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A Visit to Italy’s Best Kept Secret

Best Destinations - Amanda - September 17, 2017

Situated in the southeastern region of Italy, Puglia, also known as Apulia, is one of the best-known destinations in Italy. In many respects, Puglia makes for the perfect holiday spot. The splendid region boasts not only of a sublime climate, but is also home to beautiful villages and towns, stunning architecture, delicious food and impressive folklore and traditions.

With more than 800 km of coastline, the region is well loved by people who have a fascination for life on the open sea. Whether you go to the Adriatic shores or the vast stretches of sandy beaches on the Ionian Sea, you will never have to look far to find a great spot to unwind and relax. And all of this with a climate that is as pleasant as anywhere in the Mediterranean!

Puglia is a tourist’s delight. There is much beauty to behold and plenty of things to do and explore in the region. Here are some must-visit places not to miss if you are planning to book a holiday in Puglia.

1. Otranto

The easternmost town in the region, the town of Otranto draws a lot of tourists. It has been declared as “Heritage witness to a culture of peace” by UNESCO. The town has a small seaport that is mostly used for tourism and fishing activities. There is a wide array of local and international festivals are held regularly in the region such as the Otranto Jazz Festival, La Notte della Taranta and others.

2. Alberobello

The picturesque town located on top of two hills is located south east of Puglia. The small region boasts scenic beauty and modern architecture. It is undoubtedly one of the most characteristic towns in the country and is well known for its traditionally constructed stone houses referred to as trulli; these houses have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

3. Castelana Caves

One of the primary tourist destinations in Puglia, Castellana Caves is a small town located in the Bari region. The town gets its name chiefly from the large and beautiful complex of caves located here. The place has a beautiful historic center with several ancient structures that date back to the 17th century.

4. Castel del Monte

Castel del Monte is situated near Andria. It was constructed during the 13th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5. Lecce

Referred to as the “Florence of the South” for its Baroque architecture, Lecce is also home to scenic countryside, small towns and beaches. It makes for the perfect destination for a weekend break or a holiday and is an excellent base for exploring the Salento Peninsula.

6. Ostuni

Ostuni attracts a huge number of visitors every year, especially during the summer months. The popular tourist spot is also referred to as “White City” because its historic center is completely painted with white lime.

7. Locorotondo

The place is a labyrinth of white washed houses with beautifully decorated balconies and quiet, clean streets. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely lunch and take a stroll afterwards.

These are just some of the tourist attractions in Puglia. Pick a town at random and you are likely to find a fascinating blend of history, beautiful architecture, friendly people and sumptuous food.

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ENJOY A ROMANTIC CRUISE IN EUROPE WITH YOUR LOVED ONE

Best Destinations - Amanda - September 16, 2017

Going on a luxurious cruise with your loved one might just be one of the top most things in a traveler’s bucket list. Watching the sunset from the deck of a beautiful ship while cruising through the ocean can only be described as a surreal experience. However, the luxurious experience of a cruise ship comes with a hefty cost. Most of us cannot even dream to spend that much money for a fraction of our vacation plan. But now, you can book a romantic mini cruise from Cruise and Maritime Voyages which will fulfill your cruising dreams without breaking the bank. You can book from a range of one night to five nights cruise packages depending on your budget and time, and enjoy a romantic vacation cruising the waters through Europe with that special someone by your side.

Budget Friendly Packages:

The mini cruises offered by Cruise and Maritime Voyages ranges from extremely budget friendly to a moderate budget packages in order to suit your pocket. You can book a one night cruise if you just want a taste of the luxury and lavishness of a cruise ship with your loved one. If you have slightly more budget to work with, you can go for their three night or five night options for a more extravagant, more elaborate luxury experience.

Multiple Departure Points:

Cruise and Maritime Voyages conducts their mini cruises from various cities throughout Europe. So no matter where you are for your vacation; from Newcastle to Belfast, from London to Cardiff; you can be sure to catch a cruise to spend some romantic time with your loved one, indulging into the lavishness and the luxury that your ship has to offer.

Short Getaways:

One of the great things about these mini cruises is, you can go for a short trip to unwind from your busy schedules if you don’t have time for a proper vacation. Just book a one night or two night’s weekend special cruise trips to spend some time with your partner. You can be sure to have the most memorable romantic weekend getaway in Europe you have ever experienced.

Uncompromised Luxury:

Although these mini cruises won’t break the bank, still you won’t have to compromise on the luxury of a cruise ship when you book a mini cruise with Cruise and Maritime Voyages. With a lavish five course dinner, stylish big show entertainment, cabaret and late night disco, your cruise ship will spoil you and your partner with all the luxury a cruise ship has to offer. Enjoy you stay on the cruise ship in their luxurious ocean view rooms to take your cruise ship experience to a whole new level.

With all their indulgent food, luxurious cabins and unmatched pricing, the mini cruise offered by Cruise and Maritime Voyages is really an experience which you cannot afford to miss. So whether you stay in Europe, or visiting to any of the cities they operate their tours from, make sure to book yourself a romantic mini cruise experience for you and your loved one to enjoy It will be an experience which you and your partner will cherish forever.

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THE MYSTERY BEHIND GREECE’S TEMPLES

Best Destinations - Amanda - September 15, 2017

Astronomers believe that Greek temples were built to align the occupied parts of Earth with the planets in the sky. It is a belief that the ancient Greeks were astute enough to build their holy venues and these represents something greater than us. A Spanish language teacher, Manolo Fernandez also believes that Greek temples were not placed randomly.

If we look at the map of Greece, the temple of Poseidon in Sounion forms an isosceles triangle with the Hephaisteion in Athens and the temple of Aphaia Athena in Aegina. This is assured by Fernandez that the triangles reflect the movements of sun, moon or planets and stars with respect to Earth’s surface. In the National Observatory of Athens, Fernandez while seeing the moon, Saturn, Mars and constellations, is obstinate that the Greek temples were built to align the occupied parts of Earth with the planets in the sky.

According to astronomy or mythology, the religious sites were situated in a triangulation termed as ‘sacred geography’. It was termed as a ‘grand design’ which bonds sacred sites with each other and the sky, by Jean Richer, a French literature professor at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in the 1960s. He declared that Greece’s 12 sectors reflects the 12 zodiac signs. But these theories never got that respect from orthodox science which is based on proven facts.

The astronomical orientation of Ancient Greek temples were recently determined by George Pantazis and Evangelia Lambrou, associate professors at the National Technical University of Athens. It was found that the orientation of temples Parthenon and Hephaisteion is related to the sunrise on the celebration day of the goddess Athena. The sunrise occurs on the central axis, illuminating the central statue of the worshipped god. It was ensured that both had the same view towards the ease by symmetrically positioning the temples.



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FLORIDA THEME PARKS: TOP THREE THEME PARKS TO VISIT IN FLORIDA

Best Destinations - Amanda - September 14, 2017

Situated at the extreme of the southeastern coast of U.S.A, the state of Florida is known for its miles and miles of beaches, its distinctly Latin-American cultural influences, its nightlife and most importantly, its theme parks. There are over a dozen theme parks within Greater Orlando itself. And if you are someone who is looking forward to having some good old fun time with your family or by yourself, then your best option will be to visit some of the Florida theme parks. However, with so many theme parks to choose from, deciding which one to visit may not be the simplest task. Here are the top three theme parks in Florida, which will surely make your job a lot easier.

Discovery Cove, Orlando3. Discovery Cove, Orlando

If you are someone who loves animals, especially marine life, then this is surely the place to be for you. Discovery Cove is an amazing amusement park full of dolphins, colourful tropical fishes, sharks and much more. Here you will find yourself up close and personal with the natural world, which you will never forget in your lifetime. The centrepiece of this park is the dolphin swim, where you will be able to go on a one-on-one swim with your own dolphin-friend. You can also immerse yourself in the waters of the Grand Reef, where thousands of exuberant fishes wait for you. You can also trade waters with friendly stingrays, sharks and lionfish. Apart from the marine life, the towering waterfalls, the tropical birds and other attractions make this theme park a must visit for all the animal lovers among you.

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park2. Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park

Meet all your favourite characters from your childhood days at the Magic Kingdom Park of Walt Disney World. This place is truly the most magical place in the world. You’ll get to party at different animated parades, see some spectacular firework shows and capture some moments with your favourite Disney characters. There are a lot of rides which are equally fun for kids and adults, also a number of entertainment shows for you to enjoy. After a busy day, you can indulge in a fancy candlelight dinner at the lavishly themed restaurant. A lot of special events are held here during the seasonal holidays, which makes it the perfect place for a memorable family getaway.

Universal Studios Florida1. Universal Studios Florida

If you and your kids are in love with the Harry Potter series, then this is the place for you to be. This huge theme park makes every Harry Potter fan’s dream come true. You can travel below Gringotts bank if you are in the mood for some adventure, or dine at the Leaky Cauldron. You’ll get to walk through the streets of London and enter Diagon Alley, to choose the perfect wand for yourself or your kid from the oh-so-famous Ollivanders. And if you buy a Park-to-Park admission ticket, then you can also ride on the Hogwarts Express to travel to Hogsmeade located at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park. No matter the age, you’ll surely be enchanted by seeing this magical world come to life in front of your eyes. That is why this is the number one theme park which you should visit in Florida.

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THINGS TO DO IN SAN FRANCISCO

Best Destinations - Amanda - September 13, 2017


Stretched across 7 miles, San Francisco is packed with activities that would please foodies, outdoorsy types and curious wanderers of all ages. Some of the San Francisco attractions include – the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Ferry Building Marketplace, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, and many more.

Golden Gate Bridge

The orange arches amidst the rocky seascape of the San Francisco Bay have made the Golden Gate Bridge the most popular San Francisco attraction. The name has been referred to the body of water it spans. It was built to travel between San Francisco and Marin Country. The best shot of the bridge can be seen from the Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point which is situated on a hill overlooking San Francisco. One can find some scenic trails which lead to secluded beaches – Kirby Cove and Black Sands Beach.

Ferry Building MarketplaceFerry Building Marketplace

San Francisco attraction, the Ferry Building Marketplaces, is popular amongst foodies. It is a public food market featuring small restaurants, grocery stores and snack stops. You can find variety of staples such as Mexican food, seafood, burgers, Japanese delicatessen, nut shop and a cheese and dairy bar. It is an impressive fact that despite having the formal restaurants, the visitors love to pick up to-go meal and enjoy it along the scenic waterfront. Just avoid coming on the weekends as you will end up standing in long queues. The market is open from 10am to 7pm, the farmer market from 10am to 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 8am to 2pm on Saturdays.

Golden Gate Park

This San Francisco attraction is equivalent to California’s Central Park, about 174 acres bigger. It takes a full day to experience so many things offered by this park. Within its evergreen borders are trails, playgrounds, sports, picturesque picnic spaces, gardens, sports courts, museums and more. The best part is the Japanese Tea Garden, serving as the oldest Japanese Garden in the USA. The Conservatory of Flowers is another standout which is the oldest existing public conservatory in the Western Hemisphere.

There is the California Academy of Sciences that features – planetarium, an aquarium, natural history museum and the Osher Rainforest that houses 1,600 live animals.

The Exploratorium

Also known as “a learning laboratory”, this San Francisco attraction consist of 600 hands-on exhibits covering various subject matter – psychology, engineering, biology and geography. There are six main galleries, highlights include – the tactile dome, the pitch-black sphere, the colored shadow area, and the 10,000-toothpick sculpture of San Francisco. It not only attracts children but also people of different ages.

Cable CarsCable Cars

The Cable Cars is one of the most popular San Francisco attraction seen in a television show or a movie. It has been given the title of a National Historic Landmark in 1964. The history reveals that the cable car was conceived by Andrew Smith Hallidie after he witnessed an accident involving a horse-drawn buggy trying to climb a steep San Francisco hill and failing. Approximately, nine million visitors ride the cable in a year.

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