Last Friday, August 12, 2016, the first ever beer festival kicked off in Pyongyang, North Korea which will last 20 days. 800 people visited the event on its first day. It was organized to promote Pyongyang's home brewed Taedonggang beer. Apparently, Kim Jong-un decided to arrange his personal Oktoberfest.
Nihiwatu Resort in Indonesia was named the world’s best hotel by Travel + Leisure in its annual World’s Best Awards. The former surf retreat on the remote little-known island of Sumba includes 28 villas, each equipped with a private pool, as well as an all-day treetop spa, an equestrian center, and a beach restaurant, where they serve a variety of healthy dishes cooked over an open fire. In high season, one night in this hotel will come to $12,000. The hotel’s guests can enjoy sunset horse riding, surfing, exploration of local hidden waterfalls and the breath-taking views of rice fields. See what the best hotel in the world looks like.
The Old City of Aleppo is the historic city center of Aleppo, Syria. Many districts of the ancient city remained essentially unchanged since its construction during the 12th to the 16th century. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. Here are the photos that show what happened to it after the Civil War began there in the early spring of 2011 and how it looked before.
Lonely Planet is the largest travel guide book publisher in the world. They have just recently released their best destinations for thirsty travelers in "Bars To Blow Your Mind." If you're interested, check them out, you may very much need it this summer.
Cloud 9 is an amazing two-story floating bar and Italian wood-fired pizzeria in the middle of the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji. It is surrounded by turquoise blue water and picturesque views. You can also have access to different water toys like kayaks, surfboards, snorkeling gear and jet skis. Cloud 9 caters to all events at the ocean and can accommodate up to 100 island holiday goers at a time. If you want a holiday experience like no other, this is the place for you.
The city of Yubari was founded in 1943 as a coal mining town. When the mines were operating Yubari had as many as 120,000 people. But after several accidents occurred in the mines killing 155 people, the mines were closed and a lot of people started leaving the city. Today the city has an estimated population of 10,471 with only 5,789 households left and it looks nothing like it did before.
The Syrian Civil War began in the early spring of 2011 and has been tearing the country apart since. Close to 1 million people fled the country in search of a better life as refugees in Europe. Overall almost 11 million Syrians, or almost half the population, have been displaced. But in early 2016, the situation in Damascus, Syria's capital, has improved and a lot of young people decided to stay put. Bars and pubs started to reopen and people are glad to go there to just socialize and lead a somewhat "normal life." So, let's take a look at what the nightlife is like in Damascus.
Australian photographer Elliot Davis was part of the first ever group of foreigners given access to all stations across both lines of the Pyongyang Metro. It may sound as not a big deal, but before access to the Pyongyang Metro was restricted for foreigners, they could visit only 2 stations. The North Korean subway is quite different from all those you see in the US or France etc. Check it out.