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A South Pacific Vacation makes you think of Fiji, French Polynesia, Tahiti, but not perhaps Lord Howe Island. Yet Lord Howe Island could be just the perfect South Pacific Island vacation destination, a real romantic getaway, and yet easily accessible from the eastern seaboard of Australia, as it only takes two hours flying time.Lord Howe Island is an extraordinary place, and has been described as the last paradise, where you will often find more fish and bird species than...

A Different South Pacific Island For Your Romantic Getaway

A Different South Pacific Island For Your Romantic GetawayA South Pacific Vacation makes you think of Fiji, French Polynesia, Tahiti, but not perhaps Lord Howe Island. Yet Lord Howe Island could be just the perfect South Pacific Island vacation destination, a real romantic getaway, and yet easily accessible from the eastern seaboard of Australia, as it only takes two hours flying time.Lord Howe Island is an extraordinary place, and has been described as the last paradise, where you will often find more fish and bird species than people, and this includes the visitors as well!! The reason for this is there are around 300 residents and then a restriction of 400 visitors at any one time. For this reason it is never crowded, and a good reason to call itself a real south pacific island "romantic getaway" Lord Howe Island has the most southerly coral reef in the world and it is absolutely teeming with over 500 species of fish, plus many varieties of coral. It makes a superb sight below water line but pretty spectacular above, where there is a lovely lagoon protected by the line of surf that denotes the reef. This is a place with no pollution and the beaches are spotless.Lord Howe Island is dramatic to look at, as it came from an ancient volcanic eruption, and the southern end is dominated by two large mountains called Mt.Gower, and Mt.Lidgbird, named after the Commander of the first ship to visit the island, which soar 875 metres out of the ocean.Visitors definitely step back in time when they arrive here, and there are few of the trappings of resort style 21st century life for the holidaymaker. This is a place for nature lovers, and people who like nothing better than to walk and even hike in the mountains.In addition you can hand feed the fish at Neds Beach, go for a lagoon cruise in a glass bottomed boat, charter a boat to go fishing, or take the two hour round the island trip. By the way the island is 11 kms long and 3kms at its widest.I terms of where to stay on Lord Howe Island, then there are 17 family run accommodation properties, ranging from full board to self catering, but please note, there is no camping permitted. You can hire a car when you are here if you pre book it, but bicycles are the popular mode of transport.The weather on Lord Howe, is sub tropical varying from 18-28 degrees C.The Best time to visit Lord Howe Island is really anytime!! In fact from September to May is summertime, and it is usually fine and mild to warm and hot. You are advised to bring a jacket for cooler evenings, and that you should bring a raincoat. Youll need comfortable shoes and sandshoes for reef walking. Youll need a torch to find your way around at night because there are no street lights.There are no entry requirements, and Australian citizens dont need a passport.Lord Howe Island isnt only a great place for a romantic getaway it is also a paradise for children because they can roam free in perfect safety, because there are no snakes, nothing poisonous, and almost zero crime. Honeymooners and escapists love it because you are out of the range of mobile phone masts.Go to Lord Howe Island for a South Pacific Island Vacation with a difference.For more information about South Pacific Hideaways http://www.worldwidevacationspots.com/categories/Pacific-Ocean-Hideways/

Las Vegas Hotels And Casinos: All In One!

Las Vegas Hotels And Casinos: All In One!

It is no secret that more and more often, travelers are opting for resort-like vacations. Falling in this category of vacations are cruises in which all are included and resorts in the Caribbean such as Sandals where everything is included. More and more often, Las Vegas hotels are falling into this new category of vacation. In the gambling capital of the world, there are many establishments that have always featured accommodations and casino entertainment under one roof. Frequently, the casino occupies the ground floor of the building and the upper stories are reserved for guest rooms. This format has been around for a while, but it recently has become more and more desirable for tourists.A lot of tourists are looking for the total price tag for their vacation. Everyone knows that all the daily expenses while on vacation almost always end up adding up to more than you had calculated during your planning stages. Las Vegas hotels are not the cheapest in the U.S., and if you add the amount of money one frequently spends on gambling while there and the cost of food each day, you have already got yourself quite a pricey vacation.The allure of the all-inclusive vacation is that you know exactly what the total cost will be before beginning the actual vacation. The total price of an all-inclusive vacation seems staggering at first. But if you compare with a vacation taken la carte, when you add up all of the individual costs, it is usually the case that travelers end up spending more when they take these vacations instead of choosing an all-inclusive resort.The allure of this newer type of vacation has not escaped the best Las Vegas hotels, and a lot of casino resorts are now offering vacation packages that include lodging costs, the costs of meals that are eaten within the resort complex, and, in some cases, gambling activities. Of course, travelers wishing to spend more than the pre-determined amount on gambling can simply use money from their own pockets to continue gambling once the set amount from their vacation package has run out.Especially for travelers traveling with their spouses or with their families, the all-inclusive vacation is a great way to make sure that all the costs are covered, and, perhaps even more important, a great way to avoid fighting about money during the vacation. Many travelers do not consider the possibility of arguments while on vacation when they are planning their trip, but many families tend to disagree when it comes to how to spend their hard-earned dollars.While Las Vegas hotels can take a fair portion of your familys vacation budget, you can find affordable ones that provide the amenities you want, or splurge on those that provide your meals and entertainment during your stay. Visit the website of Essen Travel at http://www.essentravel.com today for all of your travel needs. On its website, you can plan everything from accommodations to airfare and car rentals, making the planning phase of your vacation almost as enjoyable as the vacation itself.

Guanajuato: A New Restaurant In Town

Guanajuato: A New Restaurant In Town

For the past three and a half years, Ive been waiting for a restaurant to come along that would prove, once and for all, that Guanajuato, Mexico, does not lack fine cuisine. Guidebooks say Guanajuato does not have any good restaurants. Now, I can put a stop to this nonsense once and for allI hope.Frascati, conveniently located in Guanajuatos El Jardin de Union, is a wonderful place for birthday celebration or for any special occasion. Thats why we were therethe wifes birthday. The dcor is modern Mexican with just a touch of tradition. There is an indoor waterfall over the stairs, which adds to the restaurants uniqueness. This restaurant will appeal to those accustomed to paying a little more for their meals to eat in a location with ambience. The dining room is on the second floor of Hotel San Diego and is accessible from the hotels lobby by stairs in the front or by the elevator at the back of the lobby. The premium tables overlook Guanajuatos main and most popular plaza, El Jardin de Union, through large open doors that lead to the balcony. Frascati is a prestigious restaurant chain in Mexico and serves an Italian menu of deliciously delightful choices. The manager of the Guanajuato facility, a graduate of Penn State University, seemed to be the only bilingual employee. The rest of the staff has been trained in basic English. They can describe the items on the menu and take your order, but that is about the extent of their English abilities. This is a new twist in Guanajuato. The manager told me that speaking English is not a requirement for employment.Since all the window seats were taken, we sat across from the middle window. We still had a good view and were able to feel the lovely breeze that naturally cooled the dining area. Our orders of Lasagna and Cannelloni, taken by immaculately dressed and poised young Mexican waiters, came quickly. The bread served was not the usual bolillostraditionally served in Guanajuatobut was fresh and satisfying.The meal was the entre and nothing else. This surprised us. At one of our favorite restaurants in Guanajuato, Casa Valadez, the meals come with succulent side dishes of rice and vegetables. This meal consisted of a sufficiently filling Italian dish and bread and nothing more. A salad would have cost us nearly as much as the entree. Prices were high considering what you get for your money. In Casa Valadez, you get comparably tasting food and service equal to Frascatis but more for your money. Valadez lacks the dcor but what the heck when what you want is a good meal for a good price. The prices at Frascatis make this establishment one for upper income bracket tourists or locals. However, it is great for a special occasion meal for the rest of us. Our lunch, with soft drinks, coffee and dessert, set us back about thirty dollars. The most unique menu item at Frascatis, worth a trip to this central Mexican town to sample, is their megalithic brownie and ice-cream dessert. It was a meal all by itself. Im not making this up! Trust me when I tell you that it is worth whatever you have to do to get here and try it.

6 Totally Free Sonoma Wine Country, California Adventures

6 Totally Free Sonoma Wine Country, California Adventures

Get ready to discover all the exciting tourist attractions the beautiful Sonoma Wine Country in Northern California has to offer you and theyre totally free.. yes FREE!1. Drive Down Americas Most Beautiful RoadCalifornias state route, called Highway 1, drives past one of the worlds longest and most beautiful coastlines. The cool waters of the Pacific ripple like diamonds under the golden sun. The refreshing breeze dances through the trees. All around you, you see clear, blue skycalm, serene, and beautiful.No wonder its called the All American Road. Take a long drive, or stop at one of the many golden beaches for hours of sun, sea and surf. Get a tan, dive into the water, or settle with a book under the shade. Truly, some of the best things in life are free.2. Go on a Pt Reyes Hiking AdventureOver 140 miles of trails, yours for the exploring for the mere price ofyour time. Youll get a free map, where you can follow any of the many biking or hiking trails through one of Americas most famous wilderness reserves. Some of the trees in this area are thousands of years old, and their leaves and branches form a cool natural canopy.Its a great way of getting in touch with nature, or even yourself. Were so used to the hustle and bustle of daily life, that weve forgotten how to be still, and listen to our own thoughts.This marvelous hiking adventure can take you through different terrains of pasture lands, forests and meadowlandsand right into the center of your soul.3. Run Free at Armstrong WoodsMost of us are cooped up in small office cubicles or condos for most of our days. At Armstrong Woods, you can run freein over 805 meters of ancient tree groves, nature trails, and numerous picnic facilities. Youll find the oldest and tallest redwoods in the country, some towering to over 300 feet, and nearly 1,500 years old.Bond with your family. Play with your kids, chat with your husband (when was the last time you really talked?) or take a long walk alone to meditate in the stillness of the woods. In ancient times, knights and other adventure seekers would go on a retreat before embarking on an important quest. Take this time out and center yourselfand let tomorrow be the beginning of the rest of your life.4. Go Animal Watching at Bodega BayBodega Bay is Sonoma Countys most popular spot for bird watching. People have spotted some very rare birds here, and more times than in any other area in the county. Its a favorite destination for members of the Audubon Societyand many of them cite Owl Canyon, Hole in the Head, and the bushes near Diekmanns Store as their favorite places of vigil.The waters of Bodega Bay are also homes to a thriving community of whales and seals. With just a boat, and a good pair of binoculars, people can see these beautiful animals frolicking in their natural habitat. Better than a zoo, and as close to being in a National Geographic video as you can getand its all for free.5. Discover Interesting New ArtMaybe its the beautiful view, or the convergence of different cultures. California has a bustling art scene, thanks to young and talented individuals. Their visions and expressions are not only beautiful, but inspire everyone to get in touch with their own creative side.Take an art trip at the Arts Council of Sonoma Country Gallery, conveniently located at Santa Rosas Downtown Area (right on 529 Fifth Street). Its open on Wednesday to Friday from 12 - 5 pm, and Saturdays from 12 - 4 pm. For more information, call 707-579-ARTS or visit http://www.artrails.org6. Rediscover Rustic AmericanaTired of the urban rush? Dreaming of a quieter, simpler life? Be a farmer for one day with the free Farm Trails map. Itll take you through the abundant fields of Sonoma Country. Go berry picking, feed the sheep and llamas, chase after butterflies, and buy freshly picked fruit straight from the farmer.You can also visit wineries, breweries and cheese factories. Dont think of it as an extended grocery tripits a chance to enjoy rustic Americana and (for at least a few hours) know how it feels like to retire to the countryside.If you schedule your trip during August 11 and 12, you can also participate in the annual Gravenstein Apple Fair at Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol. Read more at http://www.farmtrails.org

Visiting Lake Powell

Located in Southwest Utah and Northern Arizona, Lake Powell is a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River, and part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and one of the most scenic lakes in the United States. "Lake Powell" is the second lake in size nationwide, with the capacity to store about 26,999,814 acre feet of water when it is at its maximum volume and boasting about 1,900 miles (3,057 km) or shoreline, a coast larger than the Pacific West Coast.The lake has a total surface of 266 miles on the edge of the Colorado Plateau, featuring 96 major side canyons with the typical fine red-rock of the Desert of Utah, at an elevation of 3,700 feet (1,127 meters)A project which originally was born in the late 1940s as part of a series of Colorado River dams is today a popular tourist destination with about 3 million visitors each year, a place where you can enjoy a range of activities for all the family.As a premier fishing destination, Lake Powell offers to expert fishermen and anglers a variety of carp, suckers, and catfish, natives to the region, but also other introduced species, including walleye, bass, crappie, and bluegill, among others.People who enjoy archeological sites will be able to discover the roots of Ancient Native American tribes that once lived here, such as the "Anasazi", term that the Navajo used to describe the Ancestral Puebloan culture of this region.Canyons along the Colorado River are silent witnesses of those civilizations that left numerous petroglyphs, pictographs, corn cobs, baskets, pot shards, dwellings and storage rooms to make your visit to Lake Powell a fascinating adventure.If you like to drive, Lee's Ferry is the only natural corridor between Utah and Arizona, down the river from Glen Canyon Dam, where you can enjoy a drive. Otherwise, hike those remote canyons of the Orange Cliffs, or get ready for mountain biking through primitive roads of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.There are campgrounds and RV Park facilities featuring horseback riding, hunting and fishing activities, but keep in mind that temperatures at Lake Powell range from 110 Fahrenheit (38 C) in Summer to O Fahrenheit (-16 C) in Winter so you can plan the best time for traveling.Some people believe a desert-like destination may lack interesting activities, but all the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has plenty of recreational activities, including aerial tours, river running, rappelling, rock climbing, bird and animal watching.However, you can enjoy activities like those of other tourist destinations, such as shopping, visiting museums, entertainment venues, or dinning at your hotel or bed and breakfast facility, or any local restaurant, most of them located in the city of Page, Arizona.Page is Lake Powell's residential area with a population of 8,000 inhabitants, offering world-class facilities to locals and visitors. There are numerous Marinas around this city, offering boat rentals, skiing, guided and educational tours, golfing, and many other activities.One of the major attractions in Page is the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum, housing photos, and memorabilia of Major Powell, the man after whom Lake Powell was named. This museum also showcases temporary exhibits such as "Discover Dinosaurs".Lake Powell is also the scene of diverse festivals and artistic events throughout the year, including the popular Pumpkin Festival, celebrated annually on Halloween's eve.When visiting the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, remember that several areas are governed by different rules and regulations and not all the places are designated "open" sites. As an example, camping is not allowed within archaeological areas and overnight backcountry use often requires a permit.Lake Powell is also governed by different boating regulations, including those of Arizona, Utah, and the US Coast Guard. Sites like the Rainbow Bridge National Monument, in Utah, can only be accessed by boat and requires a permit from the Navajo Nation.Wherever you go, a brand new experience awaits you at [*_*], where just one visit is never enough to discover the many attractions of this unique state-of-the-art destination.

Plan Your Disneyland Vacation

For a hug number of people, planning a Disneyland Vacation may be a lot of fun, for some others, however, this job could be such a headache. Thus, before starting planning your Disneyland vacation, dont forget to determine if you want to plan it yourself, or let someone professional and experienced decide it for you!In case that you dont want to determine the plan by yourself, here are a few alternative plans you can have. Certainly, you can arrange a travel agent to do it all for you, or it would be even better if you choose to have the Disney Vacation Planning service plan the trip for you. If so, you can just let the Disney Vacation Planning service do everything for you, concerning every aspect of your trip. All you need to do when you get there, just to follow your Itinerary.But, if you decide to have fun planning your Disneyland vacation on your own, there are a few things you need to concern when planning your trip. First of all, before you can decide the activities you will be doing at Disneyland, you must decide which dates you want to go. This is because, the park offer the customer different activities at different period of the year where different theme and entertainment are offered.One you know the date you will be going, the next thing to do is to determine the activities you will be doing on that specific dates. Once you have already arranged your trip and reserved a hotel, there are several things you need to think about.One thing you need to consider and arrange is food because Disneyland is such a popular place, thus reservation for popular restaurant are highly recommended. And the reservation could be much done in advance-before you leave home.While determine which attractions at Disneyland you want to go, it is a smart way to use a Disneyland Map to guide you and make things much easy. For example, you can schedule your time and choose the attractions which are located near each other, as this allows you to see and do things as many as possible, as much as walking and having some more travel time.Dont forget to think about your budget. Arranging your trip through travel agents or through the Disneyland Vacation Planning service would benefit you more because you will be offered better deals and this will help you save money, either on your hotel or food. And if you have kids, joining the trip with you, keep their priorities in mind. However, it seems to be that they wont care where to sleep and what to eat, the more interesting for them is what they will see and do!

Summary

A South Pacific Vacation makes you think of Fiji, French Polynesia, Tahiti, but not perhaps Lord Howe Island. Yet Lord Howe Island could be just the perfect South Pacific Island vacation destination, a real romantic getaway, and yet easily accessible from the eastern seaboard of Australia, as it only takes two hours flying time.Lord Howe Island is an extraordinary place, and has been described as the last paradise, where you will often find more fish and bird species than...