National Parks Celebrate 100 years #NPS100

National Parks Celebrate 100 years #NPS100

By Amanda Vallone

Happy birthday to you.. happy Birthday to you… Happy birthday NPS… Happy birthday to you.

So my birthday was just on Tuesday. I’ve heard the birthday song almost more times than I can bare.  I love celebrating, don’t get me wrong- But hate being serenaded. And believe me, no one in their right mind would have wanted to hear me sing that birthday song.

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So today is the national park services 100 year birthday. That’s pretty spectacular. One true milestone I think we all can agree upon. Yellowstone national park was the first of the national parks within the system and possibly the world. Known for its wildlife and many geothermal features, especially for Old Faithful Geyser-one of the most popular features in the park, Yellowstone is a favorite park to many.

(Some of Amanda’s pics from her previous National Parks article)

Jean recently went on a Mayflower tour to the National Parks and this was her experience “Old Faithful- Our Yellowstone naturalist guide was like a walking guidebook and showed us all sorts of great information about Yellowstone that I didn’t know. Most important, he coordinated with our Mayflower tour manager to be sure we got to see Old Faithful go off after grabbing a bite to eat at the visitor’s center. The smell of Sulphur all around, we saw a little bubbling as we stood at a viewing platform all around. Then, all of a sudden- whoosh! The geyser shot up and it sounded like a heavy rain falling.”

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Continental Divide- this was a really cool spot where we had breakfast with a view of the Grand Tetons in the background. We had hot coffee, juice, flapjacks, French Toast, sausage and bacon which were delicious- but it was the view that made it spectacular!

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Devil’s Tower- according to Native American legend, the rock rose up to save seven little girls from a larger bear. It’s home to more than 20 Native American tribes and we’ve seen it in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Pretty awesome to be standing right in front of it!

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Custer State Park- up close with all sorts of beautiful creatures

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Float trip- our view of the Grand Tetons from the raft on the river was totally free of any cars or buildings blocking them. Our raft guide kept us safe on our soft adventure, while giving all sorts of insight about the birds, wildlife, history and stories of the area. And we even got to see a bald eagle! They say smelling the fresh pine is actually a stress relief…and I agree!

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Mt Rushmore- so pretty with the sun shining, but we also got to see a ceremony at night- what a patriotic way to experience this monument.Validation that it is great to be seeing such cool things right in the states!

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– Picture of the mountains- Pretty much sums up the natural beauty of this trip…this is going up on the wall!

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As the great John Muir said “The mountains are calling, and I must go!”

If you are interested in joining a tour like Jean or Amanda took check out this link It is our group going June 2017 to Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and Mt. Rushmore…

Or give us a call at 386-734-7245 at Roseborough Travel and we will be happy to help you with planning your National Parks tour.

 

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Berlin

Berlin

Posted by Intern: Matthew I

Berlin has emerged from its communist past as a lively, progressive, avant-garde and one of Europe’s most in demand cities. The city is home to scores of exhibitions and art shows that cover a broad range of subjects bound to interest people from all different walks of life.  The Berlin Wall Memorial  is devoted to those who perished trying to pass from East Germany to West Germany.  The Bahaus Factory Museum features objects and memorabilia related to the factory, which was one of the most famous and significant schools of design and art in the 1900s.

If one feels like taking a break from the sight-seeing scene and getting close to nature there is  Mauer park, which functions as not only a peaceful site, but also a place for lively marketplace enthusiasts. The park also turns into a flea market once a week,  with traders selling everything from food to furnishings. The park hosts hosts a karaoke competition, but instead of expert vocal performance, the event is more centered on enjoyment and wackiness. Berlin’s Botanical garden, founded in the seventeenth century, was given a touch up in the late twentieth century.  Currently, it houses thousands of plant species,  over a dozen greenhouses and a museum.

Berlin is a cutting-edge, dynamic capital city. It boasts a wide variety of of events to participate in and places to go, from visiting legendary factories, listening to the philharmonic,  dance until early morning, or being amazed of all the different plant types in a garden. Berlin rightfully deserves it reputation of one of Europe’s most fascinating cities.

San Francisco

San Francisco

Blog by Matthew our intern about his trip to San Fran!

San Francisco is a hip, free-wheeling, innovative and all-around spectacular place, situated in Northern California.  San Francisco is home to distinctive scenery like Golden Gate Park, stunning buildings like the Coit Tower and Palace of Fine Arts  and has a relaxed but vivacious atmosphere.  The people are overwhelmingly friendly. It is an incredibly diverse city, not just in terms of ethnicity, nationality, beliefs, but also concerning the numerous neighbourhoods. Fisherman’s Wharf is where many vacationers stay. It encompasses a waterfront and many unique attractions.  If you want to see stars, you do not have to travel to Hollywood. You can see them right at the Wharf’s Wax Museum, which houses well over 200 figures. If you feel like splurging, you can head on over to Pier 39, which boasts boutique shops, street performances, mouth-watering restaurants. The wholesome entertainment that the pier provides and the varied shops in it make this an especially winning destination for families.

San Francisco has countless mindblowing landmarks. Golden Gate Bridge, a magnificent gateway to the city, is one of the most famous and aesthetic bridges in the world if not the most famous and aesthetic and has rightfully gained a place as one of the wonders of the modern world. Lombard Street, which is the most crooked in the world, features eight sharp turns. The street features flawlessly cropped bushes with abundant greenery and  beautiful flowers. Coit Tower, an example of Art Deco architecture, was built as a means to further enhance the city’s look.  Lillie Hitchcock Coit,  a San Francisco native, firefighter, and eccentric left over  thirty percent of her estate to support the construction of the tower. The tower now serves as a visitor attraction where travelers can take an elevator to the top floor of the tower and enjoy a spectacular view of the city.  Alcatraz Island, which had developed buildings to serve as various things including a federal prison, now serves as not only a historical landmark but also one of the most sought after tourist attractions in the area. Vacationers can go inside the prison and witness not only the conditions of the prison but take an audio tour that gives them interesting tidbits about little known facts and history.

For people who would enjoy a trip back to the 1960’s, there is Haight-Asbury, which has a very alternative atmosphere that was inspired by the Summer of Love in 1967, which Haight-Asbury hosted.  It has a plethora of  small self-supporting businesses. You can experience everything from Tibet stores, new age shops, hemp stores and more. If you want to take a break from shop hopping and feel like listening to music, there is Amoeba Music, which is unique to California.  

If you are in San Francisco and feel like traveling to a different country, you do not have to go abroad. You can visit one of the many ethnic neighbourhoods in the city. Chinatown is the biggest Chinese community outside of Asia.  Chinatown offers various parks, Asian styled temples, and restaurants. You can visit  a Chinese open market  or attempt to read Chinese in the local library.  Portsmouth Square is the center of Chinatown. It hosts Chinese tea rituals, cultural and community events, and Chinese strategy games.  Japantown is the biggest oldest enclave of Japanese people in the North American continent. It has gained a reputation of being an authentic center of Japanese culture. It features stores, shopping malls, lodges,  and shrines.  Japantown also holds lively annual festivals such as the Cherry Bloom festival and Nihonmachi Street fair, which is a massive celebration of Asian culture. North Beach is home to San Francisco’s vibrant  Italian-American community, filled with many relics of ethnic legacy . Saint Peter and Paul church is a historic landmark, where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio where photographed  after they were married. The famous Beat generation of poets was born in this neighbourhood and there is a museum dedicated to this type of poetry. The Columbus Day Italian-American Heritage Day is the nation’s oldest parade celebrating Italian-American heritage and featuring prominent Italian-Americans in the San Francisco community and outdoor Italian-cuisine.

The Financial District, known as San Francisco’s “Wall Street”, is home to the city’s many large-scale company centers of operations such as Charles Swchab, Bechtel, and McKesson. The district is home to Wells Fargo bank and a museum dealing with the bank itself, featuring the company’s history and influence in the city from events like the 1849 California Goldrush to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to the present.

The Mission District has an interesting Latin atmosphere. It has an array of cultural celebrations  such as Day of the Dead and Carnival. The Mission also has a very strong artistic presence. Mariachi bands are a staple of this robust neighbourhood.  The Community Music Center hosts programs for people of all ages and features diverse musical genres. Dolores Park is a must-visit for people who crave outside recreation. The park features tennis courts, an area for children, and soccer grounds.

The Civic Center is the focus of the city’s government and also hosts many cultural institutions. San Francisco City Hall is a stunning example of American Rennaisance architecture and has been used by many directors in several films.  The Asian Art Museum claims one of the most thorough compiliations of oriental art in the world. The museum has thousands of pieces of art throughout Asia.

San Francisco, simply put, is a must-visit city. Its innumerable activities, location in a bay, cable cars, Victorian homes, progressive outlook, distinctive history, wide range of people from all walks of life and beautiful weather make this global city a true gem.

 

San Francisco

San Francisco

Blog by Matthew our intern about his trip to San Fran!

San Francisco is a hip, free-wheeling, innovative and all-around spectacular place, situated in Northern California.  San Francisco is home to distinctive scenery like Golden Gate Park, stunning buildings like the Coit Tower and Palace of Fine Arts  and has a relaxed but vivacious atmosphere.  The people are overwhelmingly friendly. It is an incredibly diverse city, not just in terms of ethnicity, nationality, beliefs, but also concerning the numerous neighbourhoods. Fisherman’s Wharf is where many vacationers stay. It encompasses a waterfront and many unique attractions.  If you want to see stars, you do not have to travel to Hollywood. You can see them right at the Wharf’s Wax Museum, which houses well over 200 figures. If you feel like splurging, you can head on over to Pier 39, which boasts boutique shops, street performances, mouth-watering restaurants. The wholesome entertainment that the pier provides and the varied shops in it make this an especially winning destination for families.

San Francisco has countless mindblowing landmarks. Golden Gate Bridge, a magnificent gateway to the city, is one of the most famous and aesthetic bridges in the world if not the most famous and aesthetic and has rightfully gained a place as one of the wonders of the modern world. Lombard Street, which is the most crooked in the world, features eight sharp turns. The street features flawlessly cropped bushes with abundant greenery and  beautiful flowers. Coit Tower, an example of Art Deco architecture, was built as a means to further enhance the city’s look.  Lillie Hitchcock Coit,  a San Francisco native, firefighter, and eccentric left over  thirty percent of her estate to support the construction of the tower. The tower now serves as a visitor attraction where travelers can take an elevator to the top floor of the tower and enjoy a spectacular view of the city.  Alcatraz Island, which had developed buildings to serve as various things including a federal prison, now serves as not only a historical landmark but also one of the most sought after tourist attractions in the area. Vacationers can go inside the prison and witness not only the conditions of the prison but take an audio tour that gives them interesting tidbits about little known facts and history.

For people who would enjoy a trip back to the 1960’s, there is Haight-Asbury, which has a very alternative atmosphere that was inspired by the Summer of Love in 1967, which Haight-Asbury hosted.  It has a plethora of  small self-supporting businesses. You can experience everything from Tibet stores, new age shops, hemp stores and more. If you want to take a break from shop hopping and feel like listening to music, there is Amoeba Music, which is unique to California.  

If you are in San Francisco and feel like traveling to a different country, you do not have to go abroad. You can visit one of the many ethnic neighbourhoods in the city. Chinatown is the biggest Chinese community outside of Asia.  Chinatown offers various parks, Asian styled temples, and restaurants. You can visit  a Chinese open market  or attempt to read Chinese in the local library.  Portsmouth Square is the center of Chinatown. It hosts Chinese tea rituals, cultural and community events, and Chinese strategy games.  Japantown is the biggest oldest enclave of Japanese people in the North American continent. It has gained a reputation of being an authentic center of Japanese culture. It features stores, shopping malls, lodges,  and shrines.  Japantown also holds lively annual festivals such as the Cherry Bloom festival and Nihonmachi Street fair, which is a massive celebration of Asian culture. North Beach is home to San Francisco’s vibrant  Italian-American community, filled with many relics of ethnic legacy . Saint Peter and Paul church is a historic landmark, where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio where photographed  after they were married. The famous Beat generation of poets was born in this neighbourhood and there is a museum dedicated to this type of poetry. The Columbus Day Italian-American Heritage Day is the nation’s oldest parade celebrating Italian-American heritage and featuring prominent Italian-Americans in the San Francisco community and outdoor Italian-cuisine.

The Financial District, known as San Francisco’s “Wall Street”, is home to the city’s many large-scale company centers of operations such as Charles Swchab, Bechtel, and McKesson. The district is home to Wells Fargo bank and a museum dealing with the bank itself, featuring the company’s history and influence in the city from events like the 1849 California Goldrush to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to the present.

The Mission District has an interesting Latin atmosphere. It has an array of cultural celebrations  such as Day of the Dead and Carnival. The Mission also has a very strong artistic presence. Mariachi bands are a staple of this robust neighbourhood.  The Community Music Center hosts programs for people of all ages and features diverse musical genres. Dolores Park is a must-visit for people who crave outside recreation. The park features tennis courts, an area for children, and soccer grounds.

The Civic Center is the focus of the city’s government and also hosts many cultural institutions. San Francisco City Hall is a stunning example of American Rennaisance architecture and has been used by many directors in several films.  The Asian Art Museum claims one of the most thorough compiliations of oriental art in the world. The museum has thousands of pieces of art throughout Asia.

San Francisco, simply put, is a must-visit city. Its innumerable activities, location in a bay, cable cars, Victorian homes, progressive outlook, distinctive history, wide range of people from all walks of life and beautiful weather make this global city a true gem.