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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Ski Resort Vermont

Vermont is known for Lake Champlain, which makes 50% of Vermont’s Western border. Vermont has beautiful Green Mountains, which run north to South. Tourism is a large industry in Vermont. In winter several Ski resorts host skiers from around the globe. Resorts, hotels, restaurants and shop are an attraction for the tourists. Trout fishing, lake fishing and ice fishing are an attraction here. The Long Trail is also a major attraction in Vermont.

The Long Trail is a Hiking Trail located in Vermont, running the length of the state. It is the oldest long distance trail in the United States. Horse shows are an annual event and Vermont’s state parks, historic cities, museums, golf courses, and new boutique hotels with spa’s attract tourists. You can go skiing or snowboarding on the snow covered mountains in winter or go hiking, biking, fishing, or paddling and also golf in summer. Vermont is a perfect place, away from the hustle bustle to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

There are many cozy, old fashion and modern lodges, Bed and Breakfasts, Country Inn and Ski Resorts in Vermont to welcome their guests.

Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont – A mountainside Ski Resort in Vermont. It has 8 pools, 8 family resorts and they conduct children’s programs and activities for all age groups. They also offer advantage packages irrespective of whether they ski or not. It has over 1000 acres of all-terrain access and 750 acres of woods in between trails. Smuggler’s has three interconnected mountains to its benefit, Morse, Madonna and Sterling.

Killington, Vermont – Situated in the scenic Green Mountains of Appalachian Trail is a 3-Diamond, AAA approved Resort. It is popularly known as Inn of six mountains.

Stowe, Vermont – It is a world famous historic village, situated besides the highest peak Mt. Mansfield. It has indoor and outdoor pools, bed and breakfast, hot tubs, restaurant and dinning. It is a perfect choice for weddings and family reunions. Stowe Ski ResortsVermont also has facilities for corporate meetings and conferences. Stow offer teaching programs in Snowboarding and Cross country skiing.

Historical Places in Turkey

Gallipoli

Gallipoli is a pilgrimage destination for the thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who visit the destination on April 25th every year in order to pay their respects and watch the ANZAC day memorial celebrations. The Turkish leader feared that if England, France and Russia defeated Germany in the Great War then Turkey would be derived of more of its empire, so Turkey joined forces with Germany and fought against the allies. This saw New Zealand’s entrance to the Great War and although the campaign was minor in numerical terms, it still holds great significance and personal importance to the Australians and New Zealanders who knew someone that fought there. On your holiday in Turkey the area is definitely worth a visit and you can expect to see an extensive collection of Great War paraphernalia from sunken battleships to guns, forts and battalions.

Cappadoccia

The fairytale castles of Cappadocia are simply breathtaking and a hot-air balloon ride over the peaks of them provides the perfect finale to your holiday in Turkey. The area is steeped with mystery and although the rock formations are said to be the result of years of fire, water and wind working together to create the outstanding landscapes, no one is quite sure why the inhabitants choose to live underground in cave houses. The houses date from 3000 BC and you can visit the inside of one whilst on your holiday in Turkey.

Ephesus

The ancient city of Ephesus is a tremendously popular site with tourists on their holidays in Turkey. The city is said to be the best preserved ancient city in the Eastern Mediterranean, and many believe it to be one of the best preserved Greek sites in the world. The city was home to the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the seven original wonders of the world, but now is only represented by a single column standing in a lake. Nevertheless there is still plenty to see on a visit to Ephesus and you certainly won’t be disappointed on your Turkey holidays. The Basilica of St. John is the resting place of St. John the evangelist and is therefore a popular Christian pilgrimage destination, whilst the Cave of the Seven Sleepers tells the legend of seven Christian boys who fell asleep in this cave in 250AD and woke up in the 5th century.

Pamukkale

Pamukkale is an ethereal destination, with a name that translates into English as “Cotton Castles”. The landmark is a made up of a naturally occurring phenomenon of white stalactites and water-filled plateaus. The geothermal hot springs that stand on this site are full of naturally occurring minerals, predominantly chalk and limestone, so when the water hardens whilst coming down the mountain this unique landscape occurs. Of course, something this spectacular can’t be missed whilst on your holiday in Turkey and many tourists visit this area in order to bathe in the spectacular sacred pool, which is located inside the Pamukkale Hotel.

Didymia

Didymia is an ancient Greek Temple located near Turkey’s holiday resort of Altinkum. The word “Didymia” is Ancient Greek for twin and this refers to Apollo and Artemis, who were the twin children of Zeus and Leto. The temple was an important Greek site for oracles, where deities gave answers to questions through the mouth of a priest. The Persians and Earthquakes may have destroyed a large amount of the Temple but the remains are definitely worth discovering on your Turkish holiday.

 

Lyme Bay Coast, England

The Lyme Bay coast is an easily accessible part of England renowned for its fossil hunting, breathtaking natural beauty, sheltered harbours, sandy beaches, thatched cottages, sense of history and pastoral landscape. The weather is relatively mild all year round so it’s a great place to visit at any time during the year. Obviously the area is quieter outside of the main school holidays so that’s the time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds. There are so many things to see and do here on the Jurassic Coast, so here are a couple of suggestions for things to do if you take a break in the area:

A bracing walk and a fine ale!
One of my favourite forms of exercise is a bracing two mile walk along the East Devon coast between Beer and Branscombe. But be warned, a head for heights will come in handy! This walk is quite strenuous but you will enjoy the most fantastic views across the open seas.

There is large car park at Beer Head and this is the starting point for the walk. Head west out along the relatively level white cliffs of Beer Head and enjoy the views to Portland Bill in one direction and Torbay in the other. On your walk you will pass the spectacular chasm of Under Hooken that was created in 1790 when part of the cliff broke away and slipped down. Follow the well-maintained path on to Branscombe Mouth. This is the spot where the container ship MSC Napoli was shipwrecked in 2007 and this became national news as crowds flocked to the beach in a re-creation of ‘Whisky Galore’. Tranquility has now returned to this beautiful part of the coastline.

The village of Branscombe is a short way inland from Branscombe mouth and is spread out along a long winding road. There are two pubs in the village, The Masons Arms, which is closest and the Fountain Head, which is at the far end of the village – both are well worth a visit. You can enjoy at your leisure a locally brewed Branscombe ale before you head back to Beer.

Where’s the beef?
Soak up more than 900 years of history on a visit to Forde Abbey, four miles south east of Chard on the Dorset/Somerset border. This elegant former Cistercian monastery is set in 30 acres of spectacular award winning gardens. The landscape has developed slowly since monastic times and it is constantly changing with the seasons and years. Its character in the spring is totally different from that of the summer or autumn. The gardens are open every day throughout the year.

The Tearoom is open daily until the 31st October and the food served at Forde Abbey is cooked in the Abbey kitchens using produce grown on the estate or sourced from local producers. The walled kitchen garden and the soft fruit grown on the estate provide a wealth of seasonal fresh produce. I must make special mention (and apologies to any vegetarians reading this) of the famous Forde Abbey Red Devon Beef, which often appears on the menu. All of the Forde Abbey beef comes from animals that have been born and reared at Forde. I thoroughly recommend a visit to the estate shop where you can buy cuts of beef to take home with you – it’s the best beef I have tasted.