Monthly Archives: February 2014

Quaint and Stunning – Stewart City Alaska



Quaint and Stunning – Stewart City Alaska

Stewart city situated across from the Alaska’s misty Fliorda national park, where the Skeena river “the river of mists” makes it way to pacific ocean and at the end of the the Portland canal in northwestern British Columbia, Canada. Stewart is a unique border town attracting the tourists from every corner of the world. Stewart was established in 1905 and named after the Stewart brothers who were early prospectors of Stewart. Stewart promoted the town as ‘’the gateway to the Klondike” which attracts miners from around the world.  Even now Stewart is highly minralized and contains proven reserves of a wide range of precious metals including gold, silver, copper and zinc. In 1974 the highway to Stewart completed before it the town was accessible by water or by air. After 2nd world war the population of Stewart decreased to 20 to 30 but after the discovery of natural resources and industrial revolution it started increasing and According to 2011 statics Canada its population was about 494.

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Stewart has a colorful past shaped culture and history by unbelievable tales, semi nomadic first nation presence, gold rush booms and busts, forestry development and northern isolation. Stewart’s past folklore is marked by stories of partying and wild goose chase. However Stewart at present time is a  peaceful Place to discover the natural treasures of northern British Columbia. Set against towering peaks with hundreds of scenic waterfalls cascading down their sides, Stewart is Canada’s most northerly ice-free and deep sea port. The glacier highway links Stewart with high way 37, winding past the spectacular mountain and hanging glaciers of bear pass. before 38 km of Stewart. The town site is very attractive with many ancient building from 1910 and the local place with some ancient monuments like historical museum, salmon glacier, bear glacier and nearby Alaska ghost town.  the settings which makes Stewart most stunning city that can be described in superlative, coming oceanfront location  with alpine scenery, glaciers, ice fields and spectacular waterfalls. This setting and the outdoor recreation opportunities it offers, contribute in an important way to the communities lifestyles. The relative isolation, tranquility and mountainous, oceanic and glacial scenery of Stewart are major draws in the summer and winter. Stewart’s winter session with heavy snowfall in November, December, January and summers with long daylight are equally impressive and incredible. In winters the houses became entirely snowed. As a result of such heavy snowfall winter spots in Stewart is incredible. Snowmobiling and snowboarding in vast mountain and glacial terrain and skiing is favorite of tourists and locales.

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the town relative isolated adds to its charm as a very special place with incredible wild life resources. In the traditional events The most important festival which makes Stewart the stunning city is” Stewart bear art festival”held in second week of august. During this time bear watching is easily accessed. the main aim of this festival is to  increase awareness through the education about bears and their habits. The Stewart farm house built in 1894 by john Stewart provides the visitors traditional heritage activities, crafts and wood stoves baking. The pole barn, constructed from unfilled lumber was built in 1900 and it is now one of the last surviving barn of its kind and is now home to revamped display of antique agricultural tools. The miniature of natural beauty also represented by the hair loom gardens boasted with variety of flowers, vegetables and herbs that would have planted by local farmer 100 or more years ago, many of them now very rare.

The most appropriate example of its rich traditional culture which makes Stewart a stunning and quaint city by attracting the tourist, is the Stewart historical museum which was established in 1975. The museum has storage of artifacts, archival records and historical reference material relating to Stewart. It also contains wildlife display and exhibition on the region’s mining history.

The Portland canal main reason of Stewart’s beauty as it sits on tideland at the top. It open up to the pacific ocean. About a mile north of this canal stands traditional arrow rock, a precipice rising straight from the sea. This part known as Stewart cassia region, is a home of massive mountains, glaciers, rivers, lakes and canyons. Wildlife in this area includes bears, moose, goats, sheep, eagles etc. The most crucial part of stewards beauty is the kenai fjords national park which is southeastern portion of kenai peninsula, at this place mountains, ice and ocean meet in a vast, pristine and rugged landscape, Almost 40 Glaciers from the 300 square. Stewart’s colorful history has been dictated by the fortunes of mining industry. Major mines such as premiere gold, big missouri and granduc copper have been established in Stewart area. These mines are the one of the most important source of Stewart’s economic development and to provide employment to major labor force. Stewart also posses  an excessive amount of hydro power for industrial use.

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The salmon glacier located 25 km north of Stewart British Columbia and Alaska, the world’s 5th largest glacier also notable for its major potential as a natural hazard. summit lake near glacier breaks an ice dam in mid July and then flow under the salmon river which also provides an extensive food supply to bears and bald eagles. The parking lot for helicopters is high above the glacier. We can have spectacular views of mountains, alpine meadows, wildflowers and large t- shape glacier from this point.

The beautiful bear glacier beckons with ancient blue ice that sparkles like a jewel with its melt water forming the headwaters of bear river. Two wilderness parks, Mount Edziza and Spatial Plateau, can be found to the north of Stewart providing a myriad of outdoor adventures. Bear glacier with it magical blue glow has created the clear Strohn lake.

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Stewart is located in an area of breathtaking scenery which can be enjoyed and appreciated from variety of hiking trails in and around the town. The rainy creek trail it ends up by the ski hills. The trail has a beautiful view of the pond and surrounding mountains with variety of wildlife and waterfowl which presents the real beauty of Stewart. The Barnery’s gulch trail also known as Sulice box the end point offers a great view of Stewart and Portland canal The another trail is ore mountain trail starts from the clement lake forest service recreation site and climes steeply up ore mountain to alpine viewpoint overlooking the bear valley. The attractiveness of Stewart can be observed by the fact that Disney’s eight below and the thing these movies were filmed in the nearby glacial mountains of Stewart. .

The ancient antique kitwanga village with its spectacular view of the seven sisters mountain located near stewart city with its history of 200 year ago used as a stronghold to control the trade routes. The meiziadin lake park also provides wildlife viewing opputinities.

The other example of Stewart’s beauty, The rout to Stewart BC and Alaska, winds between canyons of rocks and ice, past rivers and evergreen forests. From this rout we can see mountain sheep, grizzly and black bear.

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Stewart residents have much common with other northern British Columbia, they love to fish and play in the snow. The traditional method of fishing in Stewart’s saltwater and freshwater is impressive and easily accessible. Prize saltwater catches include all five species of the pacific salmon, halibut, shrimp, prawns and crab and the other activities like boating, hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and numerous other activities. Dease lake the gateway to the adventure and natural beauty situated near Stewart attractive center of visitors. Visitors can explore numerous hiking trails that are virtually untrammeled , go wilderness viewing and hunting fishing. Besides fishing or wildlife viewing, the outdoor enthusiast can find fine hiking in the surrounding rugged mountains. Many deep power enthusiasts again and again return to Stewart only for to board a helicopter and make fresh tracks in Stewart ‘s endless mountain terrain which is an incredible adventure. The world famous bear watching, glacier tours and breathtaking scenery make the trip unforgettable. More over the Towering peaks, chilling glacier scenes and unparalleled bear watching make it must see. So this quaint and stunning city always welcomes the nature lover and adventurous visitors.

 

The Industrial Face Of Emirates, Sharjah



The Industrial Face Of Emirates, Sharjah

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GEOGRAPHY

Sharjah is one of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates on the northern edge of the country. Located along the northern part of the Persian Gulf , Sharjah is the third largest and the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, forming a major part of the metropolitan area. Sharjah covers an area of 2,600 km² which equals 3.3 per cent of United Arab Emirates total area excluding the islands and has a population of over 10,000. Sharjah is the only emirate to have land on both the Persian Gulf and on the Gulf of Oman. Sharjah is around 170 km away from the United Arab Emirates capital Abu Dhabi. Sharjah owns three enclaves on the east coast which borders the Gulf of Oman which are Kalba, Dibba Al-Hisn and Khor Fakkan, providing Sharjah with a major east coast port. Sharjah also has some oasis areas like Dhaid region which is one of the most fertile land in Sharjah where a wide range of fruits and vegetables are cultivated.

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HISTORY

Human settlement in Sharjah has existed for more than 5,000 years. Sharjah is historically known as one of the most wealthiest towns in the region. Sharjah was joined to the United Arab Emirates on 2nd December 1971 by Sheikh Khalid III bin Muhammad Al Qasimi ( Sheikh Khalid III ). Sheikh Khalid III bin Muhammad Al Qasimi was killed by the former ruler Sheikh Saqr. But Sheikh was still unable to establish power due to which Sheikh Khalid III bin Muhannad Al Qasimi’s brother Sultan bin Muhamed Al-Qasimi, an author and historian came to power.

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INDUSTRIAL FACE OF EMIRATES

Sharjah is popularly known as “ The Industrial face of the Emirates “.Sharjah alone contributes 7.4 per cent of the GDP of the United Arab Emirates. A Commerce and Tourism Development Authority was established in 1996, responsible for creating policies for local and international exhibitions and marketing, thus promoting commercial and tourism activities in the emirate and thereby attracting foreign investments and tourists. This formed the integral part of Sharjah’s wide popularity as “ The Industrial face of the Emirates “ all over the world. Further an independent government  body, The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority also called as “ Shurooq “ was established in 2009 to monitor and oversee the social, cultural, environmental and economic development of the emirate in line with its Islamic identity. This body mainly focuses on three areas for the emirates Investment & Development, asset and property management.

CULTURE AND POLICIES

Sharjah like other emirates is famous for its hard and fast rules, Sharjah is the only emirate where alcohol is completely banned. Sharjah’s government body also maintains strict decency laws like conservative dress codes for both men and women.  According to the booklet “ A man and a woman who are not in a legally acceptable relationship should not be alone in public places at suspicious times or circumstance “ i.e. Mixing between unmarried men and women is illegal. Sharjah’s cultural policy is one of the most developed cultural policies in the emirates world for its investment in art and culture. Sharjah’s cultural programming is up to the mark when compared to other well established art centers situated in the west. Sharjah has 17 well established museums. Sharjah was also proclaimed as the Capital of  Islamic culture as a token of appreciation of its ruler Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimis’s love for culture. Sharjah is also famous for its highly regarded cultural project “ Culture without border ”  wherein books were distributed promoting the importance of cultural awareness and development among families and children. Sharjah has developed arts and heritage area and another area for leisure and entertainment, “ The Al Qasba ” area, which locates the Maraya Art center and the Barjeel foundation.

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Sharjah has a reputation in cultural policies when compared to Abhu Dhabi’s obsession in building mega structures and Dubai fuelling the art market. Sharjah is a busy city with commuter traffic at times resulting in rush hour traffic jams. Cost of living is much cheaper in Sharjah when compared to Dubai due to which Expatriates generally live in Sharjah and work in Dubai, as Dubai offers better job opportunities. Subsequently this resulted in part of Dubai’s construction boom webbing over to Sharjah due to which numerous high rises were constructed but still missing the royal style and neat arrangement of Dubai’s construction procedure. To keep in pace with Dubai’s development nowadays, the chord of adjacent cities of Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman is growing tremendously into one metropolis. There were initial plans to bond Sharjah with Dubai’s metro system, but they were suspended but still there is a hope for the same to be revived. Sharjah was successful in nurturing what has been left of the past by restoring several houses alongside some of Sharjah’s main museums also called as “ The Heritage Area “ , Partly as a compensation for its somewhat disorganized leap.

SHARJAH TODAY

Almost all emirates including Dubai, is heavily dependent on tourism dollars and is relatively liberal when compared to Sharjah with its vast beaches, beachfront hotels and nightclub life. But Sharjah is considerably more conservative still maintaining its social and cultural purity. Sharjah is being conceived as a modern industrial city of its own kind. This has lead to the dramatic influx of industrial enterprises into Sharjah providing world class infrastructure and support in an easily accessible location. Emirates Industrial City is considered as an additional achievement of Sharjah to become the ideal industrial hub in the United Arab Emirates.

 

Bliss in the lap of Nature – River Dart, Dartmouth



Bliss in the lap of Nature – River Dart, Dartmouth

The name River Dart consists of two amusing places to visit and these both are counted as the award winning tourist places of the country. The two tourist places with this are River Dart Country Park and River Dart Adventures. The place has a majestic beauty with the mesmerizing scenic beauty of the parks, woodland and the flowery park to play upon. The place has some amusements like the Pirate Ship Lake which are freely available for everyone and other on-site facilities which are highly enjoyable within the area.

Scenic Beauty

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The river is located in the middle of the Dartmoor National Park and is open for almost every day of the year except Christmas and that too free of cost except a place Dare Devils which is only opened in school holidays and have extra fare for the plays. The place is very well defined in the next segment of the article. The River Dart is known Dart is stretched in 90 acres and is widely popular especially among children. The river is famous for its highly pleasurable event of outdoor activities that children can enjoy in there. These activities include tumbling over space nets, swinging through tress in the park and swinging our heavy swings of the grownups. For toddlers, a special activity area i.e.  Toddlers Beach and Playground also termed as Lilliput is exceptionally admirable place to let your children enjoy to its fullest.

Dare Devils

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It is an extra cost activity but highly enjoyable place of the park only available in high season time. The most audacious and interesting bunch of activities like rock climbing; boat canoeing and high rope courses are the some of the activities that fill the people with pleasure. The high season time starts from Easter and continues till the whole September with the most important feature of free entry in the River Dart Adventures except this heart –throbbing activities of Dare Devils. This award winning site is named so or have earned so many awards because of the amusements it provide and has been awarded as “Most Visited Tourist place and Campsite” that too three times in a row. These Dare Devil activities also include some more risky events which must be performed in the inspection of some instructor. Exploring the National Park and River along with instructor fills your full day in fun and gives you the chance to explore its local caves too.

The activities of enjoying this place to the highest also includes enjoying a relaxing drink or meal or living in the porch and comfortable hotels nearby like in The Old Sawmill cafe bar or other nearby cafes that offers a high variety of drinks and snacks to complete your trip with huge amount of scrumptious food in the stomach and that too at a very nominal cost.

History of River Dart

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Everything has some history attached to it and this is applicable with this pleasurable park too. The River is located in Dart moor National Park which is build in The House that was initially owned by a private family and was the property of the Holne Estate. The place and the nearby agricultural area owned by the Dawson’s were purchased by the Simpson’ s in 1932 leading a huge area for doing any kind of activity. Soon a variety of things happened to be made in this place starting from the hotel to a training centre, then a hall for weddings, receptions or family functions or a place for the private parties. But this place was not made for all these, hence Simpson’s parents in 1976 opened this beautiful place and named it The River Dart Country Park and contributed a lot to ensure every type of wonderful activity that is expected to be in this type of amusement park. Also, besides having fun within the National Park, the place has some beautiful surroundings like the South Devon Coast or the Exeter cathedral city or other luxurious places that attracts the visitors to this region.

Navigating through the River

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The above shows the place with the pleasing factors it have. Here we present some of the commercial activity related to it. The River Dart Harbor known as Dartmouth Harbor is situated in the lower section of the river and holds the commercial side of the river. Initially it was the one of the most used maritime usable ports but as time elapsed it has declined in its commercial usage. Still, it remains busy in its own terms as it provides harbor for local yachts and boats and the trade related to boats is more famous here.

The River Dart port is financially helping various companies like the Dart Pleasure Craft Limited and served as the link between the financial ports like Dartmouth and the Kings wear. Along with these financial trips going from the Dartmouth to Totnes to Paignton creates a wonderful circular cruise of the place.

This port along with the financial purposes is also used for leisurely boating activities and is highly famous among the visitors who come to visit the River Dart Amusements. The fun doubles when several marines and boat yards are surprising made available to extend your fun and are located alongside the river bank. Also, an annual event called “The Port of the Dartmouth Royal Regatta” is there to make this place even more blissful for three days, most probably in the last week of the month August.

 

In God’s Own World-The Skellig Islands, Ireland



In God’s Own World-The Skellig Islands, Ireland

An extraordinary place to visit in Ireland is the Skellig Islands composed of two islands namely Skellig Michael and Little Skellig. They are situated in the country Kerry of Ireland. The Skellig Islands are known for its natural and scenic beauty occupied with steep rocks. It has a rich historical background. It was the abode of monks during the sixth century, when they established the monastery in the island. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on all sides, the Skellig Islands provides a warm climate that attracts thousands of sea birds for nesting and breeding each year.

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The Skellig Islands have been established as UNESCO’s World Heritage site in 1996 and it is one of the major places of attraction in Ireland. The island serves as a boon for mountain climbers for it has rocks that are steep and slippery. The steep rocks make up the larger part of the land. Every mountaineer would find it adventurous to climb the Skellig peaks. The Skellig is derived from Irish word that indicates the steepness of rocks.

According to various historical sources and archaeologists, there was a dissention between the kings of West Munster and Cashel. This discord was said to have caused the king of West Munster to escape from his territory to the Skellig Islands. The major cultural heritage of the island is the Monastery viewed as a dedication to Saint Michael. The Monastery of Saint Michael was built around eighth century.

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The Monastery of Saint Michael is the key landmark that identifies the island. A church was constructed which was actively working during the medieval period. It served as the place of pilgrimage for thousands of monks. But a few centuries later, the wild storm and other calamities accelerated the extinction of human habitat in the island.

The dissolution of the monasteries occurred in the early sixteenth century. In pre – nineteenth century, Commissioners of Irish Lights purchased the two islands. Two lighthouses were constructed on the island which is of paramount importance to the sailors. They mark the west side of the island.

There is also the Hermitage which consists of an Oratory terrace. The small oratory terrace within the hermitage has been restored by the archaeologists during the excavation and conservation works.

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The climatic nature of the Skellig Islands attracts thousands of seabirds to breed each year. The major birds include the members of puffin, fulmar and gannet families. The Skellig Islands have been conserved as a natural heritage site for years by the government of Ireland.

The Islands also hold a wide variety of mammals and birds. The diverse features of the land prove the diversity in fauna of the islands. Grey Seal is the most spotted animal. The rocky nature of land causes poor vegetation in the Islands. The soil is loose and the wind is salty. The thrift, sea campion and rock sea-spurrey are often seen flora in the island.

The Island is a natural protection by itself. Since it is very difficult to travel through the Atlantic waters, the island serves as the asylum for people to hide. The salty winds and non – availability of commonly eatable resources makes one difficult for living in the island.

During the post monsoon, the Islands are exposed to disasters and catastrophes. The storm and cyclone clears most of the vegetation present there. The steep rocks may produce landslides which are very risky to be witnessed. Hence, the apt time to visit the islands is during the summer. The island holds bright sunshine during the summer which feasts the eyes with the aesthetic view of the seas.

The lighthouses in the island help the sailors to identify directions in the midst of the ocean. These lighthouses are humongous with strong construction for they have been withstanding the pressures from various climatic conditions over decades. One cannot simply forget the view offered through the top of the lighthouse.

The island is not fit for human habitat to shelter. But for the mountain climbers, this is yet another boon. The rocks are hard and steep. Necessary precautions have to be taken during trekking and climbing. First aid kits have to be carried for there are no hospitals available in the islands. Specialised guards have to be accompanied for directions. Provisions have to be made in order to escape from the attack of wild animals.

Since the place is declared a natural conservatory of fauna, non – biodegradable and other items which could pollute the environment are prohibited from utilising. The islands holds naturally set harbours making it easy for the travellers. Several beautiful locations are available which attracts the film makers.

The Skellig Islands are one of the God’s own creations garnished with beauty and charm. Although the nature of islands make it unfit for human living, it is an extraordinary travel spot. The scenic beauty of rocks, the charming remains of the Monastery, the mind blowing construction of the lighthouses and the hermitage would certainly leave one to awe inspire the beauty of nature. If you are a traveller, want to explore places, and cherish your memories with infinite bounties of nature, you should not miss probably encountering the Skellig islands.

Of Architecture and History – Naples, Italy



Of Architecture and History – Naples, Italy

Italy is blessed with an extremely rich culture, be it in terms of art or architecture, music or food. Rome and Milan are two of the largest municipalities of Italy, and also tourist hot spots. But located in southern Italy, the city of Naples is no less equipped to provide you with a quintessentially Italian experience. A sojourn into this cultural and historic center will impress all visitors through its varied architectural landmarks, breath taking artistic productions of the past, culinary delights, and picturesque locales.

Churches

Churchs in Naples

There are numerous religious structures and churches in Naples, dating as far back as 12th and 13th century, these buildings incorporate several architectural styles and foreign influences.

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Naples Cathedral, Naples’ main church, for instance is a famous tourist attraction. Its construction began as early as 13th century, and additions were done over subsequent centuries till as late as 19th century. The Santa Restituta a church dedicated to the eponymous saint was incorporated within the Cathedral since 13th century. The Paleo-Christian church otherwise is a structure that dates back to the 6th century. The Royal Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro is also contained within the larger structures of the Cathedral. This chapel is dedicated to San Gennaro, who also happens to be the city’s patron saint. It was built in the 16th century, and boasts of the assistance of many the then famous artists. The chapel has predominantly baroque influence, and is among few of the most prolifically ornamental sections of the Cathedral. The Naples Cathedral is also famous for the Miracle of the Blood.There are various legends associated with the Miracle of Blood, and many scientific investigations have been undertaken to explain this. The cathedral is a beautiful landmark owing to its stunning interior. Marble decorations, silver reliquary busts, bronze railings, brass gates, frescoes, and art works and decorations all combine to create a dazzling look.

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There are numerous other churches across Naples. Santa Maria Constantinopoli is a 16th century church that houses the famous 17th century altarpiece of Madonna of the Purity. Sant’Angelo a Nilo, a 15th century church contains one of the city’s most spectacular sculptural offering- the tomb of Cardinal Rainaldo Brancacci. Santa Maria in Portico harmonizes to distinct architectural styles, the Baroque and the Mannerist styles, within its design.  Santa Maria Del Carmine, basilica church San Paolo Maggiore, Santa Caterina a Chiaia are some of the other major religious buildings that make the Naples terrain so distinctive and historical. These churches are not only architectural marvels, but have extremely rich historical trajectories as well.

Castles

Naples has an extremely diverse history, with French, British, Spanish and Austrian influences over its long span of past settlements. Fortifications were an essential part of Naples’ history. Today the many of these medieval castles are important and impressive tourist sites, besides having fascinating histories and legends associated to them.

Castel Nuovo

Castel Nuovo, built under Naples’ first king Charles I, stands today as the most prominent landmark of the city of Naples.  This castle whose construction began as far back as 1279, is a medieval castle locally and popularly known as Maschio Angionio. The castle also has rooms which have glass bottoms, providing clear view of the catacombs, and of ancient bone remains that lie below the surface. It is an imposing structure, with the whole profile of the castle against the backdrop of the city’s scenic beauty and with its old and captivating past.

Castel dell'Ovo

Castel dell’Ovo which literally translates as Egg Castle has amazing architectural features as well as intriguing stories and myths associated with its name. Located on the seaside the castle is a highly photogenic site with a stone causeway joining it with the surrounding village. Virgil, popular Roman poet was thought to be a magician back in medieval times, and legends associated with him were foremost in giving this castle its unusual name. The legend goes that the fortification is supported by a magical egg placed in its foundations. None other than Virgil placed this egg, hence the name Egg Castle. Castel dell’Ovo also happens to be the oldest castle in Naples. There are few other castles, for instance a 14th century castle made in the shape of a star, the Castel Sant’Elmo among others.

Villas

Villa Floridiana

Villa Piganatelli and Villa Floridiana are among the most popular and beautiful of villas and parks in Naples. Built in 19th century, these neo-classical residential structures are surrounded by stunning and well maintained parks. Palms, pines, innumerable flowers providing a colorful terrain are some of the features present in both these places. Villa Floridiana also houses a museum; it displays an impressive assortment of English and French vehicles which date back to 18th century and later. These are popular sites among both tourists as well as local people.

Parco Virgiliano

Parco Virgiliano

Situated on Posillipo hill, named after Roman poet Virgil, it is also known as the Park of Remembrance. It hosts several different events within its grounds, and also contains a small amphitheater. But more than these, this park in Naples is popular as a place that provides some breath taking views of the city of Naples and its surroundings. One can look as far as the islands of Capri, and Ischia. Mount Vesuvius, Amalfi Coast, and Nisida Island are all visible from here and provide a visual treat. Nisida Island is also popular among tourists; this circular volcanic islet is a beautiful location, with the stone bridge connecting it to the mainland.

View of Nisida from Parco Virgiliano

Several ancient ruins are found here, and many theories air the view that this used to be Brutus’ home too. Besides beauty, this islet is also steeped in the fascinating Roman history.

Cultural Center

The historical trajectory of Naples has an impressive span of twenty seven centuries. The historic city center of Naples is also among the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Besides its ancient and medieval monuments, the many museums and galleries of Naples also display the spectacular cultural past of Italy.  The Naples National Archaeological Museum houses some spectacular artifacts from the Hellenistic era as well as those received from the ruins of Pompeii.

Farnese Bull, in Naples' Musuem

Museo di Capodimonte is an art gallery which contains masterpieces of such artists as Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raphael. Naples is a food lover’s heaven, as this happens to be the home of pizza. The world famous and delicious pizzas originated here. Pizzerias located on Via dei Tribunali are a must visit for an unforgettable culinary experience.

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The buzzing city of Naples represents the vivacious pulse of Italy at its best, and leaves all travelers with a sensory delight and makes for an enchanting journey.

The Home of Bollywood: Mumbai



The Home of Bollywood: Mumbai

Mumbai is the heart of the nation in a sense when we talk about the population as it is the most populated city in India (and fifth most populous in the entire world). This coastal area of India is a young city as most of the land of the city was claimed from the sea over time of above 300 years. It is now a cosmopolitan and a metropolis city and is the capital of the state of Maharashtra. It is the commercial capital of the nation as the economy of the country has major contributions from Mumbai. The main and extremely important part of Mumbai is the cinema which can never be missed out. The city itself is a symbol of Bollywood films and Indian Television which is influenced by the global cinemas. In contrast to the richness of Bollywood, Mumbai is the place in India where you will maximum slums.

Colonial architecture:

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The most famous monument of the city is the Gateway of India. This architecture was made in order to commemorate the event when King George V along with Queen Mary visited the city in the year 1924. This is a symbol of the era of British Rule in India which was alive till 1947. This is the first thing that people will see if they enter Mumbai from a boat or via sea. It is located in Colaba in the south of Mumbai at the waterfront there. There is a Taj Palace right in front of this which is a very famous hotel in India. The British built a lot in Mumbai within Fort St. George’s walls lying to the south of the city. the pavements from Churchgate to thee Colaba were all under the British people and they are wide, clean and better than rest of the city’s pavements and walks. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus was originally called the Victoria Terminus is the building which is a railway station but has a structure like that of a palace. Also, the Police Headquarters and the Municipal Corporation buildings were also constructed by them which are also evident in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. The High Court of Mumbai, the Mumbai University and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sanghralaya are the excellent works under the colonial India and were a modern architecture for the city during that time as well as now.

Respect for every Religion:

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Mumbai has a population that belongs to diverse societies and different religion including mosques, temples, churches, Parsi agiaries, etc. Haji Ali Dragah is the most religiously important place in the city. it is constructed on a tiny islet in Worli Bay, in area of Worli, which lies at distance of 500 miles away from the coast. Haji ali Dargarh is visited by around 80 thousand people every week. Another very notable monument is the Global Vipassana Pagoda, Gorai, which is a meditation centre which can have 8000 people seated at once. There is a Siddhivinayak temple, dadar, of the Hindu God Ganesh which is also very famous and attracts many devotees. Jewish have their worships in the area of Byculla. The ISCON temples of Mumbai are also very attractive and beautifully designed and attract a lot of crowd of devotees.

The Home of Bollywood:

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Mumbai is the major place for the Bollywood, the cinema industry of India. Film city is located in Goregaon which is in the western area of Mumbai. There is architecture of Eros Cinema which has the Chruchgate railway station and is the most preferred place for a Bollywood movie. Indians are a big fan of Bollywood and celebrate the release of a film like a festival. Having a tour of the film city will be a great experience and watching the shooting and film-making process will be a cherry on the cake.

Get dirty at the sandy Beaches:

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The location of Mumbai is near the Arabian Sea. The coastal land of Mumbai has some great beaches; though some of them may be extraordinarily dirty. The Juhu beach is probably the best beach in Mumbai and is crowded on weekends by the locals and the visitors. There is a very famous Girgaon Chowpaty beach that offers a large variety of street food of Mumbai along with playtime on the beach. Then there is Aksa Beach in Malad which is also one of the popular spot for weekends. Bombay, though a very modern city, is yet not ready to see women in Bikinis and two pieces and so avoid the swimwear at the beaches.

Museums and galleries:

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Museums and galleries in Mumbai are some of the most famous ones in the whole country. The Prince of Wales Museum is the most important and most famous one which is has the gothic architecture. There is a National Gallery of Modern Art which is equally famous. There is a Kala Ghoda area which is named after a black horse statue located in the area and is basically the cultural centre of Mumbai. There is Jehangir Art gallery in the same area which is a centre of regular exhibitions of various artists. In Worli, there is a Nehru Centre Art Gallery which is for the young talented artists.

Discover the Adventure in Antelope Island, Utah



Discover the Adventure in Antelope Island, Utah

Antelope Island is situated within the Great Salt Lake, Utah, United States. With an area of 42 square miles, this island lies in the south-eastern portion of the lake, near Salt Lake City and Davis County, and becomes a peninsula when the lake is at extremely low levels. This undeniably exquisite island has an absolutely divine beauty which never fails to impress the tourists. It is one of those places which always manages to leave an indelible impression on people’s mind. Be it the serenity that surrounds this place or the vast variety of animals that inhabit this place, this is one island you just can’t afford to miss.

Antelope Island

The entire Antelope Island is contained in the Utah state park. It houses populations of pronghorn, bighorn sheep, American bison, porcupine, badger, coyote, bobcat, and millions of waterfowl. Because of its natural scenic beauty and wide range of wildlife, people have called for converting the Utah state park into a National Park. Antelope Island is surrounded by the Great Salt Lake, which has 25% of salt content and hence is unable to support fish but the lake does support Brine Shrimp. The scenic beauty or wide range of fauna is however not the only reason to visit the island. Besides being a treat to the eye, this island also obliges the adventurous side of a person.

Antelope Island is a treat for bikers, hikers and horseback riders. With about 20 miles of trail and beautiful scenery around you, this is going to be one experience you’ll remember for a long time to come. What’s more? There is not just one particular trail that you need to go on, but quite a variety to choose from. The Lakeside Trail is an out and back trail where you can enjoy beautiful views of the lake and the mountains. Extending for about 9 kilometres, this is an easy hike requiring about two and a half hours. The White Rock Loop trail is a 12 kilometre trail, and you must keep 4-5 hours in case you decide to hike. About a mile in, the trail leads to Beacon Knob which you can climb on. Another interesting hike is the Frary peak hike which extends for about 10.9 kilometres. The journey is a little hard but the scenery will surely take your breath away. The Sentry Peak trail was opened a few years back. The trip is about 10.5 kilometres and though it is relatively unexplored, the trail will definitely provide you with some gorgeous views of the Great Salt Lake. There are several other trails which are waiting to be explored, all you need is a map and a water bottle. There are several trail running competitions held each year for distances upto a 100 kilometres.

Another activity that interests people while on this island is bird watching. The state park offers unique birding venues and more than 44 square mile of habitat to explore. There are two major birding hotspots on Antelope Island: the causeway and Fielding Garr Ranch. The causeway connects the island to the mainland near Layton and offers splendid opportunities for viewing gulls, shorebirds and waterfowl. Fielding Garr offers the opportunity to view agricultural fields, scrub woods and a small wetlands area and is situated 11 miles south of the park’s visitor center. Collected, these two habitats attract not only the island’s resident species, but also a range of migratory songbirds. About 250 bird species have been found in the Antelope Island including burrowing owls, white-faced ibis, American avocets, chukars, loggerhead shrikes, western tanagers, black-necked stilts and a wide range of waterfowl, migratory warblers, sparrows and thrushes. Bird watchers are advised to carry spotting scopes especially on the causeway. Bird watching is easy on the island because of detailed trail maps and bird checklists that are provided, interpretive signs that have been put up at key areas in order to give a good idea of orientation. However, annual events sometimes draw crowds that may disrupt birding and birding is relatively scarce between key island hotspots. About 6-8 hours are suggested to enjoy bird watching.

The annual balloon and kite show, held around Labour Day is another fun event that attracts thousands of tourists. This show includes hot balloons, musical performances as well as various other competitions and has become a huge source of tourist attraction over the years.

Besides these, there are various other picnic spots that are waiting to be discovered. Whenever, you decide to visit the Antelope Island keep a few days aside to enjoy the beauty and adventures of this place. You can see the wide range of fauna that exists in the island, spot birds, roam around, enjoy the kite and balloon show, camp, hike, ride on horsebacks. However one thing that should be kept in mind is that fresh water is not so readily available, so it is advisable to carry your own water when you decide to venture out and explore the island. Applying sunscreen is another inside tip that will help you a lot once you get back. So, go out, enjoy and explore the sheer beauty and adventure of the Antelope Island. This one cannot be missed!

The Friendly Town of Copenhagen



The Friendly Town of Copenhagen

Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark, forms a geographical and cultural link between the two countries- Europe and Scandinavia. This old and friendly town is small, safe and easier to navigate around but the city is large enough to be a metropolis. This metropolis city has excellent culture, nightlife and shopping places. It will take months to explore the world class designs and spectacular architecture present in this city. Copenhagen is the fifth largest city of Denmark. Almost all the people that live in Copenhagen are Danes. They have the same attitude that you will find in big city people. Denmark’s capital city is indeed full of attractions such as The Little Mermaid, Tivoli, The Round Tower, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, The National Museum, etc. some of these places are very near to each other. Thus, people can visit these amazing places in some days only.

The Elegant Statue of ‘Little Mermaid’

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Located in the Langelinie promenade, Copenhagen, this statue is one of the most impressive things in Denmark. This ravishing bronze statue was designed by Mr. EdvardEriksen. This statue weighs 175 kg and is 1.25 metres tall. As the name implies this statue depicts a mermaid and is based on a fairy tale of mermaid itself. The whole structure was made along the water on a rock indicating that the mermaid (who lives in water) is sitting on a waterside rock. This statue has been destroyed thousand times before but was restored immediately each time. Even many replicas of this statue has been made over the years in various parts of the world.

The Exotic ‘Tivoli Gardens’

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This place is must for the children who want to have fun. Located some distance away from the City Hall, this place is among the major tourists attraction in Copenhagen. Three new rides have been introduced in the year 2013, covering an area of 600 m2. The most popular one among these rides is the 4G ride Aquila. Live music by various international artists and fireworks on every Saturday is offered in this gorgeous garden. The old roller coaster was also rebuilt in the year 2014. Although its original look was restored but some new changes are also done. In the new design, there are two mountain tops; the biggest one is at a height of 26 metres above the ground. An artificial waterfall is also made on one side of the roller coaster to provide it a more beautiful look. Tivoli stands at the second position among the oldest amusement parks in the entire world. Other famous rides offered are the Demon, Vertigo and the Golden Tower. The Veteran cars, Flying Trunk and the Little Aviator are famous among kids.

The Historic ‘National Museum’

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The National Museum was built between the years 1743 and 1744 by the famous architect- Nicolai Eigtved. It was built for the Danish prince and the crown princess, named Prince Frederik V and Princess Louise. The place is now used as a museum after the royal family left the place so many years back. But still the place looks like a royal palace, best suited for a Prince and Princess to live. The elegant gallery consists of a quite wide corridor between the sleeping quarters and rooms. The floors and the panels both are covered with oak parquets. Also stucco is used beautifully in the ceilings. The eighteenth century furniture and store are still restored there. Every summer, exhibitions were held there to make people witness the great ancient tradition of their city. These exhibitions are open for everyone and even children and family tours were also held separately sometimes.

The Seventeenth Century ‘Round Tower’

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The epic Round Tower, also known by the name Observatory Rundetaarn, is by far the oldest functioning observatory in the entire Europe. The Observatory Rundetaarn or the Round Tower was built by Christian IV. After the death of the king in 1601, the Round Tower came into the hands of the researchers. Still the tower is used by various astronauts for observations, hence the name ‘Observatory’ Rundetaarn. The tower is open for tourists also and they have to walk 209 meters to reach the top of the tower to witness the magnificent view of the old town of Coperhagen from the tower. The tower was amazingly built with a spiral walk which is of about 268,5 meters long from the outer wall and 85,5 meters from the internal core of the structure. The library hall of the tower is also very famous as the well-known writer, H.C.Anderson, used to visit this library and found the books available in this library inspirational. Various exhibitions on science, history, art and culture were also held regularly there.

The Royal ‘Rosenborg Castle’

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Many ancient cultural treasures of Denmark are held in this old castle. Till 1720, this castle was owned by the royal family. But in 1838, the castle gained the title of a historical museum. The Rosenborg Castle has a sister museum, named Amalienbory Museum (or Palace). The great hall of the Rosenborg Castle which consists of the coronation throne is the greatest attraction and is guarded with three silver lions. Crowns, crown jewels and many other treasures can be found in the basement of the castle. Even the famous portraits of Caroline Mathilde and Struensee were also hung on the walls of the castle. Visiting this castle will give you a royal experience.

All these ancient and epic places make Copenhagen a gem in the crown of Denmark. There is no doubt in the fact that Copenhagen is the most historic, classic and impressive town of Denmark with a touch of royalty.

The Forbidden Kingdom of Little Tibet: Mustang, Nepal



The Forbidden Kingdom of Little Tibet: Mustang, Nepal

Mustang, in Nepal was a land of aristocracy, the former kingdom of Lo. The district is like a little Tibet in Nepal as the language and culture of the area is still predominantly Tibetan.  The district is divided into two fractions, two-thirds of it is called Upper Mustang and one-third of it in the southern region of it is referred to as Thak. The people of Thak have a hybrid culture comprised of both Tibetan and Nepalese elements. They even have their own culture. So we can say that though Mustang is politically a part of Nepal but geographically and culturally it still belongs to Tibet.

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Mustang was at its zenith of prosperity during the 15th century when it was used as a trade route between Tibet and Nepal for the trade of salt. Mustang used to be an independent kingdom with ties to Tibet and other neighbouring areas. The strategic location of the kingdom gave it control over the trade all over the Himalayas. Nepal brought the kingdom under its control by the end of 18th century.  The district lies to north of the Annapurnas and was not permissible territory for travellers to explore until the early 90’s. However at present life in Mustang have its foundations in tourism, trade and animal husbandry.

The population in the district is sparse, a mere 15000. The inhabitants of the area are primarily Thakalis or Gurungs or in other words can be referred to as just Tibetans. The people have made their home near the Kali Gandaki River as it is a fertile plain and is hence good for agriculture. Winters are harsh forcing the people to come down the hills.

The district of Mustang is often referred to as the forbidden kingdom as it was not allowed to tourists until 1992 and even now tourism to the area is regulated. Foreigners have to acquire a permit to enter the district and it costs US$50 each season per person. Trekking is what attracts most tourists to Mustang. The alienation from the cacophony prevalent in cities, devoid of honking, to travel on foot and discover the pleasures this pristine land has to offer.

The district is studded with distinct white-painted villages, monasteries, inns and is the focal point of cross-border trading which sets it apart from the rest of the Nepal. The landscape of the area consists of eroded stretches and conglomerate cliffs. The earth here is coloured by pigments of yellowed, red, blue and brown and like a backdrop on a canvas are the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri mountains.

Here is what Mustang offers to tourists:

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  • The adrenaline rush of trekking on bare mountains. Mustang is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world. A large number of trekkers visit Mustang area to explore ancient monasteries and caves in an ancient land.  One of the most fascinating features of Mustang is the cliff-dwellings. There are literally thousands of them; some of them seem entirely inaccessible.
  • A walk-out to the Muktinath through the east side of the Kali Gandaki River. The Muktinath temple is a place of worship for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is located in the Muktinath valley at the foot of Thorong La mountain pass. The Hindus refer to the place as ‘Muktikshetra,’ the land for salvation. The Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa which means Hundred Waters in Tibetan. It houses the Saligrama sila which is considered to be the naturally available form of the “The God Head.” The best time to visit the temple is March to June as it is dangerous in other seasons.
  • Enjoy the humbling views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains.
  • To gaze at the walled city of Lo Manthang. Lo Manthang was the capital of the kingdom of Lo from the day of the kingdom’s foundation.  Many of the structures constructed at that time have stood the test of time.  The village is noted for its uniformly white-washed houses. However the most majestic structure is the nice-cornered, five-storeyed Royal palace which was built around the time of 1400. There are four important temples namely Jhampa Lakhang, the oldest temple built around the 1500.
  • Visit Marpha village which is just south of Jomsom. It offers a calm and serene place to rest and recover from the tensions eating away at you. Marpha is the centre of apple and apricot industry in Mustang. There is plenty of food and drinks to be savoured in Mustang. If you enjoy making long walk and working up your calf muscles then you can go up the trail to Dhampus Pass, the Hidden Valley and if you go further south you might get to the Dhaulagiri icefall.
  • Make a stop at Kagbeni village while going up to Muktinath. You can enjoy some short hikes and the scenery guarantees a lot of brilliant Kodak moments. If you don’t mind plagiarism then you can stuff yourself at their local version of seven-eleven and McDonalds.
  • Discover fossils. Fossils are clearly visible on some of the rocks along the Kali Gandaki trail.

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Mustang, the Forbidden Land is a picturesque destination and is a relief from the claustrophobic commercialization all around us.

 

Of Sunrises and Honeymoons, Ikaria islands, Greece



Of Sunrises and Honeymoons, Ikaria islands, Greece

enjoyable splendid time for honeymoon couples

Ikaria beachesIkaria Island named after the person Icarus, the son of Daedalus according to the Greek mythology who flew too close to the sun and plunged directly into the sea in here. It is 40 km long but never more than 8 km wide to its area to be precise. Ikaria can be combined with Athens, Naxos, Paros and Samos.

Situated between Samos in the east and Paros in the west, Ikaria is a long and narrow island 21 miles in length and approximately between 3 and 5 miles wide. It is not that huge but as pretty as a picture. The coastline is tortuous, quiet and often dropping dramatically straight to the sea with most of the small villages clinging precariously to their footholds on the slopes and this becomes as one of the point to attract tourists especially honeymoon couples to enjoy this natural sight. There are rare and various facilities for the tourists for their stay as accommodation in an area where the terrain does not confront the local people or visitors with such problems.

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The village of Armenistis is a small sea-side settlement in the northern part of Ikaria west of Evdilos and just past Gialiskari. The variety of the tourist facilities for the visitors and tourists facilities offered and the convenient and quick access through the port of Evdilos make Armenistis the suitable base. The large beaches of Gialiskari, Messakti and Livadi have fine sand and are surrounded with beautiful tall pine trees which stretch right down to the sea and almost up to Armenistis. The most picturesque location of the placement in harbor with its little boat jetty and the laid out nets ready for the fishermen’s’ next catch. The harbor area, with its marine and the tourism activities, the sunrises and fishing caciques, little sandy beaches, and the waterfront area lined with the small vendor shops, breath taking bars, coffee shops, restaurants all in one strength of a row for couples to hangout and spend some quality time together and spend much of their time for relaxation as well. The scenic splendor of the interior of the island is worth exploring and cherishing the moments.

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Ikaria in Greece are the best Greek islands for nature lovers. It have wonder sight to explore and enjoy the beauty of it. Ikaria is also one of the 5 worldwide blue-zones-regions of longevity and health pleasure. Ikaria has something to offer for everyone such as remote and cosmopolitan endless beaches, accommodations which would suit all the choices and tastes of the tourists. The famous Ikaraian “panagiria” which is a feast day celebrations featuring into it with lovely music, extravagant dancing, delicious delicacies of food items and wine. Various other attractions of this beautiful island are archaeological and religious sites of interest. There are numerous winery tours occurrences and even language and cooking classes. Adventurous outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, biking, scuba diving into the beautiful beaches, sailing, yacht charter, jeep safaris in the dense jungles and forests, surfing and the list would go on and on for this place.

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Ikaria Island is a peaceful destination for the lovely honeymoon couples to cherish their time of love in the dream island with the pleasant company of santorini sunsets. This island has little of tourism facility and is every very much tricky to reach out, but more of the difficulty more is the uniqueness to visit it. It offers the tourists with a great feast of food. It gives them a chance to have a village to village walking trail spree. The island has a vast stretch of thick forests and empty beaches which would be a splendid sight for the tourists and specially the honeymoon couples. All romance and no crowd and make their journey ‘a journey’ or it must be quoted as ‘a honeymoon to remember’.

  Ikaria Island is also known as the island of long lives and world’s longest living people due to its climatic conditions. There are radioactive hot springs which are believed to relive pain and cure skin ailments and joint problems of a human being for many living and travelling individuals to this magical island of life which will never dies. Over 150 types of wild greens grow on Ikaria that has more than ten times the level of antioxidants which is more than that of which red wine contains. So in all this island has a lot to offer to the tourists and especially for their honeymoon couples to explore the joyous beauty of the region and grow old with each other forever.

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Nowhere screams passion between individuals and nature louder than the Greek Islands, although the present tourist places have an edge over killing the romance for the honeymoon couples with the tourist’s hoards on most of the island destination. But Ikaria is altogether of a different category to itself. However Greece’s best kept honeymoon secrets adventure arena. This island has to offer all the perks of other islands in the Greek archipelago, such as the stunning sunsets and pleasing romantic sunrises. Fantastic fascinating food and overwhelming love of the people around as well which attracts the tourists to visit the island more over again and again. It has become a sighted attraction due to its pleasant climate and undoubtedly beautiful unspoiled beaches and the holiday honeymoon couples will enjoy an uninterrupted private time on the same beaches.

Lastly to conclude, a well spent vacation in Ikaria will end up itself with profoundly relaxing time and almost therapeutic experience with all the sunrises and sunsets proving it to be a perfect destination for honeymoons as well.