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Spain’s Beauty

Posted by on Jul 27, 2010 in Exotic Locations | Comments Off on Spain’s Beauty

Spain’s Beauty

Hotel in the Maldives

Most people are torn for choice when it comes to the country to visit for their vacations or holidays. This is because there are so many stories about the best countries to visit and what they have to offer. But if you want to choose a country that has a little bit of everything you would want to see and experience during your vacation, I suggest you try Spain.

Spain is a hot holiday destination because of its beauty. Actually it has been rated to be the second most visited country worldwide. Besides the natural grounds and beautiful beaches, it has historic monuments and museums that encourage many tourists to go back for more. This European country is very large and is divided into regions. The most amazing thing is that each one of the regions has something to offer to its visitors.

Basque Country

This region has Vitoria Gasteiz as its capital and is made up of Vizcaya, Guipuzcoa and Alava provinces. It is quite interesting since it has its own language, as well as culture. The origin is still mysterious and the sports here are unique as well. The most popular sport that you may get a chance to learn about and engage in is Basqueball or Pelota Vasca.Currently, this region is the most industrialized of Spain. You will however find untouched natural grounds such as Guernica River’s magical landscapes and the Urdaibai, Urkiola and Valderejo natural parks.

There is a lot of fun to be had in these areas as you can enjoy riding, hiking and golf, as well as exciting mountain sports. The Cantabrian Coast is also quite an attraction although it’s very steep and rainy sometimes. The rain here is unique as it is very fine and goes by the name ‘txirimiri; a raincoat will come in very handy when visiting this area. The city of San Sebastian has wonderful beaches and resorts that were famous in the 19th century; the atmosphere here is cosmopolitan. The waters are very cool and relaxing making it very attractive to tourists.

Bilbao is the largest city in the region and the center of beautiful monuments, such as the Gothic Cathedral and the Guggenheim museum that was erected in 1997. The museum is outstanding with its limestone, titanium stones and façade of glass. For cultural festivals, make a point of visiting Vitoria Gasteiz province. There is a lot to be discovered in visiting the various regions of Spain. You will be mesmerized by the contrasting landscapes and structures as well as the climatic conditions.

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The Maldives Are the Ultimate Destination for Divers

Posted by on Jul 21, 2010 in Exotic Locations | Comments Off on The Maldives Are the Ultimate Destination for Divers

The Maldives Are the Ultimate Destination for Divers

You may have heard of the Maldives, an island nation located near the equator in the Indian Ocean, but you may not be aware of what an amazing location it is for those who love diving. The Maldives is made up of 26 atolls running north to south, about 700 km to the southwest of Sri Lanka.

The islands are actually the tops of an undersea mountain range and spread out over 90,000 square kilometers. Of the 1,192 islets that make up the Maldives, about 200 are inhabited. The population is greatest in the city of Malé, the capital city, and this is where most Maldives vacations begin, because of the international airport located there.

Over 80% of the land in the Maldives is made up of coral islands, composed of both living coral and coral debris from around 200 different species of coral. The coral reefs act as a protective barrier against the sea, forming numerous lagoons. The barrier reefs protect the Maldives from higher waves off the Indian Ocean, making for some of the best diving on earth! The array of sea life you can see on a Maldives holiday is astounding, with not only corals, but more than 2,000 different fish species, including eagle rays, stingrays, reef sharks, and species that have not even been classified yet.

April to October is the rainy season in the Maldives, the season of the moist, southwest monsoons. The temperature year-round is nearly constant, with overnight lows around 25 degrees C (77 Fahrenheit) and daytime highs around 30 degrees C (86 degrees Fahrenheit). Nearly constant cool sea breezes keep the warm climate from being uncomfortable.

The first tourist resorts in the Maldives didn’t open until the 1970s, but between then and 2007, over 8 million people visited the nation, and a large percentage of those visitors went for the amazing diving experiences. Usually visitors arrive at Malé International Airport, which is served by flights from Southeast Asia, Dubai, Doha, and Sri Lanka. The Gan Airport on the atoll of Addu, is served by international flights to Milan several days a week.

A diving safari in the Maldives is the ultimate vacation for the person who loves diving. The sheer extent of the waters that can be explored is amazing, and you can book liveaboard diving safaris in which you live on-board cruise ships, cruising the atolls and finding the very best diving spots to explore, under the guidance of Maldivian dive instructors.

Package holidays are available that cover airport transfers to and from the cruise ship. For liveaboard diving, a minimum of a PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent certificate is required, with a PADI Advanced Open Water certificate preferred so that the diver can dive up to 30 meters along with the rest of the group. Divers undergo an initial check guide to check out gear and for the dive guide to assess diving abilities in the group. For divers who would like extra dive support, guided dives can be arranged, usually for a cost of around US$10 per dive.

Maldives diving is the best anywhere, and a diving safari in the Maldives is the ultimate diving vacation. The Maldives as a nation is focused on making diving holidays the best anywhere in the world. There’s no question that the coral reefs, the beautiful tropical waters, and the huge array of sea life make the Maldives the best destination on earth for an unforgettable diving vacation.

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Discover the best Islands of Tasmania

Posted by on Jul 15, 2010 in Exotic Locations | Comments Off on Discover the best Islands of Tasmania

Discover the best Islands of Tasmania

The Land Down Under, that is a expression originated by the Australians regarding their nation that means Australia’s place geographically and simply not with this reason that possibly they are less than or under anyone else. Australia is among the greatest and finest nation in the world, there is absolutely no argument with that.

While you’re on an island, even a colossal island like Australia, specific feeling of independence can be experienced that you just simply wouldn’t want to get it within you. Island experience is amongst the best things to do when on vacation.

For most Australians, this is the time Tasmania comes to play. Tasmania is a small state nestled beneath the Land Down Under. But can you go beyond Tasmania? Of course, you can! There are a large number of it outside Tasmania, from little islands to islands which is linked to the city and usually are visited by maritime service or aircraft.

Here are the leading islands close to Tasmania that you can pay a visit.

The Flinders Island carries with it an area of 70 kilometres by 40 kilometres. It is situated somewhere within the Bass Strait, tip of the north-eastern area of Tasmania. Flinders Islands has much bigger area as compared with King Island. This tropical isle has two towns, Whitemark and Lady Barron. Island inhabitants of more than a thousand are making the most of the beauty of the green fields, landscapes together with a prosperous natural world.

King Island could be the significant other of Flinders Island. This is found beyond the Bass Strait, uppermost area of the north-western edge of Tasmania, overtly facing the Roaring Forties’ winds. The lifestyle which is being practiced by the islands’ 1800 locals has been somewhat similar to an environmentalist. They let nature take its very own way and decreasing the admittance of today’s world. The outcome of such a lifestyle have been great so far, simple living really is a clue in the islander’s happiness.

Bruny Island arrives third of only 4 islands that has been greatly populated outside of the island of Tasmania. The northern area of the island is positioned in the mouth around the river Derwent, near Hobart. Bruny Island’s area is 360 square kilometres with only 600 people such as artists, those that have retired, farmers and other people which are furnishing vacationer’s services.

Cape Barren Island is definitely the 2nd largest from the Farneux Group, Flinders Island is the largest. Cape Barren is nestled down the south side of Flinders Island and it is inhabited by only 70 people of the Aboriginal Community.

Macquarie Island is found 1,300 kilometres south beyond Tasmania. Three days of sunlight, that’s only what Macquarie Island can give you in a year. Normally, the spot is windy and very cold. The place is known as a World Heritage area and is monitored always by the Tasmanian government. Frequently, Macquarie is visited by uncountable seabirds together with thousands of seals. The Australian Antarctic Division has post a station by the island and approximately 2 dozens of analysts are stationed there for rotational watch.

There’s a lot more to discover in regards to the Island of Tasmania. A few of these islands maybe visited some are not. Take pleasure in the accommodation in Tasmania and find out its beauty by checking out the various islands outside it.

Choose the best Accommodation in Tasmania for you and your family. Read some reviews and basics about the island and above all book your stay and reservation on the net for it to be faster and comfortable.

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Madrid Tourists Attractions

Posted by on Jul 10, 2010 in Exotic Locations | Comments Off on Madrid Tourists Attractions

Madrid Tourists Attractions

Madrid is a city that appeals to many kinds of people, the art aficionados, the party mongers, the diehard fashionistas, the live music enthusiasts and the fans of culture. No matter what you are into, Madrid, Spain has something to offer you.

Along with the museums, you can enjoy the traditional Spanish arts of bull-fighting (in the largest bullring in Spain) and flamenco music and dancing. Flamenco shows are found in certain places mostly aimed at tourists, but there are bars where you might as well enjoy spontaneus flamenco sessions.

Madrid is the capital of Spain. It’s a city known for bullfighting, fiestas and flamenco dancing, and royal palaces. The top attractions of Madrid are the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Cibeles, Parque del Buen Retiro, Plaza de España, The Prado Museum, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, The Archaeological Museum etc. The city offers dance halls, movie houses, music halls, cafes and more. Barcelona is known as a cultural centre owning monuments, historical sites, numerous art galleries and natural resources.

Spain attracts a wide number of tourists because of its natural beauty that takes anyone’s breath away. Most people visiting the region prefer the Southwestern coast and Costa Blanca, just to have a taste of the natural beauty found in these places. Some of the must-visit places here include Donana National Park, Prado Museum, and the Guell Park.

Barcelona is the capital city of Spain and also very famous for the many tourist attractions. There are many good places in Barcelona which are worth seeing. The city has many places which reflect the great architecture work. There are many strange buildings as well in this city. There are many great monuments to visit besides the great architectural collection of buildings.

London is arguably the most diverse and multicultural city in the world, and is home to people of every nationality and faith. From the invasion of the Romans starting around 43 C.E. to the current influx of Eastern Europeans, people throughout history have made London their destination of choice. Today, the city boasts residents from approximately 270 nations, speaking more than 300 languages.

Many of the ancient civilizations have left deep-rooted cultural impressions on the people of Spain. Some of the known civilizations or settlements that have left their mark on the lives of the Spanish people are the Celts, Moors, Muslims, and Romans. These civilizations have made Spain a city of varied cultures, beliefs and practices. Even to this day festivals and other cultural activities are held by all the various religious denomination according to their respective traditions.

Keeping in mind the aim of budget conscious travelers, there are many cheap hotels in Madrid, which offer economical stay with comfortable accommodation. Such hotels offer discount for children, senior citizens, and for extended stay. These hotels can be booked online in advance through several booking websites that make the pre-arrangements for the accommodation of travelers, who might be busy in exploring the sites of the city.

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The Christmas ‘Crab’ Island

Posted by on Jul 1, 2010 in Exotic Locations | Comments Off on The Christmas ‘Crab’ Island

The Christmas ‘Crab’ Island

A territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean, ‘Christmas Island’ is located 2,600 kms northwest of the Western Australian city of Perth and 500 kms south of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

However, it is not the island’s geographic isolation or, bare-minimal human disturbance to its flora and fauna that makes this islet unique… It is…. the “Red Crab(s)” – the real masters of this outlet !!!
The carapace is up to 116 millimetres (4.6 in) long, rounded, and encloses the gills. The claws are usually of equal size, unless one becomes injured or detached, in which case the limb will regenerate. During that time, it will be the smaller of the two. The male crabs are generally larger than the females, while adult females have a much broader abdomen and usually have smaller claws. The broader abdomen of the female Christmas Island red crab only becomes apparent in the third year of growth.?

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St Lucia: The most perfect island in the Caribbean

Posted by on May 8, 2010 in Exotic Locations | Comments Off on St Lucia: The most perfect island in the Caribbean

St Lucia: The most perfect island in the Caribbean

Show me a tropical beach and I’ll lie on it gladly. But the pleasures of an afternoon’s idling in the shallows and soaking up warmth redouble after a morning’s exertions.

To my mind, this makes St Lucia the most perfect island in the Caribbean. For this is a place rich in things to do, from riding Creole thoroughbreds through the waves on Cas-en-Bas beach to zip-lining through the rainforest canopy.

It’s also paradise for walkers as St Lucia abounds in trails. The obvious challenge is to climb the Pitons, the almost perfectly conical twin lava spikes designated a World Heritage Site. The reasonably fit can get to the summit of the Gros Piton (2,618ft), in around two hours, from which the views, as far as Martinique to the north and St Vincent to the south on a clear day, more than justify any breathlessness you’ve suffered on the way up.

At 2,408ft, the Petit Piton ought to be easier, but it’s a very steep, much tougher ascent that involves knotted ropes and officially the path, or what exists of one at least, is closed for safety reasons.

If Gros Piton sounds a trek too far, there are plenty of less strenuous options in the hinterland around St Lucia’s highest peak, Morne Gimie, and through the Edmund Forest Reserve, an area cloaked in the sort of improbably beautiful jungle imagined by the painter Henri “Le Douanier” Rousseau: of waterfalls you can bathe under (the Enbas Saut Falls feed a sequence of three idyllic pools), cloud forest, stunted “elfin woodland” and extraordinary trees. Immense chataigniers, for example, their buttressed trunks bound by strangler figs; spidery tree ferns, whose woody stems sprout parasitical bromeliads; and sprays of heliconia thronged by humming birds no bigger than your thumb.

No wonder Derek Walcott, the more famous of St Lucia’s two Nobel Prize winners (the other was the economist Arthur Lewis), makes repeated references in the opening chapter of his epic novel-in-verse Omeros, to laurier-cannelles, the bark of which is revered as a kind of forest Viagra when made into a tea – our guide winked knowingly – and gommiers, whose highly flammable sap smells of fire lighters.

Indeed, in the 1790s a band of escaped slaves known as the Brigands used it, along with hollow shafts of the giant bamboo that also grows here, to construct makeshift cannons, the roar from which frightened their French rulers into thinking they were well armed. The uprising led to the abolition of slavery in 1794 – at least until Britain regained control of the island and brought it back.

Few places have been as fought over as St Lucia, which changed hands between the French and British 14 times before it secured independence in 1979. But it makes for a fascinating fusion of cultures: Amerindian, African, European and Indian, thanks to the 6,000 indentured workers shipped here from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh after slavery was abolished.

For those who prefer their vegetation “colonised”, as Walcott put it when he spoke of the “civilising decency [of] botanical gardens” in his 1992 Nobel lecture, St Lucia has several notable public gardens to explore. The best-known are the Diamond Botanical Gardens near the old French capital Soufrière, part of a defunct sugar estate bestowed on its owners by Louis XIV. But after the rainforest, it all feels a little tamed and over formalised, the incongruous Japanese water garden in particular.

By contrast at Mamiku – a Creolisation of the name of its first châtelaine, Madame de Micoud, the St Lucian-born wife of a 18th-century French governor of the island – you’ll find a dozen acres of what its now septuagenarian creator, Veronica Shingleton-Smith, calls “controlled jungle”. It may look natural, but this dazzling array of brilliantly coloured anthuriums, crotons, flamboyants, hibiscus and orchids was every bit as planned and contrived as the orderly garden of Creole medicinal herbs.

Shingleton-Smith came to St Lucia from England in 1952 when her father was stationed here, married into a family who’d arrived in 1906 and has lived here ever since. In addition to growing Fairtrade bananas for Waitrose, she has designed gardens across the island for hotels such as Cap Maison and Discovery at Marigot Bay, and residents such as the great Russian pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy. Her latest venture, however, is the 100-acre grounds at Jalousie Plantation.

Established by the late Lord Glenconner when he moved to St Lucia from Mustique in 1992, Jalousie stands on the beach that stretches between the Pitons and is currently in the midst of an expensive makeover that will see the resort rebranded next year as The Tides Sugar Beach.

Paradoxically its work-in-progress status is a compelling reason to come here this winter, for though the building work is ongoing, the majority of its 85 new luxury villas are open and its rates are a bargain compared with what they will be. Certainly in terms of comfort and design, I can’t think there is lovelier, more luxurious accommodation on the island than these pale pastel-painted, quintessentially Caribbean “gingerbread” cottages with their ornately carved bargeboards, wraparound verandas and understated white interiors.

Nor is there a more promising spa than the one that’s about to open here next month, accessed by a private trail that winds though woodland, its six elevated coconut-thatched treatment rooms set amid the tree canopy.

The staff, too – our butler, Tyson, in particular – couldn’t have been kinder or more attentive. But then I sensed this was a good place to work. Other hotel managements might have taken the decision to close while they renovated; here the decision to stay open was driven primarily by a reluctance to lay off any of the 250 staff, even temporarily, at a time when jobs are scarce.

Inevitably, though, there are caveats. Though the new villas categorically count as five-star, as do the restaurants and bars, much of the place still feels a bit run down, the pool area in particular. I loved the Creole additions to the menu at Bayside on the beach, but not the pretentiousness of the gloomy Great Room, nor the ultra-urban Cane Bar, with its arctic air con and wall of white curtains.

The beach – one of the few, incidentally, off which the snorkelling is first rate thanks to an abundance of marine life around the base of the Petit Piton, where it rises dramatically from the water – could do with new sunloungers and more parasols. And the hotel as a whole is crying out for a fleet of golf carts. For the moment, guests have to rely on an infrequent service of shabby shuttle buses to get about the huge hilly estate.

Usually I’d advocate walking, but if you’ve been trekking all day in high humidity, or just climbed a Piton, the last thing you want is a 20-minute hike uphill to your villa.

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