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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Greening of the mountains festival Sylva NC USA

Sylva is the County Seat of Jackson County, situated amidst the Great Smoky Mountains. Sylva downtown, a Main Street community, has many restaurants and shops along its tree-lined streets. Sylva, 


North Carolina is the hub of cultural activities and recreational resources. Downtown Sylva has independent businesses, unique restaurants, and quality events for families and visitors. we came to visit here during the festival and it was a very new experience to me.    







 

The way  there was an amazing sight to see, you can`t remove your eyes from the window... the mountains in the background are amazing. The Greening of the Mountains festival started the moment we parked our car at the nearby Blue Ridge Inn and exited the vehicle. The senses are inspired immediately by the sights, sounds and smells before me. There are two streets lined with canopies, vendors and one sound stage per street on main street and the west side street parallel with 
main street.  


 Starting on the west side street my mouth begins to water from the variety of smells coming from the many different food vendors. As we dive into the crowd of people, our eyes are dazzled by all the many different arts, crafts and agriculture exhibits. Nearing the sound stage (music stage) we have heard since first exiting our vehicle, we find a wonderful delight to the ears as a blue-grass band entertains with much enthusiasm.  

  After stopping to watch and listen and snap a few photos, Eden stops me from continuing on and asks me, "What is that?" I say,"What is what?"  She points to a child eating a Funnel cake. "You`ve never had one?" I asked, as she shakes her head no. "Oh-oh, what a treat you`re in for today", I say smiling. After a few seconds of looking around, a couple selling the Funnel cakes are spotted. After buying the 5$ treat, the expression on her exited face was priceless, and the cake was delicious as well.   Walking from the west side street we have to walk over a set of Rail-Road tracks to get to the main street side of the festival . At the mid point (halfway) of the tracks I paused, to reflect on just how important these tracks really were back in the day... the heart of towns being the tinny cities, the smalls roads being the veins, and the Rail Road tracks being the main arteries for the small towns.



      

 Moving on to main street we find many more different and unique vendors, canopies, arts and craft exhibits.    



       


 Nearing the end of our journey, I just have to mention the nice surprise we received from First Baptist Church of Slyva, which was a cup of free popcorn for the two of us.     The court house is the most photographed area, it`s built on a hill high above all... and has very nice architecture.



After a few pictures at the court house together and not far away from our starting point, I turned around and smiled and said to my self ... there is a Sylva in many states, if only you know where to look.    


Hotels in Sylva North Carolina USA   


 very recommended hotel in Sylva North Carolina  
 Sylva Blue Ridge Inn motel is located in the Plott Balsam Mountains. The motel is located less than 1 miles from U.S. Highway 74. Dillsboro town center is a 10 minute drive away. Book Now Sylva Blue Ridge 
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Traditional Guatemala

Traditional Guatemala

Day 1 ARRIVAL TRANSFER, you will be met at “La Aurora” International Airport and transferred to hotel for accommodation, our staff will be waiting for your passengers in the International Airport.
Day 2 8:00 AM ANTIGUA GUATEMALA
You will be transfer to Antigua Guatemala this is one of the most beautiful cities in the world considerate worldwide heritage from Unesco in 1979 there you will be and know important places of this colonial city like the Palace of the Capitan’s, Central Square, The Convent of Capuchinas, the St Catherines Arch, and the streets, Antigua preserves monasteries, houses, public buildings, churches and streets, like used to be in the century XVI, founded in 1531, with the name of Santiago de los Caballeros.
1:00 PM : Lunch time at Hotel & Restaurant Posada de Rodrigo in Antigua Guatemala
2:00 PM : We will continue the tour to the La Merced church were you can see the paints and the colonial arquitecturem we also will visit the ruins of the church of Brother´s Pedro, and the Spanish Cooperation complex.
5:00 PM : You will be transferred to the hotel for accommodations at Antigua Guatemala.
Day 3 7:00 AM ANTIGUA to CHICHICASTENANGO
You will be transferred by two hours and half, from Antigua Guatemala to the Chichicastenango, Chichicastenango means in Mayan language place of ostriches, has a nice market, where you will watch the colors of textiles and the crafts that our Quiche people do one of the most traditional markets in our country. One of the main attractive is the Santo Thomas Church was builded about 450 years ago. Then you are transferred to the most beautiful lake in the world Atitlán.
We will stop in the city of Tecpán during the tour for see the weather that is special there, and it mountains we will stop on the road by 15 minutes for can see this. This will be during the transfer from Antigua Guatemala to Chichicastenango.
1:00 PM: Lunch in Hotel & Restaurant Posada of Don Rodrigo Atitlán.
2:30 PM LAKE ATITLAN : The Atitlán Lake has in it shores three nice volcanoes Tolimán, Atitlán and San Pedro around the lake is twelve little villages where lives people of Kachickel tribe, in your visit you can see the different Mayan suits, and listen different Mayan languages that still be speaked in this society. We will take the tour by Santander Street.
5:00 PM : You will be transferred to hotel in Panajachel, Atitlán, for accommodations.
Day 4 7:00 AM SANTIAGO ATITLÁN
Santiago Atitlán: This day we will have a tour in boat for Santiago Atitlán where you will see the crafts, and also the color full of textiles, you will see Maximón the keeper of the lake that is worship by the Mayan syncretism in this place.
1:00 PM: lunch in the Hotel & Restaurant Posada de Don Rodrigo Atitlán
3:00 PM: You will be transferred to Lake Atitlán to Guatemala City to the Hotel for accommodations.
Day 5 6:00 AM NATIONAL PARK TIKAL FULL DAY
Early on the morning you will be transferred to the airport for boarding, your flight to Santa Elena Petén, where you will be waited by our staff, for transfer you to the National Park Tikal. In this tour you will see the temples I, II, IV, the ball game, the Acropolis North and is the Central Mayan city the most important of the classic time. Also you can see the area of the lost world, after the lunch (included) visit to the Museum Sylvanus Morley in the afternoon transfer to the Airport for board your flight back to Guatemala City, where our staff will be waiting for you, for transfer you back to the Hotel of your choice in Guatemala City.
Day 6 DEPARTURE TRANSFER You will be transferred to the International Airport La Aurora for board your flight back. (End of our services).
Includes:
Transport during the tour, tour guide, tour in boat by Atitlán Lake, tickets to the touristic places, fly ticket to Tikal and lunch in the park Tikal, boat in Lake Atitlán.
No Include:
Food during the tour, at least is requested by the travel agency, the restaurants mentioned is during the lunch time is what we recommend for be on the road of the tour.
Duration: 6 Days & 5 Nights
Prices: The prices will change for the season(Eastern and New Year´s eve and New Year´s day)
5. STARS ACOMODATION
HOTELS CASA SANTO DOMINGO(ANTIGUA GUATEMALA)
HOTEL DEL LAGO (ATITLAN)
SINGLE ROOM 1707.75 USD
DOBLE ROOM 1277.65 USD FOR PERSON
4. STARS ACOMODATION
HOTELS HOTEL ANTIGUA(ANTIGUA GUATEMALA)
HOTEL ATITLÁN(ATITLÁN)
SINGLE ROOM 1613.00 USD
DOBLE ROOM 1256.00 FOR PERSON
3. STARS ACOMODATION
HOTELS LAS FAROLAS(ANTIGUA GUATEMALA
HOTEL REGIS (ATITLÁN
SINGLE ROOM 1291.00 USD
DOBLE ROOM 1084.00 USD FOR PERSON
2 STARS ACCOMODATION
HOTEL LA SIN VENTURA (ANTIGUA GUATEMALA)
HOTEL JARDINES DE ATITLÁN (ATITLÁN)
SINGLE ROOM 1096.00 USD
DOBLE ROOM 976.00 USD FOR PERSON
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