Canal holidays: totally different, totally peaceful

Written by Gareth Powell

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There are three areas. The first isrepparttar Norfolk Broads which consists of canals and rivers connected to lakes which are called Broads. There are no locks in this area, but there are tides and you need to acquirerepparttar 143165 skill of usingrepparttar 143166 tides to move you along. This is some ofrepparttar 143167 most beautiful country in Europe, and even for England, it is a very quiet and remote place. The river Thames provides yet another area for cruising, but it has some differences. The locks right up to Oxford are worked by lock keepers, who knowrepparttar 143168 area and are normally great characters in their own right. The banks ofrepparttar 143169 Thames are a panorama of English history and you could not be bored for one minute. Then there arerepparttar 143170 canals which run throughout England and Wales. There are about 3,000 km still available for recreational use, as they are rarely used now for commercial transportation. It is here that you have to use a narrow boat. It will come with allrepparttar 143171 comforts of home and is very simple to use. Anyway, you cannot do much damage at a maximum speed of about 7 km an hour. The centre ofrepparttar 143172 canal system is inrepparttar 143173 city of Birmingham, but most ofrepparttar 143174 canals run throughrepparttar 143175 countryside. You amble along and enjoyrepparttar 143176 scenery and then at night moor beside a waterside pub. You probably will only travel for four hours or so a day, which will leave you plenty of time for exploring. It takes about 15 minutes to get through a lock and you need to change your way of thinking of distance from km to lock km. You will it normally find that you travel at something under 30 lock km a day. You can either cruise from your starting pint and back alongrepparttar 143177 same canals or you can go on a circular tour which brings you back to your starting point. Takerepparttar 143178 advice ofrepparttar 143179 boat yard as to how long a trip will take. Their judgment is better than yours. Canal cruising onrepparttar 143180 Welsh borders between Chester and Llangollen can get a little crowded atrepparttar 143181 height ofrepparttar 143182 season, but many regard this asrepparttar 143183 ideal first trip. There is much discussion as whether to carry a bicycle. You will find that carrying a bicycle for each person on-board will makerepparttar 143184 trip much more interesting because it is very easy then to cycle alongrepparttar 143185 tow path to some close by destination. Onrepparttar 143186 other hand storing them can be a dashed nuisance, and if you put them onrepparttar 143187 cabin top you will find problems with overhanging trees and some ofrepparttar 143188 bridges, which can be very restricted. Nevertheless, they improverepparttar 143189 holiday no end. When you have finally decided where to go, and have arranged to hire a boat, buy a guide forrepparttar 143190 canals you intend to cruise. In Europe Nicholsons, Pearsons and Waterways World each publish a series of guides. These are useful onrepparttar 143191 cruise, as they will show you whererepparttar 143192 villages, pubs and water points are. An overall map ofrepparttar 143193 system is useful for appreciating whererepparttar 143194 canals are in relation torepparttar 143195 rest ofrepparttar 143196 country, and for overall planning. There are no big differences between cruising in Britain and cruising onrepparttar 143197 continent. Perhapsrepparttar 143198 biggest difference is that onrepparttar 143199 continentrepparttar 143200 major canals are still used for commercial traffic. But otherwise it is muchrepparttar 143201 same. You never go faster than eight km per hour - there is a speed limit - and you need to allow 15 minutes for going through a lock. Otherwise, it is a very similar experience andrepparttar 143202 canal system extends through France, Germany and Holland. Web sites George's: Canal Boating inrepparttar 143203 U.K. and Europe The definitive guide. Has everything you want to know plus links to lots more. Says of itself, modestly, ‘Being an introduction for those unfamiliar withrepparttar 143204 pleasures of canal and waterway cruising, as well as a resource for experienced boaters.’ UK Canal Network Has more links than you can poke with a stick. Total coverage. Whatever you want to know, this site has a link to it. Quite amazing. UK Vacations Afloat on Canal, River and Sea Commercial site listing what it has to offer. There is an immense amount. AccomoDATA – Canal Boating Another commercial site dealing with canals in Britain. Croisičres Le Dauphin / Dolphin Cruisers, Pelican Canal Boat Rental Commercial site on cruises – more powerboat than true canal boats – in France. Waterways Holidays Has something well over 500 different boats for hire. Pretty much everything you ever needed to know.

Gareth Powell is the author of several travel books, has been the travel editor of two metropolitan newspapers and has a travel website -

Freeport In The Bahamas

Written by Clint Leung

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The taxi fare to Port Lucaya fromrepparttar airport was $19 US. There is also a public bus service which utilizes vans to take people to other parts ofrepparttar 142998 island. The fare is $1.50 US per person to downtown Freeport so this is definitely a much more economical way to get around. One can take this bus service torepparttar 142999 nearest grocer called Winn-Dixie orrepparttar 143000 other major shopping area on Grand Bahama Island called International Bazaar. International Bazaar is actually next to downtown Freeport and nearrepparttar 143001 other cluster of hotels there. This shopping area was similar torepparttar 143002 Port Lucaya Marketplace except that it had an international theme. Unfortunately,repparttar 143003 International Bazaar is rapidly going downhill as over half ofrepparttar 143004 stores are now closed. This is not that surprising since even though there are attractive hotel rates and another casino located in this area, it is really too far fromrepparttar 143005 ocean to make it a decent Caribbean spot to stay. Therefore, it is highly recommended to stay inrepparttar 143006 Port Lucaya area (or one ofrepparttar 143007 individual resorts nearrepparttar 143008 ocean if one prefers more seclusion).

Both of my trips to Freeport were primarily for scuba diving and with opportunities to dive with both dolphins and sharks here, I was not disappointed. There are other activities available in Grand Bahama Island including golf, horseback riding, sea kayaking and bird watching but these didn’t seem to be too popular. Fromrepparttar 143009 conversations we had with other tourists, it seems that most people came to Grand Bahama Island for scuba diving, deep sea fishing or just to relax byrepparttar 143010 beach. Otherwise, one could get bored here quite easily as there’s not much in terms of experiencing local Bahamian culture since much ofrepparttar 143011 tourist services are Americanized.

Clint Leung is owner of Free Spirit Gallery , an online gallery specializing in Inuit Eskimo and Northwest Native American art including carvings, sculpture and prints. Free Spirit Gallery has numerous information resource articles with photos of authentic Inuit and Native Indian art as well as free eCards.

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