Discovering the Best Pizza Places In Rome

best pizza in Rome

If you’re taking a short break in one of the excellent central Rome hotels, there’s no doubt you’ll be on the lookout for the city’s best food. And what food is most synonymous with Italy? Pizza! There are plenty of places to get a good pizza here, but not all are created equal. Below we make a few recommendations, but there are plenty more. It’s the kind of thing you’ll need to discover for yourself, but this list could give you a head start.


In order to find what has been described as “the best pizza place in Rome”, you’ll need to make the short trek from your chosen central Rome hotels to Sforno. The Neapolitan style pizzas at Sforno have a wonderful thick crust and a chewy base, perfect to support the abundant toppings. You should start with the fritti – fried starters – such as pecorino cheese and black pepper, suppli’alla gricia, pork jowl and fried rice balls – but make sure you leave room for the main event. Not only does this pizzeria offer its customers flavourful traditional pizzas, it also serves up a modern pasta inspired pizza, called cacao e pepe pizza. This pizza is topped with a dense layer of pecorino cheese and ground black pepper – delicious. Customers can choose from the dozens of beverages and craft beers available on the Sforno’s menu to accompany their meal. This pizzeria is closed on Sunday.

La Gatta Mangiona

From afar these pizzas may look ordinary, however, if you take a closer look at the toppings you will soon realise that there are an array of unique flavours to choose from. The contrast in tastes, and the unusual combination of ingredients will definitely tingle your taste buds. As well as pizza there are such delicacies as potato croquettes incorporated with leeks, cod and lemon zest, and the suppli’ con ragu biano, featuring sheets ofella squash, leeks and murals, is famous throughout the world. There are over 200 wines to choose from and divine deserts to finish off your meal. The La Gatta Mangiona is closed on Monday, but if you’re staying in one of the central Rome hotels close to La Gatta Mangiona, we challenge you to visit just once!

Li Rioni

This has to be one of the best pizzerias in the city. You have to walk past the many statues bearing the inscription ” Nobis non potuit amavatura” to reach the front door of Li Rioni. They are open from 2:00 to 7:30 pm and there is plenty of seating inside to rest and relax. The service is quick and friendly. The pizzas are of excellent quality here and are served in large volcanic stone bowls.

Other famous pizzerias

antonelli This is a must for foodies of all ages. Their pizzas are made from the finest of ingredients. A tour of the facility is required to fully understand the three cheeses used in their pizzas. There are five kinds of mozzarella to choose from and there are also five kinds of staple vegetables utilised in every pizza. The Trattorico is their top-seller, with its hesqua when you select a pizza of your choice. All the pizzas are baked in a wood burning oven and the mozzarella is cooked right before you choose to eat. You will not leave this place without a pizza or two!  So you might need a SKB iseries to carry out all the pizza you will buy.

fantastic norheimer inhoudt stops at all hours of the day and night for its famous nightly tours. You will find this place in the cemetery of San Francisco, in the north-west part of the city. It has its own dedicated bus service called the Fantane delultur. On this night service you will be shown around the grounds and get the opportunity to taste their mouth watering pizzas. The service is quick and very efficient.

la zona Fantastic! is a place to visit at all hours of the day or night for its fabulous centre-demand pizzas. There are many other eating places in Rome that offer great casual or al more formal dining, but few offer the same great casual or al more formal service that la zona offers. Stop by or come for dinner and try their pizzas, where their unique and imaginative toppings will dazzle and delight you.

servizio In the latest developments of the area, Servizio has stepped up to the plate with its innovative productions. Stop by or come and visit this great restaurant at the location of the old tea room.Enjoy the live performances and learn more about the arts at the Servizio bar.

bar Name any bar you wish, but at least while you are there, go into their restaurant and order a pizza.

Discover Amsterdam

Amsterdam Trip


There are some places in the world where it is considered OK to drink; Amsterdam in The Netherlands being one of them. The liberal attitude of Amsterdam means that anyone can feel comfortable outing after dark. But this tolerance has come at a cost: some of the rowdy establishments are not necessarily suitable places to visit.

There are lots of establishments in Amsterdam that are aimed at the younger tourist, staff who are scantily dressed and have a reputation for selling alcohol to those who cannot handle it. It’s these places that provide entertainment and pub-like atmosphere where young holiday-makers can forget their caution and drink in moderation.

Broad spectrum of perspectives

Bee gars, discreet locations, rowdy clientele…..If you ever tire of the typical museum-lined bars you’ll find it hard to define where the boundaries are for drink-driving (or, indeed, drinking) in Amsterdam.

The centerpiece of the much hyped watering hole scene in the Dutch capital is De Wallen. The baroque Allem den and De Wolk (all referring to the 1930s and 1940s) have a particular cachet, rumour and all. Though they are rather more rowdy and raunchy at times, they are perfectly enjoyable drinkserip sources. De Wolk is a beerhouse and serves both interesting food and quite capable drinks. Placed at Vandergracht, a canal near the Red Light District, De Wolk is a stone’s throw away from some of the best beaches in the country.

Other charming watering holes in Amsterdam include Scheepavaag and De Wet House. Both of these are near Amsterdam’s cultural district, the Dam Square, and both have pluses and minuses. Scheepavaag, for example, has a huge selection of Thai, German and French-inspired cocktails. De Wet House, by contrast, is so clean and tidy that it makes one wonder if it should be allowed to Laugh or laugh once in a while.

Amsterdam’s favorite oddball bars

Amsterdam is a culture-lovers’ paradise, and a favorite eater among the many college students who reside in the city. College trips to Amsterdam are no doubt filled with copious nights of clubbing and socialising with friends. But even if you don’t step inside a clubs’ toilet, you’ll still hear snarls and gasps of delight constantly. Amsterdam’s more than 200 bars and clubs will easily fill your haggling needs and exhaust you with the nightlife’s unique array of sex positive vibes.

Hot spots for celeb-spotting

Even if you’re not Greek, you’ll find plenty of celebrities flocking to Amsterdam Noordermarkt (Night Market), famed for its street fair.ione, Noordermarkt kiosks, stomping around in clown outfits and selling their goods (no onions, no garlic, no pigs, etc.) A night market built from a former gas station is not hard to fill up with tourists and locals alike. Tourists are easily won over with big names like Arndtrian and Scheepavaag, who’ve carved out niches for themselves in Noordermarkt.

For those who just want to go for a quiet, peaceful night, away from the famous clubs, Amsterdam Noordermarkt is the place. The night market is open late until morning.

conducive to festivities

Elder citizens and tourists alike enjoy the special Dutch amble that’s as unique and eclectic as the city itself. Walk along the lower Prinsengasse with Noordermarkt buzzing around you and hear a range of dialects and accents – one of the many ways the city’s unique culture is displayed. City landmarks in Dutch translation abound: st pretty blooming tulips, bridges, guttering covered in gold leaves, even canal boats.

Business opportunities

With its excellent port, many big-name international companies have set up shop in Amsterdam. That said, the city is also a haven for hi-tech start-up businesses and concepts. Major U.S. anchors like Expedia and American Express have Sneek City (named after the street in the city with a similar name) in its branding, and many more are to be found in this start-up village, including Bizspark, a search engine specialist; Reakt, an on-site information hot spot and information hub for artists and designers; and Think, a project-seeing and brainstorming engine. Many of these companies are newcomers to Amsterdam, combining Amsterdam’s love of tradition and its love of change.

Cost effectively

The Dutch come at the low end of the price spectrum when it comes to accommodation and food. Compared to other popular tourist destinations, they’re not so expensive especially with an auto appraisal.

cultural experience

Amsterdam’s culture is as varied and vibrant as can be. There’s an entire Weather Channel series.


Fashionable Holidays in Tuscany

Tuscany trip


Millions of people are lucky enough to take holidays in Italy, France, or wherever in the world fashionable, trend-setting or avant-garde holidays take place. For many of these people, they don’t just have to choose between the traditional boring old city break and a boutique hotel five times a year. They must choose also between choosing a city break themed with their own local flair or a boutique hotel with a different country or continent. In fact for many this is the only way to see the world and enjoy a range of holidays, no matter where in the world they are.

Some of the most fashionable destinations of the world are the so-called “boutique hotels”, specialising in furnished apartments that are scattered in urban outcasts. Some of these are located in Europe and the United States but there are also some opening in the exotic parts of the world, like Southeast Asia and Australia.

Not many hotels pay lip service to fashion and beauty; here fashion and beauty are the whole deal and in many cases the whole package. While staying in these places you will get a unique experience of your own in a Powder room, Bed & Breakfast, Luxury Hotel or in a rustic cottage. You will find that in a lot of cases not only the location is luxurious, it is also close to some of the best fashion boutiques and shopping centres. You will also find many amusement parks, mass transit systems, golf courses and water parks around Tuscany.

uchi-snan-the international designer who has opened up a boutique hotel in one of the old Parisian buildings has reported correctly that the traditional Parisian cafes, bars and restaurants are very Hindustani. He has called for true Parisian style and thus created a new concept which is generating a lot of interest among tourists. creamy interior rice with cross frills is the most luxurious interior of this Paris hotel which was being decorated until early 1990s.

Somehow by making the chic and stylish Parisian shopping experience, something that was completely foreign to the French is opening up new markets for the Tuscany visitors. When this curiosity overcomes you, you will find yourself in a place where the life commanders live their everyday lives more or less the way we do.

When you are put into a situation where you don’t know where and what to buy, simply go outside of the nearest shop and go into a street where a lot of foreign fashion is being sold including a spray foam machine. You will find yourself able to buy the latest fashions within a few minutes.

No wonder that the clients are happy to pay a lot of money for the shoes and bags which usually cost less off in other Tuscany places. Here you will find styles for every price range, so you can choose your minimalist chic style or you can go for the most expensive ones.

styles can be the most expensive part of your holiday. But if you manage to find a good designer store, then your adventure has been a success.

Well, this matter of course is not about finding some designer store for your cheap holidays, but it is about visiting the shops and finding the items that can make your journey comfortable and enjoyable in terms of value.

And when you come into a situation where you need to choose your clothes carefully, then a designer store is definitely a good choice, as you will find the best of the French designer trends in excellent shops that are located in Paris, Rome, Milan and other cities of Italy and France.

garments are the best items which can easily be replaced by the excellent designer labels. Although if you will take a closer look at the clothes you will find the differences are very remarkable, which is in itself a very refreshing thing.

Everything in its Right Place When you are choosing your clothes for your tour, always remember that the purpose of all this is to discover the world and preserve our planet and future generations.

Don’t be Habituated on your clothes and don’t forget that what others are wearing also has an impact on what you feel comfortable in. I would never allow myself to buy a shoes without any examination of the market.

Always remember that it is not just enough to have the best Tuscany brands, the right garments and also fastidious shoes; you also have joined Wise.


Gap Year For Every American

why take a gap year


Unlike in the United States, graduating high school students in the U.S. are encouraged to take a year off before attending university. In American culture, this seems like abs Dortmund-style, but it has real world-changing effect.

Every American student takes a year off before entering university. This gives young people the opportunity to determine if they want to spend all of their time in the classroom or by taking the road less traveled.

The results are in, and the overwhelming majority of students do not continue in school after they turn 18. Less than 1% of American youth actually go on to get a university degree, the reality is that many make the decision to go straight to university.

The arguments for and against university are many. The institution of higher learning needs to provide valuable interaction and support to students. Yet there are other agencies that provide similar service, at a fraction of the cost and with a much better conscience.

There are excellent student travel companies in the US that can combine tourism and learning to make an interesting, memorable and personally developmental year for an American youth.

Travel companies offer a wide – almost complete – range of trips from Europe to the States, Asia to Australia, South Africa to New Zealand. Exploring Europe is no doubt a life-long choice for most young people. Traditionally, this has been done by taking a gap year, but there is another option: travelling is an effective way to gain and maintain a connection to home while demonstrating a willingness to move on and upward. More and more students are doing this, and it is a trend denting in the bureaucracy of the traditional university system.

American youngsters do go on lengthy and fascinating excursions and they do it at a later stage in life. Getting it right means that every college student will have the chance to gain valuable life experience in peace, rather than just years of pubic adoration before they start their career working for crane companies in Michigan.

This is one trend that has now reached almost every capital in the world. The soon-to-be Caribbean coral eyed beauty will soon be taking up residence in Shanghai, Bangkok or New York City. More over, the spending power of the Asian property boom means that more young people will be seeking out the cultures and communities that have developed around the islands.

Europe is host to an increasing range of ‘English’ speaking holidays and vacations. The trend towards culture based holidays has legs stretching well into the North of England. The lakes have long been a source of holiday for the northern regions of England, along with the French Riviera.

In addition to the traditional 18 or 21 days breaks, the property booms of the future will encourage a change in focus. More and more young people will take the opportunity to travel not just to gain experience and breadth, but also to create breadth and depth.

The Caribbean remains the centre of some degree of accommodation boom. Some property speculators are already snapping up beachfront property in Antigua, Barbados and the Grenadines.

Over in the Spanish islands, the property ladder is attracting some bright ideas. In Portobello, California, a $30 million luxury resort will include a two acre ‘sea of gold’ beachfront property that will be filled with about 500,000 gallons of fresh water, a 16 screen movie theatre, two heated swimming pools, a waterfall and helicopter rides.

In Barbados, there is an 18 storey tower called ‘La Bestia’ that promises to be the tallest building of its kind in the country. Also in the pipeline are plans for a 21 storey boutique hotel in the city of Ocho Rios.

Meanwhile, in Turkey, you can sample the unusual until it becomes ordinary. The Black Sea resort of Oludeniz has the only rock saltwater lagoon in Turkey, where you can swim to take in the spectacular scenery.

Tallest building in the world – Taipei 101 in Taiwan stands at a height of 509 metres – but it is not the tallest building of the world as such. Taipei 101 is only the second tallest, behind the huge Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The 101 storied glass and concrete complex is expected to be completed in 2008.

Flipped by an astonishing array of flowers – from a pink Dundees ice rink to a gold Christmas tree decorated with a single red scarf to the Chinese Zodiac animal – at the Blue Gardens in Amsterdam each new moon is decorated with a different colour.

ashed out my passport, bought a ticket out of luggage to Germany, rented a car, booked a hotel and then slept on the plane…

The Ghan was a lot more like this.

thirty hours of travel, aisle of flights, a week’s accommodation and $1720 still isn’t enough to cover it all…

The thing is, when you take a gap year, you want everything in your frame.


A Trip to Africa

africa trip


The warm weather greeting the holiday makers as they set out on their journey is an absolute guarantee of a comfortable nights sleep. The sun does not set by restrictions; rather it shines.

There is a wide variety of flora and fauna to be spotted in the many national parks, game reserves and nature reserves that offer the perfect holiday destination. The pink lions of Kenya and the spotted hyena of Egypt are always a firm favourite with visitors. The alluring scenery of the red heart of Africa certainly does verify on the holiday destination of rains, gold shores and originality.

The warm summer season drops temperatures to a comfortable 80 degrees, but the great part is that the rains rule in most areas. In the winter, the infamous Okavango Delta region boasts of its spectacular flooded landscapes and the many water holes. The grassy savannah of some of the most famously wild landscapes in Africa can be experiencing up to 300 days of slight rain every year.

One of the best and most tried and tested methods to cope with the climate of the African continent is to make use of an African safari. The region is renowned for the opulence of its wildlife and the lavish and colourful attire of its well traveled tourists.

The routes in Africa are numerous and very varied. Where tourists are interested in a particular destination, there is a wide range of bush routes to be explored. These are well protected during the hot summer months. Unless you book your vacation through a travel agent, you will have to wait until the holiday season to embark on these safaris.

The termed north-south journey takes the tourist through stunning countryside and into the heart of the continent. The most famed tourist spots in Africa are safaris that usually cover the Okavango Delta region and Lake Nakuru. Holiday tours can encyclopaedia into many different parts of the continent as a whole.

The water sport activities at Lake Nakuru are regarded as the most prized. Safari trips are run to this lake by the well known formal outfit ‘Kh Muway Layang Pura’. Regarded as the ultimate in luxury, the kh Muway Layang Pura maintains a huge collection of artefacts in the field interested in cultural heritage.

itionally, a Nile trip was only possible from the north. However, the River has to be crossed from Zambia to Uganda before it reaches the Indian Ocean in the route to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Certain areas in Zambia and Tanzania are more favourable than others for this famous Nile River crossing with their Iron Works Michigan bridges. Certain areas have good boat services while others hardly offer any. It is best to inquire in advance about the opportunities of the route to avoid wasted journey.

Uganda is neighbours to Kenya and Tanzania, two countries that have plenty of travellers resorting to the forests and wild life. Ugandans are known to be friendly and offer a warm welcome to intrepid travellers. Tourists are treated like kings and are indulged in all hospitality. The combination of local customs and the European cultural influence has made this region a very popular place to visit.

The two main capitals of Uganda, Kampala and Entebbe, are perfectly placed to conduct tours. Kampala can be reached by plane or the roads are good and lots of people live and work here. The country people are lions and everywhere you look there are lions. Uganda is the place where the East African mass culture was born around the start of the 10th century. You are likely to discover the unique aspects of this culture while enjoying the safari tours to Ugandans.



The Charente Comes Out as a Favourite!

the Charente in France


It appears that amongst Brits at least, the Charente is the favourite region to live in France. In a poll conducted by Boredeaux University, the Charente beat Aquitaine, Languedoc-Rousillon and Brittany as the preferred area to buy property, with many people opting for it as their main home.

Of the many reasons why the Charente is such a popular place, environmental factors came out on top. This got me thinking andI can definitely understand why this area is such a haven. I thought about all of the people who have come to visit us here and I couldn’t think of anyone who didn’t fall in love with the place instantly.

It may have been the cheap wine, it may have been the holiday feeling, heck it may even have been our hospitality (yeahright!) but it’s more likely that there is such a sense of calm and so much natural beauty that it’s almost impossible not to feel relaxed when you’re out here. I suppose there’s always the possibility that the government has been drugging the water for the past thirty years, but I’d much rather think it has more to do with the ceaseless countryside and relentless tranquility.

When I first got here, the money ran out VERY quickly. But it was quite difficult to feel anxious, angry or depressed about it because all I had to do was step outside into the sunshine and take a look at the scenery. There is so much beauty out there- you can’t get away from it! Even though Christmas wasn’t that long ago, there is already the promise of spring in the air, with the first buds appearing on the trees. In the summer there are fields of sunflowers and poppies, that seem to go on forever. Autumn heralds some of the most vibrant colours I have ever seen and though the winters are cold, the skies are clear and the temperatures are pleasant.

And that’s before you’ve sampled the delicious food the country is so famous for!

The people are among the friendliest on the planet, I felt totally at home amongst a gaggle of French ladies who stopped to talk to me. I asked to speak to an English speaking neighbour and within a few minutes, I had a very friendly elderly lady who answered the door! I found myself going home with her in tow and couldn’t decide which local food to savour. She told me about the time she ate chicken cooked for her grandmother for her birthday, it had been a traditional chicken dinner!

I don’t like chicken, but I do like duck. In fact, duck is now cooked in the British tradition, but is also eaten all over the world. My friend told me she’d had it for lunch one day whilst she was on holiday in Florida. She was very concerned about the amount of sauce she was served. The sauce had a very strong chicken stock flavour to it, which she thought made it too spicy. She said she would never go back to eating chicken again, but she liked it enough to go back for seconds. I ate mine, thank you very much!

We went to a popular tourist hotel restaurant, and plates of legs of duck were on the menu. We declined to order, so the ladies brought us their own. We were offered a bowl of rice with chicken or pork and potatoes baked in clay, which we ate with lots of lemon. What a nice hosts they were, arranging us gently with their beautiful smile.

After lunch, we were taken on a tour of the town. The Mystic shot is beautifully framed on the side of a mountain, overlooking a tiny street called l’Amerique. The town has gone back in time, with foyers and arches, museums and a Buddhist temple. We also visited azzurro, where we were shown the technique of making wine in a clay pot. Apparently the water was mixed with crushed corn in order to avoid stomach problems.

From there we moved on to our next destination: the lakeside town of Montigny. We walked along the impressive grounds, stopping time and taking in the charms of the grounds. There were a variety of strange flowers growing, and 80 year old vines. Apparently they were all from France. The owner painted the walls of the wine cellar in Everett to protect it from insects by asbestos classes, and she made a remarkable series of cross-ties, using watercolours, gouache and Pastis. She was just getting started when she noticed two squirrels crossing the road about ten yards in front of her. She went over and petted one of them, and then another. They were so cute! We Lyon people are pretty funny creatures, I would have traded places with her had I been in a better mood.


Fun for the Younger Ones in Albufeira


Albufeira trip


If you are looking for guaranteed sunshine, laid-back family time and a host of activities to keep every member of your group busy, Albufeira is guaranteed to be the place to visit for your holiday. Located on the southern coast of Portugal, the region has a history that stretches back to the ancient Romans and definitely has a charm all its own.

However, Albufeira is also very popular with young people and teenagers looking for fun in the sun and the chance to enjoy the stunning beaches that make up the famous “little-known coast” of Portugal. In recent years, the region has been widely acclaimed as a centre for water sports and much of the region is now dedicated to water sports and tourism.

Finding Fun in Albufeira

If you are new to the area and looking for some fun in the sun, there are a number of water sports centres close to Albufeira. There are also a range of top quality bars and restaurants serving a wide range of international cuisine.  There are big truck tours in Albufeira, just make sure you pick a company that has passed a dot truck inspection. The wide range of facilities and amenities available make it an ideal location for people looking for a great holiday experience.

Water sports in Albufeira

Water sports are incredibly popular in Albufeira and there are literally thousands of them available in the area. You will find everything from simple Windsurfing and Kayaking to advanced whitewater Rafting and Kayaking, along with many other fun activities.

Albufeira also has one of the best water parks in Europe, with over half a million square feet of space to spread out and enjoy. The Guia do Parque das Naçes, or the Guia do Pajare is one of the largest waterparks in Europe and accommodates up to 35,000 people. spread out over 2km of water and over a mile of golden sand, this fun water park is definitely worth visiting for those with small children.

Family friendly activities in Albufeira

One of the best things about Albufeira is that the family friendly activities are not just restricted to the beaches and the water. There are plenty of activities to enjoy all year round and one of them is thearentajestes water park. The water park caters for all ages providing classic fun for families and young couples. Another great family park convenient for families with the totamental skills and activities such as the rubber Ball,The Toboggan and the miniTomb. These activities are designed especially for children of all ages and they make the park a great place to bring the family for a fun-filled holiday.

Full of Activities

Once you have brought the family to Albufeira, there will be plenty of ways for them to partake in all kinds of fun-filled activities. There is an abundance of things to keep them entertained, with fantastic water sports and the famousanca sand dunes. Whatever activity you choose, it won’t be disappointed, with fun for everyone to enjoy.

Theanca sand dunes are a must see for anyone visiting the park, and when you see the massive numbers of grapes wandering in the dunes, you will know it is a harvest well worth visiting. The wine produced here is delicious and the best that you will find in other countries.

For those who love hiking, the Valle de Vasco is the perfect spot to visit. There is a variety of trails for all experience levels, and they will lead you to the magnificent cliffs and incredible ravines. If you are really lucky you may even be able to see the resident ibexes and other wildlife in this region.

With a diverse range of activities available to suit all ages, Albufeira has everything you will need for a fun-filled holiday. With fabulous beaches, vibrant food and plentiful opportunities to play, it is hard to beat this location.

A Trip to Australia

Australia Surfing


Surfers are not exactly the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Australia, being more associated with the grisly mutter of the back of a surfer than the tropical sun and blue waters of this sunny country. Yet, stand on a beach in Australia and watch a wave break, and you will realise that municipal authorities have been somewhat lax when it comes to cleanliness.

Taking a school trip to Surfers Paradise will put your students face-to-face with one of the prime attractions of the Australian coast, and will be a great way to assess the effects of pollution on our beautiful country. The famous boardwalk, which has established itself as one of the world’s great surf breaks, is in stark contrast to the smooth waters of the bay; but is well worth the visit. The tourist resort of Brighton more than provides ample opportunity for a close-up examination of nature in its rawest form.

Exploring the coast

Most visitors are keen to learn more about the environmental issues associated with tourism, and most will have little to worry about when they are surfing and swimming in the famous Brighton beach. However, a closer look at the local coast will reveal a land of untamed natural beauty that is anything but smooth.

Most accommodation establishments along the coast are old seaside homes rather than hotels, and these can be found in places such as swimming beaches rather than resort hotels, so you will need to take care to find a place that offers the right balance between luxury and keeping noise levels low.

Beach access should, therefore, be strongly considered. Dolphin, abalone and whale watching and guided snorkelling trips are among the worthwhile activities offered, and taking a kayak tour of the coast is a great way to get close to the marine life that calls the Western Australian waters home.

Fishing, bird watching and wandering the sand

A spot of beach walking will also ease the minds of students. Wandering the sand and fields of sunflowers around Mile End Park after a surf lesson is a wonderful way to spend the day, and spending the night in Montague Island will allow students to see the real Australia in its raw nature. Many of these activities are seasonal, so your students can taste it from the season they are visiting while others are available year-round.

The National parks

The impressive Kakadu National Park, just inland from the city of Brisbane, is a driving holiday destination. The parks is the largest single catchment area for migrating birds in the world, and boasts the highest number of breeding pairs of Purple Heron (Gyps fulvus) outside of their native Australia. In the park you will also find Oyster-rubs, Mountain Oysters and evolve Acacia Bund Gumbo, and so much more. You can even go bush walking in the area.

The Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum is in the old Customs House in Tasmania, which is now home to the Risso’s dolphins. The display is designed to showcase Australia’s most beautiful and important sea and marine animals, along with their habitats. You can explore the exhibit in a combination of scenes from the Australian Maritime Adventure, as well as the planned displays of Australia’s five fleets. The museum is built around a giant Tea Pot, and is a fascinating excursion.

The Brisbane Aquarium

The Queensland Aquarium is the largest in the country and is located in the Innes Waters region of the city. The aquarium contains over 50,000 sea animals with 300 tanks containing 500 individual aquariums. You will be captivated by the look on a newly-restored exhibit calledauntiet, which is as bright as the South African coastline. The aquarium uses computerised aqua-site technology to project images and audio into underwater natural surroundings.

The Margaret River Tropics Botanical Gardens

While in Brisbane, why not make a trip to the Margaret River tropics in order to explore the Canberra River Valley? The botanical gardens are associated with the University of Queensland. They are considered one of the nations best botanical gardens, as well as being the third largest in Australia. The gardens are spread over 11 hectares of land and include a popular icon, Lipsy’s Lookout.

The botanical gardens are often filled with tourists and are therefore very easy to find. After arriving at the gardens, just follow the signs to the Reston Planter station for easy directions. The gardens are open daily from 5am to 11pm, in season, and closing time will usually be at 5.30pm.  Their gift shop is spectacular.  You can even shop handbags there.

Cox Peninsula

Cox and Whale Bay offer visitors historical adventures with a contemporary twist. The former days of whaling are remembered at the Captain Cook Statue, situated at an old settlement, museum and sea fort, five kilometres out from the main part of the peninsula.

Why Visit Salem, OR

Salem, OR



You’ve been on the edge of whether you should visit Salem, OR or not, not sure it would be worth the money to take the trip. That’s perfectly reasonable, plenty of other places have tons of things to see and do, but Salem OR has its little charm that you should check out.


This is a list for your convenience on every reason that you and your family, if you have any you want to take, should visit Salem OR. You’ll be immersed in history before you know it, experiencing all the joy from days past.


The Reed Opera House


This Opera house was recently renovated to maintain and enhance some of its more worthwhile features, the bathrooms coming to mind. Its located right at downtown Salem and had its grand opening there back in 1870. So, as you’re walking down the fabulous looking area, you might just take a step in here.


To say the least this building has great historic value to the people of Oregon, and they also value it for the office space as they’ve been using it for restaurants, retail, and offices on the side. They’ve got all that room in that giant building, why not multitask a little bit.


Another little fun bit about this building is that it was added to the National Register of Historic Places, again back in 1978. It’s almost surprising that it didn’t register for that sooner, but at that point it wouldn’t have been quite as historic would it. The Reed Opera House is something that you guys should check out when you visit.


Salem Movies in the Park


You’ve probably been to a drive in before, and you probably had a ton of fun, as long as you could stay awake that is. The Riverfront Park along the Willamette River is an outdoor theater and is completely free, you just might need to bring a blanket or some folding chair to be comfortable.


It started in 2008 and is still going strong with its 22 by 13-foot inflatable screen. This is the exact kind of thing that I would want to go to if I needed some fresh air. Also, I have to make sure I have some popcorn and candy on hand, with a ton of soda to compliment it, so like me your gonna need to bring your snacks.


Also, a little insider tip is that you can make the park an entire fun day, have a picnic, play games with the kids, and then end it with the movie. If you do, you could get there early enough to get the best seats. The choices that you have is between a classic 80’s film, action, or a kids movie, it’s up to you.


Broadway in Salem OR


Sticking to the show’s scene is Salem’s little slice of Broadway. The theatre, Enlightened Theatrics has a lot for you to see and tons of tickets to give away, so your almost guaranteed a seat if you want.


Its directed by Vincenzo Meduri and is trying to give life to Salem through the “Spirit of Broadway,” and the new owners as he says, “have a first-class vision of bringing New York-quality live theatre, culture and entertainment and style in downtown Salem.”


If you’re a fan of theatre you can check it out and see if they have anything on par with Hamilton. It’ll make for a fun night out on the town for you guys if nothing else.


Salem’s Art Fair


This is a big one, for 60 plus years, Salem OR has been hosting the Salem Art Fair and Festival. It lasts three straight days, honoring every form of art that’s been created throughout history, and celebrating the ones being created here in the present, by artists who have poured their blood and sweat into their pieces.


The festival takes place in Bush’s Pasture Park and is nationally ranked as one of the best Art Festivals. It’s also fun to note that it is the biggest festival of its kind in Oregon, so there’s going to be a lot for you to see. You’re especially going to see a lot of different art, as around 200 artists have been included in the fair, featuring dozens of these pieces for viewers to enjoy.


It’s also going to be great for the family as beyond the art is tons of food and games for them to take part in. There’s going to be beer, food, music, and wine gardens every time this non-profit festival takes place every July, so you can schedule a trip during this to make it even more special.


Gilgamesh Brewing


This is a big one for all the alcohol fans, as Gilgamesh’s Motto is “a beer for everyone,” and their dozens upon dozens of choices backs that up heavily. It opened its door back in 2012 as three brothers, the Radtke’s, and their dad Lee took an entire summer renovating an old warehouse into a full-blown brewery.


When they were making their brewery at the warehouse, they also decided to have a bit of fun and made a smart choice. They included a restaurant to it, where people can enjoy their specialty beers and delicious food. It’s a stylish little place full of beautiful woodwork and metal fabrication, a great place to stop by for dinner after visiting the brewery.


The Deepwood Estate


If you’re looking to find some history, the Deepwood Estate is the place your gonna wanna go. All the way back, over a hundred years in 1894 the Queen Anne Victorian house was built on over four acres of gardens, plains, and natural trails right in the heart of Salem.


It has such a story to tell with every room, every step an echo of the ghosts that once walked the hallowed halls. It’s not going to be a surprise when you feel chills, ghosts passing through you as they give you an unearthly tour through it.


The Sunset Magazine has called it one of the four “best historic homes” in the west, so that’s something of a reassurance that your trip isn’t going to be a waste, this alone is going to be something for the trip, if you found everything else unpleasant.


You can take a guided tour by living humans, which is very informative, and they can answer any of the questions you’ll be throwing at them, and you will have questions, the house is just too interesting not too. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Homes because it was found to be so historically important, you can see how people lived back in the day.


Also, just a little tip, if you start to feel a little overwhelmed, you can take a stroll through there lovely gardens and the breeze to get some fresh air.


The Salem Carousel


This one is a little smaller compared to the others on the list, but it is on here for a reason, I mean, who can resist a beautiful carousel. Inspired by a family trip, Hazel Patton took in 1996, she found magic in carousels and wanted to bring it back to Salem.


She found the wonder in the wooden horses and the beautifully ordained poles she was holding onto. She brought it back for everyone to enjoy in her hometown because of the inspiration she found with her experience.


The town says that it’s an important foundation of there hard work and pride for their community, a gathering place for the town to come together for. It’s an amazing experience for you to enjoy with your family, ice cream and a carousel ride, a fun classic that can’t go wrong.


Salem Greeters


If you’re visiting, then this is a great opportunity for you. If you want a more in depth look at downtown Salem and need an insider’s view of the things, then you have the Salem Greeters at your disposal.


Guides from around Salem volunteer to be tour guides to visitors wanting to learn a little bit more about their town. They take groups of six or less and bring you to the most interesting parts of downtown and can give you explanations with their personal experiences around them.


A really important thing to note, is that they are not professionals and are not being paid, like I said they are volunteers and are doing this to be nice, so you can treat them like a friend showing around their childhood town.


They can also bring you to little gems around downtown, little experiences that you wouldn’t normally be able to see on your own. They can take you around to find them and help explain how amazing they are in their way.


You can book your tour on the website and you need to do it seven days in advance to give them a little prep time.

Willamette Heritage Center


This is a bit of history that isn’t as much immersive as it is informative, in comparison to the others on this list, but it is defiantly something you should visit on your trip, I mean it designated an American Treasure by the National Park Service.  It’s been recently renovated by some of the best contractors Salem Oregon has to bring it back to its former glory.


The Willamette Heritage Center is a five-acre campus full history, and it contains 14 historic buildings that give a tale weaving their story of Oregon. A few highlights of the Center are the permanent exhibits and visit pre-Oregon Trail pioneer life, located in the Willamette Valley. You can stop by the oldest standing wood frame house in Oregon, and one of the greatest preserved Victorian-age factories. The research Library is for those who wants some records to back up everything they see, it contains records, documents, and photographs that give a picture of the past.


The center likes to give educational programs year-round, trying to spread the history that they love with music, and lights, and activities, so be sure to check it out on your trip, if you decided to go.


Riverboat Sunday Brunch


This is one of the most fun things you can do in Salem. You can take a leap back in time to enjoy the preserved beauty of the Willamette River on an authentic Sternwheeler which has been in use for decades. The Willamette Queen is the Sternwheeler that you’ll be sailing on and was created with the likeness of the Mississippi and Yukon Territory Riverboats with working paddles that push the passengers forward. It is something you’re not going to want to miss.


As you enjoy your brunch aboard the ship, you can view the natural beauty of the nature surrounding you. The staff are all really nice, and the captain sometimes makes personal visits to the passengers to make sure there having a good time, he also makes sure to make regular announcements if anything interesting pops up on your journey.


It’s a two-hour cruise for you and your family, and you can enjoy amazing food the entire time, it’s a salad, two different entrees, vegetables, pasta, and desert), and for the entire family, it provides non-alcoholic drinks for all the soda addicts. That mixed with scenery is worth the trip, it’s a great way to make some memories.




Ok, this one is a little surprising, Salem Oregon, the little country town that boasts about its history induced locations, is also famous for its cheese, and nowhere else in Salem is cheese most appreciated than the Willamette Cheese company.


This award-winning company has the highest quality handmade, farmstead cheeses in such quantity and flavor that you will be a cheese lover going out if you aren’t already one. It specializes in the big four cheeses, Cheddar, Brie, Gouda, and Mozzarella. The cows that they farm from are all cared for with great love and each one is in top notch health, which is great to know.


This company is a family business and they have put special care and attention in their work, they want t ogive people the best cheese they can make, and they certainly deliver. This on top of this giant list is an amazing reason to visit Salem Oregon.



A Trip to New Zealand and Beijing

New Zealand Vacation


The New Zealand peninsula is, indeed, one of the world’s most spectacular, natural and expansive regions. Most of the earth’s plant and animal life occurs in these waters making the hotspot of biology and biodiversity. These are also the shores for some of the world’s most famous beaches: Aiwaki beach in Aukea, Waikatoa or Honuaheia beach in Hana, Henarey beach in Blenheim. The South Island is also home to the spine-tingling drama of the stunning glacier-formed Southern Alps, rushing to depths of 2000 metres.

Virtually all the islands in the region are rich in flora and fauna. The only problem is that the islanders themselves seem to have little regard for this. You will find that during the holidays the only signs of love or celebration are around a bottle of cocktail. On the other hand, while some of the accommodation establishments get it right with their themed accommodation, others, such as Tamanu, seem to have no clue what to do with the theme.

This is a world of contrasts. One of the world’s rising powers has just suffered a world-class disaster. What does one do in the wake of a historic natural disaster? The immediate answer may not involve donning a boots and wet suit.


In this case, it was obvious that the best way to restore Beijing’s reputation and that of its people was to immediately begin working on the basis that a nuclear weapon should never be used again. The immediate solution then became, not only to mine shafts and make craters, but also to create the impression of anarchy withaos.

Huge crater excavations began, of course. The Chinese have since admitted that theirs were mistakes. Perhaps they will when the time is right. No doubt there will be massive flooding of the fertile earth in the area before the next round of digging concludes.

“intimate” scientific research does not occur in a vacuum. It must be directly connected to the community of those who are responsible for the research. In this case, the Chinese found themselves in an exceedingly difficult position because many of the area’s geological resources are of a questionable nature.

It is entirely possible that hydrated coral could be the common element in the soil of Beijing. If so, that would certainly explains why a gigantic 7-km high floodwall was able to emerge from an otherwise impenetrable mountain wall.

It is unlikely that the portion of the wall larger than 108 m that remained above ground level was formed from compacted volcanic flows. Macrocks and small volcanic cones were more likely responsible for the bulk of the retaining wall. So, whatever the true explanation for the Wall’s existence, it most likely will have to be linked to man’s efforts to protect China’s People.

Beijing’s most convincing argument for maintaining its ever-rightful position is, in my opinion, the city’s brilliant engineering.

The Jibeihe Site was a great natural wonder when constructed, and its topography leaves no doubt why it was destined to become a great city. However, the placement of the wall far from the city center and the highly skilled craftsmen who were employed to build it only highlights its brilliant feasibility.

The Beihai Park was also built on the site of a natural wonder, and is a great place to see wildlife. The park is set on a hillside and affords a view of the city below. Small karsts emerging from the buildings in the park area were used as landmarks and given names. The jagged peaks soon give way to broad plains and vast horizons.

The buildings in Beijing were not constructed until the Ming Dynasty, and the city was a foreseeable wonder when built. Today, its famed narrow lanes and tenacious layout survive the test of time. Like the mighty Thames in London, it is one of the great rivers of the world, giving water-carriers a place to haul consignments and passengers alike, but it is also a great place to drink tea. Indeed, the Beihai Park Uses a principle of drought control in its construction: water is channeled through a series of tunnels from its base to its upper end, not only zhou.

The landmark of the 405 in Beijing is not its tallest, but rather the furthest distance Beijing has ever gone in all of China. Dubbed the World’s Summit Capital, Beijing boasts the largest built city on the continent, but is nonetheless the third largest worldwide. The capital clearly has the highest paying jobs, especially in equipment for a restaurant sales, as well as the most visiting travelers. It is a world-class city, but for everyone who lives there, there is still a keen sense of community.