10 Dreamy Lakes in the World for the Bucket List

Hanging Lake

With roughly 71% of the earth covered in water, it should not be surprising that there are many stunning lakes out there just waiting to be discovered and explored. Here are some of the world’s dreamiest lakes that make for perfect getaways if you love nature and breathtaking bodies of water.

1. Lake Arnensee
Lake Arnensee
Location: Berne, Switzerlands
A lake with clear, blue waters nestled in a picturesque place. Experience the awe-inspiring and soothing atmosphere as you gape in wonder at the beautiful waters and the surrounding natural scenery.

2. Moraine Lake
Moraine Lake
Location: Alberta, Canada
Scenic Moraine Lake sits in Banff National Park. It boasts of waters that are a stunning shade of blue. It is a great place for a relaxing getaway with many water activities and hiking trails to explore.

3. Five-Flower Lake
Five-Flower Lake
Location: Jiuzhaigou, China
Surrounded by verdant trees of a forest, Five-Flower Lake looks surreal. It has a mirror-like surface that reflects the changing colors of the foliage that surrounds it.

4. Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes
Location: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Plitvice Lakes National Park is a protected area. Its pristine waters and breathtaking view makes it one of the most scenic lakes in the world.

5. Crater Lake
Crater Lake
Location: Oregon, USA
Clear and blue waters are just some of the hallmarks of this famous lake that draws local and foreign tourists alike.

6. Hanging Lake
Hanging Lake
Location: Colorado, USA
Hanging Lake is located in Glenwood Canyon in Colorado. It is a popular tourist destination which can be easily reached by clearly marked trails.

7. Lake Bled
Lake Bled
Location: Bled, Slovenia
This dreamy and romantic lake looks as if it just jumped out of the pages of a fairy tale book. It surrounds a small island with a church building that lends an even more dramatic feel to the scenery.

8. Maligne Lake
Maligne Lake
Location: Alberta, Canada
Imagine spending some time away from the hustle and bustle of life in a place with a stunning lake and amazing natural scenery. Go boating on the pristine waters and marvel at the natural sights and sounds around you.

9. Peyto Lake
Peyto Lake
Location: Alberta, Canada
Canada is without a doubt home to some of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Peyto Lake has a most amazing blue waters.

10. Lake Annecy
Lake Annecy
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
The lake is located in a famous holiday destination. There are ski resorts nearby, which makes it an attractive getaway even during winter.


Magical Story Of Magical Playhouses

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Disneyland isn’t the world’s only magical place.

Somewhere in Washington, deep in the heart of Port Townsend, there’s a place called Magical Playhouses – where you can get magical playhouses for kids and even kids-at-heart. The king, Chris Axling, has always been an artist, but also has always been a woodworker – one who can basically do everything such as carving and framing. His queen, Sarah, is a part-time Development Manager for Jefferson Land Trust, part-time stained glass artist, and a full-time mom. Their prince and princess, Grant and Josephine, are two years old and five years old respectively and help the king and queen make the world a better place via their feedback. And oh…let’s not forget their royal dog, Clover, who serves as their model – with a dog house made by yours truly, the king.

Just like any other person in the world, Chris has also experienced up and downs in life – and ultimately, has gone up with The Magical Playhouses. As for the way he builds magical playhouses, he pretty much starts with the basics – just like when one is building a house. The magical playhouses are ensured to last, too – more than what any kid or kid-at-heart could ever wish for.

Chris’ previous works include The Dragon, The School Haus, Bainbridge Island Treehouse, and Bainbridge Island Timber Frame Potting Studio – which are created magically, yet meticulously. He also worked on various woodworking projects including baby cribs, dog houses, small figurines, tool sheds, kiddie chairs, coffee tables, wine racks, treasure boxes and more.

In conclusion, it was Chris’ love and passion for woodworking that made him a king of his own kingdom. Aside from that, his hardwork and determination throughout the years made him a worthy king – scratch that, a more than worthy king for having a beautiful family of his own aside from his love and passion for woodworking.

So if you love woodworking and you’re passionate about making it a future career, take a cue from Magical Playhouses. You see, even if I only have my favorite belt sanders, if I love and I’m passionate about woodworking, I would definitely build a kingdom of my own as well. This should also be like you: no matter what ups and downs life throws at you, always remember the word persevere. Most of all, always remember the words hardwork and determination. Everything will just fall into place, just like how Chris and his beautiful family has experienced.


Why You Should Visit The Sawmill Museum

lumber

Past and present coming together as one – that’s just one reason why you should visit The Sawmill Museum.

Here are the other reasons:

  • It has an enchanted past. Ever wondered how the American sawmill industry came to be? How Clinton, Iowa came to be known as the “Lumber Capital of the World?” What it’s like to work in sawmills back in the 20th century? What tools and equipment were also used back then? All these and more will be answered – albeit, in an enchanting way – at The Sawmill Museum.
  • It has a magical present. Years after it was first founded, who would have thought The Sawmill Museum would become a magical place – not just for learning more about the enchanting past of Clinton, Iowa and the whole country’s sawmill industry, but also for getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience firsthand what it’s like to work in sawmills and more.
  • Moreover, it has a dreamlike future. The future of the sawmill industry doesn’t just rest in the hands of those working in sawmills, but also in the hands of those who see or starting to see the industry in a new light – meaning, seeing more than just cutting down trees to ultimately make beautiful wood products.

Moreover, The Sawmill Museum has:

  • A lumberjack camp, where both kids and young-at-heart adults can play and live as lumberjacks and jills in a recreated lumberjack camp from 1888 and unlock more about being lumberjacks through a scavenger hunt.
  • Struve Mill, where both aspiring woodworking business owners or just curious about how people work in sawmills experience firsthand what it’s like to process and finish various wood products using tools you can even find in jigsaw reviews.
  • A vintage and replica sawmill, where both locals and tourists alike can be taken back in time in an awesome way as they see what it’s like to work in sawmills back in the 1920s – complete with antique tools and equipment from back then.
  • Lumber barons, where both locals and tourists alike can be taken back in time further in an awesome way as they relive the story of Clinton’s famous names building a renowned lumber empire.
  • A family corner and a lumber train, where families or big groups of tourists can experience firsthand what it’s like to live nearby and around sawmills and even see workers harvesting trees via riding a lumber train.

Enchanting, magical, and dreamlike – what are you waiting for? Visit The Sawmill Museum now!


The Magical Café: My Kitchen Witch

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Magical, by definition, means anything “related to using or resembling magic.” It can also mean “enchanting” or “being delightful as to seem removed from everyday life.”

In short, it’s used to describe something out-of-this-world – even remarkable in such way that one can’t forget easily or one can’t still fully believe in just yet.

And in this case, it’s used to describe out-of-this-world juice drinks – even remarkable in such way that one can’t easily forget how it tastes like or one can’t still fully believe in just yet to exist.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the magical café: My Kitchen Witch.

Let’s take a closer look…

Located in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, My Kitchen Witch was founded with executive chef and owner Karyn Jarmer’s philosophy on food, wherein she can “magically” do something without increasing her waistline or spending her budget that much.

Her story begins at age 15, when she learned more about restaurants and home-cooked meals from a local restaurant. A few years later, she became manager of a South Street Seaport café and her take on food was gradually improved. After a while, Bedrock Catering was founded in Manhattan, New York – a product of both her knowledge and creativity.

Word-of-mouth has made her even more famous across New Jersey, even providing catering services in both TV and film industries until now. However, 9/11 happened – and her decision to open up Bedrock Catering in New York was reconsidered. She went back to New Jersey, specifically in Monmouth Beach, where she opened her own café: My Kitchen Witch.

My Kitchen Witch Café has made her philosophy on food alive and ever-growing – thanks to its out-of-this-world dishes and drinks, along with her own magical touch. Moreover, all the food and drinks in this magical café are home-cooked and made from healthy and quality ingredients – served by a friendly staff.

Their menu includes a huge selection of everyone’s favorites such as omelettes, pancakes, cereals, sandwiches, side dishes, soup, salads, pasta, chips, cupcakes, cookies, coffee, tea, fresh juice, and more. They also offer Friday Dinner, where people can reserve for their own magical night with an exclusive menu; Grab-And-Go, where people can take out delicious food and drinks by pound or platter; and Juice Bar, where people can drink out-of-this-world fresh juices, smoothies, and shots (one is made from wheatgrass, which you can also make at home via those seen in http://juicerkings.com/best-wheatgrass-juicers/).

Visit this café now and see and experience firsthand how a kitchen witch does her magic!


15 Magical Places that Look Like Fairy Tales Come to Life

Imagine finding yourself in the midst of a magnificent scenery that seem to magically appear from a fairy tale. If you want to explore picturesque and whimsical places, here are some of the world’s best ones that you would not want to miss.

Avenue of the Baobabs (Menabe region, Madagascar)
Avenue of the Baobabs
Highlights: Also known as the Alley of the Baobabs, a dirt road sandwiched between huge baobab trees.

Colmar (Alsace, France)
colmar
Why go: An enchanting town with colorful buildings, picturesque cobblestone streets, houses and buildings that date back to the medieval times

Glenfinnan Viaduct (Inverness-shire, Scotland)
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Why go: Famous viaduct with a railway that spans 1,000 feet and offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape, the Jacobite steam train passes through this viaduct to Fort William and Mallaig, Harry Potter movies’ filming location

Glowworm Caves (Waitomo, New Zealand)
Glowworm Caves
Why go: Home to the Glowworm Grotto where glow worms (Arachnocampa luminosa) provide an enchanting luminescent light at the ceilings and walls, a boat ride that lets visitors enjoy the magical sight of glowworks lighting the way

Hallerbos Forest (Halle, Belgium)
Why go: A beech forest that transforms into a fairytale-like world in spring time, complete with towering trees and numerous bluebells carpeting the forest floor

Hallstatt (Austria)
Hallstatt
Why go: A picturesque village nestled between mountains and a stunning glass-like lake, awe-inspiring baroque architecture, dramatic natural scenery, home to the oldest salt mines in the world, a subterranean salt lake

Hohenzollern Castle (Bisingen, Germany)
Hohenzollern Castle
Why go: A castle that stands majestically on a bluff that rises to over 200 metres in height, foggy days creates a dreamscape of a castle that seems to float on a cloud

Petra (Jordan)
Petra
Why go: Ancient town that dates back to over 2,000 years ago, rose-colored structures and ruins

Rakotzbrücke (Kromlau, Germany)
Rakotzbrücke
Why go: A 19th-century that is also referred to as the Rakotz Bridge, sits in the midst of a scenic park, an arched bridge some call as the “devil’s bridge”, the bridge forms an amazing and magical circle as it is reflected on the waters below it

Reed Flute Cave (Guilin, China)
Reed Flute Cave
Why go: Reed Flute Cave glows with colorful lights, a limestone cave known for the numerous reeds that can be found outside its multicolored interiors, home to several stalactites and rock formations

Saint Basil’s Cathedral (Moscow, Russia)
Saint Basil’s Cathedral
Why go: Cathedral of Vasily, a famous landmark that now serves as a museum; an unusual and brightly colored architecture, a fantasy-like spectacle

Shirakawa-gō (Gifu, Japan)
Shirakawa-gō
Why go: Traditional Japanese village nestled in a mountainous region, houses with steep thatched roofs, breathtaking scenery all-year round, picturesque winter-wonderland village during snow season

Ta Prohm in Angkor Wat (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
Ta Prohm
Highlights: The entire Angkor Wat ancient complex is a popular attraction for its breathtaking collection of temples and ruins. Ta Prohm is one of the stand outs with its compelling ruins that seem to have been partly swallowed by the jungle

The Dark Hedges (Ballymoney, Northern Ireland)
The Dark Hedges
Why go: Dreamlike avenue surrounded by beech trees, dates back to the 18th century, stories of a Grey Lady haunting the road as the sun begins to set add to the aura of magical mystery of the place

Wisteria Tunnel (Kitakyushu, Japan)
Wisteria Tunnel
Why go: Take a dreamy walk under a ceiling of gloriously stunning flowers at the Wisteria Tunnel in Kawachi Fuji Gardens, best time to visit is during spring when the flowers are in full bloom