10 ways to save money on a ticket

1. Have patience. It does take a high price to get a ticket. Now, please don't stop you, because saving more than $100 a flight may mean more money spent on sightseeing, hotels, dining, travel, etc. This means that if you want to travel in the spring, you should start checking the price in the late fall or winter. Sometimes there will be a last minute deal, but usually, you will find the best deal at least 21 days before the departure date.

The first thing in the morning [around 9:00 am and after 6:00 pm] is that I want to browse the travel website to see if there are any offers on the day. I also like to delete my browser history and cookies, because sometimes travel sites and airlines will remember your search, which may cause prices to actually rise.

My favorite website is Skyscanner. One of the key features of the site is that you can view the best deals on the day of travel from your favorite airport to the rest of the world. For example, I live in Toronto, so I will enter flights from Toronto [YYZ] to Everywhere. This is a great feature because it tells me which day, which date, which month, etc., the cheapest for me to fly to the world. [I recently used this website to help me get a ticket to Seoul, South Korea in April. Other airlines charge $1,000-$1,500+ for flights to Seoul, but Delta Air Lines has been promoting so I can get a round-trip ticket The exchange rate is only $850 / $770.]

Another important feature of Skyscanner is that you can enter your destination and travel dates and register a “price alert” so they can email you when the price of the specified travel date increases or falls. [My sister just used this feature to help her fly to Edmonton, Alberta in May. The price for a one-way ticket is around $300-$400, and she can get it for $269.]

Another site I like to use is Expedia. They show travel deals to top domestic and international destinations every day. They will also include a "ticket + hotel" transaction package. This can help me understand the average cost, for example, a 4 night trip to Las Vegas. Assuming a 4 night flight to Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip and the price of the hotel is $500-$600 per person, starting from Toronto, I would like to try to note a transaction equal to or lower than this price – This is what I know to save money and get the best price.

But one thing about Expedia is that advertising prices are not always available. If I am looking for their last minute ticket transaction, I might see a round-trip ticket to Miami for $250 [from Toronto], but once I click on the deal, it might say that the price has risen to 350 plus. yuan. This is not always the case, but sometimes it does happen, please keep in mind.

Other sites I like to use are: Kayaking, Redtag, Sunwing, Bing Flight Predictor and Airfarewatchdog.

2. Check the airline's direct website. While these third-party travel sites may be great, it's sometimes best to find the best deals directly on the airline's website. I recommend signing up for email promotions through preferred airlines. For example, since I live in Canada, I signed up for Air Canada's travel promotion. Let me see special offers on the Air Canada website.

I really want to spend the weekend with my sister in New York City in February to celebrate her 21st birthday. In addition to checking third-party websites, I can also check the date by entering Air Canada's travel. They didn't promote the deal, but I was able to find a direct return flight from YYZ to LGA for $199. I am very happy to find a lot through Air Canada. Sometimes, the airline's website also provides a promotional code, so it's worth a look.

3. Check out/arrival from other airports. This is not always convenient, but sometimes there are more than one airport in many big cities or one nearby airport in another. For Toronto residents, we have Pearson Airport for domestic and international flights and Billy Bishop Airport for certain flights in Canada and the United States. You can also choose to cross the border and fly out of Buffalo Airport. Flying from Buffalo Airport is always cheaper than Pearson or Billy Bishop. But the most unfavorable thing is that [if not all flights] is not direct, and since most people leave their cars at the airport while traveling, you will have to pay for the parking. For me, flying out of Buffalo is always the last choice because it is 90 minutes from Toronto [you must consider the fueling fee], and depending on the length of your travel time, parking costs may increase the discounted flight to and from Flights departing from YYZ or YTZ cost the same. However, sometimes you can save a lot of money when you take off from Buffalo, which is definitely worth your time. [When I was dealing with a company's corporate travel in my last job, the last minute trip often occurred. If two or more groups are required to travel to the US, flights departing from Buffalo can save the company every time. A ticket for more than $300 to $600.]

This can be said not only the departure airport of your choice, but also the arrival at the airport. For example, when flying to New York City, you can basically choose three airports to enter: LGA, JFK or EWR. Sometimes, when you arrive at an airport than other airports, you can get a better price. But one thing to remember is travel from the airport to the hotel. If you are travelling by public transport, you can take the bus and subway from LGA to Manhattan for only $2.50. However, the price will be higher when you arrive in Manhattan from EWR because you have to take the New Jersey public transportation system and then switch to Manhattan's public transportation system. If you take a taxi, the price from each airport to Manhattan may vary. With this in mind, I recommend that you conduct your own research before you travel.

4. Follow airlines and third-party travel sites on Twitter [social media] and register their mailing lists. A major feature of social media is that airlines can use it to promote special travel promotions through certain social media channels. Sometimes airlines offer special promotional codes through their Twitter or Facebook pages, which are not posted on other websites. West Jet offers "Blue Label Thursday", a special promotion offered only on Thursday afternoon [unless they have other special events during this time]. You can find it on their website or watch an ad on their Twitter or Facebook page. When registering mailing lists on third-party or airline websites, they sometimes send private promotional offers to their subscribers so that you can access their sales in secret.

5. Don't be afraid to book flights and hotels separately. Sometimes, when you bundle holidays and book flights and hotels at the same time, you can get a lot of offers on sites like Expedia, but that's not always the case. If you see great deals on your flight, please book now, don't wait! In the future you may find a better price at the hotel. I also recommend that if you do see a large number of flights, please book now instead of waiting until later in the day. Suppose you see a lot of things on a flight to San Francisco in the morning, but when you get home from work to buy a ticket, this may not be good for you.

Let me give you an example: I grew up in San Francisco, looking for a flight that I can go back to [it was in October 2012], but their price is around $600, and I want to wait for a better price. A few weeks later, Delta Air Lines sold and offered flights from Toronto to San Francisco for $437. Considering that the price I saw in the last few weeks was more than $600, it was an incredible price, so I didn't wait to buy the ticket immediately. Later that afternoon, I checked if the transaction was still valid and the price rebounded to $600. I highly recommend that you find it cost-effective when booking, as the price may disappear faster than you think.

Sometimes, if you are booking a multi-city flight, a separate booking may be more cost effective than booking with the same airline. For example, last summer [June 2013], I wanted to fly from Toronto to Las Vegas, then from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, and finally back to my hometown of Toronto from Los Angeles. It took me about a month and a half to check the price every day to get the best price. I eventually got sales from Air Canada to Las Vegas and from Los Angeles to Toronto. I am waiting to book a US domestic flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, because Air Canada clearly does not offer this service, and the price of a one-way flight was about $100. About a week later, I was on Southwest.com and I saw that they had a “Getaway” deal from LAS to LAX for $49 USD. There are so many, so of course I will book it right away. My total ticket cost for multiple cities is $515. [From YYZ to LAS, I spent $466 on LAX to YYZ and $49 on the Southwest flight from LAS to LAX].

6. Know when and how many days are the cheapest. Usually, Tuesday and Wednesday are cheaper than the other days of the week. [Usually, searching for flights during the week also produces the best deals]. Based on my experience, I also found that sometimes the best price is available on Thursdays and Saturdays. Of course not all of the time, you will have to try the date, which is why Skyscanner can very well decrypt which day the cheapest departure and return. Usually the most expensive days are Monday, Friday, and sometimes Sunday. The airline knows that most business trips take place from Monday to Friday, which is why it is more expensive to leave on Monday and return on Friday. However, business travellers have begun to start on Sundays instead of Mondays, hoping to get more affordable fares, but this is not always possible. Of course, getting the cheapest departure date of the week depends on the flexibility of your travel dates.

The time of year is also helpful. It is usually cheaper to fly to Europe in the off-season and off-season [end of autumn, winter and early spring]. Last year [2013], my parents took a direct flight from Toronto to Toronto in Toronto in April, for $671 per person. This is not the best price I have ever seen, but it is definitely the best price for direct flights. Traveling on vacation or shoulders is not always negative. Sometimes you don't want to travel during the off-season due to bad weather, but in general, there are fewer people in the off-season and the price is cheaper.

I found it expensive to fly to Las Vegas now [early spring] [about $400-$500 CAD] because most people like to go there in the spring and then go there before the summer weather gets too hot. [I compare this to the ticket transaction I saw last winter at a price of about $350.] It is always wise to check what happened on the date you are going to a specific destination. Sometimes, holidays or large meetings may increase fares. I always recommend finding the average price of a flight to your preferred destination and then paying attention to price fluctuations.

7. Save money on your luggage. Most airlines now charge you a $25 baggage check price. If your baggage exceeds the weight limit of the airline, they will charge you an additional fee. You can avoid this by lightly loading and unloading and ensuring that the baggage does not exceed the limit [check the airline to confirm the weight limit and the price of the checked baggage]. Also, if you are traveling short distances, consider sharing a checked baggage with your travel companion. This will save you $50 in travel costs as the one-way checked baggage costs $25.

If you are traveling for a shorter trip [weekend trip], please consider carrying only your carry-on baggage without having to pay attention to checked baggage. Most airlines will allow you to bring a small amount of liquid to the aircraft. If you just want to travel fast on weekends, you can carry a backpack with you. I did this when I traveled to New York last month. I went to the local dollar store and bought a small travel bag with a transparent plastic container. This allows me to bring shampoo, conditioner, facial cleanser, night cream/day cream, foundation and more. It also includes stickers, so I know everything. I did realize that this was not for everyone, but for a two-night trip, I would rather spend $1 on Dollarama to buy a travel bag and then spend $50 on checked baggage. This also eliminates the trouble of waiting for my checked baggage at the baggage claim.

8. Buy travel/health insurance everywhere. I always recommend that you buy travel or [extra] health insurance for your trip, but sometimes you may not get the best price if you choose an insurance package offered by your airline when you book your flight. Typically, your work insurance provides some type of travel or health insurance while traveling. If you are not sure, please discuss with HR. You can also buy insurance through the bank – this is where I tend to find the best deals. In the long run, this will also be cost-effective and travel multiple times during the year. [You don't have to pay for insurance every time you book a flight, you can get insurance for the year at a fixed fee through a bank or elsewhere.] If you are over 40 years old [or have a health history], I recommend purchasing additional health insurance [even You have obtained work insurance]. Unfortunately, we can never predict what will happen when traveling. If heaven is banned and anything happens, you will be happy to purchase additional health insurance. This is unique to everyone, so I can't tell you what the best option is. This is something you need to discuss with the Human Resources department, your bank and your family to find out which option is best for you.

9. Avoid paying for seats [if you can]. Some airlines require an extra fee for pre-selection. If this is the case, then the cost is very high, but if you have to pay about $20 to make a pre-selection, I will pass. Usually, you can check in early [24 hours before the flight departure] and choose your seat for free. You may be able to get the seat you want, or you may not. This is a hit or miss. If you have no preference for the location you are sitting in, or are unwilling to take risks, then avoid paying extra for pre-selected seats.

10. Use the travel rewards program. Today, competition between airlines and credit cards is so intense, so sign up for their travel rewards program. Contact your bank to see which travel reward credit card is best for your needs. Many of them can let you collect points for daily expenses so that you can redeem their free flights. Some of these credit cards do have regulations, for example, you can only book flights through a bank, or have an inapplicable date for travel. However, since a large number of travel reward credit cards are available today, they will get better and better, and you can find credit cards that do not contain any of these rules. This means you can redeem your points for anytime, anywhere. Sometimes, these cards do charge a small annual fee, but it is worth the reward alone.

The same is true for airline frequent flyer programs. The more flights you take on an airline, the more flight points you collect. This is very useful for business travellers because although their company pays for travel, they are able to collect frequent flyer points for redemption into personal vacation trips. Some companies even allow employees to book their flights and then submit receipts for reimbursement. In this way, in addition to frequent flyer credits, employees can earn points on travel reward credit cards.

I hope these tips will help you book your next vacation or trip. Please note that these tips work in my own experience, but may not be for everyone. The main thing to remember is that the key to getting the best price on a flight is to be patient and flexible.

Take the Chihuahua Pacific Pacific Railroad through the Copper Canyon of Mexico

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There was a black, non-moving plate on the streets of Chihuahua, because the truck then slid smoothly across the train station at 0530, not a car that was encountered during a short trip from the San Francisco hotel. Chihuahua was founded by the Spaniards in 1709. It is named after the Indian word for “dry and sandy places”. It is located in the capital of Chihuahua, the largest state in Mexico. Chihuahua is located in Chihuahua, the largest state in Mexico. The capital, with an area of ​​4,667 feet. 150,000 square miles. It is a cowboy city with a Franciscan Cathedral, a Pancho Villa, a cowboy hat and a store with countless rows of cowboy boots. The state itself is geographically distinguishable from brown, unvegetated strata, a major producer of apples, walnuts, cotton and jalapeno, prevalent in wood production and livestock rearing. An agricultural Mennonite community produces its own local cheese.

In front of and in front of the fence, two locomotives and four lighted buses appeared, including the daily Chihuahua Aluminum Pacific Railway westbound, as the No. 74 train, one of the three tracks in preparation for the night and entry of copper wire. One in the middle. The canyon eventually reaches Los Mochis, the Pacific coast terminal. I only went to Posada Barrancas midway today.

This miniature double wooden bench dock has only two ticket windows, Spanish is "tequila", almost no life, except for the waiter behind the forbidden window and the other three baggage porters, still sleeping passengers.

Fifteen minutes before the 0600 takeoff, the door of the platform was opened, a few passengers drove out of it, and were affected again in the cold, dark morning, and the conductor met and the commander instructed the passenger. seat number. The first of the two passenger cars, equipped with 68 thick reclining seats, arranged in four rows, two rows in two, and decorated in red or dark green, with the same elevated luggage rack as the length of the car It can adjust the blinds and stern of the window glass for men and women. The sleepy car soothes the morning, opens the incomplete eyes, pays tribute to me, the heater produces warmth and warmth, and the creaking sound can be heard before boarding.

When the coupling caught the trailing car, a long reaction caused the chain to start moving, creating the initial shock. The train climbed over the still dark and empty street, squatting on the silver rails, and the train passed through the suburbs of Chihuahua, seemingly slipped away the day before or even the day before.

The Chihuahua Pacific Railroad operates on the long-standing rail line between the fertile Chihuahua Plain and the west coast of Mexico to transport cargo to the port of Topolo Bampo and then to the transit route, the origins of which can be traced back to An American railway engineer, Albert Gincy Owens, who moved to Mexico in 1861 and conceived the connection between Chihuahua and Topolobo. Two years later, he set up a Mexican-American company to design it and received a contract from the Mexican government to build a railway line between Piedras Negras and Topolobambo, which will eventually provide Mazatlan, Alamos and Ojinaga. Branch line. However, due to the inability to obtain sufficient funds to complete the project, Owens transferred it to Foster Higgins, the latter of Rio Grande, Serra Madre and Pacific Railroad in Ciudad Juárez. Work was carried out at a distance of 259 km from Casas Grande in 1898. The insurmountable obstacles also prevented its further expansion.

Enrique Creel subsequently adopted the project, and Enrique Creel runs Kansas City and the Eastern Railway Company in Mexico, and after four years from 1910 to 1914. After additional construction, Casas Grandes can be further connected to the La Quinta. The next area, from Ojinaga to Creel.

By 1900, several Mexican and American railroad companies connected Topolobambo to El Fuerte, but the completely envisioned route from Chihuahua to Ojinaga was elusive until 1927 when the Mexican government itself completed the department that Creel started. The rest is the 260-kilometer section of the canyon, and its terrain obstacles and 7,000-foot elevation changes will require extreme engineering feats to overcome. The Mexican government nationalized the independent railway company operating on both ends of the unconnected railway line in 1940, and the Mexican government announced that it would be completed in 1953, 13 years later.

The initial five-year construction project began in Owens. Working in 1863, it took about 90 years and 90 million dollars to complete, and the final track was not determined until 1961. The project has experienced several failed attempts by several companies, resulting in unexpected over-expenditure costs, engineering failures, the Mexican Revolution, and the First World War, eventually through the sea-level city of Los Mochis and the high-altitude capital Chihuahua The railroad connection between them has won, and the railway-connected, desolate terrain consists of a series of canyons in the west of the Sierra Madre Westerners, who pass through 86 tunnels and 37 bridges. Three times crossed the continental boundary line and an 8,000-foot elevation change occurred during the process.

Dawn invaded the black of the night with a colorless metamorphosis, gradually revealing the opaque tone of the clouds. The suburbs of Chihuahua produce rich chocolate brown hills and golden straw-like hay grows on the rails.

The speed of Chihuahua Pacific Airlines has been declining and it has stopped growing at Cuauhtemoc, 132 km from the starting point. Originally known as San Antonio de Arenales, the village was later named after the Aztec emperor, whose origins date back to the 1900 railway, but after 21 years, Mennonite The community settled there and experienced significant growth.

The movement started again, the train moved in the wheat field, and the wheat fields extended to the foothills of the Madre Mountains. See the upcoming terrain. The blue sky retains some scattered white cotton.

I walked into the dining car to have breakfast, this is my first meal. It is located directly behind the locomotive and features a front kitchen. Four or four booths; two small compartments on the left side of the glass partition, and a C-shaped, inwardly facing sofa chair with a table on the right side. The second glass partition; there are four additional four-seat booths. Brass lights attached to the side of the car are hung above each table. The seats alternate between deep red or green decorations.

The standard two-page menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner available for purchase. My own breakfast includes ham and cheese omelettes, fried potatoes with pepper and onions, grated cheese kidney beans, and tortillas and salsa.

It was the first time that Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad left the valley and the ubiquitous apple orchard, which was three times above the continental boundary and briefly stayed at La Junta, where the railway roundabout was located. It is now 6775 feet above sea level. After the departure, it began to climb gradually and left the plains of Chihuahua.

By 1030, the 74th train had covered about 200 kilometers, and it climbed 7,000 feet through the pine forest of Serra Madre. 265 km from Chihuahua, San Juanito, 8,000 feet above sea level, is the coldest community in Mexico, although it is currently sunny. It was founded in 1906 and, like many villages along the way, took root due to the expansion of the railway.

The peaks of the Sierra Madre Occidental, 551 km away, are faintly visible.

The longest 4,134.8 feet along the Chihuahua Ring Pacific Railway and the third intersection of the continental boundary line pass through Tunnel No. 4, appearing on the double-branch track, stopping the movement, while the eastbound freight train moves to the left and then partially returns. Tunnel and re-enter the feeder to enter the 7,735-foot Creel. It was founded in 1907. In the first phase of railway construction, it was the gateway to the Indian culture of Talahumara. As the main community within the canyon, about 5,000 people lived. Its current economic activities include trade, the railway itself, the timber industry and tourism. After a short stay, a large, name-marked tour group boarded the empty passenger car, and the train resumed power almost immediately, driving past the town’s main square and rows of wooden shops and hotels. . Redirected outside the spur line, it re-enters the main track through the canyon.

When the four-car chain passes through the rock wall and the pine trees, the Ferromex diesel engine appears in front of the window and to the left or right when turning. Train 74 climbed to the highest point of the line along the line's highest point of 583 feet in Los Ojitos. The train wanders 74 turns, the rising one-way street, the loose loose air and the smoldering wood The fire entered the ends of the car. Podium.

In 1235, the train passed through the tall, dense pine trees, and the carpets of the canyon were visible from the left window. Passing the kilometer mark 592, it begins a steep descent above the "el lazo" because the geometry of the track wraps around a complete circle and re-crosses itself.

Two-car locomotives and four-wheeled Chihuahua Pacific Airlines entered Divisadro in 1320 and have now traveled 354 km from its starting point, transitioning from the mountains to the canyon terrain and increasing speed. A support vehicle consisting of a series of flatbed trucks where activities were stopped. Two-track station. They released a 15-minute scenic spot and their customers were swallowed as soon as they entered Mecca as they talked to the stalls, which were temporary displays of Tarahumara Indian weaving and passed through Divisadero Overlook, where it was thin and fresh. The air meets the panorama of the copper, Urik and Tarareku Grand Canyon, and their size, depth and grandeur are encouraging and silent. A thin line represents the tributary of the Urique River, squatting at 4,135 feet below. The geological formation itself was the result of a plate tectonic movement about 90 million years ago, a planetary phenomenon that later produced mountains in North and South America. The earthquake, which was unimaginable so far, eventually led to the Sea of ​​Cortez between Baja California and the Mexican continent. Today's canyon is deeper, greener and four times larger than the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

A whistle from the locomotive indicates that it is time to return to the train and continue the journey. The fast four-kilometer trek to Posada Barrancas station served three canyon huts and took me to my overnight destination, a small pickup truck just steps from the steps of the railway. After stopping for 30 seconds, the train restarted the power, and the trailing passenger cars disappeared because they were sandwiched between the rock walls of the track sandwich and bypassed the corner. Now the daily lifeline at this position has been cut off for 24 hours. . The truck carried the luggage on the slab and headed for the muddy hillside, stopping in front of the Hotel Posada Barrancas Mirador.

This is a three-story orange adobe house built on the edge of a 5,770-foot copper canyon with a rustic Tarahumara Indian-style wooden balcony and three daily meals. The lobby is decorated with brown tiled floors and yellow adobe walls with Indian motifs. The cathedral’s ceiling is decorated with wooden slats and heavy trunk beams, as well as three carriage-shaped chandeliers, huge clay fireplaces and pottery. to make. The mantelpiece and the raging fire at night as well as leather sofas and armchairs. A separate small bar with small, round wooden tables, colourful Indian patterned chairs, orange adobe fireplaces and murals complete with copper canyon murals and rails running through them. A door in the lobby leads to a large, outdoor balcony overlooking the canyon, which consists of natural branches and trunk boundaries.

A tiled outdoor walkway passes through the pottery, the gap between the rock and the cactus from the right, and passes through the gap in the room from the left. The classic Mexican and Indian style rooms retain the hotel’s tiled floors and a rough white adobe wall. Wood-beamed ceilings; white adobe fireplace, orange base; separate outdoor sink and closet, wooden doors made of diagonal branches; indoor showers; and rustic trunks and branch balconies overlooking the canyon.

Lunch is served in the dining room with long wooden tables and features a sloping ceiling made of fine wood branches, four wooden chandeliers, a green slate fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the canyon, including mushroom soup. Cream; mignon steak, including roast beef, baked potatoes, refried beans and cheese, corn flakes and cheese melted ketchup, tortillas and salsa; peach cream pie with whole wheat cracker and chocolate sauce drizzle; coffee.

A few clouds passing over the western horizon above the rock carving walls of the canyon temporarily turned themselves into pink and purple. The air is thin, pure, brisk, and quiet. Located away from the edge of the orange adobe house, away from settlements or large towns, it becomes an isolated world.

Dinner is the second meal of the canyon, including lentil soup; grilled chicken breast, lime rice, green olives and mixed vegetables; and pineapple cake.

The canyon without light is now reduced to a black, non-reference hole. A star-shaped grid that is unaffected by a single cloud of steam, haze or ground light caused by pollution, like a high-intensity beam that melts into black wax and penetrates the night sky. The adobe fireplace in the cottage is filled with cold, sparse air that burns logs. Suspended to sleep, I fell into the forgotten nothingness…

II

The night is only pierced by the sound of the coyote that is periodically called, and black is still invisible at night. In 0630, between the copper gorge and the black cloud belt, the dawn melted into orange lava, passing through a strip on the eastern horizon, gradually eroding itself, until the once dark cloud band infused with orange tones, like a sponge gradually Absorbs daytime liquids. The gaps and folds of the canyon cliffs are still indistinguishable, but they become visible in the form of a silhouette under the deep blue sky. The starlight of the night sky, the dispersion of interstellar stars disappears until only the diagonal of the light cabin balcony representing the planet remains. line. Absorbing the anger of the whole day, the cloud belt hovering over the horizon was swallowed up by the fiery flame.

The train that heads west every day has just been withdrawn from Chihuahua and will take me halfway to the terminal [Los Mochis]. The cloud that was completely destroyed by the fire is now completely engulfed by red. As the flame burns, the red color becomes a cooler orange again, and the sky turns into a light blue in the morning. The gray granite of the canyon-carved rock and the green of the low-altitude vegetation become distinguishable. Breakfast at the hotel restaurant includes orange juice; fresh fruit bowl with watermelon, papaya, cantaloupe, banana, cherry and lime; pancakes, maple syrup and bacon; and coffee.

In the early morning, the hotel seemed to be suspended by silence, as the guests who left temporarily began to participate in hiking and horseback riding, almost looking forward to the daily train from Chihuahua to the lifeline to the isolated canyon community. A very small, brightly dressed Tara Hamara woman carrying a baby sling behind her back and sneaking into the window of the hotel was out of curiosity about the "other" life she experienced here.

Silence, time and social pauses suddenly collapsed in 1330, dark green and red Ferromex diesel locomotives sprouted gray smoke and pulled the chain of its five cars between the one-way bushes, along the right corner and stopped On the wooden platform similar to the old west, about 20 people appeared from Posada Barrancas, and three huts gathered together. Unlike yesterday's train, today's train consists of a locomotive, which is standard. The dining bus, the bar and the three passenger cars whizzed through the rest of the carry-on baggage. I arrived at my left-hand seat, just as the engine released the brakes and the westbound train slipped between the other two walls. One side of the dirt road.

A moment after leaving the station, Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad sailed along the increasing track into San Rafael and stopped in parallel with the eastbound train. The gradual decline from the remaining 7,500 feet to sea level is characteristic of most journeys. Lunch is served on the dining car, including California bread, ham, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayonnaise and dijon mustard, served with French bread and crispy French fried potatoes.

Around the left bend, the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad passes through the tunnel and passes through the 695.4-foot Laja Bridge, which is now nestled in a dense pine canyon. In 1515, it entered the 5,300-foot station in Bahuichivo, serving the town of Cerrocca, 16 km between the apple and peach orchards, and the village of Urique at the bottom of the canyon. Between 688 and 708 km, the train passed through a series of 16 tunnels carved on the edge of the canyon. This track is parallel to the slender, rocky, almost dry Sepulten River, itself "miniature" by Chihuahuasong, Douglas fir and the green carpet peaks of the Quaking Poplars towering above it. The sky is filled with majestic floating Silver Cloud Islands, otherwise it is an outstanding blue.

Reduced to just a model railroad, the six-chain link moves between the towering, oak and green alpine peaks of oak and pine, and is regularly engulfed by a series of tunnels that turn the blue moments of the day into dark black. Simulating the turning, bending and jolting of the locomotive at a slightly delayed speed, the trailing car follows with extraordinary precision. After the train leaves the tunnel, a seemingly small circular hole representing the next entrance always appears in front.

The train entering the No. 49 tunnel is now down to the Santa Barbara Gorge, where it makes a 180-degree turn before exiting and once again undergoes a second 180-degree bend on the bridge across the River Sepriot. The village of Temoris was founded by the Jesuits in 1677 and is located on the 3,365-foot plateau above the station until 1610.

Train 74 passes through the Rio Sepprien Gorge and is characterized by bananas, palms and mango trees through particularly tropical terrain. The train crossed the 1,018.5-foot Chinipas Bridge at 1708 and the 748-km mark. The bridge was 335 feet above the Chinipas River on the green ground, the highest point of the line, and the last longest bridge was drilled six kilometers later. The No. 86 tunnel, with a total length of 5,966 feet. Like the final voice of the symphony, the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad left the town of the canyon.

In the evening, many people belonged to one of two tours, which were taken to the trolley for drinking and cocktails. The car itself is located between the dining car and the passenger car and is equipped with an inward barbell and several round bar stools, a mirrored shelf for wine and liquor bottles, and an inverted glass. Its recliner is mainly decorated in red, sandwiched by a small round coffee table, and an upright bar and a discount counter for snacks and souvenirs are installed at the front of the car.

The train crossed the Agua Caliente Bridge at 781 km, which spans the Fuerte River and is 1,637 feet long, the longest of the line. It traveled through the low cactus and thorny forests in 1730, moving at a fairly fast pace under the pale blue sky and the end of the dark, periodic rain clouds. The horizontal level of the clouds brushed on the western horizon was swallowed up by burning orange coal. The sun only stays on the foot above the curved silhouette of the mountain, in a purely cylindrical geometry, first burned by orange anger and then slid to the back of the mountain. After entering the night break, it projects a volcanic eruption of purple and orange liquid lava backwards. The river under the bridge under the railroad tracks seems to be lit by a violet match. The clouds were temporarily burned by orange, blackened to purple at night, and the remaining embers burned only above the horizon. Throughout the day, a ruby ​​and gray drizzle cloud was covered with quilt, and the rest was only the warm, bright interior light of the passenger car.

The 74th train is now parallel to flat, almost desert bushes in Sinaloa, leaving the copper canyon and the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, narrowing the remaining gap to the final destination, turning black, leaving only The next step is to "align its wheels with the track" as evidence of its progress. I went to the dining car to eat the last meal on the rails. I ordered a bottle of French white wine and a Mexican blue ribbon chicken with mushroom cream sauce, Mexican rice and mixed vegetables.

Built in 1910, El Fuerte was a Spanish colonial building founded in 1564 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Ibarra to establish a fortress to protect its citizens from Indian attacks. It has been a trading post in Camino Real for three centuries, and its Spanish ule trail connects Guadalahara, the Alamos mine and the Cesare Madre Mountains. Sierra Madre Occidental], and became the capital of Sinaloa in 1824.

Train 74 squats on a monorail under dark velvet, starry sky and stars, and moves on flat land, covering the remaining 82 km between El Fuerte and Los Mochis, and the rectangle seems to pass along the side of its light passenger car. Windows on the side of the track.

The rectangular reflection of the window is like a reflection on the road: unlike other rail lines that provide alternative means of transportation to certain destinations, the Chihuahua Pacific Railway provides a trip to and from the Sierra Madre Mountains and its associated canyons. The only land line. . From Chihuahua to Los Mochis, the lifeline of the communities along the way provides a unique and vital means of transportation; through 653 km of railroad tracks, the route can only be with the railway The feat of the project is comparable; it offers unparalleled mountain and canyon scenery; and connects the Indian culture of Mexico and Talahumara.

Monorails quickly developed into a number of trains that passed through a fairly large railway yard. The lights of the modern city of Los Mochis are faintly visible, just 19 km from the port town of Topolobambo. The Chihuahua Pacific Railway crawls along the suburbs. The house is indeed a few yards away from the actual track. It sails past the modern Estacion de Los Mochis at the speed of the snail. The last time in 2205, 205 lived the brakes and completed the plain. It takes 16 hours and 20 minutes to get to the Pacific Ocean.

I took the suitcase off the elevated platform and climbed the platform along a few steps. I saw the uniformed crew turn off the train lights and rushed to the terminal building, and completed another westward drive. Marvel at their role in the railroad's goal to connect the Copper Canyon to the rest of Mexico.

Self-commenting: Becoming a lighthouse innkeeper

We want to see if the lifestyle of the Lighthouse Inn owner is in our future. We arranged a visit to East Brother Island and its popular lighthouse, which is only 30 minutes from San Francisco. Join us, this may be your cup of tea.

Where are we?

East Brother Island is located in San Pablo Bay, connected to the San Francisco Bay.

The East Brother Light Station is managed by a non-profit conservation organization in Richmond, which was licensed by the Coast Guard in 1980 to renovate and maintain the active Light Station.

The organization has many volunteers who help with routine maintenance and pay most of the bill by renting five bedrooms for the island four days a week.

On the island

After a series of e-mail exchanges, we arranged a meeting and interviewed the couple of lighthouses on the East Brothers Island.

On Monday morning, when our captain/innkeeper owner docked on the island's aluminum tender boat, we were waiting at the less luxurious San Pablo Yacht Harbor.

Before we boarded the ship, the captain first assisted the guests leaving the island. Visitors must enjoy their island experience as they continue to smile like old friends.

After the introduction, our owner started the engine and drove away from the port only 10 minutes.

He immediately briefed us on our expectations when we arrived at the terminal. He described how we would be asked to climb a very vertical stainless steel pool ladder that extends from the deck of the ship to the landing pier connected to the island. Depending on the tide, the climb can be as high as 12 feet. If you are physically unable to climb the ladder, please consider it before booking. Again, unfortunately, the island is not compatible with ADA.

Buildings and facilities on the island

In addition to the 1874 Victorian lighthouse, this 1-acre island has two old buildings. The old work shed has been converted into a comfortable hotel owner's cabin, while other outbuildings are equipped with the machinery needed to power the working horn.

The island is powered by submarine cables from the mainland and has a separate water supply system that holds approximately 90,000 gallons of rainwater, which is stored in a white underground reservoir and a mahogany water tank on the ground.

Due to the continuous shortage of water in the Gulf, guests who only stay for one night are not allowed to use the shower. No one seems to mind inconvenience.

After collecting our photographic equipment and walking on the steep slope between the pier and the island, the captain took us on a tour of the first building we encountered, equipped with machinery that manipulated the fog angle. For our benefit, he increased the speed of the diesel generator and provided us with a live performance of the horn.

Become the innkeeper on the island

We soon discovered that our owner was only a lighthouse keeper for ten weeks, and as of this writing, they have embarked on the next adventure. Keeping the lighthouse is fun, but it has a lot of work and a high turnover rate, but for stakeholders it is obviously not a big problem.

How many people are willing to run a Victorian bed and breakfast on a small island in California and get a five-star view of high salaries, accommodation, seals, donkeys and the San Francisco skyline? A lot, just how much.

We were told that there are usually a lot of applicants for this job, but there are serious elimination factors in the application of the hotel owner.

One of the applicants must be an excellent chef and be able to prepare and display the food for the 10-person table.

Another condition is that one of the applicants must have a Coastal Guard commercial ship operator license.

Finally, the two prospective hotel owners must be charming. Now we are somewhere.

about work

Take the East Brothers Light Rail Station as an example. The island is open four nights a week starting Thursday.

Preparing for the guests

On Wednesday morning, the innkeeper is shopping on land and can accommodate up to 40 guests [5 rooms x 2 guests x 4 nights]. They choose food for the menu, pick up mail, laundry, fuel and other things that are needed on the island the following week.

On the morning of Thursday, they returned to the island by boat with supplies, unloading the cargo onto a large wire car waiting for the dock, then tilting the winch up and connecting the pier to the island. They unload and store supplies to prepare the island for tourists.

Spend a day with the guests

At 4 pm on Thursday afternoon, the designated captain/innkeeper immediately returned to the marina at San Pablo Marina and boarded the guests on Thursday night.

Upon arrival on the island, the landlord will provide excursions, appetizers and champagne, and showcase their rooms to guests.

Then, visitors have plenty of time to explore this island and enjoy seabirds, animals and beautiful views before dinner.

For dinner, guests are provided with carefully prepared multi-course dishes, including the finest fresh ingredients.

All guests sit at a large table to create a joyful atmosphere and provide opportunities for socializing.

It’s too early on Friday morning, but a hearty gourmet breakfast will be waiting for all guests. Poor those who stayed for one night must now return to the mainland to restore their daily lives.

After transferring the guest and his baggage to the mainland terminal, the captain returned to the island to help his partner clean and prepare for the new guest on Friday afternoon.

Saturday and Sunday are repeated on Thursdays and Fridays.

After bidding farewell to the last guest on Monday morning, the hotel owner returned to the island and could not complete the trivia during the working week.

Later that day, the hotel owner poured the laundry detergent and empty bottles and rubbish into the wire cart on the island. The cart was pulled to the other end of the island and hooked with a winch and lowered to the waiting boat on the island. The innkeepers set off for the port, unloaded the goods, and started a well-deserved rest day on Tuesday.

Not for everyone

The owners of East Brother Light Station live a romantic life full of honors, fresh air, sunshine, seabirds and seals. If possible, there may be several of our readers who will trade. Life is too short, you may wish to try it! However, we decided not to do so.

Have a good trip!

A travel story – from San Francisco to Cairo, "We are all together"

Our guides keep saying "Let's talk together" These three little words make me feel like I am in elementary school, then I remember why, then I will immediately find the core of the group and join it.

If your travel destination has appeared in the US Department of State's travel reminder for the past 12 months, you may also want to travel with a group of people. Or, if you are traveling alone, or if you don't want to spend a lot of time 'Thinking' about your next adventure when traveling in the distance, group travel will be the answer.

Travel is the best education, or at least this is our slogan.

A few years ago, when I traveled to Egypt, there were some problems, but there were no serious problems, but Egypt was included in the US National Travel Alert Department. I travel alone and need the security of the group, so I signed up for a 10-day group trip and went to Egypt. This is one of the most memorable journeys of my life. I am from San Francisco to New York's JFK International Airport, then to Paris, then to Cairo, Egypt.

There are some problems with terrorists in Egypt. American citizens have participated in several incidents, so the idea of ​​“getting everyone together” is the most important thing in my mind. When we landed at Cairo International Airport, we saw guards walking around the airport with machine guns. From the moment I saw this, they didn't have any problems with me staying in the team. Sometimes, when visiting monuments, I feel a little excited and lead the team. It was in the memory of the machine guns at the airport that our tour guide said “Let us stay together”, which led me to find and join the group immediately. Since I arrived in West Berlin through East Germany in the 1970s, I have never had this conscience. [Travel has always helped me appreciate the United States]

The reason for returning to this article. “Working with the team” is a self-evident theme of our trip. This is not difficult to do because we have assigned us a tour bus [with air conditioning] and our guide English speaks very well. If any of us want to explore a destination or a specific location on the trip, at least 3 or 4 of us will join to make sure we are “together”. Yes, sometimes I personally have too much information and have too much knowledge and knowledge about people traveling and accompanying travel. I can only stay in the hotel room or tell them that I am not feeling well.

The few old ladies on the tour prevented me from teasing me where I am going in the morning or afternoon. When I came out of the elevator, they would wait for me in the hotel lobby down the stairs. "Oh, you feel better; well, we can take a taxi to the market." It seems that the little old lady did this for a few young travelers. Needless to say, they always get what they want.

“Free time” was arranged during the tour, but our team was getting closer and closer and almost staying together. Our group consists of couples, college students, young ladies, professionals, retirees and me. We are the regular United Nations of the United States.

In Cairo, no men are accompanied and women are not allowed to enter the casino at night. Therefore, women with husbands eventually shared their husband’s attention with all single women in the tour. We just chose the couple that suits our personality and tagged them separately. No, no activity is going on! This is a good honest and honest survival strategy. For some reason, they forgot to mention in the travel brochure that women are not allowed to enter the casino without escort. [Yes, they have casinos in Egypt]

During my stay in Cairo, I wore a scarf when I went out. I do this out of respect. At that time, Cairo had more than 14 million inhabitants, 75% of whom were Muslims and 25% were Christians. Even if I am not a Muslim, I can still cover my head and integrate with the Muslim population and feel more comfortable.

Our trip is like this: Full-day tour includes the Egyptian Museum, the Great Pyramid and the Giza Sphinx, the Sun Boat, the Castle, the Sky Church and the famous bazaar for three days.

Then it was time to leave Cairo and take a train to Luxor to start our trip to the Nile. Our train is overnight, we have sleeper cars, so privacy is not a problem. During the viewing of the terrain by the train, the living conditions of the town and the Egyptians, we have time to reflect on all the information, history and lessons learned during the Cairo period.

We sailed from Luxor to Aswan [Aswan is the gateway to Africa and is the bustling market on the crossroads of the ancient caravan route] and then returns to Cairo by plane] Riverboat from Aswan to Luke So, so some Americans flew to Aswan on another trip and then sailed back to Luxor.

After boarding a luxury [small] cruise ship, as if floating in the air, you can see ancient photos of the banks of the Nile from each cabin and restaurant. In three days, Kodak moments occurred on the banks of the Nile almost every day. The parade revealed the most intimate details of the river bank. This boat is very modern and the sights are very old. It feels like we are stuck in the time machine.

Our tour guide is an Egyptian scientist who has been in school for four years to learn what to say to American tourists and how to say it. She took us to the places mentioned in the Bible several times. It’s amazing to see these historical sites. What she taught us, and even more importantly, what she showed us, tuition has no money! I really recommend that you register for Egypt travel information.

Our tour is "high end" which means it is a 5 departure tour, the hotel is very beautiful, the sailing on the Nile is amazing. When I returned to the United States, I felt more knowledgeable and more willing to be with them when I traveled to distant places. Answered all questions about the spiritual world and related world history. After returning to the United States, my whole life has become even better.

San Francisco Home Buyers Neighborhood Guide

San Francisco is one of the most interesting cities in the world. With its laid-back maturity and broad elegance, San Francisco's real estate is undoubtedly highly sought after. This is a highly competitive real estate market where home sales tend to be fairly fast and often exceed the asking price. But through due diligence, you can find the ideal home at an affordable price.

If you are looking for a home in San Francisco, it's important to understand the layout and neighborhood differences. San Francisco is a compact city with an area of ​​about 7 x 7 miles. It is divided into 10 zones, each zone being determined by geographical boundaries. It is a community in these areas. Some have distinct ethnic and cultural heritage, while others have lifestyle or industrial characteristics.

Zone 1, Zone 2 and Zone 3 are located at the western end of San Francisco and are one of the last areas to be developed in the city. Due to the proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the weather in these areas may change. When the sea breeze hits, the weather in these areas will change from some famous fog in San Francisco to bright sunshine.

First District – Northwest
The Richmond District [sometimes referred to as District 1] is a culturally diverse community surrounded by parks and leisure venues; Lincoln Park, Presidio Park, Golden Gate Park and the Pacific Ocean. There are a wide variety of homes, from the luxury homes of Sea Cliff to the neat Victorian and Edwardian single-family homes in Laurel Heights.

Second District – Midwest
Zone 2 [sometimes called the Sunset Zone] is home to the UCSF School of Medicine and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. This area has a laid-back atmosphere in a small town filled with charming ethnic customs and some great restaurants. Houses in the second district are eclectic, from Henry Doelger's early-century houses to the whimsical houses designed by Oliver Rousseau.

Third District – Southwest
Zone 3 is home to San Francisco State University and Stonestown Galleria, a suburban-style shopping mall located in the city. The 3rd district has different residences, from the elegant houses of Merced Manor and Pine Lake Park to the single-family middle-class houses built on the shores of the Gellert brothers.

Districts 4, 5 and 6 are located in the heart of San Francisco, including some of the city's more colorful neighborhoods – Haight Ashbury, Castro District and the West of the Missionary District. edge. The most intimate homes in some of the cities can be found within the boundaries of these areas.

Fourth District – Xishuangfeng
Some of the most diverse buildings in the city can be found in Zone 4. The comfortable community of West Portal is the commercial hub of the area, represented by independent shops and bistros, surrounded by well-maintained single-family homes. The curved boulevard is characteristic of many communities in District 4. Forest Hill and St. Clair Francis Wood are elegant residential parks built in the French countryside to Georgia and the Tudor dynasty. Sherwood Forest is the city's largest residential area with a variety of styles, including custom contemporary style and California pastures. For the modern enthusiasts of the middle of this century, Diamond Heights is an exciting community that includes single-family homes, apartments and apartments in the middle of the century, and may be the most concentrated place in the city for Echelor.

Fifth District – Central
In Zone 5, one can expect a variety of homes and amazing character. Haight Ashbury still has a bohemian atmosphere that once made it so famous. The Duboce Triangle is a rapidly changing community and one of the city's sunny regions. Twin Peaks offers San Francisco's most spectacular panoramic view, and Noe Valley has become a living area for people to dream about. The fifth district is probably one of the most socially vibrant areas in the city.

District 6 – North Central
In the 6th arrondissement, you can find a large number of Victorian buildings, which San Francisco is known for. The 6th district [Alamo Square] is home to the famous Victorian “painted lady”, located in the 6th district and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the city. Hayes Valley is a trendy and trendy area of ​​the area, where real estate includes a unique combination of lofts, apartments and characteristic homes.

The city's downtown and northern waterfront along the bay from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge. Here, tourists flock to visit Fisherman’s Wharf. Once home to the Barbary Coast, North Beach has a rich nightlife and interesting history. In the San Francisco city of fame and fortune, pick up the beat. Chinatown, cable cars, world-class restaurants and luxury hotels attract visitors and residents of Districts 7 and 8.

Seven Districts – North
Cow Hollow, Marina, Pacific Heights and Presidio Heights are residential areas in District 7. PacificHeights is one of San Francisco's most desirable neighborhoods. This prestigious estate includes luxury apartments with stunning views, co-op apartments and elegant mansions. The nearby Cow Hollow and Marina attract young, wealthy crowds with Singles Day scenes, trendy bars and a variety of fun houses.

District 8 – Northeast
District 8 is the most urban area in San Francisco. The city centre is the cultural heart of the city, while the financial district is the economic center. Nob Hill and Russian Hill are two recognized old currency communities in the region, and North Beach is an artistic, vibrant community full of quaint singles. Houses and apartments.

Historically, Zones 9 and 10 are San Francisco's industrial zones. Here you will find AT&T Park and Monster Park, home to the San Francisco Giants and the San Francisco 49ers.

District 9 – Central East
Zone 9 is a mix of residential and industrial real estate. The new research campus at the University of California, San Francisco has led to the rapid development of a wealthy community in Mission Bay, where warehouses, docks and factories were scattered. Potrero Hill is a soft, family-oriented community that seems to be being "discovered." The southern market [SoMa] is a high-tech holy place during the day, but it becomes a night sky after dark. The houses there are industrial and residential living spaces, medium to expensive.

District 10 – Southeast
Zone 10 may be the cheapest real estate in San Francisco. This is a light industrial warehouse area with diverse population culture. The houses in the area are often single-family homes and apartments for the owner's own use.

Different modes of transportation

Airport ground transportation is one of the important factors that must be considered when planning a trip to San Francisco. The different modes of transportation at San Francisco Airport are shuttle buses, taxis and limousines that can be used to bring customers from the airport to his hotel or his home. Limousines will provide privacy for customers, or watch TV, or want to know the best hotels in the area. If there is a group of people, the shuttle will be the best choice because they will carry huge luggage. Airport ground transportation is an additional service to customers. If traffic on the road is congested, the entire airport will be affected. Some people may find it hard to know how to get from one place to another. People should be aware of the various types of airport ground transportation services offered by SF. The best way to understand it is to visit the airport website and learn about it. Another way is to learn from other people which companies they use. Do they offer any discounts? Do you feel comfortable when traveling through this type of transportation? If you are traveling long distances and need to change planes, try to know which one is the right terminal and which mode you can use to get there quickly.

San Francisco Airport has signs and maps to help you understand which transportation system meets your requirements. The airport believes that everything should be completed on time. The airport is committed to improving efficiency. Airport ground transportation found shuttles and trains running on time. If there are any problems with the ground transportation, you can solve the taxi and some other methods. Because of its efficiency, consumers will not encounter any problems. Airport transportation helps families and friends because they don't have to worry about picking you up or taking you to the airport. When taking a taxi, please use the service recommended by the airport. Some people like to park. Try to know what the parking lot costs. The terminal building may be very far from the parking lot and the airport provides them with a shuttle service. It may be free. Other modes of transportation in San Francisco are trains, trams and golf carts. It also provides free help for the elderly and the disabled. Some shuttles are designed for wheelchairs. Some car services also offer this service. Know the airport transportation costs in advance. The San Francisco Airport also offers rental services and they pick up and drop off at your convenient location.

The San Francisco Airport offers trains, taxis and other public bus services. The red line of the train stops at all terminals and has a shorter circular route. But the blue line has a longer circular path. It runs 24 hours a day. Bay Area Rapid Transit [BART] is a metro service in the city. Parking facilities are available at many stations. BART also has a station at the airport.

Guide to the Colonial District of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo is the oldest city in the New World, founded in 1496 by Christopher Columbus and his brother Bartholomew Columbus. The area where the city lived in the early 1500s was called the colony [Zona Colonial in Spanish]. The colony has the first place in many new worlds. The first paved streets, universities, cathedrals, castles, monasteries, hospitals and fortresses – to name a few. With beautiful architecture and rich history, the colonial area is a must-see for visiting Santo Domingo. The colony is listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO.

In the colonial area, along with the beauty of historic buildings, you will find: hotels, restaurants, cafes, museums, bars, shops and more. The two most famous streets in the colony are Calle Las Damas [Ms.] and Calle Conde. Calle Las Damas is the street of a church that the upper class women walked on the way to the church. During the day, Calle Las Damas is an amazing street, but in the evening it becomes even more amazing when the street lights turn the walls of the building into beautiful orange. Every step taken on the first paved street in the New World will take you back to a deeper time until you feel like you were in the 1500s next to Christopher Columbus.

restaurant

There are many hotels to choose from, offering a variety of prices from economy to elegance. The advantage of budget hotels in the area is that they are clean and tidy, equipped with friendly staff – many speak English. Keep in mind that these are old buildings, and although they are clean, most rooms are small and there are "old buildings" problems. However, in terms of price, I think they provide a great experience on a large scale. Many of these hotels, many hotels offer different special offers at different times, so it is difficult to recommend a specific hotel. The reason why I like hotels in the area is that when you walk out of the hotel door, you can take you to a place where you can enjoy without paying a taxi. You are already ranked first in Santo Domingo.

At the high end, there are several hotels to enjoy, but I will talk about Hodelpa Nicolas De Ovando. This hotel has spacious rooms, a beautiful backyard for your evenings, a small bar, delicious food for breakfast and dinner, and a great menu, but the best two aspects of this hotel are it History and architecture. Christopher Columbus's travel companion, Nicolas de Ovando, is the third governor of India. This hotel used to be his residence and dates back to 1502. The first house built, for me, there is no better place to stay, so you can immerse yourself in the oldest urban culture of the New World. But don't worry if the hotel is over budget, you can visit and enjoy a cocktail in the bar or yard.

Things to do and see

Walking tour

I highly recommend you to take a hike on Calle Las Damas and make it the first thing to do when you arrive in the colonial area. Once you understand the buildings and their history, you will appreciate them more. For example, if you are sitting on the Plaza Espana for dinner, when you look at the square and see the stone building, it will no longer be a stone building, because after hiking, you will find that it is Christopher Columbus's house. Son Diego Columbus.

When walking along Calle Las Damas, the guide will contact you and they will provide you with hiking. So far, every trip I have made has been fluent in English with the tour guide. Hiking usually lasts for two hours. I usually talk to the tour guide first, then ask them to focus and try to complete the tour in 1 to 1 1/2 hours. The cost of this trip is usually around $1,000 for the Niigab peso [$20 USD], but you can try to negotiate at a lower price. The tour guides did a good job and care about me, so I think they can earn $1,000.

The next section will discuss some of the buildings worth seeing, many of which will be included in the tour.

Buildings, museums and historical attractions

Cathedral of Santa Maria / Cathedral of Santa Maria – Built in 1514, it is the first cathedral in the Americas. The cathedral is an active cathedral, serviced and has 7 beautiful churches.

AlcázardeColón It is the house of the son of Diego Columbus. This home has become a beautiful museum with some original furniture and some reproductions of original furniture. Strolling through this museum, you will feel Columbus's life in the 1500s.

Plaza of Spain It is a large open meeting place with 8 restaurants overlooking the square on one side and Alcazar de Colon on the other side [the house of Diego Columbus, son of Christopher Columbus]. The square is at the end of Calle Las Damas.

Carras las damas Probably the most important street in history in the city. This is the first paved street in the Americas, and the street where the upper class women walked down after the church took part in lunch. The streets are filled with buildings from the 1500s of the 1920s, which have now become museums, hotels, restaurants, etc. Walking along this street, it outlines history.

Kale Conde Probably the second most important street in the city. There is no car in this street, there are shops, cafes, restaurants, hotels, and there is a small park [Cologne Park] in the middle, and an independent park [independent park] on the other side of the street.

Ozama Fortaleza It is a 16th-century castle overlooking the Ozama River in the colonial area. This is the oldest European design fortress in the Americas.

San Francisco Ruinas It is a relic of a monastery built for the father of the Franciscans in 1508. This is considered an important ruin and is the work of Governor Nicholas de Ovando.

P Port of patricia Originally a church built for the Jesuits, it later became a mausoleum to accommodate some of the most famous national heroes, civilian heroes and military heroes of the Dominican Republic.

El Parque Colon, Columbus Park It was once the main distribution center for the celebrations of the colonial era and is still there today. Opposite the Conde Hotel, opposite the Conde Hotel, bordering the Cathedral of Santa Maria, is a bench on the park under the tree, taking a break, visiting museums and ruins, immersed in a beautiful place in beauty and culture.

Restaurants, bars, cafes and night clubs

There are many restaurants, bars, cafes and night clubs in the colonial area. I will focus on the historical, what I like and those that our past customers like.

Overlooking Plaza de España [Spain Square] and Alcazar de Cologne [Deigo Columbus House], there are 8 restaurants. Spanish and English menus are available in front of each restaurant. All eight restaurants are elegant, and the longest restaurant in the new world is eight of them. Once owned by a legged pirate, Patpalo [wooden leg] is a 500-year-old restaurant where Sir Francis Drake once ate. Whether you are dining at Pate Palo or one of the other eight, it's not wrong to choose one.

There are several restaurants to choose from on Conde Street. They are casual clothes for lunch and casual wear or high-end casual wear at night. Segrefrados is an Italian restaurant that is not only a place to eat, but also a great place to watch the crowd. They have a cup of coffee in the morning to start your day, and the pizza is great. For more traditional Dominican cuisine, you can visit the first floor of the Conde Hotel. This restaurant has a terrace overlooking Karon Park and Santa Maria Cathedral.

At the end of Calle Conde is a very famous cafe/small restaurant called Grands, formerly Pacos. Open 24 hours a day, this restaurant is a great place to start your day with coffee and breakfast. It's not a fancy place, but an ordinary cafe. On any given day of the week, you'll see people gather here, with their coffee and Dominican-style food to speak freely, whenever possible.

LuLus Tasting Bar is a great place to enjoy a cocktail and dinner. This is a very fashionable place and is an upscale leisure venue.

Onnos is a nightclub in the heart of the colony where you can hear the music of all countries [Bachata, Merengue and Salsa].

As I mentioned before, there are more restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs to choose from, but I want to give you a list of what we think is the most popular. When you walk around, you will find many other people, if you like, just enjoy it.

in conclusion

Between history, museums, great restaurants, cafes and nightlife, the colonial area should be a must-see for anyone visiting the Dominican Republic. This is a friendly area that speaks English and is very safe as a tourist.

Top 10 Romantic Tours for Under $5,000

Want to get rid of all this? And you don't have the entire checking account to squander? Ok, my friends don't have to worry, unfortunately, we can't be millionaires. However, when it is necessary to share that special holiday with someone you love, many of us have no time to book and plan that special trip. However, this does not mean that you and your lover do not have many good places to escape. To better help you make a decision, here are the top 10 romantic tours below $5,000!

1. Maui, Hawaii: When staying at Kihei Bay Vista, you can relax on the romantic Maui Beach, a full-featured and well-equipped resort offering high-thread count sheets and a large number of beautifully appointed rooms. Meal service. Online packages, including airfare and four days and four nights, start at around $765 per person – about $1,500. The full cost you pay is a food and a car rental on the island.

2. Cancun, Mexico: One of the most pristine, cleanest and most beautiful barrier reef islands, attracts you and your loved ones to the strip resort, which is full of nightlife and rich history. The online package will cost you approximately $850 per person, including airfare and four nights of hotel accommodation.

3. Miami, Florida: Take your other half to one of the most popular and romantic places in the world, spend a day at Disneyland, no children. Miami is a destination city with countless miles from hundreds of islands. The online package costs about $600 per person, including airfare and a nice hotel room.

4. Aspen, Colorado: Go on a different, snowy romantic retreat to the Rocky Mountains and then take a romantic ski trip. In the iconic mountainside resort accommodation [including the cable car pass], in a four-day itinerary [including flights], each person can only eat about $600 wallet.

5. Newport Beach, California: Maybe this is one of the cheapest ways to get rid of it – you can easily find great value vacation packages for many seaside resorts, including airfare and four nights logging service, per person online The cost is about $500.

6. Acapulco, Mexico: Maybe a cheaper destination than Paris or Venice, you can easily find a lot of all-inclusive deals for destination resorts online. The price of the package ranges from approximately $600 to $800 per person, including a four-night art exhibition at the Riviera in Mexico.

7. Santiago: One of the most popular romantic resorts in the world is waiting for you. You won't be able to find more online offers than here. A five-day package that includes your flight, car rental and beautiful resort hotel rooms, starting at around $600 per person.

8. San Francisco: A city just a few hundred dollars from the bay, where culture, beautiful beaches and five-star restaurants attract you to say hello. Enjoy a romantic getaway for two people at a price of around $600-$800, including your flight and five nights of hotel rooms.

9. Paris, France: Perhaps one of the most romantic destinations in the world, rich culture and an active society will appeal to almost everyone. Of course, such an exotic destination will never have an exotic price tag. Online packages, including airfare and hotel accommodation – 7 days and 7 nights – starting at $1,850 per person.

10. Venice, Italy: Walking through one of the oldest known cities in the world, it will never become romantic again. Of course, riding along many water-filled canals and being studded are also piled up for many reasons – including art galleries – why go to Venice. However, to enjoy Italy, each person will need about $1,900, including airfare and hotel accommodation for a week.

San Francisco 49 Mile Scenic Area

San Francisco is a lovely place. The whole city is like a popular theme park. The “49-mile scenic drive” is the best way to enjoy all the great places in the city. Anyone with a driver's license is very fond of this driving course. The great thing about San Francisco's 49-mile scenic drive is that you can get anywhere from anywhere in the city. The visitor found the sign with the seagull and began to follow. Similarly, if he doesn't have time and wants to stop following the scenic driving sign, he can leave at any time. However, the official starting point is the front of the San Francisco City Hall. The 49-mile journey ends by returning to the starting point.

The starting point for the 49 Mile Avenue is the cultural center of San Francisco. There is an Asian Cultural Center on the east side of the City Hall, and various Asian cultural exhibitions and theatrical performances are held. They performed a traditional Japanese song and dance uki performance last year. In the museum, there is a permanent Chinese art exhibition. It also shows the history of Asian Americans. The town hall is holding a wedding. Several couples get married in the town hall every weekend and take pictures in front of the park.

Now, let's follow the "49 Miles Scenic Spot" sign with a seagull illustration and drive to the Japanese town as the next interesting area. Downtown San Francisco is as full of one-way roads as other areas. The city’s Geary Street is heading west. Turn left on Geary Street and drive for a few minutes. Followers of 49 Mile will begin to see the main buildings in Japan City, namely Kinokuniya Building, Miyako Shopping Center, and Song and Dance uki Theatre Building. First, he will see a Japanese pagoda with a 5-story roof from Geary Street to his right.

Japanese-Americans living here were brought into the camp during the Second World War, and most of them did not return. There are not many Japanese-American families living here now. This place is a historical monument, a Japanese restaurant and a souvenir shop. For Japanese and Japanese Americans, the area is still a convenient place to eat sushi and buy Japanese books. There are several historical monuments in the area. There are 2 Japanese and Chinese characters on the wall of Pagoda Square, indicating all Japanese and Japanese Americans. Hope for love and peace. Some shops and groups are offering training in Japanese dance, language, origami, dram or music. Sometimes these groups hold a booth at the Japan Town Buildings to provide tea and chat with the people who come here. They are very friendly. Here, you can listen to Japanese accent English and explain to you the traditions and history of Japan.

Let's leave Japantown and turn right at Post Street. The 49-mile scenic drive now brings followers to one of the most famous and popular visitors. That is Union Square. Union Square is a shopping center for tourists and residents. There are Macy's in the south of Square, Neiman Marcus in the southwest corner, and Bloomingdale on Market Street. In addition, there are shops such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes or Gucci. There are world class hotels nearby. These include The Westin St. Francis, Grand Hyatt, Clift Hotel, Florence Villas, Marriott Hotels and more.

The history of Union Square is closely related to the civil war. The name of the park is "United Square", because the movement to support the United Army was held here, and people noticed that this square is the support movement of the United Army. In 1903, the Victory Monument was built on the square to commemorate the admiral George Dewey defeating Manila Bay. The Victory Monument "Victory" is based on the portrait of the local heiress Alma de Bretville Sprekers. Union Square happens to be the "heart" of San Francisco. There are some ceremonies and events, including artistic performances, every weekend. This square is famous for the Christmas tree and Christmas decorations sponsored by Macy's. When Christmas arrives, please revisit it here.

At the corner of Union Square, the 49-mile scenic drive takes followers to Chinatown. San Francisco's Chinatown is one of the largest in the world in terms of size and population. The Chinese living in Chinatown in San Francisco are mainly Cantonese. Despite the Japanese city, Chinatown has a taste of life. Visitors can hear the baby crying on the second floor of the restaurant, shouting in the souvenir shop upstairs, or by the quarrel. Chinatown is more energetic than the Japanese city.

In addition to tourists, there are always Chinese people buying and selling meat, vegetables, fruits or daily necessities. Visitors can feel the power of Chinese people who build their own cities all over the world. No matter which city in the world, he will find Chinese restaurants. There are always Chinese people there.

This route came out of Chinatown, led the followers up the mountain and took him to the Coit Tower in Telegraph Hill. There was history, and it was broadcast from the top of the mountain. The Coit Tower was built according to the city's plan and added another attractive architect to the city. Visitors must see the murals in the tower. The murals show the life of Europeans and show the lives of Native Americans. Coit Tower is not in the official 49-mile route. However, this place is a popular attraction that offers a bird's eye view of the entire city. The problem is the traffic congestion and parking difficulties leading to the top of the mountain.

This route takes followers to Lombard Street, the most curved street in the world. The slopes here are too steep to build a straight road, thus bending the road. The road next to Lombard is so steep that when people try to drive down, it is like a cliff diving. Visitors may scream because of fear.

Now, this route will face Leavenworth Street to the north. When the followers reached the summit, he began to see the San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island. Fisherman’s Wharf is nearby. This place is always full of tourists. Whenever visitors come to this place, they can always find interesting, interesting and novel things. Visitors cannot access this place without a camera.

Continue west through Fisherman’s Wharf and followers will pass through Masonburg and arrive at the entrance to Presidio. Mason Castle is a city in the park, and the Beijing Olympic torch bearers are running because of protest movements, not the roads scheduled and announced. Like a movie, Presidio Park is a naval base in history. Presideo Park is a forest with old and elegant houses. Another reason visitors like the area of ​​Fort Mason and Presidio Park is the spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge in the north center of Presideo Park has entrances for walkers and cyclists.

Followers will see Greek or Roman architecture at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. This is the coastal area. Visitors will find a hands-on science museum called "Exploratorium" here. There are some science projects in the museum, visitors can try it out to see what happens, how it happens and why. This is a great place for children.

The driving route eventually brought followers to Pacific Beach. On the beach, there are families playing kites, walking dogs, running with children. Visitors can enjoy lunch at the Cliff House. This "cliff house" used to be the guest house of the President of the United States and other famous guests. The original cliff house was burned twice, and now it is a restaurant and a souvenir shop.

The drive now takes the followers to the south of the city. Visitors follow the Great Ocean Parkway on the Great Ocean Parkway and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Ocean on the right. He passed the San Francisco Zoo to his left and drove down to Lake Merced. He may be surprised to learn that there are many places to relax in San Francisco. This lake has the pleasure of boating, fishing and rifle shooting. He can relax his eyes like a local.

After driving into the south side of Lake Merced, Scenic Drive now turns to the north of Sunset Boulevard. Sunset Boulevard runs through the north and south and is one of the main roads in West San Francisco. In the south of the boulevard, there is the campus of the University of California, San Francisco. Residents of the San Francisco-Bay Area are undoubtedly educationally oriented, with Stanford University, Barkley University, University of California, San Francisco, UCSJ University and the University of California, East Bay University.

Now, the drive brings the followers back to the north of the city. Along the North Sunset Boulevard, visitors will drive back to the north of San Francisco. Sunset Boulevard will pass through Lincoln and enter Golden Gate Park. The park may be similar to Central Park in New York or Hyde Park in London. The park is full of green trees and beautiful flowers. Golden Gate Park is the favorite leisure and entertainment area for residents. There are museums, Japanese gardens, and outdoor theaters. People can enjoy activities here. On weekends, visitors will be able to see joggers or cyclists. Driving in a park surrounded by trees will make the driver happy. It would feel better to release him from the fear, anxiety or anger of everyday life.

After coming out of the east gate of Golden Gate Park, the drive traveled south again. Drive along the slopes and the followers of the drive will reach the residential area at the top of the hill. This is the Twin Peaks. You can park your car on the top of the hill and enjoy the view of the center of San Francisco. Drive along the Castro Street southeast of the city, drive along Interstate 280, drive to the business district, and finally to the starting point, the San Francisco Civic Center.

Mendocino – the entry and exit of the film

More than 40 films were filmed in Mendocino, a small town in Northern California. Some of these films are somewhat outdated, such as "the same time next year" and "42-year-old summer." They belong to the era when the United States is in a farther and more glorious place. Love and travel can evoke charm and romance, and we think this global village may be the moment of Disneyland.

Mendocino belongs to the same time, and there is nothing wrong with it. The artist colony is located 150 miles north of San Francisco and has no supermarkets, fast food chains or motels. However, the town has a B&B. They are not cheap – a room costs at least $100, but Mendocino's location perches on a cliff above the Pacific Ocean, making them the most romantic bed and breakfast in the United States. Moreover, as a bed and breakfast in California, the hot tub and wood burning fireplace are as automatic as the unlimited breakfast coffee.

The town was built by the cold winter escapers in northeastern Maine, initially by fishing and logging, surrounded by huge redwood forests. Most buildings have a New England architectural style with white partitions. They are also shooting "murder murders" here, but due to changes from the East Coast to the West Coast, they must be cautious about the sunset.

In the summer, tourists and fog are attracted to this town. It's best to come in a more refreshing, bright fall or winter. The ocean is a dramatic, turbulent terrain in Northern California – perfect for long walks along the beach, but never to swim or sunbathe. In November, the town held a mushroom and wine festival, wine tasting and mushroom tasting and fungal attack on the forest. Also in November, when the Arctic Grey Whale began to migrate southward each year, the wooden water town spread throughout Mendocino provided an excellent viewing platform. In late January, it is “Crab and Wine Day”, with more tastings and opportunities to dance with crab fishermen.

During the peak season, many B&Bs require a minimum stay of three days. In such a small, secluded and beautiful place, you can easily spend three days watching the ocean and waiting for the sunset. My journey began with an hour along the corner, just minutes from the main store, on the steep cliff above the dark cave, and below the smooth beige beach.

There are hiking trails everywhere in the town, but you can save some time in the only public garden in the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden [I-Ten: 707 964 4352], passing through spectacular ferns, fuschias and others. Flora, walk a few miles north. Located directly in the ocean in the United States. During the mushroom and wine festival, the fungus is brought into the garden.

Just a mile north of the gardens of the Craig Bragg train in western California, on a particular day, there is a steam engine that will take you deep into the redwood forest. You can even pay an extra fee and take a taxi with the engineer.

Back to Mendocino, the Kelly House Museum on the street is dedicated to the history of the Mendocino coast. Also on the street, the Ford House Museum will provide you with more information on more than 30 water towers that make the skyline so unique.

Many shops are quirky and unique: “Wind and Weather” is located in Albion’s water tower to show weather accessories; “Daddy Bird” is also located in Albion, for organized bird walks and all Bird's utensils. WilkesSport combines elegant men's and women's clothing with a gallery that displays local art. Old records can be found on Main's Alphonso.

One of the best breakfasts of my history was avocado guacamole and salsa omelet with freshly baked cranberry muffins on the upper deck with locals at Bay View Café. take out. The cosy town, with its early morning hustle and bustle, offers views of wildflowers and the Royal Blue Pacific Ocean hundreds of yards away.

If you are visiting a botanical garden or taking a skunk train, you can stop at the pier in Fort Bragg and enjoy a seal and seafood lunch at the pier or at the seaside salon. Try Mama Carini's fat crab sandwich on North Harbor Drive.

Back in Mendocino, the Café Beaujolais on Ukiah St is known throughout the country, with its own recipes and varied menus. The menus are fresh and local. Ingredients, such as tuna and rosemary roast chicken wrapped in bacon smoked in apple wood. The seafood is next door to “955 Ukiah Street”.

At the end of a peaceful day, if you are willing to enjoy a day, stop by the gorgeous Mendocino or drink at the small and cosy Irish Patterson's Lance .

Where is it? In a town where the best things are not done, what matters is where you do. I live at John Dougherty House – it has an English garden that rolls towards the Pacific Ocean, a fireplace, an early American antique in the room, and a delicious breakfast at the communal dining table. The notice warned that both domestic cats are happy. I ignored these notices and let Tristan wake up in bed and make sure that my room was troubled when the cat started playing sn. Other more lovely night sounds are the Pacific Ocean hitting the rock, the fog horn humming, like a sad old sea monster in the bay.

The Weller House Inn is located in the coastal area of ​​Fort Bragg, next to the Skunk Train depot. This working town has a gratifying contrast with the tenacious charm of all Mendocino. The entrance hall of the Weller Inn is run by several classical musicians, Ted and Eva Kidwell, and looks like James Stewart's house in Good Life. Breakfast is served in the ballroom on the third floor. Along this road is a glass beach. Many years ago, this was the garbage dump of the town. Thousands of discarded bottles were thrown away there – the Pacific region began to roll glass of various colors, and now it shines blue, red and green on sunny days.