A Quick Tour Of Paris -

The Famous Latin Quarter

The fifth and sixth arrondissement on the Left Bank of the Seine River in central Paris, are collectively known as the Quartier Latin (Latin Quarter). It's been a long time since many have spoken Latin there. Among Paris's oldest districts they include some historic Roman attractions.

The Roman town Lutetia was built in the First Century BC. Its arena once held at least fifteen thousand spectators and considerably fewer gladiators. This city was sacked in barbarian invasions of the year 280. The arena was more or less forgotten until the 1860s with the construction of a streetcar depot on the site. The famous Nineteenth Century writer Victor Hugo played a major role in preserving these ruins.

Beer by Monks, Cats in the Belfry: Normal for Belgium!

A jester throws toy cats down from the belfry of Ieper on the second Sunday in May. Meanwhile in a parade, dozens of floats and 2,000 actors explore and present the role of the cat in history, literature, and folklore. This is the famous Cat festival of Belgium, an event which happens every 3 years. It is just one of the surprises awaiting the visitor who expects simple normality in this country which is often perceived as straight-laced as befits a city at the heart of EU sobriety.

You get the best of two worlds in Belgium. The north of the country is Flemish, while the south is French-speaking. Small wonder it?s the heart of the EU. Here, you can cut through the European red tape to sample beer, chocolate and other Belgian delights.

Here are 10 great reasons to visit Belgium to help start your holiday planning.

A Quick Tour Of Italy - Northern Sardinia

If you are looking for a European tourist destination, consider the island of Sardinia, a region of southern Italy. Depending on your interests, this beautiful area can be an ideal vacation spot. You can get classic Italian food, and wash it down with fine local wine. Some parts of Sardinia remain undiscovered by tourists, while other sites are favorites of Italian and international jet setters and are priced accordingly. This article presents northern Sardinia. Companion articles present central Sardinia and southern Sardinia.

Spanish in Sardinia? Alghero's nickname is little Barcelona. A quarter of the population speaks a sort of Catalan, related to Spanish as their native tongue. The street signs are in Catalan. The Sixteenth Century Cathedral of St. Mary is one of many older buildings clearly influenced by Catalan architecture. Climb its bell tower for a great view of this city, especially at sunset. You'll find the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art in the former (Thirteenth Century) Rosario church next to the Cathedral. The museum hosts a unique collection of Catalan silverware.

The Benefits of Self-Catering on Vacation

Vacations can expensive endeavors; there are ways to save money while enjoying a wide variety of vacations. Methods employed to save money can mean other benefits as well. Saving money on holiday accommodations and food means more money to spend on the fun things, like attractions and amusements. There are a variety of methods that can be utilized by thrifty vacationers, it just depends on the type of vacation you wish to have.

For the purposes of this article, we shall use a Florida vacation, which is one of the most favorite vacation destinations in the United States. The good thing about Florida is the wealth of things to do; from amusement parks to the Everglades, a vast variety of interesting adventures await you. The wonderful thing is that a lot of the attractions in Florida are free or available at a nominal cost. A day at the beach will not cost a thing and visiting the Everglades won't cost very much at all. Since you will be saving on vacation accommodation and food, the price of the pay attractions won't seem so bad.


Hostels: What They Are and Where to Find Them

Hostels are budget accommodations for travelers. They offer an excellent alternative to the traditional motel or hotel, and they exist in most parts of the world for the traveler who wants to hostel stomp and save tons of cash to travel for longer periods of time.

Usually hostels have several bunk beds in each room. Instead of renting one room to one or two people like hotels do, hostels rent a room to four or more people and may therefore offer a substantial discount. Where a hotel might offer a room for two people at $80 a night or more, a hostel can rent a room to eight people for $10 a night each, and still make as much money as a traditional hotel, sometimes more. The cost of hostels in the U.S. average between $8 and $25 per night. In other countries (depending on where you go) hostels can be as cheap as $2 to $3 per night.