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Following five successful years chartering in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, the sumptuous 151ft Royal Van Lent Feadship, Northern Light, will embark on her most exotic journey yet: the sun-drenched islands of the Indian Ocean. It’s difficult to envision a more alluring destination, a tropical haven of unspoiled nature, rich with coral reefs and teeming with bird and aquatic life. An immense island chain where sparkling blue lagoons combine with sugary white sands, and trips ashore to ancient temples and tea, cinnamon and avocado  plantations reveal a colorful culture, steeped in history. Even better, the intriguing Indian Ocean, the third largest of the world’s oceans, bounded by Asia, Africa and Australia, is also one of the few areas of the world that remains relatively free of large-scale commercialism and mass tourism. Lest you think its isla... (more)

Yacht Charter Blog Launched on Ulitzer

Ulitzer.com launched this morning the Yacht Charter Comunity Blog on Ulitzer.com. Yacht chartering is the practice of renting, or chartering, a sailboat or motor yacht and travelling to various coastal or island destinations. This is usually a vacation activity, but it also can be a corporate event. There are two main kinds of charter: bareboat and crewed. Bareboat charters involve a person renting a boat and skippering it themselves. Most bareboat companies also offer courses to teach basic seamanship and prepare people for bareboat chartering. These companies also sometimes provide skippered charters, meaning that boat comes with a skipper but no additional crew. Crewed charter means the yacht comes with a crew. This can be anything from a 35-foot boat with a husband-and-wife team serving as captain and chef to a 300-foot boat with a squad of 30 or more crew memb... (more)

Library of Celsus, Tomb of the Governor of Asia Minor

From "Turkish Riviera, the Turquoise Cost" magazine  The ancient city of Ephesus that is an hour away from Izmir (Smyrna) is the most well known archaeological site of Turkey. It is on the way between Izmir and Aydin and can be reached on the exit of Selcuk. The site is within walking distance from the center of Selcuk. Tourists of almost all destinations on the Turkish riviera have the possibility to find a daily tour to Ephesus site. One of the most important attractions in the ancient city is the Library of Celsus, built in AD 135 by Gaius Julius Aquila (a consul) to honor his father's memory, Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus the Governor of Asia Minor. The building was intended to be used both as Library and as the tomb of his father.  The Library was to house 12,000 scrolls, and as a tomb for Celsus, which was a great and special honor at that time as it wa... (more)

Panagia Paraportiani, the Church of Our Lady of the Side Gate

From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine This is one of the most known churches of Mykonos. It is unique because almost everyone knows it. It's photo used to be a logo of Mykonos island and also Greece for a long time. You probably have come across a poster of that church at some Greek travel office. The church is one of the most photographed churches of Mykonos. It is a sloping and whitewashed building looking very interesting as time has contributed to the deterioration and damage of its external look, creating a unique building. As for it's name, the word Paraportiani is an adjective made up of the two Greek words Para = Side and Porta = Gate. It has been called so because the church was built right on the side entrance of the Medieval Castle of Hora town, that is Mykonos' main village. Nevertheless today the castle is not there as many buildings have been buil... (more)

The Lycian Way

From the Turkish Riviera Magazine Lycia is the historical name of the Tekke peninsula on the southern coast of Turkey in the Mediterranean sea. It is a place where steep mountains rise directly from the sea, woody coasts, small but lovely bays mostly accessible by the sea, beautiful views and very suitable for trekking.  The Lycian cities in the history were democratic and their people were of independent nature. They developed a unique art style, and a high standard of living. They absorbed the Greek culture, and later were conquered by the Romans. Their graves and ruins abound on the peninsula and the walk passes many remote historical sites. The route is a 509 km way-marked footpath around the coast of Lycia from Fethiye to Antalya. The route is graded medium to hard and it is not level walking as it has many ascents and descents especially when it approaches a... (more)

Citron of Naxos, a Taste Not to Be Found Elsewhere

From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine The Citron fruit is from the citrus family, it looks like a giant lemon, which has a very small and very sour juicy part in the middle so it is not worth to be eaten raw as a fruit. It has been known in antiquity as the median apples or in latin Citrus Medica. Today it is grown partly in the Middle East. In Arab countries it used as a replacement for vinegar because it is very acid, also in Persia it is used to flavor fruit salads and for marinating meat. In some places the leaves are used for tea and the fruit is used to make citron oil and citric acid. In Greece (and in the south of Turkey) the fruit is preserved and made into spoon-sweets, marmalades and candies.  In Greece today the Citrus trees are grown mainly in Naxos island which is a member and the largest islands of the Cyclades group just in the center of the A... (more)

The Ancient City of Perge

From the Turkish Riviera Magazine Perge, originally, a Hellenistic settlement, later developed into a thriving Roman city, is a historicist's delight. Situated only 18 km from Antalya in the Pamphylia plain, Perge has a long legacy (almost from 1500 B.C.) to narrate with its initial inhabitants being the Hittites. Its importance also lies in the fact that the ruins of the Roman city provides a very complete picture of the past, thus making it archaeologically invaluable. However, even if you are wondering how an archaeologically fertile site could ever interest you, you should never miss a chance of visiting it. For Perge has much to offer for the vacationer as well, it has a unique blend of the exotic and the ancient. The ancient city of Perge was the capital of the Pamphylia region, now the province of Antalya on the southwestern Mediterranean coast of Turkey. It... (more)

Bodrum Mess and a Mayor Missing in Action

Yacht Charter Blog Dear Salvatore, I thank you very much for taking the time to bring to everyones attention the mess in Bodrum and the lack of action from the Mayor of Bodrum, Mehmet Kocadon. I live in Chicago and have a summer/retirement home in Yalikavak and I have to admit I have been amazed at how much the Mayor of Bodrum is getting away with. He is only available for photo shoots and media blitz but when it comes to hard work the man is a ghost... I am glad that people like you bring this up to the attention of the general public. I only hope that they will react to this type of constructive criticism. The area is absolutely beautiful but needs to be managed better. I commend you for your work. Thank you. Hal ... (more)

Thanks Everyone

Book Reviews Thanks Everyone! As of tonight, Dirty Little Secrets is #2 in the sales category on Amazon! How exciting! I am so happy I can barely express it! I have a lot of people to thank. The most amazing thing is that I’ve never met most of these angels – we have met over the past months (in some cases a year or more) over the phone! First, and friend par excellence, is Jeff Blackwell of SalesPractice.com. Even though we don’t know each other well, he fell in love with Buying Facilitation and my decision facilitation model quite a while ago, believing that Buying Facilitation® completes the sales model – with integrity. He has been tirelessly, and obnoxiously (smile) pitching me and the new book daily for months. He humbles me. My friend Jill has been my sounding board, my mother, my friend, and my coach. Without her, I might have had a different book – certain... (more)

Now that's a Da Vinci!

Poor Leonardo. After losing out to Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni during his lifetime, he still doesn't get the credit or recognition his work deserves. Finally, someone trusted their intuition, and bought a sketch which looked to him like a Leonardo, and, lo - it was! His $19000 investment is now worth $150 million: Now that's what I call reverse innovation! If you'll excuse me, I'm off to the basement to see if I have any Da Vinci's lying around in my art collection... ... (more)

Shark Diving

Private adventure yachting is the “end all be all” for discriminating travelers. It is a world that is continuously in transition as new global destinations and adventure possibilities are discovered. We’ll take you inside the luxury world of cage diving with Great White sharks and show you how to plan your personal National Geographic-style adventure in comfort aboard your own private yacht. A New Era of Exploration Until ten years ago, high-end travelers had limited options for satisfying their adventure bug. Now well-heeled explorers have expanding opportunities to climb Mount Everest for $100,000 or rent their own private game preserve in Kenya. According to the World Tourism Organization, an agency of the United Nations, “eco-tourism and nature tourism are growing three times faster than the tourism industry in general.”  Today’s active vacationers want unique ... (more)