Archive | January, 2013

CORFU

31 Jan

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Between the Italian peninsula and Greece, the island of Corfu is full of charm thanks to the different civilizations that have occupied it.

 

The old town of Corfu, remained intact, features a sumptuous blend of European styles. Between balconies overlooking the Italian colonnades French and English cricket ground, there is something for everyone! To the east stands the ruins of the old fort, built in the sixteenth century, which offers great views of the city.

 

Corfu is a nice little town that has retained traces of the Venetian occupation, particularly in the area of ​​the plaza, near the old citadel, surrounded by picturesque streets and houses with arcades, full of shops, to discover at their own pace and many Byzantine churches and Venetian.

 

It also includes two citadels, most recently at the beginning of the city, and the oldest at the exit of the city. Both are worth a visit to enjoy the views over the city and the sea, at the foot of the new citadel you will find a typical market of fish and vegetables.

 

On the east coast of the island of Corfu, is located Kanoni Peninsula, Linked to the mainland by a long dyke, the island hosts a small whitewashed church. From the terrace where there are still the canons, the view is breathtaking…you can see the neighboring islands of Vlaherna and Pondikonissi and their respective monasteries.

 

On this cosmopolitan island, you can combine good times of relaxation and an active nightlife. The island is endowed with a natural beauty that is Corfu one of the most visited Greek islands.

 

 

 

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CYPRUS

28 Jan

 

 

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Proud of its 340 days of sunshine, Cyprus, known as the “island of love” reveals exceptional landscapes and archaeological treasures that will delight travellers looking for ancient civilizations.

Cyprus, a universe that seems straight out of a dream. An island with Greek influences that has lost nothing of its original beauty.

Between fields of wheat gold colour and the Mediterranean orange trees, you will find all the authenticity of a piece of paradise.

Cyprus is also diversity at all levels: huge lagoons for swimming, long stretches of hot sand for sunbathing, a perfect sea for practising water sports and many footpaths for adventurers.

At the gates of Middle East, the wonderful island is the ideal place to relax under the sun, Cyprus runs up and down with the same enthusiasm, for a change of scenery and revitalizing stay.

Still separated into two parts by the “green line” the country is yet many treasures: varied landscapes, castles and monasteries, sumptuous nature, will make you forget that part of the island is divided into a Turkish north, and some Greek south.

Nicosia, the capital, is right on the line. Its old town surrounded by ramparts offers several interests: The Leventis Municipal Museum, the Byzantine Museum, the Cathedral of St. John and its frescoes, the door of Kyrenia, Selimiye Mosque and the famous hammam Büyük.

The resort of Paphos worth a visit with its beautiful mosaics.

In the south, the region of Troodos will seduce you with its mountains, ancient monasteries (like Greek monasteries orthodoxies Kykko) and its remote villages.

Then discover the Akamas peninsula and its wild nature, the beautiful resort of Polis, the castle of Kolossi at the southern surrounded by citrus groves, the city of Famagusta and its churches, and especially the archaeological site of Salamis where you will go from surprise to surprise.

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Special Villa in Thailand

25 Jan

Some of the villas in Thailand lend themselves to complete holiday retreats. This villa is no exception http://www.villavillas.com/largeimage.php?id=8549 You just don’t seem to get the tranquillity that you get from the Thailand villas elsewhere.

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PROVENCE

24 Jan

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Take a trip to Provence, visit this region of the Southern of France made of varied landscapes, bathed in Mediterranean culture.

You will find nearly 900km of beaches, coves and harbors, 27.000km2 forest with sun almost constant (around 3000 h / year on average!).

Provence is a multitude of small villages in the picturesque character.

Côte d’Azur, the famous French Riviera, which extends the departments of Var and Alpes-Maritimes welcomes tourism intense and rather luxurious.
This is the major festive events and social with its chic restaurants, beautiful shops, private beaches and prestigious residences.

The main cities that you can visit are Nice “la bella” with the Bay of Angels and its Promenade des Anglais, Cannes “Pearl of the Cote d’Azur” with the famous “Croisette”, Saint Tropez with its Place des Lices and its yellow clochet.

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But the sea is also the Camargue with Saintes-Maries-de-la-mer which is the beating heart of the Camargue. This is a popular resort of bathers for its miles of beaches for lovers of windsurfing, lovers of hiking or horseback.

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There is also Aigues-Mortes the city of St. Louis with its medieval city, Marseille and its old port, Nimes ” the beautiful Roman “with its arenas, Arles Roman city with its ancient theater or the palace of Avignon Pope.

The Southern Alps rise above 4000m altitude to Nice … Clean air, open spaces protected … It’s still the Provence with the Alpes de Haute Provence and the Hautes Alpes offering you the joys of hiking in summer.
Provence is of course olive trees and lavender, but they are the famous vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône, Bandol and Côtes de Provence always with the cicadas.

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Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur is the beaches, mountains, villages, Provencal cuisine and year-round sunshine, a great time to spend an unforgettable vacation with family or friends.

ALGARVE – PORTUGAL

22 Jan

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The Algarve is a region in the south of Portugal. The ocean on the south and west borders it, and the sun shines most of the year (an average of 3000 hours of sunshine).

It must be recognized that the coast cut cliffs and long sandy beaches (more than 200 km), offers magnificent views.

Moreover, if we look closer, we see that the Algarve does not necessarily limit its coastline. The hinterland has quieter charms that are worth that you mention. Fig orchards, orange and almond trees extend out of sight, while the Serra de Monchique offers the opportunity to discover a more rustic face of the Algarve with its Roman archaeological site, for example.

Speaking of its geographical diversity and its multiples strengths, there are many things to see in the Algarve.

 

Beaches

The beaches of the Algarve are generally beautiful. Sunlit they offer a wide range of entertainment and sporting activities for the energetic visitor.

Many beaches on the south coast have facilities such as canoeing, water skiing, jet skiing, kite surfing, diving, sailing, paragliding, speed-boat rides, hire pedalos or rides tourist boats.

You can also find live jazz concert, workshops sushi or outdoor cinemas.

Surfers and body-boarders most assiduous can compete with the powerful waves of the beaches of the west coast of Amado, Vale Figueiras, Ponta Ruiva and many others.

 

The essentials

Portimao – The most important fishing port on the coast is also a beautiful tourist center. This is where we find Praia da Rocha beach with amazing rock sculpted by erosion arising from the ocean. The beautiful landscape offered by Praia da Rocha is most representative of the Algarve.

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Lagos – The atmosphere young and cosmopolitan is pleasant. Facing the marina, there is a multitude of cafes, terraces and shops. Take a walk through the narrow streets of the old town and discover the houses painted in pastel colors.

 

Carvoeiro – If you want to stay in a more peaceful place, choose Carvoerio, one of the most beautiful resorts on the coast. Beaches in hidden coves seduce fail. Some are accessible only by steps cut in the rocks. Carvoeiro offers spectacular scenery from the top of its many cliffs.

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Albufeira – This is the most popular region of the coast. With its bars and nightclubs, people call her the St Tropez of the Algarve.

Close to Lagos are sites of exceptional beauty for relaxation. Praia Dona Ana and Praia do Camilo are beautiful beaches with turquoise waters nestled under the cliffs and surrounded by towering rocks. Boat trips are available departing from Praia Ana to navigate inside the sea caves.

The Algarve also has thirty golf courses, and some are among the best in Europe. They are suitable for amateurs as well as professionals.

 

This area is rich in history and beautiful beach is undoubtedly a superb destination to spend your holidays with family or friends.

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NEW ZEALAND

21 Jan

Located in the Pacific and consists of two main islands, North Island and South Island, as well as many small islands, New Zealand has a remarkable flora and fauna that despite the distance, make it an exciting and generous destination.

Crossing from south to north the two large islands, you will find all climates, all landscapes, all atmospheres.

In the extreme south, the climate is Norwegian, inland you can go skiing and on the coast, you can enjoy the whales swimming in the fjords. Around Auckland, the climate is almost Mediterranean.

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In the far north, you are in a sub-tropical area with hot water and lush vegetation.

Nearly three-quarters of the population of New Zealand is on the North Island with several important cities such as Auckland and Wellington, the capital.

Auckland is the first city of New Zealand: its port, its particular situation in the middle of the water, a beautiful museum with its collection of Maori art, aquarium, charming old town, its beaches and dive sites…

The capital, Wellington, has also a remarkable port. It also has an intense cultural life, among its many festivals, museums and historic district.

The whole North Island is rich in its Maori origin culture, but you can visit especially Pahia and Waitangi (the latter is the first place where the Maori community was installed).

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The island of the Great Barrier Reef (about 90 kilometers northeast of the Auckland region) offers its white sand beaches and its surf spots on the East Coast, with its extraordinary panoramas forests, its wildness and its unforgettable serenity.

Also on the North Island, stop in the Coromandel Peninsula to enjoy the unspoiled nature, the birds and the warm thermal waters.

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North Island has many hot springs. The most famous are in Rotorua and Taupo (central island) Waiwera (north of Auckland).

In the South Island, the region of Otago worth the detour : Queenstown where we practice many summer and winter activities : paragliding, bungee jumping, rafting, snow sports of all kinds …

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The Fiordland National Park with its endless possibilities for hiking … and on the peninsula, the wonderful preserved wildlife : penguins, seals and other albatrosses.

Also in the South Island, Lake Tekapo is located in the center of the island. The waters are remarkably clear, and the surrounding hills provide a little more of majesty to the site. Lake Tekapo is well suited for fishing, kayaking, swimming and paragliding (but also skiing in winter). A magical scenery to see a little higher thanks to the many walking trails.

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This is a country where the diversity and richness of the world are concentrated.

In brief, visit New Zealand is a little walk around the world.

ROME

10 Jan

ROME

 

Cradle of civilization after Athens, its history stretches over 28 centuries!

Unique in its kind you can admire the temples and amphitheatres, countless churches, Renaissance palaces, fountains and baroque squares, alleys medieval charm make Rome a place where all styles coexist.

Open-air museum, Rome is one of the largest global capitals culture. It gathers evidence from all major periods in Western art, from ancient Roman baroque through the renaissance. Its historic centre is listed as a World Heritage Site by unesco.

In addition to its rich heritage Rome was able to integrate modernity with its long centuries of history, which is a major destination of Europe after London and Paris.

Dynamic, lively, attractive, whether to go out or educate yourself, there is something for everyone in Rome!

Lover of antiques, art and history, think to taste Roman cuisine in the warm Italian restaurants!

Wine bars are also a great place to taste Italian wines and especially those of Lazio.

You can also go out and attend concerts of classical music, jazz, blues, but also go to the opera.

Because that all roads lead to Rome … some essential…

Fontana di Trevi: it was built in the eighteenth century in the Baroque style. It is inthis fountain was born the tradition of throwing a coin into the water.ROME fontana_di_trevi_rome_italy-

Trastevere: this picturesque district of Rome, famous for its restaurants.

Vatican: This state in the city is home to art treasures concentrated in the St. Peter’s Basilica and the eleven Vatican Museums … and the Swiss Guards still wear uniforms designed by Michelangelo!

Sistine Chapel: Medieval chapel that is part of the Vatican Museums, a rectangular room is inspired by the legendary Temple of Solomon. Many artists have contributed to its splendour, including Perugino, Botticelli and Michelangelo, architect of the vault and the sublime Judgment; it took him 849 days to make it (from 1509 to 1512).Plafond de la Chapelle Sixtine

St. Peter’s Basilica: the largest basilica in the world (193 m long, 120 m high) was designed, built and decorated by the greatest artists at this time, Raphael Carlo Maderno. Its construction took from 1506 to 1626.ROME basilica_san_pietro

Colosseum: The universally recognized symbol of Rome! Built between 72 and 82 AD, it could hold up to 50,000 people attending the gladiators or wild beasts.ROMEColosseum

The Pantheon: A visit both day and night, as its mass is impressive. This spectacular building is essential.ROME Pantheon

Forum: An exceptional site between the Capitol and the Coliseum, the Roman Forum gathers some twelve centuries of Roman culture. The columns of the Temple of Saturn, Arch of Septimius Severus, the Temple of Castor and Pollux and the Temple of Vesta … Fascinating and unforgettable.ROME forum

Rome is definitely one of the great revelations of a trip to Italy to spend an unforgettable stay with family, friends or lovers.