Posts made in March, 2013

Statue of Liberty set to shine again on July 4th

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 | Comments Off on Statue of Liberty set to shine again on July 4th

Statue of Liberty

The The US National Park Service is almost finished with extensive repairs at the Statue of Liberty site and they expect to reopen it to the public by July 4th.

The damage was caused by Hurricane Sandy. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a statement that the hurricane damaged docks, the energy infrastructure on Ellis Island and crippled the security screening system.

The Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island, a 12 acre island located a mile south of lower Manhattan. Normally, the confines of the New York Harbor protect Liberty Island from extreme weather. However, when Hurricane Sandy hit, Liberty Island was in the direct path of a massive storm surge

“Based on the tremendous progress we have made, Lady Liberty will be open to the public in time for the July 4th celebration,”

Designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States: a welcoming signal to immigrants arriving from abroad.

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Holi Festival of Colour – India

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 | Comments Off on Holi Festival of Colour – India

Holi festival of colour

The Holi Festival of Colour is celebrated  this year from March 27th (2013).  Holi is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus as a festival of colours. It is primarily observed in India and Nepal.

It celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring. Originally, it was a festival that commemorated good harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring’s abundant colors and saying farewell to winter. It also has a religious purpose, commemorating events present in Hindu mythology to commemorate the victory of good over evil, brought about by the burning and destruction of the demoness named Holika. This was enabled through unwavering devotion to the Hindu god of preservation, Lord Vishnu.

Although it is the least religious holiday, it is probably one of the most exhilarating ones in existence. During this event, participants hold a bonfire, throw colored powder at each other, and celebrate wildly.

Pack some old clothes as friends who have attended say it gets messy, wild, and joyous.

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Escape to Shanghai – take a 5 minute video tour

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 | Comments Off on Escape to Shanghai – take a 5 minute video tour

Take a 5 minute desktop escape to Shanghai and see what the city has to offer.

Shanghai is a global city  with a total population of over 23 million. It has influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology, and transport.

A popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden, as well as the extensive and growing Lujiazui skyline. It has been described as the “showpiece” of the booming economy of mainland China

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Friday – Are we there yet?

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 | Comments Off on Friday – Are we there yet?


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Travel Tech – Google Translate adds Phrase Book

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 | Comments Off on Travel Tech – Google Translate adds Phrase Book

Google Translate

Google Translate adds Phrase Book, a new feature that lets you save phrases on the service for future reference. To use Phrasebook, you must be signed into your Google account. Saving new translations into Phrasebook is similar to the way you bookmark a web page. Once you’ve entered your phrase and received a translation you like, hit the star icon at the bottom of the translation window and it is automatically saved to Phrasebook.

Phrasebook appears to be a desktop-only feature at this stage, and is not yet  fully integrated on the mobile version of Google Translate for smartphones and tablets.  Also currently missing  in Phrasebook an offline mode to access your phrases without an Internet connection which would be very handy for travellers.

Google Translate can be an effective tool, but be careful about the phrases and words you save to your Phrasebook. Google’s translation tool can make you look overly formal or completely outdated in your understanding of common phrases.

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Austria Drindl Temptations

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 | Comments Off on Austria Drindl Temptations


The iTravelTree team attended the Australian Travel Writers lunch today and were introduced to the joys of Austrian Dirndl and Lederhosen (photo is a photoshop composite of the fun lunchtime activity).  The Austrian National tourism Office is Launching a new campaign “Austria. Moments of Bliss”  The campaign highlights  over 250 authentic and diverse activities available, from the best rooftop cafes in Salzburg, to the finest foodie destination in Graz, or learn to Waltz in Vienna, perhaps bake your own apple strudel at Schonbrunn Palace.

Part of the campaign includes a range of locals in “Meet the Austrian Dirndl Ambassadors” in Sydney!”  You will find them at a range of cultural event and online at Facebook

For more information and experiences check out the official site  Austrian Tourism

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