Zürich – Switzerland

Written by Peter Lemstra

Zürich gained international fame as a banking town and for beingrepparttar 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 andrepparttar 138754 snowcapped Alpine mountain peaks aligned onrepparttar 138755 horizon, Zürich is undisputedly one ofrepparttar 138756 most beautiful cities in Switzerland. If not, inrepparttar 138757 world!

The medieval old town of Zürich is divided byrepparttar 138758 river Limmat and its churches, medieval guild halls and narrow alleys giverepparttar 138759 historical centre a charming ambience. Onrepparttar 138760 east bank ofrepparttar 138761 river,repparttar 138762 part called Niederdof isrepparttar 138763 place where most bars and nightlife is concentrated. Filled withrepparttar 138764 crowds ofrepparttar 138765 nearby University, this part ofrepparttar 138766 old town is a lively place underrepparttar 138767 shadows ofrepparttar 138768 majestic Grossmünster church. The historical centre of Zürich is situated onrepparttar 138769 west bank, withrepparttar 138770 St. Peter's and Fraumünster churces as its main landmarks. Here you will find a variety of exclusive shops and boutiques andrepparttar 138771 extensive Bahnhofstrasse is considered as one ofrepparttar 138772 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 fromrepparttar shoreline and abundant wildlife vie for your attention in this dramatic landscape. Towns and villages brimming with history tell a story ofrepparttar 138704 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, sorepparttar 138705 main cruising season is confined torepparttar 138706 summer months, typically between May and September.

The most popular Alaska cruise route takes passengers on a one week round-trip uprepparttar 138707 Alaskan coastline and throughrepparttar 138708 Inside Passage. This route takes inrepparttar 138709 ports of Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Sitka inrepparttar 138710 extreme southeast of Alaska. Other cruise routes run to Prince William Sound nearrepparttar 138711 city of Anchorage, and also alongrepparttar 138712 Alaska Peninsula and intorepparttar 138713 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 forrepparttar 138714 Tongass National Forest -repparttar 138715 most northerly rainforest onrepparttar 138716 North American continent. It is more than eight times repparttar 138717 size ofrepparttar 138718 Yellowstone National Park, and offers repparttar 138719 ultimate in adventure tours where you'll find rich salmon runs and grizzly bears. Ketchikan is also home torepparttar 138720 world's largest collection of totem poles. These can be found atrepparttar 138721 Totem Heritage Center Museum.

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