Cruising the Waterways: Spontaneous Moments and Cultural Experiences

Cruising the Waterways: Spontaneous Moments and Cultural Experiences

For the uninitiated, the idea of a barge holiday may seem like an odd way to see a country. However, ask anyone who has travelled the waterways of Europe and they will explain with gusto the beauty of cruising through foreign landscapes, tasting gourmet food and wine and learning about local culture and customs.
A barge holiday offers an intimate and immersive way to explore a new place. Not only will you get a novel perspective of the landscape from your position on the water, you will gain inimitable insights from experiences catered to your own tastes and interests.

 

Spontaneous Moments

Though a barge holiday with European Waterways is always meticulously planned, the gentle rhythm of travel allows plenty of time to become acquainted with some of the more unusual aspects of a country or region. Of course, we enjoy showing guests iconic architecture and famous landmarks, we know that they equally appreciate unplanned, authentic moments where they can truly connect to people and places.

This is what we call an ‘insider experience’: an experience possibly unique to the small group of people travelling on your hotel barge creating a memory you will cherish forever.

We love spontaneous moments in which our guests can form relationships with people they meet along the journey. For example, one memorable afternoon our guests were treated to a private tour of a Burgundian lock-keeper’s immaculate garden and cottage before being asked to share a glass of Pastis. They bravely joined him in a game of boules and though our guests played valiantly they were thoroughly beaten by the locals! In the past, our holiday-makers have received a tour of the beautifully tended grounds of a Scottish castle and given a knowledgeable talk by the head gardener.

As many of our guests are wine connoisseurs, we often seek out interesting wine-related adventures. One fortunate group were shown round a beautiful Renaissance castle by the owner himself. The count then took his fascinated visitors down into his excellent wine cellar – we were all very envious! There is also a certain wooden boat on the River Loire well-known to our guests. The hospitable owner is very happy to share a carafe of crisp white wine with his passengers.

Cultural Experiences

We try and lead our guests away from the typical tourist haunts and introduce them to locals whenever possible. From master clockmakers in Holland to builders in a Thames-side boatyard, these craftsmen always have stories to tell and are a fantastic way to tap into the rich history of the waterways. We encourage an appreciation of traditional values and skills – whether the job is the manoeuvring of delicate cogwheels or the creation of an entire vessel, you’ll be impressed! Meeting and learning from locals is one of the best ways to gain a comprehensive cultural knowledge of a region that a guide book just couldn’t deliver.

If you crave a real understanding of the places you visit then maybe a barge holiday is just what you’re looking for.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holiday itineraries. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

Heliskiing in Courmayeur: for a True Off Piste Experience

Heliskiing in Courmayeur: for a True Off Piste Experience

If you dream of making tracks through virgin powder fields and previously unmarked mountainsides, then heliskiing is definitely something you should consider.
Imagine climbing on board a helicopter in the heart of your resort and being flown deep into the Alps, away from the lifts and other people, and then being dropped off on deserted peaks to make your way down. If this sounds like you, then you need to book a heliskiing excursion as part of your next winter sports holiday.

 

Heliskiing Courmayeur

Unfortunately heliskiing is not available throughout much of the Alps: France and Germany have both banned the activity to reduce helicopter activity in the area. The good news is that in Italy there are no such restrictions. So if you dream of descending a blank canvas of snow down the south face of Mont Blanc, you can make that dream a reality from the picturesque Italian resort of Courmayeur.

Don’t be put off if this Mont Blanc adventure sounds a little too high octane for your first time heliskiing; Courmayeur also offers more gentle opportunities across a wide variety of non-glacial terrain, which greatly reduces any risks.

Many companies in the area offer everything from a full day (including two flights) to weekend or even week long adventure in heliskiing. Courmayeur is the perfect base for the sport as helicopters can land right in the centre of the piste area. That way, after your adrenaline-pumping experience, you can stop off for a hot wine at one of the resort’s beautiful mountainside restaurants before heading back to your accommodation.

What You’ll Need

Obviously to try this you’ll need a basic level of expertise. The ideal time for heliskiing is from January through to May, with the conditions in winter being tougher thanks to the larger volume of fresh powder. It is therefore advised that those taking part during the winter need experience of skiing in deep powder.

For those trying it in the spring snow, expertise in deep powder is not so important although, as with any skiing or snowboarding, you will still need a relatively good level of fitness.

Equipment you will need includes: wide skis, good bindings, skiwear suitable to the conditions (including special ski gloves), hat or helmet, goggles or sunglasses.

How to Get To There

If this has whet your appetite for heliskiing, Courmayeur couldn’t be easier to reach. There are regular flights from the UK to nearby Turin or Geneva airports with airlines including BA, Ryanair, easyJet and Swiss International.

Book an airport transfer with Shuttle Direct and just an hour and a half after touching down you could be strapping on your skis in Courmayeur. Just let us know when you book online what ski equipment you will be carrying and we’ll transport it to the resort for you at no extra charge.

The Anthracite Deluxe Is A Stylish Addition To Our Range

The Anthracite Deluxe Is A Stylish Addition To Our Range

Here at Betta Buildings, we don’t believe in standing still when it comes to refining and enhancing our selection of Concrete Garages. That’s why we are so excited to announce the addition to our range of the Anthracite Deluxe garage that brings no shortage of style, practicality and durability to the average Birmingham or West Midlands home.
We could say so many things about anthracite as a colour. It’s understated, timeless and turns heads for all of the right reasons, and when you purchase the Anthracite Deluxe from us, you can benefit from so many more impressive standard features.

The Anthracite Deluxe Is A Stylish Addition To Our Range

A generously-specified concrete garage

If you need any proof that the best concrete garages are never ‘just’ concrete garages, you only need to look at the Anthracite Deluxe garage. It’s brand new for 2017, and incorporates all of the features you would expect from a sophisticated concrete garage in 2017.

Eye-catching and useful features of the Anthracite Deluxe include an anthracite horizontal ribbed Hormann up and over main door with four-point locking, as well as a 4’ wide anthracite PVCu fixed window, 3’ steel anthracite personnel access door with multi-point locking as standard, and even stylish anthracite hand pointed real brick front posts. You can also expect attractive PVCu fascias and vergeboards, once again in glorious anthracite.

The Anthracite Deluxe is not just one shape or model of garage, though – it’s actually a complete range of concrete garages, with various styles from which to select in accordance with your needs. If you go for an Apex garage, for instance, it will also incorporate blue/black coloured fibre cement roof sheets, as well as eaves filler that helps to keep out dust and leaves. Go for a Pent Mansard model instead, though, and charcoal coloured pantile profile tile effect roof sheets will be used to the front elevation.

Nor is there a lack of scope for customisation with this concrete garage, as the roof sheets on both the Apex and Mansard models can be specified in various standard colours. The Anthracite Deluxe Is A Stylish Addition To Our Range

When it comes to concrete garages, you don’t need to consider any other company

No Birmingham or West Midlands homeowner has just one or more priorities for their new concrete garage. They don’t ‘just’ want it to look good or to keep their vehicle safe – they want it to tick all of the obvious boxes and often a lot more.

So don’t take any chances with your choice of company to supply you with a concrete garage. Opt for Betta Buildings, and you will have the peace of mind of knowing that both supply and installation are taken care of, by a company that has longstanding industry experience and an exceptional reputation throughout the Birmingham and West Midlands area.

Beyond Skiing: The Natural and Cultural Wonders of Chamonix

 

Beyond Skiing: The Natural and Cultural Wonders of Chamonix

Attention, ski enthusiasts! Chamonix is renowned for its fantastic skiing – and for good reason! However, this means that its other wonderful attractions are frequently overlooked. You’ve just stepped off your shuttle from Geneva to Chamonix… now how about something a little different? For something distinctly non-touristy yet incredibly worthwhile, why not wander off the beaten skiing track and try some of these alternative activities?
Natural Highlights

 

Visit the Mer de Glace

At 200m deep, this is France’s largest glacier. It flows 7km down Mont Blanc’s northern side, moving at a rate of up to 1cm an hour or 90m per year. The ‘Sea of Ice’ is stunning to behold, and after the 430 steps that lead into the grotto, you’ll see some of the best crystal specimens in the Mont Blanc massif. It is reachable by the Train du Montenvers, a picturesque cog railway that will bring you to an altitude of 1913m, from where you can access the Grotte de Glace by cable car. The entry price also gains you access to the Glacorium, which examines the birth, life and future of glaciers – so hold on to your ticket!

Take the Cable Car to the Aiguille du Midi

Rising to 3842m at its peak, the Aiguille du Midi is perhaps Chamonix’s most noteworthy geographical feature. If the altitude doesn’t put you off, you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree panoramic views of the French, Italian and Swiss Alps, which will literally take your breath away.

You can take the cable car Téléphérique de l’Aiguille du Midi all year round, and the journey itself is quite spectacular. Either hop out halfway at Plan de l’Aiguille to begin hiking or paragliding, or continue to the top for views in every direction, thanks to the glass floor of the ‘Step into the Void’ attraction.

Be aware that even in summer, it will be only be about -10°C at the summit, while temperatures can plummet as low as -25°C in winter.

Cultural Highlights

Musée des Cristaux

This museum is home to a dazzling display of crystals from the Mont Blanc massif, and there are also rocks and minerals on display here. The Espace Alpinisme section focuses on the art and science of mountaineering. It has interesting interactive displays and mesmerising videos and photos of ascents that must be seen to be believed.

Musée Alpin

This collection focuses on the region’s rich history of Alpine adventure, including highlights such as the first ascent of Mont Blanc by a woman, and the cliff-hanging exploits of Jacques Balmat on his quest for crystals.

How to Get There

There are plenty of budget airlines that fly from the UK to Geneva. To get from Geneva to Chamonix, why not book a quick and easy airport transfer? Shuttle Direct offers both private and group shuttles from Geneva to Chamonix, guaranteeing a convenient and pleasant start to your trip.

Avoiding Manhood Problems: Seeing Rusty Cancer Signs with Pockets

Avoiding Manhood Problems: Seeing Rusty Cancer Signs with Pockets

In the world of maturity issues, one large loom in the fear of people: cancer-related sacks. Horror stories abound about men suffering from black cancers, including some high profile individuals: Lance Armstrong was the first to cross the mind, and also the figure of skater Scott Hamilton and comedian Tom Green. The good news is that proper member care that includes monthly checking of sacks can travel a long way toward early spotting changes, and thus make men in the treatment area if anything is detected.
How to find cancer related to sack

Avoiding Manhood Problems: Seeing Rusty Cancer Signs with Pockets

Knowing and recognizing cancer signs that contain sacks is the most important part of the test related to the sack. A man must take the time to become very familiar with his special set, so that he will not have problems facing future changes. The first few times he did this test, it’s all about getting that familiarity. Once he knows everything there is to know about the way his sack is, he can look for signs of cancer containing sacks on each new exam.

Self-examination should be done at least once a month. Here’s what a man should look for:

1. Change size. There should be no sack size variation from one month to the next. If it seems that one side (or both) grows, swells or changes shape, it could be a wrong red flag there.

2. Hanging changes. How dangling boys can also be a factor audience. Looking in the mirror every now and then to make sure they look the same is a great idea. It is normal if one sack hangs lower than the other. However, if someone hangs much lower or otherwise looks different, take note.

3. Changes of lumps or bumps. Some men will have lumps or bumps in the sack, and that’s normal. In fact, one such area is probably a tiny tube carrying seeds – sometimes feels like peas or marbles between the fingers. Remember, the key here is to look for change. If there are certain bumps that have been around for years but never changed, there may be nothing. But if the lump starts to change, then it can be something.

4. Changes in tenderness. The sack should be soft and supple when the man pulls it. They should not feel hard, stagnant, or filled with fluids. If they seem to feel unwell, see a doctor to get a professional opinion.

5. Changes in pain. Checking of related sacks should not cause pain. A man should be able to roll the skin between his fingers, feel along the bottom of the sack, stir and push while looking for bumps or bumps, and even squeeze the area without discomfort. If he suddenly feels pain or discomfort while doing these things, it’s a sign he needs to check it out.

6. Member changes. Cancer-related backs can also appear in member changes. One of them is the release of clear or yellow substances from members when the sack is manipulated. This may indicate something that happened there, or it could also indicate an infection in the member itself. This type of discharge always guarantees a doctor’s visit.

A man should be careful to self-test at least once a month. She can help her maturity and get a casual exam while using top-level male health care (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven to be mild and safe for the skin) every day. Look for crème that contains Shea butter and vitamin E for softness, as well as alpha lipoic acid, antioxidants that fight free radicals. This great combination can help improve the health of maturity and offer peace of mind for those who are concerned about maturity issues.

How Could Your Home Benefit From A CCTV Installation

How Could Your Home Benefit From A CCTV Installation ?

How Could Your Home Benefit From A CCTV Installation ?

Once upon a time, Professional CCTV Installations were almost exclusively associated with ‘professional’ settings such as offices and factories. That’s not to suggest that they were necessarily completely irrelevant to the needs of home owners – simply that they were seen so too expensive or perhaps even excessive for domestic security requirements.

 

Times, however, have changed, and if you have long fancied having a home CCTV system installed – perhaps to help ward off prospective intruders in what may be a high-crime area, or simply to keep a close eye on your children or pets while you are away from home – there are many solutions from which you can now choose.

Make AAS Advanced Aerial Services Your Choice For Home CCTV

As the name of our company indicates, we chiefly specialise in TV aerials and satellite installations, which may lead you to wonder whether we are the right choice of company when you would like to have professional-standard CCTV fitted at your residential property.

However, it is important to appreciate that we are a highly trusted local business with more than 20 years’ experience. Furthermore, we have considerable expertise in professional CCTV installations and can advise you on the solution that will best suit your needs.

When you are looking to have a CCTV system installed, you will need to ask yourself not only the reason you are interested in a professional CCTV installation, but also what technology may suit those needs best.

You may opt for analogue technology, for example, on the basis that it is easy and cost-effective to run, although it may not give you the level of control that you desire. Such a limitation may lead you to consider an HD system capable of recording 1080p video, while such quality is also available in an IP system that offers a vast range of specification options, including fish eye or hemispheric camera options and a choice between a fixed lens or vari focal.

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Don’t take any risks with your choice of company to undertake the installation of your CCTV system. Choose the company – AAS Advanced Aerial Services – that can give you the benefit of the latest cost-effective technologies and that can oversee the whole process in a manner that ensures you end up with the solution that perfectly suits your most pressing needs from CCTV.

We really do believe in carrying out truly professional CCTV installations in Bedford, Corby, Kettering, Northampton, Peterborough and Milton Keynes, and would be delighted to be able to provide you with a good-value and comprehensive quote.

High-Tech Skiing: 2017’s Greatest Gadgets

High-Tech Skiing: 2017’s Greatest Gadgets

2017 has been a gift for the skiing and snowboarding aficionado, thanks to the release of some incredible new high-tech gadgetry to make your time on the slopes all the more special. From Smartphone apps to clothing, watches to equipment, this has been the year when it’s really paid to get ahead with some top-quality gear.
Already sketching out plans for hitting the pistes this coming winter? These are the finest offerings from 2017 you need to make sure you are taking with you.

 

Leki GoPro Adapter

Designed to capture you and the mountains from all the best angles, this adapter will easily attach to both Leki racing poles and freeride mountaineering poles, offering a far wider variety of shots than a helmet-mounted camera and ensuring you look slick and smooth as you make your way down the pistes.

Snoww Social Tracking App

Not all the best gear need cost the sun and the moon – this is free to download on iPhone but offers an incredible package, combining social media with a video game experience. Using GPS, it can monitor how far you’ve skied, your top speed and energy used, vertical drops taken, and much more. It also allows you to compare your stats with friends, track where they are, and share photos via your online profiles. Make sure you’re king of the mountains and the person to beat!

Powervision Robotics Poweregg Drone

This sleek egg-shaped drone not only looks good but is designed to make you look stunning too – all 360 degrees of you, in fact, with a top-quality 4K HD camera that can capture real-time video from long range. Not only that, but it’s also incredibly practical, being small and light enough to carry with you, and easily operable by remote control.

Suunto Spartan Ultra Sports Watch

The ultimate item for the true pro, this sports watch is packed with amazing features and is the perfect guide for getting the best out of your skiing. Its GPS heatmap allows you to check out the top places for making runs; once there, you can record your speed, altitude and distance, and then share your stats and times with other online users. Don’t let yourself be seen on the slopes and in the après-ski bars without one.

Poc Spine VPD 2.0 Airbag Vest

Keeping yourself protected doesn’t need to look, or feel, bad – thanks to this smooth fitting airbag vest, you can feel comfortable pushing yourself to your limits. Capable of detecting any unavoidable falls you’re due to encounter, it will inflate in less than 100 milliseconds, and is also sensor-fitted to monitor for crashes and cushion your upper body from the impact. Even if you make the odd tumble, you’ll be falling with style.

Before You Hit the Slopes

Looks like you’re all set to go. There’s just one more, slightly less glamorous piece of kit to think about: ski travel insurance. Of course, no matter how much high-tech wizardry you have with you, or how strong your Airbag Vest is, it always pays to have great ski travel insurance cover, so that you can always salvage the best from any bad scrapes you may encounter. For that extra peace of mind, investing in some solid ski travel insurance will ensure you, along with your gear, are safely covered when you’re taking to the slopes – get in touch with InsureMore today to find out how.

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Make Regency Park Hotel Your Base For Dinner Day

Make Regency Park Hotel Your Base For Dinner Day

Make Regency Park Hotel Your Base For Dinner Day
The Berkshire historic terrain is a very desirable and comfortable place to stay during the Christmas season, before you even consider the specific benefits of a prominent local hotel like the Regency Park Hotel – or for that matter, a fine Christmas Day meal opportunity at our disposal. line up for you, your family and friends.

However, Berkshire itself is a fun part of the UK that always runs exciting festivities, and where you will not lack of tourist attractions, including cities like Legoland Windsor and Windsor Castle. Head deeper into central London, and you’ll find enough delights to occupy your tour regardless of your stay.

However, there is one good reason to head to Regency Park Hotel this winter – our Christmas Day Lunch is the perfect way to celebrate this special time with your friends and loved ones.

Exciting Events for Everyone to Enjoy

Now, you would expect a Christmas Day lunch to feel in line with Christmassy, ​​and that definitely applies to us, not least because Santa himself will visit a gift for all the little kids present! However, the food itself – as prepared by our dedicated chef at our famous Watermark Restaurant – will also have a lively vibe.

You can follow up on a glass of champagne provided on arrival with starter such as cream of truffled mushroom soup with roasted focaccia, smoked dill salmon or baked polenta pie. Then, we’ll serve lemon sorbet, before you help yourself with one of our top choices, which includes roast turkey, grilled bream fillet, roast beef ribs and pumpkin ravioli.

Which leaves the dessert problem what you will finish towards the end of your night! What about passion fruit and mango cheesecake with a tulie chip sound, or sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce and honeycomb ice cream? Oh, and with this as time passes, we will also give you a choice of outstanding Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.

Truffles of coffee and chocolate will also be served in the evenings to make everyone present deeper with fervor.

But Not That That Happened This Season

As you can see when you Download Our Christmas Brochure, there are more events besides Christmas Day that you may not want to miss this season at Regency Park Hotel. So, is it Christmas Eve or any other seasonal event you want to use, why hesitate to contact us now so you can book your place? Make Regency Park Hotel Your Base For Dinner Day

What You Need to Know about Life Insurance

What You Need to Know about Life Insurance

Planning your financial future is an effort you must take seriously at any age. A diversified approach is the safest and smartest way to cover all your bases, and life insurance is one aspect that deserves serious consideration. In this day and age, there are many options for your life insurance in Greenville, SC.

Start early

What You Need to Know about Life Insurance

When you are young, it can feel as if nothing is going to happen to you and that life insurance is a cost that you can not achieve at this stage in life. This is the stage of life, however, where the death of a loved one can be the most financially devastating. Most people are unprepared for this kind of financial problems, so having some coverage in the case of tragedy is very important to bounce back. You do not want to leave your loved one with undue financial burden, so life insurance is a must. What You Need to Know about Life Insurance

Consider Your Needs

When looking at life insurance options, there are several factors that should arise for discussion. Your family’s living standards, funeral expenses, income reimbursement, and overall financial situation should be a key factor in your decision.

For example, a couple with double income and no children living in a modest home can get a smaller policy than a home-based parent of 5 children who depend on partner income. If the death of a loved one happens, the last thing you want to worry about is how you will get financially, and a good life insurance policy allows you to focus on the grieving process instead.

Type of Life Insurance What You Need to Know about Life Insurance

The 2 main categories of life insurance options are whole life (or permanent) and time period. Term policies are set to cover a certain period of time, where a lifetime policy is good until you die, even if you live more than 100 years. Each type has its pros and cons, and the decision to be chosen is up to you, based on your needs and preferences.

All life is a general term that covers different types of policies. Universal life, universal variables, and overall traditional life are 3 general types, and each has variations depending on your specific policy. All traditional life involves a fixed amount that the recipients will receive, but other options are good for people who do not want to pay the same amount for the rest of their lives. By submitting a guaranteed amount, you can get life insurance related to other investments, whether it is stock investment, bonds, or money market investments. This can result in a higher rate of return but also represents more risk. This type of policy is great for people who want to combine insurance coverage with investments (a good way to diversify your financial portfolio).

Term policy is straight insurance without investment. Premiums increase with age, and policies can generally be updated from time to time. This is great for people who want coverage in the case of tragedy but want to invest in other media.

Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Life Insurance

Looking at life insurance in Greenville, SC, it can feel great at first. There are many choices, and death is not something people want to consider. The alternative, however, can destroy families, so it is best to take a deep breath and recruit some professional help. Take a good look at your financial situation and determine how much you really need, and explore your options until you find them that fit your needs and your family.