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HAWAII

9 May

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Hawaii is the newest of the 50 U.S. states (August 21, 1959), and is the only U.S. state made up entirely of islands. It occupies most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean, southwest of the continental United States, southeast of Japan, and northeast of Australia. Hawaii’s natural beauty, warm tropical climate, inviting waters and waves, and active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers, biologists, and volcanologists alike. Due to its mid-Pacific location, Hawaii has many North American and Asian influences along with its own vibrant native culture.

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You’ll find the culture of Hawaii is very family friendly. The Hawaiian word for “children” is “keiki” and fun for your keiki isn’t hard to find no matter which island you visit.Build sand castles with your kids on one the islands’ beautiful beaches. See their eyes light up as they play with interactive exhibits in Hawaii’s finest museums . Or explore Hawaii’s many National Parks and historic sites and learn about the islands together.

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For the couples, there is no more romantic destination: there are many romantic places to explore on the six Islands of Aloha. It’s no wonder why Hawaii is one of the most popular wedding and honeymoon destinations in the world.

Hawaii is world-renowned for its beautiful beaches. The islands have every type of beach imaginable: white, black, green and red sand beaches; romantic bays…Hawaii offers a true paradise… Maui, Lanai and Molokai islands welcome lovers windsurfing, scuba diving and water sports.

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Hawaii is also the birthplace for surfing. Big wave season in Hawaii happens roughly between November and February on Hawaii’s north shores. Some of the best surfing competitions in the world are held on Oahu’s North Shore in November and December including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (the Super Bowl of surfing). Throughout the year you can watch surfers on every island.

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About the gastronomy, modern Hawaiian cuisine is a mixture of different cuisines brought by immigrants to the Hawaiian Islands, including American, Chinese, Philippine, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Portuguese and Polynesian. It tastes great raw or primed fresh fish (tuna, king mackerel) marinated octopus served with soy sauce and seaweed and fruit (passion fruit, macadamia nuts, mangoes, guava, coconut coconut, bananas, pineapples, lychees, avocados, papayas, oranges, etc..)

Idyllic beaches and nature, Hawaiiis is a perfect destination for family, friends or lovers! Go under the sun discovered this paradise on earth…

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ANTIGUA

7 May

Antigua and Barbuda is located in the Caribbean and its capital is St. John’s. The state is composed of two main islands, the island of Antigua and Barbuda. Discover the luxury of this most sunny Caribbean island, famous for sailing, diving, exploration and adventure …

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These fascinating marine animals offer a unique experience in a lagoon entirely preserved by a coral reef.

This cultural heritage is also marked in the capital, St. John’s, where you can visit the historic cathedral and the National Museum traces the history of the island since its occupation by pre-Columbian civilizations (2000 BC. AD) where you can contemplate the Fort of St. James on the beach.

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In the north … St. John’s, the capital of Antigua and Barbuda, as cosmopolitan as colorful, has historical relics, such as St. John’s Cathedral. Immerse yourself in the warm Caribbean culture within the St. John’s public market. Recently built, this market offers a vast array of exotic fruits and vegetables. You’ll even find charming small authentic shops.

The museum of Antigua and Barbuda offers a magical journey through the origins of their people, 10,000 years ago. You will notably discover the lifestyles of Arawak and Carib who lived here.

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On the south coast of Antigua and Barbuda, there are English Harbour main British naval base in the Caribbean in the eighteenth century. A watersports settled there, bathed in a beautiful very British colonial atmosphere. English Harbour has become a gathering point for all yachts in the Caribbean waters.

Idyllic beaches, among the most beautiful in the Caribbean, make Antigua and Barbuda a perfect destination for family, friends or lovers.

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COSTA VERDE PORTUGAL

30 Apr

The Costa Verde is the name of the tourist area covering the districts of the Minho and most of the Douro Litoral. It is an area highly populated with a large percentage of younger people. With unspoilt sweeping bays, charming hillside towns and verdant landscapes of rolling green hills, rivers, waterfalls, and acres of thriving vineyards, the Costa Verde shows visitors a taste of the real Portugal.
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Although small in size, this is an area rich in geographic beauty with mountains, rivers and nature.
This section of Portugal is one of the sections that is not as highly populated, which means that you will be able to enjoy the quiet and calm of these areas, an you will be able to relax during your holidays.

Start your holiday in Porto and enjoy the many activities and attractions which you are proposed. The medieval old town is built on the shores of the Douro River and its steep and narrow cobbled streets are lined with beautiful painted houses topped with typical terracotta roofs. Come see the beautiful Ponte Dom, the bridge that connects the city to Vila Nova de Gaia and visit the cellars in Porto for which the city is famous. In addition to admiring the stunning views of Porto from the seafront of Vila Nova de Gaia, you can also take a cruise along the Douro, which takes you to the heart of the wine region of the same name. If you have time, disembark and make one of the many guided tasting tours.

Everywhere in this region, you will find marks of ancient civilizations: dolmens, traces of dwellings of the Iron Age, Celtic and Roman cities, quiet castles, majestic churches and rich palate.

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The Peneda-Geres is a nature reserve, a sanctuary for wildlife and rare flora. Some specimens of the species of the small Portuguese-Galician wild horses will still exist in the wild. The north is the beautiful walled city of Valença and the graceful town of Ponte de Lima with its medieval towers, its white houses and a beautiful Roman bridge. Viana do Castelo is particularly famous for its beautiful embroidery and religious festivals where girls wear the costumes of the region and exhibit the family jewels. Not far away, in Guimaraes, stands the impressive Castle of the first King of Portugal, the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança and the beautiful medieval Alberto Sampaio Museum.

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BARBADOS

29 Apr

Barbados Island is located on the border of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

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The paradise island of Barbados offers no less than 110 kilometres of varied beaches, white or golden sand, beautiful coves, calm waters … there is something for everyone.

Go along the Caribbean Sea, the beaches of the west coast, known as the “Golden Coast” are peaceful and suitable for swimming. The turquoise waters and golden sandy coves are ideal for visitors seeking tranquillity or scuba diving and snorkelling. Indeed Barbados is one of the few islands to offer throughout the year, best diving conditions. It is a popular destination for divers from around the world.

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You can also enjoy fishing and boating activities. Barbados is also a paradise for surfers!

The Concorde Experience in Barbados presents the legendary Concorde G-BOAE or Alpha Echo, the British Airways. It is possible to observe from a distance, but also to approach, to walk underneath and even entering the airplane.Located in one of the most beautiful forests in Barbados, Jack-in-the-box Gully is a zipline course that lets you discover Barbados from the top of the trees, closer to its fauna and flora .

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There are beautiful historic homes with old plantations and agriculture and an important religious heritage farms.

An example: Arlington House, a 18th century converted into museum tracing the history of Barbadian heritage. You will be transported to the time of British settlers to discover the secrets of sugar cane and hear the story of an old pirate of Speightsown…

In a former British military penitentiary, the Barbados Museum traces the evolution of the island from the 16th century to today. Everywhere on the island are historical sites and architectural remains that describe the history of the island since the first arrival of the British.

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Taste the specialties of the traditional local cuisine, such as fishcakes and flying fish, all served with a local beer or Rum Punch. With its diverse cultural influences, Barbados offers an eclectic mix of flavors in the European, African and Asian time. Barbados, with its tropical climate, reveals a range of exotic fruits and vegetables: coconut, taro, squash, breadfruit, papaya and many other wonders to discover there. Not to mention the famous Mount Gay Rum Barbados: the oldest rum in the world …To discover the history of this rum, visit the Mount Gay Visitor Center. A tasting of dark rums are also planned.

Crafts and local know-how are also showcased throughout the island

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SICILY

25 Apr

Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, represents all Italian wealth: gastronomy, landscapes, climate, ancient ruins … The Greek temples, castles, volcanoes, oriental gardens, cathedrals and Baroque churches and beaches in bright sunlight …

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Sicily offers many places to visit, between nature, history and tradition. Among the features of this area are found volcanoes such as Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Etna is located in the eastern part of Sicily and its spectacular eruptions left over centuries unique landscapes in the world.

The islands surrounding Sicily are numerous and all fascinating. But more particularly the Aeolian Islands, which in 2000 were classified as World Heritage Site from UNESCO.

Another treasure of humanity recognized by UNESCO is the archaeological site of Agrigento, which was one of the most important cities of Magna Grecia. The famous Valley of the Temples also offers magnificent mythical monuments dating from 2,500 years ago.

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Sicilian artists have their own rich traditions and know-how artistic trends from elsewhere, creating a Sicilian art in itself. Those interested in archaeological sites and Baroque art will be satisfied. Sicily has a magnificent natural heritage and offers a wide variety of different landscapes ideal for nature lovers. Many hiking are possible.

This island also has more than a thousand kilometers of coastline and beaches, which are ideal for those who love swimming and diving. Sicily has in recent years become an important destination for golf lovers. The territory has different golf courses, which also takes place every year the famous Sicilian Open.

Earth water and volcanoes, this island offers a wide choice for those who love spa and want to relax through therapeutic and beauty treatments.

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Sicily offers many options and it should be noted that the Sicilian cuisine is one of the most tasty and healthy world. In addition, you can taste wines from Sicily which are internationally recognized for their quality as well as the variety of grapes.

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Sicily is a predilection destination for a holiday with your family, partner and friends.

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ST BARTHELEMY

24 Apr

Saint-Barthelemy is a French island of the Lesser Antilles, located in the Caribbean Sea.

One of the main attraction of St. Bartholomew is its beaches the island has 22, all as good as each other. You can practice many water sports, including diving fins, mask and snorkel (snorkeling).

Among the beaches you will find the St-Jean situated along a scenic bay, perfectly suited to water sports. The bay is divided into two quiet beaches, ideal for children. You will enjoy its turquoise waters, well protected reef, ideal for snorkeling, swimming and windsurfing.

Surfers will appreciate the range of the Cayes Anse which is perfectly adapted.

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Among the places of interest:

Gustavia:

The only real town on the island, also the administrative capital.

Pleasant with its white houses with red roofs, reminiscent of the Swedish history of the island. Gustavia offers several bars and trendy restaurants, but also many shops.

To see:

– The Wall House and City Museum: a beautiful wooden building Swedish style.

– The Fort Gustave installed at the outlet of Gustavia, the ruins of one of the three forts (Fort Kazrl and Oscar) who defended the city. Offers stunning views of the harbor of Gustavia.

– The marina and trade

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Corossol:

An authentic fishing village. Houses and colorful boats give it an irresistible charm. In the late afternoon, do not miss the return of boats loaded with fish and lobsters. You will also find local crafts

As panama (traditional hat) and various artifacts with lataniers making of dried leaves in the sun.

To see:

– The International Museum of the shell: a collection of 9,000 pieces of all the world’s oceans, 1000 samples of sand.

– The range of Corossol: the fishing village bordering the beach is always typical of the traditional lifestyle of the island.

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The variety of restaurants of St Barth allows you to discover and enjoy a wide variety of dishes from a delicious French cooking or Caribbean. From the small family restaurant to the gastronomic St Barth is an ideal destination for those who love to eat. Each site and restaurants will offer you a special atmosphere that you can only appreciate.

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TENERIFE

18 Apr

Tenerife is the largest island of the Canary Islands, it has a variety of landscapes dominated by Mount Teide, and in the hinterland there are banana plantations, which mix with the soft white or black sand and lava fields.

Two Heritage Sites, a National Park and 42 natural protected areas here are some of the treasures you find in Tenerife.

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This island, crowned by Mount Teide volcano, is sparse with picturesque villages, beautiful landscapes and wonderful beaches.

Indeed Tenerife is a place where you can enjoy a wide variety of beaches with sands of all colors, the benefits of the sun and the vastness of its coasts. Its beaches are among the best known of the Canary Islands and 16 of them were labeled by ADEAC Blue Flag for the quality of their waters.

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TEIDE National Park is the most visited in Spain and offers impressive and original volcanic landscapes. From there, the route goes through the spectacular Valley of La Orotava to the north coast, where is the capital, Puerto de la Cruz.

It is a cosmopolitan city, with magnificent bathing complexes such as swimming pool complex of Costa Martiánez and its huge artificial lake, designed by the artist from Lanzarote, Cesar Manrique, where is the luxurious Casino Puerto de la Cruz. There are many churches and chapels to see as the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Peña de Francia, Fort San Felipe and the Casa de la Aduana. You can also go shopping in the many malls.

There is also Anaga which is one of the natural spaces the most ecologically rich of Tenerife. It is a relic of Mediterranean forests of the Tertiary period, now extinct in mainland Europe.

tenerife botaTenerife, as well as having the best climate in Spain, is an ideal place to relax and have fun. You will find many typical or international restaurants, theaters, cafes and everything you need for entertainment and fun.

Alone, with your spouse, friends or family, get ready to enjoy a unique experience on the island of Tenerife

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