Showing posts with label what to do. Show all posts
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Thursday, October 8, 2020

The NYC Traveler in Maine: Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine


The NYC Traveler in Maine:
Stroll, Hike, Run: Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine

Sunrise, Marginal Way, Ogunquit, ME, USA


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We profiled the Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island in a previous article. Now, take another walk with us as we explore one of our favorite places to be when you travel to New England: Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine. Things to know:

1. The walk was donated by Josiah Chase in 1925 and now maintained by Marginal Way Committee and the Marginal Way Preservation Fund.




2. The footpath literally overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Although it is not a strenuous walk, there are places just begging you to sit and enjoy nature. The view is always different because the weather is always changing. A well-kept secret is the fabulous waves for surfers and paddle boarders. You'll see athletes and boats as you sit and enjoy the view.



3. There are spots to climb down on the rocks or to take the stairs down to the water's edge. However, it can be dangerous in certain spots. Children should not venture onto the rock areas; those with walking concerns should remain on the paved path as should those in wheelchairs or strollers. In wet weather, climbing down on the rocks or down the stairs to the beach is not advised at all.


4. The path is about a mile and ¼ (a little over 2km). It begins and ends at your choice:  Obeds Lane and Shore Road in Ogunquit or the artsy Perkins Cove area. It is a great run or walk in the morning for exercise. To return, you have your choice of doubling back, walking along Shore Road or to take the trolley back, for a small fee (seasonal). Beware: traffic along Shore Road is almost unbearable in the summer and walking will often be faster than the trolley. 




5. As with all nature areas, there are signs asking you to leave nature as it is so that we can all come back and enjoy it again and again. 




So, take time to relax your mind and take a stroll (or two, or three, year after year) on the Marginal Way, in beautiful Ogunquit Maine.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The NYC Traveler: Staycation Projects

 Staycation Projects 




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The COVID-19 2019-2020 pandemic crisis required folks worldwide to quarantine at home for weeks, sometimes months. All of a sudden, despite businesses and academic institutions requiring us to work from home, we actually had some time on our hands. We can now do all of those projects "we always wanted to do, if we had the time."


1. Learn a new language. Whether travel resumes full time in the near future or just for personal achievement, it's always cool to be able to say a few words in another tongue. Our personal favorite is Pimsleur. Although they now offer subscriptions like other companies, such as Babbel and Rosetta Stone, they still offer MP3 downloads so that you can own the course permanently.

Indira Ghandi Airport, India


2. Get in shape. While we were reacquainting ourselves with our kitchens and gyms were closed, we realized that we had to figure out exercising on our own. You'll want to look good when you get back to the beach. Apps such as Nike, Adidas, Strava, My Fitness Pal and about a thousand others have lessons, coaches and even virtual competitions. Lace up and go.


Jamaica, West Indies


3. Become a gourmet. Look like an expert when you resume fine dining. Practice at home. Cooking shows abound but you can start with the Cooking Channel or the Food Network. Of course, there are many apps, check out with Yum,  Epicurious and Allrecipes. You might need some equipment. Shop our favorites here.


Creme Brulee in Paris, France


4. Become an artist. Travel art is more than sunset photos. Post and/or sell your artwork on Shutterstock (photography), Soundcloud (music), Etsy (artistic creations), Wattpad (writing),  Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. Want to learn something? Try TakeLessons. For kids, try DIY.org

Greece


5. Discover your home again. If you really miss traveling and staying at resorts and hotels, bring a little bit of it home with you. When hotels upgrade, they sell their stuff to liquidators: Hotel Liquidators and Resort Furniture Liquidators are just two.


Grace Bay Resort, Turks and Caicos


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Friday, October 12, 2018

The NYC Traveler: A Big Apple Summer

A BIG APPLE SUMMER:
WHAT TO DO IN NEW YORK CITY



Summertime in the Big Apple

New Yorkers tend to be divided into two camps for touring their hometown: those who do and those who don't (and may not know how). If you find that you have to spend part or all of the summer in the Big Apple, check out these tips:

1. NYC Residents: Get NYC identification. There are many benefits, such as discounted annual museum memberships, entertainment tickets and park department membership discounts. There are also several companies that sell combo passes for multiple attractions. Click here for a list.




2. Get around town with public transportation. There are car services, but the best deal in town is still the MTA. Most residents already have the current way to pay, a MetroCard. There is a new system coming, OMNY. Check out the website to make sure that you have the one that suits your needs. Street Smart: Only buy a metro card from an official machine or at a ticket booth. Do not buy from anyone who approaches you at a station or on the street.




3. Ask a New Yorker if they have been to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building and it is a good bet they may say no. So, New Yorkers, act like a tourist and take a look at the Official Guide to New York. You can pick up the print version in Grand Central or Penn Station or in the Times Square Information center



4. All of the NYC parks have summer activities. As per current COVID-19 restrictions, some annual events are not occurring but the parks are open. Grab a bicycle, and choose a borough (or two) to explore. Get the app or check out the calendar.



5. Explore memberships at the museums, gardens and zoos. Along with admission, you get discounts on dining, shopping and first peeks at new events and exhibits. Museums have too many works to display, so exhibits are changing constantly. Plus, they sponsor great events such as concerts, lectures Here are some of the more popular museums:





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Sunday, March 25, 2018

The NYC Traveler in NYC: 5 Places NYC Locals Visit, Part 1

The NYC Traveler in NYC:

Hang Out in NYC Like a Local 
(Tourist spots we visit but we don't want to admit)

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The Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens



1. The Museums: New Yorkers might belong to museums as members or have free or discounted access with a NYC ID. Having a membership allows great flexibility, you don't have to feel rushed to see everything in one visit and you can attend special members only events. Take advantage of musical events, workshops, lectures and other events. It's like having a community center.


The MoMA: Museum of Modern Art

2. The Highline: take an old elevated train track, make use of the spaces underneath with great restaurants, add the Whitney Museum at one end and the number 7 train hub at the other, mix well and you have a nice way to spend an afternoon in most weather. Currently, you must reserve a timed entry to enjoy the park.


The elevated High Line, viewed from the street

3. The Parks: Tourists head to Central Park but locals hang out in their neighborhood parks which range from a one block square or triangle to acres and acres. Journey to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx; Cunningham Park, Alley Pond Park, Kissena Park or Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens; Prospect Park or Carnarsie Pier in Brooklyn (along with the entire Coney Island area) and Latourette Park in Staten Island. Golf, swim, bicycle or just sit out under a tree. 


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Check the websites for festivals in NYC Parks

4. Greenwich Village: Below 14th (East and West), Manhattan does not have the square grid design of streets and avenues. Resembling our European city cousins, streets angle in and out, seemingly follow no set pattern and reveal delightful little nooks and crannies such as church gardens, boutiques, small theaters and sidewalk cafes. 



Father Demo Square, Bleecker Street and 6th Avenue

5. Our Street Fairs: Although the most neutral source of information should be the nyc.org website, on its Citywide Events page, it may not always be up-to-date. Searching NYC street fairs on the internet will yield the websites for the companies that seem to sponsor the generic fairs. But, when the real festivals occur, they draw the locals. Check for the latest information about NYC Events.



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Intro to..Traveling to Cuba: Part 1

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This information is intended for travelers who are US citizens
Currently, cruises are suspended from sailing to Cuba from USA ports




For the absolute latest information, always visit the US State Department website.

Currently, citizens of the United States are able to travel to Cuba directly from the USA. Most citizens who travel by airplane are traveling with organized groups or excursions. If you are a Cuban born USA citizen, you must read the information on the US State Department website before planning a trip to Cuba.

You must travel under one of 12 license categories: see these categories under the Entry Requirements paragraph: https://cu.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/local-resources-of-u-s-citizens/traveling-to-cuba/



1. Technically, an American citizen cannot travel to Cuba for vacation purposes. Current policies say that you should have a full itinerary that you can document. However, this itinerary can be created on your own. You do not have to use a professional company, you just have to book experiences that are considered valid and hold onto the proof for a certain amount of years. Certain tour packages are considered illegal, so be aware of purchasing packages from agencies and tour companies.

2. Your credit and debit cards will not work. Bring cash with you. If you travel on a cruise, you will be able to exchange as soon as you disembark, right there in the terminal. Use the same cautions you use in any travel situation: carry only what you need, carry your passport, keep everything on your person and do not allow anyone to carry your bag.



3. Traveling by cruise is one of the easiest ways to see Cuba, but are unavailable currently from the United States. Check the US Department of State website for current regulations.


4.  The people were awesome and friendly. Of course, tourists spending money are always welcome and of course vendors want your business, but chatting with the locals was one of the best aspects of visiting.



5. Don't take photos of military or police personnel and locations. Period.



6. Beware of travel agents who do not know the most accurate information. This is one trip that you should research about yourself.


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Friday, December 1, 2017

The NYC Traveler: 5 Reasons to Visit Epcot


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Not too long ago, Epcot was the educational but slightly boring park in Disney World family, appealing tech geeks. That all changed in the late 1990's when attractions like Test Track, Mission: Space (now Relaunched, with a brand new adventure), Frozen, Finding Nemo and especially Soarin' were introduced to bring in the crowds (and dollars). Currently, two more attractions are waiting in the wings for their debut: Remy's Ratatouille Adventure and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

EPCOT means Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Walt Disney himself came up with the idea of building a residential community. After his death, it was decided to create a second theme park instead. The two sections of the part don't seem to match (futuristic, environmental and technology combined with the World's Fair theme), but Disney has been determined to make it work. Today's Epcot is not your parents' Epcot that opened in 1982. 

So, to start, here are 5 reasons to visit Epcot:





1. What's with the golf ball? It's the spherical ride/exhibition, Spaceship Earth, an informative yet entertaining ride through humankind's history of communication from pre-historic days to a salute to the young pioneers of Silicon Valley. After the ride, you get to play with technology yourself.




2. Pretend that you're under the sea in a huge aquarium after riding Nemo and Friends. The Seas will introduce you to sea life complete with fish, eels, coral reefs and the real-life inspirations for Nemo, Dory, Crush and the rest of the cast. You can also enter the aquarium area through the gift shop. 




La Piazza San Marco, Venice? No, it's the Italy pavilion in Epcot.


3. Take a trip around the world in a few hours in the World Showcase, a replica of the World's Fair. Each pavilion represents a country's culture with exhibits, attractions, food and drinks along with authentic personnel on short-term contracts. You will feel like you have stepped into a foreign land. Where's the continent of Africa and representations of sub-Asia? You'll have to pay for a park-hopper ticket and go over to Animal Kingdom. 





4. Get up and go: take trip by hang-gliding on Soarin Around the World (in The Land); save the planet in Relaunched! Mission: SPACE or try out a prototype car on Test Track. 




5. Check out a street fair, Disney-style with their 4 annual festivals: The International Flower and Garden Show, International Food and Wine Festival and International Festival of the Holidays (formerly the Holidays Around the World) and the International Festival of the Arts. Eat, drink and be merry with fine dining samplings, authentic cultural entertainment and merchandise throughout both Future World and the World Showcase. Extra kiosks are often added to create a virtual cornucopia for the senses. You will need more than one day to experience it all.

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