JULY 2015

10 Family Vacation Ideas for the South of France

by: Orson Johnson (reading – 1.6. - 7.6.)

The South of France is a charming amalgamation of archaic and contemporary Europe. Home to several celebrated Victorian artists, this sun kissed coastal holiday locale is on the wish list of every world traveller. Here are some vacation ideas to make your holiday here memorable.

1. Pay a visit to Cannes, an upmarket retreat on the Cote d’Azur, to take advantage of the splendid line up of shopping avenues alongside picturesque beaches. This region is famous worldwide for the Annual Film Festival held in the month of May. Also, the fishing port hosts an array of expensive yachts that you can charter if you wish to do so.

2. Visit the beaches at the French Riviera to enjoy their pristine waters and quaint scenic beauty. You can even indulge in a relaxing family swimming session here.

3. Take a day trip to Monaco to see the Les Grands Appartement du Palais (palace of the reigning monarch). Sports fanatics can look forward to events like the Formula 1 Grand Prix held in May and the International Open Tennis Championships in April.

4. Nice is a must visit on a Southern France sojourn. Apart from being a spectacular beach resort, it is a storehouse of upmarket boutiques, well-stocked museums, buzzing street markets and picturesque gardens with fountains.

5. Bask in the glory of Ancient Rome at Arles with a day trip to see the colony created by Julius Caesar, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Musée de l’Arles Antique with its cache of ancient Roman artefacts.

6. St. Tropez created a flutter in the tourism industry after the 1950’s flick “And God Created Women.” A mesmerizing coastal village, it was home to several celebrated artists who were in awe of the secluded destination. This is an ideal vacation spot for a quiet sojourn or romantic holiday.

7. Visit Menton, a less frequented but beautiful French Mediterranean resort for a relaxing vacation.

8. The oldest city in France, Marseille, reverberates with a rich historical and commercial heritage. It is the largest port in France and is constantly bustling with mercantile activity. It houses top-notch restaurants serving local sea food.

9. Take the children to the Mercantour National Park, near the Italian border for some intense countryside action. Here you can explore 685 kilometres of stunning natural surroundings and go hiking to discover unknown paths.

10. Gordes, standing on a hilltop, is a charismatic French village with streets winding around an 11th century château.

About The Author

Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Vacation apartments & Rome travel and holidays.

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The Joy Of Flower Garden Designs

by: Ralph J. Smith (reading – 8.6. - 14.6.)

Choosing a garden style that is right for you is a matter of choice. If you design your entire garden according to a specific style, but sometimes just a few sensible elements call to mind a style.

Whether you’re trying to select flower garden designs or trying out a new landscaping idea, the right garden plants and accessories will set the mood you’re trying to reach. Landscape design styles come and go, but certain century-old garden styles continue to preserve their attraction.

Any style be it Asian, cottage, formal, and others has its own characteristic details such as particular plants, water features, and materials. Various features are so strongly identified with a specific style that they immediately evoke the proper mood.

Look below at these three lasting and respected garden styles, then incorporate these style elements into your garden design for the look you want.

Cottage Gardens

The informality of cottage garden designs lends them an energy lacking in most garden schemes, none the less the gardens are neither haphazard when the overall design is caringly structured.

These gardens express cheerfulness and zeal for individual plants. Cottage gardens originated centuries ago as modest, fenced-in pieces of land kept by cottagers who cherished wild-collected plant life for its usefulness. Livestock and vegetables, berry bushes, fragrant flowers, and herbs for crafts, cooking, and medicine packed the enclosures.

Asian Gardens

In the Asian tradition, landscape contemplation - in the wild, in a garden, or in a scroll painting serves as a spiritual experience. The Chinese and Japanese usually held sacred the space within a garden and deemed the world outside profane. A number of Japanese garden designs offer a rustic landscape and contain wet or dry streams and waterfalls, bordered by ferns, moss, and distorted pines.

Lake and island style gardens, developed in China, influenced Japanese garden designs. Islands symbolized the home of immortal spirits and consisted of carefully placed earthen mounds or jagged rocks set in an imitation pond.

Formal Gardens

While a love of plants or nature inspires cottage and Asian gardens, formal garden designs express the humanistic value of people as the center of the cosmos. A formal garden design looks it’s utmost near a traditional-style home so the garden exaggerates the home’s architecture. Formal garden designs are symmetrical though the main alignment often leads from a specific position near the house (a balcony, front door, a stone terrace) to a focal point further away such as a pavilion, bench or sculpture. By continuing the geometry of the house outdoors, a formal garden layout makes a transition to a wild or informal landscape at the edge of the property.

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Antique Jewelry - Investment and Fashion

by: Kimberly Clay (reading – 15.6. - 21.6.)

There are two major reasons for purchasing antique jewelry: as an investment and for fashion. While the term 'fashionable antiques' might appear to be an oxymoron, the wearing old but tasteful jewelry has always been regarded as both fashionable and acceptable in society, and in fact a study of antique jewelry down the ages can tell a lot about the history and culture of a country.

The purpose of jewelry was originally to adorn ourselves, and then became a symbol of status. The ability to afford rare and expensive gems and metals was displayed publicly by wearing them on one's person. "Look at me: I am richer than you!"

As design became increasingly important, the famous jewelry houses and designers such as Fabergé, Tiffany and Cartier were born from their unique design capabilities, but as the 20th century came along, design became secondary to setting as many diamonds as possible in a piece to increase its actual raw material cost as opposed to its perceived value.

It is doubtful if today's jewelry will ever become as sought after as that of the great fashion houses and jewelers, and now is the time to purchase antique jewelry for investment because, as it is snapped up and placed in collections, there appears little capable of taking its place. There is still a lot of antique jewelry to be found in antique shops, and even on eBay you will see many fine pieces selling at affordable prices.

It is still worn, of course, although yesterday's fine pieces do not always fit with today's clothes fashions. Nevertheless, as taste is replaced by price, this is less important a factor than it once was, and the days appear to be over when jewelry was designed to suit particular styles of clothing and fabrics. Today, anything goes as long as it is bright, glittering and expensive. In many ways, “Bling” has superseded taste and sensitive design.

So, what should you be looking for when purchasing antique jewelry - whether it is for investment or fashion? First check the symmetry of the piece. True antiques are not symmetrical: they are hand-made and each side is slightly different than the other. You can also tell a lot from the fastenings, because barrel clasps are modern, as are post and clip and clip-back earring fastenings (1930s at earliest). An antique will be smooth to the feel, and have no jaggy edges that catch on your hands and clothing.

Platinum and white gold were not used until the 20th century, and earlier 19th century jewelry was made of silver, although gold was used. Also keep in mind that gemstone cutting machines were not used until the mid 19th century, so any modern cut was not possible until then, the elongated baguette cut being introduced in the art deco and art nouveaux pieces of the 1920s.

If you intend purchasing antique jewelry for investment, therefore, it will pay to learn about the subject. Either that or never purchase a piece until it has been checked by an expert. Fashion, on the other hand, is a different thing entirely. While real antique jewelry prices can be set by the piece itself, the value of fashion jewelry is largely set by trends rather than intrinsic value.

Art deco jewelry, art nouveaux, retro - name it what you will, but a large proportion of jewelry designed and produced under these labels had little real value, and some even less in terms of design. To take a corollary with furniture, the 'in' furniture style of the 1950s and early 1960's, 'G-Plan' had no mitigating features other than that it was different, and so became the furniture fashion statement of its era. Although it is now enjoying a resurgence under the label of 'retro', G-Plan will never be regarded as antique, irrespective of how old it is.

That is as true as the fact that you could never imagine true antiques being referred to as 'retro', yet the term can be, and has been applied to the art deco jewelry designs of the 1920s. Whether these designs will ever become fashionable again is another question, but it does raise a question as to antique jewelry and its place in fashion vis-a-vis that acquired for investment.

Would an art deco piece of jewelry be purchased as a fashion item? Not at the moment, but perhaps as costume jewelry. Would it be acquired as an investment? Doubtful! Can the same be said of art nouveaux? And what else? So where does fashion end and investment begin, or is there no defining line, and do people purchase the jewelry that appeals to them rather than for its projected future value?

One thing is certain. Real antique jewelry has a part to play in the worlds of fashion and of investment, and it is wise to take expert advice prior to parting with your money irrespective of your purpose in buying it. However, would you wear your investment? Only you will know that, and even then only when the time comes to choose - or to show off!

About The Author

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The Wonders of Egypt Holidays

by: Kim Chambers (reading – 22.6. - 28.6.)

Everyone is familiar with the amazing temples at Luxor and the pyramids of Giza that have become synonyms for Egypt. Egypt has long been an attraction for explorers, couples who want to have a bit of mystery and culture lovers. Along the river Nile you can see the tombs and cast monuments dating back 6,000 years to civilisations then. Today this means tourists can enjoy a vibrant culture, miles of deserts, the jaw-dropping pyramids while staying in comfortable modern hotels.

An Egyptian holiday is definitely a very special one, one that will stay with you for a long time and will stand out from the others. Where else can you explore ancient history with the pyramids of Giza, mummies and other ancient artefacts, taking in the breathtaking views as you are floating down the Nile or go diving in the clear blue sea to take in the amazing coral reefs. No other place offers this amazing experience. The hotels here are amazing; you will find only the best quality hotels with marble floors, beautifully decorated interiors, huge swimming pools and large rooms.

For the family there are aqua parks and dolphin parks which is entertainment for all the family as well as Jeep safaris available so you explore more of this beautiful country.

Once you’ve taken in these wonders you could head to Cairo, a bustling metropolis where local traders sell everything you can think of, you can buy local goods and hand made gifts or if you are happy to relax you can enjoy the comforts of an air-conditioned room, pool and nearby beach.

Egypt offers great diving locations, where you can practice and take the professional padi. Sharm El Sheikh which is situated on the Red Sea has one of the worlds best scuba locations and great beaches to explore. The Egyptians are very friendly people on the whole and will welcome you with open arms to their country and encourage you to take a sample of their amazing country. Egypt holidays offer all year sunshine and only a five hour flight from London means the wonders of Egypt aren’t far away.

About The Author

Kim has 2 years experience in the travel industry. She Enjoys writing articles on different Travel related topics.

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8 Facts You Must Know About Lamborghini

by: Mads Phican (reading – 29.6. - 5.7.)

Lamborghini, or Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. as it’s officially called, produces some of the most exciting sports cars in the world. Some of the Lamborghini models are the Countach, the Diablo, the Gallardo, the Murcielago, the Huracán, and the Aventador.

Fact 1: Lamborghini is named after the founder of the company Ferruccio Lamborghini (1916-1993). Ferruccio Lamborghini founded the company in 1963 when he was 47 years old. The factory is located in a small Italian village called Sant’Agata Bolognese near Bologna.

Fact 2: Ferruccio Lamborghini was a successful tractor manufacturer before he got interested in sports cars. His interest in sports cars made him buy many different high-performance cars including both Maseratis and Ferraris, but he was never really happy with any of them and therefore decided to build his own, perfect sports car.

Fact 3: Lamborghini used to be an independent company, but today it is a subsidiary of the German company Audi AG. Audi AG became the owner of Lamborghini in 1998. Lamborghini went bankrupt in 1978 and was sold to Chrysler a long time before Audi AG became the sole owner of the company.

Fact 4: The fastest Lamborghini is the Le Mans version of the Murcielago R-GT model. It has been reported to have a top speed of 370 km/h. The fastest street model from Lamborghini is the Lamborghini Veneno with an estimated top speed of 355 km/h. Both of the models have a V12 engine with more than 6000 cc.

Fact 5: Several of the newer Lamborghini models feature the familiar Lamborghini scissor doors that rotate up and forward on a hinge near the front of the door. The Countach, the Diablo and the Murcielago all have scissor doors, but the Gallardo does not. Both the Countach and the Diablo are no longer being produced.

Fact 6: No Lamborghini have ever been produced with less than a V8 engine. Most of the Lamborghini models throughout the history of the company have come with the legendary Lamborghini V12 engine. No Lamborghini models with a V8 engine have been since production of the Silhouette stopped in 1989.

Fact 7: The first Lamborghini was the 350GTV from 1963. It was extremely fast for its time with a top speed of 280 km/h. In 1964 a smaller version of the 350GTV appeared. The smaller version was called 350GT and had a top speed of 240 km/h. The Countach from 1974 was the first Lamborghini to go faster than 300 km/h.

Fact 8: In 1975 did Walter Wolf, a rich Canadian businessman and F1 racing team owner, persuade Lamborghini to produce three super powered Countach models. The Wolf Countach had the same engine as the original Countach prototype and were able to reach a top speed of 315 km/h.

About The Author

Mads Phican:

Lamborghini must be considered one of the world's most exciting sports cars. If you are in interested in Lamborghini, you should visit www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamborghini for more information.