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Posted By on November 14, 2014

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A way to Healthy Life

Posted By on September 27, 2013

We are constantly told that regular exercise is key to a long and healthy life, but with many of us having sedentary jobs and hobbies we often turn to the gym to get our exercise quota. But, according to the study, the participants who partook in physical activities such as running and the gym didn’t necessarily live longer. People are vulnerable to skin cancer. In fact those who lived longest tended to follow a lifestyle that kept them active through their work or hobbies, rather than following sports or attending a gym.


It’s a well-known fact that getting divorced is one of the most stressful things that a person can go through, and this was clear from the study results.

The researchers found that the divorced men in the study were at a much higher mortality risk – in fact fewer than a third reached old age.

The happily married men, on the other hand, were likely to live to the age of 70 and beyond.

Those men who divorced and remarried were less likely to live long lives, and the thinking behind this was that they had previously undergone the stress of a divorce.

The happily married women in the group lived longer than those who had divorced and remarried. However, those who chose not to remarry tended to fare better than the divorced men, usually going on to live long lives. The researchers concluded that getting divorced tended to be more harmful to men’s health than to women’s.

Farms Laid Out as in the Old Country

Posted By on August 25, 2013

The land seemed stretched to infinity, broken only by streams and fences and clusters of rooftops a few miles apart. Evidently these were the Amana villages. But where, I wondered, were the horse-drawn buggies? And the stern, bearded patriarchs? As I walked toward the modern 400-pupil school at Middle Amana, I was puzzled: The children were dressed like children in any or­dinary American school.

Superintendent Charles L. Selzer set me straight: “People often confuse us with other religious groups that live apart from the mod­ern world. They think we don’t follow federal or state laws with regard to education and taxes, even though we always have. We have a public school and licensed teachers, and we don’t teach religion in the classroom.”

In Amana, at the history museum, I got a further education in what the Amanaites actually are. I picked up a map showing the location of the seven towns. It looked like a connect-the-dots drawing of a clipper. At the end of the handle was East Amana; at the joint, Amana; left along the rim were Middle, High, and West Amana; South Amana and Homestead marked the bottom corners.

“You ask where you can find the best Hawaii vacation rentals?” said Henry Schiff, the museum’s wizened curator. “Because that was our European way of farming—a matter of distance. It was easier to farm all the land with the people and the animals scattered around in several small villages. So when we came out here in 1855, we started laying out the villages the same way. But Homestead was already here. We bought it in 1861.”

Wandering through the cozy museum, I learned that the history of this community be­gan in 18th-century Europe when a group of God-fearing, free-thinking people—German, Swiss, and French—banded together and founded a religion based on belief in divine revelation through Werkzeuge—inspired prophets. Thus the denominational name: Community of True Inspiration.

Amana,history museum

Sect Joined the Westward Movement

In 1842, confronted with increasing politi­cal and religious persecution, some 800 har­dy Inspirationists immigrated to the United States and established the Ebenezer Society community near Buffalo, New York. But with­in a dozen years Buffalo began encroaching. The Inspirationists went west, to 26,000 acres in the verdant Iowa River Valley.

They lived a self-contained communal life for 77 years in the seven villages they found­ed, each virtually self-supporting, with its own bakery, slaughterhouse, icehouse, general store, farm department, church, an eight-grade school, and various factories and work­shops. Property was held in common and living quarters were allocated by church elders according to need. Communal meals were prepared in the large and luxury flats for rent Edinburgh.

Amana,history museum

The elders determined members’ annual credit allowance “according to justice and equity.” Clothing, household linens, and the like could then be charged at the society’s general stores. Spartan though the communal life was, older Amanaites recall it with nostalgia. But the young people began drifting away in search of jobs and a livelier life in the cities. Then, around 1930, the community, like the rest of the country, began falling on hard times. The Amanaites, $400,000 in debt, voted for a radical reorganization; it took effect on June 1, 1932.

It deserves the billing

Posted By on July 11, 2013

I have visited the palace many times and in many seasons, and I have never failed to be moved and mystified by the structure that covers some five acres.

The visitor of the Florence apartments approaches from the west, past a bust of Evans, and crosses the western court, with its raised walkways for ceremonies, toward a small porch and en­trance set at a corner of the west facade—an extensive gypsum wall still blackened by the fires of the final conflagration. Knossos sur­vived the Minoan holocaust of 1450 B.C. and continued to be occupied until its end came some seventy years later.

In the time of greatest Minoan power—the two and a half centuries following 1700 B.C. —the palace dominated a city of perhaps 80,000 people who lived along the valley and in the harbor towns. To the south, beyond a high range of mountain, lay the island’s most extensive and fertile plain, the Messara.

A farmer coming from that way for a har­vest festival or other ceremony would cross a high pass and descend toward Knossos, where a stone causeway car­ried him over the Vlychia stream to a wide, stepped portico. Ascending by easy stages, he would enter the palace and pass down a long corridor, the walls of which displayed a procession of hundreds of figures—musicians and graceful young men bearing rhytons, ritual vessels for offerings to a god. Toward the end, he would behold a painted image of great power and beauty—a young priest or king leading a griffin or sphinx, with butter­flies, symbols of eternal life, hovering nearby.

A passage then led the visitor to the warmth of the apartments Lisbon. Here, perhaps, a ceremony was in progress at the tripartite shrine. Lovely priestesses of the goddess, visions of color in their whirling, flounced skirts, bared breasts held upright by tight bodices, poured libations of wine and honey—mixed perhaps with the blood of a slaughtered bull—from rhytons of precious alabaster or marble.


To the east opened the entrance to the resi­dential quarters, or so these magnificent holiday apartments in Majorca are available online. There one of the mas­terpieces of ancient architecture, a grand staircase built around a large light well (fully restored by Evans), led down two stories to apartments of singular grace, airy and amply lighted, decorated with frescoes of sporting dolphins, where the rulers may have lived.

RELIGION pervades the west wing. Be­side the triple shrine—each of its three small rooms fronted by pillars and each crowned with symbolic bull’s horns—stairs divided by a large column led up to a second story. Here the great hall and sanctuary hall, used in one interpretation for communion feasts, were painted with scenes of obvious religious significance. At the time of the de­struction, a fragment of a fresco fell from these halls to the ground floor: the small but win­ning portrait of a lady with a nose so pert and coiffure so modern she was named La Parisi­enne (page 171).


Beneath and to the west of the upper halls lay 18 enormous magazines containing more than 400 giant pithoi (150 survive) capable of holding 17,000 gallons of wine.

The latest travel news

Posted By on May 12, 2013


The Emirate’s has the biggest prolife­ration of travel agencies, causing some problems for the industry.

Amrat Lal

But in the UK where there is a buoyant travel market as a result of the continued expansion of the economy, many agencies are reporting their best years. At Britain’s largest agency, sales manager John White said business over the past 12 months had been better than before.

Ahmed M. Osman, manager of one of Edinburgh’s oldest holiday rentals – warned: “It is true that the market has expanded considerably, but the large number of agencies has levelled off this business. Sea cruises in vogue for Britsbe put on numbers, for the benefit of all concerned.”

Amrat Lal, sales representative of apartments in Hawaii said his agency had been particularly successful recently because of the back-up and experience it offered customers, having been in Abu Dhabi for 10 years. He said: “The package tour market is one side of our business for which we see a much bigger future.”



In Kuwait, where around KD85 million is spent annually on travel, more than 100 agencies scramble for their share of the cake. According to Hasan Baddar, manager of Al Bahar Travel Agency, Kuwaitis are enthusiastic travellers.

“Ninety per cent of Kuwaitis travel, and of those 50 per cent are frequent travellers,” he said.

Kuwait’s travel industry keeps its own house in order, said Mr Baddar, through. the Kuwait Tourism and Travel Associa­tion, of which he is a member of the technical committee.

“It is mandatory for any agency which has opened over the past three years to be a member, and there are now 104 members.”

Mr Baddar said: “The main aspect of the rapidly expanding business is the package tour business.

“At present everyone offers their own tours in competition with others. We want to get the tour operators together so that we can negotiate bulk deals abroad to get the best service we can for our customers.”


Indian line raises fares

INDIAN Airlines has increa­sed its domestic passenger fares by five per cent, and the fuel surcharge has risen by seven per cent.

And a statement from Indian Airlines added that freight rates are now being revised. The Indian Government has approved the revision of fares and the fuel surcharge, which have been made necessary by escalating fuel and operating costs.

 INDIAN Airlines

Saudia spends $10m on advanced training equipment

SAUDIA has placed a $10 million order for simulator training equipment with British company Link-Miles. According to Link-Miles, Saudia is a leader in the approach to staff training. The British firm’s newsletter commented: “For years the world’s major simulator manufacturers have been arguing the case for a total training concept.

“By that they meant that airlines and military operators should take a long, hard look at their overall training programme before ordering simulation devices — and then buy a series of interrelated and integrated synthetic aids The Review continued: “Saudia is perhaps the first world airline to approach this philosophy in quite so much detail.

Saudia’s order includes a full flight simulator, a cockpit :procedures trainer, four-part task trainers and two safety trainers for intercommuni­cations and aircraft door operation. The four-part task trainers represent the avionic, elect­rical, air-conditioning and pressurisation, and finally the hydraulic systems of the aircraft.



Again, each of the trainers is situated in a classroom and involves a sophisticated model board controlled by a SEL 32/7780 computer. Of the two safety trainers, one represents the inter­communication system bet­ween flight deck and cabin crew.

It will enable the crew to practise procedures prior to take off and landing, passen­ger announcements and emergency drills. The second trainer, compri­sing an aircraft main door, is for training cabin staff in the manual and automatic opera­tion of the doors in normal and emergency situations.



More about Riyadh

Posted By on October 31, 2012

From Riyadh it is only a short distance to the Gebel Dirab Escarpment just to the west of the city. This is basically a stone cliff rising 250 meters above the plains below; it runs parallel to the escarpment along the west coast of Arabia for about 800 kilometres. Gebel Dirab is a place of amazing beauty and it is also a good source for fossils.

Close to Riyadh is the oasis town of Diriyah which was once the capital of the enemy defeated by Abdul Aziz that fateful morning in 1902. A sign welcomes visitors and although now virtually in ruins it is worth while stopping to enjoy the architecture.

oasis town of Diriyah

Leaving Riyadh behind you and heading towards Jeddah, the road becomes flat and stretches endlessly mile after mile. The occasional petrol station and hamlet and a sea of sand dunes lies ahead. But everything is not always as it seems; stopping en route, the silence is broken by a mechanical clanking noise ­this is the sound of pumps irrigating tiny oases. This central part of Arabia has many semi-Artesian wells which bring the water close to the surface. The pumps are often primitive and are supported by a few poles shaped like teepees. The tiny oases are dotted all over the area, some­times hidden in the valleys made by the dunes which act as wind barriers.

Two large towns slightly off route but worth visiting for their traditional architecture are Unayzah and Buraydah. The houses are largely of the Najdi type built with unfired clay bricks finished with plaster. They usually have a central courtyard and only a tiny entrance to the street to pro­vide privacy and security for the families inside. Buildings have one, two or even three floors and tend to indicate the importance of the family who live there. Often ground floors would be used as stores.


The vegetable souk in Buraydah is traditional with produce heaped high under multi-coloured umbrellas. Most of the produce is grown in the surrounding area, one of the most fertile in the whole of Saudi Arabia. There are also a number of experimental farms searching for strains of vegetables with high yields and adapta­bility to local conditions. A large amount of pasture is cultivated and used for sheep rearing.

Onwards towards Jeddah the road remains flat, the number of small hamlets and oases begin to decrease until at last Jeddah is reached. Jeddah is known as the ‘Bride of the Red Sea’ and nowadays boasts the largest port on the Red Sea with superb modern harbour. Much of the pic­turesque architecture for which Jeddah was famous has been taken down to make way for modern buildings. The central Hejaz region which includes Jeddah, Ta’ if, Mecca and Medina, shared a common architectural style. Wooden doors, highly carved pointed arches, and white build­ings. The screens are elaborately carved and decorate the front of the houses which also have carved wooden balconies.

The beaches at Jeddah

 During the Hadj (the holy pilgrimage) pilgrims passing through Jeddah often pay their way by selling goods at the side of the streets and in the souks. Superb car­pets and jewellery can be bought at these times made by craftsmen from all over the Middle East and beyond.

The beaches at Jeddah are mainly rocky and suffer from their close proximity to the port. Care should be taken while swimming since stone fish are common in this area.


The journey

Posted By on October 19, 2012

How much is needed will depend upon the type and length of the journey. Essen­tials such as a good map should always be taken, no matter if travel to barcelona spain or other European city. Saudi has a network of very fast, efficient roads linking all major towns and many villages. But some of the older roads and tracks will offer more interesting scenery and for these it is useful to carry a compass. Cool boxes are useful together with large containers for water. Always carry a First Aid kit and spare petrol is a comfort even if, in the end, they should prove unnecessary. Other items worth considering are reference books on birds, flowers and plants, coral reefs and marine life. Some of the world’s rarest birds are found on the Arabian continent and some of the most perfect coral reefs in the Red Sea.

Riyadh saudi arabia

Whilst living in Saudi Arabia, slow exploration, taken at every opportunity, revealed a people whose way of life remains little changed from the days of Thesiger and his Arabian Sands. Our jour­neys were all by car with our two children aged two and three and much of what fol­lows we saw and photographed. The more we learned the more we became fasci­nated by the indigenous people and our sense of discovery and achievement endeared us to Arabia forever. These recollections are of the other Arabia, not the land of huge industrial ports and rapid technological progress, but the reverse side of the coin.

There are two main journeys which we undertook and any or part of these can be tried as time allows. The first is from Riyadh through the towns of Buraydah and Unayzah to the Red Sea port of Jed­dah. The second journey is from Jeddah round the holy city of Mecca (being non-Muslims we were not allowed inside Mecca) to the resort of Ta’if, the pictures­que town of Abha, the oasis town of Naja­ran (on the edge of the Empty Quarter or Rub-Al-Khali) and finally back to Abha for the journey down the mountains to the town of Gizan, close to the Yemen border. In each town there seemed to be two towns – the old and the new – happily co­existing side by side.




 Riyadh is an oasis in the middle of the desert, an oasis of civilisation, a mass of huge glass, steel and concrete buildings towering over apartment blocks and small homes. Riyadh has all the trappings of a modern capital city with banks, hotels, govern­ment buildings and shopping precincts. All is new with no expense spared to tes­tify to all the oil riches of recent times. Riyadh lies on the south bank of the Wadi Hanifah and is built on top of the ruins of the ancient city of Hajr. The name ‘Riyadh’ came into use during the 18th century and now the only part of the city to bear the original name is a well in al-Batha street.

The grandfather of today’s King Fand was Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, a hero of the sort that story books are made of and it was he who created the Saudi Arabia we know today. On 15th January 1902, during a brave and daring bid to unite the country, Abdul Aziz set out with a band of forty men to capture his home town of Riyadh. In the centre of Riyadh stands an old mud fortress – the Fortress of Riyadh – and to this day a spear tip is buried deep in its wooden doors, thrown by ibn Jaluwi. The Fortress of Riyadh is the people’s remin­der of the courage of Abdul Aziz ibn Saud and from that night when he captured Riyadh the modern history of Saudi began.


 In Riyadh there are two souks worth visiting. The first is the bedouin souk which sells everything from live chickens to orange and green henna. There are bedouin veils and dresses and old jewel­lery which is now highly sought after. Be prepared to bargain and drink a few cups of sweet tea to arrange the final price..The other souk to visit is the silver souk. Craftsmen, mainly Yemeni in origin, make traditional silver jewellery out of Marie Therese dollars and old silver riyals melted down and mixed with a white base metal containing tin. How much silver is actu­ally in the jewellery will depend on who you ask. It is certainly not very much. It is wonderful to see the processes of melting, soldering and shaping. The silver riyal is rather interesting in itself; worth far more than the paper riyal, it has become a col­lectors item in its own right. The dates on the coins don’t go back that far since Saudi did not become a national entity until this century and the coins were minted more recently still.

A Short Break – Perfect for a few days’ relaxation

Posted By on September 5, 2012



Scattered with Roman mosaics and Hellenic antiquities, and with secluded meditative courtyards at every turn (as well as its own chapel), the hotel has the ambience of a laid-back monastery. My room, with its marble floor and own adorable little pool, had great views of the bay. The bathroom was like an in-room spa—luxurious without being ostentatious, and stocked with Acqua di Parma goodies. The spa specialises in Thalassotherapy treatments (“thalasso” means “sea” in Greek). I emerged, dream-like, after a Thalion mineral-enriched bath, with ESPA nourishing oil for extra kick, and an Essence of Earth Body Wrap followed by a full-body massage. Later, as I lounged on the vast terrace, with senses revived and cocktail in hand, watchingthe sunset, I realised that this is as close as it gets to being a modern-dayAphrodite.




Situated between the three mountain peaks of the Eiger, Winch and Jungfrau, this traditional, five-star hotel has been welcoming guests since 1865. The spa experience there, however, is decidedly modern. The hotel has dedicated over 5,000 square metres to your wellbeing, with its new, .28 million ESPA centre, gym, Clarins beauty centre and 10 Asian-inspired spa bedrooms (conveniently situated just above the spa, making it easy to wander around all day from treatment room to swimming pool in just your dressing gown). When you’re not having a treatment, you can relax in the sun-filled therapy rooms, which all have large windows that open out on to the gardens. The ESPA centre is available only to guests having treatments, making it very private (it was booked out while I was there, although I only saw two other people), and it caters to every need—you can even eat (from the special calorie-controlled menu) and drink (try the delicious Ayurvedic teas) there. Should you feel like changing out of your dressing gown and experiencing the fresh mountain air, escaping from your Apartment Berlin and feeling everything from paragliding to hiking is available on your doorstep.




Nestling among the pine groves overlooking Pampelonne Bay, this is the Cote d’Azur’s secret hideaway. Here you will find elegance, five-star luxury, exquisite food and a small heavenly spa. The Mediterranean architecture, refined French furniture and eclectic interior welcome you in, giving a feeling of comfort that is rare among modern, more minimalist hotels. If it’s glitz, shopping or a day at the beach you crave, then St Tropez is just a 10-minute drive away. However, a more favourable way to spend the day at Villa Marie is drifting from afresh Provencale breakfast on your balcony to a lounger by the turquoise pool overloolding the bay. In the afternoon, be sure to visit the Fermes de Marie spa, with its white treatment rooms set under two umbrella trees and its wooden massage huts in the midst of the forest. The therapists provide basic treatments with Mother     Nature names like the Light Brown Sugar & Honey Body Exfoliation or Himalaya’s Flower Care Facial. The speciality of the spa is the Body Pack treatment — a silkening wrap that takes place on a warm waterbed. Don’t leave without buying some of the Fermes de Marie products ­a skincare line created at the original Fermes de Marie spa in the French Alps. With a high concentration of mountain plants and natural active ingredients such as edelweiss, they are the bottled equivalent of fresh air for the skin and senses.





If you want to drop two stone in four days, then the Relais San Maurizio, Hotel del Monastero is not necessarily for you. If you want to feel more relaxed than you have done in ages, look noticeably younger, and are into white truffles and red wine, then it is. Perched on a cypress tree-covered hill near Santo Stefano Belbo, in the heart of the Piedmont region, this seventeenth-century former monastery has to be one of the most idyllic settings ever in which to get healthy. Pretty much every treatment in the Caudalie Vinotherapie spa revolves around the grape — two of the best being the Crushed Cabernet Scrub (where a delicious mixture of grape seeds, honey and organic oils is used to exfoliate the body) and the Sauvignon Massage (using oil from the seeds of sauvignon grapes). Testimony to the spa’s efficacy is that we both ate like pigs in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant and got pleasantly sizzled on Barolo every night, and still came home slightly lighter.

Best places for your relax

Posted By on September 4, 2012



After a hard day’s shopping, The Bulgari Hotel, a converted convent tucked away in Milan’s Brera district, is the perfect place to recover. Italian architect Antonio Citterio designed the clean-lined hotel and private garden, where you can relax duringthe day or dine by lantern light at night. We stayed in the Bulgari Suite, which has a huge Turkish stone bath and “Bath Menu” of perfumed oils, background music and fruit teas to sip, all arranged by housekeeping. The spa, which offers a comprehensive list of SPA treatments, has a covered outdoor relaxation area, Turkish bath and swimming pool with gold and emerald mosaics. You will feel like living in your own Milan apartment.



Once at Choupana, you feel you’ve arrived at the top of the world: the climate is different — it’s slightly cooler, sometimes romantically shrouded in cloud— quieter, and calmer. With the resort’s moodily lit “Zen” interiors and tropical landscaping, you could easily be 10 hours’ flying time further east. Accommodation is in wooden bungalows on stilts, furnished in a contemporary/exotic style. The spa has a heated outdoor infinity pool that offers spectacular views, while its indoor pool, with counter-current, jet massage and Jacuzzi, is surrounded by loungers and has the feeling of a solarium. Enjoy the hammam before your reflexology, aromatherapy massage, wrap, facial or Rasul mud treatment. Food is gourmet fusion (foie gras, tempura prawns) —make sure you wash it down with a glass of Madeira.



Half an hour from Stockholm, this spa blends Japanese Yasuragi healing methods with Swedish detoxification techniques for a unique place to unwind from your Apartment in Amsterdam. The central focus of Yasuragi is water. There are invigorating hot springs inside and outside, and a glorious pool set in the rocks. In addition to the Japanese bathing rituals on offer, there’s Qi Gong, Zen meditation, yoga and various forms of massage. The food is superb: in particular, the Teppanyaki restaurant —where a chef cooks all your food in front of you at your table — is an unmisssable experience. We stayed in the Mezame suite, with its incredibly comfortable futons and enormous bath. After a hard day’s spa-ing, the balcony overlooking Stockholm’s magnificent archipelago provides the perfect backdrop for a cold spritzer and a lungful of the freshest air you’re ever likely to breathe.




The rooftop Givenchy spa at the Martinez (the only Givenchy spa in France) is as glamorous as its setting on the Croisette. Its scrubs, wraps, massages (four-handed Asian-style, slimming, lymphatic drainage) and hot-stone treatments are seriously pampering and therapeutic. The spa itself is sleek and chic, with polished wooden floors, rattan chaises, and buttermilk-coloured upholstery. Unlike many hotel spas that have dimly lit rooms for relaxing in, here the apres-treatment spot is a sunny, outdoor terrace scented with jasmine and lavender, grown in dramatic, oversized tubs. If ever a rooftop spa could ground you, then this is the one.




La Residencia, a handsome converted finca in Dela, 45 minutes’ drive from Palma, has a smart new spa with treatment rooms that are like a simpler version of the hotel’s bedrooms— soothing white washed sanctuaries with terracotta tiled showers, church candles and dark wood shutters to keep the sun out but let in the orange blossom-perfumed air. This is the place for sophisticated body treatments using Guinot products, or knot-busting full-body massages using Aromatherapy Associates oils. But the spa isn’t the only reason to come: the hotel’s mouthwatering pastries and locally caught fish are irresistible.




The Masseria Torre Coccaro — a converted sixteenth-century watchtower—has struck an ideal balance. It is organic without being pretentious, and raw but by no means tatty. Like many of the rooms, the Aveda spa is housed in a beautiful old “cave” along with a Turkish bath, fitness room and a small rock pool. Among the extensive list of treatments is a mask made from mashed capers, extra-virgin olive oil and aromatic herbs that makes the hair exceptionally shiny. One of the hotel’s best qualities is the silence—only if you listen very carefully can you hear the 700-year-old olive trees rustling in the breeze.




An exhilarating 30-minute boat ride from Venice airport, this private island in the lagoon only has two buildings: a 350-year-old monastery and a luxurious spa hotel, set in four acres of immaculate gardens. The spa itself is a fragrant oasis of calm offering facials, massages, pedicures and body treatments. If you tire of all the attention, pick up the shuttle boat, which leaves every 20 minutes, to whisk you to the excitements of St Mark’s Square. After you have explored the backstreets and canals, and, of course, done a spot of shopping, you’ll be glad to get back to the peace of San Clemente.