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Fun At The Fair – The State Fair Of Texas

Texas Star Ferris Wheel at the State Fair of Texas

Texas Star Ferris Wheel at the State Fair of Texas

At last I was able to go to the State Fair of Texas for the very first time.  And I can say it was a great experience.  Since my arrival here in Texas, I haven’t been to the State Fair until last Thursday.  But I did not go alone.  My daughter and I, together with my cousin Em and her two little girls, went to the Fair last Thursday.  It was actually an adventure for all of us because it was our first time to go to the Texas State Fair in Dallas.

The night before the trip, my dear husband helped me plan the trip to the State Fair.  He suggested that we take the train to the Fair.  I looked at the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) train schedules online and, after a very long time of confusion, figured out how to get there.  I will tell you more about our train ride on my next blog post.

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Buying tickets at the Fair. 🙂

So we arrived at the Fair around noon last Thursday.  I already had two adult tickets which I bought from an online garage sale on Facebook.  Had a good savings on that.  For the kids’ tickets, we brought canned goods for donation and we only paid $6.00 per ticket for each child.  Great savings on that as well.  As soon as we entered the gate at the Fair, the adventure began.  🙂

The Big Tex

Big Tex

The little ones wanted to see Big Tex.  They were amazed because he’s so huge!  Giant.  That’s what my DD said.

Getaway Adventure With Nature – Beaver’s Bend State Park Broken Bow Lake

Stable Rides

Stable Rides

a-canoeing in the lake

Canoe, paddle boats, and pedal boats

 

Visiting Dallas Arboretum Soon

Hello September!  Oh dear.  Where did the days go?  It’s almost Holiday season again. I don’t know about you but it always gives me the cheer when BER months start.  No, I am not excited about Christmas to come soon.  Not yet. I am cheerful about is the cooler temperature.  And when November comes, then I will start getting excited about Thanksgiving and Christmas.

September is still low season in travel.  You can still find cheap flights to your vacation destination this Fall.  We are supposed to be going on a long vacation next month.  But plans have changed and the vacation is moved to next year.  Hopefully we will be able to go in April.

It’s getting cooler in the mornings as Fall is approaching.  We are think of visiting the Dallas Arboretum in a few weeks.  My cousin and I have been talking about this trip to the Arboretum, and we’re looking forward to go for it.  We would love to for the kids to see the big pumpkin patch there and the beautiful colorful gardens.

How about you? Are you excited it’s the BER month already?  Do have travel plans in the Fall?  Are there festivals you are excited to go to?

 

8 Things to Remember When Traveling in Panama City

If you are planning to go on a summer vacation, Panama is one of the great summer destinations that you will definitely enjoy.  Of course it is important to explore the big city first.  Here are some tips when traveling in Panama City.

1. Bring Shorts and Sandals

Panama City has a tropical maritime climate with hot and humid conditions throughout much of the year. They experience a short dry season from January to May, but the rest of the year is rainy. The bright side is that the daily showers only last for about an hour or two at the most leaving the rest of the day perfect for sightseeing.

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Tropical vacation destination

2. Panama Accepts the US Dollar

The local currency in Panama City is the Balboa, but when purchasing goods and services the US dollar is accepted openly. The exchange rate is 1:1. That means visitors don’t have to worry about calculating an exchange rate or paying exchange fees. Instead you can simply enjoy browsing among the many unique markets and shops found here.

3. Taxis

It only costs a few dollars for a short taxi ride in Panama City making this the best way to travel. One should negotiate the fee before starting out. Taxis found further out from the hotels and airports will offer a lower fee, and you can skip the bartering for a good rate.

4. Remote Beaches

Pack everything you’re going to need when heading to the beaches. Make sure you have sunscreen and plenty of food and water to last the day. Beaches in Panama City are located in remote areas with no stores nearby. If you forget something, you’ll waste a lot of time travelling back to get it, and you won’t want to leave these relaxing shores once you arrive.

5. No Language Barriers

Most of Panama’s citizens speak both English and Spanish. Knowing either of these languages will be enough to help you out while visiting. In fact, most Panama residents enjoy chatting with vacationers and are willing to teach you any Spanish phrases that could be useful during your stay. Being able to have conversations with the locals allows you to experience their culture in a personal way.

6. Finding Lodging

Panama is home to many hotels and resorts. Travelers have no problem finding lodging that offers all the amenities they will need during their stay. You’ll find hotels in Panama City offering pools, fitness rooms, and spas in excellent locations near all the top tourist attractions. Book a room or suite from hotels such as the Waldorf Astoria Panama that are large enough for your entire party to avoid feeling crowded.

7. Safety

Panama City is a reasonably safe place to travel in except for the area along the Columbia border. The main tourist areas are quite safe. Regardless of how secure it is you still want to use common sense no matter where you are travelling. Choose a taxi over walking at night, and always be aware of your surroundings. Thieves and pick pockets can be found even in the safest places.

8. No Visa Required

Americans, Canadians, and the British can travel to Panama without a passport. All that is required is a tourist card. These can be purchased from the airline for less than $20. Rather than having to worry about remembering a visa, one can focus on bringing a camera. Panama has stunning vista that you’ll want to capture in photos.