Staying Bed and Breakfast In Texas

Some might argue that having a vivid imagination may be one of the most powerful tools mankind has at its disposal. As such, someone must have let their mind wander to beautiful place so that they could conceive of an idea as intriguing as a Texas winery bed and breakfast fans could call their “home away from home”.

Wait, what? A winery in Texas that also serves as a bed and breakfast? There’s no conceivable way that this could be a viable thing, right? Actually, you may be both shocked & thrilled to learn that it is most certainly a thing and a very popular weekend getaway option for many people. Leave it to the state of Texas to take to heart the idea of showcasing two major industries in the state (wine production and tourism) at once. Still, if you understand Texas, this actually makes a lot of sense.

Texas has seemingly always been a state of contrasts. While Texas became a state in the U.S. in 1845, it later broke away toward the Confederacy during the Civil War. Before 1845, it was also a separate country for a time after having gained independence from Mexico. Texas is also the birth place of two U.S. presidents (Lyndon B Johnson & Dwight. D. Eisenhower), but it is well-known for two other presidents’ connection to the state (George H.W. Bush & George W. Bush).

When you look at the wine industry, Texas even finds a way to have contrasts there as well. One would assume that with the heat Texas is famous for, grape harvesting would be hurt more, but it turns out cold temperatures & a lack of water that cause greater harm. Wine in Texas is a billion-dollar industry, and it’s competing with the more well-known markets in the U.S. and the world. With such a financial draw, wineries realized that if they could combine two industries (wine & hospitality), it could be a great thing for them.

If you decide to check out a Texas winery B&B, here are a few things to know before you head out:

Price Varies – Every winery B&B has its own prices, so be sure to check online or call for information before booking.

Place of Business – While you’re not having to get behind the wheel after drinking, you’re also in a place of business with others. Be mindful of your behavior.

All-in-One for Tastings, Classes, and Meals – If you & your special someone are wine fans, booking a stay at a winery B&B is a great way to learn about all phases of wine production.

Experience More – Lodging on the same grounds, which means you can explore more of what the winery has to offer, which often include collaborations with local industry. As the slogan goes, “Keep it Local”.

Book Early – Winery B&Bs are exploding in popularity (bookings averaging 2-3 months in advance), and with the Texas tourism industry bringing in tens of billions of dollars annually, you may want to act fast.

The Texas winery bed and breakfast trend may be more than just a flash in the pan. This could be the next big thing, and as they say, “Everything’s bigger in Texas!”

 

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How To Be Innkeepers

We wanted to see if the lifestyle of a lighthouse innkeeper might be in our future. We arranged for a visit to East Brother Island and its popular light-station located just 30 minutes from San Francisco. Join us, this just might be your cup of tea.

Where are we

East Brother Island is in San Pablo Bay, which connects to San Francisco Bay.

East Brother Light Station is managed by a Richmond nonprofit preservationist group, which in 1980 obtained permission from the Coast Guard to renovate and maintain the active light station.

The organization has many volunteers to help with the constant maintenance, and pays most of the bills by renting out the island’s five bedrooms, four days per week.

Getting to the island

After a series of email communications, we arranged to meet and interview the lighthouse innkeeper couple on East Brother Island.

On Monday morning, we were waiting at the less than luxurious Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor when our Captain/innkeeper pulled up to the dock in the island’s aluminum tender.

Before we could board the boat, the Captain first assisted the guests that were leaving the island. The visitors must have enjoyed their island experience because they were all laughing and carrying on as if they were old friends.

After introductions, our host started the engines and headed out of the harbor for a short 10-minute ride to the island.

He immediately gave us a briefing about what to expect when we arrived dockside. He described how we would be required to climb a very vertical stainless steel pool type ladder that extends from the boat deck to the landing pier that is joined to the island. Depending on the tide, the climb can be as much as 12 feet. Think about that before you make reservations if you are not physically able to climb a ladder. Also, the island is unfortunately not able to be ADA compliant.

Buildings and facilities on the island

The one-acre island has two vintage buildings in addition to an 1874 Victorian Lighthouse. The old work shed has been converted into a cozy innkeepers’ cottage, and the other out-building houses the machinery necessary to power the working foghorns.

The island has electric power supplied by an underwater cable from the mainland, and a self-contained water system that holds about 90,000 gallons of rainwater stored in a white-clad underground cistern and an above-ground redwood water tank.

Because of the ever-present danger of water shortages in the Bay Area, there are no showers available for guests staying only one night. No one seemed to mind the inconvenience.

After gathering our photo equipment and walking up the steep ramp between the pier and the island, the Captain gave us a tour of the first building we encountered, which houses the machinery to operate the foghorns. For our benefit, he cranked up the diesel generator and gave us a live performance of the horns.

Becoming an Island Innkeeper

We soon found that our hosts had only been lighthouse keepers for ten weeks, and as of this writing they have already moved on to their next adventure. Lighthouse keeping is fun, but demanding work, and the turnover is quite high, but that’s apparently not a big problem for the stakeholders.

How many folks would love to run a Victorian Bed and Breakfast on a small island in California complete with a good salary, room and board, seals, pelicans, and a five-star view of the San Francisco skyline? Lots, that’s how many.

We are told that the number of applicants for the job is usually large, but there are serious knockout factors in the innkeeper application.

One of the applicants must be an excellent cook and capable of preparing and presenting food for a table of ten.

Another qualification is that one of the applicants must have a Coast Guard commercial boat operator’s license.

Lastly, both of the prospective innkeepers must be charming. Now we are getting somewhere.

About the work

In the case of East Brother Light Station, the island is open for business four nights per week starting on Thursday.

Prepping for the guests

On Wednesday morning, the innkeepers are on land shopping for provisions for up to 40 guests (5 rooms x 2 guests x 4 nights). They select the food for the menu, pick up the mail, laundry, fuel, and anything else they will need for the coming week on the island.

On Thursday morning, they boat back to the island with the supplies, unload their cargo into a large wire cart waiting on the pier, and winch the cart up a steep ramp that connects the pier with the island. They unload and store the supplies, and get the island ready for visitors.

A day with guests

On Thursday afternoon promptly at 4pm, the designated Captain/innkeeper returns to the marina dock at Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor to board the guests for Thursday night.

Upon arrival back at the island, the hosts provide a tour, hors d’oeuvres with champagne, and show the guests to their rooms.

The visitors then have ample time to explore the small island and enjoy the sea birds, animals, and fabulous views before dinner.

At dinner, the visitors are served an exquisitely prepared multi-course meal of the finest fresh ingredients.

All the guests are seated at one large table, which makes for a convivial atmosphere and an opportunity to socialize.

Friday morning would come all too soon, but a sumptuous gourmet breakfast would await all guests. Pity those one-night guests who must now head back to the mainland to resume their everyday lives.

After transferring the guests and their baggage to the mainland dock, the captain returns to the island to help his partner clean and prepare for new guests on Friday afternoon.

Saturday and Sunday are a repeat of Thursday and Friday.

After bidding farewell to the last guests for the week on Monday morning, the innkeeper heads back to the island and the chores that couldn’t be completed during the workweek.

Later in the day, the innkeepers load the laundry along with the empty bottles and trash into the island wire cart. The cart is pulled to the opposite end of the island and hooked and lowered by winch down to the island’s waiting boat. The innkeepers depart for the harbor, unload the cargo, and start a well-deserved Tuesday day of rest.

It’s not for everybody

East Brother Light Station innkeepers live a romantic life full of guest kudos, fresh air, sunshine, seabirds, and seals. There are probably several of our readers that would trade places if they could. Life is short, you might want to give it a try! However, we decided not.

Happy travels!

 

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Place To Visit In Frankfurt

The gleaming city of Frankfurt settled on the shores of the Main River has a charm that is unique in itself. It is unlike any other city you will find in Germany, or for that matter, on the entire continent of Europe. Besides being a global financial center, it still boasts an old-world charm with half-timbered structures speckling its Altstadt or old town. But, if you think that you have Frankfurt all figured out, then think again. Here are some intriguing facts about “Mainhattan” that you most probably do not know.

It’s a cradle of nature with Germany’s largest inner city forest

Think of Frankfurt and images of towering skyscrapers conjure up. But did you know that the city is also home to one of the largest inner city forests in Germany? Frankfurt City Forest also happens to be one of the world’s largest urban forests. So nature lovers, make an Asiana Airlines reservation and get ready to behold some magnificent sights.

It almost became the capital of West Germany

Frankfurt has been a significant center for the longest time. So, it’s not surprising that it was suggested to become the provisional capital of West Germany when the country was divided in to two parts after the World War II. However, since it was a major city in itself, making it the capital would have weaken the idea of German unification that West Germany supported. Therefore, a smaller city, Bonn was decided to be crowned as the provisional capital.

It has the most incredible skyline in the country

Well, if you like glistening skylines then get on an Asiana Airlines flight to Frankfurt and do not forget to pack your DSLR because the city is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the country. A particular highlight includes Commerzbank Tower soaring to a height of about 850 feet.

It has the most beautiful ruin in Germany

The World War II wasn’t just a big blow to the world peace but also left countless incredible structures in ruins. Such was the case with Alte Oper which suffered great destruction in 1944. However, as the opera house laid in ruins for decades, it earned the reputation of the “most beautiful ruin in Germany.” However, the structure has now been restored and is a prime attraction that lures people to make Bulgaria Air flight reservations to Frankfurt.

It has Germany’s busiest airport

Frankfurt Airport is the major airport serving the city of Frankfurt and happens to be one of the busiest airports in the world. Just in the year 2017, the facility catered to about 64.5 million passengers.

It’s a shopaholics’ dream with tax-free shopping

Travelers from outside the European Union are entitled to a refund for any VAT that they have paid on merchandise bought during their stay in the city. Do you need any more reasons to embark on a sojourn to this enthralling German metropolis?!

 

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Tips To Avoid Trouble During Travelling

Everything can now be booked online from flights to accommodation to hiring cabs and leisure activities. But sometimes what is said or seen online is totally different from reality. Your disappointment is beyond compare but you can do nothing about it but to embrace the sudden changes.

Figuring out which online booking sites to partner with is a challenge. It’s really confusing. But most online booking sites have significant differences because when you book for economy or low-cost hotels, never expect that you can get what is shown online. Sometimes, hoteliers and booking giants have conflict especially in terms of discounted accommodations.

Accommodation is a problem in travelling abroad. The main problems being that the provider cancelled the booking, overbooked or had no record of the booking, or the room was sub-standard compared to what was booked or advertised online. According to some people I talked with during my stay abroad, I am entitled to get a room that matches what was advertised to me or refund me should I not wish to push through my accommodation. But if you are new to an unfamiliar territory, you are really afraid to change hotels in a short notice.

Based on experience, you need to do some research on the booking site before you book to make sure it’s bonafide and legal. If you’re travelling out of the country, more likely than not. you’ll be travelling by plane. Some of the problems encountered by travelers include flights being either delayed or cancelled. Most airlines will either give a refund or another schedule as soon as space is available without additional charge. However, the irony is that they won’t necessarily take responsibility if you fail to make a connecting flight as a result.

One of the hidden costs of booking online for airfares can be the credit card surcharges tacked on at the end aside from the travel taxes. So if you are booking a promo fare, be ready for the surcharges when you pay them in the counter. It’s quite disgusting!

Aside from this, transportation at the airport is also a challenge. Taxis, buses and trains, also cause most common travel trouble especially if you are new to the area. Most often, passengers are being overcharged for trips or being taken the wrong route, their service being delayed or getting poor service from drivers. If you want to be delivered right in front of your hotel, you have to pay the most expensive fare on earth.

A lot of people likewise have troubles with car hire when travelling because of the hidden costs. However, when you go to Malaysia, you can hire Grab taxis which are cheaper compared to other forms of transportation to get around and track your route.

Moreover, booking with a travel agent is also a problem affecting almost all travelers. Of those having travel agent troubles, guests had difficulty rectifying mistakes. Hidden fees weren’t far behind, affecting preferences and services not being delivered, such as not getting the right room type.

What I did was see the circumstance in a different perspective. Instead of being dismayed, I even enjoyed my stay in Malaysia. We just need to be open-minded and flexible.

 

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Best Flying Destination In The USA

Flights are expensive. I often have enough hotel and car points to get rooms and rentals free, but I’ll still break the bank if I go on the trip because of the flight alone.

The thing is, eventually I wanted to go outside of driving distance. Who doesn’t want to see the world? Luckily, there are certain destinations that are routinely cheaper than others. If you’re able to book early and get the right price, you might get a HUGE break.

1. Chicago: Consistently the cheapest flight price from basically anywhere in the U.S., Chicago is such a mid-country hub that airlines luckily make it easy for virtually anyone to get there. While it’s not the flashiest or biggest city, it does have a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing, especially if you’ve never been!

2. Orlando: Luckily for all us Disney fanatics, Orlando ranks second cheapest for flight prices. This varies greatly depending on the season, but in general, your most biggest costs here will be Disney park tickets themselves.

3. Washington D.C.: Another cheaper option year-round, Washington D.C. is always a solid choice for a visit. There’s tons of history, but it’s also a hopping city if you’re looking for something more current. It’s obviously a political world if you have any interest in that, but even the architecture is fun to tour if you’e not. The cherry blossoms are also gorgeous in the spring!

4. New York City: Oh, NYC. If you’ve never been, get on a plane and check it out at least once. While tickets aren’t as cheap as others on this list, they’re not crazy either. Most flights have a stopover in NYC, making it somewhat feasible to travel to. The city is amazing (albeit expensive) with almost endless things to do.

5. Austin, Texas: Having never been to Austin, I can’t give a personal recommendation, but am told that it’s a fun yet very spiritual city (do those even go together?). I also know that again, many flights have stopovers here, making it generally cheaper; it’s also not a huge destination for leisure travel, so it’s likely to be less expensive than other tourism based cities.

For extra discounts, try using apps that hide your browser location so the airlines don’t check where you’re searching from and hike up the prices (seriously, I’ve saved over $50 this way). Cheers to discounted US travel!

 

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How To Get Comfortable Sleep During Traveling

Sleep is often an underestimated aspect of health. Being sleep-deprived can have serious consequences on your mental and physical health. One of the times sleep is unavoidably affected is when you are traveling. Traveling present the perfect kind of scenario to ruin your sleep! First the fact that you are not in your bed, under your covers (and perhaps in the arms of your sweetheart!); on top of that you are traveling. How does one avoid insomnia under such circumstances? I am here to tell you just that!

Pillows

Woman sleeping on a pillow on a plane

This is one thing we all dearly miss while traveling, for it is rather difficult to carry a pillow along with your luggage! Some alternatives to a pillow include an inflatable pillow. All you have to do is blow it up! One more option could be to use a soft handbag stuffed with clothes that you don’t mind getting crumpled. You could also roll a bedspread into a makeshift pillow.

Music and/or Books

Woman reading book in plane

Many people have the habit of reading books or listening to music before they go to sleep. It would be a good idea to carry the same with you while traveling. If you are used to reading some spiritual book before sleeping, nothing like it. That kind of stuff soothes the mind and calms you down and helps you relax before you go to bed. Same effect can be brought upon by some good soothing music, especially instrumental songs. You might be required to switch your phones off, so it would be advisable not to carry your music on the phone. If your phone is equipped with the facility of turning it onto the airplane mode, you are good to go.

Meditation and Deep Breathing

Meditation is probably one of the best things you can ever do to your mind and body. Many people like to meditate before they go to bed; it helps them feel rejuvenated when hey get up. Meditation can also give you worry-free, peaceful sleep. If you are a light sleeper, this can be very important. Deep breathing also works wonders – I speak from personal experience. Deep breathing is when you block out all thoughts, and concentrate only and only on your breathing. You observe your breathing pattern, listen to the air enter and leave your body. It has an amazing effect. If you are not very fond of meditation, deep breathing may serve the same purpose.

 

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Going To Flathead Lake Montana

What’s the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River? At 28 miles (45 km) in length, 15 miles (24 km) in width, 370 feet (113 meters) at its deepest and 124 miles (200 km) of shoreline the answer is Flathead Lake, in northwestern Montana. In all, it’s nearly 200 square miles (518 square kilometers) provide plenty of space for the boater, sailor, swimmer, camper and angler to partake of their favorite water-borne recreation. And for other recreationists, such as hikers and mountain bikers, campgrounds, picnic areas and trails scattered along the shoreline offer views of the lake and the surrounding mountain peaks.

Flathead Lake, at slightly less than 3,000-feet (914 meters) elevation, occupies a basin that was scoured out by a huge glacier about 12,000 years ago. The Flathead and Swan Rivers at the northern end are the major streams that replenish the lake, while the Flathead River drains out of the lake’s southwestern end at the town of Polson.

To reach Polson from the south, you’ll drive through the Flathead Indian Reservation occupied by the Salish (Flathead) and Kootenai tribes. The lake is named for the Flathead Indians, who got their name from the flattened foreheads they would get from their baby-carrying cradles. The southern half of the lake is within the reservation boundaries. To fish in the southern part of the lake, you’ll need a reservation fishing permit, which is available from the reservation or from sporting goods stores around the lake.

Polson sits on the shore of Polson Bay and has several boat launching facilities, including the public Sacajawea and Riverside parks. Both parks also have picnic tables. Riverside has the added bonus of overnight camping with electrical RV hookups.

For those who would enjoy a narrated tour of the lake, the 41-foot (12.5 meters) Port Polson Princess takes passengers on sight-seeing cruises every day from about June 1 through September 30 starting from KwaTaqNuK Resort in Polson, at 49708 US Hwy 93 E, Polson, MT 59860. The on-board guides are eager to point out notable landmarks along the lakeshore and to share their knowledge of the natural history of the lake. Four tours are scheduled daily, including a three-hour cruise around Wild Horse and Bird islands and three 1-½ hour cruises. It’s best to make reservations ahead of time by calling 800-882-6363.

A place to learn about the human history of the area is the Polson-Flathead Historic Museum, located at 708 Main Street, Polson, MT 59860. Their phone number is (406)883-3049. Here, you are brought in touch with the pioneering era through displays such as a homesteader kitchen, the ranch mess (or chuck) wagon, military artifacts and steamboat memorabilia.

Before the Great Northern Railroad reached the valley in 1892, steamboats did a thriving business ferrying passengers and cargo to points all along the lakeshore. And don’t forget to ogle the “Flathead Monster”, a 181-pound 7-½-foot-long (82 kilograms, 2.3 meters) white sturgeon caught in 1965. The museum, doesn’t charge admission, but they appreciate donations.

South of Polson is the town of Pablo, Montana, where you can make use of the services of Native Ed-Ventures, which provides visitors a personal tour guide to the local native cultures and cultural events, such as pow-wows at the lake. Their address is Box 278, Pablo, MT 59855, phone number is (800)883-5344.

Heading north from Polson, your reach Big Arm Bay and its units of the Flathead Lake State Park – Big Arm, Elmo and, in the mouth of the bay, Wild Horse Island.

This is the largest island in Flathead Lake at 2,134 acres (864 hectares) and, in fact, is one of the largest islands in the inland United States. Privately owned before the state bought it in 1978-79, several private lots and homes remain on the island. Otherwise the state has left the rest of the island as wilderness.

It was named for the horses the Flathead and Pend Oreille Indians kept there as protection from Blackfeet raids. To give the practice a present-day connection, Montana maintains a population of wild horses on the island.

Besides the wild horses, the island is well known for its bighorn sheep, which number around 200. Others of the hooved persuasion include mule and whitetail deer. Among those predatory in nature, bald eagles live and nest on the island and coyotes and mink search the woods, plains and rocky shores for their meals. It is also home to the endangered Palouse prairie plant species.

Wild Horse island is accessible for day-use only by rental or private boat. Wild Horse and its neighbor to the south, Melita Island, form a channel that local anglers call “Mackinaw Alley” because of the lake trout that linger here at the 100-foot (30 meters) and deeper depths. Fishing around the island, however, requires the tribal permit.

The town of Somers, at the northern end of the lake, was a major port for steamboat traffic. One reason for that was the huge lumber mill that operated here in the early 20th century. Somers is still a key place for watercraft since it is home to the largest sailing fleet at this end of the lake, plus it’s the home of the Far West tour boat; (406)857-3203.

The Far West takes as many as 200 passengers on daily 1½-hour cruises looping around the northern end of Flathead Lake. You can also enjoy a sunset cruise on the lake on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. They are located at 7220 U.S. 93 S, Lakeside, MT 59922, phone number is (406)844-2628.

For a side trip from Flathead Lake, head north from Somers for seven miles on Highway 93 and you’ll reach the full service city of Kalispell. Restock your larder here from supermarkets, gas stations, malls, restaurants and other businesses.

After you’ve done that, you can pay homage to the founder of this bustling city by visiting the Conrad Mansion six blocks east of Main at 4th Street. Charles E. Conrad built this 26-room, Norman-style Victorian in 1895, and in 1974 his youngest daughter donated it to the city. Fully furnished with original family belongings, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the most authentic turn-of-the-century home in the Pacific Northwest.

While you’re in Kalispell, you could also pick up recreational information for the 2.3-million acre (930,777 hectares) Flathead National Forest at the main office, 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, MT 59901. You’ll find the office for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and its information on state parks at 490 North Meridian Road, Kalispell, MT 59901, (406)752-5501.

On your way back to Flathead Lake, catch Highway 82 north of Somers and head east toward Bigfork. Watch for the nest platforms of osprey that game officials have established atop telephone poles right next to the road. Osprey eggs hatch around mid-June, and the fledglings are ready to test their wings by late July.

That also happens to be the time to enjoy the Flathead area’s most prized delicacy – the huckleberry. The season for huckleberries can actually last through Labor Day at higher elevations and some people claim that these later berries are the sweetest of all. The National Forest lands around Flathead’s shores provide the best spots for berry picking, but State lands also have berries for picking. Ask at the National Forest and State Park offices in Kalispell for the best places. In abundant years, you might be able to purchase huckleberries at farmer’s markets, some grocery stores in the area and some roadside stands.

The good place to get a taste of huckleberries, in preserved form, is in Bigfork. Take Grand Avenue into town and turn right on Electric Avenue; look for Eva Gates Preserves on the right.

Eva Gates started her huckleberry business in 1949 using her grandmother’s recipe, and they still put up the preserves by the same recipe in the same small batches. They also make huckleberry jelly and syrup. Besides huckleberry’s, Eva Gates also makes preserves from cherries, spiced apple, strawberry, raspberries, black caps (which is a kind of raspberry) and many kinds of syrups.

Just south of Bigfork on the lakeshore, you’ll find Montana’s most popular state park, Wayfarer. with 30 campsites, boat ramp and a beach, the state park is a take-off point for waterborne recreation. At the far end of the picnic area, a rock outcropping dotted with junipers provides a vista point of the lake.

South of Wayfarer on Highway 35, you’ll drive past roadside stands that might sell huckleberries in season. But, about the same time that the wild huckleberries are coming in, so are the bing cherries. The east shore of Flathead Lake has most of the valley’s cherry orchards and most of the fruit stands. Some orchardists also raise raspberries, strawberries, apricots, pears and grapes.

In the middle of this orchard country, you’ll find the oldest biological station in the country. At Yellow Bay, University of Montana researchers study the lake’s freshwater habitat and fish, including lake (up to 30 pounds), cutthroat, Dolly Varden and rainbow trout as well as Kokanee salmon, perch, whitefish and bass. The station is open to visitors. Coincidentally, Flathead Lake’s deepest point, at 370 feet, is at Yellow Bay, which is also the site of the state park with a boat ramp and a beach.

Between the wild huckleberries and cultivated cherries on the land and the trout, salmon and bass in the lake, you can really get a taste of the West’s largest natural lake – the Flathead.

 

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All About Beaches In Cyprus

Of all the beaches in all the cities across the world, you should swim in Cyprus’. Fly to this beautiful Mediterranean island and enjoy the pleasures of the rejuvenating sun, sizzling sand and an invigorating swim in an azure sea. Let’s sail through the country’s top 7 beaches below:

Coral Bay: Enclosed in rocky caves and cliffs of the western coast, this beach is family-friendly. You can also indulge in water-skiing and diving here while the children can have a safe swim at the bay’s shallow shore.

Porto Pomos: A deep blue sea and a rocky coastline, this beach is on the wild, wild, west side of Cyprus. You can visit the Latchi fishing village and the astoundingly scenic town of Polis nearby too. One of the most unexplored beaches of the country, Pomos’ westmost shoreline is thrilling and exciting. A swim here is a lifelong memory.

Mackenzie Beach: The party beach of Cyprus, this Larnaca beach is super-close to the airport. Here, a multitude of beach bars line-up to quench your thirst while a plethora of music generates an astounding aura for the locals and tourists alike.

Nissi Beach: This Ayia Napa beach is a favorite of youngsters. A breeding ground for parties in the peak season, the water here is crystal and shallow in the low tide and challenging to swim when the tide’s high. Blessed with a swooping shore of soft white sands, Nissi beach will keep you buzzing with activities like water-skiing, paragliding, ringo rides and banana boats or lazy with its convenient sunbeds – it’s really your choice to make!

Latchi Beach: Fond of seafood? Then latch unto Latchi! With one of the best seafood cuisine in Cyprus, Latchi is a must-go for a person who enjoys the calm breeze of the port, a plate full of delicious seafood and a beautiful sunset.

Lara Bay: A hard reach and a wild beach, Lara Bay is a turtle-lovers’ treat. You need a 4×4 vehicle to access this isolated bay however when you reach here, the sight of green and loggerhead turtles will rush to captivate your senses.

Konnos Bay: This sheltered bay between Protaras and Ayia Napa has something to offer to everyone – dense forested cliffs for inspired hikers, powdery white sands for lazy sunbathers and turquoise warm waters for fervent swimmers. A visit to this picturesque cove, at the foot of Cape Greco, will undoubtedly develop for you countless lifelong memories of pure reverence.

There’s many other honorable mentions in this category – Aphrodite’s Rock and Beach, Serena Bay, Paramali Beach and Episkopi.

 

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Things You Should See In Ontario

Ontario is one of the southern provinces of Canada. It’s the most populated province, as 40 {d61573e5f8175402fdedb6764a9dc6241385b8da40029e69855451e79ae00174} of Canada’s population lives here. It is also a famous historic place, with a full range of attractions, touristic hotspots and travel opportunities.

One of the province’s most important natural sightseeings, that Ontario is famous for, is obviously Niagara Falls. Millions of tourists come to see this attraction and walk along the magnificent landscapes every year. Niagara Falls consists of three waterfalls that flow in this area. Together they form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America. It is stunning, beautiful and also beneficial in the terms of recreation and industry.

Another “must see” here is the CN Tower, one of the most recognized across the globe. It is 553 meters high, lit up at night and can be seen from every angle of the city. The view from the Tower is astounding, looking over the whole city and the lake.

Tourists also love to explore the provincial and national parks. In the south part of the province you can travel through the deep forests of Algonquin, French River, Killarney Provincial Parks, Bruce Peninsula National Park, etc.

However, Ontario is famous not only for its nature, but its museums. The Royal Museum in downtown is one of the largest museums that feature scientific exhibits as well as natural history of the world. The National Gallery in Ottawa, which is also well known, contains the masterpieces of popular artists. This part of Canada also has the Art Gallery, which is prestigious beyond the country, as it hosts amazing collections of African and Oceanic Art.

One of the sightseeings also include Wonderland, which is 30 kilometers northwest of Toronto’s city center. It is a huge park that provides different thrill rides and roller coasters. Children adore Dinosaur Park and water parks, as well as live shows that are usually shown in summer.

The area is also famous for Muskoka, which is located around Lake Muskoka and various other popular lakes. It is full of cottages, resorts and marinas. Tourists, as well as locals usually spend holidays here, in the surroundings of rocky shores and pine trees.

 

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Why You Need To Travel

Exploring new and different places always ends up with great memories and stories to be remembered later in life. Also, when you get to meet new people, you are able to understand the human psychology in a better way.

It has also been proved that travelling improves one’s overall health and refreshes the mood. Take a break from your hectic and mundane life schedules, and go out for some time to be spent in the lap of nature, or anywhere you have always wanted to go. You never know what life has in store for you.

Various benefits of travelling are given below.

1. Real-life Education

One always get to meet new people and explore new places while on a trip, and this provides you with new information and education, which you can never get at traditional schools. Schools never provide us with the real-life experiences. You will get to know about different cultures and societies and their way of living by travelling. Overall everything new is served you.

2. Improves Social and Communication Skills

If you are an introvert person, travelling can help you in improving your personality. You will meet different types of people, of different regions and religions, and you have to communicate with them. This will help in improving your social skills to a great extent.

3. Get to Know Yourself Better

By travelling alone or with friends or family, you might get yourself stuck in difficult situations and they are always new to you. But, you will find a way to solve them with your capabilities. In such a situation, you get to explore yourself and meet the inner you.

As it is always said that you can never know what you can till you try. So, try some new places with new adventures and let your inner-self get explored.

4. Travel Sharpens the Mind

While travelling to new places, you get to do new things, all unfamiliar to you, like reading foreign languages, trying new things, making quick decisions, and altering your new eating and sleeping schedules.

Everything from your regular life gets changed for that particular period of time. Your brain even welcomes that change. Once you return home, you’ll be sharper than ever and will better organize and spruce up your daily routine.

5. A positive Shift in Perspective

Nobody comes back in the same way they started their journey. Being exposed to new people and cultures will greatly shift you to a healthier perspective.

You’ll always return back with renewed energy, a new set of mental filters that are ready to take on the next big project or challenge. You will be proud of yourself that you explored a new place and successfully completed it by tackling all the hurdles in your way.

Getting away for some time will greatly upgrade your skills and attitude towards everything. You will feel positive towards people.

Even though it requires a great effort to take a break from the hectic schedules of life as after you will come, the work for those days will surely get piled up. But, your productivity will increase that will help you to complete all the work in much less time than before.

Breaking up the monotony for a while proves to be a considerable way to reduce stress and fill in some excitement in the life. And, once you come back, you will not be able to stop yourself from planning out the next one.

 

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