Archive | February, 2013

KOH SAMUI

25 Feb

Located in the Gulf of Thailand on the east coast, Koh Samui is a haven of peace.

With its 247 km2, it is the third largest island in the country. A multitude of small islands surrounding it which is very nice to make excursions by boat or diving! Tropical vegetation, luxuriant and ubiquitous palm trees, turquoise water and many diving spots make it a perfect place for sports …

Koh Samui is also the perfect place to rest: spa, massages, endlessly beaches. It is also possible to come with your family: the island is full of parks and activities to delight children..

Here are several things to see and do:

Cascades Namuang:

Cascades “Na Muang” is located 10 km south of Nathon. there are two waterfalls – Na Muang which reaches a height of 18 meters and is accessible by car, and Na Muang two, which reaches a height of 80 meters and which is accessed after a 30-minute walk. These are the most beautiful waterfalls of the island.9573828-na-muang-2-cascade-koh-samui-thailande1

Secrets of Garden Buddhas:

The secret garden of Buddhas is hidden in the mountains of Samui. You can see several statues, temples and waterfalls.Secrets of Garden Buddhas

Big Buddha:

The Big Buddha is located on … Big Buddha Beach (between Ban Rak and Plai Leam actually), north of Koh Samui.thailand-kosamui-bigbuddhabeach-dd

 Wat Plai Laem:

Leaving the Big Buddha temple, a few hundred yards away is another equally magnificent temple, Wat Plai Laem. You will find beautiful statutes of Buddha. This temple is surrounded by water (an artificial pond).wat plai

Aquarium and Tiger Zoo Samui:

Located in Hua Thanon, the aquarium has many local species of coral fish, huge catfish and several sharks. You will also find tigers and leopards, parrots, hawks, eagles, sea ..

 Hin Ta – Hin Yai:

These rock formations are known as the “Grandfather and Grandmother rocks”. This site is a popular attraction for locals as well as tourists because of their strong resemblance to the male and female genitalia.538369649_812a507dd3

Butterfly Garden

In the southwest of the island, visit the Butterfly Garden. You will discover some butterfly species most spectacular on earth. There are also other interesting things to see like a beehive, or an insect museum where you can see colorful and strange insects in Thailand but also in other countries. This garden is located in the southeast of the island, near the beautiful beach of Laem Set.IMG_1963

Snake Farm

The shows have snakes living in Samui, one of the most venomous species and frightening encountered throughout Asia. You will also see centipedes and scorpions, and of course the famous show of Thai Fight Coqs.Le program is both instructive and entertaining, in a typical Thai style. A good time for the whole family

Naga Pearl Farm:

Discover the culture of pearls. A boat ride of 30 minutes from the pier “Ban Thong Krut” will take you to Koh Matsum and Naga Pearl Farm.Après studying pearl cultivation, enjoy a Thai meal then spend the afternoon the white sand beach.

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Point of view “Best Mountain”

A little further south of Nathon Town on the west coast, there are “Best Mountain View Point”, peaking at 467 m. and if the weather permits, you can enjoy a beautiful aerial view of Phangan Island. samui_view7

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SAINT-TROPEZ

20 Feb

 

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Saint-Tropez, the famous fishing village in the South of France, combines the charm and friendliness of a Provencal village with its attractive places to international fame. Indeed, the famous city of the “French Riviera” Saint-Tropez is invested every summer by the jet-setters and celebrities around the world, becoming “the place to be” for the relaxation of his days and its nights fever.

Here is a list of things to do during your stay in St. Tropez…

Wandering in the old Saint-Tropez: Sink into the narrow streets of the old city centre to admire the earthy typically Provençal houses and play boules on the famous Place des Lices, or enjoy its typical market on Tuesdays and Saturdays. place des lices

Visit the Museum of the Annunciation: being originally a chapel, it is now an art gallery with works by Matisse and Signac, among others. This is one of the best galleries in France for the period neo-impressionist.

Enjoy a relaxing time on the beach: Saint-Tropez has many beautiful beaches, but the most famous is the sandy beach of the Bay of Pampelonne. pampelonne

The peninsula of Saint Tropez also offers a variety of water sports: swimming, sailing, jet ski rides, water skiing, parasailing, scuba diving for all levels… and there is also the possibility to play golf.

But also discover the nightlife of St. Tropez, from sunset at dawn Saint-Tropez, the capital of the night and the parties continues to dance, punctuated by its lively evenings.

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COSTA BRAVA

19 Feb

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Costa Brava in Catalonia is a beautiful “wild coast” where Spanish Pyrenees unites to the Mediterranean Sea.

This is the most beautiful coastline of the Mediterranean Sea with incredibly diverse landscapes that offer breathtaking sites: deserted sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, tiny coves, natural harbours, marine parks and intact nature reserves.

The Costa Brava stretches over 200 kilometres and has an average annual temperature of 17 degrees and a rich culture.

Full of charm, the town of Cadaqués, childhood city of Salvador Dali offers a magnificent view of the Sea. A trip to the home of artists and the old port is an unavoidable stop.

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Take this opportunity to push your visit to Figueres, where is the Dali Museum. The Dalí Theatre-Museum, the largest surrealistic object in the world, is located in a nineteenth century building, which was the former Municipal Theatre; it was destroyed at the end of the civil war. It is on its ruins that Salvador Dalí decided to build his museum.

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The famous casinos of Peralada and Lloret de Mar are a paradise for gamblers. The Gran Casino Costa Brava became the casino with the most modern and the most advanced technologies of the moment. Its more than 2,500m2 of leisure which are characterized by the perfect combination of gaming tables and the pleasure of tasting the excellent local cuisine.

Historical and medieval villages as Castello d’Empuries, Pals, Begur, Torroella de Montgri La Bisbal and Peratallada must be discovered. The latter contains important wine cellars whose tradition dates back to the fifteenth century. In August, there is a major international music festival.

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There is a good chance that you are enjoying some delicious tapas in a lively street, before ending the evening in a bar or a place animated by music, laughs and colours. Party and nightlife, Spain will seduce you.

All year round, the Costa Brava comes alive with the colours of the region. Traditional and popular festivals will immerse you in the spirit Catalan.

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IBIZA

18 Feb

Ibiza is a Spanish island in the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea
The main towns of the island are Ibiza, San Antonio and Santa Eulalia.
Every season, you’ll discover a different and unusual Ibiza. Intense light and mild temperatures remain constant throughout the year.

Here are several things to see and do on the island of Ibiza:

Hippy markets

Visiting a hippy market is a compulsory. You will find many items of clothing, silk, leather handmade, costume jewelry…

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The Salines

Tes Salines are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful landscapes of Ibiza. Ponds still produce salt. To go to the beaches of the Salinas, you will cross the salt ponds and can enjoy exceptional landscape. One of the best time to go there is  at sunset.

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Cross cobbled streets to reach the Cathedral Square, enjoy views of Luego and once nightfall, visit the harbor area.

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Visit villages

Discover the small villages of white lime. The most interesting are Santa Inés de Corona, San Mateo, San Agustín and especially San Juan. The center of Santa Gertrudis worth a visit.

Formentera

The small island of Formentera, the Pitiusa Menor is an hour of Ibiza, half an hour if you take the fast boat from Ibiza.
In Formentera, the sea is everywhere, no matter where you are. Its soft sandy beaches are exceptional. If you want to visit the island quickly, the best is to move by motorbike or by car.

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Sunsets of Ibiza

The sunsets are impressive throughout the San Antonio and San Jose.
In Sant Antoni, the sunsets are renowned worldwide. This place was called the Sunset and there are many bars with terraces to enjoy.

In San Jose, you can also see very beautiful sunsets in Cala Conta, one of the best beaches of Ibiza, the water is very proper, you will find many restaurants and huts.

Nights in Ibiza are known worldwide. Not only for trendy establishments and discos, but also for the countless activities that can be performed once the night: street markets, terraces, outdoor cultural events, concerts …

The nightlife route starts in the area of ​​the port of Ibiza or in the West End of San Antonio, in walking through the Juan Carlos I and the tourist area of ​​Platja d’en Bossa, to finish in the giant clubs.
In the Island, arriving annually the world’s most famous DJs.
The night never ends in this island. The After hours opening their doors to six in the morning and close in the afternoon, but the party continu in the music bars on the beach.

Endless nights, an unlimited supply of leisure facilities, beautiful beaches, beautiful landscapes … Ibiza has everything you need for a great holiday with friends or family.

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Corsica villa 20m from the beach

18 Feb

It is very rare to get a villa that is just 20m from the beach in Corsica and yet here is one that has just been asked to go on the site. As well it is not too pricey and I am sure will be very popular with people looking for villas in Corsica with good access to the beach. http://www.villavillas.com/villas.php?id=18632 If you know of any other villas in Corsica or anywhere else come to mind that you think would fit into our luxury villa database then please do let me know.

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Villa in Corsica with good access to the beach?!

NORMANDY

12 Feb

Long beaches lined with cliffs, lush pastures, mansions, houseboats that glide in the mist … Normandy is all this, and much more …

It’s 600 kilometres of coastline make it the preferred destination for coast lovers.

A coastline with emblematic places such as Mont Saint Michel, the cliffs of Etretat, Deauville, Honfleur, the Cotentin and its long stretches of sand, the beaches of the Normandy landings…

Four sites are classified as World Heritage by UNESCO (the Mont Saint Michel, the Bayeux Tapestry, the city of Le Havre and Vauban towers on the island of Tatihou).

Castles, manors and abbeys, beautiful parks and gardens, very charming towns and villages, not to mention the culinary essential steps such as Camembert, a village that gave its name to the famous cheese…, also characterize Normandy

Deauville and Trouville

Deauville and Trouville are reputed to be the most exclusive resort and glamour of France, which symbolizes elegance and sophistication.

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Honfleur

The city of Honfleur was built on the estuary of the Seine where they had many fishermen but also artists, painters and musicians.

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Caen Memorial and beaches landing

The Caen Memorial is a museum dedicated to peace representing the history from 1918 to today.

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You can also visit Omaha Beach, 8km beach where most of the 34,000 soldiers died on June 6, 1944.

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You can also go to the cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer  to honour the 9387 graves.

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Mont Saint Michel

The Mont Saint Michel is considered as marvel of modern world. The Mont Saint Michel forms a tower in the middle of an immense bay invaded by the highest tides in Europe.

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Etretat

Etretat is a city perched on top of cliffs. This coast was the abrupt and fascinating places of inspiration for many artists.

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Saint Malo

You can explore the streets and museums of Saint Malo who had a turbulent history due to its positioning.

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Normandy has got a lot of other things to visit. It’s a charming region and a very nice place to spend time with family or friends.

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LISBON

6 Feb

Portugal’s capital, Lisbon combines charm and tradition with a sense of modern and active life.

If you do not know Lisbon, you will be amazed by its beauty and atmosphere. Ideal for disorient you, Lisbon and its districts reveal a wealth thanks to its cultural diversity and heritage.

The mild climate makes it an ideal destination whatever the time of year.

Two main areas that bring together the essential of Lisbon:

–  The old town:

The Castle of Sao Jorge to discover one of the best views of Lisbon thanks to its panoramic view

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The cathedral 

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The Jesuit church of Sao Roque with its beautiful tiles “azulejos”

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The district Bairro Alto with its shops, restaurants and “casas do fado”, music symbol, the Fado is a Portuguese folk song.Lisbon's Gloria funicular

– And Belem, ancient commercial port of the city is another district to visit:

The tower of Belem World Heritage Site by UNESCO

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Jeronimos Monastery and its particular architecture

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Some museums worth the detour, they trace the history and traditions of the country like the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, housing a collection of varied works, the National Museum of Ancient Art, the National Museum of Azulejos, and the Museum of Navy.

Its center is lively and contains essential crowded places such as Rossio square and Trade Square (Praca do Comercio) and the Avenida da Liberdade.

However, you can also immerse yourself in the old Lisbon and walk in more quiet streets.

Lisbon releases a pleasant atmosphere … walk with family, friends or lovers is a great experience.

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