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Zante, a great ionian holiday abroad

Zante, a great Ionian holiday abroad

Zante or Zakynthos is an Island situated in the Ionian sea off the west coast of Greece. Zakynthos, as the the locals call it, is one of the largest Ionian islands. The island offers a fantastic climate all year and is surrounded by warm waters and picture perfect beaches. If your planing a holiday here its recommended you travel between April and October when the weather is at its best.

The best way to travel to Zakynthos is by plane or ferry. Ferries disembark in the island’s capital city of Zante town and its harbor port called Agios Nikolaos. Cheap flights are available from the Greek capital of Athens, and also most major airports in the UK. From the airport you can get a taxi or take the bus to your hotel. To find the cheapest holidays to Zante from your country of origin visit your travel agent or search the internet for Greek specialist tour operators.

This postcard perfect island offers a variety of pristine beaches, activities and entertainment for families as well as a pleasurable nightlife. Families can enjoy a delightful and safe holiday at some of Zakynthos’s child-friendly resorts, while couple and singles can enjoy the adventure and excitement of Zante’s large selection of pubs and clubs.

Zante is a great destination for Europeans and anyone visiting Greece. The island offers an excellent selection of resorts, inns, and cheap hotels for visitors. Areas that are popular with travelers include resorts in Kalamaki, Argassi and Keri. Tourists will also find that in terms of budgeting, compared to other islands in Greece, Zakynthos offers quality entertainment, food and accommodations ideal for a cheap holiday abroad.

What makes Zante different from other Greek Islands is the Venetian architecture; the buildings of Zante are traditionally Venetian in architectural design, giving Zakynthos a distinct marriage of Greek and Italian architecture and adding to its charm. The Venetians introduced its famous and abundant olive trees.

This architectural charm is showcased by the island’s main city and capital, Zante town. In this city the majority of Zakynthos’s 35,000 residents live. This picturesque harbor town offers tourists a number of attractions including shops, traditional Greek taverns, restaurants and a nice selection of hotels.

Another, influence on the island is religion. Greek Orthodoxy is the main religion on Zakynthos, and the island’s revered monasteries are a key attraction. A vast amount of Greek islands are famous for their local religious festivals and in Zante the holiday of saint Dionysios is the most well known. Islanders celebrate this day by a religious procession, which includes the carrying of the saints remains in a glass coffin, giving tourists and the religious a rare opportunity to see the remains of the saint.

For Tourists that prefer the nightlife, then Laganas on the south side of the island is your choice. The resort of Laganas offers lively bars and nightclubs for those who like to party untill the early hours. Ravers with enjoy the variety of bars and clubs found on the beachfront of Laganas. After the evening’s entertainments end, visitors can relax, during the day, on the longest beach found on any of the Greek islands. For tourists, who are seeking an ecological adventure, divers can explore the underwater marine attractions that the island has to offer through its many cave dives and the wide range of marine life surrounding the island. Snorkelers can also enjoy Zante’s marine life which includes moray eels, monk seals, and loggerhead turtles.

Zakynthos offers are variety of attractions for families, couples and singles. It’s picturesque beaches, wonderful weather and fun atmosphere to sum up what tourists will experience while visiting Zante or as the Greeks call it Zakynthos.

Helambu, gosaikunda and langtang

Helambu, Gosaikunda and Langtang

Langtang Valley: This is perhaps the most fascinating short trek available in the Himalayan region. The east west running valley is the land of spectacular alpine scenery as well as the place of unique culture and tradition. A minimum of one week is required but the trekkers are advised to add few more days for the acclimatization and some side trips in the region.
There are regular bus services to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu that takes about 6-8 hours depending up on the road condition. The trek starts from the following morning after reaching Syabrubesi. There are two possibilities from Syabrubesi, the best follows the north bank of the Langtang Khola through the villages of Khangjung and Syarpa Gaon after which the trail from Dhunche joins. The trail passes through cultivated field that ultimately gives way higher altitude vegetation that leads to Langtang Village. Above Langtang, the only habitation is at Kyangjin Gompa, a very popular monastery that was built centuries ago. Above Kyangjin, the viewpoint of Tsergo Ri gives splendid views across the valley to Ganja La. Likewise, Langtang Lirung and Dorge Lakpa can also be viewed.

To return from Langtang there are couple of options, either to cross the Ganja La pass, an adventurous undertaking or to backtrack down the valley.

Gosaikunda: Gosaikunda is one of the most popular pilgrimage for Hindu. It is the biggest lake in the region. Legend has it that the lake was formed when Lord Shiva plunged his Trishul ( trident ) in order to obtain water. The river originated from this lake is called Trishuli. The lake can either be taken as part of the Langtang to Helambu trek or it can be made sole destination starting and ending at Dhunche. The trail that starts from Dhunche climbs steeply through the forest of rhododendron, oak and conifer to the minastery of Shin Gompa and Chandanbari few minutes away from the Gompa. There are few teahouses at Chandanbari along with a cheese factory that manufacture yak cheese. The other trail that originates from Syabru joins main trail just an hour from Chandanbari. You can have a spectacular view of Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang ranges while walking through this trail. In fours hours you reach Gosaikunda.

The Helambu Circuit: It is a low altitude yet perhaps the most fascinating as well as convenient of short treks close to Kathmandu. It can be completed in seven days and the trail is well supplied with teahouses. Unlike other trekking areas no special permits are required for Helambu circuit, however, an entry fee should be paid at the check post at Shivapuri National Park. The Helambu area is predominantly populated by the Tamangs with Sherpas in the villages in higher altitudes such as Melamchi Gaon, Tarkeghayang and Shermathang.

There are various routes to make Helambu circuit but the circuit starting at Melamchi Pul and ending at Sundarijal is the most common. There are regular bus services to Melamchi Pul that takes about 3-4 hours. From Melamchi Pul the trail ascends up to Palchok Danda and passes though the villages of Palchok, Sharmanthang and Tarkeghayang. Beyond the Melamchi Khola is popular Sherpa village known as Melamchi Gaon. The trail now climbs up onto the highest elevation of the circuit, the Tharepati pass ( 3600m ). From here the more spectacular mountain views are possible. The trail now heads south through the villages of Kutumsang, Chipling and Pati Bhanjyang where the trail leading to Kathmandu should be taken. From these villages the trail passes through Chisapani and Sundarijal. From Sundarijal local transport is available that takes an hour to reach Kathmandu.

Oklahoma lodging vacations: the comforts of campgrounds

Oklahoma Lodging Vacations: The Comforts of Campgrounds

Oklahoma is the 20th largest state in US that presents pristine ecosystems. Many of its lakes and state parks have campgrounds for peaceful lodging options. Camping spots can be found from the rugged Wichita Mountains in the west to the southeast of Quachita Mountains.

Below is the list of Oklahoma campgrounds.

Beavers Bend Resort Park

Beavers Bend State Park is a scenic attraction with RV camping. It is located along Broken Vow Lake and Fork River Mountain. It has 47 cabins, 8 camping areas, 393 campsites with 2 group camps. Beavers Bend also offers primitive tent camping facilities with hot showers, picnic tables and pit toilets.

Lakeview Lodge provides 40 rooms with private decks that overlook the lake. It is an alternative to cabin lodging and campgrounds. All rooms have a balcony for lake viewing. Amenities include outdoor grill, fire pits and fully equipped kitchens. Visitors can enjoy swimming, boating and canoeing at the swimming area. There are mini-train rides, horse back riding and a golf course. Kids can experience recreational opportunities such as hayrides, boat ramping, biking and hiking.

Nearby attractions are the Talimena Skyline Drive, Beavers Bend Wildlife Museum, Museum of the Red River and the Little River National Wildlife Refuge. Park highlights include Eagle Watches from November to February, Owachito Festival of the Forest in June and the Year-round Trout Fishing at Trophy Brown Trout Area

Big Cedar RV Park

Big Cedar is located between Winding Stair and Kiamichi mountains surrounding the Ouachita National Forest. It lies on the shadow of Talimena Scenic Drive. The park offers cabins, tent sites and RV hookups in the Kiamichi River valley.

This park has three new and fully furnished cabins for rent. It can sleep six and four persons. Two larger cabins have full kitchens and another three have private baths. Cabin amenities include a picnic table and a barbeque grill. It also provides modern amenities like coin-operated laundry, cable and Wi-fi. Cabin rates cost about $65 to $75 per night with tax.

RV camp sites have full services of water and electricity. Reserved spaces have full access to bathhouse with shower and coin operated laundry. RV rates cost $24 per night.

Honey Creek State Park

Honey Creek is a campground with beautiful lake views. The 30 acre park sits on a hill with 150 primitive sites, 30/50 amp RV sites, picnic areas, 206 campsites and two covered group shelters. It provides access to Grand Lake for boating and fishing. The state park offers complimentary boat ramp, fishing dock, outdoor grills, swimming pool and comfort stations.

Honey Creek State Park features lake and river view as well as outdoor sports like basketball and water skiing. Families can enjoy the nearby areas like the Ledonwood gardens, Cherokee Queen Paddle Boats, Grove Har-ber Village and Cayuga Splitlog Mission Church.

Horse Heaven Ranch

Horse Heaven Ranch is located at Horse Heaven Ranch Road in Talihina. It has 6 fully equipped luxury cabins with covered barns, 32 RV sites and RV motor homes. The ranch can accommodate big groups for birthdays, weddings, club functions and special events.

The ranch offers breath taking views of forest and mountains with shady trees. The RV sites include 2 equines, 2 adults and maximum of three children per site. Each site has services of water and electricity. Amenities include a picnic table, grill and a fire pit. There are also 30 to 46 foot concrete slabs for parking, 2 separate piped pens and a hitching post. Horse Heaven also provides state-of-the-art bathhouse and a free dump station.

Fort Gibson Lake

Fort Gibson Lake is nestled at the eastern hills of Oklahoma. The lake offers 225 miles of shoreline and 19,990 surface acres. It offers sightseeing of redbud, dogwood, sand plum and haws blossoms. There were colorful shrubbery of oak, blackgum, redwood, hickory and woodbine glowing on the hills.

The fort’s hunting area covers 21,798 acres with 3,500 acres of water flow sanctuary. Fish species to look for are the white bass, black bass, pan fish, catfish and the crappie.

Fort facilities include six Class A campgrounds for RV, tent camping, boat ramps, swimming beaches and picnic areas. Other amenities include showers, electric hookups, group shelters, drinking water, 6 marinas and concession services.

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Ergonomic neck pillow designed for tall people

Ergonomic Neck Pillow Designed For Tall People

Tall people need special designed products just for their measurements.  When comes to travel, there is no exception.  BioMed DB Design’s newly released custom made neck pillow is particularly helpful to tall people with neck problems.

Custom made neck pillow designed by BioMed DB Design is taller than normal pillow, therefore, provides the right support for the head allowing the user to sleep in a comfortable but healthy posture during a long flight or car ride.  With the help of such a travel pillow, your head won’t sleep sideways, and you won’t wake up with a painful neck or a stiff neck. 

Custom made Sunshine pillows are designed for travel use, such as in a car or on a flight.  They are shaped just like normal pillow, only it is taller by 3 inches.  Tall people and some individuals have longer neck than others.  Therefore, finding a supportive travel pillow is a challenge.  Sunshine Pillow also has many sizes according to people’s neck circumferences.  For most adults, size medium should work fine.  To help users pick the right size, BioMed DB Design provides an online pillow fitting tool to help users pick the right size of neck pillows.

One variation of Sunshine Pillow is chiropractic neck pillow, or ChiroNeck.  It has an extra firm neck support insert. It helps in maintaining your proper spine alignment.  This line of products is added based on many chiropractors’ suggestion – as named as such.  Normal people don’t have the need to fully support the neck and help maintain proper curvature.  For those who need help correct their neck alignment, ChiroNeck is the most comfortable solution.

Sunshine pillows are now available in many stores.  Please check the store list.

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