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Soaking Up The Sun And Taking In The Sites In Aruba

Soaking Up The Sun And Taking In The Sites In Aruba


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In addition to white sand beaches and Caribbean beauty, Aruba has a wealth of history and exceptional sites to offer.
Though you may not want to leave your plush beach resort, you should certainly explore some of these sites located throughout the island. Here are some helpful travel tips for the adventurous traveler.

Throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, adventurers traveled throughout the Caribbean in search of wealth and treasures. One of the most precious sites of that era was the island of Oro Ruba, or red gold. Today, the island of Aruba retains traces of this colorful history, courtesy of remains from the Bushiribana and Balashi gold mining operations and longstanding pirate lore.

The caves of Aruba are commonly cited by locals as former pirate hideouts, though each site is visually fascinating enough to warrant a visit. The Guadirikiri Cave is famous for its dual sunlit chambers that create a picture perfect backdrop. The Fontein Cave is the most popular of the caves being one of the most accessible sites with Arawak Indian drawings. The Huliba Cave, known as the Tunnel of Love, features a heart-shaped opening and an expansive 300-foot long passage.
One of Aruba’s most photographed sites, the California Lighthouse is named for the famous wreck off these same shorelines. Located at the northwestern tip of the island, the terrain surrounding the lighthouse features both dramatic rock shorelines and rolling sand dunes.

The bizarre rock formations of Aruba are another worthwhile site as they are truly unlike anything you can find at home. The area surrounding the Casibari Boulders has several trails, offering some of the best views of the island from atop the stones. The Ayo Rock Formations are often compared to the fictional town of Bedrock from “The Flinstones.” Once an ancient settlement, petroglyphs are visible on many of the boulders.

The Government of Aruba has dedicated approximately 18% of the island to the Arikok National Park. With miles of walking trails, this public park is the centerpiece of Aruba’s environmental preservation efforts. To learn more about the park and its unique wildlife, it is worthwhile to schedule a guided tour as part of your vacation package. Prepare yourself for everything from exotic cacti, flowers, divi-divi trees and massive aloe plants to rare birds and photogenic iguanas. Also, this is the best location for those panoramic Caribbean views, as Aruba’s highest peaks lie within the park.

Of course, there is more to Aruba than natural splendor. In addition to excellent shopping opportunities, Aruba’s capital of Oranjestad features a number of distinctive museums. The Historical Museum, situated in the oldest building in Aruba, displays a fascinating collection ranging from indigenous artifacts to Spanish and Dutch colonial items. To learn more about Aruba’s past, visit the Archaeological Museum, an organization dedicated exclusively to the display and preservation of ancient pottery, tools and art from Aruba’s indigenous cultures. Also in central Oranjestad, the Numismatic Museum displays over 30,000 historic coins from around the world.

The second largest city in Aruba, San Nicolas, is a great stop for the “alternative” tourist.
For decades, Charlie’s Bar has been one of the city’s primary destinations, owing to its fame as a makeshift museum of underwater discoveries. Since the 1940’s, scuba divers have hung anything and everything on Charlie’s walls. The diversity of Charlie’s strange collection has only added to San Nicolas’ relaxed, offbeat reputation. Just a short drive from San Nicolas you’ll find the Lourdes Grotto, an enchanting Catholic shrine built directly into a black rock hillside.

For the fan of such religious architecture, Aruba has several other unique sites to offer. The picturesque Chapel of Alto Vista, constructed by the Spanish as Aruba’s first, exudes tranquility from its spectacular setting above the ocean. Church of Noord, constructed between 1914 and 1919, is a fine example of neo-Gothic architecture. It is even possible to be married in one of Aruba’s churches as part of your vacation package.

For a little privacy after your exploring, try escaping to one of the smaller islands surrounding Aruba. Renaissance Island is a private hideaway for guests of the Renaissance Hotel. This unique beach resort lies just off shore and features all the amenities one might need for a day in the sun. Also just a 5 minute ferry ride from the mainland, De Palm Island is a favorite of snorkelers and scuba divers in search of that perfect reef.

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Transatlantic Services: Their Beginning

Transatlantic Services: Their Beginning

To the most important things responsible for the globalization of the world that we enjoy today is definitely flying and specifically the advent of Transatlantic Flight. In the beginning of the 20th century, the only thing holding the world back was the Atlantic Ocean that was separating the powerful United States with the ancient Europe. It was a powerful combination that would allow the globalization of the world when the time came. However, in the beginning of the 20th century the main problem was the aerodynamic complications that prevented the planes at the time from crossing the Transatlantic. The internal vibrations and other complications prevented such long range and long duration flights. Thus, the only way to cross the Atlantic from the United States to Europe and specifically England was to go across with a transatlantic ship. For this journey, a transatlantic ship took about 7 days to cross the vast gulf of the Atlantic Ocean.

However, all of that changed when the daring and brave aviator Charles Lindberg crossed the Atlantic in a plane in 1927. It signaled beginning of a new era when the traveling between the two continents would become commonplace someday. As soon as the 1930’s started air carriers at the time started experimenting with transatlantic flights. Of course the first experiments were empty flight but the slowly and slowly carriers started carrying postal mail with the transatlantic flights. At the time, there were two major carriers: British Imperial Airways and Pan American Airways, which would in time, become the flag carrier of the United States. Both of these airlines started to cross the Atlantic and deliver postal mail across the two continents. However also Deutsche Air was a powerful competition as it carried mail between South America and West Africa. Although it was some time before investors would start commercial flights with passengers, these ail mail routes provided the necessary expertise for the transatlantic flight. A postal flight across the Atlantic Ocean was concluded in less than a day.

Another major problem at the time was the availability off suitable landing strips for transatlantic flights. The necessary concrete just wasn’t there and thus instead of land planes, ship planes called the Flying Boats were used for Transatlantic flights. These flying boats were easily capable of landing in water with the fuselage acting as the landing gear or a boat.

It was perhaps Pan AM vision that allowed transatlantic flights to become really successful and commonplace. Juan Trippe, who was the founder of PAN AM quickly saw that transatlantic flights would be a major business someday and he quickly negotiated for routes and stopping points along the way like the Bahamas. He also ordered a special flying boat to be produced the legendary B-314 which would continue to serve the PAN AM fleet for decades to come. It was able to carry 74 passengers and it had a galley and sleeping quarters aboard. At last, the big day came when in June 28, 1939 PAN AM had its first commercial flight with passenger across the Atlantic. This first flight was between New York and France and the passengers were charged $375 for a one way trip. It was the beginning of an era where PAN AM would dominate the world with its famous Clipper Service that flew across the Atlantic continuously and dominatingly.

Although the World War II proved to be slow in business due to world affairs, after the war the pace of aeronautics and commercial flights across the Atlantic picked up speed. It was also a time of boom for American carriers as the carriers pf Europe were war weary. Three major American carriers were present at the time: The famous PAN AM, the American Export Company and Transcontinental and Western Airlines (T W A). Especially right after World War II, these American carriers were especially dominant in the world market for transatlantic flights. However as the wounds of the war were getting licked, European Air Carriers also begun to emerge as competitors I the Transatlantic Air Market. Airlines such as the Belgium Sabena and the Dutch Royal Airways like the KLM would also provide a stiff competition to the American Carriers. However, the transatlantic carrier PAN AM proved to be the most famous and the most powerful of all the airlines in the Transatlantic route until its collapse in 1991. However, it was responsible for pioneering the way and joining the two continents together. By the advent of the 1950’s, Air Travel between the two continents of the Atlantic Ocean had become commonplace and the world was on its way to becoming a one big global community.

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holidays in Australia

holidays in Australia

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I hope to visit Australia this winter, and I hope that it will not be the last time. I would like to think that I will take many holidays in Australia in my life time, but I know that this might not be something that I can do very often. However, I will go when I can as I have friends there, and it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t get to spend some time with them every few years. Besides, I think there is a lot my daughter can learn when we visit there, and I hope to take her with me when I go.

The best thing about holidays in Australia is that you can go when the weather in the US is bad, and it will be the middle of summer there. Not only that, but there are many great beaches there, and everyone is so wonderfully nice. Though I am sure there are exceptions, it would seem that a majority of those who live in Australia are easy going and fun to be around. Though you can’t always take long vacations, I want to make my holidays in Australia long because I won’t get to go very often.

Another great thing about holidays in Australia is that they are very much like the US in culture, but at the same time, things are just different enough to make it an amazing experience. They have beauty everywhere you turn around, and there are many awesome things that everyone should have a chance to see in their life time. I know there are those who have dreamed of going to a European country for as long as they can remember, but for me, I have always wanted to take holidays in Australia.

There is one downfall though. When you take holidays in Australia, you do have to be on a plane for a very long time. It takes about fourteen hours to fly to Sydney from the west coast, and I have to take a six hour flight just to get to the west coast of the US to get on a plane to Australia. I’m not really worried about myself, but I am concerned about my daughter, who will be six when we go. However, it will be worth it, and I suspect that the light might be the longest I have ever taken, or will ever take, but for great holidays in Australia, it will all be worth it.

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Take That Relaxing Vacation

Take That Relaxing Vacation

If your idea includes relaxing and rejuvenating, then you know that you need to visit a spa. Not all spas, or travelers, are the same, however, so it is important to do your research beforehand so that you can find the right spa for you. Research the treatments and the costs so that you can find the right spa for you, your lifestyle, and your budget.

1. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Are you taking a vacation with your entire family? You do not have to forego resting and relaxing. The Grand Floridian Resort offers their guests childcare in their rooms and child-oriented activities to give you time to enjoy the spa. The spa offers many different treatments to help you receive the rejuvenation that you want and need, including mineral therapy, body-composition analysis, massages, and more.

2. The Aveda Spa at Seattle’s Alexis Hotel
Couples that are looking for a romantic and relaxing weekend will enjoy the Alexis Hotel. They offer a chocolate dessert and champagne for free that you can enjoy with your spouse and you can visit the Aveda Spa. There are a variety of different treatments that you can get at the spa, including a Himalayan Rejuvenation Body Treatment and more. The skin care treatments are available for purchase, too, which can allow you to take that relaxing and recuperating feeling home with you.

3. Marriott’s Wentworth by the Sea at New Castle
If you and your partner are looking for a beautiful escape from reality, then you will love the Marriott’s Wentworth by the Sea. The spa has many pampering treatments, including paraffin hand treatments, The Royal Gentleman’s Facial, massages, and more. Warm stones, aromatherapy, and even Reiki therapy are used to help make you as relaxed as possible. Even children can join in on the spa experience by getting a “good start” facial that is created just for kids.

4. Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa on Maui
If you want to visit Hawaii, then there is a spa for you there as well. This spa is famous for their Termé Wailea Hydrotherapy. Other treatments include an aromatic bath, a visit to the Redwood Sauna, and more. Body scrubs, body wraps, foot massages, and more can put you in the right frame of mind for relaxing on vacation. If you are in desperate need for relaxation and rejuvenating, then you can get a luxurious treatment that includes a wrap, bath, and a massage for approximately $500.

5. Barbados‘s Sandy Lane Resort
For the best trip to a spa that you have ever taken, then you will definitely want to go to this spa on the island of Barbados. It has several signature treatments, including the Dr. Hauschka Classic Treatment that is a six-hour treatment that was created to release the tension in every part of your body. You can also enjoy water massage, an aromatherapy, and more. You will leave feeling relaxed and pampered. What a wonderful thing!

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Adelaide Australia (2)

Adelaide Australia

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A first time visitor in Australia would surely have difficulty, which place to visit first. There are many big and highly urbanized cities in Australia and the one that stood out the most is Adelaide in South Australia.

Adelaide Australia is a planned city that was conceptualized by one of its forefathers William Light. It is the capital of one of Australia’s biggest state, South Australia that became a British colony in December 28, 1836. Its famous name was taken after its equally famous Queen Adelaide of Britain. Being South Australia’s seat of government it is home to the many government offices and financial institutions. Before the European settlement took place in Adelaide Australia, the Kaurnal Aboriginal tribe inhabited the city.

Adelaide has an arid climate but similar with that of the Mediterranean wherein most of its winter months rain is expected, though unpredictable during summertime. June is considered as the rainy month when most of the rain occurs averaging up to 80mm.

The economic climate of Adelaide Australia is robust and dynamic. It is the car-manufacturing haven of General Motors-Holden and Mitsubishi. Other industries that operate in Adelaide are defense technology, medical research, export, and communications and hospitality industry.

Adelaide is rich in cultural heritage. Old churches dotted the whole city of Adelaide making it a perfect destination for pilgrims and art aficionados. In the music scene, Adelaide has produced homegrown talents that have worldwide acclaim, bringing honor and pride to the city. The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Youth Orchestra are just two of Adelaide’s pride that has carved a niche in the international music and art arena. Adelaide people are also sports lover, in fact it played host to several F1 Race Australian Grand Prix.

Adelaide gives high premium on education. Famous tertiary-education institutions both public and private have provided the Adelaide denizen and visitors top quality professional and vocational education and training. The most popular among the state-run universities is the University of Adelaide. It has already produced top caliber graduate who garnered numerous awards from Nobel and scholarships from Rhodes. It is most famous for its law and medicine programs.

So if you want a cultural tour to appreciate the Australian way of life, sports adventure to feel how Australian champion athletes are made of, or an educational enrichment trip to prepare you for a competitive career, Adelaide Australia might just be the right city for you, where everything you need is prepared right at your doorstep.