Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ashford Castle, Ireland

Ashford Castle – A Medieval Castle 

Ashford Castle is a medieval castle which has been extended over the centuries and converted into a five star luxury hotel near Cong on the Mayo-Galway border, on Lough Corrib shores in Ireland. It is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World organisation and earlier was owned by the Guinness family. It is one of the oldest castles in Ireland which dates back to 1228 and fits into every person’s fantasy of a medieval fortress with soaring turrets with breath-taking views of Lough Corrib together with a resident ghost.

The rooms and suites comprises of traditional design with original features which are well restored together with the modern amenities of a luxury hotel, Its rural setting accommodates a host of outdoor activities which include golf, fly-fishing, horseback riding as well as hawk flying overseen by Ireland’s first school of falconry. The hotel historical and sprawling atmosphere makes it an appropriate setting for couples who can relax in the treatment rooms or dine in some of their choice restaurants together with the elegant George V Restaurant or the tradition Cullen’s at the cottage.

Imposing Structure – Stood the Test of Time

Situated in the heart of County Mayo in western Ireland, this amazing castle dates back to the 12th century and has stood the test of time inside the imposing structure of the castle. Its richly decorated interior conveys centuries of care and excellent craftsmanship together with its amazing oak panelling, exquisite antiquities and fine antique furnishing that adorn the several nooks and crannies as well as the leisurely drawing rooms with refined Prince of Wales Cocktail Bar.

Its luxury accommodations are largely spacious and individually designed with elegant furnishings, marble bathrooms with the comforts of gracious living. Every bedroom portrays a magnificent view either across the beautiful gardens, flowing river or the wide waters of Lough Corrib. The rooms are decorated in cheerful pastels with two dining rooms and three bars with traditional afternoon tea served in the drawing room. An array of outdoor activities is offered with three running trails, two tennis courts, archery and falconry lessons together with a tour boat which docks at the castle’s jetty twice a day in order to take the guest across the Lake Corrib. They also provide tours led by pony drawn carriages or traps around the ground.

Privilege of a World Renowned Culinary Experience

One can have the privilege of a world renowned culinary experience, dining at Ashford Castle where the George V Room offers elegant dining in the midst of period décor and a world class menu of modern Irish as well as international cuisine. The Connaught Room is a more intimate venue from May to September offering the most gourmet cuisine specialising in French a la Carte, which are prepared from a Michelin Star Chef of the highest standard.

For a more casual and a traditional dinner, Cullen’s Cottages situated on the grounds, is less than a two minutes’ walk from the castle. The Dungeon Bar with resident entertainers provides traditional Irish music, ballads, poetry as well as storytelling as part of an evening entertainment. Ashford also has one of the advanced Equestrian Centres in the country with Ireland’s first Falconry School providing rare opportunities to handle birds of prey. Plenty of entertainment and enjoyment lies in stores for those intending to visit Ashford Castle and explore this amazing medieval castle.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku – Capital & Largest City of Azerbaijan

Bakuis the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan and also the largest city on the Caspian Sea as well as of the Caucasus region, located 28 metres below sea level. It makes the lowest lying national capital in the world as well as the largest city in the world that is located below sea level. It is situated on the southern shore of Absheron Peninsula that projects in the Caspian Sea comprising of two principal sections, the downtown area and the old Inner City. Baku’s urban population at the beginning of 2009 was over two million inhabitants and officially around twenty five percent of the inhabitants live in Baku’s metropolitan area.It is one of the most beautiful world’s cities at the joint of Europe and Asia.

The port city of Baku, the industrial, cultural as well as the political capital of Azerbaijan, located on the western Caspian seaside is rich in oil fields and it has 11 administrative districts and 5 townships. Baku is also the largest cultural centre of Azerbaijan. It is the place where a national theatre, the first of its kind lifted the curtain where the first opera was performed. The first Azerbaijan newspaper was published as well as the first library was opened here

Largest Industrial Centre

Presently, Baku is known to have around thirty museums, seven theatres, eleven institutions of higher studies, philharmonic, opera theatre, cinema theatres, film studio and libraries which are accommodated in the city’s most beautiful buildings with interior decoration that are every bit amazing as their interior cultural content.Being the largest industrial centre, it is the place of ancient oil fields, popular Oil Stones, unique plant of deep water foundation, modern drilling floating units and high capacity derrick barges.

 Moreover it is also famous for developed oil refineries, petrochemicals, chemical, light food, engineering branches of industries together with oil equipment production, building material, instruments, radio electronics and electrical well as shipbuilding. In addition to this, Baku is also a large rail junction as well as a port terminal in the Caspian Sea and from 1967; the Baku underground was operational in the capital.

Old City/Icheri Sheher – Inner City

Interesting site of Baku is the Old City which is enclosed within the fortress wall or Icheri Sheher – Inner City and this open air museum along with the popular Maiden Tower which is located here is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The fortress architectural appearance is different from its unique originality and contains 44 monument of medieval architecture which includes the unique Palace of the Shirvanshahs, earlier residence of the rulers of Shirvan.

A Zoroastrian monument – fire worshipers’ temple `Ateshgah’, is around 30 km away from Baku in Surakhani village. Some distance further in the village of Gobustan is a rare monument of world culture one of earliest centres of human civilization with 4,000 rock drawings of people and animals and this historical art reserve has also been listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. There are several shopping centres, boutiques, exhibition venues, restaurants together with world famous brands hotel. Baku is an amazing place to explore with its wonderful architectural appearance.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv – 2nd Largest City in Bulgaria/Oldest City in Europe

Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria after the capital Sofia and one of the oldest cities in Europe. It is situated in the huge plain between the Rhodope Mountains towards the south of Bulgaria and the Balkan Range, or Old Mountains – Stara Planina, which runs through the centre of Bulgaria. Both the ranges are visible on clear days. The River Maritsa flows through the city towards southeast before forming the Greek/Turkey border to the Aegean Sea.

As of June 2013, it had a population of 341,041 inhabitants. It is the administrative centre of Plovdiv Province as well as the municipalities of the City of Plovdiv, Maritsa municipality together with Rodopi municipality where the population of the municipal body was 403,153 in February 2011. Moreover, it is also an important economic, cultural, transport, as well as an educational centre and the second largest city in the historical international region of Thrace after Istanbul and the tenth largest city in the Balkans after Istanbul, Athens, Belgrade, Bucharest, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Skopje, Tirana and Zagreb.

Traces of Neolithic Settlement – 4000 BC

Plovdiv has a history of 6,000 years with traces of Neolithic settlements which dates roughly to 4000 BC and is ranked among the world’s oldest cities. The city is also known for most of its recorded history in the west by the Greek name – Philippoupolis, introduced in 340 BC. Plovdiv originally was a Thracian city which later became a Greek city and thereafter a major Roman city. During the Middle Age, it retained its strategic regional importance changing between Byzantine and Bulgarian Empires and came under Ottoman rule towards the 14th century.

Plovdiv was liberated from Ottoman rule by the Russian army on January 4, 1878 and remained within the borders of Bulgaria till July that year and then became the capital of the autonomous Ottoman region of Eastern Rumelia. Plovdiv and Eastern Rumelia in 1885 became part of Bulgaria.Presently Plovdiv is a famous tourist destination and has several interesting places to explore It is also well-known for hosting the Plovdiv international Fair twice a year as well as for its ancient sites.

Host to Cultural Events 

Plovdiv is also a host to cultural events like the International Fair Plovdiv, the international theatrical festival `A stage on a crossroad’ and the TV festival `The golden chest’. It has several remains which have been preserved from antiquity like the ancient Plovdiv Roman theatre, Roman Stadium, Roman Odeon, the archaeological complex Firene, to mention a few. The American educational institution outside United States is the oldest which was founded in Plovdiv in 1860, was later moved to Sofia and is presently American College of Sofia. Old Plovdiv is compact and walk able and the main downtown road tends to get blocked to traffic. One will find a good collection of Bulgarian revival buildings which are used as museums, restaurants and hotels that are worth visiting.

The Roman Amphitheatre which was discovered in 1970 during a construction project which is nearby and a part of the pedestrian zone has merchants selling art together with other interesting items Besides one can visit St. Marina church which has an unique wooden tower, a mosque from the Ottoman Empire and the nearby hill, the old town center which has a famous gateway entrance. Plenty of interesting sites lies in store to be explored while holidaying in Plovdiv.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

How to Find Properties Abroad

Properties abroad
Online portals provide the user with immense knowledge and information which is easy and convenient. A wide variety of views, reviews, briefing, explanation and information can be availed for service providers catering to the needs of viewers. Information with regards to private properties abroad can also be traced in the internet world which features the latest updates and availability of the same with the opportunity to relax in great comfort at any of these favourable destinations. Private rental holiday houses and luxury villas are available in France, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Thailand, Switzerland and Spain and those interested in renting at these destinations could get in touch with them to complete the required formalities and sign to confirm the booking conditions.

Range of Luxury Villas

The provider has a range of luxury villas and properties and clients could check and make their choice from the various destination options made available to the viewers. The properties mentioned are private residence which is not available to all and interested individual could mention their preferences, likes, dislikes and requirements with regards to the property of their choice which will be taken care of by their service team on board. Viewers could also check on the booking conditions which are available on the brochure and make a note that a booking is accepted and becomes legally binding only when a confirmation receipt is issued to the buyer. It is essential to be aware of the terms and conditions prior to any decision or deal undertaken.

Enjoyable Stay At Amazing Destinations

Some of the conditions applicable are that when a booking is cancelled, the same will only be acceptable in writing and signed by the person who had originally signed the booking form and in case of a cancellation some charges would be applicable. The seller would also be entitled to retain a certain sum due to expenses related to clerical, administration etc. incurred in connection with the booking and cancellation. Should the amount exceed the proportion of the forfeited charges retained by the seller, the client would be liable to pay the said amount. Clients should take note of the terms and conditions and have an enjoyable stay at some of these most amazing destinations in the world.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius, Lithuania
Vilnius – The Largest & Capital City of Lithuania 

Vilnius, the capital and the largest city of Lithuania lies in the valley of the confluence of Neris and Vilnia rivers having 527,930 inhabitants. It is located in the southeast area of Lithuania and is the second biggest city of the Baltic States.

The area was occupied since the Mesolithic Age though it became a capital city from 1323, when the Grand Duke Gediminas got his seat transferred from Trakai to Vilnius. The word Vilnius is the masculine form of the river’s name, Vilnia which is feminine and is referred to the river surge. A monument to Gemiminas is placed in the Cathedral Square near the site of the former pagan temple and the Grand Duke is depicted when he had made a final decision, dismounted from his horse and had blessed the land to be the capital with its glory echoing like an iron wolf sound all over the world.

Vilnius is the seat of the Vilnius city municipality as well as of the Vilnius district municipality besides being the capital of Vilnius County. The first know records of this amazing destination as the Lithuanian capital was known from Gediminas’ letters in the year 1323.

Known for Old Town & Beautiful Architecture 

According to GaWC studies, Vilnius is categorized as a Gamma global city and is known for its Old Town with beautiful architecture. Moreover in 1994, this city had also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Till the 20th century, the Jewish influence led it to be described as the `Jerusalem of Lithuania’. As Napoleon passed through it in the year 1812, he had named it `the Jerusalem of the North’. Towards 2009, Vilnius became the European Capital of Culture along with the Austrian city of Linz. Vilnius is a cosmopolitan city having diverse architecture with 65 churches in and around Vilnius.

The city was developed around its Town Hall like most of the medieval town where its main artery, Pilles Street connects the Royal Palace with the Town Hall. One will find the most valuable historic as well as cultural sites here.

The buildings in the old town which are around 1,500, were built many centuries ago which has created a blend of various architectural style and though Vilnius is known as a Baroque city, one will come across examples of Gothic, Renaissance together with many other styles. This combination is also a gateway to the historic centre of the capital due to which it has been listed as the world heritage site.

Laser & Solar Technologies Manufacturers

Presently Vilnius has growing local advanced laser and solar technologies manufacturers’ centres successfully supplying their products to global markets. The Barclays Technology Centre was established in 2009 in Vilnius and is one of the four strategic engineering global centres. Vilnius has been a home to Eastern Orthodox Christian presence from the 13th or the 12th century and a famous Russian Orthodox Monastery of the Holy is placed near the Gate of Dawn, in Lithuania.

The Church of St. Michael as well as St. Constantine was built in 1913 and presently, a Supreme Council of the Old Believers is based in Vilnius. Several numbers of Christian and other Protestant groups are represented in Vilnius especially the Lutheran Evangelicals and the Baptists. Vilnius is an amazing destination and one will get enthralled exploring the various interest sites in and around this destination.