Connecticut Travel

When someone mentions the state of Connecticut, the first thing that comes to mind is colleges and universities. That’s because Connecticut reputation for having the nation’s most prestigious universities circles the globe.

Let’s see there’s Yale University, Fairfield University, the University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University and the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Connecticut is one of the original 13 colonies; it played a big role in the development of the Federal Government of The United States.

In modern times the emergence of digital media had a huge impact on Connecticut’s economy, today it has more than 1,200 media businesses located in the state, including thee Sports Media Giant – ESPN.

Several Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in Connecticut; among which United Technologies – the parent company of – Carrier and Otis Elevator.

Connecticut is a small state with a dense population; it has over 3.6 million residents.

The most populous cities are Bridgeport, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury and it’s capital; the city of Hartford.

Hamburg, New York; Athens, Texas, and Seymour, Wisconsin all have one thing in common, they have legends that claim to be the birthplace of the hamburger.

New Haven, Connecticut has a restaurant known as Louis Lunch that claims that they served that first hamburger. They are still open, and guess what they still serve hamburgers as they did in 1900.

Louis Lassen is said to have made and sold his first hamburger in 1900. He had no Ketchup, so the hamburgers sold at Louis Lunch have – no Ketchup.

He did not have hamburger rolls either, so at Louis Lunch hamburgers are served on two slices of toasted white bread.

They’re still cooked on the 1898 cast iron grills that cooked – Burger Number One.

Louis Lunch is a family owned restaurant; it’s currently managed by one of Louis’ great-grandsons.

After a great burger where is there to go in Connecticut;  Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum – a state-owned natural history preserve occupying 80 acres in the town of Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

The state park protects one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America, it’s embedded fossil tracks date back some 200 million years.

Worldwide and thru time, children have been delighted by books such as:

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, Life on the Mississippi, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

These books have been translated into various languages and a countless amount of people have either seen the movie or read one of those tales. Some both.

The author of those books was Mark Twain.




The house where Mark Twain lived from 1874 to 1891 in Hartford, Connecticut has been preserved and it’s now a museum.

It’s known as The Mark Twain House and Museum.

Mark Twain birth name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens.

The Mystic Seaport is the largest maritime museum in the United States.

Known for its ships and re-creation of a 19th-century seaside village.

The United States Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum, is located on the Thames River near Groton, Connecticut.

It’s the only submarine museum managed by the Naval History and Heritage Command division of the United States Navy.

The museum has 33,000 artifacts, including the first nuclear-powered submarine in the world, the USS Nautilus.

Connecticut has some interesting national parks and trails like the The Appalachian Trail which is 2,180 miles long. It’s trail starts in Maine and ends in Georgia.
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The New England Trail is more compact it covers 215 miles from Long Island Sound across long ridges and mountains of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The New England trail consists of: trap-rock ridges, historic village centers, and farmlands, silent streams, steep river valleys and waterfalls.

The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is in 35 towns from northeastern Connecticut to south-central Massachusetts.

1,100 of it’s miles are forests and farms with rivers.

As we can now appreciate Connecticut is more than just a state with prestigious universities is a piece of history, at it’s best.

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….

Maine Travel

When you see a map of the United States the first thing you notice is the coastline, and the two distictive trademarks that stand out – Maine and Florida.

Maine is the largest of the six New England States, it became the 23rd U.S. State on March 15, 1820, as part of the Missouri Compromise.

Maine is known for its coastline, and for being a producer of lobsters and blueberries.

Portland is the largest city in Maine, it consists of old and new historic landmarks.

Founded in the seventeenth century Portland is known for it’s Old Port Exchange.

Among the most historical sites in Portland is the former residence of renown writer, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The Portland Art Museum, is full of breathtaking works of arts and artifacts from Maine’s history.

The view from Casco Bay is breathtaking; a great place to go whale watching.

In the western region of Maine there is a large mountainous region that is a skiable area.

In the North East, it’s the Sugarloaf Resort which offers an above tree line lift-service.

The Sugarloaf Mountain in the Carrabassett Valley of western Maine has a vertical drop of over 2,820 feet.

The Monhegan Plantation in Lincoln County, Maine – is about 12 nautical miles off the mainland.
It has a population of approximately 69 residents.

It’s accessible by boat from The Boothbay Harbor.

It was designated a National Natural Landmark, for its coastal and island flora in 1966.

World wide the Lobster imported from Maine – is known as “American Lobster”. Lobster from Maine is also distinguished for it’s Red shell.
Red Shell = Maine Lobster.

Maine is the largest lobster producing state in the United States.

Located in the heart of Portland on the historic waterfront, there is a superb clear cold water Fishing Community.
Known for it’s guaranteed high quality lobster – Maine Lobster.




All Lobsters from Maine come from clear cold waters.

When in Maine I strongly recommend that you find yourself a fishing Harbor; and catch the best lobster there is.

Don’t worry about preparing it, you’ll find a place – just go catch it. A big Red Shell one would be nice.

The Boothbay Harbor is a great place to Lodge, it has a coastal resort right on the water.

Great views- makes you appreciate nature and the beauty of the sea. Have you noticed that the ocean and the sea seem to meet at some point.

And it’s an ideal place for a family holiday. Stay in a cabin or lodge on the waterfront.

You can then relax on the bay, enjoy resort activities or just enjoy the local area attractions.

In Maine people eat well, so check out their restaurants and friendly atmosphere.

Old Orchard Beach is known for it’s low surf – the perfect place to take the children – let them play in the sand and build a magnificent sand castle – with minimal worries about the tie – is usually low – child friendly. But always check the local news to be sure.

Orchard Beach is also a nice place to walk the boardwalk – then sunbathe and stroll along the beach.

If you like to play golf, Maine the place – to go to – a few comfortable fields for you to tea off – afterwards you can enjoy an auto race in the Old Orchard Beach area.

Maine by no doubt is bigger than it seems, with so much to do all year round.

Start your next winter aventure skiing in Maine then come back in the summer and catch that lobster.

Year round Maine is full of history, festivals, fairs, concerts, street dances, and fireworks.

Have a great time there ……. let me know how your trip went.

New York Travel

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

Schaghenbrief

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

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

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

Travelling to New York 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Albany is the capital of  New York.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on the New York pass:

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

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

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

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

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

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 Netherlands Travel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pay Bas is another name associated with The Netherlands.

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

Namely Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The European Union took prominence over the Benelux union.

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

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

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

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

Most people to date call  The Netherlands; Holland.

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

The Netherlands also counts with a active beach area.

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

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

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

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

 

 

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 ……..

Travel to Grand Canyon National Park

Travel  to the Grand Canyon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recommendations

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

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

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

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

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

Driving

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

Carry water in your car, particularly during summer months.

Biking at Grand Canyon National Park

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

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

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

Photos

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

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

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

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

Let me know how your trip went……………