Monday, December 20, 2010

Polis Cyprus and the Akamas Peninsula

Polis Chrysochous, or Polis for short, is in the district of Paphos in Cyprus, close to the nature reserve of the Akamas Peninsula. It is a popular tourist destination as it has soft sand beaches, water sport facilities and the picturesque fishing port of Laksi, with its many fish taverns, close by. Polis is a prefect place to use as a base to explore the wonderful Akamas Peninsula which is thickly wooded and mountainous to the north. Nature trails border the ocean with spectacular views over the Bay and it is a haven for many rare kinds of flora and fauna as many parts are inaccessible. There is also a loggerhead turtle sanctuary in the area.

The Akamas Peninsula is said to take its name from the son of Theseus, a hero of the Trojan Wars who founded a city called Akamantis here. no traces of that city have been found but the legend lives on. It is popular for many kinds of activity holidays including walking or horse riding in the forests or the trails close to the ocean and hiking or climbing in the mountains. A popular spot to visit is the Baths of Aphrodite, a charming spring fed pool surrounded by lush vegetation and dotted with colorful wild flowers in the springtime. It is said that the Greek goddess Aphrodite met her lover Adonis for the first time when he came across her bathing naked in the pool while he was hunting in the forest. They were both instantly enamored by the beauty of each other and fell in love. Also well worth a visit is the ruined castle at Pyrgos where Aphrodite was reputed to have visited after her bath.

The climate in Polis is warm and pleasant for most of the year although in July and August the temperature can reach 35or 36C. The most popular months to visit are may, June, September and October when the temperature is between 25c and 30C and the humidity low. The Mediterranean Ocean is warm and clear and ideal for swimming or water sports and the cooler mountains are close by. Polis is only 45 minutes from the airport at Paphos and two hours from Larnaca airport so is easy to get to.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Places to Meet With Singles in Utah

You can meet with singles in Utah in Night clubs. This state has great night clubs, pubs and bars you can go to. There is the Club Axis which has been said to have great music and nice people who hang around there. There is the Port O' Call Social club, Club Splash and so many other night clubs. If you love dancing, get yourself into a dancing club and dance with the people around. Get to make friends with the people at the dance floor. Discuss music and musicians, discuss about the music that you like and keep the conversation going and lively. If you find that person loves the same kind of music, lucky for you. Tell the person of the place you know where they play that kind of music alone and that if they like you can take them there. Fix yourself with a date and make sure you go for it.

Go to the gym and meet with new people there. Make some lasting friends from the gym. You can even get a partner that you can be going to the gym with. With this partner, make sure you become good friends with him or her. You never know, this friend of yours can introduce you to some set of friends that you might find the love of your life in. Keep all friends close, most people have actually met because of the friends that they have who introduced them to other people. Utah has gyms like Academy West Gymnastics which has a lot of activities being offered. Utah also has Black Diamond Gymnastics and Sports Center and Arete Gymnastics.

Many people go to the beach and this makes it a perfect spot for meeting with singles in Utah. This state has beaches like Black Rock beach, Cisco beach, Ideal beach, Lone Beach, Rendezvous beach and Silver sand beach. It has a lot of beaches and all you need to do is to make your own pick. that is you pick a beach depending with the one that is near your home and the one you are comfortable with. Do not pick a beach where people go naked there if you are not comfortable with it. Make sure you are comfortable with the place so that you can hold a conversation with people. This is the only way of making sure that you meet with some great people and get to share some great experiences and values about life.

You can also visit the parks and some amusement centers in Utah. This is because like the gyms, beaches and night clubs, it is visited by a lot of people too. This people go to this place to have fun and at the same time meet with some great and interesting people. While there try to socialize. Do not go out of the way to not to talk to the people who pass you by. Smile at some of them, a smile is always nice, pass some greetings, share your food and generally have some small talks with the people who are sitting at the parks benches. You never know, your paths could have finally crossed and now you are meeting. There are parks like Zion National park and Snow Canyon State park. An example of an Amusement center is Tilt Amusement Center.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Look Beyond Florence to the Unexplored Liguria & Lunigiana & You Will Find Peace & Tranquility

It is easy to fall in love with Italy, whether with its the quintessentially rustic charm of the ancient villages, which you find clinging to the hill tops for hundreds of years, or the fashionable seaside, where life is different, more boisterous, and crowded. For the visitor, both have the quality of irresistible charm.

Those who love the timeless allure of Portofino, the home of the mega-rich and powerful, but have grown weary of the conga line of glitterati, will need to drive further down along the Riviera, to find retreats on the craggy and rocky coastline. One of these is called Lerici and it is the last port on the Riviera.

The extra couple of hours drive down the most scenic of coast roads will be worth it, with hundreds of 'viaducts and tunnels' on the way, making an exciting start to your holiday.

Just ten minutes from Lerici, Fiascherino is tucked away amongst the Mediterranean greenery with terracotta-topped villas and ancient sleepy hilltop villages above. This sweet, little hamlet will surprise the visitor with its natural beauty, fabulous, small little beaches, and numerous small restaurants, all hidden away waiting to be discovered.

Fiascherino' s small, golden beaches, covered with beautiful, naked bodies sunning themselves as colourful geckos under the warm sunshine, the visitor surely thinks that he has arrived in paradise. The scenery is set for some unexpected surprises. As the temperature is usually reaching +30C for the summer it is imperative, that one has the opportunity to hide away from the midday sun.

Eva Casa is situated just right, conveniently five minutes walk away from the beach and is waiting for the tired bathers with cool high ceilings to hide away till the suns warming rays invite them back to watch the sun go down or relax under some shade. The next big decision is where to go for supper. Numerous restaurants are open in the main season to suits all pockets along the way up to Tellaro, the ancient village, favoured by the Milanese constantly taking photographs of the shores slashing the rocks in dramatic fashion. Restaurants, trattorias, osterias, brasseries are waiting to serve the visitors with their specialties. The seaside is boisterous and vibrant during the main two months of July and August, but it is really quiet in other months of April, May and June and September.

If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the seaside, visiting inland is always an excellent option and the pleasures are at your doors step.

The Lunigiana's Natural Parks are full of flora and fauna and it has an astounding number of species, more than that of Britain, adding to these are the many vibrant birds and other wild life which can be found here coupled with magnificent scenery stretching from mountains to coast, making this a truly magical place.

The recently formed National Park of the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano is home of the golden eagle and at the point of transit between Tuscany and Liguria the wolf of the Appennines makes rare appearances. Here blossoms the Appennines primrose and countless orchids in the springtime, when the hillside becomes white with thousands of flowering narcissues.

You can find Lunigiana's hidden treasures in places like, Pontremoli with its famous maze carved in stone, Fivizzano, which has the ancient capacity to rival Florence, with its elegant white marble buildings, Aulla, Fosdinovo and many more along the Magra valley, giving an incredible opportunity to travel back into medieval times.

The Strada Del Vino (Wine Route) takes you to places where white and red wines were produced from roman times. The white wines produced with vermentino and trebbiano vines go well with sea food starters mesciua, dried cod cooked the vicentina way. The famous vermentino wine, produced with 90% of that vine is ideal with any kind of fish.

The red wines produced with pollera, cliegiolo, groppello and merlot wines make excellent starters as well as going well with lamb, roast chicken or local salamis. The valley is full of local restaurants and each and every one of them has their own specialities.

The area is unique and rich cuisine makes the visitor spoilt for choice, especially, if one has time to follow the 'festas', which has its own yearly diary. Starting with January the 16th, the Bonfire for S.Antonio in Filattiera, in February the feast of the chiodo (Sausage cooked in iron pots) in April, the feast of onion Bagnone, polenta and cod Fivizzano June, July focaccette door hard in Olivola Tues Batesville, Bread Festival Regnano, Fig Fest in Bagnone, Podenzana that Patton ( chestnut cake) and fungi on solid Mommio Fivizzano, in the autumn. All wrapped up in December with a fire in Oak with mulled wine and hot chocolate flowing. Now I ask that people take to come back can never have enoughthese places!!

But do not get discouraged by the numerous and complex traditions. Make a small list and visit areas each time you return to this special place. Because return, you will! Year after year, once you have tasted the food, drank the wine and enjoyed the colourful processions coupled with laughter well into the night you will never forget it and will yearn to come back year after year.

This is what this author does, the more and more I know, the more and more I want to know...

Wishing you endless discovery and happy times, what ever time you choose and what ever activities you do. Walking Lunigiana's and Liguria's beautiful beaches, visiting their native parks, tasting their food, drinking their wine or worshipping their saints, it is always an unforgettable pleasure to me. May joy and merry making stay with you for all time.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Best Places to Go Skimboarding

Skimboarding is becoming immensely popular especially for people who love to surf. One reason being is anyone young or old can skimboard, it's not limited to age. Another reason being is you don't need big waves to skimboard and you don't have to paddle out into the deep ocean to enjoy yourself. Even now skimboarding competitions are becoming more and more popular each year.

Where are the best places to go you ask?

The major skimboarding competitions are held in places like Laguna Beach, CA; Baja, CA; Santa Cruz, CA; Dewey Beach, Delaware; and Barngate Light, New Jersey. These are some of the better beaches to skimboard at.

Of course there are many other beaches to skimboard at such as: The Dunes Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Hilton Head, South Carolina which is known for it's flat beach which makes it an excellent place to practice your skimboarding skills. Then you can head out west again to Padre Island, Texas to the area of Big Shell which is located Padre Island National Seashore.

Last but not least the entire coast of Florida offers countless beaches to go skimboarding. Florida has many different kinds of beaches ranging from flat beaches to steep beaches to medium sized beaches. Make sure you choose a beach that doesn't have a lot of shells and rocks this can make near to impossible to skimboard not to mention tearing up your board. Also choose a beach that is not so crowded so it lessens the chance of hitting and hurting someone with your board.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Exploring India

Home to approximately more than one billion people, India's population is one sixth of the world's overall population. India is a vast country having a rich cultural heritage and an ancient spiritual framework. This country is not an easy place to forget for its visitors. Its diversity ranges from snow capped mountains to beautiful beaches, temples, colorful festivals, lantern-lit villages and a lot more. For this, India has been considered as multidimensional.

Indians from different states use different official languages and some of them are not recognized by the central government. More than one language is even existent in one state. Like for example, Bihar which is found in east India and has three official languages Hindi, Urdu and Bengali. These three are all recognized by the central government. But Sikkim, another place in east India, has four official languages. And only one out of its four languages is recognized by the central government. Hindi is recognized worldwide as the official language of India.

India also has a rich history. This explains why there are a number of exquisite palaces, temples and monuments. Tourists in India see to it that they visit the Golden Triangle, comprised of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The people-packed cities of Mumbai (Bombay) and Kolkata (Calcutta) are also must visits for their colorful charm. For a pilgrimage, the holy city of Varanasi and Tamil Nadu are worthy of visits. For beach bound travelers, there are the palm-fringed beaches of Goa and Kerala. For those in search of natural beauty, there are the mountains and hills of Himalayas.

Financially speaking, India is not hard on the budget. Accommodations are available for all kinds of travelers from simple backpacker lodgings to high-end hotels. If you are going to cities like Mumbai (Bombay) you need to plan well in advance. It may be difficult to find accommodations because of the many travelers to the city. For food and dining, there are a number of eateries offering delicious dishes at all prices. The country's public transport network is also traveler friendly. All costs vary nationwide depending on seasons but be ready to shell-out more in the larger cities such as Mumbai and Delhi. Also take into consideration visiting the different tourist spots during peak season as prices may be higher during this time. Foreigners are often charged more than the locals for entrance fees to tourist site and there may also be additional charges for those who want to take still photos or videos.

In terms of food, the Indian cuisine is characterized by the use of different spices and herbs and vegetables that are locally grown. Most Indians are also vegetarians. But since India is a large country with a big population, its cuisine is also diverse and it varies from region to region. But what's really common to this cuisine is the love for spices and a preference for cooking stews. The specialties of this cuisine are Butter Chicken, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, Rogan Josh, Malai Kofta, Chole, Palak Paneer, Kaali Daal, Chaat, Naan.

It would be fun to learn a little Hindi before you go. It will make your trip more enjoyable. If you don't do this, English is widely spoken.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Nudist Beaches in Spain

Many families around the world enjoy nudism, and finding a vacation resort that caters to their interests is not always easy. Along the Costa Del Sol coast of Andalucia in southern Spain, many beaches, if not all allow topless bathing, and there are also beaches where clothing is optional.

The town of Vera has a resort that caters for nudists, and the wide sandy beach is called Playa Del Vera. that is directly behind the resort. It is not uncommon to see men women and whole families walking naked from their apartments to the beach.

Another fine nudest beach can be found further along the coast past Malaga, at a small place called Cabo Pino, the beach is called Playa Artola, and is a sandy beach backed by dunes and woods.

Below are a list of nudist beaches in the Malaga area, they are shown in the order beach name - Town - Area

Playa Arroyo Vaquero - Costa Natura - Estepona
Playa Artola - Cabo Pino - Marbella
Playa Benalnatura - Torrequebrada - Benalmadena Costa
Playa San Julian - Malaga
Playa Almayate - Bajamar - Torre Del Mar
Cala Del Pino - Maro - Nerja
Rio Chillar - Nerja - Malaga

All these beaches are clothing optional, so you do not need to strip if you don't want to. The Costa Del Sol is filled with every kind of restaurant that you could want, and the quality of food is high. It is well worth trying some of the world famous Spanish dishes that are readily available here. This area is also a golfers paradise, with at least 50 golf courses along this stretch of coast as well as famous shops, spectacular scenery and great all round entertainment, you can be sure that you and your family will find this part of Spain a great place to spend your next vacation

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Beautiful Island - Koh Samui

Koh Samui or plainly called as Samui is the 2nd biggest island of the nation of islands also called as Thailand. Thailand comprises of numerous big and small islands. Amongst these islands, the most famous one is Koh Samui. Situated in the region of Surat Thani in Thailand, Koh Samui is the highly preferred and chosen holiday spot in the entire Thailand. Ardent holiday lovers from all around the globe visit this island in order to chill and spend some memorable time of love and proximity with their loved ones.

There are many aspects of this island that entice the tourists. But the best ones include its stunning beauty, peaceful atmosphere, views of lovely seas, water sports, white sandy beaches, warmth of the native Thai people, easy yet luxurious accommodation and the vibrant, throbbing night life in Koh Samui.

During your trip to Koh Samui, you will not experience any trouble in getting an accommodation due to abundance of Samui villas, resorts, hotels and bungalows. The travelers who visit this island, take time out from their hectic schedule and enjoy themselves fully here. The beaches on this island are the best aspect of the island that entice tourists the most. They love the white sand on the beaches and spend time lying lazily on the beach, enjoying the warmth of the sun with a drink in hand or having a body massage. You can spend a lot of time staring at the beauty of the infinite expanse of sea water. The water sports are also highly adventurous, as they contain numerous thrilling games. You can find much more details about this exotic island on the net.