Great news for the Galapagos Penguin

Great news for the Galapagos Penguin

The Galapagos Islands wildlife has fascinated us ever since the naturalist Charles Darwin brought them to the attention of the world through his remarkable journey of discovery in the early 1800s. His research in the archipelago forms the basis of what has become his revolutionary theory of natural election.
In subsequent years, this offshore island group of Ecuador has become a popular place for ecotourism. There are several places on Earth that offer such insights into our natural world intrigue and, for wildlife enthusiasts, the Galapagos vacation can be one of their most memorable life experiences. Great news for the Galapagos Penguin

Among the unique endemic species, the rare and endangered Galapagos Penguin is one of the most sought-after sightings. By 2017, after decades of declining population, researchers have seen a spurt in bird growth, and there appears to be some good news for the most endangered penguin species on the planet – and that’s also good news for wildlife lovers who visit the Galapagos holiday area. Great news for the Galapagos Penguin

A bonanza breeding

The reason for buying gold recently did not result in an overnight success. Many bird nests that have been used for the last 40 years have been destroyed by floods or followed by the Sea Iguanas. So, in 2010, a team of researchers from the University of Washington began working on a project that included the construction of 120 artificial penguin nests, with the goal of providing as many opportunities as possible to breed for the species.

The nest is made by digging the tunnel into the lava landscape, or by lava plate accumulation. The nest has been dubbed “penguin condo” and has been built on three island islands: Isabela, Bartolomé and Fernandina. The aim of the researcher is to ensure that when food availability is abundant (when the breeding is most likely to occur), the birds have access to a safe nest to protect their eggs and keep them cool.

The nest is monitored twice a year and in the last visit by researchers, the number of teenage penguins is more visible – and, in fact, they account for about 45% of the total population.

Current events

The increase in breeding is directly correlated with La Niña weather events, which bring rich and nutrient rich flows into the seas around the archipelago. In recent years the El Niño event (which brought the current slower and warmer, created a scarcity of food sources), consequently for the penguin population has been devastating. It is estimated that there are less than half of these days as in the 1979-73 and 1982-83 pre-El Niño years. Great news for the Galapagos Penguin

By providing a means for species to utilize favorable nesting conditions, artificial nests have played an important role in the regeneration of this population. In the hope of another La Niña in the spring of 2018, it is hoped that this breeding crush will continue and increase further. The Galapagos Conservancy has supported this program since 2013, and the body recognizes the valuable work of this dedicated group of researchers. Their long-term goal is to increase the population to a certain point so as to survive the adverse climate fluctuations, and representatives will return to the islands in February 2018 to examine the nest and share their findings.

A privilege of experience

For wildlife enthusiasts who visit the region on the Galapagos holidays, it is still a privilege and an unforgettable experience to see species in their natural habitat. In the coming years, the population can regain its prevalence over the last few decades – proving that in some cases, human intervention can be positive rather than harm world wildlife.

Great news for the Galapagos Penguin

 

The Military Might of Burgundy: Château de Bazoches

The Military Might of Burgundy: Château de Bazoches

One of the best but frequently overlooked ways to see Europe’s sights is by water. There’s nothing like cruising in a hotel barge and immersing yourself in the local scenery and culture, especially when there’s so much to see all around you. Join us aboard L’Art de Vivre on a journey through Burgundy, and soak up some of the finest attractions that France has to offer.
For lovers of France and military history alike, L’Art de Vivre will take you exactly where you’d like to go. The Château de Bazoches is a treasure trove of historical interest, military prowess and elegant architecture.

 

Back in Time

Dating back to the twelfth century, the grand château was originally built on a Roman site, overlooking the Morvan landscape. The estate itself originates from the fashionable antiquity of the seventeenth century, as evidenced by its magnificent architecture. Walking through its halls, you can easily imagine the courtiers of King Louis XIV strolling past you.

A True Genius

The most famous owner of the château is Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, widely renowned for his military genius. He purchased the estate following his enormous success in the siege of Maastricht, for which Louis XIV rewarded him with a large sum of money. His home became the headquarters for his strategic and fortification designs, which were widely respected and used by many French cities for over a century.

Ahead of his time, Vauban understood modern advances in technology and weaponry, making him a master of military planning. He would use intricate miniature ravelins, bastions and moats to further his ideas, and became a pioneer of the bayonet rifle, the iron-barrelled cannon and the mortar. His prowess in military engineering and strategy was unparalleled, so it’s no surprise that over 300 cities in France feature his designs, including Lille, Dunkirk and Bayonne.

Luxury Libraries

Château de Bazoches is also home to an extensive library, which contains over 5,000 books and is a must-see for literature enthusiasts. Vauban himself had a passion for literature, and penned his famous Royal Tithe during his time there. Unfortunately, his written criticism of the upper classes and the inequalities of the taxation system cost him his royal favour, causing him to fall from grace for the rest of his life.

Further Information

If the rich and varied history of this grand Burgundian house sounds too good to be true, what are you waiting for? European Waterways will take you on a luxury hotel barge cruise and ensure that you take in all of France’s best sights. For more information, don’t hesitate to explore our website or get in touch with our friendly team of experts.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury hotel barge holidays in France. 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.

Sacred art meets sophisticated technology!

Sacred art meets sophisticated technology!

Multi-media entertainment studio Moment Factory creates a multi-sensory experience within Montreal’s grandiose Notre-Dame Basilica using sound, light and video projection-mapping.
Designed by Irish-American architect James O’Donnell in 1824, the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal is a picture of divinity. Now, as part of the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations, the iconic heritage landmark has been given a new, and luminous, lease of life. Montreal-based multimedia entertainment studio Moment Factory has created AURA, a transformative experience that propels visitors on a sacred journey using layers of augmented reality and spatial orchestral scoring within the walls of the Gothic Revival cathedral.

 

Since its opening in March 2017, AURA, which seats 600 people at a time, has been performed over 400 times. The 45-minute experience, presented in two acts, unfolds beneath the grandiose Basilica’s lofty rood screens. Before being seated, visitors are encouraged to discover and connect with sublime artworks highlighted by multimedia-enhanced installations on a self-led tour.

The second act, when the Basilica’s interior is bathed in a series of animated projections, is just as, if not more, breathtaking. Coupled with an orchestral composition interpreted by 30 musicians, 20 chorists and the Basilica’s resonant organ, the experience is soul-stirring.

Conceived in 2015 by the Moment Factory team and the cathedral’s managers, Fabrique de la Paroisse Notre-Dame, the project was produced by over 100 people. Bringing this vision to reality required an intensive year of musical composition and recording, four months of visual content production, 90 days of installation and a month of content integration and testing.

The technical rig of a total of 21 projectors — seven for the exploratory introduction and 14 for the second act — and 140 lights, four lasers and 20 mirrors is but one of the cogs in the machine.

To fully utilize the cathedral’s intricate architecture as a complex digital canvas, in a seamless manner, Moment Factory developed X-Agora, a specialized projection-mapping software that permits the creation of complex 3D maps of concave surfaces and ornate carvings. The video projections were also tuned to match the cathedral’s vibrant chromatic palette so as to enrich the existing details.

Home Service Doctors Provide Warmth to Families in Need

Home Service Doctors Provide Warmth to Families in Need

Home Service Doctors, a home-based service company based in Manassas, Virginia, reached out to change the lives of local people’s families with a suggestion from Ginny Grivas. Ginny reached out through Facebook Messenger to the Home Service Doctors team to remind their family of the youngest girl with leukemia. The homeowner and his father, Chris, not only fought to help her daughter defeat her cancer, but also struggled to ensure her comfort because their home heating system failed.
Chris’s daughter Gabby suffers from leukemia since the age of 2. With increasing medical bills and irreversible heating systems, when the House Service Doctor hears the situation, owner Randy Baldwin steps in. Eliminating families from space heater shopping or Solutions used gently for warmth, a team from Comfortologist donated a new HVAC system to the homeowner and installed the unit as a donation.

Home Service Doctors Provide Warmth to Families in Need

Randy Baldwin, owner of Home Service Doctor, started his Docer Differentiation program as a way to give back to the public. With a community nomination, he regularly strives to support those who need a helping hand. The Doctor Differentiation Program is designed to help others. Baldwin says his motivation for the program, “It’s true to our identity, helping others is the core of who we are, that’s why we do what we do.”

To watch a video about Gabby’s Doctor Difference Segment, visit their website. The Home Service Doctors, headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, are open to a community nomination for their Doctor Differentiation program. Home Service Doctors Provide Warmth to Families in Need

Get Ready to Rock the Mountain: Musilac 2018

Get Ready to Rock the Mountain: Musilac 2018

If you’re planning a ski holiday to Chamonix with a group of mates and can’t decide when to go, my advice would be to wait until April 2018. That way, you can participate in Musilac Mont-Blanc 2018, the ultimate party on the mountain! This new spring festival is expected to become one of the biggest annual music events in Chamonix.
What to Expect

 

Musilac is already famous in Aix-les-Bains, where it is a popular summer festival. Past headliners have included everyone from Elton John and Sting to The Chemical Brothers and David Guetta. For Chamonix, festival organisers promise an equally stellar line up: so far, 15 acts are scheduled to play from April 19 to 21.

The Festival will be a massive affair: it’s estimated that up to 30,000 spectators will attend the three-day event. An open-air stage will be set up at the Bois du Bouchet paragliding landing area, which will play host to audiences of around 15,000 each night.

To ensure that this is one of the major events in Chamonix’s 2018 calendar, Musilac organisers have partnered with MontBlanc Médias, a renowned French media group that specialises in extreme sports.

Ski the End of the Season or Just Hang Out

Whether you’re a keen skier and want to take advantage of Chamonix’s cheap ‘end of season’ deals or you just love the party atmosphere of a festival, April in Chamonix is perfect for you.

Set at the foot of Mont Blanc, the resort’s skiing opportunities are guaranteed throughout the spring, during which there’s a fantastic range of glacial skiing that really comes into its own from April onwards.

There are a range of nursery runs for beginners, – although the snow cover this late in the season can be risky – and for intermediate and advanced skiers, Chamonix’s challenging runs provide the ultimate high-thrill playground.

In town, you’ll discover that Chamonix is a bustling place with a cool, hip crowd that populates the resort all year round. There are some great bars and clubs, and the pretty centre is equipped with many nice café terraces.

If you’re looking for a group holiday during which you don’t want to hit the pistes every day, combining a ski holiday with one of the best events in Chamonix ensures that you’ll have a blast!

How to Get There

Taking part in the many events in Chamonix couldn’t be easier, as there are regular flights from the UK to Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble and Lyon airports during the ski season.

For a good-value transfer option, book a group transfer with Shuttle Direct before you leave home. Choose either a private or a more economical shared group transfer, and our drivers will pick you up from the airport and deliver you straight to your resort. It doesn’t get easier than that!

Fire Damage to Your Service

Fire Damage to Your Service

Your property can be destroyed in many ways from water, wind, earthquake to sabotage and damage to vandalism. In addition, a person can lose possessions through fire that can be devastating. When claiming insurance due to fire damage, you should report the incident to the insurance company followed by sending the damaged property image and video; a public adjuster in Texas can help you. Make sure that your extra or extra items are well secured.
When assessing the losses, most people choose to use all American public adjuster. This adjustment, to begin with, implements the percentage of insurance settlement. They offer many fire insurance adjuster services that are helpful when assessing losses. This service is aware of the fact that there are many types of fire damage ranging from kitchen fires, electricity to unintentional fires such as cigarettes or children’s accidents. You will be able to find independent insurance adapters that are trained to handle various types of fires.

Fire Damage to Your Service

Many insurance companies use the services of fire adjusters to assess the losses and this is very profitable because there is increased credibility. There is an element of impartiality and no bias when policyholders and insurance companies agree on the use of certain Texas public adjuster. This is particularly useful when conflicts arise in settlement demands between the parties. However, you should be careful that the insurance company does not dictate to the insurance guarantor that you will use for fear of being manipulated by the insurance company.

To achieve the assessment, the Austin general adjuster will ask for your name and all of your contact information. They also need the name of the insurance company, policy number and policy type. Other important areas include the claim number that is if you have already established it, the date of loss, and the type of fire that caused the damage, the damaged area; exterior, interior or individual property and finally, evidence of loss. This is done by sending digital photos from damaged areas and surrounding areas. Fire Damage to Your Service

The world today has described insurance companies as untrustworthy, and they seem to forget their roles-helping people in the event of property damage. However, there is the luck of an independent adjuster company. This is institutional in every city and its important growth reason is because insurance companies have failed to fulfill the task. This is adequately demonstrated by the presence of public supervisory associations in most cities which is an indication that businesses are rapidly gaining acceptance in most households and the public business environment. However, finding a good San Antonio adjuster is a task that requires effort on your part.

Good Auto Insurance Policy

Good Auto Insurance Policy

Although car insurance is a must-have for cars, it does not cost a lot of money. If applicable, you can calculate your car insurance rate with your insurance provider to the minimum possible threshold while ensuring that you are in good coverage. A good car insurance policy will not only protect you as a vehicle owner in the event of an accident but also take into account any damage that may occur to a third party. If you are considering the following budget car insurance plans are a few tips to help keep your insurance interest rates low; Good Auto Insurance Policy
· Insure your home and car with the same company – Insuring your car with the same company that insures your home makes you unreadable with discounts called multi-line discounts. Thus, you pay less than you should if you insure your car and home with a separate company. Even then, you should be sure about the possibility of a discount before making a commitment to get your car insurance from a company that insures your home because not all companies offer multi-line discounts.

Good Auto Insurance Policy

· Meet all your cars in one policy – If you have more than one car, you can make sure everything is in one policy to qualify for multi-vehicle discounts. This lets you enjoy savings on both mobile phones. Just like multi-line discounts, you need to check if a discount is offered before signing up.

· Maintain clean driving records – Your driving record is a factor when calculating your car insurance rate. As a result, your insurance rate is affected by a traffic ticket that covers up to three years and six years for accidents. Having a bad driving record means you pay an extra premium so make your car insurance expensive.

· Go for low-risk cars – Your car insurance premium is determined based on your car history. If your car is very likely to be stolen or involved in an accident then you will pay more for insurance premiums.

· Choosing a Pay-As-You-Drive Policy – It is highly recommended if you do not drive for long distances. Therefore, consider applying for a policy based on your annual or monthly mileage. The pay-as-you-drive policy allows your premium to fluctuate depending on the frequency behind the wheel because your mileage records are stored through monthly and yearly reports shared with policy providers.

· Take precautions against the possibility of theft – Installing an anti-theft device in your car may also contribute to lowering your car insurance premium as it reduces the risk of theft.

· Let insurance companies bid for you – When you shop for your car insurance and deliberately let the insurance company know that you are not done yet, you can get a better deal. That is, you can choose to tell the business what other offers offer so as to give them the opportunity to decline the offer for your benefit.

In conclusion, there are many factors that determine how much you will pay the premium. Thus, perhaps lowering your car insurance premiums still enjoy great service. Good Auto Insurance Policy

Crazy Family Fun in Chamonix

Crazy Family Fun in Chamonix

Chamonix is known as one of the best skiing areas in the world – and rightly so! It has a wide-ranging array of pistes that the whole family can enjoy together. From nursery slopes for your little ones to advanced, adrenaline-fuelled pistes for adults and teenagers, Chamonix has something special for everyone.
In addition to skiing, there are many other fun-filled and family-friendly activities that’ll make your ski holiday an exciting adventure that the kids will never forget.

 

Dog Sledding

Are your kids big fans of puppers and woofers? Then you’ll definitely see their eyes light up when you take them dog sledding.

Bred from wolf and domestic dog (usually husky) crosses, these friendly animals love to pull sleds, and they’re so elegant that it makes for a really smooth ride. What’s more, these animals are super affectionate, and you’ll probably find you want one as a pet if you treat the family to a dog sledding experience! This activity is increasingly popular, so make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Paragliding

How does soaring through the snowy peaks of the Alps sound?

Thanks to its glaciers, rugged peaks and eagles, Chamonix is known as the Mecca of mountain flying. Even beginners can enjoy a huge adrenaline rush and amazing flights with very high levels of safety, as the gear is really advanced. If you don’t want to take lessons, tandem flying is also is an option – you’ll take to the skies with an experienced pilot, who will introduce you to the sights that this stunning region has to offer.

Snowshoeing

This is a wonderful way for the whole family to experience the region’s alpine beauty. Snowshoeing takes you away from the over-crowded slopes to the snowy mountains, where you can see deer, foxes and hares in their natural habitat. Why not venture onto glacial terrain for something a little more exciting? Or how about leaving the kids with a child minder and enjoying a moonlit snowshoeing adventure?

Ice Skating

The Richard Bozon Sports Centre boasts an Olympic-sized indoor ice rink, as well as a smaller outdoor rink that’s only a short walk away from the town centre. Give this fun winter sport a whirl, or pop by for the local teams’ ice hockey matches, cheering them on as they play a home game.

How to Get There

Many budget airlines offer several flights every day from the UK to Geneva, with a flight time of only 90 minutes from London. Getting to Chamonix from Geneva couldn’t be easier – simply book a transfer with Shuttle Direct for a quick and easy journey to your accommodation in Chamonix. From Geneva, the transfer only takes about an hour, so you’ll be out on the slopes with the family in no time!

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

Favorite Objectives for Gap Class Students

Favorite Objectives for Gap Class Students

comprehensive travel insurance In addition to offering attractive offers for travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holiday.
“Taking time off before going to university or starting a career can be a great learning experience.Many young people save and go to the wider world to see and do as much as possible before they have to settle into real life, which can often mean limited time for travel and more daily responsibilities.

Favorite Objectives for Gap Class Students

If you plan to spend time and join thousands of like-minded people, you may be interested in knowing which destinations are most on the list to spend years, as well as different choices for how to spend it. year gap Of course, wherever you decide to go and whatever you decide to do, make sure you get comprehensive travel insurance so you can be sure that whatever happens, you will be protected.

Top Gap Year Destinations Revealed by ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents)

The increase in the number of travelers gap year by 10% over the last twelve months is quite significant. Most people this year choose to travel to Australasia, Southeast Asia, South America and the United States. Australia has always been a firm favorite and claimed the number one spot in the most popular year-break destination, and New Zealand has just taken over from Thailand and is now second. Vietnam has jumped from eighth to fifth, and places like India, Brazil and Peru are also on the list. Favorite Objectives for Gap Class Students

How Do People Choose to Spend Their Gap Year?

There are several types of travel gaps that can be arranged. Many young people sign up for overseas work placements, while others are involved in voluntary programs. It is advisable to book through a recommended and reputable company when volunteering, and be sure to do your research regarding the benefits of the project and what you will need. Always invest in comprehensive travel insurance as well. Favorite Objectives for Gap Class Students

Another popular way to spend years gap is to start an adventure journey. Trekking, mountain biking, land tours and other adventures are still a great way to see the world from a different perspective, but all may require a top-up clause in a comprehensive travel insurance policy, so check before you leave.

Of course, the traditional tickets around the world ticket are still booked by more independent travelers, who may want to enjoy a little of everything on their way.

Listening

While the gap year trip is a great way for young people to grow in confidence, get freedom, make good memories and see the world, this can be a challenging moment. Good preparation is key if the experience will be safe and positive, and a comprehensive travel insurance policy is a must!

Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning specialist team in single travel and annual comprehensive travel insurance. In addition to offering attractive offers for travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holiday.