Fish River Canyon: Namibia’s Barren Desert Landscape

fish river canyon Aloe garipensis

The Fish River Canyon in Namibia is one of those places that makes you feel like you’re on a different planet. Namibia itself is a very dry country, giving it a barren, almost other-worldly appearance. But pair that with a massive canyon vista, and you have the makings of a very special place. Geography Fish … Read more Fish River Canyon: Namibia’s Barren Desert Landscape

Eilean Donan Castle – Home to Kings, Clans and Colonels

Eilean Donan castle, Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland has been a popular filming location for decades. Some of you may recognize it from films such as Rob Roy, Entrapment, or The World Is Not Enough. I best remember it as the ancestral home of Connor MacLeod from the Highlander franchise. And if you remember it the same way … Read more Eilean Donan Castle – Home to Kings, Clans and Colonels

Our Ultimate Packing List for Travelling Light

My travel shoe collection

While hammering out the details for our upcoming trip, my husband and I printed off the packing list that we created several years ago. We’ve added to it and modified it numerous times over the years. We created our own because the ones we found online just didn’t cut it for us; they either missed … Read more Our Ultimate Packing List for Travelling Light

7 Cool Historic Sites in Stirling, Scotland for History Buffs

Settle Inn, Stirling Scotland

If you’re a history buff, you will love visiting Stirling, Scotland. You can hit the highlights in one very full day, or spread out your visit over two days. Here are my top picks for some of the most interesting historic sites in Stirling: 1. Stirling Castle Stirling Castle is probably the biggest draw in … Read more 7 Cool Historic Sites in Stirling, Scotland for History Buffs

Top 10 Highlights of Malaga, Spain

Malaga skyline

Malaga, Spain is one of those cities that initially seems rather nondescript, even forgettable. But the second you start to explore its nooks and crannies, you find a very surprising, even unusual Spanish city. Here are just a few highlights as to why Malaga deserves more than a passing glance: 1. Alcazaba Alcazaba is palace fortress … Read more Top 10 Highlights of Malaga, Spain

Finding the Green Fairy at La Fee Verte, Paris (Absinthe)

absinthe with water added

My first exposure to absinthe was watching it being prepared in a scene from the 1992 version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I don’t even recall whether they referred to the liqueur by name. But I do remember being fascinated by the almost-ceremonial process of preparing the drink prior to consumption. It was many years before I actually … Read more Finding the Green Fairy at La Fee Verte, Paris (Absinthe)

Driving Around the Trotternish Loop – The Isle of Skye

Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

If you’re planning a trip to Scotland, you must take a side trip to the Isle of Skye. The Trotternish Loop is especially interesting, and you can easily hit all the major sites in one day. The geography is really something special and unique. Getting There There are two ways to get to the Isle … Read more Driving Around the Trotternish Loop – The Isle of Skye

Fjallagrasa Icelandic Schnapps Review (Iceland)

Fjallagrasa Icelandic Schnapps bottle

Have you ever tried Icelandic Schnapps before? How about Icelandic Schnapps flavoured with moss? No? Then let me introduce you to Fjallagrasa Icelandic Schnapps – the liqueur flavoured with Cetaria Islandica, a type of lichen that grows in Iceland. This was one of the most interesting bottles of liqueur my husband and I purchased in … Read more Fjallagrasa Icelandic Schnapps Review (Iceland)

The Highlights of St Andrews, Scotland in 24 Hours

St Andrews Castle

St Andrews, Scotland is one of those towns that’s compact enough to see in a day or two, but interesting enough to make the stop worthwhile. The earliest known name for this area was Cennrígmonaid, in Old Gaelic. As the story goes, a 4th Century monk named Regulus (or Saint Rule) brought relics belonging to … Read more The Highlights of St Andrews, Scotland in 24 Hours

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