The last time I was on the back of a motorbike my age was still being counted in months, and, needless to say, the bike wasn’t started. My friends had never been on one. But two wheels are a way of life in Vietnam, and the opportunity to travel the 200km from the lantern speckled city of Hoi An to the bustling city of Hue with Hue Riders was more than enticing. So we bundled our bags on the tour bus with the rest of the group and set off for sightseeing along the Ho Chi Minh Trail on two wheels.
There are numerous well-known sites where travelers can experience a combination of beautiful nature, local history and an atmosphere of Americana. I’m “allergic” to touristy sites but a recent trip out West brought us the opportunity to enjoy all of these elements in a friendly atmosphere of good old welcoming Kansas hospitality.
Friends suggested that we stop off in Fort Scott Kansas, a small town of fewer than 10,000 residents. I had never heard of Fort Scott before this trip but I was glad that we made the effort to spend a day there. Fort Scott may never be known as one of America’s ten most popular travel sites but we appreciated the chance to relax and walk around the cultural and historical sites of the city.
One Of The Top Activities When Visiting Australia is to Experience Aboriginal Life
When a guy from Perth decides to go on a vacation, I think the natural thing to do is look for something completely different to experience. My friend and I decided that Australia’s North Queensland or more specifically Cairns, would be the right place to look for that welcomed change of scenery. My friend suggested that Cairns has a “blend of modern and ancient with nice beaches, hospitable sea and lots of Sun”. It was fantastic.
Of course, considering how long it had been since I had taken a proper vacation, I was bound to be thrilled unless I got shot, stabbed or bitten by one of the poisonous Aussie animals, of which there are plenty. Never the less, I believe Northern Queensland would be equally enjoyable even if I went there every year.
Having the opportunity to swim with dolphins in the wild is one of the best experiences a person can possibly have in a lifetime. At least this is exactly how it felt to me. It’s a rare treat to find a destination where you can swim with Dolphin in the wild, which is what makes a visit to Nelson Bay Australia so exciting.
Dolphins are incredible creatures. They are not only beautiful and friendly, but also super intelligent. Take the opportunity to be part of the natural environment of dolphins, to be there and see the way they play and live, to closely look at them and see them looking back – all these are moments that can undoubtedly warm the heart of everyone, even people who are not huge dolphin-lovers. Swimming with dolphins in Nelson Bay, Australia, I had a time which will remain in my mind and heart for the rest of my life.
Agra is a fascinating city. Capital of the Mughal Empire for a hundred and thirty years, Agra is endowed with beautiful archaeological sites of immense historic significance. The first of these that comes to mind is, of course the Taj Mahal. The beauty and fame of the Taj is so widespread that visitors often make day trips from Delhi exclusively to visit this glorified tomb and return immediately. But there’s so much more to Agra than the Taj Mahal; so I got myself an Agra tour guide and set off to explore this intriguing city.
My first stop was Agra Fort. This fortress was originally a brick structure from the 10th century. When the Mughals took it over, it got its new and present avatar of red sandstone under Emperor Akbar.
I recently gave myself an indulgent present on my birthday and spent a wonderful day exploring the quaint town of Essex, Massachusetts with my husband. I must say it was one of my best birthdays ever. Essex is located north of Boston in Cape Ann,bordered by Gloucester and Rockport. Although I’ve driven through many times, I had never stopped to explore. When I learned about the newly introduced Historic Walking Tour of Essex, I though it would make the perfect day away for my birthday celebration.
Lake Tahoe glows a deep, dark blue in the sun, dramatically framed by mountains and forest. Because the lake undergoes a natural process called deep mixing, plant matter that drops to the bottom decays properly in an oxygen rich environment, preventing the nutrients that fuel algae growth. As a result, Lake Tahoe is incredibly clear and beautiful. Located in the nothern Sierra Nevada mountains is the second deepest lake in North America and straddles two states and five different counties. That’s not what makes it exceptional though.
Four rocky islands sit off the coast of Marseilles’ Old Port, but two in particular have considerable historic appeal. Those familiar with the Count of Monte Cristo will recognize the first worth visiting, Isle d’If, a jutting outpost-turned-19th century prison, where author Alexandre Dumas’ father was once wrongfully imprisoned. The second, Ratonneau, is larger, longer, haunting and beautiful: a nature preserve dotted with forests, coves and wildlife overseen by an old, abandoned hospital on the top of its highest cliffs. These two comprise a memorable day-long escape amidst any tour of southern France, and I recently had the opportunity to experience them for myself.
Highlights of a Road Trip along Australia’s Great Ocean Road
What makes the Great Ocean Road so great? Although there are countless scenic coastal drives you can take in Australia, it’s the rugged beauty and show-stopping scenery that really sets this one apart. You’ll spot the remnants of Victorian shipwrecks and migrating whales from the top of these sheer, thrilling cliffs, along with the following highlights.
The fall is the perfect time to plan a quick vacation, especially if the region you live in is isolated from seasonal changes. I must admit that fall is one of my favorite times of year. There’s nothing like camping out under the stars on a crisp September or October night. The greens, browns, reds, oranges, and yellows that color the trees are a treat to see.
When considering a trip this fall, put Portland, Oregon on your list. This city is a prime spot for an unforgettable vacation.
While it’s not one of those major U.S. cities where tourists fill the streets, it is truly a unique city where you can experience the very scenic outdoors; go hiking, see the beautiful Japanese influences on the city, or indulge in the local food craze. It’s a city with unique charm that should not be missed.
We’ve just spent a few magical days on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina and I’ve come to realize that Fall months may well be the perfect time to visit this delightful island. The throngs of summer visitors who love this island so well have departed, the weather is summer-like still, golf courses are lush and green, and it’s the beginning of oyster season! Vacationers visiting Hilton Head Island in the next few months will share the experience with locals who come out of hiding to reclaim their beloved island and celebrate the bounties and warm weather of the fall season.
About The Guaranteed Performance Golf School
The first thing you should know about Bethel Inn’s golf school is that the student/instructor ratio is 3:1, meaning everyone gets lots of personal attention and the coach and students can actually play a round of golf together. I knew straight away that I was going to like golf pro, Mark Mallory, when he scolded husbands about shouting “Keep Your Head Down!” to their wives – explaining that was not the true problem. Golf pros Mark and Niko escorted us to the dedicated golf training range where they put us through our paces and reveled all kinds of wonderful golf tips…. Wondering how much to bend your knees? Simple, “Imagine you’re standing in your ski boots.” – brilliant!
The State of Connecticut recently ran a “Fan Favorite” campaign for residents and visitors to vote for their favorite town in Connecticut. The winner was the charming town of Niantic, a village of East Lyme, located a short distance from Mystic. I had never been to the Connecticut shore, so just had to see what everyone was raving about. My visit just so happened to coincide with a visit by Governor Malloy who was presenting the town with a video. It all started with a video the town submitted to the Fan Favorite contest, have a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM0tROLWfVY . After one day in Niantic I knew exactly why this wonderful small town was voted Connecticut’s favorite town.
These three islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino are unknown to many international travelers, but are situated in the Mediterranean sea, in close proximity to Italy.
Malta is a magnificent country that most visitors fall in love with, once they walk the beautiful little streets of Valletta, Mdina, Vitorioso or any other little town or village. Each of them is filled with history, magnetism and Mediterranean spirit! Almost all exhibit buildings in shades of yellow, making streets look nicer and brighter. The architecture is a mixture of varying styles, which somewhat reminds me of Sicily.
Throwing caution to the wind we decided to try to escape to the coast of Maine during the busiest week of the summer season. Summer doesn’t officially begin in New England until July 4th, and this year a heat wave only heightened everyone’s desire to getaway. Finding a last minute room anywhere in Maine during the July 4th weekend was unlikely, but after scanning a few bed and breakfast sites, we were lucky to grab a room at the Dockside Guest Quarters in York Maine. This is truly one of the most picturesque and quiet settings in the York Harbor/ Ogunquit area. The inn is located on Harris Island and affords their quests beautiful waterfront views.
We were looking for peace and quiet and busy hotels and 4th of July crowds were not for us during this weekend getaway. We arrived while the inn was setting up for afternoon tea which offered quite a delicious spread, and the view was breathtaking.
We recently visited Sesame Place for my son’s 2nd birthday, and what a wonderful experience it was.
Sesame Place is the only theme park that is based entirely on the Sesame Street television program. It is located 90 minutes south of New York City in Langhome, Philadelphia. We decided to go a little early in the season to avoid summertime crowds and spent two action packed days at the park.
The lovely island of Guernsey, a unique blend of French and British culture is located in the English Channel, 30 miles off the northwestern coast of France and only a 50-minute flight from London Gatwick. Guernsey is a self-governing British Crown dependency, that has been influenced by nearby France through the centuries. Why am I telling you this? Personally I feel it is this fusion of French and British cultures that makes Guernsey so unique and attractive. The language spoken is English, but there is still a Guernsey patois French spoken by some of the population. You’ll also find the majority of the roads are named in French. Every aspect of island life is a charming Anglo-Franco fusion.
Whilst on a journey through Hong Kong, I encountered some of the most exquisite and beautiful places. You can’t quite imagine it without seeing it for yourself, but I’ll do my best to tempt you with my portrayal of this striking city.
My adventure began at the Temple Street Night Market, not far from the ancient temple of Tin Hau. The Night Market is alive with locals of an evening, selling all sorts of wares. There are cute little tea sets, watches, and charming antiques made out of Jade and other precious materials. For me personally the finest of these wares was the traditional food sold at some of the market stalls, such as the Five-layer Roast Pork and the Roast Pigeon.
Located approximately 30 miles south of Jacksonville is the coastal city of St. Augustine, Florida, a city rich in Spanish colonial architecture and North American history.
St. Augustine the oldest city in America, is home to 450 years’ of history from its founding by Spanish explorers in the 16th Century, to the elegance of Flagler College founded in 1968. A great deal of North American history can be discovered in St. Augustine as well as sun and fun sea coast activities that attract families from across the country. Of the many delights of St. Augustine, here are my favorites:
I’ve fallen in love with an island destination, and it might surprise you to know that it’s not in the Caribbean. In fact, you can drive there! But be forewarned, after visiting you may want to sell everything and move to St. Simons Island, Georgia! St. Simons Island lies 12 miles off the coast […]