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Pitons, cirques and ramparts of Reunion Island you gotta go here Piton, Cirques and the Ramparts of Reunion Island occupies an area of 100,000 hectares. This is equivalent of 40% of the total Reunion Island area. The three sites were inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2010 and given a buffer zone of 11,729 hectares. They also coincide with the La Reunion National Park which consists of two adjoining volcanic massifs located on the islands southwestern end towards the Indian Ocean. read more
Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay you gotta go here The Monastery known as the Abbey of Fontenay was founded in 1119 by St. Bernard. It is located in the Marmagne Commune, Department of Cote-d’Or in France. Built in Romanesque style, the Cistercian abbeys were declared a UNESCO world Heritage Site in 1981 to preserve the ancient Romanesque style of building. read more
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Top 5 Safari Adventures in Brazil Brazil is much more known around the world for football, but it is also an ideal safari destination in whichever angle you look at it - the country is one of the most cosmopolitan nations on earth, it has over 7000 kilometers of coastline, a large territory of the Amazon is located in the country, it boasts some old historical towns and has a massive wetlands region. Below are the top rated Safari adventures in Brazil. read more
Top 5 Adventure Destinations in New Zealand It is often said that New Zealand is the last frontier occupied by the humans on the southern hemisphere. Of course many people would discount Antarctica as an uninhabitable continent, thus putting a lot of premium on New Zealand. In my agriculture class I learnt of the Merino sheep wool and the pedigree cows of New Zealand and this made me imagine the country to look like a big ranch - sort of like the ones I see in Wild West Movies. Later, in a geography class, I would learn that the country is one of the most beautiful places on earth. If the following adventure destinations are anything to go by, I cannot discount the teachings of my geography teacher. read more
Top 5 Adventure Destinations in South Africa South Africa is renowned around the world through the works of its recently deceased freedom icon, Nelson Mandela. Although some people will know about the country's diamonds, platinum and gold, few would know about the country's top adventure destinations. read more
Best Burger joints Barbados Being outside the Atlantic Hurricane Belt gives the sovereign island republic of Barbados an advantage in attracting tourists over her competitors. Of all the islands in the Lesser Antilles, Barbados has the best restaurants, beaches and climate. read more
Best Burger joints in Vancouver The burgers here are differentiated with the kind of toppings they have, the number of patties, the weight of the patties as well as the type of meat used. Some will feature beef, chicken, bacon, pork, fish, and of course, veggies. The list below compiles the top 10 burger joints in Vancouver. read more
A brief history of Barcelona With a population of 4.5 million people, the sixth largest in European Union after Paris, London, the Ruhr, Madrid and Milan; nobody can doubt that Barcelona is one of the heavyweights in Europe. What most people do not know is that it was just a small fishing village in the 3rd century BC. Today, it has a GDP of around US$171 billion, but it was not always like that. Below is a glimpse of how far the city has come. read more
5 Olympic sites you need to see in Nagano Nagano is a Japanese city that is located in the Nagano Prefecture, near the confluence of the Chikuma and the Sai rivers in the main Japanese island of Honshū. The city was lucky to win the bid to host the 1998 Winter Olympics of which 72 countries and 2,176 participants contested in 7 sports and 68 events at 15 venues. Below are the major events' sites during the Olympics. read more
10 Interesting facts about the Colosseum The Colosseum is an elliptical amphitheater located in the heart of the Italian capital, Rome. It is also referred to as Flavian Amphitheatre or Coloseum. It is one of the most symbolic engineering masterpieces of the Roman Empire. It was built with concrete and stones and was the biggest arena in the whole Roman Empire. Checkout the following interesting facts about the Colosseum. read more
The 5 Best Roof top Bars in New York The city seats on one of the world's largest natural harbors and consists of five boroughs, each of which boasts an active night life. They include; The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. These boroughs are known the world over for their nightlife activities. To demonstrate how active a night scene New York City has, below are its top 5 roof top bars. read more
Get away from the crowds and take a tour of the Sacred Valley Also called the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley is nestled in the Peru's Andes, near the Inca capital of Cusco and the old city of Machu Picchu. It is located in today's Peruvian region of Cusco. During the colonial era, the valley was referred to as the 'Yucay Valley'. read more
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Florida's Finest Beach Resorts

Florida is not just a great travel destination for Americans but it is a favorite among tourists from all around the globe. Luxury accommodations are a dime a dozen in the Sunshine State but those that are often considered the best of the best are those that sit on the beaches along its miles of coastline.

Taking a vacation in Florida is a wonderful experience no matter what city you visit and no matter what hotel you stay in. But for those who enjoy the finer things in life, there really is nothing quite like taking up temporary residence in a beautiful beach front resort during your time in Florida.

Fine hotels and resorts aren't just for Miami Beach. The entire state of Florida has some of the most luxurious beach front accommodations that money can buy. And if you have money - enough to plunk down for a room or suite at one of these posh establishments - then you can be sure you are experiencing some of the best that life has to offer.

We start our tour at the Ritz-Carlton Naples. Located near Old Naples and overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, this amazing paradise on earth features marble-floor bathrooms, private balconies for each guest room, a sushi bar, and a full-service spa.

Key West is the quintessential Florida vacation spot and there is arguably no better place to stay while you are there than the Ocean Key Resort and Spa. Each of the resort's 100 rooms features a mini-bar and island-style decor while the resort itself features an ocean-side bar, a rooftop deck, and amazing ocean views.

Just outside the city of Clearwater on Florida's Gulf Coast is the Sandpearl Resort. Each guest rooms are fitted with large flat screen TVs and spacious balconies. The resort has an upscale restaurant, a pool-side grill, and even a children's club for family vacationers.

Any Florida vacation is bound to be filled with lots of fun, excitement, rest, and relaxation. But if you want to take your vacation in the Sunshine State to the next level, you might want to consider booking a room at one of these amazing beach front resorts.

Atlanta's Finest Luxury Accommodations There are plenty of great places to visit in the Southeastern United States but one of the most popular is the great city of Atlanta, Georgia. For visitors who have a bit more refined sense of style and sophistication, the city's many luxury hotels offer just what the doctor ordered. read more
Enjoy an unforgettable journey with Imperial River Cruises in Ukraine Imperial River Cruises offers tourists an insight into this rich history by giving 11-12 days tours aboard their two ships; the MS Dnieper Princess and MS Dnieper Star. The cruise ships operate between Kiev and Odessa. read more
Shanghai's Best (and Cheapest) Places To Eat Many travelers who want to visit China at some point in their life list Shanghai as their Chinese destination of choice. And while Shanghai is indeed an exciting place to visit, many people mistakenly think that eating there has to be expensive. The truth is that most restaurants are relatively inexpensive and serve a good selection of great tasting dishes. read more
Europe's Best Hot Springs There are countless places to visit in Europe and just as many things to do in all of those places. One thing that you may want to consider the next time (or the first time) that you are planning a European vacation is visiting some of the many hot springs spas that the continent has to offer. read more
Tips for Successful Genealogy-Based Travel More and more people around the world are developing an urge to find their roots and learn more about the movement of their ancestors . In fact genealogical based travel is developing into a niche in the tours and travel industry. read more
Discover Cuban Culture at Havana’s Museum of the Revolution The country of Cuba is one that is rich in history and culture. However, trying to learn and understand what the country is all about, especially its politics, might take some effort. But there is one period of the country's history that is well documented for Cubans and the rest if the world. That is the time of the revolution, which took place in the 1950s. read more
Tour the Mountain Ranges of Argentina Be whisked away on the misty levels of the mountain ranges of Argentina. The romance, the height, and the history will have every traveler "oohing" and "aahing". read more
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Stay at One of Manitoba's Quaint Bed & Breakfasts Wake up in the arms of stylish comfort at one of Manitoba's B&B. read more