The ksar, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers. Ait-Ben-Haddou, in Ouarzazate province, is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco.
Portofino is a small Italian fishing village, comune and tourist resort located in the province of Genoa on the Italian Riviera. The town crowded round its small harbour is considered to be among the most beautiful Mediterranean ports. Portofino was founded by the Romans and named Portus Delphini, or Port of the Dolphin, because of the large number of dolphins that inhabited the Tigullian Gulf. Portofino has even been recreated in detail around the harbor at Tokyo DisneySea in Chiba, Japan, and to a much lesser extent, the Portofino Bay Resort at Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, USA.
Portofino's beautiful bay and top hotels, attracts the rich and famous. Hollywood stars such as George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Barbra Streisand, Robert De Niro and Denzel Washington often come in the summer - as well as millionaires, moguls and models from all over the world. From around Easter to late autumn, day trippers also flock to the resort, to soak up its exclusive atmosphere.
The most beautiful home in all of Steveston- complete with tennis courts, duck filled ponds, waterfalls, swimming pools and a bowling alley. Amazing.
by Crystal Marie
The Tea House owners have maintained the traditional appearance of the house, keeping the old paintwork and using locally sourced materials where possible.
by cary b
In the 1920s the French artist Jacques Majorelle had it made, complete with pools, banana trees, coconut palms, and houses in a fantastic dark blue colour. The wonderful garden is alive with the sound of birds, its incredible cacti standing out in sharp contrast against the blue facade of the villa.
The gardens have later been taken well care of the French couturier Yves Saint-Luarent, who have added a private museum of North African artefacts and a collection of Islamic art.