Friday, March 11, 2011

A Day Made of Glass

Awe-inspiring clip! Makes one wonder, just how extint our current 'latest' technology will become in the future. :) Amazing what new technologies are coming up. The 'Nokia's, 'Samsung's, 'iPhones's, 'Blackberry's & 'Androids's Beware! Enjoy......

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Discover Boracay Island - Philippines Hottest Tourist Destination

Voted #1 as one of the world’s best beaches & the most popular beach destination, Boracay is one of the most visited islands in the Philippines. The Island, about 7km long is surrounded by several other secluded beaches. Swaying palm trees along the natural powder-white sandy beaches and crystal clear water provides a panoramic view for a perfect sunset sundowner.

Boracay is a vacationer’s paradise, with luxury five star hotels, through traditional bungalows; something for anyone’s budget and taste. There are all sorts of activities on the island; the most famous are golfing, walking, mountain biking, exploring, diving, kite boarding, and windsurfing. 

There are many superb restaurants with food from around the world. Boracay is above else well known for its nightlife, with pubs and bars of all types that are jumping until very late at night. English is the unofficial language in the Philippines and is mainly spoken in Boracay.

Imagine kicking back with your favorite tropical isle cocktail in hand as you watch the breathtaking sunset dip into the tropical ocean in the distance as you listen to calming  music in the background. 

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Holiday In Spain - The Most Luxurious Villas

CostaCabana most definitely has the most luxurious Villas in Spain! Here is a spotlight on one of their most desirable villas:

Villa Jade is located 2 kilometers outside Lloret de Mar. This is a luxurious vacation home tucked away in an exclusive residential area called Canyelles. You can enjoy the convenience of being just a short 10 minute walk from the beach! Experience all the benefits offered by Lloret de Mar, all while getting your rest and relaxation at one of the most gorgeous Villas in Spain!

Villa Jade is suitable for large groups; as it is a 12 person home for young vacationers and large families alike. This spacious villa has a view that overlooks a tranquil garden to include a private pool. The garden comes equipped with a barbecue and patio furniture. This villa may be easily reached by car, and has private parking available.

The ground floor entrance is through the kitchen. This kitchen comes equipped with all of the modern amenities. There is an oven, a microwave and a dishwasher. The ground floor also has a large and open living room, 2 bedrooms with double beds, a bathroom and a sizable porch.

You can sit on the porch and feel a light, gentle sea breeze and enjoy the shade. The first floor of your Spanish Villa has 4 bedrooms with twin beds, and balconies to enjoy at night. There are an additional three bathrooms and a washing machine to top it off!

Lloret de Mar is a former fishing village that has turned into one of the brightest coastal resorts in Costa Brava. This is where modern advancement is combined with tradition, coming together to offer you a wonderful experience filled with culture and history. Lloret de Mar has a cozy feeling, with an old-town atmosphere. The streets are filled with little shops.

The nightlife is friendly and active, filled with clubs and pubs to meet smiling faces and new friends. There are many beaches nearby, as well as all the best Villas in Spain. Lloret de Mar is conveniently located, so you will be able to enjoy many opportunities for leisure, recreation, entertainment and relaxation. The scenic Catalonian countryside and breathtaking Pyrenes mountains can be seen from most any of the villas in Lloret de Mar.

The CostaCabana villas in Lloret de Mar are situated within close range of quite a few other historic villages and towns in the area. This is to include Barcelona and Gerona. Anyone who is passionate about Spanish History, Art or culture will find the villas in Lloret de Mar to be a more ideal choice than any of the other Villas in Spain.

To sum it up, Villa Jade is one of the top Villas in Spain. It is a 12 person home, but may be converted to a 14 person home by adding 2 twin beds for an extra charge. Water, electricity, and gas will be included in your rental price.

Make CostaCabana your choice for luxury Spanish Villas! For more information visit .

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Machu Picchu - 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Too

Have you heard of Machu Picchu? If not, you've probably never heard of Peru, or South America! Machu Picchu is a famous Inca Citadel located in the Andes mountains of Peru.

It is a destination that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists a year on Peru vacations. Here are five reasons why you should follow in their footsteps and go and see Machu Picchu for yourself.

One of the 7 wonders of the world
In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the new 'Seven Wonders Of The World' in a worldwide internet poll involving millions of people. Other sites included the Taj Mahal in India, Chichen Itza in Mexico, the Colosseum in Italy and the Great Wall of China in...China.

If there was ever a place to see before you die, Machu Picchu is globally recognized as one of your best options.

An incredible setting
2,430 meters above sea level on a mountain ridge in cloud forest, Machu Picchu was hard to find and was never discovered by the Spanish conquistadors. Despite improved access for the high numbers of tourists, visitors can still get a sense of the remoteness of the site.

Visitors to the site can stare down over dizzying drops to the Urubamba River that churns through a deep valley surrounding the site. Peaks rise up on all sides, covered in thick vegetation. There is no substitute for visiting Machu Picchu and getting a true sense of what it must have been like for the Inca inhabitants hundreds of years ago.

Adventurous access - the Inca Trail
Machu Picchu isn't just a site, it is a destination. For travelers with a sense of adventure and a desire to test their legs, Machu Picchu can be accessed by a 3 or 4 day trek along a section of the ancient Inca highway known as the Inca Trail.

The route passes through cloud forest and Andean tundra, climbing over 4000 meters on mountain passes in full view of snow-capped peaks. It is impressive, which is why it books out quickly - if you're interested, get in touch with a tour operator at least 3 months in advance to reserve your space.

See it while it is still around
On the World Monuments Fund 2008 list of the 100 Most Endangered Sites, Machu Picchu showed up. With the number of annual visitors in the order of hundreds of thousands, the site is degrading under the physical effects of so many tourists.

Geological surveys on the site have revealed that certain areas are in danger of collapsing - if you want to visit one of the most iconic sites on the planet, you may not have much time left.

See the classic photo for yourself
Almost everyone has seen the famous photo of Machu Picchu - the Inca ruins perched on top of a mountain ridge with the impressive steep slopes of Huayna Picchu mountain in the background.

However, no photo can give you the full impression of the site. The only way you'll ever appreciate the majesty of Machu Picchu is to visit it for yourself!

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I Love Touring Italy - Carnevale Season In Tuscany

You may be surprised that the Florence Carnevale is by no means the most important one in Tuscany. But it is a really good place to start. Sunday is really the best day to enjoy the activities. You'll find floats departing from Piazza Dante and multigenerational parades in the major squares and along the Lungarno Vespucci. One of the biggest events is the "Florence Carnival in the world" parade from Piazza Ognissanti to Piazza della Signoria that features floats coming from three dozen countries in five continents.
The walled town of Foiano della Chiana in eastern Tuscany claims to hold the oldest carnival in Italy. It dates back to 1539. As is often the case, this Carnevale requires almost a year to prepare. In the old days participants threw chestnuts and salt cod to the eager spectators who lined the parade route. History does not record when this largess ceased. 
The town's four districts compete for the best float, many of which feature (or should we say mock out?) well-known personalities. The main square hosts a public reading of the previous year's major events. Then an effigy of Giocondo, King of the Carnival, is burned in the guise of purifying the local population. In contrast the city of Lucca near the Tuscan Riviera is a recent entry in the Carnevale business. Their event includes shows, concerts, and parties in beautiful palaces and villas. Lucca is also home to Italy's largest festival devoted to comic books but that's in November.

Arezzo, a largely medieval hilltop city of about one hundred thousand in eastern Tuscany hosts the  "Carnevale dell'Orciolaia," whose centerpiece is a parade with floats through this lovely city. You need not be Italian to recognize some of the most popular floats.

Tuscany's most famous and unusual carnival is held in Viareggio, an elegant Riviera resort about 60 miles (100 kilometers) west of Florence. This Carnevale is considered to be among Italy's very best. It first started in 1873 and the locals have never missed a celebration except during the two World Wars. Blacksmiths and carpenters employed by the local shipyards proudly create memorable floats. Some of these take months and months to build and can house an unbelievable 200 people. These floats are often satirical and treat a wide range of Italian and international and celebrities. Given the time and effort involved in creating these world-class floats, don't be surprised that you will pay an admission fee.

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Spring Into 2011 With Blue Denim Bag Blues

Spring is just around the corner and denim is in the air.  If you have been feeling blue from too much cold weather, snow, cloudy days and rain then look in your closet and "drag out" your blue denim purse, jacket and dress.  Everyone loves denim and it lightens the mood. 

If you do not own a denim purse then do you need to buy a denim bag? Heck yes is the answer.  The first step to choosing the "in" denim bag is to look at the spring fashion magazines. You will get a pretty good idea what shape and type of bag will work with your wardrobe. Are you a more casual dresses or do you wear a great deal of work and after hours clothes.

If you are a casual kind of gal, then buy a denim bag that is fun to own.  Choose one that is decorated with all kinds of things like studs, beads and fringes. Get rid of that black leather large winter purse and go for the youthful look.  Lift your spirits and have fun shopping.  There are plenty of designer styles that are well within anyone's price range.  If you shop online you will find purses starting around twenty dollars. 

If you are a working girl then a "cleaner" simple denim purse might be your best choice. The size and shape will depend on functionality. If you have to bring your laptop everywhere then a larger bag would be better. Denim compliments business suits and cocktail dress wear. In fact, denim jackets are worn in the evening over a cute black cocktail dress with high heels.

Juicy Couture and Lucky Brands have some very cute denim handbags, purses and clutches. Since they are a designer brand, you may want to assure yourself it fits into your budget. Shop online to research the price range and then go to the local department store and actually look at the purse. It may look great online but not so perfect in person. There are other designer denim bags that are a bit less expensive.

My favorite designer denim handbags are by Stella McCartney, Jean Paul Gaultier, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Gucci. They are a bit more expensive than Juicy or Lucky Brand. The price range for the high end designer purse will start at over one hundred dollars and go up from there. Each designer creates their own style and statement. There is the messenger bag, multi-pocket bag, over the shoulder, and "spy" bag. 

Get into the blue denim bag blues and make sure you shop around for the best deals.  We girls love deals.

Sandra Tiffany has owned many handbags and blue denim is her very favorite.  Denim bags are very stylish and their prices can range widely.  Read the fashion magazines, articles and watch TV to find just the right style and price for you.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Virgin Galactic Maiden Flight

The first manned-solo flight of the Virgin Galactic spacecraft has just happened over the Mojave desert. Having been released from its WhiteKnightTwo mothership, VMS Eve, at 45,000ft (13,700m), the spaceship glided to a safe landing 11 minutes later at Mojave Air and Space Port.
Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, who was present to witness the flight later described it as “one of the most exciting days in the whole history of Virgin”. He went on to say: “The sky is no longer the limit. we will now begin the process of pushing to the final frontier of space itself over the next year”.
The VSS Enterprise was described by pilot, Pete Siebold, as “a joy to fly” and the company confirmed that all objectives of the flight were successfully completed.
Now all we need is the $200k for a ticket into space. click here to see the video of this historic maiden flight.