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Everyone should find time to travel. It’s the one thing that gets us out of our comfort zone and into the big wide world. There are a lifetime of experiences to be had here at home in the US or abroad in far-flung destinations. In this blog I will bring together a collection of stories about my adventures and those of other travel writers. If you’re looking for inspiration for life on the open road you’ve come to the right place. Please check back at Rick’s Travel Blog soon to catch the latest travel write-ups on must-see destinations and experiences to do before you die.

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World’s Best Restaurants With Stunning Sea Views

Nine of the world’s best 100 restaurants are seaside dining establishments that do not only offer the best and finest dining experience all around the world, but also affording patrons and first-time diners a rare glimpse into the marvelous fusion of culinary excellence and superb views of the seas and oceans of the world.

From the shores of Asia to the frigid waters of the Nordic regions to the warm and sunny French Riviera and the Mediterranean to the calm southern currents of Oceania, these world’s best seaside restaurants are a must for any serious food lover and self-confessed connoisseur.

Macau’s Gem

Robuchon au Dome is a Three Michelin Starred fine dining restaurant that provides a spectacular view of the Macau cityscape as well as the great expanse of the South China Sea. Located at the dome of the majestic Grand Lisboa Hotel, the Robuchon boasts of unrivaled culinary artistry that can only be complemented with the world’s finest wines. With a breathtaking interior decorative styling and impeccable service, this is truly a fine dining experience that can only be described as nothing less than exquisite.

The Pearl of the French Riviera

Along the coast of the French Riviera lies Restaurant La Vague d’Or in La Seyne-sur-Mer, France. The La Vague offers the unique experience of dining with a fantastic view of the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Focusing on Provencal cuisine with only the finest locally grown ingredients, the Three Michelin Starred La Vague provides diners a taste of Greek, Italian, and Spanish cuisine married in French flair.

In the Principality of Monaco, dining at the famed Restaurant Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse a l’Hotel de Paris is like taking a historic journey into the development of the Riviera itself. With the same passion and commitment observed by other Three Michelin Starred establishments to use only the freshest ingredients in their menu, the Le Louis XV continuously pushes the boundaries of their culinary artistry.

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Overlooking Hong Kong’s Breathtaking Victoria Harbor

Two of the world’s top seaside restaurants offer a spectacular view of one of the world’s busiest harbors – Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong. The Two Michelin Starred Amber, located inside Hong Kong’s top-tiered luxury shopping mall, The Landmark, offers fine French cuisine in a Zen-inspired dining area to complete a truly one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Caprice is another Hong Kong’s Two Michelin Starred-seaside restaurant that provides marvelous French dishes complemented with equally rich cheeses produced by France’s best cheese artisans. Diners are afforded the luxury of sampling the finest selection of wines from the fertile regions of Burgundy and Bordeaux

Sublime Cornish Setting

Situated on Porthminster Beach in St Ives, the Porthminster Cafe is a Cornish dining institution. This is a beautiful, small restaurant specialising in fish and seafood freshly hauled from Atlantic Ocean. The setting is perfect, overlooking a white sand beach and clear, blue sea which would not be out of place in the Caribbean.

Often overlooked in favour of the better known restaurants in Padstow, further up the coast of Cornwall, St Ives is an enclave of unique dining experiences. The best of which can be found in this sublime location on the beach.

The Pride of Marina Bay Sands

Overlooking the Singapore Straits and inside one of the world’s most awarded hotel, the Marina Bay Sands, the Waku Ghin is not your ordinary fine dining restaurant. With carefully appointed private cocoon rooms, each with its own chef, diners are given the rare opportunity to be presented with the best and finest ingredients to be used in their chosen meals. Their chef will prepare the dish in their presence before being ushered into the main dining area for desserts. All these while immersing yourself in the magnificent Singapore skyline.

Nordic Best

Two Michelin Starred Noma has been consistently ranked as the best restaurant in the world. It serves modern inspirations of classic Scandinavian or Nordic cuisine introducing molecular gastronomy in many of their interpretations of what Nordic cuisine should be in the modern times.

Bay Area’s Star

The Saison is San Francisco’s Three Michelin Starred seaside restaurant overlooking South Beach Harbor. Saison continuously strives to provide highly individualized menus to cater the vastly different tastes of diners as well as address other needs such as certain dietary restrictions.

The Pearl Down Under

Sydney’s answer to the list of the world’s best seaside restaurants is Quay, just overlooking the beautiful Sydney Harbor. The multi-awarded Quay offers quintessential Australian cuisine using Australian produce focusing on the menu’s purity of flavors, texture, and balance.

These are nine of the world’s 100 best restaurants that are united by one common goal – provide a unique dining experience with a superb view of the sea.

Sea view from the Twelve Apostles in Australia

Global Sea Views to See before You Die

If you are inspired by the sea and hear the calling of the coast, then you will appreciate the true value of a stunning sea view. All over the world there are hundreds of thousands of coastal hotspots juts ready to be enjoyed. We look at some of the top global sea views you really must see before you die.

Twelve Apostles, Australia

Out of the Great Ocean Road in southern Australia lies one of the world’s most spectacular sea views. Behind Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier reef,  the Twelve Apostles coastal zone is one of Australia’s favourite natural attractions for tourists. This coastal scene consists of a series of limestone stacks cut adrift from the surrounding cliff tops by many Millenia of erosion by sea, wind and rain. Best seem from the shore of Port Campbell National Park, the Twelve Apostles present an awesome scene worth of its position in the list of top sea views. Many people who travel to Australia stop in this area to see this natural wonder so there is a large supply of cottages by the sea, hotels and guest houses in the area to stay and enjoy this unique coastal environment.

Big Sur, California, USA

Pacific Highway 1 runs all the way along the California coast through the area commonly known as Big Sur. Here the sea clashes with cliffs which rise up towards the 3,000-foot coastal mountains. The road hugs this dramatic coast through a series of tight bends and switchbacks, offering jaw-dropping views of the ocean on one side and glimpses into the deep forested slopes of ancient, giant redwood trees. The whole area is an absolute gem for visitors, but one of the absolute highlights is the 80-foot McWay Falls, which drop from the granite cliffs into the ocean way below.

Ipanema beach Rio sea view

View across Ipanema beach in Rio to the Dos Hermanos mountain

Dos Hermanos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

From the top of the Morro Dos Hermanos the city and beaches of Rio Janeiro stretch out below. This mountain juts straight up out of the sea like a sleeping giant and offers a prominent landmark to spot from throughout the city. It is named – the two brothers in English – after the two peaks at the top of the mountain. It’s possible to hike up Dos Hermanos from which there are stunning views of Ipanema Beach, the Christ the Redeemer statue and far reaching vistas across the city and its many favellas. If you’re not feeling energetic, you can get equally rewarding views from the top of Sugar Loaf mountain which can be reached by cable car.

Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Welcome to the city at the end of the world. Tierra del Fuego is at the very southern tip of Argentina and is the represents last populace of any size in South America. next stop Antarctica! In fact many of the Antarctic expeditions and voyages leave from this small port city on the famous Beagle Channel. Looking out across the windswept sea you really do feel like you are at the end of the earth.

Ravello Amalfi Italy sea view

Sea view from Ravello on the Amalfi coast in Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy

The sun-drenched Amalfi coast in Italy offers some of the finest views in all the Mediterranean. Traveling along the coast south of Naples, you will see fantastic views of colourful houses perched on hillsides above a twinkling deep blue sea. Amalfi, Ravello and Sorrento are some of the key resorts in the area but there are many fantastic places to explore along the coastal drive which offers breathtaking views from steep cliffs which plunge into the sea far below.The Amalfi coast is a beautiful and inspirational destination – with enough dreamy sea views to keep you satisfied for a lifetime.

Long Beach, Tofino, Canada

Way out west on Vancouver Island lies the hip and bustling small town of Tofino – a popular tourist destination for people coming to explore the natural wonders of the deep sounds and Canadian coast. Beyond the town lies true wilderness where deep forests tumble down steep hillsides to the waters edge. A series of inlets and sounds provide a watery adventure playground for kayakers and those seeking hot pools in the thermal springs. Tofino is a great place to stare out to sea into the deep oceanic channel which is home to all kinds of whales. One of the best spots for sea gazing is Long Beach, with over 16 kilometres of sand to explore in this coastal section of the Pacific Rim Park.

Praia de Rocha, the Algarve, Portugal

Portugal’s Algarve is famous for its beaches and sea resorts, and Praia de Rocha is one its most popular tourist hotspots. This quiet beach boasts soft white sand and a clear turquoise sea backed by huge cliffs. Praia de Rocha is one of the Algarve’s best-kept secrets and is a great place to escape and enjoy some Portugal’s finest sea views. The whole Algarve coastline is worth exploring for more stunning coastal scenery, complete with white-washed fishing villages and historic towns to discover.

There you go – a list of stunning sea views to see before you die. Obviously this is only a handful of the many, many seaside vista and coastal wonders to explore on your travels. So get out there and discover some of your own. You will never be disappointed with a good sea view or coastal encounter.

What? You need more inspiration. Check out this video of some of the world’s best beaches:

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Ten of the Best US National Parks

The USA is fortunate to have abundant beautiful parks to visit. From the purple mountain majesties to the amber waves of grain, the drama and diversity of America’s natural landscape can only be rivalled by a few other nations. Summing them up, there are more than 390 US national parks which are maintained by the National Park Service.

Whether you are from the East coast, the West coast, in the Midwest or located in the Rockies, there are lots of opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy these magnificent parks on holiday or vacation. Encompassing swamplands, active volcanoes, painted deserts and sequoia forests, these protected areas indeed provide adventurous visitors with firsthand looks at the unique beauty of the untouched American wilderness.

National parks offer everything from photography, wonderful hiking trails and wildlife viewing opportunities to boating or even stargazing. There is a lot to be done at any one of these national parks and it is also a fantastic way of spending time with the family either as a travel vacation or a day trip. Educational and the serenity of these parks makes a very relaxing experience. Here are the top 10 US national Parks:

1. Bryce Canyon National Park- Utah

Bryce Canyon, located in Utah, stands alone among the natural phenomena with its spires which reach an elevation of about 2,000 feet and vibrant red rock structures. The horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters which make up this national park provides stunning view of the hoodoos; the unique geological formation shaped like oversize totem poles which are a result of erosion and frost weathering. While most visitors usually experience the scenic drive that has an access to 13 viewpoints along its way, the magical beauty of Bryce Canyon is best seen at the foot. For elevated experiences, visitors opt to see this park on horseback for a whole day. Canyon Trail Rides offers two-hour tours of the canyon floor and a half-day expedition with views of the 1,600 years old Bristlecone Pine trees and the wall of windows in in Peekaboo Loop.

2. Carlsbad Caverns National Park- New Mexico

Situated in Guadalupe Mountains of the South Eastern parts of New Mexico, far from any city lights, Carlsbad Caverns National Park is among the greatest places to view the night sky in a new way. This park offers full star and moon party tours to take place in the natural illumination. However, the real highlight is the 117 marvelous caves that are formed by sulfuric acid which has eaten away limestone. The rock stunning “cathedral”-like interior and formations are nearly without any rival. Visitors can take both guided and unguided tours of the Spider Cave and the Hall of the White Giant and also watch the Mexican free-tail bats bursting from Carlsbad Cavern at dusk during summer.

3. Death Valley National Park- California

Death Valley National Park is simply a world of extremes. The park is situated below the sea level and features stark deserts and snow-capped peaks. The freak rainstorms usually bring on wildflower blooms as well as abounding the hidden pockets of wildlife. The land of contrasts is a special place for photographers who are looking to capture the quiet beauty. This rustic park is a great home for daily driving and hiking excursions like trips to Scotty’s Castle

4. Denali National Park- Alaska

For the overachievers who always want to be on top, Denali National Park is their choice of destination. It is home to the highest peak in Northern America; Mount McKinley. The area’s myriad landscape; from rocky terrain, deciduous taiga forests, glaciers, snow-covered mountains and changes with the seasons. Visitors can enjoy backpacking and mountaineering during the warm summer months and dog sledding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing during snowy winters. These activities usually bring in various groups of travelers

5. Everglades National Park- Florida

This is largest subtropical wilderness in U.S and also the largest area for the wildlife East of the Mississippi. Everglades National Park is definitely in a league of its own. It was first created to protect the fragile ecosystem and currently it is a home to more than 36 endangered species including the American crocodile, West Indian manatee and Florida panther. The best way of getting inside the world of Everglades is by immersing yourself in the place using airboat safari or off-road hummer tours.

6. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park- Hawaii

For primordial experiences, head to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This is a home of 2 active volcanoes; Mauna Loathe world’s largest) and Kilauea. The vivid landscape changes on daily basis due to continuous flow of lava. A helicopter tour will truly brings home the magnificence of this landscape whereas a boat expedition will get you up personal and close with one of the newest lands on earth where molten lava normally flows into the water.

7. Glacier National Park- Montana

Glacier National Park was started in 1910, with around one million acres of land and 25 “active” glaciers which are constantly moving due to melting and thawing. The park has over 700 miles of trails for hiking that includes the “Going-to-the-Sun Road,” which is a 50-mile walk providing some of the spectacular views of Montana thus making it the one of the most popular tourist destinations. Located on the United States-Canada border, this park encompasses 2 mountain ranges, more than 130 lakes, over 1,000 different plant species and hundreds of different animals. For a taste of the true wilderness, an overnight hike via the backcountry will be a great getaway

8. Rocky Mountain National Park- Colorado

Hikers will rejoice Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park that has over 300 miles of trails for hiking as well as the opportunity to gain real altitude; the tallest amongst the 60 peaks rises out at 14,259 feet. The Trail Ridge Road of the park crests at more than 12,000 feet while the surrounding 415 square miles comprises of stunning vistas and alpine wonderlands. By taking advantage of great outdoors, travelers will experience field seminars and get to learn about the neighboring flora and fauna.

9. Yellowstone National Park- Wyoming

Classic destinations have always stood the test of time and Yellowstone certainly qualifies as the first national park in the world. Most notably, the park is home of Old Faithful Geysers and also park features impressive collections of lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Centered over largest super volcano in the world; Yellowstone Caldera, the park is an outstanding destination for wildlife viewing during spring, fall and summer. It is also an ideal area for skiing during the winter.

10. Yosemite National Park- Wyoming

The indelible pictures of Yosemite National Park which were made famous by photographer Ansel Adams in the early twentieth century still pales in comparison to the reality. A half-day drive from both Los Angeles and San Francisco, Yosemite cuts a very wide swath via the Central Sierra Nevada which is characterised by hidden waterfalls, grand views, boulder fields and glacial lakes. A rock climber’s mecca and backpacker’s paradise, this park offers innumerable options for the casual naturalists as well as adventurers. Yosemite Valley is the home to iconic features like El Capitan and Half Dome.

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