There is no doubt that Greece is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. -The Jewel of Mediterranean- ,as it has been previously called has the tenth longest coastline in the world at 14,880 km (9,246 mi) in length, featuring an enormous number of islands (approximately 1400, of which only 227 are inhabited). Millions of tourists visit Greece every year(mostly during the summer months) and leave the country with many wonderful memories that are hard to forget. I am convinced that any traveler that has visited Greece will surely tell you about the natural beauty of the country and about its rich cultural background. Most travelers visit the Greek Islands because they combine all the assets mentioned above plus they have wonderful beaches where the traveler can enjoy swimming.

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There are many ways that a traveler can access the Greek islands. He can either go there by air(most major Greek Islands have airports) or by sea. Although the idea of traveling by plane can be rather tempting and comfortable it can also be rather expensive. Moreover another good idea is taking a cruise to the Greek islands however it can also be rather expensive and does not give you the freedom to explore the Greek islands by yourself. In my opinion the most enjoyable way to travel through Greek islands is by ferry. Traveling by ferry is most suitable for the kind of traveler that loves the sea and considers ferries as part of his holiday. These people are the lucky ones who can treat a long ferry journey as a fun thing to do, rather than a business traveler who just wants to get to his destination as quick as possible.

The ferries in Greece are modern, fast and comfortable.

No matter in which way you decide to visit Greece and regardless of the time of the year Greece surely give you some unforgettable experiences…

People who are learning to surf often ask about the kind of surfboard that is best to learn on. The most common answer that you get to this question is that bigger and longer surfboards make learning easier. But instead of getting a surfboard that is as long as ten feet, it is recommended that you buy an eight foot funboard whether it is a generic brand or a high performance brand like, Channel Islands Surfboards or JS surfboards, that you choose.

You must also consider how long you will be using the surfboard. You wont be a beginner for ever so you cannot be buying a surfboard that is going to be good for you for just a few months. As someone who is learning to surf, a wide and stable surfboard will help you stand up with ease. And since longer surfboards make it easier for you to catch waves, you will prefer a longer one. But then a longer surfboard whether it is made by JS surfboards or Channel Islands Surfboards, also makes it difficult to turn and it wont be very long before you start practicing to turn even if you are a beginner. A funboard surfboard makes turning a lot easier and it will permit you to ride the same board for much longer as you get better at surfing.

Another thing that one should consider before selecting from Channel Islands Surfboards or the JS surfboards is larger surfboards are more difficult to paddle out on. For beginners in surfing, paddling out into the waves is not easy and a larger board will tend to get pushed around even more by the waves. Beginner surfers would do well to paddle into the waves by making use of a smaller board. Funboards come in a more high performance shape than longboards, and while it may be at the most just one foot shorter, there could be one third less foam used in the board giving it less pushback from the waves.

No matter whether you choose JS surfboards or Channel Islands Surfboards another thing that you need to keep in mind is how easy your chosen surfboard is to handle. A lot of new surfers dont think of where they will keep their surfboard once they are out of the water. You need a place to store it and if yours is a ten foot surfboard and you have a nine foot ceiling at home, storing it will put you in a dilemma. Also, carrying a 10 foot surfboard on the top of your car can be a pain unless you have a strong longboard rack or pickup truck. An eight foot surfboard is a lot easier to handle and maneuver. Other things that play a role in the selection of a surfboard are your body weight and the kind of surf and waves you will be surfing.

Holidays or food preparation time for a large gathering, when all the resources of the kitchen are in use, is when the need for more counter space, additional storage, another oven, or refrigerator, becomes obvious. The thoughts usually generated during this time, surround being able to afford a complete kitchen remodel.

Ultimately, remodeling may be the best solution for the home, but in the mean time, kitchen islands or a butcher block, in the existing kitchen, just may be an affordable expansion to counter space, and capacity needed for food preparation for a large gathering or holiday. The new components can be purchased easily and brought into service with little stress.

Portable islands are very effective, and can be a beautiful addition to a kitchen. They can be purchased to match the existing cabinetry, and counter tops, or they can be purchased as contrasting accent pieces. The beauty of portable kitchen islands is they add utility, and value to the home without the expense and headaches of remodeling the kitchen.

Of course adding a kitchen island to an existing kitchen, requires some restraint, and good judgment, regarding the unit most compatible with the existing kitchen. If necessary ask a professional, what would be the best solution, an island or a butcher block unit. Also a professional may suggest minor tweaks to the existing kitchen, that will prevent having the island, or butcher block looking like an after thought. A professional, or a friend with a good eye for color, can assist with choosing a kitchen island, that is painted rather than wood tone.

Some unexpected benefits of adding portable kitchen islands or a butcher block, include but are not limited to the following: Additional seating, and eating space. A portable buffet table for family gatherings, entertaining, and general use. They can be moved to any room for the holiday or gathering depending on the needs, and are also useful in large open areas to help define space.

Probably the best benefit of the Kitchen Island, is using it for a homework space while mom, or dad is in the kitchen. It provides the benefits, of easily keeping the child on task, while providing a venue for those wonderful times we spend with our children, and grand-children, just talking, and being in each others space. Time with Mom, Dad, Grandma, or Grandpa in the kitchen at holiday or any time provide children with a full supply of wonderful memories of good cooking, wonderful smells, feeling close, and being loved and cared for over a life time.

November 16, 2021

Turkey continues to remain a firm favourite for UK holidaymakers looking for guaranteed summer sunshine and value-for-money. With four airports (Izmir, Dalman, Bodrum and Antalya) serving the coastal areas to the south of the country, there are plenty of resorts to choose from – but which really offer the best beaches? The travel experts at Hays Travel have compiled a list of their top five Turkish beaches.

1)The Blue Lagoon, OluDeniz, near Fethiye
This is the most photographed beach in Turkey and one of the most photographed in the world! A protected national park, this clear, peaceful lagoon is cut off from the sea by a long sandbank. Home to the endangered Loggerhead Turtle, the lagoon is surrounded by fine white shingle and shady pine forests. Hire a pedalo and see if you can get up close to a turtle, or make a real entrance by paragliding in from the top of one of the nearby rugged mountains. Stunning scenery, unique wildlife, a real must-see spot.

2)Olympos, near Alanya
Oludeniz is stunning, but its popularity means it can get very crowded. For something a little less busy, head to Olympos. Secluded and small, it’s more popular with backpackers than the masses. Nearby Roman ruins give it its name. Go back to basics and stay at the local treehouse camp.

3)Patara, near Fethiye
This huge beach is the birthplace of Nicholas, who went on to be immortalised in legend as Father Christmas. Soft and spotless, it’s a great place for building sandcastles and playing but does lack shade in the scorching high season.

4)Turgutreis, near Bodrum
Ever-popular Bodrum can get crowded and isn’t very special, luckily you don’t have to head too far out of town to reach Turgutreis. Gnetly shelving and chilled-out, this is a great spot for families. The breze also makes this beach popular with windsurfers.

5)Konyaalti Beach, near Antalya
Clear sea and pristine shingle have won this stretch an award for cleanliness. Arrive by dolmus or stay in the hip minimalist Hillside Su hotel, which overlooks this beautiful beach.

“These are only a selection of the brilliant beaches on offer in Turkey,” says Emily at Hays Travel. “Go and visit, explore, hire a car and find your own. There are lots of little islands and hidden coves around the coast – for a real holiday with a difference, why not cruise on board a gulet (traditional Turkish yacht.) If you prefer luxury, choose a first-class beach front hotel and take just a few steps from your room to the shore. There’s a beach to suit everyone in Turkey!”

Boasting more than 300 days of sunshine every year, the Turkish area of Belek is an ideal playground for golfers, sun worshippers and holidaymakers looking for a little relaxation. Belek hotels are plentiful, each offering something a little different depending on your needs. And its not just beaches and golf courses on offer Belek is rich in culture, nightlife, restaurants the list is endless. Check out these top sites to see.

Those with a thirst for history and archaeology should visit the Aspendos Theatre. Built by architect Zenon in the 2nd Century, it is the best-preserved ancient theatre to date. With a seating capacity of 20,000 it remains a fantastic example of skills in engineering and architecture that existed even that many years ago. Concerts and recitals are still held at the Aspendos Theatre during the summer months, so why not see if you can catch one! Other spots of interest include the City Walls and the Hadrian Gate, both historical remnants of Beleks Roman style. The Antalya museum is a famous archaeological museum, which should also be of interest to every visitor. Apart from this, there are the numerous mosques and minarets dotting Antalya, some belonging to the Byzantine era and others having been built by the Seljuks.

Sport fanatics will simply LOVE Belek. Home to six superb golf courses, Belek was developed with this in mind and is one of Turkeys leading golf centres. Whether youre a novice or a pro, there are courses and clubs to suit everyone most Belek hotels can point you in the right direction! If golf isnt your sport, or you need a break from the holes-in-one, Belek is also great for adventure sports. Wind surfing, water skiing, sailing and rafting are the more water-based activities on offer, but you can also partake in mountain climbing and hunting.

If youre feeling particularly adventurous, leave Belek for the day and head to nearby sites. A day trip to the Koprulu National Park is worthwhile for the breathtaking scenery alone. Winding mountain trails will have you marvelling at every stop! Also try and see the Manavgat Falls, a waterfall off gushing water over mountain rocks, and Burdur, the Roman city of Termossa which was founded by Alexander in the mountains.

Of course, no visit to Belek would be complete without making the most of its stretches of dazzling sandy beaches! Pack up your beach gear and head from one of the Belek hotels and get beach happy. Belek has one of the finest beaches on the Turkish coast 10 miles of fine white sand, neighboured by shady pines and turquoise waters. If youre lucky you might even see green turtles and loggerhead, who love nesting here.

If you want to sail many places at a single shot, try the Leeward Islands. Sailing in Leeward Islands can comprise various routes and interesting cultures. This is because it is a number of several island nations and independent territories that have been once colonized by the US, UK, France, and Netherlands. The Leewards is composed of the Virgin Islands (American and British), Saint Bartholomew, Montserrat, St. Martin, Dominica, Anguilla, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Saba, and St. Eustatius. Among these, the largest is the American and British Virgin Islands. Because of geographical situation, Isla Aves has been included as a part of the Leeward Islands.

The name “Leeward” was given to the group of islands because of the current winds in the region that blows from northwest. These trade winds are almost constant all over the year and blows from 10 to 25 knots. Because of the Atlantic ocean, the strongest currents and largest waves are most often on the northeastern sides of the islands. The waters of the Caribbean Sea are normally much calmer and make easier sailing.

Sailing in Leeward Islands is best done from the months of November to July. This period is recognized as the most perfect yacht season of the year. Also, the months of December to March is recognized as the peak season wherein thousands of local and international sailors all around the world flock the Leewards and sail its magnificent coastal waters.
Average air temperatures range from 22 to 30 C (72 to 86 F) and the water temperatures stay between 20 and 23 C (68 and 74 F).
July to October is the least attractive months because this is when the hurricane season is very prevalent.

Leeward Islands have been considered as one of the most excellent sailing regions in the world. This is true especially along of St. Martin, Antigua, and Dominica. At present, you will notice a lot of big cruises such as luxury motor yachts and Super Yachts while cruising in the Lewards.

One of the best starting points when cruising in Lewards is in Antigua. This place is a major yacht hub not only in the Lewards but also in the Caribbean. Antigua became famous when it became Great Britain’s base in the West Indies during the 18th century. Antigua has remarkable beaches with beautiful white sand.

From Antigua, you can turn your route to St. Kitts and Nevis – one of Caribbean’s several “twin island nations”. Sailing in Leeward Islands through the St. Kitts and Nevis, your itinerary can be filled with adventure and fun. The place is beautiful and its waters so magical. It is also very historic as evidenced by its old sugar plantations, forts, and monuments.

The first inhabitants of Galapagos Islands, were between two and three hundred in number; they are nearly all people of colour, who have been banished for political crimes from the Republic of the Equator, of which Quito is the capital. The settlement is placed about four and a half miles inland, and at a height probably of a thousand feet. In the first part of the road we passed through leafless thickets, as in Chatham Islands at Galapagos Islands.
Higher up, the woods gradually became greener; and as soon as we crossed the ridge of the Galapagos islands, we were cooled by a fine southerly breeze, and our sight refreshed by a green and thriving vegetation. In this upper region coarse grasses and ferns abound; but there are no tree-ferns: I saw nowhere any member of the palm family, which is the more singular, as 360 miles northward, Cocos Island takes its name from the number of cocoa-nuts. The houses are irregularly scattered over a flat space of ground, which is cultivated with sweet potatoes and bananas. It will not easily be imagined how pleasant the sight of black mud was to us, after having been so long, accustomed to the parched soil of Peru and northern Chile.

The inhabitants, although complaining of poverty, obtained, without much trouble, the means of subsistence. In the woods there are many wild pigs and goats; but the staple article of animal food is supplied by the tortoises. Their numbers have of course been greatly reduced in this Galapagos islands, but the people yet count on two days’ hunting giving them food for the rest of the week. It is said that formerly single vessels have taken away as many as seven hundred, and that the ship’s company of a frigate some years since brought down in one day two hundred tortoises to the beach.

November 5, 2021

Welcome to the world of water and all its associated magic – Welcome to the U.S Virgin Islands, the Water Paradise that awaits you on Caribbean waters. This place is a water-lovers heaven on earth. Filled with numerous options of fun-filled and adventurous activities, the Virgin Islands is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in the Caribbean islands.

We are not talking just about the sunny beaches, gleaming blue water and an enjoyable weather but also a rich culture and a vivid ethnic diversity in the Virgin Islands. The Virgin Islands are located in the eastern part of the Caribbean islands at a distance of about 1000 miles south east of Miami.

There are three major islands in the Virgin Islands of the Caribbean. They are St.Croix, St John and St.Thomas. Each of these islands exhibits a stunning uniqueness of its own. At St. Croix you would be amazed at the Danish influence that has taken over the place to a large extent. This island is perfectly fit for those who look out for a laid-back stress free holiday. There are various options available right from horse-riding to golf in this island.

A major part of St John is a national park. It also boasts of globally renowned beaches like Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay and Salt Pond Bay. This island is an adventure seekers paradise. Come and soak yourself in its umpteen choices of hiking, camping, exclusive shopping and awe inspiring sceneries.

One of the most beautiful harbors of the world is situated in St.Thomas. This also has the credit of the most frequented port in the Caribbean peninsula. The island is home to various tourist spots that offer exotic culinary treats, exciting night-life and breathtaking submarine experiences.
The U.S Virgin Islands is a treasure house of surprises that has in store not just beaches and water-oriented activities but also a rich cultural experience in the form of an informative historical tour around the place, a culinary fair, artisan meets, parades and many more fun-filled activities. If you are a walk-enthusiast this is one of your best chances to explore the architectural excellence of the island. Art lovers may not miss the famous museums of Haagenson House on St. Thomas and Whim Museum in St.Croix that showcase some of the masterpieces of the rich cultural past that this island has carried forward so successfully till date.

The U.S Virgin Islands can also be the Food lovers Paradise with all its delicacies that have been handed down for generations and have been preserved with effort and precision.

There could be no other island in the world that offers ample scope for a variety of tourist activities like the Virgin Islands- beaches that are almost to yourselves, duty-free shopping, trekking, hiking, aqua-sporting activities, diving, national parks-all under one sun. Be there to enjoy the experience.

A lot more people these days are opting for vacation spot wedding ceremonies. The most common places pertaining to couples deciding on a new desired destination wedding ceremony will be the beach front aspect. Arranging your own most crucial day’s existence with an amazing place using white-colored beaches as well as blue sea can be very a thrilling knowledge. Nevertheless, bride have to be the individual that is actually many conscious, especially with regards to your ex wedding gown. The crafted wedding ceremony or a vacation spot marriage ceremony truly adjusts the traditional attire of individuals. Therefore, it’s justified for your bride and even other folks to adopt a note of their own respective wedding dresses.
Numerous beaches worldwide have got performed location of the particular function regarding a pair of hearts blending straight into 1. It is vital how the design and search with the new bride along with the future husband match the actual amazing appeal of the place. As beach wedding inside South Cost are usually significantly less formal when compared to standard types, you must don something enables you to feel comfortable in your pores and skin. A lot of creative designers came up with lots of beach wedding gowns. These include classic lengthy wedding dress, the conventional seaside clothing, one- make clothes, halter- neck of the guitar dresses, chiffon a wedding dress and the listing proceeds.
The majority of the seaside bridal dresses are generally casual and comfortable. This is because it isn’t really easy to hold the particular large conventional marriage don at a seaside. However, the wedding staying laid-back, it is vital to incorporate the right equipment for your beach wedding wedding dress. Donning a Language of ancient greece a pretty tiara as well as insert several flowers to your head may possibly fit flawlessly towards the location. It’s also possible to opt for stylish wedding dresses say for example a individual – reduce bridal dress or perhaps a full- size outfit. It is crucial that you may not protect your whole body if you are over a seaside. This may cause you’re feeling not comfortable from the wetter local weather plus make you seem awkward. Conversely, awesome halter- neck, backless attire assist you to enjoy the tan way too.
Independent of the kind of the dress, it is usually vital that you pick the right materials for the bridal wear. It’s not at all better to go for low cost bridal gowns, particularly over a designed celebration. Chiffon, cotton or perhaps bed linen are generally if possible the types of materials you need to decide upon your bridal gown.

October 26, 2021

My husband and I decided to encompass ourselves with things that we love. Our home is a mix of different places and gadgets that we love. One of many places we love is the beach. We now have many fond recollections of vacations at our favourite spot. When we added the solar room to our residence we knew that we needed to develop some seashore images to decorate the spot.

The theme of the sunroom is our favourite vacation spot off the shores of New England. On our last trip we collected dozens of seashore pictures on our digital camera. Deciding which beach pictures to make use of in the room proved to be fairly a problem but after consideration the alternatives seemed to present themselves.

The very first thing to contemplate when adding beach images to your door is color. I found myself drawn to the pink-orange sunsets and sunrises we witnessed on our trip. Thankfully, this worked proper into our yellow sunroom coloration scheme. The nice and cozy, bright colours actually put a spark of curiosity within the room.

Then again, we were additionally fairly attracted to the blue waters and the crystal blue skies that boasted just a few billowy clouds. These tranquil seashore images would additionally work well in the room? overall color scheme. The pale-yellow sand and the sky blue background present a tranquil and calming ambiance in this little getaway.

The dilemma was not straightforward to solve. We mainly had two groups of seashore photographs; ones that had been heat and crimson and ones that had been tranquil blue. Selecting which group of seaside photographs to make use of in our sunroom was no straightforward task.

The furniture was no help at all with its pure fibers and impartial tones. The furnishings paired extraordinarily effectively with each units of prints and my husband and I found ourselves hanging one group then changing that group with the other. We thought that we would never come to a decision.

We determined to choose both. The winter months make the sunroom appear frigid even though it’s nicely heated. Using blue hues throughout the winter months would add to the cool feeling. Nevertheless, using the warm pink-orange hues actually appears to heat issues up. Within the winter, we use the sunset/sunrise seashore pictures.

The summer season months name for the blue collection of seashore photos. The tranquil, cool sky is such a relaxing vision throughout the warm months and the white clouds are comfortable and flowing. They seem to almost mix into the summer time sky.

We learned that in terms of adorning, you’ll be able to have it all. We get to see each facet of our favourite trip spot all yr lengthy by our beach photos.

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