Monday, October 12, 2009

Fabulous Vegas Freebies



Anyone that knows me knows that I'm a huge fan of freebies and living frugally. What self respecting Vegas visitor would ever pay full price if they didn't have to or leave this great city of chance without getting something for nothing. One of the best services I can provide my fellow man is the ability to share these fabulous free finds with anyone that is interested in what I have to offer.

This is better than a 'tell all' book on who did it and why isn't it? The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers a delight to the eyes of the beholder. It is a true delight to all the senses to see the sights and inhale the fragrance of these gardens that display seasonal highlights in plants, flowers, and produce. Each season offers new delights to the senses and there is no admission fee to view these beautiful floral arrangements. This is a great place for a photo op to help you remember your time in Las Vegas.

Have you ever seen water dance? If not, then while you're visiting the Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio, you'll want to stick around long enough to witness the fountains of Bellagio. These shows consist of more than 1000 fountains that are literally dancing in choreographed unison with light to the music (you may be surprised or quite possibly impressed by the extent and variety of the music play list for this particular show). This is also free to witness and occurs every half hour or so after 3:00 PM throughout the week and after noon on the weekends.

If you're looking for more great fun that is free for the entire family to enjoy, head on over to Circus Circus for Circus Acts-this show is free to watch and provides the audience with the thrills and chills of the big top day after day. You can watch different acts as they perform throughout the day at the half hour mark between the hours of 11 AM and Midnight.

Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall offers a stunning display of water and laser lights daily at 2:00, 6:00, 8:00, and 10:00. This show is called "Sunset Stampede" and takes place in a 9-story atrium that hosts a natural habitat of live trees, greenery, waterfalls, and trails.

Another great free attraction in Vegas is the Masquerade Show in the Sky. The show is free to watch, if you choose to participate by riding one of the floats, the cost is $12.95 (that is subject to change). This experience is very reminiscent of Carnivale in Brazil. The floats are literally suspended from the ceiling for the sake of this show which is considered one of the best free shows that Vegas has to offer.

Perhaps one of the most interesting freebies is the Silverton Hotel and Casino's Aquarium. This attraction is completely free to the public and a fascinating thrill to children big and small (even mom's find this one fascinating). Enjoy watching both salt water and freshwater fish in their natural habitats and enjoy the ambiance of your surroundings.

The Sirens of Ti is a great sexy pirates tale that shows at Treasure Island TI daily as the weather allows. This is one great show that the kids, especially little boys that think pirates are the bomb and big boys that enjoy watching ships sink and sirens do what sirens do, will all agree to enjoy together.

Free entertainment is often the best entertainment that can be found. There are so many things to do and see that cost literal fortunes. It is nice to know that there are so many thrilling adventures available for little or no cost to explore while visiting Las Vegas. If you spend wisely, you will discover that you can enjoy the better part of most days filled with activity without breaking your wallet or becoming close personal friends with any creditors.

How To Break Even In Las Vegas


If you're thinking about a Vegas Vacation you are probably thinking about casinos. Most people who have ever gambled harbor no fantasies of striking it rich when going and playing in casinos. Most of us know the ultimate goal is to go in, play a while, have some fun, get some comps, and go home with about what you walked in with.

Many who gamble on a regular basis no to only bring in a certain amount of money and to not mix gambling money with money that is earmarked for other things. There are a few things that those who are new to the world of gambling can do in order to avoid spending more than you intended. Anyone who has spent much time in a casino will tell you that it is easy to get your money mixed up and end up spending every dime you walked in with thinking you had more money hidden elsewhere.

That being said there is a profound difference in a casual gambler and someone that is willing and expecting to come in and make a hefty investment in the casino. These investments sometimes pay off big time for those who can afford to lose the money. They also can end up costing them big time and taking a while to recover. I recommend starting light.

Hopefully these tips will help you go home with a little money in your pocket.
1) Set a spending limit for each day and night of your stay. This sounds simple enough but it you'd be surprised at how difficult this bargain you've made with yourself can be to keep.
2) Bring only that amount of money into the casino with you and bring it in cash.
3) Lock all other ATM, Debit, and credit cards in your room safe along with any traveler's checks and other cash that you have. This prevents the temptation to get one more twenty or fifty until they are all gone. This sounds like a little bit of overkill and people often think they have plenty of self control but there is something about a casino, I swear you sometimes loose every bit of common sense you had when you walk in the door. This prevents you from getting in over your head and taking desperate measures.
4) Set a time limit for your casino fun and when that time limit is up for the evening/day get up from the table and leave the casino whether you are on the hottest winning streak of your life or not. Winning streak ultimately end at some point it is better to leave on a high note and have a little extra money to play with the next night (or better yet to take home with you). Leaving at a set time prevents you from getting over tired and making poor decisions based on the altered state of being sleep deprived.
5) Win and lose graciously. It will earn you a lot more respect from staff and the other players and you may find them wishing you luck because of your graciousness. In Vegas you can never have too much luck but woe to those whose luck has run out.

Believe it or not, these five things can save your more money and win you more friends than almost anything other than a super hot winning streak.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Vegas Weddings for All Tastes

Vegas is almost as famous for weddings as it is for some of its more questionable roots and activities. In fact there are wedding chapels on almost every corner and in almost every major casino on the strip and beyond. There are themed weddings, elegant weddings, simple weddings, alien weddings, and all kinds of weddings in between. Other than gambling, it seems that Vegas knows the most about weddings.

If you're planning a wedding, thinking about a wedding, or simply want to avoid a wedding and would like to run away and get married, might I suggest one of the many wedding chapels in Vegas? It takes all kinds of people to put together a fairy tale wedding however it can be done in Vegas in a matter of minutes. There are even wedding chapels in Vegas that will rent you costumes in which to get married. There are also those that rent the dresses and tuxedos for the more traditionally minded among you.

There are all kinds of wedding packages that can be ordered from the plain Jane and simple Sue wedding packages that offer no frills and no fun to those with more bells and whistles than you can shake a stick at. Where I come from there are plenty of sticks to be shaken. From professional photography to full service spa packages before the wedding for the bride and the bridal party there are all kinds of luxurious wedding touches available to those that are willing to pay for the service offered.

Vegas is probably the only city in the world that has professionals dedicated to throwing bachelor and bachelorette parties for brides and grooms to be. It really does beat all you've ever seen and more than most have ever dreamed of. While many people had dreams of fairy tale weddings and mom and dad paying for it, there are just as many who have had romantic dreams of getting married in Vegas since the very first time they heard it mentioned in movies or on TV. There are those that want Elvis impersonators singing as they share vows and others that want him to officiate the services. With so many tastes and wedding wishes, Las Vegas has come through with shining colors as far as making dream weddings possible for all those who enter.

It would seem that in Vegas, no wedding request (as long as it is legal) is out of the question. From the simply elegant to the outrageously campy there are chapels of love for all persuasions from pink fuzzy carpet and candles to outrageous dungeon looking rooms and all kinds in between weddings have been performed for many different walks of life and to confirm commitments for all manner of people and relationships from many countries around the world. Vegas is one of the easiest cities in the world in which to get married and all kinds of people take advantage of that fact for a quickie wedding. The one rule is that all parties must be of legal age and must be consenting. Consent is quite recognizable on your wedding day in most cases.

If you're planning a Vegas wedding, you are not alone and I wish you the absolute best of luck as you begin your new lives in this infinitely fascinating city of many dreams.

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Good Family Fun in Las Vegas

If you are looking for some fun things to do in Las Vegas with or without the family, this should keep you busy for the better part of your travels. Keep in mind that Vegas is a city about lights and action most of the attractions will have on or other if not both of these elements. Enjoy the bright lights of this big city and have as much fun as you can possibly muster during your stay.

The High Roller at the Stratosphere Hotel is a roller coaster, which at 909 feet above ground is the world's highest (keep in mind that competition is fierce among coaster makers and that is subject to change). This roller coaster consists of more than 800 feet of track and offers some sharply banking turns at around 32 miles an hour for your coaster fun and enjoyment. The cost for one trip on this coaster is $5 and passes may be purchased for the day (height restrictions apply).

The Nevada Zoological and Botanical Park is another great way to spend the day. While this is by no means the world's largest zoo it is a nice place to take your kids and visit the wildlife (well some wildlife that isn't located on the strip at any rate) of Las Vegas. Some of the animals you might see include chimpanzees (usually a hit with the little ones), emus, ostriches, wallabies, and flamingos. You can also choose to take a full or half day eco tour of the desert. These tours give you the opportunity to learn to the view the desert a little bit differently and are a great educational experience disguised as fun for your children.

What would a stay at the Venetian Hotel and Casino be without a gondola ride? You do not however have to stay at the Venetian in order to experience this pleasure, nor do you have to venture a transatlantic flight. For an authentic gondola experience you only need to travel as far as the Venetian Hotel and Casino. You will float under bridges as your gondolier serenades you with the sounds of Venice. You can choose and outdoor gondola ride when the weather permits. The outdoor rides are only marginally less expensive and are still quite nice (they might even be preferable on a chilly desert night). Children 12 and under are very inexpensive passengers and if you are traveling with your partner you can opt for a romantic 2 passenger gondola for an added fee. Reservations must be made in person and can only be made the same day beginning at 9 a.m. for the indoor gondola ride and 10 a.m. for the outdoor ride.

If you're old enough to remember the commercials that asked if it was live or it was Memorex then you will understand that reference when it comes to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. Where else can you play a round of golf with Tiger, sail the seas with Captain Jack Sparrow, marry George Clooney, become a playboy bunny, and sing along side The King? You will see some of Hollywood's brightest stars both living and living memories at Madame Tussauds have fun meeting your favorites. This is a must see stop on your trip to Vegas and will have the entire family rolling with laughter, be sure to bring the camera along for this one.

Vegas might have been a little slow to see the light, but this city is really working to make this a fun place to be for the entire family and it is slowly building a nice selection of activities that don't directly involve gambling or the casinos. The casinos, recognizing good business sense when they see it have been the pioneers of many of these family oriented activities in hopes of encouraging more guests to come back to the city. Be sure to check out all the wonderfully fun things there are to do with the family during your Vegas stay.

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5 more Freebies for San Francisco Travel

If the thing you look least forward to on vacation is wracking up vicious amounts of debt on your Master Card, then you've come to the right place. I'm here to offer advice on free things to do while visiting San Francisco. Granted, it is not wise to think that you can go on vacation without spending any money and have a good time. However, it is quite possible to be very selective when deciding where to spend your money by having alternative entertainment options that cost little or no money.

Rather than a top ten list, which can be a little long winded, I'm going to provide a top five list. My sincere hope is that you will use this list as inspiration for finding your own free or low cost entertainment while visiting San Francisco. On to the list:

1) San Francisco Botanical Gardens. The climate of San Francisco provides a unique atmosphere that allows the growth and maintenance of plants from around the world. As a result the San Francisco Botanical Gardens offers a look at plants that are rare almost anywhere else on earth. The Gardens are 55 acres and host more than 7500 plants from around the world.
2) Chinese Culture Center. This center offers resources about the Chinese culture in San Francisco in addition to many programs that are available to learn about the artistic and cultural contributions that the Chinese community has made to this great city.
3) Fort Point National Historic Site. This site has special historical significance. Its original intent was to prevent invading forces from entering San Francisco Bay. By the end of the Civil War the massive cannons that had been used for this purpose were obsolete. The last of the original 126 cannons was removed around 1900. During the 1930's, the fort was used as a headquarters for the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. This Fort has played a vital role in our history and is worth a visit, especially considering the fact that it is free.
4) Stern Grove Concerts. These concerts only take place on Sunday afternoons during summer months but are well worth checking out if you have a sunny Sunday afternoon available during your stay. The goal of these concerts is to educate the masses and potentially inspire future musicians. A love of music is the second best gift you can give a child, second only to a love of reading. It's a great way to spend an afternoon, and it's free!
5) Wells Fargo History Museum. This museum is a fun side trip for the family. Not only does it tell the history of Wells Fargo as it pertains to San Francisco, but it also tells of Black Bart and other stagecoach robbers while providing visitors with the awe inspiring story of the great earthquake of 1906 and the role of Wells Fargo in the recovery process. I believe that young and old alike will find this museum to be a lot of fun, especially for the price.

If you are visiting San Francisco and need some great family friendly activities to fill your days, then this is definitely a great place to start. I hope that you can find a few more things than I have mentioned here to help fill in gaps and entertain the young and old on your vacation alike. Remember not to over plan your trip, as some of the greatest times to be had are spontaneous rather than planned.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf-Famous for a Reason

Fisherman's Wharf, Famous for a Reason

Fisherman's Wharf is one of the most famous of destinations for visitors of San Francisco, California and with good reason. There is so much to see and do in Fisherman's Wharf that you could quite easily plan an entire trip to Frisco and only leave the Wharf as you are leaving the city.

The Wharf offers more than 2,500 hotel rooms, several restaurants, and an almost endless amount of shopping, history, culture, and attractions. Anyone would be hard pressed not to find something fun to do in Fisherman's Wharf.

If you are interested in the sea faring culture and history of the Fisherman's Wharf, take the Port Walk, which is a walking tour that you can take at your own pace while learning about the history of Fisherman's Wharf through the various signs located along the tour. You can also tour the USS Pampanito, which was a WWII submarine, or the SS Jeremiah O'Brien, which is the last unaltered Liberty ship that is operational. Both of these can be found on Pier 45.

If you find yourself a little hungry, perhaps it's time to check out the many restaurants that the Wharf has to offer or simply to stroll on over to Ghirardelli Square, okay, I confess, I could spend my entire vacation here. With its rich history of chocolate and chocolate making, no pun intended, this square is now home to some lovely little shops and for chocolates, clothing, souvenirs, and jewelry. Really, who could ask for more in a shopping center? Chocolate, jewelry, and clothes, the only thing missing is shoes.

Back to reality and the fact that many of us travel with family. Fisherman's wharf has a lot to offer in the way of family entertainment. Check out Pier 39. Ever want to take a Magic Carpet Ride or star in your own musical video? What if I told you that you could actually do both? In addition to the Magic Carpet Ride there is the San Francisco Carousel, which children of all ages will love, Frequent Flyers (perfect if you have any aspiring acrobats among you), and Riptide Arcade (I recommend giving dad an allowance before going in here unless you want to spend most of your vacation rooted to the spot-or giving a time limit and leaving the guys while the girls go shopping). In fact, there are so many things to do at Pier 39 you could almost make a vacation here alone. Don't leave though without checking out the sea lions.

I can't really mention Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, and families without brining to attention the fact that the Aquarium of the Bay is a great place for family entertainment. The aquarium is a great way for you and your family to spend the day. Not only is this a fun excursion that your children will probably remember long after you've gone back to the real world of your day-to-day lives, but it is also an educational experience that is cleverly disguised as fun. Your children will learn about all kinds of marine life, while having a great time and never know what really hit them. This is one of those times when it is great to be a parent and you can pat yourself on the back for providing an educational experience that they are enjoying. Even better, they never have to know.

Last but not least, there really isn't enough that I can say about the fantastic shopping and dining experiences that are available all along Fisherman's Wharf. There are so many shopping areas at Fisherman's Wharf that it is hard to keep them all separate in your mind but this is a girls dream vacation while still offering enough activities to satisfy the men in your life. If the history, the culture, and the fun aren't enough to convince you, then perhaps the food should speak for itself. All you have to do is show up with your appetite; your nose will lead the way for everything else.

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Walking Tours Give Unique View of San Francisco

Walking Tours give Unique View of San Francisco History

If your boots were made for walking, then a walking tour of one of San Francisco's many fascinating neighborhoods or districts may be the perfect activity for you while visiting San Francisco. Even if you aren't all that into walking but enjoy learning about an area and the things that make that area unique, this is the tour for you.

Combining education and entertainment with physical activity is a great way to trick your body into getting out, getting a little sun, and having a lot of fun. The best thing about these tours for me is the fact that they are free. Don't get me wrong, I love learning about the history of the areas I visit. Even more than that, I love hearing about the great and quirky people that made the history; but I have to admit, I love doing things that provide entertainment and don't cost a great deal of money. A donation is recommended and I can honestly appreciate that much more than an overpriced amusement park ride (or worse paying that much just to walk through the gate and never actually riding a ride).

Not all walking tours of San Francisco are free, but the ones that are led by the San Francisco city guides are. You really should check them out at some point during your visit. They offer a great selection of walking tours each and every day that will appeal to a very diverse audience. In fact, there are tours that are geared towards specific groups of people so if you are with your family, it might be a good idea to allow each member of your family to select at least one of these walking tours that is of interest to him or her. That way, everyone is motivated to sit through the selections of the other in anticipation of the trip he or she selected.

The tours typically begin in easy to identify and very public places and most of them even meet near access to public transportation in order to accommodate visitors coming from other areas of the city. The tours go to great lengths to avoid being overly strenuous but the Streets of San Francisco are not always accommodating, as they are well known for their steep hills. I think taking one of the walking tours early in the day is a great way to start the day. You get to get a little fresh air, a little exercise, and you are enjoying these things before the day gets too terribly warm. Not to mention the fact that starting your day off with something that is fun and free is a really good way to start your day.

If you are among the really brave, you might want to try one of the many 'Ghost Walking Tours' that are available. There are ghost walks of City Hall and the Palace. If you prefer something a little mellower, there are plenty of walks from which to choose. Some of the more popular walks are the Golden Gate Bridge walking tour (this tour provides great insight into the mind of the man who dared to dream of this bridge and tells the story of what it took to build this bridge it is very much a tour worth taking if you have any love for the many great bridges of the world), the Ferry Building walking tour (recently renovated, this building was once of major importance to San Francisco, it has now been replaced by roads and bridges but remains an important component in the history of this great city), and the Coit Tower Murals walking tour (the tour allows peeks at murals that aren't always opened to the public as well as a glimpse into the murals that depict famous scenes from the 1930's).

While visiting San Francisco, there are few better ways to completely enjoy your trip than taking one of the many walking tours available in the city. Finding one of the many free walking tours is even better. You will not only get a unique insight into the city or for the icon you are touring, but you will also get a much better view than if you were simply driving by.

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San Francisco Offers A Little Fun for Everyone

San Francisco offers a Little Fun for Everyone

San Francisco is perhaps one of the most diverse cities in America. With the vast diversity among the people that make this great city what it is today, San Francisco really is a melting pot. Not only have the different cultures and flavors had a great effect on what this great city has become, they also have an incredible impact on the city that is seen by those visiting. There is very little you can look for in a vacation that can't be found in San Francisco.

The real appeal of San Francisco as a vacation destination is that it has a little something to offer everyone. From families with small children, families with teens, young couples, older couples, to those of different lifestyles and ethnicities there is a little something that should appeal to all.

San Francisco has a great history that celebrates its diversity and a future that looks, well, golden. From the Golden Gate Bridge to Fisherman's Wharf and everywhere in between San Francisco has a lot to offer visitors in way of art, entertainment, shopping, and incredible, mouth watering food. You don't have to take my word for it though, wander on over to Fillmore Street and see for yourself. If you've been having too much fun taking in the sights and playing in the wonderful parks that can be found throughout this fabulous city, take a trolley on over. Just make sure you bring your appetite.

If you have young kids along there are both fun and educational adventures that abound in this great city. If you aren't careful, you just might find that you can't really tell the difference between the two. More importantly, neither can they.

Even skeptical, difficult to impress teens will be hard pressed to pretend to be bored throughout your entire trip to San Francisco. Between the interesting cultures, the good food, and the hip trendy atmosphere of local shopping centers, there is something that will be likely to appeal to your teens. They just might find themselves having a lot of fun at some of the plays, museums, and parks in the area too.

For the just married, there is a ton of romance in this fair city. From the exhibits and museums dedicated to the perseverance of the people of this great metropolis, to the beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge and the many parks in the area. There is also the great food and shopping to consider. From trendy small boutiques to national chain stores San Francisco has it all.

For more mature crowds this city is hard to beat when it comes to arts and entertainment. Not only are their shows playing almost nightly, there is also a great cultural arts community here as well. There are enough museums here to make a great vacation in and of themselves. Add to that the great food and the little boutique shops that abound and you are well on your way to having a great time.

The cultural diversity of San Francisco, California could be a book in and of itself. In fact, there are probably several books on the matter. There is a rich history of many cultures here that is readily available for exploration. From China Town to Little Italy and a stop in the Castro District in between there is a vast treasure trove of cultures, ethnicities, and fabulously wonderful people to investigate.

If visiting San Francisco, California is something that you've been considering, what are you waiting for? Check out all the great things that this city has to offer and keep in mind that when it feels like it's a thousand degrees outside in the South or forty below in the north, it's probably a fairly mild day on the Frisco bay. The temperatures year round here are generally within the realm of comfortable which makes it that much more appealing. Add the pleasant temperatures to the beauty and fun that is waiting, I can't believe you're still here and not booking your trip already.

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San Francisco's Original China Town-No Substitude

San Francisco's Original Chinatown, Accept no Substitutions

When visiting San Francisco, California there are so many things to see and do that it is often difficult to decide which things you should do and see in which order. Perhaps one of the most interesting things to note about San Francisco is the diversity of the many 'neighborhoods' throughout the city. Of these many diverse neighborhoods, perhaps the most famous is San Francisco's Chinatown.

With more than one hundred restaurants, Chinatown owes no small part of its fame to the great delicacies that can rarely be found outside this part of town. There is something about the ambience and atmosphere, the smells, sights, and sounds that make the food that much more appealing to the average diner. If you have tried Chinese food elsewhere, be sure to try it here and compare. I think you will find that there really is no comparison and it's hard to go back to dime store Chinese food once you've tasted 'the real thing'.

In addition to the great food you will find readily available within the Chinatown area, there is a vast wealth of architectural beauty that will take your breath away. Some of these buildings aside from being stunningly beautiful have a rich history as well. Some of the more traditionally Chinese buildings that can be found in Chinatown are the Bank of Canton, the Sing Chong Building (which was destroyed during the earthquake of 1906 and rebuilt), and the Bank of America building which as 60 dragon medallions on its façade in addition to the many golden dragons that adorn the rest of the buildings exterior.

Chinatown is made up of 8 streets: Clay, Commercial, Grant, Jackson, Pine, Sacramento, Stockton, and Washington; and 11 alleys: Beckett, Hang Ah, Joice, Old Chinatown Lane, Ross, Spofford, Stark, St. Louis Place, Walter U. Lum Place, Waverly, and Wentworth. Tucked in the nooks and crannies of these streets and alleyways, you will find herbal shops, gift shops, restaurants, and all of the many sights and sounds that make the Chinatown area of San Francisco a truly unique travel destination.

Portsmouth Square is literally the heart of Chinatown. Not only does it mark the beginning of this section of town, which has grown and expanded since the beginning of its days, it also remains to this day the area for monuments and celebrations regarding the Oriental Community of San Francisco at large. If you have even the slightest bit of interest in history, this is an area that you will find monumentally appealing. If you are more interested in art, entertainment, and good food, you should find plenty of that here as well.

As I have said before, Chinatown is really a great place to explore while visiting San Francisco. Make sure you have plenty of time to explore the roads and alleys and that you bring a healthy appetite with you. If you have little ones in your life, whether they are making this trip with you or you are going solo, you will find that there are plenty of goodies to buy as souvenirs that will provide both delight and challenge.

While there are newer 'Chinatown' areas cropping up within San Francisco, the original still remains the greatest draw for tourists. In fact, Chinatown rivals the Golden Gate Bridge as a tourist attraction and has been rumored to be even more of a draw. The original Chinatown of San Francisco remains an important gateway to the past as it represents an important segment of the history of San Francisco, this country, and immigration to America. I strongly urge you to remember that when during your visit to San Francisco and that you will take a stroll down the streets and alleys of Chinatown to see for yourself how much American history Chinatown really does represent.

Even if you aren't hungry when you begin walking the streets of Chinatown, I can pretty much guarantee that you will be before too long. The wonderful smells of great cuisine simply cannot be escaped when strolling along these city blocks. It's both wonderful and torturous at the same time. Be sure to enjoy a dish or two while you are there and have lots of fun. That, after all, is what vacations are all about.

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Lunch At Fuji Japanese Restaurant-Panama City ,Florida

We saw the ad that Fuji Restaurant has a grand opening, so we went to try it out. They Had Japanese "All You Can Eat Buffet".I think they had just opened about a few week only.
Fuji Japanese Restaurant is located on 232,S .Tyndall Parkway ,Panama City ,Florida.

When we arrived about 1 pm, we noticed the parking lot is empty, just a few cars. The building is decorated with colorful flags and at the entrance are two big stones Kirin lions. As we walked in, we noticed just a few Japanese Art decor. There is a
Wishing well fountain and there are mostly Chinese decorations, Chinese wind charms,green Chinese roof on the Hibachi Tables, and all chinese waitresses and chef.This restaurant is actually owned by Chinese.

There are about 7 hot bar, 2 sushi bar, a cold bar ,a Hibachi Grill and a Mongolian Grill(What is the difference, they look the same)
On the Sushi Bar, there is a variety of different sushi, California roll,Eel roll,Sashimi and many colorful roll. Also Japanese Salad-seaweed salad. On the cold bar, are salad bar, fruits and some condiments.

Over at the hot bar, you are surprised that most of the dishes are typically Chinese favourites-Sesame Chicken,Broccoli Chicken,Lomein, Fried Rice. I did not see any
Japanese dishes. Not even Miso Soup, only Hot and Sour Soup and Egg drop soup.

At the Hibachi Grill , you can pick up your own choice of meat,shrimp,pork,Beef or chicken, and vegetables-onions,green pepper, beansprouts,mushroom and noodles. They are all fresh and raw and you let the Hibachi Chef cook it for you on the grill . I tried to check out the difference between Hibachi and Mongolian. I saw a handwritten note pasted that said Mongolian sauce is sweeter. I guess not much difference.

After finished we tried some fruits. I wanted to try the cakes, but my husband said it was too sweet.

Out ticket came up to $19.10 for lunch, about 8.99 a person. Not bad, consider it cost that much for a plate of sushi or Hibachi if you go to an authentic Japanese Restaurant. However, the service is not that satisfied. After, serving our drinks, we hardly see any waitresses around, consider there were only 5 or 6 tables of customers.So only $3.00 tips.

Cost=reasonable
Service=Fair
Food= Average.

Fuji is opened everyday from 10.30 am to 9.30 pm.
Tel 850 522 8989

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Along The Well Travel Path

I've always been a reader!

I've always haunted the local library - still do - but
when we were going through some bad times several years
ago, I discovered a whole new classification of books
and tapes. Motivational and inspirational ones.

After a bad day, I could immerse myself in "Real Magic"
by Wayne Dyer, and know that there were possibilities
out there after all. This book taught me that
meditation doesn't need to be done in a specific way
but that you can simply sit by yourself quietly, for 30
to 60 minutes and you'll come up with numerous exciting
solutions!

Bob Proctor's "You were Born Rich" was my constant
companion for many years. It's dog-eared now, but it
taught me that riches include many things in our lives
besides money and we need to be grateful for each and
every one.

Every time I drove my car I listened to cassette tapes,
including Brian Tracy's "The Psychology of Success"
tapes or "Possibity Thinking" by Robert H. Schuller and
somehow, it gradually dawned on me that this assistance
is always present and available to us in our lives, in
good times and in bad.

Over the years, any challenges that I have always give
way to hope and possibility when I pick up one of my
books or tapes. Somehow, I can always open a book to
any page and find a quote or a statement that 'speaks
to me' and changes the way that I'm thinking.

The same is true of the books that I read today. "The
Seat of the soul" by Gary Zukov or Dr.Wayne Dyer's
"There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem" and
"How to know God" by Deepak Chopra - along with masses
of other material by the 'Motivational Masters' of our
times are all basically teaching us the same thing -
that we are 'Spiritual Beings' with access to miracles
in our lives.

What I find really exciting about this is that all of
these authors have in fact gone before me on their
spiritual paths and their legacy of books and tapes are
now my guideposts along my way.

Now I'd like to share them with you!

To that end, I've compiled a list of some of these
Motivational Gurus with many of their works at
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Alaska-Travel Guide

Explore the true North, the land of spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and friendly hospitality.
WHAT TO SEE, TO DO AND WHERE: Mount McKinley is the highest mountain in North America (6,194 m or 20,306 feet), 150 miles from Fairbanks. Mountain climbing season is very short because of cold weather, strong winds and avalanche hazards. Nearly 1,000 people each season attempt the mountain, the best climbing conditions are in June.The peak is located in Denali National Park that offers superb mountain scenery and incomparable wildlife viewing, from 400-kg (900 lbs) grizzlies to Alaska state birds, willow ptarmigans, from Dall sheep to porcupines. Many visitors come to Alaska in winter to see Aurora Borealis when Northern Lights glow in all its glory. Birdwatching is also very popular among Alaska visitors, over 250 bird species inhabit the area, especially the southwest region. You can find all Grizzly fishingAlaska nature watch viewing sites including detail maps here. Whale watching boat trips allow the visitors an opportunity to observe and photograph Beluga, Orca, Humpback and Gray whales, along with many other marine mammals, in their natural environment. Available Alaska whale watching tours are listed by geographic region here. There many miles of trails for backpackers- from the pristine glaciers and fjords of remote Wrangell-St Elias National Park to the famous Chilkoot Trail where you follow the footsteps of the Klondike gold prospectors on this demanding 33-mile route near Skagway. It is a difficult hike and usually takes three to five days. The Alaska Trail system has over 40 both land and water-based trails with recognized recreational, scenic, and historic value. If you travel by RV or motorcoach, you need to know where to camp. Alaska RV parks index comes in handy. Do not also forget to visit Talkeetna - every Alaska visitor's favorite small town is the base for superb flightseeing trips around Mount McKinley. Alaska's capital Juneau is worth seeing. Founded as a roughneck mining town in 1880, Juneau is very much urbane these days. The city is also close to breathtaking glacier lookouts. If you enjoyAnchorage city driving, challenge the lonely Dalton Highway , a 500-mile road leading from Fairbanks to the Arctic Ocean. On the way you can try recreational gold panning on any Federal stream segments along the Dalton highway south of Atigun Pass. For those looking for downhill skiing opportunities, Alyeska Ski Resort, located 40 miles south of Anchorage, offers 3 double chairs, 2 fixed quads, 1 high-speed detachable quad and a 60-passenger tram to move you 840 m (2,800 feet) above scenic landscapes. For cross-country skiing fans Alaska's many trails are available to trek through mountain valleys or to ski beside the ocean. Annual sled dog races (dog mushing) is Alaska's official sport that attract participants and spectators from all over the world. The most famous race, Iditarod, runs for 1680 km (1,049 miles) from Anchorage to Nom and lasts 9 days starting on the first Saturday in March. Throughout the year many Alaska's communities host festivals and carnivals, there are interesting events for everyone. One of them is World Ice Art Championships held at Fairbanks in February-March where competitors carve magnificent sculptures from blocks of ice. Among other outdoor activities we would like to mention are boating on Alaska waterways, snowmachining and ATV-ing. We also devoted three separate web pages to Alaska sport fishing , hunting and sightseeing cruises.
WHEN TO GO: Alaskan summers are cool, the average temperature is +14 deg.C (58 F) in summer and -12 deg.C (11 F) in winter. It receives midnight sunshine in May- July and goes into 24-hour darkness during the part of winter. May to September are the best months to visit for warm time activities. You can check next week weather forecast for Anchorage here.
GETTING THERE: There are many direct or one-stop flights from major US cities. The largest Alaska's city, Anchorage, is under 4 hours from Seattle by air. Anchorage is 2,463 road miles from Seattle, 3,608 miles from Los Angeles. It is more convenient to fly to Anchorage and rent a car or RV on the spot. To travel by water you can take a cruise to Alaska or use the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry .
TRAVEL TIPS: Northern weather can be unpredictable. Consider taking with you and wearing multiple layers of clothes in response to a wide variety of temperatures and weather conditions. Alaska is more expensive than most other states: apart from two dozen hostels there's little budget accommodation, and eating and drinking will set you back at least twenty percent more than in the Lower states. Still, experiencing Alaska on a low budget is possible, though it requires planning and off-peak travel. From June to August room prices are very high. May and September, when tariffs are relaxed and the weather only slightly chillier, are just as good times to go, and in April or October you'll have the place to yourself, together with a smaller range of places to stay and eat. Winter months are becoming increasingly popular, particularly for the spectacular aurora borealis . At this time of year hotel rates drop by as much as half.
For many useful links on travel to Alaska visit us at www.travelmake.com
We wish you a nice and safe trip!

About the Author

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Air Travel Around The World-And let your cares fall by the wayside as you take a wonderful vacation.

Air Travel and vacations, to get on a plane and go somewhere, can be one of life's most rewarding experiences. It's so exciting to contemplate an exotic or relaxing destination, for no other reason than to just get away. Half the fun of air travel and vacations, or any trip for that matter, is the anticipation of waiting for the day of departure to arrive.


You know how it is; you're busy with your work and career, deadlines, meetings etc. One afternoon you look over at the calendar and realize that in only 6 weeks, a mere 42 days, you'll be taking off for 10 days of fun, sun and excitement. You get a good, warm feeling knowing that your air travel vacation is just around the corner. Sometimes just knowing that your going on a vacation is all it takes to brighten your day.


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Add The New Braunfels Texas Wurstfest to Your Fall Travel

GEMÜTLICHKEIT (warm friendliness, good cheer)

“Willkommen zum WURSTFEST! Prosit, und hab' Spasz!” is the slogan for this really appealing annual event. It means “Welcome. Cheers! To your health, and have fun!”

Combining a unique German community in South Texas, great food, fabulous bands imported from Germany for the occasion, amusement rides, affordable entry, a well-run event and often beautiful weather, the New Braunfels, Texas, “Wurstfest” has all the ingredients of a great family outing. (Plenty of local accommodations available, as this is an area where “gemütlichkeit” is plentiful and tourists are welcome.)

New Braunfels is located just a few miles north of San Antonio, Tx., which offers a full array of activities to include in your schedule – Fiesta Texas, Sea World, the Alamo, the RiverWalk, and wonderful Mexican food and markets, should you wish to make this a multicultural adventure.

Having just returned from a lovely evening at Wurstfest, I’m compelled to tell you how much fun it is. We began on a perfect fall evening unable to resist the smell of the sizzling pork chops and huge German sausages served on a stick, complimented by a great selection of beers, potato soup, German dinners, Reuben sandwiches, corn on the cob – and more -- and ended our evening with pfankuchen, funnel cake and coffee.

We rode the beautiful Ferris wheel and then settled under Das Grosse Zelt, the big tent, at the end of the Marktplatz to be charmed by the 10-piece brass band from Germany whose rousing tunes got everyone up and dancing – just as many kids as adults, and partners not at all required. They were only topped by the band that followed.

This Wurstfest, the celebration of German sausage, began in New Braunfels in 1961, just a one-day affair which nonetheless drew a crowd of 2,000 due to press coverage throughout the nation and in Germany.

Since then, it has grown to a ten-day affair with well-maintained permanent facilities drawing over 100,000 and raising many dollars for local charities. Your good time will also be a good deed!

You can learn more about Wurstfest at their official website: http://www.wurstfest.com/index.html , and from the Wurstfest Association, Post Office Box 310309, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-0309, 830/625-9167, or toll free 1-800-221-4369.

Admission is a mere $8.00 per person (children under 12 free), with special rates for early purchase, groups, and day discounts.

ADD ANHALT

If Wurstfest dates should ever coincide with the 3rd Sunday in October (and even if they don’t), make it a homerun by including public dancing at Anhalt Hall, just down the road apiece, about 28 miles west of New Braunfels.

Anhalt was settled by German pioneers around 1857 and this may be the oldest dance hall in Texas, with a newly renovated 6000 square foot hardwood dance floor usually featuring a German band (you MUST do the German Grand March) and then a C&W band (local talent).

It’s open air and you can sit in the grandstands and watch or pay to get on the dance floor. Kids welcome and great food and beer. It is run by the Germania Farmers Verein, originally established to protect the settlers and their livestock from Indians. It’s out in the country and an experience you don’t want to miss.

How far out in the country? Well, according to the website, in the 1970s “the population along Anhalt Road between Farm Road 475 and the hall was estimated at ten.” Population figures for 2000 were not available.

Admission and ample parking are free; there’s a minimal charge ($7?) if you want to get on the dance floor (which you will)!

To read more about Anhalt, go to the Texas Honky Tonk Dance Hall website: http://www.honkytonktx.com/dancehalls/

They also feature public dancing during Mayfest (3rd Sunday in May), and Summerfest (last Saturday in July).


About the Author

©Susan Dunn, MA, Personal Life & EQ Coach, http://www.susandunn.cc . Offering coaching, Internet courses and ebooks for your personal and professional development. Mailto:sdunn@susandunn.cc for free EQ ezine. I train and certify EQ coaches. Email for info on this fast, affordable, comprehensive, no-residency program.

Written by: Susan Dunn, MA, Personal Life & EQ Coach

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The ABCs of Adventurous Travel

A – Address peel and stick labels for all your family and friends before you go. Then stick to postcards along the way and you'll come home looking good.



B – Bottled water is a must – don't drink anything else.



C – Cookbooks from your travels are always a great souvenir. Cook a dish from one when you have friends over to see your video and pictures



D – Digital cameras save the day; their small and you never run out of film



E – Expect excitement; go with anticipation, not trepidation



F – Food is fun, try something you've never eaten before like zebra pate or Australian wine



G – Give generous tips, especially in poor countries, you'll be so glad you did



H – Hang out with the locals. Get to know a new person on your trip and get a photo with them



I – Inform someone at home of your itinerary



J – Journal every day. Can you remember now what you did last week?



K – Kids love it when you have packed little surprises to open along the way



L – Learn something: Take a pasta making course in Italy, Scuba diving in Argentina or Belly dancing in Bagdad (just kidding)!



N – Note the local artisans and buy something authentic



O – One substantial souvenir is better than a lot of small things. Then ship it home to lighten your luggage



P – Postcards will rescue you when your photography fails. You can never have too many



Q – Questions help you get the most out of all you see and experience.



R – Read before you leave. Read lots of books about your destination. Find out who the local best sellers are, and read one of their books.



S – Scrapbook within the first week of getting home



T – Travel as light as humanly possible. Dragging luggage is no fun.



U – Unpack as soon as you get home.



V – Vaccinations and certain medications are necessary in some countries – be sure to check with the World Health Organization about what you need.



W – Whining never fixes anything – buck up and deal with the differences



X – exchange your currency at the airport or a bank and be sure you understand the value of your money



Y – You are the one who will make or break your adventure. Plan to be positive



Z – Zero in on one or two experiences and squeeze the most out of them. Adventure overload will leave you confused.



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A Time Travel Postcard

Seeking a spot of serenity somewhere in the universe, I recently booked a deep-discount dodgy berth on the ‘White Elephant Express Space Shuttle’, to a little known place in a galaxy far, far away.

“IT” (otherwise known as HD 36405.b) is not your average “oddball” exo-solar planet made of rock that wobbles on its end and zips around a nearby star in less than 2.46 days.

Most linear thinkers have a great deal of difficulty even comprehending why on earth anyone in their “right mind” would be interested in visiting a planet called “IT”. Not being a linear thinker with an investment in the “right” answer, I didn’t give a hoot. After all, what does one (who walks on water and listens to miffed mortals all day long) do for a frigging night off, now I ask you?

If truth be told, (after reading random excerpts from “The Itty Bitty Bunkum Book About Life, the Universe and Practically Everything Under the Sun Not To Mention Stuff Going On In Remote Galaxies), I was simply delirious. According to its noted author, Dr. Jarn Leffer, “IT is a ’must-see’ for those with little time on their hands and a passionate interest in Innocuous Things.”

As planets go, “IT” is a pretty ho-hum celestial pit-stop with perhaps one exception… the welcome notice that reads, “Cosmic Cowboys - Welcome to the furthest unexplored outreaches of the Galaxy … Home to the Flop Fairy and Oodles of Gadflies!”

“IT” is populated by colonies of giggling, green grasshoppers . What else would you expect to inhabit a far-flung, fantasy-challenged hellhole like this? But, what made “IT” strictly speaking a strange place was the fact that the inhabitants munch on green, biodegradable garbage bags just for fun. Lacking masticating capabilities, the gadflies process their food by vigorously jumping up and down on it. No wonder they have no need for fast-food franchises, strip malls or landfills!

Anyway, I picked up this picturesque postcard of the blessed ballyhooing buglugs. They look perfectly happy but don’t be deceived. In reality, they’re just a gang of glad-handing grasshoppers. They don’t play golf, eat burgers, or drink beer -- and none can frost a rock! Come to think of it, apart from the company of bugs and the elusive flop fairy, this pathetic planet has precious little going for IT!!

To put "IT" bluntly, life on “IT” is just shy of a tittynope*. The jolly green grasshoppers and the carefully manicured green fairways with sand traps as far as the eye can see certainly make for an utterly harmless world. Regrettably, without a pair of golf clubs, a dimpled white ball, and the notion that 19th hole even exists on this planet -- ”IT” is about as fun as bag of toads!

Life Lesson 42: Remember to talk to your travel agent before ever embarking on a flight of fancy to a planet called “IT” in a galaxy named “Have-a-Nice-Day”!!

__________

*"Tittynope" for you whiffling word-peckers means "a small quantity of anything left over".

If you want to know what those green, glad-handing grasshoppers from "IT" look like -- ask any four-year old, or failing that request some help from a Flying Saucer Club member.


About the Author

Theolonius McTavish is a somewhat spaced-out time-traveller (of minor relevance and importance in the great scheme of things). When not probing odd things happening somewhere in the depths of the universe, he enjoys chinwagging with all manner of merry folk at www.quippingqueen.blogspot.com



Written by: Theolonius McTavish

5.6 Trillion Dollars Travel Business Is Creating Millionaires

5.6 Trillion Dollar Travel business Explodes Another 23% With No Slow Down In Sight! Entrepreneurs Cashing In!

With the Baby Boomer reaching peak spending years it's no wonder why the Travel industry is constantly breaking new records. Even those under 30 are spending there hard earned cash on traveling. "Travel Magazine"

The Baby boomers are those born between 1946-1964 and have a net worth of 78 billion dollars! That's approximately 40% of the GNP! They LOVE to travel and they love the savings we offer!

December 26, 2005 -- Its easy to see why so many people want to travel. Sun, fun, sandy beaches, exotic locations, or simply a chance to unwind. But with travel so expensive who can afford it?

Some savvy Entrepreneurs have found a way to not only save up to 75% on "ALL" travel expenses but they are making "thousands of dollars per week doing it!"

Imagine getting "unlimited lifetime" cruises, "unlimited 6 day 7" night resort packages, up to 50% discounts on hotels, condo rentals, Disney packages, car rentals, air fare, ski packages, camping packages and much more..... Imagine?

Imagine making $1000, $3000, or even $6500 for every package that gets sold and you never have to talk to "ANYONE", Imagine??

20 year seasoned Entrepreneur Matt Peck cant believe how much Money he actually saved on his travel package. After experiencing such a "great Value" Matt took it to the next level and decided to get involved in the business. Matt says its like Christmas everyday! The checks keep Rollin in and all I do is market my web site or 800 number with my special ID. I have never seen anything so duplicatable in my life.

We interviewed Matt about his previous business experience and Matt revealed he has tried an average of 15 different business's before he found one that actually worked. Matt said the problem with Network Marketing is that its not duplicatable. Even if you're a good speaker or good on the phone most people are not. When most people are confronted with a few No's they give up. And this is why over 95% of "ALL" network markers fail. Lets face it, some people just cant sell, some cant speak well, and MOST lack confidence. Matt's business has solved all those problems.

Matt says with his new travel business it takes all the selling, telling and chasing your friends and family out of the equation. Matt says he simply markets his web site or 800 number with his special ID number and his call center does all the telling and selling! Matt receives checks for a minimum of $1000, $3000, and $6500.

The key is how you market say's self made Millionaire Matt. I market through cheap classified Ad's, pay-per-click, Search engine optimization, card decks, magazine inserts, door hangers, post cards, etc..... It's fun and easy! If you just want to make and extra $1000 per week that's a NO BRAINER! With our automated site we even send out automated auto responder messages. We even give you ALL of the advertising secrets and resources. Its like a gift from God! To view a demo of his site you can view it at www.4266mp.wecloseyoursales.com

THIS BUSINESS IS AVAILABLE TO "ANYONE" , "ANYPLACE" IN THE "WORLD" ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION????



About the author:

With over 20 years experience in Home based business Matt Peck has finally dicovered the most profitable business in todays internet world. From Network Marketing, mail order, distributorships, condo flipping, selling land, buy rentals, to authoring his first two books Matt has done and seen it all. Matt has dicovered an effortless way to create enormous amounts of cash with the least effort!

Written by: Matt peck

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

6 Tips for Travelling Lite

How-to Pack and Travel Lite

In this day and age of traveling cephalalgia, there are a few packing tactics to employ. To cut out an extra thirty to forty minutes at the arriving airport, start with packing small luggage. Since carry-ons can not exceed a linear dimension of 45 inches, you can escape the fiasco of the baggage terminal by simply packing and traveling light. To learn how to pack all your needs into one suitcase, read more.

Use the following pithy packing tips to make your travel light:

Make a list. Compose a pack list. Be sure to coordinate shirts and blouses with bottoms. To maximize your traveling wardrobe fashion savoir faire, stick with solids and versatile basics. Rule-out any clothes that do not match other items.

Roll ‘em up please. The best way to fit all your clothes is by rolling pants and shirts. First fold each item in half. Then simply roll. To try to maintain any creases, start on the bulkiest end of the article of clothing.

Gear up. How to make an awe-inspiring impression out of a basic or mundane outfit? For the most glam appeal, accessorize with a vibrant tie (for him) or a florid scarf (for her). Multihued accessories can liven up just about any attire.

Minimize bulk. After you check for space, edit outfits – ruthlessly. Try to pack microfibers with wrinkle and stain free comfort. With most of your attire, stay in the same color scheme – in case you have to layer up for warmth.

Employ shoe smarts. For men, any leather rubber-soled shoes can make the day and night transition, easy. For woman, a pair of flip-flops, strappy sandals and comfy wedges can serve all casual – chic dressing needs.

Put under garments on the top. To reduce the embarrassment of under garments becoming the side show attraction of the open luggage scan, place all panties in a plastic bag free of any clippers, lighters or other questionable paraphernalia. For expedient security review, place the transparent bag on top of your other items so security can access the bag without ruining your efficient packing method.

Lose Extra Baggage. Leave the heavy travel guide at home. Duplicate important resources to keep your luggage free of extra pounds. Since most hotels and resorts provide irons and blow-dryers --leave yours at home for light travel.

Leave restricted items at home. If you want to make it through security extra fast, avoid any firearms, weapons, box-cutters, scissors, razors, lighters and any other item that may be used in a terrorist situation.



About the Author

Freelance writer, Holly Bentz is the owner of a media boutique, www.fruitionMedia.net. From subliminal e-sales letters, informative articles to powerfully persuasive web content, Bentz takes pride in providing awe-inspiring copy.

Written by: Holly Bentz

5 Romantic Travel Tips

A new year always means a chance for a new start. You and yours can begin this new year by making some travel resolutions together, regardless of your time and budget restraints. Put aside those old travel habits and make some new ones! Let this be the year that your travel plans focus on fun, fantasy, and festivities!



(1) We're going to plan a real vacation. No, it doesn't have to be an around the world cruise or first class getaway (but if you can afford it, what are you waiting for?) It does have to be an honest-to-goodness vacation, though. No cell phones, no laptops. Mark the dates on the calendar and keep it just like you'd keep any business appointment. The business of romantic travel, though, is a fun one and an activity that the two of you can plan for months.



(2) We're going to involve each other in the trip planning. All too often, one partner gets the job for planning a trip...and that task quickly becomes a bore. Plan your trips together! Anticipation is half the fun. Visit a travel agent. Collect brochures. Buy a guidebook. Rent a video about your destination. Search the internet for information.



(3) We're going to do something we've never done. Here you can be as mild -- or as wild -- as you dare. Go whitewater rafting. Rent a houseboat. Take a hot air balloon ride. Spend the night in a local bed and breakfast. Learn to scuba dive. Dance the whole night away under the stars. The choice is yours.



(4) We're going to take one mini-vacation every month. Whether it's for the night or just for the night out, plan one tiny slice of a vacation every single month. The only rule: you must pretend you're on vacation. Book a night at a local bed and breakfast. Call your local hotel and find out their non-peak nights (in business-oriented cities, it's usually Friday and Saturday) then plan a short romantic getaway.



(5) We're going to go to at least one festival. Special events take place at just about every community around the world. Whatever your interests -- from square dancing to sandcastle building -- you'll find a festival celebrating with a day or two of fun and food. If you don't have the time or budget to go far, contact area chamber of commerce or tourism offices within a day's drive of your home for their calendar of events. If you can, extend your trip into a long weekend. If you've got the time and resources, check out some of the major fun festivals: Carnival, Mardi Gras, Rio's Carnivale. Don't forget your costume!







Husband and wife team Paris Permenter and John Bigley edit the award-winning Lovetripper.com (www.lovetripper.com), a romantic travel magazine and resource featuring honeymoons, destination weddings, and romantic getaways worldwide.


editors@lovetripper.com






Written by: Paris Permenter & John Big

Friday, July 24, 2009

Joan's Birthday at Chow Time




It was my best friend, Joan's birthday on Wednesday . She and her kids, Amanda,John and my youngest son ,had came to Panama City for a vacation. After having fun at the beach, sunbathing,swimming, beach walk , shopping at Pier Park's Mall and eating lunch at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, they are leaving in the morning.

So I decided to take them out for lunch at Chow Time Buffet and Grill. This is actually a Chinese restaurant serving super buffet with Chinese, American,Mexican and Japanese food. Almost 250 items,and lunch is only $6.99.

We love the sushi, the grilled Salmon and the best is their Beef Ribs. A giant piece of Beef ribs with tangelizing sauce. Not a lot of meat but delicious. Other items include a great variety of shrimps,chicken, and stir fried. Also A desert bar, Fruit bar, salad bar and ice cream bar.

After the meal , I told the waiter, it was my friend's birthday and he went in to prepare us a birthday cake. All the waiters came around to sing Joan a Happy Birthday song. She was really happy.

We had great lunch and happy moments. The ticket came up to $46.65.Very reasonable for a great lunch

Saturday, July 18, 2009

2006-Ford Expedition- A Whole New Way to Travel

The 2006 Ford Expedition is a full-size SUV segment with a combination of interior versatility and adaptability, driving control, and, of course, safety. In two years in a row, it has continuously won the Polk Automotive Loyalty Award in its own segment.

Ford Motor Company first introduced the Ford Expedition in the year 1996. It was introduced as a rival to the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, which were full-size SUVs. The Ford Expedition surely has evolved through the years and it was in the year 2003 when it received a major redesign that integrated an independent rear suspension that even the 2006 Tahoe and Yukon avoided. The 2006 Ford Expedition is a capable truck, with decent power, plenty of room, and includes lots of safety features.

Its features are leaders and milestone breakers in its class. And these features include fold-flat-to-the-floor second- and third-row seating, class-exclusive PowerFold™ third-row seat, second-row CenterSlide™ section, heated and cooled front seats, keyless entry pad, AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™, Safety Canopy™ system, reverse sensing system and power-adjustable pedals. The 2006 Ford Expedition also has 110.5 cubic feet of cargo volume, which is the most hip room in all three rows and most third-row legroom, making it the best offer for the best-in-class interior space. Another highlight of this vehicle is that it also offers independent rear suspension for improved ride and handling which is the first for an SUV in its class. For this vehicle, two new exterior colors are offered: pewter clearcoat metallic, and dark copper clearcoat metallic. A medium flint grey interior has also been added to this series.

Auto Parts Corner gives owners a great collection of 2006 Ford Expedition replacement parts like bumpers, spoilers, wheels, header panels, headlights, hoods, and radiator support. Unlike other online stores, Auto Parts corner gives each and every client excellent customer service and the finest quality 2006 Ford Expedition parts that only a Ford deserves.

About the author:

Tracy is a 29 year old researcher and writer from Dallas, Texas with extensive experience in writing auto-related articles and covering automotive related events. She is currently a contributing writer for a leading automotive e-zine.

11 Essentials Tips for the Business Travel

As they say, getting there stopped being half the fun when airplanes were invented. If you travel a lot, here are some tips to make it more palatable.

1.Go ahead and pay to join something like AA's Admirals Club.

With it you’ll get assistance with reservations, seat selection and boarding pass issuance; a quite place to wait and work; complimentary snacks and beverages; private bar at most locations, and showers at some. At around $450/yr. for one person, it could be well worth it.

2.Use airport Conference Rooms and Executive Centers.

Saves everything from nerves to time to money. No membership required. Eliminates need for overnight stay, hotel or car rentals.

There are 22 available at O’Hare, for instance.

Executive Centers come equipped with everything you need to conduct business. Call 1-800-237-7971, option 3.

3.Keep all your luggage on wheels, use one carryon, invest in good luggage.

According to the US Transportation Dept., about 1 in 200 bags are lost, misdirected or stolen, which is about one person per flight. 87% of this happens at the curbside check-in station.

Advantages: don’t have to tip porter; don’t have to arrive as early; if you miss your connection, you can easily rebook yourself; you can easily volunteer to be bumped on a full flight; no wait once you land.

4. Take a book with you.

Better than TV in most hotel rooms, good for waits, also good to hide behind if you get next to someone in the plane who annoys you. Leave it behind for another traveler or tear off chapters as you go along and lighten you load.

5. The travel wardrobe.

Coordinate to one color, like black. Many women, myself included, swear by Tencel®. Indestructible, always looks nice. Choose the right print blouses and it won’t show stains. Gentlemen, consider microfiber fabrics. Choose something with inner pockets (that zip!) for important papers and cash.

6.Don’t appear wealthy.

Especially important in 3rd world countries. Wear cheap-looking watch and jewelry and leave the diamonds at home. Makes you less of a target for pick pocketers and luggage theft. If you must take a camera, guard the lens; popular with pick pockets as well.

Remove luggage tags from other trips. It’s a tip-off for thieves looking for the “rich frequent traveler”.

7.Cash.

Hide cash in different parts of your body. If traveling internationally, get new bills, as some countries won’t take “dirty” money. In Africa, for instance take new $100 bills. The exchange rate on anything lower is not good. Check with someone else who’s been where you’re going. i.e., in Russia, they aren’t supposed to take US dollars, but they sure do.

8.If you get a rental car, write down all the information about it. Just in case you forget what you’re driving.

9.Stay alert. Take a water bottle with you for dehydration and drink 2 glasses of water before you board. While on the plane, splash water on your face; when you get to the hotel, take a warm bath. Dry membranes are more vulnerable to infection.

Go rested.

Try the Argonne Anti-Jet-Lag Diet: http://performance.netlib.org/misc/jet-lag-diet .

10.Take measures to avoid developing deep vein thrombosis.

Drink lots of water, avoid beverages that dehydrate, avoid salty food, wear support socks, get up and move around whenever you can, exercise your feet and legs 4-5 mins. every hour.

11. Check out some of the travel products at sites such as www.magellan.com .

You'll find No-Jet Lag tablets, head and foot rests, packing aids, micro fiber wear, all sorts of helpful things.



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Friday, July 17, 2009

10 Tips for Hassle-Free Business Travel

If you're a road warrior, these travel tips will help reduce the stress of
your journeys.

1. Choose your Travel Modality Wisely
Planes, trains or automobiles: what's the choice to be? While air
travel is clearly the only way to go for long journeys, shorter trips of
a couple of hundred miles might be faster via train, bus or auto.
When making your decision, consider time spent traveling to and
from airports, plus time spent lining up for check in, security and
departure. Also consider the effects inclement weather can have on
your travel choice. It's no fun hearing the announcement that your
plane can't land due to poor visibility and you'll be returning to your
departure airport.

2. Consider Alternative Airports
If you're flying, consider alternative airports that are outside the city
you're going to visit. As a rule, these airports have fewer flights, less
overbooking and less delays than their larger counterparts.

3. Obtain an International Drivers License
If traveling outside your own country, an international driver's
license will be more readily recognized than your locally issued
driver's license. The cost is not prohibitive and in most regions, the
licenses are easily obtained by showing your local driver's license.
Inquire at your local Automobile Association.

4. Get Your Maps Before You Leave Home
Travel is less stressful if you know how to get around. Before
leaving home, obtain maps of your destination city. One approach is
to visit web sites such as City Search (http://www.citysearch.com/)
and print out maps. Place your printed maps in plastic folders for
protection against the elements. Trying to read a road map while
standing on a rainy street corner has its obvious disadvantages.

5. Carry Electronic Documents Rather than Hard Copy
Rather than carry heavy stacks of brochures or sales letters, take
electronic documents on diskettes and have them printed at a local
printing service. Similarly, if you are working a booth in a trade
show, it's a good idea to carry electronic documents in case you run
out of the stack you shipped from the office.

6. Find Hotels that Cater to Business Travelers
Hotels that cater to business travelers will have Internet capabilities
and offer access to business machines such as faxes and
photocopiers.

7. Remember Adaptors and Converters
If you're traveling to a foreign country, remember that you might
need special voltage adaptors for electricity. You might also need
plug adapters to accommodate both electrical plugs and telephone
jacks. A good travel store will be able to help you decide what's
needed.

8. Use Calling Cards
When you're staying at a hotel, the phone bill can be a major
expense. The cost of calling your family, checking your voice mail
and checking your email is best handled by using a telephone calling
card or a corporate credit card.

9. Check your Cellular Service
Cellular phone companies regularly offer new rates. Check to be sure
you're getting the best deal -- some now include long distance
charges in the monthly fee. If your business travel will take you to
small, out-of-the way towns, your digital phone might not work. You
will need an analog or dual digital/anlog phone for such trips.

10. Protect Yourself Against Theft
Before leaving home, make copies of your travel documents
(passport, airline tickets, travel insurance, credit cards and itinerary).

Take copies with you and leave a copy with a contact at home. Take
special precautions for your electronics. See what your local travel
store has to offer in terms of protective luggage. You can purchase
laptop cases that disguise the fact that they're used for laptops, or
laptop cases that look old and battered. And of course, you already
know how fast and savvy a pickpocket can be. Avoid carrying
important documents in your purse or hip pocket.




About the Author

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Written by: June Campbell

Monday, July 6, 2009

Dinner At Chow Time -Grill and Buffet

We were down at Panama City doing a project ,and one evening we decided to go for Chinese Buffet dinner. Our friends told there was one newly opened restaurant that have a great buffet.

We went to Chow Time. If one does not know, he will not realized that he is going to an Oriental restaurant . Located at the corner of Highway 77 and 23rd Street, this restaurant has a big sign saying Chow Time -Grill and Buffet. As you entered, you are supposed to get a ticket and wait for your hostess to find you a table. They are so packed.The restaurant is beautifully decorated , light and cozy color. In the middle ,sits about 6-8 Hot and Cold Buffet Bar.

They claimed to have more than 250 items, ranging from Chinese, American,Mexican and
Japanese food.On the Sushi bar is a variety of Sushi's,California Roll, Eel Roll,Tuna and Salmon. But the sushi is tiny, the size of a nickel. They need to roll the sushi bigger.

On the hot bar are popular items like Broccoli Chicken, Beef,Lomein, Rice noodles,sweet and sour chicken, Terriyaki Chicken,Pepper Steak, Mongolian Beef and a lot of different kind of Shrimp, Fried, Grilled and Spicy.

On the Grill items are Grilled Salmon, Pork Chop and Chicken. The best if the Bar b q
Beef Ribs. These are big Beef Ribs with a tangy fruity flavor. The Salmon pieces are
slowly grilled with some spices.

There is also a Salad Bar ,A Fruit Bar and a Dessert Bar . There are a few kinds of cakes there is really good, Chocolate Cake and Angel's Food Cake.Also Banana Pudding and Rice Pudding. Fruits comes with Honey Dew Melon,Cantaloupe, Oranges, Apples , Lychees,Grapes and Water Melons.

Different kinds of soup are Egg Drop Soup, Hot and Sour Soup and Wonton soup.
Service is okay, not perfect. I think because they were so busy.

The price is very reasonable - only $6.99 per person with tax, drinks were extra $1.25. The ticket for 5 of us was $40.00 plus $5.00 tips.
Very satisfying and full lunch. I do recommend you to Chow Time if you do visit Panama City's Beach.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Graduation's Dinner At Chef's Lee II,Columbus,Ga

At Last, my youngest son Joel is graduating from High School. After all those years of helping with homework and assignment, driving to and fro to school and after school activities, I am ready to relax now. But still have to worry on what future path he is going to take. He opts for Culinary Arts, so wish him all the best.

After the graduation ceremony at University Hall,Columbus State University , we decided to have dinner at TGIF but when we reached there , they told us we have to wait another 1-2 hours. In fact there were not that busy. Every was hungry so instead we decided to go for Chinese Food and Chef's Lee II, located at Bradley Park Drive.

Chef's Lee is one of the upper class Chinese Restaurant in Columbus, It is very beautiful, like a palace. As you walked in there is a bridge over the pond with Koi fishes. Inside is decorated with antique Decor. Very vintage look. On the background is soft Chinese music.

There were 11 of us plus a baby, David. Joel, Mandy, Tham and Girlfriend , Charmant and Girlfriend, Henry, Me and Aaron, Jonathan and Rachel. Joan and John did not come as she was mad with Mandy.

We ordered Dumpling and Pu Pu Platter for appetizer. Looks like the Pu Pu Platter was not enough. For the main almost everyone ordered the Mongolian Beef, which is one of the popular dish served here. I ordered Crispy duck and one of the girls ordered Chicken Lo Mein.

Took about 15 minutes for the food to be served. We did not have to wait too long as they were not too busy after 9.30 pm.They served quite a lot of food. Everyone loved the Mongolian Beef, but my crispy duck were a bit dry. I also ordered me a Pina Colada. It was good.

After dinner, the waiter brought us the ticket with fortune cookies and fresh cut oranges. Ticket came up to $129.00 plus $20.00 tips.

I do recommend Chef's Lee if you want some good Chinese Food with Great environment. Cost is not too high. And they also Korean food , you have to ask for the Korean Menu.Every Year Chef's Lee is one of the Top Ten Chinese Restaurant in the United States Top Chinese Restaurant Competition. And this year, Chef's Lee is one of the top in the International Restaurant Competition in Beijing. Go try some good authentic food in Chef's Lee.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Great Lunch at Little Malaysia

After we send my mother-in-law to the airport for her trip to Malaysia,everyone decided to go to Atlanta China Town , for lunch. We wanted to go for Malaysian Food instead of Korean BBQ.We went to The Little Malaysian Restaurant, at Asian Square on Buford Highway.

We wanted to order Satay Chicken but surprisingly they do not serve Satay.We ordered
3 Roti Chanai, Hainam Chicken Rice, Hokkien Mee, Char Kuey Tew, Choy Sam with Oyster Sauce, Rendang Beef-Beef in Spicy sauce and Fat Put Tew Heong- Cashew chicken served on a Fried Taro Nest.And Also House Lo Mein and for desert we had Ice Kacang.

There were lots of food, we could not finish, had to get a few togo boxes. The bill comes up to $105.That is economy for 8 person.Plus $20.00 tips.

Food was good, and service excellent.I recommend this restaurant if you really like some authentic Malaysian Cuisine.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dinner at The Tien

It was my husband's 50th Birthday yesterday. Since we are in Biloxi and our friend recommended, we had Dinner at The Tien. This restaurant offers All You Can Eat Buffet. It is located on the 2nd floor, inside the Imperial Palace Casino.
Since Katrina,the Imperial had moved inland, located on at Bayview on the side of Highway 110.

We were there like 7pm and there was already a long line of maybe 100 people.However , the line move fast.Something different, there was no cashier, only a few host, guiding you to order on the computer screen and insert your money or Credit card into the ATM Machine. I guess this is a great way to prevent thief and robbery.

The restaurant is beautiful decorated. There was a long line of hot and cold bar.
A varieties of Oriental style with Vietnamese Pho, Spring Roll,Stirfried,Southern Cooking of Collard Greens,,Black Eye Peas, Fried Chicken and Barbecue. On the Grill are Steak and Turkey. A Fruit Bar with Chocolate Fountain, and Dessert Bar consist of so many kind of great desert, from Brownies, Mississippi Mud Pie, Cheesecakes and Red Velvet Cake. And the Best part that everyone loves is the Seafood Bar with all the shrimps,clams and the Giant Crab Claws.

Everyone ate so much and were so satisfied and full.The buffet cost $22.00 per person.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Water Tank Collapsed in Columbus,Ga


The largest water tank in Muscogee County collapsed early Saturday morning sending about 6 million gallons of water -- equal to 10 Olympic-sized swimming pools -- onto J.R. Allen Parkway, River Road and into a nearby residential area.

The open-top steel tank was located on a hill at the Columbus Water Works treatment facility between River Road and J.R. Allen. It failed shortly before 4 a.m.

The collapse has not disrupted the city’s water supply, Water Works President Bob Tant said Saturday morning as he surveyed the damage. The eastbound lane of J.R. Allen was closed from Second Avenue to Bradley Park until about 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services and Columbus Police responded. There was a search and rescue operation on the river shortly before dawn by Columbus Fire and EMS, Columbus Police Lt. Jennifer Dunford said.

A man is known to fish late at night in the area where the water went back into Lake Oliver. About noon, Fire and EMS divers were preparing to go into the lake, when the man’s family brought him to retrieve his truck, said Fire and EMS Deputy Chief for Operations Robert Futrell. The handicapped fisherman had left the river before the tank failure.

One motorist drove into the debris on J.R. Allen and was slightly injured, Dunford said.

There was debris on J.R. Allen and River Road, but most of it was cleared by mid-morning.

Damage to high-voltage power lines is going to take longer to fix.

Power transmission structures that hold the electrical lines were heavily damaged. At least two metal poles were leaning significantly.

Power to the lines, which carry 115,000 volts and a nearby substation, was cut off early Saturday, said Robert Watkins, external affairs manager for Georgia Power Co. in Columbus.

It did not disrupted power to any homes in the area, Watkins said.

The primary issue is going to be replacing the structure, which could take up to four days to repair.

“We are concerned about the stability of the situation,” Watkins said Saturday about noon. “We are putting all the resources we have to get the structure back up.”

Crews could not immediately reach the site with equipment needed to start the repairs. That forced the company to cut a separate road into property.

One of the things working for us is the mild weather, Watkins said.

“If this were the middle of summer, it would be a much different situation.”

When the tank failed, the water rushed off the hill in multiple directions. The bulk of the water went toward J.R. Allen, onto the eastbound lane, then into a storm drain, under the westbound lane and down toward the city marina. Some of the water went onto Moss Drive, where some homes appeared to suffer minor water damage. Water also went down the Water Works drive off River Road. It damaged landscaping and fencing on the Water Works property.

The metal tank, which was a long line of crumpled steel, was at the bottom of the hill just off J.R. Allen. The tank was constructed in 1965 and regularly inspected, Tant said.

“This is a very unusual and strange situation,” Tant said.

Tant and top Water Works officials were preplexed Saturday morning as they surveyed the damage.

“If you had told us to make a list of the top 10, 20 or even 30 disasters that could happen, this would not have made the list,” Tant said. “This is totally unexpected.”

There was one Water Works official at the plant when the tank failed. He was not injured, Tant said. The Water Works had to briefly shut down the plant briefly, Tant said.

“We have always had the ability to take that tank off line,” Tant said. “We can bypass the tank, but it will make things a little more difficult for us.” The tank, the only one of its kind in the 12-tank Water Works system, held untreated river water pumped out of Lake Oliver.

Where the tank once stood, there was just a concrete pad and a metal flooring on an area where the tank stood for nearly 45 years.

The Water Works has begun an investigation of the failure, Tant said.

The structure was insured, Tant said. Insurance agents were being called to inspsect the damage.

“There is no pointing in speculating,” Tant said. “We need to find out what happened. We will get people on the site today.”

Mayor Jim Wetherington, who is on the five-member Water Board, was out of town Saturday, but he had been informed of the failure and was monitoring the situation. City Manager Isaiah Hugley, Assistant to the Mayor Judy Thomas and Fire and EMS Chief Jeff Meyer had all been in contact with the mayor during the day.

Futrell, the Fire and EMS deputy chief, said the timing of the collapse was perfect to avoid major injuries.

“It happened at the best time it could have happened,” Futrell said.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Reports of Storm Damages in the Valley



PHENIX CITY, AL

*Alabama Power crews work to repair damage in Phenix City.

*Valley Lanes in Phenix City a bowling alley suffered major structural damage. Walls and Ceilings collapsed. Five people were rescued from inside. Thankfully no one was injured.

*News Leader 9 shoots video of a realor office, lawn service, transmission business, and homes that were damaged along Dillingham and Broad Street.

COLUMBUS, GA

*News Leader 9 captures daytime video at Lee Bayard Nursery. We documented a nursery truck that flipped over into the pottery stashes.

*We have daytime video of several Cedar trees around 13th & Peacock Avenue in Columbus. One family heard us telling people to take cover. We're told the dad scooped us his kids. Moments later, a tree crashed down just inches from where they had been. The same tree smashed the family's three cars.

*The Hardaway building in downtown Columbus was flooded by sprinklers that went off. All of the businesses inside are relocating.

*As Storm Team 9 went out to document damages, a tree falls behind our crew's car in midtown. Dave Platta captured the tree as it was falling.

*Georgia Power crews and Columbus Police work to restore power and traffic flow along Macon Road.

*Trees are down for much of the Lakebottom area- especially in the areas of near Wildwood, Peacock Avenue, 13th Street and 18th Avenue.

*A photojournalist captures images of damage at the Econolodge on Veterans Parkway in Columbus and of windows blown out at the RiverCenter.


The following are just called in reports: If you would like to report any damage please call the WTVM Newsroom at (706) 494-5458.

10:00 a.m: Residents in the Edgewood area believe a funnel cloud touch down toppeling big oak trees.

1:03 a.m: Reports tree is down on a house and car, chimney knocked off by a tree at Everhart Avenue and 13th Street.

1:01a.m: Debris on access roads on both sides of 280 Bypass -- including a mobile home blocking one of them

1:00 a.m: A CSU student at the Old Rankin Building in downtown Columbus says roof was shaking when storm was passing. The Old Rankin building was recently converted into dorms.

12:53 a.m: Owner of Jimmy John's on Macon Road says damage near the school administration building is "tremendous."

12:36 a.m: Seventh Street in Phenix City, AL -- 3 houses have trees through their roofs (near Bama Lanes)

12:31 a.m: Caller reports trees down on Wildwood Avenue (near Macon Road)

12:29 a.m: Dillingham Street Bridge -- house "shattered" at corner of Dillingham st./Broad St. -- People are being turned around at U.S. 431 and Dillingham St.

* Transformer down IN THE PARKING LOT of Alabama Auto Sales

12:25 a.m: Caller reports cars flipped over at Alabama Auto Sales on the 280 Bypass

* Sanford Road -- trees down, sheet metal down, firefighters going door-to-door

12:20 a.m: Power out along 11th Street and 13th Street downtown (first Avenue to Fifth Avenue) -- traffic lights out

12:18 a.m: Caller says power lines down on 280 Bypass in Phenix City, from Tate Furniture to Oglethorpe Bridge

12:17 a.m: 13th Street and 13th Avenue -- Columbus Police Department blocking traffic due to "power lines down" in the area.

* Hilton Avenue -- trees down

* Tenth Street and First Avenue (Downtown Columbus) -- light pole appeared to be down.

* 13th Street, between 10th and 13th Avenues -- some building frontage down.

* Reports of two mobile homes damaged at Jim Walter Homes (mobile home dealership) on U.S. 280 bypass in Phenix City.

Georgia Storm Damaged Homes and Businesses in Phenix City and Columbus


Heavy storms have knocked down trees and damaged several homes in eastern Alabama and western Georgia.

The National Weather Service received several reports of possible tornadoes and funnel clouds late Sunday and early Monday, but no touchdowns had yet been reported.

Emergency officials in Columbus told the Ledger-Enquirer that two people were trapped, but uninjured, after a tree fell onto the building late Sunday. Trees and power lines across the area were knocked down.

Tornado watches and warnings were issued for much of Mississippi, Alabama and northern Georgia as the line of severe storms brought high winds, hail and heavy rains.