Turkey – An EdenFYW Traveler’s View

A man who doesn’t think differently from his time and environment can’t grow beyond his time and environment. ~ Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Please enjoy the following guest blog post from our dear client Mrs. Felicia G., who traveled to Turkey in April of 2018 with her husband.

Please put away any preconceived ideas you have about the country of Turkey! My husband and I recently visited Istanbul, Cappodocia and Izmir. In a nutshell, it is very safe and indredibly clean. The people of Turkey are warm, well educated, hospitable and excepting of all cultures. They also very much like Americans and the US, and almost everyone we spoke to had either been to the states or had a family member living in California.

The historical sites such as Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, and the Galata Tower in Istanbul will transport you to a time of ancient civilizations and their citizenry. The sites are easy to tackle and the transportation system in Turkey is very user friendly. Istanbul is a very modern city not unlike Paris for its museums and cultural offerings. The food is delicious and a visitor would have to make an effort to have a bad meal here!  I recommend a guide, and EdenFYW hooked us up with the best in every city we visited. I particularly like the shopping in the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. If you can recall from world history class, ancient Turkey was an integral part of the Silk Road which stretched from China through India, Turkey, Egypt parts of the African continent through Greece, Rome and Britain. The artisans and merchants of Turkey are well known for their rugs and textiles and we purchased several from the Turkish cooperatives we visited and we had fun bargaining with all of the various merchants who were very respectful if you decided against a particular item.

In Cappodocia, our hotel was luxurious as were all of them throughout the country.  We were scheduled for a balloon ride to see the geography of the area for which this region is know…the fairy chimneys. This is a must do. We were able to see how people lived in the caves in the local area, and in one such cave it was the owners grandparent’s home and he has made it his studio and souvenir shop. We missed the Argos castle unfortunately due to time but I always like to leave something for another visit. Again the people of the town were so hospitable and did everything they could to make your visit memorable.

Izmir, on the Agean Sea, is the gateway to the largest set of ruins of Ancient Rome and is a World Heritage Site. Our hotel was super high tech and we had a fantastic view of the water. Our guide was top-notch and even recommended some great places to dine after the sites of the day.  Once again EdenFYW did their magic. We definitely did not spend enough time here and am hoping to return!

All I can say to you is GO!  By the way, the dollar is very strong these days which made our trip even more enjoyable!

 

Epic Egypt

Epic Egypt

Can you see anything? It was all I could do to get out the words, ‘Yes, wonderful things.’ ~ Howard Carter, Tomb of Tuntankhamen.

We thought we’d have checked Egypt off our bucket list after our recent visit. It turns out we are going to keep it on, because it’s a destination worthy of a return. There is so much to see, so much to take in!

Here’s a glimpse into our adventure in January/February of 2017.

Day 1 – We arrived to Cairo late at night and our local partner’s handler and driver greeted us. It was an instant connection, one that grew into a friendship by the end of our ten-day adventure. Besides taking care of everything for us, they immediately made us feel as though we’d come home. While glued to the windows of our car the whole drive to the hotel, hoping for a glimpse of the Great Pyramids of Giza, we were briefed on the long and rich history of the city – the largest and most populated in the Arab world. We never did see the pyramids, before passing out on our comfy bed at the Four Seasons First Residence. But, we were tired from the long trip over and we couldn’t wait for our full day tour of ancient Cairo the next day.

Day 2 – We finally got our glimpse of the Great Pyramids (jaw dropping) as we drove past them to visit some even more ancient pyramids first; the Bent and Red Pyramids, and the complex and Pyramid of Saqqara. It may sound like a tease to work the tour this way, but trust us that this is the best way! Visiting these quieter and older sites first helped to put things into chronological and architectural order, it also allowed for the drama to build. After a delicious lunch, under the shadows of the Great Pyramids, at the historic Mena House Hotel (soon to be a JW Marriott), we finally descended on the grounds of the pyramids. Our knowledgeable guide walked us around the site and explained the usual details we’ve all learned about in world history class, but also enlightened us with facts that we’d not been privy to – until now. These monuments were the tallest man made buildings on earth until the erection of the Eiffel Tower, and contrary to popular history they were built by Egyptians who were honored to work on the projects, not slaves. We carried on with a visit to the pristinely preserved wooden Solar Boat, housed in a building at the foot of the Great Pyramid. Next, we met some friendly camels that gave us a ride around the complex and posed with us for a most memorable Instagram moment. Finally, we made our way to see the true beauty of the complex… The Sphinx! It’s hard not to be mesmerized by it’s thoughtful stature and gaze.

Day 3 – We departed Cairo and flew to Abu Simbel to see the impressive Temple of Ramses II and The Temple of Nefertari (his beloved wife). Do not miss this! These gorgeous temples were saved from drowning in 1968 when the Aswan Dam was built. Erected to impress the Nubian’s of Ramses’ might, they were relocated to their current site, nearly 100ft above where they once stood. We spent about an hour and a half marveling at them before we headed back to the airport for our flight to Aswan. Upon arrival and after a quick transfer from the airport, we checked into the grand dame of the city, the beautiful Old Cataract Hotel. What a great building, what great suites (with awesome views of the Nile), and what a great gym and spa! The perfect way to rest up before our big adventure started the next morning.

Day 4 – Thrilled to board the newly renovated and re-imagined Oberoi Philae, for our four night cruise down the Nile River. The ship is spectacular! Spacious, contemporary, well designed and thoughtfully planned to make the on-board experience elegant and relaxing. Our dreamy suite, the service and food for the next few days were the only things that could have possibly pulled us away from the amazing sights we were going to be visiting. Really, this is the best way to experience the Nile! First day was spent exploring the sites of and around Aswan itself; the old and new dams, a traditional Nubian village (alligators, camels, spices and all), and the gorgeously curate Nubian Museum. Next thing you know, we’re back on the Philae for cocktails, dinner and a great night sleep.

Day 5 – The day began early, so we could be among the first to explore the Philae Temple, located on Agilkia Island. The Philae is another of the many temples saved from drowning by the dams. This one, a beautiful Greco Roman influenced Egyptian temple, was dedicated to Isis. We loved that our cruise provided guide was amicable in starting tours as early as possible. We’re always up early and ready to head out anyway and we find it’s the best way to avoid crowds, which means we have more time to savor the sights and to get the best photos! After the visit we head back to the boat for a the most delicious lunch… Hawawshi. OMG, this sandwich became a favorite of ours and we had plenty more during the trip. After lunch, the captain set sail for Kom Ombo. Upon arrival there we explored the twin temples which are unique in Egypt as they were built to honor both the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Horus. After a quick visit we head back to ship and get ready to set sail again, for a couple of hours, before docking for the night at Edfu.

Day 6 – Good morning Edfu! We were whisked off to the Temple of Edfu by horse drawn carriage. Upon arrival we were blown away by the near perfect condition of this temple honoring Horus. It was a surreal experience to walk through doorways and into perfectly preserved sanctuaries decorated in relief sculptures that seemed though they could have been carved only years ago, not millennia. Again, our guide was always along to beautifully connect stories with everything we were seeing and photographing. After a couple of hours exploring the site, we headed back to the boat to set sail for Luxor.

Luxor was going to be epic! The city known as Thebes and once capital of ancient Egypt was home to some of its most significant archeological sites in Egypt. We could hardly wait to set our eyes on them. Upon arrival and docking, we hurried over to the Luxor Temple and explored it at night. What a vision to see is so wonderfully lit by spotlights and stars! Dedicated to the god Amun, the temple is awesome in scale. Its dramatic Sphinx lined causeway is one of the coolest vantage points for a photo. But, inside the ancient sanctuaries and along the massive colonnades that draw you into them, is where you’ll feel the true greatness of the complex. After finishing our tour at the Luxor Temple we headed back for dinner and bedtime on the Philae. We had a pre-dawn hot air balloon to catch the next morning.

Day 7 – We jumped out of bed, layered on the clothes, grabbed our boxed breakfasts and were taken to our launching pad… Hot air ballooning over the Valley of the Queens and along the villages and fields of Luxor was beautiful. There’s nothing quite like the quiet glide of a balloon, and really no better way to get a good sense for the layout of a destination. Needless to say, we loved every bit of the ride. After landing, we were driven to a meeting spot to connect back with our guide to start our full day of touring. Today’s sights included the Valley of the Kings, the artisans village, Habu Temple and the Karnak Temple. A big day to say the least!

We started off at Habu Temple, where we found ourselves practically alone, except for a couple of guards, a couple of local tourists and a friendly dog that followed us throughout the complex. What was most striking about Habu Temple was the depth of reliefs and hieroglyphics. We learned that it was an attempt to save the mark of the pharaoh from being destroyed by a future one, making chiseling it away nearly impossible. Next, we headed across the West side of the Nile to the artisans village. The discovery of this village shares some insight to the lives of the ordinary citizens of ancient Egypt. Their homes, often two stories and comfortable in size, were part of a village that housed a temple, and their tombs. It was a cool and unique glimpse into the more ordinary citizens of the ancient civilization. Next we headed to see the pharaoh’s tombs at the Valley of the Kings. Of course we freaked out, because it’s… ah-mazing! We visited several tombs in the area, each unique in size, depth, number of rooms, and quality of wall relief and/or painting. We even saw a couple of sarcophagi en-situ (in their original place), which really brings home that fact that these impressive and beautifully decorated man made caves are royal tombs – designed to last for eternity. But, the highlight was definitely visiting the tomb of the boy king, King Tutankhamen! Next, we filled up on some delicious lunch and followed that by a visit to Karnak. The largest of all temple complexes, Karnak is an impressive sight. Monumental obelisks, statues, columns and spaces dwarf us humans. Exhausted by the end of this awesome day of exploring, we headed back to the boat for our final night on board.

Day 8 – Sadly, we had to leave the Oberoi Philae this morning. But, we were happy to be met by one of our local partner’s guides again to continue the exploration of the area before heading back to Cairo. We had arranged a very special tour today, one that included Nefertari’s tomb, King Seti I’s tomb, and The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Just recently the Egyptian government had allowed more affordable and abundant access to these two tombs, and we were not going to miss the opportunity to see these two gems, known as some of the finest in the land. And, they did not disappoint! Nefertari’s tomb literally brought tears to our eyes. They majesty and love expressed in the fine wall art was unlike any other tomb or temple we had seen to this point. It was delicate, it was colorful, it was detailed, and it was one of the most moving expressions of art we’d ever seen. What made it even more amazing was that we were the only one’s in there, and the tomb guard who escorted us in was expecting our experience to be as moving as it was. He’d seen it’s affect on visitors before. Seti I’s tomb was gorgeous too. It was especially interesting because archeologists inside were in the process of exploring a new chamber, and allowed us to stick our heads in to take a peak at the giant room they were slowly excavating. Our final stop was Hatshepsut’s Temple. It too blew us away. Though ancient, it’s design looks modern. An impressive funerary temple built by the Queen to show how great she truly was, even in the afterlife.

After seeing the three sites, we headed to the airport and flew to Cairo. Upon arrival to Cairo, we made a quick check-in to the Ritz-Carlton Cairo, took an even quicker shower and we were off to our local partner’s private home for a lovely night and delectable dinner made by his wife. Stuffed and happy to be surrounded by such welcoming friends we shared stories of our epic week and exchanged big hugs before heading back to the hotel. Heads on the pillows and dreaming of our next day…

Day 9 – Alexandria was a 3 hour drive from Cairo, but we had to do it. We had to see what this place was all about, so we headed out with our driver, guide and escort. It was a busy city on the Mediterranean Sea, it was founded by Alexander the Great, it was home to what was known as the greatest library in history, it was the sight of the lighthouse that was a wonder of the world, it was also home of the legendary tales of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. The ancient sites are mainly of the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. Not much of the ancient’s ancient archeological sites are visible. Today, it is a popular destination for Egyptians to hit the beach, to live it up in the Summer and to get there seafood fix. For visitors, it’s most interesting attractions are underwhelming compared to the rest of the sites. We were glad to have seen it, and what we saw was nice, but honestly not after comparing it to what we’d already seen in Egypt and what we’ve seen in Greece, Italy, Southern France or Spain. We did have a some great food along the way though, before heading back to Cairo.

Day 10 – Our last full day in Egypt… and we saved the city of Cairo and it’s best for last! After a fantastic breakfast at the hotel with lots of Egyptian deliciousness, including Foul (recipe below), we were off on our guided tour of the city’s highlights. First we hit the Egyptian Museum where we were overwhelmed by the number of objects and riches displayed. There is no shortage of ancient Egyptian artifacts. The place if full to the brim! So, it’s a great thing that they’re building the new GEM (Grand Egyptian Museum) at the foot of the pyramids to better house these gems. The highlight of the museum is of course the Treasures of King Tut. How lucky are we all that these treasures were discovered nearly in tact and available for all to marvel at today. They are simply stunning!

Next, we headed to see some of the Islamic monuments and sites of the city. We were transported through traffic and time to the spectacular Al Rifa’i Mosque and Mosque and Madrassa of Sultan Hassan. Both massive, both so elegantly covered in colored stone and carved stones with Koranic inscriptions and vegetal motifs. Yet, through this decoration and with carpets and lanterns, the spaces felt intimate and peaceful. We also visited the Royal tombs there, including that of the late Shah of Iran. Afterwards, we headed to the Islamic Quarter of Cairo. Behind it’s gorgeous gated walls we were amazed to find ourselves immersed in a city still looking and working as it had been for centuries. Spectacular Islamic architecture everywhere, bustling crowds, shopping, eating and vendors of all things… a feast for the senses. This was definitely a highlight of our time in Cairo! There we settled in for our last dinner in Egypt and savored every bite and memory of the trip.

Day 11 – This day came too soon, it was time to leave Egypt and head back home. We were not quite ready to leave our friends and felt like there was much more to discover in this beautiful country. They people made us feel at home and comfortable. Everyone was so welcoming and grateful that we had come to visit, despite the media’s narrow insights. We were glad we did and we’ll go back… there’s more ‘eden’ in Egypt to see!

Here is our travel video, so you can see a little bit of why it’s so epic:  EGYPT

Foul Beans – a most delicious staple in Egyptian cuisine. Great on it’s own or along side many other Mediterranean or Latin/Mexican dishes. It’s less carbs and calories than black or pinto beans to boot!

  • 16oz can of small Fava beans (ful medames)
  • 1 small red onion
  • garlic
  • salt, pepper, chili pepper flakes
  • parsley
  • green pepper
  • tomato
  • lemon
  • olive oil

Chop the onion and add it to a pot with some olive oil (save a bit for garnish later). Saute until translucent, then add the garlic and toss for another minute or two (do not brown). Add the whole can of beans, liquid and all to the pot. As it begins to heat, mash it with a potato masher until nearly all of the beans are macerated. Add salt, pepper and chili flakes to taste. Add in some lemon juice to taste. Transfer the beans to a serving bowl and top with a bit of olive oil and garnish with chopped green peppers, tomatoes, and parsley as you like. Enjoy!

Let’s begin planning your journey to Egypt. We’ll make sure you choose the best time of year to visit, design a custom itinerary that will fit your interests, choose the perfect guides and hotels and organize all the details so that all it’s epic! Contact your Eden For Your World advisor to begin planning your visit: info@edenforyourworld.com

Photos and media are all by Eden For Your World, and are only for us to use, unless otherwise permitted. Thank you! #EdenFYW

 

Incredible India

India – the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined. ~ Mark Twain.

Well, Mark Twain nailed it! India is a land that is on practically every “bucket list” and it’s there for many good reasons. It is there because it’s a pilgrimage site for all travelers! Whether it be religions, foods, unique cultures, architecture styles, textiles & jewelry, the arts, exotic flora and fauna, geographical beauty, finding your inner yogi, escaping the ordinary, exploring the extraordinary, humanitarian travel or indulgence in luxury travel – you will find it in this massive country.

India is a “khwab ghad”, a dream land.

You will be mesmerized from the moment you set foot on it’s soil. You will be blown away by the  chaos, and by the peace you will find within yourself while amidst it. Yes, that is contradictory, but, so is India. A long blog about everything you can do and see, or even everything we did and saw is redundant. Just go! Do not be afraid of getting Delhi belly (we did and it was worth it), don’t be dissuaded by concerns of seeing things that are too third world (we did and it was worth it), don’t be concerned about having to see it all at once (you will be back!). India is rose petals being thrown upon your head, cardamom, kindness, gold and glitter – mixed with indoor cows, zippy three wheeled Autos and some heat. It works… it’s INCREDIBLE!

Here is a breakdown of Eden For Your World’s visit to India in April of 2015:

  • Delhi. The capital city and a sprawling city (the third largest in the country).
  • Udaipur. The romantic city and the “Venice of the East”. Built around lakes, dotted with palaces and home of the Rajputs.
  • Varanasi. The spiritual capital of India. One of the oldest continually inhabited cities on the planet. Built on the banks of Ganga, the sacred Ganges River.
  • Agra. You know…home of the Taj Mahal!
  • Jaipur. The “pink city”. Alive and vibrant, and our favorite spot for shopping.

Here is our travel video, so you can see a little bit of why it’s so incredible:  INDIA

Let us assist you in designing your visit to India.  With first hand knowledge and our personal connections with the best service providers and hotel operators, we’ll create the perfect experience tailored to your interests and comfort level.  Speaking of comfort level… we’d like to thank our friends at Peirce & Leslie, The Taj Group of Hotels, The Leela Hotels, Oberoi Hotels and ITC Mughal for making sure we always were.

Contact your Eden For Your World advisor to begin planning your visit: info@edenforyourworld.com

Photos and media are all by Eden For Your World, and are only for us to use. Thank you! #edenfyw

 

It’s Time For Myanmar

You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself ~ Buddha

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard all the buzz surrounding travel to Myanmar in the past couple of years.  Well, let us tell you, Myanmar is worthy of the buzz!  But, if you like to be the one whose “discovered” a place, or you want to be ahead of the game… you best go soon.  It’s time for Myanmar – NOW!

Once you’ve discovered a place it’s likely that others have as well (and usually with an eye for development).  And, Myanmar is no exception.  It is poised for some big changes in the next few years, both good and bad.  The country is modernizing at a fast pace.  Domestic and foreign investment will inevitably bring more first world comforts to the nation; consistency in electricity and water, better roads… the usual.  With that will come growth and globalization.  In fact while we were in Yangon we heard of six new large luxury hotel projects in works, not to mention several new large scale residential/commercial developments.  Needless to say, it’ll be less likely to see an ox and cart coasting along the side of you on your way to town, and you’ll be sitting in a lot of traffic to get anywhere.  The change is happening beyond Yangon too, we saw the changes creeping into Bagan, Mandalay and beyond.  It’s all going to be good, it’s just going to get busier and be a bit more of the same same.  So, it’s time for Myanmar!

Yangon is big, busy, dusty and okay for a night or two.  It’s your port of entry, so you might as well enjoy a couple nights at Belmond’s Govorner’s Residence (if you want to be in a quieter residential neighborhood) or The Strand Yangon (if you want to be in the center of town).  They’re both great luxury options and both beautiful.  But, beyond the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda, a typical covered market selling chachkies and the crazy night market with it’s human run ferris wheel, there’s not much to hang around for.

Our suggestion is to get on board a fabulous river boat and cruise along the Ayeyarwady River to marvel at the unspoiled countryside of Myanmar!  They’re you will find life as it’s been for millennia.  Witness farming, fishing, weaving, praying and playing as you slowly make your way to ports to uncover the history and cultural wonders the Myanmar people have given all of us.  Highlights will undoubtedly be Bagan, Mandalay (and surrounds) and Mingun.  There are few wonderful options for river cruising and more are coming soon.  But, we would definitely suggest experiencing it with Belmond.  They’ve been there and doing it longer than anyone, and have been doing it really well!  We loved our time aboard the Road to Mandalay.  The ship, the staff, the service, the guests, the excursions… golden, like the pagodas that dot the riverbanks.

This blog is not going to give you political/historical facts, spout off data about the country, or give you an art historians review of the incredible marvels in architecture that you’ll see in Myanmar. The purpose of this blog is to entice you to go now and encounter Myanmar’s lovely people and to experience their beautiful culture, before it changes.  Discover the above mentioned  yourself when you visit.  But, we’d like to offer you a glimpse below through our photos and in our video.  Note:  It’s safe, you are welcome to visit and don’t call it Burma anymore.

Eden For Your World’s Myanmar Video:  Myanmar

Two of our favorite things: 

Water bowls or jugs with cups everywhere… you’ll find them in the city on street corners or in front of homes, and you’ll find them in the country along the road or at the market.  They’re thoughtfully placed around by whomever to offer a quench of thirst for anybody passing by.

Tea Leaf Salad. YUM! Here is a link to our recipe: Laphet Thoke

Contact your Eden For Your World advisor to begin planning your visit.  info@edenforyourworld.com

Photos and media are all by Eden For Your World, and are only for us to use. Thank you! #edenfyw

 

 

Buenos Aires – Argentina

What’s new Buenos Aires? I’m new, I wanna say I’m just a little stuck on you.  ~ Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice

It had been ten years since we had visited the city and our return reminded us why we fell in love with this city once before. 

It’s easy to get “stuck on” this gorgeous city. It may be the second largest metropolitan area in South America, but it’s definitely number one in style.  Wherever you look there is beauty.  B.A.’s architecture, it’s monuments, it’s people, it’s parks and even it’s shrines to her fallen are gorgeous.  Each of the districts of the city have there own unique flavor and charm.  In each you’ll find treasures, weather it be food or fabulous shopping finds (and there are a plethora of both for everyone’s tastes).  Then there is the food and wine… how much can one person eat and drink in a day?  The answer is – a lot!  Fine dining is abound, but, even the whole in the wall empanada place has amazing wine to accompany it’s beautifully wrapped meaty treats.  Currently, the major bonus is the value.  As visitors to Argentina, the dollar goes a long way.  You’re bags will be full of goodies to bring home, your bellies full of food and your pockets will be surprisingly happy too.

Unfortunately, today Argentina’s economy is broken.  It’s seems to be a eight to ten year pattern there.  There are some noticeable signs around town.  There is a bit more graffiti on the walls of certain neighborhoods, though some of the graffiti is actually art and pretty fantastic.  The difficult times have also brought a rise in petty crime.   Everybody seems to be talking about it in Argentina and abroad.  However, we felt safe and comfortable getting around by car and on foot.  We were cautious, but never worried.  The key in safety anywhere in the world is knowing yourself and your surroundings and most importantly not looking like a target. 

Buenos Aires is one of those cities where you get home and tell all your friends “I’m moving there!”  Go see it for yourself and discover why.  If you’ve already been, maybe it’s time for your return.  You’re different and so is the city. 

Here is how we spent our four full days in B.A. Enjoy the travel video:  Buenos Aires. 

Stay: Enjoy special EFYW perks when booking any of the 5* hotels below.

Do:  Visit the neighborhoods…

  • Recoleta:  Chick and boutique.  World class luxury and du jour to do’s everywhere.  The architecture is particularly grand here.  Don’t miss the cemetery or museums!
  • Palermo:  It’s like Melrose, but better!  Colorful and trendy.  Hipsters and hippies unite.
  • San Telmo:  Antiques galore.  Cobblestone streets, cafes and finds everywhere you look.
  • Puerto Madero:  Last time we were in B.A. there was no reason to come to this neighborhood. Things have changed.  The young, wealthy and in vogue have taken over and they’ve declared it the place to be.  Design, fashion and cocktails are here.  Cheers!

Eat & Drink:

  • Puerto Cerrados – A variety of closed door restaurants in private homes.
  • Arumburu BIS
  • Heirbabuena
  • Sucre
  • La Parolaccia – Casa Tua Palermo
  • Floreria Atlantico
  • El Sanjuanino
  • La Brigada

Shop: 

  • If you’re good, well tell you.

Let’s start planning your visit to Buenos Aires and beyond!  www.edenforyourworld.com

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Jason deCaires Taylor

“The culmination of art and conservation” ~ Jason deCaires Taylor

Last night we had the pleasure of meeting Jason deCaires Taylor at an event held in his honor at the Aquarium of the Pacific.  He was recognized for his ingenious fusion of art and ocean conservation.  A well deserved honor!

The aesthetic beauty of his pieces is clear.  They are thought provoking, mysterious, and just plain cool.  However, their thoughtful purpose is what is absolutely amazing.  Mr. Taylor is sculpting new reefs and large scale housing for ocean wildlife.  His pieces are constructed with materials that are conducive to new life, and their locations are carefully chosen to attract such.  The sculptures naturally attract coral, fish, sponges, crustacean and other marine life to move in, and set up home.

These modern sculpture galleries also attract human visitors.  His works are drawing people by the tens of thousands.  SCUBA divers, snorkelers and glass bottom boaters are flocking to these sites in wonder.  In doing so, they are leaving the ailing natural reefs alone and giving them an opportunity to recover from damage caused by too many careless tourists.

His sculptures adorn ocean floors around the world.  They can be admired in Greece, Grenada, Mexico (his  most acclaimed installation near Cancun), The Islands of Copperfield Bay (Musha Cay), the U.K. and beyond.  He’s currently working on a monumental piece in Lanzarote, Canary Island.

His sculpture installations are underwater destinations you’ll definitely want to add to your bucket list.  Just don’t touch the art please!

Contact us to start planning your visit(s) to these incredible sites:  info@edenforyourworld.com

Learn more:  http://www.underwatersculpture.com/

MUSA – Cancun:  http://musacancun.org/

Musha Cay:  http://www.mushacay.com/#/home

Aquarium of the Pacific:  http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/

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Cape Town – South Africa

 

Cape Town

There is a reason that there is a buzz in the air about Cape Town… it’s because it is awesome!  And, now may be the best time to visit it yourself.  It’s in the midst of a huge transformation that you don’t want to miss… and it’s always better to go before everybody else does.

The 2010 World Cup really put the city on the map for world travelers, when government invested hundreds of millions of dollars into infrastructure and the private sector matched them in upping the scene for visitors by refreshing neighborhoods and an creating new restaurants and hotels.  The spark that was lit four years ago has continued to burn under the the feet of entrepreneurs, artists and investors.

The city is a buzz of activity.  With a jaw dropping setting, wonderful weather, friendly locals and plenty to do, it’s no wonder Cape Town is on every must see list of 2014!

Read more about why CPT is so hot right now.

52 Places to Go in 2014 – NY Times

Good Timing – LA Times

World Design Capital 2014

Cape Town has several distinct neighborhoods.  Make sure to make your way out of the beautiful, but touristy, Waterfront area to explore the one’s that peak your interest.  Find great shopping and cafes in the Lower Kloof area, or stroll along the up and coming De Waterkant for great jazz and galleries, or make it down to Camps Bay to play at the beach with all the beautiful people of Cape Town.  Whatever you do, don’t miss Saturday in the Woodstock neighborhood at the Old Biscuit Mill market and design center.  Trust us… go early, go hungry!  The city is full of delicious places to eat and drink, but expect to make reservations far in advance for the hot spots.  Locals love to eat out as much as visitors and getting a table at the in spot may be harder than you think. But, that’s why you have us, right?

There are a handful of wonderful five star hotels to choose from as well.  Each has it’s own unique vibe and each has a sense of place.  We enjoyed visiting three of these top hotels during our visit.  We’ll help pick just the right one for your stay.

Cape Grace in the Waterfront.

Mount Nelson Hotel in Tamboerskloof.

The Twelve Apostles just outside of Camps Bay.

Go see why life is “lekker” in Cape Town!  lekker: [lekk-irr with a rolling r] Nice, good, great, cool or tasty.

Watch our video of Cape Town and Surrounds.

Lets start planning your visit!  www.edenforyourworld.com

Here are a few photos to entice you.

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La Residence, Franschhoek – South Africa

La Residence

We can safely say that we’ve stayed at some incredible properties around the world… and, we can now say with confidence that La Residence is among the best of the best!

La Residence is located in the quaint town of Franschhoek, just about an hours drive from Cape Town, South Africa. Perched atop a hill, surrounded by it’s fruit orchards, vegetable gardens and vineyard, the hotel’s suites offer stunning views of valley’s landscape. La Residence houses eleven unique suites in it’s main building and five free standing villas (each with private pools). Each room’s interior is decorated with a different color palette and in it’s own style. They’re opulent, yet warm and comfortable. And, the beds… they’re amazing! It’s hard to choose a favorite here, as they are all so beautiful and special in their own way. It’s like choosing a favorite child, as you love them all. The small thoughtful details throughout the property convey a sense of place and belonging.

It may be hard to step away from the property, but there is much to explore in the region. Wine, of course, is the number one attraction for foreign and local visitors! There are over eight hundred wineries in the area surrounding Franschhoek and the nearby town of Stellenbosch. One can spend months exploring this beautiful area and tasting their way around the fantastic wineries. But, there is so much more to do as well. This is a great destination for the art lover, the shopper, the hiker, the biker, the golfer and the foodie! There is definitely plenty to keep everyone happy.

The location is great, the hotel is absolutely beautiful, but, it’s the staff that really brings it all together at La Residence. They are absolutely fabulous. Every encounter with each member is a pleasure. The perfect mix of great service and great personality.

Most recently, 2013, the hotel was voted “Best Hotel in the World” by readers of Condé Nast Traveler. See why La Residence is repeatedly on the top lists of hotels around the world. Watch the video.

Watch our video of Cape Town and Surrounds, including the gorgeous wine region!

Contact Eden For Your World to plan your stay at La Residence.

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PEACE, LOVE & TRAVEL

As the Holiday Season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and all of you who have helped us shape Eden For Your World. We value our relationship with you and look forward to working with you in the years to come. We wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a
New Year filled with peace and prosperity.

Cheers to a happy (and well traveled) 2014 for all!

Eden For Your World

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