Idaho Travel

What do you think of when you hear the word Idaho? If you are like me, you think of potatoes, as far back as I can remember when my family and I did the grocery shopping for Thanksgivings and Christmas dinner we always made sure the potatoes were from Idaho.

It stood and still stands for quality potatoes.

So where is Idaho?

Idaho is in the Northwest region of the United States. It shares a small portion of the Canadian border with the province of British Columbia.

Idaho was once solely inhabited by Native American people, some still live there.

Despite the lack of evidence – of the origin of the name, many textbooks state that Idaho is a Shoshoni Indian phrase “ee-da-how”.

These books state that the ee, conveys the idea of “coming down”.

The “dah” is in Shoshoni – Sun or Mountain.

And “how”, curiously enough stands is an ! (yes)…. an exclamation mark.

In Shoshoni ee-da-how (Idaho) means “Behold! the sun coming down the mountain.

There are other tales about the origin of the name of Idaho, chiefly among native american tribes.

This one my favorite, which leads me to think that the word Idaho really is a native american word – written in English.

English is Idaho’s predominant language. Frequently heard languages in Idaho are Spanish and and various Native American languages.

There is no doubt that Idaho is an important agricultural state, producing nearly one-third of the potatoes grown in the United States.

Fertile soil, clear clean water, clean air and the right climate make Idaho a superior place to harvest potatoes.

Idaho has nearly 25,000 farms and ranches spread over 11.8 million acres of land that produces more than 185 different commodities.

Three varieties of wheat are grown in Idaho, the state dark northern spring, hard red wheat, and soft white wheat – that’s the one you used to make the cake with.

Other important industries in Idaho are food processing, lumber, wood products, machinery, chemical products, paper products, electronics, silver mining, and tourism.

Boise is the proud capital of Idaho and its most populous city.

In Downtown Boise you can find the Idaho State Capitol, the Egyptian Theater, the Boise Art Museum – which has alot of contemporary works and a well designed outdoor sculpture garden – really nice to see.

Downtown Boise also has alot of restaurants, bars, shops and a very active nightlife.

The Boise Zoo is a natural wonder – known for housing over 200 animals – which represent at least 80 species from around the globe.

Boise is a regional hub for jazz music, the theater, and indie music.

The Boise River is a great place for fishing, swimming and rafting.

Idaho is also is home to three facilities of Anheuser-Busch which provide a large part of the malt for breweries across the nation.

The Boise State University campus is home to Albertsons Stadium.

Albertsons Stadium has a total 36,800 seats – the football stadium is best known for its Blue Turf field.

Boise also has a human rights memorial; the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, next to the main library.

Public transportation is pretty reliable in Boise – it includes a series of bus lines.

Some other places of interest in Idaho are:

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve which is a United States National Monument and national preserve in the Snake River Plains of central Idaho.

Shoshone Falls, is a impressive 212 feet high waterfall on the Snake River in southern Idaho.

Idaho is also a great place for winter recreation with its numerous snowmobile and ski facilities.

The Bogus Basin ski area opened in 1942 and is hosts to multiple winter activities.

These activities include alpine skiing and snowboarding, and cross-country skiing and snow tubing.

The Schweitzer Mountain Resort, is one if not thee most impressive ski resort in northern Idaho.

Well known for its all around panoramic views.

Coeur d’Alene is a must see city in northwest Idaho; known for its water sports on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

The Canfield Mountain Natural Area and Coeur d’Alene National Forest; are filled with impressive trails for hikers and lots of surprises for nature lovers.

If you just want to relax then go one morning or afternoon to McEuen Park, which offers a grassy lawn and a trail-head for adjacent Tubbs Hill.

Or see the lakeside City Park & Beach; which are also relaxing places – they have a picnic area and playground.

If you are a thrill seeker then take a zip-line tour in Idaho – most cover 12 miles through the mountains.

Boise Airport is quite attractive featuring some of the U.S.A’s major airlines – like: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.

The terminal was recently renovated to accommodate the growing number of passengers flying in and out of Boise.

Before you go I want to share with you a recipe I heard on a interview with one Idaho farmer, he suggested that you take a raw Red Skin Idaho potato peel it – cut it in small pieces and add it to your salad.

Sounds pretty crunchy to me, what you think. You have any Idaho potatoes….. I’m going to try it.

We can safely conclude that Idaho is a great place to visit, There seems to be activity all year around – ski in the winter, fish in the summer, hike in the spring and fall.

Have a safe and enjoyable ride across The United States to Idaho, don’t forget to take lots of pictures and share them with us.

Italy Travel

Italy is one of those countries everyone knows and talks about. One of the reason is it’s boot shape structure, the other is it’s history.

Two good reasons to travel there – and see all the wonderful sites.

Italian is the official language of Italy; spoken by the vast majority of people.

While each region has its own dialect, Tuscan, the dialect of Tuscany, is the standard dialect for Italian.

French is also spoken in parts of Piedmonte and in Valle d’Aosta, where it has become the second official language of the region.

Slovene is spoken in the Trieste-Gorizia area, and German is widely used in Bolzano Province.

One can say that Italy then has a greater linguistic spectrum than given credit for.

The presence of the Vatican in it’s  region has given Italy (Italien) a strong religious identity world wide.
Roman Catholicism, is affirmed as the state religion under the Lateran Treaty of 1929.

Italy’s highway system is considered, one of the world’s best, in 2002 totaled 479,688 km (298,366 mi).

These expressways route Milan-Como-Varese, Venice-Padua, Naples-Salerno, and Milan-Bologna-Florence-Rome-Naples. All great places to visit.

A major highway runs through the Mont Blanc Tunnel, connecting France and Italy.

The Italian patrimony, based on Roman antecedents is the oldest in Europe over 2,500 years old.

The earliest known inhabitants of Italy were the Ligurians, Sabines, and Umbrians, in the 9th century bc they were largely displaced in central Italy by the Etruscans, a seafaring people, probably from Asia Minor.

Southern Italy and Sicily were conquered shortly after by the Phoenicians and the Greeks.

By 650 bc, Italy was divided  into ethnic areas: the Umbrians in the north, the Ligurians in the northwest.

The Latins and Etruscans in the central regions, and the Greeks and Phoenicians in the south and Sicily.

By 350 bc, after a series of wars with both Greeks and Etruscans, the Latins, with Rome as their capital, gained the ascendancy.

By 272 bc, they managed to unite the entire Italian peninsula.

From its inception, Rome was a republican city-state.

Four famous civil conflicts destroyed the republic:

  • Sulla against Marius and his son (88–82 bc).
  • Julius Caesar against Pompey (49–45 bc).
  • Brutus and Cassius against Mark Antony and Octavian (43 bc), and Mark Antony against Octavian.
  • Octavian, the final victor (31 bc), was accorded the title of Augustus (“exalted”) by the Senate and thereby became the first Roman emperor.

Under imperial rule, Rome undertook a series of conquests that brought Roman law, Roman administration, and Pax Romana (“Roman peace”) to an area extending from the Atlantic to the Rhine, to the British Isles, to the Iberian Peninsula and large parts of North Africa, and to the Middle East as far as the Euphrates.




The word Italia (Italy) appears on a coin dating back to the 1st century BC. Which was minted by the confederation of the Italic peoples who rose up against Rome.

The coin was found in the region of Abruzzo in Corfinio, the ancient Corinium, capital of the confederation with the name of Italica.

The long Roman domination dating from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD has left a mark in Italy with its roads, aqueducts, temples, monuments, towns and cities, bridges, and theatres.

Travel to Italy,  and see a past that can still be seen in every part of the country.

The Azores Islands Travel



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

The Azores islands are 9 islands that belong to Portugal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

As you just saw in the video, the beaches aren’t the only attraction in the Azores.

The volcanic calderas, hot springs, valleys, waterfalls, lakes and mountains make these islands a remarkable must see nature evolution.

Which really highlights the natural beauty of the planet.

The Azores islands are the ideal setting for nature lovers –  it’s green  – full of  trees, plants, and flowers.

That came into existence under the most intriguing set of circumstances – ancient volcanic activities.

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

Whale watching, swimming with friendly fishes and go scuba diving are some of the activities you can enjoy in the Azores.

The average temperature in the sea is about 70 degrees fahrenheit.

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

For those who like to walk or hike you’ll enjoy following the trails.

One of the most exciting trails is the one that leads you to the highest mountain in Portugal – Pico.

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

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

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

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

Some are prepared  – the good old fashion way.

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

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