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Bodie State Historic Park | America’s Best Ghost Town

Bodie, California- When I say the words "Ghost Town", what thoughts come into your mind? A piece of the American Old West that sits in decay, barren and dilapidated. A once thriving mining community with gun fights, bar brawls and brothels that now sits idle in the middle of nowhere, with an occasional tumble weed… Continue reading Bodie State Historic Park | America’s Best Ghost Town

Global Dining

Zur Letzten Instanz | Berlin’s Oldest Restaurant

Over the couple decades of my gastronomical travels, I have been to many of the oldest eateries in Europe and the UK, including Rules of London, the Historic Sausage House in Regensburg and Botin in Madrid. All have been unique dining experiences, considering they were all the oldest in one way or another. On my… Continue reading Zur Letzten Instanz | Berlin’s Oldest Restaurant

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument | Exploring Arizona

Canyon de Chelly National Monument Canyon de Chelly National Monument was one of the most intriguing and interesting places that I had visited in the Southwest. This canyon in Northeastern Arizona is owned entirely by the Navajo Tribal Trust of the Navajo Nation and is the only National Park Service unit to be cooperatively managed… Continue reading Canyon de Chelly National Monument | 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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Laima Candy | Latvia’s #1 Sweets Since 1870

Riga, Latvia- It is not a secret that I always gravitate towards food or an eating establishment with history. It could be the oldest restaurant, the oldest bar or in this case- the oldest candy company. Laima Confections is based out of Riga, Latvia and became one of the largest candy manufacturers in the Baltic… Continue reading Laima Candy | Latvia’s #1 Sweets Since 1870

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Lunching at RULES | London’s Oldest Restaurant

I had finally made it to the oldest restaurant in London! I had been wanting to dine at Rules for over a decade and after numerous trips to England, I finally made it a top priority. As a food enthusiast, I take my eating seriously and have a restaurant bucket list. Rules was on that… Continue reading Lunching at RULES | London’s Oldest Restaurant

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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

Global Dining

Kalev-Maiasmokk Café | The Oldest Cafe in Tallinn, Estonia

Crossing into Tallinn, Estonia by bus from Riga, Latvia marked a huge travel milestone for me. It was the moment that I had accomplished one of my big travel goals; to visit every Baltic State, Eastern European and Balkan country.  I did it in four years from the time that I fell in love with… Continue reading Kalev-Maiasmokk Café | The Oldest Cafe in Tallinn, Estonia

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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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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

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The Temple of Horus | EDFU, EGYPT

The ancient city of Edfu, which sits along the West Bank of the Nile River is home to the grand and astounding Temple of Horus. It was constructed between 237 and 57 BC, during the Ptolemaic Kingdom and is one of the best preserved Egyptian shrines. The reliefs and inscriptions are from the Hellenistic period… Continue reading The Temple of Horus | EDFU, EGYPT

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The Temple of Kom Ombo & Crocodile Museum | Upper Egypt

The city of Kom Ombo which sits along the Nile River is primarily an agricultural town, but it also draws in many tourist who are river cruising. The Temple of Kom Ombo which is a short walking distance from the river, sits on top of a small hill and is the main attraction which draws… Continue reading The Temple of Kom Ombo & Crocodile Museum | Upper Egypt

Global Dining

Lunch at Inat Kuca | Sarajevo’s Legendary Spite House

The capital city and cultural hub of Bosnia and Herzegovina is Sarajevo. This fascinating city sits within a basin surrounded by a lush green mountainous valley. Sarajevo has been known for its many cultural layers and various civilizations, once being considered a great melting pot of the world's major religions. It is an interesting city… Continue reading Lunch at Inat Kuca | Sarajevo’s Legendary Spite House

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A Fond Farewell to Cairo’s Egyptian Museum of Antiquities

I believe that I made it into Cairo's grand and distinguished Egyptian Museum of Antiquities just in time. I had ventured into this century old museum in the Fall of 2019, but after miraculously crossing the street from the Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir. If you have tried to cross that road, and did it in… Continue reading A Fond Farewell to Cairo’s Egyptian Museum of Antiquities

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Solo Traveling into SIWA OASIS, EGYPT

When I traveled to Siwa Oasis in October of 2019, I was traveling alone, an American female in her late 40s. I received a lot of different feedback when people saw video clips of me lost and trying to locate my hotel in a remote desert town, thirty miles from the Libyan border. The majority… Continue reading Solo Traveling into SIWA OASIS, EGYPT

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Mountain of the Dead | Siwa Oasis, Egypt

After making the extensive journey into Siwa Oasis and eating breakfast at my hotel, I hopped inside this tumnayah for a ride. I took a very bumpy and exciting ride with my local guide around Siwa Oasis. Our first stop was Gebel Al-Mawta or The Mountain of the Dead, which is one of the city's… Continue reading Mountain of the Dead | Siwa Oasis, Egypt

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Temple of the Oracle – Alexander the Great | Siwa Oasis, Egypt

When our tiny tumnayah pulled up to the Temple of the Oracle, I felt the traveler's euphoria come over me that many of you understand. It is that feeling of triumph and exhilaration when you arrive to a significant destination that is remote, off the beaten track and that is only frequented by those with… Continue reading Temple of the Oracle – Alexander the Great | Siwa Oasis, Egypt

USA Travel

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Little White House | Warm Springs, Georgia

A Detailed Look into FDR's Little White House FDR's Little White House- A simple and modest home tucked away in the woods of Warm Springs, Georgia. This was where Franklin D. Roosevelt found solace during his presidency and swam in the local hot springs hoping to find a cure for the later effects of childhood… Continue reading Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Little White House | Warm Springs, Georgia