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Enjoy a Scotland Vacation in the Scottish Highlands and the Lowlands of Bonnie Scotland

“You tak’ the high Road an’ I’ll tak’ the low road” and we will enjoy a Scottish vacation together, in the Scottish highlands and in the lowlands of Bonnie Scotland. Most people visit Edinburgh and then claim they have “done Scotland”. Others head straight for the Isle of Skye or for Gleneagles Hotel or St. Andrews for a round of golf and then claim the same thing.

You don’t “do Scotland” in a day, or even a few days. Ten days to two weeks is what it takes to experience what Scotland has to offer, and even that is nothing more than a taste of more to come should you wish to return – and most do. So what is needed for you to see Scotland in all her glory? This proud country that has withstood the ravages of invading English, sometimes with great success and sometimes not?

One of the first things you will notice on your Scotland vacation, whether in the Scottish highlands or in the lowlands, is the pride of the people in their country and of their friendliness to visitors. Then you notice the scenery and everything else that makes Scotland what it is. Let’s start on your ideal vacation in Scotland with the type of service you should expect.

First, if traveling from a distance, such as anywhere in the USA, you must travel at least business class. It is 5 hours out and 8 hours back (due to the jet stream), so you will want to travel in comfort. Then you should have personal attention – your personal guide, individual car and chauffeur and first class rail travel. The accommodation in Scotland is generally excellent, but even that should be extra special just for you and your partner or friend.

Scotland’s capital city is Edinburgh, and is universally acclaimed as one of the most beautiful in the world. Its main street, Princes Street, is lined with stores and boutiques on one side, and by the gardens on the other where you cannot miss the famous Edinburgh Castle, perched high on a volcanic plug overlooking the entire city. The largest city in the country is Glasgow, about an hour drive away, designed largely by Sir Charles Rennie Mackintosh and home of the famous Burrell collection of art. Glasgow is second only to London as the largest retail center in the UK.

Having visited these two magnificent cities your Scotland vacation should now leave the lowlands of Scotland, and head for the Scottish highlands. The beauty of Loch Lomond, the longest inland loch in the UK, deserves its reputation, and you mustn’t miss it when visiting Scotland. Luss, on the banks of the loch, is a good place to stop for a pint of Scottish beer and to see how kilts bagpipes are made. The bagpipes are Scotland’s national musical instrument, though some my debate the term ‘musical’.

Scotland is steeped in history, and Inveraray Castle is close by on the sea loch, Loch Fyne. This is the ancestral home of the chief of the Campbells, the Duke of Argyle: more about them below! You should then head for Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Great Britain, and just south of there is the gloomy Glencoe, where in 1692 the Campbells were the guests of the MacDonald clan for the best part of a week.

By order of the English king, whom the Campbells supported, they massacred the MacDonalds one wintry Scottish night while they were asleep. Few survived – those that escaped immediate death later froze on the mountains or on Rannoch moor where survival was impossible on a freezing winter’s night. The Campbells have never been forgiven for this treachery, and Glencoe is still a dark and brooding place. It is well worth visiting, as is the Rannoch moor close by.

You should now head off for Mallaig and get the ferry over to the Isle of Skye. Before you reach Mallaig you will pass Glenfinnan, and the memorial on the site where Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) landed in Scotland to claim the Scottish throne – a venture that saw them as far as Derby before the whole campaign ended in tears and slaughter on the field of Culloden close to Inverness, away to the east of here.

Skye itself is a must for any Scotland vacation, and is a beautiful and mysterious island. Dunvegan castle is the seat of the Macleod clan, and still hold the remnants of the ‘Fairy Flag’ that the MacLeods carried into battle. They believed that the flag could call up a fairy army to help them when needed.

Now you must visit Loch Ness and see if you can spot the Loch Ness Monster – many have, and it is amazing how a few good Scottish malt whiskies (no ‘e’ in Scots whisky) make the monster much easier to spot. You pass the loch on your way to Inverness that every Scotland vacation should include in its itinerary. The ancient capital of the highlands, Inverness is just a short drive away from the aforementioned Culloden, where you can still see the mounds under which the clansmen were buried in mass graves after the slaughter. Fought on 16th April, 1746, it was the last battle on British soil, and the last in which claymores tried to defeat muskets and bayonets.

Other places you must visit while on vacation in the Scottish highlands and lowlands include Fife and St. Andrews, with its championship links golf courses, Stirling Castle, Falkirk and the Monument to William Wallace of ‘Braveheart’ fame and many other great Scottish historical sites. You must visit a distillery or two and try out the single malt whiskies, and Rosslyn Chapel is worth a visit. Close to Edinburgh, this has connections with the Knights Templar, and features in Dan Brown’s book ‘The Da Vinci Code’.

Then finish off back in Edinburgh, with perhaps a visit to the haunted vaults under the city or to Mary Queen of Scots’ home, Holyrood Palace. You can visit her bedroom and other apartments in the Palace, situated close to the new Scottish Parliament.

A Scotland vacation in the Scottish highlands and lowlands is the way to ‘do Scotland’ and after all of the above you can truly claim to have ‘done it properly’.

Elegant Real Estate Locations in Paris, France: Avenue Montaigne and the Golden Triangle

In 1649 when the royal gardener Le Nôtre began to lay out the renaissance garden of the Louvre, he also conceived the amazing east-west axis that now connects the Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe, and “La Défense” with its ultramodern skyscrapers. The most famous stretch is the “avenue des Champs-Elysées” which boasts myriads of cafes, stylish boutiques, and some top floor apartments that offer impressive views.

Fashion lovers find their eldorado on the exquisite “avenue Montaigne” which owes its name to the famous French renaissance philosopher. From a truly sumptuous town palace at the corner of the “Champs- Elysées” with its ornate stone-carved façade and wrought iron balconies, right down to the Seine river, there is no doubt that this is one of the most prestigious addresses of the city.
Many famous couturiers are established on “avenue Montaigne”. Here elegant ladies and gentlemen from all over the world can be seen shopping at exquisite fashion boutiques. The luxurious “Plaza Athenée Hotel” with its handsome freestone facade and the well-known “Théâtre des Champs-Elysées” are located a bit further down on this pretty tree-lined contre-allée.
International business people and famous celebrities have always been attracted to this noble neighbourhood and many of them choose to own their Parisian residence here. Interestingly, insiders distinguish between two real estate categories: properties on the courtyard side, and those overlooking the avenue. Understandingly, the latter are among the most expensive of Paris.

However, the surrounding neighbourhood also offers quite a number of remarkable locations: the so-called “golden triangle” which encompasses the avenues “George V”, “Montaigne”, and “Champs-Elysées” includes the elegant “rue and place François 1er” with countless stylish fashion boutiques and first-class real estate. The exquisite place “François 1er” with its fine fountain is surrounded by attractive buildings and town palaces. The top floor apartments on “cours Albert 1er” are very much appreciated as they have southern exposure and offer sweeping views of the “rive gauche” riverbank and the Eiffel tower.

Apparel Display And Their Uses

Much like any other store, fashion retailers are implementing marketing and sales mindset in almost everything they do. Utilizing the correct apparel display for the task is an essential factor in this, and one that mustn’t be underrated, or the final results might be pretty severe.

A fashion outlet normally has 3 different types of apparel: Brand-new apparel that is to be highlighted conspicuously throughout the store using clothing display racks and racks that catch the focus of the buyer, The basic collection, these are usually kept in the shop itself on retail clothing racks that work as display and storage medium, and last the offers, that will make impulse buys. The latter is commonly either positioned on display racks near or on the counter, but also outside as a means to draw in the buyer.

Even Fashion outlet stores, who for the most part work with low rates as the main attraction, employ a particular psychology in the placement of their Clothing displays. While the standard clothing display racks function as an approach to keep and exhibit the main assortment of cheap fashion clothing, wood clothing displays are often employed outside the outlet to spotlight the actual offers featuring garments that is even more affordable than the regular collection.

Certainly it should go without indicating that the ordinary fashion store applies a lot more psychology than the average outlet, however both put into practice this strategy up to a level as a way to yield as many product sales as possible.

Both Shelves and Wall slides are utilized to exhibit complimentary accessories and clothing while clothing display racks near exits and counters are reserved for the impulse buyers. Something that sets apart the store from the fashion boutique is the utilization of attention siezing clothing store fixtures in retail store windows and all the way through the outlets.

The reason for this is simply due to the fact a fashion Boutique has to present its premier and latest apparel as the most important selling point is exclusivity, while the fashion stores main attraction revolves around affordable prices. Keeping this in mind it is safe to state that the same reasoning relates to the manufacturers of clothing displays as they too ought to determine who their “buyer” is going to be.

Supplying to outlet fashion stores involves regular and inexpensive retail clothing racks, mainly meant for storage, while supplying to the boutiques and substantial fashion stores means supplying a wide range of clothing displays mainly fashioned to attract the interest of the shopper.

Nevertheless, both can be very beneficial mainly because what an outlet store misses in assortment of apparel displays it makes up for in large volume because the goal is to cram as much clothing into the outlet as possible, leaving behind no store area unused. In turn the fashion boutiques invest in the more pricey clothing displays in addition to the typical clothing fixtures, but in small quantity.

Eventually it truly is up to the supplier of clothing store fixtures to consider which type of fashion store to serve to, or perhaps if possible to both varieties of fashion stores.