Białowieża Forest, Where Bison Have Come Back from the Brink; Mike Wheatley; Argophilia


Poland – Białowieża Forest

There are few travelers to Poland that won’t have come across the local variety of vodka, Zubrowka, at least once on their travels. Zubrowka is memorable not just because of its potency – which can knock the socks of even the most hardened drinkers – but also because of its distinctive label featuring a fearsome-looking bison, or zubr.

Sadly, few travelers are aware of just how precarious the European bison’s existence is today; nor do they realize that these magnificent beasts can actually be seen in the wild.

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Pearl of the Adriatic; Jill Worrall; Stuff.co.nz


Croatia – Old City of Dubrovnik

Can you trust the opinion of a man described famously as ”mad, bad and dangerous to know”?

Possibly not if one was planning to lend him money or was considering a romantic dalliance with him.

However, on the subject of Dubrovnik on Croatia’s Adriatic coastline, Lord Byron, who in more ways than one got about a bit, got it exactly right.

Byron, one of the greatest poets in the English language, described Dubrovnik as ”the pearl of the Adriatic”. Byron, who was famed not only for his poetry but his financial excesses and scandalous personal life, died in 1824, so it’s probably fair to say that he was fortunate to see Dubrovnik before the ravages of 20th-century conflict and mass tourism struck.

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IFAW Wildlife Rescue Center celebrates 10 years and 1,600 animals saved; IFAW


India – Kaziranga National Park

An elephant calf injured in a village, a rhino orphaned by poachers, a full-grown tiger discovered in a well and a leopard found in a house! These are four of 1,600 animals and 150 species saved in the last ten years at IFAW’s Wildlife Rescue Center in northeast, India.

Situated near Kaziranga National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the northeast Indian state of Assam, the center was opened in 2002 by IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org), in partnership with the Assam Forest Department and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI). Since then it has also pioneered hand-raising and rehabilitation of numerous species of wild animals including clouded leopards, rhinos, elephants, bears and birds like the greater adjutant storks and India’s only apes -the Hoolock gibbons.

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Exploring Georgetown, Penang; Mike Aquino; Asian Correspondent


Malaysia – Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca

Georgetown in Penang, Malaysia is a hotspot for history buffs; its origins as a British colonial trade depot serving as the foundation for the district’s dining, shopping and cultural attractions. Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Orient”, Georgetown’s status as Penang’s foremost historical attraction was cemented in 2008 by UNESCO recognition as a World Heritage Site.

Over the centuries, trade and war brought a rich blend of ethnic settlers to Georgetown. Chinese, Indians, Malays, Arabs, Siamese, Burmese and European settlers built their homes and trading houses side by side in Georgetown, resulting in a colorful collection of historic buildings: Chinese clan houses, European churches, Chinese and Indian temples, Malay mosques, streets lined with bungalows and shophouses, and, of course, the aforementioned British fort.

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Gaudi’s Barcelona; Susan Semenak; The Gazette


Spain – Works of Antoni Gaudí

He’s everywhere, from the undulating facades of apartment buildings to the soaring, unfinished towers of La Sagrada Familia cathedral, from fairy tale houses with crazy-coloured mosaics to menacing rooftop statues.

Barcelona is Antoni Gaudi’s city. If you get a postcard from the Catalan capital, chances are it features a Gaudi creation.

Even though Spain’s most famous architect has been dead for 86 years, no one or nothing more epitomizes the flair and flamboyance of Barcelona than the enigmatic man who filled it with his outrageous designs. Barcelona boasts the largest collection of Gaudi’s works of any city in the world. He designed or contributed to more than a dozen of the city’s parks, public squares and buildings, of which seven have been designated world heritage sites by UNESCO.

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In ancient Hoi An, Vietnam, a tailor-made shopping trip; Marian Smith Holmes; The Washington Post


Viet Nam – Hoi An Ancient Town

Shopping for the perfect pair of bespoke black pants in the ancient Vietnamese city of Hoi An.

Shopping?” My husband, Glenn, supine and shaded by a thatched umbrella, looks at me incredulously. “You want to leave this beautiful beach and go shopping?”

He has a point. The unspoiled turquoise waters and white sands of Da Nang’s legendary China Beach, a popular R&R spot for American soldiers during the Vietnam War, have more appeal than ever today. A string of luxury resorts lines the stunning South China Sea coastline. With infinity pools, gourmet dining and state-of-the-art golf courses nearby, the 20-mile beachfront attracts visitors from all over the world.

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Travel Desk assistance by United-21 grassland resort at Kaziranga; PRLog


India – Kaziranga National Park

Get the best assistance from the travel desk of United-21 grassland resort in Kaziranga. During your visit to Kaziranga National Park you can stay at one of the resorts near Kaziranga. Among many resorts at the destination, United-21 Grassland resort in Kaziranga provides nice accommodation near the park. This resort is dedicated to make use of tourism as the best means of conserving wildlife and ultimately the environment. The travel desk of the resort assists the visitors in selecting suitable Kaziranga wildlife tour or the Elephant safaris. Other assistance provided by the helpdesk is for guided tours or trekking in nearby beautiful trekking sites. This resort proves to be an ultimate guide while exploring the grasslands and forests of Kaziranga.

Kaziranga National Park, in Assam is the most deserving destination for the nature lovers and animal life enthusiasts.

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