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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Travel with Photos


There are a lot of places in the world I have not traveled to, but I have found traveling with pictures is the next best thing to being there. I have developed a real appreciation for the photographers of the world. The pictures are great and sometimes come from places you would never think of being. They have developed an eye for beauty that the hardest person must appreciate. I sometimes take my computer or my books and take myself on a tour around the world. A quiet cup of coffee and a lovely book of pictures make for a lovely evening of travel.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Activities for Teenage Tourist In Las Vegas, Nevada





Activities for Teenage Tourist in Las Vegas

Vegas, glittering lights, casinos and shows but it is much more. There are activities for your teenager that is as exhilarating as the roulette wheel or the crap table. Some points of interest to the young and adventurous are Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, the Lake Mead and Hoover Dam Tour, Flyaway Indoor Skydiving, and hiking in Red Rock Canyon.


There is the Vegas Mini Grand Prix, the Lion Habitat, the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, the Roller Coaster, Town Square and your tried and true hotel swimming pool. Prices at the game rooms range from $6 to$18. Other activities range from $18 to $77. A good number of the activities will completely change your perception of Las Vegas.


Las Vegas could be called the Action Capital of the world. It is a place where fortunes are made and lost. It has been said,” Everybody needs to see Vegas.” Seeing Vegas includes Teenagers. ThLas Vegas is already ahead of you in preparing activities for your young explorer. So pack your bags. Talk with your travel agent or hotel concierge and see Las Vegas.

The history alone requires checking it out, but there are many activities to occupy the young, the old and the in between.

The activities mentioned above are just to name a few there are many more. Game Work is high tech, designed by Stephen Spielberg. Always a must for the young and computer minded. The Valley of Fire is another great spot for hiking. All of these activities are within range of Las Vegas, and all sure to entertain your Teenagers. If you decide to go on any of these excursions with your Teenagers you are most likely to have a wonderful time. These attractions allow you, and your Teenagers to have a vacation to remember. Just a note, no one under 18 is allowed on the strip after 9 pm without an adult.
Although Las Vegas is primarily known for Casino’s and shows. You now know the family side of Las Vegas; it is a city with Parks, Museums and family fun. It is a very pleasant city. Once you arrive in Las Vegas you may wonder what took you so long to get there. Every city has something that it does and in Vegas it is gambling. High rollers, Penny gamblers they all meet in Vegas. “Step up and try your luck “













Saturday, July 26, 2008

Great Apartment Living in America's Major Cities

The apartment market hot spots to keep an eye open for depends upon your budget, lifestyle and career goals. If it is your dream to live in a city that moves the world, rent an apartment in a major city. The choices rank in many categories, from safest, easiest on the budget and most affluent. Many of the choices have a mixture of locations but the single categories are more concentrated. These selections give a searcher a heads up before stepping into the massive variety of the real estate market.

 Cities with the best apartment market budget:

  •  Gainesville, FL
  • San Diego, CA
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  •  Portland, Oregon.

The most expensive places for apartment market renting:

  •  Key West, FL
  • Williston, ND
  • Cambridge-Boston, MA Quincy, NH
  • Santa Clara, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA


 Best Major City for Apartment Living:

  •  Scottsdale, AZ
  • Arlington, VA
  • Irvine, CA
  •  Honolulu, HI


 Live Well:

  •  Doral, FL
  •  Evanston, ILL
  •  Cupertino, CA


 Business Growth:

 Boulder, Colorado offers huge advantages for a growing business environment. Many have moved to this area and flourished. Santé Fe, N.M. is a host city for great art. This city is filled with museums and music resources. If this is, the dream of your life, renting an apartment in this city will be to your liking.

 Design:

Some people have a major interest in renting an apartment where design is king. This fits San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago without a doubt. Big cities that attract the newest most sophisticated elements on the globe.

 People have their own reasons why they relocate to a new area. Changing jobs, starting out fresh and new opportunity are all, high on the list of reasons. The needs of a family dictate the amenities gravitated to, parks good schools and accessibility to grocery stores and sports activities. Economics, educational facilities and general infrastructure allows a community to show off its talents. Quality of living is important.

Friday, July 11, 2008


A concert at Vulcan Park in the city of Birmingham, Alabama. It is a beautiful day at the Vulcan a symbol of the city's Iron Ore. Birmingham was called Mud Town, long ago. The area is a cluster of communities woven together by the Magic City affectionately known as;
The B-Ham. It is a city filled with a rich history and clearly working towards a progressive future.

Concerts In the Park -B'ham Al-The Magic City

Attend classic events in the city of Bitrmingham, Alablma throughout the year. The festivities on tap are held all around the city, however vulcan Park is a favorite spot for community gatherings.


Friday, July 4, 2008

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Vast World--Photograph by photographer Mark Robinson


I found coming to the entrance of Smoky Mountain Park, most humbling. However, long before I got to the official area, I could feel the vast space and a comforting isolation. This place was one of the homelands of the Cherokee Indians. How beautiful it is now and how breath taking it must have been then. Standing on the edge of the roadway you had to be careful not to slip on the wet leaves while trying to see the white water streams whipping below. This is truly a lovley place. The park is preserved beautifully and worth a visit.

One thing I noted most was the quiet. Living in a place like the Smokies your thoughts would have to be so clear. On the trail of tears the hardships I am sure were great but leaving such a beautiful place must have been devastating. There are so many high peaks standing as if they all grew up together. Mother nature watching as if noticing a naughty child. There are many who can tell you how high the elevations are,where the waterfalls are, and the great shopping in Gatlinburg. But I can only say the Smoky Mountains are like the ocean, they are a must see.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Concerts In the Park

Music in the park. Lots of coolers tents and lawn chairs. Picnic lunches and music in the air. Wow I see my neighbor and I give a wave ,and I think ,I have been too busy going about my world to stop and do much of anything in the way of a real hello. Perhaps there is some good in the too high price of gas. I am getting out locally more seeing other people getting out and enjoying what is closer to home. It is giving me a chance to donate some revenue to my own neighborhood. Traveling to parts unknown is great but chipping off a little piece of time and money for the home folk is something we can all do.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Experiencing Nassau

If you know nothing of Nassau you might be surprised by the lovely old world colors of the architecture. Your first glance is surprise. Stepping into Nassau is like stepping into a storybook

. You feel that ease that is Nassau. If you come by way of the harbor you will see Nassau’s famous Straw Market one of its primary attractions. The isles of the market are narrow and filled to the ceiling with straw bags and other crafts. Next door is a tourist watering hole known as Senior Frogs -- you might imagine it being a pirate's pub. It’s a place where you can cool your heels, have a drink and even do a conga, dance with friends and fellow patrons.

You go through customs and find the Bahamas is a tourist nation and you are treated officially nice. There are all kinds of things to do snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, golfing and the like. Lines of bus tours and taxis are close by the customs point. But if you can ride, a scooter is a great way to get around. You can even take the bridge across to Paradise Island.

The buildings in Nassau make you think of a European seaport in the 1700s, moving back in time, yet having all of the modern amenities. With the Federal district, Fort Charlotte with her moat, and Victoria’s staircase, Nassau speaks boldly of its ancestry. Nassau was headquarters for infamous pirates, such as Blackbeard and Calico Jack .Ship wrecks were a visible means of support. Of course this life style was certainly not approved of by the crown but had perhaps been a misunderstanding when the captains of ships were given permission to attack enemies while the English Navy was otherwise occupied.

The average summertime temperature is usually 33 degrees Celsius. During the winter, daytime temperatures hover between 20 and 26 degrees Celsius and rarely fall below 10 degrees Celsius. Nassau was originally called Charles Town and Paradise Island was called Hog Island. The largest group of the population lives in Nassau. The island is 21 miles long and 7 miles wide .Nassau is officially known as New Providence.

You will find the ferry boats to Paradise Island a few steps from Senior Frogs. Along the route their may be local vendors and musicians. The ferry boat can be taken to Paradise Island for 3 or so dollars. The trash talking alone is worth the price of a ticket, “uh huh, sho-nuff. You are given a tour while you are totally entertained by your ferryboat guide. This island that guards Nassau's harbor has lovely shops a casino and a great facility for viewing marine life.

What was once Hog Island has been truly transformed into a beautiful and adventurous place, Paradise Island is a treasure with its “Atlantis”, and a view designed for kings. "In 1670, King Charles II of England granted the island of the Bahamas to six noblemen called the Proprietors. These men brought British settlers from Bermuda to the island of New Providence (from the Dutch House of Orange)". So you see Nassau is a beautiful mixture of Old and New World experiences .Still today holding close to the commonwealth.

Nassau is often used for movies, has International shopping and of course casinos and great food. The locals speak of conch fritters, grouper fingers, peas n’ rice, and boiled fish. Just to give you a few dishes you can look forward to. It is a vacation the whole family will enjoy. Cool breezes hot sun and relaxation all spell Nassau.

If you know nothing of Nassau you might be surprised by the lovely old world colors of the architecture. Your first glance is surprise. Stepping into Nassau is like stepping into a storybook. You feel that ease that is Nassau. If you come by way of the harbor you will see Nassau’s famous Straw Market one of its primary attractions. The isles of the market are narrow and filled to the ceiling with straw bags and other crafts. Next door is a tourist watering hole known as Senior Frogs -- you might imagine it being a pirate's pub. It’s a place where you can cool your heels, have a drink and even do a conga, dance with friends and fellow patrons. You go through customs and find the Bahamas is a tourist nation and you are treated officially nice. There are all kinds of things to do: snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, golfing and the like. Lines of bus tours and taxis are close by the customs point. But if you can ride, a scooter is a great way to get around. You can even take the bridge across to Paradise Island. The buildings in Nassau make you think of a European seaport in the 1700s, moving back in time, yet having all of the modern amenities. With the Federal district, Fort Charlotte with her moat, and Victoria’s staircase, Nassau speaks boldly of its ancestry. Nassau was headquarters for infamous pirates, such as Blackbeard and Calico Jack .Ship wrecks were a visible means of support. Of course this life style was certainly not approved of by the crown but had perhaps been a misunderstanding when the captains of private ships were given permission to attack enemies while the English Navy was otherwise occupied. The average summertime temperature is usually 33 degrees Celsius. During the winter, daytime temperatures hover between 20 and 26 degrees Celsius and rarely fall below 10 degrees Celsius. Nassau was originally called Charles Town and Paradise Island was called Hog Island. The largest group of the population lives in Nassau. The island is 21 miles long and 7 miles wide .Nassau is officially known as New Providence. You will find the ferry boats to Paradise Island a few steps from Senior Frogs. Along the route their may be local vendors and musicians. The ferry boat can be taken to Paradise Island for 3 or so dollars. The trash talking alone is worth the price of a ticket, “uh huh, sho-nuff. You are given a tour while you are totally entertained by your ferryboat guide. This island that guards Nassau's harbor has lovely shops a casino and a great facility for viewing marine life. What was once Hog Island has been truly transformed into a beautiful and adventurous place, Paradise Island is a treasure with its “Atlantis”, and a view designed for kings. "In 1670, King Charles II of England granted the island of the Bahamas to six noblemen called the Proprietors. These men brought British settlers from Bermuda to the island of New Providence (from the Dutch House of Orange)". So you see Nassau is a beautiful mixture of Old and New World experiences .Still today holding close to the commonwealth. Nassau is often used for movies, has International shopping and of course casinos and great food. The locals speak of conch fritters, grouper fingers, peas n’ rice, and boiled fish. Just to give you a few dishes you can look forward to. It is a vacation the whole family will enjoy. Cool breezes hot sun and relaxation all spell Nassau.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Traveling in the Big Apple,trying hard not to look like a tourist ,a little hard to do with all of these tall buildings.New York. The shopping,the food,the traffic,the diversity.Too much to absorb.But
I must,LOL.Tune in later and see how it turns out! Or,better yet take a visit and tell me how you liked your visit to the Big Apple.New York ,New York,The BIG Apple.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

EXPRESS YOU CARE

I am back with another Mother's Day gift idea. Movie passes, food gift certificates. Perhaps a surprise dinner with no cleanup afterwards along with the solitude to watch her favorite video.Kids, shock your mom and clean up your room.Take the time to let her know that she is appreciated.Someday you will be glad you did.

TAKING CARE OF MOM

It is almost Mothers day,and a trip to a spa might be just what the Doctor ordered .It doesn't matter if it is right around the block across town or at some really gorgeous resort.Any pampering break is always welcome.A babysitter and a few hours to get away so that she can remember who and what she is . Not just mom, housekeeper,chauffeur,and the like. Remember to allow her to decide when she will take this getaway,so that she can really get the full effect of the escape.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A DINNER VACATION

Pick a city for dinner. As gas prices go up it is sometimes difficult to drive long distances. Most of us have family and friends who live close by. The weather is getting warmer ,and it is great to see them. How wonderful would this be for a mini vacation.

A Zoo trip ,Botanical Gardens, a trip to the Aquarium afterwards dinner with friends and family. Do this while learning more about your area of the world and the people who are most important to you. It is always interesting to me when I say something from a long gone era that was taught to me by my grandparents and a little one looks confused.

A mini vacation in areas close to home gives you access to friends and family who hold a wealth of unwritten information and so much more. Vacations to far away places are always great, but sharing a sandwich and a soda with large numbers of family and friends is such a recharge to our emotional batteries. As always, YOU HAVE MY PERMISSION.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

CRUISE GET AWAY

It has been a rather busy day today.The rigor of everyday living.Taking care of scrapes and bruises,bringing home the bacon,saving the world,just the regular stuff.It is the time of year I think of a cruise getaway. I think about a cruise in winter too,but the weather usually discourages me,that excuse sounds good, so I will run with that.Anyway,after being on a ship for a few days I discover how much I really need to relax.There is something about the water ,the sun,and the whole atmosphere of relaxation that is so good for you. Not to mention the fact that you have prepaid for everything ,that is so so liberating. Well ,moving on to the good stuff. A spa treatment, shows , overall ,giving yourself a legitimate reason to do nothing. Go ahead .Put your pennies together and go enjoy yourself ,and as always , YOU HAVE MY PERMISSION!

Friday, April 11, 2008

THINKING OF THE BIG EASY




I watch the weather and I think of the times I have visited New Orleans.I find myself thinking fondly of the city. Their is no where in the world quite like it. I remember the first time I saw Canal St. I thought how wide it was. I also remember my mouth dropping wide open when I saw a person of little attire swinging through a window in the Bourbon St.area. I think of the Candy factory and the singing . The River Boat rides,Sugar Plantations, and of course Ponchartrain. When I was told you could not see land from the middle of the bridge I thought they were kidding ,but it was true because I tried my best ,and the water is the same color as the Carribean. I would also go to New Orleans to eat. Not being a great cook ,I looked forward to the culinary creativity of New Orleans.I have also found myself going to New Orleans to just do nothing,perhaps due to the mood of THE BIG EASY.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

THINK ABOUT IT




Viewing the world from the comfort of my arm chair with a cup of hot chocolate and the television remote I think of the snowstorm in Dakota . Quite common I suppose one would say , but when I think of covered wagons , people on horseback ,walking in that kind of weather ,without the benefit of cell phone ,radio , heater , cars , and a helicopter rescue team if need be . I think of the strength and courage it must have taken to travel this land. The least I can do is go look at it,gas prices and all. Dream, and keep in mind WE LIVE THEIR DREAM...

Friday, April 4, 2008

SITTING ON THE STEPS

This is great. I have always been accused of talking too much and now I get to talk to the whole world. One thing about this is somebody out there talks as much as I do.Who,Who.Step right up.Now some very organized person will say you are talking about nothing. Well that is exactly the point ,to just relax and dream, and in the process of just talking about nothing we will find the answers to something. Oh ,and I get to practice my typing too. Give someone a smile,it is such a gift in todays fast moving world. Oh,if you have time stop in and say hello, any language , I have a book.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

DREAM


Going places and trying my best not to lose sight of what is really important.Thank GOD looking is still free. I found this on the web .Hope someone else enjoys it. Be sure to take a few minutes to stop and look. It is ok you have my permission. SMILE...
Local traveling is a very good thing to get into. Take the time to see the things you drive by everyday and have been meaning to take a look at. Learn more about the history of your neck of the woods. It could surprise you.Check out what is in your backyard and travel.

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate
One of my favorite places.
This is one of my favorite places. The house is quite unique. It is like something out of a fairytale. I was stunned when I first saw it. I just knew we were lost as we drove up to the house the driveway was so long .It was at the top of the Summer heat and the deep south is like a steam bath but those mountains that surround the estate make you want to stay. It is so cool in spite of the heat, and humidity I have not yet had a chance to stay at the hotel on the property but God willing I do look forward to the opportunity. I stumbled across Biltmore through a jigsaw puzzle. It was cold when I did the puzzle and seeing this lovely house or even having any idea as to what it was called was not a thought of mine. I was traveling picked up a brochure and there it was, a place I knew I had to see. The flowers are in bloom now. Maybe I will get to take some pictures. ALWAYS DREAM you never know what will be.

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Traveling has always been a part of learning. Men have traveled to find a better way of life to find food and to visit friends. In doing so the world has become a smaller place. We travel and we learn with hands on experience, and in the process we grow.