BANYAN TREE UNGASAN IN UNGASAN, BALI, INDONESIA
There’s no place in the world quite like Bali. So much more than a tropical paradise, Bali has many layers; the people are artistic, friendly and spiritual, the culture is rich and the cuisine is unlike any other. Located in Bali’s southern peninsula and close to the famous must-see Uluwatu Temple, lies the well-regarded Banyan Tree Ungasan. This all-pool villa resort with breathtaking cliff views, immaculately kept grounds, and bright and spacious rooms complete with contemporary Balinese style, fulfill its promise to be the “ultimate romantic getaway.”
The Banyan Tree Ungasan has an array of amazing dining experiences. From a beautiful casual international breakfast buffet to fine dining to in-room delivery you can find everything from traditional Balinese cuisine to Western favorites. (If dining in your villa, just make sure to close your doors at night so the monkeys don’t sneak in and steal your delicious fruit!)
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SECRET SPOT BY SARAH LEE IN KONA, HAWAII, USA
Yodeler Sarah Lee shares her local perspective on this magical tropical destination.
In a secret spot on the Kona Coast, pods of dolphins come to rest after their nightly hunts. She had the honour to join some locals of the spot (pictured), on their daily swim to see the sleepy dolphins. Sarah describes Kona as an idyllic slice of paradise on the biggest island in the Hawaiian chain. Beach life, warm weather, and ‘ono grinds’ (delicious food).
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VIAMALA BY ELSA BLAKE IN HINTERRHEIN, SWITZERLAND
Yodeler Elsa Blake shares a local vision of the beautiful woodsy historical Viamala.
There was a path through the Viamala already in Roman antiquity, though it is not clear whether it was only a foot and bridle path or if it could also be used by wagons. Two access paths met at the northern entrance to the Viamala, which the Romans traversed by means of several rock galleries cut into the walls on the left side of the gorge. Presumably somewhere below today’s automobile bridge and near the pedestrian bridge (Punt da Suransuns) the Romans constructed a wooden bridge crossing over to the right side of the Rhine, routing traffic via Reischen to Zillis.
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DISCOVER MORE, BARCELONA BY NICANOR GARCÍA
In the section dedicated to Barcelona, the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide focuses on three areas of the city: Ciutat Vella, Eixample and Montjuic. He was interested in exploring these areas and capturing them from my point of view. Nicanor also wanted to record some contemporary works from the MACBA, CaixaForum and the Photovoltaic.
Nicanor describes Barcelona as being surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, the Collserola Mountains, and two rivers: el Besós to the north and Llobregat to the south. The core of the city is Ciutat Vella, also called Old Town. The Eixample district was created to connect Ciutat Vella with the nearby villages. Later, events like the 1992 Olympics and 2004 Forum of Cultures further shaped the current configuration of the city.
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QUEEN MARIE ANTOINETTE BY KIMIKO YOSHIDA IN PARIS, FRANCE
This portrait of Queen Marie-Antoinette symbolizes the baroque seduction which is at the heart of French culture.
I was born in Tokyo, Japan, therefore I come from a Buddhist culture consisting of minimalism, restraint and subtraction. When I moved to Europe, I discovered the culture of baroque consisting of accumulation, enticement, dizziness. My art is located in between these opposite significations.
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