Vacation – Mas Global Destination League http://masgdl.com The Best Travel Quotes and advertise towards your desire for relaxation and easy traveling. Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:05:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 5 Unbeatable Cruise Holidays http://masgdl.com/5-unbeatable-cruise-holidays/ http://masgdl.com/5-unbeatable-cruise-holidays/#respond Mon, 29 Jan 2018 11:57:20 +0000 http://masgdl.com/?p=141 These days there are endless different packages for cruise holidays, making it a little overwhelming when deciding which to choose. Here is a selection of 5 great options, from trips for novices to those for experienced aficionados. The Classic Med The Mediterranean is a classic trip for anyone wishing to try out the cruising lifestyle. […]]]>

These days there are endless different packages for cruise holidays, making it a little overwhelming when deciding which to choose. Here is a selection of 5 great options, from trips for novices to those for experienced aficionados.

The Classic Med

The Mediterranean is a classic trip for anyone wishing to try out the cruising lifestyle. With influence from both the European and Asian continents, the Med gives a taste of the exotic, despite being only a few hours from the UK. With many beautiful ports in close proximity to one another, cruises are able to cover many top destinations in one trip, whilst providing a comfortable base from which to see the sights. It therefore provides a great option for first-time cruisers. Holiday providers offer a wide range of cruise brochures so that you can pick the perfect route for your tastes.

A Taste of the Orient

A cruise around China and Japan offers a chance to see for yourself this constantly growing and shifting part of the world. Alongside ancient traditions and culture sits a seemingly incongruous ultra-modern society. Hurtling head-first into the future, the Far East’s major cities showcase world-class technological advances and vertigo-inducing skyscrapers, whilst visitors can also visit an array of infamous ancient sites and natural wonders. Travelling by cruise provides a great way to cover a lot of ground in this vast and varied part of the world.

Arabian Nights

For the more intrepid travellers, cruise trips around Arabia and the Middle East provide a great way to see a part of the world that might feel inaccessible to many. With a rich history and a wealth of ancient sites to visit, this is a great destination for lovers of antiquity and culture. Go and see for yourself and form your own opinion about an area that is so often negatively portrayed by the media. One you’ve set eyes on the ramshackle markets, rooftop cafes and ancient wonders there’s a good chance your heart will be won.

Sunshine Samba

For those in search of a longer itinerary, a cruise of South America is a wonderful way to see the sights it has to offer. With such a vast and varied landscape, you could be sailing between fjords, mountain and desert landscapes all in one trip, not to mention the wide array of natural species to be sighted along the way. Alternatively, an Amazon River cruise offers the chance to see Brazil in all its glory, whilst also experiencing a jungle landscape. With seasons the opposite to ours in the UK, it’s the perfect option for a winter getaway.

Cruising in a Winter Wonderland

An Antarctic cruise isn’t for everyone, but for those bored of beaches and sunshine it is a real adventure. Not many of us can say that we’ve been to this part of the world, and for nature enthusiasts and intrepid travellers it is certainly one for the bucket list. With Antarctic cruises usually lasting in excess of 3 weeks, there is plenty of time to marvel at the colossal ice bergs, adorable seal pups and comical penguins, along with sightings of rarer birds and mammals native only to this part of the world.

With such a wide array of opportunities on offer, a cruise holiday provides an unparalleled opportunity to see difficult-to-reach parts of the globe. So what are you waiting for, why not book a trip today?

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Visiting Oregon’s Wine Country http://masgdl.com/visiting-oregons-wine-country/ http://masgdl.com/visiting-oregons-wine-country/#comments Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:00:14 +0000 http://masgdl.com/?p=51 Oregon is known for its beautiful natural scenery. Crater Lake, the Cascades, the Louis & Clark National Trail and the Oregon Caves National Monument are just some of the natural attractions that bring hundreds of thousands to the state every year to enjoy the great outdoors. There are 11 National Parks and historical areas to […]]]>

 

If you’re raring to go but are looking for hotels near the airport in Medford, OR, check out the Rogue Regency Inn & Suites. It’s close to the airport and all of the areas best attractions including Crater Lake National Park, one of the most breathtaking sights in all of the country. Oregon was also a part of the great Gold Rush and there are many quaint towns and historic sites left from those days just waiting to be explored. Looking for some entertainment? Check out the live performances at the Ginger Rogers Theatre or take in the Shakespeare Festival. For nearly 9 months every year, 11 plays are put on at 3 different venues. There are also music festivals, opera, the orchestra and much more.

 

Coming in the winter? You’ll enjoy world-class skiing with some of the most amazing views you’ll ever see. The warmer months offer riverboat tours and fishing. There’s truly something for everyone here! If you’re ready to start planning your trip, check out Medford’s tourism site for all the info you’ll need. The hardest part will be deciding how much you can fit into your stay. You’ll never be bored, that’s for sure!  We hope to see you soon for an unforgettable vacation!

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Best Places in Geneva that You Can Visit for Free http://masgdl.com/best-places-in-geneva-that-you-can-visit-for-free/ http://masgdl.com/best-places-in-geneva-that-you-can-visit-for-free/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:50:56 +0000 http://masgdl.com/?p=45 Although Geneva is one of the most expensive cities, not only from Swiss but from all over the world, you can visit in on a budget. There are plenty of museums, parks and lakes that you can see without paying. Muséed’histoire des sciences (Museum of History of Science) Located in Villa Bartholoni , this little […]]]>

Although Geneva is one of the most expensive cities, not only from Swiss but from all over the world, you can visit in on a budget. There are plenty of museums, parks and lakes that you can see without paying.

Muséed’histoire des sciences (Museum of History of Science)

Located in Villa Bartholoni , this little museum presents the history of science and provides more information about important scientists like Pictet, de la Rive, Colladan and Saussure. Besides, there is a collection of thermometers, telescopes, microscopes etc.

InstitutetMusée Voltaire

Voltaire was exiled to Geneva and spent 5 years in the house that now has become a museum. The museum is located in LesDélicesand it displays 25.000 volumes on Voltaire. Moreover, you can admire diverse paintings of Voltaire and his family and friends. Also, there are two plater busts of Rousseau and Voltaire.

Muséumd’histoirenaturelle (Natural History Museum)

Natural History Museum is located in Eaux-Vives . The museum has an impressive collection of preserved and stuffed animals. Also, you can see for free the floors that focus on the evolution of man, astronomy and geosciences. What’s more special about this museum is the collection of moon stones that was offered as a present to the museum from NASA. Moreover you will have the chance to use the earthquake simulator and to see the bronze statue of the oldest human fossil named Australopithecus Lucy.

MaisonTavel

Located in Old Town,MaisonTavel displays a large collection historical objects and artefacts that are from the Genevan past, particularly from the medieval period.  Furthermore, you have the opportunity to watch a 3D short movie about Geneva’s history. You can find the screening audio in German languages, French and English. In addition the museum provides free Wi-Fi. Admission is free only for the permanent expositions, for those who are temporary you will have to pay.

Ariana Museum

If you like to admire the designs of a building, you should visit this museum only for its beautiful architecture. Founded by Gustave Revillion in the 19th century, the museum exposes a fine selection of ceramic plates and vases, decorative cups and statues. It also provides information about ceramics. Now you can find out how ceramic is being made. If you want an audio guide you will have to pay. In addition, here you can find a café-bar, a library and free Wi-Fi.

It can be hard to find reliable transportation from the airport to your destination. You can opt for private Geneva airport taxi services . it will save you money and time if you book a ride. You won’t have to search for a taxi or bus when you arrive in Geneva. One of the drivers will be waiting for you at the arrival gates. Besides, the private company provides a wide selection of cars from low cost sedans and minivans to luxury and executive sedans, buses and minibuses. In addition, the prices are fixed and inclusive.

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Travelling to Indonesia Flores http://masgdl.com/travelling-to-indonesia-flores/ http://masgdl.com/travelling-to-indonesia-flores/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:41:26 +0000 http://masgdl.com/?p=36 When travelling for a long period of time, such as a year, it’s almost impossible to plan in detail all of the places that you intend to visit. When my girlfriend and I travelled we had a pretty solid idea of all the countries we intended to travel in but we didn’t know exactly where […]]]>

When travelling for a long period of time, such as a year, it’s almost impossible to plan in detail all of the places that you intend to visit. When my girlfriend and I travelled we had a pretty solid idea of all the countries we intended to travel in but we didn’t know exactly where we would go when we got there. Sometimes the decision to visit a specific place comes together slowly and incrementally.

Flores in Indonesia is a good example of this. We had originally intended to travel in Indonesia for 2 weeks. I’d never heard of Flores before setting off on our travels, much less had I any intention of going there. Then at some point, somehow, I started to learn of this place called Flores. Then I hear about some particular sight or activity that draws people in. Then an idea starts to take shape: what if I was to go to Flores? What is there to do there? How would I get there? How long would I need there?

And as the answers to these questions come together you’re left with an easy decision to make: we’re going to Flores!

The Plan

We made a plan to fly from Bali to the town of Maumere on the far eastern side of the island of Flores. From Maumere we would go to the village of Moni and visit Kelimutu volcano (this was the original hook that interested us – a volcano with 3 crater lakes of varying colours at its summit.) From Moni we would continue heading west until we got to the port town of Labuan Bajo in the far west of the island. From here we’d make our way back towards Bali by sea and somehow visit the islands of the Komodo Dragon.

Gaps in the Plan

What we didn’t know was how we would travel from place to place whilst on the island; where we would sleep and what the accommodation costs and quality are like; what the food was like in Flores; and do people speak English. Apart from Kelimutu we really had no idea what else there was to see and do.

Just go with the Flow

Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and see what happens. And so this is what we did in Flores. We knew from online research that there was a bus from Maumere to Moni but that our plane was due to arrive after the time at which the bus would depart. So when we arrived at the airport we negotiated with a taxi driver to see what kind of a price we could get to Moni. We managed to get the price down to half of his original offer and I felt that this was too good to turn down. We also figured it would save us having to pay for a night in Maumere just so that we could take the bus the next day. The taxi driver later told he was lives in Moni anyway so it was either drive back with an empty car or at least make something from us. He offered us accommodation in Moni but we told him we wanted something cheaper (even though what he offered us wasn’t exactly expensive) and so he dropped us off at his friends’ house, literally across the road – the only road in Moni – from his own place.

Moni and Kelimutu Volcano

The next morning we awoke at 4.30am and set off to Kelimutu, whilst it was still dark, on the back of two motorbikes driven by locals. We followed the road as far as it went and then had to park up and walk the rest of the way, minus the locals. Dusk started to break as we made our way up the Volcano towards the summit. At the top we checked out the three lakes and rested up whilst waiting for the first glimpse of the sun rising up over the horizon.

After we’d had enough up there and were happy that we’d taken enough cool photos we started to head back down. We decided to walk back to Moni to experience and savour the atmosphere and local environment. It was a long walk but we really enjoyed it. From talking to the taxi driver the night before, we knew there was a bus due at some point that morning to take us on to the next village. However, no one in Moni could say for certain when the bus would pass through and so instead we jumped into a shared taxi and paid a price similar to what the bus would have cost. We got out at the next town and again asked around for the time of the next bus to Barjawa. Again, after standing around for while being told lots of different times for the bus we decided to take another shared taxi. We roughly knew how much the bus ticket would cost and so we were able to negotiate the same price for the taxi.

Barjawa

It’s a few hours to Barjawa. We asked the taxi driver to drop us off at a guest house. However, the one he dropped us off at didn’t have hot water so we went in search of an alternative. We found one we liked but this one also didn’t have hot water. We kind of established that hot water isn’t the norm in Flores. At breakfast the next morning we literally had no idea what we were going to do whilst in Barjawa or what there was to see. We asked the guy working the hotel reception if he had any ideas and asked us to take a seat while he called his friend. Several minutes later a guy turned up asking if we wanted to go on a tour of Barjawa and the surrounding area. He explained the itinerary and quoted a price that we thought reasonable and so, as soon as he called a mate to come along with another motorbike, we jumped on the back of the bikes and went off for a day of exploring.

During the day we went to visit a family who made palm wine where we got to climb a palm tree and collect the palm juice before being given an explanation about the production method.

We next visited a small traditional village where the local people still live by their own traditional laws and rituals and have been given special dispensations by the government to continue life in this way. We tried chewing betel nut. We’d seen people chewing this in many parts of Asia, this stuff which turned the chewers’ whole mouth a deep shade of red, but we’d never known what it was. We didn’t like it.

We then went to another traditional village, an even older one. This place was really cool and had the look and feel of a tribal settlement the likes of which I had always dreamed about visiting. What I really loved about these places was that they hadn’t (yet) sold out their culture by pandering to tourists and tourist dollars. There were no tacky stalls and no expectations of tips or hand-outs. The people just quietly went about their business as visitors politely had a little nosey around.

After visiting the village we drove several kilometres to the site of some natural hot springs. We’d been to ‘natural’ hot springs before which felt more like they belonged in a resort or a leisure centre and so didn’t feel very natural at all. The natural hot springs that our guide took us to however couldn’t have been more natural. Tucked away in the forest you could immediately see that they hadn’t been altered or manipulated by the hand of man in the slightest. We had lunch and then had a great afternoon playing about in the (very) hot springs.

Labuan Bajo (Western Flores)

After the fun of Barjawa, we took a shared taxi (we gave up on the idea of catching a bus) to the main port town of Labuan Bajo. Labuan Bajo is in relatively close proximity to the islands of the Komodo Dragons (in fact a few dragons still live on a small part of Flores itself) and so many captains offer their boats to take people on tours of the islands. Tourism is starting to develop as more and more people find out about this. With this comes the development of a tourist infrastructure, which although is non-existent in the rest of Flores, it is becoming clear in Labuan Bajo. There are nice places to stay, restaurants offering western dishes and good coffee and there are many tourist agencies looking to get some dollars from foreign visitors.

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