Belize Vacations On Ambergris Caye: A Food Lover?s Paradise

Belizean food is a mix of Caribbean, Mexican, African, Spanish and Mayan culinary influences. The highlight of Belizean cuisine is seafood, including lobster and conch, called the sweetest of all shellfish. Another popular selection is the Belizean national dish?a spicy stewed chicken with a rice and bean combination cooked with coconut milk. On the other hand, travelers can also find burgers, pizza, Chinese, Indian, Arabic and Asian food on their Belize vacations.

Ambergris Caye, a sought after destination for travelers to Belize, offers a wide selection of restaurants dotting the white sand coastline. San Pedro Town, the social hub of the Caye, has the atmosphere of a bustling fishing village in a picture postcard setting of small colorfully painted houses set alongside sand streets nestled beside the clear turquoise sea.

Travelers-in-the-know recommend the following dining spots in San Pedro Town:

? Bluewater Grill ? International and Asian food served on the waterfront overlooking water and piers in San Pedro

? Celi?s Restaurant ? Dine on expertly prepared seafood indoors or in the screened outdoor dining area; on Wednesday nights, try the popular beach barbecue

? Portofino ? Offering an eclectic mix from lobster all year to USDA steaks and the best smoothies on the island.

? Elvi?s Kitchen – One of the most popular and renowned restaurants on Ambergris Caye, with live music every night

? Rojo Lounge at Azul Resort ? Probably the coolest place to sip on frozen mojito?s and munch on fresh grilled crab cakes will lounging in their infinity pool/table a pretty cool combination.

Guests staying at the Caribbean beach villas of La Perla Del Caribe also have the option of dining in their private villas. The spacious two to five bedroom units, which range in size from 2,200 square feet to 5,500 square feet, are surrounded by private decks just steps away from the beach.

La Perla Del Caribe can arrange for grocery and bar provisioning, which allows guests to prepare meals together in fully-equipped kitchens. In addition, private Belizean cooks or internationally trained chefs can prepare meals for guests in their villas or under the stars. Vacationers can also enjoy take-out from local restaurants.

With all of the activities available in Ambergris Caye?from swimming, snorkeling and diving to exploring Mayan ruins to bird watching?vacationers can easily work up good appetites. It?s nice for travelers to know that they have several dining options on their Belize vacations.

About La Perla Del Caribe

Located on Ambergris Caye, the largest island off the coast of Belize, La Perla del Caribe captures the Caribbean ambiance in elegance and luxury. Each designer residence in this private beachfront enclave offers a distinctive architectural style with native exotic hardwoods and tiles, and is decorated with local artwork, antiques and artisan-crafted furniture. The villas are situated on a four acre site which slopes gently to the water?s edge on a magnificent stretch of white sandy beach. Close offshore is the Belize Barrier Reef, the largest living barrier reef in the Americas, rated one of the world?s top ten dive sites.

Holidaying In France Or Moving To France? Read Slightly Mad Uncle Jacques Top 5 Tips

Some advice articles are tickly and sweet, they enthuse and entice and massage the ego. This one isn’t. This one is going to give you a kick up the bottom and when you’re on the floor it’s going to point a finger at you and wag it. It’s not that you’re stupid; it’s just that we all do stupid things sometimes, and before you go and do something stupid this article would like a word in your shell like.

You’re here because you’re thinking about moving to France, (or you really suck at Google).

I guess we all have different reasons for moving abroad and naturally our expectations are going to differ too, but NEVER forget France is a completely different country.

Sure it would be great if it was all like it is in the Renault ads, and Adrian Brodie or Audrey Tautou popped up in their Yves Saint Laurent suit / little black dress to flash us that charming Louvre smile and reassure us every time we do something foolishly quaint and British, before slipping us that invite for the ambassador’s soiree.

Well wake up and smell du cafe, mon amie, because you’re not in Canterbury anymore. When Britain tried to join the E.U., France vetoed it twice. It’s not that they hate you, it’s just that they have a very different culture, which they have gone to and continue to go to great lengths to protect, and if you’re going to settle down and settle in then you’ll need to understand that as soon as you can.

Please take this tongue in cheek bash as just that, but remember while we have a giggle, that the French legal system is a tad bureaucratic, the schools start earlier and finish later and children tend to stay children for longer, there aren’t any Marks and Sparks, you’ll have trouble finding a pub for your Tuesday night Arsenal match and most importantly of all! It’s not up to the locals to learn your lingo.

Of course you know all this, but it’s always the things we know best that we forget first. So while you daydream about sauntering through the vineyards with a champagne picnic, just try to imagine getting through a pile of French paperwork as tall as the hamper.

We’re not saying it won’t be amazing (it will) and we’re not saying you should give up on the dream (you shouldn’t), only that you might have to think long and hard about the changes that are going to happen in your life.

To help you through the vineyard, here are my top five tips for your new life…

1 – Learn to speak the language. Volunteer to swap English lessons for French lessons and talk to EVERYONE you can. Neighbours, waiters, the postman, mums at school, the operator… anyone!

2. Learn to read and write the language. This will help with the fundamental importance of rule no1.

3. Get used to a shift in your personal life, the French are very polite, the Bretons even more so, but until you can speak the language it’s going to be hard to make friends and without friends your new life could seem quite lonely.

4. Try new things. Swap the Royal with Cheese for a Croque Monsieur. You’re not going to be able to get a full English breakfast anywhere outside of your own kitchen so get used to croissants and fruit juice.

Eat snails, drink the Beaujolais Nouveau and try the smelliest cheese. These subtle changes might seem like a big deal at first, but you’ll soon find them among the things you love most about your new life.

5. Enjoy yourself and live the dream…

Brazil ? Society & Culture & Religion

The Brazilian culture is without any doubt an extremely diverse Latin American culture. As far as the influences are concerned besides the original indigenous cultures, we should mention Portugal mainly because of the very strong colonial ties with the Portuguese Empire from which Brazil got the language, Catholic religion, the legal system and other cultural traditions. Brazil?s culture derives not only from other European influences but also from some South American, African and also Asian cultures. As you can see, the Brazilian culture is a mix of a variety of cultures spread all over the world.

Brazilians have natural affectionate human warmth, like nothing you have seen before and most of them are very happy and have a rather enthusiastic, spontaneous nature ? which they show at every celebration (and their number is quite remarkable). As far as their religion is concerned, experts affirm that Brazil is the largest Roman Catholic country in the entire world but the truth is that you will find a great variety of religious beliefs and practices here. Officially, Brazil was a catholic country since the 16th right until 1889 when the Portuguese Empire disappeared. The 1889 constitution guarantees full religious freedom and since then, a wide variety of beliefs have been practiced. However, in 1996 a study made by CNBB also known as National Conference of Brazilian Bishops showed that approximately 80% of the inhabitants declared themselves as Roman Catholics. Many of the Brazilian people are married and baptized in the Catholic Church but they don?t attend Sunday Mass quite often.

Candomble ? a religion that is found in Brazil was brought here by the slaves that came from Benin and Nigeria. According to the Catholic officials and the slave-owners, the African slaves had to be converted to the Christian religion and as a consequence, banned from performing Candomble rituals. In order to maintain their traditional practices but at the same time contenting their owners, the slaves coupled their deities with corresponding Catholic personalities.

Protestantism ? over the last decades, this religion has grown in popularity quite rapidly. The 2000 Census stated that about 15% of the Brazilian inhabitants identify themselves as being Protestants and approximately 85% of them are Evangelical or Pentecostal. The Lutherans and the Baptists make up the bulk of the remaining Protestants and they are centered in the southern part of Brazil, where the majority of German and northern European immigrants concentrated during the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

Moving on to the literature aspect of Brazil, the most popular writer is without any doubt Jorge Amado (1912-2002). He was born in Salvador and his writings captured the personality and spirit of Bahias. His most successful novels include: The Violent Land (1944), Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon (1958), Shepherds of the Night (1964) and Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1966). Another well-known Brazilian writer was Machado de Assis (1839-1908). He was a novelist that had a deep understanding of human relations. In the 20th century, other notables Brazilian writers were born, like: Clarice Lispector, Garciliano Ramos, Cecilia Meireles and others as well.

All things considered Brazil is a wonderful and interesting country at the same that and that is why every year, millions and millions of tourists visit it.

Do You Know Where In Boston To Go

Boston is as rich in history as it is in culture. No one who ever visits Boston fails to acknowledge its significance and the contribution of its residents to the making of America. Although the state of Massachusetts offers a wide variety of scenic, historical and cultural interests, it is in Boston where many visitors often start their tours. And with good reason. If you’re visiting Boston yourself, here are the top places to go to in the capital:

Historical and cultural places
If this is your first visit to Boston and want to experience its history, you’ll have plenty of places to choose from. So many, in fact, that you will have to spend at least a few days to truly enjoy your tours.

Visit the patriot Paul Revere’s humble home in the North End, the very place where he started his famous ride. Drop by the Old South Meeting House, the meeting place for revolutionary leaders John Hancock, James Otis and Samuel Adams. This is the same house where protest meetings were held that eventually led to the American Revolution. Visit the Old State House (now Museum of Boston History), Park Street Church and Granary Burial Ground as well while you’re in the downtown area.

Go north and you’ll reach the Government Center. This is where you’ll find the JFK Federal building and City Hall. You’ll also find Faneuil Hall here, a building that was built beginning in 1740. It doubled as a public house and market.

For beer lovers, why not drop by the Samuel Adams Brewery? Adams was a prominent figure in the American Revolution but he was also famous as a brew lover. What better way to participate in a tour than to learn about both beermaking and history at the same time? Tours are offered regularly.

The downtown area also offers a variety of museums for you to visit. The Museum of Fine Arts, for example, houses priceless treasures from all over the world. Collections include sculpture, decorative arts and paintings. It also houses the largest Monet collection apart from that found in France.

Drop by Boston Harbor as well and try to book a boat or cruise so you can view the famous lighthouses in the area. Most of them are not open for public visits, though. However, you can catch a tour of Boston Light, which has been standing since 1793.

Parks and zoos
Boston is home to some of the most remarkable parks and zoos in the United States. Franklin Park Zoo is a landmark in the area. It covers 72 acres of land along Franklin Park Road and offers some of the best experiences for visitors, thanks to its history (it was founded in the early 1900s) and to the large variety of its animal residents. Currently, there are over 200 animal species who call this zoo home.

One of its more impressive offerings is its gorilla exhibit where lowland gorillas are housed behind viewing stations made of glass. If you’ve always wanted to meet these beautiful animals in person but never dared, this top spot in Boston will give you the chance you’ve been waiting for.

Although Boston has plenty of beautiful parks you can visit (the Common is known as the oldest park open to the public in the U.S.), no visit to the capital can ever be complete without dropping by Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.