The Anatomy of an Archipelago

The Anatomy of an Archipelago

For anyone with an interest in natural history, the group of islands collectively known as the Galapagos Archipelago is one of the most fascinating places on the planet. The region is renowned for its unique wildlife and the vital role it played in naturalist Charles Darwin’s research, from which he developed his revolutionary Theory of Evolution.
While the majority of visitors on guided Galapagos holidays arrive to experience a close encounter with the iconic wildlife, learning a little of the area’s geologic history can enrich the experience even beyond expectation.

 

The Anatomy of an Archipelago

The most common way for an archipelago to form is through constant volcanic activity. (They can also form from continental islands, due to erosion or evaporation of water.) Volcanic archipelagos can form in the ocean and in rivers or lakes as they erupt on beneath the surface of the water. When oceanic, the resulting land masses are known as an “island arc”. In many cases this forms as a result of a “hot spot”, in which parts of the Earth’s crust (tectonic plates) continually shift and create friction.

Where two tectonic plates meet and create a hot spot, magma (red-hot molten rock) can push through the sea floor to create an underwater volcano. As tectonic plates continue to shift over the hot spot, the constant eruptions cause lava to build up and up over millions of years until they emerge from the surface of the ocean to create an island.

In some cases, activity ceases when the tectonic plate eventually moves away from the hot spot. But in others, for example in Hawaii and Japan, the island chains continue to evolve, with many of the volcanoes still active today.

The Geology of Galapagos

The Galapagos Archipelago was formed through the repeated movement of the Nazca tectonic plate over millions of years. As it took place over such a long time period, the eastern islands in the chain are actually millions of years older than some of those in the west. The younger ones, like Isabela and Fernandina, for example, are thought to only be around a few hundred thousand years old, and are still in formation today. Some of the older ones, like San Cristobal and Espanola, may be up to five million years old – still relatively young in the history of the world. With the exception of Isabela (which, as the largest, is made up of six), each island was formed from a single volcano.

Due to their volcanic nature, most of the islands in the chain have a similar conical appearance, but they range from those with very low, gentle slopes to some that soar steeply more than 5,000 feet above sea level. It is this varied of topography that has created the astonishing diversity of habitat that supports the magnificent array of unique wildlife – much of which is endemic.

Discover a Unique Region on Galapagos Holidays

The geology and ecology of this isolated island chain make it one of the most unique places in the world. For those who want to learn more, organised small group Galapagos holidays provide the opportunity to explore this rich, bio-diverse part of the planet in an intimate, educational and truly memorable way.

This restaurant invites you in by displaying its kitchen!

This restaurant invites you in by displaying its kitchen!

Concrete brings us a brand new Japanese watering hole and dining experience at Izakaya in Hotel Roomers, Munich.
Hotel Roomers in Munich stands out for its Japanese restaurant, Izakaya in an incredibly unique way. The restaurant announces its presence via its show kitchen visible through the glass facade of the porte-cochere. This kitchen block continues inside the lobby as a jewellery case covered in gold mirror – also the restaurant’s main entrance!

 

Black and gold dominate the colour palette here with a contrasting feature of light wooden lamellas along the ceiling and wall. Gold cladding uplifts the space especially through the backlit bar top, with a warm yellow marble finish that makes every drink sparkle. While the bar is a highlight element, one cannot miss the show-stopper i.e. the oversized wooden Koi-carp lamp. Typically Japanese, this lamp would’ve probably overpowered the design had it not been so dynamic!

Seating zones are created by introducing silk-printed rotating panels that are also black mirrors and level changers. The rotating panels serve many purposes: they can either connect or separate the space depending on the angle of rotation. While on one side, a Japanese-inspired artwork on silkscreen by artist Gijs Scholten anoints it; the other side is clad with a black mirror with different settings. In the early evening, the whole space can appear as one; while during the after-hours, the bar can be cordoned off to establish a darker and cosy mood that lasts deep into the night. This element helps the space adapt to its clients allowing for a truly transformable experience.

Jamaica Private Tours

Jamaica Private Tours

Jamaica is an island that offers something special for everyone. The northern coast of Jamaica is loaded with excursions, that are suited for every type of visitors to enjoy. Regardless of the nature of your vacation, whether you arrived on a cruise or by air. Or, if you will be a guest for a few hours or for several days; Your accommodation could be at one of the many all-inclusive resorts on the island, at a villa in the hills or by the sea; there is undoubtedly something for you.
Jamaica is an intriguing island with a rich history that has given birth to Reggae Music and gifted a delicious array of culinary selections to include the famed, Jerk Chicken, Sumptuous Beef Patties, warm and friendly people with infectious smiles. It is the land of beautiful beaches, rolling mountains and majestic waterfalls. It is also known for its great coffee, Blue Mountain, rum and fast runners. Whatever adventure you are looking for you can find it in Jamaica.

 

Like other tourist destinations you may hear of, or may have visited, transportation is an important part of the vacation experience. There are usually several options available for travel when in Jamaica. On one hand, there are big tour coach buses in Jamaica that offer tours to many of the popular attractions. These tours are normally good, but can loose the great-effect, especially because there are too many personalities to be managed. They usually lack flexibility and so it somewhat more ridged. On these group tours, there is normally a schedule, but the tour can sometimes go at a slower pace than is expected, and so can be a bit infuriating and inconvenient for as some persons.

It is always great to have choices, so, on the other side of the coin, there is the private tours catering to your unique and specialized needs. For most guests, this is certainly a better experience because you get to enjoy the company of your group members in a more intimate space; you all get to control the outcome of your adventure. Customized private tours Jamaica permit guests to touch, feel and see the culture of the island in a way that is not available when you travel on group tours. Tours are enhanced when there is a private driver who will more or less become a friend for the day. The treats are better because the focus is totally on your party regardless of the size.

Each traveler has different interests and has peculiar ways of having fun. Being from different walks of life, and having different perspectives on life, your tours should be able to accommodate and reflect that too. Considering this, a small tweak on a private tour could make all the difference- this is what a private tour offers and much, much more.

How to Use Facebook Ads for Real Estate

How to Use Facebook Ads for Real Estate

Real estate agents have many advantages over Facebook advertising. Their targeting capabilities are much more precise than other social media platforms.

Facebook Ads can not only find your audience through behavioral and demographic targeting, but also low cost.

However, many agents are still not included in this trend. So, those who want to take risks will gain a competitive advantage over other realtors.

But, like all marketing plans, you must have a strategy. Here’s how you should use Facebook ads for real estate.

“Possibility to Move”
Supported by behavioral data, Facebook now has the category of “Possible Move” people.

This data comes from online and offline research. This is also generated through platform-related partners.

People who have visited a real estate site recently will appear in this category. Those who have posted about the first home purchase will be included as well.

From there, you can even segment your audience even further. You can narrow it down by age, household income, and geography.

Facebook strategically adds an account that matches the “Possible to Move” category. This means you are not wasting dollars on advertising for people who have not been interested in moving. How to Use Facebook Ads for Real Estate

Let’s say you’re in the West with a farm for sale and want to contact interested buyers. You can specifically target those who have searched for farms in the area.

Do not Just Use Facebook Ads for Real Estate Buyers
Direct your ads to mortgage brokers as well.

Why? How to Use Facebook Ads for Real Estate

Because targeting a mortgage broker means you increase your referral chances.

Facebook also allows you to narrow down the target with a job title. Simply enter the ‘mortgage broker’ into the ad search engine, and voila! You will reach new audiences.

You do not want to spend a lot of money on people who are not interested in buying or selling. But reaching a certain audience can really improve your reputation.

You may also consider advertising with those who have the following job titles: processor advisers, closer, and refinance.

Coordinate with Traditional Efforts
Since you are targeting a certain area, you should implement traditional strategies in these places as well.

Of course, many who go through the mail directly thrown into the trash. But, traditional marketing can be much more effective when combined with digital business.

There is no doubt that consumers need a lot of opinions before making a purchase. That means they need to create some kind of impressions with your company.

So, if you spend money on Facebook advertising, you also have to coordinate around your standard tactics. Send your postcards and other direct mail ads to tenants in the same area code.

It is ideal to start your Facebook business right before you submit your direct mail. Then keep those ads running for a while later to maximize your exposure.

All You Need to Know About the Canal de la Marne au Rhin

All You Need to Know About the Canal de la Marne au Rhin

For your next barge holiday in France, why not travel down the Canal de la Marne au Rhin and discover the wonders of Alsace-Lorraine. Its complex history has made it a beautiful crossroads of French and German culture, creating the iconic wooden-beamed houses, delicious Alsatian wines and even their very own dialect. There are a variety of landscapes to admire along the way too, including rolling vineyards, breathtaking mountains and historical cities.
Length and Route

 

The Canal de la Marne au Rhin is a 313-kilometre-long stretch of water that links Paris to Alsace and Germany. An excellent route for a barge holiday in France starts in Vitry-le-François and continues towards the historic town of Bar-le-Duc. You can then travel down towards Nancy, first passing through Toul, to finish a little beyond the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

History and Feats of Engineering

Completed in 1855, the Canal de la Marne au Rhin posed a few major issues to the engineers who designed it – mainly, how to pass through the Vosges mountains and reach the Col de Saverne. Initially the canal was made to rise gradually by passing through a seventeen-lock ladder, which would create a 44-metre level change over 4 kilometres. This technique was used until 1969, at which time it was replaced by the Saint Louis Arzviller inclined plane. With this new system, the barge enters a large caisson and is either lifted or lowered up or down the slope thanks to a counter balancing weight. On a barge holiday in France with European Waterways, you’ll be 1 of 39 barges to use it. It should take about 20 minutes to complete the full journey (including entering and exiting the caisson). It is an ingenious system that uses very little electricity and only requires two men to monitor it.

Attractions en Route

Following the Canal de la Marne au Rhin lets you explore all the Alsace-Moselle region has to offer. You won’t want to pass up on the opportunity of discovering the Lehrer Crystal Glassworks once you have passed over the Arzviller slope, or of exploring the historical city of Strasbourg and taking a tour around the renowned family-run Meteor Brewery when you reach Alsace. The Lehrer Crystal Glassworks lets you immerse yourself in the world of glassblowing as you watch experts craft and cut fine glass. Once you’ve ticked that off your list, I’d recommend visiting the Cathedral in Strasbourg, with its gorgeous Gothic-style architecture, its beautifully detailed stained-glass windows and intricately carved gargoyles. There are 332 steps to climb to reach the top, but the view from up there is well worth the effort. You should also have a wander around the windy streets of La Petit France to see the picturesque Alsatian houses lined with colourful geraniums. You can then head to the Meteor Brewery. It offers guided tours on which you’ll learn the six complex stages of creating and blending that goes into making the unique flavour of this 400-year-old beer. It wouldn’t be a barge holiday in France without a little culture!

Learn to Sell Pets Online Safely

Learn to Sell Pets Online Safely

selling pets online If you are selling pets online, you are in the business of bringing happiness to others.

However, to protect the integrity of your business as well as your animal safety, you need to take serious precautions.

Follow the advice in this post to learn how to build your web presence, and how to sell your animals safely to competent and competent owners over the Internet.

Build Your Web Presence
Before we get into how to sell pets online properly, let’s first discuss how you can build a web presence that lets customers know you as a breeder.

One of the most important things you can do is immediately sign up for the Better Business Bureau. This way, when customers find your site, they can see that you have a clean record and learn more about your past customers.

Plus, registering with BBB proves to your customers that you are authoritative, invest in the health and wellbeing of your animals, and committed to customer service.

Next, it’s time to focus on your site. Make sure you include lots of images of your animals (social media will also be a great marketing opportunity for you.) Blog about your process, include the “frequently asked questions” section and include your experience.

Also, it does not hurt to include glowing testimonials from your past customers. For a good example of a properly done dog website, see Crump’s Bullies. Their homepage sites are connected to their social media accounts, clearly showing their contact information, and using images immediately linked to their target market.

How to Screen Potential Owners
As a rancher, you are responsible for ensuring that your animals will go to a safe environment where they will be well taken care of.

These days, everybody wants pets. In fact, the millennium prioritizes animal ownership of home ownership and even romantic relationships! However, just because someone wants a pet, does not mean they are eligible to have it.

Be specific about certain animal traits. For example, is it more hyper than others? Is that a bathroom control problem? Have you provided training? This will help ensure owners know what to expect, and whether they can provide the needed care or not.

Also, make sure you connect with potential owners via email. Ask about the age of the children they have at home, how they plan to give care and food, and if they have ever had an animal before.

Also, do not be afraid to ask where they will take care of the animals, and why they want to buy pets. You need to know your animals will not spend their lives in a cage or be used for terrible purposes.

You Are Ready to Sell Pets Online
Thanks to this post, now you have all the information you need to sell pets safely online and build your overall web presence.

Breeding and selling pets is a fun career that brings joy to many people. Make sure your animals find their dream home by following the advice on this post.

Private Airport Transfer to Negril Jamaica

Private Airport Transfer to Negril Jamaica

Of any choice, you always deserve the best; your travels in Jamaica will avail basically two types of airport /hotel transfers. One option is a shared service and the other is private taxi service. While the choice is always yours; you will more likely than not choose the one that best serves your needs.
Travelling to the resort town of Negril is always a thrilling ride; situated about 50 miles west of Montego Bay or approximately one hour away your stay in Negril promises to be a great experience. Famous for its many small hotels, villas and guest houses, Negril is truly a gem of resort town. Famous for its Seven-Mile Beach that has graced the cover of many travel magazines, Negril has something for everyone. It is also has another famous spot that attracts hundreds, if not thousands of visitors daily; whether they are staying there or just checking out the resort town for the day. No one should visit Negril without a stop at the joint called, Rick’s Café, a place for cliff diving and watching beautiful sunsets.

 

Getting to Negril from the airport in Montego Bay is easy, the road surface is good and the sceneries are breathtaking. However, to compliment all the wonderful things private airport transfer to Negril is certainly the better option. While it could be the more expensive option, it is more than likely turned out to be better than you first thought.

Vacations are special and most times too short , hence, maximizing every last minute of the vacation should be explored and this is where the private option comes in handy. On the other side of the coin, the shared option could cost a little less but may eat into your vacation time. In choosing the shared option there are several factors that can cause a delay and adversely impact the outcome of your vacation. One could that the bus could take a long while to be filled; another is that there will be a series of stops at other resorts to drop off other guests.

Private Airport Taxi to Negril is certainly the way to go. Instead of sitting on a big bus waiting for it to be filled, you could be off on your journey as soon as you exit the airport. In no time you will be settled in at your resort and enjoying visits to the pool of the bar or sitting on the beach sipping on tropical cocktails. Other important features of your service include being transported in a modern vehicle that is fully air-conditioned. For guests travelling with children, most Montego Bay Airport Transfer Service Company do provide complimentary child seat of the young ones safe.

Go private!!! You will be glad you did. Depending on the size group it may not even cost more than the second option. You get to control your pace and stops are accommodated. Another important feature is that using Private Airport Taxi will allow you to experience the thrill of officially starting your vacation in the private vehicle with an amiable driver who will treat you to the richness of all his country has to offer…all along the way it will be Jamaica where there is “NO PROBLEM MON”

5 Unique and Healthy Ways to Solve Cigarette Addiction

5 Unique and Healthy Ways to Solve Cigarette Addiction

You may be smoking, but that does not mean you like being a smoker. Smoking addiction affects many people and many hope that they can drop the habit altogether.

According to a survey of the American Cancer Society, 70% of participants wanted to quit smoking. Quitting smoking can be one of the most challenging things you do, but that does not mean it is not possible.

Overcoming addiction
If you want to quit smoking, there are various things you can do to help get rid of your habits. People have used mental tricks, products, and even medical help to stop their habits.

Are you ready to quit smoking? One of these five methods can help you finally stop forever.

Delay

Are you close to your smoking wish? Instead of taking a smoke break now, just wait a few minutes. It may sound crazy, but a few minutes it can help a lot to stop his wishes.

Spend 5-10 minutes to do something else. Check your e-mail, see social media, or basically do anything to distract yourself from your wishes. After a while and you will not feel the need to smoke again.

Handle Stress Constructively

Smoking and stress almost work together hand in hand. A study from the Pew Research Center shows that many smokers are struggling with stress, and that feeling of stress causes them to ignite more cigarettes.

If you are a stress smoker you need to find a different way to deal with stressful feelings. Some people feel that using stress balls helps them. Others use yoga or meditation to focus and resist desire.

Find a New Routine

Some people like to end lunch with cigarettes or cigarettes, and others need smoke before they sleep. Smokers who fall into the routine may experience problems quitting as part of their daily schedule.

Finding a new routine can help you stop your smoking habit. Replace your scheduled fog pause with a new, satisfying routine.

Instead of having post-lunch smoke, walk quickly to energize yourself for the next half. Consider having snacks instead of smoke before going to bed.

Think Natural Remedies

If you want to quit smoking, the nature of the mother may be helpful. There are various herbal ingredients and other natural things that can help overcome your smoking addiction.

Tartar health benefits cream has been mentioned by naturalists for years, and this can also help you quit smoking. Ginseng has also been known to help combat addiction.

Reward Yourself

Quitting smoking is hard, and even just slowing down your habits is the cause of celebration. Stop coming with various health benefits, but small gifts along the way can make it easier for you to end your smoking addiction.

If you have just left your first day without smoking, treat yourself to sumptuous coffee in the morning. If you’ve been for weeks or months without cigarettes, maybe it’s time you bought a new pair of shoes that interest you.

Your Ultimate Guide to Traveling in Morocco

Your Ultimate Guide to Traveling in Morocco

Morocco is a truly magnificent destination with unique culture, history and many places to explore! From kasbah (fort) to the Sahara Desert, nothing will not amaze you and be attracted to this country. Many Moroccans I met were very nice, friendly, and friendly! Not to mention the fascinating places to visit and the low cost of living as well. If you are planning to visit sometime, here are some tips for traveling in Morocco. Your Ultimate Guide to Traveling in Morocco
1. Morocco is an affordable tourist destination. Although with the increasing number of tourists in recent years, it is still a relatively cheap place to visit. You can still find affordable accommodation that is located around the city center and eat cheaply.

2. Ready to bargain. Depending on what you buy, some goods on the streets and local markets can be high but very acceptable to bargain at the best price.

3. If you want to go on a journey like the Sahara Desert, you do not need to book in advance because there are travel agents anywhere that offer such tours. Sometimes, you may find a better deal directly than you do online.

4. Learn some phrases in Arabic (or French). They are the main language of instruction in Morocco. Given the increasing number of tourists there, you should be fine with English. However, knowing some keywords and phrases in Arabic (and French) can be useful when you interact with locals, especially in rural areas.

5. As a Muslim country, Morocco is still bound by religious traditions and norms on how to behave and behave in society. While this is one of the more progressive Muslim countries (especially in terms of women’s status) and more tolerant of tourists, dressing modestly is for your own sake and can save your attention and problems. Also, do not pretend to dress modestly whenever possible. It can risk attracting attention from pickpockets and false guides (wrong). Your Ultimate Guide to Traveling in Morocco

12 tips for flea market shopping

12 tips for flea market shopping

Endless stalls of invaluable heirlooms, modern gadgets and vintage clothing await you at a flea market but it’s so easy to miss out on these really treasured items. You could end up spending hours in one market stall and then have to speed through the rest, or you could get lost, wandering around in circles visiting the same stalls endlessly. It’s important to plan for the ultimate flea market shopping experience, and here are some ways to get the most out of your day.
Great tips for flea market shopping

 

1. Get a map
It’s not unheard of to get lost at a flea market which means missing out on some really great stalls so try source a map of the market ahead of time and plan your route accordingly. Get a feel for the market’s layout because most markets will generally place similar stalls in the same vicinity so you can decide where to go first. If you’re really diligent you can take note of the stalls you enjoyed or where you purchased items for a return visit another time.

2. Get there early
It’s always best to get to a market before the crowds arrive and while the stalls are still full and you can broswe the stalls and view the mehandise. Once your shopping is done you can enjoy the live enetrtainment or a bite to eat.

3. Make a day of it
A day at the flea market is a fantastic experience for the whole family so, rather than rushing through the stalls, make a day of it. Get in early for breakfast, take your time perusing the stalls while the children enjoy the fresh air and fun kids activities on offer. There are usually great discounts at the end of the day, so if you stick around, you’re bound to get some great deals.

4. Check out the entertainment
Flea markets often provide local musicians and entertainers with a really worthwhile platform to break into a new audience. It’s always encouraging to support the local talent and you might tap into an artist you’d never heard of before. Enhance your shopping experience with the day’s entertainment!

5. Take cash
Although there may be ATMs on site, the queues could be long and these portable ATMs often run out of cash. Added to this, some sellers won’t accept debit or credit cards so it’s worth taking cash – particularly smaller bills – to the market. Be sure to keep this in a secure bag which isn’t easily evident.

6. Wear comfortable shoes
Flea market shopping is not the time to break into your latest pair of high heels. Opt for a comfortable pair of walking shoes as you don’t want your market experience cut short because of painful feet.

7. Ask about pick-up policies
If you buy a big item, make sure you ask the seller about the pick-up policy. If you can only collect it in a day or two, make sure they will hold the item for you.

8. Choose your haggles
Don’t waste your, or the seller’s time haggling over a price if you’re actually not serious about buying. If you really do love the item and feel it’s somewhat overpriced, then a market is certainly the place to negotiate a price. Don’t be scared to try out your haggling skills but be courteous about it.

9. Go with an open mind
A flea market is not a retail store so don’t expect to find exactly what you want in mint condition. A market is the perfect place to find items with real potential so go in thinking of ways to re-purpose interesting finds, rather than passing them by. Cosmetic repairs are easy fixes so do some haggling and come away with a great bargain.

10. Don’t miss a good opportunity
If you find something you really love, it’s fine to take some time to consider whether it’s worth the price and haggle for the best deal, but if it’s something you really want, don’t walk away. Chances are, there will be a few people who visit the stall later and snatch it up.

11. Take a collapsible cart
If you’re going to take this market shopping seriously, then it’s worth taking a collapsible cart – or similar trolley device – with you. This frees up your hands, allowing you to browse easily and also means you won’t have aching arms carrying items just one hour in.

12. Check whether the market is pet friendly
If you couldn’t consider market shopping without your four-legged friend, then just check ahead if the market allows for pets. Many do cater for pets – on a lead – but make sure you clean up after your beloved pup.