Choosing the Right Beach Safari in Kenya

Looking for a vacation that ventures from the norm? Safari beach vacations in Kenya may the answer. Travel Kenya to explore wildlife, other cultures –  and beautiful white sand beaches.

Mombasa Island, Kenya

Mombasa Island is the second largest city along Kenya’s coast and one of the most popular beach destinations. The city’s ethnic diversity includes Asians, Arabs and Blacks, and Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and Islamic faiths.

Mombasa’s incredible business district is the place to buy everything from Calvin Klein jeans and safari shoes to vegetables, meats and fruits.

Diani Beach

Diani beach is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and forests and home to world-class resorts and hotels offering mostly 4 and 5 star accommodations. Diani Beach is also known for the massive coral reef that is ranked the third most popular in the world. While the area is primarily characterized by calm waters, waves are strong as they break over the reef. The water is a calming turquoise blue, the beaches are white powder sand and as many of the areas – the perfect getaway.

Resorts, hotels and sea lodges provide water sports like sea surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing, deep sea diving, wreck diving, snorkeling, parasailing, beach parachuting, boat sailing, jet skiing and kayaking. Beach volleyball and deep sea fishing are also available.

The hotels also have fresh water swimming pools with pool bars, air conditioned rooms, ensuite bathrooms, room service, tropical gardens, shopping, variety of cuisine and cyber cafes.

Tiwi Beach

Tiwi beach is another beach recognized for its serenity and solitude. The area is undeveloped and accommodates tourists who prefer an area that is quiet and not crowded – great for couples that want to bask in the sun and each other’s company virtually uninterrupted.

Because of the solitude, this beach is slightly more exclusive than other beaches in Kenya. There are several beach resorts in the area. Additionally, several beach cottages are available that will house four or more individuals at a time. Many of the cottages have perfectly manicured gardens surrounding the facilities and numerous amenities.

Other Beach Areas

Visitors also check out Likoni Beach, Shimoni Beach, Jadini Forest, Nairobi National Park and Mount Kenya National Park.

Wildlife Safari

Those who want a full travel safari experience including wildlife can include a day-and-a-half tour along with their beach experience. During the safari, individuals will view Tsavo lions or visit the Masai Mara reserve. The reserve is home to more than 450 species of birds, plus giraffe, rhinoceros, gazelles, cheetahs, zebras and impala. Balloon safaris are also available to view the Masai Mara reserve, as are walking safaris. Day trips from most of the popular resorts will only cost approximately $20.

10 Reasons to Visit Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas might not be the bustling metropolis New York City is, nor it might be as liberal as San Francisco but there are plenty of things that make the third largest city of Texas a great place to visit!

10. The Texas Rangers (aka Nolan Ryan). The Texas Rangers’ Ballpark is located in Arlington, part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Nolan Ryan is arguably the most successful pitcher of modern-era baseball and he is now the owner of the Texas Rangers, who went back to the world series in 2010 after a long hiatus and are again fighting for a spot in 2011.

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9. Oil tycoons and former presidents. Eleven letters (with a dot somewhere in between) for you: George W. Bush. The former president, former governor, former oil tycoon and former Texas Rangers co-owner now lives in Dallas.

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8. Luxury hotels. Dallas hotels are not only famous in America. The Ritz-Carlton Dallas was named best hotel in America in 2009 and second in the world by Zagat, an online travel and food guide. The Rosewood Mansion is also featured in the famous book 1000 Places To See Before You Die. Dallas also features the magnificent Adolphus hotel, an official Dallas landmark.

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7. American Airlines. The world’s fourth largest airline calls Fort Worth its home. The aircraft company got the 120th place of most successful American companies in 2010 as chosen by Fortune 500.

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6. Dallas Mavericks. The older-than-average five has been one of the best NBA teams of the last 5 years and won it all in the 2010-2011 season after defeating the LeBron-led Miami Heat.

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5. Barbecue. According to Men’s Health magazine, Dallas ranks as the 4th fattest city in America. Blame it on the city’s passion for spareribs and t-bone steaks.

4. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. The bodacious bunch are an American institution and have the most non-NFL performance contracts of all cheerleading groups. They started out as the girls-and-boys cheerleading squad “The CowBelles and Beaux”.

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3. Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys franchise does not only hold the record for most consecutive sell-outs (120 at home and on the road) but are also listed as the second highest valued sports franchise in the world (first in the US) by Forbes Magazine. Their stadium, the Cowboys Stadium, is one of the most expensive in the world and has the world’s second largest HD jumbotron screen.

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2. Dealy Plaza. The 35th president of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in Dealy Plaza while on a presidential motorcade. It is now a national landmark.

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1. Dallas. “Dallas is famous for Dallas”? That’s right. “Dallas” might well be what Dallas is best known for. The successful TV series told the story of greedy oil tycoon, J.R Ewing and ran for 13 consecutive years. A new season of Dallas is in the works and will revolve around the life of the protagonist’s son, J.R Ewing III.

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If you visit Dallas, you’ll have plenty of things to do!

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Top Four Beaches in New South Wales Australia

Beaches in Australia are characterized by their pristine soft white sand and crystal clear blue waters. Many of the beaches are ideal for surfing, snorkeling, diving and numerous other activities. Visitors of Australia will enjoy nearly 16,000 miles of coastline. New South Wales Australia is a year round destination. Some experts recommend November to March for a beach holiday. Other experts suggest that June, July and August are the peak beach months. Travel dates will depend on your availability and personal preference. The temperature during this time ranges from 19 degrees Celsius to 31 degrees Celsius. Though Australia officially enters winter in July, the weather is still pleasant during these months.

New South Wales Australia is home to some of the top beaches in Australia. Peering through the clear ocean waters, travelers will view some of New South Wales most breathtaking sites. The coral reef barrier is one of the largest in the world. Sydney alone has over 70 beaches where guests may enjoy this national treasure, as well as, indigenous wildlife such as dolphins. Whether you are seeking a relaxing day at the beach or an island adventure, our New South Wales beach guide can recommend a beach to cater to your needs.

Manly Beach, New South Wales

This beach is one of the well known beaches in Sydney for scuba diving, surfing, sailing, biking or volleyball. The area also attracts numerous artists to capture the beauty of the mountainous landscaping juxtaposed with the cycling blue waves. The name was given by Captain Arthur Phillip. He thought the indigenous people were characterized by the term, “Manly.” Visitors should consider the beauty of Manly Beach for their beach holiday.

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s most famous and well-known beaches. This beach is a mile long and is coveted by surfers, hikers, backpackers and true nature lovers. Whale and dolphin sightings are not uncommon at this particular beach. Bondi Beach was the host of the 2000 Beach Volleyball Olympics. The beach also features events such as Sculpture by the Sea, World Environment Day and Flickerfest. These events are held annually and bring visitors to the beach from all over the world. Hotel Bondi is a famous landmark of the area. This hotel features numerous bars and restaurants.

Byron Bay

Byron Bay is located on the North Coast of Sydney. This beach is characterized by white sandy beaches and ideal surf breaks. Long boarders especially enjoy this stretch of the beach. The waves are often long and tubular. Surfers feel as though they are riding on a pocket of air. Dolphins are not uncommon in this area and may often approach surfers or swimmers near Wategos. Beach goers of all types enjoy Byron Bay’s immaculate beaches.

Hyams Beach

The Guinness Book of World Records has recorded Hyams Beach as having the “whitest sand in the world.” Hyams is a quiet beach recommended for a romantic excursion. There are numerous cottages and resorts catering to both couples and single travelers. Gourmet restaurants and cafes are available for the guests to enjoy as well.

Pebbly Beach

This beach is famous for its frequent visits by kangaroos. If you are searching for a wildlife adventure, Pebbly Beach has all the essential components of a beach vacation: Beautiful scenery, interesting rock formations, sand and surf. This beach requires a drive, but is worth the opportunity of viewing the kangaroos up close and personal. Because of the abundance of kangaroos, the beach is associated with a National Park and is considered one of the park’s main attractions. Birds, such as parrots and goannas are also indigenous to the area. Hilly grasslands, along with tidal rock pools, are not uncommon in the area. The beach is also conducive to surfing, as well as, surfing.

Summary

Beach vacations are a glorious way to relax and unwind. Australia’s beaches are some of the most coveted beaches in the world because they not only offer sand and surf, but beautiful underwater exploration. Activities are numerous for those who desire active beach vacations. Most of the beaches are within one hour or less of an area with cosmopolitan nightlife and bars. This type of activity is often within a few minutes of the beach area. Australian beach vacations will impress even the well-traveled individual.

Choosing your Caribbean Island Paradise

There are many reasons why the Caribbean islands are so popular with holidaymakers, but even if you’ve decided you want to spend your summer holiday in this idyllic part of the world, your choices are far from over – you also have to choice precisely which island, or islands, you’re going to visit.

Caribbean Island
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The Caribbean is a destination unlike any other, but each island has its own unique charms. While you can look forward to a number of common similarities wherever you travel in the region – including tropical weather, secluded beaches, glittering waters and exquisite hotels – there are reasons why people have developed personal preferences for individual islands.

There are more than 35 island destinations in the Caribbean, but there are a number of ways you can narrow your selection down and find the island that’s right for you. As most of the islands possess relatively similar infrastructure and facilities for visitors, it’s mostly down to your choice of holiday activities, with some islands being better suited than others.

The type of waves that hit the islands can be a crucial determining factor in this regard. If you’re just hoping to enjoy relaxing swims in the sea, or you’re on holiday with children, staying on islands facing the milder Caribbean Sea could be the preferable option, where you might even get the chance to swim with dolphins if you’re lucky. The Caribbean Sea is also ideal if you’re thinking of heading into the water for scuba diving or snorkelling. By contrast, the bigger, cooler waves of the easterly Caribbean islands make these the favourable option for surfers and other lovers of water sports.

If you’re hoping to spend lazy afternoons on the beach, Barbados can always be relied on for the quality of its beaches, and there are many resorts to choose from in areas such as Sandy Lane. If you’re looking for romantic Caribbean holidays though, and looking for a destination for your honeymoon, Jamaica has a long tradition of being an ideal couples’ retreat, with many excellent, secluded accommodation options to suit.

On the other hand, if you’re a single traveller looking for somewhere a little more lively and the chance to meet people, you may prefer to head in the direction of Bermuda, Curacao or Grand Cayman, all of which are renowned as safe holiday spots. The Caribbean is a region with much to offer visitors of all interests and from all walks of life, just as long as you choose the right part.

Disclaimer: The information contained within this article is the opinion of the author and is intended purely for information and interest purposes only. It should not be used to make any decisions or take any actions. Any links are included for information purposes only.

Tour Around Vietnam’s Most Beautiful Offerings

In Ho Chi Mihn City you can visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, some of which, humorously, have been made wider and taller for tourists. The tunnels are part of a greater network of tunnels beneath much of the tunnels, which were used during the Vietnam War. The War Remnants museum is in Ho Chi Mihn City, providing some historical context relating to the Vietnam War. Also worth a visit is Ben Thanh Market, one of the earliest surviving Saigon structures.

Top Vietnam Tours
Top Vietnam Tours

In the coastal city of Nha Trang you can go snorkelling as well as (or instead of) scuba diving or just enjoy the spectacular long sandy beach for a while. There are also wonderful hot springs and mud baths to enjoy in Nha Trang, especially useful if the weather takes a turn for the worse during your stay.

Chua Mot Cot
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The famous port of Hoi An is centuries old. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features a Japanese bridge, which is the only known covered bridge of its kind. There is also a house that has been beautifully restored. The hostess will offer you a selection of teas when you visit. There are many charming French colonial buildings here too. Hand-crafted colourful lanterns hover over some streets. Hoi An is also well known for its made to measure clothes. There are many tailors who can create garments for you within days. Have some clothes made while you visit the beach by motorbike.

Hanoi Temple of Litterature
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In Hue, you can visit the Imperial Tombs by motorbike and even expand the trip to a countryside tour. Hue is situated on the banks of the Perfume River, called after the flowers that fall into it in the Autumn, giving it an exotic scent. While in Hue, take a tour on one of the brightly coloured, intricately carved boats. The boat will stop at a pagoda and temples along the way and you’ll see lush green forest covering the hills and fishermen with conical hats, sheltering them from the sun.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum 2006
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Before Hanoi take a trip around Halong Bay. Halong Bay is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bay has thousands of limestone karsts rising from its waters. There are some intricate caves hollowing out some of the karsts and some of the islets support floating villages of fishermen who live on their catches.

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In Hanoi queue up early in the morning to visit the embalmed body of former president Ho Chi Mihn and gaze at the stilt house there, which rises above water filled with lotus flowers. In the evening choose one of the many excellent restaurants here before heading to a Vietnamese water puppetry show. Workers in the rice paddies of Vietnam would create puppet shows above the water for the locals in times of flooding in the past and the art is masterfully transferred to a theatre setting here.Tour Around Vietnam’s Most Beautiful Offerings

There are many wonderful Vietnam tours to take in this spectacular country of lush green rice paddies, wide rivers and ornate pagodas.

In Ho Chi Mihn City you can visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, some of which, humorously, have been made wider and taller for tourists. The tunnels are part of a greater network of tunnels beneath much of the tunnels, which were used during the Vietnam War. The War Remnants museum is in Ho Chi Mihn City, providing some historical context relating to the Vietnam War. Also worth a visit is Ben Thanh Market, one of the earliest surviving Saigon structures.

In the coastal city of Nha Trang you can go snorkelling as well as (or instead of) scuba diving or just enjoy the spectacular long sandy beach for a while. There are also wonderful hot springs and mud baths to enjoy in Nha Trang, especially useful if the weather takes a turn for the worse during your stay.

The famous port of Hoi An is centuries old. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features a Japanese bridge, which is the only known covered bridge of its kind. There is also a house that has been beautifully restored. The hostess will offer you a selection of teas when you visit. There are many charming French colonial buildings here too. Hand-crafted colourful lanterns hover over some streets. Hoi An is also well known for its made to measure clothes. There are many tailors who can create garments for you within days. Have some clothes made while you visit the beach by motorbike.

In Hue, you can visit the Imperial Tombs by motorbike and even expand the trip to a countryside tour. Hue is situated on the banks of the Perfume River, called after the flowers that fall into it in the Autumn, giving it an exotic scent. While in Hue, take a tour on one of the brightly coloured, intricately carved boats. The boat will stop at a pagoda and temples along the way and you’ll see lush green forest covering the hills and fishermen with conical hats, sheltering them from the sun.

Before Hanoi take a trip around Halong Bay. Halong Bay is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bay has thousands of limestone karsts rising from its waters. There are some intricate caves hollowing out some of the karsts and some of the islets support floating villages of fishermen who live on their catches.

In Hanoi queue up early in the morning to visit the embalmed body of former president Ho Chi Mihn and gaze at the stilt house there, which rises above water filled with lotus flowers. In the evening choose one of the many excellent restaurants here before heading to a Vietnamese water puppetry show. Workers in the rice paddies of Vietnam would create puppet shows above the water for the locals in times of flooding in the past and the art is masterfully transferred to a theatre setting here.

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White Nights in St Petersburg

St. Petersburg during White Nights
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From the end of May to the beginning of June St. Petersburg is lit both day and night with a golden glow that provides a relaxed atmosphere and a romantic aura. This celebration of light has enchanted visitors, inspired poetry, and given rise to the name White Nights.

“On such nights, it’s hard to fall asleep because it’s too light and because any dream will be inferior to this reality. Where a man doesn’t cast a shadow, like water,” Joseph Brodsky – Russian Poet

At 59 degrees 57′ North, St. Petersburg is in the same latitude as Olso, Norway and Seward, Alaska. It is also the world’s most northern city with a population over 1 million and holds the largest celebrations in the world for this gift from nature. The phenomenon called White Nights occurs when the sun is hanging on the horizon and causes the city to be light both day and night. During this time the city comes alive with tourism, festivals, and a breathtaking show from nature. The dusk meets the dawn and the people of the city are active at all times of the day and night.

White Nights in St. Petersburg is booming with tourists and shore excursion passengers. Finding a hotel in St. Petersburg can be very difficult and most tourists  and cruise ship passengers book their rooms well in advance. The best location for enjoying white nights is in the center of St. Petersburg. A note for handicapped visitors – There are not many hotels with wheelchair access. One hotel which includes handicapped access and rooms is Hotel Vera.

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What to do in St. Petersburg during White Nights

The City of St. Petersburg has created a festival with various cultural and musical events called the White Nights Festival. The Festival includes performances by Russian singers, ballet dancers, musicians, opera singers, and famous guests.

Stars of the White Nights

The “Stars of the White Nights” includes classical ballet, opera and musical performances at the famous Mariinsky Theatre and Concert Hall and is one of the main attractions during White Nights. Most of the performances start in the evening (at 7:00pm) but day performances also sometimes available. Again, best to book  in advance as tickets to these performances can be sold out in advance.

Walking in the City

Walking in the city during White Nights is a very popular activity for both tourists and local residents. The air is warm and the sun burns bright enough in the sky that street lights are not necessary. Many of the main attractions in the city can be seen simply by taking a walk through the historic center of St. Petersburg. Some notable attractions that are within walking distance include St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, the State Hermitage Museum, and the Church of Our Savior. As this is a very romantic time many couples can be seen walking arm in arm through the city streets.

Bridges of St. Petersburg

Walking along the Neva River can really give a clear picture of why White Nights is such a special event. Along the way tourists can see the bridges opening to allow ships to pass. Each bridge opens at a different time (near 1am) and close again in the morning (near 5am). Be sure to check with your hotel or tour guide to know the bridge schedule. In the evening the Neva will be bustling with people waiting to watch a bridge open to the heavens.

Scarlet Sails

With an annual estimated attendance more than 1 million people, the Scarlet Sails celebration is the largest public event anywhere in Russia and is another main attraction during the White Nights Season. Many of the guests at this celebration are high school and university students celebrating the end of another school year. The Scarlet Sails celebration includes fireworks, musical performances, and spectacular water-show including battle with pirate boats on the Neva River.

The celebration began after the end of World War II and was created to symbolize a popular children’s book by Alexander Grin, also titled Scarlet Sails. The celebration includes a boat with scarlet sails which sails along the English Embankment and the Admiralty Embankment towards Winter Palace and the Hermitage Museum.

Carnivals of the White Nights

Various carnivals are organized in and around St. Petersburg during White Nights. The largest and most famous of these carnivals takes place in the suburb of Peterhof. Historic events from the time of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great are reproduced by professional actors with costumes from the same time period. Carriage rides abound and the atmosphere is regal enough for a Tsar or Tsarina.

Another such carnival is organized in the suburb of Pavlovsk. Finally, Palace Square in St. Petersburg also hosts multiple carnival events and performances which give a glimpse of the opulence enjoyed by the Tsars and Tsarinas.

Super Star Performances

White Nights attracts international superstars who perform each summer at Palace Square for hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans. Famous groups such as The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Scorpions, and even Paul McCartney have graced Palace Square with their musical talents. As each year brings different performers it is best to check in advance to see which artists will be arriving to St. Petersburg.

About the Author: TJ Travel is a fully authorized and licensed tourist company offering a selection of St Petersburg shore excursions for cruise ship passengers and general St Petersburg tours. Our friendly and multilingual St Petersburg tour guides will ensure your visit to our beautiful city will be truly unforgettable. The shore excursions and city tours we offer include the most famous and memorable sites in St. Petersburg including the Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress, Peterhof, Pushkin, and perhaps some sites you can’t find in a guidebook.

Luxury Restaurants in Pearl City, Hawaii

Pearl City, Hawaii Offers Wide Selection of Tasty Restaurants
Pearl City, Hawaii is in Honolulu county, 9 miles Northwest of the city of Honolulu. It is part of Honolulu’s metropolitan area and it’s estimated that 31-thousand people live in it. An unofficial count puts the number of Pearl City restaurants at 46. Opening a new restaurant within Pearl City real estate can be difficult, but not undoable, since financing for it will require lots of paperwork. In order to come up with the money to pay for Pearl City real estate for a restaurant, most borrowers wind up getting three separate loans for the financing package. Usually, one is a commercial real estate loan, another is a straight commercial loan, and the third is a line of credit. There are a wide selection of luxurious restaurants in Pearl City, for all palates and tastes.

The Pearl
The Pearl is a restaurant run by culinary students at Leeward Community College. The ambiance is soothing and comfortable, with window views of Pearl Harbor. The restaurant decor is simple but modern, with real stemware, tall ceilings, white linens, and an attentive wait staff. The Pearl gets a 4.5 rating out of 5. Since it is school-based, The Pearl only serves lunch three days a week.
The Pearl
96-045 Ala Ike St
Pearl City, HI 96782
Tel: +1-808-455-0475
www.lcc.hawaii.edu/ThePearl

Spicy Ahi & BBQ
This is a popular Japanese Korean Seafood Barbecue restaurant. Patrons report that although this is a small place, it more than makes up for it by serving huge portions. The floors are made from attractive bamboo and the service is lightening quick. It’s menu offers salmon katsu, fried oysters, broiled saba, and of course, the spicy ahi, along with sashimi and sushi. Spicy Ahi gets a 4-star rating.
Spicy Ahi & BBQ
98-1254 Kaahumanu Street, A-13
Pearl City, HI 96782
Tel: +1-808-488-4851

Buzz’s Original Steak House
This restaurant sits on the beach, and offers a tropical ambiance. It has a small deck, with a varnished koa bar, the furniture is rattan and the walls are coated with snapshots and pictures of surfers. Many of Buzz’s offerings relate to the sea, but not all. The lunch burgers include a mushroom garden burger, there’s a popular artichoke appetizer, and of course, the fresh catch, and steak-and-lobster combo plates. Dinner offerings are priced higher, but include Alaskan king crab legs, prime rib, fresh fish, and a well-stocked soup and salad bar. Buzz’s is rated 3.9 out of 5.
Buzz’s Original Steak House
98-751 Kuahao Place
Pearl City, HI 96782
Tel: +1-808-487-6465
www.buzzssteakhouse.com

Souvaly Thai Cuisine
Souvaly is a Thai restaurant in Pearl City right across from the Pearl City Shopping Center. It serves Thai Laotian dishes which translates into coconut milk curries, pad thai, stir-frys, crispy chicken, fish entrees and seared pork chops. Diners rave about the food at Souvaly and give it a 4.8 rating out of 5.
Souvaly Thai Cuisine
803 Kamehameha Highway, Unit 203
Pearl City, HI 96782
Tel: +1-808-455-5888
www.souvaly.com

Flamingo Restaurant
Stepping into Flamingo Restaurant is like taking a step back in time. The decor is straight from the 1970’s, and neither the menu or possibly some of the waitresses have changed. The furniture is dark, the lighting is on the yellow side and the seating is mostly in booths. But the breakfasts, lunches and dinners at Flamingo get rave reviews. Locals say it’s the only old-time comfort mom and pop restaurant left on the island. And like the old times, their dinners offer soup or a salad, rolls, a drink, an entree of your choice, and a dessert. For an extra 50-cents you can order the homemade Banana Pie. Recommended dishes are Chuckwagon Fried Chicken, Hamburger Steak, Chicken Cutlet, Spaghetti and Meatballs. The Flamingo offers a Japanese breakfast with Saba or Mahi Mahi, and the American breakfast is an all-you-can-eat pancake spread with eggs and portuguese sausage, ham or bacon.
Flamingo Restaurant
803 Kamehameha Highway
Pearl City, Oahu, HI 96782-2680
Tel: +1-808-456-5946

Gyotaku
Gyotaku on King Street does a brisk bento business during the day, offering reasonably priced combo plates including butterfish, tempura, saba and teriyaki beef. But in the evening, the Gyotaku dining room’s playful sense of humor comes out. For sushi, there’s a Fuzzy Wuzzy Roll or Pele Lava Roll and a Poke Don – like donburi, except with ahi poke instead of the more traditional egg and chicken. The trademark appetizer, Pokechose, is Japanese nachos with won ton strips, furikake, sprouts, avocado and seafood all on one platter.
Gyotaku
98-1226 Kaahumanu St
Pearl City, HI 96782
Tel: +1-808-487-0091
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Singapore’s top attractions

The emergence of the Asian markets that are making their effects felt in the West have brought about a new push of tourism over in destinations such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo. However, one location that has been popular for a many number of years to Westerners is Singapore.

Another Window View from 60th floor of UOB Plaza 1 – Singapore
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The Republic of Singapore, as it is known officially, has had a lot of involvement with Britain and its Commonwealth throughout the last two or three centuries and so has built up a strong relationship with British visitors. The past saw Singapore become a bustling trading port, but now, it is more about finance and banking, with the likes of asset management jobs in Singapore proving very popular, and as a result has one of the most dazzling skylines in the East.

This doesn’t mean that the history is gone, as many of the Republic’s relics are available to visit outside of the city, but the main attractions tend to be among the skyscrapers and Singapore’s wonderful Marina Bay. Here are a few ideas of where to go if you’re planning a visit:

Singapore Zoo

Singapore’s zoo is one of the busiest attractions in the city, but due to an early opening time (8.30am), it is a perfect place to start the day in order to beat both the crowds and the heat. The zoo hosts many shows during the day which starts with the Jungle Breakfast, whilst bringing a swimsuit is advisable for the Rainforest KidzWorld. The whole experience is perfect for those with both older and young children.

Marina Bay

Down near what is known as Central Area is Singapore’s Marina Bay which is possibly the best 24/7 destination within the city. The main attraction has to be the triple structure of the main luxury hotel that stands right on the bay itself where you can climb right to the top for the perfect view of Singapore. The bay has had its profile heightened over the years by the popularity of the Singapore Grand Prix which attracts people in their thousands every year.

MacRitchie Nature Trail

Just a short trip out of the city will see you find this area that is of complete contrast to the built up concrete jungle and places you right in the heart of nature. The MacRitchie Reservoir is a sight to behold in itself, but the surrounding reserve is just as break-taking as you navigate through thick forest areas, with the TreeTop walk a particular highlight of this Singapore attraction.

Italy Guide: top things to see and do

Italy Guide
Italy Guide

If you are planning a trip to Italy, you will find that low cost holidays in the Mediterranean country will offer a wide range of things for you to see and do.

Regardless of your interests, whether it’s fashion, sport, culture or food, you are sure to find a break in Italy will give you the chance to take part in fascinating activities and see some wonderful sights.

And this could particularly prove to be the case if you book Sardinia holidays. The island is the second largest in the Mediterranean region, so you are bound to find low cost Sardinia holidays provide you with the chance to lie back on the beach and take things easy.

Its location in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea makes Sardinia a perfect place for pursuits such as kitesurfing and sailing, while you can also visit a number of archaeological sites including the Ruins of Nora.

But Sardinia is by no means the only place worth visiting while on a low cost holiday to Italy.

Rome – the nation’s capital – can make a fantastic destination for a city break and is home to ancient attractions including the Colosseum, which was built almost 2,000 years ago, the Pantheon and the Roman Forum.

If you want to find out more about the city’s historic past, you may also want to visit its catacombs and Piazza del Campidoglio, although if you are seeking something more modern you might want to take a trip to the National Gallery of Modern Art.

The Vatican City can also be found in Rome and while it is technically a separate country from Italy it can be a great place to visit while enjoying a break in the Italian capital. As well as being the official residence of the Pope, it is home to St Peter’s Basilica – the world’s largest church.

Milan can also be a great place to visit on a city break, with the Leonardo da Vinci National Science and Technology Museum and its gothic cathedral – which is the largest in the world – among its numerous attractions. Twice a year Milan hosts an international fashion week, drawing in designers, models and celebrities from across the globe.

A visit to the Milan Aquarium is great, meanwhile, if you want to get back to nature – more than 100 species of marine life can be seen here.

Football fans, however, may wish to visit the San Siro ground to watch either of the city’s teams – AC Milan and Internazionale – play.

Venice’s world-famous network of canals can also make for the perfect setting for a short break. Why not hire a gondola and take in the city’s breathtaking architecture from the water? You can also head to the Piazza San Marco – or St Mark’s Square as it translates in English – for a spot of people-watching.

As you enter the square, make sure you keep an eye out for the clock tower on the top of the Procuratie Vecchie. This ornate structure was built in 1496. Venice can also be a great destination for film lovers. Not only has it been the setting for numerous productions, but it is also home to the world’s oldest cinema festival.

Alternatively, you might want to check out the churches and historic monuments that can be found around Lake Como in Lombardy, before getting back to nature and looking for the local wildlife.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa and Royal Palace of Turin are just two of Italy’s many other attractions, so no matter where you go you can be sure there will be plenty of things for you to see and do.

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NZ Tours: A Great Way to See New Zealand

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No matter what you opinion on group travel, there are some occasions when joining a tour is recommended.  Either for safety or for access you wouldn’t have on your own, tours can really enhance your trip.  Check out these by-tour-only opportunities on your next trip to New Zealand.

Whale Watching Tours

Kaikoura, New Zealand is one of the most popular tourist attractions in New Zealand.  You’ll see why the second you arrive: the town is almost magically beautiful.  Built at the foot of the Kaikoura Mountain range and the edge of the sea, Kaikoura is scenic even by New Zealand standards.

In addition to natural beauty, the area is teeming with interesting marine wildlife.  From albatross to fur seals, there is plenty to see but the real show-stoppers are the whales.  Attracted to the region by the deep waters of a nearby undersea canyon, a year-round population of sperm whales makes Kaikoura a major whale watching destination.

The only way to see these amazing creatures up close is to hop on a boat tour.  Whale Watch Kaikoura has been operating since 1987 and reports a success rate of 95%.  The knowledgeable locals who operate the company will make sure you have a great experience.

Glacier climbing

Nowhere else in the world are glaciers so accessible as they are in New Zealand.  You can walk right up to the base of Franz Josef or Fox Glaciers on the South Island’s West Coast.  However, if you want the full glacial experience, you had better book a tour.

Depending on your interest (and budget) you can either sign on for a guided hike into the center of the ice, or you can opt to be dropped off on the glacier by a helicopter.  From there, your guide will take you (safely!) through ice caves and up slopes for the best views of the impressive tundra and its eerily blue ice.

Wine tours

New Zealand is gaining international notoriety as a fantastic wine producer, and the country has a handful of regions that produce a range of fantastic wines, from well-balanced sauvignon blancs in Marlborough to assertive cabernets around Auckland.

While it’s quite possible to drive yourself between wineries, the sobriety necessary to do so is a bit of a damper on the fun.  You’re much better off joining one of the many wine tours available.  In addition to having a chauffeur, you’re also likely to get better service from the wineries who have relationships with the tour companies.

Milford Sounds

Often considered New Zealand’s premier destination, the stunning Milford Sounds are only available by boat tour.  The sounds are well worth the coast of the tour though: stunning rock formations that emerge dramatically from the glassy water, diverse wildlife and pounding waterfalls are typical sights on a journey.

You can arrange a tour starting in Queenstown (with a bus connecting to the docks at Milford Sound), or you can drive yourself (just be wary: the road to Milford is beautiful but notoriously hazardous in bad weather).  There are an abundance of tours to choose from.  From one and a half hour nature cruises to overnight journeys, you’ll find something to suit.

Author bio:  Whitney Cox is a travel writer based in Christchurch, New Zealand.  She writes regularly about local attractions and NZ tours.