Hvar, Croatia

Croatia

- by Luana Visagie

While sailing along the Croatian coastline, one spot supersedes the previous in terms of beauty and Hvar is no exception when it comes to being a Dalmatian island of immense natural beauty.  This Renaissance-era port town personifies Croation summer holidays with its Mediterranean feel,  beaches, olive trees and endless fields of lavender it is synonymous with.   After arriving by way of a tender boat from Le Lyrial, the cruise ship I was on, I found myself smack bang in the middle of ‘it all’ and walking around the island was the perfect way to see the Franciscan town of Hvar.   The walking tour gave me a great introduction to this small and charming town located around a natural port which boasts many splendid monuments such as the Cathedral, the ancient Arsenal and various palaces which bear witness to a rich history of gothic and renaissance arts.

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Athens’ heartbeat is not an ancient myth

 

Greeknt

- by Luana Visagie

I have, or shall I say ‘had’, this belief that one should always opt for new destinations and experiences when travelling and not return to the same place if at all possible.  I am afraid that this theory of mine has gone for a ball of chalk after visiting Athens earlier this month.  I had seen Athens a few years ago and must admit that although I had enjoyed my visit, I wasn’t terribly excited to see it again as it was ‘just another big city’ in my opinion and ancient ruins only become more ancient.   The Ponant, Le Lyrial cruise I was on was ending off in Athens so I added a few days on the end of my stay and boy am I glad I did... Athens deserved another chance! 

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CRUISING WITH PONANT... you’ll never want to cruise any other way!

2Ponant

 

- by Luana Visagie

Ponant may not be the name on everyone’s lips when it comes to cruising, but this is a good thing as this proves that there is certainly life after a 6000+ passenger commercial cruise experience.  Ponant describe their 5 luxurious yachts as having been built on an ‘intimate, human scale’, which enhances your cruise experience as itineraries are ‘rich in encounters and discovery’ with their impressive yachts being able to ‘moor in the heart of secret Mediterranean bays, sail between the majestic icebergs of Antarctica, offer expeditions to the remote lands of Alaska or island-hop in the Caribbean Sea’.  This is truly what I experienced when sailing to Athens on Ponant’s elegant Le Lyrial, a 122 cabin yacht which is the 4th in the Ponant series.

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Oh Beach, Please! 3 Reasons to consider Long Beach Resort & Spa, Mauritius for your next vacay!

Cover Long Beach

- by Luana Visagie

With this being my 8th visit to the beautiful island of Mauritius I was hoping for something different... something which would make Long Beach Hotel & Spa stand out against all the other resorts I have stayed at.

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7 Natural Wonder of the Natural World

Blog Natural Wonders

The seven natural wonders of the world demonstrate Mother Nature’s most impressive creations. They are proof — if proof is needed — that Mother Nature is an extraordinarily talented architect. Whilst the list of Natural Wonders is often disputed, these seven locations are generally agreed upon as being among the most breath-taking natural sights anywhere in the world.

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