Aberdeen, the 'Silver City' in the county of Aberdeenshire, is located 117 miles north-east of Edinburgh on the North Sea coast between the mouths of the rivers Don and Dee, and is Scotland's third largest metropolis. Due to the enormous supply of crude oil from the North Sea, it is often called Oil Capital of Europe thereby achieving the status of Offshore Capital of Europe. Aberdeen is also is often called the "Granite City" because of its buildings, which are constructed largely of pink and gray granite.Aberdeen has a total population of about 212,125, and ethnic groups comprised of English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Ulster, West Indians, Indians, Pakistanis, and others. The city experiences a temperate climate with an overall temperature of 46.2 degrees Fahrenheit (7.9 Celsius.) May to September is the best time to visit, with long hours of daylight. Aberdeen International Airport is situated 7 miles from the city centre in Dyce and offers a wide range of domestic and some international flights like British Airways, BMI, Easyjet etc. Buses are operated by First Group, Stagecoach Group, and First Aberdeen, which has the largest share of routes with 22 services running throughout the city. Aberdeen also has regular rail services to Glasgow and Edinburgh, including long distance trains to London. Regular trains run north westerly towards Inverness and north to Dyce for the airport.Main tourist attractions in Aberdeen include Aberdeen Art Gallery, displaying a diverse collection of works of art, such as work by the Impressionists and the Scottish Colorists; Provost Ross' House, the third oldest dwelling in Aberdeen; James Duns house, now a museum featuring temporary exhibitions; Adens Country Park, which covers about 230 acres on the Buchan Estate which dates from the 18th Century; King's College Conference Centre; Provost Skenes House, a good example of early burgh architecture; Braemar Castle, built in 1628 by the Earl of Mar; Doonies farm, one of the largest collections in Scotland of endangered breeds of farm animals; the Northeast Falconry Visitor Center, featuring spectacular falcons, owls and eagles and regular daily flying demonstrations; and Marischal College. There are several family-run Bed and Breakfasts, guest houses, and hotels in Aberdeen. Visitors can check out a wide choice of Aberdeen hotels for free from the link below. Some of the best theaters can be found at King Street, Tarves, Union Street, and Rosemount Viaduct, whilst Market Street, Nicholas Lane and Union Street house some of the best nightclubs and pubs. As for shoppers, the main shopping districts focus on specialty shops such as those on Chapel and Thistle streets, as well as the reputed chains on George and Union streets.The citys most popular festivals and events include Aberdeen International Youth Festival, with around 1000 young people from the world's finest youth orchestras, bands, dance and theatre groups coming together; Aberdeen Jazz Festival; Aberdour Festival, music, dance and creativity from around the world including bellydancing, henna painting, tabla drumming etc; Aberdeen Highland Games, competitions showcasing the skills of sportspeople, dancers and musicians from all over Scotland; Devron Festival, celebrating years of musical fireworks; and the Spirit of Speyside Whiskey Festival.
Every July, Perugia hosts the Umbria Jazz Festival, one of the most popular jazz events in Europe. And every year since 1973, this beautiful medieval hill city has drawn thousands of music lovers, young and old, from all over the world, to play and hear all styles of jazz. Local performers get a chance to jam with the experts and the streets are filled with people carrying instruments to concerts and music sessions.Along with the indoor paid-entrance venues, the festival offers many outdoor concerts free to the public a generous offer that makes a visit to this festival much less expensive that it might otherwise be. From the middle of the day until late at night, youll be entertained by top quality musical performances. These can be found along the Corso Vannucci and in the Piazza IV Novembre the citys historic main square as well as the public gardens, known as the Giardini Carducci. The streets are still crowded well after midnight, with appreciative music fans enjoying impromptu concerts and singing, dancing, eating and drinking.The best jazz can be heard in two magnificent opera houses, the 18th-century Teatro Morlacchi, and Teatro Pavone, dating from the 19th-century. These wonderfully elegant spaces with their domed ceilings and several storeys of box seats, make your musical experience all the more memorable. In contrast, you can also hear big name performers play in the sports stadium, the Santa Guiliana Arena, that holds up to 5,000 people, but you will have to book early for good seats. Tickets are required for most performances, but since prices can be as little as 10 euro, concerts are very affordable.You will also find jazz being played in smaller, more intimate venues, such as the Rocca Paolina (the small Cannon Room of a half-ruined 16th-century fortress), and many restaurants, cafes and hotels. Here you can hear jazz at its intimate best, while you savour delicious regional specialities, made with fresh local produce. Be sure to sample the excellent local wines, including vernino, grechetto, trebbiano, arco del sovrano, and fratte. The many pastry shops offer special goodies in the shape of guitars and saxophones, and the museums feature jazz though paintings, photography and exhibitions youll find jazz everywhere. But even when there are no jazz concerts scheduled, shops, cafes, bars, museums and public spaces resound with popular music of all kinds soul R&B, blues, gospel, pop and rock as well as jazz. Everywhere you go, its a veritable feast of music and families, workers, and musicians of all ages stop to watch, listen and join in.And if you feel the need of a few quiet moments, you could take a trip out into the beautiful countryside, where rolling hills are dotted with castles, fortresses and monasteries, and quality handmade ceramics are produced in enchanting medieval towns. Umbria is every bit as interesting as Tuscany, but lots less touristic. The excellent festival website (www.umbriajazz.com) publishes details of the current years programme as soon as performances are confirmed in May. Some of the jazz greats scheduled for 2007 include: George Benson, Solomon Burke, Dave Douglas, Keb Mo, Sonny Rollins, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman, Pat Methany, Gary Peacock, Brad Mehldau, Joe Lovano, Al Jarreau, and Jack Dejohnette all very popular jazz artists, so be sure to book early. Top off your visit with an unforgettable closing night performance at the Santa Guiliana Arena.You can take the bus or train from all major cities to Perugia. The main train station is about 3 km from the centre of the city, so take a bus from outside the entrance to the train station. You can get cheap flights from Rome and Florence and other domestic connections, plus some international flights, but be sure to book well in advance for this immensely popular festival.
There are many regions in this world that are worth a visit, and very often we Europeans tend to travel overseas to see something exotic, or visit people who still lead a life that perhaps our grandfathers knew. Rarely it occurs to us that it is not always necessary to travel far to be able to experience "time travel".Maramures in northern Romania is one such little known corner of Europe. Amid beautiful rolling hills and lush river valleys live people who for the most part still follow the traditional agrarian way of life. Their life might seem hard and simple and it is a millenarian fight against the weather, to grow the crops, to raise the animals, to work from dawn until sunset without the many mechanized and electronic comforts we think are essential. But, that life can be rewarding in all its simplicity, as each day shows the results of work, and family and friends guarantee that there are often reasons for celebration. The seasonal festivities, like Christmas and Easter or local festivals and weddings, have retained their real value of breaking the everyday routine, and feasting lasts several days and is done with gusto.Why is the region considered unique and those who have been there want to return? The answer is a mixture of three things: amazing landscapes, genuine people and the simple civilization of wood, with the famous wooden churches whose towers can be seen from far. The nature, people, houses and churches are spiritually connected and have maintained this link to the present.But most of all is the uniqueness of the architecture is the inclusion of eight wooden churches in UNESCO's World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. These churches are the church of the Presentation of the Virgin at the Temple in Barsana, the church of Saint Nicholas in Budesti, the church of Saint Parasceva in Desesti, the church of the Birth of the Holy Virgin in Ieud Deal, the church of the Holy Archangels in Plopis, the church of Saint Parasceva in Poienile Izei, the church of the Holy Archangels in Rogoz, and the church of the Holy Archangels in Surdesti.Our guidebook: Maramures - A Travel Guide to Romania 's Region of Wooden Churches is an excellent full-color book on a wide variety of cultural heritage subjects from mural paintings and archaeology to architecture and local traditions. It also gives practical information and tips on travel to and in Romania, what to see, where to stay, what to buy and to eat, to get the most of Maramures.Why a guidebook and not another type of book? Because we consider that a cultural guidebook addresses those who, while enjoying a memorable holiday, can also help such a special region develop and maintain its specificity and character. To assure the preservation regions like Maramures, it is necessary that they do not fall into total oblivion. It is necessary that the young people can remain, find work and live there with their families, while being at the same time aware of the importance of their inheritance. Cultural tourism can be a mutual investment that can bear fruit for everyone. The visitor's joy and the host's joy are both real experiences.We hope that you will enjoy your travel to Maramures!
Gambling in Canada expanded in leaps and bounds during the 1990s.Canada now boasts 59 casinos and 70 racetrack/slots venues in 7 provinces and NWT.Provincial governments oversee gaming in each of the participating provinces.The legal gambling age is 19 years of age. I suggest you call ahead for casino hours and location.All information is correct at time of writing, but may change.Nova ScotiaCasino Nova Scotia operates two locations in Halifax, 1983 Upper Water St. on the waterfront-Purdy's Wharf and Sydney.QuebecAll casinos have a dress code (no jeans), and no gratuities are accepted.Casino Montreal: 1, Avenue du Casino, Montreal in Parc Des Iles. Nuance - 5 star restaurant.Casino de Hull: 1, Blvd. du Casino, Hull. Across the river from Ottawa, Canadas capital city.OntarioContact Ontario Casino Corp. 416-326-0076 for current updates.Charity Casinos: Four locations. All use The Winners Circle players card.Brantford: 40 Icomm Drive, Brantford. Located 55 miles southwest of Toronto in downtown Brantford, ON. This celestial themed casino has a gift shop, a liquor license, Meteor Bar lounge and dining at the Cosmic Diner cafeteria. Open 24 hours.Thunder Bay: 50 Cumberland St. S., Thunder Bay. Location: On the north shore of Lake Superior in Thunder Bay, ON. The area is rich in the history of mining, marine and fur trading. A sea faring themed casino of more than 14,000 square feet.Point Edward: 2000 Venetian Blvd., Point Edward. Location: Ten blocks from Sarnia, Ont. near the Bluewater Bridge on the St. Clair River. Indoor sights of a ships hull, saltwater aquarium and glass bridge add to this nautical themed casino.Casino Sault Ste. Marie: 30 Bay St. W., Sault Ste. Marie. Location: Northern Ontario approx. 400 miles north of Toronto. Great hunting and fishing in this area.Eighteen racetracks have placed more than 9000 slots as per the provincial plan in partnership with the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Commission.ManitobaVLT's available in many bars throughout Manitoba. Two of the best are:Club Regent: 1425 Regent W., Winnipeg.McPhillips Stn.: 484 McPhillips St., Winnipeg.SaskatchewanCasino Regina: Union Station, 1880 Saskatchewan Dr. is this provinces premiere casino.AlbertaCasinos offer regular slots rather than VLTs.Edmonton is Canadas fastest growing gaming city, and Casino Yellowhead is its jewel.Home to the worlds largest shopping/entertainment complex - West Edmonton Mall.Casino Yellowhead: Yellow Head Trail at 153rd St. located in the West Edmonton Mall.At 73,500 sq. ft, Yellowhead is the largest casino in western Canada.British ColumbiaGreat Canadian Casinos operates several casinos in BC.Most locations offer these table games: Blackjack, Roulette, Mini-Baccarat, Red Dog, Let It Ride, Caribbean Stud Poker, Sic Bo, Texas Hold Em, Seven-Card Stud Poker and slots.Each casino is centrally located in large municipalities and offers currency exchange,food and beverage service, wheel chair accessibility and nearby public transportation.Western Canada Lottery Corporation works in conjunction with the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and territory of Yukon and Sport North Lottery Authority.There are no taxes paid on lottery or casino winnings in Canada.Being Canadian and born in Toronto, the research for this information was a labour (Canadian spelling) of love.
When the days are short and snow hides the dirt and makes the water of Lake Tahoe WAY to cold for swimming, you do the only thing you can do: Go SKIING!!! There are fourteen ski resorts in and around Lake Tahoe in both California and Nevada. There are thousands of hotel and motel rooms, you cant swing a dead cat without hitting a gourmet, or deliciously funky restaurant, and theres more music, theater, shows, gambling and amenities than you could possibly know what to do with.But relax. Its simple. Follow these two steps for the best winter vacation youve ever had: 1) go to Lake Tahoe. 2) go skiing! Everything else will come naturally.Getting to TahoeLake Tahoe is easy to find. If youre flying (and you dont have your own helicopter), the closest airport with good service is Reno Tahoe International Airport. All the major carriers fly in there including the beloved Southwest Airlines. From Reno the closest Tahoe ski resort are only 30 minutes away (Mt. Rose and Diamond Peak), and the farthest are barely over an hour. Flying in to Reno also puts you at an advantage as most of the traffic comes in from Sacramento and San Francisco, so tourist congestion is minimal.From Sacramento or San Francisco take US Hwy 50 East to South Lake Tahoe, California and the casinos at Stateline, Nevada and Heavenly, Kirkwood or Sierra at Tahoe; or take Interstate 80 through Truckee to Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Donner Ski Ranch, Sugar bowl, Northstar or Homewood. Good weather info can be found at weather.com (http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCA0584?from=search_city), NOAA.gov (http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/forecast/MapClick.php?site=rev&smap=1&textField1=39.25139&textField2=-119.97194), and snotel (http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/snotel/California/california.html).Check traffic and snow conditions before you go at CalTrans(http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/), NDOT (http://www.nevadadot.com/traveler/roads/) and Magnifeye(http://www.magnifeye.com/).Tahoe Terrain and SnowLake Tahoe is big: 22 miles long and 12 miles wide. Along its 72 miles of shoreline ski conditions can vary from north (Northstar at Tahoe) to south (Kirkwood), so it helps to keep track of the weather and snowfall rates. If youre into groomers and perfect corduroy, or neck deep powder in the trees, check the snow reports on each resorts website and hit the one with the most new snow.Most of the resorts have terrain parks, and usually more than one. Heavenly has several including beginner, intermediate and advanced jumps, rails and boxes for all skiers and snowboarders.Which resort should you go to? Well thats complicated. Since everything at Tahoe is totally awesome, it can be challenging to find the right resort for you. The huge resorts, Heavenly, Squaw, and Kirkwood, offer fancy dining, big vertical relief, and incredible on-mountain amenities. The small ones, Homewood, Diamond Peak and Mt. Rose, offer a more low key experience that might be great for beginners or people who want to experience everything Tahoe. Every mountain has its specialties, secret powder stashes and amazing views of the lake.Backcountry SkiingThough there are some of the best ski and snowboard resorts in the world, there are FAR more mountains to be skied around Tahoe than you can reach at the end of a chair lift ride. Any of the peaks around the Tahoe Basin, however, can be reached at the end of a hike.Whether by snowshoe, crampon and ice axe or ski tour you can reach endless untracked ridges and couloirs from the Pacific Crest in the Desolation Wilderness on the West shore to the Carson Range above Reno on the east. Many resorts also have hikeable backcountry terrain, like the Milkyway Bowl, at Heavenly which gives you a few more feet of vertical for a little bit of extra effort. Always check for up-to-date avalanche, snowfall and weather forecasts for the entire Tahoe back country area from the Sierra Avalanche Center (http://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/) before you go out of bounds.Lifts, Trams and GondolasTahoe is the land of the six-pack high-speed chairlift. We have gondolas, funitels, and trams along with a life time supply of high speed 6 person chairlifts. The resorts here are fully modern with the latest in technology and as rich skiing history, like the old Trams at Heavenly and Squaw Valley. Skiing around Tahoe is a fully modern, fast and fun experience. The astounding uphill capacity at the resorts keeps you skiing with a minimum of down time.On-mountain AmenitiesWhats that? You want a little down time? Understandable. Skiing endless top to bottom mogul or powder runs can be tiring. You need a recharge now and then. No worries, no matter where you are at the resorts here youre never far from a bite to eat. Mid mountain lodges, top of the mountain lodges abound with gourmet dining, and drinking, right off the runs with stellar views of the ski slopes and the lake and no shortage of wine and beer.Tahoe LodgingSure, you could sleep in your car at the base of the runs after eating a ski-bum-gourmet meal of saltines and ketchup, but why now live a little? You want be good to yourself; thats why youre here.As a year round vacation destination, Lake Tahoe has thousands of hotels and motels to choose from after a big day on the slopes. If youre hungry there are enough dining establishments to feed tens of thousands! Great lodging rates can be found to keep your budget happy even at a hotel close to the slopes!In a competitive vacation market such as Tahoe, resorts are always teaming up with hotels to offer ski and lodging packages to get you the best deal for your trip. Whether youre skiing or snowboarding, you can bundle your lodging, lift tickets and equipment rentals into one great deal, so you spend less money and more time having fun.Lake TahoeLake Tahoe, in California and Nevada, is a world class winter destination mentioned in the same breath as Vail, Park City, and Banff. The snow is falling. The lifts are running. Come hit the slopes!!!