A Barger’s Guide to the Canal du Nivernais

A Barger’s Guide to the Canal du Nivernais

Amongst the beautiful inland waterways of France, the Canal du Nivernais offers a scenic cruising route through the bucolic, history-laden landscape of Burgundy. Originally created as a feeder waterway along which to float firewood, today it has a very different incarnation as a popular route for the new breed of barge holidays in France.
A Working Waterway

 

The 174km-long Canal du Nivernais serves as part of the wider Bourbonnais and Bourgogne link between Paris and Lyon. It runs north-south between the basin of the Seine (at Paris) and the Saône and Rhône, almost parallel to the Yonne. Along the way it connects the Yonne with the Loire at Auxerre and Decize, respectively. Its strategic position was no accident and, in 1783, the French government commissioned its construction as a channel to transport the firewood so desperately needed by the freezing residents of Paris.

It was many more years before it reached completion (in 1843), but it then became a vital transportation hub for everything from wood and wine, to coal, stone and charcoal. The canal is fed by the Yonne and also from the north by another feeder canal leading from the Pannecière Reservoir, via the beautifully-constructed and much-admired Montreuillon aqueduct.

There are 122 locks and 23 dams along its length and in one section three tunnels have been hewn from solid rock to allow its passage. Travelling through the tunnels has been described as a silence so complete it is akin to “the silence of a sepulchre”. Despite the magnificent feat of engineering required to complete its course, many of the locks were constructed to what were deemed ‘sub-standard’ specifications. This meant that with a length of only 30m, some of them were unable to accommodate larger barges, leading to a decline in the waterway’s usefulness.

It wasn’t until the 1960s that the local authorities saw the potential of the Canal du Nivernais as a touristic attraction, and an extensive decade-long rehabilitation programme was implemented. The works provided facilities and mooring for private and commercial vessels along the route, which has enabled operators to include the canal on the itinerary of their barge holidays in France. A host of surrounding attractions can be enjoyed from the water and on shore-based excursions.

Attractions en Route One of the most popular attractions en route is the magnificent Saint-Germain Abbey, in Auxerre. Dating back more than a thousand years, the monastic complex contains a veritable treasure trove of history within its cloistered walls. Along with the oldest wall paintings in the country, archaeologists have unearthed a sarcophagus from the sixth century and the crypts, nave and tower of the abbey are almost completely intact.

Something a little more energetic that can be undertaken along the canal route at the lovely village of Merry-sur-Yonne is climbing at the famous landmark, Le Saussois. This imposing crag set against a highly picturesque backdrop is renowned as one of the most challenging climbing sites in the country, although there are plenty of pre-bolted areas for novices to cut their teeth as well.

With a reputation as one of the most interesting and enjoyable places for barge holidays in France, the history, engineering and scenery of the Canal du Nivernais serve as an important reminder of the past and a delightful insight into the present.

Beautiful Patio Decorating Idea Perfect for Your Fling Spring

 

Fresh flowers, the first rays of sunshine – spring really is the best time of the year.

It’s also a great time to make the most of your patio.

Here are five ideas you can use to really change your terrace, whether you host a garden party or just need a place for families to get away from this world.

1. Add a splash of color
Adding a splash of color can change your terrace space, and it’s very easy to do. All you need is some paint!

Now, there are several ways to discuss it.

One approach is to paint deck floors for color pop. Combine with carefully positioned tables or outdoor sofas and you can actually effectively create a sense of space.

Another approach is to paint half walls or houses incorporated in your garden design. If it is a small space, you can REALLY be brave with your colors!

2. Enter the texture with a pillow
One problem many porch owners have is the lack of texture. Outdoor furniture tends to be quite conservative in its decoration making it difficult to wear and easy to clean, but you do sacrifice it a bit.

A solution is to add fun throwing pillows with a variety of beautiful fabrics. There are many ways to prevent these people, so oyster your world when it comes to removing it!

3. Add the fire. Lots of fire.
Well, maybe not too much fire. But candles, fire pits (if you’re really ambitious) or a survivor-esque torch are all amazing in creating an atmosphere after sunset. Plus, they are a great way to keep insects away in the summer.

4. Invest in some fairy lights
There are so many kinds of fairy lamps now because they are a quick and easy way to really change your patio atmosphere. Either you go for a light bulb or you choose Edison style in full, it is a big investment for your open space.

You can also get converters that turn a socket into a plug if you are struggling to find a place to connect it.

5. Soften the hard edges with creepers
Finally, one of the best things you can do for your patio is to add plants to soften a little edge.

If you are patient and want to wait a few years, then the rose will look (and smell) amazing.

If you do not have enough time like that, or you do not really like gardening (roses need a lot of work), then there are many other plants that will work well. Go to the local garden center and see what they recommend.

Plants will look great if you have a louvered pergola patio cover, helping to soften and lower the roof to be more intimate.

New Business Concept Trends Using Virtual Office

New Business Concept Trends Using Virtual Office

In the digital era as it is today, the style of office also changed. This trend is right for you, who wants to have a more affordable office. You can hire a virtual Office or virtual office that is starting to become a trend. Say goodbye to your plans, open your office for expensive and complicated administration.

Know the Virtual Office Concept

Virtual Office is another naming of virtual offices that exist on the internet. You do not need to have an office in physical form, but just rent a virtual office.

This virtual office will provide a representative office virtual address, along with a phone number for your business – so you can receive phone calls, emails, faxes and other receipts.

By using this virtual office, the office business becomes easy because you can do online. Besides the cheaper cost, the operation is easier and much more effective. No wonder this trend began worldwide to the major cities in Indonesia. In the city of Jakarta itself, began many virtual office service providers are popping up.

Here are the virtual office trends you need to know. Perhaps your business can take advantage of this virtual office services?

 

● Provide a meeting room complete with the necessary equipment. Therefore you do not need to include your home address as your business address.

● Virtual offices also come with call centers, remote multi-lingual receptionists, virtual assistants, as well as databases to store various documents related to your company.

● You can rent a real meeting room, if at any time receive guests tailored to your needs and schedule

● A virtual office office can streamline your business needs – at an affordable cost – from opening a business to a standing company.

 

Well, that’s some of the Jakarta office virtual trends that can add to your company image – more bona fide in the eyes of the client of course. Then to whom this virtual office user is addressed?

 

Virtual Office users

To start a business does require substantial capital, especially if you have to rent an office in the shop-especially in office buildings with strategic location. Therefore, virtual office is suitable for you who are pioneering businesses such as Start-Up, small and medium enterprises, as well as business that is done from home.

 

Many of the professions and businesses that require virtual offices include home industry, accountants, lawyers, translators, business consultants, doctors or therapists, online stores, real estate agents, and more. They can open representative offices and other business activities can be done from home remotely

 

Virtual Office selection

The use of virtual office in Jakarta certainly can be very helpful, not only physical office requires high maintenance and operational costs, but also because of the streets are jammed. But before you decide to use a virtual office Jakarta, of course there are things to consider include:

 

● Charge of Use

Although the price of a virtual office rental is not as expensive as a physical office, but if your bill is made every time the office is used, of course it will cost the same. So try to make a comparison of several packages from each virtual office provider first.

● Facilities

As explained earlier, the virtual office provides complete range of facilities from receptionist to mail forwarding. So you better hire a virtual office with facilities that fit your work needs.

● Virtual Office Access

You need to consider if this virtual office access can be for 24 hours a day, or just at office hours just like a conventional office?

● Extra Charges

Make sure early on, that you will not be exposed to extra charges for small things like sending faxes, photocopies, and other hidden costs.

 

● Quality

You need to choose a Jakarta office virtual office, whose facilities are truly qualified, such as receptionists and virtual assistants. This facility can affect your credibility in the eyes of clients. Indeed many virtual office providers, but that does not mean have the same quality, right?

So, hopefully this article can help your business continue to grow and develop.

Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

For wildlife lovers, a vacation in the Galapagos is often an old dream and a real “bucket list” experience. This remote island off the coast of Ecuador is home to some of the most unique wildlife on Earth, and offers the opportunity for some very close encounters. For those who want to take advantage of most opportunities to take animal photos, some specific tips from experts can help.
Tips for Photography at Holiday Galapagos Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

There are many generic tips for photographing wildlife (including the most basic, ie patient), but there are also some specific ones to capture great images of these remote island animals.

Be prepared

This suggestion has a double meaning: You need to be prepared in terms of equipment, but also at a situational level. Taking the right camera and accessories is essential, and SLRs with interchangeable lenses will produce far superior results to the iPhone, however up-to-date the model. The wildlife in the archipelago is unbelievably fearless, so there is no need for long focal length and long fixed lenses, but if you are serious, short and medium lens combinations are recommended. As a guide, consider (at least) the 18mm-70mm lens and the 100mm-400mm. Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

Another aspect of preparation is getting ready to get “money fired” without too much notice. Wild wildlife, however, and animals will not wait for you to focus, change openings and frame the scene perfectly – even though the Giant Tortoise Galapagos may be an exception. Read it every time and frankly, keeping your eyes peeled so you can take advantage of the situation as it appears.

Lighting

Due to the geographical position of the archipelago at the equator, the sun rises and sets rapidly, spends much of its time just above the head. This results in harsh and top-lit conditions that are often less conducive to capturing wildlife images. What you should aim for is low-side lighting, which creates greater interest in texture and shaded contours. Without the benefits of an artificial studio lighting, the only real solution is to get up early before the sun reaches overhead, or later at night when it goes down. An added bonus of this is that you can get some spectacular and dramatic pictures by using sunrise or sunset to give the backlight on your subject. Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

Expose

Even if you set your SLR for automatic exposure, lighting and conditions in the archipelago are often beyond the reach of the most advanced camera metering system. For example, bright white plumage in Nazca Booby perched on black volcanic rocks will cause the camera to glow for darker areas, and then highlight it more deeply. A good tip is to use the +/- function on your camera, which will override the meter and fix one or two stops to expose the bird and not the rocks.

Think laterally

In addition to the technical aspects, the most important advice of the knowing experts is to think out of the box and actually take advantage of the incredible opportunities that you will encounter on Galapagos holidays. Do not just follow the crowd and photograph the animals from a static point of view – go down to the sand with Sally Lightfoot Crabs, ride high on rocks with the Marine Iguana, and cross into shallow rivers with weird Sea Lions (obviously keeping your camera protected). Being creative with angles is one of the surest ways to open up to this once-in-a-lifetime image.

Turned Good to Great

Meanwhile, for some people, the Galapagos holiday is quite a gift in itself, for others, catching amazing photographs is a very important aspect. Wildlife photography can, in essence, be a very challenging quest. And while being in the right place at the right time can reap amazing rewards, following a few tips to take advantage of those “timely, right place” moments can make the difference between good and good photos. Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

5 Smart Investment Management Tips

Are you just starting to invest in your retirement? Have you invested but not sure if you did it right? Do you want to have control over your finances and understand what your accountant is talking about?

If you answered yes to these questions, you have come to the right place!

Read on for five smart investment management tips that will help you build egg nests and rest in style.

Start Early and Go to Your Plan
It is best to start saving once you get to work. Even if your job does not offer a 401 (k) plan, you can open an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or a self managed super fund and invest your monthly income percentage there.

Once you have an investment plan in place, be sure to stick with it. It’s tempting to make drastic changes during difficult times. However, sticking to your plan will produce even better results on the road.

Keep the Cost Low
If you are new to the investment world, it is important to start a small business and keep it as much as possible. Look for discount brokerage firms, and consider index funds as they have lower costs.

Another way to save costs is to focus on long-term investments.

It can be tempting to buy and sell in response to market ups and downs. But, you will probably accumulate a lot of commission fees and management fees. Long-term investments also help prevent significant cash losses if your stock goes down in price.

Keeping Liquidity
Some people love the sensation of taking big risks with their investments. If you are just starting out, you can feel anxious about seeing your stock price repeatedly up and down.

One way that you can cope with this stress is to make sure you always have liquid reserves to cover your short-term expenses. Knowing that you still have enough money to pay your bills will help you manage your investments better. You also tend to over-react when the market is very volatile.

Invest gradually
It is also important to be disciplined and consistent in terms of putting money into your investment. Invest a steady amount of money through the full market cycle. This will help you better than trying to give time to the market, especially when you are a beginner.

Diversification
A diversified portfolio will help you manage your risk better. Instead of putting all your money into one category, invest in a mix of conservative stocks, stocks with long-term growth potential, and stocks that offer better profits but have a higher potential risk.

By diversifying, you ensure that your overall portfolio is not seriously affected when one share goes down. A diversified portfolio may not necessarily lead to the greatest monetary gain. But, steady growth is definitely better than extreme losses.

Remember, it’s never too early to start making smart investment decisions. Keep these tips in mind, whether you’re just getting started or just want to make some positive investment management changes, and you’ll soon be successful!

Will luxury yachting go green

Will luxury yachting go green

Driven by electric propulsion and a radical aesthetic, the EAU concept electric luxury yacht by Tjep, reimagines a cleaner future for the luxury yacht industry…
The impact of leisure boating on marine environments is a well-documented problem. Even as regulations seek to alleviate the issue, engine emissions and the incorrect disposal of waste by yachts contribute to marine pollution. Dutch designer Frank Tjepkema proposes to veto this with the introduction of the EAU concept electric luxury yacht.

Considering the growing projection of the automobile industry towards electrically-operated vehicles, Frank anticipates the same influence in the yacht building industry. He prophesies that although the pace of progress is extremely low, developments in areas such as electric cargos, hydrogen trucks and electric cars (TESLA) will find their way to the luxury yacht industry ultimately, by increasing the availability of large volume on-board electricity storage and charging points in ports. In such a scenario, questions Frank, “Would it not be nice if the leisure category, where there’s an abundance of capital, would lead the way? Why should enjoyment be combined with heavy pollution?”

Taking a step in the desired direction, Frank has conceptualised EAU to precision – at a length of 63 m, width of 13.5 m and beam of 18 m. Designed to have 100% electric propulsion with a speed of 25 knots, the yacht will host 12 cabins, a swimming pool and a helipad, its hull and superstructure crafted from aluminium. The future for a green yacht industry looks bright since Tjep. has been shortlisted for Yacht Concept over 40 Metres Award in The International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2018.

But, the EAU yacht isn’t just at the technological frontier of this industry; it also floats aesthetic qualities that represent the ultimate in cleanliness. Pushing simplicity and refinement to its limit, the design is inspired by the qualities of water. The design’s most striking element is a water droplet-shaped wheelhouse that floats like an abstract sculpture above the deck. The yacht also uses familiar elements from traditional yacht craftsmanship, such as the way in which wooden planks form the layered lines along the hull of wooden ships.

3 Rugged Travel Cameras for Adventure Lovers

3 Rugged Travel Cameras for Adventure Lovers

Whether you love hanging out underwater or exploring the Amazonian jungle, in this day and age, we all want to record our experiences for posterity. Unfortunately, even the fanciest smartphone just doesn’t have what it takes to make it in the desert, or survive a dive into the depths of the ocean.
Why should you compromise on quality images, portability, or special features? Good news: you don’t have to! There are loads of brilliant travel cameras on the market specifically designed to survive challenging environments – as well as connect to WiFi, record stunning 4K videos and more.

 

Of course, not all travel cameras are created equal! Here are three of the best that will perfectly capture the moment allowing you to share your adventures with friends and family and create hundreds of jealousy-inducing social media posts!

TRAVELLER’S TIP: Just as essential as the gear is the gadget travel insurance to protect it. Check out Let’s Go Insure’s independent and super cheap gadget travel insurance to bag the best deal.

GoPro HERO5

The GoPro HERO5 is a seriously practical camera – the perfect all-rounder. Easy to slip into a pocket, the gadget is portable and light so it won’t slow you down. Though it has a one-touch record facility (super useful by the way!),an additional feature is voice command. With just a word you can begin filming instantaneously and you won’t miss a thing. This is also handy if the camera is mounted in a less accessible place, such as at the front of a helmet or the handlebars of a mountain bike! The rugged little camera is happy at depths of up to 33ft and records video in a sharp 4K.

Nikon COOLPIX W300

The Nikon COOLPIX W300 is particularly handy for those who love diving beneath the waves and want to capture what they see down there. It is waterproof to an impressive 100ft and its sleek design means it won’t hold you back during dives. The COOLPIX has a great vibration reduction feature allowing you to capture smoother video and sharper photographs. If you do fancy filming any marine wildlife, you won’t be disappointed by the footage as the camera shoots in 4K and Full HD. The COOLPIX W300 is a hardy gadget and is shock proof from over 2 metres.

Olympus Tough TG-5

This travel camera should appeal to the photography enthusiasts out there as there are a whole range of accessories and add-ons available. From cases to extra lenses, you can build your perfect camera and travel with a range of gear to suit the challenges of different environments. From lenses that increase the zoom up to 7 times to an F2.0 aperture lens for shooting on the go, this action gadget is a one-stop-shop for all your needs.

PHOTOGRAPHER’S TIP: Make sure to make the most of the Olympus Tough TG-5’s microscopic modes. These modes enable you to get up close and personal with nature and capture unique images in breath-taking detail.

With these inspiring travel cameras your holiday snaps will never again be dull – it’s time to get creative! And with Let’s Go Insure’s gadget travel insurance you’ll pay the minimum price for optimal cover of your precious purchase. Bon voyage!

How to Write a Compelling Tagline Logo

 

Deciding on a tagline can be tough.

In order to make a good one, you need to choose what you want to remember you for.

If you do, you’ll build great brand recognition, which will result in better business performance.

Keep reading for tips on crafting a logo tagline that works.

Tips for Creating the Perfect Logo Tagline
Define What Your Company Does

A tagline is meant to give people a specific image or impression of your company, so the first step is to carefully define what you want that message to be.

Write a short description of what your company provides and what makes you different. It could be a full paragraph or just a few short sentences. It does not matter how long it is, as long as it accurately describes your business.

This will be the base for your logo tagline.

Cut it Down

After you have an idea of ​​the message you want to send your chunks out of it.

A logo tagline needs to be short, succinct and to the point. If it’s too long, people will not bother to read it and you’ll lose them. If that’s the case, it will not have any positive impact.

Take the description you wrote in the previous step and identify any unnecessary information. If it’s not important, cut it out. Ideally, you’ll be left with the end of the stage.

Cut it Down Even Further

While a sentence will seem very short in comparison to what you started out with, it’s still too long for a tagline.

Think about the most famous taglines in the world, like Apple’s’ think different ‘or Mcdonalds” I’m loving it ‘. The fact that they’re just a few words is so popular. It makes them easy to remember.

Yours needs to follow suit. See how short you can make it while still being informative.

You do not need to sell your product or service in a logo tagline, only grab people’s attention and give them something to remember.

Craft Your Logo Around It

Once you’ve come up with the perfect tagline, you need to find a way to integrate it into your logo design.

You do not need to pay for your graphic designers. There are plenty of ways you can create DIY logos online. When you do it this way, you save money to keep in line with your financial goals and have complete control over what your logo looks like.

Only you know the true identity of your business, so it’s just right that you have the creative control over the branding, and that includes the logo and tagline.

Keep It Simple
The tagline you decide on will be displayed on websites, signage, promotional products, business cards, and maybe even uniforms. Keep this in mind when designing it.

Make it short, sweet and straight to the point.

Count the Michelin Stars in Courchevel

Count the Michelin Stars in Courchevel

As all experienced skiers will know, an essential component of the après ski experience lies in the dining. In Courchevel, one of the most highly-sought after ski resorts in the Alps, the quality of the food and wine is of a higher altitude than the surrounding mountains. Many of the resort’s establishments have been awarded Michelin stars and offer a luxurious experience to perfectly complement a day of gliding down the pistes.
Here’s my choice of the very best restaurants for a luxurious ambience, exquisite wines and sumptuous menus during your skiing break in Courchevel.

 

Chabichou

Dining at Chabichou is an experience with the stars, in more than one way. This restaurant not only boasts two Michelin stars, but is also the first choice for celebrity star-power. Although it may push the upper reaches of your price range, it certainly rewards its diners with sensational gourmet cuisine, prepared by chefs Michel Rochedy and Stéphane Buron.

Les Airelles

Les Airelles, which is proud of its two Michelin stars, is led by famous chef Pierre Gagnaire. It’s not just about the food here, but also about the opulent décor – be sure to gaze up at this venue’s astonishing hand-painted ceiling. An evening meal guarantees a wonderful glow of romance, but you should also book a table at lunch and indulge in the fine buffet on offer – you will feel suitably refreshed and ready for an afternoon of skiing.

Le Kintessence

This restaurant is the best place in Courchevel for savouring vintage wines, as it boasts an exceptional cellar that you can only dream of owning. Its outstanding collection of wines matches the wonderful taste concoctions served up by chef Nicolas Sale.You can also combine your visit here with a stay, as the restaurant is located in a five-star hotel –it’s the perfect way to relax after a vigorous day on the slopes.

Azimut

The modest appearance of this restaurant belies a gastronomic extravaganza for those who venture inside. Azimut offers incredible, traditional Savoie dishes, which are presented without pretension or fussiness. Dining here is a reinvigorating experience after working up an appetite on the mountain. Be sure to try the sumptuous tartiflette and spicy sensations that chef Francois Moureaux ingeniously creates.

Le 1947

Le 1947 is a place where you can feast on more than just the food. Its amazing décor and displays of culinary magic are truly special sights to behold – and the restaurant even opens the kitchen to diners, showing them what’s going on behind the scenes. With fur throws draped across the chairs and dishes served on porcelain dinnerware, you will be suitably spoilt after your skiing efforts.

Before You Go

While you’re busy dreaming of the glamorous prospect of snow, ski and fine dining, remember to invest in skiing travel insurance before you set off. Nothing kills an appetite like an unexpected eventuality you’re not covered for, so finding a good skiing travel insurance will give you peace of mind when you’re out on the slopes, and will allow you to savour your gastronomic experiences all the more.

Advantages of Using A Taxi Services

Advantages of Using A Taxi Services

Commuting from one location to another is an essential and unavoidable part of each and every person’s daily life. We all often have to travel from one location to another for personal or established reasons. Modes of vehicles like buses and locomotives do not always run according to the personal preferences and usually are overloaded. Hiring a taxi service is the foremost for folks buying inconvenience free travel. It is one of the most convenient and affordable ways traveling from one location to another for folks who no longer know how to operate a vehicle a car.

 

A professional cab service can come to your rescue either when you don’t own a vehicle or when it is not near take your own vehicle. Here are several important benefits associated with by using a cab service for your vehicles needs:

Round the Time clock Service – Companies providing taxi services operate day-to-day. This means that you can call them whenever of the day. Almost all you need to do is place a call to the company and give them your location, a taxi will reach your desired location in a very short time.” taxi service for sikkim”

Professional Drivers – Taxi cab companies hire drivers who are professional and experienced. They are familiar with metropolis routes and the traffic patterns. Hiring a taxi service saves you from spending time in mastering the routes to reach your destination.

Cost-effective – Taxi can be considered as the most affordable and economical form of transportation with ok bye to the ease and comfort it offers.

Versatility – Taxi services are incredibly flexible as compared to public transportation. They provide you the good thing about travelling anywhere you want and anytime you want. Also like buses and trains, they don’t stop frequently to pick and drop other passengers.

Number of Options – Taxi companies provide you a range of vehicle options to choose from. You can find vehicles which range from standard passenger vehicles to luxury vehicles like a limousine. You can pick and choose a vehicle depending on the needs you have and budget.”