Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand this is the the true and inspirational story of Louis Zamperini - track star, 1936 Olympian and World War II hero. Author Laura Hillenbrand followed up with her first book "Seabiscuit" by spending seven years of her life researching this book in such detail that when asked about his own life, Louis sometimes defers to "Laura" as the authority about his own life! The impetus for this book came when during her … [Read more...]
Archives for July 2012
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On my way to Stirling Room, strolling down a brick-paved street edged by charming restored Victorian-era buildings of Toronto's Distillery District, I felt that I was in a previous age - a time when the upper crest of society enjoyed culture and life more fully at a slower pace than our busy life in this modern age. From their times we today can relish the renovated Victorian architecture in its pedestrians-only aura - no modern traffic to mar … [Read more...]
First time visitors should see some of the sights that make Paris famous - and then explore deeper into what makes the art, culture, food, fashion and western European lifestyle so intriguing. Paris is a city of museums, landmarks and history - and one can easily spend more than a few days visiting its attractions, but to start with, here are five "must sees". And once you have visited these, there is plenty of other stuff to do in … [Read more...]
Managaha Island is merely minutes off shore - and the quickest way to get here is by walking on the beach in front of the Fiesta Hotel until a boatman flags you down. When we visited much of Saipan was covered by dark clouds - but minutes offshore, Managaha Island was bathed in bright blue sunshine surrounded by billowing white clouds. This small island has a number of beaches overlooking the corral - but most people head for the well trodden … [Read more...]
As a tourist destination in Asia, Macau pretty much has it all. Bustling nightlife with amazing casinos and gambling entertainment, beautiful beaches, an amazing heritage of Portuguese and Chinese culture and luxury resorts offering accommodation at low prices all vie for your attention on this small, densely populated island. Gambling is the number one industry in Macau and the multitude of casinos are a huge attraction for visitors as Macau … [Read more...]
30-Acre Frontage Location will be the Retail-Commercial Focal Point of the Port’s $1.2 Billion “LA Waterfront” Development Program in San Pedro Description: PortsO'Call_lowres (2)SAN PEDRO, Calif. — July 27, 2012 — The Port of Los Angeles has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for qualified commercial real estate developers interested in redeveloping the 30-acre, fully entitled San Pedro waterfront property known as Ports O’ Call Village, … [Read more...]
NEW YORK - July 27, 2012 - Starting in September 2012, Projects Abroad will host its first volunteers in Samoa, the newest destination where the organization offers international volunteer programs to volunteers of all ages, from students and professionals to families and retirees. Projects Abroad’s volunteer opportunities in Samoa are located in the capital city of Apia. While Samoa may be known as an attractive travel destination thanks to … [Read more...]
Bangkok is a vibrant city full of lively experiences, fascinating sightseeing and colourful culture that makes it a great place to visit for those heading to South East Asia. It is the capital city of Thailand, the most densely populated urban area in the country and the political and financial centre, which makes it an essential stop on the route for anyone visiting this part of the world. If you're planning a trip to the 'Furnace of the earth' … [Read more...]
We spent all day touring the northern part of the island. Initially we were reluctant to warm to Saipan but after spending some time exploring the variety of outdoor options the island offers we are now sold on its natural beauty. I love how small the island is and how easy it is to get around - we've seen many tourists with tour groups, but we've rented a car and are exploring on our own. The Grotto is well worth visiting. It is a semi … [Read more...]
When asked what your favorite street food, is your first thought of crepes or pretzels? No! Any world traveler worth half their passport stamps can tell you that street food is not just a simple snack - in many countries, it is a storied tradition and a celebration of a collective national heritage. From Bangkok to Brussels, we've collected the best cities for street food, with both the "target rich" spots for hawkers and the local delicacies … [Read more...]