Archive for December, 2010

  • Spy Museum: Where you become a spy
    Spy Museum: Where you become a spy
    The sole Spy Museum of America is in Washington D.C where it houses over 200 weapons, gadgets, cameras, vehicles, bugs, and technologies that are utilized by intelligence across the globe. Know what microdots are, marvel at something called as the invisible ink, discover the buttonhole cameras, learn about the bugs of all kinds, and unveil the tales of spies from Moses to George Washington. As the International Spy Museum is a special one, your entry will also not be like the usual ones in other museums of the world. Its controlled entry will offer you 5 minutes to recall one of 16 spy synopses with an assumption of fictitious name, birthplace, age, and so on. This one will then be your ‘cover’ with which you proceed into the museum. So, you literally become that assumed spy via this cover that also has mission assigned to it  [...]
    Posted at December 31st, 2010 at 12:12 am
  • Navajo National Monument, Arizona
    Navajo National Monument, Arizona
    Arizona is the land of many natural monuments such as the Grand Canyon, which pull thousands of visitors each year. Today, I will take you on a tour of one such wonder called the Navajo National Monument nestled on the northern Arizona’s Shonto Plateau that looks over the Tsegi Canyon in Navajo. The Navajo National Monument is known among the tourists for its three most integral cliff dwellings that belong to the ancestral Anasazi tribe of the Puebloan folks who resided here in the 13th century. Currently, the Navajo inhabitants here refer to these ancient people as only ‘Anasazi’ meaning the ancient people. Trails The monument offers a visitor center, two small campgrounds, two short self-guided mesa trails, and a picnic area. On my trip here, I followed the 1.6 km round trip Sandal Trail facilitating the self-guided walk  [...]
    Posted at December 30th, 2010 at 12:12 am
  • Peyto Lake: Most wonderful in Banff National Park
    Peyto Lake: Most wonderful in Banff National Park
    There is an acceptable reason why a majority of tourists including me visiting the Banff National Park in Canada would say that Peyto Lake is the most charming lake on the planet. Although there are many beautiful lakes in this area competing for the title, this one is the hot favorite of the most in the Canadian Rockies. The reason for this is not something to be said in words, but is something that is to be experienced after reaching there. Nestled at a distance of 26 miles from the famous Lake Louise, the stunning Peyto Lake boasts a unique milky blue color that is surprisingly does not remain throughout the year. The color keeps on changing not only with the seasons, but also within a day with changes in time offering different colorful views at intervals. Well, this might be one of the reasons as to why I entitle it to be the  [...]
    Posted at December 27th, 2010 at 09:12 pm
  • Moraine Lake: A must-see glacial site in Alberta
    Moraine Lake: A must-see glacial site in Alberta
    If you are a great fan of nature and want to explore an untouched Mecca, then a trip to the Moraine Lake is a must! Nestled in the province of Alberta in Canada, this one is the typical Rocky Mountain lake fed by the glaciers in the Banff National Park. It is accessible within just 20 minutes from the scenic Lake Louise village and is nestled in the most celebrated forested Valley of Ten Peaks. Moraine Lake, flanked by complete wilderness, boasts several ‘to-see’ sites and ‘to-do’ things. The main highlights here are the shimmering clear blue waters as well as the magnificent mountain scenery. The mountain here is the third highest of its kind in the Canadian Rockies. Speaking about the activities, you will surely enjoy walking, canoeing, hiking, and photography. In fact, your journey to reach the Moraine Lake itself is scenically  [...]
    Posted at December 23rd, 2010 at 12:12 am
  • Yangtze River Cruise: Tips for the best deal
    Yangtze River Cruise: Tips for the best deal
    You must have had an extravagant cruising experience on any of the destined oceans or seas of the world. However, have you ever tried to do so, on the rivers? Well, an entertaining vacation that is beyond the lavishness of the oceanic vessels is a genuinely serviced aim of a river cruise. And believe me; a river cruise is alternatively a friendly as well as enchanting way of enjoying a holiday. So, consider a river cruise if you want to leave behind all the extravagance of ocean as well as sea cruises, but still want a more fascinating adventure. A river cruise offers a window to the local history, wildlife, scenic vistas, and cultural life along the waterway as well as its surrounding regions. A trip of exploring the role of something that has contributed to the development of several civilizations is truly far appealing than those  [...]
    Posted at December 21st, 2010 at 12:12 am
  • Galapagos Scuba Diving
    Galapagos Scuba Diving
    Welcome of Sanctuary of Whales for scuba diving! Not only this honor, but Galapagos is entitled with many other credits such as ‘Reserve of a Biosphere’, ‘Natural Heritage’, and ‘One of the world’s 7 underwater wonders’. By just reading these titles, a diver is easily convinced to at least experience Galapagos scuba diving once in life time. Further, fantastic reef, fish, golden as well as sting rays, sea lions, eagle rays, turtles, invertebrates, blue runners, bacalao, marine iguanas, garden eels, hammerheads, white tip reef sharks, whale sharks, almaco as well as blue jacks, pelagic fish, and whales – all contribute towards the memorable Galapagos scuba diving. It should not surprise you as to why this island has been voted as among the top diving sites of the year. Actually, today, only handful of sites are  [...]
    Posted at December 20th, 2010 at 12:12 am
  • Alcazar of Seville: Royal palace and fort
    Alcazar of Seville: Royal palace and fort
    Also known as the ‘Royal Alcazars of Seville’, the Alcazar of Seville is a treasure in the region of Andalucia. Formerly a Moorish fort, it then served as a royal palace until today, as whose upper levels are the residing areas of the royal family. This one is undoubtedly the amazing architectural masterpiece that even today reveals the past of Seville and is also an ideal model of dominating Mudejar structural style in Spain. First erected by the Almohades, the Alcazar of Seville witnessed many additions from the subsequent monarchs. Today, the beautiful gardens that are interestingly within the palace were only built in the 19th century. In fact, the ones in the east and close to the Amohad Wall were added recently in 20th century. This indicates that the palace has evolved architecturally over the years. Further, today, it  [...]
    Posted at December 16th, 2010 at 02:12 am
  • Thailand scuba diving around Koh Tao
    Thailand scuba diving around Koh Tao
    Who would not like to dive in the wonderful country of Thailand holding many stunning islands? Flanked by the Andaman Sea in the west and Gulf of Thailand in the east, Thailand scuba diving has several opportunities with many great eye soothing sites. Among all the Thailand scuba diving sites, the most enchanting one is the small island of Koh Tao secreted in the Gulf of Thailand. This is most adored site for most of the tourists due to its hidden marine treasures including the assortment of marine life. Did you know that waters around Koh Tao are the dwelling sites of the rare Grouper, strong Barracuda, and seasonal Whale shark? Adorned with forested summits, coconut slopes, and granite coastline boasting serenely sandy beaches, Koh Tao is a genuine site to soak you away. And if you choose to be with the Scuba Junction for a tropical  [...]
    Posted at December 14th, 2010 at 01:12 am
  • Lake Ashi: Scenic and adventurous
    Lake Ashi: Scenic and adventurous
    Also known as the Hakone or Ashinoko Lake, Lake Ashi refers to a crater lake in Hakone of the Japanese district Kanagawa. Adorning the island of Honshu and its Hakone National Park, this picturesque water body stretches by the side of the active Mount Hakone caldera’s southwest wall. Lake Ashi is scenic in the sense that it offers several hot springs as well as the amazing Mt. Fuji views. Many comfortable ferries as well as boats cross the lake via which you can enjoy the stunning vistas. A majority of these boats are complete mock-ups of pirate ships. The reason that it is also adventurous is that there are many hiking trails here. Besides these two activities, there are some more attractions around Lake Ashi. Therefore, many tourists choose to reside in the surrounding resorts. One of the best close by highlights is the ride  [...]
    Posted at December 13th, 2010 at 01:12 am
  • Honeymoon Lake: A adorable natural getaway in Canada
    Honeymoon Lake: A adorable natural getaway in Canada
    Nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, the Honeymoon Lake is an adorable retreat in the center of the Canadian Rockies between Jasper and Banff. It is named so for it acting as a romantic hangout where the couples camp on its glorious shores for picnicking amidst some natural scenery. Adorning the Jasper National Park on the Icefields Parkway, the Honeymoon Lake is easily accessible from the Jasper town after traveling for some 53 km. The waters of the Honeymoon Lake are clear and transparent and that they are just ideal for canoeing. The lake’s campground stretches on the west coast of this splendid water body and is more apt for smaller RV’s and tents. Here, you will come across some 35 sites that hold fire pits, picnic tables, public pay phone, dry toilets, filtered water that is to be pulled, food lockers, and covered  [...]
    Posted at December 10th, 2010 at 01:12 am