Wine and Dine Away Your Stress – Budapest, the No 1 Choice For Spas and Spectacular Outdoors

When anybody tells you that a weekend is enough to see Budapest, they do not know what they are talking about. A week will probably give you a quick taster of this place and the feeling that you must return for more. The turbulent history of this city, the terrors of 40 years of Soviet occupation and communism and all the heart aches of foreign invasions still did not manage to destroy the natives ‘joe de vivre’ and all of the beautiful architecture this old city has to offer.

Budapest, is not about the ‘Heroes Square, or the Váci Utca! I would like you to see much more than that!

You can wine and dine away your stress in the numerous restaurants Budapest has on offer. It has all the usual international cuisine with a strong bias to Italian, Mediterranean, Spanish, not forgetting the spicy Hungarian cuisine. From the stylish bite on Fashion street by the Kempinsky Hotel to the cobbled street of The Royal Palace or Obuda, they all have different food and ambiance on offer. From the most elegant of Gresham Cafe to the humblest Deryne Bistro, you will be treated with great hospitality. The world-famous wine of Tokay can be tasted at special events throughout the year.

As for spas, Hungary, and, especially Budapest, has more than 30 and occupies the number one spot in the world. Among the most coveted are the baths of Szècheny and Gellèrt. My favourite is not the Gellèrt, which everybody has heard of, but the Szècheny Bath, a Neo-Baroque wellness mecca, situated in the ‘Vàrosliget’ = City Park (a large green park just behind the Heroes Square. Here you can have lunch, rest, feed the ducks and if you are still left with some energy left, go into the mini version of a Disney Park for a spin, giving thrill-seeker extra hours for flipping, soaring, whirling and tumbling until well after dark during the summer months.

In the winter, there is a very large ice skating rink, just behind the Heroes Square where you will have a unique experience complete with a view of a mock Medieval Castle.

Culture Vultures will feel the heat, and not been able to choose from the many attractions this place has on offer. From classical music to opera and operetta, rock and jazz, it is all there for the taking. The new concert hall, the Palace of Arts has one of the best acoustic designs in the world. Anyone for Mozart?

The Hungarians celebrate the 20th August, with spectacular fireworks, dancing, eating and much joviality, this is to mark the first king, St Istvan settling in today’s Hungary in 896. All the bridges are lit up along with the Royal Palace & the Statue of Freedom.

The Budapest Summer Festival is a regular occurrence, an ongoing series of concerts, drama performances on at the Margaret Island Open-air Stage. Every Friday and Saturday night guests can enjoy live jazz in the open air at Casino Holdudvar, Margaret Island.

The city and its surrounding are also rich in architecture and historical buildings. Budapest has one of the most famous and largest Basilicas in centre Europe, only to be beaten by her big sister in Esztergom, which is even larger. To see this you would need to take a half-day boat trip up the River Duna. Talking about boat trips, Szentendre is another place on the river Duna, much favoured by artist, painters and sculptors alike. It is only a short trip from the city, with its old cobbled-streets and lovely old restaurants; and is one of my favourite places where I return year after year. The old medieval, painted houses support each other in a Cezanne like painting, piled on top and next to each other as if they are drunk with the mighty river view thrown in for free.

One must not forget the health and well-being services this city has become well-known, namely, there are more dentist in this city than flower shops, the cosmetic industry following close behind. You can save something like 60% on the UK prices.

For those on the honeymoon, the luxury homes in Buda or Pest is the best place to visit. The awesome views from the top of the Royal Castle, candle lit dinners with views to the Danube combined with the City’s romantic atmosphere will stay with them until the rest of day life.

With innumerable homes to select from, you will be confused which one to choose. You can select from a wide variety of apartments depending on your budget. But be sure to choose an apartment with panoramic views. The luxury end of Budapest homes represent style and glamour. Luxuries like a swimming complex, 24 hour security and secure parking place is no longer the privilege of rich people, but available to all. Try it and live like the other half!

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Waikiki Real Estate and Tourist Development

Waikiki is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Honolulu and is located on the south shore of Oahu. It is probably best know for Waikiki Beach which is one of Waikiki’s main attractions. In Hawaiian, the name means “spouting fresh water” as Waikiki was originally wetlands that contained fresh water springs and streams. The Ala Wai Canal is a channel that was created to drain the former Waikiki wetlands and marshes.

A wide range of Waikiki real estate exists near the shoreline, from homes and condos, to high-rises and resort hotels. Tourism is at the heart of the Waikiki economy, with tourist activity feeding much of the real estate development around the beaches and further within the interior of Oahu.

Waikiki’s history can be traced back to the Hawaiian royalty who favored its beaches for celebrations and surfing. Early visitors to Oahu were immediately drawn to the paradise of Waikiki and quickly established a resort economy. As Waikiki became more popular, it turned into a tourist hub for Honolulu’s south shore.

The Waikiki Beachfront

The shoreline of Waikiki is actually not very long. The beach itself is about 2 miles long and the water is very shallow for quite a distance. The water is crystal clear with occasional rocks deposited on the sea floor and the ocean skyline is highlighted by the presence of Diamond Head.

Waikiki beachfront property permits easy access to the beach and the other recreational activities surrounding the coastline. Gorgeous sunsets are a daily marvel and the crystal blue water blends perfectly with the usual cloudless sky.

The shore itself is constantly subject to erosion. Maintaining the shoreline therefore requires constant replenishment of the sand which is often taken by tidal flows. Prior to the 1970s, sand was imported to Waikiki and used for replenishment purposes. Presently, sand is derived from nearby shoals and used to keep Waikiki beach looking spectacular.

Recreational Activities In Waikiki

In the 1800s, Waikiki was a favorite recreational retreat for Hawaiian royalty, with surfing being an ancient sport for the royalty. The first beach hotels began appearing in the 1880s, and the first beach resort was established by George Lycurgus in 1893. After that development, Waikiki soon became a popular tourist destination and has been growing in popularity ever since.

Along with the Hawaiian royalty that helped to make Waikiki Beach famous, there are prominent Hawaiian personalities like legendary waterman Duke Kahanamoku, who has a statue dedicated to him, and is credited for being the “Father of Surfing” and popularizing the sport. Longboard surfing is still very popular at Waikiki Beach especially due its long rolling breaks which are ideal for this style.

With Honolulu being the urban center for Waikiki, the demand for Honolulu real estate is partly attributable to the allure of Waikiki. Waikiki is peppered with popular resorts and hotels. Waikiki Beach plays host to numerous events every year. Outdoor musical performances, surf competitions, canoe races, and hula dances are just a few examples of some of the popular events. Other favorite local events include “Sunset on the Beach,” a free beach movie show for visitors, as well as “Brunch on the Beach,” a showcase of delicious island food by local chefs on Kalakoa Avenue.

Popular attractions within and around Waikiki include the Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, the Waikiki Historical Trail, the Royal Hawaiian Center, and the Waikiki Beach Walk.

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Incredible India Tours – A Dream Visit to Destination of the Millennium

If a holiday makes you feel at home then it is not worth it! A vacation in India thus offers the most exciting, vibrant, diverse and fascinating experiences that recreate the magic of wonderland. Dubbed as the world’s most multi-dimensional country, India is indeed an enigma that is captivating and mystical in more ways than one.

The vast expanse of the country offers many interesting locations for a vacation. From the sand-washed beaches and snow clad mountains to tranquil temples and thrilling forest reserves, India has it all. The hilly greens of Himachal and the scintillating waters from the Ganges offer adventure sport opportunities for those who love to keep the adrenalin gushing.

To experience India and unravel its mystique travellers need to understand the history and cultural legacy of the country. Each state in India has a character of its own that can be traced back to milestones in history. From the glorious Goa that owes its architecture and culture to the Portuguese invasion to Rajasthan that have monuments as witness to the Mughal rule, the diversity is indeed spell binding and enriching.

A vacation in India also promises to be a shopper’s delight. The country is bestowed with artisans and craftsmen like nowhere else in the world. The variety of work and artistic talent remains unparalleled. The work of these artisans is a reflection of its glorious past.

Apart from the rich and varied culture, the country boasts of some very exotic holiday destinations and Lakshadweep is one of them. For travellers who love maritime explorations and water sports Lakshadweep on the west coast makes for an exciting and delightful location. The unspoiled backwaters of Kerala too offer some exotic experiences in the house boats.

There is also the option of taking luxury train travel across the heartland of Rajasthan. Specialised gourmet tours across the finest restaurants in the country are also undertaken to make interested travellers aware about the rich Indian cuisine.

Furthermore, one can go completely off the beaten track by opting for adventurous trekking options in the beautiful highland desserts of Ladakh. There are also India’s best kept secrets in the North-east with jungle-clad hills, fascinating tribal culture, green hills, rich wildlife and ancient monasteries.

Yoga and spiritualism also add to India’s mystique. Travellers across the world visit India to learn the art of Yoga and practice yogic healing. There are centres for yoga across the country and keen learners can enrol in courses that suit them. Further, India is also the hub of philosophy, meditation and learning and Varansai is its nerve centre. People visit Varanasi for self-actualisation through religious and spiritual means. The land of ‘sadhus’ as India is dubbed to be is best witnessed on the banks of the holy river Ganges in Varansai.

India is a neat blend of sacred and modern beliefs. So, there is enough for one to enjoy experience, celebrate and fascinate.

Retreat your senses to the enchanting splendour of India and enjoy the Indian vacation. For a better experience, partner with a destination management company and make your journey to the heartland of India exceptionally enjoyable and enlightening.

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