Our first observations upon hitting the beach of Playa Camarones (Shrimp Beach – I love a beach named after my favorite seafood) were fivefold: very few people, quiet, very clean, beautiful sand and rolling waves. So far, so good. Our playa (beach) is situated between the all-inclusive hotel beaches and the beginning of El Centro, the heart of all the action and is one of many in the half moon shaped Banderas Bay, discovered by the Spanish in the early 1500s.
Sadly, globalization has hit Paris like everywhere else, so every year increasing numbers of charming, unique and independent boutiques are replaced by chains and big box stores. However, there are still many delightful finds throughout the city and Paris offers a diverse range of shopping opportunities and experiences that are explored below. Grands Magasins A shopping excursion wouldn’t be complete without stepping inside one of the world’s most celebrated fashion department stores. However, beware; the main ones, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps
It’s true. Anyone can write. No one is born a writer; the craft of writing is a learned skill like any other skill. Okay, maybe Tolstoy and Steinbeck were blessed with some extra literary genes, but most people must make a conscious effort to be able to write effectively. It’s easier than you think, and the truth is this: if you can speak, you can write. Follow these Top 10 strategies below for getting the thoughts that are in your head
Window-Shopping Who can be blamed for stopping frequently to gawk slack-jawed at the numerous window displays showing off style, beauty and creativity extraordinaire? The French gawk too and have a fun name for this pleasant past-time: lèche-vitrine, literally ‘licking the windows.’ Scenic Metro Ride Ride Metro Line 6 (which is largely above ground), from beginning to end for a great glimpse of several residential districts of Paris that takes you through parts of the chic 16th (below ground), 15th, 6th, 13th
Some things about Paris and the way the city operates can be puzzling. See the quirks below and prepare yourself to ‘get over it’ before arriving! GET OVER IT #1 There is very little to no air-conditioning in France. The age of the buildings often prevents modern conveniences like these to be installed. When the temperatures are high in Paris, it is really, really hot because so many structures such as streets and buildings are made of stone and absorb the
This fun road trip chronicles a driving adventure one chilly late November starting in Calgary, Canada on the Alberta Highway 2 and progressing through the USA via the Interstate 15 (I-15) route to Palm Springs and back (one province and 5 states). Radical temperatures ranged from -11°F to 92°F (-24°C to 33°C). Stops included: Great Falls, MT; Idaho Falls, ID; Salt Lake City and St. George, UT; Las Vegas and Mojave Desert, NV + CA; Palm Springs, CA. The Car: 2013
MYTH #1: Paris is really, really expensive.Explanation: In any city of the world, the sky is the limit when it comes to what you can spend and pay for things. Compared to most other major tourist destinations in the world, in fact it is very possible to get by quite inexpensively in Paris. Admission costs for museums and attractions are extremely reasonable (and some are free!), public transportation is a downright bargain and many restaurants feature attractively priced set menus. The