Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

For wildlife lovers, a vacation in the Galapagos is often an old dream and a real “bucket list” experience. This remote island off the coast of Ecuador is home to some of the most unique wildlife on Earth, and offers the opportunity for some very close encounters. For those who want to take advantage of most opportunities to take animal photos, some specific tips from experts can help.
Tips for Photography at Holiday Galapagos Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

There are many generic tips for photographing wildlife (including the most basic, ie patient), but there are also some specific ones to capture great images of these remote island animals.

Be prepared

This suggestion has a double meaning: You need to be prepared in terms of equipment, but also at a situational level. Taking the right camera and accessories is essential, and SLRs with interchangeable lenses will produce far superior results to the iPhone, however up-to-date the model. The wildlife in the archipelago is unbelievably fearless, so there is no need for long focal length and long fixed lenses, but if you are serious, short and medium lens combinations are recommended. As a guide, consider (at least) the 18mm-70mm lens and the 100mm-400mm. Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

Another aspect of preparation is getting ready to get “money fired” without too much notice. Wild wildlife, however, and animals will not wait for you to focus, change openings and frame the scene perfectly – even though the Giant Tortoise Galapagos may be an exception. Read it every time and frankly, keeping your eyes peeled so you can take advantage of the situation as it appears.

Lighting

Due to the geographical position of the archipelago at the equator, the sun rises and sets rapidly, spends much of its time just above the head. This results in harsh and top-lit conditions that are often less conducive to capturing wildlife images. What you should aim for is low-side lighting, which creates greater interest in texture and shaded contours. Without the benefits of an artificial studio lighting, the only real solution is to get up early before the sun reaches overhead, or later at night when it goes down. An added bonus of this is that you can get some spectacular and dramatic pictures by using sunrise or sunset to give the backlight on your subject. Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

Expose

Even if you set your SLR for automatic exposure, lighting and conditions in the archipelago are often beyond the reach of the most advanced camera metering system. For example, bright white plumage in Nazca Booby perched on black volcanic rocks will cause the camera to glow for darker areas, and then highlight it more deeply. A good tip is to use the +/- function on your camera, which will override the meter and fix one or two stops to expose the bird and not the rocks.

Think laterally

In addition to the technical aspects, the most important advice of the knowing experts is to think out of the box and actually take advantage of the incredible opportunities that you will encounter on Galapagos holidays. Do not just follow the crowd and photograph the animals from a static point of view – go down to the sand with Sally Lightfoot Crabs, ride high on rocks with the Marine Iguana, and cross into shallow rivers with weird Sea Lions (obviously keeping your camera protected). Being creative with angles is one of the surest ways to open up to this once-in-a-lifetime image.

Turned Good to Great

Meanwhile, for some people, the Galapagos holiday is quite a gift in itself, for others, catching amazing photographs is a very important aspect. Wildlife photography can, in essence, be a very challenging quest. And while being in the right place at the right time can reap amazing rewards, following a few tips to take advantage of those “timely, right place” moments can make the difference between good and good photos. Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

Dare to Dream of a White Christmas in Courchevel

Dare to Dream of a White Christmas in Courchevel

Imagine waking up to a scene of snowy mountains and pine trees capped with a fresh dusting of snow on Christmas morning. Well, if you book a ski holiday to Courchevel for the festive period, this is exactly what you and your kids can expect!
In addition to enjoying a perfect winter wonderland, you and your family will be able to enjoy many festive activities in the resort, ranging from fantastic French-cooked Christmas dinners to a torch-lit descent for the kids to enjoy when the sun goes down.

 

The best part is that all of this couldn’t be easier to reach from the UK, as there are regular flights to Geneva from most UK airports, as well as excellent transport links from Geneva to Courchevel.

Courchevel for Families

While the exclusive Courchevel resort of 1850 is a perfect destination for many couples and ski enthusiasts, families with young children may prefer the lower resorts of 1550 and 1650, which are smaller and have a more family-friendly and intimate feel.

All of the resorts have their own children’s ski schools (I highly recommend learning with the French ESF – let them know that your children are English, and they will put them in an English-speaking class). What’s more, there are nursery runs, snow playgrounds and beginner slopes in each of the resorts.

When you venture away from the slopes, you’ll find that there is as much to do off as on the snow. For example, why not take the family ice skating, bowling or to the cinema?

What to Expect During the Festive Season

As you make your way from Geneva to Courchevel, you’ll feel the excitement of your children growing when you drive into the heart of a Narnia-esque landscape of snowy mountains and pine forests.

When you reach the resort, you’ll discover that the French embrace the magic of the festive season just as much as we do back home. The high streets in all of the resorts sparkle with Christmas lights, giving the entire area a truly magical feel.

Festive treats are likely to include carols and fireworks, traditional markets, a parade, tons of hot chocolate and live music events, as well as traditional Christmas meals in its many restaurants.

Highlights for 2017 include a torch-lit descent that’s led by ESF instructors and that features Santa as a special guest, as well as a special Boxing Day luge event.

Lastly, don’t forget that you’ll also be able to ski on Christmas Day. All of the resort’s lifts and pistes are open all day. Who knows – you might even discover Santa practicing his carving turns!

How to Get There

The resort is served by four airports during the ski season: Chambery, Lyon, Grenoble and Geneva. For the most regular and stress-free connection, choose a flight to Geneva with providers such as easyJet, British Airways, Swiss International or Air France.

For a completely hassle-free way of getting your family from the airport to your resort, simply book an airport transfer with Shuttle Direct before you leave home.

Let us know how many of you will be travelling, how many child seats you will need, and what ski equipment you will be carrying, and we’ll meet you at the airport with the perfect transport for you and your family.

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Prepare Your Home for Sleepover Kid

Prepare Your Home for Sleepover Kid

If you have children, there is no other way. At some point you must host a stay in a child. Does it frighten you?

Here are some ideas that can help.

Traditionally, stay in your own child’s room, but it’s probably not the best plan. For one thing, maybe next to your room!

And chances are the bedroom will be too small for the number of invited guests. So how about using your living room?

Have a Plan

What is that? Another horror look? Worried pretty furniture and your pretty stuff will be broken? No, it will not happen – because we have a plan.

Just as you plan an overnight invitation, and a menu, also plan ahead to clean up your living room and pack your valuables. And do not do all the work yourself. The party host definitely helps!

Anything on the wall should be safe, but paki the smaller items, on the table and shelf. You may have some empty boxes in the garage, or grab some large plastic containers from discount stores.

Move Safely

With small pieces on the road, it’s time to tackle the furniture. Some items may need to be moved to another room, or garage, while others can be pushed back to the wall. What you do not want to do, however, is damage your furniture, or your floor.

The best solution is to use furniture pads. To be honest, you have to use these great little pads all the time, but this can be a good reason to customize them.

Furniture pads come in different sizes, so you can use them for desk and chair chairs, beds, sofas and other furniture.

Select Quality Furniture Pads

As simple as this sounds, it is important to buy good quality furniture pads, made of materials that are not scratched. They should not only protect your floor from scuffs and dents, but also thick enough to reduce noise.

So, with pads in place, now you can safely move furniture from that place, and actually open up a space ready to stay.

Depending on your floor type, further protection may be required. For example, you do not want beverages and sticky food down on your best carpet, or expensive Persian rugs.

Select a Theme

Now you are ready to give a nice clean room and prepare for the party. Choosing a theme is a great way to start a party, and you can decorate it appropriately.

When you are busy in the kitchen while cooking a storm, the host of a young party can explore the house for sleeping bags, mattresses, blankets, pillows and pillows, and prepare sleeping arrangements.

As far as feeding your guests, think of an easy finger food. Sauce and bite-sized biscuits, mini hot dogs, mini quiches and pizzas, cupcakes and, no doubt, ice cream.

Let the Party Start

Finally, it’s a good idea to set some activities for the night to start. After that, it’s up to them!

Snowy Shenanigans in Courchevel: Guide of Resort

Snowy Shenanigans in Courchevel: Guide of Resort

600 km from the skiable domain at Three Valleys makes it a world-class and unique ski destination. With pistes for skiers of all abilities, fantastic snow conditions, well-connected ski areas and assorted slopes, Three Valleys has something for everyone. And if there is one resort that exemplifies all these qualities, it is Courchevel. Famous for having the most diverse skis in Three Valleys, some of the best snow and fantastic and catered self-service ski lodges, Courchevel is the perfect resort for activities both on and off the runway. Snowy Shenanigans in Courchevel: Guide of Resort
Courchevel 1300

Also known as Le Praz, this village is the lowest in altitude in Courchevel. It is also the oldest – with its many rural buildings dating from the nineteenth century. Traditional, quiet and friendly, it offers beautiful views of the trees when the snow is nice. But you have to spend some time in good conditions – when the warm weather comes, you run the risk of snow and slopes that rarely scatter with rocks. On the other hand, this village is perfect for those who want a peaceful traditional break in true mountain communities. Staying in 1300 can also be a cheaper way to access a higher resort.

Courchevel 1550

This is the satellite village for Courchevel 1850, which is above it. The two elevators provide easy access to the higher city, but do not worry stuck – the way back is a gentle blues. For a serious nightlife, you have to travel to the valley until 1850, because this is a quiet place. However, for those looking for access to all that 1850 has to offer at a much better price, the 1550 is the ideal choice.

Courchevel 1650

Arguably the best choice of all the villages in this resort, 1650 is popular because of its fantastic skiing, relatively reasonable prices and a wide array of après activities. Divided by a path that leads up the mountain, this village offers apartment blocks on one side and self-catering and catered ski huts on the other. Just above the village, there is a slope stretch that is easy for beginners to find their feet. For the more experienced skiers, there are many challenges in the winding red and blue that lead out of the Signal chair.

Courchevel 1850

Famous for its opulence and luxury, the 1850’s are where the rich and famous in the world come to ski. To make it happen, this small part of the resort offers nine 5 star hotels … What’s more, the promise of skiing does not disappoint. At the highest altitude, the 1850 offers the best access to all the other villages, as well as the neighboring valley of Méribel. There is a wide zone just above the village specially reserved for beginners, while climbing the mountain you will find some serious red and black trails. Only the most experienced skiers should try the black running Grand Couloir – labeled ‘vertical’ on the runway map for a reason …

Make Your Choice

Whichever village you choose, all have the added benefit of offering fantastic accommodation options, such as self-catered and catered ski cottages. With your accommodation sorted and all snow but guaranteed a good deal, the scenery is set for a perfect winter break.

Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has helped avid skiers in their perfect winter break for more than a quarter of a century. If you are looking for the best catering accommodation in Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is a go-to company for winter sports enthusiasts looking for a lifelong holiday. Snowy Shenanigans in Courchevel: Guide of Resort

Togetherness in Thanksgiving

Togetherness in Thanksgiving

In the United States Thanksgiving is celebrated every Thursday at the fourth week in November. While in Canada Thanksgiving at lively every month and a half before the second Monday in October.

Thanksgiving is almost the same as Lebaran day in Indonesia. Indonesian people’s tradition during the celebration of Lebaran is mudik as well as America at the time of Thanksgiving also doing homecoming.

At Thanksgiving the American community is gathering together, praying together while enjoying a meal together. The food served on the occasion is a special Thanksgiving meal that is not left behind is turkey meat.

Thanksgiving is an annual public holiday celebrated by people in the United States and Canada. The celebration is to celebrate the harvest and other blessings gained from last year. Thanksgiving has its roots in religious traditions, but today Thanksgiving is celebrated as a secular holiday by American society.

The tradition of Thanksgiving has begun since the XVII century, but this Thanksgiving event is celebrated on a date with varying popularity among celebrated countries.

Thanksgiving is a national tradition first proclaimed on November 26, 1789 by George Washington.

While the contemporary date is celebrated every fourth Thursday in November set in 1941 by federal law.
Togetherness in Thanksgiving
Basically Thanksgiving is a great time to be grateful and appreciative of what you already have.

At Thanksgiving is a perfect time for families to meet, socialize and even enjoy togetherness in a company with each other, this celebration is sometimes the only chance in a year to enjoy togetherness.

The River Thames: A Guide to Barging

The River Thames: A Guide to Barging

The River Thames is the spine, the lifeblood and the main attraction of one of the best-known and historically important cities on the planet. But while the section that flows through London is certainly the most high profile, the 215 miles of the Thames slice England, stretching from the Cotswolds at Cirencester, through rural towns and villages to Oxford, London and finally emptying out into the North Sea.
Historically, the Thames has been a vital trade route right back to Roman times. Today, while the Port of London handles around 10% of the entire country’s commercial shipping, the quieter sections of the waterway appeal to private leisure vessels and barge cruise operators.

 

Built On a River

When the Romans arrived in Britain in AD 43, they settled at the most strategic site on the river to build their city, Londinium. From the port they traded extensively throughout the Mediterranean and also made roads to link the capital with the rest of the country. It was the Romans who built the first bridge to span the river, on the site that would later be the crossing of the city’s famous London Bridge.

Bridges and Locks

The bridges that were built across the Thames have become icons of engineering in themselves. Tower Bridge is one of the most acclaimed, and has been an instantly recognisable landmark of the capital since its construction in 1894. The incredible mechanism that allows for its raising and lowering still functions with perfect precision. Westminster Bridge sits under the shadow of Big Ben and is considered one of the most elegant of all in terms of its architecture. The Millennium Footbridge is the city’s newest, opened in 2000 and crossing the river at St Paul’s Cathedral.

There are 45 locks along the river and each has its own history; some date back to the 1500s while others were variously constructed through the 1700-1800s. While in earlier times weirs were built in order to divert the flow of the water to use in mills, as the traffic increased, many of these were converted or used alongside locks, to allow the passage of vessels to navigate the fall of the river. Today, for those on a barge cruise, navigating the locks is one of the most interesting and anticipated parts of the experience.

Attractions en Route

The beauty of exploring the route of the Thames by barge cruise is the constant accompaniment of scenic views and historical and cultural attractions. Runneymede, the site where King John signed the highly significant Magna Carta document, is a popular disembarkation point. As well as the official monument to the event, the lovely woodlands are filled with wildlife and walking paths.

Windsor Castle is another high profile attraction that can be visited along the river, and the oldest and largest castle in the world lives up to the pomp and grandeur of its reputation (the Queen may even be in residence). At Henley-on-Thames, the renowned River and Rowing Museum celebrates not only the river itself, but also the international sport of rowing for which the town has become globally recognised.

Meandering Through History

The elegant curves of the Thames have defined the history of Britain in so many ways. The privilege of being able to traverse its length on a modern day barge cruise offers a unique insight and a truly memorable way in which to see to the country.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge cruise itineraries. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

3 Ways Sunny Towers Colwyn Bay can be an Artist Retreat

3 Ways Sunny Towers Colwyn Bay can be an Artist Retreat

Do you know what is the biggest challenge for an artist when he is in town for a long time? It takes imagination and creativity that eventually produces a block. So, in a situation like this, what can you do? Well, you need to find an artist’s retreat where you can again enjoy some time in calm so that your creativity begins to flow naturally, triggering all your imagination. Are you wondering where you can find such retreats that will not be far from London? If so, then this is the ideal choice for you. Visit, Colwyn Bay. This peaceful part of the North Wales Coastline is the perfect place where you can find peace from the hustle and bustle of the city and yet enjoy all the amenities of a comfortable life. Are you wondering where you will stay during this vacation? Sunny Towers is waiting for you
Located just five minutes’ walk from the ocean, Sunny Towers Colwyn Bay is a popular name for tourists who frequent this area. A delightful Victorian corner house, Sunny Towers is located in a friendly and peaceful area. Offering three double bedrooms and one single bedroom, Sunny Towers is also quite popular for family vacations. Now, you can imagine what it would feel like if you would have the whole house to yourself. How does this place become the artist’s resting place you are looking for? Look at the following points to find out more. 3 Ways Sunny Towers Colwyn Bay can be an Artist Retreat

Comforting Welcoming Settings

Imagine yourself spending the whole afternoon in the side yard beside the big house, the head buried in your manuscript or the book you are reading. Or maybe you just took inspiration from the surroundings and painted a beautiful picture while standing on the same page. Does not that sound very tempting? Of course, of course. In this case, Sunnytowers Colwyn Bay is the right place for you. The side porch of this holiday home is really the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon, weaving your mind. 3 Ways Sunny Towers Colwyn Bay can be an Artist Retreat

Inspire Nature

Do you know what could be the best source of inspiration for an artist? This is nature. The more you will approach nature, the more your mind will become fresh and your imagination will find the wings to escape in the faraway. So, if you are thinking of approaching nature, this place is really meant for you. From breathtaking views of Mount Snowdon to the beach sweeping the Isle of Angeles, everything will give you an amazing experience. You never know, you can paint the most noble painting or write the most tense story just sitting on the sand on the beach alone.

Mix with People

Fully cutting off people sounds like a dream for any artist, which looks is for solitude. But the fact is, people and their different behaviors and behaviors can also be your source of inspiration. If you’re wondering where you’ll find people in a quiet place, then do not worry. Sunny Towers is located near great pubs and restaurants. Go down to the pub, get a beer cup and a plate full of delicacies, take some time enjoying the game on the TV in the pub or by watching the people. You will definitely come back with a head full of stories. So, now as you know how Sunny Towers can be your perfect resting place where you will find your creative inspiration again, what are you waiting for? Book your accommodation now and set off for the holiday you have been waiting for. 3 Ways Sunny Towers Colwyn Bay can be an Artist Retreat

French Cruise Secrets: Marne River

French Cruise Secrets: Marne River

River Marne has inspired artists, such as Cézanne and Pissarro, for many years, and continues to inspire everyone who meets today. Barging vacations in France are an ideal way to experience the rich history of Marne, as well as learn more about technical accomplishments that help make it an important trade route across the country. French Cruise Secrets: Marne River
To the Seine: The River Marne Basics

The French waterway is 514 kilometers long and starts in the Langres highlands. The river headed west, joining the famous Seine Seine in the upper reaches of Paris. On its way through the French countryside, Marne passes through a captivating location like Meaux – famous for its ‘Prince of Cheese’ brie – and Jouarre village, home to a stunning 12th century Benedictine monastery. Along with its centuries-old heritage, this French region has an impressive wine-growing tradition. French Cruise Secrets: Marne River

The oldest lotus in France?

The Canal de Cornillon at Meaux was built about 800 years ago at the beginning of the 13th century. This canal is the oldest in France and built as a 500m short cut, bypassing a very generous watering river. In the nineteenth century, Marne became an important trade route, connecting Paris with the eastern rivers, therefore many lateral canals were built to aid its navigation. The most impressive canal is the 64-kilometer Canal latéal à la Marne, which handles a height difference of over 30 meters with 15 keys.

What to Look For in Barge Vacations in France

If you are lucky enough to sail along Marne during your barge vacation in France, there are some sites you should not miss. The countryside around the river was very important in the second world war. In fact, Château-Thierry – best known for its multiple war graves and warnings – is at the center of the last German attack on WW1. Visit the funeral that runs in Belleau Wood, which was established in honor of the 4th Marine Brigade of the 2nd Army Division of the U.S. The remains of the nearby trenches and shell holes serve as a visual reminder of the battles that occurred in this area.

With a lighter note, you should visit the delightful city of Epernay – the Champagne capital (the drink!). The famous Avenue de Champagne is lined with impressive mansions and is home to the region’s most prestigious wine producers, if not the world. You’ll find people like Moët et Chandon, Mercier, Veuve Clicquot, Pol Roger and de Castellane. As you roam around town remember that over 200 underground cave miles are under your feet. Sprinkled with some of the world’s most whiny bubbly, some of these cellars are open for tours, a wonderful introduction to the Champagne magic world.

Perhaps this glimpse of Marne River culture and history has encouraged you to venture into its waters for the next barge vacation in France. French Cruise Secrets: Marne River

Paul Newman is a Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider if you are looking for a complete luxury barge vacation in France or other great destinations. Part of an experienced barge team, Paul first queued to support a slow-paced barging cruise facility for anyone looking for a unique holiday experience. French Cruise Secrets: Marne River

Why Select Josh Bartlett’s Easy Video Suite

Easy Video Suite – Top Benefits of Video Marketing

You have so many options in reaching out your target clients online. E-books and videos are among the content-submitting techniques which are considered effective. But there are people who can not resist eye strain from reading on the monitor and thus, they prefer to watch videos. When video marketing is used to deliver information about the products, marketers need to use the software, easy video suite.

Video marketing offers wide array of advantages. Videos are entertaining, clearer and more persuasive. Things are easily explained when there is an accompanying presentation that people will see. Videos are said to have audience appeal.

Watching video presentation is easier and better than reading. A few minutes video presentation is enough to provide a clear overview about the products and the company.

Those who would like to download videos can have it for free. Anybody can watch it over and over again anytime he wants to. With or without the internet connection, videos can be reviewed. The customers will have enough time to go through the video and to decide whether to buy the product or not.

You will also find video marketing advantages since it will not cost you so much money. You only need to hire someone who has the excellent voice quality and a software for video creation. Created videos can be produced and marketed in huge quantity.

With the impact that video marketing creates, it is also guaranteed that you will be able to drive more traffic to your website and dramatically increase sales leads. It is easily shared on social media networks too. If the video is of good quality and has caught attention, people will just share it. There are plenty of video submissions sites where you can post your videos aside from placing it on the website itself.

These are just some of the important notes to consider with video marketing. These are the most important arguments to prove that indeed, video marketing is effective. But these are the best video quality videos to help you produce high quality videos. This is the fundamental reason why choosing a video software is very crucial.

Easy video suite guarantees to help you best in your video marketing effort. The software provides you the convenience to simply record, edit and publish the videos. You can do more. You can optimize the promotion of the videos and keep track of your advertising results. Your video creation tasks becomes hassle free and marketing is easier. The software has helped plenty of online marketers already. Thus, do not fail to empower your video marketing agenda with this latest software, the easy video suite.

Nazi-era art dealer’s treasure trove debuts in Europe

Nazi-era art dealer’s treasure trove debuts in Europe

It’s an art collection like no other because it’s collected like no other.

Hundreds of pieces of art are now on display from a spectacular stash that was once hoarded by the son of a Nazi-era dealer. The artworks, including masterpieces by Monet and Rodin, are being shown for the first time since World War II this year as part of parallel exhibitions in Switzerland and Germany.

All of the exhibits were seized by the Nazis during World War II in a methodical program directed by German dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt. He led the task of poaching art from Jewish families and selling art defamed as “degenerate” overseas.

It’s a display that now sheds light on the darkest chapters of Nazi Germany, says art director Nina Zimmer.

“How they persecuted artists and art they did not like and how they did this systematically,” Zimmer says.

The works may never have been stumbled upon during a routine tax investigation at a nondescript address in Munich.

Hildebrand’s reclusive son, Cornelius Gurlitt, had hidden away a trove. The priceless Rodin sitting near a potted plant and the monet hanging on a wall.

The Rodin found in Munich
The exhibition has raised morale and ethical issues over the art’s true provenance and inspections.

Project director Andrea Baresel-Brand says that the shows can act as something of a lost and found.

“Through the broad media coverage of the exhibitions of course a wider public is reached and maybe somebody recognizes something,” Baresel-Brand says.

Even conservative estimates of the collections have been reunited with their rightful owners.