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Salute: The Strangest Liquors in the World

Handing out homemade beer at a liquor store, Tom and Athena Seefurth, chefs based in Illinois, surprised several people with the smell of their beers-from garlic to tomatoes. They are also the inventors of “pizza beer.” They thought of creating beer that will match their favorite dishes perfectly, and so came up with pizza beer.

Like these two, people all over the world have created different kinds of liquors, which have become worldwide traditions. Wines have been used during the ancient times as medicine, and though people now no longer use them as such, the recipes have survived, and people continue to enjoy them. When in a foreign country, knocking down that glass of strange liquor is also a great way for you to get to know the culture of the people.

Today, experimentation with liquor is done by enterprising people in order to compete with and add flavor to the bottles and bottles of liquor we have become used to. This is a list of some of the strangest liquors you can find in the world.

Pizza Beer in Illinois, USA

Salute: The Strangest Liquors in the World

Pizza being their favorite dish, Tom Seefurth and Athena Seefurth created pizza beer in 2006. Chopping pounds and pounds of wheat crust, tomato, oregano, garlic and basil for their beer, they have sold bottles to people who have made this their favorite. Dont think that there are actual chewable ingredients inside your drink, though, as the ingredients are well filtered, leaving just the essence of pizza. You can find this at Sams Wine and Spirits, or at Top Shelf Wine and Spirits. It is available from over 200 retailers and restaurants across Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Wine from Snake Bile in Vietnam

Salute: The Strangest Liquors in the World

Feeling gutsy? Try this fascinating drink served in specialty restaurants around Vietnam. The preparation itself is swoon-worthy, as a person to slice open a living cobra to get its gall bladder, and pours the bile to the rice wine. Locals swear by its health benefits, and that it makes men virile. Huang Rung Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh serves this, and so do others that specialize in exotic meats.

Chicha in Peru

Salute: The Strangest Liquors in the World

Chicha or corn beer was drunk during Incan ritual festivals and sacrifices. Today, though no longer used in rituals, Chicha still follows the traditional ways of preparation: women from villages in the Andean region chew the maize and then spit the pulp in earthenware jars filled with warm water, where it is left and stored to ferment. The result is a milky, yellowish liquid served in gourds that are hollowed out. Variations of this drink include pineapples, yucca, and plantains. You can find this drink in chicherias along Cuzco and Lima, mostly in central markets and rural Andean villages. To spot a freshly-made chicha for sale, a red or white flag hung above the doorway of a house will be your signal.

Lizard Wine in China

Salute: The Strangest Liquors in the World

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The Most Romantic Sunsets in the World

Many people will agree that a beautiful sunset is a good way to end the day. The dreamy quality it produces when it swathes everything in an amber glow is enough to make you swoon over your partner. However, as most of us know, though there is only one sun, the ambience and the surroundings must be taken into consideration. The real romantics have searched the world over just to find the right setting.

Naturally, a good view, meaning a clear, unobstructed one, is on top of the list. A wide expanse where the sun is directly over a sea or desert may be ideal to some, while other prefer the contrasts offered by a landscape of mountains, temples, or even buildings, which can highlight the setting of the sun. Even climate plays a role, as warmer places can bring out the best glow, and a shower prior to sunset will cleanse the skies of dust that can lessen the vividness of the colors.
Wherever you go, even if you dont get a chance to see an amazing view of the sunset right away, the best part is that you can always try again the next day.

Ayers Rock in Northern Territory, Australia

The Most Romantic Sunsets in the World

There is a huge red rock in Australias northern desert called the Uluru. Stunning as the sunset view is, the Uluru manages to upstage it. Steve Strike, a local photographer, suggests that to get the best view, head on to Sunset Strip-a picnic area found in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta national Park. And the best time to go is between May to October, as there are clouds in the sky which reflect the light from the rock which seems to glow.

Vairou Bay in Bora Bora, Tahiti

The Most Romantic Sunsets in the World

The island of Bora Bora in itself is already beautiful-glittering waters and the majestic Mount Otemanu in the distance. The sunset is an accessory to all this grandeur. For a perfect view for your romantic stay, you can choose among four resorts on the island of Motu Tofari: The St. Regis, Four Seasons Resort, Le Meirdien, and Intercontinental Resort and Thalasso Spa.

Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, CA

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Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

Young and old alike have been fascinated with vending machines. Like mini convenience stores, these are great when youre feeling quite hungry, and theres no store nearby. Just feed the machine a bill or some coins, press a button, and out comes your chosen snack.

You might find I interesting to know that the first vending machine actually dispensed holy water, of all things. Hero of Alexandria devised this coin-operated machine in the first century, and it was only followed during the nineteenth century, when postcards and gums were sold.

A snack isnt all there is nowadays, as more and more people are beginning to realize the convenience and advantages that this machine has to offer. If vending machines used to offer sodas and little packets of biscuits and chips, today, you might be a little surprised at whats being offered in these incredible machines. Japan tops the quirkiness factor when it comes to vending machines, dispensing underwear to noodles. The ever-famous Lobster Game, similar to those machines where you try to catch a stuffed toy through a crane, gives you fifteen seconds to catch a lobster. The US has copied it by creating their own Maine Lobster Game.

Gold Bars in Abu Dhabi, Bergamo, Frankfurt, and Moscow Airports

Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

Stuck in the airport with nothing to do? Try the Gold to Go vending machines. Whoever thought that buying a special gift for that special someone in your life is actually easy, dispensed from a vending machine? Think gold is too common? You can also buy South African Krugerrands, Canadian maple-leaf coins, and that one-hundred dollar, one-ounce Australian kangaroo coin. Naturally, the prices change, depending on real-time prices. A gram of gold bar wrapped in a beautiful gift box costs around fifty dollars.

Fresh Pizza in Italy

When in Italy, it is but natural to eat pizza. Lets Pizza machines make it easier for you to get this national specialty. It is actually quite natural that the country where pizza originated from would actually come up with vending machines of pizzas! (Or perhaps theyre just tired of serving too many pizzas to hungry tourists.) Found in some malls and airports, these machines can make a pizza from scratch in less than three minutes. You can choose your toppings by pressing a button, then peek into the window to see the mixing and kneading of dough, the adding of the toppings and finally, baking.

Live Lobsters in US

Fun and quirky, everyone wants to try this game-catch a lobster in less than fifteen seconds and its yours to bring home or have the restaurant prepare for you so you can eat it fresh. For only three dollars, you get to play (and possibly) eat! Scattered from Maine to California, many of these machines are located in Florida, at restaurants like Bubbas Roadhouse and Saloon, and Arizona Pizza Company.

Raw Eggs in Japan and California

Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

At Glaum Egg Ranch, for only three dollars you can get 24 free-range chickens, with a complimentary show performed by stuffed chickens (as in stuffed toys, not the real ones). Forget the supermarket; eggs dont come any fresher than this! First introduced in Japan, Glaum Egg Ranch just outside Santa Clara followed suit.

Gold Handcuffs in Mondrian South Beach Hotel, Miami

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10 of the Most Fascinating Staircases around the World

For many people, there is something fascinating about staircases. Whether its because of their shape, their architectural design, or the uniqueness of their construction, staircases prove to be a wonder for young and old alike. All over the world, designers, artists and engineers create staircases that either have elaborate or classic designs, placing them in different kinds of places-from bookstores to museums, these staircases uniqueness and grandness have held many people captivated. Here are some of the most beautiful staircases around the world:

Spiral Stair in Sydney, Australia

10 of the Most Fascinating Staircases around the World

At the Garvan Institute in Sydney, Australia, one can find a beautiful spiral staircase that spans five stories, and has 6.5 revolutions-enough to make you spinning with wonder and delight as you climb up this fascinating staircase. Classic in design, it serves as a beautiful centerpiece inside, drawing ones attention upon entering.

Spiral Staircase at the Vatican Museum, Italy

10 of the Most Fascinating Staircases around the World

Ornate in its design, it is no wonder that this staircase is said to be one of the most photographed in the entire world. Created in 1932 by Giuseppe Momo, the wide steps, also called ramps, were used by all the visitors of the Vatican Museum. A glass ceiling tops the staircase, which has a balustrade made of bronze. The ramp is also a double helix-two intertwined spirals with one that leads up and the other, down. The shape of the staircase would prove to be momentous, as it preceded the discovery of something that shared its design: the double helix DNA strand.

Loretto Chapel Staircase in USA

10 of the Most Fascinating Staircases around the World

In New Mexico there is a chapel that is known for its staircase. With no support in the middle, many consider the staircase miraculous. Twenty feet in height, with two complete revolutions, it heads up to the choir loft without nails or any other materials to support it. It is an astounding work of carpentry, as instead of nails, it used wooden pegs. It also has religious relevance; it has 33 steps which signify the age when Jesus Christ died. To further support the view of it being a miracle, no one can attest as to who the carpenter who created the staircase is; nor can people say where the lumber is from, as no one has seen any deliveries or carpenters when it was being constructed. Also, the wood is not particular in the region. Though most people who have studied the area say that the story is mythical, one cannot discredit the fact that the staircase proves to be one of the most beautiful in the world.

Tulip Staircase in Queens House

10 of the Most Fascinating Staircases around the World

Self-supporting in its design, the tulip stairs is the first of its kind in Britain. Though its name suggests the flower as its design, many actually think that the flowers that accessorize its balustrade are fleurs-de-lis, as it was also the Bourbon familys emblem, which Queen Henrietta Maria is a part of. Aside from the sheer beauty of this staircase, it is also famous for another reason: it is the site of the ghostly photograph taken by Rev. R. W. Hardy, which showed several hooded figures bent over, climbing up.

Staircase at Lello Bookshop, Portugal

10 of the Most Fascinating Staircases around the World

Built in 1906, the bookshop houses a grand staircase whose swirly design will leave you with a sinking feeling, as you climb up the stairs. Its grandness is complemented by the surrounding shelves filled with books, as well as the designs on the wooden panels. This makes for a perfect stay inside a bookstore.

 

 

 

San Franciscos Tiled Steps in USA

10 of the Most Fascinating Staircases around the World

Also known as the worlds longest mosaic stair, it is a 163-step, 82-feet high stairs which was created by an Irish ceramicist named Aileen Barr, together with a San Franciscan mosaic artist named Colette Crutcher. A group of neighbors were responsible for raising funds, and they lobbied the local government to help make it a reality. Finally, in August of 2005, the stairs was completed. Over two thousand handmade tiles and over seventy-five thousand fragments of stained glass, mirror and tile were used in the making of the stairs.

Umschreibung at KPMG Building in Munich, Germany

10 of the Most Fascinating Staircases around the World

A unique-looking staircase created by Olafur Eliasson, its name, “Umschreibung,” means “Rewriting.” Situated in front of the accounting firm KPMG, it is a marvel in architectural design. Nine meters in height, this steel spiral which reminds one of a dizzying roller coaster was completed in 2004.

Longchamp Store Stairs in New York, USA

10 of the Most Fascinating Staircases around the World

Weighing fifty-five tones, the stairs has ribbon-like forms that break up and come together, to create an artistic landscape of steps, landings and walkways. The uniqueness of this staircase is that it looks fluid, as opposed to the traditional rigidity of stairs. Using aerospace windscreen technology, the balustrades are created to form panels that look like flowing fabric.

Vertigo Staircase in QVB Building, Australia

10 of the Most Fascinating Staircases around the World

True to its name, “The Grand Staircase” inside the Grand Queen Victoria Building in Sydney was completed before the 20th century (1898). The staircase is unique as it was created by George McRae as a monument to the reigning monarch. Also making it a wonder is the fact that it was created during a time when Sydney was experiencing a severe economic recession. Part of the reason for its Romanesque design is for the government to be able to provide work for local craftsmen who were out of jobs; from stonemasons to stained-glass artists, they were all commissioned to be a part of this worthwhile project.

Bridge-stair at the Traversinertobel, Switzerland

10 of the Most Fascinating Staircases around the World

In Via Malas side valley, one can find a fascinating structure made by an engineer named Jurg Conzett, together with associate Rolf Bachofner. Before, hikers used a rope bridge that connected two elevations of a gorge. However, a rock slide destroyed the said bridge, so the engineer came out with a solution to the problem by creating a different kind of bridge: a bridge that doubles as stairs, spanning a distance of fifty-six meters, differing twenty-two meters in height from one end to the other.

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Where to Go on Easter Holiday

The Easter holiday is a splendid holiday time! You can enjoy any sort of holiday at Easter; from adventure holiday, beach holidays to cultural Easter holiday. You can choose to fly a couple hours away from the city that you are staying to another city or just drive away from your city or even spent your Easter holiday just stay in town.

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Big Easter egg in Canada (able2know.org)

Big Easter egg in Canada (able2know.org)

There are a lot of activities can be done in Easter holiday. Easter breaks are also a good time for family time, and have some fun! On a good sunny temperature, you can go on swimming, hiking. Not only can you spend time together, but also being healthy. It will also be fun to plan your activities together.

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Top 12 Weirdest Traffic Laws Across the Globe

The basic of traffic laws is to stop when you need to stop, and remember speed limits if you are stepping on it. They sound pretty simple until you learn of the strangest rules that are strictly followed on the road.

Doing the Hook Turn in Australia

Being on the wrong side of the road is already scary when you are driving in Australia but wait until you need to do a hook turn in Melbourne. That will be more difficult that usual for us travelers but it is pretty simple for the locals.
Normally, you will be on the right late if you want to make a right turn but if you have to do a hook turn, you have to go to the outer left lane then on green you have to make a hard right to go where you intend to go. The hook turn was designed so the traffic on the central business district of Melbourne will not block the lines of the tram.

There are quite a number of intersections in the CBD where hook turn is strictly required. Be ready for a steep penalty of $75 if you are on the wrong portion of the road.

 

Environmental stickers in Germany

As 2010 kicked off, Germany implemented a strict rule that every car entering Cologne, Munich, Berlin, and about a few dozen more cities in the country. The stickers are priced between $7.50 and $30.

If you rented a car from France or Belgium and you are heading to Germany, make sure that you get the environmental sticker or you will be pulled over by the traffic warden. Failing to do so might cost you $60.

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The Hotel King, Rome

The Hotel King, Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hotel King offers affordable accommodation in the heart of Rome’s ‘Spanish Steps’ areas, within walking distance of many of the city’s greatest attractions including the shopping, dining and historical features of Via Veneto, Fontana di Trevi, Piazza di Spagna and the Pantheon. This hotel first opened its doors in 1953, and has been providing comfortable 3 star accommodation for many years now, and one of the highlights is the excellent roof top terrace, where you can experience amazing panoramic views out over the beautiful city of Rome.

The Hotel King Rome offers 72 comfortable rooms, all with air conditioning, private bathrooms, satellite television, Internet access, premium beds (linens changed daily) and inclusive continental breakfast, and facilities include concierge services, meeting rooms and a laid back cocktail bar, where you can relax with friends over a quiet drink and take the weight off your feet after a long day exploring the city.

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