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Beautiful Kefalonia, Greece

Posted by on Apr 8, 2012 in Exotic Locations | Comments Off on Beautiful Kefalonia, Greece

Staying in a Kefalonia villa gives you a more personal feel to this breathtakingly beautiful island. Whilst the success of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin may have resulted a surge in the number of tourists visiting Kefalonia, a Kefalonia villa rental will make you feel as if you are the only visitors to this secluded ancient island.

As well as a rugged coastline, inner mountain range and spectacular beaches, Kefalonia also boasts some truly fantastic Roman remains. However, an earthquake in 1953 destroyed most of the old island and as a consequence, you’ll discover on your holiday in Kefalonia that many buildings now have an almost modern feel to them. That said, the island is still extremely appealing, with its old harbours and derelict Venetian style architecture.

Many of the attractive Venetian buildings are located in Sami and Argostoli, the two towns that survived the earthquake a little better than the rest of the island and as such were the main towns used during the filming of ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’.

Fiskardo is another example of a beautifully preserved Venetian town, which is popular with yachts during the summer season. A Kefalonia villa rental in this part of the island will give you the chance to mingle amongst the elite on your holidays.

The island has many intriguing landmarks for you to explore from your Kefalonia villa, Skala has an ancient Roman villa which contains some remnants of ancient mosaics. If you choose to take a day trip here whilst on your holidays in Kefalonia then be sure to visit the nearby white sandy beach. The beach is perfect for scuba diving and the tourist resort also contains a nightclub on the seafront, called Spilos, with the price of admission including your first drink inside.

The capital of Kefalonia is Argostoli, a quaint fishing village which is famous for its daily fish market, with fish freshly caught from the many boats that dot the old harbour. If you want to sample the catch of the day then eating at any of the traditional tavernas located in the area is a must whilst on your holiday in Kefalonia.

The town of Sami also has an ancient acropolis which dates from the 5th Century BC and provides historians with an insight into the historic past of the island. Whilst staying in your Kefalonia villa you simply must make a stop in this town en-route to the nearby Melissani Lake and Drograti Caves.

The Melissani Lake is a turquoise-hued crystal clear lake in which visitors are taken around on a small rowing boat where they can marvel at all the stalactites.

The Drograti Caves were discovered 300 years ago during an earthquake and feature some truly impressive stalactites and stalacmites for you to admire whilst on your holiday in Kefalonia.

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Weird Artisan Fishing

Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 in Weird | Comments Off on Weird Artisan Fishing

Artisan fishing is a term used to describe small-scale low-technology commercial or subsistence fishing practices. The term particularly applies to coastal or island ethnic groups using traditional techniques such as rod and tackle, arrows and harpoons, throw nets and drag nets, and traditional fishing boats. It does not usually cover the concept of fishing for sport, and might be used when talking about the pressures between large-scale modern commercial fishing practises and traditional methods, or when aid programs are targeted specifically at fishing at or near subsistence levels.

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One of the most iconic scenes your bound to see in Sri Lanka is stilt fishing. Sri Lanka is unique for its Stilt Fishermen of its west coast – fishermen who sit on small benches on poles stuck into the water a few meters offshore and fish for small reef fish called ‘Bollu’ and ‘Koramburuwo’

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The fishermen sit on a cross bar called a petta tied to a vertical pole planted into the coral reef. They hold the stilt with one hand while fishing with a rod or line using the other. They’re hoping to catch koraburuwa and small bolla, which are stored in a plastic bag tied around their waist or the pole. The poles are 3-4 m long and driven about half a metre into the reef, so the fishermen sit at a height of about 2 m.

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They spend hours sitting on a thin plank, hoping to catch one or two fish about 5 cm-long, that they sell for about 2 cents each. The rough waves keep the big fish away, so they sometimes have to settle for te smallest catch. But it’s a small price to pay in order to preserve centuries-old traditions.

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Stilt fishing is a dying art that is threatened by the very fact that it is so unobtrusive and therefore extremely picturesque: tourists visiting the area get attracted by the sight of the stilt fishermen, stay close by, bathe in the sea, in short, do all the things the fishermen have been trying to avoid for decades – namely disturb the fish.

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Experience Opera in Sydney

Posted by on Mar 29, 2012 in Travel Tips | Comments Off on Experience Opera in Sydney

Sydney has so many things to offer tourists; it is hard to list them all.  From great beaches, amazing nightlife, incredible food and friendly people, Sydney promises a great time for just about anyone who decides to visit. Also, Opera has a new home in Sydney!!

Most people do not realize that in addition to all the other wonderful things Sydney is known for, it also has a thriving opera scene.  The famed Sydney Opera House, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, has graced the city skyline for nearly 40 years now.  Now, opera has a new home in Sydney!!

For three weeks this fall, starting March 24, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbor will be offering an amazing opera experience unlike anything most travelers have seen before with its production of the famed Giuseppe Verdi opera La Traviata.  This production promises stunning set design, including a floating stage, as well as a magnificent Swarovski crystal chandelier and a giant chesterfield.  La Traviata is a good first foray into the world of opera because of its accessible plot and moving score.

The Guardian has hailed this event as the “world-wide #1 opera event of 2012.”  United States director Francesca Zambello directs this production.  Australian sopranos Emma Matthews and Rachelle Durkin star in the role of Violetta, and Italian tenor Gianluca Terranova and Korean tenor Ji-Min Park star as Alfredo.

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Rosario Dawson to Host National Train Day

Posted by on Mar 18, 2012 in Travel Tips | 1 comment

Train enthusiasts and celebrity-watchers alike will find common cause for excitement as Rosario Dawson Joins Amtrak To Celebrate National Train Day.  The A-list actress will lead the ceremonies taking place around the country on May 12, 2012.

Amtrack chose Rosario Dawson as spokesperson for the 2012 National Train Day because of her affinity for trains, which stretches back to her childhood.  “So many of my very first memories of travel as a kid in New York City were on the train,” says Dawson. “I remember riding on Amtrak and jumping up at the first opportunity to visit the café car. It’s great to be able to walk around, hang out and grab a bite at my leisure. I’m always watching the fast changing scenery through the windows which can be as mesmerizing as a film. It always makes the trip so much more vivid.”

The 2012 National Train Day events will take place in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.  This year’s celebrations will focus on the unique perspective of the American landscape that trains provide.

Rosario Dawson has starred in major feature films such as Men in Black II, Rent, and Clerks II.  She has also worked as a singer, writer, and activist.

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Watkins Glen State Park

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in Nature | 48 comments

Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks located on the edge of the village of Watkins Glen, New York, south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County. The main feature of the park is the hiking trail that climbs up through the gorge, passing over and under waterfalls. The park has a lower part that is next to the village and an upper part that is open woodland.
Watkins Glen State Park is in a 400-foot-deep narrow gorge cut through rock by a stream that was left hanging when glaciers of the Ice age deepened the Seneca valley, increasing the tributary stream gradient to create rapids and waterfalls wherever there were layers of hard rock. The rocks of the area are sedimentary of Devonian age that are part of a dissected plateau that was uplifted with little faulting or distortion. They consist mostly of soft shales, with some layers of harder sandstone and limestone

The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge. Campers and day-visitors can enjoy the Olympic-size pool, scheduled summer tours through the gorge, tent and trailer campsites, picnic facilities and excellent fishing in nearby Seneca Lake or Catherine Creek, which is renowned for its annual spring run of rainbow trout.

 

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Anantara Golden Triangle – Thailand

Posted by on Mar 7, 2012 in Exotic Locations | 1 comment

Enjoy breathtaking vistas from the beautifully finished rooms and suites as you recline on crisp day beds and watch elephants grazing in the distance, the sound of birdsong playing over the Mekong and Ruak rivers. Anantara Golden Triangle features superbly composed décor and Bill Bensley designed gardens, and every room is complete with oversized terrazzo bathtubs, Thai textiles, teak furnishings and artwork from local cultures. If you want to book your room in this resort or many others in Thailand, Expedia offers great deals.

Terraced in 65 hectares of tropical gardens, the resort has its own elephant conservation centre where guests can learn how to look after an elephant in an innovative and exciting mahout course. Other activities include easy treks into the surrounding hills, a cooking school which offers day and week courses in the art of Thai cuisine, and a spa, with a superlative range of relaxation and beauty treatments. There is also a choice of restaurants and a pool bar for those who prefer to enjoy the haven of the resort itself.

This exotic, stylish and supremely cosseting hotel is one of the best 5-star resorts in Asia, easily up there with the Amans and One&Onlys in terms of frangipani garlands, cold flannels and staff-to-rooms ratio. But 2 things make it truly distinctive.

Enjoy breathtaking vistas from the beautifully finished rooms and suites as you recline on crisp day beds and watch elephants grazing in the distance, the sound of birdsong playing over the Mekong and Ruak rivers. Anantara Golden Triangle features superbly composed décor and Bill Bensley designed gardens, and every room is complete with oversized terrazzo bathtubs, Thai textiles, teak furnishings and artwork from local cultures.

Dine on the finest northern Thai and international cuisine, a perfect accompaniment to the majesty of one of the finest Chiang Rai hotels. Immerse yourself in the local culture with our on-site elephant camp, or learn to create authentic Lanna cuisine at our cooking school.

 Explore three countries including hill-tribe villages, the Hall of Opium museum and the ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Saen. Or simply wind down at the world-renowned Anantara Spa.

Anantara Golden Triangle’s glorious Chiang Rai accommodation is matched by a region that offers a host of activities. Each day, Anantara features a range of organised and do it yourself area excursions that let you see beyond the boundaries of this five-star Chiang Rai hotel. Whether you want to explore the neighbouring countries or gain first hand knowledge of Lanna culture and traditions, we can arrange everything.

The setting is tranquil, but recreation and fun are always close by. Every day, Anantara features a range of organised and do it yourself activities that make the most of this glorious Chiang Rai resort. Days at Anantara can be as laid-back and relaxed or as action packed as you desire with our exceptional collection of resort activities.

 

 

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Mediterranean cruises

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in Exotic Locations | 1 comment

Mediterranean cruises are a rare kind of holidays where you get a chance to explore the envied culture of a place as well as well its culture, historical values, and more.  You actually discover a lot of things when you set-out with a Mediterranean cruise- sitting for hours on the beach and soaking warm sun rays into your bones; walking down along the trail of shores with fresh breeze touching your body; and getting to know treasure islands to expand your knowledge. Briefly, you take a break out of your boring schedules when you land on those golden Islands one-by-one that have a history to share with you and ability to make your cruise a such a magical and unforgettable memory of your life’s book.  In short Mediterranean cruises you get a sneak peak at Mediterranean lifestyle, and realize how beautiful the life is for those who are living out there on the Islands and have a beautiful climate to keep themselves calmed and relaxed even in the hustle and bustle of life.

 

When you are on a Mediterranean cruise you feel that life has broad meanings, and this is when you voyage around different sunny lands attached with port cities helping people like in their adventure. And this assortment of port cities is all connected with the Mediterranean Sea. This is up to you to explore these small cities and you can take your decision yourself. You can either plan for Western Mediterranean cruise, or Eastern Mediterranean Cruise.  In the former cruise, you can come across adventures like beaches, small-cities, and resorts, and in the latter cruise you can explore ancient culture of Greek or Ephesus or more.

 

When you settle for a Western Mediterranean holiday cruise, your ship will take you from Barcelona, Rome, or Genoa. And then you will be sailed to the posts of call such as Balearic Islands or you can choose another famous destination Italy.  In Balearic Islands you can explore around Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca, and Forementera, and in Italy you can find a lot of historical places to have fun at such as Rome and Pisa.  Mediterranean cruises generally have specific places for the stops and these include Morocco, Monte Carlo, Malta, and Croatia.

 

The Eastern Mediterranean cruise calls at the ports which are embarkation and debarkation. These two are also known as the main ports that start from the Aegean Sea and go up to the Adriatic. If you ever wanted to have a look at ancient cities, you should be very pleased with your cruise because you can visit Olympia in Greece. It may sound like a dream indeed.  You can also explore Croatian cost, and Ephesus in Turkey. If this is your firs time with Mediterranean voyage you should sail on a big ship that’s going to cover all ports of call. It’s not difficult to find out a good ship, you also need to make sure if you will be provided with all possible facilities, amenities, and services on-board. If you haven’t have any clear idea of a cruise ship, you can opt for either Carnival Cruise or Costa Rica cruise whichever sounds perfect to you.

 

 

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