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The 10 Oldest Man-Made Structures On Earth (Still Worth Visiting)

By MM Travel and Tours in Destinations to Travel


The Oldest Man-made Structures

If you look at the Tide pod eaters and condom inhalers of today and lose faith in humanity, fret not. There’s still hope for the human race. In fact, in this piece, we will allay your fears as we demonstrate what thousands of years of true human ingenuity look like. Without further adieu then, here are the 10 oldest man-made structures on earth that are still worth visiting today.

1. Wiebbe Hayes Stone Fort, Australia

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There’s little more than a stack of coral and limestone blocks remaining of Australia’s oldest structure. Found on West Wallabi Island, it dates back to 1629. What’s most fascinating is the history here.

It’s a dark, torrid tale of murder, mutiny at sea, and a shattering shipwreck. Spend some time at the popular Museum of Geraldton and learn of this wreck and the bloody battles that ensued. You can also charter a boat and sail to the fort just off the mainland and experience history for yourself.

2. Fortaleza Ozama, Dominican Republic

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Famous explorer Christopher Columbus was once a prisoner here at this fort completed in 1508. It is located at the official entrance to Santo Domingo’s Ciudad Colonial. The fortress overlooks its namesake, the Ozama River.

It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will travel back through the mists of time after the first stone was set in 1502. Explore all the various chambers, dungeons, and tunnels that remain of this Spanish castle-like fort. Thus, it’s officially the very first “permanent military structure” anywhere in the Americas.

3. Acoma Pueblo, USA

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Situated in Albuquerque,  New Mexico and originally thought to have been founded in 1150, this historic pueblo was designated to be the “oldest continuously inhabited community” in the USA. It has, however, been the subject of more recent excavations that lend credence to the possibility it could date back even earlier. Now almost 50 members of the Acoma tribe live in “Sky City.”  It’s thus named because it seems to be precariously perched atop a 367-foot mesa. They have no smartphones, no electricity or running water and live as their ancestors did.

4. Cuicuilco, Mexico

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This ancient ceremonial center and archaeological site is located on the shore of well-known Lake Texcoco in the Valley of Mexico, in famous Mexico City. The moss-covered lava blocks and stones of this temple are in danger of being reclaimed by the earth as the weeds and green grass peeking out between the stones indicates. The Cuicuilco Pyramid harkens back to 2000 BC. (Cuicuilco is Nahuatl for “place of songs.”) The residents of this place were the first to record the sun’s movements, thus initiating the creation of the first calendar.

5. Borchgrevink’s Hut, Antarctica

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Aloha! Holoholokai Beach – Go Visit Hawaii

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

 

Mahalo to Bob Lafond for sharing this beautiful shot with us!

Bob took this shot while visiting the Big Island of Hawaii in September. This area fronts the lovely Fairmont Orchid Resort.

The blazing tiki torches, palm trees and sunset sky just make us want to sigh. Such a delightful scene!

 

Just as a reminder, Hawaii is not open for tourism at this time as incoming travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days. Follow our site for ongoing updates.

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Welcome Back | A Letter From Universal Orlando’s President, Bill Davis – Discover Universal

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

Dear Universal Orlando Guests,

When we first made the decision in March 2020 to close Universal Orlando Resort in response to the coronavirus pandemic, we didn’t know how long it would be for. We didn’t know what the future held or what a reopening would entail. However, we did know that whenever we did make the decision to reopen, we’d want to make sure we’re letting our guests enjoy everything they love about our parks in a cautious and thoughtful way.  And we knew that we’d be stronger, more resilient, and even more eager to welcome our guests than ever before.

Today we are excited to invite you to see that for yourself. Today Universal Orlando Resort ends its two-and-a-half month period of closure as we begin a phased reopening to the public.

Getting us here has been an in-depth process, and I am incredibly proud of the ways our Team Members have listened to experts and implemented new operational guidelines for the safety of our guests. At Universal Orlando Resort, we are following what we’re calling the three Ss. That’s screening, meaning we’re taking everybody’s temperature before they enter; sanitization, because we are constantly sanitizing areas and high-touch surfaces in the parks; and spacing, providing markings and reminders throughout our resort so guests can socially distance themselves from other parties.

Things are going to feel a little different, and I encourage everyone to become well-versed in our updated operational guidelines, but know that everyone at Universal Orlando is looking forward to having you back. We’ve got a bit of a service mentality around here — whether we’re serving you food, getting you on a ride, selling you a T-Shirt — serving our guests is what we do and our Team Members are grateful for the opportunity to go the extra mile on your behalf.

Personally, I’ve missed the parks, too. Since I started at Universal Orlando in 2006, I have taken a weekly walk around the parks on Saturday mornings. This is how I stay in touch with our product, stay in touch with our Team Members, and get to know guests like you. Seeing people in our parks enjoying themselves and making memories with their families is energizing and invaluable to me. These past few months I’ve still gone for that weekly walk a couple times, and I can tell you with confidence that the parks just aren’t the same without you.

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If you are ready and set to come back, to let loose in our parks and enjoy all our destination has to offer, we are more than ready to welcome you. If you are hesitant for any reason to come back now, we will be just as thrilled to welcome you through the arches when you’re ready as we are today.

On June 7, Universal will be celebrating its 30th anniversary here in central Florida.

We’ll be here. We hope you will be here soon, too.

Sincerely,
Bill Davis

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Universal Orlando Resort is adhering to the safety guidelines found here. To prepare for your upcoming visit, please read through these new guidelines, download the Universal Orlando App, and set up an account for ease once you get to the parks.

Bill Davis

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12 Perfect Private Isolated Islands

By MM Travel and Tours in Destinations to Travel

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Have you decided you actually enjoy being alone? Whether you want to rough it like Robinson Crusoe or lose yourself in the pleasures of a pampering private resort, we have the isle for you. Here then, are 12 perfect private islands perfect for self-isolating.

1. Royal Belize, Dangriga, Belize

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RECIPE: Universal’s Volcano Bay Chocolate Pineapple Upside Down Cake

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

With temperatures warming up and sunshine making a daily appearance as we get closer to summer, I think we could all use an at-home vacation experience right about now? Right?!

I am imagining something that evokes palm trees, warm wave pools, and soft sand underneath my toes …the exact experience my family enjoys when we visit Universal’s Volcano Bay.

Those tropical memories came flooding back when I baked and tasted this Chocolate Pineapple Upside Down Cake from Volcano Bay.

This recipe is pretty easy to master with a layer of sweet tropical fruit baked underneath a simple cake, then flipped over to reveal an eye-appealing classic treat with a chocolate twist.

It is the perfect virtual vacation solution for the entire family.

Chocolate Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Makes 12 mini cakes or one 9 x 13” cake

Baker’s Tip: Read the recipe thoroughly so you understand the steps, get all your ingredients prepped and “Mise en Place” (or fancy French for “putting in place”) before you start.

COCONUT SMEAR:

  • 1/2 cup room temp butter
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup

In an electric mixer using a paddle attachment, combine above ingredients, mix on medium speed for 1-2 minutes until a coarse paste is formed, set aside.

CHOCOLATE CAKE INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk (Or 1 cup of milk mixed with 1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar)
  • ½ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • ¾ cup water
  • 12 canned pineapple rings
  • 12 maraschino cherries

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
  2. Coat 12 three-inch round mini cake pans with non-stick baking spray. (If you don’t have mini cake pans, try using a large ramekin, a large non-stick muffin tin or making a 9×13 cake instead of individuals.)
  3. Place 1 pineapple ring in the bottom of each pan, OR arrange all 12 rings in your larger cake pan. Then place 1 cherry inside each pineapple ring and drop 1.5 tablespoon of coconut smear on top of each pineapple ring, using a teaspoon to spread the smear evenly.
  4. To make the cake, combine all dry ingredients, sift or whisk together and set aside.
  5. In an electric mixer using a whip attachment, combine eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla; mix on medium speed until combined.
  6. Add dry ingredients, mix on low speed for 1 minute, stop mixer, scrape sides of the bowl, mix for an additional 3 minutes on medium speed. Stop the mixer, scrape sides of the bowl, add water, mix on low speed for an additional 1 minute.
  7. Place mini cake pans evenly on a baking sheet
  8. Pour equal amounts of batter on top of each pineapple slice.
  9. For mini cakes, bake 350℉. for approximately 20 minutes or until the cake is set.
  10. For a 9×13 pan, bake 350℉. for approximately 40-45 minutes or until the cake is set.

Remove from oven and allow to cool approximately 20 minutes before removing cakes from their pan(s) and flipping onto a platter or plate.

When removing the cakes from their tins, make sure the pineapple slice is facing up.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS:

Can be served warm or cold.

Can be served with fresh fruit, or fruit compote, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, or your favorite ice cream.

Share your Chocolate Pineapple Upside Down Cake creation with us in the comments below or by tagging us on Twitter @UniversalORL and Instagram @UniversalOrlando.

Julia Stewart

Julia Stewart is a food loving mom of four and sometimes food and lifestyle blogger based in Florida. Her happy place is hanging out with her family enjoying spectacularly comforting food.

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We’re positively enchanted by Northern Europe. Join us in daydreaming!

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

From our friends at Norwegian Cruise Line. Call us to get your reservations made today! 810 877 1814

 

We’re positively enchanted by Northern Europe. Join us in daydreaming of deep fjords, spiraling castles and ornate palaces in distant lands. #NorwegianStaycation #CruiseNorwegian

 

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Aloha Photo: Rainbow Presence

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

Mahalo to Mark Dietz from Ridgefield, Washington for sharing this great rainbow photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.

Mark took this shot from the Waikiki Banyan facing mauka on January 7, 2017. He shared this touching insight into this rainbow as well as the meaningful purpose of this trip to Oahu:

“We were on a trip to take my father-in-law Al to his final resting place at Punchbowl. We felt his presence everywhere we went that trip, including in this beautiful rainbow.”

If you aren’t familiar with Punchbowl, it’s the National Cemetery of the Pacific, where men and women who served in the armed forces are laid to rest.

This is Memorial Day weekend. Although, the long-standing (70 years) ceremonies at Punchbowl are cancelled this year due COVID-19, we can still take the time to remember the the service to our country and the many sacrifices that were made.

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#FeelFree to pair your dinner with a sunset. #CruiseNorwegian: Stephanie L.

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From our friends at Norwegian Cruise Line. Call us to get your reservations made today! 810 877 1814

#FeelFree to pair your dinner with a sunset. #CruiseNorwegian
📷: Stephanie L.
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Remember that phrase “life’s a beach?”

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From our friends at Delta Vacations. Call us to get your reservations made today! 810 877 1814

 

Remember that phrase “life’s a beach?” Anyways, share this postcard to the friend you should be lying next to on some sunny sand and tell them you miss ‘em.

 


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