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March 2016

For an Unforgettable Experience Choose Skydiving on Vacation

Skydiving on VacationThere are many excursions one can sign up for, and among them skydiving is a popular choice. At the risk of assuming it’s the first time for whomever is reading, rest assured that a tandem skydive will be suggested by an upstanding skydive company. If not, it may be smart to find another company.

Skydiving excursions require that one bring some essential items. First of all, wear comfortable clothing and bring a second set. While some companies provide a jumpsuit, some don’t. Jeans and a shirt that covers well work perfectly in any case. There will likely be pictures and, or video so be sure it’s something that will be acceptable and won’t show too much skin because clothes will fly everywhere.

Another important item is cash to purchase pictures or a video, or even to pay for the excursion. Some companies will give cash payment discounts and one will wish they’d known. Of course this can be verified by phone before arrival.


There are many considerations as well for skydiving excursions. Remember, there can be delays due to other planes, weather, and even other participants. Bring snacks and drinks, be prepared to spend time filling out essential paperwork. It’s best to sign up for an excursion during the week rather than the weekend unless there is no choice. This is because there are far less jumpers and time involved will be better; in any case arrive early to be first in line if on a time constraint.

What to Expect

There will likely be brief training either via an instructor or by watching a video. Since it’ll be a tandem jump there’s not much to know as the jumper won’t have much control. It’ll likely include what to do with legs and arms on exit from the plane, and during the fall and landing. It’s important to pay attention to landing instructions as each instructor does things different.

At this point of the excursion there is a wait. Waiting on the plane, good jump conditions and similar circumstances so bring some sort of entertainment to avoid boredom, or consider jumping with a group of friends to make it more memorable.

The Jump

A variety of things can happen during a jump excursion! Depending on the instructor they may engage in some aerial fun like flips and formations, but usually it’s just what is called a poised exit where the jumper’s belly is flat into the wind and they enjoy a stable fall. Around ten seconds after leaving the plane, the instructor will deploy what is called a drogue parachute. This is just for stability since there are two people on the jump, and it helps slow them down to what would be a normal speed for just one, lone jumper. At 5,000 feet or so the drogue cable will be pulled and it won’t be attached to the instructor any longer, but pull the main parachute out. This is a smooth transition so those that are worried about any jerking motion have nothing to worry about. Finally, on landing be sure to follow instruction for a landing on feet or bottom. The chances of injury are very slim, far less than the dangers of riding a bicycle through the city.

Questions for the Skydive Company

There are many things one may want to ask the company in charge before signing up for a skydiving excursion. For example, how many seats the aircraft has and what kind it is. Turbine powered aircraft are preferred and it should hold ten or more people. Also, find out if they have the most up-to-date jump equipment. This ensures that the jumpers are going to have an optimal, safe experience. Check online reviews to see how others have enjoyed their jump and any advice they may have in relation to the company being used.

The Arroscia Valley

The Arroscia ValleyThe Arroscia valley is between Piedmont and Liguria and is one of the most famous in Liguria. The valley is formed by many countries: Pieve di Teco, main town of the Arroscia valley, is a trade center always very important. Known over the years for its paper mill and tanneries (renowned for their mountain shoes), Pieve di Teco associates these activities with an exquisite production of cheeses and wines (Dolcetto and Pigato), as well as a typical bran bread oven cooked with wood. The heart of the medieval village is in Corso Ponzoni, the street sided by large porticoes, in which the handicraft stores run in alternation with the sculptured portals of the ancient palaces. Slightly farther on, the Augustinian convent (1478) encloses an evocative cloister with octagonal columns. The grandiose collegiate of San Giovanni Battista is, instead, an art gallery with its masters paintings. In the plain from the town, along the river Arroscia, there is an interesting complex formed by an oil mill, a bridge of medieval origin and the Largo dellaForca, a placed destined in the old days to capital executions. Most remarkable local gastronomy specialties are “focacce” vegetable pies and stuffed codfish. At a short distance from Pieve, there is the rural village of Cenova, famous since the Middle Ages for is stone processing, and Rezzo with the remains of its old castle, its woods and its fresh water fish specialties. Going up the mountain, through chestnut groves and then beech woods, one reaches the panoramic pass of the Teglia, the passage towards the nearby Argentina valley.

After leaving Pieve di Teco, going up the Colle di Nava, the road ascends passing through hard rocks and beech woods, towards the upper Arroscia valley in an enchanting succession of alpine landscapes, scattered by villages rich of history and tradition. The air becomes gradually thinner and more biting. Here, at a short distance from the sea, in the bordering territory between Liguria and Piedmont, Italy and France, covered with snow in winter and cool in summer, the vacationer, tired of the lively noise of the coast, is offered an overwhelming scenery and silence. Furthermore, in summertime, the blooming lavender gives an intense light blue color to the slopes, dominated by a suggestive system of fortresses. Crossroad of the pass is Nava, famous also for its production of excellent honey. From here a panoramic road with lush vegetation runs on the divide between Tanaro and Arroscia to reach the skiing center of Monesi. Following this itinerary one meets also the town of San Bernardo di Mendatica, wherefrom a formerly military road, through the Garezzo pass, continues as far as Mount Saccarello (on the top at 2,200 m the monument to the Redeemer). All the localities of the valley, anyhow, are worth visiting: Cosiod’Arroscia is an alpine village among the most interesting ones of the upper valley, with its clear stone architecture, covered passageways and narrow shady alleys; Pornassio, with the hamlets Case Rosse, Ponti, Villa and San Luigi, situated on the old “Strada del Sale” (Salt road) supply the best sampling of the renowned Ormeasco and Schiacchetra wines.

Once here, a stop must be made at the sixteenth century castle and the parish church of San Dalmazzo, with its romanesque bell tower and its fifteenth century frontal, lunette frescoed and polyptych by Giovanni Canavesio. Not too far away, on a smooth slope, stands Mendatica, dominated by the grandiose parish church. From its center, taking a steep mule track, one can reach the small church of Santa Margherita, located on a rocky spur over a precipice. Furthermore, one must not give up making an excursion that takes a path through beech and maple woods, from Mendatica to the water falls of Arroscia, to admire in spring the suggestive and extraordinary show of the sources of the river in flood. At last, at MontegrossoPian Latte, the cusp of the bell tower of the Assunta church, with its brick arches on rustic stones, is the counterpoise to the eighteenth century church of San Biagio, designed and realized by Giacomo Filippo Marvaldi.

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Knowing Essential Information Regarding the Amazing Thailand

Amazing ThailandThailand is one great country that can be found in the southeast part of the continent of Asia. Officially, this Southeast Asian nation is being referred to as Kingdom of Thailand. It lies on the Indochina peninsula where the beaches, nature, landscapes, and mountain ranges are absolutely breathtaking. This beautiful nation is following a government system of Monarchy, and its current leader is none other than King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He is the 9th Chakri Dynasty’s monarch. This is the reason why he is also called Rama IX. Furthermore, he took over the position way back in the year 1946 until now.

The currency of Thailand is called Thai Baht, and it has a very progressive capital city that is the city of Bangkok. Bangkok is also the commercial center of this wonderful country, and there are a number of one of a kind sights here, which explains why there are thousands of foreign tourists who keep on coming back in this city and in the whole country in general. The numerous Buddhist temples are some of the reasons why this country is a very popular tourist destination not only in Asia, but in the entire world as well.

With the approximate total area of 513,000 square kilometers, Thailand deserves to be called as 51st Biggest Country in the whole world. Even so, Thailand is also known as the world’s 20th Most Populated Nation with its approximate number of 66 million people. When it comes to economy, Thailand may not be that stable, but it has managed to maintain a spot on a neutral level when compared to some other countries especially those in Africa and Asia.

Thailand is also known for mouth-watering original cuisines, and some of them are even just sold on the streets. As a matter of fact, there are so many professional chefs in the world who tried their best in mastering how to cook delicious Thai food recipes. Even so, only very few of them were able to know the important secrets of Thai cuisines. Just in case you don’t know, eating Thai foods on the street is one of the things that tourists from all over the world should never forget trying. There are lots of street food vendors that you can find all over the city of Bangkok and in some other places in the country. Without a doubt, Thailand is a country that is worth visiting for!

There are many amazing tourist destinations in the whole world. Wherever you will go, you can always find the best places to relax and enjoy. In Asia in particular, Thailand is one of the most visited countries. It is simply because this nation is packed with a lot of amazing things that will surely make tourists from all over the world enjoy.

Grand Canyon Tips 5 Ways to Get the Best Tours at the Cheapest Price

Grand CanyonYou can tour the Grand Canyon any time of the year, but now the weather is ideal for sightseeing, so you should start planning your helicopter or airplane tour soon. You’ll have lots of choices and options when you book your tour, and these 5 tips will help you plan a great time.

Buy Your Tour Online For The Best Price

The best way to buy your tour of the Canyon is to do it online. When you book your tour yourself online, you’ll cut out commissions from travel agents and sales persons, so the price will be lower. Since you can save up to 35 percent off the retail price of your tour, it pays to avoid buying through a travel agent. Buying your tour online is quick and easy, and your seats will be instantly locked in for the day of your tour.

Secure Your Seats With A Credit Card

Booking online means you pay for the tour at the time with your credit card. Buying with your credit card is how you get the low Internet price, and even better, your seats will be secured so you won’t have to be worried about a sold out tour. Also, the tour price is all-inclusive, so you won’t have to worry about paying extra for fees or taxes when you arrive for your tour. You should try to book your tour about two weeks in advance if you can so you get the best price and widest selection. If you wait too long to book your tour, the price will probably be higher if you can even find any available seats.

Consider Booking The Airplane Tour

An airplane tour is the ideal option when you have a limited budget or when you want to go with a large group of people on the same tour. You can book an airplane tour to either the South or West Rim. The South Rim tour can be upgraded to include a 4×4 ground tour of the Canyon. You can also add on an exciting helicopter flight from the South Rim to the North Rim and back.

Add A Float Tour Of The Colorado River

The Colorado River flows through the Canyon and makes an ideal setting for a raft tour, and one of the options you have is to take a tour package from Vegas that includes a bus ride to the South Rim for a floating tour along the river. These tours stay on the smooth water section of the river, so kids and seniors can enjoy these relaxing and scenic tours as well. The raft tour includes stop offs at different beaches along the way so you can get out and stretch your legs and explore the area near the river bank.

Opt For The Deluxe Helicopter Tour

If you want to take a helicopter tour, then you should definitely consider upgrading to a deluxe tour. These tours utilize the advanced EcoStar 130 sightseeing helicopters. This helicopter has more room, is quieter, and has comfortable seating that is arranged stadium style for the best views. These helicopters also have 180 degree windshields, so there are no obstructions as you view the Canyon below. In addition, the deluxe tours provide pick up and drop off service in a limousine and a flyover of the Vegas Strip. It’s a VIP experience that is worth the extra cost!

To Wrap Up

When you plan your tour from Vegas to the West Rim or the South Rim, be sure to keep the above 5 tips in mind. If you have questions about the Canyon tours, just come to my website. I have a chat feature we can use to discuss tour options and choices, so you book the best tour that matches your budget and interests. Just keep in mind, you’ll need to buy your tour early, and do it online with your credit card, so you can lock in your seats on a scenic tour to one of America’s most loved landmarks.