Riding Elephants

Should You Ride Elephants in Thailand? It’s Complicated

In our last trip to Thailand, it didn’t take long to see advertisements for every sort of “elephant experience” – washing, bathing with, feeding, riding, and trekking with elephants. “Ride the Elephants!” “The Elephant Experience!” “Up Close with Elephants!” We saw baby elephants frolicking on the beaches under the watchful eye of a trainer. Elephants lined up […]
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Bamarzo - Park of Monsters

The Park of Monsters – Il Parco dei Mostri di Bomarzo, Viterbo, Italy

The Park of Monsters, or The Sacro Bosco, is the oddest park that we’ve ever ventured into. But with a name like the Park of Monsters, you’d expect nothing less. The Park of Monsters is a dark, forested and moss covered expanse of land. The stroll inside is actually quiet and serene, until you happen upon one […]
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Mount Pellegrino Hike

Mount Pellegrino Hike, Palermo Sicily

Mount Pellegrino is one of the granite covered mountains that dominates the landscape in Palermo, Sicily – and it begs to be hiked. Not all Italians may agree with my compulsion to climb to the top, though. Hiking isn’t a favorite outdoor activity here, but it is growing in favor. So in my quest to get […]
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Africa Travel

Traveling in Africa – It’s Easier Than You Think

Africa is at the top of our list of places that we want to visit again. That comes as a surprise to many people, who find the idea of visiting Africa as the furthest thing from their mind. There are a lot of misconceptions about what it’s like to tour the continent, backed up by […]
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Essaouira Morocco

Essaouira Morocco – A Seaside Day Trip from Marrakech

Photo credit: Lynn Sheppard  @www.maroc-o-phile.com Essaouira is a coastal destination that we regretted not being able to visit during our time in Morocco. We were enticed to visit by an itinerary suggested to us by Lynn Shepard, a Moroccan travel expert from Voyjer. They put together custom-designed itineraries which is the perfect way to get […]
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Palermo Street Food Tour

Palermo Street Food Tour – Sicilian StrEats

I love the name of this Palermo Street Food Tour – StrEat Palermo. As the name implies, today we were doing one of our favorite things, sampling street food. Eating street food gets you right into the center of the culture of a new place and a glimpse at the heart of the people who […]
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Marrakech Cooking Class

Marrakech Moroccan Cooking Class – La Maison Arabe

When we first arrived in Marrakech, one of the first things we wanted to do was to the try a tagine dish. Tagine is the cone shaped vessel that Moroccans use to slow cook dishes with combinations of meat, vegetables, and spices or fruit along with a special blend of spices. Sounds delicious – and […]
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Marrakech Food Tour

Marrakech Food Tour – A Taste of the Red City

This Marrakesh food tour took us deep inside the center of the old city and allowed us to explore the real flavors of Morocco. The setting was as compelling and mysterious as the food and I wonder how many people who haven’t been led specifically behind the doors that we explored, leave Marrakesh without really […]
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RiversideChess

Living the Good Life at The Chiang Mai Riverside Hotel

One of the things about life on the road is that we are constantly orienting yourself to our new, temporary home. This isn’t a bad thing, it can just be a challenge at times. We’ll often spend some frustrating minutes in a new place figuring out how to get hot water in the shower, determining […]
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KohPhiPhiLee

Our Favorite Thai Islands

The islands of Thailand have got to be some of our favorite places in the world. Sure, Thailand has so much: the frenetic chaos of Bangkok, and serenity of the northern hill regions, and of course, the incredible food. But the islands (or Koh’s, in Thai) are special. There are options for every type of traveler, […]
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