Tanya's Daily Blog CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: ST. THOMAS
Exploring St. Thomas!
Greetings from St. Thomas! This is my first visit and I'm totally stoked... I luv exploring new territory!
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The pictures that I am sharing today are from our day yesterday as we did some more sightseeing in Puerto Rico.
Good Morning everyone!
From our balcony
My lens steamed up!
BTW Dave really luvs Puerto Rico - so I guess we'll be back again, and I kinda think that the kiddos are curious and might want to come along and check it out. There are so many other things to see and do after all!
I just luv all the color!
But I was so glad to finally check the Arecibo Observatory off of my list and off of Dave's bucket list - this world famous observatory has been on Dave's list since he was a kid!
The drive is about 1.5hrs from San Juan and here are a couple of interesting facts about The Arecibo Observatory:
Construction began in mid-1960, with the official opening on November 1, 1963.
The Observatory's 1,000 ft radio telescope is the world's largest single-aperture telescope!
After checking out this cool scientific site, we had to return our rental and then we made our way to the pier to board our cruise!
I'll let you know now that I'm unsure at best about what my wifi services will be like at this point forward. So please forgive me if I cannot post much and/or cannot post pictures until at least returning back to San Juan next Sunday. I will try my best and cross my fingers!
Waving in the wind
About to board
Ready to Cruise!
Today we tour St Thomas...
Things that are on our list for today are: Sky Ride to Paradise Point Magen's Bay and We will also be taking a two-hour orientation tour of the island, with stops at some of the island's highlights and exciting views of the island itself, such as: The 16th and 17th century structures and remains include Blackbeard's Castle, Fort Christian and Bluebeard’s Castle - all of which we will be able to see on the tour! We'll ride along the crest on "Skyline Drive," where we will be treated to vistas of Charlotte Amalie town, harbor as well as Hassel and Water Islands to the south; the Atlantic Ocean, Magens Bay and Inner and Outer Brass and Hans Lollick islands to the north; and the chain of cays leading to St. John and the British Virgins to the east. We'll also pass by Drake's Seat, believed to be the spot where Sir Francis Drake himself watched for enemy vessels. And more...
Though it’s only 32 square miles in size, St. Thomas has a million miles worth of things to do. Go shopping and sailing, snorkeling and sightseeing, or diving and dining. Enjoy the island’s world-renowned golf course, picture-perfect beaches and spectacular nightlife. Take the Skyride 700 feet above the city or climb the famous 99 Steps of Charlotte Amalie for an incomparable view of the Caribbean. And if you’re interested in culture and history, don’t miss seeing the second-oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, the 1680-built Fort Christian or the childhood home of Camille Pissarro, one of the best-known French Impressionists. (credit visitusvi.com)
TOP 15 FACTS ABOUT ST THOMAS
Size: 31 square miles, 13 miles long and 4 miles wide
Located 1,100 miles south of Miami
St. Thomas, capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands
Charlotte Amalie is the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands and is located in St. Thomas.
Charlotte Amalie is the largest historical town in the United States.
The U.S. Virgin Islands is the only location in the United States where you drive on the left side of the road.
St. Thomas is a nicknamed Rock City
St. Thomas has more than 40 pristine white sand beaches with turquoise waters.
In St. Thomas you will find Beracha Veshalom Vegmiluth Hasidim. This is one of the oldest synagogues in the Western Hemisphere!
The time zone of the Virgin Islands is Atlantic Standard time, which is one hour later than Eastern Standard time.
Population in St Thomas is approximately 60,000 people
Christopher Columbus discovered the island in 1493 during his second New World voyage, but deemed it too boring for an extended stay and continued on to what is now Puerto Rico.
Denmark purchased the islands in 1733, bringing St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas under Danish rule.
The United States bought the Virgin islands from Denmark in 1917.
The Virgin Islands (St Thomas, St . Croix, and St John) was bought from Denmark for $25 million in gold.
That's all she wrote my dearies. I hope to catch ya back here tomorrow for our day at sea!
Love life and it loves ya right back! -T
Elisa's Daily Blog NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: SEPTEMBER
Keep the sun shining
Monday, Monday!!Here we are at the beginning of a new week.
Feeling totally upbeat and optimistic today. Just came off of a great weekend, and about to start a new week with some exciting things on the agenda.
Perhaps the most exciting thing for me this week is the orientation I have to go to tomorrow night for a new potential volunteer opportunity.
There is a home for young, unwed expectant girls, here on Long Island. I've known about this home for a long time, but it was only when a friend mentioned to me that there was an orientation for new volunteers in August that I realized I totally wanted to go and find out how I could donate my time.
So, this Tuesday night is the orientation! I really cannot wait. I'll let you know more after I attend this meeting.
The kids' pool party yesterday went off without a hitch. Lotsa swimming, laughing and eating!
What I liked best about the day was just how great all the girls got along. Gianna and Kelsey are 28 months apart in age, so they are two grades apart in school.
They have always interacted well with each other's friends and in fact, they have common friends like Sarah who they are equally close with and play together with as a trio. It's heartwarming that they are so close.
Getting ready for the big race
who will win?!?!
Chillin' in the hot tub
We had a great deal of food, as you know, most of which I got from Costco the other day. One thing that was particularly good, that even several of the kids commented on, was the salsa.
It was REALLY tasty!! I have to tell you that I've purchased some great food at Costco through the years. The "Santa Barbara Garden Style Salsa" ranks up there as one of my faves!
One of my favorite salsas - was a hit at the girls' party.
Today, I have a few things on the agenda:
* Go to the Saddlery with Gianna to get her new riding boots. (She will be getting back on the horse this week and start riding after a hiatus due to hurting her back after a fall).
* Work on finalizing two weekend trips - one in September (TBD) and another in October to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. (I'll give you more information tomorrow, Travelin' Tuesday.)
* Order some theatre tickets for the coming months. (I did manage to get my tickets for China Doll with Al Pacino for November during this limited engagement)
Coming to New York City for a limited engagement this Fall China Doll is a play about a wealthy man, his young fiancé, and an airplane. The man has just bought a new plane as a wedding present for the girl. He intends to go into semiretirement, and enjoy himself. He's in the process of leaving his office, and is giving last minute instructions to his young assistant. He takes one last phone call... CLICK IMAGE to get tickets
I love bringing you theatre reviews!! I'll be gearing up with more shows as the summer winds down.
There are some totally fun local happenings and tours that I'll be doing in the coming months, right here in NYC!!!
Sometimes I forget that I live 40 minutes from the heart of The Big Apple and the number of things to do, see and tell you about is abounding! For our New York followers and those traveling to the Empire State, I hope this gives you a plethora of "to do" options!
You don't always need to get on a plane or leave home to enjoy travel adventures!!
Tons of good stuff coming your way!!!
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