Caroyln Wyeth – A Unique Force

Artists, be they painters, musicians, or writers, are often said to create some of their best work as a “tortured soul.” Some are known to isolate themselves, while others are seen as living a self-indulgent lifestyle. For artist Carolyn Wyeth, rules and recognition never appealed to her. Growing up in a family of artists, including her famous brother Andrew Wyeth, Carolyn was often described as a person who had a direct and energetic character, with a unique tendency to do whatever she pleased.

Carolyn Wyeth picks up the brush

Carolyn began studying art at the age of 12 under the guidance of her father NC Wyeth. He taught all of his children that it was imperative to have a solid drawing base and, in particular, charcoal studies of cubes, pyramids, and plaster casts before attempting to pick up a paintbrush. Not caring about the rules her father had set, Carolyn simply took the paintbrush when she wanted and did things her way.

NC Wyeth was completely impressed with the talent his daughter exhibited, but never expressed his admiration, thinking it would encourage her to seek his advice. However, in a letter he wrote in 1940, he praised Carolyn’s painting “Keats’s Mask”, saying, “If she never painted anything else, this will record a truly important talent.” By the time she was in her early twenties, Carolyn Wyeth was already winning awards and honors for her unique work style.

Teaching: integrating your father’s methods

In the 1940s, Carolyn Wyeth began teaching art to a select few in her hometown of Chadds Ford, PA and in Maine over the summer. He taught for more than 30 years. While Carolyn did not fully adhere to the way her father taught his children, even rebelled at times, her practices influenced the way she taught her students. He used his father’s old studio and equipment and accepted no more than 10 students at a time.

Carolyn went on to teach her nephew, Jamie Wyeth, and her nieces, Anna B. and Robin McCoy. And ironically, like his father, he made sure they understood the basics of geometric shapes and plaster casts before moving on to painting in color.

Carolyn’s Paintings and Style

Carolyn Wyeth never ventured far from her hometown of Chadd’s Ford, PA, or the home she grew up in with her 18 acres of land. His family environment was his source of inspiration. Carolyn mainly created still lifes that were readily available in her home: chairs and tables, food, and objects from her father’s study. He also painted the trees and woods that surrounded the house. He once said, “What inspired me to paint is this whole damn place here: every tree, every rock, the fields, the hills, the studio, the smell of the place, everything I love.”

This talented artist also reconstructed private moments, suggesting romance, loss and memory, making her work much more intense and personal. Critics described some of his work as “haunting, introspective, and displaying raw power rarely seen in contemporary painting.”

Carolyn Wyeth’s style is very distinctive, simple, and brightly colored. After his exhibitions in Philadelphia, Chester County, and Wilmington, art reviews on his paintings contained words such as “straightforward,” “simple,” “frank,” and “effective.” Carolyn once said, “I painted what I fucking wanted.” And he did and won his awards and critical acclaim alike.

Carolyn Wyeth the recluse

When Carolyn’s mother passed away in 1973, Carolyn took over the family home and studio. He lived the rest of his life in the same place where he was born. People viewed Carolyn as a recluse, apparently content to live with her dogs and her paintings. According to the artist who conducted a rare interview in 1979, Carolyn stated, “I’m not exactly a recluse, but I almost am, as close as I can get. I think a bloody quiet life is best.” He added: “People don’t mean much to me.”

Carolyn Wyeth was happy with her life. He created three to four pieces of art a year, and almost never promoted his work through exhibitions, saying that he really had no interest in selling his pieces, that he painted because it gave him a “kick inside” and allowed him to examine their relationship. with things. Another interesting fact is that he rarely signed his work because he did not think there was much interest in his talent.

Carolyn Wyeth passed away in 1994. Although she was the least famous artist in the family, critics have hailed her as “the best painter in the family” and “the strongest female artist in America today.” Rave reviews for such a recluse.

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The best vegetarian, non-vegetarian and beach restaurants in Goa

Goa is a popular tourist destination throughout the year and people from all over the world flock to this beautiful destination not only to enjoy its beaches but also its incredible cuisine. Goa is home to many restaurants and some of the best serve a variety of interesting delicacies. One of the best ways to get to experience authentic Goan cuisine is by exploring and visiting one of the roadside restaurants that may seem small but serve excellent Goan cuisine.

The top five vegetarian restaurants in GOA:

  • Little Italy: This place serves authentic Italian vegetarian cuisine and is perfect for a great evening meal.
  • Plantain leaf: This is another amazing restaurant serving a host of Indian and Continental vegetarian delicacies.
  • Hotel Kamat: Located in the church square in Panaji, this place serves South Indian vegetarian food.
  • Hotel Satkar: This place is also known for offering a variety of South Indian delicacies.
  • Vegetarian restaurant: Located on Tito’s Road in Baga Beach, this restaurant is run by an English woman and serves a variety of vegetarian delicacies.

The top five non-vegetarian restaurants in GOA:

  • After Seven Restaurant: This restaurant is extremely popular and is one of the best places to dine in Goa. The restaurant is located between Calangute and Candolim and is known for offering some of the best steaks in town.
  • I-95 Restaurant: This place is known for serving some of the best grilled meats, especially prawns and lobsters.
  • Souza Lobo: This is one of the best restaurants in Calangute, Goa. This is literally an institution when it comes to Goan food and therefore a must see for anyone looking to sample Goan delicacies.
  • Brittos Restaurant: Brittos at Baga Beach is one of the most popular beach shacks serving an excellent variety of delicacies, especially prawn curry, crab curry, and chicken fried rice.
  • Party: This is a restaurant in Calangute that is known to be one of the most romantic and serves excellent dishes of pizza, meat and seafood.

The top five beach restaurants in GOA:

  • Cavala: This beachside restaurant on Baga Beach not only offers great food but also has amazing live music on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The friendly staff also ensure that one has a wonderful dining experience.
  • San antonio: This is another restaurant in Baga Beach that is known for serving a host of Indian delicacies and is one of the oldest restaurants in Goa.
  • Waves: Located on Calangute Beach, Waves is an amazing restaurant that reflects an artistic atmosphere and traditional Goan delicacies are presented in an extremely creative way.
  • Stone house: Those with a penchant for great grilled meats and steaks should visit Stone House.
  • Lilac Coffee: Located on the banks of the Baga River, this extremely pretty cafe serves a variety of delicious cakes and other delicious treats.
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Surfing in Sonoma County

First part: Doran Park and surroundings

Sonoma County is not one of the most famous surf spots in the world, but it does have its fair share of quality waves. Most of the beaches are easily accessible from Santa Rosa or Sebastopol, just head west on Highway 12 and turn right onto Highway 1 after passing through the town of Bodega.

The closest beach to Santa Rosa is Doran Beach in Doran Park. This beach has the worst swell of the whole year except on certain days with high tide and a swell that comes from the right direction. Doran Beach is almost totally protected from the usual northwestern swell by Bodega Head and the reef by Seal Rock (also known as Bodega Rock).

Doran usually needs at least a ten foot swell to get chest high waves. The best time to visit Doran is at high tide, after a rain, with good surf everywhere. Some people prefer Doran at low tide, which almost always has barrels with a bigger swell, but I’ve only seen one day that he actually had long quality barrel rides, when the swell was rising up to 17 feet outside. In general, Doran withstands high tide better and provides plenty of fun waves throughout the year once the rains begin to fall. I surfed a lot when I was younger and spent a lot of time learning to surf on this beach. I never worry about sharks on this beach because it is very protected and paddling is never far away.

Sometimes a long, soft wave breaks at the northernmost component of Doran Beach, near the rock jetty. This requires big swell and super low tide, but it could be a really fun wave for longboarders when everything else is too big for surfing.

The biggest, best, and craziest wave I’ve ever seen with my own eyes is located a mile from Doran Park south of Bodega Head. This wave should be surfed more frequently but it is feared by the inhabitants of the area for the potentiality of giant white sharks that cross the perimeter of the island. The island is called Seal Rock and it has thousands of seals that camp every night. There is a beautiful reef that stretches west to the island’s sea and forms a giant slab tube when the big surf hits. The paddle is a quarter mile from Bodega Head, through a deep channel. I have seen a video with people surfing this wave using a jet ski, and if I could afford one, I would be there all the time. Note that the bottom of the reef is rocky, so wear a helmet if you’re planning on tackling some giant waves.

If you are planning a vacation in or around Bodega Bay and want to research places to stay, there are many vacation rentals such as that can be found on vacation rental websites, and there are also hotels such as the Inn at the Tides.

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Around Long Beach, California

Ask anyone who lives near the west coast what is the most scenic thing to do, the answer is always the same, the Pacific Coast Highway in California and the US 101 that hugs the coast in Northern California, Oregon and Washington. Driving this stretch of road takes time and must be divided into sections. While the southern section of San Diego was crowded on the beaches with high waves, the Long Beach section is more deserted this time of year and most of the cliffs along the coast are not as dramatic. However, the Los Angeles area has the popular cities of Santa Barbara, Malibu, and Santa Monica.

The beauty of Santa Barbara sits alongside the ocean waves and backed by the Santa Ynez Mountains. Not only is Santa Barbara a favorite getaway for Hollywood celebrities, who some own properties here, but the city has an exceptional history. What better way to experience some of Santa Barbara’s history than by visiting Old Mission Santa Barbara and El Presidio? The mission sits on thirteen acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The grounds include a historic cemetery and mausoleum, Mission Church, and a nine-room museum with historic artifacts and artwork. Lush gardens surround the buildings, including the historic Huerta Garden with ancient plants and trees from the Mission era. While the El Presidio buildings are the last of the four military outposts, which were built by the Chumash Indians under the direction of Spanish Welders. This Presidio was founded in 1782 during the American Revolutionary War, which played a vital role since the foreign invasion. Today, two of the original remaining sections are El Cuartel, which is the second oldest building in California, and Canedo Adobe.

Just west of Los Angeles, along the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains with 21 miles of beautiful coastline, is Malibu, known for its beautiful beaches and celebrity homes. Zuma Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Los Angeles, is located here and with its four miles of beautiful wide sandy beaches makes it ideal for all family activities, from rock climbing, swimming, surfing, to simply sunbathing. .

Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains is a hidden crown jewel, Malibu Creek State Park, encompassing more than 8,000 acres of mountain peaks, rolling hills, oak savannas, and tall grass plains. The breathtaking beauty of this land has been seen around the world in movies, the most memorable being Mash’s long-running television series. Getting to Mash’s filming location requires a 3-mile one-way hike, where the first part passes a wide, well-leveled path over rolling hills through oak trees and tall grass; however, the last half mile gets a bit tricky, starting with having to cross Malibu Creek by walking through the trunk of a downed oak tree. The rest of the trail is a very narrow path over rocks and mud puddles through thick lush forest. For some exceptional views of the park, drive the Mulholland Highway for 3 miles to Lake Malibu, which is also home to Reagan Ranch.

For a short but impressive drive, take Malibu Canyon Road from State Park back to Malibu. The highway cuts through the Santa Monica Mountains and winds its way through the narrow canyon with towering cliffs on one side and straight slopes on the opposite side. As the highway exits the canyon, the views of the mountains and the Pacific Ocean are breathtaking.

Just south of Malibu, along the Pacific Coast Highway, is the ever-popular city of Santa Monica. With 3.5 miles of beaches, Santa Monica attracts all types of visitors, where the northern section of the beach is separated from the city by an ocean cliff and the Pacific Coast Highway, where a series of bridges and ladders provide access to the beaches. In contrast, the southern section is at city level and the beach side is lined with houses, hotels, and parking lots. Located in the central part of the beach is the ever-popular Santa Monica Pier, where an amusement park, restaurants, and gift shops sit atop a wooden pier, not to mention that after 2,448 miles, the Historic Route 66 completed its journey from Chicago here. .

Just south of Long Beach along the Pacific Coast Highway is Laguna Beach, home to Crystal Cove State Park. The park has 3 miles of natural shoreline with open spaces along the cliffs where tall grass thrives. The 2.5 miles of paved trails along the cliffs provide spectacular panoramic views of the ocean with several steep trails leading to the beach. The southern end of the park is the historic district with 46 old coastal cabins built in the 1930s and 1940s, representing the earliest examples of Southern California coastal development.

Relive the history of the ever so famous Queen Mary from her birth in 1934 to her vital role as a transport ship during World War II. After 1,001 Atlantic crossings, the Queen Mary reached Long Beach in 1967 for her final retirement and resting place. Even today, the Queen Mary remains a historic landmark and a full-service hotel in Long Beach with entertainment venues, shops, and restaurants. You can see the Queen Mary up close with guided tours from the stern to the bow and from the engine room to the bridge. Throughout the ship are wood carvings enhanced by the use of more than 50 types of wood along with the elaborate sculptures, paintings and murals that made this ship the most elaborate ship ever built at that time.

Any trip to Los Angeles should include some time in the Beverly Hills and Hollywood area. Places like the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd or the Sunset Strip on Sunset Blvd, known for the colorful billboards and beautiful murals painted on the buildings. The three blocks of Rodeo Drive between Santa Monica Blvd and Wilshire Blvd contain over 100 top designer boutiques and hotels where many celebrities shop. Not to mention the Wilshire Blvd. Hotel, the filming location for Pretty Woman. Right down the street is Greystone Mansion, where a long list of movies, music videos, and TV shows have been filmed.

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The island with the most returning visitors

Fourteen years ago, my husband and I visited the island of Barbados on a cruise. Barbados is the farthest island in the Caribbean chain, and once we got off the ship, our love affair with the island began.

As a travel consultant, I had read about the island and the images of “flying fish” and “green monkeys” sparked my imagination. Also, the fact that there is nothing but water separating Barbados from the coast of Africa meant that we were actually going to be in the West Indies and close to the equator. That alone was enough for a sun and beach lover!

When our ship docked, we opted to take a taxi cruise around the island. Four hours later, we had covered the coast of the island from the calm waters of the west coast in the Caribbean Sea, to the raging Atlantic coast of the east and the lively south coast. You just have to love an island that offers a completely different experience on all coasts. When the cruise went to sea, I remember longing for an island that I had only experienced for one day.

Upon returning home, we began planning an overland trip to the island. Being a beach lover, we made reservations for next year on the west coast of the island. I remembered that the water was crystal clear calm and I longed to spend lazy days on the beach. The west coast attracts the rich and famous, and is home to fabulous homes, hotels, and villas. This coast is on the Caribbean Sea and the water is perfect for snorkeling and swimming. Fine dining is a reality and Barbados is known for some of the best restaurants in the world.

When we started meeting other vacationers, we quickly learned that most of them had been to the island many times before. I found this unusual as most Caribbean vacationers choose to experience new islands. What was even more surprising, many of the English and Canadian visitors spend the entire winter season on the island each year. It certainly made us “short term” with our two week vacation.

My curiosity about these long-term repeated vacations led me to wonder why they kept coming back year after year. Their responses focused on the friendliness of the locals, the variety of accommodations catering to long-term visitors, sunny weather, excellent food, and a standard of living conducive to making the island a winter second home.

After a week of being beach bums, we ventured to the south shore and found the St Lawrence Gap. As we walked through the mile-long Gap area, I knew that this would be our future place on the island each year. The west coast is fairly quiet and stretches out compared to the lively south coast. We found more than 20 restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, shops, and a great beach, all in one area. We could hardly contain ourselves until the holidays next year. The love affair with Barbados was in full swing.

Thirteen years later, we are still in love. The same driver picks us up at the airport every year and welcomes us back home. As timeshare members, we have made many friends over the years. Who would have thought that fourteen years ago we would have English, Canadian, Danish and Downhill friends that we keep in touch with throughout the year and we look forward to seeing each winter season.

As soon as winter comes here in the Midwest, I think about eating flying fish and watching the vervet monkeys playing outside on our balcony in the morning. Do fish really fly? Well, they glide on water and they have wings. Are monkeys really green? Its color could best be described as a combination of green, brown, and yellow.

The real reality is that the sun is shining brighter, the water is like a warm bath, and some of the friendliest people occupy this 160-mile paradise. I feel safe there, and unfortunately I gain weight every year eating good food from one side of the island to the other. And when I receive a travel request to Barbados, I can hardly contain my excitement at telling a client all the inns and outings on the island.

This is a short story about a love story with an island and its people. Sometimes I feel guilty for not having the same feeling about the other islands I have visited in the Caribbean. After all, I am a Caribbean travel consultant and I am not supposed to be biased for just one island. I love all the islands in the Caribbean, but I am in love with Barbados.

If your curiosity peaks after reading this article, keep in mind that after a visit, your future travel plans may take you in the same direction every year.

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America in the Caribbean

Tea USVI includes four uniquely different islands; St. Croix (The longest), St Thomas (The busiest), San Juan (small, quiet and picturesque).

The mixture of American Y Caribbean influence makes the Virgin Islands of the United StatesAmerica in the Caribbean“.

The local population is made up of citizens of other Caribbean islands, Americans, Europeans and Hispanics. While English is the primary language, you will also hear the dialects of Spanish, French-Patois, and Creole.

The musical rhythm of the islands is a mix of calypso, reggae, steel drums, R&B and hip hop. Local bands sing songs on political and social themes, accompanied to the beat of washboard instruments and pumpkins.

St Thomas It is the main cruise port in the Caribbean and the main destination for duty free shopping. This is the most popular tourist destination in the Virgin Islands and offers many dining options, a variety of accommodations including hotels, resorts, and fine villas.

St. Thomas is legendary for its hundreds of duty-free shops that line the streets of Charlotte amalie, The capital city. Between the three main strips are side streets and alleys filled with dozens and dozens of shops where you can literally “shop till you drop“. U.S Citizens are allowed $ 1200 in tax-free purchases and you can send gifts to your home, family or friends without duty or tax.

St. Thomas is an extremely mountainous island with little flat land. From a distance, the slopes are covered in bright and colorful flowers. Venturing up the hillside you find yourself surrounded by a subtropical forest of palm trees, mangroves, and mango, papaya, breadfruit, and coconut trees.

Two of the best views of the island’s hills are in Drake’s Seat, which offers a panoramic view of nearby islands, and another favorite viewing spot is San Pedro Mountain. Since there is little flat land on the island, every corner offers another fantastic view. And the Skyride to Paradise Point, a modern aerial cable car, is your trip to the best tourism in the Virgin islands. The trip is 7 minutes one way and takes you 700 feet above sea level.

After sightseeing, stop for lunch at Frenchtown. This unique city is located approximately half a mile from Charlotte amalie. This area is popular with locals and tourists, and is home to many excellent restaurants and bars. Frenchtown is home to the descendants of immigrants from the French island of San Bartolome.

Aside from the beautiful beaches, stunning hilltop views, first-class shopping, and excellent restaurants, the weather in St. Thomas is always constant. The temperature never drops below 70 degrees and never goes above 95 degrees. Here you will find perpetual sunshine, refreshing trade winds, and showers that last only a few minutes.

Charlotte amalie It has a beautiful natural harbor and many sheltered bays, making it a perfect destination for beach lovers. St. Thomas offers some of the best beaches including Morningstar Beach, Coki Beach, Bluebeard’s Beach, Hull Bay, Limetree Beach, Magens Bay, Sapphire Beach, and Vessup Bay. Two of my favorite beaches are Magens Bay and Sapphire Beach. Magens Bay is protected by reefs and offers excellent swimming, while Sapphire Beach offers wonderful views of St. John and the surrounding islands..

Moving on to the biggest island, St CroixYou will find the pace a little slower than St. Thomas. Two major cities, Christiansted Y Frederiksted They offer their own distinctive flair with Danish history and architecture. Both towns offer quaint little shops where you can find bargains on perfumes, china, glass, and jewelry. Shopping in St Croix is ​​not as extensive as in the St Thomas shopping district, but it is less crowded and you can find many unique items to buy..

St. Croix also has an excellent variety of hotels, resorts, villas, excellent restaurants, and extensive beaches. Sandy Point, the largest beach in the US Virgin Islands it is a protected reserve. The waters are shallow and calm, and this is a nesting ground for sea turtles. There are many other beautiful beaches with sheltered coves, which make this island a hit with families and honeymooners.

Another favorite spot for visitors to St. Croix is ​​a trip to the National Park in Buck Island. This island is home to Turtle Beach, voted one of the best beaches in the world by National Geographic. Buck Island is a world-class dive site, with a unique ongoing trail. Half-day and full-day excursions are offered.

San Juan, the smallest of the US Virgin Islands offers limited lodging, restaurants, and nightlife. What St. John does offer is peace and quiet in the perfect tropical Caribbean paradise.

Life is very laid back and the locals are extremely friendly, always ready to strike up conversations and provide directions and information. If you are looking for an active nightlife, this may not be the ideal destination. There are about four little bars on the island, and after dinner the island’s favorite activity is going to bed.

Two-thirds of St. John is a 7,000-acre US national park. The geography of the island is a rocky coastline, overlooking crescent-shaped bays and white sand beaches. Each beach is pristine with turquoise waters, secluded emerald keys, and panoramic views. Trunk Bay is the most popular beach and undoubtedly one of the best in the world. If you think it’s an exaggeration “Google“”Trunk bay“, and see for yourself.

For the more adventurous, there are miles of hiking trails, and St. John offers some of the best diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean. The turquoise waters mix with hundreds of rainbow-colored fish and coral.

While shopping on St John is limited compared to the other two islands, shoppers will find distinctive quality items and unique local crafts not found on St Thomas or St Croix.

Cruz Bay It is the main city, with gift shops, well-stocked supermarkets, dive centers, and jeep rental services. There are only two luxury hotels on the island, along with expensive villas. For the budget conscious, there are more offers at the eco-resort and the campgrounds in the National Park.

Island hopping is quite popular for visitors to the Virgin Islands.. Traveling between St Thomas Y San Juan it can be done easily with a 20 minute ferry ride. The distance between St Thomas Y St Croix It is much larger, and trips can be arranged by private boat or seaplane. Tea British Virgin Islands can be reached from St Thomas by ferry or plane. And, the island of Puerto Rico it’s only 50 miles away.

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Family Vacation Package Guide: Where Are Some Nice And Affordable Places To Go On A Family Trip?

There are many nice places that offer something fun for everyone in the family, from the youngest children to the older great-grandparents. There are also some affordable places. Even if you have a large family, you should be able to get discounts. Family vacation packages tend to offer “Kids Eat Free” deals, supervised children’s programs, spacious rooms, and free activities that will appeal to everyone.

Here are some affordable destinations that have family-friendly resorts:

Yellowstone national park

While there are inns and lodging options in the Yellowstone area, there are also many campgrounds. Just bring your own tents and enjoy the outdoors. You have 2.2 million acres to explore. Follow a few trails and try to catch a glimpse of elk and buffalo.

Virginia Beach

If possible, visit in the fall or winter, when hotel rates are at their lowest. Virginia Beach family vacation packages are available at various hotels and resorts. There are also vacation rental options if you want to have your own kitchen.

Trinidad and Tobago

This is one of the most affordable family destinations in the Caribbean. In fact, you have two islands to explore and a variety of beach and mountain activities. Head over to Invaders Steel Pan Yard to see the performance of the steel pan bans. Another fun attraction is the Tobago Cocoa Estate, where you and your children can learn all about chocolate.

Breckenridge, CO

How about family vacation packages at a ski destination? “Breck” offers world-class skiing for all ages and all levels. There is also a lot to do in the historic center. You could go during the summer and enjoy hiking, zip-lining, climbing, etc. It is the best winter and summer playground.

St. Petersburg, FL

There are more than 30 quality family resorts in this Florida city. For cultural attractions, stay in the city center. For fun days in the sun, head to a beach resort. Hotels in Saint Petersburg have an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Besides good accommodation, there are also many shops and restaurants.

Barcelona, ​​spain

If you think you can afford a trip to Europe, Barcelona could be the city for you. There are some reasonably priced family vacation packages. Not only is it a beautiful city, it’s packed with tons of fun activities for kids and adults. There are over 500 family hotels to choose from. Additionally, it can be an educational experience for teens taking Spanish classes.

These are just a few ideas to help your family get started on plans. Make a list of the places everyone wants to visit and check out family vacation packages to see what’s available.

Use online websites to research these destinations and others. It’s easy to find affordable family vacation packages using the site’s search tools. You can also just browse to find out what is available right now. Don’t forget to apply promo codes online when booking your trip.

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Looking at the bright side of the economy

Resorts, cruise lines, and travel agencies are sensitive to financial woes, so they’re slashing their prices like I’ve never seen in my 20 years in this business. Whether you’re looking for a family vacation, maybe a romantic getaway, or a trip with your friends, my top picks for this week fit all of the above!

I found 6 amazing deals that adapt to the needs of different travelers.

1) Barbados All Inclusive, Barbados Beach Club: Deal of the century: $ 399 per person includes airfare, 5 hotel nights that include food, drink and entertainment. The Barbados Beach Club is located directly on the beach on the scenic South Shore, a stone’s throw from the best shopping and nightlife. This all-inclusive offers three restaurants, nightly entertainment, and an area dedicated to families. The main hotel is for singles and couples, this complex carefully separated families from the rest so that everyone has an environment that suits their needs.

Meals at the Barbados Beach Club are relaxed and informal at the poolside bar and restaurant. The main restaurant is open 7 days a week and serves buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening tea. On Sundays, enjoy the Bajan Brunch Buffet with delicious local dishes … described simply as the best buffet in Barbados. If you are looking for something more quiet and exclusive, Benvenuti! Venetos serves Italian cuisine a la carte or overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Sea Rocks restaurant offers a unique dining experience with impeccable service.

two) Jamaica All Inclusive, Fun Holiday Beach Resort, Negril, Jamaica: I have been going to Negril for 15 years and what I like the most about it is that I still feel that REAL Jamaican feeling, there are still shops that are shacks with native food, music and drink. Yes, Negril has gotten more touristy over the years, but there is still an Island Reggae vibe that makes you feel like you’ve left civilization for a more peaceful and simple life. Negril is also one of the best beaches in the entire Caribbean. Across from the beach, The Fun Holiday Resort is a simple all-inclusive resort in a good location offering Fun Time Band for live reggae 2 nights a week at the beach restaurant offering seafood and Jamaican cuisine. For more nighttime fun, check out the disco across the street! On-site car, jeep, jet ski and scooter rentals for when you’re not spending time in your air-conditioned room watching cable TV or listening to the optional CD player or ordering room service at the beach restaurant. All meals and drinks in the restaurants are included. $ 499 per person includes airfare to Jamaica, hotel transfer, 7 hotel nights, food, drink and some activities. You can’t leave Negril without taking a walk to Rick’s Cafe, where there are cliff diving and some of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen.

3) Exclusives at Club Med and SuperClubs: For those who do not know these two chains, Club Med is an all-inclusive (not including soft drinks or alcoholic beverages) that has a property for all tastes. Properties are classified as singles, couples (adults only), and families. Family Club Meds are best for kids, with ongoing activities for everyone. Club Med is also known for very unique sports and activities. Currently, Pavlus Travel offers exclusive specials starting at $ 333 per person. All Club Med 2008 vacations are for sale!

SuperClubs also offer all-inclusive for all needs. Unlike Club Med, Super Club includes alcoholic beverages. Super Club has Grand Lido, an incredible “spa” complex for adults, that is simply heavenly. Breezes and Star Fish are family-friendly, especially fun for the little ones, and hedonism is one of the best-known singles getaways. Pavlus Travel is offering a 12% discount on all SuperClub land packages, you can’t find that anywhere!

4) Atlantis, Paradise Island: Even the most exclusive resorts like Atlantis on Paradise Island offer airfare credits, 35% off regular fares, and kid-friendly meal plan deals. Atlantis is perfect for families, with the Aqua Tots program for children ages 3-12, Discovery Kids Adventure, and Atlantis Kids’ Club; wading pools throughout the property, in-room babysitting, and a “Gentle Travel” kit for babies that includes tips from Dr. Trachtenberg, a CD of lullabies, a nightlight, and a variety of the best baby products. JOHNSON’S © Babies. Do not worry; This is also a destination for singles / couples without children. This large complex and casino that overlooks the island’s real estate, is a mega-complex of fun and excitement. They have everything for those of us who feel money is not an issue (they host one of the most expensive hotel suites in the world – $ 25,000 per night) for those of us who are more price savvy.

The largest casino in the Caribbean offers more than 1,000 of the newest slot machines, each equipped with a state-of-the-art player tracking system. Atlantis has 21 restaurants and 19 bars and lounges offering everything from fine dining to quick and easy favorites. When venturing outside, immerse yourself in aquatic experiences like no other. Innovative new slides and attractions that redefine water fun allow guests to enjoy the water in a variety of ways throughout the day without ever having to leave it.

So what’s the deal? This luxurious resort generally costs between $ 300 and $ 400 a night. They currently offer a 35% discount plus $ 200 air credit when you book 3nts or more. There are also big savings with the kids meal plan where kids under 6 eat free, this will save you a lot of money if you take advantage of it. A 3nt package is only $ 339 per adult, use code XDH386.

5) Family Resorts at Shell Vacations Hospitality: These unique resorts are great for families, however don’t turn them down if you don’t have children; these resorts have something for everyone. If you want to stay in the US during your summer / fall vacation, consider staying at one of the Shell Hospitality resorts. They currently offer 15% of your regular rates plus a $ 15 gas card to help you drive. The resorts are located in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Texas, Nevada, and Canada. Teach the kids some history and take the family to the Alamo by staying at the Hill Country Inn & Suites at Salado Creek Villas. This is a seven-acre resort with Texas Hill Country charm and comfortable rooms like ranch-style porches, 2 oversized hot tubs surrounded by lush greenery, daily continental breakfast, outdoor pool, playground, and BBQ grills. and picnic tables throughout the property.

6) Orlando Vacations: When we say Orlando, we think of Disney, Universal, Sea World, and tons of fun in family entertainment. Yes, there are tons of expenses on this trip, so the hotel can’t really be one of them. So you want to stay at a Disney property because it’s convenient and easy, but you think it’s too expensive? I found a deal for $ 89 a night within Disney, including breakfast and up to $ 200 off gas at half price. Stay within Disney with continuous transportation to all Disney parks, FREE continental breakfast for two guests each day, a $ 25 food and beverage credit to use at the hotel, plus other great Best Western amenities like free wireless Internet throughout the hotel and private balconies to relax. For those who want a more exclusive hotel, the famous Swan & Dolphin offers incredible rates for the holidays, summer and fall.

These are the best vacation deals of the week, something for everyone!

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Inexpensive Illinois Homeowners Insurance Rates: The Quick Guide to Low-Cost Homeowners Insurance in Illinois

Finding affordable Illinois homeowners insurance is key, whether you own a new home or have lived in your home for years and years. A cheap home insurance rate in IL is, after all, just one more way to save money for fun things like vacations, new cars, and eating out. Then why pay more than necessary for something as boring as insurance?

The state of Illinois may not be one of the largest in the United States, but it sure has a lot of people. With approximately 12 million residents, the demand for homeowners insurance in Illinois is quite large. However, people don’t just want any kind of policy, they want a cheap one! There are many things you can do to save money when it comes to saving money on your IL home insurance policy. Here are the many tips that are given to clients and how they work to save you money on the policy you need.

Safety Features and Affordable Insurance for Illinois Homeowners

Whether it’s a life insurance policy, a home insurance policy, or a car insurance policy; The entire insurance industry values ​​safety. This means that if you show the company at the time of getting a quote that you are a person trying to prevent any damage that may occur unexpectedly, they will generally give you a better price on the policy.

One way to reduce your coverage is to place smoke detectors and sprinklers inside your home in case of fire. It is true that all homes come with smoke detectors and some of them come with sprinklers nowadays, but the more you add, the more your cost will be reduced with these features.

You can also prevent theft of your personal property (something that is covered by every homeowner’s insurance policy) by placing alarm systems in your home. There are many companies that offer different ways to protect your home from burglars, and buying one of them may not be a bad idea if you want affordable Illinois home insurance.

However, another perhaps a little more out-of-the-ordinary way to deal with anyone trying to get in and out of your home is to put locks on your windows. Although this may lower your cost, you may want to reconsider because in the event of a fire, it will be more difficult for you and your family to escape from the home; However, this also works to reduce its price.

Find Affordable Illinois Homeowners Insurance

This could be perhaps the most important tip for reducing the cost of your Illinois home insurance, simply because the more you do your homework, the more likely you are to find what you want. You can visit local agencies in person and ask them about the many things that are available to them (such as the types of coverage and the many exclusions they may have on your policy) or if you are a tech person who can do online.

If you visit them in person, you can ask the agent for specific discounts they may have and ask about the IL homeowners insurance industry. If you do it online, you will have to do it yourself, but you will be able to do it much faster and retrieve quotes from each website in a matter of minutes. After all, isn’t it worth taking a few moments to do your research to find a low-cost homeowners insurance policy in Illinois and save $ 100 or even $ 1,000 over the course of a year?

Your Illinois Homeowners Insurance and Claims History

You may be familiar with what an Illinois homeowners insurance policy covers and the things you need to do to get reimbursed. One of the things that many home insurance policies cover that people use repeatedly is possession coverage. This covers your possessions around the world and the insurance company will only give you money for them. Many other insurance companies have something called “accidental disappearance” coverage. What this does is simply give you money for an item that you may have lost while traveling or just out of nowhere.

If your company offers you any of the things mentioned above, it is best not to claim things that you can simply pay for out of pocket. One reason for this is that the more you claim, the more the insurance company will pay out of your pocket. Claims lead to higher prices in any insurance business and if you start setting up claims for every lost item, you may be headed astray in your search for cheap Illinois home insurance.

Your deductible and affordable homeowners insurance in Illinois

Deductibles are one of the main things people use to try and get a little money from their monthly premiums. The important thing to keep in mind in this regard is that people should only attempt to do so if they have the resources to cope with the change. What this means is that if you don’t have the money to pay up front in the event of an accident, don’t change your deductible.

Insurance companies simply lower premiums when the deductible is increased as a way of saying “thank you.” This is because you are taking costs out of your pockets and turning them into your cost. After making a claim, you will have to pay the deductible and the insurance company will pay the remainder of the price once that cost is paid. A common deductible in the home insurance business is $ 250, but people often increase it to $ 500 or even $ 1,000.

Your property and affordable homeowners insurance in Illinois

If a cheap Illinois home insurance policy is what you want, you need to start thinking ahead even before you buy a residence. You should always inspect the land where the home is located to get an idea of ​​how much it would cost to insure the property. Make sure the land is safe and not prone to flooding. Rain can hit at any time of the year and it is important to be protected against flooding if you want a good experience.

When buying a house, also try to get a house with a rigid frame. This will work in your favor not only because the home will be safer and last longer, but because in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster that hits the home, the chances of it remaining standing will be greater. People with brick homes often pay less in Illinois homeowners insurance premiums due to the safety of their homes and the durability of the home.

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As you can see, there are many things you can do without even thinking about it that will lower your monthly premiums on your Illinois home insurance policy. If you think about safety first and inspect the land before you even buy the home, you will have a better time and a lower monthly premium. If that still doesn’t satisfy you, try increasing your deductible (only if you can afford it). If you do all of this, I can guarantee that the cheap Illinois home insurance policy you’ve been waiting for will be yours in no time.

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Commercial Fire Alarm Inspections

Fire alarm inspections are required of businesses and commercial structures, such as hotels, offices, restaurants, and retail stores. In most cases, a local fire department conducts fire safety inspections; however, in some cases, security and fire alarm companies are qualified to perform such inspections.

Some of the main areas and components inspectors check include:

  • smoke and alarm systems in good working order
  • easily accessible exits with visible signage
  • working windows and doors
  • fire extinguishers in good working order
  • properly covered electrical boxes and switches
  • address visible on the outside of the building

Before a fire alarm inspection

Before undergoing a fire inspection, make sure the building address is clearly visible from the street. You’ll also want to make sure all exits are clear of obstacles like merchandise and storage. Exit signs are an important item for inspection, so make sure these signs are properly lit. Take the time to replace broken or damaged cover plates on electrical units or exit signage. Avoid using door stops around fire exit doors, as this can hinder the ability to escape the premises. If there are self-closing doors in the building, verify that they are in good working order. Lastly, you’ll want to address the amount of clearance between electrical panels and circuit breakers. Make sure there is at least 30 inches of clearance between the panels and the breakers, and if the panels are hidden, include a sign to indicate where they are located.

Fire safety violations

If a business or business entity violates the fire codes, the inspector will issue a report requiring correction of the violation (s). In addition, the company must pay the fines associated with the violation. If the violation is serious and life-threatening, correction may be required within 24 hours. Other less serious violations may take 30 to 40 days to correct. In most cases, fire inspections will generally result in preventable violations that business owners can address on their own. Fire inspections are not always scheduled with proper notification, so be sure to consistently assess the building and ensure compliance.

Home fire inspections

Home fire inspections, while very important, often go unnoticed by most homeowners. In fact, more than 75% of fire-related incident deaths occur in a home. For this reason, there is a high level of concern for proper residential fire safety among families and local fire departments. There are ways to prevent home fires by conducting your own home fire inspection. Some of the areas you’ll want to address include checking the status of smoke alarms, electrical wires, vents, and chimneys. Additionally, you’ll also want to assess how appliances are being used in electrical outlets, as well as other potential hazards that could cause a fire. Your local fire department should have guidelines to help identify hazardous areas throughout your home.

The advantages of fire inspections

Many business owners find fire safety and alarm inspections a burden and a hassle. However, these folks should keep in mind that nearly 80 percent of all small businesses that encounter a major fire do not reopen in the future, according to All Business. Investing in fire safety inspections on a regular basis can result in increased customer and employee confidence, lower insurance premiums, minimized physical and financial risks, and better resale value in the building.

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