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Snow mobiling in Alaska

 

Alaska

Despite the fact that the Northern Lights often dip down into the Lower 48 and that we lived in northern Germany, we had never seen the Aurora Borealis. This is supposed to be a good year for them so we booked a tour with Alaska Northern Lights...Continue reading...

Axum, Ethiopia

 

Axum, Ethiopia

Axum, Ethiopia is in the far north of the country. Axum has 3000 years of history and was the capital of the country ruled by the Queen of Sheba of Biblical fame. The ruins of her palace and bath are said to be here, though scientifically these ruins do not appear to be old enough. The bath was quite possibly a...Continue reading...

Bali, Indonesia

 

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, the beautiful "island of the gods," is part of the country of Indonesia, but so unlike the rest of the country. It is a spiritual place filled with joy, ceremony and tradition. Every house has at least one shrine or small house temple, then there are...Continue reading...

Beijing, China

 

Beijing, China

Beijing is the capital of China and has been for hundreds of years. In the heart of the city is the Forbidden City, the imperial palaces of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Surrounding this...Continue reading...

Bucharest, Romania

 

Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest is the capital of Romania and had been under the infamous dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. An earthquake in 1977 triggered Ceausescu's massive redevelopment of the city. The grand Palace of the Parliament ('House of the People') is the grandest result of...Continue reading...

Cape Peninsula, South Africa

 

Cape Peninsula, South Africa

There are seven Floral Kingdoms throughout the whole world and Cape Town possesses one, the tiniest one. It is a World Heritage Site and made up mostly of fynbos which grow in the poor soil from...Continue reading...

Travel to Cape Town South Africa

 

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town has a reputation as the 'Mother City' of South Africa. It is indeed old, but very beautiful and easy to enjoy and love. The 3530 ft. high Table Mountain stands above it and a trip up it is a must...Continue reading...

Cappadocia Turkey

 

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is a unique area in central Turkey with tall sand stone formations called 'fairy chimneys', many with capstones on their top. They were formed by the erosion of the thick layers of volcanic ash which was laid down by...Continue reading...

Carnac

 

Carnac

One of the most spectacular places along the way was the little French village of Carnac. Carnac comes from the word CAIRN or pile of stones. It was the home or sacred place of a Neolithic people who left row upon row of huge standing... Continue reading...

Chernovtsy, Ukraine

 

Chernovtsy, Ukraine

Chernovtsy is a beautiful and very cultured city with a very long history. It is located in the southwest corner of the Ukraine just about 25 miles over the Romanian border. It has been part of a number of countries and empires and though Ukrainian it is considered to be one of Romania's most cultural and educational centers. Chernovtsy is known for it's... Continue reading...

Cozumel, Mexico

 

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel (land of the swallows) is the largest of the Mexican islands and lies 12 miles off the NE coast of Mexico. Extremely important in Mayan mythology as the eastern most Mayan site, it is the sanctuary to the rising sun...Continue reading...

Cradle of Human Kind in South Africa

 

Cradle of Human Kind, South Africa

The Cradle of Humankind is a series of dolomitic caves in South Africa, where 1000's of hominid fossils have been found. It is considered the richest...Continue reading...

Cueva de La Olla

 

Cueva de La Olla

One of the most exciting parts of adventure travel is hearing about and then finding small, unique, little-known sights. The Cueva de La Olla in Chihuahua, Mexico, just about 300 miles from... Continue reading...

Doha, Qatar

 

Doha, Qatar

Qatar is a tiny country on the Arabian peninsula, only 50 miles wide and 100 miles long. Next to Saudi Arabia, it is possibly the most traditional but it is also probably the most...Continue reading...

Travel to Dubai, UAE

 

Dubai, UAE

Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is the most populous city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dubai is a very modern, new city and it is a very rich city... Continue reading...

Easter Island

 

Easter Island

Easter Island is the most remote place on earth being 1200+ miles from the nearest island to the west and over 2000 miles from the shores of Chile, who claims it, to the east.

It is a small place, only 64 sq. miles but it is a serene place and a very mysterious place... Continue reading...

Travel to Ecan-Jelin, China

 

Ecan-Jelin, China

In Sept. 2001, Bob and I did an Earthwatch water research project in the Gobi Desert. The Gobi has the highest sand dunes in the world and within those dunes are small desert lakes... Continue reading...

El Camino Real at the Armendaris Ranch, Turner Ranch

 

El Camino Real

One of the most exciting experiences that most people can have is to go somewhere that most people do not get to go. I thrive on these experiences and these ideas. This does not necessarily mean a trip to the far corners of the earth. We have such a place within a few miles of us...Continue reading...

Estonia

 

Estonia

We recently had a wonderful experience visiting the Baltics. These are three little countries that I knew so very little about because most of my life they had been ensconced in the USSR after being battered by the Nazis in World War II... Continue reading...

Hembrillo Battlefield in New Mexico

 

Hembrillo Battlefield, New Mexico

The Hembrillo Battlefield is an important but little known battlefield located on a closed military facility in south central New Mexico. The battle was fought in April 1880 between...Continue reading...

Travel to Hong Kong

 

Hong Kong

Hong Kong or is it Vanity Fair. Some travel agencies have tours just for shopping in Hong Kong and there is anything in the world that one might want there, BUT there is more to Hong Kong than just stuff! Under all the lights, rush and stuff Hong Kong is a delightful place and very unique...Continue reading...

Traveling to Inner Mongolia

 

Inner Mongolia

Adventure is an important part of our travel. So, when we learned about an Earthwatch project that would take us to Inner Mongolia, it sounded like a wonderful adventure. We got the documentations and were off the first part of Sept. 2001. Yep!! We were in Yinchuan, China on 9/11 and...Continue reading...

Jerome, Arizona

 

Jerome, Arizona

Nearer to our own world is the very delightful little town of Jerome, AZ. It at one time, as a copper mining town, had a population of 20,000 which then dropped to 200 as the mine petered out. Now it is an artist colony with a population of about 400... Continue reading...

Tunnels in Lalibela, Ethiopia  

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Legend has it that Lalibela was built by King Lalibela, as a New Jerusalem. In a failed assignation attempt, the soul of King Lalibela was carried to heaven where God directed him to dig special churches, rather than build them, thus we have what some consider the 8th wonder of the world...Continue reading...

The Castaneda Hotel in Las Vegas, NM

 

Las Vegas, NM

It is a historic town. Until this century, this millennium, it was two towns with just one name. It is a small town but has a university AND one of the 15 United World Colleges that are found on five continents. It has over 900 structures on various historic registers which includes two very lovely hotels, one renovated and one in the process of it...Continue reading...

Travel to Latvia

 

Latvia

Riga is the capital of one of those three little countries that was swallowed up by the USSR at the end of World War II as was Estonia and Lithuania. This delightful city is the pinnacle of joy for lovers of art-nouveau architecture as no other city in Europe has more... Continue reading...

Lhasa, Tibet

 

Lhasa, Tibet

Lhasa is the capital of Tibet, a small Himalayan country that has been occupied by China since the early 1950s. It is a spiritual country with many Buddhist temples and the Potala, former home of the Dali Lama. Continue reading...

Travel to Lithuania

 

Lithuania

Lithuania is the last of the Baltic countries that we visited. After we crossed into Lithuania, noted by the old USSR border crossing, there were fields of flowers, forests and some farming. As we entered Vilnius...Continue reading...

Travel to the island of Malta

 

Malta

Malta is a small, lovely island in the Mediterranean Sea with a wonderful Mediterranean climate. Malta is too small to support a hunting and gathering society thus it's history dates to...Continue reading...

Manaus, Brazil

 

Manaus, Brazil

In the jungle in the northern part of Brazil, lies the city of Manaus. It is situated at the confluence of the Solimoes River and the Negro River which is part of the great Amazon River system, the largest river system in the world. The river is so...Continue reading...

Mata Ortiz ruins

 

Mata Ortiz

This last month a group of friends booked a wonderful three day tour to the pottery village of Mata Ortiz, Mexico, about 150 miles into Mexico. The pottery is world class and based on the ancient pottery of Paquime'. It was the relentless effort and experimenting of Juan Quezada that has brought back this thousand year...Continue reading...

Camel Market in Pashkar, India  

Pashkar, India

Camels are my totem! For some reason, unknown to me, camels keep tuning up in my life, from camel rides in Egypt and Tunisia to camel expeditions in China and wild camel herds in Morocco. So it's not surprising for us to be attracted to a trip to the big camel market in Pashkar, India...Continue reading...

The Potala in Tibet

 

Potala, Lhasa, Tibet

The former home of the Dali Lama, the Potala, perched on the top of 'red mountain,' overlooks the city and can be seen from almost every part of it. The Potala is an architectural gem!! It is built of earth, wood and stone and in some places...Continue reading...

Qinghai Tibet Railway

 

Qinghai-Tibet Railway

The train to the "top of the world," the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, over the Tibetan Plateau was completed in 2006 at a cost of $3.68 billion. It was a feat that the rest of the world thought was impossible to accomplish but China did it in just five years...Continue reading...

The Qinghai-Tibet Train Station

 

Qinghai-Tibet Train Experience

Experiencing the Qinghai-Tibet train is an incredible experience. For us, it started on Oct. 21, 2014 at about 7:00 in the evening, when we gathered in front of our hotel and transferred by bus to the train station. To get into the train station we needed...Continue reading...

Quito, Ecuador

 

Quito, Ecuador

While looking for an interesting, short yet parsimonious trip out of the country, we stumbled onto flights to Quito, Ecuador. Ecuador is a small country high in the Andes Mountains of South America and sitting right on the equator...Continue reading...

Chorten in Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet

 

Rongbuk Monastery, Tibet

Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in the world. It sits on the north side of Mount Everest (Mt. Qomolangma) in Tibet in Qomolangma National Park. It was built in 1902 in an area used for meditation for over 400 years by nuns and hermits; until... Continue reading...

Singapore

 

Singapore

Singapore is a delightful little corner of the world. It is an island nation, a sovereign city-state off of Malaysia, having declared it's independence from England in 1963. Singapore was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles as a trading post in 1819 and was important...Continue reading...

Sofia, Bulgaria

 

Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria. It is named after St. Sofia whose statue overlooks the heart of Sofia. The area had been settled for eight centuries before Christ but the city as we know it today was founded by...Continue reading...

Suceava, Romania

 

Suceava, Romania

Suceava is a small town in northern Romania, not far from the Ukraine border. For almost 200 years, it was the capital of the Principality of Moldavia and important because it was on the Lviv-Istanbul trade route. Suceava is now unique to Europe and throughout the world for being...Continue reading...

Travel to Swaziland

 

Swaziland

Swaziland is surrounded on three sides by South Africa and on one side by Mozambique. It is still governed by an absolute monarch, the only one left in Africa...Continue reading...

Tassili N'Ajjer National Park in the Sahara Desert

 

Tassili N'Ajjer National Park in the Sahara Desert

Tassili N'Ajjer National Park is an 80,000 square kilometer area in the southeast corner of the Sahara Desert in Algeria near the Libyan border. As of 1982, because of the prehistoric rock art and it's geological formations, it was listed as a World Heritage Site...Continue reading...

Timisoara Romania

 

Timisoara, Romania

Timisoara, Romania is the largest city in western Romania and the 3rd largest in the country. It is and always has been the economic center of western Romania thus it was influenced by many cultures. This being the case, it has also become the...Continue reading...

OVOO in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

 

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar means RED HERO and was the third palace of Genghis Khan. It is now the capital and largest city of Mongolia, located in north central Mongolia at an elevation of 4,300 ft. It is the coldest capital in the world though it has 250 sunny days a year... Continue reading...

UMCOR - Sager Brown Depot

 

UMCOR - Sager Brown Depot

UMCOR is the United Methodist Committee on Relief. The Sager Brown Depot is where hundreds of thousand of kits of various kinds are verified, assembled and stored till needed in some disaster either in this country or overseas... Continue reading...

Xilitla, Mexico

 

Xilitla, Mexico

Xilitla (pronounced Ha-lit-la) is a lovely little mountain town in the Mexico state of San Luis Potosi. It is built on a mountain side so everything is either up or down and most of the buildings are half situated on stilts. Xilitla is one of Mexico's "magical" villages... Continue reading...

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