Columbias Best Holiday Lights Displays

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Celebrate the holiday season in Columbia, South Carolina by enjoying some of the best light displays in the state. Attend Lights Before Christmas at the zoo, Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park, or Harborside Lights at Lake Carolina. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the seasonal activities.

Lights Before Christmas is one of the signature events at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. The zoo grounds sparkle with nearly one million lights and animated holiday displays from November 17-December 30. Enjoy the holiday music and warm up around the Jingle Bell Bonfire. Hot chocolate, marshmallows, and other treats are available for purchase. Children may visit with Santa. The event runs from 6-9 pm nightly, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. Advanced tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for ages 3-12. Prices are $2 more after 5pm at the gate. Riverbanks Zoo is located at 500 Wildlife Parkway, off I-26 at Greystone Blvd.

Holiday Lights on the River is the largest drive through Christmas lights display in the midlands region. Located at Saluda Shoals Park, the light show runs November 21-December 31 from 6-10pm. The two mile driving loop features more than a million dazzling lights and over 400 animated lights displays. Visitors will see a Victorian Village, Old Man Winter, and the 12 Days of Christmas. The Dazzling Dancing Forest comes alive with dancing, lighted trees synchronized to holiday music. Park the car and walk along the Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail or take the Red-Nose Express Hayride for $1. Enjoy the thrilling Winter Wonder Ride on weekends, or nightly from December 14-23. Riders tube downhill on a 125 foot course through a series of lighted arches. This ride is fun for the whole family. Tickets are $2 per slide and tubes are provided. Visit on Nights of Wonder, December 14-23, for 10 nights of special family activities. Make holiday crafts, visit Santa and the gift shop, purchase refreshments, and roast marshmallows. Ride the Saluda Shoals Choo-Choo for $2 per person. Admission to Holiday Lights on the River is $10 per car and $20 for 15-passenger vans. The park is located at 5605 Bush River Road.

The residential community of Lake Carolina hosts their annual Harborside Lights on December 7 from 6-9pm. Visitors may drive through Lake Carolinas beautifully decorated neighborhoods and enjoy thousands of lights and luminaries at the Village Green and Town Center. The family celebration includes musical entertainment, visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, and holiday treats. The activities also include the Harborside Lights 5K and Fun Run. The Lake Carolina community is located northeast of Columbia at 100 Lake Carolina Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.

How To Make Your Hotel Bedding Last Longer

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Beds get a lot of use in hotels, with daily changes and new guests all the time – from the tossing, the turning, the jumping and even the breakfasts in bed. So, how do you add to the longevity of these well used hotel amenities?

Duvets and Pillows:

These essential items of bedding need to be looked after carefully, especially if youre using feather and down filled bedding. These fillings tend to move around a lot and clump together in corners. So, each time you change the bed, make sure you give the duvet a good shake and fluff the pillows. This will ensure the comfort that these items give will last longer. And of course, occasional washing is needed. But make sure you check with your hotel linen supplier for laundry instructions.

Mattress Turning:

One of the simplest ways to get the most of your bed is to turn the mattress quite regularly. It may sound extremely simple, but its the best way to encourage longevity and will significantly prolong the life of the mattress. Mattresses have to deal with a lot of weight on them for long periods and turning them will relieve some of this weight induced wear.

Clean Bed Linen:

Clean bed linen also makes a lot of difference to a bed. Firstly, daily linen cleaning is very important in the hotel industry, but also the maintenance and care of linen is pivotal in creating the right impression and can really lift a room to a significant degree. Of course, you should use the best possible products when cleaning linen to ensure they are whiter than white. Do, be aware that you should also try and take care of the linen with products that have great cleaning ability, whilst being kind on fabric. The last thing you want is brilliant white, clean linen thats worn out.

Mattress Toppers:

Of course, mattress toppers and protectors prevent the mattress being stained, well to a large degree anyway. These protectors are easy to put on the bed, create a barrier for stains and liquids. Whats more, they also help older mattress by increasing the padding, making the comfort last longer.

Cleaning Mattresses:

Mattresses can often be cleaned by hand with the use of laundry detergent and water, a sponge and some hard rubbing. This should work on superficial stains, though be aware not to use too much water, which will dampen the mattress. Upholstery shampoo also works well, but make sure you follow what the manufacturer states and test in a concealed area first.

Mattresses may also need to be vacuumed. This is a good way to ensure you get rid of dust, crumbs and other extras that end up on the mattress. This can be achieved with the main hoover or a hand held hoover.

Following these rules should ensure that your beds are spotless, clean and will last for a longer period of time.

Beaches In Nerja

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There are 16 beaches in Nerja out of which four beaches have got recognition as blue flag beaches.

Blue flag Beaches

Torrecilla beach This beach is equipped with a walkway over the rocks and you can either jog or cycle on it. The palm grove here is very extensive and there is a large massif that facilitates fishing. This beach has black volcanic sand and moderate waves. The beach length is 225 M and width 7 M.

Maro The beach has both a wild and exotic look and it has a car park. This beach has gravel and moderate waves. The beach length is 275 M and width 25 M.

El Playazo This is a peaceful beach far from any noisy hubbub. This beach has black volcanic sand and moderate waves. The beach length is 1800 M and width 30 M.

Burriana beach is a beach that is far from the noisy environment and hence is very peaceful. This beach has gravel and strong waves. The beach length is 700 M and width 35 M.

Nudist Beach

Cala del Pino beach is a nudist beach and it is at the bottom of a verdant cliff-side; it is very calm and has not been spoilt. It has a beautiful seabed, large rocks and large marine vegetation. This beach has rock and moderate waves. The beach length is 350 M and width 10 M.

Others

Molino de Papel beach is an un-spoilt beach and is very peaceful. It is surrounded by a small hill that is covered by vegetation. There are huge rocks on either side of this beach which makes it ideal for scuba diving. This beach has gravel sand and moderate waves. The beach length is 300 M and width 15 M.

Las Alberquillas is a beautiful beach that is surrounded by bushes, pine trees and various types of flora that make the environment extremely aromatic. Torre del Pino or the pine tower is located in the west. You have to access this place by foot. This beach has gravel sand and moderate waves. The beach length is 400 M and width 15 M.

La Caletilla is a well equipped beach but it is small. Fishing and diving are commonly practiced here. If you take a walk on the Balcn de Europa, you can witness some of the magnificent views of the coast from this beach. This beach has black volcanic sand and moderate waves. The beach length is 50 M and width 20 M.

In addition to the above, there are other beaches in Nerja La Calahonda, El Saln, El Playazo, El Chorrillo III, El chorrillo II, etc.

The Maldives Islands Attractions

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An excursion to the exotic Maldives can be an experience of a lifetime. Nearly 1,200 islands and atolls dot the area, surrounded by white sand beaches and crystal blue waters. Above it all, the tropical sun smiles down. If you plan to travel to this paradise, then you’ll probably want to know what there is to see and do in the Maldives. With the wide variety of islands available, numerous options for fun and enjoyment exist. Here are a few of the top activities and attractions in the Maldives.

Resort Islands

The resorts in the Maldives are possibly the largest attraction for visitors. You’ll find island resorts ranging from budget bungalows with little more than verdant jungle growth and sandy beaches to all inclusive resorts fit for a wedding, honeymoon or the best family vacation ever. In addition, all Maldives resorts feature easy access to the water, giving you the best access to the real enjoyment here in the Maldives.

Diving and Snorkeling

Possibly the most enjoyable attraction in the islands is diving and snorkeling. Whether you are a certified scuba diver or simply want to grab a mask, snorkel and set of fins to hit the water, you’ll find you can easily do that from any location in the Maldives. No matter where you stay in the Maldives, you are only feet from the Indian Ocean and incredible opportunities for enjoyment.

The area features numerous reefs to dive, as well as a few shipwrecks to explore and enjoy. You’ll experience an incredible diversity of sea life, from exotic fish to lobsters and even sharks. Make the most of your trip and come prepared to spend some significant time in the water.

Boating and Yachting

Although diving may be the best way to experience the underwater world, you don’t have to get wet to enjoy it. You’ll find a wide variety of options to explore the waters, including boat rentals, yachts and sea kayaks and canoes. Paddling your way across a turquoise lagoon, while watching the fish below and the incredible blue sky above is an experience not to be missed. Enjoy an incredible array of aquatic fun when you sail or paddle your way around the Maldives islands. For the adventurous, you can paddle yourself; however, for the less adventurous, guided tours are available almost anywhere. Enjoy your visit to the utmost!

Christmas Short Stories Reading Holiday Favorites Together

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Ready to start a fun new tradition using great Christmas short stories?

Most families have a Christmas tradition or two that they look forward to sharing together year after year. Traditions draw us closer together and allow us to slow down and enjoy the Christmas season; they’re also something special to share with future generations. If you don’t have a Christmas tradition, try reading Christmas short stories together this year! It’s free, meaningful and gives a slight pause to each day of the hustle and bustle that comes with the holiday season.

Begin on December 1st and read a story each night until Christmas. You may want to plan ahead by having each family member pick out several of their favorite holiday stories to have on hand. You can borrow some from your local library, download them to your iPod (many can be downloaded free), or listen to audio stories. If you are stuck and don’t have enough favorites for each day, explore some new stories. We’ve created a list below to help get you started.

Make story time special by turning off the TV, computers, and iPods after dinner each night (unless of course, you’ve downloaded your Christmas short stories to your iPod). Light some candles, or gather the family around the lit Christmas tree. Make some apple cider or hot chocolate and have a small treat like a Christmas sugar cookie or shortbread to go with your hot drink. Then settle in to read, or listen to, your Christmas short stories.

You’ll be surprised at how much your family will look forward to this quiet time with each other and you may even have some wonderful conversations during or after reading these timeless Christmas short stories together. Story time is also a great way to wind everyone down before bed, both young and old.

Make this Christmas special and begin a tradition that your family will look forward to each year. Your kids will remember this tradition and may even pass it on to their kids someday!

Here are some stories to get you started. You can find many of these free online.

The Gift, by R. Louis Carroll
The Story of Babouska
T’was the Night Before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore
The Christmas Story, the Bible – Matthew Chapters 1&2
The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry
The Little Match Seller, by Hans Christian Anderson
The Selfish Giant, by Oscar Wilde
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum
A Kidnapped Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum
The Cobbler and His Guest, by Anne McCollum Boyles
The Story of the Candy Cane

We hope that you enjoy reading them and continue the tradition for years to come.

Country Vacations Your One Stop Portal For Vacationing Needs

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Country Vacations India has been in the field of leisure and entertainment for years now. With country club vacations as their associates, country vacations, have achieved several milestones in the arena of vacationing. Country vacation is the ideal place to be if you find yourself vacationing with your family and friends every year throughout the country. Instead of wasting money on accommodation, travel and food every year, opting for country club vacation packages offer you years of vacationing experience. Package vacations offered by country club India are whole some and fulfill all your holiday needs.

Country Vacation homes offered by country club vacation are well furnished in all aspects. The interiors and exteriors of all country vacations resorts are pleasing to your eyes. With all the modern amenities you get, you would only feel like you have been transported to a parallel universe of luxury and comfort. If you need a laundry done or you need a cup of coffee in the middle of the night, the attendants are always at your service. At the same time, they never interfere with your privacy. You can avail their services at the time convenient for you. In addition, take advantage of several entertainment options available for you within the premises like game rooms, SPAs, world class restaurants and tones of activities like lawn tennis, table tennis etc.

If you are worried about planning your vacation in the aspects of travel to tourist spots, getting to know the places etc., country vacations can help you solve your problem. The years of service in the department of vacation has helped country vacations to serve the customers in the area of travel planning as well.
How would you like if you get years of membership to entertainment clubs and health centers as a bonus to your membership plan? Thats what country vacations packages offer you. Be it best family vacations you are looking for honeymoon vacations India packages, they all come with special bonuses and benefits that you get to experience for years together.

Along with such wonderful packages, you also get to avail discounts on a wide range of products. Products that are as expensive as laptops and jewelry are available at a discounted rate or country vacation members. These products come from top notch brands and offer real value for money when you get them on discounts.

With the advent of modern technology, you can now plan everything about your country vacation holiday from the comfort of your home. Just a few clicks and you will be directed to the website of country vacations. Choose your options, make the payment, plan your travel and have a lifetime of wonderful vacationing experience.

Jalousie Plantation Hotel In St Lucia To Be Re-branded As A Viceroy Hotel Property

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After re-branding its Tides hotel on Mexicos Rivera Maya last January, the Viceroy Hotel Group announced that the Jalousie Plantation Sugar Beach resort in St Lucia, will also re-launch this year as a new Viceroy Hotels and Resorts property.

The transition of this property as it passes hands to the Viceroy group was highly anticipated and took no one by surprise given the growth of the Viceroy Hotel Group in markets such as Abu Dhabi, Turkey and the Maldives. The group looks forward to a progressive year for the expansion of their portfolio, with the addition of the Jalousie Plantation allowing the hotelier to cash on the popularity of St Lucia holidays.

On its part, the luxurious Jalousie Plantation, Sugar Beach resort, located on an immaculate tropical rainforest in the iconic centre of St Lucias Valley of Pitons, has also recently decided to upgrade their in-room facilities with the addition of new Touchstone Home Products featuring newend-of-bed TV lift cabinets to enhance its luxury villa suites. The award-winning, world-class property categorised as one of the most luxurious St Lucia hotels and resorts, decided to upgrade its suites with Touchstone as part of a $100 million renovation started in late 2010.

Touchstone, leader and pioneer in the design and development of the Theatre Lift Cabinets, was founded in 2005. They specialise in the production of cabinets in contemporary, traditional and transitional styles to fit flawlessly in almost any home. The Vice President of Touchstone, Frank Quinslink, expressed his satisfaction over the Jalousie Plantation collaboration, and pointed out that the Touchstone technology was designed to match all types of decoration.

We were very excited to work with Jalousie Plantation on this installation of TV Lift Cabinets, he said Our cabinets are a perfect lift for the hospitality industry, especially because we have the ability to custom finish our cabinets. This allows us to match the decor of any resort, hotel or bed-and-breakfast looking to upgrade its room furnishings. It really helped to make our project with Jalousie a great success.

Adding to the resorts improvements, the new Touchstone TV lift cabinets provide the perfect solution for the new flat-screen TVs that are being placed in the villas. Guests will be able to enjoy technology and comfort on their holidays in St Lucia while feeling relaxed in a serene island setting away from all worldly troubles.

The two new styles of Touchstones TV lift cabinets chosen by the Jalousie Plantation were the value-priced Elevate, in a customised white finish and the end-of-bed Seaford, also in white with a rising component shelf. These new models blend in perfectly with the Superior Luxury Villa, the Grand Luxury Villa and the newly-built Beachfront Cottages, highly popular among guests.

Achieve the Best Gaming Experience while Travelling

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Computers have been part of our lives for several years now. We need computers at work to be more efficient, create reports and access programs. We also need these at home to connect with our loved ones from anywhere in the world. These devices have taken a big part in our daily lives.

Some of us use the computer to play our favorite game be it online or not. This is a fact in our society today. There are so many games available now in the market. We sometimes forget about our problems by playing our favorite game. When travelling, while on a business trip or a meeting, we sometimes want to play our favorite game on our free time.

So, how could we further enjoy playing our game while travelling? We should consider three factors to be able achieve a one of a kind gaming experience. These factors are: excellent computer unit, good internet connection and of course the best computer accessories to go with it.

In any time frame, having a great laptop would be a great idea to consider to achieve the best gaming experience. There are so many laptop units available today. When playing our game while out of town, having at least a dual-core system is a must.

If your laptop has the latest system there is in the market, then you would not have any problem with playing your favorite game anywhere. You may also want to shell out on a better video card or graphics card to get the best out of your game.

Another factor would be having an excellent internet connection. This significantly affects your gaming experience while being away from home. If there is no easily-accessible commercial internet, you may try to use a sim card from your local mobile service and tether the mobile phone to your laptop to provide it a connection. From there, you can now play your favorite game even when in the woods or in a desert.

Last but definitely not the least is having high quality computer gaming accessories to go with your laptop. We would definitely want a good headset and mouse to complete the best gaming experience. Well, these accessories are not only useful in gaming but in work-related assignments as well. Shelling out more on your machine and its accessories would definitely provide you with a computer gaming experience at its finest!

Now, you are ready to travel without having to worry about not being able to play your favorite game. Planning therefore is needed when travelling. Experience the best gaming experience while travelling!

So, buy computer accessories with the best quality and achieve the best gaming experience ever while travelling.

Property Investors Target The Greek Islands

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The Guardian newspaper has learned of Greeces plans to sell or offer long-term leases on some of its beautiful and highly popular islands, reports property website House Sales Greece (). This remarkable decision which could see some of the most unusual property sales in Greece and indeed Europe is an attempt by the country to repay its sizeable debts. It is thought that (unsurprisingly given the scale of the purchase) wealthy property investors are likely to be the target market.

In a move never even previously considered by its government, Greece has decided to put some of its 6,000 picturesque islands up for sale or long-term lease to anyone that can afford what are sure to be hefty price tags. Its not just Greek properties on the islands that will bear a for sale or for rent sign – whole areas of some islands will be for sale or rent to the right buyer. The Guardian has found that an area of Mykonos which is one-third owned by the government will be put up for sale to a real estate investor who can not only afford the price of the sale itself but who is also willing and able to invest cash into developing a new luxury tourist complex on the island.

Wealthy purchasers and property investors from Russia and China are also looking to buy Greek property on the island of Rhodes, according to the article. These are two of the BRIC nations; along with Brazil and India, Russia and China have been highlighted as emerging economies with an ever-increasing class of the super-rich. It is these high-net worth individuals and property investors that are being targeted to buy property in Greece and its islands to help fill the countrys empty coffers. It is thought that Roman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea football club, could be one of the more famous investors considering purchasing a slice of a Greek island.

Meanwhile, mere mortals have not turned their back on property in Greece. While the dire economic situation of the country has seen an increase in the number of people needing to sell property in Greece, there is still interest from people wanting to buy Greek property, particularly bargain hunters looking to exploit the market.

If youre looking to buy or sell Greek property even if its a humble apartment rather than a swathe of a Greek island then youll find further information and the latest property listings at .

Editors Note: The Worldwide Group and House Sales Greece () is represented by the digital marketing specialists and SEO provider Jumping Spider Media. Please direct all press queries to Louise Byrne. Email: or call: +44 (0)20 3070 1959 / +34 952 783 637.

Trekking in the Amazon Rainforest – The Holiday of a Lifetime

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One of the biggest ‘holidays of a lifetime’ for many people has got to be trekking in the Amazon rainforest. Just the thought of it is enough to send a world of exotic images spiralling into your mind: the verdant green of the trees, the shrieks and calls of the monkeys and birds, the croak of frogs, the trickle of sweat as it glides down your back, the squelch of the soft ground beneath your boots…

The Amazon rainforest traverses a whopping nine countries, over an area one and a half times the size of the European Union, meaning the opportunity to trek terrain that varies enormously. Visitors to the area should prepare to navigate microclimates where it can vary from the very hot to pouring rain, with changing animal species that diversify with their environment – and what animals they are! Jaguars, monkeys, anacondas, frogs, parrots, dolphins, crocodiles and tarantulas are just a few among the thousands of different types of animal life that can be found within the depths of the Amazon’s tropical rainforest. This, combined with the amount of species of plants and trees, makes the area one of the most magnificent in the world. Trekking in the Amazon rainforest is something that challenges tourists, and becomes an experience they will never forget.

Unfortunately, the Amazon rainforest is under growing threat of deforestation caused by logging, cattle ranching, mining and more. Global climate change is also a significant threat to the rainforest. Many people are aware of the types of threats that put the future of the Amazon rainforest in jeopardy, but are we doing enough to help protect this precious land?

If we want this region to keep its stunning, world-renowned biodiversity intact for the future, then we’re going to have to work harder than ever to stop deforestation, lower carbon emissions and reduce the terrible effects of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment. It may be possible for us all to enjoy the wonders of the Amazon rainforest in our lifetimes, but what about the next generation, or the next? If you want to help ensure that this precious – and crucial – rainforest is looked after and protected, it’s time to look into what you can do to help the cause. After all, there’s only one Amazon rainforest – and once it’s gone, it’s gone.