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Plitvice Lakes National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Croatia

As I peered down from the top of the Plitvace Lakes viewing point, I inhaled and I thought to myself, "Wow, I was just in there!" From the viewpoint above or when scrolling online for photos of this magnificent wonderland of turquoise blue lakes and toppling waterfalls, one can only see certain vantage points. As… Continue reading Plitvice Lakes National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Croatia

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The Giant’s Causeway – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Northern Ireland

Along the North Coast of Northern Ireland is a wonderous geological formation called The Giant's Causeway. It is an area of about 40,000 interlockingĀ basalt columns which were the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. The basalt columns built natural stepping stones of various heights, which create a dramatic scene with the Atlantic ocean waves… Continue reading The Giant’s Causeway – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Northern Ireland

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Blenheim Palace – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring England

After reading about the splendor and grandeur of Blenheim Palace, I wanted to see it for myself. Over the years that I had been to England, I could never find a day tour that took me to Blenheim Palace until most recently. I drive very well on the American side of the road, but driving… Continue reading Blenheim Palace – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring England

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

My sun is in Capricorn (an earth sign) and my moon, rising and Jupiter are in Sagittarius. What does all of that mean? It pretty much means that the desire for me to travel, be free and in nature, particularly mountains is instinctual. Being surrounded by a mountain range is grounding for me. So the… Continue reading Great Smoky Mountains National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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SANTA FE – My Favorite Southwest Town | Exploring New Mexico

One of my favorite road trip agendas in the Untied States is driving through the Southwest. I have been fortunate enough to take that long road, Highway 40/ Route 66, numerous times in the last couple decades. Sometimes I would drive it with my family and other times on my own. I have also driven… Continue reading SANTA FE – My Favorite Southwest Town | Exploring New Mexico

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Mesa Verde National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Colorado

There are moments in people's lives when they remember the first time a fire was lit for their life's passion. I absolutely can recall the first time I learned about gourmet cheeses, and that fire of fine foods was lit. The humorous thing was that the gourmet food fire lit about the same time my… Continue reading Mesa Verde National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Colorado

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Exploring Carlsbad Caverns was the best underground experience that I have done in my lifetime. I have gone below the Earth's surface on many occasions from caverns to mines, and these southeastern New Mexico caverns were phenomenal. If you were to visit one cavern system only once in your lifetime, Carlsbad Caverns National Park would… Continue reading Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Yellowstone National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Wyoming, Montana & Idaho

Yellowstone National Park is so extraordinary that it exists in three states, with the majority of the park in Wyoming. Even if this national park was only in one of those states, it would still be considered extraordinary in my book. Yellowstone is known for its geothermal features, such as Old Faithful and the thermal… Continue reading Yellowstone National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Wyoming, Montana & Idaho

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Grand Canyon National Park – The South Rim vs The West Rim | Exploring Arizona

The Grand Canyon is one of America's national treasures and is on many people's Bucket List from around the world. Arizona is the home of this magnificent canyon that was carved out by the Colorado River six million years ago, or sixteen million years ago, whichever study that you agree with. However long it took,… Continue reading Grand Canyon National Park – The South Rim vs The West Rim | Exploring Arizona

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St. Catherine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

South Sinai, Egypt- St. Catherine's Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt felt very far away from everything and everywhere, when I had traveled there in late 2019. I was already in Sharm el-Sheikh along the Red Sea when I took a day trip to this ancient monastery, which is also a UNESCO… Continue reading St. Catherine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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CONTE Restaurant | Perfection in Perast, Montenegro

There are a few moments in life when the world seems perfect and one of those moments for me, was in Montenegro. Not just during this seaside lunch in Perast but my entire visit to the Balkan State of Montenegro, was extraordinary. The Region of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is lined with well-preserved… Continue reading CONTE Restaurant | Perfection in Perast, Montenegro

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Exploring Old Islamic Cairo | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

There are many wonderous layers of Egypt to explore and one visit to this North African country was not enough, I know it was not for me. First, you have the Pyramdis of Giza and all the historic temples of ancient Egypt that run along the Nile River. Then you have another layer of Egyptian… Continue reading Exploring Old Islamic Cairo | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Mosque of Al Rifa’i | Historic Cairo, Egypt

The Mosque of Al Rifa'i is located in the heart of Old Islamic Cairo, which is also referred to as "Historic Cairo". In 1979, UNESCO had designated this specific area of Cairo as a World Heritage Site. There are over 600 structures of cultural importance in Historic Cairo and it is an intriguing and special… Continue reading Mosque of Al Rifa’i | Historic Cairo, Egypt

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The Mosque – Madrasa of Sultan Hasan | Old Islamic Cairo, Egypt

The magnificent Mosque - Madrasa of Sultan Hasan is located in the heart of Old Islamic Cairo, which is also referred to as "Historic Cairo". In 1979, UNESCO had designated this specific area of Cairo as a World Heritage Site. There are over 600 structures of cultural importance in Historic Cairo and it is an… Continue reading The Mosque – Madrasa of Sultan Hasan | Old Islamic Cairo, Egypt

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The Mosque of Ibn Tulun | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Mosque of Ibn Tulun is a must see for those who are visiting Egypt. It is considered the oldest mosque in Egypt as well as all of Africa, and it was built between AD 876 and 879, by Ahmed Ibn Tulun. Over the centuries it has miraculously survived and kept its original form. This… Continue reading The Mosque of Ibn Tulun | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Khan el-Khalili – Cairo’s Most Famous Bazaar | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

"I used to get upset watching people running through a maze of alleyways, only to get stuck in a dead end and then get caught. Now I know what they feel like." One of my friends had said this while we were trying to find our way back out of the Bazaar and she was… Continue reading Khan el-Khalili – Cairo’s Most Famous Bazaar | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Cruising Up the Nile – From Aswan to Luxor, Egypt

If you are looking to cruise the Nile River in Egypt from Aswan to Luxor, I highly recommend the experience. Deciding on a boat cruise aboard a mid-size luxury liner is an extraordinary way to see the riverways of Egypt, as well as many of the important temples in Upper Egypt. After doing a little… Continue reading Cruising Up the Nile – From Aswan to Luxor, Egypt

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Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut is one of Luxor's most impressive sites and was one of my favorites. I very much admired the symmetrical clean lines and straight columns, that seemed to be built right into the mountain wall.  The full structure was created to organically blend in with the surrounding mountainous landscape and it… Continue reading Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Karnak Temple Complex in Luxor, Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Que Roger Moore as Bond...James Bond. Karnak is Luxor's most famous ancient site due to its popularity in modern day pop culture and films such as 'The Spy Who Loved Me', 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' and several PC games. The complex of Karnak is an incredibly constructed compound with a look of decaying ancient… Continue reading Karnak Temple Complex in Luxor, Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Exploring the Valley of the Kings along Luxor's West Bank should be another piece added to your travels into Egypt. The temples and the pyramids of ancient Egypt, always steal the show when visiting this country due to its popularity and the 'WOW' factor they bring. For those who are feeling a little Indiana Jones… Continue reading Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site