Coming to mysteries, the origin of name ‘Samui’ itself is a mystery, and we can only speculate the possibilities. Leaving it to the academics to work it out, we can focus on the decoded mysteries.
By zooming into this scenic island of Thailand, you also zoom into a different civilization, and you transcend into a new world. So do the one million odd tourists who visit this tiny island each year, and that itself speaks volumes of its magnetism.
Before embarking on your fantasy journey, check out some of the wonderful hotels with top class accommodations like the W Retreat Koh Samui. You can get beautiful villas with picturesque surroundings and private swimming pools and patios.
Then you have great restaurants serving sumptuous selections of international cuisines. You have lounge bars, spas and tennis courts. Cutting the chase, you can get a world-class resting place. So, move on.
About 12 kilometers inland from Nathon Bay, the ‘Na Muang Waterfall’ is a small wonder of nature, and split into two. As there are two waterfalls – one at the lower level drops into a natural pool below, and for the other one you walk uphill for another 30 minutes and you reach the second waterfall.
Also nicknamed as ‘Purple Waterfalls’, all thanks to the strange purple shaded rocks, it is a site to visit. Na Muang is also ideal place for family picnics and a place to take a plunge and go swimming in the refreshing waters.
Nearby you can visit the Safari Park which spans 35 hectares of land, where awaits another sort of adventure and fun for you. And, they are in form of elephants. Jump on to the elephants back and go on safari exploring the coconut plantations.
Later there is the elephant show where you watch and admire the elephants showing their gymnastics skills. The crocodile shows are another of the attractions you may like putting your head into.
Secret Buddha Garden
Then you can move on to decode the Secret Buddha Garden, which is hiding up in the hills of Koh Samui with its treasures and magnetism intact to pull visitors in numbers. Coming up the hills to visit this place you get a fantastic panoramic view of the scenic beauty.
The garden is an amazement with statues littered over the landscape, giving it a mysterious look. The statues are of animals, humans and gods and goddesses, all thanks to the dedicated work of a single man, Nim Thongsuk, an old fruit farmer. It is located at a beautiful cool place with a stream flowing by to make it a picture perfect spot.
To amaze yourself further, you can visit an old Buddhist monk, who sits with dark glasses and is all smiling, at Wat Khunaram. In 1973 he sat for meditation, and has remained seated since then. His body has been mummified and is an awe to watch for some.
Your holidays in Koh Samui will fly against your wishes, but the refreshment you get from the magical trip will be there with you all your life.
While sun, sea and sand are among the main reasons why so many Brits flock to Malaga, Spain during the summer months, the city – which is the largest on the Costa del Sol – is also a haven of historic sights and has many ties to some of the greatest figures from Spain’s past.
Any holiday should be a careful balance of relaxation and culture, and with Malaga you’ll find there is just as much to offer budding historians as there is for people seeking a sunny escape. If you’ve already booked your Monarch flights to Malaga, then now is the perfect time to begin planning your itinerary – read on for the best places to visit to learn about the history of this magnificent city.
This majestic structure remained hidden underground for centuries before it was finally discovered in 1951. It dates all the way back to the Empire of Augustus in the 1st century BC and is thought to have been used up until the 3rd century AD.
As the oldest monument in Malaga, just walking around the ruins will prove an enriching experience for all history buffs, as you take in the three separate parts – the Cavea (general seats), the Orchestra (for VIPs) and the Proscaenium (stage area). Bring your camera with you, as the site is full of brilliant photo opportunities.
Malaga was the birthplace of one of the most famous artists to have come out of Spain – Pablo Picasso. The painter and sculptor lived in the city until the age of ten, when his family relocated to A Coruna.
To celebrate the time Picasso spent in Malaga, relatives of the artist, who died in 1973, opened a museum in 2003 in the heart of the city – the Museo Picasso Malaga – which is dedicated to his life and works. Anyone who’s a fan of the painter must set some time aside in their holiday schedule to visit the museum, which contains 285 works donated by members of the Picasso family.
The Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
As you will know, history and art are very much intertwined and there is lots of the latter to explore at the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which is situated in the centre of the 16th century Villalon Palace. The collection – spanning centuries – is an extension of the exhibitions found at the Museo Thyssen in Madrid.
Art dealer Carmen Cervera started gathering major Spanish works in the late 80s, before opening the museum in 1993 following encouragement from Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza.
The pieces you can browse include old masters, romantic works by Genaro Villamil and Manuel Barron Perez, 19th century gender representations and art from the realism genre.
There’s nothing quite like taking a stroll and marvelling at glorious architecture whilst enjoying the beautiful Mediterranean climate. Visitors to Malaga will love walking around Gibralfaro Castle, which was constructed in the 14th century.
It is thought the structure was built to guard the fortress protecting the Alcazaba, and now serves as a fantastic lookout point over the city. There is also a cafe where tourists can sit and relax while they take in breathtaking views.
If you think of Paris, you think elegance, city of love, cozy café’s and espresso. Concomitant with this idea of traveling into Paris is the thought of spending money to experience a Parisian holiday.
Well, fret no more, because here are some budget friendly tips on how to explore Paris under a budget.
Absolutely Free Activities to Do
Well, ideally you can enjoy the best of Paris by shelling out a bit of money; but just because you’re working around a budget you won’t be able to enjoy the landmarks and the Parisian atmosphere. So, cast off your budget worries and consider doing some of these backpacker activities.
Your first stop can be the Eiffel Tower. You can see this amazing world landmark by snapping a picture with it as a background. Of course, since you’re on a tight purse, you have to settle with the fact that you won’t be able to fully explore it unless of course for tickets.
Second option for you is to visit some art galleries. If there’s one thing Paris is known for, its prized art collections displayed in various art galleries. If you’re willing to spend at least 3 Euros to gain entrance to some of Paris’ museum, then go ahead. However, if the Scrooge in you is not willing to part with that amount, then consider hunting for museums that offers free entrance like Maeght and Lafayette galleries.
Third option for you is to visit the Arc de Triomphe. Your holiday snapshots of Paris are not complete without this majestic landmark as a background. Snapping a picture with the Arc de Triomphe is absolutely must and is also free.
Being one of the artsy cities in the world, Paris also offers amazing architecture tourist attractions like the Notre Dame Cathedral. What’s more! There’s no entrance fee required when you visit this place.
The Louvre can be another option for you. You need not be an artsy person to appreciate the world’s famous paintings displayed in this museum. Just time your visit on a Sunday, when entrance is free.
Hunting for Cheap Food
After doing those activities, it’s but natural for your stomach to grumble; a definite sign that you’re on to your next Parisian adventure which is hunting for great and cheap food in Paris.
Paris is land of pastries. To truly experience a Parisian pastry, hit the bakeries to get the freshest French bread or a roll of croissant. This is a very practical breakfast or lunch. Another food you can consider eating are falafels and kebabs, which are relatively cheap.
Since you’re in a holiday, why not spend a little and try the Parisian pizza. In every corner in Paris, there’s a pizza. So it’s hard not to resist the temptation.
The Backpacker’s Advice
If you truly want cheap holiday tips about travelling Paris, then it pays to read various backpackers’ blog about travelling Paris. Most of them advise booking accommodations with hostels in Paris. Hostels are cheaper compared to hotels.
Another great backpacker advice is for you to book an all out comprehensive Paris holiday package with travel sites like Hostelbookers. Also, why not consider getting a Metro Pass for unlimited train use for certain number of days. This way, you’ll avoid the hassle of buying train tickets every now and then.
Consider these practical tips and explore Paris in a budge.
There’s no doubt that Christmas is a magical time of year, but there are a few places in the world that just seem to do Christmas better and London is one of them. While the temperature drops, the festivities heat up.
There’s so much to do in London for Christmas, you’ll easily be able to keep the whole family entertained. If you’re looking for a quieter escape, there are a number of romantic things you can do in London during the festive season. Once you’ve booked some great accommodation in London, you can focus on filling in your day. Here are our suggestions of what you should definitely check out during your Christmas visit to London:
Christmas Markets and Fairs There are a few key markets and fairs during the Christmas time, and which you visit will depend on how long you’ve got in London and where you are based. Our favourites include the famous Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Hyde Park is essential to any trip to London, despite the season, but it’s transformed into something special toward the end of the year.
Here you’ll find Christmas markets, fair rides for the kids and young at heart, food and drink stalls and of course – a lovely ice skating rink. There are a number of other markets spread out across London, but if you can only visit one we suggest heading to Hyde Park.
A Giant Christmas Tree and Beautiful Lights Convent Garden offers a dazzling light show, alongside a giant decorated tree and glittering reindeers. This year there will also be a Lego Christmas construction which will be very exciting, especially for Lego fans.
On Saturdays leading up to the big day, there are also petting zoos so that youngsters can pet “Santa’s helpers”. Christmas doesn’t quite feel right without a giant Christmas tree decorated beautifully, so get your fix down at Convent Garden’s during your stay in London.
Ice Skating in London One of the best things about the cooler temperatures is that outdoor ice-skating rinks open up. This is a great way to spend some time, whether as a family or a group of friends.
As mentioned previously, Hyde Park is home to one of the best Christmas areas in London and houses an open-air ice skating rink. If you want to check out somewhere else, we can recommend Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink.
With Hampton Court Palace as the backdrop, this ice skating rink feels magical and very royal. There’s an adjacent cafe so you can warm yourself up with a hot chocolate or tea.
Christmas Shopping in London London is one of Europe’s best shopping hotspots and comes into its own during the Christmas season. If you’re looking to shop for a few people in one go, you’ll be best to head to one of London’s large malls as they offer a well rounded selection.
Of course, Harrod’s is an English icon and one of the best places to shop during Christmas as everything is well decorated and feels very festive. For those who are more fashion conscious and looking to buy for themselves, Oxford street is the obvious choice.
You’ll be literally spoiled for choice. Christmas time is one of the best times to visit London as it really comes alive. We hope you make the most of your trip to London following our suggestions of things to do during the festive season.
History. Art. Food. Beauty. These are just some of the words that can describe the beautiful land that is Germany, a place filled with wonder and a historic experience that is like no other. German culture has evolved significantly over time, but its roots have always centered around “intellect and popular currents”, all primarily revolving around religious and secular aspects.
Historically, Germany has been known as “Das Land der Dichter und Denker”….the country of poets and thinkers. It is this culture and natural historical beauty that has led millions of visitors to this country every year.
Going to Germany can be affordable and fun. Try Live Like a German – there you can find trusted vacation rentals all over Germany, and the site also provide very details travel guides that let you live like a local during your time there.
Germany is a land that is filled with a pristine, natural beauty that can be compared to little else in the world. Nestled between the North Sea and Baltic coasts lies a land of diverse surroundings, mountain ranges, tranquil lakes, densely wooded regions, and open valleys.
Germany is also home to 101 nature reserves, 14 national parks, and 15 biosphere reserves, all guaranteed to enthrall any visitors who ventures there.
For the Poets and Thinkers
For all my fellow travelers who want to experience some mental stimulation, Germany has some for you as well! All throughout the years Germany has been known as the home of famous composers and great writers, ever heard of Bach or Beethoven?
Because of this legacy, Germany has adopted this exceptional choice of culture as its main focus today, mixing the ancient with the ultra-modern. There are over 300 theatres, over 500 art museums (all with internationally acclaimed collections), and approximately 130 professional orchestras.
There are also a wide variety of local artists produce great material in the fields of film and literature.
And lastly, but most certainly not the least, for all my travelers who needs to cater to their scholarly side, Germany is also known for its academic excellence and extensive research in various educational areas. There are over 300 universities and higher education establishments all around Germany, guarantee to satisfy even the most intellectual of travelers.
No matter your tastes, whether it’s to hit the hottest clubs and bars with friends or to simply take in the sights with your special someone, Germany has activities year-round that will meet whatever you may have.
If you’re traveling during the spring, make sure you experience the beautiful (and environmentally-protected) gardens and parks, or if you happen to be visiting in the fall, take in the awe-inspiring changing of the leaves and the crisp air that rolls in from the hills and mountains.
No matter the season, from music festivals in the summer to Oktoberfest and Christmas markets in the winter, Germany will have just about everything a traveler could ask for.
Food and Fun
From the cities of Berlin to Bavaria, Germany offers travelers their pick of venues, from artistic to cultural to historical to musical. Whether you want to lose yourself on Berlin’s Museum Island, browse the cosmopolitan city of Duesseldorf, tour the historic city of Nurenburg, or just hang out with friends and family in the tranquil villages of the country, you are sure to find it all.
And fellow foodies are not forgotten! Think you know all about German food? The beer and the bratwurst? Even though Germany IS the second largest consumer of beer, the world of food and treats doesn’t stop there.
Enjoy spargel (or white asparagus for us non-Germans), over 200 types of healthy breads and pastries, fresh fish caught from unpolluted rivers, and wines grown in a climate where there is abundant sunshine during the day and cool Gulf Stream winds in the evening.
Germany is a sure-fire destination for any and every one! So dust off the passport, find a sitter for the dog, and book your trip today. Happy traveling!
I fell in love with Seattle the first time I visited in 2000. How could I not, it’s surrounded by mountains and water, and this cosmopolitan city rising up out of the Sound has such wonderful touches of whimsy, the Space Needle, the extremely odd looking Experience Music Project, and of course, men throwing fish at Pike’s Place Market.
I Came In October and Fall In Love
It was October when I came by myself and I was stunned by the beauty, the fall leaves were changing, set off by evergreens and fun neighborhoods everywhere I turned. Queen Anne, Fremont, Wallingford, Green Lake, Ballard; they all boast charm, great restaurants, perfectly strong and delicious coffee, book stores, parks, bike paths, cool bars. The misty rain only made it that much more charming.
Seattle in the summer is heavenly – and locals will swear their summer doesn’t actually start until the 4th of July – but early fall when the summer tourists have gone home and you still have a great chance of beautiful weather is also fabulous.
More Things to Do and Food to Eat
Seattle is bustling with things to see and do and taste and drink. And there are so many ways to appreciate the city. Visit Agua Verde Café & Paddle Club on Lake Union and rent kayaks with some friends.
Paddle your way west under I-5 around Lake Union; drift by the house boats and take in the view of the Space Needle and downtown from the quiet seat of your boat. At times I’m not sure which shimmers more, the city or the lovely lake water.
After returning your kayaks head over to Ballard to try any number of great restaurants and bars. The Walrus & the Carpenter is hands down one of the best restaurants I’ve ever eaten at, the raw oysters are sublime, service is fabulous and fun, and they have this AMAZING hot drinking caramel for dessert, topped with whipped cream and black pepper, it’s genius in a mug, if you ask me. Oaxaca and Kings Hardware are also great food and drink establishments in Ballard.
Views of the City and Ferry Rides
On a clear day, drive on up to Kerry Park at the top of Queen Anne Hill during the day for one of the best FREE views of the city, Puget Sound, and Mt. Rainier to the south of the city. It will put a smile on your face.
Absolutely do not leave the city without a ferry ride or two. There is just something old world or romantic about the ferries. If you take the Seattle to Bainbridge on a late summer afternoon, your chances of seeing Mt. Rainier are awesome.
And I’ll tell you, that mountain, no matter how many times I see it, it still takes my breath away every time. Heading back to Seattle on the ferry gives you a perfect view of the city; at night it’s quite lovely. With your soul full of wonderful sights, the smell of the sea air, and the lights of the city calling you, maybe you’ll even get seduced into moving there.
There are plenty of ways to save on family travel so you can focus on having a great time. Here’s seven of the best.
1. Pick the best value destination
Prices fluctuate all the time for different holiday destinations across the globe, for a number of reasons. Within a year, a country could go from cheap to pricey, or the other way round.
Morocco and Tunisia have been considered to be great value this year. There are also some fantastic eastern European destinations to try.
2. Convert your loyalty points into flights, hotel bookings and more
Those supermarket and credit card loyalty points can soon add up to a huge saving on flights for the family. Tesco Clubcard, for example, lets you convert your vouchers into Avios (formerly Air Miles), British Airways Executive Club or Virgin Flying Club miles. Usually you still pay the taxes. Check out the Avios scheme at http://www.avios.com.
There are plenty of websites dedicated to helping you collect points, such as http://www.headforpoints.com.
3. Timing is everything
Schools seem to be getting more tough every year on taking your children out during term-time, but your school might be open to allowing just a couple of days to help you build a long weekend or perhaps a five day trip.
Also, flight days and timings are massively important. If you’re booking online, experiment with different days and times to see how much you can save. Tuesday tends to be good.
4. Grab a flight bargain
It’s worth spending a bit extra time getting the best deal on your flights. You could try the airline websites directly, or you could compare prices and find cheap flights with a site like momondo.com which takes out a lot of the hassle for you.
5. Get to the airport as cheaply as you can
If you’re traveling by car, you’ll probably be booking airport parking. If you’ve ever paid the turn-up-and-park price for a couple of weeks’ airport parking, you’ll know how important it is to book in advance.
Airlines usually provide some good discounts for airport parking as an option with your flight, or there’s holiday add-on sites with some solid deals, like holidayextras.co.uk.
If traveling by train, compare the timings and prices between the dedicated airport ‘express’ services and normal commuter trains. In many cases the time difference is not too big, but the price difference can be phenomenal.
6. Keep in touch the smart way
International roaming charges are a big deal, especially if you and the kids can’t keep away from Facebook and online games! Use hotel and other free Wi-Fi where possible; if you need to use mobile data then research your network’s roaming bundles.
Remember, roaming costs can differ massively between within and outside of the EU.
7. Avoid the tourist traps and scams
It’s important to look out for scams and look after your money from the moment you arrive. Unlicensed cabs from the airport, with the potential for overcharging or other problems, are quite common.
When going out for a meal, or booking an activity, stop for a moment and think “Is that actually a reasonable price? Is that what I’d pay at home?”
Make sure you save as much as you can, so you can concentrate on having a great time with your family.
It’s amazing how much a suitcase can weigh. You look at the pile of clothes on your bed, ready to be packed into your case and whizzed away for two weeks in the sun, you add in a few necessary accessories, such as a hairdryer and the all important straighteners, then you realize you need a job-lot of make-up and toiletries, and before you know it, your suitcase weighs more than the plane.
Okay So I Might Have Exaggerated Just a Little Bit
Okay, so maybe that’s a slight overstretch, but before you know it, your suitcase is a little too heavy to lift without the potential for injury.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I want to be laid flat out on a sunlounger out of choice when I go on holiday, not because that’s the only position that is comfortable due to a bad back.
Lifting a suitcase has the potential for pain, and if you’re like me and you do not travel light in the slightest, then you’re dicing with the ouch-factor before you even leave the house.
Let Me Tell You What Happened to Me Last Year
Last year I decided to catch the train to the airport – I can hear you wincing now. Yes, my suitcase was up to its maximum weight, and yes, the train was busy. The resulting situation was basically me lifting a very heavy case onto a train, with a queue forming behind me, as I struggled and dripped with sweat.
Of course it was sod’s law that the luggage storage rack was full, and there was no way I make my way down the train carriage with my gargantuan case. Hence, I stood the entire way to Gatwick from Sheffield. I wouldn’t recommend it.
Time for Me Think Things Over and Do Something Different
Bruised shins and a squashed toe from running over it several times, I decided that my train and luggage days were firmly behind me, and that the only way me and my million and one outfits were going to get to the airport with minimal stress and injury was to drive myself.
I now do this every single time. Last week I booked Liverpool Airport parking with BCP, and the whole experience was like a relaxed dream compared to my train trauma. The cost didn’t hurt either.
Nationwide Service So You Don’t Have To Miss Out
This service is available nationwide, and nobody has to miss out. If you’re traveling from north of the border, check out the great facilities from ParkBCP for Glasgow Airport car parking.
I guess a way to cut out all this lugging luggage palaver is to pack lighter, but for me, that’s never going to happen, and I much prefer finding a solution that means I can take everything I want and don’t have to miss out!
Trains, planes, automobiles – none of them really go completely well with a heavy suitcase, but I guarantee that a suitcase and a train is quite possibly the worst combination out there.
You’ve probably heard of Bodrum, one of the popular southern Turkish resorts, tempting holidaymakers year-on-year with its guaranteed sunshine and glittering maritime vibe.
You won’t struggle to find a fantastically priced package deal, or a cheap flight heading to Bodrum, as low cost is one of the reason so many people head over to Turkey for their summer jaunt.
Of course, this isn’t the only reason, as I’m one of the millions of people that fall in love with this mysterious country, often on the first visit.
The downside to flying to Turkey is that generally you’re looking at an early flight or a night flight. I don’t like night flights, or early starts, but unfortunately it’s just one of the things that goes hand in hand with visiting Turkey, don’t ask me why! This can be kicked into touch however, by being a little clever and pre-booking extras to enhance your travel plans, such as a night in an airport hotel.
The first time I booked a hotel, I stayed at one of the Manchester Airport hotels with a great deal from AirportHotels.com, and I was so surprised at the positive difference it made, to the point where I booked for my following holiday too! If you regularly fly out of Manchester, just like me, then search hotels Manchester Airport, and check out the large range of hotels available, with all budgets catered for.
Once in Bodrum, you won’t find travel too much of a problem, as the resort is fairly compact, meaning it’s easy to get around on foot. I always find this is best way to explore a new destination, as you’re more likely to stumble upon something amazing completely by accident.
Bodrum is a port city, so it’s basically all centred around maritime history. The Museum of Underwater Archaeology is a must visit, and the castle houses the museum, which in itself is worth a visit. In terms of complete camera moments, head to the amphitheatre and check out the resort from a completely different viewpoint.
Speaking of different views, I always book a boat trip, wherever I go in Turkey. This is a holiday must do, and is often a very cheap all-inclusive day out. Haggle your price with street vendors and you’ll find yourself saving even more.
If you want to admire the sea, but keep your feet on firm ground, it has to be the beach. The golden sand and shallow waters make Bodrum perfect for families, and you’ll find lots of watersports and facilities to keep everyone occupied.
If water-based fun gets a little tiresome, I’d recommend heading to the market and doing a spot of haggling. This may feel odd at first, but once you get into it, it’s really good fun, and you’ll come across many bargains.
When night falls, Bodrum more than caters for every whim, with its bright and vibrant range of bars, restaurants and clubs. If you fancy dancing ‘til dawn, you’ll find plenty of bars playing music until late, before moving onto a club, but if you prefer a few laid-back drinks and a meal, you’re in luck too! Bodrum really is one of those places that fits with the cliché – something for everyone!
There is much to do in Bodrum, enough to keep everyone occupied, and that early start will be long forgotten once you’re in the Turkish sunshine. If getting up early isn’t your thing, and it certainly isn’t mine, remember the hotel idea, such as the many Heathrow Airport hotels.
Fall in love with Turkey this summer, Bodrum is a great place to start.
For me, travel is so many different things and the reasons I travel vary over the years and through the days. There are times when I want to see the amazing sights and old historic castles and monuments that everyone wants to see.
Those places and spectacles that amaze us. And then there are times I just want peace and quiet and nothing to do.
Having a Peaceful and Quiet Getaway
The cottages of Little Pittsburgh on Catawba Island, just north of Port Clinton, Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie are that peaceful getaway for me. Those summer cottages that people used to go to, the husbands coming up on the weekends, cocktails and swimming and fishing, good strong morning coffee. That iconic cottage on the water that stories of old come from.
I’ve been going as a small child to stay in one of the white cottages with green trim. The cottages are situated down a hidden lane off highway 53, and for a moment, turning down the old lane, you think you are going nowhere but into a tangled forest of trees.
Then as you drive through the narrow opening between the old maples, it opens up onto an expanse of quiet beauty, cottages set back on the green lawns, the lane stretching out before you into the small cliff and stairs leading down to the dock, the beach, and finally the lake.
Generations after Generations for Families
Families come year after year; generations of families have been since the early 1900’s when a few families from Pittsburgh found this gorgeous hidden stretch of land. As a child I think there were only eight or nine cottages, a few on each side of the lane.
None had television and only one had a telephone. Families left their worries and busy chores behind.
Playing Games and Never Coming out of Swimsuits
As a child I remember some days we never changed out of our swimsuits, our feet bare or flip-flopped, our skin golden sun-kissed, our minds empty. We fixed meals together and danced and sang while doing the dishes.
We played anagrams, card games, and the game, Michigan with M & M candies. We read long novels and took the most delicious naps ever. We stayed up late to see the gazillions of stars and listen to stories. And we slept the best sleep of our lives with the windows open and the sound of the Lake Erie waves lulling us to sleep.
Times Have Changed Something Still Remain
Now there are a few more cottages, although there isn’t much more space to build many more which is nice because some things don’t need a lot of change. Many of the cottages have televisions and internet and telephones, but a lot has remained the same.
Mostly there is just time spent with cousins and kids and grandparents, an icy cold limey gin and tonic for the parents on those hot humid late summer days, badminton, diving over waves, catching walleye and fixing it that same night for dinner. Peace and quiet and deep breaths and beauty, a rejuvenation of the spirit.