Friday, May 8, 2015

San Francisco Chinatown: Walk Down the Alleys



I am organizing many files and editing images (this is a huge project!) and I came across two fun off the beaten path pictures of San Francisco I am excited to share with everyone now. 

San Francisco Chinatown is one of the largest Chinatowns outside of Asia as well as one of the oldest Chinatowns in North America. Of course, it is one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco.

Do you know?   You should walk down the several small alleys located in Chinatown. 


Insiders Secret:  My favorite is Ross Alley.  Ross Alley is the oldest alley in San Francisco. It was known for brothels and gambling.  Today, it is home to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie factory and murals depicting the everyday life of the Chinese American community.

Look down at the sidewalk this time and you will find a walking tour map of Chinatown. 



And don't forget to buy a fortune cookie (or a dozen), from the store behind this group. The fortune cookie is a USA invention and started in San Francisco.  

Yes I am active traveling and ...  Stay tuned for more pictures, 
always going off the beaten path ~ The FunTourGuru

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

How to Find Unusual Holidays and Christmas Vacations Around the World: Dresden, Germany

Sometimes you have to go to faraway places and experience for yourself.   Dresden, Germany is a very special place!

Dresden in December - Germany by DW
Happy Holidays! Frohe Weihnachten! Merry Christmas!  Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël! Καλά Χριστούγεννα! Buon Natale! (and to each individual celebration! What is yours?)

I am grateful to have the chance to dive into some local communities and learn how others experience everyday things.  Don't forget to smile ... thank you. 


Remember, "You really never leave a place you love; Part of it you take with you, leaving a part of you behind. I love vacations, I love coming home too!"  ~ The Fun Tour Guru

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Unusual Christmas Festivities and Spirit in the Streets of Hamelin, Germany

I am sharing a special treat today from another traveler and author, Carrie Buchert, who shares her favorites off the beaten path discovering Christmas Festivities in the streets of this small town community, Hamelin, Germany, full of holiday spirit. 

Experience the Christmas Festivities and Spirit in the Streets of Germany 
By Carrie Buchert, Author 

The German Christmas markets are world renowned because of their dedication to authentic traditions and celebration. Commercialization has taken hold of the rest of the world but it seems that only in the traditional German Christmas markets can you step back in time and experience what Christmas used to be.

Hamelin is a small German town that’s nestled in the heart of the Weser Mountains. Its beauty and charm originally inspired the Brothers Grimm to write the tale of the Pied Piper and today that medieval spark remains with over 70 wooden huts clustered in the market around the Wedding House. This is the Old Quarter where restored timber houses and cobbled streets seem untouched by modern invention.


Image by Deutsche Märchenstraße e.V.  Germany National Tourist Board
This Christmas market experience is much smaller than those in Munich, Dresden, or Nuremberg because the town itself is more compact and serene. This means that visitors can have a more authentic experience and receive a little more attention than in the areas that entice more tourists. There’s only one Christmas market in Hamelin, compared to the 60 markets in Berlin, but this translates to less competition for pricing and more camaraderie between shops.

Hamelin stands out as hosting one of the most kid friendly Christmas markets across Germany, partly because of its size and location in a smaller, friendlier town. A live Nativity scene with real animals sits near a Christmas pyramid, though modest in size, and visitors are welcome to walk up to pet livestock and interact with the scene.




Image by: Dirk Topel Kommunikation GmbH, owned by
Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V

 Visitors should be sure to save room for dinner as they explore the market because there are snacks, desserts, and mouth-watering delicacies around every corner. One Hamelin vendor is famous for the open-pit roasted chestnuts and you simply cannot wander the market without a glass of mulled wine.


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Thank you Carrie Buchert, for sharing your secrets of this special German community!  I have fun learning about how everyday is a holiday at Carrie's blog, www.carriebuchert.wordpress.com.   

And be sure to find the new home for Carrie's musings about holidays at  Always a Holiday
  
Are you ready for the crisp aroma of Glühwein while exploring these German tastes and festivities?  This is all planned.  I am anxiously waiting for my December vacation coming soon.  And you know me, I enjoy adding in some surprise, unusual elements. Contact me today

What is your favorite German Christmas Market? Tell us in your comments!

I am getting anxious. Let's go on vacation! The Fun Tour Guru


Thank you to the German National Tourist Board for permission to use these fun images from their excellent photographers for the German Christmas Markets.  I am very grateful with this chance to work with you.  I will soon have my own images to share about the unusual insights through Germany.

Are you ready for the crisp aroma of Glühwein while exploring these German tastes and festivities?  This is all planned.  All we have to do is pack our bags and go.  We are looking for more fun travelers, small group 10-15, to share this extraordinary vacation in December. We depart December 4 to see the German Christmas Markets and there is still availability to come with us.  And you know me, I enjoy adding in some surprise, unusual elements. Contact me now.

I am getting anxious. Let's go! ~ The Fun Tour Guru

Thank you to the German National Tourist Board for permission to use these fun images from their excellent photographers for the German Christmas Markets.  I am very grateful with this chance to work with you.  I will soon have my own images to share. - See more at: http://www.funtourguru.com/2014/07/a-vacation-to-german-christmas-markets.html#sthash.HIkS68Si.dpuf
Are you ready for the crisp aroma of Glühwein while exploring these German tastes and festivities?  This is all planned.  All we have to do is pack our bags and go.  We are looking for more fun travelers, small group 10-15, to share this extraordinary vacation in December. We depart December 4 to see the German Christmas Markets and there is still availability to come with us.  And you know me, I enjoy adding in some surprise, unusual elements. Contact me now.

I am getting anxious. Let's go! ~ The Fun Tour Guru

Thank you to the German National Tourist Board for permission to use these fun images from their excellent photographers for the German Christmas Markets.  I am very grateful with this chance to work with you.  I will soon have my own images to share. - See more at: http://www.funtourguru.com/2014/07/a-vacation-to-german-christmas-markets.html#sthash.SNEqbT23.dpuf