Frederick Travel Waterloo's Blog

Marrakech: Feast for the senses Marrakech is an ancient caravan town, a gathering place where Arabs and Berbers mingle with Sahara nomads and mountain people. read more
The Ultimate Operatic Experience in Venice Live opera in the 12th century Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto on the Grand Canal read more
Meet the Tequila Goddess and Beware of the Snake Bite The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a tequila bar in Scottsdale. read more
Chihuahua: Take a stroll down memory lane in Batopilas

By Anita Draycott

Batopilas, a small town nestled in the Western Sierra Madre at the bottom of a cliff has tales to share. It’s home to beautiful plazas and bridges built of rope and river rocks, but the main surprise is a beautiful aqueduct built in the 19th century.

Walk its streets and Batopilas will reveal stories about the discovery of silver deposits and its glory days during the Porfirio Diaz era when its most notable buildings were erected, such as the impressive City Hall, built around 1890 and the San Miguel and Shepherd Haciendas. Visit La Bufa mine, where the mining entrepreneur Alexander Robert amassed a fortune.

Saint Michael Archangel Temple is another emblematic building with a triple dome that dates back to the 17th century. To reach the temple, you need to travel 8 km on foot from the town to the Satevo Valley. It’s a bit of a hike but the views are worthwhile.

The warm climate of Batopilas is ideal for the tropical and semi-tropical vegetation. Expect to find orange, mango, avocado and papaya orchards. Likewise, it is not uncommon to find bougainvillea, tabachines and ceibas along the streets.

From La Bufa viewpoint, located in the surrounding area of a Tarahumara community called Quirare, you’ll get a fantastic view of the canyons, the Batopilas River and the minerals at La Bufa. Another viewpoint is Piedra Redonda, where you can admire the Banana Canyons.

Along the Batopilas River you can set up camp and take a refreshing dip. Close by, the La Bufa bridge, which crosses one of the canyon’s deepest sections. You will soon discover that Chihuahua, the largest Mexican state, has a multitude of charms, attractions and surprises.

That’s Entertainment in Myrtle Beach Myrtle’s plenty of theatre venues. read more
Boo! The Ghosts of Charleston The Ghosts of Charleston. read more
Head to Mammoth Lakes, California, where a fantastic winter vacation awaits you!

California is known for the sun, sea, sand, theme parks, and summer vacations, but do you know that it is the home of a premier winter resort? Mammoth Lakes is where you must be heading at if you want to enjoy a different kind of California vacation.

A town in Mono County, Mammoth Lakes is situated 7,880 feet above sea level. Although it is a four season destination, the town is known as a winter vacation hotspot. With long and very snowy winter, the town has become a favorite winter destination for Californians and tourists from all over the country and the world, who are looking forward to experiencing a myriad of winter activities.  In fact, this small town is the top ski destination in California. Mammoth Lakes has its own airport owned and managed by the town of Mammoth Lakes.  It is just ten minutes away from the heart of the town. The closest major airport to Mammoth Lakes is the Reno-Tahoe International Airport which is 164.92 miles away. You can also drive to Mammoth Lakes from various points in California. Just make sure to check on weather conditions before doing so.

Mammoth Lakes is the place to be if you want to enjoy a fantastic winter vacation. Aside from skiing and snowboarding down the slopes, you can have revel in a number of winter activities including tubing at Woolly’s Tube Park, breathtaking gondola rides, taking a tour on a snowcat, snowmobiling with your friends, explore the area while enjoying cross-country skiing, and join a mountain and area tour. You can have fun bowling, playing ping pong, foosball, darts, and hitting some golf balls in 3 indoor golf simulators, groove with the music, and enjoy chow and drinks at the Mammoth Rock n Bowl.

Ready to enjoy an unforgettable winter vacation in Mammoth Lakes?  Consult your travel agent for more details. 

Daegu, South Korea, the city of delicious apples and melons

Not as busy as Seoul, Busan, and Incheon, the city of Daegu has a more laid back atmosphere brought about by a large student population. It is also where you will be able to taste the juiciest and sweetest apples and melons in South Korea.

The fourth largest city in South Korea, Daegu was one of the cities where four matches were played during the 2002 FIFA World Cup. It also played host to the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, 22nd World Energy Congress in 2013, and the  2003 Summer Universiade. It is a city of more than 2.4 million people and covers a total area of 341.35 square miles. Once a hotbed of unrest, the city was where Samsung was founded, and is a major hub of the textile, machinery and metals industries.  It is also the home of three American bases, namely: Camp Walker, Camp George, and Camp Henry. You can take the train, bus or car from Seoul which is about four hours away, or the plane via the Daegu Airport which is located 4.6 kilometers from the city. The airport is served by Korean Airlines, Asiana, Jeju Air, and Tway Airlines.

If you are yearning for a relaxing vacation in South Korea, you must head to Daegu. You can take your time enjoying its numerous attractions including the DTC Textile Museum, Bongsan Culture Street, Dongje Art Museum, E-World, Daegu National Museum, Exco, 83 Tower, Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine, Daegu Art Museum, Apsan Park, and Donghwasa. It is also a great place to shop for textiles and clothing, and the best places to shop are at the   Jungang and Daeshin Underground Arcades. If you are interested to buy oriental medicine, the Yakjeon Herbal Medicine Market is place to go. For your apple cravings, visit the Pyeonggwang-dong Apple Village where you can bite into the juiciest, crispiest, and sweetest apples in South Korea.

If you are planning a trip to South Korea, do  include the city of Daegu in your itinerary. For more details, consult your travel agent.

 

Eat your way through Alicante, one of the best food destinations in Spain

Rapidly gaining a reputation of being one of Spain’s culinary cities, Alicante will delight travelers who love to eat their way through a city.  

A city located along Costa Blanca in the province of the same name, Alicante is where the fun never stops. It is a dynamic, energetic and vibrant city where travelers can enjoy gastronomical delights, a number of attractions, and an exciting nightlife.  The city covers a total area of 77.71 square miles and is inhabited by more than 330,000 people.  Blessed with a semi-arid climate, the city can be visited at any time of the year. You can take the train from Barcelona or Madrid, by bus from Valencia, Barcelona and Granada, or by ferry from Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca. You can also fly directly to the city via the Alicante Airport located 6.8 miles from the center of the city. The airport is served by more than 20 carriers.

Because Alicante is famous for its mouthwatering food, you must keep a list of the restaurants you must dine in. The list must include Sapore Mediterraneo, Paradox Art & Culture Café, Cerveceria ESTIU Bar, Horchateria Azul, Don Carlos Alicante, Verdi Vent, Taberna To-Bar, Restaurante Pizzeria Tito’s, El Canto, Liberty Kitchen, Momen, Alma del Sur, Nou Manolin, La Taberna del Gourmet, and Restaurant Asador Los Troncos. While eating your way through the city, you must visit its top attractions such as the Castle of Santa Barbara, Museo Volvo Ocean Race, Guardamar Beach, Mercado Central, Alicante Town Hall, Nativity Scene Museum, San Nicolas de Bari Procathedral, and Museo de Bellas Artes Gravina. 

Alicante affords its visitors the opportunity to enjoy and visit its numerous attractions, and simultaneously satisfy their cravings for delightful Spanish cuisine! Excited? Consult your travel agent now! 

Kauai: Hawaii’s Garden Island

By Anita Draycott


Kauai, the oldest and lushest of the Hawaiian islands, is appropriately called the Garden Island. The north gets more rain than the south, but usually just a shower ending with a glorious rainbow. The locals have a saying, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” 


*Take a helicopter ride over the dramatic 3,000-foot Na Pali cliffs dominating the northwest coast and the central Waimea Canyon, dubbed by Mark Twain as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
*Sail up the Na Pali coast with stops for dolphin watching and snorkelling
*Over 60 movies have been filmed in Kaua‘i, including Blue Hawaii and Jurassic Park. Take the Movie Tour to many of the film set locations.
*Drive the north coast from Hanalei to Ke’e beach, literally at the end of the road. You’ll go over a series of quaint wooden bridges, forge a mountain stream, pass a wet and a dry cave and many secluded beaches. Bring a picnic and watch the sunset.

 

The Top Ten Barbecue Spots in Kansas City, Missouri

One of the best cities for a food trip, Kansas City is also the home of the best barbecues in the country! Mouthwatering barbecues are a staple fare for celebrations, and if you are looking for the best, head to Kansas City!

With more than a hundred barbecue restaurants dotting Kansas City, you know you are in for a treat. Here are the top ten barbecue restaurants in Kansas City.

  • Three Little Pigs BBQ. You know you are savoring the best in Three Little Pigs BBQ, which has been featured on the Food Channels “Taste of America” with Mark De-Carlo, and Travel Channels “BBQ Battle”.
  • Burnt End BBQ. Mouthwatering large servings of thick and juicy large steaks,  pork and chicken is what you will savor at Burn End BBQ.
  • BBQ Shack. Their whole roasted hog must be the centerpiece of any party. Homemade jalapeno poppers, chicken wings, and hickory smoked pork spare ribs are a must-try in BBQ Shack.
  • Arthur Bryant's. Greasy fries combined with BBQ ribs and beef brisket will make you feel like you have just gone to heaven! Don’t forget to bring home one of Arthur Bryant's barbecue sauce and seasonings.
  • Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q. Established in 1945, Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q is the locals’ favorite. Aside from its tangy and delicious barbecues, their chili beans are to die for!
  • Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue. Barbecued beef ribs, hickory-smoked fish, strawberry hill Polish sausage, and good to the last piece onion rings are a must try in Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue.
  • Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que. In 2009, Anthony Bourdain named Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que as “One of Thirteen Places to Eat Before You Die” in Men's Health Magazine. Their Z-Man sandwich is the bomb!  
  • Q39. Known for its national championship and award-wining dishes such as house made Chipotle sausage, pulled pork, burnt ends, and tender, juicy BBQs, Q39 is ready to conquer your palate!
  • Brobeck's Barbeque. Whether you are dining alone or with friends, you must order the combo platter which is brimming with sausages, ribs and meat. Brobeck's Barbeque are meant to be eaten without any sauce. Their barbecue is simply terrific!
  • LC's Barbeque. Although barbecues are its specialty, you must try their burnt ends "sandwich”. Just imagine a pile of meat chunks slathered with celery seed accented barbecue sauce! You can only wish that you can have their barbecues and sandwiches every day.
  • Woodyard Bar-B-Q. A family-owned barbecue restaurant, Woodyard Bar-B-Q is a no-frills place where the only star is their melts-in-your-mouth slabs of ribs! You must also try their Merriam Mixer, chilies, and hot wings.

When it comes to barbecues, there is no other city that can compare to Kansas City! 

Have a “Cherry Time” in Traverse City, Michigan

The largest producer of tart cherries in the United States, Traverse City is where you can enjoy a week-long festival that features Cherries! So if you love cherries, you must head to Traverse City In July.

Located in the greater Northern Michigan region, Traverse City covers a total area of 8.66 square miles, and is inhabited by 14,572 people. Aside from being known as the “Cherry Capital of Michigan”, its surrounding area is billed as the one of the centers of wine production in the Midwest. U.S. News listed the city as one of the “10 best places to retire in the U.S.” in 2012, and was named by USA Today as among the “Top Ten Places for Local Wine”.  Its numerous attractions include The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Mission Point Lighthouse, Light of Day Organic Teas, City Opera House, Dennos Museum Center, and Michigan Artists Gallery. You can also enjoy tours of its wineries and breweries. You can reach the city by train, bus, and car. You can also fly into the Cherry Capital Airport which is served by American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta Airlines.

The National Cherry Festival is a week-long festival held annually every first week of July. It was first held in 1926, and has since attracted thousands of cherry lovers from all over the country and the world. It has been named by USA Today as one of the “Ten Best Specialty Food Festival” in the United States. Bring the entire family and enjoy more numerous activities including picnics, cherry breakfasts, festival of farm food trucks, farmers markets,  arts & crafts fair, cherry pie eating contests, cherry pit spit contests, pets shows, air shows, concerts, and parades.

Interesting? Call your travel agent,  book a trip to Traverse City in July, and have a “Cherry Time”! 

Be Part of the Celebration at the Diyandi Festival at Iligan City, Philippines

Have you ever witnessed a festival in the Philippines? If not, then you're in for a feast for your eyes (and stomach)! The Philippines is known for its colorful festivals filled with merrymaking and lots of scrumptious food. If you're planning to head to Mindanao in September, you might want to schedule your trip during the Diyandi Festival.

Celebrated every September, Iliganons come together to honor their patron saint, St. Michael the Archangel, in a festival called Diyandi. During this time, locals and tourists flock to Iligan City as it comes alive and transforms into a huge and colorful stage where performers dance to loud and merry music and food is openly served in locals' homes. You will also find delight in purchasing unique items in the trade fairs as well as feast your eyes on spectacular art exhibits and entertaining beauty pageants.

Unlike the more popular festivals in the Philippines, the Diyandin Festival is quite new in the festival scene. However, although it has only been established in the early 2000s, it is still as festive as the more established festivals in the country. Perhaps one advantage is that since it is not as popular as other local festivals, you can expect a smaller crowd here.

Philippine festivals are truly one of a kind. Experience the Diyandin Festival in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Philippines! Book your Philippine holiday today.

Explore the Off-the-Beaten-Path Destinations in Jamaica

When going to Jamaica, most vacationers think about the resorts that line the island's northern coast. It's not surprising that most travelers will head to that direction because Jamaica is known for exactly that: lounging in the pool, basking in the sun, or enjoying the buffets. But if you're tired of the usual Jamaican scene, why not try exploring the off-the-beaten-path destinations in the island?

It takes an adventurous spirit should you want to explore the other side of Jamaica. However, we can assure you that it's an adventure worth taking! Here are some of the destinations you can visit:

  1. Port Antonio: Located in the eastern side of the northern coast, you can enjoy a slow-paced stay in this local secret destination with lush and green secluded beaches. But, Port Antonio is not just about the beaches. You can try waterfall hikes here or go bird watching. You might also want to try dining on authentic jerk cooking.
  2. Southwestern Jamaica: Just a 90-minute drive from Montego Bay, Southwestern Jamaica is less isolated than Port Antonio, but can still offer you a less crowded vacation spot. Some of the activities you can join are a safari excursion on the Black River, a tour of the historic Appleton Rum Estate, and a relaxing dip at YS Falls. You might also want to visit Treasure Beach, which is the site of Lovers Leap where two Jamaican slaves were said to have leapt to their deaths.
  3. Pelican Bar: A 20-minute boat ride out on the sea, Pelican Bar stands on stilts. Guests can enjoy a frosty Red Stripe and some fresh-caught seafood here.
  4. Mandeville: When you think of Jamaica, you think of beaches. However, land-locked Mandeville is something else. Here you can find the Caribbean's oldest golf course, the Manchester Golf Club, which dates back to 1868. Expect an English vibe when you visit this place, with cricket games and English-style pubs all over the place.
  5. Flower Forest and River Head Adventure Trail: Go to this ecotourism attraction and enjoy a 130-acre tropical forest and 40 acres of landscaped gardens. Follow a hiking trail along Little River and feast on the beautiful sights that include dozens of tropical plants, flowers, and birds. At the end of your hike, you will find yourself in a 14-foot deep pool where you can relax and enjoy the view.

Experience Jamaica differently by exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations. Book your holiday with a travel agent today and get the best deals!

Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica, your choice for an Eco Adventure Experience

Located in the northwest province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica, Papagayo Peninsula is perfect for people who want to enjoy an eco adventure experience. It is far enough to escape the daily grind of city living, yet it has world-class resorts such as Four Seasons, Andaz, Occidental Grand, Royal Club Grand, Occidental Grand, and Villas Sol.

Named as a top tourist destination in Costa Rica, Papagayo Peninsula has 15 miles of of coastline containing 31 separate pristine beaches. Although there have been a number of luxury homes and hotels that have been constructed over the years, the Costa Rican government has mandated that 70% of its land must remain natural, protecting it from over development. This is why it is still covered with  tropical dry forests, lush vegetation, unspoiled beaches, and beautiful sceneries. The land has been well kept and is home to more than 400 species of wildlife including the squirrel monkey and howler monkey.

Papayago Peninsula is known for its pristine beaches where you can enjoy activities such as swimming, windsurfing, kit surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving, water skiing and jet skiing. If you want to explore more, experience eco adventures, and be up close and personal with its wildlife, you must join one of the numerous tours offered by local tour operators. El Refugio Guanacaste Ecotours offers great sailing and scuba diving adventures on and underwater. You can also opt for a 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tour, Nature and Wildlife Tour, Boat Tour, and Sight Seeing Tour.

Enjoy a swim in the morning, a variety of tours during the day, watch the sunset, and  a drink or two before hitting the sack, sums up what is waiting for you in Papagayo Peninsula. 

10 Amazing Tips for Travel Budgeting in Hong Kong

Are you heading to Hong Kong soon but on a tight budget? Known as a shopping district, we're sure your first impression of Hong Kong is that it'll cost you...a lot. But, that's not the case because you can actually take a holiday in Hong Kong without breaking the bank.

  1. First of all, it's best to find affordable yet quality places to stay in during your holiday. One option is to go for a hostel. Hostels are cheaper than hotels but note that these are usually dorm-type so expect to share the room with other tourists.
  2. If you'd like a better place to stay in, your chance of scoring a nice room at a reasonable rate is to book early. Be aware that rates shoot up on weekends.
  3. Bring travel-size toiletries with you so you don't need to buy.
  4. Opt for more affordable dining options instead of eating at fancy restaurants.
  5. Take a walk. Really, you'll appreciate Hong Kong life when you take a stroll instead of taking a cab or riding the subway. Plus, it's free!
  6. Enjoy a short journey across the water to Hong Kong Central by taking a ferry. It's just a little over five HK dollars.
  7. Want to enjoy a beautiful sunset? You're free to enjoy the Hong Kong skyline from the Kowloon area.
  8. You can also get photo opportunities at the Avenue of Stars--for free, of course.
  9. Another free yet satisfying thing you can do around the Avenue of Stars is too the spectacle of lights that is Hong Kong. See the buildings light up the sky right across Victoria Harbour.
  10. Ever heard of the Central Mid-Level Escalators? We heard it's fun to ride...and free as well!

As you can see, by doing minor adjustments in your trip, you'll be able to cut the cost of your stay in Hong Kong.

Avoid sky high prices by booking your holiday in advance. Book a vacation with a travel agent today!

A Romantic Holiday at Dolphin Bay Resorts and Spa, California

Located in California's central coast, Pismo Beach is a famous destination for the long stretch of white beach and its spectacular sunset. It is also home to some fabulous wineries and a mix of activities for both the laid back and the adventurer. If you are looking for a romantic destination that's just within the United States, Pismo Beach is the perfect place to go.

Where can you stay for your romantic holiday in Pismo Beach? Ranked number 1 in hotels in Pismo Beach by TripAdvisor is Dolphin Bay Resorts and Spa. It is highly recommended by vacationers with their spacious and comfortable accommodations that overlook the Pacific Ocean as well as its topnotch restaurant. Add to that the exceptional service provided by the hotel staff and you'll definitely have the best romantic holiday you've ever had.

Make your romantic getaway with your partner extra special by booking a suite with a view at Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa. Aside from sipping wine while you watch the sunset together from your suite's balcony, there are a lot of other things you can do like golfing, riding the dunes, horseback riding, surfing, body boarding, and fishing. You wouldn't want to miss this opportunity to bond, right?

To book a holiday at Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa in Pismo Beach, call your trusted travel agent so they can set everything up for you!

Mount Carmel's Caves, a Study into Human Evolution The four caves of Mount Carmel include Tabun, Jamal, El-Wad and Skhul. The cave’s terraces are clustered next to each other on the southern side of Nahal Me’arot Valley which opens to the coastal plain on the western end of the Carmel range. read more
The Gelati Monastery and Bragrati Cathedral The Gelati Monastery features mosaics, wall paintings, enamel and metal work that make this monastery to rise above the status of being just a monastery but also a center of education and science. read more
Best Beachfront Restaurants in Myrtle Beach Marina Inn is Myrtle Beach City's premiere dining destination. It is ideal for both family nighouts and romantic dinners. It is popular for its Fish Tacos that are served with a Mango Margarita. read more
Experience a Life of Luxury at Hotel Estherea This is a blog about one of the best hotels in the world - the Hotel Estherea. That the hotel is located on Singel, Amsterdam's oldest canal, makes it a must visit for those intent on seeing what Amsterdam has to offer. read more
Who takes care of what bills for a  Destination Wedding? Make no mistake. Destination weddings can be pricey, but not if you know how to make them work. Besides, the fact that you will host your wedding at your dream destination is all that matters. read more
The World's Best Yoga Spots The spot is located on the foothills of Kerala's western Ghat in India. The beauty of nature coupled with the graceful flow of Neyyar Dam water makes it the ideal place to meditate. Among the lessons learnt here includes hatha yoga courses which involves chanting, yoga practice and meditation. read more
Laurisilva of Madeira, The Mustn't Miss Destination In Portugal Laurisilva of Madeira comprises of 15,000 hectares and is located in the larger 27,000 hectares Madeira Nature Reserve. The site is made up of primary laurel forest, a vegetation species that is only found in the Azores, Canary Islands and Madeira. read more
It's Time You Explore The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley in Andorra The upper part of the valley features an exposed glacial landscape with picturesque steep cliffs, rock and lake glaciers. Further down, the valley narrows and becomes more wooded. A secondary valley is also to be seen here at the point where Perafita Claror Valley blends into the Madriu Valley to the South West. read more