Frazzled city people flock to Karma Kandara for its chilled-out escapism. It exudes an undeniably exotic-vibe; from its dramatic cliff-top location right down to the super-cool beach club, this is zen heaven. To tempt you from your vast villa residence there is a magical spa and delectable dining experience coupled with the most amazing views in Bali, possibly the world.
Tarita is the place to visit for fantastic furniture design. They have spectacular pieces that will add style to any home. Founded by a Singaporean and an Italian, they will gladly ship anywhere in the world.
One of the upcoming districts in Bali is Petitinget where you will find Biku. A fabulous combination of antiques, restaurant, teashop, and bookstore all in one. An eclectic mix of now and the past, including a 150-year-old teak joglo from East Java. A whimsical unexpected urban and yet Balinese experience.
To gamble online or at a brick-and-mortar casino, that is the question! Do you remember the days when you and your friends would plan that all coveted trip to Las Vegas every couple years? Taking a trip involves lots of time, money, and effort. Those are all things that the average consumer finds to be very scarce these days. It’s one thing if you live within driving distance of a casino, but if you have to fly, rent a car, and book a hotel then it doesn’t leave all that much money left for having gaming and having some fun. This is precisely why many of the larger casinos have globalized and branched out to the virtual user. With their secure networks and advanced gaming platforms you can play some of the best online games out there today.
Online gaming isn’t limited to any specific types of games. For the gambler that finds himself in the sports book on every trip can bet the same parlays online as he would in person. Certainly helps those of us who can’t afford to make a trip to Macau or Vegas during March Madness! Perhaps you are a blackjack fan, or texas hold’em, whatever your passion, you have the ability to sign and start playing within minutes. For those of you who are too intimidated for the more complicated games, you can enjoy the simplicities of playing the lotto or bingo from your home. It’s no wonder that the online gaming industry is estimated to be generating over $21 billion in revenue each year.
So you might already be familiar with online gaming and its many advantages, but are you aware of mobile gaming? Mobile gaming is the next biggest trend regarding online gambling. This is basically labeled as gaming-on-the-go! You can play your favorite casino games from your house, car, or even an airplane. For those of you who can’t stomach gambling with your own money, the major casinos have even come out with gaming applications that allow you play with pretend money just to enjoy the experience.
Doesn’t it seem foolish to wait for those “once in a while” vacations in order to get your gaming fix? These days it’s as simple as downloading an app on your phone, or visiting a website from your home computer. As always, remember to gamble safe and responsibly, but also enjoy yourself!
This enchanting 13th century villa has been so lovingly restored it feels more like a private home.
Rooms radiate stylish Italian elegance; acres of glorious gardens are yours to explore; and you’ll find a small but perfectly formed spa and out-of-this world Tuscan cuisine matched by a formidable wine cellar. Bliss in every exquisite detail.
Opera under the stars
In nearby Montesiepi you will find the Gothic abbey of San Galgano. In the summer the Accademia Chigiana of Siena stages opera in this roofless cathedral under the open sky.
A romantic and moving experience you’ll remember forever. They even have their very own ‘sword in the stone’.
Always fancied the idea of hunting but don’t want to kill any furry creatures? How about mushroom hunting? And in the autumn it’s ripe for the picking. Rich wild mushroom risotto? Porcini on toast?
The chef will be more than happy to cook the bounty of your forest pillaging. One side makes you smaller, and the other makes you taller…
Although the majority of people seem to think of Christopher Columbus as the first European to visit the New World, in fact, the Vikings of Scandinavia provide the first good evidence for such contact. Sporadic remains of their visits have been found as far west as northern Quebec, but the most spectacular and best documented example is the remains of the Norse village of L’Anse aux Meadows, located on Epaves Bay, on the northern coast of Newfoundland. This site represents the oldest European settlement in the New World, and is all that remains of the famous exploration voyages of Leif Erikson, son of Erik the Red, and his colonization of a land referred to in the Norse sagas as Vinland.
The sagas tell of Erik the Red’s AD 986 journey to Greenland, where he established a settlement of a few thousand Vikings. Leif Erikson then continued moving west, finally reaching the coasts of Baffin Island and Labrador, and then sailing south to a land he called Vinland.
The location of the site was probably chosen to allow exploration of the adjacent coast, both north and south, for further settlement and colonization. Drastically different from contemporary Indian settlements in the area, the site contains the remains of eight turf houses, a smithy, a charcoal kiln, and middens (rubbish dumps).
There is also evidence of workshops for carpentry and weaving. The typical Norse artifacts recovered include a spindle whorl, a hollowed stone oil lamp, a bone needle, a bronze pin, and iron rivets. Occupation was brief, perhaps as short as 30 years, probably because of the hostility of the locals and the land’s unsuitability for agriculture.