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Buenos Aires: The Heart of Latin America



Buenos Aires: The Heart of Latin America

Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentine Republic, is among the largest cities of Latin America. The name is of Spanish origin which means “fair winds” or “good air”. It is among the 20 largest cities of the world and third largest in Latin America. This is among the most important cities of South America and is the most visited city of Latin America. The architecture of this city reflects a European style in it. The city is also loved by the fans of theatre art as there are a lot of theatres in Buenos Aires. The city is full of culture and has diversity in people as a lot of immigrants are inhabited in this city.

Get into Buenos Aires:

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This city is accessible to the tourists by all means of transport. You can reach Buenos Aires by air, by train and even by road. Many small airports are available in Buenos Aires where you can even park your personal aircrafts. The main airport of Buenos is the Ezeiza International Airport from where all the international flights depart and the airport is at a distance of 35 kilometers from Buenos Aires. The regional and domestic flights take off from Aeropraque Jorge Newberry airport. If you are taking a train, there are few national railway stations around the town of Buenos like Retiro – Cordoba, Retiro – Tucuman, etc. Car lovers can have a ride to the city without any inconvenience in their personal cars. The city is accessible by four main highways and some national routes connecting it to the suburban areas. There are ferry ships and boats that allow you to enter the city of Buenos Aires. But they are slower and take more time to enter the city.

Amazing Architecture:

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The main attraction of this city is the Plaza de Mayo. This special architectural art was built in the 16th century and is surrounded by the Presidential palace from the eastern-side. This place is used as the political centre of the city as many Argentinean political leaders address the people from the balcony of this Palace. It is a common place for all the political gatherings and also for the political protests. The historic event of Dirty War, those who lost their loved ones gathered here in this Palace and held protests. When you visit the Palace, also visit the Spanish town hall right in front of it which is also a very fascinating architectural building of the colonial times built during the May Revolution of 1810.

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Another favorite place of tourists in Buenos Aires is the Cementerio de La Recoleta which is quite unusual for a tourist attraction. This place is popularly called Recoleta. This is actually the resting place of all the rich and important personalities and families of the city; we can say that the good and great of Argentina and its past are lying here. There are the big ornate tombs all over the place. The tombs are made using dark granite and white marble while some are also made using lustrous bronze. All these are decorated with statues of a number of angels and The Virgin. One of the most famous one is the tomb of Eva Peron who was the daughter of the First Lady. Many sports stars, ex-presidents, and famous writers have found their resting place here.

The city of Tango:

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Buenos is not just about the architecture and history. The Palermo Viejo District will tell you how trendy this place is. There are a lot of charming cobblestone streets, rocking bars, bookstores and boutiques that can be seen around here. Also, the similar trend and activeness can be seen in the San Telmo region of Buenos Aires. This is the place in the city which is always flooded on weekends and is visited as a flea market and a street fair for the tourists and locals. There is also a tango performance on weekend nights for the visitors and foreigners especially. This place has a colonial flavor of ancient times. The streets are narrow and the buildings are low but the shops have antiques and collection you will not find anywhere else.

The life of theatre:

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The city has a lot of theatres but the main theatre is the Teatro Colon which is also known by the name Columbus Theatre. This is the main opera house in Argentina and is among the best five concert halls in the world. The original theatre was replaced in 1857 and the current version is a new theatre which was built in 1908. The most famous artists, singers and renowned opera companies all come to this particular place in Argentina to perform. The structure of this theatre is magnificent and has seven stories. The lobby has a small museum and tourists can take a guided tour of this entire building viewing the basements, rehearsal rooms, stage, workshops, seating areas, etc.

Apart from just sightseeing, you can do a lot in the Buenos Aires. You can watch football games which is one of the most famous things about Argentina. You can watch and learn Tango which can be found at the La Boca, Milongas and Calle Florida. You can experience the exciting and adventurous sky diving which comprises of 35 seconds free fall from Tandem Skydiving Jump. Also, take food tours and try the selection of wine of Argentina which is famous all around the world.

Egypt – The Land of Pharaos



Egypt – The Land of Pharaos

Thriving along the banks of the majestic Nile, with the remains of its glorifying history, standing upright under the hot sun, Egypt presents one of the most stunning architectures in the vast stretches of its sands. The monuments dating back to thousands of years still hold the esteem and aura of the ancient Egypt. Tour to the land of Pharos and witness the everlasting realm.

GIZA

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Giza is the largest city in Egypt and is located right on the banks of river Nile. The city is one of the popular tourist attractions in Egypt because of its world famous Pyramids and the Great Sphinx. These impressive structures built out of blocks of large rocks are considered as architectural masterpieces. Giza is located in the capital city of Cairo, about 18 km away, across river Nile. One can stay at Cairo, for easy access to all the sites and attractions but even Giza has facilities for good hotels.  Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx is one of the few best hotels located at the foot of Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx. Excellent services with good food and accommodation, this hotel is just 35 km from Cairo International Airport. There is an open-air restaurant, outdoor pool, lush green gardens. One can even choose specific rooms with the window view of the Pyramids. Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa is another good hotel to check in.

Abu Simbel

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Abu Simbel is one of the finest examples of the marvelous architectures of early Egypt. It comprises of two massive rocks cut and carved out of the mountains side into twin temples. Built in 13th century BC, it dates back to the oldest monuments of the time and one of the top tourist attractions. Initially built on the banks of Lake Nasser, the complex was to a new site situated on an artificial hill made above Aswan High Dam to avoid it getting submerged in the lake. It is believed the axis of the temple was the ancient architects such that the rays of the sun would pass through the sanctuary and illuminate the sculptures at the back of the wall. People gather in large number to witness this fascinating phenomenon on October 21 and February 21. Seti Abu Simbal lake Resort is one of the good hotels you will find in the middle of the dessert. With a beautiful view of Lake Nasser, easy access to the Abu Simbel temples, swimming pools along with good food, this hotel offers a perfect place to check-in. The domestic airport of Abu Simbel is located some 3 kilometers from the town. There are flights from Aswan and Cairo to Abu Simbel several times a day also the airport has few international landing flights as well.

 

Karnak

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Despite what remains of Karnak are only ruins, it is still a famous attraction among tourists and historians. The temple was built over many generations of the ancient Egyptian era and is the largest religious site ever built. It comprises of three main temples along with other small temples located about 2.5 kilometers to the North of Luxor. The most famous structures at Karnak is the Hypostyle Hall with a hall area of 5000 square meters and 132 massive columns in 16 rows. There are various options to reach Karnak. You can take a bus or a private taxi from Cairo to Luxor. There are domestic flights as well otherwise air-conditioned train is the most comfortable way.

 

Sailing the Nile

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The Nile has been the backbone of Egypt since the ancient times. It is one of the ways to get past the history of Egypt while drifting along the river. Tourists have various options to choose between the cruises according to their convenience and comfort. Felluccas are up for the sail at minimal cost. The Sandals are larger with more comforts and convenient for a group of 8 people, providing 3 meals a day with shower and bath. Dahabiyas, on the other hand can accommodate 12 people with all the necessary comforts. The cruise will take you across various landmarks depicting rich cultural and historical heritage of the country, which include the Great Pyramids, the statue of the Sphinx, the coast of the Red Sea and other attractions.

 

Sinai Peninsula

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Known for the beautiful coral reefs, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Towards the southern tip of the peninsula, lies Ras Mohammed National Park, one of the best in Egypt. Due to its location it is surrounded by corals, making it an ideal location for scuba diving. Shark Reff and Yolanda Reef are the best spots for diving providing a spectacular view of the under-water world of the Red Sea. The Shark Reef gives you a glimpse of the grey reef sharks which gives the reef its name. Moving towards the Yolanda Reef, there is a conspicuous display of the variety of other species like Gigantic Tuna, Hammerheads, Sting Rays, Scorpion fish, Moray Eels etc. Scuba diving in Sinai is like witnessing a whole together new world under-water. To get to Sinai, one can take taxi from Cairo, even mini buses ply twice a week. The train service is also available from Cairo to Port-Said.

 

Valley of Kings & Valley of Queens

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Valley of Kings is a valley near Luxor where tombs where constructed for kings and privileged nobles of the Egypt for over 500 years. The valley contains 63 tombs and over 120 chambers, varying from small pits to complex tombs. The royal tombs are beautifully decorated with various scenes from Egyptian mythologies, culture, rituals and beliefs.

The Valley of Queens are the resting grounds that were build for the wives of Pharaohs in ancient times. In olden times this place was also called Ta-Set-Neferu or the place of the Children of the Pharaoh as along with the queens; many prince and princesses were also buried here along with other nobility. This valley is located near the famous Valley of the Kings, on the western banks of river Nile in Luxor.

Egypt is built upon its source of life, that is river Nile. An old civilization that thrived on the waters of this majestic river has left some of the most fascinating ruins in history. Pay a visit to this desert and experience the oasis of rich cultural and historical past of this mystical country.

 

Michelangelo’s Masterpiece: Sistine Chapel Ceiling, Rome



Michelangelo’s Masterpiece: Sistine Chapel Ceiling, Rome

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We all have heard the phrase “You can be the Michel Angelo of your life” which means that you can make your life as you want. You can paint it in any color you like. Who was Michelangelo? Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564) was a brilliant Italian artist who is best known for some really amazing artistic masterpieces like the triumphant sculpture David, the controversial Last Judgment and his paintings on the magnificent ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. His obsession with physical beauty and the nude male form influenced much of his work and sculptures, paintings and buildings continue to inspire and awe art lovers today. We will come to know more about the Sistine Chapel Ceiling in this article, a sheer masterpiece from this one of its kind artist.

The Sistine Chapel is located at the Vatican City, a sovereign state within the city of Rome, Italy, The residence of Pope. It is the last room that visitors see when touring the Vatican Museums.

History

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Actually, Michelangelo considered himself a sculptor instead of painter but in his 30s, he was commanded by Julius II to stop work on the tomb and to devote his considerable talents to painting ceiling frescoes. Michelangelo worked for 4 years (1508-1512) over this hilarious project and it was so taxing that it permanently damaged his eyesight. Michelangelo never knew that a project undertaken by him forcefully would form his most enduring legend.

The Artwork

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The Sistine Chapel, which is also known as the grand chapel around the world, measures 40.23 metres long by 13.40 metres wide and reaches 20.7 metres above the ground at highest point. The floor is inlaid with polychrome marble and the room contains an altar, a small choristers’ gallery, and a six paneled marble screen that divides the room into areas for clergy and congregants. There are eight windows lining the upper reaches of the walls. Michelangelo’s frescoes on the ceiling and the altar are the most famous paintings in the Sistine Chapel.

The Ceiling

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The Sistine Chapel ceiling is divided into 9 central panels, which depict “The creation of the world, The Expulsion of Adam and Eve and The story of Noah”. The most famous of these nine panels is The Creation of Adam, which shows the figure of God touching the fingertip of Adam in order to bring him back to life. To the Central panels and in the lunettes, Michelangelo painted grandiose images of the prophets and sibyls.

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As the ceiling transitions from the scenes of Noah to those of Adam and Eve and their eventual expulsion from the Garden of Eden, Michelangelo’s improvement in the medium of fresco is evident. An examination on the plaster shows that by the middle of the project Michelangelo had forsaken all the work except the final coat. He painted with great sweeping brushstrokes and his speed intensified as he neared completion.

The Last Judgment

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The Last Judgment is a painting above the altar. It took six years to complete. Michelangelo began working on it three decades after finishing the ceiling of the Chapel. The work is massive and spans the entire wall behind the altar of Sistine Chapel. This painting is a depiction of the second coming of Christ and the apocalypse. The wall on which the Last Judgment is painted cants out slightly over the viewer as it rises, and is meant to be somewhat fearful and to instill piety and respect for God’s power. In contrast to the other frescoes in the Chapel, the figures are heavily muscled and appear somewhat tortured-even the Virgin Mary at the center cowers beneath him. It is really a must see Painting.

The North Wall

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North wall on the eye level, the wall is covered by a set of tapestries, which are normally covered. Above the tapestries are two series of paintings – ‘The Life of Moses’ and ‘The Life of Christ’. They complement each other and were commissioned in 1480 during the construction of the building. There are also some paintings by Perugino, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Rosselli on the northern wall. Perugino and Pinturicchio Baptism show the deeper spiritual belief of the new religion, Christianity. The Baptism of Christ is equivalent to the spiritual circumcision of Judaism, depicted on the painting on the opposite wall. In Botticelli, there is a Jewish sacrificial offering scene, with the girl offering a bowl of blood to the priest. This is a hint of the coming crucifixion of Christ, who offers his flesh and blood for the salvation of mankind.

The South Wall

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South Wall above the row of paintings is a row of portraits of popes. Above the popes are paintings of the Ancestors of Christ. Above them is a row decorative painting. For great ceremonial occasions the lowest portions of the side walls were covered with a series of tapestries depicting events from the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. These were designed by Raphael and Woven in 1515-19 at Brussels.

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The Sistine Chapel Ceiling has been the most visited, discussed, celebrated and indeed one of the largest paintings in the history of art. You just come and admire the beauty and artistic intelligence of Michelangelo on these walls and ceiling.

Don’t Miss Crab Cakes from Maryland



Don’t Miss Crab Cakes from Maryland

Located in the United States is the state of Maryland, having Baltimore as its largest city. There are innumerable museums, and many other natural avenues that all travelers can explore while here. But any and all itineraries of Maryland must include a chance for the travelers to savor the cuisine around here, especially the local seafood. Maryland offers a culinary delight to all foodies, more so for the sea food lovers. Even among this, the Maryland Crab Cake is recognized worldwide and is a delicious dish. Maryland is often seen as the place of origin of the crab cakes, to taste the dish where it can be traced back to, is to experience a wonderful amalgamation of tradition and taste.

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The Crab Cakes and its varied and appetizing recipes can be dated back to centuries. The dish became prominent in Maryland most probably because of the fact that the blue crab happens to be a native food found easily in the Chesapeake Bay. And in addition to the easy availability, the meat from the blue crab also makes for a truly tasteful base ingredient for any dish. Though today many different kinds of crabs are used for the meat in the crab cakes, several traditional recipes still stick to the blue crabs in the ingredients, and retain a distinct taste and flavor.

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Menus of any eating joint in Maryland and more specifically Baltimore are bound to have several Crab Cake recipes among them, as it is a culinary delight that has come to be associated most prominently with this state. From high end restaurants, to the taverns, and eating stalls, you can taste these delicacies in different kinds of eating and dining environs, which add a charm of their own. The local seafood available in the Inner Harbor is very popular, so is the Lexington Market in Baltimore. An appetizing journey awaits all those who visit the many stalls and restaurants serving crab cakes around here.

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There are many seafood restaurants, or local eateries spread across Maryland that provides you with countless choices. Some of these eating joints have rich histories of their own, for instance the Faidley Seafood was established as far back as 1886, and they have their Crab Cake recipes passed down since generations. The choices available at these restaurants vary with their different recipes, but never compromise on the sweet and succulent taste of the Crab Cakes, irrespective of the different ingredients used.

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Crab Cakes are usually round and patty like in shape, almost of the size of a cookie. But that is not a necessity, based on ingredients and one’s disposition they can be made out to be as huge as a hamburger.

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The traditional Crab Cake recipes can be and are tweaked and experimented to cook various different kinds of dishes. Over the years and depending on the regions many changes have been introduced in the recipes. These variations can be achieved by using different kind of crab meat, or changing the secondary ingredients, or the cooking methods and techniques. These experimentation do not take away from the rich taste of the Crab Cakes.

Ingredients

Few ingredients are very basic to all the recipes and they vary only in their type. As the very name of the dish suggests, crab meat is among the most basic ingredients. Usually the meat from blue crabs is used around Maryland, but various other kinds of crab meats are used too. Other necessary ingredients include seasonings, bread crumbs and eggs to bind the meat together, mayonnaise and milk among other things. The simplicity of the cooking procedure and ingredients insure that the flavor and taste of the sweet meat is not marred or overcome by others. Other ingredients are often used which can include onions, garlic, parsley, mustard, red and green peppers, corn, spices like Old Bay to name a few.

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Various cooking techniques like baking, broiling, grilling is used to prepare this dish. Maryland Crab Cakes are cooked in two main ways. Depending on the cooking methods, and the serving styles these ways have been named as Boardwalk and Restaurant. When the crab cakes have various fillings, and are deep fried they are called the Boardwalk Crab Cakes, and are mostly served on a bun.

Crab Cakes, on a Platter

The Restaurant Crab Cakes on the other hand don’t have any internal stuffing; the dish dominated by crab meat is usually served on a platter. Crab Cakes are usually eaten along with sides. These side dishes vary greatly; they can include baked potatoes, potato fries, green salad, crackers, cottage cheese, sauces (like remoulade sauce, tartar sauce, traditional cocktail sauce, lemon herb sauce or spicy avocado sauce), olive oil, spices, and coleslaw.

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Coleslaw is one of the most traditional side dishes offered with Crab Cakes and are made of shredded cabbage that is mixed with seasonings (for instance apple and fennel) and buttermilk among other things.

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The dish of Crab Cakes is associated with the state of Maryland all over the world. The golden brown color of these cakes, the mouth-watering sweet crab meat, the creamy fillings, appetizing serving styles, and the equally delicious side dishes all make Crab Cakes a must taste dish for all seafood lovers. To dig your teeth into this delectable culinary offering, that too in the place of its origin, is one experience that travelers should definitely put in their schedule while in Maryland.

Chili on spaghetti: Southern Ohio



Chili on spaghetti: Southern Ohio

Ohio situated at the Midwest of the America. It is famous for its visiting places as well as for its food. Outside the taxas and Cincinnati, ohio is the most chili crazed city in the united state every spicy dish has hot chili flavor what make it different is the way it served with spaghetti it is famous for its varieties of food and many types of spaghetti flavored with various things.

Southern Ohio is most famous for its different chili restaurants which served chili with many dishes, chili taste greats with any dish, one of the delicious, unique and famous way that it is served with spaghetti. Spaghettis are long thin cylindrical pasta or noodles made from durum wheat semolina.

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Traditionally spaghettis were used to be of size around 50 cm long but now its size can be short. Spaghetti is cooked in a large pot of salted, boiling water then dried in a colander. Stir in tomato, beans, tomato sauce, chili powder and salt until it become thick drain spaghettis. Traditionally it was offered with mild tomato sauce flavored and vegetables such as cloves, bay leaves and garlic and Cheese such as pecorino romano and grana padano are often added. And now this spaghetti in many places served with chili, chili spaghetti can be served with topping of shredded cheese and oyster crackers. Chili also served spreading on hot dog it call Coney.

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Beef and stovetop chili served on a bed of spaghetti and topped with cheese and other flavors this hot and delicious called chili spaghetti. It becomes tastier when it served after 4 or 5 topping or ways like offer with chili, spaghetti, onions, beans, and cheese topped with freshly chopped garlic. This is not too chilliest as it look it is blend right in with the chili powder, cayenne, cumin and a small amount of cocoa powder to give a rich depth of flavor that is insanely delicious! It makes as Well balanced between savory, spicy and sweet.

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The ingredient of this tasty chili with spaghetti is cooked thin spaghetti noodles, finely shredded cheddar cheese, olive oil, yellow onion, green bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, chucks, garlic cloves, ground cumin, dried oregano, chili powder, cinnamon, Cajun seasoning and tomato sauce.
For this dish first spaghettis boiled meanwhile beef and onion cooked at high heathen adding of chili beans tomato sauce, chili powder and cumin mixed until it appear full red it is boiled and heated. This chili spaghetti basically made by first making Chili which of mixing chili powder, sugar, cinnamon, garlic powder and salt and then cooked beef and onion with adding spice blend, tomato sauce served over spaghetti.
The most used process of making it is by putting the tomatoes to a smooth creamy consistency add olive oil to a large pan over medium heat. It’s important to chop the onions small, and grate the carrot finely, as this not only speeds up the caramelization process, it hastens the release of the flavors into the sauce once the liquids are added Once it become than addition of onion, bell pepper and jalapenos added to it then the ground beef added cooked for 10 minutes than garlic added, it cooked till it got brown. Than the cumin, oregano, chili powder, cinnamon, Cajun seasoning and sugar mixed together the Worcestershire, tomato sauce, beef stock and bring to boil. Heated till some time it liquid is significantly reduced. It can be covered with many layers for giving flavor like mirepoix of onions, garlic and carrots that is caramelized in the rendered fat form the meat. This not only brings out the natural sweetness of the aromatics, it creates a host of additional flavor compounds that makes the sauce taste far more complex than it is. Layer can also be of some fruits and then Added the rinsed and drained beans, season with salt and adjust as needed continue cooking on allowing simmer to each serving plate add a layer of cooked spaghetti noodles, top with the chili and finely shredded cheddar cheese.

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Then it can be served firstly in two ways is simply chili and spaghetti and third way by adding cheese; fourth way by adding chopped onion, and beans on the top. All ways served with oyster crackers. It also served with beans and the spice and by giving the seasoning of cinnamon.

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So this is the kind of meal that can makes you to think that the simplest foods are often the most wonderful and tasty. With only a few ingredient that are flavored on it. It is famous for its taste and easily cooked. This dish served in every restaurant of southern Ohio with full red hot chili. In Ohio and its nearby places the restaurants most famous for chili with spaghetti are first Gino pizza and spaghetti restaurant situated nearby southern Ohio it also served with a variety of other things like raw onion and raw garlic traditional classic dish and second Skyline chili which provides a traditional plate of spaghetti smothered in secret chili sauce topped with a mound of cheese and topped with many flavors. So taste it.

Rio De Janeiro Carnivals : the only way to do it right!



Rio De Janeiro Carnivals : the only way to do it right!

Think of Carnival and only one comes to mind. Rio.The carnival of Rio de Janeiro is considered to be the biggest dance floor on the earth and attracts thousands of visitors from across the world. A typical parade here will constitute of revellers, beautiful faces and their dance costumes, samba dancers dressed in their finest refinery and feathers, elaborately decorated vehicles and blaring loud music through their speakers. Along the route that the carnival takes, it is joined by many more people, of all age groups. What’s more is you don’t need an entry pass to gate crash this party!!!

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One of the main reasons to hold the festival is for the numerous samba dance academies to compete with each other and put their best foot forward, quite literally! Each samba school comes out with its own theme, which they portray in the festival through their thematically designed wheels, costumes, lyrics, musical beats and even their dance moves. This competition between the many samba schools is the climax of this huge event on earth.

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The carnival of Rio is over two centuries old and it has its roots in both the pagan and the religious festivals. The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro is organized every year, four days prior to the start of Lent and is considered to be the biggest carnival in the world. The Carnival is celebrated in many parts of the world but it is the carnival of Rio that rules the roost. Is it any wonder then that Rio de Janeiro is known as the Carnival capital of the world?

The Carnival, as we see it today, had its origin in the efforts to make the celebrations and festivities more systematic and organized, something along the lines of the parades in European nations which were far more civilized. Riding along in their open chariots, the elite and well-heeled class of the community came out with their masks and beautiful costumes and paraded them through the city streets for all to see. The carnival which usually starts after the sun has set over the horizon, continues on throughout the night and right till the wee hours or early morning. Revellers are known to dance all night long. The carnival overflows with people, food and drinks. More and more people keep joining the parade and sing, dance and make merry to their heart’s content.

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This year the Carnival’s being held from the 28th of February to the 4th of March. So while you are reading this and hoping to be a part of the party someday, there are tens of thousands of people who have already let their hair down. The festival is also a ray of hope to revive the down and out economy of the land which has, in recent times, seen financial downfall and political uncertainty and unrest. Millions of people have booked the dates for the carnival and are headed to this place from all corners of the world. It’s not just the outsiders. Even the Brazilians take time off from their schedules and keep aside everything else to be a part of this great spectacle. The country practically stops in its path. Every sector sees absenteeism except the tourism industry which thrives and makes the most of this time. Hotels are booked and over-booked, bars are teeming with people, cabs are running full and samba schools are working till the last minute to come out with the best costumes. People of Rio call it ‘the greatest show on earth’. And rightly so!

Accommodation is available easily, thanks to the many options of lodging. They range from the five star hotels like J.W.Marriott, to the local ones like Hotel Sao Francisco, Hotel Granada and many more. Rio has an airport to call its own and there are many flights to and fro from all the major cities and urban centres across the globe.

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Don’t forget to try out the local cuisine of Rio which is intense and contains a mixture of spices, brought down by the Portuguese invaders and the African slaves. There are many restaurants in Rio catering to the various taste buds and also, to all pockets. If you don’t mind shelling out huge sums of money and are a gastronomer, you will definitely enjoy the Porcao, for the yummilicious grilled meat it offers. However if you prefer a less elaborate and expensive place then the Carretao will work just fine for you. It offers a typical Brazilian menu which is loaded with all the different specialities of this South American nation and is prepared with carefully picked ingredients.  The food contains of meat of different varieties and also fish, which is cooked in olive oil. Beverages available are tropical fruit juices and coconut water apart from the usual wine and beer. The weather is mostly hot and humid since Rio is close to coast, so pack in beach wear, glares, sunscreen and the likes.

The currency of Brazil is Real, which is roughly around 2.33 USD. So make sure you have enough cash on hand to enjoy and soak in the fun this vibrant land has to offer you.

Befriend the Jellyfishes sans the sting: Ongeim’l Tketau



Befriend the Jellyfishes sans the sting: Ongeim’l Tketau

Apart from sharks the one sea creature that strikes fear in our hearts is the stinging jellyfish with those dreaded tentacles that stings like you wont believe. On the shores of western world, jellyfish has been known to spoil more than few of the vacations. They lurk in water and if they as mush as swipe past you, you are done for mate.

So why would someone willingly dive into a lake full of this monsters ? They may look fluffy and essentially harmless but we know better right ? What if you get to dive in with the jellyfishes sans the poisons touch? Now that is a fine deal right. Mother nature has made this possible by her own accord. Read along and find a way to swim in this tamed down version of deadly jellyfishes. It is as close as you can get to a real one without well, dying!

Location:

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Around 12,000 years old is this marine lake located on Eil Malk  island in Palau  named ‘Jellyfish Lake’, also known as Ongen’l Tketau  by the locals. Eil Malk is a part of the Rock island , a group of small, rocky, mostly unoccupied islands in Palau’s Southern Lagoon, between Koror and Peleliu. There are about 70 other marine lakes located at the Rock Islands.  Jellyfish Lake is one of Palau’s most famous dive sites amongst the adventurers. The fun of diving combined with the presence of the fishes tips the scale for the adrenaline junkies.

Jellyfish Lake in Palau gets its name from the millions of jellyfish that migrate across the lake everyday.  These are unique because they have lost their sting which means they are completely safe to swim with. Jellyfish Lake used to be connected to the ocean but, over the years, is cut off from the ocean, making it a unique habitat for the wildlife that resides around it. This natural phenomenon helped us to study and analyse the creatures in a very extensive manner. Scientists assume that, after the Ice Age, Jellyfish Lake became isolated, hence trapped in the jellyfishes living in the water, therefore making it their habitat.

How to get to the Jellyfish Lake?

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Take a flight to Palau, and then make your way to the Eil Malk. The lake is accessed by a short track from the beach on Eil Malk to the lake. Once you are on the island, you can find a local guide who can help you get your way to the lake. You then will have to hike a bit, in order to get to your destination. So this is a physical test before you can enjoy diving into the warm water of the lake to hangout with the jellyfishes within it. Though the hike is a short one but the steep areas on the way can be challenging, but the final result is going to be worthwhile. Like the pain before the gain, it is the best lead-up to the wonder.

What would you find in this lake?

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You will mainly find two kinds of species in this lake, moon jellyfish ( Aurelia  sp.) and the golden jellyfish ( Mastigias sp.). Golden Jellyfish is closely related to the spotted jellyfish that dwell in the nearby lagoons. These migrate to the surface to provide revelation to the sun for symbiotic algae in their bodies. While Moon Jellyfish, migrate to the surface at the night most likely to feed on the copepods. You will also come across cardinal fish, Silversides, Gobies and the jellyfish’s only predators, anemones. But Jellyfish are going to be the most commonly seen mammal.

Tourism at the Lake: ( money and more )

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Jellyfish Lake is at present the only one of Palau’s marine lakes open to tourists. Tourists are required to obtain a pass to access Jellyfish Lake. The Rock Islands/Jellyfish Lake pass is $100 and is good for 10 days. While scuba diving at the lake is not allowed due to some safety considerations for both the jellyfish and humans. Jellyfishes are very fragile creatures and hence the bubbles from the oxygen tank pose serious threats to them. Thus light activity like snorkeling and swimming are allowed here. they account for the most popular tourists to Palau. Any trip to Palau will include a visit to the Ongen’l Tketau, also snorkeling with millions of non-stinging jellyfish is a very cool experience and one that shouldn’t be missed.

The sight is gorgeous with soft golden fishes swimming to the top in the morning sun to catch some sun. At night the migrate to the bottom of the lake. the locals say if you can spot 1000 jellyfishes, you should go deeper, 10,000 still deeper, 100,000 keep going and when you see 1,000,000 you are there. When you enter the place, you will be greeted by a plain deck to pop your shoes on. On first sight if you can see a single fish, you are lucky!. Do not be disappointed for with every swim you will see the population explode exponentially. Finally you will be surrounded by the fishes completely. The first feel of the fish on your limbs may topple you into sweet panic but as the in-habitations fade away you will swear by the beauty of it all!

Switzerland – The Birthplace of Winter Tourism



Switzerland – The Birthplace of Winter Tourism

Switzerland is a land locked country of central Europe sharing its borders with Germany, Italy, France, Austria and Liechtenstein. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations of the world enjoyed by families and lovers. It is a very popular honeymoon spot of young married couples. It also offers great opportunities to adventurous sports lovers around the world. Switzerland is a classic blend of three different cultures which includes German, French and Italian. All with their different characteristics make a unique cultural cocktail of Switzerland. It has four official languages because of which it is also known as ‘The country of four Languages’. Switzerland is a small, prosperous and peaceful nation with a stable economy. Switzerland is the most successful nation in promoting winter tourism which accounts about 5% of the total export revenue of the country. Though it gets more tourists in summers but the English prefer to visit in winters.

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The adventurous journey of Switzerland starts with Mount Titlis, Engelberg which is located in Lucerne. It is known for the various opportunities it provides for an action packed summer and winter sports. Titlis is the highest glacier expedition of central Switzerland. It offers a four lake tour of Lake Trub, Lake Engstlen, Lake Tannen and Lake Melch. They are considered one of the most beautiful lakes of the country. It also offers the biggest skiing and snowboard sports which are accessible though rotating cable cars. The snow tubing in the Slide Park is a popular tourist attraction. Among other attractions of Mount Titlis include the water adventure park on the Ristis and a 350 km of walking trails which attracts young and old alike. For nature lovers and scholars, Furenalp is the best place to visit.

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Charmey, a small village near the Gruyere region is the favourite holiday destination of families and couples. It is beauty in its true form surrounded by breath taking pre-Alpine landscapes. It is the perfect place to have fun and as well to enjoy the serenity of nature. The pre-Alpine landscape of Charmey is surrounded by nine valleys. It is famous for the Gruyere baths it has to offer for relaxation and wellness. The bath is divided into indoor and outdoor baths which provides plenty of water features like swan-neck showers, mini whirlpools, massage nozzles and water jets. It also has various spas, sauna sessions and well-being and beauty centres. The temperature of the water coming from a natural spring is adjusted according to the season. It is a paradise for those who love Nordic walking, mountain climbing, skiing and Mountain Biking. The tracks are well designed with maps shown and beautiful views around. This small mountain village is also famous its old traditions and culture.

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The Appenzellerland is also a prime tourist location of Switzerland. If you like crystal like lakes, serene valleys, beautiful villages and lovely springs then this is the perfect place for you. This is a place known for its well alive traditions and its serenity. You will never find an overcrowded and noisy place here. The people are very friendly and welcoming. There are number of luxurious spas, hotels and resorts to entertain the tourists. Appenzellerland looks like a snow white wonderland straight from the fairy tales. It is a hiking paradise with the hiking areas small enough to keep an eye on the skiers. The hiking areas are surrounded by snow covered forests and beautifully decorated cottages.

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Belalp is a small village area in Valais, Switzerland. It is at a high altitude of 2100m above sea level. It is famous for its skiing resorts.  It is surrounded by beautiful valleys with fruit laden trees on one side and snow covered high mountain peaks on another side. In the summer season this region is crowded with mountain climbers and hikers whereas as soon as the winter season arrives, the winter sport enthusiasts take over the mountain arenas. This place has a welcoming atmosphere with a traditional glint in it.

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Switzerland is not just the place only for hikers and climbers. It also offers great attractions for families and kids too. The Pilatus peak of Lucerne is one such place. It is the perfect place which offers beauty, history, love and legends all together. At a clear sky day, it offers a panoramic view of 73 Alpine peaks. A dragon rock fell here from the sky in 1420 and the legends of this place say that the Roman governor Pontius Pilatus is buried in the lake Pilatus itself, which is guarded by petrified man. Another such attraction is a train ride of Centovalli Express. It is not just a means of transportation but a fun expedition ride that takes the visitors on the tour to see the beauty of Centovalli valley and Valle Vigezzo. It is a 60 km ride offering great views of waterfalls, tunnels, mountains and chestnut forests.

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Switzerland also offers delicious cuisines to food lovers. The speciality of Swiss cuisines is its cheese and chocolates. Both are produced in the country itself and are exported throughout the world and had gained a reputation for themselves. Its famous dishes may include cheese fondue which has melted cheese with bread cubes. Another famous dish of Switzerland is Rosti which is a flat, hot cake made of raw potatoes fried in hot butter. The food of Switzerland varies from region to region and all its recipes are influenced from the German, French and Italian styles of cooking.

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Switzerland is one of the safest countries of Europe. Female travellers usually do not face any trouble roaming around but it is still advised to be cautious of pickpockets. The Swiss police are very strict about traffic rules.

The City of Architecture: Rotterdam, Netherlands



The City of Architecture: Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Rotterdam, located about an hour south of Amsterdam by train, is often called the gateway to Europe. This port city is full of old world charm, but most of all, it is a wonder of modern architecture and design. During World War II, Germany attacked Netherlands and as a part of their strategy, the heart of Rotterdam was totally destroyed by an extensive bomb attack. Clearing away most of the disaster took over a year and since then Rotterdam has gradually rebuilt itself into an impressive modern city. The Rotterdam municipality is the second largest in the Netherlands, with a population of more than 600,000. The metro population approaches 1.5 million inhabitants. The big port of Rotterdam is the largest in Europe and from 1962 to 2004, it was the world’s busiest port until surpassed by Shanghai, China.

How to reach

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Rotterdam can be accessed in many different ways: by plane, train, car, bus and boat. There are regular flights from all major cities in the neighboring countries to Rotterdam Airport and the city itself has an extensive network of buses, trams and metro. The Hague, Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Maastricht are the nearby airports to Rotterdam in Netherlands.  If you prefer it by train then the Eurostar is the ultimate high speed train with daily services to Ebbsfleet and Lille to Brussels South.  By car, Rotterdam is easy to access from Germany via the A15 or A16 and from Belgium via the A16. Rotterdam is very easy to reach by boat from England. Once you’re at hook of Holland, Rotterdam city centre is only half an hour away.

 

Things to do

 Visit Kinderdijk

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Kinderdijk is one of the best places in the Netherlands to see some of the most beautiful windmills in the entire country. There are 19 windmills here and some of them are hundreds of years old and you can take tours inside the windmills to discover how they work. If all that isn’t convincing enough, listen to the UNESCO World Heritage site badge of Kinderdijk which is around 15km east of Rotterdam.

Go to Oude Haven

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Known as ‘Old Harbour”, it is a beautiful area of Rotterdam which mixes old and new, with ships lining the waters and modern skyscrapers towering above you. It is the perfect place in Rotterdam to wine and dine, especially in the summer when you can sit out on the patios and bask in the sunshine.

Amazing Huis Sonnevenld

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If you are a little into architecture, then Huis Sonneveld is one of the most important things to see when in Rotterdam. The museum has been full refurbished in recent years, with interesting features and decoration.

SS Rotterdam

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Visiting the SS Rotterdam is much more than just have a poke around an old boat. Not only you can see this beautiful boat which sailed from 1959 to 2000, but you can also enjoy some entertainment like you can get married on it. You can stroll along the deck in the sunshine, have a drink or meal in one of the ships several restaurants and bars. Guess what? Admission is also free.

The View of Erasmusbrug

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Known also as Erasmus Bridge, It is one of the iconic landmarks of Rotterdam. It is a cable style bridge in over 800 metres long and has a nickname of ‘The Swan’ because of its asymmetrical style. It looks really stunning at night so you can take a stroll down to the river and admire its beauty in the evening, seeing the Erasmusburg all lit up.

The Museumpark

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Located between several of Rotterdam’s finest museums, the aptly named Museumpark is the perfect place to stroll around if you have gone a bit crazy going round museums all day. Make sure you keep your eyes wide open as you wander round the park as there are several pieces of artwork dotted around that are worth stopping at.

Skatepark Westblaak

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Most of us love skating at any day. Skatepark Westblaak in central Rotterdam is a heaven for skaters. The free facility was conceived by skaters and caters for skateboarders, in line skaters and BMX enthusiasts. The striking stainless steel half pipes attract both riders and spectators.

Go to Cube Houses

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They are a city landmark near the Old Harbour, the elevated, tree house like yellow cube houses which were designed by Dutch architect Piet Blom in the early 1970s.

The Euromast Space Tower

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Your visit to this exciting city will never be complete without a climb to the Euromast Space Tower. Here you will find a grand view of the entire city while you are 605 feet high off the ground. Once you have gotten tired of taking in the sights at such impressive heights, you may want to relax for a while and taste culinary delights that tickle your fancy at an impressive restaurant that’s located midway in the tower.

The Nightlife

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Nights in Rotterdam are as entertaining as the days since the nightlife in this city is never dull or boring. From clubs to cocktail bars to all sorts of cinemas, you can keep yourself and all your companions entertained until the wee hours of the morning. Just remember to avoid dark alleys and streets around midnight as pickpockets and drug runners are known to roam the area at this time.

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There is just so much to see and do in this vibrant city so just start planning for your Rotterdam, Netherlands trip today and experience the excitement yourself.

A Sinful Indulgence – Bora Bora Islands,Tahiti



A Sinful Indulgence – Bora Bora Islands,Tahiti

If you’ve ever been entranced by the fairy-tale The Little Mermaid (1837),by Hans Christian Andersen and its popular movie adaptation by Disney in 1989 ,in your early childhood and have always wished to breathe in the depths of the sea, dine with the sea creatures jostling around you, sleep in the castles floating on the sea, ride the dolphins ,pet the sharks and live like a Tropical King ,Queen, or as an almost mermaid Princess, this is where all your dreams will come true!

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The Bora Bora Islands, clouded with legends, mysteries and romances emerge to its fabled mystical presence not only for its lush beauty but also for its sybaritic intemperance that drives every person to wanting more. And, a part of this bewitchment is to be inculpated on the almost unimaginable beauty of the island. The image of a fairy-tale island with two towering jagged volcanic peaks juxtaposed at the centre of the island, against the breath-taking backdrop of crystal-clear aqua lagoons that hypnotize the mind and heart. This wicked seductress, the island, is possibly the single most famous dream destinations in the world that has lured heiresses, business tycoons, movie stars, and honeymooners to its white sandy beach shores with a Pandora’s box stuffed with guilty pleasures, leaving the traveller to decide if the cumbersome expense attached is really worth it or not.

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An argument still enrages on its position as one of the costliest destinations and some say it is sinfully overpriced, as the cost for both top-notch and basic accommodation is more than anywhere else in the French Polynesia. And, it stands out to be one such paradise which is not so worth purchasing as its beyond the scope of being purchased, owing to its ‘overpriced, overdeveloped and overhyped’ nature!

However on the other hand, some believe that the island once baptised by James Cook as the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’ deserves every penny of the très cher entrance fee. If you’re up for a serious indulge, Bora Bora has plenty of options laid down for you, from its prismatic five-star resorts to mollycoddle your every desire to those glass-floored bungalows that hover over the turquoise seas, and night nosh-ups with a candle-lit affair or even early meals served from an outrigger canoe. And if all this means a pocket pinch to you, Bora Bora has plenty of olde worlde family pensions (guesthouses), usually stationed on some of the best real estate, where you can spend your nights.

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But before everything we need to know its location and the best way to get there. So we meet The Star of all Islands-Bora Bora, on the leeward group of Society and French Polynesia, in the midst of rich coral reefs, a huge blue lagoon and a spacious harbour on the west side, and realize that it is about 6 miles long by 2.5 miles wide, with an area of about 14.7 square miles. There is the castle-like Mount Otemanu (2,385 feet) there, which pierces the sky above the crystal lagoon beautified by the alluring ‘over the water’ bungalows offering magical oneness with the astounding habitat. Mount Pahia (2,159 feet), is again one of the island’s highest points which drops sharply to the lagoon.

And, the grandest way to arrive here is simply by air (via a 45-minute flight from the international airport in Papeete) while witnessing the breath-taking view of the much eulogized Islands.

Places to stay:

Getting the best place to sojourn in Bora Bora is one of the most tedious tasks ever, owing to its huge variety and options, however it should be done instanter! Here are some awesome resorts and hotels where you have a lavish King or Queen-size stay!

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  •  Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa: Located on Motu Piti Aau(“ Two-hearts” in Tahitian) near the Le Meridian, and is one of the top Five Star Hotels on Bora Bora. It has 80 overwater villas,2 restaurants, and a bar.

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  • Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora : Located on Motu Tehotu next to the St. Regis is offers six different categories in Overwater Bungalows( their names describe the view each bungalow offers):Mountain-View, Lagoon-view, Resort-view or Beach-view Overwater Bungalow. And, for that true binge, opt for the Otemanu Overwater Bungalow with Plunge Pool and an Overwater Bungalow with Plunge Pool!

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  • Le Méridien Bora Bora – Located on Motu Tape and has been recently renovated accommodating 85 overwater bungalows(Beach Bungalows, Lagoon Bungalows, and Overwater Bungalows),14 beach and pool villas,3 restaurants and one bar which serves only snacks.

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  • And, then if you want comfortable, friendly Polynesian island hospitality on affordable prices for accommodation there is a plethora of choices. One of them is, the Blue Heaven Island near Bora Bora airport which provides 5 Polynesian bungalows set in tropical gardens each having either a king bed, queen bed, or twin beds, and a bathroom with solar hot water and a shared open air living area and sun lounges alongside the lagoon. Then, comes the Rohotu Fare Lodge, an exotic pension sitting high up on the mountain slope above Pofai Bay, south of Vaitape having a Mt Otemanu view. And, it also has the honour of being the only Bora Bora pension awarded 3 tiaras by the Tahiti Tourist Office. Characterised by the pebbled pathways leading through botanical fruit gardens to 3 bungalows and that have a kitchenette, an outdoor bathroom with hot water shower and gorgeous private garden and the complimentary bikes, everything makes it a nice place to stay!

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The crystalline lagoon of Bora Bora allows every traveller to indulge into an experience in their own desired way with an assortment of activities to choose from, like windsurfing, jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming, simply sunbathe on the white sands, or watch shark-feeding and the list goes on! Here is a hand-picked list of things that cater to the tastes of both the relaxed, lazy traveller and the action-packed thrill-seeking adventurer.

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  • Start with a tour of the Lagoon and witness the dramatic peak of Mt Otemanu from every angle with the ever-changing blue hues of the Bora Bora lagoon in the foreground. Taking a Bora Bora excursion tops the list of ‘best things to do in Bora Bora’. Don’t forget to carry a full charged camera having a huge memory space as this place is going to give many scopes of clicking postcard perfect photographs all day long!

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  • Set foot on the dreamy parcels of white sand paradise, motu, facing the Mt Otemanu. But, as they are all privately owned, to experience them you will need to take a Bora Bora excursion that stops on one. Polynesian picnic is one the best motu excursions. Being a guest at the Hilton Bora Bora can fetch you a visit to the legendary Motu Tapu for the day.
  • Bora Bora is a water lovers paradise! If you imagine the lagoon as a colossus, sultry, pellucid water lido and recreational playground available to all types of water lovers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! Action-packed activities waiting to be experienced, such as world class scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, swimming, and jet skiing and also the aqua safari, water-skiing, rule the list of most popular activities in Bora Bora. No wonder, most of Bora Bora’s adventurers solely come to this magical abode just for the water sports!

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  • Swimming with live sharks is another most seeked adventure waiting in Bora Bora. Though it sounds unusual and scary, the tour providers wouldn’t be dangling tourists to the sharks if it was so dangerous. Here, you can dive into the royal blue Pacific Ocean and stay afloat over thousands of black tip, reef sharks exquisitely swimming just below you, for as far as you can manage to see. Lucky divers often get to see the lemon shark too! Even though the water is deep, its brilliant transparency provides perfect visibility and you can watch dolphins and divers moving far, below in the distance.This experience of floating closest to the much dreaded sea creatures is both exciting, adventurous and serene and worth cherishing.

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  • One more awesome thing, you should do is go for a submarine ride. Yes, a real submarine! Just when you’d thought we’d got over with all the possible options, this pops out and sets the spirit of Adventure! During this outlandish and fascinating experience you get to witness the usual marine life suspects: snappers, damselfish, jack fishes, stingrays, multi coloured beauties, and stunning corals all about the place. Depending on the time of year or water conditions, you may also see turtles, moray eels, sharks, and more amazing creatures. However, doesn’t matter what you see or not this very submarine activity definitely provides an unique Bora Bora experience.

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  • And, even after all this, if you still want more adventure, day hiking the most forbidding and steep mountains of the interior is your thing! The Otemanu and Pahia (Bora Bora’s highest point) mountains, the two remaining peaks of an extinct volcano provide as amazing destinations and challenges for the experienced and serious hikers. Moreover you can also take a four-wheel-drive excursion along the overgrown forest roads enjoying the natural habitat and tranquillity of the island’s interior.

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  • And, then the best way to end all the over-hyped adventure is with a visit to the exotic “Lagoonarium” where you can get in the waters and actually interact with the sea creatures of the lagoon such as turtles, sharks and rays, tropical fishes etc., while swimming alongside them, but of course with an experienced underwater guide. Through its various activities, the traveller gets an opportunity to feel and interact with the untamed Nature closely, and this is concretizes the entire experience!

Food-Fiesta!

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A trip to Bora Bora without a Taste of the Poisson Cru is just so incomplete. This dish is an authentic Tahiti delight, a recipe of marinated raw fish seasoned with fresh coconut milk and lime, a paradisiacal exotic dish which you’ll find in almost all the restaurant menus in Bora Bora. One of the best places to serve it is the Tahitian Trio at the Hilton, where they serve a trio of heavenly Tahitian dishes as a shared entrée in the most picturesquely delicious presentation. In Bora Bora, also known as a popular celebrities’ abode, one should surely visit the Bloody Mary’s Restaurant and Bar, a popular local hangout, and check out the bar’s wall of fame which adorns the names of the many celebrities who have dined there, including, Goldie Hawn, Jimmy Buffet and Pierce Brosnan and hope to witness some paparazzi maybe while sipping on a cocktail and enjoying the wonderful ambience one of the extremely romantic islands in the world.

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Treasure-hunt!

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You’re in an island lauded all over the world for its veil of mystery, romances, legends and natural beauty and still hope to go back, just with a mind full of memories, and camera stuffed with photographs? You can’t be this hopeless after all this frenzied variety of adventures ventured onto and that too on the very Shopper’s Paradise! Therefore, Bora Bora brings you at the end of the trip, to the place of treasures, where you can buy and own pieces of treasures, most popularly the finest of Black pearl and unique arts and crafts reflecting the uniqueness of the Tahitian culture. The majority of shopping in Bora Bora is to be found in little honeycomb of shopping centres along the island’s encircling road. Though many hotels also stores, boutiques, and businesses of their own, buying stuffs while wandering in the local market areas while having an opportunity to interact with the locals is the best preferred option. These stalls possess a myriad medley of Pacific Island related products, like island handicrafts, beautiful clothing, paintings, shells, books, art, knick-knacks and so on, while the Tahitian pearl jewellery tops the list! Shops here, are usually open on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with long lunch breaks taken at midday, and until around noon on Saturdays. However, the only shops open on Sunday are located in hotels and resorts possessing no sales tax.

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A sea-paradise, the Bora Bora Islands is one of such unique places, which is worth a visit at least once in a lifetime. Though, this paradise is in its best appearance for almost the entire year, there are obviously some special occasions, when the hotel rates here, touch the skies and the shores are flooded with tourists and the entire Island gyrates in the rhythm of merriment. Such festivities take place during the Tahiti Heiva in June, which the biggest party of the year in Bora Bora and also during Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day. Moreover, the events of the World Tourism Day and the Tahiti Guitar Festival, from February 20-22 held in Le Meridien Tahiti are really popular. Therefore, if its best to start planning a trip to this Elysium from this very moment, because Bora Bora seems to asphyxiate you to feel like you’ve never had enough of it and escort you to the ultimate indulgence!

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