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Time flies so fast! It seems like last week when October started. In less than 24 hours from now, another month is about to come! And hey, happy Halloween everyone! Enjoy but be safe please!

First of all, I want to express my gratitude from UP above for making me well and healthy from time to time. I have never been in my deepest moment in my life when I was confined for 25 days at the hospital. Thanks God, I am recovering now. I continue to hope and pray for full healing and recovery. Read more… »

It seems that somebody is traveling again soon. This will be my first official  travel in 2014. I am not really an official but I am  just saying that this will be my first  long trip  for this year.  This was already booked  last year and it was  very cheap considering all the things that are included in this holiday.

With this coming travel, I am already researching the main sights to see or things to do  in these places that we will be visiting.

The Doumo or Florence Cathedral during my visit in autumn 2013. It is also known as the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore.

We actually had a discount because we booked it earlier last November 2013. I received a travel flyer  saying that if we book it before November 11, we will have a discount of 200.00 Euros. This is really a great holiday package.  Read more… »

I was browsing some old photographs from my previous travels last night. I landed in one of the albums with 10GB used space in my external hard drive. This is the photo album during my previous vacation in England, almost five years ago.

Oh yes, it was a great trip in one of the beautiful countries in Europe called England, which is a part of United Kingdom. During that three weeks vacation, I was able to visit many places and cities including the famous birthplace of William Shakespeare called Stratford-Upon-Avon.

The remains of William Shakespeare inside Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. Taken in November 2008.

Other places and cities I visited include London, Windsor, Warwickshire, Birmingham, Yorkshire, Leeds, Manchester, Harrogate, Knaresborough and the others, I still have to browse in my album…so please be patient. Read more… »

I was browsing some photo albums this afternoon. I landed in one of  my  albums  taken in San Francisco, California. It is around 8 months now since my visit in this city. I experienced a lot there and I am so thankful about it. I only did not met good friends but I also experienced many interesting sights due to them.  To Ate Mary, Brianna and Jacky, thanks for being  great hosts  and  tour guides. I and my sister are forever grateful about it.  You are simply awesome!

CIMG4093The famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

San Francisco (Spanish for “Saint Francis”) was founded on June 29, 1776, when colonists from Spain established a fort at the Golden Gate and a mission named for St. Francis of Assisi a few miles away.  The California Gold Rush of 1849 brought rapid growth, making it the largest city on the West Coast at the time. Read more… »

London is a bustling city, full of frenetic noise and activity, which can make it tricky to find time for yourself. Having some ‘me time’ is important for your general well-being, so here are some top tips for the best places to relax in the capital.

Changing of Royal Guards in Buckingham Palace, London ©

London boasts many beautiful green spaces, and taking a book, a blanket and a picnic along to one of the city’s parks is a great way to spend an afternoon free from stress. Visit the sprawling 183-acre Greenwich Park for fantastic views of the city in a historical setting, or head to Hackney to London Fields to mingle with the capital’s trendiest residents.

Just keep an eye on the weather: when the sun comes out, Londoners habitually make a beeline for the nearest green spot, so you might need to get there early to stake your claim on a gorgeous patch of grass to stretch out on.

There are many museums and galleries in the capital, and you can’t do better than spending a few hours wandering around one getting lost in the exhibits. A little contemplation and quiet is a nice way to unwind, and there’s something to interest everyone, with the borough of Kensington being a particular cultural hotspot. Head to Kensington for the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum – fascinating places for a family day out.

There are plenty of markets to explore as well, if you find that browsing for a bargain helps you to relax. Enjoy a spot of retail therapy in Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane, which have excellent antique and vintage clothes selections. Alternatively, try Covent Garden for a more eclectic mix of novelties and gifts: you can sample some excellent street food while you’re shopping from the open air food stalls.

For more tips on how to relax in London, check out In the Know, a partnership between the Telegraph and American Express designed to share insider knowledge about London’s hidden gems. For all those impromptu purchases that put the spring back in your step, apply for an American Express credit card online, and earn exclusive membership reward points while you shop.

Crete has been a magnet for discerning tourists for decades. Each year thousands head for this Greek Island, drawn by the blend of all-year-round sun, natural beauty and down-to-earth charm. What makes this island paradise even more appealing these days is the array of top quality Hotels in Crete available. Below are the top hotels as rated by HolidayCheck customers ranked for value.

Hotel Galini Mare is situated on a rocky plateau above the beach and harbour of the picturesque fishing village of Agia Galini. Located on the south coast of Crete the hotel offers panoramic views of the harbour, the beach, the beautiful blue sea and the mountains. This hotel was built in 1982 but in 2010 it started a programme of modernisation. You can relax and take in the views under the shade of the impressive lemon tree or sit in the lovely courtyard and garden. The village Agia Galini itself stretches away up the hillside, like the ranks of an amphitheatre and thus offers many spectacular views of the surrounding area and the island of Paximadia which lies just off the coast. For those who wish to explore and see some local culture you will certainly get your value for money here. This village and its surroundings have much to offer and the friendly hotel staff are more than happy to offer advice.

In the middle of the small fishing village of ‘Bali’ built on a rock, is the 3-star hotel Bali Blue Bay. Bali offers splendid natural beauty that combines rolling mountains and beautiful clear blue waters. It is located 45 kilometres west of Heraklion and 30 kilometres from Rethymno, on the northern coast of Crete. Hotel services include reception, restaurant, bar, satellite TV, internet facility and roof swimming pool. The village offers a variety of restaurants and traditional tavernas with superb cuisine that is primarily based on fresh local fish. In the village you can enjoy sea view cafes, small shops, diving school, car rental, water sports, bars, discos, as well as clinic and pharmacy. This hotel offers fantastic views of the village’s small port, the wonderful blue sea and the open horizon. The sunrise and sunset can be enjoyed from the large terrace of the cafe – bar, and from the balconies of all the rooms. What distinguishes the Bali Blue Bay in addition to magnificent view, is the seamless service, the cleanliness, the comfort of the rooms, the friendly and warm family environment created by the staff.

The Hotel Corissia Beach is located on the sandy beach of Georgioupolis and is near Lake Kournas. The hotel is inspired by the natural beauty of its surroundings. This hotel is surrounded by lush vegetation and the beautiful blue Mediterranean Sea. Georgioupolis is a quiet picturesque resort village. The hotel is located 35 kilometres from Chania and 22 kilometres from Rethymnon. It is a 45 minute drive from Chania airport and 2 hours from Heraklion airport. The hotel offers holidaymakers an idyllic setting by the coast. Many of the facilities are shared with Corissia Princess next door in the Corrisia park complex. The facilities available include; 24 hour reception, a restaurant, poolside bar, lounge, pools and wireless internet. The veranda offers a beautiful view of the sea. There are a selection of rooms and apartments available. Most of the rooms have a sea or mountain/garden view and are available as single, double, triple and family rooms. Meals are served at the restaurant in Corissia Park. The restaurant is located right on the beach with and indoor area and a veranda. Morning and evening meals are served in buffet style however there is also an a la cart menu. Corrisia Park which is shared by Corrisia Beach hotel and their neighboring sister the 4 star Corrissia Princess hotel is the entertainment centre. It features a large swimming pool, TV area, sun beds and umbrellas on the lawn and beach and children’s playground. There is also a Diving Center a few minutes’ drive away and of course there is the beautiful Cretan countryside to enjoy. The Talos Express Train offers daily excursions to different destinations in the region. Evening entertainment includes Cretan folklore evenings, traditional dance performances and Cretan music.

Visit HolidayCheck for more information on a booking a Hotel in Crete and to start planning your holiday today.

One of my facebook friends just asked me if I already return from my US tour. Yes, I am! I am back to reality again. So what’s with my post title “Hello Las Vegas”? It’s not a big deal, right folks? I don’t want to say goodbye Las Vegas but I would love to say “Until then”. This simply means that I will be backed to Las Vegas in the future again.

It was actually my second visit in the “Gaming and Entertainment Capital of the World”. Every visit was unique and there were lots of great and memorable times. I am happy to meet my sisters in the United States. My second visit was great for me because I visited a lot of states cities in the US including Vancouver, Canada.

I  always wanted to share long travel stories but my time is always limited.  Besides there is a saying that says, “Pictures speaks a thousand words”, so here is an image of the famous Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas. I love watching this dancing water show…and will always will! famous Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.

We’ve all got our holiday favourites. For some, there’s no place better than the Algarve in Portugal; and it’s not hard to see why.

Bathed in sunshine throughout the summer months and offering a refreshing yet warm climate during the winter, Algarve holidays certainly put a tick in the ‘sun’ box. It’s got sea and sand catered for too, thanks to its long golden beaches, gently lapping shore and steep rocky cliffs that add a dramatic twist to this beautiful spectacle.

Keen golfers will get their fix in one of the dozens of different courses that pepper the Algarve region – some are sprawling 27-hole courses fit for the pros, while others are smaller affairs offering 9 or 18 holes with plenty of challenges thrown in. For families, the Algarve is well geared up and offers all manners of different activities for tots, teenagers and adults. From kids’ clubs to glass-bottomed boat trips, pedaloes to surfing lessons, you’ll find plenty going on here for all ages.

For older teens, couples or those that come here looking for a quick getaway with a decent nightlife, the Algarve has a number of resorts such as lively Albufeira that should suit you down to the ground. Or, why not inject a little culture into the mix by heading off to beautiful Lisbon for a day or two? It’s a good 3 hour drive from Faro but you can often find organised coach trips that will take you there and give you plenty of time to explore the city. Or you can combine your visit with an overnight stay to experience the bubbly nightlife too.

Whatever you fancy, you’ll find plenty of choice by booking through a tour operator. The likes of Direct Holidays are usually not just reliable but one of the cheapest too. You can book cheap holidays from Ireland with Direct Holidays to many different destinations – among them the Algarve – and benefit from affordable prices along with the package promise of return flights, quality accommodation, resort transfers and ATOL protection. It takes the stress out of holidays which means all you have to do is turn up and enjoy yourself!

If you’re into big nights out and long days on the beach, Ayia Napa is the place to be. This buzzing resort on the gorgeous island of Cyprus is all white sandy bays, turquoise shores and clear blue skies. It’s got Nissi Beach – arguably one of the best beaches in Europe, if not the world – and a host of ancient sights that adds to its picture-postcard beauty.

And if you’re on a tight budget? No problem. You can find everything from cheap clubbing holidays to low-cost entry to clubs – it’s the perfect way to get where you want to be without breaking the bank.

To start with, many tour operators offer low-cost package holidays to Cyprus and Ayia Napa, but if you’re looking for something cheaper still, check out a late deal for some serious savings. Book as late as you dare to snap up the best offers – often a week or two before departure – and then all that’s left to do is to pack your case and jet off to sunnier climes.

Or if you’re planning a group holiday – be it for a stag or hen do, a birthday celebration or just an excuse to get away with your favourite guys and girls – booking well ahead is usually the best way to go. Book as soon as the brochure hits the shelves – often up to a year or more before departure – and enjoy early bird discounts as well as the chance to split the cost of your holiday and pay it off in stages.

Whatever you plan to do on holiday in Ayia Napa and however you decide to book, one thing’s for sure – this is one heavyweight holiday destination that won’t let you down.

With five-star service, sumptuous food and a long list of destinations on offer, you’d be forgiven for thinking that cruise holidays come with a luxury price tag to match the experience. But with so much choice and a healthy supply of discounts on offer, cruises are just as attainable as your average beach holiday and what’s more, they offer much more value for money.

Sit back and relax while you’re whisked from one fantastic destination to another – whether it’s the stunning architecture of Barcelona, the cobbled streets of beautiful Lisbon or the azure seas of Corfu. Enjoy the opportunity to explore each new destination in your own time before returning to the ship and making your way to the next port of call. It’s a wonderfully easy and relaxing way to travel, and the perfect way to explore some of the most beautiful places in the world.
Even if you’re on a tight budget you’ll still find plenty of options. One of the best ways to save money on this style of holiday is to opt for last minute cruises. Like package holidays, the price of an all inclusive cruise usually drops the nearer you get to departure so try searching for cruises leaving within the next few weeks.

Alternatively, book well in advance – anything up to nine months or a year – which not only gives you the option of spreading the cost of your holiday but will usually offer early bird discounts too.

If you’re new to cruising and not sure what to expect, look out for special taster or mini cruises. These are usually just one or two nights long and focus more on the onboard experience than cramming in lots of destinations, although in some cases you’ll still get to visit one or two main ports. Try it – the chances are you won’t be disappointed!


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Traveling has always been her passion. Ruby wants to share her travels, adventures and personal experiences in Europe and maybe from around the world. The reason why Europe Travel Pad was created. Discover Europe virtually through this blog and travel with her as the journey goes on.