Wanderlust Wednesday – Croatia

Time for a little wanderlust. Today we visit the beauties of Croatia. Sitting between Slovenia, Hungary, Bosnia, and right across from Italy, Croatia is an interesting mix of Mediterranean and Central European cultures.

Because of its geographic position, Croatia represents a blend of four different cultural spheres. It has been a crossroad of influences of the western culture and the east—ever since division of the Western Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire—as well as of the Mitteleuropa and the Mediterranean culture.[200] The Illyrian movement was the most significant period of national cultural history, as the 19th-century period proved crucial in emancipation of the Croatian language and saw unprecedented developments in all fields of art and culture, giving rise to a number of historical figures.[38]

The bulk of the tourist industry is concentrated along the Adriatic Sea coast. Opatija was the first holiday resort since the middle of the 19th century. By the 1890s, it became one of the most significant European health resorts.[143] Later a large number of resorts sprang up along the coast and numerous islands, offering services ranging from mass tourism to catering and various niche markets, the most significant being nautical tourism, as there are numerous marinas with more than 16 thousand berths, cultural tourism relying on appeal of medieval coastal cities and numerous cultural events taking place during the summer. Inland areas offer mountain resorts, agrotourism and spas. Zagreb is also a significant tourist destination, rivalling major coastal cities and resorts.

Fun Fact: A global cultural contribution from Croatia is the necktie, derived from the cravat originally worn by the 17th-century Croatian mercenaries in France.

Enjoy!

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Zagorje Region, Croatia
Makarska, Croatia
Mljet National Park, Croatia
Split, Croatia
Peljesac Peninsula, Croatia
Rovinj, Croatia
Zagreb, Croatia
Kornati islands, Croatia

 

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Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croatiahttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/viator/the-10-most-beautiful-pla_b_4980780.html?ir=Travel&utm_campaign=040114&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Alert-travel&utm_content=Photo

 

Wanderlust Wednesday – Buenos Aires, Argentina

I must have been dreaming of “Evita The Musical” because all I have been singing is “Hello! Buenos Aries…What’s New Buenos Aires!” A random song to get stuck in my head, but a beauty none the less. So today we visit the song’s inspiration and the birthplace of tango…Buenos Aires, Argentina. Enjoy!

“Buenos Aires (/ˈbweɪnəs ˈɛəriːz/ or /ˈaɪrɪs/,[5] Spanish: [ˈbwenos ˈaiɾes]) is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America, after Greater São Paulo.[6] It is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, on the continent’s southeastern coast. The Greater Buenos Aires conurbation, which also includes several Buenos Aires Province districts, constitutes the third-largest conurbation in Latin America, with a population of around thirteen million.[3]”

“Buenos Aires is one of the 20 largest cities in the world.[9] It is, along with Mexico City and São Paulo, one of the three Latin American cities considered an ‘alpha city’ by the study GaWC5.[10] Argentina has the third best quality of life in Latin America.[11] Buenos Aires’ quality of life is ranked 81st in the world, with its per capita income among the three highest in the region.[11][12][13] It is the most visited city in South America (ahead of Rio de Janeiro) and the second most visited city across Latin America (behind Mexico City).[14] It is also one of the most important, largest and most populous of South American capitals, often referred to as the Paris of South America.[15]
Buenos Aires is a top tourist destination,[16] and is known for its European-style architecture[17] and rich cultural life,[18] with the highest concentration of theatres in the world.[19] Buenos Aires will host the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics.[20]”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buenos_Aires

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Buenos Aires Argentina by sebastianbf
Buenos Aires Argentina by Gustavo Brazzalle
Buenos Aires Argentina by Kenn Wilson
Buenos Aires Argentina by @Doug88888
Buenos Aires Argentina by Jose Téllez
Buenos Aires Argentina by Gustavo Brazzalle
Buenos Aires Argentina by marimoon
Buenos Aires Argentina by benontherun.com
Buenos Aires Argentina by Nouhailler
Buenos Aires Argentina by carlawosniak

Wanderlust Wednesday – Venice, Italy

Such a photogenic city, every shot is breathtaking. I have never seen anything like it; the whole city is a Vogue spread. Today’s adventure takes us to Venice, Italy. An ancient and artistic city, beauty and history course through its veins. A truly amazing city that we now get to visit thanks to Flickr. Enjoy!

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Venice, Itlay by garyullah
Venice, Italy by photog63
Venice, Italy by JoeDuck
Venice, Italy by garyullah
Venice, Italy by garyullah
Venice, Italy by garyullah
Venice, Italy by garyullah
Venice, Italy by garyullah
Venice, Italy by JoeDuck
Venice, Italy Grand Canal at Sunset by Navin75

Wanderlust Wednesday – New Orleans, Louisiana

So yesterday was Fat Tuesday. The day is best known for the carnival like parade of Mardi Gras. In honor of Mardi Gras, on this Wanderlust Wednesday we visit New Orleans. Enjoy!

New Orleans By kkimpel
New Orleans Balcony By andy castro
New Orleans Festival by The City Project
New Orleans Food – Bialys by Zota
New Orleans Jazz by Ray Devlin
New Orleans Balcony by Floato
New Orleans Skyline by Chad Carson
New Orleans Food – Gumbo by HarshLight

Wanderlust Wednesday – Barbados

Hmm…. where to go today? Let’s see….It’s cold, I haven’t seen the sun since late November, and I could really go for a fruity rum drink….Barbados it is! Enjoy!

Barbados by justenoughfocus
Barbados by gusdiaz
Barbados by scaturchio
Barbados Sunset by Luigi Marshall
Barbados Harbor by daveypea
Barbados Beach by Chennette
Barbados by angietorres
Barbados by AdriennScott Photography

Wanderlust Wednesday – Space: The Final Frontier

So I’m a bit of a Star Trek freak; grew up with it and everything. Jean-Luc Picard for anyone who’s wondering. And yeah, space is the final frontier, an exciting one at that. So today on Wanderlust we travel to space and beyond. Enjoy!

Eagle Nebula
Eagle Nebula’s ‘Pillars of Creation,’ circled
Eagle Nebula’s ‘Pillars of Creation’, detail
Horsehead Nebula
Horsehead Nebula, detail
Orion Nebula
Helix Nebula
Carina Nebula
Tarantula Nebula
Flame Nebula
Composite image of the Crab Nebula
The Celestial Angel

Wanderlust Wednesday – Paris

So apparently Valentine’s Day is around the corner; I have been bombarded with advertising so it must be true. And yeah you could do chocolates, flowers, and papers hearts. But let’s class this joint up. Here is Paris, according to many the Most Romantic city in the world, and a Flickr favorite. What will you be doing this Valentine’s Day? Share in the comments. Enjoy!

Paris from Montmartre Cédric Paul
Paris Moyan Brenn
Overlooking Paris Saxman777
Paris Moyan Brenn
Paris Sunset Moyan Brenn

Wanderlust Wednesday – Best Views From Around The World

Ohh could I use an infusion of warm weather right about now. This crazy winter weather has got us all wishing for the slightest visit from spring. But no such luck. Well pictures will have to do. Here are some of the best views from around the world. Enjoy!

CANYON RANCH LENOX Lenox, Massachusetts
MIRAVAL TUCSON Tucson, Arizona
BODYHOLIDAY AT LESPORT, ST. LUCIA St. Lucia
POST RANCH INN, BIG SUR Big Sur, California
GRAND HYATT KAUAI RESORT & SPA Kauai, Hawaii
GRAND SOLMAR LAND’S END RESORT & SPA, LOS CABOS Baja, Mexico
CAPELLA PEDREGAL, CABO SAN LUCAS Baja, Mexico

Wanderlust Wednesday – Best Yoga and Spa Retreats

In the brutal hight of winter, it is nice to daydream. Here are some of the best retreats from around the world. Enjoy!

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YOGAWORKS RETREATS Amansala, Tulum, Mexico
COMO SHAMBHALA ESTATE Bali, Indonesia
MIRAVAL RESORT & SPA Tucson, Arizona
KAMALAYA KOH SAMUI Thailand
AHAU TULUM Mexico
FEATHERED PIPE RANCH Helena, Montana
CAL-A-VIE Vista, California
JUNGLE BAY RESORT AND SPA Dominica
KRIPALU CENTER FOR YOGA AND HEALTH Stockbridge, Massachusetts
ESCAPE TO SHAPE Various Locations

Source: http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2014/01/best-yoga-retreat-vacations