(I first posted a version of this in 2016 but have updated with some fascinating research I had time to pursue in 2020 during COVID.) **** In June of 2016, my daughter and I traveled to Hong Kong and China for a month-long adventure. (See our top highlights.) The first eight days were an homage … More My heritage journey to Hong Kong and China
My daughter and I enjoyed three fabulous weeks at six national parks, hiking 108 miles with 24,000 feet elevation gain (Everest is 29,000 feet!). We flew into Denver June 22, 2021, then drove 3,200 miles to Rocky Mountain NP, Grand Canyon South, Grand Canyon North, Escalante, Bryce, Cedar Breaks, Zion, Death Valley and Yosemite. We … More Western Parks adventure: top highlights
Adrenaline junkie? Me? My daughter made me do it, your honor. Regan wanted to go all out during our two weeks in New Zealand; I turned 60 in October and wanted to wrap the year in style, so she didn’t have to twist my arm, much. Except for the whole jumping out of a perfectly … More New Zealand adrenaline rush: 2 death-defying weeks
Here’s how we rank the mountain experiences in Switzerland and Chamonix, France … More Which Alp is the coolest?
In researching our Switzerland trip, I came across the Via Ferrata hike/climb from Murren. While intrigued, I feared it was too daunting. Via Ferrata means iron path, a protected climbing route with established metal rungs and a cable wire. It’s also known as Klettersteig. They are very popular in the Alps and are expanding worldwide. … More Viva La Via Ferrata!
We enjoyed 10 whirlwind (literally) days in late August for our first trip to this unique country. Driving 1,412 miles counter-clockwise in a 2 WD Nissan Qashqai from Blue car rental, we stayed in eight hotels, with two nights in Myvatn. In hindsight, I would have added one night to give us more respite, and … More Around Iceland in 10 days: Top highlights
Our first visit to this vast country exceeded our expectations in every way: The beauty and variety of the gorgeous coast and the mountainous interior; the sophisticated and inexpensive food; and the marvelous creatures, especially on our Timbavati safari. But we were also taken aback by the shantytowns, barbed wire and the division of black … More 3 perfect weeks in South Africa
We are active, independent travelers who took our first river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest (almost) on the Uniworld River Princess starting Aug. 5, 2018. If you’re considering a European river cruise, here’s what to expect. The pace is leisurely, everything is included and you are taken care of from start to end. The Princess is … More Is a river cruise for you? Take a virtual ride on the Rhein, Main and Danube rivers on Uniworld
Fascinating glimpse into the pain and beauty of an ancient kingdom … More Bosnia-Herzegovina highlights in 4 days
In August 2018, we explored the Balkans for the first time, with 17 days in Croatia, four in Slovenia, three in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and a day trip to Montenegro. This included a seven-day cruise from Split to Dubrovnik aboard the Mama Marija, stopping at six charming islands. The region’s beauty, variety and history exceeded our expectations, … More Top 10 Balkan highlights: the best of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro