Tropical travel destinations that offer gaming excitement

Atlantis on Paradise Island makes the Bahamas one of several tropical travel destinations that offer gaming excitement ... photo by CC user WPPilot on wikimedia commons

Seeking out some tropical travel destinations to take you away from the pit of despair that the darkness of early winter can be, but also looking for some gaming excitement in the process? Book your ticket for one of the following hotspots:

The Bahamas

Home to the world famous Atlantis Casino on Paradise Island, the Bahamas is an excellent place to have a Caribbean holiday that includes the possibility of placing a few wagers during the course of your stay.

From picture perfect beaches in and around Nassau, to tasting some of the world’s best rums, a trip to this archipelago that lies southeast of the Floridian coast will be one that will prove memorable for you and your travel companions.

When on the premises of Atlantis, enjoy one of the world’s most thrilling water slides, and if you plan your trip during early to mid-January, you’ll get a chance to watch or play in the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure, which is one of the most prestigious live poker tournament series during the course of any given year.

Costa Rica

Have a thing for ziplines, trekking, and paddling out to catch the morning’s biggest waves? If all of things appeal to you, then Costa Rica is a wonderful place to escape from the cold for a couple of weeks.

If gaming is one of your hobbies as well, many resort towns offer casino gaming when the sun has sank beneath the horizon. Jaco Beach is one of them, as it has two casinos within town limits that offer various stake levels for those with different risk tolerances.

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Goa, India

While many of Asia’s conservative culture take a dim view on gaming, the attitude of those in the state of Goa in India is far more liberal than those in the rest of the region, making it an ideal place for those that love risking their money in pursuit of more to take a vacation from their vacation.

When you aren’t working on your tan, exploring the colonial structures in Old Goa, or shopping for hippie trinkets in this state’s many markets, there are a variety of resorts and riverboat casinos that will gladly take your bets.

Those looking for more options should go for the floating casinos, as the land based ones are only allowed to offer electronic gaming only. Whichever option you choose, make sure you have set up an international bank account to make the most of your winnings. You can find a wide variety of options here: https://aaacreditguide.com/best-banks-international-travel/

Museums in Florida for the whole family

Orlando’s central location makes it the perfect hub for families who want to explore all that Florida has to offer. Since flights to Orlando are often rather affordable, your family can fly to Orlando, rent a car, and start your adventure. If you stick to a schedule, you could see many of the state’s best cities within less than two weeks.

As you travel, make sure you visit these museums in Florida. They offer unique views that you won’t find anywhere else. They can also act as cultural anchor points that will help you balance Florida’s amazing restaurants and beaches with something more educational than snoozing the day away on the sand.

Orlando Science Center

City: Orlando

Hours: Closed Wednesdays, open all other days from 10 AM to 5 PM

Admission: $19, discounts available for children, students, and seniors

You  might as well start your educational tour of Florida in Orlando. The Orlando Science Center will give you time to relax after your flight while you visit some of central Florida’s finest science exhibits.

Orlando Science Center has several permanent exhibits as well as some traveling exhibits and special events. It’s suitable for kids and adults. You’ll learn about the natural world, biology, weather, and space. It’s interesting but doesn’t get too technical, so don’t worry that it will all go over your head.

Take some time to visit the Crosby Observatory and its 10-inch lens refractor telescope. It’s the largest telescope in Florida, so you will get a view of the planets, nebulae, and stars like never before. The observatory has some night hours. Check the website so you can schedule your visit on a day with hours after dark.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

This place is one of the better museums in Florida

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City: Miami

Hours: Open from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM every day except Tuesday

Admission: $18, discounts for children, students, and seniors. Military personnel get in free.

Vizcaya is a sprawling estate built by Miami businessman James Deering. The villa sits on 50 acres of preserved gardens and native forest. About ten acres are devoted to immaculate gardens designed to mimic the style of those owned by royalty and wealthy merchants during the Italian Renaissance.

While the formal gardens are spectacular, anyone who loves nature will want to visit the native forest. Miami’s growth has removed most of the native forests along Biscayne Bay. The native forest was a barrier to commercial and residential developments, so most of it was replaced with buildings. Vizcaya is one of the few places where you can see what’s left of the forest. Standing along the water, it’s possible to imagine the dense trees stretching along the bay.

The villa has been turned into a respectable art museum. It was actually the Dade County Art Museum in the 1950s.

You’ll want to spend the night in Miami before making the drive to Key West. I recommend Hotel Urbano. It’s close to Vizcaya and has beautiful rooms affordable rates.

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

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City: Key West

Hours: Open from 9 AM to 5 PM every day

Admission: Adults: $13; Children: $6; Children five and under get in free.

It takes about three and a half hours to drive from Miami to Key West. Take your time and enjoy it. Hopping from island to island is a great experience unlike any other drive in the USA. During the drive you can feel your mindset switch from the hustle of Miami to the relaxation on the Keys.

Make reservations at The Gardens Hotel to make the trip even more enjoyable. You can’t really choose a bad hotel in Key West, but this is one of the best options for privacy at modest rates. It’s not exactly the cheapest hotel in the world, but nothing is really cheap in Key West. Besides, it’s worth splurging a little. Unless you decide to move to Florida, you probably won’t make the trip to Key West again in the near future.

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is one of the area’s most historically significant buildings. Hemingway wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” while living there. It’s a spectacular house purchased for him and his wife by a wealthy relative. While visiting, check out Hemingway’s extensive library to get an idea of what he was reading while working on some of his most popular stories.

Salvador Dali Museum

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City: St. Petersburg

Hours: Thursday and Friday: 10 AM to 8 PM, 10 AM – 5:30 PM all other days

Admission: $24, discounts available for children, students, and seniors

Every aspect of the Dali Museum honors the passion and humor that made Salvador Dali one of the 20th Centuries most celebrated artists. The museum displays several of Dali’s artworks. Anyone who loves art should visit the Dali while passing through St. Pete.

The building itself is a wonderful tribute to the Spanish artist. The large helical staircase symbolizes Dali’s fascination with DNA sequences. There’s even an outdoor sculpture of Dali’s trademark handlebar moustache.

Try your best to visit the Dali Museum on a Thursday or Friday, when it stays open late. The outdoor garden offers a wonderful view of the sea as it sets into the Gulf of Mexico.

If you want to spend the night in St. Petersburg, stay at Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront so you can reach the Dali easily. It’s less than a mile away.

Florida Aquarium

City: Tampa

Hours: Daily from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Admission: $23.95 with discounts for children and seniors

It only takes half an hour to drive from St. Pete to Tampa. You can easily make Tampa part of your stay in St. Petersburg or visit it on your way back to Orlando. Just give yourself plenty of time if you plan to board your plane on the same day.

Make a stop at the Florida Aquarium while you’re in Tampa. The Aquarium recently opened a new exhibit called Ocean Commotion that has a huge collection of strange sea life. It’s pretty amazing to see how these creatures adapted to their underwater environments.

You will also want to visit the Coral Reef exhibit. It does a good job simulating a 60-foot dive into the ocean. It’s as close as it gets without suiting up and jumping in the water.

Matthew Thompson is a writer and blogger based in Louisville, KY. You can follow him on Google+ or check out some of his latest travel writing on the Hipmunk website.

Explore Kauai

When you go to explore Kauai, be sure to check out the Na Pali Coast ... photo by CC user kdvandeventer on pixabay

Welcome to Kauai, it has the distinction of being the oldest island in the Hawaiis. Its natural beauty is spectacular and attracts people from far and wide. Every year it receives over 440 inches of rainfall. This stunning places as diverse geographical features like deserts and beaches, forests and swamps besides mountains on its little over 550 square miles area. It has four distinction regions, each with its own natural attractions – the shores on North and South along side views on the east and west.

This remote yet stunningly beautiful island is dotted with beautiful spots. The Hanalei Valley Lookout offers great opportunities for those beginning to explore Kauai, and for clicking photos. It is in Hanalei; alongside several waterfalls one might find a rainbow. Visiting this magical place is a must on very Kauai itinerary. Towards the west side is the Hanapepe Swinging Bridge. This came up in 1900s simply from crossing the river. Today it takes one across to the Hanapepe town that has many galleries, shops and galleries providing an insight into the local artists works.

People from all across the world love to holiday in the Hawaii islands. Kauai in specific is popular wedding destination too. Number of Americans flock to holiday at its beaches. The visit this picturesque place most of the foreigners seeking to visit this part of the USA would need to apply for a temporary visa like the tourist visa. It is important to note that citizens of some countries that have already been listed in the Visa Waiver Program may travel without one. These travelers would just need to check ESTA visa status and plan their visit.

Another crowd puller is the Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife refuge. It closes on all federal holidays besides Sundays and Mondays. The National wildlife refuge here was started in 1985. Hawaiian seabirds thrive in the area, the cliffs and slopes are overshadowed by the lighthouse. For wildlife animals too it provides a natural habitat. It is home to the Hawaiian monk seal, Humpback whale and Green sea turtle all of which are on the endangered list.

For adventure seekers, Kauai has some amazing options. There are helicopter tours, ATV tours, train tours, tube tours, whale watching, Dolphin charters, sport fishing tours, surfing and zipping. For checking out its charming coastline and wonderful waterways one could choose the ever so popular kayaking tours. Then there are the Island Tours which take one to the magical land of the Garden Island. The professionals ensure that visitors get to see the best in limited time. This location is what romantic novels and movies are made of. Be it romantic sunset, meteor showers, full moon nights or just staring at the star lit skies can trigger couples to get intimate.

Trip to any place is considered complete only when we shop even if it is just bringing back gifts as souvenirs. There are a number of spots like art galleries and boutiques to pick up something you like. Also crafts fairs are nice places to find something you would like.

When is the best time to visit Salar De Uyuni to get the best possible travel experience?

Want to get this shot? If so, the rainy season is the best time to visit Salar De Uyuni

The best time to visit Salar de Uyuni strongly relies on the weather conditions, resources and events that tourists would want to take pleasure in. Salar de Uyuni is one of the most gorgeous regions in all of South America, if not the globe. It is a large salt falt located in Bolivia reowned for its reflective properties in rainfall, and due to this and its flatness and featureless nature, it is a playground for photographers.

The best time to visit Salar de Uyuni may be quite difficult to distinguish since there are several pros and cons to take note of in this place.. For instance, during rainy season which happens between January to March, the visual effect of the water on Salar is spectacular and appears to be reflective, like that of a mirror. However, the roads are muddy and there is the ever present possibility of floods because of the regular heavy rains that occur during this time of year. 

For some, the best time to visit Salar de Uyuni is in months of June to September, which is considered to be the winter months here, owing to the nation’s location in the Southern Hemisphere. These are the times when temperatures are low and the skies are bright and clear, which is ideal for those looking to take photos without the inconveniences of inclement weather.

This 4,000 square mile area was once a lake, but due to climate change long ago, it has become a salt and lithium mine, producing as much as 10 billion tons and 43% of the world’s reserves respectively.

Visitors who go here get to drive through the flat, reflective surface on 4×4 vehicles and marvel at the seemingly endless horizons. If you are with friends, you will definitely enjoy playing around with the optical illusions the environment produces.

During dry season, the landscape will appear white. But during the rainy season, the flats will often be submerged in a thin layer of water because of the regular rains, thereby reflecting the beauty of the sky.

This former lake also offers tourists spectacular views of Mars-like landscapes and opportunities to soak in hot springs, as it is located in the vicinity of the dormant volcano Licancabur.

You can also take a dive into its clear green-tinted waters and enjoy some sun-bathing after and then join a climbing expedition if you have the time. If you wish to enjoy these activites, rainy season is not the best time to visit Salar de Uyuni.

Salar de Uyuni is really a magnificent spot to visit since there are picturesque mountains and lagoons which changes colors – ranging from red to clear. These experiences and others will absolutely make your tour to Salar de Uyuni memorable and truly worth remembering.

Top Reasons To Visit During Holy Week In Brazil

During Holy Week in Brazil, events like the Stations of the Cross are commonplace

Among the top reasons to visit Holy Week in Brazil is that like the Carnival, it is celebrated throughout the country. Brazil is a predominantly Catholic nation, like Philippines in Asia and Ireland in Western Europe. The prestigious event lasts for several days and is celebrated in two ways: either traditionally or in an unorthodox manner. No matter how you celebrate it, I’m sure you’ll find some good reasons to see Brazil during Holy Week.

Reason #1: See carpets being laid on stone-paved streets

The laying of carpets is one of the most notable customs during Brazil’s Holy Week. The best place to witness this intriguing tradition is Ouro Preto. These carpets tend to have intricate designs and made of traditional fabric. Even more interesting are the materials used to weave these fabrics which could be anything from flowers to coffee.

Reason #2: Hang out in the beaches and cities for a party

Even in a very religious occasion there are plenty of Brazilians who celebrate Holy Week in a different way. It is usually in these events that beach resorts are often fully booked and night clubs are filled with many lively people. Ironic as it seems, having a wild time in this country can be one of the top reasons to visit Holy Week in Brazil.

Reason #3: Feel the essence of spirituality among devout locals

People who revere spirituality will enjoy scenes of crowds celebrating the Holy Week out of devotion. During the Holy Week, churches in Brazil are usually filled with people. If you’re visiting to see these inspiring sights, remember to be conservative with your clothing.

Reason #4: Eat Easter Eggs

One of the top reasons to visit Holy Week in Brazil is for their Easter Eggs. Brazilians take their Easter Eggs very seriously and they’re not always boiled eggs either. Some are made of chocolate and others, with pastries. These Easter Eggs make great treats for anyone and can even be brought home as souvenirs.

If you have means to do so, it’s highly recommended to fly around the country during this week to truly experience all Holy Week in Brazil has to offer. TAM airlines flies all over Brazil and if you book ahead of time you’ll most likely find some good deals.

3 lesser known cities in Brazil not to miss

Recife is one the lesser known cities in Brazil that will blow you away!

While you are looking forward to your first trip to Brazil, you are looking for a way to fit in a lesser known but worthwhile destination. This is because you have always long held the belief that cities that aren’t as touristy offer a much more authentic experience with respect to the local culture … besides, who wants to crawl over masses of foreigners while attempting to enjoy a place?

Your ambitions will have you catapulting all over the world’s fifth largest nation though, so you are also aware that you’ll have to use Brazil’s domestic flight network. As a result, this will be your first time flying with TAM airlines, but take heart: they have an excellent reputation for hospitality, and as a foreigner, they will be doubly certain to make sure your first exploration of Brazil is a strongly positive one.

Now that you are pumped to check out the hidden secrets of South America’s biggest nation, here are three lesser known cities in the nation that will blow your mind … let’s begin.

1) Recife

Settled initially by the Dutch, Recife has a historical core that will make this coastal a favorite among culture vultures. The highlights include the oldest synagogue in all of the Americas, Marco Zero Square, which contains a stunning array of buildings, as well as a slate of impressive catherdrals and fortifications. The beaches here are very well-regarded, so you can start working on your tan on one of its famed city beaches.

2) Fortaleza

If beaches are a thing you take seriously though, Fortaleza would be a better choice for you than Recife. The surf here kicks up pretty high much of the year, making it a great place to paddle out into the choppy waters of the Atlantic in search of the perfect swell.

Are the urban beaches of Fortaleza not exactly what you are envisioning when it comes to a paradisaical getaway? Then we strongly advise that you take a day trip out of the city to the beach town of Jericoacoara, and then ask around about Lagoa Paraiso or Lagoa Azul … we promise that you won’t be disappointed!

3) Brasilia

Fans of modern architecture will want to set their sails for Brasilia, the purpose built capital city of Brazil. Visitors will bear witness to the optimistic vision of the future that planners had in the 1950’s, with cathedrals, court buildings, and bridges containing sweeping curves and George Jetson-esque design throughout their modernist forms.

Those looking for adventure and sights on the outskirts will find it in the form of waterfalls, with Itiquira waterfall being the best of the lot standing 168 metres tall from top to bottom.

What to do in Lanzarote!

Wondering what to do in Lanzarote? Jameos del Agua is a good option!

For those that delight in taking regular breaks from life in the modern world, the Canary Islands have long been an option for rest and relaxation. While many choose to spend their time of the partying hotspot of Tenerife (and in the past, so have you), this time around, you decided to give one of the other isles in the archipelago a whirl.

So recently, you have been looking at flights to Lanzarote and with good reason, as this island has just as many unique attractions that Tenerife does. What can one do during an active holiday in Lanzarote, where one does more than simply cook under the Spanish sun? Below, we will profile what to do in Lanzarote so you can mix it up on your vacation with nature, culture, and new experiences.

1) Tour Timanfaya National Park

Lanzarote was created by the processes of volcanism millions of years ago in the same manner that the other islands in the Canaries, and those in the rest of Macaronesia were molded. These processes are still at work today, and have influenced the look of the landscape throughout much of Lanzarote. Timanfaya National Park protects this portion of Lanzarote, covering a quarter of its total land area.

Free exploration of this park is not possible due to safety hazards caused by active volcanic processes and due to extremely fragile flora that clings to the edge of existence in this hostile but starkly beautiful environment. Taking the official tour is still well worth it though, as guides will show you steaming geysers, rusty hills, and even roast meat over exposed hole in the ground, where the heat reaches hundreds of degrees Celsius only a few metres down.

2) Appreciate the arts at Los Jameos del Agua

The next can’t miss attraction in Lanzarote is also related to the island’s rampant volcanism, but this point of interest has more to do with the arts then with any active volcanic features. A tube of an extinct volcano that had a stunning lake within it was converted to a performance space many years ago, being named Los Jameos del Agua for the presence of that central water feature.

Seating 600 smartly dressed patrons (no beachwear folks!), musical performances are often held here, and if you feel like having dinner and a drink afterwards, a restaurant and bar will fill those needs handsomely.

3) Try surfing at Caleta de Famara

When was the last time you learned a new skill? If it’s been a while, then may we be as bold to suggest that you try surfing? If you’re up for the challenge, the best place on Lanzarote to take this on is in Caleta de Famara. Here, some of the most forgiving surf breaks in Europe and the presence of dedicated surf bums make this peaceful seaside village both an excellent place to learn how to carve up the waves, and chill out in a place largely unspoiled by mass commercial tourism.

Highlighting The Top Destinations In Niger

While not a major tourist attraction, little things like ancient mud brick houses will prove to be among the top destinations in Niger

The top destinations in Niger may not be available to you at this moment because of an ongoing military coup. But they should not be buried and forgotten as far as African highlights are concerned. Niger is a beautiful country on the western end of the continent as it is fostered by the Niger River. And although it is landlocked by nations like Nigeria, Benin, Mali, Burkina Faso, Libya, Algeria and Chad, it still offers quite a number of amazing points of interest that make it a worthwhile pit stop in peace times.

One interesting thing people should take note about Niger is that 80% of its land area is covered by the Sahara desert. But you should not judge the tourist spots you’re bound to visit solely using this trivia.

Niger has a lot of thriving areas for you to explore. Among them is the W National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This park actually stretches out to two other countries – Burkina Faso and Benin – as it covers 10,000 square kilometers. And it serves as home to large mammals, which include cheetahs, elephants, baboons, buffaloes, hippos, lions, and leopards, to name a few.

It is a protected reserve so human habitation is not allowed, not to mention poaching. But you can count on tour guides to be readily available if you do desire to go on a safari between February to late May, when the season is ideal for it. If you are wondering where are the giraffes in Niger, then you’ll have to travel to Koure on the southwestern portion as this is where West Africa’s last herd of giraffes reside.

If you wish for a more cultured retreat, you could head out to top destinations in Niger like the historic city of Agadez, which was founded back in the 11th century by the Mali empire and used as one of the major stops of Saharan trade caravans. Though it currently is off limits because of the Tuareg rebellion, in earlier times, tourist from all around the world were able to enjoy numerous Islam inspired architecture such as the Mosque of Agadez and the Palace of the Sultan.

Zinder is also another recommendable destination if you’re into getting acquainted with local heritage since it is teeming with colorful craft markets as well as unique and notable infrastructures.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a complete travel experience if you do not spend a day in Niamey, which is also one of the top destinations in Niger. As its capital, this metropolis functions as the cultural, administrative and economic center of the republic. So you’re bound to find a bounty of facilities complementary to tourism intents.

Some of which are open-air markets, upscale shops, recreational depots as well as fine buildings such as the Musee National and Zoo, the Grand Mosque and Cathedral de Maorey.

Chicago, Illinois, USA!

One of America’s most iconic cities, Chicago, is a place with a rich history and a vibrant present. Famous for stockyards, gangsters and blues music, this hub of the Midwest was where the world’s first skyscrapers were built. Modern-day visitors can also enjoy the beaches on the shores of Lake Michigan, as well as a very warm welcome. All you need is some single trip travel insurance and a positive attitude.

aerial view of Chicago

Home of the Blues

Chicago is an exciting city for anyone who is interested in culture and the arts, especially American culture. The city occupies a unique place in American popular culture, being considered the home of electric blues, a genre which influenced an entire generation of British rockers, who then re-exported the music back to the US during the ‘British Invasion’. African-Americans were drawn to Chicago in the 19th century, due to its more tolerant attitudes to race relations than many other places. This has left a rich legacy of music, which visitors can explore at Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation, the former location of Chess Records.

A Free Laugh or Two

As well as music, Chicago is also known for having a tradition of comedy performance. The likes of John Belushi, Gilda Radner and Mike Myers cut their comic teeth in the city, performing with a troupe known as The Second City. Visitors can see the current members of the troupe, occasionally augmented by previous alumni, perform for free every night except Friday. The club is located at 1616 North Wells Street.

Sporting Legends

Chicago possesses some of America’s iconic sports teams. The Chicago Bears NFL side play at the famous Soldier Field, while the Chicago Bulls basketball outfit are one of the NBA’s best known clubs. They play at the United Center on the Near West Side. The Chicago Cubs are a baseball team with a long history, and visitors can take in one of their games at Wrigley Field. They enjoy a rivalry with the Chicago White Sox, whose home ground is located at Cellular Park, in Bridgeport. The two three-game series held between the teams each year is one of the hottest sporting tickets in the USA.

Beach Life

There are no admission fees on any of the city’s beaches, bordering Lake Michigan. As well as the beaches, visitors can also enjoy the wonderful views from Hyde Park’s Promontory Point. A lakeside walk is a great way to bring down the curtain on an exciting day in Chicago.

If you’re from abroad, make sure to look into securing an ESTA visa before entering the states though. Save yourself some headache and apply before showing up at the airport.

What Are The Top Tourist Attractions In Newry?

Its churches rank highly among the top tourist attractions in Newry

There are a lot of places to visit in Northern Ireland but what you shouldn’t miss are the top tourist attractions in Newry owing to being endowed with such natural beauty that is definitely a sight to see. Newry is bordered by rich natural beauties of the mountains of Mourne and the Ring of Guillon, that’s why if you are expecting to get splendid views and wonderful landscapes then you came to the right place.

Furthermore, if you are looking for outdoor activities then you might as well gear yourself up because Newry has a lot of invigorating activities that you will love but if you feel like relaxing then there are also bars and restaurants for you to choose from.

One of the prides of Newry is the Derrymore house, which was built by Isaac Corry. The house was later on passed on. This beautiful 18th century house has a very rich history and having a walk around it proves to be very delightful that’s why if you plan to visit the Derrymore house you’ll surely have a great time exploring it hence a place that should be included in your list of top destinations.  

The next inclusion among the top tourist attractions in Newry are the Killevy churches. Though the place is in ruins its remains still shows the beauty it was once before. The place exudes tranquility and a serene atmosphere which always bring peacefulness to those who visit the area.

Lastly is the Newry and Mourne Museum, where you’ll get the best information and learn about the history and culture of Newry. The museum’s various collections that are aspects to the history of Newry are a must see but other than that the museum also has different programmes, activities and educational events that proves beneficial to those who visit. If you are into history then you will love this place but if not then there are still a lot for you to explore.

There’s still more to see in Newry and definitely a lot of things to do. It is not the ideal place for vacation but it is certainly a great place to have a peaceful and amazing holiday. The top tourist attractions in Newry are not something to be taken granted for because what it offers you is its natural beauty which makes it simply the best.