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Tips for using Subways and Buses when travelling in Europe
Transportation of any country accounts for its infrastructure and development. As far as Europe is concerned the public transportation in that country is so good that people in Europe prefer to travel using the public transport facility instead of their own vehicles. It’s been noted that the frequency and ease of traveling by public transport systems in Even a tourist in the country can take to these systems. It’s easy to save money in the European countries by taking the subways or buses, which are exceptional instead of using a cab. All you need to know is the signage and other useful things that can help you travel through buses and subways in these countries.
The best mode of Transport
When you enter a new European country it is advisable to find out, transportation best connects the city. For example, if you are in London you might find the subways useful but if you were in Rome you would find the buses more connected. So, first thing to figure out is what mode of transport is particularly popular in the country you are in.
Understand the plotting of the Country
You are new to a European country it is most wise to understand the country you are in with respect to the way it is spread and how it is plotted on the map. The most necessary things to understand is where are the stops, which are the places to visit, the routes and the basic modes of commuting to these places. Buy a map at top priority and understand the stops, the stations and the most preferred method of travelling. Once you know the connecting dots and the best mode of transport you have won the first portion of the battle of travelling in a new country.
The Ticket Window
The ticketing options in European countries are many and are all dependent on the way you would prefer to travel. If you are travelling once it makes sense to buy an individual ticket. But if you are travelling more often by the public transport of the country it makes sense to find out the various ticketing options. When you are in a country like Paris you are offered with a carnet, which has around 10 tickets that can be used when you wish to use them as an individual or as a group depends on you. This offer goes good for people who wish to save some money on frequent travel. A smart card system means you get a card and each time you swipe the card, money for the ticket is deducted from it. As you get to low balance you recharge your card and get new amount into the card. Such cards are called Oyster Cards and are popular in London.
You can also buy tickets from the kiosks or other such automated machine arrangements that are placed along the stations in Europe. They make life easier just that these machines might not accept credit cards and it is advisable to carry some coins whenever you go to buy tickets.
There are automated machines that check for the ticket before you enter your bus or subway to start your journey. Once you are boarded on to your bus/subway you have attempted to successfully complete the second quarter of battle of travelling in a new country using their public transport. Now is where lies the true challenge, figuring out where to get off and how to get off.
Subways are easier to understand as they have maps in their trains and along the platforms to guide you about, which subway to take and which station is yours. There is an announcement that is made on the arrival of the station and would help you know where to get off. Buses are not as thorough or equipped as the subways, as they won’t have announcers telling you the station. So, the map that you buy will be handy in such cases helping you know where to get off.
The transport in Europe is self-explanatory and is definitely an experience worth having while you are in a European country.
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We make an annual trip to Florida in January to DisneyWorld with our three kids. This year, though we will be joining family to travel through the park. There will be 15 of us staying in a two bedroom condo, for the 6 day excursion.
In planning our Florida Holidays in the past it was much simpler in that we could plan for ourselves. Now coordinating the likes and dislikes of 10 other people may prove to be a challenge. We are using planning guides and have mapped out the best days and times to visit the different parks. There will be a total of 5 kids, all under the age of 8, and all they want to do is see Mickey and Minney. We have scheduled the breakfast with the characters, which if you plan on doing this, you need to plan well in advance. The times book up very fast. Also research options for disneyland ticket for discounts. You can save on park hopper tickets as well multi-day passes.What’s great is that there are sites like Florida Holidays to help plan and provide assistance on where to go and other interests outside the Disney Park.
So plan ahead, for a large or small group, and bring some comfortable shoes. We plan on doing a lot of walking. I hope to be able to post some pics of our large family gathering in Disney World, and hopefully we make back still as a family.
Are Satellite navigation systems for cars functional or just for show?At sat nav from currys you can view a larger selection of Satellite Naviagtion for vehicles and personal use. Currys offer a great comparison tool for Garmin, NavMan, and TOMTOM navigation systems. We have one installed in our Honda Odyssey, and while it is great tool and has a ton of features, I did run into one instance where it lead me astray.
I was heading to a meeting and along the way I thought I would stop off at a Starbucks to grab a White Chocolate Mocha. I punched in the name and asked the Nav unit to find the closet one to where I was. It pinpointed several locations, and so I clicked on the one that was the closest. When I arrived 5 minutes later, it was a Wendys restaurant, and the Nav unit said ” Destination arrived” OOPS! I guess the one thing is that you do need to keep the software somewhat current. Anyway, lesson learned. I just wish my Nav unit could tell me where the cheapest place is to get gas these days?
Up in the NW the deer and elk season will be starting soon which is a blessing for some and a curse for others. Local farmers are not particularly thrilled since they tend to get a lot of trespassers coming through fields chasing the deer and elk as they graze on the left over wheat and grasses from harvest. For elk you need a specific tag to be able go out and hunt so there are not as many legal hunters roaming around for this particular animal. The blessing for others is that this is a tradition every year to claim an elk tag and go out with their fathers and sons and pass on the ritual of hunting. At sites like Outdoor Base Camp you can join their hunting forum where you can share stories and learn about local and regional hunting spots.
This forum is great for those who are looking to take up hunting with their son for the first time because they offer a great resource to ask questions on what you might need. Plus with the ability to share across different parts of the state and nation you might uncover some helpful tricks that will help you be more successful in your outdoor hunting experience. Place where live offer both flatland and mountainous hunting grounds so being prepared for the different terrains can make your hunting season more productive and help you create lasting memories with your son.
The big city in New York that shares the same name as the state’s name is New York City. Every year there are thousands of new students that need to make the move to New York City, so they can be closer to their studies or new career choices they have recently made. It can be a little stressful on these young folks looking to take up residency in NYC. The New York movers can help to lessen these worries by helping students get all their belongings delivered to the right apartments or dorms they will be living in soon. There is only so much space a car can provide for the books and clothes many of these students will be needing to pack for their new living quarters in New York.
Once a student selects the college in NY they will be attending this semester, it’s important they begin mapping out their moving strategy. More than likely there will be some questions they will need help with, to make their moving experiences possible. If students will contact one of the moving companies , they will see they have the answers to many of these moving to New York questions. For most of these young adults, it will be the first time they have spent any significant time away from home. Finding help in New York won’t be as easy as calling up one of their parents to assist them. Once they get away from home, it will be the moving companies that will act as their NY parents and these guys can be just as helpful; when it comes to assisting them in their moving day plans.
As I was creating some online content for our blog, I came across this opportunity to discuss Doll making, and creating dress up games. My 9 year old daughter was nearby and she saw some of the images She was interested because they looked like Bratz dolls. We looked through the examples, and sure enough they had a section on Divas. You are allowed to mix and match different items of clothing and body parts to create your doll Avatar. For kids this is a great way to personalize their IM, and not post their own pic. ( WHich by the way some of daughters friends, actually post their photo) And with the crowd on the internet these days you never know who you are talking too.
Once you have completed the doll you can get the code to place on such sites as MySpace and other chat rooms or IM that allow the creation of your own avatar. For those that own a website and are looking to have new content for your customers, The Doll Palace offers script code to place the doll making function on your own site. You can either create a link or create a whole page dedicated to the creation tool.
They even have holiday and pirate themes to name a few for creating fashion games. My daughter and her friends have created several already and they are now looking to create the coolest one for a contest. It is harmless fun, and helps to emphasize creativity. So the next time you are in need of some creative imaging for a forum, try out the Doll Palace and see what your imagination comes up with.
Incoming search terms:
- avatar create your own for kids
At Vegas PokerPro (VPP) they offer an active community forum, free poker tournaments, reviews of online poker sites, and free poker gift promotions. They offer resources and strategy guides on such games as Texas Holed em, Omaha, and other online poker games. Another interesting concept is that offer free poker gifts for signing up and play poker through some of their featured poker rooms. This is truly a one stop shop for the Novice and Pro online poker.
They offer the VPP forum where you can chat with other online players with similar interests and find out who got burned on the river. This will be a tool I go to before entering the monthly neighborhood poker night to help me get some additional pointers. I have always wanted to learn the strategies of Omaha, since I have no clue, and tend to stay on every hand, when obviously I should not based on my losses. So next time you are ready to see the flop, and hope to catch a flush on the river, got to VPP, see what the pros say. And just maybe you will walk away with more than the big blind for chips.
In the world of dog ownership, dog grooming has to rank up their with one of the top priorities. Pet owners spend billions each year on food, checkups, medicines, and other comforts for their dogs. When is comes to dog grooming that is no exception. In our recent find the Best Friends Pet Care is a national Pet Grooming business that has gone to great lengths to gather useful information for dog owners. You can locate dog grooming, or boarding locations by state. Very handy for those who love to travel with their pets. They offer a toll free number to be able to talk with somone live about boarding, kennels or supplies.
At a new site we just discovered called Iron Realms they offer four games that are fantasy-based roleplaying games. If you are one of the millions who play World of Warcraft you are going to love the actual role playing of Iron Realms . You can play for free which for any gamer is great. Their combat systems make WoW’s look quite trivial. I started playing World of Warcraft several years ago, and the interaction and graphics on Iron Realms are great . The role playing action sure beats the days of DND (Dungeons and Dragons) for those of who use to play in that space.
Iron Realms offers over 1000 different abilities within more than 50 skills. This, in my opinion, is much deeper than WoW. With seventeen different guilds with very unique skills you define your characters and be set apart from other players. Try it today for free and use all their features. They do not require you to pay unless you feel the service and experience is worth it.
In keeping with the Poker Theme I wanted to post about a poker game that was introduced by one of our neighbors called Have a heart. It is a 7 card stud game, where your low hold card is wild. As the cards are dealt, if you are dealt a heart you are allowed to exchange that card for any other up card on the table. What makes it interesting, is that with the low hold card wild, you may change your Heart card, and end up giving your neighbor a match of the low hold card. You then bet after each round and you can play pot limit to make it more interesting.Very interesting games, and usually a 4 of a kind or straight ends up winning.
Try it out at your next friendly game of poker.
OK! Here is one more before we sign off for the day.
Name the concert in which music artists raised millions of dollars for famine relief in Ethiopia?
Answer to be posted tomorrow.
We are going to a neigborhood 80s trivia party tonight and I thought I would post one of the areas we will be seeing.
What actor played the jock Andrew Clark?
Post your answer, or check back tomorrow for the answer
When playing Internet Poker the king of all games is Texas Hold em. If you are just starting out it is good to find some resources and practice sites, before you think about investing any money. If you watch on TV like I do, you think, this looks really easy. But there are odds and definite guidelines when to stay and when to fold.
At PokerSavvy.com they offer reviews and even discounts at some of the online casinos. This is a great resource for beginners and advanced players.
Tomorrow is the kick-off game for the NFL. If you are in any Fantasy Sports league, your draft is complete, adn now al you do is watch and pray that your first round draft pick does not get injured the first week. As for me, I took Shaun Alexander, and am hoping to avoid the Madden Curse. Anyway, best of luck to all of your Fantasy Footballers out there.