Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rimini- Italia in miniatura 2014

Italia in Miniatura has just been awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence, which includes the Theme Park among the top destinations selected by the users of one of the world's best rating site.
Thank You, travellers and please keep giving us your precious advice so that we will always do our best!
A special promotion for the whole family!
Every Monday (except holidays) children from 1 meter in height to 11 years old only pay € 6,00 when accompanied by a paying adult.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Masjid Quba 2014

The Quba Mosque (Quba' Masjid or Masjid al-Quba, Arabic: مسجد قباء), in the outlying environs of Medina in Saudi Arabia, is the oldest mosque in the world. Its first stones were positioned by the Islamic prophet Muhammad as soon as he arrived on his emigration from the city of Mecca to Medina[1] and the mosque was completed by his companions. Muhammad spent more than 20 nights in this mosque (after migrating) praying qasr (a short prayer) while waiting for Ali whose house was behind this mosque..

Makkah, Saudi Arabia 2014

Every year, millions of Muslims gather in Makkah, Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage, called Hajj. Arriving from every corner of the globe, pilgrims of all nationalities, ages, and colors come together for the largest religious gathering in the world. One of the five "pillars of faith," the Hajj is a duty upon every Muslim adult who is financially and physically able to make the journey. Every Muslim, male or female, strives to make the trip at least once in a lifetime.

During the days of the Hajj, millions of pilgrims will gather in Makkah, Saudi Arabia to pray together, eat together, remember historical events, and celebrate the glory of Allah.

The pilgrimage occurs during the last month of the Islamic year, called "Dhul-Hijjah" (i.e. "The Month of Hajj"). The pilgrimage rites occur during a 5-day period, between the 8th - 12th days of this lunar month. The event is also marked by the Islamic holiday, Eid al-Adha, which falls on the 10th day of the lunar month.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Club 31 in Cape Town 2014

You're standing in front of a slick skyscraper in Cape Town's  central business disctrict. Two big bulky men in black suits greet you at the door. They motion for a third gentleman to take you up to the 31st floor. 
The elevator shoots up. Your ears pop from the rise in altitude. Seven, nine, fifteen, twenty-two, twenty-nine, thirty-one...The doors snap open. Say hello to Club 31 (formerly club Hemisphere) - Cape Town's loftiest hangout for movers and shakers.
Club 31's swish décor, complete with plush imported fabrics, fibre-optic chandeliers and Italian marble finishes, combined with swift service at the bar - will make you feel like royalty. 
Even the bathrooms are fit for a king; outfitted with sparkling chandeliers, a chaise lounge and Molton Brown toiletries. Decadent décor aside, the view from the 31st floor of Cape Town's Absa building is certainly something to write home about.
If you're new to Cape Town, it's a good idea to visit the club before sunset and sip on a cocktail while the sky turns crimson, then fades to black; as the Mother City's lights come out. You can survey the Winelands, Table Mountain, Cape Town's harbour, the ocean and almost everything else the city has to offer from up here. According to us, not even the view from Table Mountain compares. 
The cocktails and shooters at club 31 have highflying urban names like 31st Floor, Skyscraper and Metropolitan. The Lady Hemisphere is one of the club's most popular cocktails and contains imported Midori (melon liqueur), banana liqueur, Malibu and pineapple juice. Enjoy them in the VIP section while watching the crowd go wild on the dance floor, on the other side of the bar.
At about 22pm the club starts filling up with Cape Town clubbers and the dance floor heats up. Except a pumping selection of top 40 dance & R&B hits; with leggy girls in short skirts grinding their hips to the sexed-up croonings of the likes of Justin Timberlake as well as remixed 80's anthems. 
So, next time you're in town, aim a little higher and see the view from the top at heavenly Cape Town bar, Club 31
Age Restriction: Over 25 for guys; 23 for girls.
Dress Code: Club 31 prides itself on its strict dress code - no sneakers, running shoes, slip slops or t-shirts are allowed.
The Crowd: Expect a slightly older crowd on Fridays and a younger crowd on Saturdays.
Service: club 31's swift service at the bar is something worth mentioning. They also offer valet parking after 9pm at R15 per vehicle.
Entry: R40 for the ladies, and R60 for gents.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso Playa Paraiso, Mexico 2014

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Every aspect of our stay was extraordinary: food, service, beautiful beach. Quiet enough to relax but stimulating enough not to get bored.see more place in Mexico

Hotel on Devonport Tauranga, New Zealand 2014

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Hotel Lobby (36565208)

  • You'll want to stay longer.....
  • Another good stay. Hotel in a great location for business” see more

Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada 2014

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  • The only place to stay ( if you don' want crowds)
  • A hidden oasis in the middle of everything see more

The Sherry-Netherland Hotel New York City, New York 2014

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  • Perfect classic in outstanding position
  • Absolutely Perfect!”and see more

Tivoli Lodge Vail, Colorado 2014

Tivoli Lodge Lobby Photo With Indy (79352674)
  • Great stay and very friendly staff
  • Great Room, Great Location and Great Shower!”see more

21c Museum Hotel Bentonville Bentonville, Arkansas 2014

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  • Exceptional service in great location
  • Fun and comfortable” and much more

The Grand Del Mar San Diego, California 2014

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Reminiscent of a luxurious Tuscan compound nestled in the hills, the Grand oozes quiet tranquility and discreet but highly attentive service. A once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The George Christchurch Christchurch, New Zealand 2014

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  • Genteel, But Warm and Comfortable
  • Loved it!

Coromandel New Zealand 2014

Cathedral Cove Coromandel photo

The Coromandel Peninsula is a densly forested volcanic peninsula located south east of Auckland and is the perfect getaway for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of Auckland city.
This area of New Zealand is famous for its beautiful beaches and many ancient volcanoes that are covered in picturesque temperate rainforest. Other parts of the Coromandel where the forests have been cleared have been converted in farms and these farms along with tourism are the backbone of the Coromandel economy.

Tongariri National Park 2014

Red Crater Tongariro. photo

The Tongariro Crossing in the Tongariri National Park was classed as one of the top ten one day walks in the world by National Geographic. This walk takes in spectacular volcanic scenery with views of Lake Taupo and Mt Taranaki and ranges in variation of landscape from barren moonscapes like environments to rainforested slopes.
Tongariro National Park is a world heritage park and was chosen for its unique beauty and cultural importance. The park was gifted to the nation by a Maori chief who decided the best way to preserve this special place from development and farming would be to give it away as a park that would be protected for all time

Westland National Park 2014

Fox Glacier photo

Westland National Park is located on the western side of the South Island. It covers 1,175 km², and extends from highest peaks in the Southern Alps, to lush rainforest clad hills and mountains and ends at the rugged and remote western coastline. This range of landscapes includes features as diverse as snow capped peaks,permanent snow fileds, glaciers, wild rivers, scenic lakes, pristine rainforests, and rocky and sandy shorelines..

Rotorua New Zealand 2014

Inferno Crater photo
New Zealand's biggest city, (Auckland), Rotorua is famous for its volcanic activity. The area is one of the world's great geothermal areas. Geothermal reserves such as Waimangu, Waiotapu, and Whakarewarewa are found here. These reserves are situated in beautiful natural surroundings and have spectacular examples of geysers, boiling pools, hot springs, boiling mud, volcanic terraces, fumeroles, and craters. Rotorua is also famous for its plentiful lakes which are great for swimming and fishing. The surrounding area contains plenty of native bush ideal for trekking. Mt Tarawera a nearby volcano offers spectacular scenery including superb views inside the rim of the volcano. Rotorua is also the best area in the country to experience and learn about Maori Culture.
Rotorua is situated in the Bay of Plenty region.

Queenstown New Zealander 2014

View of Queenstown & Lake Wakatipu photo
    Queenstown has it all. Fit for a queen, this beautiful lake side town is surrounded by mountains and is one of New Zealands premier tourist destinations. It is also the home of bungee jumping which was first commercialised by New Zealander A J Hackett as well as jet boating which was invented in New Zealand. Other adrenaline activities include parapenting and white water rafting. Queenstown is also one of the southern hemispheres premier skiing destinations and enables skiers from around the world to ski during the northern hemisphere's summer. If you are not an adrenaline junkie then Queenstown is absolutely see more.

Abel Tasman National Park 2014

Tonga Bay Abel Tasman National Park photo

Located at the top of the South Island is one of New Zealand's coastal gems, Abel Tasman National Park. It is the smallest national park in the country but is big on scenery with some of the best beaches in the country. The park packs in picturesque bays, golden sand beaches, clear water, islands, native forest, and all this with a sunny climate.
Sea-kayaking is one way to see the park as you have access to all the beaches and coastal caves. The Abel Tasman Track is the most popular way to experience the park. It takes 3 - 5 days to complete and is considered as one of the country's top walks. It is also an easy walk compared to other New Zealand walks because it doesn't venture up hill very often and sticks close to the coast and includes most of the beaches too. There are also well maintained huts for sleeping overnight and amenities for preparing meals onroute. Another way to see the park is to use a sea taxi. They give you the option to be whisked away to a secluded beach or you can combine sea taxis and walking to give you the freedom to walk only the parts of the track that you want.
The park is named after Abel Tasman, who in 1642 became the first European explorer to view New Zealand. Motueka is the nearest large town which makes a good base before and after the walk. The small town of Marahau has the most popular entrance to the park while Totaranui is the other entrance or exit depending on which direction you take. While Marahau is east of Totoranui, often overlooked is Anapai Bay to Wainui Bay to the west of Totoranui. This area is still in the park and besides being much less travelled, it is even more pristine than the rest of the park due to little to no human interference.


Fiordland National Park 2014


 This park is part of the South Westland World Heritage area and is New Zealand's largest national park and one of the largest in the world. The scenery in Fiordland is nothing short of stunning, with deep fiords, steep mountains, raging waterfalls, and lush rain forests.
Fiordland is home to Milford Sound described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ and Doubtful Sound which many say is even more spectacular. The area also has some of the world's great walks including the world famous Milford Track, which was billed as the finest walk in the world in the early twentieth century by the London Spectator. That said, there are a number of walks here that rival the Milford, including the Routeburn and Kepler. In addition to the walks, there is Sutherland Falls one of thousands of waterfalls in the park, and one of the highest in the world. You can also dive in the fiords and see deep sea plants growing near the surface and the chance of seeing dolphins, seals, and rare bird life is high. If you are still not convinced about visiting, then there is also Mitre Peak a mountain that rises to the staggering height of 1 mile straight out of the ocean.

Fiordland is however one of the wettest places on Earth and when it rains, thousands of waterfalls put on quite a show, (imagine countless raging waterfalls side by side thundering into the salt water of the sea). On a fine day however, the landscape is so other worldy that you would think that you were in the movie Lord of the Rings, which is no exaggeration given that much of the movie was filmed here.
Fiordland is situated in the Southland region.