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Spring Is Blooming at the National Arboretum

Spring Is Blooming at the National Arboretum
The months of April and May are the perfect time to visit the National Arboretum in Washington DC.   Besides being the nation’s official living museum, it’s home to hundreds of flowering trees, plants and flowers, that go into hyper drive during the spring. The arboretum’s trees and shrubs have been cultivated for both scientific and educational purposes and it’s also a storehouse of over 650,000 specimens of dried pressed plants, mostly cultivated, from around the world for scientific...
April 8th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, featuredarticle, nature, outdoors, parks

Spring Bloom: Best Parks in Dublin

Spring Bloom: Best Parks in Dublin
... in Dublin and you don’t need to head out to the countryside to enjoy the brights colors and flowers of the season. Dublin is a city full of parks – some well known, while others are hidden. Picnics are a budget travelers best friend, so if you’re looking to keep the cost down on a trip to Dublin, pack up some Irish cheeses, smoked salmon, and a loaf of brown soda bread and head for the park! Here are my top choices in the city: 1. Iveagh Gardens: Located just a five-minute walk from St Stephens...
April 8th, 2010 | Jessica Colley | Read More | Comments: 0
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Cheap Transport! Dublin Bikes

Cheap Transport! Dublin Bikes
What better way to explore a new city than from a bicycle? In the past, renting bikes has been expensive and difficult to find. A new initiative in Dublin premiered in September 2009 and has provided bike stations in 40 locations throughout the center of the city. Say goodbye to expensive taxis and hop on your own Dublin Bike. It is worth investigating the online map before taking your first Dublin bike. Credit cards are required for visitors and only will be charged if you fail to return the bike....
March 28th, 2010 | Jessica Colley | Read More | Comments: 0
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5 Sunday Activities in Madrid

5 Sunday Activities in Madrid
For a nation that prides itself on living la vida loca, Sunday is a day of leisure and laid-back calm. Even in the hectic Spanish capital, the daily mad rush slows down to a relaxed pace. On Sundays, Madrileños head to these various corners of the city for some rolling good times. Retiro Park 1. Sample churros at San Ginés The Spaniards are serious about their national breakfast: golden crisp flour dough sticks dipped in thick, lathery melted chocolate. Ask any local and you’ll be directed...
March 7th, 2010 | Nellie Huang | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Art, featuredarticle, Food & Beverage, parks, Shopping

Spokane’s Antique Carousel in Riverfront Park

Spokane’s Antique Carousel in Riverfront Park
Looff carousel in Spokane's Riverfront Park Take a ride on the Riverfront Park Carousel, also known as the Looff Carousel  and you’ll get a chance to grab a brass ring with each revolution.  Well, not actually a brass ring – it’s a plastic one – but there aren’t many carousels around that boast of a 100 year history.  This antique carousel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is one of the finest examples of hand-carved wooden carousels. The carousel was built...
February 28th, 2010 | Mary Jo Manzanares | Read More | Comments: 0
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History and horticulture at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

History and horticulture at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
After enjoying a walk through Hong Kong Park, why not head on up the road to the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens (map)? HKZBG was founded long ago in 1871 as just a Botanic Garden and was renamed in 1975 as Botanical and Zoological Gardens as the zoological exhibits expanded. It was the first zoo I ever went to as a child and although nowadays there aren’t as many animals to see, it’s still a very lovely park to take a break and find some solace in the otherwise busy and crowded city. The...
December 27th, 2009 | Jessy DB | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Family Friendly, featuredarticle, flowers, History & Information, parks, plants, zoos

Bird watching at Hong Kong Park Aviary

Bird watching at Hong Kong Park Aviary
While at Hong Kong Park (map) last week, I visited the Aviary and really enjoyed seeing so many different kinds of birds flying around. I’m not much of a bird person but it amazed me how such a large aviary can be found in the middle of Hong Kong Park. It’s filled with numerous species of birds, plants and flowers, all making for a wonderfully green habitat. The Aviary opened first in 1992 when I was just a little girl and this was the first time in years that I visited the attraction. Oftentimes,...
December 27th, 2009 | Jessy DB | Read More | Comments: 2
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Have a ‘Budding Winter’ at Hong Kong Park

Have a ‘Budding Winter’ at Hong Kong Park
... and natural landscape in the form of artificial ponds, cliffs and waterfalls. This winter, local art and design students have transformed four parks in Hong Kong, including Hong Kong Park, into visual arts spaces filled with installation pieces and coloured with inventive performances. Hong Kong Park, Kowloon Park (map), Sha Tin (map) and Tuen Mun (map) will be filled with music and outdoor artistry until the end of January. In Hong Kong Park, over a hundred students and alumni from the School...
December 22nd, 2009 | Jessy DB | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: art exhibits, Family Friendly, featuredarticle, live music, outdoor activities, parks, performing arts, Performing Arts - Theater & Dance

Photo Op: Statuary in Bellevue Community Park

Photo Op:  Statuary in Bellevue Community Park
In the midst of high rise buildings, shopping malls, and condo projects, is an oasis of urban calm – Bellevue Community Park. Located directly across from the Bellevue Mall (map), the park offers a large expanse of grass, a small playground for the kids, a large water wall, a smaller fountain, and, depending on the time of year, lots of green and color. Tucked away among the trees, shrubs, and flowers is this statuary.  To me, it represents a family, a community of stone representing an urban...
October 11th, 2009 | Mary Jo Manzanares | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Bellevue, outdoor recreation, parks

2009 Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnivals across Hong Kong

By now you should know that the upcoming Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival is quite the extravaganza. With lantern displays, exhibitions, activities and carnivals taking place across the territory, it doesn’t matter where you are in Hong Kong to enjoy the festivities.         There are three great carnivals all over Hong Kong where you can celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival like a true local. Whether you’re in the New Territories or Hong Kong Island, join in on the fun under the moon with these...
September 22nd, 2009 | Jessy DB | Read More | Comments: 3
Filed under: autumn, carnivals, chinese festivals, culture, Events, exhibitions, fall, Family Friendly, History & Information, lantern festival, mid-autumn festival, music, Outdoors & Recreation, paper lanterns, parks, The Arts, traditions, victoria park

Mid-Autumn Thematic Lantern Exhibition

In celebration of Hong Kong’s Mid-Autumn Festival, there are two exhibits taking place that have on display beautiful lanterns that capture the combination of rich culture and tradition with modern and international influences that is the centre of Hong Kong. Take a stroll down a glowing garden of European designed lanterns or be in awe of ethnic Asian lanterns. As part of Creative October, the exhibits began yesterday, 21 September and will be on display till 1 November.         1. Join...
September 22nd, 2009 | Jessy DB | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: Attractions, autumn, chinese festivals, culture, Events, exhibitions, fall, Family Friendly, History & Information, lantern festival, mid-autumn festival, moon cakes, Outdoors & Recreation, paper lanterns, parks, The Arts, traditional practices, traditions, waterfronts

A Pleasant Stroll along False Creek from the Roundhouse.

One of the loveliest places to walk or cycle in the city is along False Creek.  This past weekend I started from Waterfront Station, caught the Canada Line to Yeletown/Roundhouse station and walked over to eh Roundhouse Community Centre where there was a Mexican Fest. The new metro line makes it so easy to get to the Roundhouse and Yaletown.  The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre has activities and entertainment for all ages with a variety of prorams, concerts, art exhibits, dancing...
September 17th, 2009 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: cycle, History & Information, Outdoors & Recreation, parks, recreation, sculptures, walk

8 Traditional and Modern Festivals in Hong Kong this Fall

... usually gather on public beaches such as Repulse Bay Beach to lie on the sand under the autumn night sky with glow sticks and lanterns. Public parks like Victoria Park are also popular destinations to experience the Mid-Autumn Festival, as they are adorned with numerous decorations for the festivities.   If you are in the Victoria Park area in Causeway Bay for the three nights of the Mid-Autumn Festival, you can even see a 67-metre long “fire dragon” dance through the streets of Tai...
September 14th, 2009 | Jessy DB | Read More | Comments: 5
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A Sunday Walk around Trout Lake

SUNDAY WALKS WITH RUTHAKI TROUT LAKE/JOHN HENDRY PARK 3350 Victoria Drive @ #. 15th Ave. Bus #20/Skytrain Troadway then 20 minutes walk. The weather has been hot and sunny again this weekend. I decided to go on a short local walk.  In the heart of a residential neighbourhood in Vancouver’s Grandview, there’s a small man-made lake surrounded by wiollows and encircled by a pedestrian/cycle path. Trout Lake is easily reached by car or bus (or ccle) either the #7 bus to 16th Ave walking...
September 13th, 2009 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, cycle, Family Friendly, market, Outdoors & Recreation, parks, swim, walks

24 Things to do in Vancouver in September

FESTIVALS Sept 13 The Festival of Fields is a gourmet harvest festival and fundraiser to be held at UBC from 1- 5 pm Tickets $85 Cdn (purchase in advance) Proceeds go to the Farm Fold/City Folk Societ.  The festival will connnect city folk and farm folk and chefs who will prepare and serve samplesof he best wines, brews and home-grown food from around B.C Sept 17 -27: Global Comedy Fest. Various venues Sept 20  4th Annual Chef Meets Grape (for wine lovers)  Rocky Mountain Station 604-684-2787 to...
September 6th, 2009 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, Events, Family Friendly, festival, hiking, kayaking, markets, museums, Outdoors & Recreation, parks, Performing Arts - Theater & Dance, running, sports, The Arts, Tours

Seeing Stanley Park by Horse-Drawn Wagon

We board the 20-passenger wagon for our Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tour.  Our driver/tour guide Kim gives her team a big smacking ‘kiss’ and says “Okay, boys! Let’s go!” and we set off on one of the most fun rides around Stanley Park I’ve ever been on,  much more fun than we’d expected! I’m a regular visitor to Stanley Park and know much of the Park’s history, but this tour by horse-drawn wagon will provide much more detailed information than...
August 25th, 2009 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, Family Friendly, history, History & Information, horse-drawn wagon, Outdoors & Recreation, park, parks, tour, Tours

Family Travel Tip: Parks in Barcelona

... and parents in the Catalan capital. If you have young children who need to let off some steam consider taking them to one of the city’s many parks which are especially fit for kids. Though these kid parks are everywhere, some of the best and most central of the bunch are located on Psg. Sant Joan and in Ciutadella Park. These little playground/parks are nice because they are fenced in keeping kids safe while parents chat or sit on benches reading the paper…. Family Activities - parks...
August 21st, 2009 | thebarcelonaguide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, Family Friendly, kids, parks, playgrounds, travel with children

Take a Tour on the Little Blue Ferries of False Creek

One of the best bets for your money, whether you’re a tourist or a local, is the all-day pass for a round the Creek tour on the little blue False Creek Ferries.  For $14. ($10 for seniors) you can cruise all around the Creek, get off any stop you want for a look, hop back on, and continue all the way from Science World to the Maritime Museum. These ferries are part of the Vancouver transit system and provide a unique perspective on one of the city’s most interesting a vibrant areas. ...
August 20th, 2009 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
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The Poet and Lost Lagoon, Stanley Park

A SUNDAY WALK WITH RUTHAKI One of my favorite walks is around Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park. I take the #19 bus and get off at the first stop by the Park entrance, walk across the street and under the causeway tunnel and then set off to the right, on the north side of the Lagoon. Lost Lagoon is a 6.6 hectare (41 acre) body of water that was once a shallow part of Coal Harbour off Burrard Inlet.  When the causeway was built at the turn of the 20th century, it dammed up the lagoon which was later...
August 19th, 2009 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, Family Friendly, History & Information, lagoon, Outdoors & Recreation, park, parks, waterfowl, wild life

Historic Chinatown

Vancouver has the third largest Chinatown in North America.  Chinese immigrants started arriving  here in 1858, lured by the promises of gold in the Fraser Valley.  The B.C. Coast became known as “Gold Mountain”.  Later many of these men were employed by the hundreds to work on the C.P. Railway.  Later they began settling in the area known as Shanghai Alley and Canton Alley.  These two alleys were the site of a vibrant nightlife, an opera house, shopping and political and cultural...
August 12th, 2009 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, Chinatown, culture, Family Friendly, History & Information, park and gardens, parks, Restaurants & Bars, Shopping, shops