Travel Paris Visitor’s Guide

Paris is considered to be the romantic capital of the world and a trendsetter in fashion, culture, food and art. Sited on the river Seine, the City of Lights combines the old with the new. History, culture and innovation come together in a collage of landmarks, museums and pieces of history. The city of love has more than 2,400 years of tradition, history and secrets yet to be discovered. Here are just a few of the most noteworthy attractions for the traveler:

Paris Landmarks

The Eiffel Tower (Le Tour Eiffel ) is an emblem of the city of Paris and France in general. Throughout time it has inspired many generations of artists worldwide. It offers the best view over Paris as well as an architectural delight.

Chateau de Versailles former residence of King Louis XIV “le roy soleil” has been the scene of numerous historical events like the signing of the famous peace treaty that ended the First World War in 1919. The Hall of Mirrors and the vast royal gardens make this one of the most beautiful landmark of Paris .

The Paris Catacombs previously used to store remains of the inhabitants that did not find a place in the Paris cemetery form a walkway many kilometers long. A maze of dark long tunnels that still hold the bones of millions of Parisians.

Sacre Coeur Cathedral watches over the city from it highest position. Some of the best views of Paris can be taken from its dome. Looming over Montmarte, the Cathedral draws the attention of millions of tourists and many artists with spectacular sunset sights.

Notre Dame Cathedral inspired many works of art like Victor Hugo’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame” that made it the most famous in French gothic art. During its history it has been the site of many ceremonies like the crowning of Henry VI , Mary Stuart, marriage of Marguerite of Valoi to Henri of Navarre and many others. With its monumental shapes and its v astly enlarged windows it became a prototype for future French cathedrals.

Arc de Triomphe guards the eternal flame and tomb of the Unknown Soldier and is engraved with names of generals and major victories in the revolutionary period. From the to visitors have an excellent view over landmarks like Champs Elysees, Louvre Palace, or Grande Arche de la Défense.
Museums and galleries in Paris

The Louvre holds some of the most impressive collections of art, following a timeline of developing culture throughout history.

Cluny, the site of ancient Roman baths holds great medieval works, treasures that include carved wood, stained glass and superb tapestries.

Delacroix National Museum formerly house of Eugene Delacroix holds some of the painter’s works and personal belongings. This Paris museum offers for view also collections of furniture, drawings and engravings.

Musée d’Orsay, one of the most important landmarks of France houses collections of artist works from 1848 to 1914. The exhibition includes all artistic production like sculpture, photography, decorative art, painting and literature.

Picasso and Rodin Museums display the renowned authors own collections in charming environments and are a must see for any art buff.

The Best Travel Places in London

London is a beautiful city which you must visit at least once in your lifetime. Once you are in London, it is not easy to pick the places to travel. London is filled with so many beautiful places that you are bound to be spent for choice. Here are the top 5 must visit places in London.

London Eye and River Thames

The first thing you do once you get down at St. Pancras railway station is to grab a map of London. The next thing to do is to hit the road to the banks of River Thames. This is the heart of London and if you haven’t visited this place, you haven’t visited London. There is nothing like walking along the banks of River Thames. And once you start walking along this road, you will see the beautiful and marvelous London Eye Ferris wheel. As you walk along the banks of the river, there are so many beautiful places you can visit and coffee shops where you can sit and sip a cup of hot coffee.

Big Ben and Downing Street

Ever seen the Big Ben on screen? It is time to see it in reality. The clock tower, visible from over a mile, makes you feel that you have arrived in London. Once you walk past the Big Ben, cross Westminster Abbey up Whitehall and you reach 10 Downing Street. Now, you can’t enter the official residence of the Prime Minister, but you can definitely see it through the bars. And if you are lucky enough to be there at around 4 pm, you can even witness the dismounting ceremony.

Trafalgar Square

One of the top 5 must visit places in London is the Trafalgar Square. This also has the National Gallery of London which boasts of housing some of the best European paintings. The paintings include works of Van Gogh, Turner, Botticelli and even Leonardo Da Vinci. Trafalgar Square is also the place to be during New Years Eve, especially if you love hugging strangers.

Tate Modern

If you are a huge fan of modern art, there is no place you can visit in London other than Tate Modern. This museum is situated very close to St. Paul’s Cathedral near the Millennium Bridge. Though, modern art is something which most people don’t relate to, it is one place where you can appreciate the works of so many artists including Picasso.

Buckingham Palace

This is a place that doesn’t require an introduction. This is the principal residence of the royalty of England and currently the administrative headquarters of the royalty. The palace is located in the City of Westminster. Though there are a few guests invited for some occasions in the palace, the State rooms of the palace are open to visitors every year. Check the Royal Collection website for more information.

So, here are the top 5 must visit places in London. As mentioned earlier, London is filled with attractive places and this will take considerable time. Hence, make yourself completely free at least for a week in order to enjoy this beautiful city.

Cheap Travel – An Example on How You Can Benefit From Computer Errors on Booking Sites

There is one thing that happens time after time and it will never stop happening provided that search engines everyday perform more complicated operations. The possibility of a computer program to make a mistake or the possibility even higher of a programmer to fail in any line of code can be a cause for a good discounted ticket.

I explained that back in the past, but right now I have a proven example that has happened to me and I wanted to share it with you. I won’t mention the name of the airline because I don’t want to make any bad publicity. The story begins when I booked my flights to go back to Spain for Christmas to visit my family. I booked a flight before Christmas, and another one coming back on the 1st of January, in order to start the year again here in Sweden.

The strange thing was that last year I did exactly the same, but I couldn’t book the first of January, as the day did not appear as a day when the airlines was flying, or it was no more available seats. I didn’t know, but it was impossible to book for the first. Recognizing that it was strange that this year they were able to fly on the first of January, I took the decision to book this one, as the price was only of 1 cent of euro ($0,0075). The taxes were about 6 euros ($4), so I had my trip for this price.

What happened next? Well, during two months it happened nothing. And then, last week, suddenly I received an e-mail from the airline apologizing that it was a mistake and it was no flights on the first of January, it seems that an error in the computers showed the day as available and allowed customers to make their bookings during some days. They offered the possibility to be transferred to the 2nd of January, to change to another day for the same price, or simply to cancel the flight.

Actually what I did was to come back to Sweden later on a day that would have been a lot more expensive in another way (that was the reason why I didn’t book it before). The total price if I had to book this day was about 150 euros. Instead, changing my ticket for that day due to the computer problem I took this flight for 6 euros. You don’t really need to calculate the percentage of savings to understand that this was a really great deal.

Well, possibly I will invest the money saved in buying some nice presents for my family. In any case, this article is just a reminder that you don’t really need to be that much lucky to face a computer error. How many times have you complained that your system freezes or errors happen? Well, the guys in the airlines have exactly the same problems as you do, and this can cause alterations in the information showed to the consumer. Nobody is perfect, and we need to take advantage of that.

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Business Travel Agents Tips: Things to Know About Flight Delay Compensation

You arrive at the airport, your flight is delayed or even cancelled? Flight delay compensation is an important topic travellers should know about, especially when it comes to business travel. Whether it is due to bad weather such as snow, a security alert or a strike, there are many reasons for flight delays and cancellations. But whatever the reason, it means you have to stay involuntarily longer at the airport before you can travel to your destination or back home. Plus, you may be entitled to flight delay compensation or a refund. Here are some important rules helping you to make sure you are not left out of pocket and make the most of the involuntarily gained extra time.

1. Know your rights

From getting refunded for all your food and drink expenses to getting a hotel or some alternative transportation, you should know what you are entitled to. So, if your flight is cancelled or heavily delayed, you’re protected by the Denied Boarding Regulation (EU rule 261/2004 and repealing regulation (EEC) No 295/91). Unless ‘extraordinary circumstances’ apply, you can claim a financial flight delay compensation for cancelled or heavily delayed flights totalling:

€250 (£210) for inter-EU flights of 930 miles or less

€400 (£330) for flights between 930 and 1,860 miles

€600 (£500) for other journeys (long-haul flights)

It applies for EU flights, which includes any flights leaving from or arriving at an EU airport with an EU-based airline. Plus, your compensation may be reduced by 50% depending on flight distance and the ultimate arrival time. This means the reduced compensation applies to short haul flights within two hours, to medium haul flights within three hours and to long haul flights within four hours. But remember, flight delay compensation is only applicable if it is the airline’s fault (i.e. no act of God applies, such as natural catastrophes, incl. earth quakes, volcanoes or bad weather or political unrest). To claim flight delay compensation simply write to your airline stating the flight number, date, length of delay and reason for the claim. Sometimes airlines try offering you vouchers as flight delay compensation, but you don’t have to accept them and can ask for a cash refund instead. If your airline refuses to compensate you, contact the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for support and advice. Note, technical faults, unless they result from events which, by their nature or origin, are not part of the normal exercise of the airline, do not count as extraordinary circumstances.

Your right to reimbursement comes into play, if the delay is a minimum of five hours. You should get a reimbursement within seven days, for the cost of the flight ticket, the part of the trip not travelled and the parts already travelled, provided they are then useless. Where applicable, you may be even entitled to the earliest possible return flight to your departure destination or rerouting along with a refund.

During the travel disruption you should receive assistance from your airline, including food, drinks, two free telephone calls, faxes or emails, as well as accommodation and transport transfers to and from the hotel – where applicable. This is regardless of the reason for the delay/cancellation.

2. Networking

It’s always good to make friends, so why not use the downtime for extending your network. Try to see the positive of dealing with flight delays. Seen from a practical level, you may be able to share costs, e.g. for a taxi into town. Also being friendly towards the airport staff may prove helpful. Especially in these kinds of situations they encounter a lot of stressed and unfriendly customers, although the delay/cancellation is none of their personal fault. If you are friendly they are much more likely to help you, maybe even give you some extra advice.

3. Gate-crash the airport lounges

Those of you flying Business Class or being members of corporate airline loyalty or frequent flyer schemes will already be in the VIP lounge enjoying a nice drink and peanuts. It’s a far quieter and relaxed environment. This may be the best option when having to wait for a delayed flight. But if you are neither flying business class, nor a member of a loyalty scheme, be advised that in some cases these lounges are not exclusive and you may be able to access them for a fee of around £20. This could be much cheaper than getting your food and drink from an airport bar.

Furthermore, desk agents in these lounges are often authorised to make fast, last-minute reservations’ changes and there are usually far fewer people ahead of you in the queue. At least you can enjoy the Wi-Fi and free snacks (or booze!) while you have to wait. In the case of a flight cancellation or major delay, and you are at the airport immediately contact the airline you are travelling with. To change the ticket and get advice on the available options, it is best to go to your airline’s ticket desk, as soon as possible. Your business travel management company should continually provide pro-active telephone support throughout, as Flightline Travel does.

What are your top tips for dealing with flight delays and cancellations?

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Flightline Travel Management – Pro-active business travel support services for corporate travellers

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How to Travel for Less

Travel broadens the mind. When you travel to different parts of the world you start to realize that the world is a big, big place. You start to realize that you and where your from is quite different from other people and places (yet kinda the same). Since the dawn of globalization, travel costs have been steadily declining with technology making it easier to find cheaper alternatives to travel.

A lot of people are always amazed when I tell them how cheap it is to travel in Europe(I am currently situated in Vancouver). When I tell them how much I pay for flights, they always drop their jaws in amazement and say “Whaaat?”. Even some of my own European counterparts are shocked(although this is becoming rarer with dawn of the recession). This person usually goes on to say how they spend hundreds or thousands on flights for holidays. I don’t understand it but maybe people just don’t know. Regardless I am going to share my experiences with you on how I get cheap flights and cheap holidays. Now the first thing you have to do is remove any preconceived notions you have about certain airlines or airports. Unfortunately, busy airports and terrible airlines have always existed (and always will).

1: Booking

This one seems obvious but I have to stress the point to you. This literally could mean $$$. Book online. It saves you so much trouble. The first thing you have to do in order to get cheap travel is to remove the notion in your head that the airline should fit around your schedule. There are millions of potential customers that book their holidays off work first then try to get the flight for those same weeks. Instead, book the flights first then book your holidays off work. Doing it this way means you are not restricting your flexibility and you have the option of scrolling through different dates and selecting the cheapest one. The majority of airlines now offer booking online and I have had amazing success with this in the last few years. I have been from Dublin to Leeds for under €10(for four days return), to Barcelona for €40(five days return) and from Dublin to Vancouver for €701 (three month return but stayed longer). Simply because I did not restrict myself to a schedule. I booked the flight regardless of any schedule(because if I didn’t snap up these opportunities than I am sure someone else would have).

I am not even a good example. I have talked to people who have travelled around places for half of what I paid. I praise such innovation in people. Such competition between people creates a great rapport. It adds fun to booking holidays and better options for your wallet. Some people are deluded into thinking that paying more means getting more. Well why would you want to fly with a private airline when you can get a budget airline like Ryanair or Easyjet that usually gets you on time for a fraction of the cost.

2: Supply and Demand

Yes there is economics involved in booking cheap flights. Let’s say there are 50 seats on a plane. It is quite logical to assume that they are all the same price. Now when someone buys a seat, there is only 49 left. Since there are fewer seats left that means there is going to be more demand for the remaining seats as well as a higher price. That is simply to do with the economic laws of supply and demand. Always keep this in mind when booking flights that the price you see today will be different tomorrow.

It’s always good to assume the attitude of a businessman(or woman) when flying. Businesses are always trying to cut costs, save time and boost profits(as I am sure anyone who was laid off will tell you). Well why can’t we as individuals be the same. We should always be striving to take advantage of efficiency.

3: Terms and Conditions

The first time you fly with a new airline, it is important to read the terms and conditions with particular attention to the extra charges or fines. Ryanair(the best airline ever) have a reputation for this. All these charges are actually designed to make the airline more efficient and profitable. So yes they overcharge for luggage but that means the plane carries less luggage and there is less security delays and the plane almost always takes off in time. Just because the Terms and Conditions are there to encourage efficiency it does not mean they are not going to be enforced. Nowadays all one has to do is open the terms and conditions in a new window/tab(or download the document) and hit ctrl and F(cmd and F in a mac), type in a keyword or letter and read the context of the keyword. So now computers have given you the an easy way to be familiar with a very laborious document. Use it wisely.

4: Be your own travel agent

I remember once Michael O’Leary said jokingly “All travel agents should be lined up against a wall and shot”. He is a particularly outspoken individual but many felt this was too far(even though it was just regular Irish humor). What O’Leary was suggesting was that many of the individuals are exploited by the middleman. I can tell you that if you book the flights yourself, book the accommodation yourself and everything else, you will save a ton of money and time. The internet has allowed us to cut out the middlemen but many people still turn to them as if they have some inspirational short-cut through the system. Somehow, I doubt it. Save yourself the money and just do everything yourself. There is only three things you need to figure out, getting there, staying there and getting around while you’re there (maybe travel insurance also).

5: Don’t just think airlines

There is also cars, inter-continental trains, boats, cruise ships and if you’re lucky submarines and rockets. Hopefully soon we will have teleportation or at least travel at light speed.

6: Take what you need not what you want

Take the bare minimum when travelling. Nothing worse than dragging a suitcase full to the brim with clothes and trinkets only to be going on holiday for 3 days. Instead of thinking what you need to bring, think exactly what you can cut out! I used to fall into this trap a lot. I would want to pack my bag with books, handheld console(as well as games), dozens of socks, underwear, swimming trunks and many changes of clothes. I only noticed after many years that this was pointless as half this stuff was never used. So I was carrying around baggage for no reason whatsoever. The power of hindsight never ceases to amaze me. Carrying less means less cost. It also has the added ability of more mobility and a lighter load while walking around the airport..

“Instead of thinking what you need to bring, think exactly what you can cut out”

7: Making the most of it

Remember how I told you that I would bring a lot of luggage while travelling. Well I used to never want to explore either. I would grab a book or grab Game boy and sit in a corner. I regret those actions now but I wish I never had to regret them in the first place. When I come home from holiday, I want to be able to tell people about everything I did(it’s the vanity in me). Nothing sounds worse when your friends come back from holiday and all they have to say is “laid on beach to get a tan”. Although I have no problem with this, I just couldn’t imagine myself doing it. Remember this is your holiday not someone else’s. Do it whatever you(and your family) want and not on someone else’s timetable. Be ready to grab a good opportunity when you see it. Don’t miss a wonderful opportunity to explore a new part of the world simply because you had made an excuse.

Planning Our Family Meet Up Was Rather Easy

Wanting to let all my family members have a good time when they came to visit me, I planned a fun weekend that was packed with good things that everyone in the family would enjoy. For the first night that we would be together, I had gotten a Toronto Party Bus rental so that we could have a good time. I thought that this would be nice because so many of us feel we are too old to go to a club in our 30s and forties. And we would not have to be at home partying around the kids. It was a really nice compromise. I also needed to come up with some other things for all of us to do as well.

We are big sports fans, so I wanted to incorporate a night of sports into our plans, but I really did not have much room to work with since most of my family would be coming in for only 4 days. So, on the first night that everyone came, I realized that one of our favorite teams would be playing. I asked the party bus company if they have satellite TV in the busses and they do. Continue reading “Planning Our Family Meet Up Was Rather Easy”

Different Ways You Can Use a Party Bus Limousine

You do not have to settle for just any transportation for your wedding day. You have probably been to a lot of weddings that use a limo ride to and from the church. It is a nice touch, but limos can still be cramped because they are basically big cars. Don’t get me wrong. Regular limos are still wildly popular. It is just that more customers are discovering the fun of riding in a party bus. You can view our Diamond Party Bus fleet to see what is available. We have them to suit any size of wedding party from small to insanely large.

The attractive points about a party bus is that you just walk right up the stairs and into one. You can also walk upright all the way to your seat. Even more, when the music starts, you can get up and dance on the dance floor in a party bus. The dance floors in party buses vary in size from model to model. You can pick the one you want from our fleet of modern party buses. Custom LED lighting gives you the party atmosphere. Continue reading “Different Ways You Can Use a Party Bus Limousine”

Home Health Care: Some Basic Information

Home health care is just what the name suggests – health care services that can be taken care of in your home. There are quite a number of these possible home-based services, and they can be cheaper, as useful, and more convenient than the services you could get in a hospital or other nursing facility.

The point of this is to take care of an illness, injury, or other ailment. The idea is to get your independence, confidence, and self-sufficient behavior back on target as quickly as possible in your own environment.

Potential home health service options include caring for wounds, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, patient and care-giver education, intravenous and nutrition therapy, injections, and monitoring serious illness and unstable health status. There is also health aid, to help with things like getting into and out of bed, getting dressed, baths, eating, and bathroom activities. This is also considered things like housekeeping duties, laundry, shopping, and cooking.

There are lists of agencies that do home health care work. Check your local phone book, or look up information on the internet to find local places and check what services they actually provide. Some health insurers like Medicare will only cover the costs of this if the home health agency has been certified by them.

When present, the staff will check what you’re eating and drinking, check things like blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and breathing, make sure that you are taking your prescriptions, drugs, and other treatments appropriately, check if you’re in pain, be aware of the safety in your home, teach you to care for yourself over time, and coordinate your care with you, your doctor, and others who treat you.

It’s very important that you understand how your plan of care works. An agency member will consult with you and your doctor to make this happen. The plan of care includes what services you need, which care professionals should give those services, how often those services are required, what medical equipment is needed, and what results you expect. All involved will review this plan as often as required to do the job properly.

If you are getting home health care, you should ask yourself questions regularly to make sure you’re be treated appropriately. For instance, if the staff is polite, if they explain everything to you in a way you can understand, if they respond quickly to your requests, if they check in with you physically and emotionally with each visit, and if they regularly suggest changes to improve your situation.

With all these things in mind, now you know enough to get started researching to determine if home health care is the right decision for you and your family.

What You Should Know About Home Health Care

Home health care services may just be the assistance you need for your aged parents. But you need to understand that the term itself is so diverse. There are different kinds of professionals who can provide home health care assistance to you. Just the same, there are also different types of institution where such care can be provided.

The most common health care personnel you might have encountered are registered nurses. They are also considered the most skilled because they don’t just care for the basic needs of their patients. They can also be made to supervise monitoring for vital signs as well as giving the right medication for the patient. RNs and experts in using health equipments.

Another type of home health care personally are home care aides. They are a good choice for a health companion because they can provide assistance to basic living skills such as bathing and dressing up. They can also provide a nutritional diet for your aged loved ones as well as do some light cleaning to avoid the spread of illnesses at home.

Then there are also the homemakers or home companions. However, these people are not exactly schooled or formally skilled with caring for aged people. But they can be expected to take care of the home where your aged loved ones live and also make sure that some of their basic necessities are being cared for.

Getting the type of home health care is something that you should talk over with the whole family. If your parents are still good enough to comprehend the situation, it would be best to also involve them during the decision-making process. This way you can prevent having any problems between the caregiver and the care recipient because the latter actually resents having someone else to tend to him.

After that is cleared, the next important thing would be to clearly define what the caregiver tasks should be. Do this in accordance with your aged loved ones current medical conditions. It would even be best if the tasks are actually advised by the doctor. If you can also include an actual daily schedule for the caregiver to follow, then that would be much better.

When the decision-making process to hire a caregiver and the actual tasks are done, then you will now be ready to find the best homecare services. It would be best to look for one within your area so you can easily compare their fees and requirements.

When choosing your home health care services, make sure that you get from an agency duly certified by the government. It would also help to engage in the services of an agency whom you can pay through your insurance coverage.

Home Health Care: Convenient and Less Expensive

Despite popular belief, you don’t have to be in a hospital or nursing facility to have a staff of professionals take care of you – the is an alternative called home health care. Essentially, many of the same type of services offered at hospitals can be offered to you at your home through specialized agencies, and often it’s more convenient and less expensive for you in the end.

You know that health care, ultimately, is to take care of you after you’ve been injured or sick. Now, if you can do this at your home, and gain your strength and self-sufficiency back in an environment where you’re more comfortable, that would be a great option to exercise.

Some home health care services include: wound care, patient education, nutrition therapy, injections, intravenous therapy, and speech-language therapy. Staff can also monitor serious illness and unstable health status, as well as helping with getting you into and out of bed, helping you bathe and use the bathroom, and doing things like light housekeeping, cooking, shopping, and laundry.

To find agencies available for this type of work, do an internet search and find out if there is anything local, and find out if they provide the exact service to the specifications that you require. Be aware that there are arrangements made between insurers and the agencies, so always ask questions before deciding who to hire.

So when they’re there, what should you expect from a home health care team? They should be aware of your diet, your amount of exercise, your blood pressure and heart rate, your breathing, your temperature, and all of your vitals. They should know your medication routines and have them all up to date. They should check on your pain levels and your mental and physical condition every day, if not more often. They will make sure that your home is safe, and they will teach you how to take care of yourself as the process moves forward.

They’ll also explain to you what your plan of care is. It’s essentially a list of everything you need – what services, by what type of care professional, what equipment they need, how often they need to take care of what parts of your health, and what you should expect when the treatments are complete.

And be sure to ask yourself questions while you are under care. Are they treating you respectfully? Are they explaining why they are doing what they’re doing? Are they continually suggesting ways to improve your treatment? Are they putting your mental and physical health first with regard to the service?

Ultimately it’s up to you to pick the best service provider for your home health care, so do your research and decide if it’s for you.

Why Looking For Self-Help and Self-Improvement Products is Anything But a Sign of Helplessness

As a writer and editor for an online self help store, I frequently encounter the common misconception that self help, self improvement and personal development products are only sought out by those who are, ironically, unable to help themselves.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The individuals who find themselves browsing through the virtual shelves of the online self-help marketplace are anything but weak, anything but helpless.

Think about it. First of all, by deciding that they need a helping hand, that they need advice and tools to improve one or more areas of their life, they are demonstrating considerable self-awareness and perceptiveness. That takes strength of character. Consider those who occupy the other end of the spectrum, the there’s-nothing-wrong-with-me, it’s-everybody-else’s-fault, I’m-not-to-blame types. Which is the weaker, those individuals who demonstrate a complete lack of self-awareness and self-critical faculty, or those who are willing to list their faults and seek out remedies? It’s a no-brainer, isn’t it?

Now, consider for a moment the will power it must take to set out on that journey of self discovery and self improvement. Surely, it would be easier to just curl up on the couch and watch TV? How can any quest for personal development be an indication of weakness? The very idea is ridiculous.

So, far from being weak and helpless, the individual making their first tentative steps into the self help, self improvement and personal development marketplace, is a person of strong character, someone with formidable self-awareness and the will power to confront and do something about their faults and imperfections.

Self Help Books Are a Boon

Through self-help books one teaches oneself to be economically, emotionally and intellectually mature and independent. The whole process has a lot of psychological as well as spiritual base.

Self help books inculcate in the reader the spirit of self-reliance. There are of course likeminded support groups to lean on. It is not a partnership of dependence but of co-operation. Examples can be given of self-help legal practice, homespun advices and many more. In course of time self-help books are leading guides in the field of education as well as business. Psychology plays an important part in the writings of these self-help books. These books have led to self-help movements.

According to prominent psychiatrists the self-help books are quite distinct from the professional counterparts. The latter cannot provide friendship, emotional prop up, first hand experimental knowledge, self-identity, roles in life with a meaning and above all a sense of being belonged. Self-help books links people with any kind of health condition. It is especially applicable to those who are mentally unstable. However everything does not work for everyone. The same applies to these self-help books. People going through similar travails form lobby groups and by sharing problems many knots are untied. Actually self-help books bring about link with like minded people – contact between peers.

The self-help books are based on an ancient concept of autosuggestion. It is repeating to one self the magic words of ‘I can! I can!’ The books are getting worldwide acclaim from humble beginnings. Self-help legal services are also expanding. The Internet is now an invaluable tool for the popularizing of self-help books. On a gigantic scale free information is being provided leading to self-empowerment.

The self-help concept, now being codified in books, has a long history. It goes back to 2,500 BC when we first come across the advice poems of Hesiod. It is an adaptation of Eastern philosophy and thought. The Stoics of Greece offered similar advice of awakening the powers of the self. The ideas are expressed in ancient proverbs of different cultures of the world from time immemorial. The word self-help found a place in legal parlance when it came to be acknowledged that a person has the right to plead his own case in court of law.

Nothing talks about self-help more lucidly than the famous saying ‘Heaven helps those who help themselves’. Samuel Smiles in the late 19th century authored the first book on personal development. The title was Self Help. This principle of self-help or autosuggestion is used widely in the treatment of curing alcoholics and the like. It is the self that cures and the self that destroys. It is a question of awakening the self. These self-help books advise certain techniques to achieve this goal.

In this field of work Dale Carnegie is a famous name in the first half of the 20th century. In 1936 he published his all time best seller – How to Win Friends and Influence People. It reflected his own successful battle against repeated failures. So far 50 million copies have been sold and continues to sell captivating each new generation. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill also hit the market inspiring people about the power of thought.

Researches show that self-help books have captured the market in a big way covering a wide variety of topics form weight loss to friendship gain. One can teach oneself how to become even a politician and win laurels. There are critics who say that these are easy answers to difficult questions that cannot be really implemented.

Self-Help Books – The Unparalleled Advantages Of Reading Self-Help Books To Improve Your Life

It is true that self-help seminars and workshops can do a lot to help you get a better self esteem. It is also true that going to a life coach or a counselor or psychologist for training can work well for some.

However, the only thing that can accompany you wherever you go is self-help books, and there are many available on the market by renowned authors. Since the problems of low self esteem are not predominant in America alone, but all around the world, it should not be too hard for you to get your hands on a good book, wherever you may be.

Self-help books need not always be on increasing self esteem directly. One look through a book shop’s self-help section will show that you can buy books on hobbies like photography and cooking, and on personal help like doing better at relationships and at work. All these will however help you with better self esteem in the long run. So, there is a self-help book for you, whatever the goals that you set for your self may be.

As human beings, we are superior to all other living things on the planet and one of the things that prove this is our ability to effect change on our surroundings. So do get one on whatever it is that you would like to change, and put what you learn from these books into affect.

Soon you will see a positive change in your life, and the feelings of accomplishment that come with this can work wonders for your self-image. So many self-help books have been published to date that it is not a problem finding one on whatever topic you may have in mind. In fact you may face a bigger problem selecting one or two books out of the dozens to choose from.

They are a great thing to carry if you travel a lot. Not only do they help you pass your time constructively they are easy to carry and store. As sophisticated and miniature that palmtop computers have gotten today, the feel of a good book in your hands can never be replaced by a computer, and any one accustomed to handling books will confirm that.

We may get so preoccupied in our day to day problems that it is not always easy to take out the time to attend a self improvement seminar or lecture. But we can all at least take out the time and money to get a good self-help book. After all, it is for our own improvement that we do this, so do take the time and effort to get your hands on a book of this sort.

The Nokia C5 is a Perfect Choice For Business Users

Mobile phone giant Nokia has recently released the C5. This handset cleverly combined Smartphone Technology with an understated appearance of everyday handset. Whilst many Smartphones a manufactured simply to offer aesthetic appeal, the Nokia C5 provides comprehensive technology which ticks all the boxes.

In order to connect to the Internet, the Nokia C5 relies on 3G coverage, in which an HSDPA connection provides access to the Internet at speeds of up to 10.2 mega bytes per second (along with HSUPA at 2 MB per second). EDGE & GPRS provide the Nokia C5 with its initial method of network connectivity, both of which and class 32 versions. In order to connect to compatible handsets in the same vicinity, Bluetooth is provided as standard which allows a number of tasks to be carried out ranging from sharing contact information to swapping media files. In order to connect to computers, a micro USB Port is provided which allows users to back up contact information or manage media files along with a number of other tasks.

A long list of features and applications means the Nokia C5 is an effective productivity tool and entertainment device. Entertainment wise, the versatile internal media player supports most of the common file formats of both music and video files whilst a stereo FM radio player is also provided along with the number of pre-installed games (along with access to a number of downloadable games). Social networking is a growing trend which Nokia has not overlooked with the C5. Dedicated applications to a number of popular websites such as Facebook and MySpace are provided so that users can share their thoughts with friends and family in a matter of seconds when out and about. Business users are sure to appreciate a document viewer which is compatible with word, excel, PowerPoint and PDF files meaning they can stay productive whilst out of the office.

The screen on the Nokia C5 is ideally setup for viewing photos and video files thanks to the ability to display up to 16M colours within a pixel setup of 240x 320 pixels within the 2.2 inch TFT screen. This provides an excellent level of clarity and detail within onscreen imagery. The Nokia C5 is both compact and lightweight, and weighing in at just 89.3 g making it pocket friendly and comfortable to hold and use on the move.

The handset is equipped with a 3.15 mega pixel digital camera. The pixel resolution of 2048x 1536 pixels results in high quality snapshots, which can even be taken in dark lighting conditions thanks to the inbuilt LED flash. As an alternative method of image capture, the camera can also shoot video in VGA quality at a rate of 15 frames per second.

In order to store data such as media files, 50 MB of internal storage is provided as standard. Additionally, the micro SD slot comes with a pre-installed 2 GB memory card. When this becomes four, users can then upgrade is a memory card to up to 16 GB offering ample storage for a larger number of files.

Samsung I8000 Omnia – Perfect For Gadget Lovers

Samsung 18000 Omnia is a perfect handset for the people who want nothing but the best. There are several exceptional features available in this handset which is attracting lots of users. It has almost all the features that a perfect handset should have. It is one of the gorgeous handsets launched by Samsung and already been gaining much hype from all over the world. Here are some of the fine features which should be well known by everyone.

The very first thing to consider is its physical dimensions. It has fine dimensions which measure 118 x 59.6 x 12.3 mm and it weighs just 123 grams. Due to its slim dimensions it can be fitted into any type of outfits. It has large display screen of 3.7 inches which provide the amazing viewing experience to the users.

The AMOLED resistive display screen supports 16 million colors which look beautiful at first glance. The display screen of Samsung Omnia supports the resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It has other additional features like TouchWiz 2.0 UI, proximity sensor, accelerometer sensor and ambient light sensor. It also acquires hand writing recognition feature which means no one can access the mobile without the owner’s permission.

When it comes to camera and sound quality, it has some unique features which provide it a competitive edge from other handsets. It has 5 mega pixels camera which supports the resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels along with some additional features like auto focus, geo tagging, smile detection, mobile blogging and dual LED flash. Yes, it also acquires secondary camera which is also used for video calling.

It has huge internal memory but it also acquires micro SD memory card through which the memory can be increased depending upon the user’s choice and interest. One can store unlimited contacts in the phone book along with photo calling option.

It is well equipped with mobile windows operating system along with high performance processor. It supports different types of browsers to enjoy uninterrupted browsing speed. It is also packed with GPS system which is used to locate any direction easily.