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A river cruise is a magical experience. It welcomes you to an enchanting world of beauty, allure, and luxury. Some say a river cruise is best in the evenings when the lights of a city can stand out against the black night. It makes for an amazing view, but still, a daytime cruise can be equally exciting.
If you have longed for the luxurious adventure of a lifetime, then a river cruise is a great way to start. Your dream cruise could be right around the corner or halfway across the world. You must have the proper information to make this choice. Read on to know the world’s best river cruises.
Chicago River Cruise
If you only have a few hours to spare for an enjoyable river cruise, then the Chicago River cruise is for you. Within 75 minutes, you can see the finest buildings of Chicago as they stand tall and proud amongst others.
They include the Tribune Tower, Trump Tower, and Marina City. You can make the tour even more fantastic with a few friends or a loved one, and an evening cruise offering mouthwatering desserts.
Columbia and Snake River Cruise
This itinerary is a favorite treat from the American Cruise Lines. The scenic tour takes passengers from Portland, Oregon, through the beautiful and unique Columbia River Gorge, to Hell's Canyon. Hell's Canyon is known as the deepest canyon in North America. It offers explorers historic tales and a worthwhile tour.
Eastern Europe River Cruises
Often known as the Vikings river cruise, this tour offers an engaging trip from Bucharest to Budapest. The Viking ships are the first exquisite part of the journey. They are excellent vessels, with captivating Nordic designs, floors, and walls. Your experience begins with the Viking cruise and completes with unbeatable sights on your 11-day voyage.
Northern Italy River Cruise
Italy always offers visitors the best treats, from the food to the fantastic view, and 10-day tour that is all magical. The journey begins in Milan, the city with historical pieces from Leonardo Da Vinci. It moves on to Verona the bold city of the famous Romeo and Juliet tale. Other stops include Chioggia, Bologna, and finally, romantic Venice.
Mississippi River Cruise
A tour on the fourth longest river in the world gives you the most phenomenal view of America. You can enjoy a Mississippi river cruise for a few hours or over three weeks.
There's no need to hold off longer. Take the cruise of your dreams with one of the world's best river cruises. If your home’s on the market, pack up and go and let your realtor show and sell it while you’re gone.
Whether you’re a young professional moving to an urban flat or an empty-nester looking to downsize, the challenge of living in a smaller space is sometimes daunting. The things you want (keepsakes, books, collections, specialty kitchen appliances) and the things you need (room for clothes, a home office, space for a guest) vie for the same square footage. How can you fit it all into your space without it being a cluttered mess? Find the hidden spaces in your home.
Of course, first up is getting rid of items you no longer use, want, or need. Once that’s done, take stock of what remains. Seasonal items should go on one list and everyday items on another.Resourcefulness
Pass a critical eye over your furniture. Can you use space under, behind or above it? Will it do double duty?
- A narrow bookshelf set behind your sofa provides storage for seasonal items and functions as a sofa table.
- Stack vintage suitcases or trunks filled with blankets, seasonal clothing or keepsakes beside the bed or sofa as an end table.
- Slide baskets under a coffee table for smaller items you use often. Or turn a cubby shelf into a coffee table for dual use.
- Put storage bins under the bed for sweaters, blankets, or guest pillows.
- Store sheets and extra blankets under your mattress.
- Use a tall bookshelf behind your bed. It replaces the headboard and nightstands, then adds extra storage both above and behind the bed. Keep seasonal items on the lower shelves behind the mattress and items you use often in the exposed shelves above.
- If you rarely bake, store pans in your oven.
- Typically eat take-out? Store extra dishes in that unused dishwasher.
A little creative effort goes a long way when looking for space. Hack something you already own or an inexpensive purchase into multi-purpose storage.
- Hang shower rings from a hanger to hold scarves, ties, or tank tops.
- Install a towel bar to a closet wall below the hanging clothes and hang your heels over it, freeing up much-needed floor space. Or, use a peg rack or stick-on hooks to hang sports shoes and flats.
- Use binder clips to hold computer and charging cords in place and off the floor.
- If the space between your bed and the wall is too small for a side table or nightstand, hang a floating shelf to hold books, your cell-phone, and glasses.
- Add cushions to the top of a low storage shelf to create extra seating.
- Add stick-on hooks to the insides of cabinet doors to hold lids and cutting boards.
Innovative storage is an industry all its own. Retailers such as West Elm, Pottery Barn, IKEA, Target, and several online-only outlets specialize in dual-purpose pieces to help get the most use from a small space. Here are some you may find useful:
- Look for an ottoman that makes into a sleeper. Use it as your coffee table, then pop it open for casual overnight guests.
- Buy a platform bed with drawers or one that lifts on hinges to access storage underneath.
- Install a table that hangs on the wall and folds down when not in use.
- Install modular shelving with a deeper shelf at desk height for a home office solution.
No matter how small the space, there are ways to maximize it. If your home is on the market, ask your real estate professional which items to leave out and which to find a hidden home to make the best impression on a buyer.
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