October, 2010

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A Dramatic Island Landscape and Intriguing Towns Define a Visit to This Monastery in Sardinia.

Friday, October 29th, 2010

The Lido is Alghero's own beach that runs all the way form Alghero to Fertilia, a small hamlet of Alghero.

Sardinia is known as the Island of the Winds. Offshore breezes continue year round. The island of Sardina is a place unto itself. A place of dramatic rolling uplands and a coastline with hidden coves, sandy beaches and numerous caves. A place where ancient traditions are revealed in the island’s many festivals. Once occupied by the Phoenicians and Etruscan societies, remnants of these civilizations attest to their part of Sardinia’s history. There are some distinguished Pisan-Romanesque churches around Sassari and the dialect often spoken is reminiscent with the languages of Tuscany. Although most of Sardinia remains relatively free of tourists, the luxurious and exclusive coastal area of Costa Smeralda attracts a wealthy crowd.

At the centre of the Nuraghe di Palmavera complex is a palace dating back to the 1300s BC. Nuraghe Di Palmavera Palace The tholos or beehive construction of the central tower can be seen from inside the main chamber.

Alghero is a pretty seaside town founded on a peninsula facing the Bay of Alghero. An ancient feudal territory of theGenoese, in 1353, the Catalans took possession of the town and called it Barceloneta. Six centuries have passed since that time yet the Spanish influence endures, its indelible mark apparent in the language, folklore and architecture including the mighty fortifications that define the landscape.

Sardinia’s country is scattered with the remains of the nuragic civilization, a prehistoric settlement of Sardinia This singular and enigmatic culture is characterized by the intriguing nuraghe, truncated conical structures built from huge basalt blocks excavated from extinct volcanoes. The round vaulted interiors are linked by corridors and stairways to upper terraces No two structures are alike. Almost nothing is known of this culture a fact that serves to enhance its mysterious appeal.


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Experience culinary specialties and prehistoric sites when you lodge at this maison.

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Quartered in the town amidst its own spacious park, the guesthouse is conveniently located for daily excursions into the lovely environs.

Quartered in the town amidst its own spacious park, the guesthouse is conveniently located for daily excursions into the lovely environs. Perigeux is an ancient and gastronomic city and like its neighbors Bergerac and Riberac, should be visited on market days when the stalls in the medieval sections offer local specialties. Perigeux is famous for its pates, notably goose livers and truffles. La Cite, a medieval quarter was once the important Gallo-Roman settlement of Vesunna. Remains from Roman times include the arenas, the Vesunna tower and an amphitheater. The 12th century cathedral has five domes topped by cupolas. The interior is adorned with Byzantine-style chandeliers. In the old town, the longest and finest street is the narrow rue Limogeanne; it is lined with Renaissance mansions, many of which are now boutiques and patisseries.

The greatest concentration of prehistoric sites in France is found near the Maison along the Vezere river. Les Eyzies-de-Tayac is encompassed by caves and grottoes, many adored with primitive art. More than 300 animal figures are carved on the walls of the Grotte des Combarelles; the paintings of horses, bison, mammoths and reindeer in the Grotte de Font-de-Gaume are second only to Lascaux.

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Books, tranquility and woodland walks await at this Centre… only $80 full board

Friday, October 8th, 2010

The center contains about 10,000 texts, some of which date back to the 1500s.

The center is located within its own extensive grounds that form the largest organic garden of Birmingham. The center preserves one of the largest Quaker libraries, second only to the Friends House in London and contains about 10,000 texts some of which date back to the 1500s. It is open 24 hours a day for guests. The garden boasts a tranquil lake with an island, an authentic Victorian boating house, a labyrinth, Chinese garden, wet meadows, woodland walks and a walled kitchen garden that produces most of the vegetables for the house’s kitchen Tours of the garden are available. In nearby Dudley, the ruins of Dudley Castle have dominated the town since it was built in Norman times. The castle is one of the most important ruins in the West Midlands and was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086.

Nearby Lapworth has not changed very much over the centuries. It is a becoming mix of ancient properties that mingle harmoniously with barn conversions and new structures. Lapworth’s lovely church is noteworthy for its detached battlemented tower and steeple. A tall nave with a clerestory of Perpendicular square-headed windows distinguishes the architecture.

Lapworth is close to the Tudor delights of Henley-in-Arden. Hidden amidst the verdant lanes of Warwickshire, this pleasant town has maintained much of its original allure and character with buildings covering every period of history going back to medieval times. The one-mile High Street is classified as a Conservation Area and contains many buildings of architectural interest including oak timbered properties dating from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. They have been beautifully preserved, hence its singular designation.

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