Top casinos to visit when travelling in South America

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Favourite blackjack game (Creative Commons)

South America is a large continent with many different countries. Most of them have a coastline with the exception of the two landlocked nations. Pleasant climate and beautiful beaches attract many visitors here each year. Often these visitors are fans of casino gambling. When travelling, they wish to try out different casinos found in other countries of the world. While not all of South America offers gambling, most of the countries do. One of these is Colombia which is located in the northern part of the continent.

A popular casino in Colombia is the Hollywood Casino which is found in the capital city of Bogota. The casino opens at 10 am every day with the exception of Sunday when it opens at noon. The casino floor is over 20,000 square feet. Slot machines can be found here as well as table games. Four dedicated tables are especially reserved for poker. Table games mainly include blackjack and http://www.jackpotcity.co.uk/online-slots and number almost 30. Guests may wish to stay at the hotel and eat in the casino’s restaurant.

Also in Bogota is the Rockefeller Poker Room. As the name indicates this casino is devoted mainly to poker. A smaller venue with a 2,200 square foot casino floor and eight tables can be found. Three of these tables are for playing either roulette or blackjack. The other tables include five which are for poker. Given the smaller scale of the casino, it doesn’t offer a restaurant as many other venues do. It does however, have a snack bar where snacks can be purchased.

The Rock n’ Jazz casino is another choice if in Bogota. A smaller venue provides 150 slot machines with fifteen game tables including roulette and blackjack. Poker can also be played at one of the six exclusive tables.

The Best Way to Visit Holland: Netherlands cycling holidays

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Tulips in the Netherlands, Creative Commons

There are some countries in Europe that cannot be rivalled when it comes to their appeal for the entire world of tourism. The Netherlands is most definitely one of them and if you are looking into visiting a country where freedom and beauty feel like home, then this is the place to be. And what other better way is there to visit Holland and its gorgeousness than with one of the amazing Netherlands cycling holidays organized by specialists who know how to make the most out of the touristic attractions of the world?

Why Cycling?

There is something extremely fun about a cycling holiday. Do bear in mind that this is a country where there seem to be more bicycles than actual people, so you will feel safe and comfortable biking almost everywhere. That means that there will be special places on the road organized especially for people like you who want to enjoy the greatness the Netherlands have to offer at a slower pace than by car, but at a faster pace than by simply walking.

Tulips in the Netherlands, Creative Commons

Tulips in the Netherlands, Creative Commons

In addition to the fact that cycling is a very healthy activity (especially for the heart), there will be something cute and special about visiting a country on the bike. You can choose from one of the top Netherlands destinations and you can simply bike your way around it, enjoy every single moment of this trip. If you choose to go in this holiday in the springtime, it will be even more enjoyable, with the first rays of sun warming the Northern world up and letting the famous tulips bloom with joy and beauty for the eyes.

Why an Organized Cycling Trip?

If you have never been to the Netherlands and if you want to make sure that you will make the most out of your holiday there, then it may be better for you to choose an organized cycling trip. This way, you will not have to worry about the route or about any of the typical issues that arise with organizing a trip and you will simply have to enjoy the itinerary. Since the Netherlands is offers very large portions of flat surface, you will be able to see almost everything on a bike, including the picturesque and heart-warming historic towns, but not only.

Netherlands - Friesland, IJlst - De Rat, Creative Commons

Netherlands – Friesland, IJlst – De Rat, Creative Commons

Enjoy the spring, let yourself be overwhelmed by the rich culture of the Netherlands and inhale some fresh air far from the places you usually see. A healthy, fun and interesting way of enjoying a country with so many great things about it!

 

Be a rebel – head to the sun this winter

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There is a common misconception that winter means no holidays. I disagree with this entirely, in fact, to be a rebel, I insist on taking a winter break!

Canary Islands - wonderful vacation choice (Creative Commons)

Canary Islands – wonderful vacation choice (Creative Commons)

The only downside with travelling during the winter months is the risk of travel disruption due to the weather, but even this is easily sorted, by checking up to date information on your particular airport. The last time I travelled from London, I was constantly checking real-time information on Gatwick departures, meaning I was bang up to date with any developments. Thankfully there were none, but I did manage to pick up some handy information on where to eat and drink!

Of course, another way to beat possible problems from Mother Nature herself is to give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport, and even consider staying over at a hotel the right before, giving you peace of mind and an extra night’s holiday. Win-win, if you ask me. I recently stayed at one of the hotels near Gatwick Airport, and followed this exact plan. I can’t rave about it enough, and wherever you’re flying from, I’d recommend booking in for a night’s relaxation pre-flight.

Whether you choose to enjoy the winter elements and head off skiing, or whether the thought of snow makes you shiver far too much, and you decide to jet off for some winter sun, there are plentiful destinations, and some real bargains out there too.

The Caribbean is becoming more and more affordable, with cruises and stay deals coming down in price. You could even make this a two-centre break, and combine it with a few days in fun-filled Orlando, before pampering yourself with R n R on a beautiful sun-drenched island.

The Canary Islands are always a fantastic choice for a winter break, with pleasant temperatures all year around, and a choice of islands to suit your personality and needs.

Gambia beach at Mishimoto (Creative Commons)

Gambia beach at Mishimoto (Creative Commons)

The Gambia is another popular winter destination, which is becoming more and more popular year on year, with the Indian Ocean islands constantly up there on the must-visit list, and it’s not surprising when you Google the images – beauty with a capital B.

Of course, you might want to embrace the cold, and if that’s the case then skiing or a log cabin in the snow is for you. Austria is a great choice for ski breaks, including areas for every level of ability, with Bad Gastein particularly great for families. You’ll find plentiful après ski activities, and relaxing accommodation.

Just because it’s not our traditional summer break time of year, doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about holidays and jet off to explore the world, in fact, I’d say it’s a must do!

Bingo for Road Trips and Other Travels

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A fun new twist on a classic game

The well-worn and old-fashioned brick-and-mortar bingo halls that still dot the landscape of numerous cities across the U.S. have been the home of countless warm memories that span several generations of individuals and families alike. Bingo truly unites people from all walks of life, regardless of age, ethnicity or occupational background. Indeed, bingo’s surprising longevity in this age of mobile communication and entertainment devices has manifested in some surprising new ways. As a matter of fact, there are various bingo cards that effectively replace numbers with words, phrases or images from such diverse fields as fashion, restaurants, and even superheroes. It’s not too surprising to learn, then, that different versions of travel bingo cards have been quite popular with vacationers and vagabonds of all stripes.

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Eminently suitable for both children and adults on those long summer road trips inside the family car, the travel bingo cards over at the Positively Splendid blog are absolutely brimming with clear and vivid images of familiar sights along the way. From horses and gas stations to delivery trucks and cows, this game definitely lends credence to that well-known aphorism: “Life is a journey, not a destination.” It also keeps the children plenty occupied and happy throughout the long hours that road trips inevitably require. Knock Knock, a purveyor of reliably witty gift products and books, currently offers self-contained road trip bingo cards featuring punch-through icons depicting a pickup truck, flat tire, tractor, motor home, school bus, and many more. Furthermore, online bingo website foxybingo.com had its own promotional voyage across the United Kingdom using the Foxy Prize Bus. Liz Stanley of the Say Yes craft blog also has her own DIY (and printable) version of the travel bingo card – complete with pencil-drawn and watercolor-painted illustrations.

From simple DIY paper cards to the colorful gimmicks of the online version, it’s amazing to see the various forms, twists and variations on this time-honored classic.

Visiting Jordan

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I know that a lot of people might be stoked on the idea of visiting parts of the Middle East right now. There is so much going on in the region, and I think people are justified in being a little wary. But sometimes you just have to look fear in the face and tell it to eff off. Plus, places like Jordan will be all but deserted because everyone else is too scared to go.

Here a few things that you will love about Jordan!

Petra

Of course this is easily Jordan’s most well known tourist site. This ancient city is huge, and beautiful, and wondrous, and easily one of the things that you must see before you die. When you walk in through the slot canyon then you see The Treasury at the end, and it opens up and you can see the whole thing? Priceless! There is so much more to see, as well. You can pay one of the many touts in the area for the privilege of riding their donkey or camel, and it’s usually worth it. There are also several hotels in the area to make your stay more pleasant.

Wadi Rum

This amazing desert is a sight to behold. You may be thinking, “But it’s just a desert!” Well, it is and it isn’t. This desert is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it holds a lot of cultural and historic significance. There are ancient petroglyphs describing people’s journey to Mecca over 1,000 years ago! Hire one of the many tour outfitters for a thrilling jeep or camel ride through the desert, then spend the night under the stars in a Bedouin camp. It’s an amazing experience and one that you won’t soon forget.

The Dead Sea

This ancient inland sea rides the border between Jordan and Israel. For history or religion enthusiasts, it means a great deal. For others, it’s that place where you can float with ease; the water’s saline content is so high that it makes you as buoyant as a rubber ball. There are many spas lining the shores, as well, because for years people have thought that the salty mud from the bottom cures all kinds of ills. I don’t know about that but I do know that after a massage and a body scrub with the salt and scented oil, my skin was as soft as a new born baby’s. Definitely worth a try!

Amman

The capital of Jordan is a really cool city. It’s extremely Westernized and is really popular with tourists who want to party. There are several nightclubs and bars, as well as many restaurants representing all kinds of international cuisine. There are many mosques and also some Roman ruins that are really incredible to see.

All in all, Jordan is a very safe and very wonderful place to visit. Leave your fear at home and come and see this wonderful land for yourself!

 

Where to Bike in Texas

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So I guess I’m not really used to this whole blog thing so I’ll start with what I’m familiar with: Texas and cycling. So here I’ll post a list of some of the best Texas cities for cyclists like you.

Austin

The butterfly side-by-side: Austin Bike Zoo

Austin added more than 35 miles of bike trails back in 2011. You can ride such trails as the 6 mile long Lance Armstrong Bikeway. Check out some of the larger parades that go on throughout the year and you will see the cool Austin Bike Zoo animals. These animals consist of an 80 foot rattlesnake that is powered by six riders. They also have a tandem butterfly bicycle and not to mention a pretty cool bat tricycle. Though be warned that cyclists thrive in this town and no bike trail will ever be completely void.

I had to add the snake

San Antonio

Siclovia 2013

Here you will find an emerging cycling-friendly atmosphere that is burning with a proposed 1,700 mile network of bike sharrows, lanes, paths, and also a bike-share system. The first Siclovia drew in more than 15,000 people too. Boneshakers Bicycle Pub borders a riverside bike trail, contains a bike shop as a part of the building, and serves only Texas brews. Though make sure your paths are mapped out ahead of time as connectivity between paths and trails can be spotting in parts of this sprawling city.

Everything ran this year in the Siclovia

Above all though, you don’t need me to tell you where and when to ride. The most important thing is that you just go out there and hit the pavement. Find your own adventure and ride off the beaten path when you can. You may find things better than anything you would have found on a path that you’ve ridden many times before.

Artsy Venice

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A city that is a collection of islands connected by water ways, is listed on the World Heritage List and is absolutely gorgeous, Venice is where time stands still. While you may get tickets cheaply to this beautiful city, remember your destination is a wealthy one, having made its money in spice and silk. It is also significant in the growth of opera and symphony music. Not just music, Venice at one point of time in history was considered the most refined city in Europe and influenced architecture and art. When it became the printing capital of the world, way back in 1482, the world of literature was introduced to Greek manuscripts for the first time.

Venice

Flights to Venice will get you to the ‘City of Water’ and it certainly lives up to that reputation. One of the things you need to experience is a gondola ride. Not just for the experience, but also as a necessity, as gondolas are essential when so much of the city cannot be reached by foot or by motor vehicle. At that point of time, you will need a ‘vaporetti’, or motorized waterbus, or a ‘traghetti’ to cross the Grand Canal when there is no access to bridges.

The city also hosts the International Architecture Exhibition each year and if you want to attend the event, do keep a lookout for low fares. Once in the city, look out for fine examples of architecture as you take in the sights. In fact, Venetian Gothic architecture is a fascinating study of fine detailing and the famous Doge’s Palace is a good example of the same. When you look at the elegant and vibrant Venetian city, you will be reminded of this fact, anew.

You will surely enjoy the fine cuisine on offer in ‘The Floating City’. If you are a foodie, you will have experiences like never before as you sample marinated eel, cookies, butter biscuits and shortbread, among other local delights. Your trip to Venice will leave you in the heart of good food land, so indulge all those taste buds!

You may also enjoy one of the most important events in the arts calendar, the Venice Biennale, where countries and their art forms are represented. This is a great platform for contemporary artists and is a must visit if you adore the arts. The Venice Film Festival, a part of the Biennale, is the oldest film festival in the world and one of the most prestigious, especially with members of the industry so get your cheap tickets to Venice and have a thrilling time.