World’s First-Ever Beauty Contests

It’s impossible to tell exactly when beauty contests or beauty pageants began, but they certainly existed since antiquity. For example, in Troy, in Ellas, on Lesbos Island, in ancient China etc, beauty pageants were a form of entertainment.  Even in the Ottoman Empire, despite strict Islamic morals, rulers entertained themselves with competitions to choose the most gorgeous wife in their harem.

It’s interesting how the perception of beauty have changed over time. Looking at the beauty quins of the past and the women of today I am sure you will agree they aren’t beautiful as todays “modern woman”. What was once considered beautiful and fashionable is now even laughable.

The first modern Europen pageant was held in 1839 in Scotland. The title of  “Queen of Beauty” was awarded  to the 30 year old Jane Georgiana Sheridan (5 November 1809 – 14 December 1884),  wife of Edward Seymour, 12th Duke of Somerset and sister of noted author Caroline Norton .

first known beauty pageant, Jane Georgina

The first modern American pageant, involving the display of women’s faces and figures before judges, was staged by Phineas Taylor Barnum  in 1854, but his beauty contest was closed down by public protest.

It was in the 1880s that beauty pageants became more popular and the first “Bathing Beauty Pageant” took place as part of a summer festival to promote business in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

 First Beauty Pageant Winners in History, Bertha SoucaretMarthe Soucaret

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most expensive luxury yachts, Streets of Monaco

World’s Most Expensive Yachts

5. Al Said – approx. $300 million, size 155m (508,53ft)

most expensive luxury yachts, Al Said

This luxurious yacht is owned by the Sultan Qaboos (net worth $700 Million) of Oman . This 155m (508,53ft) long motor yacht was custom designed and  build back in 2008 by Lurssen Yachts.

It can accommodate up to 70 guests with a crew of 154. For easy access it has a helipad in the back.

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Have Αrchaeologists Discovered the Tomb of the Wife and Son of Alexander the Great?

Kasta Tumulus is the tomb of Roxane and Alexander IVIn ancient Amphipolis,near Serres (northern Greece, 370 miles (600km) north of Athens), archaeolgists unearthed an impressive burial mound the colossal size of which (497 meters long and three meters high-the biggest tomb found in Greece, it’s ten times larger than that of Alexander’s father, Philip II of Macedon.) suggests that the tomb was built for someone extremely important and could belong to the wife and son of Alexander the Great, Roxane and Alexander IV. Read More


Fun Things To Do in Mykonos Island, Greece.

interesting things to see in Greek island Mykonos, taverna

Mykonos Island is the most popular but also the most expensive Greek island (I bet you will spend more money than you expect to so bring extra money and credit cards ). This well known island attracts tourists all over the world. It has been visited by just about every celebrity, sports figure, political leader, archaeologist, professor, college student, fashion model, writer, musician, famous chef, architect and designer in the world. Read More


Fun Things to do in Rhodes Island, Greece

If you have chosen Rhodes for your vacation then congrats, you have made a great choice! Rhodes is one of the best Greek islands and offers almost any kind of holiday you could want. If you want peace and quiet, you ll find it on Rhodes. If you want activities and night-life, Rhodes has got it. If you want to explore history and culture, that is there too. There is something interesting to do every day.

Lindos, best places to visit in Rhodes

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World’s Coolest Job!

Here I am! Luxury Turkish resort is calling all snap-happy travellers to apply for a summer job – as a Chief Instagram Officer (whose only job is to snap pictures as they relax in five-star comfort!!!!!! I want this job!!!)

Six travellers will spend a week each at the Hillside Beach Club
Their job will be to take photos of everything from the beach to the spa. Wow!
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