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Zacatecas del Folclor Internacional Zacatecas del Folclor Internacional Zacatecas del Folclor Internacional Zacatecas del Folclor Internacional Zacatecas del Folclor Internacional
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Zacatecas del Folclor Internacional
Zacatecas, Mexico
Zacatecas, Mexico
Type : Touristic Programs
In each year at the end of July or the beginning of August, Zacatecas, becomes a city of celebration, that brings together a lot of folklore groups from all over the world. Folkloric groups from various countries and numerous states in Mexico offer representations of their culture and traditions in dance, crafts and cuisine. I had the pleasure to participate at this festival, in my opinion, one of the biggest festivals in the world. I was pleasantly surprised by his beauty. From the information I have received, every year, the festival from Zacatecas hosts 15-20 dance groups from foreign countries usually including Europe, Asia, Canada, and South America, but also 10-15 groups from various Mexican States. Festival Zacatecas del Folclor Internacional has been held since 1996 to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the city of Zacatecas in 1546, whose Historic Center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. During this festival the whole city is full of scenes. All the markets, large and small, are specifically designed for the performances of the groups. Besides Zacatecas, two more cities will prepare for celebration. Through rotating all the groups, will perform in two other large cities near Zacatecas: Fresnillo and Guadalupe. Performances are also spread through many other smaller villages across this very large state. If you visit zacatecas in this during this period you will be pleasantly surprised. You will be able to admire a variety of traditional costumes and a multitude of colors. Here you will find all the traditional dances from around the world, executed with a lot of passion, love and professionalism. It will be 10 days full of tradition and celebration. The festival will begin with a beautiful parade of the groups. It will start from a corner of the city and will passes through the entire historical center of Zacatecas stopping near the great cathedral, where each group will present their country with a dance. After each their country introduced herself and the festival will be officially opened by the Governor, the evening will conclude with a nice fireworks and the representatives of the countries will be in the middle of the city population, waving their flags. Every day the groups will be divided into various parts of the city. The scenes are beautifully arranged in big and open places. For me it was an unforgettable experience. I participated with folkloric group from which I belonged. All I can say is that it was the best festival I attended. As a dancer I can say that I felt like a goddess. Everyone was very hospitable, people were very sociable, very good oragnizarea was on stage I felt that in the seventh heaven. At every show we danced for thousands of people. I have not seen so many people gathered together never.. The folkloric groups that participated at this festival have shown a lot of love for everything related to folklore and tradition. It was amazing to see so many customs and traditions, so many so many dances and costumes that actually leaves you ....speechless/no comment. The people of Zacatecas were amazingly hospitable. This are the people who love the folklore and the traditions, people who believe that traditional dances are the most precious thing and they are right. The traditions of each country are extraordinary. You can see it and you can feel it, only if you take part to a festival like this. If you are on holiday in this time of year and you want to visit Zacatecas, I warmly recommend you do not miss this festival. Besides the attractions of this city, the festival Zacatecas del Folclor Internacional has a place of honor, both locally as well as globally My advice: Do not miss this festival and do not forget the camera !!! So much beauty you will not see in other part of the world
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The Fortress of Bologa, Cluj County, Romania The Fortress of Bologa, Cluj County, Romania The Fortress of Bologa, Cluj County, Romania The Fortress of Bologa, Cluj County, Romania
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The Fortress of Bologa, Cluj County, Romania
The Fortress of Bologa, Cluj County, Romania
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Type : Other
Bologa village, a wonderful place at the foothills of Vladeasa mountains, where I spent the most beautiful part of my childhood. Bologa is a village in the county of Cluj, Transylvania, Romania (Latin Resculum; in Hungarian: Sebesvár). Here are the ruins of a Roman camp and a medieval fortress. The Fortress of Bologa (Sebesvar) near Huedin is less than an hour away from Cluj, a fortress practically like in the Verne's novels. Smothered by wild vegetation and ignored by the majority of Romanians, Bologa's fortress sits perched on a ridge today hardly accessible, from where you can see the surrounding valleys. Hard to believe the ivy cover the walls, but Bologa is one of those fortresses that really felt the meaning of war. Where you put that at some point it belonged to Mircea cel Batran, located hundreds of kilometers further south ?! The fortress of Bologa first appears in the official documents in 1319. It was built, most likely in the late thirteenth century, across the river from the old ruins of a Roman fortress. With its massive stone walls and four towers, The fortress of Bologa had the role of supervising the road leading along the valley Crişului Repede (Repede = Quickly). King Sigismund donated the Fortress of Bologa to Mircea the Old (Mircea cel Batran) in Brasov after the signing of the treaty of alliance against the Ottoman Empire in 1399. Strategic point on road that leads to Oradea, the fortress served as a refuge for local people in times of need. It gained prominence in the seventeenth century, when the Ottomans conquered Oradea and prevent the action for tax collection. Sultan ordered its demolition, but the order was not carried out. It was destroyed later, by the Lobonts, by explosion. The tower and much of the remaining walls still standing. In the middle of the twentieth century the tower lost its roof, probably the last wooden element of the ruins. All that's left is stone. With its great walls and two towers remained standing The fortress of Bologa reminds us today its former importance. Some personalities of the past associated with the place: Charles Robert Anjou, Sigismund of Luxembourg, Mircea the Old, Istvan and Ladislau Banffy of Losonc and Károly Kos (architect).
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A few things you didn't known about the most famous tourist attractions of the world
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Paris, France
Paris, France
Type : Safety
Before I visit a country, I research all the aspects of that country that I want to visit. I analyze all the aspects: the social aspect, the cultural aspect and of course the touristic aspect. Well, traveling a lot and being keen to know more news about the wonderful tourist attractions of the world, I thought to make a little list of some things less know about some of the most visited tourist points in the world. 1) The Great Wall of China is very steeply A hike along the Great Wall of China does not seem to be a challenge too high for most of the tourists. The old construction has many steep parts and it can be difficult to cross than it looks in the pictures. One section requires the climbing of four thousand stairs, just to get to the lowest point of access. Sometimes the walk along the Great Wall of China is very exhausting for most of the visitors. 2) The fast-foods around the pyramids of Egypt, have their scammers The Egyptian constructions, reminiscent of the ancient civilization, are among the most popular tourist attractions in the world. The large number of visitors attracts many scammers who try to take advantage of the tourists inattentiveness. One of their tactics is to provide the cheapest camel rides, and later to request exorbitant prices for the descending. 3) Mona Lisa is admired much harder than you think Mona Lisa, also known as Gioconda, is considered to be the best known and most visited masterpiece in the world. Designed by Leonardo da Vinci, probably between 1503 and 1506, the painting is exhibited in the Louvre Museum in Paris. Following the theft of the painting in 1911, and numerous attempts to vandalize it, Mona Lisa is located behind a bulletproof glass pane and you can not stay too close to the famous work. The large number of visitors admiring the Mona Lisa makes it even more difficult. 4) The ruins of Pompeii are not protected by tourists Even though they are the oldest and are some of the most well-preserved remains from the Roman Empire, tourists are allowed to touch the ruins and even to sit where they want. More recent incidents, including the collapse of Gladiators House, have provoke reactions and allegations of negligence on the part of the Italian authorities. Let's try to change this and if you visit this special place and you see visitors who take advantage of these ruins, let' tell them that it is not good, and maybe, doing this, we can change something. 5) Dead Sea baths can be unpleasant The Dead Sea is a salted lake located between Palestine, Israel and Jordan. One of the most saltiest water body of the world, the lake attracts many tourists every year. The extreme salinity of the sea can be unpleasant and even if the sinking is almost impossible, causes many accidents, sometimes deadly. Authorities recommended that tourists wear waterproof sandals, to avoid the eye contact the face contact and must not shave before because the sensitive skin also the small cuts may be affected by salt. Also, visitors are advised only float on the back and not try to swim, and if they swallowed saltwater, they are requested to contact the lifeguards. 6) Iguazu waterfalls water may be brownish Located on the border between Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu River waterfalls are considered to be some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The reputation and most of the pictures remind us of the turquoise water and the sparkling waterfalls but in some places, their color is closer to that of Brazilian coffee. All this because of deforestation and of the heavy rains. 7) How to climb the Eiffel Tower in a fast way The construction made by the architect Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World Fair in Paris, is one of the most famous landmarks in the world. Because of the large number of visitors, those who want to climb with the famous elevator in the tower have to wait around two hours in line. A faster and cheaper method involves climbing on the stairs to the second level, where you can take the elevator to the last observation deck, located at the height of 276 meters, with no standing in line. The walk can be difficult for those who are not used with the movement, because until the second level are over 600 steps to climb. 8) The Leaning Tower of Pisa began to sit straight The construction of the tower began in the twelfth century and ended two hundred years later. The building began to incline since the lifting of the second level because of the poor quality of the foundation and soil. The Italian authorities have decided to take measures in the last century, especially after the collapse of the tower of Pavia, in 1989. Since then, the tower was turned by more than 45 centimeters and recently stopped moving for the first time in its history. 9) The Statue of Liberty - to visit the statue you must have a reservation To climb to the crown of the famous statue, made by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi at the end of the nineteenth century, it is necessary to prepare yourself from time. Reservations are nominal and hard to obtain, and the access of the bigger groups of four is not allowed. Also, a person can not visit the statue more often than once every six months. 10) The gardens of Versailles are more interesting as the palace The Palace of Versailles, built by Louis XIV, the Sun King, is a symbol of the opulence of the Ancient Regime in France. The gardens of Palais, which stretch over eight million square meters, are at least more interesting and worth to be visited separately. 11) To be admired "The Last Supper" you must have a rezervation Just as with the Statue of Liberty, the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci requires advance preparations. "The Last Supper" is a mural, done in the late fifteenth century, which is located in the old dining hall of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie from Milan. Reservations must be done with two months before, and the tourists are allowed to admire the work of da Vinci for 15 minutes. 12) The Old Faithful geyser is erupting less frequently The famous geyser from the Yellowstone Park was named Old Faithful, because of the predictability of eruptions. In recent years, the interval between two eruptions increased significantly, reaching around 91 minutes. 13) You can not take photos in the Sistine Chapel The Sistine Chapel, decorated by Michelangelo in the sixteenth century, houses one of the most famous murals in the world. Although it is visited by a large number of tourists every year, they can not take pictures inside, even for additional charges. 14) The hikes through the Grand Canyon are dangerous The Grand Canyon in the United States offers amazing views and many tourists are not satisfied to be photographed on the brink, they prefer to go hiking in the area. US officials warns that the temperatures range greatly, some routes are difficult and dangerous trips for inexperienced travelers. Around 250 people are saved each year in the Grand Canyon. 15) It's hard to take a picture at the Fontana di Trevi It's really difficult to take a picture at the Fontana Trevi, due to the large number of tourists. One solution would be to visit the famous fountain in Rome at night
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Travelling to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy)
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Roissy CDG Ariport to/from Paris
Travelling to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy)
Paris, France
Paris, France
Type : Transport
My personal preference goes to LeCab.fr or Uber to go to the airport/city since I do not like to take public transportation with luggage; My 2nd option in case you wish a more economical way would be AirFrance Buses or RoissyBus. PRIVATE DRIVER A new transportation service that became very popular since 2013, and which offers a service of Private Driver in between Limo services and taxis, but at the price level of taxis. You will have the driver waiting for you at the airport with your name on a panel, the fee is fixed and prepaid by Credit Card when booking so no need to pay anything to the driver. The cars are clean and you have an ipad to choose the music you wish (LE Cab),… www.lecab.fr When the car is booked in advance through the mobile application, the driver will wait for you with a sign with your name on it at the arrival gate. If you informed your flight number at the reservation, the driver will adapt in case of delays. The fares are fixed and will not change in case of traffic and all payments are done through the mobile app by Credit Card. From Paris to Roissy CDG: 48 EUR From Roissy CDG to Paris: 53 EUR www.uber.com You need to book your car upon arrival ideally when you received your luggage (you cannot book in advance). You usually have many Uber cars available at the airport and it should not take you more than 10 minutes to get picked up. When your car is allocated, you can reach the driver by phone and choose a meeting point, usually at the departure level. The fares are fixed and will not change in case of traffic and all payments are done through the mobile app by Credit Card. Uber X (professional driver): count 50 EUR from Roissy CDG and around 35 EUR from Orly Uber Pop (non professional driver): count 35 EUR from Roissy CDG and 25 EUR from Orly www.chauffeur-prive.com When the car is booked in advance through the mobile application, the driver will wait for you with a sign with your name on it at the arrival gate. If you informed your flight number at the reservation, the driver will adapt in case of delays. The fares are fixed and will not change in case of traffic and all payments are done through the mobile app by Credit Card. Normal Car: 45-50 EUR Luxury Car : 70-80 EUR TAXI  Paris Taxis These cover Paris and 3 bordering departments (Hauts-de-Seine - department 92, Seine-Saint-Denis - department 93, Val-de-Marne - department 94).  Suburban Taxis These cover Paris and 4 bordering departments (Essonne - department 91, Val-d'Oise - department 95, Yvelines - department 78, Seine-et-Marne - department 77). Be careful: coverage Surburban Taxis is only if you have booked in advance the race with a taxi company. Only taxis located at the gates officially mentioned with signs are allowed to take customers. These taxis can be identified by the "Taxi light" on the roof of the vehicle. If you are approached by people posing as taxi, when leaving the baggage claim area, we invite you to decline any proposal of transportation. Fares: From CDG or to the Paris centre: €55-60 in normal traffic conditions Increased fares: Allow for an increase of about 15%: - between 19:00 and 7:00 in the morning (suburbs) - between 17:00 and 10:00 in the morning (Paris) - on Sundays and Public holidays BY « CARS AIR FRANCE » (BUS): • Line 2: Etoile - Porte Maillot - Aéroport Paris-Charles de Gaulle Les Cars Air France stops:  Porte Maillot: Boulevard Gouvion St Cyr, Porte Maillot metro station  Place de l'Etoile: 1, Avenue Carnot, Charles de Gaulle Etoile metro station  Paris-Charles de Gaulle: - Terminal 1: Exit 32 on the Arrivals level - Terminal 2A-2C: Exit C2 - Terminal 2E-2F: Exit E8 or F9 - Terminal 2G: this terminal is linked to Terminal 2F (Entrance 2.10) by the free N2 shuttle bus. The N2 shuttle bus runs from 05:30 to 23:00. Maximum service frequency: every 6 minutes.Average journey time: 15 minutes - Terminal 3: get off at Terminal 1 and take the free CDGVAL shuttle train to the Terminal 3 stop. Service frequency: every 30 minutes Fares: Single: €17 / Return: €29 / Children (2-11): €8.50 /No charge for children under 2 Youth fare(-25 years) and Group ( 4 passengers or more): €14.50 Line 2 useful links: >Buy your ticket now ! > All practical information on Les Cars Air France • Line 3: Paris-Orly - Paris-Charles de Gaulle Les Cars Air France stops:  Paris-Orly: - Paris-Orly West - Entrance D - Paris- Orly South - Entrance K  Paris-Charles de Gaulle: - Terminal 1: Exit 32 on the Arrivals level - Terminal 2A-2C: Exit C2 - Terminal 2B-2D: Exit B1 - Terminal 2E-2F: Exit E8 or F9 - Terminal 2G: this terminal is linked to Terminal 2F (Entrance 2.10) by the free N2 shuttle bus. The N2 shuttle bus runs from 05:30 to 23:00. Maximum service frequency: every 6 minutes. Average journey time: 15 minutes - Terminal 3: get off at Terminal 1 and take the free CDGVAL shuttle train to the Terminal 3 stop. Service frequency: every 30 minutes . Paris-Charles de Gaulle - Paris-Orly: 05:55 to 22:00 (frequency 30 minutes), every day . Paris-Orly - Paris-Charles de Gaulle: 06:30 to 22:30, every day Fares: Single: €21.00 / Return: €35.50 / Children (2-11): €10.50 / No charge for children under 2 Youth fare (-25 years) and for groups of 4 passengers or more: €18.00 Line 3 useful links: >Buy your ticket now !» > All practical information on Les Cars Air France • Line 4: Gare Montparnasse or Gare de Lyon - Aéroport Paris-Charles de Gaulle Les Cars Air France stops:  Gare Montparnasse: Rue du commandant Mouchotte, "Gare Montparnasse" metro station  Gare de Lyon: 20 bis boulevard Diderot, "Gare de Lyon" metro station  Paris-Charles de Gaulle: - Terminal 2A-2C: Exit C2 - Terminal 2B-2D: Exit B1 - Terminal 2E-2F: Exit E8 or F9 - Terminal 2G: this terminal is linked to Terminal 2F (Entrance 2.10) by the free N2 shuttle bus. The N2 shuttle bus runs from 05:30 to 23:00. Maximum service frequency: every 6 minutes. Average journey time: 15 minutes - Terminal 3: get off at Terminal 1 and take the free CDGVAL shuttle train to the Terminal 3 stop. Service frequency: 30 minutes Paris-Charles de Gaulle - Montparnasse: Paris: 06:00 to 22:00 (frequency 30 minutes), every day Montparnasse - Paris-Charles de Gaulle: 06:00 to 22:30, every day Fares: Single: €17.50 / Return: €30.00 / Children (2-11): €9.00 / No charge for children under 2 Youth fare (-25 years) and Group (4 passengers or more): €15.00 Line 4 useful links: >Buy your ticket now !» > All practical information on Les Cars Air France BY BUS • 350 BUS: Bus connecting Paris-Gare de l'Est with Roissypôle. Fares: 3 tickets t+ are required for the journey from Paris >> Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport Journey time: 45 to 60 minutes Frequency: - Monday to Friday: every 15 - 30 minutes - Saturday: every 20 - 30 minutes - Sunday and public holidays: every 25 - 30 minutes. • 351 BUS: Bus connecting Paris-Nation with Roissypôle RER station. Fare: 3 tickets t+ are required for the journey from Paris >> Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport Journey time: 45 to 60 minutes Frequency: - Monday to Friday: every 15 - 33 minutes - Saturday: every 26 - 35 minutes - Sunday and public holidays: every 26 - 33 minutes. BY RER Rail link between Paris (Denfert-Rochereau, Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame, Gare du Nord) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport . A free CDGVal LRT shuttle connects the stations with the airport terminals. Fare: € 9.50 (Forfait Navigo zones 1-5 accepted) Stops: - The station « Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1 » serves terminals 1 and 3. - The station « Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 - TGV» serves terminals 2 ACDEF and G. - Terminal 2G is linked to terminal 2F (entrance 2.10) by the free N2 shuttle (average journey time : 15 minutes). Journey time: - approx. 25 minutes from Gare du Nord - approx. 28 minutes from Châtelet-Les-Halles - approx. 35 minutes from Denfert-Rochereau. Frequency: every 10-15 minutes on weekdays BY NOCTILIEN NIGHT BUS Noctilien night bus connecting Paris Gare de l'Est to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Fare: € 7.60 (Forfait Navigo zones 1-5 accepted) • Noctilien N140 • Noctilien N143 Noctilien night bus stops at Paris-Charles de Gaulle: - Terminal 1: Entrance 8 - TGV Station - Terminal 3: Roissypole bus station - Terminals 2 A,C,D and E: the terminals are linked to Terminal 2F by the pedestrian walkway (average journey time: 8 minutes) and the free N1 shuttle bus (runs from 04:30 to 01:30 - average journey time: 8 minutes). - Terminal 2 G : the terminal is linked to Terminal 2F by free N2 Shuttle.
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Different options to Travelling to and from Paris-Orly Airport
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Transport from/to Paris and Orly airport
Different options to Travelling to and from Paris-Orly Airport
Paris, France
Paris, France
Type : Transport
My personal preference goes to LeCab.fr or Uber to go to the airport/city since I do not like to take public transportation with luggage; My 2nd option in case you wish a more economical way would be AirFrance Buses or OrlyBus. TAXI  Paris Taxis These cover Paris and 3 bordering departments (Hauts-de-Seine - department 92, Seine-Saint-Denis - department 93, Val-de-Marne - department 94).  Suburban Taxis These cover Paris and 4 bordering departments (Essonne - department 91, Val-d'Oise - department 95, Yvelines - department 78, Seine-et-Marne - department 77). Be careful: coverage Surburban Taxis is only if you have booked in advance the race with a taxi company. Only taxis located at the gates officially mentioned with signs are allowed to take customers. These taxis can be identified by the "Taxi light" on the roof of the vehicle. If you are approached by people posing as taxi, when leaving the baggage claim area, we invite you to decline any proposal of transportation. Fares: From or to the Paris centre: €35-45 Increased fares: Allow for an increase of about 15%: - between 19:00 and 7:00 in the morning (suburbs) - between 17:00 and 10:00 in the morning (Paris) - on Sundays and Public holidays PRIVATE DRIVER A new transportation service that became very popular since 2013, and which offers a service of Private Driver in between Limo services and taxis, but at the price level of taxis. You will have the driver waiting for you at the airport with your name on a panel, the fee is fixed and prepaid by Credit Card when booking so no need to pay anything to the driver. The cars are clean and you have an ipad to choose the music you wish (LE Cab),… The 10 EUR difference between taking this service from the Airport to the city includes the parking fees and a 30 minutes waiting time by the driver at the arrivals gate. www.lecab.fr When the car is booked in advance through the mobile application, the driver will wait for you with a sign with your name on it at the arrival gate. If you informed your flight number at the reservation, the driver will adapt in case of delays. The fares are fixed and will not change in case of traffic and all payments are done through the mobile app by Credit Card. From Paris to Orly: 37 EUR From Orly to Paris: 47 EUR www.uber.com Uber X (professional driver): count 35 EUR from Orly Uber Pop (non professional driver): count 25 EUR from Orly You need to book your car upon arrival ideally when you received your luggage (you cannot book in advance). You usually have many Uber cars available at the airport and it should not take you more than 10 minutes to get picked up. When your car is allocated, you can reach the driver by phone and choose a meeting point, usually at the departure level. The fares are fixed and will not change in case of traffic and all payments are done through the mobile app by Credit Card. www.chauffeur-prive.com When the car is booked in advance through the mobile application, the driver will wait for you with a sign with your name on it at the arrival gate. If you informed your flight number at the reservation, the driver will adapt in case of delays. The fares are fixed and will not change in case of traffic and all payments are done through the mobile app by Credit Card. Normal Car: 35-40 EUR Luxury Car : 50-60 EUR BY « CARS AIR FRANCE » (BUS): • Line 1: Gare Montparnasse/Invalides/Etoile - Paris-Orly Les Cars Air France stops:  Gare Montparnasse: Rue du commandant Mouchotte, "Gare Montparnasse" metro station  Invalides: rue Esnault Pelterie, "Invalides" metro station  Place de l'Etoile: 1 Avenue Carnot, "Charles de Gaulle Etoile" metro station  Paris-Orly: - Paris-Orly West - Entrance D on the Arrivals level - Paris Orly South - Entrance L Service frequency: Every 20 minutes Etoile to Orly: 05:00 to 22:40 / Orly to Etoile: 06:00 to 23:40 Journey time: 01:00 Fares: Single: €12.50 / Return: €21.00 / Children (2-11): €6.50 / No charge for children under 2 Youth fare (-25 years) and Group (4 passengers or more): €10.50 Line 1 useful links: > Buy your ticket now > All practical information on Les Cars Air France • Line 3: Paris-Orly - Paris-Charles de Gaulle Les Cars Air France stops:  Paris-Orly: - Paris-Orly West - Entrance D - Paris- Orly South - Entrance L  Paris-Charles de Gaulle: - Terminal 2A-2C, Entrance C2 - Terminal 2B-2D, Entrance B1 - Terminals E and F, Entrance E8 or F9 - Terminal 2G, travel to terminal 2C on the free N3 shuttle bus from Entrance 4 The N3 shuttle bus runs from 05:30 to 23:00, every 6 minutes, average journey time: 12 minutes. - Terminal 3: get off at Terminal 1 and take the free CDGVAL shuttle train to the Terminal 3 stop. Service frequency: Every 30 minutes CDG to Orly: 05:55 to 22:30, every day / Orly to CDG: 06:30 to 22:30, every day Journey time: 01:15 Fares: Single: €21.00 / Return: €35.50 / Children (2-11): €10.50 / No charge for children under 2 Youth fare (-25 years) and for groups of 4 passengers or more€18.00 Line 3 useful links: > Buy your ticket now > All practical information on Les Cars Air France ORLYBUS (SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE BETWEEN PARIS-ORLY AIRPORT AND PLACE DENFERT-ROCHEREAU). Fare: € 7,20 (Forfait Navigo zones 1-4 accepted) Frequency: Every 15- 20 minutes. Journey time: 30 minutes TRAM LINE 7 The tram line 7 connects the Villejuif-Louis Aragon, terminus of the 7 subway line, the future hub of exchanges bus / tram Athis-Mons, through Paris-Orly airport. The travel time from one end to the other of the line is 35 minutes. The line operates 7 days 7 to 5:30 to 0:30. At peak hours, the frequency will be higher with 6 minutes only between two trains. ORLYVAL (RAIL LINK BETWEEN PARIS (DENFERT-ROCHEREAU, SAINT-MICHEL-NOTRE-DAME, GARE DU NORD) AND PARIS-ORLY AIRPORT . A FREE ORLYVAL SHUTTLE (ORLYVAL) CONNECTS THE STATIONS WITH THE AIRPORT TERMINALS). Fare: € 11.30 (Rer+Orlyval)Forfait Navigo zones 1-3 accepted until Antony. (special fare for Orlyval: € 8.70) Frequency: Every 20 minutes. Journey time: 25 minutes
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Mexico City Mexico City Mexico City Mexico City Mexico City Mexico City Mexico City Mexico City Mexico City
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Zocalo
Mexico City
Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico
Type : Other
Zócalo or Plaza de la Constitucion is the central square of Mexico City. This square is the beating heart of Mexico's capital. The Zócalo is among the largest squares in the world - 57,600 metres² (240 m × 240 m). This beautiful square can hold more than 100,000 people. Since 1982, Zócalo has become the scene of a number of artistic and cultural events. This area of Zocalo, occupies this open space since the Aztec periode. This area was the center of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan. The 4 sides of the huge square of the "Zócalo" are defined by the most important buildings in the history of Mexico: To the north-east - Templo Mayor - remains of the most sacred temple of the Aztec symbol of the power of the gods and the Aztec emperor on his people To the north - Catedral Metropolitana - a Christian response to the colonizers installed on the site of the ancient temple, a symbol of the Catholic Spanish rule To the east - the National Palace – and his huge Mexican flag, the seat of political power In the south - the Federal District buildings In the west - the Old Portal de Mercaderes At the north-west corner - the Nacional Monte de Piedad building. In the centre of the square, you will find an enormous Mexican flag ceremoniously raised at 8am by the soldiers of the Mexican army, then lowered at 6pm and carried inside the National Palace. Today the square is one large empty space, which is used for festivals, parades and demonstrations. Finally, the most impressive of Mexico City downtown, remains all the streets and markets that extend all around. The "Zocalo" was already the largest market place in Central America from the time of the Aztecs and the center has not lost its dynamism and attractiveness. You will often face difficulties in make your way into the permanent markets cluttering the streets. Do not forget to look up to admire the huge colonial palaces that follow one another in the nearby streets. Many museums and departments are located in these ancient palaces, and therefore you can easily return and visit them. The "Zocalo" is accessible by metro to the "Zócalo" station. You can also get off at "Alameda" or "Bellas Artes" and you will walk through the street "5 de Mayo".
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What can you do in Ghent during the Gentse Feesten (Ghent Festival of Flanders)
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What can you do in Ghent during the Gentse Feesten (Ghent Festival of Flanders)
Ghent, Belgium
Ghent, Belgium
Type : Touristic Programs
Ghent can be visited any time of the year because it has always something to offer, but if you want to get a real ''taste'' of the city than you should really visit it during the Gentse Feesten (the Ghent Festival of Flanders). In a nutshell, the Gentse Feesten is a music and theatre festival , organized each year in July. During the 10 days of the festival this towns is bursting with life (especially during night). Awkwardly, during the day the town is really quiet, most shops are closed and you can hardly see any people in parks, cafés or other public places. This was really strange to me (until I've got the hang of it) and I had to ask one of my local friends where are all the people? He was surprized by my question, saying that this is something normal in Ghent during the Gentse Feesten, during the day people rest and during the night they party). At around 6 pm the restaurants, cafés and streets are starting to get crowded and there are tourists everywhere especially in the city center. The music is getting louder and louder and you know that another night of the festival had started! Besides the music, there are also street acts, which are pretty cool to watch. During this festival you can try out some foods that are typical for Belgium. My personal favorites were the cuberdons (or as the locals say Gentse neuzen) which are a typical Belgian candy. You will find this only in Belgium and you have to try them there! They are really perishable, can't be kept for more days and you can't take them home with you. You can try also the famous waffles, French fries, many-many different types of chocolate or go with delicacies like snails. One things is sure, you will drink a lot of beer!
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Rotterdam - the city with an impressive skyline
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Rotterdam
Rotterdam - the city with an impressive skyline
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Type : Town information
If you visit Rotterdam you will be amazed at how different it can be from the rest of the Netherlands. Honestly, I didn't expect to find here such modern architecture, especially after visiting Amsterdam. With all its skyscrapers it resembled more to an American city than a Dutch one! The modern architecture is due to the fact that during the Second World War it was bombarded, so the whole town had to be rebuilt. Although it didn't quite fit into the picture I've had in mind of Dutch towns, I can say that it is absolutely worth visiting. All Rotterdammers (and not only) know the saying :'' Money is earned in Rotterdam, distributed in The Hague and spent in Amsterdam'', which emphasizes how important the economy of Rotterdam is. Not only the economy, but also the culture of the town is continually growing (did you know that it was the European Capital of Culture in 2001?). Rotterdam is not only the second largest town of the Netherlands, but it has one of the largest ports in the world (it was also one of the buzziest until the first place was taken over by Shanghai). If you want to have a thorough view of the port and the city you should go to the Euromast. The view from there is like no other and you can see very well the port od the city. Actually Rotterdam looks better from above than from below. Another sight you shouldn't miss (and you certainly can't!) is the Erasmus Bridge. This is the most impressive bridges I have ever seen! Be sure to take a picture of it! Other sights you have to visit are the Cube Houses, the Old Harbour, the Boijmans van Beuningen museum, the zoo, the Fotomuseum. For the rest just wander on the streets, you'll find certainly something to see. Another good tip: visit the city through the Spido boat tour. No matter which way you choose to visit it, Rotterdam will certainly offer an unforgettable experience!
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Mudflat hiking in the Frisian Islands
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Frisian Islands
Mudflat hiking in the Frisian Islands
Frisian Islands, Netherlands
Frisian Islands, Netherlands
Type : Walking tours
The Frisian Islands is a chain of islands in the northern part of the Netherlands, which I've visited 3 years ago. I was with a group of friends and we have participated to the mudflat hiking ( the famous ''wadlopen'' of the Dutch). At first I really doubted that hiking in the mud can be fun, until I finally tried it. If the Dutch can do it I can do it! In the beginning it might be a little bit frightening, but it is fun once you get the hang of it. However, you will have to be well-equipped for this sport. They will tell you to wear boots, but I think that sport shoes or sneakers are better, because after a while the boots can get heavy from all the mud making it really difficult for you to keep up with the guide. From the weight of the boots you can get stucked in the mud, which isn't a pleasant feeling. Don't buy new shoes for mudflat hiking, at the end of the tour you will have to throw them away for sure! For the equipment as well wear clothes that are not new, because you will get really dirty. A guide will take you across the islands when the water is low. Mudflat hiking alone can be really dangerous, you have to know exactly when the tide comes and which are the spots that are safe. Sometimes the guide would tell us that we have to hurry up to get to a safe place before the tide. All in all, I can only tell that it was one of the greatest experiences so far. This sort of hiking is just perfect for teambuildings (you will need each others help when the first person gets stuck in the mud) but also for a day spent with family or friends. Take the risk, you won't regret it!
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Useful tips on how to get around in Amsterdam
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Public transport in Amsterdam
Useful tips on how to get around in Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Type : Town information
When you are in a new city the first thing that causes you problems is public transport. This is why whenever I travel to a new place I try to find as many information as possible on buses, trains, trams etc. Even so I get always in the situation to ask a passer-by for extra information. This is why I want to share with you my experiences with public transport in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a really nice city, definitely one of my favorite and the one with the most funny memories. In this capital you have many options for the public transport: you can take either the metro, tram or bus or my favorite, the bike. The metros, buses and trams run from 6 am until 12:30 am. If you have to go somewhere after 12:30 am, to the airport for example, there are special night buses with limited service, they start around 1 am. Where do you buy your tickets from? Well in general in the case of buses and trams you can buy a ticket from the driver and if you want to go somewhere with the metro you will buy your ticket from the machines youl see at the entrance to the metro station. The metro is pretty much the same as in any other country. Tickets in Amsterdam can be tricky for a tourist. With a single ticket you can travel for an hour and it will cost you 2.80 €. Be careful if you have to change buses or trams, you have to check out from the first tram/bus in order to be able to check in on the next one, otherwise your ticket will be blocked. For me it was a bit unusual until I'd got used to it. If you have traveled to London you probably know that they have the same system. If you have to make more than two journeys you should really go with the 24 hour ticket costing 7.50 €. This can also be bought from the driver and I recommend it to each tourist. You've probably heard of the famous OV- Chipkaart which was introduced from 2011. Public transport can be really cheap if you have an OV-Chipkaart, but in my opinion it is not as cheap for tourists. If you live in Amsterdam or plan on staying a month or more, than you can make an OV-Chipkaart, but for only one or two weeks it is not worth it. First of all, you have to make a card (fill and send an application form in Dutch ), pay for that card and than put money on it so that you could travel by bus or tram. It's true that you have various discounts and for a longer period of time it is the best way to get around in Amsterdam. As in the case of tickets the same goes for the OV-Chipkaart, you have to ckeck-in and check-out every single time! If you forget to check out you will lose around 4 € from your card. However, you have many other optionsl, you can buy ticket from one to seven days. The prices vary: 1 day 7.50 €, 2 days 12 €, 3 days 16.50 €, 4 days 21 €, 5 days 26€, 6 days 29.50 € and 7 days for 32 €. By knowing exactly what type of ticket you need you can save some money. If you plan on visiting many museums than the Iamsterdam card is your best option. I had this while I was in Amsterdam and I have to say that this card makes it easy to explore the city, to visit many museums. Moreover, with the Iamsterdam city card you can go by train and visit the towns and places that are close to Amsterdam, like the Zaanse Schans or Haarlem. Plus, at the end of your Amsterdam visit you can keep it as a souvenir.
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Reasons to visit Harghita county Reasons to visit Harghita county
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Harghita county
Reasons to visit Harghita county
Harghita, Romania
Harghita, Romania
Type : Touristic Guides
If there is a county I love in Romania that is Harghita. The reason? Its richness of natural landscapes. Here are my reasons to visit Harghita county. Firstly, the very important Cheile Bicazului-Hăşmaş is located in this county. Situated in the Eastern part of Transylvania this depression is surrounded by the Eastern Carpathians therefore having colourful landscapes in every season. The springs of two important rivers, the Olt and the Mureş can be found in the Cheile Bicazului-Hăşmaş. Secondly Harghita county is very well-known for its mineral springs, which can be found in a great number in this region. We can even say that this is the land of baths and springs. It has a number of internationally recognized resorts like Tuşnad, Borsec or Praid and all of them are a good place for you to spend those warm days of summer. Thirdly, Harghita county has something to offer for every season of the year. I've already mentioned summer, but what about winter? Well, it turns out that the winter sport lovers are lucky because many places from Harghita county are ideal for winter sports. If you prefer luxury you can make a reservation at a hotel, but I would recommend to search for a mountain cottage and you will be amazed how wonderful the atmosphere can be there! In the big cities you can go for a hotel, but in this natural landscape I think that the cottage fits best! Moreover, it is the land where traditions are still kept, for example the folk culture of the county goes back hundreds of years and the ancient traditions are kept from generation to generation. There are also many institutions which aim to preserve all these traditions. By traditions I mean arts like spinning, wood carving, pottery. In Harghita county you will fall back in time and leave our developed and technology oriented world behind.
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 The cavers` paradise
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The Apuseni Nature Park
The cavers` paradise
Parcul National Apuseni, Romania
Parcul National Apuseni, Romania
Type : Touristic Guides
Among the nature parks that should be visited in Romania, we can include the Apuseni Nature Park, which is considered to be the cavers` paradise because of the fact that it has one of the most interesting cave fauna in the country. Although several caves of the Apuseni Nature Park have been closed down, there are also many that can be visited. Those who have a fascination for geology can certainly visit this place. The most famous cave of the Apuseni Nature Park is the Scǎrişoara Cave, which is famous for its 3000 year old ice deposits. The whole cave is not open for visitors, only about 250 m of it. If you want to discover the authentic village life, go back to simplicity, to the still preserved traditions I would recommend one of the villages of the Arieş Valley. In villages like Albac, Garda and Arieseni you will find skilled artisans who carve musical instruments and houses from the local wood. In this traditional village way of life you will find tranquility and peacefulness. The famous Alps horns are used for generations in the Apuseni Mountains and in the village called Patrahaitesti you will have even the occasion to hear them. In my opinion the Apuseni Nature Park is a unique place, where you should stay for a few days ( the best way is to rent a cottage). By staying at a cottage you will manage to escape the everyday rush and enjoy the simple things in life. After all, getting off the beaten track can't do any harm!
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Another cultural festival in Sibiu
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The International Theater Festival
Another cultural festival in Sibiu
Sibiu, Romania
Sibiu, Romania
Type : Touristic Programs
Sibiu, the town situated in the heart of Transylvania is an idyllic place to visit, especially during the International Theater Festival. This Saxon town was designated European Capital of Culture in the year 2007 and in present it is one of the most important cultural centers in Romania. The International Theater Festival is a well-known art festival in Romania, which takes place annually in this wonderful town. This festival means ten days of performances and artistic creativity as it brings participants from over 70 countries to Sibiu and caters thousands of spectators. This year the festival will start on the 7th of June and it will last until the 16th of June. So, make place in your schedule, because there will be a lot of cultural events taking place during this week. There will be dance, theater and street performances as well as book fairs, workshops and exhibitions like photo- and costume exhibitions. However, for the exhibitions, workshops and street performances you don't have to purchase a ticket, they are free, but for the theater performances you will need to buy tickets and I would recommend getting them in time, either online or at the venue of the event, otherwise you will risk remaining without a place. My personal favorites are the street performances. To these performances will be participating artists from Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Austria, Russia, Spain etc. And if you are lucky enough and it's sunny outside you can enjoy one of the best ice cream along with the performances.
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A list of places you shouldn't miss
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Braşov
A list of places you shouldn't miss
Brasov, Romania
Brasov, Romania
Type : Walking tours
Braşov is located in the central part of the country being part of the Transylvanian region. This town surrounded by the Southern Carpathians is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns of Romania. The first thing you'll notice when arriving to Braşov is the Hollywood like sign at the top of Mount Tâmpa. There are a number of important places and monuments that you should see if you visit this town. I will start with the Council Square, which is the heart of the medieval Braşov and the finest in Romania. There are a number of houses lined up, all with red roof. The Council House is in the center of this square. This is a very nice place to rest and just soak in the beautiful scenery. In the late summer the Golden Stag music festival takes place here, this is a festival, which is definitely worth seeing. Since you are in the Council Square you will surely see an imposing building right at its border. This is called the Hirscher House and has an amazing Renaissance architecture. At the east side of the Council Square lies the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral. This cathedral was built in a Byzantine style. It is worth entering the church just to see all the frescoes and the other interesting decorations. From the Council Square you can walk on the Republicii street, this is Braşov`s pedestrian street and, as you will observe, it is a cornucopia of cafés, restaurants and shops, absolutely wonderful. If you have time, just stop by one of the cafés and relax while drinking coffee. Since I've been talking about streets, one of the narrowest streets in the world is to be found in Braşov and it is called the Rope street. You will see a plaque which marks the street. This street is 80 m long and has a width of 111 - 135 cm. I don't think that two people can pass through at the same time, maybe if they turn sideways, but even so. Luckily I didn't encounter anybody when I was passing through this street. The Black Church is the best-known landmark of Braşov and a great example of Gothic architecture. This church was built between 1383 and 1477. Along the history it was nearly destroyed by a fire caused by the Austrian army and from its blackened walls it got the name of Black Church. If you want to go inside the church you will have to pay a small admission fee, which is around 1-2 euros. If you visit it in the summer perhaps you will have the chance to listen to some great organ recitals. Ecaterina`s Gate should be the next place on your list. This is the only gate that survived from medieval times. The tower beside the gate is only a part of the gate, there was a wooden structure as well, which was demolished. Even so, by visiting this gate you'll receive a part of history as well. Braşov was once fortified in order to be protected from the attacks of the Turks and Tatars and seven bastions were erected around the city. However, only a few of these bastions survived, one which you can visit is the Black Tower, which houses a museum. You will be charged a small fee for visiting this bastion and museum. Personally, I wasn't that amazed by the museum itself than by the view of the Black Church, which you can get from the tower. Another one of the seven bastions is the White Tower. This tower is located high up the hill and you will have to do some exercise to get there, there are about 300 stairs to climb. If you want to see Braşov from above, you can go with a cable car to the top of Mount Tâmpa and you will have the most spectacular view. It should cost you around 5 euro, but it is definitely worth that price! All in all, I hope you will have the chance to visit this wonderful town and if you do visit it, I am sure that you will have a wonderful and unforgettable time.
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