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Top 10 Underground International Caves

While we see a lot on the ground level, there are so many things underground that have a certain undeniable beauty. Some may be stalagmites, antique tree trunks, or even hidden war rooms. Take a look some of the top ten locations.

10. Reed Flute Cave, China
Here you’ll get a look at around 800 feet long  halls of stalagmites and stalactites, and wall pieces that stem from the Tang Dynasty. Take pictures of the formations, such as Dragon Pagoda and Sky Scraping Twins.

9. Poço Encantado, Brazil
It’s called the “enchanted well” for a reason. It has a body of water that’s so clear you can see 200 feet under to look at rock formations and ancient tree trunks. Between April and September, the sun is in the perfect spot to reflect off the water.

8. Magma Chamber of Thrihnukagigur Volcano, Iceland
Even though this volcano has been dormant for 4,000 years, it’s a perfect spot for geological enthusiasts. Use a cable car to take you on tour to see all of the epic mineral colors.

7. Turda Salt Mines, Romania
While you can play a game of golf or basketball, save your energy for the amazing Transylvanian cave that is 368 feet under the earth’s surface. Relax your mind and body at  the halotherapy spa when you’re done exploring.

6. Puerto Princesa Underground River, Philippines
This a five-mile long river that’s a UNESCO World Heritage location. With eight nearby parks that have diverse plant and wildlife, you can have a great time taking a tour around the area.

5. Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand
Now, here’s a site for sore eyes! This a beautiful cave in New Zealand that features different colored glowworms. Get a look at nature working in a unique way.

4. San Clemente Basilica and Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, Rome

Here’s a 12th-century Basilica with a rich history. If you like the undead, horror kind of vibe, you’ll enjoy the temple that was home to a male fertility cult, who worshiped Mithras, the sun god. Also,  take a look at the remains of the 4,000 monks around a crypt.

3. Cabinet War Rooms, London

Here’s a war area that the British used and Winston Churchill headed in World War II.  These days you can get a look at the artifacts, maps with pins denoting front line changes and Churchwell’s chair. Perfect place for a history nerd.

2. Mayakovskaya Metro Station, Moscow
This is another cool World War II spot, which features one of the busiest subway systems in the world. Checkout the scenery from the red marble columns, archways, and mosaics. You have six doors to go into The Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.

1. Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam
While this is a bit touchy, you can get some serious appreciation from viewing the 75-mile tribute to men who overcame major trials and tribulations of the war. Reenact tunnel crawls and even eat some of the traditional meals that captured soldiers had to endure.

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Top 10 Most Romantic International Cities

When you think about traveling with someone you love for romance, the usual international spots like Paris and Italy automatically come to mind. Well, they made our list, but you have other options as well for picking beautiful spots to steal a kiss, hold hands, star gaze, or stroll along a sandy beach with the waves lapping at your feet. If you love an exciting nightlife, we’ve got you covered for that as well. We’ve sought out the most romantic cities outside of the United States for you to consider for your sensual, passionate needs.

10. Lucerne, Switzerland
Burrowed between the snowcapped Alps and Lake Lucerne, the city is a delightful Swiss retreat with old-fashioned embellishments. Consider Chapel Bridge, which was built in 1333 and is often adorned with blooming flowers. Visit charming old city squares and the first Baroque church in Switzerland. And Villa Honegg, just outside the city center will bring you to the most romantic site for relaxing. It’s an old 1905 mansion-turned-hotel and offers an outdoor heated pool with a fabulous view of the mountains and lake.

9. Aix-en-Provence, France
Once you see the beauty in this city, you will no longer wonder what inspired Cezanne, who was born here, to stroke his magnificent masterpieces. The Morning Market and the Farinoman Fou are great sidewalk cafes for a cup of coffee or tea and a flaky, buttery croissant. Lovely Lavender fields forever, hot springs that were used by the Romans, and vineyards will call you away from the city. Stroll past the moss-covered fountains that pop up on every turn and if you’re looking for something sweet for your sweet, try a calisson, candied almonds with fruit, covered with icing. Hint: leave a smidge of icing on your lips for a sweet kiss.

8. Salzburg, Austria
We can’t think of Austria without also thinking of The Sound of Music and the beautifully delicate edelweiss flowers. For thousands of years prior the city was filled with opera, musicals, and concerts. Schloss Mirabell is home to the Marble Hall, 17th-century Palace, the baroque Mirabell Gardens including the Pegasus Fountain and the Rose and Dwarf Gardens. This is also where the lovely and romantic gazebo scene from the referenced movie was filmed. Another stunning castle, Festung Hohensalzburg is the place to see in the evening when the city light looms beneath you. And the best part of your romantic journey may be the cable car that delivers you to the Untersberg for a crazy awesome view of the city and the Salzach River.

7. Seville, Spain
Seville offers us several outdoor eateries, and we hear that the most decadent meals end with Jamon Iberico, a pitcher of sangria, and chocolate dip for your warmed churros, we can see you now feeding each other that yummy chocolate! But let’s start the day with the fragrant orange trees under the shade of the weepy purple jacarandas on authentic cobblestone streets filled with boutique shops. Second, only to the Vatican, climb the Cathedral of St. Mary Tower for incredible panoramic views and grab a scoop of the best gelaterias you’ll ever eat and walk the Plaza de España. If you’d looking for a place to stay, we suggest you consider the El Alcazar palace, complete with Moorish-inspired architecture and knock out gardens. If you stroll the charming side streets in the area, you will most certainly run into a flamenco performance.

6. Monte Carlo, Monaco
The bold glamor and extravagance of the French Riviera, coastal views and some of the best cuisine you ever will eat, help you along on your quest for romance. Spend a day at the spa, get a couple’s massage, take a helicopter ride to see the city from a bird’s eye and check in to the Hotel Hermitage for an evening’s rest. Rent a sexy, convertible to see the Grand Corniche, visit the racetrack or the Casino de Monte Carlo to go home a little richer than when you left.

5. Siena, Italy
In Siena, you get Tuscany minus the throws of tourists. It’s a medieval city that existed before the Renaissance and is home to the Duomo, a home that displays incredible artworks from over 40 Italian artists. The impressive listing includes Michelangelo, Bernini, and Donatello. At the center of the city, you will find a UNESCO site for some excellent people watching at the Plaza del Campo. Abundant wineries await outside the city limits with wines made from Sangiovese grapes so, grab a taste and relax to a gorgeous sunset.

4. Barcelona, Spain
Check into Hotel Neri, stroll along the La Boqueria or Santa Caterina for fresh foods, climb the Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and dine seaside and watch the sunset around the Mediterranean. Retire to your 18th-century hotel and wake up to breakfast on the roof. Parc Guell also offers beautiful views, and another grand hotel option is a suite at El Palauet. If Cupid hasn’t already hit your heart, he will be awaiting your arrival in this beautiful city.

3. Victoria, British Columbia
The city is hidden on the inner tip of Vancouver Island and offers Neo-Baroque architecture. If you don’t stay at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, look in at least to see the stunning Edwardian décor and their famous Butchart Gardens. Visit the Parliament Buildings, and just a short 30-minute drive will deliver you to Cowichan Valley, which is filled with vineyards, art galleries, and hiking trails. Go ahead, get cozy!

2. Bruges, Belgium
It’s only an hour by train from Brussels and all the charm you would expect from a 13th-century village. Gothic architecture, canals, windmills, quaint homes and cobblestone streets and you will feel like Cinderella with her handsome prince. Bruges has excellent samples of Flemish artworks, Belgian waffles topped with powdered sugar, and 50 different chocolate shops.

1. Paris, France
We mentioned Paris earlier, so of course, it tops our list. In the “city of lights,” you can visit the Louvre, picnic by the Eiffel Tower, and bike through Le Marais. Hop the metro to Montmartre and visit the Sacre Coeur, the Latin Quarters and the Tuileries Garden and you’ll be living in a dream. And we can highly recommend a nighttime visit to the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower with a bottle of wine for some serious star gazing, lovers.

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Top 10 Wine Destinations

Pack your bags and prepare your senses – you are going on a wine vacation! Before it reaches your glass, the world’s best wine starts its life in gorgeous vineyards across the globe. It is only right that you go directly to the source as you explore vineyards, pair your wines with delicious foods, and enjoy the scenery that accompanies. To get you started, here are 10 of some of the worlds best wine destinations to appease your inner sommelier and connoisseur.

10. Napa Valley, USA
Welcome to US wine country. Just an hour north of San Francisco, Napa Valley has produced some of the best wines in the USA and world over. Over 50 types of grapes are grown in this scenic sanctuary, so there are plenty of unique blends to explore. You can make it a day trip or a full Napa vacation, visiting the various wine estates, some of which even offer accommodation and various activities centered around wine and food.

9. Adelaide, Australia
Australia’s wine capital and the home of some of the best shiraz the world has to offer, Adelaide is a must-visit for wine enthusiasts who are visiting down under. Between Barossa and McLaren Vale, you are able to explore the Shiraz variations in the region. Whilst you are are in the area, you can indulge in some of the unique wine-related activities such as wine tasting on a hot air balloon. You can also take the time to tour some of the local restaurants that offer wine pairing and sampling selections.

8. Cape Town, South Africa
Chardonnay with a view. That is exactly what you can expect when you visit the Constantia Valley, just half an hour out of Cape Town. You will be greeted by the stunning Table Mountains, as you explore the various world-renowned estates across the valley. Most of these estates also have award-winning chefs that prepare both local and international cuisine that pairs well with the wine on offer. Whilst you are in Cape Town, you can also take advantage of the plethora of activities available on offer.

7. La Rioja, Spain
With over 500 wineries and centuries of grape-growing history, La Rioja is your Spanish wine destination. Here you will find winemakers using traditional, high-quality winemaking techniques that make every glass an experience. You will also find wineries using new technologies and exploring with different blends to bring variation in every bottle. For the full experience, be sure to book a night at the renowned wine hotel; Marqués de Riscal. Here you will be treated to some of the best reds, and delicious foods to create a wholesome wine experience.

6. Sonoma, USA
Located right next to Napa Valley, Sonoma is often overlooked among wine destinations in the world. Do not be fooled, this area is rich in high-quality wineries and lush landscapes that will surely take your breath away. You are also invited to enjoy the top-tier cuisine served in California’s best restaurants. You will find that there are also plenty of lodging options in the Sonoma region allowing you to spend time enjoying all Sonoma has to offer.

5. Loire Valley, France
This is the perfect destination for romance, peace, and variety. Loire Valley is one of the most picturesque regions of France that boasts luxury hotels, with peaceful surroundings that make for the most relaxing getaway. In the valley, you are going to be treated to a variety of wines, from smoky cabernets to sweet blends; paired with food prepared by world-class chefs. You will not be disappointed by this magical wine getaway.

4. Bordeaux, France
Known for its scrumptious reds, Bordeaux is a bucket list destination for wine lovers world over. 80% of the wine produced in the area is red, and red blends that are simply a magical dance on the taste buds. The city is riddled with Michelin star restaurants that offer local wines on the menu – be sure to visit at least one on your wine getaway. There are also plenty of activities to partake in the region for when you need to take a break from the delicious wine.

3. Central Otago, New Zealand
If this location sounds familiar, you have probably glimpsed the landscape in Lord of the Rings. There is more to the green valleys and snow-capped peaks – the region boasts a booming wine industry. Central Otago offers a plethora of sweet and aromatic wines that are simply to die for. You can sit back and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, sipping on some of the worlds finest liquids.

2. Santorini, Greece
Wine, good views, and the freshest foods- what more do you need in this world? For those who are looking for the ultimate summer wine holiday, Santorini is the destination that is calling your name. Here you can enjoy popular Mediterranean wines that are made from unique tasting grapes that you will not find elsewhere. The wines are paired with an abundance of freshly delicious Greek cuisine, making for a heavenly experience. There is also plenty to see and do in Santorini, including touring wineries, lounging by the water, or exploring the exquisite architecture in the city. This is a wine holiday that your whole family can enjoy.

1. Porto, Portugal
If the name doesn’t give it away, Porto is the home of…..you guessed it, Port Wine. For the lovers of sweet wine, Porto is the ultimate wine destination for you. Here you will enjoy various port blends, as well as their renowned Vinho. Wine tasting is accompanied well paired local cuisine and an abundance of culture. You can also make a stop at the Port Wine Museum where you can learn anything and everything there is to learn about your favorite wine.