A Vintage Sailboat Or Two

Did you know that Archimedes built a boat? King Hiero II of Syracuse in Sicily, is said to have asked him to design and oversee the building of a very large boat of particular magnificence – a sort of Titanic of its day. This was around 200 BC.

A quick reminder. Archimedes was an all-in-one, a mathematician, engineer, designer, inventor – you name it. He was the Einstein of his day. He is very well remembered for shouting out ‘Eureka’, when he solved a particular troublesome problem.

Google “Eureka”. 3,350,00 searches are made each month for it. What is it people are expecting or hoping to find? Eureka is a Greek word meaning “I have found it!” (Perhaps a goodhearted reader could comment here).

The boat incentive in Saint Tropez he designed had a gymnasium, baths, garden and covered walkways. Apparently though it was too large for the port of Syracuse. (Whose fault would that have been?) Archimedes, by all accounts, was noted for precision accuracy. Perhaps it was King Hiero’s zeal for the large and splendid that led the King to overlook this small point.

Not having had much, if any, use when a famine occurred a few years later, the King is said to have loaded the boat to the brim with fish, meat, corn and clothes and had it anchored in the Nile Delta. The story stops here, so presumably, that is where she still is, but now preserved in mud. A vintage sailboat.

A few years ago, a boat was dug out of the mud of the Sea of Galilee. (Mud is a good preserver as it puts a halt to the bacterial decomposition of the wood). The severe drought of 1985-1986 had lowered the level of the lake such a lot that relic hunters felt sure that the exposed mud would yield some exciting discovery.

It did. A boat which dates back to the time of Christ. Experts note its mortise and tenon joints, typical of how wooden joints were made at that time. The boat is 27′ long and 7A�’ wide, which means that it was able to take a crew of around 19 people, 4 of whom would be rowers, and one a helmsman.

A mast would have meant it could also be sailed. Purportedly, excellent craftsmen had built it. The wood was mainly cedar planks, but 12 different types of wood were used. This suggests that the owner was probably not well off as the planks were not of the best cut.

This type of boat would have been used for fishing, or as a ferry or for military purposes. However the extensive repairs and the quality of the wood used in repairing it suggest that it was most likely to have been used for fishing. It has a flat bottom and shallow draft. The method of building in those days was to put the planks on first and then fit the ribs.

One last point of interest is the manner in …

Popular Supplies for Summer Vacations

During the summer, one of the most anticipated events by everyone are summer vacations. Whether it is at the beach or a pool, it excites everyone. Now, one of the hardest things to do during these times is to pack everything you need for the vacation. There are some who forgets a lot of things but there are those who forget one thing, but forgets most important one. To help you prevent this, here are some of the essential supplies to bring for a summer vacation that you may want to include in your list.


Swimsuit & Swim shoes

Of course, the first things that you need to put in your bag are your swimsuits. It is always a good idea to bring a couple of them so you have choices and backup in case you need one. best swim fins for triathlon training are a good idea to bring too especially when you are going to the beach. These shoes will protect your feet from hot sand and shells that can cut your feet. Summer arm covers are good too; it will protect your arms from the harsh sun and will prevent arm tan lines.


Sunscreen is essential not only if you’re going to the beach. It is very important that you protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. When you are at the beach, apply it 20 or 30 minutes before you arrive so it has time to fully penetrate the skin. Reapply it often to prevent sunburns and over tanning.


Another important thing to bring is sunglasses. Not only do they look good and make a fashion statement, they will protect your eyes from the sun too.


Just like the sunscreen and sunglasses, you can use hats to cover your face and hair from the sun too. This will prevent dryness on your skin and hair damage as well so it is truly beneficial.

Cover ups

You can bring cover ups too so you can be able to cover your body if you don’t want to be always seen in your bikinis. You can also use them as like a blanket for sun bathing. It is good to wear them during night strolling at the beach too.

Flip flops

You can never go to the beach without flip flops. Those cute flip flops will protect your feet from sea shells and hot sand and will definitely look good with your bikinis and board shorts while strolling at the beach.

Beach bags

Where do you put all those stuff I mentioned above? Beach bags! Beach bags are usually big bags that are made of cloth. This is very convenient because you can put a lot of things inside and it will not add any weight to your things.

There you go. Those are the main things that you should bring if you are going to a summer vacation. All those things will provide you protection and will help you look good …


Udaipur is one of India’s most exceptional cities also called as VENICE OF EAST, a projection of Rajasthani tradition, with its white-creamy palaces beside a shimmering lake, rambling old havelis and romantic luxury hotels that attracts in honeymooners and more than a few wedding parties. Picturisation of many Bollywood films and local films got their ideal shooting location in a heavenly place like Udaipur. With the blessed picturesque greenery, lakes and sites Udaipur has got the charm to attract even the celebrities for often visits.

You will come across historic forts and carved temples, walk through tangled medieval streets and markets in old town centres. You can shop endlessly for a vast range of colourful artisan, and get right off some track exploring a host of wildlife sanctuaries, from the wild, forested hills of Kumbhalgarh to the grasslands of Sorsan.

July to October:

Udaipur the city of lakes is the prime reason to visit the city during the monsoon season.The maximum temperature during this time is around 35 degree Celsius and a minimum of 25 degree Celsius. It has to be this time where one can easily explore this city with its beauty at its peak. During monsoons, all the huge lakes are overflowing with clean water and with all the greenery around enhancing the nature. However, it is more humid during this time but relatively less hot than other cities of Rajasthan. As this is an off-season period travellers could enjoy in fewer crowds and would get great hotel deals and tour packages during this time period.

November to February:

These months constitute the winter season in Udaipur and are the most suited time to visit this city. The maximum temperature during this time does not go beyond 25 degree Celsius and the minimum hovers around 10 degree Celsius. The cool breeze in the air offers travellers a perfect climate for sightseeing and exploring the city. The days are sunny and the evenings are chilly thus you can get best of this city by visiting pleasing attractions including lake palace, city palace, Lake Pichola and a lot more. The annual Shilpgram Crafts Fair is held in Udaipur and it is a treat for all lovers. People come from across the globe just to visit this festival held during these months. So if you are planning to Udaipur then this is the best suggested time period to enjoy the charming nature and the royal city.

March to June:

These months constitute the summer season and summers are quite extreme in this city. While days are too hot with the maximum temperature ranging between 45 and 40 degree Celsius, evenings are relatively pleasant with a minimum temperature of around 28 degree Celsius. This time is not recommended due to scorching heat. However, if you are a summer person and love to wander in this season then  Don’t miss the colourful festivities of the Mewar festival which is celebrated widely in the city and favourite thing of locals and visitors to do …

Shop smartly at airports

When we have a long layover or a delayed flight then it causes frustration and disturbance. WE also have a lots of time to kill between the flights while we have connecting flights. Shopping in any airport can be really expensive and pricy and they have really steep pricing. The shopkeepers there are well aware of your condition and know that you are not likely to leave the airport and go to different location for shopping. Limousine Services in Toronto has compiled a list for you to shop smartly at the airports.

Duty Free Shopping

Mostly airports have duty free stores especially the airports with international terminals. Duty free means that fee or import taxes doesn’t apply to any product in that store. This saves you some money on certain products depending on currency exchange rates and location. Most duty free shops have alcohol, fragrances and luxury items which can actually save you a lot of money when you buy these products tax free. `You will be amazed how much you can save from a duty free shop while purchasing really expensive items.

Electronics from a tech store

You have a long flight and have forgot your mobile charger or headphones then you can go any tech store which comes with a wide range of electronics. While purchasing items from there you must realize that this purchasing comes with a higher rate of price tag. You know that best buy has added a large number of kiosks which carry a variety of electronics same as tech stores, that can save you a lot of money. As compared to tech stores you can use the offers from best buy to save you a lot of money and time as well.

Don’t buy items that you don’t need

You are wandering around the airport and have a lot of time to kill then you must know your priorities. You have lots of shops and items there but also be aware that they are too much expensive and you must stick to what you need rather than what you see on a shelf. Mostly people buy stuff from stores which they do not need and then end up having a really small amount of money which makes them rethink about their buying habits. You must be aware of your pocket, budget and also what you really want to purchase from those stores. These stores have lots of items which attract their customers and they are placed on shelves for a purpose of increasing sales. You should be able to control your urge to buy and get limited stuff from the stores at airport.

Save money for important stuff

While roaming around the airport be aware of your spending and saving habits , you can save lots of money by just not spending it. This saved money can be spent on your rides back home which are actually comfortable and luxurious. You can even buy some gifts for your friends and family from any …

How To Get Travelling Discount When Visiting Best Beaches In Jamaica

There are many people who want to travel to wonderful beaches, but can’t make it because of the price increases. Though, there are several ways to cut down your travelling costs. Web is the most excellent place to search discounts on airfare, car rentals and hotels.

There are many travel companies that is offering discounts on tickets booking. You just need to check their websites regularly for these available offers. You can get an email regarding the discount for your desired destination in case you register on such travelling coupon website. Most of the time companies do offer discounts on hotel rates throughout reservations online. These possible discounts can assist you to save good money on your booking.

Roundabout flight’s route assists you to save some good money compare to the direct flights. In case you plan to travel through two planes, then your complete airfare can be reasonable than the airfare of one plane. Most of the time there are packages which combine hotel rates and airfare. The package’s cost is lower than the complete hotel and airfare cost, when individually paid. A package to Best Beaches In Jamaica comprise car rent, hotel and airfare may assist you to save some good money. Hotels do give clients with certain travel offers, who stay long.

Points to notice:

The airline cost differs from peak times to lunchtime flights. You can pay lower fare at Thursday and Wednesday. You can try to keep away from booking flights on weekends. You can even search low airfares at off peak seasons. It is good to travel at some places, once tourist season not on the boom. Rental house is a great substitute for hotels because the prices of these are cheaper than hotels.

One more way for this discount is booking online. Though, there are many limitations of online booking. Usually, there is not any type of refund system. Booking online is available just for set time period. It assists you to get additional points on your credit card and would assist you to save good money on purchase your ticket with that particular company.

Companies are weighed down with offers for college students, senior citizens and children. Kids below 14 cannot want any charge at theme parks. College going students can have the reasonable fares for worldwide journey. Students who have credit cards can get pleasure from more advantages of such travelling discounts.

If talking about senior citizens then they may get 50% discounts on hotel rates and airfares when travelling to Best Beaches In Jamaica. To get pleasure from these advantages, you need to inquire regarding any student, child and senior citizen discounts to your tour planner. Even, register your family members and yourself under common flier programs. Confirm that there is not any type of limitation for any discounts.

Newspaper, magazines and other books have special coupons for travel offers like discount programs for hotel, restaurant discount coupons and car rental concession. In case you are making a plan …

Chirurgie esthétique du visage

La blépharoplastie, ou chirurgie des paupières, vise à remodeler les paupières. Avec l’âge, la peau devient relâchée et il peut y avoir un affaissement ou un capotage des paupières supérieures et des poches sur les paupières inférieures. La chirurgie des paupières peut être fonctionnelle, esthétique ou les deux. Cela implique généralement le retrait ou le repositionnement de l’excès de peau et de graisse, et la procédure peut renforcer les muscles et les tendons environnants.

La chirurgie peut modifier la forme du visage ou resserrer la peau.

Lors d’une rhinoplastie genève, également appelée «opération du nez», le chirurgien remodèle le nez du patient pour améliorer son apparence et sa respiration souvent. Cela peut impliquer de remodeler la pointe et de réduire la bosse osseuse à la partie supérieure du nez.

Elle peut être réalisée avec de petites incisions bien cachées, souvent à l’intérieur des narines. Les chirurgiens ne recommandent pas la rhinoplastie avant l’âge de 15 ans au moins pour permettre la croissance complète du cartilage et de l’os du nez.

L’otoplastie, ou chirurgie de l’oreille, traite les oreilles proéminentes ou difformes en “épinglant” chirurgicalement l’oreille plus près de la tête avec des sutures, en remodelant le cartilage, ou les deux.

Une ou les deux oreilles peuvent être traitées. Il est le plus souvent pratiqué chez les enfants après 5 ou 6 ans, car les oreilles ont pratiquement atteint la taille adulte à cet âge.

La rhytidectomie, également connue sous le nom de lifting du visage, vise à éliminer chirurgicalement les rides et à resserrer la peau du visage afin de lui donner un aspect plus jeune.

En règle générale, l’incision est placée devant et derrière les oreilles et s’étend jusqu’à la racine des cheveux dans la région du temple. La peau est retirée du tissu facial plus profond, redrapée plus étroitement et l’excès de peau est éliminé. Les incisions sont ensuite fermées avec des sutures.

Les tissus profonds du visage et du cou peuvent également être resserrés. La blépharoplastie ou la chirurgie des paupières peuvent être effectuées en même temps.…

Extracts of Stevia: the natural sweetener?

The stevia plant, a sweetener?

Be careful, the stevia plant is not allowed in the diet as a sweetener. Too many articles about rebaudioside A or stevia extracts make shortcuts that suggest that it is the plant itself that is allowed and found on our table or in products low in sugars.

Recall that only purified extracts of stevia are allowed as a new sweetener (food additive E960). The dried plant or leaves are not allowed in the dietary fibre. Stevia extracts, also known as steviol glycosides, must contain mainly rebaudioside A and stevioside (95% minimum).

Why ?

It is sometimes said that sugar companies or manufacturers of sweeteners have blocked the authorization in France or the United States. In fact, the reality is simpler: a few years ago, experts from the health authorities failed to rule on the safety of stevia extracts, as these mixtures varied in composition and purity. More recently, toxicological studies have focused on purified extracts, with a temporary authorization of 2 years for France, extended in November 2011 to the European Union (European Regulation No. 1131/2011).

They are allowed in a list of foods with maximum use doses (table sweeteners, fermented dairy products, ice creams, breakfast cereals, sweets, drinks and nectars, food supplements …). Due to a lack of data on their resistance to temperature, stevia extracts are not allowed in cooking products.

What are the properties of Stevia extracts?

Like other intense sweeteners, their sweetness is very high: about 200 to 350 times that of sugar replacement (saccharin: 300, aspartame: about 200); we put very little and they do not bring calorie, but they can not replace sugar everywhere for reasons of texture of the food, of conservation … They are a little more resistant than the aspartame with the cooking but the scientists consider that they are not stable beyond 100-120 ° C.

The glycosides of steviol (rebaudioside A, stevioside mainly) are extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant. They are therefore derived from nature such as sugar or honey and it is a marketing advantage over other sweeteners.

In the pure state, a licorice taste that accompanies the sweet taste: according to the applications, this licorice note is reduced with aromas or by associating the extracts of stevia with a little sugar.

The price: sold as table-top sweeteners, we find rebaudioside A or stevia extracts either in pure form or in variable percentage on a support type polyol or maltodextrins (mass agents), with added flavors; the prices per kg are therefore very variable.

What is the true nature of Stevia extracts?

Mentions of the type “natural sweetener” are not allowed; the natural origin can only be mentioned because it is obtained by extraction and successive purification from the leaves of the stevia plant.

There are other natural sweeteners allowed in Europe, but which have not developed much: thaumatin (extracted from a tropical fruit) and neohesperidin dihydrochalcone (extracted and modified from citrus peel).

Against received ideas

Stevia extracts are therefore the …

How to go to Kashmir from Delhi by Train

Kashmir is a land of unimaginable beauty! It is a valley between the Great Himalayan range and Pir Panjal mountain range. Its simplicity and pristine beauty attracts a lot of attention from all over the world. Variety of terrains ranging from lakes, snow-capped mountains, coniferous hills and glacier fed rivers enhance the beauty of Kashmir. It is covered with wild untouched terrain and also fields of saffron and orchards apples. Once you land at this land of beauty, a sense of peace and calmness will engulf you. Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Leh, Kupwara, Kathua, Kargil, Pulwama, Pahalgam, Kishtwar, Doda, Poonch, Anantnag are a few places worth visiting if you are planning a trip to Kashmir.

If you and your friends are planning a trip to this beautiful place, and you don’t know which means of transportation will be most feasible, here I am to solve your dilemma. Besides flights, trains are one of the best means to reach Kashmir from Delhi. Train tickets and PNR are easily available on the IRCTC website. Although Kashmir does not have a railway station, the nearest station is Jammu Tawi which is at a distance of 263 kilometres from Kashmir. The distance between New Delhi to Kashmir is 677 kms and it takes approximately 23 to 24 hours to reach destination if you take a train. There are 27 Long distance trains running between the two stations. There is 1 Rajdhani train, 13 Mail/Express trains, 2 AC Superfast trains, 1 Sampark Kranti train, 1 Duronto train, 8 Superfast trains, 1 Humsafar train running from New Delhi to Jammu Tawi station. It can take you from 9 hours upto 24 hours to reach destination station, depending upon the train and departure station you choose.

Trains that take the shortest duration to reach Jammu Tawi are 12475/Hapa Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Express, 12477/ Jamnagar Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Express, 12473/ Sarvodaya Express, 12471/ Swaraj Express, and a few others. They take about 9 to 10 hours to reach destinations. These trains have around 5 to 6 halts in between.

Other trains that run between New Delhi to Jammu Tawi are 12919 Malwa SF Express, 18215 Durg Jammu Tawi Express via Amritsar, 12549 Durg Jammu Tawi Weekly SF Express, 22705 Tirupati Jammu Tawi Humsafar Express, 22941 Indore Jammu Tawi Weekly SF Express,14645 Shalimar Express, 22461 Shri Shakti AC Express, 14033 Jammu Mail, 12425 New Delhi- Jammu Tawi Rajdhani Express,12445 Uttar Sampark Kranti Express, 11077 Jhelum Express, 18101 Tatanagar- Jammu Tawi Link Express, 18309 Sambalpur- Jammu Tawi Express, 12265 Delhi Sarai Rohilla- Jammu Tawi Duronto Express, 22401 Delhi Sarai Rohilla- Udhampur AC Express, 12413 Pooja SF Express, 19805 Kota Udhampur Weekly Express,16031 Andaman Express, 16317 Himsagar Express, 11449 Jabalpur Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Express,16687 Navyug Express, 16787 Tirunelveli Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Express. The boarding stations for these trains are one among NDLS/New Delhi station, DSJ/Delhi Safdarjung station, DLI/Old Delhi Junction and DEE/Delhi Sarai Rohilla Station.

If you are looking to save some money and …

Different services provided by IRCTC

IRCTC, also known as the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation is the agency that is responsible for maintaining the railways in India. It has been set up by the Ministry of Railways in the country. The IRCTC offers a wide of services to the customers. The agency basically operates through the means of private-public collaborations.

Railways are the main mode of transport in the country and also play a significant role to boost tourism. The establishment of IRCTC is seen as a positive step to simplify the overall operations of the Indian railways. On an average the Indian Railways carries along 13 million passengers daily. The main objective of IRCTC is to improve passenger satisfaction through better hospitality, catering services, and travel and tourism services.

Online Reservations: This is one of the premier services of IRCTC. Passengers can go to the IRCTC website and book tickets for Indian Railways online. The ticket booking process is extremely simple and can be completed within few minutes. Varied payment options are provided for the convenience of passengers.

Travel packages. IRCTC offers a range of packaged holiday and travel packages for tourists. Explore the length and breadth of India by embarking on all-inclusive tours and travel packages by IRCTC. Visit popular tourist destinations across the country and get a feel of the scenic beauty and charm and also the rich history, culture and heritage of India.

Luxury train tours: If you wish to travel to various parts of India in a royal style full of luxury, then embark on luxury train tours offered by IRCTC. The luxury train tours are popular among the luxury tours in the country and offer you utmost satisfaction and comfort. A number of packaged tours are available in various luxury trains like the Deccan Odyssey, Golden Chariot, and Heritage on Wheels and Palace on Wheels. Embark on tours in these trains and have an experience of a lifetime!

Catering Services: IRCTC offers catering services in Indian railways. The food that is served in the trains are prepared and packaged by IRCTC. In addition, there are food plazas and dining outlets run by the agency in major stations across the country. The rates are quite affordable and service is available 24x 7.

In addition to these, some other services offered by IRCTC are customer care operations, maintaining time table and real time train tracking facilities for passengers and so on.…

7 myths travellers have while travelling to USA

Known to be the most powerful nation in the world, USA is one country that is on every traveler’s bucket list. With a whole lot of diversity, a trip to the United States of America can prove to be memorable as well as a learning experience. Besides the destinations like New York and Los Angeles that attract a lot of tourists, the USA also has many unexplored gems. Using a best trip planner, you can plan a trip to United States for exploring the vast country. However, before traveling to the country it is commonly observed that many travelers have a lot of presumptions about America. While a few of them might be based on other’s experiences, most of them are just baseless myths. Why not take a look at them, so that you can visit the nation with an open mind and make the most of your travel.

  • Most of the people think that the United States of America is a land of sky-high buildings and concrete roads. But that is just so not true. The USA has taken many measures to preserve the natural beauty they are blessed with and boy, are they blessed abundantly with it! There are about 60 protected areas A.K.A national parks in US. These are comprised of a variety of ecosystems, allowing people to escape the city life and nestle in the lap of nature.
  • Many just assume that the USA only serves fast food for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Trust us, the country has a plethora of fine-dine restaurants that serve lip-smacking food. The variety of cuisines that you can taste here will prove to be a feast for your taste buds.
  • Most of us know that America is empowered by modern technology. But, it is a myth that in the wake of keeping up with technology, Americans have let art and culture take a backseat. All the states of US have a plethora of art galleries that promote different kinds of art forms. All the cultural festivals are celebrated with zest and zeal. If you visit US during Christmas or around the new year, you will see families coming together and celebrating the festivities with much galore.
  • Many travelers think that Americans lead a very unhealthy lifestyle. This is just the opposite of the fact. Most of the US citizens are very health-conscious. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see someone driving a bicycle while going to and from the office. At lunch table, you will see that many of the locals have healthy boiled vegetables or a bowl of salad.
  • Due to a few unfortunate incidents, many consider United States to be racist. But, that is not entirely true. Americans are very accommodating and treat everyone equally. Your skin color does not matter as the USA welcomes you with a warm heart and open arms.
  • A lot of travelers fear going to the USA since they think that the citizens are quite arrogant and not very helpful. But, America