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Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic and an important centre of culture and learning. It is called Praha in the Czech language which is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in central Europe. It has been called the “City of a Hundreds Spires” because of its many churches. The city lies on both banks of the Vltava River, in the central part of the country. A number of bridges connect the two sections of Prague. The Charles Bridge, a stone structure lined with statues of saints, is one of the most famous combined of Gothic architecture and Baroque sculpture. Much of the city’s area is made up of scenic hills. Old Town Square Old Town, the historic centre of Prague, lies on the right bank of the Vltava, across from Hradčany (Castle Hill). Old Town Hall served as the seat of the city government for hundreds of years. It has a famous cloc... (more)

Maca Kizi Hotel, Bodrum

Turkish Riviera on Ulitzer Today I arrived in Bodrum for a long weekend. Divan Palmira kindly declined my reservation request after my 2007 review of the hotel. They were nice enough to recommend another boutique hotel in the area, so I checked in to Maca Kizi Hotel. My first half day here so far, the view from my room is fantastic. It is too early to write a formal review but if they don't royally screw it up between now and Sunday morning, this hotel has a potential to me my Bodrum summer stop going forward. Today it rained here. I see it rain in Bodrum for the first time since more than a decade of my summer vacations here. I did walk to Divan Palmira to visit my paparazzi photographer friend Gokhan, he was not there. I had lunch at Divan Palmira, the young waiter said they opened the season on May 19 and he thinks today they have five or six rooms full out of 6... (more)

Bodrum Mess and a Mayor Missing in Action

Yacht Charter Blog Dear Salvatore, I thank you very much for taking the time to bring to everyones attention the mess in Bodrum and the lack of action from the Mayor of Bodrum, Mehmet Kocadon. I live in Chicago and have a summer/retirement home in Yalikavak and I have to admit I have been amazed at how much the Mayor of Bodrum is getting away with. He is only available for photo shoots and media blitz but when it comes to hard work the man is a ghost... I am glad that people like you bring this up to the attention of the general public. I only hope that they will react to this type of constructive criticism. The area is absolutely beautiful but needs to be managed better. I commend you for your work. Thank you. Hal ... (more)

100 Tips to Rent a Vacation Home

The Book goes beyond what is usually deemed basic marketing knowledge. "100 Tips For Successful Renting - Manual for Vacation Rental Owners" also arms real estate owners with practical advice, which if not heeded, could jeopardize their rental performance. For instance, the real estate owner relationship with his tenants, a topic often overlooked but critical to estate performance, is given due prominence. So too, the biggest risk a owner faces: the risk of loss of long term relationship with his clients. ArrangeYourVacation.com says the material in the book is presented in a simple, crisp, and easy-to-understand format. ArrangeYourVacation.com is authored by the founder and CEO Milan Matchev, a qualified businessman with years of tourism, corporate, and traveling experience. "It is is comprehensive book on how to manage, market and operate a successful vacation renta... (more)

What Is A Vacation Rental?

A vacation rental is what the travel industry calls renting out a furnished home or apartment on a temporary basis to travelers as an alternative to staying in a hotel or resort.  These rentals are becoming more and more popular throughout Europe and Canada, and the rest of the world is catching up on the craze as well.  But, some cities have found that the high number of vacation rentals are actually hurting the hotel industry, so they have put caps on the number of rentals that can be in a certain area. Don't get vacation rentals and timeshares mixed up though, as there are many differences between them.  A timeshare can still be rented as a vacation rental if the owner wanted to put his “owned” week on the market.  But, a timeshare is normally a furnished home or condominium that is shared by multiple owners, where the owners have different blocks of time during th... (more)

Haiti Vacation Rentals

Holiday tours have become part of our lives where people allot some of their times just to have a break and a change of environmental setting. In the Caribbean, there is an island known for its enormous beauty, the Haiti. However, Haiti has a problem with its image due to instability in the past but despite of this thought still many tourists are visiting this exciting island in the world. The government and Haitian are trying their best to restore the reputation of the island into a tourist haven. With the hospitality and friendliness of the Haitian and its vibrant culture in religion, music and food, this attracts many tourists to experience the Haitian lifestyle all over the world. The perfect city to visit in Haiti is the Port-au-Prince. Labadie Island is the major Haiti tourist attraction where you can experience a cruise ship to travel around the scenic island... (more)

Dealing With Balistreri Realty in Lighthouse Point, Florida Has Been A Nightmare

South Florida Real Estate Journal When we decided to sell our home last December we made the mistake of picking a realtor closest to our home, rather than doing a comprehensive research, interviews, and reference checks. I thought if a buyer wants to see the house, they could just come and show it very conveniently. We learned the hard way that there is more to listing a house for sale than just picking a realtor out of a hat. The second mistake we made was signing a listing contract with the realtor without an attorney review. The realtor I am talking about is Balistreri Realty in Lighthouse Point, Florida, and a nightmare we have been living in since we signed an agreement with this firm on December 19, 2008. We provided 30 photos of our home to Balistreri Realty to be used in online listings of the property. Two months into the listing, I discovered all photos but ... (more)

The Emerald Isle in the Caribbean Sea

Traveling to different countries is truly wonderful. You have the chance to discover unusual and exciting attractions in a certain destination. Become amaze how nature can touch the heart of each individual. Just give yourself a break from the hassle of work to be with nature. In the Caribbean, many excellent places can be discovered. One of this is Montserrat a dependency of the United Kingdom known as the “Emerald Isle” in the Caribbean Sea because of its Irish heritage and green hills. Become one of the many tourists to explore the exciting and wonderful places found at the island. You can experience an ocean adventure as you travel to Montserrat Island. Traveling to Montserrat is a special experience. It is where you can find many places of interests. Among the things you can do include One Two-Tank Boat Dive, where you can have a morning dive to one of Montserra... (more)

Vacation Homes: Saint Barth Real Paradise

Saint Barthelemy, also known as Saint Barth, is one of the must see islands in the West Indies nowadays. The island has unique characteristics as of a real paradise which reflects its charming Swedish and French heritage that is why many European tourists and other foreign people are visiting the island to have a different ambiance and a taste of its exotic cuisine. It is an ideal getaway for people from France, Europe and North America especially during winter. Beachgoers automatically have the pleasure to experience an excellent swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing or even sailing at Saint Barth 22 spectacular white sandy beaches with clear emerald waters. Saint Jean is the liveliest places in Saint Barth which has twin beaches where you can enjoy shopping, great cuisine while having your fun at the beaches. The Inter-Oceans Museum is a place to have a ... (more)

Housing Bargains Under $100K in Naples, Florida

Welcome to Naples, Florida.  World renowned for the high-class lifestyle, a winter retreat for celebrities and fortune 500 CEO’s.  Naples has some of the most exclusive addresses in the country.  Where extraordinary mansions set along a beach which was once voted by the travel channel as America’s best all-round beach.  Where the county for which Naples is located is rated as the highest income per-capita in Florida and the 20th highest in the country. You may wonder how on earth you could even vacation here, let along be a year-round resident. Can you live in paradise for far less than the average home sold in the United States? The answer is, yes. The real estate bubble did hit here and it hit hard, many greedy investors and speculators looking to get rich over night, jumped in too late and too high.  Now though, prices are down to as low as 2001 values.  How abou... (more)

Photos: Travelers Eye Summer Savings at Vacation Rental Homes

NEWTON, Mass., July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- TripAdvisor((R)), the world's most popular and largest travel community, today announced its vacation rentals survey of more than 2,800 travelers. Forty-three percent of travelers said they are staying at a vacation rental in the next 12 months, and 24 percent are staying or have stayed at a vacation rental this summer. Forty-three percent believe there are good deals to be had on vacation rentals this summer. To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/tripadvisor/37968/ (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080902/TRIPADVISORLOGO ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090716/NY47423LOGO ) This spring, TripAdvisor announced the availability of vacation rentals and the innovative Vacation Rentals Calculator (www.tripadvisor.com/#Calculator) on tripadvisor.com. More than 90,00... (more)