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November 27, 2014 on 12:53 pm | In Adventure Travel, Airlines | Comments Off




TEL AVIV NAMED OUTSTANDING CULINARY DESTINATION BY SAVEUR MAGAZINE

November 27, 2014 on 12:38 pm | In Adventure Travel, Dine Drink, Israel, Middle East | Comments Off



Saveur magazine has named Tel Aviv an outstanding culinary destination in several categories of its annual Culinary Travel Awards. Tel Aviv was named “outstanding” in the Best Culinary Destination and Best Markets and Shops categories. EL AL Israel Airlines was named “outstanding” in the Best In-Flight Wine Program category. Jerusalem was also highlighted with a recommendation from the Saveur editors for the hugely popular Mahane Yehuda Market.

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ISRAEL MUSEUM DISPLAYS RARE BYZANTINE-ERA ANTIQUITIES FOR FIRST TIME SINCE A DISCOVERY NEAR TEMPLE MOUNT

November 27, 2014 on 12:36 pm | In Adventure Travel, Israel, Middle East, Museums | Comments Off



A rare collection of Byzantine-era antiquities discovered in 2013 are on display for the first time in a dedicated exhibit at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. The exhibit features the largest gold medallion with Judaic symbols known to exist (measuring four inches in diameter), along with gold coins and silver and gold jewelry. The medallion has a menorah in the center, a shofar on the left and an unidentified object on the right – possibly a bundle of myrtle, willow and palm branches. The coins are decorated on one side with portraits of Byzantine-era emperors and on the other side with crosses or images of gods. The 36 coins on display date back to 602 CE and earlier.


SIXTH ANNUAL WALKABOUTLOVE TO HIT THE ISRAEL NATIONAL TRAIL ON MARCH 5, 2015

November 27, 2014 on 12:35 pm | In Adventure Travel, Israel, Middle East | Comments Off



Backpackers from all over the world will participate in an 11-week adventure walking the Israel National Trail, which winds from Eilat through the Mitzpe Ramon Crater, the Arava Desert and Negev up to Jerusalem, Caesarea, the lush Galilee and Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights ending at Mount Hermon. WalkAboutLove offers a glimpse into the stunning nature, rich culture, endless history and unique traditions of Israel. Participants can choose to take part for any amount of time, ranging from 10 days to 11 weeks.

 

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THOUSANDS OF ARCHEOLOGICAL ARTIFACTS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

November 27, 2014 on 12:35 pm | In Adventure Travel, Israel, Middle East, Mobile Apps, Museums | Comments Off



In an effort to make the archeological treasures found in Israel accessible to people around the world, the Israel Antiquities Authority recently created a National Treasures website, which is currently showcasing 5,700 objects. The website will be regularly updated with the most recent discoveries and provide high resolution images and information on all artifacts.

 

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Tulips, beer & bikes: an adventurous, honeymoon destination‏

November 27, 2014 on 12:30 pm | In Adventure Travel, Belgium, Europe | Comments Off



Competitive Cyclist Spend $250 Get $50In 2011, a couple met on one of my Beercycling tours of Belgium, fell in love, and then returned for another tour on their honeymoon two years later—their wedding was even planned around our Beercycling tour dates. In addition to Tom and Jennifer, we’ve already had four other couples choose a Beercycling tour as their honeymoon destination.

Beercycling’s 4-Day Dutch Tulips Tour in the Netherlands is particularly suited for honeymooners:

Nothing compares to the sight of an endless sea of tulips blooming in springtime Netherlands. Honeymooners ride their bikes right through the heart of one of the world’s most scenic and colorful destinations

Dutch beer may not be as widely known as their Belgian counterparts, but the Netherlands is currently going through an exciting craft beer revolution. Brewery visits include some of finest beer makers on the planet: De Molen (a brewery inside a windmill), Jopen (a brewery inside a church), La Trappe (a beer-making monastery run by Trappist monks) and several more
The tour can serve as a complete honeymoon, or be just one part of a longer European honeymoon
Offered May 7 – 10, 2015

I invite you to look at Beercycling’s 2015 tour preview and photo gallery from past tours. 2015 marks our fifth season as the only beer themed cycling tours in Belgium and the Netherlands.

As people are planning their honeymoons for the year ahead, would you consider sharing Beercycling with your readers?


Experience Brilliant South Africa with African Travel, Inc.‏

November 27, 2014 on 12:21 pm | In Adventure Travel, Africa, South Africa | Comments Off



Home General 160 600South Africa represents the epitome of the African experience, offering visitors cosmopolitan cities, charming villages, stunning landscapes and a rainbow nation of richly unique cultures. From the breathtaking Cape Winelands to the busy savannahs of Kruger National Park, the country’s extensive and varied terrain provides an abundance of activities and some of the world’s finest safari lodges. Explore the best of South Africa, from coast to coast, on African Travel, Inc.’s “South African Tapestry.”

This 11-day journey from Cape Town to Zeerust introduces a rich tapestry of landscapes, seascapes, and pristine wildlife reserves. By the end of your adventure you will have unearthed ancient history, experienced legendary Capetonian hospitality, and learned the true meaning of the “Super Seven” – all while unwinding in sublime comfort at some of South Africa’s most celebrated lodges and hotels.

Become a South African wine expert with tours and tastings at Franschhoek and Stellenbosch before dining in the home of a local Cape Town couple. View the ancient Bushman rock sites, dating back more than 10,000 years, and set out for an evening game drive in Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat. In Durban, attempt to calm your nerves during a intimidating 4×4 climb before enjoying a well-deserved cocktail inside Africa’s highest pub.

Conclude your African adventure on safari at the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. This exclusive sanctuary boasts plentiful populations not only of the “Big 5,” but the “Super 7” – buffalo, cheetah, elephant, leopard, lion, rhino (black and white) and the rare and endangered African wild dog. Capture panoramic shots of this magnificent menagerie on twice-daily game drives and enjoy romantic evenings nestled below sapphire skies.

“South African Tapestry” is a nine-day exploration of Cape Town, Bushmans Kloof, Durban, and the Madikwe Game Reserve. Prices start from $8,995 per person.

For more information and to book this dream safari, contact your favorite Travel Professional,
call African Travel, Inc. at (800) 421-8907, or visit www.africantravelinc.com . CST 2071444-20

Don’t forget to check out African Travel, Inc.’s Journal Page! Get travel tips, photos and testimonials, and stories from the bush. Subscribe to the RSS feed to get all of these things in one place!

Follow Jim Holden, President of African Travel, Inc.
on Twitter @JimHoldenAfrica or @WeKnowAfrica

About African Travel, Inc. – “We Know Africa”
African Travel, Inc. is a 38-year-old safari operator, with operations in Africa and the USA, offering customized safaris to Africa at all price points. The company’s focus is solely on Africa: South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Ethiopia, Congo, Jordan, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, Malawi, Seychelles and Egypt. We have dedicated, experienced teams in Africa, Safari Specialists in the USA, an extensive transportation fleet, numerous hotels, camps and lodges throughout The Travel Corporation’s Africa-based associate companies. In addition to our brochure and website programs, African Travel can arrange customized safaris for groups.

POPULAR PROGRAMS: Southern Explorer, The Connoisseur’s Collection, The Last Refuge, World’s Greatest Show and Safari, Tantalizing Tanzania

TIP FOR ADVISORS: Before deciding on a safari to Africa be sure to consider all the choices available in destinations, accommodation and wildlife. Each choice will deliver a very different experience. Talk to African Travel’s African specialists to make sure you make the right choice for you and your fellow travelers.

About USTOA
African Travel, Inc. shares the coverage available under the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program with affiliates of TravCorp USA, Inc. in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program. In addition, TravCorp Financial Services Limited provides a guarantee of $20 million in respect of all customers traveling with African Travel, Inc.

About The TreadRight Foundation
At African Travel, Inc. and parent company The Travel Corporation, we understand that travel matters; it allows us to explore the world and gain a deeper understanding of each destination, its history and culture, through enriching experiences. We also recognize that it is our responsibility to help protect the places we visit and take care of the world around us.

Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant and preserved for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has donated more than USD 2.5 million to sustainable tourism projects worldwide. African Travel, Inc. is proud to be an active founder and supporter of TreadRight’s projects and work. Go to www.africantravelinc.com/about/sustainable-tourism  to learn more.

TreadRight’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. We encourage each of our partners to use this principle to guide all of their actions, whether at our regional offices or when taking guests around the world. By providing grants to organizations that encourage sustainability in different destinations, we hope to maintain the natural attractions across the world that defines each unique region. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders like Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ.

To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at www.TreadRight.org


ONE&ONLY REETHI RAH IN THE MALDIVES UNVEILS BRAND-NEW WATER VILLAS WITH POOLS

November 27, 2014 on 12:19 pm | In Adventure Travel, Asia, Beachbooker, Maldives | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowOne&Only Reethi Rah, the ultimate Maldivian luxury hideaway, has just unveiled six new Water Villas with Pools, offering guests a sleekly designed new over-water accommodation option and an absolutely unprecedented level of privacy.

The newly redesigned Water Villas with Pools now feature private fresh-water infinity pools (measuring nearly 325 square feet each), luxurious day beds and generous verandas with hammocks suspended from the decks. The 850-square-foot Water Villas with Pools combine comfort with an Asian-influenced design style that incorporates vivid color schemes, tropical materials and natural textures. Perched above the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, these private sanctuaries are located in an intimate cluster of four villas configured in such a way that even guests in adjacent villas are completely unaware of one another.

No other resort in the Maldives offers as much space and exclusivity as the all-villa One&Only Reethi Rah and these newly enhanced villas are ideal for couples, families or friends wanting to unwind in serene privacy while basking in the Maldivian sun.

Surrounded by the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean, One&Only Reethi Rah is an ultra-luxury stand-alone villa resort offering an unrivaled level of style and privacy in a tropical oasis. All villas on property enjoy spectacular ocean views, direct access to the secluded lagoon and come with a dedicated concierge. Situated on one of the largest Maldivian islands in the North Male Atoll, guests can enjoy a variety of watersports, land-based activities, fine dining and a world-class spa.

For more information or to book a Water Villa with Pool at One&Only Reethi Rah, please call 011 960 664 8800, e-mail Reservations@oneandonlyreethirah.com  or visit the resort online at www.oneandonlyresorts.com.

For more information about the entire collection of One&Only Resorts worldwide, please visit: www.oneandonlyresorts.com.

ABOUT ONE&ONLY RESORTS:

Created exclusively for the ultra-luxury resort market, One&Only Resorts are conceived as hallmarks of excellence. Set in some of the most beautiful locales in the world, each award-winning resort offers guests a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, a genuine hospitality and a lively energy that is unrivalled. These properties include One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives; One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius; One&Only Royal Mirage and One&Only The Palm in Dubai; One&Only Ocean Club in The Bahamas, One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico, One&Only Cape Town in South Africa and One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef in Australia. One&Only has also announced plans to develop and operate three new One&Only resorts, in Sanya, Hainan, China; in Montenegro, which will be the first property for the collection in Europe and in Bahrain. In early 2015, One&Only will assume management of the award-winning Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa in the Blue Mountains of Australia. More information on One&Only is available at www.oneandonlyresorts.com

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New “Slow Food” Cycling Tour on Italian Agriturismo‏

November 27, 2014 on 12:17 pm | In Adventure Travel, Dine Drink, Italy, Rome | Comments Off




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Join Ciclismo Classico on a family-run farm in the heart of Tuscany for an exciting new cycling and epicurean adventure dedicated to the “Slow Food” movement. This exclusive six-day Tuscany tour includes some of the most beautiful bike rides in Italy and a complete cultural immersion into the Tuscan lifestyle on an energy-independent Italian agriturismo. For more information, check out “Tuscany Green” or call 1.800.866.7314.

“This Tuscany holiday combines sustainable agriculture, cultural immersion, and world-class cycling,” said Ciclismo Classico Founder/CEO Lauren Hefferon. “Guests will learn about bio-architecture, renewable energy technology, organic extra virgin olive oil production, and stay in accommodations restored with local and natural materials.”

Highlights include: cycling six different areas of Siena Province; learning how to cook Tuscan dishes during hands-on cooking classes; enjoying lovely accommodations in a 13th century mill & energy-independent Agriturismo; touring local farms and wine cellars; visiting Tumulo del Molinello; soaking at the thermal springs in Rapolano Terme; and more.

“Guests will ride along the Crete Senesi, the world’s most photographed panorama and through the famous Chianti Classico region and Montalcino, the city of the famous wine Brunello di Montalcino,” said Hefferon.

Another great foodie tour, La Bella Puglia, starts at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Baroque capital of the Salento area in Lecce. From here riders pedal south and discover the famous wine region of the “Salice Salentino.” Quiet roads dotted with fig trees, blooming cacti and giant olive trees offer a wonderfully scenic cycling experience. Guest sample local favorites like homemade orecchiette and grilled calamari pulled fresh from the sea. This entry-level bicycle trip is an ideal introduction to the irresistible Basilicata and Puglia regions.

For more information visit http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/trips/tuscany-green-toscana-verde/

About Ciclismo Classico:

Join a Ciclismo Classico tour and you’ll soon find yourself “Pedaling your Passion,” a uniquely Italian approach to bicycle travel that embraces La Dolce Vita at every turn and invites you to find your very special passion on every tour. Whether it’s soaking in the scenery, learning to make pasta, taking hundreds of photos or learning about Renaissance architecture, you’ll re-connect with your own passion with our special native guides who connect you to the culture and landscape like no one else can. Ciclismo Classico transforms a European cycling trip into an eye-opening, life-altering adventure you’ll never forget. Come ignite Your Passion and pedal with us!

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V&A Waterfront Gets African Craft and Design

November 27, 2014 on 12:14 pm | In Adventure Travel, Africa, South Africa, Webbandstand | Comments Off



[Cape Town,  – The V&A Waterfront’s new R50-million Watershed development embodies urbanity in an innovative, light-filled space that is the perfect showcase for the craft and design tenants who now call it home.

The street-styled market opened its doors to the public on Thursday, 9 October, replacing the previous Blue Shed Craft Market and Wellness Centre and combining the Red Shed tenants. Curator Trevyn McGowan and her team at Source have navigated the evolution of the market to ensure the Watershed’s tenant product offering and range focuses on artisans and designers, presenting the very best of the continent under one roof.

The airy new Watershed is 50% more spacious and a lot brighter, with light streaming in through a 100m-long skylight and a glass façade overlooking the Robinson Dry Dock and Table Mountain.

Inside, the Watershed is perfectly designed to showcase the quality products all creatively designed, beautifully handcrafted and produced with the warmth and spirit of Africa. Fashion nestles comfortably alongside works of art, precision-made furniture, intricately crafted jewellery, rich textiles, soft furnishings, ceramics, accessories, contemporary curios and much, much more.

The open-ended Watershed can be accessed via entrances facing the Two Oceans Aquarium on the one side and Jou Ma se Comedy Club on the other.

The south-facing glass façade also offers unparalleled views over the Robinson Dry Dock towards Table Mountain. Dating back to 1882, the dock is one of the oldest of its kind in the world still in daily use. The working nature of this historic dry dock is in perfect juxtaposition to the crafted wares offered by the 150 traders inside the Watershed.

A dedicated wellness area will open mid-November on the mezzanine level.

The Watershed

17 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront

Trading hours: 10am to 7pm daily

Issued on behalf of:

Carla White

PR & Communications Manager

V&A WATERFRONT

Tel: 021 408 7631

Email: cwhite@waterfront.co.za

The V&A Waterfront Watershed

The curator

In March 2014, Trevyn McGowan was appointed as the Curator for the new Watershed. McGowan, the creative force behind Source, is a formidable player in the South African design scene, and has played a pivotal role in promoting South African design to the global marketplace.

Since 2003, Trevyn and Julian McGowan have been responsible for transforming the South African design landscape by creating the proper infrastructures to develop and promote local design. As founders of Source, Southern Guild, the Design Foundation, and orchestrators of Design Network Africa, they have worked with innumerable designers and artisans and are responsible for the majority of exports of African design product to the global marketplace. They have recently earned a place on Art and Auctions “Power 100” global list of the most influential players in the art world, and on the City Press list “100 World Class South Africans”. In February 2014, the McGowans launched the first international design fair in Africa, GUILD.

On her appointment and future collaboration with the V&A Waterfront, Trevyn explained, “Southern African design has a unique place in the global market. Our designers follow a path with provenance, exploring their own identity and cultural history and their products carry a fertile and complex narrative. It is this point of difference that makes South African products so appealing and for over 10 years, we have been dedicated to growing an international footprint for many of our designers through the most respected retailers in the world. Our aim for this space is to bring this focus home, and to build our artisans and designers reputations for a local audience.”

The development

The transformation of the building has realised a better use of the double volume heights utilising the existing structure. With the incorporation of the existing historical Workshop 17 space:

The Watershed offers more than 1 500 square metres of trading space.

Brickwork in the gables on the ends of the building has been replaced by translucent sheeting, again allowing natural light to flood what was a dark space.
A 45m × 45m mezzanine has been suspended from the roof trusses, and will form a socialisation and event space, offering public access to the viewing decks. The space will see an element of greening with the inclusion of indoor trees.
Architect Heinrich Wolff’s design has ensured the area will become a natural walkway that would greatly benefit the surrounding environment and provide a far more effective urban connection.

The history

What once was a power station has become a powerhouse of design and creativity, celebrating the best of South Africa for the future.

The background

The results of a 2012 economic impact study into the economic contribution made by the V&A Waterfront to the city over ten years, showed the Waterfront made a major contribution to enterprise development. Through making retail facilities available to small businesses they have created a platform for thousands of people to market themselves and their products.

The study, conducted by economists from Economics Information Services (EIS), also included a look at the Waterfront’s impact on small businesses (SMEs).

Many of the crafters and entrepreneurs come from disadvantaged backgrounds with low levels of education and skills. In addition to creating employment for themselves, many use local manpower to produce their goods and in this way the local economy is further enhanced.

Each trader is inspiring, has triumphed and is a success story in their own right. Some migrate to larger premises and some even move to entirely new locations, which is part of the evolutionary business model envisaged since inception by the V&A Waterfront. Aside from adding a colourful and innovative component to the retail mix, crafters are given opportunities to grow and migrate to bigger premises in Victoria Wharf. Success stories include retailers such as Naartjie Clothing, Nocturnal Affair, Flowers Forever, Jewellery Art by Simon, Indygo, Carol Nevin Designs, Bijoux Fantasy, The Tie Stop, and Aromatic Apothecary.

Prior to the development of the new Watershed craft market there were 144 enterprise development stalls, which were divided into barrows and stalls at the Red Shed and at the Blue Shed Craft Market.

The V&A Waterfront has actively managed its mix of tenants to ensure on-going sustainability and leans away from too many franchises and chain stores. A distinction is also made between those tenants who pay fixed rent, made up primarily of offices and larger commercial concerns, while retail tenants generally pay a variable rent based on their turnover. In this way, smaller businesses can afford to be based at the Waterfront.


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