Visit Lexington and Lihue: for the love of horses and jewel stained beaches

shutterstock_506777584.jpgLexington is arguably the second largest city in Kentucky, USA. It is quite famously known around the world as the “Horse Capital of the world”, it is the heart of the State’s Bluegrass region and it ranks tenth among US cities in college education rates with 40% of the residents having at least a bachelor’s degree. That is a superhuman feat in itself! It also holds the distinction of having the world’s largest basketball specific arena. It also has a very unique “Green paw” initiative acknowledging the pet owner’s pledge of environmental responsibility the “Lexington Green Paw” badge will be issued to them for their properly vaccinated and licensed dogs. Cheap flights to Lexington and discount one way flights are made available by all leading airlines across countries because of the sheer demand of people wanting to visit the place throughout the year, which is so incredibly animal friendly.

First class airfare sales are plentiful because Lexington caters to the rich and elite quite well. The services provided in the city are top notch which enables them to have a comfortable stay while they are at Lexington. The shoppers also have a lot of places to visit like discovering hand crafted works from local artisans, unique boutiques or the largest malls in the state on a shopping excursion in the heart of the Bluegrass.There are nearly 50 breeds of documented horses, museums, art galleries, shows and demonstrations at the gigantic 1200 acre Kentucky Horse Park. It is unlike any other horse park in the world which boasts of 260 spacious sites with grocery and gift stores, two bath houses, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts and a very well maintained swimming pool There are a tonne of things to do in Kentucky once you decide to take the leap and visit the place.

sunburn1.jpgComing down from the luscious greenery of Lexington, Lihue should bethechoice of destination when it comes to getting a vacation possible.With the emergence of the sugar industry in the 1800s, Lihue became the central city of the island with the construction of a large sugar mill. Lihue is the second largest town on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’I after Kapa’a and it boasts of incredible natural beauty within its boundaries.

As for the beaches, there are a lot of options to choose from. The Kalapaki beach is famous for its white sands. Aside from swimming in the warm waters and lounging on the beaches, you could try the art of sailing. Another place that is a must to look at is the Kauai Lagoons where you can find freshwater lagoons and the local wildlife tantalize your senses.

shutterstock_314605838.jpgIf you would like to spend some quiet time by yourself then looking at ships idly passing by through the Nawiliwili Harbour would sound like a good idea to you or you can swim or just stroll along the breathtakingNinini beach. One of the most amazing things that you can do while at Lihue is experience the sheer joy of Kayaking. You can kayak up the river Wailua from the Lydgate State Park or to the Huleia National Wildlife Refuge. Aside from water related activities, Lihue also offers local flora and fauna to appreciate including migratory birds which are found abundantly in the national parks. Cheap flights to Lihue are available the whole year round because it is accommodative for people from all walks of life.

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Our Weekend-Trip to Paradise

Waking up the kids before sunrise was not an easy task. Couple of hours in the flight with four-year-old twins screaming every 5 min, even harder. My saint of a husband was the only reason I didn’t lose my sanity. When we reached Disneyland, the smiles on the boys’ faces were enough to forgive them for kicking the back of the seats of other passengers. They were kind enough not to yell at them.

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The moment we entered the gates, it felt like we had walked into some alternate reality. Disney characters in costume, kids running around and sounds of laughter welcomed us, setting the tone for our vacation. The vibe all around was that of a magical wonderland. The queues for most of the rides were long but still worth the wait. The twins were getting a little squirmy during the long waits which was remedied by letting them play games on the I-pad.

My sons still haven’t grown out of their Elsa & Anna phase and were thrilled to get their photo taken with them. Walking through the Sleeping Beauty Castle, Derek was visibly enchanted while Darren spent the entire time trying to find the ‘real princess’. Some of the other visitors found his loud protests to be quite amusing. I, not so much.

We did have a few hiccups as the boys didn’t meet the height requirement for some of the rides. Darren was cool about it but Derek made it a point to cry every time we were turned away from a ride. His mini tantrums were forgotten the moment he saw a Disney character. We even got to watch a live song & dance routine by ‘Snow White’ and ‘Prince Charming’. Among all the exciting rides, for whatever reason, ‘Mad Tea Party’ — the giant teacups– were the boys’ favorite. They kept giggling during the entire ride.

LookUpFare was pretty good at finding us the kind of flight tickets we wanted. Having young kids, we always need to choose the seats carefully and were satisfied with the ones we got. We also got quite a discount on them. Honestly, we were a little apprehensive about taking them to Disneyland at this age but it turned out to be great. Where there are kids, there will be mayhem.  Still, Disneyland is as close as possible to being the ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’.