Snapshot Saturday 2015 #3 – The Eiffel Tower

An overcast day in Paris is still a fabulous day to visit the City of Light. The weather became a little moody on my last afternoon, which really helped with the lines to the top of the tower. This is a view of the Eiffel Tower from the Pont de la Concorde with Pont Alexandre III in the distance.

The Eiffel Tower and the Seine

Snapshot Saturday 2015 #2 – Mount Rainier and Reflection Lake

This picture of Mount Rainier and Reflection Lake is from my recent trip in September which is a nice time of year to see the fall colors. The view of the mountain from Reflection Lake is my favorite. It is best to arrive early in the morning to get the reflection before the wind picks up.

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Castello di Amorosa’s Royal Food and Wine Pairing

When traveling, I have a tendency to splurge from time to time. I can save on some things so I am able to indulge when I want to, and depending on my mood, I can just keep on splurging! I’m definitely not a budget traveler. Traveling is exhausting and if I want a nice hotel room so I can relax after a long day, I’m going to get it!

Last June, my sister, two aunts and I went to Castello di Amorosa winery and enjoyed the Royal Food and Wine Pairing hosted by their Sommelier Mary Davidek. Mary has been their Sommelier since 2008 and she is extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. The Royal Food and Wine Pairing includes an informative tour of the winery which stops at the Royal Apartment for your wine and food sampling. Mary pairs freshly prepared foods that go well with each wine.

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Snapshot Saturday 2015 #1 – Mount Rainier and Edith Creek

Fall is my favorite time of year. The colors are beautiful, the air is crisp and Halloween is right around the corner. If you live where the leaves change, this means extra work of raking that comes along with that beauty, and winter is on the way. That brings cold temperatures, shoveling, potentially getting stuck in the snow, or my worst fear which is falling on the ice. I try to be optimistic and think of winter as a time of rest. Catching up on reading while snuggled up with some hot chocolate (or wine) and watching the snow come down. Parents aren’t running around with so many activities for their kids and they can prepare for holidays with family. Which brings me to my least favorite time of year, now especially since I just lost my dad at the end of August. So like many others in the natural course of life, I am now parentless.

In my opinion, the best time to visit Mount Rainier is when the wild flowers are blooming. The second best is in the fall when the undergrowth comes alive with vibrant colors. Other times of the year they just blend and are hardly noticed, but in the fall, they get vibrant. Everywhere you turn there are different autumn shades to capture for later. So getting back to Snapshot Saturday, here is a picture I took in September of Mount Rainier with Edith Creek.
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Three Unique Dining Concepts in Las Vegas

Las Vegas continues to wow us with its luxurious casino hotels and dedication to entertainment. Even the restaurants never cease to amaze as each offer one-of-a-kind dining concepts, and below we’ve rounded up some of the most extraordinary establishments.

An Adrenaline Pumping Experience at Dinner in the Sky
No restaurant can claim a view of the Las Vegas skyline like Sky can. Dinner in the Sky suspend diners 180 feet up in the air where they can enjoy gourmet dishes and tasty beverages while basking in the unparalleled views of the Strip.
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Australian Wine Tour

Guest post by Oscar Waterworth.

When talking about wine, most people will first think about France or Italy, however, what most people tend to forget is that Australian wines are of no worse quality. Australia is a land with centuries old wine making tradition which makes their wine enhanced by a powerful and irreplaceable crossover between experience and perfect natural conditions. In other words, Australian wines are second to none.

Since this country is also one of the largest and vastest in the world, it is only natural that there are several Australian regions which excel in this ages old tradition. Because they are so distant from each other, each has a wine of its own unique and specific taste related closely to that locality. Here are five of the most lucrative wine regions in whole of Australia that you simply must visit.

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Secret Cottage Tour – A Day Trip in the Cotswolds

Are you searching for the perfect day trip away from London? Look no further. The Secret Cottage Tour in the Cotswolds is a wonderful getaway. I recently took this day trip, which was easily accessible by train from London from the Paddington Station to the Moreton-in-Marsh station. While relaxing on the train, I saw the landscape slowly change from the hustle and bustle of the city, to the picturesque landscape of the country. Our guides for the day, Becky and Ian, picked up our group from the Moreton-in-Marsh station. We toured a few spots in the country and then went to Becky and Robin’s beautiful thatched cottage for pastries with tea or coffee. What a wonderful home they live in which they have opened up to host guests!

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Volunteer in Costa Rica for a Life-Changing Experience

Guest Post by Rohit Agarwal.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a student on a gap year or retiree, volunteer in Costa Rica for a life-changing experience. Beauty and welcoming locals make Costa Rica one of the most popular volunteer vacations. Costa Rica is nestled between the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean and is a land dotted with people who truly appreciate help from those who volunteer abroad.

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Cool Places to Explore in Branson with Friends

Guest Post by Joseff Alovera.

With more than 50 music theaters, 100 shops and restaurants, 13 world-class golf courses, a number of theme parks, and scenic view of Ozark Mountains, the city of Branson has something to offer for all its guests. There are tons of fun outdoor adventures for the whole family and friends.

In this entry, we will breakdown some of the coolest places to explore in Branson with your friends. Read this entry and make a better itinerary for your trip in the “live entertainment capital of the world.”

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Three Reasons You Should Go To Tadoba National Park

Guest post by Jenny Richards.

Are you planning to go to India on a vacation? Is the Tadoba National Park among your target destinations? In that case you have to find the most appropriate accommodation. You have to search for a suitable, safe and affordable place to put up at.

Several resorts and hotels have been set up in the area around the national park. It is thus, important that you reserve rooms at one of the affordable as well as plush resorts of the area. Tadoba is located in Maharashtra and is among the biggest National Parks in the state. It is situated in the district of Chandrapur.

Spending time in and around the Forest

A range of amenities welcome the tourists when they enter the resorts. A host of fun filled activities at the resort premises creates a wonderful atmosphere at the resort. These cheap resorts at Tadoba National Park have come up, so that tourists do not have to travel all the way to the park gates and spend time in the endeavor. Tourists can also stay in the safety of the resorts and enjoy a sight of the animals roaming in the forest.

Facilities at the resorts

Facilities at the resortMost of the Tadoba resorts provide a cozy atmosphere. The resorts are situated at close proximity to the forest and the rooms are comfortable. The staffs at the resorts are friendly and efficient. Tourists receive excellent service at the hands of the resort employees. Even the food served at the resorts is delectable. Continue reading

A Guide To Mixing Travel And Health

Guest post by Oscar Waterworth.

Regular “day on the beach, night in the club” holidays became too boring and predictable. People now want something more fun and relaxing. Holiday should be a time for recovering from work-related stress, and not the trip from which you’ll come back with hangover- related headaches. There are plenty of health benefits that come with active holidays, and plenty of possible hazards that are lurking behind overcrowded tourist destinations. That’s why more people now choose relaxing spa or exciting active holiday trips instead of boring combinations of sunbathing and intoxication. In this article we are going to list some of the most health- beneficial holiday options.

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A Broken Promise To Myself – With Hope For The Future!

Well, like I posted last winter in “A Promise to Myself”, I was quite ready to move out of Minnesota and become a snowbird, which just wasn’t realistic right at this point. As the title of this post shows…that didn’t happen! The snow last year was such an issue, my tiny little Chevrolet Aveo got stuck about 5 times. I know it’s not the most realistic car to own in Minnesota, but when we pay for plowing, I should be able to get out to the highway. So, this fall, with the fear and dread of getting stuck again this year, I bought a new vehicle. Did I really need it? No, but it was a nice treat, and now I can get through even if the plow guy doesn’t make it.

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Choose Norway For Your Charter Holiday To Get An Unforgettable Experience

Guest post by Peter Smith.

Norway is such a beautiful territory for a travel adventure. Located in Northern Europe and bordered by Sweden and the Norwegian Sea, the country has some of the most spectacular sights in the whole world. Home to several breathtaking natural phenomena, Norway is also famous for its fjords and abundant wildlife. Whether this is your first charter holiday or you’ve been here before, one thing’s for sure – you can’t get bored on Norwegian territory. The wealth of activities, the urban cities, the people, and ultimately, their customs and traditions, will leave you speechless.

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Bangkok: Famous Tourist Destination on Thailand!

Guest post by Marc Plumlee.

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Every once in a while you need a break from work, family, obligations and problems that you face day by day and can’t seem to get away from, no matter how hard you try. Among the most popular ways of regaining peace, besides staying at home, dedicating yourself to a hobby, spending quality time with friends and family, etc, is travelling and some of the frequently visited destinations are those that are far from your country and culture. Only in these can you completely forget about your problems and worries and truly relax. Being exotic, popular and vivid, Thailand gained much popularity over the past years, so, if you plan to visit this country, here are some guidelines about it. Continue reading

Top 5 Relaxing Activities In Sydney

Guest post by Oscar Waterworth.

Sydney is a great city, no question about it. It is a cultural and architectural center, full of interesting and original places to visit. This is a city where you can have fun at any time of day and night and you will never get bored, it will take a lifetime to try out everything Sydney has to offer nowadays, not to mention future construction plans and amenities. On the other hand, Sydney is also a great place if you are trying less dynamic fun, that is if your only goal is to relax and make your day last as long as possible. If this is your choice, we prepared top five relaxing activities you could try in Sydney.

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