Plane passenger gives first-class seat to 88-year-old woman, makes her 'dream' come true: 'No one asked him to'

Plane passenger makes an 88-year old woman’s ‘dream’ come true: Be Kind During Your Travels in 2020

Plane passenger gives first-class seat to 88-year-old woman, makes her 'dream' come true: 'No one asked him to'

However hard it may be to imagine, the new year – new you could become a new type of approach to travel. Make the world a better place and when possible choose the train over plane If you can’t avoid flying across oceans, you may as well be a better person by giving your seat to the elderly. Extra legroom, in the end, is not the reason why you travel to new places.

There are some tips you can take from viral acts of kindness. From heartwarming Christmas stories like “the passenger trading his upper-class cabin ticket with a traveler seated next to the economy toilets“, the “kindness of his own heart” articles have been overflowing the internet during the holiday season.”

There are some tips you can take from viral acts of kindness. From heartwarming Christmas stories like “the passenger trading his upper-class cabin ticket with a traveler seated next to the economy toilets“, the “kindness of his own heart” articles have been overflowing the internet during the holiday season.”

However, as Roy T. Bennett once wrote, “Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.” After all, life becomes easier not only for people but for the planet and peoples to come, as we live with the right attitude, respecting and choosing optimism for people around us.

Here are 3 simple tips on how to make your holiday more enjoyable not only for yourself but also for those around you.

Give the Seat to the Elderly

Next time you’re traveling with a priority train ticket through South East Asia via train and the next cabin over is overcrowded with rural vendor workers, switch your ticket with an elderly local and make their day! You’ll have a more authentic experience and might make friendly connections with the locals.

Always Ask before Taking Photographs – and then Send it Back

So, you just snapped a beautiful street portrait of a craftsman in a market – but what about taking it another step and sending him a digital version of it? You never know when it may become useful

Keep it to the Trains

We already wrote about it, but once again: choose train, or share a ride. Flying should always stay a last resort option for short-distance travel.

 

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Houston Ranked Number 5 on List of Top Places to Visit in 2020

Houston travel scene is full of adventure and new ideas for those who are tired of the same old Texas attractions. Apart from Parque Nacional de Big Bend and Alamo museum, as well as Palo Duro Canyon State Park, there is much more Texas visitors can get by visiting Houston for a weekend.

Houston has scored the 5th place on Harper’s Bazaar’s list of top 20 places to travel in 2020. No wonder the fact – after Sydney, Australia; Botswana; and Paris, France, Houston has a refreshing food and art scene to watch out for in 2020.

What to Do in Houston in 2020

No wonder the city is among the top-tier tourism destinations. Houston, TX Texas has a lot to see and do at – and most part of it is for free, competeing with Chicago’s art getting more and more out of pocket for most travellers.

Space Center Houston

Houston’s Museum District

The Museum of Fine Arts is getting an expansion, and

Walk Bike or paddle – Buffalo Bayou Park

Houston street art

Go and see some of the most amazing Houston street art

Shop vintage stores on 19th street in the Heights

Visit Houston’s Farmer Market

This year, the market is expanding across 18 acres.

Visit Houston Botanic Garden

.. which will be completed this year!

Top Countries to Visit in 2020 for Food and Arts Scene

Uzbekistan

Botswana

Sydney

Australia

Senegal

Houston, Texas

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7 Travel Destinations That are Actually Economic Ideas

Whether you have tried going to Moscow to see the Swan Lake, or just visited Stockholm for the Christmas carols at Skansen, there are travel destinations that will make you rethink – and think about your travel not only in budget-saving terms, but also in terms of getting the travel value right.

Lucas Islands, Princess Elizabeth Land

While Lucas island is a charming island on Antarctica full of penguins administered under the Antarctic Treatry System, the island itself was only mapped in 1936-1937 by  Lars Christensen Expedition and called “Plogsteinen” (the plow stone), later being renamed.

Lucas Islands model, however, is not referring to Princess Elizabeth Land. Instead, it is a land of economics, linking money supply and prie and output changes, driving on rational expectations theory. The quantity theory of money will indeed be useful when planning your trip to  Antarctica, as the budget tips and tricks for your next travel will not be money neutral. To have an effective proposition on money budgeting, please consult the article on budget travel tips.

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm is well known for its subway art, as well as ABBA and Vasa Museum. But what about Stockholm school of thought? Stockholmsskolan, led by Wicksell and Keynes, believes in Scandinavian happiness levels can be achieved by adjusting travel budgets to your pocket. So, when going on your next trip, save some money before it gets hot and travel spending comes around!

Travel to Mars by Overshoot

Did SpaceX intend to overshoot to Mars? While the talk around Tesla is always an interesting one, overshooting to Mars can become a reality pretty soon. Overshooting, however, in near future, cannot be the best solution. To travel and really get to Mars, the real exchange of travel expense and experience novelty will need to be balanced out with the previously assumed, so the travellers are stable with their wants, needs and expenses. After all, the way to Mars is a long one!

Swan Island, Tasmania

While Swan Island, a part of Waterhouse island on the coast of Tasmania is known for its seal parties and little penguins, and less for swans themselves, the island has a vast variety of seabird and wader species. Swan model, however, focuses on bringing the travellers out of work depression (Read: why travel is necessary for your mental health) by balancing external and internal positions of economy.

Baikal, Russia and Mongolia –  the Largest Freshwater Lake in the World

Baikal is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, and travelling to Russia just to visit the rift valley lake in Siberia is worth it. While freshwater reserves are important to any country and will determine the future climate in the world, the Sweetwater school of rationality would reaffirm that, opposite to Saltwater Keynesian economics, travel spending and failures from time to time can be either a bust situation, or a solution to a problem. So remember on your next trip – not a person can have valuable travel experience without being taken aback by some of the travel experiences.

Matching, United Kingdom

Escape to a countryside sometimes is just what you need. Matching near Harlow in United Kingdom will give you not only a pleasant fresh breath of air, but also knowledge, as not afar from Cambridge. The economic thought being the matching theory, or search theory, maintains that travellers form mutually beneficial relationships over time, be it solo traveler finding a travel companion in hostel in Hanoi, or a senior traveller travelling Spain with common interest in museums friends group.

Vienna, Austria

From Mozart chocolate balls selling in Saltzburg to Viennese Midsummer concerts in the Schönbrunn Palace, Austria is full of discoveries for both foodies and culture travellers. Austrian school of economics, also, maintains, that music movements and developments are made by individuals. Geniuses like Mozart are responsible for movement forward, and economics is no exception.

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How Hungary produced the “World’s most expensive wine”

While many choose Hungary for its budget travel opportunities, Hungary has earned a title if the country with the world’s most expensive wine. With nearly 100 varieties and 22 wine regions, one of the most established wine vocabulary and industry flourishing since the 16th century, Hungary is now known not only for its Kékfrankos, but also as one of the most luxurious wine producers.

The Essencia 2008 magnum decanter was certainly the world’s most expensive wine put up for sale in 2019. But how did Hungary come to be a country of wines?

The Rich History of Winemaking in Hungary

Hungary is a wine country. The rich history of Hungarian wine can be traced back to the Roman origins. Not only they are famous for Roman temples of Ridicule; they also had a very varied food and dining culture, later reflected in countries which were once of Roman influence.

Food and dining in Roman Empire, or simply the ancient Roman cuisine was full of traditions, partially arrived from the ancient Rome’s earliest times, and inherited from Greeks and Etruscans, whose Symposium was for most part a drinking party – drinking wines. From vin ordinaire to regional varieties in Roman comissatio, the wine culture was brought to its regions, Hungarian and Magyar lands as well.

Throughout history, Hungarian wine making saw its golden ages as well as dark times, and only in recent years the Hungarian winemaking is again on rise.

The Celts inhibiting Hungary during the third century BC brought the viticulture to the land. Later, Hungary’s terroir, composed of multiple microclimates, allowed the industry to flourish, and after Magyar invasion of Hungary in 896, Tokaj wine yards, where the most expensive wine of today is made, was awarded to dynasty that would later rule the Kingdom of Hungary. By 17th century, Hungary advanced in winemaking as to merit the first vineyard classification system in the world, and by 16th century, the lore of fearless warriors of Hungary, fuelled by “Bull’s Blood” – the red wines – sounded loud and far.

Today, you can visit the Tokaj vineyards in Hungary to see where the most expensive wine is made, which was praised centuries ago by the King of France Louis XIV as “Wine of Kings, King of Wines” when about Tokaj’s aszú dessert wine.

Wine of Kings, the Tokaj’s Aszú Essencia

Just like the French kings, Tokaj’s dessert aszú is praised all over the world still today. Made entirely from juice of aszú berries, not diluting any of its sweetness, the Royal Tokaji Winery, located in Mad, is making the comeback of praise for Tokaj’s quality wine. What makes it so expensive, though, is the fact that it takes a kilogram of perfectly ripe aszú grapes to produce just a teaspoon of wine.

In 2019, the Essencia was placed on the market at $40,000 for just a bottle of wine. Only 20 bottles of the wine exist, and after releasing the 18 bottles of wine in 2019, only 2 are still left for the Hungarian-based wine artist James Carcass.  

New Tendencies in Winemaking

While wine is by no doubt one of the musts when visiting Hungary – here are some Budapest free activities to spend your time in the country’s capital while on the travel in between the wine regions – the new tendencies in winemaking are encouraging travellers to try wine everywhere they go. From Norwegian Honeywine Suttungs mjød to Latvian pear and cherry wines when visiting Riga Art Noveau for its architecture, there is an upspringing wine culture in both traditional European wine regions as well as in traditionally wine-importing countries.

Where to go for Wine Tasting in Europe

Go to Champagne in France to taste the prestigious Veuve Clicquot and Tattinger wines.

Visit Piemonte in Italy to taste the rich whites, like Erbaluce and Cortese.

Go to Bordeaux, France to sip on Saint-Emilion and Pomerol.

Take a trip to Duoro Valley Wine Region in Portugal and taste the portwine in Vila Nova de Gaia cellars in Porto.

Taste the vibrantly coloured Tempranillo in La Rioja Wine Region is Spain.

Got some Cash? Other Expensive Wines to Try in 2020

Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru 2012 – $14,450

Screaming Eagle Sauvignon Blanc – $5,850

Chateau D’YQUEM – $117,000

Ampoule from Penfolds – $168,000

Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese – $13,615

 

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Christmas Markets in Europe 2020

Europe Christmas Markets You Must not Miss in 2020

Christmas Markets in Europe 2020Europe Christmas markets and Christmas traditions, anyone? Cultural travel is on the rise, and after tapping into Barcelona undiscovered museum list, best ancient Roman heritage sites and midsummer traditions, one can go on and discover the Northern European holiday traditions, be it Christmas, Winter Solstice or New Year’s.

Cuddlynest takes you by hand around the most amazing things to do and visit in Northern Europe.

Winchester

Take a break from the capital and get some black pudding at Christmas market.

Tallinn, Estonia

Take a stroll around Tallinn, the birthplace of the Christmas tree tradition, where the Brotherhood of Blackheads erected the first Christmas tree was erected in 1441.

Berlin, Germany

Visit Lucia Christmas market and buy some vegan gingerbreads

Aarhus, Denmark

Visit then Gamle By open-air town museum and hear some Christmas carols singing and get your hygge by drinking

Stockholm, Sweden

Feel the magic of Christmas by crunching on the chocolate glazed apple in Skansen Christmas market or get your Christmas feeling by windowshopping around Nordiska Kompaniet on Hamngatan and Kungsträdgården.

Krakow, Poland

Get your winter taste by drinking warm beer and eating bigos during Sylwester.

Dublin, Ireland

Listen to Irish pipes get into a swing of the ceilidh.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Visit the island of ice for the winter solstice festival to warm up with some whiskey, see some Icelandic sagas and watch some whales.

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Balkan Nature Wellness Roadtrip Itinerary to Croatia and Montenegro

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Senior travel in 2019 is great and booming. But while hotels and resorts offer more and more yoga and health, meditation and yoga holidays, some elderly prefer to go on an active holiday and enjoy nature hikes, mountain climbing, and even canoe trips, discovering what Europe has to offer from a different perspective.

Senior Holidays in Europe

If you prefer visiting Europe and its Central European capitals, or travel to Northern Europe for Art Noveau architecture, or visit

other Balkan countries for great food, go and visit some of our previous blogs. But if you want to treat yourself well, and allow your body to relax on holiday while giving it enough active time, keep reading and learn what great Balkan destinations to visit and add to your South-Eastern Europe bucket list when going on winter or spring holidays 2019. CuddlyNest put up an itinerary for your active, adventurous, and yet not too much physically demanding holidays – and we are sure you would love to get some relaxation time with SPA and beauty retreats in between! 

Balkan and Greece Itinerary Plan for Active Seniors

Balkan and Greece itinerary is a great option if you are looking for a laid-back travel destination country and want to go somewhere you’ve never been before. From Croatia to Montenegro, from Greece to Albania, there are well-known and popular destinations as well as harder to reach, much more rural and even abandoned nature-only places.

  1. Split, Croatia
  2. Brac Island, Croatia
  3. Pasjača Beach, Croatia
  4. Vranjina, Montenegro
  5. Locven and Skadar Lake National Parks, Montenegro
  6. Durrës, Albania
  7. Sarandë, Albania
  8. Corfu, Greece
  9. Patras, Greece

Split, Croatia.

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Split, Croatia Best SPA and Nearby Beaches

While Split is the capital of Croatia and one of the best-connected cities in the region, there is not much nature around the city, apart from the very well-kept white sandy beach. To relax and care for your health, we recommend staying at SPA apartments and enjoy the Split hospitality for very affordable prices. 

There is a SPA and wellness centre also in Divota Apartment hotel, where private studio apartments in Veli Varos District just 5 minutes from the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace and the Riva seaside Promenade. The rooms have access to massages and SPA and wellness centres.

If you are more into hotels than private apartments, Hotel Park Split has a seasonal outdoor pool, and couped with SPA and wellness centre Filomena Priska Spa on its underground floor. The center includes a hot tub, sauna and even a gym! Located on one of the Split’ s most famous beaches Bacvice, it is Make sure to try out their 19th century inspired massages, facial and body treatments, as well as services like waxing, manicure and pedicures.

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Makarska, Sumartin and Brac Island 

To truly enjoy the wild spirit and sense the Split itself, you must dive into island-hopping even if only for a short time. From Split, you can travel to Makarska, a nearby town just a 1-hour ride away. Makarska is known for its Riviera beaches, and seafront promenade, but to get to less crowded and wilder beaches, we suggest visiting Kačić Square and then continuing to port and getting on a ferry to Brač island.

How to get to Makarska

To get to Makarska, get on a Promet Makarska bus. It will take a little over 1 hour from Split to Makarska. Get your tickets at the bus station, but check the schedule or if you wish to, then book your tickets on their website. The bus goes hourly from 5 am to 10.30 pm daily, and you can get a ticket for 50 HRR, approximately €7.

Sumartin and Brac.

Sumartin and Brač Island are an old and scarcely populated island. Sumartin village is the youngest town on the island, homing around 500 people only. Established in the 17th century, the town comprises Fraciscian monastery, and some other religious buildings, among old farmhouses. When visiting Brac island, take it slowly and enjoy the local wines, food, and other  . If you earlier visited Split and saw the UNESCO inscribed Diocletian palace. Built for Emperor around 4 AD, today it forms around half of Split old town. If you wonder where the material for the magnificent building was taken, then it is just there, in Brac. Near Supertar, there were dolomite Rasohe quarry, in which slaves worked day and night to gather material for the palace. Still today, you can see a small engraving – the legend says the picture was engraved by slaves asking for guidance and strength to Hercules, the Roman hero famous for strenht and other features. When visiting Splitska, Smartin and other places in Barc, you can rent a bike to get around the island faster.

There are also several SPA resorts and nature and eco-travel guest houses offered for staying at and enjoying your holidays in a laid-back, natural atmosphere on this Croatian island.

Makarska to Brač Island ferry

To get from Makarska to Sumartin, you can take a ferry by Jardolinija route 638. The service runs 3 times a day in the off-season, 4 times a day in June and September, and 5 times a day in July and August. The ferry costs 30 HKR for an adult, but you can check more precise ticket information here

Pasjaca Beach.

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Best Beach in 2019: Visit Croatia Pasjača Beach

If you are keen to see one of the wild beaches compromising both white sand, pristine blue water and even some cliffs, then look for it no more and head to the now-famous Pasjaca beach. It was claimed to be the best beach in the world in 2019, sporting the 1st place and ranking above the world-famous beaches of Spain and Greece. If you can catch both, we also suggest going to Nugal beach just to see what the hype is about.

As for the origins of the beach, it is not exactly a natural beach, as you may expect. Developed from a symbiosis of man and nature, the origins of the Pasjac (or Popovic) beach date back to 1955 when there was a tunnel constructed, leading to the sea. Workers left the excavated rocks just there, and in a few years, the waves crashed against to fill the shore with white sand at the bottom of the majestic cliffs on Konavile. Today, you can, therefore, see both white sand and cliff shore watered by the blue Medditarea sea water.

How to get from Brac to Pasjaca

To get from Brac island to Pasjaca, the easiest way is to go from Supertar to Split by ferry, and then take a bus from Split to Popovic. The whole trip will take around 4 hours, and cost from €31. The bus route is not going by the seaside but is surely a picturesque journey, taking you through the mountainous region of Dio Kanjona Rijeke Cetine, the Dio Canion of the river Cetina. 

Kotori, Montenegro.

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Bay of Kotori, Montenegro

To continue your road trip, you can head to the nearby Cavtat caostal town to rent a car and go further on your own into the nature parks of Montenegro. The car drive from Cavtat to Kostanjica in Kotor, just by the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro will take you no more than a 1-hour drive, and the road is simply beautiful, with flat and landscape, small road going through the coastal towns. If you are not in a rush, definitely stop at Igalo Игало in Montenegro, take a dip in the water at Tople, walk the promenade and see the Old Škver Harbor, before heading to Kamenari passing Savina Monastery in Herceg-Novi, on the way overseeing the most beautiful bay in Montenegro, Boka Kortska.

Cavtat Car Rental 

Renting a car at Cavtat Croatia will not cost you a fortune. While some car companies allow you to drop a car off at your hotel in Cavtat for free and renting within Croatia will be around £54 for an economy car but you would have to pay €40 to take it into Montenegro. Axa rental service offers the prepayment to be around £21 for the excess, while for other companies, like iCrahire, it would cost 45 Euros for the green card to take it out of Croatia. There is also another cost you must take into account, hence the insurance To reduce the insurance to zero, you can use iCarhire and reduce the 1500 euro excess to £20 for the week to reduce it to zero. However, the company will still need your card to reserve the insured amount, and 15 euros to reduce the excess. All in all, you will hardly spend over 100 euros for a week of car rental, and the money will get you much further than taking buses. However, we only suggest booking a car after going to the islands, as ferry fees can quickly add up if you want to take your car with you.

Ferry from Kamenari to Lepetani

 To get from Kamenari to Lepetani by car, you cannot take a ferry or ride the walking bridge connecting Kamenari to Lepetani. Instead, you shall ride all the way the scenic route by the inner part of the bay, and going through Dobrota and Kotor towns. Whilst on the road, we recommend also take a chance and enjoy the local cuisine, and get some of the best Montenegro food, ordering either the tasty fish soup or squid-ink-colored black risotto at one of the restaurants in the towns.

Lovcen National Park, Montenegro

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Visit Lovcen National Park, Montenegro

Visiting Lovcen National Park is a must if you want to wind off and just enjoy the wild beauty of Montenegro. From weeklong meditation retreats on your own in the 62 km2 area in the central highest part of the mount Lovcen, to wandering the historical buildings, farmhouses and village guvnas, cottages in katuns and more man-made but integrated spaces. The mountainous region is popular with tourists but less so in September and October season. The best time to camp here in July and August, but for a digital recharge, or off-grid life for a few days to relax your senses and get back the health, you may also visit the park in the shoulder season. 

Lovcen National Park Practical Information: Entrance Fees and Accommodation

To enter the National park, you must buy a ticket for £2, but the entrance for children under 7 years old is free. You can also camp here, with your tent or camper. Sleeping in nature will cost you 10€ while there are also several hotels located within the nature park, hence Hotel Ivanov Konak ad Hotel Monte Rosa. The former one also has a bicycle and car rental for your convenience. 

Skadar Lake National Park in Montenegro

After taking time in Cetinje in Lovcen National Park, you can drive further to either Podgorica and Budva, to visit either the capital or one of the best-rated resort towns in Montenegro. However, you can just continue along the road  M23 from Centinje t Podgorica, and take a turn at Meterizi, turning onto a small countryside road going to Skadar. Skadar is well known for its nature, and the lake feels untouched by men.

If you wish to deep dive into nature and relax, then gong for birdwatching either alone equipped with a book and binocular, or in an organized tour, you can spot all kinds of birds all season long. As for other activities, like boat rides, you can relax taking a sunset ride into the beautiful lake.

Rijeka Crnojevića

Before coming to the lake itself, you will pass by the Rijeka Crnojevića, Ријека Црнојевића. To take the most from the local cuisine, we suggest having lunch with the local scallops in the Old Bridge Restaurant, alternatively heading to the nearby Šinđon and get some lake fresh food fro the Eko Restaurant Šinđon.

Balkan Itinerary: Visit Virpazar

Virpazar is one of the smallest villages around the lake, at the same time offering one of the best options for winding off, taking a break from city life and enjoying yoga retreat, off-grid life, and fresh air all day, all night. With a population of a little over 300 inhabitants, both Serbs and Montenegrins, the  village is the perfect place to escape the city buzz. When bored, you can climb up the Besac Castle which is open every day and watch the lake from up.

 

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Colorado where to best bars

The Best Bars You Need To Know About In Colorado Springs 2019

Colorado Bars 2019

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co: Selection of Draft Beers and Vegan Foods

Phantom Canyon Brewing Company is a casual, old-style bar on the first floor with reasonably priced food and drinks, mostly beer. While you may enjoy the special menu offerings if hungry, we do not recommend going to Phantom to savour your meals. Instead, go there for variety of beers, and casual atmosphere. You can chill outside on the street, but do not expect anything more than muchies. Draft beers, microbrews are available, and you can first taste samples, before making your choice for ordering beer, even a local one.

What makes the place special is the view at the Pikes peak and Cameron. For vegan options, in case you are hungry, go for vegan green chili and buffalo hummus, and vegan Sheperd’s pie. If you want a great amber beer, go for the Howitzer Amber.

Red Leg Brewing Company

What makes the place so different is the beer choice. The Red Leg has wide selection, and if you can’ t choose yourself, the standard flight offerin is six beers. Some safe choices are The Devil Dog Stout or  Howitzer Amber, and when ordering more you can make yourself feel better by reminding that this decades-old establishment also supports non-profits. Looking for something less traditional? Try coffee Porter.
Although the bar does not serve food, there is also a food truck at the garden, and you can safely count in for good grab.

The atmosphere is amazing, and you can safely bring your family and friends again and again – the Red Leg is just perfectly made for re-visits!

Loonees Comedy Corner

Although the place is one of the best ways to spend a night out in Colorado Springs – it is a comedy club of Colorado Springs – the show is good, and does not cost you  a fortune. The comedians range from Sam Butler to Tim Gaither, but you shall not expect the jokes to get political. The cost to visit the club is $10, and the best part is – you also have drinks and food in Comedy Club! Drinks are reasonably priced, about $7 for some of their specialty drinks, so you do not have to worry to go over the top when enjoying beer in a good company with laughter.

Pro tip – if you want to save on tickets to the comedy, go and book your show online and get 20% off the price!

Ohana Kava Bar

If you want to go local and really try out the taste of kava, you must try this one. Ranked as one of the best across the whole country, even in Hawaii and Ohana, this bar will serve you the real thing – and do not expect the drink not to taste nasty! The place has super friendly staff and patrons. We recommend to order the regular kraken with peppermint – you can then go and get stoned with savages, just as in  J. Maarten Troost’s book.

Colorado is not necessarily famous for bars, but it is no wonder that after a hike in the mountains you will long for a refreshing drink. Indeed, when you’re visiting Colorado, you may feel the need to kick back and relax at a nice bar. Come prepared with taking a look at some of Colorado’s finest bars list:

Thunder and Buttons

This bar is known for people to kick back and relax. Food is prepared fresh and daily, including daily specials of up to five specialty items and a soup of the day. Thunder and Buttons has a fantastic Happy Hour all day on Sundays and Karaoke on Wednesday – Saturday nights. This bar is so much fun that it was voted “Best of Westside and Karaoke Bar” 2012 – 2015. It was also rated as “Best Staff” and “Best Crowd”.

Back East Bar and Grill

If you’re looking for a bar that has craft beer, live music, special events such as pool tournaments, and one that is a sports bar all-in-one – You will love Back East Bar and Grill. Not to mention, if you visit around July 4th, you will be able to take advantage of their expansive balcony to view the fireworks! Looking for a good time with Happy Hour? Visit this car Monday through Friday 4 PM – 7 PM where you can choose select drafts, well drinks, and house wine – all on special!

Zodiac Venue

Located downtown in Colorado Springs, Zodiac Venue is the bar to be if you’re looking for premium craft cocktails. This place offers a laid back but fun atmosphere. There is an additional 400 ft. patio to smoke or bring your drink out to enjoy. This bar lays out their schedule a bit more in depth. Here are some exciting events for each day of the week:

  • Monday nights – Andrea Stone hosts Open Mic
  • Tuesday nights- Dance Worship and Goth Style
  • Wednesday Nights – Viva La VooDoo meetup & Ladies Night
  • Thursday Nights – Hazel Humdinger hosts Karaoke
  • Friday Nights – Live Music, Burlesque, and Performance Art
  • Saturday Nights – Live Music, Burlesque, and Performance Art
  • Sunday Days – Opens at 2 PM with Happy Hour all day and night

*Additional Happy Hour Times: Monday – Saturday 2-7 PM

Legends Rock Bar

Looking for a place that has your favorites? Food, fun, and live music? You’re in for a good time if you visit Legends Rock Bar. Appetizer food is offered all day and night. Full menu food is available after 6 PM. Fun includes karaoke, which is Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – Additional fun includes darts, beer pong, pinball, pool, foosball, corn hole, and more. During your visit, enjoy some live music ranging from country to heavy metal with one of the best sound systems in Southern Colorado Springs.

Oscar Oyster Bar

If you’re in for some Cajun food and good drinks, Oscar’s Oyster Bar is where it’s at. There’s nothing like sitting back enjoying a good drink paired with some delicious food. Happy Hour is Monday – Friday 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, which includes $1 off drafts and wine wells. Other specials include:

  • Monday- Thursday 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Oyster Happy Hour– Half price oysters in half shell.
  • Tuesday 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Fat Tuesdays – Two for one Cajun martinis, drafts, wells, and wine.
  • Tuesday & Wednesday 8:00 PM – Open Mic Nights
  • Thursday 9:00 PM – Karaoke
  • Friday & Saturday – Live Music with no cover
  • Saturday & Sunday 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM – Breakfast served
  • Saturday & Sunday after 9:00 PM – $4 Car Bombs

Copperhead Road Bar

If you’re going to venture out to Colorado Springs, why not go out for a night of fun? Head on down to Copperhead Road Bar. This bar always has something going on. Some of their specials include:

  • Ladies Night Thursdays – Ladies receive FREE drinks from 10 PM until midnight PLUS no cover all night.
  • Red Solo Cup Fridays – Come in at 9 and stay til Midnight to enjoy the $10 all you can drink special! Splurge with $15 and you can drink until 1 AM.
  • 18+ Saturdays – $20 cover for those under 21 years old. $5 cover for anyone over 21 years old.

*Board game nights coming soon*

Swirl Restaurant and Wine Bar

Located in Manitou, Colorado, Swirl Restaurant and Wine bar has a lot to offer. You can enjoy some good food until 10 PM while sipping on your favorite alcoholic beverage. If you’re looking to host a private event, they have options. Swirl bar also has events for almost every day of the week:

  • Monday – I.N
  • Tuesday – Lasagna Night
  • Wednesday – Spirit & Cinema Night
  • Friday & Saturday – Live Music
  • Sunday – BOGO Mimosas and The Wine Blitz

*You can find an entire calendar with detailed events on their website here.

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Art Basel America 2019: Experience the Alternative Miami

Miami Art Basel 2019 AmericaArt Basel in Miami is the premier art show of Americas, hosted in Miami Beach in December 5 to 8 this year. But what to do, and where to go around Miami to discover its authentic face? What to experience for getting off the beaten tourist track and get artistic?

Art Basel America 2019: What’s In (and Underground) in Miami Now

Art Basel America 2019 is promised to be one of the most interesting, featuring work form Modern and Contemporary art masters from North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. Painting, sculptures, films, and editioned works of the top-tier artists are all exhibited. Over 250 world’s leading galleries are taking part in the art show, drawing more than 70 000 artists, collectors, curators, critics and art enthusiasts for a week in Miami Beach.

This year, Miami Beach Convention Center will be open for public on afternoons starting Thursday, December 5. While opening for public only for afternoon, on the weekend the venue is open to public all day long, from 12 noon to 6 pm. For invitation-only events, like Meridians Opening on Tuesday 4pm, and Tuesday Private Day, as well as Thursday morning hours, the Convention Center is closed for the public. However, to see the best-of-arts, you can buy a ticket starting from $65.00 for day tickets. For students or senior enthusiasts wondering if there are any discounts available – the reduced-price ticket goes for $45.00, and you can buy it either online or at the lobby of the Art Basel America venue.

Miami, South Florida: What to Do Around Art Basel 2019

So how to extend your Art Basel experience beyond the walls of Miami Beach Convention Center? While Art Basel is surely mind-blowing experience offering a wide range of emotions, intuitions, and recovering desires, your trip to Art Basel can go further than discovering ourselves deeper down and seeing what’s new in the world of Arts.

Where to Go in Miami – Without Bikini

Taking a bit of time to go off the biennale, and into the street, arts may open new horizons for those used to galleries and curated art spaces. Visiting Leach Arts District and indulging in free art is something you must experience once you are in Miami. Being somewhat different from Wynwood Art District, which now homes only a little over 10 galleries, museums and art collections (in comparison, there were over 70 art spaces some 15 years back), Leah is the new hotspot for those looking to explore the free street art. Today, the Leah Art District is not only a place for artists to gather and do exhibits and art fairs, but also to live and work together in community living spaces.

Born out of the city councilman’s Paul B. Hernandez’s vision to reposition local artists in forgotten industrial city by creating space for artists to rent spaces for as little as $12 per square foot, the Leah Art District is now booming with visitors form all Miami. To get there from Miami beach Convention Center, all you have to do is to hop into a bus No. 112 route L run by Miami-Dade transit and enjoy the stroll through the city for an hou before arriving at the destination.

What Music to hear in Miami

Wynwood Art District Bars – after Art Basel

If your bucket lists includes the Wynwood Art District, then one good reason, if not for street arts, is to go to the top pop-up music venues. When getting there, the best choices for semi-alternative music scene are the Vegas in Miami dance club, one of the first-comers to the district, along the Electric Pickle. Both being loved by Wynwood visitors, they differ quite a lot in the music scene. Go to Electric Pickle if you are after some less mainstream electronic house music, taking you back to 80s and 90s. One thing to remember, though, is to ask for tap water, if possible, as bartenders are known for charging $7 for bottle even when it is unbearably hot outside.

Vinyl Records and Vintage Groove

As for some vintage vinyl’s to take back home with you, or gift to some of your collector-friends, go to Yesterday and Today Records. It is the oldest independent record store in Miami, celebrating 35 years in South Florida in 2019, and definitely will not leave you with empty hands.You can both buy and sell records, carrying all types of music, with specialization in domestic and import LP’s, 12’’ and 45’s.

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Eating Treating your Taste Buds in Miami

From avocado wine tasting to seasoned grasshoppers, Miami has definitely some sparkle to effer to your taste buds. Here is the list of what you should have a look at when going out after closing of the Art Basel Miami.

Frita Traditional

Eating frita, the Cubano version of the American burger, is a must. More than the burger, the Miamian style frita comes with papitas (matchstick potatoes) and a secret sauce which will make you come back again and again before leaving on Sunday!

To have a good frita traditional, head over to the El Mago de las Fritas in West Miami. They serve the bets fritas of all types, so you do not get bored (and have an especially hard time choosing the right one!)

Chicken, Watermelon and Waffles

Yes, all of it on one plate. The combination is especially distinct for Southern Florida, making it essential to try on your Florida trip. Vermont sharp cheddar, hot honey sauce and Bourbon maple syrup – it all placed on one plate, and it is as good as it can be! Make sure to satisfy your taste buds visiting Yardbird Southern Table & Bar on Miami beach after a long day sunbathing.

Chapulines

Always thought grasshoppers are reserved for Asia and Africa? No, chappulines translating into grasshoppers are one of the best bar snacks in Miami. Mixed with peanuts and cilantro, the snack is just about to make the perfect beer add-on when ordered at The Vagabond Restaurant and Bar in MiMo. They also have frequent concerts!

Cortadito

Is it 3 pm yet? It is coffee o’clock! Order yours and sip in alongside Cuban seniours arguing over politics. Where to get it? The choice is yours – any ventatita will do, as long as you speak Spanish!

Pastrami & Sauerkraut Dumplings

Looking for something vegetarian? Usually hard to find, Miami also serves Asian dishes. Get yourself a Pastrami and sauerkraut dumplings at Pubbelly on Miami beach. If you are a following a vegan or gluten-free diet, though, it may not be the best choice, as the dish contains flour in the dumpling version of pastrami on rye with white cabbage soy, Thousand Island, and caraway powder.

Pastelitos

Craving for some pastries? These are the cheapest option on the oftentimes overpriced Calle Ocho, but that’ s not the main point. The fresh, flaky and generously filled pastelitos are good enough passing the approval of Latin grandmas abuelitas.  To get yours, head to Yisell bakery in Little Havana district, and you will surely come back again.

Kinoko No Kama Meshi

Are craving something umami? Get there without heavy meats! Instead, go to Zuma for hotspot with extra woodsy flavours and tons of wild mushrooms and filling vegetables. To get to Zuma, walk to downtown Miami.

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What to Bring Home: Shopping for the Real Miami Thing

Art Deco Posters

Art Deco style architecture and Miami Beach go hand in hand, and for a good reason. As inseparable as Miamians and their café con leche, you will be amazed by Miami’ s colorful buildings, from peach to periwinkle to turquoise, adorned with detailed motifs. Embodying the Miami architecture with its extravagant style, Art Deco Welcome Center and Gift Shop, a part of the oldest Art Deco Society in the world, is the best place to find a wide collection of artwork and books. Priced from $9.99 at kiosks and beachfront stores, these posters may cost you around $20 at the gift shop, so we recommend strolling around the city and put an eye on your favorite posters with their prices, to get the best deal.

Native American Miccosukee Patchwork

Miccosukee Indian Tribes of Florida are now known for their casinos and resorts, but you may be surprised seeing the wide variety of off-tourist spot offering. In the heart of Florida Everglades (read about day trip to Everglades) the Miccosukee Indian Village finds its home and purpose of saving the culture and traditions of the native Indian tribes. You can learn and see the native American artesian work in clothing, bags and decorative artwork. While it is the total opposite of the contemporary and modern Art Basel America exhibits, museum fine designs are just magical. You can purchase souvenirs here starting from as little $4.99.

To fully enjoy the art exhibit, make sure to take advantage of the local culture as well!

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Colorado where to best coffee shops

Best Coffee Shops in the Colorado Mountains to Visit in Fall 2019

Visiting Colorado in Fall 2019 and looking for a coffee shop to work at or meet your travel buddies for a relaxing end of the day? We have your back.

There’s nothing like a large cup of coffee to give you the boost of energy you need. Whether you are travelling full time and looking for a comfortable place to sit down and get your work done, or you simply want to that caffeine dose after long Saturday night out, knowing the best spots is a must.

What’s more than coffee shops with their unique atmosphere? You must taste Colorado coffee brands to get a feel of what Colorado taste for the famous drink is like! From sustainable travel solar-energy fuelled coffee shops for eco geeks to family-friendly laid-back spots, we will point you in the right direction. Read on to experience the best of Colorado coffee shop scene!

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Colorado Coffee Brand Novo Coffee

Colorado coffee scene saw the Novo Coffee for the first time in 2002, when Brodsky brothers founded the now popular coffee brand. When it comes to Colorado coffee brands, Novo Coffee goes all out, offering not only coffee blends to local restaurants and natural grocers, but also hosting public tasting every Friday as part of their coffee educational courses. If you have a minute and want to master the coffee, making, you can learn to make the best Colorado-style coffee in coffee brewing, milk steaming, or even drink building classes. Who knows when it comes handy, even if you are always relying on coffee takeout at one of the four Denver Novo Coffee shops!

Pablo’s Coffee

One of the oldest Colorado coffee brands, Pablo’s has been around for almost 25 years. Serving coffee in Denver and boasting green coffee from around the world , this coffee is truly a must-try. Together with the internet-free policy, you can step back from virtual word and take the moment, to breathe in the roasted bean aroma, deeply sense the taste and tune in with surrounding atmosphere while at one of the Denver’s coffee shops. The proposition of the founder Craig allows to immerse yourself into the coffee-lover community and connect with the Colorado crowd more easily.

Corvus Coffee Roasters

Corvus Coffee, recently marking their 10 years, has shaken up Denver with its crop-to-cup approach to coffee trading (and making!). The brand has established relationship with individua; Africa and Latin America coffee farmers and provides single-origin coffees from around the world. The transparency of the coffee making process from hand-picking beans to serving you a cup of coffee in their Denver speciality shop will not leave you indifferent.

Family Friendly Colorado Coffee Shops

Coming from what speciality coffee brands for coffee lovers, there are times when you want to go to coffee shop just for an easy afternoon. When  out on a family holiday, it’s unlikely you’re going to want to wander off without them. Thankfully, there are plenty of options to get your caffeine fix and still enjoy the company of your family.

R&R Coffee Cafe

R&R Coffee shop is not just a coffee shop; if you crave that Sunday brunch, you can also enjoy a home cooked meal.

Family Friendly Colorado: Cafe 225

Talk about an ideal place for the entire family – This cafe offers a kids play area, so you can enjoy a hot cup of coffee and enjoy a delicious sandwich. Additionally, this place has a designated reading room and even an event space for live acts. There are several options for this place to please anyone.

Family-friendly Café: Susie’s Westside Cafe

This is a small mom & pop type of coffee shop. In addition, they serve breakfast and lunch. Susie’s is the perfect spot to venture to with the whole family while on vacation. The kids can get their favorite pancake breakfast while mom and dad gain some energy with the assistance of a nice, hot cup of coffee.

Sustainable Coffee Shops

If you’re looking for some vegan options, you’re in luck. Colorado has a few options for you to choose from.

Solar-energy powered Solar Roast Coffee: New Café 2019

The newest addition to Colorado Springs’ coffee scene is the coffee shop that uses solar energy to roast its beams. Replacing Starbucks on the street corner near Acacia Park, the new café features local ingredients in many dishes, and will also serve you handmade pastries, sandwiches and other meals made with Pueblo childes.

Nemo’s Coffee

Nemo’s coffee is a great place to stop if you’re looking for high-quality coffee and teas. This place offers almond milk, soy milk, sugar-free, and other fat-conscious options. Additionally, Nemo’s Coffee is very health conscious and grinds their own wheat to craft delectable goods. They have gluten free and vegan options available.

Adam’s Mountain Cafe

This cafe is not only a place where you can enjoy some nice, quality coffee – but you can also order some vegan food to go along with your morning cup of coffee.

Natural Epicurean

This place is home to fresh, healthy, and organic dining. While you’re sipping on some coffee, you can flip through a menu that focuses on local, fresh, and sustainable ingredients. You can rely on quality food when you eat at this location as they use their own garden and partnerships with several Colorado ranchers and growers.

The Perk Downtown

This place believes that each customer deserves the best quality cafe. The Perk Downtown strives to make sure they are 100% local as possible. They try to get as close to 100% vegan as they can, and even include gluten-free items. They love good food, and they want their customers to have good food – but they also want you to enjoy it in a healthier version.

Fancy Fancy – Get Your Cup in Style

Some people want more of a fancier type of coffee shop, and that’s okay. Here are some options for those who are in love with everything “trendy”

Alpine Modern Cafe

The layout and decor of this coffee shop will make you feel rejuvenated while you sip your coffee. Their coffee is brewed with MiddleState Coffee beans and Huckleberry Roasters.

The Pop

The rave reviews say it all – This coffee shop is trendy and serves great-tasting coffee. Not to mention, if you’re in a hurry (which you most likely are during vacations) you can take advantage of their drive-thru.

Loyal Coffee

Not only can you enjoy a delicious cup of coffee here, but they also have irresistible food options. There’s no doubt your cravings will be fulfilled here.

Dog-friendly Café in Colorado

If you are bringing your dog with you on vacation, you are likely going to feel quite guilty leaving them behind when you go to certain places on your trip. Thankfully, when you go out to have some coffee, you can bring your furry friend along to the following places:

Bon Ton’s Cafe

Enjoy a nice, warm breakfast each morning with some coffee at Bon Ton’s. Their outdoor seating is dog-friendly.

Shuga’s

This place offers several inspired eats, as well as coffee. Enjoy a cup of coffee each morning before tackling the day during your vacation – Don’t forget your dog, though, as he is welcome in the outdoor seating area.

How do you like your coffee? If you don’t like coffee, what do you reach for instead? We are excited to hear!

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Florida Vintage and Historical Festivals to Attend August 2019

Florida with its festivals is the new California, they say. Indeed, there is plenty to do in the Sunshine State, no matter the season. From mussel food festivals to vintage car parades, Florida is a hotspot for family holidays. 

Today, we look at Florida festivals that will bring you at least 20 years back in time.

August 2019 Historical Florida Festivals 

80s IN THE PARK

Save the date! August 27 2019

Where? Melbourne Auditorium, Melbourne

Fringed t-shirts, long hair and simple metal music will bring you back to the olden days in the festival in Melbourne FL. Food courts, music video wall, photo booth and after-parties included!

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1890s FESTIVAL

Save the date! October 26 2019

Where? McIntosh

Travel in time to Victorian time McIntosh! Vendors will demonstrate candle making, glass blowing, and basket weaving. Antique vendors and live music will entertain adults and children’s corner will allow for parents to rest.   

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THE DRAGON FESTIVAL

Save the date! Thursday, June 25 2020

Where? Wickham Pavilion, Melbourne

Dragon Festival in Central Florida is all about boats. It celebrates the ancient Chinese culture and originated from the story of Chinese patriot Qu Yuan who jumped into the river as a silent protest. Legend holds that local fishermen raced the boats to save him, but arrived too late.

The festival as it is today offers plenty of opportunities for all ages and interests.

ART DECO WEEKEND – The Cream of Florida Festivals

Save the date! January 18 to 20 2019

Where? Ocean Drive in Miami Beach

It is the longest-running free community cultural festival in Miami Beach, and for a good reason. The Art Deco festival offers more than 85 free events during the 3 festival days aiming to preserve the history of 20t century Miami.


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ZEPHYRHILLS AUTO EVENTS SWAP MEET 

Save the date! February 14 to 17 2020

Where? Zephyrhills Festival Park, Zephyrhills

The swap meet, car corral, auto auction and vintage car race – the festival is the perfect weekend getaway for those seeking immersion into vintage world of cars and motor parts.

FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

Save the date! February – March 2020 (dates to be announced)

Where? Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is walking around the Tampa Bay Area with a taste of 16th century. From village life to magic, glassblowing and archery, there will be something for every family member to enjoy. 

CIVIL WARS DAYS HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Save the date! February 22 2020

Where? Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park in Key West

Cannon fire will be roaring, and Yankees along Rebel soldiers in uniforms will be all around. Learn the Key West’s pasts while attending Civil War reenactments at the festival. 

BAY AREA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

Save the date! March 2020 (dates to be announced)

Where? Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Tampa

Archery, live armored jousting, dancing, human chess matches and artisans – these are all perfect reasons why to attend the Bay Area Renaissance Festival by themselves! Remember to take out cash, as the vendor will offer old-time refreshments.

SCHOOL OF THE 16TH CENTURY FESTIVAL 

Save the date! February 2020 (dates to be announced)

Where? Ponce de Leon Archaeological Park, St. Augustine

Can you fire a crossbow? And what about cannon? Learn how to do a swordfight and other usual 16th-century life skills at this festival.

STONE AGE & PRIMITIVE ARTS FESTIVAL

Save the date! February (dates to be announced)

Where? Ochlockonee River State Park, Sopchoppy

Do you think sword fights are a lifetime ago? Well, you can travel even further back in time now. Learn basket weaving, early pottery craft and spear throwing, and antler carving. There will be primitive arts auction as well!

ANNUAL FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL 

Save the date! February 2020 (dates to be announced)

Where? Stephen Foster State Park in White Springs.

Folk musician, craftsmen and artists are gathering annually for more than 60 years to share the heritage via jam sessions and workshops, telling stories and encouraging to learn more. Discover the rich cultural traditions of Florida.

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