Thursday, April 28, 2011
Did you know you can sign the Royal Wedding Book electronically? Here's the link to this and more http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8O44RQ_aWw&feature=channel_video_title
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
In honor of Earth Day, here are our top ten ways to be environmentally responsible and save energy (and money) while traveling.
1--Pack light. You’ll save on baggage fees, use less fuel. It will be much easier to get around, and you’re more likely to benefit from tip #2.
2--Use public transportation when possible. It’s also a chance to mingle with locals. Some of our most interesting conversations have originated on buses and trains.
3--Rent a bike--low-cost rentals are available in many European cities. Canada’s Montreal has an inexpensive BIXI program. Environmentally vigilent Switzerland has a system of bicycle rentals for their 40,000 miles of trails.
4--Walk. You’ll discover things you would never notice while in traffic--and won’t feel as guilty when you indulge in the decadent local dessert.
5--Use shuttle services, like the complimentary airport transportation offered by many larger hotels.
6--Borrow guidebooks from the library. Download destination apps and maps to your smart phone or other electronic device.
7--When traveling by car, maintain your car for best performance. Be sure your tires are properly inflated and remove items you don’t need to bring along.
8--Think local. Eat locally produced foods and buy locally produced products.
9--Use a solar charger for your electronic devices. We've successfully used Powermonkey, shown here on YouTube.
10--Use a refillable water bottle. Be sure to empty it before going through airport security. You can refill it on the other side.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
There are only two finalists in North America vying for a place as one of the New7 Wonders of Nature. Can you guess what they are?
OK, the Grand Canyon pops into just about everyone’s mind. The other, could, according to a New Brunswick resident I spoke with yesterday, "fill it up in no time."
And she's right.
Have you figured it out by now? One hundred billion tons of water flow in and out of the Bay of Fundy, where tides are 5 to 10 times higher than anywhere else in the world. That’s as much water as the flow of all the world’s freshwater rivers combined! According to Tourism New Brunswick, "That's enough to fill and then empty the Grand Canyon in one tide cycle.
Twelve or more species of whales, including the endangered right whales, inhabit the Bay of Fundy, which is compared in biodiversity to the Amazon rainforest.
The Bay of Fundy stretches for 170 miles in a long bay between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada.
Vote now. The final announcement will be made on November 11, 2011.
You needn't take our word for it. Swiss scenery is unsurpassed, and Switzerland Tourism has created some entertaining videos.
This one about the extent to which they will go to perfect your experience never fails to keep us amused. We suspect we'll be seeing more of leading men Sebi and Paul.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Admission to the National Parks is FREE this weekend, June 5 and 6, 2010. With longer days and fewer crowds, there’s no better time to visit places like the Rocky Mountains National Park, Mesa Verde, or Yellowstone. (Fees for activities such as camping, reservations, tours, or concessions are not affected by the entrance fee waiver.)
245 of the 392 National Parks are free year-round. The other 147 parks charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $25.
You might want to hike some of the 17,000 miles of trail located in national parks on National Trails Day on June 5. The National Park Service National Trails System also manages more than 50,000 miles of historic and scenic trails of national importance, such as the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, and more than 1,000 national recreation trails of local or regional significance.
On these special weekends, some of the national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service with the their own special offers. The National Park Service entrance fees will also be waived on other dates this year.
Fee-free days this year:
June 5-6, 2010
August 14-15, 2010
September 25, 2010
(Public Lands Day)
November 11, 2010