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Princess Diana’s Beach Home Up For Sale

 

One home as gone up for sale recently that most people probably wouldn’t mind spending their vacation in; it is a Bahamas beach house with a pool, a terrace, five bed rooms and one hundred and eighty feet of private beach.

The property is part of a gated community, Lyford Cay, at the western end of Casuarina Beach on New Providence Island. Christie’s International Real Estate has the property listed for $12.5 million.

Well who owned it? The late Princess Diana owned the property and when she stayed there the press would moor offshore in boats for a chance at a photo of a royal vacation. Her neighbors included the likes the Bacardi family and Sean Connery.

The property on Casuarina Beach property was owned for a long tie by the Menzies family. It was designed in 1969 by architect Robertson Ward, a mid-century modernist. It was refurbished in 2009 and its interior covers a spacious five thousand square feet.

 

 

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Superyacht Morning Glory for Sale at $11M

The superyacht Morning Glory is not unheard of among those in the though know having been owned by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and for Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. The 158 foot yacht is currently up for sale an seeking a new owner.

Berlusconi recently put up the for sale sign with a price tag of $11 million.

While in Berlusconi’s care the yacht has had some major overhauls. New engines and generators were added and the haul repainted to a dark blue. The yacht includes for luxury suites, an owners suite, and four additional cabins—allowing the yacht to accommodate 8 guests.

In addition to its spacious and numerous guest rooms the vessel includes an L shaped lounge, marble fireplace, spiral staircase and sit-up bar and game table.

As a motor yacht that sales the ship offers both the ease of modern convenience and elegance of wind sailing. Built by the Perini Navi shipyard, their craftsmanship can be seen in the warm woods used to create the interiors of the ship.

The vessel has a top speed of around 14.5 knots on its engines and an almost five thousand nautical mile ranges at 10 knots.

While $11 million may seem steep other superyachts like the Leander G. overshadow it by millions at $49 million. The Leander G. also recently went on sale.

 

 

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The Japanese Hanami Tradition

Hanami or “flower viewing” is a traditional Japanese practice in which people enjoy the transient beauty of flowers. Typically, the flowers are sukura or cherry blossoms less popular are the ume or plum blossoms.

As this activity and the related festivals or parties are reliant on nature the few weeks when the flowers are in bloom varies from year to year. The Japanese weather bureau has traditional published a blossom forecast which is watched carefully by those who plan hanami.

In Japan today, hanami are typically outdoor parties that take place under sakura during the day and at night. At night they are called yozakura, this term is typically used by the larger festivals. At these yozakura paper lanterns or lights are strung near and weaved into the blossoms so revelers can view them in the darkness.

Often the sakura parties are crowded and noisy, typically filled with younger people. Older crowds sometimes enjoy the more ancient hanami, ume, or plum blossom viewing.

Although these gatherings have been canceled this year in Japan, traveling there to view the sakura and witness the festivals is worth the trip. If Japan is a little too far many places in the United States also celebrate cherry blossom festivals such as Washington D.C.’s National Cherry Blossom Festival and Brooklyn New York’s Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

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The Biscoff Cookie is Back on United Airlines!

If you’d been panicking about the lack of the beloved Biscoff cookie in United Airline’s comp. food service, panic not for it shall return, according to a spokesperson for the airline.  They said the switch to Oreo Thins was temporary, they will continue to rotate treats and that the Biscoff will be back this May.

If you recall when the Biscoff cookie went away the internet freaked right out that their favorite free treat may never again be available on a UA flight. Is this proof that complaining online will change a company’s mind? We aren’t here to make that claim but many will be happy about the shortbread cookies triumphant return to in-flight food service carts.

For many the free in-flight snack is an essential part of their travel experience. For many a cookie and a soda can have a calming effect on us, as we know that sugar and fat excite the feel good chemicals in our brains. So after planning the trip, packing, getting to the airport, getting through security and finally being seated something as simple as a favorite cookie can have a strong mental effect on a traveler.

 

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Girl Attacked by Mountain Lion Recovering With Minor Injuries

A 6 year-old girl suffered only minor injuries from which she is recovering from after what is suspected to be a mountain lion attacked her at a park in California. State wildlife experts are currently searching for the animal in question.

A group of patrons including the victim and her parents along with a few other adults and children were hiking on a Rancho San Antonio County Park trail in Santa Clara County. As the animal attacked one adult punched the animal in the ribs—believed to weigh about 160 lbs. The rest of the group helped scare it away by making loud noises.

A park ranger was able to quickly provide the child with first aid.

The attack happened just two miles from the main parking lot. Park officials stated that this was unusual as these lions are a rare encounter in the area. The lions live throughout the Santa Cruz Mountain region and are generally not a threat to people.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reported that since 1986 there have only been 17 reported mountain lion attacks against humans in the entire state. The park is currently closed while the Department of Fish and Wildlife look for the animal. Once found, official will determine what to do next.

Not long ago the first mountain lion was killed in California under the state’s new “3 strike law” which states a mountain lion can be killed by a property owner after it has killed or injured livestock or pets.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife reminded hikers that if they see a lion to stay calm. To make themselves large and loud and slow back away. Never turn and run, officials stated.