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La Costa Resort and Spa: A Sanctuary for the Affluent Traveler

La Costa Resort and Spa: A Sanctuary for the Affluent Traveler | Travel,places,resort | Scoop.it
La Costa Resort and Spa, a lush playground for affluent and discerning travelers, has been a staple among San Diego resorts since 1965. In the first year of its founding, spa enthusiasts flocked through its doors to experience the first U.S.
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The Best Caribbean Islands to Visit in August

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Visiting the Caribbean in August is something of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, August is close to the peak of hurricane season, and the days are humid and hot, averaging in the mid-80s. For many ...

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Carnegie Mellon robot hunts for life in one of the deadest places on Earth | GizMag.com

Carnegie Mellon robot hunts for life in one of the deadest places on Earth | GizMag.com | Travel,places,resort | Scoop.it

Scientists looking for life on Mars are studying the driest desert on Earth. This month, Carnegie Mellon University's Zoë robot will traverse Chile’s near-uninhabitable Atacama Desert as part of an astrobiology experiment aimed at testing technologies and techniques for NASA’s next rover to search for life on Mars at the end of the decade.

 

Areas of the Atacama are among the most lifeless places on Earth where not even bacteria can survive. Nitrates that fall from the sky that bacteria would normally gobble up remain uneaten and rainfall is measured in millimeters per decade. It doesn't help that the Atacama is surprisingly cool with a Mediterranean climate because not only isn't there enough water to sustain life, but the cooler temperatures means there’s less energy available for growth and reproduction. In many respects, this ten million year old desert is a very good analog for studying how to search for life on Mars.

 

“We are measuring the subsurface habitats in which life survives, determining what factors are important, and learning about one of the Earth’s harshest climates,” says Planetary Geologist Nathalie Cabrol, senior research scientist at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute and science lead for the Life in the Atacama project.

 

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Want to Look Up Vacation Resorts?

Want to Look Up Vacation Resorts? | Travel,places,resort | Scoop.it
Don't spend countless hours looking up resorts the old way. Visit global resorts' registry for a quick and easy way to do your vacation research online.

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Conero Beach among the Italy's best beaches and islands CNN Travel

Conero Beach among the Italy's best beaches and islands CNN Travel | Travel,places,resort | Scoop.it

In a perfect world, we wouldn't need to explain why Italy's beaches and islands are worth visiting.
We wouldn't need to describe the fluorescent waters and talcum-powder sand, or highlight the delicious seafood or lively nightlife.
Fortunately, this isn't a perfect world, so we get to show off these beautiful spots and you get to read about them and start planning your next trip.

Cretaccio Island - The smallest island of the Tremiti archipelago, dubbed the “pearl of the Adriatic,” Cretaccio Island is deserted and wild.Isola Bella Beach - At the foot of the elegant town of Taormina, Isola Bella Beach is one of Sicily’s most beautiful and popular.Asinara Island - One prison you might not wish to escape. An uncontaminated isle just-off the northern coast of Sardinia, Asinara Island is quiet and surrounded by nature and shimmering sea.Chiaia di Luna Beach (Ponza Island) - Many Romans’ favorite holiday spot, the lunar atmosphere at Chiaia di Luna is striking.Palmarola Island - Millennia to create, days to discover. Come here and you’ll understand why it’s considered by many to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world.Lampedusa Island - Lampedusa Island -- blinding white cliffs, fluorescent blue waters, African-like temperatures and dry desert. The heart-shaped Rabbits' Islet beach, one of the world's best beaches, is what makes this island special.Ventotene Island - Once a Roman prison-island, the protected marine park here makes it one of Italy’s top diving sites.Mondello Beach - Windsurf by day, gorge on seafood by night. Two kilometers of breathtaking shore provide the perfect break while visiting the baroque jewels of Palermo, Sicily’s capital.

Numana Beach - Mountain trails make this one beach destination you won't want to laze about on. Inside the Mount Conero Park on the Adriatic coast, Numana Beach lies at the base of a high, rugged cliff.

It's silent, peaceful and breezy and surrounded by lush vegetation: no wonder hermits used to come here in the Middle Ages to meditate.
After walking around the ancient Greek harbor with colorful houses above, visitors can stop and cool off at 30Nodi Beach Bar or reat traditional fish dishes at La Torre restaurant.
Hotel Monte Conero on the mount's top offers a spectacular, 360-degree view. It's a former ashram suspended in mid-air.
There are also bird-watching or horseback riding activities along many mountain trails.
To get here, take highway A14, exit at Ancona -- the area is also connected by plane from Rome and Milan.

Lipari Island - Black and blue -- one of Italy's most beautiful "bruises." The largest of Sicily’s Aeolian Islands, the black volcanic rocks at Lipari contrast with the whitewashed roofs of the houses.La Maddalena Island - Pastel perfection. One of Sardinia’s top spots, this is the biggest island in the Mediterranean’s Maddalena archipelago.San Vito lo Capo beach - White sand, palms, shallow turquoise waters - welcome to Italy's Maldives.
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One of our favourite nearby beaches now listed on CNN Travel - great news for visitors to The Hideaway

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Exploring the Adriatic coast is a must when visiting Le Marche!

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Tech Museums Offer Educational Slant To Summer Travel

Tech Museums Offer Educational Slant To Summer Travel | Travel,places,resort | Scoop.it
If you want to put an educational — but fun — spin on summer vacation, consider a trip to a tech museum.

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