Sunday, 13 August 2017

DISCOVERING A RICH HERITAGE AT MOUNT RUSHMORE – A BINOY NAZARETH ADVENTURE

Charismatic. Colossal. Cultural.

Following footprints in the sands of time with legends echoing around the Wild West, I traversed the path of an intrepid traveler through the much-trodden trail to Mount Rushmore. I love adventure and as an ardent adventurer, I indulged in a sojourn in South Dakota, the land where famous pioneers, the aura of pre-historic beasts and the heart of the heritage of American Indian tribes surrounds visitors.
With the sun, filtering through the ponderosa pine, cottonwood, oak and other coniferous trees, I discovered a breath-taking view of the magnificent sculptures of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt carved into the granite surface of Mount Rushmore. While the ranges of the Black Hills of South Dakota provide a startling yet appealing sight, the 1700s sculptures reveal the work of Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum. The memorial park evolves over 1,278.45 acres and is 5,725 feet (1,745 m) above sea level.
These four prominent Presidents of the United States of America were chosen as they had created the most important events in the history of the United States. The concept of the sculptures can be attributed to the South Dakota historian Doane Robinson so that tourism would be promoted with the mountain being renamed after Charles E. Rushmore, a famous New York lawyer.

Experiencing the Wonder of South Dakota

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Walking through trails to experience the massive park in South Dakota, I absorbed the scenic surroundings with wildflowers and Ponderosa pines. Sightings of wildlife are thrilling and as one ventures on a trek, squirrels, marmots, rabbits, mountain goats, chipmunks, deer, mammals, amphibians and birds can be seen at various locations.
With something for everyone at Mount Rushmore, I took in the sights and sounds at the Presidential Trail and the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center & Museum. The amenities include Mount Rushmore Audio Tour, the Amphitheater, the Sculptor’s Studio and the Youth Exploration Area. Some of the tourist attractions include the Memorial Ice Cream Shop, the Mount Rushmore Bookstores, the Carvers Café, the Gift Shop and the Memorial Ice Cream Shop. My love for adventure and the penchant to try out new things took me through exciting chairlifts, wheeled sleds and the Aerial Adventure Park as the latest addition to Rushmore Tramway Adventures with its pulsating courses.

Traveling on a Delicious South Dakota Sojourn

My true-blue adventurer spirit, the secret to a traveler’s charisma set off to explore the delectable side of life as I traveled on a chairlift ride to indulge the senses at an ultimate al fresco experience. The Mountaintop Grille offers scenic views of Mount Rushmore and displays gorgeous views with flowers and waterfalls. Relaxing in a congenial ambience, I savored mouth-watering nachos, burgers & brats accompanied by an ice-cold beer. South Dakota specialties include gumbo, steaks, Italian cuisine, seafood, pizzas, muffins, Cornish pasties, jerky, roasts, tacos and many more delicious dishes. I added to my repertoire of experiences by visiting casual and fine dining eateries, chuckwagon supper and dinner shows, cafes, supper clubs and restaurants that inundate the South Dakota region.
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Delving into the American Indian heritage to treasure a memorable culture, I took a piece of the Black Hills and Badlands experience back as a keepsake as I browsed through the souvenir and gift shops that showcase original Western art, Sioux beadwork, pottery, leather, star quilts, gold jewelry and innumerable memorabilia.

Exploring the South Dakota Heritage and Culture

Traveling through the prairies, I visited the American Indian communities whose heritage, art and craft still vibrate through South Dakota. Known as the land of the Nakota, Dakota and Lakota, there are nine Native American tribes who live in South Dakota. I enjoyed and experienced their awesome hospitality and admired their incredible art.
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With adventure all the way, I filled my South Dakota experience with non-stop entertainment that evolves over hiking, rock climbing, fishing, hunting, camping and visiting museums. As a perfect way to an adventurer’s heart, the state offers visits to dig sites to discover evidence of prehistoric humans and animals. In addition to outdoor recreation, amusement & theme parks, information and learning centers, I celebrated my action-packed trip to Mount Rushmore with sightings of burros, wild mustangs, herds of buffalo and the largest collection of reptiles in the world. With the spirit of freedom and the love of the great outdoors, I treasured my experience at Mount Rushmore as an inspiring and memorable adventure.
CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM AND INSPIRATION AT MOUNT RUSHMORE

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

A getaway to the City of Lights with Binoy Nazareth

Traveling is just one of the things that feed my inner thirst for exploring various places and being part of historical and epic wonders across the globe. I Binoy Nazareth never had to plan beforehand for a precarious trip, like my previous abrupt visit to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. For those who are passionate about traveling it’s an icing on the cake when you explore some of the breathtaking masterpiece human creations and the beauty of Mother Nature. Well, this time I set out for a tour of Paris known as “The City of Lights”, the capital of France and among the top holiday destination for tourists and couples. Hope reading about my journey will entice you to make Paris your next holiday travel destination.
 
City of Lights Paris - Binoy Nazareth


After a three hour flight, I landed in Aeroport Charles de Gaulle which is the largest airport in France and among the ninth busiest airport in the world. Checked into my hotel and took a short nap in the noon which helped me recover from my long travel. I then started my journey to North Dame, a famous Roman Catholic Cathedral located at the very heart the city and is one of the finest evidence of French Gothic architecture. It is said that the construction started in the year 1163 and was completed by 1345. It is surrounded by many sculptures and gargoyles. After climbing 387 steps inside cathedral I reached the top to get a closer view of the huge looming ceilings and magnificent stained windows glasses. While there I came across a mysterious sculpture of a person holding his beheaded head in his arms. This was none other than Saint Denis, who the oldies say walked six miles with his head in his hand.
 
Charles de Gaulle


From North Dame Cathedral I walked leisurely to see the nearby Charlemagne statue. I enjoyed being in the crowd with people from different parts of the world. The statue of Charlemagne by Louis and Charles Rochet sits on a horse completely made of bronze. The statue has become bluish green in color due to years of oxidation on the bronze surface. Feeling a bit tired, I decided to take a break and headed towards my hotel. After couple of hours in the room, I set out in search of some traditional French food along the streets of Paris and I found Restaurant L’Abeille at the Shangri-La Hotel. This restaurant is famous for its Parisian authentic food and I relished the taste of local dishes, Baguette and Croque-monsieur.

Next morning, I woke up early as I had to cover a couple of more places in Paris during my short and memorable visit. I eagerly jotted down some of the other places I could not cover in my diary for a comprehensive visit later with my family.  The next major venue on my list, the Arc De Triomphe is another marvelous creation of Paris. It is located at the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle and is about 162 foot tall. Here I spent some splendid hours clicking pictures and tasting some of the finest French foods.
 
Arc de Triomphe Paris


And then as the daylight began to fade, with a sense of excitement surging through me, I headed to the final destination and the place I had marked as the highlight of my short Paris trip. The magnificent Eiffel tower with its shining lights breaking the darkness of the emerging night was a heavenly place to spend some of the most memorable times in Paris. I will forever cherish my memories of enjoying the charming atmosphere of love and joy in the background of the glowing Eiffel Tower.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Binoy Nazareth’s last visit to Outer Banks, North Carolina

The delightful pleasures derived from short getaways and escapades to new places is priceless. To those who are passionate about travel, every trip provides a fantastic opportunity to interact with new people & culture; and soak in the experience of something that they never experienced before.  The fundamental joys of travel including anticipation and discovery, is nourished and nurtured by these short unplanned trips. This time I decided to brag about my sizzling experience of visiting some of the most elegant and naturally gifted places in North California and its Outer Banks. Due to this being an unplanned trip I had to settle for only four, but four fun-filled days at some of the all-time favorite and untouched reserves of NC. The real pleasures of travel go far beyond the sights, and it’s in the anticipation & unexpected, that you get to live your life to the fullest. So go on and keep traveling, for traveling is bliss and there is no joy like being a wanderlust!



North Carolina known as NC is the 6th most visited state in US and is the 9th largest one in US with a mixture of scenic beauties and historical traits and this diversity makes NC a visitor’s paradise.  I hope this personal exploration and narration of my visit can be a guide to those who are on an unplanned trip with no pre-determined list of places to visit. At your fingertips will be the Outer banks of NC which is full of water sports and attractive tourist destinations which you should not miss when visiting OBX.

After reaching my destination from a day long car ride, I took a long stride on a calm evening that took me to the lighthouse in OBX. The lighthouse of OBX which is a frequent target of professional photographers and has appeared in many magazines is one of the iconic landmarks and goes back in time among rest of the lighthouses in United States. After making myself comfortable on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, I started my adventurous journey by taking a ride on one of the wild mustang horses around the outer banks. These horses have been part and parcel of this picturesque environment which really appears to be totally magical and mesmerizing.



Followed by this, another wonderful and unique experience that I completely cherished is the visit to Elizabethan Garden in Outer Banks situated on Roanoke Island. This island boasts of the history of the first English settlers who landed here over 400 hundred years ago. In each season new wonders are brought to these amazing gardens, which is a must visit place in Outer banks. Being an avid lover of fishing, I can never miss an opportunity to go score some big ones, and this time I hopped on an OBX charter fishing trip, since Outer Banks is known for the various big water species. I came back empty handed, but that’s not the point here!


I also got in a bit of sports in Kilmarlic Golf Club during the evening, later joining for more fun and amusement in Bodies Island. The two light houses located there look spectacular and the island is the perfect beach to relax and forget your worries under the pristine sand. This is a true family paradise. The great Corolla restaurants in Outer Bank NC serving BBQs and southern sea foods are things to die for. One thing I must mention here is, at no point did I feel like a tourist here and it was almost like this place was my home. Great food, excellent sceneries, top-notch hospitality – that’s Outer Banks for you. Go on, be a wanderlust, and experience this place for yourself. I challenge you, it won’t be disappointing!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Join the Quest for Exciting Meat Delicacies

Are you passionate about exploring food while traveling and locating world-class cuisines in different parts of the world? Then you have here the opportunity to explore some alligator meat delicacies that will send your taste buds soaring. Introducing delicacies made from American alligator meat which has attracted tourists from all over the world to Florida, where they are farmed for their meat and sold throughout Florida and other parts of America. So let’s begin the quest with Binoy Nazareth, who will guide us on an alligator meat hunt in Destin, Florida.

Alligator Meat

American Alligator is one of the world’s deadliest animals.  They weigh several quintals when fully grown and have a length of about 11 to 13 feet on an average. But apart from all these shocking figures, there are some interesting facts related to alligator meat which convinced Binoy Nazareth to travel all the way to Florida. 3.2 0z of alligator meat contains 232 calories, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 g saturated fat, 4 g of fat and almost 46 g of protein. Moreover, the taste of the alligator meat is so versatile that you can use it in place of other kinds of meat like chicken, pork, seafood or veal. Talking about meat texture, they are almost pink in color, firm, lean and we can grill, smoke, fry or stir it.

After getting to know the taste and health factors of this meat, Binoy Nazareth could not stop himself from exploring yet another destination, none other than Destin, Florida which boasts of excellent quality alligator meat. Hardcore meat lovers can, for a change, avail a variety of dishes made of alligator meat like sausages, salami, tenderloins and alligator pepperonis to name a few. Among all other parts, alligator’s rib and wings are the most liked and you can find these fresh or frozen in many parts of Destin, Florida.

Binoy Nazareth’s exciting journey to Destin, Florida in search of alligator meat also reveals information on the best hotels and restaurants known for mouthwatering alligator meat delicacies. Bayou Bill’s Crab House, Santa Rosa Beach, Panama City Beach Fudpucker’s on Okaloosa Island, Fudpucker’s Beach Bar & Grill and Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill are some of the famous hotels and restaurants recommended by Binoy for those planning a travel to Destin, Florida and daring to try alligator meat dishes.