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L’Heure Bleue, Hôtel de Rêve

The Heure Bleue Palais in Essaouira i is like a book with a thousand stories and impossible to describe. A fabulous palais where you can experience exceptional hospitality and special moments in the unique environment of this Relais & Châteaux hotel, the world’s most famous hotel association.
Essaouira is a historic city, the picturesque port was fortified under Théodore Cornut, who originated from Vauban. Now the port is a buzzing tourist destination with never ending attractions: art, culture, festivals, beach, wellness, golf, water sports to name but a few.

 

 

The Story of The Mongolian Nomads and Their Tents

Nomads, the existing tribes at that time, used to travel from place to place in search of food and water for survival. They had no permanent homes, they lived in tents.
Tents was their major possession. They were made of goat hair with curtains to divide the tent into two parts (male and female sides) and carpets for the floor. Rugs and carpets became essential in their lives as they served the purpose of rough Nomadic life. Their tents were thickly knotted to protect them from harsh climates and the rugs so they don’t have direct contact with the ground.
Armenians where the first to weave carpets, and eventually became an artisan-ship for the Mongolian Nomads to follow in their daily lives to build their tents. They maintained the culture and eventually, it became a trade between East and South of China. It is from there where the world followed. It later evolved into artistic pieces. 

 

Thalassotherapy: A Sea Treatment

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Ever since people started developing and finding unusual ways to make their businesses more successful, SPAs and resorts have developed new treatments and therapies to try and cure their patients’ cases. However, some of them, did not believe in modern ways of treatment, and chose to maintain their ancestors’ ways of healing and dealing with patients. For example, ancient Egyptians kept believing in the healing powers of long soaks in seawater.

Sea; Life Origin

Have you ever wondered why we always seek relaxation on a beach? most people, find it stress relieving going to the beach, just sitting on the shore, looking at the sunset, and smelling the ocean’s breeze.

In fact, this relieving feeling, has a deeper meaning. Scientifically, plant life first started in the deepest part of the sea. Since Planet Earth was first created, the only source of nourishment existed in the sea, because the sea itself, was covering all the planet. Moreover, in a recent scientific research, it was proven that seawater can restore balance to an organism. “The living organism is a sea aquarium in which a few billion cells are bathing,” said Quinton, a French physiologist.

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The start of Thalassotherapy

The first Thalassotherapy center first opened in 1899, in the Brittany region of France. Not to forget, the term thalassotherapy means: to seawater healing in a medically supervised environment as a form of preventive or curative health care, utilizing seawater, seaweed, marine mud, sand and other marine substances. Moreover, in the last century, Thalassotherapy started gaining credibility and fame throughout Europe. In addition, there are today, more than 45 Thalassotherapy centers in France alone.

About Thalassotherapy

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Thalassotherapy centers have a spa treatment included as well as medical therapy. In addition, a plumbing system plumbs seawater into the spa and connects all equipment in the center. Moreover, the spa has a heated seawater pool where patients immerse themselves based on schedules. Furthermore, when patients arrive, they meet with a doctor so he can decide what they will be treated for. Once the doctor finishes examination, the patient starts the therapy which can last from two days to two weeks.

Spas where you can bathe in beer

In those spas, you can enjoy yourself while you are soaking your body in Czech beer! In fact, Czechs believe that bathing in beer is not only enjoyable, but also comes with a lot of benefits for both the body, and the mind. For all of you, beer lovers, forget about boring therapies and go discover the following spas where you can bathe in Czech Beer.

Pilsen beer spa

This Spa is situated in the Pivovarský dvůr Plzeň complex, in the Černice suburb of Pilsen. Moreover, in this spa, is beautifully designed in order to provide you with a lot of relaxation. Moreover, over there, you will find five custom-made wooden tubs that they fill with a special bath mix based on natural ingredients, as well as Pilsner malt. Furthermore, the treatments take about 60 min, and includes a potable Purkmistr beer.

Pivní Lázně Spa Beer Land Prague

In this spa, you will be able to relax in a handmade Royal Oak tub, while you enjoy the health benefits of bathing in beer. Moreover, this spa is located in central Prague, a short drive from Charles Square. In addition, you will also be able to enjoy some extra sauna sessions, as well as an unlimited consumption of Krušovice beer.

Harrachov Beer Spa

The location of this spa is in Novosad & Son Glassworks. In fact, this lovely beer spa in Harrachov promises to tone you up from the inside as well as the outside. Moreover, in order for your body to gain the full effect of their beer bath, experts combine natural mountain water that has a degree of 36° Celsius, with five liters of light beer as well as 5 liters of a darker, unfiltered combination of beers. In fact, this special therapy gives you the chance to have free beer, in addition to a relaxing massage.

The Origin of the Olive Tree is Lost in Time

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The olive tree is known to be among the oldest trees in the world, which for years governed the destiny of mankind and left their imprint.
Olive leaf fossils have been found in Italy. Fossils have been discovered in North Africa, and pieces of wild olive trees and stones have been found in excavations during the Bronze Age in Spain. The existence of the olive tree therefore dates back to the 12th millennium BC.

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The wild olive tree originated in Asia Minor (the peninsula also called Anatolia, the modern part of Turkey and the Armenian highland). Most people there today speak Turkish. The seas surrounding Asia Minor are the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.
So, the birthplace was Asia Minor some six millennia ago. It appears to have spread from Syria to Greece to lower Egypt, Nubia, Ethiopia, Palestine, Iran, the Atlas Mountains to certain areas of Europe – the entire Mediterranean Basin.

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In the 16th century BC the Phoenicians introduced the olive to the Greek isles where its cultivation increased and gained great importance in the 4th century BC when Solon requested decrees in olive planting. Another study though, shows that from the 6th century BC onwards the olive spread throughout the Mediterranean countries reaching Tunis and the island of Sicily, Italy.
The Arabs brought their varieties with them to the south of Spain and influenced the spread of cultivation so much that the Spanish word for olive (aceituna) has Arabic roots (azeitona).

With the discovery of America (1492) olive farming spread beyond its Mediterranean confines. The first olive trees were carried from Seville to the West Indies and later to the American Continent. By 1560 olive groves were being cultivated in Mexico, then later in Peru, California, Chile and Argentina, where one of the plants brought over during the Conquest – the old Arauco olive tree – lives to this day.

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In modern times the olive tree has continued to spread outside the Mediterranean and today is farmed in places as far removed from its origins as America, Africa, Australia, Japan and China.
But… where the sun permits, the olive tree takes root and gains ground.
 

Top Destinations for Ecotourism

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Ecotourism deals with tourism that is directed towards the exotic natural environments. Moreover, it is intended to support the conservation efforts as well as observe wildlife. In fact, if you think of a perfect trip as one that lets you get up close as well as personal with the natural world, you will want to choose one of these destinations that are great for Eco tourists. Keep on reading this article as we guide you through the top destinations for ecotourism.

Palau

Carmencitta Magazine - Top Destinations for Ecotourism. 1jpgIn fact, this beautiful island was featured in a series called “Survivor”, on its 10th season. Moreover, Palau is known as one of the world’s top diving destinations. In fact, over there, you will enjoy the crystal-clear water, as well as a colorful underwater due to its more than 500 species, and more than 1400 types of fish. However, if you do not like diving, you can wander along its gorgeous beaches, or through its enormous jungles.

Norwegian Fjords

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In fact, the thing that helped preserve the beauty of Norway’s famous fjords, is their far location, as well as their strict environmental regulations. Moreover, over there, you will find mountains filled with snow, tumbling waterfalls, as well as some crystal-clear waters. If you plan on visiting, you can enjoy multiple activities such as: hiking, or biking over the terrain, taking a boat ride, or enjoy the multiple species that live over there such as: eagles, porpoises, seals, and seabirds.

Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is a great place to travel to if you like ecotourism. In fact, over there you will have a great time because you will find some misty cloud forests, thick rain forests, black sand beaches, and rushing river rapids. Additionally, a huge amount of creatures such as: monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, jaguars, sea turtles and poison dart frogs.

Thailand Uses Snails for Massages

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We have always heard about unusual spa treatments that leave us unsure about their effectiveness. A lot of people enjoy unusual, natural ways of massage therapy. In fact, Thailand has been one of the leading countries when it comes to Spa Therapies. However, Snail Massage comes on a whole new level.

What is Snail Massage?

Carmencitta-magazine-Thailand-Uses-Snails-for-Massages-1Before answering the question, let us not forget to mention that this idea first appeared in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. This location is surrounded by forests and jungles. It is not a surprise that they were able to come up with this idea. In general, the snails are applied to the face and left to roam on it.

As a result, a trail of mucus (coming from the snails’ body) is left on the face. This treatment is known to give a glow to the skin as well as encouraging its rejuvenation. In addition, experts claim that the snail essence removes dead skin cells and toxins that lay under the skin’s dermal layers.

Further Information

When the snails get stressed, they release a fluid called helix aspera muller glycoconjugates. In the spa, they leave the fluid on your face for a determined time and then massage it so it can enter as good as possible into the layer on the surface of your skin. In addition, this treatment in known to cost a lot of money. For instance, in Japan 5 minutes of snail massage cost about 160$.

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However, no evidence (except for claims) has shown that those treatments are beneficial. Some people say that the fact that the fluid that the snails release can help reduce puffiness is because it is cold. This effect is the same as putting a cucumber on your face for it to reduce under eye puffiness.

Top Things to Do In Romania

Romania is considered to be one of the most beautiful countries in Eastern Europe, it attracts millions of tourists every year with its picturesque landscapes, significant landmarks, and unique culture. There are so many beautiful reasons to visit Romania, because it is able to welcome you whether you are looking for mountain hikes, sea water, or forests to explore. Keep on reading as we guide you through the top things to do in Romania.

Peles Castle

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This is, without any doubt, one of the most exceptional tourist attractions in Romania. In fact, its fabulous architecture as well as its rich heritage, make it a place worth visiting. The location of the castle is near Sinaia in Prahova County, within the majestic Carpathian Mountains. In fact, Peles Castle was built by King Carol I of Romania between the years 1839 and 1914. Moreover, when the king built it,  it was meant to serve as the monarch’s summer retreat. The cost for this incredible landmark, cost him about $120 million in today’s currency.

Bran Castle

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The Bran Castle is also known as Dracula’s Castle, it can be found, no surprise, in Bran, in close proximity to the important city of Brasov. In fact, this Castle is looked at as the home of the famous Dracula character brought to life by Bram Stoker, but its history is much more comprehensive than that. Moreover, in our days, the Bran Castle is a museum that contains a huge collection of art pieces as well as furniture that belonged to Queen Marie.

Neamt Citadel

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The Neamt Citadel can be found in the northeastern part of the Country, in close proximity to Targu Neamt in Neamt County. In fact, its elegant structure was built when Petru I of Moldavia was in charge, in Moldavia in the 14th century. Moreover, the structure of this Citadel was constructed using river stone and quarry stone, and it features a defensive ditch that separates it from the rest of the plateau.

What you must know before visiting Cuba

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If you are one of the travelers who had Cuba on their bucket lists for years, and you just had the opportunity and the money to visit it, there are so many things that you should consider prior to your visit. In fact, this is a prime destination for travelers around the whole world. Keep on reading this article so that we can tell you about the things that you must know before visiting Cuba.

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Most People Need A Visa

You must know that, travelers from only 19 countries are able to travel to Cuba without having a visa. However, the rest of the world can purchase need one before they can book their tickets. Americans, it’s a bit more complicated. Moreover, if you are American, you can travel to Cuba for any purpose except for tourism.

Best time to go there

Carmencitta MAgazine - What you must know before visiting Cuba 3In Cuba, from the middle of November until the end of March, you will find the coolest, driest, and busiest season. However, the months of May and June are the seasons of raining, but it is worth going because Cuban tobacco harvesting and carnival, both happen at this time.

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In fact, most places in Cuba do not take Credit or Debit Cards, especially from Americans. This is why, try to have cash rather than cards. Moreover, Cuba has its own currency, and they will not accept dollars. However, pay attention that they have two Cuban currencies and the difference between them is big, so be careful.

Staying is someone’s place is “illegal”

If you are planning to go to Cuba, make sure that you book a hotel room, because staying over there without paying, is considered to be an illegal act. However, if you have relatives, you can stay at their place but they should go to a specific agency with papers that prove you are relatives.

Things to know before you visit Rome

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 “When in Rome, do what the Romans do”, of course, you have heard this saying, at least once in your life. In fact, people in Rome are well used to tourists, since it is a highly touristic location. However, there are things that are acceptable in your country, but necessarily in Rome! This is why, we have teamed up with our travel specialists, and found for you some things that you should know before you visit Rome.

Do not accept gifts from strangers on the street

 

Carmencitta-Magazine-Things-to-know-before-you-visit-Rome-2You might be surprised when a man, or a boy approaches you and handles you flowers just because, without any reason. In fact, those folks offering you flowers, small toys or trinkets, bracelets, and miniature holy pictures, actually expect money in return. The best thing you can do is refuse what they offer you with a “no grazie”, “no thanks” and keep on walking towards your direction. Moreover, you can give them a few coins so they stop bothering you. Otherwise, if you take the gift, and not pay, you will find yourself getting yelled at.

Keep an Eye on your Purse and Wallet

 

Carmencitta Magazine - Things to know before you visit Rome 3Pick-pocketing happens very often in Rome, the capital of Italy. This is why, it is very important that you  keep an eye on your wallet, cell phone, camera, or purse at all times, and never leave your money in an accessible backpack or pants pocket. Moreover, pick-pockets will try to strike as you get on and off buses by brushing up against you or snatching your bag and running as buses unload.

Fountains are not for feet washing in Rome

 

Carmencitta-Magazine-Things-to-know-before-you-visit-Rome-4.jIt is essential that you try, as much as you can, to keep your feet out of the fountains. In fact, Romans find it very disrespectful to dip your feet into a fountain. Even if you had a long day of walking, do not dip your legs in fountain water. Moreover, not only is it a sign of disrespectful, it’s actually forbidden.

 

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