Things to be avoided during EURO 2012

Kyiv is one of the main hosting cities for EURO 2012 football championship. It is the place of 5 football matches. All the matches will be held on the main stadium of the city – NSC Olympiyskiy.

There are numerous advantages in Kyiv like four bright seasons, beautiful architecture, interesting culture and of course stunning women. But as all cities in the world it has its disadvantages or simply things that should be avoided in Kyiv, especially during EURO 2012 football championship.

First of all it should be admitted that the capital city of Ukraine has large historical background that influenced its present outlook. It is more the people that are different, museums and monuments are very similar to European ones. Most of the locals are very European: friendly, modern, fashionable and open-minded. But there are still so-called “laid up” districts where Ukrainians look nothing to do with description of the first. Such people are usually guys, living in “special” Kyiv districts.

So, there are at least 3 main street districts that are no recommended to visit: Borshagovka, Troeshina and Vinogrador. These districts are famous for a wonderful and absolutely incomparable sub-culture with a beautiful name “gopniki”. These guys are known for steeling, singing and street fighting. To be aware who you are dealing with you should remember that they usually wear sport costumes with shoes, a hat, which was modern in 20th, eat sun-flower seats in uncounted amount and of course drink beer or vodka next to their houses. They might sound really scary but they are not. The best thing not to trouble or ignore them or if you are sure in your physical abilities you can always fight, these guys love it.

One more thing to be avoided during EURO 2012 in Kyiv is Ukrainian police. The reason is very simple, Ukrainian police is often represented in the same gopniki. Of course, it does not concern everybody but it is at least 25 %.

In any other situation, act as in any other city in the world. Smile, have fun, drink, watch football and enjoy wonderful and beautiful Kyiv.

Budget Sightseeing In La Paz

One of the public developments in Bolivian capital is the arrangement and distribution of one ticket for three best museums in La Paz. That is why foreign travelers will have an opportunity to save some extra money on visiting cultural places in this city and improve their trip. Therefore, such a ticket will be promoted in various places within La Paz: travel agencies, airport, cultural centers, hotels and restaurants; so, the chance to obtain it for common traveler is guaranteed. Moreover, such a ticket will be valid for one week and supplemented by brochures in English and Spanish languages to enclose the possibilities of this arrangement. Among museums submitted to this program are:

1. National Museum of Art (Museo Nacional de Arte), which was established in 1960. However, the building it resides in is dated back to 1775 -the former Palacio de Los Condes de Arana, the house of Spanish aristocracy of those times, which might alert an attention with its colonial-style courtyard. The collection of art, demonstrated in museum, unites both old and modern exhibits: art of Andean culture (guardian angels with blunderbusses, the trinity with three identical Jesus faces) and creations of contemporary Bolivian artists.

Courtyard of National Museum Of Art

2. National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore conducts an exposure of customs and arts of ethnic groups, especially those ones of Titicaca Lake. One of the most popular exhibitions is “3,000 Years of Textiles”, which shows woven ponchos, skirts, and blankets, which nowadays are acknowledged as pieces of indigenous art.

3. San Francisco Museum, which resides in Baroque-style church of 1549. This cultural establishment exposes the history and art of the city’s landmark. There are heavenly religious paintings, historical artifacts, an interesting anteroom and a God-like view from the roof.
Hence, if you planning on visit to La Paz, do not forget about this saving-money program, especially if these museum might really enclose historical, cultural and art features of this marvelous city. Moreover, most of the hotels in La Paz are situated not far from their location.

Top places for fishing in Chile

 

 

Chile offers a lot of impressive attractions for old and young people. Among them hiking, jogging through the most finest parks, fishing, golfing, rodeo competition as well as kayaking. Due to the Pacific Ocean, Chile is rich in sea food thus fishing attraction became one of the most popular attractions.

While you are in Chile, fishing may be interest for you as you will have the chance to catch rare species of sharks. Also, fishing in Pacific Ocean is known as the best place for living trout and salmon as well. In fact, the waters in Chile are pristine, crystal and cold that works perfectly for fishing. Recently, fishing has increased on large scale among Chilean people.

If taking about the best location for fishing, Patagonia is a must be. Here, you may find the most experienced fisherman. Fishing is not simple sport; it requires a lot of energy as well as some skill. In Patagonia, you will have great opportunity to take professional lessons

Best time for fishing:

Chile has a mild climate, but the weather can be unpredictable sometimes. Thus, the best time for fishing in the pristine waters is from November to May. World class fishing is a favorite activity in Chile. Weather: dry, mild, dry, cool, it can be windy sometimes. Temperatures: min. 10° C, max. 30° C. Horses: Local Criollo breed, tame.

Also, the Lakes District in Chile is known as paradise for fishermen. It includes many lakes inside among them are: Paloma, Yelcho, Pollux as well as Llanquihue Lake that is probably the finest place for fishing. While the most popular rivers for fishing are Villarrica Volcano, Paloma, Desague, Sin Nombre, Nireguao, Futaleufu, Palena, Azul, Balboa, Simpson as well.While you are fishing, enjoy the stunning landscape as well as the Calbuco volcano view.

So, if you are not passion about hiking or kayaking, maybe fishing may be interest for you.  Enjoy the crystal water of Pacific Ocean by catching the amazing sharks.

Buen Retiro, the greenest park in Madrid

one of the top ten parks in Madrid -“Buen Retiro” is a treasure of its cultural and natural heritage. This place has seen monarch’s history and is one of the great symbols of Madrid which everybody should know.
This place occupies 130 ha of forest, it looks like a green island that is covered with 15 000 trees. The park can be entered from different sides: Plaza de laI ndependencia, Calle de Alcalá, Calle de O’Donnell and also Calle de Alfonso XII. Besides the green trees this place will please you with artificial lake. The charnel house of Alfonso XII is right beside it.

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Firstly it was mentioned in an epoch of Catholic kings that formed “Los Jeronimos “monastery. Beside the monastery there were several buildings that belonged to the royal crown, known as “The Room”. During the reign of Philip II this was a place of religious meditations and prayers. Back in those days it was called “Retiro” which means “solitude”.

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The peculiarity of that park is “Angel Caido”- the only statue in the world that is dedicated to the fallen angel Lucifer. The park has a garden with roses, the park Sesilio Rodriguez and many quiet spots where one can enjoy a book, listen to the favorite songs or just to enjoy the silence.
During the weekend Buen Parque Retiro turns into a grand plce for musicians and city performances. This time almost all Madrid citizens make their way to the park to bask themselves with nice music and good company.

High-quality wines

Peru is well known as the oldest producer of excellent wine. You should not leave the country without tasting local wine.

It has a wide range of vineyards across its various regions that supply well cultivated as well as high-quality wines to the market.

The history wine: It was discovered in 16 century when Spanish conqueror Marquis Francisco de Caravantes, introduced the people of the land to grapes. In fact, the best wine of the country comes from the city of Ica, that is situated in the Ica Province and they still make wine in some Ica wineries following the old traditions.

The local citizens call the wineries “bodega”.  In fact, Tacama is the most well-known winery in Peru or otherwise it is called Bodega Tacama.

Without doubt, here you will find the best kinds of wine, whether you like red or white.

Another fascinating winery is Vista Alegre that is placed in the northern part of Ica. Besides wines, it produces Pisco wonderful brandy, which is another popular product of Peru. The most fascinating fact is that brandy is widely used for medicinal purposes.

Moreover, Peru features by 85 high-quality wineries that are famous by Artesanales wineries. So, taste the best brands of  Peruvian wine  those we mentioned below:

White wines brands: 

Tacama (Peru) Blanco de Blancos 2005

Vista Alegre (Peru) Pinot Blanc NV

Ocucaje (Peru) Fond de Cave Chardonnay NV

Red wines brands:

Tacama (Peru) Gran Tinto 2005

Tacama (Peru) Seleccion Especial 2004

Ocucaje (Peru) Fond de Cave Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon NV

The Mennonites’ Town of Loma Plata

Loma Plata appears to be the historical colonial town, which is located at distance of 407 km from the capital of Asunción. Precisely, it was the first settlement founded by Canadians in Paraguay, which dates back to 1927. It cannot boast of long history, but this fact does not deny the presence of interesting peculiarities of its development.

On initial stages of its growth the specific feature of Loma Plata is eagerness to survive in conditions of constant animals’ attacks and absence of medical services. In contrast, nowadays one out of four hospitals in Boquerón province is located just in Loma Plata. Currently this city is important industrial and trade center, which gladly welcomes tourists.

In particular, there are some cultural attractions. First and foremost, Cologne Menno is a museum dedicated to the storytelling of first immigrants and, eventually, habitants of the Loma Plata settlement. Travelers can also spend some time during an excursion to local diary factory and explore the process of milk production. Animal breeding is one of the characteristics of agricultural industry, represented by Rodeo Club Isla po’i. This establishment also directed to the production of tomatoes, sesame, cotton, etc. Speaking about local handicrafts, it is impossible not to mention bags made in Caraguatá Enlhet, which might be purchased as a souvenir or remembrance about this town.

In addition, it is obligatory to mention Hotel Palace, the information about which might be interesting for those ones, who decided to pay a visit to Loma Plata. It would be useful to know that it is a budget accommodation, which offers best conveniences in the area: breakfast serving, diner alongside indoor pool and, of course, perfect accommodation of nine rooms. To enlarge the visit to Loma Plata it is also might be exciting to attend some places of interest in the neighborhood: Neu-Halbstadt with its exquisite Indian market, natural conservations of Mbaraquay, Tifunke and Nacunday.

Rock Werchter in Belgium

Rock Werchter is a famous international rock music festival. It is held each year in Belgium in the village Werchter. This event started its history in 1974. It is considered to be one of the biggest annual rock music festivals in Europe. The festival even received the awards for the best festival in the world at the International Live Music Conference.

The festival began as one-day event. Later in 1996 it was held for days, in 2000 for three and in it became a 4-day festival in 2003 after it was sold by the owner to American organizers.

In last years such musicians as: Nine Inch Nails, Coldplay, the Cure, the Who, Metallica, R.E.M & Lou Reed, Iron Maiden,  Killers, Lostprophets, Lenny Kravitz, Placebo, Rammstein, Audioslave, Green Day,  Foo Fighters, Oasis, Keane, the Kooks, Muse, Franz Ferdinand and Nightwish  performed on the stage of this festival

It has been already announced that such famous musicians as Pearl Jam, Florence and the Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers will be performing there this year.

The band will bring its new album “I’m with you”. The whole world has been looking forward to their new album which became number one in many countries. It was in the top ten best albums of 2011 according to Rolling Stones Poll. The style of the hot guys from California is a combination of alternative rock, funk and punk rock. Thanks to Antonie Kiedes, the singer of the bands they started to sound more mature after Californication as he reduced rapped verses in the songs.

Sooner we will find out more names of the artists to –perform on this stage. You may already buy the tickets for 2012 festival. The price for 4 day combi festival ticket is 195 euros; one-day ticket is 79.Visiting a music festival is one of the top 10 things to do in Belgium.

Easy ways to save money in Amsterdam

Money plays a vital role for tourists, so while you are on vocation in Amsterdam, you should know how to make your trip unforgettable and cheap. As you know Amsterdam is a busy cosmopolitan city, always crowded and all people hurry up somewhere. So, if you want to have a great vocation and save your time and money, you definitely should follow the following  things:

Useful tips:

You do not need a credit card because in coffee shops they accept only cash as well as in grocery stores. It would be better to having cash while you are in Amsterdam in Holland.

Transportation:

We recommend you to buy day tickets on public transport; it will be helpful for save your time and avoid crowded places.

Visit Anne Frank House:

Anne Frank House Museum is usually open till 9 p.m. as regards Sunday till 10 p.m. So, you should come later in order to avoid that long line and save your time for visiting more wonderful places.

Make a dinner reservation:

As we have mentioned above, Amsterdam is definetly busy city, so it would be better for you to make a dinner reservation in advance.

Biking around:

Amsterdam is too much crowded, especially on weekends, so you can save your money and rent a bike.  It will be fun, healthy and amazing travelling.

Party outside the city:

If you want to have a rest from the noisy city center, the best thing you can do, go for a barbeque outside the crowded city.

Don’t  be late for departure:

You have to be early for your flight. In fact, it will take about 20 minutes to get from Amsterdam Central Station to Schiphol Airport.

Book the cheapest hotels:

Time is valuable and if you want to have well-prepared vocation, you should book hotel in advance. The most popular cheapest  hotels in Holland  are are:

Greenhouse Effect Hotel

Quentin England Hotel

Orfeo Hotel

Wines Valleys

Chile is well known as the first wine producer in the world. So, if you are a wine aficionado, Chile wine valleys are the best place to visit.  In general, Chilean meal can not be complete without a domestic appetiser, red wine which makes your heart beat twice faster. So while being in Chile do not miss to try a Pisco Sour known as the best one.

Wine tourism is booming in Chile and today you may find 188 wineries in the country.  Without doubt, Chile is the best place to enjoy the tasty red wine and gourmet food. Any restaurant in Chile can boast of a big choice of wine and exquisite Chilean food.

Talking about wine it’s impossible but mention the most famous and amazing valleys. They are Casablanca, Maipo, Cachapoal , Curico and Maule.

Cachapoal Valley is the best place to discover as it’s famous for Cabernets and Merlots. This valley is located between the Andes and the Coastal Range. The best places to enjoy tasty red wine are Chateu Los Boldos, Gracia and La Rosa.

The biggest and the oldest wine producer is Viña Concha y Toro that produces approximately 11 million cases per year.

Another wine valley that is a must to visit is Aconcagua Valley which is famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah production.

Casablanca is the next one in the list to visit. Its premium Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc wines are very liked all over the worl.

The history of  Chilian wine  began here in the 1980s. A great opportunity to enjoy lunch in the famous House of Morande Restaurant or it is called Indomita.

Maipo Valley is one of the oldest wine growing areas close to Santiago. Due to the climate, the particular region produces high quality wine. Since colonial times breathtaking vineyards have flourished. Maipo Valley is home for the best Cabernet Sauvignons.

While staying in Maipo Valley, do not miss the chance to visit the Dona Paula restaurant at Vina Santa Rita for a dinner.

Without doubt Viña Concha y Toro is the largest winery in Chile, founded in 1883 and known as the oldest one over the world. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc as well as Chardonnay are produced here.

If you are a gourmet, you should visit the home of wine, and discover the old and breathtaking culture of Chile.

Tiesto

Tiesto, one of the famous Dutch musicians and a producer of electronic dance music was born in Breda in 1969. He has been interested in music since early age. At the age of twenty he decide to dedicate his whole life to music. In 1997 he and his friend opened a music label under the name of “Black Hole Recordings”.  The debut album was released in 2002 and it became Holland’s most selling album. But he didn’t stop at this point and in 2003 he performed a set. But it wasn’t the usual DJ’s performance in a club, it was in the stadium. He became the first DJ in the whole music history to perform in the stadium with a 25,000 capacity. After that performance he toured the world with his “Tiesto in Concert”.

In a year he became the first ever DJ to play on the Olympic Opening Ceremony for the Athens 2004 Olympics. He even broke his own record gathering almost 4 billion audience.  Tiesto is the only DJ to be named Dj Magazine’s World No. 1 DJ three times in a row in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He even produced the first instrumental track that reached the top in his home country in 23 years.

The remix which he recorded together with Sarah McLachlan’s ‘Silence’ became the first house track ever broadcast on daytime radio in North America.

He is also known for his contributions to dance music. His style is a combination of everything: trance, house and techno.

For today Tiesto has won pretty much each electronic dance music award, but he is not planning to stop. His goal is to produce more albums.

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