Archive | November, 2011

[VIDEO] Hidden Valley and Primm Extreme ATV or RZR Tour

Behind the wheel!

I’m not sure that there’s any way I can properly convey how much fun I had on the Hidden Valley and Primm Extreme ATV or RZR Tour. We got to the departure point fairly early in the morning when the air was still a bit cool. It was nice to be away from the noise […]

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November 30, 2011 by | 1 Comment

Top 5 Attractions in Ipoh, Malaysia

A look inside the Gua Tempurung caves near Ipoh - photo courtesy of Calvin Teo via Wikimedia Commons

A small delight of a city just 125 miles (200 km) north of the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh is a relatively young city that has seen a wealth of movement since its inception in the 19th century. It found prosperity through a booming mining industry brought on by British colonization, and though things […]

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November 28, 2011 by | Comments Off on Top 5 Attractions in Ipoh, Malaysia

The National Christmas Tree in Washington DC

The National Christmas Tree at the White House

In 1923, the 1st Lady Grace Coolidge, wife of President Calvin Coolidge, would start the tradition of the lighting the National Christmas Tree at the White House in Washington DC. On Christmas Eve of 1923, the first tree was a 48 ft. Balsam Fir from Coolidge’s native state of Vermont, lit on the south side […]

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November 28, 2011 by | Comments Off on The National Christmas Tree in Washington DC

Taking a look at Colonial Boston this Thanksgiving

"There's a sale at Macy's? Let's go!"

It’s Thanksgiving in the US today, which means most Americans spend the day devouring turkey, planning their Black Friday shopping strategies, witnessing awkward family moments, and possibly reflecting on the history that brought us where we are now. Boston, an excellent destination for historical sightseeing, has much to offer for those looking to learn more […]

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November 24, 2011 by | 1 Comment

The Sea and South Sardinia

Stop off the side of the road to see amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea

Situated west of Italy, Sardinia boasts remarkable coastlines, picturesque beaches and a strong, yet varied, culture. When DH Lawrence travelled to the island, he wrote: “Sardinia, which has no history, no date, no race, no offering…Sure enough it is Italian now, but there is an uncaptured Sardinia still.”

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November 21, 2011 by | 2 Comments

[VIDEO] Sea Lion Encounter at Coral World Ocean Park

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There is no denying the allure of the US Virgin Islands. It’s an exotic paradise full of natural wonderments, white sandy beaches, the bluest of blue oceans and, of course, the modern amenities of a full-fledged resort. Enjoying nature was never so easy, and with the Coral World Ocean Park in St Thomas, scoping out […]

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November 21, 2011 by | Comments Off on [VIDEO] Sea Lion Encounter at Coral World Ocean Park

The 5 Taoist Great Mountains of China

The view from one of Huà Shān's five peaks - photo courtesy of chensiyuan via Wikimedia Commons

Part of imperial China‘s “nine great mountains” from Taoism and Buddhism, the five sacred mountains of Taoist China are not only symbols of a natural wholeness, serving as major pilgrimage destinations for the natives, but is also amongst some of the loveliest natural landmarks in the country.

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November 18, 2011 by | Comments Off on The 5 Taoist Great Mountains of China

5 Can’t-Miss Destinations in Eastern Europe

Interesting houses along one of the many winding roads in Veliko Tarnovo - photo courtesy of aneye4apicture via Flickr

Move over Spain. Beat it, Italy. There’s some competition over in Europe these days. While Spain, Italy, France and the rest of Western Europe will always remain as some of the best spots for European holidays, Eastern Europe is picking up steam and grabbing the hearts of travelers around the world.

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November 17, 2011 by | Comments Off on 5 Can’t-Miss Destinations in Eastern Europe

[VIDEO] Venice Walking Tour with St Mark’s Basilica

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The Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark’s Basilica is a tour of amazing contrasts. The first part covers the most important attractions in Venice around the bustling Piazza San Marco. In the second, you negotiate the labyrinth of alleyways and bridges over the canals to quiet secluded places and beautiful squares (campos) […]

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November 16, 2011 by | 1 Comment

Top 8 Things to See and Do in Orlando for Grown-Ups

See Orlando from above on a Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

It’s no doubt that Orlando is the quintessential kid-oriented entertainment paradise. Mickey and Goofy sightings, splashy water rides, and acrobatic dolphins are fun, for sure, but after awhile, one does need some quality grown-up time. Thankfully, Orlando has much to offer for those who want a break from the kids, are traveling without kids, or […]

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November 14, 2011 by | 2 Comments