Mississippi Travel

Mississippi is a great place to visit, if your like me the first thing you think about is the Mississippi River.

But it’s no wonder, Mississippi’s name is derived from the Mississippi River, after the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi.

The state of Mississippi western boundary is largely defined by the Mississippi River.

Mississippi is almost entirely within the Gulf coastal plain, and generally consists of lowland plains and low hills.

Jackson is both the state’s capital and largest city. One of the interesting sites in Jackson is the former state capitol building it was used as the State House from 1839 through 1903, when the present capitol building was opened.

Mississippi is known for its music and literature, it has been called the Birth Place of The Blues.

Musicians of the state’s Delta region were historically significant to the development of the blues.

The USA International Ballet Competition, which is held every four years, takes place in Jackson.

A census showed that in 2010, 37.3% of Mississippi’s population was African American, the highest percentage for any state.

The Mississippi River is not the only river in it’s state, there is the Big Black River, the Pearl River, the Yazoo River, the Pascagoula River, and the Tombigbee River.

Mississippi if one thing is green, it has over 3000 species of plants, more than 420 species of birds, and approximately 204 fish species.

Biloxi
Biloxi is a Mississippi city on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s known for its casinos.

Biloxi Lighthouse stands next to Biloxi Beach on the Mississippi Sound.

The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum offers exhibits on boat-building and seafood-processing.

The Beauvoir estate and Jefferson Davis Presidential Library explore the life of the Confederate leader.

The Institute of Marine Mammal Studies research and rehabilitation center, is one of the only dolphin rescue facilities on the gulf coast, and cares for a variety of marine mammals.

It has a discovery room with a pool that allow visitors to interact with sea stars, stingrays, sharks, and other marine life.

Address: 3671, 10801 Dolphin Ln, Gulf-port, Mississippi
Official site: www.imms.org

Beauvoir
The Beauvoir estate was built in 1852 and became the home of president, Jefferson Davis, in 1877.

It remained in the family until 1903, when Davis’ widow sold the property to the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

As part of the sale, the organization agreed to use the property as a free home for confederate veterans (1903-1957).

Since 1957 the property remains a memorial to confederate soldiers and Jefferson Davis.

The estate is home to the Confederate Presidential Library and Museum.

The museum has President Davis belongings, items from the veterans home, and artifacts from the Civil War.

Visitors may tour the large estate, which includes the home, guest cottages, and the Memorial Cemetery.

Address: 2244 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, Mississippi
site: www.visitbeauvoir.org

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science offers visitors the unique opportunity to learn about the natural world with exhibits of Mississippi’s wildlife, sealife (aquarium with over 200 species), and its extensive fossil collection.

Location: Off Lakeland Drive at Interstate 55 in Northeast Jackson, Mississippi within LeFleur’s Bluff State Park
Official site: www.mdwfp.com/museum

Elvis Presley Birth Home
On January 8, 1935, Elvis Presley was born in a two-room house that was built by his father in Tupelo, Mississippi.

The home has been preserved and is open for fans to see it as it was during his childhood, complete with period furnishings.

Address: 306 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo, Mississippi
Official site: www.elvispresleybirthplace.com

Rock & Blues Heritage Museum
The Rock & Blues Heritage Museum in Clarksdale has a wide variety of music memorabilia from 1905 through the 1970’s, with a focus on the evolution of Blues and Rock n’ Roll.

One of the most impressive aspects is the museum’s collection of original records, dating back to a 1905 Edison phonograph and cylinders and several examples of 1920’s 78 rpm acetate records.

Here, you can also find what is considered the world’s first rock ‘n’ roll record, Ike Turner’s Rocket 78, which was recorded in Clarksdale. Other original vinyls include the 1956 Shake, Rattle and Roll and Rock Around the Clock.

The museum also has several guitars autographed by music legends like Chuck Berry, B.B. King, the Doors’ Rob Krieger, and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.

Other memorabilia includes interesting artifacts, like The Who’s contract to play Woodstock and ticket stubs form the concert, Beach Boys stage props, and original sheet music.

There is also an exclusive “British Invasion” exhibit, which features Beatles memorabilia and rare items, like John Lennon’s Dutch “Bag One” lithographs.

Address: 113 East 2nd Street, Clarksdale, Mississippi
Official site: www.blues2rock.com


Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway follows a route once used by Native Americans, stretching for 444 miles from Natchez, Mississippi through Alabama to Nashville, Tennessee.

It is a popular scenic route for sightseeing, with plenty of things to do and see along the way.

Among the most popular tourist attractions are numerous prehistoric mounds and archaeological sites, scenic lookouts, and historic points of interest like the Tupelo and Brices Cross Roads battlefields.

The Parkway is also a designated bicycle route with incredible views and photo opportunities.

Official site: http://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm

Old Courthouse Museum
The Old Courthouse Museum is a registered National Historic Landmark operated by the Vicksburg and Warren County Historical Society.

The courthouse was build in 1858 by slave labor. The museum exhibits Civil War artifacts, flags, clothing, household items, and furniture.

Address: 1008 Cherry Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Official site: http://oldcourthouse.org/

Mississippi Petrified Forest
The Mississippi Petrified Forest is a enormous massive forest, slowly turning to stone with time. It has a nature trails to explore the evolution of plants and fossils over time.

Official site: www.mspetrifiedforest.com

Some of the famous people born in Mississippi are Elvis Presley, BB King, Gerald McRaney, Shepard Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Sela Ward, and James Earl Jones.

There is so much more to talk about and explore about Mississippi than what we covered here.

I don't know about you, but I want to soak my feet in the Mississippi River, and get in-touch with nature, and head down the river in a boat.

Never mind me, you go on and have a safe and pleasant vacation. Don't forget your safety tips: Wear casual clothes - Blend in

If you put your wallet in your pants back pockets - insert it - the wide way in - its harder to pull out. Even for you.

Eat right - try the local dishes that include fruits and/or vegetables. You don't have to do it everyday - two out of three. Ok, three out of four and you can throw in some sweets.

Last but not least - if you have a large bag - must take stuff - make sure you have a long strap - and place it across your chest. If the strap is resting on top of your left shoulder - the bag should be resting on the right side of your waist.

Bye, have fun take some pictures and share some with us.

Virginia Travel


The State of Virginia
Officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is known in the United States as the “Mother of Presidents” because eight U.S. presidents were born there.

The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city.

Virginia’s estimated population as of 2017, is over 8.4 million.

Virginia is divided into 95 counties and 38 independent cities.

Virginia has 11 Metropolitan Statistical Areas; Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, and Richmond-Petersburg are the three most populous.

Richmond, Capitol of Virginia
Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 204,214.

The Richmond Metropolitan Area has a population of 1,260,029, the third-most populous metro in the state.

Major suburbs include Midlothian, Chesterfield, Varina, Sandston, Glen Allen, Short Pump, and Mechanicsville.

Richmond was founded in 1737. It became the capital of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia in 1780, replacing Williamsburg.

“Give me liberty or give me death” originated in Virginia back in 1775 it was  said by Patrick Henry’s in a speech in he held in St. John’s Church.

Richmond’s economy is primarily driven by law, finance, and government.

Virginia State Capitol
The Virginia State Capitol was designed by Thomas Jefferson and Charles-Louis Clérisseau in France.

Its construction began in the year 1785, and was completed in 1788.

In 1960 it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

The Pentagon
The Pentagon is located in Arlington County, Virginia, its the headquarter of the United States Department of Defense.

The Pentagon is the world’s largest office building.

Over twenty three thousand  (23,000) military and civilian people work there.

The five-acre pentagonal plaza is nicknamed “ground zero” on the presumption that it would be a prime target in a nuclear war.

On September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 77 was hijacked and flown into the side of the building, killing 189 people.
 
The Pentagon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery is a United States Military cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia. It was established on May 13th, 1864.

The national cemetery was established during the Civil War on the grounds of the Arlington House, which had been the estate of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s wife, Mary Anna Custis Lee.

Mary Anna Custis Lee was one of Martha Washington’s great-granddaughters.

The Cemetery, along with the Arlington House, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of April 2014.

Alexandria
Alexandria, Virginia is nationally recognized for its rich history and beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture.

Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money Magazine.

Alexandria is the relaxed and refined place to start your Virginia vacation.

Alexandria is home to Mount Vernon.

Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon was the home of the first President of the United States, George Washington.

His wife’s name was Martha Dandridge Custis Washington.

Their former plantation is located in Fairfax County, Virginia.

The mansion was built of wood in a loose Palladian style, the original house was built by George Washington’s father Augustine, around 1734.

 

Mount Vernon was Washington’s home until he passed away in 1799.

In 1858, the house’s historical importance was recognized and the plantation was restored, it was bought by The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.

Today the plantation is still owned and maintained in trust by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, and it’s open every day of the year, including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. George would have wanted it that way.

In 1960 Mount Vernon was designated a National Historic Landmark , and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

No doubt, Virginia sounds like a great place to visit, if you decide to go – don’t forget your safety tips.

Wear shirts outside your pants if you can, preferably those that cover your pockets, turns off pick pockets.

If you must carry a over the shoulder bags – with long straps – strap it across your chest, not over your shoulder – that’s too easy to pull.

Avoid dark and solitary places – this includes – bus stops.

Have a good time, let me know about your trip.


 

Maryland Travel



Maryland is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

The state's largest city is Baltimore, and its capital is Annapolis.

Among its occasional nicknames are Old Line State, the Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State.

It is named after the English queen Henrietta Maria, known in England as Queen Mary.

Sixteen of Maryland's twenty-three counties border the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay, totally more than 4,000 miles of shoreline.

Maryland has been ranked as one of the best governed states in the country.

Maryland's Eastern Shore and Western Shore embrace the Chesapeake Bay, and the many estuaries and rivers create one of the longest waterfronts of any state.

Important agricultural products from Maryland are greenhouse and nursery products, chickens, dairy products, eggs, and soybeans.

Stone, coal, sand, gravel, cement, and clay are among their chief mineral products.

Baltimore is Maryland's largest city, and home of the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital.

Annapolis is Maryland's capital and the site of the United States Naval Academy.

Assateague Island National Park Seashore; is currently one of Maryland's most favorite vacation destinations.

Known for its sightseeing cruises, bird watching, fishing, hunting, swimming, sunbathing and kayaking.

Fort McHenry is located in Baltimore and one of the things it has become best known for is its defense of the harbor in the War of 1812.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum has one of the most important railroad collection in the United States.

The Strathmore Music Center offers audiences a wide variety of musical shows that suits just about anybody's taste.

In 1902, Maryland opened the Ocean City Boardwalk is recognized as one of the best boardwalks in America.

It’s filled with novelty shops, and restaurants. It’s nightlife is full of music and dancing.

Maryland is also known for it's Six Flags America theme park located in Woodmore CDP, Prince George's County, Maryland, near Upper Marlboro.

Six Flags America is divided into six themed areas inspired by the different extremes of the United States

Main Street 1776, Chesapeake, Looney Tunes Movie Town, Mardi Gras, Gotham City, and Coyote Creek

Main Street 1776, also known as Liberty Street, is inspired by Colonial America set during the American Revolution

Chesapeake embodies life on the water. This area was split into two sections, Skull Island, and Olde Boston.

Skull Island, focused heavily on the inclusion of pirates. Olde Boston focused on the colonial era.

Looney Tunes Movie Town is inspired by the Looney Tunes cartoons of the 1930s and 1940s.

Mardi Gras is an all year Mardi Gras celebration.

Gotham City is a land that allows guests the experience Comics Strips most notorious city.

Ride The Joker’s carnival coaster, or soar to the skies with Superman, on the Ride of Steel.

Or take an unforgettable trip down the river with the Penguin, you decide.

Coyote Creek includes Renegade Rapids - a white water rafting ride down the river - inspired by the Colorado River.

Coyote Creek is home to the Crazy Horse Saloon, were cowboys use to drink and relax.

Deep Creek Lake is the largest inland body of water in Maryland.

The park offers activities like fishing, hiking, swimming, water skiing and wakeboarding.

During the winter, it becomes a great place for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Among other popular Maryland attractions are the following:

National Aquarium, USS Constellation, and Maryland Science Center at Baltimore's Inner Harbor; Historic St. Mary's City; Jefferson Patterson Historical Park and Museum at St. Leonard; Goddard Space Flight Center at Greenbelt; Assateague Island National Park Seashore; Ocean City beach resort; and Catoctin Mountain, Fort Frederick, and Piscataway parks.

Baltimore is the most popular tourist destination in Maryland.

Baltimore is known as the city where Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the Star Spangled Banner in 1812.

Local highlights include excellent seafood crabs, oysters, crab cakes, and crab soup.

Baltimore lies on the juncture of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Inner Harbour is one of Baltimore's most upscale neighborhoods known for its museums, hotels and magnificent National Aquarium.

Midtown is home to the performing arts district, Penn Station, Walters Art Museum, Charles St restaurants, and the University of Baltimore.

South Baltimore is home to Federal Hill, Locust Point, Pigtown, and Fort McHenry.

North Baltimore is home to Charles Village, Station North Arts District, Hampden, Loyola, Johns Hopkins, and Mount Washington.

Southeast Baltimore is home to Canton, Patterson Park, Highlandtown, and Greektown.

West Baltimore is home to Druid Hill Park, Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, Pimlico, Maryland Zoo in druid Hill ParK, Pimlico Race course, and Edgar Allen Poe's house.

East Baltimore is home to Johns Hopkins Hospital, Clifton Park Golf Course, and Herring Run Park.

Maryland is a seasonal wonderland, so full of activities. Did you know that in the winter you can go skiing there.

WISP Resort  is one of Maryland's top ski and snowboarding location.

The area provides a winter playground for snow sports with 172 acres of skiing, over 100 inches of annual natural snow plus snowmaking.

Situated in the mountains of Western Maryland, Wisp Resort is Maryland's only 4-season ski, golf and recreational destination resort.

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall Maryland is the place to go, book your trip now and have a great time there.
Let me know about your trip.


Vermont Travel


Vermont is a state in the New England region of the United States. Montpelier is the capital of Vermont.

Montpelier is the smallest state capital in the United States.

It’s a small town with big city attractions – such as arts, music, restaurants, schools, recreational facilities, government facilities and churches.

Vermont is a Green Mountain State, great for outdoor activities.

The Killington Resort is one of those great outdoor places to visit; the terrain provides skiers different levels of excitement with a host of unique runs.

It’s serviced by 22 lifts and two express gondolas.

The resort also has six terrain parks which include snowboarders, free skiers snowmobile tours, sleigh rides, and snowshoeing.

One of these terrains is called The Stash: the stash is an all-natural terrain park with more than 50 features, as well as a 500-foot long Superpipe with 18-foot walls.

Killington is an all year around place – during the changing of the seasons Killington is known for being the hosts of festivals, competitions from Rails 2 Riches and Dirty Girl Mud Runs – these of course these are accompanied by great bands.

During the Spring and Fall after the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course as well as 35 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails.

Vermont also has other great places of interest which include, Shelburne, Wilson Castle, Bunker Hill Monument, Walden Pond State Reservation, Hildene Farm, Deerfield, The Champlain Islands, Grafton, Stowe, Manchester, the Quechee Gorge and of course Burlington.

Shelburne is a town in Chittenden County, Vermont located along the shores of Lake Champlain.
Shelburne is a suburb of Burlington, the largest city in the state of Vermont.

Wilson Castle is a nineteenth-century estate built in 1867 in a mix of nineteenth-century architectural styles including Dutch Neo-Renaissance, Scottish Baronial, Queen Anne, and Romanesque Revival, it is now a museum.

The Bunker Hill Monument was built to commemorate The Battle of Bunker Hill, which was one of the first major battles between British and Patriot forces in the American Revolutionary War, fought June 17, 1775.

The 221-foot granite obelisk was erected between 1825 and 1843, there are 294 steps to the top.

Walden Pond is part of the Massachusetts Forests and Parks system. Walden Pond State Reservation consists of 335 acres of protected open space.

In summer the Reservation is a popular swimming destination. In the spring and fall, it’s a popular hiking trail that leads you to a replica of Thoreau’s one-room cabin.

Hildene Farm is in Manchester in the heart of The Shires of Vermont on the 412-acre estate of Robert Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln and wife, Mary.

Hildene Farm also connects the family’s legacy to the sustainable and green practices. It utilizes renewable energy resources from solar panels and wood fuel.

The barn is designed specifically to house Hilden’s herd of Nubian goats.

They have a public viewing of cheese production from milking to small batch processing, pasteurization, aging and packaging of Hildene Farm Artisanal Cheeses.

Deerfield is a museum with historic houses, villages and countryside. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark District.

Deerfield is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Champlain Islands of Vermont are five breath-taking lakeside communities, nestled into Lake Champlain between Vermont and New York.

The Town of Grafton is one of the smallest and most scenic towns of Windham County.

Grafton is one of New England’s prettiest villages, with many historic buildings.
It is wonderful town that still holds traditional Town Meetings.

Grafton is a great place to walk thru the forests, swim in the river, mountain bike, visit shops, galleries and museums.

Grafton is also known for having very friendly people. Great hospitality, place to just sit and relax in a comfortable atmosphere.

Stowe Mountain is a resort surrounded by Mount Mansfield; the highest peak in Vermont and Spruce Peak.

Stowe Mountain is known for good skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating.

Manchester is in the heart of the Green Mountains, this former iron-mining town today is an all-season destination.

In Manchester you can ski down the slopes, hike thru the mountains, fish in the river, canoe, ride bicycle thru scenic trails, go shopping, and enjoy great restaurants.

The Quechee gorge is home to the Quechee Lakes.

Quechee is known for a picturesque covered bridge at the site of the old Quechee Mill, which now houses the Simon Pearce glass-blowing facility and restaurant.

Woodstock is a town in Windsor County, Vermont. Some of the great tourist attractions in Woodstock are The Farmhouse; owned by Laurence Rockefeller and his wife Mary French Rockefeller, The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park , and the Appalachian Trail.

Burlington is the most populous city in the state of Vermont. It’s Church Street Marketplace – has a four-block pedestrian mall in the heart of the city, is the site of festivals year round.

Burlington is known for such events as the South End Art Hop, the Pine Street Art Works, the Festival of Fools, The Vermont Brewers Festival, the Giant Pumpkin Regatta and Festival, and for having the largest all year-round farmers markets in the state of Vermont.

Vermont is no doubt a great place to visit no matter what time of year you travel. Let me know if you decide to visit, have a safe flight.

New Hampshire Travel

New Hampshire is the 5th smallest state in the United States. It’s one of the original 13 states that founded the nation.

In June 1788 it became the ninth state to ratify the Constitution.

Concord is New Hampshire’s state capital, and Manchester is its largest city.

Concord is a interesting place to visit, among the most popular sights are the Millbrook Gallery and Sculpture Garden.

The McGowan Fine Art, and the Capitol Center for the Arts are also must see places.

Concord is not heavily populated, it has a population of approximately 42,695 as of 2010.

Penacook, East Concord, and West Concord are the villages that make up Concord.

One of New Hampshire major attractions is that it has no general sales tax.

It also does not have a state or local personal income tax.

The New Hampshire primary, is the first primary in the U.S. Presidential Election cycle.

New Hampshire license plates carry the motto, “Live Free or Die“.

The state’s nickname is, “The Granite State”, referring to its large granite formations and quarries.

New Hampshire has some of the largest ski mountains on the East Coast.

Some of their major recreational attractions include skiing, snowmobiling, and other winter sports.

The Attitash Mountain Resort, located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, is a popular ski destination.

Attitash consists of a variety of terrain on 67 trails – spread out over two connected mountain peaks that cater to skiers and snowboarders.

Attitash Mountain Resort has a ski and snowboard school, that can help beginners learn the fundamentals of skiing or riding.

New Hampshire has the shortest ocean coastline of any state in the United States, approximately 18 miles.

Hampton Beach is a popular local summer destination.

The Sunapee, Winslow, Rollins, and Wadleigh State Parks are joined by The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway.

The trail also links three New Hampshire State Forests: Gile, Kearsarge and Shadow Hill.

It also links Wildlife Management Area: Bog Mountain.
Kingston State Park is approximately 44 acres in size and has picnic areas, a playground, softball field, and three game areas for horseshoes, and volleyball.

If you want to tie the knot in New Hampshire – Kingston State Park is a good place for a wedding reception or business party.

Kingston State Park is close to Canobie Lake Park, and The Fox Run Mall.

The Flume Gorge is a natural gorge at the base of Mount Liberty in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire.

The Flume Brook, features walls of Conway granite that rise to a height of 70 to 90 feet.

Nearly 200 million years ago the Conway Granite that forms the walls of the Flume was – buried molten rock.

Sometime after the fractures were formed, small dikes of basalt were forced up along the fractures.

Making it the mysterious beautiful place that it is today.

When we see a map of the United States the first thing you notice is that Northern Peak and Florida.


New Hampshire is more than just a beautiful sight it’s a place with a wonderful history and a place with an important ecological contribution to the planet.

Definitely a place worth visiting. If you want to ski – visit it in the winter – but if you want to see the granite and ecological contributions to the planet – go in the summer and enjoy some of natures’ most fascinating secrets.

I was just thinking – if you are there in the spring or fall you can probably catch it all and catch enjoy the beauty of the woods and parks during the changing of the seasons.

Their leafs are famous for their array and burst of colors.

Let me know what you decided, have a safe trip, Let me know how your trip went.

Enjoy….


Siegburg Travel

Siegburg is a wonderful small city located on the banks of the rivers Sieg and Agger; in the district of Rhein-Sieg-Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Siegburg sits on the base of a mountain.

Siegburg is one of the few cities in the world that has converted – most – if not all of it’s street lights; to energy efficient – LED – bulbs. Reducing the use and cost of energy tremendously in Siegburg.

In 1816 Siegburg became the county seat of the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis.

Some of Siegburg most interesting sites in Siegburg are:

Holzgasse – The Holzgasse is a long cobblestone paved street full of shops and restaurants.

Abtei Michaelsberg – The Abtei Michaelsberg is the former residence of the Benedictine Monks; who produced a liquor called Siegburger Abtei-Likör and a beer called Michel.

Medieval Christmas Markett – Siegburg is known for it’s medieval Christmas market. The market features Medieval tents, full of the era’s artifacts and medieval music. A variety of wines are served – this includes honey wines and some of the era’s most tasteful breads. It’s a great place to step back in time.
Siegburg Museum – The Siegburg museum features the history of Siegburg from prehistoric times until the Federal Republic. The museum has a medieval cellar vault; conserved from 1826.
<Oktopus Siegburg – The Oktopus Siegburg is a great place to go to if you like deep sea diving – here you can do it indoors. It’s one of the deepest indoor diving centers of Europe. The tower has a depth of 20 meters and a diameter of 10 to 18 meters.

Cineplex Siegburg – The Cineplex Is the biggest cinema in Siegburg; it shows the latest movies. It consists of: 2 small – cozy movie theaters, 4 medium size – movie halls, and one huge movie theater – that can house 500 people.

Michealsberg Abbey – Is a former monastery of the Benedictine Order, founded in 1064 by the Archbishop of Cologne, the monastery is dedicated to the Archangel Michael.




During the 14th century, the abbey was said to be directly subject to the Holy Roman Emperor. This led to a war, with the town of Siegburg.

In 1676, the abbey became the subject of local territorial power.

During the period of the Thirty Years’ War, the abbey became – a center of literary and musical studies.

There is no doubt that Siegburg is a great place to travel to; a small town with a huge history and great restaurants.

When you visit, check your electrical items – the voltage in Germany is 230 V 50 Hz, adapter C / F.

Let me know about your trip to Siegburg, did you dive? How deep did you go – was it cold outside when you did it?

Auf Wiedersehen!


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.


Washington, District of Columbia 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, 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).

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.