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After a life full of traveling to far flung parts of the globe (over 35 years), we want to share with you all the best things to do, see, and eat in all of our destinations. Check out our country and city guides to give you a great place to start planning your next vacation.

Exploring Tbilisi: Our Top Ten List

Exploring Tbilisi: Our Top Ten List

I have to admit, when Corinne first came up with the idea of going to Georgia I was a bit hesitant. I don’t know what it was but for some reason I just wasn’t comfortable with the safety and security issues in the region. There had been a civil war in the country in the past two decades that had never been fully resolved. After some research, we cemented the plan to do a Georgia road trip, and of course we started in the capital city of Tbilisi. Enjoy this travel guide to Tbilisi and it’s top ten sights. Is Tbilisi Worth Visiting? As we were researching Georgia, all we found were positive reports with many sights to see and …

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Winter-y Things to do in Titlis, Switzerland

A Winter Weekend in Engleberg Titlis, Switzerland

I love winter! I love finding that perfect ski lodge, complete with steaming hot drinks and a cozy place to eat dinner after a full day on the slopes. I’m not as much of a skier as I used to be, but I still love the atmosphere. I could hang around ski areas all winter long. One of the best places to do all kinds of winter activities is Engelberg-Titlis in Switzerland. From the Top of the Mountain Our day started out amidst the bundled up skiers and snowboarders all jockeying to get on the cable car to the top of the mountain. The cable car is a great ride all on its own. As it climbs or descends, it also …

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The Pyramids of Giza, Are They Worth It?

Pyramids of Giza Egypt.

Where is your favorite place in the world? I often get this question when talking to people about my travels. I never have an answer. There are so many awe-inspiring places, sights, foods, and people that choosing just one is impossible. Like many people, I grew up with ideas of places I wanted to go when I was older, and someplace I always wanted to go was Egypt! The continent of Africa has always been a draw, but the top of that list, just like its place on the continent is Egypt. I couldn’t wait to go. The Pyramids of Giza In our Social Studies classes at school, one part of the textbook was devoted to those ancient Egyptians whose …

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The Top 7 Things to do in Stavanger, Norway

The Top 7 Things to do in Stavanger, Norway

What to Do in One Day in Stavanger Stavanger is a gorgeous little city along the western coast of Norway. Docking at the port, it’s easy to walk into the main part of the city center for shopping, quirky cafes, and even a few museums. We spent a couple of days there visiting some friends and we were pleasantly surprised that we could keep ourselves busy. There are plenty of things to do in Stavanger. Since we were on a big Norway road trip, we did have our own car, but in the downtown area it wasn’t needed.  We had been traveling the smaller towns and countryside of Norway on our way to Stavanger and enjoyed some beautiful places like Sognals-Strand …

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One Day In Karlskrona

One Day in Karlskrona Sweden

The minute we closed the car door in the center of Karlskrona, we were enchanted. It certainly helped that the weather was a clear, partly cloudy summer day and the breeze was noticeably cool and comfortable. We couldn’t wait to drop our bags and go exploring. Our hotel was located on one of the main streets, only a block from the harbor which is the main reason Karlskrona exists. We just walked all around town and you can see the route that we recommend, hitting the major spots. Thanks to the Baltic expansion of the Swedish empire in the 17th century, the king was looking for a deep harbor to relocate his navy. The islands of the Blekinge archipelago, which …

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Cultural Things to Do in Port Louis, Mauritius

Things to Do in Port Louis Mauritius, title and Caudan Waterfront buildings.

What is there to do in Mauritius besides relaxing poolside or on the beach at your resort? Try a day trip in Port Louis for some Mauritian food and culture! Click here for the best things to do in Mauritian’s capital city.

The Best Things to Do in Lucca, Italy

Just Another Hidden Gem in Italy - Lucca

On our jaunt down to Liguria, where we hiked between the five towns of Cinque Terre, feasted on the amazing basil pesto, and basked in the pink glow of the sun setting into the sea, we did take some time out to take a day trip to a town I had heard plenty about Lucca. We knew we were going to love it, but we didn’t yet know what to do. So we were on a mission to find all the best things to do in Lucca. As we did, we discovered we loved this small city as much as some of the other places we’d visited in Italy, like Bolzano and even Venice. Only an hour and a half …

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A Day Trip to Malmo, Sweden

Erika and I were on our own, traveling with a group from TBEX around the southern region of Sweden called Skane, and Jim was off in northern Sweden having his own fun with fat bikes and famous chefs. He was to drive down, spend some time with us in Malmo, and then we would drive across the Oresund Bridge, opened in 2000, to Copenhagen all together. So what kinds of things can you do in Malmo in just one day? Surprisingly, you can do a lot. We had so much fun exploring the food and sights of this southern Swedish city. Stopover for Culture and Cuisine in Malmo, Sweden Most of what we had been paying attention to on our …

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A Shopping Weekend To the Polish Pottery Capital Of The World

Looking for that perfect European souvenir? Polish pottery is it. Everyone loves the traditional blue and white Polish pottery patterns that adorn everything you could need in your kitchen. Click here to read our guide. Polish pottery mugs | Polish pottery dinnerware | Polish ceramics | Boleslawiec Polish pottery

Living in Germany, even though I have lots of opportunity, I don’t often go on shopping trips. It’s just not in my genes, but there are some products that you just can’t say no to and I would definitely put Polish pottery into that category. I usually prefer touring to shopping, but I do love a good hunt. That’s why Poland is such a fantastic destination, and why Wroclaw is my favorite city in the entire country, and maybe even in Europe! However, anywhere you go around the world is full of boutique shops selling quaint country crockery will have a shelf or two of Polish stoneware. With its signature blue and white patterns, it’s easy to mix and match …

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