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Where To Find The Best Super Yacht Charter – Mediterranean or Adriatic?

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It can be tough deciding where in Europe to go on your super yacht charter – Mediterranean destinations or Adriatic?

Of the two different areas, where might you find the best beaches, most delicious cuisine, best party atmosphere or wealth of cultural heritage? Let’s take a look.

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Best for super yacht charter – Mediterranean or Adriatic spots?

Best Beaches

One of the joys of chartering a yacht is finding beaches not easily accessible by land, and on a super yacht charter, Mediterranean beaches that stand out include Cala Soraya on the tiny island of Spargi, off Sardinia’s north-eastern coast. Also inaccessible by road is Cala Tonnarella, an oasis of bone-white sand west of Palermo, Sicily.

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If you’re on an Adriatic yacht charter, Croatia’s Zlatni Rat on the island of Brač stands out for its striking shape, which changes with the currents, but some of the country’s loveliest and little-known beaches are in the area around Orebić. Montenegro’s Mogren Beach on the Budva Riviera stuns with its steep cliffs and emerald waters.

Best Cuisine

The Mediterranean has a well-established reputation for tasty, healthy food – think olive oil, fresh tomatoes and herbs. Whether you fancy paella in Spain, pasta, pizza or risotto in Italy, or the classic flavours of Provence, Mediterranean cuisine rarely disappoints.

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By contrast, the cuisine of the Adriatic regions is lesser known, but maybe more exciting as a result. A speciality in both Croatia and Montenegro is Crni Rižot, or black risotto, made with squid, garlic, wine and squid ink. Another is Brudet, a tomato-based fisherman’s stew served with polenta. Njeguski ham is the Montenegrin version of prosciutto, usually eaten with cheese and olives.

Most Fun Party Atmosphere

For fun partying during a super yacht charter, the Mediterranean island of Ibiza is widely considered the ultimate destination, with a host of hip beach clubs, while Puerto Banus is the beating heart of Marbella’s legendary nightlife scene. Saint Tropez, a favourite summer retreat of A-listers, holds epic parties along its Pampelonne Beach. For glitzy Italian socializing, head to Sardinia’s Costa Smerelda, and its swanky cocktail bars and VIP lounges.

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For elegant bars and booming clubs, set your Adriatic yacht charter towards Hvar city, on Croatia’s Hvar island, or to Budva, the cosmopolitan party capital of Montenegro.

Cultural Heritage

During a super yacht charter, Mediterranean locations offer a wealth of cultural heritage, from Italy’s UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre, to the Amalfi Coast and of course Pompeii. Sicily is home to dozens of World Heritage sites, among them the Greek temples at the Valle dei Templi in Agrigento. On Corsica’s southern tip, Bonifacio’s clifftop medieval citadel has no fewer than 40 classified sites.

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While culture-rich Venice is a must during an Adriatic yacht charter, the old town of Dubrovnik is among the world’s most beautiful heritage cities, while Šibenik, Trogir Island and Split are packed with ancient cathedrals, palaces and fortresses. Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor is listed for its well-preserved architecture and seamless integration with its landscape.

Travelling by crewed yacht charter offers the ultimate in carefree travel, whether you choose a super yacht charter Mediterranean style, or an Adriatic yacht charter. We hope this article has helped you make your decision!

Horsetail Fall, the waterfall that changes colours

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The Yosemite Falls are the tallest in America and located in Yosemite National Park in Sierra Nevada, California. The height of the largest waterfall seems to reach 739 meters and holds the 6th place in the world. In the Yosemite National Park , which its foundation date is in the 1890’s, takes place a spectacular natural phenomenon. The waterfall that flows on the eastern edge of El Capitan, aka “fire waterfall” or better known as Horsetail, seems to have gained popularity as more and more people have noticed that the color changes under specific conditions. Which are these though?

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Horsetail fall

Shortly after dusk…

Every year there’s an increasing number of photographers who hope that the moment will come when the sun and the earth will align to create this fascinating phenomenon.  The clear sky, the appropriate light and the appropriate amount of water is up to the nature. This miracle can be seen in mid-February at dusk and lasts just two minutes. The setting sun illuminates the waterfall so accurately that it makes it look like lava is flowing onto the granite surface of the imposing El Capitan.

Taking a picture of this waterfall is said to be a lesson in astronomy, physics and geometry. Photographers look for that angle to capture a spectacular photo, similar to that captured by the known photographer Galen Rowell in 1973. In order to get one shot with success, all you needed is luck, timing and a little help of the nature.

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Horsetail fall

The breathtaking scene

Photographers and visitors share their experiences during their visit to Yosemite so we can imagine what it is like through their testimonials: “You sit here and watch this gray, silver water which turns to pink and then more and more red. It’s hard for someone to return home with photos that he did not like. Everything is wonderful in this place. The way you breathe, the sunset, the sunrise, the valley… The scene is breathtaking. There’s always one more picture, one more experience in the exact same spot. Nature continues to offer you ceaselessly one gift after the other.”

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Horsetail Fall

By +Nikos Kontorigas

Comparing London to Amsterdam – The Definitive Infographic

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Please visit the infographic below and leave your comments for living in London or Amsterdam, two great cities with traditions in history and arts. Amsterdam is a cozy town is very central with big contrasts. This cool city keeps an old feature of life tolerance. The town is filled with Restaurants, Clubs, Cinemas, Theaters, Galleries and Museums. Do not miss the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, the Rembrandt House.

Lots of canal houses beautiful Canal Ring. Amsterdam is not crowded and it has a good public transport system but the best way is to go by bike. The charm of this town is felt on the air in Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. People are open minded very straightforward and speak English very well , lots of expats.

London is the cultural capital of Britain exciting city with many tourist attractions such as: Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, London Eye renowned across the globe. The famous attractions free to visit, for example the National Gallery, Tate Modern, British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum. London is diverse but very well connected and offers amazing views like The Royal Parks or Hampstead Heath in the North. The river Thames runs through the heart of London to Greenwich so you can take great river tours and enjoy the views but do not forget the Regent’s Canal and Little Venice.

Should you wish to take a culinary journey stop at Michelin-starred restaurants where are many celebrity chefs and plenty of food options. Not a bike friendly as Amsterdam is and overcrowded public transport. So get ready to explore and experience the best cities in the world.

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London vs Amsterdam

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Famous Parisian pastries

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Millions of tourists flock every year, every season, Paris and flooding indiscriminately picturesque streets, searching for the best shot of the Eiffel Tower and San Elysée. Besides them there are the lovers of sweets that are looking earnestly to find in the city the trademark sweets of Paris. Take a look below and get a sweet taste of the most famous Parisian pastries

Macaron

Based on the meringue and almonds, these small round treats exist in many flavors and colors.

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Macaron

Paris Brest

Introduced in 1891 by dough shaped bicycle wheel stuffed with cream and then consumed with rage.

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Paris Brest

Tarte au citrons

Refreshing dessert that combines lemon, meringue and cream.

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Tarte au Citron

Croissant

One of the most iconic sweets of Paris where the buttery puff pastry combined with numerous fillings.

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Croissant

By Nicole P.

The Perks of Using Prepaid Travel Cards

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As people begin to cultivate a traveling lifestyle, vendors begin to innovate their services in order to meet the needs of tourists. One of the necessities of traveling is money.

Travelers used to bring loads of cash or valuable goods with them to support their mobile lifestyle. Then came traveler checks, which are now extinct and obsolete. Then travelers find it safe and convenient to use credit and debit cards. Now, there is the so-called prepaid travel cards.

The Perks

It is relatively easy and fast to apply for a prepaid travel card. You can apply for one online, even customize its design, and then visit a nearby bank office to pick up your card.

There is usually no maintaining balance for this card. There is no charge if your balance goes zero, but you cannot transact more than your current balance. You need to deposit additional money to continue using the card.

Because prepaid travel cards are designed for travelers, they are usually accepted domestically and abroad, particularly Visa cards. Many shops and establishments in tourist destinations honor such cards.

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Banks generally do not charge anything on top of your purchases based on what merchants charge you. This means that you only pay for what you consumed and do not have to worry about fees and other expenses later on.

You can check your remaining balance online or via your mobile phone. You can deposit additional amount to increase your balance in order to make more purchases.

The Lows

Some prepaid travel cards do not have withdrawal feature. This means that you can only make payments to shops that honor your card, but you cannot withdraw money over the counter or even via ATMs. Whenever a transaction calls for cash, you cannot use your prepaid travel card.

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Any unused balance needs to be withdrawn over the counter. If you lose your card, report the incident right away to have your lost card blocked and request for a replacement. Any unused balance in the old card is transferred to the replacement card.

Prepaid travel cards have very short terms, usually only 12 months. To recover unused balance in expired cards, file for reimbursement or apply for a new card and have the balance transferred to the new card.

New Adventures to Add to Your Travel Bucket List

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A lot of people would spend hours searching for the best places to have an adventure. Then, they would collate a list of those places and make going to each and every destination their goal in life. But who doesn’t have a bucket list of all the adventurous things to try at least once in this lifetime, right?

Here are some more adventure spots you might want to add toyour bucket list:

Get on a backpacking trip to Machu Picchu

If you’re in for some real adventure, then backpacking your way to this Incan ruin in Peru is perfect for you. You’ll be climbing mountains and trekking towards this beautiful ancient place while being able to commune with nature along the way.

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Hike through Plitvice Lakes National Park

The Plitvice Lakes National Park is a great hiking route. It has 16 interconnected lakes and was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. You’ll walk through the scenic footbridges over clear waters, allowing you to be part of the captivating show that is performed by Mother Nature herself.

Trek 96 miles in Scotland

Scotland’s West Highland Way is the first long distance route in the country. Here, you’ll love taking pictures of beautiful scenery, including Ben Nevis, Trossachs National Park and Lock Lomdond. And at the end of your hike, you can take the steam train used in the movie “Harry Potter” to Mallaig.

Head out on a hike along the Glacier Point

To get to the Glacier Point from the Yosemite Valley, you’ll need to hike 3,200 feet aboveground, which should be a grueling climb. But the view on your way to the top will all be worth it.

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Climb one of the best summits in Utah

The Lone Peak Cirque in Utah is one for the most daring of travelers. It’s also considered one of the best summits in the Wasatch Range. If you’re more experienced, you can reach the top in one day. You can also camp at the base of the summit or the lower Jacob’s Ladder Trail.

Photos by: Dennis Jarvis and Bruce Tuten

Traveling With Your Dog

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Bringing your pets with you on trips doesn’t just add to the fun, it also eliminates the worry in not knowing what’s going on with your cat or dog while you’re out on the road. However, pet travel is something that needs extensive preparation and for this, you’ll have to do your assignment.

Crating Your Pet

You might feel bad about putting your pet in a crate but know that most pets don’t really mind and may even feel safer being in one. An essential thing you must ensure though is to keep your pet well-exercised prior to crating. If he’s used up his extra energy, he’ll be more likely to rest. Also, keep the crate clear of anything that can cause harm such as loose collars and leashes.

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Driving With Dogs

Avoid feeding your dog too much before driving out. Don’t feed while you are on the move either as this can trigger motion sickness. Should you wish to feed your dog some treats, do it on breaks and choose protein-rich food.

Air Travel

First thing’s first: check airline rules with regards to pet travel. You may be mandated to present health certificate and submit requirements you will need to prepare ahead of time.

And if your dog won’t be with you in the main cabin, try not to create a huge goodbye scene. Be calm and your dog will be too.

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Choosing a Hotel

You will have to stay in a hotel that allows pets, for sure. It would be ideal to find one that’s located near a park for your much-needed dog activities. This way, if your dog starts barking and howling in your room, you can quickly take him out for exercise and calm him down.

Traveling with your pet can be a real fun experience if you make sure you are as ready as possible wherever you wish to go. Be calm and assertive. Keep your dog well-exercised and you will have the best travel companion you can ask for.

In Flight Wifi | Never be offline again

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Onboard WiFi is being readily available in aircrafts. The national carriers were the first to introduce this service in their aircraft but now regional and international carriers have followed suit. The airline companies have been considering introducing WiFi services in their complete fleet of aircrafts for the convenience of their travelers. The In Flight Wifi prices are free in some airlines while some others charge per device per megabyte. There are also some that charge $14 and issue a day pass to use unlimited WiFi services. Then there is also hourly per day. A selected few also charge depending upon roaming costs. The following infographic created by the low cost flight portal momondo.com gives a good overview of in-flight Wifi prices:

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In Flight Wifi

Travel Destinations in Indonesia – Nusa Penida

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There can be no doubting the wondrous attractions of Indonesia. A unique archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, all of which exude their own sui generis. Peoples, with their cultures and religions, have shaped and molded Indonesia into what is now a magnet for the curious mind, the excitement seeker and the soul searcher.

For the lover of an island hoping holiday, Indonesia is like letting a child loose in a sweet shop. There is something different on every island, burnt into the soul and beating within the heart of each community. But there is one thing each visitor expects, their vision of a tropical paradise. That true vision of paradise is probably best found off the Southeast coast of the island of Bali. Lesser known and certainly overshadowed by its bigger neighbor is a perfect gem, Nusa Penida.

With a population of around 45,000, Nusa Penida exudes tranquility and serenity, coupled with excitement and explorative fascination. It does so without the glitz and neon to be seen on other islands, such as Bali. Nusa Penida relies on its natural attributes, of which it has plenty, to attract visitors that want a truly unadulterated tropical experience.

Seeing and Doing on Nusa Penida

The clear blue waters that envelope the island are an absolute haven for snorkelers and scuba divers. A reputation has grown around the island having some of the most fascinating dive sites in the world. Experienced divers, novices and absolute beginners are all well catered for. There are numerous certified dive schools offering tuition, guidance and equipment hire. Even the most reluctant of water babies succumb to the irresistible draw of the crystal waters and quickly learn to be at one with the deep.

Put on your flippers and try out snorkeling. To the West of the island, Crystal Bay is the perfect location for the snorkeler. The marine fauna off the beach has to be seen to be believed, and swimming amongst it is an experience that lives forever. Napoleon fish and Parrot fish dance and flit over the brightly coloured coral and turtles are happy to be visited by their human inquisitors. In the summer months it’s possible to sight the monster Mola Mola, growing up to 1,000 kilos, this harmless sea beast is a visionary treat never to be forgotten.

Manta Bay is very aptly named, experience swimming with the incredibly graceful manta rays. Shark spotting is to be had at Malibu Point. The Gray Reef, Reef white Tip and Silver Tip sharks are commonly seen in the waters at Malibu Point. At Penida Bay peculiar rock formations have made the location very popular. One massive, well known rock, is the ‘Resting Elephant’, look out for it, it’s incredible.

In the Northeast of the island there is an experience awaiting the visitor like no other to be had anywhere. Head for Angel’s Billabong. Your hotel may have an infinity pool, but Angel’s Billabong is one that nature has given the island. Sit in the pool with the water cascading down the rocks and flowing around you, and then crashing off the infinity edge as you look out to sea. Amazing!

Of course no one can visit such a beautiful island and ignore the beaches. The beaches on Nusa Penida are not only graced with soft white sand, but many of them are so quiet and secluded that you could be forgiven that it was created just for you as you laze in the shade of a baying palm. The best way to see these beaches is by taking a boat for a beach tour. At less than 2,000 Baht these tours are well worth the money and give you the opportunity to spot the perfect beach for your lazy day of peace and tranquility.

Visiting explorers should not forget the island’s interior. There is around 16 acres of rainforest that host a multitude of colourful flora and fauna. There are well signposted treks and trails to follow for a leisurely walk amongst the verdant forest. Keep a look out for the numerous species of lizard and the macaque monkeys.

Part of the island’s interior is given over to the Nusa Penida bird sanctuary. You maybe something of an ornithologist, or not, either way a walk through the sanctuary is a must. Passeriformes, apodiformes, piciformes, charadriiformes, pteroclidiformes and raptors, these may not be words that roll off the tongue for most, but you don’t have to be an ornithologist to appreciate the colour, grace and beauty of the many and varied birds within the sanctuary.

If you long for the glitzy neon of modern retail therapy, Nusa Penida is not for you. The island is a welcome escape from materialistic commercialism. Small local shops sell all the basic requirements of life and in the town of Sampalan there is a market selling all local produce. Around the market area of the town there are plenty of restaurants offering traditional fayre. Local produce predominates, with the bounty of the seas in prominence.

Staying on Nusa Penida

Finding accommodation on the island is not a problem for any visitor of any budget. At the lower end of the market there is the budget stay, a unique example being The Packer Box. Mid-range establishments like Singabu Bungalows offer great value for money. At the upper end, the 4-star Crystal Bay Villa & Residence is a typical example, with its à la carte restaurant which is open to non-residents.

Nusa Penida may be minor in size, but it has a giant stature like no other island of the archipelago. The island lives and breathes a uniquity which touches each and every visitor and instills memories that last a lifetime.