Stellenbosch – Uncorking a Luxury Travel Destination For Less

Stellenbosch South Africa

Stellenbosch is becoming known as South Africa’s premier world-wide travel destination for a number of very good reasons. It is located just east of Cape Town, so it’s easily accessible as a day trip from the growing metropolitan area. But my first and best advice is to give the area a few days or you’ll … Read more

Table Mountain Hikes: Platteklip Gorge vs Skeleton Gorge

Table Mountain Cape Town Hikes

A trip to Cape Town isn’t complete without a visit to the top of Table Mountain. The large flat peak dominates Cape Town’s landscape from below and offers stunning views of Cape Town from above. There are many ways reach the top, including riding up in the cable car, or selecting from several hiking trails with … Read more

What is a Dassie?

Table Mountain Rock Hyrax "Dassie"

It looks like an over-sized guinea pig but the “dassie” is actually more closely related to the elephant. Say what?!? We knew we’d encounter amazing wildlife while traveling in South Africa, but when we learned this interesting fact about the “dassie” we were all the more curious. Dassies, or Rock hyrax, have enlarged front teeth, like … Read more

Things To Do in Curacao

Curacao Lagoon

Situated in the southern Caribbean Sea north of the Venezuelan coast is the fascinating island of Curacao.  It actually consists of the main island as well as the uninhabited island of Klein Curaí§ao.  This beautiful island nation is the perfect place to go for that dream vacation or to spend an extended period of time. … Read more

Guanajuato, Mexico Street Food Tour

City of Guanajuato Mexico

When we were recently invited by our friend and fellow travel writer, Tim Leffel, to visit the city of Guanajuato, Mexico, of course we happily agreed. Even better though, the plan was to spend a day with Tim and some other blogger friends sampling street food with Mexico Street Food Tours. You don’t have to read many … Read more

Things to do and see in Trieste Italy

Trieste Italy Sunset

Trieste is the capital of Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in the North-east of Italy, overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Taking advantage of its perfect location on the sea, Trieste used to be a very prominent port city. Remnants of the past can be seen in piazzas (squares) along the water’s edge. Present day locals are more … Read more

Things to do in Bologna, Italy

Bologna is located in northern Italy and is the largest city and the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region. Similar to other Italian cities in that it’s known largely for its food and architecture, Bologna sets itself apart by being relatively unexplored by the average tourist. This means there are plenty “off the beaten track” places … Read more

Day Trips in Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Xcaret

XcaretShow

You can’t visit Mexico’s Riviera Maya without hearing about Xcaret. You’ll see the eco-archaeological park advertised in flyers, on billboards, and particularly, on the whimsical and colorful park transport buses. Advertisements told tales of underground rivers, a Vegas-style cultural show, relaxing beaches, water sports and animal exhibits – all in one huge tropical jungle environment. … Read more

The Oysters and Walls of Ston, Croatia

Ston and Mali Stone are two small villages located in the PeljeÅ¡ac peninsula of Croatia, less than 60 kilometers from Dubrovnik. We hadn’t heard of them before we came to Croatia, but that soon changed. When we checked into our Airbnb in Dubrovnik, our host was curious about us. “No one stays two weeks in Dubrovnik,” he told … Read more

Things to do in Catania, Sicily

Catania, Sicily, Italy

Catania, the second largest city in Sicily, is situated on the east coast between the notorious Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea. A deep-rooted history, rich culture, and some of Europe’s most fascinating architectural structures combine to ensure there is never of shortage of things to do in Catania. Catania sits atop the ancient cities … Read more