понеделник, 30 януари 2012 г.

The Royal Chateau de Versailles - Palace of Versailles, France - facts and photos

Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Versailles, is located in the Ile-de-France region of France. Nowadays Versailles is a suburb of Paris, 20 km from the city. So, if you're in the area, you can visit the place. Don't miss it. Palace of Versailles have to be seen.

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Chateau de Versailles, France
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Gardens of Versailles, France
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Garden view, Palace of Versailles, France

Originally, there was built a hunting lodge for Louis XIII in 1624. He was pleased with the nature and location. Back then Versailles was a county village which started to develop thanks to its location on the road from Paris to Normandy. The successor of Louis XIII - Louis XIV ordered renovation and expansion of the chateau. And....later, in 1682 the court was officially moved there. It became the centre of political power. But, the Royal family had to return to Paris after the beginning of the French Revolution. The Palace of Versailles became a symbol of the Absolute Monarchie. 

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Fountain, Gardens of Versailles, France
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Gardens of Versailles, France
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Fountain of Neptune, Palace of Versailles, France
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Bronze Sculpture of La Seine, Chateau de Versailles, France

There were four building campaigns. The all four corresponded to Louis XIV's wars. During the first building campaigh were made some modifications to the chateau and the gardens so they can accomodate 600 guests. The second made the palace look a lot like it is today. Then were built the Appartment of the roi and the Apartment of the queen. In the thitd campaign in addition to the Hall of Mirrors were designed the Orangerie and the north and south wings. The Gardens were also further developed. The fourth campaign was mostly about the Royal chapel and some improvements of the Apartment of the king. With this all constructions stopped. No more actions were taken of the Sun King / Louis the Great/.
Thirty years later Louis XIV made some changes, but they were far more unsignificant in comparison to these made of the Sun King.

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Chateau de Versailles, France
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Fountain, Gardens of Versailles, France
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Hall of mirrors, Palace of Versailles, France
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Ceiling, Palace of Versailles, France
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Palace of Versailles, inside, suite, France
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Palace of Versailles, inside, France


Main features of Palace of Versailles:

- Grand apartments - Apartment of the King, Apartment of the Queen
  
  Apartment of the King:
  • Salon de Diane 
  • Salon de Mars 
  • Salon de Mercure 
  • Salon d’Apollon 
  • Salon de Jupiter 
  • Salon de Saturne 
  • Salon de Vénus
   Apartment of the Queen:
  • Chapel 
  • Salle de gardes 
  • Antichambre
  • Chambre 
  • Grand cabinet 
  • Oratory 
  • Petit cabinet


- Small apartments - Apartment of the King, Apatrment of the Queen

- Hall of Mirrors

- Chapels of Versailles

- The Opera

- Museum of the History of France

- Gardens of Versailles
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The Gardens of Versailles, France

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Chateau de Versailles, France
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Versaille - looking from the Latone Fountain out to the Grand Canal, France


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Le Hameau de la Reine, Petit Trianon, Versailles, France

неделя, 29 януари 2012 г.

Best time to visit Fiji



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Fiji

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Fiji

source: littlebabyexplorer.blogspot.com

The island of Fiji, known for its incredible beaches, water and views, is a whole-year destination. Yet, there are some differencies. It depends on whether you're a surfer or your visit is a simple vacation. Divers don't have to worry because Fiji is a year-round destination for those who are going to dive.
According to the experts the best time to visit Fiji is the time from April until the beginning of September. Then you will experience warm weather as this is the dry winter season. The average temperatures are 28°C (83°F) and the weather is dry and sunny.
If you're not a person who can stand the island heat and the heavy showers you have to avoid the wet summer season from November to April which characterizes with temperatures about 30°C (86°F) and  brief but heavy showers.
Rain can be expected any time of the year. Suva, located on the South coast, experiences much more rainfall than Nadi, which is located on the west coast of Viti Levu. Generally, the smaller islands in Fiji receive less rainfall than the main Island.



High season in Fiji:
The high season is usually from April until the end of September. During this time it would be best if you book a hotel room and airline seats  in advance. However, there is no great price fluctuation of resorts and hotels in the area through the year.

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Fiji
source: http://thecul-de-sac.blogspot.com

събота, 28 януари 2012 г.

Party in the catacombs of Paris?

I'm sure most of you have heard about the Catacombs of Paris. However, this ossuary holds the remains of about 6 million people. They are located in the tunnels of the old stone mines. And since the early 19th century a small part of it became a tourist attraction. Since 1874 they are open on a regular basis for visitors.


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Catacombs, Paris

So, The Catacombs have always been an object of interest. There are also many people who enjoy spending time downstairs, and even make parties....


The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok

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The Authors' Lounge, The Oriental, Bangkok
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Riverside Terrace, view to Chao Phraya River, The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok


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The tropical garden of Sala Rim Naam Restaurant, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

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White colonial-style facade with lovely tropical plants, adjoining the Sala Rim Naam Restaurant, The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
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the Sala Rim Naam Restaurant, The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok


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Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok

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Executive Suite, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

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Authors' suite, Jim Thompson, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok


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Royal Oriental Suite, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok



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Suite, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok


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Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok


source: http://amatraveler.blogspot.com


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Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok, Oriental Spa

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/

Adventures in Singita Sabora Luxury Tents On The Plains Of Africa

If you like travelling and also look for some adventures - this is a great opportunity for you.  Have you heard about Glamping? This is a glamourous camping out in the wilderness. Singita Sabora Luxury Tents offer you wonderful experience in the African planes, but not deprived from the best luxuries in the same time. This is a mix of wilderness and luxury. Singita Sabora Tented Camp is inspired by the past era when kings camped out with every luxury imagined.


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Luxury tent, Singita Sabora Tented Camp, Africa

Located in Northern Tanzania, Singita Sabora Tented Camp is part of the Singita Grumeti Reserves. They, along with other territories, form Serengeti - Mara ecosystem, reaching the Serengeti National Park. You can get there by air - daily flights are available from Arusha. There are also private air charters on request.


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Bedroom in the Singita Sabora Tented Camps, Africa
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Bathroom in the Singita Sabora Tented Camps, Africa

It’s almost the same now as each air-conditioned tent has top of the line furniture and bedding, Persian rugs, silk curtains, antique mahogany travel chests, swimming pool, elevated deck with Swarovski spotting scope, wi-fi, fitness center, spa, yoga facilities and satellite TV, as well as five star meals along with every premium wine, spirit, and liqueur in the world. So imagine sitting back sipping your favorite drink and eating the world’s best foods while watching the sunset over the African plains.

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Singita Sabora Tented Camps, deck, Africa

The locally produced organic products, vintage wines in surprising settings - you never know what you may see. There are available nine luxury air-conditioned tents an en suite bathroom with a bath and outdoor shower, dressing area, reading area, viewing deck with Swarovski spotting scope and a library lounge tent. Here can be accomodated 18 guests. Tariffs include all-suite accommodation, three meals per day, all drinks, including premium wines, spirits and liqueurs (excluding vintage champagne, champagne, and vintage wines on the connoisseurs wine list) and open Land Rover safaris accompanied by an experienced guide. There are also laundry and valet services. Activities like archery, stargazing safaris, horse riding, baloon safari,  mountain biking and tennis are all available.

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Singita Sabora Tented Camps, fitness center, Africa

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Singita Sabora Tented Camps, dinner at night, Africa
source: http://buzzraid.com

вторник, 24 януари 2012 г.

Top 10 Places to visit in USA

San Francisco

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San Francisco

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San Francisco

Chicago


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Chicago skyline from Millenium Park

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Las Vegas

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Las Vegas

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Las Vegas

New York City



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New York City

Statue of Liberty, New York

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Miami


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Miami
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Miami


Hawaii

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Hawaii
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Hawaii

Niagara Falls


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Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls



Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon
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Grand Canyon


Los Angeles

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Los Angeles
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Los Angeles


Seattle

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Seattle
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Seattle