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.

ORGAFAST, the first all-in-one sextoy launched in Indiegogo

ORGAFAST, the first all-in-one sextoy launched in Indiegogo

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Therefore, most buyers will buy several models for different pleasures. So we have decided to make sextoy combine all these options into one. You do not need to have innumerable amounts of sextoys in the drawer to satisfy all your desires. ORGAFAST will fill it all up. During your trip, Orgafast will replace your usual sextoys with panoply. ORGAFAST has been specially created for you! ORGAFAST, the first all-in-one sextoy launched in Indiegogo

Go with Snow: Plan a Successful Ski School Trip

Go with Snow: Plan a Successful Ski School Trip

A successful school ski trip does not just happen. Every teacher who takes on the task knows that it takes planning and commitment to make sure everyone has a good time with snow! Success lies in the shoulders of those charged with the organization and, in order to make the schedule run smoothly and also offer an interesting prospect, the devil is very clear in the details.
Experts recommend early and systematic approaches to facilitate the logistics of school ski trips, to ensure that the slippery slope of the organization is navigable with ease. Go with Snow: Plan a Successful Ski School Trip

Setting a Budget

Setting a budget is very important to create a travel plan framework, and almost all other aspects depend on it. Working backwards is a very easy way to determine the right budget: how many parents or guardians are in a position to spend time on their child’s journey? This of course will depend on the demographic and water catchment areas of the school, but has a realistic figure to work in the most accurate way of managing costs from the start. Once the budget is set, it’s also a good idea to consult a Senior Leadership Team as they may be able to share valuable past experiences and suggestions. Go with Snow: Plan a Successful Ski School Trip

Get Students Involved

Involving students in the early stages of planning is a sure way to generate enthusiasm, but keeping them in the lead until departure can be a challenge in itself. Keep up-to-date with the conditions and facilities of the resort (both above and beyond the snow), show local videos and pictures, create regular social media posts during countdown (if any school guidelines), or make a PowerPoint presentation to give a detailed description of the resort and activities. And go heavy on the fun aspect!

Keep Everyone in the Circle

As registrations start rolling, it is very important that students, colleagues, parents or guardians are kept informed. Nightlife hosting information is an excellent tactic to ensure the lines of communication are opened, as well as the right moment to show presentations and travel.

Help list

It is undeniable that planning a school ski trip is a time-consuming exercise even for the most organized teacher; Signing up for help from a dedicated tour operator is one way to make life easier. Not only can they ease the pressure by making practical use of travel, transportation and accommodation, they also have the skills and resources to manage budget and administration tasks.

John Gardiner is Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specializing in school ski trips and educational tours for school and youth groups to the UK, Europe and beyond. As a father and avid traveler, John is keen to provide students with a valuable and exciting learning experience outside the classroom. By sharing expert advice with teachers, he allows them to inspire their students and continue their studies into life. Go with Snow: Plan a Successful Ski School Trip

How to Use Yelp to Improve Your Local Search Rank

How to Use Yelp to Improve Your Local Search Rank

You know that online reviews impact on your bottom line.

No doubt you’ve heard that word of mouth is the best marketing strategy but lately, almost 80% of consumers trust online reviews as if they were a recommendation from a trusted friend.

Over the years, more people turn to them to get the final word on whether they can trust the business or not.

For local businesses, this fact is even more important – moreover, about 50% of mobile searches are local.

Make sense; When you’re out and about and you need to find a place nearby, you’ll turn on your phone and then assess where to go with its reviews.

So how can you make that work for you? One of the answers is to incorporate Yelp into your SEO strategy. How to Use Yelp to Improve Your Local Search Rank

Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered.

Here’s how to think like a local SEO company when it comes to yelp.

Optimize Your Site For Yelp
Recently, Yelp launched a new penalty targeting websites that are not mobile-friendly.

If you want to pay attention to Yelp, you must make sure that your website is optimized for mobile search and Yelp.

Here are some tips:

No pop-ups – Make sure there are no pop ups that include content on your main page
The ad folds above – Do not get your clients looking for content
Interstitials – If your site shows interstitials that your users should refuse to go to the main page, Yelp will punish you.
Doing these things will make your site more user-friendly and keep you in good Yelp’s grace. How to Use Yelp to Improve Your Local Search Rank

Do not Request Reviews
Many good, and good reviews help your site rank; any local SEO company can tell you that.

The important thing to remember when getting a review on Yelp is to grow your review organically.

Believe it or not, Yelp will punish you if they suspect you are trying to improve your review.

For example, reviewers determine review ratings.

If the reviewer’s account is new and they barely review anything, Yelp will suspect it as a dummy account and demotivate you.

Same thing if a bunch of reviews come in at the same time.

If you send bulk emails to your subscribers to send reviews and all of a sudden, Yelp gets a ton of them at once, your views will be penalized.

Growing the reviews organically How to Use Yelp to Improve Your Local Search Rank
So how can you improve your SEO ranking by yelp organically?

A good local SEO company trick is to make sure customers know that you are using Yelp.

Put the Yelp button on your site
Add Yelp’s decal to your window
Enter the Yelp key in your email signature
Finally, his review will come in.

Learn From The Best Local SEO Company
Now you have got some yelping tricks under your belt, go and try them.

Lose Yourself in Delft’s World Famous Pottery and Painting

Lose Yourself in Delft’s World Famous Pottery and Painting

One thing is for certain: there is nothing in the world quite like Dutch art and craftsmanship. It’s no wonder, then, that Delft, a 750-year-old town, is so famous for its painting and pottery, which is why it makes the perfect final stop on the tour aboard Panache when you’re barging in Holland.
When you lay your eyes on Delft’s historic streets and picturesque canals, you’ll understand why so many great painters and crafters were inspired to recreate them in their masterpieces. The town gave its name to the Delft School, which saw artists such as Pieter de Hoogh, Carel Fabritius and Nicolaes Maes pass through its doors. But perhaps the town’s most famous son was Johannes Vermeer, whose paintings can be found all over the world.

 

Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer’s paintings offer an extraordinary glimpse into what life was like for the people of Delft in the seventeenth century. While Vermeer’s greatest creation is widely considered to be the Girl with a Pearl Earring, it is also awe-inspiring to see the scenery that inspired his portrayals of everyday life firsthand.

Potter About Delft’s History

The Netherlands’ history is rich with arts and culture, and Delft’s is no different. The local pottery industry reaches back more than three centuries to the country’s prosperous trade relationship with China. The activities of the Dutch East India Trading Company brought valuable Chinese porcelain back to Dutch shores, which sparked a love affair with the craft.

However, trading fell off with the death of the Wanli Emperor in 1620. Dutch potters began to experiment with techniques that would imitate the highly desirable porcelain. They developed thin earthenware that they first covered with a white glaze, followed by a clear one. The beautiful blue surfaces that were produced looked similar to Chinese porcelain, and the brilliant colour came to be known as ‘Delft blue’.

A huge disaster in the town resulted in the decline of the brewing industry, but strengthened that of local pottery. In 1654, The Thunderclap, a gunpowder explosion that destroyed large parts of the town and killed and wounded many people, meant that potters were able to take advantage of the breweries that had been left empty to expand their factories and output.

Over the next 100 years, the Delft pottery grew and grew to the legacy it still holds today. On your visit, be sure to stop by the Royal Delft Pottery, which is the town’s last remaining earthenware factory. Here potters lovingly handcraft everything you see. Why not take home the perfect memento of your time barging in Holland?

Final Stop

For all of these reasons and many more, Delft is the ideal final destination on board Panache. There is arguably no better way to experience the local heritage and culture than by barging in Holland.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of luxury all-inclusive barge holidays. If you’re looking for a unique holiday experience, European Waterways can take you barging in Holland, France, Italy and other wonderful destinations in Europe. 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.

The Worst Moving Scams No One Is Telling You About

The Worst Moving Scams No One Is Telling You About

Every year, more than 10 million people relocate in the US. If you’re one of them and worry about being ripped off for your money by unreputable movers, you should be, according to LDM.
The moving industry players have a couple of scams up their sleeves to charge customers more than they should actually pay. In most cases, this can add up to several thousand bucks to your relocation budget and the worst thing is that people don’t even suspect they’re being ripped off!

The Worst Moving Scams No One Is Telling You About

Arm yourself with the insider knowledge we’re sharing today, protect your rights and fight against moving scams.

Moving scam #1: brokers

First things first: before signing up with any mover, you have to find out whether it’s a real mover or not. In a nutshell, you should avoid household good brokers like hell because few people ever got it straight with them.
Brokers have no insurance and deliver no moving services. They simply accept your deposit and hire a moving company to handle your order. Should any problems arise, both the broker and the moving company refuse to help their clients: movers are saying their client is the broker, not a customer, and the broker is saying he/she doesn’t provide moving services, hence all questions should be redirected to the movers.

The best way to break this vicious circle is not to enter it, ever. Use the company’s USDOT number to check whether it’s a broker or mover via this site: http://www.safersys.org/CompanySnapshot.aspx. Entity type for a broker is “BROKER’ and for a real moving company it’s “CARRIER”.

Moving scam #2: packing boxes

Here’s a straightforward scam to get more money out of you: moving companies charge up to 3 times more for the packing materials than local shops. For example, you can often get cardboard boxes for just $3 in a local shop (or even for free) while movers can charge you up to $15.
Regardless of how busy you are, consider taking care of the cardboard boxes on your own. Why pay more for the exact same stuff?

Moving scam #3: weighing

Customers are often blissfully unaware that their movers are playing all sorts of tricks when weighing their belongings to drive the weight up. Here are some of their most outrageous tactics.
Tricks with a diesel tank

You may already know that your possessions are weighed to get a cost estimate. First, an empty truck is weighed. Then, your stuff is loaded and the truck is weighed again. The difference between the two figures will determine the costs.

Little you may know that movers can weigh an empty truck with an empty diesel tank but fill it with fuel when weighing a full truck! This adds a few hundred bucks to your budget.

Tricks with wheels

Another way your movers can fool you with weighing is by placing an empty truck on a scale unevenly so that the wheels are not actually on a scale. This reduces the total weight by 1,000 to 3,000 pounds! Of course, they won’t do this when weighing a fully loaded truck and you’ll end up with a huge difference that can cost you a fortune. The Worst Moving Scams No One Is Telling You About

Adding more load

There’s a simple rule you should follow: always overlook the weighing process. If you’re not present or looking, the movers can simply add more load and you’ll end up paying more.

Moving scam #4: estimates over the phone

The moving company can call you and offer a free cost estimate. If you agree they will ask you to provide them with a list of your inventory. Few people will bother to list every item they want to move over the phone.
So the movers will give you an average figure, for example 300 cubic feet for a 2-bedroom apartment while it’s usually no less than 700.

Jasper Arkansas- A Prime Location For Vacationers

Jasper Arkansas- A Prime Location For Vacationers
An escape from daily hassle life for a weekend vacation will fill you with energy, positivity and freshness. If you are nature lover, come to Jasper AR, this is famous for some of the unique natural scenes that can’t be found at any other places. Such locations are prime point of attract that millions of tourists flock around the globe to get relaxation. Jasper caters extremely pleasant spots those attracts significant number of people. Jasper National Park is one of them that earned prestigious popular tourist destination tag and people those come Jasper, hardly drop any plan not visit this national park. It is full with various rare animal, plants those are hard to find outside world.

This is known as the largest park of Canadian Rockies and provides shelter to wide range of wild animals and even some rarest of them. This park is not only famous for its wild animals but also there are hot springs, waterfalls, lakes and mountains those are collectively able to mesmerize a visitor that memory last for years. This park is established over a century years back and declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984 due its charismatic scenic, splendid places. Apart from them, rugged mountain peaks, alpine meadows, various ice fields and glaciers are just of the few reasons for which people never drop chance to visit Jasper Arkansas.

People those don’t want to limit themselves with only watching natural scenes; they have plenty of options to enjoy their time. Various activities like camping, fishing kayaking, boating, hiking, safaris are just few from a wide number of recreation activities. No matter whether you are nature lover or adventurous, all your wishes will come true when you’ll land at Jasper Arkansas and it this land will become your dream land within some time that makes the trip precious.

People those love to spend time privately, they have plenty of options to spend their time at cabins those are designed to host couples or family members. Including massive scenic view at the bank of Buffalo River, spending some quality time at these cabins will surely rejuvenate your mind and soul than no one can deny. No matter whether you are newly married and looking for a perfect destination for honeymoon or want to excite your life partner with old memories, choosing such cabins will surely make you overwhelmed while fulfilling your wishes. Come Jasper Arkansas!

Our Anti-Fog Window Films Can Help To Tackle Condensation

Our Anti-Fog Window Films Can Help To Tackle Condensation

Window condensation is one of those things that we all have to deal with from time to time. We may wake up on a morning before work and find our car windshield misted up, forcing us to turn on the demisters… or you may have to wipe your bathroom mirror to even see yourself when brushing your teeth.
Nor is condensation just a problem in the domestic space. If you have responsibility for a swimming pool or sauna, for instance, you may have similar issues with glass enclosures becoming misted up, or if you run a retail store or supermarket, the condensation on your shop window or refrigerated display cabinets can be less than convenient.

Our Anti-Fog Window Films Can Help To Tackle Condensation

Say goodbye to misted-up glazing

What is the answer to such problems with condensation? Anti-Fog Window Films like those we provide here at Stockfilms could certainly be useful.

Our anti-fog window films are available in both 100-micron and 50-micron form, and incorporate a special anti-condensation layer that is designed to spread water across the surface of the glazing to which it is applied.

The result can be much-improved visibility for the benefit of both you and anyone else using the glass surface, helped further by the film’s clear and non-tinted nature.

Whichever of our anti-fog window films you choose, it can be applied to most types of glass. Installation is also quick, which makes it a viable alternative to the disruptive and expensive large-scale replacement of existing glazing. During the installation process itself, a protective liner on the face of the film also guards against it becoming scratched.

Experience our anti-fog window films for yourself

Our anti-fog window films can also screen Ultra-Violet (UV) rays to reduce fading to your home, office or other workplace’s interior furnishings. In addition, they are scratch resistant in the face of most non-abrasive window cleaning methods.

However, while our anti-fog window films have helped a wide range of customers to preserve visibility in their home, business or other property’s windows or mirrors, it is also important to note that many factors can cause condensation.

This is why we recommend that the user performs an in-situ trial with the product prior to purchasing. Simply call the Stockfilms team today, on 020 8441 0449, for a quote and to try out our anti-fog Window Films so that you can be sure of them being the right solution for you. Our Anti-Fog Window Films Can Help To Tackle Condensation

Pest control; an important part of daily life in St. Charles Mo

Pest control; an important part of daily life in St. Charles Mo

Pests are usually the very small insects which are present in or around your surroundings. These insects may include the group of flies, mosquitoes, termites, ants and cockroaches. Most of them are quite hazardous to the health of human beings but since they are living or present inside the food we daily eat. Since all the insects always create some serious kind of contamination to our food, they can always lead us to the spread of various dangerous diseases and infections, and they may endanger the overall health and life we do not prevent or control their population in St. Charles Mo with the help of professional and affordable pest control solutions.

Pest control; an important part of daily life in St. Charles Mo

How to control the population of common insects?

Pest control is extremely important these days for our daily lives as it simply ensure a very healthy and fruitful living for everyone present inside the house as well as for all the neighbors. So I think it is much better to keep the house as tidy as possible and keep your doors and windows properly closed so that we can prevent the insects to enter inside the house. Pests generally come in all the households where the regular hygienic measures are not properly taken. Actually the most common pests which are usually present in our home are bugs, termites’ cockroaches and ants. Almost all the ants are harmless but some of them also bite you and then cause some serious trouble to your health as well. That’s why controlling the population of these insects with the help of affordable pest control services in St. Charles Mo to destroy them is a best way to make your areas clean and harmless for longer run.

Chemical sprays; hazardous for family’s health?

People can simply use the chemical pest control sprays in order to get rid of all these creepy and nasty crawly creatures. Therefore, you need to be extremely careful while applying all the pesticides as the chemical present in most of these sprays is quite hazardous for you and for the overall family’s health.

If you are also worried about the random infestation in your office or home and it looks harder to find some right kind of treatment. Then you should get in touch with reliable pest control solutions through our website https://mccarthypest.com/ where professional people are there to guide you in most efficient way. Pest control; an important part of daily life in St. Charles Mo

Man vs Wildlife – Creating a Sustainable Society on Galapagos

Man vs Wildlife – Creating a Sustainable Society on Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are primarily known for their abundance of unique wildlife and as the place in which Charles Darwin’s conducted the research that led to his Theory of Evolution. For those who explore the area on a Galapagos wildlife cruise, a visit to this fragile, fascinating chain of islands is a once-in-a-lifetime experience; but for more than 25,000 people, the archipelago is home.
A Growing Population

 

Since the 1970s the population has increased greatly, with more than 75% of the current number having migrated from the mainland. Human occupation is restricted to an area that encompasses just 3% of the total land, with the vast majority living in the coastal towns on Santa Cruz, Floreana, San Cristobal and Isabela. A far smaller proportion (around 15%) lives in the more rural areas.

Most of the migration occurred for economic reasons, with a rapidly growing tourism industry and a declining standard of living on the Ecuadorian mainland. Before the implementation of the special immigration protocols in 1998, it was estimated that at the then-current rate, the population of the archipelago could double every decade. Since then, stricter controls have been put in place by the Ecuadorean government, which include a system of Transit Control Cards for all visitors coming into the area on Galapagos wildlife cruise itineraries.

Creating a Sustainable Society

Creating a sustainable society in a conservation area is not without its challenges, but the Conservancy of the islands is dedicated to the ongoing education of residents to “become champions of conservation”. The aim is to encourage locals to look at subsistence through a different lens to that of mainland living. Rather than trying to recreate a lifestyle that relies heavily on imported produce, machinery and techniques that are at odds with the environment, it encourages locals to consider themselves “stewards of the archipelago”, and live within a system more compatible with biodiverse preservation.

Education: the Key to the Future

Along with the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Ministry of Education, the Conservancy is working towards education reform designed to foster a strong sense of values and engagement. Their focus is on demonstrating examples of “best practice” to teachers and administrators first, with a view to transferring this to classrooms.

Sustainable Practices in the Community

Another area in which the Conservancy is active is in increasing the capacity of sustainable agriculture throughout the archipelago, by demonstrating alternative methods of farming and environmental management.

Introduced domestic pets present a grave danger to the local wildlife; the Conservancy’s Humane Pet Management promotes responsible pet ownership and sterilisation in partnership with the Animal Balance organisation.

FUNDAR

The local Foundation for Responsible Alternative Development (FUNDAR) believes the establishment of a strong civil society is imperative to the base of any social change in the archipelago. “Citizens must act together with a common goal in order for change to happen.” While only a very small percentage of locals oppose the concept of sustainable development, in reality not much is understood about what it entails. They say it is an inter-generational process, which involves allowing residents to benefit in the “now”, but in a way that also assures that future generations can benefit too.

The Responsibility of All

While there is still some way to go until the region becomes a truly sustainable society, everybody who visits can do their part to ensure that the values are upheld. For anyone visiting on a Galapagos wildlife cruise, this means respecting the National Park Code of Conduct at all times and not doing anything to upset the balance of the ecosystem.