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Eastern Discovery in Jordan

A Middle Eastern Jewel, Jordan is a beautiful contrast between an ancient historical site and a flourishing modern nation. Modern cities such as Amman are complimented by the mystical ancient wonders of The Dead Sea and Petra. The endlessly shifting landscape of luscious valleys, mountains and deserts means a trip to Jordan is like no other.

The Jordanian Capital, a busy urban centre flanked by desert and the Jordan Valley. With half of Jordan’s entire population, Amman is Jordan’s principle metropolitan area. The centre of Amman displays Jordan’s emergence as a modern nation, from hotels to art galleries Amman feels distinctly western whilst maintaining its Arabic charm. Restaurants such as Beti Sitti are a perfect introduction to Arabic food whilst Mongolian, Chinese and Indian diners are all readily available.For a more traditional view of the city stroll downtown, here businesses and workshops are packed into the small streets giving an authentic flavour of the economic engine behind the city. I won’t lie to you however, Jordan is a strictly Islamic nation, drinking is not widely accepted; as such Amman is not the place for late night sessions. That in no way detracts from the combination of new and old that makes Amman truly fascinating. Slip through Amman’s tight corners with a Kia Picanto.

The Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley

Immortalised by its biblical importance the Dead Sea and surrounding Jordan valley is an area of unparalleled worldly beauty. The lowest place on earth at over 400m below sea level, the valley is the ending point for multiple rivers; these rivers pool and subsequently evaporate resulting a mineral rich landscape. The valley eventually gives way to the legendary Dead Sea, biblically home to cities such as Sodom and Gomorrah, the area is now populated by multiple spar, hotels and resorts. The sea itself has over ten times the salt level of traditional oceans and subsequently the water is incredibly buoyant. Combine effortless floating, with the warmness of the water, the Jordanian sun and the breath-taking surroundings, and an afternoon spent the Dead Sea won’t easily be forgotten.

Petra

The eighth wonder of the ancient world, the Nabataean city of Petra is an almost indescribable wonder. Amongst red mountains, at the end of kilometre long gorge you are greeted by the Treasury or “Al-Khazneh”. A 2000 year old 43 meter high hand carve Façade, complete with statues and pillars, this ancientengineering marvel is not a sight that can be justified through words alone. The city itself is made up of over 500 tombs, each with their own unique carvings, not to mention a 3000 person theatre. Throw in a 13th century shire to the brother of Mosses and further relics from the medieval crusades and Petra is worthy of days of exploration. Supported by several museums and numerous tour guides Petra should be at the top of any travel bucket lists. Effortlessly navigate the desert roads with a Hyundai I10.

Sights around Jordan

Petra and the Dead Sea are undoubtedly Jordan’s largest attractions but the deserts and valleys have plenty more secrets to reveal.The Hammamat Ma’in / Ma’in Hot Springs dwell within a 264m below sea level oasis. Surrounded by luxury spas, the naturally heated water itself provides a beauty and relaxation rarely seen in the west. For a more adventurous twist the cliffs of Wadi Rum provide ample opportunity for rock climbing, camel riding or 4x4 explorations (we recommend a green motion Ford Escape) The 4th century BC Chalcolithic settlement of Pella houses a range of antiques, as if Jordan needed anymore ancient relics?

Jordan is a nation steeped in history, perfectly preserved in desert sands. The modern comforts and delights of Amman provide a perfect base to venture out and experience sights that have wondered people for millennia. The best way to see Jordan is on 4 wheels, rent them with Green Motion.


Bustling Belgrade

A cultural maelstrom, this central European capital has changed owner’s dozens of times throughout history - as a result it contains relics from countless different eras. Belgrade’s history does not detract from its modern appeal however, a buzzing icon of the newly growing central European party scene means Belgrade promises to capture any travellers imagination.

Culture/ History

Belgrade’s culture and history is steeped in conflict therefore a visit to its Kalemegdan castle is crucial. Conquerors from Celtic tribes, the Ottoman and Roman empires have all left their distinctive mark upon this castle, anyone with even the slightest interest in history will find this ancient bastion beyond fascinating. In a similar vein the mausoleum of Maršal Tito, the Yugoslavian leader during WW2, is a must see for anyone wishing to understand Serbia’s complicated history. Given that here at Green Motion we pride ourselves on our electric car rental; it would be remiss not to point you in the direction of one of the museum of one founders of modern electricity - Nicola Tesla. Plenty of interactive electric elements will keep you entertained, and you can even see the man himself – his ashes are kept in glowing orb! Nip around the city in a Green Motion Opel (Vauxhall) Corsa.

Food

Serbian food is a lively blend taking in influences from the Mediterranean, other central European states and more exotic flavours from Turkey and beyond. Serbians like their meat. This is full displayed at the simple, yet delicious “To Je To”, stacks of Kebabs, traditional Serbian sausages are only part of the carnivorous menu. For those with finer tastes, the Kalemegdanska Terasa offers the finest of Serbian cuisine all under the shadow of the great Kalemegdan fortress. To truly get a grip on Serbian culture a trip to the “Little Bay” restaurant is needed – the combination of beautiful food and a live Opera means you are truly immersed in the best of Belgrade. Discover Serbia’s culinary delights with a nimble Chevrolet Spark.

Nightlife/ Attractions

European party goers have started to turn away from traditional party islands in the Mediterranean and explore what central and Eastern Europe has to offer. During the summer months Belgrade’s party scene takes to the river Sava with boat and raft parties in constant flow. Brand new to Belgrade’s nightlife is Terassa Club, with a 1500 people capacity and constant events, will provide a typically crazy Serbian night. For a more varied experience Club Povetarac is open 7 days a week and provides a mix of all music genres, with specific attention paid to DJ choice, this is a club for true music connoisseurs. Providing the widely popular house music that European party goers crave is “Club 94”. With a large VIP section, this club can provide whether you want to be in amongst the crowds, or relaxing on a table.Have enough room for all your party with a 7 seat Chevrolet Orlando.

Around Serbia

To escape the bustle of Belgrade a perfect trip would be a tour along the famous Danube River. Take a tour by bike or boat and see the astonishing gothic Golubuc Fortress or experience the hugely historically significant town of Sremski Karlovci. Serbia’s mountainous geography provides the perfect environment for any trekkers, in particular the Fruška Gora mountain which has 17 different medieval monastery’s and is well worth a climb. Any historical tour of Serbia wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Niš, birth place of Constantine the Great, responsible for converting the Roman Empire to Christianity and thus introducing to the western world.For those after a more luxuries time Serbia’s many mountain spas can provide perfect relaxation – special mention go to Vrnjačka Banja andSokobanja. Cruise around Serbia’s beautiful mountain road in a cruise – perfect Opel (Vauxhall) Insignia.

Serbia’s mix of historical heritage and a rapidly growing party scene means this emerging European destination can provide for all. Green Motion has branches in both Belgrade airport and downtown - the best way to take in Serbia’s rich culture is on 4 environmentally friendly wheels, rent them with us.


Take an Adventure to Costa Rica

Costa Rica in some ways is the home of true ecotourism. You could spend an entire holiday just visiting the churches of Costa Rica, let alone travelling the rest of the country. There are incredible mountains, secluded beaches, beautiful architecture... this list goes on and on. Two weeks at a beach is a LOT of fun, but if that is all you do, you really miss the Real Costa Rica.

Any lovers of sand, sea and sun will be in literal heaven; Costa Rica offers endless stretches of golden sand baked in Central American Sun. The most popular Guanacaste region enjoys nearly constant sunshine and offers endless ways to enjoy the sun. The Central pacific beaches such as Jacó and Hermosa provide the typical relaxing sand, but also perfect conditions for surfers intending to catch waves as well as rays. The beaches of the South Pacific offer a different natural beauty in the form of the coral reefs of Caño Island. Also reachable through land, the black sand beaches of Cahuita and Puerto Viejo, South Caribbean, add a volcanic twist to Costa Rica’s tropical paradise.

Costa Rica is also famed for its natural beauty (there are more species of birds in Costa Rica than there are in all of Europe), and rightly so. Despite being a small country, Costa Rica is one of the top 20 most biodiverse nations on the planet. The Tortuguero National Park located within the north Caribbean region is a shining example of this. Desperately rare and beautiful creatures roam the park; the Green Turtle, Blue Heron and the American crocodile to name a few. The La Amistad International Park also boasts over 200,000 hectares of rain forest, a worthy world heritage site – home to many endangered species most famously the Jaguar. Additionally Uvita Tombolo during certain months is the perfect place for whale spotting, if the inland wildlife doesn’t take your fancy.

Costa Rica has the most beautiful mountains and meadows, beaches and islands, rainforests and cloud forests. There is a lot to explore, and one of the best ways to do it is with a rental car. Renting a car gives you the freedom to stop where you want, when you want.You can take side trips along rural roads or stop to enjoy fresh fruit at a local farmers market. With a rental car, your trip is literally in the palm of your hands—and you can steer yourself in whatever direction (and to whichever adventure) that you choose.

Costa Rica is one of the Earth’s top 20 countries with the greatest biodiversity. With two coasts, mountain ranges, and everything in between, Costa Rica has a huge variety of ecosystems packed into a tiny country of only 19,653 square miles and each ecosystem is chock full of its own wildlife. Explore Costa Rica’s wonderful nature with a Green Motion Car – save money and the environment you’re going to enjoy so much. Your experience in Costa Rica will be fantastic no matter what direction you steer your adventure.


A Canadian Icon

A bustling cosmopolitan centre, Toronto is a Canadian icon. Packed full of culture, with a buzzing nightlife and every culinary particular covered, Toronto has everything for everyone.

Thoughts of Toronto inevitability bring up images of the CN Tower. This iconic building stands 553 meters high; the lift alone is a breath-taking experience. The Spinning 360 degree views from the top, accompanied by a top class restaurant, makes the CN tower a must see.A slightly less dizzying time can be had at Casa Loma, Toronto’s solitary castle. The 98 room mansion boasts traditional chimneys and turrets, and whilst lacking heritage (being built in 1914) the Casa Loma is a sight to see none the less. One further point of interest is Toronto’s city hall, despite being an award winning piece of architecture, much controversy reigns over its design. A chic and nippy Toyota Yaris would be a perfect way to take in the sights of the city.

Due to its diverse ethnic make-up Toronto has culinary delights for every possible taste. One standout location is that of Lee, a French–Asian combination, the slick dimly lit restaurant provides a multitude of culinary wonders. Perhaps slightly less sophisticated but by no means less tasty is Barbeque Smokehouse – thick, slowly cooked brisket, perfect to enjoy on a lazy warm Canadian afternoon. Those of us wanting to taste traditional Canadian cuisine are best sent Gilead Café; using locally sourced ingredients this diner will give you the true taste of Canada.Tour Toronto’s culinary delights in style with one of Green Motions Mercedes A-Class.

Toronto’s night life and urban scene is rightly legendary. The exclusivity and chicness of clubs such as Uniun is equally matched by the futuristic, LED infused experience of Gravity Sound Bar. For those taking a more relaxed approach to their evening’s entertainment the Horseshoe tavern is still a world renowned live music venue, alternatively the Mill Street Brewery’s 13 home brewed beverages can provide any beer connoisseur with an entertaining evening. Make a worthy entrance with a Mercedes-Benz C300.

Escaping the bustling streets for a few days’ excursions could prove to be a hugely rewarding idea. First and foremost, with the Niagara Falls an easy car journey away this natural spectacle is easily worth a visit. The relaxed vineyards surrounding Toronto can also provide days of exploration for those seeking an experience of the finer side of Canadian life. For those wishing to see the city from a different perspective, boat cruises including trip to the many surrounding islands can provide an informative and relaxing tour. Get at one with Canada’s natural side with a Green Toyota Rav4.

Green Motion Canada car rental branch is now open in Toronto providing you the best way to navigate the city streets and the surrounding area of this Canadian metropolis. What’s more the Niagara falls are best accessed through a car and who wouldn’t want to see them?