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If you’re a regular Friendly Planet Travel blog reader, you may have noticed some changes to our blog when you opened this post. That’s because we’ve been working hard to update the design of our blog, and we are finally ready to share the finished product with you!
We were aiming for a more streamlined design with easier navigation so you can quickly find posts you’re looking for. We also integrated it more with our website, so readers can access the newest tours we’re offering right after reading a post about them.
Take a look around, and let us know what you think of our new design!
A few months ago, I contributed my first article to the Huffington Post where I made the case that travelers should still be booking trips to see the fascinating, historical country of Greece. I also mentioned in the article that Eli and Aileen Fink, our CFO and Operations Manager at Friendly Planet Travel respectively, would be taking their two young daughters on a trip to Greece this summer.
Upon their return, I asked if they would like to share their experience on our blog, and an enthusiastic traveler jumped at the chance! Loren, Eli and Aileen’s 12-year-old daughter, was excited to blog about her family trip to Greece and what she saw while she was there. Read on to get the full story from Loren’s perspective.
The temples to the gods were mainly in ruins, just stones and pillars, but it was still so astonishing to see all those places and imagine what it was like centuries ago. It was a great experience. I got to learn new things, try new foods, and see mind-blowing places.
Greece is an amazing place. There are many beautiful sites to see from the Acropolis to Apollo’s sanctuary in Delphi. Greece has a long and interesting history, so you can learn a lot from visiting Greece, and if you love to shop, there is a place in Athens called the Plakka, which has many stores and restaurants. There are many things that will surely amaze you.
|LUCKY WINNER: Stacey Foisy will go on a free trip to India!|
We still have one more podcast interview to share with you from our Win the World Facebook sweepstakes. I don’t think hearing our winners tell us how it felt to get the call that they won a free trip will ever get old for me.
I asked Friendly Planet Travel blogger Caitlin to chat with Taj Mahal Express tour winner, Stacy Foisy. Stacey told us that she’s been bitten by the travel bug, and was researching other tour options on our website when she stumbled upon our Facebook giveaway. She knew she had to enter for the chance to win a free trip to India.
Listen in as Stacey describes what it was like to win, where she’s traveled to before, and what she’s most looking forward to seeing in India.
Thanks so much for sharing with us Stacey! And if you weren’t one of our six winners, I wouldn’t give up hope just yet. We might have a giveaway up our sleeves, coming soon. Stay tuned to our Friendly Planet Travel Facebook page, and you might just see a mirage in the middle of the desert!
DUBAI: Luxury in the middle of the desert.
There is no shortage of superlatives that describe Dubai’s opulance. I went in to some of these in my blog post earlier today. But now, I wanted to drill into what makes Dubai a city unmatched in amenities and indulgence. Here are 10 of the biggest, boldest luxuries that capture the quintessential Dubai.
1. Burj Khalifa — This building stands as the world’s tallest skyscraper. Opened in 2010, it is home to the fabulous Armani Hotel, as well as residential and corporate suites. An outdoor observation deck is available so travelers can gaze at the wonders of Dubai from the 124th floor and view the city from the third-highest observation deck in the world. Outside, the Dubai Fountain is illuminated by 6,600 lights and 50 colored projectors — a true sight to be seen.
|GREAT HEIGHTS: Take in the city from the world’s tallest skyscraper.|
Fifty or so years ago, no one would have believed that the most lavish, luxurious, futuristic city in the world would be built, practically from scratch, surrounded by desert. Yet, that describes Dubai’s amazing metamorphosis into what is today the epitome of opulence among cities in the world.
There’s no shortage of amazing architecture, superb cuisine, hotels featuring every amenity imaginable, shopping galore, and creative diversions to amuse even the most bored billionaire.
The royal builders of Dubai have spared no expense in making sure this city is unmatched in extravagance. In short, it’s a city of superlatives. In Dubai, you’ll find the biggest, the tallest, the most expensive, the most daring, and so on. Don’t believe it? Here are seven fitting adjectives that provide a glimpse of what Dubai has to offer to lucky visitors.
Fastest. Dubai has been called the fastest-growing city in the world, and it’s no wonder why. Less than 50 years ago, Dubai was a sleepy trading port that sprang up out of the Middle East desert sands. Today, it is bigger, grander, and more lavish than any other city in the world. (more…)