australiaFamilsIndian PacificrailTravelManagers One of the world’s great transcontinental trains – The Indian Pacific – traverses Australia between Sydney and Perth, and its owner and TravelManagers’ partner supplier, Great Southern Rail, recently treated a select group of Personal Travel Managers (PTMs) on a fabulous two-day journey, on part of the 4,352km route, from Sydney to Adelaide.Bianca Sargent, Business Development Coordinator-Domestic for Great Southern Rail hosted the group of ten PTMs –Joshua Faddoul representative for Adelaide, Judy Gillings representative for Bateau Bay, Cathy Moir representative for Gymea Bay, Phil Kimberlee representative for Chelsea Heights, Heather Taylor representative for Mornington, Simone Fraser representative for Wandin East, Hillary Packer representative for Morphett Vale, Anne-Maree Selmo representative for Edithvale, Sarah Harington representative for Maroochydore and Maria Pandalai representative for Townsville.The inaugural Indian Pacific journey was in February 1970 and the entire trip, between the east and west coasts of Australia, takes three nights and four days, from the Blue Mountains of NSW across the Nullarbor Plain. Both berth compartments and reclining seat accommodation options are available, with meals served in the dining car, and The Queen Adelaide Restaurant carriage for Platinum and Gold Service guests.“Every meal we had onboard in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant was exquisite. Everything is prepared fresh onboard by chefs. Everybody on board was friendly and the service faultless,” said Sarah Harington.Off-train excursions for the group, all included in the ticket price and many exclusive to the Indian Pacific guests, proved to be memorable experiences for the PTMs. Maria Pandalai said she found the visit to the Pro Hart Gallery in Broken Hill “… most enjoyable, and the Barossa Valley tour which is simply amazing.” For Judy Gillings and Anne-Maree Selmo, the Barossa was also a highlight, capped with a beautiful dinner at Yalumba Estate, made even more special, according to Selmo, following pre-dinner tasting plates and matched wines at Seppeltsfield. Both the Seppeltsfield and Yalumba experiences are exclusive to Indian Pacific guests.Simone Fraser says the whole experience was invaluable.“The Indian Pacific is famed for travelling on the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world, and experiencing the train myself has really helped to understand the product; it’s one thing to become familiar with a high interest experience via training updates but nothing compares to the real thing. This famil experience has been so beneficial and I can truly sell this product with first-hand knowledge and absolute confidence.” “Our partner supplier relationships have been built over many years and support of these products is absolutely key to our business model. The ability for our PTMs to experience dedicated famils is a large part of this support,” says Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal.“TravelManagers prides itself on providing exceptional and personal customer service which comes from first-hand knowledge and experience. Educationals that allow first-hand experience of products, such as our co-created dedicated supplier famils, are so important and why we proactively work to provide as many educational opportunities as possible.” IMAGE:L-R: Sarah Harington, Maria Pandalai, Simone Fraser, Heather Taylor, Hilary Packer, Josh Faddoul, Phil Kimberlee, Anne-Maree Selmo, Judy Gillings and Cathy Moir
Top Stories Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation If it’s the former, landing a guy like Kolb makes less sense, as the team would really just need someone to keep the seat warm for a couple seasons until Skelton is ready. If it’s the latter, well, it will be open season on pretty much every available QB once the lockout ends. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away The NFC West is still one of the weakest divisions in football, and the Cardinals could be a QB away from returning to the top.“Yes, I will give up a first round pick for Kevin Kolb,” Doug Franz said on Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf show Tuesday. “Because I think the division’s so bad, that you get Kevin Kolb, you win this division and now your first round pick is in the 20s, and that’s fine with me.” But, Franz is confident the Cardinals could win with Kyle Orton, who will likely come cheaper than the Eagles backup.And, given the potential of John Skelton, Franz feels Orton may be the best bet for the Cardinals right now.“I do like John Skelton, but I also, if I’m Ken Whisenhunt, I’m looking at the situation…I’m saying this division’s so bad, and all I have to is if I win the division I’ve already got a home playoff game,” he said. “Kyle Orton is good enough to win this division. I can still teach John Skelton.”Tim Kempton, though, feels that the Cardinals should have their eyes on a larger goal than just winning a weak division.“It’s not about winning the division,” he said. “It’s about winning the Super Bowl.“John Skelton gives us the best chance to win the Super Bowl. Maybe not this year, but next year.”Kempton has an interesting point, though as the Cardinals have proven, once a team makes the playoffs anything is possible. Would it be worth passing up that chance, remote as it may be, just to give John Skelton more reps as the starter?What it comes down to is just how highly Ken Whisenhunt thinks of the guy he drafted in the fifth round out of Fordham just one year ago. Is he good enough to be the long-term option at QB, or is destined to become a career backup?
Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Of those 12 teams, sources tell ESPN that the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos and New York Jets have actually been in contact with Manning’s representatives.The 14-year veteran will clear waivers Thursday and doesn’t have to wait until the free agent period begins Tuesday to be eligible to sign with his new employer.Manning’s decision will bring to an end months of speculation about the future of one of the NFL’s all-time greats.Manning, who missed the entire 2011 season after undergoing four neck surgeries, has long been linked to the Cardinals, who currently have Kevin Kolb and John Skelton in the mix at quarterback. Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away The Peyton Manning saga may have a definitive conclusion sooner rather than later.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Manning camp is hoping to make a decision on where the four-time MVP will call home within the next week.While it’s believed Manning would prefer to stay in the AFC, he is open to switching conferences if the fit is right.Sources report 12 teams have reached out to Manning’s representatives Wednesday to make their interest in the superstar quarterback’s services known. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’
July 25, 2012: John Skelton now in frontFLAGSTAFF — After day one, it was Kevin Kolb. After day two, it’s John Skelton.Skelton has overtaken Kolb in this early quarterback competition, of granting media interviews.Skelton spoke twice Wednesday: first following the run test in the morning and then again following the end of the first practice of camp in the afternoon.“The quarterback position is probably the most important position on the field and with that position comes extra scrutiny and criticism,” Skelton said surrounded by reporters. “Kevin and I are both taking it in stride. We both know that we’re going to push each other, like always. “May the best man win.”Now, if this were a competition on the golf course then apparently it would be no competition at all.“Kevin’s got me,” Skelton said when asked who had the better game.The two spent much of the offseason playing every Tuesday. “There was probably a group of 12 of us that played,” Skelton said.“I guess it’s hard for the outside community to fathom two guys getting along that are competing for the same job,” the former fifth round pick said. “But we both push each other. We both want the best for each other.”(Full disclosure: Kolb did do a sit down one-one-one interview with Sports Illustrated’s Peter King following practice. Does a national interview count double?) Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments Share Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo When asked to leave by the D-backs, Luis Gonzalez made it a point to join the rival Dodgers and plot his revenge against his old team. He now works in the D-backs front office. This too shall pass.Charles Barkley took a blowtorch to the Suns organization on national TV to force a trade. His face now looms above the court as a member of the Ring Of Honor.This too shall pass.Now that Darnell Dockett has gone and done the unthinkable — signed with the rival San Francisco 49ers — Cardinals fans are piling on. He’s a hypocrite. Lacks loyalty. A traitor. In retrospect, the wise play would have been for Dockett to keep his mouth shut. But really, when has ever been good at that?First off, the Dansby comments weren’t a signed legal document. Nothing that bound him to the team. It was an emotional guy having an emotional reaction. Show of hands, who out there reading this blog is guilty of that from time to time?Second, the Dansby comments were an example of, “Do as I say not as I do.” Show of hands, parents out there — and be honest now — how many of you are guilty of this with your own kids?And third, the hypocrisy doesn’t erase all the good Dockett has done. Before last year’s knee injury, he missed two games in ten years. He was tough, loyal and poured it all out there all the time. If what he said about Dansby wipes out all the good Dockett has done in a Cardinals uniform, that is your prerogative. It is not mine. I will celebrate what he meant to this team. How many more times do we need to experience a painful sports breakup like this before we learn it never ends well? Happy endings where player and team end happily ever after are the stories I used to read to my kids at night. Feelings are hurt, emotions are raw and it leaves fans disenchanted. Barkley, Gonzalez, Randy Johnson, Steve Nash; who knows, maybe one day it will be Shane Doan. The end is never fun but redemption and forgiveness are always around the corner. This too shall pass. And two years from now he might very well be sounding that alarm high above the University of Phoenix Stadium crowd before a Cardinals home game. This too shall pass. The preferred path would have been for Dockett to stay a Cardinal, stand by his words of a year ago and finish his career with the team that drafted him a decade ago. It’s what I had hoped for; quite frankly Dockett was my favorite of those core Cardinals. The ones who bridged the gap between what they were and what they are. I liked reckless attitude. He played like a demon on the field and caught hell off it. He made every space he occupied, either the locker room or his twitter account, a little more entertaining and a little more dangerous. If you laid out the jerseys of Adrian Wilson, Karlos Dansby, Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald or Dockett, I’ll pick out 9-0 every time. It’s that reckless attitude that has Cardinals fans burning (metaphorically) those jerseys today. A year ago he spoke of Karlos Dansby’s lack of loyalty in choosing Cleveland. He chased the money, Dockett said. And in doing so many Cardinals fans assumed that when given the same choice, Dockett would show more loyalty. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold pulls back to throw a pass during USC Pro Day, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. Pro day is intended to showcase talent to NFL scouts for the upcoming draft. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) 18 Comments Share WATCH LIVE: Potential #1 overall draft pick, Sam Darnold, speaks to the media on Pro Day. #FightOn https://t.co/chmVa3HepR— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) March 21, 2018 ESPN’s Adam Schefter spotted all of the Cardinals’ big guns in Los Angeles. General manager Steve Keim, head coach Steve Wilks, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich all took in Darnold’s workout.That’s peculiar considering not many other teams — that we know of — sent so many key leaders to Darnold’s workout.Related LinksA quarterback rich 2018 NFL Draft awaits the CardinalsThe Cardinals’ quarterback options could be limited by 15th pickDarnold isn’t expected to be available to many teams, and certainly not by the time Arizona would pick at 15th overall. He is a potential No. 1 overall pick after throwing for 4,143 yards, 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last season for the Trojans.The Jets, Giants and Browns were all represented alongside the Cardinals on Wednesday. Those three teams own the four top picks (Cleveland has two picks at first and fourth).The Chargers, Seahawks and Saints also had personnel taking in Darnold’s pro day, according to College Football Talk’s Bryan Fischer. There were certainly others that went unreported on Twitter.But it makes you wonder: Could the Cardinals, who signed veteran quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon this offseason, be thinking about moving up in the NFL Draft to grab Darnold? It at least seems that the workout won’t deter Arizona or other teams in thinking about that possibility. Darnold, who didn’t throw at the NFL Combine, impressed despite working out in inclement weather. NFL teams have the deep personnel departments to spread out, put boots on the ground and fill their NFL Draft files full of useful information.At this point, they also have time to pool their resources and place bodies in one location if they think it’s worth gaining first-hand knowledge. Apparently, doing so at USC quarterback Sam Darnold’s pro day was the priority for the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Related LinksRapid Reactions: Arizona Cardinals upset Green Bay PackersZane Gonzalez kicks game-winner as Cardinals beat Packers in LambeauArizona Cardinals rookie Chase Edmonds scores first NFL touchdownMcCarthy had been the Green Bay head coach for the past 13 seasons. – / 7 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 17 Comments Share The Green Bay Packers announced Sunday they have parted ways with head coach Mike McCarthy.McCarthy and the Packers lost to the previously 2-9 Arizona Cardinals at home on Sunday, which ultimately proved to be the final straw in a disappointing season.From Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy:The 2018 season has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers. As a result, I made the difficult decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately,” Murphy said. “Mike has been a terrific head coach and leader of the Packers for 13 seasons, during which time we experienced a great deal of success on and off the field. We want to thank Mike, his wife, Jessica, and the rest of the McCarthy family for all that they have done for the Packers and the Green Bay and Wisconsin communities. We will immediately begin the process of selecting the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers.The Packers fell to 4-7-1 following the loss to the Cardinals. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletter >The National Heritage Board (NHB) gazetted the former Fullerton Building, today known as The Fullerton Hotel, as Singapore’s 71st National Monument, concluding a series of gazettes in celebration of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. This grand Neoclassical building situated at the mouth of the Singapore River was once Singapore’s General Post Office, and housed several government departments, where some of Singapore’s pioneer leaders began their careers. It has also been witness to several historic events during the Japanese Occupation and the post-war period.Ms Jean Wee, Director of the Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) division, NHB, says, “The former Fullerton Building is one of the most iconic colonial buildings in Singapore, standing at the mouth of the Singapore River and defining the Singapore skyline since the 1920s. Beyond its grand façade and beautiful architecture, it is filled with many priceless memories of our nation’s growth throughout the years – from the former General Post Office to government offices, it has served multiple functions that mark the tumultuous times we have lived through, and the steps taken to build our country.“As we celebrate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, we reflect on the trail history has left on our landscape, and, in turn, accord those that are nationally significant the highest form of preservation and recognition. 2015’s gazettes of the former Fullerton Building, together with Jurong Town Hall and Istana Kampong Gelam as National Monuments, collectively add more architectural diversity, and, more importantly, many more layers of stories to our cultural legacy for future generations.”Mr Giovanni Viterale, General Manager, The Fullerton Heritage, says, “This is a historic moment, and we are privileged and honoured that the Fullerton Building has been gazetted as Singapore’s 71st national monument. Beyond its grand façade and beautiful architecture, the Fullerton Building is filled with countless and poignant memories of Singapore’s growth through the colonial and pre-independence era till present day. It is a privilege to be operating in a building and precinct immersed so relevantly in Singapore’s history and culture. Today, we mark a new chapter in the building’s future. As we reflect on the legacy of the Fullerton Building, we also look forward to the future of providing new memories and experiences for our local and international visitors.”Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterNanuku Auberge Resort Fiji has this week released details of pricing for its 13-new luxury one- and two-bedroom Auberge Beach Villas, now right on schedule for an official October 2018 opening.Pricing leads in at FJ$3350 per night for a one-bedroom Garden Villa inclusive of à la carte breakfast and all taxes. Per night rates for a two-bedroom Garden Villa start from FJ$4100, again inclusive of à la carte breakfast and all taxes.Announcing the new tariffs, Nanuku Auberge Resort GM, Sascha Hemmann, said the new villas, along with the resort’s current inventory, were seen as ideal for multigenerational families but in reality would suit just about anyone looking for an intimate, private villa-style holiday.“The beauty of a stay in our Auberge Beach Villas lies in the fact our guests can enjoy their very own, very private environment or if they wish, take full advantage of a full resort offering literally just a short walk away,” Mr Hemmann said.When complete, the new Auberge Beach Villas will offer state-of-the-art kitchens, private swimming pools and private open terraces offering indoor and outdoor living fronted by a three-kilometre-long white-sand beach and the resort’s own pristine house reef.The 13 new villas have increased the resort’s overall property inventory to 37 residences, ranging from the existing one-, two- and four-bedroom villas through to the three- and four-bedroom Hilltop Ocean View and the six-bedroom Owners Residence.“Currently, we cater for anyone, be that couples, families, wedding parties and their guests and other larger assemblages and especially multigenerational family groups,” Mr Hemmann said.“The advent of our new Auberge Beach Villas will take our ability to deliver right across the travel spectrum, in the process placing Nanuku Auberge Resort in a unique position on the Fijian luxury accommodation landscape.”Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterAnantara Kihavah Maldives Villas has unveiled SKY, the Maldives’ only overwater observatory combined with a unique luxury cocktail bar, a resident story-telling Sky Guru and housing the most powerful telescope in the region.The Sky BarThe panorama lounge perched over the lagoon maximises ocean views from every vantage point. Contemporary yet warm, with raw timber and soft lighting throughout, this is the place to take in Indian Ocean sunsets. A circular bar serves as the centrepiece, with the resident mixologist busy at work. Sip on island signatures such as Kihavah Island Tea, an Indian Ocean white rum and arak with lychee, peach, lemon and a dash of Earl Grey Tea.Laze on low oversized daybeds that wrap around the terrace, enjoying innovative tapas and fragrant shisha. Resident DJ Kristina spins mellow vibes that shapeshift with the fading light.The ObservatoryThe custom-built Ash-dome observatory sits on the roof deck of the Sky Bar surrounded by nothing but open skies and the ocean waves below. The first and only observatory in the Maldives houses a research-grade 16” Meade LX200 telescope mounted on a super-giant field tripod. Remote-controlled with 360 ̊ movement, the powerful telescope opens up a whole new world of wonder.Stargazing with Sky Guru ShameemSip champagne or lay back on a circular daybed with the sky above as resident astronomer Shameem points out the pale yellow rings of Saturn or the counter-rotating zones and belts of Jupiter that vary in width, colour and intensity from year to year. Take a peek through the telescope at the Milky Way’s shining Omega Centauri or Messier 13, a globular cluster of over 300,000 stars in the constellation of Hercules.The Maldives’s location just above the equator means both hemisphere’s stars are visible from Anantara Kihavah. Coupled with minimal light pollution and open skies, this is astronomy par excellence. Sky Guru Shameem (protégé of Italian astronomer Dr Massimo Tarenghi who headed the ALMA observatory in Chile) shares his passion and expertise of the constellations in weekly stargazing experiences and private couples’ sessions. Name a star after your loved one as the ultimate honeymoon gift.Go back to the e-newsletter
“Four guests with minor injuries were escorted to the hospital by Italian-speaking Uniworld staff. No crew members were injured. The accident occurred after most guests of the 130-passenger River Countess had disembarked and were transferring for flights home,” Uniworld said.“Uniworld’s technical and nautical crisis response team is on the way to Venice to thoroughly evaluate River Countess and take necessary action. Guests slated to arrive today have been informed and are under the care of Uniworld who is providing hotel accommodation,” LATTE was told in a statement.Further updates on the extent of damage sustained by River Countess are expected.Go back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterUniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has confirmed four passengers onboard River Countess received minor injuries when the 130-passenger ship was struck by an out-of-control MSC Cruises’ ship in Venice Sunday morning, 2 June 2019 . The 2,679-passenger MSC Opera ploughed into the Italian dock where River Countess was moored, causing severe damage to the river boat.People on the dock can be seen running as the ocean liner bares down on the Uniworld vessel, with MSC Opera’s horns blaring against the impending crash.MSC Cruises is blaming the incident on a “technical issue” aboard MSC Opera as it navigated near the dock.“The investigations to understand the exact causes of the events are currently in progress,” MSC’s statement said. “Regarding these, the company is working closely with the local maritime and other authorities.”“The ship has in the meantime received authorisation to move to be moored at the Marittima terminal, as planned. She is now moored there and has begun passenger operations,” MSC Cruises said.Uniworld’s River Countess, which was scheduled for a Super Ship makeover at the end of this season, was however worse for wear following the crash, with images showing its bow crumpled and bridge collapsed.In a statement to LATTE, Uniworld confirmed River Countess was “hit” while docked at the San Basilio Cruise Terminal.
The awards were judged by a panel of proven business leaders, experts and entrepreneurs, with the winners announced last night at London’s iconic Battersea Power Station.Judges said that Skyscanner was “clean, easy to use and navigate around, and ticked the boxes in terms of originality of design and features.”Skyscanner has over 10 million users per month and features 600 airlines across 670,000 routes including both traditional and no frills carriers. The calendar function which plots flights and prices day by day allows unprecedented pricing visibility for flexible travellers. Commenting on the win, VP of Commercial Frank Skivington said:“We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this accolade against some extremely tough competition.“We have recently managed to achieve the top spot for flight comparison in Europe and our next step is to become the number one worldwide.”The win is the latest addition to Skyscanner’s recent accolades; the company were placed 21st in the Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 making them the highest ranking travel company, and Skyscanner also scooped ‘best metasearch site’ in the Travelmole Web awards 2010.Want to know more? See Skyscanner’s list of awards or read Skyscanner’s press praise.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Skyscanner has been recognized as the best metasearch flight comparison website at the Travolution awards beating Kayak.com, Fly.com, Zugu.co.uk and Dealchecker.co.uk amongst others. RelatedSkyscanner AwardsSkyscanner have won or been shortlisted for numerous awards. Here are our most recent wins:Skyscanner scoops trio of Travolution AwardsSkyscanner scoops trio of Travolution AwardsSkyscanner ranks 30th in Deloitte Technology Fast 50 2010Skyscanner ranks 30th in Deloitte Technology Fast 50 2010
7. Côte d’Albâtre, FranceYou’ve heard of the White Cliffs of Dover, but how about the ‘White Cliffs of Normandy’? The chalk-white Alabaster Coast stretches for 80 miles are rises in cliffs up to 100m high, forming odd structures like the arch at Étretat. Related7 of the world’s most extraordinary natural phenomena: in picturesPrepare to be amazed at these seven incredible phenomena from around the world.Amazing places you won’t believe exist on EarthLooking for a more unusual travel destination this year? Check out these photos of some unbelievably amazing places in the world; we challenge you to read on without reaching for your passport…8 incredible pictures of Iceland that you won’t believe are realFrom black beaches to blue lagoons; Iceland is full of dramatic landscapes and picture-perfect panoramas, making it possibly one of the most beautiful countries in the world. 10. Pamukkale, TurkeyThe surreal beauty of these mineral hot springs in Denizli Province in south-west Turkey draws so many tourists that access is now restricted in the hope that its natural wonder will be preserved for many more people to admire.What spectacular sights and natural creations are missing from our list? Leave us know below.If you liked this, you’ll also like:29 amazing Game of Thrones locations: in picturesBucket list: 10 most clichéd travel things to do and places to go before you dieTop 100 holiday destinations 2014: recommended by Skyscanner staffAdapted from an original article by Nina NeisslSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 1. Fly Geyser, Nevada, USAOk, this geyser isn’t 100% natural, but it was formed by accident. In 1964 drilling for sources of geothermal energy caused minerals to rise up into the strange-but-true form you can still admire today. 2. Great Blue Hole, BelizeThis oddity is definitely all-natural. The hole, 300 meters across and up to 125 meters deep, is one of the best places on Earth for scuba diving. 3. Plitvicer Seen, CroatiaThe 16 Plitvice Lakes in Croatia are arranged in steps, linked by waterfalls. You can explore them on walkways like in the photo, or by boat. 6. The Door to Hell, TurkmenistanIn a story that recalls the creation of the Fly Geyser, the Door to Hell in Turkmenistan’s Karakum Desert has been burning brightly for over 40 years, ever since geologists tried to burn off natural gases discovered when drilling at the site. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 4. Zangye Danxia, ChinaThe sandstone landforms of Zangye Danxia come in idiosyncratic and colourful formations, their layers revealing thousands upon millions of years of history and prehistory. 5. Striped icebergs, AntarcticaAntarctica pretty much has freehold on ‘out-of-this-world’ natural wonders, as long as you like your wonders to come in white, or maybe blue, or in some cases, stripes. Feast your eyes and your imagination on this collection of the 10 most spectacular natural sights on the planet. And yes, all of these are real. 9. Salar de Uyuni, BoliviaDo not adjust your set. The largest salt lake in the world (covering 10,582 square kilometers, to be precise) resembles a mirror-smooth frozen lake, making possible perception-perplexing photos like this. Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: Air FranceAer Lingus Brussels Airlines 8. Bryce Canyon, USAThere is of course the much-more-famous Grand Canyon, but Bryce Canyon, sitting at over 2000 meters above sea level in Utah, is very much a wonder of the world with its pyramid-like rock formations. And it’s not actually a canyon…
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How much is it to get into Petra?A lot. Petra is incredibly expensive, and there’s nothing you can do about it (unless you’re an Arabic national). Arabic nationals (people from Jordan, Iraq, Iran and other surrounding countries) only play 1JD per person. This goes up to an eye-watering 50JD (about £56) for foreigners, making it one of the most expensive tourist attractions in the world. However, if you’ve come straight from Eilat (or anywhere else in Israel or Egypt for that matter) and are only planning to spend the day at Petra and not spend the night in Jordan, then the price jumps again to 90JD. Ouch. It is worth noting that Petra is one of those places that works out more economically cheaper the longer you stay – a two-day ticket costs 55JD and a three-day ticket costs 60JD. What should I pack for a trip to Petra?Petra is in the middle of the desert, so it goes without saying to pack lots of water and sun block. You can buy these at the site, but obviously the prices are extortionately high. It’s also a good idea to be covered up at Petra. Even though lots of people walk around in shorts and strappy tops, Jordan is still a devout Muslim country and it’s best to respect the locals by dressing appropriately. Layers are key too – the temperate plummets at night and you always need extra layers. If you didn’t bring a hat then it’s good idea to buy a headscarf. At only a few JD, these are fantastic at keeping the sun off your head and they make excellent souvenirs too. Oh, and make sure you have comfortable shoes you’re happy to walk in all day – you’re going to need them! What is there to see?The SiqFirst up, there’s the Siq. As in antiquity, the Siq (meaning gorge) is still the main entrance into Petra. With high cliffs on either side of you, it was formed by moving tectonic plates, and the walls were smoothed by weather, water and time. The Siq pathway twists and turns for over a kilometre, and the observant will notice the terracotta pipes built into the rock face. If you’re planning on exploring here, make sure you don’t rush through – it’s a place to be enjoyed just as much as anywhere else in Petra. How do I get around Petra?If you’re worried about not being fit enough to get around Petra by foot, there are a number of different ways of seeing all this wondrous ancient city has to offer. From the site entrance to the Treasury it’s possible to get a horse and cart. This journey takes about 10 minutes and costs 20JD (return) for the horse and cart. All round Petra you’ll see donkeys and camels for hire. As a rule of thumb, it usually costs between 5-10JD per trip of up to one hour and you should tip the owner on top of this. If it’s a choice between a donkey and a camel, then go for a donkey – they can walk up stairs whereas a camel can’t. Please note: the ethical treatment and welfare of the animals by the Bedouin has been brought into question over the years, so only hire one if you really need it. Always check if the animal looks healthy and well cared for. What’s Petra by Night?Petra by Night is a magical light show every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The walkway from the Siq to the Treasury is lit up by 1,500 candles throwing mesmerising shadows onto the surrounding rock, and it is every bit as beautiful as the photos. The light show starts at 8.30pm, runs for two hours and costs 17JD*. Feeling inspired to take on the world? 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ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Can I stay in Petra?There are a number of places to stay at in Wadi Musa, the town next to Petra. If you’re looking for that extra special experience there’s the Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp just 30 minutes from Petra. Here you get to camp under the stars in small huts (don’t worry, there are camp beds here), and they even put on an impressive spread too. A little closer to Petra there are a number of hotels ranging from cheap to expensive. A good cheap hotel is the Petra Sella Hotel, and one for the high-end among you is the Mövenpick Petra Resort.Find hotels near Petra Al DierMeasuring 47m wide and 48m high, the Monastery (also known as Al Dier) is arguably even more impressive than the Treasury, especially when you take its location into consideration. You’ll find it hidden away 800 steps up the mountain, where one thought occurs to almost everyone: how did man construct something so grand up here? Make sure you get an iced lemon and mint at the top – you’ve earned it. RelatedHoliday cats: street cats of the world in picturesCalling all cat lovers! A collection of photos of beautiful ‘street cats’ around the world, from Italy to Japan.Top ten things to do before you dieTop ten things to do before you dieThe Oscars 2016: Best Picture film locationsThe 88th Academy Awards will take place on February 28th, and this year the nominees for Best Picture take in an impressively diverse set of locales, from New Orleans to Berlin and as far afield as Tierra del Fuego in Argentina. Here’s the lowdown on the locations of 2016’s potential… Al KhaznaIf there’s one image that sells a destination, it’s this one. Once you get to the end of the Siq, you’ll behold a magnificent façade, that’s the famous the Treasury (a.k.a. Al Khazna). At 40m high, the Treasury stands sentinel above you. One of the beautiful things about the Treasury is it still remains shrouded in mystery: archaeologists can’t quite decide if it was a temple to the Gods or a memorial to the dead. Either way, it is absolutely stunning, so bring your very best camera. How do I get there?Petra is located in the southwest of Jordan close to the Israeli border and it is a three-hour drive from the capital Amman. For people coming directly from Israel, it is possible to visit Petra from both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, but this is nearly always on a two-day tour. Also, it is possible to visit Petra in a day from Eilat (the most southern town in Israel) but it’ll cost you – more on that below. The majority of people come directly from Amman though, and if you want to do it independently there are a number of public buses and mini-buses that’ll take you to Petra. The public bus costs 8.50JD each way and a mini-bus is closer to 5JD each way. You can also get a taxi as well but at approximately 90JD (depending on how good you are at haggling) it is a lot more expensive. Another option is to hire a car for a couple of days.Find flights to Amman What is Petra?History buffs will know that Petra is an ancient Nabataean city that dates back to 312BC, with rose-coloured temples that seamlessly blend into the surrounding landscape. It’s also a major tourist destination, which attracts half a million people every year. Despite pulling in people from all over the world, Petra lay forgotten to the western world for centuries, known only to the Bedouin who made it their home, until the great Swiss explorer Jean Louis Burckhardt stumbled upon it in 1812. The story goes he was dressed as a local Bedouin at the time vowing to slaughter a goat when he came across the Treasury. We’ve all been there. Today, Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is basically always mentioned in listicles such as ‘Places to See Before You Die’. So, yeah, you know it’s worth a visit if it’s trending online. When’s the best time to visit Petra?If you want those photos without anyone in them, then the best time to get to Petra is when it opens at 6am. For those first few hours you really can have the place to yourself. A large majority of the tour coaches get to Petra around 10:30 onward, so this is when things start to get really busy. Happily though, Petra has the amazing ability of never feeling fully crowded. The crowds start to disperse around 3pm to head back to Amman, and from here till the site closes at 6pm you get the most beautiful light bouncing off the rock. It’s a real photographer’s paradise.
Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineSmooth Sailing The “Smooth Sailing” package includes a two-night stay in any of Garza Blanca’s suites or spacious Penthouses and a selection of fine foods as they cruise the clear waters of the Banderas Bay on the luxurious 70-foot Mondrian Yacht. Amenities include, a gourmet catering package of hors d’ouerves, snacks and dessert; children’s catering options and welcome baskets; premium “Mondrian Yacht Charter” t-shirts; unlimited beer, wine and soda; and towels and sunscreen.Delicioso Travelers can finally get the most out of their Mexican getaways: staying in luxurious five-star suites and tasting the finest of the local cuisine. Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa’s “Delicioso!” vacation package allows guests to taste the most succulent seafood and freshest ingredients at three of Puerto Vallarta’s top restaurants: Blanca Blue Restaurant & Lounge, Vitea Restaurant and Trio Restaurant. Visitors will enjoy three courses at each of these elegant restaurants, as well as enjoy three nights in the luxury suites and penthouses of Garza Blanca.www.garzablancaresort.com
NEW YORK — Zydo, a leading maker of fine Italian jewelry has scheduled a number of personal appearances leading up to the holidays:Decmber 3-5 – ZYDO @ Mednikow Jewelers – 474 Perkins Extended – Memphis, TN December 7-8 – ZYDO @ Elleard Heffern Jewelers – 101 S. Hanley Road – Clayton (St. Louis), MO December 10 – ZYDO @ King Jewelers – 18265 Biscayne Boulevard – Aventura, FL December 10-11 – ZYDO @ Neiman Marcus Tampa Bay – 2223 West Shore Boulevard – Tampa, FL December 11-12 – ZYDO @ Queen’s Wreath Jewelers at the MET – The MET 35 S. Boulevard of Presidents – Sarasota, FL December 12 – ZYDO @ Deboulle Jewelry – 6821 Preston Road – Dallas, TX December 15-16 – ZYDO @ Neiman Marcus Fort Worth – 2100 Green Oaks Road – Fort Worth, TX December 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 26 – ZYDO @ Neiman Marcus Boca Raton – 5860 Glades Road – Boca Raton, FL December 18-19 – ZYDO @ Neiman Marcus Northbrook – 5000 Northbrook Court – Northbrook, IL December 23-24 – ZYDO @ Neiman Marcus Short Hills – 1200 Morris Turnpike – Short Hills, NJ
MIAMI, FL — Situated just 48 nautical miles off the coast of South Florida on the Bahamian island of North Bimini the new Bimini Bay Resort is slating Fall 2008 for its opening.Featuring 200 luxury suites and homes including one/two/three-bedroom condominiums, one/three-bedroom treehouses and three/four-bedroom oceanfront/bayfront homes, the resort also offers two full-service marinas, infinity pool and oversized pool, Aquagrille restaurant, Fisherman’s Village shopping plaza, Swedish and Thai massage services, children’s playground and Beach Bums Activity Center, meeting and event facilities, tennis and bocce ball courts and a fine dining restaurant overlooking the ocean.Real estate opportunities are also available including direct oceanfront lots and exclusive home sites on the resort’s private island. Guests also have the option to include their property in the resort’s rental pool. Plans are almost complete for a Bristol Cellars, John Bull Jewelers and Spa Chakra and plans are underway for a Conrad Hotel, casino, Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed links golf course and a second private island.Bimini Bay Resort is located at the point where the Gulf Stream meets the Great Bahama Bank and is heralded as the bonefish and big-game fishing capital of the world.Accommodations – The Bahamian-inspired architecture of Bimini Bay Resort’s luxury suites, treehouses and homes showcase the color palettes reflective of the ocean and flowers native to the island. Painted in tropical hues of green, blue, peach, yellow, pink and turquoise and accented with white windows, railings and doors, all units offer water views of the Atlantic Ocean and/or Bimini Bay.Accommodations are elegantly appointed with beachy-chic décor and all offer full-service kitchens, granite countertops and stacked washer/dryer units.Marina – Bimini Bay Resort’s full-service marina has 136 floating boat slips that accommodate vessels up to 128 feet.It also features its own Customs & Immigration office allowing guests to tie up and clear customs immediately. The Bahamian government recently completed an environmentally-friendly dredging of the Bimini Bay harbor resulting in a new channel that can accommodate mega yachts.Mega Yacht Marina – The resort’s Mega Yacht marina complex currently has 96 slips (for owners and hotels guests) that can accommodate mega yachts up to 205 feet.On the horizon are a yacht club, oversized pool, restaurant with sushi bar, fitness center and convention center.Contact:For travel reservations or Fantasy Cove Realty, Bimini Bay’s exclusive U.S. real estate sales representative, call the U.S. office at (305) 513-0506 or the resort directly at (242) 347-2900.Alternatively, send an e-mail to the following:Vacation reservations – firstname.lastname@example.orgFantasy Cove Realty – email@example.com www.biminibayresort.com
FILE – In this May 17, 2017 file photo, Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan appears at a press conference to promote his film, “Hindi Medium” in Ahmadabad, India. Khan has appeared in films such as “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Jurassic World,” but now the actor is facing the biggest challenge of his life as he undergoes treatment for cancer in London. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki, File) by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Aug 1, 2018 8:48 am PDT Last Updated Aug 1, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Amid cancer treatment, Irrfan Khan finds new a perspective LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Actor Irrfan Khan is a Bollywood star and Hollywood chameleon, who has bounced between the two with ease for decades, working with everyone from Mira Nair to Wes Anderson and Ang Lee and stealing scenes in both Oscar-winners (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and blockbusters (“Jurassic World”) alike. But all that’s been put on hold as he undergoes treatment in London for a neuroendocrine tumour, a rare form of cancer.Although Khan’s life now is very different from only a few months ago, he still has films that he worked on as recently last year coming out, including “Puzzle,” a poignant character drama expanding to 11 cities this weekend.The indie film from Oscar-nominated producer Marc Turtletaub (“Little Miss Sunshine”) is about a stifled suburban housewife, played by Kelly Macdonald, who forms a bond with a more cosmopolitan man, (Khan), over a shared fondness for puzzles. It’s one that the 56-year-old actor is immensely proud of, and eager to talk about, but, he also knows very keenly how unpredictable his life has become.When I call him for our interview, he answers politely and informs me that he’s been hospitalized the night prior and asks if might be possible to call him back in 10 minutes. Of course, I say. This happens again, when Khan’s doctors come in to talk to him and he politely asks if we might pick it up tomorrow.Below are excerpts from our conversations. They have been edited for clarity and brevity.AP: ‘Puzzle’ is quite lovely, but also a small character drama — a bit of a departure from the bigger Hollywood films you’ve become known forKHAN: I was looking for something for a long time in American cinema, Hollywood cinema. I have been reaching for this, for a personal experience where I could invest myself and I could have more meat that I could get apart from myself completely and get into something which is unknown. This character had complexity and a strange unpredictability where he himself doesn’t know where things are moving and is in a limbo state. There are so many interesting angles to this person. I was looking for something more personal and to redefine my involvement in a story, where my soul could entangle with this story. You want residue, you want it to last. So it had all that. And the simplicity of writing was fantastic. It was a complex situation, but I love that the way it comes out of the characters’ mouths is very simple. So I fell in love it with it and I shifted my schedule in India and said, “I’m going to do it.” It worked out and I really loved it.AP: How are you doing in general?KHAN: I’ve seen life from a completely different angle. You sit down and you see the other side and that’s fascinating. I’m engaged on a journey.AP: There’s been a lot of speculation in the media about your condition and you’ve made pleas on social media not to trust the reports. But what do you want people to know about what you’re going through?KHAN: There are challenges which life throws at you. But I have started believing in the way this condition has tested me, really, really tested me in all aspects — physical, emotional and spiritual. It has put me in a rapture state. Initially I was shaken. I didn’t know. I was very, very vulnerable. But slowly, there is another way to look at things that is much more powerful and much more productive and much more healthy and I just want people to believe that nature is much more trustworthy and one must trust that. The problem with me initially was everyone was speculating whether I would be out of this disease or not. Because it’s not in my hand. That’s nature that will do whatever it has to do. What is in my hand, I could take care of that. And it offers so much that you feel thankful. The way it is opening your windows to look at life. I would have never reached that state even if I had done meditation for 30 years, I wouldn’t have reached it. But this sudden jolt has put me into a platform where I could look at things in a completely different manner. And for that I am really thankful. It sounds strange, but they should trust nature rather than feel sad, and trust that whatever the outcome, it will be for good and it will be for the best.AP: What is your day to day like now? Are you reading scripts or planning to work at all?KHAN: No, I’m completely out of reading scripts. This has become a surreal experience. My days are unpredictable. I used to think my life would be like that, but I could never practice unpredictability and spontaneity. That has happened now. I don’t plan. I go for breakfast and then I don’t have a plan. I take things as they come. That has been really helping me a lot. I don’t make plans. I’m just spontaneous. And I’m loving this experience. There was something missing in my life. I was feeling a little manipulated by myself, by my own mind. There was a kind of disharmony in myself. It was bothering me. And I think this is what I was missing, this spontaneity. I know because we live in a world that is packed with plans, it sounds unrealistic. How could you live your life like that? But life is so mysterious and has so much to offer, we don’t really try things. And I’m trying and I’m loving it. I’m in a really fortunate state.AP: You’re in London going through treatments. Is there anything you can share about that?KHAN: I have had the fourth cycle of chemo. And I have to have six cycles and then we need to have a scan. After the third cycle, the scan was positive. But we need to see after the sixth scan. And then we’ll see where it takes me. There’s no guarantee of life with anybody. My mind could always tell me to hang a kind of chip on your neck and say, “I have this disease and I could die in a few months or a year or two.” Or I could just avoid this conversation completely and live my life the way it offers me. And it offers so much. I admit I was walking around with blinders. I couldn’t see what it offered me.AP: So there is some sort of clarity with this experience?KHAN: Exactly, and clarity came like lightning. You stop your contemplation, you stop your planning, you stop the noise. You see the other aspect of it. It gives you so much. Life offers you so much. That’s why I feel like I have no other words but thanks. There are no other words, there’s no other demand, there’s no other prayer.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr
This undated handout photo provided by the Metropolitan Police shows George Koh. A British fashion model has been convicted of murdering a more successful rival after a social media-fueled dispute. A jury found George Koh guilty on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 of stabbing Harry Uzoka through the heart outside Uzoka’s London home. The 25-year-old victim was signed to London’s Premier Model Management agency and had modeled for GQ and Zara. (Metropolitan Police via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Aug 13, 2018 11:17 am PDT Last Updated Aug 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Male model convicted of murdering rival after online feud LONDON – A British fashion model has been convicted of murdering a more successful rival after a social media-fueled dispute.A jury found George Koh guilty on Monday of stabbing Harry Uzoka through the heart outside Uzoka’s London home.The 25-year-old victim was signed to London’s Premier Model Management agency and had modeled for GQ and Zara.Prosecutors say Uzoka accused Koh of trying to copy him, and the two men feuded after Koh claimed to have slept with Uzoka’s girlfriend.In January, Koh sent Uzoka a message challenging him to a fight. Uzoka was stabbed, and collapsed and died in the street.Koh, 24, had denied murder, saying he was carrying two knives for self-defence.Two other men were convicted alongside Koh. All will be sentenced Sept. 21.