High Up in the Sky – The French Alps

High Up in the Sky – The French Alps

It is a popular area that is ideal for vacations; the French Alps were crafted from glaciers which has corresponding valleys that has a mild climate and rich soil. Part of the European chain of mountains that are known as the Alps this part of the region is known for its captivating beauty featuring Alpine lakes. It is one of France’s most popular tourist regions along with Paris and the Cte d’Azur. Also the Alps are the biggest mountain range in Europe that spread through France, Italy and Switzerland with the highest peaks forming a natural barrier with Italy.

There a few towns in the French Alps in which at first glance may seem like an inhospitable and isolated section of France. Actually they are loaded with towns that are linked and popular all year round. The Alps are divided into two Providences, Savoy in the north which contains Mount Blanc and Dauphine in the south that is home to Grenoble which is the main city of the Alps. This shows the French Alps are a popular and diverse region. In the Alps you will villas in France that are a few minutes away from various activities.

These Alps have fabulous opportunities for skiers and snowboarders as they have craggy peaks and snow-capped mountains to conquer. The Chamonix, Megeve and Val d’Isere are the most popular resort towns in the Alps; Chamonix has the world’s highest cable car and is in close proximity of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe. There are around 200 resorts so if those don’t tickle your fancy you’re bound to find one that does. The other towns also have their quirks such as Annecy with its well-lit lantern lanes, Chambery which contains a lot of history and Grenoble being the largest city in the French Alps.

The weather in the Alps varies from summer to winter. With the enchanting summer weather valleys welcome fields of wild flowers and green fauna. It also becomes ideal for hiking, rafting, mountain biking and canoeing as the weather is usually in ideal conditions, which also is also why paragliding and skydiving is possible and anyone who knows about those two knows that you need near perfect conditions to do those. There are three national parks and four regional parks in the Alps. The Vanoise national park borders the Italian side as well as the French side of the Alps, on the Italian side it is continued by the Gran Paradiso National Park and with this it covers over 1250 km, the crins National Park is located in the south of Grenoble and north of Gap and is shared between the Isre and Hautes-Alpes. The Mercantour National Park is a popular park and consists of an uninhabited zone consisting of seven valleys and a peripheral zone comprising 28 villages. The crins and Mercantour National parks attract 800,000 tourists each every year.

The French Alps are quite close to a few of the major cities in France so if you plan to stay in the Alps major attractions are a short drive away and vice versa if you are staying in a city.…

The Richard Petty Driving Experience – Get Ready For Some Serious Action!

The Richard Petty Driving Experience – Get Ready For Some Serious Action!

Do you enjoy watching NASCAR races? If you answered yes to this question, then ask yourself another one, would you like to ride in or drive a NASCAR vehicle? If you answered yes to this question, then consider trying the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Disney World or at over 20 other locations in the USA.

The enterprise has its roots in the late 1980s but it started to take its present shape in 1994 when the company known as the Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE) was formed with a hand-full of cars, a small shop and an office in Concord, North Carolina.

The thrill of riding in fast NASCAR cars has really caught on since then and by last year the RPDE was run on 27 tracks nationwide with over 1, 168 track days.

They offer two basic programs, as well as several variations on them. There is the ride-along experience in which you get to experience the thrill of racing by riding “shotgun” in a two-seat NASCAR style stock car driven by one of their professional drivers. It is a three lap qualifying run and you will experience speeds up to 165 MPH. The ride-along program is offered at over 20 locations around the country.

For the more adventurous NASCAR or fast driving enthusiasts they offer the Driving Experiences where you take command of the wheel and experience the thrill of racing first hand. You have to be able to drive a car with a manual transmission in order to participate in one of these programs, and there are several “driving experiences” to choose from.

There is the Rookie Experience in which 16 people take part in a three hour class. There is the King’s Experience with eight people in a three hour class, and in the Experience of a Lifetime you are in a class with only five people. In the Racing Experience there are only 12 people in a full day class.

So what’s it like to take part in this? Well, you start off by getting into a special driving suit and helmet. You watch a video and then enter a van that takes you out on the track so that you can learn about the track signage. Someone on the tower gives hand signals. In the King’s Experience you drive eight laps and then go off the track to get a review of what you need to correct or change. This review takes place in the car and then you go out again for ten laps.

While driving on the course you follow a pace car. The pace car let you know about the turns, banking straight stretches of the course, and the pace car drives as fast as you can follow. It is not uncommon for the fastest driver in a class to reach speeds of over 120 MPH.

If this sounds like fun to you, and for many people it is definitely the “Experience of a Lifetime” then check this out. It will be a thrill, but not a cheap thrill. For example the Rookie Experience around $450 while a ride along experience starts at around $60.

You have to book your “experience” in advance and it is best to call 1-800-BE-PETTY to get complete details about the Richard Petty Driving Experience…

Importance of Boat Rental Agencies

Boat rental agencies provide a wide range of facilities and services to different people. They offer small party boats that have a capacity of two to three persons and are registered under the utility class. Utility boats are easy to operate and maintain but are not ideal for large water bodies. You can rent small boats for a minimum of two hours, and the reservation can extend to a whole day, depending on individual needs.

Some rental agencies encourage walk-in rentals as opposed to prior reservations of small boats. Apart from utility boats, you can also rent yachts, ski boats, and houseboats for water vacations. Duffy Boat Rentals Newport Beach is one agency that offers boat services for adventure and recreational purposes.

The merits of boat rental include the following;

Form of entertainment

Boat rental is fun and comes with various sporting and entertainment activities such as skiing, fishing, and speed boating for the experts. These fun activities are meant to make your vacation on the water memorable and enjoyable for the people involved.

Physical body exercise

Renting a boat is a good opportunity to exercise your body and burn excess calories. It may not hit your mind that you are doing physical exercises due to the fun associated with boat sailing.

Education and training

Rental agencies offer training and education to clients on the safety rules, guidelines, and regulations of operating a rental boat. They also train them on what to do in the event of emergencies. People also learn different kinds of boats, functions, capacities, and instructions to follow when leaving the land and getting into water bodies.

Enhance the quality of life

Persons experiencing boat riding for the first time have the opportunity to learn many things about water movement, such as maintaining support in a boat. One also gets an opportunity for personal discoveries such as fishing, and these improve quality of life.

Wide range of services

Rental agencies offer different categories of services that include sporting rental boats, fishing boats, party boats, and any other needs for water movement. Different people have varied needs to sail in water bodies, and boat rental agencies take care of them.

Family on board

When you take a vacation on holidays and special occasions, it is important to take along your family as it allows them to experience adventure and live with great enthusiasm. A yacht is the best option for families as they are large and can allow for many activities in the water. You can dine by the sea and even dive and swim. Children find this experience enthusiastic, enriching and create a memorable long-term event.

Price

Many people perceive the cost of renting a boat to be so expensive and for the affluent people, but in a true sense, it is a good option and, in some instances, even cheaper. Rental agencies’ search engines can help you find boat rental destinations that are reasonable in pricing and guarantee value for your money. The price of buying a boat is also high as compared to renting one. If you plan to have a vacation on the water, you can search for the best rental boat agencies to guide you through the process.…

Travel Tips to the French Riviera, France

Travel Tips to the French Riviera, France

FOR YOUR TOUR TO THE FRENCH RIVIERA, FRANCE, MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY!

PASSPORTS

You will need a passport to go to Europe, including France. We recommend applying for a passport as soon as you register for a tour, as it could take few months to process. You can find out all you need to know about passports at the US government passport website. Airlines will not permit you to travel if the name on your ticket does not match exactly the name on your passport, including your middle name.

VISAS

You may need a visa for your tour. Consult the destination countries consulates for more information and specific requirements.

MONEY

Europe uses the Euro. You should familiar yourself with the exchange rate before departure. You will be able to get Euros with a credit card as soon as you arrive at the airport. ATMs are the most convenient since they accept a wide number of bank and credit cards; Visa and MasterCard are the most popular in Europe. Check with your bank to make sure your card will work abroad. Do not forget to get your PIN number from your credit card company (for each card you are planning on using) to be able to withdraw money from ATM machines. Before departure, always let your credit card companies know you are going to Europe. Vendors like stores or restaurants will take Visa and MasterCard; markets vendors will take cash only. Each time you use your Visa or MasterCard, for purchase or withdrawal, the credit card company will charge you a fee.

PACKING

In May and September, the average temperature in the French Riviera is between 55 to 70 degrees. It is hard to predict what the weather will be like when you will be there, so bring something for cold and mild weather. Bring an umbrella (hopefully, it will stay in your luggage!!!), and don’t forget sunglasses and hats. You will be walking so bring comfortable shoes (tennis shoes are OK). The French dress up when going to restaurants; bring jeans, and also dress pants or dresses. No shorts. Don’t forget your camera! Bring your medicine! You will be able to carry your medicine in the plane with you, except liquids and gels (more than 3.4 oz or 100ml) which should go into your luggage. Pack everything in a plastic bag to show at the security check point. Aerosols are prohibited. Scissors, knives and tweezers should go inside your luggage, not in your carry-on. Visit for more details. Check out the baggage restrictions and carry-on rules with your airline. Don’t forget, you will certainly buy few things during your trip, so pack light!

NOW, YOU ARE BE READY TO HAVE FUN!…

New Harry Potter Attraction Works a Little Magic on Orlando’s Economy

New Harry Potter Attraction Works a Little Magic on Orlando’s Economy

Things have been pretty good in Orlando lately. Bookings are up and theme park admission is healthy. Vacation homes are in great supply and with summer competition reaching its height, there’s no shortage of great deals on affordable accommodations. And now, renowned fantasy author JK Rowling has cast her spell on Orlando tourism industry. The result is… magical.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” opened last Friday at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park. The response has been overwhelming, to say the least. Eager crowds throng outside the park’s gates hours before opening time. Potter heads and thrill seekers alike all flock to IOA to experience the excitement and wonder of the Wizarding World for themselves. And to drink a Butterbeer or two. Yes, you can actually drink Butterbeer. It’s a non-alcoholic, vanilla-ie, butterscotchy beverage available regular and frozen. A big seller indeed. In a recent interview by the L.A. Times, VP of Universal Creative, Thierry Coup, said: “We expected it to be a great success. But we delivered beyond expectation and we’re seeing a response beyond expectation.”

Certainly, the addition of Wizarding World is doing wonders for Universal’s revenue, as well as helping the hotels and vacation home owners who are housing the masses of Potter pilgrims. But the effects are more far-reaching than that; Potter mania is causing a wave of increased park activity to ripple through the area. Fun Spot Action Park, specializing in zippy thrill rides like go-karts and bumper cars is already getting a boost in spill-over business. As affordable alternatives to mainstream parks like Disney and Universal, so-called “secondary” venues like Fun Spot reap the benefits of big-name attractions like Potter. “We’re happy and confident that the economy’s turned around, and all of I-Drive [International Drive] will definitely benefit,” said a Fun Spot spokesperson.

All in all, it’s a great time to visit Orlando. You can make the most of the competitive rates, summer specials, and wide selection of affordable vacation homes in the area. Summer’s here. Are you on vacation yet? Click on our link below for great deals today.…

An Unique Alternative to Your Cruise

An Unique Alternative to Your Cruise

But, here’s a unique twist to your Galveston cruise plans…

One way to begin or end a cruise is to take an additional 2-3 days to unwind in one of Galveston’s vacation rentals. These homes are much like yours; fully furnished in every way.

Enjoy your cruise more by arriving in a totally relaxed state of mind after several days of winding down in a vacation rental.

Picture yourself waking up to a beautiful beach sunrise and the soothing sounds of waves rolling onto the beach or, if you choose one on the many canal homes, you wake to fish jumping in the water and birds doing their acrobatic fly-bys.

Most homes are less than 30 minutes from the cruise terminal, so its an easy commute to the parking areas.

At the end of your cruise, a vacation rental home in Galveston will do wonders to get you back into work mode. Most homes have washer/dryers and while you are still in vacation mode, you can get all your laundry done without feeling stressed about it when you get back home; simply unpack and put away.

There’s a vacation rental designed to meet anyone’s personality. Just shop around and you’ll find rentals with extensive reading libraries or with spa-like pool and hot tub amenities. Homes are located on the beach, canals, bay front and land without adjacent Gulf or bay waters. My recommendation is to use HomeAway or VacationRentalByOwner to find the perfect home for you. They have hundreds of vacation rental listings located in Galveston.

Start or end your cruise out of Galveston in one of the many vacation rentals in Galveston… you’ll be glad you did.…

Enjoy A Holiday Away At Corral Breckenridge Colorado Vacation Rentals

Enjoy A Holiday Away At Corral Breckenridge Colorado Vacation Rentals

Breckenridge condo rentals are perfect for just about everything cushioned on the mountainside of the Ten Mile Mountain Range in Colorado. With fresh deep snow covering the pistes and the surrounding grounds throughout the ski season, nothing can be more tempting than a few days in Corral Breckenridge enjoying the slopes during the day and the fine dining and shopping during your off times. There is a reason John Denver chose to sing about the Rocky Mountains, because not much else can beat the fresh crisp air of the famous Colorado mountain side.

Set against the backdrop of historic Breckenridge, Breckenridge Colorado vacation rentals are perfect for those who want a chance to hit the slopes and plenty of relaxing options. The resort area pretty much has something to offer everyone from a wonderful location for a family reunion to world class shopping to scenic hiking trails to titillating hot tubs for those looking for a romantic getaway. Of course, each of these options is complete with a full choice of five star accommodations and the warm hospitality that those in the West are known for.

All of the Breckenridge condo rentals come equipped with a gas fireplace for warming up after a long day on the slopes or snuggling up at the end of the night, high ceilings that allow you to experience the open air feel of the state, and the trademark dcor of the West that creates a special atmosphere you can only find at the Corral Breckenridge. Each of the Breckenridge Colorado vacation rentals also offers high speed internet at no additional cost and access to a full suite fitness centre complete with a steam sauna and hot tubs to relax sore muscles.

The Breckenridge condo rentals are unique in their own way with elevator access to every level so that you can easily get in and out and easy shuttle transfer from the airport provided by the Corral Breckenridge upon request. Upon arrival you will find a full service condo with private decks situated to the side of the living room so that you can take in the breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains while you are at home creating the picture perfect scene for your holiday. Add in the fact that most decks are also out suited with private hot tubs and you will find it hard to leave the condo long enough to hit the slopes.

Once you drag yourself out of the luxurious Breckenridge condo rentals to explore you will stumble upon Main Street where historic shop fronts line the area offering products from brands you know and many more brands that you should discover. With a fine collection of fine dining and cafes scattered throughout the area you will easily find spots to grab a quick coffee or meal while shopping or in between runs on the slopes. The only thing you will likely moan about while in Corral Breckenridge is that there is not enough time to fit everything in on one holiday!…