The grill’s smoking and the wind in the outdoor spot you’ve camped yourself at for two hours now is wafting the smells of grilling meat. The staff brings out a round of brews the establishment produces. You look around the wooden bench and the flushed happy faces fill you with mirth. You lift your mug for a toast and let the beer slip into your throat, tasting of hops or barley and that usual tang of fermented alcohol. Good times indeed.
Though the beer garden is a German invention, there are already incarnations of these kinds of establishments all over the world. Here are some of the beer gardens worth lugging some mugs around in.
The Flask Tavern
Palmyra Atoll, called also the ‘Rainforest of the sea’, was made a marine monument last month by ex-President Bush. It is part of the last coral atoll ecosystem humanity haven’t damaged yet, so you can imagine the sight is breathtaking.
But Palmyra Atoll gained her popularity for something that happened 30 years ago. Then a couple ready for their dream vacation came to Palmyra Atoll with an yacht filled with supplies for a whole year. When they came there they were killed by a man that was isolated. Duane (“Buck”) Walker was found guilty and was convicted to 22 years. The story was covered by Vincent Bugliosi in the book “And the Sea Will Tell”.
For now, Palmyra Atoll is opened mainly to scientists and researchers, but the potential is huge and in the future it might open to tourists as well.
Indonesia is a beautiful country that I regularly fly to. Whether it’s for the bustling city life in Jakarta or the serene Balinese islands that constantly lure my physical and spiritual self to visit, I love Indonesia and never fail to recommend it to people who want an experience of a lifetime. But for seasoned travelers who have been to Indonesia and want an out of the ordinary vacation, why not take an hour’s flight from Jakarta to Yogyakarta and visit the Borobudur Temple?
Also known as Candi Borobudur, this magnificent temple was literally carved out of volcanic stones during the reign of the Sailendra dynasty, which is estimated to be around 700-850 AD. Historians are clearly awed at the majestic structure but was baffled as to how and why the temple was erected. They were also puzzled how the temple was abandoned and was consecutively covered by thick layers of ashes (there were lots of volcanoes in the area). The Borobudur temple was rediscovered by the British as they came to Indonesia for the first time in the 1800’s.
Ireland may appear gray and dreary to outsiders but this emerald country offers a lot of spots where people can sun themselves silly and enjoy some water sports. To taste Ireland’s beaches, one only needs to go to County Donegal for some green waters and some sand.
The Silver Strand
The Silver Strand is a beach in Galway. Its shape is that of a horseshoe with the beach being flanked on by a cliff on one side and rocks on the other. The beach is rather famous as a family destination. Despite being located in the Atlantic, the view it has offers a Mediterranean appeal.
The Silver Strand can be reached by using the coastal road in the southwestern area of Donegal. Turn left at the signpost bearing the name of Malin Bheg and head off for 10 minutes. Singposts for the Silver Strand will appear. Visitors can park their car at the park and walk down stone steps leading to the beach.
In the beautiful old city of Cusco, Peru, an immense fortress was built by huge stone blocks weighing upto 300 tons. There isn’t any such record on how these stones were actually cut and moved to put into that place. These stones are so well placed that some of them won’t even let a single piece of paper come between them.
Saksaq Waman is an ancient Inca ruin at an altitude of 3,701 meters and it is walled with mystery near Cusco. “A good example of Inca stonework at Sacsayhuamán, Peru. They cut and hauled huge stones to make walls like this, and fit them together — without mortar! — so tightly that you coudn’t get a knife-tip or a piece of paper between them. Solid enough to have survived tremendous earthquakes.”
A clean bed with comforters, a lighted and maintained space, interiors that effect well-being, perhaps some sauna, a bar, a restaurant or a pool – these are the most basic things we look for in hotels. But for the seasoned traveler, there are times that the conventional hotel rooms with their standard themes become commonplace. It feels like spending just another night in just another bed in just another town.
When the hotels offer only the same cookie-cutter level of hospitality, the best cure is to get a sense of wonder from the place you’re staying. These off the wall hotels are the places you can stay in for the night and recapture a sense of newness from.
There’s a new competition being started by Thailand’s tourist authority. This latest competition is in a bid to raise awareness of the popular country which has been affectionately nicknamed the Land of Smiles.
One of the prerequisites of a real surfer dude is traveling. It’s not enough that you surf on your own turf. You have to see the world, and know when and where to spot the best waves of the season. Of course, there’s also a shortcut. You can have the best surfing experience by listening to other surfers and checking things out for yourself. Below is a comprehensive list of the best surfing destinations and seasons, guaranteed.
For almost a decade, conflicts between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil rebels have kept Sri Lanka off travel charts. It was just simply too dangerous to go there for leisure. By the end of 2009, though, the security improved tremendously. Peace was brought back, and Sri Lanka was once again one of the best summer getaways in the world. This was good news for all surfers out there.