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What to Pack for an Australian Cruise

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Going on a cruise vacation is the smartest decision that any tourist can make today. The variety of different tourist and natural attractions that cruise vacations offer is incomparable to anything else. Also, cruises are a perfect chance to meet people from many different parts of the world and even become friends with them. If you have doubts about where to go on a cruise, think no more; choose Australia and its breath-taking sights. However, do not forget to pack the following essential items for a comfortable cruise.

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Bank Cards

The major thing that you really need to have a relaxed vacation is money. When you have enough cash with you and money in your bank accounts, you can buy whatever you want. But, be wise and scatter your money throughout several bank accounts. Also, ask for a bank card for each and every account. It is a proactive way of ensuring that you will be able to access your money, even if it happens that you lose some cash or one of your cards on vacation.

Passport

The second condition to be met for a careless vacation is bringing your passport. That little booklet is the first step in enabling you to get to Australia with ease. In addition to carrying your passport with you, you also need to check if you need to get a visa to get Down Under. Here you can find out more about a short-stay Australian visa.

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Power Transformers

If you’re coming from North America, you have to bring power transformers that will make your gadgets and chargers work in facilities you visit in Australian. On the other hand, when it comes to the cruise ship itself, you have to ask in advance about their power supply system.

Proper Clothing

Although the majority of tourist cruise ships have a casual dress code, there are always special night parties or events that require elegant gowns and suits. Make sure to ask the cruise manager or your tourist guide about such occasions before you come aboard. Also, since Australia is exposed to strong UV radiation, never leave your arms or legs uncovered during the hot hours. In addition, a hat and proper sunscreen should also be a part of your personal cruise kit.

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Bad Weather Gadgets

It is hard to believe that rain or a storm could spoil your Australian vacation, but it might happen, especially when your ship moves away from the coast. So, you might have to spend a whole day in the cabin or in the ship lounges. This is why you should pack as many gadgets as you can. For instance, listening to your favorite band or playing Sudoku games can be great fun on a rainy day.

Photo-Taking Devices
Having a close look at the Great Barrier Reef or the beauty of the Island of Tasmania is nothing if you do not have a camera to record those unique moments. Every tourist going on an Australian cruise should bring a camera and a photo-friendly smartphone, to take photos of all the beautiful areas along the Australian coast.

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Known as one of the most attractive and popular countries in the world over the last few decades, Australia is becoming a major destination for vacation cruises as well. So, get your visa, pack your things, and go on a life-changing Australian cruise.

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About the author

Marie Nieves, student of economics who loves unusual trips and have a plan to travel the whole world. She has always loved to travel, and she loves to talk about her experiences. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and loves to surf the Internet. An avid lover of photography and regular author on several blogs.

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Bageshwar – the hill town of Lord Shiva and a popular tourist destination in Uttarakhand

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Bageshwar is a small town located on the conflux of Gomti and Saryu rivers in the state of Uttarakhand. It is a religious place home to several temples with majority of them dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is considered to be the land of the lord himself. Visit the quaint town for a relaxing vacation and pick from the best hotels in Bageshwar.

Nestled in the everlasting hillocks of the great Himalayan Range Bageshwar is a small town where nature blossoms to its fullest, gusting white water rambles down through the lush green jungle, and the snow capped peaks overlook the beautiful valleys below. It is a renowned trekking destination in north India as it houses a bunch of good trekking trails that certainly are fun. It is a town and headquarter of the district that shares the same name that is Bageshwar in the state of Uttarakhand. It is an old town where religion is the foremost attribute. A large number of temples dot the region, most of which are devoted to Lord Shiva and his consort.

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Tourists have been visiting the town since long. Bageshwar is one of the hot favorite destinations that are often picked by the travelers living in Delhi, Chandigarh, and other cities in central and northern India. It is about 470 k.m. from Delhi. Plus, there exist a number of popular tourist destinations such as Nanital, Pantnagar, Almora, and Tanakpur in the neighborhood of the town. Large number of normal as well as deluxe buses operates between the destinations. The nearest railhead is the Kathgodam railway station, which is about 180 k.m. to south.

Bageshwar is a perfect destination to spend a laid-back relaxing vacation, and tourists arrive here from far and wide. There is sufficient a number of hotels in Bageshwar to cater all the lodging needs of the guests. Although the place is still lacking some of the basic parameters of modernization but there exists a large number of hotels.

Mother Nature has always been rewarding to the town. The natural beauty of the place is simply heavenly and hard to match. Photography is one of the most popular activities here. Every nook and corner of the town is beautiful with the vantage points offering most panoramic views of hills and valleys. Bageshwar means the abode of Tiger, referring to Lord Shiva. It is believed that Lord Shiva visited the place in the form of tiger and stayed here. The place where he stayed today houses a temple which is known as Bagnath Temple. It is dedicated to Lord and was built in 1450. The location is right at the confluence of Gomti and Saryu rivers, which further raises the religious importance of the temple.

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There is another temple of high reverence here, it is situated about 26 k.m. from the town and is called Baijnath Temple. The temple is also dedicated to Lord Shiva and houses the idols of him and his consort, Mata Parvati. The other important temples here are: Chandika temple, Gauri Udiyar temple, Shitla Devi temple, Hanuman temple, Ramji temple, Golu temple, and Siddhartha Dham.

Bageshwar is also known for its events and festivals. The “melas” in particular are very popular and they are perhaps the best time for a tourist to be present in the town. Most of the melas occur during some religious festival. The whole town as well as the region around gets immersed in the milieu of festivity, celebration, and tradition. The melas provide multiple opportunities to explore religious, social, and cultural ethos of the region. There are lots of things to do during melas such as shopping, enjoy local music and dance, relish good food, etc.

4 creative weekend getaways in Queensland

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Queensland, the Sunshine State, is the second largest state in Australia, and a great place to visit if you are planning a week-long getaway from everyday life. A long weekend will do just as well.

What makes this state so popular is the fact that it is bordered by Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean, which makes it perfect for sunbathing, swimming and diving adventures, as well as for fieldtrips in the country.

Take a closer look at what it offers to tourists who want to get away from exhausting cities for a quick weekend adventure.

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Take a day trip to an island

If you are a fan of sandy beaches and would like to visit the biggest sandy island in the world – take a day trip to Fraser Island, which even deserved its UNESCO World Heritage status back in 1992. And with good reason!

Fraser Island is located east of Australia, opposite Hervey Bay, and its nature will leave you breathless – creeks, woods and more than one hundred lakes which are perfect for swimming. It should definitely be your next stop this holiday.

Another great place to visit is Magnetic Island, on the Great Barrier Reef. This tropical idyll is a great place to spend your weekend on especially if you love palm-lined beaches and wildlife full of koalas and kangaroos.

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Diving and snorkeling locations

If you are open to diving adventure, Cairns is the right place for you.

Atherton Tablelands, a place with great historical background and diverse nature, lay near this city and you can visit it after you have had a snorkeling/diving adventure in the Great Barrier Reef.

And in the evening, you can watch the sunset in one of the city’s beautiful restaurants, parks as well as the swimming lagoon.

Since the tropical season lasts from November to May, you should definitely visit Cairns somewhere from June to October.

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Healthy holiday without stress

Many agree that mental health is the key to happy living. So, if you want to run away from everyday city noise, life-changing mental health retreats in Living Valley are the key.

Take a long weekend off from work and revitalize your body, mind and soul. You can either have a one-day spa treatments, make a three-day rejuvenator plan, or make your stay seven days long in a healthy and relaxing holiday package, or extend it to fourteen days long detox treatment in the best place on Earth.

Festival time is on!

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And as for festival lovers, there are some wacky ones, such as the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival each May, and the Chinchilla Melon Festival in February.

More on food. Noosa International Food & Wine festival is being organised each year at Noosa Heads, where you can enjoy great food and beverages on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

And when it comes to music, if jazz is what you like, visit the Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival in Warwick.

Garden City organises Toowomba Easterfest which lasts for three days, so make sure not to miss it!

As you can see, Queensland is a territory full of surprises. There is practically not a minute during the day – and the year – which will stop you from moving – once you are there, you will run to see all that nature Queensland has to offer – and honestly, there are a lot of things to see.

About the author

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Marie Nieves, student of economics who loves unusual trips and have a plan to travel the whole world. She has always loved to travel, and she loves to talk about her experiences. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and loves to surf the Internet. An avid lover of photography and regular author on High Style Life.

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Egypt: Holidaying like a pharaoh

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The culture of ancient Egypt continues to amaze scientists, archaeologists and the general public to this day: it was a society known for architectural, astronomical and mathematical proficiency, which built one of the greatest civilizations in the world, and left its indestructible mark on history. Since those ancient times Egypt has changed a great lot, but that mark continues to draw a great number of visitors; tourists, who combine the spectacular sightseeing and exploration of ancient Egypt culture with some amazing summertime resorts.

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Mount Sinai (source: wikimedia.org, credit: Berthold Werner)

The main destinations for a relaxing summer vacation are the city of Alexandria and the Sinai Peninsula. Alexandria is actually the most popular summer resorts; its beaches, plus the ancient history exhibited in the city’s museums, make it a charming combination of rest and learning. Sinai takes pride in its natural attractions, such as the rich coral reefs or Mount Sinai. Beach resorts like Taba, Nuweiba or Sharm el-Sheikh, however, are more than ready to welcome those who’d rather spent their holiday sunbathing.

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Beach at Sharm el-Sheikh (source: houseoftravel.co.nz)

Since the River Nile was always a focal point around which the life in Egypt revolved, there are many Nile cruises designed to show tourists the life around the mighty river. These cruises vary in routes and length, but most of them last seven nights; the shorter ones usually go from Luxor to Aswan, while the longer ones go all the way north to Dendera. Nile cruises usually consist of many day tours and activities to various locations are a viable option for those with adventurous spirit.

However, if you’re more interested in exploring the ancient temples and ruins, there are several locations you simply must not miss. Twenty kilometers southwest of Cairo lies Giza, with its centuries old historical monuments (some of them among oldest in the world, dating from the 26th century BC). Giza is the focal point of Egyptian tourism thanks to a number of major attractions such as the Great Sphinx and several great pyramids. The Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world (the only one which stands to this day) was the tallest manmade object for more than 3000 years, with the height of 146.5 meters.

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Aerial view of the pyramids of Giza (source: wikimedia.org)

The city of Luxor is spectacular as well. It’s often nicknamed “the world’s greatest open air museum” since there are numerous ruins, most notably temple complexes, which are surrounded by the modern city. On the other side of the Nile lies the Necropolis, and two valleys which served as burial sites for pharaohs and their wives – the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of Queens, both UNESCO protected World Heritage sites.

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Luxor Temple (source: egypttravel.info)

Also worth visiting is the Saqqara, a great burial ground which was the necropolis of Memphis, a capital of ancient Egypt. It is located 30 kilometers south of Cairo and it’s the site of the oldest step pyramid in the world and a number of mastabas, flat-roofed tombs which predate the pyramids.

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Saqqara step pyramid complex (source: sites.google.com)

There’s so much culture and history in this transcontinental country that we’ve barely scratched the surface. You can either choose a simple, relaxing holiday in Egypt at one of the summer resorts, or embark on a journey to explore ancient sites which will take your breath away – whichever you choice, you’re going to have the time of your life.

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Five Tips for Healthy and Hygienic Travel

Five Tips for Healthy and Hygienic Travel

We have many reasons to travel around the world, but we often seem to underestimate the importance of proper hygiene while on the road. Though not all countries around the world have a problem with the many aspects of hygiene, it is our own responsibility to avoid the danger of poor hygiene on the road. Sometimes even hotels and public transport abroad can be problematic since they will have a chance of catching unknown pathogens. Although house cleaning and office cleaning are part of the solution, personal hygiene can be more important than whatever a cleaning company can do for you. The following practices should be considered commonplace, especially if you tend to travel to areas you’re not used to with tropical diseases and other areas where you will experience conditions beneficial to virus and bacteria strains:

• Do your best to carry hand sanitizer on you at all times if you plan on using anything in an epidemic-prone area. As it was proven with the recent Ebola epidemic, governments don’t always deal with things in an adequate fashion, so it is your responsibility to protect yourself in higher risk areas and countries.

• If you have allergies or sensitivities to certain chemicals and substances, you should do your best to take extra precautions when you rub your eyes. This is a reflex that often creates a risk of infection since eyes are a pretty vulnerable in such situations and we tend to touch them by instinct when something is in them.

• Although you should still wash your hands with soap and water on a regular basis and as often as you must, thoroughly and for at least 30 seconds, sanitizers can still be pretty useful when you have no other choice and you need to be clean.

• You should remember that the most hostile environment for most microorganisms is exposed, dry surfaces anywhere directly in the sun and fresh air. Only a surface that has been contaminated with food or fluids in general can allow them to multiply extremely fast under the right conditions, so you should do your best to keep yourself and areas where you eat clean no matter what the circumstances may be.

• You should make use of wet wipes before you touch any surface that has been touched by potentially contagious people or animals during an epidemic. Such surfaces can and will include luggage handles, steering wheels, sinks and flush handles in hotels, keyboards and mice and other places that may be contaminated with microorganisms, viruses, bacteria and spores. Allow enough time for the wipes to do their magic however and then move on.

• Do your best to get in the habit of greeting others with a have or verbally rather than getting touchy-feely or hugging them. Coughing, sneezing and direct contact with bodily fluids can be a serious problem during an epidemic of certain viruses and bacteria, so you would do well to stay safe in such conditions and to deal with washing your clothes and home cleaning as well with diligence. This simple change in social behavior will allow you to protect yourself with more success during epidemics. Carpet cleaning experts in Wimbledon can help you with your cleaning.

 

Top 10 mobile applications that will make your trip easier

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A way to replace heavy and inconvenient stuff when travelling light is installing the right mobile apps on your smartphone or tablet, so here are ten you might find useful.

FlightTrack – a real time flight tracker

When planning your flight, it is crucial to know all available routes, companies, luggage policy and, most importantly, the prices. With FlightTrack, you can find everything about delays and cancellations, as well as departures and arrivals, and much more in just a few clicks on your iPhone, iPad and Android.

Entrain – lighting schedules

Also available on all platforms, this little app from the University of Michigan will help you fight jet lag. Learn how you can adapt to time zones and daily cycles, as well as how to prepare your body for the change of zones. In short, it is ideal for all travelers, especially frequent ones.

Perfect World Clock – analog and digital clock widgets

When speaking of time zones, Android users will surely get a kick out of this world clock that informs them on time in cities all around the world. While it may look like nothing special at first, it actually has interesting options that set it apart from the competition.

Sunscreen – sunbathing timer

If you plan to spend a lot of time in the open, you should be extra careful. Sunscreen will remind you when to apply a new layer of sunscreen and, even though it is available only for Apple users, it is more than useful when vacationing in hot places.

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EHU – visual trip indication

Available only to Apple users in UK stores, this app is designed for campers and people who like to take their caravan on the road. It reports on the usage of your electric output and how much electricity your gadgets suck from it, so it is particularly good when in wilderness.

Trippeo – expense management software

Trippeo is perfect for people who have a problem tracking their expenses when traveling and want to dedicate their time and energy to sightseeing. It collects your bills, calculates spendings and reports it all back to you.

TripIt – Trip Planner

This free Apple- and Android-based app helps with your itinerary and keeps track of all the things you checked off your to-do list. It is more than useful in big tourist centers like Rome or London where you want to see everything – or as much as you can.
Urbanspoon – restaurant and food reviews

Here is another all-around app that assists you in finding available restaurants, pubs and bars near you and lets you refine search by price range and rating. You can read users’ comments and take locals’ suggestions as well.

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Hailo – taxi app

If you do not want to use the public transport and have no time or energy to walk, use Hailo to find the nearest taxi. It started as a free England-based app, but spread all across Europe and it even allows payment with your credit card.

The Snow Report – snow forecast app

This free Apple app is ideal when traveling to Scandinavia, Canada or other snowy countries. It reports on snow pistes near you, shows detailed maps and is essential if you want to experience a winter holiday to the fullest.

Other Apps

Depending on where you are headed to and what kind of a person you are, look into apps that provide maps, allow you to translate your thoughts and search for interesting tourist attractions.

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About the author
Marie Nieves, student of economics who loves unusual trips and have a plan to travel the whole world. She is an avid lover of photography. As she always loved to travel, she really loves to talk about her experiences. On her journeys she likes to read poetry and prose and loves to surf the Internet.
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Coorg – a beautiful place in Western Ghats with coffee estates spreading across miles

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Filled with undiluted natural allures and vast coffee estates and orange farms, Coorg is one ideal place to visit during holiday. It is perfect for spending a relaxing vacation in the lap of nature. Visit the place to explore it for real and pick from the best hotels in Coorg.

Coorg, or Kodagu as it is often called, is a district in the state of Karnataka. Before being a part of Karnataka, it was an independent state for a brief time period (1950-1956). The place was originally called Kodavu based on the reference of the earliest inhabitants who were called Kodavas. They were agriculturalists and warriors who headed their own chieftains. Even today agriculture remains one of the key sources of revenue with majority of the population dependent on farming and cultivation. The district has a small population; the least populous amongst the entire 30 districts in Karnataka state. Rice and Coffee are the most grown crops of the place. Since the place produces large quantities of coffee, it is for this fact the place is also just often called the “coffee bowl of India”. The coffee grown here is particularly famous for the clean beans, blue color, and the fine drinking quality. Most of the cultivation areas of the place are capped with miles long estates of coffee. Apart from coffee, the other major corps of the place are orange, pepper, paddy, and cardamom.

Coorg is about 118 k.m. from Mysore and 254 k.m. from Bangalore. Perched at an average altitude of 1525 meters from the sea level it is a part of the Western Ghats. The place is the home of misty hills, undulating streets, unspoiled forests, and acres and acres of coffee estates. The soothing climate and the untouched natural beauty earn the city the epithet of the “Scotland of India”. The rivers Kaveri and Laksmanatirtha flows through the place. They along with their tributaries provide all the required water and help the life in different forms to sustain and flourish. The dense evergreen and semi-evergreen forests are primarily made up of sandalwood trees and bamboo, and are the natural habitat of various kinds of animals, reptiles, and birds. Tigers, elephants, boars, panther, and deer are some of the most significant wildlife of the place.

The unharmed natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and the genuine hospitality of the locals generate lots of tourist interest. The endless mountain ranges are perfect for sightseeing and photography. Trekking along the wooded slopes and undulating landscapes is an interesting way to relax and refresh oneself. With the growth of tourism a number of new tourism based industries have emerged which pull huge tourists’ attention. Angling, kayaking, white water rafting, air gliding, Ayurvedic massage, etc. are the latest trends amongst the tourists. The good thing is that most of the luxury hotels in Coorg also offer tour and different leisure services to their guests making a guest’s stay an experience to remember.

Amongst the most popular places to visit in Coorg, some include: Iruppu Falls, Abbi Falls, Nisargadhama Forest, Namdroling Monastery, Nagarhole National Park, Dubare Elephant Camp, Talacauvery, Raja’s Seat, Omkareshwara Temple, Bylakuppe, Madikeri Fort, Bhagamandala, Mallalli Falls, Chelavara Falls, Nalknad Palace, Tadiandamol Peak, Bhagamandala, Unchalli Falls, Igguthappa Temple, etc. There are a number of good budget hotels in Coorg in close proximity to the prime tourist attractions. These hotels are ideal options to pick if one seeks conveniences.

Author Bio: Sandeep is an experienced travel writer and enthusiast blogger. He has explored many known and less-known places in India in the last 10 years. His experience adds to his expert knowledge on the best hotels in coorg, different travel routes through trains, flights, and road. He also specializes in off-beat places to eat and stay at. He also advises amateur tourists on travel tips.

 

Exploring Dubrovnik and the nearby islands

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There are many beautiful places on Earth, but few can match Dubrovnik. Mediterranean climate, the spacious blue sky, dark blue crystal clear sea depths, numerous coves and bays, sandy beaches and steep reefs decorated with the lushest subtropical flora… plus centuries of culture and history.

Dubrovnik is the largest Croatian tourist center, having many hotels, apartments, restaurants, bars and taverns for the tourist population; from budget ones to world class luxury hotels. The city is well connected with the rest of Croatia and has an international airport as well.

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The famous city walls (source: commons.wikimedia.org)

Of course, Dubrovnik is a place with many tourist facilities, providing a wide range of attractions: cultural and music manifestations, bars, night clubs, entertainment programs, sports activities, trips to the nearby islands, but all who come should start their visit by exploring the city’s history. The most recognizable landmark that defines the physiognomy of the historical city of Dubrovnik and gives it its characteristic, worldwide famous look are the intact city walls, which surround the city in their two kilometer length. The complex is one of the most beautiful and solid forts of the Mediterranean and is composed of a series of forts, bastions, casemates, towers and separate fortresses. The walls stand as a monument to the city’s rich history: Dubrovnik was once an independent city-state and a strong naval power on the whole of Mediterranean. The entire city core, along with the main street of Stradun has been declared a historical monument under the protection of UNESCO.

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Rector’s Palace (on the left) at Stradun (source: visitdalmatia.com)

You should also visit the infamous Arboretum of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Trsteno, the only arboretum in the Croatian Adriatic coast, the oldest Croatian monument of garden architecture and the oldest arboretum in the world! Known for its historic gardens and an unique collection of Mediterranean and exotic plants, the arboretum is law-protected as a monument of garden architecture, extends to 28 acres and incorporates a number of different parts: the historic public garden with a summer house, a historic park from the 19th century, the old olive grove, oak, pine, cypress, maquis vegetation and coastal rocks.

The city has a favorable geographic position if you plant to explore the region and visit some of the most beautiful Croatian islands such as Mljet and Korcula. It’s pretty common that tourists spend a few days in Dubrovnik and then rent a boat from one of the local yacht rental agencies and explore the coastline on their own.

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View of Mljet lakes in sunset (source: commons.wikimedia.org )

Mljet is often called the greenest island in Croatia as more than two thirds of its surface is covered with forests; the western part of the island also holds the status of a National Park. It features an unique ecosystem of two salt lakes, plus an abundance of animal and plant species found nowhere else. The island is especially fit for sports enthusiasts as it offers plenty of cycling and climbing options, not to mention the waters around the island are often frequented by divers due to their clarity and spectacular underwater sights.

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Island of Korcula and the homonymous town (source: importanneresort.com)

Korcula, on the other hand, is the most populated Croatian island with some sixteen thousand inhabitants. Still, it’s largely unurbanized, perfect for a soothing holiday and long walks through the island’s many vineyards; the locals take great pride in their wines, so be sure to try some. It’s also a place of strong folklore tradition, with many summer festivals aimed at preserving the local cultural heritage and entertaining the tourists.

It’s practically impossible to enumerate everything that Dubrovnik and the surrounding region have to offer to their guests; explore the vicinity of the city, the beautiful islands or the nearby National and Nature Parks, visit the city galleries and museums, go to a party, or simply read a book on the beach – if you can imagine it, Dubrovnik has it.

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TOP 4 scariest places in Italy

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What do you imagine when thinking of Italy? Is it welcoming sun-drenched resorts of Liguria or world-known historical monuments of Rome? Maybe the luxury stores in Milan are the first things that come to your mind?

Indeed, Italy for tourists is a wonderful country with various beautiful landscapes and activities for every taste and budget. But as almost each country it has its own haunted places attracting special contingent of people, who like to feel fear or just want to experience unusual feelings. Do you belong to such type of people? Than this article will be interesting for you!

1. Poveglia Island

Without any doubt Poveglia Island is the most famous haunted place in Italy! The island shrouded in dense fog of horrifying stories is located under very nose of tourists visiting Venice. Only 15 km separate one of the world’s most romantic city and the scariest place in the whole Italy.

Why is Poveglia considered an evil place? The answer to this question must be sought in the history of the island…

The horror began when Europe was covered by the epidemic of bubonic plague that killed millions of people. It was then when imperceptible little island of Poveglia turned into a real insulator of death and became the last resting place of people infected with the plague, who have no chance to survive. People were buried in one large mass grave. According to some beliefs, there were too many bodies to bury and most of them were simply burned. So, today the ground here on half consists of ashes of those men, children and women who died here in agony.

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But it was only one part of the nightmare happened on the island. In 1922, a mental hospital was founded in Poveglia. Soon, patients began to suffer from nightmares and headaches. They said the hospital is literally full of ghosts of plague victims. Patients heard strange whispers or wild cries and moans, but no one believed them. Even the hospital stuff sometimes saw strange figures that emerged out of nowhere and in a moment burned down into ashes. Moreover, some residents of Venice were sure a chief doctor himself is mad and regularly conduct experiments on patients using the latest methods of healing, which looked more like a medieval tortures.

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According to the local legend, when the chief doctor began to see and hear the ghosts of Poveglia he threw himself from the tower in fit of madness. And nowadays he is among the souls that haven’t found peace and are doomed to endlessly roam through the empty halls of the abandoned hospital.

2. Catacombs of the Capuchins

The catacombs in Palermo are actually a very touristic place usually crowded by visitors, so it’s hard to get really scared here. However, the dungeon literally full of mummies isn’t a good place for especially impressionable people. You’ll find catacombs not far from the city center under an unremarkable building of Capuchin monastery. The entrance fee is 3 EUR. It’s not much for an opportunity to see the real underground kingdom of Hades with countless corridors with about two thousand of mummies in different poses.

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The oldest mummy belongs to monk Silvestro Subba, who died in 1599 and is buried in the traditional monastic clothes. The youngest one is the mummy of two-year-girl Rosalina, who died of bronchial infection in 1920. Despite the fact that more than 90 years has passed from the day of her death, the girl looks like she recently fell asleep. When you are looking at her, a strange thought comes to your mind that any moment the girl can open her eyes.

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All mummies in the catacombs are divided into different groups by status they had in life, gender, professional and other features. So, here you will find separate hall for virgins, children, couples etc. There are especially scary legends related to this place, but the catacombs itself are scary enough to pull some extra adrenaline into your veins.

3. Abandoned psychiatric hospital in Parma

Such places by themselves cause unpleasant feelings, but thanks to efforts of Brazilian artist Herbert Baglione, it became really creepy. He painted black shadows of different forms and sizes that sprout from old wheelchairs look into the rooms and make you feel loneliness and emptiness. These shadows represent souls of poor people who once lived within the walls of mental hospital in Parma.

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4. Valley of the Mills in Sorrento

Valley of the Mills is both beautiful and creepy. Here you have a chance to admire quite unique landscape represented with deep ravine and ancient half-destroyed mill on its bottom. The valley of the mills has turned into a closed ecosystem with more humid than usual microclimate. Plants have grown into the real jungle, and mountain streams have made a swamp from the canyon.

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It’s not possible to go down to the mills, unless you are rock climber with all necessary equipment. However, you can enjoy fanatic views and make awesome pictures from the Piazza Tasso overlooking the valley.

In conclusion it should be said you can find some scary places even in the most touristic cities of Italy such as Rome and Milan. Those are Santa Maria della Concezionedei Cappuccini in Rome and San Bernardino alle Ossa in Milan. Crypts of both churches are decorated with the countless human bones and skulls. You should agree that bare skulls are not quite what you expect to see in the church.

When traveling in search of haunted places you should have a car to be able to quickly escape in case you awaken the souls of the dead. If you spare to take your own car, a rental vehicle would be a good choice. Just don’t tell what places you are going to drive to. You can book a car at Malpensa Airport from a leading supplier online and save some money and time.

Author Bio: Lily Berns is a travel writer and she likes to share with interesting info of different places through her publications.

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How a Boat Cruise can Make Your Event More Special

Boat Cruise

You don’t have to be on vacation to enjoy the sightseeing and relaxation opportunities offered by a cruise. In fact, a boat cruise can be the perfect venue for your special occasions and events.

If you’ve never tried celebrating aboard a cruise ship, find out why you should give it a try at least once.

You can be flexible with your budget.

A lot of people shy away from cruises, thinking that they are overly expensive and luxurious. But a cruise actually guarantees more bang for your buck than most options.

With the breathtaking views, the well-trained staff, scrumptious food, state-of-the-art sound and light systems and many other amenities, you can be sure about getting your money’s worth.

What’s more, there are cruise lines that would be more than happy to tailor their packages to suit your budget and preferences.

The event will be more exclusive.

Boat cruises generally offer more privacy than hotels and resorts. You can book a harbor cruise exclusively for your event so lack of security won’t be a problem.

Because of this unique advantage, birthday party cruises are preferred by people who want their celebration to be more fun and exclusive at the same time.

It offers a memorable dining experience.

Granted, the food and drinks offered by cruise ships are delicious. But what makes the dining experience truly remarkable is the unique atmosphere.

Aside from the glistening water and the cool breeze, your guests will surely appreciate the venue and its decorations. Cruise lines can tailor the layout of their vessel to make it perfect for the function.

Your event will have personalized service.

Since the staff-to-guest ratio of cruise ships is typically two times more than that of hotels and resorts, your event will have attentive personnel who are always ready to cater to your requests.

It can make the event more fun and exciting.

A cruise provides an adventurous twist that’s not found in most hotels and resorts. It lets you see amazing sights and visit lots of places as the celebration takes place.

People are so eager to celebrate New Year’s Eve, Christmas day, Valentine’s Day, and other events aboard a cruise ship because they want the celebration to be more exciting and memorable.

Indeed, a boat cruise is one of the best ways to take special occasions and events up a notch. If you’ve got an upcoming celebration, it should be one of your top choices. And once you’ve booked a cruise, be sure to keep these things in mind before heading off to sea.

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