Israel Travel

Israel is a democratic country with a parliamentary system. The prime minister is head of government and the Knesset.

The Knesset is the name for the Israeli Parliament or Legislature.

Israel is a developed country and a OECD member.

In 2016, Israel was said to be the worlds 34th-largest economy.

The Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, estimated that the population of Israel was close to 8,709,680.

Hebrew is not the only language spoken in Israel. Arabic is also an official language, and there are a number of other semi-official languages.

In Israel you will notice that virtually all official signs are in Hebrew, Arabic and English.

Israel is the world’s only Jewish-majority state, two thirds of the population is Jewish.

The other third is made up of Arabs, Arameans, Armenians, Assyrians, Black Hebrew Israelites, Circassians, Maronites and Samaritans.

In its Basic Laws, Israel defines itself as a Jewish Democratic State.

The country benefits from a highly skilled workforce and is among the most educated countries in the world.

Israel has a very high percentage of citizens with a high education degree.

The country also has the highest standard of living in the Middle East, and has one of the highest life expectancy in the world.

Israel is a beautiful small country with a interesting history, and advanced Agro Technologies.

Israel’s economy and technological center is Tel Aviv, while its seat of government and proclaimed capital is Jerusalem.

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is a major transportation city, with a huge international airport.

The public transportation system in Tel Aviv has many routes; to almost anywhere in the country.

Tel Aviv is governed by a 31-member city council; elected for a five-year term.

Tel Aviv is a cultural center with 544 active synagogues, historic buildings, countless performing art centers, theaters, and Opera Houses.

Tel Aviv is divided into nine districts.

In 1965 The Shalom Meir Tower, Israel’s first skyscraper, was built in Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv is a center of finance and technology in Israel.

Jerusalem

Jerusalem is a city with a strong religious background, since medieval times.

Host to 1204 Synagogues, 158 Churches, and 73 Mosques.

In Islam, Jerusalem is said to be a sacred city – some 1400 years now. Jerusalem is believed to be a holy city in Islam, primarily due to Muhammad’s Night of Ascension.

The Muslims believe Muhammad was transported one night from Mecca to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. From there he ascended to Heaven to meet with the previous prophets of Islam.

In Christianity, Jerusalem is said to be a sacred city – some 2000 years now.

In Judaism, Jerusalem is said to be sacred city – some 3000 years now.

Jerusalem is well known for its Old Testament history.

The story of Jesus in The New testament also made reference to Jerusalem.

Although Jerusalem is known primarily for its religious significance, the city is also home to many artistic and cultural venues.

The Dead Sea scrolls, discovered in the mid-20th century in the Qumran Caves near the Dead Sea, are housed in the Museum’s Shrine of the Book.

Jerusalem is home to many archaeological important findings.

Some of Jerusalem most interesting sites are:

The Museum on the Seam – explores issues of coexistence through art.
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra – established in the 1940s.
The International Convention Center – near the entrance to city.
The Jerusalem Cinemateque – in downtown Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem Music Center – in Yemin Moshe.
The Israel Festival – Indoor and outdoor performances singers, concerts, plays, and street theater.
The Jerusalem Theater – Hosts to more than 150 concerts a year, as well as theater and dance companies and performing artists from overseas.
The Khan Theater – The city’s only repertoire theater.

Israeli Beaches

There are 137 beaches in Israel. Mostly of which have crystal clear blue and turquoise waters and natural undisturbed coastlines.

Besides their natural beauty what makes these beaches interesting is that they are composed of diverse bodies of waters.

The four bodies of water are The Mediterranean, The Red Sea, The Dead Sea, and The Kinneret.

Here are some Israeli Beach recommendations:

Gordon Beach: Free clean beach in Tel Aviv near Hotels. Has places to dine or drink; shower and bathroom facilities.

Dor Nasholim Beach – Beautiful white sandy beaches with crystal clear blue waters in the ancient Phoenician city of Dor.




Habonim Beach – This beach is part of a nature reserve. A rocky beach perfect for swimming with young children.

You can also hike along it’s coastline and discover it’s caves.

Clean showers, dressing rooms, and bathrooms are available. There are also snack bars, and a picnicking area with tables.

Carmel Beach – Carmel beach has a boardwalk with numerous cafes, restaurants, and juice stands as well as bathroom and shower facilities.

Southern Beach – Entrance is free.

Ein Gev Resort Village Beach: Great for water sports, has slides and pools. They have lifeguard services, showers, restrooms, restaurant, camping area with barbecue stands.

Ein Gedi Beach – Located on the shores of the Dead Sea well known the amazing healing properties of the region.

The beach is connected to a man made spa. You can hike from the beach to the spa, or take a free tram ride to it.

It’s hard to sink in the Dead Sea, most people just float.

Ein Gedi Beach – Great place to see Dolphins in their natural habitat.

Coral Beach Nature Reserve – Clear water with an underwater coral reef. Good for snorkeling, and scuba diving. A great place to enjoy coral reefs and beautiful fishes.

Israel rich history makes it a great place to take a tour. You can choose from what type of tour you want, whether is a cultural tour, or religious tours.

Israel also is the winner of the Eurovision 2018 Song Festival, which means Israel will be hosting this most prestigious contest in 2019. Let’s see the glorious moment in the following You tube video:

Wow, what an exciting moment that was. It’s needless to say, Israel is an experience in itself.

Israel is also known for it’s fine hotels and restaurant meals.

Electricity in Israel is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second.
If you travel to Israel with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

Book now and have the time of your life, let me know about your trip.

Texas Travel

 

On December 29, 1845 Texas became the 28th state of the United States of America.

Nicknamed The Lone Star State to signify its former status as an independent republic, Texas is the second largest state of the United States.

The lone star can be found on the Texas state flag.

Raising cattle was a large industry in Texas. Texas image is readily compared to that of cowboys.

Alot of U.S oil was discovered in Texas. In the year 2015 with 54 companies to it’s credit Texas held the second spot on the list of the states with the most Fortune 500 companies.

The 54 companies include such fields as aerospace, agriculture, biochemical sciences, computers, electronics and petroleum among others.

Austin is the Capital of Texas.

English is the spoken language of Texas. Most people would agree that Texans have a distinct accent different from other americans. Spanish is spoken by a large group of Texans.

Some of Texas most talked about places are:

The Alamo
The alamo is a white stone chapel were the Battle of the Alamo took place. The siege of the Alamo took place from February 23 to March 6, 1836.

In December 1835, during Texas war for independence from Mexico, Texan soldiers occupied the Alamo.

That February 23, 1836 thousands of Mexicans soldiers led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna sieged the fort.

Heavily outnumbered, the 200 Texan soldiers defending the Alamo bravely endured for 13 days before the Mexican overpowered them.

For Texans the Battle of the Alamo is a symbol of heroic resistance to oppression.

The Texans won their struggle for independence later that year.

Dallas World Aquarium – This aquarium has and protects alot of endangered species.

Fort Worth Stockyards – This National Historic District consists of some original brick walkways, corrals, and livestock.

There are shops and restaurants, and a live cattle drive at twice a day.

Forth Worth Zoo – Founded in 1909 has over 7,000 animals from around the world, some of which you can pet – at their Petting Corral.

Houston, Texas is home to Space Center Houston an exciting place to see the future and remarkable past of America’s space flight history.

Padre Island National Sea Shore – This untouched 70 mile stretch coastline is a paradise for windsurfers, and bird watchers.

The park contains dunes, prairies, and tide pools that house some marine life.

San Antonio River Park – The San Antonio River park has river boats for hire. or you can just lay back and enjoy one of the cruise boat tours down the river.

Museums, parks and restaurants are just some of the sites that await you along the way.

Texas State Capitol – The Texas State Capitol grounds are open to the public. On the grounds, there memoirs of the heroes of Texas’s history.

The Texas State Capitol was completed in 1888. It consists of the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and the Office of the Governor.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

The Texas State Capitol is 302.64 feet tall, making it the sixth tallest state capitol.

On March 2nd, of 1885 the day of the Texas Independence Day the cornerstone for the building was laid, it opened to the public on April 21, 1888, Saint Jacinto Day.

Sundance Square – Sundance Square consists of thirty-five blocks of shops, galleries, restaurants, and nightlife.

Fort Worth Botanic Gardens – The Fort Worth Botanic Gardens consist of fourteen botanical gardens, the Native Texas Boardwalk, a Rain Forest cConservatory, and a compost outpost.

Fort Worth Water Gardens – The Fort Worth Water Gardens are 4.3 acres where people will see a variaty of pools. You can hear the sound of water running thought the garden.

San Antonio
San Antonio is the second-most populous city in the state of Texas, with a population of 1,469,845.

San Antonio was named after Saint Anthony of Padua, known for his undying love and devotion to the poor and the sick.

Some of the notable attractions of San Antonio include Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Morgan’s Wonderland amusement parks.

San Antonio is also the home to the five-time NBA champions the San Antonio Spurs.

San Antonio is also the hosts the annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, one of the largest such events in the country.

There is no doubt that Texas is not only large, but a place with countless activities and history.

Texas has great hotels, motels, car rentals and restaurants.

Let me know about your trip.

Boston Travel

Boston, city is the capital of Massachusetts. It’s a great place to go to if you like the sea. The puritans settled in Boston in the 1600’s.

Boston has been defined and shaped by its history for nearly 400 years. On the 16th of December of 1773.

The Boston Tea Party became a significant event in the growth of the American Revolution.

The American Revolutionary War began near Boston in 1775.

Between 1800 and 1900 Boston changed from a relatively simple and ethnically English ancestry city to a ethnically diverse city.

Boston has a population of more than 560,000 people; many of which are Italian, Irish, and Jews.

Between 1940 and 1960, many African Americans migrated from the southern states and occupied portions of Roxbury and Dorchester.

From the 1940’s through the 1970’s many Puerto Ricans arrived in Boston.

Fen way Park is located in Boston, home of the Boston red Socks.

Boston is also know for it’s prestigious universities,  Harvard University is known for helping to shape some of the greatest minds of the country.

There are 34 small islands that border the coast of Boston, thirteen of the islands are included in the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.

Some of the most impressive sights are Fort Warren on Georges Island.

There is a public beach on Spectacle Island. The countries oldest light house is in Georges islands.

There are also trails, dunes and forests. there is also a beach and camping area at Lovells Island.

Massachusetts has alot of great beaches to choose from, there’s one for every taste, here are a few of them:

Nantucket – Madaket Beach
Madaket beach is famous for it’s sunsets.

Nantucket – Cisco Beach
Cisco Beach is a surfing paradise. There is no public transportation to this beach. Once there you can surf or take advantage of one of the surfing classes, and start riding the waves in no time.

Province town – Race Point Beach
Beautiful beach with calm waves, The sand is lighter than the others. Great for photos. Good if you have small children.

East-ham – Coast Guard Beach
It’s been called one of the top ten cleanest beaches in the country. Lots of salt marshes providing a flash look at nature. Great source of salt. Let’s keep it clean and protected.

Wellfleet – Cahoon Hollow
Cahoon Hollow Beach has great high sand cliffs beach with breathtaking views.

Martha’s Vineyard -Katama Beach
Deep blue ocean crashing with strong waves – good for surfing.

Martha’s Vineyard – Menemsha Beach
Menemsha beach is a calm wave beach – great for families with small children.

It’s also a great place to go to get fried clams, steamed lobsters, or just plain fresh sea food. Menemsha is the serene choice of the busy Vineyard beaches.

It’s great to stroll down the cliff into the sea, it’s like those cliffs you see on those great black and white films.

Have lunch on top of the cliff, some tours include it.

Boston is also known for it’s state houses, among which are the homes of Samuel Adams, and Paul Reeve.




 

There are also trails, dunes and forests. there is also a beach and camping area at Lovells Island.

Berthed at Pier 1 on the Harbor-walk, the USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned navel vessel afloat, and still sets sail every Fourth of July to commemorate America’s independence.

Completed in 1826, the Quincy market is well known for its architectural style as it is for the food that offered inside its more than 20 restaurants and 40 stalls.

The market is known as a family-friendly spot where tourists and locals can grab a quick bite on the cheap.

Another of Bostons attractions is the  New England Aquarium it embodies a large exhibit of sea life, exotic jellyfishes, stingrays, seals and penguins.

In sum Boston is the place to visit, I hope you enjoy your visit and let me know about the places you visited.

Boston has great hotels, motels, car rentals and restaurants.

Have a great time ……

Portugal Travel





Portugal is a southern European country bordering Spain. Its location on the Atlantic Ocean has influenced it's tourist attraction - to the beaches, this in turn has played a role in their diet; salty cod fish and grilled sardines are national dishes.

Portuguese is the spoken language, which is related to Galician language, spoken in northwestern Spain.

The kingdom of Portugal lasted some 800 years, from 1139 to 1910.

The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, signed in 1373, is the oldest alliance in the world which is still in force.

Since 1910, the country has been a republic.

The modern democratic republic was founded in 1976.

The first Pirate code was invented in the 17th century by the Portuguese buccaneer Bartolomeu Português.

The modern Portuguese legal system has been influenced primarily by German law.

Due to the influence of Roman Catholicism, Portugal is one of the most socially conservative countries in Europe.

Portugal is the only country in the EU, along with Spain, where life imprisonment has been abolished.

The Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon is the longest bridge in Europe with 17,185 m/56,381 feet.

From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles.

Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril.

The Jeronimos Monastery was built in 1502 by order of King Manuel I. It was built to commemorate Vasco Da Gama’s voyage and to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success.

Great figures in Portuguese history are also entombed here, like King Manuel and King Sebastião, and poets Fernando Pessoa and Alexandre Herculano.

Jeronimos Monastery Cloisters was populated by monks of the Order of Saint Jerome , whose spiritual job was to give guidance to sailors and pray for the king’s soul.

UNESCO has classified it a World Heritage monument. This style of architecture became known as Manueline, a style of art that served to glorify the great discoveries of the age.

Each column is carved with coils of rope, sea monsters, coral, and other sea motifs. It portraits an era of sea exploration and the Biblical story of Joseph.

The Tower of Belém is typical of the Manueline style of architecture. The four-story tower was created in the shape of a ship’s bow jutting into the water.

The main side of the fortress faces the sea and is completely different from the side impression of the tower. Built from ivory-white limestone, the real beauty of the structure lies in the decoration of the exterior.

The Pena National Palace was built in the 19th century by Atlantic Ocean , the palace was meant to be a summer home for the Portuguese royals.

Ferdinand’s taste was imposed on the builders and designers, the result was a Palace that looks like it has a little of all the other palaces of the era.

One portion caters to a medieval European castle, a portion of it is modeled after an Islamic tower dome. It’s full of colors – there is a purple wing, a red clock tower, a lots of yellow ornaments.

King Ferdinand said he wanted the palace to look like an opera.

It is now seen as one of the grandest examples of Romantic architecture.

Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city.

Porto’s Church
The Sao Francisco Church looks like an ordinary 14th century Gothic and Baroque construction.
There is a museum housed in the catacombs below consisting of artifacts from the former monastery.

Praça do Comércio is a large square on the banks of the River Tagus in Lisbon. It was built on the site previously occupied by the Palace Yard following its destruction in the 1755 earthquake. Lisboetas often still use the previous name for the square.

Along with the Arco da Rua Augusta at its northern end, the Praça do Comércio is one of the centerpieces of the redevelopment of the Portuguese capital by the Marquis of Pombal in the mid-18th century.

The U-shaped square, open at the Tagus end, was designed by Portuguese architect, Eugénio dos Santos.

Discover the best of Portugal’s capital on this hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Lisbon. Choose from four different routes, all offering opportunities to see the city’s monuments and explore its charming neighborhoods. An option line to Cascais allows you to explore the magic of that town as well. Tickets can be purchased for 24- or 48- hours.

 

Hop on a double-decker bus at the Lisbon Terminal in Marquês de Pombal Square. Settle in and cruise through Lisbon on one of four different but equally engaging sightseeing lines, including lines to Belém, Oriente, Castle or the charming beach town of Cascais.

Sunbathe on one of the many sandy beaches along the Cascais Line. Catch the best coastline views before settling onto a beach to unwind.

On the western side of the square is the main Lisbon Tourist Office (Turismo) with a stylish shop selling upmarket craft items from all over Portugal.

On this side of the square is the HQ of Viniportugal, which promotes Portuguese wine. There are tastings Monday through Saturday.

The world-famous Porto wine is a sweet Portuguese fortified wine from the Douro Valley, Portugal.
Over half of the world’s cork is produced in Portugal.

Salvador Vilar Braamcamp Sobral is a Portuguese singer and a former psychology student. He represented Portugal in
the Eurovision Song Contest this past May and gave Portugal its first win since their debut in 1964. Below is a video of the winning song for your enjoyment.

Portugal has great hotels, motels, car rentals, tours and restaurants.

Have a great time in Portugal, let me know all about your trip.

Los Angeles Travel

History of Los Angeles
Los Angeles city was a small Mexican town that changed little in the three decades after 1848, when California became part of the United States. The Santa Fe railroad increased the amount of immigrants that moved to Los Angeles, mostly white Protestants from the Midwest.
Los Angeles had a strong economic base in farming, oil, tourism, real estate and movies. Hollywood made the city world-famous.

Los Angeles also acquired another industry in the years just before World War II: the garment industry. At first devoted to regional merchandise such as sportswear, the industry eventually grew to be the second largest center of garment production in the United States.

in 1973 Los Angeles became the first major Western city to elect a black mayor with Tom Bradley.
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach make up the nation’s largest harbor complex, handling 44% of all goods imported by cargo container into the United States. In 2007, the equivalent of 7.85 million 40-foot shipping containers poured through the ports.
In 2005 City Council member Antonio Villaraigosa was elected mayor, the first Latino elected to that office since the 1872.

Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio and theme park in the Universal City county island area of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County, California.
It is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood film studios still in use. Woody Woodpecker is the official mascot for Universal Studios Hollywood.

The $1.3 billion Getty Center opened to the public on December 16, 1997 and is well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles. The Center sits atop a hill. There is a three-car, cable-pulled hover train funicular to reach the top.

The Getty Center is well known for it’s architecture, gardens, European paintings, manuscripts, sculptures,Vincent Van Gogh painting, and the J. Paul Getty Trust.




Griffith Park is a large municipal park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. The park covers 4,310 acres of land, making it one of the largest urban parks in North America. It has also been referred to as the Central Park of Los Angeles.

The Hollywood Boulevard is a major east–west street in Los Angeles, California. Parts of the boulevard are popular tourist destinations, primarily the fifteen blocks between La Brea Avenue east to Gower Street where the Hollywood Walk of Fame is primarily located.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States, it’s specimens covers 4.5 billion years of history.

Dodger Stadium, is a baseball park located in the Elysian Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, the home field of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The stadium hosted eight World Series: 1963, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1981, and 1988.

Dockweiler State Beach is a beach in Los Angeles, California, with 3.75 miles of shoreline and a hang gliding practice and training area, it is managed by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.

Griffith Observatory is a facility in Los Angeles, California, The observatory is a popular tourist attraction with an excellent view of the Hollywood Sign. Since 1935, admission has been free.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,600 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

The stars are public monuments to achievements in the entertainment industry.

Los Angeles has great hotels, motels, car rentals, tours and restaurants.

Washington, D.C Travel

Washington, D.C –  Capitol of The United States of America 

Washington D.C is the capital of the United States of America, it borders with Maryland and Virginia. Home of three of the Federal Governments most important branches – the Capitol, White House and the Supreme Court.

The National Mall is home to Washington’s most interesting monuments, memorials and museums.

The US Navy Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial are powerful tributes to American history.

The White House, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, are are places you might want to reserve ahead.

Make a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where you make a visit to the Kennedy family gravesite and spend some time with those who gave their life’s to protect our freedom.

Visit the nations’s capital and enjoy it’s rich history here are some facts:

December 23, 1788
Maryland voted to cede a 100-square-mile area for the seat of the national government; about two-thirds of the area became the District of Columbia.

January 23, 1789

Georgetown University was established by Jesuits in present-day Washington, D.C., as the 1st US Catholic college.

Jul 16, 1790
The District of Columbia was established as the seat of the United States government.

Mar 29, 1791
Pres. George Washington and French architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant examined the site along the Potomac River that would become the U.S Capital; land given by Virginia and Maryland.

Washington became the official federal capital in 1800.

Apr 15, 1791
Surveyor General Andrew Ellicott consecrated the southern tip of the triangular District of Columbia at Jones Point.
December 12, 1800
Washington D.C. was established as the capital of the United States.

February 27, 1801
The District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.

March 4, 1801
Thomas Jefferson was the first President to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C.

August 25, 1814
British forces destroyed the Library of Congress, containing some 3,000 books.

January 30, 1815
The burned Library of Congress was reestablished with Jefferson’s 6,500 volumes.

January 1, 1818
An official reopening of the White House took place after being repaired from burning by British during War of 1812.

December 24, 1851
Fire devastated the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., destroying about 35,000 volumes.

January 8, 1853
The first US bronze equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson was unveiled in Washington,D.C.

Mar 6, 1862
President Abraham Lincoln proposed to Congress a revised plan of compensated emancipation for slave-owners in the District of Columbia and the border states.

April 3, 1862
A bill was passed to abolish slavery in Washington, D.C. President Lincoln signed the bill April 16th, 1862.

April 13, 1862
In the Washington area volunteers led by Sarah J. Evans paid homage to the graves of Civil War soldiers.

March 4, 1865
President Lincoln was inaugurated for his 2nd term as President. The Inaugural Ball was held March 6th, 1865.

Apr 14, 1865
On the evening of Good Friday, just after 10 p.m., Pres. Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington DC. President Lincoln died, several hours after he was shot.

Upon the assassination Vice-President, Andrew Johnson became the 17th President of the United States – from 1865-1869.

July 5, 1865
The US Secret Service began operating under the Treasury Department. The Secret Service Division goal was to suppress counterfeit currency.

September 25, 1867

Congress created the 1st all black university, Howard University in Washington DC.

October 12, 1901
Theodore Roosevelt renamed the Executive Mansion, to The White House.

March 27, 1912

The first cherry blossom trees, a gift from Japan, were planted in Washington, D.C.

June 20, 1944

The US Congress chartered the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

 May 24, 1951

Racial segregation in Washington D.C. restaurants was ruled illegal.

September 7, 1954

Integration of public schools began in Washington D.C

March 19, 1979

The U.S. House of Representatives began televising its day-to-day business.

April 30, 1997

President Clinton reopened the newly renovated Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Washington also has a lot of things you can do for free, you can visit the Library of Congress, they have free lectures, concerts, exhibits and poetry readings.

The Supreme Court has session that begin at 9:30 a.m. outside the Front Plaza, visitors should arrive much earlier for a chance to attend a session.

You can also visit the National Zoo for free. Home to 1,500 animals of 300 different species.

Washington has great hotels, motels, car rentals, tours and restaurants.

There’s no doubt that Washington is a very interesting place – I know you will have a great time when you visit it.

Orlando Travel

The weather can be a mysterious, exciting and sometimes dangerous thing. But most of all is an attraction. Quite often is the the reason we choose a vacation to a certain place. Having great weather most of the time, is synonymous with tourist attraction. That’s what Orlando, Florida has – great weather. A Good reason to go there the majority of the year.

Orlando, is a city in central Florida. Home to more than a dozen theme parks, amongst which are:

Universal Orlando Resort, a theme park resort owned by NBC Universal and its affiliates.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure is a theme park in Orlando, Florida. Popular spot for walking, special events, feeding the swans & renting swan-shaped paddleboats.

The International Drive, commonly known as I-Drive, is a major 11.1-mile thoroughfare in Orlando, the main strip.

Fun Spot America Theme Parks are group of amusement parks located in Orlando, Florida.

Some people say everything is so expensive in Orlando, check out travel packages and offers in this website and the list of free things you can do in-between theme parks in Orlando.

Visit the City Arts Factory is an eclectic collection of art galleries in downtown Orlando showcasing local and international artists. Free admission Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Walt Disney World Resort

See Orlando’s natural beauty and landscape in Florida’s “secret garden”, the 5.22 acre Kraft Azalea Gardens is located on Lake Eola Park – it’s a 43-acre recreational area in the heart of downtown Orlando.

Visitors can picnic along the shore, enjoy one of the many free concerts at the amphitheater, feed the resident swans or stop by the farmer’s market on Sundays.

Then camp out and roast marshmallows with Disney characters Chip n’ Dale at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort for free.

The evening sing-a-long around the campfire includes a viewing of a Disney movie. Starts at 7:30 p.m.

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, which sits on 80 breathtaking acres just north of Orlando, offers free tours, tastings and many free festivals and events.

Orlando is a unique destination, and there are things to do here that you can’t do anywhere else in the world.

Disney’s Boardwalk features free, live street entertainment in the evenings, including comedians, jazz ensembles and fire shows.

Disney Cruise

Another way of seeing the magical kingdom is getting there on a cruise, find out how on the following video:

Orlando has great hotels, motels, car rentals, tours, cruises and restaurants.

There is so much to do and see in Orlando, book your trip today, let me know how your trip went.

Have a Magical time………

Basel, Switzerland Travel

Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps.

Known for its ski resorts and hiking trails.

Banking and finance are key industries in Switzerland.

And of course Swiss watches and Chocolate are world renowned.

The Official languages are: French, German, Romansh, and Italian.

Basel is one of Switzerland’s most interesting cities.

Basel lies roughly between the Rhine river and the old city gate at Spalentor.

Basel is not a large city but it has a great charm that makes you want to stay in it’s antique stone streets forever.

Basel introduce a modern and whimsical fountain by Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely.

It’s located in the middle of historic houses; it’s an ingenious water-spouting sculpture made of scrap metal.

In the winter, it freezes into ingenious looking ice sculptures.

An old paper mill has been turned into a museum of writing, printing, and paper.

The printing and papermaking processes are shown with actual working machinery.

You can watch the laborious production of handmade paper.

Basel is also home to a large zoo, affectionately known as the Zolli by locals.

Founded in 1874 with 510 animals; predators, primates, mammals, reptiles, birds, and aquatic life.

The lion, penguins and exotic birds, seem to be favorites.

The zoo has been particularly successful in breeding rhinoceros and cheetahs.

Basel has great hotels, motels, car rentals, tours, cruises and restaurants.

Basel is also a great place to take a boat trip.

Undoubtedly, Basel is the place to travel go if you want to combine leisure into your fun filled vacation.

Luxembourg Travel

Luxembourg is bordered by Belgium, Germany and France. Luxembourg is split into two regions Eisleck in the North and Gutland in the south.
Eisleck is a region of hills, valleys and forests. Gutland is the urban region where 85% of the population live.

Luxembourg is a trilingual country – they speak German, French and Luxembourgish.

As a representative democracy with a constitutional monarch, it is headed by a Grand Duke, Henri Albert Gabriel Felix Marie Guillaume. Henri, and is the world’s only remaining grand duchy.

Luxembourg is a developed country, with an advanced economy. Luxembourg is also one of the richest and smallest sovereign states in Europe, in 2012 Luxembourg had a population of 524,853

Luxembourg is a founding member of the European Union, OECD, United Nations, NATO, and Benelux.


In 2016 Luxembourgish citizens had visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 172 countries and territories, ranking the Luxembourgian passport 6th in the world, tied with countries such as Canada and Switzerland.

The Notre-Dame is the only cathedral of Luxembourg City. It’s a Roman Catholic Church, originally Jesuit. It’s cornerstone was laid in 1613. The church has a gothic architecture with Renaissance adornments.

Late in the 18th century, the church received the image of Maria Consolatrix Afflictorum, the patron saint of Luxembourg.

The cemetery of the cathedral is the National Monument to the Resistance and to the Deportation. The centerpiece of the monument is the famous bronze monument by the 20th century Luxembourgish sculptor Lucien Wercollier called The Political Prisoner.

Luxembourg National Museum of History and Art has a large archaeological collection, they house objects discovered during excavations like: sarcophaguses, tools, coins, jewels, and grave markers. The most outstanding objects being found in the excavations at Dalheim and Titelberg.

The museum has a wide range of Luxembourgish paintings dating back to the 18th century. You can enjoy paintings by Joseph Kutter, Dominique Lang, Eugène Mousset, Jean-Pierre Beckius, Nico Klopp and Auguste Trémont as well as sculptures by Auguste Trémont and Lucien Wercollier.

The museum also houses a collection of contemporary art.

The Groussherzogleche Palais, is a palace in Luxembourg City, it’s the official residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and where he performs most of his duties as head of state of the Grand Duchy.

Under the supervision of Charlotte, Grand Duchess the palace was redecorated during the 1960s. Charlotte reign as Grand Duchess of Luxembourg from 1919 to 1964.

It was thoroughly restored between 1991 and 1996. The interior of the Palace has been regularly renovated to match modern tastes and standards of comfort.

The Palace today is the official residence of the Grand Duke, and is used by him to exercise his official functions. He and the Grand Duchess, together with their staff, have their offices at the palace, and the state rooms on the first floor are used for a variety of meetings and audiences.

On Christmas Eve, the Grand Duke’s Christmas message is broadcast from the Yellow Room.

Luxembourg is a small country with a huge history, a great country to travel to, it’s small town atmosphere makes a great country to visit when you want to tour and rest on your vacation.

You deserve a rest, go ahead and see Luxembourg. Let me know how your trip went.

Did you see Vianden?

Luxembourg has 100 castles and fortresses – 75 of them date back to the middle ages. Most are open to the public.

Norway Travel

Norway is a great place to travel to, it’s an indescribable beauty that is rarely seen. It’s making contact – with nature.

It’s not unusual to see the guests aboard a ship walk out on deck in the middle of a cold winter night; to catch a glimpse of how the sea brushes upon the fjords.

This ranks as one of natures most interesting experience – especially when it’s 12:00 a.m. and the sun is shinning as bright as it does on any afternoon.

Unlike many countries, this is one of the things that makes Norway a great winter getaway.

In the late 19th century the coast line from Bergen to Kirkenes was a busy route for all sort of ships.

Norway is a great place to take a cruise. A popular route is Bergen to Kirkenes.

 One of the exciting things about visiting Norway  is being able to take a picture of the sea at 3:00 a.m. without a flash.

In the last few centuries the North Pole has became synonymous with Santa Claus, reindeers, vikings, trolls, salmon and cod fish.

Norway is famous for it’s different types of excursions:

There are ski expeditions, dog sledding, kayaking, birdwatching, snowmobile trips, sea eagle safari, mountain hikes, whale watching, sailing to Geiranger fjord, and naturally fishing in Lofoten – a great place to catch cod.

As you approach the coasts of Norway you might see penguins – they are very communicative – lots of noise in their area.

You may also see Polar bears – they are the opposite – no noise in their area- loners, quiet types – serious – very family oriented. You can see that in the interaction they have with their youngs.

Walrus – on the other hand are very observant –  as you approach them – you get the feeling – that they are the ones doing the sight seeing. Besides that – they have great teeth. One glance and you find yourself smiling at them.

Reindeers are and always have been magestic animals – they are a large part of the Norwegian culture. Up north it’s not unusual to see reindeers running thru the mountains in all colors. The white ones – are the most unusual and – photographed ones.

Visiting a Sami Camp in Honningsvag, Norway, (The North Cape) is a great way to learn about them.

Norway is one of those countries you just want to visit in the winter, summer, spring and fall.

Each season in Norway is an indescribable experience. From skiing to sailing.

Seeing the fjords covered in snow as you ski – it’s an incredible experience; then seeing them completely green – as you fish or sail is awesome.

This type of experience can only be matched by seeing the fjords in  transition (spring and fall).

Then when is it best to visit Norway? I’ll let you figure that one out.

Below are some must see places while your there:

Bergen
Bergen was founded in 1070 AD,  was the capital of Norway. It’s a colorful city that has retained the history of Norway.

Enjoy a trip on the Floibannen Funicular during your visit to Bergen and see all of Bergen.

This exciting trip up to the mountain is a magnificent experience in itself. Mount Fløyen, it’s approximately 320 metres above sea level.

From above you can enjoy the cityscape, the seaward, and the fjords surrounding Bergen.

Lofoten
The arctic circle marks the border to the Arctic region. During the summer months they have 24 hour sunlight.

This is what is referred to as the midnight sun.

The charm of the Lofoten islands are the small fishing villages with granite cliffs and white sand beaches.

You will find lots of fish racks and traditional fishermens huts.

Great place to try a fish cake.

The Northern Cape
The Northern Cape is the northern most point of the planet. A popular place for the snowmobile tours. There you will see the Sami people grazing reindeers.

Near the top, there is a exciting nature reserve called Gjesvaer Tappan. Great place for bird watching.

The Seven Sisters
When in Norway crossing the Arctic Circle on a ship is an important part of the experience.

Most tours celebrate it by asking all the passengers to meet on deck and there ritual begins. Here’s a tip: wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet during the ceremony.

Along the way you will pass the Seven Sisters.

The seven sisters are beautiful mountains that have influenced social myths, according to some Norwegian folk tales – trolls are turned to stone if they do not hide before the sun rises.

This was the case with the seven sisters – at least they are still beautiful. See for yourself.

Oslo
Oslo is the capital of Norway, the winter capital of the world. A multicultural city with modern architecture, a sculpture park named Vigeland, a Royal Palace, a Nobel Peace Center, Museums, and home to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump.

Clearly there is so much to do and see in Norway – below is a video that Expedia put together it features some of the most amazing places in Oslo.

Have a safe trip. Let me know all about it…