The skin of a child is indeed beautiful, soft, smooth and supple and in appearance seems perfect. But it really is also very delicate, thin and helpless because it needs a lot of care. The skin of the baby is not yet able to create that invisible barrier. The so-called common hydro-lipid film formed by water and fat is likely to be strengthened gradually as the child grows. In the first days of life, it undergoes a process of physiological desquamation.

You can clean your baby by sponging of lukewarm water to pass on the different parts of the body excluding the area of the umbilical cord. After the fall of this generally, within the first 15 days of life then you can bath your baby but not necessarily on a daily basis.

Until the third month, you can dissolve in a spoonful of rice starch or special powders based on colloidal oats, rice or wheat, or you can use mild detergent, specific for early childhood such as baby oil which has the advantage of softening the bathwater. They are ideal for those children who have a predisposition to allergies.

Even after a year, scented soaps, cologne containing alcohol and all products not specifically designed for your baby should be avoided. In fact, many suffer from diaper rash that occurs with the red dots, the area of skin covered by the diaper. Hygiene is the first action that is essential to prevent that to cure diaper rash and needs to be changed often every 2-3 hours.

Before using the diaper the baby must be bathed using special detergents. The skin should be thoroughly dried, dabbing gently with a cotton towel. Once dry, you have to apply a layer of sunscreen specifically for children. It is always a good habit to leave away the baby nappies so that the skin can breathe better, especially during periods of high heat, such as in the summer.

Another problem often encountered by mothers is the eczema crust that is when the skin is still immature, which leaves a white film that covers the baby's head. The glands of the scalp produce excess sebum near the hair follicle, forming a layer more or less clear of scabs and more or less yellowish. To solve this very common enough problem apply dab scabs with a wad soaked in oil, and let it act for a few hours. Once softened you should wash the baby's head and comb it with a very soft brush to gently remove flakes instead of the usual shampoo.

If they appear on the face or body in the folds of the skin, the pink spots may be an outpouring of warmth that occurs where more sweat accumulates. In this case, give your baby a refreshing bath with lukewarm water and mild detergent. Pat dry with a soft towel and then apply a bit of protective ointment that can absorb sweat and keep the skin dry.

If the face, neck, elbows, and knees appear rough with red patches that causes itching and tend to become more often and hard, it is eczema. It is often hereditary and can occur already since the first three months. In this case, it is useful to hydrate the skin with oils and creams and emollients. If this is not enough, apply a specific ointment prescribed by the doctor where required.



The children's skin is very delicate and it is precisely for this reason that it is so important to take care of. There are many ways to keep them hydrated and balanced skin of your child, follow them and your little one will be grateful. The best known is certainly the use of massage oils, designed especially for the skins of children. If they are of different brands massage the baby's skin with reliable oil, it will deliver major benefits to the baby’s skin, which will always be soft and velvety.

There are other small but important measures to keep children's skin in perfect health. First, it is important to stabilize an optimum water temperature at bath time as exposing the skin to temperatures too high or too low is a stress that must be avoided. It is also good to choose a suitable soap, non-aggressive, the formula of which is specifically designed for the child's age.

Make sure your child is always well hydrated and drink plenty of water. It will benefit the whole body and naturally even the skin. Accustom also your little one to consume a lot of fruits that, thanks to its antioxidant properties, make the baby's skin more healthy and bright.

All children are born with super-hydrated soft skin. Flaking and peeling of the skin of the baby is a normal process. It’s like a layer of protective coating to the skin revealing a smoother skin! The children soon after birth do not require much attention and pamper while they sleep most of the time. Next, moisturize and protect the skin of your child regularly to prevent drying conditions and weather.

The body of a child is thin and fragile and is unable to resist a sudden climate change or even the slightest increase or decrease in temperature. This often results in the dry or scaly body so heavy moisturizer is a must. Ideally, apply moisturizer after bathing, when the body is still wet. This locks in moisture and keeps it supple.

Use natural products for your baby. Apply this lotion to the skin and rub dry or wet in a circular motion. Do not forget to massage the baby’s hands and feet too. Regular use will reveal a visibly smoother, right, nice and moisturized.

Winter often creates havoc in children's skin, as it is dry and free of moisture. The same applies to the extreme wet or dry summer. Air conditioners and refrigerators also have a drying effect on the skin of your baby. Keep a bowl of water near the air conditioning or refrigeration system to keep the air in the room moist.

Besides face and body lotions, organic baby oils are also good option to keep the skin soft and moist. Sometimes the chlorine in the pool water and the salt water can be harmful to the child's body. If you and your child are always in the pool, be sure to apply a lot of moisturizer or natural oil in the body to prevent the skin from drying out.

If you live in an area where the air is dry, keep a humidifier in your child's room to keep the air fresh and misty. This will keep your body hydrated naturally.

The skin of a child is very soft and delicate to the touch and is the epitome of beauty and perfection. To keep your body hydrated and baby spotless, you need to exercise the above methods.


After all the hotchpotch and the rituals of the wedding, all married couples look out for some cozy time together. This is the time when they can bond and make memories for a lifetime. The Honeymoon period is the time when they can be isolated and no one would disturb them (if you don’t have nosy friends). This is your official 'Do Not Disturb Period'.

Honeymoon planning is extremely important and should be a part of the wedding planning. Some couples venture out of the country whereas some look for places in India to have a great and budget friendly honeymoon. So to ease it up for all honeymooners, I have listed the top 5 outlandish honeymoon destinations in India to have a bombastic time together.

Grab a look and choose where you want to head to!

Lepchajagat - West Bengal



If you are your significant half love nature and wildlife, then Lepchajagat is the place you should be heading to right away. Situated in Darjeeling, this place is famous for the stunning view of the Kangchenjunga sanctuary and the exotic birdlife. It is rich in tranquillity and is located on a hill covered with oak trees.

You can get a beautiful tree house to stay and enjoy the scenic beauty of the different colors in the sky. These colors will leave you baffled and will make you wonder how mother earth gets in all these variations.

Lansdowne- Uttarakhand

The snow covered mountains touching the sky; hiding behind the clouds is the most glorious and alluring view to watch ever. Lansdowne is an isolated hill station located in the Pauri District of Uttarakhand. A view of the mighty Himalayas from a hilltop hotel is guaranteed. There are great options for trekking and mountain climbing. If an adventure is on your mind for your honeymoon, then you should head here right now!

Allepey - Kerala



If you want to sit and enjoy the glimpse of the sun falling on the shining water, Alleppey should be the place to visit. The serene backwaters can soothe your soul and help you relax to the fullest. A houseboat with just the two of you can be a great a place to have those first special moments together. Alleppey is definitely pocket-friendly and an amazing place to visit all around the year.

Minicoy Island - Lakshadweep



The hot sun on the wet white sand is a beauty to watch. One of the most isolated islands in the world, this place should top your list. The Minicoy Island is lush green and is covered with forests. With exotic marine life under the sea, scuba diving will be an experience of the lifetime.

Lachung - Sikkim



Near to the Indo-Tibetan border, Lachung is called the valley of flowers. Such mind boggling can blow your mind, the moment you enter the city. With cultures influenced from both the nations, it has many places to visit. There might not be great establishments to look out for, but a cozy wooden house on the hills is something you will easily get. This is a great place to visit in 0ctober-November. With the winter setting in, this place can make those nights really hot for you (Pun Intended)!


These are the five most amazing and isolated places you can visit if you are heading for your honeymoon. There are hundred other places in our country like these, and I am sure if you pre-plan, you will find your dream honeymoon destination in our country with great ease.



Make a list of things you want to do, and I am sure our country has a lot to offer.

Do let us know which destination you chose and how the experience was!!

Happy Honeymooning In Advance! ☺
Baby Skin Softest Diaper

We know that there is no skin smoother and softer than that of infants. This is why their skin should be treated with care. To keep it soft and healthy therefore requires special attention, especially in some areas. Diapers are a kind of second skin for the baby. The diaper accompanies the first days of life, wrapping the baby’s body seamlessly, from morning to evening to night, until they are old enough that it can be routed to the control of their physiological needs.
Ways to Take Care of Baby Skin

Congratulations! You’re starting this new wonderful experience! Your newborn child is so small and completely dependent on you, and you probably feel responsible and determined, but also terrified. Do not worry! Read below some basic guidelines to take care of your child’s skin.
A beauty in the cradle of the Himalayas, Darjeeling is a locale that is as stunning as it gets. Wrapped up in the mountains, this beautiful place is dotted with glaciers, forests and extensive rice fields. Not to forget, you will love getting lost in the greenery of the tea plantations and the colorful decorum of the Buddhist monasteries.

Darjeeling is an emerald jewel clinging to the steep walls of the Himalayas. It is carved over millennia by the relentless work of nature and over the centuries by the humble and difficult man. In this piece of land lost in the folds of time, glaciers are softened in a maze of deep valleys. Here a thousand steps outline the profile of the rice fields and a thousand lines define the geometry of the tea plantations. All the colors of green are broken by the pyrotechnic punctuation of Buddhist monasteries.

Darjeeling is a great place to witness some gorgeous scenery. Darjeeling Tea is known and loved around the world as the champagne of teas. In the heart of the tea gardens, Darjeeling reveals it’s most intimate and authentic side. The richness of this land expresses the evocative power that draws on the history and the charm of its locations.

The best time to visit this place is definitely at the end of October to December. Then the weather is fine and the light snow begins to fall and cover its upper reaches. You can see the majestic views of the Kanchenjunga and on a clear day even the Mount Everest. Try to wake up early around 4 so you can enjoy the view of the sunrise, which is nothing short of a spectacle of great beauty. A day of excitement, that starts early with a race against time to get to Tiger Hill and watch the sunrise on Kanchenjunga, when the ice wall turns pink.

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The Kanchenjunga, along with the beautiful tea plantations, is the scenery dotted with temples which unfold to the day traveler. Darjeeling is very famous for its manicured botanical gardens in the city center. You will also find the famous Darjeeling zoo that is home to some rare species of birds and animals. It includes the wonderful Siberian tiger and the red panda. Another must-see is the Lloyd's Botanical Garden. It is a colorful garden that contains Himalayan plants, flowers, and a multitude of orchids.

The slow journey of the Toy Train through the picturesque landscapes will surely cheer your heart. As I sit back I take pleasure in the momos, thukpa and in particular churpee. They are the food of the gods that can entice you. They invite me to rediscover the authentic aromas and flavors along this journey of taste.

Darjeeling has often been a place of inspiration for many artists and writers with the atmosphere and enchanted avulse of the area. It has meant that the hills became the set of many movies such as Barfi to Parineeta and Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, as well as lots of music videos.

As winter arrives Darjeeling becomes even more fascinating. Then the sun shines on the campaign of dazzling green tea leaves, and flowers sprout everywhere. There is a multitude of things to do to enjoy full days in the open air. Darjeeling is really a journey between scents, colors, and sensations of the hills and the best time to book tickets is…coming soon.

To make things a little easy for you in today's smartphone savvy world the MakeMyTrip app will help you cruise you to Darjeeling without a hassle.

Blogs are for publishing stories and sketches that are attention-grabbing. It may not be profound or significant enough to publish as a commentary on a glossy magazine. And this is where my Asus Zenfone comes handy. The Zenfone is not a fill-in for my laptop but is an addition to my notebook.

I immediately draw out the Zenfone and in 10 seconds I’m typing in the blog editor on my phone. Whether I am sitting in an open space, car, train, class, or waiting in a café, it doesn't matter.

The Zenfone lets me take blogging everywhere. So I blog while hanging out in playgrounds taking pleasure in an excellent winter day. And if I get nearer to the range of a wifi signal I can publish. Easy. My efforts and daily life have both improved.

The Zenfone also makes long train and bus ride very much fruitful. I can at present note down where at one time I would do nothing but nod and gaze out of the windowpane. I no longer have to hang around until I am settled in a room.



The Zenfone definitely is not only for calling friends and family. It plays an important role in my life to:

1. Jot down appointments and schedules to plan my days better.

2. Pen, Paper, who? I no longer need to carry a pen and paper. The food and restaurant related apps help me get an idea of the nearby restaurants.

3. Zenfone is the newest 'in' thing for me to look trendy.

4. Every other fashion label retails online. Shopping is one touch away with my Zenfone.

5. Checking bank statements, to remind me when to stop shopping.

6. Following up with friends. Duh! How easy when Facebook and Twitter go with me everywhere.

7. When I need to refresh myself to search for the nearest Pub, restaurant or other hotspots.

8. For my information and research curiosity and reading Google and Wikipedia.

9. Blog from anywhere anytime at the office, park or the mall.

10. Scroll down my camera roll, go through the notes I write. Taking a moment to reminiscence my beautiful life and SMILE.

After my move to Zenfone, it is my personal assistant and an ideal companion.

We had a little taste of Scotland through this short but intense travel through the UK. It was a trip that we had very much in mind for a long time. This has been a special trip for us. It was the second time we were traveling to Scotland. Deciding the route and choosing the different accommodation points, is usually what takes more time when planning a trip.

Once the flights were confirmed, and with the route already planned, the next thing was to look for accommodation. For this, we use the omnipotent Google. The truth is that there are few accommodations that are not found in Google Maps. Once located on the map, we selected the ones that fit within our budget. Then we contacted them through email and if they had availability, we formalized the reservation.


Day 1 - Edinburgh

In the end the day arrived. It seemed like it would never come! Two hours before the departure of our flight we arrived at the airport. After checking on the screens that our flight would leave at the scheduled time, we showed up at the counter to check-in our bags.

After having a coffee, we passed the security checkpoint and headed towards the boarding gate. The line was considerable. A person went through the queue, checking that we all had the correct documentation and that the hand luggage met the requirements.

With British punctuality, we were walking the track, ready to take off. Our flight takes off after a considerable delay from the airport that takes us to Edinburgh. The United Kingdom is outside the Schengen area. On arrival, there are passport checks and customs formalities. There is a long line and we were a bit irritated at the delay as our time is short and in these few days we will have to travel a lot.

When we are finally outside the airport, we take the rental car and head to the apartment we booked. Bad luck has it that we struggle to find the address because at that stretch of road there are works in progress, but then we make it. Upon arrival, we see the beautiful apartment.

It has a super modern bedroom, a living room with fireplace and dining table, kitchen, bathroom, and backyard. In the fridge, there's even breakfast for the next day! In this comfortable house, all the fatigue of the journey disappears.

We support our things and we try not to lose more time because we would like to move straight into the historic center. The bus stop is located within a minutes walk. Once accommodated on board here I start chatting with a lady sitting next to me in perfect English, of course!

Fortunately, they had told me that the Scots speak a little understandable English, and instead understand (almost) everything. The very polite lady advises on the most convenient stop for us to reach Edinburgh Castle.

We get off the bus after crossing the North Bridge and we are immediately on the corner with the famous Royal Mile. It is the oldest pedestrian street that leads straight to one side of Edinburgh Castle, and the one opposite the city's harbor. We start walking to breathe a little Scottish air!

Along the walk, we see several local restaurants with painted doors and windows, bagpipers, and Scottish souvenir shops. Arriving at the castle, however, we realize that it is too late to enter and consequently many rooms are already closed. We buy tickets for the next morning, so as to avoid the queue, and we go wandering around the old town.

We visit the St. Giles' Cathedral and then went to Arthur's Seat area. And there we went climbing the hills! Once up it started to rain! When we got down, we were dripping! Tired and still a little soaked, we decided to go to dinner in a typical pub. We dined next to the hotel, and have a beer, camembert, risotto, and burger. The day ends early because we were a bit tired.

Scotland wallpaper

Day 2 - Fort William

After breakfast in the room with coffee, juice, and cookies, we once again head to the Edinburgh Castle that stands on a hill overlooking the city. From here we enjoy a wonderful view of the sea. The front facade has the statue of William Wallace, the hero of Scottish independence. Then there is the Royal Palace, with its gallery of monarchs portraits and the magnificent Great Hall.

We also see the National War Museum, where there is the history of Scottish fighters to the present day. There is also the photographic project dedicated to the return of British fighters from Afghanistan. I quietly admire the view from where we can enjoy the city. Slowly the gray morning clears and the sun is coming out.

We have lunch in the cafeteria on the Esplanade with a sandwich and a drink. Our Edinburgh visit was very short. We went to our next stop, Glenrothes. We were in the cradle of golf! We see one of the St Andrews courses, in the Castle Course. Our driver offered to help me play in the afternoon at Gleneagles, which is where the Ryder Cup was played!

Then we went to Dunnotar Castle an hour and a little from St Andrews. Time gave us a break and the sun came out, and I have no words. It is one of the best images I keep in my memory of this trip. We did not get inside. We only saw it from the outside, from various perspectives. From here we then head to the free tour of Glenfiddich Whiskey Distillery in Dufftown.

As it was late instead of heading to Inverness, we start towards Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. We took the ferry in Luss crossing the Loch Lomond between its islands to Inchcailloch. We eat a sandwich on the pier of Inchcailloch while waiting for the ferry to come back.

Once in Luss, we take the car and go to Inveraray Castle, better known as the castle of the Downton Abbey series. The truth is that it is very beautiful and we take some beautiful photos. We do not buy the ticket to see it from the inside. We just go into the gardens and the store. About 5:30 pm we went to our next stop.

As the weather did not improve, we decided to leave the visit to the Kilchurn castle for another time. We took some pictures from the train station of Loch Awe on one of the banks of the lake with the same name.

The rental car has GPS which naturally makes us take a different path which seems to me much longer than they should. But who knows maybe it calculates routes based on traffic! The fact is that we begin to delve into the green of the Scottish scenery, and with a trip of about 2 hours, we arrive in Fort William. The town of Fort William is located on the banks of one of the many beautiful Loch of the region, the Loch Linnhe.

The Scottish Loch are different depths lakes with all the long and narrow characteristic shape. There are some freshwater lakes such as Loch Ness and others are the fjords, where the sea creeps, and are therefore saltwater. In this region, the water is one of the absolute protagonists, and one of the main reasons for its beauty.

With rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and sea, Scotland is a celebration of nature! We head to our cottage is located in the countryside in an idyllic situation with a beautiful garden and a pond with ducks. We also have the view of Ben Nevis, the highest in the UK, a winter ski mountain.

We have a veranda, a kitchen, bathroom with shower, a skimpy double bedroom and nicest thing of all a second bedroom loft with two single beds and balcony. In the evening we had to turn on the heat because it was chilly. That night we ordered some pizzas and they were brought to the house and we ate them in the family kitchen.

Day 3 - Inverness

After a great breakfast, we start our day by visiting the Dunstaffnage castle, located in the vicinity of Oban. It is one of the oldest stone castles in Scotland. On the way to Glenfinnan, we stop to visit the Old Inverlochy Castle. Now in ruins and a bit neglected, it was once one of Scotland's most famous castles as the setting for two great historical events, the first and second battles of Inverlochy.

We continue to the Ben Nevis distillery, located in Fort William. In the visitor center, it begins with a fun movie projected on the wall. Here the giant MCDram tells the story of the origins of Scotch whiskey. We then begin the guided tour learning the processes of the drink!

An interesting story that has impressed me is concerning the part of whiskey that evaporates every year in barrels. It is called Angel's Share, perhaps because it is assumed that the evaporation is for the benefit of the latter. The tour ends with a small course tasting, reserved for adults only. Of course, there is also a shop where one can buy, but the prices seemed exorbitant though the whiskey was good.

After the visit to the castle, we continue our way to Glenfinnan to watch the Harry Potter train pass at 10:45 by the viaduct. When passing through Banavie, we saw that there were people standing on one side of the road. As he knows that there are many people waiting, when he enters the viaduct the steam train starts to play the horn. We take some beautiful photos.

Our next destination was at the Castle Tioram. On the road leading to the castle we could enjoy some beautiful landscapes. The sheep seemed to pose for us. The castle was the home of the Clanranald clan. According to legend, the clan chief burned his own castle, predicting that he would die when he joined the army of the Count of the Sea in the Jacobite uprising.

Until our next destination, the Ardnamurchan lighthouse, there was a hour trip on the road. There was a very strong wind that made it uncomfortable to be there.

After lunch, we head towards Fort Augustus, the town which is located to the south of Lake Loch Ness. The Caledonian Canal is a navigable canal built to connect the different lakes with each other. After Fort Augustus, we see the Falls of Foyers, a very cool waterfall and then head to Loch Ness.

The Nessie, after all, is not the first thing that comes to mind thinking of Scotland, after the whiskey! Today was a special day for me because as a child I had wanted to go see Nessie. The lake has been explored far and wide with a sonar. In the 90s, a documentary was also made. In the museum of the Loch Ness Exhibition Center in Drumnadrochit, the history of Nessie has been documented throughout.

There is the possibility of a kind of dinosaur that survived extinction and has been trapped in the waters of the lakes. The first documented sightings in some way date back to 1500 years ago. We hear the videotaped testimonies of people who claim to have seen the creature. Our short but intense journey comes to an end already.

From here we went to Urquhart Castle. This one is very beautiful. Although it is demolished, it has a privileged location and a very interesting history. We ate some sandwiches. We wanted to stay until sunset, but it was totally cloudy and sparkling and we would not have taken any spectacular pictures.

And before the lights went out, we had time to make a quick visit to the Chanonry lighthouse on the opposite shore of Fort George in Fortrose. We made an attempt to visit Clava Cairn, a circular funerary chamber from the Bronze Age. We arrived after 8:30 pm and there was hardly any light. So with my regret of not getting the photos we had seen, we went to our hotel in Inverness.

Our host welcomed us and showed us our room. Just when we were going out again to find a place to dine, we received an unexpected visit. The owner's wife presented us with a bottle of sparkling rose wine and strawberries as a welcome gift.

We went to dinner outside with a beer, salad, Chicken Balmoral, chicken breasts stuffed with Haggis and garnish and some tagliatelle. It was not bad, but it was not anything special either.

Day 4 - Isle of Skye

At early dawn, we see a nice sunrise from the bed. We have another spectacular breakfast, although I had yogurt with natural fruits. After recovering strength, we went to John O'Groats considered the northernmost town of the island of Great Britain. We assume that they have exploited this to make it a very touristy spot. It is also departure from one of the ferries that go to the Orkney Islands.

Given the nice weather, we decide in the morning for a boat trip on Loch Broom, departing from the pier in Fort George at 10 am. We could watch the Ben Nevis in all its splendor as the sun rises higher in the sky.

The guide explained to us that only a few days a year one could enjoy such a clear view of the mountain, and we were lucky! The cruise lasts an hour and a half. We stand on the deck admiring the scenery and watch from the large windows, sipping hot chocolate from the bar. On the way to the Isle of Skye that is also connected by land, we enjoy great and unique views.

Before arriving on the island we stop at Eilean Donan, a small castle located on a small island connected by a stone bridge. In the films of the 80s, many scenes of the movies have been set right here. This small castle is set in a spectacular natural setting at the confluence of three lochs and the Isle of Skye in the background.

Inside we visit the rooms, but we were not allowed to take photos. The bedrooms, kitchens, tables are laden and clothes in the closets recreate the atmosphere of a castle of 1800. After having a chocolate cake at the small visitor center, just opposite the castle, we start towards the Isle of Skye, where we find some landscapes taken from fairy tales.

Shortly before arriving at Kyle of Lochalsh we stopped at a viewpoint on the road. From here there are beautiful views of the Kyle of Lochalsh harbor on the right, the Skye bridge in the background and the village of Kyleakin on the left. Once inside the Isle of Skye Our first stop was in the Eas a' Bhradain waterfall.

Continuing along we arrive at Sligachan where the crossroads are located where we can choose to continue north or go west of the island. In this small settlement at the foot of the Cuillin Mountains, there is a hotel built in 1830 and a stone bridge dating from 1820.

Although we had intended to visit the Talisker distillery, it, unfortunately, was closed to visitors. We, of course, like Edinburgh Castle, arrived late. The next stop on our way was the Neist Point lighthouse, located at the westernmost point of the island. On the way, we were enjoying the incredible landscape that we had before us.

Sometime before 2pm we arrived at Neist Point. We parked the car and went down the stairs that lead to the lighthouse. As we went down we went thinking that we would have to climb those same stairs. Despite the sun, it was windy and the temperature was not very high.

Neist point is considered the best place in Skye to see whales, dolphins, porpoises and the basking shark. The sea that surrounds the point is full of sea birds like gannets and cormorants. It is also famous for its rock formations, which are very similar to those of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. It is said that the causeway extends under the sea of Northern Ireland to the Isle of Skye.

We went down to the lighthouse, took hundreds of photos and after an hour we returned to the car. It was almost 3 o'clock and we had not eaten yet. So we made our way to Dunvegan Castle in the hope of finding somewhere to recharge. When passing through Glendale, we saw a tearoom and stopped to see if we could still eat something.

It was run by two ladies who give us a mixed sandwich and a soda. Although they had a counter with some amazing looking pies, we decided that we could not waste any more time because we still had to get to Dunvegan Castle. Then we went to Uig to see Fairy Glen, the landscape they say resembles Hobbiton. It's nice, but I think there are other nicer areas.

We continue towards Kilt Rock, a spectacular cliff formed by columns of basalt 60 million years ago. We hear the sounds produced by the water in the cascade of music. On the way back, we stopped at some vantage point with an open mouth at the Old Man of Storr. From below, the pointed rock seems to be close, so we started the climb.

After the first slope, the perspective changes and the rock looks much farther. The road was quite muddy and the sky did not look good at all, but we kept moving forward a bit. When we were up there it started to rain, but we took some amazing photos.

It take about 1 hour to come to our hotel near Portree. The truth is that the room was spectacular and huge. The owner was a little special, but very nice and tried to help us in everything. We went to dinner in Portree. We had a lot of trouble finding a place, as everything was booked. In the end, we find a hotel restaurant and had salmon, and other fish and beer. We come back to our room and go to rest.

Day 5 - Glencoe

After a breakfast with freshly laid natural eggs from the owner's chickens, and after a very interesting talk with him about the independence, we start our journey. The road we take on the return is not the same as the first leg, in which we have been guided by the navigator. After we left Dornie (very sadly, by the way) we stopped to take a picture of a beautiful reflection on Lake Duich at the height of Ault A'chruinn.

A little later we went to Dalmally taking the road that would take us through the Glencoe Pass. But before reaching that point, we stopped at Ballachulish where we took a short walk to see the Burial Islands. Soon after we reached Pass of Glencoe. From a viewpoint that is next to the road you have magnificent views of the Three Sisters.

We passed through Glencoe and in one of the lakes we stopped to eat our sandwich. This is one of the most spectacular valleys of Scotland, and despite the rain, we still enjoyed its majestic views.

The amount of water, waterfalls, rivers, and streams is impressive. From a hill come down dozens of streams, which seemed to gush from the top cloud in which was to disappear the top of the hill itself. I was enchanted! We head to our next destination at Pitlochry and headed towards Lake Tummel.

On one of the banks is the Queen's View. Before going to Killiecrankie, we decided to go through Queen's View to see if we had more luck with the subject of light. Although we had seen pictures on the internet, the truth is that we did not know exactly where it was!

We found the beginning of the lake without problems, but something did not fit. We went to the water level and the photos we had seen were quite high. After about 15 minutes we were convinced that the viewpoint could not be on that road and we decided to put a destination point on the GPS that was on the opposite shore.

Our beloved GPS put us on the correct shore of the lake and after undoing the walk, in just 15 minutes we reached the Queen's View. In addition to the viewpoint, there was a small shop (just closed). As we could see in an informative poster, from there leave a few hiking routes.

The viewpoint is two minutes walk from the car park and as explained in an information panel carved in stone, it became famous after the visit of Queen Victoria. The sky was quite covered and the sun was in front. So, despite not being the best time, we took some pictures to record the visit.

We head to the Falls of Bruar. These waterfalls are at the end of a path that starts from House of Bruar. When we reached the parking lot, it started to rain. So we thought it was a good time to have a hot chocolate and wait to see if it would go down. In half an hour, the sky opened and we were able to start the walk towards the waterfalls.

Halfway through the tour we realized that there was just a little bit of time before we could see the Blair castle. So we accelerated a bit. As soon as we got out of the car we were already impressed with the majesty of the castle. Its completely white exterior does not go unnoticed. Despite the fact that on the website of the castle they announce the availability of free tours, they did not offer it to us. I guess because we went at the last minute.

Shortly we were in Killiecrankie. After paying the parking, we went through the information center to see if they had any detailed map of the trail. What they showed us was quite similar to what was in our Scotland travel guide but bigger. In the middle of the route is the Loch Faskally, an artificial lake.

Without losing time, we left for Birnam where the Highland Games are held. Although the most famous competition is held in Braemar (the Royal Family attends), we prefer to go to a smaller town where we could safely move around the site.

As we were nearby, we went to Doune Castle. This castle is very small and almost everything is demolished. Today, fully restored, it offers a vision of how royalty lived in the Middle Ages. From the top of the tower, there are beautiful views of the town.

After the visit to the castle, we went to Balquhidder in the heart of the Trossachs National Park. Taking advantage of the fact that we were inside the park, we went to Loch Katrine.

When we arrive at our last stop at the Stirling Castle, the sun was finally out. We have little time, but we decide to visit the same. The coolest thing about the castle is probably its location and the view of the valley from its walkways. We ate some sandwiches outdoors and then we went to the William Wallace Monument.

We did not get to go up, but we saw it from the cafeteria, where we had a coffee and a chocolate in the windows overlooking a fascinating cemetery. Our next destination of the day was Falkirk Wheel. A rotating platform that acts as a lock to communicate the Forth and Clyde channels that are at different levels. It was opened by Queen Elizabeth II and is one of the great engineering works of the United Kingdom.

Although we had no intention of getting on the barges, we wanted to see it in operation since it seemed very curious to us. And the truth is that he did not disappoint us. When we finished, we then take the way to the airport, where the return flight awaited that take us back home after making a stopover in Amsterdam.

We loved this short tour to Scotland and would certainly return with more days available. It is a trip that combines so many different aspects and is suitable for both those who are fond of nature. The landscapes are stunning and there are many possibilities for outdoor activities.

It is a very suitable trip for those traveling with children. The only problem would be to find a suitable accommodation if you travel with more than two as the majority of the bed and breakfast apartments have a few rooms. If you want to travel in high season (summer) you have to book well in advance.

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Tiruvannamalai is at the foot of Arunachala, a sacred hill dedicated to Shiva. Perched on the foothills of the mystical Annamalai Hills, the place is tranquil and a lush rich area with greenery. It is one of the largest temple in India around volcanoes. Thousands of pilgrims walk around every full moon. At the full moon in November Karthigai Deepam is celebrated as the festival of lights that still remains to be the most traditional and oldest festival celebrated across Tamil Nadu.

We wake up at 5:30. In the meantime I decided to have a South Indian breakfast of idly with spicy curries and a filter coffee. To get to Tiruvannamalai, we cross beautiful tropical landscapes, where rice fields and small villages predominate. We cross fields of sugar cane, coconut trees. Along the road there are large tamarind trees, which have small leaves a little thinner than the acacias but very thick trunks.

Their pods serve as spices. The driver offer us and we nibbled. They have a tart taste, not unpleasant. We cross dusty villages, fruit sellers, appetizing fries in tiny stalls, garages, children who go to school. The girls have their braided hair tight and wound up with big ribbons. Halfway the landscape is scattered with small hills, reddish, very dry, formed of huge piled erratic blocks.

Like old sages, gray cows with oblong heads watch with an unpolished eye the tribe of mischievous monkeys and beggars seated on the edge of the road. From time to time, the isolated statue of some deity watches absently about neighboring cultures. In this unchanging campaign with sun-drenched landscapes, I almost expect to meet the blue-skinned Krishna or the generous Lakshmi.

After several hours of driving we arrive at destination. What a shock awaits me on arrival! The streets are crowded with people, and as if restless. Thousands of cars, buses and two-wheelers converge on the city and hundreds of thousands of people disembark to honor their god. Like a human river, it flows on the circular road encircling Arunachala.

After arriving in Tiruvannamalai just minutes before reaching the temple it started to rain. It was slow at the beginning and then got stronger and stronger as we approached the temple. We end with the torrents of water that fell at the very moment when we stopped in the parking lot.

It is impossible to get out of the car and visit the temple in these conditions and impossible to predict if this rain would last a few minutes or days. We were going to give up, ready to abandon Tiruvannamalai for this time and continue our journey. But our driver, who is an eternal optimist, advised us to wait a moment. He knew how much we cared and he advised us to visit the Sri Ramana Maharshi ashram just to give the rain some time to stop.

On the way to the ashram our taxi turns into a boat. He leaves us in front of the ashram. We enter the enclosure but we realize that we have no desire to stay. We have to take off our shoes and I do not see myself walking barefoot in the muddy water of the inner courtyard, and then the ashrams. It is not really our cup of chai.

So we decide to go drink one in a small shop that is right in front of the Ashram. Our driver has disappeared. Like every time he leaves us somewhere he always finds someone to talk to or something to do. We feel good in this little shop! It's teeming with life. A young boy starts a conversation while we sip from our smoking hot cups.

The rain continues to fall. The face of our driver appears, smiling, and we follow him to return to the temple during a lull. I do not hesitate to take off this time. The temple is huge. We go under the main gopuram to find ourselves in the flooded yard. The visit promises to be unfruitful, although the temple is beautiful. It looks like many other temples of Tamil Nadu. We see puddles, tourists, and scaffolding. The sky is gray.

Intrigued we queue without thinking. We do not know where we are going but gradually we realize that we enter the cave of the temple. We move slowly. We are ecstatic at the inner pillars blackened by the smoke of candles and incense. We are invaded by the smells of incense, candles and by the sounds of bell, drums, conch. We follow the queue that advances, silently. Devotees come in honor of Shiva. The closer we come to the sanctuary, the more the temperature increases and the more the rooms become narrow.

We enter the sanctuary that is bright with sulfurous, and burning flames powered by a 30 metre high wick immersed in 2000 liters of ghee. The walls are made of black granite, which adds to the feeling of being in the heart of a volcano. The people are no longer themselves, and the smell and sounds are even more intense. An unstable wooden bridge leads to priests. The priest hums Om Namah Shivaya and we take the heat of the candle that he accompany to the face and applies the tilak and we leave room for the ones behind us.

After this time out of time we visit a little inside the temple which is huge. We see sculptured columns in aisles behind which there are dozens of lingams, statues or nandi bull aligned. Outside the temple, the show is in full swing. Along the wall on the north side, sellers of colorful sweets wait, while across the street stalls brim with statuettes and religious images.

Near the main entrance, an army of women is desperately trying to sell tiny sachets of camphor, which the faithful will throw into the fire. My eyes are attracted to a man sitting on the floor. In front of him is a stack of cards and a green parakeet in a cage. The man beckons me to approach. For a few rupees, he releases the bird which, with its beak, chooses a card and gives it to his master.

This one then undertakes to interpret the figure represented on the map supposed to reveal my future. Too bad he does not speak hindi and I do not understand a word of tamil! Suddenly, a bell rings. The priests light an immense fire to which the faithful come to purify themselves before beginning around the sacred mountain their circumambulatory pilgrimage, called pradakshina.

Soon, there are hundreds, then thousands to move forward in the streets of the city. Barefoot, they are indifferent to the state of the road, clean or dirty, paved or dusty. They left their sandals in one of the makeshift shacks scattered all over the city where, for two rupees, a guardian watches over their shoes. By what miracle it manages to return to their owners the right pair among the kaleidoscope of shoes that invade the place remains a perfect mystery.

Unperturbed, cows stand or lie in the middle of the uninterrupted stream of passers-by. At the edge of the road, the sannyasin, ascetics who have renounced the world and live on begging, stretch out an emaciated hand while a yogi is in trance. In the lotus posture, he shakes a bell, mumbling an incomprehensible mantra. All night, the procession will continue under the glow of the round moon veiled by the puja smoke.

At each temple, shrine, ritual basin or simple altar, the pilgrims mark a halt, the time of a prayer. They hope to receive the blessing of Shiva, to wash away their sins or to gain some divine grace. The devotion is total. The crowd and the powerful fervor that emanates from it, the strangeness of the situation, and perhaps also the effects of the full moon.

Here more than elsewhere, travelers must agree to forget, for a time, their comfort and their familiar landmarks, at the risk of not being able to withstand the great cultural and material differences they face. We find our driver, and give him prasadam that he happily accepts and we head to the hotel where we decided to sleep that night. Apparently there are no more rooms without air conditioning.

When the rain stops, we decide to go out for a walk in the city. We see the temple at night. The Mahadeepam, can be observed for miles around. As Karthigai Deepam is celebrated, the adjacent houses and the temple is covered by rows of oil lamps! Dipams are lit in and outside every home as auspicious symbols. They are supposed to ward off bad luck and give prosperity and joy. Then we go back to the hotel, tired after the day.

Trip to Annamalai during Karthigai Deepam

Day 2

We wake up at 7 am and leave the hotel at 8 am. We begin by revisiting the temple. After an unmissable passage near the elephant to be blessed, we go inside one of the small temples. A priest calls us, seeing that we are lost and beckoning us to follow him through the dark alleys and resounding songs of meditation.

After arriving at the heart of the temple, he makes us sit in a corner in an adjacent room murmuring words we do not understand. He comes out with full hands and leads us a little further to drop flowers in our right hand and draw a line of white powder on the forehead. This small service is a rather unique experience. When we come out, we do not really know what to do with our flowers, so we put them near statues of gods.

We then come out of the temple, with the aim of climbing the sacred mountain of Shiva which is just behind the temple. We start our climb at 9:30. At the beginning of the path, we go through a part of the city a little remote. The real climb begins then but we are challenged by the fact that many tell us that it takes authorization to get on the mountain.

We do not pay too much attention to it first and we refuse to take a guide. But while continuing to climb, we are stopped by a forest ranger who refuses to pass us without authorization. After much insistence and once the tourists are gone, a little old man agrees to accompany us and we pass without problems.

We did not know that the climb would be so difficult. There is no shade at all and the sun is really hot now. Despite all the disadvantages, the view is superb and we get never tired of taking a picture. We go to the cave which is not very far. Completely exhausted, we turn back, a little disappointed not to have arrived at the top but happy to have seen the landscape.

We then return to the hotel for a shower and lunch. And here we go again to Chennai. The Tiruvannamalai Bus Stop is much more like India than the Chennai Railway Station.

In some books, they talk about the Mediterranean diet in which they say the countries that surround the Mediterranean follow this diet and then if you also eat this diet, you will lose weight.

Why Spanish cuisine is a good example of Mediterranean Diet?

Spain's gastronomy includes feeding the three pillars of the Mediterranean Diet. Olive oil as food cooking fat, seasoning, and flavoring. Consumption of whole grains, and legumes. The preponderance of fish. In addition, vegetable consumption is common either as a single dish, salads and side dishes. Some communities consume lots of oily fish and seafood. Although some communities do use meat a lot on their plates.

Fresh seasonal fruits and are often used in desserts and other preparations. It is also common to use different spices and seasonings to add flavor to dishes without using an excessive amount of salt. Among the culinary techniques include roasts, steam cooking, baked or grilled food. These preparations do not require excessive amounts of fat but retain the maximum nutritional quality of food.

What are the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet gives us the Tunisian cuisine?

Tunisian cuisine is the result of a mixture of combinations of local culinary knowledge and contributions of diverse peoples. There are influences that have enriched Tunisian plates since the time of Carthage. Tunisian cuisine is strongly influenced by its North African neighbors. Here the Berbers brought the couscous to Tunisia, but also the Jewish community has a great impact on the Tunisian dishes.

The cuisine is based on olive oil and spices, whose proper mixing and dosing has created simple and inexpensive dishes. Like all Mediterranean countries, Tunisian cuisine is complemented by a wide variety of fish and meat such as sheep and beef, and fish mainly on the coasts.

One common component is the harissa, a mixture of ground chilies, garlic, salt and caraway, cumin type. Dates and nuts like almonds are part of the daily diet and are found in sweets and liqueurs. Another thing you can not stop doing if you visit Tunisia is taking a delicious tea in one of its many cafes. Although it is a Muslim country, alcohol is not prohibited and Tunisian wines are of excellent quality as well as boukha a brandy-like drink.

Typical dishes of Tunisian cuisine

Salad Mechuia: This dish is made from tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, onions, garlic, all well chopped and roasted sprinkled with olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, olives, capers, tuna and chopped egg .

Couscous: This traditional Arabian dish is prepared with semolina wheat with pieces of lamb, beef, chicken or fish, vegetables and legumes. It served with a more or less spicy sauce according to taste diner.

Tagines: it is a typical dish that consists of an egg pie with vegetables, lamb, potatoes, parmesan cheese and leaves maluska, all simmered

Masfuf: is traditional dessert, like couscous, made with raisins, beans Granada, dates, and almonds.

Mint tea: is the most popular drink in Tunisia, and is usually served well loaded with a lot of sugar, and often served with pine nuts.

Tunisia is one of the countries that use olive oil and uses wine as part of their drinks. Many of the dishes are made with egg. Moreover, they use oily fish on their plates. Many of their desserts are made with nuts such as almonds and pinions, providing a source of vegetable protein and polyunsaturated fatty acids. However, these desserts contain a lot of sugar. Another interesting aspect of the Tunisian cuisine is employing many spices to flavor their dishes so that significantly reduces salt consumption in this area.

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Greek Mediterranean diet and food

Greek cuisine based on the Mediterranean diet has great influences from neighboring countries, especially Turkey. This results in a variety of flavors and sensations. It is characterized by its geographical location and its history, by the use of olive oil and spices.

The most used ingredients are Fresh vegetables such as eggplant, tomato, artichokes, spinach, onion or cucumber. Meats, especially lamb, which is usually present in all parties, but also sheep and beef. Fish, especially in coastal areas and islands. Highlights include lobster, octopus, squid, and cuttlefish. Cheeses, such as feta, Kasseri, the Kefalotyri, and mizithra. They have a large number of them own denomination of origin. Sauces, either Greek yogurt (called tzatziki sauce), lemon or tomato. Taramosalata also salsa, from Turkey is made from carp eggs, olives, onions, croutons and lemon juice, accompanied with pita bread.

Typical recipes

Horiatiki salata, known as Greek salad: Used as a starter or side dish, takes tomato, green pepper strips, red onion, Kalamata olives and Greek, gherkins and feta cheese. It is seasoned with olive oil, red wine vinegar, ground pepper, oregano and salt.

Moussaka is very similar to the Italian lasagna, which seems to be the key to its origin. It consists of layers of minced meat, eggplant slices and cheese on top that broil to bake. It can also be prepared with potatoes.

Pilaffs : These are dishes made of rice, and pieces of flavored lamb with onions and spices, which can be served mixed with Greek yogurt sauce, avgolemono sauce (leading lemon and egg), or tomato sauces spiced with coriander, pepper and cumin.

Dolmades : it Consists of grape leaves stuffed with lamb, rice, spices and pine nuts.

Mezzedes : This is a set of dishes used as a starter, among which are:

Hummus is a paste of chickpeas seasoned with lemon juice, garlic and sesame paste form (tahini).

Greek-style burger contains lamb, feta cheese, kalamata olives, onions and spices like garlic, parsley and pepper. You may also be added tzatziki sauce.

Tyropita is pie feta cheese and egg wrapped in filo pastry. One of its variants is the spanakopita, based on spinach and feta cheese with dill.

Melitzanosalata is a paste made from roasted eggplant, feta cheese, almonds, egg, garlic, olive oil, and vinegar.

Sweets :

Bougatsa, from Macedonia. It consists of a mass of minced meat, custard, and cheese wrapped in filo pastry.

Thiples, spirals or loops fried dough dipped in honey or syrup and served with nuts and cinnamon.

Baklava, a pastry puff pastry with walnuts and honey.

Kataifi, made with wires pumpkin and nuts.

These are just a few recipes from the wide variety of cuisine offered by this country, so go prepare and enjoy a taste of Greek cuisine at home. Although the Mediterranean diet consists of a gastronomic set of all the countries of the Mediterranean basin, Greek cuisine emerged in the Aegean islands. It is arguably was one of its bases, because as we've been seeing, the so-called triad or Mediterranean trilogy is present in the recipes like cereals, olive oil and wine.

Why the Croatia cuisine has the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet?

Croatian gastronomy is based on common popular dishes in all regions of the Baltic Sea. The main courses of the coast are based on fish and seafood, both of great quality in the Adriatic Sea. Both prawns as prstaci, that is called clams are most important seafood. Meat dishes are the specialty of the inner regions, and also offers a wide variety of sausages and cheeses from all corners of the country, such as Dalmatian ham and cheese Pag.

All dishes, both meat and fish are cooked with olive oil, and is usually accompanied with different types of boiled vegetables. In addition, its proximity to Italy made the Croat's large specialists in preparing pizzas and pasta. In addition to its quality wines, they are known their intense plum brandy, cherries and pomace. To finish with good taste, they offer pastries with nuts, fruits and cheeses.

Meet some dishes of Croatian cuisine

We bring you four typical recipes from the kitchen of Croatia, one salad, two fish and seafood, and dessert.

Octopus salad: This traditional dish is made with roasted Croatian baked with potatoes and onions, seasoned with wine, garlic and chopped parsley octopus.

Prawns Makarska: these prawns are a typical dish consisting of a stew prepared with prawns marinated in salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil and parsley, served together with pasta and a sauce made with smoked lobster, banana powder, paprika and white wine.

Dalmatian Fish soup: is a stew with onion, potato, carrot, laurel, olive oil, wine, and peppercorns, to which is added subsequently added rice, tomato sauce, and garlic.

Krafne: is a typical dessert that is usually made for Carnival and Easter. Some circles are made with flour, egg yolks, sugar, yeast and milk, which are allowed to stand for a while before frying, fried once and sprinkled with icing sugar.

As you have seen, all dishes are cooked with olive oil and wine, two of the three pillars that make up the Mediterranean Diet. It is a common denominator in the kitchen of the countries in the Mediterranean basin. Most dishes are based on fish and shellfish, such as sardines and anchovies. Also they accompany the dishes with boiled vegetables as a side dish.


The Galapagos Islands, an archipelago of 14 volcanic islands located in the Pacific Ocean, is a magical place for holidays, a paradise on earth that challenges the mind and provokes the senses, where the animals have an appearance and behaviours impossible to find anywhere else in the world, where the crystal clear waters, beaches full of colors will join a dizzying journey to the limits of nature.

Discovered by chance in 1535 by Fray Tomas de Berlanga, the Galapagos Islands were a place of visit for pirates and buccaneers, who nicknamed it the "enchanted islands". A paradise of evolution, it is here that Charles Darwin and Jacques Cousteau have developed theories on evolution.

The Galapagos are 1,000 kilometers from the west coast of South America and are located north and south of the equator, which crosses the northern part of the larger island, Isabela. The archipelago encompasses an incredible variety of plant and animal forms, as well as an incredible wealth of landscapes and environments.

The archipelago is located at the confluence of three tectonic plates: the Pacific plate, the Cocos plate and the Nazca plate. The edge of the islands increases from west to south-east. Española is the oldest island and is about 5 million years old, Fernandina however, is the youngest and is less than 700,000 years old.

The relative isolation due to distance from the mainland and the wide variety of climates and habitats due to currents in the area have led to the evolution of numerous endemic species of animals and plants, from the observation that Charles Darwin was inspired to formulate the theory of evolution.

The Galapagos archipelago is famous worldwide for the fauna that has no equal where you can swim with sea lions, look closely at the blue-footed boobies, iguanas, pelicans, giant tortoises, penguins , albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters, birds of storms, tropic birds, cormorants, frigate birds, herons and egrets, flamingos, ducks, buzzards, moorhens, the ralli, plovers , the oystercatchers, sandpipers, curlews and sandpipers, gulls, owls, cuckoos, swallows, birds mimes, Darwin's finches, sea lions, whales and dolphins.

The Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador are an ideal destination for families. Children can interact with wildlife, giant tortoises from 100 years of sea lions and iguanas. Trips to the Charles Darwin Research Center is a training evolution, and the beaches and the islands offer postcard-worthy settings. The trips are offered by a number of reputable, well-known companies and institutions. Designed for families, each provides expert guidance to enhance the experience.

A tour to the Galapagos is synonymous with Cruises and a short trip to the Galapagos in a cruise will be a total trip because it will allow you to live intensely in and out of the water in one of the most extraordinary places of our planet. This formula is a double benefit for the traveller who can then choose to time the favourite and the best cruise cabin available in addition to getting a savings on the price as well as saving on expensive land hotels.

The boats that sail between the Galapagos Islands are divided into different types: small sailing yachts or sailboats, small motor yachts or catamarans (12 to 20 passengers) and the largest cruise ship shipment (40 to 90 passengers). All sailing boats also have the engine, so the distances and routes provided can be observed. There are also three price bands: tourist class, first class and luxury category. Each ship has its own yacht or route, during which tourists explores the different areas of the islands.

Depending on the boat, you can choose only one part of the route and participate in a shorter cruise. Some yachts and ships offer itineraries also reduced by 4-5 days, but once on the long journey to the islands, it is highly advisable to spend a minimum of one week. For families or groups of friends, you can charter a yacht, with the same itinerary, guided hikes and crew included.

To those who are interested in an one-week cruise to the Galapagos, which also includes the more remote islands of Isabela and Fernandina, boarding the yacht driven by professional crew, and few people allows great flexibility and the ability to move quickly which is preferable as the hotels are not always beautiful, and you also miss the opportunity to see animals.

The best way to try to save money is to go to Ecuador and try a cruise once you get there. However, especially if you go during peak season, consider the risk factor: you may not find the cruise or finding just the expensive ones. The choice depends on you, how much you are willing to risk and when you care to go to the Galapagos. If you decide that the risk is not for you then you can contact the Ecuadorian agencies before departure.

Before you decide to book a cruise decide the type of yacht you want. Usually the agencies offer various yachts, each of which belongs to one of the following classes in order from cheapest to most expensive: economic, tourist, tourist superior, first-class luxury cruises.

The Voyagers Travel Company is one of the agencies of Ecuador with a large number of boats to choose from. It is probably for this reason that they can offer prices are sometimes lower than other agencies, and offer an incredible variety of choice. From them you will find all kinds of cruises for all tastes and especially for all budgets. Their website usually provides details of the boats, where they are given the size and speed, in addition to the itinerary of the cruise and the cost. In addition, there are also photos of the yacht. Consider that usually the lower-priced boats are very small so if the sea is rough it is good to have the bigger cruises.

National Geographic Expeditions promises when you are traveling with them, you will travel not as an observer but as an active participant with a team of naturalists. Their family Galapagos Odyssey keeps this promise with tide pooling on Isla Santiago, a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station on Isla Santa Cruz, caving on Isla Isabela, snorkel among sea lions at Isla Floreana and plenty of opportunities to watch birds and kayaking. The National Geographic Endeavour or Islander cruise ship features a fitness center, swimming pool, lounge and bar, access to health club, a sauna, and internet.

Avalon Waterways sets the standard in cruises and small ship cruising with the latest fleet where you can travel on the youngest armada of vessels with modern design, contemporary and larger cabins with notable comfort and take pleasure in fine food.

There are cruises from 4, 5, 6 and 8 days. Prior to choosing the ideal duration of navigation consider the day of arrival and departure too, Many opt for the cruise of 6 days, because it is considered a good compromise between being not too short or too expensive. The cost, however, depends on the yacht that you choose.

Not all the yachts offer the same path that varies depending on the size of the boat (do not forget that you are in the open ocean and sometimes the boats are small), the conditions of the sea and, of course, the length of the navigation. It could happen that the route that you have been provided by the agency may change during the cruise because of the rough sea.

Discover Ecuador, a unique destination with a bright sun. It is easy to combine the four worlds that start with the enchanted Galapagos Islands, crossing the Andes with its volcanoes, national parks, travel train, and of course, the Amazon region with its mega biodiversity and the Pacific coast, with 600 kilometers of exotic beaches.

A trip to the Galapagos must be arranged in advance but the costs are not as high as one might think. The strict rules of the National Park, literally forces the tourists to follow a well-defined plan without digressing, obviously limiting the freedom of travel and discovery at its core, where they have lived the last dinosaurs. Galapagos is one of the few remaining paradises on earth and as such must be protected.
Times have changed. Airtel has made available the 4G service. 4G is a revolutionary technology that is still quite young. 4G indicates the 4th generation of technological standards for the exchange of data. It is of course next to the well-known 3G service. The higher speeds for the first time far outweigh the speed of ADSL or in some cases also from an optical fiber.

Today the network covers most of the major Indian cities. Airtel has started to present not only offers dedicated to the use of this network. Even smartphones were born with the aim of being able to receive the service. With these deals, Airtel has created a new market, a new application and new doubts on the part of consumers.

4G has advantages over the previous standard, not only in speed but also in other areas. The dominant question turns out to be, is it worth it?. The aim of this focus is to see if extra spending figures for this type of connectivity has a real advantage or not. And the answer, to say it now, is positive as you can think.



We did the 4g speed test with the popular Whatsapp Messenger service. In 2G it takes about 73 minutes to download, in 3G it takes 2 minutes to download. While in 4G it takes only 18 seconds to download the app. After the test, it was possible to understand that there is a huge difference between 2G, 3G, and 4G.

This number is staggering and this should not surprise us much. We understand the quality achieved under the most optimal and ideal conditions. But the results recorded are not disappointing. 4G is growing, and higher speeds are in store for us. Open a web page, click a link, publish a photo or video, and in short, do the most common things. The difference between the second, third and fourth generation is huge.

In two words, the 4G service is super fast. Downloading a file at this speed seemed fantasy until recently, and for many, it is even now after all. Not to mention the incredible upload speed. You can upload a video on the net in no time, avoiding those biblical waiting times.
With the Moto X4, Lenovo has introduced one of the most interesting smartphones in the IFA. The device comes with an intelligent dual camera and built-in Alexa voice assistant. It has water protection and good mid-class SoC. The price of Rs. 24999 is rather good.

The new Moto X4 is Lenovo's latest model of the X series and offers a good phone and interesting functions. With this price-performance ratio, the smartphone is one of the highlights of IFA.

Display

The Moto X4 has a 5.2-inch full-HD display, which displays sharp images. It is clear enough and has good color reproduction and viewing angle stability. The casing is of metal and glass and is high-quality and well-processed. Thanks to IP68 the smartphone is water and dust resistant.

On the back is a dual camera, which has a 12-megapixel module and an 8-megapixel module. The 8-megapixel sensor has a wide-angle lens with a field of view of 120 degrees. Users can mask the blurred background and reposition the focus point in retrospect.

This works so far well, but the lighting was not ideal. Thus we cannot make a final judgment, nor on the picture quality. This looks good at first sight.

Camera

The camera of the Moto X4 can not only take pictures and videos, but also recognize objects. You have to target the object and press a small button inside the camera app. Then get the position of the object on a map and more information.

According to Lenovo, this should also work with articles that the user wants to order on the Internet. Moto X4 can scan business cards through the camera. It becomes clear that Lenovo has thought about the extra use of the camera. The front camera has 16 megapixels and at a first glance also takes good shots.

Amazon Alexa

Moto X4 has pre-installed Amazon's language assistant Alexa. This works on the smartphone as well as on the echo speakers: Users can ask questions or even control a Smart Home. To do this, you do not even have to open the Alexa app. In the settings, the wizard can also react in standby mode.



Motorola Moto X4 - Full phone specifications


Inside the Moto X4, there is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 630, an eight-core SoC with a clock rate of 2.2 GHz. The Snapdragon 630 is one of Qualcomm's mid-class processors. It satisfies everyday requirements as well as games.

With the processor and 3 or 4 GB of memory, the Moto X4 runs smooth. The flash memory is 32 or 64 GB in size. The smartphone supports Cat6-LTE and WLAN according to 802.11ac. Bluetooth is version 5.0 with a GPS receiver. The hardware equipment is at a higher medium-class level.

The Moto X4 comes with Android 7.1.1 with Google's current security patch. The user interface is close to the pure Android, which should help updates. The battery has a nominal charge of 3,000 mAh and is fast-charging. Lenovo does not provide information on the runtime.

Conclusion

The Moto X4 is one of the most interesting new smartphones of this year's IFA. The phone is very good in price, camera and the associated smart detection options.

The integration of Alexa is practical. With the Google Assistant, even a second language assistant is available. If you use an Alexa compatible smart home at home, you will not want to miss the possibility of voice control.

The hardware of the Moto X4 moves in the upper mid-range. The model with 4GB RAM up to the processor is actually already in the upper class. For everyday apps, the 3GB version is more than enough.

At a price of Rs. 24999, the Moto X4 in the price-performance ratio is currently hard to beat. If you do not want to spend too much and make few compromises with the hardware, the device should serve well. The Moto X4 will be available from the end of September 2017.
Asus Zenfone AR is a top-class smartphone with augmented reality features. The device supports Googles Tango. The VR platform Daydream is also on board. Never again glued or damaged displays through unwieldy visibility films! The Magnetic Privacy Filter from hardwrk convinces with its magnetic mechanism for fast attachment and removal. Watch now!

Asus Zenfone AR: Well-equipped Tango smartphone with Daydream support


The Zenfone AR is not the first smartphone with Google's Tango AR platform, but the first with top-class equipment in an acceptable size. The first Tango phone was the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. Not only the name was an announcement, but also the device itself. With its image diagonals of 6.4 inches and a weight of 259 grams, it was almost a tablet. The Zenfone AR, on the other hand, has smartphone dimensions.

The Asus unit has a 5.7-inch WQHD-AMOLED display with 2.560 x 1.440 pixels and weighs 170 grams. Its dimensions are 158.7x77.4x4.6 millimeters against the Lenovo counterpart that is 88.57x179.83x10.7 millimeters. The Zenfone AR is equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 processor, six gigabytes of DDR3 RAM and 128 gigabytes of internal UFS 2.0 memory, which can be expanded using a micro SD card. If you do not have to use the memory card slot, you can alternatively insert a second SIM card.

Other features include a fingerprint sensor on the front, WLAN to AC standard, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC and a fixed 3,000 milli-hour rechargeable battery with Quick-Charge 3.0 and reverse charging function. The C port can also be used as an accumulator for other devices. So that the Zenfone AR in daydream-view operation does not overheat, which unfortunately we could see in the Google pixel, the processor is cooled by a Vapor-Chamber. The Zenfone AR, however, is also quite warm when using AR apps. No wonder the processor demands top performance.

The Tango has a so-called Tricam system, which consists of a 23-megapixel OIS main camera with Sony IMX-318 sensor, a camera for depth information and a motion sensor. With this camera, you can capture the space and movements with the smartphone and display them on the screen in real time.

In addition, you can use the Zenfone to map your environment in real-time in 3D and position virtual objects in space. For the sake of completeness, the front camera has an eight-megapixel sensor. As software, Android 7.0 Nougat is preinstalled with the in-house user interface ZenUI 3.0.

Asus Zenfone AR: Augmented Reality in the trouser pocket




The range of apps is currently limited, but a few large players have already put first applications into the Play Store. Amongst others, the US clothing retailer Gap, BMW, and the Wall Street Journal are starting. These apps exemplarily show what companies and publishers can do with Tango.

For example, the Gap Dressingroom app allows customers to try dressing in Augmented Reality. With the BMW I Visualiser you can put the BMW i3 and i8 in full size into your living room or garage to configure it and then view it from all sides.

Other similar scenarios are also conceivable. With the smartphone sensors, you can measure your living room. With interior furnishings apps, you have the possibility to project a digital version of the piece of furniture in full size into the room. You can see the product in the room from all sides.

Augmented Reality is still in a nascent stage. This year, the technology will be a powerful step forward, because Google not only has announced it in 2014. Since then Google has developed Tango and the camera app Google Lens. Apple also announced its ARDC kit at the WWDC 2017, which will be a big boost with iOS 11 and the next iPhone in the technology.

With its Zenfone AR, Asus is therefore quite early on hardware and wants to help developers and other interested parties to spread the technology. The smartphone price is Rs. 49999 in India.
The odor may be hidden in various parts of our house in the kitchen, in the bathroom, in the rooms more humid, or near the litter of our pets. That's why every good housewife always crazy to try to eliminate odors from the home. On what are the causes that lead to the formation of bad odors and the rooms or the appliances to be treated, there are several natural remedies that can help us solve this problem. Baking soda, coffee, lemon can become our best allies in the battle against bad smells.

The odor of the kitchen can be both from home appliances, such as refrigerators and dishwashers, which from what we cook. Take, for example, when we cook the broccoli or cabbage. In this case, we can put on the lid during cooking, a cotton ball soaked in vinegar, or add to cooking a piece of stale bread which will help to absorb odors.

As for frying, there are those who suggest adding a lemon peel in a separate pan with oil before you start frying. Or, cut and dip an apple in the oil. The last alternative is to boil in a separate pot while cooking your food, water, and vinegar. The evaporated solution absorbs odors.

As for appliances, however, your best friends could be coffee, to be put in a glass in the refrigerator to deodorize it inside. The refrigerator is definitely a great problem as to odors for moisture that accumulates, combined with dirt, bacteria and smells of food, which sometimes makes us swoon when we open the door. The most common remedies are those involving the use of a glass of vinegar or baking soda in the corner of the refrigerator. Baking soda, in fact, has the power to absorb odors and eliminate them.

To eliminate the smell of melon from the refrigerator we must keep for at least one night a peeled potato on a shelf of the refrigerator. Still, you can put a bowl of milk in the fridge. If the smell is persistent, you have to change it often.

To remove odors from chopping board just wipe the cutting board with a cut lemon and wash it with water. Always allow it to dry thoroughly. To eliminate the smell of chicken from dishes, the lemon is miraculous. Rub it on the plate or on the dishes during washing. To remove the smell from knives, pass them several times in a carrot.

In the rooms, bad smells can come from old furniture, mothballs, shoes, closets. For the closet, you can use orange peel to which you have added cloves or lavender. Just mix warm water, baking soda and a cup of vinegar, to get an accurate floor cleaning, in the event that it is stained by a pet.



If the bad smell comes from shoes, other than putting them out the window, you can solve the problem with many other natural solutions, such as baking soda or a solution of water and vinegar. Having said so, it may seem strange, but the sheets of newspaper can be one of our important allies in the battle against the bad odors of shoes. If your shoes are wet or are wet, remove them once you return home and let them dry thoroughly. Inside, place a crumpled newspaper: absorb moisture from the shoe.

In the Bathroom, the bad odors depend on the humidity accumulated in tubs and showers, clothes hanging from inside, from drains. Be sure to make adequate cleaning and drying of shower and bath, adding if it is the case of apple vinegar. Same thing you might want to do in your exhaust.

For the toilet, make a solution of vinegar and lemon and sprinkle the edges of the cabinet and inside. Let it sit a few minutes and then rinse. At the edges, you might even think of using a solution of warm water and baking soda, rub by using the mop to remove dirt and disinfect the interiors.

The balls of expanded clay can be very useful for absorbing odors from garbage cans. Use them to cover the bottom of your container. Obviously, when you can, always clean it carefully removing stains and dirt.

Even your shoe racks located in different parts of the house may give bad odor. In this case, you'll need a glass of baking soda, to store in them. It should be enough to absorb most of the bad smell. If possible, then treat more problematic shoes, individually with the advice that we have listed above.

There are several ways to deodorize the house naturally. Remember, in general, water and baking soda or vinegar and water have an immediate degreasing and sanitizing effect. In some cases, essential oils can be useful, if added to the solutions just seen in the daily cleaning. The environments in which we live is our business card, which tells the others a lot about our habits, our way of being.
Coconut

The palms and coconuts remind us of the colour and the heat of summer. However, to combat the heat and humidity of this period, the fruit becomes our valuable ally, because its properties are perfectly suited to the needs of our body for nourishment and protection and enhancing our beauty.

Infant massage, from its earliest origins, involves the use of oils. One of the most common questions that mothers arise is what oil to use on the delicate skin of their baby? The doubt is more legitimate because the market is full of advertisements with new products everyday that seem to be designed for our children ad hoc. And the cases to say that often seductive messages conveyed also emblazoned brands are the result of elaborate marketing strategies and do not always reflect the actual characteristics of the product.

Although I think that cities are shaped by the characteristics of the geography on which they are built, they also have multiple faces, depending on the personality of the people who inhabit them and the people who pass through them. Today we escape from Istanbul, to rest from the city.

The choice is centered between going to the Princes Islands or Adalar, or get to the Black Sea. For the first option, ferries are from the jetties of Kadikoy, Besiktas and Kabatas. The trip lasts one hour and a half, and of the 4 visited islands, Buyukada, Heybeliada, Burgazada and Kinaliada, the largest and most visited is the first one.

As no motor vehicles are allowed, the alternative is limited to renting a bicycle or hiring a phaeton, horse carriage, which are found when we arrive at the side of the ferry stop, and that therefore await the arrival of travelers. The carriage takes us to the hills, walking among the noucentista mansions of the island.

When I was there, he asked us to have a drink, and he parked on a terrace on the hill at the edge of the sea with very nice views. Once we're back in the village, the option is to eat at one of the fish joints around the jetty. If the trip is in summer, you also have the possibility of renting a boat that will leave you on a private beach, lie in the sun and take a bath.

On this occasion, we went to the Black Sea by road, marking as destination point the coastal town of Kylios, one of the first on its banks. We start the trip, taking the tram to the final stop of Kabatas, where buses stop, which take us to the nearby town of Sariyer. The route is long, one hour approximately, and the innumerable stops run parallel to the strait, covering practically all the populations of the European shore.

There is an option to get to Sariyer by cruise on the Bosphorus from Istanbul, although it does not follow until the Black Sea, which is only 8 kilometers away. From there if I'm not mistaken, I think there are tourist boats that go to the entrance and return.

In Sariyer, we get off at the ferry stop, and walk inland on the road that runs through the town, to a Dolmus stop where we see the fate of Kylios. In the Dolmus, a minibus with capacity for 20 people, the riders give the money in hand to the driver. The route is made transversally by the hills that separate the two populations, since it is not possible to do it by the coast.

Besides that there would be a detour to the whole tip of the peninsula. From Sariyer, however, it is possible to arrive by road to Rumelifeneri, fishing village, on the very edge of the Black Sea and the Bosphorus. It gives its name to the lighthouse on the European side, which guides the intense maritime traffic to the strait.

Kylios is small, very small. From the stop at the entrance of the village, after having a relaxing tea in a quiet and charming bar, we followed the road instead of going through the town. We did not find a way to the beach, since most of them they are private and the accesses are fenced, or guarded.

Groups of dogs appear who approach and observe, but do not threaten when we pass by. After a few meters, we go through the door of a complex of buildings surrounded by fences, and almost instantly leave. People warn me that it goes down there to the shore.

The security guard and his dog guide us through the spaces between the barracks, where groups of children and a few adults, observe us with curiosity. They check us up and down, and a few steps further down a flight of stairs leading to a dirt road that is lost in a forest. The guard, as charming as the old man in the bar, seems sincerely happy to be able to start a conversation and help us.

When we ask him if the ships where he works are the schools, he tells us that the place is a complex enabled to provide shelter to families. They were left homeless by the earthquakes of last autumn in the province of Van, in the east of Turkey near the border with Iran and Mount Ararat.

A few meters down, when we reach a crossroads with another road that leaves the road and at the entrance there is a gate and a barrier. The boy tells us to wait. He lets the guard know that we have his permission to walk through those land. Upon returning, he indicates that the path will take us to the sand.

We thank him from the heart. He turns around taking the road back to the reception center, and his dog comes with us for a walk. The day is leaden, and down the path, the landscape, like silence, is ghostly. The uninhabited blocks are only skeletons in the middle of the brush and fallen leaves.

At the edge of the road, a car is dismembered with the doors open, without glass and the bonnet ripped off. Flanked by more empty buildings, we continue to the sand, where the asphalt is abruptly cut. The Black Sea stretches out, behind a beach full of garbage and debris, tires, rusted iron, white booths and empty apartments with peeling paint.

It seems to be the terrace of a closed club, full of plastic chairs and tables thrown away. There is no one, and you can not see a soul in the distance. At the beginning of the beach, in an arm of the cove are the houses of the town. On the other side is a corroded footbridge that gets into the water, perhaps once a jetty. In the sea, are a horizon of freighters and ships.

It gives the feeling that everything had been devastated by the storms, leaving that place of desolation. In spite of everything, it's not bad, and in the walk along the shore, we met a girl jogging, and a kid who leads us, walking in the same direction. At the end of the beach, after passing through a door that goes to the back of a restaurant, we went to a hill and the most lively street we have found so far.

It is not because there are many people in the streets, but because in several bars and open shops, we see people. At the end of the street is a small esplanade, and on one side the entrance to the village and the bus stop. We take back 10 minutes later, to link at Sariyer, with bus to Kabatas.

The bus to Bosphorus is full, but we are seated, although halfway up I get up to let sit an old woman who has climbed. There are quite a few people standing up and the trip is long, but we got off a little later, because we are going to take a walk around Ortakoy. There is no danger of stopping, because it is impossible not to see the Bosphorus Bridge (Bogazici), under whose European feet the town is sheltered.

Ortakoy (middle village) is split in two by the road. Between it and the Bosphorus is the tourist area, with cafeterias, restaurants, tea shops, and handicraft stalls. There are also cool clubs in the Istanbul area, those with terraces to the strait. On the shore, next to the ferry stop (iskelesi), we see the picturesque and wonderful white stone mosque and tall windows, now under construction.

To the north of the road, Muallim Naci Caddesi, Ortakoy is transformed into a more quotidian neighborhood, without the Bohemian shore of the Bosphorus. Shops, bars, pastry shops, high schools, hairdressers, and their people, live under the gigantic frame of cement and cables hanging above their heads.

We go down to the dock, and do what the others do. In a glazed corner restaurant, a stone's throw from the jetty, we ordered a couple of potatoes like melons. They are stuffed at the discretion of what the waiter's ingredient tanks caught, and watered with a judicious mix of slurps.

It is almost impossible to finish the tunneled tubercle, and it is advisable not to do so as a matter of intestinal caution. The rest of the visit, as it could not be otherwise, we do it through the adjacent streets. The stalls of handicrafts and antiques, have been transformed from a time to this part, in mere jewelry, stones, and cheap souvenirs.

In the mosque covered by tarpaulins and guarded at the entrance, we can see through the doorway. The bus stops are on the clogged road, so we leave the back streets behind, and go out into the chaos of the avenue. From here, it is not only bus 25 that goes to Istanbul, but there are many more to the center.

In a store next to the stop, we bought the cards, and after passing a bus that even though it was full, managed to get up or grab all the students in a class. We got to sit in the next stop, which goes Half-empty and bound for Kabatas. The route is short, although with many stops, and picks up a good number of students from the faculties of the Bosphorus universities.

The route also passes under two huge green lungs of the hill, essential to visit, such as the Macka park and especially the Yildiz park. We leave the bus and the shore, taking the funicular zipper that climbs the hill to Taksim Square, to see sale season on brand stores in Istiklal Avenue.

Going out in Istanbul to Enjoy Music, Dance, and Nightlife

Taksim Square, has been for years a point of reference for night lovers. It has DJ nights and occasional live performances. They usually play nu-jazz, rock and Latin music. On weekends the public enjoys nights of disco music. The city transforms into a bar or nightclub from certain time.

Going out in Istanbul to Enjoy Music, Dance, and Nightlife

To top off the day and the trip, we go to celebrate taking a few beers in a small hideaway of a side alley in the most famous and chic disco in Istanbul. The security guards stationed at the door of the premises monitor that boys entering cannot exceed the girls. We enjoy drinking while watching Turkish football on TV. The beer is much cheaper. We walk down the steep alleys around Galata, and take a tram on the bridge to return to the hotel room.