Menorca, Spain is the ideal vacation destination for tourists seeking a genuine Spanish holiday. The Island is fairly quiet and has a relaxed atmosphere even during peak holiday season. Menorca offers miles of sandy beaches. The beaches of Menorca tend to be quieter and less crowded than the beaches of the nearby Islands of Mallorca and Ibiza. The best beaches that Menorca has to offer are found on the eastern coast of the South shore.
The southern shore of the island features a number of popular resorts. Whereas the rocky northern shore is dotted with sleepy fishing villages for those of us who want to enjoy the culture of the island on a first hand basis.
Menorca has been largely protected from industrial development thus making it a haven for nature lovers. Menorca also offers excellent bicycle trails, which crisscrosses through out the island offering spectacular views of the waterfront and the island.
The Island enjoys Mediterranean weather characterized by hot summers and mild winters. Tourist tend to flock to Menorca during July and August, when the island reaches its hottest temperatures and offers sunny days with over eleven hours of sunlight. Menorca is quite an enjoyable tourist destination even during the off-season, where the temperatures never falls below zero degrees. During the winter months the temperatures range from a low of six degrees Celsius to a high of fourteen degrees.
Overall the quiet atmosphere of Menorca offers one of the top vacation destinations in Spain for tourists, who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the other Spanish beaches and cities.
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Packing Light Is an Easy TrickThese days going through ANY airport can be a nightmare. It's worse than having a physical at some airports - and that applies to your luggage as well as your person! Weight has now become a critical element when you pack and it's important to know if you need to go to a larger bag, remove items or know that you need to take an additional bag just to catch any extra purchases made at your destination
One way to make it easier is........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 8/26/2007 11:53:28 AM)
Whatever happened to the Sunday drive?In the years BT (before television) the Sunday Drive was a popular form of weekend recreation, enjoyed by families, couples, and guys and girls traveling in segregated groups of two to a half-dozen. Often there was no particular destination; more like aimless wandering in which the beauty of the countryside provided sufficient motive. Sometimes a picnic became the highlight, usually in a field under a shade tree or by the side of a stream. If a........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 8/20/2007 9:23:57 PM)
Civilized TravelThis is our last day in Oregon. We have had a wonderful visit and a wonderful stay. Whenever possible, Libby and I stay in a bed and breakfast when we travel. To us, it is the only civilized way to travel. Over the years we’ve stayed in more than a dozen B&Bs, and every one has been exceptional in one way or another
But on this trip . .
We have really had the very best stay ever at a B&B this time. As I said, every one........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 6/21/2007 7:58:04 PM)
Biodiversity at Greater Risk As Climate ChangesKenya sits on its proud heritage of big game, rolling savannahs, and splendid coral reefs. But, global warming in the form of higher temperatures could have disastrous impacts on these reefs, as well as the diverse marine life they play host to
Ali Mohammed, deputy director of Coastal and Marine Programmes at the National Environment Management Authority, rued,
Climate change may not have sunk in with the common man or woman, but........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 5/23/2007 6:58:36 PM)
Tigers Hang ToughIf nature is resilient, then the tigers of India's Nagarahole National Park are proof. When given the chance, they breed like rabbits-or to be more precise, at a rate of three to four cubs per litter every two to three years.
Researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducted a nine-year study of tigers in Nagarahole, one of India's best-run national parks. The research team used remote........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 4/21/2007 7:37:55 AM)
Bering Land Bridge National PreserveIn the Bering Strait, only 3 miles from the Russian outpost, you see the land of your friends and family, traveling there is forbidden. You are on Little Diomede in the US, they are on Big Diomede Island, USSR. During the Cold War the people of Beringia were separated by water and political rivalry. In 1990 Beringia was reunited through a US/Russian agreement to establish an International Park Iditarod Week Special EventsAfter running for........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 4/6/2007 6:46:39 PM)
Pollution in China is Spreading Aerosols on Its Hills
If the much talked about green house gas emissions is causing global warming, then, minute particles of pollution in air called Aerosols is its competitor
A group of scientists and their leader Mr.Daniel Rosenfeld, professor of atmospheric sciences at the Jerusalems Institute of Earth Sciences, discovered this on Mount Hua, central China
The group had wandered the high altitudes to study the effects of pollution in those areas. They........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 3/12/2007 8:29:48 PM)
Santa Fe In New MexicoSanta Fe was once the capital of Spain's, and then Mexico's, territories north of the Rio Grande, but its visible history extends far back into time beyond the arrival of the Spanish; it is thought to have been the site of Puebloan villages that had already been long abandoned by the time the Spanish arrived in 1607. It became the state capital when the territory of New Mexico achieved statehood in 1912.
In the early 20th century, the area........Go to the Travel-news-blog (Added on 12/15/2006 9:05:54 PM)
Money Causes Changes For Better And WorseMoney changes everything, and that includes changing people's motivations for the better and their behavior toward others for the worse, according to a new study published in the international journal Science.
Florida State University psychology graduate student Nicole Mead in Tallahassee, Fla was among a group of researchers who found that the concept of money brings about a state of self-sufficiency that allows people to work harder and........Go to the Travel-news-blog (Added on 11/16/2006 7:50:24 PM)
Silent Eco-friendly PlaneMIT and Cambridge University researchers will unveil the conceptual design for a silent, environmentally friendly passenger plane at a press conference Monday, Nov. 6, at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London.
"Public concern about noise is a major constraint on expansion of aircraft operations. The 'silent aircraft' can help address this concern and thus aid in meeting the increasing passenger demand for air transport," said Edward M.........Go to the Travel-news-blog (Added on 11/6/2006 7:35:45 PM)
Moderate Drinking May Boost MemoryIn the long run, a drink or two a day may be good for the brain.
Researchers found that moderate amounts of alcohol - amounts equivalent to a couple of drinks a day for a human - improved the memories of laboratory rats.
Such a finding may have implications for serious neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, said Matthew During, the study's senior author and a professor of molecular virology, immunology and cancer genetics at Ohio........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 10/26/2006 5:18:53 AM)
Solio Universal Hybrid ChargerSolio, the Universal "Hybrid" Charger , can charge all of your handheld electronic products, even if you've been relocated to Antarctica. It works by absorbing power from the sun and storing the energy within the Solio's own internal battery (charging Solio's internal battery takes 8-10 hours of direct sunlight). If your igloo comes with a wall socket, you can also plug it in to charge it.
Not only can it charge your cell phone, but also........Go to the Travel-news-blog (Added on 10/12/2006 9:37:59 PM)
Cars Of The FutureThey looked incongruous as they pulled past the Chevrolets and Toyotas in East lot--an antique Stanley Steamer, a yellow-striped city bus, a motorcycle with a passenger seat made from a diner's counter stool, a tanker with a bucolic scene painted on the side and dozens more. In they rolled, horns honking amid the occasional deep "ooooh-gah" of the steam car's Klaxon.
The AltWheels caravan of 46 environmentally friendly vehicles had arrived........Go to the Travel-news-blog (Added on 9/26/2006 8:58:46 PM)
ZermattThere is this very nice hotel across the street from our campground in Zermatt that has a Wi-Fi LAN for their guests. Nice of them to not have any security on it, so I can mooch off of them.
This will frankly be the first e-mail I have written where I haven't felt rushed, because there is a clock ticking, and I have to feed the machine another Euro (or Franc) lest I loose my work.
We are in Zermatt. We rode up the Rhone river from Lake........Go to the Travel-news-blog (Added on 9/18/2006 6:23:40 PM)
Souther Tip Of Africa - Cape TownCape Town is one of the largest cities in South Africa and located in the Western Cape Province. It is located in the south-west corner of the country near the Cape of Good Hope, and is the most southern city in Africa. It is a stone's throw from South Africa's world-famous Cape Winelands around Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek.
Cape Town was founded as a trading post by Jan van Riebeeck on account of the VOC (Dutch East Indies Company)........Go to the Travel-news-blog (Added on 8/25/2006 7:25:05 PM)
GasholtAs my photography collection continues to grow, I sought a better way to organize them. I combined this with my own desire to start keeping a record of all of the places I've been. After a few afternoons of tinkering, this is what I ended up with!
Red links represent flight connections. Click on a region to zoom in and investigate destionations, as well as explore any related photo albums.
This map was rendered using technology from the........Go to the Travel-news-blog (Added on 8/19/2006 4:24:37 PM)
Paris, The City Of LightsParis is the capital of France and - with 2 million people living in the center and some 10 million people in the suburbs (la banlieue) - one of the largest cities in Europe.
Central Paris is officially divided into 20 districts called arrondissements, numbered from 1 to 20 in a clockwise spiral from the centre of town. Arrondissements are named as per their number. You might, for example, stay in the "5th", which would be written as 5Ã¨me........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 8/19/2006 11:48:14 AM)
Bums' ParadiseBums' Paradise is a 53-minute documentary that depicts the lives of the men and women who lived in the ten-year-old Albany Landfill community previous to their eviction. It follows them through the eviction and documents them one month after the eviction. The film emphasizes their concepts of community as well as the amazing art that they created. Instead of being a documentary about homelessness, Bums' Paradise considers the question: What if........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 8/3/2006 10:15:47 PM)
Phuket RoundupPhew! what I fantastically hectic week and a half!.
I went on a little getaway for 4 days to Phuket last week, where I had a ball of a time with the Other, save for a few island wide power outages on our second or third night there, which was truly horrific considering that you are airconless in a hotel room, while it was raining and it's steamy and you just feel uncomfortable and damp.
Still, we had a fantastic time and couldn't have........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 8/3/2006 9:57:41 PM)
Unstable Ground In Mississippi DeltaWhile erosion and wetland loss have become huge problems along Louisiana's coast, the land 30 to 50 feet beneath much of the Mississippi Delta has been very stable for the past 8,000 years, with low to nonexistent subsidence rates. So say georesearchers from Tulane University and Utrecht University in the Netherlands, challenging the notion that subsidence, or sinking of the earth, bears much of the blame for Louisiana's coastal geology........Go to the Travel-news-blog (Added on 8/3/2006 9:07:24 PM)
W Hotel Westwood Starts Surfing- Internet Style at the PoolThe first W Hotel on the west coast, the W Hotel Westwood has installed hand held computers poolside to allow guests to order drinks, food and even spa treatments at the in house BLISS SPA........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 8/26/2007 1:15:29 PM)
2 Days in Paris."Julie Delpy's directorial debut 2 Days in Paris unavoidably invites comparisons to Before Sunset, as it too focuses on a talkative Franco-American couple as they navigate the ups and downs of their relationship during a brief stay in the titular metropolis," concedes Nick Schager at Slant. "But despite the superficial similarities of both films, Delpy's romantic comedy (heavy on the comedy) is a far more prickly piece of chatty cinema,........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 8/6/2007 7:07:54 PM)
Crater Lake National ParkCrater Lake has inspired people for hundreds of years. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom.Crater Lake is located in Southern Oregon on the crest of the Cascade Mountain range, 100 miles (160 km)........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 6/29/2007 5:23:13 AM)
Ski Area And Mountain WatershedHistorically, people lived in lowlands. Except for logging and some agricultural uses, mountains were mostly left to the birds. But in recent decades, mountain regions in many parts of the world-including Vermont-have faced growing development pressures from recreation and tourism uses such as vacation homes and ski areas.
Despite these new uses, most scientific studies of soil and water in high-elevation areas have focused on the effects of........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 5/17/2007 7:12:35 PM)
Lessons From The Seat of a BikeLess than half of the days in Cleveland are sunny and today there isn't a cloud in the sky - the sun is shining and the temps are a perfect 74 degrees
Time to get outdoors
I try to walk in the neighborhood each day but today I felt like doing something different. So I pulled my bike out of the garage, checked the tires for air and climbed aboard for the first time in over five years
It is amazing how quickly you remember how to........Go to the Travel-news-blog (Added on 5/13/2007 3:38:57 PM)
Laos makes tourists happyOne of my favorite destinations in South East Asia is Lao.
Visitors to Lao PDR can now get a visa on arrival for 30 days, up from 15 days previously, the Laotian Foreign Ministry has announced. They can also get an extension of stay of this visa.........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 3/22/2007 7:34:21 PM)
Have you ever seen a Racisson Hotel?Have you ever seen a Racisson Hotel? This weekend I was in Puerto Rico and saw one. This is the new years eve and in the dark, the Racisson hotel stands out with unique sign.
Hmmm!........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 12/31/2006 6:42:12 PM)
Go To FinlandFinland was a province and then a grand duchy under Sweden from the 12th to the 19th centuries and an autonomous grand duchy of Russia after 1809. It finally won its complete independence in 1917, eventhough the country promptly plunged into a bitter civil war between the conservative Whites and the Communist Reds, eventually won by the Whites.
During World War II, Finland was attacked by the Soviet Union in the Winter War, but fought them........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 12/15/2006 8:55:49 PM)
Rise In California TemperaturesIncreasing temperatures in California during the next 45 years could negatively affect the amount of almonds, walnuts, oranges, avocados and table grapes that Americans put on their tables.
According to new research in the journal Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, production losses in some of California's most popular crops could be as high as 40 percent by mid-century.
In the study, researchers from Lawrence Livermore National........Go to the Travel-news-blog (Added on 12/5/2006 4:59:53 AM)
Laptops Will Link Global LearnersThe real star at an Oct. 19 lecture by Nicholas Negroponte was not the Media Lab co-founder and computer-aided design pioneer himself but what he brought to the Department of Architecture classroom at MIT--a model from his One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project.
After Negroponte finished outlining plans for creating and distributing the inexpensive computer to children in developing nations, the audience crowded the podium to examine the........Go to the Travel-news-blog (Added on 10/31/2006 4:35:46 AM)
The Space Tourism Industry Can Really Make MoneySo far, only one craft has flown in space, sending test pilots to the final frontier at an expense of $25 million-plus to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize. Market right now doesn't show the prospects that were expected by the investors in the space tourism industry.
But this doesn't mean that people in the real world don't have any respect for this industry. Space Tourism is not aimed at "space geeks" only. This seems the way it is because........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 10/25/2006 5:05:20 AM)
EXT Still The Stupid Of TrucksThe Detroit News reports: EXT still the Cadillac of trucks. We're well aware how dim we are, but isn't calling an item "The Cadillac of (whatever)" supposed to mean it's the best at what it is meant for? As in, "The new MacBook is the Cadillac of laptops" or "Google is the Cadillac of search engines" or "Alison Krauss is so smokin' hot we'd fake our own death, move to Tennessee, and change our name to be with her".
Anyway, are aren't trucks........Go to the Travel-news-blog (Added on 10/22/2006 9:45:20 PM)
Galapagos WildlifeGalapagos Wildlife
There are 27 species of reptiles found on the Galapagos divided in five families as follows: snakes, geckos, Iguanas, lava lizards and, the giant tortoises.
Giant Tortoises (Geochelone elephantopus).
The Galapagos and the Seychelles are the sole islands housing giant tortoises while the Galapagos name originates from the Saddleback tortoise meaning galápago or saddle.
14........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 9/25/2006 6:46:25 PM)
Island Ferries Take on RoleFerries that connect Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are taking on another role - research vessels.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) biologist Scott Gallager and his colleagues have installed a package of sensors on the 235-foot freight ferry Katama to measure water quality and to photograph plankton as the ferry crisscrosses the western side of Nantucket Sound year-round, several times daily.
........Go to the Travel-news-blog (Added on 9/18/2006 5:44:03 PM)
Pyramid Shaped WatermelonsPink Tentacle has translated an article from the Asahi Shinbun reporting on pyramid shaped watermelons being cultivated in Nara.
Everybody's seen the ridiculously overpriced square watermelons ($100 US), so now you can add pyramids to the scheme. As per the article, the grower plans to try shaping "gourds and bottles" out of watermelon next year. Can I put in a request for a car-shaped watermelon?........Go to the Travel-news-blog (Added on 8/19/2006 7:03:54 PM)
Stranger in a Strange LandThis past weekend was BlogHer. I only was able to make it down for the Saturday sessions, but overall, I think it was a great event. In a sentence, it was the most valuable blogging-related event I have attended in the past year.
Now, some might think this is a little overblown, but, well, let them choke on their own bile. The event was how such blogging events should be: the newbies and the veterans getting together to discuss blogging and........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 8/19/2006 4:30:11 PM)
Paris DragonsI don't think I would have known there was an exhibition of dragons in Paris, if I hadn't seen this fire breather at the Gare de Lyon train station the other day. This particular dragon claims to be made with eco-packaging but it has that evil symbol that tricks people into thinking it is environmentally friendly and recyclable (but in reality it isn't). The saving grace is that this dragon is, in fact, getting recycled in the form of a........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 8/5/2006 12:14:41 AM)
My Little Hiding PlaceEveryone has a hiding place. Mine is the little island of Shamian. Ever since.
I discovered it in 2002, I keep returning this place whenever I can. The people who run the little shops and restaurants there remember me and that makes me happy. Some pictures from Shamian Dao.
East meets west. They added these statues sometimes in 2003. Over the years they have been making this island more and more pretty.
The musicians enjoy while the........Go to the Vacation-blog (Added on 8/3/2006 10:11:08 PM)
Travel Forum RantI've been checking out Lonely Planet's forum (Thorntree) these days because I will be going on a little getaway really soon with someone special and something struck me and that is a number of travellers on the forum are just too lazy to do their homework! I know that this is none of my business, but it's just a gripe that I have when there are loads of information to read out there and a few forum posters have come up with very helpful and........Go to the Travel-news-blog (Added on 8/3/2006 10:02:09 PM)
Segways Take Over AirportsFor the longest time it looked like the Segway would be nothing more than a rich person's play thing, but now crowded airports in the US are adding them to give security and police a faster way to travel around, without taking up too much room.
They're winning favor at airports because they move relatively quickly and their electric motors give off no emissions. They also stop easily and allow users â€" who stand about eight inches off the........Go to the Travel-news-blog (Added on 8/3/2006 9:48:10 PM)