Tourism in Africa

In the world that we live in today, places like Africa don’t get much attention when it comes to tourism. Or at least not as much attention as they truly deserve. This article is to shed some light on the true reasons why Africa is still glorious and why we should fly there right now! So here’s a list of places that are true representatives of all the glory that Africa is. These places will truly make you awe with wonder. These places rich in nature and culture are all you need to see. So buy cheap airline miles online, and visit these glorious places in Africa.

1. Tanzania
This East African country is known for its wildness. It is the largest part of East Africa and houses places such as the lands of Mafia, Pemba and Zanzibar. The population here is diverse with people from one hundred and twenty different African tribes living under the same roof. The richness in culture of this land is said to be as old as time (with the earliest settlements beginning around 5000 B.C). The country has a lot to offer when it comes to rural and close to nature locations. The wildlife of this area is rich with the most popular African animals such as the rhinoceros and leopards also being housed here. You can also find crocodiles and hippopotamuses along the riverbanks and shores.

2. Cape Town
Home to one of the wonders of the world (The Table Mountain), this place is truly mesmerizing. The blue Atlantic Ocean on one side, the amazingly established mountains on the other side – this place has the ability to hold anyone captive. Don’t believe us? Then try visiting it yourself and see if we’re wrong. This port city also allows you to visit and view one of the world’s busiest and most well established sea ports. If you’re a fan of history you might also want to visit the famed prison which was once used to hold the famous Nelson Mandela.

3. Kenya
This country on the coastline of the Indian Ocean is also a part of the glorious Africa. Home to the world’s second largest freshwater lake (the Victoria Lake), this place also houses many different natural wildlife reserves which is why going for safaris is a very famous activity here. Also, one more thing you might want to try here is the local tea. Kenya is famous throughout the world for its tea farms. Or buy it and take it back home so that some part of Kenya always remains with you.
Now that you know where Africa hides all its glory, we suggest you start packing your bags for a trip to this heaven right now. Get ready for a true adventure.


List of The Best Museum Around The World

If someone were to ask me what the most important places in the world are, my answer would be simple. The world’s most important places are the museums because this is where we preserve our history. This is where we learn from the past, acknowledge the glory of our ancestors and their lifestyle and make plans about the future at the same time. Museums can teach us so much, even about the present only if we look hard enough. This article is for anyone who believes that museums can give you inspiration to live and for anyone who doesn’t as well. Here is a list of the world’s largest museums which have the largest collection of historical artifacts under one roof. And if you’re someone who does not have much travel experience, have a look at some easy ways to buy airline tickets

1. The Louvre, Paris
This monument of Paris is the holder of the title for the World’s Largest Museum. This is located on the Right Bank of the Seine of Paris. This museum houses a total of 35,000 objects and includes objects that have been dated as prehistoric along with objects part of the modern day 21t century history. This place is the second most popular place for tourists to visit in Paris (the first one being the Eiffel Tower). This museum is also the home of Leonardo Da Vinci’s most famous painting to date – The Mona Lisa. Definitely worth seeing even if you’re not a fan of history.

2. Metropolitan Museum of Art
The second largest museum of the world and the largest one in the United States of America, this museum is located in New York. The collection here consists of about 2 million works and the museum has seventeen sub divided departments that manage them. The building for this museum is near the Central Park. Going here, you get to gaze at works with diverse backgrounds (from painting and sculptures from Europe to antiques from the corners of Egypt). This museum literally has it all.

3. The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
This museum houses pieces of art and culture in St. Petersburg Russia. It was opened by for the public in 1852 and was created by Catherine the Great in 1754. The collection here consists of 3 million pieces. This collection also includes the largest mixture of collected paintings this world has ever seen. So if you’re a fan of art, this place is a must go to. This museum has been divided into six smaller complexes out of which only five are open for the public.

These museums are the places where a fan of history might feel at home. Even if you’re not someone who is a fan of history, we still suggest you go there. You don’t know what you might connect with.


Things You Can Do In Singapore

Singapore, located on the south west corner of Asia, is considered to be one of the cleanest places in the world. At one time it was considered to be on the brink of destruction and environmental chaos. This all changed when the people took things into their own hands and today, this place is as clean as a piece of heaven. However, just because it is small does not mean that Singapore cannot offer you things when it comes to having fun. Singapore has a lot to offer to you and here’s what should do to get the true essence of the place. Get yourself some airline tickets for cheap, and fly to Singapore today.

1. Visit the Botanic Gardens

Singapore is home to some of the most amazing gardens and houses a wide array of plants that you probably won’t find anywhere else. Take a trip to these amazing gardens and see the lush plant life of Singapore. The best part is that most of the Botanic Gardens are open for public view throughout the day (starting as early as 5AM and closing as late as midnight). How amazing is that, right?

2. Visit the colorful streets of Tiong Bahru Housing Estate

This is the newest and coolest neighborhood in Singapore and has a lot to offer to anyone who loves wandering around on the streets. You get to see the cool houses, the amazing restaurants and the bars that offer some of the most amazing food that you’ll eat on this side of the continent. The thing about this place is that even though it is new it is actually a restored version of the previous buildings that already existed. So you get to have a view of the perfect combination of old and new when you go here.

3. Enter the Chinese Folklore at the Haw Par Villa

This villa built in 1973 is everything traditional and Chinese. Going here you’ll hear so many different legends and stories and will be amazed at how they all differ from each other. One more thing that you’ll find here is the Chinese depiction of the 10 courts of hell which are often too much to take for people with a light heart. However aside from all of this, the theme park here offers you a chance to gaze at a collection of more than 1000 statues of Chinese origins and legends.

4. Go for shopping in the Orchard Road

Think of this place as the Times Square of Singapore. This is the best place where you can shop at economical rates. With the 22 malls and several other shops present here you can get literally anything you want from here.


How To Feel Summer In December

Wouldn’t it be so nice having coffee and muffins by the terrace, overlooking the sea? You ought to be kidding me if you don’t agree with me. I mean, come on, it’s summer and that’s how we should be having breakfast or maybe a hefty healthy lunch of seafood-the freshest lobsters, crabs, shrimps, and fish and vegetable salad. Yum Yum! Later in the afternoon it would be great lying in the hammock under the shade of the tree, listening to your favourite “summer songs” which you have on your iPod, and having mango shake or halo-halo. This would really be truly refreshing. Or maybe you could walk by the beach with bare feet, feeling the sun on your skin, the water and the sand on your feet and wait for the beautiful sunset, only beaches in the Philippines can offer. You watch as the sky changes the shades of its colour–from the relaxing hue of blue to yellow to fiery red to cool red violet into the blackness of the star-filled night. You chill out with your friends by the beach, sitting in circle with bonfire at the middle providing you light. You sit, you chill, someone takes out a guitar, he starts to play, you sing. You enjoy, you have fun. You drink, you dance, and you feel free. And you say to yourself: “Summer is love. That’s what”.

Who wouldn’t want that? I sure do. And I want it so badly that I can’t think of anything else.

I had cold coffee and muffins for breakfast. I had seafood for lunch. I am listening to my summer songs from OrtoPilot and Rogue Wave. Everything seems perfect, but sadly, I am not anywhere near the beach, nor am I outside the house. I wake up every day doing the same thing: turn on my laptop, log in to Facebook, check my mails, and prepare breakfast. By 8:00 am, I’m off for office. I stay there until 5:30 pm and go home. I feel like I’m such a loser, just as everyone else had gone to the beach and enjoyed summer; here I am in the room Facebook-ing. I browse through the new uploaded photos of friends-all from their summer outings.

It’s summer and people should be out somewhere-at the beach, at the mountain, or at some friends’ house singing karaoke. But I am not. I want to be out of this confinement called OJT. I want to go to the beach and enjoy summer… even just for a day. I want to go home and stay out all day in the sun even if it means sun burns and heat strokes (well, I hope not). But as they say, quality education takes time. And I’d like to think that OJT is worth my summertime.

I miss the great outdoors. I miss being out in the open. I am not a hardcore outdoor enthusiast, but I enjoy being outside the house, bumming in the beach, hiking a mountain or just plain observing people anywhere I’m at. But most of all I miss the beach-the sand, the sea, the sun, the kites, the wind breeze, the beach bums… everything about the beach-I miss. I have painstakingly asked my friends to change their profile pictures. They can have any summer-themed pictures they want so long as it’s without the beach as their background. Some complied; most of them mocked and said I can have my summer outing when my OJT ends; some even went to the extent of tagging me in their pictures.

It hurts so I succumb to defense mechanisms. I rationalize. I sour grape. I sugar coat.

Doing on-the-job training is good for me. Aside from the fact that it’s a requirement for me to finish school, OJT exposes me to the “real” world. It makes me realize that there is a big difference between theory and reality, that the four walls of the office are not prison cell, but a venue for continued learning, venue for opening my eyes to the real essence of human resource practices in the workplace.

It’s a chance for me to grow and witness what it’s like being outside the comforts of school. It’s a chance to evaluate myself on where I stand compared to people outside my circle. It’s a chance for me to share this summer experience with friends that I don’t usually hang out with-to talk to them about anything; the elections, why we would vote for our candidate, the hopes that our candidate would win the elections, the office hours, the pseudo summer love affairs, the deadlines to meet.

Hanging out with my co-trainees is great, but what’s even greater is talking to people with different backgrounds and knowing what they think about random things and learn from them. So far, I learned that no matter how I try to approach things objectively and logically, it just won’t work because most people rely on their instincts and gut feel in decision-even if it doesn’t make sense. No matter how much I think that my suggestions are logically and feasible, they won’t be accepted immediately by most people, especially the boss if it outwits theirs. That in the real world, I have to be humble because there are a lot of people who are way better than I am, who knows more than I do and who are far more experienced than I am in life.

I learned that every person has a story, and like any other stories, a lesson or two are learned. And I believe that this is what practicum is all about. And yes, it’s worth more than my summertime.


All You Need To Know About Norway

Norway is one of the coldest countries on this planet. It is literally freezing up there. The country is near the top of the planet that we might as well call it the inhabitable north pole of Earth. But there is one thing that mesmerizes people and makes them want to live here forever – The Northern Lights. If you have never heard of them, then worry not because we are here to explain what they are and why they are something you need to go see at least once in your life. These lights will leave your breathless and will make you want to stay in the moment forever. And they are the reason why you should grab an air Canada ticket and fly to Canada today.

1. What are the Northern Lights?
You might have seen the sky turn blue, black or yellow. But have you ever seen a green night sky? If not, then this is what the northern lights represent. Auroras or Northern Lights happen near the north pole and in reality are collisions between electrical charged particles from the sun that come all the way here and then enter the Earth’s atmosphere. They happen at the south pole as well but since that area of the Earth is practically inhabitable, most people turn towards countries such as Norway (near the North Pole) to go and see them. The auroras are called ‘Aurora Borealis’ in the North and ‘Aurora Austalis’ in the south.

2. What colors can we see the Auroras in?
Even though green is the only color that comes to mind when we think of Auroras, they are actually found in a lot of other colors as well. Pale green or Turquoise is the most common out of these. However, if you’re lucky you might even get to see Auroras in Pink, red, yellow, blue and even violet colors. Since it is the dispersion of light, you can find auroras in all the rainbow colors if you’re lucky enough. These lights do not have a defined form and may appear as patches or scattered colors across the sky. Sometimes they look like scattered cloud across the sky or like rays from the sun.

Auroras are a beautiful phenomena of nature and we should feel lucky to witness it. Now that you know what they are all about, we highly recommend that you add them to your bucket list.

Wonderful Experience At Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is an example of a National Park that’s being loved to death. Most visitors to the park cram into the one Valley that gives the park its name. The pollution from all those cars, trucks and buses gets trapped there because the valley is boxed-in for the most part by those scenic 2000 foot tall cliffs. To combat the problem, the Park service has instituted a free hybrid shuttle bus system for visitors to ride while in the Valley and by encouraging visitors to park their cars outside the park and take a bus in. But there’s a third option for people like me who want to visit Yosemite Valley while reducing the pollution of its air–driving an emissions-free electric vehicle, like the Toyota Rav4 EV that I drive.

Electric vehicles have never been more available or more practical than they are now and it’s getting better all the time. Sure, they still don’t have the range that a gasoline or diesel powered car has, but the range they do have makes them capable of handling about 90% of an average person’s driving needs. And the greater availability of charging stations is making longer trips, like to Yosemite, even more doable.

There are three types of charging stations. Level 1 is standard household current at 110 or 120 volts AC. Level 2 is 208 or 240 V AC, the current an electric clothes dryer takes. Then, there’s DCFC (direct current fast charging) or sometimes called DCQC (direct current quick charging) that can be up to 500 volts DC instead of AC current.

Within this last level, there’re also three different types or protocols. First is the Tesla Superchargers that are only available for electric cars from Tesla Motors. Then there is the Combined Charging System (CCS) or DC combo charger. And finally, there is the one called CHAdeMo. Unlike level one and level two this is direct-current and it goes straight into the battery pack instead of through a charger like with alternating current. The key concept is that the higher the wattage (volts times amps), the faster an electric vehicle’s battery can be recharged. The upshot is that Level 1 is the slowest and Level 3 is the fastest.

To find out where these different charging stations are located, you can go online to Or if you have an EV with the CHAdeMO type quick charge port, then you’ll want to check out the website Yosemite Village has three Level 2 charging stations, including one in the parking lot for the Village Store.

Thanks to a quick charge port added to our car called the JdeMO by a business that calls itself Quick Charge Power, we’re able to use the CHAdeMO type quick charge stations. Our RAV4 didn’t originally come with this quick charge port nor was Toyota offering it as an option. Many of today’s electric vehicles come with a quick charge port already or it can be an option added by the manufacturer.

I have visited Yosemite twice this year in my electric car starting from my home in Sacramento. The first visit was before we added the quick charge port. On my first visit, I followed Highways 16 and 49 to 120 to reach the Valley since MapQuest showed it to be the most direct, shortest distance route to the park. This involved charging at the approximate midpoint of my journey- the Tuttletown Recreation Area of the New Melones Reservoir. A day use area there has a Level 2 electric vehicle charging station. I stopped there for a lunch break and read some newspapers and other material that I had been meaning to read for a long time.

After a two and a half to three-hour break, I was on the road again heading for Yosemite and soon picked up Highway 120. A famous or, depending on your perspective, an infamous section of Highway 120 is called the Old Priest Grade Road. The modern Highway 120 bypasses it, but for those so inclined this steep, narrow, winding strip of asphalt provides a shortcut to the park. I was sure the Rav4 wouldn’t have any trouble climbing it, but, just to be sure, I punched the button that sets the motor into “Sport Mode.” This setting increases the vehicle’s acceleration and top speed, so I would have a little more power for this climb. I climbed it at the posted speed limit with no problem, except that some motorist behind me honked at me because he wanted to go faster.

Sheesh! What did he expect! I responded with a shrug but increased my pace a little bit. When I reached the top of the grade, I pulled over into an adjoining side road to let the dude pass me. I switched “Sport Mode” off and turned back onto the highway continuing on at my own pace.

By the time I reached the northwestern entrance to Yosemite, the Big Oak Flat Entrance, I was really concerned about whether I would make it to the charging stations in the Valley. The range meter on my dash was showing one mile less than the sign at the entrance station was saying it was to Yosemite Valley. Yikes! I continued on, hoping for the best. I gotta tell ya, I was sweating through every curve and every upward incline in the road. Oh my gosh, I’m not going to make it, kept running through my head. When I reached Crane Flat, I knew I wasn’t going to make it, unless my EV was able to regenerate enough electricity on the downhill run into the Valley.

And that’s when it happened. After Crane Flat, the road declined to a steady unrelenting downgrade. The beauty of that was not just that the car wasn’t drawing any electricity out of the battery pack to move, since gravity was doing all the work, but also that the car’s motor was now acting as a generator and recharging the battery. I was getting closer and closer to the Valley while the range meter was actually increasing.

I still didn’t know if I would have enough charge to make it to the charging station, but it was looking better and better for me to at least make it to the Valley floor. I even pulled off at the first overlook of the Valley to take in a magnificent view of El Capitan and Half Dome. Then, I continued with my coasting toward the Valley.

By the time, I finally reached the junction with Highway 140, I was showing 19 miles of potential range and was pretty sure I would make it to the charging station. The slower speeds in the Valley are actually very efficient speeds to run any car on, including electric vehicles. That helped ensure that when I finally did get to the charging station, I had about 11 miles showing on the range meter. Hardly even exciting, right!

And, again, that’s why it’s a great thing that the park provides a free shuttle service while in the Valley. While my Rav4 was plugged in at the charging station, I could use the buses to get around to the different viewpoints and trailheads to enjoy the park. In fact, after pitching my tent at Camp 4 in the Valley, I drove over to the charging station to plug in for the night and then took a bus back over to the camp to spend the night. After breakfast the next morning, I took another bus back to the charging station and had a fully charged EV waiting for me with 131 miles showing on the dash.

On the drive home, since I was going mostly downhill from Yosemite back to Sacramento, I was able to drive well beyond the halfway point and didn’t stop until I reached the town of Jackson and only had to charge for about an hour before continuing home.

My second visit was after we had the ChaDEMO quick charge port installed and it made a big difference in the trip. Instead of taking the most direct route, I instead planned a route that would take me by quick chargers, which meant Highway 99 to 140. That actually made for a faster route, since I was on freeway longer. My one stop this time was in the town of Atwater, near Merced, and the stop was only for about an hour. It gave me time for a Subway sandwich lunch. The quick charger I was plugged into only charged for 30 minutes at a time, so I did have to restart the charging midway through. Then back on the road for 89 miles to the Valley with 32 miles of range left when I got there. Nice cushion.

When I headed back home, I had 134 miles showing on the range indicator when I unplugged from the charging station. As you would expect, I drew down the range as I headed out of the Valley, but then an interesting thing happened. After passing through the Arch Rock entrance station, the road took a fairly steady downhill course toward a couple of crossings of the Merced River and my EV gained range along the way. At one point, I was seeing 135 miles showing on the dashboard, so I had gained more potential range than when I left the Valley in the first place. Pretty cool!

So, if you love Yosemite and want to do your part to keep a haze from hanging over the valley, then think about visiting in an electric vehicle. There have never been so many models to choose from and conveniently located charging stations both in the valley and along the way for you to plug in.


Why You Should Going To France

France is the undisputed leader in international visitors, totaling upwards of 84 million a year. This surpasses the US, with around 75 million, and far outpaces Britain with around 32 million. What are some of the reasons France is on so many travelers’ bucket lists? And which of these reasons might inspire you to follow suit? As a start, consider these three motivations for taking a trip to France.

Reason #1: Cultural Discovery

A trip to France is endlessly entertaining and fascinating. France is proud of its heritage and celebrates its history. Everywhere you go you will find atmosphere and old-world charm and historic buildings with stories to tell. You will constantly be reminded that you are walking in the footsteps of kings and artists, conquerors and queens. Every day will be filled with discoveries.

A trip around the Loire Valley to visit Châteaux will take you along the travel route of the extravagant 16th century King Françoise I, who mounted up astonishing national debts in order to live large and well. His castle in Amboise, perched high above the river, is a source of many stories. There are the large round turrets, with wide spiral roadways inside to allow horse-drawn carriages to ride up into the castle grounds to deliver its passengers-especially handy when one of the queens was pregnant. Here on the expansive lawns, firework and festival displays were performed, designed for Françoise by his cherished friend Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci himself lived out the final years of his life across the street from the king, in a fascinating mansion that is now filled with models of his many ground-breaking inventions. A secret tunnel connects the abodes of these two close friends, used for late-night visits between the king and his brilliant buddy.

In Blois, Françoise added an elegant wing to the already impressive palace, accessed via an exquisite external stone staircase. Here you will see the study of Catherine de Medici, wife to Françoise’s son and successor, Henri. The wood paneled walls provided her with secret hiding places for her acclaimed collection of poisons, the political “solutions” of those perilous times.

Then there is the stunning Chenonceau, with its glorious gardens and the vast ballrooms that extend out over the river. Initially this gem was home to King Henri’s mistress, Diane de Poitiers. But when Henri was killed by a large splinter in the eye during a joust, his wife, Catherine de Medici, threw Diane out of her Château and took it over for herself. Not to be outdone by the mistress, Catherine then proceeded to construct an even more splendid garden on the opposite side of the chateau from Diane’s, and an even grander balcony than Diane’s to overlook it. She placed a huge, glaring portrait of herself, looming over the bed in what had once been Diane’s bedroom. And she had the initials on the tiles reengraved, replacing the “D” for “Diane,” intertwined with an “H” for “Henri,” with a “C” for “Catherine.” This was a woman determined to make her point. As you enter these lives from long ago, and experience their luxurious surroundings, you will gain a true and immediate sense of the culture and the history.

And on it goes. The people, the history, the passion, and the humanity… All of these surround you on a trip to France. You will be intrigued and awed, captivated and enthralled. Every day of your visit will be intensely interesting, as well as surrounded by carefully orchestrated beauty.

Reason #2: A Feast for the Senses

Your senses will be stunned for the entire time you are in France. The sights are beautiful beyond description. The Eiffel Tower in Paris rises up like a giant erector set, with an elevator to take you to the top for views out over the Seine and the city. At night the tower is set aglow, best to be viewed from a boat as it drifts along the Seine, passing under one lovely bridge after another.

The Orsay, once an elegant turn-of-the-century train station that was built to welcome guests to the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, now houses a startling collection of impressionist art – Monet, Renoir, van Gogh, Dégas, Gauguin, Cézanne, Seurat – within a building that is itself an historic, architectural treasure. Here you will be able to lunch in the grand ballroom of the former grand hotel attached to the train station, and look through the glass of the giant clock that faces the river and makes this building distinctively easy to spot.

There is more and more to come… The glories of Notre Dame. The remarkable stained-glass windows of Saint Chapelle Chapel… The beautiful flowers and statuary of Tuileries Gardens… The onslaught of visual sensations of the Champs-Élysées… The towering Arch de Triomphe, facing the smaller Arch in front of the Louvre at the other end of the five-mile grand boulevard where Napoleon pictured himself leading a march of his victorious armies.

There will be the glorious tastes of the food and wine. You will hear marvelous music of all sorts, from the Vivaldi at Saint Chapelle, to the lively piano bars and boat bars along the left bank of the Seine in Paris and atop Mont St. Michel, to the mighty organ of Notre Dame. You will walk through flower markets, vivid with colors and scents, and shop at weekly markets, alive with people and all manner of tempting offerings.

This assault to the senses will remain with you in memory long after your travels are over.

Reason #3: Intro to the Good Life

The last, but certainly not the least, reason to visit France is that it will introduce you to another, and a better, way of life. You will experience a different manner of interpersonal interaction in France – more engaged, curious, outgoing, and animated. The French truly recognize the importance of enjoying the best of life.

Here dining is a delightful experience, not just a stop to refuel. Food is an art form, combined always with the ideal wines to enhance the meal. Waiters take pride in their work, striving to make dining a memorable occasion by offering up their expertise, and carefully guarding your right to take all the time you need to enjoy your meal without feeling rushed.

People in France are carefully polite with each other, and will be with you. You always will be addressed as ma’am or sir, and asked with a please, followed by a thank you. Cordiality is not only suggested in France, it is expected and omnipresent. You will quickly grow to anticipate and appreciate this.

From the first moment you walk down a street passing all the umbrella-shielded outdoor tables of the cafés, you will notice that this is a culture where people gather together to enjoy each other’s company. Old, young, families, singles, rich, modest, fashionable, artistic, intellectual – everyone is out in the squares and along the avenues, drinking in cafés and eating in restaurants. It becomes easy to join in and be stimulated by the lively, friendly atmosphere. Musicians wander the streets, from old men playing accordions outside the restaurants, to full jazz bands playing in city squares. And because the house wine is so inexpensive, stopping off for a glass or a carafe is a customary, not an exceptional, occurrence.

At the tables that surround you at these cafés, you will notice couples engaged in animated conversation, looking intently into each other’s eyes. France is a culture of philosophy and art, science and technology, style and literature, and of love. As you take all this in, you may begin to find it has an impact on you and how you yourself relate to others. You’ll notice yourself listening more actively, expressing yourself more earnestly and clearly, paying closer attention, acting more considerately, showing more curiosity and interest.

The luxury of time for all this gathering together is in part thanks to the French commitment to keeping an optimal balance between work and life. Shops close for lunch so workers can focus their attention on enjoying a good meal and the company of friends and colleagues. Employees who work 39 or more hours a week must receive more than the legally-required five weeks of vacation per year.

While you are traveling in France, you will come to enjoy and to expect this higher level of connection, this enhanced appreciation of food and wine, this better balance between work and life. You will never forget what you have learned about a different, and better, way of living life.

The Sum of these Three Parts

Taken together, the cultural discovery plus the feast for the senses plus the introduction to the good life, create a travel opportunity that is second to none. You will have a great trip to France, particularly if you travel independently and avoid the bus, possibly by using a preplanned trip-in-a-book to guide your explorations and adventures, and to ensure that you have the full experience while you are there.

Your trip will enrich you. It will refresh you. And it will change you. When you return home, you will find yourself incorporating elements from your travels into your lifestyle, and plotting to return to France.


Live on Chandler Arizona

Are you interested in buying a home in Chandler, Arizona? Discover the many great places to live, work and play in this vibrant city. No longer just a sleepy farm community, Chandler is a shining example of a 21st Century city in the Desert Southwest.

As you search new homes in Chandler, you probably keep seeing certain names pop up. Sun Lakes. Ocotillo. Morrison Ranch. Fulton Ranch. Chandler is home to many new home communities, owing in large part to its rapid growth and booming economy. As the San Tan Freeway was completed in 2006, a lot of large employers made the move to Chandler, and many that were already here expanded operations. Intel, Microchip Technology, PayPal, Wells Fargo, Verizon Wireless, to name a few, are some of Chandler’s corporate citizens. As the business climate continued to thrive, the cotton fields and grazing land of south Chandler yielded to destination shopping centers, hotels, restaurants and lots of housing. Builders such as Fulton Homes, Toll Brothers and Pulte made their mark on the landscape with spacious modern homes in beautiful communities. Many older historic neighborhoods are experiencing rebirth as homes are remodeled and modernized.

Chandler Schools consistently meet or exceed state and national averages; multiple charter schools and academies also provide top-notch education. Chandler-Gilbert Community College offers a wide variety of classes and programs, and private institutions such as Western International University and Ottawa University have branches in town as well.

There is no shortage of things to do in Chandler. Downtown on the square you will find unique shopping, dining and entertainment; there is almost always a festival, farmers market, art show or other affair to enjoy at AJ Chandler Park. Take a break and enjoy a craft beer, or a glass of Arizona wine. Visit Chandler Center for the Arts and catch a national act. Drop in at Vision Gallery or Uptown Art for more eclectic tastes. Downtown is also home to the beautiful, historic Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort, Arizona’s first golf course.

Speaking of golf, Chandler is a linksman’s paradise. Courses run the gamut from executive to championship; you can visit driving ranges and golf academies, and stock up on the latest gear at the PGA Superstore!

Looking for other outdoor fun? Tumbleweed Regional Park boasts a rec center, sports and picnic areas, as well as Playtopia-a playground paradise based on Chandler’s heritage. A perennial favorite is the constantly expanding Arizona Railway Museum where you can explore a great collection of classic railroad cars and equipment. Skate park, BMX park, dog parks, equestrian and aquatic centers; Chandler has it all!

For indoor, air conditioned fun, Chandler Fashion Center is an upscale regional shopping powerhouse! Enjoy its great variety of dining choices from fast to casual to elegant. There are shows, movies, nightlife, shops and services galore, and special events almost every weekend. Another popular destination is The Ice Den, a favorite for skaters of all ages and a great way to keep cool year round.

This just a small sampling of the great features this amazing city has to offer. Chandler is consistently recognized for its responsible and sustainable growth and a quality of life unmatched in the Valley. This is just one more reason why so many families choose to make their home in Chandler.


Keep Your Traveling Everlasting

There are not many instances in our life where we go out on a vacation with family or friends because of the compact itinerary we have limited ourselves to. So why not make those special moments conductive of rejoicing for a lifetime by following some simple tips and tricks of photography explained beneath.

1) Take multiple shots:
Everyone strives for that picture perfect click whenever a photograph is being snapped but unfortunately out of 100, we like or savor only a handful of clicks. Other photographs, lay down in our albums backup just for the sake of remembrance.

Therefore, it’s recommended to take multiple shots of the same picture so while sorting it out, you have a chance to opt for the best among them. Continuous shots is also an option that you try depending on your needs and deeds.

2) Camera type and its features:
Before you begin your trip, you should know everything about the camera, its type, and features you are willing to use. Because you will be handicapped for your entire journey if your camera broke up midway or you find out something very much unusual in it.

Smartphone cameras are also a great option nowadays as they are available with extensive features and are easy to carry compared to external cameras. But, if you are going to use smartphone cameras, make sure you have conclusive photography applications up on your sleeves to make your photographs elegant.

3) Take pictures with proper lights:
Background lights are very much important to click a wondrous snap no matter which camera you are using. By clicking photos with proper lights in the background will surely have a huge impact on the output and definitely, at the end, you will have an extraordinary click saved for your memories.

Natural lights can also be effective to give you better snaps, but make sure that the exposure level is managed or else output will be a bit dark.

4) Read and learn from every shot:
While you capture images, you should look out for all of those minute details that can make your pictures better than before and so it is your responsibility to learn from every of the shot you take.

Learn from your mistakes and be creative when you snap as photography is all about creativity. Your Photograph is an example of a shot that your eye has already captured.

5) Photo Stamping:
Photo Stamping is a remarkable way to add detail to photos, especially when you are on holidays or something related. The reason behind this is the 3 W’s question in your life which includes “When, Why and Where” were the photographs taken.

Adding details like date and time, signature and location on to the images can comfort you from stress that crop up when you memorize details of the snaps captured by you. And also, when you will be checking up all of those Images after your Journey is over, they won’t be an unknown entity to you.

Everything concluded, follow all these tips and tricks to make your memories with family, friends and loved ones stunning. Keep traveling and keep capturing beautiful images with its remembrance. Cheers!


Why You Should Have Taxi Apps

We all rely on our smartphones for information, keeping up with friends and oh, yes, placing and receiving calls so it’s no wonder that companies keep coming up with apps to make our lives easier. There are apps to order food, apps to find dates and now, appropriately there are apps out there to help you order and pay for a taxi.

The first step is actually installing the application, which can be done through the Google Play Store or App Store if you have an Apple product. Once downloaded, you can order a taxi for right away, hours from now or even days from now, and you will be able to set your phone to tell you when the taxi has arrived or actually watch its progress to your location complete with an estimated time of arrival. What could be better than that?

Most taxi applications will also allow you to pay for your ride via your phone, so you don’t have to worry about not having the right amount of money on you at any given time. This is a great part of the process especially if you need a ride home after a night of drinking. Better to be safe than sorry, and we all know that if you drink you don’t drive, so give the app a go, get home safely and pay from your phone, with a receipt emailed to you for your convenience, all for a no muss no fuss experience.

Taxi apps want to help you, and they do that not only by getting you a ride promptly, but also by allowing you to rate your driver and your experience so you can help others all at the same time. Chances are if your driver thinks you will be rating him or her, they will be more professional and courteous to help their rating. This is good for all of us!

These apps are wonderful for people on the go who don’t live somewhere where taxi cabs are a dime a dozen and need their ride now, but they’re also great for businesses who can get one bill per month for all of their employees that take the taxi for work purposes. This saves them having to pay and get reimbursed later and also allows a hassle free way to pay for their travelling expenses for work. Apps make our lives easier and now your travel is easier too.