Croatia, the Adriatic’s shining star, is unlike any other European destination. With a mix of old world European charm, easy Mediterranean lifestyle, stunning 3,625 miles of coastline dotted by more than 1,000 islands, islets and reefs, fascinating history, rich culture, delectable cuisine and natural beauty - ten UNESCO World Heritage sites and eight magnificent National Parks, considered to be some of Europe’s most well-preserved sites - it is no wonder Croatia is the ultimate destination for those seeking an experience of a lifetime and a new destination to fall in love with.
Bleached white churches with sky-blue domes, the Greek islands - whether they be Aegean, Cycladic, Dodecanese or Ionian - symbolize tranquility and romance. Its ancient temples, gods and goddesses, agoras, mosaics, and small villages embody escape.
While Greece includes 6,000 islands and islets scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, only 227 are inhabited. The country is home to 18 UNESCO World Heritage sites, and six of them are located on islands: Chios, Corfu, Delos, Patmos, Rhodes and Samos. Among the designated sites are two well-preserved Old Towns, several monasteries and famous caves.
It’s hard to start the day wrong when the sun rises over glistening snow with regal, jagged mountaintops in the near distance. That’s what mornings are like surrounded by the Dolomite mountain range of the Alps in South Tyrol, Italy. The region, which lies on the border between Italy and Austria, is described by many as “bicultural,” which means, in addition to the impressive natural landscape, visitors are treated to a unique cultural experience, in which everything from language to cuisine, is a fine mix of Italian and Austrian.
On April 6th, 2019 scheduled flights began to the new Istanbul Airport and home of the national carrier Turkish Airlines (www.turkishair
lines.com), a Star Alliance member. The IATA code, IST was transferred to the new airport.
The first phase is completed in an ambitious project to become, by 2027, the world’s largest airport. It takes a plane approximately 30 minutes to travel from the runway to its gate. There are moving sidewalks, for the size of the terminal and distance of the piers, more are needed.
Akiva Weiss, recognized as the founding father of Tel Aviv, had a vision that it would one day become Israel’s New York City. This booming economic, artistic and cultural center is proof positive that his prophecy has come to pass. Driving along its Mediterranean coastline, with cafes, palm trees and luxury hotels fronting sandy beaches, there are soaring buildings and new ones being built. Tel Aviv’s star is definitely on the rise.
Exercise is important. New Zealand’s Milford Track, known as the most beautiful walk in the world, the 33.5-mile, five day, four night trek - surpasses fitness. Alongside tranquil riverbeds, up and down an alpine mountain pass and through a giant fern forest, it’s an adventure into the wilderness
In the 1870’s, Quintin Mackinnon discovered this route between Te Anau and Milford Sound. Tracing Mackinnon’s steps is an opportunity of a lifetime.
September 2017 was not a kind month for much of the Caribbean, including the Virgin Islands. Both the USVIs and BVIs were pounded by not one, but two Category 5 hurricanes: Irma, and then two weeks later, Maria. Left in their wake was extensive damage to homes, hotels and island infrastructure. News media was filled with pictures of the aftermath, including piles of damaged yachts. Restoration seemed years off, and in fact, some well known resorts have yet to reopen. However, the Caribbean is nothing if not resilient, and a visitor today would be hard pressed to see obvious signs of the damage from a short 18 months ago.
The first thing people mention when they speak of Cuba is the old cars. You don’t need to be in love with classic cars to warrant a visit, but your mind may certainly change during your first few hours in Havana.
Although Cuba is only a 90-mile stone’s throw away from the US, no new American cars have made their appearance on the island since the 50’s. After the 1959 Cuban Revolution, leader Fidel Castro placed a ban on foreign vehicle imports, including parts. As a result, Cubans had to keep alive what they had, so they hand-made car parts, improvised, took engines out of old Russian cars, and even used house paint.
The Sandals Foundation is celebrating 10 years of fulfilling its promise to the Caribbean community of investment in sustainable projects that improve schools and build capacity in the education system, restore and conserve marine wildlife and help marginalized people transform their lives through training and other community development programs. Over the next decade, the Foundation will support over 120 projects and programs annually across Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Turks & Caicos
This past year the country of Peru was honored at the World Travel Awards (considered to be the “Oscars of Tourism”) with 3 top awards, demonstrating the growing appeal of Peru’s tourism industry. For the seventh consecutive year, Peru won the award for Best Culinary Destination and, currently, they have three Peruvian establishments on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.