The word Geocaching was written and said for the first time in 2000.
The word was created by combining GEO for geography and CACHING for the process of storing or hiding materials.
Geocaching is a game that reveals a world beyond the everyday, where the possibility of a newdiscovery hides under park benches, in the forest, and probably a short walk from where you are
right now. The adventure begins by searching for cleverly hidden containers called geocaches.
There are more than two million geocaches waiting to be found throughout the world, in more than
180 countries. It’s easy for anyone from families to business travelers to toptier athletes to begin
the journey by downloading the Geocaching app or visiting Geocaching.com.
● See the infographic celebrating 2 Million Active Geocaches with countryspecific data.
● Learn about the History of Geocaching.
1. A geocacher hides a geocache, lists it on Geocaching.com and challenges others to find
it using our Geocaching app or a GPS device.
2. At minimum, geocaches contain a logbook for finders to sign. After signing, finders log
their experience on Geocaching.com or with the Geocaching app and earn a reward in the
form of a digital smiley.
3. Some geocaches contain small trinkets for trade. If a geocacher takes something from the
geocache, they replace it with something of equal or greater value.
4. Geocaches are put back where they were found for the next geocacher.
Who are geocachers?
More than 6 million people call themselves geocachers. There are geocachers living in nearly
every country on Earth. Geocachers are families with children, grandparents, techgeeks,
photographers, hikers—anyone can be a geocacher. Geocaching offers a broad appeal, in large
difficulty and terrain ratings (Difficulty 1/Terrain 1 – the easiest and Difficulty 5/Terrain 5 – the
most difficult) to help geocachers choose an adventure that is right for them.
What should not be placed in a geocache?
Food, sharp objects, ammunition, illicit or illegal items and alcohol should never be placed in a
geocache. Everyone should respect the local laws. Geocaching offers advice to geocache hiders
from law enforcement around the world and complimentary Geocaching Premium memberships
to law enforcement agencies.
Where are geocaches found?
Geocaches can be in the forest, parks, urban locations—nearly anywhere you can think of. It is
common for geocaches to be placed in storyworthy locations. Most people in North America an
Europe live within a short walk of at least one geocache.
How do you hide a geocache?
A geocacher chooses a waterproof container and a location to hide it. Once a geocacher has
accurate coordinates for their chosen location, they submit it for publication on Geocaching.com.
Geocaching provides a set of guidelines for geocache placement. The guidelines include
important rules that keep geocaching fun (and legal) for everyone involved. If a geocache clearly
violates one of these rules, community members who review new geocaches may ask the hider
to fix the issue.
The city of Beaches
Barcelona is one of the fews cities in the world that combines the attractions of urban tourism with the possibility of laying on the beach to sunbathe during the day and to enjoy the animation of the seafront in the evening or at night or vice versa. Barcelona´s beaches, 4.2 kilometers long and just a few minutes from the city,are a unique case in Europe of the integration of a large metropolis with the sea.
Barcelona has always been an important Mediterranean city whose life has been linked to the
sea. The recovery of the seafront façade, begun with the construction work done for the 1992 Olympic Games and culminating today with
the Barcelona Forum 2004 of the Cultures project, has totally opened Barcelona to the Mediterranean.
Every year, Barcelona´s beaches greet more than seven million people who come to enjoy one of the city´s largest public and leisure spaces. At the beaches, users find the services and facilities necessary for their visit to be as comfortable and safe as possible, along with a whole series of activities that guarantee a good time.
The cleaning and sanitary control programs for the sand and the sea and the quality of the services and infrastructures have allowed Barcelona´s beaches to be
awarded five blue flags and an honourable mention in the area of safety for the current year.
The quality and diversity of its beaches make Barcelona an excellent city for all ages year round, but especially during the summer. Taking advantage of the welcoming climate of the city to combine the tranquillity of the Mediterranean waters and the golden colour of its fine sand with the multiple cultural and leisure activities that the city centre offers is a temptation that is hard to match anywhere else.
Europe is the ultimate name on account of its diverse coastlines,when it comes to sea kayaking. Many coasts of mainland Europe are unique as kayaking destinations. To begin with, Shetland with its amazingly mild climate, is characterized by sea cliffs interspersed with small beaches and caves. These sea caves are fascinating for their large and complex configuration, lighted by occasional sun beams. Anglesey and Brittany are known for their abundance of yummy seafoods. Brittany can be reached even by personal cars and therefore it is really a cool place to relax and enjoy a family vacation.
The Isle of Man in the northern Irish Sea with an area of 221 square miles lies closest to the British Isles. It is a topmost kayaking location within an archipelago. The Isles of Scilly is yet another warm archipelago, whose favorable weather makes it navigable in all types of weather conditions.
Close to Palau and La Maddalena, Sardinia is yet another lovely archipelago with sea-worn granite topography. For days-long expeditions for crossing the straits of Bonifaccio to Corsical is a very suitable idea in the months of April or May.
Scotland does not lag behind as a kayaking spot because it is gifted with isles like Jura and Islay. This apart, the romantic remote beaches with white sands makes Scotland a paradise for those who look ahead for lunch stops.
Moving away from the nearest vicinity of the British Isles, Norway is unique for its Lofoten Islands. Its mountainous topography and fjords make it doubly interesting in the sense that adventurers can both climb and kayak.
The steep and rugged shores of Croatia and its thinly populated islands offer a perfect fun time to those who look ahead spending some quality time in solitude. The appeal lies in its limestone cliffs, pine forests and the magnificent view of the ancient city of Dubrovnik.
Greece has a mountainous terrain protruding into the sea at southern Balkans. A range of over 2000 islands including Crete, Euboea, Lesbos and Chios coupled by the Ionian Sea islands make it a very much sought after kayaking spot.
The famous domed grand magasin on Boulevard Haussman, where I used to go very, very often when I was living in Paris on Boulevard Malesherbes, has just inaugurated its new 34,500 square feet shoe department, giving shoe addicts yet another reason to come to Paris. The new footwear department—the world’s largest, according to Galeries Lafayette—opened in July, and carries 150 brands of shoes, 75 of which are exclusive to the department store.
The stunning showroom, accessed via a gold and white Patrick Jouin-designed staircase, displays shoes as works of art in a sleek, lounge-like setting. Wide aisles, wengé wood, white varnished furniture, and chocolate brown leather sofas invite lingering—a good thing, considering it takes awhile to admire all 12,000 pairs.
French women are rumored to have the largest shoe appetite in Europe, and Galeries Lafayette aims to please: sandals and boots are available year-round for shoppers travelling to different climates, as well as sizes ranging from 32 to 43 (American sizes 3 to 12), plus half sizes in between. A variety of services are offered on site, from an artisan cobbler to a foot salon specializing in pedicures, as well as a foot care center offering everything you need to take care of your shoes and feet: special brushes, shoe creams in all colors, foot-care lotions and so on.
The shoe prices, ranging from 99 Euros to 1,300 Euros, aren’t exactly cheap, but where else can you try on your Louboutins in a plush private fitting room? Or take a lesson on how to walk in them afterward?
It is always possible to get a tax refund at the airport as a tourist! Don’t forget to go to the the tourist service counter to have a receit and ask also for a day pass saving of about 10% on your purchases.
40 bd Haussmann, Paris (9th)
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J’aime voyager, j’aime le concept des vacances. Surtout parce que cela brise la routine. Je ne suis pas du genre à travailler à la préparation d’un voyage pendant un mois. Pour moi, le rêve commence quand il devient réalité, quand je suis rendue à destination.
Je ne fais jamais les choses à moitié; c’est pareil en voyage et c’est probablement encore pire. Si on mettait bout à bout toutes les nuits que j’ai passées dans des chambres d’hôtel, cela dépasserait trois ans!
Si on ajoute des séjours de vie en Europe et aux États-Unis, vous pouvez compter dix ans de plus! Et je ne suis même pas encore vieille… J’aime la vie en croisière, en Méditerranée, en Patagonie ou dans les îles d’Hawaii, j’aime les séjours à la mer pour le repos, j’aime la vie animée des grandes villes, les repas au restaurant et les visites de musées.
J’aime rire, rencontrer les gens et comprendre comment ils vivent. En couple, seule ou avec mes enfants, les voyages me stimulent et réussissent à satisfaire mon besoin d’évasion et ma curiosité. Je voudrais pouvoir vous faire partager ma passion pour le rêve et apprendre de vous des recettes de bonheur ou des petits plaisirs. L’aventure continue. Un autre voyage commence pour moi aujourd’hui.
Tourismextra.com est enfin en ligne, après quelques mois de préparatifs fébriles. Conçu pour vous donner l’occasion de partager souvenirs et vos projets de voyage. C’est un site d’information, bien sûr, mais c’est aussi un site d’animation dans le domaine du Tourisme pour vous faire rêver et vous faire sourire.
Beaucoup de photographies, des textes différents, des rubriques pour divertir et vous permettre de nous envoyer vos commentaires sur tous les aspects des vacances comme les croisières, les voyages de noces ou la grande nature.