Thai Massages – A holistic approach to mind, body and soul

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Thai Massages – A holistic approach to mind, body and soul

Thai massages are world renowned, and there is no better place to experience one than Thailand itself. Whilst Bangkok reigns with the largest amount of establishments that provide Thai massages from budget to high-end. With techniques and origins from over 2,500 years ago, Thai massages are one of the most sought after treatments throughout the world.

Thai massages draw their influence from ancient Indian ayurvedic traditions. There are numerous types of massages, each giving their own benefit. Massages can be done with aromatherapy oil, lotion or nothing at all. From triggering a memory, to help aiding you to sleep, recover from jetlag or to make your skin glow, Thai massages can be used to stimulate different aspects of your body.

Take for example the Thai facial massage that uses the fingers in an upward motion and circular strokes across the face. If done regularly, a Thai facial massage can reduce wrinkles and fine lines, and tone facial muscles. The Thai foot massage is perhaps one of the more popular massages that tourists get whilst in Thailand. According to traditional preaching’s it is said that each part of the body is linked to the foot. Feet are looked upon as the pillars of the human body, and hence much emphasis is placed on the feet. Either a massage will be done by hand, or by using a small wooden stick. Known to relieve pain and promote better posture, foot massages in Bangkok are famous! For one of the most traditional massages you can get in Bangkok, visit the Wat Po (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha).

To experience some of the best of Bangkok, why not try the Bangkok apartments by Compass Hospitality? These apartments in Bangkok provide all the modern conveniences coupled with exceptional service to ensure that their discerning guests have a memorable holiday. Compass Hospitality also features one of the most sought after spas in Bangkok called Ananda Spa that revives and restores mind, body and spirit.

The Redbull air race is arriving to Barcelona

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The Redbull air race is arriving to Barcelona

The Redbull air race world championship will be celebrated as every year in Barcelona during the 3 and 4 of October. It will be celebrated in the Barcelona beach – Front Maritim both days as from 13:00 until 17:30. The event includes amazing aerobatics performance by the most ptoffesional pilots in the world.

In the competition there are 15 pilots competing, from Spain, U.S, Britain, Canada, Australia and more.

Saturday the 3th will be the cualification day:

13:00 previus acts – “fiesta del cel”

15:30 redbull air race – forst cualification race 1

16:15 aerobatics exibition

16:45 redbull air race – forst cualification race 2

17:30 posteriors act – “fiesta del cel”

Sunday 4th

13:00 previous acts – “fiesta del cel”

14:30 redbull air race – Wild Card

14:45 aerobatics exibition

15:40 redbull air race – top 12

16:20 redbull air race – Super 8

16:55 redbull air race- Final 4

17:40 prise ceremony.

Here is an interesting article regaring this year barcelona event:

“With just one week to go until the last and decisive race of the 2009 Red Bull Air Race season on Barcelona’s Front Mar?tim, the Catalan capital welcomed the World Championship with one of its most important traditions. ‘Castell’ – catalan for castle – is a human tower built traditionally at festivals in Catalonia. To pay homage to the Red Bull Air Race, two human ‘castells’ were created to resemble the inflatable ‘Air Gates’ used in the races.

These amazing towers of flesh and bone were the work of the folklore group Castellers de Vilafranca, and it all took place at the Ramblas, one of the town’s most well-known areas, under the watchful eye of the statue of Columbus and a large number of bemused passers-by.” Read more.

last year race was big success, we viewed the race with friends and it was really astomimg. I really recommend you to visit the beach This coming weekend. If you are travelling from abroad I recommend you our accommodation rentals Barcelona services.

Hope to see you there!

Tips for Travelling in Big Groups

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Tips for Travelling in Big Groups

Travelling in big groups has both its advantages and disadvantages but the most compelling tip for an intrepid group traveller is to be as flexible as possible, or an authentic African safari could very well turn into an authentic safari nightmare.


Reduced cost versus reduced freedom

The obvious advantage to travelling in a group is the cost factor. Most reputable tour companies, accommodation establishments, bus companies and airlines offer lucrative group discounts. It is important to bear in mind, however, that although you will cut the cost of your African safari dramatically when travelling in a group, you will also be expected to give up your personal freedom.

It is important to weigh this up before you agree to a group vacation as there is nothing worse than committing to a holiday that is not suitable for you or your partner.

If you are travelling with a large group of family and friends then the pros of group travel will far outweigh the cons. Here are a couple of pointers that may very well add to the enjoyment of a group holiday:

  • Delegate the responsibility of the final itinerary design to one person in the group who will also act as the go-between for the tour operator, travel agent and the group. This will allow for better group co-ordination and possibly a far better relationship with the travel agent or tour operator.
  • Elect a leader of the group who will be responsible for any trouble shooting and who is well equipped to deal with an emergency, should it arise. The leader should also be someone who can iron out any personality clashes.
  • Be willing to compromise at all times. In a group the majority rules, so it is important to follow the crowd without sulking, even if you have to give up on a personal highlight.
  • Set the ground rules of the holiday before you even leave. How are you going to settle any group costs for instance?
  • Be totally honest with the other group members as to your expectations of the holiday. If you are looking for the financial benefits of group travel but plan to spend the bulk of the time exploring on your own, then it is only fair to tell your friends or family before you leave – they may have a completely different idea of what a group holiday should entail.
  • Be totally flexible. If you are a control freak it is probably wiser for you to go off on your own and send your family and friends a postcard instead!
  • Don’t have any expectations of the other members in the group and you may well be delighted instead of being disappointed.

The pitfalls of group travel

Here are a couple of pitfalls of group travel that you should be aware of:

  • Bus tours can sometimes be overcrowded and rather uncomfortable and can affect your game or landscape viewing experience .
  • Drivers/guides of group tours are generally not as attentive or as informed as private tour guides.
  • There is always the risk of ending up with undesirable travel companions who can’t stop nattering or arguing, or who are just plain irritating.
  • You may well end up in a group of people who do not share your interests and are more keen on finding the big five than concentrating on all the minor miracles of the bush – or vice versa.

Tips for World Cup 2010 Visitors in South Africa

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5 Tips for World Cup 2010 Visitors in South Africa

As the South African Nation prepares for World Cup 2010, an estimated of 500,000 soccer fans from around the world are looking for World Cup Accommodation in the nine different cities that are hosting World Cup Matches. A majority of which are visiting South Africa for the first time. And like many visitors to foreign countries, there are many safety precautions one should take before and during their visit. It’s well known that the crime rate is relatively high in South Africa. But this shouldn’t dissuade you from visiting a beautiful country that is both rich in culture and wildlife. Common sense and a little preparation will ensure a safe and fun filled trip. So for the weary traveler, I present to you 5 tips for visiting South Africa for the World Cup. This list is in no particular order.
1. Do your research
Before you arrive to your city destination, you should do some research of the surrounding area for your place of accommodation. Research nearby restaurants, parks, stores, bus routes etc. and their locations so you are able to plan out your daily activities and how to get to them. Also, you should speak to the people you will be staying with about where the safer areas of the neighborhood are. This way, you aren’t spending your days aimlessly venturing out in an unfamiliar city, putting yourself at risk of getting lost or ending up in a bad neighborhood.
2. Travel in groups
Avoid traveling alone. It is less likely that you will be become a victim to a crime if you are traveling with another person or in a group. If you must travel alone, make sure you are visiting areas of the city that have a lot of foot traffic.
3. Keep photocopies of important documentation
You should make sure you have photocopies of your passports, ID, and credit cards. This will speed the process of getting documents replaced should they go missing.
4. Try staying in a locals home
If you really want a sense for life in South Africa and want the inside scoop for where to go and what to do, stay with a local. There are a few websites that give you a great selection of places to stay, like iStopOver.
5. Don’t feed the animals
South Africa is known for their wild life and abundance of game reserves. If you are planning to venture out of urban areas, you are bound to come across some wild life. Although it’s hard to resist the temptation of getting up close and personal with them, it would be strongly advised to keep a safe distance as South Africa contains a lot of dangerous wildlife. Lion cubs may look cute and cuddly but there is surely a hungry mother looking for lunch not far away.
This list is by no means exhaustive and definitely not limited to these 5 tips. So I strongly suggest readers to post their own suggestions!

Drive Safely in the Rain

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Drive Safely in the Rain

Safety should always be the most important component of driving. It does not take much for an accident to happen and it often happens suddenly, making an accident unavoidable. However, that does not mean that accidents are not preventable. There are many instances where driving becomes more dangerous, such as when driving in the rain. A vehicle can very easily slip off the road when there is a lot of rain coming down or accumulating on the road. It is up to drivers to take the initiative in order to drive safely in changing weather conditions. Prevention is the first step in driving safely regardless of what you are faced with.

The first thing that you should ensure that you always do when driving is to follow the posted speed limit. We have all heard the repetitive commercials and ads about how speed is a killer. That is because it is the truth. Speeding on a clear sunny day can be incredibly dangerous so it is only understandable that it would be even more life threatening to do so on a rainy day. Follow the speed limit at all times to keep yourself safe along with those that you share the road with. 

Drive according to the conditions. If the weather is extreme and it affects the roads and your visibility, slow down and even pull over if need be. Poor driving conditions should affect the way that you choose to drive. If you have reduced visibility because of hard rain, slow down significantly so that you can improve the distance that you can see. If you really cannot see at all then you need to find a way to get off the road safely. Pull over until the weather improves. It will be worth the wait when you make it to your destination in one piece. 

You should always have some good windshield wipers on your car. They might not sound like something that are all that important but it can make a huge difference. There are many different types to choose from so select one that states that it is guaranteed for rain. Poor wipers will have you wishing you had replaced them when the rain does start, so do it before it gets to that point. Getting effective wipers does not have to cost a lot of money. Most department stores carry a wide variety so find something in between so you know the quality will be decent. 

Keep your car regularly maintained with new tires to have better traction on the road. Old and worn tires are going to put you at a larger risk of incident. Having good tread on your tires will improve the way your car handles when going through a puddle or driving on slippery surfaces. It does not take much for your car to hydroplane if there is a lot of water on the road. You have no control in a situation like that. Maintain your vehicle so that you can maintain control while driving in the rain.

Marbella

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Marbella. Jewel of the Mediterranean for Culture Lovers

Marbella is at the heart of the Costa del Sol and a favorite of most Spaniards.  It is a great spot to visit during their annual fair in June, La Feria de San Bernabe.  Though the feria will likely take up most of your time, take a moment away from the feria frenzy and catch a glimpse of Marbella as it really is. Rich in history and beauty, you will find beautiful parks and gardens, plazas filled with sweet smelling orange trees, Moorish decorations on preserved facades, art and ancient castles and churches scattered throughout Marbella.

Whether you stay in a four star hotel, a villa, a hostal or camp and whether you are on your honeymoon or family vacation, you will find everything you desire in Marbella.  You can take a leisurely dip in the Mediterranean and after stop in at the closest “Chiringuitos” (cafes on the sand) where you can get delicious grilled sardines, Spanish style!  Minutes away, you can lose yourself walking the labyrinth of charming streets of whitewashed houses and shops adorned with colorful pottery and floating arches of bouganvillae.  You will feel as if you have stepped back in time, to the time when the

Marbellas origins date all the way back to 1600 BC, when it was founded by the Romans and called “Salduba” as a trading post and agricultural settlement. In the year 711 the Moors invaded and conquered much of the Iberian Peninsula and under their rule Marbella became a prosperous town called “Marbi-la”, of which it remains today.

There are many worthwhile sites to take in while in Marbella……..that is, if you can be torn away from the sun, sea and sand!  You can visit many historic structures in town, such as the Baroque style 18th C Incarnation Church and tower which was part of the wall that used to surround the town; the Plaza de Naranjas where many important buildings are located – Town Hall, Magistrate’s House, Santiago’s Chapel and the town’s first Christian temple. 
You can also visit a Castle, Saint John’s Chapel built in Mudejar Gothic style, and the Baz?n Hospital that now houses the Contemporary Spanish Engravings Museum where there are works by Picasso, Miro, and Dali; and the Cortijo de Miraflores which is the old olive and sugar mill (currently and exhibition hall).

If sightseeing is not for you, there are many other things to do such as diving, trekking, off roading, riding horses, surfing, jet skiing, sailing, etc.  On Monday’s you can visit the colorful and bustling outdoor market where you can buy anything from clothes to produce. 
There is no shortage of shopping in Marbella, that is for sure.  But shopping can be taken to an entirely new level when you go to the Spainsh equivalent of Beverly Hills…..Puerto Banus.  Rows of million dollar boats take refuge in this resort-like marina.  Visitors walk the waterfront, lined with fancy restaurants and clubs and gawk at the boats and fancy cars.

Once you have recovered from the shock of your 6 euro coffee, consider going out of Marbella and visiting some other beach towns or go inland.  In as little as one hour you can be in Torremolinos, Malaga, Mijas, Estepona or Ronda.  Each Spanish town is unique and has its own personality.
So, don’t be fooled into thinking that Marbella is culturally void because whether you’re into Picasso’s paintings, Roman mosaics or modern dance, traditional costume or candlelight ballet, Marbella is nothing short of a culture lovers paradise!