Pisco Sours

El-origen-del-pisco-sour-en-peru-y-en-chile-1.jpgCheers to thirsty Thursday finally rolling around. I know getting through the week can be hard, but hey, that’s why we have a featured drink to help you through. This week we are headed down to South America to taste the sweet treat known as a Pisco Sour.

Liquor.com says, “Both Chile and Peru claim this classic as their own.” Which if you read our thirsty Thursday blogs regularly you know this is quite common for the invention of a drink. Pisco is the base liquor in the drink and where you go from there depends on which version you are drinking. Let’s start in Peru. Here you would start your drink with Peruvian Pisco, key lime juice, simple syrup, ice, egg white and Angostura bitter. Shake well and pour into a glass. In Chile you would of course begin with Chilean Pisco, and pica lime juice. No bitters or egg in this drink. Other variations of the drink call for pineapple and coca leaves.

Now that we know the two types, lets learn how they possibly came into existence. In Peru bar owner, Victor Vaughn Morris is accredited to making the drink in his very own bar. As an American bartender living in Peru he had a large surrounding of english speaking travelers at his bar Morris’. He invented the drink in the early 1920s and it evolved over the decade when an employee in his bar added the egg white and bitters.

If you want the Chilean story we have to go back to 1872. here Elliot Stubb, an English fishing steward is credited to having mixed key lime juice, syrup and ice together at the port of Iquique. One problem with this story however is at this time the port of Iquique was owned by Peru. The debate is still part of pop culture today between the two countries and both hold it as their national drink. Stubb is also credited with inventing the whisky sour, so he still stakes his claim in history regardless.

Want to try out these drinks for yourself in their native countries? Give us a call today at Ambassador Travel Ltd. 920.236.7777

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Let’s Take a Cruise

Viking - Century Sun.jpgIf you are avid reader of my blog, then you know that I am a big advocate for river cruising. I did my honeymoon the end of last year on a Viking river cruise and fell in love. With that being said I am constantly on the search for my next trip and one of the top contenders right now is a Viking: Asia Trip. Currently through Viking cruises there are 5 different Asian itineraries ranging from 13-18 days with optional pre and post dates as well. So lets dive right in and learn a little bit about where these tours go and find the right locations for you and possibly myself.

3 of the 5 itineraries are focused primarily in China. They include the majority of the time traveling by river cruise and a few days in hotels in some of the bigger cities. Option 1 called the Imperial Jewels of China is a 13 day itinerary. Begin your imperial escape in Beijing, you will also travel to Xian, Chongqing, Shibaozhai Temple, Three Gorges, Jingzhou, and end your stay in Shanghai. The Pre-extension option is located in Beijing and ends in Hong Kong.

The second China option is called the Roof of the World and lasts a stunning 16 days. Again being your trip in fast paced Beijing, visiting Xian, Lhasa, Chongqing, Shibaozhai Temple, the Three Gorges, Jingzhou, Wuhan, and end in bustling Shanghai. Pre-Excursion in Beijing and Post in Shanghai. This option is similar to the first with added cities and extensions on the front and end with more days in the bigger areas.

The final China option is Undiscovered China. With sites like the Great Wall and terra-cotta soldiers this 18 day adventure will fully immerse you in everything China. Begin your adventure in Shanghai, continue on to Yueyang, Three Gorges, Shibaozhai Temple, Chongqing, Lijiang, Chengdu, Xian and end in Beijing. The Pre-extension is in Shanghai and Post is in Beijing.

If you would like to explore other countries throughout Asia the  next two options may be right up your ally. The first is an exciting 15 day adventure known as Magnificent Mekong. Begin the thrills in Hanoi Vietnam, with your next stops in Angkor Wat, Kampong Cham, Phenom Penh Cambodia, head back to Tan Chau, Sa Dec and Ho Chi Ming City Vietnam to round out the trip. Spend your Pre-extension in Hanoi and Halong Bay and end with a stop over in Bangkok Thailand. This option definitely lets you see the most countries throughout Asia in just over two weeks.

Last, but certainly not least is the Myanmar Explorer 15 day adventure. Begin in Bangkok, Thailand with your next stops in Yangon, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Ohne Ne Choung, Bagan, Sale Monasteries, Yan dab, and Mint Mu Myanmar before finishing your tour back in Bangkok. Both Pre and Post extensions will be done in Bangkok Thailand. This will give you a truly great feel of everything Myanmar, a beautiful East Asia country.

If you would be interested in learning more about Viking Asian cruises, traveling to Asia in general or more on river cruising please call 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com to schedule an appointment with one of our excellent Travel Planners.

Burning Man

HERO_BURNING_MAN_Sidney_Erthal.jpgWelcome back trivia lovers! Last week I asked, “At which U.S. festival is a large wooden effigy burnt on the Saturday of the weeklong event?” If your guess is Burning Man then you know your festivals!

Held in Black Rock City, Nevada, this festival transforms the desert into an epic art lovers dream. Founded in 1986, Burning Man has evolved from 20 attendees to over 67,000 in 2015. It is held from the last Sunday in August to the first Monday in September. Because of the amount of people that show up to the event, it actually makes Black Rock the 3rd largest city in Nevada during this week.

The event was founded upon 10 principles: radical inclusion, self-reliance, self-expression, community, cooperation, gifting, decommodification, leaving no trace, civic responsibility, participation, and immediacy. What this means is everyone helps out and everyone shares. There are no vendors so everything you need you will either bring with you or be gifted from other festival attendees. Even the showers are a community event. Before you use the washrooms you must dedicate your time to helping others wash. Thats right you will be assigned a job of rinser, sudser or scrubber. Which means this festival is not for the shy.

Aside from the camaraderie the event instills in its visitors, the festival is actually centered around world class art. According to the Burning Man website the instillations will blow you away. And of course it couldn’t be Burning Man without the burning man. In 1986 founders Larry Harvey and Jerry Jame burned a 9 foot tall man and small wooden dog, which would soon become a tradition of their week long festival. One of the main roots of the festival is bonfires so the significance of the burning man is a core event.

Interested in experience this fun art fest for yourself? Time to call Ambassador Travel at 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com to schedule your appointment today.

This Week’s Trivia Question, “Which island has been dubbed the 8th continent due to is vast amount of biodiversity?” 

Makin’ Memories Monday

56204_1436297026_pan.jpgHere at Ambassador Travel we pride ourselves on getting our clients, no matter where they are traveling, there and back with ease. That means we can take care of scheduling, transportation, excursion planning and much more. This can be done on an individual basis or as part of the process on our group trips. We recently got back from Dreams La Romana with a large group of over 70 people and would love to share some comments we were given upon return:

“Susie and Dena did an awesome job pre-planning this Dominican trip. We were kept informed of every detail and felt that they paid attention to everyone on this trip…  We felt the transportation was very well coordinated, buses were ready when we were scheduled to go and excursions were well organized! For the size of the group 70+ people and the varied ages in the group we felt we were always informed and included in excursions.  Definately going to recommend them to our friends!”

“We have enjoyed both trips we have taken with Ambassador Travel.  It is so reassuring to know they have worked out all the stress that can come with being outside of our comfort zone. Lots of laughs and new friends have been found.  We have also used them for personal trips to Mexico for years and have never been disappointed in their advice for travel.”

We thank everyone who travels with us and a special thank you to all of our travelers who take the time to fill out our testimonial page. If you would like to leave us a comment you can find our testimonial page on our website links here: Testimonial Page.

For more information on traveling with Ambassador Travel please give us a call 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassdortravelltd.com

Happy Easter

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As we enter into the Easter weekend we here at Ambassador Travel wish all of our amazing clients, friends and family a very happy, healthy and safe Easter weekend. Take the time to enjoy your families and enjoy the hopefully beautiful spring weather. We will open normal business hours Friday and closed Saturday and per our normal hours closed Sunday. We open Monday with normal business hours Monday 9am-6pm.

If you have any questions please feel free to call the office at 920.236.7777 and once again Happy Easter!

Thirsty Thursday

KC0205_Paloma_s4x3.jpgFor all of our travelers headed to Mexico whether with our group spring break trip or on their own here is a drink you are certainly going to want to order. According to bonappetit.com, “It turns out the Paloma, not the Margarita, is Mexico’s most beloved cocktail.” So lets learn a little about this fun festive drink.

Paloma, the Spanish word for dove, is a fun refreshing beverage for anyone. Whether you are drinking it in it’s native Mexico or making at home for upcoming barbecue’s it is a great warm weather drink. There are two options for making the drink. Originally it is made with white tequila, and grapefruit soda. Served over ice and garnished with a lime wedge. For a fresher taste fresh grapefruit juice and club soda along with freshly squeezed lime can replace the soda.

So for all of our travelers you will have one more drink option for your unlimited drink and food package. Good luck and please feel free to write me after you’ve tried your first or seventh Paloma!

For more information please feel free to call Ambassador Travel Ltd. 920.236.7777

 

Where in the World: Cape Town

picture3big.jpgGet aboard the Ambassador Travel express and join us today in The South African city of Cape Town. The 3rd largest city in this beautiful country just behind Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa is the southern most city on the entire African continent. Cape town has become world renowned for many things including its beautiful harbors, beaches, wine and architecture.

Settlement in the area date back to 12,000-15,0000 years ago. The first European settlers arrived in the 15th century. With the area becoming popularized in the 17th century as a stop for the Dutch East India Company on their way to Eastern Africa, India and other parts of the Middle East and Asia. Cape Town specifically is one of the most popular tourist cities in the entire continent of Africa. Guests enjoy visiting the Table Mountains as well as Table Mountain National Park. Here you can hike the trails or use the cablecar, which brings hundreds of thousands of tourists up the side of the mountain everyday.

If beach time is much more your vacation style then Cape Town will not disappoint. Visit Boulder beach to catch a glimpse of the African Penguins who call Cape Town their home. The beaches of South Africa area  surfers dream. With an the annual Red Bull Big Waves surf competition held here in the city.

Take a day away from the beach by visiting Cape Town’s number one tourist attraction–Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. This great shopping area houses restaurants, cafes as well as the National Aquarium. It is so busy tourist are encourage to avoid it during the week of Christmas because it can become so congested you can’t even receive a cell phone signal. Make sure to purchase some hand made local items because they truly are the center of the cities economy.

Calling all wine lovers! South African wines are some of the best in the world. Take a day trip to the Winelands just a short 45 minute drive from Cape Town. Here you can explore many wine trails and vineyards that are world renowned. If you can’t make the trip out of the city you’re still in luck. Wait staff at restaurants are educated in local and regional wines and are a true asset to all travelers.

For more information on Cape Town or South Africa it’s time to call Ambassador Travel Ltd. today 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com

 

Travel Trivia Tuesday

Usuki+Lantern+Festival+Celebrated+Himeji+VkAJcUAqvKPl.jpgLast week I asked you Where the Usuki Bamboo Lantern Festival was held. If you guest Japan then you are right on! Lets take a closer look at the city and the festival, a must for culture loving travelers.

Usuki, Japan is located on the east coast of the Island. The city is very well known for their festivals, the famous stone buddhas as well as their main export–soy sauce. The Usuki Usuki+Lantern+Festival+Celebrated+Himeji+yNk4eUcIltYl.jpgBamboo Lantern Festival is  held every year in November. It is also known as the Takeyoi Matsuri. Here you can see over 20,000 lanterns both lit and set up as art and in the main attraction, which is the competition.

The competition consists of thousands of lanterns placed on top of 9 foot tall bamboo rods. The goal is to try to knock opponents lantern’s off of their bamboo rods. Other activities include parades, many choruses and traditional music and dress.

To learn more about the Usuki Bamboo Lantern Festival or for any information on Japan please call Ambassador Travel Ltd. at 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com to schedule an appointment with one of our excellent Travel Planners.

This week’s question: “At which U.S. festival is a large wooden effigy burnt on the Saturday of the weeklong event?” 

City by the Bay

golden-gate-bridge-690346_960_720.jpgFor those of you who have ever visited the San Francisco area you know there are endless possibilities for things to do. And for those of you who haven’t, keep on reading because I am going to share with you some of the highlights of the Bay area. Travel professional Mike loves visiting California, especially San Francisco he makes multiple trips a year because it is one of his favorite locations. Lucky for us he has shared with me his top things to do in the Bay area, making this Makin’ Memories Monday a special treat for all of you readers. So lets get right into it:

My 5 favorite things to do when I visit the Bay Area…
1 – Drive over Grizzly Peak.  The view over the bay on to the city is incredible.  If it’s a sunny, clear day, you will have an outstanding sunset.  Perfect for a glass of wine and relaxing night over looking the Bay.
2 – Eat at Cha Cha Cha’s in the Mission District.  They have a very fun atmosphere, mixed crowd, and some of the best sangria!
3- Visit Stinson Beach.  Very scenic drive to Stinson Beach, you can catch some great shots of the coast.  Once you get there, it’s a great place to people watch, relax in the sun, and watch the surfers.  Little town nearby to get a bite to eat, drinks and shop.
4 – Afternoon in Dolores Park is a fun place to relax on the weekend.  Get there early, as it will get very busy.  Very fun place to bring some eats/drinks, and watch all sorts of local San Franciscans do their thing.  Tennis courts and basketball courts are available.
5 – Ride a trolly!  Did this for the first time, after about 10 trips and living out there for a while.  It’s a must do for any tourist, but still fun to do after living in SF for year!  Hop on and hop off for $7.00 or a day long pass for $20.00.  Make sure to check out the cable car museum.
I myself have never been to San Francisco, but after reading Mike’s list I am ready to pack my bags and check out this cool city with clearly so much to do! I like that he gave us a very eclectic list, somethings that would definitely interest any type of traveler. If you are ready to follow in Mike’s footsteps it’s time to give us a call her at Ambassador Travel 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com to schedule an appointment with one of our excellent travel planners today.

Drone it out

Happy Friday readers! Today I am sharing with you a really cool article published in Travel and Leisure. If this doesn’t make you fall in love with Poland, I don’t know what will. I am writing this freshly after watching the video provided in the article and I must say this is as close to love at first sight as I’ve ever gotten (don’t tell my husband).

We live in a time of immense technological advances. Combining those tech tools and travel has made for some incredible pairings. We have heard about drones in the news, generally when it comes to military, but did you know that drone cameras are the wave of the future. Filming from the sky allows for breathtaking views from a literal bird’s eye. Think this technology is unattainable for you? Think again! I saw drone’s for camera’s available at Best Buy the last time I was there. But lets be real this blog is not to sell you on drones it is to show you how incredible of a country Poland is. I am not going to lie to you, the subtexts claims the best way to beat homesickness is by drone video of your homeland.  And honestly it made me homesick for a country that isn’t even my home. I’m not sure if it’s the dreaminess of the shots or the music, but I can certainly say this article has put Poland on  my bucket list.

Need proof? Watch the video below!

Travel and Leisure article: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/poland-drone-video?xid=soc_socialflow_facebook_tl

Want to experience beautiful Poland for yourself? Give us a call today 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com