The Fairytale Throwback That is Switzerlands Capital


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“I never would have guessed it’s a capital,” says almost everyone when they visit Bern for the first time. Indeed, Switzerland’s capital seems like almost anything but — and that’s the charm. Built on top of a steep-sided peninsula on a small bend of the beautiful Aare River, Bern feels like a movie set, not the administrative heart of a country. With only 133,600 inhabitants and a medieval center that’s also a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site, it’s pretty darned quiet.

But even an adventurous soul sometimes longs for a safe haven — a place that imparts a warm, fuzzy, “nothing bad can happen here” feeling. That’s Bern. Like Disneyland without the lines and the wild-eyed, sugar-fueled kids. A city that makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time and into an era when the world was safe and peaceful.

Among the city’s must-sees are the Zytglogge clock tower — the epitome of Swiss watchmaking skill — and the stunning Federal Assembly building, which, in addition to its being the center of Swiss democracy, is flanked by 26

An Insiders Guide to Wonders of the State Fair of Texas


Today marks the 129th year of Dallas’ State Fair of Texas. Here’s how to do it right.

Every year, shortly after the beginning of fall, Dallas’ famed Fair Park opens its gates to one of the nation’s longest-running state fairs. The State Fair of Texas, which opens this weekend and will continue for the next three weeks, has a lot to see, so here’s the low-down:


Fair Park in Dallas originated as the location of the 1936 Centennial Exposition, so it’s unsurprising that the park boasts the world’s largest collection of Art Deco buildings, art, and sculptures. It’s also the only intact and unaltered pre-1950s world fair site remaining in the United States.

And, of course, there’s Big Tex, the giant, slow-talking cowboy that’s become a Lone Star State icon. Having recently been upgraded (sadly, due to an unexpected electrical fire), Big Tex welcomes all with his deep, loud voice “Howdy, Folks!” His chest is puffed up and his arms are out in welcome—this is his home, and he is a great host.


Tradition runs deep—and so does a desire for a competition ribbon. Each year

San Miguel Welcomes Back its Annual Hummingbird Festival This Weekend

San Miguel Allende, Mexico: hummingbirds love the glass feeders from Parasol; here at Summa and Spurrier's home in Mexico (Photo: Ann Summa).

San Miguel de Allende hosts an annual hummingbird festival each year that blends music, fun, festivities—and conservation efforts for the locally beloved bird.

San Miguel de Allende is well known to birders as a home for both migratory and resident birds, many drawn by the watershed of the Rio Lerma and Rio Laja rivers.

Audubon Mexico, based here, lists more than 200 species—including pelicans, herons, egrets, storks, vultures, hawks, falcons, kingfishers, gulls, plovers, owls, woodpeckers, flycatchers, swallows and wrens.

But in town, hummingbirds are what most people see most commonly up close and personal. (No binoculars necessary.) Take a stroll through many gardens in San Miguel during late afternoon, and you’re likely to hear a sudden thrumming of wings just above your head, usually accompanied by the unmistakable chirp of an hummingbird guarding his territory.

In celebration of the diminutive “flying jewels” (as the Spanish conquistadores called them), the third annual International Festival of Hummingbirds (Sept. 26 – Oct. 4) takes place the first

The Art of Mastering Deals

How To Plan For A Cruise Vacation When you and your family or friends is planning for a vacation, you truly want to make the most out of it. You want to make it the most memorable time of the year as much as possible but one thing that is preventing it from happening is your budget. Without a doubt, you need to pay if you like to enjoy top notch services, especially when you want to go on a cruise. Luckily, you don’t have to spend top-dollar just to get the best services as there are some cruise vacation tips that you can apply to save good sum of money. Tip number 1. Early bird booking – considering to book in advance at least 6 to 8 months is a wise move. As part of their marketing strategy, cruise lines offer wonderful deals to travelers who are several months ahead of time to their travel date. Making reservations during wave season can get you a slashed or free airfare, free beverage packages, cabin upgrades and several other onboard complimentary amenities.
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Tips And Guidelines When Planning A Christian Youth Group Retreat Christian youth retreats are considered to be some of the most significant parts in the lives of teenagers, especially those who have lived most of their lives inside the church. When these youth groups are brought out of their usual environment, and are placed with a different surrounding, the place where they are into is conducive to making significant growth personally, in making decisions and in making life reflections. It should be noted though that not all Christian youth groups can be made to afford these retreats. But because there is a need to stimulate camaraderie with these activities, one can always find a way to join a camp if he employs creativity and some efforts to it. There are several Christian youth group retreats that are held during weekends. This article will also discuss Christian youth groups that can be held even in weekdays. There are less expenses when you decide to hold your Christian youth group retreat during the weekdays. The first thing that you have to keep in mind when planning for these Christian youth group retreats is known the prices and the costs

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Finding the Best Retreat Center The first step is to identify a theme for the retreat. Factor in the things that you want the gathering to learn. You should consult whether it is best for the members to enjoy themselves or improve their relationship with the Lord. In case you decide that you want the theme to focus on enjoyment then pick a location that has the best spa services. That involves meditation, enough time with God and relaxation services. Make sure that you pick a retreat center that will cater for all your needs. It is very easy to find a retreat institutions since they are many. Similarly, you can ask people that are familiar to you to provide references of centers that they have stayed in formerly. Likewise, there are many Christian retreats that have websites hence you can find the best on the Internet. Also, ensure that it is near your residence. Other alternatives include hotels that have large fields. Further, make sure that you have an individual that will talk about the chosen topic. Confirm that he is experienced and that he will perform his responsibility comfortably. You can ask for suggestions from

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Traveling Around The Dordogne Region In France Known as the Perigord, the Valley of Dordogne in France is regarded as one of the most beautiful areas for the fantastic villages of France. This area is not much popular compared to the other areas in France such as Paris or Versailles, but the valley is among the most beautiful in the country. This article discusses some of the famous sites in the area of the Dordogne, and what are the things to do in Dordogne. Domme – The Dordogne takes pride in this place as a village located on top of the cliff overlooking the valley and certainly is a place that tourists should see at least once in their lives. The point provides a good vantage location that provides tourist with fantastic settings of the valley from the Beynac in the western side and the Montfort meander on the east. Be taken back to the history of the Medieval age as you are offered breathtaking views of the tranquil river and the lush fields of crops in the area. Compared to other villages in the area, the bastide village of Domme has been existent since

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Things to Consider When Hiring Trusted Airport Taxi Transport People love to travel to places they’ve never been or places that holds a special spot in their lives; here are some particular details we all should know when you are travelling or flying into towns. It is very important to determine who are going to travel, what are their needs because there are people those that travels with special requirements that has to be addressed before hiring Airport Pickup services. When travelling or flying into towns and places, it is easy and convenient to pack light, come in handy luggage that will not eat up a large space inside the taxi or cab so it would be trouble-free for you to get and hire an airport transport vehicle. With all the important things to know about how you can hire and get a prime service for your airport transport needs, reaching your favorite destinations will be easy and fast.
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