Hotels in Rhône Alpes

As the largest region in France, the Rhône Alpes area offers a wide variety of accommodation in an equally diverse range of landscapes, from ski chalets to city bed & breakfasts, and from luxurious spa hotels to camp sites where you can be at one with nature. Whatever kind of accommodation you are looking for, this beautiful part of France offers everything you could possibly need to improve your well-being and give you peace of mind.

For a city break in Lyon, Grenoble or St Etienne, there is an extensive range of hotels to choose from. These thriving cities offer mid-budget hotels at an affordable price and in an excellent location whichsimply provide a comfortable place to rest your head after a long day of sightseeing. Alternatively, pamper yourself in a 5-star hotel such as the Villa Florentine in Lyon where you can indulge yourself in a luxurious and comforting setting.

If you feel at your best when keeping active then try the Ardèche region of Rhône Alpes which is home to countless campsites where you could go kayaking in the rivers and streams, scale cliff faces or purely take in the spectacular mountain landscapes, all for an inexpensive price. Or if you fancy hitting the slopes over the winter months, opt for a cosy ski chalet in one ofthe region’s popular ski resorts such as Courchevel, Val Thorens or Tignes.

For a truly peaceful holiday, the region has around 150 hotels throughout the region which offer spa and massage treatments to help alleviate stress and calm your mind and body. Try the towns of Aix-les-Bains, Brides-les-Bains or Morzine to find these areas designed for utter relaxation and rejuvenation.

Whether you are an adventurer who dreams of sleeping under the stars surrounded by majestic mountains, or if you are simply in need of a little rest and relaxation, find the perfect hotels in Rhône Alpes for you and start planning your ideal holiday at www.holidaycheck.com.

Why travel to Wales: 5 interesting facts you didn’t know about Wales

Unless you are an expert on Wales, it is unlikely that you know everything about this country. There are many surprising facts about the Gaelic nation that make travelling there an even more exciting proposition.

So let’s see 5 of the most interesting facts about Wales:

1)      Wales is one of the oldest geological regions on the planet.
The three geological divisions of the Paleozoic era were named Cambrian, Ordovician and Silurian. During the Roman invasions, the Cambrian’s name (Cambria) was influenced by the Latin language, and the names of the other two geological divisions (the Silures and Ordovices) derive from Celtic tribes that were living in Wales.
As proof of that the fact, Eocks and fossils of the first period of the Paleozoic era have been found in Wales. This also proves that Wales is one of the oldest geological regions on the planet.

2)      A Welshman was the first to transmit and receive radio waves
Even if it was Marconi’s experiments that led to the first large-scale commercial application of wireless telegraphy, the first to transmit and receive radio waves was a Welshman named David Edward Hughes. Hughes invented the first printing telegraph system, which he patented in 1855. It was utilised in the USA by the West Union Telegraph Company in 1857 and became the adopted standard system in Europe. Moreover Hughes invented also the carbon microphone, which made practical telephony possible, and made major contributions to electrical science.

3)      The world’s first wireless transmission took place in Wales.
The Italian Guglielmo Marconi dreamt of communication transmitted by radio waves since when he was 12. On 13th May 1897 he realised his dream, transmitting the first wireless message between Lavernock, near Porthcawl, Wales and the Island of Flatholm. Moreover, pioneers relevant to the Italian’s success included, amongst other, the Welsh electrical engineer and inventor, Preece, and the London-born Welshman David Edward Hughes.

4)      The earth’s highest mountain is named after a Welshman
The name of the famous Mt. Everest comes from Sir George Everest, who was the surveyor general of India and a native of Gwernvale, Breconshire in Wales. Everest introduced the most accurate tools of that era to complete his measurements and calculation of the mountain with great precision. Thanks to that, in 1955 the height of Everest was established at 29,028 feet.
Moreover, the highest mountain of Wales, Yr Wyddfa (Mt. Snowdon, 3,560 feet), has been used as training from the British members of the first team that conquered Everest in 1953.

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5)      The world’s longest rail-road (train) station name can be found in Wales.
Unsurprisingly there is a Welsh town whose name contains 57 letters. But the name Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantisiliogogogoch, which means “the Church of Mary in a white hollow by a hazel tree near a rapid whirlpool by the church of St. Tisilio by a red cave”, means that Wales is home to the longest station name on the planet. To give evidence of that, an old stop sign at the station still keeps the name. Nowadays it is no longer a stop, in fact, due to the small size of the village; the drastic curtailment of British rail services implemented in the 1960’s involved this stop. However, once in the village it is possible to visit a large store (Pringles) selling mostly woollen goods and souvenirs (including platform tickets imprinted with the station name). To make it easier you can pronounce the short form of the name: “Llanfairpwllgwyngyll” or simply “Llanfair P.G.”.

About the Author:

Letizia Scillia is a blogger and loves writing and travelling. This article has been written for Sunbourne a company for camping in Wales. You can find more articles on searchstarz.com.