Egypt Travel: Aswan

Why Visit Aswan?

Aswan is tagged as the smallest tourist city in south Egypt. You are recommended to visit this Ancient Egyptian’s Getaway because you’ll find rich granites, captivating views of Nile River and Egypt’s most amazing tourist attractions. Ask anybody who have been in this rich and historic city, they can say, “You will never regret the day you are in Aswan.”

How to Get in Aswan?

You can get to Aswan by a lot of means. Getting to Aswan by plane (The Egyptair) is easy when you do all the transactions in the right way. For the record, there is an average of six return flights between Aswan and Cairo. Yet, if you are living outside Egypt, perhaps in Philippines or United States of America, there are numerous travel sites that provide 24-hour customer support. Take advantage of those deals and packages before they are gone.

It is also possible to reach Aswan by train. Train services in Egypt are always good travel options that run along the Nile River. For those who live within the borders of Hurghada, you can ride a bus for an affordable rate of $7. In a 300 km travel, a relaxing bus ride for three to nine hours is never terrible for a first time. Booking a boat-ride is also an option. Dozens of cruise ships are open for the public every day. All you need to do is inform your travel agent.

What to Do in Aswan?

As I’ve said earlier, Aswan is a small city but blessed with great tourist attractions. Here are the three memorable activities you can do while in Aswan:

A 4-Day Nile River Cruise from Aswan to Luxor is comparable to having an elegant party with your loved ones. For a $276 (prices vary at all times), you might want to consider touring around the cruise ship along with a qualified Egyptologist. All services and entertainments are conducted in English therefore; it is easier to ask anything you want to have. For your convenience, you can research Aswan Cruising online and book your travel in advance. Departure points are held from Aswan Airport or Railway Station.

Private Tours

See the temples. Explore the artifacts. Get mesmerize with the pharaohs carved in rocks and limestone. All these exciting moments are possible in one day. Day Tours are a great way to experience the delight in Aswan. For as low as $99 (prices vary depending on the inclusions and additional packages), you can have the ability to catch a glimpse of the High Dam, the Philae Temple, the Kalabsha Temple, the Unfinished Obelisk, the Tombs of the Nobles and the fantastic temple in Abu Simbel.

Museum Tour

The Nubia Museum in Aswan is the most important museum in Egypt. For ninety minutes of tour for $27 (not an all-time fix amount), you can set foot on their wonderful landscape furnished with sequence of waterfalls, palm trees, natural rocks and flowers.

For added entertainment, you might want to attend amusing shows in their amphitheater. Touring services are conducted in English, that's why; you can ask your private guide anything you want to know.

Playa Blanca Holiday Villas

Almost everybody you know boast on having been captivated by their last summer or spring vacation by the beach either in the pacific or the islands of South America. If you want to have a feel of what they are talking about, you definitely would want to delight yourself on a new popular destination in the Canary islands, Playa Blanca Holiday Villas.

Playa Blanca's popularity has ever been increasing due to the micro-climate that the island of Lanzarote is enjoying. One can walk along the long stretches of sand in Playa Blanca with the sun overhead and the smooth northerly wind breeze gliding through the skin.

Playa Blanca Holiday Villas is an expansion of an amazing resort from its original heart around a small beach, Playa Blanca, located at the southern part of Lanzarote. The resort comprises of three coves set within one larger bay and are interconnected by a seafront promenade which extends from one end of the resort to the other. If your jaws wont drop at marvel on this sightly architectural feat, God knows what will.

The types of Playa Blanca holiday villas and apartments range from smaller two bedroom bungalows on selected holiday complexes to large luxury villas that can house families or groups, having as much as 5 rooms! Swimming pools of choice villas are either shared with other renters or enjoyed privately, both having the same world class and modern amenities to boot. These high standard holiday accommodations though, can be costly. Prices of Playa Blanca villas can go from £350 to £1050 per week, apartments at £195 to £546 per week.

But don't let the price deter you from having the most wonderful time of your life. Aside from the picture perfect beaches, there are a lot of things that you can do in Playa Blanca. A short drive away is the Timanfaya Volcano Park for those who dares the adventurous trek in the foot of the giant volcano. There are also winefields and lagoons nearby that would definitely dazzle tourists that would find it hard to not get enough of snaps or their cameras. Playa Blanca is also the gateway to the neighboring island of Fuerteventura and ferries criss-cross the Bocaina Straits by day. At night the lights shimmer across the water creating an atmospheric backdrop. A recent addition, the Rubicon Marina provides docks for luxury yachts while hosting a selection of upmarket shops and restaurants.

Playa Blanca Holiday Villas is the next destination that you definitely want to be in. What more can you ask? The tantalizing stretch of sand, the different tourist attractions and most importantly the word class villas.

Alabaster Mosque in Egypt

Why Visit Alabaster Mosque?

Located in Cairo, the Alabaster Mosque is the most popular Islamic mosque in Egypt built in the first half of 19th Century. It is situated at the top of limestone hill overlooking Cairo and other important mosques in the city. This Islamic Architecture has two parts, the east mosque and the west open courtyard. Whatever religion you’re into, you are still welcome to visit this place and appreciate its Ottoman brilliance.

How to Get in Alabaster Mosque?

Once you’re in Cairo, there is already a private tour that takes you to Alabaster Mosque. Inclusions during the trip include your entrance fee to the mosque, hotel pick-up and hotel drop-off and a qualified Egyptologist guide.

What to See inside the Alabaster Mosque?

  • Get inside the mosque and you’ll automatically see the grand cupola. A cupola is a mall dome-like structure placed at the top of a building. Looking at the Alabaster Mosque’s Cupola can feel overwhelming but it is worth seeing to.
  • Another item of attraction you need to look at inside this mosque is the Tomb of King Muhammad Ali Pasha. Its tomb is carved in carrara marble. Muhammad Ali Pasha is the founder of modern Egypt. As a modern nationalist, he started dramatic reforms in the military, economic and cultural fields. Ali died in August 2, 1849 and from Hawsh al-Basha, his body transferred inside the mosque.
  • Four semicircular domes surrounded the central dome. This dome measures 21 meters in diameter and has a height of 52 meters.
  • The Interior of the Mosque is surrounded with glittering gems and precious stones. Once you’re here, you can feel a greater sense of space. Its walls and pillars are all wrapped with alabaster that is eleven meters high.
  • Please don’t fail the brass clock tower erected in the middle of northwestern riwak. Historians say Louiss Phillipe of France offered the clock to Muhammad Ali in 1945.

Maine Fall Foliage Peaking at Downeast Coast/Central Interior

Press release source: Photo of foliage at Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine by Dana Moos, an Associate Broker with The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty in Bar Harbor, Maine

Bookmark and SharePardon the pun, but Maine now features oceans of Maine foliage. With the natural progression of the fall season and some mighty cold nights, the time for peak foliage has arrived at the Downeast coast and central interior of the state -- now catching up with the recent peak foliage of the rest of the state. We are personally excited about viewing the bright fall colors, juxtaposed with the famously scenic rocky Maine coast areas!

Our New England friends at the Maine Office of Tourism just sent us the latest Maine fall foliage report press release - enjoy!

AUGUSTA, Maine - Peak foliage color has arrived along Maine's Downeast coast and the central interior of the state, according to the fifth fall foliage report from the state Department of Conservation.

Forest rangers are observing peak foliage conditions, or at least 75 percent color change, in coastal locations from Bucksport to the Blue Hill peninsula, Bar Harbor and Machias, and in central locations from Dover-Foxcroft to Bangor, the report states. Leaf drop is now moderate, between 30 and 50 percent, in the regions.

Peak color is also being reported throughout the lakes regions of Hancock and Washington Counties, according to rangers. Leaf drop is also moderate in the regions.

Maine's southern coast and southern interior locations from Fryeburg to Sebago Lake and Augusta now have high foliage color, or 50 to 70 percent toward peak, with moderate leaf drop.

Foliage color in all other regions of the state is now past peak, although rangers say that there are plenty of leaves to view in the state's western lakes and mountains, and the far north of Maine where a dusting of snow recently added another color to the landscape.

Maine's fall foliage conditions will be updated each Wednesday through Oct. 21 on Visitors to the site can sign up to receive the weekly reports by email and post comments about Maine foliage adventures on the Foliage Forum page.

Fun fall events happening this weekend include the 4th annual Foliage, Food & Wine Festival in Blue Hill, the Caribou Fall Arts & Crafts Festival in Aroostook County, and the Mount Desert Island Marathon from Bar Harbor to Southwest Harbor.

For more information about events and activities happening in Maine this fall, log onto

Kanchanaburi:History and Tourism

Most historians say that the ancient town of Kanchanaburi was located near Ban Lat Ya. It has been said to be a small village which was estimated to be approximately 16 kilometers north of the present town. The site was mentioned several times in Thai history as an invasion route which the Burmese utilized for them to enter and invade Thai Kingdoms.

Kanchanaburi, is characterized by its mostly mountainous terrain which is said to have an area of approximately 19,473 square kilometers and is the third largest province in Thailand after Chiang Mai and Nakhon Ratchasima. This place (Kanchanaburi) is situated at around 129 kilometers west of Bangkok. It is considered sharing a border with Myanmar to the west, Tak and Uthai Thani Provinces to the north, Suphan Buri and Nakhon Pathom Provinces to the east, and Ratchaburi Province to the south.

In north and west Kanchanaburi, the terrain is characterize mainly by mountains and high plains, with the Thanon Thongchai Range as a natural border between Thailand and Myanmar. The range is the source of Kanchanaburi's two most important and magnificent rivers called Maenam Khwae Noi and Maenam Khwae Yai. These two rivers form the famous and known Maenam Mae Klong. The two rivers resulted to an amazing view of several Thailand's largest “Namtok” or commonly termed waterfalls. Moreover, it resulted to cater also the most extensive wildlife sanctuaries in the area.

The fantastic landscape and undeniable beauty of Kanchanaburi paved way for it to become know as a major tourist attraction which offers a relaxing place for people who wants a cool vacation and a place for adventurous people. Kanchanaburi has also well-known waterfalls, caves which are said to be once inhabited by Neolithic man, pristine national parks, tranquil rivers, virgin forests, and reservoir are just few of those things that make Kanchanaburi a tourist haven. The place is said to provide a fantastic experience for first-timers and a memorable one for repeaters to come and come again. Whatever you think to do, you could actually do it here, whether you want fishing, rafting, canoing, mountain biking, bird-watching, star-gazing, golfing, elephant and jungle trekking, or even living in bamboo rafts, Kanchanaburi has it all.

In terms of Kanchanaburi's economic condition, it has been doing well on a national scale, with over 10 per cent growth annually. Industries like sugar, agricultural products and jewelry and also tourism are the main source of income for the locals. As the provinces high potential in the tourism industry has made Kanchanaburi one of the places among the west provinces in having the highest number of visitors each year.

Most of the residents are of Thai ancestry with notable Mon and Karen minorities. Dwellers enjoy living simply and respecting nature. Moreover, what is said to be more interesting, the folk music and dances dating back at least 500 years are still performed today.

Truly Kanchanaburi is not just a tourist destination rich because of its fantastic tourism industry, but also a place where culture and tradition is enriched and preserved. A thing notable enough to consider such amazing!

Special Maine Fall Photos: Acadia National Park and Moosehead Lake

Content by Eric H. Photo of Moosehead Lake by Dana Moos

Bookmark and ShareDana Moos, an Associate Broker with The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty in Bar Harbor, Maine, recently submitted some absolutely superb fall photos of Maine. Focusing on the Moosehead Lake and Acadia National Park Regions, Dana has really captured the pristine essence of these two areas. The photo in this posting was taken above Moosehead Lake on a float plane. Amazing!

In addition, here are the links to Dana's photographs, featured on
Moosehead Lake aerial photo
Sawyer Pond photo, Greenville, area
Cadillac Mountain photo, Acadia National Park

Keep up the great work, Dana, and thanks again for your generosity in sharing these photos at

Editor's note: For more information on Dana's business, log onto the Maine Inns and Bed and Breakfasts for Sale blog. Dana can also be found on Twitter at

New England Travel Questions and Answers Forum!

Article by Eric H.

Bookmark and ShareOur flagship site,, recently launched a "Questions and Answers" New England travel forum to encourage dialogue between us and our readers. Over the next several months, we will be asking questions on New England destinations, dining, lodging and attractions. We look forward to your responses.

Here are the introductory questions -- please feel free to participate!:

What is your favorite pizza place in New England?
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What restaurant makes the best clam chowder in New England?
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What is your favorite Vermont inn or bed and breakfast getaway?
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What is your favorite scenic New England fall foliage drive?
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What is your favorite annual Halloween attraction or event in New England?
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More questions are on the way! If you would like us to post a specific question about New England travel, please e-mail us and we'll consider your idea for publication. Thanks!

Your New England travel friend,

The Latest New Hampshire Fall Foliage Updates, Oct. 12, 2009

New Hampshire foliage press release source: Photo at Silver Lake State Park, Hollis, N.H., by Eric H.

Bookmark and ShareWe're into the New Hampshire fall foliage season home stretch here, with brilliant colors abundant in many areas of the state, according to the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development. Although most of the Great North Woods Region is past peak, strong color remains there while the White Mountains, Lakes, Dartmouth, Monadnock and Merrimack Regions at near or full peak. The Seacoast Region (Portsmouth-Dover area) is not quite yet at full peak, but shows advanced colors in many parts of this coastal area.

Without further delay, here is the latest detailed New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development press release report on foliage updates, from Oct. 12, 2009, throughout New Hampshire:

Great North Woods Region: There’s still a good amount of color in the Great North Woods region despite being just past peak. The wind and frost has taken down some of the leaves, but the good news is that the remaining colors are still strong, and there are expanded views now. Travelers to the region may even see some snow fall this week, which will contrast nicely with the lasting reds and oranges. There’s still plenty of hiking and wildlife watching to do in this area, so consider coming up for a quiet vacation or plan a hunting weekend with friends. Enjoy the solitude of this pristine part of the state.

White Mountains Region: Most of the White Mountains region remains at peak fall foliage, with the exception of parts of the Kancamagus Highway, which retains most of its color on its east side. There are lots of colorful patches throughout the region, including the panoramic views from Lincoln, the area around Franconia Notch State Park, and the Mount Washington Valley. There’s nothing like seeing the fall foliage from a train – please visit and click ‘Things to Do’ for a list of fall foliage train rides and other attractions. Traveling around this region will still reward you with beautiful fall color, so enjoy it while you can.

Lakes Region: The Lakes region is right on time with its near peak fall foliage conditions. We’re told that Lake Winnipesaukee is 80% changed right now. It seems every year this area reaches peak after Columbus Day, which extends the fall season for everyone. Now is the time to plan a scenic cruise on one of the lakes – please visit for a list of cruise options. Click “Where to Play” on the home page, and choose Cruises and Boat Tours. You can see the leaves from any vessel, from a six passenger private charter boat to the high and mighty M/S Mount Washington.

Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region: Although the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region is mostly at peak, some areas are just past. Still, the colors are bright and stunning, and a drive around this region will showcase a mix of sunny yellows, burnt oranges, and vibrant reds. A favorite scenic drive is Route 103 from Newport through Claremont, north on Route 12A to the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge. The foliage surrounding the bridge is vibrant and beautiful – it’s truly a photographer’s dream. Meander north on 12A for a taste of New Hampshire agriculture, as this road passes a number of farms and farms stands.

Monadnock Region: Colorful foliage awaits you in the Monadnock region, as the majority of the area is in its height of color. Although some of the early maples have dropped their leaves, the remaining colors are brilliant. Our leaf peepers are reporting that the oranges, reds and yellows are gorgeous, and it doesn’t matter if you’re driving or walking, the views are spectacular. From a distance, Mount Monadnock appears to be bathed in a smoky red haze, and the colors just pop as you get closer and closer. One leaf peeper described the forest as being lit from within when the sunlight shines through it.
Travel back roads through this region for rewarding panoramic views. The streets of Jaffrey are lined with scarecrows right now in celebration of the harvest season.

Merrimack Valley Region: The red oaks have just begun to turn in the Merrimack Valley Region, and will join the myriad of bright reds, deep burgundies, golden yellows and bright oranges that have pushed this region into peak color. We are told that any road you travel in this area now is drenched with beautiful fall foliage. Look for stone walls lining these roads for vibrant sugar maples flashing stunning orange leaves. Narrower roads have trees arching over them, making you feel like you’re traveling through a tunnel of colors! Take a right, take a left, and enjoy the scenery.

Seacoast Region: Colors abound in the Seacoast region of the state. Although the area is not quite at peak, the foliage is very advanced in some areas and just beginning in others. Routes 27, 107, 108 and 16 provide stunning views and frequent patches of well-established color. Route 101 west from Hampton to Epping is displaying a mix of vibrant reds, sharp oranges, and deep yellows right now; so is Route 4 from Durham to Nottingham. This part of the state is best explored with no particular destination in mind.Travel back roads and look for farm stands, natural areas, and beautiful scenic views.

For a recorded report of fall foliage updates, please call the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development fall foliage hot line at: 1-800-258-3608.

The Legendary Vermont Country Store... and Nice Scenic Fall Drive

Article by Eric H. Video Source: eardogproductions from YouTube
Bookmark and Share A nice, scenic Sunday drive and visiting a country store always seems to be a popular combination during the New England fall time. With fall foliage at or near peak in the Weston, Vt., area and its Vermont Country Store representing one of the best of its kind in New England, what better place to be today in the six-state region?

From the north in Stowe to the quaint southern Vermont town of Wilmington, this three-and-one-half hour drive through the fall foliage-rich Green Mountains takes you through charming small Vermont country towns and villages (Stowe and Wilmington included!) and truly spectacular mountain and river scenery. You really can't get any more Vermont than this. The current impressive foliage is many areas of Route 100 only helps the scenic scenario!

A little more than two-and-one half hours from Stowe and an hour-and-20 minutes from Wilmington is the landmark Vermont Country Store (established in 1946). A retail household name in New England, the Vermont Country Store is a trip within itself with a classic country store personality specializing in Yankee bargains, Vermont-made clothing, heartwarming merchandise from yesteryear and just about anything else under the sun. As expected, they have an amazing old-fashioned candy counter, some wonderful Vermont cheeses and homemade fudge.

Weston is certainly worth exploring, too -- a Norman Rockwell-like town where the whole village is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Big old historic homes, a town common with gazebo, surrounding mountain scenery and Vermont fresh air will make you want to stay for a long time!

The Vermont Country Store, Route 100, Weston, VT, 5161, Tel. (802) 362-4667

For more on the Vermont Country Store and Weston, in general, please click on the link above -- this will bring you to our article on

Mt. Sugarloaf in South Deerfield, Mass., for a Sweet Fall Hike

Photo Credit: Kindra Clineff, through
Bookmark and Share We've received reports that Mt. Sugarloaf State Reservation in South Deerfield, Mass., is near peak foliage, making for a great hike (photo in this posting does not reflect the current foliage).

About a 9/10 of a mile hike to the top, you also have the option to drive (for a $2.00 fee), but there could be a wait given the limited parking space and the anticipated crowds this Columbus Day Weekend. Either way, you''ll witness some commanding view of the Connecticut River, the Pioneer Valley, and the Pelham and Berkshire Hills!

Restrooms and drinking water are available at the top, as well as a picnic area. Enjoy this very scenic, tailor-made for fall destination.

Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation
Rte. 116, S. Deerfield
Tel. 413-665-2928

A Picturesque, Quieter New England Fall Drive

Article and photo (Diamond Hill Reservoir, Cumberland, R.I.) by Eric H.
Bookmark and ShareAs others spend their fall travel at popular New England destinations alongside a cast of thousands they were trying to escape from, you can take the road (relatively) less taken and enjoy a peaceful day in Wrentham, Mass., northern Rhode Island, and the northeast Connecticut area.

Start at downtown Wrentham on Route 1A with its charming village green and have a nice breakfast or lunch at the Looking Glass Cafe. It's a friendly, bright diner-like dining spot with locals joining in in the art of conversation over cups of coffee. Downtown Wrentham also features a nice mix of locally-owned shops, including Tootsie's ice cream parlor and Marcia's Sweet Pantry with its delicious homemade treats. It's especially pleasing to get out and walk the town common to enjoy small town New England life.

Follow Route 1A south to Route 121 south (West St.) a few miles past the rolling countryside and farms into the quaint Wrentham neighborhood of Sheldonville. Here, you'll find the Sheldonville Country Store (1063 West St.) for convenience store-like items and off Route 1A at 207 Arnold St., the Big Apple Farm. Here, you'll find a great selection of pumpkins, apples (call ahead to find out if there's still apple picking), a bakery, farm stand with local produce and an ice cream stand with Richardson's ice cream. Pumpkin ice cream is the appropriate flavor of the month for October!

Back on Route 121, go north past the Sheldonville Country Store and take a right onto Burnt Swamp Rd., following the signs to Adam's Farm (the parking lot is right on Summerbrown Rd.). A wonderful little seasonal destination, this peaceful farm sells apples, cornstalks, mums, hay, Indian corn, candy apples, cider and gourds. Adams Farm also features hay rides, a corn maze and animals (cows, horses, goats)! It's best to arrive on the weekend when things are in full operation.

From Adam's Farm, continue on Burnt Swamp Rd for a few minutes until arriving at the beautiful Diamond Hill (Cumberland) Reservoir. Isolated, scenic and with some flourishes of fall foliage, this is an incredibly beautiful area with expansive water views!

Follow the reservoir back to Route 114, take a right and arrive a few minutes later at the Ice Cream Machine. Regarded by us,, as the best ice cream stand in New England, the Ice Cream Machine features thick and creamy unique homemade flavors like cinnamon, key lime pie, brownie batter, ginger, raspberry cheesecake and raspberry truffle. A canopied picnic area provides a restful place to enjoy your choice of ice cream.

On Route 114 a few minutes from the Ice Cream Machine is Phantom Farms, another wonderful roadside farm stand. Phantom Farms is best known for apple picking (again call ahead at 401-333-2240) and has a country bake and gift shop, garden center, and flower shop. Phantom Farms has a busy Columbus Day Weekend calendar of events with a pumpkin harvest festival and Jack-O-Lantern illumination.

After enjoying the Ice Cream Machine and Phantom Farms, take a right from the parking lot onto Route 114 for several miles until reaching the Route 295 south exit. Here, you'll have to endure a few miles of highway until reaching Route 44 west. Although Route 44 is somewhat commercial until the trip-back-in-time Smithfield neighborhood of Greenville (about 15 minutes from Route 44/295), you'll be amply rewarded with scenes of rural New England from this point on. Chepachet features a few antique stores and the Brown and Hopkins Country Store -- the oldest continuously running country store in the United States (1809). Past Chepachet, you'll pass pleasing bodies of water until reaching Putnam, Conn. (about 20 minutes from Chepachet). Known by many as the antique capital of New England, Putnam features 17 shops totalling 50,000 sq. ft. of merchandise. The centerpiece of antique shopping in Putnam is the Antiques Marketplace, at 109 Main St. (860- 928-0442), with four floors of over 350 booths, showcasing more than 50,000 pieces of antiques spanning three centuries! You'll also experience a trip back in time feeling in Putnam with its slow pace, old Montgomery Ward sign still intact, and a generally friendly feeling. Putnam also offers several restaurants, including 85 Main, which looks like a terrific fine dining establishment, (run by Barry Jessurun and Brian Jessurun, owners of the landmark Vanilla Bean Cafe in neighboring Pomfret, Conn.).

Speaking of Pomfret and the Vanilla Bean Cafe, we love the town's classic village green and surrounding countryside and the Bean's cozy, restored 1800s farmhouse personality with delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners. From the Vanilla Bean, take Route 169 north into the classic New England town of Woodstock with its beautiful town common, series of well maintained big old homes and tall white steeple church look. In Woodstock, you'll find the Inn at Woodstock, a charming 1816 inn consisting of a Federal/Georgian style mansion with a carriage house and two barns. Each room has its own unique personality and the Inn also features a fine, upscale restaurant.

We've received reports that the Woodstock area is near peak foliage, so enjoy!

Going Route 169 south, again, through Pomfret and all the way to Caterbury (about a half hour from Woodstock) offers one of the best scenic drives in New England with nearly 200 pre-1855 homes along with farms, historic churches, rolling country hills and quintessential Connecticut village green centers. Here, you'll understand why northeast Connecticut has been called "The Quiet Corner."

From Canterbury, take Route 14 east to Route 395 north (highway) back to Route 44 east to Route 114 to Cumberland to Route 121 north, en route to your original starting point of Wrentham.

If you decide to travel this region, we hope you enjoy its special qualities along the way. Please let us know how everything turned out!

Best regards,
Eric (your New England travel friend)

Adam's Farm, Cumberland, R.I.

Vanilla Bean Cafe, Pomfret, Conn.

The Big Apple Farm, Wrentham, Mass.

Old-fashioned Putnam, Conn.

Phantom Farms, Cumberland, R.I.

Cheap Holiday Packages to Turkey

One of the tourist spots that has been said to be best-maintained is Turkey. The country boasts its magnificent sceneries which would definitely give you an experience you'll definitely not forget. From the sunshine, the scent and breeze of the sea, the fantastic Mediterranean food, and of course the historical view of the magnificent Asia Minor. In this kind of place. Definitely it is one great place to avail cheap holiday packages.

A Turkish holiday connotes a lot of fun and enjoyment. The place is the rendezvous of people who wants to have a break. People from different cultures like Europeans and Asians flock into this place, availing cheap holiday packages, to enjoy and relax. History will explain of what have had happened in Turkey, the destruction due to some events, now have been one of the attractions of this country. The fact cannot be denied that the culture and customs of Turkey has been also one of the tourists' attraction.

You can definitely enjoy a lot of activities, at a cheap holiday package. Yes, you have read it right, cheap holiday package. Most of the tourist contact some travel agencies to have a blast of vacation in Turkey. Enjoying ones vacation in a yacht in the cool sea of the place and be fascinated with the fantastic view of the coastal villages and some historical sites. Take into account that you could enjoy all these by cheap holiday package.

Most of the cheap holiday packages to Turkey really offers special seasonal and festive discounts, definitely the cheapest destination for most tourists, since it is possible to bargain the holidays here. A bargain deal would comprise the cheap airfare and low-cost hotel accommodation. These are non-classed but clean hotels, inexpensive inns and hostels that are definitely for you to have fun and relax. If you a group the best to avail are those holiday villa or a flat.

Luxury accommodations are offered by the five-star international hotel chains which also include various amenity packages and discounts. Turkish Airlines operates international flights to almost all the cities in Europe, New York and other parts of Asia. The fares are very affordable and reasonable, far beyond to compared to the other international airlines.

Availing cheap holiday packages are of course a lot of fun. It is enjoying at a lower cost possible. It is but wise to know certain things on where you could actually find cheap vacations by not risking the fun of having a vacation.

Maine Lakes, Mountains Displaying Peak Fall Foliage Colors

Maine foliage conditions for Oct. 7. Credit: Maine Department of Conservation, Press Release source:

Bookmark and ShareJust got word from the Maine Office of Tourism that fall foliage will be best this Columbus Day Weekend at the lakes and mountains of western Maine and the Mt. Katahdin Region.

For those unfamiliar with Maine fall foliage, you're in for a treat. Known to many for its coastal splendor, Maine is also a terrific autumn leaf peeping destination inland, especially around the majestic beauty of Mt. Katahdin (a challenging hike but worth it, as long as the weather is cooperative) and beautiful lake towns like Rangeley. Although Bethel is a famous ski town (Sunday River), the fall can be marvelous here, too, in this quaint, quintessential New England small town. Currently, rangers are reporting high color in the Bethel area with about 50 to 70 percent peak color and moderate leaf drop, according to the Maine Office of Tourism.

Without further delay, here is the Maine Office of Tourism Maine fall foliage updates press release:

AUGUSTA, Maine - The lakes and mountains region of western Maine, and the Mt. Katahdin region will have the best foliage color this weekend, according to the fourth fall foliage report from the state Department of Conservation.

Forest rangers from Moosehead Lake to Stratton, and Mt. Katahdin to Lincoln are observing peak foliage conditions, or at least 75 percent color change, and moderate leaf drop between 30 and 50 percent, the report states.

Rangers are reporting high color, or 50 to 70 percent toward peak, with moderate leaf drop in locations like Rangeley, Rumford, Bethel, Grand Lake Stream and Calais.

"The time is right to head for the western mountains, the Millinocket area, and the northern lakes of Washington County," said Gale Ross, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Conservation. "I have encouraged travelers to plan their Maine foliage trip for this time of the month, and I am happy that Mother Nature cooperated."

High color has also reached the central and eastern portion of the state from Dover-Foxcroft to Bangor, according to rangers. Leaf drop in the region is now moderate.

Rangers are reporting moderate color change along the Downeast coast from Bucksport to Lubec, in southern and central interior locations from Sebago Lake to Augusta, and along the southern coast from Kittery to Belfast. Leaf drop in these regions is moderate.

Foliage color is now past peak and leaf drop is 10 to 50 percent in all of Aroostook County, northern Piscataquis County and northern Somerset County, the report states.

The Department of Conservation also announced that Camden Hills State Park and Bradbury Mountain State Park will host the final state park guided foliage hikes on Sunday, Oct. 11. For information about each hike and to register,

Maine's fall foliage conditions are updated each Wednesday through October 21 at The Department of Conservation encourages visitors to post comments about their Maine foliage adventures on the Foliage Forum page, and submit Maine foliage photos on the Photo Gallery page.

Fun fall events happening this weekend include the Damariscotta Pumpkin Fest, Lobster Harvest Day in Port Clyde, and Sunday River's Fall Festival in Newry.

For more information about events and activities happening in Maine this fall, log onto

We're Looking for Your New England Fall Foliage Leaf Peeping Feedback

Photo of Walpole Town Forest, Walpole, Mass., by Eric H.
Bookmark and ShareIf you know of a New England destination that is near or at peak for fall foliage, we would love to hear from you. With the 2009 Columbus Day Weekend fast approaching, we're looking to inform our Weekly New England Travel and Vacation Gazette readers on the best leaf peeping in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Your feedback is greatly appreciated, and upon review, might appear in an upcoming post. Thanks, in advance, for your future post and for helping us bring the best of New England fall foliage reporting to our online publication!

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In Search of Great Pumpkins...

Article and photo by Eric H.
Bookmark and ShareIf you live in the southwest Massachusetts suburbs or Northern Rhode Island and need a great pumpkin, we recommend trying Adams Farm in Cumberland, R.I.

This friendly farm features many pumpkins under its seasonal canopy, as well as in the scenic fields. We've never found a shortage of pumpkins here, with the batting average of healthy-looking pumpkins high! If, however, you need to go beyond pumpkins, Adams Farm sells apples, cornstalks, mums, hay, Indian corn, candy apples, cider and gourds. Adams Farm also features hay rides, a corn maze and animals (cows, horses, goats)!

The best time to visit Adams Farm is on the weekend where this delightful farm seems to be more in full operation. It's a beautiful place, one to kick back and relax in the pastoral New England fall countryside.

Adams Farm, corner of Burnt Swamp Rd. and Sumnerbrown Rd., Cumberland, R.I. Reviews the Red Arrow Diner, Milford, N.H.

Article and photos by Eric H.
Bookmark and ShareOur latest restaurant review focuses on the Red Arrow Diner in Milford, N.H. A franchise of the famed Red Arrow Diner in Manchester, N.H., the Milford Red Arrow Diner, like the original location, specializes in extremely well-prepared and plentiful breakfast, lunch and dinner selections (we recommend the freshly carved roast turkey), as well as some amazing homemade desserts (especially the blueberry pie). Open 24 hours a day, the Red Arrow in Milford would be a great choice for those leaf peeping during the fall foliage season in New Hampshire's Merrimack and Monadnock regions.

For a complete review of the Red Arrow Diner in Milford, click on the link above.

Red Arrow Diner homemade potato chips

Newburyport Chili Con-Carnival Cook-Off at The Grog Restaurant, Oct. 17

Photo, courtesy of The Grog Restaurant, Newburyport, Mass.

Bookmark and ShareJust got word from Laura at The Grog Restaurant at 13 Middle St., in Newburyport, Mass., that the second annual Chili Con-Carnival Cook-off will take place Saturday, October 17th, 2009, 12 noon to 3 p.m., under the tent of the Grog's parking lot.

Live music, raffles and, of course, great chili will benefit Our Neighbor's Table in Amesbury, The Pettengill House in Salisbury and Community Services of Newburyport. Participating restaurants include Amesbury Sports Park, Carry Out Cafe, David's Tavern, Giuseppe's Fresh Pasta & Fine Food. Chef Howie's Hobo Cafe, The Korner Kitchen, Michael's Harborside,The Port Tavern, The Purple Onion, The Rockfish, Stella's of Middle Street, Ten Center Street, The Thirsty Whale ...and more to come!

In addition to the official judging, those attending the cook-off will have a chance to vote for their favorite chili.

Admission is $10 for adults, children under 12 free

Additionally, restaurants and individual chili-aficionados are certainly welcome to join the competition! There is no entry fee. Please call the Grog at 978 465-8008 or stop by the restaurant to pick up an entry form.

For more information on The Grog (one of our favorites!), click on the link above.

Scenic Fall Dining at The 1761 Old Mill Restaurant, Westminster, Mass.

Article and photo by Eric H.
Bookmark and ShareIt's always an added bonus that when embarking on a scenic fall New England drive, you find a restaurant with surrounding scenery that ends up as the most visually pleasing part of the trip.

That's the case with the 1761 Old Mill restaurant in Westminster, Mass. It's hard to find a nicer restaurant scene than the Old Mill's beautiful waterfall, a covered bridge, duck pond and surrounding forest. Inside the former saw mill's several well-maintained dining rooms, you'll be comforted by trip-back-in-time accents like old wooden floors, a roaring fireplace (welcoming you at the lobby), and post and beam ceilings. The menu selections at lunch and dinner are as appealing as the scenery with some fabulous New England staples like chicken vegetable pie, Atlantic sea scallops, prime rib, roast country duck, and for dessert, apple crisp.

Here's a restaurant that's beautiful to look at -- and with excellent food -- to create an overall most pleasant fall dining experience. It's also pretty darn good, any other time of the year, too!

For a full review on The Old Mill, click on the link above.

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A Hidden Fall Foliage Travel Gem in Walpole, Mass.

Article and photos by Eric H.

Bookmark and ShareThe Walpole Town Forest is really the Rodney Dangerfield, of Walpole, Mass.: it gets no respect.

Unknown even to many Walpole residents, the Walpole Town Forest is most impressive between South St. and Walpole High School on Common St., with its truly scenic walk alongside the Neponset River. Current foliage is impressive (as evidenced by the photos on this posting), but in a few weeks the mirror-like quality of the river should be brilliantly reflecting the colorful array of leaves. Along this sector of the 365-acre Town Forest, you'll find scenic views from the “White Bridge” and an old dam and waterfall that dates back to 1650. With many more miles of hiking trails, you're sure to enjoy the rest of the mixed forest, ledge outcroppings, and wetland areas, whether it be hiking, horseback riding. mountain biking or cross country skiing (yes, it's not too far away).

Hard to believe the Walpole Town Forest resides in the highly developed suburban Boston area. Why, you'd think you were in New Hampshire! We recommend giving this hidden travel jewel some respect with a visit during what appears to be a very good New England fall foliage season.

On a side note, 30th U.S. President Calvin Coolidge -- then Lt. Governor of Massachusetts -- dedicated Walplole Town Forest in 1916 as the first town forest in Massachusetts!

Editor's note: The best way to access the Walpole Town Forest is at the rear lot lines of the Walpole High School at 275 Common St. or on South St., about a half mile off Common St. (look for the small parking lot on the left)

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New Hampshire Fall Foliage Updates, Oct. 5

New Hampshire foliage press release source: Photo at Silver Lake State Park, Hollis, N.H., by Eric H.

Bookmark and ShareThe New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development foliage update press release update for Oct. 5, 2009, reports great progress in fall foliage colors over the past week, including "beautiful foliage" overtaking the Great North Woods Region and the White Mountains Regions on "the brink of reaching peak fall foliage color."

The rest of the state shines in splendid colors, too, with some of the best in New England! The Sunapee-Dartmouth Region is also near peak with "flashy reds, burnt oranges and fine yellows showing up everywhere." Leaf peepers report the Lakes Region displaying "a mix of colors here and there," while the "contrast of reds, oranges, pinks and yellows among the green is stunning" in the Monadnock Region. The Merrimack Valley Region "hillsides are ablaze with autumn color," while the Seacoast Region leaves are "nearly 50% changed now, with some areas more colorful than other."

Here is the detailed New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development press release report on foliage updates throughout New Hampshire:

Great North Woods Region: Beautiful foliage has overtaken the Great North Woods region. All roads throughout this area lead to explosive color. Bring your camera for plenty of breathtaking photo opportunities, especially near edges of rivers, lakes and ponds. Our leaf peepers are reporting 100% color everywhere! Deep oranges and reds, along with a few golden yellows, are dominating the landscape from the mountains to the valleys. Some wind has hit the area, which has created colorful carpets of leaves on the ground, but most trees are holding on firmly to the vivid autumn foliage. All lakes are reported to look stunning as the colors reflect onto the water’s surface.

White Mountains Region: The White Mountains region is on the brink of reaching peak fall foliage color, and is expected to be there by this weekend. Reports from our leaf peepers in this area are saying that the colors are great everywhere! Several mountain passes and notches have reached the height of grand autumn color, including the west end of the Kancamagus Highway, Pinkham Notch, Kinsman Notch, and Crawford Notch. Waterville Valley is 90% changed and is showcasing vibrant reds, clear oranges, and lemon yellows, all against a backdrop of green pines. Most any road you travel in this region will reward you with visions of beautiful fall colors.

Lakes Region: Our leaf peepers in the Lakes Region are reporting a mix of colors here and there. Some roads have well-established color, while other areas have just begun to change. The Ossipee Mountain Range is nearly 50% changed, while the Belknap Mountains are still predominantly green. The land surrounding the northern part of Lake Winnipesaukee is showcasing a blend of deep reds and oranges with scattered yellows, while the southern end is 20 to 30% turned. The good news is that the area still has plenty of green, which means lots of change to come.

Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region: The Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region is near peak, with flashy reds, burnt oranges and fine yellows showing up everywhere. Our leaf peepers in this area are reporting great splashes of color throughout, with a fair amount of green trees yet to turn. This area has a number of covered bridges and scenic drives, so don’t be afraid to explore the back roads – the most unexpected scenic vistas can be found by taking a right here and a left there. Overall, the region is about 80% turned and will be near peak by this weekend.

Monadnock Region: If you travel the Monadnock Region this week, you will find that fall foliage color is everywhere. The contrast of reds, oranges, pinks and yellows among the green is stunning. The colors below the summit of Mount Monadnock are coming in very nicely, and all areas surrounding waterways and ponds are reported to be magnificent. Some trees are showing several colors during this transformation – it’s not unusual to find a blend of harvest golds, warm russets and peachy oranges on some trees. Lakes and ponds are reflective pools of color. The region is about 70% changed, and will look spectacular as the season progresses.

Merrimack Valley Region: In the Merrimack Valley region, the hillsides are ablaze with autumn color. All the fall colors are on display throughout this area, from pastels to bright oranges, strong reds, and shy yellows, and the shades are more vibrant in the northern parts of the region than in the southern parts. Generally the edges of meadows and along the banks of rivers and ponds are showing bright colors, while distances beyond are holding on to the greens of summer. This region overall still has some time to go before reaching its full peak of color.

Seacoast Region: The leaves in the Seacoast region are nearly 50% changed now, with some areas more colorful than others. The red and sugar maples are still vibrant, with areas surrounding waterways showing remarkable colors. The oranges and yellows throughout natural areas are most dramatic when viewed in the early morning and late afternoon, when the sun glows through the trees. The eastern side of the region is still mostly green, but that will change in the days ahead, especially with the cold nights and warm days of autumn to help push things along.

For a recorded report of fall foliage update, please call the New Hampshire state tourism hot line at: 1-800-258-3608.

Editor's note: For great reading on New England fall foliage, we recommend checking out The Colors of Fall: A Celebration of New England's Foliage Seasonby Jerry and Marcy Monkman.

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Great Fall Walks: Bird Park in Walpole, Mass.

Article and photo by Eric H.

Bookmark and ShareAfter all that rain yesterday, we highly recommend getting outside today and enjoying better weather in the New England fall time!

If you're in the suburban Boston area and in a walking mood, we recommend strolling through Bird Park, an 89-acre gem in East Walpole, Mass., where stone walkways lead you past open, grassy fields, small walking bridges overlooking the water, mature shade trees, tree groves, and ponds. The leaves on some trees are beginning to turn color, making the experience that much better.

Owned by the the Trustees of Reservations, overseeing 53,000 acres on 94 reservations in Massachusetts, scenic Bird Park is absolutely perfect for walking!

For more information on Bird Park, click on the link above.

Jane and Paul's Farm, a Hidden Fall Travel Gem in Norfolk, Mass.

Article and photos by Eric H.

Bookmark and ShareIf you're looking for an out-of-the-way but worthy fall weekend farm stand destination, we're confident that you'll enjoy Jane and Paul's Farm on Fruit St. in Norfolk, Mass.

Tucked away in a peaceful, rural Norfolk neighborhood, Jane and Paul's features apple picking (MacIntosh, Daybreaks and Empires, at this writing), a pumpkin patch, a farm stand with excellent produce (nice tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers a few days ago!), a good variety of plants for sale, a highly-developed corn maze (could take up to a 1/2 hour to figure out), and a small animal area with goats, rabbits and chickens. Jane and Paul's also sells delicious Ever So Humble Pie Company ready-to-bake, all-natural pies.

We highly recommend visiting this friendly family-owned and operated farm that offers what you'd expect at a farm stand -- apple picking and pumpkin picking (with wagon rides out to the fields), great produce, plants, etc.) -- but without the huge crowds of some of the more hyped, heavily-advertised local farm stands.

Editor's note: please bring cash; Jane and Paul's Farm does not accept credit cards!

Jane and Paul's Farm
33 Fruit St. Norfolk, MA 02056
Tel. (508) 528-0812