It’s Mardi Gras!!!!!!

See all of the parades (including one that went to the dogs), chicken chasing,  a real Cajun Boucherie, and Fais do-do right here…

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Fat Tuesday has arrived! While we won’t be down in Louisiana for the festivities this year, we have several times in the past.

See all of the parades (including one that went to the dogs), chicken chasing,  a real Cajun Boucherie, and a Fais do-do right here.

A Group Tour of Boston’s Coolest Sites

Boston boasts some unique and strange history and is an important city in the United States because so many events relevant to the American Revolution took place here…

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Boston is a city in the State of Massachusetts with a lot of history as it dates as far back as 1630. Boston boasts of some unique and strange history. It is an important city in the United States as many events relevant in the American Revolution happened there. These events include The Boston Tea Party, The Siege of Boston, The Battle of Bunker Hill, and The Boston Massacre. There are plenty of weekend escapes or historically significant sites for students to visit in Boston. Whether a person is planning a campus tour for their class, sports team, church group, or friends, this post will outline what one needs to know to make sure their trip goes off without a hitch.

Choose Transportation

The mode of transportation around Boston will be determined by the size of the group. For a large group, it is better to get a Boston tour bus rental with driver. The group can bring their own driver or hire the bus with drivers. Smaller groups may opt to get a map, hire a car, and drive themselves around. The main thing is to consider options that could accommodate the group’s capacity.

Transport can also be determined by the group’s budget. They may have enough money to hire a bus but not enough to get a driver. The budget will also determine the type of bus they can rent such as a mini, school, or coach bus. The amount of time spent off the road can also determine the type of vehicle that the group chooses.

Pick some quintessential eerie sites to see

Boston has some eerie sites with a lot of history such as the site of the Boston massacre, Phineas Gage’s Skull, and the Trolley of the Doomed.

Another bizarre site the group can visit is the All Saints Way in Battery Street.

They can also get involved in a treasure hunt in a live-action urban interactive game in Harvard Square.

There is also the Museum of Bad Art of 1993 where audiences are treated to a series of terrible art.

Map Choice Destinations

Choose what other specialized sites the group might want to visit in the area. Tourist maps are especially important because they highlight the places that are must-sees for Boston visitors. The group can visit famous sites like the home of Paul Revere and the 2.5-mile freedom trail, the harbour where the Boston Tea Party was held, and important artefacts related to it. It is what most people believe to have started the revolutionary war that led to the independence of the United States.

Boston is also the home to the longest and most successful ship in US history called the USS Constitution or Old Ironsides.

There are the statues of Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States.

There is also the prestigious Harvard University, the oldest higher learning institutions in the US.

Book Tours

Some sites require registration beforehand. Therefore, it is always good to plan ahead. Most of them offer private tours that can fill the group in on the specifics of the school. Ensure the group follows a strict itinerary so that they arrive at different sites on time. Make sure to book ahead and time the group’s arrival accordingly.

Plan Distractions

The person in charge of the group must find ways to keep the group entertained between sites.

Depending on its age group and the length of time it takes to travel between sites, a group can participate in so many activities.

Entertainment needs to be more than just looking down on mobile devices, listening to music, or chatting with a peer. The group leader can plan activities like singing or playing fun games like 21 questions, spotting games, trivia, or scavenger hunts between stops.

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The Best Tours around Split, Croatia

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With about 20,000 people living in the area, Split is the second largest city in Croatia. Only Zagreb, the capital city, is larger. It is a very commonly chosen attraction for many tourists and is said to have been founded sometime around the 3rd or 2nd century BC as a Greek Colony. It’s a fantastic place to be in because it has a great mix of modernity and a robust history with ruins in the city that date back to the old Roman Empire.

Some of the attractions of the city include museums, galleries, rich and noticeable culture, and its music. These are a few reasons why it would be great that on your next vacation time, you find tours around Split Croatia. The city also has a very vibrant sports culture as athletes and sportsmen, in general, are held in high esteem. Some of the most preferred sporting activities in the city includes water polo, sailing, rowing, tennis, soccer, basketball, and handball.

It’s a fantastic city to visit. And if you still aren’t considering visiting the city on your next vacation, the following are a few things may convince you.

Walking Tour to Diocletian’s Palace

Diocletian was a Roman Emperor who built the palace in 305 AD. Even though the palace is now an official World Heritage Site for UNESCO and the rest of the city has developed around it, the Diocletian’s Palace still has many of its buildings in one piece. This walking tour lets you take in the city and its estimated 1,700 years of historical scenery and landmarks. Some of the famous buildings apart from the Diocletian’s Palace include the Golden Gate, the Statue of Gregory of Nin, the Catholic Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and the Peristil.

Blue Cave Tour

The Blue Cave, which is also known as the Blue Grotto, is one of Split’s most awesome features. It is a sea cave filled with water that is situated in Balun, a small bay in the city. The Blue Cave is one of the most preferred spots because, at certain times of the day, the cave shows a fine radiant blue light. It is accessible by boat after an artificial entry was created in 1884. Before then, it was only accessible by diving. It is said that the best time to visit the cave is between 11 AM and 12 noon because it is at this time that sunlight shines through the water, giving it the amazing blue glow, with items in the water looking silver.

The Five-Island Tour

Right after the Blue Cave Tour, a cruise through five islands in the city is highly recommended. This tour lasts between 8 to 12 hours but it is a fantastic trip to take. The islands include Hvar, Ravnik, Budikovac, Vis, and Biševo. This is a fantastic experience for a family trip or even a romantic getaway for lovers. You get to visit the fishing village of Komiža, take in a lot of the sights in the old and historic town of Hvar, and swim and snorkel at Stiniva Cove. Your tour guide will be able to explain all the history behind everything you see. It’s a beautiful tour because you move around by boat and see everything from a great vantage point.

Krka National Park – Waterfalls, Sibenik and Skradin Tour

Named after the Krka River that it surrounds, the Krka National Park is famous for its seven beautiful waterfalls. The National Park is still principally run for tourism as well as cultural, educational, and scientific purposes. The waterfalls are also noted to have a large number of wasps and bees. This is attributed to the fact that it has the second largest concentration of lavender in the whole of the European continent. This tour also involves walking in Sibernik and experiencing the St. James Cathedral. After experiencing (and swimming through the waterfalls), the town of Skradin awaits you. Skradin is very popular for wine and cheese tasting and you can partake in this, too.

Marjan Hill and Klis Fortress Tour

The Marjan Hill is another great place to visit. It is distinctive because it has a thick Mediterranean pine forest that looks out to the city and the sea. Standing at 178m, it gives you a fantastic view of the city of Split, the mountains, and other islands.

The Klis fortress is famous for being the grounds of many battles with the Knights Templar, Ottomans, and the Mongols. The ruins give a beautiful view of Split, just like the Marjan Hill does. It’s also the site for filming Mereen – a city from the popular TV Show, Game of Thrones.

If you have never visited Split, the above are some of the sights you need to see to have the perfect vacation. Feel free to plan a tour to the rich and historic Croatian city and have a feel of the sights, people, and culture.

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Why the Train is the Most Beautiful Way to See Eastern Canada

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If the rugged coastline, brightly-painted fishing villages and historic outposts of Atlantic Canada are tugging at your heartstrings – there’s no better time to plan a trip.

The best way to experience this remote and beautiful region? Take the train through Eastern Canada.

Rail travel in Canada offers a unique perspective on this destination and an unforgettable travel experience. From French-Canadian chateaus to historic harbours to pristine national parks, there’s so much to discover.

Travel Through Serene Scenery

From the peaceful rural communities on the south shores of Quebec to the brightly painted clapboard houses of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, it’s hard to take your eyes off the scenery here. The train cars often fall silent, as passengers stare out the window in awe at the unfolding views.

Train travel means you’ll see eastern Canada from a different vantage point. The train route is older and cuts through remote swathes of the countryside where the roads don’t.

Via Rail’s “Corridor Train” travels from Windsor to Quebec City, bringing you to the heart of some of Canada’s most exciting cities in between stretches of pretty countryside. Via Rail’s “The Ocean” is a 24 hour sleeper train between Montreal to Halifax, through the rolling farmland and coastal communities of the Maritimes.

When you reach the endless sparkling expanse of the Atlantic, you’ll travel along the coast through quiet seaside towns perched on the rocky coastline. Sip your morning coffee as the sunrise gives the waters of Chaleur Bay a warm, pink glow.

Taste The Best of Eastern Canadian Cuisine

Melt-in-your-mouth Nova Scotia lobster. A juicy Montreal smoked meat sandwich on rye. Poutine with fresh cheese curds and hearty brown gravy poured over thick-cut fries. Fluffy pancakes smothered in pure Quebec maple syrup. Flaky French Canadian tourtiere, a ground beef, pork and game pie infused with herbs and spices.

A trip across Eastern Canada will allow you to enjoy these unique flavors. Plus, when you travel via train you’ll be served meals on board so you can dine while you watch the landscapes roll by.

Learn About Canada’s History

Eastern Canada is home to the earliest settlements in Canada and it has centuries of fascinating history to explore.

Travel through the Acadian Peninsula in New Brunswick, where most of the locals are descended from the first French families who settled Canada in the 17th century. Take a tour of Quebec City to hear over 400 years of historic tales. Learn the stories of several generations of Canadian immigrants at the Pier 21 museum in Halifax.

The past really comes to life when you travel by train, as the on-board hosts weave stories about local history throughout your trip. Many of the staff on The Ocean train are Arcadian and are passionate about their heritage.

Sit Back and Enjoy  

One of the nice things about traveling Eastern Canada by train is that you won’t have to worry about finding your way from point A to point B. Unlike a road trip, you don’t have to look at a map to pay attention to your route. You can simply sit back on the train and relax, concentrating fully on the scenery.

While you watch the lakes, rivers and forests go by, you’ll be pampered by Via Rail staff with everything from wine tastings to live music. Train travel is so much more enjoyable than a self-drive vacation.

Plus, your train trip will be more social as well. During the journey you’ll get to know your fellow travelers and bond over card games and conversation.

See These Unforgettable Highlights

An eastern Canada train will take you through some of the best cities in Canada.

Montreal

A city with one of the best food scenes in North America, a year-round calendar packed with festivals and a fantastic art community, Montreal really knows how to enjoy the good things in life. While Toronto is the economic capital of the country, Montreal is undeniably the cultural capital. As well as its cultural offerings, it boasts a wealth of stunning historic architecture, such as the glittering Basilique Notre-Dame.

Quebec City

Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is the only fortified city north of Mexico. It’s narrow, winding cobblestone streets and 17th-century buildings are a living museum of early French Canadian settlement. With the ornate facade of the Chateau Frontenac standing proudly above it all, when you take the train from Montreal to Quebec City you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time.

Halifax

Wander into any cozy Celtic-inspired pub in Halifax and you’ll find lively tunes and plenty of friendly smiles. This breezy seaside city has a bright happy vibe, especially along the busy historic waterfront. One of the most important cities in Canada’s history and a common point of first arrival for many new Canadians, it boasts impressive museums such as the Citadel Hill National Historic Site and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

Tips for The Perfect Eastern Canada Train Trip

Bring card games or good old fashioned paper books to entertain yourself while on the journey – there may be remote sections of the route where WiFi is not available.

The best time to visit Eastern Canada, hands down, is the early autumn. In September/October the weather will still be warm and the changing foliage will be at its most spectacular.

However, be sure to avoid Labour Day weekend (held on the same weekend as the equivalent holiday in the USA). This is a popular travel weekend and you’ll be faced with heavier crowds and higher prices.

Customize your train travel experience to suit your interests. For example, if you love history be sure to leave extra time for museum visits and architectural walking tours. You can also add on day trips, wine tasting tours, whale watching and other experiences to create your dream trip.

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Midnight at the Oasis of Laughlin, Nevada

In all of our casino camper travels, we never made it to one of Nevada’s most popular RV destinations, Laughlin. Recently, in keeping with our New Year’s idea of exploring a little closer to home, we decided to rectify that oversight… CONTINUE READING >> 

Back during our days of living in our motorhome we were known to park for a night at a casino along our way. Most allow this, and if they did we felt like it was only fair that for the privilege we should at least go inside for a game or two.

But in all of our casino (and Walmart) camping travels, we never made it to one of Nevada’s most popular RV destinations, Laughlin.

Recently, in keeping with our New Year’s idea of exploring a little closer to home, we decided to rectify that oversight. But this time we didn’t stay in the parking lot, or even the RV Park across the street, we had a nice room indoors.

The first thing we noticed about Laughlin when driving in was the lush, green landscape along the big river that runs right smack dab through the middle of the Mojave Desert. It’s quite a sight to see the Colorado River, fresh from cutting through the Grand Canyon, create this oasis.

The town’s namesake, Don Laughlin, must have thought that too, when he first laid eyes on this spot while flying over back in 1964. He was looking for a new place to build a casino and felt this was nearly perfect.

When we arrived at the end result of his vision we learned all about his eccentric journey from Minnesota fur trapper to casino king with a city named after him. While still in high school, he bought a few slot machines and ran an only semi-legal gambling ring up in the land of 10,000 lakes.

His Minnesota cash cow was going so well that he dropped out and made his way to Las Vegas to open the 101 Club. It was after selling that enterprise a few years later that he set out in search of a new site to develop where California, Nevada and Arizona meet.

Laughlin picked this location not only for its natural beauty, but also its proximity to Route 66. With that in mind he bought a rundown little motel and christened it the Riverside Resort. Time proved his instincts to be right on.

He saw the potential in his incredibly humble beginning of two tables and a dozen slot machines, along with the eight tiny rooms.  Making his “resort” even smaller was the fact that only four of those rooms were available because he and his family were occupying the rest.

Over the following decades multiple renovations took place and steady growth led to the two towers with over fourteen hundred rooms that loom over the river today.

At some point the local Postal inspector decided the growing settlement needed a name and dubbed it Laughlin, after the founder. Before too long, other casinos began to sprout up so that now there is a mini Las Vegas style strip.

But unlike Vegas, it is not overly crowded and crazy. Plus, it has scenery to enjoy that isn’t man made neon, fountains, or landmark reproductions. We loved the ability to walk along a real river and see the mountains and stars.

When the sun came back up we made a bee-line back to this latest version of the Riverside Resort to check out Don Laughlin’s Classic Car Museum & Antique Car Sales.

The cars aren’t all his, they rotate the displays from private collections and consignment offers of some of the world’s most celebrated makes and models such as Corvettes, Mustangs, T-Birds, Cadillacs, Rolls-Royces, and Ferraris.

Many are outstanding examples of some of the earliest vehicles made, with Ford Model T’s especially featured, while most are from the heyday of classic American automobiles, with a healthy dose of muscle cars thrown in.

There are historic, along with notorious, limousines, cars, and motorcycles from Hollywood, and some incredibly well preserved antique workhorses like tow trucks and delivery vans from everyday life… and every single one is in pristine condition.

One last surprise awaited us near the cars. We found a couple display cases of antique slot machines tucked away in a corner.

Since they were secured behind glass, we couldn’t try slipping a nickel into any of these one armed bandits to see if the odds were any better than the electric monstrosities we had thrown away a few too many bucks in the night before.

Something to remember when staying in a casino parking lot for “free” in the RV.

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com