talk travelMagazineFebruary - March, 2012 . Issue 2 . Volume 4 . Table of ContentsFeatures 3. Hawaii - Aloha Islands 4. L Letter from Publisher 5. Hawaii at a Glance 6. Hawaii - Perfect Fusion 9. Maui Vacations14. W Welcome to Indonesia18. I Indoneisa - Treasure of Asia20. The Dead Sea & The Jordan Valley23. Fiji River Safari27. Top 10 Eastern European Destinations28. W What's Cooking in Hawaii29. Talk Wine30. Mediterranean CruisingWelcome to the islands of Aloha - a unique paradise blessed with excellent weather, breathtaking beauty, cultural diversity and, of course, the Aloha Spirit.The Hawaiian Islands provide visitors with the comfort, security and convenience of a U.S. Destination. Hawaii's remote location keeps it unspoiled. Getting there is surprisingly easy from gateways all across the world.Each island's unique geography provides natural wonders that can be experienced no place else. From the active volcano, Kilauea, on Hawaii's Big Island to the waterfalls cascading from the sea cliffs on Malokai's North Coast, Hawaii's landscape inspires visitors with awe.If you are looking for beautiful beaches with warm, crystal clear water, you can't do better than planning a vacation in Hawaii. Swimming, surfing, bodysurfing, boogie boarding, windsurfing, kitesurfing, scuba, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing charters, whale watching and submarine cruises are just some of the water activity choices.Hawaii, a perfect destination for just about everyone.Welcome to the Islands of Alohaphoto credits: Hawaiian Tourism AuthorityTor Johnson, Lee Aeder
letter from the publisherNo trip to Indonesia is complete without visiting Bali to meet Ketut, the famed healer and leading character in Elizabeth Gilbert's 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love staring Julia Roberts.On a quiet road in Penestanan Village in Bali's central foothills, a small signboard directs you to the house of the medicine man. Entering his compound we found about 30 young ladies waiting their turn as he interprets their palms, legs and backs to predict their future.Since the movie, Ketut has become a local celebrity. Tourists and locals flock to his home for palm readings. Whether you believe or not in fortune telling it is always an exciting experience to be able to sit next to a movie star and he welcomes everyone into his compound. For anyone keen on music, culture and the arts, a trip to Ubud is a must-do during your stay to Bali. The drive takes around one hour from Denpasar and, as you gently wind your way up towards the central mountains, you will be treated to views of terraced rice fields, unspoilt countryside and rural scenes that literally take your breath away.Ubud is a charming town, but not the quaint and remote place it was famous for in the 1930's, when Western artists like Walter Spies, Colin McPhee, and Rudolf Bonnet frequented the town.Ubud now has a mixture of trendy cafes, spectacular restaurants, perched on hilltops overlooking rivers and jungle, Internet cafes, arts and crafts shops, very stylish clothing boutiques, antique stores and many galleries. There is one thing that everyone must partake in when visiting Bali. Obtain tickets to the new Bali Nusa Dua Theatre located at Nusa Dua to see the DEVDAN production "Treasure of the Archipelago". It is well worth the visit and something completely new for Bali. This production has the mix of fire, water and similarities to Cirque du Soleil. You will keep your eyes wide open for this unique, brilliant and fresh 90 minutes duration show. I've run out of descriptive words: fabulous, outstanding, enchanting, alluring, two thumbs up, magnificent, fascinating, super cool, completely magical...and so on. Take my word for it! Don't miss it!Bali is only 1 of 33 provinces in Indonesia. The country is so huge and diversified that once you make one trip to Indonesia you will want to return again and again to fully appreciate everything the country has to offer. Eat, Pray and Love in BaliGina Hansen, CTC, ECCPublisherpublisher@talktravel.caWayne Hansen, Editoreditor@talktravel.caDaryl Cooper, Asst. Editoreditor@talktravel.caJana SchweitzerGraphic Designjanaschweitzer00@gmail.comChris WilcoxVideo Editing/Productioneditor@talktravel.caMedia Marketing Brent Robertsbrent@talktravel.caJohn Hebertjohn@talktravel.caDon MacGregordon@talktravel.caSuite 318 - 237 Keefer StreetVancouver, B.C., V6A 1X6Tel: 604-629-0877Fax: 604-629-0878Talk Travel Magazine is published monthly.
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