St. Eustatius Travel

Sint Eustatius also known as Statia, formerly part of the Netherlands Antilles.

Sint Eustatius became a special municipality within The Netherlands on October 10th, 2010.

The island is 21 square kilometres that is approxinmately 81 square miles.

The official language is Dutch, English is the widely spoken.

The island of St Eustatius does not really have its own specialized cuisine, but there are some tasty Creole options for those looking for something a little exotic.

The food is mainly Dutch cuisine, although you can savour a host of international flavors sucha as European, American, and Asian spices.

The capital city of St. Eustatius is called Oranjestad, the smallest capital in the world.

To reach St. Eustatius, you first have to first fly to St. Maarten.

There are regular flights to St. Maarten from Paris, Amsterdam, New York, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary.
Air France
WinAir Airlines flies from St. Maarten to St. Eustatius frequently – it’s a 20 minutes flight.

Statia has become a marriage favorite in the Caribbean. that’s because of the many wedding packages available in the island.

You can get married in the Courthouse, in one of the churches or on the beach, in Fort Oranje which was built in 1636, in the Dutch Reformed Church, in a Jewish Synagogue built in 1739, or in the The Miriam C. Smith Botanical Garden.

Getting married in any of these places is possible any day of the week.

Another island attraction is The St Eustatius National Marine Park created in 1996, which protects a variety of habitats, including pristine coral reefs.

Within the Park are two actively- managed Reserves in which no fishing or anchoring is permitted.

St. Eustatias has a dormant volcano ‘The Quill’ and the ‘Boven’ which is an area covering five hills in the north of St Eustatius, also known as The Northern Hills.

Various types of habitats are protected, from the forests at the top of the Quill volcano to the thorny woodlands on the lower slopes.

The Miriam Schmidt Botanical Garden is a great place to visit, it was created in 1998 – this garden is protected an provides the opportunity to rest in a peaceful environment.

Statia has great hiking trails some lead to the volcano, you can buy a trail tag in the National Park office which costs $10.00 and is valid for a year.

No doubt Statia is the place to travel to, maybe the perfect place for that special moment .

Whatever you choose – take lots of pictures of it’s almost untouched natural nature.

Let me know all about it?

Did you see any weddings?

Los Angeles, California

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.

The Azores Islands Travel


The Azores Islands are a great place to travel to, they have an interesting history – here are some of the facts.

The Azores islands are 9 islands that belong to Portugal.

The islands were formed by volcanic activity some three hundred thousands years ago, some areas are – as recent as 70 years ago.

The most popular way of getting from island to island is by boat or plane.

When inland you can drive a auto, ride bicycle or hike.

The Azores (Acores in Portuguese) are renowned for world-class whale watching, hot mineral springs, and quaint seaside towns.

Each of the nine islands that make up the Azores,  has its own fascinating identity and charm.

These islands can be divided into three recognizable groups located on the Azores Platform:

The Eastern Group (Grupo Oriental) of São Miguel, Santa Maria and Formigas Islets.

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The Central Group (Grupo Central) of Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial.

The Western Group (Grupo Ocidental) of Flores and Corvo.

Watch the Video below, it’s a Vacation Travel Guide – which highlights the natural beauty of the Azores Islands of Portugal:

As you just saw in the video, the beaches aren’t the only attraction in the Azores, the volcanic calderas, hot springs, valleys, waterfalls, lakes and mountains make these islands a remarkable must see nature evolution.

Which really highlights the natural beauty of the planet.

The Azores islands are the ideal setting for nature lovers –  it’s green  – full of  trees, plants, and flowers that came into existence under the most intriguing set of circumstances – ancient volcanic activities.

The islands are also great for sea lovers – some of the best views of the islands are best seen from the ocean.

Whale watching, swimming with friendly fishes and go scuba diving are some of the activities you can enjoy in the Azores. The average temperature in the sea is about 70 degrees farenheit.

You can also enjoy the islands beauty by renting a car. There’s  very little traffic in the islands, which allows you to be able to stop and take in the sites.

For those who like to walk or hike you’ll enjoy following the trails, one of the most exciting trails is the one that leads you to the highest mountain in Portugal – Pico.


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The trail to it has some breathtaking views which makes walking/hiking fun – for those who never hiked before. A great place to start.

The proximity of the sea from all sides turns walking long distances into a great adventure.

Watch the video below and click on the link that follows to get travel information to the Azores.

http://www.azoresgetaways.com

Once you are in the islands, enjoy the local dishes.

Some are prepared  – the good old fashion way.

Ask the natives what that is and be prepared to be amazed and delighted.


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Enjoy your trip, send me some photos of your favorite activities in the Azores ……..

Travel to Grand Canyon National Park

Travel  to the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a gift from the past, take the time to enjoy it. Walk along it’s trails, and feel the brilliance of the sun upon your skin; as the wind blows thru your hair.

Experience a sunrise or sunset in the Canyon, and feel the connection between the elements, as you gaze upon the shadows of time – as the sun sets or rises over different parts of the land.

The Grand Canyon is a great place to travel and it’s opened all year. The North End reaches a height-over 2,700 m (8,858 feet). It’s opened from May to October, if weather conditions allow it.

The South End, has an average altitude of 2,300 m (7,546 feet). Hiking from the South End to the river usually takes two days.

The Grand Canyon National Park encompasses more than 1.2 million acres, the vast majority of which are inaccessible due to the predominance of cliffs.

There are plants and animals in the area, mainly those who survive in the desert.

The Colorado River bisects the canyon; if you are a hiker and want to cross the river you can only do it at Phantom Ranch.

If you choose to hike from rim to river to rim, you will have to deal with an elevation differential of more than 10,000 feet from start to finish.

Recommendations

The Grand Canyon National Park is huge; plan the areas you want to visit – divide those by hours or days -then find out what tours are available.

I recommend the Grand Canyon Tour Company, they offer a large variety of tours, some of the more popular ones are:

Helicopter Tours, White Water Rafting Tours, Colorado River Float Trips, Jeep Tours, Bus Tours, Train Tours, Airplane Tours, and lots more.

Heights and Distances can be Deceiving –  play it safe. Take a tour. 

The Grand Canyon Tour Company has been serving Las Vegas visitors since 1982.

Driving

If driving keep your gas tank full the next gas station may be quite some distance down the road.

Carry water in your car, particularly during summer months.

Biking at Grand Canyon National Park

Bicycles are not available for rent at the park.  Bicycle riders in Arizona are subject to the same traffic rules as automobiles. Use extreme caution when riding on park roads; shoulders are narrow and vehicle traffic is heavy.

The West Rim Drive is open to bicycles throughout the year, but remember that during the summer months there is heavy bus traffic on the West Rim Drive. Use caution and do not obstruct the traffic.

Bicycles are not allowed on any park trails.
Mountain bikes are allowed only on those roads open to automobile traffic.

Photos

Don’t forget your camera – and take the best photos of your life. One idea is to take a picture of the same area at different times of the day.

The Grand Canyon is known for it’s pictures, by word of mouth – usually from friends and neighbors who been there.

Besides creating a beautiful site – the shadows create a world a within a world – like a natural clock. Can you tell what time it is by the shadows?

We must ensure that future generations have the opportunity to establish their own connections with nature and the Grand Canyon National Park is the place to do it.

Let me know how your trip went……………