A City Upon a Hill: Quito, Ecuador

Cultural Tourism: Quito, Ecuador Ecuador Tourism Ecuador’s cultural attractions are beginning to get more attention these days than its pristine Galapagos Islands. They are well known for a segment of tourism known as Natural Tourism and do a great job at sustainable tourism as well. But it is high time for this country to continue to develop cultural activities and highlight the local

2020-04-13T15:49:19-07:00

The Galapagos Islands – Birds of a Feather

The Galapagos Islands are famous worldwide for the endemic Galapagos animals, in particular, their fascinating birds of origin, many found nowhere else in the world! I was enamored by the variety of birds I saw on this trip booked through a small, intimate tour booking company that handles luxury accommodations on small-ship expedition cruises, as well as wilderness adventures. And as they say "Birds of

2020-04-28T23:11:48-07:00

A Love Letter to Strasbourg, France for Christmas

  Strasbourg, France The wind was whirling around as I stepped off the bus, cold air striking my cheeks causing me to take a deep breath. I buttoned up my jacket around my neck and tucked in my scarf. Even though it was freezing cold, it was a day I had looked forward to my whole adult life, as I had always dreamed

2019-12-02T07:46:07-07:00

Amazing Tourist Places in India that are Worth the Visit

India is a unique place to visit and honestly, I never thought I would make it there. I think everyone should experience this country at least once in their lifetime. It is like going on a journey through your wildest imagination. India is a massive country that is home to more than a billion people with huge cultural wealth, diverse religions, and a history that

2020-01-04T11:07:44-07:00

Normandy Beach Tour: Visiting the D Day Landing Sites

I stepped onto the shores of the Normandy Beaches where I couldn't stop thinking about how World War II had finally ended in 1945. The end would have never happened if it was not for the bravery of the Allied Forces who landed on the beaches of Normandy in June of 1944, Codename Operation Overload. American, British, and Canadian soldiers, who sacrificed their lives for

2020-07-09T17:49:02-07:00

TONGA in a Nutshell

Comprised of more than 160 islands, the Kingdom of Tonga is a stunning country to visit in the South Pacific. It is located about 500 miles south of Samoa and 500 southeast of Fiji, so somewhere in the middle of nowhere! At least 36 of the country’s islands are inhabited. I had a chance to visit Nuku 'alofa, Tonga on my Polynesian Crossing with the

2019-12-07T08:53:44-07:00

10 Adventurous Things to do in Bora Bora

✦ How to Plan An Adventure Trip to Bora Bora ✦ Spring and Summer vacations are right around the corner and the perfect time to get away to a sunny holiday. I think a vacation should include adventure, a lot of relaxation, some exploration, and a few fun and scheduled activities. Places like Savannah, New Orleans, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and the Caribbean are a few

2020-01-05T13:17:02-07:00

The Serene Side of India – Kerala

  Sometimes it’s a single photo that moves me to seek out a destination. When I came across a shot of Chinese fishing nets silhouetted against a setting sun in Fort Kochi, a city in the southern state of Kerala, India, I knew I needed to be there. I admit to having a love affair with India, so it was with boundless enthusiasm that I

2020-01-04T10:56:43-07:00

Carnival Raft Race in Schramberg, Germany

Da-Bach-na-Fahrt Raft Race, going "Wild on the Water!" As an American, I had never even heard of Schramberg, Germany much less any of the shenanigans going on during their famous Carnival river raft races. What on earth had I missed? Apparentlly people come from all over Europe just to see and experience such a fun carnival river raft race known as the Da-Bach-na-Fahrt Raft Race. Literally

2019-11-27T07:48:00-07:00

15 Of The Best Things To See & Do in Ecuador

There are so many interesting and fun things to do in Ecuador. This small coastal country offers travelers a wealth of outdoor adventures - you can explore the vibrant Amazonian rainforest, discover the rich wildlife of Galapagos Islands, or simply soak in the scenic views of the Andes. Since it’s filled with a wide array of wonders squeezed into one tiny country, narrowing a list

2019-08-28T07:23:08-07:00

The BEST 10 Honeymoon Destinations In India

There are many honeymoon destinations around the world to explore, but one that is off-the-beaten-path for Americans is the country of India. I have complied a list of best 10 Indian honeymoon destinations for couples. So ff you ever get a chance to go to an Indian wedding or be invited to one, be sure and go! They are certainly interesting from an American perspective.

2020-01-04T10:30:54-07:00

Guide to celebrating Carnival in Schramberg, Germany

Guide to celebrating Carnival in Schramberg, Germany The anticipation was thick in the air when we arrived mid-morning for our very first peek deep into Germany’s Black Forest where Carnival comes alive! Not the Carnival you may be thinking of with drunkenness and bead throwing like in New Orleans, but a traditional type that has been going for centuries in the forests of

2019-11-27T07:53:09-07:00

15 Places You Need to Visit in Chile

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

2020-05-23T22:59:49-07:00

Carnival – Enchanting Creatures Lurking in the Black Forest

Carnival Black Forest Germany Carnival - Enchanting creatures lurking in the Black Forest Ding, Ding, Ding! “What was that?”                 I hear it again. Ding, Ding, Ding! I glance over at the clock in the pitch-black hotel room and try to remember where I am. “It is 5 am!” I have been on a whirlwind tour of the Black Forest in Germany and being

2020-06-27T11:24:40-07:00

Oaxacan Mezcal and the Passion of One Man

I was peering at him from the distorted window. His eyes smiled to his ears as I saw him wipe the sweat from his brow with the back of his wrist. He was ruggedly handsome, mid 50’s and had the roughness from years of manual labor. The lines on his face were deep and his skin tone told me he was a man who works

2019-12-06T16:23:51-07:00

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

2020-02-09T23:35:03-07:00

Step back in time: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

I was talking to my friend today, and she was telling me about her quick trip to San Miguel de Allende over the long weekend.  She was in Mexico City and decided to take a drive up to San Miguel.  By car from Mexico City, you can get there in approximately 3 hours. San Miguel de Allende is a historic treasure, high in the Sierra

2020-08-04T17:46:59-07:00

Unique Things to do in Qatar – Doha City Tours

Doha, Qatar is located within a tiny Arab nation that has unbelievable architecture, a huge expatriate population, and the highest per capita income in the world! As the smallest country in the Middle East, it has grown in population super fast over the last 40 years. Back then it was a desolate desert with virtually little going on other than a lonely Sheraton Grand Hotel

2020-01-20T12:11:17-07:00

Chongqing – The Hot Springs Capital of China

It was very late into the wee hours of a rainy morning when my plane landed at the Jiangbei Airport near Chongqing, China. After gathering my luggage, I handed the non-English speaking taxi driver the address to Tongjing Hot Springs Resort. He shrugged his shoulders as if to say he had no idea where to go, then plugged the address into his GPS. Some 45

2020-04-04T11:06:15-07:00

A Complete Guide to the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo

Viking Museum Norway Introduction At over 1000 years old, the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo houses Viking boats and artifacts from the peak of Viking marine engineering. The Viking Age, from 800-1100 AD, was the age of the sleek, speedy longships. Without this crucial advance in ship technology, the Vikings would never have become a dominant force in medieval warfare, politics, and trade. These lightning speed

2020-07-11T21:25:21-07:00

Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos

  Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos Literally hundreds of stories start and end right here at the Galapagos Post Office on the island of Floreana. Written by those who have experienced the Galapagos Islands, there is a tiny post barrel, where since the 19th century, whalers have kept a wooden barrel for mail at Post Office Bay. This mail can be picked up and delivered

2020-04-28T22:47:54-07:00

10 Things To Tick Off Your London Bucket List

London is undoubtedly one of the world's tourist hotspots, there’s so much to see and do that you can actually live there and not get to experience everything that London has to offer. In fact, there’s even an old saying ‘if you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life’ which summarises nicely how much this city has to offer. But what should you prioritize on

2019-10-05T21:33:06-07:00

How to Plan the Most Authentic Vacation in Italy

Make This Your Next Authentic Italian Vacation Americans love Italy Vacations. Yet many times when we go, we get bogged down in the massive cities and we begin to feel that the vacation becomes "too touristy". In Rome, the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain are so busy that they are almost avoidable areas to go to anymore because of the massive crowds. Even Rome has

2020-07-09T21:17:48-07:00

Ode to Barcelona’s Street Violinist

Where to go in Barcelona I had arrived in the eclectic city of Barcelona, Spain, Madrid’s quirky half-sister, which is best known for its modern, undulating architecture, tapas bars, and a laid-back Mediterranean vibe. It was a quick pre-trip for the Viking Ocean Cruises yacht, Viking Star, with little pre-planning done on my part for this city visit. I had a few ideas as to where

2020-04-09T13:05:15-07:00

Guadalajara Market Review – Tlaquepaque vs.Tonala Jalisco

I had always wanted to go to Guadalajara, in fact, I had already purchased a flight and hotel to go there years ago, but a different trip came up for work and I had to cancel our trip to Jalisco. Believe me, my husband was not happy about it, as he was looking forward to going there as well. So here we are five years

2020-07-03T16:26:06-07:00

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. 

2020-07-03T16:34:39-07:00

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

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

2020-07-17T23:31:32-07:00

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

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

2020-08-06T18:07:02-07:00

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

2020-08-04T17:37:05-07:00

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

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

2020-07-14T17:01:43-07:00
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