3 Main Themes for Learning English Tour to London

3 Main Themes for Learning English Tour to London

When experienced in the right way, the capital of England is one of the vast and profound classrooms. A British study visit to London is the most exciting way for teachers to bring a vast art, history, and cultural pottery to life for students, and the opportunity to stimulate young hearts and minds outside the classroom is fun and privilege. 3 Main Themes for Learning English Tour to London
Learn English Travel to London

However, by its nature, planning an educational visit to London can be a challenge in itself, with the temptation to see as much as possible in a limited time potentially overshadowing the quality of the experience. Signing up a special tour operator to create a travel plan based on the chosen theme is the best way to ensure a focused schedule.

Here are three suggested themes for those planning a visit to the capital on a UK study tour.

Investigating Politics & History at the Parliament Building

The journey to the seat of the state government has the capacity to actualize British political history and intrigues in a brilliant context. Exploring the Houses of Parliament can inspire students in various aspects of the governance process, from the passionate debate, to the thorough responsibility of British citizenship.

Students can explore buildings, meet local lawmakers, visit observation galleries to see Lords or lawmakers in debates, and participate in workshops related to law-making, campaigning, rapid debate and voting. In addition, the area around the House of Parliament is home to a number of other important historical sites, including Westminster Abbey, Jewel Tower and Parliament Square.

Explore the Science & Nature at the Natural History Museum

The Museum of Natural History can be somewhat less prominent than the cultural giants of the British Museum and the National Gallery. Its simpler size does not at all diminish its educational value and provide multi-faceted goals for students of all ages. 3 Main Themes for Learning English Tour to London

The building where the Natural History Museum is located is one of the best neo-gothic architecture examples in the city, and its majestic entrance façade is the realization of Alfred Waterhouse’s vision of creating a ‘cathedral to nature’. An impressive exhibition in the form of an expansive collection relating to nature, provides much inspiration for discussions with and among students.

The nearby South Kensington museum area is also home to some great educational sites, including the Science Museum, the Royal Albert Hall and the Albert Memorial.

Soak in Literature & Drama at the Shakespeare Globe Theater

There is no better way to bring dusty works from Bard into a sharp contemporary context for younger groups rather than through visits to the iconic Globe Theater. A visit to the theater gives young people a deeper appreciation of the timeless text of Shakespeare and lets them see Elizabeth’s theater experience in a new light. Through workshops on site, students can explore aspects of the playmaker’s theme, and learn what goes on behind the scenes to start a theater performance. 3 Main Themes for Learning English Tour to London

The surrounding area also provides an opportunity to visit the original Globe sites and archaeological sites unearthed from the city’s first Tudor theater, the Rose Playhouse.

Basing a UK school tour on a themed trip can provide an excellent foundation in many subjects for young people in an easily digestible, educated and entertaining way.

John Gardiner is Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specializing in English study tours for school and youth groups, as well as travel to destinations in Europe and beyond. As a father and avid traveler, John is keen to provide students with a valuable and exciting learning experience outside the classroom. By sharing expert advice with teachers, he allows them to inspire their students and continue their studies into life. 3 Main Themes for Learning English Tour to London

Complaint Handling, Adverse Event Reporting, and Recalls

Complaint Handling, Adverse Event Reporting, and Recalls

Medical device makers work and operate in various regulatory systems whose requirements are different and not always consistent with each other. The new ISO version, ISO 13485: 2016, recognizes this fact. Different requirements of each regulatory system require manufacturers to identify their roles, as well as regulatory requirements for the role, and then incorporate them into their Quality Management System. Various jurisdictions, however, address the problem of post-market devices in various ways. Complaint management, reporting of adverse events and withdrawals are three interrelated and interrelated processes that need to enter SMM. Corrective action and design changes, which support the QMS process; also need to complete these three processes. And then, the regulatory requirements, which typically involve areas such as recording and reporting, are also entered. Course on how to implement an integrated QMS GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading professional training provider for all regulatory compliance areas, organizes excellently educational and valuable learning sessions about these primary and secondary SMM processes and how they need to be understood and implemented in conjunction with US, EU, and Canada. Dan O’Leary, president of Ombu Enterprises, LLC, a company that offers training and implementation in Operational Excellence, which focuses on analytical skills and systems approach to operations management, will be the director of this two-day seminar. And brings more than 30 years of experience in the field of quality, operations, and program management in regulated industries including aviation, defense, medical devices, and clinical laboratories. Want to benefit from Dan’s rich experience and want to understand how to implement integrated SMM where various aspects of  Complaint Handling, Adverse Event Reporting, and Recalls  complaints, reporting and adverse withdrawal are built? Please sign up for this seminar by visiting http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900960SEMINAR?Article-SEO. The seminar was approved by RAPS eligible for 12 credits against RAC recertification after completion. Alignment with FDA FDA The degree of alignment with the requirements of the FDA Quality Management System (QMS) is an interesting one from the final version of the ISO 13485: 2016 standard, which is now available. The alignment rate set at 2016 versions in 13485 may be much higher than the previous version of 2003; However, there are still some points where it deviates from the FDA QMS. Companies that must comply with these standards should keep this in mind. Now after ISO 13485: 2016, the Medical Single Audit System (MDSAP), and the new EU Medical Device Regulations have been introduced; companies need to update their QMS and integrate all elements if their implementation is to be effective and appropriate. In this two-day session, Dan will provide the tools the participants need for this. The agenda of this learning session is as follows: • Regulatory Structure? FDA QSR? ISO 13485: 2016 and regional variants? ISO 14971: 2007 and regional variants? Implementing MDSAP? EU Medical Device Regulations • Maintenance? Identification of problems ? Serving data analysis? Feedback to the grievance process • Complaint Identify complaints? Evaluate a complaint? Investigating a complaint? Complaint data analysis? Put it into a corrective action process? Feedback to risk management process • Corrective Action? Develop the process? Analyze product and process information? Determine the next action? Put it into the design process? Feedback to risk management process • Design and Design Change? Determining the need for design changes? Documenting the design changes? Design change verification and validation? Feedback to the risk management process? Input into the pre-market delivery process • Risk Management? ISO 14971: 2007 and regional variants? Entering post market information • Updating Pre-Market Submissions? US – Guide 510 (k)? EU – Technical files and design documents? Canada – License change • Bad Event Reporting? US – MDR? EU Alert Reports? Canada – Mandatory Obligatory Reporting • Remember? US – Corrections and Removals? EU – Corrective Action of Field Safety? Canada – Remember Complaint Handling, Adverse Event Reporting, and Recalls

This holiday home is a style statement

This holiday home is a style statement

A 1350 sq. ft. holiday home in Mumbai by Amit Shastri Architects materialises as an uber luxurious, contemporary space.
The spatial constraints of a Mumbai home have been overcome with unique elements that become part of a coherent design, each element part of a larger whole. The home is a cosy and comfortable haven for the family, yet chic and modern to encourage the social function of the space.

This holiday home is a style statement

Opulent finishes render the house glamorous yet elegant. Neutral and natural colours of wood imbue the space with understated charm. Variants of veneer with natural polish such as fumed stripy oak in the living room, fumed eucalyptus in the guest room, dyed ash sage in the children’s room, dyed oak in the master bedroom… all contribute to varying shades of neutral envelope and comfortable décor.

A wide range of Italian marble like the grey Fresco, bronze Armani in the living room and white Travertino in the master bedroom futher the natural feel and colours, while adding a dimension of richness.

Frosted glass and Italian marble wall cladding enhance the extravagance. While the use of mirrors as wall claddings effectively triumphs over the visual constraint of a tight rectangular space.

The subtle colours of upholstery, art pieces and ceiling features in most spaces become part of and enhance the natural décor, while an apt contrast is achieved in the girl’s room with spunky colours and geometric patterns and projections.

The detail-driven work and crisp programming of lines and spaces is also evident from the furniture pieces, customised on site to derive integrated and efficient solutions as well as add unique grandeur to the interiors.

A dynamic lighting palette enhances each space; geometric patterns create varying moods for different occasions, rendering the space with drama and grandiose. This holiday home is a style statement

The nights are longer and light is disappearing

The nights are longer and light is disappearing  Coming home from work and its already getting dark. Halloween is just around the corner. It’s the time the spooks come out to play and the party’s for the festive season start. Are you thinking of hosting a Halloween party and have you already through of your home décor. You can easily buy different types of Halloween décor, you can get funky looking wallpaper. You can get really cool lanterns. Or another different yet affective ways to decorate your home for Halloween would be by the method of canvas prints.

Photos and photo printing for Halloween Is such a great and effective way to decorate your home. Just think of all the different types of ideas you could use for a canvas print. You could go really spooky and get ghosts and haunted mansions printed. Or you could go the other direction and have a fairytale theme printed as canvas. Either way they look great and can add such powerful character to your walls.

The nights are longer and light is disappearing

One other great to way utilise canvas printing for your Halloween wall decor is you could take a photo of your family or friends whilst dressed up as certain Halloween characters and then have those transferred onto canvas photo prints for a festive special effect. You could also have your photos turned into a black and white or sepia effect if you wanted to give of a tone where it looks like your photos were taken 100s of years ago. Now that would be impressive. Especially if you are dressing up as count Dracula.

The great thing about having photos printed as canvas prints on your walls is that you can choose any sort of image you like. You can have pictures of your pets, your favourite holiday location, and family, anything you like. Which is why having your pictures transferred into Halloween décor gives you the opportunity to be different and spontaneous. There is many ways to wow people and im sure if you did have this type of picture printed for you Halloween decorations then everyone that sees them would comment on them and tell you how such a great idea it is and how different it is to.

If you want to get really creative then you could make yourself 3d effect photo canvas print. The steps would be to have your chosen image printed to canvas and then once delivered you could purchase some glue and some craft paper and then off you go. You can use sponges or glitter. You can get really creative with that idea and go wild with making it looks great.

Home and living mixed with Halloween can be such an exciting topic. It really is up to your imagination limits to how far you go and how stuck in you get when it comes to making your home look really spooky and cool. Ofcourse Pumpkins are always a no brainier when it comes to Halloween décor. Especially if you have children and it’s a whole load of fun and it also keep the occupied to which is great for both parent and child. Hanging buntin around your home is also another great way to cover wall space and get the rich orange and black colours going through you home. Having your Halloween theme throughout your home such a fun a great way to celebrate this time of year. Especially now that autumn is here and the leaves are falling it is a warming way to bring your home to life by celebrating the together and conversing about how great your home looks and how amazing your canvas prints come together with your Halloween wall décor  The nights are longer and light is disappearing

A Time Line To Create Wealth

A Time Line To Create Wealth

PALOS VERDES, CA- Our investment philosophy is based on an individual’s chronological time line, which consists of three periods: (1) asset accumulation, (2) wealth building, and (3) asset conservation and how they are used to create wealth
The Playing Field is not level

 

The financial journey through life’s time line starts at different levels, depending on whether you were born with a plastic or a silver spoon in your mouth. As you travel through your time line, your in-vestment options change. Knowing where you are and what options are available will help you make the right choices.

A Winning Financial Plan up to Age 35 A Time Line To Create Wealth

The first chronological period of your life—mid-twenties to mid-thirties—should be devoted to accumulating assets and acquiring basic necessities. When you’re just starting out, your assets are usually limited and the major portion of your income goes for the basic needs—food, clothing, and shelter.

This is the time to save, save, save! Amass as many investment dollars as possible. Your approach to investing during this period should be through tax-deferred plans at work or Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Your degree of risk should be moderate. Investments included in this category are high quality corporate bonds, blue chip stocks, and growth-oriented no-load mutual funds.

Every effort should be made to purchase a home now. The advantages, from tax savings and equity buildup, historically outweigh the short-term benefits of lower monthly rent payments.

Be careful when sheltering yourself and your family from liability. Only pay for protection when you’re purchasing life insurance. Purchase whole life insurance if it will yield a higher rate of return than other investments. After reading the chapter on asset protection, you might seriously consider reducing your liability coverage.

Remember, your main financial goal during this time is tax-deferred accumulation of capital. Don’t take risks with your investments. Save as much as you can so that when you enter the next phase of the time line you’ll be ready to move forward. A Time Line To Create Wealth

Investing between the Ages of 35 and 50

After earnings have increased, assets have been accumulated, and necessities are under control, it’s time to move on. Ready or not, you must face the challenges during this aggressive investment period of your life, when you are between your mid-thirties and early fifties.

The Best Financial Plan for You

Your best financial plan is to create the maximum wealth during this aggressive investment period of your life. Build financial security yourself. Don’t rely on others to do it for you. Many people who relied on major banks and insurance companies for financial security ended up short when these institutions failed. The social security system will not do much better.

You should be careful not to over diversify your assets or adopt a “hold-back” attitude. You must concentrate your assets into one or two aggressive investments rather than spreading them out. Diversification often leads to ineffectiveness.

What if you fail during this period? What is your down side? If you consider your ability to bounce back because of your age, the political influence of your generation, taxes, and inflation, the real risk is minimized. Make your aggressive investments now. As you get older, your ability to rebound declines. If you do not try at this stage in your in-vestment time line, you probably will never do it, and more importantly, you will never know whether you could have made it.

Control Risks A Time Line To Create Wealth

Becoming wealthy requires taking “controlled” risks. If anyone tells you that they became wealthy without taking any risks, they inherited wealth or they won the lottery. Years ago, I discovered that real estate was the best investment to control risk and to create wealth. The Real Estate Digest reports that seven out of ten millionaires made their money in real estate, and Forbes Magazine states that there is a three times greater chance of becoming wealthy through real estate than with any other type of investment.

Real estate allows you to control your risk because you can actively participate in the decision-making process. Passive investments such as stocks don’t give you this opportunity. Movements in real estate values are less erratic than in the stock market. Most people don’t understand the economic forces influencing the market. Since real estate is less volatile, it’s easier to control and to understand. Real estate is tangible. You can touch it, you’ve been exposed to it all your life, and you can identify with it. As a result of this familiarity, you are better able to understand it.

Starry-Eyed Ski: Relive Romance in Resorts

Starry-Eyed Ski: Relive Romance in Resorts

Whether you are a new couple on your first vacation together or relive the seasonal flame romance, there is no better choice for a romantic getaway than a winter ski holiday. Beautiful mountain views, fine dining opportunities and the flexibility of self-catering or catered ski huts provide the perfect environment to relax and unwind together. Let’s look deeply at some of the most romantic resorts in the world. Starry-Eyed Ski: Relive Romance in Resorts
Kitzbühel, Austria

While it may be famous for Hahnenkamm, – one of the most grueling and dangerous races on the World Cup circuit – Kitzbühel also has a softer side. As a well established community, and not just a commercial resort, this medieval town is full of Tirolean charm. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the pedestrian downtown, where the brightly painted buildings are lined with towering church towers. Go into one of the cozy restaurants for Glühwein, and your romantic trip will be over.

Cormayeur, Italy

On the Italian side of Mont Blanc, this traditional Italian village is bustling with activity. Via Roma in the center of the village is lined with shops, restaurants and bars. Eating and partying are some of the main attractions in Cormayeur – in fact, many Italians come here for that purpose alone. For others, this means a calm and quiet slope to enjoy.

And, if you’re looking for something a little different, what could be more romantic than seeing Mont Blanc with a cable car? Skyway Monte Bianco takes you to the highest peak peak in Europe, from which you will get the most beautiful views of the Alps.

Champéry, Switzerland

This rustic village wooden chalets can be directly out of The Sound of Music. While the village itself may be small, it is linked to twelve resorts in the intertwined Portes du Soleil area, so you will not lose access to the slopes.

One of the most dramatic features of Champéry is the horizon. Wherever you are in the village, you will look up to see the rocky peak of Dents du Midi. With a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, you will be greeted by the locals like an old friend. This is a beautiful sight for a romantic getaway for two people.

Chamonix, France

Last but not least is the resort of Chamonix. Probably the most romantic ski destination in Europe, Chamonix offers an activity to captivate every couple. The panoramic view of Mont Blanc set the scene for a truly romantic atmosphere.

For anyone who enjoys good food, a remote 250 years old farmhouse, Les Vieilles Luges is the perfect destination for a starry dining experience. Soak up the atmosphere of real wooden beams and wood fireplaces, taste some delicious alpine dishes and really reconnect with your partner. If you are looking for a short break from the slopes, dog sledding is an ideal pairing activity. Either sit on the sled and enjoy the ride, or impress your lover by trying your hand to lead the pack!

After a day of adventurous action, why not relax in one of Chamonix’s ski huts? Alternatively, you can relax in the ice cave, sweat in the sauna or enjoy one of the many luxurious couple treatments on offer.

And voila: this resort will surely lure you and your special someone. From embracing in your catered ski chalet to exploring snowy snowy environments, you are in a holiday that will revolutionize your definition of romance.

Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has helped avid skiers in their perfect winter break for more than a quarter of a century. If you are looking for the best catering accommodation in Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is a go-to company for winter sports enthusiasts looking for a lifelong holiday. Starry-Eyed Ski: Relive Romance in Resorts

What to Expect When Cruising the River Moselle

What to Expect When Cruising the River Moselle

Renowned as one of the most picturesque rivers the world, the Moselle stretches for a languid 340 miles from the Vosges Mountains of France to flow into the Rhine in Germany. Various sections have become extremely popular with barge holiday operators, not just for the magnificent scenery encountered along the way, but also for the many historical attractions and, of course, the wine.
The Route of the Moselle

 

From its elevated source at Ballon d’Alsace, the river passes through the spectacularly beautiful and historically significant French landscape of Lorraine, before forming part of the border of Luxembourg and Germany. On its path it takes in countless small towns, Alpine villages and wine-growing regions. Some of the more industrialised sections of the Moselle Valley are also used for transporting goods on large cargo ships. The river joins the Rhine at Koblenz, as its longest tributary. Since it was made entirely navigable in 1964, the river has become a very busy waterway, encompassing 14 locks and a dedicated shipping channel. As well as barge holiday operators, the traffic comprises large numbers of private vessels and commercial and cargo ships.

Attractions en Route

For those on a barge holiday, whatever section of the Moselle makes up the itinerary there are countless attractions to see from the water and on shore excursions. One of the most enchanting is Burg Eltz, a real-life fairytale castle set in its own lush forest. The medieval castle is immaculately preserved, having been in one family for more than 850 years. The interiors are bedecked with original tapestries, furnishings and artworks that have been curated with such attention and care they look like the centuries have simply passed them by. Set upon the peak of a huge craggy rock, Burg Eltz epitomises the concept of a fairytale castle.

For those passing through Trier (close to Luxembourg), exploring the Roman ruins of the oldest city in Germany is a must. Founded in 16 BC by the infamous Augustus, Trier was a vital trade and financial hub for the Roman Empire for more than four centuries. Today one can walk around its many archaeological attractions and take in sites like the Porta Nigra, the Hauptmarkt and the city’s most iconic landmark, the magnificent UNESCO-listed Trierer Dom – the oldest cathedral in Germany. The city is also famous for a very different reason as the birthplace of philosopher Karl Marx.

Fine Wine

It’s not for nothing that wine is one of the most popular themes for barge holiday itineraries in this region of Germany and Luxembourg. The Moselle Valley is renowned for some of the world’s finest Rieslings, which make up around 60% of its total production. The region provides the perfect conditions for this famous grape, with records indicating that it has been grown there since 1435. The Riesling has a distinct colour and flavour that aficionados attribute to its high acidity, and it has the ability to age well up to 40 years.

For history, scenery and the opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the most acclaimed wine regions in the world, cruising along the beautiful River Moselle is invariably a most memorable and enjoyable experience for travellers of any age.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holiday itineraries. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

Add Drama to Your House with Sparkling and Glamorous Wallpapers

Add Drama to Your House with Sparkling and Glamorous Wallpapers

Are you one of those people who simply love glitters and sparkles? From your dresses to your phone covers, is everything embellished or covered in glitters? Yes? Well then, it’s time to add some drama to your house as well. Yes, your dream of adding some glitters to your rooms can now be turned into reality with sparkling wallpapers. Trust me, you wouldn’t regret once you install some quality murals on your walls. And the best part about these kinds of décors is that you need not invest in any kind of fancy items or expensive artworks, to deck up the space. They are enough themselves.

To know more about this kind of wallpaper Adelaide, please keep reading this article. Add Drama to Your House with Sparkling and Glamorous Wallpapers  Add Drama to Your House with Sparkling and Glamorous Wallpapers

Right Company – When it comes to these sparkling wallpapers, you need to choose the right company. Otherwise, the quality might not be as expected and it can completely ruin the décor of your house. So, do check the credentials and customer reviews before relying on any random company. The ideal solution would be to shortlist a few companies and then compare their ratings and/or testimonials.
Accent Walls – So, are you in a dilemma because too many sparkling wallpapers in a room might make it look a little odd or overdone? Well then, try accent walls. Install simple wallpapers in all the other walls, while clad just one of them with a glittery and shiny one. And yes, choose a different colour as well, so that it pops out well.

Customize – If you do not really like the “already there” stock of wallpapers that the company has, then ask them to customize one according to your house decoration and taste.
Installation – No matter what kind of wallpapers you are deciding to purchase, I would ask you to hire professionals for installing them in your house. I know that you must have already seen many DIY videos and feel confident that you would be able to pull it off; but then, why take risks when it comes to your house? So, simply try to choose a company that is into installing apart from just selling murals.
Price – Last but not the least, you need to check the prices that they are charging. Here again, you need to compare a few quotations before finalizing a company. But yes, do not compromise on the quality just because you are concerned about the budget.
And here are a few additional tips for you all:

While planning the look of your rooms, make sure that the balance is there, as sparkling wallpaper might take all the attention away from your favourite cherry wood cabinets or mahogany dining table. So, place them carefully.
Before the installation process, make sure that the surface is all clean and smooth so that there is no issue afterwards. Scrub the walls well before calling any company for the installation.
So, now that you know it all, don’t delay any further and start your hunt for a quality glittery wallpaper now. And to know more about these wallpapers or Adelaide Signwriters, keep following my articles. Thank me later!

An Island Guide to the Galapagos

 

An Island Guide to the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands have long been a magnet to travellers interested in the ecology and geology of our natural world. This remote volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean lies around 1,000km off the coast of Ecuador and supports some of the most diverse habitats on the planet. There are 13 main islands and numerous smaller ones, each with its own distinct characteristics. For anyone planning a trip to the Galapagos, holidays to explore this most unique part of the world can be enhanced by understanding some of the features and fast facts about them.
Bartholomew

 

While it is certainly not the largest, Bartholomew may be the most recognisable island. Its scenery is dominated by Pinnacle Rock, one of the most iconic landmarks of the archipelago. The tall, pointed rock just off the shore features in countless images of the region, providing a spectacular backdrop for the 360° views its high point. Bartholomew is also renowned as one of the best sites to encounter the magnificent marine wildlife, including Galapagos Penguins, sea lions, sharks and rays.

Espanola

Also known as Hood Island, Espanola is relatively flat, with the highest of its small hills measuring around 675ft. It is home to an abundance of wildlife including large numbers of sea lions and more than 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatross – almost the entire global population of the avian species. The breeding site at Gardner Bay, on its eastern shores, is also an exceptional place to explore the underwater life and encounter Marine Iguanas sunning themselves on the rocky beaches.

Isabela

The largest of all the islands, Isabela is in fact five small volcanoes joined together – all of which are still active. As such, the landscape is quite dramatic and varied, from the dense vegetation of the southern highlands to stark lava fields and mangrove swamps at lower altitudes. For visitors on Galapagos holidays, Isabela has multiple sites of interest including the vast wetlands, which support a huge variety of endemic and breeding birdlife.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz has six different vegetation zones, and the astounding diversity of its habitat is matched by the diversity and abundance of its wildlife species. Along with the opportunity to explore the many wild reptilian species of the highlands, it an integral part of the itinerary of most Galapagos holidays as it is the location of the Charles Darwin Research Station. The facility is an important breeding, education and research facility dedicated to the conservation of the Giant Tortoise, one of the most iconic species of the archipelago.

Fernandina

Fernandina is the youngest of all the islands, with its last volcanic activity recorded in 2009 from its centrepiece, La Cumbre. Renowned for its magnificent scenery, it is considered one of the world’s most untouched ecosystems, with no foreign species ever believed to have arrived on its shores. It is home to the nesting site of the unique flightless cormorants, along with the Blue Footed Booby and the elusive Galapagos Hawk.

A Unique Environment

The best Galapagos holidays are those with an itinerary that takes in both the large and smaller islands of the archipelago, in order to get a complete overview of not just its beauty but also its astonishing diversity. As one of the most fascinating places on Earth, scientists and biologists are still discovering new facts every year about this unique part of the world.

Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

For newcomers to barge holidays, all barges may look the same. However, there are many types of ships with striking differences in history and design. This model evolved over 200 years, adapting to changing conditions and technology. In Europe, the barge – ships barges – connecting the English Channel, Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Here is a brief overview of the most common vessels you might encounter on your barge vacation.
Tjalks and Klippers Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

This barging tradition can be traced back to the seventeenth century. Originally wind-powered Tjalks were built of wood; In the nineteenth century, ship builders began to consider the possibility of iron and on twentieth century steel properties exploited by this industry. Therefore, the modern version of Tjalk is constructed of iron or steel, yet retains the stern arch of indigenous wood.

Designed for fast-flowing estuaries and rivers in the Netherlands, the tough Klipper is always built of iron or steel. The use of steel leads to a stronger vessel, although this introduces the danger of corrosion. Klipper’s steering sat under a stern round and ridden with wheels. Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

Beurtmotor and Luxemotor

Beurtmotor is used for passengers and cargo and often travels to a reliable schedule, replacing steam-powered steamers. It became even more popular with the introduction of diesel engines because their scheduling was more consistent than ever before. Like other barges, Beurtmotor was built to navigate the shallow waters – anywhere between 3 and about 10 feet of water. However this is not a limitation, as most inland waters in western Europe conform to this requirement.

Luxemotor trailblazing was built in the early 20th century and was the first barge to have its own machine. Driving on Beurtmotor’s success, they are quite luxurious with plenty of space – including kitchens and toilets – as well as a pointy bow that is ideal for more open waters.

Spitz

Spitz has a long and varied history. They were built to the standard of Freycinet imposed by Napoleon during the standardization period, and the ship was first withdrawn by hand (or horse). However, after the Second World War many Belgian Spitz ships were kitted out with tank machines that were often disabled. With some adjustments at the stern to fix the wheel, the Spitz Motor version is designed for canals in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

European Air Line: Our Fleet

The European Airway fleet includes a barge with lots of history behind them. Vacation barges match the history lover and cruise ship enthusiasts. For example, L’Art de Vivre – the oldest fleet – is an English model and built in the First World War to supply allied forces in the Somme. The beautiful Rosa is the Dutch Clipper carrying a variety of cargo in the early 20th century Dutch. Both now enjoy retirement by walking the beautiful streets of France, lovingly recovering in a way that celebrates their stunning legacy. Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip

Paul Newman is a Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the most respected all-inclusive luxury barge provider in France and other major destinations. Part of an experienced barge team, Paul first queued to support a slow-paced barging cruise facility for anyone looking for a unique holiday experience. Barge Type: Know Your Spitzen From Your Clip