Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Top 5 Things To Do In Alicante

Last summer I had a wonderful day out in the city of Alicante. The shopping is to die for, the historical buildings plentiful, and the buzz of a hectic Spanish city, not forgetting eateries in abundance makes it a very pleasant change from the beach or pool on your summer holiday. Alicante is situated on the north Costa Blanca coast. Traditionally the coast that the Spanish used for their summer holidays, when you visit Alicante it feels like real Spain. There are several things that are a 'must' when visiting Alicante:

1. Sightseeing tour of Alicante on a Segway

2. Alicante Castle

3. Shopping in El Corte Ingles

4. Lunch in Alicante Marina

5. Alicante market on the tree lined promenade by the sea

First is a tour of Alicante on a Segway. Hilarious, fun, and definitely number one on the list of 'things to do' in Alicante. A Segway is a two wheel electronic scooter that you stand up on, and ride along the pavement. On a hot and sunny day the breeze is very welcoming. You all get to drive your own Segway, the tour guide teaches you how to, then off you go in convoy throughout the city of Alicante seeing the sights in a few hours.

I would then head off to Alicante Castle a 10th Century Moorish Castle which sits on the top of a mountain"0Spanish city has one, and it is "the" shop to go to. El Corte Ingles is a huge department store over several floors with departments such as, homeware, children clothes, toys, handbags, cosmetics, music, films, books, women's clothes, menswear, and similar to Selfridges in that you can buy a high street swimsuit for 15 euros or a top designer swimsuit for 200 euros.

Alicante Marina is really quite posh; there are boats there that cost more to fill with fuel than my house costs to buy! Having said this, the restaurants are very down to earth, selling excellent fresh food. Forth on my top five things to do in Alicante would definitely be eat lunch at the Marina. Alicante Marina is also a good place to go for a drink and dance of an evening.

Last but certainly not least is to wander through the market after lunch. Located just behind the marina in the tree lined promenade it is a great way to walk off your meal. The market sells various products, ranging from jewellery, dream catchers, leathers bags and belts, and South American drums.

The only thing I would say to be wary of in Alicante is pick pocketers especially on the beach, apart from that it is a fabulous day out on your holiday in the Costa Blanca.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

How to Enjoy a Tour to Alicante

Alicante is one of the wonderful cities in Spain and a visit to this city would let you experience true pleasure. It is great fun to explore the bustling markets there. A few more things to do are visiting the attractions of Alicante on a Segway, the Alicante airport, the castle and shopping in El Corte Ingles. Having a lunch in Alicante Marina is also a wonderful option to be enjoyed. The historical buildings and the buzzing cities would make your summer holiday. Do not forget enjoying Segway. This is a two wheel electronic scooter. You can stand up on, and ride along the roadway. The breeze you would experience there would never let you forget the pleasure. You can drive your own Segway, the escort can instruct you on how to drive.

One of the other attractions that you must visit is Alicante Castle. This is a tenth Century Moorish Castle and it is located at the peak of a mountain dominating the city. You are not even required to purchase a ticket as this is free to visit. You can walk up, but the best idea to enjoy the place is to use a lift in the cliff edge. You can view extremely stunning and fabulous scenes from the castle. And, do enjoy the little café dominating the gorgeous capital selling Tapas, and ice creams. Planning to come back without visiting El Corte Ingles is never recommended. This is a big chain store over a number of floors with departments for instance, home ware, kids clothes, toys, fashion bags, perfumes, music, movies, literature, women's clothes, menswear and a lot more.

You can purchase a very good quality swimming suit for fifteen euros or a top designer swimming suit for two hundred euros. Last but surely not least is to walk through the market after lunch. Situated just at the back of the marina, in the tree lined walkway it is a fabulous way to walk off your food. The marketplace offers different products, such as jewelry, leathers products, and South American drums.

If you hire a car to any of the destinations you want to visit, you would be safe from pick pocketers but be aware of them while you are on a beach.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Travel Spain: Girona and the Dali Triangle

Girona and the "Dali Triangle" are destinations known to the lucky few who travel Spain. This area in Catalonia is one of the undiscovered gems of Spain. Girona is about 100 km from Barcelona, but no one who chooses to travel Spain should miss this lovely area. Easily accessible by train, bus or even automobile from Barcelona, this destination recalls some of spain's most interesting history and one of its greatest artistic minds.

Girona is an beautiful, quaint town with an long history. The town was inhabited by Romans, Jews and Moors at different times in Spain's history, and traces of each group can be seen in this lovely city. The local dialect is Catalan, not Spanish, but the language of the lovely sights will speak to all visitors.

The Old Quarter is the center of the town's historic district, filled with medieval arches and dark, winding passageways that recall a different era. Filled with churches, lovely old houses and cobblestone drives, this picturesque section of town has homes dating from the middle ages and several lovely cathedrals.

The old Jewish neighborhood, called El Call is particularly interesting to explore. An old roman tower and the Jewish History Museum are of interest to many, as is the town's art museum featuring over 1000 years of artworks.

A promenade similar to the one in Barcelona, "La Rambla" will bring to mind a simpler time. This lovely street with overhanging trees, shops, little cafes and great restaurants has changed a little since medieval times, but it's charm hasn't lessened.

Nearby, visitors can explore "Dali's Triangle," a region just north of Girona and continuing to several destinations important in the life of this controversial artist. In Figueres, visitors can tour the third most visited museum, the Dali designed Museum-Theater. Fancifully designed by the artist himself, this building features large white eggs on the roof, a bright red color and loaves of bread made of glazed ceramics on the outside walls. Inside, visitors can view several of Dali's most famous works, including "Rainy Taxi." Dali is buried on site.

In the fishing village of Port Lligat visitors can view Dali's home. In this isolated hamlet, Dali built several homes together for himself and his wife, Gala. Some of the original décor is intact, including one of his famous "lip sofas." Of course, the nearby Club Med was not built in Dali's time, but it could make for an enjoyable stopover.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Make Your Holiday In Gran Canaria An Unforgettable Adventure

There are many things to do in Gran Canaria, if you are tired of the beach and water sports. The place has a lot more to offer. This mini continent is gifted with all the things you can see all over the world. From adventurous sports to shopping to family entertainment, you will surely have the vacation that you deserve.

Gran Canaria is known to be a beach hub but it is starting to be popular when it comes to adventurous sports such as rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, excursions and karting. There are many rock formations ready to be explored by enthusiasts such as rock needles, gullies and cauldron like Roque Nublo that has 12 routes, Ayacata and vertical cliffs of Tamadaba. But if you are into mountain biking, there are many challenging paths that you can try, whether on your own or with a guide.

There are also many things to do in Gran Canaria for the whole family. There are theme parks that you can visit. Sioux City is a theme park with Wild West theme. You can do horse-riding and watch exciting shows. And on Friday nights, you can enjoy a fantastic barbecue dinner while you watch a real wild west show.

You can also have camel rides in Fataga where you can also learn different things about camels. Cocodrilo Park in Aguimes, will let you see 300 crocodiles, many tropical fishes and a cacti garden all in one place.

Do you want to experience Venice? Look no further. The island has its own version of Venice in Puerto de Morgan. This town is compared to Venice because of its canals. You can relax after an adventure in the mountains and you will surely be greeted by friendly residents. This town is also equipped with many bars, restaurants and cafes in case you want to deluge yourself with food and drinks.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Gran Canaria - Top Ten Reasons to Visit

Gran Canaria is probably the most interesting of the Canary Islands. Here are 10 excellent reasons to visit

1. Beautiful Scenery. Gran Canaria is often described as a mini continent because it has such an amazing diversity of scenery. The island is only 40km long but has tropical forests, volcanoes, a desert and golden beaches. It also has a wonderful range of plants with masses of bougainvillaea as well as banana, avocado, orange, date and coffee plantations.

2. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria and has a beautiful historic centre which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city dates back to 1478. As well as its historic centre it is a large city and great for shopping.

3. Maspalomas sand dunes. These look like something from a Lawrence of Arabia film and you can even go camel trekking.

4. Playa del Ingles. If its parties and nightclubs you are looking for this is the place to head for. One of the biggest resorts in Spain.

5. Puerto de Mogan. This is a beautiful little port town filled with colourful bougainvillaea and buildings with bright paintwork.

6. Cruz de Tejeda. Take a drive through the wonderful mountain scenery at the interior of Gran Canaria. Lots of amazing views to admire including the view of Mount Tiede on the neighbouring island of Tenerife.

7. Agaete. Vegetation on the north of the island is much lusher than the south and the vegetation and lovely rock coast can be admired from the pretty coastal town of Agaete.

8. Water sports. Gran Canaria is an excellent base for surfing, diving, fishing, sailing in Catamarans and admiring the fish from a glass-bottomed boat.

9. Jardin Canario. A beautiful exotic garden not far from the city of Las Palmas. Full of cacti and succulents and lots of palm trees. The plants of the Canary Islands can be seen here.

10. Sunshine. Of course one of the main reasons so many people come to the Canary Islands is the all year round sunshine.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

he Biggest Challenges a Foreign Person Faces When Moving to an English Speaking Country

Anyone who moves out of their native homeland can encounter many obstacles that will make starting out fresh a very difficult process. The cultural differences alone between two neighboring countries can be like that of night and day, but there are few barriers more difficult to break down than the language barrier. The inability to speak or understand the native language of a country you are entering makes for a very imposing obstacle to overcome, and despite the fact that the English language is one of the most widely spoken, it's multitude of tiny intricacies and nuances make it one of the hardest for a foreign person to get a good grasp of or feeling for.

On appearance alone there are some languages that appear much more imposing than the English language, partially due to the fact that English has many similarities to languages spoken in other counties. In the English language there are striking similarities to many of the characteristics present in Spanish, French and German - so what are the things that make the English language so difficult for a foreign person to learn?

What to Stress

English doesn't necessarily have more regular consonant or vowel sounds than other languages, but how the stress is placed on some of those consonants or vowels that make it such a difficult language for someone who is learning. There are hard and soft consonants like 'c' taking on a 'k' sound or an 's' sound depending upon the situation. There are silent letters in some words and then some consonants that when combined take on an entirely different sound (like 'th'). The unusual combinations and ever present rule changes in the pronunciation of words make English much more complex to learn than it would seem.

Verb Tense

Another thing that sets English apart as one of the more difficult languages to learn has to do with verb tense. Some languages have very limited connotations of verb tense, sometimes basically just present and past, making it relatively simple to grasp. English, on the other hand, is a bit more complex in this area - for example in different situations it may be appropriate to use any of the following tenses: present; past; future; past perfect or present perfect - the verb 'choose' can be used in the following forms depending on tense: choose, chose or chosen - this can be very difficult for someone with no familiarity with the language to grasp.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Term Life Insurance - And What Does "Annuitant" Mean?

In the insurance parlance, Annuitant is defined as a person who benefits from a pension or annuity. It can also be said to be a contract with an insurance company which is designed to give payments to the holder of the policy at specified intervals. The insurance payments are usually made after retirement.

There are two types of annuities - fixed annuity and variable annuity. A fixed annuity ensures a certain payment amount whereas a variable annuity does not provide for a certain payment amount. Both the annuities are safe and low yielding. The advantage of the annuity is that it provides a higher payment of the current value at the time of death. In case an individual dies before the policy period is over, the beneficiaries are the heirs who receive the accumulated amount of the annuity. The payments are subject to income and estate taxes.

Factors Affecting Insurance Terms and Rates

The life span of the person affects the annuity. Date of birth is the important factor which is used to determine the annuitant's age. If the annuitant is relatively young, the period of insurance will be long and therefore the premium will be low. Another aspect that an insurance company looks into is the sex of the annuitant. Women generally tend to live longer then men for which the insurance company has to budget in a different way.

Getting yourself insured appears to be a complicated affair, but there is hardly any complication involved. Before an insurance company offers you insurance, it needs a horde of information to determine the insurance rates. The insurance company is taking a calculated risk on your insurance. They need information such as your age, medical history and life expectancy in order to make a proper insurance offer to you. There are no legal complications involved in the insurance policy for which you may have to hire legal experts.