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17Jan/110

Inside Ollivanders wand shop at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

One of the most popular attractions at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is Olivanders Wand Shop.  One special guest gets the full Harry Potter experience during the tour. Watch the short video below to find out just how special the Olivander experience is;

This year the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is set to be more popular than ever. You can buy cheap Harry Potter tickets and cheap Orlando car hire from our parent company usrentacar.co.uk - You can secure your summer tickets and car hire for just a £50 deposit.

Now you've got the tickets and usa car hire sorted dont forget to sort the accomodation. Search Bargain Villas for a cheap Orlando Villas Rental. Remember you can chose to book with a company or direct with the owner at Bargain Villas.

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10Dec/100

Things to do in Bradenton Florida

This week Bradenton Florida hit the radar as it climbed into the top 20 searches of the week. So with that in mind check out a few things to do in and around Bradenton Florida.

Bradenton beach is located on Anna Maria island about 8 miles west of downtown bradenton. this beautiful gulf beach has a large public access and free parking. Bradenton Beach is a charming and vibrant community of 1,500 located at the southern end of Anna Maria Island. The Island is located at the southern entrance to Tampa Bay on the Gulf of Mexico.

The Twin Dolphin Marina nestled safely along the beautiful Manatee River in Bradenton, Fl. Twin Dolphin Marina is within walking distance of the historic downtown and it's quaint Old Main Street. The historic Bradenton Pier, centrally located within the marina is host to the famed Mattison's Riverside Restaurant where you can enjoy fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere . Come and enjoy the best of what the Gulf Coast has to offer.

McKechnie Field Baseball field is a charming ballpark shoehorned into a Bradenton neighborhood, where it has stood on the same ground since opening in 1923.

The words that come to mind to describe McKechnie are cozy, classic and intimate. Its distinct look and location make it a throwback to a bygone era, when Spring Training wasn’t the big business that it is today.

Southern home of the Pittsburgh Pirates since 1969, McKechnie Field exudes postcard charm thanks to a gorgeous Spanish Mission-style exterior. This white stucco facade was part of the major renovations the ballpark underwent in 1993, when capacity increased from approximately 4,200 seats to the current total of 6,602

I'm sure you'll agree that Bradenton is one of Florida most beautiful hidden gems. Here at Bargain Villas we have some great properties to rent from companies and villa owners direct.

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7Dec/100

Golf at Champions Gate Orlando Florida

The National Golf Course – Champions Gate Orlando, Florida

With four sets of tees, Golfers of all abilities will be able to play from a distance that suits their game.  The Par 72 ChampionsGate National Golf Course measures 7,128 yards from the blacks, with a demanding rating of 75.1 and a slope of 133. The remaining pin placements are blues at 6427/126 slope, the whites at 5937 /124, and the golds at 5150/111.

Besides the complimentary GPS on all carts, The National course also provides yardage blocks at 100/150/200, marked sprinkler heads and tees, and daily pin placement information.

The classic American parkland course design has 18 contiguous holes that wind through 200 acres of secluded woodlands, wetlands, and former orange groves. With its lush fairways and greens, and the stunning natural beauty integrated into the design by Greg Norman, playing the National Golf Course is truly an Orlando golf adventure.

The National Course at ChampionsGate features gently sweeping fairways, 80 sculpted bunkers, greens maintained in tour condition, clever doglegs and scenic water hazards. Water comes into play on many holes, but few forced carries means that this layout can be maneuvered by all levels of players. The sharply framed golf holes end up on smaller greens, making it a shot maker’s delight. Wayward shots will quickly unravel your round.

The par-4 fifth hole is typical of challenges facing the golfer. At just 323 yards from the black tees (311 from the blues) long hitters are tempted to take a shot at the green. However, there is trouble everywhere – wetlands that you have to carry and that run down the entire left side of this dogleg left; large bunkers on the right with ball-gobbling trees right of the bunkers. If you are playing in a scramble, hit a safe hybrid or long iron, then have your big hitter go for it.

Course Detail
Year Built: 2000

Architect: Greg Norman
Fairway Grass: GN1 Bermuda
Green: FloraDwarf
Winter Fairway: Rye
Winter Green: Poatrivialus

More course info

The International Golf Course in Orlando, Florida

Measuring a lengthy 7,363 yards from the blacks, ChampionsGate International has the highest course rating in Florida, boasting a challenging 76.3 and a slope of 143. The remaining pin placements are blues at 6793/137 slope, the whites at 6239/132 and the golds at 5618/118. (Interactive course tour at bottom of page)

The golf course follows a classical pattern of two out-and-back loops of nine holes, has the look and feel of a links-style layout in the British Isles – except for the addition of water hazards. The International was designed, constructed and seeded to offer a hard, fast playing surface similar to those found on true links courses.

The golf course features high-side dunes, planted with swirling grasses that grow down literally into the banks of the hazards and to just paces off the fairway. Scattered throughout the course are randomly placed pot bunkers - over 160 in all. Miss hit shots can frequently lead to difficult lies in thick grass in the wind swept dunes, or out of tricky pot bunkers. The Greg Norman designed course rolls its way through Central Florida Wetlands, adding both beauty and challenges to the round. Welcome to Orlando Links Golf.

There are consequences for missing the fairways, but there’s also plenty of room to drive the ball with wide, reachable fairways. Players able to shape shots will be rewarded, but shaping is not a priority - club selection is. The proper way to approach the course is where is the best located to miss?

The green complexes are always in excellent tournament playing conditions. Green sizes and shapes vary greatly and most golfers will continually find themselves off the putting surface wondering how to navigate the bumps and steep slopes to get the ball back on.

Course Detail
Year Built: 2000

Architect: Greg Norman
Fairway Grass: GN1 Bermuda
Green: FloraDwarf
Winter Fairway: Rye
Winter Green: Poatrivialus

More course info

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30Nov/100

Oh snow! Not again…Time for a bit of winter sun!

Yes, its snowing in the UK again. And if you are anything like me the slightest hint of the cold is enough to send you into a big fat grump. Its at times like this that i'd like to fly off and enjoy a little bit of winter sun. I was speaking to a friend of mine at the weekend that spends 8 weeks of the Great British winter at his Villa in Tenerife.... jealous? Not, not at all...not a bit...I like the UK winter....did I mention that I now hate this friend after our chat? ;)

Anyway, with this in mind I have been taking a look at some of the properties available in Tenerife in amazing places like Playa De Las Americas. Tenerife is one of the best winter/sun destinations in my opinion as its cheaper than a lot of the luxury destinations and it still great value.

Check out some of the villas available in Tenerife at Bargain Villas. You'll find great deals from private owners and major rental companies like Interhome and Hoseasons.

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23Nov/100

Orbitz Insider Index Top 10 Least Busy Thanksgiving U.S. Airport Alternatives

The Orbitz Insider Index has good news for travelers still searching for flights to or from airports that have a less frenetic pace than their larger counterparts.  For the second straight year, Orbitz is revealing its top 10 list of the least busy Thanksgiving airport alternatives.

While these airports aren't necessarily the least busy in the top 100 list, they are the least busy alternatives relative to other major airports serving destinations in the area, and should prove easier to navigate over Thanksgiving.

Orbitz Insider Index:  Least Busy Thanksgiving Airports (2)
2010 Rank Airport Name Location Airport Code
1 Akron/Canton Regional Akron, OH CAK
2 Oakland International Oakland, CA OAK
3 Dane County Regional Madison, WI MSN
4 Chicago Midway Chicago, IL MDW
5 Providence T.F. Green International Providence, RI PVD
6 San Jose International San Jose, CA SJC
7 Nashville International Nashville, TN BNA
8 Palm Beach International West Palm Beach, FL PBI
9 John Wayne International Orange County, CA SNA
10 Bradley International Hartford, CT BDL

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