The River Po: a Barger’s Guide

The River Po: a Barger’s Guide

Searching for great river cruises? Italy’s lovely rivers and canals offer tourists a chance to explore the wonders of this beautiful country. When you navigate down the River Po, you can travel through the various Italian natural landscapes, marvelling at unique lagoon islands, gorgeous lakesides flocked with birds and charming Renaissance cities with awe-inspiring architecture.
Length and Route

 

The River Po is a 650-kilometre long stretch of water that will take you from the canal city of Venice to the cultural hotspot of Mantua. Starting in the Venetian Romantic city, you can travel up the river through the Po valley, along the river and the Bianco Canal to San Pietro in Volta, before heading towards Zelo and Governo and finally reaching the lakeside city of Mantua. Along the way, you will encounter both the upper and lower Po plains which are surrounded by the Alps, the Adriatic Sea and the Apennines. You can admire the contrast between the two levels, as the first is a drier landscape with few trees and the second is abundant in water and greenery.

History and Feats of Engineering

The Po River has a very interesting and intricate history. Although it is a bit temperamental, in some places being extremely shallow and in others flooding the landscape, the River Po has enabled centuries of settlers to prosper. It is Italy’s largest waterway and ensured that the region grew into the country’s most important economic area. Its water fed the fields on the bank and led to the flourishing of agriculture. Connecting Turin, Vercelli, Piacenza and Cremona, it was also used as a trade route by the early Mediterranean settlers and later by the Romans too.

This extraordinary river also gave birth to the iconic canals of Venice, as it forms a 100-kilometre long delta which feeds the city’s lagoon. Creating the famous 118 islets, surrounded by 177 canals which host many river cruises, Italy is able to attract many tourists to The Floating City every year. It would not feature its unique architecture of colourful houses built on the ‘submerged forest’ of wooden piles without it. It is also thanks to this legacy that the Po Delta has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Attractions en Route

You can gain brilliant insight into the Roman, Etruscan, Istrian and Byzantine empires by going on Po river cruises. Italy is a treasure trove of culture, with stunning architecture and artworks just waiting to be explored. I’d recommend visiting the beautiful seventeenth-century Villa Ca’Zen. Located on the riverbank, it is a breathtaking stately home where the great Lord Byron courted his muse, Countess Guiccioli, and composed some of his most famous verses. You will also want to explore the city of Mantua, with its neoclassic Palazzo Canossa and the impressive Renaissance dome of the Basilica di Sant’ Andrea. For a bit of musical history, head over to the Teatro Scientifico where the young Mozart first wowed his contemporary with his extraordinary piano skills.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury river cruises and barge holidays throughout Europe. If you’re looking for the most exciting river cruises, Italy is an ideal choice. 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.

Best Montego Bay Airport Transfer Service

Best Montego Bay Airport Transfer Service

The gateway to a fantastic vacation experience is the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. To get from the airport to your resort you have two options. On one hand, there is a shared option; a vehicle is shared with other vacationers who are going in the same direction. Depending on the size group, shared transfers could be the cheaper option of the two. On the other hand, there a private transfer option; a service which offers convenience, flexibility and privacy during your travels to your resort. The rates are affordable; sometimes the same as shared shuttles.
The airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica is very important to the island’s tourism industry. It welcomes about forty large commercial jets daily carrying thousands of vacationers to its shores. Resort towns such as Negril, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay itself depend almost entirely on this airport for arrival and departure for their guests.

 

The resort districts in Montego Bay accommodate travel times between 5 and 25 minutes from the airport. Staying in Montego Bay gives the treat of a great beach experience, snorkeling, oceanic adventures, partying, dining and shopping.

Journeying west of the entry port is Negril, located about 90 minutes west of the airport. Negril is known for smaller beach front properties. It is home its famous beach, which is a 7-mile white sandy beach. Incidentally many of the hotels are located just on that beach.

Traveling from the Montego Bay Airport to Negril is convenient and eventful when you use Private Taxi Montego Bay Airport ; this is by far the better option for several reasons. After a long and exhausting travel day getting on the island, the last thing anyone wants is more delays. Having pre-booked your Private Montego Bay Airport Transfer Service you are guaranteed to get going immediately after customs. The drive to Negril is beautiful; with breathtaking sceneries of the roadway hugs the shoreline.

Going east of the Montego Bay Airport is the resort town of Ocho Rios; The journey is equally beautiful as Negril’s. Having the service of an amiable driver your private ride will become more like a tour. With private Montego Bay Airport Transfers you are figuratively in the driver’s seat, totally in control of a stop of two along the way. There is absolutely no need to wait on a big bus to be filled; the cost may even be the same.

Falmouth Cruise Excursions

Falmouth Cruise Excursions

Whenever you enter the parish of Trelawny in Jamaica, you should know that you have been exposed to one of Jamaica’s greatest treasures. The parish boasts a capital with an interesting history; it is a small town with an opulent history. Situated on the northern coast of Jamaica, Trelawny is the fifth biggest parish of the fourteen on the island; covering a total of 333 square miles.
The parish has part of its recorded origin in the colonial past; it came into being in 1771 after a long and arduous struggle by the plantation owners for about 38 years. What is now known as Trelawny was part of the parish of St. James, now the neighboring parish, of which the capital is Montego Bay. During those times, the grouse among the island’s inhabitants was that the journey from Trelawny was too far for plantation owners to leave and travel to Montego Bay to conduct business. Their solution was the push for St. James to be divided and create another parish with its own capital.

 

The early days of Falmouth saw prosperity as Falmouth had the busiest port in Jamaica. However, that was short lived and after the abolition of slavery the economy took a nose dive. Today, the newest and busiest cruise port in Jamaica is located in Falmouth. The Falmouth Port has now been transformed by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to accommodate large cruise vessels including the Harmony of the Seas which is the world’s biggest. While there are not many options of excursions to choose from in Falmouth, one can find many excursions in the surrounding towns.

Ocho Rios is one of Jamaica’s resort towns and is just one-hour east of Falmouth; it is blessed with numerous interesting and thrilling shore excursions. Marketed Falmouth Shore Excursions usually include the famous Dunn’s River Falls; so too are the Blue Hole Secret Falls, Mystic Mountain, River Tubing, Horse Back Ride and Swim and much more.

Heading west of Falmouth, is Montego Bay, another resort town, home to the Rose Hall Great House, Dr. Cave Beach one of the best beaches on the island, Zipline, Rockland Bird Sanctuary famous for hand feeding humming birds that live in the wild and other thrilling adventures to include Dolphin Swims.

If you will be on a cruise arriving at the port of Falmouth, there is plenty to choose from. It is important that you consider your interests and pre-book your Falmouth Shore Excursions as a Private Tour with a reliable and reputable transportation provider. You will find that by the time you disembark your luxurious sea vessel you will be off on your island adventure and be guaranteed to enjoy your already short time on the beautiful island of Jamaica. Come to Jamaica and feel alright.

Unique Facts About the Wildlife of Galapagos

Unique Facts About the Wildlife of Galapagos

Most nature lovers who embark on wildlife holidays in Galapagos are familiar with the archipelago’s most iconic wildlife species, which include the Giant Tortoise, the Lava Lizard, the Marine Iguana, the Galapagos Sea Lion and the Blue-Footed Booby.
But while the wildlife has been studied and documented extensively, from Darwin’s first forays to the scientists who actively work to ensure its conservation into modern times, there are also some lesser-known facts about these wonderfully unique species. For anyone planning wildlife holidays in Galapagos, knowing a few of these before the trip may add another dimension to an already fascinating encounter.

 

Did You Know?

• The Marine Iguanas found in abundance throughout the archipelago are the world’s only species of marine lizard. The white appearance often seen around their faces is caused by the expulsion of salt from specially adapted glands in their nostrils, which dries and creates a “wig” effect.

• The Galapagos Penguin is the smallest in the world and the only one found north of the Equator. The combination of the cold waters of the Humboldt and Cromwell ocean currents mean it is able to survive in the warmer climate.

• With an average life span of well over a century, the Giant Tortoise lives longer than almost any other vertebrate on the planet. They continue to grow for up to 40 years and can reach a length of over 1.5m and a weight of up to 250kg.

• The most common of all the mammals throughout the islands is the sea lion. The chance to swim and snorkel amongst the curious sea lions is also one of the most sought-after encounters on wildlife holidays in Galapagos. Particularly large colonies are found on Santa Cruz, Isabela and Espanola.

• The Green Sea Turtle found in the waters around the archipelago is a species so old it has been around since before the time of the dinosaurs.

• There are five species of snakes and all of them are endemic to the dry zones of certain islands – although some islands have none. All the species are relatively small (under a metre) and are known as “racers”, due to their ability to move extremely fast. Their only natural predator is the Galapagos Hawk.

• There are four species of boobies that make the islands home. The Blue-footed Booby is renowned for its unique mating dance, where it lifts its feet and wave them in the air, appearing to “dance”, and the Red-footed Booby is the only one to make its nest in the trees and not the ground. The Nazcar Booby is the largest species, while the Masked Booby lives mainly out in the open ocean, returning to land only to breed.

• The Waved Albatross mates for life. There are over 12,000 breeding pairs on the archipelago, which represents the majority of its global population. While the birds depart the islands from December to April, they return to the same place and the same partner every year to breed.

• The term “Darwin’s Finches” actually refers to 15 different species of finches. While their bodies and colouring make them similar in appearance, each has a distinctly different, specially adapted beak.

Wildlife holidays in Galapagos offer a privileged opportunity for nature lovers to experience a truly once-in-a-lifetime encounter with some of the most incredible and unique animals on Earth. And, in this remote and beautiful part of the planet, researchers and naturalists are still learning just how astounding many of them really are. Author Plate

How to Strengthen the Sales Team to Generate & Close More Opportunities

How to Strengthen the Sales Team to Generate & Close More Opportunities

There is a wide range of services and products produced by the company due to improvements in manufacturing and technology processes. However, the big challenge is to find prospects where the business houses will sell their products or services.
This will be a great motivation for B2B sales managers, if they get a boost to lead their sales. One of the most effective ways to do this is to have an in-house sales team that supports the sales team. However, creating such a team and managing it can be time consuming, laborious and expensive as well. It has been observed that in business, while in-house lead generation is a good initiative, outsourcing results in better B2B generation sales. How to Strengthen the Sales Team to Generate & Close More Opportunities

Outsourcing B2B leads the generation better for a variety of reasons whether for beginners or established companies. In the case of startup companies, there is a lack of human resources and source of diversion to generate lead sales that can be costly. If you are not an expert in lead generation, this can lead to wasting valuable time, money, and effort and also leads to wrong targeting. Therefore, it is very important that a professional company be appointed to generate sales because they are experts in the field. Also in the case of in-house sales teams there is a need to get the right talent, provide training, motivate and engage teams so that they perform well and deliver the desired results. This process is quite tiring, expensive and time consuming.

Outsourcing B2B sales lead generation to professionals will help management focus on other important aspects of business. Also the lead generation companies of B2B use various methods to gather information that might be useful for your business. Professionals will give you high quality prospects that have high conversion rates and you also do not need to go through the whole process of making a phone call, setting an appointment, sitting with different people just to see if they are interested in your business. The effective process followed by the outsourcing company will produce faster results as well.

There are various B2B lead generation companies that have come up and who do lead generation work quite effectively. They have expertise across industries and deliver outstanding B2B lead generation services. The process usually followed by the company is:

• Understand the client product and segment in detail • Understand if any current programs are being carried out • Evaluate the current database data collection process • Identify the market as a segment where the sales team will work • Organize the process to manage the prospect and database generation • Create a team to conduct research about prospect information and also to create outgoing contacts resulting in product leads and appointments for sales teams • Establish reporting processes and systems for management.

So, entrust the leading company with the main generation and improve your sales team to produce the best results! How to Strengthen the Sales Team to Generate & Close More Opportunities

What’s New in Les Gets-Morzine: 2017-2018

What’s New in Les Gets-Morzine: 2017-2018

Like all ski resorts, Les Gets and Morzine have been getting into gear in anticipation of the upcoming season. From upgraded ski facilities to new luxury properties, we have plenty of exciting news that will get you looking up flights to Geneva and unpacking your skis.
Luxury Properties Open Their Doors

 

The luxury chalet companies operating in Morzine haven’t been idle this year. AliKats Mountain Holidays have prepared three eye-catching properties for the season, including ‘The View’. Guests here can enjoy the ‘Indulgence Package’ – after a day on the slopes a six-course menu with wines to match will be served, along with pre-dinner cocktails and aperitifs. The bottle of Bollinger on arrival is a lovely touch as well.

Hotel La Bergerie has also been making some changes. As well as providing room service for the first time, newcomers and loyal guests alike can luxuriate in a new outdoor sauna and Turkish bath. Should you prefer a more energetic warm-down, the new fitness room, equipped with 5 cardio machines, is ready and waiting.

Finally More Mountain are unveiling a brand-new catered chalet ahead of the upcoming season. Right in the heart of Morzine, the property offers a homely feel without compromising on style: Florence Knoll sofas adorn the spacious living room, which has lovely open views.

Get a Lift and Improve your French

Skiers at Les Gets can expect a smooth transfer to their piste of choice from now on thanks to the welcome addition of a high speed Ranfoilly ski lift. Able to transport 6 people at a time and reached through a magic carpet, it is anticipated it will be capable of transferring approximately 3,300 skiers an hour.

For anyone keen to tax their mind after taxing their body on the slopes, the Alpine French School in Morzine will be offering intensive courses this season, with the aim of making learners confident in approaching real-life situations – adults and children are all welcome. Conveniently the classes will be in the evening so won’t get in the way of daytime plans.

New Games Bar in Les Gets

The popular Loc’Hotel Alpen’sports hotel will be opening a games bar this winter, providing a great family-friendly addition to the après ski scene in Les Gets. Pool, table football, darts and board games are all on offer, while children can have fun playing with the toy library. Snacks will be available too.

How to Get There

Getting to Morzine is a breeze with Shuttle Direct. Make your life easier by pre-booking a Geneva to Morzine transfer. Once you’ve arrived at Geneva airport, one of our friendly drivers will be waiting for you. As you and the family travel from Geneva to Morzine, transfer your mind to thoughts of long days of skiing and languid evenings of good living.

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Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable Geneva to Morzine transfer, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.

Bad Business No Business For Small Business Owners

Bad Business No Business For Small Business Owners

Should we change the business far in comparison to getting into business transactions, which one is bad? The truth for this is that some businesses are always better than business. What we need to do in this article is to define what is really bad.
What is a bad business?

Bad business is basically the cost of expensive small business owners. This might mean that this bad deal could end up costing more than expected in the end. If you have spent money on materials, time, labor and money just to receive something that is not in accordance with your company’s standards, then you have lost money for the job. Taking this, this type of transaction generates more money than you receive for the finished product or service. Bad Business No Business For Small Business Owners

Follow your gut instinct

More time to none, business owners take more work than they feel comfortable at first. Some will feel uncomfortable about the transaction or may even suspect that they will not receive payments or customers have unrealistic expectations as the business owner knows will not be met.

Make sure there is communication between the two parties involved

You must make every effort to ensure that no transaction matter, the deal is appropriate and profitable with terms and conditions made clear and understood by both parties involved. This will ensure both parties will be happy. One can not avoid bad business transactions from never happening but a little common sense can greatly help this effort.

Do not believe that bad business is better than not doing business

Today our nation is having a hard time. Some will even state that even if you lose money on a particular job that your name is still out there networking and this makes a commensurate loss, this is not always true in my book. Generally, people who claim this has a very deep pocket and can afford to pay a loss but for struggling small business owners who are just starting their business, jobs like this can cause the company to fail. Bad Business No Business For Small Business Owners

What is causing bad business?

A poor little business gets out of the connection in the relationship between you and your small business. Through a misunderstanding of hope, you realize that often expensive lawsuits are caused by jobs or transactions like this; It is not futile in the end to continue to handle bad business. You have to adjust and learn from this deal, which has turned worse. It is clear that there is no better business than bad business. Bad business is expensive over time and time consuming and bad publicity gained from this is very bad for business.

With the determination of your small business, you should never leave details to get a chance. You must make sure all parties involved in the business transaction agree completely unless you want this transaction to minimize your customers and your revenue. Bad Business No Business For Small Business Owners

Ceramics and Châteaus: Discover Genteel Gien

Ceramics and Châteaus: Discover Genteel Gien

There’s little doubt that an essential element of all barge holidays in France is being able to dock at the myriad towns and villages that line the waterways and entice visitors in with their charms. As part of the itinerary of the hotel barge Renaissance, guests will be able to see the sights of Gien, renowned for its pottery and royal château.
Finding your Bearings

 

Prior to diving into the town, it is well worth disembarking on the south bank to take in the attractions of Gien all at once: from this vantage point, you can savour the spectacle of the river as it passes below the eighteenth-century bridge, under the watchful gaze of the sixteenth-century château.

Not even the loss of much of Gien’s historic buildings during World War II can detract from the pleasant view. Indeed, the painstaking and very convincing post-war reconstruction has done much to bury these ghosts of the past.

Marvel at Gien’s Pottery

Cultural exploration is an integral part of our barge holidays. In France, there are always abundant opportunities for the discerning traveller to discover regional produce, and Gien is no exception. The town has crafted a fine reputation for the calibre of its pottery, in particular for its Faïence pottery. Production began when Thomas Hall, an Englishman from Stoke-on-Trent who was intent on bringing high-quality English earthenware to France, established a factory in 1821.

In deciding to base his enterprise in Gien, Hall chose wisely, capitalising on the town’s physical amenities. The Sologne forest, which is in close proximity to Gien, provided a ready source of wood for the kilns. What’s more, the Loire granted access to markets throughout France (until water travel was superseded by the railways), in addition to providing sand and water for making clay.

While production continues to this day, the factory has also taken on a new guise as a museum dedicated to telling the story of the industry and shedding light on the making of these exquisite ceramics.

A Château Fit for Kings and Queens

There’s one more attraction that certainly merits a visit before you return to the hotel barge. Holidays in France are rarely complete without sojourning for a while at a château, and Gien’s has certainly welcomed its fair share of royal visitors. This elegant edifice was constructed for the use of Anne de Beaujeu, the daughter of Louis XI, in the final years of the fifteenth century. Future guests included Henri II and his wife Catherine de Médici, as well as Louis XIV, the famous ‘Sun King’.

Despite being bombed during World War II, the château was successfully restored. Since 1952, it’s housed a museum, which is dedicated to the most royal of pastimes: hunting. Through paintings, sculptures and an array of weapons and trophies from successful forays, the museum details how hunting and its depiction has developed through the centuries.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holidays in France. 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.

The 8 Best Ski Resorts in the World You Must Try

The 8 Best Ski Resorts in the World You Must Try

Skiing is one of the final forms of getting adrenaline.

The joy of being in the wild beyond the wild is priceless. Between shredding the slopes and enjoying the scenery, there is no such thing as bad days skiing.

However, there are things like top-notch and mediocre ski resorts. If you plan to pursue the sensation in the near future, be sure to go all out.

Here’s a list of the best ski resorts in the world to help you get started on your itinerary.

Best Ski Resort in the World
1. Sun Valley, Idaho
Sun Valley is the oldest ski resort in America.

For more than 70 years, it has welcomed the skiers to this beautiful mountain. However, many Americans jump to famous skiing cities without even realizing the beauty of Sun Valley in Idaho’s backyard.

This means more room for skiing and enjoying trips for the locals in this resort. Easily one of the best secrets in the skiing world.

2. Park City, Utah The 8 Best Ski Resorts in the World You Must Try
If you are looking for plenty of space to play and different areas to ski, head to Park City.

This is the largest resort in America, with a great sensation for the whole family. At 7,300 hectares, there must be a perfect easy route for beginners in the group to try.

For more experienced skiers, there are plenty of fresh powders and large bowls to enjoy.

3. Telluride, Colorado
Telluride offers everything a skier can ask for.

Enjoy the difficult terrain to test your skills or jump to a simple cruise through the mountains.

At the end of the day, enjoy a quick trip to the city with your skis. You can actually finish the tilt and walk to the nearest coffee shop or pub in just a few minutes!

4. Vail and Whistler-Blackcomb, Colorado
This American destination is not just one of the best ski resorts in the world, but arguably one of the most popular.

Each year, Vail welcomes more than 5 million local residents and international ski enthusiasts. With the pure beauty and perfect condition of the back bowl and the excellent reporting standards, it’s no wonder Vail is a favorite.

Whistler-Blackcomb recently joined the Vail resort, which means more space and possibilities to drive your favorite slopes with the Epic Pass. Click here for the best gear in town to ski with the ultimate style and comfort.

5. What is, Sweden? The 8 Best Ski Resorts in the World You Must Try
It is the largest snow resort in all of Northern Europe.

Skiers can enjoy their favorite type of game and try other snow sports as well. For those who want to really improve their skills, this is an ideal opportunity to try skiing the heli.

6. Alpe d’Huez, France
Alpe d’Huez is a skier’s paradise.

The summit offers one of the best panoramic views out there, with a view of a fifth of the French plains. You can expect sunshine to shine for most of your visit and guide your path on the slopes.

The village is also known for its cultural events and many other snow sports, which means there is always something to be done.

7. Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria
The largest ski resort in Austria is waiting to greet you in over 70 lifts for fun and adventure.

The mountain is equipped with everything from challenging walks to vibrant fun parks. To catch your breath, enjoy one of the 50 mountain huts that serve traditional Austrian food.

8. Gstaad, Switzerland
For a bit of everything and lots of luxuries, head straight for Gstaad.

This is a gem of a snow world, offering everything from skiing, hiking, ice skating, and tobogganing. Whatever sport you choose, be sure to stop and enjoy the scenery.

6 Ways to Get More Visitors Who Are Ready to Buy

6 Ways to Get More Visitors Who Are Ready to Buy

When you have a website you need to drive traffic to your site. There are several techniques that can be used to get traffic. Here are some techniques used. 6 Ways to Get More Visitors Who Are Ready to Buy
1. Search engines and directories are used by internet users to find the information they want. When you submit your site with search engines and directories you add the exposure your site needs to to allow people to find your site. The practice of adding your site to a location that provides your URL for results generates traffic. You need to make your website fit the needs of internet users with keywords, Meta tags, and relevant images to attract traffic based on their search terms.

2. Directories Pay per click attracts traffic to your site as you advertise and users click on your ad. Use services like Overture.com and Google AdWords bids on ads. In these ads, use a special term to describe your business or site in some detailed descriptive words.

3. Publish your own ezine with interesting facts and information about your website and business. You can include promotions, discounts, and surveys to attract traffic to your site. Most ezine articles allow authors to enter their URLs and links into articles. Additional information allows users to click on links to be directed to the website.

4. Publish articles on other sites with relevant products and services. Include a link to your site in your signature also at the end of the article. Make an interesting title to make readers want to click on your article. Add a hook in the article to really grab their attention.

5. Advertise in ezines with banner ads aimed at your target audience. Run ads at least three times to get traffic. To increase your exposure, advertise about seven times so your audience sees your ad more. Add a tracking system to your ads so you know the number of clicks, where the traffic came from, when they clicked your ad, and to see how the ad works or where you may need to modify the ad content.

6. Place ads on other websites. Research sites that are relevant to your business and products. Contact the site about adding ads to their site. Usually they allow you to place ads especially if you offer link exchanges (your links on their sites and their links on your site.) 6 Ways to Get More Visitors Who Are Ready to Buy