Summer has finally come out of hibernation and bestowed the northern hemisphere with it's long days and warm sun rays. For most of us, it's a saviour from accumulated seasonal affective disorder. For me, whether it's the brutal cold winters in Beijing, or the seemingly long dark cold and wet winters in UK, I am no outsider when it comes to my mood being influenced by the temperaments of winter climate.
As you know, my recent travels to Thailand and Koh Samui have been my first experience of warm tropical weather in what feels like half a year. When it comes to getting beach and tanning time, you don't have too many options other than travelling to exotic places such as Samui so I had to take advantage of the spectacular private beach facilities W Hotel has on offer.
So, without further ado, let's take a look at what you can expect from the beach resort of W Hotel. Does the beach ooze luxury and class like the rest of the hotel? Let'
Not able to afford a trip to Yellowstone National Park, but find yourself in California instead? For those who want to see a geyser erupt on a regular schedule, consider California’s Old Faithful. Every 5-55 minutes, depending on the time of year, Old Faithful of California shoots boiling water into the air, its plume reaching 20-80 feet (6-24 meters) high. Most people have never heard of this geyser, which sits in the caldera of an ancient volcano and is right across the road from a vineyard.
There are only three geysers in the world that keep up such a loyal schedule. The most famous is Yellowstone’s Old Faithful, perhaps the most photographed geyser in the world. The second one, New Zealand’s Pohutu Geyser, is also quite dependable. And this geyser, California’s Old Faithful, is located in Calistoga, California, at the northern end of the famous Napa Valley wine region.
Time for the next part in the set! If you haven't been following along, start off by checking out part one here, and then part two here. If you're in the mood for some humour, @joseph also made a parody of my photos here!
Part 3 will distract a little bit away from me ogling skyscrapers all day long, and instead get a bit artsy, wandering around Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. So, let's get started!
Formally known as the Cloud Gate, this reflec
Dear Steemians - here comes the fourth edition Steemian of the Day - the serial outlining great users in the categories we curate. This time we have great beer expert from Croatia who has shown us a lot great Beer and Travel posts during his 3 months on Steemit.
This is what @buzzbeergeek says about himself "Writing on Steemit is always a pleasure, never a chore. One moment I was having a beer with my friend complaining how I would love a freelance job and the next he showed me what occupied him lately.
*Initial disbelief and shock quickly dispersed and led to many happy hours spent with you my dear friends! I am happy I can share my passion, my travels and ultimately much of my life! As you know I am an avid beer tast
Today, urban areas continue to absorb explosive population growth while facing a slew of uncertainties regarding health, safety, identity and preservation of culture. This article highlights an intersection of these topics by examining a new town project called Naya Raipur.
In 2012, I travelled to India for a city-planning workshop. I arrived with a team of about two dozen planners, architects and engineers tasked with developing a growth strategy for a brand new city called Naya Raipur. At the time, Naya Raipur was just a handful of massive highways. Broad carpets of asphalt sat empty, ominous and completely out of scale w
This is an streetfood dish i always love to taste, a great soup with beef (called Pho Bo) and spring onions.
Often you can also find other versions with ie chicken (called Pho Ga).
This are two bowls i ate not long ago.
Up here with spring rolls with shrimp and vegetables and vietnamese coffee. Look how big this bowl is!
If you will have a chance try this soup, its amazing!
You can try to make it at home but takes long hours to cook. Sometimes i make a
fake quick version which you can find here http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-quick-vietnamese-beef-pho-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-215118
but nothing better than going to original vietnamese shop and trying it.
The Bamboo Forest in Kyoto is world famous. Every tourist will visit this place and if you ever see articles about Japan and see a beautiful Bamboo forest it is very likely shot in Kyoto. Last time when I visited the Bamboo Forest there were only a few people there but this time it was so full tourists that you could not take a proper picture. We walked passed some parked Riki-shas and these looked really cool.
Well, I’m not the one to back down from a challenge, so I charged towards them upon intimidation. I had my throttle wide open, my motorcycle picking up speed, and they bolted towards me, barking and growling!
Seconds later, I just stopped about 50 mts from them and turned off my motorcycle! They stopped charging ahead, and paused to asses the situation. Now I could see him clearly, and he was a big dog and led a pack of three. I gave him a long look and then suddenly felt powerless.
**Looking around me I realized that I was at an incredible place. I’v
There are thousands of different vineyards located around the U.S, with many of them being located on the West Coast in California, Washington, and Oregon.
There are something like 25,000 different farms growing grapes in the U.S. at the moment for either wine, raisins, or table grapes. California alone is seen to produce about 90 percent of all U.S. wine as it alone has over 4,000 different wineries.
And the country overall makes up about 8 percent of the world's wine production.
As legalization of cannabis has continued to spread across the U.S., a number of vineyard owners have been looking to do things a little differently.
And that means that more of them have been opting to get into the cannabis business by looking to establish weed destinations rather than your typical winery estate.
What schooling or training do you need to go into music production?
I studied music/maths/physics for 4 years at University and took piano lessons until Grade 8. You don’t need to have a degree or even be able to play an instrument. There are plenty of people watching Youtube and putting it into practice but these are an exceptio
Today, I'd like to continue with my scenic tour of Koh Samui, an island belonging to Thailand that puts paradise on the cusp of reality.
I have some footage I made with my drone of the sunset and sunrise here at Samui! I hope you all like it!
Even though the island has been well documented throughout history, it's really only been a tourist hot spot in the last 20 years or so.
Today, it still retains the once idyllic and natural atmosphere which gives it a distinct flavor contrasting with that of it's metropolitan counterparts. For finding a nice quiet place to relax by a tranquil sea, there simply is no better choice than Samui.
The W Retreat Koh Samui is
On my trip to Kyoto we wanted to stay in Kyoto but all hotels, even 4 Stars were pricing out at 300 USD. We decided to have a look at Kyoto and we found the excellent St. Regis to be only 250 USD per Night. I rather stay in Osaka in a 5-Star than in Kyoto in a 3-4 Star, so we booked that stay right away. I had been at the hotel a couple of times already, so I knew what to expect: Total Luxury