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5 most breathtaking fountains

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If you ever traveled in desert or in hot countries by noon, you understand better what is shadow and water and coolness: it is really a wonder. I always have this wonderful feeling when drinking water being thirsty.

A modern fountain build in the middle of a city is much more than that! Combined with the architectural and artistic knowledge it is much more impressive and spectacular. Many cities have as a badge a certain fountain. I love fountains and I am very fond of them. Being in a city for the first time, I strive to know it starting with its fountains.

I selected bellow some fountains of the world which I found breathtaking and really fabuluos.

1. Fountain of the Wealth in Suntec City, Singapore symbolizes the unity of the four races living in Singapore. It is actually world’s biggest fountain!

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Investing in the growth of China tourism

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After a 4 percent drop in 2009, travel bookings in China will grow by 5 percent in 2010, projects a new PhoCusWright report, “Emerging Online Travel Marketplace in China.” The same report predicts that travel will expand to become a $65 billion industry by 2011, and that 20 percent of that market would be online. 

Where opportunities lie in that growth, and what kinds of companies might be positioned to seize them was one topic of discussion at the recent China Travel Distribution Summit, hosted by China Travel Daily at the OCT Interlaken Resort in Shenzhen in December.

Online booking may be growing, but for a well-established overseas corporation to make its mark in China’s online travel space remains a tricky task, said experts at the meeting.As Demopolous explains it, a successful online venture requires capital, technical information and local knowledge. Chinese companies have access to as much capital as a strange participant,and


Top 5 Lake Destinations

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Outdoorsy types will definitely want to immerse themselves in the wild, even if they’re just trying to relax after a harrowing week at work. A trip to a lake somewhere is the perfect answer to this call. However, if you’ve been to your local lake one too many times, you may want to widen your horizon and drive further. Check out the following top lake destinations that we know of:

Italy: Lake Como


Of course, nothing beats a trip to Italy. If you can already go there, you might as well visit Lake Como. The French writer Stendhal once described this place as “enchanted” with beauty that’s “unequaled” by other pastoral spots across the globe. While you might see the world in less romanticized terms today, Lake Como is still one of the most glamorous weekend getaways in the world.


Common phrases that you need to know when in Asia

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Language is fascinating and when you are in a different country, it is the wall which can help you make connections with other people or it is a barrier which can be a big hurdle to close a deal. We all sound differently when we talk when we all mean the same thing and trying to say the same thing.

It is priceless though how you can make locals smile when you try a few words of their native tongue. Knowing common phrases will help you find directions, bargain for a good price, win new friends or business partners, and save your life during unfortunate situations.

Those in Asia are very fascinated with how people in the west talk and act. Likewise, those from Europe, the Americas and other parts of the globe are mystified with the language, culture, practices, and traditions of the peoples frome the East.


Getting Great Food on the Streets of Thailand Is Easier Than You Think

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Just like its other southeastern neighbors, street food is everywhere is Thailand. Just walking down the food district streets can bring smells of grilled meats, sweet spices and exotic fruits. Every small shop is a little different, some with dishes sure to knock your socks off, and others that might possibly make you run in the other direction!

Imagine going to a fair or carnival with food stands and stalls lines up everywhere. This is exactly what it’s like in a Thai street food market. Instead of corndogs and lemon shake-ups, Typical Thai staples that you’ll find on the street include marinated and grilled meat skewers, bowls of hearty soups and stews and even fried local bananas. All of which, by the way, are absolutely delicious.


5 Little Known Secret Spots in Florida

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manatee floridaTravelers love Florida with a passion, and for a good reason too. What’s not to love when there is fun, sun, sea and sand to be had all year round? To make your next vacation in Florida even more interesting, here are 5 hidden spots you visit for a truly unforgettable experience!

1. Stuart/Martin County
Fishing enthusiasts will definitely love this place – More than 800 species of fishes can be caught offshore! For those who are not into sport fishing, they can opt to just enjoy the relaxing scene while basking in the soothing jazz music in downtown Stuart. Watch out for the vibrant Pirate Fest in September all year!


48 Hour Argentinean Eggplant

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This is a classic Argentinean recipe that is simply wonderful. This recipe isn’t necessarily easy and there is quite a bit of preparation involved, but trust me; the work is well worth it!

Ingredients
 1 Medium to large eggplant

1 C white vinegar

2 to 3 C water (the less water you use in the recipe the more tart the eggplant will be when it’s finished)

3 ½ T of minced garlic

4 T fresh oregano (yes you can use dried but fresh is much better)  

Canola oil (enough to completely cover the eggplant)

Salt and Pepper

 Step 1


Perfect vacations on Phu Quoc Island

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The biggest advantage of Phu Quoc Island is to be still out of the paths of mass tourism. You can still visit this interesting island before the expected tourism boom, as many leading hotels chains are waiting to start up big infrastructure on the Phu Quoc Island.

Coast line on Phu Quoc Island

Coast line on Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island is under Vietnam jurisdiction, but was an important motive of arguments between Vietnam, Cambodia and even Thailand. Phu Quoc Island even caused a Vietnam-Cambodia war in the 70’s. Therefore on the island are more units and squads of the Vietnamese army. Adding to that the fact that 80 % of the island are protected due to its forest as a national park results in a totally unfriendly island. Which is  terrible wrong!

Luxury hotel on Phu Quoc Island

Luxury hotel on Phu Quoc Island