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Acapulco

Acapulco de Juarez, Mexico


Acapulco-de-Juarez or Acapulco is one of the most adventurous cities in the world. It does not matter what you indulge in, its beaches, hotels, restaurants, activities, and nightlife make Acapulco a very much exciting place.

Acapulco has very relaxing beaches with fine sand and clear waters. This make it ideal for swimming, sun-bathing, or walking. The nightlife scene displays many large nightclubs which are very cozy. They are often filled with beautiful people having a good time on the dance floors until the wee hours of the morning. Snorkeling and scuba diving are very exciting activities at the Acapulco Bay, with very beautiful coral reefs and colorful marine life. Las Brisas, Camino Real, and the Emporio are first rate hotels in this city. Acapulco is a true gem of Mexico. If you are looking for a great time at the beach, Acapulco is definitely the place to be!

permalink written by  On Foot on March 13, 2007 from Acapulco de Juarez, Mexico
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Diving, City, Beaches, Acapulco, MarineLife, Snorkeling, AcapulcoBay, LasBrisas, CaminoReal and Emporio

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San Fran

San Francisco, United States


Awakened at the Economy Inn by Benjamin's early AM routine [wake, grumble, nurse, sleep, wake, grumble, nurse, laugh, giggle, hunt for daddy]. First stop is the "Cow Hollow Playground" that I noticed on the map I pulled from the hotel's 'Pad O' Maps'. We walk the two blocks to find a wonderful playground packed into the size of a house lot (about 0.1 acre). There are a lot of flowers growing around the fence and plenty to do but no people. It was eight-thirty. We get some exercise and realize we're hungry. Off to "hunt the wild noodle" as I've coined looking for stores that have decent food. Ben and I strike out into the city [Lombard Street] and have no luck for four blocks. We ask a local "Are you a local?" she says "I only speak Russian", undaunted we say "food, where is food?" she suddenly finds she does know some English "Chestnut Street, you can find anything on Chestnut Street." One block North, very nice! We retrieve some breakfast rolls and fruit before returning to feed Momma, she's busy online and probably very hungry by now and wondering where we are!

After breakfast we drag Momma to see the playground. Now it's packed and the kids are having fun. Ben gets involved right away climbing and being climbed.

Sometime later we head for downtown and the Mexican Consulate. We fish out an hour's worth of change (four dollars in nickles) for the parking meeter then head to the office of the Consulate. There are homeless people under the bridge on the way there. The buildings are so high you can fall over trying to see the tops. We wait in line and discuss buying glasses online with friendly folks. After twenty minutes we reach the information counter and ask for Visas. We are sent through the metal detector and I drop off my pocket knife, then upstairs to the secretary who explains that we don't need a Visa at all. Our U.S. Passports are good for six months - more than six months visiting? then yes, we would need a Visa (and a reason). What about our camera and laptop? Shouldn't we declare those? "Yes, at the border." Grrrrr.

Frustrated for the misinformation we'd received online and from friends and other travelers, we leave the building and wonder why we came to San Francisco at all. I realized that I'd been walking around with my collection of wheat pennies (including a silver dime circa 1920) and felt the urge to hand it over to the homeless man. Did that. Maybe that was why we came. Seems a waste to rush through Yosemite to give a homeless man a dime but there you have it.

Onward South towards Simi Valley. On our way to the 1 we were travelling on HWY 17 when the car in front of us lurches and stops so suddenly I'm looking at their undercarriage. THEN their brake lights come on and they swerve to the right. I'm thinking they hit someone or something and am braking hard but there isn't enough room, I can't go left, there's a mini van there, CRASH.

The Green Machine strikes the brown Explorer and we all roll to the shoulder (only a white stripe) and make sure no-one's hurt. Then we pull up off the highway and get paperwork done by the CHP. The couple was from Italy. She was driving and "put the car in second gear to climb the hill" oh my goodness. They were on their honeymoon as well! It was good that no one was hurt and both vehicles were drivable. Ben slept through the accident and woke up when we pulled off the road. Didn't phase him one bit.

On to the coast where we played in a park for a while and headed South along the cliffs. We decided it would be best if we got to Grandma Moss' as soon as we could to lighten our load and get some repairs. Drat, I got the cheap insurance, hurray I even had some! [expires 7/12]

We roll into San Luis Obispo and get some sleep. Whew, what a day!


permalink written by  heddwyn on July 2, 2009 from San Francisco, United States
from the travel blog: To Costa Rica
tagged Park, City, Sf, Tahoe and Wreck

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Half-way in Singapore

Singapore, Singapore



On landing in Singapore, we were the last people to leave our flight and enter the wonder that is Changi airport, the last except two people anyway! Not having booked any accomodation, nor actually having any idea we asked them if they could recommend either a place or area. To our surprise they actually owned a well-known hostel in the center of town and so we soon found ourselves filling out our immigration cards and making our way to G4Station, where we stayed throughout. We met a Finnish girl called Alina on the way and on arrival 'the rules' of living in Singapore and our hostel were clearly explained! Remember, sanitize your hands before using the internet!

A la sortie de l'avion, nous ne savions pas ou dormir et il commencait a se faire tard. Au hasard on demande aux derniers passagers, un jeune couple, s'ils ne connaissaient pas un endroit pas trop cher pour dormir. Bingo! L'homme nous dit qu'il est le proprio d'un hostel assez connu dans le centre! Hop on passe le service d'immigration pas commode du tout (ils voulaient une adresse a singapour, mon email et mon telephone!!) et on se dirige vers l'endroit en question, G4 avec Alina une finlandaise qui etait dans la meme situation que nous. Des fois on a vraiment de la chance. Nous decouvrons alors Singapour et ses reglements. Impressionnant! Nous n'avons par exemple pu acceder a internet qu'apres s'etre lave les mains avec une solution hydroalcoolique!

These rules are great though because what you have in Singapore is an immensely clean city with older men happily cleaning already clean metro station floors - most certainly giving you a different impression than Indonesia. A city that works and a city of order. We spent most of our time walking around the city - no we didn't! We walked to Orchard Road and got lost in the never-ending number of shopping centres and food stalls. We both left very happy, a few good deals in hand!

Ces regles contraignantes font toutefois la reputation de la ville, propre et efficace! Il est agreable de se balader dans cette ville ou on se sent en securite. Toutefois certains diront que cet extreme donne l'impression d'une ville aseptisee et sans ame. Nous on a plutot apprecie, et pour etre honnete on s'est vite dirige vers la fameuse avenue Orchard Road, le paradis du shopping. Des centres commerciaux a perte de vue. C'est dur car il faut prendre des decisions! Pourquoi aller dans celui-ci et pas un autre? Sur quel etage porter son attention? Lol. Ce qui est bien c'est que c'est un peu moins cher qu'en Europe et qu'en plus c'est la periode des soldes (nouvel an chinois) alors.... ca vaut pas le coup de s'en priver!

In the evening we went to the Night Safari and it was really good, efficiently organised [as everything] and worth the money. Sadly there are no photos because the conditions were not very good and using a flash is forbidden with the mostly nocturnal animals. Highlights were; the Asian Rhino, the enormous Tapias and a special crocodile with a huge bump on its nose that we got to see quite close up.

Nous avons passe notre soiree au zoo a faire le night safari. La aussi, bien organise! C'etait une experience originale. Par contre nous n'avons pas de photos car le flash est interdit pour le confort des animaux. Ce qui nous a le plus marque c'est de voir d'aussi pres des rhinoceros asiatique (peau tres speciale!) des enormes tapir et des crocodiles avec une grosse boule sur le nez dont je me rappelle plus du nom.

On the last evening, we ate across the road in an Indian that we got to know quite well and then made our way to Marina Bay / Barracks to see a point of view. We never found the viewpoint but we got to see a huge number of workers from the nearby construction sites who were changing shift. By day and night it seems that Marina Bay is being developed with some incredible skyscrapers. However the night was certainly not over and the main mission awaited - getting to the Indoor stadium where Muse [English Music group] were playing. Lenaic is a big fan of theirs and although we couldn't afford the tickets we decided to see if we could catch them afterwards. After the adventure that was getting there, we met their driver [a really cool guy] and incredibly got both an autograph and photo! Somebody was very happy! Then we walked across the city and home, eventually getting in at 3am. Singapore is finished for now but we will be back in a few weeks and hope to discover a few more places then!

La derniere soiree, nous avons mange indien (ici c'est nourriture indienne ou chinoise) puis nous sommes parti pour Marina Bay/Barracks la zone portuaire d'ou parait-il nous aurions une belle vue d'ensemble. Nous avons surtout vu des tours immenses a l'architecture tres design. On s'est retrouve parmi les travailleurs immigrants qui rejoignaient leurs baraquements pour la nuit, pendant qu'une autre equipe prenait le relais. La construction semble ne jamais s'arreter a Singapour. Mais la vraie mission de la soiree etait de se rendre vers le stade couvert de la ville ou jouait mon groupe de musique prefere, Muse! Bien que nous n'avions pas les moyens de nous acheter des places, il etait important d'etre sur place... au cas ou. Deja on entendait pas si mal de l'exterieur et on a pu faire la connaissance de leur chauffeur (qui nous a lache plein d'infos) en attendant la fin du concert. Mission accomplie, autographe+photo! Super contente! Du coup le retour de plus d'une heure de marche jusqu'a l'hostel est pas trop mal passe. C'etait la fin de Singapour, mais nous revenons dans quelques semaines pour en decouvrir un peu plus. Vivement!

Thought about staying here but changed our mind... ;)



permalink written by  Lenameets50 on February 4, 2010 from Singapore, Singapore
from the travel blog: Indonesia & Malaysia et al 2010
tagged Singapore, City and Civilisation

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