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Posted on Aug 22, 2013 in Europe, Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Europe by Road: The 5 Best European Driving Vacation Routes

When Canadians travel in Europe, they often think in terms of trains and package tours. Those are both great ways to see the Old Country, but taking a road trip along the scenic byways of Europe is also a fantastic way to get off the beaten track. With car rentals available and affordable throughout Europe, there’s no reason not to try these routes on your next trip overseas. The Basque Coastline Travellers to Spain often focus on the southern areas, imagining dusty castillos and sun-drenched courtyards framed with orange trees. But the northern areas, especially in Pais Vasco, the Basque Country, offer a look at Spain that may surprise and delight road trippers. Starting at the French border, at the Pyrennes, and heading westward along the coast of the Bay of Biscay, stop in local fishing villages or wait until San Sebastian, only 20 km from France, to sample some of the region’s best seafood. San Sebastian’s Beach of La Concha is a smooth crescent of white sand well worth strolling along. Continue westward until you reach Bilbao, a large commercial hub and the home of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum, which you won’t want to miss. From there, decide whether to continue west along the top of the Iberian Peninsula to Cantabria or whether to head south to La Rioja or southeast to Navarre, two of the country’s best wine regions. Geneva, Switzerland, to San Marino Meander around lakes and over mountain passes as you exit Geneva, the original home of the League of Nations, and cross the French border. Still in the Alps, you’ll drive by the famed skiing mecca of Chamonix on your way to the Italian border via the Mont Blanc tunnel. Once in Italy, choose whether to visit fashion-forward Milan or cultural hotspot Turin — or both — before angling southeast to Parma. Spend some time here sampling the cheese and world-famous Parma ham and taking in the spectacular architecture. After Parma, Bologna is the next big city on your way to San Marino. But many drivers may prefer to skip the cities in favour...

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Posted on Aug 21, 2013 in Europe |

Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants in UK increase

The UK office for national statistics has reported an increase in the number of Bulgarians and Romanians who work in the country. There were around 150 000 Bulgarians and Romanians in UK in June 2013 compared with March. This represents and 30% increase. Bulgaria and Romania both joined the European Union in 2007. Most of the old members of the Union imposed limitations on the ability of the citizens from the new countries to work freely on the local labor markets. Under the EU law however the transitional controls can be held for a maximum of 7 years after the accession date. This means that on 1 January 2014 all Bulgarian and Romanian citizens will be able to work in all EU countries without any limitations. Many UK politicians fear that this could cause a surge in the number of incoming immigrants and may put a pressure on the already strained UK social system. Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party said, ‘It is a simple fact that if you open your doors to people from countries with significantly lower wages and GDP than the UK, then migratory flows will come. But Jonathan Portes of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research said ‘The big picture is that most migrants from the new member states of the EU come here to work. They are young and place relatively few demands on public services’. The average wage levels in Romania and Bulgaria are much lower than those in UK although the cost of living is also lower. Many commentators predict that the removal of the limitations may cause a new wave of Immigration. Officials from Bulgarian and Romania however state that most immigrants will prefer countries such as Italy Spain and Germany where large number of Bulgarians and Romanians already live. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your UK visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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