الأربعاء، 25 سبتمبر 2013

Travel Tips to European Countries: Spain

Travel Tips to European Countries: Spain

About The Country

Spain is famous world wide for its flamenco dancers and bullfights. The architecture reflects the Moroccan style. Cave paintings, renaissance cathedrals, Moorish palaces prove the diversity of the country. Spring, fall and early summer are very pleasant here, though summers are hot.



Spanish is the regional language of Spain. English is also widely spoken here. Over the period of time, Spanish people have become modern in order to gel with the changing times and are no longer conservative. But that hasn’t changed the values, traditions, manners and customs of the locals. People here have two surnames; the first surname can be used to refer to the person. To greet someone, a handshake will do the job. Take a small gift along when visiting someone’s house. Save the flowers for special occasions. Dinner is generally taken very late in the night. People wear casuals most of the time. Men are expected to wear jackets at some restaurants. Swimsuits should be confined to the pools and beaches. Recently a ban has been applied on smoking in public places.


Shops open quite early in the morning and stay open late in the evening. In the afternoon, they are closed for lunch or siesta. Porcelain and leather goods are famous and they will be good gifts for friends and family members back home. Bills are to be paid along with the service charges, so tipping is a matter of gratitude. 


Voltage is 220 volts and frequency is 50 Hz

Getting There

IBERIA is the national airline of Spain. Many other low-cost airlines offer services in the country. There are nearly thirty international airports in Spain, out of which Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante and Malaga are famous. 
Madrid located at 13km away from the city has a good bus service every fifteen minutes. Underground service also works to transport passengers to their destinations. Other facilities offered at this airport are duty free shops, bank, restaurant, tourism information, and hotel reservations.

Barcelona is very close to the city, situated at a distance of 3 km only. Buses are available every 15 minutes and trains are available every 20 minutes. Taxis are available throughout the day. Duty free shops, restaurants, bank, car hire and tourism information are available here.

There is a good network of roads connecting Spain north to south. Toll booths are installed in some parts of the country. Carrying few Euros will help smooth sailing at the toll booths. If driving one’s private car, it would be better if the travel insurance covers medical costs too. Carrying a medical kit can prove to be of some help.

Duty Free Items

1. 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos 50 cigars or 250g tobacco (300 cigarettes, 150 cigarillos, 70 cigars and 400g of tobacco for EU nationals)
2. 1litre of spirits if exceeding 22 per cent volume or 2 litres of alcoholic beverage not exceeding 22 per cent volume and 2 litres of wine (1.5 litre exceeding 22 per cent and 3 litres of up to 22 per cent and 5 litres of wine for EU nationals)
3. 250ml eau de toilette and 50g of perfume
4. 500g of coffee or 200g of coffee extract (1000g of coffee and 4000g of coffee extract for EU nationals)
5. 100g of tea or 40g of tea extract
6. Gifts up to the value of approximately €37.26.

Travel Tips to European Countries: Italy

Travel Tips to European Countries: Italy

About the county

Italy, the birthplace of pasta and pizza provides a wide range of choices for artwork lovers to experience. A temperate climate exists here with very hot summers and not so cold winters. The weather is the best in spring and autumn with pleasant temperatures and scenic views. At that time of the year, the place isn’t crowded much and things can be enjoyed in leisure.  Incase of emergency call 112. For fire call 115 and for ambulance call 118.


Italian is widely spoken and is the official language. English isn’t very familiar to the locals. Family ties are of utmost importance here and hence social courtesies mean a lot to the locals. There is a great impact of the Roman Catholic Church on the culture here. There is a high content of chlorine in tap waters, so bottled water is recommended for staying fit during the trip. Since Italian is spoken on a wide scale, it is highly recommended to learn few common Italian phrases which can be of great use. Social gatherings call for formal wear, but one can dress in casuals otherwise. At some religious places, sleeveless shirt and shorts are frowned upon. So they are better avoided. Purses and wallets should be well guarded and in case of any theft, police should be informed about the incident. 

Site Seeing

The first thing to check out is the leaning tower of Pisa, where Olympics originated. At places like museums and art galleries, photography, especially flash photography is restricted. Check out the ticket counter for more information. Italy should be majorly discovered on foot for a thorough viewing of all the beautiful buildings and monuments. Coaches and trains are a good option to get to a tourist spot.


Shops here are open from 9am to 8pm, closed for lunch. Quality of goods is great although the prices are very less. Items like crystals, lacework, leather good, and jewelry can be bought at the stores. Remember to hold on to the receipt. Tipping of 10% is customary along with the service tax levied on the bill. Italy is famous for top designers of the world, so do buy clothes and accessories to update your wardrobe. Cruises have formal gatherings in the evening, so ensure to buy a cocktail dress or some formal wear, though casuals 
can be worn at other times.


The voltage used is 220 volts and 50 Hz frequency.

Getting there

Alitalia is the national airline of Italy.  Many other flights connect to Italy from USA, Canada and Australia and there is big competition to attract passengers giving a wide range of offers to travelers.  Rome airport is located 26 km away from the city and it takes 45 minutes to get there from the airport.  Trains connect directly to Termini Station from where one can take taxi to get to their destination. Duty free shops, bank, car hire and restaurants are the other services provided at this airport. Milan has another famous airport here, which is at a distance of 45km away from the city. 

Brindisi, Ancona, Naples and Venice are the major seaports of Italy. Italian State Railways connects many European cities. But, Eurostar provides the fastest train service.

If choosing to drive, don’t forget to carry international driving license and international insurance certificate. Roads connect Italy to France, Austria and Switzerland. Many coach services are provided from the neighboring countries. 

Duty Free Items

1. 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250g of tobacco
2. 2liter of wine and 1liter of spirits (over 22 per cent) or 2liter of fortified or sparkling wine
3. 50g of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette; 500g of coffee or 200g of coffee extract (if over 15 years of age)
4. 100g of tea or 40g of tea extract
5. Gifts not exceeding €89.96 (if entering from an EU country), €175 (if entering from a non-EU country).

الاثنين، 9 سبتمبر 2013

Egypt .. Viewing Collectables " pharaoh golden "

  توت عنخ آمون ,   الفراعنة ,   الآثار المصرية ,   مصر ,   السياحة في مصر

Egypt .. Viewing Collectables " pharaoh golden "
Tutankhamun, the Pharaohs, Egyptian Antiquities , Egypt, tourism in Egypt
Statue of Tutankhamun

Abu Dhabi - Sky News Arabia
The Ministry of State for Antiquities in Egypt Monday it had begun the transfer of holdings of Tutankhamun to the Grand Egyptian Museum overlooking the pyramids as a prelude to view King Holdings , nicknamed the golden pharaoh " for the first time " with the opening of the museum in 2015.

The archaeological treasures of Tutankhamun about five thousand pieces and the museum will also include a model of his tomb , which was discovered in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor on the western mainland , about 690 km south of Cairo.

Tut belonged to the Pharaonic Dynasty eighteen (about 1567-1320 BC ) and died about 1352 BC, which is under eighteen years after he ruled the country for nine years and still mysterious death a mystery.

Said Hussein Abdul Basir , general supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum in a statement that restoration center in the museum received on Monday a large group of Tutankhamun Holdings , which was reserved in the Egyptian Museum - overlooking Cairo 's central Tahrir Square - including eight wooden sticks decorated and inlaid with gold foil .

He added that all holdings " for the first time within the scenario of museum presentation of the museum ... will give full opportunity for visitors to learn about the collection of King Tutankhamun is complete. "

He explained that the king had these sticks used in everyday life and in religious festivals and ceremonies and celebrations.

The ministry announced in April 2011 to restore a wooden statue of Tutankhamun and other relics from among dozens of pieces that were stolen from the Egyptian Museum evening 28 Jan 2011 " Jmahalgill , " the beginning of the massive popular protests that ended the rule of former President Hosni Mubarak.

Tourism in Egypt .. "Made in China "

  السياحة في مصر ,   الصين ,   مصر

Tourism in Egypt .. "Made in China "
Tourism in Egypt , China, Egypt
Chinese tourists snapping a souvenir photo in front of the Pyramids of Giza

Lamia Radi - Abu Dhabi - Sky News Arabia
Cairo airport lounge filled with her ​​father 's reel hundreds of Chinese tourists who are milling around the automatic belt waiting for their bags they are talking all at one time after spending flight duration of 10 hours to be the only foreign visitors to Egypt , with the exception of some Westerners.

He says Fathi , who works baggage porter at Cairo International Airport , " They are more tourists who see them in such large numbers at the moment ."

He adds: "They come by the hundreds every day and  what we saw only tourists not to exceed the number of fingers in the day, after it had been uninterrupted stream of foreigners ."

The tourist says Bao Yu: " I want to see the pyramids and the Sphinx and to ride a boat on the Nile ."

And in broken English : " I ​​do not fear the unrest, if there was violence of what our government allowed us to come ."

China had lifted the ban on the visit Egypt in August 2012 , after it had been banned its citizens from going to it because of the unrest and violence that accompanied and followed the revolution of January 25 , 2011.

It was about 107 thousand Chinese tourists visited Egypt in 2010.

The Egyptian Minister of Tourism Hisham Zazoua that Egypt is working to increase the number of Chinese tourists from 160 thousand to 200 thousand tourists tourists by the end of 2013.

He explained that the month of August 2012 saw a remarkable Chinese tourism , and there was a marked increase by 5.26 per cent from the same period in 2011.

And said Zazoua , in a press statement , said that the increase flights between Egypt and China , which was agreed to be 4 flights a week , regulate EgyptAir In addition to the launch of the " charter flights ."

He noted that the granting of the visa facilities to Chinese tourists is one of the most important steps taken to encourage tourists to come in large numbers to Egypt.

He expected to double the number of Chinese tourists coming to the country through the activation of Air Transport Agreement signed between the civil aviation authorities between Beijing and Cairo, and to grant visas to tour groups as soon as they arrive at Egyptian airports and coordination with a number of airlines operating in the Chinese market for the transfer of tourist traffic to Egypt through the organization of joint flights to more than one country in the region.

As the President of the Egyptian Federation of Chambers of Tourism , Inspirational Zayat , that by 2020 will come from China, 150 million tourists Egypt's share of them will be " 2
million " tourists annually.

Pyramids of Egypt

Pyramids of Egypt

Pyramids of Egypt are the pyramids by the ancient Egyptians built . The most famous Pyramids of Giza.

Built the pyramids in Egypt

Musruaddha 90-100 pyramids pyramid on a single line extends from the Abu Rawash Giza until Hawara on the outskirts of Fayoum. It is the ownership of buildings built by the ancient Egyptians in the period from 2630 BC . AD . And until the year 1530 BC . AD . Has included built of graded Kahrm the pyramid of King Djoser (3630 BC . . - 2611 BC . ). Saqqara to lugged pyramid shape in the form of a pyramid Kohramat Giza. And the sons of the king Cheops Pyramid one of the seven wonders of the world . The Egyptian pyramids were tombs of kings and queens. The building next to temples to help priests spirit property to go later in life . In the Old Kingdom Old Kingdom (2585 BC . . - 2134 BC . ). Artists were Egyptians Anakecon the hieroglyphics on the walls of the burial chamber of the Royal Mummy texts is an instruction and followed by hymns to the gods and spells guarded in its path to the after life . These texts known texts of the pyramids Pyramid Texts. And during Azarethzh of the ancient kingdom built the great pyramids of stone but with time tell its size. Because it was expensive. For this, we find in the Middle Kingdom Middle Kingdom (2630 BC . . - 1640 BC . ). Was building brick Milky of Tabn . The four -sided pyramids  with the original Gahat the four cardinal directions (north, south , east and west ) . Most constructed pyramids in the desert west of the Nile , where the sun sets behind . Because the ancient Egyptians believed that the spirit of the Dead King left his body to fly in the sky with the sun every day. When the sun sets to the west property back spirit to Necropolis pyramid to renew itself . The a vinegar Alohermat tide in the central North Alloa point of the pyramid. And Ernf the entrance of the Great Pyramid of 17 meters above the surface of the earth where the corridor leads down to the king's burial chamber . And change the design of the pyramids with time. But the entrance remained held in the north to lead to a path down to the bottom and Ahbana leads to the burial chamber of King , which was commended at a point in the center of the base of the pyramid. Sometimes were held rooms adjacent to the king's chamber to Tkhozbn belongings and things that will be used in his eschatological including valuables. Than was offered for looting and theft . The pyramid was built around a small temples and pyramids inside the temple priests and senior statesmen . Was connected to the port Oulabi Beach Nile and related multiple channels. Was called the valley temple , which was attached to a long path of high pyramid and roofed for its functioning . This was the road stretches from the valley through the desert to lead to the temple of funerary called the Temple of the pyramid and was related to the status of the eastern facade of the pyramid , which was comprised of a group of pyramids , including the Pyramids of aftershocks and the Pyramids of Queens. This was the pyramids disciples small places for burial and did not know her secret . Was the statues represent the spirit of King . The pyramids queens small and Bsathouholha - the small temples were dedicated to bury his wives agranulocytosis . Called the pyramid of Khufu Pyramid where the desert west of Giza in Egypt and the adjacent Hermaalof Khafre (son of Khufu ) and King Menkaure ( grandson of Cheops .) And the method of burial has begun I have ancient Egyptians tombs of ancient to the pyramids between the years 2920 BC. AD . To the year 2770 BC . . Since 2770 BC . AD . -2649 BC . AD . Kings were buried in the town of Abydos in the graves of a brick walls above a bench of sand. In the year 2649 BC . AD . Until the year 2575 BC . . Kings were buried under the mud-brick terrace . But King Djoser , who ruled from the year 2630 BC . AD . Until 2611 BC . AD . Built his pyramid Saqqara , which is a large square area of deck and topped with a gradient terraces space composed topped with a pyramid . Consists of 6 terraces . Was designed by the architect Amenhotep minister . Then he took the Kings building Massadobam of stones. The first of the sons was a real pyramid of King Sneferu in Dahshur town . Between the years 2465 BC . . And 2323 BC . AD . I took the pyramids to the property is well built . In the era of the New Kingdom (1550 BC . . -1070 BC . AD . ) Is no longer kings buried in pyramids and transferred cemetery burial site in the Valley of the Kings , where their new capital Luxor ( Thebes ).

Giza Plateau pyramids located in Giza (Memphis or Memphis ) in Egypt, the West Bank of the Nile. Built around 2480-2550 BC . M , is a three pyramids Cheops Pyramid of Khafre and Menkaure pyramid . And we like to make it clear that these pyramids are the tombs of ownership of each of which bears the name of the king who built and was buried in it after his death , and the hierarchical structure here is the stage of the evolution of building tombs understanding of ancient Egypt , which started a small hole turned into an underground chamber and then to several rooms topped by a terrace and then evolved to take the form of pyramid by architect Aamahotb Minister pharaoh Zoser in the family third pyramid exists in the cemetery of Saqqara , and the subsequent attempts of the king Bent founder of the Fourth Dynasty of building a pyramid full and but appeared pyramids is Salimi shape and are located in Dahshur , one of al-Qaeda and other Oblate took shape after half a size smaller , and could Hmeono engineer architect of King Cheops to reach for the perfect pyramid shape and the construction of HRW Cheops in Giza , on an area of ​​13 acres , followed by the pyramid of Khafre and Menkaure.