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YV&C International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine reports: M/S PANAGIOTA, a family-owned yacht built in Greece entered into charter markets for charter to sail 3/7/10/14 day cruise itineraries to Ionian Isles, Cyclades Isles, Dodecanese Isles, Sporades Isles, Crete, Euboea-Sporades, Argosaronic Gulf - Peloponeses, Turkish port and all other Greek destinations. M/S PANAGIOTA yacht management arranges mostly private charters for 25 guests in 11 en suite cabins fully air-conditioned (separately controlled in each one) and bath. All cabins include one double and one single bed. Scheduled (cabin) sales are for a 7-day cruise to Ionian and Cyclades Isles. Yacht Specification: L.o.a.: 30.8 Mtrs Beam: 7.1 Mtrs Draft: 3.1 Mtrs Speed: 10,5 Knots 12,5 Knots (Full Speed) Crew: Captain, Chef, Engineer, 2 Sailors, Stewardess Built / Refit 1990/2001(Vlycho Nidri Lefkas) Hull: Wood... (more)

Eating and Drinking in the Greek Isles

From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine This is not an article to inform you of quality restaurants but rather to explain you the type of places you can dine while visiting the Greek isles.   Eating out in Greece is a national pastime and a leisurely pleasure. Whether dining at a local taverna or an elegant restaurant, Greeks take their time over food. The native cuisine is delightfully uncomplicated and quite different from what's found in Greek restaurants abroad. Much of the cooking relies on simple seasonings and fresh meat and vegetables.  Greeks like all the other Mediterraneans go out for dinner much later then the other Europeans and Americans. This is usually a time much after 21:00 o'clock in the evening and usually there is a time where you find only tourists in the tavernas.  For dinner you have the possibility to go for expensive restaurants but pe... (more)

The Ancient City of Perge

From the Turkish Riviera Magazine Perge, originally, a Hellenistic settlement, later developed into a thriving Roman city, is a historicist's delight. Situated only 18 km from Antalya in the Pamphylia plain, Perge has a long legacy (almost from 1500 B.C.) to narrate with its initial inhabitants being the Hittites. Its importance also lies in the fact that the ruins of the Roman city provides a very complete picture of the past, thus making it archaeologically invaluable. However, even if you are wondering how an archaeologically fertile site could ever interest you, you should never miss a chance of visiting it. For Perge has much to offer for the vacationer as well, it has a unique blend of the exotic and the ancient. The ancient city of Perge was the capital of the Pamphylia region, now the province of Antalya on the southwestern Mediterranean coast of Turkey. It... (more)

Sesame Halva in the Oven, a delicous desert from the Turkish fish restaurants

  From the Turkish Riviera Magazine Sesame halva is popular in the Balkans, Middle East, and other areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The primary ingredients in this confection are sesame seeds or sesame paste called tahini, sugar, glucose or honey, and egg white. Also other flavourings such as pistachio nuts, cocoa powder, orange juice, vanilla, or chocolate are often added to this basic tahini and sugar base and thus there is a great variety of sesame halva. Sesame or tahini halva has been produced since the classical times. The dish was popular in the Byzantine Empire, and today it is very popular desert throughout Turkey and Greece. It is very much consumed by the Orthodox Greeks during the Great Lent and other fasts. In Turkey the term "helva" is used to describe mainly tahini halva but there are also other types of deserts such as made with flour, semo... (more)

June 30th Deadline For Mayor Mehmet Kocadon To Clean Up Bodrum

International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine This week I posted two blog entries about the much needed clean up in tourist destinations of Bodrum and its surroundings. My blog posts must have touched a nerve among the residents and business owners of Bodrum, some supporting and others criticizing my comments. Please note, I added my  answers inline. Mr. Salvatore Genovese Founder, Publisher & CEO International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine http://www.yachtchartersmagazine.com Mr. Genovese, Thank you for informing the local authorities of Bodrum with your deadline  of June 30,  2009 in order to clean up the aquarium region of the town via your blog post. You are quite welcome! Did you have a chance to inform the municipality or the other associations directly about your problem and your threatening style? 1) My blog posts were my notification to all responsible pa... (more)

Monaco Yacht Show Blog Launched on Ulitzer

Monaco Yacht Show Blog launched today on Ulitzer by International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine. The Monaco Yacht Show brings together professionals from the international luxury yachting sector; ship-builders and designers, equipment suppliers, brokers and service providers. The MYS is renowned throughout the sector for being the show that must not be missed in the luxury yachting sector because it is the only yacht show exclusively devoted to Superyachts of at least 25 meters in length. Ulizer already offers several popular yachting bogs such as: Yacht Charter Blog Yacht Charter Croatia Greek Isles Turkish Riviera Sacks Yachts OCEAN Independence Yacht Charter companies participated during this year's Monaco Yacht Show include: Allied Yacht Charter, http://www.alliedmarine.com Angela Carney Yacht Charters, www.acyachtcharter.com Camper Nicholsons, http://ww... (more)

Hollywood's A-List Celebs Choose Yacht Charters for Total Escape

YV&C International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine reports: Vacations are all about rest, relaxation, and, of course, indulgence. And when it comes to Hollywood's biggest stars, you can count on them to take it up a notch by spending time in exotic locales, on some of the world's most luxurious yachts. Christina O Since the '50s, Christina O has attracted a primarily European clientele, but has also hosted many Hollywood celebrities. Recent charters have been enjoyed by Madonna, Johnny Depp, Tommy Hilfiger, and Oliver Stone. The famed megayacht charters for $600,000 a week. As morning's light broke over the horizon, Russell Crowe stood at the bow of the ship, gazing out to sea. Another day of mystery and adventure lay ahead for Crowe and the crew... . If this sounds like a scene from Crowe's latest film, "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," it's not.... (more)

Divan Palmira Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey: The End of an Era?

This 4th of July marked my sixth consecutive visit to the Divan Palmira Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey. My visit this year prompted me to write this review. The Divan Palmira Hotel is located in the Golturkbuku region of Bodrum. Two recent cover stories published last year in The New York Times Travel Section called this Aegien Sea summer destination The St. Tropez of Turkey. For those readers who would like to know more about Bodrum, especially the village of Golturkbuku, there is plenty of well written reading material (including these two 2006 New York Times travel write-ups). In this review, I will try to stay focused specifically on my most recent trip, the hotel, the changes which took place at this hotel this year and the highlights of my trip. The New York Times - Jan / 2006 The New York Times - Aug / 2006 Our Arrival on Saturday, June 30, 2007 When I emailed the hotel... (more)

Golden Yachts of Paris Dragnis Offer Luxury Yachts in Turkish Riviera

Golden Yachts was established in 1997 by Capt. Paris Dragnis, a successful businessman highly involved in the commercial shipping sector. Out of his long passion for yachts of unrivalled quality and style, and being a yacht owner himself for many years, he was the ideal person to have the knowledge of the demands of the exclusive clientele on a luxury yacht vacation. The company began offering its yachting services with the 42m M/Y O’Pari that was then the first luxury motor yacht of such high standards to charter in the East/West Mediterranean. The yacht was built in Intermarine Spa, a shipyard well known for its reliable, fast, and technologically advanced building of military patrol vessels. At the time it was not involved in luxury yacht building and thus a bet between Capt. Dragnis and the shipyard was established. Considering that many luxury yachts were built a... (more)

From Athens to OOPA! Seven Days in Turkey & Greece

Graduate student Laura Albers decided last year to spend her summer this year traveling Europe and she made it her personal mission to convince her sister and two best friends to join her on the journey. Lucky for Laura, they didn’t take too much convincing. They met up on the other side of the globe for a holiday in Greece. This is their story…   Day 1: Arrival in Athens My friend Katie and I land in Athens in the early afternoon and wait for the arrival of our two co-voyagers – which takes nearly the entire day, but by the end of it we’re together, the four of us, and are finally ready to begin our adventure.  We make our way to the hotel, wash away the travel dust, and go for a nice dinner in the Plaka – a beautiful area of Athens with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants. The food is delicious – souvlaki (think meat on a stick), tzatziki (an amazing white sauce... (more)

Chartering Enables Yacht Owners to Upgrade Their Boats

The principals of Trinity Yachts, John Dane, CEO, and Bill Smith, VP, sat down with YV & C publisher Fuat Kircaali to speak about the growth of the charter industry and how it affects them as yacht builders. Trinity Yachts, founded in 1988, is already known as the number one American shipyard. Since 1990, their 38-acre Louisiana facility - including 10 roofed acres - has turned out 33 hulls. Seven yachts are currently under construction. How did this dynamic company grow so rapidly? John Dane, CEO of Trinity Yachts, was running Trinity Industries' marine group in 1988, with 22 shipyards around the country building mostly commercial and military boats. Bill Smith, who was doing sales and marketing for the company, foresaw the rise of the yacht business and the two decided to diversify.   Their first yacht commission was fortuitous. It was designed by the leading Ge... (more)