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A Travel Beyond Journey in Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen Morocco is located in the center of the Rif Mountains. The name of this city refers to the mountain top shape of the two mountains just above it which looks like horns of a goat. Literally, the word “Chef Chaouen” means “look at the horns.” The appearance of the place in Chefchaouen is quite very simple. Walls and houses are painted with white while their doors are painted with striking blue colors. When in the skyline of Chefchaouen, you will find yourself between the two mountains. One of the freshest water sources can be found at the end of the valley just between the two mountains.

Chefchaouen Morocco is also a popular destination for shopping. Many native handicrafts can be found here that are not available anywhere in Morocco such as woven blankets and wool. Also an added food attraction to the tourists is their goat cheese. Other goods that are carefully handcrafted by the natives of Chefchaouen are shoes and things made of leather, furniture made of cedar wood, pottery, dyes, and henna. Eating in this town is not a problem as there are many restaurants and cafes available almost anywhere. Try out the Tagines which is one of the best dishes you will ever had in Morocco. Other restaurants that you could try are Restaurant Assada and La Lampe Magique. Early dinner is around seven in the evening and reservations are not quite applicable so better get there early before the resto gets flooded with a lot of tourists.

For the travelers looking for cheap hotels and budget hotel packages, you can find 200 hotels in Chefchaouen Morocco offering the cheaper to the most extravagant packages. Aside from this, backpackers and trekkers will not get bored for pursuing a trip like this. The are tour and activity packages for every tourist who would like to do trekking, cliff hanging or rock climbing available on each side of Chefchaouen.

An Overview of Pune

Are you all geared up to visit Pune? This city, which was once the capital of Maharashtra, is the eighth largest city of India located on the convergence of Mutha and Mula rivers. The best aspect about Pune is not just its scenic beauty but an amassment of educational, research and development industries. The city is ornamented with spectacular historical monuments and testaments of the Maratha era. Travelers visiting Pune have left their comments, speaking volume about the city in all aspects; this is evident in the city reviews – Pune. These city reviews- Pune provides lot of information about Pune and its places of interest, historical monuments, educational institutions, supermarkets and other landmarks of the city which acts as a guide for tourists.

Shopping in Pune can be quite a fulfilling experience. The city is a place where you can get everything ranging from branded merchandise to the best of traditional handicrafts or just some knick-knacks to dress up your home at the best reasonable prices. M.G Road and Dhole Patil road are among the best places for shopping in Pune. Apart from these, Laxmi Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Kalyani Nagar, Koregaon Park and Fergusson College Road have the best shopping malls and plazas that offer you the fanciest products.

Restaurants in Pune have a wide spread of Indian, multi-cuisine, fast food, snacks and other food items to satisfy your taste buds. Pune with its blend of Indian and western culture is a paradise of mouthwatering cuisines. Malaka Spice, Sigree Restaurant, Mystic Masala, Whispering Bamboos, Blue Nile, The Place and Yana are among the most popular restaurants in Pune.

Another scintillating craze besides shopping is the ravishing nightlife in Pune. Pune is truly a party town. It is an ideal place for those who love late night parties. Aahar Resto Bar, Silk Route, Seasons, Crystal Wine, Barista Expresso Club, Deccan Club and Jayashree Club are among the best pubs where you are offered with a wide stock of exotic liquors and live performances throughout the year. Nightlife in Pune is vibrant and enchanting which reflects both western and Indian lifestyles.

Eating in La Tania

To be sure, this small, family-friendly resort may not have the reputation for a bustling nightlife like its next-door neighbours do. Still, visitors on ski holidays need not worry about boring nights wearing fluffy slippers cooped up in the ski chalet! La Tania may not be the party capital of the Alps, but there are many places for après ski activities, dining (casual or gourmet) and more in the area to enjoy!

Wondering where to go after a day of skiing and snowboarding? Here are a few of the favourites.

Apres Ski Fun: Pub Le Ski Lodge
The Ski Lodge has earned a reputation as the social centre of this resort, and rightly so. If you’re looking for a fun time and an evening out of the chalet, La Tania’s fun crowd will be found here! Its amazing drinks – the most famous of which is The Ski Lodge Cocktail- coupled with great entertainment [including live music from great bands, live telecasts on satellite on its screens and more], ensure unforgettable nights of fun and excitement. It’s not just a bar, however. The Ski Lodge is a great restaurant as well, offering generous helpings of wonderful pub fare at very reasonable prices.

Upmarket Lounging and Savoyard Specialities: La Taiga
If you’re looking for a more relaxing, upmarket establishment to enjoy after a day’s skiing, head on over to La Taiga, after dumping your gear and freshening up at the chalet. La Tania’s chill out resto-bar is frequented by an older and more sophisticated crowd and furnished with leather sofas, glass tables and a crackling fire. But don’t worry, it won’t be too quiet – there are still live bands playing here on occasion as well as rousing party night.

As for food, La Taiga also serves great meals at its restaurant, should you be craving to sample authentic Savoyard fare outside your chalet. La Tania’s signature meals such as the traditional fondue, raclette and tartiflette are best sampled here first- so you know what they should really taste like! As well, the menu includes other options like foie gras and modern salads.

More Savoyard Options: La Ferme
Another place to experience traditional, authentic Savoyard meat and cheese dishes, La Chanterelle offers all this and more, but specializes in crépes. Not to be missed!

Michelin-Starred Sophistication: Le Farçon
If you’re looking for a romantic dinner with impressively fancy dishes- or just a good reason to dress up and get out of your ski chalet- La Tania’s very own Michelin-starred restaurant is your best bet! Try out the tasting menu, which offers what seems to be a never-ending parade of small portions with amazing tastes and flavours, such as king prawns (in the mountains? Unbelievable!) with scrambled egg, freshwater fish in cream, snails in garlic cream and more. This is fabulous and innovative French cuisine in the middle of the French Alps!

Fast Food
Should you wake up with an unexplainable craving for a Big Mac or quarter-pounder inside your ski chalet, La Tania unfortunately won’ t be able to help. There is, however, a well known fast-food chain restaurant some 40 minutes outside the resort at Bourg St. Maurice. Inside the resort there are several places that offer wonderful burgers (as well as pizza) for lunch and dinner such as Le Chrome Bar, and of course, Pub Le Ski Lodge.

Grotto Bay Beach Resort

Grotto Bay Beach Resort actually got its name from the subterranean caves found inside its own territory. The resort is located on the eastern end of the Bermuda Island, and it is blossoming with various tropical plants and trees. It sits on 21 acres of tropical gardens in Hamilton Parish which is very near the airport too.

The beach resort is small with rocky ledges. But despite the fact that it is not as big as the other resorts and seems to be just another ordinary beach, it is considered as one of the best Bermuda hotels. Perhaps, the reason for this is that there are only a few nice beaches close by. But still, the shoreline in the vicinity is quite captivating with lots of natural caves and coves.

Moreover, the resort continues to attract visitors especially those who want to experience the authentic Bermudan atmosphere. Another thing that draws the crowd to this resort is the fact that the packages are more affordable as compared to other resorts under the same category.

When you first see the place, you will instantly be impressed with it rustic look and Bermudian architecture which only makes the scene even more beautiful. The rooms are strategically scattered within the expanse of the resort so you have many choices with regards as to which room to take. The over-all design of the hotel is breathtaking and you will really love the feel once you get there.

Additionally, every room has a balcony where you can relax while enjoying the impressive view of the beach front. And when you want to hang around by the shoreline, you can sit or lie down on the comfortable lounge chairs complete with umbrellas. There is no extra charge for this provision so you can relax even more.

And because the whole place is very clean and the hotel staffs are very friendly and accommodating, always ready to help when the guests need anything, most of the visitors were enticed to come back.

The unique feature of the hotel is its two 500,000 year old underground caves (grotto) where the resort was named after. As a guest, you are free to swim in the cool waters of the Cathedral Cave or be in awe at the sight of the Prospero cave’s stalactites. The water in these underground caves is so clear and refreshing that you will surely have fun taking the plunge.

When it comes to dining, there are three restaurants and bar to choose from and they are:

1. Palm Court – If you prefer informal dining, this restaurant is the best choice. The interior of the place exudes tropical ambiance and the food that they serve are all island inspired.

The highlight of this resto-bar is its stylish bar that serves a variety of exotic cocktails that you can think of.

2. The Bayside Bar & Grill – if you want a fast-food style dining, this poolside bar and grill is perfect. You can choose from the range of common fast food meals including hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, sandwiches and their famous island BBQ. Seafood is also available when in season.

3. Hibiscus Room – this is the right pick if you want formal dinners. The menu is mostly composed of fine European cuisine but with a bit of the exotic Bermudian flavor.

Then again, if you are on holiday with your family it is better to go for the all-inclusive hotel packages where the food is already included in the rates. Anyway, the food in the hotel is very good, plus, you have the advantage of eating in buffet style.

In conclusion, if you find this place very small in comparison to other Bermuda hotels, this negative aspect is easily compensated by the excellent facilities, activities, and entertainment that the hotel offers. Thus, the money that you will spend for holidays will be all worth it.

Days of Our Lives on Boracay

We had the days of our lives on Boracay Island in the Philippines and you can too. Finding your own tropical island paradise may not be on your bucket list just yet, not until you’ve done a bit of research at least. But we certainly did. After visiting the Philippines for over two decades we found Boracay one of the best places to have both relaxing and adventurous experiences. It may not be the place to be if you’re over 70 years old unless you like watching the tanned bodies and sexy women on the beaches. And Boracay is certainly value for money if you plan your holiday well. Finding someone who has experienced Boracay, and is happy to give recommendations like a friend are well worth listening to.

You have the money, you’re finally ready to book your plane ride and accommodations for a trip to one of the most beautiful Islands in the world. You’ll be totally excited to pack your swimsuits, hop on a plane, and finally experience the look and feel of one of Boracay’s thirteen powdery white sand beaches. There is not an over abundance of American travelers who have the courage to visit Boracay, but Americans do visit and don’t regret it. You won’t have any trouble finding information to plan a trip on the net with so many options available on the Island, especially when it comes to finding accommodation, food, and fun activities for everyone’s preference. So I see how you might get confused planning your itinerary with so many options. This Boracay first timer’s article will come in very handy when planning your trip for a perfect holiday in paradise.

Where is Boracay?

Where is the Philippines? From our American history you may recall the famous MacArthur departing the Philippines during the Second World War stating “I will return”. Which he did to liberate the Philippines from the Japanese during World War II. You can still dive on sunken Japanese wrecks in the Philippines. So America has a history with the Philippines. You’ll find the Philippines in Asia, south of China and east of Malaysia. It’s a country of thousands of tropical islands, the second-largest archipelago in the world and a dream to visit. The world media bombards us with images of Filipinos living in dire conditions on rubbish tips near Manila, of maritime and natural disasters. Unfortunately these exist there, as they do everywhere but especially in third world countries. So why not consider your money spent in Boracay as your donation to help build their country.

Boracay is less than an hour’s flying time south of Manila. It is just off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region. The most convenient way to reach Boracay is via Manila International Airport (NAIA), with a domestic connecting flight to Caticlan Airport, followed by a short pleasant boat ride to Boracay Island. Daily flights link Manila to Caticlan, the gateway to Boracay Island. Alternatively, it would be more convenient if you can fly to the much larger Kalibo International Airport, then take a 90 minute bus ride to Caticlan.

A regular fleet of Banca (out-rigger style boats) service Boracay on the 15-minute trip from Caticlan jetty to White Beach. The Filipinos will help with your baggage and frail people if required. This may be their only source of income, so please have some change for tips. A 20 peso (half a dollar) would be sufficient, dependent on the amount of work they do for you.

Flights from the USA: Philippines Airlines (PAL) has consistently been the cheapest flights out of America, flying direct to Manila from New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Other airlines offer indirect flights to Manila costing more, such as Singapore Airlines, Asian Air, Eva Air and Cathy Pacific.

Flight time Los Angeles to Boracay Los Angeles to Boracay is 14 hours, with connecting flight and it can be as cheap as $1,100 return. Manila (Terminal 3) to Caticlan Airport in 1 hour, direct. Flying in to Boracay from manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport is situated just 7km south of Manila CBD and tends to be very busy and daunting. You will usually have to change terminals to get to your Domestic flight. There’s a free regular bus service to all the terminals, alternatively you may like to spend time in Manila which is an exciting city. Flying in to Kalibo Kalibo International Airport, around 68km from Caticlan, therefore you will require transport north to Caticlan. Bus services are available as well as Taxis. You can even arrange Boracay Helicopters to fly you to Boracay, baggage weight permitting.

Flying in to Caticlan airport (Godofredo P. Ramos Airport) Situated opposite Boracay Island, Caticlan would be your preferred destination. From Arrivals you can take a tricycle or Taxi to the ferry. Weather and other factors affect the ferry services departure location. However Caticlan is a small community and the local services will know which ferry services are available and where they depart.

Flight Special 2016 LAX to Cebu

As of November 2015, PAL are advertising $780 LAX to Cebu. Unfortunately PAL do not fly to Boracay direct from Cebu, requiring you to book with an alternate airline. The good news is you can book a return airfare Cebu to Caticlan (Boracay) for around $130 with Cebu Pacific, however you may need to stay at least a night in Cebu or Lapulapu Island due to the connection times, which isn’t all that bad. In fact, I would stay at least two days to explore Cebu or Bohol Island as there are some really nice places to visit such as Chocolate Hills or the Tarsier animal reserve in Loboc.

The other advantage of flying to Cebu is that the airport is very easy to navigate, unlike NAIA Manila airport that can be quite challenging.

Check the Specials on their website for details. Entry requirements to Philippines These are the requirements Visa and entry into the Philippines requirements: You passport must be valid for at least Six months beyond intended period of stay, A return/onward ticket Proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days;

The Philippines officials will stamp your passport for a 30 days upon arrival. A visa can be issued on or after arrival for up to 59 days, however there is a cost for the extension.

Getting the Best Accommodation

One of the great things about Boracay is the number of accommodations that entertain different types of guests. It doesn’t matter if you’re a backpacker or the tourist who wants luxurious accommodations, you can easily find an Inn, hotel or resort that will cater to your needs. For those who prefer less-frills, the island offers hostels, inns, and B&Bs that will provide safe, clean, and affordable rooms for the budget-conscious traveler.

White Beach located on Boracay’s west coast is the largest beach stretching almost the length of the island. White Beach is divided into three sections: Boat Station 1, Boat Station 2, and Boat Station 3. The upper market and expensive hotels are mostly located north of Station 1, while the budget accommodations are mostly near Station 3. Station 2 is known as the center of nightlife on the island. There is also lower end accommodation on the eastern side of the island near Bulabog Beach where an almost consistent breeze allows for windsurfing and Kiteboarding.

To Get a Guide or To Explore Boracay

For your first holiday in Boracay it may be best to get a guided tour. A whole day on a tricycle may cost you as little as $20, but don’t hand over the cash until you are finished for the day. Some tourists like to explore the island on your their own since it’s pretty small island. Either way, getting to know the place personally makes it a more monumental and story-worth trip.

Great Adventures on Land and Sea

A good part of your vacation will be spent sprawled out on the white sand and catching some glorious sun rays. In order to make the most out of your stay sign up for some of the exciting adventures that the island has to offer.

Visiting Bulabog Beach to try kiteboarding and windsurfing, great spot for adrenalin junkies. A day trip to Ariel’s Point for a spot of cliff diving and a BBQ is an adventure not to be missed. This can be booked through the Boracay Beach Club, where you get a discount if you stay there. Enjoy wildlife? Dream time theme park near mount Luho was damaged in a typhoon several years ago, but I understand the Go Karts and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are still available to tourists, which is great fund.

If you enjoy being close to animals there is a small wild life sanctuary near Dreamtime theme park.

Eating Your Heart Out While Enjoying the Magnificent View

Nothing boosts one’s appetite than chilling at the most beautiful beach in the world. Fortunately, Boracay has lots of options for travelers of every kind. Cheap dining are a plenty for the budget-conscious beach bum. If you’re at Bulabog Beach, why not try the local and international dishes at Happy Home, which serves huge portions that go for around 150 Peso each, which is about $3. I love the Filipino BBQ Chicken with rice and soy from San Pedro.

Restaurants in Philippines Listed on a Directory

People thought, it would be one crazy idea to put together all the contact details of restaurants in Philippines knowing it will be quite impossible to gather all the numbers from all major telephone companies-but there is one site who did it.

Unfortunately, none of the telephone companies thought of such novel idea. All of them are quite busy growing their millions and billions and neglect the fact that there is a need for such. An advertising group created an online directory listing and gathered all businesses’ information and listed them all on the site; and one of which is the restaurants in Philippines.

Perhaps, most foreigners would agree that one of the best things they look forward to in coming to the country is the restaurants in Philippines.

On the site, restaurants in Philippines are listed for free except for those who advertise with their full contact details.

In Makati City alone, there are these restaurants that subscribed to the site like Mexicali, the Home of California Burritos and More; Café Mediterranean; and Modern China Restaurant are all situated in Ayala Center in Greenbelt and Glorietta.

The beauty of the site that features restaurants in Philippines, it only not list the contact numbers of those who advertise, but also provide a platform for establishments engaging in food with downloadable coupons for any existing promotions and also allow backlinks to the company sites.

Other restaurants that advertise in the restaurants in Philippines section are Tian-Tian Hotpot and Seafood Cuisine, which sits on Pasay Road in Makati as well. Then there is Society Lounge, which is inspired by French Fashion Food and is located on Makati Avenue. A few distance away from the said restaurant is Bayleaf Restaurant and Bar Lounge, which is in the corner of Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas.

But at a remote, but more posh area in Makati, another restaurant advertised with the site. This specializes Asian Cuisine and a must-see and a must-visit-Wild Ginger. It is housed at the Concourse Level of Powerplant Mall in Rockwell Center.

The next time, one gets hungry; Makati is just an easy place to explore. One has to just go online and find

If one has no car to take him to where he wants to dine, it is simple, just also log on to, too.

Restaurants in Philippines aren’t very hard to find. All the restaurants are competing against each other, but to find the most recommendable places to dine-it just take a few minutes to search a good restos.