The Absalon Hotel is just a three minute walk from Copenhagen Central Station in the upcoming Vesterbro district. It is a great base for seeing Copenhagen and beyond. Vesterbro, a haven for foodies and lovers of quirky boutiques and design stores, is steaming ahead with classy gentrification. But the Absalon’s recent sophisticated revamp has edged […]
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6 cities that have the best beach and mountain access
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SOMETIMES, DOING JUST one outdoor activity in a day isn’t enough. You want a morning surf followed by an afternoon hike, topped off by a skyline view worthy of cracking open a summit beer.
There are cities all over the world where you can access both beaches and mountains, but we want places where you can wake up, catch that surf or a seaside cup of coffee, and then be in the thick of the mountain pines in time for a late brunch.
Some of these cities will even let you hit the sand and snow — for a surf then a ski — in the same day, without having to call in sick to a dinner shift. These six cities not only make this easy to do but are also the kinds of places where you likely won’t be the only person doing it.
1. San Francisco, California
Here’s the thing about San Fran [...]
Roman gastronomy the best eateries in Rome
By Sean Finelli
People say that “Rome wasn’t built in a day”…this includes the city’s reputation for epicurean delights. The best restaurants in Rome have one thing in common: they have decades of experience and rigorously preserve ancestral recipes – it’s like eating a bit of history. Check out these seven superb restaurant recommendations in Rome.
Trattoria “La Sora Lella” one of the Best restaurants in Rome
Founded in 1959 from Elena Fabrizi, better known as the “Sora Lella”, this restaurant is probably the one that every Roman could mention if you ask for a good pasta plate or any type of Roman cuisine. Prior to opening the restaurant, Sora Lella made her fortune in the film industry where she played the role of herself. She was discovered by Roman actors who were drawn to her personality and immediately cast her.
Despite its notoriety, the restaurant has never changed locations and you can still find [...]
First it was floral bleaching, and now the Fisheries Department is alerting the nation tonight that there is a new environmental threat that has the potential to wreck the famous Belizeâs Barrier Reef system.
It's called Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease and it has been detected on the northern region of the barrier reef system.
It's a fairly new disease that negatively affects coral reef systems by attacking coral colonies, which results in the loss of live coral tissue. Infected corals display "blotchy" lesions, and high mortality rates.
The disease was first reported in Florida in 2014, and more recently in Mexico's Quintana Roo. Last month, it was detected, and confirmed a few days ago at the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve.
The National Coral Reef Monitoring Network met last week Tuesday to discuss how best to manage this disease. A task-force was established to determine the extent of the infection, administer treatment, and implement measures to [...]
Photograph of the week: Stegastein viewpoint, Norway
By Belinda Rose-Innes
A must-stop for anyone travelling between Oslo and Bergen, Flam sits plum in the middle of UNESCO World Heritage fjord territory. The Stegastein viewpoint, near Flam, offers the best views of those fjords.
Stegastein is likely one of the most photographed viewpoints in Norway, a veritable Mecca for avid Instagrammers seeking selfie-stardom. But don’t let that deter you. It may not be the road less travelled by, but those who never travel this twisting, turning, winding road, littered with spectacular views at every hairpin bend, miss out on, well, spectacular views at every hairpin bend. After all, tourist attractions become tourist attractions for a reason.
The panoramic views at Stegastein are proof of this. They are, quite simply, stunning. And the platform from which you view them is just as stunning in its own right.
Part of the Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route that runs from Aurla [...]
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Quito: when a hotel becomes the beating heart of a historic Neighborhood
By Marcel Perkins
Ecuador’s proud capital city of Quito has many attractions; its unforgettable backdrop of Andean peaks and misty volcanoes, its beautifully preserved historic centre with elaborate churches and cobbled squares – not to mention the opportunity to travel a little further out of town for the experience of standing with one foot on either side of the equator! However, Quito can often be overlooked by travellers not fully aware of how much the city has to offer. Often travellers choose to spend just one night in the city as a hop-off point for visiting the Galapagos Islands. The owners of Illa Experience Hotel felt this was a great shame and wanted to make the difference. It was their passion for the city and their desire for visitors to spend longer there, interacting with its people and cultural traditions. That’s how they got inspired to open the hotel. Also a long-standing love affair [...]
And, in Belize City, "The Future" football club is having its annual summer camp.
But, it's not only about football, the camp also aims to strengthen the minds of the children through life skills education. We learned more form the organizer:
The camp started yesterday and continues through to Friday July 19.
Registration is free and it is still open to all kids male and female ages 5-12. [...]
10 Africa experiences for the young at heart
By Willow Constantine
Millennial travelers value gathering experiences, not things. They see life as a collection of moments to be fully enjoyed before one gets too old to care.
The entire generation is redefining the workspace to accommodate the need for exploration, wandering the globe laptop in hand.
Africa offers many opportunities to satisfy this yearning for adventure – our Top 10 is sure to inspire the young at heart.
1. Hiking to the top of Sossusvlei Dunes, Africa for a sunrise photo session
To capture the iconic image of Sossusvlei Dunes in Africa with the one half shrouded in the shadows, careful planning is required. There are only two lodges and one campsite offering sufficiently early access to the dunes.
Most tourists get stuck at Dune 45 which is extremely busy and not good at all for photography unless you are the very first person to arrive. Carry on all the way to Sossusvlei for sunrise, then qu [...]
Solo travel tips and insights
While I gear up to write about my recent trip to Italy - Emilia Romagna specifically - I offer a roundup of solo travel stories by others.
From an Australian website called "Starts at 60," a solo female traveller's (spelled the British way) checklist for traveling alone. The story addresses issues such as best destinations for solo travelers, cost, safety and where to stay.
From a Malaysian newspaper, "5 things you learn when traveling solo." All of the five "things" ring true, but two you may not always think about are: your perspective is changed forever; and you can be anyone you want to be. Powerful concepts.
From a woman thrilled about her solo trip to Italy who "loved every freaking minute of it." As she put it, "I did some super nerdy/gluttonous/luxurious/stupid things that only I could judge." (Remind me to tell you about the time I forgot my passport and lost a day on the way to Europe. Imagine if I'd caused someone ELS [...]
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This morning, the European Union and the Pan-American Health Organization handed over 2 vehicles to the Ministry of Health.
The donation is part of a 4-year project where PAHO/WHO, the EU, and the Government of Belize will be working to improve the delivery of medical services at hospitals country-wide and especially in times of natural disasters, such as hurricanes.
The goal is to ensure that even in those times of extreme emergencies, the medical facilities will still be able to look after Belizeans in need of medical attention.
According to the Minister of Health, one of the vehicles is suited for the transportation of pharmaceuticals countrywide, and at today's handing over ceremony, both he and the PAHO representative spoke with the press about the donations:
The most luxurious horse riding retreats in Latin America
By Simon Williams
One of the most geographically diverse regions on the planet; Latin America is not short of charming rural retreats set amongst striking scenery, perfect for a relaxed countryside getaway, especially for those who are keen riders. Mountains, rivers, valleys and rolling green hills are always best explored on horseback – a relaxed and peaceful way of enjoying the wild beauty of the landscape. Here are a few of our favourite hotels for a luxurious equestrian holiday in Latin America:
Reserva do Ibitipoca, Minas Gerais, Brazil
This secluded 4000-hectare reserve, located just a 3-hour drive from the city of Rio de Janeiro, offers travellers a slice of blissful rural luxury in Brazil. Often neglected in favour of more famous attractions such as the Amazon and Iguassu Falls, the rolling hills of southern Brazil and Minas Gerais state in particular, are a picture-perfect setting for a peaceful luxury re [...]