The Loveliest Beaches In the World to Visit

I’ve been meaning to write a post about the most beautiful beaches in the world, but then I thought……..a picture is worth a 1000 words.
SO here are thousands of words in this little shared youtube video.

Which one calls out to you?

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The Giant Buddha in China

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The Giant Buddha is the largest carved stone Buddha in the world and is located in the Mount Emeri Scenic Area of Leshan City, Sichuan Province, by three rivers, namely, Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River. This stone statue was built during the Tang Dynasty in 618 and ended in 907 when it was ruled under the Tang Emperors. It was during this time that it was the most powerful and prosperous country in the world.  Today Leshan City is still well known because it was one of China’s most famous period when its culture and military strengths was at its all time high.

In December of 1996, the Giant Buddha was included by UNESCO on the list of the World Heritage sites.

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The statue dates back to the year of 713, it took 90 years to build ending it in 803 even though thousands of workers had exhausted their efforts and wisdom on the project.

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It measures 233 feet high, and 92 feet wide which is about the size of a basketball court.  His feet along are big enough for 100 people to sit on.

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Buts not all about size when you see this enormous figure, it’s the architectural beauty that stuns us.  His coiled hair is made up of 1,021 buns. Each bun has been skillfully embedded in the head. The skill is so beautifully unique that the 1,021 buns seem integral to the whole.

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Another  architectural highlight is the drainage system as it’s structure design was made up of hidden gutters and channels, scattered on the head and arms, and behind the ears and in the clothes. The structural design helps displace rainwater and by keeping the inside dry, which plays an important part in the protection of the Buddha. The large pair of ears, each measures 23 feet long, is made of wood and is decorated by mud on the surface.  Being these were craftsmen of thousands of years ago, it could not have been so easy to fix these to the stone head to where they would fit perfectly.

Having such a long history Chinese government did begin repairing any work needed to maintain its history beauty as it does bring in tourist from all over the world.

How would you get there?

Presently there are not airports in the city. Though you can fly to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport which is about 93 miles away from Leshan City.

If you happen to traveled to China, would you include the “Giant Buddha” in your must see list?

Romantic Getaways That Light Up Your Nights

Imagine you and that special someone admiring millions of stars along with bright dancing lights in a glass igloo above the Arctic Circle, in the Northern corner of Finnish Lapland.
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You get to choose from either a snow or glass igloo to stay in.

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Completely surrounded by snow you’ll start to notice the silence becomes enchanting while the lights mysteriously begin to shadow your interior walls.  

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Moreover you’both have the opportunity to admire what’s known as the “Aurora Borealis”.  These lights are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earths atmosphere and is considered to be one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

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No need to worry about the cold. These igloos are made with thermal glass walls that insulate the interior and keeps it cozy enough for both of you. You don’t have to worry about the views staying clear even when the temperature dropping to -30 degrees Fahrenheit as you’re glass igloo won’t smog up your views as there built with modern technology.

Besides the romantic nights you’ll enjoy watching the best ice sculptors in the world come together at Kakslauttanen’s Arctic Resort to participate in the international ice-sculpting week at Igloo Village.  Their marvelous ice creations remain displayed during the rest of winter for viewing.

There creations include a Bar made of Ice, an Ice Chapel and the World’s Largest Snow Restaurant.

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What do you think?  Could you stay in an igloo tonight just for two?

Eight Reasons Why Anguilla Will Steal Your Heart And Never Give It Back.

Bermuda,  Martinique,  the Exumas, and Barbados may “grab” the spotlight,  when it comes to Caribbean travel, though there is one island, that tends to be less in the spotlight,  that when you visit, will discover is more like that person you didn’t realize you’ve fallen for until it was too late.

There’s nothing flashy or brash about this little island paradise.   An understated, discreet and  charming feel pervades the culture.   Anguilla has managed to keep a relatively low profile while offering some big time attractions.

Here are just 8 of the many that will silently seduce you.

1. A cool vibe without trying.

When you arrive,  your first drive unveils a flat landscape of palms and scrub.  It’s quite unassuming and leaves you no clues that this may well be the best island in the Caribbean.  You’ll soon discover the beauty of no crowds, no cruise ships or hordes of spring breakers and the reason you escaped life to visit paradise.

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 2.   No shopping to speak of. This place is real and the food is to die for.

The people are genuine and so is what you find.   There are no lines of duty free stores.  Actually,  you won’t find any big time shopping at all.   What you will find are some of the most exquisite restaurants in the Caribbean – with not a single restaurant chain.

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3.  From $25,000 a night villas to $99 B&Bs.  

Anguilla is eclectic in many ways and this is just one.

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4.  The beaches are exquisite.

Thirty-three beaches are here, and each is sugar-white, with many stretching for miles or more.  Shoal Bay, in the northeast of the island, is a two-mile stretch that’s consistently been voted one of the best beaches in the world. Condé Nast Traveller describes Shoal Bay as ‘truly amazing… it manages to feel alive and animated without being in the least crowded or overbuilt.’

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5.  An island perceived as uber-high-end and perhaps the reason many stay away, is the reason you should visit.

There are more billionaires per square foot who moor their yachts here and a number of them have their homes too. So while you’re likely to find yourself next to a celeb,  you’re also not likely who it is, and that’s the reason they come here.

6.  Idyllic  weather.

Many islands are mountainous, which means clouds and rain. Being flat, Anguilla has a much more level climate with less rain and plenty of sunshine.

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7.   World class snorkeling and diving.

The clear, azure waters offer up a large varieties of sea life to explore.  There are six marine parks and nine wrecks to dive, including that of a Spanish galleon.

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8.  Friendliest people on earth are said to live here – and why not?  

When you leave Anguilla you’ll very likely depart taking along new friends for life.

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There’s little question that  you’ll come up with many more reasons that make Anguilla one of the most beautiful, appetizing, relaxing, and friendly Islands in all the Caribbean.    So, if you’re interested is piqued  and you’re looking for a Caribbean getaway,  check out some of the villas and homes available in Blowing Point,  Shoal Bay, Meads Bay or Rendezvouz Bay located on Anguilla’s southern coast  home to the countries’ largest and most visited national park, spawning over 5,000 acres, it is an internationally renowned spot and one of the sailing world’s premier ports of call.  At the centre lies Rendezvous Bay, an untouched paradise that is visible only to those who sail by and perhaps by you.

.Photos Copyright the Anguilla Tourist Board

Nude Beaches, Free-Spirited or Therapy?

“The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.”   –Isak Dinesen

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Is baring it all considered taking a walk on your wild side?  No not always, in fact some people consider it a form of therapy as it can relieve stress and depression.  Think about it a little.  It takes you out of your everyday routine “for sure”, and gives you a chance to explore the outside world from a different view especially when you’re not in your everyday attire.  Theres scientific evidence that the salty sea air has many health benefits especially those that suffer with seasonal allergies.  Whatever the case may be it surely gets you out of what ever funk you might be in.  But would you? Could you? ….and where would you?  How about for Therapy?
Don’t most of us all enjoy and love the wonders of the sea? Is it because it has some potent power to make us think things we’d like to think about.  Does the waves enable us to reflect on deeper issues that allow us to see clearly or is it just plain fun and thats what makes it all worth wild.  In any case the beach is a good place to be and if you dare to bare it then heres a few places you might want to consider.

Baker Beach, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA.

Bakers Beach right outside where the little cable cars climb halfway to the stars right outside of San Francisco.
If you’re out there early in the morning the fog may chill the air, but you won’t care because its San Francisco.  Views of the Golden Gate included.  What else could anyone want?  Except maybe a great body so the view isn’t only one sided. 😉

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Ochos Rios beach in Jamaica has 635 miles of coastline with warm, crystalline waters; rugged black-sand shores and tranquil waters with sugary coves perfect for little swimmers.  Sounds more like a delicious fat-free recipe. Maybe good enough to take the plunge.
This place just might want to touch you rather fancy while exploring it.
After all it’s not far from where Stella got her grove back.

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On the east end of Crete’s Plakias Beach is a favorite for nude beach-goers though if your not ready to let it all hang out, then this beach might not be for the shy.  However since it is pretty popular there are showers all along the beach and many parking spaces. Don’t forget the boom-box and sunscreen.

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The striking red sands of Red Beach in Santorini, Greece, welcomes those with a free-spirit.  The  volcanic island, Santorini is known for the red sand and its  horseshoe-shape with steep slope.  On the other side you’ll see a gentle downward slope to the sea, giving it the natural beauty look. Add yourself to the picture and it just might be a master piece of delight.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, is home to Wreck Beach, and is considered to be one of the world’s busiest beaches where clothes are optional.  The reason it’s so popular is because its right next to the British Columbia University campus and it’s quite typical to see close to 14,000 visitors flock for the right to bare arms, legs, and anything else that feels good.
I bet you don’t see to many students with books out there.

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If you’re searching for an all-inclusive nudist resort then look to the southern tip of the Riviera Maya.  Tulum Beach in Mexico would be the place to be.  This beach has limestone sands and crystal blue waters. The name Tulum comes form the word wall, and its beach ruins will have you looking up in wonder at the ancient pyramid-shamed Mayan ruins.   If the beach isn’t enough to keep you interested then the surrounding walls that are over 1,000-year-old sure will. That history lesson alone is something to marvel at. How did they build that place anyway?

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The nudist resort at Cap d’Agde, France, welcomes folks willing to bare it all.  The beach is sandy and beautiful and some ares very clean.  Though these waters can be very cold even during the month of June. However, it’s a great beach for the kids as there is very shallow waters for miles and lifeguards are often seen which makes it excellent for families. The far left side of the beach attracts a large number of gay sunbathers and the central part tends to attract a more youthful crowd which makes that side of the beach a little livelier.

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Samurai Beach, in Queensland, Australia is a perfect escape, for nature lovers and naturists.

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I can go on and on when it comes to this beach but no need to as these two picture alone speaks a 1000 words.  I mean….really?   It doesn’t get much better then that!

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Black’s Beach, a secluded beach in San Diego beneath the bluffs of Torrey Pines is the largest nude beach in the US.  Its quiet and lovely though you won’t see any  lifeguards and its the regulars that take care of the area and clean up in order to ensure its natural beauty.  Theres easy trails to get to the beach from the parking area and everyone keeps to themselves unless you ask for help.
Nature took a hold of its beauty as the view is amazing no matter where you’re standing.  Watching the cliffs, the hang gliders, all make the experience worth wild and special.
And if your suit doesn’t fit just right then toss it.

A few unspoken etiquette rules you should know before you visit a nudist beach.  It can keep you out of trouble.   

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Hey…just because my shell is bigger then most doesn’t mean you have rights to my pearl.

  • Clothing is optional when visiting a resort as it was designed for people to shed their clothes and it’s what they want to do there. But staring is never an appropriate thing to do.
  • No taking photos or videos of other people or you just might be looking down at the sand. Most resorts are strictly against it and if your are caught doing this, expect staring down at the sand before you could say “holy-Sh!# Batman, why did you do that?”
  • You may take a picture of yourselves and even with your partners or group of friends if your party is at ease and willing.
  • Depending where you stay there are several laws banning any sort of lewd or crude behavior so be aware of them.
  • If is expected that you place a towel or something similar to it when siting down at a seat or in a bar or restaurant. This is for hygiene and is another one of those unspoken rule that everyone always follows.
  • Like anywhere else respect others and their privacy.
  • Remember that others are here to relax just like you so don’t worry so much about what everyone is doing. If it’s you’re first time no one knows but you and possibly your partner.  If you need a few hours to gather your bravo side then do it its all good.

Six Exclusive African Safaris

South Luangwa National Park, in Zambia, offers six unusual and very exclusive bushcamps in perfect out-of-the-way south of the park.  One of them “Mfuwe Lodge” is an award winning lodge just 5 minutes inside its gates.  These private and intimate camps will satisfy the safari adventure you created and dreamed about as a kid. Right beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany with two lagoons and it’s natural surroundings around you. The lodge was refurbish in 2010 and is exquisite with its un-spoilt wilderness regions of Africa.
Each camp accommodate up to eight guests guaranteeing a most memorable stay.

The Mfuwe Lodge offers personalized service making sure every guest that come’s their way is most welcome including their rather large four legged friends.

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“Wonky Tusk”, and her family have become well known by the locals and their guest as they strolled right through the lodge visiting mostly in October and November as its the right time of the season for “wild Mangos” that grow right outside the lodge.

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A new addition to the family arrived October 2009.  “Lord Wellington” joined his family strolling through the lodge just 2 days after he was born. The Wonky Tusk’s family’s has become famous as many photographs, videos, newsworthy articles, and even a children’s book has been the focused of this family.

It’s really rather an amazing sight to see especially since it’s not everyday an elephant happens to walk right by you making himself at home.

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Every year from late October until mid December Zambia’s Mfuwe Lodge is regularly visited by some rather large, grey guests who are partial to a dish of wild mangoes…

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For more info on these safari adventure getaways visit The Bushcamp Company.

Top 10 Once-In-A-Lifetime Vacation Destinations

Choosing a vacation spot can be tricky at the best of times, let alone when you’re searching for a once-in-a-lifetime break.
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Whether it is for a honeymoon, an extended break or just satisfying your global wanderlust, we are blessed with a breadth of options.

Across every continent there are truly unique, must-see destinations you should consider for your next trip. From the historical, metropolitan capitals of Europe to the roving landscapes of rural Uganda, we take you through ten once-in-a-lifetime locations.

Barcelona, Spain
The Catalan capital, Barcelona is one of Spain’s most metropolitan places. Centuries of history hang on every street corner, and those with an interest in the arts will find plenty to see and do. From the spires of the Barri Gotic, and Gaudi’s famous Sagrada Familia, visitors can absorb the gothic grandeur that gives Barcelona its distinctive feel. Its beach has been ranked as one of the top ten beaches in the world, and with warm sunshine all year round, conditions are perfect for taking in everything this magnificent European city has to offer.


Maine, USA
One of the most scenic locations in the US, Maine has been a favorite destination for all manner of retreats for years. The wider New England area is one of the most desirable places to be in the US, on the north-eastern tip of the country. Its national parks, shores and harbors give you plenty to do and see. Bordering Canada on its northern front, Maine is a corner of the country far removed from the bustle of city life. For a relaxing retreat with an outdoors focus, Maine is definitely worth considering.

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Donegal, Ireland
Ireland is renowned the world over for its friendly, welcoming people. Irish culture resonates with people of Celtic origin around the world, and for many visitors it can feel like a genuine homecoming experience. Donegal is one of Ireland’s most scenic counties, and one that shows off Ireland’s rugged natural landscape. The history, art and music of the region make Donegal a mecca for those with an interest in Irish culture and heritage. A must-see destination for any globetrotter, Donegal is located to the west on the Irish border.
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Machu Picchu, Peru
Few places on earth are as grand as Machu Picchu. Sited 2500 meters above sea level, Machu Picchu is located in Peru’s Urubamba Valley. Known locally as “The Lost City,” Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca settlement that still bears many of its original features to this day. Expeditions to Machu Picchu on foot can take several days of trekking through the valley, which houses the magnificent Urubamba river. For anyone who appreciates outdoor vacations, the trip to Machu Picchu is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

Paris, France
The famous “city of love,” Paris is an ever-popular destination for old romantics the world over. Of course, there’s so much more to France’s capital than its cultural connotations. A center of European art, cuisine, history and culture, Paris has streets that are paved with centuries of stories and intrigue. A historic hub of the continent, Paris tells the story of millennia of human civilization, through its art, architecture and period features. From middle-age castles and Châteaux to the famous Arc de Triomphe, Paris is famous the world over for its remarkable sights – both for couples and families embarking on a trip.

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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Formerly Brazil’s capital city, Rio De Janeiro today is one of the most frequently visited cities in the world. In the coming years, Rio De Janeiro will play an instrumental part in hosting both the FIFA World Cup and the Summer Olympic Games in 2016. The city is known as the party capital of Brazil, and its beaches and scenery represent the country proudly. Nestled at the heart of one of the world’s few exploding economies, Rio De Janeiro is a vibrant, lively place to spend your vacation.
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Dubai, UAE
Dubai has boomed like few other destinations in the last decade, thanks to its increasingly liberal approach to trade and commerce and swelling oil revenues. Its perfect white sands and audacious skyline tell the story of this emirate’s recent past, and Dubai already welcomes tourists in their droves seeking luxury vacation stays. A portal to the Arab world, Dubai offers a unique experience for holidaymakers. Its stunning scenery mixes heritage with Dubai’s thoroughly modern, fast-paced style, creating a memorable destination for any type of visit.

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Bwindi, Uganda
The Bwindi nature reserve in Uganda isn’t a location many people will be familiar with. But it has more than enough appeal for those looking for an amazing life experience. A natural habitat for some of the world’s most stunning wildlife, the Bwindi region is famous for its wild Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Forest is one of the most diverse habitats in Africa, home to many unique and interesting species. Safari trips to Bwindi are becoming increasing popular, especially among newly-weds and those marking special occasions with their vacation.

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Bali, Indonesia
Imagine perfect beaches, stunning blue ocean and an island paradise. Chances are, what you’re thinking of looks like Bali. An island in its own right, Bali has been inhabited for several thousands of years. Today, it relies heavily on tourism, yet it remains exclusive enough to retain the feeling of escape. Its local arts, culture and crafts make Bali an intriguing place to those from the West, and its temples and shrines are some of the most spectacular in the world.
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The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Few places have the draw of the Galapagos Islands, particularly for those with a fascination for animals and the natural world. Studied by Charles Darwin in his seminal works, the island is home to colonies of birds and other wildlife, including the famous giant tortoise population. Today, the Galapagos remains a popular destination for those choosing destinations for their vacation, in addition to an essential home for some of the world’s most endangered species.

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Out of these 10 which one would you pick?