Venice, Italy
The Floating City

Venice spreads across hundreds of low-lying islands in a lagoon in the northern crescent of the Adriatic Sea. A single bridge links it to the mainland city of Mestre. Traffic ends at Piazzale Roma, making the city serenely free of buses, cars and motorcycles—even bicycles are prohibited. 

The city's main waterway is the Grand Canal. The islands are also crisscrossed by 177 smaller canals and connected by more than 400 pedestrian bridges. Many streets are cobblestone, narrow and winding—some little more than sidewalks between buildings. There are 6 districts to the city: Cannaregio, San Polo, San Marco, Dorsoduro, Castello and Santa Croce.  

One of the most interesting things to visit are its many world-famous museums and artistic treasures. Some artwork stem back to the 14th-18th centuries. Another must see is the famous Piazza San Marco which many will recognize from some movies such as Summertime (1955), The Tourist (2010), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), and Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019). 

The Aloha State

Why 'Aloha State"?  "Aloha" means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return. "Aloha" is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence.

Hawaii is an island state in the Western region of the United States, about 2,000 miles from the U.S. mainland in the Pacific Ocean. It is the only state outside North America, which is an archipelago, and the only one in the tropics.  

Hawaiʻi is world-renowned for its beautiful beaches. The islands have every type of beach imaginable: white, black, and red sand beaches. While at the beach, it is well worth watching out for the diverse array of marine life that can show up when you least expect it.