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Despite economic downturn, cruise vacations popular

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30/07/2009

The worldwide economy is in the doldrums and jobless numbers are rising but it hasn’t stopped people from taking cruises to get away from it all.

Globally, 13 million passengers took a cruise last year, four percent more than the previous year, including nearly 9 million who embarked from a U.S. port, according to a new report released by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Although the numbers marked a small decline from U.S. ports, Terry Dale, the president and CEO of CLIA, said demand increased in the European market.
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‘Paris-Moscow’ collection from cossack to Dr Zhivago inspirations

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30/07/2009

Chanel has started a Russian revolution. Its new ‘Paris-Moscow’ collection combines everything from cossack to Dr Zhivago inspirations. The collection is part of a regular Metier d’ Arts initiative which brings together the best handcrafts Paris has to offer; Lesage for embroidery, Lemarie for feathers and camellias, Massaro for shoes, Goossens and Guillet for costume jewellery, and Michel for hats, combined with the couturier and designer, Karl Lagerfeld’s skill for turning a theme into an instant, status, must-have.
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The Russian capital remains the most expensive for businessmen

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30/07/2009

kre2Moscow has again been named as the world’s most expensive city for business travellers, according to the latest research.
The Russian capital topped the list despite a 14 per cent drop in room rates between January and June this year, compared to the same period in 2008. The average room rate fell from £312.92 in 2008 to £268.11 in 2009, according to the bi-annual hote survey by Hogg Robinson Group (HRG), an international business travel company.
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“Herbivore boys” shun big bucks & sex

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27/07/2009

Hotel worker Roshinante has no interest in actively pursuing women, is nonchalant about a career and finds cars a bore — and he is not alone in opting for a quiet, uncompetitive lifestyle.

Roshinante, 31, who prefers the anonymity of his online handle, is one of a growing group of men dubbed “herbivorous boys” by the media, who are rejecting traditional masculinity when it comes to romance, jobs and consumption in an apparent reaction to the tougher economy.

Forget being a workaholic, corporate salary-man. These men, raised as the economic bubble burst, are turning their backs on Japan’s stereotypical male roles in what is seen as a symptom of growing disillusionment in their country’s troubled economy.
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Silvio Berlusconi continues to enjoy approval ratings that most leaders would die for

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25/07/2009

This week the smoking gun arrived: a recording of one of those escort girls, Patrizia D’Addario, being seduced, if that’s the word, by Berlusconi. She didn’t charge because generous Silvio promised to sort out a little planning issue for her – something he has since denied.

One would have thought that such scandals would be enough to end his career, but Italy is no normal country and Berlusconi is certainly no normal politician. He has, as always, come out fighting, saying “the Italians like me just the way I am”. And he seems to be right. He’s won three landslide elections in the past and, despite the depths of a recession and the throes of these scandals, he enjoys approval ratings that most leaders would die for.
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Fast cars? Wild women? No thanks

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23/07/2009

Forget fast cars and wild women. The recession has changed the way many younger men are living, with stability and security at work and home becoming top priorities, according to a survey.

It showed that men are putting a bigger emphasis on security in their jobs and at home in a return to traditionalism, including smartening up their wardrobes, although they are continuing to embrace new technology at a fast pace.

“We have seen a clear move by men toward seeking more security in their finances, in their relationships and in the workplace,” said James Bassil, editor in chief of the websiteAskMen.com, which conducted the poll.

“It seems guys haven’t been as affected as negatively
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48 hours in Ooty, India

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23/07/2009

Got 48 hours to explore Ooty, a picturesque town of tea estates, forests and mist-shrouded hills in India’s southern Nilgiri Hills?

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most from a short stay in the hill station established by the British colonial rulers in the early 19th century.
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Women choose beauty over budget

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23/07/2009

Most women under 50 have not turned their backs, or faces, on cosmetic beauty-enhancement, despite the state of the economy.

While the recession continues, a poll of 1,000 women carried out this month showed that 63 percent aged 18-34 and 73 percent of women aged 35-49
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Greek tourism hit hard as visitor numbers dive

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22/07/2009

Greek tourism industry groups said on Wednesday they see their revenues falling about 15 percent this year, dragging the country further into recession as a weak summer season hits a key driver of the economy.

The forecast, a bleak prospect for an economy where tourism accounts for one in five jobs and nearly a fifth of GDP, comes a day after the central bank announced a record 24.2 percent year-on-year drop in non-residents travel spending in May.
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Luxury label launches new concept store inspired by Apollinaire’s popular poem ‘Le Pont Mirabeau’

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22/07/2009

Prada has announced the opening of a five-month temporary shop at Place Beauvau, in Paris, inspired by the French poet, Apollinaire.
Designed by the architect, Roberto Baciocchi, the front of the store evokes the image of the Mirabeau Bridge, immortalised in Guillaume Apollinaire’s poem, ‘Le Pont Mirabeau’, and the first bridge in the city to be built from metal.

The bridge silhouette is emphasised by a dramatic trajectory towards the staircase, where mannequins are grouped to recreate a Parisian street scene. The motif is carried through more abstractly in ground floor areas,
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Wellington hotel in New York,some negative points to note which made our experience an unfortunate one: the air conditioning did not work .. Although the receptionist did not come & have a look bothing further was done. We also had an extremely unpleasant experience during check out, primarily due to the absolute incompetency of the hotel staff and especially the Asian origin manager(he refused to tell us his name) in charge was extremely unhelpful ! Best Western Hong Kong and Shenzhen rooms was not clean and not well maintained and especially in Hong Kong cuseway Not sufficient room for the baggage.Kai hotel in Singapore,rooms like a box,charging 150 Singapore Dollars,never again.

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Greece invite you to experience an unforgettable summer

chinafood8Hotel waiter delivering room service, breakfast in foregroundEvery day of Greek summer feels like a celebration – and that’s because it is! Greece celebrates summer from May until October. Hospitable, bright and colourful, it offers incredible treasures to all. Welcome to summer in Greece! Historic treasures Summer in Greece: ancient temples gaze out at the Aegean Sea. Portara in Naxos, Delos, Skarkos in Ios, Faistos in Heraklion, Crete. Famous summer destinations where Greece’s past is illuminated by the Mediterranean sun. Ancient Olympia, Knossos and the Ancient Valley of Gortyna, the monasteries of Mt Athos, Akrotiri in Santorini: all are just a stone’s throw from the sea, and should be high priority on your summer holiday itinerary. As should the archaeological museums, Byzantine monasteries, castles, towers, and ancient trails. In Greece, even the smallest sight has a big history. Discover it. Authentic moments in the Greek islands Discover authentic Greece when you travel to the islands of the Aegean and the Ionian. Donoussa, Schinoussa, Anafi, Kimolos, Halki, Kastelorizo. From Symi to Ikaria and Amorgos, Tilos, Kalymnos, Alonissos, Samothraki, Ithaca, Paxi, exotic Antipaxi, and the lush, green island of Lefkada. You’ll share meze, ouzo and local wine with fishermen, village leaders, and housewives who bake bread in wood-burning ovens. Over treats and delicacies like amygdalota (crushed almond shortbread), soumada (almond syrup), mastiha, homemade lemonade, and aromatic Greek coffee, the locals will share the stories of their land. Myths, customs and traditions are still alive today, passed along from generation to generation through word of mouth. They’ll share improvised poems and songs, and you’ll want to hum along. Summer in Greece is generous and pure. Water sports and boundless energy For water sports enthusiasts, the Greek summer provided the perfect backdrop: Perivolos in Santorini. Psarou, Paradise and Paranga in Mykonos. Punda Beach in Paros. Mylopotas in Ios. You’ll knock back shots at the fun-filled beach bars all day long. Multicoloured kiteboards and windsurf sails play in the waves and in the wind. Vouliagmeni in the Athenian Riviera. Paros. Mili and Vassiliki Beaches in Lefkada. Prasonisi in Rhodes, Sigri in Lesvos, Sarti in Halkidiki. Everyone is one under the sun. Beach volleyball and paddle ball. Scrabble and backgammon under the shade of your umbrella. Diving from the dock, tubing and water skiing. Beautiful bathing suits, colourful sarongs, tanned bodies and smiling faces. Greece’s beaches always emit a positive and vibrant vibe, thanks to young people from all over the world. Panoramic view of Navagio beach Sailing experiences in Greece A woman with a bathingsuit and sun hat in the Greek islands The famous beach of Navagio in Zakynthos Navagio in Zakynthos from above Balos beach in Crete The beautiful Balos beach on Crete island A taste of Greece and the Mediterranean Day after day your palate will be pleased. The Greek summer is overflowing with flavours and aromas: wild greens, fragrant fruits, legumes, vegetables, cheese, warm bread, extra virgin olive oil, fresh fish and seafood, homemade wine. Every place in Greece has its own microclimate. Every village, island and city has its own recipes. Whether you are walking with a slice of juicy watermelon along the beach, or indulging in a gourmet meal made with local produce, whether you’re dipping a slice of bread into pure olive oil or eating an oyster straight from the sea, the delicious flavours will overwhelm you. Wind in your sails Sea routes in the Greek islands: Santorini. Mykonos. Milos. Crete. Lefkada. Corfu. Zakynthos. Paxi. Award-winning marinas, picturesque fishing ports, hidden beaches, and bays with emerald water. More than 6,000 islands and islets, on a coastline more than 14,500 kilometres long – what more could yachting and sailing enthusiasts ask for! The summer winds in the Aegean are perfect for competitive sailing, while the calmer waters of the Ionian are ideal for smooth sailing. Dive into the fun Bonfires on the beach. Conversations, music, night swimming in a peaceful sea, under the moon. The barman concocts a new cocktail recipe, and treats you to shots with exotic flavours. The music pulses and the dancing begins. The same happens in the bars of Hora, where the Djs let the beat lift the lively crowd. Greek summer is synonymous with nightlife, that lasts until the sunrise. You’ll go straight from the club to the beach, and with that first dip in the sea your mind and body will be revived. It’s romantic and emotional, without a schedule or obligation. Just live it! You are all invited... To the fairs and festivals of August 15th throughout Greece, with their rituals, lutes and treats. To the traditional weddings, and the bridal procession through the island’s cobblestone streets. At the Saints Day fairs, where the locals serve you homemade food, raki and wine. To the big parties. To the cultural events and concerts at the open-air theatres overlooking the sea, or in the mediaeval fortresses. To the gastronomy festivals and ouzo celebrations. Hospitable, open-hearted, always ready to treat you, Greeks will welcome you with open arms. Because they want you to get to know Greece as it is – pure and authentic. And you will invite them into your heart forever. The hinterland No matter what beach in Greece you may find yourself on, it’s worth taking a trip into the hinterland. Nearby you’ll find traditional villages with shady squares lined with coffee shops. An archaeological site. A significant museum. Trails and parks. Lakes and wetlands. Popular destinations that offer unforgettable summer experiences are: Pelion, Crete, Messinia, Mani, Nafplio, Katerini, Preveza and Parga, Ilia and of course the Athenian Riviera with Sounion are just some of the places that will impress you, without ever having to leave the sea breeze.