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.

Kansas Travel

If you are like me, the first thing you do when you look at a map is notice the top, middle and bottom. When some people where asked, “What state is in the middle of the United States?”; many replied Kansas.

Kansas is in the Mid-western part of The United States, named after the Kansas River.

The Kansas River was named after the Native Americans who lived along its banks for many centuries.

For thousands of years, Kansas was home to numerous and diverse Native American tribes.

Kansas capital is Topeka.

Topeka’s State Capitol Building, is a work of art, it’s covers 20 acres in the heart of downtown Topeka.

It’s French Renaissance-style took 37 years to build. It’s construction began in 1866 and ended in 1903.

Kansas borders with Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and on the west with Colorado.

The tribes that inhabited the eastern part of the state generally lived in villages along the river valleys.

Kansas was first settled by Americans in 1827; with the establishment of Fort Leavenworth.

Unlike many states, Kansas land is mainly devoted to agriculture.

The state’s agricultural outputs are cattle, sheep, wheat, sorghum, soybeans, cotton, hogs, corn, and salt.

As of 2018, there were 59,600 farms in Kansas, 86 of which are certified as organic farms.

The most significant agricultural crop in the state is wheat.

Kansas is ranked eighth in US petroleum production. Oil production in Kansas has remained fairly constant.

The average monthly rate is about 2.8 million barrels. Kansas is also ranked eighth in US natural gas production.

Kansas economy is also influenced by the aerospace industry, with such giants as Spirit AeroSystems, Bombardier Aerospace, and Textron Aviation.

People who never visited Kansas recognize it from literature and film – one of my favorite films featuring Kansas is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.



The main character in the novel and film Dorothy Gale won the hearts of many. There's something heart warming and exciting about Dorothy finding her way back to Kansas. That just keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Whose's heart did not go out for Dorothy's safe return to Kansas.

Equally as powerful is Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie, published in 1935, a TV sensation packed with important family and community values. Definitely something you want to watch with your loved one.

Kansas is also home to the fictional character of Superman; in the Man of Steel. He grows up in Smallville, Kansas and heads off to save the world.

Do you believe in coincidences? - There's three, they all seem to agree - that Kansas is a place of great values.

Kansas is also known for the Kansas Speedway; located in Kansas City; host of the NASCAR, IndyCar, and ARCA race circuits.

The Kansas Speedway is known for its spectacular fan experience, with more than 200 motor sports events throughout the year.

The track hosts NASCAR touring series races and special events throughout the year.

Wichita Kansas

Wichita is the largest city in south-central Kansas with a population of 390,591. Wichita is known for it's impressive tourist attractions, such as:

The Botanica Wichita Gardens

The Botanica Wichita Gardens is a paradise celebrating horticulture that is open year-round. It has a Children's Garden, a Monster Woods exhibit, a Tree-house, 4000 species of plants, a butterfly garden, and a Shakespeare Garden.

Keeper of the Plains

The 44-foot-tall Keeper of the Plains - steel statue - stands over the public plaza, where the Big and Little Arkansas rivers merge through downtown.

The land in the area is sacred to Native Americans, and the plaza commemorates the important history and role that Native Americans have in the area.

A must-see event at the plaza is the "Ring of Fire" spectacular display, takes place at night.

Old Town

Old Town is in the heart of Wichita, Kansas. Old Town is home to a large shopping center with brick-lined streets, a collection of brick warehouses dating back to the mid-1800's.

Built with brick and native limestone accents, these distinctive architectural features define the character of an Old Town.

Sedgwick County Zoo

The Sedgwick County Zoo is an AZA-accredited wildlife park in Wichita, Kansas founded in 1971; recognized for its support of conservation programs and successful breeding of rare and endangered species.

It's home to over 3,000 animals of nearly 400 different species, its ranked as the number one outdoor tourist attraction in the state.

As you can see being in the middle is not all that bad, for now I'm just going to close my eyes and wish you a happy and safe trip to Kansas.

Have a great time - let me know about your mid-experience .......have a safe trip. Take lots of pictures, and share some.

Pennsylvania Travel



The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a state located in the north eastern region of the United States of America.

Pennsylvania is one of the 13 original founding states.

It was the second state to ratify the United States Constitution, on December 12, 1787.

The Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution were written in Independence Hall, Philadelphia. Pennsylvania’s largest  city.

Up to the year 1600; Pennsylvania was known for it’s many Indian Tribes among which were:

The Algonquian Lenape, The Trockwae Tribe, The Tutelo Tribe, The Saponi Tribe, The Shawnee Tribe, The Nanticoke Tribe, The Conoy Piscataway, The Iroquois Tribe and The Erie Tribe among others.

Pennsylvania is divided into 60 judicial districts. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is the final appellate court.

Harrisburg is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Harrisburg played a notable role in the American Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution.

The U.S. Navy ship USS Harrisburg, which served from 1918 to 1919 at the end of World War I, was named in honor of the city.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show, is the largest indoor agriculture exposition in the USA.
It was first held in Harrisburg in 1917, and has been held there since then.

Harrisburg is also the hosts to the annual outdoor sports show, a two-day event consisting of a car show, motocross racing, and remote control – car racing; among other things.  

In the year 2010,  Forbes rated Harrisburg as the second best place in the U.S. to raise a family.

Some of the most interesting sites in Pennsylvania are:

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is an art museum originally chartered in 1876; for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.

The museum has thousands of artworks from European, American and Asian origin which include sculptures, paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs.

Fallingwater is a house built partly over a waterfall on Bear Run in the Mill Run section of  the Stewart Township, Fayette County, of Pennsylvania.

The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966.

In 1991, the American Institute of Architects named Fallingwater the “best all-time work of American architecture”.

Hershey Park is a family theme park situated in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Founded in 1906 by Milton S. Hershey, as a leisure park for the employees of the Hershey Chocolate Company.

The park opened its first roller coaster ride in 1923, by 2016 Hershey Park was 110 acres, containing 70 rides and tons of attractions.

Adjacent to the park  is Hershey’s Chocolate World – a visitors’ center that is open to the public and contains shops, restaurants, and a chocolate factory-themed tour ride.

The Philadelphia Zoo, was the first zoo in the United States, it opened on July 1, 1874 with 1,000 animals and the admission price of 25 cents.

Today the zoo is 42 acres long and the home to 1,300 animals.

Some of the zoo’s special features include a children’s petting zoo, a paddle boat lake, a rain forest themed carousel, and a  balloon ride.

The Carnegie Science Center is a  four floor museum in Pittsburgh.

The Buhl Planetarium, the Rangos Omnimax Theater, Sports Works, the Miniature Railroad & Village, the USS Requin and Roboworld, are some of the museums permanent exhibitions.

Sesame Place is a theme park, based on the Sesame Street Television Series.

It includes a variety of rides, shows, and water attractions suited for young children.

Philadelphia is one of Pennsylvania most populous cities and a major tourist attraction. It’s home to the Liberty Bell.

Located in The Liberty Bell, is the following scripture:


“Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof”,

which is a Biblical reference from the Book of Leviticus (25:10).

Deep isn’t it, makes you think. There’s something sad in there.

he liberty bell has a crack; it is said to have cracked when it was rung sometime after its arrival in Philadelphia.

In its early years, the bell was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens about public gatherings.

The City of Philadelphia, which owns the bell, allowed it to go to various expositions and patriotic gatherings, during those trips the bell chipped in various places.  

After World War II, the city allowed the National Park Service to take custody of the bell, while retaining ownership.

In 1976, the bell was moved from Independence Hall to a  glass pavilion in the Independence Mall. 

In 2003, he bell was moved to Liberty Bell Center.

The image of the Liberty Bell has been featured in united states stamps and coins.

There’s no doubt Pennsylvania is a place with a rich history, and interesting sites.

Sounds like a great place to travel to, doesn’t it. When you do let me know all about it.

Don’t forget to have one of those Phillie Sub-Sandwiches.

Rhode Island Travel

Rhode Island, is a state in the New England region of the United States. Geographically it’s a very small state; it’s official name is:

The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

Rhode Island’s official nickname is “The Ocean State”, because of its large bays.

The capital of Rhode Island is Providence.

Providence is the capital and most populous city of Rhode Island it was founded in 1636.

Rhode Island is filled with Historic landmarks, here are just a few of them:

The John Brown House Museum, whose architecture is preserved from the 18th century.

The Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, which is an American National Historic Landmark.

Newport’s Gilded Age Mansions and Touro Synagogue, which is the oldest synagogue in The United States of America.

The Woonsocket’s Museum of Work and Culture.

The Casey Farm from the 18th century.
And near Bristol – The Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum.

Rhode Island is small but definitely a trend setter and a leader in many respect.
Here are some of the facts:
On May 4, 1776, the Colony of Rhode Island became the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown.
Rhode Island abolished capital punishment, making it one of 19 states that have done so.

In the year 2009, Rhode Island was listed as the 9th safest state in the USA.

In 2011, Rhode Island became the third state in the United States to pass legislation to allow the use of medical marijuana.

Rhode Island became the eighth state to fully recognize either same-sex marriage or civil unions.
On May 2nd, 2013 same-sex marriage became legal in Rhode Island, and took effect on August 1st.

Rhode Island, like the rest of New England, has a tradition of clam chowder.
Although, it’s famous for it’s clear broth clam chowder, you have to try it.

The official drink of Rhode Island is coffee milk.

Coffee Milk is a beverage created by mixing milk with special coffee syrup.

This coffee syrup is widely sold in the shops.

Johnnycakes have been a Rhode Island staple since Colonial times, made with corn meal and water then pan-fried much like pancakes.

If you like bread you have to try a sub sandwich in Rhode Island, also known as Grinders.

One of Rhode Island most popular Grinders is made with ham, prosciutto, capicola, salami, and Provolone cheese, have one with coffee milk.

The state capitol building is made of white Georgian marble.

The First Baptist Church of Providence was founded by Roger Williams in 1638.

Newport is a seaside city with many historic mansions including The Breakers, Marble House, and Belcourt Castle.

Also located there is the Touro Synagogue, dedicated on December 2, 1763.

The Newport Casino is a National Historic Landmark building complex that presently houses the International Tennis Hall of Fame and features an active grass-court tennis club.

If you like to drive Route 1A is the Scenic Route – it’s a Ocean Road in Narragansett.

Located in Narragansett are “The Towers” a large stone arch. It was once the entrance to a famous Narragansett casino that burned down in 1900.

The Towers now serve as an event venue and host the local Chamber of Commerce, which operates a tourist information center.

The Newport Tower has a two side history – some say is was the Viking origin, others say it was a Colonial-era windmill, once you see it, you’ll know which one applies.

One of the great things to do in Rhode Island is to take a Boat Tour. There are various companies in the Harbor to choose from.

Some cruises go past 10 Rhode Island Lighthouses in Narragansett Bay along with a complete Newport Harbor Tour.

Some pass islands, the Newport Bridge, mansions, Fort Adams and many other famous Rhode Island sights.

You can even go the other New England States by boat from Rhode Island.

There are fast and normal rate cruises to choose from.

Experience the coast, experience Rhode Island.

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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!


Austria Travel

The Republic of Austria is a Federal Republic, with a mountainous terrain, within the Alps.

The German name for Austria is Österreich, which means “Eastern Realm”.

German is Austria’s official language, other official languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.

The Austrian Empire was officially proclaimed in 1804.

In 1867, the empire was reformed into Austria-Hungary.

In 1955, the Austrian State Treaty re-established Austria, as a Sovereign state.

That same year the Austrian Republic – became neutral.

In 1995, Austria joined the European Union, and adopted the euro currency in 1999.

Today, Austria is a Parliamentary Representative Democracy; made of nine federal states.

Vienna is Austria’s capital and – it’s largest city, with a population exceeding 1.7 million inhabitants.

Austria is also one of the richest countries in the world, with a nominal per capita GDP of $43,724.00.

Austria currently produces more than half of its electricity by hydro power, the rest is produced by gas and oil powered plants.

The Austrian Roman Catholic church reports 58% of the population to be Catholic. The rest of the population are registered members of various religious communities – mostly Muslims, due to the influx from Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.

There is also a large number of Orthodox Churches in Austria – mainly Serbs, and a growing number of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

And a small percentage of the population is of the Jewish Faith.
Below are some of the top tourist attractions in Austria; that are sure to make your day special.

Hochosterwitz Castle – Hochosterwitz Castle is fairy tale beautiful. An inclined railway brings visitors to the castle. Some say the castle is the inspiration behind – Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.




The historic city of Krems – Krems is a good city to stroll about and visit the castle called Gozzoburg. Krems is where the blue Danube and the Krems river meet. The city of Krems has a reputation for its wine industry, there are with numerous tasting rooms.

Eisriesenwelt Cave – The Eisriesenwelt Caves are a amusement park for nature lovers, highlighting an Ice Cave.

Schloss Mirabell– Schloss Mirabell is a beautiful palace that dates back to early 16th century. It’s structured in marble, stuccoes and has enormous Frescoes on the walls – and a impressive garden.

Melk Abbey – The Melk Abbey is a huge world renowned monastery. situated high on a cliff.

Hohenwerfen Castle – Hohenwerfen Castle overlooks the Salzachtal Valley. The castle is typically medieval with dungeons. The dungeons still contain some of the original instruments of the castle.

There’s No doubt – Austria history is interesting – explore it and the beauty of nature that encompasses it’s land.

Austria is a great place for outdoor activities; and winter sports. Some of the major places in Austria for winter activities and sports include de Graz, Linz, Salzburg and Innsbruck.

Innsbruck the capital city of Tyrol in Western Austria. The name translates as “Inn bridge”.

Innsbruck is an internationally renowned winter sports center, it hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics.

Austria is one of three countries in the world; which have hosted twice the Winter Games.The others are St. Moritz, in Switzerland and Lake Placid, New York in the United States of America.

In 1984 and 1988 Innsbruck hosted the Winter Paralympics.

Innsbruck also is host; to one of the 4 ski-jumping competitions – of the 4 Hills Tournament every year.

Because of it’s location in the mountains, Innsbruck serves as an ideal place for skiing in the winter, ski-jumping and mountaineering in the summer.

There are several ski resorts around Innsbruck, for ski lovers.

You can catch the Nordkette Cable car from central Innsbruck – and enjoy the amazing view.

he base of the cable car is located in the: Old Town Center.

The Nordkette Cable Car has been running since 1928, and has undergone several recent modern makeovers.

The Nordkette Cable Car leaves every 15 minutes, seven days a week. The price varies depending on how high you want to go.

There’s a restaurant and market, both with great views.

Salzburg is a great place to visit in Austria. It’s the birthplace of Mozart, and home of the Salzburg Festival.

The Haus der Natur in Salzburg is a museum, with fascinating aspects of Environmental Nature.

At the entrance you are greeted by a giant dinosaur, as you walk thru the museum – you get the feeling that you are walking thru time – passing millions of years; from the Land of the Dinosaurs – to the – Space Age.

Marvel at animals from around the world at Hellbrunn Zoo it houses over 1200 animals of 140 different species.

The Hellbrunn Estate, has a palace, fountains and a zoo, it was completed in 1619.

The Salzburg Zoo is dedicated to protecting nature, animals and species, it’s committed to keeping the animals in a habitat that is as close to nature as possible.

Some of Salzburg most impressive features are it lakes, castles, and museums.

Salzsbur is world known for it’s magnificent architecture.

Don’t forget, in Austria, the electricity power sockets are Type F (round tips plugs) and the standard voltage is 230 V 50 Hz.

Austria is great place to travel to, a small country with alot of things to do.

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

Haben Sie eine gute Reise!


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.

OUE Skyspace LA
California’s tallest open-air observation deck at OUE Skyspace provides the ultimate viewing experience in Los Angeles.
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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.

Have a great vacation!

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.