Of course I have spent the last few months in a place that I am not supposed to talk about, but now I am back in the real world and pretty happy about it. The wife and the kids were in Northern Virginia ahead of me, as always she was on top of it all. For the moment we have been living in apartments in Leesburg VA, but we have a list of homes that she was whittling down. Of course she was not going to make the final decision until I got back. For now I am going to be working at the Pentagon and that is going to be my last hitch probably. I have likely reached the point where it is either get promoted or get out. » Read more: Back in Northern Virginia Now
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We just got to Nashville this morning, but it surely did not go all that smoothly. We were on I 40 at this place called Centerville, TN when we ran into some really serious fog. Obviously you end up having big wrecks in that sort of fog. It was exactly what happened and it took about an hour and a half to get clear of it. We had gone on the web and found some apartments in Antioch that were willing to give us a short term lease. In fact we are not planning on the need to stay here for more than a couple of months at the most. It is easy enough for you to think it is going to be easy for you find a house, but we are not sure that we are going to have time. » Read more: I Just Got to Nashville
Conveniently located at the edge of Heraklion, Crete Airport, officially known as Nikos Kazantzakis Airport is the primary airport on the island of Crete in Greece. It is located around 5 km from the main city of Heraklion and offers basic customs facilities and a small parking lot. The airport is named after a Greek Writer and philosopher Nikos Kazantazakis and the 3 letter code of the airport is HER. Crete Airport offers a baggage check service at the airport, if you intend to check your baggage for a few hours you can do the same by spending a few Euro’s per baggage and your baggage will be in safe hands. Remember that after midnight, bags are charged for another day as well.
For the benefit of passengers, the airport offers a wide array of facilities in the departure area. Visitors can find an ATM, payphones, shops and many other places to help them get starting in Crete. There is also a restaurant and two duty free shops which are located in the departure areas for Schengen and non-Schengen countries. There are also baby changing facilities available. For business travelers, there is a luxurious conference facility as well at the Crete Airport. You can conveniently take a Crete Airport car hire for a transfer and trip around this beautiful island. With the ease of a Crete Airport car hire, there is no limit to the possibilities on a holiday to this huge Greek island. The VIP lounge is also located in the check-in area. The airport is disabled people friendly and has reserved parking space, ramps and toilets.
After taking the services of car hire Crete Airport, you can drive towards the best places on the island and in the city Heraklion. Your first stop could be Knossos, which is in Eastern Crete and has 3500 year old Minoan palace. You can also drive a car hire Crete Airport towards the Archaeological Museum which contains one of the world’s finest collections of jewelry, ceramics sculptures and much more. A few places you can easily drive with Crete Airport car hire includes Spinalonga Island and Agios Nikolaos. One of the most striking towns in Crete, Kritsa, Vai Beach and the Monastery of Toplou, Chania old town are really nice places to see. Visit Sitia and you are all set to enjoy the magnificent drive that will take you through some of the supreme scenery of Crete. On the Western part of the Crete, you can drive towards Chania old town which contains a small Archaeological Museum housed in a Venetian monastery. The main feature of West Crete is the White Mountains and Lefka Ori, which dwell in a nice part of the area. Your trip to Crete will be incomplete if you have not been to Falasarna which offers one of the most impressive beaches on the island. With all of the amazing places to see, it is important to use a car hire Crete Airport to give yourself the convenience and comfort of private travel. Book a holiday through Crete Airport today and start to enjoy the awesomeness of the Greek Isles.
If you can already feel the impending low temperatures and nasty weather of the fall and winter seasons nipping at your summer happiness, don’t despair. It is never too late for a beach-bound getaway to the Caribbean. Literally – it’s never too late. The weather is excellent year-round, and that wide open tourist season means that it’s never overwhelmingly busy.
Here we’ll look at three of the top beach spots in the world to help you fight off stave off those fall and winter blues for just a little longer. Our tour includes the Dominican Republic, Mexico’s Western Coast, and the Yucatan Peninsula. We’ll pinpoint the very best beach in each region, discuss some fun things to do, and make lodging recommendations at each stop.
The Dominican Republic
For the definitive island getaway, look no further than the Dominican Republic. Sharing the island of Hispaniola with the smaller Haiti, the Dominican Republic boasts over 300 miles of staggered coastline blanketed by cool white sand beaches, and the inner regions of the nation are lush with ecological attractions, historic sites, and the untamed wild. The economy of the Dominican Republic is fueled a large percentage by tourism, a metric that continues to grow year-over-year. This means that along with the world-class beaches that only nature could provide, the local hospitality industry is ready and waiting to receive your business, and it knows how to treat valued customers.
Undisputedly the beach to visit in the Dominican Republic is Bávaro Beach. One of the top resort destinations in the world, Bávaro Beach is known for the pillowy softness of the sand and the light aquamarine tone of the water. Virtually untouched by the pollution that can plague many North American coastlines, the jewel-toned waters along the beaches of Bávaro will capture your heart and soul with their hypnotic splendor, and what’s more, there’s plenty of beachfront to go around.
While the swaying palms of the “Coconut Coast” are likely all the attraction you’ll need, the Dominican Republic is rich with exciting things to do, most of them family-friendly, and all of them near Bávaro Beach. The Punta Cana Ecological Park combines fresh water lagoons, flora habitats, and horse riding trails for an all-in-one taste of the local wildlife. A petting farm of domesticated animals is ideal for younger guests.
If you’re looking for something a little more active, suit up and hit the waves with your surfboard. Thanks to the strong winds slapping past the eastern most tip of the island, the wave patterns along the coast are consistent and ideal for surfing at the intermediate and challenging level. Adventure sports enthusiasts wanted.
Due to the inherent prestige of the property and the critical importance of the tourist trade in the area, getting the most out of Bávaro Beach and all the Dominican Republic will require a stay at one of the many all-inclusive resorts that dot the coastline. For both the Dominican Republic and Mexico we recommended the all-inclusive resorts of Barceló for the effortless combination of five-star service with unbeatable locales.
For all-inclusive Dominican Republic vacations, consider these resorts by Barceló.
The Yucatan Peninsula and its closest regional neighbors are home to some of the biggest names in beach resort travel: Cancún, Cozumel, and Playa Del Carmen to name a few. The Yucatan also revels in an entirely different personality than the Dominican Republic. The immersive, soulful relaxation of a resort like Bávaro Beach is not so much replaced as it is set in the background as the surging rhythms of a party atmosphere rise to the top.
In other words, the Yucatan Peninsula is ideal for vacationers who want just as much luxury, but also like to hit the dance floor at a boisterous party.
Undoubtedly the place to visit in the Yucatan is Cancún, the most popular tourist destination in Mexico. The sands along Cancún beach are not as soft as those along Bávaro, nor the waters as strikingly hued, but there might not be another beach in the world that’s got more going on. Beachfront fiestas are a daily occurrence, and you’ll have no trouble simply walking in to any party you like, even when they are resort-sponsored. Along the northern hook of the beach you’ll enjoy the softest sand and gentler waves, but you’ll also pay more to stay, while the south-reaching concave slash extending below the hook has rougher sand, but a heartier atmosphere. Even along the beach you can custom-tailor your experience.
As for activities in Cancún, where to begin? One of the standout local attractions in the collection of shopping malls within the city limits. While you can’t completely avoid those resort staples like over priced jewelry stores and novelty shops, the shopping centers of central Cancún at least offer more than tourist traps. Stores selling crafts indigenous to the area, representations of Mayan culture, and traditional clothing are all worth a browse for the shopping enthusiast.
While it’s a bit of a ride, the trip to the capital of the Mayan Empire, Chichen Itza, is well worth it. Guided tours will lead through the fascinating world of the Ancient Maya as the design and at time frightening purposes of these incredible structures are explained in vivid detail. Be sure to apply sunscreen and consider bringing the bottle for reapplication during the trip.
Cancún and all the Yucatan Peninsula has a wider list of options than the Dominican Republic, so it’s not necessary to stay all-inclusive or even at a resort hotel, but it is certainly preferable. Along with luxurious service and accommodations, one of the primary benefits of staying all-inclusive is the excursion and area assistance. With so many great attractions to explore, the helpful advice of a knowledgeable hotel concierge is truly invaluable.
Consider one of these Cancún, Mexico all-inclusive resorts by Barceló.
This is a deceptively vast region with room (and beaches) enough to produce several “Best Of” articles. The second most popular resort town in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, can be found along the upper reaches of the western coast, and Manzanillo, Ixtapa, and Hualtulco offer great options as you move southwards. You’ll find that each stop has an atmosphere all its own, but one concurrent fact runs through them: this is the place for active travelers.
Sure, lounging out on the beach as the sun slowly bakes your skin and the only sound is the stir of the waves and maybe the icy clink of a cold beverage is great. There’s room for that kind of vacation here, much like you can enjoy it in the Dominican Republic. But if you like to surf, play volleyball, go horseback riding, mountain climbing, river rafting, nature seeing, sport-fishing, golfing, and yachting, your paradise is sure to be along the western coast of Mexico.
There are countless fantastic beaches to choose from, but for the sake of keeping your options open, the best beach along the western coast must be the twenty-five golden miles of Puerto Vallarta. Now an expansive resort Mecca, Puerto Vallarta was a fishing village before it became famous, and the rustic feel of the city serves as a nice visual counterpoint to the soaring resorts. Some of the best fun to have during your stay will take place in the water. The crystal blue waters offer incredible visibility for snorkeling and scuba diving, and the temperature is just right for swimming, surfing, and body boarding. If you have the opportunity, charter an excursion out to Corbetena. You’ll find an abundance of sea life in the underwater cave systems from manta rays to turtles to sharks (the safe kind).
Golfers are also in luck. Even in the small bay area surrounding Puerto Vallarta there are literally more than a dozen excellent golf courses, many of which have garnered some form of critical acclaim from awards to magazine recognition. You won’t go wrong no matter which you choose, but Jack Nicklaus Golf Course is arguably the best, and it won’t be far from your Puerto Vallarta resort.
Once again, to ensure the complete experience (and it’ll be costly either way so why not go for it?), it’s recommended that you stay at an all-inclusive resort. Like the Yucatan Peninsula, you have other options, but the added complexity of “doing it yourself” can really put a hamper on the whole experience.
For all-inclusive Mexico vacations to Puerto Vallarta, consider the resorts of Barceló.
This is obviously just the beginning of a list that could go on indefinitely and include hundreds of beaches that all make compelling cases for being the best. The important takeaway is that it’s a wide world of beach-bound entertainment out there, and with the winter slumps fast approaching, there couldn’t be a better time for one last hurrah.
If you’re creating a Cape Cod travel plan, you’re probably looking for some great places to eat. This region is known for its seafood, but there are lots of options that you can choose from. Here are 10 restaurants that you may want to consider adding to your itinerary:
The Naked Oyster offers a comfortable, modern atmosphere with popular seafood dishes and a raw bar. Some of the foods that you may want to consider trying include the lobster fettuccine, grilled swordfish, honey-baked scallops, and short ribs.
Viera is located in the Dennisport line. It is a relatively new restaurant that offers a cozy atmosphere with well-presented dishes. You can try the cod fish, salmon, pork medallions, and duck rilletes, but make sure to save room for some of their popular desserts. The s’mores and pumpkin cheesecakes, for example, are ones that you won’t want to miss out on.
At Mooncussers Tavern, you can enjoy the friendly service and live music. While enjoying the atmosphere, you can try the tuna tempura, beef carpaccio, Drambuie mussels, foie burger, and almond brule for tantalizing flavors that make this a staple for many visitors.
When you’re looking for delicious food and tapas, Jimmy’s Hideaway is a great option for you. The cozy atmosphere and friendly service makes this a desirable place to eat out. You can enjoy the live music while eating burgers, chicken, steak, scallops, beef wellington, and other popular dishes.
Covered in yellows, reds, and greens, Island Merchant gives patrons a taste of the Caribbean. You can enjoy many dishes with a Caribbean influence. Check online to get a list of the dinner music series, and you can stop by on Tuesdays for $2 burgers.
Located in an antique home, Fin is known for using the best local ingredients. You can enjoy fresh salmon, duck, short ribs, flounder, swordfish, and tuna purchased from local farms and hatcheries. While dining here, you should also check out their wine list with lots of excellent options for you to choose from.
Belfry Inne& Bistro
BelftryInne and Bistro is a bed and breakfast with a full restaurant. It’s located in Sandwich Village, which is a beautiful part of Cape Cod that is worth taking the time to visit. This location was converted from an old church, so the architecture is elegant and beautiful. Some of the popular meal choices include lobster macaroni and cheese, Belfry bouillabaisse, and butternut squash ravioli.
The executive chef of Bleu, Frederic Feufeu, is from France but gained popularity as a chef in many New York-based restaurants. This French bistro delivers delicious and beautiful dishes, including lamb, duck, short ribs, and more. Stop in on Sundays to enjoy live music and the brunch menu.
Del Mar Bar & Bistro
Owned by John Zartartian, Del Mar Bar & Bistro has a relaxed atmosphere that offers pizza, clams, filet mignon, and more. You could also check out the blackboard specials for the daily specials.
Red Pheasant Inn
The Red Pheasant Inn is found in Denna Village in a barn that is over 200 years old. Try stopping by during “Fun Hour” for daily specials that you can enjoy. They also offer a 3-course meal for $30, so you can try some of their popular dishes at a reasonable price.
Depending on the type of food and experience that you’re looking for, you can choose one of these restaurants to add to your Cape Cod travel plan. You’ll love the delicious cuisines that are popular in this region and the other popular dishes that you can try during your next stay.
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The South African safari will include visits to habitats with many species of birds, mammals, major rivers and vast landscapes ranging from dense forest to the open dry savannah region. The accommodations are bungalows with roofs, generally made of grass. Although accommodations keep on changing due to the movement of wildlife and availability, there is always a place to stay.
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Although the weather is pleasant in Hawaii almost all year round, many people plan their Hawaii vacations during the winter months. This is a great time to plan a vacation not just because the weather in Hawaii is enjoyable during this period, but because the weather in other places in the United States, and to a degree the world, are typically not as attractive as the weather in Hawaii during this time. Winter months are also some of the best times to visit the beaches of Hawaii. The temperatures are still attractive and warm, and the Ocean is agreeable for surfers and other water enthusiasts. This is a great time for novice surfers to begin taking surfing lessons, and for advanced surfers to experience ideal surfing conditions.
However, if money is the biggest concern for vacationers and they are planning on staying at a lodging area for their Hawaii vacations, then it might be better to travel during different times of the year. This is because lodging prices are typically increased during the winter months since this is the busiest season for Hawaii vacations. The best time to take Hawaii vacations will really depend on the individual and what is most important to them. If the weather is the most important thing, then it is best to take Hawaii vacations during the winter months. If money is the main concern, then it might be best to travel to Hawaii during the spring of autumn months as opposed to the busy winter months.
Hawaii vacations bring families together in a setting where nature, at its opulent best, routinely inspires awe in even the most jaded traveler. Who, after all, wouldn’t be impressed by a 12-acre zoo in the midst of the United States’ only tropical rainforest or by a 333,000 acre national park surrounding two legendary volcanoes, Mauna Loa, the world’s largest, and Kilauea, the world’s most active? These are just two examples of Hawaii’s hundreds of “must see” highlights, and both of these are on just one of the six amazing islands that come together to form the United States’ 50th state.
As rich as they are with natural wonders, and as educational as they are for all the family members, Hawaii vacations with the family are also enriching in other ways. Hawaii vacations bring families closer together as they learn together . . . learn not only about raw nature at its most enticing, but also learn about those things that are uniquely Hawaiian: the customs, the traditions, and the language that make up the vibrant Hawaiian culture.
Consider also that Hawaii vacations with the family are gifts that last long after the vacations have ended; each family member will treasure his or her private memories of the majestic mountains, the lush rain forests, the magnificent volcanoes, the parks, beaches, unique flora and fauna, and the vast ocean that seems to go on forever. Those private memories of Hawaii vacations are invariably laced with the memories of unforgettable family moments; vignettes that are guaranteed to bring smiles to dinner table conversations for many years to come.