Wednesday, August 8, 2018

UK Destinations To Visit This Summer A Guide




The travel bug has bitten many people as it’s summertime and the perfect time to explore. You, as a result, may be thinking about places you can go to around this time of the year solo or with loved ones. If you’re a regular traveler, you may have already been to quite a number of places already. If not, you may be keen on beginning your travel adventures this summer and be in need of places to go. The good thing is that you don’t have to go all the way to the Bahamas just to enjoy a good summer holiday. On that note, you’re going to find a few UK destinations that you can visit this summer in the following article.

Devon
If you’ve ever wanted to see what the UK has to offer in terms of beaches, then Devon is a destination to consider exploring. You could decide to see the magnificent beaches painted on the south and north coasts or explore inland Devon which has its appeal as well. If you happen to be going with family, you should think about staying in Bovey Castle as there are tons of activities for children and adults alike. For the most part, you’re likely to experience good food like lamb and seafood which are their areas of expertise and breathtaking outdoor views. Just in case you want to explore other neighboring beaches, try looking for some within your axis on coastradar.com.

London
You’ve likely heard a lot about London, and this is likely because it has a lot to offer, especially in terms of holiday destinations. This busy, vibrant and cosmopolitan city is great for sightseeing and filled with activities. Some things that you can do include visiting the Big Ben, taking a ride on the London Eye, or taking trips down to the many museums that are plotted around the city. Other things to do in London include checking out the city from above the Shard, exploring the London Dungeons, watching a play in West End or watching tennis at Wimbledon. There are also several hotels which you can lodge at that should fit into your budget.

Lake District
In case you’re looking for something a little more tranquil, you should head over to Lake District as you’ll get a countryside feel. Characterized by lakes, valleys, and woodlands are ideal if you want to experience the outdoors and go hiking. For all of the creatives, you may be happy to know that Lake District has artistic and literary connections. Some places you can visit include Rydal Mount, Hill Top, Wordsworth House and Drunken Duck. For the most part, it’s great for relaxation and scenery.

This summer is a chance for you to see what the UK has to offer in terms of fun, luxury, scenery, and leisure. You should, therefore, capitalize on this opportunity and consider going to one or more of the destinations mentioned above. By doing so, you’ll be able to create memories that you can look back at next summer and smile.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Roadtrip to Tennessee and Things We Didn't Get to Do

Usually, when we go for a vacation, we spend the entire  week in one place because there are so much to do.  This year, we did it a little differently, we spent our vacation in two different states.  Our first destination was Tennessee.  Although we stayed in Pigeon Forge,  we did some activities that were not there.  You can check out our exciting white water rafting experience in Hartford Tennessee.
 Roadtrip is something we do enjoy as a family.  We  love hitting one different state every year.  It's part of the learning  process for all of us especially for the kids.  
 We left very early on July second as it will take us 8 hours to reach our destination.  It's 505 miles from our place to Pigeon Forge, it's a very long drive but we make it fun.
I always pack snacks and drinks so it is a must for us to hit every  rest stops along the way.  It also gives us  time to stretch our legs especially my husband who is  the sole driver for   all the trips we do. 
We actually arrived in less than 8 hours  in going there. 
This huge cross is one of those  Giant Crosses of James Potter.  According to the article I read online (CarpetBagger), Mr. Potter, who owns his own construction business, has created nearly thirty of these massive monuments along the highways. They range from 100 feet to the largest so you won't miss to see it if you are a keen observer while traveling. 
This towering cross is hovering over the Southern City of Sin Pigeon Forge, TN.  I have seen  three crosses all over West Virginia and I thought it was just our state thing but as we travel across the country, I have seen it.  Reading the article gave me an idea who does it, a priest  named  Rev. Bernard Coffindaffer is the one that is doing it.  You can read more about Fr. Coffindaffer here.
We even seen one along I-75 near Royal Blue, TN when we were on our way to Kentucky. This giant cross is erected  next to a giant pornography store named adult world.  M husband said "that's a n odd place to put a cross."  In a way, it make sense.

The Volunteer State, Tennessee is gorgeous!  If you are an outdoor  kind of person, it's a great place to visit.
There were tons of things to see and dfo in Pigeon Forge but unfortunately, we didn't have much time to do it all.
I wanted to go see the  Titanic Museum but  we did not have time.
It would have been cool to see  what's inside.  I am a big fan of the movie so it would have been  exciting to see  what's actually in the museum.
There lis a Hollywood wax museum there  that we did not get to see.  The kids were not really interested and  again, we did not have time.
We didn't even get to  see Dollywood, sigh.  I would say, If given another chance., I would go back there again.  I'll have to share the Wonderworks  building that we went to next time.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

HorseBack Ride at Ponderosa Big Rock Riding Stables

My husband told me that when he was a kid, one of his brothers had a horse and he  remembered riding on it.  His experience wasn't really a memorable one because nobody taught him what to do and just told him to ride the horse and figured it out.  So on our vacation this year, he wanted all of us to have a  nice experience in horseback riding.
 This is what we did on our second day in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee .  We went to High Rock Riding Stables, a little drive from where we  stayed at.  I really love Pigeon Forge because it's like a high entertaining city with lots of things to do but I love the fact that you are also closer to nature. 
 The photos above and below  is where all the  horses are.  They have so many! This place also prohibits you from carrying anything during the ride for security reasons so we couldn't take anything.  It's also their way of  getting you to buy the photos they took of you before you go to the trail, pretty good strategy if you asked me.  It would have been awesome to  take photos of the trail because it was beautiful!
 My son's horse  was well behaved despite the warning that our guide told my son that  his horse is  kind of lazy and needed to be wept but my son didn't really have to weep him.  The horse's name was Moonshine, she was really good actually.

My daughter's horse was energetic, she was running  when she get a chance so my daughter experienced how riding on a running horse feels like.  Her horse's name was Haa, she was the sister of the horse I was riding.

I have never really rode a horse before so I was excited and at the same time  a bit anxious because I didn't know if I will be able to maneuver the horse or not.  The guides are really good in explaining what to to do before you embark on a journey.  My horse's name was Gee and  she was giving me some attitude.  She was going on the side trail and eating some leaves which the guide then told me not to tolerate because she would not listen to me.  Other than that., she was a good horse.

My husband's horse's name is Maryland.  She was old and she actually look sick, I feel bad.  The guide was keep telling my husband to give the horse  a good weep but hubby felt bad to do it.  

I was very surprised that  the  guides that takes people to the trail  doesn't get paid a salary, they rely on tips that customers give.  We made sure to give our guide  some because he was very entertaining which made our experience more enjoyable.   The trail that we went to is not flat at all so I am glad that our horses did not   give us a hard time. 
We needed to cool down after our rides so we spent the rest of our remaining time   exploring all the other parts of the ranch.  They have a store for  souvenirs but you know how it is with business like this, the prices are  way up there lol.
 After our relaxing ride, we got to  spent time at the petting zoo.
 There are different kinds of animals  that  you can feed and pet like goats, rabbits, llama, and there were two peacocks which sounds like  cats.  I never really heard a peacock made a sound and I was surprised to learn how they make their sound. 
 My son is  into taking videos so he was  busy filming some of the animals there.
 The package we paid for includes  some food for the animals  and bottles of water.  The kids get to enjoy feeding some of them after our horseback ride.

My son love all the  different farming tools that they have on display.
 Packages  that they offer varies.  You can buy the ones that include  gem mining, fishing, horseback riding, and other things.
 Some people go there to experience fishing.  They gave you all the things that you need to  fish on this pond.  You have to release the fish after catching them though.
 My son found some snails and he was excited about it.  He  filmed them at the kiosk before releasing them back to the pond.
 We watched a video of want to do and what not to do  before going on a ride and someone also explained it really well before we  saddle up.  Overall, it was the most relaxing thing that we did while we were there.  The white water rafting was full of adrenaline and rush but horseback riding is the most enjoyable for me.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Children on Board: Tips For a Safe and Fun Family Road Trip

The temperatures are just right to load up the car, grab the kids, and hit the road. There’s so much of this great world to see, and exploring it with your family creates memories of a lifetime. If this is your first time traveling by car with your children, however, you’ll need to do a little extra prepping. A long car ride with multiple children in the car, if not properly planned for, can result in anything from sibling fights to a disabled car on the side of the road. 
Our Roadtrip to Tennessee and Kentucky

How can you make sure you and your family have a fun and safe road trip? Simple, just follow this advice below. 


Safety First


Above all else, as parents, you want to keep your kids safe. Safety should be a priority when planning a road trip as there are a lot of things that could go wrong as you’re driving along. From a flat tire to an accident, you want to make sure you’re prepared. Here are a few road trip safety tips:

  • Have the car serviced- before getting on the road have your mechanic inspect and repair any damage to your vehicle. Let them know you’ll be going on a road trip so they can ensure your car can handle the distance. 
  • Check your insurance - make sure that you are fully insured before your next road trip. If you are in an accident you don’t want the stress of having to pay for the damages and health bills. If you don’t presently have coverage, you can find liability, collision, and sr22 quotes online and sign up for instant protection. 
  • Pack a first aid kit - you never know who could end up with a boo-boo while you’re traveling. Rather than having to find a nearby hospital or pharmacy, you should make sure to pack a first aid kit in the car. 

Don’t Forget Entertainment

The other part of making sure your family has a fun road trip is to pack lots of entertainment. You’re going to be confined to a car for hours at a time. Your kids are used to having the freedom to run wild throughout the day and, therefore, may become antsy if they’re not entertained. This leads to senseless sibling fights. Some ideas for entertainment include:
  • Electronics - mobile devices can be a lifesaver when trying to entertain children of all ages. If you pack a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, your children can play games, watch movies, do research, listen to music, and more. Be sure that you also pack a car charger with several ports so you don’t run out of charge. 
  • Books - reading is fundamental and is a great way for your children to unplug for awhile. Packing books of interest can keep them occupied for hours. 
  • Snacks - you don’t want to witness the outcome of a bunch of hungry kids crammed in a car together. Bring healthy but appetizing snacks along for the ride. This saves money and helps to ward off those hunger pains. 
  • Music - chances are your children aren’t interested in singing 99 bottles of beer on the wall over and over, so it’s probably a good idea to download some jams. Radio can be very finicky on the road so you want to have options. Creating a playlist can give you guys something to jam out to for several hours. 

Plan Stops - you may be able to go hours in a car without needing to stretch, use the bathroom, or grab something to eat, but it’s going to be a lot harder for your kids. To break up the monotony of being on the open road so long, plan stops in between your home and your destination. Try to make it places of interest so the kids get to have a little fun before getting back into the car.
Rest Stop in Cincinnati Ohio
You’ve seen enough family movies with sibling fights and “are we there yet” to know that if you fail to plan, you’re planning on spending hours in a car in the midst of chaos. The above-mentioned tips will make sure that your family remains safe and that your children are so entertained that they forget how long they’ve been traveling.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Old Mill District, Pigeon Forge #Tennesse

We didn't get to  see the beautiful and quaint village of Old Mill Square until on the third day.  Had I  made  my research before going there, I would have loved to explore more and experience their hospitality with their southern  food and treats.  We discovered this when we were looking for a place to eat.  Unfortunately, we didn't know  that there is an  Old Mill Restaurant  there where you can eat Southern food.  That's what we missed out on. 

Anyway, I told my husband that we should go back there the next day so we can take a picture of Pigeon Forge's beautiful landmark.  The Little Pigeon River  is a favorite spot for tourists to take pictures with.  The first time we saw it,  it was crowded.  So I am glad that on the day that we had to go to Hartford Tenessess for our white water rafting adventure, there was no one there yet so we had the place all for ourselves.   

This historic location of Old Mill District in Pigeon Forge is gorgeous. There are unique shops inside the squares and different restaurants as well. We looked around at some of the shopping stores where you can find beautiful souvenirs. 
It's amazing that the  Old Mill General Store and Mill are still a big part of Pigeon Forge.  Imagine seeing this place which dates back to the 1800’s, it is so cool.  I am also amazed that they still grind the grains for the all of the properties inside.

My daughter would have love to see the Pigeon River Pottery.  It said that it  is the cornerstone shop and has been in continual operation for over 50 years. I would have love to see the  potters demonstrate how to make this traditional mountain craft. 
It might have been a blessing in disguise that I did not get to explore the pottery  because I would have not control myself from buying  handmade serving pieces and decorative art. The Pigeon River Pottery must have made  some of the the plates and  bowls from the restaurants that we  dined at.  

Adjacent to the  Old Mill Plaza is a the Patriot Park.  I can tell that Tennessee are big on  religion and love for military.  
Aside from the kitchen items that we missed to check out,  we also missed out on checking the food and spices at the Farmhouse Kitchen.  I bet my son would have been in heaven for  an irresistible array of candies and sweets.  Oh the sound of homemade caramel and fresh pecans at the Old Mill Candy Kitchen would have been terrific.
 I am saying all of these things that we didn't get to do and see so that when you  go there in Pigeon Forge, you will remember to check it out.  That's one  downside too when you visit a place during the hot summer  days.  You tend to stay away from  walking around, driving around doesn't  bring much fun because finding a parking space in a busy street is hard.  
 I am happy however that we were able to at least take some photos of these  beautiful river.
 This would be a great group of   images to make as postcards.  I didn't  even get a refrigerator magnet  with this mill on it, ugh... but I have a chance to order it online using my photos so it's not a big deal.  
 If I live in Pigeon Forge, I would be in this spot often.  The sound of the water is so relaxing.
The Pigeon Forge Mill or  commonly called the Old Mill, is a historic gristmill .  It is located along the West Fork of the Little Pigeon River.  The, the mill complex currently consists of a millhouse, breastshot wheel, and milldam, all of which are operative.  The history of this mill is very interesting.
 If we ever go back to Pigeon Forge, I would definitely do the things that we didn't get to do do when we were there.  I would prefer a  cooler  temperature when visiting though that way I could walk around without sweating like crazy.  
 Overall, our three-day adventure in Tennessee was awesome.  We get to see not just Pigeon Forge but part of Gatlinburg and Hartford.  We even drove through one  city of North Carolina!

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