Labor Day Ideas Around San Francisco
Two days to Labor Day. Still figuring out your options? It’s not too late to plan something fun around San Francisco. Here are some ideas to make it memorable!
Francis Ford Coppola’s WInery in Geyserville offers a relaxing summer day with its pool and fantastic wines
Emerald Bay is one of the hidden wonders off Lake Tahoe with its pristine clear waters and beautiful hikes
17 mile drive at Pebble Beach, Monterey never gets old
A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.
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Raining as it was, Versailles is still a shimmering beauty. Its gardens were once enjoyed solely by royalty and carries with it an immense amount of history. This was where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, marking the official end to World War I.
As you get off the train that leads out of Paris, its grandeur will be hidden amongst the trees. However, after a couple of inconspicuous blocks, the royal château suddenly opens up into a magnificent wide open space and the golden doors are all but gleaming. What lies behind those doors, however, is the main attraction.
Zip-lining, Puerto Princessa
Despite being a quiet small town, Puerto Princessa, Philippines has a few gems. One I personally love is zip-lining. It was the first place I zip-lined at and the view was absolutely gorgeous.
You’re likely to get talked into getting a city tour by one of many tuk tuk drivers in town so make sure to ask for this activity. It’s the only facility in town and they’ll know where to go. It’s comprised of 3 different lines for a total of $35. They even take you back by horse to the beginning of the line. For me, nothing beat the feeling of pre-take off anxiety, screaming as I kick-started, and the cool wind in my helmet and sheer excitement afterwards. Needless to say, I didn’t scream for long.
Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador
The Mitad del Mundo is definitely an interesting spot. As with most sites in Quito, the altitude of the Andes makes this location truly incredible. On this particular day, the mountains seem to swim in the clouds.
Funny story is when they built this monument, apparently, they didn’t have access to a GPS so it isn’t on the real equator. The actual equator lies about 240 meters north of the marked line. While it is quintessential to straddle the yellow equatorial marker on site, know that you’re not on the real deal. However, it is far more fun to play detective with a Google Maps app to track the hidden “center of the earth”.
Night Markets, Taipei
Taipei, Taiwan is infamous for its large selection of night markets. It is truly a city that comes alive a night, not to mention the abundance of street-side eateries that open as a part of these markets.
One of the biggest markets is Shilin, but a simple google search will return at least 5 others. They are usually open every night of the week until 12AM and sell everything you can imagine.
I like night markets for their selection of trendy and inexpensive shoes. However, even if you’re not a serious shopper, you’ll be well lured in by the smell of food from stoplights away.
Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai
Shanghai is truly one of my favorite places in the world. And there’s no where better to experience the city than 东方明珠 (Oriental Pearl Tower)， the symbolic sky tower that’s defined the skyline for decades.
The surrounding area is particularly interesting due to the British colonial style architecture, reminding a fast-growing city of times that seem incomprehensibly far away. Without this reminder, it’s quite easy to forget that this distinctly Chinese city was once split by European powerhouses.
Now that China’s been developing at an unprecedented pace, Shanghai is a place where all kinds of people come together.
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
Amsterdam. Where to begin on Amsterdam. Well, for one, it’s beautiful.
It’s another one of those cities that if you go there the right time of year, it can get real rowdy but there are definitely pockets that are quaint. Separated by fairly different neighborhoods, you can tell where you are by looking around you.
In photos of Europe, I can immediately pick out those of Amsterdam because of its distinct bicycle culture. There are bikes everywhere. And when they’re parked in lots, it is quite a sight to see. Perhaps that’s why the public transport system isn’t as great as other major European cities. Although I hardly noticed… because I was having too much fun roaming around the pretty streets.