The city of Dubrovnik isn’t called “The Pearl of the Adriatic” for no reason. Situated on the beautiful Dalmatian coast, since the 13th century Dubrovnik has been an important Mediterranean sea power with rich history and cultural life. Over time, it has managed to preserve it’s gorgeous palaces, monasteries and other similar historical and architectural monuments. As an incredibly well preserved example of a medieval Mediterranean city it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole Europe, especially for the last couple of decades.

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Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Dubrovnik Summer Festival was founded in 1950. to revive the renaissance and baroque atmosphere, theater and literary heritage of Dubrovnik, while at the same time providing an opportunity to breathe new life into the cities artistic and festive existence. As a cultural center of this part of Mediterranean sea and the Dalmatian coast itself, Dubrovnik has become the perfect breeding ground for world known artists and ensembles to manifest their work in front of an audience. The festival repertoire has over time become an instrument for channeling and reflecting the cities history through plays, performances and concerts all set in it’s natural architectural and cultural surroundings, making this festival one of a kind in the world.

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Dubrovnik Summer Festival hosts a variety of open-air performances from plays and concerts to recitals, thus providing a unique experience for every tourist who decides to pay a visit to this ancient Mediterranean city. A must see on your holiday Dubrovnik Summer Festival is the perfect opportunity to experience Mediterranean and it’s cultural life as it once was. Whether you’re into theater, ballet, dance or music, Dubrovnik Summer Festival has something for everyone and will equally leave everyone who visits it in awe.

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Classical music, contemporary drama, best ballet ensembles from all around the world, circus theater, opera – you name it, Dubrovnik Summer Festival has it all and offers you the best possible experience of this kind in the world, as one of the largest cultural manifestations in all of Europe. As a melting pot of different cultures, languages and nations it has become a meeting place of the world’s most prominent artists from world famous actors like Daniel Day Lewis to Czech Philharmonic and the Moscow Chamber Musical Theater to Julliard Quartet from New York, Amadeus Quartet from London and piano soloists like Syvatoslav Richter, Nikita Magaloff, Rudolf Firkusny, Van Cliburn, Alexis Weissenberg and many more.

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Dubrovnik Summer Festival Opening

As a one of a kind place in the world Dubrovnik is definitely the perfect tourist destination for all of you who want a unique experience that will stay in your memory forever. Off course, The Dubrovnik Summer Festival is the perfect manifestation of everything this ancient city has to offer and needless to say, this festival is very popular among tourist from the whole world, so we recommend you to find your apartment in Dubrovnik as soon as possible. After you do that you’re on your way to having the best holiday of your life, a holiday you will always remember and tell all of your friends and family about. Once you visit Dubrovnik, you’ll always come back, because nothing compares to what this city has to offer.

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This is the most precious video and too good not to share. It’s heart warming and full of joy when these two elderly ladies experience flying for the first time. One, more eager than the other but due to whatever reason, had never had the opportunity. The other, just plain nervous! Watch, and smile.

It made me wonder how many people in the world never get to experience flying either because they are so remote, too poor and really their main focus in life is just surviving. We take it for granted. I couldn’t tell you how many flights I’ve now done over the years but I will tell you, I still hate landings. ;)




Do you recall your first flight? Where did you go?



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Where is Enfidha?

sousse_tunisiaEnfidha is ideally located between the popular travel destinations of Sousse and Hammamet in the north, east region of Tunisia and on the Gulf of Hammamet. Sousse and Hammamet are two of the prime holiday destinations in Tunisia, making Enfidha a great access point to both.

Both Sousse and Hammamet are great examples of old meets new Tunisia. Sousse still retains its large and interesting walled souk and there are often more tourists than locals! You will also find beautiful beaches making it an ideal holiday hotspot offering watersports galore. Hammamet is known to be the first tourist destination in Tunisia and the 3km stretch of sandy beach offers plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

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One Great Reason to Visit Enfidha

One great reason to visit this travel destination is its easy access to nearby Sousse and Hammamet.

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My background of working for many years as a holiday planner inevitably has an influence on my holidays these days. When someone was recently planning a trip to Queensland, it was only natural to suggest destinations such as the tropical rainforests near Cairns and the pristine waters of the Whitsundays’ coast. Having delved a little deeper into my research, I realised that the state’s capital demanded inclusion into the itinerary.

Brisbane Queensland AustraliaBrisbane may have earned a reputation as something of a Gen Y urban playground, but while there is a growing number of flagship boutiques and Melbourne-inspired laneways, there is more to it than inner city bravado. Basing the trip from CBD, close to the lush botanical gardens, the first morning of the plan takes you to Cleveland, gateway to North Stradbroke Island. ‘Minjerribah’ to its indigenous Quandamooka people and ‘Straddie’ to other locals, the island is a favourite getaway for many city dwellers wishing to explore the native wildlife.

Having arrived by ferry at the main port of Dunwich, one heads along Nazi Road to the Blue Lake area, in the Naree Budjong Djara (‘My Mother Earth’) National Park, the base for two walking tracks, Neembeeba and Karboora. Given the often-high temperatures, it’s usually best to opt for the easier 5km return trip through the banksias and eucalypts of the Karboora trail. The area is home to birds such as honeyeaters and lorikeets as well as many freshwater fish and the golden wallaby. Venturing north by car to the popular Point Lookout, you can cast your eye out towards the migrating humpbacks and playful dolphins, all the while soaking up the stunning coastal views.

Returning at dusk you can still catch a bus up to the renowned Caxton Street precinct for a well-earned cocktail at the kitsch Statler & Waldorf. Across the road is the newly-established Brewski, which specialises in craft beer and gourmet pizza. While the next day’s plans demand a sensible bedtime, you may find it hard to prise yourself away from the lively atmosphere of the strip.

Whilst the well-known and nearby Mt Cootha provides hikers and cyclists with rewarding city views for the physical challenges they present, you can also take an early morning drive north towards the volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains NP. If you feel guilty about taking the easy option, try taking a hike up Mt Tibrogargan’s summit route, at the end of which you will find yourself a satisfying 364m above sea level. For the less experienced, the Tibrogargan or Trachyte walking circuits would be a safer option. After that, there’s time for a quick lunch before setting off to Mt Beerwah, the highest of the four peaks in the range and home to many birds including peregrine falcons, kookaburras and cockatoos as well as koalas, goannas, echidnas and well-camouflaged kangaroos.

If you have an interest in such things, the rapidly growing alternative and vegan culture of the West End, one of Brisbane’s most multiciltural of suburbs should be your next stop. Enjoy the raucous live music of the Lock ‘N Load Bistro. Enter the narrow, bustling bar that possesses a lush beer garden, an unusual rarity in Brisbane. Among the vegan offerings on the menu are the spiced sweet potato falafels with quinoa salad, a wholesome and delicious choice. If you’re in the party mood, head on over to ‘the valley’, where locals go to party into the wee hours. More live music is usually on offer at the New Orleans-themed Papa Jacks, where the attentive staff will whip up a cocktail from scratch based on your tastes and budget (as long as it stretches over $15, that is).

After partying at the Family nightclub, it may be time to call it an evening (a rather late evening, all the same) and retire to reflect on the two extremes of this amazing and unique city. From its invigorating natural beauty to a hip and happening urban scene, Brisbane caters for many and disappoints few.

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Mary Ann Keeling is a travel planner from Brisbane. She is still in love with her home town and always in the mood to talk about life in the city. In her free time she likes to drive her bike through the Brisbane suburbs.

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