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Must See Tourist Attractions of Paris Ah Paris, the Lover’s City and a beautiful collection of architectural masterpieces. Paris, France is a must visit for any budding travelers and a favorite amongst veteran vagabonds. If it’s your first time or one hundredth, there are certain Parisian attractions that have to be seen.   Gathered from conversations […]

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Must See Tourist Attractions of Paris

Ah Paris, the Lover’s City and a beautiful collection of architectural masterpieces. Paris, France is a must visit for any budding travelers and a favorite amongst veteran vagabonds. If it’s your first time or one hundredth, there are certain Parisian attractions that have to be seen.   Gathered from conversations I’ve had with friends and fellow trekkers, here is a list of five must see tourist attractions in or around Paris.

 

Eiffel Tower

What would a trip to grand Paris be without spending a morning gazing up at the Eiffel Tower while sipping on some strong coffee at a quaint little café? I’ll tell you, it wouldn’t be Paris. The Eiffel tower signifies Paris to most people and it’s seen as the city’s most iconic attraction.

The Eiffel tower was built for the 1889 World Expo and was designed to be an epic entrance to the event. The tower remained the tallest man made structure for 40 years so it has been a huge draw for tourism since its erection.

The Eiffel Tower is a must see tourist attraction because of its iconic status and impressive size and stature. Everywhere you go in Paris the tower can be seen and it is so intertwined in Parisian culture.

 

Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame, the cathedral that started a revolution of design and has been the religious center for Paris since its construction in 1163.   The New Gothic style was replicated all over Europe and the buildings aesthetics were often imitated yet never repeated. The beauty and attention to detail involved in the construction of Notre Dame are incredible and must be seen on person to appreciate. It may not be the largest cathedral in the city but is by far the most famous. It’s an eight-century-old building but the renovations were so well done that the building looks like a new build.

Notre Dame is on the must see list because it’s the church that populated the New Gothic style and is the supermodel of churches.

 

Arc de Triomphe

The history behind this attraction is so ingrained in the heart and soul of Paris it is a must see for so many reasons. The arc was commissioned by Napoleon to memorialize his many war victories. Although the arc was finished after Napoleon was exiled from the country he loved, the symbolism remained intact. The Arc de Triomphe is a patriotic symbol of pride more many Parisians and is the center of the city.  

A must see and often overlooked portion of the monument is the observation deck on the roof of the arc. Warning, there is no elevator and to reach the top, one must tackle 200 plus steps. I’ll guarantee that once you see the view from the top of the arc de Triomphe, you’ll fall in love with Paris all over again.

 

The Louvre

A trip to Paris isn’t complete without seeing possibly the most iconic painting in the world, the Mona Lisa. The Louvre is an enormous museum and cultural center of the city. Created as a place for King Francs I to store his massive art collection, the museum now boasts over 1 million pieces of art. That’s a lot of class and culture you can earn in a short time.  You will see artistic masterpieces like the Venus de Milo and Dying Slave by Michelangelo.

The newest edition is the Louvre’s glass pyramid, built in 1989 by I.M Pei. which serves as a grand entryway for the museum.

The Louvre is a must see just for the pure brilliance that it contains.

 

Palace of Versailles

This is a short drive outside of the city but well worth the journey. Originally the home of King Louis 13 who built outside the city because didn’t trust Parisians. The enormous home has one of the most magnificent gardens in the world. The 250-acre garden features geometric shapes cut into foliage and many ostentatious fountains.

Once you see this magical place, you’ll understand why the Palace of Versailles is a must see tourist attraction in Paris.

 

Enjoy the most romantic city in the world; hopefully you fall in love with old Paris just like me.

 

 

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Cool Off with the Best US Swimming Holes

Grab your swimsuit, pack a towel and don’t forget your friends and family and let’s get wet!

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Summer is just around the corner and with rising temperatures it’s time to find some places to cool off. Unfortunately not everyone lives close to an ocean, so some of us have to find alternative swimming holes. Grab your swimsuit, pack a towel and don’t forget your friends and family and let’s get wet! We found the best swimming holes around the country so you can cool down in style.

  

The Homestead Caldera, UT

Locals refer to this as the Crater and it’s an amazing swimming hole that is literally a hole. In Midway, Utah sits a naturally heated spring inside a huge hole in the ground that was created by mineral deposits. Now it’s a commercial swimming hole that is open all-year-round. Scuba divers use this as a training place, but everyone can use it to cool down in the hot summer months. The 10,000-year-old crater is easily the most unique swimming hole on this list.

  

Bridal Veil Falls, GA

Come to Georgia for a 45 ft waterfall and a really cool place to chill out. People slide down the granite rock face in a natural waterslide that will leave a huge smile on your face. Locals love this place and it’s free, so swim on my friends. This place is wonderful and located in a State park.

 

Barton Springs, TX

Located just outside of downtown Austin, TX; Barton Springs has long been the cooling off spot for young University of Texas students. That is one of the draws to this swimming hole, the abnormally high amount of young, attractive college students. Only costing $7, Barton Springs is a great way to cool off in the heart of Austin. If you’re lucky, the waterfall will be flowing from the 1,000 ft wide limestone cliff.

 

White Rock Park, IN

Come for the cliff diving and stay for the chill vibes. With steep cliffs surrounding the water, there are plenty of places to jump. You’ll find the swimming hole is packed on the weekends but there is still plenty of space to spread out. Check out the floating barges where you can catch some rays and slip right into the water.

 

Enfield Falls, NY

A really cool collection of waterfalls located just outside of Ithaca, New York will take your breath away. These natural beauties are easily accessible from Ithaca and only a few hour drive from New York City. You’ll find some amazing hikes circle around the falls and give numerous views to take in. The water is chilly and great at cooling you off after a hard hike.

 

Queen’s Bath, HI

Located on the island of Kauai in Hawaii and known to have healing powers, Queen’s Bath is naturally formed pocket of lava rock that creates a swimmable pool. Visitors have to hike over lava fields and tough terrain to reach the beautiful pool but it’s well worth the trouble. Once there you’ll find a remote pool on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, warmed by the sun and oh so inviting.

 

Sliding Rock, NC

Located outside of Asheville North Carolina, is Sliding Rock, a natural water slide that keeps tourists and locals coming back every summer. The 60-foot water slide is the king of all swimming holes and a perfect way to cool out while having some fun.

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Visit the Quieter Side of the Caribbean

 Let’s get away from the crowds and find a vacation spot that is just as beautiful and affordable while we visit the quieter side of the Caribbean.

 

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Summer vacation is around the corner and now is the time to start planning your beach trip. If you are thinking Caribbean then you most likely are looking into Cancun, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, the three most popular destinations. These places are awesome, cheap and beautiful but also the busiest, so maybe a quieter destination ids for you.   Let’s get away from the crowds and find a vacation spot that is just as beautiful and affordable while we visit the quieter side of the Caribbean.

 

Costa Rica

If surf is your goal then Costa Rica is your paradise. Considered the best surfing in the world, with warm waters and consistent breaks all year long, Costa Rica needs to be on your list if you like water activities. Costa Rica straddles both coasts with the Caribbean side being the calmer side with smaller waves and thicker jungles. The Caribbean side is generally cheaper than the Pacific side and much more laid back.

 

Honduras

Honduras isn’t on most people’s lists because the city of San Pedro Sula is currently the murder capital of the world but its well over an hour away from the beaches. This beautiful country sits right on the Caribbean Sea and boasts some of the most beautiful beaches around. Check out Roatan, the largest island off the coast and a major vacation hub. You can fly direct from major US cities like Houston, so no need to worry about the crime riddled central cities.

 

Panama

Nobody thinks of Panama when booking Caribbean vacations but that is their fault. This Central American country boast some of the region’s most secluded private islands and luxurious retreats. Find the above water villas you’ve been searching for with unspoiled marine life just waiting to be explored. Panama has some awesome wildlife and plenty of sanctuaries you can explore and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Panama also has a rich history so you can see some really cool ruins.

 

Trinidad and Tobago

Tourists still under utilize the only actual Caribbean islands on this list, Trinidad and Tobago.   The country isn’t focused on tourism like the other Caribbean nations so they don’t offer as much variety of resorts as the other islands. Trinidad is the business island and Tobago is the pleasure center of the two, so I advise you stay on Tobago. These islands have those authentic laid back vibes you’ve been searching for.

 

Belize

If you want the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the region than look no further than the Barrier reef off the coast of Belize. The largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere is full of marine life and intense coral reefs. Belize also has some radical Mayan ruins you can check out that are located deep in the lush rainforests. There are plenty of guided hikes and activities to keep you entertained and more than enough sandy beaches to relax on. Belize is nestled between Mexico and Guatemala, so it’s easy to get to and affordable.

Try one of these less traveled paths and your vacation will be filled with chill Caribbean vibes.

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Luxurious Private Island Escapes

Steer clear of all the tourists, long lines and other common vacation annoyances and instead party like a rock star on your own private island.

 

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We’ve all dreamt of being marooned on a desert island filled with coconuts and privacy, but we all can’t be Robinson Crusoe. Being trapped on a desert island is actually a nightmare, but what isn’t, is staying on one of these luxury private island resorts. Steer clear of all the tourists, long lines and other common vacation annoyances and instead party like a rock star on your own private island.

 

The Meridian Club

This ultimate all-inclusive resort will show you what luxury is really all about as you bask in the beautiful Caribbean sun in Turks & Caicos. The Meridian Club offers everything a regular all-inclusive would offer but they do it with sophistication and class. You won’t need cash because it’s a cashless experience, in fact you won’t need anything when you cruise around the archipelago. Just be prepared to smile, a lot. You can stay here for as little as $900 per night, which in the grand scheme of things, it’s pretty affordable.

 

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

The Renaissance Aruba isn’t your typical private island resort, because it’s not on a private island at all. Instead, this luxury resort has its own private island you can book and enjoy some truly quiet time. The 40-acre private island has two separate sides, a family and adult side. You can feed flamingos, hang in hammocks, drink tropical beverages or check out the nude beach. You can get a room for around $175 a night, so jump on that.

 

Necker Island

The ultimate in private resorts is Necker Island, owned by billionaire Richard Branson and used by the super elite. This destination has it all and you and 33 of your closest amigos can stay here for only $80,000 a night. Sounds affordable… for a prince. Recently former President Obama recently stayed here and was seen frolicking with Branson in the ocean. What is paradise worth, well apparently it’s around 80k, but not to worry, I’ve found some more affordable options as well.

 

Affordable Islands

Pelican Beach Resort

Actually sitting on top of the largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere is the Pelican Beach Resort in Belize. This resort has the best location possible for underwater exploration as it literally rests on a lush coral reef system with some of the best dive spots around.   For under $300 for two guests a night you can stay on this semi-private island with meals included, sounds like a deal to me. Highlights include the guided nighttime snorkeling tours where you’ll get to see the ocean like you’ve never seen before.

 

Nangyuan Island Dive Resort

This group of three tiny islands in the Gulf of Thailand is one of the best spots on Earth for underwater exploration.  These three islands are actually linked by pure white sandbars so all three are accessible by foot. For as little as $100 USD a night you can have your own private little island to call your own. The snorkeling and scuba diving here is incredible with sea caves, whales sharks and sea turtles to keep you entertained and mesmerized. This tropical location has 15 unique dive sites so you won’t get bored and your mind will be overloaded with stimulus.

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