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Viking Weekly Vol. 50 | Viking

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

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


Spice up your daily dose of discovery & fall for our all-new Viking Weekly!

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38 Pictures of Barbados You’ll Fall in Love with | SANDALS

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

Experience the Royal Treatment at Sandals Royal Barbados, the all-new, all-suite Caribbean all-inclusive resort in the spirited St. Lawrence Gap area.

Barbados-Carnival

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Crop Over Carnival is an epic Caribbean celebration, and its beginnings have something to do with the last sugar cane harvest of the season.

Find out more about Crop Over Carnival, and other celebrations in the region by checking out our complete Caribbean Carnival calendar.

Barbados Enterprise Beach

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Described often as “the perfect little beach”, Enterprise Beach is a great choice for a Caribbean beach adventure.

Barbados Andromeda Botanic Gardens

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Andromeda’s Botanical Garden is the handy work of Iris Bannochie, a horticulturist who founded it as an extension of her home. To this day, it is still located on the eastern parish of St Joseph, near to Bathsheba.

Sandals Royal Barbados Beach Wedding

A Sandals all-inclusive destination wedding takes the worry out of planning, giving you more time to enjoy the moment.

Barbados Bridgetown Food Stall

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“Bajan culture, history, and food” in a nutshell, the Original Bajan Walking Food Tour is a great option for a fun-filled tour where you’ll be able to eat like a local.

Barbados Bathsheba Beach

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Bathsheba Beach is a sight to behold with its striking coral rock formations and natural pools. Take lots of pictures as you explore what is possibly one of the most scenic spots in Barbados.

Barbados Green Sea Turtle

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Turtles are among the gentlest sea creatures that you can swim with, and this opportunity should not be missed while in Barbados. You can do this on a private charter, or on a catamaran tour which will take you out into the ocean where you’ll be able to swim with hawksbill and leatherback turtles.

Barbados Harrisons Cave

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Probably one of the most popular attractions in Barbados, you are unlikely to be disappointed with Harrison’s Cave. Here you’ll be able to see signature cave features like stalagmites and stalactites up close, but that’s just the beginning of it.

Barbados Huntes Gardens

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While in Barbados you can enjoy one of the most amazing sights of your life at Hunte’s Garden, where nature’s ambiance also falls under the spell of Barbados resulting in a truly unique experience filled with blooming orchids, idyllic palms, and lush, magnificent greenery.

Also read: 15 Incredible Things Barbados Is Known For.

Barbados Antillean Crested Hummingbird

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Get up close and personal with the island by embarking on a hiking trip. You’ll get to see a variety of plant species, native animals such as the Antillean Crested Hummingbird, and historical sites like forts.

Sandals Royal Barbados Beach View

Sandals Royal Barbados is set along the white sands of Maxwell Beach–one of the islands most unspoiled beaches–you’ll find mesmerizing seascapes and lush gardens everywhere you turn. It’s a perfect natural backdrop for a resort of unsurpassed luxury where everything is included.

Barbados Animal Flower Cave

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The Animal Flower Cave features the island’s only accessible sea cave. Once there, you’ll be able to take in fantastic views, and even dip into the rock pool inside the cave. From inside you’ll be able to look out of the naturally formed windows, right onto the ocean.

Barbados Building Arquitecture

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The island of Barbados is packed with more stunning historical architectural buildings than anywhere else in the Caribbean. The Mutual Life Assurance Society, better known to Barbadians as “The Mutual”, was a Caribbean insurance company that supplied a significant number of loans to local plantations after being formed in 1840.

Barbados Fish Patties Bajan Food

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Fish cakes are a Caribbean delicacy, and like in most of the other islands in Barbados, they are made by battering and deep frying them. You won’t have a hard time finding fish cakes in Barbados; they’re available from most local food vendors, and even at some of the more upscale restaurants on the island.

Sandals Royal Barbados Lovers Lanes Bowling Alley

Lovers Lanes, Sandals first 4-lane bowling alley, features a colorful backdrop for a romantic evening of couples bowling and Sandals first ever craft beer bar serving 19 different types of beers.

Barbados Farley Hill

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Barbados isn’t known to be a mountainous island, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get amazing views from some vantage points. Farley Hill is an ideal spot to picnic, escape into nature, hide in the shade of a comforting tree and to simply stare out to sea.

Sandals Royal Barbados Pool Sunrise

From the moment the sun rises over the eastern horizon, the natural beauty of Barbados is revealed. Sunshine bathes the island further into the Caribbean ocean in a splendid display of orange, yellow and pink.

Barbados People

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The Caribbean island of Barbados is known for its colorful and rich culture.

Barbados Carlisle Bay

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Carlisle Bay is known for its calm waters, which adds to its swimming and scuba diving appeal, making it one of the top things to do in Barbados. Carlisle Bay is a family centric spot, though thrill seeking types can also enjoy the abundance of water sports and other activities available here.

Barbados Parliament

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Of course, Barbados is now home to modern buildings, infrastructure and architecture, but the locals are in no hurry to sweep the past aside. These historic Parliament Buildings (once known as the Public Buildings) are home to the House of Assembly and Senate. Packing more than 350 years of history, these buildings were built from local limestone and completed in 1874 by a Gothic Architecture.

Sandals Barbados Swim Up Bar

Pool areas have been completely reimagined to take full advantage of the island’s sultry, tropical landscape, and nowhere is that more apparent than at Sandals Barbado’s ocean-side pool. Complete with Sandals signature pool bar and a seaside infinity whirlpool.

Welchman Hall Gully Green Monkey

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Monkeys are a rare find for most of the smaller islands of the Caribbean, but not so in Barbados. The Green Monkey is a common sight on the island, and sometimes even pops up in people’s gardens. Locals believe that Green Monkey came from Senegal and the Gambia in West Africa 350 years ago.

Barbados Garrison Savannah

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Near Bridgetown and inland from Carlisle Bay, the Garrison is part of the World Heritage area and was the home of the British command in the 1800s. Standing along the west side of the Savannah are some of the Garrison’s more ornate colonial buildings, where you’ll find the world’s largest collection of 17th-century cannons.

Barbados People Culture

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Each Thursday the historic Garrison area in Barbados comes alive with the “Changing Of The Sentry” ceremony! The sentries officially take their position in front the Main Guard House and the band parades directly in front of this historic building. Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison, including the Main Guard House, are a UNESCO designated historic site.

Sandals Royal Barbados Main Pool Front View

Enjoy amazing views from Sandals Royal Barbados’s oceanfront infinity pool.

Barbados Bottom Bay

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If you venture into the south east coast of Barbados, you will find Bottom Bay just after Crane Beach and Sam Lord’s Castle. This secluded beach is marked by tall palm trees, rugged coral cliffs and a scenic view of the south of the island.

Barbados Church Building

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Built in 1846 to replace the church that was destroyed by the Great Hurricane of 1831, St. John’s Parish Church is solid and soaring. The church grounds are serene and the cliff-edge site commands a sweeping view of the picturesque east coast.

Barbados Colorful Houses

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As you travel around the island you will see many examples of the Chattel House, a distinct form of architecture that is unique to Barbados.

Barbados Bajan Mailman

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A Bajan mailman poses with his motorcycle near Bathsheba Park on the east coast.

Barbados Bridgetown

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Named Bridgetown from its original title ‘the Indian Bridge Towne’ – a reference to the rustic bridge left by the Amerindians, built over the Careenage River – the capital enjoys a formidable strategic location on the southwest coast of Barbados.

Barbados Dover Beach

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Dover Beach in St. Lawrence Gap on the south coast of Barbados is ideal for those who prefer less crowded beaches, with opportunities to try out watersports like sailing, jet skiing and windsurfing.

Sandals Royal Barbados Rooftop Pool

Overlooking the ocean from its rooftop setting, this zero-entry, glass infinity pool is a Sandals first and one of 31 pools featured at Sandals Royal Barbados. While its rooftop location makes it the perfect place to sunbathe, the surrounding lounge areas and rooftop bar are a great place to relax, cool off and take in the breathtaking vistas.

St Nicholas Abbey

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Built by Colonel Benjamin Berringer in 1658, this plantation house, museum and rum distillery opens its doors to visitors who want to know more about its transformation over the years. St. Nicholas Abbey remains one of three authentic Jacobean mansions in this part of the world, and on the extensive estate where the plantation house is located.

Barbados Fish Market Worker

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Thousands of Barbadians work in the fishing industry as boat builders, fishermen and vendors. The Bridgetown Fish Market is very popular with locals. Located on the outskirts of the capital city, Bridgetown, this large market offers a wide selection of fish.

Barbados Holetown

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Holetown was the first town in Barbados and was discovered in 1625 by an Englishman called Henry Powell, who was blown off course and discovered Barbados by accident.

Sandals Royal Barbados Sky Pool Suite

This all-suite resort features Sandals signature accommodations including Skypool Suites, Millionaire Suites and Swim-up Suites – all featuring Tranquility Soaking Tubs™ for two.

Find out more and read Things guests love about Sandals Royal Barbados.

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This Texas Hill Country Resort Lets You Sleep in the Trees

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

Roughly 30 miles west of Austin, you’ll find a unique Texas Hill Country retreat nestled high in the treetops. 

Cypress Valley Canopy Tours in Spicewood offers overnight stays in their stylish treehouses. Each one looks like it would make for a memorable weekend getaway including an exciting zip lining tour.

The Lofthaven Treehouse was built around a grand Cypress tree trunk and boasts an interior that’d be an ideal romantic escape.

Cypress Valley Canopy Tours

Guests use a sky bridge to reach an awe-inspiring waterfall bathtub. Nothing says serenity like soaking under a waterfall while enjoying picturesque views through a window — all while you’re high up in a tree.

Cypress Valley Canopy Tours

You can also take in the aerial views of the ravine on the wraparound porch.

Cypress Valley Canopy Tours

There’s also the Nest Treehouse for larger groups and families.

Cypress Valley Canopy Tours

The kitchen and lounge area offers views of the surrounding area.

Cypress Valley Canopy Tours

The Nest treehouse has an outdoor shower option. Those that prefer a little bit more of a homey feel can cross the bridge to the bathhouse where there’s a solar shower/tub combo.

Cypress Valley Canopy Tours

The Juniper and Willow lodges offer a simpler treehouse experience while still providing a scenic escape. Cozy up in these single room treehouses nestled above a creek.

Cypress Valley Canopy Tours

Guests can enjoy the fresh, morning air while lounging on the outside deck.

Cypress Valley Canopy Tours

The grounds also include a swimming pool and nearby lake, with a rope swing and water zip lining. Go on a two-hour zipline tour that includes 5 ziplines, 2 sky bridges, and a rappel.

Cypress Valley Canopy Tours

For more info, including rates and reservations, visit Cypress Valley Canopy Tours.

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This Texas Hill Country Resort Lets You Sleep in the Trees

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Looking for the coolest way to cruise Alaska? #NorwegianJOY is now open for sale! #CruiseNorwegian

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

 

Looking for the coolest way to cruise Alaska? #NorwegianJOY is now open for sale! https://bit.ly/2mEXFw4

 


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Aloha!”A lovely view of Waikiki paradise!”

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

 

Mahalo to Darrin Laing for sharing this great pic with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Darrin’s caption is, “A lovely view of Waikiki paradise!” Lovely, indeed!

Note that Darrin’s photo was taken months before COVID-19 struck Hawaii. Waikiki looks different now with the 14-day quarantine and the stay at home orders. The Star-Advertiser created a video showing scenes of an empty Waikiki.

 

The current emptiness is almost unfathomable, but Waikiki will eventually be lively again. Happier times will come.

 

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RECIPE: Green Eggs & Ham Tots from Green Eggs and Ham Cafe

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

Before I do that thing that food bloggers love to do — you know where they tell you all about their personal connection to their Aunt Susie’s sweet potato casserole recipe before they just tell you what it actually is — let’s just get to the good stuff.

Universal Orlando Resort’s Food and Beverage team has been kind enough to share their recipe for the greens egg and ham tots served in Seuss Landing, and now I’m here to share it with you all! Because does anything say comfort food quite like a meal from our childhood?

INGREDIENTS

Here’s what you’ll need for just one serving. So, I’d suggest you go ahead and quadruple it ‘cause these are gonna be gooood:

  • 2 cups worth of tater tots (a bag of frozen ones will do just fine)
  • 2 tablespoons worth of diced ham (about 2 slices worth)
  • ¼ cup of white cheddar queso (store-bought is great, unless your Aunt Susie has a great white cheddar queso recipe)
  • 2 Green Eggs (…OH. Do you not have those? OK, OK. Two just regular eggs, scrambled together. And below are the ingredients for the spinach pesto we’ll be whipping up to make ‘em green…)
    • ¼ cup of chopped italian parsley
    • 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375℉.
  2. We need to prepare the spinach pesto first, so combine the spinach, parsley, basil leaves, parmesan, and olive oil all into a blender and pulse until the ingredients are mixed together.
  3. In a bowl, mix together one tablespoon of the spinach pesto with ½ cup of scrambled egg. Place egg mixture into a small baking dish into the preheated oven for six minutes. Once finished, remove eggs, fluff, and set aside.
  4. Prepare your tater tots according to package directions then set aside on a paper-towel-lined plate to remove any excess grease.
  5. Place queso into a microwave-safe bowl and cook on high for 20 seconds.
  6. Place tater tots into a tin or a small oven-safe baking dish. Cover them with the warm green eggs and about ½ of the ham, place into oven (still at 375℉) for about 3 minutes.
  7. Pull tots out of the oven and pour queso over the entire plate, ensuring proper coverage. Garnish with remaining ham.
  8. Eat your heart to three sizes and don’t forget to share the results with us by tagging us on Twitter @UniversalORL and Instagram @UniversalOrlando.

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Rays of Hope – Go Visit Hawaii

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

Mahalo to Michael McGill for sharing this lovely Hawaiian sunset shot with us Aloha Friday Photos.

While this is not a time to be visiting Hawaii, we are hopeful that better days are coming.

Have a happy and healthy Aloha Friday!

The post Aloha Friday Photo: Rays of Hope appeared first on Go Visit Hawaii.

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Top 10 Reasons to Host Your Destination Wedding at Now Jade Riviera Cancun

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

The search for a perfect destination wedding resort is equally fun and challenging. With several destinations to consider and hundreds of resorts at your fingertips, it can seem impossible to decide which one the best is. Luckily the first thing we with our clients is talk them through what is and is not important to them and their group to learn about matching them with the perfect resort fit. Myself and the Weddings by Funjet team had a recent opportunity to visit Now Jade in sunny Riviera Maya, Mexico and we all fell head over heels in love. A great resort overall, this hotel has a lot to boast, and doesn’t break the bank either! While the price and location are perfect for anyone from anywhere, there are many other reasons why Now Jade is the ideal resort to host your own destination wedding at.

1. Anyone of Any Age Will Find Happiness

Yes, ALL ages. Whether your nephew just took his first steps, or your great aunt just celebrated her 80th, this hotel is the right fit. There are kids programs from ages 3 and up, and for the adults, endless activities! The resort is a medium size, perfect to get around easily but still big enough where you can find alone time to enjoy the crashing waves and tropical bliss.

2. The Wedding Venues Are Perfection

Now Jade has a vast variety of venues for your dream wedding. If you’re looking for an ocean backdrop but without the sand, no worry! Want a jungle atmosphere for your reception? No problem. Looking to have a traditional lawn ceremony in the garden? Well, they’ve got it. Feeling classic and want your toes in the sand? Of course, there is the beach! Don’t forget the large number of air conditioned restaurants and ballrooms also at your disposal.

3. The Bars Are Above Average in Fun

You know as well as I do, every hotel has a variety of bars. But at Now Jade, we love “The Mix Bar” located at the beach. Complete with fun swings, fruity cocktails and the best beach views in the house! Best of all, we have to mention that this bar is located next to most of the wedding venues, so it makes for the perfect cocktail hour location in between ceremony and reception times.

4. The Room Décor is adorbs

I mean it! The room décor here is the perfect combination of fun and festive combined with traditional. You’ll find dark wood finishing’s on the furniture paired with bright eye-catching designs on the headboards and throw pillows. It’s the perfect way to feel modern and tropical the moment you enter your room no matter if you’re an adult or a child.

5. Now Jade’s Instagram is Lit

Now Jade’s in house wedding coordinator J. Castillo has his own wedding focused Insta account and is one of my favorite industry accounts to follow. Follow him at @jccastilloweddings and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Instagram stories are frequent if not daily, and he still posts on the regular. It’s the perfect way to feel inspired and completely jealous at the same time because all of the pictures are magnificent.

6. The Resort’s Preferred Club is 100% Worth the Upgrade

This isn’t a sales pitch, I promise. I am telling you that every aspect of the Preferred Club is worth the upgrade. You’ll be spoiled the moment you arrive with VIP check in in a private lounge that has air conditioning, snacks, and booze. Move to your room where you have the best location in house, and excellent ocean views. Preferred club members have a whirlpool on their balcony, and upgraded bath amenities to enjoy after. Best of all, the Preferred Club has its own beach and pool locations with exclusive staff to keep your margaritas and cervezas full. Both areas come with bali beds and hammocks to enjoy.

7. Activities Run Non-Stop

Especially if you are traveling with a group, you may wonder what everyone will do to keep busy (as if the pool and swim up bar weren’t enough already!). Fear not because Now Jade has endless activities throughout the day. You can start your day with a morning Yoga Class, crush some balls at the driving range, get competitive with some beach volleyball followed by beach soccer, and then end your night with the evening shows. Notably, the sports bar turns into a night club after 10pm for adults only!

8. The Spa-ahhhh

The Now Spa by Perovia is something to talk about. Whether you plan to get ready the morning of your wedding, or schedule a relaxation massage the day after, the spa is the place to be. Clean, cozy, and expansive, the spa can spoil you each day of your stay. With more than 4,800 square feet, you can enjoy everything from hydro-therapy to facials, and massages to fish pedicures. They even offer spa services for kids and teens who want to join in on the fun too!

9. The Restaurants Will Take You Around the World

Looking for a culinary adventure? Now Jade has it! There are no reservations required to enjoy their 6 a la carte restaurants, buffet, and café. Just walk up, walk in, and enjoy! If you had too much fun in the sun, there is also the 24/7 room service included for all guests. Restaurant styles include Mediterranean, Italian, Mexican, Asian and even Caribbean! Don’t ask us to pick a favorite because it would be much too difficult.

10. Book Your Wedding and Receive a FREE Welcome Cocktail Hour

You read that right. We saved the best secret for last. If you book your destination wedding at Now Jade through Weddings by Funjet, you can earn a complimentary cocktail hour to use as your Welcome Cocktail Party for your entire group. Contact Weddings by Funjet today because this deal is too hot to last long!

Ashley

Concierge

Ashley loves to combine her passion for planning dream weddings with her love of travel and adventure to give couples the experience of a lifetime. She quickly makes strong relationships with her couples, so much so, she frequently travels with her couples to destination to see the event through to execution. Ashley contributes to the blog with her first-hand travel experiences and best wedding planning tips and tricks of the trade.

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Keep looking up during these uncertain times – Go Visit Hawaii

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

A year ago, if anyone told us that there would be a mandatory 14-day quarantine along with closures of popular Hawaii tours, hotels and restaurants, we would have probably laughed at such a preposterous prediction. Yet, here we are in the midst of such a predicament.

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