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American Cities All Travel Junkies Need to Visit

While there are many styles of vacations you can take your family on, many still favor the tried and true family road trip to destinations important to the history and culture of our country.

While many coastal cities, east and west, are significant to the birth and growth of America, Boston stands out as particularly significant to the early struggles of our great nation. Beacon Hill in Boston was home to the descendants of early English colonialists whose elegant, gas-lit streets are well worth wandering through. And of course no trip to Boston would be complete without a visit to the famous Boston Harbor which includes a fantastic interactive museum and two replica 18th century vessels. Boston is also home to America’s first college, Harvard, which was established in 1636, student lead walking tours are available.

While the Big Apple has so much to offer one couldn’t possibly see it all in one trip, the historically minded will want to visit some particular locations: Ellis Island, landing spot of some 12 million immigrants is as fascinating as any place you might visit in the city and features a stunning museum; the Brooklyn Bridge is a must see landmark—it took 600 some workers 14 years to construct one of the world’s first steel wire suspension bridges which was the longest of its kind at completion in 1883; architectural buffs won’t want to miss Brooklyn Heights, one of the first areas of the city to be deemed a historic district.

While the Alamo is certainly a main point of interest, the entire city is a treasure trove of Spanish colonialism. The Alamo itself is one of only five missions that have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site (i.e., don’t miss!). The new River Walk Mission Reach Trail will allow you to explore the grounds and buildings in which priests and Native Americans worked and lived together.

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Fayoum Oasis: One of Egypt’s Hidden Gems

While it may be difficult to imagine a desert oasis, they do actually exist and believe it or not in Egypt they are often far from the top tourist destinations.

However, just about two hours south west of Cairo lives the Fayoum Oasis which is arguably a hidden gem of the country. It is made up of lakes and canals. The large region is a great weekend or day spot as it is far slower paced than Cairo.

Many can’t imagine green farms, art and poetry, relaxation and meditation when they think of Egypt—but this is what Fayoum Oasis provides.

The area also includes a protected national park, Wadi El Rayan, that encompasses almost 700 square miles of land. It includes an upper and lower man-made lake separated by one Egypt’s largest waterfalls. The park also includes dunes, natural sulfur springs and mountains.

Visitors can also tour the strange and beautiful Wadi Al Hitan open air museum which includes a surreal depiction of the evolution of life. Wadi Al Hitan as been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2005.

For the more adventurous you can visit the Magic Lake which changes color according to the time of day but is only accessible by ATV.

Fayoum Oasis is a must visit for those looking to deepen their Egyptian experience.

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Bubble Tea: A Brief History

Bubble tea, the popular Taiwanese drink—if you haven’t at least heard of it perhaps you’ve been vacationing under a rock as it has recently taken the world over. It was created in the 1980’s and is also known as “black pearl tea” and “boba tea” and is now beloved not only in Taiwan and around the world.

While there are no dozens of variations, it is basically a combination of tea, milk and of course the bubbles. These can be anything from large tapioca pearls to balls of fruit jelly.

Bubble tea has risen in the ranks of the food kingdom. It is a new official emoji in 2020. And recently has become a pizza topping and can even be found inside cheesecakes. But perhaps most telling is the fact that it is has been considered a star item of Taiwan state banquets for three years running.

But where did it come from? The story dates back to the 1940s.

In 1949 Chang Fan Shu, a mixologist and bartender who worked in Taiwan under the Japanese in WWII opened a tea shop. This was shou yao shop, the tea all made with cocktail shakers.

This resulted in a cold, clean tasting tea with a foamy top. They called foam tea in Taiwan. And not only was the foamy element new, but the idea of eating and drinking for pleasure was not yet quite part of the culture yet. And cold beverages were a rare treat.

It wasn’t until later on in the 1980’s in Taiwan during their economic boom when tea houses and tea and food restaurants became more popular that modern Bubble Tea was created.

Taiwanese artist and entrepreneur Tu Tsong He decided to open a tea house and ride the trend. While walking in a wet market one day he saw tapioca pearls, a favorite childhood treat of his. He decided to try some in his green tea and took off experimenting.

As these things do, it took off until we have the international phenomenon we have today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Princess Diana’s Beach Home Up For Sale

 

One home as gone up for sale recently that most people probably wouldn’t mind spending their vacation in; it is a Bahamas beach house with a pool, a terrace, five bed rooms and one hundred and eighty feet of private beach.

The property is part of a gated community, Lyford Cay, at the western end of Casuarina Beach on New Providence Island. Christie’s International Real Estate has the property listed for $12.5 million.

Well who owned it? The late Princess Diana owned the property and when she stayed there the press would moor offshore in boats for a chance at a photo of a royal vacation. Her neighbors included the likes the Bacardi family and Sean Connery.

The property on Casuarina Beach property was owned for a long tie by the Menzies family. It was designed in 1969 by architect Robertson Ward, a mid-century modernist. It was refurbished in 2009 and its interior covers a spacious five thousand square feet.

 

 

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Superyacht Morning Glory for Sale at $11M

The superyacht Morning Glory is not unheard of among those in the though know having been owned by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and for Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. The 158 foot yacht is currently up for sale an seeking a new owner.

Berlusconi recently put up the for sale sign with a price tag of $11 million.

While in Berlusconi’s care the yacht has had some major overhauls. New engines and generators were added and the haul repainted to a dark blue. The yacht includes for luxury suites, an owners suite, and four additional cabins—allowing the yacht to accommodate 8 guests.

In addition to its spacious and numerous guest rooms the vessel includes an L shaped lounge, marble fireplace, spiral staircase and sit-up bar and game table.

As a motor yacht that sales the ship offers both the ease of modern convenience and elegance of wind sailing. Built by the Perini Navi shipyard, their craftsmanship can be seen in the warm woods used to create the interiors of the ship.

The vessel has a top speed of around 14.5 knots on its engines and an almost five thousand nautical mile ranges at 10 knots.

While $11 million may seem steep other superyachts like the Leander G. overshadow it by millions at $49 million. The Leander G. also recently went on sale.