Daily Archives: August 19, 2009

The fascinating burial rituals of Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Cave burials, Toraja Highlands. Photo: flickr member Phitar

Cave burials, Toraja Highlands. Photo: flickr member Phitar

There are so many reasons to visit this land full of wonders – it’s certainly no ordinary experience. But you have to go at the right time, such as December, because Tana Toraja reaches the peak of its beauty in that month. What a Lovely December in Tana Toraja!

After being dormant for quite some time, Tana Toraja is displaying renewed enthusiasm through a South Sulawesi provincial government program, Lovely December in Tana Toraja, launched in December 2008 as part of the effort to restore the glory of tourism in this region, which has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Green & Chic ~ Natural Retreats, Yorkshire Dales, UK

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It seems that nowadays everyone on the planet is going green, and every country – regardless of economic status – is doing its part to join in the “Green Revolution.” There’ll always be skeptics to whom all this green talk is just a new direction in our consumeristic ways, but what’s crystal clear is the awareness of taking better care of how we utilize the earth and its resources. Green buildings are a big part of this equation. One such company is UK-based Natural Retreats with its Green Lodges that are not only eco- & sustainably-responsible, but also impossibly chic and cool. Natural Retreats Yorkshire Dales.

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Step into a fairytale ~ Rogner Bad Blumau Hotel, Styria, Austria

By Dian Hasan | August 18, 2009

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When a hotel is designed by the same creative force that gave Vienna the whimsical Hundertwasserhaus building, you know that it won’t be plain vanilla. Rogner Bad Blumau is the brainchild of eccentric architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. A design best described as Gaudi-esque, featuring a melange green roofs, round shapes and colorful facades make up a wonderful work of art in the middle of nature.

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Live like a bat ~ Gamirasu Cave Hotel, Cappadocia, Turkey

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In the blogosphere, the image of Gamirasu Cave Hotel has been well documented for its uniqueness. But what’s it is really like? And how does it feel to live like a caveman, albeit only for a brief stay? Located in Cappadocia area of Turkey, that’s renowned for its martian-like setting of cave dwellings, Gamirasu Cave Hotel started life in 1999 and sits in a beautifully restored Byzantine monastic retreat in Ayvali Village – an area that supposedly has been inhabitated for over 5,000 years!

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