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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Vacation Destinations for Couples

It’s quite natural to want for locations that promise you privacy and serenity at the same time. Well, I need not specify on vacation ideas for couples’ because the choice, whether you wish to spend time with each other or engage in a rocking adventure, is absolutely yours. Isolated beaches, islands, countryside, house boats, etc., make for ideal getaways for couples.

Paris
The ideal honeymoon destination for couples is Paris, having resources for every form of enjoyment. Enter into some vintage form of romance gazing the Eiffel tower in the evening and then enjoying wine and country music at the luxurious pubs and clubs. You can take interest in sensuous dance forms and good music with your beloved. How romantic! Isn’t it?

Switzerland
Book your tickets to Switzerland for enjoying the calm and serene beauty of the Alpine mountain range. Switzerland attracts millions of couples during winter and summer season. The view of the snow capped mountains at a height of 4000 m is simply amazing. Summers are also beautiful. Do not miss out Swiss wine and chocolates.

Florida
Florida has the most beautiful beaches in the world. The beauty of sun, sand and the sea is amazing. Boating, fishing, bird watching and a superb night life shall make your Florida vacation worth remembering. Enjoy some intimate moments with your partner in the secluded beaches of Florida. I’m sure you will enjoy the south beach, Miami.

Caribbean
You will lose your senses in the beauty of Caribbean islands. Enjoy the Bahamas and the Palm Beach. Have a luxurious stay at Romantic St. Lucia Resorts. The night life is simply rocking. The islands of Barbados and Tobago are enchanting. The white sands and azure blue water create a perfect ambiance for couples. The ultimate place for love, romance and happiness are the Caribbean islands.

Malaysia
A group of islands and beaches make Malaysia. The most beautiful beaches include Borneo, Pangkor Island, Tioman Island, Perhentian Islands and Redang islands. Apart from the beaches, you will also love to enjoy the natural beauty of the islands. Popular beaches in Malaysia include Tulai beach, Pasir Panjang, Teluk Dalam, Jetty beach, etc.

Las Vegas
If you love glamor, fashion, lights and fun, then Las Vegas is the perfect destination for you. One of the best vacation spots for couples wanting to spend the days in fun and entertainment, the city has everything to entertain yourself with. Discos, shopping malls, foods, music, drinks, restaurants, pubs and so on. It also has beautiful churches.

Italy
Romance will have a different dimension in Italy. The beauty and charm of Italy is unique. Traveling through the canals of Venice is an amazing experience. The best city is Florence. Experience the beauty of the sunsets over river Arno. The city has beautiful vintage style restaurants and churches. You can not only enjoy the historical beauty but also experience the beauty of the city. I’m sure Italy vacations will be cherished by you again and again.

Ways get into the Splendid Land of Maramures

Baia Mare, the county capital and most likely the town where you will first arrive whether by train, car, or plane, lies outside the Land of Maramures proper, that stretches beyond the 1000 meter high ridge of the Gutai mountains. There are several roads in this region, passing trough Baia Mare – Baia Sprie – Gutai Pass – Mara. The national road DN18 is commonly used to access the Land of Maramures over the Gutai Pass.

Unlike other access roads, even in the fiercest of winters, this vital road is well plowed and remains open to the traffic all year around. Regular long distance buses (marked as heading either Sighetu Marmatiei or Borsa Complex) leave every two hours from the terminal adjoining the railway station in Baia Mare. Baia Sprie, a mining settlement, 10 km from Baia Mare, is the last point to fuel your car, as the next petrol station is more than 30 km away.

As soon as the road leaves Baia Sprie, the forests that will accompany you for more than 20 km come into view. A signposted side road tempts you to make a detour either to the Suior youth hostel which has tennis courts, quiet location, basic comfort at affordable prices when the place is not used for camps; or to the more ambitious Mogosa chalet, with its rooms and terrace facing the scenic Bodi Lake that mirrors the 1246-metre high Mount Mogosa.

Back to the main thoroughfare, you will soon understand why this road is considered one of the most demanding track’s of Romania’s car racing championship which is held every year in the month of June. This road winds steeply in a breathtaking succession of dozens of hairpin curves.

You can catch your breath on top (Gutin Pass, 987 m), have some refreshment at the Pintea Viteazu Inn which is named after the legendary outlaw Pintea the Brave, and unless you don’t decide to spend the night at the Inn and eventually go on a 3 hour trip to the scenic cliff of Creasta Cocosului (1428 m high: the Rooster’s Comb), you can go on counting hairpin curves for the remaining 12 km to Maramures’s first village, Mara. Just before it, the brook bank offers a good location for camping in the wild, if you are not afraid of meeting the village’s domesticated buffaloes.

This national road as compared to the variant over Gutai pass described above is steeper and is stone paved for some 5 km. A further disadvantage is the absence of regular buses, except for miners’ shuttle buses or trucks, observing rather irregular timetables. However, this route has the major advantage of crossing a pass that is less thickly wooded, which will offer the tourists an outstanding panorama stretching to Ukraine’s Carpathian foothills. Immediately after entering the town of Baia Sprie, you should leave the national road and take the road marked DJ 184. The stretch between Baia Sprie and Surdesti is actually part of the Choir route. Don’t miss the unique church in Surdesti, which is one of the world’s tallest wooden structures!

The valley gets narrower and the road is now accompanied by the suspended pipes that carry fluid waste from the ore processing plant. With its houses packed one against the other in the narrow land, Cavnic is closely related to the ups and downs of the Romanian mining industry, whose perspectives are now particularly grim. This mining settlement is first recorded in a document from 1455. This was the place where the last Tartar horde to foray into Romanian territories was routed in 1717. A roadside memorial obelisk, called ‘the Tartar’s Stone’, bears a Latin inscription that recalls this event.

Gorgeous Islands of Greece

Aegina
This island lies close to Athens. This is probably why Aegina is popular among locals as a way to beat the stressful routines of the week. The island is triangular in shape, and a visit would greet you with a busy port, fishing boats, stylish yachts, and a beautiful seaside. Tourists who visit the Aegina islands are known to flock to the Aphaia temple and the Agios Nektarios church. The island also has a rich history to its credit. There are even some prehistoric findings that denote the early inhabitation of this island.

Skiathos
Skiathos lies in the Aegean Sea, and falls in the Sporades group of islands. The amazing thing about the island is the 70 beaches of complete fun in the sun that includes a nude beach as well. This amazingly green and serene island sees a flurry of activity in the months of July through August. The golden sands and the inviting waters beckon people from far and wide. The busy town of Skiathos has a bustling nightlife for partygoers, and traffic-free shopping areas for shopaholics.

Santorini
Santorini falls in the Cyclades group of Greek islands, and was formed due to a volcanic eruption. It consists of volcanic islands and is also known as the Thera or the Thira. Santorini offers spectacular sights, which can make anyone turn into a creative photographer. This island also proves to be a great bet if you want a holiday by the beach with some amount of action as well. Romantic sunsets and a pulsating nightlife makes this place a popular choice for many.

Andros
Andros lies on the northern side of the Cyclades. It also remains an ideal hotspot on weekends for locals. Green valleys and the hillsides attract many people with the love for hiking. This island is, therefore, recommended for those who love to walk and explore the countryside, since it has a fewer number of beaches.

Crete
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands, and the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean. Although subjected to overcrowding due to commercial activities, this is surely the place to get that enviable tan. The spectacular island of Crete also has lots of things in store for the avid traveler. Secluded and sandy beaches, villages with traditional flavor, and various other places worth seeing makes this a most sought after destination.

Corfu
Corfu is also one of the most-favored Greek islands among tourists, and is in the Ionian Sea. This island is known for its typical music flavor. The twangs of the guitar, and the chorus that accompanies it, add to the merry atmosphere of the island of Corfu. If Corfu is a destination on your list, be prepared for loads of sun and sand, with plenty of sea sports activities at this beautiful destination.

Mykonos
Mykonos rates very high among the top destinations all over the world. This is yet another island that is very popular for its natural beauty and the rocking nightlife. It lies in the center of the Cyclades group. Early years had seen Mykonos to be a controversial place with the kind of culture it propagated, but today, it is very cosmopolitan and offers a rather bustling kind of a holiday. It is no wonder that Mykonos is also famous as one of the top clubbing destinations in the Mediterranean. So if you are a party animal with the love for nature, you would surely know by now which destination you would need to head to.

Naxos
Located in the Aegean Sea, it is one of the biggest islands that belong to the Cyclades group. The picturesque locations and the sandy beaches make Naxos a popular destination for many. The crystal clear water and the quaint towns of this island, along with sport activities such as windsurfing and kite surfing, makes it a complete fun package for all.

Paros
It lies in the central area of the Aegean Sea. The main characteristic feature of this island is the fine white marble. This island of Greece has many beaches along its borders. The sandy beaches and the cobblestone alleys all add to the charm of the island of Paros. Paros remains to be a particularly low-key destination although it has beautiful destinations and an atmosphere of complete tranquility. This is also one of the few islands that make large efforts to keep their beaches clean.

Agistri
This is a small Greek island among the Saronic group of islands in Greece. It is also easily reachable by boat, which are called ‘Water Taxis’. Agistri proves to an ideal location if you are on the lookout for some peace and quiet. If you are planning for a lazy holiday, that includes rolling on silken sands and getting some tan, then this location is very apt because there is very little to do in terms of the nightlife or activities.

These are just a few of the islands of Greece, and these have already transported me to another world. Being a complete beach bum myself, I would not mind being marooned on these wonderful islands. Such is the beauty of the Greek islands.

Brazil Historical Landmarks

The Statue of Corcovado
Corcovado is a mountain in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Here, the statue of Christ the Redeemer is one of the main tourist attractions that continue to attract millions of local as well as international tourists every year. The statue shows Jesus overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro with his arms outstretched. This is also one of the tallest statues in the world. It is designed in the Art Deco style by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa. The structure was constructed between 1922 and 1931. Christ the Redeemer is the most recognizable symbols of Brazil, and any tourist visiting the country can’t afford to miss this iconic attraction.

Ouro Preto
This is a city that is located in the Minas Gerais in Brazil, known for beautiful Baroque architecture. Ouro Preto was the main destination of the gold rush in the olden days. Founded at the end of the 17th century, the current name of the city translates to ‘black gold’. It was originally called Vila Rica, or ‘rich village’. The beautiful colonial architecture has led it to be declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Manaus
Manaus is a city located in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, and can mainly be accessed by boat or airplane. The culture of Manaus has blended the old and the new, and is the best place to get a glimpse of the history and culture of Native Brazilian tribes.

São João del Rei
This historical city is also located in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. One can get a glimpse of some of the most beautiful churches and cathedrals out here. The city was founded in the 18th century and there are around 70 beautiful churches that are definitely worth a visit. At the beginning of the century, it used to be known as “Heart of the Amazon” and “City of the Forest”. The Solimões and Negro rivers meet in Manaus and together form the mighty Amazon River.

Congonhas
Congonhas is a beautiful Brazilian city that is the capital of Minas Gerais. The main attraction of this city is the Basilica and outstanding sculptures. UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site in 1985.

Olinda
Olinda is another historic attraction located in the state of Pernambuco, on the northeastern Atlantic Ocean coast. Its historic downtown area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as are the city’s various churches and its annual Carnival.