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Amsterdam, Dutch capital is truly a city of incredible wonders

by amit.uniyal 14. March 2014 07:05

Amsterdam is a city of unique distinctions. The Dutch capital is one of the most preferred tourist destinations within the country and Europe. Known for its colorful history, vibrant architecture, gorgeous canals, multihued tulips, and unmatched beauty the city is also home to spellbinding facts. Let us read below to find out the different side of the main city in The Netherlands. 

 
Canals and bikes
Amsterdam canals and parked bikes.
Photo by Joan Campderrós-i-Canas, on Flickr
 

The city is below sea level and may soon vanish
Touching down at The Amsterdam Schiphol Airport induces a sense of pride and pleasure among the travelers. However, what most of us are unaware about is the fact that the airport is actually below sea level! This airport is −4 meter or −13 feet below sea level. Watch out next time you hit the city premises. In fact, the whole city is 6.7 meters below sea level and may soon vanish into oblivion. Rising temperatures as a part of the global warming may cause the water levels to rise and engulf the city one day.

The city has more bikes than the people
If statistics are to be believed then the city of Amsterdam sports more than a million bikes. However, the strange fact is that the total number of people in the city consists of 700,000. This is interesting for a city as famous as this.

Amsterdam exceeds Venice in the number of canals
The Dutch capital is famous for its canals and the world believes it to stand second only to Venice in this matter. However, the shocking fact is that this city has more number of canals than the beautiful Italian city. There are over 165 canals adding to the glory and grace of this city, which is sometimes referred to as Venice of the North.

Amsterdam contributes to the beer-supplied the world over
The Netherlands is the world’s largest exporter of beer. The country supplies twice as much beer than the United States each year and is fast expanding on this front. The city has an active role to play when it comes to the popular alcoholic drink. About 1.3 billion liters of this drink is exported every year to other parts of the world.

People of Amsterdam are the tallest!
While the world knows that Dutch are extremely smart and handsome, some are unaware that the people of this city are very tall. On an average, a Dutch man grows up to 184 cm in height while a Dutch female attains a height of approximately 170 cm.

Amsterdam consumes coffee in large numbers
The people of this city are passionate about their drinks irrespective of alcoholic or non-alcoholic in nature. The people here are believed to be the second largest consumers of coffee throughout the globe. As per the statistics, one resident drinks almost 140 liters of coffee in one year. This means that on an average a resident would gulp down a minimum of 3.2 cups of the brewing hot drink each day!

Amsterdam is the city of polyglots
Amsterdam is known as the city of polyglots. About 86 percent of the residents are fluent in more than two languages. While they take pride in their skills, they are also critical of the ones who do not speak proper Dutch.

All those who wish explore this other side of the Amsterdam must book their cheap flights to Amsterdam with Fare Buzz today!

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The unknown and intriguing facts about Madam Tussauds

by amit.uniyal 13. March 2014 05:13

Madam Tussauds is one name that travelers to the city of London are familiar with. While the world is aware of the fact that the popular wax museum is one of the striking and popular attractions in the British capital, there are many intriguing facts that the people are not aware of. Established in the year 1884, this place houses life size wax structures of popular celebrities including Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Kate Winslet, Amitabh Bachchan, Spider Man, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Elizabeth II, Lady Diana, David Beckham, and Barack Obama. While there is a lot of mystery and fascination, surrounding the museum let us look at some of the little-known facts about this museum. It has branches across 14 cities in the world including New York, Berlin, Sydney, and Hollywood.

Madame Anna Maria Tussaud was for real
Though the world knows about this place, what most of us are unaware about is the fact that Madame Anna Maria Tussaud was a house cleaner for Dr. Philippe Curtius. He used to make wax models to demonstrate anatomy and it is here that she picked up the art and become more famous than her mentor in the future.

The statues use real human hair
Though the statues at this museum are made of wax, what most of us do know that the hair on them is real. Yes, the hair on these statues including head, mustache, beard, and eyebrows is human hair. What’s more interesting is that the hair needs to be shampooed and styled regularly! In the year 1996, the staff was shocked to find that Hitler’s hair had actually grown and required trimming urgently.

Visitors do leave behind their items
Staffers at the museum are amazed to find different items left behind by the visitors. Among other things, some of the most intriguing items found at the museum include false leg, and 123 pairs of artificial teeth. These items have been discovered in the last five years!

A bomb ripped through the museum in 1940
In the history of the museum, unfortunately a bomb ripped through the property in the year 1940. More than 350 head casts were damaged in the attack, thus leaving the museum with additional workload.

Ozzy Osbourne scared the visitors
John Michael Osbourne, the famous rock star and TV personality popularly known as Ozzy Osbourne, once scared visitors. On a trip to the New York branch of the museum in 2010, he decided to pose as a wax statue and had the unsuspicious visitors screaming in fear. He posed on a bench and when a few gullible visitors stopped by for a photograph, he jumped up to scare the hell of out them!

Mother Teresa refused to be immortalized in wax
Mother Teresa was once approached by the Madame Tussauds Museum for her wax statue. However, to the horror and shock of the authorities she refused blatantly! She argued her work is more important for her rather than her physical self. She is the first in the history of the museum to refuse the museum to be immortalized in wax!

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Paris is a city of different facets and unbelievable credentials

by amit.uniyal 12. March 2014 08:25

Paris is a city that needs no introduction. The French capital is one of the most frequently visited cities in the world. The world knows Paris as a city of love, fashion capital of the world, city of bikes, and city of lights. A metropolitan know for its iconic landmark Eiffel Tower a multicultural, vibrant, and incredible lifestyle, culture, and cuisine. Located on the banks of the River Seine there are several breathtaking locales worth a visit here. To the outside world Paris is a city of fun and frolic, however, there is a different side to the French capital. Let us delve into the different side of this gorgeous city and uncover some unconventional truths about it.

Paris was named after a tribe that once settled here
The city derives its name from the Gaul tribe of Parisii. The tribal community settled here long time back thus giving the name to a city, that was to become so famous in the future for many reasons.

Paris boasts of maximum number of Michelin star restaurants
The city is in love with food and offers a haven for food lovers from across the world. Its love for food reflects from the fact that in year 2010 it consisted of 95-Michelin star restaurants. This is the highest number of the star studded restaurants in a city worldwide! The locals may not find it too fascinating however, it is great news for the ones who wish to turn to this city for a gastronomical feast.

Eiffel Tower needs high maintenance

The landmark structure decorating the premises of the French capital needs high maintenance. The tower needs to be painted once in every seven years. Weighing about 7000 tones, this mammoth structure requires 50 tones of paint for a fresh quote. However, the most intriguing fact about it is that it was to be dismantled and sold as scrap post construction!

Paris has an extensive route for bikers
The city that once was flooded with taxis on its streets has now turned towards the eco-friendly mode of bikes. At present, it boats of an extensive network of over 270 miles of biking path. The city has decided to expand it further to a robust 435 miles by the end of the year 2014.

Nighttime photos of Eiffel Tower can’t be published without permission
Well yes, you read that right! You cannot publish nighttime photos of the iconic tower without the permission of the SETE, its operating company. For all weird and bizarre reasons, in 1990 the French court passed a ruling in favor of copyright protection act for the light stream pasted to it on its hundredth anniversary.

Paris is not the original capital of France
Believe it or not Paris is not the original capital of France. Under the Roman Empire, the city of Lyon served as the French capital. However, Paris was granted this coveted title under the rule of King Clovis in 508 A.D. The credit of making it the permanent capital goes to King Philippe Auguste who ruled between 1180 and 1223. Interestingly, when France was captured by Germany during the World War II, Vichy served as the French capital during the four-year period that lasted from 1940 to 1944.

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Experience Spanish wonders in the city of Barcelona

by amit.uniyal 11. March 2014 03:43

Barcelona is one of the biggest cities in Spain. It is also a prominent European destination. It is renowned for its scenic locales and breathtaking beauty. Besides, it ranks fourth in the continent behind only London, Paris, and Frankfurt as a viable destination to set up a new business venture. A multicultural city, it is also 48th most populated city in the world. A hub for local and international travelers, about 268,000 travelers flock to its premises each week. While the world knows it as a peaceful and fun loving city, there is a different side to it as well. Let us look at some intriguing facts about this plush and spectacular city.

Barcelona beaches are artificial
No doubt, that the city offers an incredible milieu for a perfect holiday, what most of us are unaware about is that the beaches here are artificial. No beaches existed in the city until the year 1992. However, since it was to host the Olympic Games that year, beaches were created. This was done to promote seaside as a leisure spot. Today, it boasts of a four and a half kilometers of sandy beaches that are a hit with all.

Barcelona drivers are amongst the worst in the world
Though the city is magnificent in every way, the fact of the matter is that you will have to watch out while driving around its streets. This is because the city is prone to accidents every nineteen seconds. If statistics are to be believed, Barcelona drivers are amongst the worst in the world. The accident rate here rises tremendously on the weekends when an accident is reported every ten seconds! Hence, it is advised to walk in the city than to risk your life at the wheels!

World Book Day is an inspiration from the city
St. Georges Day is celebrated with fervor and zest in this Spanish city. As a part of the tradition, each year people shower their friends and family with roses and books on this day. The United Nations took cue from this strange city habit with UNESCO declaring April 23 as the International Day of Books.

Street Portal de l’Àngel is a record setter
Unbelievable but true, Portal de l’Àngel is the most walked down street in the whole world. Reports suggest that about 3,500 people flock to this street every single hour thus setting a unique record of sorts. When in town, do not forget to come here for a stroll and become a part of history!

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is an unfinished church
The construction of Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, a Roman Catholic Church in the city began in the year 1982 and still remains unfinished! Antoni Gaudi, a famous architect, who worked on it until his death in 1926, designed this church. The work then progressed at snail’s pace and it is still under construction. The expected completion date is the year 2026, which also marks Gaudi’s 100th death anniversary. This church however, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Best U.S. carriers worth considering for family travel

by amit.uniyal 10. March 2014 11:25

This is absolutely good news for traveling families who consider flying with their kids is worrisome. It is true that flying with your kids usually proves to be a troublesome experience. But, not any more now! This may sound music to your ears. And, it’s quite true.

There are some airlines that should be considered by traveling families just because of the pre-boarding and other amenities that they have to offer. Flying with these airlines ensures an enjoyable experience for you as well as your kids.

In the present era when no-frills, low-fare carriers are ruling the skies, it has become nearly impossible for traveling families to fly along with their kids. But, nowadays airlines are making their best efforts to make flying hassle free for such families.
 
Here are some carriers in the United States considered to be the best for family travel. The top three carriers for traveling families are JetBlue Airways, Delta Air Lines and Virgin America.

JetBlue Airways offers pre-boarding for families traveling with kids aged 2 and under. All the flights are equipped with changing tables. JetBlue Airways is also among the first carriers to install DirecTV with free children’s programming.

Delta Air Lines has something else to offer to traveling families other than pre-boarding, which might not be usually available. At $5 per kid a PB&J sandwich, fruit and veggies are offered. The airline has also installed seat-back TVs on its aircraft with convenient access to kid-friendly programming networks.

Virgin America has positioned itself as a fun airline and a good option for traveling families. The airline offers pre-boarding for families flying with children under 5. The airline also offers extra diapers during mid-flight in case you need it. Kid-friendly programming and games are among the entertainment options provided by the airline.

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U.S. based airlines should expect happy times this spring season

by amit.uniyal 7. March 2014 11:14

The airline industry across the United States should look forward to some happy times during this spring. If reports are to be believed than the airlines, operating service to different destinations within the country should start preparing themselves to cater to heavy passenger flow this spring season. More passengers are expected to fly this season than in the last six years. This is an excellent opportunity for the airlines too, as these passengers will surely bring revenues and profits along.

However, not all that glitters is gold. Though the heavy passenger flow is set to bring money, on the other hand, it will set lot more challenges for them to cope with. Forecasts released by trade groups suggest that most of the airlines within the country will fly about 129.5 million passengers to various gateways between March and April this year. This number is certainly incredible. The largest number of 133.7 million for the same period was achieved in the year 2008. Last year a total of 128.2 million passengers flew to various cities during the same period.

Of these passengers, an astounding 17.1 million passengers will fly with airlines based in the country to destinations outside its boundaries. This is indeed an amazing number when it comes to international travelers on U.S. airlines for the spring period. Researchers believe that improving economic conditions and affordable airfares are two prime factors responsible for this change. Even though the air tickets prices were on the higher side last year, they are still better in comparison to bus, car, or train travel on the domestic circle. In addition, the overall condition of the airline industry improved last year and it recorded profits triggering a chain reaction.

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Regional airports in Minnesota in a resurgent phase again

by amit.uniyal 6. March 2014 09:29

Regional airports in Minnesota are once again on a path of resurgence. This good news has made the fliers in the region happier than ever. Earlier, the travelers had to drive to the Twin Cities for taking flights to Chicago and onward destinations. This worrisome phase would soon be over, according to aviation industry experts.

Starting from May this year, the travelers will not be required to drive to the Twin Cities for taking flights to Chicago. SkyWest Airlines will now start operating direct flights from St. Cloud to Chicago. The regional airport at St. Cloud was inoperable for the past three years.

The authorities at St. Cloud succeeded in convincing SkyWest Airlines and pledged revenue guarantees worth $1 million. The airline has been assured that there would be enough fliers and it would be viable to start daily flights services out of here. SkyWest Airlines has now decided to begin service from St. Cloud from May 6, 2014. The airline will now be offering two daily flights services to Chicago.

An airline industry analyst said that an emerging trend is now being witnessed in under-served communities to woo carriers by making significant financial promises. He said that more such experiments might be on the way. However, one cannot guarantee for how long this will sustain. The resumption of flights from St. Cloud is though good as the airport and people of this area suffered for past few years.

Delta Air Lines was operating flights out of St. Cloud. The airline however stopped operating from here five years after it purchased Northwest Airlines. Duluth, another regional airport in Minnesota, will also begin fourth flight to Chicago in June this year.

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Lowest average fare in U.S. continues at Atlantic City airport

by amit.uniyal 5. March 2014 09:28

The Atlantic City International Airport continues to maintain an unassailable lead in terms of the lowest average fare in the whole of United States. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently made public its findings saying that the Atlantic City airport has maintained its reputation for providing the cheapest fares in the country. The airport ranked among the top 100 airports in the U.S.

Passengers flying out of the Atlantic City International Airport are obviously happy at this outcome. The study indicated that the airport has solidified its reputation further and continues to do so and has emerged as a popular hub for cheapskates.

The study said that the title of cheapest fares has been held by the airport ever since Q2 2009. The recent figures have covered the outcome of Q3 2013. The study said that the average fare at the airport was $157, when compared to that of $390 for airports across the U.S.
 
Atlantic City airport has been able to maintain its position because of the discount carrier Spirit Airlines, which has been aggressively promoting its low fares strategy. It is the only scheduled airline offering flights out of the airport. Spirit Airline’s prime focus at Atlantic City has been to cater to budget-conscious leisure travelers seeking to travel to Florida’s many vacation spots.

David Smallen, U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ spokesman, said that Spirit Airlines is the only one serving Atlantic City International Airport using a low fares business model. Spirit Airlines has however declined to comment about its low fares model.

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Food fight breaks out in airline industry as passengers benefit

by amit.uniyal 4. March 2014 06:07

Air travelers never had it before as it is now! Just relax and regale over the tiff that is prompting airlines to bend over backwards to keep the passengers’ appetite satiated on board their flights. These days a food fight is currently ensuing in the U.S. airline industry.

Gone are those days when airlines only vied with each other to provide the best seats and cheap airfares. These apart, major airlines in the United States are now vigorously trying to promote many other services as well. These services in which the airlines are heavily investing of late include food, in-flight entertainment and airport lounges. The airlines in their game of one-upmanship are trying to attract more and more passengers to fly with them.

The California-based carrier Virgin America has unveiled a new menu for its premium customers traveling in first class. The new gourmet menu includes hors d’oeuvres of mozzarella skewer, olive, marinated artichoke heart and roasted tomato, served along with mixed nuts that are slightly warmed. Virgin America also introduced three options for its signature dessert – the ice cream flavor, and asked the fliers to vote and make known their preferences.

Leading U.S. carriers like United Airlines and Delta Air Lines are also not to be left behind in the food race. United Airlines introduced its new menu for its privileged customers. The airline is now providing new zero-protein dishes, which includes salad dressing. The airline is also providing nut bars and fruit, as well as snack boxes, along with these dishes.
 
In February this year, Delta Air Lines made its menu quite interesting by adding many low-calorie wrap sandwiches on its transcontinental flights. The chip cookies prepared with multi-seed coconut chocolate are accompanied with the wraps.

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Fewer passengers complaining even as flight delays in U.S. growing

by amit.uniyal 3. March 2014 06:15

Major airlines in the United States are reporting flight delays increasingly, but this has refused to dampen the spirit of the passengers and only fewer are complaining. This was disclosed in a recent study by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

According to the flight data provided by the federal Department of Transportation, only 68.9 percent of domestic airlines reported flights arrivals within 14 minutes of schedule in December 2013 as compared to 76.6 percent during the same month in 2012. The report said that flight cancellations also rapidly increased.

The report said that early December last year proved to be costly for the U.S. aviation industry. Thousands of flights were cancelled and delayed because of the freezing temperatures, ice and snow that inordinately put a stop on the operations of airlines at big hub airports in Dallas and Chicago.

Airlines were reported violating federal rules. The report citing these violations said that 10 flights were grounded during December 2013, and nine of these violations took place at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on December 8, 2013.  

Prior to these cancellations and delays, the airlines were seen making sincere efforts to stay on schedule. According to the report, the on-time rate dropped to 78.3 percent for all or 2013, a decline of 3.6 percentage points as compared to 2012.

The report said that 16 airlines, including big carriers as well as leading regional carriers, were covered as revealed by the government figures. Small but growing carriers like Allegiant Air and Spirit Airlines are not included in the study.

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