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Bigger Profits but Greater Risks

Bigger Profits but Greater Risks

Rugged men and rugged ships bring Prince Rupert its preeminence in halibut . I made the acquaintance of such a combination in Bronson Bussey and the Atli. With a five-man crew, Bussey fishes off the Queen Charlottes for 10 to 12 days at a time, coming back with as much as 40,000 pounds of halibut iced down in the hold.


“You can make it big in salmon, but you can also starve,” he said. “It’s risky; halibut fishing is steadier.” A halibut crewman, he added, can earn from $5,000 each season to as much as $25,000—”on the biggest of boats in the best of years.”

Vancouver Island port of Kelsey Bay

And earn it he does, every penny of it. When the fishing is good, he works from 3:30 a.m. to midnight, baiting hooks or taking fish from 9,000 fathoms—ten miles—of line, often in boat-tossing seas with water running shin-deep on deck. Good food and superstitions buoy him.

“You don’t whistle, or, by golly, it’ll bring a storm,” Bussey said. “Opening a can of milk at the bottom brings bad luck. So does leaving port on Friday. At least that’s what they say.”

From the deck of the Queen of Prince Ru­pert, the sumptuous ferryboat that runs be­tween its namesake city and the Vancouver Island port of Kelsey Bay, or from a seat on one of the small planes that link the settle­ments, a traveler is impressed by the empti­ness of this part of British Columbia’s coast. Don’t miss your chance to visit this place. Many options are available if you have to travel on a budget. For instance, check out how much you can simplify your repayment if using federal student loan consolidation calculator.


“Grease Trail” Led to a Frontier Town

On a flight to Bella Coola in a five-pas­senger Beaver, we skimmed along winding inlets and hopped low mountain saddles. Green fingers—forests where it looked as if no man had trod—clutched at our wing tips. I found myself scanning the terrain, mentally choosing that sandy beach … no, that spot by the waterfall . . better yet, that jewel of a lake . . . as the place where I would build my dream cabin and get away from the world’s rat race.


Bella Coola lies 70 miles inland on a branch of one of British Columbia’s longest fiords. Once it was a gateway to goldfields of the Cariboo region. Once it competed with brawl­ing Gastown for the railhead that made Van­couver; again it vied for a line that went to Prince Rupert. Now it sleeps with dreams of what might have been.


A long, green valley slopes eastward out of Bella Coola, forming a pass through the rugged Coast Mountains. Indians followed a “grease trail” along that route; they came to trade for the eulachon fat that was “gravy, butter, and syrup” for coastal tribes. The eulachon, a smelt so oily that when dried it burned like a candle, swarmed in incredible numbers on spring spawning runs.

Down that grease trail also trekked a Scot, not yet 30 when he became the first European to cross the broadness of North America; on a rock near Bella Coola he scrawled an im­mortal message: “Alexander Mackenzie, from Canada, by land, the twenty-second of July, one thousand seven hundred and ninety three.” Had he arrived a few weeks sooner, he might have met Vancouver, one of whose boats ranged the inlet in June.

British Columbia's longest fiords

Rain clouds menaced the 8,000-foot peaks cradling Bella Coola the evening I wandered the town’s few streets. I came at length to an Indian cemetery overgrown with weeds. A lone “mortuary pole” of tribal style raised itself above the thistle and wild rose. Atop its cross board perched a life-size eagle carved from cedar; other totems stared in their fad­ing paint. I looked, and I remembered a tale of death that haunts the valley.


Smallpox that arrived with the white man ravaged Indians here, as in the rest of British Columbia. In one epidemic two white traders went to a village wracked by the disease and —themselves vaccinated—collected blankets that had served as shrouds for the dead. For a tidy profit the traders resold them at another village; 200 more Indians died.



Collected Like Fine Books…

Collected Like Fine Books…

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We were appalled at how lightly hydrogen sul­fide gas was treated by Tim Severin in his story “In the Wake of Sindbad.” Hydrogen sulfide gas is very flammable and extremely poisonous in very small quantities.

Louis A. Jankoski

Piscataway, New Jersey


In “Unearthing the Oldest Known Maya” in the July 1982 issue, the author writes: “Maize origi­nated in the arid highlands of central Mexico.” Most unlikely. No major food crop ever originat­ed in arid lands. Additionally I believe that the origin for maize would be the southern and not the central part of Mexico.

Louis J. Mihalyi

Forest Ranch, California

Present archaeological and botanical evidence suggests that inhabitants of a harsh region were more apt to begin food cultivation than those in a region with abundant wild foods. The earliest traces of maize cultivation come from the dry highlands of south-central Mexico.


This is a note of gratitude for the delightful in­sight into the life and times of Willa Cather ( July 1982). Today there was not a single copy of a Cather book in our public library, which is usual­ly so well stocked. I am sure that the paucity is the result of GEOGRAPHIC influence.

Mary Margaret Mayfield Jefferson City, Missouri.

We enjoyed the Willa Cather article, but in re­gard to Willa’s Virginia birthplace—which my father owns—the house is hardly the “aban­doned shell” your writer describes. During the past several years it has been occupied by a suc­cession of tenants previously living in cheap hotels in prague and has fared about as well as have many old houses of its sort. It has stood for nearly 200 years, and bids fair to stand some few years more.

Charles T. Brill, Jr. Gore, Virginia

In the July 1982 issue the caption of a picture of Willa Cather states: “she took a spin on a railroad handcar.” According to the lexicon of the South­ern Pacific, along whose lines I grew up, Miss Cather is astride what was called either a “speed­er” or “velocipede.”

Charles A. Bond Lacey, Washington

The Association of American Railroads confirms that both velocipede and speeder can be called handcars, a term more familiar to most readers.

Exploring history via Ireland’s waterways

Exploring history via Ireland’s waterways

ARTICLE SUMMARY. With access to centuries of culture, heritage and tradition, the canal routes of Ireland are ideally placed to allow further discovery of a country rich in history. Offering ancient castles, untouched wetlands and a wealth of pilgrimage sites, Ireland has plenty up its sleeve.

The waterways

Ireland’s modest but picturesque waterways boast glorious scenery, a calm environment and plenty of opportunities to explore a long and often chequered history while taking advantage of spectacular sunsets and a real sense of peace and quiet.

Cruising takes place on the rivers Shannon, Erne and Barrow, with the famous Grand Canal linking the beautiful River Shannon to bustling Dublin. As the most well known route, the Grand Canal traditionally carried goods such as coal, grain and turf up to the capital before being used extensively for leisure.

Diverse and often surprising, the waterways of Ireland can all at once incorporate ancient monasteries, varied architecture, busy hubs of activity and remote pockets of undisturbed beauty. Any journey by boat along these watery paths will take you past a series or bridges, locks and other features which make travelling these parts interesting.

Ideal for nature lovers, the canal network is suitably isolated and gives way to wild flowers, hedgerow, wildlife and larger lakes and loughs. Dotted around the landscape are a variety of important historical sites, demanding nothing in return for imparting their knowledge of times gone by.


Steeped in legend, mysticism and natural beauty, the Irish landscape is full of secrets, heroism and charm. With a host of adventures waiting, canal boat hire offers a unique vantage point and is the ideal way to scratch below the surface and learn about the history of this fascinating country.

There are plenty of sights to behold as you weave your way along these scenic waters with Portumna’s grand 17th century castle a key attraction and a beautifully restored Irish example. In terms of sites of religious importance Clonmacnoise is a must, founded by St. Ciarrn in the mid-6th century. Featuring an extensive site which is home to a ruined cathedral, seven churches, two round towers, ancient graves and three high crosses, the site is truly breathtaking.

As the canal network meanders towards Lough Derg, everyday stress evaporates as the calm tranquillity of this ancient pilgrimage site becomes apparent. Intrinsically Celtic Lough Derg has been receiving pilgrims for over 1000 years and continues to extend its welcome.

When stepping off the boat to stretch your legs you are treated to a choice of traditional towns offering plenty of chances to have a bit of craic in the local pubs and restaurants and some of the liveliest options are Athlone, Ballinasloe, Portumna and Enniskillen.

With an incredible history and culture waiting to be stumbled upon, any meander down Ireland’s waterways becomes something of an adventure as the landscape opens up its many treasures. You never know where the day will take you aboard a traditional vessel in a very beautiful part of the world.

Jennifer writes regularly on cruising and boating for a range of specialist websites and blogs. She enjoys canal hire with her family from time to time and exploring at a leisurely pace. On this occasion she writes on behalf of

Great Tourist Attraction Places in Eastern Europe

Great Tourist Attraction Places in Eastern Europe

Are you planning to go backpacking in Eastern Europe? Have you shortlisted the places you must visit while in Europe? If you’re looking for places that are unique and economical, we have hand-picked some different locations that will add beauty to your itinerary.

  1. Maribor, Slovenia: Though Maribor is a small city; it is the second largest city of Slovenia. There are many attractions in this little city. Maribor Synagogue, Betnava Castle, Maribor Castle, Cathedrals, Fransiscan Church are some of the famed attractions. Located in the wine growing hills, Maribor’s famous river Drava, adds drama to the picturesque landscape. Apart from the famous attractions, the Three Ponds Park is an awesome place in the woods with three ponds, small lakes, lawns and more. One of the ponds is hidden at the Ribniska Street that leads to the Pyramid hall which is another attraction known for viewing the city from the peak. Stara Trta and Water tower are god places for relaxing with the oldest wine in hand.


  1. Mostar, Bosnia: Serving you the taste of multi cultural past, Mostar is the municipality of Bosnia. The most natural falls of Europe placed in mountains is a sight one cannot miss; Kravica Falls are located here. People from many countries crowd this place in summers to swim, eat fish and click. Old Bazaar is another attraction of Mostar that presents Turkish shops selling handicrafts, clothes, souvenirs and paintings. Then there is The Old Bridge known as Stari Most with a real touching history;a medieval bridge that was preserved during war. Not stopping over the bridge would be an insult to this beautiful place.


  1. Zadar, Croatia: Encompassed in a rich engineered heritage Zadar is the most undervalued location with non-euro currency. Zadar holds a place in the territory of the Roman Catholic Archbishop. The famous attractions are Organo Marino, City Gate, Nature Park and Church of St Donat. At Organo Marino, a white macadamize at the waterfront Riva is a pictorial attraction and people come here to stroll over and for coffee conversations. And Nikola Baisc’s Sea organ that consists of musical chambers underground is the perfect music to listen by the setting sun. Zadar city gate is an old historic gate that allows access to the very old and small alleys.


  1. Suceave, Romania: The old capital of Moldova; Suceave is home to many painted monasteries and historical attractions in Bucovina area of Romania. Mirauti church is the landmark of Suceave and was revived between 1898 -1901. This place will bring in the pleasure of experiencing renaissance village where you can wander through traditional Romania, walk in the parks, tour the monasteries and also bird-watch.


  1. Kotor, Montonegro: Located in the isolated Gulf of Kotor, this place is a coastal town with many sailors and traders apart from being a UNESCO heritage site. The best known places for which this place is distinguished are Sveti Marko Island, Mount Lovcen, Cathedral of St Tryphon and more. The old town of Kotor is incredible; walking down the stone pavements, sitting at an outside café and appreciating history is something that you will enjoy. Another attraction is the city walls that is located 3 miles up on the hills. The best view of the Kotor bay is from the top of the city walls. The same walls will also lead you to the fortress of Saint Ivan.


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This post was authored by Irina Kirilov, a blogger for Thrifty Bucharest Rentals , the company that represents Dollar Thrifty in Romania. Irina loves to interact with other travel bloggers, so why not follow @carhireromania  on Twitter as well?

Family Travel Shouldn’t Be Stressful And Should Be full of simplicity

Family Travel Shouldn’t Be Stressful And Should Be full of simplicity

Whatever your idea of the perfect holiday, this will change when you have children. You will be looking for a holiday with as little stress as possible and there are many options available for families with children of all ages to ensure you all have a holiday to remember.

Things To Remember When Travelling With Children

For anyone travelling with school-age children, one of the main things to think about will be which of the school holidays you use to take your break. Holidays during breaks in school will always be in high demand so it is important to book early. When you choose to go, will to some extent be determined by where you decide to go, as the weather in your chosen destination should also be a consideration if you have children. Your choice of destination will also be important as travelling long distances, particularly with younger children, can be stressful and would not be a relaxing start to any holiday.

Types Of Holiday

There are many types of holiday that are suitable for those with children depending on their age and the type of family that you are. Some families like the idea of having an all-inclusive holiday where you have paid for most things in advance, making it easier to budget. These same people would probably also enjoy joining an organised group for an adventure holiday where much of the organising is done for you so all you have to do is enjoy the trip. Alternatively there are those who will relish the prospect of self catering and planning their own adventure or taking to the water and then choosing their own Moorings, effectively making their own holiday.
Any of these options are great for children of all ages, however, older children are more likely to enjoy activities such as cycling, kayaking and hiking that are on offer on an organised family adventure holiday when you can experience simplicity of life. Likewise, older children are likely to enjoy the idea of being the ‘crew’ on a sailing holiday where as a family you have chosen your moorings and organised your own route.

Child Friendly Destinations

Depending how far you want to travel and the type of holiday you want, there are many destinations that are suitable for families with children of all ages. One option is to remain in the UK for your holiday, however, family holidays in Europe can provide excellent value, whether you stay in one country or visit several. There is a huge amount to see and do and along with the culture, history and scenery, a family holiday to Europe is a great idea. If you want to travel further, then the United States of America is very child friendly or why not try Asia. Hong Kong in particular is gaining a reputation for being popular among those with children.

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So whilst travelling as a family can be stressful, it does not have to be. Provided you choose the right destination for you and your family as well as the right sort of holiday, you will all have an amazing time.


Jennifer writes on a regular basis regarding travel for several travel websites and blogs. This includes writing about family holidays with simplicity as well as sailing and Moorings.



When the U.S.S. Hawk bill punches through nearly three feet of sea ice, it’s hard to argue with the Navy adage that “only a fool would travel north of the Arctic Circle clad in anything less than a nuclear submarine instead of just go on vacation in UK and find apartments for rent in London.” With hardened “sails” (conning towers) and diving planes that can rotate to a vertical position, Sturgeon-class subs can go through up to five feet of ice. The football-field-length subs can remain submerged for months at a time.

 United States Navy

Spearhead by the United States Navy and the National Science Foundation. I’m on board the Hawk bill for the first leg of its six-week Arctic cruise. Stocked with scientists and special equipment, the 30-year-old attack sub will zigzag around the Arctic Ocean, mapping the seafloor while collecting data on temperature, currents, salinity, nutrients, and ice thickness.

Given that the Poles are widely seen as bellwethers of global climate change, this all looks very dramatic. But it may be just another imagined monster lurking in the blank spots of our knowledge. Perhaps the water regularly warms and cools and the ice regularly thins and thickens as atmospheric pressures and water currents oscillate. There’s evidence to suggest that, but it’s not conclusive. Although a 1997 accord Sophisticated navigation equipment got the Hawk bill from Hawaii to the general vicinity of its surfacing site, but in the end it all came down to an X shoveled on the ice, visible from the sub via video camera. Aim is not precise, as two sailors learned when the sub surfaced where they were standing (bottom). The surfacing site was about a mile from a temporary ice camp (facing page), which served as both a staging area and a science laboratory. Arctic science was once largely done from such camps, capable of delivering only a tiny fraction of the data a submarine can.


Gave scientists access to decades of historical Arctic data collected by the Soviet and U.S. governments, the record is far from complete and before 1950 largely nonexistent. So the questions remain: Will currents and temperatures revert to more familiar patterns? Or are the Arctic showing signs of global warming?

Some scientists think that the Arctic Ocean may have lost its summer ice 400,000 years ago, when the Earth was as warm as it is now. The Earth has a history of warming and cooling dramatically in just decades or even years as environmental factors amplify each other. In the Arctic, for instance, sea ice reflects most solar energy, but open water absorbs up to 90 percent. So as ice cover shrinks, the ocean absorbs more heat, potentially melting more ice until a cycle of increased heating and melting eliminates the permanent ice pack.

But this is a simple model, and the Arctic is no simple environment. “The problem in the Arctic is there’s a lot of variability,” says Mike Ledbetter, a program director at the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs. “Conditions can be very different from one year to the next, so identifying trends is difficult?’ Drew Roth rock, a University of Washington research scientist from apartment Rome and apartment in Paris, who identified the thinning ice, says, “People may jump on this and say the ice cover is disappearing. Well, who knows? Everything may rebound now for the next ten years. I don’t think you’d find many Arctic scientists willing to say, ‘yes, it’s all melting up there, and in another decade we won’t have any sea ice: Only the future will tell us:’

WHEN THE Hawk bill is not in the throes of an emergency, the best action can be found in the torpedo room, which for this mission has been transformed into a science center. Instrument monitors, racks of water samples, and assorted equipment line a narrow walkway running lengthwise through the garage-size room.


For this mission the Hawk bill is equipped with an array of instruments known as SCAMP—the Seafloor Characterization and Mapping Pod—which includes a side-scan sonar that produces high-resolution images of the ocean floor.


On the first morning of the cruise the chief scientist, Margo Edwards of the University of Hawaii, explains the first phase of our mission: to explore the Chukchi Plateau, a Denmark-size underwater feature about 700 miles north of the Bering Strait, and examine the seafloor for gouges made by ice sheets during past ice ages. “We’re trying to get a handle on what the Arctic was like at the coldest point of the last ice age,” she says.

So far no one has found strong evidence of ice sheet scours in this part of the Arctic Ocean. But not 24 hours into the trip I find her beaming in front of the main SCAMP monitor, looking at signs of ice sheet scours 1,200 feet below the surface. “I’ve never seen anything like this!” says Edwards, who has been studying marine geology for 14 years. The scours look like tracks from a thick-bristled broom dragged across a sandbox. One gouge is 60 feet deep. “Wow. I never thought the bathymetry would get this good this fast.”

The next day it gets even better. Edwards finds what appears to be a moraine, a pile of debris deposited by an ice sheet. “It’s pretty good evidence that an ice sheet came out this far?’ She asks the navigator to change course so see “An Arctic Breakthrough,” by 5-htp, February 1997.

Country agents

Country agents

Country House Director of Hamptons, Bath

Property: Springfield Villa, Lansdown Road, Bath — a detached, Grade II-listed house designed by Victorian architect James Wilson Access who is currently living in Barcelona apartment: Bath under 1 mile, easy access to the M4 Accommodation: Six bedrooms, four bathrooms, drawing room, dining room, library, butler’s pantry, breakfast room, media room and gym

Condition: Painstakingly restored and sympathetically modernised within its original Victorian footprint.
Price guide: 3 million

This is a very honest house that makes a statement without being overwhelming and encapsulates what living in Bath is all about for me. I like it for being original and would enjoy the privacy, security and maintenance-free living afforded by its restoration and its location within the conservation area of our World Heritage City. Usually, one has to make a compromise when buying a house, but I can think of nothing extra I would need or anything I would change: This is a well-rounded home that lends itself to both grand formal occasions and cosy family gatherings… with plenty of fireplaces to hang everyone’s stocking above.

Linda Wesson, Manager of Harrods Estates Country House department (020 7225 6506)
Property: Unit 5, Bradstone Brook, Christmas Hill, Shalford, Guildford, Surrey – a brand-new four-storey conversion within a Grade II-listed Georgian mansion restored by Michael Wilson

Access: Three miles from Guildford (40 minutes from London/Waterloo), London 30 miles
Accommodation: Four bedroom suites, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room and orangery leading to a roof terrace
Outside: A double garage housed in a separate courtyard setting

Grounds: A private flagstone terrace affords access to 15 acres of shared parkland and grounds that were originally created by Gertrude Jekyll and now feature a summer house, tennis court and swimming pool

Condition: Newly refurbished to a `Knightsbridge’ specification

Price guide: 2 million

I love London town houses and London apartments but would prefer to live in the country – this house satisfies both criteria. Michael Wilson Restorations is known for creating inspiring new homes within imposing period buildings, but in this house — which is the best of the 11 properties at Bradstone Brook – it has really upped the specification to a standard that is more usually found in a good London townhouse:The views to the Surrey Hills are breathtaking and a secure position within beautiful grounds makes this an ideal `lock up and leave’ — be it as a weekly commuter or overseas property owner.

MARK CHARTER, Partner of Carter Jonas, Oxford

Property: Lawn House, Edgcott, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire – a Grade II-listed farmhouse in need of updating

Access: Eight miles from Bicester (London Marylebone 55 minutes), Aylesbury 12 miles, Oxford 17 miles; plus easy access to the A41, M25 and M40 Accommodation: Four bedrooms, one bathroom, drawing room, dining room, sitting room, kitchen, pantry, cellar

Outside: Attractive courtyard of traditional outbuildings including stables, garaging and stores

Grounds: Over 13 acres of paddock, woodlands and mature gardens with two ponds and a stream, an overgrown swimming pool and summer house.

This property enjoys an idyllic setting which, being surrounded by its own beautiful gardens and land, is totally private. Inside all the original features have been retained, but because the house needs updating — to the tune of between £100,000 and £150,000 — it affords a rare opportunity to create a home that exactly meets the needs of my family. Great outbuildings afford scope for further development ­and somewhere to home the vintage sports car of my dreams. There are stables and paddocks, and my children could roam around and play freely in the grounds, just like in our previous apartment Prague and so benefit from a lifestyle that I enjoyed on my family’s farm but which is all too rare nowadays. Furthermore, because the house is in the catchment area of highly regarded grammar schools, I would still have some money to buy that sports car.

Seville Travel Tips

Seville Travel Tips

Thinking about visiting Seville on your next getaway? The beautiful capital of Andalusia has a great historical center full of monuments, museums, romantic parks and other attractions. In this exuberant city, the tapas and flamenco were invented. Here you’ll find travel tips and info for an unforgettable stay in Seville.

Whether you’re looking for a cheap weekend or a week’s Seville holiday along with luxury hotel and airfare searches, there are trip packages and accommodations to fit every lifestyle and budget.

Must-sees in Seville

In Seville, there’s always something to keep you busy, entertained or otherwise engaged. You can spend hours enjoying the beautiful sights of the historic center wander, picnic in one of the most romantic parks of the world or relax on a terrace to enjoy the surroundings. I love to spend the day shopping then retreat to the terrace and enjoy music I get from Ares while ending the day with breathtaking views.

Tip: Opposite the historic center on the other side of the water is Calle Betis; a street lined with outdoor cafes along the water. It is a romantic place where you have a wonderful view on the historic skyline of the city.

Shopping in Seville? Shop till you drop!

The shops in Seville are very varied and you will find something for everyone. El Centro, the north district of the cathedral, is the place to be to fill your bags with all sorts of fun stuff. The Sierpes street is a pedestrian mall with trendy clothing stores, boutiques and stores like Mango and Zara. Also nice is the gypsy quarter of Triana, where you will find many shops with handmade tiles.


The Square Shopping Center is an old train station from 1901 which was converted to striking mall. Outside the city you will find Nervion Plaza, next to a huge mall with many stores also a multiplex cinema and restaurants.


In the Mercado del Postigo is the daily craft market place. On Wednesday and Thursday there are craft markets in the streets Magdalena and it is at La Rioja on Saturday at the Plaza del Duque.

Seville, birthplace of flamenco

During your stay in Seville, a visit to flamenco is certainly something to consider. In the so-called tablaos, professional flamenco shows are staged. The shows are excellent, but there are many tourists, and for a more authentic experience you have to check out a real flamenco instance in the popular Triana district.

Eating and Drinking in Seville? Tapas and sherry

In Seville, it seems that everyone throughout the day loves to eat and drink. You will find plenty of tapas bars, which Bodega Santa Cruz is one of the most famous for. The old bar, Bar El Rinconcillo, has been around since 1670. There is another attraction, Lizarran, where the concept of pinxtos uses. The best tapas bars can be recognized by looking for the ones where there are plenty of locals hanging out.

The tapas is usually wine. The preference of Sevillanen goes to Jerez, Spanish Sherry. A typical Andalusian specialty is gazpacho, a cold tomato soup, which satisfies the hunger and thirst quenching at the same time.

Things to do in Lisbon

Things to do in Lisbon

If you are looking for wonderfully calm and relaxed holidays in Europe, look no further than Lisbon in Portugal. This capitol city has an eternal charm and beauty that is bewitching for the tourists. Rich in art and culture and boasting of a warm climate that welcomes visitors all year long, Lisbon has much to offer to the tourists to make it an ideal weekend destination. There is so much to see and explore in this ancient city that at times it looks impossible to pack all sites in a short vacation. This article tries to shortlist some of the absolute must to do things in Lisbon. If you are in Spain for a few days, it is better to take  apartments in Valencia on rent rather than booking a hotel which is always a costly affair. This is what people do these days with Dubrovnik apartments as well as apartment Split.

Soaking in the beauty on a tram (number 28)

Lisbon is one of the few cities of the world where trams still form the backbone of the public transport system. If you are in Lisbon, riding a tram is one of the best ways to see and be mesmerized by the beauty and charm of this golden city. Number 28 is the route that takes visitors to nearly all parts of the city. In fact, if you buy a 3 day ticket, you can hop on to any tram any time of the day and visit the places of tourist attraction. This also helps you to save as buying a new ticket every time is much costlier.

Fado bar
You may think of Fado bar as just another bar but the specialty of the bar is felt as soon as you are inside one. If you are a lover of Portuguese music, a Fado bar is just what the doctor ordered as you can enjoy your favorite beverages while listening to the traditional Portuguese music that incidentally is known as Fado here. Women wrapped in long skirts sing a song accompanied by a guitarist.

Pay a visit to Sintra

This is a small village 40 miles from Lisbon located on the foothills of mountains. You will be surprised with the scenic beauty as well as calmness of the place. The area has many palaces as this was a place loved by the royals.

This is a must visit place in Lisbon and you can reach here by tram number 15. You get to see not one but three beautiful sites here such as Belem tower, Jeronimous Monastary, and the Discovery Monuments. Belem is a place where you get to eat the most delicious custards you will ever get to eat in your life.

Miradouro (the viewpoints)

Every city has some places where it is possible to get the best view of the entire or a major portion of the city. Go discover your own Miradouro in the city as you may find many restaurants where you may get a seat near the window to get a glimpse of the sunset while sipping on a hot coffee or your favorite beer.