What to Expect When Cruising the River Moselle

What to Expect When Cruising the River Moselle

Renowned as one of the most picturesque rivers the world, the Moselle stretches for a languid 340 miles from the Vosges Mountains of France to flow into the Rhine in Germany. Various sections have become extremely popular with barge holiday operators, not just for the magnificent scenery encountered along the way, but also for the many historical attractions and, of course, the wine.
The Route of the Moselle

 

From its elevated source at Ballon d’Alsace, the river passes through the spectacularly beautiful and historically significant French landscape of Lorraine, before forming part of the border of Luxembourg and Germany. On its path it takes in countless small towns, Alpine villages and wine-growing regions. Some of the more industrialised sections of the Moselle Valley are also used for transporting goods on large cargo ships. The river joins the Rhine at Koblenz, as its longest tributary. Since it was made entirely navigable in 1964, the river has become a very busy waterway, encompassing 14 locks and a dedicated shipping channel. As well as barge holiday operators, the traffic comprises large numbers of private vessels and commercial and cargo ships.

Attractions en Route

For those on a barge holiday, whatever section of the Moselle makes up the itinerary there are countless attractions to see from the water and on shore excursions. One of the most enchanting is Burg Eltz, a real-life fairytale castle set in its own lush forest. The medieval castle is immaculately preserved, having been in one family for more than 850 years. The interiors are bedecked with original tapestries, furnishings and artworks that have been curated with such attention and care they look like the centuries have simply passed them by. Set upon the peak of a huge craggy rock, Burg Eltz epitomises the concept of a fairytale castle.

For those passing through Trier (close to Luxembourg), exploring the Roman ruins of the oldest city in Germany is a must. Founded in 16 BC by the infamous Augustus, Trier was a vital trade and financial hub for the Roman Empire for more than four centuries. Today one can walk around its many archaeological attractions and take in sites like the Porta Nigra, the Hauptmarkt and the city’s most iconic landmark, the magnificent UNESCO-listed Trierer Dom – the oldest cathedral in Germany. The city is also famous for a very different reason as the birthplace of philosopher Karl Marx.

Fine Wine

It’s not for nothing that wine is one of the most popular themes for barge holiday itineraries in this region of Germany and Luxembourg. The Moselle Valley is renowned for some of the world’s finest Rieslings, which make up around 60% of its total production. The region provides the perfect conditions for this famous grape, with records indicating that it has been grown there since 1435. The Riesling has a distinct colour and flavour that aficionados attribute to its high acidity, and it has the ability to age well up to 40 years.

For history, scenery and the opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the most acclaimed wine regions in the world, cruising along the beautiful River Moselle is invariably a most memorable and enjoyable experience for travellers of any age.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holiday itineraries. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

All You Need is Lava: A Volcanic Hawaiian Holiday

All You Need is Lava: A Volcanic Hawaiian Holiday

Endlessly fascinating for their beauty and danger, volcanoes have thrilled us human beings for as long as we can remember. And if lazy days on the beach just aren’t for you, why not try a holiday with a little more excitement and head to the active volcanoes of Hawaii? In fact, the archipelago of Hawaii was created through volcanic activity and this fiery heritage is everywhere you look in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, USA. Travel insurance experts, however, say it’s safe terrain.
In the park you can get so close to active volcanoes that you can feel the heat from erupting gases and steam as you walk across lava fields in search of indigenous art…

 

Here are three expeditions you should make in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park if you want to experience the power of volcanoes first hand:

The Long One

The Crater Rim Trail is a fantastic trail for those who love their hikes with just a soupcon of danger! The trail is over 11 miles long and works itself around the summit of Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes on Hawaii. Thousands of years old, Kilauea has been active non-stop for the last thirty years. The trail winds through contrasting sceneries of lush, green rainforests and sterile, steaming rockscapes. As you walk, look out for the earth cracks and vents that break the ground’s surface.

If you’re interested in the local culture you’ll want to know that Kilauea is believed to be the home of Pele – goddess of fire and creator of Hawaii. As the name Fire Goddess suggests, the area can be unpredictable and dangerous. With this in mind, be prepared for sudden trail closures. It’s also always advisable to stay on the marked paths and keep away from edges. Make sure you get out USA travel insurance before visiting – in case of an accident you are safely covered.

The Short One

Ha’akulamanu Trail, or the Sulphur Banks Trail, is much shorter, coming in at just over a mile in length. However, you know what they say: good things come in small packages! The intriguing landscape is devoid of trees as the intense underground heat makes it impossible for most roots to grow. The area is known for the beautiful crystal formations formed by escaping gases over many years. The gas is released through earth vents along with groundwater which is turned into steam and hangs in the air.

Just a warning – it does not smell good here! Rotten eggs anyone?

The Arty One

It’s not often that you can enjoy a nature trail and take in some local art on your way. However, nothing about this art is ordinary. The indigenous artwork found cut into Pu’u Loa, or the “Hill of Long Life”, is carved into the cooled volcanic lava of this sacred site. How amazing is that? There are over 23,000 petroglyphs showing a stunning variety of geometric patterns, human representations and images of the travels of the people of Hawaii around the island. A boardwalk allows visitors to easily view the artwork whilst protecting it and maintaining respect for the site.

TOP TIP: Before you embark on any journey, check your insurance! Designed with explorers in mind, Let’s Go Insure’s USA travel insurance will keep you covered on all your wild ventures.

Ready to have a blast? I’ll see you in Hawaii!

First wooden free-form houses Museum of Bread!

First wooden free-form houses Museum of Bread!

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU designed PANEUM – Wunderkammer des Brotes is the first wooden building in free form!
Meticulously planned, this customer information centre and event forum for the company Backaldrin in Asten, Austria, is an iconic structure comprising two elements: a box-shaped plinth building with foyer and event rooms that can be used for a variety of presentations, receptions or workshops for up to 120 visitors and the Wunderkammer des Brotes (Museum of Bread), a two-storey freeform exhibition area floating on top. The square base building shows a cast-in-place concrete façade while the rounded wood structure of the museum is clad with stainless steel shingles.

 

A centrally chiselled circular atrium is at once the cynosure of all eyes as it is flanked by a robust spiral staircase that invites visitors to pause awhile and take in the exhibited items from various perspectives. The stair provides access to the two exhibition levels, where the objects are displayed with the help of walls, tables, and cabinets that are integrated into the architecture. It further allows for striking vertical displays that take on a chandelier-like appearance, adding on to the visual appeal of the commanding building. The raw aesthetic of the interior is augmented by its self-supporting wood shell with its layers of cross-laminated timber and the natural light that filters in from above the atrium. This method of construction enables the realization of the free form and the high degree of prefabrication with 3D CNC technology that is precision-driven and cuts valuable construction time. It is a step into the future of construction; as Design Principal, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Wolf D. Prix says, “3D plotting, 3D milling and building with robots – that is the future of building.”

Private Excursions Falmouth Jamaica

Private Excursions Falmouth Jamaica

Evidently there are many great excursions in and around Falmouth Jamaica. Pre-booking your private shore excursions before arriving in Jamaica is the best option; careful planning allows for doing more and seeing more of the island within the limited time that will be spent on the beautiful island.

To experience the wealth of Jamaica’s history you will need to visit the Georgian Town of Falmouth with its interesting stories and exquisite architecture; they tell tales of the island evolution from its colonial past and its present progression into the paradise that it is today. The town has managed to preserve the ambiance of a European town, and for this reason it manages to create a serene feeling for those who visit.

This stunning town of Falmouth, boasting the exquisite European architecture is pleasing to the eye. For size, Falmouth is a small town, but is perfect as an entry point to the island. For this reason, the town is home to one of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Ports. Situated on the northern coastline of Jamaica, Falmouth is between 30 and 60 minutes to some of the island’s best excursion sites.

Leaving from the Pier in Falmouth, the landscape will tell the story of the region’s colonial past; once being a major player in the sugar industry, the port that is now used by Royal Caribbean was once used as a commercial port where rum and sugar was shipped to Europe. The Hampden Plantation was where the sugar cane was grown and the sugar processed in the mills located on the property. Today, the site now houses the Hampden Rum Factory which offers tours of the facilities. It is a great experience for cruisers arriving at this port.

Rafting on the Martha Brae is another excursion that is very close to the Falmouth Port. It is a romantic experience for couples and is great for kids also. For older folks, this is a wonderful activity, making it a perfect choice for families. The rafts are handmade by locals; designed using the shoots of the bamboo plant. The Martha Brae River is tame body of water making raft rides down the river quite smooth and enjoyable. It doesn’t get better.

The town of Montego Bay is just a 30 minutes’ drive west of Falmouth. Being in this resort town you are guaranteed to have a great time. You have the choice of Great House Tours; either at Greenwood or Rose Hall for a peek into Jamaica’s past. The Rockland Bird Sanctuary affords a once in a lifetime experience to interact with some of the most gracious species of birds. There is golfing at one of the many courses; shopping for souvenirs, and a trip to the beach are just some of the activities in Montego Bay in which Cruisers arriving in Falmouth could indulge.

To the east of Falmouth there is the town of Ocho Rios, home to some of the best waterfalls in the world. The Dunn’s River Falls need no introduction; it is Jamaica’s premier tourist attractions featured in many travel magazines. It is 600 feet of gushing water, cascading down the rocks; great for climbing.

The Blue Hole Secret Falls is another waterfall in Ocho Rio; though not as popular as the Dunn’s River Falls most people think that it is a better experience. This is possibly because the Blue Hole Secret Falls offer ropes wings, cliff diving, jumping, swimming and cave exploration. Visitors report the thrill of the experience as being unforgettable. It one of the must do things in Jamaica whether you are staying in a hotel or as a Falmouth Cruise Excursions.

How to Pack your Backpack like a Pro

How to Pack your Backpack like a Pro

Your adventure is fast approaching and you’re buzzing to get out there to conquer immense peaks and discover as many remote mountaintops, monuments and markets (which are normally seen only by local eyes!) as you can. You’ll only be able to make it there on your own two feet, with everything you need strapped to your back. Therefore the planning is crucial. Here are a few tops tips to bear in mind.
The Backpack is your Turtle Shell

 

This huge bulky beast will become your home and wardrobe on your journey, and so you need to make sure you get one that meets your purposes. Pop into any decent mountain or outdoors shop and there are always friendly and enthusiastic staff on-hand to help you pick out the best bag for you.

Before you Begin Packing

Before you even think about trying to master Tetris by jamming everything in, make sure you have all the essential gear. Make sure to grab a good backpacking checklist off the internet and then lay everything out in the following categories…

1) Most frequently used 2) Least frequently used 3) Heaviest gear 4) Lightest gear

Once you’ve got it all laid out it will be easier to start slotting things away in an order that makes sense. We find this method the most useful:

1) Frequently used stuff on the top (easy to reach) 2) Less frequently used stuff on the bottom (not in the way during the day) 3) Heavier gear closer to your back (you won’t feel it so much here) 4) Lighter gear away from your back (it doesn’t require as much support)

Compartments are your Friend

The Bottom is the perfect spot for bulkier items you won’t need until you camp. Think sleeping bag, sleeping mat, cold weather layers and your dry boots or shoes.

The Core Part is where you’ll want to keep heavier gear that you won’t need during your hike. This will include your tent and cooking kits, water and food.

Top Part of the pack is where you should stow things you’re going to need a lot during the day, including a fleece, your water filter, a first aid kit and loo supplies.

Accessory Pockets are where you keep the bits and pieces you need at a moment’s notice. This is the home for your sun cream, SPF lip balm, sunglasses, water bottle, bug spray, compass, the all-important snacks, ID and cash.

Loops and Lash-ons are key for those items which are easier strapped on than stuffed into your bag such as tent poles, hiking poles, rope and camping stools.

Just a Guideline!

Your exact needs will vary on the region you’re exploring and the time of year you’ll be there. Make sure to read up on what you’ll need and be prepared. Remember that for any backpacker, travel insurance should be the first item you organise. There are many types of backpacker travel insurance, and our team at Let’s Go Insure can help you find the one to suit your needs.

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For the Fearless: Via Ferrata in the Daring Dolomites

For the Fearless: Via Ferrata in the Daring Dolomites

Safety harnesses, a network of steel cables, security ladders and climbing insurance are all necessary for you to be able to reach the summit. Even seasoned mountain climbers find these peaks challenging – and you’re going further yet! You’d better believe the panoramic, jaw-dropping views from the top will be worth all the sweating (from both exertion and adrenaline…).
Trekking through the Dolomites is anything but a walk in the park. Renowned for its towering peaks, north-eastern Italy’s mountain range crests at over 3000m regularly. Easily recognisable thanks to its limestone spires which grace the pages of any adventure mag worth its salt, it doesn’t take an expert eye to realise this mountain range is for serious thrill-seekers.

 

Via Ferrata is The Answer

Via Ferrata offers the chance to access some of the world’s most imposing summits. Austro-Hungarian and Italian armies created these trails during WWI for the purpose of transporting supplies and soldiers through previously inaccessible regions. And now you can mirror their movements!

Nowadays the routes are in peak condition thanks to the efforts of the Club Alpino Italiano (CAI), who maintain and equip the via ferrata paths.

For a mountain climbing experience with the ultimate edge, try one of the following routes.

5 Day Flying Visit

If time isn’t on your side, don’t worry. Make a round-trip from Cortina d’Ampezzo for a 5-day adrenaline-fuelled getaway. You’ll get a flavour of different via ferrata every day, and in the evenings you can sample the flavours of the local Cortinian cuisine. The culture here is great fun too, and you’ll have the added bonus of enjoying the mountain rifugio vibes.

Sella Massif: Hiking and the Via Ferrata

Does the epic metal trail tempt you, but you’re also an avid hiker? Not a problem! The Sella Massif offers the best of both worlds. 5-day excursions from the Alta Badia are organised regularly, combining hiking with via ferrata for the ultimate dare-devil trip to the Dolomites!

Val di Fassa Region

Do you have more time to play with? Then let the Val di Fassa be your playground! An 8-day itinerary will let you really get to grips with this region’s mountains and trails. The greener stages of the route can be traversed on foot while the steep rocks littering the mountain are to be tackled by ladders and iron steps.

At the end of your trek you’ll have some envy-provoking Instagrams, rock-hard calves and a wealth of epic anecdotes to share.

Don’t Forget!

Make sure you have the necessary climbing insurance before you set out on this path. Get a quick quote that covers you for all of your adventures this year with great annual climbing insurance, or opt for a single cover if this foray through the Via Feratta is enough adrenaline-fuelled fun for now!

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Ethan Bailey is an experienced adventure traveller and insurance expert with the team at Let’s Go Insure. Ethan’s passion is to inspire his clients to go just that little bit further, deeper and higher on their travels and his expertise in providing the ideal insurance cover allows them to do just that. If you’re looking for the best climbing insurance Let’s Go works with the most experienced underwriters, intermediaries and insurers to offer a range of competitive insurance without compromising on cover.

Falmouth Cruise Excursions

Falmouth Cruise Excursions

Whenever you enter the parish of Trelawny in Jamaica, you should know that you have been exposed to one of Jamaica’s greatest treasures. The parish boasts a capital with an interesting history; it is a small town with an opulent history. Situated on the northern coast of Jamaica, Trelawny is the fifth biggest parish of the fourteen on the island; covering a total of 333 square miles.
The parish has part of its recorded origin in the colonial past; it came into being in 1771 after a long and arduous struggle by the plantation owners for about 38 years. What is now known as Trelawny was part of the parish of St. James, now the neighboring parish, of which the capital is Montego Bay. During those times, the grouse among the island’s inhabitants was that the journey from Trelawny was too far for plantation owners to leave and travel to Montego Bay to conduct business. Their solution was the push for St. James to be divided and create another parish with its own capital.

 

The early days of Falmouth saw prosperity as Falmouth had the busiest port in Jamaica. However, that was short lived and after the abolition of slavery the economy took a nose dive. Today, the newest and busiest cruise port in Jamaica is located in Falmouth. The Falmouth Port has now been transformed by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to accommodate large cruise vessels including the Harmony of the Seas which is the world’s biggest. While there are not many options of excursions to choose from in Falmouth, one can find many excursions in the surrounding towns.

Ocho Rios is one of Jamaica’s resort towns and is just one-hour east of Falmouth; it is blessed with numerous interesting and thrilling shore excursions. Marketed Falmouth Shore Excursions usually include the famous Dunn’s River Falls; so too are the Blue Hole Secret Falls, Mystic Mountain, River Tubing, Horse Back Ride and Swim and much more.

Heading west of Falmouth, is Montego Bay, another resort town, home to the Rose Hall Great House, Dr. Cave Beach one of the best beaches on the island, Zipline, Rockland Bird Sanctuary famous for hand feeding humming birds that live in the wild and other thrilling adventures to include Dolphin Swims.

If you will be on a cruise arriving at the port of Falmouth, there is plenty to choose from. It is important that you consider your interests and pre-book your Falmouth Shore Excursions as a Private Tour with a reliable and reputable transportation provider. You will find that by the time you disembark your luxurious sea vessel you will be off on your island adventure and be guaranteed to enjoy your already short time on the beautiful island of Jamaica. Come to Jamaica and feel alright.

Jamaica Private Tours

Jamaica Private Tours

Jamaica is an island that offers something special for everyone. The northern coast of Jamaica is loaded with excursions, that are suited for every type of visitors to enjoy. Regardless of the nature of your vacation, whether you arrived on a cruise or by air. Or, if you will be a guest for a few hours or for several days; Your accommodation could be at one of the many all-inclusive resorts on the island, at a villa in the hills or by the sea; there is undoubtedly something for you.
Jamaica is an intriguing island with a rich history that has given birth to Reggae Music and gifted a delicious array of culinary selections to include the famed, Jerk Chicken, Sumptuous Beef Patties, warm and friendly people with infectious smiles. It is the land of beautiful beaches, rolling mountains and majestic waterfalls. It is also known for its great coffee, Blue Mountain, rum and fast runners. Whatever adventure you are looking for you can find it in Jamaica.

 

Like other tourist destinations you may hear of, or may have visited, transportation is an important part of the vacation experience. There are usually several options available for travel when in Jamaica. On one hand, there are big tour coach buses in Jamaica that offer tours to many of the popular attractions. These tours are normally good, but can loose the great-effect, especially because there are too many personalities to be managed. They usually lack flexibility and so it somewhat more ridged. On these group tours, there is normally a schedule, but the tour can sometimes go at a slower pace than is expected, and so can be a bit infuriating and inconvenient for as some persons.

It is always great to have choices, so, on the other side of the coin, there is the private tours catering to your unique and specialized needs. For most guests, this is certainly a better experience because you get to enjoy the company of your group members in a more intimate space; you all get to control the outcome of your adventure. Customized private tours Jamaica permit guests to touch, feel and see the culture of the island in a way that is not available when you travel on group tours. Tours are enhanced when there is a private driver who will more or less become a friend for the day. The treats are better because the focus is totally on your party regardless of the size.

Each traveler has different interests and has peculiar ways of having fun. Being from different walks of life, and having different perspectives on life, your tours should be able to accommodate and reflect that too. Considering this, a small tweak on a private tour could make all the difference- this is what a private tour offers and much, much more.

Art and Culture,Travel & Tourism,Recreation & Leisure

 

Art and Culture,Travel & Tourism,Recreation & Leisure
This collection of porcelain art in Jingdezhen, the porcelain capital of China is a breath-taking sight of ingenuity – the Sanbao Art Museum!
Sanbao village, a scenic place not far from the Central City of Jingdezhen in China, hosts a nascent, dynamic, porcelain-centric hub with porcelain artists’ studios and porcelain-related industries, causing a highly competitive environment, where it takes great ingenuity and endless efforts to be the best. The relationship between the artists and their creation is sort of romantic, like the feeling of first love: indirect probing, exploring, negotiating and subtle manoeuvring. And the transformation in the pottery kilns is like the process of developing films – full of uncertainties; like the photographers’ having projected their best imaginations onto the films, but results will be unravelled only after the mandatory stint in the dark room!

 

But it is these very risks and uncertainties that mandate detail and delicacy; brain power juxtaposed against a passionate song in the heart… romanticism at its best!

An art museum in this milieu not just builds an interactive space to encourage reciprocal communication between visitors and the space, both emotionally and behaviourally, it inculcates sensitivity and imagination. The museum is a visually linear shape, 150m long, but the visiting flow is nonlinear, with visitors having multiple paths to explore. The purpose is to boost serendipity between people and spaces. Architecture creates the atmosphere with which visitors have personal connections. Walls, the most important part at shaping exhibition space and atmosphere, are made of rammed earth to offer a poetic feeling. The main passage is a long transparent space, 100m; around which rammed-earth walls, 4m high, grow from earth.

Major materials used in building the museum, such as rammed earth, titanium zinc panels and travertine, will be eroded by time. This process of erosion is like the fermentation of wine, time gives its unique flavour. In addition, Sanbao village naturally produces unique soil, slightly red in colour, so the continuous loam walls are built with local clay, delivering a certain familiarity and tension.

Experiences vary, when visitors walk through different areas, attracted by the outstretched eaves after the woods area. The sound from the creeks relaxes, whilst what lies ahead leads visitors further into a cryptic but joyful world. Every tour becomes a story between visitors and architecture – a mix of discovery, expectation, waiting, anxiety, disappointment and joy. DL atelier is the recent winner of the American Architecture Price (cultural architecture category),

How to Use Facebook Ads for Real Estate

How to Use Facebook Ads for Real Estate

Real estate agents have many advantages over Facebook advertising. Their targeting capabilities are much more precise than other social media platforms.

Facebook Ads can not only find your audience through behavioral and demographic targeting, but also low cost.

However, many agents are still not included in this trend. So, those who want to take risks will gain a competitive advantage over other realtors.

But, like all marketing plans, you must have a strategy. Here’s how you should use Facebook ads for real estate.

“Possibility to Move”
Supported by behavioral data, Facebook now has the category of “Possible Move” people.

This data comes from online and offline research. This is also generated through platform-related partners.

People who have visited a real estate site recently will appear in this category. Those who have posted about the first home purchase will be included as well.

From there, you can even segment your audience even further. You can narrow it down by age, household income, and geography.

Facebook strategically adds an account that matches the “Possible to Move” category. This means you are not wasting dollars on advertising for people who have not been interested in moving. How to Use Facebook Ads for Real Estate

Let’s say you’re in the West with a farm for sale and want to contact interested buyers. You can specifically target those who have searched for farms in the area.

Do not Just Use Facebook Ads for Real Estate Buyers
Direct your ads to mortgage brokers as well.

Why? How to Use Facebook Ads for Real Estate

Because targeting a mortgage broker means you increase your referral chances.

Facebook also allows you to narrow down the target with a job title. Simply enter the ‘mortgage broker’ into the ad search engine, and voila! You will reach new audiences.

You do not want to spend a lot of money on people who are not interested in buying or selling. But reaching a certain audience can really improve your reputation.

You may also consider advertising with those who have the following job titles: processor advisers, closer, and refinance.

Coordinate with Traditional Efforts
Since you are targeting a certain area, you should implement traditional strategies in these places as well.

Of course, many who go through the mail directly thrown into the trash. But, traditional marketing can be much more effective when combined with digital business.

There is no doubt that consumers need a lot of opinions before making a purchase. That means they need to create some kind of impressions with your company.

So, if you spend money on Facebook advertising, you also have to coordinate around your standard tactics. Send your postcards and other direct mail ads to tenants in the same area code.

It is ideal to start your Facebook business right before you submit your direct mail. Then keep those ads running for a while later to maximize your exposure.