MARRAKECH MOROCCO


LUXURY RESORTS

1/ SOFITEL MARRAKECH LOUNGE AND SPA

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I spent 1 night in this hotel. I really loved the swimming pool. There are shops and a great disco open at weekends with a great atmosphere. I highly recommend this place for business travelers, families etc…

 

2/ MAMOUNIA HOTEL

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Hotel Mamounia is one of Marrakech’s big attractions and is probably the most famous and luxurious hotel in the country.

I didn’t lodge at La Mamounia, but I enjoyed walking by its impressive gardens.

It is  a classical luxury hotel, full of history with guest such as Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Charles Chaplin, Édif Piaf… Also some movies have been recorded in here, like “The man who knew too much”, from Alfred Hitchcock.

There are some excellent restaurants, such as the Moroccan food one, but also the cafe, with live music.

 

3/ MERIDIEN HOTEL

 

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Hotel is great – located closely to the medina, right in front of the shopping mall Menara Mall . Outside pool is also great and breakfast is just phenomenal!

Djamaa El Fna – Square, Marrakesh

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This is easily Marrakesh’s main sight and a place where you can easily spend a couple of hours just walking around or watching the scene. Here, you will find all kinds of arts and all kinds of food in an entertaining setting.

 

 MEDINA 

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Loved the craziness of it all. Very busy, and you really don’t know where to look first! A really fun place.

Its beautiful buildings and its rich culture, together with its colourful people makes it unique.

 

 

DAY TOUR OF ATLAS MOUNTAINS/OURIKA VALLEY

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The region is inhabited by Berber people who practice a traditional way of life. Despite its proximity to Marrakech, it is still considered relatively “unspoiled”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

LA CIOTAT FRANCE


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Less well known than its immediate neighbour, Cassis or the much larger Marseille, La Ciotat does have a very pretty port and the possibility of a relatively cheap day out on aboat due to its closeness to the “Calanques”. Indeed, La Ciotat has two of its own that can be walked to from the centre of town.A typical Mediterranean port that has its restaurants and bars along the quayside that seem full all day long.

 

LA HAVANA CUBA


OLD HAVANA

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During our visit to Havana, one of my favorite things to do was to just walk through the streets of Habana Vieja, admiring the contrasts of both people and structure.Old Havana has been around for close to 500 years. Many of the buildings date back to the 1700’s.You’ll get to see beautiful streets, squares & hidden courtyards. When you are tired of walking there are museums, galleries & cafes to visit.

 

MALECON Y MIRAMAR HAVANA

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This 5 mile long boulevard that runs from the old part of Havana (Habana Vieja) is an ideal place for mixing with the people of Cuba.Construction of the Malecon started in 1901 and its main purpose was to protect Havana from the sea.These days it is a pleasant place to wander by the waters edge watching people fishing,swimming and just relaxing along the sea wall.Also a good place for seeing the old American cars that frequent this area.

HOTEL NACIONAL DE CUBA

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My brief visit to this magnificent hotel which stands overlooking the Malecon in Havana was where i enjoyed the perfect Cuban Mojito.Sitting in the garden,overlooking the sea on a warm ,sunny day was a joy.
The hotel was opened in December 1930.Over the years some of the guests and visitors that have been here included Frank Sinatra,Ava Gardener,John Wayne,Sir Winston Churchill and Sir Alexander Fleming.

 

LA HAVANA BY NIGHT 

CABARET PARISIEN HOTEL NACIONAL DE CUBA

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Located at the Hotel Nacional, this  cabaret show is a vibrant and extravagant spectacle

 

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB   HAVANA CAFE CUBA

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Can’t really describe how I felt that night at the Habana Cafe. It was a mixture of feelings and all of them positive ones. I found myself looking around the place and dreaming of the past. The interior decoration will transport you back to the 50’s or before. I love vintage cars and photography, good live music and drinks, so this was for me a right place to visit. The performers that night were absolutely great;  The Buena Vista Social Club among others made my night a perfect one. The staff is very friendly and the drinks can’t be any better!! Again, you’ll love the interior; the airplane hanging from the ceiling and the old cars inside, the pictures on the walls . Let this place surprise you!!

 

 

 

AKUMAL RIVIERA MAYA MEXICO


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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. 

GRANADA SPAIN


MIRADOR SAN NICOLAS

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The Plaza de San Nicolas is situated in Granada Old Town, known as the Albaicin.
It is possible to walk to it form the centre of the town, if you’re the energetic type.
Alternatively, you can catch one of the little transit-style buses that rattle through the old town’s narrow cobbled streets.
The plaza has a wonderful view back to the Alhambra Palace, with the Sierra Nevada mountains in the background.
There are also a number of bars and restaurants in the vicinity if you feel in need of refreshment.
When we were there there were musicians playing Spanish guitar which added to the atmosphere.
There’ll be plenty of other tourists there with you, but it is well worth the effort as you don’t get that view from anywhere else.

 ALHAMBRA

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No doubt that the Alhambra is a pearl in the heart of Andalucia. From the views over Albayzin across to the Medieval city walls hrough the beautifully-shaped windows of the Nasrid palaces to the views *of* the Alhambra from the Gerneralife, you will be spoilt for choice.

 



DOWNTOWN PLAZA NUEVA  GRANADA

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Plaza Nueva works on many levels. A beautiful linear square that runs along the Daro River. Gorgeous views on one side up the hill to the Alhambra and to the Albaicin neighborhood on the other. This is tourist central for Granada.

CANCUN MEXICO


 

 

 

Cancun is one of the nicest places you could ever go. I recommend that everyone once in their lifetime, take the time to visit Cancun. The weather here is beautiful all the year.

 

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La Habichuela Sunset

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It is rare that a restaurant combines great service, unique entertainment and great food.

I get a mayan coffee at the end.An experience to remember !

But what makes it special is sitting outside in the garden area on white chairs watching the sunset. The gardens Re lovely with plantings and arranged artfully. Three times a week there is a short Mayan dance show which I enjoyed on a Monday evening.

 

Ritz-Carlton Cancun

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Everything is special about this hotel!
it`s simply one of  the best.(at least to me).

 

JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa

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This is a great resort facility. You’d never have to leave if you don’t want to. They have a great breakfast buffet, afternoon tea, champaign flight in the afternoon, great pool, swim-up bar, and beach area. I have no complaints.

I had a wonderful 2 nights stay last year (november 2012).

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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