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Balkan Nature Wellness Roadtrip Itinerary to Croatia and Montenegro

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Senior travel in 2019 is great and booming. But while hotels and resorts offer more and more yoga and health, meditation and yoga holidays, some elderly prefer to go on an active holiday and enjoy nature hikes, mountain climbing, and even canoe trips, discovering what Europe has to offer from a different perspective.

Senior Holidays in Europe

If you prefer visiting Europe and its Central European capitals, or travel to Northern Europe for Art Noveau architecture, or visit

other Balkan countries for great food, go and visit some of our previous blogs. But if you want to treat yourself well, and allow your body to relax on holiday while giving it enough active time, keep reading and learn what great Balkan destinations to visit and add to your South-Eastern Europe bucket list when going on winter or spring holidays 2019. CuddlyNest put up an itinerary for your active, adventurous, and yet not too much physically demanding holidays – and we are sure you would love to get some relaxation time with SPA and beauty retreats in between! 

Balkan and Greece Itinerary Plan for Active Seniors

Balkan and Greece itinerary is a great option if you are looking for a laid-back travel destination country and want to go somewhere you’ve never been before. From Croatia to Montenegro, from Greece to Albania, there are well-known and popular destinations as well as harder to reach, much more rural and even abandoned nature-only places.

  1. Split, Croatia
  2. Brac Island, Croatia
  3. Pasjača Beach, Croatia
  4. Vranjina, Montenegro
  5. Locven and Skadar Lake National Parks, Montenegro
  6. Durrës, Albania
  7. Sarandë, Albania
  8. Corfu, Greece
  9. Patras, Greece

Split, Croatia.

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Split, Croatia Best SPA and Nearby Beaches

While Split is the capital of Croatia and one of the best-connected cities in the region, there is not much nature around the city, apart from the very well-kept white sandy beach. To relax and care for your health, we recommend staying at SPA apartments and enjoy the Split hospitality for very affordable prices. 

There is a SPA and wellness centre also in Divota Apartment hotel, where private studio apartments in Veli Varos District just 5 minutes from the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace and the Riva seaside Promenade. The rooms have access to massages and SPA and wellness centres.

If you are more into hotels than private apartments, Hotel Park Split has a seasonal outdoor pool, and couped with SPA and wellness centre Filomena Priska Spa on its underground floor. The center includes a hot tub, sauna and even a gym! Located on one of the Split’ s most famous beaches Bacvice, it is Make sure to try out their 19th century inspired massages, facial and body treatments, as well as services like waxing, manicure and pedicures.

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Makarska, Sumartin and Brac Island 

To truly enjoy the wild spirit and sense the Split itself, you must dive into island-hopping even if only for a short time. From Split, you can travel to Makarska, a nearby town just a 1-hour ride away. Makarska is known for its Riviera beaches, and seafront promenade, but to get to less crowded and wilder beaches, we suggest visiting Kačić Square and then continuing to port and getting on a ferry to Brač island.

How to get to Makarska

To get to Makarska, get on a Promet Makarska bus. It will take a little over 1 hour from Split to Makarska. Get your tickets at the bus station, but check the schedule or if you wish to, then book your tickets on their website. The bus goes hourly from 5 am to 10.30 pm daily, and you can get a ticket for 50 HRR, approximately €7.

Sumartin and Brac.

Sumartin and Brač Island are an old and scarcely populated island. Sumartin village is the youngest town on the island, homing around 500 people only. Established in the 17th century, the town comprises Fraciscian monastery, and some other religious buildings, among old farmhouses. When visiting Brac island, take it slowly and enjoy the local wines, food, and other  . If you earlier visited Split and saw the UNESCO inscribed Diocletian palace. Built for Emperor around 4 AD, today it forms around half of Split old town. If you wonder where the material for the magnificent building was taken, then it is just there, in Brac. Near Supertar, there were dolomite Rasohe quarry, in which slaves worked day and night to gather material for the palace. Still today, you can see a small engraving – the legend says the picture was engraved by slaves asking for guidance and strength to Hercules, the Roman hero famous for strenht and other features. When visiting Splitska, Smartin and other places in Barc, you can rent a bike to get around the island faster.

There are also several SPA resorts and nature and eco-travel guest houses offered for staying at and enjoying your holidays in a laid-back, natural atmosphere on this Croatian island.

Makarska to Brač Island ferry

To get from Makarska to Sumartin, you can take a ferry by Jardolinija route 638. The service runs 3 times a day in the off-season, 4 times a day in June and September, and 5 times a day in July and August. The ferry costs 30 HKR for an adult, but you can check more precise ticket information here

Pasjaca Beach.

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Best Beach in 2019: Visit Croatia Pasjača Beach

If you are keen to see one of the wild beaches compromising both white sand, pristine blue water and even some cliffs, then look for it no more and head to the now-famous Pasjaca beach. It was claimed to be the best beach in the world in 2019, sporting the 1st place and ranking above the world-famous beaches of Spain and Greece. If you can catch both, we also suggest going to Nugal beach just to see what the hype is about.

As for the origins of the beach, it is not exactly a natural beach, as you may expect. Developed from a symbiosis of man and nature, the origins of the Pasjac (or Popovic) beach date back to 1955 when there was a tunnel constructed, leading to the sea. Workers left the excavated rocks just there, and in a few years, the waves crashed against to fill the shore with white sand at the bottom of the majestic cliffs on Konavile. Today, you can, therefore, see both white sand and cliff shore watered by the blue Medditarea sea water.

How to get from Brac to Pasjaca

To get from Brac island to Pasjaca, the easiest way is to go from Supertar to Split by ferry, and then take a bus from Split to Popovic. The whole trip will take around 4 hours, and cost from €31. The bus route is not going by the seaside but is surely a picturesque journey, taking you through the mountainous region of Dio Kanjona Rijeke Cetine, the Dio Canion of the river Cetina. 

Kotori, Montenegro.

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Bay of Kotori, Montenegro

To continue your road trip, you can head to the nearby Cavtat caostal town to rent a car and go further on your own into the nature parks of Montenegro. The car drive from Cavtat to Kostanjica in Kotor, just by the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro will take you no more than a 1-hour drive, and the road is simply beautiful, with flat and landscape, small road going through the coastal towns. If you are not in a rush, definitely stop at Igalo Игало in Montenegro, take a dip in the water at Tople, walk the promenade and see the Old Škver Harbor, before heading to Kamenari passing Savina Monastery in Herceg-Novi, on the way overseeing the most beautiful bay in Montenegro, Boka Kortska.

Cavtat Car Rental 

Renting a car at Cavtat Croatia will not cost you a fortune. While some car companies allow you to drop a car off at your hotel in Cavtat for free and renting within Croatia will be around £54 for an economy car but you would have to pay €40 to take it into Montenegro. Axa rental service offers the prepayment to be around £21 for the excess, while for other companies, like iCrahire, it would cost 45 Euros for the green card to take it out of Croatia. There is also another cost you must take into account, hence the insurance To reduce the insurance to zero, you can use iCarhire and reduce the 1500 euro excess to £20 for the week to reduce it to zero. However, the company will still need your card to reserve the insured amount, and 15 euros to reduce the excess. All in all, you will hardly spend over 100 euros for a week of car rental, and the money will get you much further than taking buses. However, we only suggest booking a car after going to the islands, as ferry fees can quickly add up if you want to take your car with you.

Ferry from Kamenari to Lepetani

 To get from Kamenari to Lepetani by car, you cannot take a ferry or ride the walking bridge connecting Kamenari to Lepetani. Instead, you shall ride all the way the scenic route by the inner part of the bay, and going through Dobrota and Kotor towns. Whilst on the road, we recommend also take a chance and enjoy the local cuisine, and get some of the best Montenegro food, ordering either the tasty fish soup or squid-ink-colored black risotto at one of the restaurants in the towns.

Lovcen National Park, Montenegro

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Visit Lovcen National Park, Montenegro

Visiting Lovcen National Park is a must if you want to wind off and just enjoy the wild beauty of Montenegro. From weeklong meditation retreats on your own in the 62 km2 area in the central highest part of the mount Lovcen, to wandering the historical buildings, farmhouses and village guvnas, cottages in katuns and more man-made but integrated spaces. The mountainous region is popular with tourists but less so in September and October season. The best time to camp here in July and August, but for a digital recharge, or off-grid life for a few days to relax your senses and get back the health, you may also visit the park in the shoulder season. 

Lovcen National Park Practical Information: Entrance Fees and Accommodation

To enter the National park, you must buy a ticket for £2, but the entrance for children under 7 years old is free. You can also camp here, with your tent or camper. Sleeping in nature will cost you 10€ while there are also several hotels located within the nature park, hence Hotel Ivanov Konak ad Hotel Monte Rosa. The former one also has a bicycle and car rental for your convenience. 

Skadar Lake National Park in Montenegro

After taking time in Cetinje in Lovcen National Park, you can drive further to either Podgorica and Budva, to visit either the capital or one of the best-rated resort towns in Montenegro. However, you can just continue along the road  M23 from Centinje t Podgorica, and take a turn at Meterizi, turning onto a small countryside road going to Skadar. Skadar is well known for its nature, and the lake feels untouched by men.

If you wish to deep dive into nature and relax, then gong for birdwatching either alone equipped with a book and binocular, or in an organized tour, you can spot all kinds of birds all season long. As for other activities, like boat rides, you can relax taking a sunset ride into the beautiful lake.

Rijeka Crnojevića

Before coming to the lake itself, you will pass by the Rijeka Crnojevića, Ријека Црнојевића. To take the most from the local cuisine, we suggest having lunch with the local scallops in the Old Bridge Restaurant, alternatively heading to the nearby Šinđon and get some lake fresh food fro the Eko Restaurant Šinđon.

Balkan Itinerary: Visit Virpazar

Virpazar is one of the smallest villages around the lake, at the same time offering one of the best options for winding off, taking a break from city life and enjoying yoga retreat, off-grid life, and fresh air all day, all night. With a population of a little over 300 inhabitants, both Serbs and Montenegrins, the  village is the perfect place to escape the city buzz. When bored, you can climb up the Besac Castle which is open every day and watch the lake from up.

 

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The Balkan nature itinerary will be continued by a trip to Albania and rural Greek islands.

Colorado where to best bars

The Best Bars You Need To Know About In Colorado Springs 2019

Colorado Bars 2019

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co: Selection of Draft Beers and Vegan Foods

Phantom Canyon Brewing Company is a casual, old-style bar on the first floor with reasonably priced food and drinks, mostly beer. While you may enjoy the special menu offerings if hungry, we do not recommend going to Phantom to savour your meals. Instead, go there for variety of beers, and casual atmosphere. You can chill outside on the street, but do not expect anything more than muchies. Draft beers, microbrews are available, and you can first taste samples, before making your choice for ordering beer, even a local one.

What makes the place special is the view at the Pikes peak and Cameron. For vegan options, in case you are hungry, go for vegan green chili and buffalo hummus, and vegan Sheperd’s pie. If you want a great amber beer, go for the Howitzer Amber.

Red Leg Brewing Company

What makes the place so different is the beer choice. The Red Leg has wide selection, and if you can’ t choose yourself, the standard flight offerin is six beers. Some safe choices are The Devil Dog Stout or  Howitzer Amber, and when ordering more you can make yourself feel better by reminding that this decades-old establishment also supports non-profits. Looking for something less traditional? Try coffee Porter.
Although the bar does not serve food, there is also a food truck at the garden, and you can safely count in for good grab.

The atmosphere is amazing, and you can safely bring your family and friends again and again – the Red Leg is just perfectly made for re-visits!

Loonees Comedy Corner

Although the place is one of the best ways to spend a night out in Colorado Springs – it is a comedy club of Colorado Springs – the show is good, and does not cost you  a fortune. The comedians range from Sam Butler to Tim Gaither, but you shall not expect the jokes to get political. The cost to visit the club is $10, and the best part is – you also have drinks and food in Comedy Club! Drinks are reasonably priced, about $7 for some of their specialty drinks, so you do not have to worry to go over the top when enjoying beer in a good company with laughter.

Pro tip – if you want to save on tickets to the comedy, go and book your show online and get 20% off the price!

Ohana Kava Bar

If you want to go local and really try out the taste of kava, you must try this one. Ranked as one of the best across the whole country, even in Hawaii and Ohana, this bar will serve you the real thing – and do not expect the drink not to taste nasty! The place has super friendly staff and patrons. We recommend to order the regular kraken with peppermint – you can then go and get stoned with savages, just as in  J. Maarten Troost’s book.

Colorado is not necessarily famous for bars, but it is no wonder that after a hike in the mountains you will long for a refreshing drink. Indeed, when you’re visiting Colorado, you may feel the need to kick back and relax at a nice bar. Come prepared with taking a look at some of Colorado’s finest bars list:

Thunder and Buttons

This bar is known for people to kick back and relax. Food is prepared fresh and daily, including daily specials of up to five specialty items and a soup of the day. Thunder and Buttons has a fantastic Happy Hour all day on Sundays and Karaoke on Wednesday – Saturday nights. This bar is so much fun that it was voted “Best of Westside and Karaoke Bar” 2012 – 2015. It was also rated as “Best Staff” and “Best Crowd”.

Back East Bar and Grill

If you’re looking for a bar that has craft beer, live music, special events such as pool tournaments, and one that is a sports bar all-in-one – You will love Back East Bar and Grill. Not to mention, if you visit around July 4th, you will be able to take advantage of their expansive balcony to view the fireworks! Looking for a good time with Happy Hour? Visit this car Monday through Friday 4 PM – 7 PM where you can choose select drafts, well drinks, and house wine – all on special!

Zodiac Venue

Located downtown in Colorado Springs, Zodiac Venue is the bar to be if you’re looking for premium craft cocktails. This place offers a laid back but fun atmosphere. There is an additional 400 ft. patio to smoke or bring your drink out to enjoy. This bar lays out their schedule a bit more in depth. Here are some exciting events for each day of the week:

  • Monday nights – Andrea Stone hosts Open Mic
  • Tuesday nights- Dance Worship and Goth Style
  • Wednesday Nights – Viva La VooDoo meetup & Ladies Night
  • Thursday Nights – Hazel Humdinger hosts Karaoke
  • Friday Nights – Live Music, Burlesque, and Performance Art
  • Saturday Nights – Live Music, Burlesque, and Performance Art
  • Sunday Days – Opens at 2 PM with Happy Hour all day and night

*Additional Happy Hour Times: Monday – Saturday 2-7 PM

Legends Rock Bar

Looking for a place that has your favorites? Food, fun, and live music? You’re in for a good time if you visit Legends Rock Bar. Appetizer food is offered all day and night. Full menu food is available after 6 PM. Fun includes karaoke, which is Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – Additional fun includes darts, beer pong, pinball, pool, foosball, corn hole, and more. During your visit, enjoy some live music ranging from country to heavy metal with one of the best sound systems in Southern Colorado Springs.

Oscar Oyster Bar

If you’re in for some Cajun food and good drinks, Oscar’s Oyster Bar is where it’s at. There’s nothing like sitting back enjoying a good drink paired with some delicious food. Happy Hour is Monday – Friday 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, which includes $1 off drafts and wine wells. Other specials include:

  • Monday- Thursday 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Oyster Happy Hour– Half price oysters in half shell.
  • Tuesday 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Fat Tuesdays – Two for one Cajun martinis, drafts, wells, and wine.
  • Tuesday & Wednesday 8:00 PM – Open Mic Nights
  • Thursday 9:00 PM – Karaoke
  • Friday & Saturday – Live Music with no cover
  • Saturday & Sunday 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM – Breakfast served
  • Saturday & Sunday after 9:00 PM – $4 Car Bombs

Copperhead Road Bar

If you’re going to venture out to Colorado Springs, why not go out for a night of fun? Head on down to Copperhead Road Bar. This bar always has something going on. Some of their specials include:

  • Ladies Night Thursdays – Ladies receive FREE drinks from 10 PM until midnight PLUS no cover all night.
  • Red Solo Cup Fridays – Come in at 9 and stay til Midnight to enjoy the $10 all you can drink special! Splurge with $15 and you can drink until 1 AM.
  • 18+ Saturdays – $20 cover for those under 21 years old. $5 cover for anyone over 21 years old.

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Swirl Restaurant and Wine Bar

Located in Manitou, Colorado, Swirl Restaurant and Wine bar has a lot to offer. You can enjoy some good food until 10 PM while sipping on your favorite alcoholic beverage. If you’re looking to host a private event, they have options. Swirl bar also has events for almost every day of the week:

  • Monday – I.N
  • Tuesday – Lasagna Night
  • Wednesday – Spirit & Cinema Night
  • Friday & Saturday – Live Music
  • Sunday – BOGO Mimosas and The Wine Blitz

*You can find an entire calendar with detailed events on their website here.

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Art Basel America 2019: Experience the Alternative Miami

Miami Art Basel 2019 AmericaArt Basel in Miami is the premier art show of Americas, hosted in Miami Beach in December 5 to 8 this year. But what to do, and where to go around Miami to discover its authentic face? What to experience for getting off the beaten tourist track and get artistic?

Art Basel America 2019: What’s In (and Underground) in Miami Now

Art Basel America 2019 is promised to be one of the most interesting, featuring work form Modern and Contemporary art masters from North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. Painting, sculptures, films, and editioned works of the top-tier artists are all exhibited. Over 250 world’s leading galleries are taking part in the art show, drawing more than 70 000 artists, collectors, curators, critics and art enthusiasts for a week in Miami Beach.

This year, Miami Beach Convention Center will be open for public on afternoons starting Thursday, December 5. While opening for public only for afternoon, on the weekend the venue is open to public all day long, from 12 noon to 6 pm. For invitation-only events, like Meridians Opening on Tuesday 4pm, and Tuesday Private Day, as well as Thursday morning hours, the Convention Center is closed for the public. However, to see the best-of-arts, you can buy a ticket starting from $65.00 for day tickets. For students or senior enthusiasts wondering if there are any discounts available – the reduced-price ticket goes for $45.00, and you can buy it either online or at the lobby of the Art Basel America venue.

Miami, South Florida: What to Do Around Art Basel 2019

So how to extend your Art Basel experience beyond the walls of Miami Beach Convention Center? While Art Basel is surely mind-blowing experience offering a wide range of emotions, intuitions, and recovering desires, your trip to Art Basel can go further than discovering ourselves deeper down and seeing what’s new in the world of Arts.

Where to Go in Miami – Without Bikini

Taking a bit of time to go off the biennale, and into the street, arts may open new horizons for those used to galleries and curated art spaces. Visiting Leach Arts District and indulging in free art is something you must experience once you are in Miami. Being somewhat different from Wynwood Art District, which now homes only a little over 10 galleries, museums and art collections (in comparison, there were over 70 art spaces some 15 years back), Leah is the new hotspot for those looking to explore the free street art. Today, the Leah Art District is not only a place for artists to gather and do exhibits and art fairs, but also to live and work together in community living spaces.

Born out of the city councilman’s Paul B. Hernandez’s vision to reposition local artists in forgotten industrial city by creating space for artists to rent spaces for as little as $12 per square foot, the Leah Art District is now booming with visitors form all Miami. To get there from Miami beach Convention Center, all you have to do is to hop into a bus No. 112 route L run by Miami-Dade transit and enjoy the stroll through the city for an hou before arriving at the destination.

What Music to hear in Miami

Wynwood Art District Bars – after Art Basel

If your bucket lists includes the Wynwood Art District, then one good reason, if not for street arts, is to go to the top pop-up music venues. When getting there, the best choices for semi-alternative music scene are the Vegas in Miami dance club, one of the first-comers to the district, along the Electric Pickle. Both being loved by Wynwood visitors, they differ quite a lot in the music scene. Go to Electric Pickle if you are after some less mainstream electronic house music, taking you back to 80s and 90s. One thing to remember, though, is to ask for tap water, if possible, as bartenders are known for charging $7 for bottle even when it is unbearably hot outside.

Vinyl Records and Vintage Groove

As for some vintage vinyl’s to take back home with you, or gift to some of your collector-friends, go to Yesterday and Today Records. It is the oldest independent record store in Miami, celebrating 35 years in South Florida in 2019, and definitely will not leave you with empty hands.You can both buy and sell records, carrying all types of music, with specialization in domestic and import LP’s, 12’’ and 45’s.

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Eating Treating your Taste Buds in Miami

From avocado wine tasting to seasoned grasshoppers, Miami has definitely some sparkle to effer to your taste buds. Here is the list of what you should have a look at when going out after closing of the Art Basel Miami.

Frita Traditional

Eating frita, the Cubano version of the American burger, is a must. More than the burger, the Miamian style frita comes with papitas (matchstick potatoes) and a secret sauce which will make you come back again and again before leaving on Sunday!

To have a good frita traditional, head over to the El Mago de las Fritas in West Miami. They serve the bets fritas of all types, so you do not get bored (and have an especially hard time choosing the right one!)

Chicken, Watermelon and Waffles

Yes, all of it on one plate. The combination is especially distinct for Southern Florida, making it essential to try on your Florida trip. Vermont sharp cheddar, hot honey sauce and Bourbon maple syrup – it all placed on one plate, and it is as good as it can be! Make sure to satisfy your taste buds visiting Yardbird Southern Table & Bar on Miami beach after a long day sunbathing.

Chapulines

Always thought grasshoppers are reserved for Asia and Africa? No, chappulines translating into grasshoppers are one of the best bar snacks in Miami. Mixed with peanuts and cilantro, the snack is just about to make the perfect beer add-on when ordered at The Vagabond Restaurant and Bar in MiMo. They also have frequent concerts!

Cortadito

Is it 3 pm yet? It is coffee o’clock! Order yours and sip in alongside Cuban seniours arguing over politics. Where to get it? The choice is yours – any ventatita will do, as long as you speak Spanish!

Pastrami & Sauerkraut Dumplings

Looking for something vegetarian? Usually hard to find, Miami also serves Asian dishes. Get yourself a Pastrami and sauerkraut dumplings at Pubbelly on Miami beach. If you are a following a vegan or gluten-free diet, though, it may not be the best choice, as the dish contains flour in the dumpling version of pastrami on rye with white cabbage soy, Thousand Island, and caraway powder.

Pastelitos

Craving for some pastries? These are the cheapest option on the oftentimes overpriced Calle Ocho, but that’ s not the main point. The fresh, flaky and generously filled pastelitos are good enough passing the approval of Latin grandmas abuelitas.  To get yours, head to Yisell bakery in Little Havana district, and you will surely come back again.

Kinoko No Kama Meshi

Are craving something umami? Get there without heavy meats! Instead, go to Zuma for hotspot with extra woodsy flavours and tons of wild mushrooms and filling vegetables. To get to Zuma, walk to downtown Miami.

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What to Bring Home: Shopping for the Real Miami Thing

Art Deco Posters

Art Deco style architecture and Miami Beach go hand in hand, and for a good reason. As inseparable as Miamians and their café con leche, you will be amazed by Miami’ s colorful buildings, from peach to periwinkle to turquoise, adorned with detailed motifs. Embodying the Miami architecture with its extravagant style, Art Deco Welcome Center and Gift Shop, a part of the oldest Art Deco Society in the world, is the best place to find a wide collection of artwork and books. Priced from $9.99 at kiosks and beachfront stores, these posters may cost you around $20 at the gift shop, so we recommend strolling around the city and put an eye on your favorite posters with their prices, to get the best deal.

Native American Miccosukee Patchwork

Miccosukee Indian Tribes of Florida are now known for their casinos and resorts, but you may be surprised seeing the wide variety of off-tourist spot offering. In the heart of Florida Everglades (read about day trip to Everglades) the Miccosukee Indian Village finds its home and purpose of saving the culture and traditions of the native Indian tribes. You can learn and see the native American artesian work in clothing, bags and decorative artwork. While it is the total opposite of the contemporary and modern Art Basel America exhibits, museum fine designs are just magical. You can purchase souvenirs here starting from as little $4.99.

To fully enjoy the art exhibit, make sure to take advantage of the local culture as well!

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Colorado where to best coffee shops

Best Coffee Shops in the Colorado Mountains to Visit in Fall 2019

Visiting Colorado in Fall 2019 and looking for a coffee shop to work at or meet your travel buddies for a relaxing end of the day? We have your back.

There’s nothing like a large cup of coffee to give you the boost of energy you need. Whether you are travelling full time and looking for a comfortable place to sit down and get your work done, or you simply want to that caffeine dose after long Saturday night out, knowing the best spots is a must.

What’s more than coffee shops with their unique atmosphere? You must taste Colorado coffee brands to get a feel of what Colorado taste for the famous drink is like! From sustainable travel solar-energy fuelled coffee shops for eco geeks to family-friendly laid-back spots, we will point you in the right direction. Read on to experience the best of Colorado coffee shop scene!

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Colorado Coffee Brand Novo Coffee

Colorado coffee scene saw the Novo Coffee for the first time in 2002, when Brodsky brothers founded the now popular coffee brand. When it comes to Colorado coffee brands, Novo Coffee goes all out, offering not only coffee blends to local restaurants and natural grocers, but also hosting public tasting every Friday as part of their coffee educational courses. If you have a minute and want to master the coffee, making, you can learn to make the best Colorado-style coffee in coffee brewing, milk steaming, or even drink building classes. Who knows when it comes handy, even if you are always relying on coffee takeout at one of the four Denver Novo Coffee shops!

Pablo’s Coffee

One of the oldest Colorado coffee brands, Pablo’s has been around for almost 25 years. Serving coffee in Denver and boasting green coffee from around the world , this coffee is truly a must-try. Together with the internet-free policy, you can step back from virtual word and take the moment, to breathe in the roasted bean aroma, deeply sense the taste and tune in with surrounding atmosphere while at one of the Denver’s coffee shops. The proposition of the founder Craig allows to immerse yourself into the coffee-lover community and connect with the Colorado crowd more easily.

Corvus Coffee Roasters

Corvus Coffee, recently marking their 10 years, has shaken up Denver with its crop-to-cup approach to coffee trading (and making!). The brand has established relationship with individua; Africa and Latin America coffee farmers and provides single-origin coffees from around the world. The transparency of the coffee making process from hand-picking beans to serving you a cup of coffee in their Denver speciality shop will not leave you indifferent.

Family Friendly Colorado Coffee Shops

Coming from what speciality coffee brands for coffee lovers, there are times when you want to go to coffee shop just for an easy afternoon. When  out on a family holiday, it’s unlikely you’re going to want to wander off without them. Thankfully, there are plenty of options to get your caffeine fix and still enjoy the company of your family.

R&R Coffee Cafe

R&R Coffee shop is not just a coffee shop; if you crave that Sunday brunch, you can also enjoy a home cooked meal.

Family Friendly Colorado: Cafe 225

Talk about an ideal place for the entire family – This cafe offers a kids play area, so you can enjoy a hot cup of coffee and enjoy a delicious sandwich. Additionally, this place has a designated reading room and even an event space for live acts. There are several options for this place to please anyone.

Family-friendly Café: Susie’s Westside Cafe

This is a small mom & pop type of coffee shop. In addition, they serve breakfast and lunch. Susie’s is the perfect spot to venture to with the whole family while on vacation. The kids can get their favorite pancake breakfast while mom and dad gain some energy with the assistance of a nice, hot cup of coffee.

Sustainable Coffee Shops

If you’re looking for some vegan options, you’re in luck. Colorado has a few options for you to choose from.

Solar-energy powered Solar Roast Coffee: New Café 2019

The newest addition to Colorado Springs’ coffee scene is the coffee shop that uses solar energy to roast its beams. Replacing Starbucks on the street corner near Acacia Park, the new café features local ingredients in many dishes, and will also serve you handmade pastries, sandwiches and other meals made with Pueblo childes.

Nemo’s Coffee

Nemo’s coffee is a great place to stop if you’re looking for high-quality coffee and teas. This place offers almond milk, soy milk, sugar-free, and other fat-conscious options. Additionally, Nemo’s Coffee is very health conscious and grinds their own wheat to craft delectable goods. They have gluten free and vegan options available.

Adam’s Mountain Cafe

This cafe is not only a place where you can enjoy some nice, quality coffee – but you can also order some vegan food to go along with your morning cup of coffee.

Natural Epicurean

This place is home to fresh, healthy, and organic dining. While you’re sipping on some coffee, you can flip through a menu that focuses on local, fresh, and sustainable ingredients. You can rely on quality food when you eat at this location as they use their own garden and partnerships with several Colorado ranchers and growers.

The Perk Downtown

This place believes that each customer deserves the best quality cafe. The Perk Downtown strives to make sure they are 100% local as possible. They try to get as close to 100% vegan as they can, and even include gluten-free items. They love good food, and they want their customers to have good food – but they also want you to enjoy it in a healthier version.

Fancy Fancy – Get Your Cup in Style

Some people want more of a fancier type of coffee shop, and that’s okay. Here are some options for those who are in love with everything “trendy”

Alpine Modern Cafe

The layout and decor of this coffee shop will make you feel rejuvenated while you sip your coffee. Their coffee is brewed with MiddleState Coffee beans and Huckleberry Roasters.

The Pop

The rave reviews say it all – This coffee shop is trendy and serves great-tasting coffee. Not to mention, if you’re in a hurry (which you most likely are during vacations) you can take advantage of their drive-thru.

Loyal Coffee

Not only can you enjoy a delicious cup of coffee here, but they also have irresistible food options. There’s no doubt your cravings will be fulfilled here.

Dog-friendly Café in Colorado

If you are bringing your dog with you on vacation, you are likely going to feel quite guilty leaving them behind when you go to certain places on your trip. Thankfully, when you go out to have some coffee, you can bring your furry friend along to the following places:

Bon Ton’s Cafe

Enjoy a nice, warm breakfast each morning with some coffee at Bon Ton’s. Their outdoor seating is dog-friendly.

Shuga’s

This place offers several inspired eats, as well as coffee. Enjoy a cup of coffee each morning before tackling the day during your vacation – Don’t forget your dog, though, as he is welcome in the outdoor seating area.

How do you like your coffee? If you don’t like coffee, what do you reach for instead? We are excited to hear!

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Florida Vintage and Historical Festivals to Attend August 2019

Florida with its festivals is the new California, they say. Indeed, there is plenty to do in the Sunshine State, no matter the season. From mussel food festivals to vintage car parades, Florida is a hotspot for family holidays. 

Today, we look at Florida festivals that will bring you at least 20 years back in time.

August 2019 Historical Florida Festivals 

80s IN THE PARK

Save the date! August 27 2019

Where? Melbourne Auditorium, Melbourne

Fringed t-shirts, long hair and simple metal music will bring you back to the olden days in the festival in Melbourne FL. Food courts, music video wall, photo booth and after-parties included!

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1890s FESTIVAL

Save the date! October 26 2019

Where? McIntosh

Travel in time to Victorian time McIntosh! Vendors will demonstrate candle making, glass blowing, and basket weaving. Antique vendors and live music will entertain adults and children’s corner will allow for parents to rest.   

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THE DRAGON FESTIVAL

Save the date! Thursday, June 25 2020

Where? Wickham Pavilion, Melbourne

Dragon Festival in Central Florida is all about boats. It celebrates the ancient Chinese culture and originated from the story of Chinese patriot Qu Yuan who jumped into the river as a silent protest. Legend holds that local fishermen raced the boats to save him, but arrived too late.

The festival as it is today offers plenty of opportunities for all ages and interests.

ART DECO WEEKEND – The Cream of Florida Festivals

Save the date! January 18 to 20 2019

Where? Ocean Drive in Miami Beach

It is the longest-running free community cultural festival in Miami Beach, and for a good reason. The Art Deco festival offers more than 85 free events during the 3 festival days aiming to preserve the history of 20t century Miami.


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ZEPHYRHILLS AUTO EVENTS SWAP MEET 

Save the date! February 14 to 17 2020

Where? Zephyrhills Festival Park, Zephyrhills

The swap meet, car corral, auto auction and vintage car race – the festival is the perfect weekend getaway for those seeking immersion into vintage world of cars and motor parts.

FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

Save the date! February – March 2020 (dates to be announced)

Where? Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is walking around the Tampa Bay Area with a taste of 16th century. From village life to magic, glassblowing and archery, there will be something for every family member to enjoy. 

CIVIL WARS DAYS HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Save the date! February 22 2020

Where? Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park in Key West

Cannon fire will be roaring, and Yankees along Rebel soldiers in uniforms will be all around. Learn the Key West’s pasts while attending Civil War reenactments at the festival. 

BAY AREA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

Save the date! March 2020 (dates to be announced)

Where? Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Tampa

Archery, live armored jousting, dancing, human chess matches and artisans – these are all perfect reasons why to attend the Bay Area Renaissance Festival by themselves! Remember to take out cash, as the vendor will offer old-time refreshments.

SCHOOL OF THE 16TH CENTURY FESTIVAL 

Save the date! February 2020 (dates to be announced)

Where? Ponce de Leon Archaeological Park, St. Augustine

Can you fire a crossbow? And what about cannon? Learn how to do a swordfight and other usual 16th-century life skills at this festival.

STONE AGE & PRIMITIVE ARTS FESTIVAL

Save the date! February (dates to be announced)

Where? Ochlockonee River State Park, Sopchoppy

Do you think sword fights are a lifetime ago? Well, you can travel even further back in time now. Learn basket weaving, early pottery craft and spear throwing, and antler carving. There will be primitive arts auction as well!

ANNUAL FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL 

Save the date! February 2020 (dates to be announced)

Where? Stephen Foster State Park in White Springs.

Folk musician, craftsmen and artists are gathering annually for more than 60 years to share the heritage via jam sessions and workshops, telling stories and encouraging to learn more. Discover the rich cultural traditions of Florida.

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22 Breakfasts Around the World’s 22 Most Awesome Cities

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We know you love brunching. We too. That’ s why we sent our CuddlyNest foodie to review this Barcelona brunch bar. But today, we are taking you around the world – and showing you what the world has on the breakfast table, city by city. Let’ s dive in!

Miami – USA

Desayuno! If you travel to Miami, then do it the traditional way – get yourself a  traditional Cuban breakfast. What’ s on the menu? A warm and sweet latte coffee Cafe con Leche paired up with a Tostada Cubana, a flattened bread frilled on a panini grill. 

Miami Florida – Where to Stay

Luxury Miami apartments

 

 

New York – USA

If there is anything that screams New York, then it surely is the Breakfast at Tiffany movie scene. Sounds simple, right? Go out for the amazing music, and start your next day with a  black coffee and croissant, while glazing over the diamond necklaces in a shop window at Tiffany’s.

New York – Where to Stay
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Midtown West Edward Flat

 

 

Honolulu – USA

Opposing to other USA cities, Honolulu holds a sweet spot for the morning meal.  Portuguese sausage linguiça, eggs, and white rice will fill you up for the upcoming day.

Honolulu Hawaii – Where to Stay

Direct Oceanfront Hawaii Apartment

 

 

Los Angeles – USA

Los Angeles is famous for its doughnuts, and rightly so. From berry to caramel glaze, to chocolate and other varieties, you have all the options you can think of. If doughnuts is not your thing, though, you can get fluffy ricotta blueberry pancakes, topped with maple syrup and served hot to wake you up.  Grab your coffee and get going!

Los Angeles California – Where to Stay

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London -UK

British breakfast is world-famous.  Bacon, sausages and eggs, served with English breakfast tea. Are you brave enough? Then try black pudding, a blood sausage made out of pork blood and cereal.

Where to stay in London England

Modern Private City Apartment 

 

 

Berlin – Germany

Berlin is a city of alternative culture, be it music or living, but when it comes to breakfast, Germans like to get it right. Starting with warm tea, coffee, or hot cocoa, you will get a bread (Brot), bread rolls (Brötchen) and a buffet for layerings. Have an orange juice on the side!

Where to stay in Berlin Germany

Bright and Natural Berlin Apartment

 

 

Barcelona – Spain

Have an espresso, a glass of orange juice, and breakfast bikini, a toasted cheese and ham sandwich.

Where to Stay in Barcelona Spain

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Stylish Wooden Apartment 

 

 

Paris – France

Bonjour! Do you find yourself in Paris? You are probably holding a piece of baguette, spreading a jam on it, and drinking a  cup of black coffee. Oh, and grapefruit juice, of course. 

Paris France – Where to stay?

Charming Duplex in Montmarte

 

 

Rome – Italy

Buongiorno! Get a cornetto – a plain one (semplice),  with jam (marmellata) or cream (crema), and start your day on a cheerful note before heading to Colloseum!

Where to stay in Rome, Italy

Traditional Luxury Rome Apartment

 

 

Lisbon – Portugal

There is Portugal, and there is Pastéis de Nata. The two are inseparable. Bom apetite!

Where to stay in Lisbon, Portugal

Bright Modern Lisbon Apartment 

 

 

Vienna – Austria

Brothen, cheese and ham. Some orange juice, and beautiful ceramic pottery. Here you go, Wiener Frühstück.

Where to stay in Austria

Warsaw – Poland

Keep it simple and balanced with a hard-boiled egg and croissant on the side. Black tea in bonus!

Where to stay in Warsaw Poland

 

 

Athens – Greece

Καλημέρα! The typical greek breakfast is staka (thick butter from goat’s milk, from Crete) with eggs. 

Where to stay in Athens Greece

 

 

Copenhagen – Denmark

God morgen! Contrary to what you may dream of, the Danish puff pastry is not all over the table in breakfast buffets. Have a healthier option instead – get yourself a youghurt and oatmeal, and eat like a Dane.

Where to stay in Denmark

Cosy Minimalist Flat 

 

 

Dubrovnik – Croatia

Dobro jutro! Eat polenta and cornbread with lard. Sprinkle over some paprika, get a cup of strong coffee and feel yourself Dalmatian.

Where to Stay in Dubrovnik Croatia
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Neoclassical Dubrovnik Apartment

 

 

Seoul – South Korea

There is no defined breakfast – Koreans typically have rice, soup, meat, and side dishes of all can think of.

 

 

Shanghai – China

早上好 Shanghai breakfast has it all – from soybean milk to steamed buns. You can have tofu pudding for dessert! Any excited vegans there?

 

 

Dubai – UAE

Found yourself in Dubai? You are likely to get Balaleet. This breakfast dish consists of sweetened vermicelli mixed with eggs, raisins, cardamon and saffron. شهية طيبة

Where to stay in Dubai حجز السكن

Spacious Apartment with Lake View

 

 

Delhi – India

A bowl of idli, anyone? These steamed black lentil and rice cakes will make your mouth water.

 

 

Sydney – Australia

Fried smokey bacon, grilled tomato and mushrooms. Or, hash brown. The choice is yours, but we can say that everything tastes Aussie-good!

Where to Stay in Australia

 

 

Riga – Latvia

Are you on a  run to grab breakfast! Get yourself a  traditional black bread sandwich!

Where to stay in Latvia

 

 

Lviv – Ukraine

Ukraine is well known for its pancakes, and you should definitely not skip those!

Where to stay in Ukraine

 

 

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Ice Cream Month July 2019: Where to Go for Best Ice Around the World

To celebrate the smooth, creamy, refreshing treat of the summer, the National Today announced July as the month of ice cream. Could not get better, you think? On the 3rd Sunday of July, the whole world will celebrate – and we are taking you by the hand to taste all possible varieties of ice cream.

To many of us, ice cream is something we crave for in hot summer day. Even more, it is essential when you consider a beach family vacation in Croatia or a stroll around Sevilla in Spain in search of the best Instagram spot for Game of Thrones shooting location. But how the sweet treat tastes all around the world?

How Ice Cream Came to Be

The Origin of Ice Cream

The First Ice Cream, just like paper and porcelain, comes from China.

In 618-97AD the King Tang of Shang had a good take on ice-cream. There were 94 ice men working to make buffalo milk, flour and camphor into a tasty treat. Later, in 200 BC Chinese mixed milk and rice. Then, they packed the mixture in the snow to freeze, thus resembling the ice cream we know today.

Europe Takes Over

When Roman Emperors discovered the refreshing dessert, they sent slaves high into the mountains to bring the ice back. Then Romans flavoured the ice and served to the high blood families in Rome, Ephesus, Carthage, Alexandria and elsewhere.

Marco Polo Bring the Recipe to Medieval Europe in the Golden Age

Only at the end of the 13th century, Marco Polo brought the recipe back from his trips to China. In the far-away land,  ice-cream was a popular dish. He introduced ice cream to Italy. It spread over the high castes of Europe fairly soon, later being brought to the Americas.

Types of Ice Cream Around the World

Ice Cream Month July 2019: Where to Go

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Gelato – Italy

When you visit Verona where Romeo and Juliet are told to write letters, or Sicily, where the famous glass crafts are blown, there is no excuse but to try Italian gelato.

Made from custard base just as the regular as ice cream, it is higher in milk and lower in cream and eggs, sometimes having no eggs added at all.

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Ice Cream, the Real – Germany

In Germany, the UK, Netherlands and US, and other countries, the regular ice cream is in wide assort. To be called ice cream, the frozen dessert must be at least 10% in milk fat, and the base must not increase in volume by over 100% in the churning process.

In Germany walking the streets in Munich or the pathway by Lake Garda, you will find the ice cream commonly topped with whipped cream, jam or strawberry sauce – Germans prefer it this way.

gelato ice cream month 2019 cuddlynestCream Anmitsu – Japan

A dessert bowl of mochi, fresh fruit, anko, cubes of agar and chestnuts is a traditional Japanese treat. When topped with a scoop of ice cream, you can find it in the streets of Tokyo as Cream Anmitsu.

gelato ice cream month 2019 cuddlynestDondurma – Turkey

Battered Ice Cream, also known as Maraş ice cream, is a type of mistic ice cream distinctive to the Middle East region. Close to Syrian booza dessert, it is made out of cream, whipped cream, salep, mastic, and sugar.

gelato ice cream month 2019 cuddlynestFaloodeh – Iran

When tasting faloodeh (or paloodeh) for the first time, you will find it similar to a sorbet. It consists of thin starch noodles in a semi-frozen syrup containing sugar and rose water. When served, faloodeh is spritzed over with lime juice and sprinkled with ground pistachios.

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The thin rolled ice cream, also stir-fried ice cream, originates in South East Asia and is made on streets of Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Phuket. The ingredient list consists of liquid base, usually cow’s or soy milk and comes in generic flavours, such as vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and strawberry.

gelato ice cream month 2019 cuddlynestSorbetes – Philipines

Distinct from sorbet, the Philippino frozen dessert is made from coconut or ordinary milk, peddled by street hawkers. You will be served it in a small wafer or a bread bun.

gelato ice cream month 2019 cuddlynestAis Kacang – Malaysia

Traditionally made from only shaved ice and red beans, the frozen dessert now comes with different ingredients, like attap chee (palm seed), red beans, sweet corn, grass jelly, roasted peanuts and cubes of agar agar.

 

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10 Short Daytrips from Naples in Florida

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Naples Florida travel guide cannot be included in a single blog post. But you can go on a short day trip from Naples in just any direction. No matter your interests, the surrounding area is rich in history. Diverse leisure activities cater to both adventure junkies, foodies as well as art enthusiasts.

Day trips for Shopping near Naples Florida

If you want to bring back of visiting a real store having a chit chat with sales assistant while looking for the perfect scarf instead of chatting with a bot on Amazon or eBay, shopping can be a cure for the soul. There are several small shops located in  Naples you can visit for a heart-warming second-hand shopping experience, like Audrey’s, or True Fashionistas, but if you are looking for all-in-one shopping mall, your best bet is to go to Bonita Springs, or straight to the outlet in outskirts of the Naples city to Estero.

Bonita Springs

Gulf Coast beaches and parks, Little Hickory Island Beach Park and Bonita Beach Park, with its sand dunes, and the Northern Lovers Key State Park mare popular visitor hotspots in Bonita Springs, and rightly so. But this is not all; Bonita Springs, located 15 minutes ride away from Naples, also features one of the best shopping malls in the area.

Where to go? Springs Plaza has it all;  Promenade Store is for a unique shopping experience.

Estero

If you seek sales and want to get a new shirt in some of the best Naples outlets, Estero is a place to visit. From Coconut Shopping Mall Naples to Miromar Outlets with more than 140 designer and brand name outlet stores under roof, to smaller shopping malls, like Corkscrew Village Naples FL, Estero has it all.

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Naples Florida is famous for its The Naples Pier, stretching 1,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico. While you shall not miss watching sunset there, also try to spot a dolphin in the morning! Visit the infamous Naples beaches with calm waters and fine white sand. In Clam Pass Park and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, there are several Naples getaways for family day trips near Naples FL.

Fort Myers

30 minute ride away, Fort Mayers is a fairly large town. It offers beautiful beaches and family leisure activities. Make sure to go to Fort Myers Beach which has both educational centres, The Ostego Bay Marine Science Center, showcasing local marine life, as well as leisure activities for both adults and kids, like parasailing in Estero Island and hiking in wildlife in Bowditch Point Park.

Sanibel Island and Captiva Island

Located a bit further, 45-minute drive away, the islands is a great place to go if your kids are of school age, as the sand is shell-strawn, and it takes a bridge to cross.

To get to Sanibel Island, you must go by Sanibel Causeway, which is a 3-mile long wooden bridge (toll: $6 for motor vehicles ($3 per additional axle), free for bicycles). When on the island, go and explore the wildlife and see the Sanibel Lighthouse.

As for Captiva Island, shelling is one of the most popular leisure activities for families. To relax, apart from collecting shells while watching the picturesque sunsets you can also go on a cruise to watch dolphins on the South Seas Resort, or learn to sail on Offshore Sailing School.

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Immokalee

Meaning “my home” in the Seminole language, spoken by the ancient Calusa tribe who were the early occupants of the area, Immokalee Florida is a small town, filled with migrant workers from all over Latin America, and as such, a great place to visit to learn and explore the history of Florida. Fun and with great flair, the city offers authentic Mexican food, traditional farmer’s market and you can visit the Immokalee Pioneer Museum to learn about the history of Florida.
Want to go wild? Visit Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary to walk marshlands, birdwatch and see alligators in the swamp.

Florida Naples: Culture and Art Scene

Matlacha and Pine Island

An hour ride from Naples lies Matlacha and Pine Island. Just imagine a hippie dream of painted camper life, art all around and sun and beach to swim less than a few feet away. Sounds like a plan? Then go and visit Leoma Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens,  and Wild Child Art Gallery. Matlacha has its own nature reserve, and nature and art still rule the lifestyle here, Visit while you can!

Everglades City and the Florida Everglades

No wonder the city is enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage site; the

Located 45 minutes to an hour south outside of Naples, The Florida Everglades is one of the great natural treasures of not only the United States but of the world, with its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Founded in 1920s as the Collier County seat, Everglades City offers you kayaking, canoeing, experimenting with paddle boarding, or go fishing, but that is not all.

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Naples is one of the wealthiest cities in the US. It sports the second place just after New York in millionaires per capita. And naturally, where money flows, good food follows. Fine dining near Naples is not a problem, but there are some must-visits. Especially, if you are going on a gourmet journey!

Marco Island

Located 30-minute ride away, Marco Island can be a life-changing experience. Watching the sun collide with the waves and the blood orange sky. Nevertheless, after spending a day in Tiger Tail Beach or walking the Lagoon, you will enjoy the taste of good wine. Coupled with wine, freshly cooked vegetable dishes are the speciality in Sale e Pepe or Marek’s Restaurant.   

Cape Coral

Located about 31 miles north of Naples, Cape Coral offers it all. From Northern Italian restaurant Ariani Ristorante serving pasta (and steaks for its American audience) to Roadhouse Cafe offering private dining rooms and great service, to fondue place The Melting Pot,  you can allow yourself to go on a journey of taste.

Naples Florida: How to Get Around

To get around Naples, a car is a necessity. This is the only way to get to natural attractions, like  Everglades National Park’s Gulf Coast entrance in Everglades City. Drive the Interstate I-75 north-south known as Alligator Alley going between Naples Florida and Fort Lauderdale. U.S. 41, known as the Tamiami Trail, links Naples and Miami. REcommended for ones seeking a beautiful scenery is the Tamiami Trail, especially when driving through Everglades.

If you do not Have a Car, we recommend renting a car. You can also get around Naples taking the tourist two-hour tour trolley to get a feel of the city. Running daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., it will not, however, be a budget option, with tickets priced at $27 for adults and $13 for kids.

Where to Stay in Naples

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Feminist Tourism, Debunked

Women travel, and day by day there are many more brave solo travelers. More and more female students take a gap year on their own, and more spiritual travelers go on mindfullness journeys.

This month we celebrate womanhood, just like women, men and transgender people do all around the world. While it seems like people are aware of issues, it is not a solution. Globalization is converging the standards, misconceptions and empowering women to raise for their rights and celebrate freedom all around the world. However, individual travel experiences, especially when traveling to patriarchal regions, may show another scene. CuddlyNest follows and empowers women to travel.

Here we explore the most common trends.

From the Roots of Education Trips

The travel as we know it today finds its roots in journeys by young men around Europe starting the 18th century. On great tours, nobles used to learn about science, culture, and get to know art all around the world. Travel used to be an essential part of young men’s education. Back in the day, however, only the wealthy could go on a discovery trip and culture travel.

But as recognized by UK tourism and hospitality scientists Seow and Brown, gender differences in leisure activities are changing over time. Cultural norms hold major influence. Since the nineteenth century, the golden age of travel, woman have been traveling more and more. Moreover, since the upraise of feminism and change in the social role of women in 1970s travel for women was gaining popularity. Soon after, marketers started to recognize women as independent and capable of traveling solo.


Women Who Travel: Scandalous and Immoral

Leisure travel, however, is not without its burdens. Women are still more restricted than men to travel around the world. It is, in terms of society’ s perception of their family responsibilities and the otherwise strict social norms. When going abroad and exploring other cultures, it becomes even more evident.
Today, women in India are still restricted to family responsibilities and social prejudices; women from the developing world are not usually unable to travel because of those prescribed gender roles. Asian women, for example, are considered to risk their family’s reputation by going on a public leisure trip alone. Those who step up and travel, are constrained in their travels and do not fully indulge in their leisure activities.

If you step out from Denmark, Sweden or Estonia, where gender equality is largely not problematic anymore, and enter the world of strongly religious, traditional cultures, where gender roles are highly patriarchal, as a woman born and raised in a free, equal world, then no wonder, problems arise. Violence is constraining both adult women and adolescent girls; women are objectified in the form of sexual harassment, and therefore commonly refrain from traveling to maintain harmony at home, accepting male subordination. This is to be changing, however, as more and more Islamic women are traveling, of all levels of education, income and family states. Halal tourism is on the rise, and millennial women are one of the main segments.


Transformation or Shopping?

Women travel to attractions. Women buy more souvenirs. And women trust word-of-mouth more than their male counterparts. Yet, women are not alike.
While Japanese women travelers prioritize lifelong learning, relaxation, and escape, Chinese women love to shop. Asian tourist motivations and experiences are different from each other, and even more different from women of Western origin. Dependability versus independence, group, and family versus individuals are just some of the things that matter.

For example, women from France, Italy, UK, and the US are searching self-identity, self-empowerment. They also reported an increase in self-confidence and self-esteem. Think Eat Pray Love here. Just like in the iconic German movie, women in the West are willing to escape the routine. They want to put themselves out of their comfort zone.

Women and their travel motivations are diverse depending on region and strongly correlate with their social and economic statuses.

 

What’s Next?

We see women running solo marathons in Islamic states like Iraq. We see hijab travellers discovering the world beyond their cultural space.

What does the future hold? One can expect women to travel more frequently, go further away. We can expect them to step out of their comfort zone even in environments that are not traditionally feminist. Traditional countries as Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan are expected to experience more midi-skirted travellers and accept women without a headscarf to be as equally treated as women in hijabs.

It is not to say that every woman must jump into the adventure. Women will go on wellness getaways, luxurious ocean and river cruises. Apart from leisure, women travel for learning, history and to visit national parks. Culinary adventures and art classes’ getaways are on the edge of the traditional view of women. Therefore, these may appeal to travelers seeking meaningful and calm travel experiences.

We share the excitement with all of you women around the world. Comment below on your best travel experiences so far!

 

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Top 6 Things to Do in the Winter in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Whether you’re a local or a visitor to Steamboat Springs in Colorado, you must check out some of the top things to do in the area this winter.

 

Snowshoe on Rabbit Ears

To take a break from your traditional skiing ventures, try snowshoeing, which allows you to have fun at a more leisurely pace. Once you see the views of the Flat Tops and Yampa Valley, you’ll be glad you chose this activity.

 

Night Skiing

Just because when you picture yourself skiing, it’s in the daylight – that doesn’t mean all fun starts when the sun goes down. In fact, night skiing can be even more fun. It’s a whole new experience. Wait until you see everything lit up at night as you glide through the slopes.

 

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Yes, even in the winter you can take an adventurous ride in a hot air balloon. If you’ve taken a ride in a hot air balloon before, nothing will beat the beautiful view of Yampa Valley when it’s coated in white snow. This activity is fun for most ages and it’s a great way to experience Steamboat Springs, even during the winter.

 

Snow Tubing Fun

You will leave with nothing but laughs and smiles with the family after snow tubing at Steamboat Springs. Make sure to catch a ride on the magic carpet so you can reach the top of the hill faster. You’ll want to hold on tight during your ride down on the snow tube.

 

Winter Carnival

When you hear of a winter carnival, you may think of the same traditional activities such as fireworks and a parade but Steamboat Springs takes a different approach. During their winter carnival they have adults on shovels that are being pulled down a street behind horses. Not to mention, the skiers that jump through fiery hoops – How much more exciting is that than other winter carnivals? It’s sure to be fun for the whole family.

 

… But, of course, there are still fireworks

Although fireworks are traditional, they are a staple when it comes to winter in Steamboat Springs. Come celebrate winter and watch the sky light up with gorgeous fireworks.

 

 

Have you ever went night time skiing? What did you think of it? We would love to hear.