The smallest island in the French West Indies, St. Barthelemy, or St. Barts, as it is more popularly known among the jetsetters, is a Caribbean island long considered to be the playground of the rich and famous. The island has more than twenty beaches, some of them quite calm, others with treacherous undertows. Bathing apparels range from expensive Dior bathing suits to the fearless soul going topless.
Throughout the island French influence can be found in its language, cuisine and culture, but a good amount of Swedish architectural influence are found in its streets and building designs. Although hardly a party island as what movies have conjured its nightlife to be, cocktails, models, actors and caviar permeate the atmosphere of this exclusive island resort.
The island's villas add color to the sophistication of the place as Europeans take leisurely strolls through its capital named after a Swedish King, Gustavia. Waterfront bistros and upscale French and Italian restaurants cater to an exclusive array of visitors that include millionaires, supermodels and famous celebrities like Richard Gere and model Giselle Bundchen. Still, the crayfish cooked with the best island herbs and spices remains the undisputed superstar of the island. Out here, freshness is a virtue.
North of Gustavia is a two-street fishing village named Corossol where one can watch women weave lantana straw into exotic baskets, hats and bags. One might take delight in the quichenotte, (which means kiss me not) a white bonnet customarily worn by French women during the Hundred Years' War. A few steps away from the village are the Inter Ocean Museum where more than 9,000 seashells are on display as well as sand collections from around the globe. Water sports, ranging from diving, boating and windsurfing is a great chance to get a glimpse of Saint Bart's beaches and stunning coves.
Sikkim, a vertical land in India
One of the smallest states in India (which was slightly less than Friuli) had an independent history as far back as 1642, under the dynasty of kings Chogyal, Tibetan term translated from the Sanskrit "Dharmaraja" or "King defender of the dharma." In 1975, through a referendum, it became part of India. In the territory of Sikkim entirely mountainous and with only a few green houses ... Read full Blog post
An Aerial fiesta in Clark Pampanga
Its a party in the sky as multi colored hot air balloons piloted ny different pilots from various partso of the world participated in this annual gathering. As early as 5am, the 2,500 hectare aviation complex at Clar Economic Zone in Pampanga was already crammedi with excitement. Clusters of hot air balloon participants busily prepare their own balloons for liftoff as they need to take advantage of ... Read full Blog post
Laos seems like a long shot to become Southeast Asia’s next big thing. The food doesn’t win any prizes, the roads are severely potholed by frequent flooding and locals regard the prospect of increased tourism with a sunny indifference that exceeds even Mediterranean proportions. Laos is the least developed and most enigmatic of the three former French Indochinese states ... Read full Blog post