New York Travel

New York State and New York City are great places to travel to,  it’s  history is full of interesting facts; here are a few of them:

Schaghenbrief

The “Schaghenbrief” is a letter composed by Pieter Schager addressed to Leaders in Amsterdam in 1626. The letter states that an island was purchased for 60 gulders (aprox. $24.00) from from the natives.

The island was named New Amsterdam; known today as Manhattan.

In 1664, the English took the territory of New Amsterdam from the Dutch settlers living there. King Charles II named it New York after his brother the Duke of  York and gave it to him as a gift.

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On April 30, 1789 George Washington became it’s first president in the city’s Federal Hall on Wall Street.

New York was part of the original 13 colonies. The 11th state to form what is now the United States of America.

In 1848, the first women’s rights convention in the United States was held in Seneca Falls, New York – officially starting off the fight for women’s rights.

France gifted the Statue of Liberty to the United States in 1886 as a celebration of 100 years of U.S. independence and continued allegiance between the two countries.

The statue was shipped as 350 pieces in 214 crates and took 4 months to assemble at its current home on New York’s Ellis Island.

From 1886 to 1924, over 14 million immigrants entered through New York harbor into the United States.

In 1901, New York became the first state to require all automobiles to have license plates.

In 1917, women won the right to vote in – New York.

During WWII, President Franklin D. Roosevelt invited 982 refugees from concentration camps to stay in a holocaust refugee shelter called Safe Haven in Oswego, New York.

After the war a few returned to their home country, alot of them stood.

In 1952 the United Nations headquarters was established in New York City.

New York is the third most populated state in the United States of America, after California and Texas.

The population of New York State is approx. 19 million people, eight million of which live in New York City.

Albany is the capital of  New York.

On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York City. This was the worst single foreign assault on American soil.

In 2015, a study found that New York is the 13th best state to live in, the average income of $58,878.00 per year is among the favorable factors.

New York was the 6th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

New York City’s Federal Reserve Bank has the largest gold storage in the world. The vault is 80 feet below street level and contains $90 billion in gold.

New York is the home of many inventions, including, chewing gum, marshmallows, toilet paper and Jell-O.

Some of the most recognized New Yorkers world wide are: Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Denzel Washington, Adam Sandler, Eleanor , Theodore , and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lucille Ball, Tom Cruise, Michael Jordan, Barbara Streisand, Walt Whitman, and The Marx Brothers.

There is no doubt that New York certainly has a rich and exciting history,  a place to behold and see.

There is so much to see, so many places to explore, so many things to do.

Booking alot of tours can be expensive, and may throw you off the targeted budget. But if you purchase one of New York’s best travel deals – the New York Pass, you can visit all the attractions you want to see – and save money.

For more information on the New York pass:

The New York Pass is a ‘smart card’ – like a credit card with a computer chip inside.

The good thing about the New York Pass is that it allows you complete cash free entry to over 80 New York tourist attractions. That helps stay within budget.

It’s like a all tours inclusive vacation – once you’ve bought your New York Pass you don’t have to pay to get into any of the attractions covered by the pass.

It’s like having a reservation to see the most exciting sites, without having to run to the bank.

Travel to New York and enjoy all the sites, let me know about your trip.

The Netherlands Travel

The Neherlands is a wonderful place to travel to. It’s history is full of interesting facts – here a a few of them.

The Netherlands is the world’s second-largest exporter of food, flowers,  and agricultural products, after the United States.

Holland is a word that is used to describe The Netherlands.

It’s readily associated with windmills, wooden shoes, beer, tulips, and cheese.

Old Holland consisted of The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The three were once one country – generally known as Holland.

Between 1588 and 1795, the area currently known as The Netherlands was the Republic of Seven United Netherlands.

The republic was conquered by French troops in 1795 and became the Bat-avian Republic. Napoleon appointed his brother Louis as king in 1806, turning the country into a kingdom.

The Netherlands remained a kingdom after Napoleon’s defeat. At that time, the area called “Holland” made the biggest contribution to the entire nation’s economy and wealth.

As such the name Holland became the commonly used term to indicate the entire country.

Pay Bas is another name associated with The Netherlands.

The Benelux Union refers to the political, cultural, and economic union of three Western Europe states.

Namely Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

Benelux is a cobination derived from the first two or three letters of the names of each of these countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Benelux Union is one of the oldest economic unions in the world.

The union was established to promote cooperation and economic integration within the member states.

The Benelux was established in September of 1944 at the London Customs Convention, and took effect until 1948 – when the countries economies stabilized from the consequences of World War II.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The member states agreed on lowering custom duties and import duties, eliminating import quotas, and easing other trade restrictions among the union members.

West Germany, Italy, and France joined the Benelux Union in 1951.

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The union grew to become the European Economic Community and later the European Union.

The European Union took prominence over the Benelux union.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonetheless the Benelux Union continues to a strong pillar in the Dutch, Belgium, and Luxembourg culture, and a very important part of their history.

The three largest cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. Amsterdam being the capital.

When the United States formed the government consisting of the first 13 states, English became the official language of the United States by one vote – Dutch in second place and French came close with fewer votes – took third place.

The port of Rotterdam is the world’s largest port outside East-Asia, and by far the largest port in Europe.

Most people to date call  The Netherlands; Holland.

The Netherlands means “lower countries”, influenced by its low land and flat geography, with only about 50% of its land exceeding one meter above sea level.

The Netherlands also counts with a active beach area.

Very close to the dunes (man helped mountains). The dutch built them to keep the sea from invading their land. A great place to ride bike. One of the nicest sites in the area is watching people of all ages ride bike.

It’s not rare to see someone in their eighties ride bike. A site that makes the human heart rejoice.

Have fun, take a lot of photos and let me know about your trip to The Netherlands.

Don’t forget to take a boat trip…. Let me know how it was……

 

 

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……………

Travel to Germany – Wernigerode – A Place to Rest

During the course of the year we hear our self say, ” I need a vacation”.  The main reason usually is; that you feel tired. You want to sleep late and break from your daily routine.

You then start to plan a vacation. You need to travel.

Resting is included, even though it’s not written in any of your notes. Thereafter, you go on vacation and return home just as tired as you were when you left.

Here’s a tip: Green areas are known to be restful.

There is a great little town – in Germany – called Wernigerode, it’s green and it’s the perfect place to travel and rest.

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Wernigerode has a interesting history,  architecture is southwest of Halberstadt. The small town of Wernigerode lies at the base of the Brocken. It has a castle that sits on a hill; overlooking medieval houses with elaborate wood carvings. The Holtemme river flows through the town, and it’s joined by the Zillierbach stream, on the north slopes of the Harz Mountains.

The town’s borough consists of Hasserode, Nöschenrode, Stadtfeld, Burgbreite and Harzblick. As well as the villages of Benzingerode, Minsleben, Silstedt, Schierke and Reddeber.

The amounts of precipitation and temperatures in Wernigerode, are influenced by the Harz Mountains. Wernigerode was the capital of the medieval County of Stolberg-Wernigerode.

Listen to your body, if you want to go on vacation – so you can rest. Do it.

The hotel you chose for vacation, has a lot to do with the amount of rest you get.

Resting during your vacation, is not a myth. It’s a choice.

Brief Historic Facts

After the Napoleonic War in 1815, Wernigerode became part of the Prussian Province of Saxony. After World War II, Wernigerode was included in the new state Saxony-Anhalt.

In 1990, Wernigerode became part of the restored state of Saxony-Anhalt – after the German reunification.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are no written sources confirming exactly when the town was established.

The town’s name suggests; that it was a protected settlement. Klint was the first area to be settled, there was a small castle called Schnakenburg. In 1805, the ruins of the castle site were demolished. Klint was an ancient forest at the time of the settlement, typical of the Harz area.

On the 17th of April of 1229,  the settlement was granted town rights along the lines of that for Goslar.

In 2004, Wernigerode celebrated the 775th anniversary,  of that occasion.

The suffix –rode –  in the name Wernigerode = means clearing.

The Marketplace

Wernigerode contains several interesting Gothic buildings, the Town Hall has a timber facade from 1498.

Hasseröder lager, cigars and dyes are among the products manufactured in Wernigerode.

Wernigerode has numerous museums, galleries, libraries, and monuments.

Everywhere in this town is that pleasant freshness of the woods and nature, at a distance you can hear the streams running thru the rocks.

One of the most beautiful walk trails – starts at the edge of the town and follows the River.

Schloß Wernigerode Castle

The original Schloß Wernigerode Castle was built in the 12th century, but the present castle was built between 1862 and 1893 by Karl Frühling and includes parts of the medieval building.

Werningerode Castle is a breathtaking palace, in the Harz Mountains.

It was originally used as a hunting lodge for the old emperors of Germany.

Visitors as well as locals may be invited to banquets in the main dining hall of the castle.

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The castle is available to those desiring a fairy-tale wedding!

Train

Harzer Schmalspurbahn is a narrow gauge railway that leads from Wernigerode to the Brocken, 1141 meters to the highest peak in the Harz Mountains.

It goes to Nordhausen  – South of the Harz Mountains. The second highest peak is 971 meters – Wurmberg it’s accessible by cable car.

Take a ride an old steam train to the top the mountain; the network of narrow-gage rails runs through a number of towns in the Harz

The Harz Mountains – The land of  Fairy Tales

Steep-Roofed Houses, Cobblestone Roads, Enchanting Forests, Crystal Color Streams of water and Stormy Mountains.

Sounds familiar, yes it’s the Harz area a beautiful restful place tucked away deep in a wooded valleys.

It also sounds looks like the scenes of your favorite childhood stories:

The Harz Mountains have long been famous as an important source of German folklore.
There are many stories that are well known throughout the world of the witches, royalty, dwarves and animals in the Harz area.

Here are some of the most popular:

Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Tom Thumb, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, The Frog Prince, and The Wolf and the Seven Kids.

Find any of your favorites?

You can find lots of books to read, to relax with in Wernigerode

Don’t forget to include some fairy tales.

This region is also known for it’s many silver mines; many villagers made their living underground and the towns’ wealth is said to have come from the mines.

 

There are hints of this in the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

Hike,Walk,  Rest 

If you like hiking, walking, riding bike, or just sitting in front of a stream and soaking your feet.

Weinigerode is a great place to do it.

Get the rest you  want, next time you plan a vacation – consider Wernigerode, Germany.

Don’t forget to pack your camera -o you can take photos of it’s ancient structures and your favorite fairy tales.

Let me know how your trip went….

International Travel Food

Foreign Food and Travel  

Traveling means seeing new sites and tasting new dishes. Besides taking a tour a large part of the travel experience is trying the native dishes. It’s exciting to savour new spices and fill our senses with new aromas. It can make or break your vacation.

We all have memories of something we ate on vacation that was just unforgettable. The combination of fruits, vegetables and spices used was just so tasteful that you never forget it. Once home we wish we can eat like that eveyday,  but that thought is easily discarded. Mainly because we feel we have to start eating healthy again.

That means you beleive your diet during your vacation was inadequate. You ate all the wrong things.

Well that might not be the case. Restaurants are now more aware of their menus and ingredients, inclusive fast foods. The nutritional needs of the clients are constantly present in most food chains and in small business. foodplateHealthy eating starts with a concious decision to carefully chose the  ingredients and spices in your food.

What’s on your plate?

There  are foods that are just healthy, but not sought after – nonetheless they are in every country and culture. They are as generic as water. For example; chick peas, salmon, asparagus, and brown rice. They are everywhere, and are part of most diets.

Foreign Cuisine then –  is simply a dish from another country.

Not something you have to give up after vacation.

When you travel it’s heavily recomended – to eat the local food. It’s cheaper and allows you to soak in the local culture.

Most local dishes incorporate some fruit or vegetable.

What makes them different. Usually.  the spices…….

Herbs &  Spices

Herbs and Spices come from different parts of the plant.

The spices mostly used in restaurants world wide are garlic, cumin, mint, vinegar, olive oil, thyme, sage, ginger, coriander, basil, parsley, lemon, and paprika.

 An herb can come from the leaf of the plant. While a spice can come from the root, stem, seed of the plant.

Pure spices are the strongest in taste.

Let’s then focus on healthy eating during  travel. It could be fun and it may just be the break your body needs.

Dieting and eating healthy can be more exciting and rewarding if the cuisine is foreign.

I know you probably try alot of things not included here, but give fruits and vegetables a chance – here are some reasons why:

Fruits 

Fruits are a great source of vitamins and fiber.

Appels are easy to find  while you are on tour; they are in most hotels, motels, bed and breakfast and lodgings.

 

Apples are beleived to fight certain types of cancers, heart diseases, weight gain, and high cholesterol.

Some hotels have a bowl of green apples in the buffet table or front desk. They are great way of eating healthy while you tour.

They also make a great mid-morning snack.

Cantaloupes, Honeydews and Melons are good for breakfast, an excellent source of Vitamins A and C. Good for your vision and lungs. Most breakfast buffets serve them.

Oranges are rich in Vitamin C. Oranges have properties that have been associated with protection against stomach cancers and colds.

Vegetables

The scientific definition of vegetables pertains specifically to plant parts; that are edible.

Vegetables have other similar definitions, the common factor is that vegetables are an important source of  nutrients, potassium, fiber, and vitamins.

Some of the vegetables that are rich in anti-oxidants include: carrots, corn, peppers, oregano, pinto beans, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, raw nuts and seeds.

Greens leaf vegetables are a great source of antioxidants and fiber, like Romaine Lettuce and Spinach.

Foreign dishes and healthy food.

After the flight and your first foreign language experience. The first thought is to fill oneself with some native delight – even sweets.

New Perspective on Cocoa 

Have some cocoa, or a piece of dark chocolate. Yes, chocolate – it’s made of cocoa.

Chocolate is cocoa with sugar. Without sugar it’s Cocoa.

Cocoa has health benefits. Cocoa helps relief high blood pressure, obesity, cholesterol, diabetes, asthma and cancer.

It also has alot of cosmetic benefits.

There are varities of dark chocolates. The grading system may vary between countries.

Know the benefits of a nice cup of hot cocoa during your leisure travel.

Fairway to Eating Healthy – Olive Oil

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    • Olive oil is in every restaurant you go to – world wide, because it’s rich in monounsaturated fats and tastes great.
    • Has lots of antioxidants.
    • Holds strong antiflamatory properties.
    • Can help prevent strokes.
    • and protects you against heart diseases.
If you are like most people, you don’t like to diet. I bet you can put away alot of foreign dishes though.
While on tour,  learn about those fruit and vegetable dishes you ate.
Then make them at home in accordance with your nutricional plan.
Don’t forget to consult your doctor first.
Put the fun back in your diet, eat healthy – stay fit, put International Cuisine back in your fridge.
I hope these few travel tips; helped spice up your vacation.
Make your diet fun, like you did while you were on vacation.

Types of Tourism

Religious Tourism:

Religious tourism means the tour taken to the places of religious importance or to visit the holy shrines. Among the world’s most famous religious tourist spots are Mecca in Madina (Saudi Arab), Jerusalem, many Hindu temples in India.

Egypt is an ancient nation with a very ancient civilization. It had its own religion in the ancient times with people worshipping the Sun god. Most of the tombs and pyramids built in Egypt are built according to the positions of the Sun and other heavenly bodies. However, later the Egyptians culture came under the influence of Islam and much later Christianity.  With ninety percent of Muslim population in Egypt, there are many famous mosques in Egypt which are attractions for Muslim tourists.

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Solo travel and what it means for you

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself’ – Cloud Atlas.

Travel is regarded as one of the most exhilarating experiences one has in their lifetime.

The gift of being able to explore a new place, far from the familiar, learn about an unknown land, talk to locals, mix with other travellers and dip into the culture of another place is highly rewarding.

Many people have been part of a popular trend in travel culture, which is solo travel.

Solo travel allows you to be your personalized trip planner which allows for flexibility in travel that is otherwise often missing.

The first solo travel experience of an individual without a fixed trip planner is often deemed as a religious experience.

Solo travel helps you find that inner peace of mind and be your own travel guide.

You can guide yourself through your selected destination and explore stunning places and leave a little piece of yourself there.

A solo traveller can themselves experience and add some wonderful stories to their personal travel diaries.

Many people are known to go on solo trips after a particularly challenging event in their life, whether due to work stress, relationship stress or other interrelated events, they entrust themselves as the sole trip planner and set out on a journey they’ll never forget.

What ensues is a life altering experience that solo travellers speak of fondly in a number of their travel diaries.

Travel culture is now advertising this type of travel with a lot of emphasis on ways in which an individual can have a successful solo journey.

However, there are downsides of being your own travel guide. Sometimes, important aspects of travel can be missed out on in a new place without proper planning.

You can also run into a lot of issues in a foreign land such as language, food, wholesale jerseys stay, safety and places to visit which can be avoided with a professional travel guide who can help you in moments of need.

1708884On the flipside, solo travel is abundant with positives. It is ironically believed to one of the most social forms of travel.

The ability to pull away from pre-fixed social groups and engage with people from different worlds and cultures, allows an individual to grow socially and make new connections.

Solo travel is in some ways a gift of total self-indulgence. It lets you move away from the “tourist” tag and move onto being a true traveller and seeing the world with your own unbiased eyes.

A person can create their own space, physically and mentally which can be extremely therapeutic. It’s an experience that helps you create and share personal memories with yourself, enriching your soul for life.

Many travellers document their travel diaries online as a blog to share their knowledge and experience. This helps motivate other people and aspiring travellers achieve their dreams of exploring the world.

Travel blogs have become increasingly popular in the recent times.

They shed a positive light on solo travel and give tips and tricks to make solo travel as smooth as possible.

Thus solo travel is a beautiful episode in one’s life a person must experience at least once in their life to change their perspective and evolve within their own personal space.