Archive for July, 2009
If you know you’re interested in traveling to the Caribbean Islands, you have a variety of choices for your final destination. You can try a fun cruise throughout the islands in order to visit all of the best hot spots, or you can fly directly to one of the many wonderful islands found in this region of the world. One of the islands from which you can choose is Anquilla.
Anguilla is not one of the most popular islands when talking about Caribbean travel sites, but for that very reason, it is great if you are looking for a more private Caribbean vacation, without lots of other tourists. Anguilla is actually a British overseas territory and is the most northern of the Leeward Islands. Anguilla is comprised of one larger island, including the capital city of The Valley, and also includes a number of tiny islands and cays, most of which are privately owned or uninhabited. Some of the other smaller islands that are part of the Anguilla chain include Dog Island, the Prickly Pear Cays, Scrub Island, Seal Island, and Sombrero, or Hat Island.
The climate on Anguilla is generally what you would expect to find in this tropical region of the world. The island does get northeastern trade winds, so it is fairly dry compared to other tropical islands, with the most rain coming in September and October. Anguilla is also along the path of some hurricanes in the summer and fall.
When traveling to Anguilla, make sure you spend some time in the beautiful Caribbean water. Anguilla is known for its coral reef, which is home to a variety of sea animals and plants. The land itself is mostly sandy and not particularly good for farming industries. However, the waters along the coast are great for fishing, so if you enjoy that sport, you may be interested in applying for a fishing license and talking to some fishing outfitters in Anguilla when planning your Caribbean travel.
As with most Caribbean islands, if you want to travel to Anguilla, you need the proper paperwork. Before you leave, apply for a passport, and it is important to be able to show either a return plane ticket or a ticket to otherwise leave the island at some point. Make your hotel reservations at least a few months in advance in order to find the best deals for your stay in the Caribbean.
Brussels, officially known as the Brussels Region, which comprises nineteen municipalities including the City of Brussels, is the official capital of the European Union. It is the largest urban area in Belgium and has a very detailed history of emergence dating back to the tenth century. With a population of over 1.8 million and presence of headquarters of National Atlantic Treaty Organization and the main Institutes of European Union makes Brussels one of the prominent regions of Europe.
The region is bilingual as both Dutch-speaking (Brabantian) and French speaking (more precisely Belgian French), people reside here. This destination is well known for the numerous (above 80) museums it contains including the Museum of Modern Art, and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. The magnificence of these museums is shown by the fact that they harbor wide-ranging collections best medieval works in painting.
The architecture of Brussels is diverse. The variety ranges from medieval constructions on the Grand Palace to the post modern buildings of the European Union institutions. Few of the main attractions of Brussels are:
The Atomium is a unique structure located near famous places of interest such as Brupark, Oceade and Brussels Exhibition Park. The structure is a grandiose magnification of a crystal molecule of an iron atom. Massive iron corridors hold nine of these huge iron molecule structures together representing the nine Belgian Provinces. A lift to the top of the structure gives an exquisite view of the entire vicinity.
The Mannekin Pis, often referred as an equivalent of Eiffel Tower to Paris is a tiny statue formed out of moulds (of an originally attacked and destroyed bronze statue). Visitors all over the world gather to see the little weeing statueís ever changing wardrobe.
The Bruparck, was once an conglomeration of antique bars and was meant to reflect the high standard of living of Belgium. Now, it houses a giant Kinepolis cinema, the swimmerís paradise Oceadium and the Atomium. The place is also necessary visit for the lovely restaurants with wonderful terraces, playgrounds and a beautiful Venetian Carousel.
Apart from these, Brussels is well known for the Belgian Chocolate, its local waffle, the French fries, and the types of beers. With 1800 restaurants, and a number of high quality bars, Belgian cuisine is known among connoisseurs as one of best in Europe and hence only adds to the compulsion of visiting this city.