South America is the fourth but the largest continent on Earth. Its Northern shores are washed by the warm waters of the Caribbean sea, and the extreme southern tip of the island of Tierra del Fuego, divided between Argentina and Chile, lies in a cold, stormy Atlantic ocean. On the continent presents a great diversity of landscapes and climatic zones. Hot dusty steppe of the pampas stretch through the cattle country of Argentina and Uruguay. In the West tower of the mighty Andes, with cool fertile valleys, where coffee grows. Hot tacama desert of Northern Chile is one of the driest places on the planet. In Brazil, in the Amazon basin, the stretch impassable green jungle. There are in South America and vast lakes, and tall waterfalls, and rocky Islands.
The most humid of the continents. High mountains causes a variety of climates, the presence of altitudinal zonation. Equatorial zone occupies the Amazonian lowlands and the North-West coast. In the tropical zone of the Eastern part is influenced by the trade winds, on the coast of a lot of rainfall (2,000 mm), the difference in summer and winter, t minor. In the interior the rainfall is considerably less (1000-500 mm). The Pacific coast is under the influence of the cold Peru current. Here is one of the driest places in the world (the Atacama desert).
Subtropical zone. The Eastern part is humid Continue reading
Austria – fairly compact country with, however, the variety of landscapes and diversity of cultural heritage. Majestic cities, charming villages, soaring mountains, sprawling plains, Royal resorts of mineral waters, Alpine lakes – all this creates a picturesque scene.
Located in Central Europe, Austria is surrounded on all sides by land. The country shares borders with Germany and Czech Republic to the North, Slovakia and Hungary to the East, Slovenia and Italy to the South and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the West. For six centuries, Austria was the center of the great Habsburg Empire, which at its peak included territories of modern Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, as well as large parts of Romania, Bulgaria and the Balkans. Although Austria does not play a dominant role in the European Union, it is one of the most interesting European destinations.
The country’s capital, Vienna, was once the citadel of the Habsburgs, it is to them we owe the abundance of beautiful attractions. The city is an architectural jewel and musical centre since the middle ages. Among the beauties of the city – Hofburg Imperial Palace and the adjoining Augustinian Church.
Salzburg, gave the world Mozart, is a picturesque town, surrounded on all sides by mountains. A trip to Salzburg should definitely include a visit to the Fortress Hohensalzburg, the Museum Continue reading
Currency can be exchanged at the airport, specialized exchange offices in banks, in hotels and in the markets (though they are quite bad). In major tourist areas accept US dollars (preference is given to the hundred-dollar bills), as well as the Euro and the currencies of the countries in South-East Asia.
In large banks, hotels and shops accept major credit cards and travelers checks. In tourist areas, especially in Bali, “credit” can be used even in small private establishments, shopping malls and restaurants.
the “normal range” of Indonesian Souvenirs like batik, pearls, dolls, masks, figurines dragons, umbrellas. Pile up — Handicrafts (rattan bags, boxes, etc.), wood carving, paintings, jewelry with emeralds and pearls, silver, spices, coffee, things made of paper, ceramics and glass.
In the shops of Kuta and Legian you can buy clothes at low prices, but Seminyak has plenty of elegant (and therefore expensive) boutiques.
Shops are open daily from 9:00 to 18:00, many private institutions, especially in tourist areas, are open until 21:00.
How to eat well
The basis of Indonesian cuisine — rice “nasi”, which usually simmered in broth or in banana leaves, make rice chips, fried with different ingredients or served with vegetables, richly Continue reading