7 Things To Do in Istanbul, Turkey

Things to do in Istanbul For so many years, I have wanted to go to the city of Istanbul. I never really had an idea about what it would be like, but knew that it was a right dab in the middle of the East and the West.  Straddling both Europe and Asia, making it the only city in the world to sit across two continents. 

2019-12-03T16:55:10-07:00

Christmas Spirit Lives in the Basel Switzerland Christmas Market

Arrival in the small city of Basel, Switzerland was fast and cheap from the train station in Zurich. Basel is located where the Swiss, French, and German borders meet. It is the third largest city in Switzerland. It also has suburbs in France and in Germany. I had heard that the Basel Christmas Markets were Christmas markets NOT to miss, as the market at Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz

2019-08-20T11:56:10-07:00

The Ultimate Guide to the Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Landing in Colombo, I had no idea what riches lie in front of me. Sri Lanka sounded to this American Girl like an exotic, far-off land. This trip for me was intriguing and mysterious all at the same time. Any country’s UNESCO World Heritage sites are always of interest to me, so I was ecstatic to learn I would take a visit to an ancient

2019-08-20T13:56:33-07:00

Guyanese Food: 21 Guyana Dishes You Should Try!

An important part of any tourist experience visiting a new country for the very first time is the food. Guyana is one place where you can dive deep into the culture when searching for and tasting the local Guyanese food. In fact, in Guyana, the food appears to be a melting pot of age-old cultures, traditions, and flavors - many coming from Africa, Britain, the

2019-08-17T16:27:07-07:00

Super Fun Things to do in Dingle!

From charming and colorfully painted fishing villages to beehive huts and stunning handmade pottery, the Dingle Peninsula offers a wide variety of things to do while visiting this portion of the Wild Atlantic Way. Dingle, Ireland has been isolated from the influences of the modern world until recently which has resulted in fun local culture and a dialect that is quite different than the rest

2019-09-06T06:48:50-07:00

Top 7 Things to do in Genova Italia

I fell in love with the Liguria region where Genova, Italia (Genoa, Italy) is located. It is squeezed in between Monaco and Tuscany and is the thinnest and the smallest of all the regions of Italy. It may not be the most popular area or an area you think of when it comes to a visit to Italy, but take it from me, you will

2019-08-20T11:48:58-07:00

10 Awesome Things To Do in Amsterdam

From its world-class art museums to its floating flower markets, the city of Amsterdam is reinventing itself from its hedonistic side to now focusing on its rich artistic heritage. Culturally, it’s one of Europe’s most diverse and eclectic destinations. I put together this list of Amsterdam points of interest for first-time visitors so that you will not miss a single thing.  You can pedal your

2019-10-07T17:06:20-07:00

Zihuatanejo: Oh, the colors of Mexico!

As I meander down each street, I think about Mexico and its colors. Zihuatanejo, Mexico Color, color is everywhere and they are serious about their colors. "Why, o, why can't the USA be like this?"  I have decided that I love color.  I love how bold and striking Mexico can be. Zihuatanejo, Mexico With all its dilapidated old parts and doors

2019-12-06T14:02:30-07:00

Fourth of July Celebrations: Nado, California Style

If you get a chance, go to Coronado Island for July 4th, it is a lot of fun. Make it a day on the silver strand! Although it is probably the busiest day of the year, you will want to come back when it is not so busy, You can take the ferry ride over from San Diego, if you don’t want to be bothered

2019-07-04T05:05:44-07:00

2018 World Travel: 15 Countries, 25 Trips!

Every year since I started this blog about world travel in 2012, I have written a travel year-end review showcasing world travel. I guess this year will be no different, although I do seem to get lazier and lazier about writing it and putting it off to the last minute! 2018 was a wonderful year of change, as I continued working with well-known travel brands

2019-07-15T06:53:22-07:00

Breisach Germany – The Black Forest of Hansel and Gretel

It was a foggy morning close to the Black Forest near Breisach, Germany where we had gotten up early to catch the bus to go into the southwest state of Baden-Wurttemberg, near Bavaria. Along the way, we saw many church steeples and stork nests, where on one steeple they actually had their own stork webcam. I have posted it here for you to view and see if

2019-11-27T08:05:14-07:00

Chora Church, One of the Most Beautiful Churches in the World

  Chora Church - No Ordinary Place The sights and sounds that are Istanbul are so difficult to explain, I tried to show you this thru my streets of Istanbul photograph post.  At first, I was so overwhelmed with the mass difference between the USA and Turkey, that I had a hard time describing my emotions and thoughts about Istanbul. It has taken me a while

2019-06-03T21:20:23-07:00

Petra Jordan: Everything You Need to Know About the ‘Tale as Old as Time’

Truly we all have wondered what it would be like to travel to an Arabian country after watching Disney's Aladdin, a tale from the book One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights,  كتاب ألف ليلة وليلة)  and the joys of a camel ride in the desert! Indiana Jones also sparked my interest in Indian Jones and the Last Crusade.  In his search for the Holy

2019-09-03T14:28:25-07:00

Montanita Ecuador: Why I Can’t Recommend Visiting

I not only like to travel, but I love to travel. So imagine my surprise ,when even for me, I end up out of my comfort zone! Where on earth could this be? Where was I when I felt this was? It happened to be Montañita, Ecuador. It was just one of those places that made me feel a little uneasy. Montañita is a small

2019-08-17T22:01:29-07:00

Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Petra Jordan by Night

Petra, Jordan By Night - A Practical Guide Petra by night is an after-dark, guided excursion down the Siq to the Treasury in Jordan's famous carved city. It gets mixed reviews on the travel forums and Tripadvisor about whether or not it is worth it to go while visiting Jordan. I thought it was an amazing experience and one worth doing, so don't let the

2019-08-20T12:51:15-07:00

Elephant Safari Experiences in Sri Lanka

Crowded in the back of a forest green jeep with the top down, I was hanging onto the metal bars of the truck. A slight breeze touched my face in the muggy weather when suddenly light droplets began to fall from the sky.  Crouching down into the vinyl black seat below the metal racks, I covered my head, iPhone and DSLR camera with my scarf.

2019-06-13T09:49:14-07:00

Nightlife Lviv – Things to do in Ukraine!

Have you ever heard of Lviv Ukraine as a tourist destination? I hadn’t really. It is a popular weekend retreat for many Ukrainians, Russians, and Europeans, but somehow it has not been discovered by the American tourist yet. It seems there are many cities in Eastern Europe that will take your breath away and Lviv Ukraine is now on my bucket list as one of

2019-12-07T08:53:42-07:00

Let the Romance Begin in the South of France

Bonjour! Won’t you come with me to Provence in the South of France? Let the Romance Begin in Southern France Don’t blame Southern France; they just can’t help themselves with their lavender-filled shops, hilltop villages, old churches, and their seductively gorgeous coastline. Heck, even the Vatican transplanted to Provence in southern France during the fourteenth century, as they decided they just might like this location

2019-08-09T09:52:53-07:00

Carnival Of Venice: An Experience Never to Forget!

Photo by Donnie Sexton Hands down, the most spectacular event I’ve ever witnessed has to be the Carnival of Venice. I didn’t rent a costume or pay to attend any of the masquerade balls, but I had the time of my life wandering this historical city and being utterly bedazzled by the continual parade of costumed people there to celebrate the Venice Carnival.

2019-08-25T10:57:44-07:00

My Trip to Guyana in the South American Rainforest

Let me be the first to admit that this travel experience was a little out of my comfort zone. But nonetheless, at a jungle lodge in Guyana is where the simple rugged life of the Amazon River Basin and South American Rainforest began for me. From the hustle and bustle of Georgetown, the capital city of Guyana, to the howling of the Guyanese Red Howler

2018-12-01T09:16:13-07:00

Bluetiful Chefchaouen – A Photographer’s Delight

I will admit to being slightly disappointed when we rounded a hill that overlooks Chefchaouen.  I was expecting to see an entire city awash in blue, which this northern Moroccan town is renowned for.  What I saw was a mix of blue and lots of white clustered together down in a valley.  But by the time I left "Chaouen," as the locals call it, I

2019-09-17T13:56:21-07:00

Exploring Medieval Villages in Begur, Spain

A quaint little town, known for its privileged geographic location by the Mediterranean Sea, Begur, Spain in the Costa Brava has distinctive Cuban style houses, a crumbling medieval castle, and astonishing crystal-clear beaches. This is an area of Spain that I am wild about! There are so many little medieval towns within this area, that it will be hard to choose which one will be your favorite. The

2019-08-20T23:04:06-07:00

What is Malaysian Batik Art?

Batik Art in Malaysia: The Fabric of our Lives My western mind always has a problem wrapping itself around things it cannot understand.  This was a new concept for me and I was interested to find out what it was all about. Entering the studio, immediately I was enamored by the skill of the artisan in front of me. He has this instrument in his

2019-08-18T21:04:57-07:00

Riga Sightseeing – A Baltic Capital Not To Miss!

As I continue my series of articles about the Baltic Capitals, the next one I am writing about is Riga, Latvia. You have probably never even considered Latvia as a destination to visit, as I hadn't either. Despite how many times I've been to Europe, I had never really considered visiting the Baltic regions – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. I had heard of these countries

2018-11-27T11:36:25-07:00

Positano Beach, Italy: Bellisimo! This Place is Gorgeous!

Positano Beach: There is so much to say about the beloved Positano Beach, and yet nothing you can say that will give you the true essence to explain what Positano is all about. It speaks for itself, without superfluous words. It is so stunning that it makes you hunger for more. I can say that I absolutely loved the amazing drive we took down the

2019-08-22T22:05:11-07:00

The Ancient Water Town of Harris – Venice of the East China

It was a photo of some old buildings reflected in a canal labeled “China water town” that caught my eye on Pinterest. I did a bit of sleuthing on the web and found out there are eight ancient water towns about 1-2 hours from Shanghai. When a trip to Thailand was materializing for me, I decided on a stopover in Shanghai to check them out.

2019-08-20T20:46:56-07:00

Things to do in Amarillo Texas for Nostalgia

There are more things to do in Amarillo than you would have imagined. I should know… I am from the area. But when I went back and I did a lot of the “top 10 things to do in Amarillo, TX”, it certainly brought everything back into perspective. Let me start out by saying I was invited by the AMA Tourism board to visit my home

2019-08-02T16:01:27-07:00

16 Dominican Republic Foods You MUST Try!

Many people know the Dominican Republic for its luxury resorts and beautiful beaches and hotels, such as the gorgeous Casas del XVI in Santo Domingo. But there is so much more to the Dominican Republic than just its oceans and architectural beauty. In fact, the Dominicans have a rich European history that is a deep mix of both African and the native Taíno Indian influences. Sure, the Dominican Republic has beautiful landscapes

2019-08-22T16:25:18-07:00

Why Chile Should Be In Your Future

Chile is one of the most unique countries in the world because of its shape and topography. Its long thin shape leads to many attributes that are not seen in most places of the world, including a diverse climate, from deserts in the northern region to glaciers in the south. Apart from the mainland, Chile also claims a few outlying islands including Easter Island and

2019-06-13T16:26:54-07:00

Taj Mahal City: A Comprehensive Guide for Travelers

Thinking of ways to show someone you love them? A box of chocolates or a fancy night out is great, but what about giving them a massive marble tomb that will take 22 years to build and cost over 30 million rupees? Now that's a display of affection. It also happens to be the story of the Taj Mahal, one of the most famous buildings

2019-12-07T09:00:14-07:00

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain – Blue City, Morocco

Get off the beaten path... Have you ever heard of the Blue City Morocco? Some call it the "blue pearl of Morocco." Every time I think of it, I think of that Willie Nelson song called Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain. "In the twilight glow", for me, I see Chefchaouen -often referred to as simply Chaouen. The name refers to the shape of the mountain tops

2019-09-17T13:58:30-07:00

Travel Europe – Things to Do in Cesena Italy

Cesena is a gorgeous local community located in the central region of Italy called Emilia Romagna. This city is just 9 miles from the Adriatic Sea and was once an important town during Roman times which was famous for its wines in the region. My impression is that not that many people have heard of this region of Italy even though it has much to offer

2019-08-20T13:24:28-07:00

Best Christmas Market Cruise

I had heard about the best Christmas markets in Europe (Christkindlmarket) for years but I wanted to find out for myself exactly what they were like. I had no idea what to expect. Now I know and I can share with you the best Christmas markets in Europe along the Rhine River. I took a Christmas Market Cruise on the Viking River Cruise ship TOR

2019-08-24T19:12:47-07:00
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