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San Antonio Special Sites

30 October 2014

Visitors come to San Antonio to enjoy the charm of the city, to re-live the city’s dramatic history, to walk the famous River Walk, and to take part in recreational attractions such as Sea World, Six Flags Over Texas, the best public golf courses in Texas, and so much more. 

River Walk

This is a unique network of two parallel sidewalks that go alongside the banks of the San Antonio River one story under the Downtown San Antonio streets. Shops and restaurants line this pedestrian street which connects major tourist areas. The Fiesta San Antonio springtime River Parade features flowery floats on the river. 

Four Missions

Mission Concepcion, Mission San Juan. Mission San Jose, and Mission Espada are accessible from downtown. For example, Mission Concepcion is a 200-year-old restored Franciscan mission. It is beautifully painted, has more original stonework than any of the other missions, has a rotunda in the center, a couple of small chapels, spectacular original wall frescos, and is still a functioning church. 

Fort Sam Houston

Located in the heart of San Antonio, this fort originated in 1845 when a garrison and regional headquarters were established. The Post continued to expand with the addition of the Infantry Post in the 1880s. Designated as Fort Sam Houston in 1890 and named for the first President of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston, it expanded again in 1905 and then with the New Post of the 1930s. It is the largest collection of more than 800 historic buildings in the Department of Defense. The Fort was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and as a U.S. National Historic Landmark District on May 15, 1975. 

Click here to learn more about tours to these and many other attractions in San Antonio.

Spooky Hotels to Visit This Halloween

21 October 2014

It's that time of the year again when stories of peculiar apparitions and events in certain hotels around the world that makes them popular to the-not-so-faint-at-heart folks make their rounds.  I am not the thrill-seeker kind so I guess I'll have to pass this one up. However, if you're into these kinds of stuff then check out these famous hotels and see if you can book for a night.




Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, CA

This hotel is a famous landmark in San Diego. It opened in 1888 and apparently, a young lady guest named Kate Morgan haunts the hotel. The story of Kate Morgan's ghostly apparitions came to be when she checked in at Hotel Coronado alone and claimed that she got separated in the train with her "brother." Her "brother" had her suitcase and would take care of her as soon as he arrived the hotel. However, no "brother" arrived in the coming days. And one day, she was found dead, early in the morning outside the hotel.

Her room was #3327. Who ever is brave enough to book there is one tough cookie! It is hard to reserve the room though so you may have to wait in line.

My family and I visited the hotel last 2009. We were too "chicken" to book a room so a photo-op was enough to satisfy our curiosity.




Photo credit: pinterest.com

Queen Mary Hotel, Long Beach, CA

This old cruise liner-turned hotel is hosts to many "hot psychic hot spots." The ocean-liner/hotel has plenty of haunted areas that there is even a "haunted tour" you can book to "experience" the weird phenomena happening in the ship.

If you want to experience something thrilling as the other tourists who went through the haunted tour in Queen Mary, then you can check out this site for more info: http://www.queenmary.com/tours-exhibits/tours-exhibits-attractions/haunted-encounters/



Photo credit: voyages-et-monuments.blogspot.com

Fairmont Le Chateau Fronentac, Quebec City, Canada

There are stories about the ghost of Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac that are claimed to be true. You may get lucky to see Louis sitting and looking sad on windowsills around the property.


Photo credit: chucktaylorblog.blogspot.com

Hotel Chelsea, New York City, NY

The Chelsea Hotel has a star-power ghosts in its property. The likes of Warhol, Joplin and Twain haunts the hotel and this is also the same hotel where Sid Vicious (the punk rocker) stabbed Nancy in 1978.


Photo credit: hauntedrooms.com


Banff Springs Hotel - Alberta, Canada 

One friendly bellman just loved his work so much that even after death, he still did his duties, helping guests and not taking tips. Another ghost in this hotel is from the very sad demise of a young bride who trampled to her death when she fell down the stairs because her dress caught fire. She could be seen by some guests dancing alone in the dining room and apparently, even pushing guests.


Photo credit: secondglobe.com

Karosta Prison Hostel, Latvia

This hotel used to be Nazi and Soviet military prison which has been turned into a prison-themed hotel. Guests can experience light bulbs unscrewing on their own, doors that open and a lady ghost walking around the prison-hotel.



Photo credit: pinterest.com

Ballygally Castle Hotel, Northern Ireland

Isobella Shaw, the former Lady of the Castle in 1625, is said to have paid frightening visits to guests before disappearing into the night. Story has it that Lord Shaw had locked her inside a room, immediately after she gave birth to their son. She died after falling out of a window in an attempt to escape. It is believed she has wandered the castle for over 400 years in search of the son who was taken from her.



Photo credit: classictravel.com

Langham Hotel, London

Since it was opened to the public in 1865, the Langham Hotel in London has been frequented by a number prominent personalities like Arthur Conan Doyle, Oscar Wilde, and Mark Twain.  It is said that one of the ghosts is of a man in Victorian evening wear who appears in Room 333 only during October. A guest claimed to have seen a ghostly figure of a man in military dress standing by the window on the fourth floor. Some say that it is probably the ghost of a German Prince who committed suicide by jumping out of a window just before the beginning of World War I. A famous guest of the hotel who seemed to not checked out is Napoleon III.


Do you know other hotels that are haunted? Have you ever stayed in any of them? If so, share your experience here.

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14 October 2014

Camping Necessities for Fall

13 October 2014

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Now that the hot summer weather has given way to the cooler breeze of autumn, this will be a great time to venture to the wilderness and gaze to the stars at night with your family and friends.
It is wise to be properly dressed and have all the necessary tools and kits for a fun and safe venture in the great outdoors.

Pelican - PRO GEAR ELITE 95QT COOLER TAN POLYETHYLENE PRESS/PULL

Pelican - PRO GEAR ELITE 95QT COOLER TAN POLYETHYLENE PRESS/PULL
A camping adventure will not be complete without a nice cooler to store those beverages and other food to be cooked and served later on.

Pelican - PRO GEAR ELITE 95QT COOLER TAN POLYETHYLENE PRESS/PULL - $431.99, See Site shipping - Available at TigerDirect

Liberty Mountain - Mountain 518575 Rain Gear Backpacker Poncho - Navy

Liberty Mountain - Mountain 518575 Rain Gear Backpacker Poncho - Navy
It's not bad to bring a raincoat while camping. Autumn weather is still unpredictable and it can be a bit misty out there.

Liberty Mountain - Mountain 518575 Rain Gear Backpacker Poncho - Navy - $31.46, 5.82 shipping - Available at Amazon.com

Gerber - Knives 0987 Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter

Gerber - Knives 0987 Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter
Not sure on how to make fire out of rocks and twigs? Maybe this fire starter can help you.

Gerber - Knives 0987 Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter - $16.80, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

Lodge - L12DCO3 8 Qt Deep Camp Dutch Oven

Lodge - L12DCO3 8 Qt Deep Camp Dutch Oven
This cooking utensil will be a great addition to your camping if you love to serve something nice for the whole family and gang to enjoy.

Lodge - L12DCO3 8 Qt Deep Camp Dutch Oven - $57.75, See Site shipping - Available at Katom

Mr. Heater - Portable Buddy Indoor/Outdoor Heater

Mr. Heater - Portable Buddy Indoor/Outdoor Heater
The outdoor temperature during autumn can dip to a low of degree, esp. at night. Bring a portable heater and you will need it.

Mr. Heater - Portable Buddy Indoor/Outdoor Heater - $79.95, 11.73 shipping - Available at QC Supply
(2 reviews)

Petzl - E87 P2 Myo RXP 2 Headlamp

Petzl - E87 P2 Myo RXP 2 Headlamp
This will be a perfect addition to your cap if you love the outdoors at night. Don't be blind as a bat and bring a Petzl Headlamp.

Petzl - E87 P2 Myo RXP 2 Headlamp - $89.95, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

Victorinox - 54525 Champion Plus Multi-Tool Swiss Army Knife

Victorinox - 54525 Champion Plus Multi-Tool Swiss Army Knife
A must-have tool for camping is this multi-tool swiss army knife.  Now, you don't have to carry several other tools and gears that will only make your bag heavy with unnecessary stuff.

Victorinox - 54525 Champion Plus Multi-Tool Swiss Army Knife - $49.99, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com
(9 reviews)

Coleman - Lantern LED Quad

Coleman - Lantern LED Quad
Preserve those wood and don't turn them to campfires just yet. Why not use this LED lantern instead?

Coleman - Lantern LED Quad - $51.35 (30% off), Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com
(2 reviews)

Kaz - Stinger UVB45 40 Watt 1-Acre Ultra Bug Zapper (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Kaz - Stinger UVB45 40 Watt 1-Acre Ultra Bug Zapper (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Yes, another must-have during camping. A bug zapper will help ward off those pesky mosquitoes and other bugs so you can enjoy your camping adventure with less or nil bug bites!

Kaz - Stinger UVB45 40 Watt 1-Acre Ultra Bug Zapper (Discontinued by Manufacturer) - $59.95, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

Coleman - Port Toilet

Coleman - Port Toilet
Some campers are very privy and would rather do their natural business the usual way. So, bring one of these portable toilet and let the fussy ones use this instead of the expanse of what nature can provide.

I'm probably one of those fussy campers who will opt to carry her/his own portalet!

Coleman - Port Toilet - $49.97, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com

Sugar Brand - Wise Company Prepper Pack Emergency Food Supply

Sugar Brand - Wise Company Prepper Pack Emergency Food Supply
Sometimes, things will run out and it's bad if the food runs out during your nice camping adventure. Pack one of these Sugar brand emergency food supply, just in case.

Sugar Brand - Wise Company Prepper Pack Emergency Food Supply - $64.99, 10.16 shipping - Available at Sportsman's Logistics

Cabela's - Camping: Standard Camp Kitchen

Cabela's - Camping: Standard Camp Kitchen
I like this fancy camping kitchenette! It has everything and it'll be great for a large group of campers who can enjoy cooking and dining al fresco.

Cabela's - Camping: Standard Camp Kitchen - $98.99, 20.95 shipping - Available at Cabelas

GSI Outdoors - 148320 Sierra Camp Set in Blue - 16 Pieces

GSI Outdoors - 148320 Sierra Camp Set in Blue - 16 Pieces
Don't leave trash in your campsite. Be mindful of the environment and the wildlife around you. Bring some washable steel utensils instead.

GSI Outdoors - 148320 Sierra Camp Set in Blue - 16 Pieces - $69.00 (21% off), Free shipping - Available at Austin Kayak

StanSport - 99805 2 Person Camp Set

StanSport - 99805 2 Person Camp Set
Don't forget, a camping is not a camping without any durable tent that can withstand the cold elements of the great outdoor!

StanSport - 99805 2 Person Camp Set - $127.99, Free shipping - Available at Target.com

RIVER'S END - Bear Grylls Endeavor Series 30-Degree Men's Sleeping Bag, Orange

RIVER'S END - Bear Grylls Endeavor Series 30-Degree Men's Sleeping Bag, Orange
Don't forget to pack your sleeping bags too!

RIVER'S END - Bear Grylls Endeavor Series 30-Degree Men's Sleeping Bag, Orange - $65.99, Free shipping - Available at Overstock.com

Cabela's - Deluxe Camp Beds

Cabela's - Deluxe Camp Beds
Some campers prefer their very own cushion, so this Cabela's deluxe camp beds will be the perfect fit for the fuzzy campers.

Cabela's - Deluxe Camp Beds - $109.99, 22.95 shipping - Available at Cabelas

Fashion Pet - Outdoor Dog Plaid Fleece Jacket, Small, Blue

Fashion Pet - Outdoor Dog Plaid Fleece Jacket, Small, Blue
Camping is not just about bringing the right tools to enjoy the outdoors. If you're planning to tag your furry best friend, ensure that your pet is dressed appropriately. It can get very cold at night.

Fashion Pet - Outdoor Dog Plaid Fleece Jacket, Small, Blue - $10.94, 5.11 shipping - Available at Amazon.com

Outdoor Research - Outdoor Research Salvo Softshell

Outdoor Research - Outdoor Research Salvo Softshell
Your best best for the cold autumn nights outdoors is this hooded jacket. You will be warm and dry too.

Outdoor Research - Outdoor Research Salvo Softshell - $129.50, Free shipping - Available at The-House.com

Columbia - Columbia Minx Mid Shorty (Women's) - Red

Columbia - Columbia Minx Mid Shorty (Women's) - Red
Wear appropriate shoes for the camping. This red Columbia outdoors shoes for women can flatter every fashionista camper out there.

Columbia - Columbia Minx Mid Shorty (Women's) - Red - $89.95, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com

Adidas Outdoor - Adidas Outdoor Terrex Conrax CP Boots - Men's Blue Beauty/Black/Black, 10.5

Adidas Outdoor - Adidas Outdoor Terrex Conrax CP Boots - Men's Blue Beauty/Black/Black, 10.5
The men will enjoy wearing this outdoor boots too.

Adidas Outdoor - Adidas Outdoor Terrex Conrax CP Boots - Men's Blue Beauty/Black/Black, 10.5 - $224.95, Free shipping - Available at Backcountry.com



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