Issuu on Google+

CRD Travel Services

Journeys FALL 足 2013


Welcome to Journeys All About Us Write CRD Travel Services 6261足2100 Bloor St. W. Toronto, ON M6S 5A5 Email info@crdtravel.com Call 416.907.8183 What we do We create handcrafted travel experiences for individuals as well as groups. We help in the planning and organizing of a unique travel experience tailored to meet your specific interests and needs. We also provide consulting services to the travel industry. To inquire about travel Visit: www.crdtravel.com/traveler.html Email: itinerary@crdtravel.com Call: 416.907.8183 x202 9am 足 5pm ET, Mon 足 Fri Consulting queries Visit: www.crdtravel.com/business.html Email: consult@crdtravel.com Call: 416.907.8183 x203

W

elcome to our fall edition. Fall is a great time to travel. This edition will hopefully fire up those trip planning ideas. Fall and travel just seem to go together. Less crowds and good weather await you. To start you thinking about places to visit, we present information about one of the world's great festivals 足 Oktoberfest and the seemingly forgotten Bucharest. One trip we have never been asked to assist with (not that we would not want to) is a visit to cities that share a name in common. Well, we decided to have some fun and get you thinking about cities that share the same name by giving you a couple of pairs of cities with the same name. We constantly look to balance informative content with content to inspire your wanderlust.We are available to refine your ideas or to provide travel ideas that will uniquely fit you. Your opinions about how we are doing are welcomed. If you have a suggestion about what we should be doing more or less of something, let us know. Thanks for all your support. Paul Wilson

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Journeys is owned and produced by CRD Travel Services and made available to friends, fans and travel enthusiasts. Information is correct at the time of writing, but please confirm before making travel plans based on this information. All opinions expressed are our own. We do accept nor do we solicit any payment for expressing any opinion.


contents

BUCHAREST

OKTOBERFEST

COMMON NAMES

Oktoberfest is one of the world's great festivals and we are constantly surprised by the number of people who have never been.

Recently there was a story about two travellers who thought they were on their way Sydney Australia only to find that they arrived at Sydney, Canada a 10,695 mile/17,210 km oops!

You will need to move quickly to make this year's event, but there is always next year.

4

Hope this never happens to you, unless you are inspired after reading this story.

6

Wondering how Bucharest relates to fall? Consider the following: Bucharest is in Romania余 Transylvania is in Romania, Transylvania is the reputed home of Dracula, Dracula is associated with Halloween, Halloween occurs in the fall!

12

CRD TRAVEL SERVICES

| 3


oktoberfest IN

1810,

CROWN PRINCE LUDWIG, LATER TO BECOME KING LUDWIG I, WAS MARRIED TO PRINCESS THERESE OF

THE CITIZENS OF OKTOBERFEST.

MÜNCHEN

SAXE­HILDBURGHAUSEN

AND

WERE INVITED TO CELEBRATE THE HAPPY ROYAL EVENT. THIS WAS THE START OF AN ANNUAL EVENT WE KNOW AS

Oktoberfest is a 16­day festival celebrating beer held annually in Munich, and is the world's largest fair, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending every year. This year's fair is being held from September 21st to October 3rd. Yes there are Oktoberfest's elsewhere, but they all are a derivative of this one. One misconception about Oktoberfest is that it is all about beer – to be honest it's only 95% about beer. This beer is specifically brewed for this festival and as most people know can only be brewed by a select few breweries. If you wanted to you could even dring wine rather than beer at the Kufflers' tent. Getting something to eat is never a problem with traditional foods such as; Hendl (chicken), Schweinebraten (roast pork), Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), are all widely available.

TIP: Come to Oktoberfest to enjoy the beer festival (it should be on your “bucket list”) and come to Munich another time to enjoy a great city – just don't try both things at the same time.

4

|

JOURNEYS

­ FALL 2013


There are activities other than beer drinking. There are great carnival type rides (not suggested after an afternoon and/or evening of beer drinking)and a wide variety of carnival type games. The fair's opening ceremonies are worth attending. At noon sharp, the mayor of Munich taps the first keg of Oktoberfest beer with the traditional cry "O`zapft is!" ("It is tapped!"), followed by a 12 gun salute. After that, all Oktoberfest beer halls are allowed to tap their beer kegs. One thing people who have attended other Oktoberfest celebrations elsewhere may notice missing is there is no dancing. Sure there is music, the occasional chant to go along with some singing, but there is no dancing. To encourage family attendance, each of the two Tuesday afternoons of the Oktoberfest are designated Familiennachmittagen (from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.) with special prices for public transportation and entry. Beer, as previously said, sold at Oktoberfest is unique. It can only be brewed by one of the following breweries: Augustiner; Hacker Pschorr; Hofbräu; Löwenbräu; Paulaner and Spaten. The prices for a "Maß" (one litre) will be between €9.40 and €9.85 in 2013.

CRD TRAVEL SERVICES

| 5


twin cities

THE CONCEPT OF TWINING CITIES IS FAMILIAR TO MOST OF US, BUT WE THINK IT IS MORE INTERESTING WHEN TWO SAME NAME. THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME OF OUR FAVOURITES. WE CHOSE THE MORE INTERESTING ONES)

(YES,

(OR

MORE) CITIES SHARE THE

BEFORE YOU WRITE, WE DO KNOW THERE ARE MANY OTHERS

Granada, Spain & Granada, Nicaragua

WE JUST THINK

Granada, Spain

Granada, Nicaragua

When you visit Granada there are a couple of must do's. Make sure you set aside enough time (most of a day is about right) to see the Alhambra palace. You do want to wander through what we consider to be one of the gems of Granada, the Albayzín neighbourhood.

If you ask most people about Granada Nicaragua a blank stare will be your response – and that is too bad.

Taking time to visit Sacromonte will set you apart from the more causal visitor to Granada. Essential to appreciating Granada is the appreciation for their tapas. The province of Granada (of which Granada is a city in) has a great law that every bar, café or restaurant is required to give customers a free Tapa with the purchase of a beverage. The secret of course is to know where the great tapas are. We have provided five of our current favourites. Of course one of the joys of travel to Granada is the discovery new ones. If you have never been to Granada, you should go and if you have been, then you know you should return for at least the tapas.

Granada is also known as La Gran Sultana, in reflection of its Moorish and Andalusian appearance. Granada is the oldest colonial city in Nicaragua. It was named by Hernández de Córdoba after the Spanish city of Granada in 1524. Most of Granada's streets are narrow, as the city evolved centuries before the advent of motorized vehicles. Therefore, today, many streets allow only one­way traffic. A massive restoration project is under way in Granada. Funded by both public and private interests it is rebuilding this fine city to its original glory. Granada is a great base to explore Masaya (a center of art and culture), the Los Pueblos Blancos and Volcán Mombacho, or even Managua (capital city of Nicaragua), which is just an hour away.

5 Great Tapas Bars in Granada Poë ­ Calle Verónica de la Magdelena, 40

Bodegas Castaneda ­ Almireceros, 1­3

Mariano el Pescador ­ Calle Doctor Fleming, 8

Los Diamantes ­ Calle Navas, 28

Mariscal Delicatessen ­ Avenida de la Constitucion, 36

6

|

JOURNEYS

­ FALL 2013


A

B

C

Photos

A.

Alhambra, Granda ES

C.

Cathedral, Granada ES

B.

D., E. F.

G. H. I.

J.

K.

Doors of Alhambra, Granada ES Tapas, Granada ES

A "coche", Granada NI

D

Colonial houses, Granada NI Central Park, Granada ES

Iglesia de la Merced, Grranada NI Praque Central, Granada NI Hotel Dario, Granada, NI

E

F

G

H

I

J

K


8

|

JOURNEYS

足 FALL 2013

Hermitage, St. Petersburg RU


Saint Petersburg, Russia & St. Petersburg, Florida USA Saint Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Florida

Saint Petersburg should be on everyone's great cities list. Peter the Great's creation cost the lives of thousands of workers who made the Baltic Sea delta inhabitable 300 years ago.

St. Petersburg was conceived and built a century ago primarily for tourists and winter residents. It has one of the most picturesque and pleasant downtown of any city in Florida. When you think of St. Petersburg, Florida, you probably don't think of art, but maybe you should.

Nearly everyone who visits Saint Petersburg visits the Hermitage and Winter Palace. The Winter Palace would be a museum itself even if it didn't hold the Hermitage Museum, one of the world's largest and most valuable collections of fine art. The mistake many people make is trying to see it too quickly. Spending a day here is strongly recommend. Also, strongly recommended is the Russky Muzei (Russian Museum). It houses 32,000 pieces of artworks from the 12th to the 20th century giving the visitor an unsurpassed survey of Russian art. Having not being there in the winter we cannot vouch for this, but people who visit St. Petersburg in the fall/winter rave about it (just make sure to pack warm clothes).

The Salvador Dali Museum houses the largest collection outside Europe of the works of the artist Salvador Dalí. The Museum of Fine Arts contributes an excellent collection of European, American, pre­Columbian, and Far Eastern art, with works by artists such as Fragonard, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, and Gauguin. Art is not the only claim to fame St. Petersburg has. It is said that the great game of shuffleboard was born here. While this fact can be debated there is little doubt that St. Petersburg is the epicentre of all things shuffleboard.

5 Facts About Shuffleboard*

∙ shuffleboard court is 39 feet long by 6 feet wide ∙ shuffleboard discs are 6 inches in diameter and weigh about 15 oz ∙ has been played for over 500 years ∙ this year's championship is the 32nd world championship ∙ a international hall of fame located in Clearwater, FL * this is important because the world championship is in St. Petersburg in Oct. CRD TRAVEL SERVICES

| 9


YES, WE CHEATED A LITTLE BIT ON THIS ONE, BUT THE OPPORTUNITY TOO INCLUDE FOUR SIGNIFICANT CITIES WAS TO GOOD TO PASS UP.

Santiago (de Compostela), Spain & Santiago (de Chile), Chile & Santiago (de los Cab Santiago (de Compostela), Spain

Santiago (de Chile), Chile

Many people (reportedly over 200,000 a year) visit this city as the conclusion of the pilgrimage “The Way of St. James”. They have been doing this since medieval times. Today, in addition to those undertaking a religious pilgrimage, many more simply want to walk the route for their own reasons. Walking is how most people choose to complete the route, a few ride a bicycle and some choose to ride a horse or donkey.

This is a city of great contrasts, much of the time this city is gray and dirty, but on occasions it clears and you can view the majestic mountains that surround the city. Its arts and culture does not overwhelm at first glance, unlike it neighbour Buenos Aires, but if you look carefully you will be rewarded.

Visiting Santiago de Compostela, no matter if you walk here or not, is worth doing. Its cathedral and well preserved old town are well worth the visit.

10

|

JOURNEYS

­ FALL 2013

Too often Santiago is looked upon as an arrival and departure point on the way to the more “interesting” parts of Chile. You owe yourself to make Santiago more than a step along the way to somewhere else.


alleros), Dominican Republic, Santiago (de Cuba), Cuba Santiago (de los Caballeros), Dominican Republic

Santiago (de Cuba), Cuba

This is the side of the Dominica Republic most visitors don't see. Away from the coast and its beaches', Santiago is the 2nd largest city in the Dominican Republic. The wonderful city streets full of shops and restaurants and various interesting historical sites.

Santiago is Cuba's 2nd largest city and home to Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca. This fortress was initially designed in 1637 as a defense against raiding pirates. The structure we see today was built in 1738­ 1740. The fortress was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997, it is cited as the best preserved and most complete example of Spanish­American military architecture.

One the best times to come here, is during the month of February when Carnival is on. This celebration has all the essential elements for a great carnival celebration: streets are filled with loud music, colourful parades, and bizarre Carnival masks.

Santiago offers more than the fortress however as just about every Cuban music genre from salsa to son first emanated from somewhere in these streets. If you can endure the touts long enough Santiago's the city's casco histórico (historical center) is well worth exploring. Santiago because of location, weather and general aggregation is not the easiest location to visit, but if you want to receive a broader sense of the elements that constitute both the present and historical Cuba it is indispensable.

CRD TRAVEL SERVICES

| 11


bucureşti

BUCHAREST WAS ONCE KNOWN AS LITTLE PARIS. DUE TO SOME BRUTAL URBAN PLANNING

DECISIONS MADE IN THE RECENT PAST, MEANS TODAY'S VISITORS TODAY HAVE TO WORK HARD TO FIND ITS GEMS.

If you were to ask us what major centre would be most like the capitals explored by tourists on the grand tour at the turn of the previous century. We might surprise you by saying Bucharest.

Cimitirul Bellu (Bellu Cemetery) Founded in the 1850s, this is Bucharest's most historic cemetery, and the final resting place of just about every great Romanian you can think of.

Casa Poporului (Parliament Palace) When we refer to bad urban planning decisions made by Ceausescu, this is the result. The 3,100­room 12 story building was built to house all departments of the communist state is today the parliament buildings for Bulgaria. 12

|

JOURNEYS

­ FALL 2013

Bucharest is a treasure trove of Art Nouveau buildings. Many of which are in an unaltered state. Bulgaria, of which Bucharest is the capital, is one of the poorest countries in Europe. This has meant their travel infrastructure is simple as compared to its neighbours. For example, only recently has a tourist office opened in Bucharest. Bucharest has also suffered at the hands of Ceausescu who in failed city planning tore up a large area of the centre of Bucharest

Muzeul National George Enescu (George Enescu Museum) Some people mistakenly believed this to be George Enescu's former home. It was built for George Cantacuzino in 1905 and in 1956 opened as a museum dedicated to the life and work of George Enescu.


so the building now known as Casa Populd be built. Most visitors will gravitate toward the old medieval merchant district of Lipscani, mainly because it escaped the attentions of Ceausescu. The area takes its name from German immigrants from Leipzig, or Lipsca, who first settled here in the 1400s. This past is also reflected in some of the street names, such as Covaci, a reference to furriers, and Cavafii, which refers to knife makers. Today the craft­based businesses have given way to antique stores and cafes, making it a fascinating place to browse or people­watch.

Muzeul de Istorie Naturală Grigore Antipa (Grigore Antipa Museum of Natural History) One of the best natural history museums in Europe, which benefited from a three year, €14 million refit. Named in honor of a long time curator.

MNAR; Muzeul National de Arta (National Art Museum) Housed in inside thed former Royal Palace. There are two permanent galleries; National Art and European Paintings and Sculpture, a fine collection of Old European Masters.

Muzeul Taranului Roman (Peasant Museum) The museum offers a range of exhibitions showing you all you need to know about the diverse and fascinating history of life over the past four centuries. There are exhibitions covering all aspects of peasant life, from hand­ painted Easter eggs to terracotta pottery.

CRD TRAVEL SERVICES

| 13


Journeys © CRD Travel Services ­ 2013


Journeys - Fall 2013