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8 Vacation Spots You Never Thought Of!

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When it comes to vacation people usually think of a Caribbean get-a-way, somewhere hot and sunny, a beautiful beach with a grand view of the ocean, and all the popular places on TV and the all-inclusives.  Why not? The ocean is a truly beautiful, relaxing setting. Perhaps, however, you are looking for something a little different… somewhere no one will think to find you, somewhere no one would expect. From “easy access” places to “middle of no where” here are 8 vacation spots you never thought of.

 

1. Frederick, Maryland

Not far from Washington DC and Baltimore is this small town that’s surrounded by mountains, wineries and orchards. Downtown has even been designated as the Arts & Entertainment District, where you can find live music, dancing, you name it. This 1730 town is full of history and American memories. Be sure to sign up for a guided tour of downtown or wine tasting!

Beautiful Main Avenue Frederick Maryland


 

 

2. Newfoundland, Canada

Kayak with icebergs, take a hike on some 18,000 miles of unspoiled coastline with some 200 walking trails, plus the 22 different species of whales that pass through Newfoundland and Labrador between May and September. Don’t forget to stop at Gros Morne National Park, a place filled with wonderful nature activities like no other!

 


3. Switzerland by Rail

This is something interesting! Switzerland by rail! Arrive in Zurich only to depart on a 12 to 13 day Switzerland mountain tour! Lake Lucerne – Bernese Oberland – Saanenland and Gstaad – Lake Geneva – Zermatt – Lake Lugano – Bernina Pass
Spend nights beside the Matterhorn, Suvretta Mountain, the Jungfrau, the Gornergrat, Monte Tamaro, Rigi Mountain, and the Wispile. Stop in each town for 2 nights at a B&B to explore the beautiful surroundings and try local foods before continuing on your tour of the famous Swiss Alps.


4. Ketchikan, Alaska

Like we said, “middle of no-where.” Ketchikan, Alaska’s first city, is definitely not the first place that pops into the thought “vacation” but if you are desperate for something different and a “middle of no-where” experience sounds right for you, why not try it? It’s quite picturesque, nestled in the Alaskan Rockies, and offers alot for any adventure seeking nature lover, like fishing charters, cabin rentals, and sea kayaking.

 


5.South Korea

Despite it’s well known but less visited neighbor South Korea is a beautiful place to visit. It offers the traveler a dazzling range of experiences, beautiful landscapes and 5000 years of culture and history. Different places to visit range from modern cities to ancient towns and villages, beautiful countryside that hosts mountains for hiking and skiing, national parks, and delicious local food.


6.Latvia

Try somewhere new without having to sacrifice the white sandy beaches. This Baltic Sea gem, formerly part of the Soviet Union, is full of little surprises and a slight Scandinavian flair. The capital, Riga, was named the European Capital of Culture in 2014, and roughly half of the country is made up of pristine, accessible natural ecosystems. Historical Old Towns, churches and castles abound.

 

 


 

 

7. Hurghada, Egypt

Hurghada is a beach resort town on the Red Sea renowned for scuba diving, and has numerous dive shops and schools in its modern Sekalla district. There are many restaurants, bars and nightclubs, while the old town, El Dahar, is home to traditional Egyptian coffee shops and souks. Hurghada’s long stretch of sandy beach is lined with resort hotels. Close by is Makati Bay Water World, a great place to take the family for a whirl of fun.

 

 


8. Ecuador

Ecuador has everything: mountains, beaches, rain-forest, volcanoes, hot springs, and the famous wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. Once part of the Inca Empire, this dramatically beautiful land is steeped in both pre-Colombian and Spanish colonial culture and is perfect for cheap travelers, trek-happy adventurers and history lovers. Check out more about this incredible place here.

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3 Unusual Ways to Improve the Value of your Home

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A house is one of the biggest things you’ll ever buy. It’s also one of the most significant investments in your portfolio. After all, when all else fails, you can rest assured that people will always need real-estate. However, it’s up to you to make sure that the house you purchase continues gaining value in the years to come. While there are many outside factors that can affect the value of a home, including changes in the ecosystem, and even the arrival of new amenities in your area, there are also things that you can do as a homeowner to make people want to pay more for your property. Since you’ve probably already thought about common options like replacing your kitchen or designing a new bathroom, we’re going to share some of the less conventional things you can do to transform your home.

Create a Fisherman’s Paradise

How to increase the value of your home

If you have a property that’s close to a body of water or even has its own riverside, then you’re going to be ahead of the curve already when it comes to gaining real-estate value. However, you can always take the desirability of your home another step further by making sure that you have fishing rights to offer your buyers. Let people know that buying your home comes with the option to spend their weekends fishing on the side of a beautiful river, and they’ll be biting your hands off for the chance to move in. Estimates suggest that this adds a value of about 15%.

Add a Residential Lift

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A residential lift can make your home more appealing for retirement home buyers

Finally, if you’ve got a beautiful home to offer a couple looking for a great place to spend their retirement, then there’s one easy way to help them imagine their life in your property. Australian residential lifts show buyers that they’re going to be able to manage and maintain their independence when they get a little older, because they won’t have to worry about using the stairs. What’s more, residential lifts can also appeal to younger buyers too, because they give them a unique and modern selling point to share when the time comes to sell the property in the future. You’d be surprised at how affordable it can be to place a lift in your home these days, and the value that you get out of the investment can be astronomical. Just imagine how much easier it would be to carry laundry upstairs!

Give Your House a Name

A house name can improve the value of your home
A house with a name needs a sign

This might sound like a strange way to upgrade the value of your home but bear with us. For most people, it might not matter whether they live at “The Oak”, or 35 Oak lane. However, research has shown that 88% of buyers would prefer to pay more for a home with a name. Perhaps it’s just because people feel like they’re getting a property with more personality this way. Just make sure that you have permission to name your house with your local council and choose a title that’s fitting for the property. It doesn’t make sense to call a city-based property “The Orchard” for instance.

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“Magnificent Emeralds: Fura’s Tears” exhibition comes to New York, featuring the world’s largest gathering of important emerald specimens

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Wilensky curates a provocative, historic show in the heart of the Chelsea gallery arts district.

If art is an expression of beauty, then the exquisite minerals at the Wilensky gallery are the highest form of aesthetic that nature has to offer. This fall, set in their Chelsea gallery, Wilensky will exhibit the greatest collection of emerald mineral specimens ever assembled. This breathtaking exhibition will embrace the undeniable transformative power that emeralds hold on the human imagination. “Magnificent Emeralds: Fura’s Tears” will open on Thursday, September 26th and run through Monday, December 30th, 2019.

A human obsession for over 5,000 years, emeralds have been worshiped as a talisman, cut for ornaments and jewelry, and have inspired countless fashion runway shows with their color. Over the centuries, a myriad of writers have honored their history, geology, and gemology. A touchstone for artists, and a springboard for art, emeralds are timeless and live in many expressions. This exhibition is a prelude to that metamorphosis, a celebration of the specimen as it emerges from nature.

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Emerald on Calcite, Coscuez Mine, Muzo Municipality, Vasquez – Yacopí mining district, Boyacá Department, Colombia. 9 cm height. (currently in the collection of the Rice Northwest Museum

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“The Yamile Emerald” Emerald on Calcite,from the Coscuez Mine,
Boyaca, Columbia. (formerly in the Víctor Carranza Niño collection, and
currently in the collection of Ms. Lyda Hill)

“This exhibition is focused on natural emeralds, as found and preserved in specimen and crystal form. By bringing together many of the world’s finest known examples of natural emerald specimens, we can better understand all emerald specimens. Important emerald stones and jewelry can be found in every gem collection around the world. The same cannot be said about exceptional natural emerald specimens. We estimate that there are less than twenty-five in the world that would qualify. Of those twenty-five, half of them are here on exhibit,” says Stuart Wilensky, President of Wilensky.

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Emerald on Calcite , from the Coscuez Mine, Boyaca, Columbia. (currently in the collection of Dr. Stephen Smale)

The significance of having half of the world’s finest known emerald specimens all in one place cannot be overstated. This has never happened in the history of mineral collecting. Wilensky invites the viewer to experience wonder and emotionally connect to the profoundly exquisite qualities of emerald specimens.

Amongst mineral collectors, emeralds are one of the most difficult specimens to acquire. Likened to the world’s greatest works of art, each emerald on display is a masterpiece. Elements of connoisseurship confirm significance, including: provenance, color, luster, and composition. Internationally renowned for building one-of-a-kind collections for many of the world’s most influential collectors, Wilensky is uniquely able to curate and elevate an emerald show of this caliber.

Exhibition highlights include an emerald on calcite from the Muzo Mine, formerly in the James Horner collection. One of the greatest mineral collectors to have ever lived, his matrix emerald is that which all others are measured against. It has the ultimate deep rich color, with a large, thick, double terminated crystal sitting atop a complete whitish to clear calcite crystal. Finding a specimen where the emerald crystal is attached to an attractive crystallized matrix is extremely unusual. Another highlight is an emerald on calcite from the Rice Northwest Museum, also unearthed in Muzo, which displays a rare group, or spray, of emeralds. Over twenty emeralds fan out from the matrix; it is one of the most significant specimens in this style.

Emerald Crystal, from the Muzo Mine, Colombia (currently in the collection of Dr. Eugene Meieran)

Gene Meieran, President of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, says, “It is a rewarding experience to be able to see so many of the great uncut emeralds, from so many mines and found over so many years, indeed centuries and millennia, in one place. Like a gathering of Rembrandts or Van Goghs, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Emerald, a mineral important enough to be regarded as a biblical gemstone, and yet now is used as a modern laser….wow! It is an honor and pleasure to have some of my specimens included in Wilensky’s exhibit.”

Emerald on Calcite, from the most famous of all emerald mines, Muzo Mines, Muzo, Boyaca, Colombia.
5 cm. tall by 5 cm. wide

Connecting to the mythological tale of Fura and Tena, from the now extinct Muzos indigenous people of the Colombian Andes, the exhibition narrates emeralds through their creation story, where the tears of Fura’s infidelity begot the beloved green rocks. The seductive connection between nature, beauty, legend and art are explored through the mesmerizing green of the specimens.

Exclusively featuring historic emeralds in the contemporary gallery space, “Magnificent Emeralds: Fura’s Tears” will run from September 26th through December 30th 2019, Monday through Saturday, from 11:00 AM-6:00 PM at Wilensky, 173 10th Avenue, New York, NY, 10011. For questions regarding exquisite minerals or sales, contact the gallery directly at info@wilenskyminerals.com, call 646-822-0837, or visit www.wilenskyminerals.com.

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California Garlic Festival Shooting – 3 dead

At least three people are dead, including a 6-year-old boy, and at least 12 more have been injured, officials say.

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At least three people are dead, including a 6-year-old boy, and at least 12 more have been injured, officials say. A spokesperson for the Santa Clara County Health System said their hospitals received 11 patients with gunshot wounds, and 8 more with injuries that weren’t gunshot related.

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