Beautiful Ski Resorts in Northern Italy

Italy is a beautiful country with great alps and Dolomites along the northern area. It is also famous for its rich art, culture and historic architectural sites. Aside from that, Italy is also home to many beautiful ski resorts.

Below are few of the beautiful ski resorts you will find in northern Italy according to region. Marvel on their beauty and check out the many activities you can do there for yourself, with your family and friends too and make the best of your winter getaway!

Aosta Valley region

Aosta Valley in the northwestern part of Italy is the only region in Italy without any provinces. However it is also a very mountainous area that is why it is popular skiing destination in Italy come winter time.
Champoluc, Monte Rosa
Gran Paradiso

Piedmont region

The Piemonte (or Piedmont) region boasts plenty of northern Italy’s famous ski resorts. It was home to the Torino 2006 Winter Olympics.

Via  Lattea
Ski Cervinia

Trentino region

Trentino is famous for its mountain ranges, Dolomites and the alps.

Folgaria-Fiorentini
Cavalese

Lombardy region

Lombardy is one of the northern regions of Italy and the capital is Milan, famous for a large number of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its border is the Swiss alps.

Livigno 

Veneto region

It is the 8th largest region in Italy and is located in the northeastern part of the country and it’s northernmost part also borders Austria.

Cortina d’Ampezzo
 
 
 

South Tyrol region

This region is located in the northernmost part of Italy.  It has a very snowy winter that can come as early as October until late of April. So, people who loves to ski or do winter activities can enjoy it longer than the rest of Italy.
Merano
 
 
 
Pusteria
 
 
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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, But Plenty To Prepare For!

Posted in fun activities, lifestyle, outdoor activities, travel, travel tips
on November 14, 2017

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there’s nothing quite like the rush of climbing a mountain. There isn’t a mountain out there that someone hasn’t wanted to conquer, and that’s for a good reason. The achievement of scaling the peaks of a mountain is one that is often unrepeated – unless of course you get the climbing bug!

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There are plenty of mountains to explore across the planet, with plenty of companies offering experiences and expeditions to get to their summits. The thing is, you can’t just pack up and head to Kilimanjaro for your latest adventure. Preparing for a climb takes a lot of time and not just in terms of what you need to pack: think water and Oxygen Plus just for starters! You need to think about conditioning yourself ready for you embark on your mountain climb. Experienced mountaineers are already aware of what they need to be totally ready for a new challenge, and it’s not a short process, either!

 

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Timing. When you’re going ahead with a mountain climb, you need to think about how early you should be starting with your training. Of course, it’s never too soon to start preparing yourself, but you should be conditioning your body for around a year before you actually head off on your expedition. The serious training should begin around four or five months before you plan to set off.

Outdoor. Your training – whether you live in a city or not – should be all outside! Your plan should be done in all terrains if possible and should be enough to literally kick your butt into shape. It’s all about pushing your own boundaries, because you’re soon going to be pushing them past your limits when you get climbing. Hiking with a pack on your back. Stairs should be taken as much as possible to train your legs. Mountain biking is another great option for outdoor training!

Indoor. While you would push your endurance levels outside, you should weight train inside. Bench pressing, leg and calf raises, and arm work can all help you to build your strength and get you used to pulling your own weight.

Diet. Swapping to a diet that is mainly protein based is going to get you where you need to go to pack on some muscle before you head off to an expedition. You should also – in the weeks prior to your trip – stock up on fatty and rich foods to build up some of the stores you’ll be burning mountainside.

Climbers go through a rigorous plan and training session before actually beginning their climb. Mountain climbing is about endurance, focus and hitting goals that you would never have anticipated hitting elsewhere. It’s a different kind of break from everyday life, but it is one that you absolutely should consider if you are wanting to find something different from the norm! Challenge yourself to climb to the highest peak – just make sure you’re physically and mentally ready to go!

 

Staying Updated With Local Events In Your City

Posted in events, lifestyle
on November 11, 2017

The weekend is closing in and it’s time to line up a plan. Where do you search for information about exciting things to do? The New York Times? The Washington Post? Ironically, while there is a plentitude of major media available to people these days via Smart Phones and Tablets, the fact is that much of that media is communicating news of major world events. People today can easily learn in detail about what is happening in major cities from New York to Tokyo, but when someone wants to find out what’s happening in the local park, it’s best to follow a reputable local news source.

Without a doubt, the news that really affects most people is the news of what’s happening in a local neighborhood or town. Of course, news of global events is fascinating, which is why there is so much media attention given to it. But it can be hard for people today to sort out all the details of what is happening in big cities like New York and Paris, London and Berlin. Many of these worldwide events are interesting, but they don’t actually have an impact on our daily lives.

Stay Local and De-Stress

With so much world news so readily available to people today, the opportunity for heightened stress is a reality that can’t be discounted. Today many psychologists advise people who become over worried by exposure to the news to step back once in a while and totally unplug. That, and getting more involved in a local community is much more reassuring than getting caught up in every aspect of a local news cycle.

For people who live in the San Fernando Valley, san fernando valley events are what really matter. The same goes for residents of Malibu, Studio City or any of the other local communities in Southern California. In the final analysis, news of a local school district vote or a local carnival or robbery will impact a person’s life more than the latest news from Washington, D.C. Because of this, local news outlets are thriving, as people gravitate to what matters in their neighborhoods and communities.

 

Places To See In Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey is a place rich in culture, art and history. There are so many places to see while in Istanbul. Some places are just around the city while the others are in the outskirts. Below is the list of places of interest in the beautiful city of Istanbul.

The Sultanahment Mosque or famously called Blue Mosque – It is called the Blue Mosque because of its  interior blue Iznik tiles.

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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia – This beautiful church is adorned with magnificent frescoes and mosaic tiles which were covered in plaster when Turks conquered Istanbul and ordered the conversion of the church into a mosque.
Galata Tower – The tower is a prominent fixture in the Old Pera or Beyoglu District. It was used as an observatory tower to aid the Turkish defense during the 1300s. For the tourist, this tower offers an great 360 view of the Asian and European side of Istanbul.

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Obelisk Monument
at the Hippodrome

Hippodrome Square and the Obelisk – Chariot races took place in this square. Elections were done via chariot races in the Hippodrome during the Byzantium days. In one area of the Square stands the granite Obelisk carved in Egypt and brought in Istanbul around 1450 BC by the Byzantine emperor Theodosius.
Grand Bazaar – This is a vast shopper’s delight, housing more than 4,000 shops selling various goods from carpets to spices to wares. It is a big labyrinth of shops constructed in 1464 upon the order of Mehmed II.
Basilica Cistern – The underground water reservoir is right beneath the Stoa Basilica. It has 336 columns of either in Doric and Corinthian  style which hold the high ceiling.
Topkapi Palace – This place used to be the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. The palace is situated between the Golden Horn and the Marmara sea of Istanbul and offers a great view of the Bosphorus.
Dolmahbace Palace – This extravagant palace is like a mini Versailles and has many French influences in its designs and interiors.

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Istiklal St. in Taksim

Istiklal Street in Taksim – This is a well-known pedestrian street is the melting pot of people of all walks of life. It is teeming with cafes, pubs/bars, restaurants, movie theaters and shops and has a tram running in the middle of the quaint street. St. Anthony Church (a Catholic church) is also located along this street.
Museums – Rahmi M. Koc Museum, Istanbul Modern Museum, Kariye Musem, to name a few.

Find Your Seacoast Vacation Dream The Easy Way

Posted in accommodations, apartment, North Carolina, rental
on November 11, 2017

Much time, money and even heartbreak in some cases can be avoided when planning a vacation trip if you have someone, like a rental broker, looking out for your best interests. You would think a travel agency would have these facilities, but sadly, most do not.

However, if you are looking for detailed information for North Carolina coast rentals, then one place to begin with is someplace like Seabreeze Rentals. Websites such as these specialize in localities such as Bald Head Island; however, quality brokers such as these also major on other North Carolina seacoast rental localities.

What makes them different from conventional travel agencies? Let’s examine a few things right now that will help make that vacation time a time to remember.

Knowing Upfront What You’ll Find

Quite frankly, when dealing with a conventional travel agency, you’ll never know what you’ll get. Not so with a superior quality broker.

If you’re looking for a beautiful rental home that offers panoramic views of the ocean, golf course or maritime forests, then check these features out. See if they meet with your expectations–before you get there and sign on the dotted line.

Here’s What You’ll Find

Arrive by ferry, and travel the island by golf cart. You’ll find no cars depleting the pristine landscape along the 14 miles of secluded beaches. If you need some light, then simply look up to the summer sky, and see the brightly lit Milky Way.

If tranquility is your bag, then this is the place to be. You’ll find no nightlife here. Only beautiful beaches to stroll on, serene creek marshes on which to canoe and plenty of protected maritime forests teaming with wildlife and bird life of every kind and color.

If you’re looking for an upscale Bald Head Island Country Club, championship golf course, tennis, children’s playground, croquet grounds, restaurants and lounge, then this may be the place for you and your family.

Cottages, Atlantic Ocean-front homes, 1, 2, or 3-bedroom accommodations with fully loaded conveniences are yours for the asking at Bald Head Island and surrounding areas. Don’t worry, each facility comes complete with WiFi and other standard amenities.

Bald Head Island, an undiscovered treasure; moreover, your seacoast rental broker is the one to best help your dream vacation come to fruition.

A simple website visit or phone call today to anyone of these fabulous rental agencies will put the finishing touch on your vacation plans for you and your family.

The Only Travel Backpack You’ll Ever Need

Posted in bags, lifestyle, travel, travel tips
on November 10, 2017

 

I have just bought a new smartphone and I was looking out for a wireless charger when I came across this backpack charger on one of the websites. This bag is kind of special because its outward appearance looks like a normal backpack but it is actually more than that. It is a power backpack made of good quality fabric with stainless steel zippers. It weighs about 4.5lb, together with the battery. This is a great bag for travellers.

Besides serving as a travel backpack, the bag is equipped with compartments and zippers. Some of the compartments are lined with protective padding. There is one special compartment built to manage all the special technical functions. You can keep your small MP3 player, a voice recorder and cables and other accessories.  The bag is designed with a charging port, to allow wiring and charging inside the pockets for charging your electronic devices, including your smartphone. You will not have to worry about not packing your charger or cable on your travel trip again. There is also a place to keep your wallet and important documents.

There is a place for your ipad and your laptop with strap to secure your devices. Looks like the bag is full of pockets and compartments with accessory features. There are two 3 inches wide shoulder straps with shoulder padding. You will need to refer to the owner’s manual to find your way through the many compartments and what they are for.

 

 

The amazing battery takes about 6-7 hours to charge. Charging cables are included when you buy this bag. The battery can be charged overnight without fear of it being damaged. This backpack charger bag has integrated wiring pockets to allow owner to customize the load out.  The included battery has enough power capacity and output to charge three devices at the same time. The bag works as a great organizer to carry whatever extra cables or cords and battery packs. This bag is equipped with enough space to carry an iPad or tablet, a laptop, phone, your wallet, passport or even books.

With this power bag, you can pack whatever you need to the office or when travelling and at the same time works as phone charging backpack or a charging stations for other electronic devices. It includes various USB ports to accommodate different charging hook ups. The pockets are water resistant to provide protection for your other smaller devices. This power bag is strong and spacious and the best part is that they will not encounter any problem with the security checkpoints since the bag is equipped with TSA-compliant laptop compartment.

 

When To Travel In Style With A Limo

Posted in car rental, lifestyle, limousine service, travel, travel tips
on November 9, 2017

You see them driving all over the country. They’re those long, luxurious stretch limos that catch the eye of every car passing by. When people see a limo, they see luxury. But a limo rental is more than just impressing strangers on the road. It’s showing your guests that you are willing to go the extra mile for them. Common occasions like weddings, proms, and proposals are just a few of the things that people think of when they think of Chicago limo rental. There are lesser known ventures that might call for this type of service.

Let’s take business owners, for example, who want to draw in investors. A limo rental to a night on the town and dinner can show your prospective investors that you’re doing well in life. Even a rental of a car like this shows an excess of money that hints at prosperity. Second, it’s respectful. For guests that are already used to traveling in style, a limo is the only way to spend a night out on the town.

Respectful occasions also call for this type of service. If you’re going to have a serious conversation with someone, there’s no better place to have it than in a limousine. If you need to break bad or good news to someone, taking them out in a limo would help to soften or sweeten the news. Traveling with your family during a respectful dinner out is a great way to show them that you appreciate them. It’s amazing how many people use limo services these days for those little “any occasion” moments that let them know they’re special in life.

A limo will usually be used for something like a wedding, prom, or important date. For people with a little more money to spare, they can routinely take friends out in these amazing vehicles. Spouses who want to show appreciation will always find a warm, receptive audience in these vehicles. You get your very own driver, a bar, great lighting, and some VIP music in the back of a good limo. Whether it’s a formal occasion or an all out party, these vehicles have been creating memories for people for decades now, and the trend doesn’t show any signs of letting up. Few people would want to live in a world without these very important social vehicles.