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Wonderful Copenhagen!

May 30th, 2008

Copenhagen

Why is Copenhagen so wonderful? Here what I think of when I think about Copenhagen:

 Home to HC Andersen (Poet and Fairytale Writer)

  • The Little Mermaid
  • Carlsberg Beer (”Probably the best beer in the World”)
  • Tivoli Gardens (Amusement Park)
  • Fashion Week (Top 10 fashion events in the World held twice a year)
  • Design (contemporary Scandinavian design)
  • Freetown Christiania (self-governing area of the city of about 850 hippies)

these are a few of the things that best describe Copenhagen to me.

mikaelhellstrom Destinations, Travel

Montreal - Downtown, Old Montreal and Underground City

May 29th, 2008

Montreal is the largest city in Quebec which is one of the 13 provinces and territories (what would be considered States in the USA) that comprise Canada. Just 10 years ago, something of a bleak mood prevailed in Quebec province. It seemed possible that the province would choose to fling itself into independence form the rest of Canada.

Since, Montreal has become a modern city in every regard, with skyscrapers in unexpected shapes and bright colors; a historic district that has been beautifully preserved; and a large area of artists’ lofts, boutiques, cafés and miles of restaurants. The official language of Montreal is French and it is among the the five largest French-speaking cities in the world. The population for Great Montreal Area is close to 4 millions people.

Montreal Twilight Panorama 2006.jpg

The popular neighborhoods in Montreal are Downtown, Old Montreal and the Underground City:

Downtown Montreal

Downtown Montreal is located entirely within the Ville Marie borough and it contains dozens of notable skyscrapers. Many popular restaurants are located in downtown and it is known as the business district of the city. It also includes most of the city’s large luxury and first class hotels, principal museums, main railroad station and department stores.

Montreal Sky.jpg

Old Montreal

Old Montreal is historic area located southeast of downtown containing many different attractions such as the Montreal city Hall, the Notre-Dame de Montreal Basilica and the Montreal Science Centre.

Architecture and cobbled streets in Old Montreal have been maintained or restored and are frequented by horse-drawn coaches carrying tourists. Old Montreal was once a worldwide port, but shipping has been moved further east to a new larger site, leaving the Old Port as a historical area.

Montreal City Hall Jan 2006.jpg

Underground City

During Montreal’s long winters, life slows on the streets of downtown as people escape into la ville souterraine, a parallel subterranean universe. This underground “city” evolved when major building developments in the downtown put their below-street areas to profitable use, leasing space for shops and other enterprises. Over time, these spaces became connected with Metro stations and then with each other. It became possible to ride long distances, and walk shorter ones through mazes of corridors, tunnels and plazas. There are now more than 1,700 shops, hundreds of restaurants and more than 40 cinemas and theaters down there.

Halles, Central train station, Montreal 2006-01-09.JPG

Montreal is a great city to visit and I would recommend anybody who enjoy European culture but might not be willing to spend the money necessary to get there, to come check out the closest thing we have in North America. You won’t be disappointed and you will most likely want to come back.

Bon Voyage.

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Holy Land Tours - Walking with the Prophets

May 27th, 2008

Holy Land Tours Walking with the Prophets

Holy Land Tours: Walking with the Prophets

Holy Land Tours Walking with the Prophets was started by me, the Director, Michael O’Donell, Jeannie O’Donell and Uri Argov CEO of Tourico Holiday Flights in 2000. I believe that every believer should tour Israel at least once in their lifetime.

On this Holy Land Tour you will follow along in the footsteps of the Savior Christ Jesus and those faithful prophets. Guiding you will be some of the best tour guides the Holy Land has to offer. They will take you to the most sacred places on Earth where people have worshiped for centuries.

Bio for Michael O’Donell

Michael O’Donell, Director of Holy Land Tours obtained his Bachelors of Science in Biblical Education and History from Lee University. He is a member of Phi Alpha Theta academic honor society for history majors and has attended Louisiana Tech University Graduate School to study courses in History. In addition, he has led groups through the Holy Land 12 times and has taught at each one of the holy sites on the Walking with the Prophets Tour itinerary.

See Group Tour Photos

Our group tours to the Holy Land are one of the greatest religious experiences that you will have, and it will change your life forever. Our next tour is November 30th to December 11th 2008. Visit www.WalkingProphets.com or call Michael O’Donell at 1-800-524-9109 extension 7243 for more information.


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Lisbon - A City to Discover

May 26th, 2008

Lisbon at night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Lisbon at night)

Lisbon as been one of my favorite cities since I visited for the first time 3 years ago. The City its changing over the last years, and a building boom has contributed to urban sprawl since Portugal is receiving lost of funds from the European Union.

Moorish Castelo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Moorish Castelo)

Take time to explore the Moorish Castelo de Sדo Jorge, which looks like a fortress on the outside but is a delightful place of gardens, towers with scenic views, ponds with swans and peacocks, and other attractions within its walls.

Torre de Belem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Torre de Belem at night)

A few things that you can’t miss are the Torre de Belem, the Museo Nacional dos Coches ( you will be able to see coches like the Cinderella one), Museo de Marinha (boats and naval exhibits), and the Museo de Arte Popular.

Also you cant miss the Ocenography, which is huge and located in the new Oriente area

For shopping I would recommend two malls, the Vasco da Gama just in front of the Fair center and the Amoeiras just in front of the Dom Pedro Palace Hotel and the famous Av. Liberdade with all the top branded shops

Please don’t miss the seafood, definitely extraordinary and when ordering a wine please ask for a local “Favaios” a sweet wine from the north of Portugal.

LIsbon will conquer you!!! Enjoy

Matias

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The World’s Largest Swimming Pool

May 23rd, 2008

San Alfonso de Mar The World’s Largest Pool

Located off the coast of Chile at the South American resort of San Alfonso de Mar is the world’s largest swimming pool. Containing 250,000 cubic meters of water and 1 km in length, this swimming pool was acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest swimming pool.

The mastermind behind this pool is Crystal Lagoons founder, biochemist and businessman Fernando Fischmann. By utilizing some very innovative technology to make the water crystal clear, Fernando’s pool actually uses recycled seawater which requires fewer additives, in fact it uses the same types of products for traditional pools, but 100 times less. Guests of the San Alfonso de Mar can swim and cruise around in small boats through this massive pool.

Here are some pictures of the pool courtesy of Reuters:

San Alfonso de Mar The World\'s Largest Pool

San Alfonso de Mar The World\'s Largest Pool

San Alfonso de Mar The World\'s Largest Pool

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Travel Website Review: TripKick.com

May 22nd, 2008

TripKick.com

While browsing the Internet I came across an interesting site I wanted to share with our readers, it’s called TripKick.com.

TripKick.com helps you find the hotel room that’s perfect for you. Their database has tons of hotels you can search for.

My favorite feature is the Advanced Search feature which enables you to find hotel rooms based on criteria that is most important to you. There are many choices from Business/Convention Hotel to Pet Friendly. You can even choose the type of view you from you room you would prefer. TripKick.com then displays a list of the best rooms available based on your chosen criteria.

Has anyone used it?

Erica Fischer Travel, Website Review

Krakow, Poland

May 20th, 2008

When I visited Krakow for the first time, it looked to me like a small version of Prague

Krakow Poland

I started my journey in Warsaw, and after 2 days I continued to Krakow. There is a good transportation between the cities, and when buying a train ticket – you also get coffee for free :-).

I stayed at the Andel’s hotel, which is located 2 minutes walking from Krakow’s train station ,and in front the new shopping center named “Galleria Centrum”.

The hotel was designed by a famous Architect, the rooms are beautiful and the service is great – I recommend staying in this hotel, while visiting the city.

When going out from he hotel, you can easily walk to Wawel Castle,St. Mary’s Basilica & the Cloth hall.

I enjoyed visiting the Jewish district ( named Kazimierz ), with the synagogues, and the small streets, which are full with galleries, painters, cafes & restaurants….

Kazimierz

(Kazimierz)

Speaking about food, I would like to recommend on a few good restaurants : Chlopskie Jadło,Akropolis which is located in ulica Grodzka & A good café- you can find in Jama Michalika.

When finishing the dinner, I recommend visiting the Church of the holly cross, and while visiting it, just take a look at the “Julius Slowacki museum”, the “Galeria Plakatu” and the “Slowackiego Theatre”.

If you can afford a little more time in the area make sure to check out the incredible sights to be found in the Wieliczka salt mines and take a tour in a socialist-era Trabant of the only centrally-planned new city outside of the Soviet UnionNowa Huta.

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Orlando Watersports Complex (OWC)

May 19th, 2008

15 years ago, Wakeboarding appeared in England and little by little it expanded to different countries and trickled down into major cities such as Orlando, Florida.

The best place to wakeboard in Orlando and even meet famous wakeboarders is the Orlando Watersports Complex. Not only can you wakeboard, you can also kneeboard (mostly for beginners) and Wakeskate.

Kneeboarding

Wakeskating

Sliders and Ramps featured at Orlando Watersports Complex (OWC)

Orlando Watersports Complex requires riders to wear a helmet when using sliders or ramps. The offer the following to their riders:

  • Bi-Level Ramp / Rail
  • Tabletop
  • Nessy
  • A-Frame
  • Flatbar
  • Big White
  • The Cheesewedge
  • Mini Launch

One of the coolest guys in Orlando Watersports Complex it is my cousin Julian Cohen better known as ” Jewlian”. He is 17 years old and has been riding since he was 14. Jewlian decided that he wanted to become a professional Wakeboarder and so he was home schooled to have more time to ride and perfect his tricks.

A year later, he was performing International Pro Tour and every year from mid April to mid August. Competitions take place all around the world. Last year he went to different states in USA, Canada and even Mexico.

Since he was pretty good, was featured on a whole page of ” Wakeboard Magazine”. Pro Wakeboarders began to pay attention to him and they became friends. Most of his friends are older than 20 which makes him very mature for his age. Every day at the Cohen’s home there is a bunch of Wakeboarders riding with Jewlian on his boat in Lake Down.

A month ago, 2008 Pro Tour started and he did so well he was selected for the Finals. Since he is not 18 yet, he can only be in Junior’s Team. Julian will have to wait a little bit more to be able to compete professionally, but until then he still has sponsors that contact him and right now and Obrien is THE one !

Here is Jewlian’s video from November… ( he is too busy with competitions, school and girls to update youtube :) )

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK2-TUglIjk[/youtube]

It seems that he can be the next “star” for Wakeboard since he is trained by Mike Ferrero, one of the best Wakeboard trainers in the world, and he has his family and friends supporting him on a daily basis.

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Are there any bears in Alaska???

May 15th, 2008

In Sept of 2007 I finally got to make a dream come true and go to Alaska. It has been a dream of mine for 10 years or so. A good friend of mine was sent to LA for a project and was chatting with me one night. We both realized we needed a vacation (or marry a rich husband instead…). The Jewish holidays were approaching and i had many unused vacation days so the question was - where should I go? She asked me to come visit her in LA. Yeah, right. Like that was going to happen… I replied that if I return to the States I rather combine it with a trip to a place a have not seen yet’ like Hawaii or Alaska. I told my friend that since we only had a week or so, a cruise to Alaska was a much more reasonable idea. Much to my surprise she said “ok, then let’s go to Alaska”. only problem was - it was the end of August, about 2 seconds before cruise season in Alaska ends. And the cruise lines weren’t exactly waiting for us… I turned to our cruise desk asking for help. It was probably one of the better jokes they heard. But, as always, they proved to be he best team around. And so, I received a call from Kerri saying “I found you a cabin! It’s an inside cabin on the 2nd deck and you must get back to me in 2 hours and pay in full!”. Well. What can I say. it was like winning the lottery. Of course I booked it. And paid in full :-) A week later I was headed to Seattle, where the Royal Caribbean Cruise departed from, one of my favorite cities in the USA.

The 6 night cruise on the “Voyager of the Seas” took off the next day to Alaska - where the bears roam free. Well, that’s what I thought till then anyway. Alaska was way more beautiful than what I expected. A 10 year wait is a long time and I was afraid I’d be disappointed with what I see. But on the contrary. I fell in love with that State. We got to see Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, Prince Rupert and even were lucky enough to enjoy a full inside passage thanks to the amazing weather. However, one thing we did not see was bears.

Alaska Bear

I went to Alaska thinking I’ll see loads of bears. Hundreds of them. Thousands of them. Hundreds of thousands of them… Well, we saw zero. Not even one. Not even a baby one. Not even a teddy bear one. We went through training of “how to react if you see a bear”, getting tips of clapping hands and walking slowly backwards. Yeah, right. Like I was going to stand there and act like the bear is actually a bambi, or a rabbit, or a flower, and try to remember all of those wonderful tips I learned. Nope. I was going to run away as far and as fast as I could. That is, if i saw a bear. Well, I obviously didn’t. Which is why I will go back to Alaska. There are other reasons, too. The the glaciers, the mountains, the people… There’s so much to see and do in Alaska. I hope you will get to go there too.

Oh, we did see whales. Humpback whales, lots and lots of them…

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Olympic Torch Relay in my hometown!

May 14th, 2008

It is amazing, but realistic that the Olympic Torch Relay was there yesterday in my hometown, Fuzhou, a city with a history of more than 2300 years! The whole nation witness the symbol of peace spreading around the world and finally coming to the ancient land.

When you see the happy faces along the street when the torch passes by, you come to realize that the civilization of western world is warmly welcome by the eastern culture with new concepts and contents. It is part of the stride of human being when entering 21 century.

The peaceful flame discerns those attempts to challenge basic human rights. It takes masks off those people who pretend themselves to be Mr. Saint.

The torch relay continues its way to the next city. I wish the hope for peace is handed down without an end.

 

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