Gelato! This frozen Italian treat is a must when visiting the region! Gelato is typically stored at a warmer freezing temperature making the flavors much more intense! These unique flavors intrigue the palate and satisfy your sweet tooth. I’ve listed some of my absolute favorites.
Africa is a continent full of the most incredible experiences, with a vast variety of landscapes to take in. That being said, it is so important to make sure you have everything you need for a trip that is not only comfortable and enjoyable but one that will bring you wonderful memories for years to come. Here are our top packing tips for your journey to Africa!
Once you bid farewell to Thornybush Game Reserve, it is time to move on to Johannesburg, South Africa. Johannesburg or Jo’burg as it is affectionately called is a great stopover before heading to Victoria Falls. Johannesburg is mainly a business destination, but it has a wealth of art galleries, museums, andparks to explore. The city is also known for the richest gold reefs in the world, and Gold Reef City was built as an amusement park and a mine tour where visitors can explore the legendary mining of the old days. The top places to visit in Johannesburg are Constitution Hill which is one of South Africa’s most important historical sites. Constitution Hill is a place where you will hear and see some shocking facts about the prisoner’s incarceration there. This was a place where many high profile political activists like Nelson Mandela and Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi were once held. Another top site to see is the Apartheid Museum which showcases the rise and fall of South Africa’s segregation and oppression and gives some understanding to many of the inequities that still exist today.
On the second leg of this safari adventure, you will travel to Northern South Africa by plane to Eastgate Airport near the Air Force Military Base Hoedspruit. The flight is about two and a half hours. Once you arrive the representative that will transport you to Thornybush Shumbalala Lodge where you will enjoy your time on the game reserve.
An African Safari adventure can have many looks and feels depending on what country you want to explore, animals you want to see and the time you have to spend on your safari. I had clients begin their African safari in South Africa.
There are many beautiful countries that offer spectacular animal safari’s. With so many to choose from, it may be best to go on a multi-country safari to see all of the fantastic wildlife. Here more of the best countries you can visit to get a glimpse of some of the most incredible creatures on earth.
For many people, being able to spend time out in the wilderness and observing amazing animals in their natural habitat is a dream vacation. I know for me going on an African Safari has been a lifelong dream. In part one of this exciting two-part series, we are going to look at some of the best countries in the world that you can visit to turn that dream vacation into a reality!
Milan is a truly stunning city, full of historic buildings, incredible art, and chances to experience the rich culture and heritage of Italy. Whether you are on a sight-seeing tour to soak up the art or want to spend time shopping and people-watching, there are opportunities for it all in Milan. Here are six cool things to do when you are on the journey of a lifetime in this fantastic place.
When you visit Sedona, it is an excellent base camp for exploring many parts of the Southwest. On vacation, we only had so much time, so we decided to take a guided tour of the Grand Canyon from Sedona. Our guide, Beau, from Pink Jeep Tours picked us up at our hotel for our journey north. There were about five other guests along on our tour. At Pink Jeep Tours they offer tours all over Sedona and the Grand Canyon area. You can take a Pink Jeep out to the red rocks for a fun off-road experience, and they offer luxury customized pink Mercedes Sprinter vehicles just for their more extended tours. I will share our red rocks Pink Jeep Tour in an upcoming newsletter.
On the drive in on Arizona State Route 89A is where you begin to see the beautiful red rocks that make Sedona such a magical place to visit. Everywhere you look there are red rock formations of every shape and size. Our first stop was a resort recommended to me by many in my travel agent community.
When you leave Scottsdale, it feels like you are driving into the old west with towns like Black Canyon City, Bumble Bee and a place called Sunset Point. On the day we drove up to Sedona, it was the day of the solar eclipse. The Sunset Point rest area was a great place to view the eclipse, and there were plenty of people there viewing with their solar glasses. We did not have any glasses since they were tough to find in the weeks leading up to the eclipse. But as we walked around, a very nice older woman asked if we wanted to use her glasses to view the eclipse.
The American Southwest - full of palm trees, cactus, red rocks and all sorts of snakes. My southwest adventure this summer began with flying into Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. In summer in the southwest, the temperatures can get very high and sometimes the airport has to cancel flights due to the air temperatures being so hot in the area that the planes cannot take off. This extreme heat happened in July in Phoenix when it was 118 degrees in the full afternoon sun. Luckily when we were arriving, it was only going to be around 100 degrees. This Arizona airport was very easy to fly into and more accessible to navigate out of with our rental car. The airport is located east of the city and was a short 30-minute drive north to Scottsdale, Arizona.
"You are entitled to food, clothing, shelter and medical attention. Everything else is a privilege"...
Alcatraz is among the most infamous US federal penitentiaries in America. Rule Number 5 in the rules and regulations of The Rock stated in 1934 “You are entitled to food, clothing, shelter, and medical attention. Anything else you get is a privilege.” This rule was a reality of a place that holds many myths.
The sights and sounds of San Francisco are best to be explored by staying at a hotel in a great location. The Argonaut Hotel is in the Ghirardelli Square area of the San Francisco waterfront. The hotel has some great views of the Bay.
The San Francisco Bay area has so much outdoor space to explore, especially along the Pacific coast. A great park along the water in San Francisco is Land's End. We parked in the Sea Cliff neighborhood. This neighborhood is a wealthy area with some beautiful homes that overlook the water in this prime real estate area. Land's End has stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands along with a great walking trail with wildflowers and cypress trees along the route. We walked from China Beach to the Visitors Center at Land's End. There are a few miles of trails to explore, a few go down to the water, but most are up on the cliffs above the Pacific. The park's formation began when Adolph Sutro wanted to bring urban development to the city's edge. He created the park, first with a restaurant called the Cliff House and Sutro Baths. The Sutro Baths was an engineering marvel and a great recreation place for anyone living inthe San Francisco area in the 1890's. Mr. Sutro built the seven swimming pools so that each was a different temperature and that the power of the Pacific Ocean would fill the baths up during high tide. In the day a visit to Sutro Bath's was a full day affair for the entire family. Along the beach, many rocks are jetting from the water where the bird's nest, one has a hole in the center that is shaped like a heart. The panoramic view of the Pacific here is very peaceful. The Cliff House Restaurant has one of the best views in all of San Francisco. This is a trendy restaurant for visitors and locals alike. Once you finished your dining at the Cliff House, you can stroll down Ocean Beach along the Pacific. This beach is a long stretch of white sand that meets the mighty waves of the Pacific.
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