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New Zealand Photoshots 2012

Persiapan

rain 15 °C

For english translation, click here

Pertengahan bulan Mei 2012, saya berkesempatan mengunjungi New Zealand., negara yang terletak di belahan selatan dunia dan disebut dengan nama Aotearoa dalam bahasa Maori. New Zealand pertama kali ditemukan oleh Abel Tasman pada 1642 dan diberi nama Staten Landt, kemudian pada tahun 1645 berubah menjadi Nova Zeelandia - mengambil nama salah satu propinsi di Belanda: Zeeland hingga akhirnya disebut sebagai New Zealand oleh penjelajah berkebangsaan Inggris, James Cook. Keindahan New Zealand membuat Peter Jackson memilih negara ini menjadi lokasi pengambilan gambar trilogi The Lord of the Rings dan sejumlah tempat di New Zealand pun berubah menjadi Middle Earth serta rumah Bilbo Baggins - hobbit yang terkenal itu :).

Sebelum keberangkatan ke negara yang akan menjadi negara ke 7 yang pernah saya kunjungi ini, berbagai persiapan saya lakukan, termasuk mengumpulkan berbagai informasi dari internet seperti tegangan (230V / 50Hz) dan bentuk soket listrik. power_socket_au.jpg
Informasi lain yang saya dapat, New Zealand adalah negara yang menerapkan secara ketat aturan larangan merokok baik di hotel, restoran dan sejumlah tempat umum hingga di area terbuka sekalipun. Selain itu juga perlu dihindari membawa makanan dan buah-buahan masuk New Zealand untuk menghindari masalah saat pemeriksaan di bandara. Soal internet, nampaknya akan susah menemukan wifi internet gratis di hotel tempat menginap. Mereka menyediakan fasilitas wifi / internet namun sebagian besar hotel memasang tarif pemakaian per hari atau per jam.

Karena akan mengalami kesulitan melakukan koneksi internet, saya akan mengandalkan handset Blackberry untuk melakukan komunikasi. Setelah mencari operator selular yang mampu mengisi kebutuhan saya selama di di New Zealand, saya menemukan paket Blackberry Roaming Unlimited yang ditawarkan oleh Three yaitu seharga Rp. 30.000,- per hari. Kemungkinan saya akan menggunakan jasa operator ini selama di New Zealand.
Saat keberangkatan dan selama saya di New Zealand, sepertinya cuaca akan hujan dan suhu berkisar belasan derajat celcius. Tidak dingin sekali tapi akan basah, sehingga sepertinya perlu membawa jaket tahan air atau payung. Yang pasti akan banyak lokasi bagus dengan pemandangan indah untuk diabadikan.

Posted by AlexSantosa 15:46 Archived in New Zealand Tagged new weather zealand internet wifi cuaca selular handphone Comments (0)

Turkey Photoshot

April 2011

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Rencana Penerbangan ke Turkey

Jakarta - Singapore - Istanbul - Singapore - Jakarta

Click here for English

Perjalanan ke Turkey akan dimulai 25 April 2011 menggunakan maskapai penerbangan Singapore Airlines
Flight Plan Jakarta - Istanbul:
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CGK 20.25 - SIN 23.00
SIN 01.50 - IST 07.45

Pesawat yang digunakan untuk penerbangan dari Jakarta - Singapore (SQ967 1 jam 35 menit) adalah Boeing 777-300.
Setelah transit di Bandara Changi Singapore sekitar 3 jam, penerbangan dilanjutkan menuju Istanbul Turkey (SQ490 10 jam 55 menit) dengan menggunakan Boeing 777-200.
Total perjalanan sekitar 15 jam 20 menit.

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Europe Travel Plans - The Arrival

Day 11 & 12, 6 - 7 April 2011

Time to go home, Schiphol International Airport Amsterdam to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Jakarta Indonesia using Turkish Airlines
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Free Internet Wifi is available anywhere in Schiphol Airport. Nice! :) Just switch on the laptop, PDA or tablet PC, select the ‘KPN’ network, open the Internet browser and follow the instructions on the login page. The other way is connect to the internet in KPN Internet Centre and Zones. Click here to learn more. If you want to shop in the mall inside the airport :), click here.

Schiphol Airport weather click here

The flight will take about 18.55 hrs (faster than the departure), with 2 stops:
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Amsterdam - Istanbul, Turkey (1st stop)
Departure: 17.30 - Arrival: 22.05 (approx. 3 hrs 35 mnts)
Aircraft: Turkish Airlines TK 1954 - Boeing 737-800
Istanbul is 1 hour ahead Amsterdam and the time between flights is about 1:20

Ataturk Airport weather click here

Istanbul - Jakarta (2nd stop)
Departure: 23.25 - Arrival: 17.25 + 1 day (approx. 13 hrs)
Aircraft : Turkish Airlines TK66 - Airbus Industrie A330
Jakarta is 5 hour ahead Istanbul.

Get dizzy with the time zone and its differences hehehe :)

Posted by AlexSantosa 11:03 Archived in Turkey Tagged jakarta travel photo flight airport amsterdam map turkey istanbul weather tour aircraft meal seat internet wifi ataturk facility schiphol turkish_airlines time_difference Comments (0)

Europe Travel Plans - Amsterdam

Day 10, 5 April 2011

Today will become my last day travelling in Europe. The next day I must going back to real life again :). Click here to see the map of my last trip.

Amsterdam weather click here
Amsterdam photos click here

Firstly, I will take about 30 minutes to go to Volendam in the north Holland.
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There are some photo studios where we can pay - about 12.5 euro for one of 10R picture - to take a picture dressing in the traditional clothing of Netherlands. We can also take some pictures of Windmolen and many traditional things in there.
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Volendam photos click here
Volendam map click here
Internet Wifi connection locations near Volendam based on proximity click here

Next place to visit will floating flower market Bloemenmarkt.
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The Bloemenmarkt is the world's only floating flower market. Founded in 1862, it is sited in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Singel between Muntplein and Koningsplein in the city's southern canal belt. It includes 15 florists and garden shops as well as a range of souvenir gifts.

Internet Wifi connection locations near Bloemenmarkt based on proximity click here

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Not far from the Bloemenmarkt, there is Canal Cruise to explore Amsterdam from the canal.
The other place I like to visit is Gassan Diamonds Factory.

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The Gassan Diamond Factory is a very interesting place for diamond lovers to visit. You can learn about the crafts of jewellery making and diamond cutting, watch as diamonds are cut and polished, and see how a rough diamond is turned into a dazzling and brilliant jewel. Visitors will also learn how diamonds are valued, and what a flawless diamond should look like. If you have a diamond that you would like to have mounted on a piece of jewellery, the goldsmiths will do it for you while you wait.

Canal and diamond photos click here

Posted by AlexSantosa 06:32 Archived in Netherlands Tagged flower traditional travel photo hotel amsterdam map watch canal netherlands weather trip floating_market tulip internet wifi review volendam diamond nederland tulip_inn bloemenmarket gassan Comments (0)

Europe Travel Plans - Paris / Brussels / Amsterdam

Day 9, 4 April 2011

Today I will leave Paris to Amsterdam - The Netherlands via Brussels - Belgium. Trip map click here. (more than 525km, 7 - 8 hours)

Brussels map click here
Brussels photos click here
Brussels weather click here

At Brussels, I'll plan to visit The Atomium.
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The Atomium is a monument in Brussels, originally built for Expo '58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. Designed by André Waterkeyn, it stands 102-metres (335 ft) tall. It has nine steel spheres connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times.

Tubes connect the spheres along the 12 edges of the cube and all eight vertices to the centre. They enclose escalators connecting the spheres containing exhibit halls and other public spaces. The top sphere provides a panoramic view of Brussels. Each sphere is 18 metres in diameter. Three spheres are currently (2008) closed to visitors, others can be reached easily by escalators. The vertical vertex contains a lift which was very fast and advanced at the time of building (the speed is 5 m/s).

Atomium photos click here
Internet Wifi connection locations near Atomium based on proximity click here

The journey will continue and stop at hotel Tulip Inn Amsterdam Riverside, my hotel for next 2 days. Based on the information from booking.com, Wireless Internet Hotspot is available in the entire hotel and charges are applicable. :(
Review about this hotel click here

Posted by AlexSantosa 06:07 Archived in Belgium Tagged paris france travel photo hotel amsterdam map watch netherlands weather trip belgium brussels atomium internet wifi review nederland tulip_inn Comments (0)

Europe Travel Plans - Paris

Day 8, 3 April 2011

Ready to explore the city of Paris. Route map click here.

Paris weather click here

Eiffel Tower
Do you know that the Eiffel tower is female? :)
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The Eiffel Tower (French: La Tour Eiffel, [tuʁ ɛfɛl], nickname La dame de fer, the iron lady) is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. Built in 1889, it has become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest building in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; millions of people ascend it every year. Named for its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair.

The tower stands 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-story building. Upon its completion, it surpassed the Washington Monument to assume the title of tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930; however, due to the addition in 1957 of the antenna, the tower is now taller than the Chrysler Building. Not including broadcast antennas, it is the second-tallest structure in France after the 2004 Millau Viaduct.

The tower has three levels for visitors. Tickets can be purchased to ascend, by stairs or lift, to the first and second levels. The walk to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the walk from the first to the second level. The third and highest level is accessible only by elevator. Both the first and second levels feature restaurants.

The tower has become the most prominent symbol of both Paris and France, often in the establishing shot of films set in the city.

Eiffel Tower photos click here
Internet Wifi connection locations near Eiffel Tower based on proximity click here

Musée du Louvre
The house of Monalisa :)
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The Musée du Louvre (French pronunciation: [myze dy luvʁ]), or officially Grand Louvre — in English, the Louvre Museum or simply the Louvre — is one of the world's largest museums, the most visited art museum in the world and a historic monument. A central landmark of Paris, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district). Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 19th century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet).

The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) which began as a fortress built in the late 12th century under Philip II. Remnants of the fortress are still visible. The building was extended many times to form the present Louvre Palace. In 1682, Louis XIV chose the Palace of Versailles for his household, leaving the Louvre primarily as a place to display the royal collection, including, from 1692, a collection of antique sculpture. In 1692, the building was occupied by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres and the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, which in 1699 held the first of a series of salons. The Académie remained at the Louvre for 100 years. During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum, to display the nation's masterpieces.

The museum opened on 10 August 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings, the majority of the works being royal and confiscated church property. Because of structural problems with the building, the museum was closed in 1796 until 1801. The size of the collection increased under Napoleon and the museum was renamed the Musée Napoléon. After the defeat of Napoléon at Waterloo, many works seized by his armies were returned to their original owners. The collection was further increased during the reigns of Louis XVIII and Charles X, and during the Second French Empire the museum gained 20,000 pieces. Holdings have grown steadily through donations and gifts since the Third Republic, except during the two World Wars. As of 2008, the collection is divided among eight curatorial departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings.

Louvre photos click here
Internet Wifi connection locations near Louvre based on proximity click here

Arc de Triomphe

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The Arc de Triomphe (Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile) is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l'Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. There is a smaller arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre. The Arc de Triomphe (in English: "Triumphal Arch") honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

The Arc de Triomphe is the linchpin of the historic axis (Axe historique) — a sequence of monuments and grand thoroughfares on a route which goes from the courtyard of the Louvre, to the Grande Arche de la Défense. The monument was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, and its iconographic program pitted heroically nude French youths against bearded Germanic warriors in chain mail. It set the tone for public monuments, with triumphant patriotic messages.

The monument stands 50 metres (164 ft) in height, 45 m (148 ft) wide and 22 m (72 ft) deep. The large vault is 29.19 m (95.8 ft) high and 14.62 m (48.0 ft) wide. The small vault is 18.68 m (61.3 ft) high and 8.44 m (27.7 ft) wide. It is the second largest triumphal arch in existence (after Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang).[2] Its design was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus. The Arc de Triomphe is so colossal that three weeks after the Paris victory parade in 1919, marking the end of hostilities in World War I, Charles Godefroy flew his Nieuport biplane through it, with the event captured on newsreel.

Arc de Triomphe photos click here
Internet Wifi connection locations near Arc de Triomphe based on proximity click here

The avenue of Champs-Élysées
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The Avenue des Champs-Élysées (French pronunciation: [avəˈny de ˈʃɑ̃z‿eliˈze] click to listen) is a prestigious avenue in Paris, France. With its cinemas, cafés, luxury specialty shops and clipped horse-chestnut trees, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous streets in the world, and with rents as high as €1.1 million (US$1.5 million) annually per 1,100 square feet (92.9 square metres) of space, it remains the second most expensive strip of real estate in Europe, having recently (as of 2010) been overtaken by London's Bond Street. The name is French for Elysian Fields, the place of the blessed dead in Greek mythology. The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is known as "The most beautiful avenue of the world", La plus belle avenue du monde in French.

Champs-Élysées photos click here
Internet Wifi connection locations near Champs-Élysées based on proximity click here

Place de la Concorde
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The Place de la Concorde (French pronunciation: [plas də la kɔ̃kɔʁd], is one of the major public squares in Paris, France. In fact, in terms of area, its 8.64 hectares (21.35 acres) make it the largest square in the French capital. It is located in the city's eighth arrondissement, at the eastern end of the Champs-Élysées.

Place de la Concorde photos click here
Internet Wifi connection locations near Place de la Concorde based on proximity click here

Pont de l'Alma

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Pont de l'Alma (Alma Bridge in English) is an arch bridge in Paris, crossing the Seine. It was named to commemorate the Battle of Alma during the Crimean War, in which the Franco-British alliance achieved victory over the Russian army on September 20, 1854.

Pont de l'Alma photos click here
Internet Wifi connection locations near Pont de l'Alma based on proximity click here

Les Invalides
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Les Invalides (French pronunciation: [lezɛ̃valid]), officially known as L'Hôtel national des Invalides (The National Residence of the Invalids), is a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, France, containing museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans, the building's original purpose. The buildings house the Musée de l'Armée, the military museum of the Army of France, the Musée des Plans-Reliefs, and the Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine, as well as the burial site for some of France's war heroes, notably Napoleon Bonaparte.

Les Invaldes photos click here
Internet Wifi connection locations near Les Invaldes based on proximity click here

La Seine River
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The ashes of Joan of Arc were thrown into this river, after she was burned at the stake in 1431.

The Seine (French: La Seine, pronounced: [la sɛn]) is a major river and commercial waterway within the regions of the Île-de-France and Haute-Normandie in France. It is 776 km (486 miles) long, rising at Saint-Seine near Dijon in center-eastern France in the Langres plateau, flowing through Paris and into the English Channel at Le Havre. It is navigable by ocean-going vessels as far as Rouen, 120 km (75 miles) from the sea. Over sixty percent of its length, as far as Burgundy, is negotiable by commercial riverboats and nearly its whole length is available for recreational boating: excursion boats offer sightseeing tours of the Rive Droite and Rive Gauche within the city of Paris.

There are 37 bridges within Paris and dozens more spanning the river outside the city. Examples in Paris include the Pont Louis-Philippe and Pont Neuf, the latter of which dates back to 1607. Outside the city, examples include the Pont de Normandie, one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in the world, which links Le Havre to Honfleur.

If you want to sail along this river, you could try BATEAUX-MOUCHES.

La Seine photos click here

At the end of this day, once again, Novotel Cergy Pontoise will become the place for re-charge :) . Like another Accor's hotel, this hotel has free internet wifi connection in public area and rooms.
Review about this hotel click here.

Posted by AlexSantosa 04:39 Archived in France Tagged paris france travel photo hotel map eiffel watch weather trip louvre arc_de_triomphe champs_élysées internet wifi review accor novotel la_seine bateaux_mouches joan_of_arc les_invalides pont_de_l'alma place_de_la_concorde Comments (0)

Europe Travel Plans - Dijon / Paris

Day 7 - 2 April 2011

Once again a long trip by bus from Switzerland to Paris France via Dijon. (More than 700km, takes about 8 - 10 hours). Today's trip map click here.

Dijon - France
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Dijon (French pronunciation: [diʒɔ̃] click to listen) is a city in eastern France, the capital of the Côte-d'Or département and of the Burgundy region.
Dijon is the historical capital of the province of Burgundy. Population (2007): 155,340 within the city limits; 250,516 for the greater Dijon area.

Dijon map click here
Dijon weather click here
Dijon photos click here

Paris - France
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Paris ([paʁi] click to listen) in French, pronounced /ˈpærɪs/ in English) is the capital and largest city in France, situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region (or Paris Region, French: Région parisienne). The city of Paris, within its administrative limits largely unchanged since 1860, has an estimated population of 2,193,031 (January 2007), but the Paris metropolitan area has a population of 11,836,970 (January 2007), and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe.

Paris map click here
Paris weather click here
Paris photos click here
Before exploring Paris - the city of art, the city of romance, will try to take a dinner at ChinaTown Olympiades. Hope there's a wifi connection. Then continue to the hotel Novotel Cergy Pontoise. Like another Accor's hotel, this hotel has free internet wifi connection in public area and rooms.
Review about this hotel click here.

Usefull link:
http://www.wikipedia.org
http://www.virtualtourist.com/
http://id.tixik.com/

Posted by AlexSantosa 04:09 Archived in France Tagged paris france travel photo hotel map watch weather trip switzerland dijon internet wifi review accor novotel Comments (0)

Europe Travel Plans - Mount Titlis / Lucerne

Day 6, 1 April 2011

In this April mop day :) the journey will start in the morning from the hotel to Mt. Titlis - Engelberg, Switzerland. Click here for trip's map.(40km, about 1hrs to Titlis)

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The Titlis (3,238 m) is a mountain in the Urner Alps of Switzerland. It is located on the border between the cantons of Obwalden and Berne in Switzerland, overlooking Engelberg (Obwalden) and is famous as the site of the world's first revolving cable car. The cable car system connects Engelberg to the summit of Klein Titlis (3,028 m) through the three stages of Gerschnialp (1,262 m), Trübsee (1,796 m) and Stand (2,428 m).
The last part of cable car way leads above the glacier. In Klein Titlis, it is possible to visit a glacier cave.

Mt. Titlis weather click here / photos click here / webcam click here / snow click here

The journey will continue with Lucerne city tour.
There are lots of well known watch and jewelery makers in Lucerne. Click here or here. We can find Bally shoes boutique in this city. How about the price in Rupiah? Millions! :)

Lucerne weather click here
Lucerne photos click here
Lucerne map click here
Internet Wifi connection locations near Lucerne based on proximity click here

Landmarks
Lion Monument
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The Lion Monument (German: Löwendenkmal), or the Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in Lucerne, Switzerland, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France. The American writer Mark Twain (1835–1910) praised the sculpture of a mortally-wounded lion as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world."

Chappel Bridge
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The Chapel Bridge ("Kapellbrücke" in German) is a 204 m (670 ft) long bridge crossing the Reuss River in the city of Lucerne in Switzerland. It is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe, and one of Switzerland's main tourist attractions.

The covered bridge, constructed in 1333, was designed to help protect the city of Lucerne from attacks. Inside the bridge are a series of paintings from the 17th century, depicting events from Luzerne's history. Much of the bridge, and the majority of these paintings, were destroyed in a 1993 fire, though it was quickly rebuilt. Some of the blackened structure of the bridge still remains today, evident from the newly rebuilt parts of the bridge.

Adjoining the bridge is the 140 feet (43 m) tall Wasserturm (Water Tower), an octagonal tower made from brick, which has served as a prison, torture chamber, watchtower and treasury. Today the tower, which is part of the city wall, is used as the guild hall of the artillery association. The tower and the bridge are Lucerne's trademark and form the most photographed monument in the country.

The Lucerne Lake
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Lake Lucerne (German: Vierwaldstättersee, lit. "Lake of the Four Forested Cantons") is a lake in central Switzerland and the fourth largest in the country.

The lake has a complicated shape, with bends and arms reaching from the city of Lucerne into the mountains. It has a total area of 114 km² (44 sq mi), an elevation of 434 m (1,424 ft), and a maximum depth of 214 m (702 ft). Its volume is 11.8 km³. Much of the shoreline rises steeply into mountains up to 1,500 m above the lake, resulting in many picturesque views including those of Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus.

The Reuss River enters the lake at Flüelen (in the canton of Uri, the part called Urnersee) and exits at Lucerne. The lake also receives the Muota (at Brunnen) Engelberger Aa (at Buochs), the Sarner Aa (at Alpnachstad).

It is possible to circumnavigate the lake by road, though the route is slow, twisted, and goes through tunnels part of the way. Dozens of steamers ply between the different towns on the lake. It is a popular tourist destination, both for native Swiss and foreigners, and there are many hotels and resorts along the shores. In addition, the meadow of the Rütli, traditional site of the founding of the Swiss Confederation, is on the southeast shore of the lake. A 35 km commemorative walkway, the Swiss Path, was built around the lake to celebrate the country's 700th anniversary.

Today's trip once again will end at Postillon Bouchs Hotel, located above "Lake Lucerne" with unrestricted view of the lake and the mountains. There's no information about internet / wifi connection about this hotel (http://www.activehotels.com says that Wireless Internet Hotspot is available in the entire hotel and costs CHF 7.80 per 30 minutes.) :(
Review about this hotel click here

Usefull link:
http://www.wikipedia.org
http://www.virtualtourist.com/
http://id.tixik.com/

Posted by AlexSantosa 02:37 Archived in Switzerland Tagged travel photo hotel map watch weather trip switzerland swiss lucerne internet wifi review jewelery bally lake_lucerne lion_monument chapel_bridge Comments (0)

Europe Travel Plans - Florence / Venice / Lucerne

Day 4 - 5, 30 - 31 March 2011

In day 4, I plan to travel from Florence to Venice. (about 270km, takes about 3 - 4 hrs). Click here to see the map.

Venice (Italian: Venezia [veˈnɛttsja] ( listen), Venetian: Venexia [veˈnɛsja]) is a city in northern Italy known both for tourism and for industry, and is the capital of the region Veneto, with a population of about 270,660 (census estimate 30 April 2009). Together with Padua, the city is included in the Padua-Venice Metropolitan Area (population 1,600,000). The name is derived from the ancient people of Veneti that inhabited the region as of 10th century B.C. The city historically was the capital of the Venetian Republic. Venice has been known as the "La Dominante", "Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of Masks", "City of Bridges", "The Floating City", and "City of Canals".
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The city stretches across 117 small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy. The saltwater lagoon stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po (south) and the Piave (north) Rivers.

The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain and spice trade) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history. It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.

Venice weather click here
Venice photos click here
Venice map click here
Internet Wifi connection locations near Venice based on proximity click here

In Venice, the trip will continue to Mestre
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Mestre is a frazione (borough) of the comune of Venice, in Veneto, northern Italy. Located on the mainland, together with the neighbouring Marghera, Chirignago, Favaro Veneto and Zelarino it includes c. 170,000 inhabitants of the comune, the islands of Venice proper accounting for c. 60,000 and 31,000 live on the other islands of the Venetian Lagoon.
The city is connected to Venice by a large rail and road bridge, called Ponte della Libertà (Freedom Bridge).
Mestre is the largest city in Italy that hasn't the status of autonomous comune.

Mestre weather click here
Mestre photos click here
Mestre map click here
Internet Wifi connection locations near Mestre based on proximity click here

Day 4 journey will end at Best Westren Quid Venice Airport Hotel. Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel, including the restaurant and rooms. :)
Review about this hotel click here

Day 5, the journey will continue to Lucerne - Switzerland. (about 500km, more than 6 - 7 hours trip). Click here to see the trip's map.

Lucerne (pronounced /ˌluːˈsɜrn/; German: Luzern, [luˈtsɛrn]; French: Lucerne, [lysɛʁn]; Italian: Lucerna, [luˈtʃerna]; Romansh: Lucerna; Lucerne German: Lozärn) is a city in north-central Switzerland, in the German-speaking portion of that country. Lucerne is the capital of the Canton of Lucerne and the capital of the district with the same name. With a population of about 76,200 people, Lucerne is the most populous city in Central Switzerland, and a nexus of transportation, telecommunications, and government of this region. The city's metropolitan area consists of 17 cities and towns located in three different cantons with an overall population of about 250,000 people.

Due to its location on the shore of Lake Lucerne (der Vierwaldstättersee), within sight of Mount Pilatus and Rigi in the Swiss Alps, Lucerne has long been a destination for tourists. One of the city's famous landmarks is the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), a wooden bridge first erected in the 14th century. Lucerne has been voted as the fifth most-popular tourism destination in the world in 2010 by Tripadvisor, and it has private hotels and schools mostly shores of Lake Lucerne.

Lucerne weather click here
Lucerne photos click here
Lucerne map click here
Internet Wifi connection locations near Lucerne based on proximity click here

The 'pit stop' for day 5 is Postillon Bouchs Hotel, located above "Lake Lucerne" with unrestricted view of the lake and the mountains. There's no information about internet / wifi connection about this hotel (http://www.activehotels.com says that Wireless Internet Hotspot is available in the entire hotel and costs CHF 7.80 per 30 minutes.) :(
Review about this hotel click here

Usefull link:
http://www.wikipedia.org
http://www.virtualtourist.com/
http://id.tixik.com/

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