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Rue de la Loi, Brussels

 

Food is celebrated in Brussels, Belgium all year round.  As to what are the top 5 events and happenings that await you at Brusselicious, let us give it to you.

1. Dining in the Sky
Proven to be a spectacular experience, Dinner in the Sky is a gastronomic adventure with 22 diners suspended high in the air through a crane.  The restaurant lets you enjoy your meal strapped on safety belt, with a Michelin-starred chef preparing your meal in front of you.  This once-in-a-lifetime dining event might cost you an arm and a leg, but it is well worth it.

2. Tram Experience
The white, sleek and modern décor, inside a tram, welcomes you to an ultimate gastronomic experience.  With the splendid view of the region’s most attractive roads, you will surely enjoy Belgium classic dishes with a twist.  The focus on the use of the freshest local produce, as prepared by seasoned chefs, makes it an irresistible dining must-do.  

3. Dining with the Dinosaurs
This one surreal idea is made possible at the Museum of Natural Sciences.  The visually-striking Gallery of Dinosaurs is transformed into a gastronomic venue for a unique series of meals.  This is created for visitors to enjoy the five different senses – taste, sight, smell, touch and sound – all in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.   

4. Brusselicious, the Festival
The main highlight of the gastronomic feat, the Brusselicious Festival, will run from 6-9 September 2012.  It is bringing together only the best of Belgium's gourmet influences, chefs and producers. Bois de la Cambre will be transformed into one giant food venue.  You have a choice of where to go - cooking classes, chefs’ demonstrations, food sampling, wine tasting and so much more.  The best part is you don’t have to pay a dime for admission!

5. The Chip Walk
Lastly, chips in Belgium are the equivalent of fries.  Chip stalls abound, as it offers the irresistible smell from these friteries. The chips come in paper cones, overflowing with golden, salted and crispy chips. In November, Brusselicious will be running a competition to find the best fritkots in town.   
 

For helpful tips on your upcoming Brussels trip, contact us today!

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Craving for that extra oomph in your adventurous life? Then you’ll surely find one at the cliffs of Norway via wingsuit flying. This adrenaline-pumping activity allows you to enjoy the sport of flying using a particular jumpsuit, named a wingsuit. Just like skydiving, a parachute is required when performing this extreme sport as you will be jumping off BASE jumping exit points, such as cliffs, or a skydiving aircraft.

Learn more about this activity and the ideal wingsuit flying destinations in Norway right here in Mike Steen.com’s clip.
 

Contact us now to start preparing for your next adventure in Norway!

An Aerial Shot of Cuttyhunk

 

Since fourteen of the Elizabeth Islands are owned by the Forbes family and the other one restricting the entrance of any visitor, you’d be left with no other choice than the modest island of Cuttyhunk, which is not that bad at all as this also offers an undeniable charm that would allure just about any traveler.

This westernmost Elizabeth Island is publicly accessible, and aside from serving the Gosnold municipality, it also offers numerous home rentals and bed and breakfasts ready to welcome travelers from the main US Island.

And although Cuttyhunk could only offer its visitors with one restaurant and one retail store, this didn’t stop NY Times Travel writer Laura House to spend a night and see for herself the only Elizabeth Island publicly open for travelers (“Tranquility on an Island off Cape Cod”).

Here’s an excerpt from her article:
 

Many visitors to Cuttyhunk bunk on boats in the tidy harbor, but there is limited lodging on shore. In addition to the eight rooms at the Fishing Club, there is also the Avalon, an understated but handsome mansion with an expansive porch and seven rooms to rent. Both inns were private homes at points in their history, and their communal kitchens and shared living spaces can lend them a camp like feel. For a more private retreat, there are a handful of houses for rent… But even if staying elsewhere, everyone eventually ends up at the Fishing Club, with its white clapboard exterior and cedar outbuildings. It’s the only place for a sit-down breakfast, so while you wait for a table, sink into an Adirondack chair and survey the clay cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard jutting forth like a proud chin.
 

Go through the rest of her article here, and learn more about the interesting activities she did on Cuttyhunk Island.
 

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While you can start your bird watching activity at the Klamath Wildlife Area, which is a Miller Island Unit and where you can see a great variety of ducks and geese, there are more migratory birds that can be seen on the Link River Trail, examples of which include waterfowl and gebes.

But the best site to get a great view of soaring bald eagles is in the Klamath Wingwatchers’ Lake Ewauna Nature Trail, which is just nearby Klamath Falls. Here you’ll personally see ospreys, herons and the most majestic of them all, the Klamath bald eagle.

Get a load of this bird specie in Travel Oregon’s vid, in which the user shares,
 

The Klamath Basin in southern Oregon is the wintertime home of up to 1,000 bald eagles plus nearly two million other migratory birds, making it a prime location for wildlife viewing.
 

So start preparing for your next birding adventure as early as now!

Amalfi Coast, Italy

 

Have you always dreamt of boarding a real clipper ship and experience how it was like to be on board one of the most historical and influential modes of transportation in the past?

Don’t think that clipper ships are phased-out just yet as you can see and ride one along no other than the Italian World Heritage Site of Amalfi Coast.

Not convinced? Well, Daily Mail UK Travel writer Julie Peasgood boarded one herself in the hope of fulfilling her dream to “climb the rigging of a tall ship” (“Set Sail for Italy: Naughty Napkins, Fine Food and Climbing the Rigging on a Clipper Voyage”). And don’t expect that you’ll be cruising the historic Amalfi Coast with a mere old revamped version of a clipper because the one Peasgood rode, namely the Royal Clipper, boasts of a “sheer romantic beauty” that instantly took her breath away.

Below is an excerpt from her travel article:
 

-- the ship might look like the Cutty Sark but the onboard amenities are bang up-to-date and include three swimming pools, one of which has a glass bottom that doubles (somewhat disconcertingly) as the ceiling of the bar below… But my favorite hidey-hole was up on deck in one of the 'secret' balconies, tucked away on either side of the bow. Nestling here, G&T in hand and a gentle breeze balancing unexpectedly high temperatures, I was one satisfied sailor.
 

Get the remainder of her story here, and learn more about the amenities on board of the Royal Clipper as well as the rest of her experience while cruising along the Amalfi Coast.
 

Contact us to get started with your next ocean cruise today!

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Buddha's Deligh - A Chinese Vegetarian Cuisine

 

Vegetarian restaurants are sprouting everywhere, and this is only an indication that people are indeed growing more conscious of their health – and food is a major consideration.  

So amongst the many nations who have adapted the vegan lifestyle, which particular cities stand out?  We give you a rundown of these top destinations.

Mumbai, India

Mumbai has the largest vegetarian population in the world, so this is why there are a good number of vegetarian restaurants in the city.  This is mainly because eating vegetables is in line with the religious belief of the people and the dominant Hindu population.

London

Second to India in terms of the vegetarian population is London, which has been named the most vegetarian-friendly city in the world by PETA.  This is largely because of the varied and large number of vegetarian restaurants in the city.

Singapore

The dominance of Indians and Chinese is the main reason behind why Singapore’s going vegetarian.  The best places to dine would be Sagar Ratna and Saravana Bhavan or the Little India part of the City.  

Taipei

Vegetarian food in Taiwan is largely based on the country’s dominant Buddhists population.  From over hundreds of restaurants to choose from, Ever Green Vegetarian Restaurant in the Zhongshan District remains a top choice.    

Vancouver

The locals in Vancouver are extremely health conscious, and this is evidenced in the sizable number of natural food markets and vegetarian fare, which is known all over Canada.  From the vegan pizza in Jamaican Pizza Jerk to the vegetarian fix at The Naam, the choices abound.

Other notable cities known for being vegan-friendly include Hong Kong, Sydney, San Francisco, Mexico and the list-topper Chiang Mai in Thailand.
 

So satisfy your vegetarian cravings in these world-known destinations as early as now!

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American cuisine has always been an intriguing fusion of culinary adventures, yet a majority of its fare is focused on hunted and devoured game of wild turkey, deer, buffalo and cows.

The Iowan food, in particular, targets the preparation and serving of Midwestern dishes like casseroles, pork chop and corn-on-the-cob as well as pork barbeque.

Claiming as the ‘breadbasket of the world’, watch the story behind one of Iowa cuisine’s popular ingredients in this video prepared by The Perennial Plate, in which the user shares,
 

Traveling with my camera woman (and girlfriend) Mirra Fine for the next six months, we will be meeting farmers, fisherman, hunters and foragers -- telling their stories, creating recipes with their ingredients, and showing our own road trip adventures. This first episode follows our departure from Minneapolis; travels across Iowa and arrival at the unique Radiance Dairy where Francis Thicke lets his Dairy Cows live out their lives after milking.
 

So get started with your next food trip destination now!

Sydney Opera House, Australia

 

In planning your trip to Australia, you should make sure to visit the continent’s most amazing travel destinations.   

Whether going there with your family, friends, your life partner or just all by yourself, there are places of interest that you should not miss going.  

Here we give you the top picks of the must-visit places in Australia.

Melbourne

One of the world’s most liveable cities, Melbourne inspires a deep passion for those who are there.  It remains to be a magnet for people for its vibrant society and modern lifestyle.

Great Barrier Reef

The home of largest coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Don’t miss seeing this natural attraction, which is so massive that it can even be seen from outer space!

Sydney Harbour

The best way to see it is to be there your self, specifically on board a ferry.  In here, you have the perfect spot to take photos of the Sydney Opera House.

Kakadu National Park
A World Heritage Site, Kakadu illustrates the ecological effects of sea-level change in Northern Australia. There is so much to do in Kakadu - from horseback riding and nature adventure activities to even appreciating the aboriginal culture of Australia.

Fraser Island

Fraser is the largest sand island in world.  It is a rich part of Australia’s natural and cultural heritage, making it a World Heritage Site itself.

Whatever you are hankering for, whether it is nature, lifestyle, culture, beauty, shopping, there is surely something for you in Australia!
 

So start planning your next trip now!

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You will definitely touch a different Russian experience in the various outdoor activities that are waiting for you in Buryatia.

From horseback riding, biking and trekking the Sayan Mountains to relaxing at its Khoyto-Gol Warm Springs, another adrenaline-filled adventure you could do when in Russia is to take part in a whitewater rafting during the first half of the year.

Running for hundreds of kilometers is Angara River’s left tributary, the Kitoy River. Watch Tomass Marnics as he enjoys Russia by braving through this body of water.
 

If I would say that I like this river, I would say nothing, I am definitely in love with this amazing «phenomenon» that has been created by nature thousands years ago. It was my 5th visit on this river during last 4 years and I want to go back there again and again. I am travelling a lot all around the world and I have never seen something similar to this place. Only here you could see the combination of roughness, the uniqueness of the sceneries, color of the water and the color of rock, the amount of fish in the river, mushrooms and berries and just huge amount of «FUN» that you are getting from the kayaking here. I have been here many times and each and every of them is unique. I know for sure, that next year I will go to Biluti again. There are not so many places as this one and they do remain in our hearts and souls forever, taking some part of our internal world. This part is inside us, it is alive...
 

So start planning your next adventure as soon as possible!

 

Known as a former farm house renovated as an elegant boutique hotel, this small, stunning accommodation is one of the best hotels you’ll find when staying in Becancour.

Although you could choose from a wide variety of accommodation like inns, chain motels, hostels, guesthouses, Gites and B&Bs, the Hotel Manoir Becancourt provides you a home away from home with its neat and cozy rooms and very friendly staff.

See what we’re talking about in this video, in which the user shares,
 

Beautiful hotel situated just minutes away from Trois Rivieres.. Becancour is a beautiful idyllic country place where you will be able to find this boutique Hotel.
 

So plan your next trip now!

 

Coron Island Cove

 

 

The Philippines is blessed with thousands of islands and a tropical climate to be dubbed as the next big thing in the Southeast Asian tourism.
 
So read on to learn more about the top three places to see in the Philippine archipelago.
 
1. Tubbataha Reef
 
The southwestern part of the Philippines is embraced by the Sulu Sea, and it’s in here where the world-renowned Tubbataha Reef can be seen. This is an atoll coral reef that is honored as a national marine park, which features more than a thousand of diverse marine wildlife, including sharks, manta rays, clownfish, lionfish and sea turtles. Diving excursions are available with an entrance fee of as little as $75.
 
2. Boracay Island
 
Known as one of the most popular islands in the Philippines, the award-winning beaches of Boracay are absolutely a must-see. While commercialization has further made this place a little bit crowded, both locals and foreigners flock to the island not only for its immaculately powder-sand beaches but also for its famous nightlife and gastronomic offerings.
 
3. Coron
 
While the equally stunning El Nido beaches and islets are found in the Palawan province, it is also here where the breathtakingly beautiful Coron can be found. Travelers are given the opportunity to not only experience the rustic lifestyle and the chance to do outdoorsy activities, such as mountain climbing, as well as relax in hot springs but to also witness the pristine lakes and beaches set upon towering limestone formations in its neighboring islands.
 
There are, in fact, a lot more gorgeous travel attractions in the Philippines, yet the Tubbataha Reef, Boracay Island and Coron are the top three must-see places in this archipelago.
 

So start planning your next vacation now!

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Kashmir is generously bestowed by Mother Nature with marvelous alpine mountains, and its many snow-capped mountain sceneries are shared by various neighboring countries in Asia. 
 
Its overwhelming natural travel attractions are simply breathtaking and have even played a role during the ancient times. 
 
Check out this video uploaded by Konstantin Galat, and find out more about the great mountains of Kashmir!
 

Start planning your travel as soon as possible!

 

White :H:orse Temple in Dunhuang

 

 

Dunhuang City is found in the province of Gansu, and this Chinese city is well-known as a starting point for the famous Silk Road and popular travel attractions, such as the Dunhuang Caves, Crescent Moon Lake, Mogao Caves and Singing Sand Mountains.
 
Read on to get important travel tips when planning a trip to Dunhuang.
 
1. Best Time to Visit
 
Since sandstorms often pass by Dunhuang during March to April, it is ideal to visit this oasis between May and September. 
 
2. Public Transport System
 
There are taxis and buses in the city, but you should be oriented that you won’t be finding any taxi waiting sheds around. Aside from this, cab fare meters are inexistent, so your fare is estimated based on the distance of the travel as well as the type of taxi that is hailed. With this scenario, you could simply haggle your fare with the taxi driver. 
 
3. Shopping Areas
 
Canvass the price of the item that you’re interested in purchasing with different vendors so that you could get the best price. Furthermore, you can get a Dunhuang souvenir by buying their special handcrafted carpets. You may also check out downtown Dunhuang if you’re shopping during the day, and then don’t forget to eat at the Shazhou Night Market to sample the city’s exotic cuisine. 
 
4. Health Tips
 
Stay healthy by consuming adequate amount of water and oxidants everyday. Keep a lip balm in your pocket all the time to prevent dry lips (the air is generally dry all day long). It doesn’t matter what season you’re visiting, make sure you pack a wind-proof jacket as well as sunscreen, cap/hat and sunglasses. 
 
So make sure you keep all these travel tips in mind before going to Dunhuang.
 

Start planning your trip to Dunhuang today!

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Yangtze River at Sunset

 

 

Yangtze River is considered to be the greatest river in China, and it is regarded as the fifth biggest river by water volume in the entire world.
 
Read on to learn about the practical tips that every Yangtze cruise passenger should bear in mind before and during the trip.
 
* Things to Bring
 
Strong wind is expected during fall, so ensure that you bring a coat or a sweater. Aside from this, rain gear is recommended as the weather in the river is quite unpredictable. In addition, a pair of training shoes or rubber shoes is essential especially if you plan on climbing the three beautiful gorges.
 
If you want to keep expenses to a minimum, ensure to bring supply detergent soaps and clothes’ line so that you can do your own laundry. Lastly, while there is physician on board, you could bring the usual medications for headache, stomach pain, and sea sickness and so on to reduce fees from health check ups.
 
* Expenses
 
Upon checking in, a boarding card will be given to you, in which all of your trip expenditures will be logged. You could pay at the end of the cruise in cash or using a credit card. Most cruise ships provide free drinks, yet these are only limited to beers and non-alcoholic beverages.
 
While you could opt to bring your own food to steer clear of the costly meals offered in the cruise ship’s restaurant, it is restricted to bring them inside the establishments, including the recreation center and the bar.
 
On the whole, taking a cruise along the Yangtze River would become more hassle-free and relaxing if you keep in mind the abovementioned pieces of advice.
 

So start planning your next trip today!

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Jersey Breakfast Dog

 

 

New Jersey is famous for its commercial industrial and food production and is well-known for contributing three items that became important to the improvement of the state’s cuisine: frozen food, Grape juice and Mason jar.
 
Nevertheless, if you’re hungry for New Jersey original recipes like beefsteak, disco fries, sausage sandwich and pork roll, then you better check out these recommended restaurants near Mt. Arlington.
 
1. Cracker Barrel
 
If you’re looking for a great place to have breakfast and anticipate the best services there is, then Cracker Barrel is the restaurant that you’re looking for. You should absolutely sample their meatloaf, and if there’s a chance that you brought your children with you, then don’t forget to order the Griddle cakes for them. 
 
2. Pub 199
 
If you’re craving for the freshest seafood and yearning for the best lobster cuisine in Mt. Arlington, then you should definitely check out Pub 199. In addition to this, you should also sample their burger, though it is suggested that you avoid rush hours as it could get really overcrowded in this restaurant.
 
3. Blossom Asian Bistro
 
Lastly, if your taste buds are longing for authentic yet affordable Thai and other Asian cuisines while in Mt. Arlington, then you should visit Blossom Asian Bistro. For less than $10, you could already fill yourself up with their special lunch meals and relax in a sparkling clean environment that offers fast and polite staff. 
 
Overall, Mt. Arlington has so much to offer in terms of offering not only New Jersey cuisines but also other food specialties as well.
 

So don’t forget to check out these suggested restaurants when traveling to Mount Arlington, New Jersey!

 

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Perhaps it’s the scores of golf courses or the pleasant and hospitable locals or maybe it’s the hot deserts and the damp forests.
 
Some people go to Mexico to sample an authentic Mexican cuisine, while others wanted to see for themselves the country’s excellent archeology and architecture. Still, a lot more travel all the way to this nation just so they could enjoy the beach and party like there’s no tomorrow.
 
See Romain Huchet’s travel video to Mexico, and see if you, too, could spot the main reason why millions of travelers visit this awesome country each year.
 

So start planning your trip to Mexico this year!

 

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Tokyo Disneyland

 

 

If you wish to make the most out of your Tokyo Disneyland tour and plan to tour the rest of the city in your remaining days in Japan, then you’d have to know how to complete your tour in just a single day. Read on to learn about this.
 
1. Evening Rides
For favored rides that don’t offer FASTPASS and for those who don’t plan to waste 30 minutes in a very long queue, then an evening ride is a perfect option. Fantasyland rides are particularly less crowded in the evening as kids don’t stay long for the night, so remember to come back and take that ever-so-popular ride.
 
2. Low-Peak Season
Needless to say, low-peak seasons are the most perfect time to go to Tokyo Disneyland. This does not only mean fewer visitors and shorter lines, it also indicates affordable accommodations as well!
 
3. Watch the Parade
The amount of time you spend in watching parades is lesser compared to the relatively longer hours required to watch live theatre shows. All the same, you’ll enjoy watching the full performance of your preferred Disney characters along with multihued props, likable songs and vibrant environment. 
 
4. Plan Ahead
Know which particular rides you want to try, and don’t spend a single minute arguing which ride you will or will not take.
 
5. Eat During Off Peak Hours
Just like the long lines seen outside the gates of the rides, you’d also expect long queues in restaurants and banquet halls. Make sure to eat your meal earlier or at a later time, when fewer diners are in the area. 
 
6. FASTPASS
Particular rides that are popular among park goers usually offer the FASTPASS (FP), which is a type of ticket that enables you to enjoy other parts of Tokyo Disneyland and just return to the FP ride at the time specified on the FP ticket. Instead of waiting for 30 minutes to one hour, you’d find yourself waiting in line for just about ten minutes. 
 
So maximize your one-day Tokyo Disneyland experience just by following the tips above!
 
Start planning your trip to Tokyo Disneyland today!

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The 50,000 travelers that this little city welcomes every day is clear evidence that Venice is indeed a gorgeous and excellent city of art. For over two centuries now, the tourism industry in Venice has always been thriving because of its rich artistic cultural and musical heritage, stunning cityscape and inimitability.

Catch Joerg Niggli in touring the lovely city of Venice in a day—perhaps this would persuade you in finally meeting this fashionable center the soonest time possible!

Known as one of the most thriving and unwavering countries in South America, Chile has surely made well use of its tourism industry to accumulate more income.


Chile has an overabundance of travel attractions all over its region, starting from the impressive coastal parts in the South like Isla Mocha as well as natural beauties of national parks and glaciers all throughout Patagonia.

Here is an exciting clip by Corey Aumiller and partner, in which their Chile experience was described as the following,


We made new friends. We surfed down a sand dune. We hiked in the desert and found water of all kinds. We found a dying dog on the road and put it out of its misery.