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  • Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood believes that if his side had kept hold of Gareth Bale they would be fighting for the Premier Le

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      The Welsh wizard became the world’s most expensive player after Real Madrid snapped him up from Spurs in an eye-watering £86m deal last year on the back of an impressive campaign. predator lz sambaBale was English football’s top performer last term, with his 26 goals in all competitions almost enough to cap a positive season at White Hart Lane with Champions League qualification. After a summer of transfer uncertainty Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy eventually accepted Real’s offer for the 24-year-old, replacing him with a series of stars from across Europe in a £110m spend. Few of these big buys have settled well, and Sherwood – who replaced Andre Villas-Boas over the winter – has been unable to keep the Londoners in the battle for Champions League qualification. adidas samba 2014 Bale netted a dramatic late winner in the Copa de Rey final against Barcelona in midweek, and the now Spurs coach feels that if the club still had him they would be battling for English football’s top prize: “We saw what he did last year: 21 goals and nine assists. He scored the winner in eight games.” He is quoted by Sky Sports. “We could do with that now, by the way. If you put those points that he accumulated for us on top of what we have got we would probably be challenging for the title.” internationaevencourage Sherwood then went on to lament the loss of Luka Modric a few seasons ago – the Croatian now also plays for Real: “The two best players on the pitch (in the Copa del Rey final) were Gareth Bale and Luka Modric and that says everything.” come from http://www.footballfancast.com/

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  • 10 Luxury Family Holiday Desti 10 Luxury Family Holiday Destinations 2014

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      As travel to the four corners of the world has become more accessible, an abundance of choice has been created for the family traveller. Yet at the same time as the globe opens up, the options available for a rarefied experience narrow. 

      For family holiday makers in search of luxury, the chance to provide their children with culturally rich excursions that expand their world view are proving to be key drivers in determining choice. To help, here is a list of ten destinations that offer children and adults alike the chance to indulge in the luxury of experience in the maximum of comfort. 


      The culture the exotic island of Barbados is defined by is its West African, British and Indian historical legacy. This ensures that cricket, afternoon tea and Christianity remain staple passions of the local Bajans, who need no excuse to proudly boast of the fact that there are more churches than bars on the island. 

      The aesthetic too is shaped by this legacy, as the old stone churches and sugar plantations characterise the scenery of this Caribbean gem as much as the glorious white sandy beaches and dreamy ocean views. In terms of luxury hotels, Sandy Lane provides a plethora of activities and facilities to cater for every family need. 


      As recently as 20 years ago, Dubai as we know it simply didn’t exist. Now, however, it’s a bustling ever-changing metropolis set in the heart of the Persian Gulf. A destination of complete opposites, the tranquillity of the desert close by provides a taste of traditional Arabia that is of stark contrast to the ultra-modern shopping malls and extravagant opulence found in the city. 

      Excursions and activities for the whole family are integrated into Dubai’s vibrant tourist economy. For example, one of the most expensive and extravagant hotels found anywhere in the world, the Burj al Arab, now runs the the Jumeirah project; a turtle rehabilitation programme that in its final stage allows children to release the reinvigorated reptiles back into the sea. 


      Since the dawn of its ancient civilisation Egypt is a country that has been synonymous with luxury. And with its wide range of world class hotels and facilities, this statement is as true today as it ever was. 

      For family travellers looking to indulge into the rich history of Egypt, the city of Luxor provides the ideal central location to plan your adventures from, with the Valley of the Kings nearby. Similarly, as Egypt is home to two of the Seven Wonders of the World in the form of The Great Pyramid of Giza and the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the timeless options for families in search of cultural enrichment are plentiful. 


      From the romance of Paris right through to the mountainous vistas of the Alps, France is home to a rich and varied landscape. In terms of culture, food and drink is central to the way of life. Therefore France is the perfect country to refine the palette of young and old, with dynamic markets, top class restaurants and hidden eateries aplenty.      

      The Evian resort, just 3km away from the gorgeous Lake Geneva on the Swiss border, provides a fantastic family choice regarding accommodation. For more information on the Evian resort and the activities on offer there, visitwww.totstoo.com/destinations. An additional consideration for those with a very young family intent on embarking on a foreign holiday is the relatively short travel times between the UK and destinations in France. 


      An expedition to Italy offers families a varied spectrum of classical ruins, impressive architecture and fine food, that as a collective represent an amalgamation of culture and history which any place in the world will struggle to compete with. 

      Venice and Florence are just two of many cities that offer a multitude of iconic and beautiful experiences. Whilst Lake Garda which resides within the foothills of the beautiful Dolomites, presents a package of gorgeous hotels, stunning scenery and outdoor pursuits to satisfy even the most demanding of luxury family holiday makers. 

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      For those families with a large brood, travelling abroad in search of a luxury experience can be a daunting and stressful experience. This is why many are choosing keep their holiday plans restricted to local shores, as destinations can be reached simply by jumping in a car or on a train. 

      Rural escapes like the Yorkshire Moors, the Cotswolds and the Jurassic Coast provide rugged and beautiful landscapes full of adventure and opportunity for exploration. Furthermore, cities such as London and Liverpool offer vibrant, multicultural environments that provide an illustration of what defines modern Britain.  


      Even though the land mass is small, the Seychelles landscape is diverse, encompassing mountains, tropics, coral islands and  isolated beaches that are the epitome of paradise. For tourists that hold nature close to their hearts, the islands are home to the world renownedCousin Island Special Reserve, a national park teeming with wildlife that is famed for its approach to conservation and eco-tourism. 

      As tourism is the lifeblood of the island, there is a number of beautiful and facility laden hotels and resorts optimised for family comfort. All things considered, the Seychelles offers a unique opportunity for families to explore and absorb the rarest of things; paradise on earth. 

      Finnish Lapland 

      It’s not just the prospect of seeing Father Christmas that makes Finnish Lapland a magical family holiday prospect. Situated near the Arctic Circle, the country is one of the few places on earth that is ideal for viewing the spectacular skies that the Northern Lights produce. 

      Surrounded by amazing alpine surrounding, Hotel Kakslauttanen presents the perfect winter bolthole complete with a range of family-centric activities nearby. These include snow rides led by both huskies and reindeers that traverse icy roads and a possible visit toSanta’s resort.

      It goes without saying that for the best experience families should visit during the festive period, and although this will be expensive, children will be provided with an experience they will never forget. 


      Sweeping deserts and idyllic coastlines provide the unadulterated beauty that has seen Oman fittingly referred to as the Jewell of Arabia. Juxtaposing modernity and tradition the country of Oman delivers a holiday experience that is unique to anywhere in the world. Although because of the extreme heat experienced in the summer months, the best time to visit Oman is between October and March. 

      The influx of wealth to the country has ensured that holidaymakers are able to enjoy access to an innumerable range of world-class, child-friendly facilities, which include resorts, shopping districts, attractions and hotels that cater for every family need conceivable. The most accessible part of the Oman coast resides near the capital of Muscat, where there is the opportunity to embark on dolphin watching tours that will cast each generation in a state of awe and provide an unforgettable experience.  


      For children who are old enough to appreciate it, a visit to Greece offers the chance to appreciate the uniquely rich cultural heritage of a country that has shaped much of what continues to define western civilisation. 


      Made up of over 2,000 islands, Greece includes golden sandy beaches, seafront taverns and amazing hotels, including Westin Resort Costa Navarino. From here families can engage in water sports and other activities, as well as using it as a hub for nearby excursions which take in the countries rich historical legacy. 

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  • Ice in the Sun Ice in the Sun

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      Ice storms can be beautiful when the sun shines.

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  • Welcome December! New York Cit Welcome December! New York City

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      Union Square Holiday Market
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  • It's Cold Out There! It's Cold Out There!

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      Flying into Salt Lake City Utah a day after first snow of winter season this year.

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  • Welcome December! New York Cit Welcome December! New York City

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      Bryant Park Holiday Market

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  • 10 dishes you should not miss 10 dishes you should not miss when visiting Hanoi

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      Hanoi cuisine is one of the most special culture feature which draws attention of tourists over the world. In addition to Pho - the most well-known dish, there are lots of other dishes, from luxurious to popular ones, which shouldn’t be missed. All of them help to build up a beloved image of Hanoi capital thousand years of civilization. This article will introduce the most famous dishes of Hanoi and best places for you to enjoy.

      1.      Bun Oc (shellfish soup and vermicelli)
      Whoever has ever lived in Hanoi, especially woman, cannot forget the dish which has sourish flavor of vinegar, moreish and brittle flavor of snails, fried tofu, raw vegetables. It’s not hard to make the dish, but it is a secret to have a delicious bowl of Bun Oc.
      You can enjoy this dish in Bun Oc Ba Sau restaurant at 73A Mai Hac De (opens from morning to midday), Bun Oc Ba Luong in Khuong Thuong Street, Bun Oc Co Beo at No. 1 Hoe Nhai or one restaurant in Nguyen Cao market (No. 5 Dong Mac street, Dong Mac ward, Hai Ba Trung district).

      2.      Nom Bo Kho (dried beef salad)
      The main ingredients of this dish are green papaya, dried beef, raw vegetables and sweet and sour sauce. It’s easy for you to find out restaurants having this dish. However; if you want to enjoy the most delicious Nom Bo Kho dish, you should visit Nom Hue restaurant in Ham Long Street (opposite to Ham Long church) with various kinds of salad such as dried beef salad (Nom Bo Kho), mixed salad ( Nom Thap Cam), beef tendon salad (Nom Gan Bo), etc; or Long Vi On restaurant ( Ong Tau Ao Den restaurant) at No. 23 Ho Hoan Kiem street. 

      3.      Nem Tai  Ba Hong (a dish made from pork’s ears brand-named “Mrs. Hong”)
      Nem tai is simply clean pork’s ears which is steamed and then sliced into thin pieces, mixed with powdered grilled rice. It is eaten with rice paper, fig leaves, salted fig, raw fresh vegetables and sweet and sour sauce. The dish has the crispy taste of pork’s ear, the buttery and strong taste of powdered grilled rice, the cool taste of herbs, and the sweet taste of the sauce. Visiting Hanoi, you should enjoy this dish at Nem Tai Ba Hong restaurant at 35 Hang Thung street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi.

      4.      Chan Ga Nuong (Grilled chicken’s legs)
      In Hanoi, Ly Van Phuc street is the famous place for Chan Ga Nuong dish. Chicken’s wings and legs are grilled and eaten with sweet potato, honey marinated bread, cucumber vinegar salad, chili sauce. The tasty dish should be enjoyed in Ly Van Phuc street, especially at the final restaurant of the street, according to the gourmets’ suggest.

      5.      Oc Luoc (boiled snails)
      In Hanoi, many Oc Luoc restaurants have the brand thank for its own unique sauce. Hanoi people often eat this dish wih chopped lemongrass and ginger, lemon leaves and sometimes with cucumber or jicama.  To enjoy boiled sails dish, you can choose one of the restaurants located in Luong Dinh Cua street; at No 1 Dinh Liet; in Ham Long street (opposite to a church); Lan Binh restaurant at 18 Hang Be street or the one in Trai Gang market, etc.  The restaurants often open from afternoon to midnight.

      6.      Bun Cha (noodles and grilled meat)
      Bun Cha,  the dish with its origin from Hanoi, nowadays appears in many other provinces and cities of  Vietnam.  Among many Hanoi’s delicious dishes, Bun cha’s taste seems easy to fit with any diner comes from everywhere. Bun Cha is served with a plate of white rice noodle (bún), a steamy broth and herbs, a bowl of special sweet and sour sauce. Traditionally, chả (the pork) is a marinated pork patty, but another type of chả (small pieces of fatty pork belly) also often accompany the patties. However, Bun Cha in Hanoi is more special because it’s eaten with “hung” – the famous herb of Lang village of Hanoi. Visiting Hanoi, you should come No.34 Hang Than to enjoy this dish.

      7.      Trang Tien ice-cream
      Established in Vietnam’s subsidy period, Trang Tien ice – cream shop is located at 35 Trang Tien street, nearly Hoan Kiem lake – the center of  Hanoi capital. Nowadays, it has become  a culture feature of Hanoi. Unlike many kinds of industrial ice-cream, Trang Tien ice-cream has fresh, cold and sweet flavor. The shop is always crowded from morning to evening, even in winter days. This delicious ice cream is only VND 12.000 for ice cream cone and VND 8.000 for other types - so cheap!!!!

      8.      La Vong fried fish
      Cha Ca La Vong – one of  top famous dishes of Hanoi that introduced in Vietnam tourism guidebooks, is the dish which you should not miss. The delicious dish is perfectly combined between Vietnam’s specific spices such as saffron, dill, shrimp sauce, fish sauce. Cha Ca dish consists of pieces of attractive tasty fried fish eaten with red chili, white rice noodle, and some herbs. There are a lot of Cha Ca restaurants in Hanoi, however, the oldest one is Cha ca La Vong restaurant located at No.14 Cha Ca street.

      9.       Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup)
      If any visitor, especially international visitor, is asked for the dish in Hanoi that he always remembers, it’s sure for “ Pho”. Unlike the dish in other places, Pho in Hanoi is not eaten with raw vegetables but its stock’s light sweet will bring the appetite for any diner. In Hanoi, there are many famous Pho restaurants including Pho Co Cu restaurant in Lieu Giai street; Pho Mau Dich in Ly Quoc Su street; Pho Thin in Lo Duc Street; Pho Suong in Dinh Liet Street, etc.

      10.Dishes from duck
      Dishes made of duck are not much famous in Hanoi but they can show typical taste of Vietnam’s North. The dishes are not only snacks for men to eat with sips of alcohol, but also suitable for family gatherings. Recently Kim Ma street has become the center for a variety of duck dishes such as saute duck, sour bamboo duck hot pot, Steamed duck with dracontomelon fruits,etc.

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  • Butchart Gardens Butchart Gardens

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      The Bog Pond and Garden as you leave the Sunken Garden area. Even in fall and winter the vegetation is amazing.

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  • Seattle winter sunset Seattle winter sunset

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  • Rocky Point Dawn Rocky Point Dawn

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      The sun created a lacey surf during a winter morning sunrise at Puerto Penasco, Sonora, aka Rocky Point.

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  • Top 10 picturesque lakes in Ti Top 10 picturesque lakes in Tibet

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      Almost every tourist traveling to Tibet would drop a visit to a holy lake in Tibet. The most frequently visited lakes in Tibet are the top three holy lakes, Namtso, Yamdrok and Manasarovar. In fact, there are thousands of lakes across the Tibetan Plateau. The following is a list of the top 10 picturesque lakes in Tibet.


      1. Lake Namtso


      Namtso, meaning a "heavenly lake" in the Tibetan language, is reputed as the most beautiful lake in Tibet and was selected as one of the five most beautiful lakes in China by Chinese National Geography magazine in 2005. It is situated between Damxung County and Bange County, 240 km away from Lhasa, capital of Tibet. The lake, covering an area of 1,940 sq km, lies at an altitude of 4,718 meters. It is the largest salt water lake in Tibet and the second largest salt water lake in China. Its purity and solemnness are symbols of Qinghai-Tibet Platean. Its touching beauty should not be missed by any visitor who makes a Tibet tour.


      2. Lake Yamdrok


      Located on the way from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp or Kathmandu, Yamdrok is also frequently visited by travelers. Lake Yamdrok is surrounded by numerous snow-capped mountains and has a power station at its western end which is considered to be the highest in the world. The lake is fan-shaped, and is around 72 km (45 miles) long. In Tibetan Yamdrok means "the Lake of Swans". Tourists and pilgrims can be seen walking or prostrating themselves along the lake's perimeter. On a steep mountain slope southwest of the lake lies Samding Monastery, which is the only Tibetan Monastery headed by a living female Lama.


      3. Lake Tangra Yumtso


      Lake Tangra Yumtso, the largest holy lake worshipped by ancient Bonpo of Tibetan Buddhism, is the third largest lake in Tibet. It is located in Xainza County, Nagqu Prefecture, northern Tibet. Lying at an average altitude of 4,600 meters, the lake covers an area of 1,400 sq km, with 70 km in length and 20 km in width.


      4. Pangong Tso


      Pangong Tso, meaning "long, narrow, enchanted lake" in Tibetan language, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet. 60% of the length of the lake lies in Tibet. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 km2. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water.


      5. Lake Manasarovar



      Manasarovar, meaning "an invincible lake of jade" in the Tibetan language, is one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world. Lying at an altitude of 4,588 meters above sea level, the lake covers an area of 400 sq km, with the circumstance of 90 km. Together with Mt Kailash, Lake Manasarovar is a pilgrimage site. There is a pilgrimage path around the lake and a circuit is a little over 100km, taking 4-5 days to complete. Chiu Gompa, 30 km south of Darchen, is a good starting point for a circuit around the lake. It is a must-visit for a tour in Tibet covering western Tibet.


      6. Basumtso


      Basumtso in Tibetan language means 'green water'. The lake definitely deserves that name: the views are breathtaking, and those glaciers, which cover on the upper reaches of the lake, are beautiful and at the same provide fresh water for the whole region. The lake covers an area of 26 square kilometers. You can see the beautiful snow-capped peaks reflected from the green waters of the lake. The beautiful view of the lake and the glaciers even makes some European visitors think of the inspiring Swiss Alps when they see the majestic view on the shoreline of this lake. Standing by the lake side, you can see fish shoaling in the water, birds circling in the air and beasts roaming in the forest. You can find a harmonious scene of animals living a comfortable and easy life in Basum with human. The World Tourism Organization listed the lake as a world tourist site.


      7. Selincuo


      Selincuo Lake located in Northern Tibet Autonomous Region and covering an area of 1,800 sq. km, is the second largest saltwater lake, second only to Namtso Lake. Lying at the junction of three counties, it can be seen from afar, a beautiful vast waterscape surrounded by golden grasslands of the Tibetan plateaus and snow capped mountains under clear skies. The natural sights here are absolutely breathtaking and after sunset the deep blue waters melt into one with the shadows of looming mountains, creating an air of mystery and intrigue.


      8. Lake Rakshastal


      Lake Rakshastal lies close to the west of Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash. The Satluj River originates at Rakshastaal's northwestern tip. Despite its close proximity to Lake Manasarovar—over the road to Purang County, Lake Rakshastaal does not share the lore of worship with its east neighbor. The name of the lake literally means "lake of the demon" in Sanskirt. It is also known as Ravana Tal, as it is considered to be the place of severe penance tapasya by Ravana, demon-like egoistic King of Lanka in Hindu theology. In Buddhism, Lake Manasarovar, which is round like the sun, and Rakshastal, shaped as a crescent, are respectively regarded as 'brightness' and 'darkness'. Its salty water, a stark contrast to the fresh water of Lake Manasarovar, produces no aquatic plants or fish and is considered poisonous by locals.


      9. Cuona Lake


      Covering an area of over 400 square kilometers, Cuona Lake is regarded as the highest freshwater lake in the world. Cuona Lake means 'Heavenly Lake' to the locals. Numerous believers often come all the way to worship this holy lake. The water here is crystal clear with fish jumping freely. Together with the boundless plains and clear sky, the scenery surrounding Cuona Lake are of great beauty, attracting cranes, mandarin ducks, swans and other wild animals. Around the lake is the famous Qiangtang Nature Reserve where Tibetan yak, donkey, snow leopard and so on live.


      Cuona Lake is the nearest lake to Qinghai-Tibet Railway with the nearest shore only tens of meters distant, so passengers can enjoy the serenity of the lake with great ease.


      10. Peiku-tso


      Peiku-tso is located 40km to the east of Jirong county town and 250km from the Tingri County. It's just on the way to Ngari, between Zhangmu and Saga. With the elavation of 4,590 meters above sea level, Peiku-tso lake is the biggest lake in Shigatse area. It's a light salty lake with an area of more than 300 square kilometers. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, it is bright turquoise all year around. Traveler can make a detour to this lake when doing a tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu.



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  • IDW Esperanza Resort IDW Esperanza Resort

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      We are  IDW Esperanza Hotel -Resort (Small Luxury Hotels of the World), located in  Lithuania,offering exclusive accommodation, real gourmet experience, conference facilities, Healthy Spa-center, water sports & winter sports, plenty of entertainments. We would like to contact with you,to find the possibility to be added in your worldwide hotel list, please contact to the e-mail,wrote in your contact form, and for more information, don't hesitate to contact us, thank you very much! We are delighted to welcome you to a unique ecological resort, IDW Esperanza Resort (Small Luxury Hotels of the World), offering exclusive accommodation, real gourmet experience, conference facilities, Healthy Spa-center, water sports & winter sports, plenty of entertainments.

      IDW Esperanza Resort is blessed by mother-nature, with breathtaking views, extraordinary located into a picturesque landscape surrounded by a beautiful lake near Lithuanian capital - Vilnius. We delivery you a magical & pleasure stay!

      Esperanza Resort — is a stunning masterpiece of work of human hands, with use of the latest technologies. It is build of ecological logs brought from the high mountains of British Columbia (Canada).  The age of logs – from 175 to 400 years!

      IDW Esperanza Resort offers to you,    

              International  top-class service

              34 elegant hotel rooms, fully equipped for your pleasant & exciting stay

              2 restaurant providing a finest gourmet & seasonal kitchen, with best international & regional delicacies, balanced with an outstanding service, will conquest your palate!

              Wine cellar with more than 120 top selected wines from all over the world!

              2 multipurpose conference rooms and business center

              Full set of sports entertainments indoor & outdoor (including tennis, basketball, cycling, fishing, beach volleyball, bowling, pool, baths, sauna…

      • •Healthy SPA offering you a world of  procedures, massages, treatments  which are carried out by our therapists to bringing you body and soul into a balance.

              Free access to WI-FI

      • Complimentary shuttle service

      We are looking forward to you to have a exciting time with us!

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  • Distinctive Tibetan Drinks Distinctive Tibetan Drinks

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      For westerners, coffee, juice and wine made from grape are the common drinks; for Chinese, green/black tea and wine made from wheat, rice, corn, broomcorn and soybean are the common drink; but Tibetans enjoy their distinctive Tibetan drinks, such as butter tea, yak milk and barley wine. If you travel to Tibet, just have of taste of the different Tibetan drinks.


      Butter Tea


      Buttered tea is the daily drink for Tibetan people just like coffee for westerners. It is said that the relationship between Tibetan tea and Tibetan people are like that between fish and water.


      In fact, there are different kinds of Tibetan tea, butter tea, sweet tea and pure tea. But butter tea is the most popular tea in Tibet. Butter tea is a beverage in Tibet with abundant nourishment. At the fastigium of the world, no matter you are sharp-set or foredone, as soon as you drink a cup of the Tibetan butter tea, you will get back power all over and become energetic in the turn of a hand. In winter, after you dinked the butter tea, you will feel warm from heat to foot.


      Some people even said, the Tibetan butter tea can cure the ill body. Though it is exaggerate, it embodies the wonderful function of the tea. If you make a Lhasa tour, you can find many tea houses offering butter tea along the streets of Lhasa. A cup of butter tea only costs 0.6 Yuan. It is very cheap.


      Yak Milk


      If you travel to Tibet, you will find long-haired bovine throughout Tibet. There are both wild and domesticated yaks in Tibet. Of course, the yak milk is from the domesticated yaks.


      Domesticated yaks have been kept for thousands of years, primarily for their milk, fibre and meat, and as beasts of burden. Their dried dropping is important fuel, used all over Tibet, and is often the only fuel available on the high treeless Tibetan Plateau. As one of the most important products in Tibet, milk products are famous for fresh. The most popular milk products are yogurt and milk sediments. The best time to enjoy Tibetan yogurt is to make a Tibet tour during annual Shoton Festival which will fall on Aug. 26, 2013.  


      Beside, milk is always processed into a cheese called chhurpi in Tibetan. Butter made of Yak's milk is an ingredient of the butter tea that Tibetans consume in large quantities, and is also used in lamps and made into butter sculptures used in religious festivities.


      Barley Wine


      Highland barley is the main crop on the Tibetan plateau. Wine made from barley is called barley wine or Chang in Tibetan language.


      Barley wine is brewaged by zymolytic highland barley. The barley wine with low degree is popular among Tibetan people, the young and the old, the female and the male. It is a kind of necessary drink at festivals, marriage feats and other important occasions. Before festivals, Tibetan people will brewage plentiful of barley wine.


      The barley wine is as well a nice product for entertaining guests. If you travel to Tibet and pay a visit to Tibetan family, you will surely be treated with barley wine.

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  • Top Biking Adventures in Vietn Top Biking Adventures in Vietnam

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      As a country with every terrain imaginable, Vietnam offers a memorable bicycling adventure for any and all peddlers, regardless of experience or condition. The flat expanse of the Mekong Delta grows to rugged mountains in the central expanse and then blends into the widest variety of difficulty north near Hanoi.
      Traffic and Bicycle Laws
      Along with standard laws like not causing traffic problems by racing or zigzagging, Vietnam has few laws targeted specifically toward the bicyclist. It is important to remember not to carry cumbersome loads, carry children over age seven with you or ride more than two abreast. No sort of helmet or lighting is required, but bicyclists are not allowed to ride with open umbrellas. One can only guess what happened to make this law.
      Common Trips
      For those interested in adventure and active trips, there are some routes that will take you through and explore the backcountry while providing some modicum of modern amenities. ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA_one of the travel companies offering cycling tours in Indochina_ is received good reviews of adventure travelers.
      Biking Mekong Delta
      The easiest of these is around the Mekong Delta. With a terrain nearly devoid of any rise, these trips are easier, but by no means less scenic, than the others. Traveling through the expanse of rice paddies dotted with the occasional copse of trees, the rider will be joined by children cycling to or from school or women returning from the market. People in the villages will be pleasantly surprised to see a foreigner riding into town and a circuit from Ho Chi Minh to any of the surrounding villages is an easy ride. With the flat terrain and abundance of villages it is easy to take a trip of any length, whether only a day or two weeks, a rider can tour without backtracking.
      Biking Mai chau, Hoa Binh province
      The northern area allows for more wooded scenery while still allowing for easier trips. For the more adventurous, the northern area provides a greater degree of difficulty through the hills surrounding Hanoi. This trip offers a great opportunity to see the two area of outstanding nature beauty; the North West highlands of Mai Chau and the limestone mountains of Ninh Binh. Biking is a great way to see this fascinating and visually stunning part of Vietnam, offering both physical activity and the unique opportunity to observe a way of life that has changed little over the centuries. As we ride in Mai Chau we encounter Muong and White Thai minorities and are guests in their traditional stilt houses allowing us to see firsthand how these minority peoples live. In Ninh Binh we explore the beauty of “Halong Bay on the rice fields” on bikes.
      Biking Ho Chi Minh trail
      A new trip for the adventurous would be along the historical Ho Chi Minh trail. The so-called Ho Chi Minh Trail is one of the most renowned legends of the American War. The complicated road system winds along the Truong Son Range, which that facilitated movement of soldiers and war supplies from North Vietnam to battlefields in South Vietnam. Now the historic trail is being turned into a highway and hotels and towns are springing up speedily beside it. The route is incredibly beautiful with new mountain views around every corner, very little traffic, and virtually no tourists.
      Weather in Southeast Asia is a big consideration and it is recommended to go from Late September to December or March to late May. The weather in the southern area of Vietnam stays warm and humid averaging 26°C with its rainy season from June to September. BE WARNED: Vietnam sees monsoonal rains starting in June, peaking in August and tapering down in September. This season varies depending on location; Hanoi in the north generally has a rainy season that peaks earlier while Ho Chi Minh City may not see its rains slack until early October. Vietnam, especially central Vietnam, often floods and can hold up a trip for a week before the waters recede.
      The hot season will see temperatures averaging 30°C, with the south staying warm all year round and the north seeing winter trends averaging 15°C. Depending on the time of year, it would be advisable to take a jacket to keep off the chill, especially if riding in the highlands, and a hat to protect against the sun.
      Other Considerations
      Visas must be applied for at least six months prior to entry date. Tourist visas are granted for one month, but may be extended after arrival in Vietnam, and only allow one entry into the country. Tourists must fill out arrival/departure papers and declaration papers, keeping both with the passport at all times. It is also recommended having a few extra passport-size photos with you as local authorities may request these and it is always a good idea to stay on the good side of authorities.
      With over two-thirds of its roads unpaved and those paved roads sporting an abundance of potholes, the road conditions almost require a mountain bike. 
      The lush landscapes and warm hospitality provide anyone with a good biking tour of Vietnam. Take the time to look around and smell the proverbial “roses”.
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  • Wabasha: River, Bluffs, Histor Wabasha: River, Bluffs, History and Beyond

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      Wabasha, Minn.. the oldest city on the Upper Mississippi River with all of today's amenities for an unforgettable vacation. This small community prides itself on customer service, no matter where you are or what you are doing. You will feel at home in this small town, where everybody knows your name (yes you know the familiar tune.. Cheers anyone?). Every business is owned by a local person who most likely works at the counter and can tell you anything you would ever want to know.

      Surrounded by the Mississippi River and large bluff tops, Wabasha has something for everyone. Whether you are the adventurous type, or are in town for a romantic weekend, this town has it all. Year-round events and local festivals help give this small community a special feature that most large communities don't even have. From the Grumpy Old Men Festival (always last weekend in Feb.) to Riverboat Days (last weekend in July), to a Grumpy Mudder (like Tough Mudder, but no electrical shock) and fall festival called SeptOberfest.

      Take a hike up the riverside bluffs, or check in with Turning Waters Bed, Breakfast & Adventure (www.turningwatersbandb.com) and take an excursion with Richie or Michael: Kayaking, Hiking, Biking, Snowshoeing, Snowkiting or Ice Fishing.

      Not up for adventure? Bringing the kids? Need a pool? Then check out the AmericInn of Wabasha's recently fully updated accomodations (www.americinn.com/Hotels/MN/Wabasha). The AmericInn has its own specialty packages available year round and 14 beautifully themed suites. 

      Wabasha's most famous attraction is the National Eagle Center, located on the Mississippi River (www.nationaleaglecenter.org). Currently, the NEC hosts five live eagles and provides guests with three daily shows per day at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. During the winter months, take an eagle viewing field trip and view eagles all around the area.


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  • Bushwick High Line Bushwick High Line

    • From: jorgeq
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      I ventured out on my own for this visit under ridiculously cold weather which would have discouraged any friend to come tag along with the intentions to take a few portraits around the unoccupied and grungy setting.

      We no longer live anywhere close to Bushwick and one of the disheartening aspects of this is how quickly I'm uncovering places around the neighborhood that I was completely unaware of until we moved. The upside is that I have more of a reason to pay a visit. 

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  • Late Winter Color Late Winter Color

    • From: mswag2nh
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      Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA is open year-round but many of their outdoor features are closed.  It is a good thing that they have a historic house to tour and a 4-acre conservatory awash in Orchids and other bright and beautiful flowers.  It makes an easy daytrip from Wilmington, DE or Philadelphia, PA.

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  • Wood Nymph Statue Wood Nymph Statue

    • From: mswag2nh
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      Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens near Charleston, South Carolina, USA.  Visit in February to see the Camillas in all their glory.  Also blooming are snowdrops and some early azaleas.

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