Alister Mackenzie’s Glorious Old Beauty, Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica, CA

In the sweet seaside community of Pacifica about 15 minutes from San Francisco, Sharp Park Golf Course is a classic track that Alister MacKenzie designed during the same era as he created his more world-famous courses in Northern California–Cypress Point, the Claremont Country Club, Pasatiempo and others. Sharp Park was also landscaped by another icon, John McLaren, who created Golden Gate Park. Supervising the planting of literally millions of trees in San Francisco and environs in his heyday of the late 1800s, McLaren also facilitated the planting of 100,000 trees in and around Sharp Park; today, as lush and as darkly romantic as ever, battalions of mature Monterey cypress and pines line the fairways, making this one of California’s most beautiful muni courses.

The easily walkable 6,299-yard course has the same Pacific Ocean views as when it opened in 1931. Generously wide fairways are watered by the Laguna Salada, a marshy lake inhabited by gangs of birds and waterfowl. Greens are in pretty darned good shape for a muni, with just a few that have some fungus around the edges. Plenty of moisture in the sea air translates into a lush world of emerald green.

MacKenzie’s only public seaside links, Sharp Park is beloved by Bay Area locals who enjoy the low weekday greens fees and the top-notch food in the cozy bar and casual clubhouse restaurant–– fresh local seafood is always on the menu. Decorated with vivid Depression-era paintings and beamed ceilings, the Spanish hacienda-style clubhouse was a WPA construction project. Adding to the vintage feel are the funky power carts without windshields, and an old-fashioned starter’s booth and tiny pro shop.

Golfers’ Weekend Getaway, Pacifica

After their rounds, golfers and weekenders head into the little town of Pacifica for good food and fun. My fav new place is Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen & Pisco Bar, a popular, rambling, ocean view bar and restaurant serving great food and creative cocktails (the restaurant is adjacent to Pacifica Beach Hotel, one of the best hostelries in town, across from a nice beach and the waterfront walking path).

At the foot of town at Rockaway Beach, Dungeness crab and a dance floor have been big attractions at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant for 90 years; also here, the Sea Breeze Motel is an affordable place to stay.
A few steps away are the Best Western Plus Lighthouse Hotel
and the Pacifica Motor Inn.

A Grape in the Fog is a café and late-night gathering spot for wine, small plates and live music, while Lovey’s Tea Shoppe attracts lovers of the traditional English tea ritual, complete with tier upon tier of fabulous homemade treats and a wide variety of fresh, gourmet teas.

Eco vs. Muni

Sharp Park Golf Course has been the focus of a several-years-long political and legal tug-of-war between those who wish to retain the course for public recreation and for its historical value, and environmental groups who would do away with the golf course in order to establish a wildlife sanctuary (which, in fact, already exists here). Although an extensive renovation/restoration endeavor is in the works, the fate of Sharp Park continues to be uncertain.

Eighty degrees in Phoenix – what are you waiting for?

Right this minute is the right time to be in Phoenix, Arizona. Right now the weather is perfect. Right now there are plenty of fun things to do in Phoenix. Right now there are great restaurants waiting to serve you in Phoenix. Right now some of the finest resorts and spas in the world will open their doors to welcome you.

If you’re a baseball fan the Diamondbacks have a full slate of games for you to enjoy, with a lot of special promotions to add to the enjoyment of your favorite sport. One special event will be a Zero Waste day when it is planned to recycle every bit of food and solid waste generated during the game. This is in conjunction with a special City of Phoenix initiative called Reimagine Phoenix.

The Hotel Palomar Phoenix, the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, the Ritz Carlton Phoenix, and W Scottsdale all have special Cactus League packages for baseball fans.

The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa will soon be ending its Storytelling and Song program involving the culture of the Maricopa and Pima native peoples of the area. Check in by March 15th for the final event of the season. Beginning on March 29th, the resort will be coordinating with the Arizona Science Center for a special month-long celebration of Mother Earth.

Arizona Restaurant Week is May 17-26, but you don’t have to wait until May to enjoy the fine cuisine at Phoenix cafes. In recognition of the pre-season baseball fever in Phoenix the Westin Kierland Resort is offering its Triple Play Promo where diners can enjoy a 20% discount at any of the resort’s three restaurants – just present a 2014 Cactus League ticket stub.

Be sure and check out the Visit Phoenix website for more dining choices.

Not to be missed in Phoenix is a great opportunity to view and enjoy the finest Native American art and crafts to be found anywhere. Both the Heard Museum and the Pueblo Grande Museum offer wonderful examples that can be found nowhere else. They both put on special annual events that you can learn more about by visiting their websites. The Pueblo Grande Museum has a really fun event in early March that allows you to try out some interesting artifacts of Native life. Be the first person in your circle of family and friends to use an atlatl!

This is just a sample of the fun in Phoenix. There is a lot more to do in Phoenix and you’ll just have to discover it for yourself. Enjoy the sunshine and . . . Keep on Traveling!

Sales Training in the Netherlands is Called Verkooptraining

We got a salesman from the Netherlands working for us. He is actually kind of incredible. He has top-notch interpersonal skills, and people really like him. Not like you like a car salesman, but they actually like him. He said that he had verkooptraining in the Netherlands. I don’t speak Dutch, so he told me it means sales training. We have sales training here, but he must have had a really good school. Maybe there is a little natural talent there too. I just can’t tell. He said that believing in the products or services is also a huge help. I have always supported that as a manager. I could not stick with a company that sold something I would not use my self or recommend for my family to use.

Our salesman was hired because he could speak Dutch, Frisian and German. He was working one of the international desks as a salesman for the Netherlands and Germany. Continue reading →

Why everyone loves Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea in California, was designed and described by its early settlers as a “Village in a forest.”

This is a town devoted to the aesthetic and culinary arts, and a place where there are few residential sidewalks, street names are painted on vertical wooden posts, and the houses do not bear street numbers.

Many homes and cottages in Carmel-by-the-Sea are storybook Hansel and Gretel cutesy with sloping roofs, prominent chimneys, and irregular shapes.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, or just plain “Carmel” is a few hours’ drive from our home near San Francisco, so we make it a point to do an annual pilgrimage to the tony-little-town to soak up a few days of sun and mellow sophistication.

It’s great fun to stroll the streets of Carmel, and good exercise if you decide to walk down the Ocean Avenue hill to the beach. Fortunately, the temperature in fairytale Carmel is usually like Camelot in May – and that’s important if you are not interested in working up a “glisten” on the return uphill trek from the ocean to town.

It is different and everyone loves it

Carmelians take great pride in the uniqueness of their village, and that includes the uneven sidewalks adorned with twisted tree roots and irregular cracks.

Because of the risk, it is against the law to wear high-heels in the city limits. However, in deference to California’s political logic, a permit is readily available – free of charge – from City Hall.

Another unusual law was overturned during Clint Eastwood’s one-term stretch as mayor of Carmel in 1986, and that was the ordinance prohibiting the consumption of ice cream on the streets of the village. Free at last – thanks to Dirty Harry.

Carmel is pet friendly

Dogs have the run of the beach in Carmel, but they behave. It’s as if all the canines know the acceptable limits of frolic on the powdery white sand of the village shore.

Storefronts provide watering bowls for four-legged residents and guests. Fashionable canines – escorted by their caretakers – readily mix with everyday dogs and their owners at Yappy Hour from 4 to 6 at the legendary Cypress Inn. Co-owned by Doris Day, the Cypress Inn is arguably the pet friendliest luxury hotel in America.

Dining in Carmel

A very nice way to eat and drink your way through a first-class introduction to Carmel-by-the-Sea is to contact Staci Giovino of The Carmel Food Tour.

Staci guided us to and through wine tasting rooms, unique eateries, as well as a lovely cheese fromagerie, and a delicious chocolate shop. Staci did an outstanding job of indulging us with superb selections of comestibles, wines, and sweets. Here are some of the stops on our tour.

The Cheese Shop in the Carmel Plaza at Ocean and Junipero offers abundant U.S. and international farm and artisan cheeses with an outstanding variety of textures and tastes – each at the peak of development and at the perfect stage to be consumed. It makes us wish we could clone this exquisite little cheesery for our very own neighborhood.

The Casanova Restaurant has the justified reputation of being “Carmel’s Most Romantic Restaurant.” This hidden gem is located on 5th Avenue, between Mission and San Carlos. An old, but lovingly restored house that now bears the trappings of a quaint Belgian farmhouse. Each dining room is like a scene from a play.

The Van Gogh Room is of special interest because the Casanova owners acquired the authentic dining table from the boarding house where Vincent van Gogh ate his meals while working in Auvers Sur-Oise, France in 1890. Did you know that Van Gogh created 77 paintings between May 1890, and the time of his death in July of the same year? The Auvers Sur-Oise Period is considered by many to be the Master’s finest.

We sampled some Spinach Gnocchi “Casanova” in Parmesan Creáme Sauce “au gratin” that was off-the-planet – the best we can remember. We ate our tasty treat in a room that could have been 200-years in adaption – exquisitely done.

La Bicyclette Restaurant on Dolores at 7th looks genuinely old country French, and they serve a dynamite pizza lunch that we found entirely memorable and delicious.

The Mundaka Restaurant on San Carlos between Ocean and 7th features Spanish style Tapas in a Bohemian atmosphere reminiscent of Greenwich Village circa 1960. Very artsy – “cool daddy-o” – and serving the best white sangria we have tasted.

At the Wrath Vineyard tasting room in the Carmel Plaza at Ocean Avenue and Mission Street we were poured a taste of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah. We found their handcrafted crisp wines to be quite exceptional.

Caraccioli Cellars tasting room, on Dolores between Ocean and 7th delighted us with a Brut Cuvee that yields a smooth, but exciting finish. Their Brut Rosé sparkling wine has a touch more Pinot Noir than the Brut Cuvee to gain a truly elegant blush with a full fruit flavor. Really, really, excellent sparkling wines. We were sorry to move on, but we will be back.

Lula’s Chocolate Shop on Mission between Ocean and 7th was our last stop on the tour and came just in time to allay a gnawing chocolate attack.

We sampled the famous Lula Sea Salt Caramels and Nut Clusters loaded with crunchy almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, and pecans – all lovingly dipped in milk or dark chocolate – delectable sweets and treats from recipes that date back to 1945. What a perfect ending to an absolutely delicious day.

We highly recommend the Carmel Food Tour as an excellent way to familiarize yourself with Carmel history while enjoying the fruit of the grape and foodie pleasures of the village. You walk a little, talk a little, drink a little, eat a little, and start again. It is not a strenuous endeavor.

The tour takes about three-hours to cover the 1.5 mile journey through the village’s historic back alleys and gastronomical delights. The Carmel Food Tour website is *here*. For more information you can also view the little video that is located on the top left of the first page of this article.

Carmel has upwards of 50 dining venues – we intend to write about all of them, eventually.

Where we stayed

On this particular occasion we lodged at the Hofsas House on San Carlos Street, north of Fourth Avenue. It has the feel of a family owned property, and so it should – owner/manager Carrie Theis proudly declared, “My family has owned and operated the Hofsas House for over 60-years.”

There is an old-world European charm about the place, right down to the Bavarian architecture, and Dutch entry doors in every guestroom.

The themed art at the House is by Maxine Albro, best known for her 10’x42’ mural on the inside wall of Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. That famous fresco depicts agricultural life in California during the Great Depression.

Although it is called the Hofsas House Hotel, it is difficult for us to internalize this property as a “hotel,” because its character is so much more like a cozy “inn” with 38 distinctly different guestrooms to choose from.

Hofsas amenities

Our large second-story room featured a “horizon ocean view,” which means you can see the ocean above the treetops. Note: That is as close to an ocean view with waves as you will find in Carmel – there are no hotels on the beach. Near or far, the sunsets from our guestroom window were spectacular.

The room also had an ample kitchenette had we decided to “eat in.” The complimentary Wi-Fi signal was strong, and the wood burning stove was appreciated during the cool evenings. We enjoyed having our Dutch-door open to the fresh air during the day. It just felt, well nice, and it is an unusual amenity.

If you go, ask Carrie about the Hofsas’ Special Offerings. We enjoyed the Champagne and Cheese Pairing presented with engraved keepsake flutes.

Something a bit more unique is their Beach Fire Special, which includes a fire set up on the beach, flowers, s’mores, blanket, flashlight, and a message in the sand – very romantic for that special occasion.

If you are a golfer, the Hofsas has partnerships with six area golf courses. Many local links have stunning views. (See picture in slide show)

Every morning there is a continental breakfast with great coffee, local fresh pastries, and fruit – all included in the price of a room – and last, but never least, the Hofsas is pet friendly.

For more information about the Hofsas House visit their website *here*

If you go

Carmel-by-the-Sea is on California Highway 1 about 300 miles north of Los Angeles, and a little over 100 miles south of San Francisco – close to the natural beauty of Big Sur, Pebble Beach, and all the fun activities in Monterey.

There are approximately 45 lodgings, and a total of 1,000 guestrooms in Carmel. Most are within easy walking distance to everything important in the village – like the beach, the downtown establishment of chic shops, and the many heterogeneous restaurants.

Carmel is a delightful community from every perspective, and a nice respite from anyone’s hectic life. We love it.

After you have seen Carmel-by-the-Sea

Just up the road from Carmel in Monterey, you can lose yourself in the fascinating history of the Cannery Row made famous by John Steinbeck. The “Row” is now home to the famous Monterey Aquarium, and just blocks away from the iconic Sardine Factory Restaurant – a great place for lunch or dinner. In future articles we will explore each of these delightful points of interest.

Planning a big function in the Carmel area? Read our article about the Holman Ranch. It would be hard to surpass this immense and beautiful property for a wedding or other grand event.

Happy travels!

Foreign Taxis: A Quick Step by Step Guide

Exploring and also looking at in the dangerous land is a fantastic encounter. Having fresh and various what you should discover, that provides all of us anything to not forget coming from our getaways. Points can easily sound peculiar and quite often organized really distinct approach about what many of us are accustomed to. A lot of useful information can be obtained coming from information ebooks which is really worth looking at standing on your current destination. Going for a minicab ranges coming from land for you to land but while they undoubtedly are a incredibly effortless and also uncomplicated strategy to receive about it is worth doing all of your research. Each and every international airport can have taxis offered. They are generally federal documented motor vehicles and will also be handled through laws and also need certain allows to enable them to work on the international airport, this makes these more high-priced but undoubtedly are a trusted strategy to start out your current vacation. If you get to a fresh land it is crucial which uncover which usually taxis tend to be federal documented, they are often distinguished coming from exclusive employ motor vehicles by way of a certain colorings or perhaps signs. Should you be staying at the resort the reception can have telephone amounts of minicab corporations which might be firms that they generally cope with and can become depended when. Its also wise to in a position to pre e-book your current minicab on the receptionist cubical.

In many nations around the world you can flag down the minicab nevertheless, you ought to be aware to prepare the fare before getting back in the auto. Several taxis can have meters so that you will at some point receive a good option from the expense while going along. In many nations around the world it is standard for you to haggle of these fees prior to the vacation. It’s standard for you to sit down in the back of the minicab and also while the majority of individuals tend to be protected it could provide the driver while using the possibility to take coming from travelers. Constantly be aware together with your residence and also make sure that you have been in the a number of doorway vehicle and also attempt to avoid automobiles with merely a pair of entrance doors. Just remember to tend not to depart any stuff guiding after you depart the minicab since it will prove quite challenging seeking to retrieve these. Speaking with your current driver is useful within getting neighborhood information and also directions, to thank these for just a good support in the event that’s what you also have is normally envisioned. Offering the driver the hint at the conclusion from the vacation might be a pleasant strategy for declaring appreciate it and also generally ask for a profitable business greeting card so that you get it intended for creating additionally reservations.

Travel Insurance Canada: Canadians Traveling within their own Country

With the economy in the rough shape it is in nowadays, it can be relatively expensive for Canadians to take a trip to their favorite state in the U.S and even more costly to fly oversees for a getaway in Europe, Asia or to other overseas destinations. Canadian citizens should think about planning a trip to another province or territory because Canada has so much to offer in terms of great vacation areas.

  • Why Travel Within Canada?

The Canadian government encourages tourism, whether it be for fellow Canadians, Americans, Europeans, etc. There are many appealing areas to visit in Canada that can realize your needs for an exciting relaxing or culturally interesting vacation. Every province in Canada has something to offer and it is recommended that every Canadian try and visit as many as possible, even if it takes multiple trips! Whether you want to go whale watching in British Columbia, see the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains in Alberta, lie on the beautiful sandy beaches in New Brunswick, take in the stunning shoreline scenery of Nova Scotia, hike on many of the fantastic trails in Ontario, or see the gorgeous icebergs in Newfoundland, there is always something enjoyable to do in every province and territory.

  • When is the Best Time to Travel?

Obviously, anyone can travel to other areas in Canada at any time of the year. However, the weather will determine whether or not you will be able to partake in certain activities. Traveling in the summer is usually the more common time to travel if you are looking to hike, sight see, and do many other outdoor activities. Canadian winters in most places are usually cold and come with plenty of snow. When winter arrives, cities such as Toronto, Quebec City, Montreal and Winnipeg host big winter carnivals and are the popular areas to go if you are planning on skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or doing other winter activities. In the end, the best time to travel depends on what activities you enjoy the most.

  • How Should I Travel?

If traveling by air, many airlines such as Air Canada, Quantas, and Northwest offer significant discounts and deals if you book your flight well in advance. Talking to a travel agent is recommended, as he or she should be able to give you advice and answer all the questions you may have regarding your trip. You can also talk to friends and family who have traveled throughout Canada to see how they traveled, what they enjoyed the most and how much it cost them. If you are not traveling by air, you have many other options. Traveling by train, bus, or car are the other most common ways to travel. Via Rail and Greyhound are the most popular ways to travel by train and bus as they may offer various package deals and discounts. For more information, you can check the website of the company or talk to a travel agent. Keep in mind that traveling by bus or car is a good way to see all of the many sights that Canada has to offer. Other popular trips include travelling by bike, motorbike or motor home, which allow even more time to visit the small towns and campgrounds along the way.

  • Canadian Travel Insurance and Other Necessities

Before taking a trip to another province or territory, you should take care of a few things. Canadian travel insurance is important to have if you are leaving your home province. Travel insurance in Canada is crucial because if you become ill or have an accident outside of your home province, your provincial health plan may not cover all of the medical bills. Additional travel insurance can cover unexpected expenses such as if you require immediate medical attention, if your possessions get stolen or damaged, if you experience a flight or travel accident, etc. Without Canadian travel insurance, you may be required to pay unforeseen medical expenses and you would not have coverage for lost, stolen or damaged luggage, flight delays or cancellations. Anyone planning a trip outside of his or her home province or territory should obtain travel insurance so that they are covered anywhere and everywhere they travel.

You are also advised to have your passport and birth certificate with you in your travels. If you have a family, make sure they have all of the proper identification and information as well. Other than that, doing the proper research and properly planning out your trip well in advance will go a long way to ensuring a successful journey.
Canadians should visit as much of Canada as possible in their lifetime. There are so many incredible things to do and unbelievable sights to see that it is almost impossible to see them all! After traveling all or most of Canada, not only will you learn a lot about your home country, you will also be able to tell people how great it is and recommend the best places for them to visit.

Wheelchair Accessible Travel Tips For Your Disabled Trip To Italy

Accessible travel in Italy can be difficult but it doesn’t have to be. While Italy presents numerous accessibility challenges, there is almost always something you can do to make it work. Before your trip, educate yourself about the accessibility challenges you will encounter, and you’ll have a much easier trip with your focus on enjoying yourself rather than trying to navigate barriers. Sage Traveling provides list of 12 Italy Accessible Travel Tips that tell you how to do it.

These 12 Italy Accessible Travel Tips are the first step to make your trip easier and more enjoyable.

  1. Don’t pay full-price – Many Italian museum and churches have discounts for visitors with disabilities. In Europe, the extent of someone’s disability is indicated on an ID card. Visitors from other parts of the world will usually not be required to show documentation about their disability if they are using a wheelchair or mobility scooter. Companions sometimes also get in free – if not, look into combo tickets like the Roman Forum – Colosseum combo ticket in Rome and the Correr Museum – Dog’s Palace combo ticket in Venice.
  2. Your Rome hotel neighborhood should depend on your disability – Rome has severe cobblestones in the city centre near the Pantheon, Campo de Fiori, Trevi Fountain, and Spanish Steps. Manual wheelchair users may want to stay outside of this area where there are fewer cobblestones. Power wheelchair users and mobility scooter users have a different challenge. Few public transportation options exist and accessible private transportation is expensive. Tourists using a power wheelchair or mobility scooter should stay in the very center of Rome so they can roll to the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain, and the Colosseum.
  3. Take guided tours at tourist attractions – Art museums, history museums, and churches generally have much more to them than meets the eye. For each of the tourist attractions you visit, consider taking a guided tour to make the most of your visit. In some places, like the Vatican, the group tour provided by the venue is not wheelchair accessible and you’ll need to take an accessible tour provided by an outside company.
  4. Visit places you maybe haven’t heard of – Some of your favorite memories are likely to come from visits to places you’ve never heard of. Build in more time than you think you’ll need in each city. The Borghese Gallery in Rome, the Pitti Palace and the Santa Croce church in Florence, and the Frari Chruch in Venice are just a few of the lesser-known, outstanding attractions in Italy.
  5. Get out of the big towns – The big towns have some great attractions, but they’re also crowded with tourists. To get a more authentic flavor of Italy, visit some of the smaller more charming towns like Siena, Verona, and Assisi.
  6. Fly in and out of different cities – Rather than make a big circle during your trip, consider flying into one city and out of another. If Venice is on your itinerary, consider making it your last stop. If you start in Venice, you may feel compelled to visit all of the museums and churches. If you end in Venice, you’ll be more likely to spend your time on the beautiful canals and intimate alleys.
  7. Bring a city accessibility map with you – At a minimum, you’ll have a much easier time visiting Italy with a disability if you know where the hills are located in cities like Rome, Florence, Siena, and Assisi if you know where the bridges are in Rome. If you do the research before your trip, you’ll be able to spend far more time enjoying the accessible Italy experiences. On very steep streets, manual wheelchair users may need to control their descent in a wheelie.
  8. Use the vaparetto in Venice – The vaparetto water buses in Venice are the easiest way for disabled travelers in Venice Italy to avoid the bridges. If you use an electric wheelchair or a mobility scooter, the occasional large height difference between the boat and the dock may mean that you need to use a wheelchair accessible water taxi.
  9. Avoid siesta time especially at churches – Siestas in Italy are very common for long lunches in the middle of the day. Smaller churches in particular will typically close down for a couple of hours at some point between noon and 3 pm.
  10. Find out about accessible side entrances at churches – Many churches have several steps at the main entrance and no sign that indicates if there is an accessible entrance. Unless you can find a priest, there may not be anyone to ask where disabled visitors should enter. Try to find out the location of all accessible entrances before you leave on your trip.
  11. Shop around for accessible hotels – If you just take the first accessible hotel that you can come across, you likely won’t be getting the best value for your money. Many of the hotels with the best accessibility features and best hotel amenities are not easy to find. Spend some time to choose hotels located in the most accessible neighborhoods with numerous accessible restaurants options nearby.
  12. Make reservations at museums – Some of the best tourist sites in Italy are located in small building that get overwhelmed by tourists. At places like the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia in Florence, purchasing a ticket in advance will allow you to skip to the front of the line. At other places like Milan’Il Cenacolo and Rome’s Borghese Gallery, you can’t get in without purchasing a ticket a few days in advance.

My Husband Drilled Through the Fridge Wiring

I never had the need for an emergency electrician before. I didn’t even consider needing one because what kind of emergency could we have that would require an electrician? Well, leave it to us to find out! My husband was drilling a hole through the wall. He thought that he was in a spot where there was no wiring, but he was wrong. He drilled right through where the wiring is for our refrigerator. Of all the wires he could have drilled into, this was the absolute worst because it meant that we could lose all of our food if we did not get it fixed quickly.

He knew that this was out of his league, so he went online and did a search for an emergency electrician. Continue reading →

At-Home Hair Styling Made Simple

Getting your hair just right every morning can be a chore all on its own. It can be a time consuming task even for the most skilled woman who has done her own hair for years. The difficulty of straightening, curling, and styling is why so many women continue to visit the hair salon on a regular basis to achieve the look that they want, especially on special occasions. But that doesn’t help the day-to-day difficulties. A newer hair tool called the Simply Straight ceramic straightening brush aims to help women on their day-to-day hair styling challenges. It is a game changer for at-home hair styling. It simplifies the process and saves precious time every morning spent on doing your hair.

The Simply Straight is a combination of a straightening iron and a brush. Continue reading →

School History Trips to Explore Washington DC

School history trips to Washington DC take students to the centre of contemporary US power: the seat of the US President in the White House. It is also a city marked by its nation’s recent events, and, as such, is an excellent destination for students seeking to understand the role of the United States of America in the age after European colonialism. The National Museum of American History, the Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, the Arlington National Cemetery and many other sites provide a full and fascinating itinerary for students.

The National Museum of American History

Belonging to the Smithsonian Institute of nineteen museums, nine research centres and a zoo in Washington DC and New York City, this museum in Washington DC is one of the foremost institutions in which students can learn about recent events in the US. Its collections encompass numerous facets of the nation’s cultural heritage, including: nearly forty prints from three government survey missions to the American West in the 19th century; Chinese American clothes from the Virginia Lee Mead Collection that provide insights into the cultural lives of Chinese immigrants; a sampling of objects that illuminate the huge Mexican presence in the US; objects relating to women mathematicians in the late 19th century, and much more. Students on school history trips to Washington DC could spend days examining the museum’s collections. It also houses special exhibits on specific items or groups of items pertaining to US cultural heritage.

Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site

The Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site preserves Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House in Washington DC, the two sites where the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 played out. On 14 April 1865, President Lincoln and his wife watched a performance of Our American Cousin at the theatre, during which John Wilkes Booth entered their box and shot him. The gravely injured President was carried across the road to the Petersen House, where he died the next morning. While visiting Washington DC on school history trips, students can experience these seminal events and see items associated with the assassination, including the Derringer pistol used by Booth and the coat President Lincoln was wearing on the night.

Arlington National Cemetery

The Arlington National Cemetery is a vast military cemetery where soldiers who took part in the nation’s many conflicts have been buried. It was established during the American Civil War, and saw burials from that war as well as casualties and veterans from all of the wars since, up to the current War on Terror. It is an arresting reminder for students on school history trips that the recent events in the US have been shaped by a high number of wars.