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

On Options: My Experience Explained

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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Before hiring and booking an airport taxi transport always have in mind to know about how long that airport transport company has been in the business, make sure to verify its

A Quick Rundown of Trips

Things to Do Before Going on a Teen Mission Trip A teen short-term mission trip is a goal-oriented get-away that you can join if you want to spend your summer vacation in a worthwhile way. But prior to joining the trip, you need to make sure that you are completely knowledgeable of the organizer of the program, its mission, where the trip will be and how to successfully register. FIND OUT ABOUT THE ORGANIZER AND THE PROGRAM Yes, it is a lot motivating to register for a teen short-term mission trip, but you have to start your way by getting to know more about the program first. Dig information about the organizers of the program and if they are linked to other Christian organizations you know. Maybe you can do a research easier and quicker if you do it online. You can seek the guidance of your church pastor before you come up with a final decision.
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When you have finally decided to become a part of the teen mission trip, you have to orient yourself to the

Searching for flights from Miami to Key West

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Train Tickets: Introduction to The New Era The situation that we are now in has dramatically changed ever since the launching and introduction of the products in the printing technology industry. These days, due to the advancements made in the technology of printing, not only can the railway tickets be printed through computers, reservations can now be made online. The practice of reserving railway tickets online is what we call as computer reservation system. When making online reservation, you need to make sure that you are connected to the internet and if you do, you can start by surfing the net looking for official websites pertaining to railways or travel websites, and if you found one, click the online reservation link, provide your credit card number (for payment), and once the confirmation message of your ticket is given, take a printout of the page to claim your ticket. After doing everything that is mentioned above, you’re now done and good to go. Doing reservation online will prevent you from having to stand in the line for an hour or more or have to asked for the availability of the reservation. Computer reservation system or better