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There are many details to consider when planning a family vacation. Whether your family includes two or ten people, you will, no doubt, be presented with the challenge of including sights and activities that appeal to all in your group. This can become especially important if you will be traveling with children, since it is likely they will not wish to take part in all the activities that interest you. Nevertheless, there are ways to plan your vacation that can make it mem...

Your Next Family Vacation Planning Tips

Your Next Family Vacation  Planning TipsThere are many details to consider when planning a family vacation. Whether your family includes two or ten people, you will, no doubt, be presented with the challenge of including sights and activities that appeal to all in your group. This can become especially important if you will be traveling with children, since it is likely they will not wish to take part in all the activities that interest you. Nevertheless, there are ways to plan your vacation that can make it memorable while appeasing everyone in the process.One of the most difficult aspects of planning a family vacation is finding a time that will suit everyone. This means having to juggle work and school schedules, and figuring out how to optimize the time you will have in a way that will meet the needs of everyone. Because it is very likely that every individual in your group has different schedules, and likewise, different interests, youll need to plan as far in advance as you possibly can. The key here is knowing what everyone enjoys and planning it with the resources you have at your disposal. Figure your expenses. The first step to planning a family vacation is to figure out how much money you will be able to spend. Knowing this will help you narrow your options. This is especially important if you do not travel to the same destination every year or for every vacation. Optimize your costs. Just because you have a certain amount of money you can spend doesnt mean you have to spend it. Instead, save where you can. This can also help you plan for the next vacation by leaving with money left over when you return or, in some cases, before you ever begin. The second step to planning your next family vacation is exploring your options. You will probably want to base this on the interests of everyone in the group, so as to optimize the experience and try to complete as many of the activities as possible. This can be difficult if you will be traveling to a new location, or if the age range of your family varies widely. Still, a well-constructed plan can definitely reduce the stress of planning, so keep this in mind while you are making all the important decisions.Plan each day of your vacation, but at the same time, be prepared to make changes. This is important because you or other family members may decide to do something else instead of the planned activity. Also, some activities are done outdoors, so you will want to plan for various weather conditions that could occur. This s also why you should have a back up plan or at the very least, alternate activities. The more you are able to plan, the less stress you will encounter, which will bring you optimal fun on your next family vacation.

The Ultimate Canadian Travel Guide To An East Coast Adventure

The Ultimate Canadian Travel Guide To An East Coast Adventure

Making the decision to visit any one of Canadas beautiful provinces or territories is easy, especially if you decide to spend your time on the East Coast. Canadas East Coast is made up of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and precious Prince Edward Island which exudes island hospitality and charm. Your trip will be packed full of exciting activities when visiting any number of the East Coast festivals, cultural events, heritage sites as well as a ton of indoor and outdoor attractions. There is definitely no shortage of things to do on the East Coast. When visiting here is a list of the top 5 things you must see and do.When in Newfoundland, Gros Morne National Park is a must see. Either for a day trip or for a week long camping trip, Gros Morne National Park has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987. You can hike through mountains, camp by the sea, visit freshwater fjords, waterfalls, and sandy beaches. As an area with vast natural beauty and a variety of scenery, wildlife and recreational activities, there are a million and one things to do.The next stop on your east coast vacation has to be beautiful New Brunswick. If you are searching for some indoor activities your next stop is the traditional farmers market in St. John this market offers patrons the best New Brunswick has to offer in terms of fresh food, produce, meats and seafood. The St. John City Market also hosts the maritime craft show and offers hundreds of hand crafted items for you to enjoy. Its a wonderful place to visit and stop in for a bite.If outdoor adventure is more your speed visiting the Fundy Trail in St. Martins New Brunswick will be most enjoyable! The Fundy Trail is an area of true importance as it is a sensitive ecological area, previously inaccessible to people. Untouched coastal areas with unmatched beauty and eco-diversity offer its visitors the opportunity to hike, bike or drive through portions of the park to take in the view. When in Nova Scotia shellfish is the dish dejour, particularly if you enjoy Lobster! Nova Scotia offers lobster tours for sea lovers of all ages. Tours are a great way to become familiar with the fishing methods used to catch these delicious creatures as well as to learn about the marine habitat of the many sea creatures that frequent the waters off Nova Scotia. A day on the water will reveal whales, seals, dolphins, seabirds, porpoises and other exciting species.The final stop on your east coast adventure must be "Prince Edward Island" , the gentle Island. Offering annual cultural and artistic events, numerous sights and attractions, PEI is fun for the whole family. You can learn to deep sea fish, do some afternoon birding, or golf on one of over 30 island golf courses . Be sure to visit Prince Edward Islands' beautiful lighthouses, the home of Anne of Green Gables, and historic Province House, the Birthplace of Canada. Or if the idea of putting your feet up on one of PEIs beautiful red sand beaches is more your speed, the gentle island has many places for you. Surrounded by the sound of waves coming ashore, birds flying overhead and nothing but peace and quite, this are definitely the place for you. Rejuvenate your spirit, Love Prince Edward Island!

The Ol Pejeta Experience

The Ol Pejeta Experience

If you are looking to be soothed with serenity, spoilt with luxury and dazzled by striking scenery and wildlife, the Ol Pejeta conservancy is the place to invade. The Ol Pejeta is situated in Nanyuki, Laikipia District in Kenya nestled in the shadow of the majestic Mt Kenya. An easy three hour 250 kilometres ride form Nairobi the Kenyan capital will get you there. Accommodation in the Ol Pejeta is provided in the form of the Ol Pejeta house, the Buffalo house and if you fancy some outdoor camping, there is the sweet waters tented camp.The Ol Pejeta has an intriguing history. Now owned by the Serena Group of Hotels, Ol Pejeta was previously owned by one Adnan Khashoggi. Khashoggi was an extravagant tycoon who its alleged influenced many geo-political events in the 1960`s including arms deals and was the uncle of the Dodi Al Fayed, princess Dianas lover. It is rumoured he inspired the Novel The Pirate by Harrold Robbins.The Ol Pejeta ranch is on the leeward side of Mt Kenya and is as a result warm during the day and quite chilly during the night. The Ol Pejeta Serena sweet waters tented camp is the surprise package of the Ol pejeta conservancy. It is situated next to the Ol Pejeta House and it lies right on the Equator. It is comprised of about 35 canvas tents on raised platforms snuggled by a remarkable waterhole cherished by warthogs and giraffes that come to quench their thirst. The tents dont compromise on comfort but still retain the wilderness feel. After a ravishing meal from the five-star kitchen, the night game drive of the sweet waters is a MUST DO! Get nocturnal and make sure you use the blankets given to you once you start the game drive. It gets quite chilly at night.remember? The game drive is usually accompanied by a spotter. Its amazing how these spotters can identify an animal simply by the light reflected by assorted pairs of night eyes. I reckon it may be the colour/shape of the night eyes or the height from the ground. The animals that may be viewed include zebras, impala, hyena, antelopes, lions and other big five animals.The Ol Pejeta house which was Khashoggi`s play ground is a three bed roomed house elegantly furnished and located on flourishing green gardens. There is the back yard veranda set on the back ground of undulating plains and the majestic Mt Kenya. If you ever wanted a beautiful setting for a wedding or a difficult lady to accept a marriage proposal the Ol Pejeta gardens will do the trick. The Ol Pejeta house boasts of massive 12 by 12 lavish beds complete with canopies where you can snore and roll away the African nights if you have no company. (Did I mention weddings?)There are two stunning swimming pools where one may splash away during the day but not evenings when its chilly. Masseurs are available at ones request and camel rides are also offered during the day. At lunch time a mouth-watering buffet is served outdoors by the waterhole after which one may decide to raid the well stocked bar that is near the dining area. The sunsets at Ol Pejeta are scenic and the resident Naturalist then does a slide show on wildlife accompanied by some soothing acoustic music.Another pleasant surprise at the Ol Pejeta is the Chimpanzee sanctuary. The chimps were all rescued from poachers and bush meat dealers. Donations are accepted towards this sanctuary and furthermore the chimps are also up for adoption to any wildlife lovers. El Morani the rhino is also present and can be visited. The Buffalo house is smaller than the Ol Pejeta house but still tastefully furnished. The Ol Pejeta guest compound has no electric fence and once in a while one may rub shoulders with a buffalo or other wild game.If you fancy a holiday to revitalise yourself, an adventurous holiday or simply to relish some secret delights, Ol Pejeta is the place to be. Exclusive yet available and furthermore one can make a donation to the conservancy to banish all that responsible tourism guilt.

Try An Inexpensive Costa Rica Vacation

Try An Inexpensive Costa Rica Vacation

If you are looking for a place to vacation that could be called a tropical paradise then look no further than Costa Rica. Of course one of the biggest concerns when planning any vacation is cost. If you are planning to travel as a family then any vacation can be an expensive endeavor. However there are many inexpensive Vacation packages you can afford. In fact if you live the US it is frequently cheaper to vacation in Costa Rica then in many locations in the USA.Costa Rica travel and vacation packages include cruises that visit different ports of call enroute to Costa Rica. There are also daily direct flights from major US airports to Costa Rica's largest cities of San Jose and Liberia. A quick check of the Internet will show you just how low air fares are to this beautiful country. Special travel packages that include trips to many of the countries unique and wild national parks are also available. Special travel package are also available to those who are getting married in Costa Rica or are planning their honeymoon on one of many beautiful sandy beach resorts.Approximately 23 percent of Costa Rica's land mass is protected by National parks, forests and preserves making it an ideal eco tourism destination. There are many outfitters that specialize in trips to these remote and beautiful locations. It is well known worldwide that Costa Rica has one of the highest biodiversities in the world. In addition despite being just 10 degrees north of the equator the climate is comfortable most of the year especially in the highlands around Lake Arenal.Booking an inexpensive Costa Rica vacation does not mean it is vacation that is short on services. There are many world class resorts that provide services comparable to any first class destination. The cost of living is relatively low compared to European and US standards which allows you to book a quality vacation at a very reasonable price. Shopping can be fun when prices are so low and if you like to dine out at the many fine resturants you will be shocked at how low the bill will be.One of the benefits to visiting Costa Rica is the freedom to travel anywhere you please as you please as there are very few travel restrictions. In addition the country has a very low crime rate so you can feel safe no matter where you are likely to roam. Many times these side trips can be the most inexpensive part of your vacation. If you are a fisherman you will find that Costa Rica is unmatched when comes to saltwater fishing. You can catch snook and tarpon on the beaches or charter offshore for marlin, tuna and rooster fish. You can fish the pacific one day and the Caribbean the next.So if you are considering a vacation outside the US or Europe then you should try an inexpensive Costa Rica Vacation. It is a tropical paradise at a very reasonable price.

Hello From Nova Scotia: The Lighthouse Trail From Shelburne To Lunenburg

This morning I had left Yarmouth, and after a minor accident with my rental vehicle, I had explored the Lighthouse Trail and made a stop in the historic Loyalist town of Shelburne. By about 4 pm I still had quite a drive left to Lunenburg, and I wanted to make sure I would get into town before 6:30 so I would still have some daylight left for my first impressions of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.From Shelburne I went straight east on Highway 103. Had I had more time I would have explored the coastal peninsula south of Shelburne which features small villages such as Sandy Point, Jordan Bay and Jordan Ferry. On the other side of Jordan Bay, a long inlet, I continued past East Jordon on to Sable River. Lockeport, a small village on the waterfront, dates back to the 1760s.The Seaside Adjunct of the Kejimkujik National Park used to provide pasture land for sheep and cattle. Some families actually lived on the land all year while others brought their cattle to summer pasture here. Overgrown rock foundations, old clearings, broken fences and cattle trails remain from that era.The Kejimkujik Scenic Drive a little further east is a major connector between Liverpool and Annaopolis Royal on Novascotias northwestern shore and features a drive right through Kejimkujik Park.Port Mouton, a little town located inlands just off Summerville Beach is actually named after a sheep that fell overboard in 1604 from Samuel de Champlains ship. This entire area features many scenic islands and beaches. The town of Summerville was founded in 1784 by Captain John Grant, a United Empire Loyalist, and was one of the major shipbuilding centres in the area. Just south of Summerville Centre on the coast is Summerville Beach Provincial Park whose highlights include a white sand beach with sand dunes. The park is wheelchair accessible and features picnic areas, washrooms and changerooms.Liverpool further east was founded in 1759 and is steeped in history. It was a centre of the privateering area between 1749 and 1812, when privateers (licensed pirates) were permitted to seize enemy ships and valuable cargo. Liverpool features seven museums including the Sherman Hines Museum of Photography, the largest museum of its kind east of Montreal.Medway Harbour is punctuated by a number of interesting attractions: the Port Medway Lighthouse Park features interpretive panels that depict the rich maritime history of this area. The lighthouse was built in 1899 and was decommissioned in 1987. Some of the other lighthouses along this stretch of shoreline include Coffin Island, Medway Head, Spectacle Island and Western Head.Several major beaches can be found along this southern stretch of Nova Scotia: from Summerville Beach and White Point Beach west of Liverpool, to Rissers Beach and Crescent Beach, located close to the mouth of the La Have River. This beach is the most famous one in the area and even used to be featured on the Can$50 bill. Crescent Beach also features the Lost at Sea Quilt, designed by renowned Canadian fabric artist Laurie Swim. It pays tribute to seventeen fishermen who lost their lives in one storm, which left a devastating impact on this community. One example that fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations on the planet.I then stopped off at the La Have River Lighthouse which was actually relocated to this location from another place. And then five minutes later I got ready to cross the La Have River on the car ferry so I would not have to drive all the way up to Upper La Have and come down again on the east side of the river. It took about five minutes as well as $5 to cross the river. Lunenburg was not far any more and I was on the home stretch now.Finally, just as it was getting dark, I arrived in Lunenburg. I came over the top of a hill and saw the town spread out in front of me. Several main streets run east and west parallel to the shoreline with a few fairly steep north-south streets providing connectors. To get the lay of the land, I drove through all the major streets and got a good orientation of this unique town, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being the best example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America.Lunenburg was officially established in 1753 as the First British Colonial settlement in Nova Scotia outside Halifax. The original inhabitants of Lunenburg were Foreign Protestants, immigrants from Germany, Swiss and France which came to North America at the same time as Pennsylvania Dutch. The economy was mainly based on farming, fishing, ship-building and ocean-based commerce. Many of the descendents of these original settlers still live in town.Todays main industry is tourism and I could see a wide range of restaurants, B&Bs and inns ready to serve tourists in need. On the highest elevation of town, on Gallow's Hill, I saw a stunning building: the Lunenburg Academy, still an elementary school, teaching children from grade 1 to 5. In town, and one of the squares in town features St. John's Anglican Church, Lunenburg's most famous church.After a very brief introduction to the town I finally checked into my abode for the night: the Lunenburg Inn where I was welcome by owner Don Wallace. Since I had had nothing to eat since breakfast this morning at the MacKinnon-Cann Inn in Yarmouth, my stomach was absolutely growling, and I was extremely exhausted. It had been a very long day and I was ready for a nice relaxing dinner. Thankfully, the Lunenburg Inn had provided a basket of home-made cookies for the guest, a sweet treat I could not resist.Don was so kind as to give me a few dining suggestions in town and provided me with a few menus from various local establishments. I decided to head down to the Rumrunner Inn right along the waterfront and left my car in the parking lot. About five minutes later I had arrived at my destination and settled in for a satisfying meal. After a delicious house salad I continued with absolutely scrumptious Linguine A La Gorgonzola which satisfied my overwhelming craving for carbs. But Nova Scotia is obviously the domain of the seafood eaters and all the restaurants in this area feature extensive seafood menus. The Rumrunner Inn, for example, offers a Lobster Bisque Napoleon, a Lobster Dinner with rice and fresh vegetables, Surf and Turf including a sirloin steak and a Lobster Thermidor, featuring chunks of lobster in a creamy sauce with mushrooms and a touch of cognac. Nova Scotia is a paradise for seafood lovers, and many travellers buy entire boxes of Nova Scotia lobster during their vacations.After a very satisfying meal I dragged my tired body back to my cozy room the Lunenburg Inn, downloaded my photos and dropped into the comfortable bed like a bag of potatoes. It had been a really eventful day and tomorrow I would get a better chance to get to know this scenic town of Lunenburg before heading over to Halifax via Peggys Cove.

Florence Museums At A Glance

Florence museums are known around the world to house some of the worlds greatest masterpieces by the masters of each era of the art world. Trends in painting and sculpture have set the pace for others and made times in history immortal. The art work of Florence tells the tales of the Birth of Christ, His crucifixion and resurrection. It tells of fashion trends and how the world viewed beauty. Each element of the worlds history has been captured in the art found in the museums and galleries of Florence.The Uffizi GalleryPerhaps one of the most well known galleries in Florence the Uffizi is home to the Botticellis Birth of Venus. The list of artists reads like a whos who of the greatest and includes Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Rubens.The AccademiaAt the Accademia you will find the world famous David by Michelangelo. It also home to a large collection of Renaissance paintings, but is better know for the sculptures of Michelangelo including the Palerstria Pieta.The BaptisteryThe Baptistery is so old its date is not really known, but it is understood to be one of the oldest monuments in Florence. The exterior faade houses three arches that are adorned with sculptures and marble decorations. The doors are pieces of art in and of themselves. They are gilded in bronze and date back to the 14th and 15th century. Panels from the original dome have been removed and restored and are now housed at the Museum of the Opera del Duomo.Gallery of Modern ArtFlorence is so well known for its Renaissance era works that many people overlook the fact that the Gallery of Modern Art houses 18th, 19th and 20th century works that are modern by comparison in a city so old. The museum is located on the second floor of the Pitti Place. Here you find familiar works by Cezanne, Gauguin, and Grassi and others who adopted the style and techniques of French artists. Equestrians will particularly enjoy the works of sculptor Marino Marini.The Horne MuseumNamed after the English art collector Herbert P. Horne, this museum blends art with a history of life during the Italian Renaissance. The furnishings and accessories along with the architecture itself are a reflection of this rich era. Artwork ranges from the 14th to 17th centuries and includes pieces from Cafaggiolo, Urbino, and Orvieto.The Silver MuseumThis museum houses an interesting collection of objects from the various dynasties ranging from the Medici through the Lorraine. There is great diversity in the pieces of jewellery, gems, semi-precious tones and various art objects. These are all from eras in time when a rich life and extravagance were the norm. One of the most valuable pieces housed here is a collection of vases by Lorenzo the Magnificent.This small sprinkling of museums only touches the surface of possible historical sites in Florence. Florence is home to more than 50 museums, galleries, or architectural wonders that make this city a place one could visit for weeks and still not take it all in.

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There are many details to consider when planning a family vacation. Whether your family includes two or ten people, you will, no doubt, be presented with the challenge of including sights and activities that appeal to all in your group. This can become especially important if you will be traveling with children, since it is likely they will not wish to take part in all the activities that interest you. Nevertheless, there are ways to plan your vacation that can make it mem...