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  • Great Chefs Of The World

    Cooking with Zarela: Thorny issue-Nopales

    Cooking with Zarela: Thorny issue-Nopales

    Mexican born Zarela Martinez is one the leading U.S. restaurateurs. Her namesake restaura…moreMexican born Zarela Martinez is one the leading U.S. restaurateurs. Her namesake restaurant is a Manhattan institution and a culinary trend-setter. She has authored several acclaimed books:"Food from my heart","Food and life of Oaxaca" and "Zarela's Veracruz". Her 13 part series "Zarela, Cocina Veracruzana" is airing on PBS. She has made guest appearances on many TV shows including "Julia Child:cooking with master chefs" and " Martha Stewart". less

    Cooking with Zarela: Sparkling fresh-Fresh chile.

    Cooking with Zarela: Sparkling fresh-Fresh chile.

    Mexican born Zarela Martinez is one the leading U.S. restaurateurs. Her namesake restaura…moreMexican born Zarela Martinez is one the leading U.S. restaurateurs. Her namesake restaurant is a Manhattan institution and a culinary trend-setter. She has authored several acclaimed books:"Food from my heart","Food and life of Oaxaca" and "Zarela's Veracruz". Her 13 part series "Zarela, Cocina Veracruzana" is airing on PBS. She has made guest appearances on many TV shows including "Julia Child:cooking with master chefs" and " Martha Stewart". less

    Morocco: Scenic Voyage magical Tour

    Morocco: Scenic Voyage magical Tour

    Morocco is only 10 miles from Spain and its 3 main gateways Casablanca, Tangiers and Marr…moreMorocco is only 10 miles from Spain and its 3 main gateways Casablanca, Tangiers and Marrakech. Low cost airlines connect them with 2 to 3 hours flights to major European capitals. Casablanca is a bustling metropolis. Its must-see site is the spectacular King Hasan Mosque built right on the Atlantic coast and the second largest in the world after Mecca. The next stop is Rabat, the present capital of Morocco. Plenty to see. Not to be missed is the great Mohammed V Mausoleum with the Hassan Tower. The Medina with its Andalusian blue walls. The Atlantic beaches are wide and pristine. In 1500 bc The Phoenicians used Asilah it as trading port. the Portuguese came in the 15th century and staid for 300 years leaving military fortification. Its position on the Atlantic makes it a great fishing port. Tangier is an international city on the northern tip of Morocco in direct view of Spain. It has access to both Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, and is a major cruiseship port. After A circle of writers, artists and Hollywood stars converged to Tangiers after WWII and a made it a fashionable spot. The world came to watch the action from its sidewalk cafes in the medina. Among the luxury hotels in Tangiers is the 5 star Movenpick on the Mediterranean side with luxurious amenities and superb Moroccan cuisine. Moroccan cuisine is very diverse with influences from Berber, Mediterranean and Arab cuisines. Cape Spartel faces the strait of Gilbratar and is considered the northernmost point of the African continent. The Hercules grotto nearby fill up at high tide. The entrance of this mythical place has the shape of an upside map of Africa. Further east on the mediterranean a and Cabo Negro and Martil, cities of endless beaches facing the pristine waters of the Mediterranean. Chefchaouen.is surrounded for miles by olive groves is This is also one of the busiest mountain markets town. The Andalousian architecture of white and blue houses can be found in the kasbah and its gardens, at the center of the medina. This is also a dying and weaving center. The famous djellaba, the long garment worn by the men and women of North Africa, was created here. We stop at the Holy City Of Moulay Idriss where the founder of Islam is buried. His tomb is a pilgrimage site for Muslims. Close by is the beautifully preserved archaeological site of the Roman city of Volubilis. From here on to the Imperial City of Meknes. Sultan Moulay spared no expense in creating this jewel of a city, building 40 kilometers of walls, an artificial lake and Bab Mansour, the grandest of all gates in Morocco on the big square which rivals Marrakech with its theatrical events. Fez, was the first Imperial City built in 790 A.D. by Moulay Idriss II. This is the world last surviving Medieval city with great monuments and a sprawling a Medina with the oldest tanneries in the world. Fez is also known for great shopping in its bustling souks. Great accommodations can be found in the Riads, old historic Moroccan homes converted to Hotels. Fez is the home of Scenic Voyages one of the premier travel agencies in Morocco serving all travel from Europe and the US . The drive to the Sahara is 300 miles over the dramatic Atlas Mountains. Here great Moroccan specialties like tagine and cous cous can be tasted in restaurants along the mountains. Erfoud is the beginning of the Sahara. Great empty spaces populated by camels with occasional encampments of nomadic people. A four wheel drive is necessary to get to the the sand dunes of Merzouga. Overnight in a Berber Bivouac sleeping under the stars in the desert. sunrise comes while gliding on camelback on the golden sands of the Sahara . This is truly Spectacular. And a big surprise is the luxurious Breakfast at the bivouac. We drive to Zagora in the Dra Valley at the edge of the desert surrounded by oasis and Casbahs like Tifoultoute, ancient fortified towns still inhabited today Ouarzazate has the sprawling and impressive Atlas Film Studios where Gladiator and Kundun were filmed. In Marrakech a visit to the monumental Saadian Tombs is a must. The great Mosque needs to be seen. And then the Medina has some of the best shopping anywhere.. But the big story is in Djemaa Elfna, a grand open theater with storytellers, fire eaters, snake-charmers and endless open-air restaurants. Food stalls display the great variety of dishes of Moroccan cuisine. Taroudant is an ancient city in the south with the feel of an old market town. Local women grind a nut with healing properties called argan used to make cosmetic creams. Taroudant with its rug weaving and crafts tradition is a great shopping stop. Agadir is a resort town on the southern Atlantic with beaches that go on forever and endless luxury hotels. It is also one of the busiest fishing ports in North Africa, Next stop Essaouira, an 800 year old Atlantic port with a massive fort and charming café’s and restaurants. El Jadida with beautiful Atlantic beaches was a Portuguese settlement from the 15th to the 18th century and it is heavily surrounded by fortified walls. Last stop back in Casablanca. This hectic city slows down on the week-end and this is the last chance to experience the relaxed Moroccan way of life before returning home. Air travel courtesy of Royal Air Morocco Travel co-ordination courtesy of the Moroccan Tourist Board Morocco is a great and safe destination for students, families and meeting planners. www.scenicvoyage.com/ less

  • 10 Best Things To Do

    10 Best: Cambodia-Phnom Penh, "Capital of Asia"

    10 Best: Cambodia-Phnom Penh, "Capital of Asia"

    Phnom Penh, on the banks of 3 rivers Tonlé Sap, Mekong, and Bassac rivers was once called…morePhnom Penh, on the banks of 3 rivers Tonlé Sap, Mekong, and Bassac rivers was once called “The Capital of Asia”. Today it is fast becoming a a modern metropolis with a hectic nite life. The oldest attraction is the Wat Phnom constructed in 1373. The legend about the building of the Wat Phnom is tied to the founding of this city. People come to the temple burning money and bringing food offerings.The bird sellers at the temples will let you buy a bird and let it free. The French came upon invitation from the King of Cambodia who was afraid of a Thai invasion in the late 1900. They stayed until 1953 and left their mark with large boulevards and luxurious colonial villas. They built the historic Hotel Le Royale which is now part of the Raffles chain and In the 30’s they built the train station, an impressive deco building. The French also built the Central market Phsar Thom Thmei. This market was built in a monumental deco style in 1937 and is a Phnom Penh landmark with its large dome visible from all over the city. The Independence monument was built by the famous Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann in 1953 as a lotus shaped stupa to celebrate Cambodia liberation from the French. Another must see attraction is the Royal Palace built in the mid 1800’s on the banks of the Tonle Sap river; It serves as the home of King Norodom Sihamoni and former King Norodom Sihanouk. The National Museum, was built during the French colonial era in the classical Khmer style has a spectacular collection of Khmer antiquities from the golden age of Khmer culture. Hosted and narrated by Roberto Mitrotti 10 Best highlights the best things to do in a city or country. For more information visit http://www.cambodia.org less

    10 Best: Bangkok- Temple of the reclining Buddha

    10 Best: Bangkok- Temple of the reclining Buddha

    What Po Temple founded in the 16th century combines history,traditional Thai massage trai…moreWhat Po Temple founded in the 16th century combines history,traditional Thai massage training and medicine. A 46 foot reclining Buddha covered in gold and with inlaid mother-of-pearl feet is the main attraction. Medicine men diagnose and administer herbal medicine and traditional Thai massage is practiced on the temple ground and is open to the public. Hosted by Sunida Thirasak a Bangkok native presently living in New York. less

    S Medical Spa Bangkok

    S Medical Spa Bangkok

    S Medical Spa is one of the most luxurious rejuvenation centers in Asia winner of the Asi…moreS Medical Spa is one of the most luxurious rejuvenation centers in Asia winner of the AsiaSpa award in 2009. Unlike other spas, S is staffed by certified physicians, dermatologists, gynecologists, psychiatrists and nutritionists who seamlessly combine Eastern healing and spa treatments with cutting edge Western science. Innovative Intense pulse light treatments are known to repair sun damage and restore skin by removing the ravages of age. The Spa focuses on improving gynecological issues as they relate to aging and endorses rejuvenation therapies through hormonal rebalancing. http://www.smedspa.com/ less

  • Great Hotels Of The World

    Sheraton Montazah, Alexandria Egypt

    Sheraton Montazah, Alexandria Egypt

    The Hotel faces its own private beach on the Mediterranean Sea right next to King Farouk'…moreThe Hotel faces its own private beach on the Mediterranean Sea right next to King Farouk's Palace and Gardens. Right on the Corniche and very accessible to the City Center.Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great is an important industrial port with the Suez pipeline ending here. It is also a major tourist resort with Cleopatra's palace buried and still visible in its harbour, major Roman ruins and is home to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the modern library of Alexandria, and a modern architectural wonder. less

    Le Meridien Hotel, Heliopolis

    Le Meridien Hotel, Heliopolis

    A luxury Hotel situated in the exclusive residential area of Heliopolis close to the Pres…moreA luxury Hotel situated in the exclusive residential area of Heliopolis close to the Presidential Palace. At the turn of the 19th Century a Belgian Industrialist created Heliopolis as a"city of luxury and leasure" with impressive recreational amenities and innovative architecture, 10 Kilometers from Cairo. With the expansion of Cairo Heliopolis is now well inside the city. It is home to the wealthiest class of egyptian society, with neighbouring churches, mosques and synagogues reflecting Cairo's multiculturalism and religious tolerance . less

    Tuscany Luxury Wine Tour Part 2

    Tuscany Luxury Wine Tour Part 2

    Authentic Italian cowboys, tending to the cattle farms that produce the renown Florentine…moreAuthentic Italian cowboys, tending to the cattle farms that produce the renown Florentine steak have been a tradition in Maremma, Western Tuscany. Near Grosseto in the South is the Saturnia Resort and Spa whose thermal waters have been known known since Roman times. The moisturizing thermal plankton is the active ingredient. The Thyrrhenian Coast is rugged and beautiful. The Pellicano, a five star luxury resort has villas hidden in the cliff overlooking a secluded bay near trendy Porto Ercole.The cuisine is also 5 star run by a Michel awarded chef. The Coast is also home to glamorous wineries which in the race to stand out among the competition have contracted famous architects to design their headquarters. Like Rocca di Frassinello in Zavorrano a partnership with Les Domaines Baron de Rothschild-Lafite designed by Renzo Piano. The winery as a cathedral. And the Petra Winery in Suvereto designed by Mario Botta. L’Andana co-owned by Chef Alain Ducasses is another five star resort in Castiglione della Pescaia. It also raises cattle on its 1000 acres Estate. The Bolgheri area is known for wineries like Grattamacco, making “Supertuscans”, higher quality wines made from Sangiovese, Merlot and Shiraz. San Giminiano the walled Medieval city in the province of Siena holds regular Medieval festivals and re-enactments. The next resort is Borgo di Colleoli near Palaia built entirely around a medieval castle and carefully restored. It ha san innovative Tuscan kitchen and an extensive wine cellar. Pisa: beyond the leaning tower lies an historic city with great churches, monumento and charming piazzas. Bagni di Lucca was known for its thermal bath since Etruscan and Roman times. The mountain community and spa by the same name are hidden in the hills surrounding Lucca. Lucca is not to be missed. Home to composer Giacomo Puccini it is an historical city with sophisticated dining, great markets and vibrant night life. Cantine Bernardini, housed in a 16th century palazzo owned by the Bernardini family, is a Lucca landmark serving local specialties and wines. Several wineries are scattered in the hills surrounding the town. In Montecarlo we find the awarded winery Montechiari producing excellent reds on its 20 acres estate. less

  • World Heritage Sites

    10 Best: Bangkok- Ancient city of Ayutthaya

    10 Best: Bangkok- Ancient city of Ayutthaya

    50 miles North of Bangkok lies the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the Thai capital for 417 ye…more50 miles North of Bangkok lies the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the Thai capital for 417 years. Founded in 1350 by King U-Thong it was ruled by 33 kings before being destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. Auytthaya covering more than 2.5 square kilometers was one of South East Asia most prosperous cities trading with Europeans and leaving behind a most amazing architectural legacy. In 1991 Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site. Hosted by Sunida Thirasak, born in Bangkok and now living in New York. less

    Florence in Winter

    Florence in Winter

    With much less tourists to contend with, visiting Florence in the winter season has its r…moreWith much less tourists to contend with, visiting Florence in the winter season has its rewards. No line to Museums and the weather can be balmy too. less

    Meknes, a World heritage Site

    Meknes, a World heritage Site

    This is the Imperial City of Meknes. Sultan Moulay spared no expense in creating this jew…moreThis is the Imperial City of Meknes. Sultan Moulay spared no expense in creating this jewel of a city, building 40 kilometers of walls, an artificial lake and Bab Mansour, the grandest of all gates in Morocco on the big square which rivals Marrakech with its theatrical events. Over 80 monuments are enlisted, including mosques, medresas, hammams and fondouks. Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site. less