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San Diego is a wonderful place for a vacation. It is one of my favorite places to visit. It has fantastic weather, lots of interesting places to visit, a rich history, and lots of beach attractions. It is also on the border with Mexico which makes for a great day out. As well as lots of outdoor attractions there is also lots of shopping opportunities along with great bars and restaurants.
Two world famous attractions are the San Diego Zoo and Sea World. The zoo has many attractions with opportunities to see some rare animals. Sea World is ideal for children and includes lots of exciting rides and extravagant aquatic shows. Both these attractions can take a whole day to discover. Another wildlife oriented attraction is the San Diego Wild Animal Park where you can view many exotic animals.
For some of the premier dining in the area visit the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. There are many dining options as well as great shopping and other entertainment options. This is a historic area that you can roam around in and well worth a visit.
Balboa Park is one of the main cultural centers in San Diego. There are many museums to visit along with many other cultural and art centers. Balboa Park is also home of the San Diego Zoo. Nearby is the birthplace of California – Old Town.
For beach lovers – well what can you say? There are miles and miles of fabulous beaches. Visit the island of Coronado home to one of the oldest and most famous hotels the Del or Hotel Del Coronado. The beach here is one of the best in the country.
San Diego is known as “America’s Finest City.” And rightly so. There are so many thing to see and do – for people of all age groups. And the perfect weather make it just so much more special.
Abigail Wilson is a retired attorney and avid traveler. Her work has appeared on travel blogs and magazines as well as on sites like www.swlaw.com.
Posted November 18th, 2011. 1 comment
The North and South rims of the Grand Canyon are by far the most visited portions of the Canyon. Even though they provide phenomenal views, there are some, more remote, areas that are even more remarkable. One such area is Havasupai.
Havasupai is located near the South rim of the canyon. To reach it you first have to drive several miles through the forest to reach the trailhead. It is then an 8 mile high to the Village of Supai and another 2 miles to the campground after that.
The village itself is home to nearly 500 residents. It’s people have lived there for almost a thousand years and it is the last location to still receive their mail via pack mule. There is a small motel; however most visitors choose to stay at the campground, which is located right on the water.
One of the most incredible things that you will see on your trip is Havasupai Falls. It is one of several waterfalls in the area; including Navajo Falls, Mooney Falls, and Beaver Falls. Each are several hundred feet tall and sparkle with the most amazing blue green water.
The journey to Havasupai isn’t an easy one, but it is definitely on the best Grand Canyon vacations you can take.
contributed by Lily Michaels. This guest blogger has written for numerous travel blogs as well as sites like http://travel-roi.com.
Posted December 2nd, 2010. Add a comment
Washington DC can be a tough place to walk for visitors, mainly because the distances are greater than they first appear. Even the excellent Metro system leaves gaps, for instance, you can’t ride the subway into Georgetown. However, for visitors who like to stay in shape and get exercise, then try the Bike and Roll , which organizes cycle tours through the city’s neighborhoods. Or, consider an evening river cruise from Capitol River Cruises. The last departure is at 8pm through October; this way, visitors can catch both a sunset and the early darkness when the city’s monuments begin to shine so brilliantly.
No matter why one is visiting the Capital and staying at any of the luxury hotels Washington DC has to offer, they should budget a huge chuck of their time to visit the Smithsonian, which is actually a series of free national museums. One of the current exhibits is, ‘Losing Paradise: Endangered Plants Here and Around the World’. It runs until December 12, 2010 at the National Museum of American History . Or, see the ‘Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection’, which exhibits the jewelry worn by the former US Secretary of State. It runs until October 17, 2010, at the Smithsonian’s Castle.
If museums aren’t on the itinerary, then check out cutting-edge fashion located at U Street Corridor, where visitors will find boutiques such as Muleh for women’s clothing, furniture and home accessories, or Nana for vintage clothing and denim.
Montreal has become a Canadian mecca for foodies. Recently voted the 2nd best dining city in North America, Montreal beat out perennial favorite New York. Offering everything from fast food and diners to haute cuisine in five star restaurants, the city is known for a wide range of ethnic influences and local specialties. Travelers will want to step outside their luxury hotel in Montreal and explore the culinary paradise that awaits.
Anyone wanting to truly eat like a local will have to try Montreal poutine . This dish features french fries smothered in gravy and topped off with curds of white cheddar cheese. The name is believed to come from a French word which means mess. There are countless variations on the basic recipes. Some versions of poutine add beef, sausage, vegetables or chicken while others substitute tomato sauce for the gravy to create poutine italienne. Ask several residents where to get the best poutine and you’ll get conflicting answers as everyone has their own favorite.
Other local specialties include split pea soup, small, crusty bagels, and giant beef brisket sandwiches. You may also want to try an “all-dressed” pizza which consists of pepperoni, green peppers, and mushrooms or the local favorite of spaghetti with smoked meat.
Posted September 18th, 2010. Add a comment
For the most part, there is no place more welcoming than Sydney. While many people may picture Australia as a place where everyone speaks with heavy Aussie accents and has wit that could cut diamonds, this is a little intimidating, and the truth is that you are not likely to be cut down just for being from out of the country. What is better is that the country itself is beautiful and the seasons are the other way around from those people in the Northern Hemisphere, so when it is winter here, it is summer down there.
One thing you have to check out is Sydney Olympic Park , there is nothing like it. Because it was built for the Olympic games, it is surrounded by Sydney hotels . This one area has everything you could want to do, even if you brought your kids along as well. There are cycling/walking paths, playgrounds, facilitates for exercising or playing in pools. If you are interested in walking around in nature, there are some beautiful parks and some great places for bird watching. If none of that interests you, there are tons of beautiful and fun places around town other than that.
What are your favorite places besides your luxurious hotel in Sydney?
Today Hong Kong is a massive modern cit filled with many shining sky scrapers towering over the bay. It is hard to imagine what it was like when the first settlers of the are saw when they arrived. This city has really changed over the thousands of years of transitions it has endured.
The is one thing you can count on when visiting Hong Kong and that is its strong preservation of tradition. Mixed in with all of the modern day life and structures are so many amazing historical, traditional structures and life. While staying at a hong kong hotel (like the ones found here), you may be right next door to a historical treasured landmark.
Get out into the harbor for a boat ride on the Duk Ling which is a wonderful old junk boat that is a classic image of the historical boats built here a hundred and fifty years ago. This is what the original traders would sail into the harbor with barring goods of all kinds.
The name Duk Ling means, clever duck, in Chinese. The Duk Ling is famous in the Hong Kong harbor and she offers great cruises day or night. She will take you to Lamma Island for a nice seafood dinner Chinese style. You will enjoy the evening sunset cruise as the sails light up with its auburn hew and the city softens with the colorful sky. A great time for a nice cocktail or glass of champagne.
Posted July 24th, 2010. 1 comment
Of course one of the most popular thing for tourists to do in San Diego is to visit Sea World, and that is a fantastic experience. And while that is true, it is also true that the city offers a great deal more than beach fun and marine park excitement, though don’t think for a second the statement is intended to mitigate the quality and thrill of these experiences. However, in addition to all of that, San Diego also has a thriving theatre scene and a strong cultural atmosphere with great museums , fabulous shopping and great dining options. And theatre is not the only entertainment option, there is great music, dance and other performance art venues.
And the music scene in the city varies from great local musicians playing in night clubs and bars to major concert venues like the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre that host acts like the upcoming Elton John performance. The San Diego Symphony is another great establishment in the city. In addition to the beautiful classical music it presents throughout its season, the company also offers a variety of music genre special engagement performances. It is one of the most diverse symphonies in the country and it is extremely popular with the guests in one of the best San Diego hotels .
It’s an interesting phenomenon where artists have to be bi-coastal in order to make the kind of living they want. It happens very frequently in nearly every art form, but actors and musicians are the most famous for having to travel between the coasts for various projects. Typically, the cities are Los Angeles and New York, but with cultural works that are starting to defy the centers, there are more links between cities than ever before. It might come as a surprise, then, to discover that one of the great links in music culture these days connects Miami to Madrid. Boris Larramendi is an example of this.
He performs more often in Madrid, where he is based, but he plays a fair amount in Miami as well. Local audiences and guests at the best Miami spas are privy to his live performances, which blend roc en espa ±ol with traditional Cuban elements. He was born in Havana, and finds the scene in Madrid to be to his liking. This is something that a number of very successful Cuban musicians have found, and have followed in the same trajectories. The musical traditions in both cities have a lot to offer each other, and the Cuban elements seem to combine them in a way that’s becoming a new kind of sonic alchemy.
It has a reputation that precedes it. Fort Lauderdale has long been a popular tourist destination, attracting families, world travelers, and college students from all over the world. They are drawn to the city’s vibrant night life, and its spectacular beaches, and with a large selection of Fort Lauderdale cheap hotels , there are plenty of reasons to love the place.
Without the press and publicity, however, it’s still a very upbeat place. There are plenty of rather famously interesting celebrities who grew up here, later to appear in rock bands and films, and some stars like to come here later in life to call it home. It’s a wonderful place to relax, and it’s not too far removed from the spotlight, just in case the stars get an itch for some more public attention. Perhaps this is part of the appeal that brought Randall Zwinge to the area, to let the spotlight rest for awhile.
But never for too long. The man is also known to millions as The Amazing Randi , the famous debunker of the paranormal. He prefers the term “investigator,” since he likes to work in the realm of science. His stage name came from the time that he performed as a professional magician, or conjurer, which was his first career before he became the figure that’s always getting into the middle of arguments with psychics. He once was a very well-respected magician, breaking Houdini’s record for being trapped underwater, a feat which lasted over 100 minutes.
He decided, later on in life, that a lot of people were giving their credibility, and sometimes, large sums of money, to people who claimed to have special magical powers of healing. He’s been on a life-long campaign to challenge claims of any kind of paranormal powers, or unusual activity, and started a foundation devoted to defrauding false claims. Although he himself has come under scrutiny from skeptics who are skeptical about him , he has been able to maintain a very fascinating living doing his work. Sometimes unmasking the mysterious can be an act of magic in itself.
Right across from the famous Rockefeller Center and down the street from the Museum of Modern Art and the Trump Tower and many other amazing sites in New York City is the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral . One of the best ways to see the whole building is from the window of one of the Rockefeller Center Buildings. It is such a historical, ornate, presence among so many modern giants. It is a well known and the largest Neo-Gothic Catholic Church in America. This amazing building is the seat of the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese on New York.
In 1810, the site was bought to be a school for young Roman Catholic men but the school was closed and bought by the diocese shortly after. It became a space for exiled French monks and orphans in 1814 and stayed that way until the late 1800s when the Trappists resettled else were. The first Saint Patrick’s Cathedral was then to be replaced with the new cathedral which was completed in 1878 and was finally dedicated in 1879. During that time, this building was absolutely massive. It was considered far from most of the activities of the city and there weren’t any great hotels such as this to be found in the area. Now, of course, there are many luxurious hotels in the neighborhood.
Since it was erected, this Cathedral has been an active local parish and the home of many prayers. The inside is absolutely stunning with its towering architecture and massive pipe organs. The high altar has a crypt below with many notable Catholic figures entombed. Some of the famous people who have been to masses here include U.S. Senator of New York Robert F. Kennedy (future U.S. President), some baseball greats like Babe Ruth as well as Billy Martin. Famous singer Celia Cruz as well as football great Vince Lombardi.