Monthly Archives: July 2012

Get Ready for Sunburn Goa 2012

Sunburn Festival 2012 Goa

The 6th edition of Asia’s biggest dance music festival kicks off on the beaches of Candolim –Goa in the last week of December. Sunburn, is a 3 day dance-music festival going to be held in, 27-29 December 2012. This 3 day festival, for the last 4 years, has been attracting thousands and thousands of people from both India and overseas. Renowned Indian and International DJs entertain the crowd with their enthralling music during these 3 days. If you are a family or a group of 4 adults planning to attend this festival or generally vacationing in Goa; and if you happen to be looking for a holiday home in Candolim, Goa; then send in your query at priya@bucketlisttravels.in, for we might have the best stay option for you!! For details about the event visit http://sunburn.in FIND us on Facebook   and enjoy travel tip, interesting trivias, photo travelogues etc everyday. You can also subscribe to our blog to read interesting travel stories, news from around the world…
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Meet Nessie the Loch Ness Monster!!

Loch Ness in Scottish Highlands

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Meet Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

As I was exploring the beautiful city of Montpellier in France, I had a lucky chance to see an ongoing exhibition by the famous aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The larger-than-life-blown-up images were transcendentally beautiful and awe inspiring. Born in Paris, Yann Arthus-Bertrand was interested in nature and wildlife from an early age. He founded the Altitude Agency in 1991, which was the world’s first press agency and images bank specializing in aerial photography. About 500,000 pictures were taken in more than 100 countries by more than 100 photographers!!

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The natural and mystical Light Show!

Aurora Polaris Pic source: www.wunderground.comblogJeffMasterscomment.htmlentrynum=314&page=1

Nature has many a mystical occurrences; Aurora Polaris (Polar lights) which I rightly call – natural and mystical light show; being one of them. It’s a sight in itself – spectacular flares in red, green, violet and blue hues light up the night sky naturally! Scientific explanation to this bizarre occurrence is that the light shows take place when solar blaze collide with the Earth’s magnetic field and ionosphere and is visible from high latitude regions (Arctic and Antarctic). Polar lights are a natural phenomenon found in both the northern and southern hemispheres and offer stunning displays. Northern lights are also called by their scientific name, Aurora Borealis, and southern lights are called Aurora Australis. Aurora Borealis (or the northern lights) was named after the Roman goddess of dawn, “Aurora” and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, by Pierre Gassendi in 1621. The Aurora Australis is almost identical to Aurora Borealis but is visible from high southern latitudes in Antarctica, South America, New Zealand and Australia.

Polar Lights Pic source: http://elzo-meridianos.blogspot.in/2007/06/aurora-boreal.html

In places like Alaska and Greenland, Auroras are visible almost all the nights of the year and sometime even during day time. But the day ones are difficult to notice with naked eye. Auroras have been observed on other planets like Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune also, but these are visible only through a space telescope! The Scots from the North of Scotland called it Fir Chlis, that means Nimble man in Scots Gaelic or Merry dancers! The Northern Lights are a regular feature of the night sky from the autumn through to spring in the north of Scotland. The Hebrides, a group of islands off the North West coast of Scotland are believed to be a good place to watch the Northern Lights. The supernatural nature of this light show is intriguing enough to find a place in lots of people’s bucketlist. LIKE us on Facebook   and get travel tip, stories, pictures etc daily. You can also subscribe to our blog here…
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Travel tips

  Here are few Tips for your travel. Also do check out our pinboards Travel must haves and Traveling with a baby for few pictorial travel tips :) Intelligent planning •    Try an coincide your trip with a local event or festival which will help you experience the local culture and traditions in close quarters •    Read and get an idea about the local culture. It will help you not only appreciate but also gel well into surroundings •    Check the weather at your travel destination. Carry clothing accordingly •    Carry a small rucksack meant to be carried while sightseeing – you can store your water bottle/ few essentials and also carry comfortably what you shop in one place •    Don’t forget to include a water bottle in your checklist. This way you do not have to buy water bottles every time. Just refill! Documents Travel documents have been covered in detail in our earlier post. Following are general tips •    Keep multiple copies of your passport, visa and credit card •    Keep copies of your photograph as it appears in the visa •    Get travel insurance •    Do not keep all you money, travel cheques, credit card in one place Money matters •    Carry some foreign currency to cover incidental expenses. Rest you can exchange from any bank / money exchange outlets in your destination country. Banks generally give a better exchange rate, but check with local sources before doing the conversion Gadgets •    If you plan to use your electronic gadgets during your travels then we suggest you invest in a multi-pin adapter. Don’t forget to carry the chargers! •    Carry your camera and its accessories for capturing those memorable moments Intelligent packing •    Carry small bottles of body wash, shampoo, creams etc. At the end of your vacation you can discard the bottles and if you have more days of vacation left buy more locally •    Carry clothes which dry off quickly and needs no ironing •    Carry light clothes. Avoid jeans – they are heavy, bulky, take too much space and takes long to dry •    Carry 4 shirts and 3 bottoms. You have 12 dresses if you mix and match •    Kindle can be quite handy if you want to read or refer to Lonely Planet kinda books on the go and you will not have to lug around books •    Rolling your clothes tightly before arranging them in your travel bag gives lot more space than otherwise More general travel tips in the next post…. Do you have travel tips you would like to share? Write to us! We shall include it to the main list on our website along with your name… Hope you found the information useful. Subscribe to our blog posts through e-mail and stay tuned to lots of travel information & interesting tidbits from around the globe…You can also follow us on Facebook.
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Its Tour de France time! :)

Tour de France

Every year in July, an armada of cycling fans from across the globe, focus their attention on France. Having followed the Tour de France personally, I find it difficult to explain the excitement around the event, the adrenaline rush as you see your favorite cyclist zoom past you in just a few words. Other work commitments have restricted my travel to France for TdF this year however, yours truly will follow it with unmatched passion through the electronic media and try to keep you all in the loop. The biggest annual sports event on a global scale is in its 99th year and will commence on 30th June this year and we await this epic saga being enacted over 3500km of France, Belgium & Switzerland in the history of this event. The biggest and most prestigious cycling palmares in the professional cycling world this year will see the top 22 teams in the globe put up their best 9 riders to take the glory in the 21 days of racing. The race starts off from Liege, Belgium on 30th June with a short prologue and finishes as traditionally on the streets of Paris, on the Champs-Élysées on the 22nd of July. This year the race promises more for the quick men on the cycles, than the climbers, as there are almost 9 flat stages & 2 individual time trails apart from the prologue. But all that apart, with 3 mountain summit finishes and almost 9 mountain stages, it might still be the climbers who might have the final say! The 2011 champion Cadel Evans of BMC Racing team is all set to defend his crown and at 35, he is still an old warhorse who knows just when to up the ante. To add to this is the experience of their road captain George Hincapie, who will be participating in a record 17th Tour. (He plans to ride just one more race after TdF this year before ending his professional career) Who will win the tour this time, is anyone’s guess right now. But be sure to watch out for a few names that the author feels will be in the limelight this year – Andre Greipel, Mark Cavendish, Levi Leipheimer, Peter Sagan, Fabian Cancellara, Ivan Basso, Bradley Wiggins and a youngster going by the name of Marcel Kittel, just to name a few. The TdF annually draws a crowd of over 20 million fans to this beautiful sport. With a television audience of over 6 million everyday and an internet audience of over a million fresh eyes daily, this event is telecast in over 150 countries. With over 75 countries doing the LIVE coverage and over 2500 journalists covering this event, it is little wonder that this sporting event is much awaited every year. The tourism angel on this event is so big, that its now officially rated as one of the biggest tourism draws in the world. This tour visits some of the most beautiful parts of Europe and this allows for the hotel industry to get a new lease of life. This year some of the places that the tour is going to touch include – * Serainge in Belgium – a small town with a Glass Museum & a Crystal factory, as also Macrales, who are the local witches!! * Tournai, another Belgium city with the Romanesque- and Gothic-style cathedral of Notre Dame de Tournai and the belfry, the oldest in Belgium, which have been jointly designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. * Rouen, a town in France which is also the historic capital city of Normandy, the city where Joan of Arc was burnt! * Limoux, Foix, Pau, Bagneres de Luchon, Peyragudes,…etc are just few of the towns that one can straight away list out. 14th of July, is the Republic Day / Bastille Day in France. A day that is a national holiday and in the evening there are mega fireworks in all major cities. This year the Tour happens to be near Montpellier on 14th July, so expect a spectacular night show in the skies followed by parties through the night in the city. For who will wear the Yellow jersey of the Winner of Tour de France remains to be seen and will be known on the 22nd of July on the streets of Paris. Like Bucketlist Travel on Facebook to get daily updates with travel tips, quotes & more. You can also subscribe to our blog here…
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