Leisure Travel For Women - Places To See and Things To Do
Monks in Kiev, Ukraine dug the first monastery caves
These caves are known as Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra and were dug in 1051 by Anthony and Theodosius. These caves were dug to pray to God in solitude. Kiev dates back to 482. Scandinavian traders (Varangians), also called "Rus", originally founded Kiev. It was being used as a trading post. Oleg of Novgorod had captured Kiev in 882 and founded the state of Kievan Rus. The Golden Age of Kiev took place during the reigns of Vladimir Svyatoslavich the Great (980 -1015) and his son Yaroslov I the Wise (1019 -1054).
In 983 Slavic Paganism was still prominent. Vladimir had numerous wives and several concubines. He had pagan statues erected and built shrines for the gods. Human sacrifice was also taking place in Kiev during this period of time. Vladimir in 987 sent servants to neighboring nations to study the different religions. When the servants came back their report was not favorable to most of the religions that they had studied. The servants were impressed with the Byzantine Church in Constantinople and had described to Vladimir the Divine Liturgy in the Hagia Sophia, which was Orthodox religion at that time.
Galapagos Islands travel is designated in conjunction with the National Park to offer travelers with the best experience while minimizing the effect that tourism has on the islands
When weighing the different alternatives of Galapagos Islands Travel one of the important factors to consider is the itinerary. You want an itinerary that offers you the broadest range of diversity after all that's why you decided to travel to Galapagos in the first place?
The Galapagos can be divided into four different areas within the archipelago: Western, Southern, Northern and Central. Each region has distinguishing features showcasing both the geological features and the wildlife that lives there. Many islands have their own endemic wildlife - species found there and nowhere else in the world. It is in visiting the Galapagos you will witness firsthand how these animals evolved differently from each other can observe Darwin's Theory of Evolution up close.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival welcomes filmmakers from all over the world for an 11 day celebration of world cinema
Established in 1947 in the same year as the Edinburgh International Festival, the Film Festival took place in August until 2008 when it was moved to June. It is officially the longest-running film festival in the world.
In the early years of the Film Festival the sole focus was on documentary film making. As the years went on however, the scope of the Film Festival was expanded to include fictional films and more abstract work.
Nowadays, film fans and critics can enjoy (or not) a wide variety of cinematic work from short films to full-length feature films to animated work to documentaries to music videos and even films with no moving pictures at all, as we witnessed this year!
Wales - one of the top locations for a great cycling break
Of all the places you can go for your UK holidays, Wales offers some of the very best scenery and for that reason, it is one of the top locations for a great cycling break. There can be few things that feel more liberating than sitting in the saddle, powering yourself along many times faster than you could walk, yet just as able to feel with wind in your hair, while smelling the scents of the flowers or the sea air. Yet you can take a stop whenever you feel like it to explore some point of interest, enjoy a spot of lunch or visit one of the many historic buildings dotted around Wales.
All this comes with a huge variety of possible routes, from family-friendly ones that are quite flat to huge hills that you can hurtle down with a great surge of adrenalin. You can also enjoy areas of rugged mountain scenery or much gentler terrain with green fields and meadows. And of course there is always the sea, with plenty of chances to ride along some of the many coastal paths on or near the shores that offer panoramic views across the Irish Sea or the Bristol Channel. You can also take the chance to visit a couple of beaches while pedalling around.
Claudette Elizondo's top suggestions for a girlfriend's weekend in the Yucatan
There is nothing like visiting a new place when you have a friend that knows the destination well. Claudette Elizondo of MexicaChica Getaways is that friend. She runs and operates a group travel company that caters exclusively to women and is based out of the Yucatan region of Mexico. The capital city of Merida has become an increasingly popular destination for women travelers and for good reason.
Mérida is the cultural center of the Yucatan state in Mexico, renowned as the most peaceful city in Mexico, Mérida contains a sophisticated and cosmopolitan blend with theaters, concerts, museums, parks and numerous cultural events occurring throughout the city each week. Mérida's convenient location in the Gulf state of the Yucatan enhances its appeal: only thirty minutes to the Gulf Coast beaches, Mérida is regularly served by flights on Continental Airlines that connect to major cities in the United States. Merida is a short, three hour drive from the beaches of the Riviera Maya, and within an easy drive of major Mayan ruins, including Chichen Itza, recently named one of the Seven Wonders of the World.