Family Holidays – Come On, Get Wild!

Enjoy your Family Holidays by choosing among the unique and carefully selected holiday ideas from around the world!

1. Europe

UK

Alton Towers Theme Park
Alton Towers is one the UK’s biggest tourist attractions in every way attracting millions of visitors every year. Located in the beautiful grounds of a semi-ruined Gothic country house near Stoke-on-Trent in the West Midlands, the theme park provides a wide range of activities and adventures to suit people of all ages.
Young children can enjoy the Charlie & The Chocolate Factory ride, visit the Farm or enjoy loads of rides and activities to keep all ages happy including many traditional fairground attractions.

France

Paris & Ile-de-France

Left Bank attractions include the Panthéon, the Basilica of St Séverin, the Palais and Jardin du Luxembourg, the Hôtel des Invalides (containing Napoleon’s tomb), the Musée Rodin and St-Germain-des-Prés. Continuing westwards from the Quai d’Orsay past the Eiffel Tower and across the Seine onto the Right Bank, the visitor encounters collection of museums and galleries known as the Trocadéro, a popular meeting place for young Parisians. A short walk to the north is the Place Charles de Gaulle, known to Parisians as the Étoile, and to tourists as the site of the Arc de Triomphe.

2. Africa

Mauritius

Beaches

The beaches are well cared and offer a host of water sports and activities including water skiing, boating, swimming, sailing, wind surfing, and fishing. The beaches are also the ideal spot to go for a sunbath, and relax with family or friends. The marine life of the region can also be observed from the beaches. The famous beaches of Mauritius are – Grand Bay, Blue Bay, Pereybere, Belle Mare, Flic en Flac, Le Morne and Tamarin. This is a perfect idea of family holidays.

Egypt

Memphis and Saqqara

Built by King Menes, Memphis is the oldest capital of Egypt and is 24 km from Cairo. The Statue of Ramesses II built of fine-grained limestone is displayed in the museum. The other interesting monuments at Memphis are Temple for Embalming the Sacred Apis Bull. Saqqara is the ancient Egyptian cemetery on a desert plateau near Cairo. Nearby is the Step Pyramid built for King Zoser by Imhotep, Pyramids of Unas of the Fifth Dynasty Pharaohs, The Serapeum, Greek Philosopher Circle and The Mastabas, of Ptah-Hotep, Ti and Mereruka.

3. Asia

Thailand

Wat Ton Son

Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, is the old temple of Wat Ton Son enshrining the image of the seated Buddha known as ‘Somdet Phra Si Muang’.

4. N. America

Canada

Butchart Gardens

Located in Victoria, Butchart Garden is a must-see for horticultural lovers on a Vancouver Island vacation.
To get to this famous garden in Canada by public transportation, take the bus #75 for “Central Sahnich” from downtown Victoria. There are also regular shuttles during the summer from May through October leaving from the main bus terminal, every half hour. Tickets are around $25 and are purchased from a separate Gray Lines desk—not the main ticket office. The price includes garden entrance and a return trip. Have an enchanting Family Holidays.

5. S. America

Brazil

Rio de Janeiro

The city has got areas snuggled up between a splendid bay and immaculate world famous beaches on one side, and a swiftly risen mountain range, roofed by a lavish tropical forest on the other.
There is a good collection of museums that houses the whole lot of ancient objects and Brazilian artifacts. The charming long-standing neighborhoods, striking parks and gardens, and remarkable mountain views cannot be missed either.

6. Central America

Jamaica

Kingston

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7. Middle East

Dubai

Jumeirah Beach

Dubai blessed with a beautiful beachfront, and the city’s sultry heat makes nearly every day ideal for a trip to the beach for a great family holidays. Dubai’s main beaches run along Jumeira Road. Beach activities in Dubai include snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing and fishing, and there are many outlets in the city where gear can be rented.

8. Oceania

New Zealand

Kelly Tarltons Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World

Located on the picturesque waterfront along Tamaki Drive, just minutes away from downtown Auckland, Kelly Tarltons Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World is the city’s premier marine attraction, providing an all weather close up interactive experience of the Southern Oceans. A rare mix of aquarium, zoo and museum, visitors are assured of several close encounters with penguins, sharks, giant eels, stingrays and many other species of fish. The massive 350,000 litre open-topped tank allows the visitor to get up close and personal with these graceful, winged sea creatures.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to replace professional advice and should at best serve as general information or tips. You are urged to seek professional advice from practitioners in the field to help you further.

Green Tea Benefits: An Answer to Cancer!

Hello, Green Tea!

Green Tea benefits are too compelling to ignore. Let us delve into the details for a toast to good health! The Scientific name of Green Tea is Camellia Sinensis. Green Tea owes its nativity chiefly to China and the other neighbouring countries. It is also found in India and the Far East. However, its plethora of health benefits have introduced it to the rest of the world!

Why Should I Even Care About Green Tea?

The Chinese have recognized the Green Tea benefits and been using it for not less than 4000 years. Well, what’s in it that makes this herb so hugely beneficial to our health?

The secret is the presence of Catechin Polyphenols, particularly EpiGalloCatechin Gallate (EGCG) in Green Tea. EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant, which in simple terms means that it reduces inflammation very effectively. No wonder, then, it puts up a formidable fight against cancer cells and systematically inhibits their growth. Furthermore, it is known to lower LDL cholesterol levels, which is popularly known as harmful fat.
To sum up, appropriate dosages of Green Tea benefits people with most of the life-threatening diseases, which include the following:
·    Cancer
·    Rheumatoid Arthritis
·    High Cholesterol Levels
·    Cardiovascular Disease
·    Infection
·    Impaired Immune Function

How Credible Is All This?

Check out some of the scientific studies that corroborate the above facts:
1.    There is a University of Purdue research, which has concluded that a component present in Green Tea stops the proliferation of Cancer cells.
2.    A research links Green Tea consumption to lower total cholesterol levels. What’s more, Green Tea benefits include HDL (good fat) increase as well.
3.    A 1994 study by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute concluded that Cancer of the Esophagus in Chinese people reduced by roughly 60% and a significant number of Chinese have been known to feed on Green Tea.
4.    A 1997 research at the University of Kansas concluded that EGCG is at least two times more powerful then Resveratrol, a heart-friendly component believed to be in Red Wine.
5.    Japanese scientists at Saitama Cancer Research Institute have found that Green Tea is very effective in curing Breast Cancer.

But are there any risks?

As with the dosage, keep it to a maximum of 3 – 4 cups a day as excessive intake could lead to Pancreatic Cancer, as some studies point out!
You should realize that Green Tea benefits outnumber its side effects hands down, but you should also be wary of the fact that Green Tea is known to cause Insomnia sometimes. Insomnia, simply put sleeplessness, is due to the presence of Caffeine. However, Green Tea contains less Caffeine than Coffee. So, you had better cut down on your Coffee and get into the habit of drinking Green Tea instead!

Hmm, how do I make Green Tea?

·    Boil around 250 ml of water.
·    Immerse a tea bag, which has roughly 5 grams of tea per cup. Let it stay in there for 2-3 minutes.
·    Let the tea cool for some more time and then add sugar to taste.
·    Et voila, you have the wonder herb waiting to give you good health. Bon appetit!

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to replace professional advice and should at best serve as general information or tips. You are urged to seek professional advice from practitioners in the field to help you further.

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