Scotland is renamed for its beautiful scenery and its industrial heritage, and by taking a holiday close to the River Clyde you will be able to experience both of those things.
There is plenty of good accommodation to use as a base for exploring the area, but if you are looking for something a little more luxurious than the norm why not try castle holidays in Scotland?
Staying in a castle will ensure that if you have been enjoying the countryside or walking round former industrial sites, you will end your day in stylish surroundings.
There is lots of evidence of industrial activity on the banks of the Clyde, as the river played an important role in the development of trade in Scotland.
David Dale chose to use the power of the river when he constructed his mill at New Lanark in the 18th century and the village that grew up around the facility is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in recognition of his son-in-law Robert Owen's development of social and welfare programs for workers.
The Clyde also became an important center for shipbuilding during the Industrial Revolution and that tradition still continues. The trade no longer employs the vast numbers it once did, but you can still see evidence of the dockyards along the river banks.
Booking castle holidays in the UK will also provide you with the perfect opportunity to explore the natural beauty of parts of the Clyde. The river ever flows into the Firth of Clyde, which is home to some of Europe's most stunning scenery, but there are other areas you are likely to enjoy visiting.
Follow the river south-east of Glasgow and you will discover the tranquil setting of Strathclyde Country Park, with its artificial loch, natural wetlands, woods, wildlife and river views.
There are also some fascinating historic attractions to see while in the area around the park. The pilgrimage site of Carfin Grotto and the Chatelherault hunting lodge both attract thousands of visitors each year, as does Hamilton Mausoleum, which counts having the longest echo of any European building as its claim to fame.
It is also worth stopping to see the ruins of Bothwell Castle, which was the scene of a number of battles during the Wars of Scottish Independence, thanks to its strategically-important location adjacent to a crossing point on the Clyde. …
Following the recent killing of the British honeymoon couple on the Caribbean island of Antigua many are now questioning how safe these idyllic paradise-like islands are for the millions of visitors who choose to holiday there each year. With many newspapers reporting on this horrific event it is no surprise that many subsequent articles have chosen not only to concentrate on the facts surrounding the case, but also to focus on the “perceived problem” of crime permeating not just Antigua but other islands throughout the Caribbean. But is this popular region of the world really as unsafe as recent media reports have indicated?
The simple answer is “no”. Of course the Caribbean is not a crime free destination. Like anywhere else in the world all the islands of the Caribbean experience varying degrees of mainly petty crime, such as theft. Whilst some of the larger islands such as Jamaica and Trinidad might also experience more serious and violent crime such as rape or murder, these crimes are nearly always perpetrated by locals against locals and hardly ever visitors, and these crimes are still relatively rare in comparison to many of the countries where tourists to these islands actually come from. This is why the recent murder of the honeymoon couple in Antigua made such major headlines, as it really was a rare and isolated incident. In fact the last tourist homicide on Antigua took place over ten years ago.
Nearly 97,000 tourists from the UK alone visited the island of Antigua in 2007 and most of these visitors will no doubt confirm that during their stay they experienced nothing but a warm climate, beautiful beaches and friendly hospitality from the majority of local people. The island has so much to offer visitors and is one of the Caribbean’s most popular tourist islands. For the last two years Antigua has also won awards as best wedding and honeymoon destination because of its appeal to couples looking for an exotic and beautiful destination for their wedding or honeymoon.
It is also a much cheaper holiday destination now due to the strength of the pound against the US dollar in comparison to the Euro. Many hotels and resorts also offer free weddings for couples staying for a specified minimum duration or for couples who wish to book additional rooms for their guests. One of the best destination for Caribbean holiday is The Inn at English Harbour.
Getting married on the island of Antigua could not be easier. Couples are able to get married on the same day they arrive on the island if they wish once they purchase a local licence from the correct Government office. All weddings conducted at local hotels, resorts or other not religious venues such as on one of the island’s 365 beautiful beaches, are civil ceremonies conducted by a marriage officer. Couples can also get married in one of the island’s many churches. Weddings conducted on Antigua, as well as all the other islands of the Caribbean are …
About the United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is located in Western Europe, northwest of France between the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea. It is not very large, about the size of Oregon and is home to over 60 million people.
The UK is made up of four distinct regions – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, making it very culturally and ethnically diverse. It may seem that everyone in the UK could be called English, but many people in the UK, especially those in Wales and Scotland may be offended by this. The term "English" refers to natives of England and "British" to citizens of Great Britain.
The majority of people in the UK speak English, but many areas have strong local accents and even dialects which may be difficult to understand. In Wales, Welsh is the language of choice – a Celtic language similar to Gaelic. Welsh is also spoken in some areas of Scotland.
Business dress in the UK is very conservative – dark colors, such as black, navy blue and charcoal are very popular as are heavy fabrics such as wool.
Tips for Men
o Avoid dress shirts with pockets and if they do have pockets, they should be kept empty. The only exception to this is a handkerchief.
o Ties with stripes should not be worn as the pattern may "belong" to a club, military regiment or school of which you are not a member.
o Wear shoes that lace, not those that slip on such as loafers.
Tips for Women
Business dress for women in the UK is not as limited as men's but a conservative appearance is still important.
Most offices in the UK are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. However, most employees work longer hours as they prefer to complete their work at the office instead of bringing it home.
Government offices are open from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm and are closed for lunch from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
The best time of day to make an appointment is in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Breakfast and lunch meetings tend to be rare – outside of major cities.
The UK has only eight national holidays a year, the lowest number in Europe. Most families with children will take annual vacations in July or August and the majority of businesses are closed between Christmas and New Years.
Conversations and Behavior
Many people in the UK are private and reserved – finding it difficult to engage in small talk with strangers. Beginning a meeting with a handshake is customary and a formal greeting is viewed as a sign of respect.
The English have very good manners and they view Americans as too casual, especially in speech. Be sure to speak clearly, in complete sentences and keep your speech at an even tone. Avoid animated conversations and a lot of hand gestures. …
This mountainous land is the smallest country in Central Asia but is the traditional on ramp to the Silk Road from China. Three primary caravan routes ran through Tajikistan’s Tien-Shan and Pamir mountain ranges.
Only around 7% of the land is arable, nearly all of in the fertile Fergana Valley in the north, which produces the major agricultural crop, cotton, which, along with aluminum, are country’s major exports.
Tajikistan’s capital and largest city is Dushanbe, modern and European styled, with broad tree-lined boulevards and a spectacular backdrop of snow capped mountain peaks. The city features numerous squares and monuments commemorating the Persian influences of the past and its surroundings contain many recreational areas, mountain parks and gorges, one with a 100 foot waterfall.
The National Museum of Archaeology contains the 1600 year old ‘Tajik Buddha,’ now thought to be the largest statue of its kind in Central Asia. The museum also houses displays of Zoroastrian and Buddhist artifacts.
Khujand is the country’s second largest city and an ancient Silk Road trade center. Located at the entrance to the fertile Fergana Valley, Khujand is cited as the easternmost city established by Alexander the Great. As such, it has a rich history and many preserved architectural and cultural sites. It also happens to be a popular mountaineering center in a country where half the land lies higher than 9,000 feet above sea level and which has a number of peaks taller than 20,000 feet.
Near to the border with Uzbekistan is Penjikent, which lay on the only route from the East to Samarkand and flourished from the 5th Century. Arabs destroyed the city in the 8th Century and the ruins were discovered in the last hundred years. Today, the excavation site has been turned into a memorial reserve where tourists can visit a medieval citadel, palace, public buildings, dwellings and a necropolis.
Midway between Penjikent and Dushanbe lies the emerald gem Iskander Kul (lake). The lake is at an elevation of 7,000 among the 4,000 plus peaks of the Fan mountains, which contain many other hiking, fishing or skiing spots for Dushanbe’s residents.
To the east is the larger Kara Kul situated amongst high, barren highlands that, with their errie atmosphere and yak herds, are reminiscent of Tibet. The lake is often accessed from Kyrgyzstan, heading west from Osh.…
From the coast of Maine to Key West, from The Pacific Northwest to Antarctica, tall ships offer a unique experience. Sailing vessels of centuries-old designs moved goods all over the world in the seventeenth, eighth and nineteenth centuries; now they enjoy an esteemed place in the minds and hearts of modern men and women.
Tall ships used the public's imagination in the 1970s after having been relegated to the history books; everyone alive and conscious during the US 1976 bicentennialembers the glorious sight of scores of tall ships sailing into New York harbor, past the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan's skyline. Since then, all over the world maintain fleets of tall ships as some sort of maritime ambassadors; and many small private companies have sprung up to offer both short cruises and ones lasting days.
In Maine, the owners of the schooner Mary Kay have been offering windjammer cruises since 1950, long before the tall ships craze hit. The cruises, lasting from three to six days, sail out of Camden, Maine and explore the islands and coastal passes of Maine. Accommodations on this specially designed schooner include a choice of single, double, or triple occupancy cabins and a saloon, featuring a cozy fireplace, offering delicious meals prepared by an experienced chef.
Adventure on the High Seas
If you're looking for adventure on the high seas, the Liberty Fleet offers a two-week cruise on a gaff-rigged schooner, a replica of the famous nineteenth-century Baltimore clippers, from Key West, Florida to Boston, Massachusetts in May of 2006, with a stop in Charleston, South Carolina and a possible additional stop in on Nantucket or Block Island before arriving at its final destination in Boston. Participants can either relax onboard or be put to work as part of the crew, learning navigation and other maritime skills. In the fall, the ship participates in a series of schooner races and short sails stopping in Provincetown, Baltimore, Norfolk, Virginia, Charleston, and back to Key West; participants can sign on for any leg of the southward journey.
For the most adventurous among us, the bark Europa offers a 22 day voyage from Argentina to Antarctica and back, featuring a full itinerary with many stops along the way to explore the unique natural environment of this remote region of the world, with its unusual animal life, volcanic geological formations, looming ice cliffs, and geo-thermal pools.
Anyone who loves sailing would find one of these adventures – whether a day-long jaunt or a three-week Antarctic tour – the ultimate sailing experience, a voyage tied to centuries of maritime history and offering a unique vantage point on the world. And these three opportunities represent only a fraction of the many seafaring voyages available to every corner of the world. …
Grand Canyon is huge, so it is a good way to see this area by a helicopter. I luckily had a chance to have such an exciting tour. I began my tour at the Grand Canyon National Airport, which is located in Tusayan.
When I get into my helicopter, I was given a safety briefing, and got a small life vest pack and headset. And then I sat on my seat and the helicopter was ready to fly. As this was my first time flying on a helicopter, I was a little bit worried. But when it took off, I realized it was very safe and felt relaxed.
My helicopter was ECO-star. Because of its wraparound glass, tourist can have full vision of the whole area. I sat in a leather seat, and I had to say that it was really comfortable. The helicopter flew quietly and it didn’t have any shaking, so I can concentrate on the dramatic beauty. It seemed that I was taking a bird’s-eye view from a bubble above the canyon.
There were two kinds of tours, one is Canyon Dancer tour takes and another one is The Canyon Spirit trip. The former one will take you flying over Kalibab National Forest, the Colorado River and the North Rim. But I think the later one is more interesting. Tourist can experience the formations and the depth of the Canyon. I finally knew how deep the Canyon is. I spent 45 minutes to finish this great trip.
Our pilot was also our tour guide, and he was informative. He answered our questions and guide us to see formations. I was surprised to see that some trees were turning golden under the sunlight, and the red earth made the Canyon an amazing place. I kept on taking photos, and I want to memorize the beautiful scenery forever.
After I landed, I bought the DVD of our flight and a photo of our group. They witnessed my whole tour. Furthermore, there were many souvenirs with Grand Canyon Logo, such as sweatshirts, hats and t-shirts. I bought a hat and intended to send it to my father. This short trip was very great.…