Things to do While on Vacation in Italy

January 28, 2015

italyIf you’re looking for an amazing spot for a vacation that offers everything from history, amazing sites to see and so much more, one destination to consider is Rome, Italy. Rome is home to many of the things that all great vacation spots need: culture, history, great food, and amazing people.  Italy’s charismatic capital was the hub of the ancient Roman Empire, the start of the Olympic Games, and overflows with great Renaissance and Baroque art that comes to life in original settings. Rome is also a living, breathing painting by itself, where people can go to just wind down or party up a storm. If you are thinking about taking a trip to Rome, these are some must see activities and sights that we recommend:

 The Coliseum

When one thinks of Rome, chances are that this is iconic sight is what comes to mind immediately. The circular, three-tiered archaeological landmark is amazingly still intact after and is still a sight to behold. This was the sight where 50,000 Romans would watch bloody gladiatorial contest and wild-animal hunts. When visiting here, make sure you go on a tour of the entire Coliseum so you can see everything.

Vatican City

Vatican City might not seem like a fun trip for those who aren’t religious, but it can actually be quite enlightening. It is the world’s smallest state and has a general population of just over 800 people — few of whom actually live there year-round. The most important resident, the Pope, gives an audience and a blessing on Wednesday mornings in St. Peter’s Square, dominated by the famous basilica of the same name. In the Sistine Chapel, an art lover’s paradise, is part of the Vatican Museum; see Michelangelo’s 16th-century biblical frescoes. You will never forget visiting here and seeing the art, the people, and the feeling the overall serenity. If you love to see amazing history, the Vatican City is a must stop while visiting.

Trevi Fountain

Another site that you will want to see while in Rome is the Trevi Fountain. Nicola Salvi’s 85-foot-high, 18th-century fountain, composed of sea gods and horses, is the Roman symbol of passion and romance. According to local legend, if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the fountain, a wish for a return visit to Rome will come true. Another legend says that if you throw the coin over your shoulder, your greatest wish will come true.

Campo de’ Fiori

If there is one place on this list you might not have heard of but you should definitely see, this is it. This centro ‘storico (or historic center to tourists) piazza dates from the Renaissance, but is as popular as ever. It is busy in the morning with locals, and has been in operation since the 19th century. Find anything from some wine for dinner or spices to send home. Trattorias with outdoor tables and chairs surrounding the piazza are lively places to people-watch or sit down to read a book.

Italy is an amazing spot to visit for a vacation as it offers so many different places you can see as well as so much more. If you are interested in planning a trip here, give us a call so we can help plan your vacation.

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Guide to Planning a Family Vacation Everyone Will Enjoy

January 13, 2015

Family VacationIf your family is anything like mines, they all have a different idea of what will be a fun vacation and it can sometimes be stressful to plan a trip with them as you want to make everyone happy. I can’t tell you how many times I have gone on vacation with my husband and two kids and had to hear some type of complaining from one of them about doing something they didn’t want to do. If it was possible I would go on three different vacations with all of them to make them happy but that isn’t possible. Over the years of planning trips with them, I have come up with some ways that can help great a trip that everyone will enjoy, even if it may be only a little for some.

Choose the Right Destination

When planning your family vacation, one of the most important decisions that you will have to make is which destination you want to visit. For my family, my son wants to go some place that offers a lot of outdoor activities while my daughter enjoys destinations where she can go shopping. As you can see these are totally different ideas of what makes a fun vacation and it can be hard to find a destination that will make everyone happy. One thing that I like to try and do is some research into different destinations that I know I can afford and seeing what types of things can be done there. Finding a destination that offers a lot of different things can help make it easier on you as you can find things your family will enjoy doing.

Plan the Right Activities

Now that you have decided on a destination that offers something for everyone, you now need to make sure that you plan the right activities. For me when I’m doing this, I try to look for 2 to 3 different activities that I know each of my kids will enjoy and try to book them. When doing this I try to make sure that I do an even amount as I know that if one kid gets to do more stuff than the other, I will never hear the end of it. By booking activities that you know they will enjoy, it will allow them to do things that make them happy and also create memories that they will always remember.

Get Everyone Involved in the Planning Process

When it comes to creating a family trip that everyone will enjoy, this is probably one of the more important things that you will have to do. Even though it may seem like your kids have no interest in helping you plan this trip, you know they do as if you don’t do things they like to do, they will complain about it. One thing that I like to do when I’m planning our vacation is to set down with my kids and go over different things we can do on our trip and let them pick some of the activities we will do. By them being involved, they get to do things they want to do and go on a trip that they will enjoy.

Planning a family vacation isn’t easy especially if you have a large family but trying to do these things can maybe help you create a trip that everyone will love.

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Better than Ever: Le Blanc Spa Resort

January 6, 2015

Le Blanc ResortLe Blanc Spa Resort, a luxury adults-only, all-inclusive hotel in Cancun, first opened its doors in August 2005. Two months later, it was completely destroyed by Hurricane Wilma, a deadly storm that caused severe devastation when it swept across the Yucatan Peninsula. It was a major blow to Le Blanc, as well as hundreds of other businesses that thrived on the thousands of visitors who came to Cancun for sunshine and luxury.

Yet, Le Blanc Spa Resort was not fazed. This AAA Five Diamond award winning property made a full comeback from Hurricane Wilma, rebuilding from the ground up. As a result, Le Blanc may even be better than ever.

Just stepping into Le Blanc Spa Resort is a treat for the senses. The soft color palate and intoxicating aromatherapy is enough to put one into an instant state of relaxation. Sprawl across one of Le Blanc’s many comfortable lobby couches or enjoy live classical music as it radiates from the main lounge. To further invigorate the senses, Le Blanc offers a complimentary hydrotherapy circuit for guests, alongside other spa services that cost extra.

Numerous celebrities have stayed at Le Blanc, including George Bush Jr. and Shakira. Perhaps it is because Le Blanc offers the most superior butler and personal concierge service in all of Cancun, making it the most luxurious all-inclusive option in town. Perhaps it is for the gourmet cuisine that can be enjoyed at any of Le Blanc’s five specialty restaurants, or maybe it is thanks to the twenty-four hour room service La Blanc has to offer.Le Blanc Cancun

For those who choose to stay in their rooms, they will find bubbling double whirlpool tubs, deluxe amenities including Bulgari CHI bath products, and digital televisions built into the bathroom mirrors. Those who venture outside may enjoy the resorts turtle release program, which was designed to aid this endangered species and help preserve the area’s natural habitat. Others may prefer Le Blanc’s incredible infinity pool that overlooks the crystal blue Caribbean Sea, or the spectacular Nichupteé Lagoon sunsets that create an explosion of color across the evening sky.

For those looking for the perfect place to wed, Le Blanc also offers a complimentary wedding package for couples that stay for a minimum of four nights. However, it doesn’t take long for guests to realize that four nights go by very quickly in paradise! It’s easy to see that Le Blanc Spa Resort is as luxurious as ever, and an ultimate escape in the heart of Cancun.

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Places to Visit in Paris

December 16, 2014

euro tripParis is one of the most famous cities in the world – a destination for lovers, designers, artists, and people who just want to experience a different way of life. Romantic, beautiful, and full of history, it is the perfect place to vacation to get just a little bit of everything. With so much to do, what are the best things to do? Start with this list:

1. The buildings and monuments are gorgeous – the Eiffel Tower is the most famous of monuments, but it is hardly the only one. The Arc de Triomphe, at the end of the Champs Elysees is absolutely stunning and another monument your children and friends back home will recognize. It is actually Notre Dame Cathedral, built in 1163, that is the most visited attraction in Paris. No trip would be complete without the Louvre and a glimpse at the Mona Lisa.

Tip: Look at the weather before and during visiting here – plan on seeing some of the indoor sights on days when the weather won’t be as great. It will be fuller those days, but with so much to do outside, it is worth it.

2. Pay attention to the history of the city – as it is very important to the culture. The Musee Carnavalet and the Musee de l’Armee are two very popular places to visits for insight into French–and, more importantly, Parisian–history. Carnavalet has different artifacts from medieval taimes, including furniture and clothing. Musee de l’Armee is all about the military history, perfect for any younger boys who would be interested in that sort of thing. Plus – you’ll get a ticket to see Napoleon’s tomb.

3. Shopping and fashion are the heartbeat of the city – go for the incredible sales, visit the great department stores Lafayette and Printemps, stroll along the Champs Elysees, or visit the annual fashion shows to get your fill of the latest and greatest styles. You can even find some great items at many second-hand shops that specialize in vintage pieces you will never have the chance to get again.

4. Visit the world’s most beautiful gardens – the Luxembourg Gardens is over 60 acres of free space for sunbathing, people watching, and romantic picnics. It also has some great areas for children to play in the water, ride ponies, and go on the merry-go-round. The gardens themselves are gorgeous and very well kept. You can even go inside the museum to see the 19th-century art that they have collected over time.

5. Walk on the morbid side – Pere LaChaise is one of the most famous graveyards in all of the world and is the final resting place to celebrities such as Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde. It’s a great place to visit, walk around, looking at the beautiful sculptures, and take a moment for clarity.

No matter what you do, make sure you take a walk around the streets of Paris and just absorb the culture, the people, and the experience. There is no place in the world like it and it is certainly one of the best spots in the world for a vacation.

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Keeping Busy While Stranded at an Airport

December 4, 2014

bad weather travelIf you were anything like me this past Thanksgiving and tried to get away for the holiday, there was a good chance you spent quite a bit of time at the airport due to flight delays and cancellations. When trying to fly out for any trip, there is always the potential of delays due to the weather or other things like mechanical problems with the plane. I remember about 5 years ago I was stuck at the airport in Dallas for 5 hours due to the pilots not being able to find a log book that they needed. If you have ever had to sit through a long delay while waiting for a flight, I’m sure you’ve gone through a lot of different emotions from frustration to maybe even anger. With my experience in delaying with my fair share of flight delays, these are some things that I do that you might consider doing to keep you preoccupied.

Back in the days before the advancements in technology, if you dealt with a flight delay there wasn’t as much for you to do. Now a days with iPads and smartphones, at your finger tips you have access to a bunch of different things from games to books. When traveling most people already pack their tablets and cell phones with them in their carry-ons but it is also important to pack the chargers. If there is the chance of you being stuck at the airport for hours, there is the possibility that your batteries could run out and leave you with nothing to do. Having your charger can help make sure that your devices won’t die on you and you can use it throughout the delay.

With dealing with flight delays, another thing that I try to do is walk around the terminal. There is only so much sitting you can do before you start getting antsy. Walking around is a great way to keep you occupied as well as being able to get some exercise. I know most airport terminals don’t offer much to look at when you’re walking around but the main point of doing this is to move around. When doing this though make sure you listen for any updates on your flight and don’t walk to far from your gate as you need to make sure you are there to board the plane when it is ready.

When it comes to dealing with a flight delay, there really aren’t a lot of options for you to do to get out quicker as it’s out of your hands. The important thing is to take it in stride and not get to stressed over it as it will only make things worse.

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