Kitchen Islands Butcher Blocks Can Add Capacity and Efficiency to Any Gathering

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Holidays or food preparation time for a large gathering, when all the resources of the kitchen are in use, is when the need for more counter space, additional storage, another oven, or refrigerator, becomes obvious. The thoughts usually generated during this time, surround being able to afford a complete kitchen remodel.

Ultimately, remodeling may be the best solution for the home, but in the mean time, kitchen islands or a butcher block, in the existing kitchen, just may be an affordable expansion to counter space, and capacity needed for food preparation for a large gathering or holiday. The new components can be purchased easily and brought into service with little stress.

Portable islands are very effective, and can be a beautiful addition to a kitchen. They can be purchased to match the existing cabinetry, and counter tops, or they can be purchased as contrasting accent pieces. The beauty of portable kitchen islands is they add utility, and value to the home without the expense and headaches of remodeling the kitchen.

Of course adding a kitchen island to an existing kitchen, requires some restraint, and good judgment, regarding the unit most compatible with the existing kitchen. If necessary ask a professional, what would be the best solution, an island or a butcher block unit. Also a professional may suggest minor tweaks to the existing kitchen, that will prevent having the island, or butcher block looking like an after thought. A professional, or a friend with a good eye for color, can assist with choosing a kitchen island, that is painted rather than wood tone.

Some unexpected benefits of adding portable kitchen islands or a butcher block, include but are not limited to the following: Additional seating, and eating space. A portable buffet table for family gatherings, entertaining, and general use. They can be moved to any room for the holiday or gathering depending on the needs, and are also useful in large open areas to help define space.

Probably the best benefit of the Kitchen Island, is using it for a homework space while mom, or dad is in the kitchen. It provides the benefits, of easily keeping the child on task, while providing a venue for those wonderful times we spend with our children, and grand-children, just talking, and being in each others space. Time with Mom, Dad, Grandma, or Grandpa in the kitchen at holiday or any time provide children with a full supply of wonderful memories of good cooking, wonderful smells, feeling close, and being loved and cared for over a life time.

British Virgin Islands Change Marriage Law To Make It Easier For Couples Planning Destination Weddings

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The British Virgin Islands Government has made it easier for foreign couples to get married on the Caribbean nation after it amended the Marriage Act and shortened the residency waiting period from three days to just 24 hours.

Brides and grooms planning destination weddings in the British Virgin Islands can now start the wedding application process online before they arrive by submitting their details through the new Civil Registry Information System (CRIS).

Before the changes came into effect on 3rd September, 2012, couples had to stop at three different locations to get the information for their marriage licence application. Now, all brides and grooms have to do is go to the Civil Registry, show their identification, proof of marital status, apply for the licence, get the marriage certificate, and provide two witnesses.

The Special Licence costs $220 and the Ordinary Licence is $120 and once obtained, couples can host their romantic Caribbean weddings as soon as 24 hours after arrival.

The British Virgin Islands offer plenty of idyllic settings for tropical island weddings and loved-up couples can choose from beach weddings at sunset, ceremonies in fragrant oceanfront gardens, and nuptials in historic ruins.

On this paradisiacal Caribbean destination couples have several picturesque islands to choose from for their weddings abroad including the main island Tortola with its white sandy beaches, ancient ruins and verdant emerald mountains; Virgin Gorda where couples can escape to secluded coves or explore lush national parks; and Anegada, a coral island that is encircled by the thriving Horseshoe Reef and shallow turquoise waters.

The changes to the British Virgin Islands Marriage Act are expected to attract even more engaged couples from abroad, especially as the trend of destination weddings spreads across the world.

According to Mintel Research, one in five couples are now getting married abroad and the Caribbean is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world. Hotels and resorts in the region offer customised value for money wedding packages and newlyweds can extend the special occasion with a romantic honeymoon where they can relax on pristine beaches, swim in warm turquoise ocean waters, and enjoy a choice of tours, excursions and fun activities both on land and in the water.

The Most Lovely Beaches In Lucca 2010.

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Every year a body called the Federation for Evironmental Education awards Flags to the coastlines noted as clean, safe, and have first-rate ambient awareness strategies. Tuscany has it’s decent share of Blue Flag registered shores, along the length of its clear coastline. A coastline where, in just a few minutes, spectacular Farm Accommodation can be found.

Tuscan expert’s Best Beaches: Overview
In short, with Lucca as your first point, the further down (south) the coast you explore in Tuscany, the more pleasurable the coast become, and, except for the peak period, you’ll find less fellow tourists too. These are clearly the beaches that require the greatest time to reach from Firenze, but the differences are legendary.

The Coast for the Late Nights
Although at the beaches of Lucca (Forte dei Marmi, Camaiore, Viareggio) you’ll find all the amenities typical of any beach resort, you’re gonna be disappointed if you sought a sandy paradise that was peaceful and withdrawn. If you’re a teenager and searching for a break by the sea with discoteques and pubs, Viareggio is not going to dissapoint.
Summary: 70mins from Florence, good services and Late night life.

Top Beaches for Camping
In contrast, if you are a family group, the beaches across at Livorno (Antignano, Quercianella, Rosignano, Cecina, Bibbona, Castagneto, San Vincenzo) are a good choice as they can be succinctly got to from Firenze (Seventy/90minutes by bus) and have lodgings and services with target on family stays.
Summary: 70 minutes/90 minutes from Florence, family tailored.

Amazing Beaches of Beauty
For the foremost beaches, identified here as the balance of the most beauteous landscapes with the most crystalline waters, there is a shared consensus in Florentine’s that Grosetto (Follonica, Castiglione della Pescaia, Monte Argentario) always delivers the goods.
Brief Conclusion: An hour and a half from Firenze, less services, greater beauty.

Tourist Destinations In Andaman And Nicobar Islands

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands together constitute of a cluster of Islands in the Bay of Bengal. The Andaman Sea separates this Union Territory from Burma and Thailand. It is made up of 572 Islands, rocks and islets assembled into two chief groups – the Andaman and the Nicobar Islands. While Andaman is situated on the North of the 10 N latitude, Nicobar is located on the south. The rich scenery, flora and wildlife attract Tourists from far and distant lands to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The prominent Tourist Attractions In Andaman and Nicobar Islands are:

Chatham Island:The Island houses the oldest sawmill of Asia. The second largest dock on is also located on this island. The rich variety of flora and fauna is another remarkable attraction of the islands.

Havelock Island:The beautiful Radhanagar Beach, a favorite among tourists, is situated here. The island is popular among domestic as well as international tourists. It has a good number of ships connecting it to Port Blair, Long Island and Neil Island.

Jollybuoy Island:This Island is famous for the profusion of beautiful corals that can be found in the surrounding waters. Tourists are brought to this Island via boat and can go snorkeling to take a look at the spectacular corals.

Diglipur:The highest spot in the islands, the Saddle Peak, is located close to this island. Its height is 732 meters. The sole river in the Andamans, Kalpong, passes through here.

Viper Island:It houses the infamous Viper Chain Gang Jail, which was built much before Cellular Jail. Post the building of the Cellular Jail, this jail lost much of its significance. The gallows of the jail are located on the top of a hillock.

Mayabunder:It is known for its splendid beaches, renowned among which are Avis Island and Karmatang Beach. While Avis Island is composed of numerous beaches, The Karmatang Beach is a nesting ground for turtles.

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Ionian Islands in Greece – Great For a Sailing Charter

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Sailing in Greece is perfect when you are in the Ionian Islands. Ionian Islands is a group of islands located in the western portion of Greece. It is perfectly situated along the Ionian Sea on the coasts of Peloponnesus and Epirus. Its major islands are Paxos, Cythera, Ithaca, Lefkas, Zacynthus, Cephalonia, and Corfu. The islands first inhabitants were the Old Greeks. They first occupied the islands probably near the beginning of the 9th or 10th century BC. Yet, it was later ruled by other western civilizations. Among them are the Roman (146 BC), Byzantium (300 AD), and the Venetian Empires (1204 AD). Subsequently, before it was acquired by Greece in 1864 and claimed the island as part of the country’s official territory, the island was earlier yielded to other countries. These include France (1807), Russia (1799), Turkey (1799), and the United Kingdom (1815).

Ionian Islands is also recognized as Eptanisa or the Seven Islands because of its 7 major islands. Because of its mild climate and nice ports, it became one of Greece’s most visited yacht charter areas along the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

When you are cruising in Greece, it is very common to see gulet motorsailers, yachts, flotillas, and bareboats. If you are taking your holiday with your kids or the whole family, sailing in Ionian Islands is ideal for you. This is because the islands has calm seas and gentle winds. Travelers who are not excperienced in sailing can also enjoy the islands perfect climate.

Sailing in Greece through the Ionian Islands is an ideal holiday vacation. The islands has several harbors and docks that can be used as a charter base. Preveza, Corfu, and Lefkas are Ionian Islands 3 yacht charter bases. From these 3 ports, the most visited and admired is the Lefkas harbor. Lefkas is characterized by its apt Mediterranean climate and interesting trekked mountains. Furthermore, its beaches have golden sand and full-size waves. Lefkas’ most beautiful beaches include Perigiali, Nikiana, and Nidri.

On the other hand, some sailing tourists favor the Preveza port. It is located along the Amvrakia Gulf. The port is distinguished by its sturdy crosscurrent.

So the next time you are sailing in Greece, do not forget to spend your holiday vacation in Ionian Islands. It has all you wanted – a great retreat that is ideal for you and your whole family.

Cayo Santa Maria Beach In Cuba Named Amongst Top 25 Beaches In The World

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TripAdvisor has named the beaches of Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba amongst the Top 25 beaches in the world. The tourist resort of Cayo Santa Maria is located in the northeast of the central Cuban province Villa Clara and the main stretch of Cayo Santa Maria beach was ranked number 21 on the list of Top 25 beaches in the World.

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, has recently announced the winners of the 2011 “Traveller’s Choice Awards” using information from over 20 million reviewers to select the awards within the Top 10 or Top 25 categories.

The best features of the Cuban beach were highlighted by reviewers and include the beautiful landscapes, pristine and warm waters, and the quality of services, guest rooms and cuisine within its five beachfront Cayo Santa Maria hotels: Melia Buenavista, Melia Las Dunas, Melia Cayo Santamaria, Sol Cayo Santa Maria and Barcelo Cayo Santa Maria.

With an overall capacity of nearly 3,000 rooms available from all inclusive Cuba hotels in Cayo Santa Maria, travellers can relax within the beachfront surroundings where they can enjoy scuba diving and snorkelling activities from any of the area’s 24 snorkelling and diving points along the stretch of coast.

Cayo Santa Maria boasts 11 kilometres of pristine beaches and is accessible via the 48 km causeway which connects it to the area of Caibarien, in Villa Clara in Central Cuba.

The Top 25 beach spots were awarded to beaches in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America.

The white sand beaches of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos won the top spot on the world’s Top 25 beaches and other beaches around the world that ranked in the list included Boracay in the Philippines, Eagle Beach in Aruba, Negril beaches in Jamaica, Tulum beaches in Mexico, and Punta Cana’s beaches in the Dominican Republic.

Whether Its The Algarve Or Madeira, Beaches Or Golf Courses, A Holiday To Portugal Will Not Disappoint.

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With long sandy beaches and hot sunny weather, Portugal is a great choice of destination for a summer holiday. The warm dry climate is perfect for Golf and the Algarve area is renown for its selection of challenging courses for holidaymakers that want to play a few rounds.

Portugal has a wide array of interesting resorts to visit like Lisbon and The Algarve. Lisbon is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is close to the coastal resorts of Estoril and Cascais, which boast unspoilt beaches and beautiful town buildings.
The more southern region of the Algarve has incredible long sandy beaches and high quality hotels for you to enjoy. This area also has a range of clubs and bars across the region and has terrific nightlife.

In northwestern Portugal, the Costa Verde/Oporto area is filled with vineyards, rivers and beaches. This area is famous for producing the fortified wine, Port. There are many different Port producers in this area and guided tours and Port tasting trips are available to visitors.

Madeira is a Portuguese island off the coast of Africa. It is great for luxury breaks and has many nice shops and even a casino to visit. The island is noted for its unusual plants and flowers and is a fantastic place to explore.

Travellers interested in surfing in Portugal should head for Enceira, the large waves are particularly good for surfers here although the Atlantic is generally good for waves and surfing. Many coastal places in Portugal offer a variety of other water sports including fishing boat excursions, water skiing, wind surfing, jet skis and more.

Food in Portugal is diverse and there is a range of places to eat whether you want to
eat traditional Portuguese fare or try the food in one of the many other kinds of restaurants available. Seafood is common in most resorts and Portugal has a reputation for good local wine, brandy and of course Port.

Overall Portugal is a great place to spend your summer holiday with dry hot weather and access to fantastic beaches, great golf courses and hotels. There are a lot of different hotels to choose from, allowing you to find a suitable hotel in an ideal location and at a good price.

Travellers Enjoying Holidays In The British Virgin Islands This May Have The Opportunity To Attend The Bvi Music Fest

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Travellers planning their holidays in the British Virgin Islands this May are in for treat as the island is preparing for its annual three day beach front music festival- BVI Music Fest. The event is set to take place at the stunning Cane Garden Bay Beach at Tortola between 25th and 27th May 2012. Organisers are expecting the event to be well attended as the dates coincide with the US Memorial Day weekend- historically a time where holidaymakers from the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and other surrounding locations converge in the British Virgin Islands.

The diverse crowd expected to be in attendance coupled with the fun-filled Caribbean atmosphere and the amazing talent that will be on display are all the ingredients needed for a memorable holiday to the British Virgin Islands.

The Cane Garden Bay Beach has long proved to be a popular spot for travellers booking their holidays in the British Virgin Islands. Cane Garden Bay is known not only as the go to place for holidaymakers interested in various water sports but also for the lively entertainment provided by the local bars and restaurants making it the ideal spot to host the 2012 BVI Music Fest.

Music Fest Committee Event Coordinator, Rhodni Skelton has expressed his confidence in the success of Music Fest 12 as it makes a return to a beach front location, We have been eager to host Music Fest again on the beach. From its inception, people have come to know and recognise this festival as one of the top beach jams in the Caribbean. After a three-year hiatus from having the stage set within footsteps of the sea, we look forward to seeing the partygoers, music lovers, locals and tourists dancing and enjoying themselves on the waters edge.

Previous editions of the BVI Music Fest have proved to be a resounding success with appearances from an eclectic group of local, regional and international stars including Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Boyz II Men, Fantasia, Wyclef Jean, Luciano, Lucky Dube, The Temptations, Roberta Flack, Percy Sledge, Allison Hinds, Shurwayne Winchester, The Stylistics, Maxi Priest and Daddy Yankee. This year the performances promise to be equally varied with talent representing the full spectrum of musical genres on display including, British Rock n Roll, Party Soca, Dancehall, R&B, Fusion Jazz and Roots Rock Reggae.

A detailed list of the headline acts and performers are due to be released on the 23rd April 2012. By all accounts, BVI Music Fest 2012 is shaping up to be the perfect answer for travellers looking to escape to an exciting, fun filled holiday in the Caribbean.

Hermosa Beach Green Carpet Cleaning – save our planet

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Should You Invest In Green Carpet Cleaning?

Most of us have heard of Hermosa Beach Green Carpet Cleaning services by now, but there are still many who don’t actually know what it means. What are the differences between green services and all the others? Is it actually worth investing in green services?

The big difference between Hermosa Beach Green Carpet Cleaning products and services is their active ingredients. Products that are -green- will be made of natural ingredients that are less toxic for your home, your pets, your family, and the environment at large. The manufacturing processes are sometimes different as well so green cleaning products are more environmentally friendly.

There are two big problems with most cleaning products used by non-green carpet cleaning services:

1. They contain ingredients that are toxic to humans and/or animals when breathed in over time or consumed in any concentration.

2. They are produced in the cheapest way possible, rather than the best manner for the environment.

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The number of companies offering green carpet cleaning services is growing, thanks to a growth in consumer demand. As more people understand what Hermosa Beach Green Carpet Cleaning is and realize how much safer and healthier it is for their families, this consumer demand is guaranteed to increase. This will make green carpet cleaning services even easier to find at affordable prices.

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Galapagos Islands Human Steps, Galapagos Cruise, Galapagos Tours

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The first inhabitants of Galapagos Islands, were between two and three hundred in number; they are nearly all people of colour, who have been banished for political crimes from the Republic of the Equator, of which Quito is the capital. The settlement is placed about four and a half miles inland, and at a height probably of a thousand feet. In the first part of the road we passed through leafless thickets, as in Chatham Islands at Galapagos Islands.
Higher up, the woods gradually became greener; and as soon as we crossed the ridge of the Galapagos islands, we were cooled by a fine southerly breeze, and our sight refreshed by a green and thriving vegetation. In this upper region coarse grasses and ferns abound; but there are no tree-ferns: I saw nowhere any member of the palm family, which is the more singular, as 360 miles northward, Cocos Island takes its name from the number of cocoa-nuts. The houses are irregularly scattered over a flat space of ground, which is cultivated with sweet potatoes and bananas. It will not easily be imagined how pleasant the sight of black mud was to us, after having been so long, accustomed to the parched soil of Peru and northern Chile.

The inhabitants, although complaining of poverty, obtained, without much trouble, the means of subsistence. In the woods there are many wild pigs and goats; but the staple article of animal food is supplied by the tortoises. Their numbers have of course been greatly reduced in this Galapagos islands, but the people yet count on two days’ hunting giving them food for the rest of the week. It is said that formerly single vessels have taken away as many as seven hundred, and that the ship’s company of a frigate some years since brought down in one day two hundred tortoises to the beach.