What to See and Do at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

Cape of Good Hope trail South Africa

For anyone who believes that Africa is all desert and savanna, the Cape of Good Hope will dash all those misconceptions. The Cape of Good Hope is about 50 kilometers south of Cape Town, South Africa. (Click here for my brief guide to Cape Town!) It’s lush, green, and rocky, with stunning vistas and cool, … Read more What to See and Do at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

The Falkirk Wheel and Antonine Wall, Scotland

Falkirk Wheel, Scotland

If you love innnovative engineering projects and Roman military history, then a visit to the Falkirk Wheel and Antonine Wall in Scotland are must-sees. The Falkirk Wheel So, what exactly is the Falkirk Wheel, and why is it so special? Well, for starters, it’s the world’s only rotating boat lift. But why would you need … Read more The Falkirk Wheel and Antonine Wall, Scotland

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

With airlines constantly increasing baggage fees, having a well-designed, customized packing list for travelling light has become essential. 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 … 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

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)