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Croatia

One of the premiere destinations and vacation hotspots of Europe, Croatia is a mix of old-fashioned glamour and authentic charm dubbed âthe Mediterranean as it once was.â People go here for the wonderful beaches and sunshine, ancient architecture, folk traditions, and cultural treasures. The country is still in transition between Mitteleuropa and the Mediterranean, bouncing from a brutal civil war in the 1990s. Visitors on all budgets can find something memorable to see and do in the diverse landscape.       
Croatiaâs coast is where most of the trendy and hip places are and where youâll find plenty of glitz and glamour, particularly in Hvar and Dubrovnik. Here you can sip cocktails while checking out the beautiful people and spotting the occasional celebrity. Fancy yachts are docked on the coast and come in droves. Peace and quiet can also be had at secluded coves and atolls in the style of Robinson Crusoe, as well as fishing villages and lighthouse islets in remote areas. There are also a number of safe beaches that are family-friendly and a lot of leisure activities and water sports for all ages.      
In continental Croatia, there are over a thousand islands and the thing to do here is to stay in one of the rural hotels and explore the wild or go hiking, biking, paragliding, rafting, abseiling, or canoeing. There are many farmlands to tour and agro-tourism is a huge trend. Zagreb is also a notable place to visit, which has a lively café life, ancient attractions, contemporary art museum, and lots of festivals and events.   
Croatia is also fast becoming one of Europeâs top culinary destinations and an important wine region. Fresh ingredients come from the land and sea and a lot of the food are sourced locally. A lot of family-run taverns and haute cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs provide visitors with tons of gastronomic options.
Croatia
Hôtel Rosalp, Verbier, Switzerland

One of the most beautiful Alpine resorts in Verbier, Switzerland, Hotel Rosalp is set against the backdrop of Mont Blanc and Grand Combin. It is a famous winter sports station and holiday destination run in the chalet tradition and available by the room. Breakfast, afternoon tea, and a four-course dinner are included in the rate of the room. Michelin Chef and chalet owner Roland Pierroz is renowned for his creative valaisan cuisine greatly inspired by his Italian origins.
Rosalp was built in 1945 by husband and wife team Roger and Anita Pierroz. Anitaâs home cooking made Rosalp a success but it was their son, Roland, who transformed the hotel and restaurant into an international gastronomic destination. The chalet offers state of the art-facilities with well-appointed suites and large tastefully decorated bedrooms with private balconies and many with dark paneling. There is also a public salon or sitting room for relaxing and having drinks and canapés.
One of the finest locations in Verbier, Chalet Rosalp is set between the main Medran Gondola and the centre of the village so its easy to get anywhere in the village from there. Verbier is located in the Swiss canton of Valais in southwestern Switzerland, in the municipality of Bagnes, and is one of the premiere skiing destinations in the world. Many top skiers have settled in the village for its steep slopes, culture, and varied conditions wit some areas covered with snow all year round. Leisure activities in the area aside from skiing include hiking during the summer time, mountain biking, mountain climbing, swimming, paragliding, badminton, golf, trips aboard the mountain railways, and a yearly music festival. Verbier is also a popular holiday destination for celebrities and the royal family including Prince Harry of Wales, Sarah the Duchess of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark, and the Swedish Royal Family.
Hôtel Rosalp, Verbier, Switzerland
Hotel 3.14, Cannes, France


A designer boutique hotel in the heart of Cannesâ golden triangle, Hotel 3.14 is a rare and unique experience offering luxury accommodations and themed rooms. Based on the idea of a trip around the world, each floor of the hotel is themed to represent one of the five continents. Designer Karine Ellena-Partouche and her sister, Alexandra, created a unique universe on each floor representing America, Africa, Oceania, Europe and Asia in the use of colors, objects, fragrances, and music. The restaurant-bar serves gourmet Mediterranean cuisine using fresh organic produce.     
The American floor, which is the first floor, is homage to creative and luminous spirit. Sharp colors, Pop-art décor, Pacific blue tinted walls, rough iron furniture, bright curtains, the fragrance of cedar trees and sequoias, a cross between Latino and U.S. culture, all of which emphasize the eclecticism and diversity of the New World.     
Up the African-themed second floor, the gateway to the desert, Moorish windows are covered with curtains decorated with beads evoking sensuality and belly dancing. Chiseled brass light fixtures, cushions trimmed with pendants, and scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, and damask roses create an atmosphere like Arabian nights.   
The third floor rooms are themed after the distant islands of Oceania and are reminiscent of a tropical paradise with its raffia shades, soft fabrics, and sweet fragrance of newly dried copra.      
The fourth floor is designed like Paris in the Belle Epoque era with its pink wall drapes, carmine red curtains, soft wall lights, sparkling chandeliers, earthy aroma of cedar wood and powdery scent of roses suggesting a romantic and feminine atmosphere. 
The fifth floor represents Asia and impressions of the rising sun. Inspired by Japanese Zen traditions, the rooms are furnished minimally with dark furniture, light fabrics, geometric lines, as well as Chinese silk and a Buddha statue. A light mix of Jasmine and Patchouli incense is in the air.
Hotel 3.14 Cannes
Herbalist Deb Friedman discusses how to manage your stress levels with herbal tea, including how to select the herbs. Herbal teas, which are made to deal with stress, are made from herbs called nerviness. These are herbs that support and nourish your nervous system. You can buy most nervine herbs in a health foods store either as loose tea or tea bags. Herbal teas are made from the leaves, flowers, and sometimes stems of herbaceous plants. Chamomile is a small daisy like flower, which helps with stress and also aids digestion. In addition, Lemon balm is also an excellent tea for stress and digestion. It has a very nice lemony mint flavor. The milky tops of oats are very nourishing to the nervous system. This specific herb can be very beneficial for stress long term. Try smelling and closely looking at the herbs before purchasing them at a health foods store.  (Series 2 of 8)
Selection of Herbs for Herbal Tea

Cooking Recipe Videos

There are many ways to improve your cooking skills: reading great cookbooks, taking cooking classes, and good old fashioned practice in the kitchen are traditional methods. But these days, online cooking recipe videos are another excellent resource for aspiring chefs. Here's how to get the most from the cooking videos you encounter.

Find Them

There are lots of cooking recipe videos out there, but not all are created equal. Before you spend time watching any, consider the source. If you want to widen your cooking horizons, videos featuring famous chefs are a must. Such chefs might include television personalities (who may or may not have formal cooking backgrounds), cooking legends (like Julia Child, Graham Kerr, and Wolfgang Puck), or Michelin star-awarded chefs who've impressed the cooking world with their expertise and talent.

Live Demos

Once you find cooking recipe videos by esteemed chefs, you will probably discover you learn the most if you watch the videos more than once. In the first viewing, you'll likely only get the overall picture of what the chef is doing. If you watch the video once or twice more, you may notice and remember details you didn't before.

Bear in mind that you're not just learning how to make a particular recipe. You're also hoping to learn cooking techniques you can rely upon for other dishes. For example, you might see a Michelin chef chop up food in a faster, simpler way than you've ever seen before. Or you might see how a meal is flambéed. Or you might learn a new way to cook meat so it's crisp on the outside and tender and juice on the inside. There is nothing quite like a live demo, to make those techniques stick in your brain and come to life next time you are in the kitchen.

Share it

Although cooking recipe videos are helpful and educational, they're also fun. You can make them even more entertaining by sharing them with friends. What does your best friend think about trying to make a flambéed meal with you? Does she have a funny story to tell about attempting this on her own? Does your work mate drool over gourmet desserts as much as you do? Are you and your friends inspired by a certain video to try a pot luck gourmet party? Let cooking videos be part of you and your friends online entertainment, and you'll have fun while you improve your cooking skills.

Try it Out

After watching cooking recipe videos, it's a great idea to make the recipes in your own kitchen. The best cooking video websites also have printed recipes to go along with their videos. Print one out and give the recipe your best go.

Or, you could just try out one or two techniques you learned by watching a great chef. For example, maybe you've never tried blanching vegetables before. After watching a chef demonstrate this on a video, you can try the technique almost any time you're preparing veggies.

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