The Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts doesn't have the cleanest reputation, but 'that dirty water' is a celebrated piece of the city's tenacious history. The river was initially named the 'Massachusetts' after the local Native American tribe, but England's King Charles I wasn't thrilled. Since then its simply been 'Thah Chaahles' for locals.
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When people ask me where I am from, I never answer "Germany". I always respond: Bavaria! This Southern German region with very special inhabitants, customs and identity. I love being part of the culture that, oh so often, represents Germany as a whole. Ask people from other countries what they think of when they hear "Germany" and you will most likely get: Oktoberfest, "Lederhosen", sexy dresses and beer. There you go: They are talking about Bavaria.
While taking a trip on route 66, why not stop by the yellow city of Texas? Amarillo offers many family attractions in its non-green but yellowish desert like city.
Vienna, how could I possibly describe this city in one word? Charming? Alluring? Flavorful? All of the above. But even several more descriptive words for this beautiful capital of Austria were added to my personal vocabulary upon my visit there, and any trip to Europe should include a stopover to this classical hub of culture, art and music. Historical attractions are abundant nearly everywhere you travel in this relatively small (by European standards) compacted metropolis, and here are three notable sites which can merit your attention while touring Vienna.
The Year 2012 has thankfully come and gone without the world ending, perhaps to the dismay of the ancient Mayans of present-day Mexico who predicted that Dec. 21 of the past year would be the day the universe as we know it would bid adieu. Nevertheless, this catastrophic prophecy only spurred my fascination in this great ancient civilization. Hollywood popularized the Mayans into the contemporary mindset via the Mel Gibson-directed film "Apocalypto" because of which they may be taken as barbaric warriors bent on nothing but warfare and human sacrifice. What they actually contributed to the world was so much more.
Centre Island, Toronto Islands
Not all of Toronto's attractions are found in the downtown area alone, for family and friends alike seeking to veer off the city's main urban trappings, the Toronto Islands grant a quick and easy getaway. These are a chain of small islands located just offshore from the downtown area, and they are the only group of islands in the western part of Lake Ontario. These islands are all about recreation and relaxation, and they can be easily reached by plenty of ferry services from downtown Toronto. Some of these ferries can even accommodate bicycles and canoes for interested passengers. You will be happy to know that some ferry operators even set aside a few weekends where families can ride their boats for free to anywhere in the Toronto Islands (we were lucky to be given this offer).
What brings you to Canada? How often do you see yourself coming here? I wanted to experience the cleanliness and exciting multiculturalism for which the city of Toronto is known for. Additionally, I wanted to experience my first ever birthday in the country of Canada, and true enough, it was a worthwhile and enjoyable weekend experience spending time with my cousins whom I haven't seen in many years.
How often do you see yourself coming here? I intend to visit Ontario, Canada at least once or twice a year, it is just along the border of New York State where I currently live. Visiting the region brings back happy memories of my college years when I was a student in neighboring Michigan state during the 1990s, when Toronto in particular was a frequent playground for my friends and I during our long weekend holiday breaks.
Did you notice any distinction between the French-speaking Canadians and the English-speaking ones? Yes, a few of the French-speaking Canadians that I observed there seem to take much natural pride in their unique heritage as French-Canadians and carry a distinct European cultural aura in terms of their architecture and outlook on life, whereas English-speaking Canadians have a pretty obvious affinity with their American counterparts living south of their nation's border in many areas, from interests in fast food, pop music to Hollywood films.
Any particular specialty/food/souvenir/symbol you remember Toronto by? I'll always remember Toronto whenever I see a photo or image of the city's amazing CN Tower, few other buildings have left such a lasting impression of a great city on me!
That is the only word I could use to describe my visit to the Georgia Aquarium's whale shark exhibit.
I had always enjoyed watching the guppies and angel fish swim back and forth in my dad's fish tank as a boy growing up in Queens NY. Little did I know that 40 years later I would be standing in the presence of this BEHEMOTH of a fish.
Favorite animal on this tour:
The Calamian Deer, these small and gentle animals are truly a highlight attraction, and they illustrate the rich biodiversity that is inherent in Northern Palawan. Their endangered status is also a reminder for the need to preserve indigenous Philippine wildlife.
Recommended time to visit Calauit Safari: January-April, in order to avoid the heavy wet season and to take advantage of the African savannah-like climate in the Calamian Islands of Palawan in that time of the year.
What makes this place unique: The relatively isolated island location of the Calauit Safari animal sanctuary has been a strong factor in the thriving of the wildlife there, and this is one of the very few places in the world where you can see the Palawan Bearcat, which is endemic to the Philippines.
Just close your eyes for a minute, and think back to the time when you were a child experiencing your first trip to the zoo. The wonder and enchantment you must have felt when you saw up close and personal the many animals of the wild living and breathing within a protected habitat is simply something you can never forget. Even now as an adult, there must be that nostalgic yearning deep inside of you to once again feel that same magic of having near close interaction with those very creatures which have been such a strong source of your childhood fascination.