Christmas in Peacock Lane

After living in Portland, OR, for many years, I finally got to visit this place that becomes magical during the holiday season. It’s in a neighborhood in the SE Portland which becomes pedestrian only area for the last two weeks of every December.

This is an old Portland tradition since 1920. Every house here are fully decorated with extravagant Christmas lightnings and ornaments. My girls had a blast walking in front of every house and checking out all the different themes and dazzling scenes.

The event is absolutely free, but we had to park couple blocks away from Peacock Lane. It does get crowded pretty quickly as soon as it gets dark.

Check out the pictures of Peacock Lane in Portland, Oregon…hope you like them.

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Camping 101: How To Become A Pro Before Your Next Trip

Camping is an excellent way to travel the world and experience new things. But, it can be difficult for first-timers to get to grips with it. As such, here are some tips to help you become a pro at camping.

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Learn How To Erect A Tent

Erecting a tent is extremely tough if you don’t know what you’re doing. The last thing you want is to spend hours trying to get yours up when you’re on a camping holiday. Consequently, you should spend some time practicing how to erect your tent before you leave. Do it in your back garden or living room and practice over and over again while timing yourself. Get yourself down to a reasonable time, and you’ll be ready to put your tent up when you arrive at the campsite.

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Bring Spare Tent Pegs

Tent pegs are a mysterious camping item that’s essential when putting up your tent. They fix into the ground and help keep your tent tied down and secure. They’re mysterious because no matter how hard you try, they’ll always go missing. As a result, if you’ve only bought the amount required to peg down your tent, you’re going to be in trouble. Always bring spares, as I guarantee you’ll lose some and this prevents you from being in a bad situation where you have a tent and no pegs to keep in securely in place.

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Create A Comfortable Sleeping Space

A huge mistake many first-time campers make is that they underestimate how hard it is to sleep in a tent. Obviously, when you’re on holiday, you want to feel refreshed and ready to go on little adventures, rather than tired and desperate for more sleep. So, creating a comfortable sleeping space is essential. My first piece of advice is to assess how much room you have. If you’ve got a large tent, then a portable hammock is recommended as it keeps you off the ground. I must note it’s important that you choose the right hammock if you are going down this route. They vary in size and quality, and some are more suitable for others. If you don’t have a large tent, then focus on making the floor as comfy as possible. Lay down some camping mats to keep yourself dry when you’re in your sleeping bag. I’d also recommend a blow-up mattress is possible, just for the extra support. Also, make sure you get a thermal sleeping bag and blanket if you’re traveling in winter as it will be extremely cold at night!

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Practice Packing

Getting everything setup can take a while and requires lots of effort and practice. However, packing everything away can be just as difficult, if not worse! At least when you’re setting up you know where everything is as it’s neatly packed in your bag. Now, you have to try and get everything back as it was. Plus, you may be running against the clock as you have a train or flight to catch too. So, do exactly what you did when you practiced setting up your tent, practice at home. Become a pro at packing, and you’ll be a better camper.

If a camping holiday is on the cards this year, then you must read over these tips. You’ll soon be a pro and can master the art of camping.

 

What’s Holding Back Your Winter Holiday Choice?

Deciding to go on holiday during the winter can be a bit of a strain for people. That is because winter is so traditionally wrapped up around Christmas and celebrating. It means that there can a be a lot of things that get in the way of taking a break. Maybe you are finding yourself wanting to take a winter break, but something is holding you back? Then read on for some advice that might just help you make that jump and get your winter break booked.

Family

So number one of this is probably family and friends. Are they going to have a problem with you getting away from the holidays? If so, there are several ways that you can deal with that. First of all, you can explain to them that it is your choice and while you gather what they saying it’s not really up to them anyway.

But if you are feeling a bit more diplomatic and like you won’t mind their company so much then why not ask the along too? There are plenty of winter holidays that can work for large groups of people.

You could rent a chalet out in the mountains in France or in Sweden and then all stay together. You can even get one where the catering is laid on for you so, you won’t have to worry about cooking any celebration meals, or the washing up either.

Weather

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It’s funny, but the weather is often the most important part of a choice about going on holiday in the winter. It can actually make or break your decision. This because people want specific weather on a winter holiday.

They either want the sun that they are missing or the snow that symbolizes winter to them. Happily, you can have the option you are looking for, just make sure to check the weather and climate forecast for your intended location before you book.

Cost

Something else that may be holding you back from booking a break where you can have some unique winter experiences is the cost. Winter can be an expensive time with all the presents and celebration to pay for. Adding a holiday on top of that can be a stretch too far for some people.

Yes, you will need to consider your budget before you book a break this winter. But you also need to ensure you are giving yourself enough opportunities to experience the wonderful things you can do on a winter vacation.

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For example, you might want to stay in an ice hotel, or one that is located the tree tops, which you can do in Sweden? Or you may want to visits Santa and his elves and take a ride in a reindeer pulled sleigh? Or it may be the only time that will get to see the magical northern lights. As the are known to be pretty unreliable, especially when we are in a decreasing solar phase as we are now.  Surely something like that is worth digging deep to pay for?

Holidaying In Sydney In Winter: 5 Fun Things To Do

When the rest of the word waits for the stifling summers to go away and pleasant weather to set in, Australia marvels on the winter season with a plethora of fun things to do, specifically in the sprawling city of Sydney. One of Australia’s biggest cities uniquely divided on either side of the harbor and connected with the world famous Harbor Bridge, Sydney has a lot to offer in winter season.

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So if you were thinking to get a breather from the summer engulfing the better part of the world and looking for some cool winter essence, head to Sydney and do the following fun things.
Whale Watching
Going to Sydney inevitably implies at least one whale watching session, without which a visit to this city is incomplete. You can hop on to one of the many whale watching cruises, designed especially for this purpose. Whether it is a slow moving vessel meant to relax, stand back and watch the whales in all their intimidating glory or the high-speed vessels that increase the thrill exponentially, options are numerous.
Visit ‘The Rocks’
For tourists with a quirky taste for old style pubs and cafes, historic architecture and arts and craft mini-shops, The Rocks has a lot to offer. During the weekdays, you can marvel on the artistic exhibits of artists from all over the country along with small clothing shops; while on the weekends you can enjoy the Rocks Markets that has up to a hundred stalls of different items from food to crafts to clothing and souvenirs. Totally accessible by a number of transportation options and located centrally, The Rocks is a favorite among tourists to Sydney.

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Shop at Queen Victoria
Located right in the middle of the central business district, Queen Victoria Building satisfies both the shopaholic and the history buff in you. The building itself is nothing like the typically modern shopping malls. It is rather a 19th century building, designed in the fashion of a cathedral. The typically arched ceilings like those in a cathedral and figurines gracing the entrances, Queen Victoria Building offers a unique shopping experience.

Relax at Darling Harbor
Stroll along the harbor at the suburbs of the Sydney business district and experience the essence of whole of Sydney in this one place. Whether you are in for some shopping, entertainment options, parks, art exhibition centers, museums, hotels and spas, or a peek into the wildlife, you will get everything at the Darling Harbor along with breathtaking views of the skyline of Sydney lining the harbor.
Hit the Centennial Park
Centennial Park will let you soak in the peaceful eastern suburban essence of Sydney along with a lot more. In addition to sprawling and open gardens, Centennial Park also has a number of historic statues and old buildings, and avenues. Also, there is a huge variety of flora and fauna, including rare plantings unique to Australia as well. Visiting Centennial Park is like peeking into the Victorian Era outdoor environment. Visit to Sydney in winters is incomplete without going to this park, which is one of the landmarks of this country.

This is a guest post article from Oz Whale Watching. Book and have a memorable whale watching experience today.

Amazing European Destinations To Visit For A Culturally Rich Holiday

It’s so important to visit destinations that offer so much to do and see for the whole family. You are in a different country, so it’s a great chance to find out more about how other people live. You want to enjoy a culturally rich holiday that will help you to understand different beliefs and traditions that others have. It’s an excellent way to educate your children about other countries in the world. Here are some amazing European destinations to visit for a culturally rich holiday.

Germany

One amazing destination to visit for a culturally rich holiday is Germany. It’s an amazing place full of cities which are brimming with culture and history. A lot of people head to the capital of Berlin. It has over 170 museums for you to visit, so that you can learn more about their history. There are festivals on throughout the year with plenty to see for the kids including Berlin Art Week and the Festival of Lights. A lot of people head to the site of the Berlin Wall or to the Reichstag. Other culturally rich areas in Germany to visit include Nuremberg, which boasts a beautiful castle. Munich is also a popular choice to visit with plenty to see including the Marienplatz and the Munich Residenz.

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Greece

An additional destination to visit for a culturally rich holiday is beautiful Greece. The country has the most archeological museums in the world. Athens is one of the top places that people head to. There are many ancient monuments which you can look around which will teach you more about the country’s history. A lot of people head to the Acropolis museum to find out more. There are also several art museums which are also worth a visit. You should visit the Athens Festival which occurs every year. I talked previously in my blog about other great things to do in Athens. There are also many other great culturally rich places to visit in Greece such as Argolis. You can find beautiful resorts to stay in such as Amanzoe Greece, so you are in the heart of all the amazing areas.

France

Another amazing destination to visit for a culturally rich holiday is France. The capital is the place to go if you want to learn more about the exciting county. You will find amazing art in the Louvre including the famous Mona Lisa piece. You will find many breathtaking sights including the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame cathedral. The kids will love seeing these iconic monuments As well as these, you can also enjoy the array of different festivals and concerts in the capital. Also, in France, you will find the Cannes festival which arrives every year. It is brimming with life and often has the best films on of that year. Other culturally rich areas include Nice’s medieval old town, which is one of the best preserved in the world. Here are some other medieval towns across Europe you should visit.

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Any of the above European destinations will offer you a fantastic holiday which will be unforgettable. Remember to take some time to relax on your trip, after you have seen all these beautiful sights!

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