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London Fashion Week 2016, UK

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One of the most popular fashion and designer events globally, along with New York, Milan and Paris!

New young designers, famous high street and classic brands join together at an event which is going to be unforgettable for all fashion lovers and trend setters.

Where
London, UK

When
15th- 20th September 2016

For further information: http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk

Spitbank Fort Hotel, one Super-luxury Hotel in the Sea!

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Around the end of 18th century, Lord Palmerston, the Britishprime ministerat that time,constructed severalsea forts in Portsmouthin order to protect his country's port. More specifically, he was afraid of any possible French invasions, as Napoleon III had become emperor of France.


The several sea forts were decommissionedaround the 80s and were sold to individuals and one of them was transformed into a luxury hotel! Luxurious furniture, 8 suites, swimming-pool, bar, restraurant, sauna and beautiful areas especially designed for its visitors to enjoy the sun.

Spitbank Fort Hotel also offers luxury accomodation packets to its visitors such as sailing and golf packages, hosting events such as weddings and themed parties and promises one unforgettable accommodation to all of those who love experiencing unique, uncommon and not ordinary things.

So, if you plan to do something different this year for holidays, visit this hotel!




Greenland, in the footsteps of Smilla

Not just in the imaginations of poets and in the tales of explorers. The aurora borealis, a curtain of coloured lights seemingly blown by the wind that is visible all year round, the immense tundra, the glaciers and icebergs, the sleds pulled by dogs and the igloos.

In recent years the country has caught the imagination thanks to Peter Hoeg’s book Smilla’s Sense of Snow, and its big screen adaptation starring Julia Ormond, which underlined the vastness of the Great North, but also its mystery, its lights and the different ways of describing the snow in kalaalisut, the language of the Inuit Eskimos. Seven times bigger than Italy and located between Iceland and Canada, today Greenland is basking in a limelight that contrasts totally with its famous Polar night: on 21 June 2009, after three hundred years the largest island in the world officially dissolved its ties with motherland Denmark and is now recognised as a sovereign state. Which is waiting to be discovered now having enthusias…

OPEN-AIR NEW YORK

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In spring and summer a new trend is taking tourists to the roofs: spectacular views, cool refreshment  and the high life, in grand style or in perfect silence, on the terraces and in the parks of the Big Apple The city that never sleeps, and which in 2008 attracted a record average of 47 million visitors, is reaching even further for the skies—and we’re not just talking about the architecture tracing its skyline. To welcome the good weather, escape the scorching heat, admire the view or just enjoy the luxury of the 21st century—silence—the new thing to do in New York is meeting on the terraces of the highest buildings. Museums, bars, restaurants, hotels, or private clubs with pools like the one at SoHo House, if you’re one of the lucky members. “New York is a particularly vibrant destination in summer and we want to make sure people know about these hidden pearls, these exclusive yet accessible spots that visitors might miss out on just because they never heard about them,” explains G…

A HOLIDAY FIT FOR A SULTAN

Wistfulness for ancient times and desire for progress, battlemented forts and modern architecture, Bedouin villages and creative designer hotels, Islamic culture and equal opportunities. Welcome to Oman, on the extreme south-eastern end of the Arabian peninsula, one of the most fashionable destinations of the moment. From years of being shrouded in total obscurantism, the country has been brought into the future by the hand of an enlightened sultan, Qaboos bin Said, who has given the country a major economic and social impetus by developing an exclusive tourism industry to replace (well, mostly) the revenues that were brought in up to now by oil. 
The first port of call is Muscat, once a stop on the trade route from Zanzibar to India and China, so near and yet so far from Dubai. Here, for at least an hour, you can forget palm-tree peninsulas, high-tech glittering skyscrapers and real estate megaprojects. In the city, which is formed by three central suburbs—Old Muscat, Mutrah and Ruwi—…

HEAVENLY ROME…

With your eyes pointed skywards, an unusual journey to some of the most evocative sacred locations in the city.As we all know, Rome is a city that evokes strong emotions. Like those we feel when standing in front of the Coliseum, with its long history, or visiting the Vatican Museums, those mines of priceless treasures, or the Capitol, an architectural gem designed by the great Michelangelo: a journey along a sacred and privileged route within the Eternal City. Having visited the Lateran zone and the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the oldest of the Roman churches, with masterpieces such as the Sacred Altar which reputedly has pieces of the table used by Christ at the Last Supper, the next stop is the “Sancta Sanctorum” papal chapel. Opened to Costa guests for the first time, an exclusive for the Italian cruise market, entry to the chapel will give you the chance to glimpse the holiest place in Christendom. Here you’ll stop to admire the precious relics including an iron of Christ begun…

Canada’s magical autumn colours

Discover Quebec City by passing through Charlevoix and heading towards the new frontier of Canadian tourism: Nova Scotia.
It has one of the lowest population densities in the world. It has three inhabitants per square kilometre (the world average is 48; in Europe, for comparison, Italy hovers around 200). And those three inhabitants will in all probability be of different ethnic origin. Canada is a model of integration: since the 1970s it has been successfully integrating immigrants from all over the world, who today represent many of the 33 million Canadians and who have settled mainly in the belt along the border with the US. The peaceful coexistence of languages, cultures, religions, medicines and customs is impressive, as is the harmony between technological progress and environmental conservation. 
With a population of 600,000, Quebec City is the most European of all Canadian cities and the second largest in Quebec, a Francophone province 40 times larger than Switzerland. The city …

Hong Kong and Singapore

The current economic boom in China started off right here: in busy commercial Hong Kong and in the city-state of Singapore, devoted to business, technology and highly specialized electronics.
When Beijing was still undecided between a policy of gradual progress and the relentless development that is now occurring, Chinese, European, Filipino, Indian, Portuguese and American businessmen were meeting in Hong Kong; and in Singapore, the most important companies in world finance filled ultramodern skyscrapers.

There are 236 islands in the South China Sea united in this “Special Administrative Region of China”, which was the name given to Hong Kong after 99 years of lease to the United Kingdom, which began after the Second Opium War.
The year was 1997, and the city’s return to mainland China had caused dozens of companies, industry leaders and rich foreigners to leave, worried about being sucked into the slow pace of Chinese development. Instead, the government of Beijing stunned the world, a…

Fjording Around

From Oslo to Svalbard, a magic tour on the heels of the Vikings, in between huge glaciers and Swiss-style villages .One Norway,many Norways. There’s a land covered with conifers and birches, endless woods reaching far into the Northern wastes, and countless streams and waterfalls. And there’s the famous land of fjords, dramatic and spectacular, thanks to impressive clefts cutting in the coast like wounds,sheer rocks plunging straight into the sea,covered in green forests and moss. Fjords are a marvel of nature,and serve as a kind of brand logo for the country even though in fact they are only to be found in the southwestern region,between Stavanger and Ålesund.The word fjord, however, is used to describe the whole of Norway’s coast, which is just as majestic and marked by gulfs and bights which are just as impressive. The best way to discover the magic of the fjords is by sea, starting from the capital, Oslo, which is itself on a 100-km long fjord (Oslofjord) and has many attractions:…

Hong Kong and Singapore

The economic boom in China started off right here: in busy commercial Hong Kong and in the city-state of Singapore, devoted to business, technology and highly specialized electronics.
When Beijing was still undecided between a policy of gradual progress and the relentless development that is now occurring, Chinese, European, Filipino, Indian, Portuguese and American businessmen were meeting in Hong Kong; and in Singapore, the most important companies in world finance filled ultramodern skyscrapers.

There are 236 islands in the South China Sea united in this “Special Administrative Region of China”, which was the name given to Hong Kong after 99 years of lease to the United Kingdom, which began after the Second Opium War.
The year was 1997, and the city’s return to mainland China had caused dozens of companies, industry leaders and rich foreigners to leave, worried about being sucked into the slow pace of Chinese development. Instead, the government of Beijing stunned the world, and today…

SMYRNA

An important seaport on the Aegean Sea, Smyrna is the 3rd biggest city in Turkey. It was founded in 3000 B.C. and in 1500 B.C. it was conquered by the Hittites. Following this it became one of the most important cities in the Ionic league. Thereafter it underwent domination by Alexander the Great, the Romans, the Byzantines, and finally it became part of the Ottoman Empire in 1415. However, the Ottoman Smyrna was almost completely devastated in 1922 by an invasion of the Greeks and then by a terrible fire. 


The centre of the city is Konak square and here we find the famous clock tower. This tower was built in 1901 by the sultan Abdul Hamit II and is richly decorated in the Ottoman fashion. A short distance away there’s the bazaar, a labyrinth of all sorts of market stalls. The covered market of Kizlaragasi Hani is something special, full of eye-catching shops and was built in 1744 and then restored in 1995. 


The Agorà is located in the Namazgah quarter , built according to the desires …

Barcelona

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, the north-eastern region of Spain, surrounded by the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea. The city is not only one of the busiest ports of this sea, but it is as important as Madrid and the other European capitals, also from a cultural, commercial and sporting point of view. Its main characteristic, also due to its geographic position is its passion for innovation and modernity.   The most famous thoroughfare of Barcelona, Las Ramblas, goes through the old city, one of the most important and interesting medieval centres in Europe. Well known all over the world as the Gothic district, it still preserves the original splendour of the cathedral, the ancient royal palace and several buildings are of great value and interest.  The Museum Frederic Marès is part of the complex that includes the Royal Palace. The building that houses it was occupied in the XIII century by the bishops and in the XIV century by the counts of Barcelona, in the XV century by…

Profile on Tunis

Tunis, the capital city of Tunisia is definitely interesting from an artistic and architectural point of view in that it brings together in a masterly manner the east and the west. Its old city is most definitely eastern with its medieval art treasures of the Islam world, but all around it there spreads a European city in which nothing is left wanting in the sense of classical features or freedom. The Medina is the historical and cultural heart of Tunis and houses the principal features of the city. The Moschea dell’Ulivo is the most important cultural place in the city which was built for the first time in 732 AD. It was then rebuilt into its present form by the Hafsifi between the 13th and 15th centuries. The mosque is made up of a library, an inside courtyard and a prayer room. The courtyard can be visited by non –Muslim tourists, and is surrounded by columns with geometrical ornaments. The minaret is 44 metres high and was built in 1894, a landmark for the whole city. The mosq…

Funchal

The island of Madeira belongs to Portugal, but thanks to the special statute it was given, since 1976 it has been autonomous from an administrative point of view. 
It is a beautiful island, with a constant spring climate that attracts tourists all year round. It has wild and harmonious vegetation, jagged coastlines and enthralling, breathtaking panoramas. 

Funchal is the capital of Madeira and houses, with 125.000 inhabitants, almost half of the total population of the island. 

The port of Funchal was in the past an important disembarkation place for all the ships that were sailing for India and Brazil. A little farther you will see the Marina, a tourist port always crowded with tourists and islanders. Here, in several little restaurants you will be able to try delicious fish specialities. A curiosity: the yacht that is landlocked on the beach belonged to the Beatles. 
Behind the tourist port you can admire the most ancient fortress in Funchal: the Fortaleza de Sao Lourenco. In 1540 they…

Genoa

The Genoese have stopped grumbling. According to the poet Edoardo Sanguineti, the Genoese were always grumbling and this grumbling sound had become Genoa’s background noise, so rooted in her inhabitant that they had lost their original accent. Such grumbling, which had accompanied the slow decline of the city after the end of the second world war, became muffled as Genoa started getting her former color back – not just that of her salt-washed palaces – to take back her rightful position and shed her backwater reputation first with the 1992 Expo and now as a City of Culture for 2004. Today Genoa is dynamic, high-tech and many splendor city as of old, as well as being extremely beautiful in its position between sea and mountains.
She is no longer a Cinderella, but a Queen: first sea power, more powerful than Venice or Pisa in the fourteenth century, a rich and cosmopolitan city that could afford imports from all over the world then known. As one of Europe’s major capital cities in the si…