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Best Chocolate Places on Earth!

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Many few people can state with safety they don't like melt-in-the-mouth chocolates. In fact, we people actually need chocolate as researches have shown that consuming cocoa chocolate may positively affect the circulatory system and boost our metabolism; even though high in calories, a piece of chocolate brings energy and fast thinking. No one should exclude a reasonable portion of it from their nutrition. Do not overdo it though!
Travellers are lucky since they get to taste different types of chocolate around the world. 
According to travel.nationalgeographic.com, these are the best of the best chocolate makers!
Enjoy and Indulge!
1. Teuscher (Zurich, Switzerland)
2. Vosges Haut-Chocolat (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
3. Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, Inc. 
(Berkeley, California, USA)
4. Jacques Torres Chocolate
 (New York, New York, USA)

5. Norman Love Confections
(Ft. Myers, Florida, USA)6. Valrhona (France)
7. Godiva Chocolatier 
(Brussels, Belgium and worldwide)
8. Richard Donnelly Fine Ch…

Europe's 10 cheapest cities to visit

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As we live in a age of austerity with the continental countries of Europe facing unprecedented EU challenges, such as escalating inflation rates, higher VAT and with the general impact of the credit crunch and import costs, future tourists are starting to look carefully which destination offers the best value for summer 2013 or a winter break.
Here below is the updated list of Europe's 10 cheapest major cities to visit.
The greatest surprise on the list is London, which due to the fact it is outside the EU prices are relatively falling enabling it to reach Europe's bargain hotspot top 10 for the first time in 5 years. This is good news for Olympic Games visitors, however we must balance this information with the recent increase in exchange between the euro and the Pound Sterling, making it more expensive to buy GB Pounds now than in the last 5 years or so.
It's interesting to see that London is sixth on the list and the Norwegian capital Oslo last.
10 Cheapest European Cit…

World's Best Hotels 2013

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For some travellers its not about "where", but "with who". For those who care about where, today we will present to them the best hotels in the world for 2013.
Thanks to the research conducted by travel and leisure , we have the list with the best hotels worldwide! 
1.Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
2. Castello di Casole—A Timbers Resort, Casole d'Elsa, Italy
3. Singita Kruger National Park, South Africa
4.Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
5.Four Seasons Resort Bora-Bora, French Polynesia
6.The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay, New Zealand
7. Ritz-Carlton, Berlin
8.Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
9. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park Area, South Africa
10. Singita Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park Area, South Africa

Europe's 10 cheapest cities to visit

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As we live in a age of austerity with the continental countries of Europe facing unprecedented EU challenges, such as escalating inflation rates, higher VAT and with the general impact of the credit crunch and import costs, future tourists are starting to look carefully which destination offers the best value for summer 2013 or a winter break.
Here below is the updated list of Europe's 10 cheapest major cities to visit.
The greatest surprise on the list is London, which due to the fact it is outside the EU prices are relatively falling enabling it to reach Europe's bargain hotspot top 10 for the first time in 5 years. This is good news for Olympic Games visitors, however we must balance this information with the recent increase in exchange between the euro and the Pound Sterling, making it more expensive to buy GB Pounds now than in the last 5 years or so.
It's interesting to see that London is sixth on the list and the Norwegian capital Oslo last.
10 Cheapest European Cit…

How to be unremarkably average in 2014!

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Our world is absolutely full of mediocrity and it often feels like we are all going around in circles following each other like Goldfish on a global scale. Few admit to or celebrate mistakes as part of life's rich tapestry to learn and grow. All too often we live in the social mirror and we reflect conformity, yet moan about it.  
It was Martin Luther King that said that "It's no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society". Here below is a guide how to be unremarkably average in your life. We trust you do the complete opposite! Believe everything people say to you on face value.Never question authority and just do as your are told.Go to college because that's what people do nowadays, not because you want to learn something.Go overseas to a place where people speak your native language.Think about starting your own business, but never do it. Settle for being an employee.Think about writing a book, but never do it. You don't have enough …

Best Chocolate Places on Earth!

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Many few people can state with safety they don't like melt-in-the-mouth chocolates. In fact, we people actually need chocolate as researches have shown that consuming cocoa chocolate may positively affect the circulatory system and boost our metabolism; even though high in calories, a piece of chocolate brings energy and fast thinking. No one should exclude a reasonable portion of it from their nutrition. Do not overdo it though!
Travellers are lucky since they get to taste different types of chocolate around the world. 
According to travel.nationalgeographic.com, these are the best of the best chocolate makers!
Enjoy and Indulge!
1. Teuscher (Zurich, Switzerland)
2. Vosges Haut-Chocolat (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
3. Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, Inc. 
(Berkeley, California, USA)
4. Jacques Torres Chocolate
 (New York, New York, USA)

5. Norman Love Confections
(Ft. Myers, Florida, USA)6. Valrhona (France)
7. Godiva Chocolatier 
(Brussels, Belgium and worldwide)
8. Richard Donnelly Fine Ch…

Europe's 10 cheapest cities to visit

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As we live in a age of austerity with the continental countries of Europe facing unprecedented EU challenges, such as escalating inflation rates, higher VAT and with the general impact of the credit crunch and import costs, future tourists are starting to look carefully which destination offers the best value for summer 2013 or a winter break.
Here below is the updated list of Europe's 10 cheapest major cities to visit.
The greatest surprise on the list is London, which due to the fact it is outside the EU prices are relatively falling enabling it to reach Europe's bargain hotspot top 10 for the first time in 5 years. This is good news for Olympic Games visitors, however we must balance this information with the recent increase in exchange between the euro and the Pound Sterling, making it more expensive to buy GB Pounds now than in the last 5 years or so.
It's interesting to see that London is sixth on the list and the Norwegian capital Oslo last.
10 Cheapest European Cities:…

The scourge of Shrinkflation eats away at the man in the street like a cancer!

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The authorities that be in the US, UK and much of Europe are currently managing their respective economies on the basis of maintaining low interest rates and especially in the case of the US, flooding the system with money, now termed as "Quantitive Easing". 
The next stage of the cycle is likely to be high inflation, however the main manufacturers of food, beverage and household goods are desperate to keep reporting profits in a never ending cycle of perceived growth, which is for many of the wrong reasons considered a good thing.

In the current economic reality, many of the manufacturers in the West realize that profits cannot be achieved by simply raising prices. Subsequently, they are turning to a subtle Shrinkflation, which is where the prices are stay the same, but the items on sale are shrinking in size, value or quantity. 
Just consider for a moment what is happening across the Western world right now...manufacturers and retailers are subtly introducing reduced size…

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The Auckland Anniversary Regatta in New Zealand

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Where? Auckland, New Zealand
When? 27th January 2014

The Auckland Anniversary Regatta, New Zealand is the largest single-day regatta in the world and the oldest sporting event in New Zealand.

The very first Auckland Anniversary Regatta took place in first 1840 to commemorate the the founding of the province, and ever since it has grown to become one of the world’s largest single day regattas.

A great yachting event for sailors and spectators who can view the maritime and trading history of Auckland in action.

Further information:www.regatta.org.nz

The Australian Open 2014

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Where? Melbourne, Australia

When? 13th - 26th January

The beginning of the Tennis Season!

The Australian Open is the held annually and chronologically marks the first Grand Slam Tennis Tournament of the year followed by the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

The Tournament is held at Melbourne Park with centre-court events at the Rod Laver Arena and features:

Men's and women's singlesMen's, women's, and mixed doublesjunior's championshipsWheelchair competitions
Further information:www.australianopen.com

The Sydney Festival Australia 2014

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Where? Sydney, Australia

When? 9th - 27th January

The Sydney Festival celebrates the arts, in particular the performing arts, and comprises of a variety of outdoor events as well as musical events; theatre, dance and physical theatre; visual arts and cinema.

Among the Hot List of event venues are the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Town Hall, Art Gallery of NSW, City Recital Hall Angel Place, Riverside Theatres, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Darling Harbour, Joan Sutherland & Performing Arts Centre, Hyde Park.

A Festival Guide App is also available for iPad!

Further information: www.sydneyfestival.org.au

Up Helly Aa Festival in Lerwick, Shetland Islands

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Where? Lerwick, Shetland Islands
When? 28th January 2014
Up Helly Aa is an annual Festival that originates from the 1880's and is is held in Lerwick, Shetland Islands.

It's Europe’s largest fire Festival and involves...
A series of marches and visitations.The Festival culminates in a full sized Viking Galley, complete with shields and oars.The Viking Galley is pulled by a torch-lit procession leading to the beach.Featuring locals dressed as Viking warriors. The Galley is set alight and thereafter hours of performing acts and dancing in halls follows.
Further information:www.uphellyaa.org

Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

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Where? Harbin, China
When? January 5 - February 28, 2014
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is set in Harbin, China during the coldest months.

This awe inspiring Festival features breathtaking temporary works of art, all created with ice from the Songhua River. Between the 4 primary parks and amusement zones, there are a few thousand pieces, not to mention all the ice architecture created throughout the city for the winter (it's everywhere you look). 
The Festival lasts 2-months between January and February and is a must-see for families. It gives a whole new meaning to the concept of a Winter Wonderland. During this time more than 15,000 people carve (by hand or laser) more than 4 million cubic feet of ice. One can expect to experience scaled-down versions of the Forbidden City and the Great Wall to simpler student-created pieces, the sheer volume of beauty is staggering.

The Ice Lantern Festival was actually the precursor to the current Festival, which first…

The Amsterdam Fashion Week

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Where? Amsterdam, The Netherlands
When? 17th - 27th January

Amsterdam Fashion Week brings fashion from the catwalk to the sidewalk with over 50 events organized over the weekend throughout the city. Publicly accessible events include ‘fashion routes’, pop-up catwalks, exhibitions, presentations and a spectacular catwalk show ‘on ice’.

Further information:www.amsterdamfashionweek.com

Lokotsav Folk Festival in Goa, India

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Where? Panaji, Goa, India

When? 7th-16th January

The festival will showcase handicrafts and traditional folk dances and music from different parts of the country. Around 450 stalls of handicrafts will be put up where the craftsmen will exhibit and sell the items. Visitors can interact with the artists, and find out more about the process.

In the evenings, there are folk performances of various dance styles. In fact around 500 performing artistes will perform traditional folk dances, folk music and folk songs during the event. Lokotsav will be opened by Goa governor B Wanchoo.

Further information:http://www.goacom.com/other-events/16715-lokotsav-at-panaji

Thaipusam Ceremony, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Where? Kuala Lumpur, Malasia

When? 17th January 2014
Thaipusam is a significant Hindu annual ceremony held during a full moon within the tenth month of the Hindu calendar (mid-January to mid-February in the Gregorian calendar).

It's marked in Malaysia by a public holiday and celebrated by the Hindu people of South India and the mainly Tamil-speaking Hindu communities throughout Malaysia. Thaipusam is dedicated as a thanksgiving to Lord Subramaniam for answered prayers in addition to being a day of penance.

At Thaipusam, one can expect to see parades and rituals across Malaysia, and witness devotees performing ceremonial acts, the most famous being at the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, where more than a million people gather for Thaipusam each year. Visitors are attracted by the vibrant colours, cultural noise and the wide range of activities taking place during Thaipusam.

What is considered to be the greatest dramatic attraction, is when devotees (who made a vow during the previous ye…

Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair, U.S.A.

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Where? Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
When? 30th January - 2nd February 2014
Now in its fith year,  the International Contemporary Art fair of the West Coast returns to the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

The fair presents up to 70 top international blue chip and emerging galleries from around the world presenting collections of recent works from represented artists.

The Art fair provides an accessible environment for art collectors, curators, and patrons of the arts alike to enjoy and hosts a comprehensive programming series, including world class artist talks, film screening and performance series. Events are staged on site as well as throughout the city.

Further information:www.artlosangelesfair.com

Top Worldwide Events in January 2014

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In the Georgian calendar January is the first month of the year and is named after Janus, who in Roman mythology is the god of the doorway and January is the door to the year. Traditionally, the original Roman calendar consisted of 10 months, but according to the legend around 700 BC King Numa Pompilius added the months of January and February and gave 30 days to January to which one more day was added in 46 BC by Julius Caesar.

Historical names for January include the Saxon term Wulf-monath as January was known as the month when wolves went into villages in search of food.

Some fun facts about January:
The flower symbol of January is snowdrop and carnation.January's gem is garnet which represents constancy.The zodiac signs for January are: Capricorn (December 22 - January 19).Aquarius (January 20 - February 18). Here are the... Top Worldwide Events in January 2014
Sydney Festival, Australia 9th - 27th January
Australian Open, Australia 13th - 26th January

The Auckland Anniversary Regat…