Spartanburg, South Carolina offers plenty of holiday celebrations during the Christmas season. Festivities include ice skating, a parade, a Christmas village, and a spectacular holiday lights display. All ages will enjoy these seasonal activities.

Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg will be transformed into a winter wonderland for Skating on the Square. From November 16-January 6, 2013 skaters will be able to enjoy Spartanburgs new open air skating rink. A $10 admission ticket allows skating all day and includes skate rental. Skating lessons are available. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 3-9pm, Fridays from 3-11pm, Saturdays from 10am-11pm, and Sundays from 1-9pm. Skating times on Christmas Day are 4-9pm.

Ballet Spartanburg will present The Nutcracker December 7-9 at Twitchell Auditorium on the campus of Converse College. The holiday favorite features lavish costumes and the largest Christmas tree ever on display on the auditorium stage. Tickets are $32 for adults, $26 for seniors, and $20 for students. A childrens Nutcracker Sweets Party is scheduled for December 8 at 1pm. Attendees will meet the characters from the ballet and enjoy holiday treats. Tickets for the party and Nutcracker production are $40.

The Spartanburg Christmas Parade is scheduled for December 11 at 6:30pm in downtown Spartanburg. The parade features marching bands, lighted floats, and Santa in his sleigh. This is one of the only parades in the area to be held in the evening.

Thousands visit the nearby town of Pacolet during the holiday season to see A Village at Christmas. On December 1 there will be a live nativity at the ruins of the Old Victor Inn. Visitors can see the free light displays at the Pacolet amphitheater from 6:30-9:30pm on December 14, 15, and 17-22. Tickets for the Pacolet Santa Express train ride are $3 for adults and $2 for children.

Holiday Lights Safari is an annual tradition in Upstate South Carolina. Visitors can drive through millions of holiday lights and displays at Hollywild Animal Park. Enjoy a life sized nativity scene, lighted castles, animals, and even Noahs Ark. Drive through the Enchanted Deer Forest and feed the animals that come right up to the car. At the walking area, visitors may feed baby animals, take a pony ride, visit Santa, enjoy refreshments, and warm themselves at the bonfire. Holiday Lights Safari is open nightly from November 17-January 5, 2013 including holidays. Hours are 6-9pm with extended hours on weekends. Admission is $6 per person. Hollywild Animal Park is located at 2325 Hampton Road in Wellford, South Carolina.

September 13, 2021

There’s now queerer than folk- is an expression which roughly translates as -some people are just plain bonkers-, and this applies to people everywhere, including people who book up vacation rental homes and choose exotic locations as their vacation destinations. The following statements and complaints are all true.

One couple had been told by the vacation rental home owner that there is a water park nearby, but when they got there they realized they were over-dressed since they had not brought their swim wear. They made a complaint insisting that they should have been told that they need to bring their swimming costumes and towels to this vacation destination. Another couple, on booking a beachfront vacation rental villa then complained that the beach was too sandy, even though the owner of the vacation rental villa had written on his listings that it was located on a sandy beach.

One man complained to the owner of their holiday rental home that he bought some Ray Bans from a street peddler for $5 only to then find out that they were fake. Another couple complained when they booked a holiday rental home near the sea. They took their kids for a swim but they found the sea was not the way they imagined it to be – it had fish in it. So, they naturally went back to their beautiful holiday rental home and complained to the owner because he had not pre-warned them.

Some people also complain because they feel their vacation rental home is not stocked up enough, like the man who complained because there was no egg slicer, and some are just too -uninformed’ (to put it kindly) to work out how things are supposed to work, like the family who complained because there was no air conditioning on the (outdoor) patio of their vacation rental villa.

And there are even complaints of the more sensitive nature, like the man who went on a safari during his honeymoon, saw an aroused elephant, and then complained to his vacation home owner that he now felt inadequate and that his honeymoon was now ruined. Another couple put in a complaint because the lady became impregnated, something that she blamed on the fact their bedroom has a double bed and not a twin.

But the best of the lot has to be the couple who complained because it took them longer to fly back to England from their Jamaican holiday rental home than it did for their friends to fly back to America, and the woman who booked into a hotel, saw a -do not disturb- sign on the back of her door, on the inside, and thought that it meant for her to stay in the room. She should have booked a holiday rental home, not a hotel.

John Owens Is a writer for Vacations rental homes and holiday homes and rental condos rented directly from the owner of the vacation rental home.

If you’re looking for a trip that’s as light on your wallet as it is on your suitcase, cheap holidays in Greece are the perfect answer for those wanting to enjoy the stunning surroundings of this country au naturel.

World renowned as a premier destination for naturism, Greece and its many islands offer the ideal getaway for visitors who prefer going nude, and the attitude to naturism in this Mediterranean country is second to none.
Nudism can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks, when athletes would compete in the nude and men were depicted naked in the many sculptures that have reached us today. And although the locals can be conservative, this open-minded approach to the body is still clear, making Greece one of the best places in the world to enjoy naturism, whether you’re a novice or a seasoned nudist.

Boasting secluded coves, long stretches of sand or more popular nude-friendly beaches; it’s no wonder that many people are often tempted to try nude bathing for the first time during their holidays in Greece. There are many places to choose from where clothing is optional, and each one is suited to any traveller, from family and couples’ beaches to gay or mixed beaches. Although the list of known nude beaches is almost endless, some can be textile (clothes-wearing) during the high season especially weekends when the locals flock to the seaside, and others can be nude one year and clothed the next. Best check before leaving the bathing suit at home.

There are quite literally dozens of beaches which encourage nude bathing in Greece, but two of the most famous nude-friendly beaches are in Mykonos: Paradise and Super Paradise. Now better known for its ‘party beach’ reputation, if you’re looking for seclusion, this isn’t the place. Try the island of Crete, where its remote coastline is better suited to naturism away from any gawkers.

Although there are numerous nude beaches throughout Crete, most of them can be found in the south-west of the island. The Red Beach (not to be confused with the textile beaches of the same name) remains popular as a nudist destination, particularly at the north end of the beach, whilst Filaki Beach is the only official nude beach in Greece and home to an official naturist resort.

It may be relatively conservative, but the island of Skiathos (featured in the film Mamma Mia!) has a well-known nude quarter, with names like Big Banana, Little Banana and Nameless Banana making the island’s three nudist beaches all that more memorable. But with so many of the country’s islands boasting remote shorelines and carefully hidden coves, nudists will be in their element wherever they go.

If you are tempted to bare all for the first time on your Greece holiday, do remember the sunscreen. Swimming sandals are also optional, at the risk of encountering a sea anemone, but forget the camera it can be intrusive.

Giving gifts is an honored tradition in the holiday season although people come from various religious backgrounds. It is also a chance to give something nice for your clients. This will help strengthening your relationship with them. Read more to find out some holiday gift ideas for clients.

Before you shop for gifts, you need to remember several things. First of all, do not presume your client religious or personal beliefs and send Christmas cards to all of them. Some people might celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or do not have any religious celebration on December. Some people are offended if you send them the wrong greeting cards. If you do not know their beliefs, simply send a happy holiday greeting card and label your gift a holiday gift instead of referring to any religious event.

If possible, you should personalize your gifts with your company’s logo and address. It is a good way to keep reminding your clients about your company every time they use your gifts. For special clients, you might also want to personalize the gifts with their names.

You should also remember that your holiday gifts should be more special than your typical marketing merchandise. Avoid plastic pens, T-shirts, or other things that look cheap. Your gifts reflect your corporate image and your appreciation to your clients.

Office stationery like calendars, journals, or pens is very popular. Do not choose the low quality ones you use for marketing merchandise but choose higher quality ones. You might want to consider personalizing them. Good example for proper gifts for clients are leather bound journals and luxury pens.

Gift baskets usually have nice wrapping and presentation. They usually contain chocolate, candies, wine, and other food items. Female clients will appreciate gift baskets which contain bath and body products.

Other than gift baskets, you can give your clients fine chocolate or luxurious cakes. However, the food need special handling or they become spoiled. Therefore, find bakeries specialty shops that provide delivery service for these items.

You can give gift cards for the items you sell or you can give gift vouchers from department stores and supermarket. Your gift cards should reflect your business brand and your clients. High end clients should receive gift cards from high end stores too.

You can find other holiday gift ideas for clients everywhere. Creativity is very important to choose gifts that are memorable and unique so your clients really appreciate your gifts. These gifts can really help your business if you make the right choice.

For those of you who have always wished to visit India, here are some tips on planning the most beautiful vacation of your life.

The first step towards planning an Indian vacation is to get a visa from one of the Indian consulates close to your place of residence. You would need to submit two passport size photographs, a visa form and your passport along with the visa fees at the consulate.

In the mean time you can begin planning the places you would like to visit on your trip. Depending on your time of travel to India vacations can be planned according to the climatic conditions in a particular region. The best time to visit the northern plains in Rajasthan and the beautiful beaches of Goa is from September to April, it is nicely warm and sunny and ideal for sightseeing as well as relaxation. Rains in Kerala and some other parts of the south extend from May to November, therefore it would be advisable to plan your South India vacations between December and April. If summer is your chosen time of travel India offers numerous holiday destinations such as the cold desert of Ladakh with its unique landscape and culture or the green valleys of Shimla and Rishikesh for lovers of nature and sport.

With its charming mix of tradition and modern, India is a fascinating experience. If it is luxury you are looking at, let India surprise you with the magnificent forts and palaces, which you can not only visit but can stay in as well. Treat yourself to the sights of exquisite marble temples, the sounds of the gushing seas, the smells of the spices and the rustle of the silks. Let yourself be pampered like a Maharaja and Luxury India Travels will soon be etched in your memory.

If you are travelling with children to India vacations will be a truly memorable experience. With its vast variety of wild animals and unique activities, India promises you a journey right out of The Jungle Book. Elephant rides, camel rides, Jeep safaris, toy trains with steam engines are some interesting activities for children and grown ups alike. In case the South is your destination of travel India has unique options for your stay including tree houses in the jungle and charming villas on plantations, where children can help take care of the domestic elephant.

You need not worry about your health and safety. No vaccinations are prescribed for travel to India, however one could take prophylactic treatment for tetanus and malaria. Normal precautions with regards to safety should easily see you through on your trip to India. Clothing depends on the time of the year, however cotton is the best fabric for all regions except the hills, where thicker clothing would be needed.

Any great summer vacation starts with planning your travel destination. Make sure to talk with your entire family before you start booking at travel arrangements. People’s lives are busy and you would hate to book a hotel just to find out that someone in your family can’t make it.

Another great family vacation tip is to layout what family members should do in case of an emergency or if someone is separated from the family. Most vacationers take this for granted, but you should always be safe rather than sorry. This is especially important if you have small children in your family. Tell them what they should do if they get lost or designate a meeting spot to go to. When you are visiting large amusement parks or relaxing at a water park, it is very easy for a child to wander off and get lost.

When planning your families’ summer vacation make sure that everyone is well aware of what you will be doing while on vacation and for how long you will be traveling. This helps everyone plan out what they need to bring and how many changes of clothes and other items. Also, if you will be driving to your vacation spot you may want to suggest that everyone bring games or reading materials to help make the travel enjoyable.

While on the topic of traveling in a car, make plans ahead of time to make the drive more fun. For example, you could rent a car television and DVD player so everyone can watch movies while you are traveling. Make sure and pack movies that the entire family will enjoy because you do not want any fighting over what gets watched before you ever reach your vacation spot.

You should also encourage family members to pack other things that will entertain them. Suggest that they bring their PSP or iPod and that way there will be no fighting over what music everyone has to listen to. Also make sure to pack extra batteries and power cords for charging everyone’s devices. The last thing you want to do is head off for vacation and after 1 hour of traveling everyone’s PSP or iPod is out of juice.

If you are taking a long trip and have to travel for a large distance make sure everyone brings a pillow for comfort and to take naps. You may also want to pack snacks and beverages so you are not required to make a stop every time someone gets hungry or thirsty.

Taking a summer vacation with your family should be an enjoyable, relaxing and memorable experience. Following the tips outlined above will help ensure that your vacation is a fun trip for everyone.

August 30, 2021

Okay we ate to much. Junked out on sweets. Had a week maybe two of enjoying all those holiday foods we only make for holidays. So what now? Feeling tired, a little fatter then before, yeah, now we start rethinking about those diets and watching what we eat. Welcome back to reality!

Lets be smart about how we go about it. Don’t hit the gym hot and heavy. Work at a little slower pace, ease into it. Its known that if you have a weight issue that cutting back on the snacks an extra sugars will help you feel less bloated.

Make yourself drink plenty of water to help flush your system out. Plan ahead those meals as we all get back into the work habits of everyday life. If you think you need to diet then be smart and set reasonable goal for yourself. Cut back on your calorie intact and do some exercise.

I’m by far not an expert on diet or exercise either. But as an average person I do know and I do watch what I eat. I never miss a meal but watch what size portions I have and try to exercise a little every day. Funny studies show that people who keep food diaries tend to lose more weight and keep it off longer than those who don’t.

Now is because maybe they are more intense on losing that weight and keeping off or have less time to eat? I think although it might be true, you have to have the right reasons and mind set to do it. That’s no difference than life is.

Over the month of January I will post a few simple easy to fix type meals for those that just don’t have the time to eat a well balanced meal. Like all at the beginning of a new year things seem to take a mind of their own. Here’s to good health from Back to my Kitchen

Wants to spend a refreshing and regenerating time out from the busy and hectic life then country vacation resorts is the best option. The main motive of country vacation resorts is to provide luxury, leisure and entertaining vacations to the people to rejuvenate and refresh them. The Country Club India Limited is the biggest and largest growing family resort group who presents large number of resorts in different national and international locations. The club has around 50 owned resorts and around 155 franchise resorts. The country family club presents the affiliation to more than 4000 other resorts to membership holders. The member list of the club includes well established corporate such as Microsoft, Brooke Bond India Ltd, CMC Ltd. and Dr. Reddys Labs. Being a member of country club you can enjoy the enjoy living in all the luxurious resorts whether owned, alliance and affiliated with the country club. This facility can be availed through point system of the club.

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August 27, 2021

Planning family vacations can seem like a difficult task, especially if you have a young child or a lot of children. It is difficult to please everyone, so you will need to come up with a way to consider everyone’s input. Family vacations are a good time to teach your kids new skills like fishing, swimming, and perhaps other things that you might have learned at their age.

Perhaps your kids are not in the scouts, so they need to learn how to build a fire or how to read a compass. There are many life skills that can be taught while having fun together.

As you choose where you will travel, consider where you can go that will teach your kids something. Also consider where you can go that you and your spouse will be able to enjoy yourselves together without having to worry the entire time about your kids. Choose a vacation that children and adults of all ages can enjoy.

Sometimes children may think that the only appealing activities are amusement parks and other high-energy places like that, but they will likely find educational activities fun if they are geared in some way towards their age. Museums are a great idea, and can be both fun and educational. Many places also have children’s museums that are great for younger kids.

Of course, it is important to choose family vacations with your children in mind. However, do not forget to consider yourself and your spouse! Chose a relaxing and romantic location that you will both enjoy.

The beach is a great option for everyone. You can choose one that is highly populated, or find a more private beach that is connected with your hotel. There are numerous options for activities on the water. Hunting for shells, walking near the water, swimming, building sand castles, and even using a metal detector to search for treasures are all options that kids of all ages can enjoy on the beach.

If you feel like you have just too many ideas for family vacations, you could make a 5-year plan where you plan your family vacations five years ahead so that you know you will get to the top five on your list. Once you have your five choices, you could arrange them from least to most expensive so that you will have time to save for the more costly ones. You and your family have a lifetime of fun ahead of you.

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Whether you want to take a tour of Hyderabad, Chennai, Goa, Bandipur, Indore or Mumbai, the country vacations resorts and country vacation homes are widespread throughout the country to serve your needs. All you need to do is visit the country vacation website, choose your package and subscribe to it. The moment you subscribe to one of their packages, you become entitled to enjoy all the benefits, facilities and discounts offered by your package. The packages are reasonable and yet promise to fulfill your dreams.
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