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Pacha Ibiza is among the franchised nightclubs under the Pacha Group, specializing in house music and incorporating other styles of music in the five other rooms in the club.
 
Regarded as the best Pacha franchise nowadays, Pacha Ibiza presents wholesome, authentic and compelling music in its five rooms, which is uniquely connected by surreptitious access strips, doors and stairs. 
 
Watch how Terry Church and friends had a good time in a visit to Pacha Ibiza. In his video, he shares,
 
A mob of homeless travelers, gypsies and music troubadours whisk us off the streets of Ibiza town, into a dark, sweaty and magnificently decadent party in Pacha nightclub, leaving their leader Luciano to have his wicked house and techno way with us.
 

So start planning your next party today!

 

Five Flower Lake in Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve

 

 

Known as the Nine Village Valley in English, the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve or Jiuzhai Valley is a premier national park situated in South Western China’s Mt. Min Shan. 
 
Because of the super clear lakes, one-of-a-kind wildlife, magnificent falls and land forms of narrow conic karst, the Jiuzhai Valley is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
Read on to know more about useful travel tips when visiting Jiuzhai Valley.
 
1. Clothes
 
Don’t be fooled by the warmth you enjoy during your day tour as the temperature will predictably drop at night. So you better pack up clothes to keep you warm as well as other necessary medications.
 
2. Protection
 
For some reason, you could expose yourself to too much UV rays when at the top, so make sure that you apply sunscreen and wear a hat or cap during your day tour. 
 
3. What to Include in the Tour
 
Make enough time to visit the entire valley to appreciate its real beauty. Although one- to two-day tours are available, three days allow you to check out the Shuzheng Quanhai Ditch and Zharu Temple in the first day. During your second day, you could check out Rizhe Ditch as well as the primitive forest, while spare the Zhezhawa Ditch, Long Sea and Huanglong Temple for your third day tour.
 
In general, visiting Sichuan province just to see the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve is a must-do activity when in China.
 

So start planning your trip to Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve today!

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A View of Jimena de la Frontera from a Hill

 

 

Andalusia is an autonomous community in Spain that boasts of favorable climate during the cold seasons in the country, so it is not a surprise how a good number of travelers flee to this part of the nation and flock at its beaches. 
 
Although the coastal towns of Andalusia is starting to show a booming tourism industry, its inland towns, on the other hand, still remain idyllic and rather free from the usual throngs of travelers. So Daily Mail UK travel correspondent Liz Todd visited the historic Andalusian town, Jimena de la Frontera, steering clear of the famous ‘sun and sand’ tourism found in the community’s coastal areas (“Andalucian Idyll: Exchanging the Costas for Caves, Valleys and Pretty White Villages”). 
 
Here’s a brief passage from her recent article:
 
 
Many of the pueblos blancos retain their Roman and Moorish fortifications, ruined castles from a time when defence was everything. It’s a steep climb to the top of Jimena and up through craggy rocks to the summit, but the views from the 13th century remains are wonderful. The massive rock of Gibraltar lies to the south… The town is surrounded by Los Alcornocales Natural Park, vast groves of cork oak trees that still produce much of the world’s cork supplies. They have smooth rusty red trunks to the bottom where the cork has been stripped off until at around head height there’s an abrupt cut off point. Up from there the remaining cork bark is thick and gnarly and it seems incredible they can survive such a brutal ‘haircut’. 
 
Catch the rest of her article here, and you’d be absolutely mesmerized by the picturesque towns only found in Andalusia.
 

So start planning your holiday trip to Andalusia, Spain today!

 

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Visit the Sleepy Town of Sandwich, Kent Encounter a different UK experience in a sleepy town in Kent, England. read more

 

 

Dubbed as ‘The Festival City’ due to the perennial festival schedules it has, the city of Edmonton also boasts a fair number of travel attractions that serve as magnets for travelers worldwide.
 
From West Edmonton Mall, the biggest mall in North America to the Fort Edmonton Park, the country’s biggest living history museum, Edmonton’s charm is definitely impressive. 
 
Catch the compilation of photos arranged by Zuzanna Musial, who shares,
 
 
Welcome to Edmonton the Province of Alberta Canada. In the video I have shown not only the city of Edmonton but also the Canadian Rocky Mountains that are located about 580 KM from our city...Hope you will enjoy viewing.
 

So start planning your trip to Edmonton today!

 

 

 

Festivals of sand sculptures are celebrated in countries like the US, Australia, UK, Canada and many more.
 
These sand festivals generally exhibit large sculptures that are made of sand, and you can only expect the most intricate and detailed of the sand subjects as festivals like this are celebrated with a competition.
 
The annual Sand Sculpture Festival in Balnkenberge, Belgium, for instance, was captured by FilipV, who shares,
 
 
With just some sand and water, artists from around the world create a fantasy world full of emotions and adventures. Discover the Magical Moments Festival of Disneyland Paris during this extraordinary exhibition.
In Rome, Include the Vatican Gardens to Your Trip to the Vatican City The Vatican City may be famous as the state where the Pope resides, but aside from this and the fact that great Catholic structures are scattered all over the city, do you know that a lovely garden is hidden somewhere in it? read more

 

What  really sets Copenhagen apart from other cities is that it has constantly been acknowledged as one of the cities in the planet that could provide an excellent quality of life because of the fact that it is an environmentally-friendly place.

Almost half of the Danes living in Copenhagen ride bicycles to work, and even its inner harbor water are considered safe for swimming activities.

Check out this short clip prepared by Blog the Glob, and see the stable cultural and city development that are happening in Copenhagen.

So book your trip to the charming city of Copenhagen today!

People who decide to leave the four walls of their home and the stable life they have worked hard for the last couple of years just so they could constantly travel the world and experience life in a whole new spectrum are simply courageous. read more
Find Good Value Holiday Trips Amidst the Recent Economic Worries Taking a vacation and relaxing in a place that promises to completely take away every bit of stress in your body is such a beautiful thought. read more

 

Dominican Republic is home of the Americas’ most ancient European city, and this is known as Santo Domingo.

This capital city is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and it is the perfect place to learn and immerse oneself in the Spanish language.

Have a look at what more Santo Domingo boasts of in this video prepared by Tommy Rodriguez.

With the ancient Egyptian monuments of the Great Sphinx and Giza Pyramid complex as well as the archeological ruins in the Valley of Kings, Memphis and Karnak, it cannot be denied that Egypt’s tourism industry is booming.


Aside from these famous travel attractions though, the multi-cultural diversity of the people in Egypt is another thing that ought to be noted. This video prepared by Javier Morgade presents the local in this North African country as well as the locations he featured when he was “shooting a tourism program for a flight company in December 2009”.


Travelers who are more in the know of the best travel destinations in the country find themselves in freshwater lakes, unspoiled waterfalls and cliffs that are bordered by fossils.

In addition, the offbeat urban lifestyle and amazing building structures in the country is simply exceptional. This is particularly shared in this video uploaded by Lewis de Mesa, in which she shares:

“My goal was simply to explore and look for interesting unique sceneries around the UAE, and capture its beauty with time-lapse photography. Winter season plays a big part of my journey, as it's the best time to chase visible fluffy clouds with a true blue sky that only exist to the human eye at this time of the year.

I've seen so many beautiful places here in the UAE, plus I enjoyed all the long drives as well as being close to nature and far away from city for awhile. I'm hoping to find more time and discover new places and capture it again on video.”
 

Video: Bikini Island – Puerto Rico Kite Sessions Volume While Puerto Rico is largely known as the unincorporated US territory located in the northeastern Caribbean, it is also famous for its splendid cliffs and virgin white-sand islands. read more

View of Vyšehrad Castle from the Vltava River

Prague is home to a large number of famous cultural attractions, boasting more than ten major museums, along with countless theatres, galleries, cinemas and other historical exhibits. Plus, the entire city is connected by way of a modern public transportation system, meaning you can easily and inexpensively see everything you want to.

But what to see?

As for anywhere you travel, there are inevitably going to be tourist traps that could put a damper on your trip. Our goal is to help create the most perfect trip possible for you, which is why we're with you every step of the way. So when you go to Prague, be sure to contact of one our expert travel consultants to help you plan and book. 

You should also check out this article by Audrey Scott of UncorneredMarket.com: "Insider's Prague: Tourist Traps to Avoid, What To Do, Where To Eat."

This super thorough guide has a ton of great information about the city - as she describes it, "some ideas on how to minimize the tourist schlock, what to replace it with, and what to eat at the end of the day."

Here's an excerpt from "The Good Stuff":

1) Vyšehrad: An Alternative Castle

"Just down the Vlatava River from Prague Castle is the lesser-known 10th century castle of Vyšehrad. In addition to offering great views of the Vltava River and the city, Vyšehrad features grassy grounds stocked full of locals having picnics with family and friends. The cemetery at Vyšehrad is also home to many of Czech greats of art and music, including Alphonse Mucha and Antonín Dvořák. The Peter and Paul church is also worth a look – neo-gothic on the outside, but Mucha-inspired art nouveau murals on the inside."

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I've known a lot of people who share my passion for traveling but have felt restricted due to their Asthma. The stress of navigating from one foreign place to another can be worrisome; the risk of an unexpected, unwanted environmental change can trigger a flare up in an area when proper medical assistance might not be readily available. 

However, there are steps you can take to cut down these risk and enjoy your traveing without being hampered by excessive sneezing, coughing and wheezing. 

Before You Go

Consult your doctor. If your asthma is well controlled then you're fit to take the trip. But if you've lately experienced flare-ups, your doctor can adjust your medication. 

Pack all of your maintenance drugs for asthma as well as your rescue and controller meds. Keep these within easy reach. If you're planning to travel abroad, you might need to ask for an endorsement letter from your physician, with the details of your medical condition and your medications. This will be helpful when dealing with airport security and immigration. A healthy insurance card might also come in handy.

On The Road

If you're traveling by car, turn on the A/C or heater with the windows open for at least 10 minutes to cut down dust mites and mold lurking in your car.

Furthermore, according to KidsHealth.org:

"If pollen or air pollution triggers your asthma and counts are high during your trip, travel with the windows clothes and the air conditioner on."

Up in the Air

Most airlines prohibit smoking but in the event that you board a charter flight that allows passengers to smoke, speak up and explain your condition. Insist to be seated in an area where you won't be affected. 

Have your medications ready and drink lots of water while on the plane, as the cabin air is super dry and can trigger an asthma attack. 

Comfort Zone Away From Home

Sometimes you'll be limited in your power to change your environment when you travel, but by being aware and speaking out you can have a positive effect.

If you discover pollens, dust mites, animal dander, cigarette smoke or any other allergen that you have a sensitivity to in your hotel room, ask to be moved. Opt for a sunny, dry and well ventilated room far from the pool.

 Basking Happily and Safely 

To enjoy your vacation to the fullest, write an Asthma Action Plan that you can follow for the trip. Generally there are no restrictions as long as your asthma is well controlled. Check with your doctor first if you're going be really exerting yourself at any point (hiking, climbing, etc.). 

Follow these steps and you can travel stress-free. Your health always comes first so wherever you are, carefully plan your trip.  

Istanbul has emerged as true a world capital of the 21st century - a city located on two continents, rich in culture and history. The architecture is magnificent, the food is amazing and the luxury tourism is booming (you HAVE to go to a spa while you're there). 

Check out this video for more info! And contact us to plan your next trip!

The savvy traveler knows to pack light. Especially if you're going on a business trip packing should be efficient,  quick, and easy. Cramming everything into a backpack or trying to sneak a heavy suitcase past the gate is more trouble than it's worth. 

That's why the Red Oxx Air Boss was created. This 5-Star rated bag "makes other carry-on bags nervous."

In fact, it's "one of the most functional and well-made carry-on bags available." It was designed to be the ultimate carry-on bag by Doug Dyment of OneBag.com, and it certainly lives up to the hype.  

It might sound counterintuitive, but no wheels and no backpack straps mean total freedom. You can cross uneven terrain (ever try to roll a suitcase down subways stairs?), run through airports, get where you need to go and get there fast. Because there are no wheels there's less weight and more interior room.

Speaking of, in addition to the 3 main compartments where you can organize your belongings, the bag also features 2 zippered pockets on the outside as well as a sleeve pocket. The narrower outside pocket is ideal for storing your passport and airline tickets. It also has tie-down inside that will keep your clothes in place and wrinkle-free. And to keep it on your shoulder, a detachable non-slip Claw strap comes along with it.

You can pack what you need and still fit this bag into the tiniest of overhead compartments.

All of this utlity, plus good looks (it comes in 12 different colors) doesn't come too cheap. The bag runs about $225 USD, which when compared to other carry-on luggage really isn't too bad. Plus it comes with a Lifetime Warranty. A+

I'm a big museum fan. I've been fortunate enough to visit some incredible, unique collections (the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires; the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston), and I always make a point to visit at least one whenever I travel.

However, I know not everyone shares this interest. Some people would rather fight a bear than crawl through a cold, stale space with art that doesn't move you. 

Sometimes though, a museum is so well curated that everyone can find something to love. 

Take the newly opened Nouveau Musee National de Monaco, filled with fun, contemporary works. This incredible new space is a reflection of the growing art and cultural sphere of fabulous Monaco. As Dorothy Spears writes for the New York Times,

"Monaco, a tiny principality that clings improbably to a limestone cliff on the southeastern coast of France, has long been known as a playground for vacationers with means who dabble in hobbies like gambling and Formula One car racing. Yet in recent years, it has become home to a distinctive and vibrant international contemporary art community, a new tourist draw in a country with no shortage of them..."

"... In its short tenure, the museum has managed to produce ambitious shows like “La Carte d’Après Nature,” including a range of mediums, guest-curated by the German artist Thomas Demand, which was voted among the best exhibitions of 2010 in Artforum magazine. Its recent exhibition, “Le Silence. Une Fiction,” envisioned a modern city as a future ruin. This summer, an exhibition of work by Thomas Schütte, “One Man House,” which includes a freestanding house in the garden of the Villa Paloma, looks promising. (Set to open on July 5, the show will be presented in collaboration with the Castello di Rivoli of Turin.)"

("Monaco Adds Art to Its Seaside Allure")

All around this tiny country, galleries and public art exhibits are cropping up, a diverse mix reflecting the heterogeneous character of the area, and well-funded by some of the region's elite (like Princess Caroline of Monaco.)

It's certainly off the beaten travel path, but definitely something to consider for the summer, even if only for a few days. Just ask the experts at Travel Expressions to put together your next trip! 

Lovely Cologne is located on both sides of the Rhine River, one of the major European metropolitan areas. The city is a major cultural centre of the Rhineland and has a vibrant arts scene, home to more than 30 museums and hundreds of galleries. Exhibitions range from local ancient Roman archeological sites to contemporary graphics and sculpture. The city also hosts a number of Trade Shows. 

Evan Rail, of the New York Times, just posted a neat review of his experience visiting the city ("36 Hours: Cologne, Germany"). From the hip clothing boutiques to the worldclass dining to the traditional brewpubs, there's plenty to do to stretch out a trip. 

Here's an excerpt from the article:

"ONE of the oldest cities in Germany, Cologne has been drawing visitors since at least the year 50 A.D., when it was officially founded as the Roman outpost of Colonia. Today the big attractions are the city’s ancient (and gargantuan) cathedral, vibrant night life, a great native beer called Kölsch, and eau de cologne, invented here in 1709, not to mention the ever-present Rhine River. But the city the Germans know as Köln is hardly resting on its former achievements. New surprises just keep showing up. After crossing off bucket-list items like exploring the cathedral and crawling through legendary Kölsch pubs, you can easily spend an entire weekend focusing on the shops, restaurants and hotels that have opened (or reopened) within the past few years."

(Image: Jock Fistick for The New York Times)

Check out the full article for his complete itinerary. 

 

Get inspired to travel and contact Travel Expressions to start your next adventure!

 
 

 

We've already posted one beautiful video of Lithuania - full of long, aerial shots of the countryside. I wanted to share this video as well for another look at the cityscape. 

Created by Valdas Kotovas of his visit there last June. It's a mixture of different sites and images, a busy metropolitan and gorgeous landscape. 

Get inspired and start your next trip today with Travel Expressions! 

Off the typical travel grid waits Tallinn, the capital and largest city of Estonia. It's Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with many unique attractions and festivals held year round. 

It was also ranked a European Capital of Culture for 2011. Since its return to independence, improving transport links and Estonia's accession to the EU, it has become a hot spot for tourists. 

As a recent article in the NYTimes put it, 

"ESTONIA may be one of the smallest countries in Europe, but right now its 1.3 million citizens are among the continent’s most cheerful people. Last year the country celebrated 20 years of independence from Russia and dropped the kroon in favor of the euro, and its capital, Tallinn, was celebrated as a European Capital of Culture. Unlike many other places in Europe, unemployment is down, and there’s a sense of optimism in the air, helped by companies like Skype that have their main offices here. And there’s a full schedule of cultural highlights for 2012. The list includes many music festivals — this is, after all, the country that paved the way to independence with a Singing Revolution — and the premiere in May of a ballet at the Estonian National Opera, “Modigliani, the Cursed Artist.” Throughout Tallinn, remnants of the Soviet era are being repackaged as tourist attractions, while many of the city’s chefs, inspired by the “new Nordic” movement, are busily creating a Baltic cuisine that takes traditional ingredients — from beet root to wild boar — and uses them in inventive ways. The Old Town still trades heavily on its medieval past but, throughout the city, a 21st-century vibe is becoming increasingly apparent." ("36 Hours: Tallinn, Estonia" - Stephen Whitlock)

(Image: Kadriorg Palace)

Travel Expressions Ltd. is the premier agency for travel to Eastern Europe. We know exactly what it takes to create your perfect vacation.

Just contact us for more info!

If you are planning a trip to one of the world's greatest cities Madrid, Spain you have to visit the world's oldest restarurant Sobrino de Botin

Located in the heart of Madrid, Sobrino de Botin is certified as the oldest in the world by the Guinness Book of Records. Botin is a typical Spanish four floors (including the cellar) restaurant, with a centuries old woodfire oven, dating back to 1725. The house specialties are cochinillo asado (succulent roast suckling pig with crispy skin) and cordero asado (roast lamb), cooked following old style Castilian recipes.

Travel Tip: Modern Museum of Budapest

Budapest is the kind of European city with both a rich cultural history and a thriving modern art scene. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in the entire region, its extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, the Andrássy Avenue, Heroes' Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world. That's not mentioning the more than 80 geothermal springs and the #1 bar scene in Europe. 

One place we want to recommend is the Mucsarnok and its institutions. Here's the museum's history from their website:

The Műcsarnok (“art hall”) was founded in 1877 on the initiative of the Hungarian National Fine Arts Association. The original building was situated at 69–71 Andrássy Street, now home to the University of Fine Arts. The exhibition hall on Heroes’ Square was erected in 1896 for the millennium celebrations, and was designed by Albert Schikedanz. Today the hall operates on the pattern of the German Kunsthalle: it is an institution run by artists that does not maintain its own collection. The three-bayed, semi-circular apse houses a roofed exhibition hall that allows in light through the roof. Since the building was renovated in 1995 the Műcsarnok has welcomed visitors and leading Hungarian and international contemporary artists alike, mediating and representing modern artistic tendencies whilst not maintaining its own permanent collection. 

To plan this trip (and any others!) contact us at Travel Expressions! 

Edinburgh is one of the those cities that leaves you wanting more!!

But if you only plan on visting once and are facing a time crunch, don't miss the below 5 attractions.

1. Edinburgh Castle - Need I say more this imposing castle sits on an extinct volcano mound offer looking  the city and provides one with a view fit for royalty.

2. Palace of Holyrood House - This 12th century Palace and former residence of Mary, Queen of Scots is a must see for all.

3. National Gallery of Scotland - The National Gallery of Scotland is nestled in the heart of Edinburgh and includes works of art from Monet, Titian, Raphael and Rembrandt

4. Arthurs Seat - The tallest of the seven hills that form Holyrood park , Arthurs seat overlooks the entire city of Edinburgh ,and provides it's vistors with stunning views as well as a pleasant escape from the city below.

5. Royal Mile - This is where the action is. This one mile long strip is Edinburgh's busiest collection of streets and  the hub of daytime and nightime activities.

If you have not yet been to Edinburgh but it's on your list, don't think or worry - just pack!!! At Travel Expressions we will take care of the details.