Perfect One Day Trip Itinerary for Helsinki, Finland

Perfect Day Trip Itinerary for Helsinki, Finland

No Time For A Full Vacation in Helsinki? Go For a Day Trip! Taking a look at the map while we were planning our few days in Tallinn, Estonia, I couldn’t help but notice how easy it would be to take a day trip to Helsinki, so I make up this one day itinerary. There’s just something about traveling in Finland. It’s not any further north than Norway or Sweden, yet somehow, for me, the country conjures up images of the northern frontier with ice fields, and desolate icy wilderness. I don’t know why I have this image, and I imagine that there are parts of the country outside of the capital that fit that description; however, the Helsinki I …

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A Weekend Road Trip Through Astounding Albania

The Ultimate Albania Road Trip

Why?  Why is the question I hear the most. Our long weekend was upon us and my co-workers know that I’m going to go someplace, some unknown country in Europe. “Where?” Many would ask, and then their eyes glaze over at the answer, “Albania”, because it’s a place they do not understand, and doing a self-drive Albania road trip really didn’t compute. They politely tell me to have a good trip and they’re off. Some, the curious ones, usually stop, shake the glaze from their eyes to look at me real hard, and ask why. It was not the first time I’d heard these incredulous questions. Every time we head out to a lesser known area, like the Ukraine, Belarus, …

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Dutch Harbor Alaska

Dutch Harbor on Unalaska Island

Traveling around bush Alaska for six years, I often visited the Aleutian Islands. This photo is of a barge hauling old equipment around in the waters around the fishing port town of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. If you look closely you can see all the eagles hanging out on the riggings. Eagles are everywhere as are seals and sea lions and occasionally whales. Dutch Harbor became world-famous with the Discovery TV show, “The Deadliest Catch”, and oftimes while I was there, I would see the big crabbing boats in dock. Far from the beaten path, Dutch Harbor is situated on Unalaska Island which is part of the Aleutian Island chain. It costs a pretty penny to get out there unless you …

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Where is Cappadocia?

Where is Cappadocia?

Where is Cappadocia? Most people think it is a city in Turkey…not the case. Find out all about where it is and some great facts about the area.

What to do in Cappadocia?

A tourist’s dream, Cappadocia has much to offer you no matter what your interest is.  To hike, to photograph, to eat good food, what else is there to life? Cappadocia evokes a romanticism of the Crusades.  In its unique rocks, eroded over millions of years in a region that is extremely volcanic, people have carved whole cities in which to live and hide for centuries.  Today, most hotels are built into the sides of these rocks to form cave rooms or shops for the millions of visitors that come here each year. The main attraction is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Göreme Open Air Museum.  This particular area is host to a concentrated amount of churches in which much of …

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Secret and Stunning Places Around Europe To Put On Your Bucket List

Secret Stunning Places in Europe

There are so many stunning places to visit in Europe that I just can’t get over it. Every time I think I’ve found the prettiest place, I find a new one. Just for a little travel inspiration, I’ve decided to list some of the places I find to be the most beautiful on this continent. There is no order, no countdown. They all are gorgeous, and there is plenty more. I limited myself to one site per country and have only started out with ten total, but to be honest that’s just craziness since there are plenty amazing places throughout these countries, so stay tuned for more. The Most Beautiful Places in Europe The first one is in Switzerland, one …

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A Beautiful Boat Ride on Lake Van Visiting Surprising Akdamar Island, Turkey

Akdamar Turkey

Lake Van, in eastern Turkey, hosts stunning scenery, a great boat ride, four islands, and an Armenian cathedral turned museum. It’s well worth the visit. Summer is the best time to vist the Lake Van area of Turkey. It’s elevation is about 5,400 feet, so it’s dry and can be quite cold most parts of the year. In June, the flowers are popping everywhere and the trees and ground are much greener than later in the summer. One of the most fun things to do is to take a quick 20 minute boat ride to Akdamar Island to visit the old Armenian Cathedral, and hike around the island for the day. It’s got a beautiful beach, fantastic walking trails, and …

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A Stunning, Cold Sunrise on Nemrut Mountain, Turkey

A small site in the Anti-Taurus mountains, the tumulus at Nemrut Dagi is supposedly at its best either at sunrise or sunset.  Since we missed the sunset, we chose to rise early and watch the sunrise.  Honestly, I’m not sure what the allure of going to the top of a mountain at sunrise is, but this seems to be a common theme all around the world…one I usually could have done without, and this is one of those examples. Nemrut Dagi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, is a small site that hosts the tomb of a little known king from the little known kingdom of Kommegene.  King Antiochos I (69-36 B.C.) is buried here, although no one has excavated …

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