Your visit to Scotland will be incomplete if you haven’t visited the castles in the country. While in the Scotland, you can also look for luxury holiday homes in Scotland where you can spend the night and rest comfortably. There are even luxury homes that are designed after castles.
How much do castles cost?
Construction of castle was an expensive undertaking. During the reign of King Edward I, the royal treasury was nearly bankrupted when it spent around 100,000 pounds in constructing castles in Wales. When building castles, several workers are employed like the masons, quarrymen, carpenters, diggers and blacksmiths. In the entire duration of the castle building, it will employ at least 3,000 workers. The master builder will direct these workers and would take him and his men two to ten years in order to build a single castle.
How were castles constructed?
In order to learn and understand how the medieval castles were built, it is critical to look and study at modern day castle building projects. In an experiment in archaeology conducted by Maryline Martin and Michel Guyot, they assembled some 50 workers of skilled workers, architects and archaeologists in the hopes of building a medieval castle by using the method and materials that were used in the Middle Ages. The project was called Gueledon. The design of the castle was taken from a 13th century castle. It had curtain walls, dry moat, corner towers as well as a very large tower keep. The construction of the experimental castle was started last 1997 and is projected to be completed within 25 years. In the year 2006, the castle project attracted more than 240,000 visitors and the experimental project cashed in more than 2.6 million dollars.
The materials used to build the castle were clay soil, oak trees and stone that were located near the construction site. The workers used the techniques that people in the 13th century used. In order to split the stones for the walls, the workers read the face of the rock to determine where the lines will fracture. The structure may not yet be complete but it surely gives idea to people how the centuries-old castles were built.
Phuket is not a big island, but every inch of the place is worth seeing. Tourist who visits the area are fascinated by the different views it have and the satisfaction it brings to your heart. If you are a traveler as well as a businessman you might want to know property for sale and rent in Phuket.
One of the biggest factors in determining where to rent or buy a property is your taste. When you are having a vacation, you might want to rent a place or even buy a property near the places where your interests are located. A tactical area to do business and enjoy for you to fully use every available resource you have.
Some people wants to enjoy night clubs and shopping centers to somehow lessen their stress and problems in life. These persons needs the company of many people to forget about everything and enjoy up to their hearts content. The perfect place in Phuket to rent or buy a property is in a town called Patong. But compared to other towns, transport fee is more expensive here however, there are free transport shuttles which follow a schedule.
If you need a quiet place to relax and reflect then the best town for you to look for a place to rent and even buy is in Kamala. This is where you can hide from the world. Away from the crowded places. It is one of the largest towns in Phuket that is a 25-minute drive from Patong. It is not very famous for tourist, but this town attracts retirees and foreign residents which like beautiful beach. This also has a fantasy theme park where you can enjoy and spend quality time with your family, friends, and special someone.
Phuket is full of amazing views and sceneries which can satisfy the things you’re looking for. And it can be quite confusing what to choose. This is the reason why you need to know the strategic location for you to rent or buy a property in Phuket that will literally make your heart sank. For you to know the advantages and disadvantages of the places you plan to stay.
The natural resources that are being enjoyed by human beings and animals alike are God’s gift. Being a rational inhabitant of this planet, it is man’s duty to take care and preserve these natural resources for the benefit of the younger generation. However, because of the high rate of urbanization and man’s recklessness, the pristine nature is now threatened. Tons of wastes, pollution and abuse in the use of natural resources all result to damaged ecosystems.
The irresponsible acts of mankind towards nature made him suffer more. As Isaac Newton’s law states that for every action there is an equivalent reaction; nature can be harsh when you enrage it. The increased heat that could be felt especially in regions near the Earth’s equator is one of the effects of man’s carelessness. The ozone layer is thinning and could not anymore regulate the amount of heat. Stronger typhoon rains and winds are also felt. This change in climate can be attributed to pollution and rampant cutting of trees.
It is not yet too late to help and preserve Mother Earth. There are environmental groups that have advocated for nature’s preservation. You can join these groups and help Mother Earth heal or start in your own little way.
Helping the environment
You can help by buying recycled materials. If you can reuse an item, then take advantage of using it again. It is said that a ton of recycled papers saves at least 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water and 4,000 kw-H of energy.
Only use what is necessary. Conserve energy and water. Turn off the lights, appliances and faucets if you are not using these. Think of alternative ways to conserve energy. Instead of turning on the air condition, you can open your windows and breathe in fresh air. Store rainwater in barrels and use these during dry season.
By learning and growing in knowledge about the environment, you have a better grasp of the environment’s condition and can find better ways to help save it. Educate yourself all the time. Read articles in magazines, newspapers or on the internet regarding protecting and preserving nature. Importantly, learn to appreciate the beauty of nature. Occasionally spend time visiting national parks, sanctuaries, zoo or gardens. This way, you will realize how precious the gift of nature is.
Photograph courtesy of Angeli C. Picazo (taken October 05, 2013)
From Senaru center, it took us 9 hours to finally reach Mt. Gunung Baro Jaru, the smaller volcano inside Mount Rinjani that was shrouded in fog. Senaru is the village where the Rinjani Trek Center starts. Local guided tours allow locals and tourists to visit Mount Rinjani and its surrounding forests.
I thought the trek to Mount Rinjani was easy because there were lots of female Italian tourists who joined us in the guided tour but as we went higher, it became steeper and steeper. Little did I know that the Italian group were professional mountain trekkers and used to climbing higher mountains.
As we travelled up the mountain, my legs were groaning with pain but I convinced myself and my partner that we could do it. I was very happy when the tour guide finally announced that we will stop for lunch. The lunch of fish and soup never tasted so good with freshly sliced pineapples for dessert. After an hour or two we were back again to the business of climbing Mount Rinjani and again it got steeper with those deadly rocky steps until we finally saw the peak.
Photograph courtesy of Angeli C. Picazo (taken October 10, 2013)
The Indonesian island of Lombok does not receive the usual fanfare that its nearby neighbor Bali gets. Bali is Indonesia’s paradise but because it is highly advertised, tourists flock to the place making the prices of accommodations quite high in comparison to the scenic Lombok. The island of Lombok is not yet tarnished by souvenir shops and cocktail bars that has spread in Bali. Many Indonesians prefer to visit Lombok because the prices of hotels and food are cheaper but as soon as tourists discover the beauty of Lombok, it will likely be advertised as another version of Bali.
Hotels along Nusa Tenggara Barat Lombok Indonesia are not farmhouses but elaborate affairs equal to the standards of hotels in Bali. Convivial hosts will only be too willing to show off the other places of interest in the island. In Indonesia, Lombok means chili and there is no dearth for spicy foods with the fiery condiments since it is an indispensable ingredient in most of the local dishes. You have the choice though to request for the milder version.
In order to escape the crowds and laze around on the pristine beach, head off to the island’s southwest point. The roads are traversable and in good condition with no signs of traffic except for the typical public transport and rented cars that drive around the island.