Category: Destinations

EXPLORE EUROPE

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Louvre Museum: Historic meets modern in Paris

Depending on who’s talking, the Louvre Museum in Paris is the second-most-visited site in the French city. And the world’s most-visited museum, with nearly 10 million people touring the grand halls in 2016 (although that number slides up and down a bit from different sources). This, for example, is where the Mona Lisa resides.

A road with irons: Dolomites Via Ferrata Tridentina

I stood at the bottom of the cliffs, staring up at my first Dolomites via ferrata, or “road with irons,” -- the Via Ferrata Tridentina. “Where does it go?” I asked the others with me as we slipped on our harnesses and helmets to head out on the Tridentina route in Italy’s Dolomites. I squinted into the sun, trying to make out any of the iron stairs, cables or ladders along the route on the rock face stretching to the sky above. “Can we see it from here? It doesn’t go straight up THAT, does it?”

EXPLORE NORTH AMERICA 

  • Canada
  • California
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Washington DC

Kauai: Daytripping to Hanakapi’ai Falls on the Na Pali Coast

We had our plan for the day, come hell … or just a helluva lot of Hawaiian rain. We wanted to “run” the first two miles of the Na Pali Coast from Ke’e Beach to Hanakapi’ai Beach, and then thrash through the jungle to the stunning Hanakapi’ai Falls, “only” another two miles.

Creative, tasty meals at Ogi Deli in Elko, Nevada

When you’re driving along Interstate 80 across frequently spectacular yet periodically desolate Nevada desert, eatery choices can be, well, less than inviting. So when we first found this amazing deli in Elko – now called Ogi Deli, but it was “2 Dames and a Deli” when we discovered it – we were utterly delighted.

EXPLORE ASIA

  • South Korea
  • China

EXPLORE CENTRAL AMERICA

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EXPLORE SOUTH PACIFIC

  • Fiji
  • New Zealand
  • Australia

Postcard New Zealand: Waitangi Treaty Grounds a must-see

Near the town of Paihia and located approximately 60 kilometers north of Whangarei in the Bay of Islands on the North Island of New Zealand is the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Any visit to New Zealand’s northern reaches should include a trip to see this significant historical landmark and memorial site.

Cuddling with Lucy at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Roll your eyes if you must, but I’ve always dreamed of holding a koala. Not sure why that has been so important to me … perhaps the stuff of childhood fantasy. But I got my wish in October 2013 during our stay in Brisbane, Australia. My wife and I had heard about Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (www.koala.net), located approximately 13 kilometers (8 miles) southwest of Brisbane City Center.

Curious penguin looking at mobile phone.

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