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Introducing Boutique Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli, Venice

Step inside the captivating setting of the deluxe boutique hotel Palazzo Giovanelli, elegance in Venice’s historic centre… Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli, a member of Epoque Hotels, is an architectural gem even by Venice’s high standards. The Hotel overlooks the Grand Canal, close to the Church of San Stae and boasts elegant guestrooms that are peacefully immersed in the serenity of  romantic Venice. Though located near the Rialto district and St. Mark’s Square, two of Venice’s most popular landmarks,  Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli is apart from the hubbub of tourists. .. The Foscarini...
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Valdarno Landscapes in Leonardo: a Chat with the Manger of Boutique Hotel Villa Belpoggio

When you hear the word “Tuscany”, the first things that probably come to mind are Florence, Pisa and Chianti. But few of you might have heard of the Valdarno, an idyllic area between Florence and Arezzo that has inspired artists for centuries, even the likes of the great Renaissance Master Leonardo da Vinci. My wife and I stayed at a charming boutique hotel, the Relais Villa Belpoggio in the Valdarno community of Loro Ciuffenna , perched on the slopes of the southern ridge of the Pratomagno. Our first morning I had a delightful chat with the Villa’s manager Maria Ventrone, and I told her...
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Why Does Airplane Food Taste So Bad?

From our own experience, we know that the food which is served on board does not have any taste and lacks a flavor. The scientist at the University of Manchester, England and the Unilever laboratories discovered the reason of this phenomenon. Namely, the study showed that more noise equals less sweet. Scientists have figured out that airplanes are just too loud for food to taste good. The higher the noise, the less sweet or salty the food is, but the greater its crunchy texture. In general, it is not that the airplane food tastes bad. Airlines have made several efforts to improve the food on board...
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Sri Lanka – a Paradise Not Only For Adam and Eve

There is a legend…That once Adam and Eve were exiled from paradise; they found their asylum in Sri Lanka. The history of this couple is thought to be written over there. No wonder, whoever goes to Sri Lanka, wants to stay on this beautiful island until the end of the world. Sri Lanka resembles a giant teardrop falling from the southern tip of India. It is, indeed, located near India but it is very different from its neighbor. Sri Lanka is a country full of endless palm beaches, coral reefs, tropical forests and coconut palm trees. Not to mention, the huge tea plantation and the colorful collection...
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The Giraffe Women in Thailand

Have you ever thought about such a thing as how long your neck is? Have you ever measured it? We are sure you would not be able to compete with the women of the Padaung tribe… The women from the Padaung tribe (Yan Pa Doung) are known as women with long necks or as giraffe women. Padaung is the group whose women wear ornaments known as neck rings, brass coils that are placed around the neck. These coils make the women look like a dragon,  which is an important figure in Kayan folklore. The coils protect them from tiger bites, more symbolically than literally. In the late 1980s and early 1990s...
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