Famous and historic casinos to visit when travelling in Italy

Although there are certain places, like Las Vegas and Monte Carlo, which are particularly associated with casino gambling, in this era of the online casino, most cities in the world have great ones. Indeed, despite predictions that being able to play casino games online would lead to the decline of land-based ones, the majority have continued to thrive – although some carry greater levels of fame and historic import than others, which ensures that there will always be people interested in visiting them.

One of these is the Casino di Venezia, which you will find in the beautiful city of Venice in Italy, and which at one time was spread over much of this city. The reason for this was the fact that the waterways for which Venice is famed made it difficult for the original casino building to be expanded as it started to gain in popularity, ensuring that the only option was to build additions to it elsewhere in the city. Another notable historic Italian casino is the San Remois Municipal Casino, which can be found in the beautiful city of San Remo, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

This is not the biggest casino you will find, but it boasts a fascinating history, as it dates back all the way to 1905, and was one of the very few casinos to survive when Mussolini demanded that all Italian gambling halls shut their doors, in 1924. Nowadays visitors to the San Remois Municipal Casino will find an establishment that is still thriving – nearly a century after Mussolini failed to close it down – with a fine selection of both slots and table games, enough even to rival online casinos such as www.mobileslots.net. This ensures that it is a great place to gamble, but also a great slice of Italian history, for anyone who has any interest in this country’s troubled past.

Top 5 Golden Beaches in Crete

Once the heart of the Minoan civilisation, a flourishing Bronze Age society associated in mythology with the bull and labyrinth and noted for its Goddess worship and advanced arts, Crete is one of the Mediterranean’s most intriguing islands. An island large enough to retain a strong identity and culture while being incorporated in Greece, Crete has its own distinctive poetry, music and dance styles. Traditional dress can still be seen in the island and the islanders are proud of their history and customs.

There is much to be proud of, not just with regards to their legacy and traditional way of life, but also when it comes to the island’s stunning geography. Mountains stretch along the interior, a vast range made up of different groups, while gorges plunge steeply down and rivers flow out to the sea. It’s a superb landscape for hiking and car rental in Crete is easy to arrange for those who like to explore by car.

But around the coastline lie even greater gems. From the prefecture (regional unit) of Chania in the west to Lassithi in the east, there are hundreds of beaches to be found. From broad sweeping curves of golden sand to tiny inlets, from gently shelving slopes and quaint harbours to rocky beaches with cliffs as their backdrop, the beaches in Crete do not disappoint. Here are five of the best.

Elafonissi Beach is one of the most spectacular beaches on the island, with an unreal quality that sets it apart from other contenders. Located to the far southwest of the island, in the regional unit of Chania, Elafonissi has sparkling pink-tinted white sand, an amazing colour that is due to the thousands upon thousands of broken shells that make it up. With its pristine turquoise waters, shallow and inviting, you might be forgiven for thinking that Elafonissi lies somewhere in the Caribbean rather than the Mediterranean.

Looking for seclusion and a more untamed habitat? No problem. Crete has so many beaches it is easy to escape the crowds. St Paul Sandhill Beach, in Rethymnon prefecture and around 60 km south of the city of the same name, is a wild and impressive site. The name comes from the large sand dunes behind the beach, and these lend to St Paul a sheltered and private quality. The bay also protects against the wind and there is a very peaceful and quiet feel to the beach. Great views can be had from the top of the dunes. The waters are clear, green and deep and the seabed rocky, making it superb for snorkelling.

Also in Rethymnon prefecture, between the villages of Fragokastelo and Rodakino, is Peristeres Beach. The defining feature of Peristeres is its amazing caves to the east, complete with magnificent arches and huge boulders. There are a number of other tiny beaches scattered around. Peristeres itself is secluded and access can be a bit tricky, but once there it is well worth it. The water is great for snorkelling and there are a couple of laid-back tavernas in which to while away a lazy lunch or afternoon.

Back in Chania prefecture, around 12 km west of Chania town, is Gerani Beach. If Elafonissi Beach is reminiscent of the Caribbean, with its exotic appeal, then at Gerani there can be no doubt that you are firmly back in the Mediterranean. Nestled in a lush green valley of olive and citrus groves, with its golden sands, Gerani offers the perfect blend of relaxation and activity. Unlike some of Crete’s more secluded beaches, Gerani has excellent tourist facilities, with loungers and umbrellas for hire, showers and lifeguards. There are some great bars along its 2.5 km length and opportunities for water sports, such as wind-surfing and water-skiing.

Another beach that offers a great balance between chilling out and more adventurous activities is Episkopi, between Chania and Rethymnon towns. At 3.5 km in length, it is one of the longer beaches in the region, and visitors can find all kinds of services here. There are many beach bars and cafes, suitable for all the family, and the beach has a lively and fun atmosphere. There are also loungers, umbrellas, lifeguards and water sports.

An Activity for your journey: Travel Bingo

We often hear the cliché “it’s the journey, not the destination”. Whether that mantra is talking about life in general or traveling per sé, we know that this has a ring of truth to it. During holidays, we notice that our whole vacation is defined by what transpired during the time we’re on the road or in the air – if it was a long drive under scorching heat or if our flight was delayed for hours, chances are we’ll be pissed off altogether, even if we’re looking at the lovely beaches of Hawaii. On the other hand, if we had fun or if we’re relaxed during the journey, we’ll most likely have a marvelous time on our holiday.

This is why it’s important that aside from our travel essentials, we should also prepare some amusements for the drive or plane ride. This will help us pass the time and kill boredom, so that before we know it we’re already on our holiday spot. If you’re alone, you can bring your Ipad with you so you can read your e-books on Kindle or chat with your friends on cheekbingo community for the latest Hollywood gossip. If you’re traveling with company, the ideal activity is to play games. Recently the most popular activity for people having long drives is the travel bingo.

Travel bingo works like a regular bingo game; participants are given cards, with boxed items which will be crossed out when seen during the road trip. The usual items included in the bingo cards are: churches, silos, bridges, trains tracks, gas stations, tractor trailers, billboards, radio towers, cemeteries, rest areas, schools, motels, boats, horses, water towers, restaurants, US mailboxes, and barns. On a separate bingo card, you can also include road signs with pictures such as: stop, lane ends, railroad, slippery, slow down, bus stop, 2-way traffic, no U-turn, speed limit, picnic area, no parking, signal ahead, pedestrian, downgrade, men working, yield, one way, do not enter, intersection, and lane closed. You can also come up with your own travel bingo cards. The important thing is to have fun while at it.

The Top Sites To See In Casablanca

The Top Sites To See In Casablanca

The city of Casablanca is one that has a very special place in the hearts of many people, because of its association with the film of the same name, which was the embodiment of a romantic dream.  Today the city is still visited by couples, as well as tourists coming to the city to find out more about the place behind the wonderfully dramatic story.  While you are unlikely to find Humphrey Bogart running a bar in Casablanca today, the city still has some superb sites that are well worth a visit, and will also give people a real feel for this city that is a combination of European and African culture and architecture.

The Corniche

The stunning seafront of Casablanca is one of the most impressive places to visit in the city, with a lovely sandy beach that is the ideal place for those looking to relax and unwind.  The boulevard is wide and welcoming and is the perfect place for those looking for a romantic stroll, with the architecture of the city and its white buildings contrasting well with the blue of the sea.  This area is one of the most popular in the city, and has a good network or bars and restaurants along the Corniche that make this one of the most welcoming places for visitors to come in Casablanca, as well as great hotels and hostels to choose form.

The King Hassan II Mosque

The architecture of much of Casablanca is typical of French colonial style, but although the King Hassan II Mosque was designed and built by a French architect, it is distinctly different to much of the colonial architecture.  The mosque itself is one of the most impressive in the world, being the seventh largest in terms of size, and having the tallest minaret in the world topped by a laser light that is always pointed at Mecca.  The construction took seven years before finally being opened in 1993, and with a retractable roof and a glass floor on the promontory out over the sea, it is a stunning combination of Islamic tradition and modern style.

Casablanca Cathedra l

Another of the most attractive buildings in Casablanca is the cathedral that was designed and built by another French architect, Paul Tournon.  While it served as a Roman Catholic Church until 1956, following Moroccan independence the church stopped serving as a church and became a cultural center.  Today this wonderful Neo-Gothic building is still an important part of the tourist trail in Casablanca, and for a small fee it is possible to explore the interior and enjoy the stained glass windows and even ascend to the tip of the spire

Old Medina

The Old Medina of Casablanca is a beautiful old part of the city where it is possible to get a true African shopping experience, with some wonderful stalls and vendors selling tourist trinkets and essentials for locals side by side.  The area has received significant investment over recent years, and is a wonderful place to explore.  The important thing when going shopping here is never to accept the first price offered by the vendors, and to haggle strongly in a friendly way to get the best possible price for the wide variety of local goods on offer.

Saturday Snapshot: The BEST crepe I ever had!

Nope, This crepe was not found in Paris or anywhere in France for that matter. So where did I find this succulent array of pastry, strawberry, creme, chocolate and sugary concoction?

Israel of all places!

In the ‘new’ Jerusalem shopping center with ooey gooey filling and even though it is addmittedly larger than a 1 person serving I managed to find room for every last morsel.

I visited this shop a couple times during my stay in one of the most religious & historic cities found in the world. Once this delicious dessert has been devoured you can stroll through the divided neighborhoods of Jerusalem whether you’re in the mood for new & modern or historic & dripping with culture.

Where did you discover the best crepe of your life?