The 10 Best series highlights the best things to do in the top cities around the world. They say that you can get a suit or a dress made in Hong Kong in 12 hours. Bangkok is very competitive and will do the same in half the time. Our hostess Sunida puts this claim to the test and gets a dress made in six hours at James Fashion.Hosted by Sunida Thirasak, a Bangkok native now living in New York
A day on one of the most well traveled roads in the world. Renowned by backpackers for people watching, food, shopping, tatoos & partying. With your host Michael Murphy
On the souther part of the Dalmatian coast in Croatia is Trogir a World Heritage site with great architecture and the feeling of having stepped right into the Renaissance. Trogir has a 2300 years of continuous urban tradition. Its culture was created under the influence of old Greeks, Romans, and Venetians. Trogir has a high concentration of palaces, churches, and towers, as well as a fortress on a small island, and in 1997 was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. "The orthogonal street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was embellished by successive rulers with many fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period", says UNESCO report. Trogir is the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex not only in the Adriatic, but in all of Central Europe. Trogir's medieval core, surrounded by walls, comprises a preserved castle and tower and a series of dwellings and palaces from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Trogir's grandest building is the church of St. Lawrence, whose main west portal is a masterpiece by Radovan, and the most significant work of the Romanesque-Gothic style in Croatia
Down toward the central region of Licka are the Plitvize lakes. Surrounded by 3 mountains feeding the lakes this World Heritage Site is a grand collection of amazing waterfalls and 16 lakes known for their unusual changing colors colors ranging from blue to aqua to turquoise
This movies will be part of a Keynote presentation on one of my next Mediterranean voyages a cruise ship lecturer. It was shot in HD 16x9 and down converted to DV 4X3. From now on all of our footage will be shot in HD 16x
Whether you are packing your bags for the first holiday after childbirth or need to attend a family event, travelling with your little one for the first time needs a lot of planning. So far, your baby has seen a minuscule world – your home, the ...
London, July 10 (IANS) Pot-bellied pigs, miniature horses and monkeys could be allowed to travel with you on planes under new British transport rules. The guidelines are part of a draft manual on equality for disabled people travelling on commercial passenger planes, Daily Mail reported Tuesday. Animals should be allowed on flights if they are used for "emotional support" by their owners, the manual states. Transportation officers would have to determine whether the animal is permitted on the plane by running through a list of guidelines. "A passenger arrives at the gate accompanied by a pot-bellied pig," the manual states. "She claims that the pot-bellied pig is her service animal. What should you do?" According to CNSNews, it continues: "Generally, you must permit a passenger with a disability to be accompanied by a service animal. "However, if you have a reasonable basis for questioning whether the animal is a service animal, you may ask for some verification." "Finally, if you determine that the pot-bellied pig is a service animal, you must permit the service animal to accompany the passenger to her seat provided the animal does not obstruct the aisle or present any safety issues," the manual adds. Pot-bellied pigs can grow as large as 300 pounds. They can be trained to open and close doors and use a litter box, the Mail added.
New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) The All India Tennis Association (AITA) Tuesday defended the selection of Nasima, Sania Mirza's mother, as the manager of the women's team for the 2012 London Olympics. The AITA has been criticised for appointing Sania's mother as the manager of the two-member women's team that also includes Rushmi Chakravarty. AITA secretary general Bharat Oza said that Nasima, who was appointed at the executive committee meeting held July 1, was the preferred choice because of her past experience in managing the Fed Cup team. "Nasima would be accompanying the women team in Olympics as manager. She has been travelling with the Indian women's team for Fed Cup, Asian Games and Olympics. She has travelled to various Grand Slam venues also and has hands on experience of handling needs of women players," Oza saidin a statement. "She was manager of women's team in the recently held Fed Cup where India won all its ties and also at the Guangzhou Asian Games where India got maximum number of medals. With her vast experience and India having two ladies member in the Olympic team she was considered as the best person to be nominated to look after the team consisting of Sania and Rushmi. Her staying in the Olympic village was considered as an additional advantage as she understands the needs of high pressure competition and how important it is to t ake care of players physical comfort and mental well being," Oza added. Sania will be pairing with Rushmi in the women's doubles besides playing the singles. Sania will team up with Leander Paes in the mixed doubles.
New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) An exhibition of photographs on the life of poet Rabindranath Tagore has opened at the Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland. The show, titled "The Wayfaring Poet", captures the historic moments in Tagore's life such as his meetings with scientist Albert Einstein, writer George Bernard Shaw and psychologist Sigmund Freud, said the university Tuesday. This was the first time an exhibition on Tagore's life was on display in Scotland, it said. The Tagore Centre in Britain has lent the photographs to the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies, which was set up a few months ago at the university. The show first opened at the Scottish Parliament last month. It will remain open to public viewing at the university's Merchiston campus till Aug 25. Bashabi Fraser, lecturer of literature and creative writing at the university, said: "Rabindranath Tagore became a world figure when he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913. He travelled to 37 countries, visiting some of them more than once, and always on the official invitation of governments or leading intellectuals". "He was an ambassador for the meeting of the west and east and his friendships were both national and international," she said. "The exhibition also has some of Tagore's lectures and meetings, recording his journeys as an intrepid world traveller at a time when journeys took months when people travelled by sea between continents," she said. Tagore had strong ties with Scotland. His entrepreneur grandfather Dwarkanath Tagore was honoured with the Freedom of the City award in Edinburgh in 1845. Tagore also struck a friendship with pioneering Scottish town planner Patrick Geddes. The Scottish Centre for Tagore Studies was established at the university's Institute of Creative Industries in May, to promote Indian culture, education, philosophy, art and literature by highlighting the poet's legacy. The show also features photographs of his Nobel Prize and the highest Greek honour, The Badge of the Order of the Redeemer, which was awarded to Tagore by the king of Greece in 1926.
New Delhi, July 11 (IANS) Anchor-actor Cyrus Sahukar, who will host the fourth season of "India's Got Talent", says the reality show has "created job opportunities for participants" and given a new lease of life to dying art forms. He says the winner of the first season, Price Dance Group, is a good example of that. "I have personally done around a 100 shows with people who started with 'India's Got Talent'. You don't realise that they are very popular with their acts. I have done around 50 dance shows with the Prince Dance Group," Cyrus told IANS. He added that the pariticipants may not be seen on screen often, "but they are doing shows and live events," and added that their participation in the show has "created job opportunities for them because others get to see their talent." The 33-year-old also feels "India's Got Talent" is a great platform for any kind of talent including, the dying arts. "There are lots of regional art forms that are fast disappearing, but they have got a paltform through the show. Other shows are limited to dance and entertainment. It is about just the artists," he said. He was offered to anchor the show in the previous seasons as well, but could not do so because of other commitments. Travelling for the show was fun, says Cyrus. "For me, it was very interesting to go to all the smallest towns and cities. When will I get a chance to witness our country for what it really is and witness the talent and the love?" he said. He believes it is important to make money out of a talent to keep it alive. "Your talent is great but until it becomes a profession for you, it becomes difficult for you to keep it alive. Ideally, what happens is that your talent gets monetised and you actually get a job out of that," Cyrus said. Asked, what is Cyrus' unique talent that can make him win the show, he joked saying, "I will sing a song and then scare the judges with my break dance which will lead them to be in hospital and I think I will be publicly removed from television forever."