What to Eat in Seoul

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When traveling in the Korean capital, every traveler asks themselves about meals and dishes that he or she will have an opportunity to eat. Korea is a perfect country to try something unusually Asian.

Korea is a favorite foodie destination; many tourists adore its wonderful dishes and fabulous meals.

Koreans live for food; so, when you come to Seoul, be ready to try an unbelievable array of tastes, meals, and diverse ways of cooking. As most people know, Korean food is spicy – even more so than food in other Asia Pacific countries.

Korean cuisine set

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If you like barbequed food (which is extremely popular in this country), try Kalbi (or Galbi) – one of the most popular Korean BBQs. It is short ribs of beef flavored with spices and marinated in sweet sauce, often served with steamed vegetables, kimchi, and rice.

American Korean Style Dukjuk 닭죽 Chicken Porridge with peppers, boiled egg and chili powder.

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If you are afraid of anything that is too spicy, salty or hot, try Juk. This is a very popular meal in Korea, truly beloved by country guests and locals. “Juk” is a type of rice porridge which is quite palatable for kids and elderly.  Locals, however, often add various spices as well as kimchi.

Bibimbap korean food is delicious on wood background

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If you want to try Korean seafood, there is no better option for you than Ganjang-gejang. Eaten with rice and topped with orange roe, the dish is salted crab in fermented soy sauce. It is especially popular in spring and summer.

Korean fried chicken

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For those who prefer fried chicken over other foods, we suggest trying the Korean version. While in most places it is fried once, in Korea chicken gets fried twice. The result is wonderful; the meat seems milder, while the dish itself is less oily.

Korea spicy soup in black bowl

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If you would like to try something truly exotic, order Sundubu-jjigae. This is a pot dish of various types with rice, eggs, vegetables and even tofu added.  This food is served in a pot, boiling hot and fresh.

We have mentioned some of our favorite Korean dishes,  but there are plenty of other meals that you can try in Korea. Choose the best ones for you and enjoy the cuisine and culture of this wonderful country!

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A Perfect Day In Prague

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With castles, cathedrals, palaces, gardens, and cobbled lanes aplenty, it’s difficult not to have a good day in Prague. However, many visitors never leave the well-trodden route running from Wenceslas Square, through Old Town Square, across the Charles Bridge, and up the hill to Prague Castle. To locals, Prague is so much more. Here’s one perfect day that helps keep you clear of crowds and selfie sticks.

Rise and Shine

Perched high on a bluff over the Vltava River, the seventeenth-century Vyšehrad Fortress is one of the Czech nation’s spiritual homes: Its cemetery is the final resting place for some of the country’s most beloved figures, including composers Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, and Alphonse Mucha. Seen from atop the fortress walls, the sunrise reflects beautifully off the river as it burns through the mist and is worth waking early for.

Vyšehrad Fortress (Photo: Czech Tourism).

Stretching along the river from Vyšehrad to Šítkov Water Tower, the one-mile pedestrian-only Náplavka riverbank thrives in early evening, when locals come down to unwind and sip cold suds. In the morning, it’s almost all yours, with the city’s famous skyline rising higher on the horizon with each step. Cross Legií Bridge to the west bank for coffee and breakfast on the outdoor patio of Café Bella Vida.

Prague’s fairytale-like Wallenstein Gardens hide behind a tiny door off sidewalk on the way to Malostranská Metro station. Created in the 1620s along with the adjacent palace, this well-manicured baroque garden merits exploration with a frescoed pavilion, an artificial cave with stalactites, a koi pond, a pair of albino peacocks, and couples stealing kisses among the hedges.

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Wallenstein Gardens (Photo: Prague City Tourism).

Midday

The National Gallery of Prague has branches throughout the city, but its largest is north of the river bend in the Holešovice neighborhood, popular with expats and hipsters. The fairly unattractive building from 1928 was the first example of Functionalist architecture in Prague, but its art collection – including works by Picasso, Renoir, van Gogh, and Klimt – never fails to impress.

West of Holešovice along the river, hilltop Letná Park not only provides panoramic views of Prague, but also historical significance: During 1989’s Velvet Revolution, nearly a million people came here to protest the communist regime. Today, Letná remains tranquil under the spread of leafy trees and is home to a popular beer garden. Happily, in Prague, it’s never too early to raise a mug.

Letná Park
Letná Park (Photo: Prague City Tourism).

Continue on from the park to the Nový Svět neighborhood, where the old city walls still run along the backside of the castle district and cannonballs from the eighteenth-century Prussian siege protrude from buildings. Ring the doorbell of the U Raka Café and step into its gorgeous, tiered garden for perhaps the best apple strudel in town. 

Nový Svět neighborhood Prague
The Nový Svět neighborhood (Photo: Mike Dunphy).

Evening through Late Night

The retro-furnished Pilsner Urquell bar and restaurant Kolkovna Olympia may open its doors to a major tourist artery, but its traditional meaty menu features some of the best versions of Czech classics in town, particularly its much-loved roast pork knee with horseradish, mustard, and sauerkraut.

These former royal vineyards of Riegrovy Sady now make up the main playground of the trendy Vinohrady and Žižkov neighborhoods, east of the main train station. Come evening, half the neighborhood can be found strolling the paths, picnicking on the grass, tossing Frisbees to dogs and children, and relaxing at one of two great beer gardens. The western slope is the best spot in Prague to watch the sun go down behind the castle.

Riegrovy Sady Prague
The former royal vineyards of Riegrovy Sady (Photo: Prague City Tourism).

Krymská Street in Vršovice has become Prague’s epicenter for all things cool, with cafés, clubs, bars, and boutiques spilling down the cobbled hill. By nightfall, particularly on weekends, many of the revelers take their drinks outside, creating an unofficial block party.

Krymská Street
Krymská Street (Photo: Mike Dunphy).

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19/07/17

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The Best Summer South Resorts

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So, you have decided to take a trip to a South American or Caribbean destination; you’re ready to feel the beauty of a luxury resort, its relaxing ambiance, cool lounges, cozy terraces and trendy area near the pool.

If you have ever had a summer holiday in a South American or Caribbean resort, you know never to try second-rate hotels or inexpensive but questionable resorts. You pay more for luxury services and apartments, of course, but you get everything you need in one place, making your trip impeccable – and assuring that every cent is wisely spent.

But which resort to book? There are plenty of options, and sometimes it can be really hard to choose just one. So, here is a list of southern summer resorts that YYZ Travel advisors have carefully selected:

Amanera

Río San Juan, Dominican Republic
Neighborhood: Mile long private beach

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PROPERTY SIZE: 25 rooms

ROOM STYLE: Contemporary

VIBE: Zen

Adventure Beach Golf

Amanera offers Hispaniola’s most luxurious and incredible stay, which has made this resort extremely popular with many tourists – a “number one” for luxury travelers due to the length of Playa Grande. The glass-and-teak main house highlights nature’s artistry, as do the 25 casitas and two-bedroom, cliff top villas – most of which feature personal pools facing the beach. Take a jungle trek, get a seaside massage or sip Santo Libres at the beach club, then puff on a hand-rolled Domincan puro in the cigar lounge. Rees Jones recently renovated the adjacent golf course, touted as “the Pebble Beach of the Caribbean.”

Virtuoso Amenities for your stay  

For 2017

  • Upgrade at time of arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary full American Breakfast for two, daily for duration of the stay
  • A complimentary a la carte lunch for up to two people per room, once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Location

Address

Auto 5 Carretera Rio San Juan

Río San Juan, Samaná 33300

Dominican Republic

Neighborhood

Mile long private beach

Nearest Airport

La Union Airport (POP), 32 Miles / 51 Kilometers

 

Belmond Cap Juluca

British West Indies, Anguilla
Neighborhood: Maundays Bay

Luxury Hotels

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Luxury Hotels

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Perched on 179 acres in Anguilla’s southwestern region, Cap Juluca is a paradise on Earth with white sand, blue skies and Moorish-style beachfront villas. You can choose one of 70 beachfront guestrooms and suites, with private terraces and all the accessories you can dream of in the living spaces.

Everything here is made in a special designer style: from trendy chaises on the white sand beach to wonderful dining with fruits and pastries, and, of course, excellent all-inclusive services for guests.

Always dreamed of experiencing a luxurious SPA and massage? Try incredible aromatherapy and exotic spa treatments.

With its beachfront location nestled around Maundays Bay, Belmond Cap Juluca is all about high-class service and hospitality. This resort has a reputation for extreme luxury, but it also has numerous promotions such as a complimentary fifth night, diverse dining, and accommodation upgrades.

Virtuoso Amenities for your stay  

For 2017

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in-room guests
  • $100 USD Equivalent Resort or Hotel credit, to be to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

 

BodyHoliday Saint Lucia

Castries (St. Lucia), Saint Lucia
Neighborhood: Cariblue Beach

Luxury Hotels

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Luxury Hotels

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Virtuoso Amenities for your stay

For 2017

  • Upgrade at time of arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Buffet Breakfast for two daily for duration of stay
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Complimentary 50-minute treatment on departure day or arrival + 30 minutes BodyScience or Nutrition & Lifestyle Consultation + 30 minutes Fitness Session (stretch, beach fit, pole fitness, dance, tennis or golf lesson)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Prepare your body, release your mind, and enrich your spirit at BodyHoliday Saint Lucia – a wonderfully luxurious 155-room resort which is widely known as an extremely friendly and up-to-date wellness retreat. Here you will not only enjoy excellent personalized service, but also a magnificent atmosphere of sport entertainment, body and wellness culture, and genuine relaxation. For those who have been dreaming of luxurious body and mind relaxation, this resort is in a class of its own.

 

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Published: 03/04/2017

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The Best Destinations for your Summer 2017 Trip to Europe

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

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Best for: Solo travelers

Enjoy open-air movies and theater performances, rooftop terraces, beautiful parks and alleys, outdoor activities, dances, yoga classes, sport and music events. Although summer months are quite hot in Madrid, this is a time when the city never sleeps; there are plenty of national and international events and many guests (but not as many as in spring and autumn). You will surely have a lot of fun and make exciting acquaintances.

Advice: don’t forget to bring a hat, suntan lotion, and a water bottle – these things will make it easier to deal with the heat.

Nice, France

Nice, France

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Best for: Couples

Mediterranean coast, turquoise seas, white-sand beach cafes, and amazing promenades .What could be more romantic than the stunning French Riviera in summer? Nice is a special city – a wonderful combination of Italian chic and Mediterranean maritime freshness. Here everything is full of romance.

Berlin, Germany

Nice, France

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Best for: Groups

Berlin is wonderful during the summer months. It is especially nice in August, when everyone is preparing for festivals. There are so many amazing places in Berlin! But only in summer can you visit the International Beer Festival and numerous outdoor activities that are not available in other seasons. Hang out at street cafes and restaurants, lounge in the parks and quaint alleyways, and generally enjoy the warm friendly atmosphere of the German capital.

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium

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Best for: the whole family

Bruges is one of the most exciting destinations in Europe. Its mysterious streets along with cozy ambiance, attractive squares, and lovely cafes make everyone fall in love with this amazing city. There is a stereotype that the best seasons to come to Bruges are spring and autumn. Whether it is true or not, you can check for yourself. However, our travel agents suggest you visit in July and August, and for good reason: the temperature is extremely comfortable (21C) and the city looks like a fairytale.

Corfu, Greece

Corfu Island, Greece, Europe

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Best for: Honeymoon travelers

Greece is an incredible place for diverse travel. Whether you are searching for an opportunity to do all kinds of surfing, including wind and kite, or you would like to enjoy the beautiful streets of Corfu Island, its wonderful atmosphere, warm summer weather and romantic seaside. One of the best destinations for honeymooning couples, this Greek island is a truly magical, romantic and ideal place for your perfect summer trip.

Published: 13/07/2017

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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN THE DC AREA

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It would be fair to say that DC isn’t exactly known for having an abundance of outdoor activities.  The majority of people I know consider it “outdoorsy” to enjoy cocktails on a yacht on the Georgetown waterfront.  But there are actually quite a few places to get outside and be active within driving distance of DC.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Shenandoah National Park: Shenandoah is my favorite place to get outside in the area.  If I’m feeling tired or my ankle is bothering me, I can drive along Skyline Drive and stop to take photos.  If I want to get a good workout, I can spend the day hiking Old Rag.  If I want an easy hike with a good view, I can hike Hawksbill.  Shenandoah offers so much to do and it’s only an hour and a half from DC.

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2. Great Falls, Maryland: Great Falls Maryland is a great place to hike.  You can challenge yourself with the Billy Goat Trail, or take it easy and enjoy the view of the falls from the overlook.

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3. Great Falls, Virginia: The Virginia side of Great Falls is one of the best outdoor rock climbing locations in the DC area.

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4. Annapolis Rocks: Want one of those epic standing-on-a-rock photos with an unbeatable view and an easy hike?  Head to Annapolis Rocks, Maryland.  And if you’re into rock climbing, do some sport climbing too.

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5. Sugarloaf Mountain: I’ve been going to Sugarloaf since I was young.  It’s not too far from DC and there are really great views.  If you like wine, head to one of the local wineries after you hike.

6. Shenandoah Rocks / Nelson Rocks: Want to climb?  Drive to West Virginia.  Check out Shenandoah Rocks for sport climbing or Nelson Rocks for a via ferrata climb.

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7. Blue Ridge Mountains near Roanoke: It’s a 3.5 hour drive from DC, but Roanoke is a nature lover’s paradise.  It has without a doubt some of the best hiking in the area, like the beautiful McAfee Knob.

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Published: 06/07/2017

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Early Booking Promotion for the South This Winter

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Explore Paradise: 3 Night Pakage

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Join BVI Culinary Events: November 2017

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Florida Awaits Your Arrival!

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Majorca

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Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago and autonomous community which is part of Spain located in the Mediterranean Sea. As of the 2009 census, the population of the capital city of Palma proper was 401,270, and the population of the entire metropolitan area was 621,000, making it the twelfth largest urban area of Spain. Nearly half the population of Majorca lives in Palma. The Cabrera Archipelago, though widely separated from Palma proper, is administratively considered part of the municipality. Its airport, Son Sant Joan, has more than 22 million passengers each year.

Majorca Valldemossa typical village with flower pots in facades at Spain. Photo: depositphotos.com

Some parts of Mallorca have multiple coastline resorts that are rather isolated and make perfect destinations for those who don’t like noisy parties and crowded areas. You can also visit stunning shores with vast surrounding territories of secluded white-sand beaches, turquois seas, and with an amazing number of activities. They are located mainly in the south of the city, where the tourist flow is not so huge. Private beaches of the Caribbean are perfect for those who search for amazing atmosphere and memorable nature! You will be able to choose from 200 beaches to find a place that suits you.

Sailing is an important part of holidays in Majorca. A series of international regattas is conducted annually, and top-ranked yachts can be seen along the entire coastline. Snow-white sails make the excellent view extremely romantic. Crystal clear waters and bright underwater beauty make this destination a  favorite of divers, surfers and sailors. Boating excursions to various points around the island are also available for less experienced seamen — they last all afternoon or even the whole day.

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Majorca is a place with a unique history where the atmosphere is just unbelievable. You can enjoy a set of delightful buildings forming the very special city architecture. Here in the capital of the island, Palma de Majorca, every street, stone and building tells the beautiful history of this wonderful port city. Here you can admire impressive architecture from the Middle Ages made before modernist creations. Palma is also a place of various nighttime entertainments, with high level restaurants and a collection of bars and night clubs.

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The rich cultural history of the island has left a huge impression: here you will plunge into an atmosphere of incredible castles and palaces, monasteries and cathedrals, majestic manors and gardens, art galleries and museums. City visitors can enjoy beautiful aqua parks, adventures parks or farms where small children can safely play with domesticated animals. The resorts of Majorca are ideal for family vacations. Don’t forget special local festivals when children are able to participate.