The drama and sheer variety of Scotland's natural features never fails to impress visitors. Though small, the country offers an amazing range of landscapes, from the gentle rolling hills of Dumfries and Galloway to the breathtaking peaks of the Cairngorms, and from the rugged coastlines of the north east to the sub-tropical gardens of Wester Ross.
We invite you to visit the website of Scotlandâ€˜s Tourism Board to find more information: http://www.visitscotland.com
Scotland's Six Cities
Each of Scotland's six cities has a distinctive character of its own but all guarantee their visitors a vibrant mix of history, culture and entertainment, stirred together with some of the best retail therapy in the UK! But if the cosmopolitan pace gets too much, then an escape to the tranquility of Scotland's breathtaking landscape is never more than a short trip from each. So whether you opt for a dedicated city-break or use them as a base to explore the surrounding countryside, Scotland's cities offer a truly memorable experience. Use the links below to explore each city further:
Aberdeen : The 'Granite City' of Aberdeen is a prosperous, cosmopolitan city, boasting spectacular architecture and captivating museums, fascinating history, a wealth of art and culture and a lively social scene.
Dundee: Dundee, Scotland's fourth largest city is a lively commercial, cultural, and artistic centre that's an increasingly popular choice as a short city-break destination or for a great family day out.
Edinburgh: The Scottish capital is one of Europe's most attractive and historic cities. Its famed international festivals attract the world's leading performers, galleries display cutting-edge art, and bars, restaurants and clubs create a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Glasgow: Scotland's biggest city is brimming with style and culture, thanks to its irresistible blend of internationally acclaimed museums and galleries, stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, fabulous shopping and superlative wining and dining.
Inverness: Known as the Capital of the Highlands, Inverness is a prosperous hub with an enviable location on the River Ness at the head of the Great Glen, making it an ideal base for exploring the many attractions in the surrounding countryside.
Sterling : Stirling is Scotland's heritage capital, the stage for some of the most significant events in the nation's history. But the city has also has a modern, cosmopolitan edge, thanks to its fusion of locals, students and tourists, attractive shops and leisure areas.
Visit Finland's Many Faces Finlandâ€˜s landscapes are a glorious variation on the themes of forest and water, where the comforts of modern life are never far away. Yet each region has its distinct character, from the wilds of Lapland to the inspiring lakes of the East and the archipelagos of the South-West. Finland is full of interesting contrasts, such as the four seasons, the midnight sun and the long
winter nights and the different cultural heritages of the Eastern and Western parts of the country. The Magic of Harriniva Holiday Centre Snow! The first snow coverage was received on 27th of October, right on time! The near-by fells are covered with eager skiers trying out their skis the first time this season. The Muonio and Kittilä villages are covered in white sheet, the trees are wearing their white winter clothing and the elves ... Read more
Top 10 Amazing Winter Attractions There‘s far more to the Finnish winter than putting on a pair of skis and charging down a hill at top speed! How about spending the night in an igloo? Step on board a working icebreaker, explore a castle made from snow, or experience the world‘s only ski lift that‘s also a sauna… only in Finland! Read more
Finnish Christmas Christmas is probably the Finns' most important festive period, regarded widely as a family event. Christmas in Finland is celebrated over three days, with the main festivities taking place on Christmas Eve (December 24), when Finns eat Christmas dinner and gifts are distributed. Christmas Day is a ... Read more
Palace Kamp Day Spa's Wintry Suomi Menu Experience the exotic side of Finnish culture and the power of traditional and all-natural Finnish ingredients. Let the fragrances of Finnish forest and the earthy gifts of Finnish nature renew your strength and pamper your skin inside the luxurious Palace Kämp Day Spa, warmly tucked away from the c ... Read more
The Lapland Super Skipass is valid in Yllas, Olos, Pallas and Levi Ylläs Freedom of seven Fells - First in the world there is a sauna in one of the gondolas in Ylläs. NEW! 1 ticket 4 resorts - The Lapland Super Skipass is valid in Ylläs, Olos, Pallas and Levi. Unlimited skiing in each of these resort! Read more
Winter Helsinki - Your Local Winter Warmer Helsinki‘s stunning range of visual arts can be admired in many quality museums and galleries. Helsinki‘s bar and café culture is very active in the wintertime, especially during the run-up to Christmas in November and December. This dark time of the year is brightened up by countless parties. Read more
Top Five Reasons to Visit Finland in Winter Some people come to meet Santa, some for the snow-sure skiing at one of our top resorts. Some want to join our Christmas celebrations, and some plan luxury breaks to revitalise body, mind and spirit. Others seek non-stop winter adventure, and they know just where to find it… Read more
We invite you to visit the website of Finland‘s Tourism Board to find more information: http://www.visitfinland.com
Palais des congrès de Montréal
Strategically located in Montréal‘s downtown core, the Palais des congrès represents the city‘s nexus, connecting the business center, the Quartier international, the Quartier des spectacles, Chinatown and Old Montréal. Only 20 minutes from the city‘s international airport and near several thousand hotel rooms, the Palais is easily accessible by car, public transit, bike or you can walk. You can also reach the Palais through the city‘s underground pedestrian network. Renowned for flexibility and superior quality services, our team works hard to offer you — exhibitors, planners and visitors — a unique and memorable experience in an open and natural environment, where form meets function beautifully. ACCESS Public Transportation By car Shuttles-Bus and loading Docks Adapted services Thanks to its strategic location, the Palais is easily accessible whatever the mode of transport: walk outdoors or use the underground pedestrian networks in downtown Montréal, take the subway to Place-d'Armes métro station or drive. The Palais offers ample parking nearby. The Palais building occupies the entire block bordered by Viger Avenue (north), Saint-Antoine Street (south), Saint-Urbain Street (east), and Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle (west), an extension of De Bleury Street.
We invite you to visit the website of the Palais des Congrès de Montréal to find more information: http://www.congresmtl.com/fr/index.aspx
MONTRÉAL, ACCESSIBLE CITY… An international destination of choice, Montréal is easily accessed by land, water and air. Downtown is a mere 20 minutes from the airport, which handles some 200 flights daily. Visitors will find this compact island city great for walking, and can easily—and safely— explore its vibrant neighborhoods‘ on foot, at any time of the day or night. Montréal is also multicultural, boasting more than 80 ethnic communities, and enjoys an outstanding reputation worldwide for gourmet dining. Public transit is not only affordable; it‘s also a great way to get around the city. Quick, safe and clean, the metro connects downtown to major tourism attractions, as well as to numerous bus stops and train stations. In addition, cycling enthusiasts enjoy 350 kilometers of bicycle paths, many of which lead to major tourist areas.
THE NUTCRACKER - LES GRANDS BALLETS CANADIENS This holiday classic never ceases to dazzle young and old with its timeless fairyland fantasy. Read full article
WARHOL LIVE From September 25, 2008, to January 18, 2009, Warhol Live is on display at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts.
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Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967 : A unique look between avant-garde art and rock music at the Musée d’art contemporain.
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THE SALON DES METIERS D’ART DU QUEBEC For fresh new holiday gift ideas, the Salon des métiers d’art is one of the season’s top picks.
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We invite you to visit the website of the Tourism board of Montréal to find more information: http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/
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Welcome to Strasbourg !
―Strateburgum‖, at the crossroads! Two-thousand-year-old capital, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, devoted to arts and sciences, Strasbourg cultivates a sprightly cosmopolitanism and a so precious art of living... Quality hospitality and state-of-art Convention centre to host national and international events: 2hours20 minutes from Paris with the TGV, the European capital is delighted to welcome you. Strasbourg, the European Capital is Front Page News! The arrival of the TGV, the challenge of eco-mobility (the first tram network in France), hotel construction projects in the works, the opening of the Zenith… Strasbourg is truly brimming with excitement. With high-speed accessibility, it has become once again for many organizers a destination of choice. At Strasbourg Événements, we can measure it by the intensity of the 2007 season – 358 events with 810,000 visitors – and a booked calendar straight into 2012. On the organisational side, after the successful 12th edition of St-art-Lille – our contemporary art fair, we are now ―exporting‖ the concept in 2008 by co-producing the first St‘art-Lille with our friends from the North. On the hosting side, numerous international conferences are in development for the next 5 years: the future is all the news in Strasbourg! Is it the ‗TGV Effect‘? Not entirely, even if the brakes on commercialisation have been forever disengaged and even though its ‗booster‘ effect is undeniable. We continue to move forward: after a programme of construction and expansion these past two years, the Convention and Conference Centre is better designed, more attractive and more functional, meeting the demands of our clients with centralized services (hosting, stand design…). And 2008 marks a turning point for our organisation, with the opening of the Strasbourg Convention Bureau, a veritable ticket-window for convention planners. Strasbourg Événements created this idea and set it in motion. With all the major players gathered under one umbrella (institutions, hotels, caterers, transporters…) Strasbourg gets a significant promotion in synergy and gains strength and canvassing power on the international market. Having the spotlight shine on our magnificent and welcoming urban and cultural capital should position this beautiful city as The European Hub for economic meetings.
Strasbourg, the heart of Europe... As an international capital and a mainstay of the European Union, Strasbourg is the hometown of a number of major European institutions including the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights.... Strasbourg is also home to a major political and diplomatic presence. The town boasts no less than 46 embassies, 30 consulates and around a hundred international NGOs. Along with New York and Geneva it shares the privilege of hosting a major international organisation without being a national capital. The European Parliament The European Court of Human Rights The Council of Europe The European Ombudsman The Pharmacopoeia The international television channel ARTE reaches some 15 million viewers, broadcasting programmes throughout the whole of Europe from Strasbourg.
Strasbourg has its sights set on the future… and aims to become a European culture capital in 2013 ! The Council of Europe's web site : www.coe.int
Art and Culture : The town is globally renowned in the field of classical, lyrical and contemporary music thanks among other things to its Philharmonic Orchestra, the Strasbourg percussion ensemble and the National Rhine Opera. As a city known for its willingness to promote expression and emerging cultures, Strasbourg offers artists a wide range of places to stay and work. The Strasbourg National Theatre (the Théâtre National de Strasbourg or ―TNS‖) and its school, the Théâtre Jeune Public (Youth Theatre), the "Maillon - Théâtre de Strasbourg" and the Laiterie each year provide countless sources of creativity, attracting theatre troupes, actors and directors from far and wide. The town's diverse cultural scene is backed up by a number of superb museums (the Alsatian Museum, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, or the Zoological Museum, etc). Strasbourg's museums We invite you to visit the website of the Palais des Congrès de Strasbourg to find more information: http://www.strasbourg-events.com
“If a beauty contest were held among Croatia’s coastal resorts, then Rovinj would win every time.” ABTA magazine, July 2008
Rovinj, the ―Blue Pearl of the Adriatic‖, is one of the most picturesque towns in the Mediterranean. Part of the Venetian Empire for over 500 years, the old town is perched on a pear-shaped peninsula high up on a hill, crowded with Venetian terracotta-roofed houses and crowned by the 18th century Church of St Euphemia, whose bell tower dominates Rovinj's skyline. Atmospheric cobbled alleys in the old town invite visitors to wander around and explore colourful galleries and shops, filled with local arts and crafts. In the open-air market visitors will find stalls with fresh produce, such as asparagus, olives, tomatoes, herbs, figs and cheese. The Italian influence is much stronger here than anywhere else in Croatia, and the central square is edged with lively cafes and restaurants spreading out on to a charming harbour crammed with sailing and fishing boats – perfect to watch the world go by. Rovinj is in the heart of gastronomic Croatia, with heady white truffles, freshly caught seafood and fish and Istrian prosciutto, washed down with exquisite Teran, Merlot or Malvazija, the local blossomy white wine. High summer days in Rovinj are spent on the pine-backed, pebbly beaches. But there is more to Rovinj than beachfront chic and those wanting to explore the delights of the region will find that Rovinj is an excellent base, all the year round. Well worth an excursion is the nearby town of Pula which has an impressive Roman amphitheatre (the 6th largest in the world) and art deco market. Another highlight is a visit to Motovun, a dramatic hilltop-style town which stages an international film festival every August. A short boat ride away are the Brijuni Islands, a stunning archipelago of 12 islands, where a safari train will take
visitors across the main island. For the outdoor enthusiast, the region offers incredibly diverse landscapes – from the rocky coast to pine-clad mountains and hills draped in cypress trees and olive groves. A highlight is the 11km long nearby Lim Fjord, a protected nature area perfect for sea kajaking or Nordic Walking. Other recreational activities in the area include hiking, biking or free climbing in the unique forest preserve Zlatni Rt, a nature reserve with cedar and pine trees and shady paths leading to rocky coves, and of course water-based sports such as diving, snorkeling or sailing. Rovinj is easily reached from the UK, by flying to Trieste, Ljubljana, Zagreb or Rijeika, but the closest airport is Pula (served by Ryanair), an easy half-hour transfer from Hotel Monte Mulini. Rovinj can also be reached by boat from Venice. Monuments and notable landmarks in Rovinj: St. Euphemia's Church Baroque Archway - Balbijev luk The clock tower with St. Mark's lion The church of St. Thomas The church of the Holy Cross The Holy Trinity Chapel Franciscan Monastery Town Museum The Batana Museum House The Ruđer Bošković Institute Aquarium Zlatni rt - Punta Corrente Palud Swamp – ornithological reserve St. Andrew's Island
Hotels Monte Mulini | Lone (2010.) | Eden | Istra | Park | Adriatic | Katarina | Valdaliso Resorts Amarin | Villas Rubin Awards "Tourism flower – Quality for Croatia" Town of Rovinj – 2008 champion of Croatian tourism. "Tourism flower – Quality for Croatia" Town of Rovinj – the best tourist destination (with over 10.000 beds) on the Croatian Adriatic. The best arranged tourist town in Croatia of the year 2008 "Blue Flower" The best arranged tourist town in Croatia of the year 2007 "Blue Flower" The second best tourist destination in Croatia of the year 2007 "Tourist Flower - Quality for Croatia" The best developed and arranged tourist city in Croatia in 2006 "Blue Flower"
Whilst you are staying in Dubrovnik, it is possible to get information and maps in a number of places in the city. The main tourist information centres are found on the Stradun and at Pile. You can enjoy a wide range of excellent food and drinks in lots of restaurants and inns in Dubrovnik‘s centre. Try some traditional Dalmatian cooking that famously combines simplicity and freshness, or try some fish specialities and sea food served with authentic Dalmatian wine from the Pelješac peninsula. They are especially tasty after a walk in Dubrovnik‘s ancient centre. For all those who want to have some fun and unwind, just as with the restaurants, you should definitely try what is on offer in the centre where there are cafes, lounge bars, clubs and other fun places to relax in.
When you walk through the city centre in the summer, when life in Dubrovnik moves out into the open air, you will find lots of street performers. Dance music fans will come into their own at the night clubs located at the city entrances. Anyone who wants a true summer holiday will find their spot in the sun and sea: either on the beaches of the Valamar hotels on Babin kuk, where the beaches of the Hotel Dubrovnik President are particularly notable, or on Dubrovnik‘s public beaches Banje, Buža, Danče… or even the beaches in Lapad bay. Whilst you are staying in Dubrovnik you can go on day trips to the surrounding areas. Visit the Elaphiti islands, Pelješac peninsula, the island of Korčula… Seize the day, visit Ston, Zaton, Trsteno, Cavtat… A very good road, air and sea transport system connects Dubrovnik to the rest of the globe. The city bus lines and taxi services will take you to the coast, Dubrovnik airport is very well connected, and the Jadrolinija ferries and private boats will offer you safe passage on the sea. Most of the shops are found in Dubrovnik‘s historical centre, where there are small crafts-shops that offer visitors souvenirs and art-work to exclusive boutiques. We also recommend the Gruža area, which is where the port and bus stations are located, and where there are a number of larger shopping centres.
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