A trip to Kenya

Kenya is a very beautiful country on the east coast of Africa. Its people have diverse and varied cultural beliefs and practices which are interested for a lot of tourists. Here, the most notable is the Masaai culture, represented by a group of people living in the northeastern part of Kenya who still hold on to there cultural practices and beliefs. It is an unforgettable experience to live with these friendly people and being one of them even for a day. Kenya is also the home of a great number of wild animals and birds.

Tourists should visit Kenya because it is a country that is enjoying abundance of peace and prosperity: people have learned to coexist with each other in harmony, the government ensures that the tourism industry is well taken care of etc. For example, an annual budgetary allocation for the tourism industry ensures that tourists enjoy top of the range services making the adventure to Kenya unforgettable.

Today, the eighth world wonder has found its home in Kenya. This is the annual wildebeest migration that takes place in the months of June to September. It is a thrill to watch these animals crossing Mara on there way to Serengeti. The lions, leopards, buffalos, elephants and rhinos are the residents in this beautiful country. And if you will travel through the game reserves and national parks, be sure that the adventure is one you will not forget quickly.

Enjoying a coffee

Most widely known as coffeehouses or cafés, establishments serving prepared coffee or other hot beverages have existed for over five hundred years. Various legends involving the introduction of coffee to Istanbul at a "Kiva Han" in the late 15th century circulate in culinary tradition, but with no documentation.

Coffeehouses in Mecca soon became a concern as places for political gatherings to the imams who banned them, and the drink, for Muslims between 1512 and 1524. In 1530 the first coffee house was opened in Damascus, and not long after there were many coffee houses in Cairo. In the 17th century, coffee appeared for the first time in Europe outside the Ottoman Empire, and coffeehouses were established and quickly became popular. The first coffeehouses in Western Europe appeared in Venice, a result of the traffic between La Serenissima and the Ottomans; the very first one is recorded in 1645. The first coffeehouse in England was set up in Oxford in 1650 by a Jewish man named Jacob in the building now known as "The Grand Cafe". By 1675, there were more than 3,000 coffeehouses in England.

An Armenian named Pascal established in Paris a coffee stall in 1672 that was ultimately unsuccessful and the city had to wait until 1689 for its first coffeehouse when Procopio Cutò opened the Café Procope. This coffeehouse still exists today and was a major meeting place of the French Enlightenment; Voltaire, Rousseau, and Denis Diderot frequented it, and it is arguably the birthplace of the Encyclopédie, the first modern encyclopedia. America had its first coffeehouse in Boston, in 1676.

The modern espresso machine was born in Milan in 1945 by Achille Gaggia, and from there spread across coffeehouses and restaurants across Italy and the rest of Europe and North America in the early 1950s. An Italian named Pino Riservato opened the first espresso bar, the Moka Bar, in Soho in 1952, and there were 400 such bars in London alone by 1956. Cappucino was particularly popular among English drinkers. Similarly in the United States, the espresso craze spread. North Beach in San Francisco saw the opening of the Caffe Trieste in 1957, which saw Beat Generation poets such as Allan Ginsberg and Bob Kaufman alongside bemused Italian immigrants.

Winning your dream holiday

Play 4 Park Inn

Imagine how it would be to win a vacation in a comfortable and modern hotel located near the sandy beach in an exceptional environment with palm trees and greenery on Djerba island. This is possible if you enter the Radisson – Park Inn competition which is running weekly until the 18th of December 2010. There are great prizes, on a weekly basis two winners receiving an iPad and a £250 voucher for Park Inn Hotels, which can be used at over 200 hotels in 16 countries at the restaurant, bar, or simply on the room. Moreover, each participant will be entered into the final draw for one week's stay at Park Inn Manchester, Park Inn Berlin, or Park Inn Ulysse Resort (in Djerba, Tunisia) plus a £300 giftcard.

All you have to do in order to enter the competition is to play online this fun game of 4 in a row. Every time you play the game, no matter if you win or loose, you log in an entry to the competition. The general idea is to try your best at beating the hotel manager at his own game and be in with a chance of winning the mentioned really cool prizes. But in order to be eligible as a participant you have to be at least 18 years old at the time of entering the competition, and to be a resident of the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria or Switzerland.  

The Play 4 Park Inn competition is open from November 18, 2010 until December 18, 2010 as already mentioned. The 7 nights accommodation prize is for two persons and has to be materialized until the end of 2011.

If it is for me to win the big prize I would definitely prefer the vacation in Tunisia. Why? Because Djerba it is not just an ordinary island, it is like a little world of its own. Although a fairly big island, it is also so compressed that the laziest travellers can cover most of it. On the island, there are many villages with almost no towns, each village telling its own story. In conclusion, Djerba is smooth, sometimes startling, and just as charming as enthusiastic Tunisians tell you it is. Hope I transferred you even a small part of my enthusiasm about this place, since it is truly a dream destination for me.

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Discover Napa Valley

Napa Valley, 30 miles long with a lot of grapes planted on more than 46,000 acres, is located in San Francisco. Known for its sparkling wines, Napa Valley is one of the premier travel destinations in the world. It has incredible locations where you can also find some of the most amazing wineries.

In Napa valley you can find great food and sunshine, and you can always enjoy the view of mountains or valleys covered by vines. With these magnificent and amazing views, fragrant and delicious delights, the Valley is a magnificent place for the tourists. With plenty of attractions, the children can enjoy also the amazing view of the valley while the adults can taste some unforgettable wines or can relax at the health around the area.

These famous tours start from San Francisco Ferry which is the home to ferry plaza farmer market. In California different areas offer wine travel related services, but Napa Valley is definitely the best. Napa Valley tour is an extraordinary way to travel to art galleries, museums and wild life historic sites. Hot air balloon flight is the best option to get to the mentioned historic sites. The tour is full of surprises for visitors which can entertain themselves by visiting the Skyline Wilderness Park, taking a ride with the Napa Valley wine train, going to the Geyser Mountains and to the Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, or by visiting the Sharps teen Museum.

Inspiring young people

The Cooperative Membership Fund is a grant scheme, which helps local communities like clubs, community groups or charities throughout the UK. The funds are given by generous members by donating some of their share of profits, which is then given away in the form of small grants. For example, this year the members have donated £1.2 million to local community groups across United Kingdom. To qualify for a grant, the projects must address a community issue, provide long term benefit to the community, support the Cooperative values and principles and also be innovative. In this sense, it has to be mentioned that the Cooperative has real values and true commitments, not just empty corporate mission statements, trying to make the real difference. 

The Cooperative Membership Fund

What I liked most about this initiative was the program dedicated to young people ment to inspire them to volunteer in their community. They are supported to become active citizens, and at the same time ways for them to change their world for the better being opened through education or various opportunities. The entire work is set to direct benefit of 250,000 young people across the UK, but the vision is far higher: bringing a cultural shift in the way that young people are viewed and treated. To this end, from gaining qualifications, experience and self-belief, to bringing effectively the change in their communities, the Cooperative Community Fund offers the opportunity for young people to make real differences to their lives. More specifically, the young people are encouraged to enjoy sport, including kitting out 60,000 budding football stars with strips, and sponsoring the Netball Superleague and Activate Sport academies. It is also encouraged their passion for music through the sponsorship of the British Music Experience at the O2 Arena which is enabling 15,000 young people to visit this venue for free.

In conclusion, when you commit to change, you have to make it happen. There are some other great stories behind this project. In order to find something about them, all you have to do is to visit their website.

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Shopping places in Delhi

A shopping paradise, Delhi has a lot to offer for the buyers. For instance, the arts and crafts from all the states of India are available in the emporia at Baba Khadag Singh Marg near Parliament. Crafts Museum on Mathura Road offers shawls, pottery and paintings. There are antique shops in Sunder Nagar while Chandni Chowk has had its hold in commercial activities for more than three centuries.

If you are a lover of antique and traditional goods, then you are in the right place. There are shops in Delhi dealing in traditional art and crafts items, precious stones, pottery, brassware, wood work done in rosewood and sandalwood. Delhi's old and traditional shopping market lies in Old Delhi's Chandni Chowk and Central Delhi's Connaught Place. However, there are also new trendy markets in Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar and Karol Bagh where you will find goods ranging from antiques to the latest fashionable items.

Ansal Plaza. A part of HUDCO Place built on 35 acres of land, Ansal Plaza is a shopping complex situated near South Extension, one of the posh markets in New Delhi. The Plaza complex competes with the best international shopping complexes in the world in its architectural splendor, aesthetic details and shopping experience.

Palika Bazar. the underground market in Connaught Place is famous for electronic goods, leather and apparels. There are so many small shops in the markets that you have flexible options to choose from. Bargaining is very much a common feature of this market.

Chandni Chowk. The various markets of Delhi are interesting for having their own distinctive ambience and flavor. In Old Delhi, the congested and most densely populated market of Chandni Chowk has survived for more than three centuries. Strewn richly with historical landmarks, this shopping area has shops, which are more than 100 years old.

Connaught Place. Connaught Place, the horseshoe-shaped market of New Delhi, was designed by Robert Tor Russell and W H Nicholls. It was named after the Duke of Connaught, a member of the British royal family. It was the largest of its kind in India at that time.

Sarojini Nagar. It is located in the posh South locality of Delhi. Also known as SN, Sarojini Nagar, it is one of the most sought after places in New Delhi, from where you can buy clothes and fabrics. The biggest attraction of the place is that here can be found the most stylish outfits in India, at unbeatable prices.

How to choose the best web hosting service

If you are looking for a hosting service, then you will have to take all the necessary time out to choose the right one since there are many different features available when it comes to web hosting. Certain features come standard with web hosts, but others don’t (such as spam-protected email addresses etc). If the last thing you want is an email account that will get flooded with spam, you might want to consider getting this feature when you are choosing your web host.

You will also want to choose how many email addresses you need, because the more you have, the more money you will end up paying. Since this is definitely an important aspect, consider exactly what you need before laying down any money for webhosting services. The amount of disk space will also be an issue, so make sure you know how much you need before you choose a certain package.

There are packages for people who are just starting off, which gives all of the basic tools that are needed in order to successfully launch a website, including the necessary disk space, email accounts etc. There are also hosting packages for more experienced website builders, people who know what they are doing and need some serious features to make their site run efficiently. In conclusion, you will also have to catch up with the latest news, and read related articles in order to be aware of all the available options.

But if you expect to profit from your website substantially, maybe you will have to pay for unlimited features such as email addresses and spam-protected mailboxes. It will be an investment that will ultimately be worthy in the end. The more money you invest, the more you can expect to get back, as long as you use the correct strategy. This starts with figuring out exactly what you will need for your website to run the way it should. You will need to determine how much data needs to be transferred and how much space you will need to do it. After answering all of these questions, you will be able to choose the best web hosting service for you.

Making iced mocha

Having a hot coffee on a sunny hot day is actually not so tempting, but that is certainly no need to dismiss the pleasure of enjoying a taste of coffee. The solution is, of course, the iced coffee. Maybe you have tasted it in a coffee shop, but how about preparing it in your own home comfort. Below, I will highlight some great tips to prepare a refreshing iced mocha, which happens to be also my favorite drink.

The beauty of iced mocha is the fact that there are various ways to make it, every way revealing a different taste. Just by including whipped cream and chocolate garnish will certainly add an extra touch on your iced mocha.

For the specific recipe (which should be enough for 4 drinks) you will need some ice cubes, but these will be included at the end. First, you will have to make 4 double espressos and mix them with brown sugar until it melts. Then, take the espresso, add 3 spoons of chocolate sauce and mix it accurately. Put it away for a while and let it cool down, then put it in the refrigerator to make it ice cold.

Right after it became cold, add half a spoon of vanilla and two cups of cold milk. Add everything in a blender and mix it. Put the coffee into 4 tall glasses, then add half cup of crushed ice to each glass. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle a little bit of chocolate garnish. Add a straw and you're simply ready to enjoy it!