60 Second Geography – Paris

60 Second Geography – Paris

Paris is a city to see on foot. There a many great walking tours and options, all of which involve time well spent in Parisian cafés. Sites you won’t want to miss in Paris are the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, The Sacred Heart Basilica, Museum d’Orsay and the Louvre National Museum. Give yourself plenty of time to visit the sites because there is an overwhelming amount of fascinating art and history to take in.

  • Paris is perhaps one of the most filmed and photographed cities in the world. The “City of Light” is inundated with romance, intrigue and elegance.
  • There are enough museums in Paris that you could easily spend your entire visit admiring the art of world-famous artists such as Rembrandt, Van Gough and collections from Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Etruscan history.
  • You’ll also want to take time to relax at a sidewalk café and enjoy the French cuisine.
  • The Eiffel Tower was unveiled in 1889 at the Paris Exhibition, despite a multitude of protests. Today, more than 2 million people climb the tower’s stairs each year to take in the breathtaking panorama view of the city. Most people walk up the 747 steps, but in 2002 Hugues Richard rode a bicycle to the top in 19 minutes.
  • The Latin Quarter received its name because it’s where scholars studied in Latin during the Middle Ages. The area surrounds Sorbonne University.
  • It took over 180 years to complete Notre Dame Cathedral. The building was cleaned in 1990s with lasers that burned off the grime. Parisian officials decided to leave a portion of the cathedral dirty to remind people what it used to look like.
  • Pere Lachaise Cemetery opened in 1804 but didn’t have any customers because people felt it was too far from the city. Eventually the bodies of the famous medieval lovers, Abelard and Heloise, were transferred to the cemetery. Since then, the cemetery became a popular graveyard and tourist destination.
  • Paris is often called the City of Light, although the nickname has nothing to do with the city’s actual light. Instead, the name refers to intellects and artists who came to the city, making it a place of enlightenment.
  • Paris is a city proud of its history. The landscape is still based around the Ile de la Cite where Celtic tribes first settled over 2,000 years ago. Years later, the Romans showed interest in the area until the English ruled from 1420 to 1436. Around the same time a consecutive order of French kings centralized France with Paris at its heart.
  • As one of the most popular destinations in the world, Paris receives 45 million tourists a year. Sixty percent of the visitors are foreigners.Hotels in Paris are rated into category by prices ranging from 100 Euros to over 400 Euros.

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October 31, 2013 · 11:47 pm

Black Sea Cruises

Black Sea Cruises

The Black Sea is an inland sea in Eastern Europe, surrounded by Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania. It is connected to the Mediterranean by the Bosphorus Strait. A Black Sea cruise will take you to lands known for their history, terrain, unique cultures and long-standing traditions.

Port stops in the Ukraine, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania are featured and sailings are typically 7 to 14 nights in length sailing from April through October. Favorites are the sunny Crimean Coast, the colorful day-to-day activities of Istanbul, or the therapeutic resorts of Odessa.

Most cruisers have not considered a Black Sea cruise and undoubtedly the question comes up – is it worth it? Absolutely! But, go there soon before the modern plague of commercialism starts to erode its unique characteristics.

The Black Sea is one of the best-kept secrets of the cruising world. It offers a perfect antidote to the crowds that clamor to the Mediterranean. It offers every bit as much history and culture, alongside fabulous white sand beaches and increasingly sophisticated cities.

You can look forward to a wide variety of experiences on a Black Sea cruise – one day soaking up the sun on the beaches of Varna in Bulgaria, the next exploring the cobbled medieval streets of nearby Nessebur. Perhaps the magnificent parks and fine architecture of Odessa, the region’s most sophisticated city piques your interest. Or if some real world history is your Black Sea thing, visit Sevastopol – where the Light Brigade made its legendary Crimean War charge. Yalta is where Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill gathered and re-drew the map of Europe at the end of World War II.

For the foodies in the group, a Black Sea cruise should not disappoint. Local dishes abound including pelmeny (meat dumplings), vareniki (a sweet version of pelmeny but stuffed with cherries or ricotta cheese). And if you are VERY adventurous, a plate of barbecued sheep’s testicles are sure to hit the spot; or not. And like every bizarre food that few have the courage to eat, they supposedly taste (wait for it) just like chicken.

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October 21, 2013 · 5:00 pm

Geography – Alaska

60 Second Geography – Alaska

Feeling adventurous? Then Alaska is the place for you. From guided tours, hiking on an ice glacier, going on a dog sled ride, riding in an airplane, rafting, kayaking, even a jet boat ride, your options in the great outdoors and beyond are endless. Even safari rides are available, riding in a sponsored vehicle and getting up-close-and-personal with the wildlife and other characters of nature.

  • Want to explore the outdoors, but aren’t quite so brave? Then a cruise is the perfect choice. The sighting of whales, seals, sea lions, orcas, sea otters, mountain goats, even brown and black bears from the safety and protection of a ship are common, letting you come within enough distance to appreciate, but not disturb, them. Another great option for a sea-faring explorer is a riverboat ride on a grand sternwheeler. Dating back to the early days of exploration, sternwheelers are a great way to take a trip back in history while still enjoying all of the modern amenities.
  • Experiencing the culture and entertainment firsthand is what will really set your trip to Alaska apart. Right off the screens of The History or National Geographic Channel, visitors can immerse themselves within the native environment via totem carving, dancing, blanket tossing, music, crafts, festivals, museums and heritage centers. Taking influence from not only the local population but also from Russia, your to-do list will grow longer and longer the more you discover.
  • One of the most relaxing pastimes, Alaska’s fly-fishing, saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing and even ice fishing is known worldwide as being some of the best. From beginner to professional, every level of experience is catered to and met with just about any accommodation possible.
  • Getting around in Alaska is an adventure within itself — any mode of transportation you take will lead you on an once-in-a-lifetime journey. Whether you choose to go by boat, car, motor coach, plane or by train, each option will leave you with stories to tell.

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October 18, 2013 · 3:52 pm

Hawaii-Driving Around Oahu

Hawaii – Driving Around Oahu

To see and really know the Islands of Hawaii takes a minimum of six trips, one for each island. I for one would be willing to make that kind of commitment. But each island in Hawaii is a world of its own, and each deserves a leisurely pace, an opportunity to get to know it up close and personal. Far too many visitors to the islands make the mistake of trying to see and do every island in a week, bouncing around from island to island in an effort to soak it all in. Want some advice? Explore one island at a time and save the rest for the next visit.

To really make the most of your island vacation, be adventuresome and rent a car. We know where to find the best, hassle-free deals. In fact, right now there are opportunities to visit Hawaii at great rates, so now is a terrific time to go.

Jeeps and convertibles have a certain appeal in Hawaii… you’ll find that out as soon as you get there. Remember, though, that your car is all about getting you to the outer reaches of the islands – once there, step outside and experience the amazing sights, smells, sounds, views and vistas that make the experience that is Hawaii.

Oahu is a great place for exploring. Everyone has their favorite Island….but I like Oahu’s mix of urban and natural beauty, the excitement of Honolulu and the amazing beauty of the interior and the perimeter. One of my first encounters with Oahu, I navigated in a rental car. The scenery is amazing, and on a nice day, which is most days, the drive is exhilarating.

A drive around the perimeter and interior of the island of Oahu is a great way to get to know the geography, the people and the terrain in a really interesting, inexpensive way. The drive is not as famous as Maui’s Road to Hana, but the Oahu route is well worth the time. So grab a map, and plan your drive.

In total, the drive around the eastern and northern perimeter of Oahu, returning through the interior is about 120 miles and takes the better part of five to six hours if you go slow enough to enjoy the scenery and stop along the way. But there is so much to do and see along the way that accomplishing the entire drive in a single outing is hardly necessary. You will want to be drawn in far too many times by the amazing vistas and the quaint towns. We will leave the leeward, or western, side of the island for another trip and instead return through the center of the island. Likewise, the popular sites of Pearl Harbor, Honolulu and Waikiki we will leave to your own explorations!

Start by driving to the 760 foot Diamond Head, one of Oahu’s most amazing and well-known landmark. The mountain towers over everything around it and you can either drive or walk to the top. Stop wherever you feel inclined – you’ll have many excellent opportunities. You will be struck by the scenic beauty of the island, just moments outside of busy Waikiki. If you feel up to an early morning hike to the top of Diamond Head – but remember it’s more than 100 stair steps to the lookout. At the summit, you will be treated to a panoramic view of much of the southern half of the island.

As you leave Diamond Head, you might consider a stop at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. This horseshoe shaped bay is home to many species of tropical fish and offers up some of the best snorkeling areas on the island. There is a small entry fee and during peak seasons the area can fill quickly. Heading up the eastern side of Oahu on Route 83 West, you will pass through all of the small towns that gave rise to great surfing legends. There are dozens of places of interest along the way, including the Byodo-in Temple, a replica of a 900 year old Buddhist temple in Japan. If you are a fan of Japanese architecture and gardens, the stopover is worthwhile. Or spend time at the Polynesian Cultural Center to learn about the history of the islands and the vast sweep of the Polynesian people who populated the most remote islands in the world, arriving in only their small, hand crafted boats.

You might want to take a quick stop at Sunset Beach, the famous surfing beach where the winter surf can deliver the enormous waves that you see in so many pictures of the Islands. Just a quick warning – the ocean here is rugged and rough, not a place for a novice swimmer or a beginning surfer!

Stop at Waimea Beach Park, which is known for its immense winter waves more than 30 feet high, though it is calm enough to easily swim in the summer. The Waimea Valley Audubon Center sits on more than 1,800 acres of pristine land and boasts more than 6,000 species of plant life. There is a 45 foot waterfall within easy distance and the park is, as the name suggests, one of the best areas on Oahu for bird watching. The trails can be a bit rugged in places, so wear good shoes and take water along on the hike.

Leave early enough to plan breakfast (or at least lunch) in the small storybook town of Haleiwa. The old plantation town mixes the historic with new and is a great place for a leisurely break during your ride around the island. The town of Haleiwa has many small boutique shops and a very laid-back feeling.

At the juncture of 83 West and 99 South, you can head into the interior of the island or remain on the perimeter until you come to the end of the paved road at Dillingham Air Field. You can hike for some distance here, though the shoreline is rocky with crystal clear, but rough waters.

At this point, you can backtrack to 99 South and into the interior of Oahu. If you would like to see the famous Dole Plantations, head south on 99. Then, via H2 and H1 West, return to Honolulu and Waikiki. Along the way, you will see so much to do with so many possible detours and stops that your journey may not even resemble the suggestions above. But you are certain to see a side of Oahu that many who never leave Waikiki will never see!

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Circle of Excellence Award Winner

Orange-based Travel Agent Honored with Nexion
Circle of Excellence Award
Ron Adcock of Travel of Orange Achieves Top Industry Award for
Car, Cruise, and Tour Sales in 2013

Orange, CA (10/16/2013) –Orange-based travel agent Ron Adcock has been recognized as one of the travel industry’s top travel agents based on his car, cruise, and tour sales by premier travel host agency, Nexion. Adcock was honored with Nexion’s “Circle of Excellence” award during the organization’s annual CoNexion national conference, which was held at the Paris Hotel Las Vegas from September 26-28, 2013. The Circle of Excellence is one of two major national sales recognition awards that Nexion announces each fall.

“Nexion sets lofty goals for its independent travel professionals and Adcock has exceeded those ambitious goals,” said Nexion President Jackie Friedman. “We are proud to honor him for striving to achieve success in selling car, cruise, and tour components of a traveler’s vacation. Ron truly deserves recognition among our elite agents. Nexion would not be able to succeed without our agents achieving this level of success.”

Award Winner Adcock is one of just 42 independent home-based agents – out of Nexion’s network of more than 4,500 agents throughout the United States – to be honored with the prestigious Circle of Excellence award. The award is given to those agencies achieving the highest total of car, cruise, and tour sales among Nexion’s supplier partners booked from September 1, 2012, to August 31, 2013. Adcock has won this award 5 consecutive years in a row.

“I am very pleased to be honored as one of Nexion’s top agents,” said Award Winner Adcock of Travel of Orange here “To be recognized with the Circle of Excellence award is very gratifying. The resources and training Nexion makes available to me as a part of my membership helps me achieve this level of success and, more importantly, allows me to provide each of my clients with the best possible vacation options to suit their style of travel and budget.”
Each Circle of Excellence inductee, including Adcock, will also be treated to an exclusive trip reserved for the award winners. This year’s retreat, courtesy of Funjet Vacations and Moon Palace, will allow winners the opportunity to enjoy Cancun, Mexico, from December 7 – December 11, 2013.

To tap into Adcock’s travel expertise, contact him at 714-538-0010 or online at ron@traveloforange.com or http://www.traveloforange.com or in person at 332 South Tustin Street, Orange, CA 92866.

At Travel of Orange, we believe that our knowledge, experience and service set us apart from the rest. Travel of Orange’s agents are constantly studying, training, and exploring so that we are better prepared to answer your questions and help you make the right travel choices. You can be confident that Travel of Orange will do whatever we can to make your trip as stress-free as possible. Please visit the Travel of Orange website often for the latest travel offers from the best suppliers. If you like Travel of Orange’s web site and email promotions, please let your friends know about it. The greatest compliment you can give us is to recommend us to others.
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Enter For A Chance To Win a $250.00 Travel Gift Certificate.

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