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Beautiful Lyon, Underappreciated Gem of France

Beautiful Lyon, Underappreciated Gem of France

For most travelers, holidaying in France is usually about going to Paris, the Eiffel tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the many museums available in the capital. But if you’re looking for an excellent destination that is off the beaten track, you may want to check out these travel tips for the often underrated Lyon in France.

Designated as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, Lyon’s cobblestone streets are at least 2000 years old. Walking along these streets gives an eerie feeling of being transported back in time. But it’s not the history that really makes Lyon such a delight.

December 9, 2013 | By More
Planning an Adventurous Vacation to the OTHER Jersey Shore

Planning an Adventurous Vacation to the OTHER Jersey Shore

You’ve probably heard way too much about the Jersey Shore from the recent US television series, but did you know that there are two Jersey Shores? Let us introduce you to the original Jersey Shore – the largest of the Channel Islands located just offshore from Normandy, France and the southern coast of England. When you plan a holiday to Jersey you’ll find plenty of water sports activities like surfing, wind surfing, wakeboarding, kayaking, sailing, diving and fishing, but what about those who are looking for some adventure on dry land? No worries, there are just as many great activities onshore.

December 4, 2013 | By More
Sightseeing in Rome Off The Beaten Path

Sightseeing in Rome Off The Beaten Path

If you’ve visited Rome for the first time, chances are you’ve seen Rome’s architectural marvels, the Coliseum, St. Peter’s, Trevi Fountain and its other famed and fabled tourist attractions. But if you’re willing to get away from the crowds and discover some unusual tourist attractions, you’ll be rewarded with a some very special glimpses life in the eternal city. Consider adding some of these intriguing Roman sites to your itinerary:

November 25, 2013 | By More
Embracing Solo Travel and Self Discovery By Walking the Camino de Santiago

Embracing Solo Travel and Self Discovery By Walking the Camino de Santiago

I lived the majority of my life in the fast lane. I was born with the type A gene and have tried to harness the energy. In 2006, I took my first “non-business” trip to Europe and rode 2,000 miles on my bike over six weeks. This liberating trip took me through nine countries. In 2008, I heard about the Camino de Santiago, but had a hard time with the slow nature of walking. It seemed like a trip more suited for a type B. After seeing the film “The Way” in 2010, I felt a strong need to try the path someday. In August of 2012, a wild hair twanged and I bought a plane ticket. Three weeks later, I found myself on the French side of the Pyrenees.

November 20, 2013 | By More
The World’s Most Amazing Natural Swimming Pools

The World’s Most Amazing Natural Swimming Pools

The 7 Most Amazing Natural Swimming Pool Destinations

Who needs a commercial pool when stunning natural swimming holes are located around the world? Imagine floating on your back in beautiful Grecian lagoon that resembles a swimming pool carved into rocks or swimming past breathtaking waterfalls in an other-worldly cenote just outside of Chicen Itza Mexico. Amazingly, the world is filled with spectacular natural swimming holes, just ready to be discovered. Below are five of our favorites.

November 18, 2013 | By More
Lights, Camera, Action – 10 Iconic Movie Locations Anyone Can Visit

Lights, Camera, Action – 10 Iconic Movie Locations Anyone Can Visit

10 Unusual Movie Locations You Can Visit On Vacation

While you can’t whisk away to Pandora or Alderaan, you can discover these dramatic movie locations, all featured in global block-buster films. Whether you’re a movie buff or simply someone who appreciates a good view, these locations are iconic in more than pop culture.

November 15, 2013 | By More
Discover A Wonderful World of Birds in Cyprus

Discover A Wonderful World of Birds in Cyprus

Cyprus, an intriguing island in the eastern Mediterranean, has a rich and diverse bird population living many different habitats, making this island a mecca for birdwatchers from all over the world.

Cyprus is hosting The World of Birds exhibition which is runs until 15 November in The Leventis Municipal Museum in Nicosia. The exhibition displays photographs of the birds of Cyprus in their natural habitat, as well as showcasing objects from the Museum’s collections, which depict birds or have the shape and form of birds. Taking the world of birds to these further levels makes the exhibition something for everyone to enjoy – you don’t have to be a ‘twitcher’ to get a lot from this fascinating exhibition. The Leventis Municipal Museum is well known for its excellent exhibits which explain the history and prehistory of Cyprus and this temporary exhibition is typical of the high quality interactive approach of the curators.

November 13, 2013 | By More
Discovering Alaska’s World War II Historical Sites

Discovering Alaska’s World War II Historical Sites

World War II historical sites in Alaska

Alaska is the most northern US state, and just like New York has become a part of the American dream. Many travelers are not aware however of the important role Alaska played during World War II. We offer you a short list of the places that are worth exploring and are some of the most important historical sites in the state, thanks to the World War II.

November 8, 2013 | By More
Only In New Zealand – 5 Mind Blowing Adventure Experiences

Only In New Zealand – 5 Mind Blowing Adventure Experiences

5 Out-of-the-ordinary experiences in New Zealand

Celebrated for its amazing scenery and array of adventure experiences, New Zealand’s diverse landscapes make a perfect holiday destination. With so much to see and do, it can be difficult to ensure you don’t miss out on the best activities, so we’ve put together a list of five of the most adventurous and out-of-the-ordinary experiences within this spectacular country.

November 5, 2013 | By More
Disney World For Adults – Sorry Kids!

Disney World For Adults – Sorry Kids!

A few years ago, my husband and I (we’re in our mid-20’s) took a trip down to Florida. When visiting a state packed with activities, we had to make a couple choices about what to do with our time in Orlando. He wanted to visit Universal Studios; I was gearing up for Walt Disney World. His argument: Disney should be saved for when – and only when – we eventually have a child.

Little did he know, the ability to enjoy Walt Disney World is not determined by having birthed a child. The sheer number of people who propose or honeymoon at Disney is evidence of that. Although Disney does tout itself as a family-friendly destination, adults can find plenty of places to stay, play, and even romance on their trip to the Magic Kingdom and its surrounding parks.

October 31, 2013 | By More
Visiting The Enchanted Christmas Markets of Northern France

Visiting The Enchanted Christmas Markets of Northern France

The lovely Christmas markets of Northern France are a great reason to visit this delightful region for a pre-holiday getaway. The markets here have a very special atmosphere and will certainly get you into the Christmas spirit. Of course the shopping is fun with a mix of products you know and love, and some that are more French in flavour. This means you can often find items you won’t see in the UK or elsewhere in Europe . What a great opportunity to purchase some unique gifts for family and friends. Being France you’re of course assured of finding wine, beer, chocolate and cheese at bargain prices.

Here’s a list of a few markets that are close to the car ferry port in Calais so from the minute you arrive on the Dover ferry, you’ll be only a few more minutes from a great shopping experience.

October 28, 2013 | By More
Toast A Ghost This Halloween – Haunted B&Bs With Nearby Vineyards

Toast A Ghost This Halloween – Haunted B&Bs With Nearby Vineyards

Ghosts are like a fine wine; their boo only gets better with age. The same can be said for the historic homes where they reside. These houses have seen people come and go, while some guests have decided to stay forever. They spend their days and nights walking up and down creaky stairs, crossing rooms in a shadowy veil, and floating objects in mid-air. It’s probably because they have endless time on their translucent hands. You might slam a few doors, too.

On your next getaway to a haunted bed and breakfast, you can raise a toast with your fellow guests before listening to the innkeepers tell bone-chilling stories of past guests who never left.

October 21, 2013 | By More
Great Smoky Mountains National Park – #1 Most Visited Park in America

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – #1 Most Visited Park in America

When 9 ½ million people travel to a national park each year, you know it has something going for it. In the case of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – America’s most popular national park – there are many reasons for a visit. Whether you’re visiting the park for outdoor fun, scientific study, or just a desire to get away, these surprising facts should tempt you to learn even more about the wonder of the Smoky Mountains.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a jewel in the Southern Appalachians and well worth a visit of several days or more. The tourist areas of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are a short drive from some of the park’s most popular areas and offer numerous lodging and entertainment options

October 16, 2013 | By More
4 Nights in Devon: A Great UK Getaway

4 Nights in Devon: A Great UK Getaway

Although Devon’s towns don’t tend to make it into people’s top ten lists when talking about UK destinations, it is often regarded as one of the best holiday spots in the country. Positioned on the South West coast of England, the County offers up vast areas of greenery, some of the best beaches the country has to offer and a number of quaint seaside towns all within a short drive from each other. With two coastlines, some of the country’s finest resort towns, and open moorland for exploring, Devon is one of England’s most rewarding destinations for vacationers. Easily accessible from anywhere in England via rail, road, or air, Devon is one of the best places in England to enjoy a short four-day break.

October 7, 2013 | By More
Madeira – A Mediterranean Honeymoon Paradise

Madeira – A Mediterranean Honeymoon Paradise

Imagine honeymooning in a Mediterranean paradise, surrounded by flowers, amazing views, the friendliest people and constantly perfect weather. Well, why imagine it when you can do it in the beautiful and serene Madeira Islands.The Islands of Madeira are located near Portugal, 301 miles from the coast of Africa and 620 miles from Europe. This means it’s only a 90 minute flight from Lisbon, so it’s a great place to spend a couple of days if you’re honeymooning throughout Spain and Europe.

Of course, if you want to spend your entire honeymoon on the gorgeous Madeira Archipelago, no one could ever blame you. First discovered by the Portuguese in 1418, the Madeira Islands are actually made up of four islands: Madeira, Porto Santo and two uninhabited islands called Selvagens and Desertas.

October 2, 2013 | By More
A Practical Guide To Oktoberfest, Munich’s Gala Harvest Celebration

A Practical Guide To Oktoberfest, Munich’s Gala Harvest Celebration

As temperatures cool, thoughts naturally turn to Munich and their gala Oktoberfest celebration; this year the world’s most famous beer festival (starting on the 18th September and ending on 4th October) celebrates its 200 year birthday. If it’s too late to organize a trip for this year, then book some days off in 2014, because Oktoberfest is definitely one of those bucket-list events you’ll always be glad you experienced. Just remember to reserve hotels in Munich as early as possible, as they always get fully-booked for the festival.

In late September each year a dozen cavernous beer tents are erected in the Theresienwiese Park, which is located close to the city centre. Over six million beer-lovers attend this festival each year, filling the long tables and consuming more than 6.5 million litres of the specially brewed Oktoberfest Bier over the sixteen days – this is not a festival of moderation!

September 20, 2013 | By More
Surprisingly Great Summer Family Fun At Belmont Stakes New York

Surprisingly Great Summer Family Fun At Belmont Stakes New York

I have lived 10 minutes from the Belmont Stakes for 13 years and have never gone there. I would never have thought to take my family there because it’s a racetrack, and I had no idea that they would have attractions geared towards families and children. I was checking one of my usual go-to sites for things to do, MommyPoppins.com and they had Belmont Stakes listed as one of the things to do on the weekends. We decided to take our toddler for the day and we all had a surprisingly great time. Here’s what you can look forward to:

Sunday is Family Fun Day At The Park

August 27, 2013 | By More
Find Your Way To Newquay For A Great UK Seaside Break

Find Your Way To Newquay For A Great UK Seaside Break

If you’re venturing to the southern region of the UK on vacation, no trip would be complete without exploring some of the quaint English towns in the county of Cornwall. In particular, the town of Newquay is an excellent holiday destination for all ages; from parents with young children, senior holidaymakers or teenagers looking to unwind after a hard year at school or university.

While coastal beaches and historic landmarks are in abundance in Cornwall, it is Newquay that boasts some of the finest coastal areas in the UK. It is far from just a lovely seaside town in the south-west however; it also has a number of attractions to keep all ages entertained throughout their break.

August 20, 2013 | By More
Exploring The Many Fascinating Faces of Istanbul

Exploring The Many Fascinating Faces of Istanbul

Traveling across the world means you will experience many iconic places, but in our personal experience there is certainly no other place in the world like Istanbul. The hustle and bustle of the crowds, the ancient and modern architecture wrought together in a strange harmony is compelling. It is certainly a place of great variety, the strange and the beautiful intertwining together in a one-of-a-kind way. In many ways the Orient can look like another planet if you’re used to the western world, the crowded and loud markets, the call to prayer by the local muezzin that echoes through the streets, the colorful and unforgettable stores and traditional goods: all of these contribute to what makes Istanbul unique and beautiful for us and undoubtedly part of the experience you’ll see, hear and sense for yourself as well.

August 19, 2013 | By More
Historic Deerfield For Lovers of Antiques and Early American History

Historic Deerfield For Lovers of Antiques and Early American History

Meandering through the lovely village of Historic Deerfield reveals a fascinating glimpse at life in colonial America that is amazing, beautiful and extremely educational.

Approaching Old Main Street, we immediately became time-travelers dropping in to peer at life from 1673 to the 1800’s in the Pioneer Valley. We strolled narrow streets and experienced the sights, smells and hospitality of yea olde New England. English settlers traveled to this incredibly fertile land to farm, establish a settlement at the edge of civilization and raise their families.

August 12, 2013 | By More