Friday, February 24, 2023

Uzbekistan

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Why visit Uzbekistan?
Ideal for travelers seeking to enjoy architecture, desert, gastronomy, lighthouses, mosques, mountain scenery, natural landscapes, palaces, ruins, vineyards, and wineries.


At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Camel wool socks, carpets, ceramic pottery, evil eye charms, furs, gold embroidery pieces, metal sculpture, national costumes, silk goods, tiles, and wall plaques.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Chorpa (soup). Laghman (stew). Manti (dumplings). Obi Non (bread). Oshi Toki (stuffed grape leaves). Palov (rice dish). Shurpa (soup). Somsa (stuffed pastry).
  • Local Drink to Try: Ayran (yogurt). Choy (tea).


Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Photo Credit: falco/Pixabay 



Fun Facts
  • Khovrenko Winery (Samarkand) is their oldest winery (1927).
  • Birthplace (Tashkent) of Djamolidine Mirgarifanovich Abdoujaparov "The Tashkent Terror", Professional Cyclist who won the Tour de France 3 times.
  • During 2020 Summer Olympics (Japan), Ulugbek Rashitov, Taekwondo Competitor won a gold medal. 
  • Hosted the 2022 World Judo Championships (Tashkent).
  • Gold teeth are a status symbol.
  • One of two doubly landlocked countries in the world.
  • Khazret Sultan mountain is the highest point (15,233 ft).
  • Government allegedly forces state employees to pick cotton in the autumn months.
  • Ranks 7th in the world for gold mining.
  • Has 2 international schools (Tashkent).


Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Photo Credit: LoggaWiggler/Pixabay 



Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (February) Chimgan Extreme, (April) Lazgi International Dance Festival, (May) Boysun Spring, Dance Music Fest, Gold Embroidery & Jewelry Festival, Silk & Spices Festival, (June) Beer Festival, Chimgan’s Echo Festival, International Ecological & Tourism Festival "Chimgan-ECHO", Tashkent Food Fest, (August) International Festival of National Dishes, Melon Festival, Music Festival, Namangan Flowers Festival, Sharq Tarolanari, (September) Craft Festival, International Ceramic Forum, International Music Festival Melodies of the East, (October) Eurasia International Theater Festival, and (December) Sogdian Wine Festival.
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, International Women's Day, Nowruz, Day of Remembrance & HonorIndependence Day, Teacher's Day, and Constitution Day.


Tamanna Kala Fortress, Uzbekistan. Photo Credit: LoggaWiggler/Pixabay 



Good to Know
  • A remote destination.
  • Lacks deluxe accommodations.
  • Medical care does not meet our western standards.
  • Male homosexuality is illegal and punishable with a fine and up to 3 years in prison.
  • Black or green tea accompanies meals.
  • Americans are known to be targeted for crime.
  • Tourism is unevenly regulated and inspections do not commonly occur.
  • Healthcare is below western standards.
  • Avoid tap water consumption.
  • Air pollution is a significant issue.
  • Avoid evening exploration.
  • Avoid public transportation for safety reasons.

This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA required.


Khiva, Uzbekistan. Photo Credit: LoggaWiggler/Pixabay 


  • Best Time to Visit: April - May & September - November
  • Coldest Months: December - February 
  • Hottest Months: July & August
  • Peak Season: April - June 

Your Must-See & Do
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum, Kalta Minor Minaret, and Samarkand - Crossroad of Cultures. 


Aral Sea, Uzbekistan. Photo Credit: WaSZI/Pixabay 



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Thursday, February 23, 2023

Uruguay

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Why visit Uruguay?
For travelers seeking to enjoy antique automobiles, architecture, beaches, bicycling, birdwatching, cafes, casinos, culture, ecosystem, fashion shows, fishing, golf, horseback riding, lagoons, museums, national parks, old world charm, small towns, surfing, tennis clubs, water sports, wineries, and yachting.



Casapueblo, Punta Ballena, Uruguay. Photo Credit: Ernesto Velázquez/Pixabay 



At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Artisanal ornaments, caramel, gaucho hat, leather goods, semi-precious stones, and wool sweaters.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Alfajor (snack). Chajá (dessert). Chivito (beef sandwich). Dulce de leche (caramel). Fainá (chickpea flatbread). Martin Fierro (dessert). Milanesa (fried breaded beef). Pastafrola (dessert). Tortas Fritas (fried cakes). Queso Colonia (cheese).
  • Local Drink to Try: Mate (hot herbal).


Photo Credit: Ernesto Velázquez/Pixabay 



Fun Facts
  • Portuguese were the first Europeans to enter (1512).
  • First railway line (1867) was a horse drawn train.
  • Estadio Centenario (Montevideo) hosted the FIFA World Cup (1930).
  • South America's smallest country.
  • Part of Southern Cone Region of South America.
  • Cerro Catedral is the highest peak (1,686 ft).
  • Only South American country situated entirely south of the Tropic of Capricorn.
  • Has 10 national parks.
  • One of the world's largest producers of beeswax, horse meat, quinces, soybeans, and wool.
  • Beef is their main export commodity.


La Mano, Punta del Este, Uruguay. Photo Credit: David Mark/Pixabay 



Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (January) White Night, (February) Carnival, Jazz to the Streets, Las Llamadas Festival, (October) Milk Festival, (March) Gigantic Paella Celebration, and (April) Beer Week.
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Children's Day, Carnival, Landing of the 33 Patriots Day, International Workers' Day, Battle of Las Piedras, Birthday of José Gervasio Artigas, Constitution Day, Independence Day, and Columbus Day.


Lionel Viera Bridge (aka: Puente de la Barra & Maldonado Bridge). Photo Credit: Ernesto Velázquez/Pixabay 



Good to Know
  • Makes for a great side trip to/from Buenos Aires (Argentina).
  • Pack your own insect repellent due to local inventory.
  • Airport tax "boarding fee" for departure is imposed.
  • Montevideo area offers several winery options.
  • Hot Springs are popular in Artiga, Payandu, and Salto.
  • Dinner service tends to be around 9PM or later.
  • Rainy Season is July - August.
  • Cannabis and prostitution are legal.
  • Majority of tourists are from Brazil, Chile, Europe, Paraguay, and North America.
  • Crime is an issue.
  • Avoid 40 Semanas, Bella Italia, Borro, Casavalle, Casabó, Cerro, Cerro Norte, Hipódromo, La Teja, Marconi, Malvín Norte, Tres Ombúes, and/or Villa Española area.
  • Police Officers tend not to speak English.
  • Avoid public demonstrations.
  • Tourism is unevenly regulated and inspections do not commonly occur.
  • Punta del Este is a popular seaside city known for beaches, snorkeling, and sunbathing.
  • Seat belts are mandatory.
  • Headlights must be on at all times, both day and night.
  • Children under 12 years must ride in the back seat.
  • Motorcyclists must wear helmets and reflective vests.
  • Right turns at red lights are not permitted.
  • Bus Service connects to/from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Paraguay. 
  • Ferry and Hydrofoil Service connects Colonia and Montevideo with Buenos Aires, also the best method to/from Argentina.


This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA not required for visits under 90 days.
  • Currency Restrictions for Entry/Exit: $10,000USD.

Subject to cyclones, high temperatures, humidity, and tornadoes.

  • Best Time to Visit: March & April
  • Coldest Months: June - September
  • Hottest Months: December - March
  • Peak Season: December - February


Colonia, Uruguay. Photo Credit: Analía Yugdar/Pixabay 



Your Must-See & Do
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Church of Atlántida, Fray Bentos Industrial Landscape, and Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento


Montevideo, Uruguay. Photo Credit: Guillermo Aromando/Pixabay



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Wednesday, February 22, 2023

United States of America (USA)

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Why visit the United States of America?
Best known for amusement parks, beaches, birdwatching, boating, camping, canyons, celebrities, fishing, hiking, history, horseback riding, lakes, national parks, races, rivers, shopping, skiing, snowboarding, spectator sports, surfing, theatre, vineyards, water sports, white water rafting, and wildlife.



Statue of Liberty, New York, NY. Photo Credit: Tom Kranz/Pixabay 



At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Amish crafts, American Dolls, barbecue sauce, chocolates, Disney goods, kachina dolls, NASA goods, petoskey stones, Route 66 memorabilia, turquoise gemstone, and wine.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Apple Pie (dessert). Burgoo (stew). Chicago Pizza. Corn Dog. Grits. Fried Cheese Curds. Maryland Crab Cakes. Maine Lobster Roll. Moon Pie (snack). New England Clam Chowder. New York Pizza. Philly Cheesesteak. Primanti Sandwich. Scrapple (breakfast side). Twinkies (snack). Virginia Oysters.
  • Local Drink to Try: Ale-8-One (soft drink). Birch Beer (soft drink). Boost (fruity), Cheerwine (cherry soft drink). Date Shake (milkshake). Dr Enuf (soft drink). Faygo (soft drink). Green River (soft drink). Hurricane (cocktail). Kona Coffee. Kool Aid (sweet). Manhattan (cocktail). Old-Fashioned (cocktail). Pink Lady (cocktail). Sazerac (cocktail). Ski (soft drink). Southern Comfort (whiskey). Tennessee Whiskey. Vernors (ginger soda).


The White House, Washington, DC. Photo Credit: David Mark/Pixabay



Fun Facts
  • Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (Collinsville, IL) is of the pre-Columbian Native American city dating back to 1050C - 1350C.
  • In 1493, the late Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506), Italian Explorer & Navigator arrived in Puerto Rico. 
  • In 1513, Juan Ponce de León (1474 - 1521), Spanish Explorer arrived in Florida.
  • Late Louis (aka: Pops, Satch, Satchmo) Daniel Armstrong (1901  - 1971), American Trumpeter & Vocalist is considered one of the most jazz figures.
  • In 1917, the US Virgin Islands was purchased from Denmark. 
  • Birthplace (Tupelo, MS) of the late Elvis Aaron Presley (1935 - 1977), Actor & Singer pioneered rock music and considered "King of Rock & Roll".
  • Battle of Leyte Gulf (1944) was the largest navy battle (with Japan).
  • On September 11, 2001, terrorist hijackers flew commercial passenger planes into the World Trade Center (NYC) and the Pentagon (DC). 
  • Los Angeles (CA) will host the 2028 Summer Olympics. 
  • Consists of 50 states, a federal district, 5 major unincorporated territories, and 9 Minor Outlying Islands.
  • Has 326 Indian reservations.
  • Association with 3 Pacific Island sovereign states: Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.
  • World's 3rd largest country.
  • Most populous country in the Americas.
  • Ranks the 3rd most populous in the world. 
  • New York City (NY) is the Financial Center.
  • Largest importer in the world.
  • Ranks as 2nd largest exporter.
  • The 5 unincorporated territories include: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Denali is the highest peak in the country and in North America.
  • Active volcanoes exist in Alexander (Alaska), Aleutian Islands (Alaska), and Hawaii.
  • Has the 2nd largest prison population in the world.
  • Has 63 national parks. 
  • Port of Los Angeles is the busiest across the nation.
  • Hollywood (Los Angeles, CA) is the most recognizable movie industry in the world.
  • Aerosmith (Boston, MA), Eagles (Los Angeles, CA), and Metallica (Los Angeles, CA) rock bands have ranked as the highest grossed globally.


United States Capitol Building, Washington, DC. Photo Credit: cytis/Pixabay 



Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Largest Events: (January) Soulard Mardi Gras, Sundance Film Festival, (February) Mardi Gras, Strolling of the Heifers Parade & Festival, Super Bowl Sunday, (March) Daytona Bike Week,  International Cherry Blossom Festival, SXSW, (April) Boston Marathon, Coachella, Masters Golf Tournament, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, (May) BottleRock Music Festival, EDC Musical Festival, Kentucky Derby, Lantern Floating Hawaii, Miami Formula One Grand Prix, (June) Boise Music Festival, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Electric Forest, Firefly Music Festival, Hoopfest, Laconia Motorcycle Week, Nebraskaland Days, Pride New York, San Francisco Pride, Summerfest, Tennessee Riverbend Festival, Wichita Riverfest, (July) Artscape, Comic-Con International, Evel Knievel Days, Indiana State Fair, Little Rock Riverfest, Newport Folk Festival, North Dakota State Fair, Oregon Brewers Fest, Seward Mouth Marathon, Taste of Chicago, Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival, (August) Atlantic City Thunder, Burning Man Festival, Lollapalooza, Musikfest, Snowbird’s Oktoberfest, Sturgis, Wyoming State Fair, (September) Detroit Jazz Festival, Great American Beer Fest , Iowa State Fair, Maine Lobster Festival, Minnesota State Fair, Neptune Festival, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, US Open Tennis Championships, (October) Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Austin City Limits Music Festival ,Barbecue Festival, Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa, Mississippi State Fair, South Carolina State Fair, and (December) New Year’s Eve in Times Square.
  • Holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday,Washington’s Birthday,Memorial Day,Juneteenth National Independence Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.


The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Azael Pitti/Pixabay 



Good to Know
  • Has no official language but English is the primary language. Indigenous languages Carolinian & Chamorro (Northern Mariana Islands), Chamorro (Guam), Hawaiian (Hawaii), Samoan (American Samoa), Sioux (South Dakota), Spanish (Puerto Rico), and 20 varies languages in Alaska.
  • Caribbean territories, Florida, and Hawaii are tropical climates. 
  • States bordering the Gulf of Mexico are prone to Hurricanes (June - November).
  • Tornado Alley impacts Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas.
  • The Bible Belt consists of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
  • Largest metropolitan cities are Atlanta (GA), Baltimore (MD), Boston (MA), Chicago (IL), Dallas (TX), Denver (CO), Detroit (MI), Houston (TX), Los Angeles (CA), Miami (FL), New York (NY), Philadelphia (PA), Phoenix (AZ), San Diego (CA), San Francisco (CA), Seattle (WA), Tampa (FL), and Washington (DC).
  • Manhattan (NY) is a hub for Broadway shows. 


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Tuesday, February 21, 2023

United Kingdom

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Why visit the United Kingdom?
Best known for architecture, art, birdwatching, castles, churches, cricket, culture, fashion, golf, history, lakes, landmarks, landscapes, mountains, music, pubs, royal family, spectator sports, and tennis.



Neist Point, Glendale, Scotland. Photo Credit: Katja S Verhoeven/Pixabay 



At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Biscuits, Cadbury chocolate, Harry Potter goods, Paddington Bear, royal family goods, scarves, tea, teapot, and vinyl records.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Bangers & Mash (sausage dish). Bbara Brith (tea bread). Black Pudding. Cawl (soup). Fish & Chips. Glamorgan Sausage. Llaverbread. Shepherd Pie. Scones. Steak & Kidney Pie.Toad in the Hole (sausage dish). Trifle (dessert). Victoria Sponge Cake. Yorkshire Pudding.
  • Local Drink to Try: Buckfast (wine). Cider. Dandelion & Burdock (fruity liquor). Earl Grey (tea). English Ale. Glayva (liquor). Lucozade (soft drink). Pimms (gin). Squash (cocktail). Vimto (tonic).


London Eye (aka: Millennium Wheel), London, England. Photo Credit: Dimitris Vetsikas/Pixabay



Fun Facts
  • The 14th Century (1301 - 1400) English cookbook, the Forme of Cury, has recipes from the late Richard II (1367 - 1400) (aka: Richard of Bordeaux), King of England (1377 - 1399).
  • Birthplace of the late William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), English Poet.
  • Home to the first passenger (1825) steam rail service, the Stockton and Darlington Railway.
  • Liverpool and Manchester Railway (1830) was the first intercity railway service in the world.
  • Musselburgh Links' Old Golf Course (Musselburgh) is the oldest golf course in the world (1874).
  • Origin (1860) of tennis (Birmingham).
  • Home to the oldest (1877) and most prestigious tennis tournament, Wimbledon Championships (London).
  • Birthplace (London) of late Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (1899 - 1980), Filmmaker. 
  • Birthplace (Pinner) of legendary musician Sir Elton Hercules John (1947).
  • Hosted the Summer Olympic Games (1908, 1948, 2012). 
  • Hosted the first (1950) F1 Grand Prix (Silverstone).
  • Bands that formed in London include Fleetwood Mac (1967), Led Zeppelin (1968), One Direction (2010), Pink Floyd (1965), Queen (1970), The Police (1977), The Rolling Stones (1962), and The Who (1964).
  • The longest reigning British Monarch (1952 - 2022) was the late Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary 1926 - 2022).
  • Liverpool was the birthplace of The Beatles (1960).
  • Birthplace for famous musicians such as Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (1988), David Bowie (1947 - 2016), Edward Christopher Sheeran (1991), Eric Patrick Clapton (1945), George Michael (1963 - 2016), Harry Edward Styles (1994), and Sir Roderick David Stewart (1945). 
  • Crossrail (2022) is Europe's largest construction project (£15 billion).
  • British Sign Language (BSL) is recognized by law (2022) as a language of England, Scotland, and Wales.
  • Comprises England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
  • England invented cricket.
  • Capital (London) is considered a financial center.
  • Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales have their own governments.
  • UK has the oldest rail network in the world.
  • Great Britain refers to England, Scotland, and Wales in combination.
  • Citizens of the United Kingdom are known as British citizens.
  • Channel Tunnel is the longest underwater tunnel in the world.
  • Tallest mountain, Scafell Pike (3,209 ft), in England.
  • Scotland has approximately 800 islands.
  • London Heathrow Airport (LHR) ranks among one of the busiest airports in the world.
  • The M25 (London) is considered the busiest and largest bypass in the world.
  • Scotland is the most mountainous country in the United Kingdom.
  • Slieve Donard is the highest mountain (2,795 ft) in Northern Ireland.
  • Prime Minister is the head of government in the United Kingdom, appointed by the monarch.
  • United Kingdom is ranked the 5th largest economy in the world.
  • The red double-decker bus is a popular icon of England.
  • Aerospace industry is amongst the largest in the world.
  • The Beatles were considered the most influential band in music history.
  • Northern Ireland has no established church.
  • London bus network is the most extensive in the world.
  • Edinburgh (Scotland) is UNESCO's 1st worldwide City of Literature.
  • Tate Modern (London) is the most visited modern art gallery in the world.
  • BBC World Service (London) ranks as the world's largest broadcaster.


Shaftesbury, England. Photo Credit: Albrecht Fietz/Pixabay 



Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (January) Burn's Night, Celtic Connections, Chinese New Year, Dydd Santes Dwynwen, London’s New Year’s Day Parade, (February) Dark Skies Festival, Great British Beer Festival, RBS Six Nations Rugby, (March) Bourne Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Glasgow Film Festival, Glasgow International Comedy Festival, St David Day, The Gemini Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race, (April) Camp Good Life, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Grand National, Highland Games, Liverpool Sound City, London Marathon, Spirit of Speyside Distilled Food & Drink Festival, TweedLove Bike Festival, (May) Birmingham Pride, Blenheim Palace Food Festival,Brighton Festival, Chelsea Flower Show, Hay Festival of Literature & Arts, RideLondon, Urdd Eisteddfod, Women’s FA Cup Final, (June) Appleby Horse Fair, Barnardo's Big Toddle, Britain in Bloom, Bristol Pride, Cazoo Derby Festival, Dance Master UK, Download Festival, Gardeners' World Live, Isle of Wight Festival, Jane Austen Regency Week, LodeStar Festival, Pride Cymru, Royal Ascot, Stonehenge Summer Solstice, Taste of London Festival, The Emirates FA Cup Final, The Royal Cheshire County Show, The Royal Highland Show, Trooping the Colour, Whole Earth Man vs Horse Marathon, (July) Alice’s Day, Birmingham Mela, Brazilica Festival, Bristol Harbour Festival, Buckingham Palace Summer Opening, Camp Bestival, Cowes Week, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, Formula 1 British Grand Prix, Kynren, Northern Pride,Pride in London, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Round the Island Race, The BBC Prom, The Open Championship, The Royal Welsh Show, Wales Airshow, Wimbledon Tennis Championship, (August) Brighton’s Pride, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, British Birdwatching Fair, Creamfields, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Eroica Britannia, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Jack Up The Summer Festival, Lakefest, Leeds Pride, Llŷn & Eifionydd National Eisteddfod, Northampton Balloon Festival, Notting Hill Carnival, Qatar ‘Glorious Goodwood’ Festival, Reading & Leeds Festival, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, World Bog Snorkelling Championships, (September) Blackpool Illuminations, Bristol Open Doors, British Science Festival,  Heritage Open Days, Great North Run, Ironman Wales, Jane Austen Festival, London Design Festival,London Fashion Week, Open House Festival, The Braemar Gathering, The Great British Cheese Festival, York Food & Drink Festival, (October) Artes Mundi, BFI London Film Festival, Cardiff Half Marathon, Cartoon Art Trust Awards, Iris Prize Festival, Nottingham Goose Fair, World Conker Championships, (November) Bonfire Night, Downing Street Christmas Tree, FilmBath Festival, Kendal Mountain Festival, Leeds International Film Festival, London Jazz Festival, Longleat Festival of Light, Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, (December) Christmas at Kew, Hogmanay, New Castle Gateshead Winter Festival, and The Great Christmas Pudding Race.
  • Holidays: New Years Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Early May Bank, Coronation of King Charles III, Spring Bank, Summer Bank, Christmas, and Boxing Day.


Stonehedge, Wiltshire, England. Photo Credit: Alice_Alphabet/Pixabay 



Good to Know
  • Registered Traveller Service (RTS) may use the ePassport Gates upon arrival.
  • Popular cities to visit in England include Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, and Manchester.
  • South Wales is less mountainous than North Wales.
  • Scottish cuisine is similar to France and Scandinavia.
  • Northern Ireland during summer marching season (April - August) is known to experience isolated tensions.
  • Only use ATM's located in the bank.
  • Sidewalks can be narrow and uneven.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Only use licensed Black Cabs or reserved car services.
  • Legal United Kingdom drinking age is 18.
  • Scotland considers driving after one alcoholic beverage as intoxication.
  • United Kingdom has very strict gun control laws.
  • London Underground and National Rail System is not considered accessible friendly.
  • United Kingdom traffic moves to the left.
  • Pedestrians do not have the right of way.
  • Unless noted otherwise, the United Kingdom speed limit is 70MPH.
  • Central London, a congestion charge is imposed on all drivers who pass through the congestion zone. Failure to pay will result in arrest and/or fine.


Westminster AbbeyLondon, England. Photo Credit: Alfred Derks/Pixabay 


This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA not required for visits under 6 months.


Great Bell of the Great Clock of Westminster (aka: Big Ben), London, England. Photo Credit: Mary_R_Smith from Pixabay 

  • Best Time to Visit: March - June & September - November
  • Coldest Months: December - February
  • Hottest Months: June - August
  • Peak Season: June - August



Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo Credit: Anthony Ashley/Pixabay 



Your Must-See & Do
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Avebury, Bath, Blaenavon, Blenheim Palace, Caernarfon Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Conwy Castle, Cornwall & West Devon Mining Landscape, Derwent Valley Mills, Durham Castle, Durham Cathedral, Edinburgh New Town, Edinburgh Old Town, Fountains Abbey, Gorham's Cave ComplexGreat Spa Towns of Europe, Greenwich, Hadrian's Wall, Harlech Castle, Henderson Island, Ironbridge Gorge Civil Parish, Jurassic Coast, Liverpool, London, New Lanark, Old Royal Naval College, Palace of Westminster, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Skara Brae Prehistoric Village, Saltaire, St Augustine's Abbey, St Kilda, Stonehenge, Studley Royal Park, Tower of London, and Westminster Abbey.


Malham Cove, Malham, North Yorkshire, England.Photo Credit: Tim Hill/Pixabay 



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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Photo Credit: Jill Wellington/Pixabay What is Carbon Monoxide (CO)? Colorless, odorless and tasteless dangerous gas. Produced when fuels: ch...