Advantages Of Choosing The Right Relocation Services Companies For Home Or Office Relocation

download (3)If you are currently prepping or are ready to relocate to your new home or office but aren’t eager with the hassles of moving, hiring the right relocation services company is the ideal solution for you. When picking the right service providers, taking note of their experience is vital. However, what matters most is their dedication in serving you all throughout the journey. This will in turn alleviate an otherwise stressful relocation for you.

Advantages of hiring the right relocation service provider for homes and offices:

When relocating, whether it’s a home or office requires a lot of attention and effort. From smaller logistics (paper works, building inspections and furniture delivery) to the bigger tasks like home finding, property management and setting-ins, outsourcing the relocation responsibilities to relocation services companies will help you lighten up your hands and focus on other tasks that truly require it.

Home

Packing and unpacking – While the notion of relocating to a new environment is exciting, the packing process on the other hand is long and tedious making it everyone’s least favorite activity. However, when hiring movers to handle your relocation, you can elect to have them pack up your home for you. Excellent relocation service providers will have experts take care of everything in a timely and careful manner to avoid damaging your items. This will help keep things organized and make unpacking your things a lot easier when you arrive.

Moving Trucks – While rental trucks are the usual go-to of most relocating families, once you are unfamiliar with the location you are planning to go, driving a large truck containing all of your belongings around an unfamiliar city may not be a good idea. With a moving company on the other hand, they make things a lot easier as they usually have in-depth knowledge of the areas they accept and this will in turn allow you to travel comfortably to your destination.

Settings-in services – An excellent moving company will provide you with setting-in or post moving support that will help you gain local knowledge and be familiarized and integrate easily with your new community.

Office

Furniture/Equipment removal – Office equipment aren’t just heavy, they are also prone to damaging and are expensive to repair. With the help of expert relocation company, a team of professional and the right equipment for the job, safe removals and transportation of your office equipment is assured.

Cost-efficient – Cost and timing is one of the most important factors that most business owners and c-level executives consider. With the help of these experts, you can pack up, transport and easily install all your office equipment in a more efficient manner.

 

Adventures on the Beach

download (2)In the winter, Florida’s beaches are filled with snowbirds enjoying sand and surf while they escape snow, ice and freezing temperatures. In fact, I used to be one of them. But now that I’m a year-round citizen of Florida, I’ve discovered the best time of year to enjoy the beaches is summer. The crowds are gone and the Gulf waters are as warm as an August rain. Most importantly, the turbulent surf transforms into a gentle lullaby, easy for a lake swimmer like myself to handle.

My husband and I drive to the beach which is only ten minutes from our home, two or three times a week after dinner when the sun is low on the horizon and a delightful breeze keeps us cool. We take a long walk along the water’s edge and then I swim while my husband watches the setting sun from a beach chair. I usually join him in time to watch the sun disappear on the horizon and the sky fill with a spectacular panorama of colors.

We do go to the beach in the winter but just for walks since the water is cold, the surf is high and the beaches are crowded. During a walk last winter, we passed a family who looked as if they had been there most of the afternoon; two large umbrellas firmly entrenched in the sand, several blankets and an ice chest spread around them. But what caught my eye was a young girl kneeling in front of a cormorant only a few feet from the family. The bird had its wings down and wasn’t moving as the girl inched closer. This was not normal behavior.

We walked on but I kept worrying about the cormorant. When we walked past the group on the way back, the family was still there and so was the bird. I asked them how long the cormorant had been there. For a couple of hours, they said. Initially, the bird had spread its wings to dry them, then it closed its wings and hadn’t moved since. I walked through the dry sand and knelt a few feet from the bird. It blinked its eyes at me but didn’t move. It appeared to be a young cormorant and something was obviously wrong. I pulled out my phone and searched for the number of the bird rescue that was located on the Island. After leaving information about the bird and directions to this spot on the beach on the message service, we left but I was tempted to stay and be certain the bird was cared for.

When we resumed our walk, my husband reminded me (again) of my first attempted bird rescue shortly after we moved to this area. We were walking on the beach when we passed a shore bird standing on one foot. I, of course, worried that something was wrong with the bird’s other foot and walked around looking for a cell phone to borrow so I could call the bird rescue (I had left mine at home). Then we walked a bit further and came upon several more birds also standing on one foot. When we got home, I looked up ‘Florida birds that stand on one leg’ and found dozens of photos of birds in this position. My husband will never let me forget this one!

I actually did participate in a bird rescue not too long after we moved here. I was writing stories for a local paper and had the opportunity to accompany a couple, Donna and Bob, who ran a bird sanctuary and responded to calls about birds in peril. They took me with them to a marina where someone had reported sighting a young pelican that appeared to be tangled in some fishing line, a much too common occurrence for shore birds. We walked to the main dock and Donna, who was only about five feet tall and close to my age, began throwing handfuls of bait fish across the dock from a pail she was carrying. About twenty pelicans flew in to pick up the fish, most of them mature birds but also a few youths identifiable by their brown feathers.

“There he is,” Bob shouted.

“I see him,” Donna answered.

And then I saw him, a young brown pelican nibbling at the food, a three foot piece of fishing line hanging under his wing. Donna put the bucket down and dove across the dock for the bird, grabbing him in a firm hold across her lap, demonstrating an expertise that came from long practice. While she held him motionless, Bob walked over and carefully extended the wing with the fishing line, exposing a fishing hook lodged in the bird’s breast by the wing. Carefully, he worked the hook out and they both examined the wound. After deciding that the pelican was not badly injured, Bob sprayed the wound with a disinfectant and Donna let him go. We watched him fly away. Then they threw out more handfuls of food and the young pelican, none the worse for his ordeal, flew in again to take part in the feast.

Pelicans were also the stars of a beach walk on another day. We were walking on the beach at the south end of Anna Maria Island, past the remains of old piers, when a flock of more than two-hundred pelicans landed near us, on the beach and on the pieces of the pier protruding from the water. Dozens of the birds dove into the shallow water at the same time, coming up with small fish that were swarming by the thousands near the pier. We watched, transfixed, as the birds dove over and over again. We wanted to record this amazing sight but we knew it would be long over before we could go home for the camera and return. We would have to be satisfied with our memories.

Several year ago, we met friends on Sanibel Island and decided to take a walk on the beach. When we began our walk, we all noticed that the sand was covered with unusually large, beautiful shells. When we got closer, we realized the shells were moving. Each one was a live animal (or a mollusk), washed up on the shore by some force of nature. We started tossing as many as possible back into the surf but soon gave up, the quantity was too immense.

Later I found out that collecting live shells (any specimen containing an inhabitant) is outlawed in Florida. Sanibel and Captiva Island are refuge islands and favorite places for shelling although people are urged to limit their empty-shell collections as these shells replenish the beaches. For me, the amazing opportunity to see the live mollusks crawling on the beach was more than enough; I had no desire to take any home.

It’s fun to watch people fishing on the beach, their lines stretched out into the surf while they lean back in folding chairs enjoying the view. Most of the time, there is a blue heron standing nearby, hoping for a snack if the catch is too small to keep or if the fisherman (or woman) shares a few bait fish with the bird when he or she is ready to go home. The possibility of a free meal diminishes their natural fear which is not always a good thing.

On Friday nights, the Manatee Beach holds a different attraction: the drum circle. Local people bring drums, cans, tambourines and other percussion instruments that beach visitors can shake, rattle or pound to celebrate the sunset. The drum circle members arrive with chairs and instruments about an hour before sunset and invite anyone who is interested to join them. Of course children are especially excited to have this opportunity to pound a drum and some adults (like me) are also drawn into the circle. The drumming reaches its peak as the sun melts into the horizon, another week gone by on Florida’s beautiful beaches.

I was telling our neighbors about our evenings on the beach and how lovely it is to swim that time of night when I caught the two of them exchanging looks. Did you know, they asked me, that sharks come into the shallows to feed at dusk? I did, sort of, but hadn’t really given it much thought. I had to admit hearing it out loud was a little scary. But I’d never seen one and had never heard about a shark attack on Anna Maria’s beaches. So now I’m a bit more cautious, swimming before our walk instead of after and always picking a spot in the water that has a fair amount of people nearby. Certainly they would taste better than me. It is going to take more than sharks to keep me off the beach and out of the water during Florida’s summer months.

 

The City of Marrakech in Morocco

download (1)Marrakesh is the largest Moroccan city in terms of population and it is located in the center of the kingdom. The population of Marrakech was estimated to be around 900 thousand inhabitants in 2012. This is in addition to a large number of tourists who visit the city as part of their travel package to Morocco.

There are no historical records, in fact, that explains the name of the city of Marrakesh. It was described as the red city, the vast destination that blends the heat, the shades, the ice, and the palms all together. This distinctive ambience of the whole country grabs the attention of several vacationers to spend their holidays in Morocco.

Perhaps the most interesting sight in Marrakech is the Jemaa el-Fnaa Arena. This is where travellers who tour Morocco watch snake charmers, story tellers, musicians, in addition to many other types of Moroccan folklore that represents the traditional heritage of the country.

The Jemaa El Fnaa was added to the UNESCO world heritage sites in 2001. In fact this square was established with the foundation of the city in 1070 AD. Since that date, Marrakesh became one of the most remarkable cities almost included in all tours to Morocco.

Located at the heart of the city of Marrakech, Al Koutoubia Mosque is another interesting historical monument explored by many travelers who tour Morocco. The word Koutoubia is actually derived from the word Koutoubien, or the books’ sellers market.

The complex in fact consists of two ancient mosques. The first was established in 1147 on the ruins of a much older palace that belonged to the Moravids dynasty. The other was constructed in 1158 with 17 arcades coming out of the main prayer area that are directed towards the Qibla. The mosques welcome a lot of tourists who travel to Morocco.

Another notable historical site in Marrakech is the Saadian Tombs. Established in the middle of the 16th century, this ancient necropolis hosts the buried bodies of most of the Saadis dynasty and their family members. Due to its wonderful decoration and historical significance, a visit to the tombs is usually included in many tours to Morocco.

The style of decoration and outline of the Saadian tombs were influenced by the Marinid tombs and mausoleums that were founded in Fes and Chellah. The decorations are featured with their Gypsum and tiles’ works that are characterized with the mixture between the Western and Andalusian styles of art and architecture that amaze travelers who spend holiday in Morocco.

The old walls and gates of Marrakech are among the most wonderful monuments included in many tour packages to Morocco that include a visit to the city. There is for example the Dekala Gate that consists of two large towers with an entrance gate in the middle that leads to the ancient city. The Dekala Gate is one of the major entrance points to the ancient city.

There is also the Agnaou Gate that was established by the Almohad Dynasty, among many other gates, to protect the Qasba of Marrakesh. This gate is distinguished with its amazing style and marvelous architectural elements. Many travelers who spend their vacations in Morocco often visit this gatein particular.

There are even many more interesting places for travelers who tour Morocco to explore in the amazing city of Marrakech, the romantic city nicknamed as the red city full of amazement and interesting places to visit.

 

My Top 3 Favorite Grand Canyon South Rim Helicopter Tours Ever!

downloadThe South Rim is considered the most scenic portion of the Grand Canyon, and it is a fantastic place to view on a helicopter tour. These flights depart daily and they are easy to fit in your budget. Booking the perfect tour can be confusing, so this article will reveal the top three helicopter tours you should consider.

Top Tour #1: The Longer Flight Option

The National Park is huge, and the only way you can see so much of it on a single tour is to fly over it in a helicopter. The longer, 50-minute tour is a great choice because it allows you to fly over 75 percent of the entire National Park. The flight takes off from Tusayan, AZ, and then it flies over remote wilderness areas as you get to see the North Rim and the scenic grounds all the way to the eastern border of the National Park.

Although this tour costs more, it is still the number one tour since you get to see so many amazing sights during your flight. For example, two notable landmarks you’ll get to see from the air are the Dragoon Corridor and the Colorado River Confluence.

Top Tour #2: The Shorter Air Tour

The shorter, 30-minute tour is less expensive, so it is a good choice if you need to watch your budget because you’ll still see many interesting sights. It follows the same flight path as the extended tour over to the North Rim, but instead of going on to the eastern border of the park, your helicopter will circle back to Tusayan. Even on the short tour, you’ll fly over the Dragoon Corridor, so you’ll get to see the deepest and widest part of the Canyon.

Top Tour #3: Combine Your Flight With A Land Tour

This tour is one of the best ways to experience the Canyon as you’ll get to see it from the air as well as from the ground. On this tour, you’ll enjoy a 30-minute flyover of the Canyon as well as a jeep tour so you can see many of the landmarks up close. On the land tour, you’ll ride through the park on a jeep for 2 hours so you can experience the beautiful Mather and Yaki lookout points, and then you can shop and dine when you stop at a quaint historic village.

Canyon Landing Tours

The helicopters on tours in this portion of the Canyon don’t land, they just provide air tours. Landing tours are prohibited by the park service at this rim of the Canyon. Landing tours are only allowed at the West Rim, so if you really want to take one, you should book a tour that departs from Vegas and flies to the West Rim.

Book The Deluxe Tour Option

When you pick the flight you want to take, you can book the basic tour or the deluxe version. One big difference is the aircraft used on the deluxe tours. Deluxe tours fly on the EcoStar 130 chopper. The basic tours fly on Bell Rangers, and in comparison, the EcoStar is much roomier and comfortable to fly in. The seats are arranged stadium style, so there are no obstructed views, plus, the EcoStar has a massive panoramic viewing window for unparalleled sightseeing. The deluxe tour is worth the extra cost, so you should consider booking one when you’re ready to buy your tour.

Enjoy Your Tour

Hopefully, this article gives you some ideas for booking a fantastic tour. Don’t forget, if you want to take a landing tour, you have to go to the West Rim on a Vegas tour instead. If you’ll be in Vegas, you can tour the South Rim too, but you’ll need to add a one-hour flight from the city to Tusayan so you can begin your helicopter flight from there. If you want to see as much of the Canyon as possible, book the extended helicopter tour, but if you want to take the fun jeep ride through the park, the book the combination tour instead. No matter which tour you take, you’ll be treated to some of the most beautiful scenic landscapes you’ll see anywhere on the planet.