Jetsetting

The City of Tours – Loire Valley | Discovering France

Place Plumereau Tours is one of the largest cities in the central Loire Valley region of France, and was an extraordinary place to explore. Walking through Place Plumereau, the historical center, with its medieval layout of narrow cobblestone streets and half-timbered buildings was like stepping into a time capsule. It was beyond charming, especially when… Continue reading The City of Tours – Loire Valley | Discovering France

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Cathedrals and Churches of Venice | Discovering Italy

Italy has deep roots within the Roman Catholic religion, about 1,500 years deep. It is no wonder that this country is not short of its share of churches and cathedrals, which includes Venice. Throughout this city's 118 little Islands, the centuries old churches were mostly constructed during Venice's period of profound wealth. The city's religious… Continue reading Cathedrals and Churches of Venice | Discovering Italy

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria | The Storybook town of Germany

Strolling the cobblestone streets of old Rothenburg ob der Tauber was like diving into the pages of the storybooks that I used to read as a child, or to my daughter when she was a little girl. I had read about the town and saw photos prior to my visit, but seeing it first hand… Continue reading Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria | The Storybook town of Germany

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St. Mary’s Basilica – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Krakow, Poland

Looking at the red brick fa├žade of St. Mary's Basilica, one would not expect the magnificent interior of this 13th century cathedral. When I had entered St. Mary's, I was overwhelmed with its ornately painted murals of cornflower blue, burgundy, and gold. My eyes scanned the details from the rich wood pews, gold carved alters,… Continue reading St. Mary’s Basilica – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Krakow, Poland

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Historic Heidelberg – A UNESCO Creative City | Discovering Germany

The city of Heidelberg was a fascinating place to visit while I was traveling for a month throughout Germany. It is one of the country's most educated cities, with centuries of history and habitation, as well as being an atmospheric town along the River Neckar. Heidelberg is full of culture, and was designated a "City… Continue reading Historic Heidelberg – A UNESCO Creative City | Discovering Germany

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The City of Avalon – Catalina Island | Discovering California

As born and raised Southern Californians, we locals always knew about Catalina Island. Even throughout elementary school in the city of Glendale, we all looked forward to the 6th grade when we would spend a weekend at Catalina's Camp Fox. This little island, which is just 22 miles from mainland Los Angeles, has been a… Continue reading The City of Avalon – Catalina Island | Discovering California

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Warwick Castle | Discovering England

Warwick Castle was one of many great castles that I have been to throughout Britain. The many centuries of long history, enduring architecture and the classic interior was both fascinating and astounding. Warwick Castle was founded by William the Conqueror in 1068, has ties to Henry VIII, and has seen nearly 1000 years of British… Continue reading Warwick Castle | Discovering England

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Kylemore Abbey in Connemara | Discovering Ireland

A trip to Connemara, Ireland is not complete with out a visit to the Kylemore Abbey. When I had visited the abbey, it was a wonderful addition to exploring one of Ireland's loveliest natural landscapes. Greetings from Kylemore Abbey Kylemore Abbey was originaly built as "Kylemore Castle" a private home in 1868 for an affluent… Continue reading Kylemore Abbey in Connemara | Discovering Ireland

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Orkney Islands – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Scotland

Hello from Orkney Islands! Visiting the Orkney Islands was quite the journey for me during my second visit to Scotland. These remote islands are an archipelago at the tip of northeastern Scotland and quite a ways from Edinburgh or Inverness. I believe that if you really wanted to visit this location, you would really have… Continue reading Orkney Islands – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Scotland

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Skara Brae – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Scotland

Visiting Skara Brae was quite the journey for me on my second visit to Scotland. This Neolithic Settlement is located on the Bay of Skaill which is on the largest island of Orkney, which is an archipelago of Scotland. Orkeny is at the tip of northeastern Scotland and quite a ways from Edinburgh or Inverness.… Continue reading Skara Brae – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Scotland

USA Travel

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens | Miami, Florida

As a person who always had a fascination with art, design, antiques and landscape architecture, I was enthusiastic to visit the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. I have traveled to Europe many times over, studying and admiring the craftmanship of centuries of architectural styles and walking through lush extravagant gardens. I was looking forward to see… Continue reading Vizcaya Museum & Gardens | Miami, Florida

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“The Rock” Alcatraz Island – San Francisco | Exploring, California

Alcatraz Island, AKA "The Rock", has seen several incarnations and has been reinvented over the last two centuries. This small island located in the bay of San Francisco was initially developed with a lighthouse, which is considered the oldest lighthouse on the west coast. It was also a military fortification and a military prison, from the… Continue reading “The Rock” Alcatraz Island – San Francisco | Exploring, California

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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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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

Food Journals

What I ate in CAIRO and GIZA, EGYPT | A Food Journal

When I was first planning our trip to Egypt, I had researched traditional Egyptian food, and was looking forward to trying many of their dishes. As soon as I got into Cairo, the majority of the food that I ate was International Cuisine, especially in the hotels that we were staying at. I was not… Continue reading What I ate in CAIRO and GIZA, EGYPT | A Food Journal

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A Day in TOLEDO, SPAIN | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Visiting the historical ancient city of Toledo is essential while traveling through Spain. Whether you do a day trip from Madrid or stay in this medieval city for a couple of nights, a trip to Toledo will leave you enchanted. I decided to do a day trip from Madrid and I took a chartered bus… Continue reading A Day in TOLEDO, SPAIN | A UNESCO World Heritage Site