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Skiing In Zell Am See, Austria

The first time I visited Zell am See I was actually staying at a small town further north going back towards Saltzburg called Lofer bie Martin. I was residing in the Schloss Grubhoff castle which was once owned by the king of Bavaria but has now been converted into luxurious apartments which can be rented out as holiday lets. I was enjoying my stay at Lofer and in particular the quaint ski facilities there, which incidentally would be no challenge for anyone who considers themselves good intermediate or advanced level but is well worth a visit for curiosity’s sake. It really is oldy worldy Austrian skiing facilities and you will not find much of a presence there beyond the Austrians themselves.

The marked difference I noticed in visiting Zell am See was the level of activity there, lots more people, a thriving little town in a gorgeous setting and much more to offer the higher level skiers, still not a majorly serious challenge for the advanced skiers, but certainly enough to keep them happy for quite a few days with some decent blacks and reds to go at.

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The skiing in Zell Am See in my opinion is best suited to the intermediate level skier with plenty of reds and blues, plus you still have those blacks for when you want to give yourself a bit of a challenge. You should also be able to ski from the top of the mountain to the bottom without too much trouble if you are intermediate level. The top of the mountain (called Schmittenhone) gives you access to a number of runs which you can circuit fairly quickly but if you do prefer a longer run you can ski down to Schuttdorf and get lifts all the way back; or of course you can ski back to Zell am See or to the gondola.

I class myself as intermediate and there was enough at Zell am See for me to visit the resort on 3 separate occasions.

It’s not a bad resort for beginners either, other than if you want to ski all the way back to town then you might find it a bit tricky with some fairly steep slopes near the bottom that have to be negotiated. The alternative to the steep slopes being some very shallow cross country tracks which can be really hard work and may put a lot of people off. A lot of the beginners decided to just come back to the bottom on the lift; this is an option that allows you to avoid both the steep lower slopes or the hard work of the almost flat cross country route.

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That aside, the slopes at the top of the mountain do cater for beginners and if I was a beginner again I certainly wouldn’t rule out Zell am See; particularly if you are moving towards intermediate level, as it may just present you with the challenges you need to get you to that next level.

The addition of the ski lift from the center of town (in place for a few years now) has provided a much needed boost to the convenience level the resort has to offer, previously there was a long trek to the top of the hill going out of the town where you could get the gondola. This is still running and is serviced by a regular bus service or is accessible by people with a car available, personally I would not consider it walking distance from the town center, particularly if you are having to wear ski boots and carry skis, (although I am sure there are probably a number of people who could prove me wrong).

If you do park at the gondola and want to ski back to it, then you are stuck with the cross country track that goes out to it from the main piste (number 4) which I mentioned earlier. There are sections of it that are actually flat to uphill and no decent run that lets your speed carry you through those sections, so a lot of puffing and panting goes on. The alternative is to come down the steeper slopes, also mentioned earlier or to ski to the bottom in Zell am See and then get the bus back up. If you caught the bus or walked (mad fools) from Zell am See, then there is obviously no problem.

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6 Romantic cities in the World

No matter what your status is – single, married, with children, all of you can spent your holiday and vacation into famous romantic location in the world.

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For single, indulge and pamper yourself in the beautiful romantic cities in the world. For the married couple, enjoy your honeymoon destinations, whether it’s the 1st honeymoon or the repeated honeymoon, romantic cities sure will give more sparks for your love! And for those with children, do not be frustrated that you will not enjoy the beautiful cities, bring your kids with you as there are a lot of the romantic cities in the world offer good entertainment for children too.

There a lot of hotels in many famous romantic cities in the world. When you are travelling on budget, be sure to choose the good cheap hotel deals and do use good phone card and calling card. In addition to that do your own travel website with using good web hosting supplier and tell the world about your experience in the romantic location below:       

Paris – France


The well-known cities for Monalisa, Eiffel Tower, Notre dame, Arc de Trimphe, versailler, Le Lourve etc, also famous for the food, delicious desert, tasty wine, good bread, the high fashion, the history,Paris has it all. In fact, Paris has been the classic romantic city of all-time.
The perfect time to enjoy the beauty of Paris is the spring time. Spring and Paris is all about going out on a walk, enjoy the romantic atmosphere that you get in Paris or even just sitting in a sidewalk cafe on Paris’ street by yourself or with partner will be a nice way of spending your time in the most romantic city in the world. For you who were on honeymoon or romantic getaways with your partner, you ought to enjoy the candlelight dinner in front of Eiffel tower.

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You will fall in love with the charm and romantic feeling that this city gives.

From romantic atmosphere, cultural historical site to culinary famous, Paris is not only well known for travellers who seek for romantic atmosphere, but also a good destination for Hollywood film maker, fashion,food and art lover.

 Venice – Italy

The city of canal is what people heard about Venice. Venice is surrounded by good architectural historical building, exceptional striking environment, the narrow little street, bridges, and the city itself surrounded by many little canals and gondolas which make the city to maintain its romantic affair and capture the heart of its visitors.

When you are in Venice, visit Ponte di Rialto, Ponte dei Sospiri, Canale Grande, have a cup of coffee or hot tea or hot chocolate at Piazza San Marco together with pigions, and have a good experience in romantic serenades gondola ride. Enhance your romantic feels by also visiting Bridge of Sighs and Rialto Bridge.

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Enjoy Venice like Venetian inspired artists, poets, travellers , musicians such as Byron, Dickens,Rubinsteins and many more.

Feel the love in irresistible Venice.

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Ski Vacations 2010 – The Choice Is Great

Before long winter holidaymakers will be looking at the latest ski holiday brochures to see what is available for 2010, and with the world in economic decline there’s some good bargains to be had, in a great selection of ski holiday resorts.

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Some skiers just want confirmation that the resort they loved last year is still the best place to go of course, while others like to change location every year, experiencing new ski challenges and collecting new stories to relate to their friends back home.

Either way, the choices are abundant and depend mostly on what the skier is comfortable with, whether it is a familiar resort or new ground.

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If the annual skiing holiday includes beginners, Andorra, nestled in the Pyrenees, is a great choice. The interconnected resorts of Arinsal, Pal and Arcalis offer something for everyone. All three cater to beginner skiers and provide kindergarten facilities for the youngest family members not quite ready to don skis and take the plunge down the bunny slopes.

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Arinsal and Pal in Andorra are actually now a single resort linked by cable car. One ski pass allows skiers to venture onto either set of slopes. In effect, wherever you are staying at the resort, you can ski from your backyard right onto the slopes. Snowboarders in Andorra will also feel quite comfortable whether they are beginners or experienced. Arcalis is about 20 kilometers by car from Pal and Arinsal but close enough to be considered part of the three-resort area. A fourth resort, Pas de la Casa, is also close by but tends to be much more crowded. However, it does offer very good value for ski holidays to Andorra if that is the major criteria in selecting a resort. With its numerous cafes, restaurants, happy hours and discos, Pas de la Casa tends to attract the livelier younger adult crowd.

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For strictly family ski holidays the Kaprun resort in Austria is a good bet. With its beginner to expert slopes, myriad accommodation to fit every budget, restaurants and cafes, checking into Kaprun is the start of a great family holiday. Hotels and restaurants are noted for their child friendliness. Besides the skiing holidaymakers can snowboard, snowshoe, swim, play tennis and squash, ice skate, bowl and take a sleigh ride. Of the 59 runs, 31 are for beginners, and nine are expert runs.

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Shops abound for those who want to take a break from other activities. You can even arrange to tour the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. One of the most welcome features is the short hop from the airport to the resort. Nothing is more tedious for skiers than to get off a plane and have to face a several hour ride to the resort. Not so in Kaprun.

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With global warming and the environment a world wide concern, many skiers are beginning to make going green a criteria for their choice of ski holidays. If that is a concern, Les Arcs in France should be on your list of ski destinations. Take the Eurostar from London for example to Bourg-St-Maurice. From there it is a short hop to Les Arcs. The management is actively committed to maintaining preservation of the environment. At the same time the facilities are first rate, including accommodation for the youngest family members. Les Arcs has been awarded the Famille plus Montagne certification. Four star living quarters are the norm, and the restaurants and shops are among the best in the French Alps.

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9 of the Best Factory Tours in the World

Tired of the usual tours offered by groups? Try a different kind of tour this time-factory tours.

If you are someone who likes to take a peek behind the production lines, then this tour would be perfect for you. A huge fan of motorcycling or motorcycles themselves? Give yourself the chance to see how they are made.

Visiting the factory of the famous sauce Tabasco is a must for fans of the hot sauce. The best part? Have a taste of Tabasco-flavored ice cream, a treat only served in their factory. Even if its not as strange as this, getting a taste of your favorite beer for example can only get as fresh as this.

From free tastes to souvenirs, visiting these factories will give you a different look at your favorite products. Here are some interesting factories you can visit from around the world:

Anchor Brewing in San Francisco

9 of the Best Factory Tours in the World

From brewing to fermenting, cellaring to bottling, you will be taken to a tour of the brewery, down to the packaging operations. The tour is completely free, and you can go every day of the week, when there are two tours a day. Added bonuses are a beautiful view of San Francisco outside, and the free taste at the end of the tour.
Fragonard in Grasse, France

9 of the Best Factory Tours in the World

In France, perfume-making is a noble profession. With perfumes known all over the world, it would be interesting to see what goes in the product you daily use on yourself. In this place, you get to learn about the flowers, trees, and plants which are used in the perfumes, and how they are turned into essential oils. From the very beginning—distillation-to the last part of the process-bottling, visitors will see the transformation from plants to perfume. Free of charge, tours happen daily.

Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations in York, PA

9 of the Best Factory Tours in the World

Fans of this motorcycle brand would go crazy inside their huge production facility. Get to see how they are created and assembled. Fans will be treated especially during the roller test, when the motorcycles are placed and ridden on rollers to be tested. Visitors can also pose and sit on motorcycles that are currently being produced in the tour area. Tours are available all year round during weekdays, and Saturdays are free during summer.

Louisville Slugger in Louisville, KY

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