A Guide to Dresden, Germany

A Guide to Dresden, Germany

Dresden, the capital city of the German Federal State of Saxony, is situated on both banks of the River Elbe, very close to the Czech border. It is a charming town with a rich history of kings and noblemen. Although WWII bombing destroyed much of the historic city centre, parts of it have been restored to their original state.

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Beautiful Buildings
There are many wonderful attractions that you need to see during a stay in Dresden. The beautifully designed buildings lining the Elbe, a vast number of them in stately Baroque style, are lit up at night, creating a stunning spectacle of light and reflection on the surface of the water. The Semperoper (the opera house named after Gottfried Semper), which was completely rebuilt and reopened in 1985, the Frauenkirche and the Zwinger Palace, to name but a few, are a must on your itinerary. There are also several interesting museums and a zoo.

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Thinking Outside the Box on Holiday   

Thinking Outside the Box on Holiday  

There’s an increasingly popular philosophy amongst travellers: Wherever you go, the tourist trail can feel much the same. All over the developed world, tourist experiences are repeated again and again and again, and in spite of whichever stark aesthetic and cultural differences may exist between two cities, you’ll usually find that the package holiday itineraries for both are remarkably similar. Some of us find this incredibly uninspiring.

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Without further ado, here are a few off-the-beaten-track ideas for holiday activities that skip jauntily off the tourist trail and into the real life of a destination:

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5 Beach Holidays You Never Thought Of

5 Beach Holidays You Never Thought Of

If the season is starting to weigh heavily on your mind, and you’re dreaming of some sun then no one will blame you. As the summer season approaches, many holiday makers start their envious glances to warmer shores, dreaming of clear water, cocktails on the beach and a bronze tan.

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But perhaps Spain, Portugal and Croatia don’t inspire you anymore – you want to go somewhere different. No more Turkey, no more Greece, how about somewhere a little more obscure but still somewhere that offers amazing Beach Holidays? Check out our list of 5 less famous beach holiday destinations:

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Head to Mexico this summer

Head to Mexico this summer

Mexico has to be one of the best places to take a holiday, it has absolutely everything you need to have the perfect summer break. I really did love my time in Mexico because everything was just great, I couldn’t find fault anything at all. Well, maybe it was a little too hot at midday, but is that really a complaint? With the weather the way it is back in the UK right now and a new place flooded every time we turn on the news I don’t think any of us would complain about the weather being too hot! I was lucky enough to book my Mexico holidays with Direct Holidays, they were able to give me some great advice about what I should see and do. They were also extremely accommodating when it came to finding the best possible price for me, I paid such a low amount for my holiday I almost felt bad, almost!

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The best breakfasts from around the globe

The best breakfasts from around the globe

We have probably all heard the famous saying that teaches us that we should eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. In this day and age it can sometimes be a little difficult to follow the above saying, we are all so busy rushing to get to work or maybe to get the kids to school. On my travels I have found that there are many cultures that take time for breakfast and enjoy it. Breakfast should, ideally, be a leisurely affair where you can sit with your family or friends before you go out to work for the day. Here are some of the best breakfasts that I have found around the world, inspired by the ‘Breakfast Club’:

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Dalmatia’s Historical Attractions

Dalmatia’s Historical Attractions

Dalmatia, a historic region of Croatia, is today peopled by three distinct groups. The ‘Fetivi’ occupy the urban coastal cities, the old towns and historic attractions clear descendants of a heavy Italian and classical Roman heritage, while the further inland you venture the more you encounter the influence of the Turkish Ottoman Empire and its descendants, the Vlaji. The largest city in Dalmatia, the city of Split, stands testament to the influence of the Roman empire, built as it was around the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian, and historical hubs such as the city of Dubrovnic offer a wealth of cultural intrigue. 

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Is your car ready for a French holiday?

Is your car ready for a French holiday?

If you are thinking of going to France for a camping holiday, a booze cruise or just a quick jaunt aboard, you might well be considering taking your own car.

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Driving to France, as opposed to taking a plane or going by train or ferry as a foot passenger, offers plenty of benefits. It is often cheaper, it means you can take more luggage, you can travel at more flexible times and it means you don’t get need to get used to driving a new vehicle.

What you do need to do, however, is to make sure your car is ready for France.

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Reasons to Choose Online Dating

Reasons to Choose Online Dating

Online dating has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and, rather than being seen as an inferior way to date is now a legitimate and popular way to meet your future life mate. Statistics support this, with 30% of relationships now beginning online. So, what is it that appeals to people and why should you choose online dating? Below are the top reasons.

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New Experiences

Online dating is a great adventure and a way to meet new people, try new experiences and even step outside your comfort zone. Even better, you can do so with a sense of security around you, where no face-to-face interaction is necessary and in circumstances that are far safer than, for example, picking someone up in a bar.

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Why Afternoon Tea in London is the Perfect Gift for Any Celebration

Why Afternoon Tea in London is the Perfect Gift for Any Celebration

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When you think of English food, what comes to mind? Fish and chips? Roast beef and Yorkshire puddings? Or a good, old-fashioned afternoon tea? Actually, afternoon tea is not as old-fashioned as you might think. It dates back to the 1800s, when Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, finding that she became hungry in the afternoons (dinner being served in the late evening), requested tea, bread and butter, and cake to be served in her rooms. Gradually the idea became popular amongst fashionable ladies, and developed into the delectable afternoon teas served in many hotels and tearooms across England today. Historic UK and About.com have more information on the history of England’s beloved snack.

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How To Make Long-Distance Driving Fun

How To Make Long-Distance Driving Fun

While driving is a pleasant activity for most people, during the holidays, when journeys can take more than an hour or so time can start to drag and the drive can become a bit tiresome for everybody. Here we´ll offer you some tips to amuse yourself while staying alert and safe on the road.

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If you are driving alone, it is a good idea to listen to some music to keep you alert and proficient on the road. Chill out music might be just too relaxing for an activity that requires your full attention. Try to keep awake with lively music. Although, at the other end of the spectrum, songs with a very fast tempo or abusive sound, could make you feel tired or cause unsafe driving. At this website you can check out a list of the safest songs to drive to and also those that the most unsafe. A mix of your favourite rock and roll ballads would be perfect, the closer the beat of the song is to your resting heart beat the better!

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