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Rosewood Tucker's Point Bermuda 2107

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 11:32:00 +0000

A good friend suggested that I visit ROSEWOOD TUCKER'S POINT while on vacation in Bermuda. She told me that it's, "The only place she stays." I could see why. It's a beautiful place to relax away from the city center. The beach is beautiful with an infinity pool at oceanside. Let's take a look. Address: ROSEWOOD TUCKER'S POINT 60 Tucker's Point Dr., Hamilton Parish, HS 02 Bermuda. Website description:Rosewood Tucker's Point® offers serene sophistication that eludes formality. A mere 90 minutes from most major U.S. East Coast cities, this Bermuda luxury resort is a tranquil island escape and a world apart. I looked at a map to see if I could take a bus to the resort. The website says it's possible, but in the end I decided to take a cab from Hamilton town, which ended up costing just under $40. Prior to visiting I contacted the resort to see if it was possible to visit, they said:We are so excited for you to come to Bermuda! We love visitors, please feel free to visit our property. We may or may not have a surprise waiting for you when you arrive! Enjoy and see you soon!Wow. That was nice. When my wife and I arrived, we saw this view from the lobby: src="" width="500" height="588" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> Click for 360 view. Then we were directed to the second pool and garden. Second Pool: src="" width="500" height="588" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> Click for 360 view. Gardens: src="" width="500" height="546" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> src="" width="500" height="503" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> A view from one of the hallways: src="" width="500" height="357" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> BEACH CLUB Website description:An all-in-one facility dedicated to pleasure and leisure, the Beach Club not only includes Bermuda’s largest private beach, but also two freshwater swimming pools. The Horizon Pool is reserved for guests aged 13 and older, while the Fountain Pool is perfect for families with young children. Diners will delight at the seasonal open-air restaurant Sur Mer, dining terrace and bar pavilion, which overlooks the picturesque South Shore and the Atlantic Ocean. With the shaded pergola perched above a pink sand beach, this offers a dramatic setting for lunch and dinner, offset by the casually elegant atmosphere and simple, sophisticated menus. With Beach Club amenities available April through October, guests need not worry about the details. For guests’ comfort and convenience, beach attendants will be on hand to assist with towel service and chair set-up, along with food and beverages. In the fall and winter months, the beach remains open from sunrise to sunset, but only limited service is available. Special events can be arranged. For fans of snorkeling, everything a guest might need is available for rental from Rosewood’s Watersports Hut, located at the entrance of the Beach Club. Visitors can rent a mask, a snorkel and fins, and explore the reefs just off the shores of the private beach. The Dive and Watersports Center, meanwhile, is located on the shores of Castle Harbour, just a short tram ride away. One the bes[...]

The Little Mermaid: A Coloring Book #SPONSORED #REVIEW

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 21:50:00 +0000

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Review: Installing Orbi Home WiFi System by NETGEAR

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:38:00 +0000

The folks from NETGEAR sent over an Orbi Home WiFi System for me to test after seeing that I recently reviewed and installed an eero WiFi system with TrueMesh. After seeing the speed tests that I posted online, they gave me the "Orbi Challenge", "I would bet that you will get greater coverage and faster speed with just 2 Orbis!" I wondered how a two unit Orbi Home WiFi system could be as good or better than the 4 unit eero WiFi system. I agreed to test Orbi Home WiFi system, and NETGEAR sent me two units. BOTTOM LINE: The Orbi Home WiFi System by NETGEAR was easy to set up, reduced cable clutter in my home, and increased WiFi performance up to five times. orbi SPECS:- A fast, secure Home WiFi system from NETGEAR, the leader in router technology. - Orbi Home WiFi System includes an Orbi WiFi Router and Satellite that delivers stronger, faster whole home WiFi coverage. - Get rid of WiFi boosters or extenders; two Orbi cover up to 4,000 square feet with high performance WiFi that work seamlessly together. - World's first Tri-Band Mesh WiFi creates a dedicated wireless connection between the Orbi Router and Satellite delivering the fastest Internet speeds similar to a wired ethernet connection. - Easy setup with a single and secure WiFi network, comes preconfigured and works with your Internet service provider (ISP) right out of the box. - Guest WiFi network—Easily setup separate and secure Internet access for guests. - “Orbi gives you the most bang for your buck, with impressive throughput speeds, Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) simultaneous data streaming, and a lot more management options…" - John Delaney, PC Mag Editor’s Choice - Orbi App Now Available for iOS and Android INSTALLATION: You plug the base unit in and the LED flashes white. I set this unit up on the third floor of my house. Then you place your orbi satellite in the middle of your house to get the best coverage. Plug it in and it flashes the LED white too. EDIT: The power adapter covers three outlets on my power strip. That has been brought up to the product team. I set this unit up on the second floor of my house in the den, where my TV is. src="" width="400" height="400" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allowFullScreen="true"> After the satellite flashes white, it connects to the base unit and displays the health of the connection with one of three colors, Blue, Amber or Magenta. Blue means that the connection is good. That's what I got. src="" width="500" height="379" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> NETWORK SETUP: You connect to the orbi via its preset WiFi network. After following the on screen instructions your orbi is connected and the white LED light turns off. I had already turned off the Comcast Xfinity WiFi, so setting up the network was easy. I used the same network name that I had previously, so one configuration was complete, all my WiFi devices easily connected to the orbi WiFi network. I knew things were working well when the configuration page asked me if I wanted to print out my network information, and I clicked yes, and the document was printed to my existing WiFi connected Epson printer. PLACEMENT: The base using went upstairs, on the third floor, in my office, right next to my Comcast Xfinity modem. The satellite unit went downstairs, on the second floor, right next to the tv. One benefit of this was that I could use one of the ETHERNET ports on the satellite to connect a CAT 5 cable from the satellite to my TiVo. A hardwired connection has always performed best on the TiVo. This allowed me to get rid of [...]