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“The Ultimate Dining Experience: A Rock And A Hard Place”  

“The Ultimate Dining Experience: A Rock And A Hard Place”  

Yes, it is a cave…   a hollow place in the ground.   Specifically,  a natural underground space large enough for a human to enter. Caves form naturally by the weathering of rock and often extend deep underground. The word cave can also refer to much smaller openings such as sea cavesrock shelters, and grottos.

It is estimated that the maximum depth of a cave cannot be more than 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) due to the pressure of overlying rocks. For karst caves the maximum depth is determined on the basis of the lower limit of karst forming processes, coinciding with the base of the soluble carbonate rocks.

Most caves are formed in limestone by dissolution.

But check this cave out:

Stunning views over the Adriatic, a warm summer night’s breeze and world class dining – the only thing the Grotta Palazzese is missing is four walls.

This enchanting restaurant in Polignano a Mare in Southern Italy was built inside a cave centuries ago, allowing for one of the world’s most unique dining experiences.
Carved from the cliff face’s limestone, the restaurant juts out 74 feet above sea level, allowing diners to watch the waves lap the shores just beneath them.

Yes, ‘Breathtaking’: A Restaurant Grotto, situated in a limestone cave in Southern Italy

And, it is also ‘Stunning’: It is just 74 ft above sea level, allowing diners to watch the waves lap the shores below

The dramatic view over the sea is best viewed from one of the dimly-lit tables for two that sweep along the cave’s edge.

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As they take in the sea view, they can enjoy dishes such as Thai squid and grilled garlic prawns with glasses of Fiano di Avellino(and so much more) – at more than $100 a head.   Right here:



World class: Dishes include Thai squid and grilled garlic prawns, and meals can cost $100 a head
Grotta
Grotta
Grotta
Grotta
Atmospheric: The dimly-lit tables for two along the water's edge offer the most romantic seats in the house
Atmospheric: The dimly-lit tables for two along the water’s edge offer the most romantic seats in the house

And if diners want to work up an appetite before the meal, they can meander through the narrow streets of the medieval town, built on sheer cliffs with scattered white buildings and natural caves.

The setting also provided a feast for the eyes for local nobility during grand banquets at the restaurant as far back as the 1700s.

The grotta – Italian for ‘cave’ – is part of the Grotta Palazzese hotel, which is located above and built from local stone. The restaurant is open from May to October.

Cave: The restaurant, which is only open in the summer months, is situated beneath a hotel
Cave: The restaurant, which is only open in the summer months, is situated beneath a hotel
Quiet: The restaurant, near Bari in Southern Italy, offers spacious tables and an ever-changing menu
Quiet: The restaurant, near Bari in Southern Italy, offers spacious tables and an ever-changing menu
Tranquil: Diners can enjoy dinner while overlooking the still Adriatic sea
Tranquil: Diners enjoy dinner while overlooking the still, Adriatic sea
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“Bobby HOLCOMB & Angélo NEUFFER – Huahine Te Tiara’a”

“Bobby HOLCOMB & Angélo NEUFFER – Huahine Te Tiara’a”

Holcomb is a French polynesian reggae,  folk artist.

Bobby was born in 1947 in Honolulu, Hawaii, from a hawaiian-portuguese mother and a native indian afro-american father. … In year 1976 Bobby arrives in Tahiti islands where he decides to settle in the island of Huahine. Early 80s he starts being known as a singer.

“HUAHINE te Tiara’a …”
Bobby Holcomb. Bobby is the emblematic and quasi mythical singer-songwriter of today’s Huahine. Deceased a little the sound (hawaiian and the melancholy of the song of the words return today to the ear and in the mouth of the most of the Tahitians.) Here are the words of this song dedicated to Huahine, the island of adoption From this artist: 

Huahine te tiara’a O te mata te toerau e Huahine, hua hua Tearu E marama Pupu fati fati Huahine Maro te heva bis Huahine Huahine elancolia.

Holcomb never signed with a major label, and his early music was mostly produced on cassettes. The albums that did make their way to compact disc are out of print, and used copies are very rare. Tahitian television made some videos of Holcomb performing his tunes in the 1980s, and some of those videos can be found on the internet, on sites such as YouTube.

Not sure but “Huahine Te Tiara’a” Song sounds like  “How Many Roads Must A Man Walk Down” 

 

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DJ Maretimo – Samoa Skipper (Sailing Mix)

DJ Maretimo – Samoa Skipper (Sailing Mix)

DJ Maretimo is a German Lounge & Chillhouse DJ and is spinning his turntables for more than 25 years. He plays the best of chillout, lounge and house music.

Known for its major hits within the electronic scene, DJ Maretimo’s own Record Label “Manifold Records” is not only the perfect place for himself but also for DJ’s around the world. Founded in 1989, the Label can look back on a successful time. The album “Island Of Chill” is over 10 years almost seamlessly in the iTunes Top 100 of all electronic releases and one of the most successful releases of all time. 

The Chillout and House tracks selected by DJ Maretimo can be found on hundreds of compilations – the best known example is definitely the series “Cafe del Mar” of the famous Ibiza Chillout Cafe. 

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Posted by on April 24, 2017 in music, pacific islands

 

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“Cat Stevens – Moon Shadow (1970)”

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“Moonshadow” is a song from the album Teaser and the Firecat, released by Cat Stevens in 1971. Stevens, who is now known as Yusuf Islam, considers this his favourite of his old songs. It is one of the songs that convinced him to release a Greatest Hits record of his work as Cat Stevens. He felt its uplifting message could help people.[1]

When Yusuf appeared on The Chris Isaak Hour in 2009, he said of this song: “I was on a holiday in Spain. I was a kid from the West End (of London) – bright lights, et cetera. I never got to see the moon on its own in the dark, there were always streetlamps. So there I was on the edge of the water on a beautiful night with the moon glowing, and suddenly I looked down and saw my shadow. I thought that was so cool, I’d never seen it before.”

An animated short featuring the song was part of the Fantastic Animation Festival feature film released in 1977.[2] The animation begins with a still frame of Teaser and his pet Firecat, pictured as they appear on the cover of the album bearing their names. The picture comes to life, and in the course of the animation, they find the fallen Moon, ride on it as it flies, and find a way to replace it in the sky. The beginning and ending story portions were written by Cat Stevens and narrated by Spike Milligan.[2] The video also appears as a special feature on the Majikat Concert DVD.[3]

In May 2012, Moonshadow, a new musical by Yusuf, featuring music from throughout his career, opened at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. The show received mixed reviews and closed four weeks early.[4][5]

The song appears as “Moon Shadow” on both the UK and US labels of the single release.

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Posted by on April 24, 2017 in 1970s, male vocalist

 

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“BORA BORA Feat Armando & Memphis – “MANDO SAX” 

Armando Rehia Dante Castagnoli was born in Tahiti to an Italian father and Tahitian mother. The third of seven children, his father was a strict taskmaster when it came to his children’s music, and “Mando” and his brothers would march several miles every Sunday playing their instruments before they got to play in the ocean with their friends. That early discipline paid off and Armando’s obvious gifts as a saxophone player and musician were encouraged by Professors from the Music Conservatory of Paris. When his family moved to Powell River B.CAfter graduation Mando moved to Toronto and studied at Humber College with world famous teacher, Pat LaBarbera, who played with Buddy Rich, Woody Herman and the legendary Elvin Jones. In 1984 Armando won the highest award at the BC WOODWIND FINALS.
Mando recorded his first CD, THE BUBBLEHEADS, at the age of 20 and for the next six years was active in the Toronto music scene playing Jazz, Blues, and R&B and becoming proficient at alto, tenor, and soprano saxophone as well as flute and percussion.

In the 90′s Armando acted as the musical director and featured soloist at the famous CLUB NEW ORLEANS in Papeete, Tahiti, and had the opportunity to work with greats like Nathan East, Jimmie Earl, Freddie Ravel, and many more. His collaboration with jazz singer, Chris Bennett, took him to Berlin, Germany and live recordings and guest appearances at the A-TRANE, one of the world’s great jazz clubs. His soldout appearances in Berlin and Los Angeles hi-lite Mando’s unique and beautiful tone, sometimes compared to Stan Getz, as well as his incredible showmanship.

With homebase in his island paradise of Tahiti, Mando now occasionally tours the world with stars such as Otmaro Ruiz, Felix Vilchez,Chris Bennett and more. He has recorded with the legendary Leon Ware and has produced and written several of his own CDs including DANCE FOR PLANET EARTH, now available at CD Baby and I-Tunes. The title cut, AORI NO TE FENUA, is the theme song for the TAHITI MUSIC FESTIVAL. Produced by Armando Castagnoli and Chris Bennett, the 2012 festival will raise awareness of how we can save our oceans and islands such as Tahiti and will bring musicians from all over the world together in unity and celebration.
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Posted by on April 24, 2017 in jazz, music, pacific islands

 

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Menu In The Sky – New Zealand (South Pacific)

How comfortable would you be, having an exquisite, delicious meal midair New Zealand?


“Dinner in the Sky is a hosted dining table, suspended at a height of 50 metres by a team of professionals”.


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New Zealand’s cuisine is largely driven by local ingredients and seasonal variations. An island nation with a primarily agricultural economy, New Zealand yields produce from land and sea. Similar to the cuisine of Australia, the cuisine of New Zealand is a diverse British-based cuisine, with Mediterranean and Pacific Rim influences as the country becomes more cosmopolitan.

Historical influences came from Māori cultureNew American cuisineSoutheast AsianEast Asian, and South Asian culinary traditions have become popular since the 1970s.

In New Zealand households, dinner is the main meal of the day, when families gather and share their evening together. Restaurants and takeaways provide an increasing proportion of the diet.

Māori cuisineEdit

hāngi dinner as served to tourists.

When the indigenous Māori arrived in New Zealand from tropical Polynesia they had a number of food plants, including kūmara (sweet potato), taro and . The plants grew well only in the north of the North Island. Native New Zealand plants such as fernroot became a more important part of the diet, along with insects such as the huhu grub. Problems with horticulture were made up for by an abundance of bird and marine life. The large flightless moa were soon hunted to extinction.[citation needed] Rāhui (resource restrictions) included forbidding the hunting of certain species in particular places or at certain times of year, so that the numbers could regenerate.

Preparation of a modern hāngi for tourists at Mitai Maori Village, Rotorua.

Like other Polynesian people, Māori cooked food in earth ovens, known in New Zealand as hāngi, although the word umu is also used[citation needed] as in other Pacific languages. Stones are heated by fire and food packed in leaves are placed on top. The packs are further covered with foliage and cloth, or, wet sacks, then earth. Other cooking methods included roasting and, in geothermal areas, boiling or steaming using natural hot springs and pools. Occasionally food would be boiled in non-geothermal areas by putting hot stones into a bowl with water and the food; and some food was also cooked over the open fire. Some foods were preserved using smoke, air-drying, or layers of fat—particularly muttonbirds. Māori were one of the few people to have no form of alcoholic beverage.

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“Dinner at Sky Tower, Auckland” 

 

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“Roberta Flack- The Closer I Get To You – Tradução – Letra em Inglês e Português”

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The Closer I Get to You” is a romantic ballad performed by American jazz, soul, R&B, and folk singer-songwriter Roberta Flack and American soul musician Donny Hathaway. The song was written by James Mtume and Reggie Lucas, two former members of Miles Davis’ band, who were members of Flack’s band at the time. Produced by Atlantic Records, the song was released on Flack’s 1977 album Blue Lights in the Basement, and as a single in 1978. It became a major crossover hit, becoming Flack’s biggest commercial hit after her success with her 1973 solo single, “Killing Me Softly with His Song”. Originally set as a solo-single, Flack’s manager, David Franklin, suggested a duet with Hathaway, which resulted in the finished work.

The Closer I Get to You” spent two weeks as number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart in April 1978, and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The song charted in the top ten spots for fourteen weeks in Canada and one week in France. It was eventually certified gold in the United States on May 1978, and became one of their most familiar duets.

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