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Denmark a scandinavian country

Denmark a Scandinavian Country

Denmark is the smallest Scandinavian country, consisting of the Jutland peninsula, north of Germany and over 400 islands of various sizes, some is inhabited, linked to the mainland by ferry or bridge. The landscape consists mainly of low lying, fertile countryside broken by beech woods, fjords and small lakes.

Today, visitors to Denmark find a country that is peaceful, introspective, egalitarian and neutral. This is the epitome of a modern, civilised society, one especially noted for its progressive policies, widespread tolerance and liberal social welfare system.

Inland from the 3000 miles of white sand beaches and unspoiled islands, youll find a landscape eminently suitable for cycling trips. Sleepy villages clustered around whitewashed churches occupy a landscape of rolling hills, heather moors and rich farmland dotted with windmills and thatched farmhouses. Ferries ply between the mainland and the many islands, competing with some awesome bridges like the 10 miles link to Sweden.

The nation that produced the great story teller, Hans Christian Andersen, continues to have as its hallmarks good taste, world class design and uniformly high standards that apply equally to its accommodation, cuisine and transport then add to this a people both amiable and helpful, with a facility for languages, and the result is an overwhelming sense of welcome.

From the spirited nightlife and lively cafe and music scene of its capital, Copenhagen, home to world renowned museums and cultural activities, to a countryside that abounds in Renaissance churches, medieval castles and 18th century fishing villages, Denmark is a synergy of many harmonious relationships.

The network of scheduled air services radiates from Copenhagen. Other airports well served by domestic airlines include Alborg, Arhus, Billund, Esbjerg, Karup, Skrydstrup, Sonderborg and Thisted.

Domestic airports are generally located between 2 or more cities which are within easy reach of each other. Domestic flights are usually of no more than 30 minutes long.

Limousines are available. Discounts are available on some tickets bought in Denmark. Family, children and young persons discounts are also available.

The main cities on all islands are connected to the rail network.

Smorebro is a highly popular traditional Danish dish that is mainly eaten at lunchtime and consists of a slice of dark bread with butter, topped with slices of meat, fish or cheese and garnish. It bears no resemblance to traditional sandwiches and needs to be eaten sitting down at a table with a knife and fork. Buffet style lunch is also popular with a variety of fish, meats, hot dishes, sweets and cheese, usually on a self service basis. Danes do not mix the various dishes on their plates but have them in strict order.

A normal Danish breakfast, or morgen complete, consists of coffee or tea and an assortment of breads, rolls, and cheese and jam, often also sliced meats, boiled eggs and warm Danish pastries. Shellfish also forms an important part of Danish cuisine. Apart from the traditional dishes, French or international cuisine is the order of the day.

The luxury of the waterville golf club

The Luxury of the Waterville Golf Club

Earning a well deserved 92nd rank in the 2005 edition of Gold Digests top 100 golf courses outside of the United States of America, the Waterville Golf Club represents clearly what golf links should be. Its not only a golf course, it’s a mystical retreat where one can rediscover the passion for golf and play the game with pure enjoyment, plus having the beauty of nature surround you in each and every hole.

Rated as one of Irelands longest links courses, the Waterville Golf Club has a total of 7,311 yards of pure golf heaven. You will find many scenic views as you play the game allowing you to have peace of mind and a deep appreciation for its design and culture. Located in Ireland’s famous and amazingly beautiful Ring of Kerry, the Waterville Golf Club is surrounded by hills sprinkled with cottages and the Atlantic ocean and the Ballinskelligs Bay in its sides.

Playing golf at the Waterville Golf Club would expose you to strong gusts of winds that can provide a very challenging game. The course also is a combination native grasses, sand dune gores, sod faced bunkers, firm fairways, and fine putting surfaces that is made even more difficult by unpredictable and constantly changing weather. A link course that is already a hundred years old, the Waterville Golf Club is in the top 5 golf courses in Ireland and is also in the top 20 golf link courses all over the world.

But aside from its world class course, Waterville Golf Club also offers a lot of amenities and services that could make every golfer feel like royalty.

There you will find the elegant Waterville Golf Club clubhouse filled with everything a golfer would ever need. Showcasing a collection of impressive classic golf memorabilia and golf photographs and arts that makes up the ambience and the aura that is unmistakably a golfer’s paradise. There is also a restaurant that offers great Irish dishes and fresh seafoods that can captivate even the most discriminating and picky eater. There is also a bar that offers the best pints in all of Kerry.

Adjacent to the clubhouse is a pro-shop where you can find every golfing equipment that you may need. There is also a golf school nearby with golf pro’s that can teach you the basics and the different secrets to playing golf.

Looking for accommodations? You don’t even have to go far. You can spend your entire golfing vacation right in Waterville Golf Club. The Waterville house is an 18th century manor rated 4-stars for its excellent service and features. Situated in a forty acre property beside the Atlantic, the Waterville house has 12 suite bedrooms, a steam room and sauna, health facilities with a gym and massage room, a billiard room and even a golf practicing area. There are also private rivers and lakes for those who want to have a little down time fishing for salmon and sea trout.

Ireland has always been known for its great golf courses, many pros flock to their ocean side golf links not only because of the great games they would be able to play, but also, the warm welcome they receive and the great services and accommodations they will get.

The world's largest migration

The World's Largest Migration

All the twists, tragedies and drama of the Great Wildebeest, Zebra and Gazelle migration take place in the pristine 1510 sq km expanse that is the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Tragedy because some of the hundreds of thousands of herbivores migrating inevitably fall prey to a number of predators that ambush and track them as they trek and gallop on the scenic landscape of the Mara. The Maasai Mara and adjacent Loita Plains make up the northern most portion of the extensive 25,000km Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. Rainfall in the Maasai Mara falls almost all year round and consequently the Mara receives the highest rainfall in the entire Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. Rainfall peaks usually in December, January and April and so lush grasses remain after the Serengeti plains down South have dried up.

The Masai Mara is located about 270 km from Nairobi and takes about 5 hours to reach by road. For a 45 minute foray to the Mara, flights can be taken twice daily from Wilson Airport Nairobi.

The large eco-system sustains, among other animals, a wildebeest population of at least 600,000, more than 200,000 zebra and at least 350,000 Thomson gazelle. These three species of herbivores form the large grouping that makes annual movements through the ecosystem from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in Kenya in search of fresh grass. This spectacular movement is what is referred to as “The Migration.” The spectacle of hundreds of thousands of these animals moving together through the sea of grass must rank as the greatest wildlife display on earth.

Wildebeest herds usually assemble in the grass plains of Serengeti during the wettest season of the year when there is sweet new grass and small pools of water formed by the rain. There most of the females give birth and calve , all within a few weeks, in what has come to be known world over as “The Rut”. As nature would have it, the grass and rainwater pools dry up early in the dry season and the wildebeest move en bloc through the savannah and towards the Western frontier. Within the enormity of the Serengeti, the wildebeest lift their goateed heads, sniff the air around and, as if by one accord, begin the long but rewarding trek towards the Kenyan border. As the pastures diminish, the herds shift into the northern Serengeti woodlands and then pour into the Maasai Mara.

Zebras follow a slightly related, but not quite similar movement. Thomson’s gazelle also migrate, but only as far as the edge of the woodlands. The routes taken by the herds vary from year to year but the general pattern of the migration remains the same. On reaching the woodlands, the herds spread out but continue moving in response to rainfall and the availability of foliage. The first of the wildebeest usually turn up in the Mara in June or July and most stay therein until late October or early November. The herds attract ravenous pack of predators, particularly hyenas and lions, and thousands of the lame, slack and sick never finish the pilgrimage. Some breathe their last by drowning or by the powerful jaws of the crocodiles that lay about calmly but burst into action once the animals plunge into the chocolate Mara and Talek Rivers, a barrier that they must cross to get to the pasture.

Once the Mara’s grass has been devoured and rains in Tanzania’s Serengeti have brought forth juicy tufts of grass, the wildebeest leave the Mara following various routes, slowly at first then with increased momentum. The cycle repeats itself from start every other year.

The ‘resident’ Wildebeest found in the Loita plains adjoining the Mara, make seasonal movements between the Loita plains in the wet season and the Mara in the dry months.

The Maasai Mara is the dry season refuge for close to 1,000,000 animals.

Being on safari and driving in the wilderness in the midst of these great herds is an unimaginable experience. A once in a lifetime experience.

In July, August and September, the Mara grasslands are teeming with migrating Wildebeest and Zebra but there is much resident wildlife in the Maasai Mara all year round. Elephants, Cheetahs, Impala, the nocturnal Bat-Eared Fox, the Roan Antelope, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, Topi, Zebra, Giraffes, Coke’s Hartebeest, Hyena, Cheetah, Lions, Leopards, Rhino, Buffalo, Wild dog, Jackal, Hippo, Kongoni, Eland, Monkeys and Ostrich can be viewed all year round in the Mara. Over 450 species of birds including 50 species of birds of prey have been recorded in the Mara. They include Vulture, Widow bird, Secretary bird, Crowned Crane, Red-billed Ox Pecker, Ostrich, long-crested Eagle, Pygmy falcon, Scale francolin, hornbill, African goshawk, Fiscal hike, Yellow-throated long claw, Marabou, White-backed vulture, and Prowl plovers.

This combination of a mild climate, picturesque magnificence and untold numbers of wildlife makes the Masai Mara in Kenya’s a most popular inland destination.

Ways to pass the time in whitby

Ways to pass the time in Whitby

What to do while your in Whitby

Take a sight seeing trip, by sea

You get a fantastic view of the town from the sea. The views from the harbour are stunning and the view of Whitby from out at sea is really unique. You will enjoy unseen views of the Abbey and West Cliff, while enjoying the breeze and commentary on board the boats.

The Esk Belle is a good boat trip and can be booked from the harbour on the west side of town.

Have a day fishing

There are several spots to go fishing in Whitby. You can catch Mackerel, Cod, Whiteing and Billet depending on the time of year.You do not have to pay any licence fees when fishing from the piers or the shore.

Good baits can include lugworms, mussels and spinners There are two good fishing tackle shops in town that can supply bait and accessories. If you ask the local anglers, they all swear by peeler crab as bait in the summer months.

Go on a boat trip

There are many boat fishing trips available from Whitby Harbour. These boat trips are a great day out and all tackle and bait is usually supplied on the day. Ask in the local fishing tackle shops for more information on these boat fishing trips. Be careful and do some research on boat fishing before you book your trip. Make sure you check that bait and tackle are supplies as part of the trip cost. If your away with a group then these boat fishing trips can be great fun.

Fishing from Whitby Piers

The west pier at Whitby can supplied endless fun for the visiting tourist. Make sure you check the tides before you start fishing. Most fish are caught of the pier at high tide. When the summer starts to fade away and we move into autumn, you can expect bigger fish such as whiteing and cod to be caught from the pier. Please be aware of other anglers and boats when fishing from the peir.

Find some Whitby Fossils

Searching for fossils is a great way to spend a few hours while in Whitby. You can find Whitby Jet, reptiles and other ammonites while searching through the rocks and cliff faces. There are many fossil hot beds in Whitby and Sandsend. Be wary of falling rock faces and shard rocks, take extra care with children. Make sure you always go onto the beach at low tide and allow for plently of time to get back to the beach should your venture around the cliff face.

Take a visit to the historic Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey, an iconic gothic ruin, rests on the East Cliff above the famous seaside town. Its a great reminder of the early power of the church, a great piece of architecture.

Climb the 199 steps to the abbey to enjoy views of the unspoilt beauty of Whitby Harbour, the Esk Valley and the glorious Yorkshire coastline. The Abbey ruins themselves are a great inspiration to many people, even Bram Stoker, who based part of his well known novel “Dracula” on the inspiration from Whitby Abbey.

There are also some beautiful gardens and a lake to see, not to mention one of the UK’s best Youth Hostels next door to the Abbey, Whitby Abbey is one of Whitby’s most defining features.

Whitby Museum is full of history

The Museum is an independant Museum with many fantastic displays. It contains a wide range of selections and is regarded by many as one of the best museum displays in the whole of Yorkshire.

Collections include spectacular fossil marine reptiles, locally sought Jet, you will find some great Captain Cook pieces and collections, many model ships, natural history, archaeology, bygones, costumes, toys and dolls, ethnography, samplers, ceramics, militaria, coins and medals, as well as the famed ‘Hand of Glory’ and much more.

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