Travel Facts

Lapland have more reindeers than human inhabitants!

Northern lights are from the end of August to the end of April - the best times being September and March

The sun never sets in the Summer

Finns are the biggest consumers of coffee in the World

There are only 3 or 4 Gondoliers a year!

Did you know that you need a professional licence to become a Gondolier. After centuries where the profession was handed down from Father to Son, there is now a Gondolier course.

However only about 3 or 4 new licences are granted each year. The course involves 400 hours of training to learn the skills needed to be a Gondolier. Candidates must also study an take an exam on Venetian history and landmarks.

Immediately north of Treviso are the rolling hills that produce prosecco, recently given Unesco world heritage status.

Treviso may not have gondolas, but within the medieval fortified walls, the city is crisscrossed by narrow canals and two fast-flowing rivers, the Sile and Cagnan.

According to UNESCO, 60% of the world’s most important art pieces of all time are located in Italy. One half of them are in Florence’s museums. This means that roughly one-third of the world’s most important art can be seen in only one city!

Florence Nightingale, arguably the world’s most famous nurse was born in Florence on the 12th of May, 1820. 

There are strict laws about Cognac

Here are a few: Cognac must be made from one or a combination of just three types of grapes . It must be aged for at least two years. It must be double-distilled in copper pot stills of a particular shape and configuration . Its grapes must be harvested only in October, and it must be distilled only from November 1st to March 31st.

There are several historical sites in Normandy, thanks to the events that happened here. One of the most popular sites includes the D-Day beaches. This is where the largest military landing happened in 1944.

Along the beaches, you will find monuments, museums, bunkers and cemeteries that commemorate the battle of Normandy.

Lake Como is one of Europe’s deepest lakes, travelling over 400 metres into the earth and 200 metres below sea level at its deepest point.

Kilkenny is known as the Marble City because of its distinctive black marble.

Of all the Blue Ridge animals, perhaps the most beloved is the American Black Bear. Great Smoky Mountains NP is the largest protected habitat for Black Bears in the US, with an estimated 1,500 in the park.

Birdwatching is a popular Blue Ridge mountains activity, with 250+ bird species found along the Parkway alone! 

A small town Watten, located 17 km from Innsbruck, is a home to the world-famous jewelry brand Swarovski, a crystal glass company.

Due to Innsbruck’s location in the mountains, there are several Cable car routes and Funiculars used as modes of transportation.