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TARTU - DISCOVER THE TRUE ESTONIA
The Baltic States might not be present in the daily politics headlines, either in business news on the first place. MICE and tourism industry take aware of this unique corner of Europe mostly in international tourism trade fairs. Reasons enough for Travel Gourmet Magazine to enter into one of the most high-tech connected and in internet and wire-less communication highly development countries in the European Union: ESTONIA
Business and Gourmet Travellers, mostly the same, asking on the first place, where can I find authenzity? Where can I spend my holidays, or find an authentic location for our next meeting or convention? TARTU in Estonia might fit into this scheme of needs and requests, for international travellers for leisure as well as for global business decision makers. / Text. Red. cps
KOSICE - The hidden gem of Europe
PHOTOS: VISIT KOSICE
Are you looking for an undiscovered gem of Europe? A city where history blends with culture, where delicious meals are savoured alongside local beers, where you can freely walk and marvel at historical sights, but also stop to enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of lemonade with your friends and locals? Then Kosice might be your place to discover Europe.
The longest promenade in Slovakia also constitutes the city’s Main Street, where breath-taking sights marking the city’s most important historical moments are located. The bronze statue of the oldest coat-of-arms in Europe, a Singing fountain dancing to the tones of a nearby carillon, picturesque parks full of vibrant flowers, the easternmost Gothic cathedral in Europe, dozens of colourful buildings which hide long, undiscovered yards. There are places to see and try, people to meet, memories to make.
Apart from history, Kosice is also home to alternative culture – concerts, performances, lectures, movie screenings are an inherent part of the city, not to mention street art, which has created an Open Mural Gallery (OMG for short) all over the city and changed otherwise dull socialist blocks of flats into canvases.
PALANGA Baltic Juwel
Photos: Palanga tourism information center
If you would ask a hundred people the same question – what is Palanga like – most likely you would hear hundred different answers.
And this is not surprising at all – everyone will be able to find interesting activities and leisure opportunities in the largest resort of Lithuania regardless of their age or interests. It is hard to imagine Palanga without the Baltic Sea and symbol Sea Pier, a place attracting everyone. A lot of Lithuanian legends are related to the sea. From generation to generation, by the cradle, mothers would narrate their children about the love of the sea goddess Jurate for the fisherman Kastytis, about the enchanted prince of the sea Zilvinas and Egle, a fisherman’s daughter, about the giants Naglis and Neringa or priestess Birute, the wife of Grand Duke Kestutis.
If you’re looking for a diverse new travel destination, Palanga has a lot to offer, including azure skies, one of the longest sea piers in Northern Europe, and a 23 km strip of soft sandy coastline, including quiet, unoccupied spots on the Blue Flag beach. Palanga – open year-round international resort in Lithuania with well-developed health, sports and recreation facilities, an active cultural life. Inthe end of the 19thcentury Palanga was ruled by Counts Tiskeviciai who invest a lot into resort infrastructure
Are you just thinking about your next summer vacations for you or your family? You might be looking for clean air, peaceful locations but also excellent food and stylish fun?
Planing the next incentive trip for your well performed sales team? How ever the reason might be, the location must have quite similar feature in common, like: Beauty, ambience, friendly international professional hosts and of course safety and security issues, which mostly are not being mentioned, but for sure are one of the main target for each private or professional travel planer.
COSTA RICA RESORT DRAKE BAY GETAWAY
Drake Bay Getaway Resort, an award-winning eco-luxury boutique hotel, has established itself as a hidden gem in the southern-pacific coast of Costa Rica. The resort boasts spectacular panoramic views of the Osa Peninsula, where you can spend the evening watching the breathtaking ocean and mountain views from the comfort of your cabin. The entire exterior of the cabins is surrounded by clusters of tropical flowers and plants that attract hummingbirds, butterflies, toucans, and scarlet macaws right outside your cabin deck. Whether you’re taking a refreshing shower in the twin rain showers, or resting on the king-sized orthopedic beds, each cabin adds a touch of sophistication and class to your rainforest experience.
After exploring the endless unspoiled coastline, or visiting the world-famous Corcovado National Park, you are welcome to take advantage of the resort’s delicious meals, specialty coffee drinks and fruit smoothies. The friendly hotel owners (Yens and Patrick) and staff are on hand to serve you a variety of delicious meals throughout the day.
The Costa Rican gourmet cuisine is prepared with modern cooking techniques and presented with an arrangement of fresh, locally grown produce. Whether you want to try the catch of the day straight from the bay, indulge in a succulent steak, or enjoy a variety of vegetarian options, you are spoiled for choice. For wildlife enthusiasts, explorers searching for a thrill, and anyone looking to indulge in a paradise escape, the Drake Bay Getaway Resort is the premier option for your Costa Rican adventure.
On a chilly but sunny morning the harmonious song of bagpipes are heard in the distance, leaving the hotel that appears to be a scene of a 19th century novel. The peace suddenly accelerates in the middle of a very light rain and an infinitely fresh aroma in the green environment fills the lungs with harmony, and with the steady pace you can take your time to enjoy touring the alleys of old stone walls, medieval old houses and majestic churches.
At the end of the tour of the ancient alleys, following the melodious sound of the bagpipes, you reach a large majestic avenue accompanied by green parks, the melancholy of an old cemetery, a host of emblematic sculptures that recall their heroes and important characters from history, from whence the great castle of Edinburgh can be observed down below, a surprising sight that is one of the most spectacular views of the city and the world;
Bagpipers with their colourful kilts and elegant costumes interpret melodious pieces of music without pause that evoke past times inspired by their stories, emotions and wonderful sagas.
Edinburgh Castle, built in the 12th century at the top of an ancient volcano, has witnessed and served as headquarters for the history of Scotland and the UK, including serving as the royal residence of Mary Stuart.
Here you should visit the chapel of St. Margaret, the oldest building in the city, a faithful witness of the history of Edinburgh. From this wonderful city you can board the Royal Scotsman, a very elegant old train renovated to allow you to enjoy the romantic scenery and the majesty of the snow-capped mountains, deep blue lakes, and the greenery of Scotland, accompanied by a toast with the taste of the best Whisky of the world. / Text: Red.
The great unforgettable tour of one of the most beautiful and incredible cities in Southeast Asia has begun surprisingly from the precise moment that you board a flight on Korean Air.
As you watch the hands of the clock arrive at the exact time in the boarding area at the airport, a group of smiling and friendly young faces arrive right at that exact moment with deeply happy expressions with precision and punctuality, looking impeccably dressed in traditional, beautifully coloured silk suits.
With a kind smile, they immediately give a cordial greeting in front of all the passengers, simultaneously bowing and thanking them for their preference for flying with them. Thus begins the boarding process and you can already feel the joy that the hospitality of this high-level tourist destination generates.
Of note is the service and friendliness during flight, where it is obvious why they have gained international recognition as the best airline in the world, until you arrive at Singapore airport where you feel like you are inside a spectacular park, with waterfalls, fountains and a host of aromatic and intensely colourful flowers, welcoming you with the most captivating atmosphere.
From that moment began one of the most spectacular trips to discover a garden city full of surprises, lush parks, majestic skyscrapers, cutting-edge shopping malls, captivating museums and especially the delicious fusion of international cuisine, which begins the moment you are sitting quietly in the old Raffles Hotel and enjoying the exquisite flavours of tea at 5 pm, from this peaceful and beautifully decorated place that has witnessed the history and progress of this wonderful country.
At dusk and with the brightness of the sky it is recommended that you take one of the most impressive dining experiences in the world. The delicacies of this tour start in the streets, where in the entire central area of Singapore called Newton Circus Road showcases the largest variety of international cuisine to allow you to enjoy a truly authentic unforgettable experience, in absolute cleanliness and originality, with intense aromas, Asian colours and hospitality with the most authentic cuisine of Singapore, Malaysia , Indonesia, China, India, Cambodia, Vietnam and even Hong Kong. / Text: Red.
A mixture of traditional and contemporary, Marrakech holds the promise of incomparable sensations. Stroll through the Jemaa El Fna and the bazaars with their bright colours and oriental scents, and the red city will whisk you into another world in the blink of an eye. Rides in horse-drawn carriages, sun-soaked terraces, street artists and other activities both day and night will all add to your stay in Morocco.
Admire the architectural wealth of the Medina by visiting one of its many Riads, small oriental palaces arranged around a central courtyard, or relax at the Menara, a large pooled garden typical of the city. Marrakech relies on its incredible diversity to provide choice for its visitors. You need only head out of the walled center to become immersed in contemporary Morocco. The Guéliz and Hivernage districts offer the most up to date infrastructure, luxury boutiques and international brands along broad spacious avenues; all in Marrakech's own inimitable style.
As a sign of a growing economic buzz, there are also festive and cultural locations including the Palais des Congrès and the magnificent Théâtre Royal. / Text: MNTO
Although the brilliant African sun has not risen yet and from the tranquillity of a deep dream, as soon as I open my eyes I am surprised to hear the first prayers and songs from the Koran fervently and solemnly calling people to prayer that welcome the new day.
This wonderful journey seems like the tales from the Rihlas, stories of restless Arabs from the 10 th Century with avid eyes and traveller spirits that realized long journeys to discover and explore new strange worlds that surprised the senses. Thus the first blue and red tones of the dawn of a new adventure in the ancient walled city of Marrakesh begin to appear.
The ancient carved walls of the room adorned with exquisite doors and windows styled make you feel like you have travelled back in time to a world far away. In the central courtyard the soothing sound of water springing from a lively fountain welcomes you to the captivating ancient Moorish palaces of Ryad where you should stay. In this unique atmosphere that seems etched in the ancient history of the Arab peoples, the day begins in Marrakesh with a friendly smile from Malika who has patiently prepared a delicious breakfast in order to share her traditions with visitors.
The well laid table decorated with fine cutlery and handmade baskets that recall the hats from the men’s traditional clothing from the shockingly cold Moroccan Atlas Mountains is a visual seduction for the senses. The aroma of freshly baked bread, the mystic flavours of tea and jams made with fruit flavouring become a seductive picture in Marrakesh. After enjoying breakfast in the paradise of aromas and flavours of Morocco kindly attended by Malika, it is time to go out and explore the great medieval souk bazaar of the city and be surprised by its handicrafts and all of the spectacular colours. / Text: Red. cps
One of the stories and paths that seem taken from a fairy tale is going for a ride in a “Fiaka”, a fine beautifully carved wooden antique carriage pulled by horses one fabulous autumn afternoon in Downtown Vienna, or so called Inner-City or the 1st district, of the 23 districts of the Austrian capital.
The tour begins in front of the Hofburg which was the palace of the emperors of Austria, now a museum and City Convention Centre, one of the most important monuments of Vienna that has witnessed the history of Vindobona, the ancient Roman name of the city. The driver urges the horses onward and before you begins a grand parade of palaces, historic buildings, formidable mansions, emblematic sculptures, imposing plazas synonymous with imperial grandeur, adorned with parks that bring colour to the city centre on the "Ringstrasse".
Where we pass by the world wide famous Opera building form Vienna, the so called Opera of State, form where every year in carnival season the well known Ball of the Opera broadcasted world wide. We enjoy the splendour of the Palaces the "Palais" or "Ringstrassenpalais", stage for many films as well as for global organizations and institutions.
Vienna has an enigmatic power that captivates the senses, behind the walls of its endless palaces, old mansions and countless churches, the most exquisite sounds of music have been played and the artistic composition of the most recognized melodies in the world have also been created in this environment with inspiration and their compositions written. In St. Stephen's Cathedral, erected in the heart of the city in 1137, Mozart’s Requiem was played for the first time in the 18th Century. Enjoying Vienna is connecting with the same magic of history that allows you to take a unique and amazing journey for all tastes, especially for those who like to enjoy the flavours of pastries. You must take a leisurely stop to enjoy the elegance of its cafes, which recall past times full of tradition and spectacular flavours in its pastries. / Text: Red. was