Its become evident that when holiday seekers travel to Kenya for a safari experience they will eventually end up in Zanzibar to wrap up the Africa safari experience.

We all know a little too much about Kenya Safaris and the countries amazing diversity. Now lets just focus more on Zanzibar Island.

Zanzibar is considered to be part of the greater Tanzania, through ruled and governed by its own people.

The name Zanzibar is derived from a combination of two Arabic words, Zinj, meaning black, and barr being the Arabic word for land, resulting in the ancient title Land of the Blacks. As Zanzibar absorbed peoples from as far as the Orient and Iberia, Assyria and India, so the tapestry of its expression.

Zanzibar Island being the birthplace of Swahili, a lingua franca forged from global dialects, upon which legends were carried, trade routes opened and a Sultan Empire prospered there.

Zanzibar Island has a rich history with many invasions through the centuries. In the middle of the 19th century under the Omani Arabs the Island was the most important trading port on the East Africa, long before Kenya started safaris.

The strident laments and exultant overtures of Swahili taarab were born, their rhythms and melodies carried and honed between Zanzibar and the Arabian Gulf until they became the sounds of Zanzibars own musical narrative.

The architectural styles of the main town in Zanzibar Stone Town were born of the social convergence, while the tangled mass of stories, woven from centuries of lives lived, bestow a folklore and legacy that permeate life on the archipelago.

The Stone Town of Zanzibar is a fascinating warren of narrow streets, overhanging balconies and huge intricately carved doors. The bustling Suk where traders frantically bargain, is full of the pungent perfume of exotic spices.

The Old Stone town was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO for more than a decade now. Lamu Island in Kenya is also one of the islands that hold this prestigious title.

In order to protect the towns the governments has established the Stone town Conservation Authorities to enforce this.

Both Islands do really compete for the holiday makers looking for unexploited beaches and culture after Kenya safaris.

The stone town offers real value tours that start from the main city market, which was opened in 1904, you will get a comprehensive view of the Stone town architecture, its sand and stone ancient built houses, some of them have Arab inscriptions with carved doors with brass studs, carved balconies. You will also get the chance to see the old post office.

A good guide will then take you to the Anglican Cathedral of Christ, which was built by Bishop Steers in 1873 on the site of the Old slave market.

From here you will continue and tour the Sultans Palace Museum, House of Wonders (Beit-el-ajaib) built in 1883 and bombarded by British fleet in 1886, next to this you will see the Old Arab Fort, built in 1700.

With long sandy beaches and hot sunny weather, Portugal is a great choice of destination for a summer holiday. The warm dry climate is perfect for Golf and the Algarve area is renown for its selection of challenging courses for holidaymakers that want to play a few rounds.

Portugal has a wide array of interesting resorts to visit like Lisbon and The Algarve. Lisbon is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is close to the coastal resorts of Estoril and Cascais, which boast unspoilt beaches and beautiful town buildings.
The more southern region of the Algarve has incredible long sandy beaches and high quality hotels for you to enjoy. This area also has a range of clubs and bars across the region and has terrific nightlife.

In northwestern Portugal, the Costa Verde/Oporto area is filled with vineyards, rivers and beaches. This area is famous for producing the fortified wine, Port. There are many different Port producers in this area and guided tours and Port tasting trips are available to visitors.

Madeira is a Portuguese island off the coast of Africa. It is great for luxury breaks and has many nice shops and even a casino to visit. The island is noted for its unusual plants and flowers and is a fantastic place to explore.

Travellers interested in surfing in Portugal should head for Enceira, the large waves are particularly good for surfers here although the Atlantic is generally good for waves and surfing. Many coastal places in Portugal offer a variety of other water sports including fishing boat excursions, water skiing, wind surfing, jet skis and more.

Food in Portugal is diverse and there is a range of places to eat whether you want to
eat traditional Portuguese fare or try the food in one of the many other kinds of restaurants available. Seafood is common in most resorts and Portugal has a reputation for good local wine, brandy and of course Port.

Overall Portugal is a great place to spend your summer holiday with dry hot weather and access to fantastic beaches, great golf courses and hotels. There are a lot of different hotels to choose from, allowing you to find a suitable hotel in an ideal location and at a good price.

There’s now queerer than folk- is an expression which roughly translates as -some people are just plain bonkers-, and this applies to people everywhere, including people who book up vacation rental homes and choose exotic locations as their vacation destinations. The following statements and complaints are all true.

One couple had been told by the vacation rental home owner that there is a water park nearby, but when they got there they realized they were over-dressed since they had not brought their swim wear. They made a complaint insisting that they should have been told that they need to bring their swimming costumes and towels to this vacation destination. Another couple, on booking a beachfront vacation rental villa then complained that the beach was too sandy, even though the owner of the vacation rental villa had written on his listings that it was located on a sandy beach.

One man complained to the owner of their holiday rental home that he bought some Ray Bans from a street peddler for $5 only to then find out that they were fake. Another couple complained when they booked a holiday rental home near the sea. They took their kids for a swim but they found the sea was not the way they imagined it to be – it had fish in it. So, they naturally went back to their beautiful holiday rental home and complained to the owner because he had not pre-warned them.

Some people also complain because they feel their vacation rental home is not stocked up enough, like the man who complained because there was no egg slicer, and some are just too -uninformed’ (to put it kindly) to work out how things are supposed to work, like the family who complained because there was no air conditioning on the (outdoor) patio of their vacation rental villa.

And there are even complaints of the more sensitive nature, like the man who went on a safari during his honeymoon, saw an aroused elephant, and then complained to his vacation home owner that he now felt inadequate and that his honeymoon was now ruined. Another couple put in a complaint because the lady became impregnated, something that she blamed on the fact their bedroom has a double bed and not a twin.

But the best of the lot has to be the couple who complained because it took them longer to fly back to England from their Jamaican holiday rental home than it did for their friends to fly back to America, and the woman who booked into a hotel, saw a -do not disturb- sign on the back of her door, on the inside, and thought that it meant for her to stay in the room. She should have booked a holiday rental home, not a hotel.

John Owens Is a writer for Vacations rental homes and holiday homes and rental condos rented directly from the owner of the vacation rental home.

India, the land of diverse religions and customs, where you will find religious and pilgrimage sites. Experience the world known sightseeing destination, holistic impression and religious places by embarking on India religious tours and vacations packages India to the renowned pilgrimage and religious sites. There are different types of travel packages India that takes you to well known pilgrimage and religious sites across the country and is its surroundings.

India Tour packages includes adventure tour where you have chance to experience mountaineering, camping and rock climbing on the various mountain ranges in India along with adventure sports. Apart from this it also includes Wildlife tours that takes you to wildlife safaris and visit the wildlife sanctuaries of India. India is also known for cultural diversity which you can experience during classical India tours, fair and festival tours and arts and crafts tours which offer you the scope to experience the cultural diversity of India.

India is a vast country with different states and tourist destinations and sightseeing places. Golden Triangle tours under India tours take you to renowned tourist destinations in north India and central India where you can visit to tourists places at Delhi, Agra, Rajasthan, and Varanasi, Khajuraho, Amritsar, Mandawa, Sarnath, Mumbai and other tourist spots. It also includes South India tour to visit Bangalore, Mysore and Ooty under south golden triangle tour.

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August 8, 2021

Within the southern part of Thailand, precisely just a little north from the tropical island of Phuket is the metropolitan center of Phang-nga. Phan-nga is really a modest province, but it’s an excellent destination for travelers. Phang Nga Bay Tour is one of the best trips in Thailand particularly to those who are coast and beach front lovers.

One from the island was utilized as one from the film destinations by James Bond film, “The Man with the Golden Gun”. Tons of several islets have obtained some forms that appear like fireplaces with bushes growing on its peak. One of these islets was utilized as the hideout from the bad guy within the film. Engaging yourself in Phang Nga Bay Tour feels like that youre also cast of the movie because observing the astonishing islets that youve seen in the movie is truly awesome! Phang-nga is made up of several stunning little islets. A small number of islets have eye-catching seashores and several of these have caverns which are big sufficient for travelers to explore. Travelers can easily take cruiser tours to go to these islets. Several of seashores are big sufficient and an excellent spots for the traveler to stop on and have picnics. That is why Phang Nga Bay Tour is highly recommended. However, a few of the islets have no seashores.

Every island has obtained its own unique shape. A few of them appear like high poles growing from the sea or have obtained caverns produced by the erosion from the sea water streaming. Travelers, who can swim through the caverns correctly, may appreciate and discover the dazzling and attractive sea life living within the caverns.

Travelers can also select to take a motorboat tours to go to these exciting islets at Phuket. Travelers can get in touch with trip counters or agencies in Phuket to organize Phang Nga Bay Tour exclusively. Everything will then be perfectly set up. They’ll guide you wherever you go all throughout the trip especially in island hopping. So, give yourself an incentive by going to Phang-nga on your next vacation. Using a boat tour to go to these dazzling islets, and you’ll see Mother Nature in its almost all dramatic and fascinating views that you’re holding out for.

I have two childhood memories that center around Christmas cookies. My Mom’s no-bake cookies and my Aunt’s sugar cookies. I can still see my Mom stirring the cocoa for the no-bakes and can still smell their savory, sweet, aroma. I remember being just barely tall enough to peek up at the waxed paper-lined kitchen counter to sneak me a cookie while they were still warm.

My Aunt made the best sugar cookies that I can remember. The shapes that I remember the most were the Christmas trees, the candy canes, and the wreaths. I like soft doughy cookies and my Aunt’s were the best. She lived just three blocks down from our house and I still remember walking to her house with my parents…visiting, and eating those cookies. Those were the good old days.

What are the cookies that you remember as a child? Which ones were your favorites?

If you’re like most people…you will come up with the following four

*Sugar Cookies

*Chocolate Chip Cookies

*Peanut Butter Cookies

*Gingerbread Cookies

These four kinds of cookies are America’s top pick when it comes to holiday cookies. There are many variations of each kind. But my favorite…other than the cookies I mentioned at the beginning of this article, is chocolate chip cookies. Every Christmas, my Sister-In-Law brings everyone in the family a big bag of them. It’s a tradition with her. She enjoys baking chocolate chip cookies for us all.

Below is my Sister-In-Law’s recipe

(It’s actually the same recipe that is in the Betty Crocker cookbook)

bettycrocker.com

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup margarine or butter, softened

1/3 cup shortening

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 package (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

(The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup chopped nuts, my Sister-In-Law doesn’t include nuts)

Directions

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix sugars, margarine, shortening, egg and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until light brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

I look forward to these every year. I too, have made them many times and they don’t last long around our house. My Husband loves them.

Do you bake cookies for the holidays? Everyone has their personal favorites.

If you’re baking cookies this Christmas, don’t forget to leave Santa a special plate full of them.

Happy Holidays to all!

Goa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Despite being among the smallest states, it attracts millions of people from all around the world. It is located in the western region with a coastline along the Arabian Sea. Goa is famous for its white sandy beaches, the British and the Portuguese architecture and the gothic churches along with some small forts. This place has a liberating lifestyle and an enchanting culture which gives it the party like feel.

There are ample hotels in Goa to satisfy the needs of the travellers. However people might prefer the Goa holiday homes as they provide comfortable accommodations at a very competitive price. With a private balcony that opens up to the view of the lush green palms and allows the fresh breeze to enter your room, the feeling and the view is enough to get you serenaded.

The hotels in Goa must be booked well before the planned visit. New Year and Christmas are the time of the carnival; it is the time when most tourists flock to this destination to have a great time. If you wish to spend most of your time on the beaches then make sure that your hotel is near one and if you want to spend some time in privacy then you can go for the Goa holiday homes.

The beach hotels in Goa are located strategically to provide every guest an uninterrupted view of the Arabian Sea and the white sand beaches along the coast line. Most of these hotels offer world class amenities, with 24 hour room service, a mini bar, television, refrigerator and an attached bathroom complete with the necessary toiletries. The staffs are extremely efficient which makes your holiday completely hassle free. You can satiate your taste buds with the authentic Goan cuisine available at the in house restaurant or at the various shacks along with the local drink fenny.

You can make your Goan accommodation a lot cheaper by making an advanced booking for better offers. You can also try and buy fully furnished apartments for sale in Goa. It will help you to cut a lot on hotel expenses apart from giving you the liberty of visiting Goa as and when you like, you’ll experience the advantages during the carnival, when it is difficult to find accommodation.

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If you want to sail many places at a single shot, try the Leeward Islands. Sailing in Leeward Islands can comprise various routes and interesting cultures. This is because it is a number of several island nations and independent territories that have been once colonized by the US, UK, France, and Netherlands. The Leewards is composed of the Virgin Islands (American and British), Saint Bartholomew, Montserrat, St. Martin, Dominica, Anguilla, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Saba, and St. Eustatius. Among these, the largest is the American and British Virgin Islands. Because of geographical situation, Isla Aves has been included as a part of the Leeward Islands.

The name “Leeward” was given to the group of islands because of the current winds in the region that blows from northwest. These trade winds are almost constant all over the year and blows from 10 to 25 knots. Because of the Atlantic ocean, the strongest currents and largest waves are most often on the northeastern sides of the islands. The waters of the Caribbean Sea are normally much calmer and make easier sailing.

Sailing in Leeward Islands is best done from the months of November to July. This period is recognized as the most perfect yacht season of the year. Also, the months of December to March is recognized as the peak season wherein thousands of local and international sailors all around the world flock the Leewards and sail its magnificent coastal waters.
Average air temperatures range from 22 to 30 C (72 to 86 F) and the water temperatures stay between 20 and 23 C (68 and 74 F).
July to October is the least attractive months because this is when the hurricane season is very prevalent.

Leeward Islands have been considered as one of the most excellent sailing regions in the world. This is true especially along of St. Martin, Antigua, and Dominica. At present, you will notice a lot of big cruises such as luxury motor yachts and Super Yachts while cruising in the Lewards.

One of the best starting points when cruising in Lewards is in Antigua. This place is a major yacht hub not only in the Lewards but also in the Caribbean. Antigua became famous when it became Great Britain’s base in the West Indies during the 18th century. Antigua has remarkable beaches with beautiful white sand.

From Antigua, you can turn your route to St. Kitts and Nevis – one of Caribbean’s several “twin island nations”. Sailing in Leeward Islands through the St. Kitts and Nevis, your itinerary can be filled with adventure and fun. The place is beautiful and its waters so magical. It is also very historic as evidenced by its old sugar plantations, forts, and monuments.

Germany is a beautiful country and has plenty of fantastic tourist attractions. Visitors from all over the world travel to Germany to see architectural treasures and fascinating places of natural beauty. The most popular destination is Berlin, one of the most fascinating capitals in Europe. Many of Germany’s other major cities have proud histories as independent city states or as capitals of kingdoms in their own right.

With globalisation and greater affluence, an increasing number of Indian residents travel to Germany for business & leisure purposes. One of the most important things that an international tourist requires in his bag along with other items is a communication device. As roaming charges in Germany are very high, various telecom companies have come up with country-specific Germany SIM card for all Indians travelling to Germany. These cards save you from paying huge incoming call charges and help you make your all international calls at normal call rates.

In India, there are numerous companies that provide international mobile solution for frequent travellers. So if you are planning to visit Germany, don’t forget to buy a country-specific SIM card for Germany. You can contact companies like Matrix Cellular and get your Germany SIM card before departure. Matrix Cellularis one of the leading names of the Indian telecom industry. The country-specific SIM cards offered by the company allow all those travelling to Germany to access seamless connectivity throughout Germany.

Benefits of using Matrix Germany SIM cards

Whether you’re visiting the Brandenburg Gate or sailing down the Danube on a river cruise you can enjoy the following benefits with a Matrix German SIM card:
Post paid connection
Pre activated mobile number
Free incoming calls
Significant savings compared to using International Roaming
No need to worry about topping up prepaid cards or calling cardsNowadays, the company also provides country-specific Germany data cards for internet access while travelling Germany. This new data roaming service is specially tailored for business and leisure travellers looking for cost efficient data solutions. Under this new service, travellers can get a data card (dongle) on rent with a Matrix SIM card and data plan.

Matrix Data Cards have made it very convenient for you to connect to your email and internet as well as use video calling at mobile broadband speeds. Plug in to use the fastest available connection with mobile broadband speeds of upto 3.6 Mbps and avail the following benefits:
Convenient: freedom to connect; anytime, anywhere
Cost-effective: Economical than using Indian data cards in Germany
Various data packages to choose from
Avoid the hassle of finding to Wi-Fi zones in Germany
Excellent network connectivity
Billing in Indian RupeesCellular device compatibility

In order to use a Germany SIM card, one needs to have an unlocked cell phone. If you don’t have a global phone/unlocked device then you can rent the handset also. For this you may be required to deposit a security amount which is refunded when you return the handset.

The 200 km long coastline of the province of Alicante, popularly known as Costa Blanca, attracts visitors throughout the year. With fabulous beaches, almost year round pleasant weather conditions and abundant sunshine, Costa Blanca is the ideal place for enjoying the sand, sea and sun.

For a relaxed vacation on the coast, consider renting a holiday villa. There is no shortage of vacation homes in the towns and villages of Costa Blanca. You can easily find one in your vacation destination.

Holiday Villas in Javea

Jvea or Xbia is a year round holiday destination in Costa Blanca. Protected from the harsh cold winds blowing from Northern Europe by the massif of Montgo, it offers a distinctive microclimate. Jvea offers a wide selection of holiday rentals. It has fabulous villas, ideally suited for luxurious vacations. Equipped with air-conditioning and central heating facilities, the holiday homes are rented out to tourists throughout the year. Jvea offers a sandy beach area equipped with water sport facilities. The bustling port is a popular destination for maritime activities. The Montgo Natural Park, located on the outskirts of the town, is a popular destination for hiking and nature walks. Jvea also boasts of a lively nightlife, especially during the summer.

Holiday Villas in Calpe

To the south of Jvea, Calpe is a fascinating town, worth a visit. The coastline dominated by the massive Penon de Ifach rock is a popular attraction of Costa Blanca. Calpe is a great place for a luxurious holiday. Here attractive modern villas share space with fascinating country houses. Holiday homes with private pools are popular holiday retreats for families in Calpe.

Holiday Villas in Denia

Denia is a beautiful town in Costa Blanca. It has beautiful sandy beaches and a busy port. Ferries regularly ply between Denia and the Balearic Islands. Numerous beach vacationers combine a short break in Denia with an island holiday in Mallorca, Menorca or Ibiza. Denia offers a wide range of holiday homes for short stays and long vacations.

Holiday Villas in Moraira

Packed with upscale holiday villas, Moraira is a premier destination for luxurious holidays in Costa Blanca. The gorgeous holiday villas featuring spacious rooms, elegant furnishing, Jacuzzi, fully equipped kitchen, terrace, swimming pool, landscaped garden, outdoor barbecue, private parking area and more are appropriate for a pleasurable holiday with family and friends.

In addition to the aforementioned bustling holiday resorts, there are numerous other lively seaside towns and villages worth visiting in Costa Blanca.

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