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31 Mar 2010 Partingtons At The Langham – Restaurant Of The Year 2006

(Auckland, 13 October 2006) — The Langham Hotel, Auckland is thrilled to announce their signature restaurant Partingtons has been announced New Zealand Restaurant of the Year at the world’s largest annual hot kitchen competition.

The title was awarded to Partingtons at the New Zealand Culinary Fare. The Fare is New Zealand’s longest running culinary competition attracting over 1000 competitors making it the world’s largest competition of its kind.

The Partingtons winning team comprised of chef de cuisine Sascha Exenberger, chef de partie Ryan Arboleda and restaurant supervisor Julieta Estrai.

“It’s still a bit of a dream,” says Sascha. “We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have had such strong direction from the rest of the Langham food and beverage team. It helps that there’s a lot of harmony and we all genuinely like each other,” continued Ryan.

“To be judged to be the best in the country by your industry peers is extremely flattering,” finished Julieta.

Langham Hotel, Auckland managing director John Dick said: “We are honoured to have such talent working at our hotel. All credit to Sascha, Ryan and Julieta and to the many other staff who supported them in their own special ways by helping, testing, cajoling, training and being bruisingly honest and critical.”

“This result further reinforces what a special team of people there are working together here to make every day something very special for our guests.”

Mr Dick continued that he saw the win as proof that the tables had turned and people were once more viewing hotel restaurants as the epitome of fine dining: “Our guests have a real appreciation for the whole dining experience which includes knowledgeable and professional staff, premium produce, first-class wine and attention to detail with the quality of the linen, and only the finest glassware, silverware and crockery.”
The Restaurant of the Year competition is open to restaurants nationwide and designed to test the skills of the chefs and restaurant service staff outside their familiar environment. The challenge is for each restaurant team to design and develop a menu from a mystery box of ingredients, cook, present and serve to guests.
The Partingtons team’s winning menu consisted of Porcini and caramelised onion roll and a main featuring poached roulade of Brill and Waikani crab on sautéed asparagus with smoked freshwater eel and potato tortellini in a light lemon sauce. Dessert consisted of chocolate toffee honey fondant with cherry and prune compote and rhubarb and yoghurt ice-cream.

About the Winning Team
Sascha Exenberger, Chef de Cuisine, Partingtons at the Langham
Austrian born Sascha Exenberger brings to Partingtons a unique approach combining his traditional European skills with fresh New Zealand produce.

Sascha was trained at the renowned five-star Salzburgerhof in Austria. Following the completion of his formal training, he worked first as chef entremetier and later as sous chef at a variety of fine-dining restaurants throughout Austria.

Interested in incorporating more European influences into his cooking style Sascha travelled around Europe adding an Italian and French flair to his style. He has also worked at the prominent Shengen Restaurant in Moscow, and at the esteemed Dunloe Castle in Killarney, Ireland.

Sascha says he likes to keep clear lines of distinction with his cuisine and diners can expect dishes that reflect his European heritage with a particular emphasis on Austria, Italy and France. He enjoys surprising people with new and interesting tastes that rouses further anticipation.

Ryan Arboleda, Chef de Partie, Partingtons at the Langham
The only born-and-bred New Zealander on the team, Ryan has been with the Langham since the hotel commenced operations in New Zealand in January 2005.

Ryan has held numerous chef positions including commis chef, demi chef, sous chef and chef de partie at various hotels and eating establishments in New Zealand and Australia. He has previously worked for Sheraton Auckland Hotel and Towers, Ascot Metropolis, Copthorne, The Heritage, Quay West, Mercure, Hamilton Island and the Auckland Club.

Julieta Estrai, Restaurant Supervisor, Partingtons at the Langham
From Argentina, Julieta joined Partingtons in May 2005.

She has a degree in hospitality and a degree in tourism from Cesyt Institute in Buenos Aires. She has held several management positions at restaurants in Argentina. She also spent two years working for cruise liner Royal Caribbean and three years as the assistant director of Berlitz Schools of Languages in Argentina.

Other Langham Awards at the New Zealand Culinary Fare
Langham staff cleaned up a further 19 awards at the Fare including a gold in ‘Practical Wine Tasting’, achieved by Partingtons sommelier Josselin de Gesincourt and a gold in ‘Hot Main Presented Cold Junior,’ achieved by demi chef de partie Shannon Persterer.

A complete list of awards earned by Langham staff is included at the end of this release.

Background notes on the Langham
Langham has a legendary hotel heritage dating back to 1865 when the Langham Hotel in London originally opened as Europe’s first Grand Hotel. For 140 years, this flagship hotel has been at the forefront of sophisticated and gracious hospitality. Today, all Langham Hotels worldwide inherit the same philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses creating a truly unique hotel experience.

30 Mar 2010 Auckland New Zealand Cheap Hotels

The city of Auckland is as vibrant and exciting as New Zealand itself. Filled with activity the city gets thousands of travelers visiting it every year. Right from exhilarating shopping expeditions to some innovative sightseeing and adventurous expeditions, Auckland has everything. Here are a few of the sightseeing opportunities the city offers.

Aotea square markets

This shopping place is one of the biggest open enclosure in New Zealand and is renowned for its nice attractive white and blue colored tents. Once within the interiors you will be able to locate a large number of modern funky fashion clothing and accessories, handicraft items from Pacific lands, Traditional Maori carvings as well as contemporary jewelry. The market is perpetually vibrant and flooded with people throughout the year. If you have are visiting Auckland primarily for shopping, try opting for an auckland hotel somewhere around here. You will find many a cheap auckland new zealand hotel that is up for rent.

The Auckland Art Gallery

This is a few of those places in Auckland which has ancient portraits belonging to the Maori clan, as well as antique landscapes of Auckland. Side by side you will also be able to find plenty of urban art belonging to New Zealand here. You can also get to see plenty of international exhibits here. The Downtown Auckland hotels are a suitable good choice if you are looking for something less on the cheaper side. There are plenty of Auckland vacation packages which give you with lucrative discounts and schemes.

The Auckland Zoo

Here you will find some of the most innovative and interesting animals in the whole of New Zealand. Right from Pridelands to giraffes and zebra, springbok as well as rhino, there are plenty of local and international animals on display here. If you come here with your kids they are definitely sure to have a great time. You can also visit the coastline of New Zealand here that has all thing from sealions to shore birds to even blue colored penguins! If you wish to save costs on your travel to Auckland, try opting for Discount Auckland accommodations which are good economical packages for money. In fact if you search little around you can find some of the Best Auckland Lodging at very reasonable rates!

Ayrlies

Located in the rural countryside region of Whitford is a laid-back, green garden known as the Ayrlies. Man made and created from the paddocks of 1964, today this is a splendid garden that has all sorts from subtropical to temperate to even mature trees. You can even find a wide range of waterfalls as well as innovative sightseeing prospects sea facing! The auckland airport hotel is very close by from the airport. So enroute you could leave your baggage here and head straight to the garden! Even the carlton hotel Auckland is located nearby. Both these hotels are superb great in terms of high end comforts and luxury. Other superb staying choices include the langham hotel Auckland as well as the Auckland hotel rendezvous.

30 Mar 2010 New Zealand Tours Full of Activities

The best way to experience the spirit of New Zealand is with one of the activity filled New Zealand tours. There are many different companies that you can book a trip through, but if you are someone who thrives on adventure and the unknown, then you definitely want to choose one that offers activities along the way. These types of New Zealand tours are especially great for young couples or a group of friends who are seeking travel adventures. Many newlyweds choose these types of New Zealand tours because they are a great way to bond while exploring the most incredible parts of the world.

There are different levels of activity for a variety of New Zealand tours, depending on how active you are looking to get on your vacation. The first decision you should make when you are looking into outdoor adventure New Zealand tours is what part of the island you want to explore the most. The North Island is the 14th largest island in the world and is home to the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland, and Wellington, which is the capital of New Zealand. The North Island is very popular among tourists and has many beaches, parks and forests to explore. The South Island is the larger of the two islands, but is less populated than the North Island. The South Island is often referred to as the mainland which is funny and ironic because only about one fourth of the entire population of New Zealand lives there.

Both the South and the North Island offer a wide variety of outdoor adventure tours so regardless of which one you choose you will have a lot of fun. There are trips that combine many different outdoor sports, but there are also tours that concentrate solely on just one activity. Some of the activities that you can expect to do on one of the outdoor adventure New Zealand tours are: snorkeling, hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving, kayaking and canoeing. There are even New Zealand tours that are designed specifically for families. This allows people with children to partake in an amazing adventure and it proves that there is something for everyone. These New Zealand tours will take you on adventures that are truly once in a lifetime experiences. A trip like this will completely revolutionize the way you want to travel in the future and it is a great way to bond and spend time with those who you love.

30 Mar 2010 Make Sure Queenstowns Is Part Of Your New Zealand Tour

The most enviable and distinctive sights to new visitors of Queenstown is the Skyline complex which is high above the city. Make sure you take time on your New Zealand tour for the breathtaking 220 degree panoramic views that include Lake Wakatipu, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables mountain range and more. For adventure seekers, you can slip downhill in the winding Skyline Luge. Also, take advantage of AJ Hacketts Bungy or even explore a tandem parapente flight. For less adventurous folks, many walking paths can be accessed from the Skyline and range from 30 minute to full day hikes.

If you want to take in spectacular views of Aucklands Waitemata Harbour, all you have to do is sit back and relax and take a sailing and dining cruise. Let the professionals handle your yacht and trim the sales while you enjoy the freshest and most appetizing New Zealand cuisine as well as listen to informative commentary on the sights of Auckland city and the Harbour Bridge. Most tours also include an entry to the New Zealand National Maritime Museum. For those taking a day cruise, you can sail to Rangitoto and Motutapu Island as well as anchor down on the western tip of Waiheke Island for lunch, a walk on shore and even take a swim by the beach.

Global Warming or not, you can take part in a historic guided tour onto the world famous Fox Glacier. Many hiking tours offer a range of walks for all fitness levels. Situated on the west coast of South Island and only 12 miles south of Franz Josef, Fox is New Zealands largest guided glacier tour. While there, you can walk the stunning glacier which is the main feature of Westland National Park and considered a World Heritage area. This edutainment portion of your trip may just be the most fun you have had learning ever.

Other Antarctic attractions include the International Antarctic Center which is located next to the Christchurch International Airport. This fun and exciting environment simulates real Antarctic conditions with a Touch Screen tour equipped with Arctic wind chill. You can slide down a snow slope, or take the Antarctic Hagglund Ride. The International Antarctic Center, a 2 time winner of Best Attraction by the NZ Tourism awards also serves up delicious cuisine in the Cafe and has spacious meeting rooms for themed events.

Do not forget the Willobank Wildlife Reserve where they actually recommend that you feed the animals! Also, with the Wildlife by Night and Kiwi House events, you can observe the kiwi and other rare animal life in their natural environment. An award winning restaurant awaits the hungry with scrumptious New Zealand cuisine where you can also take your tour under the stars.

30 Mar 2010 Details About New Zealand’s Beautiful North Island

New Zealand’s North Island may be the smaller of the two main islands, but that certainly does not make it lesser. The diminutive North Island is home to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, and Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. The island’s more northern location contributes to a warmer, more congenial climate and translates to a larger, more diverse population than the colder southern island.

A Maori myth tells the tale of Ma-ui, the demi-god responsible for the creation of the North and South Islands. According to the myth, the South Island was the Ma-ui’s canoe. One day, Ma-ui and his brothers were fishing when he pulled an enormous fish from the sea. His brothers fought over the fish and chopped it up. When Ma-ui saw what they had done, he flung it back into the sea and it became the North Island, and their hack marks became the mountains and valleys. The Maori name for the North Island is Te Ika-a-Ma-ui, or, The Fish of Ma-ui.

The mountains and valleys are only part of the lush locales you will encounter on North Island. From the rolling farmlands of Waikato to the rugged mountain ranges of Coromandel, from the lush, sub-tropical forests and picturesque lakes of the island’s center to the beautiful, fruitful vineyards of the east coast, North Island offers something for everyone.

Regional Highlights

There are many different regions on the North Island, ranging from the busy cities of Auckland and Wellington to the untamed and unspoiled beauty of Ruapehu’s national parks. Each region has highlights that make it worth visiting, and make it difficult to choose only one or two places to visit on a trip through the beautiful island.

1. Northland

Northland is a subtropical paradise of unspoiled beaches. Native culture is alive and thriving in the northern reaches of the island, where you will find stunning beaches, beautiful bays and islands. Northland is a favorite destination for those who love extreme water sports, surfing, sailing, game fishing, boating and diving are all favored pastimes in the northern island. One of the main centers for tourism in the Northland is the Bay of Islands.

2. Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands, in the Northland, is a stunning vista of sand and rock coastline that encircles a bay set with 150 islands. Islands, beaches, boats and the ocean are ever-present and offer a mind-boggling array of activities to keep any visitor entertained and busy. Paddle a sea kayak in and out of the many inlets, or board a chartered ferry or yacht for a trip to swim with dolphins. When you tire of the sea, there are historical and romantic sites aplenty to explore and enjoy.

3. Auckland

Auckland, with a population of 1.2 million, is home to nearly one-third the island’s population. It’s a fascinating blend of cosmopolitan city and marine harbor. Enjoy fine dining, sparkling nightlife and all the pleasures of being in one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most popular and active cities.

4. Coromandel

Located just east of Auckland, Coromandel is one of New Zealand’s favorite holiday destinations. The land is rustic and unspoiled, with stunning vistas of volcanic peaks and valleys. The rugged volcanic hills are carpeted with lush, subtropical forests while the stunning beaches are dusted with glistening sand and sparkling water. Both bush and ocean are within the boundaries of Coromandel.

5. Bay of Plenty

The Bay of Plenty has long been a tourist destination famed for its long white beaches and easy-going lifestyle. These days, visitors also have discovered the cosmopolitan flavor of its major city, Tauranga, where they can enjoy fine dining and the best wines of the East Coast vineyards in the many cafes and restaurants.

6. Waikato

Waikato features two stunning landscapes, one above ground and one below. On the surface, the rolling farmlands offer any visitor the serenity of a bucolic land. Beneath, you will find a veritable labyrinth of caves and cave formations to explore and enjoy.

7. Rotorua

Some of the highlights of the Rotorua district include trout fishing in the volcanic lakes and relaxing in the healing waters of the seething hot springs. Volcanoes and geysers make this district a marvelous wonderland of natural beauty.

8. Eastland

Be the first on Earth to greet the new day in Eastland, the first mainland place to be touched by the rising sun. Enjoy national parks with hiking and nature trails, and relax with the sophistication of the world’s first cultivated black truffles, fine cheeses and the finest Chardonnay.

9. Taupo

Visit beautiful Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake, or hike through the island’s oldest national park. Stunning scenery, volcanoes, trout fishing and unusual and rare wild life all combine to make Taupo a must-visit site.

10. Wellington

Beautiful Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. Located between a picturesque harbor and majestic hills, the city offers vibrant night life and fascinating cultural experiences alongside gourmet dining and a distinctly unique urban experience unlike any other in the entire world.

29 Mar 2010 Best place for holiday vacation with reasonable budget

If you are planning for holiday vacation to any stunningly beautiful country then you must go to New Zealand. It’s most famous and lively cities are the major tourist attractions in the world. You will get the freedom and flexibilities to visit everything from the Franz Josef Glacier on the South Island to the vineyards in Hawkes Bay on the North Island and multimedia tour of the universe. Most loveliness lies in the paradoxes in its ecological heritage and Art Gallery New Zealand boasts a series of unparalleled golden-sand beaches and most famous Karangahape Road or parts of South Auckland.

If you want to go New Zealand, then you can plan for independent holiday vacation plans as well as short excursions from the cities. Don’t waste a minute of limited time waiting for. You know that you need a New Zealand rental campervan or motor home to benefit from all that country had to offer. Quickly discover campervans supplier like Backpacker campervan, Apollo campervans with affordable rates and best deals on Campervan Rentals in New Zealand.

New Zealand has a network of NZ campervans rental branches providing campervan on rent and 4WD vehicle’s at budget car rental prices.

There are some very important tips before going to holiday package with campervan.

• Check Vehicle is well prepared and without any defect.

• Stock up enough delicious food, snacks for any lengthy road trips and also Hot & Cold Running Water storage.

• Check seat belts of your campervans to avoid any kind of accident.

• Don’t ignore engine warning lights and head lights.

• Check it out inside campervan toilet/shower facilities is there?

• Comfortable sleep and easy cooking facilities available?

• Most needed 2 Burner Gas Stove, available or not?

• Cooking devices that can be the basis of fires, catch fire facilities is there?

Essential is to arrange a driver for long period of the campervan tour as you expect trip to be hassle free and peaceful. Long stress less journey with enjoyment, we should always be aware off campervans facilities before vacation to make a memorable trip.

Last but not least, always examine the terms and conditions of the campervan rental contributor’s website carefully. When you go with holiday tour with campervan keep the campervan rental company’s contact information with you. In case of tragedy you may require to contact them.

29 Mar 2010 Italian Air Travel Booking Tips

The cost of flying within Italy is often comparable to the cost of train travel, although be sure to include the expense of getting to and from the airport. When flying out of Italian airports, always check with the airport or tourist agency about upcoming strikes, which are frequent in Italy and often affect air travel. The work stoppages are called by trade unions over contractual disputes, and can also ground or delay flights to and from Italy operated by several European carriers, including British Airways and Air France.

Things to Think About when booking

When you book, look for nonstop flights and remember that “direct” flights stop at least once. Try to avoid connecting flights, which require a change of plane. Two airlines may operate a connecting flight jointly, so ask whether your airline operates every segment of the trip. You may find that the carrier you prefer flies you only part of the way. Check web sites to find more booking tip, to check prices and to make online flight reservations.

When flying internationally, you must usually choose between a domestic carrier, the national flag carrier of the country you are visiting (Alitalia for Italy), and a foreign carrier from a third country. National flag carriers have the greatest number of non stops. Domestic carriers may have better connections to your hometown and serve a greater number of gateway cities. Third-party carriers may have a price advantage.

On international flights, Alitalia serves Rome, Milan, and Venice. The major international hubs in Italy are Milan and Rome, served by Continental Airlines and Delta Air Lines. American Airlines flies into just Milan. US Airways serves only Rome.

Alitalia and British Airways have direct flights from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports to Milan and Rome. From Manchester, British Airways has daily flights to Milan and Rome. Smaller, no-frills airlines also provide service between Great Britain and Italy.

EasyJet connects Gatwick with Bologna. British Midland connects Heathrow and Milan. Ryanair, departing from London’s Stansted Airport, has daily flights to Milan, Rome, Pisa, and Venice. Meridiana has two or three direct flights each week between Gatwick and Olbia on Sardinia in summer, and daily flights to Rome and Florence throughout the year. From its hub in Brussels, Virgin Express files to Milan, Catania, and Rome.

Alitalia connects Canada and Italy. Air Canada flies to Munich for connections to Rome, Florence, and Milan via Lufthansa. Qantas flies from various cities in Australia via Bangkok, arriving in Rome. Alitalia and New Zealand Air fly from Auckland to Rome with a stop in London. Another option if you’re coming from Australia or New Zealand is Thai Airlines, landing in Rome via Bangkok.

When buying tickets for flights within Italy, on Alitalia and small carriers such as Meridiana and Air One shop around for the best deals. Tickets are frequently sold at discounted prices, so check the cost of flights, even one-way, as an alternative to train travel.

29 Mar 2010 Volcanos And Swimming With Dolphins Headline Your New Zealand Tour

From vibrant major cities such as Auckland and Wellington, New Zealanders boast very active and energetic people willing to take on any task. Wedged between the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand has spectacular natural formations and landmarks and wonderful national parks.

Your to do list while in New Zealand will grow even long are you discover all the spectacular attractions and activities such as swimming with the dolphins, vast native wildlife walks, and experiencing Antarctica without even leaving New Zealand. If you dare, you can walk on a modern day glacier, go for a hike or a cruise, or, take a sensational scenic flight to get a birds eye view of all the twin islands have to offer.

If you want to see a real glacier, take the trek to Milford sound and the Fiordland National park where you can even land on the glacier itself. Adventure is just around the corner with hiking and mountain biking that help you get away from it all in New Zealands wilderness. From there, helicopter tours are often necessary to get to some of the more remote regions, but regardless of the inconvenience, you can ski, hike or bike as part of a group. Many tour companies offer complimentary hotel pick up and drop offs for your convenience.

Do you want to swim with the fishes? Make that the dolphins at the Bay of Islands. Here you can see these acrobatic creatures putting on the greatest free show as their curiosity is your reward. Dolphins will even race alongside your boat as they love human company. While there, it is not uncommon to view other marine life whether it is whales, orcas, penguins or even seals. For the most brave adventurers, you can actually swim in the water with the dolphins. An activity called boom netting allows less skillful swimmers to float in an area with the dolphins without significant risk. Just ask the skipper for his recommendation.

What better way to view an active volcano than to take a helicopter or air plane ride in the Tongariro National Park. Known worldwide, the National Park is the second oldest after Yellowstone in America. While there, three mountains Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro are some of the greatest wonders on your New Zealand tour. The last eruption in 1995 occurred when Mount Ruapehu sent several lahars outward with plumes of ash and rock. Ruapehu is the tallest mountain on North Island and also the primary skiing location in the region. With a crater lake filled with acidic water, it is color is quite brilliant.

28 Mar 2010 Tour Information of Largest Places in World

India

Taj mahal in agra Tourists come to India Tours for its wealth of sights, cultural exuberance, diversity of terrain and in search of that special something, an extra punch that only India promises and delivers. It has been said of India that no traveler can leave it without strong impressions. India is a land gifted with everything that makes up for a perfect travel package. Its great heritage as a seat of empires and religions has left it with some of Asia’s most astounding architectural achievements, including thousands of ancient temples such as lotus temple in delhi and the famed Taj Mahal, Khajuraho, Ajanta-Ellora, Konark. lotus temple in delhiA large country, India boasts extensive national parks and plenty of opportunities for safari. Trekking in India takes place along various stretches of the Himalayas, including the mystical highlands of Ladakh. There are many hillstation that you can visit in india, few of them are: Auli, Dalhousie, Darjeeling, Dehradun, Kullu, Khandala, Shimla etc..

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a vibrant, fast-paced city. Amsterdam attracts a diverse mix of travelers. skinny bridge in amsterdamThe Leidesplein, the vivacious epicenter of Amsterdam comes to life as soon as darkness descends the city. It has an abundance of street performers to keep you entertained. One of the central attractions most popular in Amsterdam is the Anne Frankhuis which is a truly moving experience. The highlights of Amsterdam is the royal Palace, the National Monument, the skinny bridge, the Albert Cuyp market and the beautiful houses along the canals. Not to be forgotten, a visit to a windmill, and a stop at a diamond factory.

Las-Vegas

Effile tower in Las-Vegas Not just for gamblers, Las Vegas is for everyone. The most exciting “fun city” in the world. Las Vegas is bigger, more spectacular, more excessive, with more to see, and more to do. This city has icons such as a replica of the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, a giant golden lion, the Luxor pyramid, and all the glittering casinos along the strip.

New Zealand

New Zealand is a wonderful travel destination and is a country of contrasts, adventure and great beauty. new zealandVisitors to Queenstown in the South Island can try bungee jumping, jet boating and many other white knuckle activities. The mountains of the Southern Alps are the ideal backdrop for skiing, snowboarding and climbing, while the rugged terrain is great for mountain biking and tramping. The miles of coastline are also great for a surfing, swimming and kayaking vacation. Visit the vibrant, friendly cities such as Auckland, with its great nightlife and shopping, Wellington, home to arts and culture of New-Zealand, or Christchurch, the garden city.

London

London is without a doubt the most widely recognized city in the world. tower bridge in londonThe major sightseeings in London include the Tower of London, St. Pauls Cathedral and Piccadilly. Don’t leave London without experiencing Stonehenge and Windsor Castle. One must vist delightful Winchester and it’s impressive cathedral. The trip to london will be incomplete if one doesn’t visit the Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, Big Ben, Victoria & Albert Museum, Madame Tussaud’s, Tate Modern.

Sydney

harbour bridge in sydney Sydney is probably the world’s most beautiful major city, with a truly great harbor. Be sure to take a harbor tour by boat, or you will miss the most beautiful aspect of this great city. Sydney is considered one of the top beach cities of the world. The ocean and harbor beaches of Sydney are famous throughout the world. The best beach of Sydney, according to a majority of the people, is the Bondi beach. This is one of Sydney’s most crowded beaches.opera house in sydney Also don’t miss the spectacular view from the top of Sydney Tower, one of the tallest structures in the world.The most famous tourist attractions of Sydney is, of course, the Sydney Opera House, which is also considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Some of the museums offering a glimpse into the local history and culture of Sydney are Australian Museum, Don Bank Museum, and Elizabeth Bay House.

27 Mar 2010 Tips for easier travel

Late Night Dark Chocolate and Coping With The Third Day Blues

A Long Haul Traveler’s Jet Lag Wisdom

It happens much the same every time. I arrive home from New Zealand, or a four day trip across the Atlantic, and my body screams at me to reset the clock, replace the protein, and make things right again. My head is still in Auckland, my swollen legs feel like they walked the whole way to London, and my stomach has decided that there needs to be some revenge for having stayed awake for nearly 24 hours in transit.

It’s only taken a couple hundred thousand miles of travel, but I’ve managed to learn a few things which help to make Jet Lag (and the long haul travel before it) more bearable. On behalf of the other dazed and peevish jet lagged people, I’d like to share the wisdom with you.

In Flight:

Yes, there really are things you can do to make the effects of some of the flying diminish. You already know the obvious ones such as drinking a lot of water and getting up to wander around. Some of the less obvious ones are:

1. Taking “No Jet Lag” (if you’re in the U.S. or New Zealand you can buy it. Sorry to folks who are in Europe where it’s not available). No Jet Lag is basically an oral form of arnica. For whatever reason, it manages to keep your brain hydrated through the whole flight and you arrive at your destination without feeling fuzzy. It does nothing at all to help with adjusting to time zones, but if you have to be human when you get there, it’s a great way to go.

2. DVT socks: Deep Vein Thrombosis is one of the silent killers of long haul travel. It’s the reason your feel swell up and the reason pregnant women need to walk around even more on flights. The good news is that if you wear the DVT socks, your feet don’t swell up. I keep waiting for an entire DVT bodysuit, but it hasn’t happened yet.

3. Noise-canceling head phones: I should perhaps rephrase this as “screaming baby canceling head phones.” While they can’t block out everything, they do go a long way towards giving you some kind of quiet.

Once you’ve arrived:

Ah, now the jet lag has set in. Some people religiously swear not to sleep when they arrive and to push through. Others (like myself) fall asleep and then wake up in the middle of the night thinking it’s the middle of the afternoon.

Your body has multiple clocks working in it all the time. One clock, the one you hear about, is the light/dark clock. That one can be aided in its resetting by going out in bright