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A 'Treasure' of Authentic, Sustainable Jamaica at Treasure Beach

Many visitors traveling to Jamaica never see the island outside their all-inclusive resorts. But if you're an adventurous traveler who's willing to brave a few potholes driving on winding country roads, you'll find a 'treasure' of old Jamaica in the South West part of the Caribbean island.

Treasure Beach is a village on the coast in the agricultural heartland of Jamaica where farmers and fishermen are said to outnumber tourists 50-1. The region supplies the country with more produce than any other parish. Are you an early riser? The rhythm of daily life in Treasure Beach starts with the first catch coming in with the dawn, and sunset sees fishing rods on the beach.

Farming and fishing are the cornerstones of the Treasure Beach community. The local 'scene' that puts Treasure Beach on the map revolves around Jake's. The resort founders call their travel experience 'community tourism': where visitors and locals come together for arts, culture, outdoor and sporting activities that include weekly outdoor movies, cricket matches, live music and DJ's, monthly full-moon, farm- to-table-dinners in the fields, a yoga deck over the sea, and activities that focus on sustainability and world class festivals

Don't Miss These Events in Treasure Beach, Jamaica:

Fitness: Jake's Off Road Triathlon has been rated one of the top 5 international triathlons, and raises funds for the community. It welcomes both elite and amateur competitors who love to travel and maintain a healthy, athletic lifestyle. The annual spring event brings competitors and Treasure Beach's landscape together during a 300M coastal swim, a 25K off-road hill cycle, and a 7K run along country trails.

Outdoors: Hook 'n' Line Fishing Tournament isn't your standard fishing competition. In a sporting version of local concierge programs, this three-day tournament pairs local fishermen with visitors - very helpful for non-local participants, since teams compete using traditional fishing techniques!

Culture: The Calabash International Literary Festival is a free, three-day, biennial (in even years) event that taps into a global 'book tourism' trend. A crowd, that ranges from backpackers, hipsters, Rastafarians, international intellectuals and government ministers, celebrates the tropical destination as much as the global and Jamaican literary stars it features. Readings under breezy awnings, the festival's signature 'open mic' audience participation, and daily concerts round out the literary travel experience.

Want to discover the treasures of Treasure Beach, Jamaica? Contact us to start your trip!

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Go ahead stay in a castle on your next travel adventure

​Have you ever thought about living in a castle while on vacation? 

In countries such as Germany, Ireland, France, Italy and Scotland, you can often stay in a castle for far less than a hotel.  

•    Castle Hotel Auf Schönberg  This castle is surrounded by a beautiful view of the Rhine River along with vineyards and trails for hiking and is perfect for touring the wine country. The castle was inherited by all the sons in the family instead of just the eldest; it accommodated up to 250 people from 24 families during the 14th century.  

•    Castle Hotel Liebenstein This castle is the highest castle in the Rhine River Valley. Is is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Rhine Valley. Liebenstein is furnished in medieval style with decorations that rival those of the luxury Hotel Wernberg. Rumor has it that the castle hotel was built for the younger of the two brothers whose feud over a woman split the family line forever. From the hotel, it is only a short walk down to the river pier where Rhine cruises depart daily. 

•    Castle Sababurg This castle is surrounded by the oldest zoological garden in Europe (Tierpark Sababurg) and an ancient forest with oak trees that are over 650 years old (Urwald Sababurg). It is also the setting for the Sleeping Beauty fairytale. Each of the hotel’s rooms is named after an animal, a nod to the castle’s history.  Performances and parties are held both in the castle’s vaulted cellar and in the castle ruins. 

•    Burghotel Schloss Staufenberg This castle is located near Giessen, Marburg, and Wetzlar. It has replaced room numbers with the names of important historical persons.  You can stay in Count Gazmar’s Suite or Countess Sophie’s Apartments.  During World War II Staufenberg was occupied by Allied troops and used as a refugee camp.   

•    Castle Hotel Colmberg Set in Bavaria, the thousand-year-old Castle Colmberg is a destination on both the Romantic Road and the Castle Road. This hotel has it all: ancient stone towers, fortified walls, overgrown royal stables, and a deer reserve. Ask for one of the historic rooms that have four-poster beds, centuries-old paintings, antique furniture, and wooden ceilings.

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History of Reggae Music

I am going to share a secret with you about the history of Reggae Music. I think now is the opportune time as I think you are at a place that you can handle it. This genre did not originate with Bob Marley nor his world renown song One Love.

The term reggae was derived from rege-rege, a  Jamaican phrase meaning “rags or ragged clothing,” it is used to denote a raggedy style of music. The  reggae genre  came into to being in the 1960’s as an evolution of the Rocksteady and Ska musical styles.  Reggae music is a soulful entertainment in Jamaica. It expresses in words the pain, struggle, hope and emotion that is felt by the average person.

Reggae music is recognized by its lament-like chanting and emphasizes the syncopated beat. It is distinguishable from other genres in the heavy use of the Jamaican vernacular and the African nyah-bingi drumming style.

Reggae began to rise to international acclaim as the 1970s progressed. A seminal moment for the genre was the release of the 1973 movie The Harder They Come starring Jimmy Cliff. The movie soundtrack consisted of only reggae hits; this contributed in elevating the music to a internal platform.

Of course, Bob Marley is the world’s best known and loved international Reggae ambassador. Marley’s career spanned more than a decade, beginning in 1963 with Rocksteady band, the Wailers, and culminating in the release of his 1977 solo album, Exodus, which achieved international acclaim. Marley was not only a Reggae singer, but a committed Rastafarian and a political activist. Through his music, his words and his actions, he earned forever a place in Reggae fans hearts around the world. Marley’s music was first popularised in the Wes by Eric Clapton performing a cover of Who Shot the Sheriff.

Since the 60s and 70s, Reggae music has spread and developed in many different ways around the world. Reggae is still going strong in its pure form around the world too, with many modern Reggae bands achieving success in the mainstream.

For authentic reggae experience you can visit the following places for a reggae cultural experience.

  1. Visit  Nine Mile which is the birth place and final resting place of reggae legend Bob Marley. Listen to the knowledgeable guides tell stories of Bob’s childhood! Stand on Mount Zion Rock, where Bob used to meditate and rest your head on ‘the pillow’ that was made famous in the song ‘Talking Blues’.

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  2. Take a family-friendly tour of Bob Marley museum. The Museum is the former home of the reggae legend. Bob’s home is filled with rich memories and treasured mementos, which seek to preserve the life and accomplishment of this great Jamaican and outstanding musician.

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  3. Participate in Sumfest Reggae Festival. This is Jamaica’s biggest reggae festival, It is a three-day festival in Montego Bay is a three-day extravaganza (from July 12 through the 18th. It features internationally known music acts and contemporary takes on reggae alongside more tried-and-true originals.

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  4. For Beach Lovers – To experience reggae in its most relaxing setting, nothing beats the soft, welcoming vibes of a sea-lapped Caribbean Beach. In Ocho Rios, you’ll find the appropriately named Reggae Beach, with the notes of improm ptu jam sessions (and the scent of jerk chicken) emanating from small beach bars, and late-night bonfires with DJs supplying the sound track. This quarter-mile beach is small but secluded, and you won’t have to battle huge crowds for beach real estate.

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  5. Visit Horace Andy Record Studio – Horace Andy is best known for his 1973 cover of “Ain’t no sunshine,” Take the opportunity to explore this famous record studio, and access a once in a lifetime opportunity to have a studio session with Andy personally.

  6. Visit Randy’s Records – This record shop was opened in  1958 by Vincent”Randy” Chin; a legendary record producer. Although Mr. chin is deceased the shop is still heavily visit from persons from all across the world.

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  7. Visit Tuff Gong International Recording Studio – a visit to Jamaica would not be complete without stopping by this world renown studio that contains Bob Marley’s original recording equipment.

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Batopilas, a small town nestled in the Western Sierra Madre at the bottom of a cliff has tales to share. It’s home to beautiful plazas and bridges built of rope and river rocks, but the main surprise is a beautiful aqueduct built in the 19th century.

Walk its streets and Batopilas will reveal stories about the discovery of silver deposits and its glory days during the Porfirio Diaz era when its most notable buildings were erected, such as the impressive City Hall, built around 1890 and the San Miguel and Shepherd Haciendas. Visit La Bufa mine, where the mining entrepreneur Alexander Robert amassed a fortune.

Saint Michael Archangel Temple is another emblematic building with a triple dome that dates back to the 17th century. To reach the temple, you need to travel 8 km on foot from the town to the Satevo Valley. It’s a bit of a hike but the views are worthwhile.

The warm climate of Batopilas is ideal for the tropical and semi-tropical vegetation. Expect to find orange, mango, avocado and papaya orchards. Likewise, it is not uncommon to find bougainvillea, tabachines and ceibas along the streets.

From La Bufa viewpoint, located in the surrounding area of a Tarahumara community called Quirare, you’ll get a fantastic view of the canyons, the Batopilas River and the minerals at La Bufa. Another viewpoint is Piedra Redonda, where you can admire the Banana Canyons.

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A town in Mono County, Mammoth Lakes is situated 7,880 feet above sea level. Although it is a four season destination, the town is known as a winter vacation hotspot. With long and very snowy winter, the town has become a favorite winter destination for Californians and tourists from all over the country and the world, who are looking forward to experiencing a myriad of winter activities.  In fact, this small town is the top ski destination in California. Mammoth Lakes has its own airport owned and managed by the town of Mammoth Lakes.  It is just ten minutes away from the heart of the town. The closest major airport to Mammoth Lakes is the Reno-Tahoe International Airport which is 164.92 miles away. You can also drive to Mammoth Lakes from various points in California. Just make sure to check on weather conditions before doing so.

Mammoth Lakes is the place to be if you want to enjoy a fantastic winter vacation. Aside from skiing and snowboarding down the slopes, you can have revel in a number of winter activities including tubing at Woolly’s Tube Park, breathtaking gondola rides, taking a tour on a snowcat, snowmobiling with your friends, explore the area while enjoying cross-country skiing, and join a mountain and area tour. You can have fun bowling, playing ping pong, foosball, darts, and hitting some golf balls in 3 indoor golf simulators, groove with the music, and enjoy chow and drinks at the Mammoth Rock n Bowl.

Ready to enjoy an unforgettable winter vacation in Mammoth Lakes?  Consult your travel agent for more details. 

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The fourth largest city in South Korea, Daegu was one of the cities where four matches were played during the 2002 FIFA World Cup. It also played host to the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, 22nd World Energy Congress in 2013, and the  2003 Summer Universiade. It is a city of more than 2.4 million people and covers a total area of 341.35 square miles. Once a hotbed of unrest, the city was where Samsung was founded, and is a major hub of the textile, machinery and metals industries.  It is also the home of three American bases, namely: Camp Walker, Camp George, and Camp Henry. You can take the train, bus or car from Seoul which is about four hours away, or the plane via the Daegu Airport which is located 4.6 kilometers from the city. The airport is served by Korean Airlines, Asiana, Jeju Air, and Tway Airlines.

If you are yearning for a relaxing vacation in South Korea, you must head to Daegu. You can take your time enjoying its numerous attractions including the DTC Textile Museum, Bongsan Culture Street, Dongje Art Museum, E-World, Daegu National Museum, Exco, 83 Tower, Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine, Daegu Art Museum, Apsan Park, and Donghwasa. It is also a great place to shop for textiles and clothing, and the best places to shop are at the   Jungang and Daeshin Underground Arcades. If you are interested to buy oriental medicine, the Yakjeon Herbal Medicine Market is place to go. For your apple cravings, visit the Pyeonggwang-dong Apple Village where you can bite into the juiciest, crispiest, and sweetest apples in South Korea.

If you are planning a trip to South Korea, do  include the city of Daegu in your itinerary. For more details, consult your travel agent.

 

Eat your way through Alicante, one of the best food destinations in Spain

Rapidly gaining a reputation of being one of Spain’s culinary cities, Alicante will delight travelers who love to eat their way through a city.  

A city located along Costa Blanca in the province of the same name, Alicante is where the fun never stops. It is a dynamic, energetic and vibrant city where travelers can enjoy gastronomical delights, a number of attractions, and an exciting nightlife.  The city covers a total area of 77.71 square miles and is inhabited by more than 330,000 people.  Blessed with a semi-arid climate, the city can be visited at any time of the year. You can take the train from Barcelona or Madrid, by bus from Valencia, Barcelona and Granada, or by ferry from Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca. You can also fly directly to the city via the Alicante Airport located 6.8 miles from the center of the city. The airport is served by more than 20 carriers.

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Alicante affords its visitors the opportunity to enjoy and visit its numerous attractions, and simultaneously satisfy their cravings for delightful Spanish cuisine! Excited? Consult your travel agent now! 

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By Anita Draycott


Kauai, the oldest and lushest of the Hawaiian islands, is appropriately called the Garden Island. The north gets more rain than the south, but usually just a shower ending with a glorious rainbow. The locals have a saying, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” 


*Take a helicopter ride over the dramatic 3,000-foot Na Pali cliffs dominating the northwest coast and the central Waimea Canyon, dubbed by Mark Twain as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
*Sail up the Na Pali coast with stops for dolphin watching and snorkelling
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*Drive the north coast from Hanalei to Ke’e beach, literally at the end of the road. You’ll go over a series of quaint wooden bridges, forge a mountain stream, pass a wet and a dry cave and many secluded beaches. Bring a picnic and watch the sunset.

 

The Top Ten Barbecue Spots in Kansas City, Missouri

One of the best cities for a food trip, Kansas City is also the home of the best barbecues in the country! Mouthwatering barbecues are a staple fare for celebrations, and if you are looking for the best, head to Kansas City!

With more than a hundred barbecue restaurants dotting Kansas City, you know you are in for a treat. Here are the top ten barbecue restaurants in Kansas City.

  • Three Little Pigs BBQ. You know you are savoring the best in Three Little Pigs BBQ, which has been featured on the Food Channels “Taste of America” with Mark De-Carlo, and Travel Channels “BBQ Battle”.
  • Burnt End BBQ. Mouthwatering large servings of thick and juicy large steaks,  pork and chicken is what you will savor at Burn End BBQ.
  • BBQ Shack. Their whole roasted hog must be the centerpiece of any party. Homemade jalapeno poppers, chicken wings, and hickory smoked pork spare ribs are a must-try in BBQ Shack.
  • Arthur Bryant's. Greasy fries combined with BBQ ribs and beef brisket will make you feel like you have just gone to heaven! Don’t forget to bring home one of Arthur Bryant's barbecue sauce and seasonings.
  • Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q. Established in 1945, Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q is the locals’ favorite. Aside from its tangy and delicious barbecues, their chili beans are to die for!
  • Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue. Barbecued beef ribs, hickory-smoked fish, strawberry hill Polish sausage, and good to the last piece onion rings are a must try in Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue.
  • Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que. In 2009, Anthony Bourdain named Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que as “One of Thirteen Places to Eat Before You Die” in Men's Health Magazine. Their Z-Man sandwich is the bomb!  
  • Q39. Known for its national championship and award-wining dishes such as house made Chipotle sausage, pulled pork, burnt ends, and tender, juicy BBQs, Q39 is ready to conquer your palate!
  • Brobeck's Barbeque. Whether you are dining alone or with friends, you must order the combo platter which is brimming with sausages, ribs and meat. Brobeck's Barbeque are meant to be eaten without any sauce. Their barbecue is simply terrific!
  • LC's Barbeque. Although barbecues are its specialty, you must try their burnt ends "sandwich”. Just imagine a pile of meat chunks slathered with celery seed accented barbecue sauce! You can only wish that you can have their barbecues and sandwiches every day.
  • Woodyard Bar-B-Q. A family-owned barbecue restaurant, Woodyard Bar-B-Q is a no-frills place where the only star is their melts-in-your-mouth slabs of ribs! You must also try their Merriam Mixer, chilies, and hot wings.

When it comes to barbecues, there is no other city that can compare to Kansas City!