My Antigua Scratchpad

My Antigua Scratchpad

So a work in progress...this is my interesting and stylish look at the isla of Antigua in the Caribbean.

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Yacht Week

Yacht Week
What exactly is yacht week ? We are going to enlighten you on this term and what it means. If you do a google search for yacht week you seem to find what became of a viral sensation for a while (as they tend to be). It appears a sailing company was selling week sailing cruises to young 20 somethings offering them the time of their lives and it look...
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What to Do in Dubai - Places to Go

What to Do in Dubai - Places to Go

Waterparks

There are two to choose from, both offering an action packed day out with a variety of features. We personally chose to go to the Aquaventure, located within The Atlantis Palm resort, as it was closer to our hotel and gave us the opportunity to see part of The Palm up close, as well at the renowned Atlantis Hotel. The other park is called Wild Wadi.

We booked our day out through our hotel's Tour Manager, for a slightly reduced rate of 260 Dirhams each, which included entry into the aquarium (inside the hotel) called 'The Lost Chambers'. I would advise pre-booking, as it really reduces your wait time when you arrive. *Note that transport is not included, but from JBR a taxi costs around 40 Dirhams, so is relatively inexpensive.

Lockers can be hired for 40 Dirhams, with the small locker being perfectly sized for a large rucksack and small handbag. If you are travelling with a member of the opposite sex, then you will need to decide which of you has the locker wristband, as the locker rooms are split for men and women. The wristband issued has a barcode on it, which when passed across the reader in the centre of the lockers will designate you a locker number. It will then open that locker and once you have loaded it, you push it to lock it. All very straightforward and efficient – plus the air-con in that room is a real bonus for a few wonderfully cool minutes!

You can hire towels there for a nominal fee, but we took our own as we were going door to door by cab, so it really was not a hassle.

The rides on offer cater for all, with everything from the lazy river, rapids and torrents, a near vertical drop slide and several tube slides with a mix of twists and turns and total darkness. If you are there for a full day, you would easily be able to do everything more than once. We went in August and did exactly that, plus spent most of our time 'commuting' from ride to ride on the lazy river.

One tip – find a sun lounger by one of the lagoons as soon as you arrive and leave your towels and any other non-valuables there. It gives you a base to return to and catch your breath for 5, or to sit and eat an ice-cream/have a drink or to have some time relaxing in the sun.

Another tip – if you choose to buy one of the refillable drinks cups, note that only the larger food outlets and restaurants can refill them. The smaller kiosks do not, which was a bit of an annoyance in 45 degrees when you're THIRSTY!

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What to Do in Dubai - Desert Safari

What to Do in Dubai - Desert Safari
A basic guide to some of the great things you can see and do in Dubai Whether you are planning a short midweek, weekend or days long visit to Dubai, we have created a list (of sorts) to equip you with some great ideas for how to make the most of your time.  Our experiences are by no means an exhaustive list, more of a general go...
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Female Travelling to Dubai

Female Travelling to Dubai
'Everything a woman needs to know about visiting Dubai - in one place' So where to start. The endless questions about what to expect, the culture, the dress codes and respect rules, the temperature or the cost of eating and drinking…? As with any trip of this scale, research is key. Not only to tick all the boxes for planning etc. like where to sta...
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Desert Safari Tour and Dune Bashing in Dubai

Desert Safari Tour and Dune Bashing in Dubai
So what is dune bashing and a desert safari like ? We take a quick look so you can decide if it's for you when visiting Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. In this video you get a small taste of the feeling of being inside the 4x4. The pressure is dropped from 39 ish to less than half 13-15 Ahmed told us - to allow the tyre to perform better in...
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Travelex Multi Currency Cash Passport DUBAI is it any good?

Travelex Multi Currency Cash Passport DUBAI is it any good?
BEST CARD FOR TRAVEL MONEY? Background: I am an ex backpacker from the UK and through the times of cash travellers cheques and cards have tried to minimise the waste when going to get cash in foreign countries. For a good while the nationwide built a reputation for the best debit bankcard going and they are happy for you to think this however today...
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Three of the Best Japanese Restaurants in Dubai

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Dubai is known for being a melting pop of cultures and nationalities, with a high percentage of the city's population made up of foreigners who have relocated for work and a number of other reasons. With that, there are a number of restaurants who offer delicious cuisine from across the globe – including Japanese restaurants – that serve up a numbe...
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5 Offbeat things to do in the beautiful Jammu valley

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All of us know that Jammu is revered as the heaven on earth and it was said by none other than Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru. And yes it is true to an extent that it has some of the best lakes, hill stations and people who are just lovely human beings. While there you can do a lot things ranging from having the local cuisine to staying a...
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Find out what the sparkling streets of Gangtok has to offer for your travel escapade

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Some destinations are plain as it seems while some are packed with surprises! Not many places in India will you find what the small city of Gangtok offers you. The city has a perfect blend of natural beauty and modern amenities. This article will guide you through your trip to Gangtok and give you an insight on the places you can hang out. ​ The tr...
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Antigua Travel Guide

​Planning a trip to Antigua but you need a little help to get the best out of it? This trip guide for Antigua will provide you with enough things to do or places to visit during your stay on this beautiful island!It is your first day on the island, but what are you going to do? Start with visiting St. Johns, the main capital and biggest city of Ant...
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Why You Need an Insurance Plan for Your Winter Sports

Within the past 10 years, winter sports have taken a dramatic turn, in terms of their increasing popularity throughout the globe. Are you planning on booking a trip anytime soon? Perhaps you are travelling to a well-known ski resort or ski passes. If you intend to engage in extreme winter sports, then you need to seek adequate protection, for your health and your finances. Never underestimate the importance of winter sports insurance when you are travelling.

Benefits

Insurance plans that cover winter sports have several benefits. Essentially, you will receive the typically allotted benefits you would with everyday travelling insurance. Basically, if you happen to develop a sudden medical condition or you end up with a serious physical injury, you will receive full coverage of this. This will minimise your out of pocket costs when you are travelling abroad. This is especially smart if you plan to engage in winter sports. Sports radically increase your chances of receiving a traumatic physical injury. Hence, you need the accessibility of quality health coverage.

Your insurance will also cover any lost luggage. If you are planning to ski, or engage in other winter sports, your luggage will hold the key to your sporting experience. Most likely, your luggage will carry your ski clothes and other key preparatory items. As a result, sports insurance is highly recommended.

If you decide to cancel your trip and return to your home country immediately, this can be covered as well. Sometimes, family emergencies or deaths arise while you are overseas. It is critical to travel back as soon as possible to attend to your personal issues. Hence, cancellation coverage is yet another quality benefit of enrolling in this type of insurance plan.

Finally, one of the primary benefits of this type of insurance policy is to cover any damages that affect your winter sports equipment. Sports equipment can prove costly, and, you cannot afford to break you sports paraphernalia. Hence, you may be able to find coverage that reimburses you for sports equipment damage.

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Mark Warner's Corsica Family Holiday Review

Mark Warner's Corsica Family Holiday Review

This will have been my 4th Mark Warner holiday split evenly between winter resorts and summer resorts. I reviewed the Levante Resort in Rhodes back here.I did no research on this holiday however I knew that I wanted to go to corsica one day ok it's a resort but you still get somewhat an experience of a country/island.Corsica sits above Sardinia and below the south of france so you are normally guaranteed good weather for part of or all of your summer holiday.Here is the link to go direct to the Corsica Resort on the Mark Warner WebsiteThe resort is located just south of Santa Lucia Di Moriani you will find a good sized casino supermarket here otherwise not much of interest but you can buy some beach things around the town. It doesn't for example have restaurants at least not obviously. opposite the resort check out what looks like a basic veg shop its 

 

The Good Points

The staff. Always smiling and friendly and helpful to the extreme. Mark Warner knows the importance of this especially when you are trusting the staff with your most precious little ones.The activities and plan for your week.The resort size is ideal - your not too far from anything.

A 30 minute transfer is not too far and helps to reduce time to resort and the start of your holiday.It was supposed to be the cheaper room but the views of the mountain were lovely and I think its quieter than the ocean facing rooms where you also have the restaurant underneath and the pool.

The mostly all included watersports which is windsurfing, small sailing boats like picos amd lasers and hobby cats, kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboarding, no jetski or waterski and dissapointingly no kitesurfing.The menu and food was very good though we didnt take the lunch option see the beach bar limits on snacks.The sunloungers were of good quality and modern - shame that no matching tables where you could put your drinks.

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Savoring the Seaside Flavours of Peru’s North Coast

By Marianne Comilang

(all photos also by author)

With year-round sunshine and blue skies, the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean and kilometres of golden sand, Máncora is quickly becoming one of Peru’s most popular destinations. Located in the country’s northern coast, Peruvians and foreigners alike are now flocking to this small seaside town to enjoy some fun in the sun and, of course, fresh seafood.

Máncora proper is small and easy to navigate, with one main road that parallels the coastline. You’ll find most of the restaurants in one of these two locations. Suffice to say, it doesn’t take long to discover the area’s best places to enjoy a great meal.

DCO Restaurant at DCO Suites, Lounge and Spa (Playa Las Pocitas)

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Top 5 Caribbean Islands for Spotting Undersea Wildlife

Some envision lazy days on luxurious beaches while dreaming of the quintessential Caribbean vacation. Adventure seekers picture hundreds of brightly colored fish flitting in and out from the coral reef. The Caribbean is known around the world for its incredible shallow reefs just off of island shores, making snorkeling one of the most sought after past times on the islands.

If you are interested in making swimming with the fishes, part of your Caribbean holiday, you will want to book your time on one of these islands:

Roatan

One of 3 islands known as the Bay Islands, Roatan is the largest and can be found off of the northern coast of Honduras. What makes Roatan and the Bay Islands so special is that they are severely under developed in comparison with the other islands in the Caribbean. This gives you a feel for what life was like in paradise before the western world discovered it.

 

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A Krama for All Reasons

A Krama for All Reasons

By Jody Hanson

Nothing screams “Cambodia” louder than the ubiquitous krama. But, what, exactly is a krama – spellings vary – and why does everyone need one? This versatile piece of cotton or silk – or a combination thereof – is perhaps next to the wheel when it comes to versatile usefulness.

The scarves come in two sizes: small, 35 by 170 cm and large, 65 by 170 cm. Colours abound: red and white, green and black, purple and brown. Or go for the rainbow effect and get them all in one. Different provinces have varying shades, although the design stays the same. It is a much classier way of making a statement of where you are from – or have been – than “Hard Rock Cafe Siem Reap.”

Uses of the Krama

Found only in Cambodia, the uses of a krama are infinite.  Distained by the contemporary  upper-echelons of Cambodian society as old-fashioned, the peasants cling to their cotton scarves and don’t hesitate to use them. 

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Moving Up-Market From Off-The-Rack in Cambodia

 

 

By Jody Hanson

South East Asia has some of the most beautiful natural fabrics in the world – silk, linen and cotton – and the people to whip up the clothes for you. When it comes to getting a new wardrobe, the basic problem is that most people don’t think it through. Instead they wander into some shop in Bangkok that offers packages and end up with things they don’t like and will never wear.

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Huerta and Goischke: The Spirit of Silk in Peru

By Barbara de Mul

I always thought that silk was just for pyjama's and maybe the occasional scarf, so I was quite thrilled to stumble upon Huerta-Goischke, a full-fledged collection of luxury poncho's, necklaces, shoes, wallets, in a happy marriage between colourful pre-Columbian and luxurious Asian silk. 

Want to see your memories of your flight over the Nazca lines eternalized on your favorite scarf when you wear it to the office? Do you work with Peruvians and want to send an appreciative message by offering a personalized (business) gift? Do you wish to convert your tie into a conversation starter?

If your answer is yes to one of the three questions, chances are you’ll want to add Huerta-Goischke to your shopping address book. Expect to see the famous Nazca condor in a bright sky blue flying over a desert yellow tie, a series of tumi’s (ceremonial sacrificial knives) adorning a shawl, or fun espadrilles with drawings from the Chimu found in the famous adobe city in Chan Chan.

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Special Performances Only Seen in Myanmar

Like many people who go to a new destination, you probably want to see the popular sights and landmarks in an area, but part of doing things in style is seeing what makes a place truly special. With Myanmar, you can do that easily, such as going to one of the many special performances that are performed on a daily basis. Here is an introduction to some of your choices.

The Moustache Brothers

The Moustache Brothers consist of three men, Par Par Lay and Lu Maw, who are actually brothers, and Lu Zaw who is their cousin. The former trio had made their home in Mandalay, where the government put them under house arrest after they performed an “insulting” show at the home of Aung San Suu Kyi in 1996. Lay and Zaw even served 6 years in a labor camp for that performance.

Their performances, geared toward tourists, consist of slapstick humor, singing, and traditional Burmese dances and also act as mini politics and history lesson for the audience. Their act may not have changed over the years, but they feel, despite the change in government, there are still many basic issues not yet addressed.

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Mistura: Annual Festival of Food in the Gastronomic Capital of South America

 

By Andreas Ambarchian

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