Where in the World Wednesday is back for 2013! Take a look at the photo and guess where on earth this scenic rail route might be. Remember, it’s extra points for random facts and travel related stories. We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook page later this evening… https://www.facebook.com/FusionEscapes

Happy New Year from the team at Fusion Escapes! From Singapore to Santorini, here’s a pick of our favourite New Year celebration pics from around the world. Wishing you a fantastic 2013 filled with glamorous getaways!

Illuminated lanterns featuring wishes for 2013 floating in the bay in Singapore (main picture)

Burj Khalifa, Dubai (top left)

Santorini, Greece (top middle)

Rome, Italy (top right)

Fireworks exploding during New Year celebrations over the Brandenburger Tor gate, Berlin (middle left)

Midnight in Times Square, New York (middle right)

Charles Bridge, Prague (bottom left)

Fireworks light up Sydney harbour bridge, Australia (bottom right)

Happy Holidays from Fusion Escapes! Wishing you a fantastic 2013 filled with glamorous getaways!

It’s Where in the World Wednesday! Take a look at the photo and guess where on earth you would find this ethereal garden. We promise there is no CGI involved! Remember it’s extra points for details, random facts and travel related stories! We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook page later this evening… https://www.facebook.com/FusionEscapes

It’s Where in the World Wednesday! Take a look at the photo and guess where on earth you would find this tunnel of trees. Remember it’s extra points for details, random facts and travel related stories! We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook page later this evening… https://www.facebook.com/FusionEscapes

Well done, Ana. The answer was indeed the Tunnel of Love, Ukraine. Located near the town of Kleven, this luscious green tunnel provides passage (rather unromantically) for a private train transporting fibreboard to a local factory. Measuring 1.8 miles long, the unusual rail route in Eastern Europe has become known as one of the most romantic places on earth. Lovers travel here from all over the world to make a wish. It is said that if they are sincere in their love, their wishes will come true…

It’s Where in the World Wednesday! Take a look at the photos and guess where on earth you would find this quirky hotel. Remember it’s extra points for details, random facts and travel related stories! We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook page later this evening… https://www.facebook.com/FusionEscapes

No correct guesses this week! The answer was Dune Ecovillage & spa, Pondicherry, India. One of the four enclaves of former French India, and known as “The French Riviera of the East” (La Côte d’Azur de l’Est), Pondicherry is the setting for the new film, Life of Pi. The Dune Ecovillage (15km north from the heart of Pondicherry on the east coast Road) is a French run hotel with a bohemian chic vibe, set over 35 acres of landscaped wilderness along the bay of Bengal. Recently visited by Marianne Faithfull, the hotel boasts a top notch Ayruvedic spa and yoga retreat, as well as an organic farm and a selection of restaurants serving gourmet fusion food. Nearby, Pondicherry’s Old Town is unique in India, with wonderfully preserved pastel French villas and streetscapes steeped in the history of the colonial era. Wander down the tree lined boulevards of rue Dumas or Labourdonnais and stroll along the seafront promenade at sunset before popping into pop-art styled Villa Shanti for a hibiscus Margarita and French-electro soundtrack. (Dune Ecovillage & spa:http://www.thedunehotel.com/index.php?page=home&hl=en_US)

Photo credits: 3rd row (centre) outoflinden, bottom row (right) fromtraveldiaries, bottom row (centre) late-night-cat

     

One egg or two? It’s Foodie Friday, so take a look at the photo and have a guess where in the world you might find this traditional dish served. Remember it’s extra points for details, random foodie facts and travel related stories. We’ll reveal the answer and announce the winner on our Facebook page later… https://www.facebook.com/FusionEscapes

Good guess Calum, but it’s not an egg McMuffin! The answer was Loco Moco - a classic Hawaiian “plate lunch” that typically consists of a beef patty and fried egg over white rice, drowned in lashings of brown gravy. Importing the island-style dish to LA has recently resulted in a pretty funny culture clash. For those that have never heard of the traditional Loco Moco, pointed out that the word “moco” means “snot” or “boogers” in the Spanish language… and we all know what “loco” means. Crazy snot burger anyone?!

Drop a not-so-subtle hint and share our Christmas gift ideas for travel fans… Number 5: The Miniot Mk2 ipad cover made in Holland from reclaimed solid wood (pick from 6 shades: Cherry, Mahogany, Walnut, Oak, Smoked Oak, or Maple - or for a little extra, customise your own wood tones and add an engraving) with an ultrasuede microfiber lining. A lot like the Apple Smart Cover, but whole lot sexier (AND sturdy enough to stand your iPad up in portrait orientation), the joints let you fold the cover into various arrangements, and the magnets wake and sleep the iPad as you open and close the cover (from €69 https://www.miniot.com/webshop/?portlet=miniot&page=miniotcoverm2)

It’s Foodie Friday! Take a look at the photo and have a guess where in the world you might find this traditional dish. Remember it’s extra points for details, random foodie facts and travel related stories. We’ll reveal the answer and announce the winner on our Facebook page later… https://www.facebook.com/FusionEscapes

Well done Cheryl! The answer was indeed Buuz, the Mongolian steamed dumpling filled with minced mutton, or beef and seasoned with onion, garlic and herbs. Breakfast and lunch are the biggest and most important meals of the day for Mongolians and these usually consist of boiled mutton with lots of fat and flour, washed down with a generous amount of salted milky tea made with fermented mare’s milk, butter and roasted millet (süütei tsai). As an old Mongolian saying advises: “Keep breakfast for yourself, share lunch with your friend and give dinner to your enemy”! To name a few variations of this delightful dumpling…. we have the Tibetan Momo, the Turkish or Armenian Manti, the Polish Pierogi, the Russian Pelmeni, the Korean Mandu, the Chinese Jiaozi, the Japanase Gyoza and, as Hossein kindly informed us, the Georgian Khinkali. Let us know your favourite! 

Drop a not-so-subtle hint and share our Christmas gift ideas for travel fans… Number 4: The Leica D-Lux 6 compact camera with that irresistible vintage look leather case… Now for the impressive stats: 10.1 megapixels; DC-Vario-Summilux 

4.7–17.7 mm f/1.4–2.3 ASPH zoom lens with a focal length range from 24 to 90 mm (35 mm equivalent) and a new 1.7” CMOS image sensor for absolutely brilliant, high-contrast images with even greater depth of field; a click wheel allowing users to quickly and easily select the distance, shutter speed and exposure corrections; 1,280 x 720 pixel HD movie recording feature - all classically packaged in an all black, silky smooth, anodised metal casing. From £599 from Leica Store Mayfair, 34 Bruton Place, London, W1 (0207 629 1351;http://www.leica-storemayfair.co.uk/news/leica-d-lux6.html)