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Get Physical in Trutnov, Czech Republic

A vacation rental in the mountains is the best bet no matter the season.

A vacation rental in the mountains is the best bet no matter the season.

Situated on surrounding hillsides, Trutnov, Czech Republic,  is a must for lovers of outdoor sports during the winter months as well as the summer ones. The area is prominent for plenty of outdoor activities and much history added in besides.

Many consider only Switzerland, Italy and France for skiing and snowboarding opportunities in Europe,  but switch your thoughts and try the Trutnov region instead. Ski enthusiasts seeking more affordability will instantly find Trutnov proves not to cost a kings ransom. 
 
Nothing could be better that having a vacation rental home in close proximity from the town of Trutnov and the nearby Giant Mountains (Krkonose Mountains); the highest mountains in all of the Czech Republic. Highly proficient skiers will relish the challenges but novices can do well as it is filled with many ski schools. Leave you skis at home because rental equipment is available.

Make it a whole family affair in a 3 bedroom vacation rental chalet sleeping seven. This one includes even a sauna to unwind in after a day on the slopes. The winter visitor will certainly value the cross-country skiing opportunities right near your own backyard.

Skiing in the Giant Mountains is nothing but excellent; having ski conditions available from December until April and downhill skiing with an altitude 700-1300 meters above sea level.

The Skipark Mlade Buky, located along the eastern portion of the Giant Mountains, has most of their ski slopes covered artificially with complete daily maintenance to make sure it stays in pristine condition. With so many areas for you to sweep down the wide runs in the Giant Mountains, this may be the only place to ski for you.

If skiing or winter does not appeal to you for a visit; you will find a treasure trove of cultural riches and other options throughout the Trutnov region. Take advantage of the idyllic conditions offered for walking, mountain bike rentals, horseback riding, water rafting or swimming in a modern water park.

As one can determine, the area affords more physical activities than imaginable. So much so, that it may be a good idea to visit a thermal spring spa in the small mountain town of Janske Lazne to ease those muscles.

Imagine a private sauna everyday with a vacation rental.

Imagine a private sauna everyday with a vacation rental.

In many of the villages in the Trutnov region, there are  art galleries and museum expositions, such as at the Museum of Podkrkonos. Since 1987, the Trutnov Open Air Music Festival is a summer highlight with international artists partaking. The festival can be compared to a mini Woodstock type of venue promoting tolerance. Other villages hold their own cultural festivals allowing a glimpse to the traditions of its people.

Inquisitive families can challenge themselves on summer hikes and throw in a portion of historical sightseeing in. There is a Franciscan monastery, dating from 1678, displaying a unique collection of antique statues within the Giant Mountains.

The Giant Mountains have 200 miles of foot trails for mountain hiking within it. This makes it suitable with ease for trekking in the gorgeous countryside. A trekking journey may not be like scaling the Himalayas but the sensation is no less. After all a healthy body equals a healthy mind and you will thank Trutnov, Czech Republic and the opportunity it offers.

Jazz It Up in Beaune, France!

Everybody loves French Wine! Well, that might be a bit over-the-top but the upcoming festival takes place from September 11 to 21 is a sure crowd pleaser especially with jazz thrown in. The festival brings about the major international players in the world and gets bigger every year for this 10 day festival.

The festival repeats the success of previous years and combines tasting of Burgundywines before each concert with a program of swing, blues, harmonies and improvisations. Where will this take place? In Beanue (pronounced bone), where the rest of the year it manages to retain the old world quality of small quaint village.

But this charming town is actually known as the capitol town of wines in the Burgundy Region. Made up of narrow cobbled streets and sunny squares dotted with cafés make it a lovely spot to sample the region’s wine anytime of the year. Besides fine food and classic French décor, you can even take a balloon ride over the entire Burgundy region. Beaune still manages to retain its air of an ancient French town while catering to the influx of tourists who come to sample and buy the wine.

Beaune Vacation Rental, France

Beaune Vacation Rental, France

What better way than take in the full aroma of Beaune than with a rental vacation home? It makes for the perfect hub to discover the entire region of Burgundy.

With many properties to choose from such as this 100 year old totally renovated 3 bedroom jewel for as low as $68 a night, you can see all of Burgundy too!

This way you can enjoy the festival, Beaune and Burgundy as well!

Things to do in Burgundy:

The prominent product in the Burgundy region naturally is the grapes. By not tasting and learning about these fine wines available would be a loss to recognize the true value of the culture of this province. One tour not to be missed is visiting a wine chateau where you will never feel like a tourist. You will grasp the influences of how the weather, types of grapes make up the classification system of grand, premier or table bottle of wine. Once home you can put that knowledge to good use and impress your family and guests.

Walking and cycling are popular activities in all of Burgundy and you can follow trails right through the pleasant wine-producing areas near numerous villages.

There are many galleries, museums and ancient villages within the area. You may not be able to hit on the entire area, but there is always time for another visit in the near future.

Musée Rolin – This museum has a vast collection of artifacts from the ancient Romans who settled in the small village of Atun, in which many of the structures within the confines of the fortified walls of the old town.

Fontenay Abbey – This UNESCO world heritage abbey was built in the middle of the 12th century near the town of Montbard. It is privately owned and is open for guided visits.

Hospices de Beaune – Founded in 1443 as a hospice for the poor of Beaune following the Hundred Years War, now converted, and preserved as a museum.

Time Traveling Through History of Provence, France

travel, provence, franceLocated at the virtual crossroads of historical and cultural thought and enjoyment surrounding Provence, France vacation rentals, the casual visitor has tons of exciting reasons to leave their vacation rental home in Provence, France.  While wondering down the shop lined streets around your Provence France vacation holiday home covered in cobblestones and buildings dating back to Roman times, adventurers step back into history mixed with the flavors of cultural significance bring a special spark of the feeling of traveling through time while at your Provence France vacation rental home

Attractions near vacation rental homes Provence, France:

  • Amphitheatre Les Arles:  This astounding Amphitheater seats over 25,000 during the summer bullfighting events.  Making the short trip from your vacation rental Provence France worth the effort is a historical site once a beautiful battling domain for warriors against raging bulls later turned into a fortress protecting the city of Provence, the ancient structure speaks volumes to all.
  • Les Alyscamps:  This ancient graveyard, built around Genesius, a Roman beheaded for refusing to pass a law forbidding Christianity, is noted for miracles.  A marvelous opportunity to visit a an infamous religious site of over 800 years where many requested burial for hundreds of years based on the belief that blessing occurred at this site, Les Alyscamps is a must do while at Provence France vacation rental homes.travel, provence, france
  • Theatre Antique:  This Theater is the cultural representation of the Provence region.  Your vacation home in Provence is close enough to this Theater to see the phenomenal discovery of the Venus restored by Louis the XIV for its rightful place in the Louvre. 
  • Maison de la Sainte-Victoire:  Considered by many as the holy grail of Italian architecture, the trip to the Maison de la Sainte-Victoire from your vacation homes in Provence France is an experience in the grand structure of Italian Renaissance sculpture and artistry.
  • Ruins de Glanum:  With archways that date back to 20 BC and streets that held the armies of Ceasar, the Ruins of Glanum, close to vacation holiday homes Provence, France.  Your accommodations, close to the Ruins, make the trip to the oldest city to see and feel the deepest level of history a must.

travel, provence, franceNo matter what type of activity you pick to make the most of your stay at Provence France vacation holiday homes, every minute is sure to be a story that you recount over and over with picturesque descriptions and postcard worthy photos of your time at vacation rentals in Provence France.

Enjoy your quest for rest or play at your vacation holiday home in Provence, France by booking your vacation today with Vacapedia.

Pondering Provence: Finding a Vacation Home in France

There are Places that just beg for the slow mode of travel. Provence is one of them.

Long the corner of France known for its light; a place that attracted artists and drunkards, wanderers and dreamers, Provence has thousands of houses to rent.

provence houseWhy? If you’ve been there the reasons are obvious. Besides the soft and endearing luminance, there are landscapes that beg you to dwell in them. This is picnic territory, big time.

The houses of Provence speak their own language. Shutters are a steely blue. Roof tiles are a range of light earth tones instead of the normal orange.

So lets say you’d like to be near Arles. It’s Van Gogh territory. You can walk in Van Gogh’s footsteps near the hospital where he spent time after threatening painter Paul Gauguin with a knife then later cutting off his ear in remorse. Much of the landscape he painted remains.

Provence guardian houseNature lovers might look directly to the south of Arles, where one of France’s premier wildlife area thrives: the Camargue, Europe’s largest river delta and home to more than 400 species of birds. It’s a photographer’s paradise. Bring your camera and a long lens (and your mosquito repellent), The Carmargue is home to a special type of house, the “guardian house.” You can rent a copy, newly constructed, like the one on the right (click the picture to see it).

Why rent a house in Provence? Well, with the value of the dollar these days, you’ll probably save money, you’ll have a place to prepare that picnic you need to take in the delightful countryside, and you’ll need a car to fully explore the area anyway, you might as well have a place to park it.

Consider Provence. There are over 1000 Provence Vacation Rentals available on Vacapedia.


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