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Jamaica……what an amazing adventure!

I was able to spend 6 days in Jamaica in March/April and WOW.  Is it time to go back?? From the sun to the sand, everything was warm, friendly, and FUN!

We were able to go to Ocho Rios, Jamaica which was very active!   While we were there we did ziplining, rode a bobsled, and a what we like to call “ski lift” up and over the trees!  We also climbed Dunn’s River Falls and took a catamaran cruise.  Oh.. and can’t forget to mention the continuous listening to Bob Marley!

There were multiple pools at our resort.. this was one of the main ones.  Lots of time spent here lounging around and soaking up the sun!


 

 

 

 

My favorite spot was of course on the beach..  We could watch all the boats on the ocean, go swimming around for fish, and of course just enjoy the sound of the waves!

Until next time,

 

Sharon
Travel Agent

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How to survive a long flight

Found this great article to share with all our fellow travelers

His post is about what to do on a long flight, but we think it works for shorter ones too! Definitely Tip #2

Check it out here: http://landlopers.com/2013/12/30/survive-long-flight/

-Sharon

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An Adventure Up the Pacific Coast Highway

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The next portion of our trip to California (see A Quick Day in the City by the Bay to read about our day in San Fran!) was making our way up the California/Oregon Pacific Coast Highway.  We were ready to start our journey of approximately 760 miles from San Jose, CA to Portland, OR!

Our first stop was Point Reyes National Seashore.  Here we were able to take a 1.5 mile hike around the Earthquake Trail to learn about the San Andreas Fault (as we were STANDING on it!)  This was one of my favorite parts of the trip…just on this small hike I was able to learn a little about history and the earth….and some history of the earth! :)
We explored a few more areas in the park.. including the North Beach where I was able to capture the birds enjoying the beach as much as we were!

Our next venture was into the Redwood Forest. We drove our vehicle though a redwood tree and took a few mini hikes through some different parts of the forest.  The trees are amazing in themselves to be able to enjoy.

We also stopped at multiple beaches and scenic views along our drive down California Highway 1. Here are just a few of the views we were able to experience. They say a pictures worth a thousand words right? Here are my thousand words…

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


On our way up the coast we stayed in a different city each night…some planned, some just rolling in and asking for a room!  It was a very adventurous, on-the-go trip..which made it that much more fun!  After a long, winding road, 5-day adventure up the coast we made it to Portland and then back home to North Dakota.  Above are just some highlights of the trip although we did much much more!

-Sharon

 

 

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A Quick Day in The City by the Bay

We only had a short amount of time to try and explore as much of San Francisco as we could/wanted to.  My travel partner was my mom and we were on a mission!  Our first stop was Pier 39.   The perfect tourist spot with all the shops and restaurants you could want!.. if that’s your kind of thing. And lucky for me, it is!  We checked out the NFL shop and some other fun small shops and then we were HUNGRY.

We decided to eat at Bubba Gump… it was on the end of the Pier so we wanted to be able to look out over the ocean. Little did we know the America’s Cup was happening right outside the restaurant window!  So as we enjoyed our lunch we also watched Team USA and the ORACLE racing past us.  It was awesome to be able to watch the race…without even knowing it was going to be happening at all! And to get “first row” seats! We felt pretty spoiled.

After a full day exploring Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 we headed to check out the Golden Gate Bridge a little more up close and personal! We stopped at Crissy Field where we were able to take pictures of the bridge and also were able to see Alcatraz Island.  Overall we had a quick trip through San Francisco, but loved every minute of it! We saw most of the highlights of the city.  I hope to go back someday to see the rest!

                      

 

-Sharon

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Jamaica – One Love


 

I arrived to Montego Bay on a gorgeous day in the middle of June, ready to tackle an 8 day road trip across Jamaica, touring all of the Sandals and Beaches Resorts.  I’ve split the trip up into cities to keep my (and your!) brain slightly organized…doing so much in so little time can definitely get confusing!

 

Montego Bay
We went to three different Sandals Resorts in Montego Bay.  Most are just a quick 10 minute drive from the airport which is great when you are ready to hit the beach!  Here we got to explore some of the downtown area where there is plenty of shopping and nightlife, just a few steps from the Sandals Carlyle.  Best part of having 3 Sandals Resorts in Montego Bay is, Stay at One, Play at 3!
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Sunset Supper at Sandals Montego Bay

 

Ocho Rios

 Ocho Rios was the highlight of my trip to Jamaica. Why?? My butler, Jazelle, really made that possible! Yes, I did say butler!! At Sandals Grande Riviera I had the pleasure of experiencing butler service firsthand.  I stayed in a villa where I had an almost private pool (it was shared with 3 other couples) and was driven around by Jazelle on a jitney (a golf cart type vehicle).  I never thought I was the type of traveler that required a butler, boy was I wrong!  He anticipated my every need.  We also had the BEST Chinese food ever at one of the restaurants, China Doll. And with 14 more restaurants at the resort we were never running out of something good to eat! 

Pool at Sandals Grande Riviera

 

Whitehouse

Whitehouse, Jamaica is a tiny little fishing village with a HUGE resort located right in the area, Sandals Whitehouse.  This was my favorite resort.  The beach was amazing, and the food tasted even better than all the rest… I didn’t even know that would be possible!  What I loved about this resort, other than the service, was the location of this resort.  You are able to watch the sunrise and sunset.  My second favorite feature was no reservations required at any of the restaurants.

The beach at Sandals Whitehouse

 

From the resort we also did two tours.  The Black River Rafting Tour and YS Falls.  The YS Falls is a beautiful waterfall and natural spring pool.  You are also able to go tubing or zip lining here.  I chose to explore the waterfalls and took in the natural beauty, but those zip liners sure looked like they were having quite the time too!

 

Negril

Negril is home to the 7-Mile Beach, one of the prettiest beaches I have ever been to.  The sunsets overlooking the ocean were such a wonderful end to this fabulous trip.  Six of seven restaurants at the Sandals Negril had an ocean view, so we couldn’t avoid it even if we wanted to!  Beaches Negril has an AWESOME water park we were also able to enjoy.  We were able to spend some time in the lazy river and work on our tans which was wonderful and relaxing! Not to mention the self-serve ice cream machine readily available.

Pool at Sandals Negril

 

 

After all the fun, it was good-bye Jamaica and back to Fargo… Can’t wait to go again!

-Lisa

 

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The Wonders of Cape Cod!


Hi fellow travelers!

Victoria here, ready to share my latest travels!

I came back from a WONDERFUL trip to Cape Cod in Massachusetts just two short days ago, and I am still day dreaming about being back there. It was like stepping off the plane and in to a brand new country. The houses are cottage-like and beautiful, the Atlantic Ocean was right by our front door allowing us to wake up to the delicious smell of the sea breeze whilst enjoying a morning coffee listening to the birds fly by.

Top 3 To-Do’s that I will be highlighting in this blog are:

1. “Beach” Hopping

2. Surfing

3. Kite Surfing

 

We lived two different places in Cape Cod; Dennisport and Truro. However, we explored lots of other towns during our stay! We went to Wellfleet, Provincetown, Chatham, Chapin, to mention a few.. The different beaches we visited were Chapin Memorial Beach, Marconi Beach (GREAT surfing), Corn Hill Beach, Chatham Beach, Dennis Beach, and many many more! There are two type of beaches in Cape Cod; the Ocean side and the Bay side. We discovered both! :-)

This picture below is from Chapin Memorial Beach after the low tide hit and we decided to do some gymnastics in the sun. Would you believe it if I told you this picture was taken about 150 yards from the shore line? That’s how low the tide was!!

 

If you like surfing Cape Cod is a great place to be, for both beginners and advanced surfers! I, myself, is not exactly what you would have called an advanced surfer… During my 2 hour lesson I was able to stand up once! But boy was it fun :D

We went surfing on Marconi beach and got a basic surfing lesson from a professional, we learned how to properly lay on the board, paddle correctly with the wave, and how to properly arch and stand up at the right time in the wave. It was a little scary because it feels like you go heads first in to the water, but it was tons of fun as well. I HIGHLY recommend this if you crave an adventurous vacation out of the ordinary!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My sister was a little frightened heading out in the waves for the first time…..

Before we dove out in the waves, we walked past a warning sign. Cape Cod is the territory of the Great White Shark, and we were warned not to swim by the seals as they can attract the Great White. However, while we were surfing we suddenly got surrounded by approximately 15- 20 seals! And what we thought was a shark fin! But it turned out it was just a seal laying upside down in the water… Gave us a bit of a fright! ;-)  Take a look at the sign. Would you still go in the water?

And last but not least… If you like to have fun, be adventurous, not afraid of getting a little wet or trying new things when you travel, then kite-surfing would be right up your ally! It requires some muscle and balance, and it’s a lot harder than it looks, but it is FUN! And if you haven’t done it before, it is definitely worth trying :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another thing that wasn’t on my personal list as I am not a golfer, but I know is very popular in Cape Cod, is of course; Golf. According to my mother the golfing there is phenomenal. A little crowded as it is such a popular vacation activity, but a great time nonetheless! And the view is fantastic, who wouldn’t want to golf along the view of the Atlantic?

 

So… How about it? Will Cape Cop be your next in-land vacation?

Give us a call if you have any questions about it! 701.492.5000 :-)

 

~ Victoria

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Deilige Norge!

I spent about 2 weeks in Norway; Oslo to be specific. It has been about 1 year since the last time I was home and I’ve sure missed it!! The nature, the chocolate, the bread, the shopping. Ahhh, everything about Norway just screams “Dream World” (except for maybe the outrageous prices?…)

I was lucky enough to be home for the 17th of May (Syttende Mai) this time, I haven’t been home for that in the last 6 years! Much too long of you ask me, the 17th of May is my favorite day in Norway. It’s a folk fest like no other. Millions of people in Bunad (national costume in Norway), ice cream and pølse i lompe (wiener dogs in a type of lefse), Solo (the most delicious soda you will ever taste), the childrens parade, the Royal family waiving to you for hours from their Royal balcony. Rain, snow or sun, this day is 100% bliss!

If you want to learn more about the significance of this day in Norwegian history, you can read about it in a previous blog post here: Gratulerer Med Dagen!

 

 

We went for a lot of walks in Oslo. A LOT! It just always seems to be what we end up doing over there because there is so much beauty everywhere we go, and I don’t want to miss out on a second of it! These pictures are from a few of those walks.

You can’t say you’ve fully experienced Oslo until you’ve walk down Karl Johan’s Street from the Central Station to the Royal Castle. The streets are made with cobblestones, there are shops, street musicians and performers as far as the eye can see. And when you get to the top of Karl Johans Street you get a perfect view of the Norwegian Royal Palace; the home of the Royal family.

 

Just like Karl Johan’s Gate, another essential part of experiencing Oslo is Aker Brygge, the harbor in Oslo. The first picture below is from Aker Brygge, it’s a statue in the water of a person on stilts, and I think it is such a cool statue! With the background of the beautiful buildings in different shapes and colors; Aker Brygge is shaping up to be one of the most artistic places in oslo I think. And they have great dining too! But pricey I might add…

 

It was hard saying good bye to the Motherland, and a part of me wishes I was still there… But I will be going back for Christmas ~ let let me tell ya, there’s nothing like a Norwegian Christmas!

So until we meet again, Norway! 

 

~Victoria

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Il Romantico Lago di Como

The trip has now gone to Northern Italy; more specifically Laglio. What you see here is the beautiful view from our balcony of the romantic Lake Como. This is where all the aristocrats and fashionistas would come to spend their vacations, as well as host fashion events.

Today, after going for a walk, we were sitting on the balcony soaking up the sun. On our balcony we have a cute little lemon tree and a view of the entire lake Como. Can’t get any better than that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our house is more than 400 years old, and it is like a huge, beautiful old labyrinth. I have never been in a more fascinating and cool (in lack of a better word) house! 

 

We went for a stroll downtown to see all the cute little cafè’s and shops, and went to a very unique little restaurant called Le Fleurs where we had a glass of wine and a delicious Italian baguette with truffle oil on it. So good! The cafè used to be a flower shop, and over the years they have built it into a wonderful little restaurant with outdoor seating and a small room filled with all kinds of delicious wines!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earlier today we took our dog out for a walk and walked on this little path in the woods until we came to a more open field with a quaint little cottage. The nature is so beautiful and picturesque here, if I could I would move here in a heartbeat! Not to mention that George Clooney lives only a couple of houses below us…… ;-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next post will be from the beautiful Norway! Though I will miss Italy and all her beauty, I am very excited to go home to Norway :-)

~ Victoria

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Zürich the Wünderbar!

I’ve been in Zürich for a few days now, and there are few cities that measure up to the beauty that is Zürich! It is summer, the sun (was) shining (now it is pouring down), people (were) swimming in the lake with the snow clad alps in the background. It is as if it was taken straight out of a fairytale.

This Panorama picture was taken during a particularly cloudy day, but you can still see the beautiful mountains in the background of lake Zürich. Isn’t it beautiful? :-)

 

But the view of this gorgeous country isn’t the only thing that’s enticing. The have some of the worlds best pastries as well! One of my personal favorites is the hidden gem Café Péclard located in the streets of “old Zürich”. It is decked out in beautifully crafted cakes, chocolates, jam and all kinds of other goodies! This is the view that greets you when you first step foot in the café:

 …It’s like a little taste of heaven…

 

On our way back from the café we drove past a Circus, and there were a few Swiss police officers there keeping order. If there is one thing the Swiss are fabulous at, it is keeping order! Everything and everyone is always on time, if something is broken it is fixed immediately, you are always greeted whenever you walk in the door, regardless of age, and crime is almost non-existent. So I was not surprised to discover the Swiss police force’s police cars. A cute little smart car ;-)

 

Tomorrow I will be traveling to Italy for the weekend, so stay tuned for an adventure blog from Como!

 

~ Victoria

 

 

 

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Can You Belize it?!

TripAdvisor just rated Ambergris Caye, Belize #1 on the Top Ten Islands in the World! We don’t know about you, but we sure wouldn’t mind visiting the number one Island in the world…

It is hard to describe by written word the true beauty of Belize. Imagine yourself staying at a luxury canopy or river view  tree houses, with on-site rivers, botanical gardens, spectacular views and amazing tours such as rappelling the extreme Black Hole Drop, cave tubing and exploring the ancient caves and ruins of the Mayan world.

If a tree house isn’t on your bucket list ~ fear not! You have the option of staying at a wonderful beach front property where you can bask in the sun and enjoy the warm sea breeze whilst sipping on a cold cocktail. The possibilities are endless in this wonderland; no wonder it was rated #1!

This destination is perfect for any traveler. Family, couples, adventurers, beach vacationers – you name it; Belize’s got it!

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