writers Oscar Wilde and Moliere, and musicians such as Frederic Chopin and Jim Morrison, Pere Lachaise cemetery highlights Paris’ central position as the home of European arts and popular culture.Many flights to Paris land in the Charles de Gaulle International Airport, France’s largest airport. The airport, named after the national hero and former president, is where U2 filmed their video for “Beautiful Day”.Strolling through Paris it’s easy to see why it has become such a central city to European culture and why its beautiful landmarks continue to feature in books and films from around the world.