#CIJVacation – Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia With alustrousjewellery

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with JO from alustrousjewellery

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

My favourite local vacation destination is Mount Tamborine it is located in the Hinterland of the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. We have been there many times and it is beautiful, it has great natural scenery and lovely gift shops and cafes.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

Worth visiting is Curtis Falls, Mount Tamborine Botanical Gardens and at the showgrounds on the second Sunday of the month they have a great local market.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

Mount Tamborine is a rain forest area with waterfalls and also great views down to the city of the Gold Coast, it is part of the scenic rim of Queensland.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

Eating spots, one of the best is Eagles Heights Hotel, great food, good prices and all with a view.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

We have been many times and we will go again, some times we go for a day, some times for a weekend as it’s quite close to where we live and yet it feels like a world away.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/alustrousjewellery

Instagram: www.instagram.com/alustrousjewellery

Pinterest: au.pinterest.com/joalustrous

Twitter: twitter.com/joalutrousjewel

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#CIJRoadTrip – Dominican Republic: Santo Domingo

Contributor post by Jessica of CrochetNature

Let’s travel to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with Angie Rodriguez from TheLarimarShop! What a great place to create. I can only imagine the endless creative inspiration that comes from living in such a beautiful country. Read on to find out Angie’s inspiration that is unique to her part of the world!

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

I was born and live in Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic. Our country shares the eastern side of the Hispaniola island, the western side is Haiti. It is special because our island was discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus, who landed on the north coast. Santo Domingo city, with its Colonial Zone, was placed in 1990 by UNESCO on the World Heritage List.

Colonial Zone - Santo Domingo - Dominican Republic

Colonial Zone – Santo Domingo – Dominican Republic

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

Santo Domingo – It holds claim to the first cathedral, monastery, university, hospital, customs house and other monuments in the New World. In the Colonial Zone you will find 11 blocks of historical and fun-filled streets, where part of the city walls can be seen, holding the oldest permanent settlement in the New World. There are over three hundred pieces of history, which include houses, streets and monuments.

The Dominican Republic can be undoubtedly regarded as a tropical paradise, with its many breathtaking and secluded beaches, many with pristine waters, white sand, and wonderful islets with endemic species that you can reach with speed boats and catamarans. All water sports are available, specially at Cabarete on the north coast and La Romana on the east coast, with beautiful hotel resorts.

Kite Sailing - Cabarete - Dominican Republic

Kite Sailing – Cabarete – Dominican Republic

Eco tourism takes you to mountains, rivers, and waterfalls, where you can practice many sports such as paragliding, horseback riding, river rafting, mountain bike, swimming and much more!

Cayo Levantado - Samana - Dominican Republic

Cayo Levantado – Samana – Dominican Republic

We also have must see lakes such as the Enriquillo Lake – the largest salt water lake and the lowest in the Caribbean, home to American crocodiles and many endemic species.

3.  How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

When I learned about our Larimar stone, which is unique to the whole world being the only blue pectolite found so far, I decided to get involved with this natural beauty. The blue and blue-green colors, as well as the wonderful patterns reflect the blue colors of our Caribbean sea waters and the blue sky with white clouds. It is a stone that is hard not to fall in love with. This stone has been linked to the lost continent of Atlantis, as well as to dolphins, attributing special qualities to our Larimar stone.

Larimar is now our national stone and is a real representative of our country. With our Larimar, our Dominican craftsmanship has the opportunity to display its creativity to the world.

Larimar Collections From TheLarimarShop

Larimar Collections From TheLarimarShop

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

We are planning to participate in a Bazaar in Santo Domingo this fall for in Santo Domingo, Bazaars are one of the best way to promote handcrafted items locally!

Larimar Studs Earrings From TheLarimarShop

Larimar Studs Earrings From TheLarimarShop

Amber And Larimar Reversible Bracelet From TheLarimarShop

Amber And Larimar Reversible Bracelet From TheLarimarShop

Wild Boar Tusk And Larimar Stone Necklace From TheLarimarShop

Wild Boar Tusk And Larimar Stone Necklace From TheLarimarShop

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: facebook.com/thelarimarshop
Twitter: twitter.com/thelarimarshop
Website: http://www.thelarimarshop.com/

Blog:  thelarimarshop.blogspot.com/