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Just Stunning and Tranquil - Bafa Lake

3 Natural Turkish Lakes

Turkey is a beautiful country, whether visiting for a beach holiday under the sun, or a partying holiday in the cities, but for some, Turkey’s natural lakes make the perfect relaxing holiday. Camping, Trekking or visiting the local villages and experiencing their culture and cuisines are just a few of the attractions found at some of the most beautiful and ecologically sound lakes in the world.

Bafa Lake

Just Stunning and Tranquil - Bafa Lake

Just Stunning and Tranquil – Bafa Lake

Bafa Lake is situated southeast of the Buyuk Menderes Delta, 25 km from Soke from where you can access it. Once part of the Aegean Sea, the lake became a lake as result of geomorphologic development of Buyuk Menderes Delta. Its main sources are from Buyuk Menderes, plus the underground rivers flowing from the mountains. Plant life is rife, consisting of tamarisks, pine trees, and olive groves. Lake Bafa protects the ecosystem, and therefore provides a winter habitat for lots of species of birds, which would otherwise be in danger of extinction – approximately 300,000 birds take residence here. Pelicans, cormorants and sea eagles are just a few species. There are also over 700 kinds of plankton in the lake and a huge variety of plants, which feed many species of fish.

Bolu – Abant Lake

Bolu - Abant Lake

Bolu – Abant Lake – Amazing Clear and Peaceful Place

Abant Lake is 33km away from Bolu, in the west of the Black Sea area, halfway between Ankara and Istanbul. Abant lake can be reached by the E-5, the Ankara motorway, finally turning off at Omerler Madensuy. Bolu is connected by bus to other parts of the country. The lake is home to a wide variety of plants – 1150 hectares were designated by the status of Natural Park in 1988. Main species include Scotch pine, beech, larch, oak, poplar, ash, horn- beam, willow, juniper, forest rose, tamarisk, hazelnut, holly, dog-rose, bracken, blackberry, strawberry, mint, raspberry, ivy, nettle, mare’s tail, and a variety of pasture grasses and trees. Animal species include pig, deer, roe deer, bear, fox, jackal, and rabbit. You’ll also find birds of prey and singing birds – a real natural haven.

Lake Van

Lake - Van - Just Beautiful

Lake – Van – Just Beautiful

Lake Van is the biggest lake in Turkey and the largest soda water lake in the world. Lake Van lies on the high grounds of the Eastern Anatolian district near the border with Iran. Formed by a crater created by a volcanic explosion of Mt. Nemrud, its elevation from the sea level is over 1600 metres. The water is not very suitable for drinking or irrigation because of its high salinity content – sodium chloride and sodizm carbonate. There is a scenic lookout close to the unpaved road on the eastern slope of Mt. Nemrut, accessible by car/MTB/hike – perfect to make a day of endurance exercise.

Turkey has some truly stunning lakes and mountains you can get great Turkey breaks from Direct Line Holidays and get amongst this amazing environment. Such relaxing places and wonderful scenery if would be foolish to no explore this country.


3 Stocking Stuffers for Techies for the 2012 Holidays

We all get it perfectly – even if we want to give each and every one our loved ones and friends the gift of tech, it’s just downright unrealistic, especially in these trying economic times. You can’t possibly buy six units of the iPhone 5 in a huff – one for each family member – lest you want to use up all your life’s savings for this one single holiday. And let’s face it – even if you want to get the latest Galaxy Note for your two BFFs, it won’t be practical unless you’re a Zuckerberg or a Bieber, perhaps.

But ultimately, you don’t need to give up on Christmas just yet. You can opt for “stocking stuffers” to keep up with your techie inclinations in giving gifts. There are a number of low-priced tech items that are interesting and useful enough to pass as little gifts for friends and family. With this list, you will have no problem filling those Christmas stockings this year. Now, some people would raise their eyebrows at this list, because they could already consider these “stocking stuffers” as real serious gifts – but really – if you can buy yourself the iPad mini or the iPad with Retina display a mere seven months after buying the iPad 3, then maybe you’re just being stingy! Don’t be a scrooge this Christmas by sharing the gift of tech, because such gifts can still be friendly to the wallet.

iPhone 5 cases

Since of your folk already have or are having plans of getting the iPhone 5, you can give them the iPhone 5 cases or protectors found on eBay or Amazon for cheap (they can go as low as $5 but the more decent ones go for $10 and up). Not only will you help them guard their precious, precious phones from scrapes and shocks but you will also be able to help them express themselves through their phone if you choose something that befits their personality. What’s even more interesting is that you can acquire discounts for bulk purchases since these stores usually want to exhaust all stocks towards the yearend.

Generic cables

If you want to give people something they’d really use, then you can buy them generic cables for their phones (or other USB devices). It’s always an ideal gift because you’ll never know when your personal mobile (slash) business phone will drain its battery down to nothing. A spare one – one that you’ll never have to share with anyone, will always come in handy whether you’re in the office or meeting with your business partners in a café. Be careful in buying stuff like these though, as they can get really tricky. They’re relatively cheap; but as prices go lower, the quality may be compromised as well. Grab your cables only from decent accessories suppliers, and not those run-of-the-mill sellers you’d usually stumble upon online.

Tablet joystick

Tablets are aplenty in today’s highly touch-centric market, and products like the iPad and the Galaxy Tab are used heavily for video viewing, media playing, and even console gaming. ThinkGeek’s popular Joystick-It arcade stick for the iPad will help bring gaming on your slate to levels of epic proportions. All you have to do is attach the $7.49 accessory anywhere on your screen and start playing your touchscreen-based games with ease – without having the need to use wires or batteries. And don’t worry about having dents on your device’s screen because they’re easy to remove and reposition whenever desired.

So, can you suggest some other stocking stuffers for your fellow geeks at heart and technology lovers? Sound off in the comments section!

Jackson Hole - Sass Fee - Stunning Eco Hotel

Going Green on the Slopes: 5 European Eco Ski Resorts

Europe has continually served at the forefront of ecotourism trends and one of the hottest options for those seeking a sustainably friendly vacation, is to look to the slopes.

Whitepod, Les Cerniers, Switzerland

What A Venue Just Stunning and All Eco Friendly

What A Venue Just Stunning and All Eco Friendly

Whitepod camp is by far one of the most innovative ski camps in the business. The site offers 15 low-impact accommodation “pods” that are both cozy and promote responsible use of the surrounding environment. Wood stoves and locally sourced spring waters heat the camp and provide fresh water for the Scandinavian-style bathrooms. The camp has access to over 10km of ski slopes as well as a restaurant and spa, which are accessible by either walking or taking one of two private drag lifts.

Maison Coutin, France

Lush Green and Eco Friendly Resort - Great Powder To

Lush Green and Eco Friendly Resort – Great Powder To

Situated in the Tarentaise Valley, Masion Coutin prides itself on its eco-friendly ethos with just three rooms that sleep up to six guests. Meals are organic with all produce served coming from the lodge’s family-run garden. The lodge is quiet, paired down and without the traditional hum of activity that comes with other crowded resorts. Guests enjoy cross-country skiing as well as snow-walking and a ski lift for easy access to all slopes a great green chalet holiday in france for you to enjoy.

Mountain Hill Cabin, Norway

Wicked Eco Snow Cabin and Resort

Wicked Eco Snow Cabin and Resort

Skiing on the roof is just part of the fun. This resort is intentionally built to provide adventure skiers with both a winter playground as well as offering access to some of the best slopes in the world. All building materials are brought in via snow scooter so as not to disrupt the splendor of the surrounding environment. The cabin itself is built into the landscape rather than competing against it and the resort is slotted to open for the 2013 season.

Saas Fee, Switzerland

Jackson Hole - Sass Fee - Stunning Eco Hotel

Jackson Hole – Sass Fee – Stunning Eco Hotel

Rated as one of the top “green” resorts in the world, Saas is famous for being “car-free”. The topography reduces the need for snow cannons and Sass makes considerable investments in local, renewable projects allowing for skiers to become part of the sustainability of the resort, rather than just passive guests.

Aravis Lodge, La Clusaz, France

What a View and What  an Eco Attitude This Resort Has
What a View and What an Eco Attitude This Resort Has

The La Clusaz ski resort is only a few ski strides away from this 100-year-old chalet and its “green credentials” are amongst some of the most attentive in the business. All waste is either composted and there is onsite recycling along with solar panels for the chalet’s heat and hot water systems. Meals are prepared utilizing local, organic and free-range produce from surrounding farms and villages, which supports La Clusaz’s goal to offset carbon emissions. EasyJet files from 10 UK airports or travelers can opt for the Rail Europe route to plan their ski holidays in france eco trip.