Zürich – SwitzerlandWritten by Peter Lemstra
Zürich gained international fame as a banking town and for being world's cleanest and most pleasant city to reside in. Throughout recent years, Zürich is increasingly influenced by big-city and multicultural influences and while maintaining its calm and idyllic character untill today, its burstling downtown provides in plenty of bars, restaurants and entertainment. Blessed with its sceneric natural setting, including a large lake, two rivers, tree-covered hills and snowcapped Alpine mountain peaks aligned on horizon, Zürich is undisputedly one of most beautiful cities in Switzerland. If not, in world!
The medieval old town of Zürich is divided by river Limmat and its churches, medieval guild halls and narrow alleys give historical centre a charming ambience. On east bank of river, part called Niederdof is place where most bars and nightlife is concentrated. Filled with crowds of nearby University, this part of old town is a lively place under shadows of majestic Grossmünster church. The historical centre of Zürich is situated on west bank, with St. Peter's and Fraumünster churces as its main landmarks. Here you will find a variety of exclusive shops and boutiques and extensive Bahnhofstrasse is considered as one of most prestigious shopping streets in Europe.
Why Take an Alaska Cruise ?Written by John Metcalfe
The Alaska cruise is a breathtaking adventure that you'll never forget. Giant snow-capped mountains, sparkling glaciers, thick pine forests rising up from shoreline and abundant wildlife vie for your attention in this dramatic landscape. Towns and villages brimming with history tell a story of Great Land that will endear Alaska to you forever.
An Alaska cruise typically departs from Seattle in Washington State or from Vancouver in British Columbia. Winters are very harsh in Alaska, so main cruising season is confined to summer months, typically between May and September.
The most popular Alaska cruise route takes passengers on a one week round-trip up Alaskan coastline and through Inside Passage. This route takes in ports of Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Sitka in extreme southeast of Alaska. Other cruise routes run to Prince William Sound near city of Anchorage, and also along Alaska Peninsula and into Bering Sea. These longer cruises are often one-way, requiring passengers to make their return journey by train or plane.
Ketchikan is well worth a visit alone for Tongass National Forest - most northerly rainforest on North American continent. It is more than eight times size of Yellowstone National Park, and offers ultimate in adventure tours where you'll find rich salmon runs and grizzly bears. Ketchikan is also home to world's largest collection of totem poles. These can be found at Totem Heritage Center Museum.