New York City: Empire State Building

During our six year long distance relationship, Lucas came to stay with me while I was living in New York City for three weeks.  We tried our best to visit every tourist attraction, but ended up missing one of the most famous due to the cold weather: the Empire State Building.  Thus, it was very important to Lucas to finally visit the iconic building during our babymoon in the Big Apple.  Since I was not feeling up to doing anything touristy thanks to being 6 months pregnant, Lucas went with the husband of my best friend, while she and I went baby clothes shopping instead.  The following photos were taken by Lucas.  The men bought Express passes, which they highly recommend, because they were able to skip the long line of people waiting to get in.  They had two stops — the 86th and 102nd floor observatories — that provided sweeping 360° views of New York City and beyond.

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

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Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Have you ever been to the Empire State Building?

Bingo Was Cheap And Now It Is Free

There was a time when wise people would say gambling is fun, but also a waste of money.  The scenario in the world of gambling has taken a drastic change over the decades.  In today’s bingo era, you can have the best of both worlds — you have have fun whilst playing bingo without pinching your pockets.  There are plenty of bingo sites out there that offer free bingo with no deposit required.  In fact, these days bingo games can be played on Facebook, as you can invite friends and they can win virtual money leaving players nonplussed.

Free bingo games can be enjoyed on several bingo sites.  Players can win real cash or bonus money without spending a dime.  The only stipulation most of the sites have is to have a registered account, which is very easy to create.  Plenty of free games take place at the bingo sites around the clock.  So you sign up with a hassle-free process and you are good to go!

Bingo has never been an expensive affair anyway.  However, in today’s virtual world it comes for free.  Even if you want to pay for bingo games, you can buy your cards for next to nothing. When you are bored to death and have nothing to do, log into a good bingo site like GameVillage Bingo or something and socialize.  Of course, you must be aware by now that the social aspects of the game is stupendous.  In online bingo, the biggest advantage is you just need to buy your cards and sit back and watch the game.  No mental agility required whatsoever!  Cards are daubed automatically, so you do not even have the fear of missing out on a number. You do not particularly need to focus on the game either .  Enjoy the lively banter in the chat room as you keep an eye on your card.

Bingo keep players on the edge of their seats.  Imagine you can enjoy the light-hearted conversation, free games, the adrenaline pumping action, and a chance to win in the form of real or bonus cash for free!  Rather than visiting the brick and mortar bingo halls, play bingo at the comfort of your home.  It is twice more entertaining and cost cutting.  No restrictions on smoking or natter.  You will have a whale of a time guaranteed!

Best Places To Visit Without The Kids

If you are looking to rekindle the spark in your relationship, nothing beats long week of vacation away from the kids.  Get Grandma to take them, and you and your spouse can head off on a romantic getaway, just the two of you, like it is your second honeymoon.  Here are our picks for the best places to go to enjoy each other without little ones around:

The Bahamas

Tropical resorts are one of the most popular honeymoon destinations.  The two of you can swim together in the beautifully warm water, cuddle on the beach, or go on island adventures to look at unique wildlife.  Of course, picking the right resort is a must.  Check out the Bluegreen Resorts options in the Bahamas for amazing service and food.  Get away from the cooking and cleaning you have to do every day and let someone else wait on you for a change!

France

Just ask anyone what the most romantic city in the world is, and chances are they will say Paris.  Whether you and your spouse are visiting for the first time or traveling back to where you spent that incredible honeymoon week, you can enjoy plenty of restaurants, concerts, and evening walks to set the mood for a couple in love.  Grab a picture in front of the Eiffel Tower as a perfect reminder of this magical chance to reignite your love.

Italy

France is hardly the only place in Europe with a flair for love.  The beautiful ancient architecture of many of Italy’s towns will make you feel like you and your darling have stepped into a fairy tale.  Enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of this passion-centric culture.  If you visit Venice, do not forget to take a moonlit ride on a gondola.

Tennessee

Maybe you do not need a lot of sights or attractions to make your week together special.  In fact, too many things to do and places to go may keep you from focusing on what really matters: each other.  Check out cabin resorts or rentals in the Appalachians, where for a week it is just you, your spouse, and the great outdoors.  There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, but when it comes down to it, it is nice to get away from the noise of everyday life and get a chance to be your own entertainment.

Canada

There is something about a town steeped in history that can fill people with awe and remind them what really matters in the grand scheme of things.  Check out Quebec City, a Canadian paradise of former battlefields and museums.  Do not forget to drop in to see the oldest church in North America.  Even if you are not religious, it is hard not to sit in a building that has been standing for 400 years and not feel like you are someplace special — with someone special.

In the end, it comes down to choosing a place that will remind you and your spouse of why you love each other, whether that is spending time miles away from anyone else or going on adventurous outings in a metropolis.  Choose somewhere you are both excited to go, and as you fall in love with your new surroundings, you will find yourself falling back in love with the person you married.

Amazing Attractions Of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Rising up from its past as a mud brick waystation, Riyadh is now a gleaming contemporary vision, offering luxury accommodation and an abundance of activities.  Surrounded by the arid desert landscape, Riyadh is a city of beauty, an oasis in the midst of the sand, and a fascinating travel destination.  Easily reachable from King Khaled Airport, located just 35 kilometers to the north, Riyadh is full of mystical delights within convenient reach.  If you are thinking of flying to Riyadh, here are a few ideas about the things you could see and do:

Kingdom Tower

A landmark piece of architecture in the city, Kingdom Tower is a spectacular creation, stretching an impressive 302 metres into the air.  Split into two towers, the most eye-catching part of the whole design is the 300 ton bridge made from glass and steel which connects the two parts.

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If you want the best views over the city, whizz up the high-speed lifts to the top, traveling at a breath-taking 180 kilometer per hour and gaze out over the horizon from the 99th floor.  Photographs are permitted from the viewpoint, but it is best to avoid evenings after 6pm and weekends as it can be extremely crowded during those times.

Masmak Fortress

One of the most culturally and historically significant buildings in the city, Masmak Fortress represents the time when attempts were being made to unify the country under King Abdulaziz.  Now renovated into a museum, this thick and square-shaped fortress was built in 1865 and still bears the spearhead in the doors from when it was under attack in 1902.  The exhibits include a series of fascinating photographs and old maps set in fabulous traditional Arabic surroundings.  The four towers at each corner of the fortified building, each reaching 18 meters tall, are surrounded by rifles.  The front gate — with the embedded spearhead — is 3.6 meters tall and made from the wood of tamarisk and palm trees found locally.  Free to enter, Thursdays are designated as family days; Masmak Fortress is a wonderful glimpse into the Saudi Arabia of the past.

Deira Souq

There are many souqs in Riyadh worth visiting, but Deira offers some particular delights for the discerning shopper looking for something authentic and memorable.  As well as the usual trinkets and items for sale, you will find an incredible array of upcycled creations, forged from wreckage either found in the desert or in old houses.  Old wood, shutters, and doors have all been reclaimed to form some of the most intricate carvings, both large and small.  The atmosphere in Deira is exotic and you will also find many items being sold that you will not be able to bring back through customs.  Even though you cannot buy them, looking at the Bedouin weapons can be fascinating, and there is a huge range of authentic knives and other implements in many of the shops.

The Edge of the World

If you want a truly sensational sight like no other, and are prepared to go on an adventure to get there, visit the desert location known as the Edge of the World.  Accessible from Riyadh, the trip is not a good idea to make alone as it is extremely easy to get stuck in the soft sand.  Organized excursions in 4×4 are regularly on offer to transverse the 90 kilometers of natural desert landscape to reach the jagged cliffs.

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Officially titled the Tuwaiq, the site is a plateau, which has a very special physical effect that makes it appear as if you have reached the end of the world.  Because the escarpment is long and flat and looks to move outward, the horizon appears to be never-ending, creating the illusion that you are about to step off the edge of the planet.  The wildlife in the area is stunning and its raw and desolate beauty is captivating.  Do not dismiss the danger in visiting here, however take plenty of supplies and be careful when you drive as there’s no fences or road signs to warn you if you are near a cliff edge.

Conclusion 

The city of Riyadh is an enchanting mix of history and modern culture and traveling to the city is simple thanks to the modern King Khaled International Airport, one of the largest in the world.  This fully equipped airport has all the amenities you could hope for, including: free WiFi, a post office, duty-free shops, and cash machines.  Traveling in or out of Riyadh is hassle-free and you will not have to endure a long trek in order to reach your destination after you land.  Visit Riyadh today and enjoy some of the truly Arabian delights that await!

Andi’s Pick: Soho House New York

Soho House: New York City, New York

Soho House New York

First Impression

Looking for the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity? Look no further than the glamorous Soho House New York. This Manhattan private club and luxury hotel exemplifies the age-old formula: go to New York City and dream big. In typical Big Apple fashion, this property is all about making the most of what you have. Part of Chic Retreat’s boutique hotel collection, its six floors are packed with as much entertainment and variety as space would allow for, including a year-round heated rooftop swimming pool that was made famous around the world thanks to an episode of Sex And The City.

Soho House New York

Location

Soho House New York is located in the heart of the Meatpacking District, which is definitely one of the most happening parts of town. The surrounding streets are buzzing with alfresco diners and drinkers spilling out onto the street. The black smoked-glass doors of the hotel can be challenging to spot at first, only adding to the property’s secretive allure. Once they are opened they reveal an intimate lobby with a simple black desk and distressed leather chairs. Only the stunning Swarovski chandeliers allude to the swanky interiors on the floors above.

Soho House New York

The Room

The guest rooms have various floorplans, ranging from the 325 square foot “small room” to the palatial 950 square foot “large room”. If you are lucky enough to be staying in one of the medium or large rooms expect your bathtub to be inside of your room and not inside of your bathroom — a unique feature of the Soho House chain that sets them apart from other boutique hotels. Being that my husband and I were on our babymoon, we would have greatly appreciated an upgrade to a larger space, but due to the hotel’s popularity every room was sold out. Hence, we stayed in a small room. The style is understated and chic: a mix of contemporary and antique furniture. The beds are draped in Egyptian cotton sheets and there are massive plasma screen TVs, just in case you are able to tear yourself away from the fantastic views of Manhattan. There are also mini-bars, espresso and tea machines, and all of the libations your heart could desire with fresh limes and lemons.

Soho House New York

Soho House New York

Soho House New York

Soho House New York

The Bathroom

The en suite bathroom was my favorite part about the room. Inside you will discover the entire collection of Cowshed Spa bath products, which I instantly fell in love with. Although we did not have a bathtub, the spacious shower made up for it, as did the plush robes and heated towel racks. Also on offer are a myriad of other complimentary travel sized bath products that you might have forgotten to bring along with you, but are a necessity to a comfortable stay.

Soho House New York

Soho House New York

Soho House New York

The Extras

The hotel has a strict no photography rule, even for press. Thus, I was unable to photograph anything besides our room. Soho House New York enjoys its reputation for serving a hip clientele. You never know whose shoulders you will brush while taking in a movie in the fourth-floor screening room or who might sidle up next to you for a cocktail at the sixth-floor bar? The Cowshed Spa is wonderful place to primp and pamper yourself as well.

Why It Is Andi’s Pick

As they say, New York City never sleeps, however we never once heard any street noise from our room. We found it the perfect place for a quiet night’s sleep!

Soho House New York

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