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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Rome Bed And Breakfasts: Because Accommodation In Rome Does Not Only Mean Hotels

By Paola Lo Russo
Just like many other invasions in Italian history, also the bed and breakfast one came from the north. The tourism workers was not used at all to lodge its guests in something different from an hotel or an apartment, because Rome had always been the destination of particularly wealthy tourists.
There was no need to offer them only the possibility to have breakfast in the morning in a place similar to a real house, just to save up some money. Now the world of tourism has totally changed. New kinds of travelers need just a place to sleep at night in a comfortable environment, preferring to save money or to spend it even more, for any other reason but an hotel room: to make a guided tour of Rome’s monuments and museums, to shop in the fashion boutique’s area surrounding the Spanish Steps, to book a comfortable transfer from the airport, to enjoy the night life of the Eternal city and so on. Luckily enough, people of Rome finally got it so that in the last fifteen years they started to open bed & breakfasts all over the city and often in the same beautiful locations of the best an more luxury hotels of Rome. Most of them were owners of flats and small charming buildings in the city centre and they took the risk to start this business from scratch. But very soon they realized that these kind of accommodations would suit Rome’s tourists just as well as everywhere else in the world where they were already so popular. An even more: a total boom of reservations was registered!
If you’ll ever have the chance to lodge in one of Rome’s b & b you will easily understand why the first ones who lodged there liked it so much: because those rooms had actually been someone’s bedrooms, bathroom and dining room till yesterday, they had been lived for real, they had been a real house for entire generations: from children to grandparents; in a word, they had been alive. A lot of travelers seem to like this atmosphere much more than the aseptic one of a very refined hotel. But there’s more. If you’ve already booked a room in some bed & breakfast or some guest house for your holidays in Rome, you will be positively impressed by the people who usually run these places. Most of them still live there and they are not in a rush as some hotels’ receptionists: usually they are very friendly people who enjoy to have a little chat with you while they’re arranging your breakfast in the morning.
Do you want some tips about where are the best locations to book a Bed & Breakfast in Rome? Trastevere and Rione Monti, with their picturesque old building, all restored in the inside, are tremendous spots to look for this particular kind of accommodation. One last tip: if you’re trying to book online your accommodation in Rome, just beware of hidden costs and always ask for real bed & breakfasts or guest houses: they’re so requested right now that some tiny hotels pretend to be one of them!
Paola Lo Russo is a true expert of travel to Italy. If you want to know more about Hotels in Rome and about Rome Bed & breakfasts on his online resource at
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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Borobudur Temple

Borobudur is a ninth century Buddhist Mahayana monument in central java, Indonesia.The monument comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms ,and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.A main dome is located at the center of the platforms.It is surrounded by seventy two perforated stupas, each containing one sitting Buddha statue.
The monument is both a shrine to the lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage.The Journey for pilgrims begins at the base of the monument and follows a path circumambulating the monument while ascending to the top throught the three levels of Buddhist Cosmology,namely,Kamadhatu (The world of desire) Rupadhatu ( The world of forms) and Arupadhatu (The world of formless).During the journey,The monuments guides the pilgrims through a system of stairways and corridors with 1,460 narrative relief panels on the wall and the balustrades .
Evidence suggests Borobudur was abandoned following the fourteenth century decline of Buddhist and Hindu kingdoms in java,and the Javanese conversion to islam.It was rediscovered in 1814 by sir Thomas Raffles,the British ruler of java .Since then Borobudur has been preserved through several restorations.The largest restoration projects was undertaken between 1975 and 1982 by the Indonesian government and Unesco.Since 1991 Borrobudur has been listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.Borrobudur is still used for pilgrimage and is Indonesia’s single most visited tourist attractions

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Yogyakarta or JogjaYogyakarta (some people call it Jogja, Jogjakarta, or Yogya) is a city with outstanding historical and cultural heritage. Yogyakarta was the centre of the Mataram Dynasty (1575-1640), and until now the kraton (the sultan's palace) exists in its real functions. Also, Yogyakarta has numerous thousand-year-old temples as inheritances of the great ancient kingdoms, such as Borobudur temple established in the ninth century by the dynasty of Syailendra.

More than the cultural heritages, Yogyakarta has beautiful natural panorama. The green rice fields cover the suburban areas with a background of the Merapi Mountain. The natural beaches can be easily found to the south of Yogyakarta.

Here the society lives in peace and has typical Javanese hospitality. Just try to go around the city by bike, pedicab, or horse cart; and you will find sincere smiles and warm greeting in every corner of the city.

An artistic atmosphere is deeply felt in Yogyakarta. Malioboro, as the center of Yogyakarta, is overwhelmed by handicraft from all around the city. Street musicians always ready entertain the visitors of the lesehan food stalls.

Those who have visited Yogyakarta reveal that this city makes them long for it. Just visit here, then you will understand what this means.

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Recently, international direct flights from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are established to Yogyakarta. In addition, domestic flights to Yogyakarta from Jakarta, Denpasar, Balikpapan, and many others, are available now.

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

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Indonesia kaya akan sumber daya alam juga kaya akan sumber daya busana. Berbagai corak busana banyak ditemui disetiap daerah di seluruh pelosok negeri dan beraneka ragam. Busana dalam konteks budaya menjadi sebuah simbol stratifikasi sosial akan adanya status, harga diri dan kedudukan. Bermacam-macam jenis busana dan asesoris daerah mempunyai keunikan tersendiri. Keunikan akan tradisi dan budaya yang beraneka ragam merupakan sumber inspirasi bagi para desainer busana dan asesoris untuk membuat berbagai mahakarya fashion bisana dan asesoris.

Dunia fashion selalu berubah mengikuti perkembangan budaya dan tradisi manusia. Dunia fashion telah menjadi sebuah industri yang sangat prospektif, khususnya perkembangan industri tekstil (produk tekstil), busana, dan berbagai asesoris. Begitu melekatknya dunia fashion dengan unsur budaya dan tradisi maka perkembangan dunia fashion bisa ikut mengangkat pertumbuhan industri pariwisata di negara Indonesia. Oleh karena itu hasil cipta rasa dan karsa produk fashion di Indonesia sebagai sebuah ekspresi budaya dan tradisi patut dilestarikan dan dikembangkan.

Untuk mewujudkan hal tersebut, para pelaku fashion Indonesia yang tergabung didalam asosiasi, organisasi, pelaku bisnis dan pemerintah terhadap akan menyelenggarakan sebuah event yang mengkolaborasikan antara fashion, seni dan budaya : “JOGJA FASHION WEEK 2006”. Event JOGJA FASHION WEEK 2006 akan menjadi media interaksi berskala nasional dan internasional antara produsen (industri), pembeli (buyer), fashion desainer, pemerhati fashion, dan pemerintah.

Event JOGJA FASHION WEEK 2006, bertema “The Expression Of Tradition”, merupakan satu rangkaian agenda event nasional yang diselenggarakan pada tanggal 4 – 8 Oktober 2006 di Jogja Expo Center, di Jogjakarta. Pada tanggal dan tempat yang sama juga diselenggarakan event JOGJA EXPORT EXPO 2006 dan The 2nd JOGJA FUNITURE SHOW 2006.


* Memperkenalkan industri tekstil / produk tekstil / fashion dan industri terkait kepada pelaku bisnis nasional dan internasional.
* Memperluas jaringan bisnis industri tekstil / produk tekstil dan produk fashion terkait di Indonesia.
* Mempromosikan dan mengangkat produk fashion UKM di Indonesia agar jaringan pasarnya bisa lebih luas.
* Memperkenalkan produk-produk fashion yang up to date dari para desainer.
* Sebagai media cross information bagi industri tekstil (asesoris), pelaku bisnis dan pemerintah terhadap perkembangan dunia fashion nasional maupun internasional.
* Mempromosikan dan mengangkat industri pariwisata melalui kolaborasi antara fashion, seni, dan budaya.


* Hal A – Jogja Expo Center, 4 – 8 Oktober 2006


* Produk busana dari desainer nasional
* Pengusaha / industri garmen dan tekstil
* Pengusaha / industri fashion jewellery (perhiasan)
* Pengusaha / industri fashion leather (tas, dompet, sepatu dsb)
* Pengusaha / industri kosmetik
* Asosiasi – asosiasi terkait (APPMI, API dsb)
* Instansi pemerintah terkait


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2. Stan 26 – 65
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Rp. 20.000.000,-
Ukuran stan 5m x 5m
Lahan kosong (bare space)
MCB 6 Ampere
Karpet seluas stan


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* Meja 1 buah
* Kursi 2 buah
* Lettername perusahaan
* MCB 2 Ampere
* Lampu penerangan


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Keramaian dan semaraknya Malioboro juga tidak terlepas dari banyaknya pedagang kaki lima yang berjajar sepanjang jalan Malioboro menjajakan dagangannya, hampir semuanya yang ditawarkan adalah barang/benda khas Jogja sebagai souvenir/oleh-oleh bagi para wisatawan. Mereka berdagang kerajinan rakyat khas Jogjakarta, antara lain kerajinan ayaman rotan, kulit, batik, perak, bambu dan lainnya, dalam bentuk pakaian batik, tas kulit, sepatu kulit, hiasan rotan, wayang kulit, gantungan kunci bambu, sendok/garpu perak, blangkon batik [semacan topi khas Jogja/Jawa], kaos dengan berbagai model/tulisan dan masih banyak yang lainnya. Para pedagang kaki lima ini ada yang menggelar dagangannya diatas meja, gerobak adapula yang hanya menggelar plastik di lantai. Sehingga saat pengunjung Malioboro cukup ramai saja antar pengunjung akan saling berdesakan karena sempitnya jalan bagi para pejalan kaki karena cukup padat dan banyaknya pedagang di sisi kanan dan kiri.

Ujung jalan Malioboro yang satu terhubung dengan jalan Mangkubumi dan dibatasi oleh stasiun kereta api Tugu dan ujung satunya lagi terhubung dengan jalan A.Yani. Dalam areal kawasan Malioboro dan sekitarnya banyak lokasi lain yang dapat dikunjungi misalnya Siti Inggil Keraton Jogjakarta, pasar Beringhardjo, benteng Vredeburg, Gedong Senisono, Museum Sono Budoyo dan lainnya. Saat ini Malioboro bisa dikatakan sebagai jantung keramaian kota Jogja, karena banyaknya pedagang dan pengunjung yang berlalu lalang. Kawasan yang sangat ramai baik di dua sisi jalan yang berkoridor maupun pada jalan kendaraan walau satu arah dari jalan Mangkubumi akan tetapi berbagai jenis kendaraan melaju dan memenuhi di jalan tersebut dan tidak heran kalau terjadi kemacetan. Dari kendaraan tradisional seperti becak, dokar/andong/delman, sepeda, gerobak maupun kendaraan bermesin seperti mobil, taxi, bis kota, angkutan umum, sepeda motor dan lainny>Kawasan Malioboro sebagai salah satu kawasan wisata belanja andalan kota Jogja, ini didukung oleh adanya pertokoan, rumah makan, pusat perbelanjaan, dan tak ketinggalan para pedagang kaki limanya. Untuk pertokoan, pusat perbelanjaan dan rumah makan yang ada sebenarnya sama seperti pusat bisnis dan belanja di kota-kota besar lainnya, yang disemarakan dengan nama-merk besar dan ada juga nama-nama lokal. Barang yang diperdagangkan dari barang import maupun lokal, dari kebutuhan sehari-hari sampai dengan barang elektronika, mebel dan lain sebagainya. Juga menyediakan aneka kerajinan, misal batik, wayang, ayaman, tas dan lain sebagainya. Terdapat pula tempat penukaran mata uang asing, bank, hotel bintang lima hingga tipe melati.

Namun jangan ketinggalan untuk menelusuri jalan Malioboro yang sudah sangat terkenal tersebut. Bisa dengan berjalan kaki dari ujung ke ujung pada dua sisi jalan, atau dengan ‘dokar’ [delman/andong] dan becak khas Jogja. Di siang hari kawasan Malioboro sangat ramai pengunjung baik warga maupun wisatawan, terlebih lagi bila musim liburan sekolah tiba atau ada hari libur nasional yang cukup panjang. Sebenarnya jalan Malioboro dari ujung ke ujung hanya berjarak lebih dari satu kilometer saja, dan pada dua sisinya banyak sekali toko, kantor, rumah makan dan mall serta pusat perbelanjaan, menariknya lagi banyak sekali pedagang kaki lima yang berjajar dibawah koridor jalan yang memayungi dari terik panas matahari maupun hujan. Keramian ini dimulai sejak pagi hingga sembilan malam saat pusat perbelanjaan pada tutup, namun denyut kehidupan kawasan Malioboro tidak pernah berhenti karena sudah siap warung-warung lesehan menggelar dagangannya.

Untuk bermalam di sekitar Malioboro juga mudah didapat penginapan dari tipe melati hingga hotel bintang lima. Para wisatawan tidak akan kuatir untuk dapat menikmati pula hari-hari liburannya di kota Jogja hingga larut malam sekalipun. Mereka dapat menikmati hidangan-hidangan di warung lesehan di sepanjang jalan Malioboro, makanan yang disediakan dan ditawarkan dari jenis makanan khas Jogja yaitu nasi gudeg dan ayam goreng dan juga makanan Padang, ChinesseFood dan lain sebagainya. Saat menikmati hidangan yang disajikan akan dihibur oleh musik dari pedagang dan pengamen jalanan yang cukup banyak dari yang hanya sekedar bawa gitar adapula yang membawa peralatan musik lengkap.

Ada sebuah perhatian khusus bagi wisatawan yang hendak menikmati warung lesehan yaitu menanyakan dulu harga makanan yang hendak dipesan sebelum ada sebuah tagihan yang kurang berkenan dihati, sampai-sampai hal ini menjadi perhatian khusus dari pemerintah daerah yaitu dengan menggantung papan di kawasan Malioboro dengan tulisan “Mintalah daftar harga sebelum anda memesan”. Carilah warung makan yang dianggap wajar dalam memberi harga dari sebuah hidangan makan dan minuman yang disajikan, memang perbuatan menaikan tarif yang tidak wajar ini sangat menurunkan citra warung lesehan yang ada di kawasan Malioboro. Sangat disayangkan kalau para wisatawan berkunjung ke Jogjakarta dan sekitarnya serta khususnya kawasan Malioboro ini hanya satu hari berkunjung. Inilah menyebabkan banyak wisatawan domestik maupun asing menghabiskan semua waktu liburnya yang cukup panjang hanya untuk kunjungan wisata ke Jogja dan sekitarnya.(From ukdw situs)

Sunday, October 29, 2006

A single-engine,
four-seat plane piloted by a Jupiter man crashed Friday in North Carolina, killing his mother and brother-in-law and critically injuring his sister.

Edward Sasso, former owner of Sasso Air Conditioning in Lake Worth, was making a second attempt to land his Cirrus SR22 aircraft in light rain when the plane went down near a small-town airport, a witness said.

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He was flying a plane similar to the one in which New York Yankees' pitcher Cory Lidle and his flight instructor died when it crashed into a New York high-rise this month. Both models are equipped with an emergency parachute that could glide a plane to the ground.

Friday's crash killed Sasso's mother, Josephine Tims, 84, and his brother-in-law Gary Lutman, 54, both of Palm Beach Gardens.

The pilot's sister and Lutman's wife of seven months, Cecile Sasso, 50, was in critical condition at a North Carolina hospital Saturday night. She is the U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman in West Palm Beach

Sasso, 54, was in fair condition.

His son, Edward, said from North Carolina Saturday, "My dad, he will make a full recovery. His spirits are not good."

Family and friends rushed to the defense of Sasso, a certified pilot for at least six years, after the accident in Statesville about 41 miles north of Charlotte.

"People on the ground have no idea what's happening in inclement weather," said Harry Strunk, a friend of the family. "There was bad weather. The man who was flying was very seasoned. And stuff happens."

Ted Lopatkiewicz, a spokesman with the National Transportation Safety Board, which will investigate the crash, said a witness told investigators the plane increased its engine power, turned right and then left before falling to the ground.

Thomas Hazel, a manager at the Statesville Flying Service, who saw the crash, said, "He made one attempt to land, but didn't land. I don't know why.

Then, he was circling the airport, in and out of the clouds.

"Then, he crashed."

The weather conditions were apparently bad enough to change the pilot's course.

Sasso left the North Palm Beach General Aviation Airport about 9 a.m. Friday morning for the Lake Norman Airpark, about 30 miles north of Charlotte.

The Lake Norman facility does not have the landing equipment to guide the plane in rainy weather, Hazel said. The Statesville airport, where the crash occurred, does.

The equipment helps pilots guide their planes toward a proper landing, Hazel said. Sasso is certified in using the equipment, according to FAA records.

Both Sasso and his sister remained at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem Saturday night.

The City of Miami Beach's department of Tourism and Cultural Development's (TCD) mission is to enrich the economic and cultural fabric of Miami Beach through the support of tourism, production, and entertainment by fostering events and cultural arts programming. We encourage you to contact the department of Tourism and Cultural Development for all inquires concerning arts, events and production in Miami Beach.

Miami Beach has a rich history as a trend setting arts center, from the world famous nightclubs of the 50's, to the rich cultural life of today's modern South Beach. The City of Miami Beach has an identity that is intrinsically linked to the arts, and today our entertainment, production and arts communities are stronger than ever. Miami Beach is truly a major international entertainment and cultural destination.