Showing posts with label Honeymoon Destination Ideas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Honeymoon Destination Ideas. Show all posts

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Cool Travel Destinations

June 22, 2014 1
Got these travel destination ideas from other "stumblers" while adding my sites in Stumble Upon. I love nature and I adored Europe so these suggested European holiday getaways are simply perfect!

What made these destinations very interesting is its terrific location in the countryside, calm, quiet, and romantic with a vibrant scenery of greenlands, streams and valleys, a perfect diversion from the redundant beach resorts and luxurious amusement parks we regularly read in travel magazines and websites.

So let's get to know more about these spectacular villages in Europe which are perfect holiday escapes but rarely mentioned in travel surveys and articles. 

BIBURY, ENGLAND




I love everything about Britain, from the afternoon tea tradition, beautiful countryside to castles and royalty, it's cool to explore the archipelago even just in my thoughts. 


Bibury village in the Cotsworld Region, Southern England
Image source: Stumble Upon

I've been researching for quite sometime now how to travel to Britain (Great Britain is composed of three countries which are ancient in existence: England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland is not part of the geography of Britain but it constitutes the whole part of the United Kingdom, the official name of Great Britain) and read everything about its beautiful countryside, Northumbria, Grasmere, Cornwall, Gloucestershire and the Scottish Loch ness for instance, but I didn't know anything about Bibury! I read stuff about Cotswold, which is known as the area of outstanding natural beauty, and its breathtaking sea side but haven't heard anything about its villages.

Okay, so here. According to the source, Bibury is a beautiful English village at the Cotswold region in Southern England. So lovely that by looking at the village's cobbled houses and pathways through photos you will be instantly entranced with its extraordinary beauty of nature!

According to the image source, Bibury has relaxing lush meadows that serve as a natural backdrop to the ancient stone cottages with steep pitched roofs in the village. The most scenic area is the Arlington Row, a lane of sepia-hued cottages believed to be built around the 17th century and has been preserved up to the modern times.

Oh I love Cotswold! This Southern England region is really fantastic and dreamy. The countryside and the beaches are captivating and I believed the Isle of Mull (correct me if I'm wrong) is part of this region.

CONG, IRELAND

Before going elsewhere in the continent, let's have another taste of wonder at England's nearest neighbour, Ireland. This might sounds strange as some globe-trotters never included this country in their list of favourite travel destinations, but did you know that Ireland, known as the emerald isle, is equally interesting as England? Or so I thought (I just read it in the book).


Classic Victorian architecture of Ashford Castle in Cong, Ireland
Image source: Stumble Upon

I'm not quite familiar with Ireland, aside from its capital, Dublin, and the Giant Causeway, the only Irish village I know (through books) is Limerick. But Oh, there's one, Cong! What a name!! Never heard about it.

Cong is a lovely village whose topography straddles between the County of Mayo and Galway dominated by vibrant meadows, lakes and lush plants, it has medieval cottages that survived up to the modern times. The most fascinating thing about this village is that it is home to Ashford Castle, a grand Victorian estate that has been converted to a luxurious hotel.

Cong, Ireland might not be your ideal travel escape but with its amazing gift of nature and interesting culture, it's not bad to include this place when travelling to Ireland.

REINE, NORWAY

Known to the world as the Land of Midnight Sun, Norway is equally interesting as the rest of the countries in the Scandinavian peninsula. Its countryside is covered with fjords, streams, lakes, rugged terrain, rolling hills and beautiful blooms.
Experience a snowy travel to Reine, Norway
Image source: Stumble Upon

Everyone knows Norway's capital is Oslo, but only few travellers are aware that the country has an extraordinary and lovely lakeside. Here, let's find out more about this lakeside sort of thing and discover Reine, one of Norway's wonderful villages which has a direct access to the Arctic circle.

According to the source, Reine is located in the North of the Arctic circle, so expect to experience a terrible blizzard of ice during winter when visiting this place. Basically, Reine is a fishing village in the Lofoten archipelago which is shrouded by the breathtaking wilderness of Nordic!

This village offers visitors an extraordinary experience of breathing the cool fresh air from the Norwegian sea and the amazing view of the summer midnight sun through its cottages and cabins which are directly facing the sea side.

BLED, SLOVENIA

Oh! Another unpopular European destination, you might thought. But no, Slovenia is as lovely as Austria and Germany.

To make things easier for everyone to know Slovenia, here's a little background:

This country is once part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, when this Kingdom was partitioned and thoroughly erased in the map of Europe, Slovenia for a time was annexed to Serbia until 1991 when it became an independent country. Now, this small nation is one of the most interesting places to visit in Central Europe. The country's capital is Lijublijana.

It borders Italy, Austria and Croatia and what's interesting about the landscape of Slovenia is its ideal location near the Alps! So just imagine how romantic it is to visit Slovenia during winter or even Autumn.
Bled is a small Alpine Town in Northern Slovenia cradled with lake, mountain and meadows
Image source: Stumble Upon

One of its amazing villages is Bled. The atmosphere is so relaxing because this small Alpine town is cradled by mountain hilltops, meadows and a lake whose glacial blue waters encircled the tiny island with a baroque church smack in the middle.

While we never gone yet to Bled, Slovenia, we can easily picture out how everything runs when we travel to this place someday. After visiting the church and marvelling at its placid blue water, a quick mountain trekking is somewhat ideal and experience the soothing breeze while throwing glances to the panoramic view of the Alps. Picture-perfect isn't it?


There you go, the amazing European villages we almost never know as these are rarely featured in the travel magazines and articles. Countryside travel is ideal especially if you want to discover the natural beauty of the country you are visiting and experience the stillness of the mother earth.



Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fairytale Castles: Romantic Travel

October 31, 2010 0
Taking a leisure trip to the countryside is one of the most fulfilling ways to relax, much more if it is surrounded with romantic castles we only read in fairytale books. As the old adage goes "fairytale do come true", it is indeed magical to visit these amazing castles once in a lifetime.

Two of the most frequently visited royal structures in the world are Windsor Castle in England and Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. Known for its grandeur, charm, mystic, gothic architecture and romantic ancient history, these two castles attracted tourists annually.

WINDSOR CASTLE


Windsor Castle echoes a vivid past with a touch of mystic and romance, so much so that Diarist, Samuel Pepys dubbed it as the most romantic castle in the world. it was at Windsor that Queen Victoria retired in seclusion, mourning for forty years the death of her beloved husband, Prince Albert, it was also at Windsor where the present Queen, Elizabeth II, discovered how much she loved the dashing Greek Prince who would become her husband in 1947. 

The castle is the ultimate symbol of Great Britain and the focal point of the British Monarchy. It is the favorite royal residence of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and the seat of court during New Year and Royal Ascot Party in June. It is  the oldest inhabited castle in the world dated back from the Norman conquests in the 12th century. When the Duke of Normandy, William, defeated the last Anglo-Saxon King, Harold II, in the famous Battle of Hasting, he became England's King and crowned as William I, he then chose Windsor Castle as his official royal residence.

Windsor Castle covers 13 acres, cloaked on the chalk cliff of Berkshire county above the placid Thames River. The castle had been remodeled and refurbished by many monarchs over the centuries. The most splendid renovation was done by King George IV. The King preferred to stay at Windsor than in London to avoid a wife he found intolerable and the subjects he could not understand. He ordered the grand renovation of the castle's several state apartments, turrents and labyrinths. 

The Queen's chamber, originally built for Queen Catherine, wife of King Charles II, now a room where Queen Elizabeth II received her audience when visiting at Windsor. Image from www.royal-windsor.com

During the English Civil War, where King Charles I (the second Stuart monarch) was beheaded through the order of military leader Oliver Cromwell, the royal family fled to France (Charles I's wife was Princess Henrietta Maria of France) and the castle became the prison site of the enemies of the Cromwellians. Ten years later, the monarchy was restored and Charles I's son ascended the throne as King Charles II, he started the extensive restoration of the castle replacing most of its ancient features with grand architectural designs. He also commissioned architects to design the "Long Walk" similar to the beautiful ground of the Palace of Versailles in France. Long Walk is a magnificent avenue of neatly-trimmed garden, trees and flowers, located on the southern part of the castle.
The elaborate garden of the Long Walk. Image from www.destination360.com

Best Attractions at Windsor: 
Windsor Castle became very popular because of its glorious past, today the castle continues to mesmerize the public with its unique background of fairytale and legend, often visited by travelers whole year round, the castle is open to the public when the Queen is not in residence, booking can be arranged ahead of the tour.

Windsor Castle, with all its romantic splendor, offers one of the best traveling experiences in Britain. It has a breathtaking view of the countryside with lush green plants covering the area. It has two working farms, a chapel, a souvenir's shop, a private residence called "Frogmore", originally bought by King George III for his unmarried daughter, Princess Augusta, and several winding pathways.

A guided tour will bring you to the imposing ground of the castle with a beautiful landscape of trimmed plants, flowers and park benches, visitors will also witness the ancient ritual of changing of the guards, then take a leisure walk around the elaborate avenue of the Long Walk, wandering around the breezy environment of the Windsor Great Park and a sneak view of the state apartments edifice and St. George Chapel. This site offers best packages for a magical Windsor tour www.trafalgar.com.

NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE

If there is one ancient fortress in the world, aside from Windsor Castle, that I am aching to visit, it is Neuschwanstein Castle. This spectacular royal structure offers a wonderful, lovely view of the wooded hills of the Bavarian region, the rocky Schwangau village and the placid lake surrounding the area. It is indeed a welcome respite, a perfect place to unwind and rethink about life!

Experience the beautiful countryside scenery of the amazing fairytale castle of King Ludwig II

The existence of Neuschwanstein Castle is as mystical as the existence of fairytale. Originally conceived through the illusion and fantasy of the King who was ruthlessly called by his ministers "the mad king", the castle stood imposing on the breezy ground of Schwangau in Bavaria region. 

The King's excesses and uncommon fascination towards fairytale earned him the title "the Swan King", his pompous extravagance annoyed his ministers that he was declared insane and psychologically incapacitated to govern a Kingdom. He was forced to abdicate and held a prisoner. He was found dead with his psychiatrist one day through mysterious circumstances in a shallow water, about a knee level, a strikingly uncommon occurrence, since the King, according to history, was an excellent swimmer.

Feel the romance of living happily ever after through Neuschwanstein Tour. Image from www.junksblogger.com

King Ludwig II never married and just devoted his life ruling his Kingdom with dissatisfactions from his ministers. He was extremely fascinated with poet Richard Wagner's theater plays that he ordered his staff to imitate the costumes and characters of Wagner's theatrical performances. The King detested official gatherings and preferred a life of fantasy and would mostly confine in his private apartment in the castle. 

The construction of Neuschwanstein Castle was one of his splendid illusions, the creation of the building horrified his ministers as he commissioned theater artists for the castle's design rather than architects. When the King died mysteriously, the construction was continued and financed by the government. When monarchy was abolished, the castle was converted into a museum and the government opened it to the public to generate income.

Neuschwanstein became a popular holiday destination among travelers who are besotted with the castle's mysterious existence and King Ludwig's real story. It became a favorite location of Hollywood's fairytale movies. The castle of Sleeping Beauty in Disneyland is patterned after Neuschwanstein Castle.

For more information about Europe's grandest castles, visit my CASTLE BLOG

For online booking and complete details of a Neuschwanstein Castle tour, you may visit their site www.hohenschwangau.de (please choose the english page)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Amanpulo

October 14, 2010 1
Perhaps, only few people know that there's one unique haven of paradise somewhere in Philippine archipelago that is truly world-class with an extraordinary gift of nature in a very intimate environment.

Amanpulo is perfectly favored by mother earth, with its spectacular location shrouded with tropical plants, idyllic surroundings, gorgeous seaside, scenic view of the sea and crystal blue water, this very romantic resort is no doubt one of the best destinations for honeymooners in the world.

It was in Amanpulo that His Royal Highness Prince Joachim of Denmark made his marriage proposal to his then fiancee, Christina Manley (now the Countess of Frederiksborg following their divorce in 2005), in 1994.


If you are looking for a great paradise escape where privacy juxtaposed with luxury, Amanpulo is the perfect place to consider. Set against the backdrop of natural sea wonders of clear turquoise water, rich corals and  powdery sand and lush tropical plants cascading in the surroundings, Amanpulo is one paradise of privacy, pleasure and comfort.


The romantic resort is located in Palawan along Pamalican island and hugged the amazing view of the pacific with cirrus-streaked cerulean sky. It has several luxury villas and casitas dwellings, the villas offer very homey architectural designs that beckon comfort and extravagance while the casitas resemble Philippine native house, the bahay kubo. 

Casitas offer cheaper rates compared to villas, these amazing native homes are facing the magical sea views in a sprawling wooden sun deck with vibrant tropical flowers in the background. Casitas rate ranges from P40,500 ($900) to P67,500 ($1,500) around November to May. Villas are a lot expensive during holiday season with rates ranging from P94,500 ($2,100) to P139,500 ($3,100) but slightly cheaper around June to October, a single bedroom villa will often cost $1,400 while Treetop Casitas is around $750 per night.

Amanpulo is equipped with modern amenities such as gym with state-of-the-art workout facilities, a tennis court, swimming pool, a meeting room for small gatherings, a massage parlor, sea sport hut. windsurf hut, library and boutique selling souvenirs. There's a beach club with a elaborate garden walkway leading to the open air pavilion with reclining chairs and shade umbrellas directly facing the sea. An alternate to beach club is Lagoon Club on the east side of the Island, this elegant pavilion with highly modernized features offers Vietnamese cuisine at dinner.

With Amanpulo's distinct, highly exclusive luxury features, every visitor assures a heavenly relaxation on the island. This very private resort in the Philippines is often the favorite destinations of jetsetters around the world who love to splash in a tropical beach in an ultra-exclusive accommodation.

source: Philippine travel tour guide brochure


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Friday, April 30, 2010

Beach Destination Ideas for Honeymooners

April 30, 2010 2
Here are some of the most beautiful destinations in the world
for honeymooners who love beaches 


BARBADOS (North America)

(A Barbados Beach in the breathtaking Caribbean Sea. Photo credit: flickr.com/photos/ulybug)

Barbados is an island nation situated in the Caribbean Sea west of the Atlantic Ocean, this beautiful country in the American continent is endowed with exotic and amazing beaches for honeymooners. Barbados is part of the Commonwealth Realms of  Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

It was in this country that the late Princess of Wales, Diana, was photographed in 1982 wearing a string bikini while holidaying with her husband, Prince Charles. Diana was heavily pregnant with Prince William then.

Barbados offers some of the best holiday destinations in the world, its location near the Atlantic Ocean blessed the country with breathtaking shorelines with clear blue water and powdery beaches. So, whether you are on a honeymoon trip, romantic vacation or simply wanted to get away with friends and love ones for a summer holiday, Barbados is one place in the West Indies, you simply should not miss.


SEYCHELLES (Africa) 

(Seychelles' beach. Photo credit:africantravelguide.wordpress.com)

The Republic of Seychelles in the African continent facing the mighty Indian Ocean is another popular holiday destination of the rich and the famous because of its world-renowned beaches and beautiful resorts. It is a country composed of 115 islands with several coral islands scattered within its 451 square kilometers area.

The country's capital city, Victoria (named after the British Monarch, Queen Victoria, where this small nation once a colony of Great Britain) is surrounded with body of water which makes the country appears like it beautifully floats in the womb of the Indian Ocean. A world leader in sustainable tourism, Seychelles is committed to preserve its beautiful environment and unique culture.

One of the country's wonderful islands is La Digue, its tourist attractions include Grand Anse and Anse Source d'Argent beaches, known for its gorgeous and exotic shorelines with ivory sand and clear blue-green water.

Update information:
It was in Seychelles in an undisclosed location that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent their honeymoon in 20011.

VANUATU (Pacific Coast/Oceania)

(Port Vila, Vanuatu. Photo credit: ase.net/.../vanuatu)

Vanuatu is an archipelago of 83 scattered islands of volcanic origin in the Pacific coast near Australia, Fiji and New Caledonia. It is one of the smallest nations in the world that floats like a tiny dot in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Because of its location in the Pacific coast, Vanuatu is home to beautiful beaches surrounded with a dazzling blue water and white powdery sand.

Its capital, Vila, is located in the main island of Efate, it has a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean and composed of rugged shorelines, rolling countryside where waterfalls are the common landmarks, flowing rivers, valleys, streams and lagoons, its forest still covered with thick vegetation.

Not far from the capital are equally magnificent pristine beaches like Hat, Pele, Lelepa and Kakuman islands. With this unique setting in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, Vanuatu is considered one of the most beautiful beach destinations for honeymooners.


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