Limassol is filled with all kinds of beauty; natural beaches that are covered in golden sand and surrounded by beautiful clear water, majestic cliffs that seem to kiss the clouds and lush bundles of olive trees that grace the landscapes, but you may not have known that this region is one of the best places for many different celebrations. Each year Limassol is the home to many different events and festivals that are full of fun and excitement. It seems like there is a festival for nearly anything you can think of. Let’s talk a bit more about some of the festivals that you can visit in Limassol and what you can expect when you visit them.
The Limassol Festival
The Limassol festival is a huge event that many people participate in each year. The celebration lasts for ten whole days, so it’s certainly a very fun and exciting time to visit the region. The celebration begins at the start of Lent and it is essentially a ten day non-stop party that is filled with all kinds of activities. The celebrations start with the carnival king and then there are many different music events as well as traditional events that follow.
The Wine Festival
It’s no secret that Cyprus is an area that is filled with people who know how to make some great wines. The wine festivals in Cyprus are always a great time and it gives any visitor the opportunity to taste some of the best wine that is made on earth. These wine festivals feature all kinds of local wine and spirits, live music, delicious food and tons of friendly atmospheres. It is very similar to Oktoberfest, but the main focus here is dishing out some delicious wine while having a great time.
The Beer Festival
Sure, there are plenty of wine lovers out there, but the people of Limassol know how people beer lovers are as well. The Limassol Beer Festival is a super fun time that allows visitors to sample a massive selection of local and imported beers from around the world. You can learn about all kinds of different beers, eat some great food and meet some very fun people. It’s a rather affordable festival, so you don’t have to worry about draining your bank account. This is a must-visit festival for anyone who enjoys beer and just wants to have a fun time.
Frank Ramirez has worked for many Limassol hotels and has a lot of knowledge in the travel industry.
I have got this SG postcard sent out to Hazel in 2011.
Marina Bay Sands is one of Singapore’s finest hotel casino. The spectacular architectural view would make you hold your breath and pose for the camera for posterity sake
Here’s what Wikipedia has got to say about Marina Bay Sands:
Marina Bay Sands is an Integrated Resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world’s most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land.
With the casino complete, the resort features a 2,561-room hotel, a 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2) convention-exhibition centre, the 800,000-square-foot (74,000 m2) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, a museum, two large theatres, seven “celebrity chef” restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, an ice skating rink, and the world’s largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m. The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects. The local architect of record was Aedas Singapore, and engineering was provided by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP). The main contractor was Ssangyong Engineering and Construction.
Enjoying an overseas vacation or moving to a new destination requires careful consideration of personal belongings. It is up to each individual to protect valuables on the trip and ensure that a passport, credit cards and other financial data is safe.
Dressing Like a Local
A simple way to protect personal belongings while traveling abroad is by dressing in the same manner as locals. Although it is not possible to change factors like facial structure, it is possible to avoid looking like a tourist.
Dressing in a local manner will depend primarily on the climate and culture of the new environment. In European climates, the weather conditions are not ideal for summer attire most of the year, so tourists stand out due to shorts and similar clothing. Look up the type of clothing that is typical for the area and dress appropriately to reduce the impression of looking like a foreign visitor.
Wear a Purse With a Long Strap
Women should never carry a clutch or a purse with a short strap while traveling overseas. It is easy for an enterprising thief to take advantage of the type of purse and run away before it is possible to save personal belongings. Wearing a purse with a long strap and placing it so that the strap goes over one shoulder and across the chest to rest the purse at the opposite hip will make the purse harder to steal.
Distribute Money to Different Locations
Never put every source of funds in the same bag, purse or location. The easiest way to protect cash, debit cards and credit cards is by splitting it up in case one or two bags get lost in transport.
Even if measures are taken to protect personal belongings, keeping money in a carry-on bag, checked baggage and other items will ensure that funds are available after reaching the destination. Even if a checked bag is lost at the airport and takes time to arrive, the entire trip is not wasted on waiting for that bag.
Never Wear Jewelry
Although the planned events at an overseas destination might include attire that requires jewelry, it is never appropriate to wear the jewelry during travel. The only exception is a wedding ring, which is hard to steal without the thief making it obvious.
If jewelry is necessary on a trip, then pack it in one of the bags. By packing it carefully, the jewelry is safe and it will be available when it is needed. During travel, wearing jewelry is very risky. Even if a theft does not occur, a broken chain can result in the loss of a prized pendant.
Check Belongings Before Leaving
Whether it is the airport, hotel or even just a register at the store, it is important to double check that all personal belongings are accounted for and remain in a purse, wallet or personal bag during travel. Simple forgetfulness can account for a large number of lost items during overseas travel.
Losing personal belongings on a trip is often the result of mistakes in monitoring the items. Instead of taking risks, take measures to protect the information by avoiding risky behaviors. Finally, is it essential that you take out travel cover before heading off on your trip, this will ensure that you are compensated should you have any of your possessions stolen or misplaced. Companies such as Travellers Insurance Direct will be able to provide you with comprehensive travel cover – allowing you to relax and enjoy your trip.
Written by Greg Haines
I have earlier published about The Beauty That is Malaysia and it has been confirmed via the commentary section that one of the three recipients have actually gotten hold of that postcard from Malaysia.
I wanna share with you the personal messages I have written down myself for these lovelies that I have the honor to meet virtually. Pardon my ugly penmanship, folks! Remember, it’s the thought that counts
All three of them resides in the United States. Just so you know, I would usually do the postcard mailing in bunch by country. I remember getting in contact with Lynn and had her confirmation that she received the card I sent her
I take pleasure in letting these lovelies know that I appreciate the virtual friendships I have built and shared with them over the years.
Make your 30th birthday one to remember by planning the party of a lifetime. Whether you want to soak up the atmosphere in Paris, celebrate with a beach party in the South Pacific or experience the magic of South America, the world is your oyster. Check out these 3 amazing travel destinations to truly celebrate your 30th in superstar style.
There’s so much to see and do in Paris that the hardest part will be choosing where to start! Spend a day exploring the iconic Champs Elysees with its myriad of incredible shops and intricate architecture, then climb the Eiffel Tower for a view you’ll never forget. After a day of sightseeing, retire to your luxuriously appointed hotel and get ready to discover the thriving Parisian nightlife for a party that doesn’t stop until the sun comes up. A particular highlight is catching a show at the notoriously famous Moulin Rouge, where the entertainment is as big and breathtaking as the city itself.
The next day, those who are culturally inclined can explore the unique historic buildings throughout Paris, such as the world-famous Louvre. If a bit of rest and recovery is more your style, indulge in a lazy day watching the world go by from one of the many sidewalk cafes. With incredible food, stellar coffee and some of the best wines in the world on hand, it will be hard to leave! Paris offers something for everyone, and is an amazing destination to celebrate your 30th birthday.
Stunning South Pacific
Most of us dream of waking up to pristine sands, crystal clear waters and palm trees waving lazily in the breeze. Why not make this a reality by choosing to spend your 30th birthday in the tropical island paradise of the South Pacific. Whether you’re an adventurous traveller or prefer to relax on the beach with an ice cold cocktail, the possibilities are endless.
Snorkel the reefs teeming with marine life, go for a leisure cruise or enjoy one of the stunning scenic flights over the islands during the day, then party into the evening with your friends and family with traditional local food and entertainment. You’ll end your holiday feeling enriched, refreshed and relaxed, with a range of amazing memories of your birthday celebrations in paradise.
Amazing South America
If anyone knows how to pull off the ultimate party, it’s people of South America. Their energetic vibe is one which you’ll find wherever you go, whether you want to party past the sunrise or immerse yourself in their amazing culture and landscape.
There’s something for everyone in South America, and you are bound to have an absolutely unforgettable 30th birthday experience. You can party like a superstar in Brazil, experience the natural wonders of the Galapagos in Ecuador, explore the Amazon in Peru and discover the sheer beauty of Argentina, Chile and Patagonia.
These amazing destinations offer the opportunity to party like a superstar when you celebrate your 30th birthday. Don’t settle for second best, experience the greatest that the world has to offer with an overseas adventure like no other.
Emma Jane loves travelling and has written about all her adventures as a solo traveler. Currently she is traveling down the coast of Western Australia.
You must have noticed by now that at any place I go and visit, I make it a point to purchase a few postcards and send them out to some special friends. It is but only my simple way of getting in touch with them for real and also a gesture of showing how much I do appreciate their virtual friendships.
The postcard below was sent out to three recipients in the United States namely Debb, Lynn and Jenn of My Sweet Haven. I am not too sure if any of them had gotten hold of the card because I can not completely recall now if any of them had actually acknowledged receipt of such cards. It was more than two years ago so blame it on my salty-sucked up memory, LOL!
Anyhow, here was the card that’s sent out to the three lovely recipients:
The topic for discussion is 5 Weird Road Rules From Around the World. The title made me stop to wonder if these rules were really weird. I looked at many of them. I have come to the conclusion that many of them are just archaic. They were written for that time and the circumstances during that time. They were just never taken off the book. Some rules were written because something occurred once or twice and they never wanted it to happen again. Some rules make absolutely no sense in any context. Some rules, I think, were typographical errors. Other rules should just not be in the law. Here are a few of them. What is your opinion about them?
Let’s take a look as some…
One of the funniest rules that I saw was the one in San Francisco, California, that prohibited an individual from using underwear that had been used to wipe the car. What? How about the one that says it is illegal for a woman to drive in her nightgown. Huh? There are lots more of these rules. In Denmark, people are required to ensure that no sleeping children are napping under that car each time they drive or they will be fined. A little closer to home, drivers in Alabama cannot wear a blindfold while driving. Is there anyone that would really want to wear a blindfold and drive? In Manila, the capital of the Philippine, a number system is in place to drive on the main road. For instance, if you licence plate finishes with 2 or 3, you are prohibited from driving on Tuesdays.
Male drivers in Thailand are prohibited from driving if he is not wearing a shirt. Drivers in Virginia cannot drive without shoes. In Mecca, there are two roads. One of the roads is for Muslims; the other road is for those who are not Muslims. Individuals who are not Muslims are not permitted to go into the holy city. The alternate highway allows them to by-pass the city. A wrong turn can get you a large fine. Any time you visit Romania or Russia, you have to keep your vehicle clean at all times. Failure to do so will get you a huge fine.
And here’s a few more…
In the city of Milford, if you like to check yourself out by looking in car windows. Don’t do it! Looking in a car’s window is illegal. Driving in Spain without an extra pair of your prescription eyewear at all times is a crime and you can be fined. If you are out for a drive in Denver, Colorado on Sunday, do not drive a black vehicle. Driving on Sunday in a black car is against the law. In Luxembourg and in Alabama, it is mandatory for a vehicle to have windshield wipers. However, the vehicle does not have to have a windshield. Huh? Yeah, that’s right. Finally, in Clinton, Ohio, it is illegal to molest a vehicle. What? Now, that really does not make sense. This is one of those typos where something was left out. I think.
Allan is a retired school teacher from QLD, Australia. He now spends 2 days per week giving driving lessons to young drivers and came across these weird driving rules when he was brushing up on the current road rules.
Most of the postcards I’ve sent out were from my last trip to Malaysia and Singapore. I intentionally went to the bookstores and souvenir shops to do the purchase for me to be able to send out to some special blogpals.
According to Wikipedia, Singapore’s Chinatown is an ethnic neighbourhood featuring distinctly Chinese cultural elements and a historically concentrated ethnic Chinese population. Chinatown is located within the larger district of Outram.
As the largest ethnic group in Singapore is Chinese, Chinatown is considerably less of an enclave than it once was. Chinatown is usually used by non-Chinese Singaporeans whereas Chinese Singaporeans usually use the term Niu Che Shui （牛车水） as the term Chinatown （唐人街） usually refers to enclaves of Chinese people in regions where Chinese people are the minority ethnic group.) However, the district does retain significant historical and cultural significance. Large sections of it have been declared national heritage sites officially designated for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.
I wrote a message especially for them too. Pardon the ugly penmanship, folks! LOL!
I am not too sure if they were able to receive these cards but I’ve mailed postcards in bunch at the local Post Office here. I haven’t received any acknowledgment from them so if ever they failed to receive their copies, here’s the actual postcard sent their way
When you’re backpacking, learning to travel light and pack smart is essential. Choosing quality iPhone accessories can increase the versatility of your smartphone, allowing you the freedom to go wherever you want with ease. Here are 5 of the best iPhone accessories that every backpacker should have when they’re travelling.
There’s nothing worse than having your electronic equipment destroyed during a storm or by a fault in the hostel wiring. For this reason, having a quality surge protector is an absolute must when you’re travelling. The PowerCurve Mobile Surge Protector is one of the best in the business, with two normal outlets and two USB ports allowing for multiple charging. The prongs conveniently fold back into the device, making it less bulky to pack.
Getting the Right Shot
As the quality of iPhone cameras continue to increase, so do the accessories that accentuate them. You can choose from a variety of high-tech camera add-ons which will give you a range of lens sizes, zoom capabilities, external flashes and more. These often cost far less than the purchase price of a digital SLR camera, so it’s a great way to save on money and create some extra space in your pack.
Keep it Close
Worried about leaving your smartphone behind as you travel around? Luckily there are innovative accessories such as the myPhone leash ensuring that your iPhone will never leave your side. Consisting of a quick release ring, rotating belt clip, carabiner clip, secure grip pad and 24 inch nylon cord, the myPhone leash allows you the freedom to move around while feeling safe in the knowledge that your phone isn’t going anywhere.
With a range of funky styles, the myPhone leash is as fun as it is functional. It’s an affordable yet essential accessory for every active backpacker.
More Power for Longer
Sometimes it’s just not convenient to charge your phone with a USB cable or wall charger, especially when you’re out for the entire day sightseeing. This is where an accessory such as the Super Juice Power Case comes into play. It looks just like a normal case, except it has a built in power pack which can extend the battery life of your iPhone by up to 6 hours of talk time.
Taking a little piece of home with you can be a nice touch when you’re on the other side of the world. There’s a great range of customisable iPhone 5 covers available online, where you can upload your own photos and have them printed in high quality onto a lightweight case for your phone. You can even get a personalised iPhone case with your favourite holiday snap as a very unique souvenir of your travels.
No matter where in the world you’re travelling, get the most out of your iPhone with these handy accessories. When you’re a long way from home, having the very best accessories means that you can enjoy everything that your phone has to offer. Try for yourself and discover just how easy backpacking can be with these clever accessories.
Written by Emma Jane
The next set of postcards I’ve sent via postal services was done in June of 2011. Heck! That was more than a year! Geez! That’s how long I haven’t got to update this blog. Where have I been all through this time?
I have become inactive in the group of Postcrossers primarily for the reason that I failed to receive the postcards sent my way after the postman assigned in our area was reassigned to another city. That’s how fucked up postal services down here is.
So much with my excuses. I am just too glad to be able to update this blog once more.
I’ve made sure to scan all the outgoing postcards so that in case they fail to receive them from their mailbox, I was already able to document each one of them. Clever girl, huh?!
If you recalled me sending a private message and asking for your postal address, I am sure the postcard shall be featured here very soon. So please stay tuned for that!