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Where To Have A Nice Holiday in 2016?

Where To Have A Nice Holiday in 2016?

Where to have a nice holiday in 2016? the South America is infested with Zika, the Middle East is infested with terrorists, Africa is too hot, Asia is in the monsoon season. Maybe 2016 will be the year of European tourist destinations, and in the summer among the most crowded tourist destinations is just the beautiful Italy. But where to go? Italy is full of places bathed by a beautiful sea and clear water. Who doesn’t know Capri, Ischia, Amalfi, Positano, the Elba Island, Sardinia, and the Adriatic coast? However, among the major Italian tourist destinations is Sicily, the Italian region further south.

Sicily & Palermo: The Best Destination For Summer Holidays

While you decide to make a summer holiday in Sicily, you always think about the sea of Taormina, the Aeolian Islands or Lampedusa. However, today we speak of the Sicilian capital, Palermo, a city full of monuments, charm, and with some of the most beautiful and popular beaches in Italy. So, let’s find out what to do in Palermo and how to better organize their vacation.

Palermo is a unique city. UNESCO has defined its historic centre the largest in Europe, and this makes us understand how much beautiful and how many treasures this city has. However, what really characterizes the Sicilian capital are its endless and often absurd contradictions: so much beauty, so much history, so much culture, and so many treasures are too many for a population that lives unaware of his fortune and always continues to admire what it doesn’t possess.

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The Beautiful Beaches of Palermo

But before start talking about the incredible cultural heritage of the Sicilian capital, let’s discover its best beach: Mondello. Crystal blue Caribbean Sea and white sand of Mondello make it one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. In summer, it’s crowded of bathers and it’s almost impossible to find a free place, but Mondello is beautiful throughout the year, when the sunny days permit wonderful walks on the waterfront, permit to enjoy great food in the many local clubs and, why not, a regenerating bath out of season that never hurts.

Another beach, nothing short of spectacular, is Addaura. The Addaura beach, which takes its name from the dialect of “bay”, is located along the northern side of Mount Pellegrino, besides Punta Priola.
A lovely beach which looks toward the beginning of the Mondello Gulf. Beautiful beach resorts which has a lot of huge villas.

The seabed of this beach is full of ravines with bushy grasslands very interesting for those who enjoy diving.

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Palermo, Not Only Sea

But perhaps the best thing in spend their summer holidays in Palermo is the possibility to enjoy at the same time a cultural holiday and a beach holiday.

We have already mentioned the importance of the historical centre of the Sicilian capital, one of the major attractions in it is the Norman Palace, in the heart of the historic centre. Its name comes from the fact that the Normans rulers have restored it and gave him glory, but this building, which for centuries has hosted kings and governors of Sicily, is actually older and has been used for many subsequent centuries up to host today the Sicilian parliament. Inside, you will find the Palace Chapel, built by Ruggero II, small but amazingly decorated with Byzantine mosaics in sacred subjects which are among the most beautiful of Sicily and of the entire Mediterranean area.

A short distance from the Palace of the Normans is the beautiful church of San Giovanni of the Hermits. This church, dating from the twelfth century, is one of the architectural symbols of Palermo. With its characteristic red domes, it’s one of the finest examples of Arab-Norman architecture which is an example of the intertwining of different cultures in Sicily. The church was part of a former Benedictine convent of Norman times. Also the cloister is very nice, it’s adorned with columns and arches and Mediterranean plants.

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Obviously, it’s unthinkable to be able to describe all the monuments of the historic centre of Palermo and the places of major interest of the surroundings. The board, however, is not to miss the chance to see Palermo Cathedral, the Catacombs of the Capuchins, the Martorana, the Archaeological Museum in Salinas, the Teatro Massimo and the Botanical Garden.

The most beautiful thing about a holiday in Sicily, and in Palermo, is the ability to enjoy a crystal clear sea and a warm sun during the day and enjoy a great sightseeing tour of the city streets during the afternoon.

To say nothing of the Sicilian cuisine, one of the most popular cuisines in Italy. Don’t worry too much about gaining weight during your visit to Palermo, you are on vacation!

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Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

Why is goal setting important?

1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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What you truly want and need

Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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