Author: April Simpson

Shark Diving in Oahu, Hawaii

I’ve always been an adrenaline junkie, so when we took a family trip to Oahu, Hawaii – I immediately ‘googled’ shark diving. Now, if you do this you will find a long list of ‘cage’ diving experiences. This is where most companies will chum the waters, put you in a cage and have the sharks aggressively eat the bait in front of you for photo opportunities. While it may conjure up your scariest movie moments of Steven Spielberg’s JAWS – this is not the typical behaviour of sharks, nor is it a very respectful or humane way to interact with another beautiful species....

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Alaska in the Winter – Amazing Scenery

Most visitors come to Alaska in the summertime – seeing the land of the midnight sun, enjoying temperate climates, perhaps catching salmon.  It is a beautiful country- but the beauty doesn’t end with fall – it just begins.  Perhaps it is the attitude of the “locals” where snowfall doesn’t mean clogged streets with impossible parking – but a chance to ski, or snowmobile, or snowshoe. In Alaska the elements don’t provide a hindrance from living but brings a whole new dimension and look to the state.  Dressing for winter is essential. But don’t think you need to buy your Alaska winter clothes in your hometown – buy them...

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36 Hours in Amsterdam

The capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam, and it is a pristine and picturesque city. The city is not only known for it’s artistic heritage, but also its 17th century colorful gabled homes and beautiful canals. We visited in the winter right after Christmas, on our way home from a fun New Year’s trip.  Amsterdam is of the most friendly cities in Europe, and you can walk everywhere. The primary language is Dutch, which is somewhat similar to German, but not always. There are three official languages in the Netherlands: Dutch, German, and French. In Old English Dutch, Amsterdam simply meant “people or nation.” ...

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Sweden – Stockholm, A Family City Break

When you stay in Stockholm there are a lot of great choices. Our first time we stayed at The Grand Hotel. A lovely place that overlooks one of the many waterways. Whether you stay there or not – it’s has a great bar with the perfect view of old Stockholm. It over looks the water, but beware it also has courtyard rooms, which are uninspiring, luckily the only time we spent in the room was to sleep and shower. The bellmen are ready and willing to help, and to point you to great sights and great restaurants. But we hope to help you with a little of...

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