Dec 09, 13
No matter if you do it for fun or as a job, diving is one of the most exciting activities that you can experience. However, in order to fully enjoy it, you have to keep in mind several practical things, the most important of which being the gear. Without the proper equipment, diving itself would be impossible, so it goes without saying that before you start you have to think about what you will wear. After you’ve consulted several reliable sources and you’ve decided what you should take with you underwater, it’s time to pass to another important matter, which is deciding between buying or renting. Depending on your level of experience and financial possibilities, both of these options could be right. So, if you see the famous xDeep sidemount in an online store, should you purchase it or just stick with whatever your provider rents?
Oct 22, 13
Traveling should be an exciting experience, one that challenges the viewer. Traveling should relax the viewer, give him a chance to leave his worries and problems back home and see the world with different eyes. It is said that only past experiences can dictate the manner in which you built the future. If this saying were true, then traveling should be an activity that brings wisdom and knowledge, helping the viewer grow. If you choose to understand traveling as more of a learning experience rather than a relaxation opportunity, a destination which speaks a lot of history, strength and traditions is Vietnam. Much like Thailand, Vietnam brings a natural, virgin beauty to the table, one that immediately convinces travelers.
Oct 21, 13
Greece is a destination for nature lovers, for those who enjoy the gentle breeze of an amazingly blue sea, for those longing for a peaceful time under a shade-giving pine tree. Greece is synonymous with breathtaking scenery, unspoiled countryside, hospitality and generosity and in general is an ideal retreat when in search of escaping the mundane tumultuous life.
Oct 08, 13
New York is probably one of the most famous cities in the world, where ethnic diversity and economic power blend together in a perfect mix. Luxury hotels, some of the largest skyscrapers in the world and famous museums, this is truly a city where you can always find something new to see but, for those who only plan to spend a few days in The Big Apple, here are a few places that they should definitely not miss.
The Statue of Liberty
One of the most important landmarks in the United States, The Statue of Liberty has become an international symbol of this country and something that should definitely not be missed when in New York. A good advice would be to purchase your tickets beforehand and arrive at Battery Park as early as possible to avoid the lines. Once you reach the statue take some time to enjoy the beautiful view of Manhattan and visit the museum on Ellis Island.
This is where the true heart of New York lies. Its lights will mesmerize anyone and if you like to lose yourself in the crowd and make some memorable pictures, this is the place to go. With large shops, restaurants and theatres, Times Square is one of the most animated places in The Big Apple that should not be missed by anyone.
Museum of Natural History
This is the place where you can walk through over 36 million exhibits from all over the world. From large dinosaurs and fossils to an extraordinary gallery of the origins of life on Earth, you will not regret your visit at this museum. Furthermore, it is a great place not only for lonely travellers, but also for those who are travelling with their families. So, if you are in New York, make sure you save a day for the largest museum of its kind in the world.
Top of the Rock
Even though most tourists prefer to stay in line for the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock will offer a much better view and you will not have to spend hours in line. With Central Park on one side and Empire State Building on the other, this is perhaps, one of the best view points in Manhattan. Make sure you have your camera with you, as there will be some excellent photo opportunities on this amazing building. With three observation decks, this 70 story building has a 360º view of the city that will leave you breathless.
Nobody in New York should miss a musical on Broadway. Whether you want to see a classic such as Wicked or West Side Story or something more modern, there is a reason why Broadway shows are famous all over the world: they truly are the best!
With this being said, this is the top five things to see when in this amazing city. Of course, the possibilities are endless when finding yourself in such an incredible place but, these five points of attraction in New York will tell you the story of this city in a way nothing else will.
Oct 04, 13
The Cinque Terre hillsides, coastline and surrounding National Park have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, as a testimony to its beauty and uniqueness all over the globe. This touristic spot is made up of 5 villages that cling on to the sides of the rocks, hovering over the portion where the Ligurian Sea meets the steep mountains sides. The sight is as amazing for us today as it was in the past when these remarkable constructions were built out of necessity by the local fisherman who wanted to have settlements on the shoreline. The way they constructed their houses, piled one on top of another, in a terrain with an extremely inclined angle and facing the full power of the Mediterranean storms, is absolutely breath-taking. Add to that the Italian spirit of joy and happiness and the facades had to be vividly colored and embellished with a large variety of fishing inspired items and craftsmen’s objects. Attracting tourists all over the world in this romantic and rugged landscape, the allure and fame of Cinque Terre National Park is well deserved.
Vernazza in Italy’s Cinque Terre
The village of Manarola, Italy
Seaside in Liguria
Situated on the western shore of Italy, in the region of Liguria, and in close vicinity to the city of La Spezia, the “Five Lands as they are also known include no less than 5 traditional Italian villages, today turned into touristic resorts, that are linked together by an over the water train and railway system. These diamonds of the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre are, in order, white beached Monterosso al Mare, oddly shaped Vernazza, middle Corniglia, steap Manarola, and bright Riomaggiore. The maximum distance between the farthest points can be travelled in 30 minutes and a 7 day train pass can be bought at any train station for an available amount of Euro.
Travelling from place to place, admiring the sights and carefully constructed terraces and wondering about how people could build this cluster of living spaces and make it into an eye-catching wonder, makes a great afternoon for lovers and honeymooners alike, as the romantic feel of area is present all around. For more active travellers, there are more options than enjoying a quiet afternoon on a typical Italian restaurant or admiring the waves from the cliff hanging roads. There are two main trails on the mountains which run alongside the narrow ridges above the sea, connecting Portovenere to Levanto and called the “Alta Via” (High Path) and Riomaggiore to Monterosso, entitled the Blue Path which is Cinque Terre longest route and passes through all of the villages. However, the most searched for route has to be “Via Dell’Amore”, or Love Trail, which draws thousands of tourists all year round who want to enjoy this calm and relaxing walk with outstanding seaside views and remote portions of intimacy to saver a quiet picnic on top of a mountain cliff while glancing at your better half.
With easy access by local train from the town of Genoa or InterCitys connected to Milan, Rome, Turin and Tuscany, the Cinque Terre region has been attracting a growing number of tourists that left amazed at the natural and anthropic beauty of this world-wide heritage site.
Oct 02, 13
As the market for high class travel continues to expand, providing exceptional resorts, VIP service and exciting experiences, customers are looking for their next fix; a way to bring their luxury lifestyle along for the ride. Gone are the days of folding maps, train schedules and French dictionaries, in 2013 all a traveller needs is a smart phone. So whether you are backpacking across Europe or enjoying a luxury villa in Bali, before you jet off this summer, take the time to browse through the best of this season’s bespoke apps to tend to your every need.
Oct 02, 13
Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a deeply spiritual country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula. The land is home to a myriad of styles and cultures from the quiet buddhist schools of the Ratchaburi province to the luxury hotels in Chiang Mai. Its beautiful landscape boasts calm beaches, rich Asian culture and an abundance of famous attractions, highlighting the devout Buddhist religion. Thailand’s turbulent history of prosperity, conflict and disaster is told through stunning ancient temples and landmarks, awaiting any historian enthusiast’s discovery.