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Escaping the Cold: 6 Destinations to Consider for your Fall Break Vacation

It is the fall with summer long gone. The vacation mode is still in high gear to get one last warm vacation experience in before the holidays. There are a host of destinations with more than a warm climate to offer. Activities from water sports, hiking, golfing, and more can be found in these following six vacation stops.

Las Vegas

Go land-lock and have a fantastic time. This city has more to offer than just casinos. The biggest names in entertainment have shows in this paradise in the desert. A variety of cuisine with affordable pricing and buffet-style abounds. Weather is always nice with clear evening skies for cruising the strip. Hotel packages with resort-styled pools, cabanas, and stainless steel grilling stations add more allure.

Key West

Every day is a beach day in this city. Bath tub warm waters will have visitors participating in a host of water sports. Scuba diving, snorkeling, and jet skis are just some of the activities to enjoy. Known as the Conch Republic, fresh seafood of a large variety is available. Book a deep sea fishing trip and grill dinner. They say New York never sleeps, but the same can be said about Key West.

Myrtle Beach

The beaches of South Carolina have a flavor all their own. Weather is the perfect high 70s with cooler evenings. This city has all-inclusive packages from places like Sands Resorts where guests do not have to leave the resort. Nestled on the Atlantic Ocean, panoramic views and sea breezes will captivate. Flawless golf courses, water parks and four or five star hotels are more incentives.

Miami

For spectacular beaches, international cuisine, and a busy nightlife, this city has loads to offer. The fall season has low humidity for carriage and rickshaw rides along Collins Avenue. Forget about an itinerary in this city, just put on the sun screen and head out. Plenty of flights and hotel room packages make this an attractive destination.

Cancun

Pulling out passports to a warm and exotic location in Mexico is a definite option. There will be plenty of sun and night life with authentic cuisine. This is another location for all-inclusive fun. While Cancun is known for its beaches and sun, visiting the Mayan ruins would offer a world-class ancient museum experience.

Paris

Keep passports near for this lovely destination. Paris is at its best during the fall season as temperatures are crisp for evening strolls along the Seine River or at a scrumptious meal. The top museums in the world are located here with the Palace of Versailles as an example.

The suggested fall trips listed could be a bucket list. Vacationers can spread them out over a period of years. Each season offers its own set of activities. Have fun with planning these vacations as they are the spice of life. Don’t forget the camera!

Three Great Things to Experience While You Are in Paris

Paris is one the best places to plan your next holiday. There is absolutely no doubt about that. In fact, Paris is one of the top holiday tourist destinations in the entire world. There are only a handful of locations that can make this great claim. If you are thinking about planning your next holiday in Paris, then you might be looking for things to do while you are there. It would not make much sense to sit in your hotel room the entire time you were in Paris. That would be a rather worthless holiday now wouldn’t it? You have to get out there and live the city. You have to experience everything first hand. Here are some great ideas that will get you out in the city.

The City of Light

There are a few reasons why Paris has been given this unique name. You may think that Paris got this name because of all the beautiful lighting that illuminates the night sky, but that is only partly correct. Paris really gets this name from the electrical lighting system that was installed on the streets of Paris so long ago. This lighting may not seem so revolutionary compared to today’s standards, but it certainly was quite revolutionary at the time. This all happened at the same time the famous Eiffel Tower was built. The combination of these two things brought a sense of enlightenment to the entire city, and it is something that must be experienced with your own eyes. You can experience all of this just by walking the streets at night, or by booking one of the many tours that will guide you through the city of lights.

The Eiffel Tower

Since we are already on the subject of this magnificent architectural achievement, we might as well note some things about it. Visiting the Eiffel Tower is a pretty simple process. You can just stand on the walkway and stare at it in wonder, but in order to get the best experience, you are going to need to see it up close and personal. This means that you will need to purchase Eiffel Tower tickets. These tickets will grant you entry to the Eiffel Tower and everything that it has to offer tourists.

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Tour the Louvre

You don’t have to be an art enthusiast to appreciate some of the finest works of art in the world. You don’t even have to like art. There is something about the art that is on display at the Louvre that mesmerises each and every person that walks through the front door. This is the only place where you will get the chance to see the one and only Mona Lisa painting. Seeing all of these great works of art with your own eyes is just one of the great experiences that you can expect from the city of Paris.

Paris has plenty of great opportunities and experiences to offer everyone. Just make sure that you give yourself enough time to experience everything that this great city has to offer.

Out And Around Paris

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While there is no shortage of things to see and do in Paris, don’t be afraid of exploring a little further afield too. There are many great places you can visit for a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city’s arrondissements and these are just a few of them.

Versailles

Versailles is just a short train journey away from the city, and it is where you will find the Royal Palace of Versailles surrounded by the wonderful palace gardens. This is one of the most opulent chateaux in the region and it is also of huge historical importance. It is also where the treaty at Versailles was signed that ended the First World War. The treaty was signed in the Hall of Mirrors, the same location that saw the 1871 proclamation of the German Empire under the Kaiser. The Palace was built by Louis XIII on the site of a hunting lodge.

Forest of Fontainebleau

The Forest of Fontainebleau means the forest of heather and it lies just sixty kilometres away from the city and is easily reached by train and coach. Now a national park, it was once a royal hunting park. It covers 25,000 hectares and is densely populated by flora and fauna including many rare species. There are hundreds of designated walks and trails and for the more adventurous there are many rocky places that attract climbers of all skills from beginners to experts. Alternatively you can hire a bicycle or even a horse for the day.

Chateau of Fontainebleau

At Fontainebleau you will also find a wonderful chateau which dates back to the middle ages and which was once an important seat of power and which bears the marks of many Emperors, Kings and Queens; in fact a total of 34 monarchs have ruled from this chateau. You will discover the Renaissance Rooms which contain stuccoes and frescos designed by Primatice and Rosso that date back to sixteenth century; the Inner Apartment of Napoleon 1st which dates back to 1808; the Grand Apartments of the Sovereigns with many fine paintings and tapestries collected over three centuries; the Pope’s Apartment; and the Lesser Apartments which Napoleon built for Josephine.

Giverny

Giverny, made famous by Claude Monet who built his Japanese garden here which featured in many of his paintings, lies just eighty kilometres outside Paris and is a must see place for any lover of art. Wander round the gardens and visit the Musée des Impressionnismes, perfect for a day out from the city and you can travel by bus or train to get there.

Nowadays getting to Paris is inexpensive and convenient. Buses to Paris from London depart throughout the day and you can even travel by night to make the most of your weekend away.

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This is a guest post by Claire Chat a new Londoner, travel passionate and animal lover. She blogs about Pets and Travelling in Europe. If you want Claire to write you specific content, you can find email her here or contact her on Twitter (Claire_Chat).