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2010 Travel Highlights


Poulnabrone, Western Ireland                                                         City Center, Las Vegas  In 2010 I traveled to (what for me) were uncharted territories like Western Ireland, El Nido Resorts, Palawan, and Zion National Park. I was awed by the incredible natural scenery of these places. In Roxas City, I was moved by the schoolchildren at Conrado Barrios Elementary School who were wonderfully responsive during our impromptu Q&A and how happy they were with the prizes they received for giving the correct answer to our math and history questions. We marveled at the works of art at the Aria Hotel and City Center in Las Vegas. In Tokyo, I learned to go around town by using the subway system and it felt terrific to explore confidently and have no worries about getting lost in this mega city. And in Ko Olina and Lake Tahoe, I understood what it means to slow down and take notice of the beauty and serenity of my surroundings. What a fun and …

Lake Tahoe Weekend

Sand Harbor beach overlooking snow capped mountains
It's been  ages since I've been up to Lake Tahoe. I'm glad the entire brood went and surprise, not much has changed! The lake is still clean and clear and, according to Guest Magazine, the water in the lake is 99.7% pure or about as pure as distilled water. Lake Tahoe is an alpine lake, sitting at over 6,000 feet above sea level.  It's 22 miles long and 12 miles wide. The drive around the lake is simply breathtaking, as cliché as that may sound.



The photo above illustrates the purity of the lake which magnifies the gradations of colors.

Carefully traipsing over rocks and boulders on a peaceful Saturday afternoon in early June.  The beach,coves and trails are for the lucky few who want to enjoy nature at its very best.
In the summer months, Sand Harbor presents the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. For more info call 1800-747-4697.  Sand Harbor is on Highway 28.
*  *  * Images by Charie

Yeah Vegas!

by Rosario Charie Albar

Las Vegas never fails to entertain. Even the non gambler will find an embarrassment of things to do starting with a relaxing day at the spa, a visit to one of several art museums, watching free Strip shows like the dancing fountains at Bellagio or the volcanic eruption at the Mirage, shopping at Caesar’s Forum Shops or at Fashion Mall, ATV driving across the Nevada wilderness, or indulging the palate at one of many fine restaurants like Postrio or Spago’s.

During the holidays there are the added attractions of gingerbread houses, Christmas décor that would please Santa, the kids and the child in all of us and techno lighted tannenbaum rivaling the colorful neon lights of the Vegas skyline. All these make strolling along the Strip at night a must for all visitors.

I had a lot of fun running around town before year’s end. It was special to get together with friends and relatives and personally wish them a prosperous new year, check out the winter themed decorations …