What to Expect When Cruising the River Moselle

What to Expect When Cruising the River Moselle

Renowned as one of the most picturesque rivers the world, the Moselle stretches for a languid 340 miles from the Vosges Mountains of France to flow into the Rhine in Germany. Various sections have become extremely popular with barge holiday operators, not just for the magnificent scenery encountered along the way, but also for the many historical attractions and, of course, the wine.
The Route of the Moselle

 

From its elevated source at Ballon d’Alsace, the river passes through the spectacularly beautiful and historically significant French landscape of Lorraine, before forming part of the border of Luxembourg and Germany. On its path it takes in countless small towns, Alpine villages and wine-growing regions. Some of the more industrialised sections of the Moselle Valley are also used for transporting goods on large cargo ships. The river joins the Rhine at Koblenz, as its longest tributary. Since it was made entirely navigable in 1964, the river has become a very busy waterway, encompassing 14 locks and a dedicated shipping channel. As well as barge holiday operators, the traffic comprises large numbers of private vessels and commercial and cargo ships.

Attractions en Route

For those on a barge holiday, whatever section of the Moselle makes up the itinerary there are countless attractions to see from the water and on shore excursions. One of the most enchanting is Burg Eltz, a real-life fairytale castle set in its own lush forest. The medieval castle is immaculately preserved, having been in one family for more than 850 years. The interiors are bedecked with original tapestries, furnishings and artworks that have been curated with such attention and care they look like the centuries have simply passed them by. Set upon the peak of a huge craggy rock, Burg Eltz epitomises the concept of a fairytale castle.

For those passing through Trier (close to Luxembourg), exploring the Roman ruins of the oldest city in Germany is a must. Founded in 16 BC by the infamous Augustus, Trier was a vital trade and financial hub for the Roman Empire for more than four centuries. Today one can walk around its many archaeological attractions and take in sites like the Porta Nigra, the Hauptmarkt and the city’s most iconic landmark, the magnificent UNESCO-listed Trierer Dom – the oldest cathedral in Germany. The city is also famous for a very different reason as the birthplace of philosopher Karl Marx.

Fine Wine

It’s not for nothing that wine is one of the most popular themes for barge holiday itineraries in this region of Germany and Luxembourg. The Moselle Valley is renowned for some of the world’s finest Rieslings, which make up around 60% of its total production. The region provides the perfect conditions for this famous grape, with records indicating that it has been grown there since 1435. The Riesling has a distinct colour and flavour that aficionados attribute to its high acidity, and it has the ability to age well up to 40 years.

For history, scenery and the opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the most acclaimed wine regions in the world, cruising along the beautiful River Moselle is invariably a most memorable and enjoyable experience for travellers of any age.

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.

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.

Feel the Thrill of a French Ryder Cup

Feel the Thrill of a French Ryder Cup

A Ryder Cup on the Continent is a rare thing. The last time the United States and Europe tussled on European soil was in 1997 at Valderrama Golf Club in Spain. That edition was a nail-biter, with the home team narrowly coming through by a margin of 14½ to 13½. Next year, however, the event will return to Europe once again: the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines will serve as the venue from 28 to 30 September.
To make the most of the upcoming Ryder Cup, 2018 will see European Waterways offering golf fans and Francophiles alike a wonderful opportunity: a chartered golf cruise through France and the chance to be at Le Golf National to watch the world’s best competing for the game’s most coveted trophy. Here’s hoping that the 42nd Ryder Cup will be just as exciting and dramatic the one in 1997!

 

Enhance your Game on the Renaissance

Whether you choose to embark before the tournament begins to get you in the mood or decide to join a charter after the final putt is made, the hotel barge Renaissance will make sure you have many opportunities to hone your own game. As Renaissance wends its way along the Loire, it will stop at a number of quintessentially Gallic courses, such as at Château Cely and Fontainebleau.

The Ryder Cup is always a special event, but we think that next year’s is going to be a particularly exceptional one. 2018 is going to be the year when our dedicated European golf cruise truly comes into its own.

Home Soil – A Home Win?

To get your appetite whetted in advance, here’s a preview of the Ryder Cup 2018. Having comfortably beaten the European contingent with 17 points to 11 at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota in 2016, the Americans, led by Jim Furyk, will be hoping to retain the Cup for the first time since 1993. Under the captaincy of Danish golfer Thomas Bjørn, Europe will hope that playing on home soil and the backing of the crowd will spur them on to wrest back the Cup.

As for the venue, the 18-hole L’Albatros is certainly a course befitting of such an illustrious competition. British golfer Lee Westwood encapsulated the thoughts of many of his fellow players when stating that it is his “favourite course in Europe” and that it “would make a great Ryder Cup venue”. Finished in 1990, it has acquired something of a reputation for its final 4 holes. The various water challenges to be found here are sure to test the mettle of players from both sides throughout the Ryder Cup – 2018 could see a real classic. There’ll be no such challenges for spectators, though, as L’Albatros is widely considered to provide one of the best viewing experiences in the world.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holidays, which can be booked to coincide with unmissable sporting events such as the Ryder Cup 2018 or the tennis French Open. 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.

How to Pack your Backpack like a Pro

How to Pack your Backpack like a Pro

Your adventure is fast approaching and you’re buzzing to get out there to conquer immense peaks and discover as many remote mountaintops, monuments and markets (which are normally seen only by local eyes!) as you can. You’ll only be able to make it there on your own two feet, with everything you need strapped to your back. Therefore the planning is crucial. Here are a few tops tips to bear in mind.
The Backpack is your Turtle Shell

 

This huge bulky beast will become your home and wardrobe on your journey, and so you need to make sure you get one that meets your purposes. Pop into any decent mountain or outdoors shop and there are always friendly and enthusiastic staff on-hand to help you pick out the best bag for you.

Before you Begin Packing

Before you even think about trying to master Tetris by jamming everything in, make sure you have all the essential gear. Make sure to grab a good backpacking checklist off the internet and then lay everything out in the following categories…

1) Most frequently used 2) Least frequently used 3) Heaviest gear 4) Lightest gear

Once you’ve got it all laid out it will be easier to start slotting things away in an order that makes sense. We find this method the most useful:

1) Frequently used stuff on the top (easy to reach) 2) Less frequently used stuff on the bottom (not in the way during the day) 3) Heavier gear closer to your back (you won’t feel it so much here) 4) Lighter gear away from your back (it doesn’t require as much support)

Compartments are your Friend

The Bottom is the perfect spot for bulkier items you won’t need until you camp. Think sleeping bag, sleeping mat, cold weather layers and your dry boots or shoes.

The Core Part is where you’ll want to keep heavier gear that you won’t need during your hike. This will include your tent and cooking kits, water and food.

Top Part of the pack is where you should stow things you’re going to need a lot during the day, including a fleece, your water filter, a first aid kit and loo supplies.

Accessory Pockets are where you keep the bits and pieces you need at a moment’s notice. This is the home for your sun cream, SPF lip balm, sunglasses, water bottle, bug spray, compass, the all-important snacks, ID and cash.

Loops and Lash-ons are key for those items which are easier strapped on than stuffed into your bag such as tent poles, hiking poles, rope and camping stools.

Just a Guideline!

Your exact needs will vary on the region you’re exploring and the time of year you’ll be there. Make sure to read up on what you’ll need and be prepared. Remember that for any backpacker, travel insurance should be the first item you organise. There are many types of backpacker travel insurance, and our team at Let’s Go Insure can help you find the one to suit your needs.

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Shipping Insurance Buying or Not Buying

Shipping Insurance Buying or Not Buying

Paying for the delivery of any item, big or small, can be more than enough even before you charge extra for insurance. But before you say no to insurance, read on to see why shipping insurance is more than just peace of mind.

Should Not Ruin the Bank

Shipping Insurance Buying or Not Buying

When you ship a package with a particular carrier, the same company may offer more delivery insurance than you pay to ship the actual package. But it does not have to be that expensive! Did you know that no matter which carrier can choose to send the package, can you choose insurance from a separate company at a big discount? The price can even be up to 85% lower than the cost of the operator!

Insurance Covers Over Damage

Damage in delivery happens probably more than you think. Insurance should be a no brainer under any circumstances, but it’s too easy to think that no horror shipping stories will happen to anything you send. But at a very affordable price, you can insure everything, including damage, loss, and flaws around the world. Shipping Insurance Buying or Not Buying

Easy Claiming Processing

Government offices are too famous for being slow. How many years in your life do you feel like losing in a DMV or post office? When you go with a separate insurance company, you can be sure that if you need to make a claim, the process will be quick and painless. Most of the claims are actually completed in less than 2 weeks!

Whether you are an individual or a business, sending large or small packages anywhere in the world, think twice before you say no to the shipping insurance. You can get a much better deal than you think, and that’s a small price to pay for the confidence you’ll get.

Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

Morzine is a great destination for a wild weekend to spend skiing all day and partying all night. If you and your friends have only a few days to get your winter flow, follow this itinerary to take advantage of your trip as well as possible. Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine
About Morzine

For a weekend get-away, Morzine is the perfect destination. As part of the Portes du Soleil resort, the hotel has 400 mile slopes and caters all the skills. Not only that, it’s quick and easy to get to! Just 75 minutes’ drive from Geneva airport, you can get transfer from Geneva to Morzine and be on the slopes in no time. Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

Your weekend schedule

Day One: Get the Nyon cable car then lift La Pointe to Pointe de Nyon. Pistes are wide and usually empty, so this is a great place to race your friends. After lunch, travel to Switzerland and tackle the Mossettes. Take the Prodains Express gondola to Avoriaz, then lift the Chavenette to Les Crosets and finally the Grand-Conche elevator to the Mossettes. It might sound like a bit of a trek, but it’s an easy journey worth the effort. There are brilliant blue and red stretches to slide down. Day Two: Travel from Champoussin to Les Morgins for the best skiing route in this area. The pistes are a bit narrow but are perfect for experienced skiers and beginners. In the afternoon, end your vacation with an explosion in the Les Stash snow park (accessible via Les Lindarets lift). You and your friends can train your bad acts in the mounds and rails of the park. The Après Ski Scene Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

• Pre-drinks

Morzine has a brilliant and vibrant nightlife. For pre-drinks, I would recommend Coyote Bar or Le Cavern. While the first has great beverage deals, as well as pool tables, air hockey and bowling lanes, Le Cavern regularly hosts live bands that will keep you hyped for the night ahead.

• Night club

Day One: Go to Le Paradis in the center of the old town. The atmosphere is unlike any other, with a naughty leopard print chair and dance floor themed ‘Saturday Night Fever’. They also have a great live DJ that will keep you dancing till dawn. Day Two: Make your second night more memorable at L’Opéra. Blasting home songs, techno and D & B, they host a variety of brilliant theme nights. What could be better than partying with your friends with cheap music with improvised costume costume until 5 am?

How to get there

The fastest way to Morzine is to fly to Geneva airport. Switzerland, easyJet and Flybe all offer direct one-and-a-half hour flights from London ranging from very tempting prices. Getting from Geneva to Morzine is then quick and easy with Shuttle Direct. Shared, group or personal transfer messages through their easy-to-use website and a friendly driver will meet you outside the terminal. The journey from Geneva to Morzine takes more than an hour, so you’ll enjoy the snow in no time!

Luke Johannes is the driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of private and shared airport transfers across Europe and North Africa. If you are looking for an affordable transfer from Geneva to Morzine, Luke and his colleagues can ensure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport quickly and safely. Wrap Up for the Wild Winter End in Morzine

Genius Gadget for Travel Worldwide

Genius Gadget for Travel Worldwide

Starting a world tour can be one of the greatest adventures in the world! After renewing your passport, booking your flights and accommodation and purchasing annual travel insurance, you may want to consider getting some handy gadgets to help you organize your journey further towards a smooth and comfortable journey.
This is a selection of gadgets that I find very useful when traveling remotely on their own. Apple iPad

Genius Gadget for Travel Worldwide

Probably one of the most obvious gadgets to travel, but there really is not another device that packs as much punch as iPad, whether mini or full sized. Instead of taking your laptop on a round-trip trip, pack iPad for an operating system, camera, photo storage, online access, music and fun travel apps. If you often type a lot when you are traveling, consider buying a keyboard accessory.

Use your iPad to take photos of your important travel documents and information, including passports, annual travel insurance information, travel itineraries and confirmation of your reservation as a backup copy.

Skross Plugin All-in-One Plug

Since you will visit a number of countries, you will surely fill your electronic devices using various types of plugs and sockets. This world travel adapter will save you time and frustration by allowing you to fill everything in every country with ease. iClever BoostCube USB Wall Charger Genius Gadget for Travel Worldwide

No need for your electronics awaiting their turn to charge! This charger comes in one, two or six port options to meet all your charging needs. The cool thing about this particular brand is that the “SmartID” technology allows it to feel the device is charged and will adjust the amount of juice and speed required. You’ll find this much faster than older chargers, especially when charging newer technology models.

IPad and Waterproof Tablets are deeper

Remember all the photographed documents you’ve stored on your iPad, like your passport, travel itinerary and your annual travel insurance information? All will remain safe and healthy in this stunning waterproof box. With your iPad sealed from various elements that you will experience in various climates, this case will even keep your iPad protected up to six feet of water!

This case has a clear front line so you can still do all the things you love to do like photographing, listening to music and chasing friends and family online. The case is also equipped with a rear hand loop, shoulder straps and backrest to increase mobility and comfort.

Light Camel pillow Genius Gadget for Travel Worldwide

When we think of gadgets we tend to think of electronics, but this gadget is far from anything that requires a cable or charger. If you’ve ever tried to grab my breath suddenly in a moving vehicle, be it a bus, train or plane, you know the bumps and lack of space to rest your head can make it impossible. This padded cushion fits in the head and also block out light and noise. In addition to the annual travel insurance, we consider this gadget as a godsend.

Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning specialist team in a single global travel and annual travel insurance policy. In addition to offering attractive offers for travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holiday.

Why Life Insurance Is An Important Part Of Retirement Planning

Why Life Insurance Is An Important Part Of Retirement Planning

When you make plans to feel secure in your retirement, it is important that you include life insurance in Greenville, SC, as planned. This sounds strange to many people in this situation because the policy is meant for after death, and retirement planning is generally meant to be enjoyed while staying. If this is your view on this issue, it may be helpful to understand some important things about good policy on this matter. They can be loaned, can offer protection in the sad event of death, will look good in the financial profile, and easier to do faster than later.

You Can Lend The Policy

Why Life Insurance Is An Important Part Of Retirement Planning

No one knows what will happen with the economy. It is very unstable and many experts admit that it is difficult for them to predict what will happen over the next few weeks. If all your other accounts fail, it will be helpful to know that the amount of your life insurance policy in Greenville, SC, can be used as collateral if you need a loan or mortgage. Having such assets in place is very important. In addition to the need for money when faced with death, it will make you more stable in your own finances by opening important credit options.

They Offer Protection in Death Cases

Just as no one can predict what will happen to the economy, no one can predict what will happen to you. As you plan for the future, it is important to remember that you can not always rely on tomorrow. Make that plan for the future, but also put some action to help your loved ones if you pass in a way that is not on time. A good amount to add to your policy is an offer that will offer payments that are close to your current earnings. This will allow a loved one to abandon the ability to overcome grief without having to deal with major financial problems as well.

Good Look at Financial Profile

Diversity is great when you are dealing with investments. The reason for this is that when certain types of investments are struggling and dropping, you will not lose everything. Putting all your eggs in one basket is not a great idea. Having such a policy will be a good way for you to diversify your retirement investment. Why Life Insurance Is An Important Part Of Retirement Planning

It will be easier to get early in life

Not everyone will qualify for life insurance, or at least not at the rates that are considered reasonable. Pain, injury, age, and certain hobbies can raise interest rates. The sooner you begin the qualification process for this policy, the easier it will be for you to get away and the lower your tariff. If you do not already have a policy, then this is the best time to start the process. It will only get harder the longer you wait. Get the peace of mind you want at a lower cost by not waiting to get qualified.

When you start finishing your business and start adding important investment accounts, make sure you do not forget this important step. The truth is that you never know what will happen. Having life insurance in Greenville, SC, as part of your retirement plan will give you peace of mind. This will ensure that all your plans can be put in place even in the face of severe tragedy. Controlling the unexpected is as simple as some good policies in place as soon as possible. Why Life Insurance Is An Important Part Of Retirement Planning

High-Tech Skiing: 2017’s Greatest Gadgets

High-Tech Skiing: 2017’s Greatest Gadgets

2017 has been a gift for the skiing and snowboarding aficionado, thanks to the release of some incredible new high-tech gadgetry to make your time on the slopes all the more special. From Smartphone apps to clothing, watches to equipment, this has been the year when it’s really paid to get ahead with some top-quality gear.
Already sketching out plans for hitting the pistes this coming winter? These are the finest offerings from 2017 you need to make sure you are taking with you.

 

Leki GoPro Adapter

Designed to capture you and the mountains from all the best angles, this adapter will easily attach to both Leki racing poles and freeride mountaineering poles, offering a far wider variety of shots than a helmet-mounted camera and ensuring you look slick and smooth as you make your way down the pistes.

Snoww Social Tracking App

Not all the best gear need cost the sun and the moon – this is free to download on iPhone but offers an incredible package, combining social media with a video game experience. Using GPS, it can monitor how far you’ve skied, your top speed and energy used, vertical drops taken, and much more. It also allows you to compare your stats with friends, track where they are, and share photos via your online profiles. Make sure you’re king of the mountains and the person to beat!

Powervision Robotics Poweregg Drone

This sleek egg-shaped drone not only looks good but is designed to make you look stunning too – all 360 degrees of you, in fact, with a top-quality 4K HD camera that can capture real-time video from long range. Not only that, but it’s also incredibly practical, being small and light enough to carry with you, and easily operable by remote control.

Suunto Spartan Ultra Sports Watch

The ultimate item for the true pro, this sports watch is packed with amazing features and is the perfect guide for getting the best out of your skiing. Its GPS heatmap allows you to check out the top places for making runs; once there, you can record your speed, altitude and distance, and then share your stats and times with other online users. Don’t let yourself be seen on the slopes and in the après-ski bars without one.

Poc Spine VPD 2.0 Airbag Vest

Keeping yourself protected doesn’t need to look, or feel, bad – thanks to this smooth fitting airbag vest, you can feel comfortable pushing yourself to your limits. Capable of detecting any unavoidable falls you’re due to encounter, it will inflate in less than 100 milliseconds, and is also sensor-fitted to monitor for crashes and cushion your upper body from the impact. Even if you make the odd tumble, you’ll be falling with style.

Before You Hit the Slopes

Looks like you’re all set to go. There’s just one more, slightly less glamorous piece of kit to think about: ski travel insurance. Of course, no matter how much high-tech wizardry you have with you, or how strong your Airbag Vest is, it always pays to have great ski travel insurance cover, so that you can always salvage the best from any bad scrapes you may encounter. For that extra peace of mind, investing in some solid ski travel insurance will ensure you, along with your gear, are safely covered when you’re taking to the slopes – get in touch with InsureMore today to find out how.

Styleline House Provides Designer Quality Blinds at Affordable Prices

Styleline House Provides Designer Quality Blinds at Affordable Prices

Plantation Shutters Melbourne has been designed for classic looks and endurance with long lifespan. They provide the highest privacy possible and a great degree of light control with a rotating blade that can be opened and closed. For centuries, they became a classic model for both the bedroom and the lounge. In Melbourne A wide range of our plantation windows has been provided for you.
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