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Things To Do In Oslo

As the capital city of Norway, Oslo has quite the reputation to uphold. It’s a large city, the third largest in all of Scandinavia, and features a rich history, stemming back to the early 11th century.
There are three main airports that serve the city, all within driving and convenient distance, the primary one being Oslo Airport (Gardermoen), the largest airport in the area, served by the rest of Scandinavia and a large portion of Europe as well, great for tourists who wish to grab flights to Oslo.

Once in, Oslo is a thriving city, alive with passion in terms of its architecture, things to do, see, smell and taste. A great place to start would be the Royal Palace, a large and grand building which offers tours to guests, with tours operating in English on occasions. A similarly built establishment includes the University of Oslo, which contains a Faculty of Law and is also open for the public.

For those who are big on culture, Oslo is something of a haven with a vast selection of museums, music establishments and theatres. The Opera House is a wondrous triumph in terms of Oslo’s, and indeed Norway’s, architectural hierarchy. It’s a structure that pleasantly allows guests to climb its walls, offering a unique view of the city beyond. Elsewhere, guests can purchase the Oslo Pass which gives unlimited access to the majority of museums in the city as well as free travel around Oslo without having to spend money on bus/tram tickets. Some of the museums in the area include Munch Museum, a tribute to the works of Norwegian painter Edward Munch, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History and the Viking Ship Museum which contains ancient Viking artefacts which commemorate a unique Scandinavian era.

Another culturally astute part of Oslo is its penchant for putting on a show, specifically in the shape of festivals, usually held each year, embracing the fantastic culture and livelihood. Many of them celebrate with live music, dancing on the streets and market stalls selling food and drink. Norwegian Wood is one of the most prominent festivals held in the city, found next to Vigeland Park.

oslo viking biking

oslo viking biking

Speaking of parks, Oslo does green as well as it does beautiful architecture. Frogner Park is renowned for being home to a selection of sculptures as well, designed by Gustav Vigeland. The monolith found in the park is another little tourist setting that makes it a great place for visitors, eager to enjoy a spot of relaxation. Another excellent relaxation spot is Oslo Fjord, perfect for the summer months with great beaches and sunny spots.

One of the most unique activities to do in Oslo is to engage in a spot of Viking Biking. This strange sounding activity comes in tours, including English tours, and lets tourists rent bikes and traverse some of the more rural areas of Oslo as well as great city trails. Another strenuous activity is cross-country skiing, great in the Holmenkollen area of the city. The idea is that tourists are able to ski in the winter and hike the mountain in the summer.

Finally, Oslo is perfect for those seeking a bit of retail therapy. The shops are plentiful and the streets are blossoming, beautiful and packed with great stores. The Grünerløkka district is renowned for its retail outlets, bars, cafes and other great restaurants. It’s also pleasantly divided by the River Akerselva which runs directly through the area.

 

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10 Tips for Traveling to the West Coast

Traveling to the West Coast of the United States can provide plenty of sunshine, days at the beach and other fun activities for the entire family. Whether you want to travel through Oregon, Washington or the very popular areas of Southern California, there’s plenty to see and do. Here are some tips to help with your trip to the west coast.

wine country, Oregan

wine country, Oregan

West Coast Travel Tips

 

1.  Plan Ahead

The worst thing you can do is not plan for specific things before you take your trip. You don’t want to end up stranded without a place to stay. If you plan to travel through Southern California, check the time of year and book one of the Santa Monica Hotels early. This will save you the stress of trying to find a place to stay last minute.

 

2.  Take a Road Trip

The best way to see all the west coast offers is by car. Many travelers will start all the way up in Washington and travel the coast through Oregon and California until they reach the southernmost part of California.

 

3.  Don’t Skip Wine Country

For the adults, spending a little time in wine country (Oregon and Northern California) will help make the trip more enjoyable. Some of the best wine in the world comes from this part of the country and you don’t want to miss out.

 

4.  Plan for Plenty of Time

There’s so much to see and just one week isn’t enough time. If you plan to travel to more than one destination, make sure you go for at least a couple weeks.

 

5.  Pack Properly

Make sure to pack for the climate changes and potential weather you could encounter. Some areas of the west coast can get very cold or very warm, depending on the time of the year. Look at the weather forecast and plan accordingly.

 

6.  Plan for Disaster

Travel disaster, such as lost luggage or wallets can ruin a trip in a hurry. Make sure you plan accordingly. If you plan to fly, pack some clothes in a carry on and make sure you carry both cash and credit cards separate from each other. It’s also a good idea to keep your ID somewhere other than your wallet. If you lose your wallet or you’re robbed, you need your ID to receive a money transfer and for many other reasons.

 

7.  Choose some Attractions

There’s so much to do in the large California cities and it’s important to know what you really want to do before you travel. Choose a few attractions ahead of time and fill in the rest when you arrive.

 

8.  Eat Locally

One of the best ways to enjoy vacation is with a few trips to local eateries. If you enjoy an alcoholic drink, you can duck into a bar and ask the bartender for a few recommendations.

 

9.  Pack Comfortable Shoes

There’s much to see on the west coast, but you will do quite a bit of walking. Make sure to pack shoes you can walk long distances in, if you want to see more.

 

10. Dealing with Jet Lag

If you fly cross-country, make sure you stay hydrated, wear comfortable clothing, walk and stretch often and avoid any heavy foods. This will help you beat jet lag and really enjoy your trip.

 

When traveling to the west coast, use these tips to ensure you enjoy the experience. There’s much to see and plenty of good destinations to choose from. Take your time and plan the trip many months in advance to ensure you get everything you need.

 

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10 things to do with kids in Las Vegas

When hoping on flights to Las Vegas, NV, with your family, it can be a great opportunity to bond with your children and spouse while seeing one of the most popular cities in the world. Not only will you get to see the ritz and famous attractions of Vegas, you’ll also be able to do it with those you love most. Although there is plenty to do for adults, it’s important to keep your children entertained in kid-friendly ways.

M&M world free show

1. Visit the M&M’s World

When going to Vegas, you can hit up the strip and allow your kids to have their fair share of candy by visiting the famous M&M’s World. Here, this two-story store offers dozens of colors of M&Ms with the option of creating your own bag to take home and enjoy. They also have plenty of M&M merchandise which includes purses, games, clothing, and souvenirs.

2. Ride the New York, New York Roller Coaster

Being a kid wouldn’t be the same without going on an exciting roller coaster. The New York, New York hotel has a thrilling roller coaster that wraps around its hotel right on the strip. There’s also a large arcade in the hotel to do afterwards.

3. Go to a Buffet

Treat your kids to an all you can eat buffet, which Vegas is known for! You’ll be able to spend as much time as you want eating the best seafood, prime rib, and dessert in town!

4. The Aquarium at Silverton

Although there is no water in sight in Las Vegas, you can still see the most beautiful and tropical fish under the sea at the aquarium at the Silverton Hotel. Here, the 117,000 gallon aquarium is fun for all ages!

5. Visit the Stratosphere

If your kids aren’t afraid of heights, you can visit the tallest observation tower in the world and be able to see incredible views at 1,149 feet high. If they’re even more brave, they can ride one of the roller coasters at the top!

6. See a Magic Show

If there’s one thing Las Vegas is famous for, it’s their magic shows. Take the kids to see an amazing performance on the strip.

7. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
If your kids want to see their favorite celebrities all in one place, you can take them to Madame Tussands Wax Museum for lifelike replicas of famous actors and musicians.

8. Circus Circus

Circus Circus is perhaps the most kid-friendly hotel in town! With it’s expansive arcade, fun pink architecture, and Adventuredome Theme Park, your kids will run out of time to experience everything.

9. Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

The Mirage is the only hotel in Vegas to offer a Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Here, your kids will be able to see bottlenose dolphins and exotic animals firsthand.

10. Nevada Southern Railway

For a fun train ride, your family can ride on an authentic train that once carried cargo for the Hoover Dam.

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Things to See in Normandy

Europe is filled with places that are artistic, beautiful, historic, and amazing. One place that is all of those things is Normandy. Sitting on the English Channel in North West France, Normandy has a rich history and several sites that no traveler should skip over. Normandy is the perfect stop to make when traveling from England to France. You can take a ferry from Portsmouth to Caen which will show you all that the beautiful English Channel has to offer. When you get there here are some of the best things that you can see and do.

Visit the D-Day Beaches

If you’re like me, you hear the D-Day beaches and can only remember the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan. I promise the beaches are not as grim as they were on that day. This once focal point of WWII, which its take over by allied forces is a highlight of the war, is now one of the best places for travelers to go to. For one reason, its free. Anyone can walk onto any of the five beaches that, collectively, make up the D-Day beaches. These beaches are Juno, Sword, Gold, Omaha, or Utah. As you walk the 50-mile stretch of beach (maybe take a couple of days?) there are museums, monuments, soldier cemeteries, and and different bomb shelters that you can visit. This is bound to be a moving experience for not only history buffs, but everyone. Tours are available if you would like a little more direction during your visit.

Go to the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Rouen

This cathedral was, at one point from 1876-1880, the tallest building in the world. The cathedral is comprised of two towers that stand tall against the French sky. The cathedral became famous for the way that it changed in the light. So much so, that famous impressionist Claude Monet would study the cathedral for hours on end and it became the subject of many of his works and influenced the way he painted changes of light. If it was marvelous enough for Monet, it is definitely marvelous enough for me! Beauty is not the only reason to take a visit, inside the cathedral is the tomb of Richard the Lion Heart. And again, the best part about this site is that it is free.

Cathedral Notre Dame de Rouen

See Claude Monet’s House and Gardens

The impressionist artist painted most of his work inside his Normandy home. Much of the house has been preserved in fantastic condition. This allows visitors to get as close as they can to seeing exactly what Monet saw during his days painting. And taking a walk outside can show you just where Monet got his inspiration for his Japanese Bridge and Water Lilies paintings. Without his garden, Monet would not have produced some of the best impressionist work of his era. The house and gardens are only open for tours from April to November. So plan your trip to Normandy during those months to make sure that you won’t miss out on this treasure. Tours cost about 8 euros or 11 USD.

Monets Garden

What are you waiting for? Plan your trip to Normandy today and use these three stops as jumping off points into your next adventures!

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How to plan an adventurous date

We all look forward to date night; however, it can be easy to slip into a mundane dating routine. If your relationship needs a little bit of spicing up, why not plan a fun and exciting date experience?

From outdoor activities to arts and cultural events, there are endless adventurous dating opportunities inCanada. Here are some easy tips for coming up with fun and environmentally friendly date ideas, which will inject a bit of adventure into your love life.

 

What does adventure really mean in a relationship?

The thing to keep in mind is that adventure means different things to different people. Spicing up your dating doesn’t need to mean hurtling down a ski slope, though if that sounds like fun then Canada can certainly oblige.

Adding a splash of adventure to your love life is really as simple as trying new things and pushing the boundaries of what you consider the ‘usual.’ If you’re looking for someone to try new things with, online dating is an excellent place to find like-minded singles. To find out who your potential matches are, simplyvisit the eHarmony Canada dating website today.

 

Inspiration

When you’ve eaten at the same restaurant every Friday night for a decade, trying a new cuisine is a pretty exciting change. Toronto is a multicultural hub that’s home to an endless choice of dining options, from perfectly spiced Thai to delicate sushi rolls.

Adventure dates can also come in the form of the endless activities that Canada has to offer. Banff features some of the best ski facilities and conditions in the world. Why not book a long weekend away and finally learn to snowboard together? Or if Canada’s wildlife has always fascinated you, head to the heart of the Canadian Rockies and witness bears, wolves, elk and cougars in their natural habitat.

Finally an adventurous holiday together might simply mean booking an accommodation style that’s different to what you’re used to. If middle of the range hotels are usually your getaway of choice, why not rent a rustic wood cabin?

Adventure without the side effects

Too often adventure holidays and dates lead to negative side effects for the natural world. Today, it’s important to create date ideas that leave a small carbon footprint and little ecological side effects in your wake. Some easy green date ideas could include:

 

Cycling

Riding a bike across the stunning Canadian countryside not only limits your carbon emissions, it’s also an incredibly romantic mode of transport.

 

Plan a green camping trip

Leave your gadgets behind and reconnect with the natural world. There’s no shortage of beautiful National Parks near to most major cities. For anyone dating in Vancouver or the surrounding suburbs, there’s the nearby Alice Lake Provincial Park or, for Toronto couples, the Ontario scenery is the perfect backdrop for a camping adventure. Just be sure to take your rubbish home with you.

 

Enjoy a candle lit dinner

Sound old fashioned? Well it is a little. But by cracking out the candles and switching off the lights, you’re not only saving on your electricity bill, you’re also reducing your carbon footprint. Prepare an ecologically friendly meal and be sure to do the dishes in organic dishwashing detergent.

 

Volunteer

If you’re serious about making a contribution to the environment, volunteering together is a feel good and rewarding way to do it. Take part in an eco-tourism initiative or, perhaps, help out at an animal sanctuary for a weekend.

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