Author Archives: Rhonda Krause

Travel photographer and writer. Founder of Travel? Yes Please!, a travel inspiration and information blog.

Exploring Nachisan- A Sacred Mountain Site on the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage

What I love so much about Japan is the rapport between nature, history, and spirituality. The strong connection between the three can be felt throughout the Kansai region, especially on the Kii Peninsula, but one of the finest examples of this balanced relationship is at Nachisan, a sacred mountain site. Getting to Know Nachisan Nachisan…

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Borrego Springs Sculptures- The Metal Sky Art Sculptures of Ricardo Breceda

Scattered along a stretch of road near Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are dozens of large metal sculptures dotting the landscape, their rusty forms blending naturally with their sandy surroundings, despite not being what you’d expect to find in a desert. Super-sized dinosaurs, horses, sloths, tortoises, mammoths, saber-toothed cats, dragons and more, appear to be roaming…

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  • b - wow, that is so cool! i love the night photography, too.April 8, 2019 – 11:48 amReplyCancel

Hiking Down Monte Brè- Switzerland’s Sunniest Mountain

One of the best ways to experience both the natural beauty and Italian influence of Lugano is by hiking on Monte Brè. Monte Brè is one of two mountains that frame the lakeside city of Lugano, separating Switzerland from Italy just a short distance away. From the top of Monte Brè, I got to witness…

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Driving the Dingle Peninsula- Points of Interest

Ireland has no shortage of scenic driving routes, but one that should not be missed during a road trip in Ireland is a drive on the Dingle Peninsula. Narrow roads on the Dingle Peninsula weave their way across a rugged and ancient landscape, linking together timeworn ruins, small towns, and sandy coves. Driving the Dingle…

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Winter Getaway in Saskatchewan- Prince Albert National Park and Elk Ridge Resort

After a few days of enjoying winter activities in Saskatoon, I decided to extend my winter trip to Saskatchewan by heading north to Prince Albert National Park. Surrounded by boreal forest, Prince Albert National Park was a great destination to experience both the tranquility and adventure that I find so rejuvenating. Whether I was inside…

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Winter Trip to Saskatoon- Fun Things to Do in Saskatoon in Winter

I like to travel locally in the winter, so this year decided to hop one province over to Saskatchewan, to see what the city of Saskatoon had to offer winter adventurers. During my winter trip to Saskatoon, I discovered that Saskatoon is the “cool kid” of the prairies. I don’t call it that since it…

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Swiss Travel Pass Guide- How to Buy and Use the Swiss Travel Pass

Switzerland was an absolute joy to visit and a big reason for that was how easy the Swiss Travel Pass made it to explore the country by public transportation. For my two week trip to Switzerland, I decided to utilize the Swiss Travel Pass since it was inclusive of many different types of transportation, straightforward…

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  • Kathy - I will put the Swiss Travel Pass on my list for when I visit Switzerland. Always
    looking for ways to save money especially when it comes to transportation.March 21, 2019 – 7:05 pmReplyCancel

The New York CityPASS- What Is It and Should You Buy It?

It’s no secret that sightseeing in New York City can be expensive. Admission prices for most attractions are $25 and up, then add in a bad exchange rate for us Canadians, and a trip to New York can quickly end up costing a small fortune. To help save money during our 5 days in New…

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Exploring Bavaria- The Best Places to Visit on a Trip to Bavaria, Germany

Perhaps no other region we visited during our 5 weeks in Europe had a more romantic atmosphere than Bavaria in Germany. From fairy-tale castles, idyllic villages, and unspoilt countryside, there were plenty of lovely places to visit in Bavaria during our honeymoon. In addition to Bavaria’s more romantic locations, the state is also home to…

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  • Becci - Oh my gosh how pretty! I have never really wanted to go to Germany before, but these photos are so pretty, it literally looks like a fairytale. Adding Bavaria to the bucket list now February 18, 2019 – 8:11 pmReplyCancel

6 Memorable Things to Do in Zermatt- Switzerland’s Alpine Paradise

Of all the wonderful locations included in my two week Switzerland itinerary, there was no place I was more excited to visit than Zermatt. Zermatt had everything I hoped to see and experience on my first trip to Switzerland– wooden chalets, rocky mountains, sprawling glaciers, sparkling lakes, alpine hikes, and oh-so satisfying cheese fondue. And…

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The Best of Central Park- Self-Guided Walking Tour

New York City’s Central Park is a favourite gathering place of both tourists and locals alike. The park’s 3.41 square kilometres boasts ponds, sculptures, archways, meadows, and gardens, all framed by NYC’s emblematic skyscrapers. Featured in countless movie scenes, with so much to see and do, it’s no wonder that Central Park is one of…

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Secret Canyon- A Non-Crowded Alternative to Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona

In this age of Internet and social media, it’s easy to feel like there are few discoveries left when it comes to great travel destinations. Yet, there’s a slot canyon near Page, Arizona that hasn’t made it onto the radar of most tourists who are following the masses to the famous Antelope Canyon. But I’ll…

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Photo of the Week: Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Page, Arizona boasts plenty of natural attractions but one of my favourite places was Horseshoe Bend. Aptly named, this almost symmetrical bend in the Colorado River resembles the shape of a horseshoe, its sandstone banks towering 1,000 ft above the meandering water. From the Horseshoe Bend Overlook, you’ll be able to enjoy the classic view…

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7 Wonderful Things to Do in Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Schaffhausen may not be top of mind when thinking about places to visit on a trip to Switzerland, but it absolutely should be. This small historic town in northern Switzerland has plenty of charm and a surprising amount of attractions. With Renaissance period architecture, a lovely riverside location, close proximity to Switzerland’s largest waterfall, and…

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Visiting Cahergall and Leacanabuaile- Irish Stone Ringforts

Ireland is full of intriguing ancient sites from timeworn cemeteries to aged castles, but one of the more unique historic attractions I came across during my two weeks in Ireland were stone-walled ringforts. When I was driving the Ring of Kerry I took a short detour off the official route to visit two Irish ringforts-…

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Visiting the Magic Water Circuit in Lima- A Night of Fountains, Colour and Lights

Nearing the end of our 3 week trip to South America we spent some time in Lima, a city that didn’t really impress us apart from one (literal) bright spot- the Magic Water Circuit. With 13 fountains, the Magic Water Circuit in Lima has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the…

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Hiking the Five Lakes Trail in Zermatt- See Unforgettable Views of the Matterhorn

Switzerland is known for its outdoor adventures and alpine scenery and one of the best ways to experience both is by hiking the Five Lakes trail in Zermatt. The Five Lakes Walk (5-Seenweg) is a pleasant day hike in Zermatt that offers extraordinary views of the Matterhorn mountain (you know, the one on the Toblerone…

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Best Ancient Sites in Greece- 6 Archaeological Sites Worth Visiting

While many tourists flock to Greece for its picturesque islands and beautiful beaches, what inspired me to visit was the country’s influential history and archaeological remains. As the cradle of Western society, there are plenty of ancient sites in Greece where you can learn about Europe’s first advanced civilizations. From their architecture, technology, art, mythology,…

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Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination- A Spectacular Light Festival in Japan

There are plenty of winter illumination events in Japan, as decorating cities and gardens in extravagant light displays has become somewhat of a modern Japanese tradition. One of Japan’s largest illumination displays is at Nabana no Sato flower park in Kuwana. Each year millions of LED bulbs transform the gardens into a twinkling wonderland complete…

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  • Danial - The sakura light tunnel is absolutely amazing. I could actually spend a couple of days here admiring the Winter Illumination!November 15, 2018 – 7:31 pmReplyCancel

What to Expect on Your First Trip to Switzerland: A First Time Visitor’s Guide

My first trip to Switzerland was a long time coming- it was a place I’d dreamed about visiting for many years before I finally went. I’d spent hours admiring photos, building Switzerland up in my mind so much that I arrived expecting near perfection. Luckily, it was even better than I’d imagined and all the…

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  • Eric - Switzerland (Geneva) was my first non-Ireland/England trip to Europe. I was very naive and terrified that nobody would speak English, I would get lost, or ever worse robbed. Boy was I wrong and boy did I love the few days we spent exploring around the city. October 17, 2018 – 4:12 amReplyCancel

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