Monthly Archives: February 2012

A day in Liechtenstein

Deutsch: Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz

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Liechtenstein is one of the smallest and one of the richest countries in the World. Many people who visit Western Austria or Eastern Switzerland have it on their To-Do List for one reason, its another country to visit, without too much effort. Most of them go to Vaduz, the Capital of Liechtenstein and are somehow disappointed after their visit – there is not too much to see. But there are some places that should be considered and I want to give you a short list of them:

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A London 2012 Olympics Travel Guide

The city of London has been an iconic city for centuries, as well as one of the top tourism destinations on Earth. In 2012, the capital city of the United Kingdom will also serve as the host city for the Summer Olympics. Although the city is typically busy and full of action, there is no denying that the atmosphere will be even more exciting during the summer months of 2012. The official dates of the Olympic Games are between 27 July 2012 and 12 August 2012, but it can be expected that the city will be busier than normal in the days and weeks prior to the event as well as after. Let this article serve as your guide to tourism during the 2012 London Olympics, including everything from accommodation to dining and local area attractions.

The photo above shows a view of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London.

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Accommodation in London: As might be expected during an event of this size, accommodation will be an issue for visitors in London during the Summer Olympics in 2012. Many of the largest hotels in the city centre are already fully booked, both because of international travellers and the athletes themselves who need accommodation for the event. Thankfully, there are many specifically designated London Olympics rentals available for travellers. Choose from London apartment’s right in the heart of the Olympic Zone or housing rentals further away from the centre. Whatever you decide, try to book accommodations as soon as possible to prevent disappointment, as it is predicted that nearly every available bed in London will be full for the events.

Attractions in London: For many, the main attraction in London will be the Olympic events themselves. However, there is much to see and do in the city aside from the games. On days where you are without tickets or just want a break from the action, be sure to visit some of the famed landmarks in London like the Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.

The photo above shows the London Olympics 2012 logo.

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Tickets for the Olympics: There was some controversy surrounding the sale of tickets for the 2012 London Olympics. As might be expected, there was a far greater demand for tickets than was available. By the beginning of 2012, all the available tickets have been bought and the only ways to secure additional tickets are by purchasing them through individuals rather than the official vendor for the Olympics.

Transportation during the Olympics: One of the major concerns for the logistics of the London Olympics in 2012 is the issue of transport. The best choice for travellers is to purchase an Oyster card in advance in order to travel quickly and affordably on public transport. Most venues will have two or more means of transport for spectators to use in order to alleviate congestion. Venues outside of the city, such as Portsmouth which will be used for sailing events, will need to be reached by private car in most cases.

By reading this guide, visitors will be prepared for their trips to London during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Although much of the planning needs to be done in advance with regard to accommodation and ticketing, there will be many attractions to explore around the city at a moment’s notice.

This article was written by Alan Horton. He is a regular author of travel and social media articles, to view more of Alan’s work click on his Google+ profile

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Thing to do in Berlin?

Hi,

I am currently planning my trip to Berlin next week and I am not sure what to visit when going to Berlin?

I guess a lot of people already here visited Berlin already and would like to ask you to give my your best tips about places to see, restaurants or bars to visit, hotels and special places that you could recommend me.

I have already found some interesting articles in the Blogosphere.

Please give me your recommendations!

I will write a blog post after my visit, where I will give my impressions about your tips and am happy to share the best posts, that people recommended to me (including back links).

I already booked my visit at the Bundestag (thanks to Kathy at trippykath.wordpress.com) and I will attend the ITB for two days, the rest of my program is still open.

 

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Monthly Blog Status update

When I started this blog (only a month ago), it was because of the travel company that I am currently setting up with a partner. But a lot of things have happened and other opportunities have arisen. I set up a PR Agency this month, mainly to give my different freelancing endeavors a legal background here in Austria – they developed very well, therefore this needed to be done.

I am currently also starting a second project, which might be interesting for my further development – Its way to early to talk about it, but I am pretty excited about it.

The last days I have been very busy and exciting – I hope I can develop my projects as planned.

I want to use this chance to give some blogger shootouts to postings that I especially liked in the last month:

Reaffirming my faith in humanity, one pedal at a time @ Bucket List publications

Asiago plateau, Italy @ Odetocapitalism.com

adventures in wine and tasting, o chateau,  Paris @ The Lazy Travellers

 

There were a lot of other great posts – and I am looking forward to read in a lot of Blogs next month, too.

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Piazza Sordello, Mantua

Piazza Sordello, MantovaMantua is a city that is often overlooked, but this town deserves a lot of credit. This picture of Piazza Sordello is one of my favorite pictures from my last trip to this exquisite northern Italian city.

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Going to England – where to get the best rates on your flights

This week there was a guest blog article on this blog. It was themed around “picture perfect places to visit in Cornwall”. This blog normally concentrates on stories about visiting Central Europe, as this is the region I live in and have great knowledge of. But I believe that many visitors from overseas also want to see other regions of Europe and I want to show some places that are worth visiting outside my region, too.

I chose Cornwall as first example, as it is quite easy and affordable to get to England from my region and vice versa. Today I would like to give some advice on how to combine England with Central Europe.

Getting to England from Western Central Europe is quite easy. There are dozens of airlines which connect to London and other major English cities. I want to point out some of the connections I use, for my visits to England.

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Reality Check – Sonnenkopf

great view from one of the restaurants

“The Sonnenkopf is Arlbergs hidden powder paradise. Lech am Arlberg and St. Anton may be a lot more prestigious, but this smaller resort deserves some recognition, too!” This is what I told a lot of people over and over again, and for that reason I included the Sonnenkopf into my ski-resort list (link at end of text). But I believe to advise people about places you have to know them – and even if you know them, you have to put them to test over and over again. This is what I did today.

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