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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World Heritage Site Egypt – Abu Simbel

Massive sculpture at World Heritage Site - Abu Simbel, Egypt.

Egypt, well all of Africa really, is full of World Heritage sites and adventure. I love that this one, Abu Simbel, combines the two. Just getting to the site is quite the adventure. You can fly, which gets you there early in the morning, and you actually are finished and leaving before the other tourists get there, or you can take the “caravan.” This is what we did. We woke up at 4:00 in the morning to join all the large vanloads (maybe 50? of them) who careened and juggled for position throughout the early morning until we reached our destination. The reason the caravan was started was due to safety reasons, protecting tourists from the odd kidnapping. However, we …

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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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Visiting the Fushimi Inari Shrine – Kyoto

The Fushimi Inari Shrine - The Number 1 Thing To Do In Kyoto

The old capital of Japan, Kyoto is a fascinating city of old imperial sites and even older temples and shrines. You can easily spend a week exploring all of the important sites, tracking Geishas, and soaking in hot spring water. The shrines and temples range from the spectacular and flamboyant Golden Pavillion to the whimsical and bizarre Otagi Nenbutsu. Arguably, the Fushimi Inari Shrine is probably the most iconic shrine in Kyoto. The bright orange gates winding through a crisp green forest act like a tourist magnet. Travelers and locals alike clamber for a break in the sea of people to try and capture their visit, but don’t let this stop you. It is well worth spending at least half a day wandering the …

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Venice Photography Tips

Venice - The Challenges Of Photography & Our Top Photo Tips To Handle Them

Italy’s Venice is a traveler’s and photographer’s dream….almost. No matter what time of year, there will be tourists and photography challenges. With these photography tips you can bring home the best Venice photos.

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