Honolulu, Hawaii

Home to the State Capitol, Honolulu is the vibrant epicenter of Hawaii. Here you’ll find everything from historic landmarks and treasured monuments to world-class shopping and a flourishing arts and culture scene. Home to the majority of Oahu’s population, the sprawling city of Honolulu spreads throughout the southeastern shores of Oahu, from Pearl Harbor to Makapuu Point, encompassing world famous Waikiki. Honolulu has it all. This is the home of some of Hawaii’s most historic places from Iolani Palace, the Kawaiahao Church, the Mission Houses and the treasured artifacts of the Bishop Museum to iconic landmarks like the Aloha Tower, the King Kamehameha I Statue, the Duke Kahanamoku Statue and the historic Hawaii Theatre. Honolulu is also Hawaii’s hot spot for arts, culture and entertainment. From the nightlife, live music and fine dining of Waikiki to the art galleries and underground bars of the Chinatown arts district. Whether you’re looking for Hawaii’s finest museums, or Hawaii’s finest Hawaii Regional Cuisine chefs, the best resorts, festivals, and events, or just some fun things to do, you’ll find it all in Honolulu.

Honolulu is the center of government, transportation, and commerce for the state; home to a population of nearly one million people in the metro area (80% of the state’s population) and of course Hawaii’s best known tourist destination. The majority of visitors to Hawaii enter through this city, meaning this is definitely not the place to go for a “get-away-from-it-all” Hawaiian vacation - It is as fast-paced and dynamic as any city, with all its problems such as heavy traffic, drugs, crime, and homelessness. But Honolulu still has the charm of the Islands’ laid-back atmosphere and culture. Before the Europeans came, Honolulu was insignificant; soon so many foreign ships were frequenting its waters that it had become Kamehameha’s capital, and it remains the economic center of the archipelago. While the city covers a long (if narrow) strip of southern Oahu, downtown is a manageable size, and a lot quieter than its glamorous image might suggest. The tourist hotels are concentrated in the skyscrapers of the distinct suburb of Waikiki, a couple of miles east. While its setting is beautiful, right on the Pacific and backed by dramatic cliffs and extinct volcanoes, most visitors are here simply to enjoy the sheer hedonism of shopping, eating, and generally hanging out in the sun. It’s also the center of an exemplary public transportation system that facilitates exploration of the whole island. Enjoy.
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Machu Picchu

I believe that most of you heard about Machu Picchu, but do you know anything about it?
Machu Picchu is a pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 meters above sea level. Machu Picchu is located in the Cusco Region of Peru, South America. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 kilometers (7,000 feet) northwest of Cusco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. Often referred to as the “City of the Incas”, it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World.

Separated into three areas - agricultural, urban, and religious - the structures are arranged so that the function of the buildings matches the form of their surroundings. The Guardhouse is a three-sided building, with one of its long sides opening onto the Terrace of the Ceremonial Rock. The three-sided style of Inca architecture is known as the wayrona style. The Intihuatana stone is one of many ritual stones in South America. These stones are arranged to point directly at the sun during the winter solstice.

Have a virtual tour of Machu Picchu on this link. It is amazing how our ancestors knew how to enjoy and make the most of the beauty of this world. Also you can learn that everything is possible knowing that even though these people did not have any tools for building homes, they made a culture, you just need to find a way.
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The Plaza Hotel, New York

The Plaza Hotel in New York City is a luxury hotel that occupies the west side of Grand Army Plaza, from which it derives its name, and extends along Central Park South in Manhattan. Fifth Avenue extends along the east side of Grand Army Plaza. It is owned by El-Ad Properties and managed and operated by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts of Canada. The Plaza is within walking distance of Tiffany & Co. and Museum of Modern Art. Nearby points of interest also include Rockefeller Center and Carnegie Hall. The Plaza features a restaurant and a bar/lounge.

In Spring 2010, The Plaza launched a European-inspired specialty Food Hall created in collaboration with acclaimed chef and restaurateur Todd English. The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English offers a diverse range of quality specialty foods and prepared dishes for take away or to enjoy in one of eight seating areas, including: Wine Bar, Cheese & Charcuterie Station, Sushi Bar, Burger Bar & Rotisserie, Asian Noodle and Dumpling Bar, Espresso & Tea Bar, Brick Oven Pizza, and a Fish and Seafood Grill. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves Continental breakfasts (surcharges apply).

The Plaza’s Edwardian Suite (fourth image), nearly double the size of the typical Plaza guest room, resembles a petite pied-a-terre. Exquisitely furnished in the richly decorative style of Louis XV, the Edwardian Suite features sumptuous textiles in a sophisticated palette of natural colors and regal jewel tones. In each suite, the bedroom and master bath are separated from the sitting room with elegant wood pocket doors. The master bath, entered via double French doors, is decorated with marble mosaic tile in a leaf-like pattern inspired by Central Park; the marble vanity and bathtub are adorned with 24-carat gold plated Sherle Wagner fixtures. Sophisticated entertainment and communications technology includes high-speed wireless Internet access, wall mounted flat screen TVs in the sitting room and the bedroom, and a Guest Services panel. As an Edwardian Suite guest you will enjoy Butler services.
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Dubrovnik in Croatia

If you want to be relaxed for this summer, you definitely need to visit the Balkan Peninsula. This place will bring to you hospitable and kind people and it has its portion of cultural benefits that you will surely like and be willing to learn about.

Dubrovnik, port and city just like a touristic destination is placed in the Adriatic sea on the south of Croatia. The prosperity of the city of Dubrovnik has always been based on maritime trade. If you are visiting in the summer, do not miss the world-renowned 45 day-long Dubrovnik Summer Festival, with music, theatre and dance performances. You can also find a lot of sights, adventures, tours etc. Dubrovnik also has a beautiful nightlife, not meaning the clubs, but for the calmly walks along with the fireworks. Dubrovnik is an excellent starting point for exploring southern Adriatic coast primarily Elaphite islands, Korcula, Pelješac and Mljet. There are many charter agencies where you can charter a sailing or motor yacht which are based in Dubrovnik. In the bay of Dubrovnik is the 72-hectare wooded island of Lokrum, something you should definitely visit. The island includes a fortress, botanical garden, monastery and naturist beach. Also you can find many hotels, attractions and expeditions.

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