Baglioni Hotels Plnnr - plan the perfect trip, automatically! - StumbleUpon Plitvice, a watery paradise in Croatia In recent years, Croatia has changed from a relative unknown to one of the trendiest destinations in Europe. To a great extent this is due to the country's rocky littoral, which, washed by the Adriatic, is considered one of the most beautiful of the Mediterranean coastlines. Then there is the rich history and cultural heritage of medieval towns such as Dubrovnik, Split and Sibenik. But the well-deserved popularity also depends on the protected natural areas, which make up some ten per cent of the country's area. Eight areas enjoy national park status – a very high number for a relatively small country. Of these, Plitvice is the best known. Use the left and right arrow keys to view the images Plitvice Lakes National Park is in the Lika region of Croatia and lies in a plateau surrounded by three mountains, not far from the border with Bosnia The park is criss-crossed by a series of paths and trails that allow visitors to explore the area and observe the flora and fauna
Herb Garden BBQ - Shanti Maurice The Herb Garden BBQ includes a special degustation menu, tailored wine flight and service by a personal butler and chefs. Guests as well as non-residents of the luxury resort can enjoy the five-course gourmet menu. Created by the hotel’s Executive Chef Willibald Reinbacher, the special menu changes seasonally but showcases the local cuisines and ingredients of Mauritius. This new offering has been introduced following the success of Shanti Maurice’s 15 Mile Menu, which features produce caught, farmed, bred or raised from within 15 miles of the hotel. Sample highlights on the Herb Garden BBQ menu include; Yellow Fin Tuna with Garden Herbs, Lobster and Lime achar Churascaria (grilled and shaved corn) and Ombrine in Banana Leaf. The Herb Garden BBQ is available to pre-order for between two and six diners.
The Setai How to Buy a Round-the-World Plane Ticket (That Kicks Ass) (Photo: Norman B. Leventhal Map Center) Chris Guillebeau travels the world and writes for a small army of remarkable people at The Art of Non-Conformity blog. He is a master of clever air travel (among other things), and this is a guest post on perfecting one of the rare gems that can truly change your life: Round-the-World (RTW) tickets. Enter Chris… To outsiders, buying a Round-the-World plane ticket is a mysterious process. Over the past three years I’ve spent at least 60 hours, probably more by now, learning the ins and outs of Round-the-World travel. The Time Investment Planning and shopping for a Round-the-World (RTW) ticket is a labor-intensive process. Also, before you can actually buy a Round-the-World ticket, you need to be willing to do all these things: Those are the minimum “time costs” for getting a Round-the-World trip set up well. Good Reasons to Use Round-the-World Tickets – Tremendous Value. What to Do First Spend some time getting to understand how they work. Reservations
How to See the World: Art of Travel; European and World Backpacking; On $25 a Day or Less Luxury Resort Ayada, Maldives Luxury Resort Ayada, Maldives Ayada Maldives is a brand new awe-inspiring destination comprising an opulent 112 villa resort located on the 150,000 square meter paradise island of Maguhdhuvaa in the stunning Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll. From the moment you arrive on the luxury resort’s delicate, powder white sands you will be immersed in a fantasy of luxury, quality and style unique only to Ayada Maldives. Delight in the impeccable service and superb amenities of the seven indulgent restaurants, bars and cafes offering world-class cuisine to tantalise taste buds, the extensive 3,500 square meter AySpa Spa & Health Club by ESPA will take you to a blissful level of relaxation. The luxury Maldives resort with natural beauty at its heart where you can truly discover the exceptional. Ayada Maldives is being developed by Aydeniz Group, which was recognised by the World Travel Awards as Europe’s Leading Tourism Development Company and Asia’s Leading Inward Tourism Development Company. About Assif Majid
9 Places Where You Can Retire and Live Like a King | MintLife Blog |... Retiring to Boca Raton might might appeal to some aging Baby Boomers, but what about those planning to retire early – due to sound investments, for instance – or, those who are looking for a little post-career adventure? Whatever your age, retirement should be an opportunity to do all the things that you always wanted to do, but were too busy to try. Perhaps you’ll pursue a neglected hobby or even launch another business but this time from a more exotic locale. From changes in scenery to endless recreation, business tax breaks to huge exchange rate benefits, a number of international locations are well-worth consideration as retirement destinations. Cuenca, Ecuador (Rinaldo W.) Named the best place in the world to retire by International Living, Cuenca, Ecuador has it all for the modern retiree. Coronado, Panama (Dreamcious) Panama offers a quaint retirement haven for your golden years. San José, Costa Rica (Armando Mayez) Koh Samui, Thailand (Chi King) Vienna, Austria (VRoig) (Moron Noodle)
Chicago 2011 Part 7 - Alinea - Dining Out Our reservation for Alinea (booked over two months out and acquired by luck) was what dictated the timing of our trip to Chicago in 2011. We were planning on visiting the Windy City a full month earlier, but couldn't get a reservation at this world famous center of avante garde cuisine until June 22nd at 9:15pm. We planned the rest of the trip around this meal with approximately equal days before and after to ensure that we wouldn't feel rushed or overwhelmed with settling in or packing up. We grabbed a cab from our hotel on Michigan Avenue to Alinea, but when I told the driver we were going to Alinea, he didn't know where it was. Upon entering the grey metal door, we entered a red corridor bathed in red light. Inside was the receiving area (more of a large hallway than a proper room) where a female staff member greeted us with either a "hello" or "good evening" (can't remember which) while servers and staff hustled through the hallway.
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