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  • Sightseeing places in Dubai fo Sightseeing places in Dubai for children- 7 attractions your kids would love

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      Dubai is a place where both adults and kids can have fun! It is one of the best holiday destinations in the world and one that has been invented almost entirely by man. From the Palm Island Beach to the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) to Burj Al Arab (the only 7-star hotel in the world) - all the major Dubai attractions are manmade. And there is a lot in store for children too!

      So, here are the top places to visit in Dubai for children:

      Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates: Mall of the Emirates is one of the most famous shopping complexes in the city. Its biggest claim to fame is the Indoor skiing facility where your children can indulge in snow-fights or learn skiing or snowboarding! These are real snow, so you must laud the arrangements! Oh ya, it will be slightly expensive but worth the money!

      Wild Wadi Park: Wild Wadi Park is a water park which is located by the Jumeirah Beach. It is an all-fun place with some daring rides and slides. While the kids certainly would love this place, even their parents will have a memorable outing.

      Children’s City: If your kids are aged between two and fifteen, then make sure to take them to Children’s City. Apart from offering entertainment, this place will also educate the kids since there are attractions and exhibits themed on science, anatomy, nature and astronomy!

      Wonderland: Wonderland is another top amusement park where families can have a splash! Situated beside the Dubai Creek Park, its water slides and dry rides would make your kids extremely happy.

      Desert safari: If you are looking for some really unique places to visit in Dubai, then you can also head for a desert safari! Board a camel and sail through the arid lands of infinite sand! It would be an experience which your kids won’t forget in a rush.

      Dubai Museum: We personally feel that fathers should take their kids to museums! A trip to historic museums can open their mind to new horizons and also entertain them. Dubai Museum is home to a number of artifacts, tools and weapons from the past. It could enlighten your children with the local culture and history.

      Others: Some of the other attractions for kids are Dolphinarium (where dolphins rule), Dubailand, Encounter Zone and Magic Planet. 

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  • 11 Days Experience China Tour 11 Days Experience China Tour to Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Shanghai

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      Day 1

      Arrival Beijing
      Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
      Meals: No Meals 
      Accommodation: In Beijing

      Beijing, China capital and one of the great travel destinations of the World, offers sights and cultural relics found no where else on Earth. The city has a character all its own; there are quadrangles, small alleys, tricycle, boiled mutton, roasted duck, arts and crafts, Peking Opera, The Great Wall, the 2008 Olympics venue and a vibrancy that is the distinctive flavor of Beijing.
       

      Day 2

      Beijing
      Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit Tiananmen Square, the World largest urban square and the Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Then visit the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. Peking Opera is available for your optional night entertainment.
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
      Accommodation: In Beijing

      Forbidden CityAs the biggest city center square in the world, Tiananmen Square covering 44 hectares in the heart of Beijing. It is the place where history-changing events and ceremonies occurred. A few steps away, come to visit the Forbidden City, which was the Imperial Palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties and, it is one of the largest, and certainly the most completely restored, ancient architectural complex in the world. Walk in the footsteps of Emperors; come to the museum and see with your eyes, and feel with your hearts; you'll begin understand what life in this richest of feudal realms was like for the Imperial Rulers, their concubines and their slaves.

      After enjoying a delicious lunch, continue on to the Temple of Heaven. Departing from the Imperial vermilion and gold hues of the Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven is decorated in blue, the color of the Heavens. The perfect harmony between the architectural environment and nature can be felt here; you might easily imagine the vivid spectacle of a great sacrifice to the Heavens for a good harvest. The magnificent Hall of Prayer of Good Harvest is one of the most important and impressive building in China.

      In the evening, we offer you an opportunity to enjoy Peking Opera as an optional activity. Expert performers convey powerful emotions to the audience through song, dance, facial make-up, exquisite masks and costume, skilled use of body language and sympathetically integrated musical accompaniment.
       

      Day 3

      Beijing
      Today you will have the opportunity to traverse the ancient steps of Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall first, then Ming Tombs (Changling Tomb), the once lavish burial chambers of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Peking Roasted Duck is available for your optional dinner.
      Meals:
      Breakfast, Lunch
      Accommodation:
      In Beijing

      Mutianyu Great WallMutianyu Great Wall was first built in the mid-6th century during the Northern Qi, making it older than the Badaling section.  It is connected with Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi and Jinshanling in the east. In 1569, the Mutianyu Great Wall was rebuilt, mainly with granite and is one of the best-preserved sections with the largest construction scale and best quality among all sections of Great Wall, being 7-8 meters high and 4-5 meters wide with 22 watchtowers on this 2,250-meter-long section. It served as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs.

      Then, you will have chance to visit the Ming Tombs which located in the northern suburbs of Beijing. Altogether there are thirteen tombs of Ming Dynasty Emperors from the period after the capital was moved from Nanjing to Beijing. You visit the Changling Tomb, burial site of Emperor Yong Le, the biggest and first built at this historic site. The Lingsi Palace in Changling Tomb's second yard really deserves a visit. This is unique, a magnificent palace made of camphor wood. The ceiling is colorfully painted and supported by sixteen solid camphor posts. The floor is decorated with gold bricks.

      For today dinner, how about taste the famous Peking Roasted Duck, as it is the best-known dish in Beijing. It is very tender and unforgettably delicious. You will visit a local restaurant to enjoy a full meal and learn the proper way to experience Peking Roasted Duck. From the whole roasted duck to the soup of duck bones, you will enjoy a banquet made from every part of the duck. Moreover, the chef will demonstrate his skill of cutting the skin of the duck for your entertainment.
       

      Day 4

      Beijing    Xian
      In the morning, take a Hutong Tour by rickshaw to visit the ancient lanes and alleyways of Beijing. Be transferred to the airport for the flight to Xian in the afternoon.
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
      Accommodation: In Xian

      HutongIf exploring the Forbidden City has improved your understanding of the lifestyles of China ancient Imperial Court, then this relaxing Hutong Tour will give you an insight into the lives of ordinary Chinese people and reveal their social culture in today Beijing City. The narrow streets of old Beijing are known as Hutongs. You will take a pedicab tour along the Hutongs and see the 100-year-old houses, courtyards and a vanishing way of life in today's Beijing.

      Wonderful time always passes so quickly, in the afternoon, you have to take a flight to Xian, the city that steeped in history and still giving up secrets, is your gateway to ancient Chinese civilization. In its 3,100 recorded years of evolution, it has been home to 13 dynasties. Xian was also the end of civilization for those setting out on the famous Silk Road. Today Xian is a vibrant, modern city, but surrounded by history, even underfoot! So there can be no underground railways due to the obligation to preserve the wealth of ancient treasure still awaiting discovery.
       

      Day 5

      Xian
      Enjoy your full day visit to the Terracotta Warriors, one of the world most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation and the massive City Wall. Before dinner, have a nice walk in the North Square to view the fully illuminated Big Wild Goose Pagoda. There is also the option to attend fantastic Tang Dynasty Show (dinner included).
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
      Accommodation: In Xian

      Terracotta WarriorsAs an ancient capital city to 13 dynasties, Xian has a rich recorded history, frequently enhanced by the evidence of new discoveries, like the 1974 unearthing of the fabulous Terracotta Warriors, the long forgotten army created to guard Emperor Qin Shihuang's tomb. In accordance with ancient beliefs, this grand project was mounted at enormous cost by the cruel and tyrannical Emperor, only to be attacked, plundered, burnt and buried after his funeral by the peasants who'd labored under the whip to build it. Then, over two thousand years later, this 'Eighth Wonder of the World' was rediscovered by farmers digging a well. The fine troops, horses and carriages in battle formation are a National ancient art treasure. Three excavation pits are now opened to the public and a fourth is nearing completion. You can, like US President Clinton, now gaze in wonder upon this historic site, listed by UNESCO in 1987 as a world cultural heritage.

      The first landmark visitors will encounter in Xian is the ancient City Wall, which stretches round the old city. Xian was always a walled city, and today wall represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. The first city wall of Chang'an was begun in 194 BCE. The existing wall was started during the Ming Dynasty in 1370; it is massive, measuring 13.7 km in circumference, 12 m in height, and 15–18 m in thickness at the base. The South Gate and North Gate are the two main entrances to the inner city. The city itself is neatly arranged along the city wall. This impressive structure is just a precursor to the remarkable discoveries awaiting visitors to Xian. 

      The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty and originally had five stories, although the structure was rebuilt in 704 during the reign of Empress Wu Zetian and its exterior brick facade renovated during the Ming Dynasty. One of the pagoda's many functions was to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and travelers Xuanzang. Now this well-preserved holy place for Buddhist has been the symbol of Xian. 

      Tang Dynasty Show with Dinner that was created for "emperors only" in ancient China. You can enjoy the sumptuous dinner while watching a fabulous dancing and singing performance of the Tang Dynasty. This is not only a performance of Chinese traditional dancing and singing, but a re-enactment of Chinese ancient ceremony and culture.
       

      Day 6

      Xian    Guilin
      Finish up your Xian tour by visiting the famous Shaanxi History Museum. After lunch, you will be transferred to the airport to board a short flight to Guilin.
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
      Accommodation: In Guilin

      Shaanxi History MuseumAs the regional capital and doorway to the Silk Road, Xian was one of the richest, most well-protected cities in all of China. The famous Shaanxi History Museum introduces the visitor to area rich culture, from Emperor Qin Shihuang to the present day in this walled city. The museum is house in a striking Tang Dynasty-style pavilion and features an enormous collection of 113,000 historic and cultural relics. This is where you experience history, with chronological dynasties exhibits that take you through the ancient dynasties.

      After the tour in Xian, you will have a different experience for the visiting in Guilin, which is famous for its serene landscape, Karst limestone formations, mist-covered hills and bamboo groves. It is home to more than ten ethnic groups. On the way from the airport to your hotel, you will find dozens of pretty hills everywhere in the city of Guilin. It is a city of hills and green trees and boasts one of the most photographed areas of China.
       

      Day 7

      Guilin      Yangshuo
      In the morning you will be driven to the Pier for the Li River Cruise (about 4 hours, lunch served on board). Savour the fairy-tale scenery while cruising down the meandering river to Yangshuo. After disembarkation, have a walk along the famous West Street. In the evening you can enjoy the optional night show of Impression of Liu Sanjie.
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
      Accommodation: In Yangshuo

      Li RiverIn the morning, be driven to Pier for your Li River Cruise. A double-decker river boat is waiting for you. The landscape from Guilin to Yangshuo is truly a masterpiece of nature. The crystal waters, straight-out-of-a-painting mountains, peaceful farm fields, hard-working-but- ever-smiling fishermen and wandering water buffaloes inspire poetic musings of Guilin charming life. Under the blue sky, your river boat transports you in an unending daydream.

      You will end up your cruise in Yangshuo, is a small oriental but Western-influenced town with a history of 1000 years. The West Street in the town earns its name since almost every one in West Street can speak fluent English and every restaurant or bar offers menus in several languages. You will feel no borders or distance here and will soon fall under the spell of this charismatic, welcoming small-town atmosphere. Moreover, West Street is flanked by fascinating little shops and vendor stands selling a broad variety of superior quality souvenirs, perfect gifts for friends and relatives. West Streets charms increase when night comes; countless bars, cafés and bistros open till midnight with dynamic music and live bands to ensure you can have a really memorable night with your new-found friends.

      Some guests may also hear about the night show- Impressions of Liu Sanjie performance. The site is only one mile from West Street in the world's largest natural theatre which utilizes the waters of the Li River as its stage, flanked by twelve mist shrouded hills and the heavens as its backdrop. Mist, rain, moonlight, the hills and their inverted reflections in the river all become the ever-changing natural background, so you will enjoy a unique experience each time you attend. In the 'Impressions of Liu Sanjie', you will be presented with stylized scenes and events from the daily life of the Zhuang people living around the Li River. From these pageants, you will gain a realistic sense of Sanjie's birthplace and appreciate the beauty of the folk songs. If you are able to take photographs under low-light conditions, you are assured of some stunning images from this performance.
       

      Day 8

      Yangshuo    Guilin
      In the morning, have an excursion (if you are interested, can have a biking) around the countryside of Yangshuo to admire some of the most stunning scenery like the Moon Hill and the Big Banyan Tree. Drive back to Guilin after lunch
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
      Accommodation: In Guilin

      Yangshuo's scenic and quiet countryside- flora, fauna, rice paddies, small bridges and so many awaits you to see. Taking mini van or bicycle is an ideal way. Besides the beautiful rural scenery, you can also enjoy farm food and explore the ancient way of planting rice, which has been practiced by Chinese for thousands of years. 

      Day 9

      Guilin    Shanghai
      Before flight to Shanghai, you will have a half day city tour to Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin City and then the colorful Reed Flute Cave, the showcase of distinctly-colored stalactites and stalagmites. After lunch, be transferred to Shanghai in the afternoon by air.
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
      Accommodation: In Shanghai

      Elephant Trunk HillReturn to the city center for the next tour attraction, pagoda-capped Elephant Trunk Hill, or Xiangbishan, the symbol of Guilin. Observed from a distance, you will see an elephant-like form standing majestically at the confluence of the Li and Yang Rivers, with its trunk arching into the clear waters, a fantasy elephant eternally quenching a gargantuan thirst; lifelike in shape and energetic in posture.

      Reed Flute Cave is named for the special reeds, used for making flute instruments that grow near the cave entrance. The caves are a feast for the eyes. The natural beauty of a profusion of stalactites and stalagmites, stele, stone pillars, stone curtains and stone flowers creating an infinite variety of extraordinary scenes, creatively illuminated, is bound to evoke gasps of admiration. It is fitting then, that Reed Flute Cave is commonly praised as Nature's Grand Art Palace.

      Wonderful time always passes so quickly, in the afternoon, you have to take a flight to Shanghai. From scenic place Guilin to that modern city, you have a lot to expect. It is the bustling economic heartbeat of China that enjoys all of the comforts and amenities of a fully modern metropolis. But at the same time, it still has scenic ancient sites reminding the rich history of old Shanghai
       

      Day 10

      Shanghai
      Today, enjoy your full day city tour that start with the visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, then move to Yuyuan Garden, a Chinese classic garden in city downtown, and the nearby old street. Next have a bird-eye view of the city after ascending Oriental Pearl TV Tower, which is the third tallest TV and radio tower in the World. The highlight of the day is perhaps the stroll along Shanghai's famed waterfront promenade, the Bund, to admire the illuminated buildings lining the Huangpu River.
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
      Accommodation: In Shanghai

      Today you'll find a Buddhism shrine - Jade Buddha Temple, which is located in a crowd of Shanghai City. It was first built in 1882 in Jiangwan on the southern outskirts of Shanghai. In order to make it convenient for the adherents to visit, it was bodily moved to Shanghai City at the present sire in 1918. It is named for its two bejeweled white jade Buddha. It receives thousands of visitors and worshipers everyday while keeps its sanctity and charming. Carved from a whole piece of white jade, the sitting jade Buddha statue is translucent with a solemn expression, displaying the excellent skill and extraordinary art of Chinese people.

      Oriental Pearl TV Tower Night ViewYuyuan Garden has a lot of stories for it was severely damaged in the 19th century and was restored in 1961. This garden was first built in the 16th century by provincial governor, Pan Yunduan, in honor of his father who was the then government minister. It has many scenic courtyards decorated with baroque rockery, pools, and flora that are all connected by corridors and passageways. The delicate design and exquisite layout of the whole garden reveals a strong impression of 'garden in the garden, whole in the part.

      Completed in 1995 to a highly innovative design, Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower has become a symbol of excellence in architecture and is a favourite sight for tourists in Shanghai. At 468 meters, it is the third tallest TV and radio tower in the World.

      The tower is composed of the tower base with three batter posts, and three standing pillars, within which are elevators, holding 11 steel-structures creates the poetic conception as described in the old line "large and small pearls dropping onto a jade plate".

      The Bund is the showcase with the old buildings of colonial-era leftover along Huangpu River. The renowned waterfront district is the city's most famous landmark. The word BUND is of Anglo-India origin meaning embankment on the waterfront. It is also the popular site to enjoy the night view of the city
       

      Day 11

      Departure Shanghai
      Your China Experience is over all too soon as you transfer to the airport and board the homebound international flight, bidding a fond farewell to this ancient land.
      Meals: Breakfast

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  • Tours, Morocco Desert Tours fr Tours, Morocco Desert Tours from Marrakech Guide

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      Welcome .::     www.oulfakirtours.page4.me  Tours from Morocco Excursions 4x4 :::.... welcome::::::::.. welcome


      Oulfakir Tours Agency Transport  of Tourism in Morocco. We Organize Trips Excursions from Morocco outside thetraditional tourist Routes, arranging Personal Travel or in small groups. ATVs have type Land Rover Defender and Toyota Land Cruiser and Minibus long, and camels in the Desert. Accommodations depend on you And your budget (Hotels, *Riads, Hotels, Bivouac ...) All itineraries are custom designed according to yourdesire for Adventure in Sahara Desert , time and budget.Organize camel Trips where you can enjoy the sunrise or sunset from the dunes or traveling through the desert to reach the oasis where you will be greeted by our staff,who invited him to tea in Nomad tent in the desert.If you are interested, you can stay one Night and enjoy the sunrise from the top of adune: Definitely a wonderful Experience.

        

      Discover the best destinations to travel to Morocco


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      • Tailor-made itineraries according to your requirements and wishes.
      • 4x4 tours through Morocco: Imperial cities, desert trips, great south tour….
      • Transportations: 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser (6p) with Driver.
      • Car rental (self-drive with a guide or with driver/ guide).
      • 4x4 Desert excursions From Erfoud.
      • Desert Bivouac in the Oasis (camp).
      • Camel trekking in the desert (trips on dromedaries). 
      • Accommodations (hotels, Auberges, Riads and kasbahs ,bivouac in the desert) depending on your budget
      • 4x4 adventures – off roads
      • Knowledgeable Guide for the entire Tour.                  

       

      2 days trip from Ouarzazate to Merzouga

       

      Day 1: Ouarzazate - Todgha gorges - Merzouga

       

      Departure from your Riad we drive to Merzouga Through the Road of Thousand-Kasbah passing Skoura palm grove and the town of roses, Kelaa Mgouna,Dades Valley heading to Todra Gorges its an ideal place for walking and exploring in your own.lunch in the restaurant then Continuation towards Erfoud: famous for its fossilized marbles where you will visit the workshop production of marble fossils. we head down to Erg Chebbi sand dunes, which signify the commencement of the mighty Sahara Desert. Its here that you will start a camel trip into the middle of the dunes for an overnight camp. enjoying local food and a night of entertainment under the Saharan stars.

       

      Day 2: Merzouga - Alnif - Ouarzazate

      Wake up early to see the spectacle of the sunrise, when the colour of the dunes and the play of shadows are an awesome sight.Arriving to the hotel to have breakfast and shower.Continue to Ouarzazate via Rissani you will stop for a while to visit its traditional Souk which is considered the largest one in the whole South of Morocco, set off to the beautiful Draa valley with its millions palm trees. In the evening arrive Ouarzazate and check into hotel.      

      Our Tourisme Transpotre (With A/C)    Tourisme Transpotre  "minibus"  "4x4"

       

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  • Half Day tour to The Egyptian Half Day tour to The Egyptian Museum

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      The Pharaohs may be gone, but their treasures and stories can still be found at the amazing Egyptian Museum in the heart of Cairo. Over 120,000   .                                                                

      • The Pharaohs may be gone, but their treasures and stories can still be found at the amazing Egyptian Museum in the heart of Cairo. Over 120,000 artefacts are on display including huge statues of the pharaohs and the gods they worshipped, jewels, scrolls of papyrus, coffins inlaid with semi-precious stones and gold leaves and ancient mummified remains. Although it would take months to admire each and every relic, your expert guide will help you discover some of the most famous objects such as the golden treasures from Tuthankhamun’s Tomb. Marvel at King Tuthankhamun’s intricate coffin, the seemingly infinite jewels and his world-famous solid gold funerary mask. Other amazing artefacts include the statue of Khafre, the Fayoum Portraits and the Nubian funerary cache.

       

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  • Japanese Giant Buddha, Kamakur Japanese Giant Buddha, Kamakura Daibutsu

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      Japan's giant buddha was constructed in 1252 AD and is approximately 95 tons in weight and 12 meters high

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  • Nine Days With My Brother Nine Days With My Brother

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      We left Rochester, New York early in the morning of May 26, 2008, and crossed the San Francisco Bay Bridge eight days later.  Here are a few highlights of the trip that encompassed 3300 miles, four time zones, 106 Canadian flags, two two-pound cheeseburgers, and a seemingly infinite amount of bison scat.  While reading this, keep in mind that we drove a very small Ford Escort ZX2, slept in a tent, and have an average height of 6'5".

      NEW YORK

      We got out of the Empire State as quickly as possible - save for a last minute stop at Aldi's to buy rations and a saucepan.

      ONTARIO

      So technically we didn't stay in the US.  We bypassed the well-known roadside sights of Pennsylvania and Ohio in favor crossing the border into our northern neighbor, Canada.  When we were planning this trip, Reid and I had asked friends and family members for "challenges", a directive that was kept secret until the day of the trip it was intended for.  The first challenge came from our mother: count the number of Canadian flags we saw.  Surprisingly, in just 192 miles, we spotted 106 maple leaf monstrosities.

      MICHIGAN

      Despite getting a little closer to Detroit than our directions suggested, we made it across the Great Lakes State by the end of the first day.  This was the only night of the trip we didn't stay in a tent, as we visited my fiancé and her family.  Coincidentally, this was our best meal of the trip.

      INDIANA

      Driving through the Northwest corner of the state didn't take long, and most people were still asleep, since this breakaway region is on Central Time.

      ILLINOIS

      Had we known that Barack Obama's Hyde Park neighborhood is now permanently cordoned off by police, we would have stopped to see the future president's house.  Instead, the only stop we made was at a Rockford Verizon store to get Reid a new phone.  This seems frivolous, but in fact was imperative to keeping our family and fans abreast of our travels.  We updated a Google group of our trip daily via text.

      WISCONSIN

      Here we detoured off the interstate to find a family-owned creamery in the small town of Shullsburg.  Reid called ahead and arranged for a personal tour of the cheese-making facilities. This was a great exhibit of the Midwestern hospitality we encountered.  Upon recommendation of the third-generation cheese maker, we visited Gravity Hill in Shullsburg.  According to legend, if you stop your car at the base of this hill and let it roll backwards, you will feel the sensation of being pulled uphill.  Even with positive-reinforcement, Reid and I could not find a way to confuse the laws of physics.

      MINNESOTA

      We spent the second night camping at a KOA in Rochester (fun fact: this city is named after Rochester, NY).  To our surprise, this site had wireless internet.  This would be the most luxurious campsite of the week.  On day three, we walked around downtown Rochester and saw the shining buildings of the Mayo Clinic.  After this, all we saw were miles of farmland, dotted with large wind turbines.  Being engineers, curiosity got the best of my brother and me, so we exited I-90 at Beaver Creek, and did some exploring.  We followed a quiet dirt road to a cornfield, where we drove up to the base of one of these energy-producing giants.  Taking this trip at the beginning of the summer that will be remembered for its record-breaking oil prices, it was good to see that alternative energy investments were already underway.  The windmill wasn't the only "green" giant we met, however.  In Blue Earth, Minnesota, we saw a sixty-foot statue of the Jolly Green Giant, smiling as happily as ever.

      SOUTH DAKOTA

      Driving through this large state that is split by the Missouri River gave me lots of memories.  One that stands out is a challenge that Reid and I bestowed upon ourselves.  We stopped for gas and lunch at a restaurant that featured a two pound hamburger.  The waitress told us that if we finished the burger - which weighed four pounds when cheese, lettuce, and pickles came into play - within an hour, we'd get our pictures on the wall.  With fifteen minutes remaining, we had both finished more than 75% of the meal and hit a wall.  We didn't eat dinner that day or breakfast the next morning.  Visiting the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota, we learned that the local high school basketball team (whose mascot is named Cornelius) plays here.  This unique structure didn't seem too far out of place in a state whose highway vistas include rusted fire engines, giant dinosaurs, and billboards touting attractions some three hundred miles away.  We did eventually make it to Wall Drug Store, which I assumed to be the world's largest gift shop.  We spent two nights camping in Badlands National Park.  Highlights of this park were the bighorn sheep we tracked, the towering buttes we saw, and the friendly people we met.  We talked to many other folks who were also driving across the country (and one who was bicycling!).  One young couple was driving in the opposite direction as us, and alerted us of the blizzard that forced them to leave Yellowstone early.  After Badlands, Reid and I stopped in Rapid City for another meal.  A friend's challenge was meet the mayor of a Midwestern town - a task we had given up on after the Corn Palace mayor's office failed to return our calls.  Surprisingly, as we were eating lunch, a candidate for United States Senate walked up to our table neighbors and filmed them for a commercial.  We didn't speak with Sam Kephart, but decided that just seeing him trumped meeting a mayor.  After seeing Gutzon Borglum's most famous sculpture, Mount Rushmore, Reid and I spent that night in the Black Hills National Forest.  Park rangers allow visitors to camp anywhere in the forest, which allowed for some great off-trail exploring.

      WYOMING

      At the Powder River Pass (elevation 9666 ft.), we saw snow for the first time (at least in June).  This is almost twice as high as any mountain in New York.  The highlight of Wyoming was clearly Yellowstone, though, where we camped for two nights.  The ice-covered lakes, lodge pole pine trees, canyons and waterfalls provided breathtaking views all around the park.  Even more breathtaking, however, was the masses of bison that weren't scared to come within feet of our car.  Yellowstone, which hosts more than 3 million human visitors every year, is home to many other species (we saw elk, a heron, and a bear), but the buffalo stand out due to their sheer size.  It's hard not to ignore an animal whose scat is larger than both my feet.  The park has some great ranger stations, where we learned about bison population growth and the giant volcanic caldera that runs under much of the park.  This is responsible for the awe-inspiring geysers and hot springs that are prevalent in the park.  I'd definitely like to spend more time in Yellowstone in the future.  Hopefully next time the drive won't be so long, though.

      MONTANA

      We spent even less time in Montana than we did in Indiana, but at least now I can say I've been to the Treasure State.

      IDAHO

      After finding out about the gigantic burgers we had eaten in South Dakota, our aunt challenged us to do push-ups and sit-ups every time we filled up the gas tank.  Driving a small, fuel-efficient car was a mixed blessing - we got good mileage, but had to fill up often since the tank is small.  This led to lots of dirty palms in gas stations.

      NEVADA

      Seeing vast stretches of emptiness in Nevada, it's not hard to imagine why the Department of Energy has proposed a permanent nuclear waste storage facility in Yucca Mountain, 80 miles from Las Vegas.  We spent the night camping in the back of an RV park in Elko, a small town that featured at least three casinos.  The next day, we were fortunate enough to eat lunch at the Reno home of family friends we had known overseas.  It reminded us that no matter how far you drive, there's always someone you know when you get there.

      CALIFORNIA

      Crossing the border into our last state gave us the opportunity to see Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America.  From there, it was a bittersweet last day's drive to San Francisco.  Reid and I talked about all the great memories we would have from this epic journey.  We also made sure to text the Google group and thank them for their challenges along the way.  That evening, we arrived on the doorstep of our uncle's house, having completed a trip of a lifetime.  Now bound to engineering jobs, neither of us foresees nine consecutive days of vacation in the near future, let alone an opportunity to drive across the country.

      There were so many great sights along the road that I didn't have room to mention here.  Now I can say I've been to a little more of my own country - mission accomplished.  But even more importantly, I spent nine days with my brother.

       

       

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  • Sardinia, the suggest island o Sardinia, the suggest island of Italy

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      Sardinia is all about light, colours, contrasts and shades. Whether you arrive by air or by sea, the sea around Sardinia always makes a great impression thanks to the infinite array of blues, turquoise greens and azures it displays. Alghero, located in the north-west of the Italian island of Sardinia, is a charming city rich in history and culture. The city's historical centre is renowned for its plethora of Catalan/Aragonese architecture. The stunning landscapes of the Alghero area are covered by the Mediterranean maquis that is so typical of Sardinia. There are several nature reserves.

      The eQuòrea tourism office provides tourist information and hospitality services.
      Efficiency, courtesy, quality and innovation are the watchwords of the eQuòrea Accommodation and Tourism Office, which has become the first port of call for tourists who want to receive information on, and make reservations of, the following: hotels, residences, B&Bs, holiday homes and apartments, villas (with or without swimming pools); restaurants, pizzerias and farm holiday complexes; rental cars.

       

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