New charter dates on luxury liveaboard released at DEMA‏

October 30, 2014 on 9:49 am | In Adventure Travel, Sailing, Scuba Diving | Comments Off




With so many dive trips out there to choose from, and such a range of accommodation options, it makes sense to offer something unique. That’s where the Arenui Boutique Liveaboard can help!

Luxury dive liveaboard, the Arenui, is in high demand every year. Our 2015-2016 cruises are now 75% fully booked and even 2017 has been selling well for 6 months. We only have a few dates in late 2017 available to charter, so we are opening up our 2018 dates very soon (end of November)!

As a special promotion – exclusively for operators visiting us at DEMA – we are offering priority booking for charter dates on our 2018 calendar, before we publish the schedule online for general bookings. If your clients are looking for outstanding dive sites, beautiful scenery, great weather, luxury cabins and delicious food, plus professional and enthusiastic dive guides supported by a top-rated crew, come visit us at DEMA to discuss the details for a 16-guest charter in Indonesia on our boutique vessel.

ABOUT THE DIVE DESTINATIONS

Raja Ampat: Enjoy stunning topside views as we cruise alongside limestone rock formations and take a surface-interval break to visit remote beach island villages. Dive into this soft-coral heaven in the far east of the Indonesian archipelago and fill your logbook with famous West Papua sites such as Boo Windows in Misool, Arborek Jetty and Dampier Straits. Expect plenty of wobbegong sharks but also rare finds like the epaulette “walking” shark. Look out for photogenic critters like the pygmy seahorse and bring your wide-angle lens for the popular and almost guaranteed manta-sightings at the cleaning station.

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowKomodo: This is a great itinerary for all kinds of muck diving, as the dive sites here are packed full of unbelievable critters such as ornate ghost pipefish, pygmy seahorses, rare clown frogfish, blue-ringed octopus, pipefish, scorpion leaf fish, coleman shrimp, boxer crabs, zebra crabs and of course the weird and wonderful nudibranchs (if lucky, the ridiculously cute Pikachu nudi)! Divers keen on coral reefs will also be amazed at the range of corals that Komodo has to offer – from soft to hard and in warm to temperate waters – while those seeking out schooling fish need look no further than the thrilling current dives of Gili Lawa Laut. If you’re also hoping for some pelagics and ocean giants then bring your wide-angle lens along too for the resident mantas and sharks, but keep a watch for passing dolphins, whales and the elusive mola-mola (sun fish).

Alor: Explore the hidden gems of Alor – one of the best kept secrets for diving in paradise. This area is famous for beautiful rhinopias but also plenty of pelagic action. This fascinating dive destination boasts stunning topside scenery and impressive volcanoes; plus a visit to the famous Pura Island villagers, who splash out of their wooden dugout canoes and dive underwater with home-made goggles fashioned from wood and glass bottles. Take time out of diving for some land excursions here; trekking through the park to find ‘Varanus Riungensis’ – another giant lizard, slightly smaller and brighter than its cousin on Komodo).

Maluku: Unlike other areas, with high populations and subsequent pressure from fishing, the Bandas’ relatively small human population has been a blessing for divers – offering a vibrant, healthy reef system with fish life in incredible numbers along with huge gorgonians and sponges and some truly monumental hard corals. Expect plenty of pelagics, widespread muck diving and unexplored coral gardens, as well as a rich colonial heritage on land. Dive Nusa Laut, which showcases the positive effects of a village taking care of its habitat, where the reef remains as unspoiled as it was hundreds of years ago and a favorite of many dive enthusiasts.

Forgotten Islands: For a new itinerary why not visit this little known and under explored, remote area of Indonesia? The Forgotten Islands are part of a remote archipelago in the south-east corner of the Moluccas (Maluku Tenggara). These trips are for true explorers and those divers seeking out something new and unusual, as we take you from one secret paradise to another. Expect plenty of rare and unusual critters and stunning corals, but also fantastic opportunities for pelagic sightings and schools of larger fish such as barracuda and mackerel, as well as the chance to meet an enigmatic whale shark or elusive hammerhead.

The Arenui is a magnificent Phinisi (traditional Indonesian wooden sailing vessel) and a work-of-art in itself. She was built using 70% recycled wood and has been designed to give guests a real taste of local culture, with handicrafts and décor from around the Indonesian provinces.

She is operated by one of the finest crews in Indonesia, with 3 Indonesian divemasters plus 4 highly experienced western cruise directors and a further 18 well-trained crew members from captains and engineers to masseurs and chefs.

The Arenui is a truly boutique liveaboard experience. Unwind in exceptionally spacious cabins, relax with professional massage and spa treatments and enjoy the view from the fabulous sky deck. Arenui believes that, even when sailing around remote islands, there’s no reason to forgo fine dining so our talented chefs offer sumptuous buffets but also daily a-la-carte menus. After all, a relaxing meal prepared with care and style is the best way to remain full of energy for the next dive!

Join the Arenui to dive Indonesia – the world’s no. 1 spot for biodiversity! Enjoy small groups with only 16 guests per cruise, so 4 per dive group. Your only challenge is which destination to choose! We explore the best dive sites of Komodo and Alor, Maluku and Raja Ampat, plus an exciting new destination – the Forgotten Islands?

Experience the beauty and hospitality of Indonesia with the Arenui.

www.thearenui.com


Maple Leaf Adventures is adding a new ship to its fleet for 2015

October 27, 2014 on 9:11 am | In Adventure Travel, British Columbia, Canada, Sailing | Comments Off



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British Columbia – based Maple Leaf Adventures is adding a new ship to its fleet for 2015; Swell is an 88 foot classic wooden tug boat which has been beautifully restored to offer boutique expedition cruises along the dramatic BC and Alaska coast. Build itn 1912 , Swell worked the coast for 92 year as one of the most beloved large tugs and recently underwent a $3.5 million refit to offer guest accommodation.

Responding to the growing global demand for enriching multi – day journeys aboard small ships, Maple Leaf Adventures has begun selling 2015 packages aboard Swell. No more than 10 passengers at a time will explore the coasts wild fjords and archipelagos with resident experts as guides and crew. These boutique expeditions are very personalized trips.

The introduction of Swell extends the ability to takes this live aboard adventures to people who seek more privacy and space than those trips typically offer. Guests will have unparalleled access to the bears, whales, glaciers, nature and culture of :

The Great Bear Rain Forest

Canada and Alaska’s Inside Passage

Haida Gwaii (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands)

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and Vancouver Island

Swell has five private staterooms – each with its own private ensuite – plus a salon, two deck lounges and a hot tub. All cabins open onto a covered promenade and have natural light and opening windows with views to sea and landscape. Kayaks, rigid – hull inflatable boats, hydrophone and other gear ensure that Swell, as well as the Maple Leaf continue to offer these remote access trips with the spirit of discovery that the company is known for. For more information please go to www.MapleLeafAdventures.com and go to the Swell ship page from there.

Starting with a minimum five day, four night package, trips aboard Swell range from Cdn $1925 to Cdn$8000 per person ex. Interntational flights and include all gourmet meals, snacks and beverages , shore excursions, expert local guides , interpretation on natural and cultural history; photography tips, wildlife viewing, taking part in local and nautical customs, wild food foraging, special access permits to off limits areas, and the friendship and camaraderie that develop from full days exploring the natural world together.


OUTER SHORES EXPEDITIONS UNVEILS 2015 PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK RESERVE PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

October 23, 2014 on 3:37 pm | In Adventure Travel, British Columbia, Canada, Sailing | Comments Off



wickers.com COUPON 10% OFF all ordersRealize your photographic vision in one of the most photogenic places on earth in 2015

Victoria, B.C.

British Columbia’s leading sailing operator, Outer Shores Expeditions, unveils its 2015 Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Photography Tour. Budding shutterbugs with a passion for travel and discovery will once again have the opportunity to learn insider tips and tricks to capturing the beautiful Pacific Coast from expert wildlife and landscape photographer James Thompson.

“The Pacific Rim is a photographer’s dream, especially in early spring when both land and sea are teeming with wildlife, like gray whales, orcas, salmon and black bears,” says Russell Markel, Outer Shores Expeditions President and Captain. “James truly understands how to best capture this beautiful region and the wildlife that call it home.”

“Partnering with Outer Shores allows me to combine my fascination with the interconnectedness of nature with my love of outdoor adventure,” says Thompson. “The opportunity to expose burgeoning photographers to the many ecosystems of Pacific Rim National Park is quite special, and I cannot wait to board the Passing Cloud again in 2015.”

Throughout the expedition from April 21st to 25th, 2015, James Thompson will be on hand to answer guest questions and provide one-on-one coaching on how to overcome technical challenges and develop new approaches to photographing the natural beauty of the B.C. coast.

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThompson is a talented and skilful addition to the Outer Shores team, having refined his craft at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography and trained with nature photography legends Art Wolfe and Franz Lanting.

Win a James Thompson Print

To celebrate the launch of their brand new video, Outer Shores Expeditions is hosting a ‘Share to Win’ Facebook Giveaway from now until October 21st, 2014. One lucky fan will win an exclusive framed print from James Thompson Photography.

For details on how to win, visit the Outer Shores Expeditions

About Passing Cloud

Passing Cloud is a classic, 70′ schooner designed by William James Roué, famous for designing the legendary schooner Bluenose. Built in Victoria, BC, in 1974, Passing Cloud has a rich history on the BC Coast, renowned for her elegant design, exceptional accommodation, robust construction, and remarkable sailing abilities.

Designed to sail around the world, Passing Cloud is an ideal vessel for small-group natural and cultural history expeditions throughout the BC Coast. Among her many features are Passing Cloud’s classic West coast wheelhouse, four private staterooms and gorgeous main salon.

About Outer Shores Expeditions

Outer Shores offers multi-day wildlife and cultural expeditions that are once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Guided by a crew of professional mariners and expert naturalists, Outer Shores Expeditions small groups of 6 to 8 guests explore, experience, and learn about the stunning wildlife and ancient cultures of coastal British Columbia while living and traveling aboard the 70′ classic wooden schooner Passing Cloud. President and Captain Russell Markel holds a PhD in marine biology and is dedicated to hosting guests from around the world while fostering stewardship and supporting conservation-based research in the areas where Outer Shores travels.

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Notice of Race Released and Entries Open for the 2015 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.

October 22, 2014 on 10:58 am | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Sailing, St. Maarten | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowSimpson Bay, St. Maarten (October 21, 2014) The team at The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta are very pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2015 Regatta, taking place March 5 – 8. You can enter the race via the link below at Regatta Guru;

http://www.regattaguru.com/heineken/minisite?series_id=100083#Entries

The Notice of Race is available via the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta website at this link;

Photo by Bob Greiser / Outside Images

The team hopes to see lots of return entries as well as new ones this year, all coming to celebrate the event’s 35th year. In order to celebrate this milestone year, there will be some new features this coming season so watch this space for more information!

St.Maarten Heineken Regatta

For over three decades, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has showcased the top boats and sailing-and has become equally famous for its world-class slate of parties and musical entertainment-in the Caribbean. Now recognized by sailors around the planet as one of the sailing world’s best regattas, each year the event lives up to its worthy motto: Serious Fun.

For full information on the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including results, photos, videos, party and band information, and much, much more, visit www.heinekenregatta.com.

35th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, March 5 – 8, 2015.

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Neilson Supports Seafaring Stars Of The Future With £700,000 Bursary Scheme

October 22, 2014 on 6:48 am | In Adventure Travel, London, Sailing, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off



Argos Travel Insurance 100x50Active holiday specialist, Neilson, has teamed up with youth charity, UK Sailing Academy (UKSA), to offer promising seafarers the exceptional chance to pursue a career out on the ocean waves with funded qualifications leading directly to a role overseas as a sailing, windsurfing or yachting instructor. Successful applicants will undertake a three-four month course with guaranteed employment overseas with Neilson upon qualification. Neilson will be contributing at least 70% of the course costs for 68 prospective candidates each year, for the next three years, with a total investment of over £700,000.

The two courses on offer are the ‘Watersports Instructor Training’ which leads to a qualification to teach both windsurfing and dinghy sailing, and ‘Professional Yachtmaster’ which leads to a career as a yacht skipper and trainer.
The ‘Watersports Instructor’ qualification would usually cost candidates £3,650 to complete. Neilson and UKSA however will be funding £2,650 of the total course cost, with the remaining £1,000 to be paid by the candidate themselves. Those successful will be qualified to teach dinghy sailing and windsurfing with the promise of a position as a Neilson instructor at one of the company’s Beachclubs with locations across Turkey and Greece.

The ‘Professional Yachtmaster’ is a 13 week course which will enable those with a passion for sailing but perhaps not the financial means to gain the required qualification the chance to join Neilson as a trainer or skipper across it’s yachting holidays programme in the Med. The course usually costs £6,995 but Neilson will be funding at least 72% of this investment for 20 successful applicants each year.

Applicants must be aged over 18 to apply and must demonstrate a willingness to learn and a passion to deliver top quality watersports instruction at Neilson resorts, however no prior experience is necessary. Neilson will consider requests for greater financial support based on individual needs which can be discussed with Neilson at the four selection days taking place at the company’s Brighton HQ on October 27, 28, 29 and 30.

With a shortage of qualified watersports instructors to meet the demands of activity holidays, this is not only the perfect opportunity to secure the right people for the job whilst removing the financial barriers but also to help support both young people setting out on their career path or for those looking for a change of direction.

Richard Bowden Doyle, chairman at Neilson comments: “Each year Neilson recruits over 1,000 staff to work overseas at our fantastic Beachclubs in Turkey and Greece, however we are aware that the costs of qualifying can often be a barrier to people wanting to apply.

“This new scheme will allow us to work with even more talented people, giving them the opportunity to learn a new skill and secure guaranteed employment for two years post-qualification. We would encourage anyone interested in a career on the water to join us at our selection days at the end of October to chat through the opportunities on offer.”

Those interested in attending an assessment day can apply via the UKSA website: http://uksa.org/professional-training/watersports/watersports-instructor-training-neilson-funding/  or by calling Neilson’s dedicated course advisors at the UKSA on 01983 203038.
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Discount on Holiday Gift Certificates with Maine Windjammers

October 21, 2014 on 4:02 pm | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, New England, Sailing | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowHOLIDAY GIFT CERTIFICATES – It may be 205 days to Shakedown, but it’s only 64 days to Christmas! Give the gift of anticipation, adventure and relaxation! Gift Certificates in the amount of $500 or more will receive a 10% discount and be accompanied by our 16 page brochure, 2015 sailing schedule,

Maine Windjammer Cruises note card for your personal greeting and your choice of a copy of Capt. Ray’s book, “Keeping the Tradition Alive” or Ann’s “Maine Windjammer Cruises Cookbook” for your gifts presentation.
Call 800-736-7981 for your holiday shopping!

BOSTON TO THE BOAT

Make getting here easy with discounted non-stop flights on Cape Air from Boston to Owls Head! Five flights daily. Only $127.65 round trip. To make it complete purchase discounted ground transportation vouchers between the airport and our dock for only $44 round trip for up to 6 passengers.

To receive your air fare discount code and purchase Schooner Bay transportation vouchers contact us at 800-736-7981 or email sail@mainewindjammercruises.com .

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RIVER STREET PREPARES FOR ARRIVAL OF TALL SHIP EL GALEON ANDALUCIA

October 16, 2014 on 11:55 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Sailing, The South | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowSAVANNAH, GA – The Savannah Waterfront Association will welcome the National Air, Sea & Space Foundation and the Spanish tall ship El Galeón Andalucía to historic River Street on Thursday, October 23, 2014. The Tall ship will be visiting Savannah for a 10 day stay during its five month tour of the east coast.

The Sail to Sunny 16th Century Ship Tour 2014 will take the ship from Ocean City, MD to sunny Fort Lauderdale, FL making nine ports-of call in five states along the way. The 170-foot long, 500 ton ship is the only Galeón class vessel sailing today. Five of the seven decks will be available for the public to tour

. It carries an all-Spanish crew of 25 sailors, several of which will welcome visitors onboard when they tour this one-of-a-kind vessel.

El Galeón Andalucía is currently featured in the NBC series Crossbones starring John Malkovich as the legendary pirate Blackbeard which airs on Friday nights. The ship spent three months in Puerto Rico where the series was filmed. “El Galeón will bring the spirit of discovery and exploration to over two hundred thousand visitors on its Sail to Sunny Fort Lauderdale,” said Bryan Lilley, head of the National Air, Sea & Space Foundation. “When you step onboard the ship it’s like traveling back in time 500 years to experience for yourself what it was like to explore the new World,” he continued.

The ship will be open for public tours daily from 10am – 6pm starting on Friday, October 24 and continuing through Sunday, November 2. In addition to the tours, the Savannah Waterfront Association and the Air, Sea and Space Foundation will host several unique opportunities to immerse yourself in Spanish culture or tap into your inner pirate onboard the El Galeón. Guests are invited to celebrate the Spanish heritage of the 16th Century Spanish Tall Ship on Friday, October 24 for a night of “Tapas and Tango.” Guests can enjoy Spanish tapas, beer, wine and entertainment featuring dance instruction and a performance by tango instructor Rick Cody and music by American Tango Group. Tickets are available exclusive event aboard the ship that will feature a silent auction benefitting Bethesda Academy and sponsored by Seacrest Partners, Inc. The fun continues on Saturday, October 25 with the “Party like a Pirate” rum tasting and concert on historic River Street! Shellback Rum will fuel the party with a rum cocktails and entertainment will be featured on the Arbor Stage. For guests looking for a VIP experience, tickets are available aboard the Spanish Tall Ship El Galeón Andalucía for exclusive viewing of the concert, pirate grub and an open rum bar. If you don’t have the sea legs for it you can be a landlubber and party on the plaza with a few complimentary tastings and tidbits, then pay-as-you-go.

The ship will also pay homage to one of the most haunted cities by transforming into a haunted pirate ship over Halloween weekend. “This is one of the most amazing ships I have ever seen and Savannah will have the opportunity to experience it in a different way each night. We will have events for both kids and adults, so whatever level of party or pirate you want, you will have a choice,” said Carrie Bligh, Executive Director of the Savannah Waterfront Association. The haunted pirate ship will take place Thursday, October 30 through Saturday, November 1. “We are very excited to scare the wits out of folks during the haunted pirate ship,” added Bligh. On Thursday, October 30 families are invited to River Street to enjoy Pre-Trick or Treat on River Street from 6-9pm and tour the kid friendly haunted pirate ship. On Halloween Night the SWA will host their 2nd Annual Crawl-O-Ween Pub Crawl and tours of the haunted ship.

The Tall Ship event is hosted by the National Air, Sea & Space Foundation and the Savannah Waterfront Association. The event series is proudly sponsored by Alpha Media, Abshire Public Relations, Redd’s Apple Ale, Seacrest Partners Inc., Shellback Rum, South Magazine, WJCL-abc and WTGS-Fox.

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Arts, Culture & More Make Turkey THE Destination For Fall‏

October 14, 2014 on 7:38 am | In Adventure Travel, Festivals, Middle East, Mobile Apps, Sailing, Turkey, Webbandstand | Comments Off



This fall, ditch the traditional pumpkin picking and fall foliage weekend getaway and embark on a Turkish getaway that offers travelers the opportunity to step back in time by visiting historical landmarks as well as celebrate Turkish arts and culture festivals. A destination filled with a rich historical past, breathtaking monuments and a region that sits on both Europe and Asia, is one to not miss!

Below are optional sites to visit while in Turkey as well as fall festivals taking place in the region to create the quintessential Turkish vacation.

Historic Sites

1. Archaeological Site of Troy: With 4,000 years of history, Troy is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. The first excavations at the site were undertaken by the famous archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann in 1870. Its extensive remains are the most significant demonstration of the first contact between the civilizations of Anatolia and the Mediterranean world. The siege of Troy by Spartan and Achaean warriors from Greece in the 13th or 12th century B.C., immortalized by Homer in the Iliad, has inspired creative artists throughout the world.

2. Historic Areas of Istanbul: Strategically located on the Bosphorus peninsula between the Balkans and Anatolia, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, Istanbul was successively the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire and the Ottoman Empire and has been associated with major events in political, religious and art history. The city is on a peninsula surrounded by the Golden Horn (Haliç), a natural harbor on the north, the Bosphorus on the east and Marmara Sea to the south.

3. Selimiye Mosque and Its Social Complex: This square Mosque with its single great dome and four slender minarets dominates the skyline of the former Ottoman capital of Edirne. Sinan, the most famous of Ottoman architects in the 16th century, considered the complex, which includes madrasas (Islamic schools), a covered market, clock house, outer courtyard and library, to be his best work. The complex is renowned as the most harmonious expression ever achieved of the Ottoman külliye, a group of buildings constructed around a mosque.

4. Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia: Located on the central Anatolia plateau within a volcanic landscape sculpted by erosion to form a succession of mountain ridges, valleys and pinnacles known as “fairy chimneys” or hoodoos, Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia cover the region among the cities of Nevşehir, Ürgüp and Avanos, including the sites of Karain, Karlık, Yeşilöz, Soğanlı and the subterranean cities of Kaymaklı and Derinkuyu. The density of its rock-hewn cells, churches, troglodyte villages and subterranean cities within the rock formations make it one of the world’s most striking and largest cave-dwelling complexes.

5. Hierapolis-Pamukkale: Deriving from springs in a cliff overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created at Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) an unreal landscape, made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site.

6. City of Safranbolu: From the 13th century to the advent of the railway in the early 20th century, Safranbolu was an important caravan station on the main East–West trade route. The Old Mosque, Old Bath and Süleyman Pasha Medrese were built in 1322. During its apogee in the 17th century, Safranbolu’s architecture influenced urban development throughout much of the Ottoman Empire.

7. Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği: In Sivas Province in central eastern Turkey, on the slopes below the castle of Divriği, the Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği is a remarkable structure combining a monumental hypostyle mosque with a two story hospital, which includes a tomb. Founded by the Mengücekide Emir Ahmed Shah following the victory of the Seljuk Turks over the Byzantine army at the battle of Malazgirt in 1071, the mosque is dominated externally by the hexagonal, pointed roofed dome over its mihrab (prayer niche), a cupola over the ablutions basin in the center of the prayer hall and by the elaborately carved monumental stone portals on the north and west.

8. Hattusha – the Hittite Capital: Hattusha exerted dominating influence upon the civilizations of the 2nd and 1st millennia BC in Anatolia and northern Syria. The palaces, temples, trading quarters and necropolis of this political and religious metropolis provide a comprehensive picture of a capital and bear a unique testimony to the disappeared Hittite civilization. The city’s fortifications, along with the Lion Gate and the Royal Gate and the Yazılıkaya rupestral ensemble with its sculptured friezes, represent unique artistic achievements.

9. Nemrut Dağ: The mausoleum of Antiochus I (69–34 B.C.), who reigned over Commagene, a kingdom founded north of Syria and the Euphrates after the breakup of Alexander’s empire, is one of the most ambitious constructions of the Hellenistic period. The syncretism of its pantheon, and the lineage of its kings, which can be traced back through two sets of legends, Greek and Persian, is evidence of the dual origin of this kingdom’s culture. Crowning one of the highest peaks of the Eastern Taurus mountain range in south-east Turkey, Nemrut Dağ is the Hierotheseion (temple-tomb and house of the gods).

10. Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük: Two hills form the site on the Southern Anatolian Plateau. The taller eastern mound contains eighteen levels of Neolithic occupation between 7.400 BC and 6,200 BC, including wall paintings, reliefs, sculptures and other symbolic and artistic features. Together they testify to the evolution of social organization and cultural practices as humans adapted to a sedentary life. The western mound shows the evolution of cultural practices in the Chalcolithic period, from 6,200 BC to 5,200 BC. Çatalhöyük provides important evidence of the transition from settled villages to urban agglomeration, which was maintained in the same location for over 2,000 years. It features a unique settlement of houses without streets clustered back to back with roof access into the buildings.

11. Xanthos-Letoon: This site, which was the capital of Lycia, illustrates the blending of Lycian traditions and Hellenic influence, especially in its funerary art. The epigraphic inscriptions are crucial for our understanding of the history of the Lycian people and their Indo-European language. Xanthos directly influenced Lycia throughout antiquity, as demonstrated by the many epigraphic texts found on the two sites as well as by the remarkable funerary monuments preserved there or originating in the area and neighboring provinces. The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is a direct descendant of the Nereid Monument at Xanthos.

12. Bursa and Cumalıkızık Early Ottoman Urban and Rural Settlements: Bursa and Cumalıkızık is a serial nomination of eight component sites in the City of Bursa. The site illustrates the creation of an urban and rural system establishing the Ottoman Empire in the early 14th century. The property illustrates key functions of the social and economic organization of the new capital which evolved around a new civic center. These include commercial districts of khans, kulliyes (religious institutions) integrating mosques, religious schools, public baths and a kitchen for the poor as well as the tomb of Orhan Ghazi, the founder of the Ottoman dynasty.

13. Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape: Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape rises high above the Bakırçay Plain in Turkey’s Aegean region. The acropolis of Pergamon was the capital of the Hellenistic Attalid Dynasty, a major center of learning in the ancient world. Monumental temples, theatres, stoa or porticos, gymnasium, altar and library were set into the sloping terrain surrounded by an extensive city wall. The rock-cut Kybele Sanctuary lies to the north-west on another hill visually linked to the acropolis. Later the city became capital of the Roman province of Asia known for its Asclepieion healing center.

FALL FESTIVALS IN TURKEY

OCTOBER

51st Golden Orange Film & Art Festival, Antalya

October 10 – 18

Turkey’s premier film festival brings together stars and top-level cinema in Antalya in the Fall, and is among the world’s notable festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Tokyo and New York. The festival, which began in 1963, takes place over five days and will focus on the cinema of a particular country to strengthen cultural and artistic ties with Turkey. This year’s country of focus will be Spain. www.altinportakal.org.tr

International Bodrum Sailing Cup

October 20 – 25

The Bodrum Cup is an annual yacht regatta organized by ERA Bodrum Sailing Club to promote interest and skill in sailing among the captains and crews of Bodrum’s charter fleet. It is also a celebration of the ending of each year’s cruising season, a means to bring together the charter yachts that normally cruise on their own. http://www.bodrumcup.com/tr/ana-sayfa__227.html

Marmaris International Yacht Race Week

October 25 – 31

The largest offshore sailing event in Eastern Europe, the Marmaris International Race Week in the Mediterranean bay of Marmaris is held annually for sailors from around the world for a week of racing, traditionally five races with a prize for the winner of each class, and entertainment including cocktail parties, gala dinners, dress competitions and award ceremonies. http://marmarisraceweek.com/en_index.aspx

NOVEMBER

2nd Istanbul Design Biennial

November 1 – December 14

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and curator Zoë Ryan present a six week program of exhibitions and events to enliven Istanbul with design, technology, fashion, graphics, urbanism, product design, film and food projects under the theme, “The Future Is Not What It Used to Be.” More than 50 practices and designers from all over the world will be exhibited at the Galata Greek Primary School and in pop up locations around the city, including Forma Fantasma, NLD; Moisés Hernández, MEX; Architecture for All, TUR; Bless, DEU-FR; Dunne and Raby, GBR and RUF, and CN. www.tasarimbienali.iksv.org/en

Contemporary Istanbul

November 13 – 16

Contemporary Istanbul, the annual art fair that brings international focus to Istanbul’s dynamic art scene, will take place November 13-16, 2014 at the Istanbul Congress Centre and the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC). The art fair, which is now in its 9th year, will host a selection of art galleries, art institutions and non-profit art initiatives. It is expected to draw international artists and collectors, members of the press as well as art professionals and enthusiasts. http://www.contemporaryistanbul.com/#ci12


San Diego Celebrates Maritime Heritage‏

October 13, 2014 on 2:34 pm | In Adventure Travel, California, Sailing, San Diego | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowEver since Spanish ships first sailed into the natural harbor under command of Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542, San Diego Bay has played welcome host to visitors. The present-day bay looks much different, as time has transformed its 34 miles of waterfront into a vacation paradise lined with parks, marinas, restaurants, hotels, shopping, museums and bikeways adorned with eye-catching public art, but San Diego’s history lives on in this bustling maritime destination.

HISTORY AHOY!
Today, visitors can step back into San Diego Bay’s history and trace Cabrillo’s steps or explore the life of a lighthouse keeper who guided mariners. Naval history is on display as well, from the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s ships moored along the Embarcadero, to the nearby USS Midway and impressive Navy ships.

Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma prominently features a statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo who not only discovered San Diego and California but was also the first European to set foot on the U.S. West Coast. From its cliffs, guests enjoy birds’-eye views of the bustling harbor and downtown skyline. A multilingual recorded message provides information about Cabrillo’s voyage at a lookout spot above Ballast Point, as do displays and a video dramatization in the monument’s museum.

Cabrillo discovered San Diego Bay sailing aboard the San Salvador . The Maritime Museum of San Diego is building a full-size, fully functional, historically accurate replica of Cabrillo’s flagship. This vital link to San Diego’s maritime history is nearing completion at San Salvador Village at Spanish Landing. After her maiden voyage in January 2015, she will become part of the museum’s permanent fleet and sail the California coast as a San Diego ambassador. The build site is open daily to visitors, featuring costumed docents, shipbuilding demonstrations, sail making and Native American Kumeyaay displays such as tulle boats, baskets and pottery making.

The historic Old Point Loma Lighthouse is one of eight original lighthouses on the West Coast, restored and refurnished into a museum to reflect what life was like for the lighthouse keeper and his family in the 1800s. In the adjacent assistant keeper’s quarters, interactive exhibits shine a light on the story of Point Loma’s lighthouses. Few places in San Diego afford better views of the California gray whales’ annual southward migration, occurring mid-December to mid-March.

Located along Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island in Coronado, Carrier Row is home to two aircraft carriers in the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet: USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan . Although the naval base is closed to the public, guests onboard Hornblower Cruises, Flagship Cruises and other harbor excursions can glimpse these magnificent ships in their berths, as well as mighty Navy destroyers docked at Naval Base San Diego in the South Bay.

Each September as part of Fleet Week San Diego guests can tour Navy ships and the birthplace of naval aviation during the NAS North Island Open House, the only Navy open house on the West Coast. Other highlights include flyovers, performances by the Navy SEAL Leap Frogs parachute jump team and displays of Navy jets, helicopters, vintage aircraft, boats and hovercraft.

Another way to experience the U.S. Navy’s prominence on the bay is aboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier, the world’s most visited ship museum celebrating its 10th anniversary. The Midway highlights San Diego’s rich military history and pays tribute to more than 200,000 sailors who served aboard the vessel during its 47 years. Exhibits and activities include 29 restored aircraft, flight simulators and a self-guided audio tour of the crew’s sleeping quarters, galley, engine room, hanger, flight deck, towering bridge and more.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego located along the Embarcadero on Harbor Drive has one of the world’s finest collections of historic and other vessels on which visitors can relive the early days of seafaring. Ships include the Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing ship (built in 1863), Californian, the official tall ship of the State of California, HMS Surprise from the Academy Award-winning film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and two former Soviet and U.S. submarines.

GO FISH

Since the tuna industry sprang up in the early 1900s, San Diego has been a sportfishing paradise with fresh catches available just off the coast. Thousands of fishermen, cannery workers and shipbuilders once lived and worked along San Diego Bay, creating tight-knit communities in Little Italy and Point Loma. Today, the bay is home to the world’s largest sportfishing fleet, welcoming visitors from around the world.

Anglers can cast their lines on a wide range of ocean fishing trips, departing daily from the bay’s H&M, Point Loma and Fisherman’s Landings. Excursions include family-friendly full- and half-day excursions, private charters to offshore islands and the outer banks, or longer trips deep into Mexican waters. Depending on the season, yellowfin, bluefin, yellowtail, albacore, halibut, rock fish and more can be caught in the bountiful waters of the Pacific Ocean.

A cherished local tradition set against the vibrant backdrop of San Diego’s sportfishing fleet in America’s Cup Harbor is the Port of San Diego’s annual Day at the Docks in April. It’s the West Coast’s largest public celebration of sportfishing, signaling the official start of Southern California’s spring saltwater fishing season. Guests of all ages can enjoy free fishing, casting contests, rides on fishing boats and more.

Dive into the popular new Tuna Harbor Dockside Market , located on Fish Harbor Pier by Seaport Village, to purchase fresh local seafood every Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fishermen and women are more than happy to pose with their catches – ranging from tuna and halibut to box crabs and octopus – and fishing boats anchored in the background.

Happiness is calling in San Diego. For more information on San Diego Bay and its renowned maritime heritage, visit the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website at www.sandiego.org , the Port of San Diego’s website at www.thebigbay.com  or call 619-236-1212.

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Sail Into A Glorious Autumn with a Windjammer Cruise

September 1, 2014 on 12:49 pm | In Adventure Travel, New England, Sailing | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowAll of the windjammers have cozy, warm cabins below—just perfect for fall sailing!

As the temps cool down and the breezes pick up, the captains of the Maine Windjammer Association are pleased to offer cruises that give their passengers the best views of blazing reds, oranges and yellows that herald New England’s most famous season. With the kids headed back to school, Maine’s windjammer captains make sure their guests have every opportunity to take advantage of the quiet beaches, gorgeous vistas and pristine islands that dot Maine’s rugged coast.

Pam Houston, novelist, will be teaching a writer’s workshop aboard the Isaac H. Evans on the September 30-October 3 cruise.

For guests with a literary bent, the Isaac Evans is offering a specialty cruise called Writing on a Windjammer. It’s a rare opportunity to work with award-winning author and writing teacher, Pam Houston, while sailing amid the islands and coastal towns along the rocky coast of Maine. Watch for sea birds, whales, porpoises, and lighthouses, and enjoy delicious food, world-class writing instruction, authentic adventure, and camaraderie.

Fall breezes offer some of the best sailing of the season. Here, Schooner Heritage takes a tack across Penobscot Bay.

All the vessels offer spectacular sailing in protected waters, lobster bakes, scrumptious food by award-winning chefs and cozy nights under a blanket of stars. Columbus Day Weekend marks the end of the season, with lots of 3-, 4- and 6-day sailing options available between now and then.

For more information about the Maine Windjammer Association, click here.


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