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Geronimo Stilton needs a holiday, but by the time he can tear himself away from The Rodent's Gazette, all the good trips are booked up. He ends up in a grotty old hotel where he has to share a room with a bunch of gerbils! Can Geronimo find a way to enjoy his holiday or will he head home exhausted?
Sometimes a busy businessmouse like me needs a nice, relaxing vacation. But of all the rotten rats' luck -- every time I tried to get away, disaster struck. My aunt Dizzy Fur's mouse hole caught on fire, my office was flooded, and our printing press broke down! When I was finally ready to depart, all the good trips were booked up. I was stuck in a flea-ridden old hotel, sharing a room with a bunch of Gerbil Scouts! I couldn't wait to get back to my comfy home in New Mouse City....
5 Reasons Why You Should Plan a Hawaii Vacation Are you looking for a vacation destination for an upcoming trip? If you are, you should examine Hawaii. Hawaii vacations are popular and their popularity continues to increase. There are good reasons for that. In fact, five reasons why you should plan a Hawaii vacation are outlined below. 1 - Affordability The cost of travel can seem quite high today, especially with the high cost of gasoline. In fact, many individuals are putting off their summer vacation plans. With that said, many travelers are surprised to learn just how affordable it is to vacation on a beautiful Hawaiian island. With a small amount of time and research, you can easily find amazing Hawaii travel deals and discounts. As for how you can find great travel deals and discounts, examine online travel websites. They are ideal for comparing the rates of airline tickets, hotel reservations, and car rentals. When using a travel website, be sure to examine vacation packages. They are convenient to book and you are often rewarded with a small, but helpful, discount. It is also a good idea to visit the websites of Hawaii hotels and airlines directly, as some are known for offering moneysaving discounts directly to consumers. 2 - Beauty If you have never visited Hawaii before, the beauty of the land will likely leave you breathless. In addition to vacations, did you also know that Hawaii is a great place to get married? Hawaii destination weddings are just as popular and that is due in part to the beauty of Hawaii. The beauty of the land is great for travelers who are unable to decide on a destination, as there is so much for you to do and see. It is hard to find a destination like Hawaii where you can relax in a tropical climate, swim in the ocean, hike to see beautiful waterfalls, and explore volcanoes. 3 - Activities As previously stated, all of the Hawaiian Islands are home to a vast array of landscaping. This opens up a world of opportunities for you and your traveling party, in terms of Hawaii activities. It is also great for families who members all have different likes and dislikes. Whether you enjoy staying on land, being on the water, or being in the air, there is so much for you to do and see while on a Hawaii vacation. As for beach activities, swimming, boating, fishing, dinner cruises, surfing, body boarding, and scuba diving are popular. Popular land activities include hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, and sightseeing. Hawaii can also be explored by the air and the perfect way to do is with a private Hawaii helicopter tour. 4 - Attractions If the above mentioned Hawaii activities weren't enough to keep you occupied on your trip, the large number of attractions in the area will. Regardless of which Hawaiian Island you choose to visit, there are so many wondering, beautiful, amazing, and historical sites for you to visit. One of the most popular Hawaii attractions is that of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which is located on Big Island. Kauai, Molokai, Maui, Oahu, and Lanai all have their must see attractions as well. 5 - Travel Reasons Perhaps, the greatest reason why you should consider taking a Hawaii vacation is because of your reasons for doing so. Although you do not need a reason to travel to Hawaii, any reason will do. Hawaii is the perfect destination for family vacations, romantic getaways, and trips with a group of friends. You will also find that many Hawaii activities and attractions are designed for individuals of all ages, which is nice if you are planning a family vacation. As you can see, Hawaii is the perfect vacation destination. With a number of beautiful islands to choose from, a number of travel deals and discounts, and large number of Hawaii activities and attractions, what more could you ask for? What are you waiting for? Book your Hawaii trip today!
""In this story, as the chief character is internally melodramatic, the story itself ceases to be merely melodramatic, and partakes of true drama."" - T. S. Eliot.Like Poe before him and Conan Doyle after, Wilkie Collins shifted easily from rational domains to the ""superrational."" Like them, he is famed for original contributions to ""ratiocinative"" (detective) literature, but often preferred to indulge his occult predilection - a lifelong indulgence. His first published story, ""The Last Stage Coachmen"" (1843), was a supernatural allegory of trains; perhaps his last lucid effort (before ill health and opium drained his powers) was this short novel, The Haunted Hotel.Collins' methods and themes, developed and elaborated in his earlier, massive novels, are streamlined and concentrated here into a tight novelette. The same relentless pace and narrative power, the same attention to plot and backdrop detail that distinguish The Moonstone and The Woman in White are evident here, as is the obsession with destiny and the willful struggle against it.Collins' much-loved Venice provides the scenery and fatal beauty, the grim waterways and palaces the author will haunt with mysterious women, grotesques, and bloody conspiracies. The Countess Narona is one of Collins' cosmopolitan enchantresses; she acts, but as the tool of her doom. T. S. Eliot wrote, ""The principal character, the fatal woman, is herself obsessed by the idea of fatality; her motives are melodramatic; she therefore compels the coincidences to occur, feeling that she is compelled to compel them."" Collins relieves the tension with some wry characterizations and ironies; the theatrics are sustained. Indeed, theatrical motifs figure heavily, Collins himself being much involved with the stage at that period.The Haunted Hotel appears to be loosely based on a case from the annals of French crime; the scene, scenery, players and conflicts, and especially the horror, come straight from Collins' overstimulated, no doubt overwrought, most certainly haunted imagination.
Menage RomanceMargaret was in desperate need of a vacation and decided a single's cruise would be the best way to relax. When the ship's photographer and coordinator take an interest in her, she is unsure why they are so bold with her. Then they come to her cabin aboard the ship and make her feel like the most sexual creature in the world. However they do something that shocks her, when after teasing her and fondling her, they walk out. Margaret is left steaming angry, but she knows her desire for the two men is very strong and she wants what she wants. Content suitable for mature readers, contains sexual content and harsh language.
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