History Of Holiday Wreaths

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Wreaths are used since ages, examples are the ancient Rome and ancient Greece used wreaths as a headdress for the Olympic prizes, battle or military heroes, emperors and so on. It is also said that in ancient times, Romans used wreaths as a victory sign as well. Let us make a distinction here between different types of wreaths used in the past as we have some historical facts before us. In past the laurel wreaths were meant for athletes and the wreaths made of olive branches were used for military or battle heroes. The Christmas wreaths symbolize how life overcome the forces of winter. Wreaths are also used as symbol of welcome to all guests. Wreaths are mostly in circular shape without having the starting or ending point. Due to its unique design, these are considered as the symbol of faith and also represent the mercy and eternity of God during the Christmas Eve. Different colors used in wreath or the leaves represent different things. For instance, the evergreen leaves and branches in the wreath symbolize the everlasting life and the love of God. On the other hand, the green color also signifies the new life and hope and sometimes also peace.

In past, the Christmas wreaths were made of plants which were capable of maintaining their green shades throughout the entire year. Those wreaths were usually made of pine, holly and ivy. The purpose behind those wreaths was to show that the life is everlasting and the greenness of the leaves in the winter season truly symbolizes this fact.

Most of the people around the world relate the holiday wreaths to the Christmas wreaths. But in fact, there are certain other kinds of wreaths also. An important thing here to mention is that wreaths never have any special connection to any particular religion. This is a common thought of many of the people that wreaths are meant to be in connection with some specific religion. Nowadays, wreaths are made from plastic, artificial flowers and fresh flowers along with other leaves, berries and branches. Many people used them as a decoration on their doors, windows, fireplaces and even on tables.

These are now made almost the whole year and not confined to the winter season. No matter what is the purpose behind using these wreaths, they are surely a great way to express one feeling either by using it as a decoration or giving it as a gift on special events.

Sofitel Opens New Thalassotherapy Spa Hotel In Agadir, Morocco

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Sofitel Luxury Hotels has added a new property to its portfolio of luxury hotels with the opening of the new Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa in Morocco.

The new 174-room property is focused on providing well-being experiences and pampering Morocco holidays for tourists and features a thalassotherapy institute that can help guests enjoy a healthy detox experience.

The five-star hotel has its own private beach on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and visitors can enjoy contemporary accommodation and high end facilities throughout their stay.

The spacious guest rooms and suites offer private furnished terraces and balconies with views overlooking the pool or ocean; modern amenities including TVs, Wi-Fi, in-room safe, mini-bar, air conditioning, and hairdryer; and bathrooms with colour-therapy showers and L’Occitane complimentary bath products.

Tourists booking holidays in Morocco at the hotel will be able to enjoy a wide range of nourishing marine and seawater treatments at The Institute and the spa, using a combination of ancient Moroccan traditions and high-tech advances.

The facility offers a fitness centre, Hammam, Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor heated pools, sauna, thermal baths and thalassotherapy
The thalassotherapy services include 16 booths where guests can enjoy massages with Argan oil and other essential oils.

Robert Gaymer Jones, the CEO of Sofitel Worldwide, commented: I am delighted to welcome this new flagship hotel to our network of Sofitel Thalassa Sea & Spa establishments.

The Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa offers the best of todays thalassotherapy treatments, paired with Sofitels inimitable standards and is incontestably the new well-being reference in Morocco.

During their soothing and detoxifying holidays to Morocco, holidaymakers can dine in the hotels three gourmet restaurants: L’Atlantique with its choice of fresh seafood; Le Market which offers international dishes with seasonal produce and an outdoor terrace; or Le Palais Du Jardin, an elegant restaurant that offers a sophisticated setting for evening meals.

Owned by Accor Hotels, the Sofitel brand operates five luxury Morocco hotels and the latest addition to the collection has been created to offer a unique well-being experience for travellers with the help of an onsite dietician, naturopath and professional spa therapists.

Morocco is a country in North Africa located south of Spain with a coastline spreading across both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

Located in south-west Morocco, the coastal city of Agadir is a popular destination for a winter Morocco holiday and is home to traditional bazaars, beautiful beaches, several museums, and the majestic 16th-century Kasbah.

Top 5 Luring Beaches Of Auckland

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With number of spectacular beaches strewn all over, Auckland is among the top beach destinations in the world. Millions of adventure junkies are on a perennial lookout for air tickets to Auckland merely for indulging in popular activities of the beaches like sunbathing, scuba diving and snorkelling, swimming, and surfing.

However, the problem of plenty leaves holidaymakers in dilemma and half of them spend their holidays wandering around the city in search of stunning beaches. Read on and get acquainted with top 5 beaches which are must-visit and are popular lures of Auckland.

Piha Beach
Auckland’s most famous west coast Piha Beach boasts miles of black sand, crystal clear waters, and the gallant Lion Rock that stands like a guard over the beach. The beach is backed by Waitakere Ranges and is surrounded by verdant parklands of sub-tropical forest. Overwhelming sense of peace and the breathtaking spectacle of glossy waters of the wild Tasman Sea are the ideal pay-offs for the efforts invested in netting cheap airline tickets to New Zealand. Indulge in exhilarating water activities like swimming and surfing, amble along the tranquil beach and drink in its glorious grace!

Karekare Beach
One of the wild beaches of the West Coast, Karekare Beach feasts the eyes with picturesque vista of boisterous waters trying hard to meet the serene sky. Black sand, stony shards fenced with hills and smashing waves greets the visitor with warmth. Part of Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Karekare Beach is an ideal spot for enjoying the ecstatic rewards of isolation. Here, the booming surf hits you with thunder, splashing waves create a symphony and the spectacular vistas caress the senses.

Whatipu Beach
On the south of Karekare and on the shore of Manukau Harbour, Whatipu Beach is a worthy destination for spell-binding experience. After the 40 minutes drive from central Auckland, its great to revel in the magnificence of black sand, coastal dunes and wetlands. Soothing ambience fills the heart with utmost ecstasy and volcanic black sand and large cave stuns almost every traveller.

Muriwai Beach
Muriwai Beach is home to gannet breeding colonies. Black sand and pine forest punctuates the charm of this mesmerizing beach. Muriwai Beach offers great walking tracks in the area, wood hill forest for mountain biking, and finest cafs. Travellers grabbing air tickets to Auckland must visit the beach for having a rewarding experience.

Te Henga (Bethells) Beach
Te Henga (Bethells) Beach is among the most beautiful beaches in Auckland. The beach is an archetype of unspoilt beauty of nature. The beach has no unwanted construction. Sand dunes, black sand and Lake Wainamu accentuate the appeal of the beach. The beach is a popular spot for fishing and moseying.

For A Seasoned Traveler – Qinghai Lake In China

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Qinghai is the most scarcely populated province of China. The city covers a huge size of 72,000 square kilometers, which is approximately the area of France. Bordered by Tibet and Xinjiang, this land is the home of many mysterious Chinese civilizations. A China visa holder should definitely use the opportunity of visiting this mysterious land and know more about its culture. However, those who do not own a Chinese visa can easily apply and get one!

The most popular touristic destination of the place is the Qinghai Lake. This lake covers an area of approximately 6000 sq km and lies in the west of the Xining city. Therefore, if a Chinese visa holder visits the province, he must definitely visit the lake for a peaceful and breathtaking experience. This water body is the most visited place of the city and the surrounding mountains, adds to the beauty of the place. It is a salty lake that is one of the most treasured sites in the world.

The meaning of the word Qinghai is blue sea and the abundance of fish in the region makes it appropriate. One such popular fish species found here is Huangyu, which is abundantly found in the Qinghai Lake. The primary quality of the fish is that it does not have scales and is delicious to eat. Although, species of this fish is on the verge of extinction but still many farms grow it on their own. A Chinese visa tourist can grab this delicacy of the place at any restaurant of the place. However, you will not derive any fishing pleasure out of it. If a China visa holder has special love for fish, then visiting the place becomes must for him!

The Lake is not only rich in its outer beauty but also has some scientific importance. The depth of the lake is approximately 20 m, which contains an abundance of various minerals like sodium etc. If a China visa traveler has inclination towards science then he should definitely visit the place to know more!

Qinghai is also a major breeding ground as it falls in the way of many birds that are migrating to Asia in summer. Thus, a Chinese visa holder can find a lot of bird’s nest and eggs throughout the place. During peak season, a China visa holder can easily see these eggs lying on the ground and thousands of adult birds in the skyline above the lake. Some of the major species that come to the place are Albatross and swans. However, a China visa holder can also come across many other species of world. This it is a unique opportunity for all the Chinese visa holders to view this scenic beauty.

Rapid Visas is located in London, and highly experienced in obtaining China visa, be it for short term or long term visits to China.

African Safari Vacations

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Africa is a continent with diverse and rich resources, and to explore such a vast region, a traveler can undertake either a relaxing campfire vacation or an adventure wildlife tour. Safari vacations are not just restricted to game reserves; in fact, they offer a complete package where one can relax in the slower and quieter environment of the wilderness, far from the hectic world of the city life.

Although game viewing is the core of safari vacations, you may also indulge in diverse activities such as ballooning, birding, canoeing or interacting with the local peoples. Many safari lodges also offer guided nature walks that provide interesting information about indigenous plant species found in Africa. Safari lodges, which are also known as ‘bush hotels’, offer a quintessential African experience, and most travelers would love to stay in such a lodge during their African vacation. Most of these safari lodges offer amenities at par with urban hotels, and include all meals and activities.

While on an African safari vacation, one should be updated about the weather conditions of the region. Generally, national parks are best visited in dry seasons when the roads are easier to negotiate and the wildlife tends to congregate at waterholes. However, some parks, like Serengeti and Kalahari, are at their best during the rainy months, when migrating herds trail over grasslands that are completely waterless in the dry season.

Some of the popular safari vacation packages are Kilimanjaro Climbs, Rail Tours of Africa, Family Safaris, Walking Safaris, Escorted Holidays, Flora & Garden Holidays, Spa Destinations, Golf Safaris, Fly-In & Transfer and Adventure Safaris. A traveler might choose any of the above-mentioned safaris; however, in order to spot wildlife during your tour, it is advisable to book a safari that includes a ranger and tracker in the deal.

Atlantic Realty Offers Big Savings On Obx Vacations For Marathon Runners

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Runners often seek OBX vacations because our part of the country is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. For runners, the Outer Banks is perfect because of our mild temperatures and constant ocean breeze. The very popular Outer Banks Marathon is a 3 day event coming up on Veterans Day weekend (November 9-11) that allows running enthusiasts to experience how special OBX vacations are. This is the 7th running of the marathon and the weekend offers something for everyone. Atlantic Realty is happy to offer big savings for runners on our Outer Banks vacation condos and homes.

If youre not a runner those planning their OBX vacations in early November will still enjoy the race. What makes the Outer Banks Marathon unique is the Beat the Bridge aspect of the race. Runners have until 1:00 to make it over the bridge at mile 22. To Beat the Bridge runners need to maintain a pace of 16 minutes per mile. The marathon includes different races including a full and half marathon, a wheelchair division, and the Outer Banks 8K. The Outer Banks 8K is a back yard tour of the Outer Banks, starting in Kill Devil Hills and continuing through the Nags Head Woods Maritime Forrest. It is partially on a dirt road and walker-friendly.

OBX vacations are best in the fall when the crowds die down and runners will experience a great atmosphere of support for this years marathon. Our Outer Banks vacation condos are perfect for athletes, their families, or fans of the event. Atlantic is offering runners lots of specials so plan your OBX vacations with us. For marathon runners Atlantic is offering free early check in and late check outs.

Atlantic Realty also makes runners OBX vacations relaxing with a discounted spa package that includes a massage. Its the perfect way to wind down after a grueling run! Vacationers can also enjoy our Outer Banks vacation condos with a gift basket that includes fresh fruit, bagels, and more. Atlantic Realty is also offering runners who stay at our Outer Banks vacation condos with discounted coupons and/or gift certificates to Outer Banks Running Company.

So remember to choose Atlantic Realtys Outer Banks vacation condos available to runners, family, and fans of the Outer Banks Marathon. Atlantic looks forward to seeing all the fans and runners on your OBX vacations in November, and wishes all the runners good luck in the race.

An Exclusive India Holiday Tour Package

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Holidays, welcomed by one and all, are the best way to have an escape from the tedious daily routine. They rejuvenate you from within and are certainly the best way to make life all the more meaningful. Well, in order to make the most of your holidays, one thing you can always think of is India Holiday Tour Package. As is evident, India Holiday Tour Package is all about the pleasure trip to the various Tourists Destinations in India. The moment you decide to avail India Holiday Tour Package, you are completely freed from the constant worry of Air Ticketing, Car Rental, Hotel Booking and even the excursions. All in all, India Holiday Tour Package is the way to go if you are really looking for hassle-free, comfortable and fun filled traveling moments.

Attractive Tourist Places To Visit In India:
Kerala The Green Paradise
There is no exaggeration in terming Kerala the green paradise of India. The arresting hill stations, the dazzling backwaters, the breathtaking waterfalls, the widespread beautiful beaches, the exotic wildlife sanctuaries and the national parks, everything in Kerala is worth visiting. As well, the beautiful historic cities and towns are other major Tourist Attractions in Kerala. Choose the time between March and September to visit Kerala.

Kashmir The Heaven Of India
The northern state of India, Kashmir is considered as the heaven of India. The enchanting Mughal gardens and the Srinagar houseboats are major Tourist Attractions of Kashmir. Also, Pahalgam and Gulmarg are other awe-inspiring places that greatly elate the tourists. Plan your visit between March and November to visit Kashmir.

Uttarakhand The Divine Land
The land of Gods, Uttarakhand is located in the northern part of India. Known for tranquility, it is certainly the best place to visit if you want to escape from the noisy environment of the city. The Tourists Destinations in Uttarakhand are Haridwar, Char Dham, Panch Kedar, Hemkund sahib, Devprayag, and Mansarovar Kailash. You can visit Uttarakhand anytime between April and June as well as between September and November.

Besides, there are Goa, the Land of Beaches; Darjeeling, the Queen of Hills; Kullu Manali, The Snow-point; Taj Mahal, The Symbol of Love; and much more to explore in India.

Are you looking for attractive India Holiday Tour Package but still didnt find the right Tour Operator? If yes, then you surely need to get to know Travel Force India. Counted as a renowned Tour Operator in Indian Tour & Travel Industry, it is one-stop destination to find the best India Tour Packages. Right from North India Tour, Group Tour To India, West India Tour, South India Tour, and to East India Tour, the India Tour Packages cover various tours. As well, you can avail the services such as Car Rental, Air Ticketing, Hotel Booking, etc. from Travel Force India. To get comprehensive information about Travel Force India as well as the various Holidays Tour Packages and Summer Holiday Packages in India

British Virgin Islands Change Marriage Law To Make It Easier For Couples Planning Destination Weddings

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The British Virgin Islands Government has made it easier for foreign couples to get married on the Caribbean nation after it amended the Marriage Act and shortened the residency waiting period from three days to just 24 hours.

Brides and grooms planning destination weddings in the British Virgin Islands can now start the wedding application process online before they arrive by submitting their details through the new Civil Registry Information System (CRIS).

Before the changes came into effect on 3rd September, 2012, couples had to stop at three different locations to get the information for their marriage licence application. Now, all brides and grooms have to do is go to the Civil Registry, show their identification, proof of marital status, apply for the licence, get the marriage certificate, and provide two witnesses.

The Special Licence costs $220 and the Ordinary Licence is $120 and once obtained, couples can host their romantic Caribbean weddings as soon as 24 hours after arrival.

The British Virgin Islands offer plenty of idyllic settings for tropical island weddings and loved-up couples can choose from beach weddings at sunset, ceremonies in fragrant oceanfront gardens, and nuptials in historic ruins.

On this paradisiacal Caribbean destination couples have several picturesque islands to choose from for their weddings abroad including the main island Tortola with its white sandy beaches, ancient ruins and verdant emerald mountains; Virgin Gorda where couples can escape to secluded coves or explore lush national parks; and Anegada, a coral island that is encircled by the thriving Horseshoe Reef and shallow turquoise waters.

The changes to the British Virgin Islands Marriage Act are expected to attract even more engaged couples from abroad, especially as the trend of destination weddings spreads across the world.

According to Mintel Research, one in five couples are now getting married abroad and the Caribbean is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world. Hotels and resorts in the region offer customised value for money wedding packages and newlyweds can extend the special occasion with a romantic honeymoon where they can relax on pristine beaches, swim in warm turquoise ocean waters, and enjoy a choice of tours, excursions and fun activities both on land and in the water.

Advices how to choose a hotel

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Book hotels in advance. Hotel prices tend to rise during holidays and seasonal days. You can save 30-40 % by making a booking 2-3 months in advance.

2. Book hotels located near a public transport like a metro/station. Remember that large cities always have traffic jams. Thats why a metro/station can come in handy.

3. The hotel must be easily accessible from the airport/railway/seaport/carpark you are going to use.

4. Remember: the hotel must be reasonably priced, but not too cheap to avoid disappointments.

5. Dont be afraid to book the hotel by yourself. It is cheaper than using the travel agencies where they charge you with a commission. You will also have time to read hotel reviews on the Internet before making your choice.

6. Pay attention to the check in and check out time of the hotels. In general the hotels have a check-in time of 12.00 pm or later, while some tourists arrive at the city in the morning.

7. Once you have chosen your hotel, make sure you find a map or a tourist guide of the region. Most of the hotels will provide you with the information you need. That way you will have time to plan your vacation on an efficient way.

8. If you only plan to eat and sleep in the hotel choose a hotel near the centre of the city. If you are a creative person, consider to book a design hotel.

9. When you book hotels located in the centre of the city, make sure that the window is faced inside the hotel. That would allow you to avoid traffic noise during the night, which is a problem in the centre of the city.

10. Pay attention to small details: room service, smoking or not, check for noise isolation on the windows, availability of a swimming pool, gym and so on.

11. When booking a room in a warm country, make sure that the room has an air-conditioner. Often hotels only mention their air conditioning in the hotel facilities.

12. Try to find a hotel with a possibility to use a taxi transfer to the hotel. That way you dont pay too much for a local taxi. Besides, if you dont know the local language, you might even lose more time.

Stay Safe in Parga Hotels on Your Holiday Trip

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Travelers love to go around the world and experience new things. They will never leave any stone unturned in order to look for the exciting fun filled trips to ancient cities. Greece has been a favorite of all the travelers from different parts of the world due to its fascinating history and stories related to it. since time ages, a large number of travelers go around the Greece to know the secrets of beautiful women, strong men and gorgeous landscapes which appear to be out of this world with all the features they got. Even though the times have evolved, but people are still captivated by the beauty of this land. Parga city is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with gorgeous beaches and wonderful landscapes. Due to the large turnouts of the travelers, the Parga Hotels are placed in such manner that the travelers can enjoy all the sceneries together. Along with enjoying the beauty, it is also very important to maintain the safety during the holiday period.

A large number of travelers from different parts of the world suffer during their holiday trips due to several reasons. Either they will not take care of the stuff they are carrying around or are not agile during the traveling or commuting. All these matters can affect the holiday making it the worst-case scenario instead of your dream holiday. The hotels in parga city are available for booking to everyone however before going ahead with the booking keep the few things in mind like:

Hotel must be located in a good location which is safe

Staff should be friendly and cooperative

They should be rated good on the travel websites

Services should be charged well

Pickup and drop facility from airport

Safety vaults for expensive stuff

Travel guidance to the first time travelers

Not all these factors are known before the booking or you have arrived to the parga hotels. However, one can find out whether a hotel is good or not by reading the reviews about them or putting questions on their customer care page. Apart from all this the travelers should be extra little careful about the trip. They should avoid carrying expensive stuff or large amount of money with them. You can utilize those travel cards authorized for international use otherwise keep little amount of cash with you. Do not travel alone with unknown people in unknown city. You are a traveler, this is your trip and you have to make it exciting.

Bella Williams is an explorer by profession and a part time writer, she likes to share her travel experience through writing. At present she is writing about her thrilling Holidays in Parga. Find more information Click Here.