Travelrific® Travel Journal

A blog for travel enthusiasts. Listen to our podcasts on the blogroll at Travelrific® Radio. Visit our Wanderful Places® Travel Shop for travel-inspired merchandise!

Archive for September, 2010

Twenty Ten Hosts Ryder Cup

By Linda Tancs

Twenty Ten, located at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales’s Usk Valley, is the first course ever built specifically for the Ryder Cup, golf’s crowning event taking place there from 1 to 3 October.  The 71-par course presents water challenges on half of its holes to complement its many risk-and-reward dilemmas.  Best leave that to the pros.  For the rest of us, there’s a golf academy featuring a floodlit driving range, practice range, golf shop and teaching bays and two luxurious golf clubhouses to relax and unwind from it all.   Located less than three hours from London, catch a direct train from Paddington.

Share

A Revolutionary Event in Germantown

By Linda Tancs

On 2 October historic Germantown in northwest Philadelphia will commemorate the Continental Army’s fight against the British there during the Revolutionary War.  The day’s festivities include an exhibition of maps and prints related to the war, a battle reenactment, graveside ceremony and, of course, an Oktoberfest to celebrate the area’s settlement centuries ago by German settlers.  Travel time from Center City is approximately 25 minutes.  Public transportation is available via the R8 (Chestnut Hill West) commuter rail line (Upsal Station) or the Route 23 bus.

Share

Puppet Theatre in Budapest

By Linda Tancs

Puppet theatre isn’t just for kids, especially at Budapest’s puppet theatre located at Andrássy útca 69.  The show typically adapts classical musical works and dramas to puppetry using life-sized puppets operated by a crew of ten.  And the fee is reasonable at  $10 per person.  Ask your concierge for details.

Share

Ostrich Rides in Oudtshoorn

By Linda Tancs

Bird watching is quite the sport in Oudtshoorn, a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa some 270 miles east of Cape Town.  In fact, you’ll find here the largest population of ostriches in the world.  Not surprising, considering that this native has been roaming the Karoo since the 19th century.  You can get up close and personal (and attempt a ride, if you dare) at Cango Ostrich Show Farm.  If you’d rather eat than greet, you’ll have the opportunity to sample ostrich steak, eggs or pâté.

Share

Neptune Rules in VA

By Linda Tancs

The beaches at Virginia Beach in Virginia are wide–quite fitting for an imposing colossal bronze statue of the sea god Neptune to reign over.  Summer may be coming to a close, but Neptune rules at the festival this weekend all across the oceanfront.  The annual event covers everything from a world-class sandcastle competition to numerous athletic competitions and the famous Neptune Grand Parade. Over 275 artisans will line the boardwalk for the Neptune Art and Craft Show, combined with food vendors and lots of oceanside fun.  Dive right in.  

Share

Yachts Galore in Monaco

By Linda Tancs

The 20th edition of Monaco’s yacht show, the world’s largest superyacht exhibition, begins today through 25 September at Port Hercules.  Although the economic downturn sent many yacht builders into receivership, you’d never know it by the lineup at this year’s event, sporting the worldwide debut of 30 new vessels.  As the economy shrinks, the yachts get bigger, from an average 41 meters in 2006 to 43 meters this year.  Eighty percent of the show’s visitors come from overseas.  Will you be one of them?

Share

Corsica Museum Reopens

By Linda Tancs

Like any Mediterranean island, it’s far too tempting on the French island of Corsica to spend your days strolling among the beaches, bays, cliffs, mountains and parks.  But there are plenty of museums, too–the best known probably being the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte.  Don’t stop there, though.  Check out the recently reopened Museum of Ethnology, located in the citadel in the former governor’s palace in Bastia.  In addition to coats of arms, city maps, paintings and manuscripts, you can trace the history of Bastia and Corsica from its pre-Roman origins to its role in World War II.

Share

%d bloggers like this: