Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Finding The Best Deals On London Hotels

The great city of London, capital of the United Kingdom, is a perennial destination for recreational tourism and international business. When you're booking your hotel room in London, you'll need to make sure you're getting the very best possible deal for your money. This is one vital area in which you simply can't afford to make a mistake.

Book Your Visit In Style

When it comes to finding the best possible deals on London hotels, you've got your work cut out for you. Luckily, your path to the best discounts on great hotel rooms shouldn't have to be all that hard. But you'll need to put in the time and effort to do a bit of research on the best possible hotel room deal. But, since this is the 21st century era of Internet technology, even that won't be so hard. In fact, it's easier now than it's ever been. 

The Secret Of The Ultimate Hotel Room Discount

Of course, the secret of the ultimate hotel room deal has a lot to do with the Internet. Specifically, while you used to have to call up a whole host of travel agents or read through a thousand brochures to find even a hint of where to get the best travel deal, today you can get all of the latest and most accurate information straight from a mere 15 minute search through a few websites on the Internet. 

The Best Place On The Web For Great Deals

But the absolute best place on the Internet won't be found by just anyone. You'll be happy to know that, just by reading this article, you're gaining some rather privileged information! The truth of the matter is that there really is a website where you can get all the latest and most accurate information on cheap hotel rooms in London. And that place is Hipmunk.com.

The Latest Hotel Room Deals Are At Hipmunk

Hipmunk has an excellent guide to UK hotels available on its official company website at Hipmunk.com. Log on today to discover excellent deals on London hotel rooms, as well as hotel, motel, and travel package guides to plenty more of the world's most exciting and desirable locations. With the help of this handy travel guide, you'll soon be navigating the city like a natural born citizen. For all the latest information, log on to Hipmunk.com today.

Re-Growing Vegetables from Scrap

I particularly love cooking Pakchoi or Bok Choy. It tastes great in soups or simply sauteed. However, it is not everyday that this heavenly green goodness is available in the supermarket. Plus, they are expensive. I learned however that it can be easily regrown in the kitchen using the bottom part that is normally just discarded in the organic bin.

My pakchoi and scallions after a week! Now the are ready for planting.
So one day, after making beef soup with pakchoi, instead of throwing out the bottom cut part, I decided to place it in a small shallow dish filled with water, with the cut side up. A tip: it is essential that you change the water daily to keep it fresh. I included the bottom part of the scallions or spring onions which I also put in the soup.

My pakchoi is happy now that is in planted in soil! :)
The scallions look happy too! Now their roots can spread and they more room to grow.
In just a couple of days, the leaves began to grow. After a week, my pakchoi already has lots of leaves and the roots have also come out. More so with my scallions. I decided to transfer them in soil today so that they have more room to grow and get the essential nourishment that water cannot give.

Now, they are sitting prettily in my kitchen, very close to the window, so they can get lots of warmth and light. Maybe in another two weeks, I get to have a taste of my very own home-grown pakchoi. :)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Planning an Ideal Vacation

Many people use vacations to step away from the stress in their lives. Spending some time in a new destination can result in a feeling of peace and allow a chance to return to the real world with a refreshed attitude. Some people prefer to relax by a pool for the duration of their time away. This can be an ideal way to relax. Vacations are also an opportunity to try new adventures. Hobbies and activities are often available that offer a chance to see a new place or develop a new skill.

Explore the Outdoors
Many popular vacation destinations have breathtaking views. Be sure to take time to enjoy the scenery. Hiking is a great activity that can be a fun way to spend time enjoying the outdoors. The feeling of completing a challenging hiking trail can be rewarding, and the view from the peak of a mountain can be magnificent. Other vacation destinations may have historical buildings that offer tours or activities. There are usually plenty of sights to be seen.

Take Time to Relax
After a day full of sightseeing and adventure, be sure to take some time to relax. Consider booking a spa treatment or taking a yoga class. Spas often offer massages, steam showers, saunas and other specialty services. These services are designed to put clients at ease so that they can feel rejuvenated. A swim in the pool can also be a fun way to relax. Spending time in the fitness center and pool can be a great way to unwind without distractions.

Find Themed Activities
If the usual selections are not appealing, consider trying something unique. Many resorts also offer some type of sport activity, such as golf or ice-skating. Some resorts may also offer activities that are part of a theme. For example, New York's Mohonk Mountain House has hosted weekend events with jazz and ballroom dancing themes. These events offer an entertainment experience to enjoy a special activity. Other themes, such as dining events, are also popular.

Try to consider the goals of a vacation while planning the trip. If relaxation is the primary focus, then be sure to select a resort with spa services. Vacations that feature more activities will be better at resorts that have a wide range of offerings. A mix of relaxation and action can be the perfect solution for stepping away from stress and enjoying a break from life.

Goodbye Hugendubel Stuttgart

I have seen some small shops and even big department store chains along the Königstrasse closing down because of low profit and clientele but I never thought I would see the day when one of my favorite book stores, which is really a haven for book lovers out there, would also close its doors. Whether you fancy reading a book and decide to buy one, grab a cup of coffee in their cafe, look for some gift ideas or just relax and window shop, this is one of the places to be.

My little girl trying to look what's still inside the bookstore
through a small gap between the glass doors.
She was of course sad when she heard the news.
HUGENDUBEL. If you have never been to this book haven before, then it is too late. Their branch along Königstrasse (beside Müller) closed last April 4th 2015. There are still other branches all over Germany though and you can still purchase books from their online shop at Hugendubel.de.

Interior of the bookstore on the 2nd floor. These comfy lounges are so relaxing.
Photo © Pagolux Interieur
There's even a play area in the children's section of the bookstore where
children can play while their mommies browse through children's books.
Photo © Pagolux Interieur.
The bookstore front along Königstrasse taken a year and a half ago (October 2013).

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