Photo of the Week: Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park

When we first arrived at Sylvan Lake, in South Dakota’s Custer State Park, I was shocked (in a good way) by its unique appearance. Rising up from the shore line, on two sides, were large rock formations so perfect looking, I almost didn’t think they were real. “This looks like something you’d see in Disneyland, […]

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Alouise - July 26, 2016 - 12:06 am

I saw Sylvan Lake and first thought you were talking about Sylvan Lake here in Alberta (I may have jus got home from work). Sylvan Lake in South Dakota looks pretty cool.

Boat Tour of Islamorada- Visiting Bloodline Filming Locations

Islamorada was a place I wasn’t familiar with until I became hooked on the Netflix original series Bloodline. This gripping family drama and thriller is set in the Florida Keys, filmed primarily in Islamorada. The locations are such an integral part of the show, it’s like the Keys themselves are a main character. So during […]

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Nic - www.seenicwander.com - July 22, 2016 - 2:08 pm

Such a beautiful post! This is a huge inspiration to newbie travel bloggers like me! Thank you! :)

Rhonda Krause - July 24, 2016 - 9:16 pm

Glad you like it!

Feeding Deer in Nara Park, Japan

Entering into the heart of Nara Park we are greeted by a small, friendly deer wandering freely throughout the grounds. Approaching us, the deer bows its head down, as if to say hello. “Oh, so cute! Look how she’s bowing her head,” I enthusiastically announced to Mike. “I think she’s politely asking for some deer […]

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Arpita Garg - July 21, 2016 - 10:32 am

deer is looking so cute and beautiful photos of nara park.
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Exploring Nara Park- Temples, Shrines and Deer!

Our one day in Nara was spent almost exclusively at Nara Park. I usually like to explore as much of a city as possible, but there were so many sights in this one park that I didn’t even feel guilty for not branching out into Nara’s other areas. Nara Park is very large and packed […]

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Danial - July 15, 2016 - 8:44 pm

Looks like you had a great time there! I’ve never had contact with tame deers before so the deer feeding experience would be great.

Rhonda Krause - July 18, 2016 - 2:02 pm

Oh yes, it was really fun to get to interact with the deer. Back home in Canada that would be a big no-no!

Frank - July 21, 2016 - 2:01 am

Really beautiful and I love the deer. We’re going to Japan in November and I’d love to see this place.
Question: did you stay overnight and did you do a day trip from Kyoto?

Frank (bbqboy)

Frank - July 21, 2016 - 2:02 am

I meant “OR did you do a day trip from Kyota?”

Rhonda Krause - July 21, 2016 - 11:19 am

We stayed 2 nights in Nara. One day we explored Nara Park and the second day we did a day trip to Yoshino. I’m so excited for you to visit Japan!

Photo of the Week: Cologne Cathedral’s North Portal

Cologne Cathedral is a fine example of German Gothic architecture, famous for its extravagant architectural details. The exterior of Cologne Cathedral is heavily decorated with stone statues and delicate tracery. Every steep gable, flying buttress and lofty spire has some sort of artistic element competing for your attention. What caught my eye the most though […]

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial- An American Cultural Icon

Gazing over the Black Hills of South Dakota are the faces of four American Presidents, sculpted in stone on the face of Mount Rushmore. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Each made significant contributions to the United States, helping shape the nation from its founding, growth, development and preservation. These four presidents […]

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Nikko Toshogu Shrine- Japan’s Most Lavish Shrine

When I hear a place described using the words “best” or “most”, I become skeptical of the claim. Sometimes I’m even disappointed upon visiting, since not every place warrants such high praise. However, that was not the case with Nikko Toshogu Shrine- it absolutely lives up to the hype of being called Japan’s most lavishly […]

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A Day Trip to Nikko, Japan

For our last day in Japan, we decided to ditch the hustle and bustle of modern Tokyo, and head to the forested area of Nikko for one last opportunity to experience the traditions, spirituality and natural beauty of Japan. Nikko is a Buddhist-Shinto religious centre, its shrines and temples scattered among the hilly woodlands. At […]

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Frank - June 28, 2016 - 2:30 am

Very nice Rhonda. What time of year did you go? I’m guessing late November or even December judging by the trees.
We’re planning to have our first trip to Japan in November, hopefully see some Fall colours which haven’t seen in a few years. Nikko would be interesting as a day trip.

Frank (bbqboy)

Rhonda Krause - June 28, 2016 - 4:29 pm

We were in Nikko second week of April. We did a spring trip to catch the cherry blossoms, but I would love to go back in the fall for the autumn colours as well. I actually want to move to Japan but I can’t convince Mike.

Photo of the Week: Sake Barrels at Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine

As we travelled around Japan, I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful sake barrels that were piled on top of each other at Shinto shrines. Called kazaridaru, these “decoration barrels” are physically empty, but hold immense spiritual significance. Sake (Japanese rice wine) has long been an important part of Japanese culture. Traditionally, sake is seen […]

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Photo of the Week: Bonnet House, Fort Lauderdale

Bonnet House is place where you can go to feel miles away from Fort Lauderdale, without ever leaving the city. This colourful, plantation-style home is surrounded by lush, sub-tropical gardens, encompassing one of South Florida’s last examples of a native barrier island habitat. Bonnet House is filled with the unique art, and whimsical treasures, of […]

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Exploring Everglades National Park

Life. Diversity. Those are the two words that first come to mind when I think about Florida’s Everglades National Park. In just one park, you can enjoy an impressive variety of animals, plants and eco-systems. There’s freshwater sloughs, tropical hammocks, coastal lowlands, marl prairies, pineland, cypress, mangrove, marine and estuarine environments. The medley of life […]

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Cristina - July 8, 2016 - 1:19 am

Love the pictures! I was there last year and this is definitely an area worth visiting! Thanks for sharing, made me feel there again!

Rhonda Krause - July 18, 2016 - 2:01 pm

Thank you so much, Cristina! Glad I could bring back some happy memories!

Himeji Castle- A National Treasure of Japan

“Ooh…it’s so elegant,” I exclaimed as we approached Himeji Castle, the largest castle in Japan. Its bright white walls, delicate decorations and grey roof tiles gleamed brightly, even through the light mist of a rainy spring morning. Himeji Castle, as we would soon find out, is a popular place. It survives as one of Japan’s […]

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The Haunting Beauty of Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah

Sometimes the best way to get to know a city is to visit its cemetery. Stories of success, failure, love, betrayal, good and evil are safely kept there, as legends of the past. This holds true for Bonaventure Cemetery. Hundreds of years of Savannah’s history are buried here beneath the moss-draped branches of live oak […]

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Frank - May 16, 2016 - 1:06 am

I love these photos of Savannah – I always find those trees kind of eerie, maybe I’ve watched too many of those Southern mystery movies. But so dramatic…Savannah definitely a place I’d like to see one day.
Good price for the tour!

Frank (bbqboy)

Rhonda Krause - May 18, 2016 - 5:46 pm

Thank you! I can never get enough of those old oak trees- would love to have a yard full of them!

Beth Barsness - May 31, 2016 - 11:41 am

Hi Rhonda!
I just returned from my trip to Savannah (used your itinerary and suggestions as a base for my planning) and wanted to say THANK YOU for your recommendation to attend a tour by Shannon Scott. WOW, that was the highlight of the trip!! He is an amazing storyteller and knows so much! We also visited Wormsloe and overall enjoyed our weekend. Next time I would investigate SCAD more and attend some of the galleries and shows there.

Rhonda Krause - May 31, 2016 - 5:03 pm

Hi Beth! I’m happy to hear you had a great time in Savannah and enjoyed Shannon’s tour. He is fantastic! I’m always pleased when people enjoy our recommendations as much as we did, so thank you for your comment!

Photo of the Week: Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine

As a lover of historic architecture, I couldn’t pass through St. Augustine without stopping at Castillo de San Marcos. The fort is not only the oldest structure in St. Augustine (over 300 years), it’s also the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. Castillo de San Marcos was built in 1695 by Spain to […]

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Tybee Island, Georgia- Photo Series

On the last of our 3 days in Savannah, we headed out to Tybee Island for the afternoon. Known as Savannah’s beach, Tybee Island is a short 20 minute drive from the city and was a great place to relax after a busy few days exploring the sights of Savannah. We walked down the shoreline, […]

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Frank - April 28, 2016 - 2:40 pm

Wonderful looking beach! Love the sand and sunsets.

Frank (bbqboy)

How to Spend 3 Days in Savannah- Our Itinerary

I’m trying to think of a way to describe Savannah without gushing superlatives, but it just can’t be done. Savannah is one of the most interesting, easy-going and attractive cities we’ve had the pleasure to visit. With 3 days in Savannah we had enough time to not only see the sights, but more importantly soak […]

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Vacation Coffee - May 11, 2016 - 9:16 pm

Rhonda, I’m so glad I asked for Savannah recommendations! This post is a great one to get started – really looking forward to trying a ghost tour and checking out Bonaventure and Wormsloe . . . and pretty much everything you wrote about. Your photos are absolutely stunning!! Thank you so much! I read all your other Savannah posts too. Can’t wait for the trip.

Richard Birecki - May 14, 2016 - 7:39 am

Wow Rhonda, great photos! had no idea Savannah was so pretty! check out my awesome travel blog @ http://www.RichTrek.com … cheers!

Ken Lau - July 24, 2016 - 8:45 pm

Going this September. We will have three and a half day and we intend to visit EVERY square…including what’s left of Liberty and Elbert Squares. Savannah is as your said, very photogenic and also atmospheric. Going to be in Charleston before Savannah that same week. Charleston just cannot compare.

Rhonda Krause - July 24, 2016 - 9:18 pm

I hope you have a great trip and make it to every square. I wanted to do the same, but it didn’t happen. I guess I’ll just have to go back! ;)

Visiting Iwatayama Monkey Park in Kyoto

As a big animal lover, I am always thrilled when I get to see wildlife on my travels. As educational as zoos can be, nothing compares to seeing an animal in its natural habitat, unconfined. So when I found out about the Iwatayama Monkey Park in Kyoto, where monkeys freely roam the hilltops, I just […]

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Hayley - July 22, 2016 - 5:26 am

Love this!

Rhonda Krause - July 24, 2016 - 9:16 pm

Thank you!

A Walk Around Munich- Photo Series

Of all the cities we visited during our 5 weeks in Europe, Munich had some of the most fascinating stories. We took part in two different themed walking tours- one was a general tour of the Old Town and the other was all about Hitler and the Third Reich. It was incredibly interesting to learn […]

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Frank - April 19, 2016 - 2:28 pm

Great photos! You actually got inside the Hofbrauhaus? I’ve wanted to get in there twice and both times there were huge lines and we just kind of said “screw it”. Looks like a good time.

Frank (bbqboy)

Rhonda Krause - April 19, 2016 - 4:08 pm

There was no line to get in, odd considering it was Oktoberfest. We must have been there early in the day. It’s not really my scene so we just walked in, used the washroom and walked out.

Photo of the Week: Ryozen Kannon, Kyoto

Ryozen Kannon is a temple honouring the Japanese soldiers and citizens who died during World War II. It’s located in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto and features a huge concrete statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kannon). The statue is impressive at 24 metres (80 feet) tall and 500 tonnes. Its beauty is […]

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Wormsloe Historic Site- Enjoying History and Nature in Savannah

Large, mossy oak trees as far as the eye can see. Rooted firmly in two strict rows, yet their branches are free, gently arching over the simple dirt road between them. This is what greets us upon arriving at the Wormsloe Historic Site. It’s a scene that always comes to mind when I envision The […]

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