Built from recycled shipping containers and painted every color under the sun, WineBox Valparaiso is one of the world’s most unique hotels, so unique that it’s owner, Grant Phelps, had no-one to turn to for help but himself.
With 1,073 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it’s hard to choose which to visit. Luckily, Tripadvisor has made it easier by choosing the Top Ten World Heritage Sites.
With many new buildings, especially those a community hold dear, there is always a settling period before people grow fond of them. I didn’t need that.
Glimmering before me, water seems to dance along the path like fireflies fluttering in the evening twilight. Light forces its way through arches creating reflections of their casted shadows. I am caught in a trance, transfixed by this unique architecture surrounding me; Moorish influenced with splashes of Spanish styles throughout.
For the Italian government, the much-publicized crash of the Costa Concordia cruise ship was just the tip of the iceberg of the long-term damage done by cruise ships in Italian waters each year.
A relaxing luxury train journey with great food and wine offers my type of Mary Poppins type of experience – practically perfect in every way.
I remember the electric blue rain jacket I wore with two white stripes down the arm that made the awful swishing sounds when the material rubbed together, forever putting me off ‘anoraks’… which is a bit of a problem if you live in one of the wettest places in the world!
Sintra remains relatively untouched by the large numbers of visitors and sustainable tourism is a watchword for this UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are a variety of hiking trails – from the coastal paths to tracks that allow visitors to discover the wide range of botanic species and the mysterious monuments that inspired Lord Byron when he lived here.
A few weeks ago, a team of conservationists confirmed the presence of two new communities of Komodo dragons living in the Mbeliling forest area of Flores, Indonesia.
Fraser Island is such a unique place. Where else would you find rainforests, giant ferns, swamp vegetation and eucalyptus trees growing on sand dunes 200 meters above sea level?