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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Top 5 Tips for Planning an Elopement in Paris

Eiffel towerImage by RuiPereira via FlickrTop 5 Tips for Planning an <a class="zem_slink" href="" title="Elopement (marriage)" rel="wikipedia">Elopement</a> in Paris
By Kimberley Petyt

As a wedding planner in Paris, I must get at least 3- 5 emails a week from couples who want to elope in Paris. There are tons of reasons why people choose to elope: to save money, to save time, to save their sanity! Couples that contact me about eloping in Paris also typically display a very strong romantic streak. Since I find myself answering a lot of the same questions week after week, I've decided to compile The American Wedding Planner in Paris' Top Five Tips for Planning an Elopement in Paris

Holidays in Lot, Midi-Pyrenees, France

Valentré bridgeImage via WikipediaHolidays in Lot, <a class="zem_slink" href=",1.33333333333&spn=1.0,1.0&q=43.5,1.33333333333%20%28Midi-Pyr%C3%A9n%C3%A9es%29&t=h" title="Midi-Pyrénées" rel="geolocation">Midi-Pyrenees</a>, <a class="zem_slink" href=",2.35083333333&spn=10.0,10.0&q=48.8566666667,2.35083333333%20%28France%29&t=h" title="France" rel="geolocation">France</a>
By Phil Hanlon

Just east of the Dordogne department of Aquitaine, in the north Midi-Pyrenees region, lies the beautiful department of Lot. Typical of most areas within the region, low comprises of sloping valleys, impressive mountains and lush countryside. Its unspoilt, rural beauty offers a plethora of tiny villages and small towns, perfect for the keen explorer and rambler.
Previously known as Quercy in the days before the French Revolution, Lot can now be divided into four; Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest.

5 Of The Most Romantic Cities In The World

A gondola with tourists in Venice, Italy.Image via WikipediaThe Arc de Triomphe (Arch of Triumph), at the ...Image via WikipediaNew OrleansImage by Пероша via Flickr5 Of The Most Romantic Cities In The World
By Kathleen Chester

Starting November till March, it is 'Wedding' season in many countries in the world. Weddings equals to honeymoons, love, and romance. We have compiled a list of 5 of the most romantic cities in the world where you can enjoy your honeymoon. Even if you are no longer a newlywed, these are great destinations to visit and reignite the spark with your spouse.
This listing was supposed to be alphabetic but how can you start a list of most romantic cities without Paris, topping the list. Anyone who has visited Paris, France will claim that this is as the more enchanting, captivating and romantic city in the world.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Notre Dame Cathedral and Other Sacred Sites

Notre-Dame cathedral, ParisImage via WikipediaNotre Dame Cathedral and Other Sacred Sites

By Chris Sarvaiya

If you are planning a visit the most sacred places of the world, then you are advised to have some prior knowledge of these places. Here is a small insight into the three famous holy sites that can give you a brief idea about them and help you plan the visit accordingly.
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.

From Rome, With Love - A City Holidays Were Made For

Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, RomeImage via Wikipedia
From Rome, With Love - A City Holidays Were Made For
By Fleur Fisher

Holidays to Rome are a favourite for millions of tourists every year for good reason - this is a magical city. This history, culture and attractions of Rome mean that you will never be bored when in the capital of Italy. Make sure that you bring your camera to get the ultimate Rome picture in front of the Trevi fountain or the Colosseum. If you're only going to Rome for a couple of days, you'll find that your holidays here will be packed, so pick and choose the sites that you can't leave without visiting.
Visit a dome in Rome: For an insight into the religious practices of the ancient Romans visit The Pantheon. This building is still fairly well-preserved being the most complete Roman structure which has survived over 2 milennia. The Pantheon contains the tombs of Rafael and several Italian Kings, and was built by the Emperor Hadrian as a temple of the gods.

Weddings in Italy: hotels and beaches for the perfect wedding by the sea

The Spanish Steps, seen from Piazza di SpagnaImage via Wikipedia

Author: Albapp

Italy is without a doubt one of the most romantic destinations in Europe. Therefore, many people from all over the world choose the Belpaese as the place to celebrate weddings and honey moons in one of the many emblematic cities of the country.
Tuscany is one of the most popular regions among brides and grooms that wish to have a classic or rustic wedding among the yellow fields that have become as iconic as the Coliseum or the Pisa tower, especially in the US. Verona is another undisputable winner, being the home and inspiration of the most famous love story of all times. The streets of Venice are the perfect background for walks at the light of the moon and for beautiful photo albums, specially appreciated by the Asian population. Rome has many locations that can fit any kind of wedding and honeymoon: from the couple that elope to the couple that has several guests travelling for a formal wedding in a 5 star hotel in Piazza di Spagna, Rome leads the chart of preferred city for destination weddings in Italy.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

How to Get Married in Paris - A Guide For the Persistent Romantic!

This panorama is made from 8 photos. Hugin and...Image via WikipediaHow to Get <a class="zem_slink" href="" title="Marriage" rel="break">Married</a> in <a class="zem_slink" href="" title="Paris" rel="homepage">Paris</a> - A Guide For the Persistent Romantic!

By Kimberley Petyt

From the classic Technicolor dance scenes of An American in Paris to more recent films like Moulin Rouge and Amelie Poulain- for many Americans, Paris is the epitome of romance. And what could be a more romantic place to get married? For most couples, after deciding to get married in Paris, the first thing they do is make a giddy, "so crazy this just might work" phone call to their local French consulate, where they are instantly yanked backed down to earth by their first official French "Non": "Mais, mademoiselle! C'est impossible! You must live in France for 40 days before you can marry in France. Impossible! Why are you calling me? Au revoir!!" Click.... And for some couples, that will be that. In a flash they're swept directly to Plan B, their local country club with a Paris themed reception, do not pass Go, do not collect 200EUR...
Some couples, though, will want to see the dream through- they may choose to have a legal ceremony in their own country, and then come to Paris for a symbolic ceremony. Symbolic ceremonies aren't legally binding, but are as romantic and as meaningful as you'd imagine them to be.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Travelling in Delphi Greece

the theater of Delphi, from aboveImage via WikipediaTravelling in Delphi <a class="zem_slink" href=",23.7166666667&spn=10.0,10.0&q=38.0,23.7166666667%20%28Greece%29&t=h" title="Greece" rel="geolocation">Greece</a>
By Nick Nikolis

If you are looking for a fantastic destination for your next vacation that will combine top notch leisure opportunities, ancient archeological excavations and explorations, as well as world class winter sports then Delphi, Greece is where you should go. Nestled in the heart of the Grecian countryside, about an hour outside of Athens, is the quaint town of Delphi. Delphi has some of the greatest ancient history of any city on earth. Housed within her borders are some of the most important, influential, and recognizable symbols of ancient Greece that are known today. Combine that history with world class leisure and winter sporting activities and you have the recipe for a vacation destination unlike any other.

Must See in Rome - The Catacombs

Catacomb of Saints Marcellinus and Peter on th...Image via WikipediaMust See in Rome - The Catacombs
By Eric Simon

The ancient Roman underground burial cemeteries in Rome, Italy are known as the Catacombs. They are most famous for Catholic burials; however, pagan and Jewish burials were also included. Some are placed in different Catacombs or kept mixed. In the second century they were excavated as a result of the overcrowding because of the scarcity of land in Rome. The excavating continued until the first half of the fifth century. As the need to bury persecuted Christians secretly evolved during that time, this method of burial came into existence. This gave rise to catacombs. Since the burial was to be hidden and secretly done, Romans chose their knowledge of geology and came to know that the volcanic rock was a soft Tufo under Rome, and was perfect for tunneling and hence the secret burials. It is less compact when exposed first time to the air and then hardens afterwards. Some of them have kilometers of tunnels, and some have even four stories of tunnels. As per the Christian community they opted to be together even in the "Sleep of death", because they felt a real community sense.

How to Get Married in a Church in France

Notre-Dame Cathedral - designed in the Gothic ...Image via WikipediaHow to Get <a class="zem_slink" href="" title="Marriage" rel="break">Married</a> in a Church in <a class="zem_slink" href=",2.35083333333&spn=10.0,10.0&q=48.8566666667,2.35083333333%20%28France%29&t=h" title="France" rel="geolocation">France</a>
By Kimberley Petyt

After "How can we get married on the Eiffel Tower", I would have to say, as an American wedding planner in Paris, my second most requested Parisian wedding inquiry by American brides is "We want to get married at Notre Dame Cathedral". Unfortunately, unless you have friends or relatives in some extremely high places, it is next to impossible to marry in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. In fact, for a foreigner, it isn't exactly a cakewalk to get married in any church in France. One of the biggest things to keep in mind is that before any Catholic church in France will even consider marrying you, you must first have a civil ceremony either in France or in your home country. Once that is sorted out, you should then put on your Sunday's best, and get thee to the church in question for a little face-time.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Many Famous Novels Are Set In Italy!

Ernest Hemingway's house- Key West, FLImage via Wikipedia

Author: Jacob

Are you a voracious reader of all kinds of books? If yes, then you will definitely be familiar with the beautiful country of Italy. There are numerous novels set in Italy that depict the lifestyle and culture of the spectacular country. The rich cultural and artistic heritage of the country forms the perfect backdrop for great stories. Italian lifestyle and traditions are strongly depicted in all Italian novels.

All the novels set in Italy are finely crafted with all the elements of story making and move the readers with their character portrayals. From romance to Sci Fi Novels, all genres of storytelling have been explored in Italian novels. Some of the famous novels that bring out Italy in all its glory are;

The City of Figments: Verona

Piazza Erbe seen from the Lamberti towerImage via Wikipedia

Author: Art Sarkissoff

Verona is a beautiful city and also known as pearl of Italy. For all the history lovers who want a live glimpse of history of Verona, nothing can be better than spending time there. Through this way legends of history will come at threshold of your mind. Because of some worldwide famous stories of Verona like Romeo and Juliet, tourists get attracted to it's underneath charm. Hence more and more people come here to see this place and to have the loving aroma of Verona's atmosphere.

Himalayan Trekking and New Life Adventure

Morning sunlight hits the summit of Kangchenju...Image via Wikipedia

Author: Priyanka Tiwari

Himalaya is called as crown of the earth and it is considered to be the sought after destination attracting many adventure enthusiasts from different parts of the world. When you scan the Himalayan belt, you will come across many sports and adventure activities in this wonderful mountainous region. There are many adventure sports but trekking is considered as one of the safe option and it also provides you pleasure. If you analyze, there are many tourists who come to this splendid nation for the purpose of trekking.

Monday, October 17, 2011

National Parks In Italy - Explore The Wilder Side!

Abruzzo National ParkImage via Wikipedia

Author: Jacob

Can any nature lover resist the temptation to spend a vacation visiting a wild life sanctuary? Even if you are not a hardcore nature enthusiast, you will not be able to resist the charm of the natural beauty of Italy. It is a naturally blessed country that knows how to keep its resources in pristine condition.

A vacation in any of the below mentioned Italian national parks will be an experience you will cherish for a lifetime

Toss A Coin At The Trevi Fountain!

A 5x5 segment panorama taken by myself with a ...Image via Wikipedia

Author: Jacob

Rome, the city of obelisks, is well-known for its rich history! Evidently, you can see a huge variety of ancient monuments, castles, churches, squares standing majestically in various hot spots of Rome. In that list, fountains hold a special place, especially the Fountain of Trevi. It is the most famous of all fountains in Rome. After having spent a long vacation in Rome, it would be unworthy if you return to your home country without witnessing this beautiful fountain. So pay a visit to this fascinating fountain not only to witness the architectural beauty of the fountain, but also to explore the Trevi Fountain Coin Toss ritual that will pique your interest.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I Love Touring Italy - Discovering Pompeii Hotels

Pompeii026Image by Royal Olive via Flickr By: Levi Reiss

Pompeii and the neighboring city of Herculaneum are truly unique open-air museums. On August 24, 79 A. D. Mount Vesuvius destroyed these two cities within a period of some twelve hours. Thousands of people were killed but the buildings were only slightly damaged. Pompeii is a major tourist attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can see in extraordinary detail the way people lived at the height of the Roman Empire. You might wish to purchase a three-day ticket that allows you to visit five archeological sites: Herculaneum, Pompeii, Oplontis, Stabiae, and Boscoreale. Among the sites to see in Pompeii are the Foro (Forum) once the town's center, the Macellum, a covered meat and fish market, the Basilica, the court of law and economic center, the Anfiteatro (Amphitheater), the baths, and perhaps the brothels. Don't bring the kids to visit the Villa dei Misteri (Villa of the Mysteries). For your convenience we have listed neighborhood hotels in approximate order of cost, starting with the least expensive.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

London to Nice with Eurostar

A Eurostar train passing Strood, on approach t...Image via Wikipedia

Author: Lycon

London is one of the most fascinating cities of the world. This city is among few of the most developed cities of the Europe and is a popular holiday destination, which is being visited by millions of people every year from all over the globe. Since centuries this city remained a major hub for political and economic activities and in present also this city is one of the major political and economic hubs of the world. This city has one of the most modern and well maintained infrastructures for all types of transportation Medias. If you want to reach this city, then you have plenty of options with you as this city is very well-connected with all the major destinations of the world and in the similar manner if you want to reach any destination of Europe from here you can make it with ease with the help of any transportation Medias. London city houses very good connectivity with all the major cities of the Europe and if you are planning to reach any of the cities of the Europe from this city then you will not find any type of trouble to do so.

Top 5 Places to Visit in Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Skypark night panorama Singap...Image via Wikipedia

Author: joe johnson

Singapore, the city-state of sheer gleam is like a small packet with big surprises. From pulsating cosmopolitan lifestyle to marvels of nature, from spine-tingling shopping scene to racy nightlife - the island country kindles the imagination.
Pair this with mouth-watering food, swathe of top-notch hotels, contemporary arts scene, dazzling skyline, and heart-throbbing list of incredible attractions. With all these perfect holiday ingredients, satiety is obvious in those cheap Singapore holiday packages. Take a look at the top 5 places where the real charm of Singapore lies.

Three Must Visit Attractions in Montreal

Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal, Quebec, Canada....Image via Wikipedia
Author: Lisa Steinway

Visitors from all over the world visit Montreal, Quebec each year due to its rich history and many popular tourist attractions. Montreal is an old city with a diverse culture and many wonderful cultural attractions. Montreal attractions include historical sites, parks, landmarks, and garden areas. There are many Montreal must-see attractions, however, below is a list of three must visit attractions in Montreal.

Paris in a Day

Outside the Musee du LouvreImage by edwin.11 via Flickr
By Pollux Parker

When you say France, the first thing on people's mind is Paris. Truly, this city, which has been hailed as the "City of Lights" is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It is home to two landmark attractions: Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum as well as a dozen more of equally impressive structures and sights that you should really see at least once in your life.
If you're privileged to visit this city but you only have one day, do not fret. You can still make the most of it by planning your itinerary well. One good way to maximize your trip is to make use of the Paris Metro. The train system of the city is very efficient that you can get from one place to another within a few minutes. Download a map of the train and study it very well before you trip.
Aside from Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum, you can see other attractions like Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, and Centre Pompidou, among many others. Don't forget to plan your meals as well. With so many sights to see in one day, you might choose to ignore your growling stomach. Don't. You need to eat so you'll have the energy to walk around.
Another great way to maximize your time is to ride the open top bus that goes around the city. Also a wonderful tip is to buy attraction admission tickets online so you can save time from falling into long queues when get to these places.
Pollux Parker is an adventurer who loves discovering secret island getaways in each country he visits. Pollux also likes to collect French Flag and buy inexpensive French Flag.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Veneto Wine

A bottle of the Italian wine Amarone from the ...Image via WikipediaEverybody knows that wine is one of the most appreciated Italian products abroad. You might also know that Veneto is one of the Italian regions where the wine culture is deeper-rooted. Form Prosecco to Amarone, many wines were born in this region, have then arrived to all the other Italian regions and went over the Italian borders to tickle the palates all over the world. Certainly there is a deep relation between wine and Veneto, a relation that does not only come from the numberless wineries that fill the region, but also from the peasant culture of the region, which seems to have penetrated into the collective memory of all the inhabitants of the region. For the inhabitants of Veneto drinking an ombra (meaning shadow this is how a glass of wine is called in Veneto) in someones company in a typical tavern or at some friends means sharing a part of their culture and habits with other people.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Eiffel Tower and La Défense business distr...Image via Wikipedia

Bringing Back Gifts From Paris

Author: Phil Chavanne

Honey, we are going to Paris!
Ah, the joys of preparing for the occasion...
The pleasure of diving into your favorite travel guides (I suggest visiting website to plan out your everyday itinerary... The sheer excitement of stuffing a large suitcase with the entire appropriate garb...
But hold on! Have you thought of leaving enough room in your luggage to bring a few gifts back home?
Bringing back cool gifts. A major important task on your To-Do-When-I'm-There list. Yes, yes, yes. But where will you find nicely original (and attractively inexpensive) stuff?
Well, search no more, I did it for you.

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Amalfi Coast: Where the Mountains Touch The Sea

AmalfiImage by Kettukusu via Flickr

Author: Laurie Harley

The Amalfi Coast has something for everyone. The area is located on the "laces" of Italy's boot shape and is a delightful mix of mountain and sea. The amazing geographical features that result from this mix include coves, cliffs, arches, fjords, caverns, and bays – all natural elements that together produce a magical landscape that is ideal for your next holiday.
The Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is what Homer referred to as the Sirens in the classic "Odysseus." And it still lives up to this title today. From large cities to quaint villages, this coastline has it all.