The Fairytale Throwback That is Switzerlands Capital

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The OZY Top 25: Each week we share an irresistible vacation hideaway, chosen by OZY staff.

“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

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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:

History:

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:

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

Searching for flights from Miami to Key West

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Benefits of Owning a Vacation Property

There are numerous reasons to consider investing in a vacation property, rather than trying to find that perfect condo or villa every time the family decides to go on vacation. If you have fallen in love with an area and want the convenience of visiting the area on a regular basis, then owning your own second property may be the most convenient and best investment opportunity you can ever take advantage of.

Firstly, before making any major decisions with your finances and investing in a vacation property, you will want to look at all the alternatives. Are you looking for the ability to head off on vacation as and when you want without being restricted by property availability? Do you have somewhere in mind where you and the family enjoy visiting regularly, which can be your chosen vacation spot for the next few years? Do you rather want to consider staying in a hotel or guest house rather than in your own home away from home?

How often do you intend using the vacation property? Is this a property you will frequent every weekend during the summer months or will you be visiting a few times a year when you get the

Choosing the Right Winter Vacation Property in Colorado

Choosing the Right Winter Vacation Property in Colorado

Going on vacation in Colorado? Whether you are going to Breckenridge, Colorado, Frisco, Colorado or Copper Mountain, Keystone, Dillon or Silverthorne all considered resort towns in Summit County Colorado or Vail Colorado you need to be aware of the different lodging options you have to choose from. First consider your budget. Knowing your budget will dictate whether you should be looking for an economical motel/hotel or an area that is not specifically in the ski town like Breckenridge, copper, Keystone or vail but maybe in locations like Dillon, Silverthorne or Frisco although Frisco is considered Copper’s ski town. In general the further distance from the ski mountain the less expensive. There are many different types of properties available for your vacation, condo’s, townhomes, private homes to elegant homes. One bedrooms to 9 plus bedrooms.

A very important consideration is how close you want to be to the slopes and understand how the price is affected Ski in – out properties in the visitors mind usually means you can walk out your front or back door step into your skis and ski back down to your home, not necessarily true many property management companies define

Experience a Stay at Eco Friendly Resorts in India

Bhimtal, is a place situated in the nainital district of Uttarakhand state, at an elevation of about 1370 m above sea level. Recently, it has been a well-known place for family holidays. The place is named after the popular character Bhim from the Hindu mythology. This place is only 22 km away from Nainital, the person who has come up to Nainital should certainly visit this place as it is worth exploring it. There are many tourist attractions in Bhimtal which should not be missed out, as it will help people view the nature’s real beauty.

Visitors can find out many resorts in Bhimtal. The family bhimtal resorts are very attractive and are highly contented. These resorts provide the best packages and are economically sound. Even holiday packages are offered by these resorts which provide the amenities like activities, cost, accommodations, food and local travel. There are ample of resorts in different places at Uttarakhand, which can be chosen according to the tourist spots a person wants to visit.

Bhimtal is considered as a most important tourist place as it comprises of many historical attractions. It offers the awesome accommodation option to large number of visitors who visit the place every year.

5 Things you will Love To Do In Istanbul

I’ll be telling you about 5 places you can explore in Istanbul and if you are lucky enough to find the best hotel in Istanbul, you won’t need to travel far as well. Here are a couple of forlorn yet interesting places in the city that you must go to during your visit.

The Basilica Cistern

Okay so even though this isn’t one of those tourist free places, you must visit this very mysterious underground cavern. If you are living in a hotel that is located in the center of the city then you are probably walking over this cavern every day. However, the charm of this underground place is to go down a gloomy set of stairs and enter the water reservoir which was built in the sixth century. The cavern is filled with columns and gives off a slightly scary feel because of its dim light. You will need to walk on wooden planks to explore the cavern and love the view of the Koi fish swimming in the standing water.

Experience the Hammam

If you are able to find good Istanbul accommodation, you’ll no doubt get a chance to experience a Hammam inside a spa facility. The Hammam is a truly