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The Kurama-dera Mountain Temple

Posted on : 05-03-2015 | By : admin | In :
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Just outside of Kyoto, Japan, lies one of the most mesmerizing temples high up in the mountains. The Kurama-dera Mountain Temple is known for its natural powers of inspiration and enlightenment simply by just visiting such a picturesque temple. By train, travel from the city to suburb to forests to the most splendid temple. Upon arriving at the temple, the views of valley down below are truly breathtaking. The temple is simply beautiful with its breathtaking archiecture and perfection up in the mountains.

It truly places a sense of awe and wonder as you embark on your own quest for enlightenment traveling to various temples within Asia. One of the lovely things about this temple is that it usually isn’t to busy, which adds that sense of solitude to your adventure. After you snap a photograph or two, and take in its natural beauty through prayer or meditation, follow the path down from the temple to a quaint little town called Kurama. In this town you will not only be surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains and countryside, but will rejuvenate your soul as you enjoy The Kurama Hot Springs.

The baths, traditionally known as ‘onsen’ are full of rich minerals to energize your body, mind and soul. We suggest you take the walk to the hot springs and back as it is just a short walk, and takes you through the beautiful Japanese countryside. Whether your in Kyoto for a day or three, ensure you set aside half a day or a day to embark on this journey through the mountains like no other.



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Sunrise on Mount Batur

Posted on : 09-11-2014 | By : admin | In :
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Bali is a place where simplicity meets perfection. It is a place where you truly feel miles and miles away from your ordinary life and are swept into a time where appreciating the nature beauty of a place is met with embracing a culture so vibrant and unique. Wake up to the sunrise on Mount Batur just once and you will feel all your cares and worries wash away in this fast-paced world. Getting the chance to view Bali from the ski bright and early in the morning may not be an ideal thing to do while on vacation (as we all know it really isn’t that much fun to wake up at 2am), but trust us when we way you won’t be disappointed with this trek.

With local guides, hike uphill just before sunrise to the summit of Mount Batur. Just before the sunrises, take a seat to take the night sky turned light. It truly is a magical way of viewing the world from up high in the mountains and with the most knowledgeable guides, you will enjoy a simplistic volcanic breakfast all the while hearing stories and learning about the history of Mount Batur. Many of the traditional hiking treks end with exploring the craters, caves, valleys and peaks of Mount Batur, which certainly is icing on the cake for this adventure. If you ever find yourself in Bali, make it a point to hike up Mount Batur just before sunrise, you truly will not be disappointed by the most splendid view.



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Wanderlusting Festivals

Posted on : 10-10-2014 | By : admin | In :
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Picture this; up in the mountains, peaceful tunes, local food, yoga mat down on the earth, and practicing with some of the most notable yoga gurus. This is what each Wanderlust Festival is all about, a time to come together to practice yoga with the ones you love and creating bonds with friends new and old that will last a lifetime. The term ‘wanderlust’ has been around for years, but it wasn’t until a few friends decided to create a festival to bring likeminded individuals together in a space of love, light and bliss.

The event is held across North America and most recently in New Zealand & Australia. From the beaches of Hawaii to the beautiful lands of Australia each year brings a new location, inspiring speakers, notable chefs and legendary teachers. It is a time for you to rejuvenate yourself in the most empowering kind of way, spending endless hours doing yoga, eating the freshest, most local foods and embarking on your own self-discovery journey. What is so wonderful about Wanderlust is that you not only get to embark on such a lovely journey, but you get to do so in some of the most amazing places around the world. Better yet, if the price of a ticket is a little too steep for you, not to worry as you can volunteer your time and get a free ticket for doing so, karma exchange is certainly the new ‘it’ thing to better your mind, body and soul. If you love yoga, and are ready for a yogic-inspired adventure of a lifetime book your spot at the next Wanderlust Festival, you certainly be in a state of bliss for the weekend and beyond.

Happy Wanderlusting!



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Travel Insurance Not Something To Pass Up On

Posted on : 07-05-2014 | By : admin | In :
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Thinking of passing up on travel insurance?

Think again.

Travel insurance is one of the best investments you will make when traveling abroad. Getting stuck in another country without proper coverage could lead to $1000’s of dollars in bills.

We will be following up this post with a mini series on travel insurance brought to you by an insurance broker in the Niagara Region.

Stay Tuned!

Paul LaFratta
Insurance Broker
www.NiagaraInsure.ca



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Florence’s Fancy Markets

Posted on : 17-12-2013 | By : admin | In :
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Florence is a historically rich city. There is much to bode about if you are a local of Florence with its high fashion boutique shops to its enchanting cobblestone streets, there is history at The Gucci Museum, statues of the greatest minds and breathtaking religious sights. People who live here find happiness and bliss as they enjoy a dinner at 9pm and take to spending their days enjoying the beauty of their city.
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Bellamar Caves

Posted on : 29-08-2013 | By : admin | In :
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Cuba is a popular tourist destination with loads of all inclusive resorts to choose from. Resorts have tons of activities and everything you need for your stay but it’s never really a vacation unless you do some exploring. (more…)



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Crystal Cave

Posted on : 07-05-2013 | By : admin | In :
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Beaches tinted pink that blend seamlessly into the warm blue ocean and when the sunset lights up the horizon there is no question about the beauty that is Bermuda. But for some of the most breathtaking views you have to go deep down under (more…)



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The Magic Of Ice

Posted on : 20-03-2013 | By : admin | In :
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St. Thomas is popular stop on many cruise lines and choosing what to do with the couple hours you have to spend time on land can be difficult. (more…)



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Disturbingly Delightful

Posted on : 01-03-2013 | By : admin | In :
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Inside Giger Bar - Photo courtesy of Amy Dianna

Inside The Giger Bar – Photo courtesy of Amy Dianna

While you may have never heard of the Swiss artist H.R. Giger, you’ve definitely seen some of his work if you’ve ever seen the Alien movies. (more…)



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Safari In Kenya

Posted on : 13-02-2013 | By : admin | In :
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Photo courtesy of Kopsahl

Photo courtesy of Kopsahl

If you enjoyed the African Lion Safari you haven’t seen anything yet. While Africa isn’t considered a huge tourist destination like the Caribbean there’s plenty of beautiful scenery and wildlife (more…)



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Snow In Summer

Posted on : 06-02-2013 | By : admin | In :
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Ski Dubai - Photo courtesy of Jenny

Snow Park at Ski Dubai – Photo courtesy of Jenny

This year has been less than ideal for skiing and snowboarding with barely any snow gracing our slopes. While many places use snow machines to cover their hills it’s just not the same as REAL snow. (more…)



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Florence Falls

Posted on : 29-01-2013 | By : admin | In :
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If you’re ever in the area of Northern Australia, the Litchfield National Park is an area bustling with wild life. The park has a number of waterfalls that cascade from sandstone plateaus into swimming holes (more…)



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Cherry Blossom Capital

Posted on : 23-01-2013 | By : admin | In :
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This Japanese temple was founded back in 888 AD on the orders of Emperor Koko and is the main temple of the Omuro School of the Singhon Sect of Buddism. (more…)



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Creative Colony of Cliffs

Posted on : 11-01-2013 | By : admin | In :
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The Cliffs of Moher are a designated UNESCO Geo Park, and certainly are a creative natural addition to Ireland. As you make your way up The Cliffs you’ll be immersed in picturesque panoramic views that span the horizon. (more…)



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The Height on NYC

Posted on : 11-01-2013 | By : admin | In :
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Empire State Building

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Benjamin Dumas

Having visited New York multiple times throughout the years to spend the weekend shopping, getting lost in Brooklyn, falling in love with art at the MOMA or walking the modern, yet rustic path of the Highline, I’ve never actually been up the most famous tower in NYC. (more…)



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Old Town Charm

Posted on : 02-01-2013 | By : admin | In :
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One of my favorite things about traveling to Hawaii, is spending the afternoon perusing the streets of Lahaina, a historical village located along Maui’s West Coast. (more…)



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A Hotel Made of Ice…Say What?!

Posted on : 28-12-2012 | By : admin | In :
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If you’re ever in Quebec during those cold winter months, one of the most unique things you’ll experience is spending the night at The Hotel de Glace, Quebec City’s Ice Hotel. Just 10 minutes from downtown Quebec, the gigantic snow vaults and crystalline ice sculptures are what attract tourists here on a yearly basis. (more…)



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One Magnificent Mile

Posted on : 19-12-2012 | By : admin | In :
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The impeccable boutiques, restaurants and hotels along a length of a mile, is what makes The Magnificent Mile, located in the heart of Chicago, One of the Great Avenues of The World. (more…)



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A Battle of Purple

Posted on : 10-12-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Bottles of Red Wine
Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Marie Richie

Mark it on your calendar folks, every year on June 29th, the town of Haro, Spain gets out their squirt guns, sprayers, and boxed wine to make the most of La Batalla del Vino, The Spanish Wine Battle. (more…)



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Cause I’m Free…Free Fallin’

Posted on : 03-12-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Skydive

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/April Ngern

Many know of the song Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty, but what you may have not known was that, that song was created for all those crazy skydivers out there. Well actually the song technically wasn’t created for skydivers, but I like to think of it as a song that showcases just how free you are way up in the clouds. (more…)



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Lolla-ing It Up

Posted on : 29-11-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Lollapalooza

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Kamon

If you have never celebrated the 3-day magical event of Lollapalooza, this is the year you’ll have to partake in the 115 acres of non-stop action. What is Lollapalooza you may ask, well, it all started back in 1991, when Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction started to play a farewell show for the group. (more…)



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Enchanting Seas

Posted on : 26-11-2012 | By : admin | In :
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The enchanting landscape of the shining sea and picturesque mountains is one of the many reasons tourists flock to a lovely little seaside town hours away from Milan, Italy. Hans Christian Andersen, a prominent Danish writer, deemed the old village of Sestri Levante The “Bay of Fairy Tales” and he certainly couldn’t have put it any better. (more…)



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The Tastes of Belem

Posted on : 21-11-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Pastis De Belem

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Korrey

Belem, the jewel of Lisbon, is not only known for its history, the Torre de Belem or the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. It is a city near Lisbon, Portugal that offers so much more than history as far as the eye can see. If you have ever been to Belem, you will be immersed in a delectable treat that is not only appealing to the eye, but its sweetness will have you at hello. (more…)



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Perfect Pools

Posted on : 19-11-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Champange Pools

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Oliver Teicke

If you ever get the chance to venture off to Fraser Island in Australia, you’re going to want to take your rugged 4×4 up to the opening where you then walk to see the most beautiful naturally created pools Australia has ever seen. The Champagne Pools are located just north of Indian Head, along a 75-mile beach. If you’re like me and my gang, well than you would’ve walked the long beach to this perfect spot, but if you’re like others, you could’ve driven up to the wooden steps that will take you to the pools. We of course, like the adventure, so we thought hey why not walk along the white pristine beaches of Fraser Island.

When we turned the corner and saw The Champagne Pools, we ran down the steps, and jumped into the water below. The pools are one of the only spots on the island to swim in the sweet smelling saltwater, as the ocean gracefully crashes water into the pools.

As you step into the water, its like you experience an ‘ahhh’ moment. The views are picturesque, the water is relatively warm, and the shallow sandy at the bottom exudes the perfect spot to chill out for an hour or two. The majestic nature of The Champagne Pools should surely be on your top 10 list of things to see while in Australia, and if anyone ever sways you from not visiting this natural beauty, than you’ll want to brush them aside and run all the way to this perfect little pools along the ocean shore.

Champagne Pools

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Régis Matthey



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Full Moon Party

Posted on : 15-11-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Full Moon Party

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Scott Hadfield

Are you ready for a little magic under the moon? If you’re unaware of this party, well you’re going to want to familiarize yourself with it if you’re planning a vacation to the majestic waters of Thailand. The Full Moon Party was created because way back when a group of tourists loved the way the moon shone so brightly in Koh Phangan and decided to create a small party to celebrate the moons brilliance. (more…)



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The Beach Boys Said It Best

Posted on : 07-11-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Bermuda

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/TeachandLearn

The Beach Boys, from day one knew Bermuda was one of the best spots to vacation to, stating it over and over in their infamous ‘Kokomo’ song. And with its pillow-pink sandy beaches and turquoise waters wherever you look we certainly understand why they fell in love with this spot. Here is a glimpse of our three favorite beaches that surround this picturesque island. (more…)



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Singing The Blues

Posted on : 05-11-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Photo Courtesy of Melaina Gasbarrino

Have you ever pictured yourself standing among talent from around the world, swarming the food trucks and jamming out to the music as the hot Australian sunbeams down on you? If you have, you most likely have been to Australia to partake in this festival, but if not, you’re going to want to prepare yourself for next year’s festival. This grand festival I’m talking about is The Byron Bay Bluesfest, one of the best, and most notable music festivals in Australia. (more…)



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Taller Than Life Itself

Posted on : 30-10-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Pyramids

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Siddharta Govindaraj

Do you remember, way back when, when we all learned about The Great Pyramids of Egypt? The classes were long, the information was in depth, and we all wished we could either create our very own pyramid, or stand amongst some of the greatest pyramids of the world. (more…)



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It’s All in The Art

Posted on : 25-10-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Performers at Bumbershoot 2011

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Blythe D

If you’re looking for an artistic festival to venture off to end of one brilliant summer, than book a ticket to Seattle for September 1st to 3rd to take in Seattle’s finest music and arts festival. (more…)



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Go Big…Country Style

Posted on : 25-10-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Austin, Texas

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Stuart Seeger

Texas is home of the go big or go home adage. The state is bursting at the seams with Grade A beef, cowboys, all things related to space and bragging rights. It’s where you go if you’re looking to step into a world where it’s all about size. And they sure like everything extra large here, which of course you can see by the plethora of extraordinary sights found in Texas. (more…)



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Dubbed The Best

Posted on : 22-10-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Photo Courtesy of Melaina Gasbarrino

If you have a love for beer, Dublin is dubbed the best spot to find it. Spend the day exploring the famous Guinness Storehouse. Here you’ll learn of the traditional methods of creatively crafting beer to make it some of the very best in the world. (more…)



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The Merchants Are Waiting

Posted on : 19-10-2012 | By : admin | In :
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The Market

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Bruce Barrett

One of the lovely things about living in a big city is that everything is at your fingertips. Of course, while in Toronto, if you have a love for choosing your own fresh food, and have a passion for checking out what local artisans are up to, than The St. Lawrence Market located in downtown Toronto is going to be your next favourite place. (more…)



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Greetings From The Gondola

Posted on : 17-10-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Gondola Ride

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Nathan Rupert

Picture this; you’re standing there, in the centre of Venice, Italy, yet you can’t quite feel as though you’re in the centre of the city because of one thing, it surrounded by water every which way you look. There are canals that flow through the city which of course make it a little difficult for locals to run across the canal to their neighbor’s house. (more…)



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Garden in Bloom

Posted on : 15-10-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Flower Show

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Camus Live Art

The beauty of the spring, summer and fall is the gardens that come to light, the beautiful flowers that bloom ever so slight up as flashy as they can be, and the greenest of grasses that protrude through your lawns. With a love of gardening, comes a love for gardening shows. And what better way to expose yourself to all things beautiful about gardening than to take a hop, skip and a jump across the pond to North Yorkshire’s, Great Yorkshire Showground to stroll through the famous Harrogate Flower Show this fall.

Deemed as The UK’s most prestigious and largest independent gardening event, the promise of talking to many with a green thumb is something many locals and tourists look forward to. Held every year during April for the Spring Show, and during the middle of September for the Autumn Show, each garden show displays immaculate displays, intricate gardening details, and the most beautiful flowers and vegetables you can ever imagine.

Walking through the nurseries, the fruit shows, the vegetable shows, the floral art, the famous Garden Road show, The Cookery Theatre, the giant vegetable competition, the heaviest onion competition and the photography competition you’ll be immersed in all things brilliantly related to horticulture. And with over 450 top class exhibitors offering thousands of services and garden-related products to The Harrogate Flower Show, you will be apart of a horticulture revolution the moment you walk into the place. Thousands of visitors are eager to get their green thumbs out and start exploring The Autumn Show, and don’t worry if you can’t make it this September, well it’s only a few months until The Spring Show.

Flower Show

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Camus Live Art



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Leave Your Mark

Posted on : 11-10-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Volunteering

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/VISIONS Service Adventures

Have you ever wanted to explore the world, but actually make a difference while spending a few thousands dollars on your vacation? Than the next vacation you may want to consider is going on volunteer vacation. Volunteering abroad with Global Volunteers is a rewarding vacation not only for you, but for the many people you will touch while around the world. (more…)



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Tunnel of Love

Posted on : 09-10-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Tunnel of Love

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/M.V. Jantzen

Many places throughout the world are considered romantic, but if you’re ever in the Ukraine, you’ll want to seek out this spot to take in the beauty of love. As you embark on your world-wide tour with the one you love, you’ll want to venture off to Kevan, in the western Ukraine to stroll hand in hand with your loved one through the famous Tunnel of Love. (more…)



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The Lakes of Italy

Posted on : 05-10-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Lake Como

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Ian Barker

The lakes of Italy are beautiful in more ways than one. With panoramic views of mystical mountains and deep blue waters, Lake Como is one of the loveliest lakes in Italy. Located in Lombardy, Italy, Lake Como is the third largest lake in Italy, and as its 400 meters deep, it’s considered one of the deepest lakes in Europe. (more…)



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Utter Perfection, Island Style

Posted on : 03-10-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Sun Island

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Gary Lewis

There is no difficulty in saying your new favorite getaway is to the Maldives, most luxurious island, Nalaguraidhoo, as here stands Sun Island, a most majestic spot. As you venture off to your new favorite destination, you’ll fall in love with the pillow-white sandy beaches, the brightest turquoise waters, and the most beautiful flora and fauna you will ever see, island style. (more…)



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Plenty in The Bay

Posted on : 02-10-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Bay of Plenty

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Sandy Austin

The Bay of Plenty, located along the east coast of the Kaimai-Mamaku Ranges of New Zealand boast a whole lot of simplistic natural beauty. With long stretches of white sandy, surf beaches to the elegant harbours, the sun, sand, sea and unique adventures await you. (more…)



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Rock it Out

Posted on : 28-09-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Rock City Garden

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Danielle Bourgeois

Okay, so you may be thinking that I’m going to tell you all about the best places to rock all night long, but I have to say, this isn’t the post where you’ll find that, maybe next time. This time, I want to share with you a unique experience you may have never even heard of. Its called Rock City Gardens, and it’s located atop Lookout Mountain, just 6 miles from downtown Chattanooga (the fourth largest city in the state of Tennessee). When I stumbled upon Rock City, I wanted to know more and fast. (more…)



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Bright in Brighton

Posted on : 26-09-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Brighton Pier

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Andreas-photography

Brighton, England is a quaint city on the southern coast of Great Britain. The city has much perfection within it, that as you explore the ins and outs of this cute, trendy spot, you’ll be booking a vacation back here before yours ends. (more…)



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Nature’s Finest Cliffs

Posted on : 24-09-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Norway Mountains

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Andrea Mucelli

This world is home to adrenaline junkies who will travel to the ends of the earth to find the best climbing, diving, and steep hikes. We can just picture all those adrenaline junkies trying to find a way to the famous mountains of Norway, The Kjerag Mountains, and climbing, high above the world to mark it off their crazy long bucket list. (more…)



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A Journey of 1,000 Islands

Posted on : 18-09-2012 | By : admin | In :
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1,000 Islands

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/wink_in_pink

It’s time to embark on a vacation, this side of the world. A vacation you may have been on while you were just a young little lad, but when you were ever so young, you really had no idea where you were going and what you were seeing, you just loved hopping into the car and heading out into the big, wide open world. (more…)



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Coconut Groves & White Sandy Beaches

Posted on : 14-09-2012 | By : admin | In :
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The beach

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Nuage Bleu

We all love a vacation in the sun. A vacation where you can wake up at the crack of dawn, catch the sunrise as you walk along the shore, spend the day out in the gloriously hot, beaming sun, share a bottle of wine at sunrise and then do it all over again for a week or two. This is what vacationing beachside is all about.

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Unique Iced Canyon

Posted on : 11-09-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Ice Canyon

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/shiraz anwar1

When I was little and my parents would tell me about Greenland, I always assumed it was one really big spot that was green as far as your eyes could take you. Little did I know back than, that Greenland was nothing like that. In fact, it’s one of the coolest places to visit if you have a deep-rooted passion for all things winter. The second you step onto Greenland, you bash any ideas of it being green, and you’ll stroll through a glorious winter wonderland. (more…)



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Steep Cobbled Streets

Posted on : 24-08-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Christian Schuit

Strolling through the steep cobbled streets of Montmartre will be one of your favorites while in Paris. Yes, of course it’s not The Eiffel Tower, but here is a little secret, it may just be better than that. Why, you may ask would it be better than one of the most beautiful sights in the world, well, the only reason I could come up with is that to get there it’s a hike in a half, something you’ll remember forever – and trust me when I say this, as I’ll always remember the hike up to this beautiful town.

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Monumental Formations

Posted on : 14-08-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Rickz

As material eroded from the Rocky Mountains, was deposited and cemented into sandstone, Monument Valley was formed. As you drive through this unique valley, you’ll be in awe as you see how erosion works its magic on the sandstone, and as the land became eroded, cracks deepened and canyons were created, the valley is what it is today. Natural forces surely have created a unique place, and we are so thankful for the way of the world and what it creates with a whole lot of wind and water eroding the vast lands.

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Kaleidoscope of Luxury

Posted on : 05-08-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Atlantis, Dubai

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Sarah_Ackerman

Dubai is more and more becoming the ‘it’ spot. With flights from around the world to this unique city, to adventures and excursions to last days, Dubai certainly has mad a name for itself.

And here, at Atlantis, The Palm Hotel & Resort, located in Dubai, the fun is just about to begin. The elaborate accommodations and adventures to be seen here are a kaleidoscope of sheer brilliance. At The Aquaventure Water Park, swim with the friendly dolphins, discover the lost world of Atlantis of The Lost Chambers, go diving in the vast waters below or stroll off to the Water Park to soak in 42-acres of fun. The water park is home to roller coasters, lazy rivers, white water rapids, a private beach, and a thrill-seeking waterslide.

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Get Your Mud On

Posted on : 24-07-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Mud Festival

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Byoung Wook – Toughkid Kim 김병욱

Ready, set…it’s time to get muddy at the best mud sit in the world. At The Boryeong Mud Festival (held between July 14-24th) from head to toe you’ll be drenched in mud no matter which way you look. The festival is held in Boryeong, a town just 200km south of Seoul, South Korea and has been attracting millions of visitors for the past 14 years.

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Outdoor Concert Series

Posted on : 10-07-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Photo Courtesy of Melaina Gasbarrino

The beauty of New York City is that it always has a hundred and one things to do while you visit The City. If you’re looking to embark on a journey that many people from around the globe come to partake in, well than you best get here early as the park fills up and the performances are surely a memorable thing. (more…)



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A Wave of Perfection

Posted on : 02-07-2012 | By : admin | In :
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"O"

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Adria Richards

Ciruqe Du Soleil is a mastery of art, surrealism and theatrical innovation all wrapped into one brilliantly, creative show. Having heard of how beautiful and exhilarating each show is, and being able to see The Cirque Polynesia perform in Hawaii, I thought I would take this opportunity to take you on a magical ride through “O”, an infinitely creative Cirque performance.

“O”, inspired by the elegances of water’s most purest form, and the concept of infinity takes you on magical experience of the beauty of performance theatre. With world-class acrobats, divers, character performances in and above water, and synchronized swimmers, the performance surely is a breathtaking experience like never before. The way the performers swoop through the trapezes, hang from aerial hoops, cascade into the water from high up above, synchronize swim and dance with fire, the experience is a wave of perfection.

Exclusively at The Bellagio in the heart of Las Vegas, you will certainly be mesmerized at each performance as they take you on a journey through water. You would have never thought that Cirque Du Soleil would come up with something so creative, so unique, and so inspiring, but then again, with the creators, founders and directors of each show, you only wish you can be as creative and inspiring as they are. And maybe, just one day, you can hop on a plane, head to Vegas for the weekend and see this most captivating performance; it certainly will take your breath away.

"O"

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Louiseana Borges



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Majestic Markets

Posted on : 22-06-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Shopping at The Market

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Steve Silverman

Many are drawn to the beauty of India solely because of their majestic markets. The markets here are like nowhere else in the world. With brilliantly crafted saris, to sparkly bangles the markets of Delhi, India is where you will find the most beautiful locally crafted works of art.

If you’re looking to explore Delhi’s most popular majestic market, venture off to Dilli Haat, deemed as the most popular among tourists. As this market is government-run be expected to pay just 15 rupees (around 30 cents) to enter. When you walk through the market the vibrant sights of each stall will certainly entrance you. Stroll through endless uniquely crafted stalls where sandalwood carvings, brassware, specialty crafts, textiles and jewelry are showcased. No matter which vendor you bargain with you’ll fall in love with the bright colours and simplistic nature of life here.

Take a stroll on down to The Janpath Street Market where a block-long market stands tall. Locals and tourists love to explore this market for its cheap goods and hectic nature. Get caught up in purchasing goods here for less than you can ever imagine. Explore the eccentrically fast-paced nature of the oldest and busiest market in Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk. Here you’ll walk through a little bit of chaos mixed with cheap creations.

India in all its beauty is a country that is certainly majestically brilliant. If you are ever looking for a place to get caught up in a high-paced nature all the while exploring the beautifully crafted creations of locals than venturing off to the many markets of India surely should be on your bucket list.

The Market

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Nomad Tales



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In Their Finest Hour

Posted on : 12-06-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Cigar Making on The Streets

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Larry Johnson

Have you ever wondered how Cuban Cigars are crafted so meticulously that they boast some of the best cigars in the world. Of course, never having tried a cigar, I can’t described to you how perfectly smooth a Cuban is, but I do have friends that whenever they head off to Cuba to lounge on the beach for a week, they are sure to bring back the famous cigars of the country. (more…)



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Hiking The Peruvian Mountains

Posted on : 25-05-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Machu Picchu at Sunrise

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Marshdude

From the second I put down the book The Sunflower by Richard Paul Evans, I immediately wanted to hop on a plane, spend a week in Peru and climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The way Evans wrote of the majestic experiences you’ll have certainly will have you wanting to book a flight to Peru tomorrow.

What has attracted so many visitors to The Inca Trail, The Ancient Royal Highway, to Machu Picchu over the years lies within a combination of natures’ gifts. From the rugged Inca ruins, exotic vegetation, and snow capped mountains to the unforgettable views and 250 species of orchids found within the sanctuary, each step you take will have you itching towards the final awe moment. That ‘awe’ moment is when you reach the top of the 43km trail to Machu Picchu.

The Inca Trail along with Machu Picchu’s Historical Sanctuary has been designated as a World Heritage natural and cultural site. With more than 75,000 hiking visitors per year, you’ll be happy to note a variety of organized tours frequent the mountaintop to showcase Peru’s natural beauty.

While booking a hike up to Machu Picchu you’ll want to designate four or two days for your trek. The classic four-day route is hands down the way to go. Start your hike at Qorihuayrachina (Km 88), trek through mountain passes, including the infamous “Dead Woman’s Pass”, to a maximum altitude of 4,200m (13,800ft) and camping each night of the four. Enter the ruins of Machu Picchu just as the sun is rising on the fourth day and fall in love with the majestic nature of this tranquil place. The two-day trip is less intense, as you only rise to 2,750m (9,020ft), and start the trek 14km (8 ¾ miles) away from Machu Picchu.

The magic certainly is all in the climb.

Hiking The Inca Trail

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.com/Corey Spruit



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Heard it Through The Grapevine

Posted on : 23-05-2012 | By : admin | In :
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Napa Valley Welcome

Photo Courtesy of Flickr.comWally Gobetz

Looking to explore a world that is known for its rustic whites and smooth reds? Well I’ve heard through the grapevine that Napa Valley is one of the premier wine destinations in the world. Of course, if you have as much as a deep-rooted love for California as I do, than you’ll want to trust me on this one. Not only is the wine from this region perfect, but the views and the quaintness of the area creates an aura like no other.

The second you step into Napa Valley it’s like your in a world all in its own. You are certainly welcomed to Napa Valley’s wine country as you fall into the picturesque hills and get lost in the rows upon rows of vineyards. One of the most popular ways to travel through Napa Valley is by car, but if you’ve never explored this region by train than you certainly have been missing a thing or two about its perfection. The three-hour Napa Valley Wine Train tour provides you with the ultimate experience. Visit one of the best sparkling wine wineries, Domaine Chandon, taste naturally perfect wines at Grgich Hills Winery or explore the organic practices of Raymond Family Vineyards.

One of the lovely things about each tour is that it includes a gourmet lunch on the train, as you make your way through each of your stops, offers you renowned experiences at some of the top wineries in the area and showcases Napa Valley in a perfect light.

If you have a love for wine just as much as the next guy, and want to explore the perfection of an intimate wine tasting experience, than Napa Valley is surely the place for you to embark on a journey through the grapevines like no other.

Napa Valley Wine Train

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