The Giant Buddha in China

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The Giant Buddha is the largest carved stone Buddha in the world and is located in the Mount Emeri Scenic Area of Leshan City, Sichuan Province, by three rivers, namely, Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River. This stone statue was built during the Tang Dynasty in 618 and ended in 907 when it was ruled under the Tang Emperors. It was during this time that it was the most powerful and prosperous country in the world.  Today Leshan City is still well known because it was one of China’s most famous period when its culture and military strengths was at its all time high.

In December of 1996, the Giant Buddha was included by UNESCO on the list of the World Heritage sites.

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The statue dates back to the year of 713, it took 90 years to build ending it in 803 even though thousands of workers had exhausted their efforts and wisdom on the project.

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It measures 233 feet high, and 92 feet wide which is about the size of a basketball court.  His feet along are big enough for 100 people to sit on.

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Buts not all about size when you see this enormous figure, it’s the architectural beauty that stuns us.  His coiled hair is made up of 1,021 buns. Each bun has been skillfully embedded in the head. The skill is so beautifully unique that the 1,021 buns seem integral to the whole.

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Another  architectural highlight is the drainage system as it’s structure design was made up of hidden gutters and channels, scattered on the head and arms, and behind the ears and in the clothes. The structural design helps displace rainwater and by keeping the inside dry, which plays an important part in the protection of the Buddha. The large pair of ears, each measures 23 feet long, is made of wood and is decorated by mud on the surface.  Being these were craftsmen of thousands of years ago, it could not have been so easy to fix these to the stone head to where they would fit perfectly.

Having such a long history Chinese government did begin repairing any work needed to maintain its history beauty as it does bring in tourist from all over the world.

How would you get there?

Presently there are not airports in the city. Though you can fly to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport which is about 93 miles away from Leshan City.

If you happen to traveled to China, would you include the “Giant Buddha” in your must see list?

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Art & Travel Go Hand-in-Hand

VacationDiggs happened to come across a travel blog that was written by Teresa Dominici who’s a self-taught artist.  Teresa was born in Tanzania (East of Africa) and has had the pleasure of traveling around the world. Her blog contains beautiful paintings of her on going journey’s to the sights she’s visited.  I was so impressed with her lovely paintings I thought why not share them here with our readers. After all, travel and art go hand-in-hand.

Portofino, Italian Riviera  is a small Italian fishing village in Liguria which is located east of Genoa.  If your lucky enough to sit at the top of the hill near the Botanic garden here’s what the view looks like.

And heres Teresa’s version seen through her eyes and displayed in her paintings.

Portofine1aBellagio, Italy – The pearl of Como is a beautiful little town located on the promontory where lake Como separates into two branches.  The lakeside village with staircase streets is something that everyone should see, should you ever find yourself traveling to Italy.

Heres the historic and charming staircase town and lakeside view’s by Theresa Dominici

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Burano, Italy
In the Northern part of Venetian lagoon is famous for its lace – making and its brightly- colored fisherman’s homes.
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These are just a few paintings she created while visiting Italy.

If you visit her blog you’ll not only see many of her lovely paintings but you’ll learn about the culture, history, society, food, religion etc. in each place she visited.

Escape to Mykonos

It’s 37 degrees in Texas and the weather doesn’t look like it’s going to get warmer anytime soon so I really need an escape, even a virtual one.

Here goes ….. a photo-scape to one of the most stunning places on earth ~ Mykonos Island, Greece.

Overlooking gorgeous Panormos Bay sits the private community of Mykonos Panormos Villas and shown below is the main residence, in the community, whose name is Anassa ~  a place that looks like heaven to me right now — with idyllic, traditional whitewashed style,  spectacular water views,  and amazing outdoor areas. Ahhhhhhh! Paradise.

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Discover more about Anassa and the other fabulous at Panormos Bay Villas  or if you’ve already decided and want to rent this incredible home visit Anassa and promise that you’ll send  some photos of your adventure.

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Cheers!

 

Top 10 Once-In-A-Lifetime Vacation Destinations

Choosing a vacation spot can be tricky at the best of times, let alone when you’re searching for a once-in-a-lifetime break.
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Whether it is for a honeymoon, an extended break or just satisfying your global wanderlust, we are blessed with a breadth of options.

Across every continent there are truly unique, must-see destinations you should consider for your next trip. From the historical, metropolitan capitals of Europe to the roving landscapes of rural Uganda, we take you through ten once-in-a-lifetime locations.

Barcelona, Spain
The Catalan capital, Barcelona is one of Spain’s most metropolitan places. Centuries of history hang on every street corner, and those with an interest in the arts will find plenty to see and do. From the spires of the Barri Gotic, and Gaudi’s famous Sagrada Familia, visitors can absorb the gothic grandeur that gives Barcelona its distinctive feel. Its beach has been ranked as one of the top ten beaches in the world, and with warm sunshine all year round, conditions are perfect for taking in everything this magnificent European city has to offer.


Maine, USA
One of the most scenic locations in the US, Maine has been a favorite destination for all manner of retreats for years. The wider New England area is one of the most desirable places to be in the US, on the north-eastern tip of the country. Its national parks, shores and harbors give you plenty to do and see. Bordering Canada on its northern front, Maine is a corner of the country far removed from the bustle of city life. For a relaxing retreat with an outdoors focus, Maine is definitely worth considering.

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Donegal, Ireland
Ireland is renowned the world over for its friendly, welcoming people. Irish culture resonates with people of Celtic origin around the world, and for many visitors it can feel like a genuine homecoming experience. Donegal is one of Ireland’s most scenic counties, and one that shows off Ireland’s rugged natural landscape. The history, art and music of the region make Donegal a mecca for those with an interest in Irish culture and heritage. A must-see destination for any globetrotter, Donegal is located to the west on the Irish border.
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Machu Picchu, Peru
Few places on earth are as grand as Machu Picchu. Sited 2500 meters above sea level, Machu Picchu is located in Peru’s Urubamba Valley. Known locally as “The Lost City,” Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca settlement that still bears many of its original features to this day. Expeditions to Machu Picchu on foot can take several days of trekking through the valley, which houses the magnificent Urubamba river. For anyone who appreciates outdoor vacations, the trip to Machu Picchu is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

Paris, France
The famous “city of love,” Paris is an ever-popular destination for old romantics the world over. Of course, there’s so much more to France’s capital than its cultural connotations. A center of European art, cuisine, history and culture, Paris has streets that are paved with centuries of stories and intrigue. A historic hub of the continent, Paris tells the story of millennia of human civilization, through its art, architecture and period features. From middle-age castles and Châteaux to the famous Arc de Triomphe, Paris is famous the world over for its remarkable sights – both for couples and families embarking on a trip.

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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Formerly Brazil’s capital city, Rio De Janeiro today is one of the most frequently visited cities in the world. In the coming years, Rio De Janeiro will play an instrumental part in hosting both the FIFA World Cup and the Summer Olympic Games in 2016. The city is known as the party capital of Brazil, and its beaches and scenery represent the country proudly. Nestled at the heart of one of the world’s few exploding economies, Rio De Janeiro is a vibrant, lively place to spend your vacation.
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Dubai, UAE
Dubai has boomed like few other destinations in the last decade, thanks to its increasingly liberal approach to trade and commerce and swelling oil revenues. Its perfect white sands and audacious skyline tell the story of this emirate’s recent past, and Dubai already welcomes tourists in their droves seeking luxury vacation stays. A portal to the Arab world, Dubai offers a unique experience for holidaymakers. Its stunning scenery mixes heritage with Dubai’s thoroughly modern, fast-paced style, creating a memorable destination for any type of visit.

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Bwindi, Uganda
The Bwindi nature reserve in Uganda isn’t a location many people will be familiar with. But it has more than enough appeal for those looking for an amazing life experience. A natural habitat for some of the world’s most stunning wildlife, the Bwindi region is famous for its wild Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Forest is one of the most diverse habitats in Africa, home to many unique and interesting species. Safari trips to Bwindi are becoming increasing popular, especially among newly-weds and those marking special occasions with their vacation.

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Bali, Indonesia
Imagine perfect beaches, stunning blue ocean and an island paradise. Chances are, what you’re thinking of looks like Bali. An island in its own right, Bali has been inhabited for several thousands of years. Today, it relies heavily on tourism, yet it remains exclusive enough to retain the feeling of escape. Its local arts, culture and crafts make Bali an intriguing place to those from the West, and its temples and shrines are some of the most spectacular in the world.
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The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Few places have the draw of the Galapagos Islands, particularly for those with a fascination for animals and the natural world. Studied by Charles Darwin in his seminal works, the island is home to colonies of birds and other wildlife, including the famous giant tortoise population. Today, the Galapagos remains a popular destination for those choosing destinations for their vacation, in addition to an essential home for some of the world’s most endangered species.

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Out of these 10 which one would you pick?

Cancun’s Underwater Museum

Back in 2009 a most bizarre and unusual project began to take form in the Mexican Caribbean, off the coast of Isla de Mujeres and Cancún. Man hand picked 400 Sculptures life size figurative sculptures and placed them underwater in the oceans seawater.  It’s now referred to as Cancun’s Underwater Museum.

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Not just any sculptures either these sculptures were created and made with special artificial reefs from pH neutral clay that enables  marine life to grow.  The corals attract marine life to breed and take shelter in order to boost the local ecosystem. The beauty in all of this is that as time goes on the sculptures will naturally change as the coral grows as marine life inhabit the structures.
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Corals build the rampart that shelters the landward provinces of mangrove and sea grass. The reef’s calcium carbonate city teems with species, among them this spiny-headed blenny.
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Within a few years these crystal clear waters will be home to one of the largest underwater museums on the planet.
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Today divers and snorkelers (as there are shallow sections just for snorkeling),  come from all over the world to admire this underwater museum.  Depending on what operation you go with the prices range from $55.00 – $65.00 US dollars.  That include one tank dives and your gear along with your boat ride that takes you to your destination.
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The big news is that the artist and founder of this project Jason de Caires Taylor who’s gained international recognition for his unique work, plans to add 63 new pieces to the museum this coming July.  One of pieces will be a unique kinetic sculpture boasting wings made of living fan coral with a listener feature device that allows you to hear near by sounds.
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That should be some sight to see that you don’t want to miss if you happen to be vacating anywhere near the Isla de Mujeres in Cancun.  AND if you’re worried about diving or snorkeling don’t be, because after a few lessons it’s so easy that I’ve heard even the local pups can do it.
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Cancun has everything you need to have the time of your life.  Situated on the south-east coast of Mexico in the state of Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula. Warm clear white powdery sand beaches and turquoise crystal clear waters await you with famous Mexican hospitality helps this make this a place like no other!

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Ibiza News

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If you’re planning a little vacation this summer and Ibiza’s on your wish list, you may want to consider traveling in May during Ibiza’s 3 Day Medieval Festival event.  This  specular three-day event a true journey back in time which can be enjoyed by all ages and is completely free of charge.

The annual festival starts on May 10th in Dalt Vila and it’s become an international audience affair celebrating being granted World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1999 in recognition of the island’s special cultural significance to the common heritage of humanity, and in honor of its long and well-preserved history.

01Originally known as Ebysos, which translates as the Town of Bes (Bes is the Phonoecian God of dance, accredited with leading all of the poisonous animals off Ibiza), Dalt Vila was founded by the Carthaginians in 654 BC and became the nub of Mediterranean navigation due to the maritime commerce of the Carthaginian Empire.

The same walls that were built ages ago that protected Ibiza from the Romans and the Greeks still have the imprints of their history right from the earliest settlers through to the Renaissance Age due to the fact that, rather than destroying the earlier fortifications, these were actually incorporated into the newer architecture.

It’s no surprise then that UNESCO classifies Dalt Vila the best preserved coastal fortification in the Mediterranean area…and definitely cause for an annual festival!

There streets will be nicely decorated with market booths displaying their arts and crafts selling all types of exotic spices, leather goods, soaps, jewelry, and all kinds of goodies and treats to eat while you stroll the streets and enjoy the music of live entertainment.

Simply Ibiza

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2 minute walk from the beach and 10 minute walk from San Antonio centre, prime location, excellently priced.
SAVillaThis villa is warm and cozy located on the main road leading into San Antonio, just a short 10 minute walk from the beach.

The fantastic location has all the major attractions of San Antonio including the famous Eden & Es paradis nightclubs can be reached in a quick 15 minute walk. The islands hottest new beach club is Ocean Club Ibiza is practically on your doorstep.

For more info. on this rental visit Simply Villas Ibiza.com

“Who’s to say what a ‘literary life’ is? As long as you are writing often, and writing well, you don’t need to be hanging-out in libraries all the time. 
Nightclubs are great literary research centers. So is Ibiza!” 
― Roman Payne