Saturday, July 30, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Norwich-based specialty travel company Holidays by Rail has confirmed it will offer 30 rail-cruise holidays for the 2011/12 travel season.
Travellers may select from a variety of destinations ranging from river cruises along the French and Dutch waterways to larger ship voyages to the sun-drenched Mediterranean islands and Alaska’s Inside Passage.
An assortment of fall and winter 2011 departures are available to colourful destinations including the Greek and Ionian Islands as well as seasonal extravaganzas like a four-day minibreak to Christmas Markets in Liege, Aachen, Valkenburg and Bruges.
In addition to spectacular holidays throughout Europe, Canada and the United States, 2012 rail-cruise itineraries celebrate special events like Amsterdam’s Floriade Festival, one of the world’s finest horticultural exhibitions taking place once every decade, and the illuminating annual celebration of the Riesling grape harvests in the Rhine and Moselle valleys.
“With such an assortment of destinations and themes, there is a rail-cruise holiday to match every taste and travel budget,” said Eric Hutchins, general manager of Holidays by Rail.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Jeff and Eileen Dirks of Brainerd will discuss what the Floriade is all about. Floriade is a World Horticultural Expo staged once every 10 years in the Netherlands. During the period from April until mid-October 2012, the sixth anniversary of Floriade will be held. The event will include 100 acres, 100,000 flowers, 30 country exhibitions, wine tastings, cultural shows, regional culinary delights. This is an event for flower lovers and anyone interested in the green technology of the future.
As part of the celebration of the Floriade, other local events include:
• “Ask a Master Gardener,” annual flower show scheduled Wednesday and July 28 at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa, sponsored by the Nisswa Garden Club.
• “Ask a Master Gardener,” community garden party is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. July 30 at the Washington Educational Services Building, sponsored by the Brainerd Community Education.
• “Ask a Master Gardener” at the Crow Wing County Fair scheduled Aug. 2-6 in the Horticulture Building at the county fairgrounds.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Fleuren won the match with his Blue Bessenbol. The Blue Bessenbol is a sweet snack, and offer products from Dutch soil. The sphere is filled with a mousse of blueberries. The Blue Bessenbol is a surprising new sweet snack, and is traditionally prepared with products from Dutch soil. The sphere, filled with a mousse of healthy blueberries, fresh taste is delicious.
Fleuren allowed the winning product in the period September 2011 to October 7, 2012 sale in his shop. For fellow bakers is exclusively available at the Blue Bessenbol Bake Plus . Races Floriade (April 5 / 7 October 2012, Venlo) was officially registered as a trademark which is not simply products of this type may be sold. The regional companies to meet the organization has a contest for food-product companies in the municipalities Beesel, Gennep, Horst aan de Maas, Peel and Maas, Venlo and Venray.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Collette Vacations has announced the launch of a new Europe tour featuring Floriade 2012, a major world horticultural expo that only occurs every 10 years. Collette’s “Netherlands, Belgium, and Paris” is an 11-day journey that includes three overnight stays in Amsterdam, three nights in Brussels and three nights in Paris.
The highlight is the once-a-decade Floriade exhibition which is available on departure dates from April through October 2012. The event takes place in a 165-acre park in the city of Venlo, outside of Amsterdam, and near the Dutch and German border. On some Floriade departure dates a visit to Keukenhof Gardens is also included.
Also included on the “Netherlands, Belgium and Paris” tour are a candlelight canal cruise in Amsterdam and a walk through the red light district; a locally guided tour through Brussels; a cruise through Paris on the Seine River; a local resident-guided walk through ancient Bruges, famous for its breweries, canals, chocolate and medieval architecture; and a visit to Claude Monet’s house in Giverny. (collettevacations.com)
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Uniworld will also launch three exciting new programs to make their expertly planned, always-included shore excursions better than ever.
These programs are all included in the price of Uniworld’s cruises and will allow travelers the opportunity to customize their travel experience like never before. Experienced travelers who have already seen some of Europe’s most popular sites can take advantage of Uniworld’s “Choice Is Yours” program, which offers alternate included excursions to the continent’s hidden gems. For travelers who crave a more active adventure, they can try Uniworld’s exclusive “Go Active” program, which lets them explore the great outdoors at their own pace. And for those who prefer to take a bit more time getting to know the destinations on their itinerary, they can opt for their “Gentle Walking” program, which guarantees a relaxed-pace group with a private guide on many walking tour destinations. In addition, Uniworld has many exclusive excursions only available to Uniworld guests, including special wine tastings in castles with royalty, guided art tours, archeological visits, and so much more.
“Each year, Uniworld actively looks for ways in which to enhance our guests’ experience. With the introduction of these new programs, such as ‘Choice is Yours,’ we are able to deliver a more customized experience to our guest,” states Guy Young, President of Uniworld.
Also in 2012, Uniworld will completely remodel three of their boutique cruise ships, the River Countess, the River Duchess, and the River Royale. “Uniworld continues to invest heavily in the maintenance of our fleet to ensure we are delivering a five-star product to our guests. In 2011, we remodeled three ships completely, River Ambassador, River Baroness, and River Princess, as well as introduced three new ships, including the stunning S.S. Antoinette,” adds Young.
Uniworld ships offer unparalleled luxury in the river cruise arena with the finest of furnishings, inspiring original art, and modern luxuries. Over the years, Uniworld has worked tirelessly with their sister company, the award-winning Red Carnation Hotels, to elevate the standard in river cruising with an unyielding commitment to quality and service. “Be assured that when you sail with Uniworld, you will have an unrivaled cruise experience, because no other cruise line in the world has a sister company with over 50 years of expertise in running a collection of five-star luxury hotels,” furthers Young.
Monday, July 11, 2011
|The bike bridge was designed by Quist Wintermans Architects. The steel bridge is 6 meters high and wide and is 64 meters long. From ground level to the top of the arch is 13 meters high. The steel portion of the bridge weighs 130 tons. The bridge is for cyclists and crosses Highway A74. |
The lighting of the bridge is mounted in the armrests and is needed for social security. There are bat-friendly LED lights to protect animals from the artificial light. The A74 is a new motorway linking the A73 to Venlo with the German Federal Railroad 61.
The work involves construction of a highway (three kilometers), five bridges, two viaducts, two bike bridges, noise barriers, ecological integration and environmental compensation measures. With A74 the area around Venlo is more accessible, safer and more livable. In addition, the new highway helps boost the regional. The A74 will be ready for the start of the 2012 Floriade.