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  • Soufriere water front Soufriere water front

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      A small rather simple town on the west coast of St. Lucia, Soufriere does have its charms. The water front is rather picturesque although much of the downtoen is rather dilapidated. The resturants, several of which overlook the water, are fairly good and the resorts around the town are often very nice AND expensive.

       

       

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  • Soufriere water front Soufriere water front

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      A small rather simple town on the west coast of St. Lucia, Soufriere does have its charms. The water front is rather picturesque although much of the downtoen is rather dilapidated. The resturants, several of which overlook the water, are fairly good and the resorts around the town are often very nice AND expensive.

       

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  • La Haut Plantation pool La Haut Plantation pool

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      The view from the bar at La Haut Plantation over the pool and out to Les Pitons on the west coast of  St. Lucia.

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  • 10 Luxury Family Holiday Desti 10 Luxury Family Holiday Destinations 2014

    • From: dharmender
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      As travel to the four corners of the world has become more accessible, an abundance of choice has been created for the family traveller. Yet at the same time as the globe opens up, the options available for a rarefied experience narrow. 

      For family holiday makers in search of luxury, the chance to provide their children with culturally rich excursions that expand their world view are proving to be key drivers in determining choice. To help, here is a list of ten destinations that offer children and adults alike the chance to indulge in the luxury of experience in the maximum of comfort. 

      Barbados 

      The culture the exotic island of Barbados is defined by is its West African, British and Indian historical legacy. This ensures that cricket, afternoon tea and Christianity remain staple passions of the local Bajans, who need no excuse to proudly boast of the fact that there are more churches than bars on the island. 

      The aesthetic too is shaped by this legacy, as the old stone churches and sugar plantations characterise the scenery of this Caribbean gem as much as the glorious white sandy beaches and dreamy ocean views. In terms of luxury hotels, Sandy Lane provides a plethora of activities and facilities to cater for every family need. 
       

      Dubai 

      As recently as 20 years ago, Dubai as we know it simply didn’t exist. Now, however, it’s a bustling ever-changing metropolis set in the heart of the Persian Gulf. A destination of complete opposites, the tranquillity of the desert close by provides a taste of traditional Arabia that is of stark contrast to the ultra-modern shopping malls and extravagant opulence found in the city. 

      Excursions and activities for the whole family are integrated into Dubai’s vibrant tourist economy. For example, one of the most expensive and extravagant hotels found anywhere in the world, the Burj al Arab, now runs the the Jumeirah project; a turtle rehabilitation programme that in its final stage allows children to release the reinvigorated reptiles back into the sea. 

      Egypt 

      Since the dawn of its ancient civilisation Egypt is a country that has been synonymous with luxury. And with its wide range of world class hotels and facilities, this statement is as true today as it ever was. 

      For family travellers looking to indulge into the rich history of Egypt, the city of Luxor provides the ideal central location to plan your adventures from, with the Valley of the Kings nearby. Similarly, as Egypt is home to two of the Seven Wonders of the World in the form of The Great Pyramid of Giza and the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the timeless options for families in search of cultural enrichment are plentiful. 

      France 

      From the romance of Paris right through to the mountainous vistas of the Alps, France is home to a rich and varied landscape. In terms of culture, food and drink is central to the way of life. Therefore France is the perfect country to refine the palette of young and old, with dynamic markets, top class restaurants and hidden eateries aplenty.      

      The Evian resort, just 3km away from the gorgeous Lake Geneva on the Swiss border, provides a fantastic family choice regarding accommodation. For more information on the Evian resort and the activities on offer there, visitwww.totstoo.com/destinations. An additional consideration for those with a very young family intent on embarking on a foreign holiday is the relatively short travel times between the UK and destinations in France. 

      Italy 

      An expedition to Italy offers families a varied spectrum of classical ruins, impressive architecture and fine food, that as a collective represent an amalgamation of culture and history which any place in the world will struggle to compete with. 

      Venice and Florence are just two of many cities that offer a multitude of iconic and beautiful experiences. Whilst Lake Garda which resides within the foothills of the beautiful Dolomites, presents a package of gorgeous hotels, stunning scenery and outdoor pursuits to satisfy even the most demanding of luxury family holiday makers. 

      The United Kingdom 

      For those families with a large brood, travelling abroad in search of a luxury experience can be a daunting and stressful experience. This is why many are choosing keep their holiday plans restricted to local shores, as destinations can be reached simply by jumping in a car or on a train. 

      Rural escapes like the Yorkshire Moors, the Cotswolds and the Jurassic Coast provide rugged and beautiful landscapes full of adventure and opportunity for exploration. Furthermore, cities such as London and Liverpool offer vibrant, multicultural environments that provide an illustration of what defines modern Britain.  

      Seychelles 

      Even though the land mass is small, the Seychelles landscape is diverse, encompassing mountains, tropics, coral islands and  isolated beaches that are the epitome of paradise. For tourists that hold nature close to their hearts, the islands are home to the world renownedCousin Island Special Reserve, a national park teeming with wildlife that is famed for its approach to conservation and eco-tourism. 

      As tourism is the lifeblood of the island, there is a number of beautiful and facility laden hotels and resorts optimised for family comfort. All things considered, the Seychelles offers a unique opportunity for families to explore and absorb the rarest of things; paradise on earth. 

      Finnish Lapland 

      It’s not just the prospect of seeing Father Christmas that makes Finnish Lapland a magical family holiday prospect. Situated near the Arctic Circle, the country is one of the few places on earth that is ideal for viewing the spectacular skies that the Northern Lights produce. 

      Surrounded by amazing alpine surrounding, Hotel Kakslauttanen presents the perfect winter bolthole complete with a range of family-centric activities nearby. These include snow rides led by both huskies and reindeers that traverse icy roads and a possible visit toSanta’s resort.

      It goes without saying that for the best experience families should visit during the festive period, and although this will be expensive, children will be provided with an experience they will never forget. 

      Oman 

      Sweeping deserts and idyllic coastlines provide the unadulterated beauty that has seen Oman fittingly referred to as the Jewell of Arabia. Juxtaposing modernity and tradition the country of Oman delivers a holiday experience that is unique to anywhere in the world. Although because of the extreme heat experienced in the summer months, the best time to visit Oman is between October and March. 

      The influx of wealth to the country has ensured that holidaymakers are able to enjoy access to an innumerable range of world-class, child-friendly facilities, which include resorts, shopping districts, attractions and hotels that cater for every family need conceivable. The most accessible part of the Oman coast resides near the capital of Muscat, where there is the opportunity to embark on dolphin watching tours that will cast each generation in a state of awe and provide an unforgettable experience.  

      Greece 

      For children who are old enough to appreciate it, a visit to Greece offers the chance to appreciate the uniquely rich cultural heritage of a country that has shaped much of what continues to define western civilisation. 

       

      Made up of over 2,000 islands, Greece includes golden sandy beaches, seafront taverns and amazing hotels, including Westin Resort Costa Navarino. From here families can engage in water sports and other activities, as well as using it as a hub for nearby excursions which take in the countries rich historical legacy. 

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  • Get your motor running: 5 grea Get your motor running: 5 great motorcycle trips

    • From: Emmsey90
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      Produced by writer, blogger and journalist Matthew Crist in association with road traffic solicitor Motor Defence Lawyers.

       It’s something that most four wheeled motorists may not understand.

      But the thrill of riding some of the most bike friendly roads in the world, just you and your “steel horse” for company, is one of the greatest experiences known to man, woman or beast.

      If the bypass on the way to work, or an evening jaunt on the expressway, just aren’t doing it for you – here are five of the most spectacular and thrilling routes available for the ultimate thrill seeker.

      Snowdonia National Park

      Starting in Shropshire on the border between England and Wales, you will ride north on a route dotted with splendid views and fascinating history. After a slow, twisty start, this route runs through a predominantly rural area with stunning scenery on all sides. On a clear day you’ll glimpse views of the magnificent Mount Snowdon, as well as its surrounding peaks.

      The area is dotted with Edward I's still imposing castles, such as Harlech and Caernarfon, the latter of which is a world heritage site. You can even get the Snowdonia Mountain Railway to the top if you’re feeling the strain after the twists and turns of the A5.

      Pacific Coast Highway, USA

      This is one of the most famous road trips going and presents beaches, cliffs, redwood forests, sleepy seaside towns and world-class dining along this snaking and undulating road that can provide thrilling sport riding and more relaxed cruising.

      As one of the best known routes in the world, expect to see plenty of other riders out there, as well as getting caught behind the usual caravans and mobile homes.

      Ceuta to Marrakesh, North Africa

      Bikers on this route venture along an exotic corridor of ancient citadels, bazaars and desert landscapes. After rolling off the ferry at Ceuta, riders travel through the wild Rif Mountains to Fez then climb the, sometimes snow-capped Atlas Mountains, to hit the Sahara at Erfoud.

      Meandering west through the Todra Gorge, the route passes palm groves and the imperial city of Marrakesh and all this historic venue has to offer. Bikers attempting to complete the loop would do well to remember it’s another 200 miles back to Ceuta via Casablanca – but well worth the trip.

      Trollstigen, Norway

      Trollstigen is a mountain road in Rauma, part of the route connecting Soggeberget and Valldal. It has an incredibly steep incline of 9% and no fewer than eleven hairpin bends, all up a steep mountain side. The road was opened on July 31, 1936, by King Haakon VII after 8 years of construction. The road up is narrow with many sharp hairpins, and although it has been widened in recent years, vehicles over 12.4 metres long are prohibited from driving the road – making it perfect for motorbike riders.

      Umbrailpass, Italy

      The Umbrail Pass, on the Swiss-Italian border, connects Santa Maria in Val Müstair with Bormio in the Adda valley. The Passo dell'Umbrail ascent is 13 km in length, which climbs over 1,000 meters. On the Italian side, it connects to the main highway, which connects the Stelvio Pass.

      Snow capped mountains. Lush green hills and incredibly clean Alpine air. It’s all here for the rider to take in on this epic journey, with plenty of places to stop and take in the breathtaking scenery. With such a steep climb, look on the Brightside - it’s all downhill once you reach the summit. 

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  • Florida West Coast Florida West Coast

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      Florida's West Coast shore birds are wonderful to see at sunset

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  • Great holiday rental in the be Great holiday rental in the best spa resorts in France !

    • From: Sylviespa
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      New : Many resorts have kids club,  relax, indulge yourself

       

      “A week in Provence” Escape to holiday spa resort Domaine Fayence (kids club)

      Fayence is a traditional Provençal village with narrow streets, perched on a hill, only 40 minutes away from the sea and beaches and from the Verdon canyon. It is a lively resort, famous for its arts and crafts boutiques.

      High standard private complex located in 25 acres of oak and pine woodland and designed in the style of a small Provençal village with pedestrian streets, squares and fountains, 3km from the centre of Fayence itself. The accommodation is at La Bastide des Claux (traditional picturesque holiday homes with colourful façades).

      While the kids are happy playing, get pampered in our Spa centre (600m², sauna, steam room, gym, indoor treatment pool etc.) Enjoy Aqua-aerobics, massages, beauty treatments while the kids are catered for at the club.

      from 347 /week   (Short breaks available).

      More details here

       

      Holiday Cottages in Loire Valley : visit the famous chateaux of the Loire valley !   

      The Loire Valley is listed as a World Heritage site for its magnificent 160 Renaissance chateaux. Azay le Rideau is a small town located 25km south west of Tours and is best known for its splendid Renaissance Chateau surrounded on three sides by the tree-lined river.

       

      The Holiday resort “jardins Renaissance” is a village of about one hundred recently built holiday homes divided into hamlets, approx. 800m from the centre of Azay-le-Rideau (all amenities), 1.5km from the nearest supermarket.

      All our apartments are full equipped with all mods & cons, and can sleep from 4 to 8 persons.

       

      Facilities include an Indoor heated swimming pool and small paddling pool – free, a Spa center with Sauna, steam room and a wide range of spa treatments and massages. You can also play tennis.

      From 199€ / week or  102 € for 2 nights cottage 4 persons

      More details here

      Holiday Resort Camargue : Kids are Happy, parents can relax !

      Going south, to the Camargue region on the Mediterranean coast, famous for its wild horses, bulls and flamingos, Port Camargue is a lively resort boasting one of the largest marinas in Europe. This is an ideal destination for a family or activity holiday.

      You will enjoy the atmosphere and services of a Mediterranean holiday village. Accommodation is made of one storey cottages spread in a Mediterranean park of 5ha among pine trees, lavender and olive trees. Park is fully pedestrian with direct access to the beach.

      Facilities include : Outdoor swimming pool and paddling pool, Tennis court, volleyball court, beach volleyball, Teen Clubs (13 to 18s), Children’s play area.

      Relax and indulge yourself in our Spa Balnéo Center : Sauna, whirlpool  or Spa treatments and massages at your disposal.

      Prices from 203€ per week  or 94€ for 2 nights

      weekly stay Loire Valley

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  • Vacation rentals in spa resrot Vacation rentals in spa resrots in France , delicious !

    • From: Sylviespa
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      Your holiday rental in the best spa resorts in France !

      New : Many resorts have kids club,  relax, indulge yourself

       

      A week in Provence” Escape to holiday spa resort Domaine Fayence (kids club)

      Fayence is a traditional Provençal village with narrow streets, perched on a hill, only 40 minutes away from the sea and beaches and from the Verdon canyon. It is a lively resort, famous for its arts and crafts boutiques.

      High standard private complex located in 25 acres of oak and pine woodland and designed in the style of a small Provençal village with pedestrian streets, squares and fountains, 3km from the centre of Fayence itself. The accommodation is at La Bastide des Claux (traditional picturesque holiday homes with colourful façades).

      While the kids are happy playing, get pampered in our Spa centre (600m², sauna, steam room, gym, indoor treatment pool etc.) Enjoy Aqua-aerobics, massages, beauty treatments while the kids are catered for at the club.

      from 347 /week   (Short breaks available).

      More details here

       

       

      Holiday Cottages in Loire Valley : visit the famous chateaux of the Loire valley !   

      The Loire Valley is listed as a World Heritage site for its magnificent 160 Renaissance chateaux. Azay le Rideau is a small town located 25km south west of Tours and is best known for its splendid Renaissance Chateau surrounded on three sides by the tree-lined river.

       

      The Holiday resort “jardins Renaissance” is a village of about one hundred recently built holiday homes divided into hamlets, approx. 800m from the centre of Azay-le-Rideau (all amenities), 1.5km from the nearest supermarket.

      All our apartments are full equipped with all mods & cons, and can sleep from 4 to 8 persons.

       

      Facilities include an Indoor heated swimming pool and small paddling pool – free, a Spa center with Sauna, steam room and a wide range of spa treatments and massages. You can also play tennis.

      From 199€ / week or  102 € for 2 nights cottage 4 persons

      More details here

       

      Holiday Resort Camargue : Kids are Happy, parents are Happy and relaxed !

      Going south, to the Camargue region on the Mediterranean coast, famous for its wild horses, bulls and flamingos, Port Camargue is a lively resort boasting one of the largest marinas in Europe. This is an ideal destination for a family or activity holiday.

      You will enjoy the atmosphere and services of a Mediterranean holiday village. Accommodation is made of one storey cottages spread in a Mediterranean park of 5ha among pine trees, lavender and olive trees. Park is fully pedestrian with direct access to the beach.

      Facilities include : Outdoor swimming pool and paddling pool, Tennis court, volleyball court, beach volleyball, Teen Clubs (13 to 18s), Children’s play area.

      Relax and indulge yourself in our Spa Balnéo Center : Sauna, whirlpool  or Spa treatments and massages at your disposal.

      Prices from 203€ per week  or 94€ for 2 nights

      More details here

       

      In need of inspiration ?   visit our section “Inspire me” and tell us your wish

       

      Your family spa holiday from 199 € per week

      Click here to book

       

      Destination Wellness France

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      Destination Wellness.com is the No1 travel portal specialized in Spa and Wellness holidays in France. Check our best deals on spa breaks, holiday rentals or luxury campsites with spa in the most beautiful regions of France.

      We offer you the best Spa holidays at an affordable price in charming Spa hotels or Holiday resorts for 2, 3 or 7 nights combined with cultural, sports or leisure activities  :  wine, gastronomy, golf, skiing, city breaks, romantic weekends to give you a real taste of the French art de vivre !

       

       

       

       

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  • Vernazza from the footpath Vernazza from the footpath

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      At the time I took this, Vernazza and Cinqueterra had yet to be discovered. What makes these five towns along the west coast of italy worth noting is the footpath that connects them, rising and falling among vineyards and herds of goats. Some of the towns are inaccesible by car which only adds to their charm (you can get there by train). I rented an apartment with a million dollar view atop neighboring Monterossa  for a mere $15 a night...but those days are gone!

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  • Wind on the Beach Wind on the Beach

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      Where the D river meets the Pacific Ocean in Lincoln City, Oregon is where you will find one of the biggest, flattest and windiest beaches in the West.  An almost constant breeze makes this one of the best places to fly a kite of most any size by kite fliers of most any size.

      Besides kite watching, the beach is a treasure trove of riches from the sea.  Only 11 ft. above sea level, tides wash the sand clean every day and deposit a new supply of shells, sea stones, and sea life in return.

      measuring over 300 ft. wide and 7 1/2 miles long,. this is the beach for everyone.

      Oh yes, you can fish, swim, surf, and even walk out over 50 ft into the low surf, then let the tide chase you inland where you build a toasty fire with old driftwood.  Doesn't get any better.

       

       

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  • Everyone loves kites Everyone loves kites

    • From: BobM1845
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      Where the D river meets the Pacific Ocean in Lincoln City, Oregon is where you will find one of the biggest, flattest and windiest beaches in the West.  An almost constant breeze makes this one of the best places to fly a kite of most any size by kite fliers of most any size.

      Besides kite watching, the beach is a treasure trove of riches from the sea.  Only 11 ft. above sea level, tides wash the sand clean every day and deposit a new supply of shells, sea stones, and sea life in return.

      measuring over 300 ft. wide and 7 1/2 miles long,. this is the beach for everyone.

      Oh yes, you can fish, swim, surf, and even walk out over 50 ft into the low surf, then let the tide chase you inland where you build a toasty fire with old driftwood.  Doesn't get any better.

       

       

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  • Where the D river meets the Pa Where the D river meets the Pacific

    • From: BobM1845
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      Where the D river meets the Pacific Ocean in Lincoln City, Oregon is where you will find one of the biggest, flattest and windiest beaches in the West.  An almost constant breeze makes this one of the best places to fly a kite of most any size by kite fliers of most any size.

      Besides kite watching, the beach is a treasure trove of riches from the sea.  Only 11 ft. above sea level, tides wash the sand clean every day and deposit a new supply of shells, sea stones, and sea life in return.

      measuring over 300 ft. wide and 7 1/2 miles long,. this is the beach for everyone.

      Oh yes, you can fish, swim, surf, and even walk out over 50 ft into the low surf, then let the tide chase you inland where you build a toasty fire with old driftwood.  Doesn't get any better.

       

       

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  • South of D Sands South of D Sands

    • From: BobM1845
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      Where the D river meets the Pacific Ocean in Lincoln City, Oregon is where you will find one of the biggest, flattest and windiest beaches in the West.  An almost constant breeze makes this one of the best places to fly a kite of most any size by kite fliers of most any size.

      Besides kite watching, the beach is a treasure trove of riches from the sea.  Only 11 ft. above sea level, tides wash the sand clean every day and deposit a new supply of shells, sea stones, and sea life in return.

      measuring over 300 ft. wide and 7 1/2 miles long,. this is the beach for everyone.

      Oh yes, you can fish, swim, surf, and even walk out over 50 ft into the low surf, then let the tide chase you inland where you build a toasty fire with old driftwood.  Doesn't get any better.

       

       

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  • Kite weather Kite weather

    • From: BobM1845
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      Where the D river meets the Pacific Ocean in Lincoln City, Oregon is where you will find one of the biggest, flattest and windiest beaches in the West.  An almost constant breeze makes this one of the best places to fly a kite of most any size by kite fliers of most any size.

      Besides kite watching, the beach is a treasure trove of riches from the sea.  Only 11 ft. above sea level, tides wash the sand clean every day and deposit a new supply of shells, sea stones, and sea life in return.

      measuring over 300 ft. wide and 7 1/2 miles long,. this is the beach for everyone.

      Oh yes, you can fish, swim, surf, and even walk out over 50 ft into the low surf, then let the tide chase you inland where you build a toasty fire with old driftwood.  Doesn't get any better.

       

       

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  • The D Sands The D Sands

    • From: BobM1845
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      Where the D river meets the Pacific Ocean in Lincoln City, Oregon is where you will find one of the biggest, flattest and windiest beaches in the West.  An almost constant breeze makes this one of the best places to fly a kite of most any size by kite fliers of most any size.

      Besides kite watching, the beach is a treasure trove of riches from the sea.  Only 11 ft. above sea level, tides wash the sand clean every day and deposit a new supply of shells, sea stones, and sea life in return.

      measuring over 300 ft. wide and 7 1/2 miles long,. this is the beach for everyone.

      Oh yes, you can fish, swim, surf, and even walk out over 50 ft into the low surf, then let the tide chase you inland where you build a toasty fire with old driftwood.  Doesn't get any better.

       

       

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  • Boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ Boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ

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      Growing up in NE Philly, I, like almost everyone else, spent weekends and vacations at the "Jersey Shore." I flew back from the west coast for my 25th high school reunion (note the letter jackets) and spent a night back in Wildwood, where we spent Senior Week 25 years before. Wildwood is a great beach town with a 2.5-mile boardwalk boasting thrill rides, vintage World Fair tram cars, pizza stands, and eye candy for hours.

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  • Cayman Islands - Cobalt Coast Cayman Islands - Cobalt Coast Resort

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      Located in Grand Cayman this Resort is "Off The Beaten Path" 10 mintues North of Georgetown in a quite local village of West Bay. The famous 7 Mile Beach is 5 minutes and the Turtle Farm attraction is 3 minutes. The snorkeling and scuba diving is some of the best in the Caribbean right out front of this Resort.

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  • Seattle Seattle

    • From: hoosierfan1997
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      Set between two major mountain ranges, the Olympics and the Cascades, with the Puget Sound's fjord-like waters to the west and massive Lake Washington to the east, Seattle has one of the most dramatic settings of any city in the country.

      The frequent moody cloud cover can hide those jagged mountains but on clear days 14,411-foot (4297 meter) Mount Rainier can be seen from the city. Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a short stay in the northwestern U.S. city.


      Friday
      6 p.m. - If the clouds have lifted even a bit, there's no better place to watch the sunset over Elliott Bay than from the Seattle Art Museum's nine-acre Olympic Sculpture Park on the downtown waterfront. Besides wandering about the 20 sculptures from major artists like Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson and Richard Serra, you can enjoy further views of the changeable bay by strolling along the paved trail through nearby Myrtle Edwards Park.


      7 p.m. - Head up to the Capitol Hill neighborhood and start the weekend with cocktails at Tavern Law, named by GQ Magazine as one of the 25 best bars in America.


      There are plenty of handcrafted cocktails to enjoy in the Prohibition-era surroundings, but celebrate the start of your getaway with a custom champagne cocktail. Peruse the menu. The oxtail banh mi sandwich, based on Vietnamese tradition, will give you a taste of the Pacific Rim influence that figures in so many Seattle menus.


      9 p.m. - Seattle takes its jazz seriously and there's no better spot than Dimitriou's Jazz Alley downtown to hear it. With any luck, a musician like Grammy Award-winning Arturo Sandoval will be holding court. Or maybe you'll catch the funky horn-driven Tower of Power.


      Saturday
      9 a.m. - Fortify yourself for the day ahead with one of the best Mexican breakfasts anywhere at Senor Moose in the lively Ballard neighborhood. The crowded restaurant offers breakfast specialties culled from regions throughout Mexico. Try the outstanding huevos motuleos with black beans inspired by the Yucatan breakfast staple. Even though it's early, go ahead and get an order of the flawless guacamole and chips. It's surprisingly good with a cup of Senor Moose's strong coffee.

      11 a.m. - Get a sense of Ballard's historic status as Seattle's Scandinavian neighborhood at the Nordic Heritage Museum and at stops such as the shop Scandinavian Specialties, where you can pick up house-made cured meats, homemade Swedish meatballs and a bowl of traditional yellow split pea soup.


      Ballard also has a lively shopping scene.  KAVU, a local Seattle clothing and gear company, offers the quintessential Northwest look, with hip interpretations of outdoorsy style clothes. Stop at The Secret Garden Bookshop which has a carefully chosen selection of books for children and adults. For lunch, head to the nearby Ray's Boathouse Cafe with views for which Seattle is famous, along with the seafood.


      3 p.m. - Spend the next two hours absorbing more of Asia's influence on Seattle at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. The museum, which is situated in lovely Volunteer Park, showcases exquisite art from various centuries and numerous counties in Asia.

      5 p.m. - Continue your exploration of Seattle's hot cocktail scene at the Zig Zag Cafe tucked away behind the Pike Place Market. Try the One Legged Duck, a blend of Rye Whiskey, Dubonnet, Mandarine Napoleon and Fernet Branca. Order a plate of marinated olives to go with it, or try the cheese plate. Much of the food on the menu is sourced at the Pike Place Market.

      7 p.m. - Since you're already at Pike Place, head to Matt's in the Market on the third floor of the Corner Market Building, where the food matches the view. Meat lovers can try the Pork Belly Confit with kimchi broth. For those who prefer seafood try the clams with chorizo and cava or order anything with Dungeness crab or perhaps some oysters on the half shell. For a larger plate try the seafood stew.


      9 p.m. - For a great evening head to the Triple Door in the heart of downtown Seattle, which offers music ranging from pop chanteuse crooners to Apple Jam, a group presenting a critically praised tribute to the Beatles.  A great wine list is available, along with excellent cocktails and Southeast Asian inspired plates. The satays are a perennial favorite.

       


      Sunday

      10 a.m. - For brunch try Salty's at Alki in West Seattle. It can be crowded, but the views and lavish assortment of Northwest foods on offer more than make up for it, including piles of Dungeness crab and smoked salmon, along with brunch staples like Eggs Benedict and Belgian waffles. Afterwards walk for miles along the waterfront through Alki, Seattle's premiere people watching neighborhood and beach scene. Seals often pop their heads up here, and you'll see ferries chugging off to local islands.

      1 p.m. - Seattle is a book lover's town, and readers have many fine bookstores to visit. Seattle Mystery Bookshop in historic Pioneer Square is one of the best and offers both new and used books. Passionate, friendly staff can help you find the perfect read.

      For an excellent general selection, Elliott Bay Book Company on Capitol Hill has the goods, many with staff recommendations, plus a great selection of unique cards. It's easy to lose yourself in the stacks, so keep an eye on the clock if you need catch a flight.

       

       

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      With booming family-friendly popularity, Seattle is an urban playground with wide open appeal for outdoor lovers. If you enjoy tall emerald forests and city parks, stunning views of distant snow-capped mountains and miles of Puget-Sound open water, you'll love Seattle. While many know Seattle as the rain capital, Seattleites boast their city actually gets less annual rain than New York or Miami. A little drizzle is no reason to miss out on exploring -- especially in summer.

       

      Most city attractions for kids are clustered at Seattle Center, a 74-acre downtown venue with the Space Needle, Children's Museum, Children's Theatre, Pacific Science Center, Experience Music Project and an indoor-outdoor amusement park. Large event fests are here; make sure to bring strollers for the little ones.

      ·         Pike Place Market. The nine-acre Market, which opened on August 17, 1907 according to its website (http://www.pikeplacemarket.com) is can't- miss for all ages as the city's heart and soul. The Market is a free National Historic District with more than 250 businesses, 100 farmers, 200 arts and craftspeople and open daily. Arrive at 10 a.m. to beat crowds. Mondays and Tuesdays are best for crafts; Wednesday-Sundays showcase amazing fresh produce. Kids love their photo with Rachel, the iconic life-sized bronze piggy. She's under the central Market clock by Pike Place Fish, where singing fishmongers throw fish.

      ·         Space Needle. This symbol of the 1962 World's Fair has an observation tower ("O Deck") at 520 feet high. Kids love scoping out Mount Rainier on free telescopes. SkyQ's interactive experience, with five touch-screen kiosks, entertains all. An often-crowded gift shop sells noteworthy souvenirs. Kids 3 and under free; kids ages 4-13 pay $9, ages 14-64 pay $16 and people over 65 years old pay $14.

      ·         Seattle Aquarium. While gazing into a 120,000-gallon aquarium, kids of all ages are astonished as they also see colorful salmon, rockfish, sea anemones and native Washington marine life. Also, there's storytelling for the youngest. On the waterfront at Pier 59, down a flight of stairs from Pike Place Market. It gets crowded, so arrive at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 3 and under are admitted for free. Admission for youth (ages 4-12) is $10.50, and admission for adults is $16.

      ·         Pacific Science Center. This hands-on, six-acre facility is great for elementary-aged kids, with interactive exhibits and live science demonstrations. A tropical butterfly area is popular for all ages. Also, IMax movies, laser tag and the Planetarium offer an educational, yet fun way of showing kids information. Prices range from $17-$23 for adults and $10-$13 for kids.

      ·         Woodland Park Zoo. Its naturalistic settings rank the 92-acre Woodland Park among the country's top zoos with appeal to all animal lovers. Chilean flamingos, an African savanna, tropical rain forest, and covered activities such as parakeets feeding provide a full day's entertainment. Bring dollar bills for rides on an old-fashioned carousel (merry-go-round). Admission depends on the time of year. Kids under age 2 are admitted for free; admission for adults (October-April) is $11 and $16.50 during summer months. Admission for kids ages 3 through 12 is $11 during summer months and $8 the rest of the year. Be sure to rent a wagon (near admission entrance).

      ·         Experience Music Project Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. One of the world's largest collections of memorabilia from Seattle icon Jimi Hendrix. EMPSFM appeals to rockers, high school teens and parents who remember Hendrix. It celebrates American popular music genres. Also, a SpinKids Station amuses young kids. Kids ages 4 and under are admitted for free. Admission for youth (ages 5-17) is $12, and admission for adults is $15.

      ·         Tillicum Village & Tours. For a memorable four-hour evening, take a late afternoon cruise to scenic Blake Island State Park, birthplace of Chief Seattle, for a Northwest Coast Native American dance presentation. An all-you-can-eat traditional salmon bake dinner is yummy. Board from downtown waterfront's Pier 55. Kids under 4, free; kids aged 5-12 pay $30 and adults pay $79.95.

      ·         Bainbridge Island. Board a downtown Seattle walk-on ferry (about $7 roundtrip, no reservations) at downtown's Pier 52 for a 35-minute ride to charming 28-square-mile Bainbridge Island. It's a fun day trip for the family. Enjoy ice cream, coffees, lunch or picnic. Bring a stroller.

      ·         Olympic Sculpture Park. This free, downtown nine-acre sculpture park is a great spot to view Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains scenery. A z-shaped path rambles among permanent and rotating sculptures. Great for a picnic lunch with treats picked up from shops at nearby Pike Place Market.

      ·         Alki Beach Park. Kids love this true sandy free beach park, with a 2.5-mile pedestrian walkway. It's where the first white settlers arrived in Seattle in 1851. Catch a Metro Bus (Route 56) a block from Pike Place Market. Water temps average 46 to 56 degrees Fahrenheit.

      ·         University District Farmers market. Washington's largest "farmer's only" market is also Seattle's oldest market, taking place every Saturday throughout the year. Sample local farm foods and watch chef demonstrations. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. near University of Washington.

      ·         Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Kids love watching salmon climb up a fish ladder or catching a glimpse of a sea lion from a viewing window. Also known as the Ballard Locks, the locks raise and lower boats between fresh and salt water.

      ·         Downtown parking is expensive and is challenging to find. Keep it simple -- walk, ride Metro Buses or take a cab.

      ·         One-way streets and steady construction can cause direction confusion; ask for directions.

      ·         The city's scenic waterfront-area hills are steep. Pack each family member's most comfortable shoes.

      ·         At dusk, avoid historic Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market areas (hangouts for rowdy, alcohol-slugging vagrants).

      ·         During late spring and summer, throngs of visitors and cruise passengers frequent popular spots; arrive early in the morning. Arrange a meeting place if family members get separated.

      ·         Summer air conditioning is scarce, so plan accordingly. November kicks off the cool rainy season. In winter, dusk arrives come late afternoon.

       

      Other things things you should know

      ·         Seattle's Visitor Center and Concierge Services have free bookings and reservations for dining, tours, and transportation. Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Washington State Convention & Trade Center's Upper Pike Street lobby, 7th and Pike streets. 206-461-5800.

      ·         Most top children's attractions are conveniently located near Seattle Center, a 74-acre urban park, including the Space Needle, the modernistic 1962 World's Fair landmark.

      ·         Seattle's climate is refreshing from July through September. Pack a light jacket or sweater, but most humidity-free temps range from 50s Fahrenheit to the 80s.

      ·         Dressy attire not required. Seattle is casual and laid-back, with layered comfort a fashion standard.\

      ·         Multiple public parks, with green space for running and hiking (some with beaches) offer kid-friendly places for dissipating energy.

      ·         Caught in a downpour? Cool weather? The towering, downtown flagship REI, billed as the world's premier outdoor gear store, has a 65-foot freestanding indoor climbing wall. (Residents typically shun umbrellas).

      ·         At Pike Place Information Booth, corner of Pike Street and 1st Avenue, buy half-priced concert and play tickets for day of performance.

      ·         While walking downtown, have kids look for Seattle's iconic bronze pigs. Take pictures.

      ·         During the winter, rent a car for the day and take the kids skiing. Crystal Mountain has the state's highest vertical drop, along with scenic chairlift rides, hiking trails and biking trails (www.skicrystal.com). Also, the Summit at Snoqualmie has easy accessibility and lessons, both skiing and snowboarding, for adults and kids (www.summitatsnoqualmie.com).

      ·         Plan picnics after visits to the Pike Place Market area. Fresh fruits, cheese, meats and sweet treat food choices are abundant. Don't miss Beecher's for cheese near the market; kids love the homemade mac and cheese on a cool day.

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