Today we’re thrilled to highlight some of the Caribbean’s most awaited re-openings of 2018 and 2019.
Rebuilt, redesigned and ready for you to visit…keep scrolling to see why now is the PERFECT time to book a trip to one of these stunning island locales!
ANGUILLA – ÀNI, A COLLECTION OF PRIVATE RESORTS
ID’s Insight: Traveling with a large group of family or friends? Perched high on the cliffs overlooking Little Bay Beach, is Àni Villas Anguilla, a 10-suite private resort featuring two villas. Each villa boasts its own infinity pool, large Jacuzzi, lounge areas and striking ocean views. Have a world-class chef prepare a customized gourmet meal, or indulge in a daily spa treatment performed by a skilled massage therapist, complimentary!
ANGUILLA – BELMOND CAP JULUCA
ID’s Insight: Distinguished for its characteristic architecture, this island gem on Anguilla sits on Maundays Bay, the most pristine exclusive cove boasting vibrant…
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Any visit to Panama City should certainly include visiting the locks at the Panama Canal. The new locks opened in 2016 and is definitely a source of national pride for the country as this was the first project run by Panama in the canal. Although you don’t have to understand the history of the Panama Canal to appreciate how impressive the locks are from an engineering perspective. It is obviously much more than a source of pride for the country as every ship that passes through the canal pays fees that can be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially even up to a million dollars.
One of the New Locks Closing
Cargo Ships Waiting to Enter the Locks
Only the Lock Crew Can Take the Ships
The Old Locks in the Distance
The new locks are able to accommodate even larger ships as well as allow ships…
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We’d noticed that Ryanair operated flights to Vilnius from our local airport so we couldn’t resist the temptation of arranging a first visit to Lithuania. The flight schedule was quite good with our outbound flight departing Leeds-Bradford airport at 4.00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon and returning late evening on a Tuesday, giving us four full days to explore the city.
Our room at the IBIS Central Vilnius
Lithuania is two hours ahead of GMT so it was 8.30 p.m. when we landed in Vilnius, after a smooth two and a half hour flight. We had the option of taking a train into the city centre but as the station was quite a distance from our hotel, we chose to take an Uber taxi instead at €9 (£7.80).
Supper and our welcome drinks at the IBIS Central, Vilnius
We had reserved a room at the IBIS Vilnius Centre Hotel which…
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Christmas is a universal holiday. Most of the people across the world celebrate Christmas. Maybe their ways of doing so are different but they celebrate nevertheless with a lot of zest and enthusiasm. If you are looking for some ideas about what you should do on Christmas then you will find it of great assistance.
1. Visit Park Street
Park Street Christmas Carnival is well known in Kolkata. The festival is inaugurated on the 18th of December and will go on till the 2nd of January. More than 35 Food Stalls offering a variety of delicacies will be put up inside Allan Park and on the stretch of pavement between Flurys and Allan Park and the same on the opposite side. For the first time ever, the lighting on Park Street has been extended. The Lights which used to be lit up from Mullick Bazaar end till the Chowringhee end earlier will…
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Hi, Friends, I’m impressing myself because 1. It’s finals week and I’m still blogging and 2. I learned how to pronounce “Christkindlmarkt.” WINNING!
Carmel Christkindlmrkt started last year and I was there right away to check it out! Christkindlmarkt is the German name for the traditional Christmas market, literally translated as “Christ child market.” These markets usually feature a delightful blend of holiday food, drinks, gifts, and decorations. Since their beginnings in the middle ages, various regions of Germany became well-known for their hand-crafted Christmas decorations, wood-working, artwork, or textiles. Many people in the United States want to enjoy the wonderful tradition of these Christmas markets without having to fly overseas. Up until recently, the closest German Christmas market to Indianapolis could be found in Chicago, IL, but the good folks living right on top of Indianapolis in Carmel decided that they should bring a market close to us! And…
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The weather may have been dull and dreary but what better way to get into the spirit of Christmas than to attend a festive event. When an invitation dropped into my inbox to preview the Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience, I was excited to find out more.
Lotherton Hall near Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Lotherton Estate is situated in the north of England, midway between York and Leeds, one and a half miles from the village of Aberford. The historic country residence, which was built in 1893, is one of eight museums and galleries maintained by Leeds City Council. It was the former home of the Gascogne family who gifted it to the City of Leeds in 1968.
Starting the 12 Days Walk Trail at Lotherton Hall
It was to be our first visit to Lotherton, which is surrounded by rural parkland and is approached via a grand driveway off…
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There’s no better place to appreciate the beauty of Oporto than sitting in great comfort at the Yeatman hotel, sipping a glass of chilled Taylor’s Chip Dry white port before dinner.
The hotel was built by the descendants of the Yeatmans, a British family that started trading port wine in 1838. Draped around a hill in Vila Nova de Gaia, near the cellars where priceless vintage ports are stored, the hotel offers exuberant views of the river Douro and the city of Oporto.
A stay at the Yeatman is an initiation into the secrets of Portuguese wine. Each room is decorated by a different wine producer. The public spaces are adorned with artisanal artifacts and objects that highlight the connections between wine making and the history of Portugal.
The Yeatman’s main restaurant has two Michelin stars. Here, the exquisite food prepared by chef Ricardo Costa harmonizes with extraordinary wines curated by enologist…
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A best-kept secret among the locals in Gion, Kagizen Yoshifuza was established as long ago as the mid-Edo period, and and has been making traditional Kyoto sweets for hundreds of years. The shop is quaint but elegant, showcasing a ceiling-to-floor view of a well-manicured garden.
The atmosphere is tranquil, serene and one is instantly transported to a different headspace from the crowded streets of the busy geisha district outside.
We begin our meal with two cups of roasted tea and some sweets.
And before we knew it, our desserts arrived. We ordered the Chilled Arrowroot Noodles (¥1000) with brown sugar and warabi mochi (¥1000).
Let’s start with the warabi mochi. This Japanese sweet is a jelly-like confection made from bracken starch and covered in kinako or soybean powder. It’s often served with a side of brown syrup.
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When thinking about a trip to Alaska, we thought that it would be a winter wonderland, with snow twinkling from every corner of the landscape. How shocked we were when we flew into Juneau & were greeted with a horizon of luscious greens, with large oaks, adlers and various other trees. It’s astounding beauty incapsulated us instantly and we were hooked. Already planning our second trip, we were lucky enough to stay with some friends who showed us the best that this small state capital has to offer. Home to 30,000 inhabitants, Juneau’s beauty is raw and quaint and here are some of the best things to do on your stay.
Any hike will do but why not start big and go for the piece de la resistance overlooking Juneau’s waterways? You may not be able to spot a whale from up here but the vast amount…
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