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May 22nd, 2013
Europe is the dream destination for many teenagers. Why wouldn’t it be? Teens dream of standing at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or seeing gondolas go by out their hotel window. Gratefully, last summer I got to experience this. For one week in July I went with my grandma to Paris, France, and Venice, Italy. We packed all we could into that fun-filled week.
We went during one of the busiest times. In the middle of the summer there are usually a lot of tourists, but that never gets in the way of what you are actually experiencing. The weather is pretty hot so you have to be sure to pack all summer clothes. The first day we landed in Venice, Italy. We got onto a taxi boat with a few other passengers and were dropped off at our hotel, the very famous, Hotel Rialto. It is situated next to the Rialto Bridge, which we could see right out our window. The hotel rooms are very quaint and well decorated. At night it was fun to just stare out the window and see the canal with gondolas and millions of boats and all different kinds of people, local or not, stroll by.
While we were there we bought boat taxi tickets to take you to neighboring islands. On these islands you can go to see old churches and the famous glass-making factories of Italy. My grandma and I went to a glass-making factory. It was really fascinating to see all the work that goes into the beautiful artwork. The island of Mirano was full of glass shops. You can’t leave Italy without buying something made of glass. The second night we were there, we went to another island on the boat taxi to go see an opera. It was entertaining but sometimes hard to understand the music.
Italy also has many restaurants. Since I’m a vegetarian, we found a great vegetarian restaurant called “La Pucca” or “The Pumpkin.” When you go to Italy you have to try their famous gelato. They come in so many flavors and aren’t too big. It makes you realize how overly big American food portions are. My grandma and I had a lot of fun there, but the next day we were headed to Paris, France!
We left to the airport in the morning and flew about an hour and a half to Paris. When we first got there we were running around the city trying to find our hotel because most of the taxis were pretty full (it’s a busy time). We finally found it and settled in for the rest of the week. After that we wandered around the city and went shopping. We had lunch at the top of a big shopping department store. You could see the Eiffel Tower from the top! The next night we actually went to the Eiffel Tower and had dinner in it. When we got there we took some pictures under it. It was pretty amazing. The Eiffel Tower is huge. My grandma and I walked up the stairs to the middle part of it, not the tippy top; we took the elevator from there to the restaurant up top. We were with a group of other people because you have to make reservations for it. The food was very good and the view was awesome. I also tried French coffee, which was the strongest coffee I ever tasted. After dinner, we got to go on a small cruise boat down a river. It was relaxing because you really got to take in your surroundings. From the boat we could also see that the Eiffel Tower had lit up! It was amazing.
A little later during the week, we went to The Louvre. The Louvre is a huge famous museum. Tourists mostly go there to see The Mona Lisa. The Mona Lisa is actually smaller than you think. It is in a glass case and you can’t get very close to it, but you can still take pictures. It is the most popular and crowded painting.
Paris also has a lot of great restaurants. My grandma and I went to quite a few. We had a great rest of the week.
On the last day, we were sad to leave. It was an experience I will never forget. You learn a lot about the world around you and how other people live their daily lives. I would definitely recommend going there if you ever get the chance. If you ever find yourself in Europe, you are in for a huge cultural experience!
May 16th, 2013
With Hurricane Sandy hitting much of New Jersey this past winter, many are probably wondering what’s left of Steel Pier. The answer: the Steel is still here to stay! Enjoy the family amusement in Atlantic City, New Jersey filled with rides, games and attractions for the whole family. As they say on their website, they have a seat waiting for you.
In 1993, Atlantic City’s famous Steel Pier resumed its rightful position as the centerpiece of family entertainment on the great wooden way. After years of neglect and ultimately the devastation of a 1982 fire, Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal rebuilt the Atlantic City icon making it a viable amusement pier once again.
Perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway, visitors come for the nostalgia and modern day amusements and thrills. With 24 rides, games and prize wheels, a food court and free admission, the Steel Pier is successfully luring families together to a town that had become a one – dimensional casino resort. Everyone in the family will find something to do to enjoy themselves – even the ‘not so thrill rider’ you may have in your family, because you pay only for the rides and attractions you want to do. You can enjoy the screams while a parent can hold all the prizes you’ve won!
May 10th, 2013
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May 7th, 2013
Cruisin’ down the highway… heading for your next vacation… stuck in a car all night long… I’ve taken my fair share of road trips. Sitting in the back seat of a van for 10 hours while driving down Interstate 77, I’ve learned a few lessons on how to handle being in a car with my family and want to share it with fellow road trippers.
BEFORE YOU HIT THE ROAD plan ahead to prepare yourself for what’s to come. Exactly HOW many hours will you be in the car? The difference between a 4-hour and 8-hour car ride could mean packing different snacks, entertainment and wearing different clothes.
DRESS COMFORTABLY. Nothing is worse than being pitched everywhere as you sit for hours. Flip flops or shoes that can slip on and off easily are best for when you want to relax your feet but have to fill up the gas tank and put shoes on quickly. Sweatshirts or jackets are good when you have a car full of family members and there isn’t an agreement on if the AC should be blasted or windows rolled down.
HOURS on the road can seem loooooong when you’re passing tree, tree, yellow line, yellow line, tree, tree… Plan ahead to keep yourself entertained. Pack a good book, magazine, school work (because if your text book is with you maybe you’ll actually take a peek) or electronic device. Use the sun to your advantage – read your books while the sun is shining and save your electronics (which you can see in the dark) when the sun goes down.
WHEN THERE”S MULTIPLE PEOPLE IN THE CAR you can use each other to help pass the time. First, when possible, rotate drivers. As soon as we turned 16 we were excited to get miles in behind the wheel – and my parents were excited to spend less time driving.
Secondly, PLAY WORD GAMES with everyone in the car. Here’s a list of some easy games that anyone can play:
May 6th, 2013
I currently live in a little vacation town in northern Michigan called Traverse City. During the winter, many come for skiing and other winter sports, but Traverse blows up in the summer. Traverse City is known for their abundance of cherries, vineyards, beaches, and festivals, such as the Traverse City Film Festival, run by Michael Moore. There are attractions everywhere and there always is something to do. As a local, though, I am not too interested in a lot of the tourist attractions. I have seen them and have had enough but I still want to experience the beauty of the area. I want to have a fun, relaxing time without having to throw down too much money. If you are in the area, I recommend doing what I do: