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20 Most Beautiful Hotels in the World

20 Most Beautiful Hotels in the World.

I’ve actually been to this one in Mauritius:

dinarobin hotel, mauritius

It’s not like I too some wonderful vacation there. I was working on the island at the time and met some people there for drinks. It’s kind of funny to me that every list of “best” hotels or resorts has one that is on Mauritius. To me the entire coast line of Mauritius pretty much looks like that photo. All the coastal/beach front hotels are wonderful.

The point of the island in this photo is just a few hundred yards down the road from the photo above.

How to live near the water without spending a million (or more)

Scott Burns: How to live near the water without spending a million.

Scott Burns is down in Florida again. He does this trip every so often and writes about manufactured (read “trailer”) homes. He is correct about the cost advantages. I am tempted to get in the car and go see the parks he mentions for myself. I know I can do with less space. Particularly if I could have a boat in the water within walking distance of my front door.

I have long dreamed of taking my design experience into the world of manufactured homes. When you look at the property that is available in Florida for manufactured homes, it is clear to me that there is a market for a luxury product. I don’t mean luxury as the current manufacturers define it. I mean luxury with a trailer full of premium brand names.

I’m confident people would pay for it.

I’m also baffled (well not really, as there are many reasons) at why we all don’t live in manufactured homes. I am probably not the guy to break through all the resistance to manufactured housing, but I would sure like to go to work for him.

A little sample of West Texas culture

Well worth your 11:45. Really, I don’t know that I’ve laughed as hard in a while:

I found this on Gerard’s site.

I hate cruise ships

Mexico bans cruise ship with Texas passenger under Ebola watch – LA Times.

I have to admit I’ve never been on a cruise, but the news from those ships is never good.

Heh…

Instapundit:

WHAT WOULD HAMAS DO, IF IT COULD DO WHATEVER IT WANTED? As I’ve said, if Gaza turned out like Hamas wants, it would look a lot like the Islamic State in Iraq. If it turned out like Israel wants, it would look a lot like Santa Monica.

Insty is very witty. But you know what? Gaza should look like Santa Monica. Hell, I’d settle for Ocean Beach…

Jeju Sex Park

Those wacky South Koreans!

It’s a sculpture garden.

Picture beneath the fold: Continue reading ‘Jeju Sex Park’

Monument Valley

Sunrise:

monumentvalley

We were supposed to take a family vacation there a year or two ago. The fact that we didn’t is probably my fault.

HT: Gerard

Heh… One of those lists with cool places around the world. And, hey! I’ve been to one of them

10 Unique Ocean Landscapes

#5 on the list is the underwater waterfall off the Southwest corner of Mauritius:

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That corner beach had windy conditions every day. It is a world renown kite surfing area. I spent several Saturdays on that beach. The area is known as Le Morne.

The other sites shown on the paged linked to above are very cool too. The #1 spot is on Eleuthera in the Bahamas. I’ve not been to that island, but you can find a very similar situation on Elbow Cay in the Abacos.

The Racists aren’t where the Prof said they’d be

The Racists aren’t where the Prof said they’d be | Anatoly Karlin.

Yeah, I’ve posted this map before, but I thought it would be good to throw the link up again.

Burning Man

Lots of photos here.

I don’t know… Maybe if I was 25 I might find that sort of thing interesting. Nowadays, I’m much more interested in getting away from people while on vacation.

I also think that if you’re a guy, you’d better bring a date. I don’t think your going to find attractive unattached women at Burning Man.