VARADERO CUBA


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There are many beautiful beaches in almost every country, but the choice I would say is simple. Go to Varadero beach where boring is not a word. Varadero is a resorts town in Matananzas, north of Cuba. It is one of the many few beaches with a still clam sea. Varadero is called Playa which means blue sea in Spanish. Every year there comes around 300,000 people just in that area.

Ideal place for beach lovers, Varadero is one of the most important tourism destinations in Cuba, world famous for its all inclusive Hotels.

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ISTANBUL TURKEY


ULUS PARK

 

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A beautiful park at “Ulus” district, high above hill point from which u can have a wonderful view of the Bosphorus.

My friend from Istanbul brought me in Ulus cafe which is just a couple of minutes of uphill driving from Ortaköy provides a wonderful view of the Bosphorus. The park also offers a pathway to walk and take pictures.

I think it is a must do in Istanbul just to rest and take some good panoramic pictures to take back home. Best time to be there is just before sunset. You can enjoy the day view, sunset and evening view and enjoy the lights of the Bosphorus Bridge.

 

SULTANHAMET

Blue Mosque – Sultanahmet

 

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One of the most popular tourists sights and when visiting Istanbul a “must see”.

Give yourself time, minimum one hour, most people stay much longer. Expect to wait for entry, I recommend you visit early in the day.

 

Topkapi Palace

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A beautiful building from the outside and well worth going inside where you will see a beautiful dome ceiling, excellent wall decoration, beautiful windows…

 

For me, the highlight of the entire palace complex was the Harem.

In a word, the Topkapi Palace is, magnificent. It is definitely one of the highlights in Istanbul. Topkapi Palace was the residence of sultans and their harems from the 1450’s until the middle of the 19th century. It was also the seat of the Ottoman rule.

BESIKTAS

 

Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski

 

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I had the good luck of having dinner in Bosphorus grill in this hotel on my first trip to Istanbul.

I felt like a Sultan 🙂

 

Lots of details form the general feeling of luxury in this hotel, but the one sigle detail that stands out in my memory is the swimming pool. It is by the Bosphorus, in a beautiful garden, with a view of the old palace and its marble gate on one side. When you are in it you see only a white balaustrade to separate the water of the pool from the sea.

 

 

Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus

 

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Four Seasons hotel is one of the best located hotel.

A beautiful old palace, spectacularly overlooking the Bosphorus

 

 

 

VIEW FROM Pera Palace Hotel  

 

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This wonderful hotel is still in the style of the 1930’s. It was the destination for the passengers arriving on the Orient Express. It was also the hotel where Agatha Christie stayed when she went missing for a period of time. She stayed here several times and it was here that she wrote her famous novel “Murder on the Orient Express”.

JERUSALEM : THE ETERNAL CITY


WESTERN WALL

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When I was in Jerusalem I of course visited the Western Wall. You have surely heard about it. It’s an important place for the Jews and many are praying there. You can write a prayer on a paper and put it into the wall if you want.

Friday evenings are the best time to visit as shabbat sets in, with many thousands flocking to the Kotel (Hebrew name), the sound of the faithful singing, their songs and prayers cutting through the air;

No doubt a  place where everyone should go and experience .

 

Ben Yehuda Street

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Ben Yehuda St area is a very lively area especially at night, there are many pubs and restaurants in and around it and its one of the nicest areas to hang out in.

 

DAVID CITADEL HOTEL and Mamilla Mall 

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It’s one of the most beautiful hotel in Jerusalem .

A great plus is the location…very close to the old city .

The view of the Old City was incredible.

The David Citadel Hotel on King David Street commands a prime site at the most desirable location in Western Jerusalem, across from Alrov Mamilla Avenue and overlooking the ancient walls of the Old City, the historical Tower of David and Jaffa Gate. 

VICTORIA,BRITISH COLUMBIA,CANADA


VANCOUVER ISLAND: VICTORIA,BC.

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Welcome to the jewel of Canada’s west coast! the city of gardens, the capital of British Columbia, the warmest place in all Canada, full of flowers almost all year round.. all that and much more is Victoria…

This is my favorite place in Canada and believe me, once you walk on its streets, you’ll feel like being in a fairy tale town.
Most of its charm derives from its English air as many people say Victoria is more British than England, and even though I haven’t been in England I think it’s true. In this city you can take great pictures because of the beautiful scenery, even if you are the worst photographer!

THE EMPRESS HOTEL, VICTORIA

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Even if you don’t stay at this hotel you must stop for afternoon tea which is enjoyed by over 100,000 people every year. The Victoria Fairmount Empress Hotel serves its own special

blend of tea in fine Royal Doultan china.

 ROYAL BC MUSEUM, VICTORIA.

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You certainly absolutely must go to to the Royal B.C. Museum. I have been all over the world and I have never seen a museum such as this one before. It’s located right in the downtown portion of Victoria, and very easy to get to!

BC PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS ,VICTORIA.

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The Legislature Buildings of British Columbia are a majestic and stunning structure that partially dominate the Inner Harbour of Victoria. Built of rough stone and richly decorated in an eclectic mixture of Victorian Gothic, Italianate, and 19th-century Romanesque styles, the buildings are an early masterpiece of Francis Rattenbury, who went on to design many signature buildings in Victoria and elsewhere in Canada, primarily BC. These include the Empress Hotel and part of the Banff Springs Hotel.

There are free guided tours of the interior during summer. Take your time to enjoy the exterior and the gardens.

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BAHAMAS


 

NASSAU , CAPITAL OF BAHAMAS 

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Nassau, on New Providence, is the capital of the Bahamas and features a mixture of neocolonial 19th century buildings and modern hotel resorts. It’s the main point where caribbean cruise ships stop and spring breakers party.

The city of Nassau is blooming with beautiful color from the buildings, water and people.

 

ATLANTIS RESORT ,PARADISE ISLAND BAHAMAS .

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I went to Atlantis to visit the property and see what everyone was talking about. I  took a 10 minute cab ride over to the hotel from Nassau. Sol Kerzner built an amazing hotel, he spared no detail to make everyone believe this was the real Atlantis. The marine exhibits, the Chihuly glass, the sculptures, and lagoons were amazing. This resort has over 2000 rooms in three main Towers: the Beach Towers, Coral Towers and Royal Towers. It is considered the largest island resort in the world. For me Atlantis was nice for a visit .It felt like Disneyland. The people who would enjoy staying here are people with children. There are activities for adults to enjoy such as a nightclub and a spa.

MONACO


   Casino Monaco

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A walk around the Place de Casino will expose you to some beautiful sites. First, of course, is the Monte Carlo Casino. Next is the Hotel de Paris, with Alain Ducasse’s Louis XV restaurant. Across the square is the Cafe de Paris. And in the center of the square the lovely garden and fountain.

Hotel de Paris,  Montecarlo.

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Hotel the Paris is the most famous hotel of Monte Carlo because it’s on the Place du Casino and well…right next to the casino. It’s a super luxury hotel where you’ll cross stars and top models in the sensational lobby or in the hotel restaurant, le Louis XV, one of the 3 Alain Ducasse’s restaurants (THE reference of french haute-cuisine). 

 

Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel

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The Montecarlo Beach Hotel  actually is not located in Monaco, but just across the border in Roquebrune/France.

They have the best outdoor olympic pool of Monco,with mediteranean see easy access

 

Prince’s Palace of Monaco.

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The Prince’s Palace of Monaco is one of the top sighs in Monaco, as it happens to bd the official residence of the Prince of Monaco. Its construction dates back to 1215, when it was a Genoese fortress. It became the stronghold of the Grimaldi family in 1297 – and has been continuously inhabited by them until the present day.

It is possible to visit the palace inside, and I strongly recommend it .

 

Fairmont hotel.

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The Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel is a unique four-star luxury convention resort located in the heart of the Principality of Monaco in between the Mediterranean Sea and the legendary Casino of Monte Carlo.

 Monaco Port

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As you walk, you can see people of all ages, children on their bicycles…You look at the beautiful boats in the harbour.

PALMA MAJORCA SPAIN


Welcome to Palma de Mallorca

An Island for sunny days .

The cathedral is the anchor monument in the middle of what was the old section of the city. Mallorca is also spelled Majorca (larger city meaning) and has a long history of occupancy dating back to 6000BC.

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Mallorca Island a paradise on earth

 

Cap de Formentor

 

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  Cap de Formentor is a spectacular place, located on the northernmost point of the Balaeric Island Majorca.

The views  are amazing, you can look down the rock wall and see the Mediterranean at a few tens of meters below… quite impressive. I suggest to go there in the afternoon and stay until  evening, to catch the views during full light, dusk and dark.