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Travel Plans for a Two-day Big Apple Experience

The sophistication of Broadway, impressive buildings, iconic landmarks, and the bustling people of New York are just some of the attractions that lure people to the Big Apple. Tourists who would like to make the most out of their short visit need to plan and prioritize their tours. Here are some suggestions for a two-day New York Vacation.

The first order of business whenever one is travelling long distance is to make sure that all the travel documents like insurance, passports or ID, etc., are in order and travel arrangements have been booked and confirmed. It would also help if tourists can familiarize themselves with the transportation and routes in New York so they can easily find their way around the city. A Big Apple vacation can start by taking a flight to JFK International Airport, the main airport in the city, followed by an AirTrain ride from JFK to Beach Subway Station, then transfer to an A-Train to Manhattan where you can find great lodgings for your visit. Before starting your tour, drop by the main tourist office where one can get a New York pass that gives access to popular attractions in the city as well as discounts in some of their dining establishments.

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Busy, buzz-y!

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A Breath Of Fresh Air Welcomes You At Halifax!


Although Montreal is a wonderful city, I love having my time in Halifax. I live in Montreal; and I am back from a three week vacation in Halifax. It’s not like I don’t love Montreal, but, 3 weeks in Halifax means doing a lot many things and simply taking it easy. Halifax’s weather is also classified as humid continental like that of the Montreal weather. The summers are humid, but life is much more fun in Halifax as it revolves around the sea.

So, if you’re planning to take a trip to Halifax, let me tell you, it’s going to be fun. Rich in culture and history, Halifax is best enjoyed on foot. Simply park your car, and walk into any museum, bar or restaurant to make the most of your time there. There’s breathtaking beauty and exciting events happening at every corner of the city. All you need to do is explore them as you walk around.

There’s more to the city than just the sea. Just go out and let the coastal energy guide you through the city. What better way to start exploring the city than visiting the Eastern Coast, an ideal destination for adventure freaks.

Let your tour begin with Peggy’s Cove. It’s the most authentic fishing village in Nova Scotia. Check out the very popular lighthouse; also visit the rugged, sea-sculpted, granite shores and have fun.

Peggy's Cove, lighthouse

Peggy’s Cove

The Public Garden is one authentic lush Victorian garden where you could escape to.

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Las Vegas for the Less Adventurous…not!

It’s not unusual that hearsay, television shows and movies greatly influence how one perceives or sees things. Las Vegas is one of the many cities that has fallen victim to this. Sadly, misconceptions flared by the media have hindered many to book a trip to this fabulous city…which is as normal as your regular state; schools, playgrounds, parks, hospitals, and everything that makes every metropolitan function are available.

No, it’s not only gambling or eating all day or being vain when you visit Sin city – which admittedly, would be the reasons that it has been christened such. The city promises fun not limited to live casino games you play at online, buffets and shopping. There are many attractions that kids and kids at heart would both enjoy. If you ever find yourself bound to a trip to the Sin city, make sure that you have readied yourself for a list of cool events to engage in and things to do and see.



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Sin City Virgin: What to do in Vegas for the First Time

Las Vegas is the ultimate Sin City and making a visit to this amazing place requires early planning. This applies to anyone regardless of whether it is the first or a subsequent visit. Being a first timer may be a little harder but it does not mean that an individual will not have a wonderful time.

Ideally, the most important thing to remember is that planning, which involves putting up an estimated budget, making reservations and knowing what to expect once you arrive into the city, requires time and research. This is because the city is full of activities that accommodate any type of individual, and doing all of them in one visit is almost impossible.

Here are some tips for a Sin City Virgin:

Making that trip to the Sin City obviously indicates that you have already made plans on where to stay for the duration that you will be there and have someone who can show you around; either a friend or a tour guide. Well the idea is to make the most of your time.

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A brief introduction about different hotels in San Francisco

San Francisco is a popular destination that presents its tourist with a fascinating and diverse experience who visits this amazing place. It’s perfect combination of old world charm with the most modern-day exuberance is a special feature that makes San Francisco unique from all other places. Planning for a holiday on this spectacular place is becoming popular and one of the main reasons behind this is regarding the best accommodation option the place offers. Right from budget hotels to luxury hotels all are available in numerous numbers that makes everyone confused due to the many options they have to choose from. A wise step to be followed at the time of searching for best hotels in San Francisco would be by following certain guidelines.


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A diverse range of accommodation choices

There is nothing wrong in saying that San Francisco is the home of almost all type of accommodation that a person can imagine. The budget guesthouses and boutique hotels, the classy sport Victorian style façade create a charming atmosphere for guests that would be never found at any other place. In addition, the travelers requiring modern accommodation are offered with the more contemporary hotel buildings. 5-star hotels among the grand locations close to the city centre, like those situated near to the Union Square are the most luxurious option with extremely spacious rooms and suites with finest personalized services like in-room spa services and many more. Even the most affordable type of accommodation that is the bed and breakfast option are even comfortable and cozy, but are located at a distance from the city centre like in Golden Gate park which is a less central area. The additional information regarding the hotels in city is that they charge 14% extra as room tax so they are comparatively costlier.

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San Francisco bay

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Wednesday Windows #20 – Stained Glass Window at Craigdarroch Castle

It’s been a while, haven’t been regularly posting for this meme, there’s a good reason for that though. We’ve been away for a vacation and I might say I did try taking photos of more beautiful windows.

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 Stained Glass Window

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Islands in the US

There are many Islands in the US, both named and unnamed. It probably won’t be enough for a simple citizen like me to go hopping on each of them within this lifetime. One, it will cost a lot and yes, one needs all the time in their hands to visit each one of them. Lucky would be Charles A Veley and Bill Altaffer and some others who have traveled most of the world. I bet they have been to almost if not all the islands in the US.

US islands have become popular tourist destinations and most visited would be Hawaii, parts of California,  Texas, Florida, Washington, even San Francisco Bay and South Carolina.

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Birds on a boulder in San Francisco Bay.

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The Palazzo, Las Vegas

Are you the type who enjoy online games, or RPGs, tactical games or perhaps farming or kingdom expansion? Or do you fancy a grand vacation, fun with friends or shopping and eating or playing for money? If you’re the former type then by all means enjoy being a homebuddy and be content with yourself, your computer and some food delivery too.

If you’re the latter, head to Las Vegas and have fun the way you always wanted. The Las Vegas Strip, an approximately 4.2-mile (6.8 km) stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South in Clark County, Nevada, is where the happenings that you fancy mostly are.

The Palazzo

The Palazzo, tallest building in Nevada (as Fontainebleau construction is put to a halt but it is actually taller).

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Where to Go #3 – Deer Creek Canyon

It’s spring…the perfect time to travel and photograph the beauty of nature as you one goes city-hopping, sight-seeing. Unfortunately, here we are stuck because there’s school.  ^_^ So for those of you who can, please take this time to visit Deer Creek Canyon. It’s of course because you’re heading to the Grand Canyon so hike from the North Rim to there and down. ^_^It’s like a bonus before finally getting to… Read More »Where to Go #3 – Deer Creek Canyon