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Gnome Travels – Montreal, Canada

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Whether you’re looking for a taste of European history or simply want to explore a new culture without crossing an ocean, Montreal has much to offer to a traveler and his Gnome.

Actually an island bordered by two rivers in southwest Quebec, this Canadian city is sure to meet all visitors’ expectations. From its mesmerizing art and buildings to a host of nature- and entertainment-related activities, you and your Gnome will find yourselves with jam-packed schedules as you work to cram as much adventure as possible into your stay.

Be sure to make a stop at the majestic Notre Dame Basilica, where you can admire the architecture and stained glass. Attend Mass to hear the choir harmonize with the pipe organ, or visit during the evening to take in the “And Then There Was Light” sound and light show, which spotlights the church’s history, architecture and artwork.

Like most of the world’s top tourist destinations, Montreal is home to a slew of museums showcasing all sorts of artifacts and cultural samples. If museums are appealing to you and your Gnome, you won’t want to miss the Pointe-a-Calliere archaeological museum or the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art.

For a bird’s-eye view of Montreal, ascend 575 feet to the Montreal Tower Observatory, which allows visitors to see 50 miles across the city. Highlights will include sights of the Laurentian Mountains and the site of the 1976 Olympics Games. You will also have the option of later taking a tour of the Olympic pools and stadium.

You can also obtain a less dramatic view of the city by biking, driving or walking to the Mount Royal Summit. Mount Royal offers a host of activities, ranging from bird-watching spots to a playground where your Gnome can run freely. On Sunday mornings from spring to fall, Mount Royal is home to Tam Tams, drummers’ jam sessions that attract crowds of listeners and dancers. You and your Gnome will soon be bopping to the rhythmic beat of the assorted drums.

Other seasonal festivals include February’s Montreal High Lights Festival, which draws 750,000 attendees with its performing arts shows, fireworks, food and other entertainment. Summer visitors will find hours of entertainment at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, which boasts musicians from around the world who perform hundreds of concerts from late June to early July.

Want to reconnect with some of Montreal’s (not-so-dearly) departed? Sign up for a ghost walk led by a tour guide who will point out scenes of famous crimes, hangings, political demonstrations and fires. Stay close to your Gnome during this tour, which could easily cause goose bumps as you both keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of a centuries-old Canadian.

If you prefer a less spooky evening activity, try the four-hour Montreal Dinner Cruise. You’ll enjoy a five-course meal (you’ll be surprised at how much your tiny travel bud can put away!) and views of the city’s beautiful lights.

For a more informal sampling of Montreal’s cuisine, visit Jean-Talon Market, where you can purchase fresh produce or sample chocolates, wines, baked goods and so much more. With so much food at your disposal, you’ll have to monitor your Gnome’s intake. Most Gnomes’ eyes, after all, are both literally and figuratively bigger than their stomachs.

One of the best parts about traveling to Montreal is that while the French language is prominently spoken, English is also widely used. While your Gnome may pick up a few new phases during your trip, there will be no need to learn a new language before you depart for your Canadian adventure. So go ahead and start planning your trip to Montreal today. Endless opportunities await.

Share Your Travels – Ned the Navy Gnome Caribbean Cruise

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Recently Ned the Navy Gnome went on a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise. While on the cruise Ned the Navy Gnome went to such places as Half Moon Cay, Bahamas, St. Thomas, San Juan, Puerto Rico and finally the Island of Grand Turk. Ned the Navy Gnome enjoyed the ship, beach, sun and the overall adventure of traveling to far off places. While Ned the Navy Gnome was on the cruise ship he met a lot of interesting people that just adored him greatly. Ned the Navy Gnome is looking forward to more exciting new adventures in the near future.

Submitted by Michael

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Gnome Travels – Stockholm

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

If a long winter has left you looking a little pasty, you’ll fit right in among the pale-skinned and haired Swedes in the capital city of Stockholm.

There is so much to capture the interest and conquer the appetites of a traveler and his Gnome in this historic Scandinavian city.

A visit to Stockholm’s Djurgarden island is a must. There, you can take a two-hour walking tour that allows you to explore historic churches, monuments, parks and museums.

If your Gnome is ready for an American-style adventure, stop by the Grona Lund amusement park. While you’ll find many traditional roller coasters, this park also offers a taste of Scandinavia with the Viking Ship ride.

Want more Viking experience? Head to the Vasa Museum, which features a sunken 17th-century ship that was salvaged just 50 years ago. The ornate ship will inspire awe in your Gnome, who will get to pretend he is a Viking aboard a grand vessel. You may have to assure him that this time the ship is in no danger of sinking.

Next, treat your Gnome — and yourself — to a taste of royal life by watching the Changing of the Guard in front of Stockholm Palace. Then, stick around for a tour of the 600-room palace, which houses the offices of Sweden’s king and queen. While you may not encounter the royal family, you will get to explore the Royal Apartments as well as the Tre Kronor Museum . You can learn about the Sweden’s original palace’s history, which stems from the 1600s. Your Gnome will soon be spouting off centuries-old trivia about the origin of this palace.

Be careful not to pack so much activity into your days that you’re exhausted at night. Stockholm is famous for its nightlife, which offers countless bars and clubs sure to provide experiences you’ll never forget. One place you must check out is Absolut Icebar Stockholm, where everything, from the bar itself to its cocktail glasses, is made from ice. If you think it sounds chilly inside, well, it is. It’s only 23 degrees Fahrenheit inside, which is why your admission ticket includes use of a cape and gloves to help keep you warm.

Stockholm also boasts more than 1,500 restaurants, leaving no excuse not to sample Sweden’s cuisine. Whether you want to indulge in Swedish meatballs or enjoy some fresh seafood, Den Gyldene Freden is one restaurant to try. The establishment opened in 1722, and much of its atmosphere reflects that deep history.

From Vikings to meatballs, there is much to enjoy in this historic city. So pack up your Gnome and bring your appetite and sense of adventure to Stockholm, which is sure to be one of your most memorable vacation destinations.

Gnome Travels – Amsterdam

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Does your Gnome need a new pair of shoes? Treat him to a distinct style by picking up a pair of authentic wooden clogs during your trip to Amsterdam. You can even watch the wooden footwear being made and painted — calming your Gnomes fears that shoes are actually made by elves in the late hours of the night. Go ahead and choose a pair for yourself while you’re there.

Once you’re clothed in ethnic apparel, head for the water. Canal cruises are among the most popular activities for tourists, and are a great way to explore the city’s famous bridges, centuries-old mansions and architecture.

Of course, you can also choose to explore the city on foot. Put those new shoes to the test as you roam the streets, crossing some of Amsterdam’s 1,000 bridges and people-watching and dining in one of the city’s unparalleled cafes.

For another dose of Amsterdam’s culture, check out the city’s dozens of museums, which include the Van Gogh Museum, more contemporary styles at the Florescent Art Museum (bring your sunglasses along for this one!), and NEMO, which appeals to children and Gnomes alike with an array of hands-on exhibits in a boat-shaped building.

Be sure to also make a stop at Anne Frank House, where the brave young girl hid from the Nazis for more than two years. You’ll learn details of her experience from 1942-1944, when she lived undercover with seven others and wrote the diary entries that were later published.

Amsterdam is also known for its expansive flower markets. You and your Gnome will feel as through you’ve stumbled upon a massive garden when you visit Bloemenmarkt, the world’s only floating flower market, which merchandises an array of bulbs from houseboats. Each spring, the blooming tulips and narcissus in your Gnome’s gardens will serve as a reminder of your trip to the Netherlands.

If your Gnome is of legal age, you’ll want to bring him along to Amsterdam’s former Heineken Brewery, now called Heineken Experience, where you will learn about the history of the company and its famous beer. The museum features a ride that makes you feel as though you’re part of the brewing and bottling process, and stables that house the famous Heineken horses.

What are you waiting for? Spring is a fantastic time to visit Amsterdam, so book your trip with your Gnome today. With such an array of activities at your disposal, you’re sure to agree that it is among the most entertaining and well-rounded cities you will ever visit.

Gnome Travels – Jamaica

Friday, March 19th, 2010

After being cooped up all winter, surely you’re more than ready for the warmth of the sun. A trip to Jamaica is the perfect way for both you and your Gnome to get a taste of the summer months ahead.

Jamaica immediately brings beautiful beaches to mind, and this Caribbean island will not disappoint. Just use plenty of sunscreen while soaking up those rays, as Gnomes’ protruding ears and noses tend to burn quite easily.

As much as they love to relax, Gnomes can’t stay sedentary for long. Luckily, this tropical island offers countless ways for people of all ages — and sizes — to stay active and entertained.

Head to Montego Bay or for a round of golf, while your Gnome snags a sun visor and hitches a ride in your golf bag. Afterward, cool off with a swim in the Blue Lagoon — so named for the eponymous movie starring Brooke Shields — or simply admire the brilliant hues, which vary with the sun’s position throughout the day.

If you want more time in the water — and, really, what Jamaica visitor doesn’t? — a trip to Dolphin Cove is a must. There, you can swim with dolphins (and sharks, too) or enjoy the marine life from the safety of a glass-bottom kayak. Be sure your Gnome has a properly secured life vest before embarking on any of these adventures, and that he keeps his distance from hungry fish.

Nearby, check out Dunn’s River Falls, which has been proclaimed one of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls. Hold on tight to your Gnome as you climb 600 feet to the top of the falls, where you can watch the rushing water below.

You’re both sure to work up an appetite after so much activity and fresh air. For a taste of Jamaican cuisine, visit one of the jerk huts that line the island and serve up plates of spiced chicken, seafood and pork. These dishes come with a kick, so caution your Gnome to take small, careful bites.

Spend a night moving to the beat of reggae music, popularized by Bob Marley, who was born on the island. Visit the Bob Marley Museum in Jamaica’s capital city, Kingston, features photos and other momentos from the musician.

Kingston and its surrounding towns are also home to dozens of national monuments and historic sites, including the Institute of Jamaica, the Supreme Court and Devon House, which gives tourists a look at a colonial-era estate.

With so many activities at your disposal, you and your Gnome will find your Jamaican vacation flies by. However, the memories you create during these island adventures will last a lifetime.

Gnome Travels – Egypt

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Egypt is famous for mummies and hieroglyphics, but there is so much more for a tourist and his Gnome to explore in this historic African country.

The Pyramid of Giza will be a highlight of your trip. One of the original Seven Wonders of the World, this attraction is actually composed of three main pyramids, each of which is an Egyptian king’s tomb.

You will marvel at these great structures, which historians believe took thousands of workers more than eight decades to construct, but your awe will pale in comparison to that of your Gnome, who is sure to experience a stiff neck after gazing up at these monstrous creations. He may need some reassurance, too, when he comes upon the Sphinx, a half-man, half-lion craved from a single, massive block of stone.

Want to see the pyramids from a different vantage point? Sign up for a camel ride through the desert. Let your Gnome perch atop the camel’s back as you pass by the ancient tombs.

While the Giza pyramids are probably most well known, they are not the only ancient tombs. The Pyramids at Dahshur include the Bent Pyramid, so named for its unusual appearance, and the Red Pyramid, which was constructed from colored limestone. The Red Pyramid will be particularly interesting to you and your Gnome, as you’ll be able to explore the inside.

Also fascinating is the Valley of the Kings, a series of tombs built for pharaohs including Tutankhamen. King Tut’s collection of priceless jewelry and artifacts can be viewed at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo– a one-stop shop where you and your Gnome to get your fill of all things Egyptian.

Of course, no trip to Egypt would be complete without checking out the Nile River. We suggest booking a tour so that you get the most out of your adventure (and so you won’t lose your way. If you’ve never been lost in an ancient land with just a Gnome for company, well, you want to keep it that way.) Instead, indulge in a five-day cruise, which includes opportunities for guided tours, hot-air balloon rides and ethnic food and entertainment.

If you haven’t quite had your fill of nature, plan a hiking tour through the White Desert, where you can spend a night under the stars , or climb up Mount Sinai to witness a spectacular sunrise or sunset.

Your Gnome will surely miss the ancient land when he returns home. You can help ease the transition by helping him construct his very own pyramid (luckily, a small-scale version will suffice) and perhaps by giving him a recording of The Bangles’ 1986 hit single. In no time at all, you’ll find him in his garden, walking like a native Egyptian.