Euro Disney to Paris

Our featured blog posts this week continue with Brittany’s write up on her most recent trip to Paris.

17861980_10155380411246833_8262072112292736759_n.jpg“We got up early to take advantage of the ‘early hours’ at the park which basically allows anyone staying on grounds to get into some sections of the park between 8 and 10am when no one else is allowed.  There are only some sections of the park available, but it was awesome to be able to walk to through the park when it wasn’t quite so crowded and get lots of pictures! We spent most of the day doing rides and walking around the park. We ate at a steakhouse for lunch where I had the most amazing Scottish Crumble Salmon with herbed smashed potatoes and beurre-blanc sauce. Hands down best meal I had at Disney! After that we went and did more rides.. my two favorite rides were Big Thunder Mountain and Rock’n Roller Coaster w/ Aerosmith.  The second was a literal roller coaster where you flip and turn and go upside down – it was awesome and completely unexpected!
 
17800462_10155380411081833_4370989582624286655_n.jpgDay 3 and we were off to Paris! We got up and packed and out of the room by 11am. We took the shuttle to the metro and bought a one way pass for 7 euros to get from Disneyland to Paris City Centre. We made it to the Metro (just in time!) and it was about 45 minute ride to our stop. We had to switch lines once, which was actually pretty easy to find and the signs are very helpful in finding where you need to go!  Our stop was right by Notre Dame so when you walk out (and of course it was a beautiful sunny day in Paris) you are right in a big square with cute little restaurants and people eating outside and just watching the world go by! It was a short walk to our hotel where we dropped off our bags and went to get lunch as our room was not quite ready. We went to a Canadian Bar for lunch which was very good. After we went back to our hotel to check in, got a little unpacked and the headed out to use our Hop on/Hop off pass! We basically did one big loop around Notre Dame, the Louvre, Champs Ellysees, Eiffel Tower and then downtown. After we got back we walked down the streets behind us which were picturesque streets – small cobblestone streets lined with restaurants that offer any and all types of cuisine! We settled on a little Itialian place called L’isolotto where we had Caprese Bruschetta with buffalo mozzarella and I had a Margherita Pizza – all of it was fabulous!” 
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Paris in Springtime

17796110_10155161925707498_1357045948355599957_n.jpgFor the next week I will be chronicling the adventures of Connie and Brittany in Paris. They have both written up tons of valuable information that we want to share with you, so make sure to tune in each day to hear more about their fabulous springtime vacation to the City of Lights.

“We got into Charles De Gaulle airport around 9:30 am, went through customs, picked up our bags then headed outside to meet the Magic Shuttle Bus (on our way to Disneyland Europe). We only had to wait about 20 minutes for the shuttle to arrive. After they picked us up we had to make 2 other stops at the airport and then went on to Disney – in all I think the ride was about an hour but there was free Wi-Fi, which is always nice to be able to touch base with home. We arrived at Newport Bay and checked in. Our room was not yet ready as it was only noon so we left our luggage with their bellmen and walked down to the park! The park was only about a 5 minute walk from our hotel and it was a very nice walk around a big lake with beautiful landscaping. The first area you walk into is the main restaurant area! (The first two things we saw were McDonalds and a Chicago steak house, which I

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Ratatouille Restaurant, Disneyland Paris

thought was ironic because we travelled half way around the work to eat local food! Lol) We ate at a little pub and then wandered around through the parks just to get our bearings and find out where everything is. That night we went to Ratatouille for dinner which was adorable! It is themed for the movie so everything was food themed – there was a huge ‘Anyone Can Cook’ book and the booths were made of plates and silverware- it was very cute!”

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Scottsdale, Arizona

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Hello all, we are back to blogging this week after a fabulous work trip to Scottsdale, Arizona. Each year we attend our Travel Network’s annual conference with this year’s location being Scottsdale. We stayed at the McCormick Ranch resort, which was just a few miles from downtown Scottsdale. If you are looking for a location with excellent restaurants, exciting night life and relaxing accommodations we would highly recommend both this resort and the city itself.

The downtown area of Old Scottsdale offers tons of art galleries, shopping, bars and delicious Southwest eats. We also spent an evening at Fort McDowell, which you can see in our image offers you and your guests incredible views of the desert. Here we enjoyed line dancing, a good old fashioned BBQ and the warm desert breeze.

We capped off the event Sunday night at The Venue Scottsdale, which began with a rooftop reception and ended in a picture perfect indoor dinner, great for weddings, business dinners or large group parties.

Scottsdale is home to many snowbirds, who leave the cold Midwest behind and head South for the winter. If you are looking for a place that you can get active, relax or take in the Southwest’s rich culture then Scottsdale is for you.

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Intersted in more write ups on where we have been? Spain and PortugalThe Music CityCancun Mother-Daughter Trip

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Spain and Portugal

One of our travel agent extraordinaire’s, Connie, recently returned from a fun filled Insight Vacations trip to Spain and Portugal. Below she will regale us with this educational tour. Check it out!

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“I loved the educational tour I went on with Insight Vacations.   I have had many clients travel with Insight and they have come back loving the company and touring again and again with them.  Insight has two types within the company, Insight (where they have 5 different styles of tours) and Insight Gold (luxury travel).  Both companies use buses with more legroom, I took a photo of our tour guide Brad who is over 6ft tall in one of the seats and he has ample legroom.

They have an element called Signature Experiences where you get to engage in authenic experiences.  Our trip started with landing in Madrid and a dinner reception to get to know the other in our tour group.  We did a city tour the next day that included a stop at the Prado Museum.  In the afternoon, we had free time.  The next day we ventured to the city of Toledo, which is famous for its swords.  We got a walking city tour and visited the Church of Santo Tome with El Greco’s famous painting.  We stayed the night in Granada,  The next day we toured Alhambra Palace and the royal summer residence before we departed for Seville.  We did see the 15th century cathedral, which is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus.  That evening we were treated to a Flamenco show.

The next morning, we traveled to Cordoba to see Mezquita an 8th Century mosque with a Christian Church built inside it.  It was amazing to see something that had been built so long ago.  The next day we traveled to Lisbon with a stop in Jabugo.  When we arrived in Lisbon we got to see Christ is King in Almada, which is similar to Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On our last full day in Lisbon we went to the famous Pasteis de Belem where they have managed to keep the recipe a secret for over 100 years.  We did visit Jeronimos Monastery with its amazing architecture.   I would love to travel back to explore more of this area in the near future!”

Interested in learning more about Insight Vacations or Connie’s trip? Time to contact us!

 

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Best Beaches–Turks and Caicos

As we continue sharing the USA Today article on the Best Beaches in the Caribbean today we are featuring Turks and Caicos. Let’s jump right in to the warm sand and turquoise ocean fun!

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636232928424384762-1-Siesta-Beach.jpgGrace Bay Beach lives up to the hype. Twelve miles of beach perfection on the eastern crook of Providenciales, or Provo as it is known, Grace Bay is the Louboutin of beaches and one of the top beaches in the world, according to TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2017. Spectacular from end to end with soft ashen sand and wide-open Tiffany blue box waves, the busiest beach on the island is also the backyard of a slew of resorts. Part of the Princess Alexandra National Park, nature-friendly water sports like sailing and snorkeling are popular, while water skis and jet skis are strictly off-limits. To see the most dramatic underwater life, snorkeling is best at Smith’s Reef and Bight Reef.

636232928351063352-2-Ka-anapali-Beach.jpgPopular with kite-boarders and blissfully devoid of everyone else, Long Bay Beach on Provo’s southeast coast is 3 miles of delicious solitude. Four-foot water depths going out thousands of feet are ideal for languid swims and the beach is so wide open, you may not see another soul. What you will see is the blue sea meeting the blue sky. Stop at the stunning Shore Club, which so far is the only resort even close to the beach (the easiest access is the north entrance next to the resort where a boardwalk leads to the sand). On the northwest shoreline, wild and windswept Malcolm’s is the quietest beach on the island, accessible only with a four-wheel-drive but well worth the trip for the superb snorkeling.

Looking for more information on Turks and Caicos? Time to contact us today!

 

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Secrets Vallarta Bay

One thing that sets us apart in the travel world is that including our day trips, we generally have about 1 group trip per month. These trips are always guided by one or more of our excellent staff members, and below we are detailing this year’s trip to Secrets Vallarta Bay in beautiful Puerto Vallarta Mexico. So let’s find out what trip leader Connie had to say about her group trip to Mexico.

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“This year’s Secret’s Vallarta adults only trip was from March 4 – 11, 2017 with Norwegian Air. There are nice budget airline for charters from Milwaukee, for anyone interested in making this trip on their own. This resort is in town and a short cab ride to the boardwalk.  Although you truly don’t need to leave the resort we did go into town for a meal.  The food at the resort was good and my favorite places were the French and Italian restaurants.  You can go to the Now Amber too (this resort is for families) as part of your stay with Secrets Vallarta Bay.  Most of the rooms do have an amazing view of ocean, you can see from the photo above that the view is mostly unobstructed.  They do have a preferred club that has a bar and snacks out for the guest staying in that section.  The bars have a good selection of liquors.  One of my favorite things to do was watching the sunsets from the resort, they were amazing!  The rooms do have the open bathroom concept, but also have a curtain that you can pull for privacy. I love going on excursions when I travel. We did the whale watching tour and saw a ton of whales. I know people get nervous that they won’t actually see whales on the excursion but we saw many. This excursion also had drinks and a meal included while we were out. For more information on the excursion please see the link provided. Another excursion we did was the Rhythm of the night tour. Everyone that took part in this one enjoyed it very much. I have also provided a link if you want more details on this excursion as well.” 
 
Whale watching excursion: 
 Rhythm of the night excursion: 
For more information on all of our groups you can visit our website, and make sure to keep checking back here to find out the inside scoop on our past tours!
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Best Caribbean Beaches — Antigua

635751620307165121-ant-207l-curtain-bluff-hotel.jpgLove the Caribbean? What about a beautiful beach? Below you will find an excerpt from a USA Today article chronicling the best beaches in the Caribbean. Here are some must see locations on the island of Antigua.

Dickenson Bay on the north coast is the island’s most popular beach, where a slew of hotels, water sports kiosks and watering holes keep the beach busy even on a cloudy day. To the south, Runaway Bay is a much quieter wide strip of powdery sand and just as nice 635751624207396124-ant-101l-view-from-shirley-heights-of-english-harbour.jpgfor an afternoon siesta or a day with the kids. Busy on the weekends and when a cruise ship is in port, Pigeon Point at Falmouth Harbour is the main attraction on the south coast.  Weekdays are peaceful with just a sprinkling of swimmers from the nearby hotels.  With calm shallow water, the beach is the go-to for local families who stop by on the weekends with picnic baskets and snorkel gear.

On the southwest corner, a trio of sandy stretches — Ffrye’s Bay, Darkwood Beach and 635751638315527429-ant-090l-view-from-bar-at-cocobay.jpgCrab Hill Bay— come with white sand, small hotels and groovy beach bars where liming with the locals is the real deal. Privacy-seekers will have the beach to themselves on weekday afternoons when the cruise shippers are back on the ship, while weekends are lively with locals. Often deserted, Half Moon Bay east of English Harbour is a palm-tree lined spit of smooth sand. Protected from the Atlantic winds by a reef, the 1-mile stretch is popular with windsurfers who head out beyond the reef.

On the sister island of Barbuda (a 15-minute flight to the north), beaches breathe privacy as only a handful of tourists make the trip and the population of locals is small. Long and wide with nary more than seagrape trees and 3 miles of sand, Princess Diana Beach at the southern tip was one of the few places on the planet where she vacationed with the two young princes and wasn’t followed. At the other end of the island near the Barbuda Belle Resort, the 15-mile strand between Cedar Tree Point and Billy Point has no official name and may be the best off-the-beaten-track beach in the Caribbean.

 

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Best Caribbean Beachs–Nevis

Awhile back we started featuring some of what USA Today is calling the best beaches in the Caribbean. Today we are continuing with the Island of Nevis.1401982672013-ap012.jpg

The best beaches on the sister island across the channel from St. Kitts are on the northern and western shores. Three miles long and covering the distance between the capital city of Charlestown and the Sea Bridge Ferry Dock, Pinney’s is the one photographed for the travel brochures. The beguiling blue water beach on the Caribbean side of the island is carpeted in sand the color of saffron 1401982672024-sea-4-.jpgand a sandy stroll from the island’s luxe resorts like the Four Seasons Nevis and Paradise Beach Villas. For a quieter day on a beach chair, Lover’s Beach is hidden from the road on the northern shore. “This is a lesser known beach known for its seclusion and tranquility,” said Greg Phillip, CEO of the Nevis Tourism Board, “but a popular beach to watch the sea turtles nesting.”  For tranquil tides, Herbert’s Beach is where the Atlantic Ocean starts on the windward side and where marine life is spectacular in the many undisturbed reefs.

Interested in learning more about this tropical escape? Time to contact us here at Ambassador and make sure to check back to see more of the Caribbean’s best beaches!

 

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A Leisurely Day in Paris

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If you want to feel a little travel inspiration and a little wanderlust then keep reading because I got to chat with one of our excellent Travel Consultants, Brittany, about her picture perfect day while traveling around Paris.

“I started my day with a croissant and a morning pastries cook class, which was amazing. The teach was excellent and the food was unbelievable. It was such a fun thing to do, especially getting to go through all the steps of cooking without having to prep or do cleanup!

After my class I headed back to the hotel to drop off my leftovers and map out my day. I started by walking to E. Dehillerin, which is the cooking supply store where Julia Child always went. I bought a rolling pin for 9 Euro, the log wood ones that are even the whole length. And it happen to be the same kind I used in my cooking class! My next destination was walking down the ‘foodie street’. It was truly a dream! You walk and there are all of the cute little restaurants and shops, but it is the smells that I will remember for a lifetime. First you smell meat and you walk past a butcher with delicious rotisseries going, then you smell fish and you walk past the fish market, next the smell of fresh sweet strawberries hit me as I passed the fresh fruit stand. And one of the best smells of all was from the formagerie (cheese shop), yum! I can’t get enough of French cheese. The smell is so strong that it literally pulled me in, I got some cheddar and a baguette from the next shop down and went to sit near the Nelson Mandela gardens. After people watching while I ate my snack I headed back to the hotel to drop off my shopping finds and have a beer. After a quick break I was back at it again, strolling the cobble stone streets of Paris.

When I headed back out I walked down to Shakespeare and Co, which is a GREAT bookstore were I bought Julia Child’s Cooking Wisdom, because I had to by something and if you can’t already tell, I am obsessed with Julia Child. As I made my way back to the hotel I stopped for some Gelato, the food is so amazing here in Paris all I want to do is try everything. I had strawberry, mango and orange and all three were, of course, delicious. And speaking of food I ended my leisurely day back in the room polishing off my baguette with cheese and chocolate cream pastry from the mornings cooking class. If you are looking for a foodie dream then Paris is the place for you.”

Brittany paints a picture, that I literally want to eat up. If wandering around Paris sample food at every stop sounds like your dream vacation, then it is time to give us a call!

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Disneyland Paris

Like we mentioned last week, we are featuring a new way to experience the magic of Disney, this time through Disneyland Paris. Two of our agents just recently visited the park for the 25th anniversary and according to them, Disneyland Paris is the Disney experience you’ve been missing!

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Fairytales take flight across 5 incredible lands filled with classic attractions, shows and street parades. Rub shoulders with swashbuckling pirates, zoom through time and space and look on in awe at the unforgettable firework and light displays over Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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Celebrate the magic with Disney Characters, colorful parades and an award-winning evening extravaganza.

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Discover the secrets behind the most magical scenes of Disney film and television at Walt Disney Studios Park. From legendary moments in motion at Toon Studio to the mind-boggling effects of the Backlot, 5 production zones bursting with thrills drop you and your little stars smack bang in the limelight.

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Learn to animate the Disney way. But not before plunging 13 floors and scurrying through the brand new ‘Rattraction’.

Check back as we will be featuring more on Disneyland Paris once the girls return from their exciting European adventure. For more information on this or anything Disney please contact us today!

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