The clear blue water in the immense Hotel Nikopolis pool mirrors the crystal sea of Thessaloniki’s vast harbor.
Hotel Nikopolis, Thessaloniki, Greece The strikingly modern Hotel Nikopolis, built in 1999, is reminiscent in its clean lines of the marble and limestone structures of Greek antiquity.
photo courtesy of the Hotel Nikopolis, Thessaloniki, Greece Chef Stefanos Stamidis commands the hotel’s handsome Da Vinci dining room. Its Italian name is no conceit.
Veal ribs were glazed in deep, rich balsamic vinegar on a bed of baby carrots Historically located at the crossroads of empires, the city has sat at the intersection of the fabled spice route connecting the ancient worlds of the Mediterranean, Near East and the Orient.
Thessaloniki: modern, Roman, Byzantine & Ottoman
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In the 1820’s artist and naturalist John James Audubon lived for months in the Everglades, surviving mosquitoes, to paint in painstaking detail and breathtaking artistry its many bird species.
The Everglades is a vast subtropical wetland and collection of coastal ecosystems including freshwater marshes, tropical hardwood hammocks, pine rock lands, extensive mangrove forests, saltwater marshes, and seagrass ecosystems. The abundance of wildlife, both subtropical and temperate species, is found nowhere else in the United States.
“The worse my drawings were, the more beautiful did the originals appear.” John James Audubon
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Upon entering the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in swank Scottsdale, AZ, you may be greeted by a pirate.
Depending on the time of day you might hear live music being played at the edge of the golf course on bagpipes by a gentleman with long blond hair in a kilt.
Before entering Deseo restaurant you will experience the Kierland’s Artist-in-Residence intently painting.
In the lobby of the hotel, you may run into
Scotty, the Kierland’s top Dog-in-Residence.
Welcome to the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, “an uncommon experience.”