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When in Miami Don’t Be Cliche

As one of the major tourist destinations in the continental United States for vacationing in a warm climate, Miami enjoys not only crowds of American visitors but also a nearly unmatched foreign tourist presence from as far away as Italy and China. Miami is perhaps the only city in the United States that seems uniquely removed from the catch-all phrase “All-American.” In this beautiful city of sparkling beaches and azul waters visitors spend a great deal of time at the beach working on a tan or working even harder on scouting out the hottest shopping.

What may surprise most visitors who spend the greater part of their time at the beach or on South Beach is that they are in fact not in the city of Miami and are missing the real heart of what it means to visit Miami. The minute you cross Biscayne Bay and venture to sizzling Miami Beach you have just left Miami proper and are now in another city to which Miami owes a great deal for its fame: Miami Beach. Don’t worry though you are not in Miami itself you are enjoying all the culture of Miami in a microcosm of art deco buildings, empanadas and all things Latin, with a rich Spanish soundtrack.

Nevertheless, don’t forget that “Miami” has much more to offer than cliché beaches and it will be to your advantage to venture back across the bay to truly explore the history and sights of this city. Miami has much to offer to the truly avid tourist. Visitors should check out Coconut Grove, a grotto of restaurants, unique clubs, an eclectic art scene and true Miami residents. In the “Grove” the tanning sun is replaced by a cool ocean breeze under a canopy of exotic trees and plants scenting the air with magnolia and perhaps Argentinean steak and a bustling crowd of people.

Miami has undergone significant changes in recent years due to the real estate boom. Condos dominate the skyline and whole neighborhoods have changed overnight. One such neighborhood is the up and coming Wynnwood/Design District area. Here, you can find creative art, sculpture and much more in an area dotted with premier and offbeat art studios. In the last decade Miami has become a focal point for contemporary art in the world. Each year Art Basel, sister event to the prestigious Art Basel Switzerland, is hosted in Miami and much of the art work, sculpture and design of the event is shown throughout the year in the Wynnwood/Design District area.

Coral Gables – This neighborhood is known for the beautiful Spanish style homes and is crowned by the classic Biltmore Hotel, a gorgeous building built in the 1920’s. Coral Gables is also home of The University of Miami and you can also find great biking trails here as well. Take a minute to enjoy some of the best shopping on Miracle Mile, a strip of boutiques, bookstores and restaurants that is one of greater Miami’s best areas to load up on shopping bags.

Whether you are visiting greater Miami to work on a tan, embark on a cruise or polish your Spanish, be sure to visit the heart of Miami. Miami is so much more than a strip of sand and a mojito.



Source by Mark Fernandina

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Estonia – 10 Facts You Probably Don’t Know About This Baltic Country

Unless you live in the northeast corner of Europe, you probably don’t know much about Estonia. Still, let’s review a few notable facts about this mysterious little country:

  1. Estonia is small, but it isn’t the smallest country in Europe. It’s bigger than Slovenia, Holland, Denmark, and Switzerland. It’s about the same size as New Hampshire and Massachusetts combined.
  2. Despite its small size, it feels big because only 1.3 million folks live here. It makes Estonia one of the least dense countries in Europe, with just 32 Estonians per square kilometer.
  3. Suur Munamägi, at a measly 318 meters (about 1,000 feet), is the tallest mountain in the country.
  4. Estonia’s relative flatness makes it a great place for Nordic ski training. One Estonian woman won two gold medals in Turino’s 2006 Olympic Winter Games and Estonians bought every pair of skis available at the shops the next day.
  5. Out of the nearly 200 countries in the world, Estonia ranks number two in adult literacy with its rate of 99.8 percent.
  6. Estonia’s forests keep getting bigger, perhaps due to the declining population.
  7. In 1990, there were 22,304 babies born; today it’s almost half that amount. With the death rate increasing slightly, you can understand why the Estonian population is declining.
  8. Only 46 percent of the population is male. However, before you single men book a flight to Estonia consider that the main reason for this disparity is that the men die off quickly-their average life expectancy is only 65 years.
  9. Estonia is the most libertarian country in the world, according to one meta survey.
  10. Estonia adopted the euro on January 1, 2011 with its government finances in better shape than all the other countries in the euro zone!

Estonia capital, Tallinn has Eastern Europe’s quaintest and most adorable Old Town. Go visit!



Source by Francis Tapon

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Authentic Swiss Army Knives – Don’t Be Scammed

Wenger, the company that produces Genuine Swiss Army Knives was founded in 1893. In 1897 Karl Elsner first created the Original Victorinox Swiss Army knife. Since then the Swiss Army Knife collection from each of these companies has grown to include knives for everyday use, camping, multi-tools, specialty knives, executive gifts and more. The reputation for reliability and quality has grown along with number of knives available.

As with most successful products, imitators and copycats have arisen, producing cheap imitations of both brands of Swiss Army Knives, taking money from unsuspecting consumers and damaging the reputation enjoyed by the Swiss Army Knife. The “Swiss Army Knife” is constantly being copied but the original quality has never been equaled. Some of the foreign imitations have even include the Swiss cross. The application of the Swiss Cross was done to confuse the public and give the impression that they were dealing with a genuine Swiss Army knife product.

Do not be tricked into buying a counterfeit or cheap imitation Swiss Army Knife.

How can you avoid being tricked? Genuine and Original Swiss Army Knives are quality products, using quality craftsmanship and quality materials. First, look at the price. If someone is offering to sell you a new Swiss Army Knife for $10 when everyone else is selling the same model knife for $50, be suspicious.

To identify an Original Victorinox Swiss Army Knife look for the trademark cross and shield. The shield has 5 corners and the top of the shield has a small depression in the middle of the top of the shield, similar to the depression seen on many police and fire badges. The outline of the shield is white, the center of the shield is red and the cross is white. Look for Victorinox stamped on the blade.

To identify a Genuine Wenger Swiss Army Knife look for the trademark. It is an emblem in the shape of a square with rounded corners. The outline is white, the center of the shield is red and the cross is white. Check the blade to make sure it says – Wenger Delemont Switzerland Stainless.

Keep in mind, imitation, counterfeit and “just like” are not the same as “genuine” and “original”. Counterfeiters are cheats and they very well may put a fraudulent emblem or an emblem that is close to the authentic emblem on their knife. If the price is “cheap” be cautious. If you want to get an idea of fair prices for Genuine or Original Swiss Army Knives visit: www.SwissArmyKnifeMall.com They only carry authentic Swiss Army Knives.



Source by Kirk McCormick