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Mobile games can are a great ways to make air travel and days at sea just cruise by.  We decided to pick a few games that you should consider loading on your phone or ipad before your next trip.  

Roterra

A great new game released by Dig-iT! Games on the App store  has you wondering which way is up as you play.  The genre is a relaxing puzzle game, according to the developers, that was recently previewed at the MAGFest Indie Video Game showcase.  The fairytale environments have all the trimmings with a princess trying to regain her title as Queen of Roterra while her evil brother throws challenging puzzles and evil knights to block her path.  We got to play some levels and watch others at MAGFest and were amazed by the polish and progressive challenge in this game. This game is great for the whole family with a 4+ age rating on the App Store. If you liked Monument Valley and the Go series games (Lara Croft Go) then you will feel right at home with this new game from Dig-iT! Games.  Roterra is currently available on the AppStore and has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.  It is premium game where you pay once and there are not ads.

Top iOS Puzzle Games

 

Where Shadows Slumber

A puzzle game by Game Revenant on the App store and Google Play has you playing in the shadows to solve the puzzle to progress forward.  The graphics and unique use of shadows in the game caught our interest and game play provided a good balance of progression for the puzzle.  Our ony surprise in this game was the mild violence in the cut scenes.  You can be the judge on family use but the rating is 12+ on the App Store.  Where Shadows Slumber is available for sale on the App Store and Google Play with 4.4 out of 5 stars.  This is also a premium game.

where shadows slumber

 

Donut County

When Apple made this game of the year in 2018 it is is a pretty sure bet that everyone will be able to find some fun in this puzzle game.  Yes another puzzle game, but who doesn't like puzzles.  These are the perfect types of games for short escapes that are perfect for passing time - just think flight delayed.  In this game you play as an every growing hole in the ground where you consume characters and loot(trash) along the way.  Not sure about playing as a hole.  Well the reality is your are a Racoon that is controllig the hole.  This is a great game for anyone in the family.  Donut County is a premium title available on the App Store.

Donut County Game

A collection of photos from Pinel Island in St. Martin.

 

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The beautiful island of Sardinia has picture perfect beaches surrounded by beautiful topography and foilage.  The island does not receive the attention that many of the Greek islands in the Mediterranean do but that is not a problem for many of the Italians that visit.  They would rather keep it a secret and have vacation memories that are belissima ones.  

Malta is one of those travel destinations that, for many that don't have access from Europe, registers at the top of the list for places to visit.  Cruises, many UNESCO World Hertiage sites and investments in tourism have made it a popular destination with thousands unloading from ships daily in the port of Valletta.  Our image gallery below from a visit to the island in 2018 provides over 30 amazing reasons why it should be included on your list.

The island of Huahine is a destination port for Windstar Cruises, Paul Gauguin and Oceania Cruise excursions.  Part of the Society islands, Huahine was once home to Tahitian royalty and is known as the Garden Island for its rich green color and foliage. Arriving on the island you can see rich hues of green everywhere with the sun filtering light into the deeper parts of the foliage. The island has only 6000 inhabitants and has a standard ring road for getting around the island. 

What is in your photography camera bag this time is a question I get from my travel companion every trip. Our next trip is on the Carnival Horizon inaugural cruise through the Mediterranean with 13 days at sea including 9 ports of call.  So what gear should we put in our bag for the trip?  My companion(spouse) is already packed with her Iphone 7plus but she expects me to bring back lots of great shots and video for the SomedayTrips website.

Make your winter holiday visit to Washington D.C. special at the U.S. Botanic Garden exhibit.  The holiday season elevates this local attraction to a top thing to do in DC with it's amazing train and model exhibit.  This year it is all about train stations from around the country  vs the 2017 display features model trains traveling through an exhibit of roadside attratctions from around the country with each state represented.  Fair warning that this is a busy exhibit, typically with lines and parking in the area over the holidays is very limited.  This is a great family excursion exploring the 50 state road side attraction while trains whistle by and Thomas the tank engine chugs along its tracks.  

Plant Based Season Greetings

Tradtional Season's  Greetings includes pine trees and pine wreaths but get ready for something unique. Your visit to the Botanic Gardens will deliver you an architecutral experience of how plant materials are used to build the models of many of the Washington D.C. landmarks. There are twelve plant-based model in the 2017 exhibit that incorporate materials such as corriander seeds, willow sticks, pine cone scales and over 70 more plant materials.  It would be a great eye spy game to try and find each and every plant material used on the models.  This is painstaking work with U.S. Capitol builidng taking over 600 hours to construct but what an amazing sight.  Models on exhibit this year are include the following:

U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory

U.S. Supreme Court

Washington Monument

White House

Albert Einstein Memorial

U.S. Capitol

Jefferson Memorial 

Library of Congress

Lincoln Memorial

National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Museum of American Indian

Smithsonian Institiute Castle

Railroad Station Botanic Garden Exhibit 2018

The 2018 hoilday exhibit feature train stations from around the country which is so appropriate because there are trains.  You can read more about this years exhibit here.

Biltmore Depot North Carolina 1896
Cannondale Metro-North Railroad Station Connecticut 1852
Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal New Jersey 1889
Chattanooga Train Shed Tennesse 1859
Cincinnati Union Terminal Ohio 1933
Citrus Train and Citrus Groves Diorama Florida 1925
Dinosaur Depot -- --
East Glacier Park Station Montana 1912
Ellicott City Station Maryland 1830
Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station Pennsylvania 1859
Grain Elevator Minnesota --
Grain Fields Kansas --
Grand Canyon Depot Arizona 1910
Grand Central Terminal New York 1871
Kirkwood Missouri Pacific Station Missouri 1839
Lahaina Station Hawaii 1970
Los Angeles Union Station California 1939
Michigan Central Station Michigan 1913
North Bennington Depot Vermont 1880
North Pole Station -- --
Peanut Farms Alabama --
Pennsylvania Station (interior) New York 1910
Pikes Peak Cog Railway Colorado 1891
Point of Rocks Station Maryland 1860s
Salt Lake City Union Pacific Depot Utah 1909
Santa Fe Depot California 1887
Santa Fe Depot Oklahoma 1928
Union Station Washington 1910
Union Station D.C. 1907
Viaduct Train Hotel Maryland 1873
Vicksburg Train Barge Mississippi 1907

 

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50 State Roadside Botanic Exhibits in 2017

 There are more than 40 roadside exhibits at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory this year expressing America's love for the automobile.  If you are a Route 66 enthusiast you will recognize many of the attractions.  But there is so much more like the first on the list below that honors one of the most destructive pest ever on U.S. soil.

Boll Weevil Monument Alabama
Cadillac Ranch Texas
Coffee Pot and Cup Water Towers Iowa  
Coney Island Hot Dog Stand Colorado
Corn Palace South Dakota
Dinosaur Park Dinosaurs South Dakota
Earn of Corn Water Tower Minnesota
Elwood, The World’s Tallest Concrete Gnome Iowa
Golden Driller Statue Oklahoma
Hollywood Sign California
Jimmy Carter Peanut Statue Georgia
Jolly Green Giant Statue Minnesota
Leaning Tower of Niles Illinois
Lucy the Elephant New Jersey
Mr. Potato Head Statue Rhode Island
Mt. Rushmore South Dakota
Niagara Falls and Maid of the Mist Boat New York
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox Minnesota
Peachoid Water Tower South Carolina, Alabama
Pineapple Water Tower Hawaii
Randy’s Donuts California
Route 66 Diner New Mexico
Santa Monica Pier California
Sapp Bros. Coffee Pot Water Tower Nebraska
See Rock City Barn Tennessee
Spoonbridge and Cherry Minnesota
Teapot Dome Gas Station Washington
The Big Chair Washington, D.C.
The Big Duck New York
The Blue Whale Oklahoma
Twistee Treat Florida, Texas, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois
Volkswagen Beetle Spider Iowa, Alabama, California, Nevada, Idaho, Pennsylvania
Watermelon Water Tower Texas
Wawona Tree Tunneled Sequoia California
“Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign Nevada
Willis Tower (aka Sears Tower) Illinois
World’s Largest Basket Ohio
World’s Largest Bat Kentucky
World’s Largest Chili Pepper New Mexico
World’s Largest Pecan Texas
World’s Largest Pistachio New Mexico

The 11-day Windstar Tahiti cruise in French Polynesia offers a luxurious overnight romance package excursion on Bora Bora.  If an overwater bungalow experience is something you have dreamed about for years, then this might be something you consider to satisfy your wanderlust for that experience.  Cruising the islands is one of the best ways to see French Polynesia without all the hassle of island hopping by airplane, but the only option for a bungalow is to stay after or do it before the cruise.  For those that don't have the time or want a quick experience of an overwater bungalow, Le Méridien's Bora Bora resort has an option for those on Windstar cruises.

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