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Early Booking for New Year’s Eve 2012

New Year’s Eve already? That’s not possible, it’s still spring outside! That’s the most probably answer to the question “Where do you spend the 2012 New Year’s Eve? Have you booked a hotel, chose a destination or even booked the plane tickets?” It’s April, indeed, but you know, travelers have to be very cautious in order to benefit from the best deals hotels and airplane tickets. There are less than 8 months till the clock will strike 00:00 again, announcing the beginning of a new year. However, touristic offers from travel agencies for booking the New Year’s Eve are very diverse, so you can still have where to choose from. Late summer might be a little too late for a good deal, so an early booking can save up your economies considerably. It depends on your tastes, if you would like to go on an adventurous New Year’s Eve trip or just watch the extraordinary fireworks show in Paris. If you are in search of a more exotic gateaway, then Rio de Janeiro is a very popular destination for adventurous travelers. In the top of the most popular New Year’s destinations, tourists can find very good and guaranteed accommodation deals in Las Vegas, New York City, Cancun or Orlando. In Europe, very popular destinations in this period are Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, or Paris. It is good to buy travel packages because these include plane tickets, accommodation, eventually the New Year’s Eve show. Whether you are interested in a family vacation or not, it is better to start looking for the best New Year’s Eve party at very good rates!

Booking for the 2012 New Year's Eve
Booking for the 2012 New Year

The Most Popular Christmas Markets Across the World

Christmas – one of the brightest periods of the year – has just arrived! So everywhere all around the world, Christmas markets have become something very common – visitors can find almost everything Christmas-related – from varied handmade objects to tasty local food. Below there is a brief list of all the most popular Christmas markets in the world. It is worth visiting some of them, if not all, because otherwise, you will miss part of ‘that’ atmosphere Christmas time brings with. Vienna, Chicago, New York, Prague or Budapest are just a little part from the peak- destinations tourists choose to take into consideration before Christmas, when buying a lovely gift for the dear ones. Enjoy!
1. The first famous Christmas market is found in Vienna, c, and it is called Wiener Christkindlmarkt . It was first opened in the 13th century, managing to attract millions of visitors every year. One can find there almost 150 stalls from where you can buy almost everything – from toys to tree decorations and very tasty food. Food stalls offer their customers a wide range of dishes – mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and many other items. The traditional Christmas Market is found in front of the town hall. Before leaving Vienna, don’t forget to have lunch or dinner at Sacher Hotel, near Opera House, where the chefs invented “Sachertorte” (cake with chocolate) for Prince Metternich. The Christmas Markets in Vienna are situated in Rathausplatz, Schonbrunn Market and Opera Platz and they are opened from the 14th of November to 24th of December.

Vienna - Wiener Christkindlmarkt
Vienna - Wiener Christkindlmarkt

Vienna Christmas Market - Wiener Christkindlmarkt
Vienna Christmas Market - Wiener Christkindlmarkt

Christkindlmarket Chicago
Christkindlmarket Chicago
2. The Christkindlmarkt Chicago, USA, is the greatest German-style market in the world. It was first founded in 1996, in order to stimulate the American-German trade. There are many European items on sale and the more than 50 stalls gather anually about one million visitors. It is one of the city’s major events in the lead up to the holiday season. The food range is varied – from sauerkraut (sour cabbage), sausages, to Glühwein (boiled wine). Moreover, the items which can be offered as gifts are varied too – handmade clock and beer steins. Christkindlmarkt Chicago is situated in Daley Plaza, 50 Washington Street and it is open from November 25th to December 24th.
Stockholm - Stortorgets julmarknad
Stockholm - Stortorgets julmarknad
3. The fair held in Stockholm, Sweden is called Stortorgets Julmarknad. It is situated in the Old Town area and it was first built in 1915. The great items are sold in the about 40 stalls of the marketplace. Awesome hand-craft objects are sold along with delicious food specialties – gingerbread, sweets, the traditional glögg (mulled wine). It is found in Stortoget, Gamla Stan and it is open for its customers from November 21st to December 23rd.
New York - Christmas Market at Columbus Circle
New York - Christmas Market at Columbus Circle
4. Another famous Christmas Market is the one in New York, USAHoliday Market at Columbus Circle. New York is an all-year-long-top-attraction but Christmas time makes it really unique! Every winter, very many children and adults are keen to be part of the pure atmosphere brought by this celebration. Carols singers, twinkling lights aplenty, the Big Apple also has a popular annual Holiday Market at Columbus Circle. This market is much alike to those in Europe, however, the stalls offering a variety of Christmas gifts and holiday decorations from around the world, draw very many visitors every year. It is situated at the intersection of Central Park West and c, and it is opened from the beginning of December, that is from December 2nd to 24th.
5. Europe is the continent with most varied Christmas MarketsLondon is one of the top-Christmas fairs organisers. It is called Winter Wonderland and it is much like the ones in Germany, because the German-style Christmas market is just one part of Hyde Park’s hugely successful Winter Wonderland. There are about 40 stalls, selling very many handmade items, holiday decorations. The food stalls tempt you with different smells and treats that can be sampled, such as gingerbread or Bratwurst (a small sausage of highly seasoned fresh pork, usually served fried). Besides, a main attraction of the market is London Eye, the big wheel from which you can have a magnific view of London and the largest outdoor ice rink in Europe. The Christmas Market in London, England is situated in Hyde Park, one of the greatest park of London City, which should not be missed no matter the weather outside. The market is open for its visitors every year, from the beginning of December.

London - Winter Wonderland
London - Winter Wonderland

6. Sapporo, Japan is also a famous host for its Christmas Market, a German-style one. It first opened its gates for its visitors in 2002 and its aim was to celebrate the link between Sapporo and its sister city Munich. Here there are many stalls offering as well gift ideas and items, tree decorations and food. The mulled wine is also a top attraction for adult-visitors of this market. It is located in Odori Park and it is open from November 27th to December 24th.
Sapporo, Japan - German Christmas Market
Sapporo, Japan - German Christmas Market

Prague - Vanocni trhy
Prague - Vanocni trhy
7. The Christmas Markets from PragueVanocni trhy – mean also wooden stalls, which welcome their visitors with handmade objects, food (baked corn, sausages and other local dishes). The main markets are held in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. There are many glass ojects, wooden toys, scented candels, Christmas ornaments, hand-crafted jewellry and many dolls. The Christmas Markets in Prague take place in Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square, Namesti Republiky, Namesti Miru and Havelske Trziste, from November 28th to January 1st.

8. Denver, USA is also a top destination for Christmas-items seekers. The Christkindl Market 2009 is the 10th edition of Denver’s festive fair. Along with the traditional vendor stalls, this market also plays host to an enjoyable selection of musical events such as performances by the ‘Rockin’ Angels’. Many local choirs and bands perform while visitors buy brilliant presents. Sweets, scarves and more can be found alongside intricately crafted holiday ornaments. It is located in Sky Line Park, Arapahoe and 16th, from November 27th to December 24th.
Denver, USA - Christkindl Market
Denver, USA - Christkindl Market

Munich, Germany - Christkindlmarkt
Munich, Germany - Christkindlmarkt
9. Munich, Germany is one of the original markets, which all the others in the world draw inspiration from. It is one of Germany’s most well-loved Yuletide events. Sparkling at the heart of the city, the market’s focal point is a 30-metre high Christmas tree complete with 2,500 lights. Visitors can find more than 160 stalls, which provide a huge range of handmade items and unique food – from sweets – to Christmas angels. The mulled wine is also a very popular drink among tourists and not only. Christkindlmarkt is found in Marienplatz and it is open from November 27th to December 24th.

10. The last but not least popular Christmas Market in the world is Budapest Christmas Fair, from Budapest, Hungary. The most famous market here is Vörösmarty Square, chosen by very many visitors. It is believed to be the brightest Christmas Market in Europe. Internationally, the market is considered to be one of the greatest place due to its more than 150 shows – theater, music, popular dances. Children meet Santa Claus, who comes from Finnland to give them presents. You have the opportunity to hand craft your own Christmas decorations. Food is also a top attraction – the traditional baked bread with strudel, traditional kürtös kalács and sausages should not be missed. It takes place in Vörösmarty Square, from November 20th to December 29th.
Budapest Christmas Fair
Budapest Christmas Fair


Taking these into consideration, tourists should now that there are also other important Christmas markets in the world, which deserve all our attention, such as: Piazza Navona (Rome, Italy), Copenhagen, the Christmas Market from Frankfurt and many, many others.

Niagara Falls

The Niagara Falls are situated between New York and Ontario and are one of the most spectacular natural miracles of North America. The waterfall is situated on the Niagara River, that flows towards USA and Canada from Erie till Ontario Lake. The Niagara Falls were formeed 12.000 years ago, when the icebergs redrew towards North, leaving the water of the Erie Lake flow over Niagara, a coast line which is prolonging from the Southern part of Ontario till Rochester. Nowadays, the Canadian part withdraws by approximately 1.5 meters/year, and the American one by 15 cm/year. The falls are divided into two parts by the Goat Island. The greater one, that is the left one (Canadian) is called Horseshue Falls and is 56 meters high and 670 meters width. The other one, American Falls, situated on the right side, is 58 meters high and the length of the crest is only 320 meters.

Because of the powerful water fall, fog is created, that together with sun light, create rainbows – because of this, the Iroquois Indians called this fall – Niagara Waterfall. The Canadian and American governments built parks, viewing platforms, roads and highways. The Niagara State Park Reservation was founded in 1885 and it is the oldest park of the New York state. This includes an observation tower, elevators that descend at the basis of the American Waterfall and from where boat trips at the basement of the Horseshue waterfall can be made.


In the contemporary world, USA and Canada built two hydra-electric projects: Canadians built the Sir Adam Beck hydra-electric power station, in 1958, with 1815 MW power in Queenston, Ontario, and the Americans built the Robert Moses hydra-electric power station, in 1963, with a 2400 MW power, near Lewiston, New York. Both power stations, situated at 6 km downstream from the Niagara falls, are activated by derived water and pumped in the turbines. Most of the energy provided by these power stations are consumed by the nearby towns (New York, Niagara Falls and Ontario). The Niagara Falls is a great touristic attraction, gathering millions of visitors every year. The waterfall can be seen from the parks situated on both river banks, from the observation towers, boats, from the Goat island and from the Rainbow bridge. Moreover, visitors can see the Winds Cave, situated behind a water curtain at the basement of the falls. At night, the waterfall is lit with powerful spotlights, coloured, offering the tourists a unique lights and music show.

The falls never freeze at all because the great volume of water never stops flowing, but mounds of ice can form along the banks of the falls and river. Moreover, “ice bridges” can be formed if the winter is long and cold enough. At the beginning of the 90s, travelers were permitted to walk on that strip of ice, in the shape of a bridge and admire the landscape. But, on February 4th, 1912, the ice bridge broke up and three tourists died.The flow over the American Falls was stopped completely for several months in 1969. The idea was to determine the feasibility of removing the large amount of loose rock from the base of the falls to enhance it’s appearance. In the end the final decision was that the expense would be too great. The first person to go over the Falls in a barrel and survive was a 63 year old female schoolteacher. Twenty percent of the worlds freshwater lies in the Great Lakes, and most flows over Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls at night
Niagara Falls at night

Niagara Falls Map
Niagara Falls Map

Niagara Falls View
Niagara Falls View

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

Toronto & Niagara Waterfalls
Toronto & Niagara Waterfalls

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