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“The Albula and Bernina lines of the Rhaetian Railway offer one of the most spectacular ways to cross the Alps. A particular high-point of the ride is the panoramic view from the Bernina Express, as it passes mighty glaciers on its descent from Chur to the swaying palms of Tirano. The train makes short work of the 55 Tunnels, 196 bridges and slopes of up to 70 millimetres per metre of incline that are found along its route.”

Your journey starts from Milan, Italy to Chur, Switzerland – 220 kilometers. Chur is not the end of the Bernina Express’s ride. It continues along the Albula route to Engadine, passes Bernina Pass to Valposchiavo, to Brusio and Tirano. The whole journey lasts 12 hours. The cost is $160 per person.

Have you seen the movie called “Couples Retreat”? If yes, do you remember the place where all couples went for having fun? Yes, it is Bora Bora – the most beautiful lagoon in the world. It is located right in the middle of Pacific Ocean. Bora Bora consists of the number of French Polynesian islands. “Two towering peaks of sheer black rock [two ancient volcanoes] dominate the center of the island and make an impressive backdrop to an assortment of blue waters that will dazzle the eyes.” Except from being in a fully relax mode and being isolated from everyday trivial life and its problems, you can also surfing, jet skiing, windsurfing, kite surfing, snorkeling, diving and many other water sports. You can enjoy private lagoon tours, sunset cruises,  glass bottom boats sailings, parasailing, horseback riding, etc.

After watching “Couples Retreat” I can’t forget that scene of paradise, and Bora Bora is on the top of my traveling list.

Many people consider Christmas the best time to purchase a new car. But what can be better than just shopping at a car dealer? Travel directly to manufactory and buy the brand new Mercedes Benz right from the assembly line and visit famous Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. Museum building has futuristic shape with 16,500 square meters double-helix interior, which makes it one of the most unique museum-design layouts in the world.

 

Most of us think that we should eat an asparagus by cutting it with the knife and picking up with the fork? Well, we thought wrong! Asparagus is considered a hand-food.

 

The typical Chinese dining table is round or square, the ts’ai (common dishes) are laid in the middle, and each participant in the meal is equipped with a bowl of fan (grain/rice), a pair of chopsticks, a saucer, and a spoon. All at the table take from the ts’ai dishes as they proceed with the meal. The diner who lets his fan bowl stay on the table and eats by picking up lumps of fan from the bowl is expressing disinterest in or dissatisfaction with the food. Also, it is extremely poor manners to suck or bite your chopsticks. Consumption of too much rice may be a sign of disrespect to the quality of the ts’ai dishes. No rice should ever be left over in a private bowl of a participant at the end of a meal.

 

One of the most expensive luxury suites in the world is Villa La Cupola Suite belonging to the hotel named Westin Excelsior located in the heart of the Rome. The suite is 6,099 square feet with 1808 square feet of balconies and terraces. One night rate is $29,000. Villa La Cupola Suite was remodeled in 1998 costing $7 million. “A private elevator and a marble staircase lead to the upper floor of the suite, with its own private fitness room, sauna, steam bath and a magnificent Pompeian style Jacuzzi pool with mosaic floors, vaulted ceiling and frescoes recalling the atmosphere of ancient Roman baths. The design of this room has been accurately studied so that the horizon painted in the scenes of the frescoes on the wall matches perfectly with the real horizon, which can be seen from the windows. Wide private terrace and balconies overlooking the magnificent panorama of the ancient city surround rooms on both floors of the Villa la Cupola.”

Where have you seen a ship with balconies for each cabin? Well, if you are traveling in one of the most expensive cruise ships in the world – Regent Seven Seas -, then definitely expect to have a balcony along with pools, spas, fitness centers, boutiques, etc. Regent Seven Seas is considered an extravagant cruise, which is relatively small that provides privacy and luxury for $62,000 per person for 108 days. If you interested in short trip, the cruise does 7 to 10 days roundtrip with the starting price of $4,000. Seven Seas Voyager’s destinations include Africa, India, Alaska, Asia Pacific, Canada, New England, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, South America, and Tropics. In short, Regent Seven Seas travels all over the world, you simply need to found out when and for how much.



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