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Look into the Kaleidoscope of Indian Luxury Tours

Travel Articles - 7 hours 5 min ago
Being one of the most sought after destinations of the world, India surely has abundance of reasons for the travellers to visit its amazing places.

What to See in Glacier National Park?

Travel Articles - 7 hours 17 min ago
Established in 1910, Glacier National Park is one million acre park located in northern part of Montana. The park is known for its beautiful snow-capped peaks, glacier-carved valleys, serene lakes, rivers and wildlife.

Two amazing places to stay at on safari in Botswana

Travel Articles - 9 hours 23 min ago
The article describes two great safari camps to stay at in Chobe National Park and the Nata Sanctuary in Botswana

Two great safari camps in Botswana

Travel Articles - 9 hours 49 min ago
A description of two great safari camps in Botswana. These two great safari camps are the Pom Pom Camp and the Gunn's Camp

Which is the best country to visit on safari?

Travel Articles - 10 hours 16 min ago
A description of why Zimbabwe is the best country in Africa to visit on safari

Two great safari camps in South Africa

Travel Articles - 10 hours 20 min ago
A description of two great safari camps in South Africa. The first safari camp is the Elephant Trunk Safari Camp. The second one is Kwafubesi Tented safari camp.

Explore the charming Mount Sun Forest Park in Suzhou

Travel Articles - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:50
Mount Sun Forest Park is located within the territory of Qingzhou district in Tianshui City, which is the tourist resort that has gathered sightseeing, touring, mountain-climbing, picnic, angling, exploring, photography, teaching and scientific research merging into one organic whole.

UNESCO World Heritage Site #282: Paphos

Everything Everywhere via rss - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 18:19

UNESCO World Heritage Site #282: Paphos

From the World Heritage inscription:

Because of their great antiquity, and because they are closely and directly related to the cult and legend of Aphrodite (Venus), who became the ideal of beauty and love, inspiring writers, poets and artists throughout human history, Paphos is of outstanding universal value. Pre-Hellenic fertility deities were worshipped in Cyprus from Neolithic times. Many of the archaeological remains are of great antiquity, as Paphos has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. The Temple of Aphrodite represents one of the earliest settlements, while the mosaics of Nea Paphos are extremely rare and rank among the best examples in the world. The architectural remains of villas, palaces, theatres, fortresses and rock-hewn peristyle tombs are of outstanding historical value as they are one of the keys of the understanding of ancient architecture.

Petra tou Romiou, or Aphrodite’s Rock, is a rock that marks the site of Aphrodite’s birthplace, which was a place of pilgrimage for the entire Hellenic world. Excavations have unearthed the spectacular 3rd- to 5th-century mosaics of the Houses of Dionysus, Orpheus and Aion, and the Villa of Theseus, buried for 16 centuries and yet remarkably intact. The mosaic floors of these noblemen’s villas are considered among the finest in the Eastern Mediterranean. They mainly depict scenes from Greek mythology.

Nearby, the stone pillar where St Paul according to tradition was bound and beaten for preaching Christianity. The Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery was founded in the 12th century and is dedicated to Our Lady of the Golden Pomegranate. The neighbouring monastery of Agios Neofytos contains some of the world’s finest Byzantine frescoes and icons as well as an interesting Byzantine museum.

The Tombs of the Kings, in Kato Paphos, is a monumental structure carved out of solid rock with some tombs decorated with Doric pillars. Spread over a vast area, these impressive underground tombs date back to the 4th century BC. High officials rather than kings were buried here, but the magnificence of the tombs gave the locality its name.

Palaipaphos (Old Paphos) was one of the most celebrated pilgrimage centres of the ancient Greek world, and once the city-kingdom of Cyprus. Here stood the famous elaborate sanctuary of Aphrodite, the most ancient remains of which date back to the 12th century BC. It is the most significant of a dozen such consecrated sites in Cyprus The glorious days of the sanctuary lasted until the 3rd-4th centuries AD. Amphoras and ceremonial bowls from here, many of which are on display in the Cyprus Museum in Lefkosia, depict exquisitely costumed priestesses as well as erotic scenes from the sacred gardens that once surrounded the temple.

Originally a Byzantine fort built to protect the harbour; it was rebuilt by the Lusignans in the 13th century, dismantled by the Venetians in 1570, and rebuilt by the Ottomans after they captured the island in the 16th century.

The time I saved visiting Choirokoitia was more than used visiting Paphos.

The archaeological park a Paphos is the ruins of an entire city which was once an extremely important port in the Mediterranean. Today is has some of the best preserved floor murals dating back to the Roman era.

The archeology park is located near the coast and requires driving through the entire city to reach it.

Entrance is €4.50, which is very reasonable for the size of the attraction. Expect to spend about 2 hours there and you should probably bring water and a hat as almost everything is out in the open and Cyprus can be quite hot and sunny.

In addition to the archeology park, there are also several other attractions which are part of the world heritage site which you can visit if you have time.

View my complete list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites which I have visited.

My Five Tips For Better Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 18:00
Searching for Grand Canyon helicopter tours from Las Vegas? Need great prices? Here are five tips that will help you get the flight of your dreams.

21st Century Social Media Reinvigorates 18th Century Wine Festivals

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 18:00
Wine, more than most anything else, has stayed true to the traditional methods of production, if only because it is one of the items most connected with nature. What is also coming back to those origins is how people are finding out about the latest new Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs they need to try.

Having Your Wedding In Key West, Florida... Truly Like Being In Paradise

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 18:00
Enjoy a beautiful island wedding ceremony with your favorite people on the beaches of Key West, FL. You could even choose to have a ceremony on a catamaran with 150 of your besties if you want. Either way, having your special day in the Florida Keys will not disappoint. You can find venues that include the license, the minister, the flowers, the photographer and transportation to any place you choose for your wedding reception.

UNESCO World Heritage Site #281: Choirokoitia

Everything Everywhere via rss - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 18:47

UNESCO World Heritage Site #281: Choirokoitia

From the World Heritage inscription:

Located in the District of Larnaka, about 6 km from the southern coast of Cyprus, the Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia lies on the slopes of a hill partly enclosed in a loop of the Maroni River. Occupied from the 7th to the 5th millennium B.C., the village covers an area of approximately 3 ha at its maximum extent and is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the eastern Mediterranean. It represents the Aceramic Neolithic of Cyprus at its peak, that is the success of the first human occupation of the island by farmers coming from the Near East mainland around the beginning of 9th millennium.

Excavations have shown that the settlement consisted of circular houses built from mudbrick and stone with flat roofs and that it was protected by successive walls. A complex architectural system providing access to the village has been uncovered on the top of the hill. The achievement of such an impressive construction, built according to a preconceived plan, expresses an important collective effort, with few known parallels in the Near East, and suggests a structured social organisation able to construct and maintain works of a large scale for the common good. A house consisted of several circular buildings equipped with hearths and basins arranged around a small courtyard where domestic activities took place. The houses belonged to the living, as well as to the dead who were buried in pits beneath the rammed earthen floors. Among the finds such as flint tools, bone tools, stone vessels, vegetal and animal remains, noteworthy are the anthropomorphic figurines in stone (one in clay), which point, together with funerary rituals, to the existence of elaborate beliefs. Since only part of the site has been excavated, it forms an exceptional archaeological reserve for future study.

Like many archaeological world heritage sites, Choirokoitia is important but not much see when you visit. I usually budget an hour for visiting most singular cultural sites like this one. After 30 minutes I had seen everything there was to see.

The site is a series of circular stone rings which have been excavated from a hillside and 3 reconstructed dwellings….and that is it. It isn’t very big and doesn’t take a lot of time to visit. Assuming you read every sign, walk every path, and read everything in the brochure, it will be hard to spend more than 30 minutes here.

On the plus side, it is very easy to access from the highway and is only about 20 minutes from the Cyprus airport.

How Hallowen is Celebrated in Florence

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 18:00
Halloween, the pagan festival of the Anglo-Saxon, which origin is particularly celebrated in the United States, along with all the Anglo-Saxon countries. For years, it has also been celebrated in Florence. There is a constant presence of students and young people from countries in northern Europe. The party imposes on all the cities in Italy, inspired by its own customs and symbolism typically from Anglo-Saxon origin.

Koh Samui's Top Attractions and Things to do, Explore Thailand's Paradise Island!

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 18:00
Are you in search of things to do in Koh Samui? Villa Lavanya has compliled a list of the top attractions and things to do whilst visiting the beautiful island of Samui. From the delights of the Big Buddah Temple to the entertainment and humour of Chawengs Lady Boy Shows. Click onto the Villa Lavanya website for more information.

Diving into the Water at Sunset, Namibia

Everything Everywhere via rss - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 22:00

Diving into the Water at Sunset, Namibia

Best Health Resorts in Italy to Help You Relax

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The best health resorts in Italy will help you to relax and greatly enhance your quality of life. Most people rush through life taking little time to care for themselves. They hurry from one responsibility to the next, neglecting to indulge in the relaxation and recreation that could greatly enhance their quality of life. Even worse, they don’t make opportunities to eat a healthy diet or regularly exercise. Sometimes that holds true on vacations as well. It’s all too easy to rush from one must-see sight to the next. Once again, there’s no time to relax, enjoy and feel the regenerative effects that a good vacation should bring.

Best Health Resorts in Italy

A stay at the Hotel Adler Balance is the cure for that kind of vacation. It’s a resort unlike any other in that the health and well-being of every guest is the primary concern of the staff. Accommodations, meals and activities are all geared toward providing the relaxing and rejuvenating atmosphere people need in order to experience the best that life has to offer.

Even the resort’s setting seems designed to inspire awe and soothe away every day cares. Set in the breathtaking majesty of the Italian Dolomites, the Adler Balance is the perfect venue for experiencing an escape from the ordinary. Even the air guests breathe here positively affects their health and well-being. At elevations greater than 4,000 feet, visitors enjoy a stronger circulatory system and may benefit from a positive hormone release.

Hotel Adler Balance is located in the picturesque Val Gardena, a northern Italian valley. It’s a region recognized for outstanding outdoor recreation like rock climbing, hiking and skiing. One of the valley’s villages is Ortisei, which hosts the Hotel Adler Balance. Only about 6,000 fortunate people get to live in Ortisei, but this is a village designed to cater to the tourism industry. Visitors love strolling along the center of the village to discover quaint shops and one-of-a-kind eateries. Local history and culture is explored at the Gherdeina Local Heritage Museum or during one of the many annual festivals.

While the valley, Ortisei and the Dolomites are lovely, most people come here for the wellness resorts. Foremost among these is the Hotel Adler Balance. In all public areas and private suites, resort management has provided painstaking attention to detail. There are no jarring lines and no wrong notes in the color choices. Everything is designed to soothe and relax. From the muted music pouring softly from state-of-the-art speakers to the tasteful art collection, the Adler Balance is aimed at producing a calming effect. It’s virtually impossible to feel rushed here. Ordinary stress simply melts away under the influence of muted tones and beautifully designed furnishings.

Each suite is luxuriously appointed to cater to an excellent night’s sleep. Sliding glass doors allow in copious amounts of natural light. Even better is the balcony that lies beyond. Each is equipped with a comfortable seating arrangement and a breathtaking view. Back inside, guests enjoy spacious proportions that are enhanced through the use of natural building materials and textiles. The bathrooms are particularly impressive. Each has an extravagant wellness tub where guests can soak their cares away. The tea bar and minibar featuring organic fruit juices are welcome alterations on the usual hotel room offerings.

While it would be tempting to spend inordinate amounts of time in the suites, there are plenty of enticing activities to experience elsewhere. The hotel offers a number of different packages, each of which is tailored to the guest’s specific health and wellness goals. Some packages are designed to enable weight loss while others provide helpful strategies for coping with stress. The main idea is that guests utilize their time at the hotel to learn new techniques and then apply them to their everyday lives back home. The result is a happier, more fulfilling lifestyle in which the individual is better able to balance responsibilities with taking excellent care of themselves.

Adler Balance achieves this goal using a number of methods. In the gorgeous dining room, guests enjoy items from a diverse menu of al a carte meals or adhere to a nutrition plan that is personally designed for them by the resort’s medical personnel. Regardless of which option is chosen, diners can expect superior cuisine that draws heavily on fresh, local produce and traditional dishes.

The theme of health and wellness is also exemplified in the property’s Water and Wellness World. It’s a sumptuous oasis of indoor and outdoor pools, spas and saunas. A splendid hay sauna resides in a picturesquely rustic mountainside hut while a decadent salt lake hides deep underground. The area is dotted with relaxation zones that are ideal for napping and reading. After a difficult day of spa treatments, there’s no better place to unwind.

ADLER BALANCE Private Best Health Resort in Italy

Speaking of the spa, the Adler Balance features a spectacularly well-appointed one. Guests may select from an impressive array of treatments designed to relax, rejuvenate and beautify in a carefully cultivated atmosphere of repose. Couples may want to choose treatments that pamper both partners at the same time. It’s a lovely way to reconnect while on vacation.

The health and well-being of guests is reinforced at the resort’s state-of-the-art fitness center. The center features a packed schedule of activities. Guests may be introduced to yoga, Pilates or specialized classes designed to burn the maximum amount of fat. There is also an extensive selection of resistance and cardio machines for guests to choose from. Every activity is overseen by friendly, knowledgeable staff members who are there to help guests gain the most benefit from the experience.

The resort even takes fitness outside with walking and outdoor programs. In the warmer months, guests may try walks, climbs and bike rides. When snow covers the ground, skiing and other winter sports take center stage. Guests may indulge on their own or join a program led by an experienced guide.

The Hotel Adler Balance offers a remarkable experience for guests hoping to indulge in a truly relaxing vacation. Its unique mix of activities and accommodations make it the most desirable resort in a region known for its breathtaking beauty.

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Two fantastic safari camps in Africa

Travel Articles - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:02
This article briefly describes two fantastic safari camps in Zimbabwe: the Hide Safari Camp and Zambezi Life Styles Camp

Three African Safari destinations in three countries

Travel Articles - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:57
This article describes three safari destination in three countries in Southern Africa. These three countries are Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana.

Safari in Southern Africa

Travel Articles - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:53
A description of two countries in Southern Africa where guests are sure to experience the best of an African safari. These two countries are Zimbabwe and South Africa

Friday Postcard: A Thousand Arches

Twenty-Something Travel via rss - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:02

Today’s absolutely brilliant postcard comes from Morgan of A Beautiful View:

This photo is from my recent trip to Japan. It is the first tier of the thousands of arches that cover the pathway of Fushimi Inari-Taisha in Kyoto. The shrine itself was breathtaking and the atmosphere was still and serene as I wandered through the thousands of arches that stretch up into the mountain. I visited many temples while in Kyoto, but this one stands out most in my memory for it’s beauty and subtle grace.

(Do you have a photo you’d like to see featured here? Email me at Steph@twenty-somethingtravel.com)