Archive for the ‘journeys’ Category

Jouarre-Saint-Ouen-sur-Morin-Coulommiers-Paris-Favières-Choisy-en-Brie-Provins-SEINE-ET-MARNE-FRANCE-00

A Taste of Brie Cheese Country | France

Two summers ago, in a village outside Coulommiers, an old market town an hour east of Paris, an old love affair of mine came back to life. On my way to a borrowed house for a few weeks, my partner, Bruno, and I had stopped at a farm for eggs, cream and produce — including a Coulommiers cheese in a round wooden box. I lifted the lid and poked it; it yielded easily to the read more


This is Africa |This is Uganda and Tanzania

A glimpse of Uganda and Tanzania.

Thanks to Peter and the guys at KCM, Pastor Willy and family in Mbarara, Tash & the Pamoja crew, the amazing Maasai people, and Robby & co at Jenga.

Shot/directed/cut by Benjamin Dowie

Music written and produced by Oliver Dowie feat. vocals from the En-Kata Choir, Tanzania

The En-Kata Choir

Oliver Dowie

BEANPOLE PRODUCTIONS

For information on traveling to this locale and or additional information on our strategic approach to travel management and corporate travel management (CTM), leisure travel and or any other article please contact us here.


Bocagrande-Cartagena-Colombia-Excursions-Food & Drink-Getsemaní-Gabriel García-Márquez

36 HRS in Cartagena | Colombia

From afar, Cartagena’s skyline is deceptive. Its white towers rise above the Caribbean from a peninsula of tan sand and concrete, making it look like a bigger, beachier metropolis than it is. But with fewer than a million people, Cartagena is a sliver of the size of Rio de Janeiro or Los Angeles.

One might expect the crisp new skyscrapers in Bocagrande to be in the midst of a vital, cosmopolitan downtown. Instead, Cartagena’s character — its lush plazas, fruit vendors and street art — is contained in two small, impossibly photogenic neighborhoods: the walled Old City and the rising barrio Getsemaní. There, in the birthplace of Gabriel García Márquez’s magical realism, are the city’s most refined restaurants, its museums and balconies that spill over with flowering bougainvillea. But even in its most energetic quarters, Cartagena is not so much a place to do, as a place to be.

For information on traveling to this locale and or additional information on our strategic approach to travel management and corporate travel management (CTM), leisure travel and or any other article please contact us here.


hanoi-vietnam-banh-mi-the-worlds-best-sandwich600x365

Bread sidewalk in Hanoi, Vietnam & The best sandwich in the world?

Bread sidewalk in Hanoi, Vietnam is a mishmash of incongruent four and five-story buildings across the street is listed as one of the best street food in the world and Banh Mi Pho Hue, the no-frills sandwich shop named for the Hanoi street on which it sits serves the best read more


Iceland-driving-helicopter-tours-vacation-planning-iceland-iceland-Excursions_0001_Layer 3

The Continental Travel Group recently visited Iceland

The Continental Travel Group recently visited Iceland and a shout out is deserved to our guide Jóhann Scheither who is fluent in both German and English,of course. We did a lot of driving and Jóhann was read more


Places to Go – Mendocino Coast, California

North Coast, California. A glorious new preserve for the public.

A rocky coastal view from the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands

A rocky coastal view from the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands

One hundred and thirty miles north of San Francisco, the moody bluffs of the Mendocino Coast have long been a spectacular place from which to observe marine life: passing humpback whales, sun-happy sea lions, foamy waves strewn with kelp. The incorporation of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands — nearly 1,300 acres — gives hikers new access to a contiguous 12-mile stretch of coastline and fields of wildflowers, cypress forests and cliff areas (some overlooking dramatic blowholes, pinnacles and sea caves), much of it previously off-limits to the public.

And Congressional proposals to include the north coast lands as part of theCalifornia Coastal National Monument have been introduced, which would mean better protection and more funds for maintenance; plans also exist to extend the California Coastal Trail through the new preserve.

— BONNIE TSUI

 

 

For information on traveling to this locale and or additional information on this or any other article please contact us here. Or call tel: +1. 305.445.7791

Places to Go – Christchurch, New Zealand

The rebirth of a quake-ravaged city.

ChristChurch Cathedral, by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban

ChristChurch Cathedral, by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban

Three years after two large earthquakes devastated central Christchurch, the city is experiencing a rebirth with creativity and wit — thanks to the ingenuity of its hardy residents — and is welcoming tourists back again. Though much of the central city has yet to be rebuilt, entrepreneurs and volunteers are finding surprising ways to make temporary use of empty lots and bring life back to the downtown. The Gap Filler program, begun a couple of months after the first quake in September 2010 and expanded after a more destructive second quake in February 2011, has created an open-air performance space made of blue pallets, a dance floor with coin-operated music and lights, and even a nine-hole mini-golf course in vacant lots across the city. The Greening the Rubble campaign has since the 2010 quake been planting temporary gardens on the sites of demolished buildings. To replace the badly damaged 19th-century ChristChurch Cathedral, a magnificent transitional church by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban opened in August with sturdy cardboard tubes for the roof. Businesses are also trickling back downtown. One bar, built inside shipping containers, has a name that encapsulates the spirit of the entire city.
— JUSTIN BERGMAN
 

 

For information on traveling to this locale and or additional information on this or any other article please contact us here. Or call tel: +1. 305.445.7791

Places to Go – Belize

More flights and lodges in Central?America’s eco-frontier.

The beach at El Secreto. El Secreto Resort

The beach at El Secreto. El Secreto Resort

Twenty years ago, when Francis Ford Coppola opened Blancaneaux Lodge in western Belize, relatively few travelers had ventured into this small Central American country. Slowly they arrived, many of them curious to witness the scenery that had captivated the film director, which he described in an email as “completely remote, with a beautiful pristine river you could drink the water out of and the most star-studded night sky I had ever seen.” Since then, upscale rustic hotels have cropped up all over Belize — there’s the one-year-old El Secreto in Ambergris Caye, for example, and Belcampo, an eco-lodge and sustainable farm in the south that’s about to unveil a sophisticated redesign — adding to the lure of rain forests, Mayan ruins and coral reefs. It helps that Belize is easier to reach: Delta recently announced nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Belize City, and regional carriers like Tropic Air have expanded their routes, connecting Belize to resorts like Cancún and making remote towns like San Ignacio more accessible.
— PAOLA SINGER
 

For information on traveling to this locale and or additional information on this or any other article please contact us here. Or call tel: +1. 305.445.7791

Places to Go – Cape Town, South Africa

A place to meditate on freedom,?and the creative life that followed.

Cape Town - South Africa

Cape Town – South Africa

When Nelson Mandela was incarcerated at Robben Island prison, he found inspiration in Cape Town. “We often looked across Table Bay at the magnificent silhouette of Table Mountain,” he said in a speech. “To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return.”

Cape Town’s importance to Mandela, who made his first address there as a free man, will doubtless draw many visitors in the wake of his death. The country has transformed itself since Mandela’s imprisonment, but there’s still much to be done. Many in Cape Town have been grappling with that challenge, including its creative class, which has been examining whether inspired design can solve some of the issues stemming from years of inequality.

The city formally takes up that issue this year during its turn as World Design Capital. Cape Town is celebrating design in all its forms, putting on fashion shows by students and established designers alike, hosting architecture open houses, welcoming the public into artists’ studios and folding the annual visual arts spectacular Design Indaba conference this past February into the design capital program. Also part of the lineup are locals seeking to rejuvenate impoverished black-majority townships:The Maboneng Lalela Project turns township homes into galleries and performance spaces; Foodpods constructs sustainable farms, giving residents access to healthy produce; and the Langa Quarter project seeks to make the precinct a cultural tourism destination.
Cape Town is again reinventing itself, and the world is invited to its renaissance.
— SARAH KHAN
 

For information on traveling to this locale and or additional information on this or any other article please contact us here. Or call tel: +1. 305.445.7791

Places to Go – Atlanta

Downtown Atlanta- A revitalized city center welcomes ?new museums and streetcars.

The home where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born will be one of the sites linked by the new Atlanta Streetcar. Erik S. Lesser

The home where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born will be one of the sites linked by the new Atlanta Streetcar. Erik S. Lesser

Atlanta plans several ribbon cuttings in 2014, but the main event is the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, scheduled to open in May next to the Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Aquarium downtown. The 42,000-square-foot, environmentally friendly museum will feature permanent galleries devoted to domestic and international rights struggles and will house the Martin Luther King Jr. papers owned by Morehouse College. By midyear, visitors will be able to take the new Atlanta Streetcar on a 2.7-mile loop that will link the park to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and other stops. Another parkside attraction, the 94,000-square-footCollege Football Hall of Fame, host of the N.C.A.A. season.

 

For information on traveling to this locale and or additional information on this or any other article please contact us here. Or call tel: +1. 305.445.7791