Tuscan Terme Town - Montecatini - During the Belle Époque age Enrico Caruso soaked and sang here; Giuseppe Verdi came here for 19 years beginning in 1882; Teatro Verdi in the town square is named after him, and still delivers his outstanding compositions. Other notable cultured guests included Giacomo Pucini, Arturo Toscanini, Gioacchinio Rosini, and Pietro Mascagni. I am in the Tuscan Terme Town of Città di Montecatini, Italy.
Mangio - Londra Palace Venice - There are six districts or neighborhoods in the old city of Venice, called 'sestieri' (i.e. one-sixth); Cannaregio, Castello, San Marco, Dorsoduro, San Polo, and Santa Croce. There are also islands farther away in the lagoon that are still part of Venice. Luxury hotels in Italy tend to be called either a Palazzo or a Palace, and the Relais & Chateaux city-style Londra Palace on the Riva degli Schiavoni Grand Canal waterfront promenade (Altana) is a veritable palace, built with real marble.
Boutique Bastion - Xara Palace - There is only one hotel in the walled fortress of Mdina, the Xara Palace Hotel, the only Relais & Chateaux property on the island. Xara (shara) Palace is an oasis of history and heritage in the heart of Malta and in the heart of the Mdina, once the capital of Malta, and now known as the Silent City.
Jewels of the Danube - Uniworld - Gourmet regional food, unusual wine varietals, Renaissance architecture, and of course, Baroque music composed by Mozart I am on an Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection cruise on the famous Danube River, visiting capital cities on the most picturesque inland waterway of Europe,
Castello Del Sole - The Italian Switzerland - I rattled out of the Italian Alps from the village of Domodosolla on the swaying rack-and-pinion mountain train; jack pines gave way to palm trees, but I wasn't heading back into Switzerland just for the semi-tropical climate. Locarno gleamed in the distance on the northern shore of Lake Maggiore, in the lowest and hottest and oldest Swiss canton Ticino, for my Swiss facial.
Istanbul's Grand Bazaar & Spice Market - During the Middle Ages the Grand Bazaar of Constantinople was created, around the 1540s for the Spice Market, then a century later for the Grand Bazaar and today the Bazaar holds treasures to be found. You may not find a magic flying carpet to ride, but the rug merchants will fly out of back rooms to offer their stout Turkish coffee. The beans are ground and placed
Drifters Adventures Overland Tours - Two excursions, a five part series, with videos. 18 days touring South Africa and Swaziland, including Kruger National Park, other parks, the Wild Coast. From Johannesburg to Cape Town, with wilderness lodges throughout the tour. Wonderful food and fun.
Bushmans Kloof in the Cedarberg Mountains, in South Africa - Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat is embedded in the narrow Boontjies River valley, just outside the northern boundary of the Cedarberg Wilderness Area and edging along the western end of the massive semi-arid Great Karoo. In Afrikaans, a kloof is a small valley with a spring or intermittent stream flowing through it. Includes a video.
Wind Town of the Western Cape - The Western Cape of South Africa is well known for its windy weather; Cape Town is rated the third windiest city in the world after Chicago and Wellington, NZ but the real Wind Town lies 130 kms NW of Cape Town in the Peninsula-sub region.
Cape Town Wine Flights - It is well known that the Western Cape is the hallowed ground for premier wine estates. The first vineyard in the Cape was planted by Jan van Riebeeck in 1655 at the foot of Table Mountain. Cape Town has encroached on most of these pioneer wine farms, but on the lee side (wetter side) of the mountain is Constantia, where smaller vineyards produce award winning labels. Includes The 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa video.
Ready for Landing, The Hilton NY JFK Airport Hotel - JFK International Airport sees the arrival and departures of nearly every flag carrier in the world. The JFK complex is so huge, there are eight different terminals (T1 to T8) for domestic and international flights. JFK, also known as Kennedy Airport, is an ever changing or evolving landscape of services.
Glories of Greece Tour with Insight Vacations - Read Jetsetters Magazine feature stories about ancient Greece, luxury hotels, archaeological parks, Athens, and other wonderful adventures with your own private guide.
Egypt Adventures with Great Safaris - Great Safaris is an award winning tour operater that offers adventures in many African countries, including Egypt. Read Jetsetters Magazine features about Cairo, Nile cruises, achaeological sites, and sailing with Great Safaris.
Treasures of Turkey Tour with Insight Vacations - Read Jetsetters Magazine feature stories about ancient Greece, luxury hotels, archaeological parks, Athens, and other wonderful adventures with your own private guide.
Cycads and Bromeliads in Cape Town - I had a wonderful afternoon ambling through the renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, set below the eastern slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. Botanical gardens are living museums and Kirstenbosch contain collections of plants which are used for display, scientific research, and education, and play a vital role in the conservation of plant biodiversity.
Reinventing The Wheel - 2011 Fall Gear Review - Bicycles were invented during the Victorian age and the first chain-driven models that appeared about 1885 had changed little since then, until now.
Luxury On The Half Shell , Oyster Box Hotel and Spa - Oysters are a health food and with modern refrigeration they can be eaten year around. But for truly fresh oysters check yourself into the Oyster Box Hotel and Spa on Lighthouse Road above the Umhlanga Rocks 15 miles east of downtown Durban, South Africa.
Jurassic Falaza Game Park and Spa - The best place in the entire world to see rhinos in the wild is Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, and the best accommodations near the park are the luxury tents at Falaza Game Park and Spa. Falaza means “chatterbox” and I discovered the full meaning of the term when I awoke to the arguments of the vervet monkeys just outside my zippered tent window.
Historic Grapes at Vineyard Hotel and Spa in Capetown - There is no better location for discovering the Cape’s vintages than from the Georgia-style Vineyard Hotel and Spa, which was the wine estate of Lady Anne Barnard, which was built in 1799 and then turned into a luxury hotel during the Victorian age, the third oldest hostelry in the Cape, and the sister property to another famous wine lands hotel in the Stellenbosch area, the d'Ouwe Werf Hotel (the oldest hotel in all South Africa).
Carte Blanche in Capetown at the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa - If there had been 13 Apostles God would have had to add an additional peak to the World Heritage Site of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, and the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa would have to change its appellation to 13A.
The Golden Hour at White Elephant Safari Lodge and Bush Camp - South Africa has white lions so I was expecting pallid pachyderms at the White Elephant Safari Lodge and Bush Camp.
Cape to Capital on Rovos Rail - The 1950s era carriages travel the Old Karoo Pioneering Trail out of the Cape on a weekly 1,600 kilometer journey that travels no faster than 65kms per hour, and the windows can be thrown open to enjoy the grasslands and highveld scenery.
The Ghost of the Elephant Coast - From the N2 Highway Ghost Mountain looks like an angular baboon’s molar knocked out of kilter needing to be extracted from the earthly maw. It is a tooth of time that has been the dominate feature in NE Zululand for eons and the mountain gets its name because the ancient Gaza Zulus buried their kings in the caves of the jaw and the wind animated sounds are eerie and ghostly. The Zulu word for Mkuze (the name of the river, village, and nearby Reserve) means, “to send caution”.
Zulu War - Isandlwana Lodge - During the Anglo-Zulu War three British columns marched from the coast of their Natal colony to find and defeat Zulu King Cetsbwayo, whose warriors were raiding Natal homesteads and stealing cattle below the Buffalo River that separated Natal from Zululand.
Amakhosi - A Place of Kings - Tonight I am resting where the Zulu kings slumbered, but in a modern and private Umntwana Honeymoon Suite on the banks of the Mkuse River at Amakhosi Safari Lodge in NE KwaZulu-Natal.
Horseback Haven at Pakamisa - My spirits were lifted up by the gracious hosts Isabella von Stepski and South African native Anthony Worsdale at the 2,500 hectares Pakamisa Private Game Reserve and Equestrian Centre in northern KwaZulu-Natal Province.
Great Bush Adventures at Grootbos - South Africa is well known for its bushveld landscapes and the country boasts grassveld, lowveld, highveld, thornveld, and if there was a classification for sandveld or duneveld it would be painting a picture of the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.
Major Adventures in Sani Pass - A passport is required from all travelers who ventured up the nine kilometer Pass; visas may be also required, depending on your nationality. Major Adventures makes the 6-7 hour drive daily through the highest road pass in Africa.
Rarified Retreat at The Cathedral Peak Hotel - At the end of the dead end lane is one of the world’s most magnificent retreats, the Cathedral Peak Hotel, set on 400 hectares of rolling hillocks and abutting the Cathedral Peak Nature Reserve.
Fearless Family Safaris at Sabi Sabi - Your family will meet many new families on a Sabi Sabi game safari; roaming the neighborhood are lion and rhino families, giraffe and impala families, and leopard and zebra families. The bushveld is full of families.
Big Cat Copuntry - Kings Camp - Of all the safari lodges I visited in South Africa, Kings Camp seemed to have the most diverse population of big cats; I saw leopards and lots of lion, but unfortunately no cheetahs, which are struggling throughout Africa to regain a toe hold.
Camp Jabulani Elephant Safaris - Camp Jabulani is about 25 minutes from the airport, located within the fenced Kapama Private Game Reserve in the Valley of the Olifants in the Central lowveld of Limpopo Province near Kruger National Park.
Milked Back to Health at Fordoun - I am heading to Nottingham, not for the Sherwood Forest, but for a blissful stay at Fordoun Boutique Hotel and Spa, located along the Nottingham Road in KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa.
Leading Luxury Indicator - The Saxon Hotel and Villas - There will be no argument from me as a luxury indicator The Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas, and Spa in Johannesburg is leading the way to superb suburbian relaxation; the resort has been voted the world's leading boutique hotel every year since 2001, and it is a member of the elite Leading Small Hotels of the World.
Barrier of Spears Trout Fishing - The native Zulus call the massive mountain range uKhahlamba, or the “Barrier of Spears”. When seen from the Cathedral Peak Hotel in KwaZululand it is an easy image to formulate. The 600-mile-long spine cuts across the throat of South Africa, but nowhere as dramatically as at Cathedral Peak Hotel.
2010 Gear Review - Consumption Matters - Our “Blue Planet” is not so “Green”. Only two countries appear green from outer space Ireland and New Zealand. But you can make your friends green with envy with Green Gear.
The Old West Meets The New - Lodge at Deadwood - Wild Bill Hickok was shot playing stud poker; he should have been playing the Wild Bill slots at the new Lodge at Deadwood because his odds would have been better. There is so much room in the casino in the new Lodge at Deadwood that Wild Bill could have sat with his back to the wall and seen Jack McCall draw and we are not talking five card stud.
Flyfishing, Mountain Biking & Rock Snot - Many parts of my trout stream are semi wilderness, meaning the waters and streambed and banks are as pristine as they were when the Sioux and Crow Indians speared fish here.
Spearfish Canyon Lodge OktoberREST - There are flakes and nuggets in the streams and fools’ gold in the ore body, but the real gold is in the fall foliage around Spearfish Canyon Lodge, embedded deeply in the limestone canyons at the confluence of Spearfish Creek and Little Spearfish Creek, 20 miles from the town of Spearfish, South Dakota.
Koz It's Kool to Cruise With Jazz - Even though the stabilizers of Holland America’s Westerdam kept the cruise liner smooth while sailing the eastern Caribbean, the ship was still swaying during the 2008 Dave Koz and Friends at Sea Jazz Cruise.
Changes in Latitudes - Hollywood Beach Marriott - Hollywood has produced many unique, campy, and fun beach movies during the past century of celluloid, but no beach movie matches Hollywood Beach not the tinsel town Hollywood, but Hollywood, Florida.
Ski The OLD WEST of the Black Hills - The Black Hills of western South Dakota are the highest mountains east of the Rockies until you get to the French Alps. The Black Hills are also the oldest mountain range after the Dolomites in Italy, and in fact the Black Hills are considered a dolomite formation. But forget all that, because the superb snow makes the Black Hills a winter lover’s paradise,
Taking Off With Summer Sportswear 2006 - Jetsetters Magazine reviewed a few sports apparel items last year from Royal Robbins, and we were so impressed with the workmanship, fabrics, and durability and designs that we have to plug them again in 2006 More and more women are adventuring into the outdoors, and RR (Royal Robbins) has created a top-of-the-line sports fashion series for women, such as:
Ireland's Blue Book - Jetsetters Magazine visited many of the historic manor homes in Ireland that are open to the public as guest accommodations. Many of these manses are located in rural, rolling countryside, mountain valleys, near national parks, and other remote Irish locales. All of the properties are represented by Ireland Blue Book, a company that scrutinizes a manor home’s every detail, from historical significance, to fine dining, to attractions in the area, before it is listed and promoted by this service.
A Walk In Kay's Garden - Standing at the head of island studded Cashel Bay the only thing separating Connemara’s Cashel House in Ireland and North America is the North Atlantic.
Ireland's County Clare Coastal Towns - The shores of western Ireland’s County Clare claim some of the best surfing in Europe, and some of the best Atlantic Ocean beachcombing. Great for families.
A Quiet Castle For The Quiet Man - The regal Ashford Castle core was begun by the Anglo-Norman de Burgo family in 1228, but the ancient Celtics had lived in the area for over 1100 years before the castle was built. The de Burgos defeated the native O’Connors of Connaught and they built several castles in Ireland , but Ashford was their stronghold. The grounds are recorded in Irish history from the 2nd century. Later generations expanded the castle buildings.
Ireland's Stony Place - The Burren and Gregans Castle - Sometime between 1175 and 1195 a group of Cistercian monks settled in the valley on the southwestern side of Ireland's Burren. With a perceptive genius they called their new church, Sancta Maria de petra Fertilis St Mary of the Fertile Rock. Who ever thought of the name clearly grasped the central feature of the remarkable landscape and the dramatic contrast that the Burren presents.
Medieval Inis - Modern Ennis - While staying in the historic medieval Irish town of Inis, I had to take one of Jane O’Brien’s walking tours just to find out how nagging women were punished in the 18th century.
Marino 's Means Meat at Hooters Hotel and Casino - Marino recently opened his fourth Dan Marino’s restaurant inside the new Hooters Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas (the former San Remo). The Miami quarterback has three restaurants in south Florida, so this gives him a chance to branch out in the Western states.
Light Up Your Nights With FIX & STACK - The Light Group is making a fantastic fine dining impact for those visiting Vegas and for those who are non-vegans meaning non-vegetarians, because FIX and STACK are all about great cuts of beef, lamb, pork, Kobe, and seafood selections.
Dining With The Rich and Famous at Postrio - It took Wolfgang and gang ten years to bring his top-of-the-line cuisine from San Francisco’s Prescott Hotel Postrio to the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, but the wait was worth it, and at a reasonable price that makes it affordable for those of us that are neither rich nor famous.
Ireland's County Clare Coastal Towns - The shores of western Ireland’s County Clare claim some of the best surfing in Europe, and some of the best Atlantic Ocean beachcombing. Great for families.
Titans of Tall - I meet the Chicago Line cruise boat on the North Pier Docks at River East Plaza, the oldest building on the river, and at only three stories, certainly not the giant that we will be photographing on the 90 minute summer time cruise. Cruises run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; be sure to distinguish if you are taking an architectural river cruise or a historical lake cruise by checking www.chicagoline.com
Pure Pier Pleasure - Chicago's Navy Pier - The most popular spot in Chicago during the summer and really, anytime is Navy Pier #2, drawing over 8 million people annually.
The Arks of The Venetian Resort - Lutece and Tsunami Asian Grill - It is so refreshing to not only dine in style, but also to carry on philosophical discussions with the captain of our table so is the case with our wonderful experience at Lutèce, inside the Venetian Resort and Casino, the only restaurant in the hotel facing the Strip and overlooking the Grand Canal. Our captain, Jason, is a pleasurable and congenial young man, recently married, working on his PhD in Philosophy and Ancient Civilizations, so naturally the gamut of the conversation ranges from the recent Aristotle scroll high tech computer deciphering to wine from ancient Rome.
Command Performance at Commanders Palace In Las Vegas - It took 125 years for Commander’s Palace to jump over the Rockies and land in Las Vegas, but it did, with a great location on the Strip in the Aladdin Hotel and Casino, within the Desert Passage Shopping Mall. In 1944, Frank and Elinor Moran bought Commander’s Palace, and carried on its tradition of excellence with an expanded menu, including many recipes still used today in both Commander locations.
Summer Gear For The Vale and Burren - Royal Robbins clothing reflects the spirit of the international climber, kayaker, and outdoors sportsperson. The company was founded over 30 years ago. Unable to find outdoors and travel clothing to fit his lifestyle, Royal with his wife Liz decided to design their own. Then, as now, the feel, fit, and attention to detail broke new ground. Today, Royal Robbins offers a full line of outdoors and travel clothing that draws on the adventurous and irreverent spirit of the founder.
Victorian Luxe In Galway - One such hotel was the regal Railway Hotel built in Galway, Ireland, opening its doors in 1852. Queen Victoria of England had been in power for about 15 years and travel was in full swing. Ireland at the time was part of the British Empire and the hotel, today called the Great Southern Hotel, still stands, beckoning adventurers through its revolving doorway.
More Mead M'Lord - The medieval ages have returned to Ireland as the Earl of Thomond guides us up a serpentine stairway tunnel carved in the entrails of the limestone fortress, debouching into the Great Hall, or clan gathering place in the center of the Castle. The Ladies of the Castle await with warm medieval mugs of mead.
Cupid Castle Cures - When touring Ireland you can stay in a farmhouse, guesthouse, villa, secret hunting lodge, abbey, palace, or country manor house. But for romance you must stay in a traditional and authentic Celtic castle!
Ireland - Romance In Stone - Check in to one of these beautiful Celtic Castles for a sojourn of Romance. From 400-year-old Dromoland Castle to the place where 007 got married, to lake resorts and national park retreats, Ireland's Romance in Stone has something for everyone.
Great Lakes Sonnig Cruise on the C. Columbus - Hapag-Lloyd cruises the inland waterways between Canada and the USA, visiting historic forts, islands, and locks. Wonderful food and a superb wine cellar make this one of the newest, but oldest cruise destinations in the world.
abbeyonehundred - 10 Decades of Irish Theatre - The National Theatre of Ireland is celebrating its centennial in 2004 with nationwide events called Abbeyonehundred that not only sees wonderful staged plays at the theatre that W.B. Yeats built, but major museum shows about drama, acting, and even stage sets.
Nobu For 2 At The Hard Rock Hotel - Nobu is named after the celebrity chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, and with a Nobu in Malibu, California, the Hollywood crowd has discovered him, so much so that one of his partners in the luxury dining chain is none other that Robert DeNiro.
Superior Rooms, Views and Service at Prince Arthur Hotel - Every year Outside Magazine runs a feature on the top 50 best small towns to live in the USA. If they did the same survey for Canada, Thunder Bay, Ontario, on the western end of Lake Superior, would get my vote for one of the top ten best Canadian places to live. The most historic place to hang your hat while in town is the Prince Arthur Hotel, which was originally conceived in a 1908 poker game.
Bush Sedans - The Bush Sedans, or more commonly known as Bush Planes, began their service to the Candian North at Sault St. Marie, now the home to the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Museum. Visit the Yellowbirds.
The 100 Top Adventure Movies On DVD - Sure you've seen Casablanca, but check out our other little known but truly exciting Jetsetters Magazine picks, then book your travel for your own adventure.
The 100 Top Best Adventure Travel Books Of All Time - Have you read any of these wonderful adventure tales. Collect them all for your adventure library.
The Rich Coast's Big Game Fishing - Giant marlin, sailfish beyond number, high-jumping tarpon, record class snook and a dozen or more hard hitting fresh water species . . . Costa Rica has them all! World Class Marlin often approach record breakers. Fishing just doesn't get any better than you will find in friendly, peaceful Costa Rica, and because this is a small nation, it's possible to enjoy it all on a single visit perhaps with a day of white water rafting and a volcano and rain forest tour thrown in.
High Desert Thrillers - The Mohave is home to some extreme and thrilling tours and sports. From soaring to sailing, bungee jumping to ballooning, from white-water rafting to sky-diving and firewalking.. And you thought there were only slow moving desert tortoises. There is still an outback in America, and it is called Nevada. See it from a scream.
Bajan Adventure Jeep Safari - Did you know that the words hurricane and hammock evolved from the Arawaks, the first settlers of Barbados? Or that you can use a chack-chack, growing naturally, as a part of the Calypso percussion section? Or that water coconuts are good for your liver? These are just a few things you will learn on a Barbados Adventure Safari!
Find Your Trills In Montserrat - Bird watching for the enthusiast (or the novice) is a chance not to be missed, and "peer pressure," never a problem. For the binocular-carrying visitors who come to the laid back island environment of Montserrat, most southerly of the Caribbean's Leeward Islands, it's part of a memorable stay.
Volcano Trekking On St. Kitts - Mount Liamuiga is a dormant volcano, which is almost 3800 feet high. It is composed of both volcanic and sedimentary rocks. The mountain is covered with a tropical rain forest vegetation, which gives, a permanent supply of water. When you take a walk up to the top of the mountain, you will discover a wealth of flora, including giant leaves, vines, creepers, ferns, moss and a delightful orchids.
From The Hills to the Beach bungaLOEWS - From the hills Beverly Hills, that is, to the beach Santa Monica Beach, that is, Loews has you covered in the Southern California climes.
Hilton Comfort on a Long Beach The Hilton Long Beach is conveniently located for business and leisure travel, for cruise vacationers, and for those looking for a spot in the sun. Bay Watch at the Hilton!
Bahamas' Cable Beach Family Adventure There are some great beaches in the world that are within or close to amazing cities. Waikiki, Ipanema, Bondi, and Malibu, and one you probably have not paid too much attention to, but it is actually one of the finest beaches in the world, with great things to do - Cable Beach, in the The Bahamas, surrounded by the capital - Nassau - and the former British outpost archipelago.
The Caribbean's Best Boutique Hotel - Villa Nova - Villa Nova is a classic hotel outpost of considerable desideratum that is ensconced in the sugar hills of Barbados, recently capturing these awards: "Hottest Hotel in the World", from Conde Nast Traveler Magazine; Tattlers' "Prestige Hotel of the Year"; and in 2003, "Boutique Hotel of the Year" from the World Travel Awards.
Glitter Bay, Barbados The Fairmont Hotel puts on a fair face in Barbados. Conde Nast Magazine ranks Glitterbay, on the west coast of Barbados, as one of the best resorts in the Caribbean. As the former mansion of the Cunard cruise line magnate, it is now your home for luxury, golf, horseback riding, watersports and tea and crumpets. West Indies cricket anyone?
Get a Tan at the Southern Palms Beach Club Barbados offers some of the best resorts in the world, and the unique hotel is set on the largest beach in Barbados. The resort is ideal for long term vacationing, giving you ample time to work on that tan. I didn't hear the phone ring, did you?
Big Island, Big Beach, Big Kahakai Long ago Polynesians traveled the ocean searching for land. Suddenly, in the distant horizon the sky glowed red. Heading towards the light, these seafarers discovered the volcanic firework display of Hawaii's Big Island. Generations have passed but sparkling blue waters continue to lap over primal lava rocks, bubble across white, black and green sand beaches and splash up sheer cliffs for modern day seafaring visitors to enjoy.
Royal Luxury At Fairmont Royal Pavilion An avenue of perfectly aligned Royal Palms leads to the exquisite Fairmont Royal Pavilion. This magnificent resort is surrounded by eleven acres of lush tropical gardens and private oceanfront property in the parish of St. James on the scenic west coast of Barbados. The Fairmont Glitter Bay, sister resort of The Royal Pavilion resides within the same property, a quarter mile away, and as a guest of The Royal Pavilion you will be encouraged to enjoy the amenities offered at both resorts.
Virgin Islands Tent City - Maho Bay Camps Keep the Virgin Islands virgin. Join Jetsetters Magazine on a eco-lodge sojourn in one of the world's first green camps, adjacent to the U.S. Virgin Islands Natioinal Park. Paddle, swim, sail, blow a glass knick-knack, dine under the stars, sleep in your mosquito friendly eco lodge. Be sure to visit us also at cabinweb.com for other wild places to hang your pith helmet.