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28
May
2012

Is this Heaven? No it’s Patagonia.

As part of a vacation in Chile we can think of no better inclusion than a stay at The Cliffs Preserve located on the Patagonian Coast of Chile and providing the opportunity for unsurpassed natural beauty a variety of activities, excellent cuisine and superb Chilean wine. As an added bonus you will be helping to preserve one of the last remaining temperate rainforests where trees can live up to 4,000 years and grow over 65 feet high.


21
May
2012

Ca’Sagredo… Galileo liked staying here, you will too

One of the things that we pride ourselves on at Ultitude is the ability to find the best accommodations available to meet the needs of our clients. That means personally selecting the properties to find those properties that share our belief in highly personalized but unobtrusive service to our guests.

 Because all of our programs are created privately for a select group of friends we are able to look for properties that are smaller in size and well suited to their environment. We believe we achieve that in all the destinations we serve but we are also aware that there are certain properties that stand out based on their location, history, amenities or quality of service. In a few cases we are lucky enough to find a property that combines all four and one of those is Ca’Sagredo in Venice.

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17
May
2012

Country Cognoscenti - Italy

One of the best ways to learn more about a destination is through its trivia. It is fitting therefore that we should be focusing on all things Italian since the term Trivia dates back to Roman times. As history teaches us, the Roman were prodigious road builders and according to legend wherever three roads crossed each other a notice board would be set up so travelers could leave messages for others on topics of interest. In Latin Tri Via means three roads…


11
May
2012

Adriana's Florence

While Florence is the city of my birth, I have lived in many other parts of the world but I always return to the city and its history, its art, its culture and, most of all, its people. Because of my love of the city I wanted to share it with others coming to the city. I wanted to show them the city through my eyes but over time I was able to learn even more about the city seeing it through theirs.


25
April
2012

Playing Tourist across the Tiber

While our company’s goal is to provide unique and personalized travel experiences for our clients that does not mean that we are travel snobs disdaining all things deemed “touristy”. If you are visiting Athens and don’t spend an evening in the Plaka you are missing out on some good fun (and good food as well) the same applies to the wine village of Grinzing outside Vienna or Montmartre in Paris. When in Rome therefore, do as the Romans do and devote an evening to wining and dining in Trastevere one of the oldest areas of the city and one of its most atmospheric.


17
April
2012

Jakarta to Surabaya and Places along the Way

Indonesia is comprised of a variety of islands with Sumatra being the largest in terms of land mass and Bali, with its alluring beaches, the most well known. It is Java however that was the heart of the Dutch East Indies, when it was known as Batavia, and continues to be the heart of this independent nation.


09
April
2012

Evolution from the Galapagos Tortoise’s perspective

For many years the world has focused on Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution based on his 1835 visit to the Galapagos Islands. For many of us the impression was of an elderly man looking like the winner of a George Bernard Shaw lookalike contest arriving in the uninhabited islands to discover unique mutations of various animal species. The reality is somewhat different. First, Darwin was only 26 when he visited the Galapagos and it took him another 25 years to advance his theory in The Origin of the Species.


05
April
2012

London's Little Shop of Soldiers

If you were a boy and, if you happened to grow up in England, chances are you had a collection of toy soldiers usually from various times in history but if you are eight years old, yeoman bowmen can support light cavalry from the Napoleonic wars and have World War II Desert Rats held in reserve.


01
April
2012

An All-Inclusive in India fit for a Prince

Saturated as we are with ubiquitous commercials for all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico it would be understandable to think that this type of product is exclusive to that part of the world. We would like to offer a different take on an all-inclusive, not in the Caribbean but in India, not involving hundreds of guests but less than thirty and directed not by an ex-cruise director but by a Prince and the son of a Maharajah.


25
March
2012

The Malbecs of Mendoza

Argentineans like their beef and may in fact consume more per capita than any other country on earth. They can eat it for breakfast (sausages), lunch and dinner. Their obsession is somewhat unusual since like the United States, Argentina is a country of immigrants and despite its national language, the greatest waves of immigrants were not Spanish but Italian, British, Irish, and a variety of other countries.


17
March
2012

Nairobi...Worth a Visit

When travelers arrive in Nairobi, they usually are immediately transferred to the domestic airport for a scheduled or charter flight to one of lodges or private camps in the major reserves like Amboseli, Tsavo or the Masai Mara. This is certainly justifiable given that the reason most people come to East Africa is to see game in its natural habitat.


12
March
2012

A Peruvian Weaver of Dreams

In the Urubamba Sacred Valley located in the Andean Mountains of Peru, the high altitude causes the temperature to be cool so warm clothing is a matter of necessity; but clothing can also be a matter of identity and ties to historical roots.


05
March
2012

A Little Town in Tuscany

When next you find yourself in Florence and you can tear yourself away from its many charms you could do a lot worse than make a visit to the town of Greve in Chianti which sits about 20 miles south of the city. It is easy as a day trip but is ideal if your next destination is Siena since it is right on the way.


27
February
2012

Full Moon in Hoi An...Nostalgia in Vietnam

Every month at the time of the full moon, the town of Hoi An turns back the clock and gives the enterprising tourist and local alike a glimpse into the way Hoi An was in days past. All traffic is halted, all TV’s turned off and all modern lighting eliminated and replaced by colorful lanterns for which the town is famous. As you walk through old town you have the opportunity to try traditional foods and imagine this place as a bustling international port in the 17th and 18th Centuries when Western traders referred to it as Faifo.


21
February
2012

Ecuador's Amazing Amazon Parrots

When somebody says the Amazon you tend to think of Brazil because of the size of the area it includes in its boundaries. The Amazon, however can be found in other countries within South America like Peru and Colombia. We offer programs in many of these counties and each has its unique attractions but we think that Ecuador offers a good combination of relative proximity, manageable size and interesting venues in the area known as El Oriente.


15
February
2012

The Adamson Legacy – Luxury Conservation in Kenya

Thanks to a Lioness named Elsa and a Leopard named Penny, wildlife conservation went mainstream and the idea of returning animals back to the wild helped slow the depletion of many endangered species especially in East Africa.


10
February
2012

Montparnasse, a people watcher’s paradise in Paris

While there are numerous Parisian neighborhoods to claim your attention and affection, you may want to try Montparnasse for its combination of cuisine and ambiance. If you want to immerse yourself in Parisian life you can do worse than to select an outside table at La Rotonde at Place Pablo Picasso which sits at the intersection of Boulevards Raspeil and Montparnasse


05
February
2012

A Desert Blooms in Rajasthan- a Luxury Oasis in India

If you lived in India between the two World Wars and you were a British colonial administrator or from the upper strata of Indian society you would wait with eager anticipation for an invitation to attend a shooting party as guests of the Thakur of Nimaj. You would know that you would be spending time in a man-made oasis in the Rajasthani Desert; the men would spend the day in shooting parties taking time to join the ladies for afternoon tea followed by a nap and then exquisite dinners served under a starlit sky.


01
February
2012

Valparaiso: The Jewel of the Pacific Regains her Sparkle

At the height of the California Gold Rush, both miners and supplies needed to get from the Eastern United States to the West and there was, at that time, no transcontinental railroad or a Panama Canal. The option was to “Sail ‘round the Horn” rounding the tip of South America at the Straights of Magellan and heading up the Pacific Coast


26
January
2012

The Great Selous - the man who inspired Tanzania's biggest game reserve

On January 4th, 1917 in the area of BehoBeho, German East Africa, a German sniper took the life of one of the great hunters and conservationists, a friend of Cecil Rhodes and Teddy Roosevelt and the inspiration for Allan Quatarmain of King Solomon’s Mines fame. He was buried close to where he fell and his grave is still there in what is now the country of Tanzania and the great national park that bears his name 



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