Author Archives: Rhonda Krause

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Beautiful Places in Japan- 17 Scenic Spots to Visit

Pretty places abound in Japan. From the man-made beauty of Japanese temples and Shinto shrines to the natural landscapes that have become icons of the country, there are countless beautiful places in Japan to visit. Japan is a country that cares about aesthetics. City streets are clean, gardens are perfectly manicured, and architecture is in…

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Hiking Cavell Meadows Trail- Jasper National Park

The Mount Edith Cavell area in Jasper National Park is home to one of the park’s most beautiful hiking routes- the Cavell Meadows Trail. For the entire duration of this day hike we were surrounded by classic alpine scenery. We admired a colourful pond, walked alongside piles of moraine, climbed into an upper-subalpine forest, passed…

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What to Expect on Your First Trip to Antarctica- A First Time Visitor’s Guide

There was no trip that I anticipated more than our first trip to Antarctica. Almost two years in the making, I didn’t know what to expect from our journey to the White Continent, but was prepared for it to be a life changing adventure. And it certainly was! What to Expect on Your First Trip…

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Antarctica Trip Itinerary- Cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands

I’ve found myself at a loss for words but filled with emotion ever since our trip to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. I know I’m not doing our Antarctica cruise, and the places we visited, any justice when friends ask about it and all I can say is, “It was incredible! Best trip…

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  • B - Absolutely breathtaking and amazing!March 6, 2020 – 9:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Queenie Mak - Wow such gorgeous photos!! And the seals and penguins are too cute! Sounds like it was a once in a life time trip and everyone should experience it. Thanks for sharing!March 10, 2020 – 10:27 pmReplyCancel

  • Andrew - Great shots! It looks incredible.March 13, 2020 – 9:20 amReplyCancel

Kodai-ji Temple- A Beautiful Zen Temple in Kyoto

Kodai-ji Temple is an outstanding Zen temple in Kyoto offering one of the best sightseeing experiences in the southern Higashiyama area. At Kodai-ji, you can admire a traditional Japanese garden, visit important cultural properties, wander through a bamboo grove, and relax at a tea house- all without the crowds that flock to Kyoto’s more famous…

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  • Shang - Kyoto is one of the most special and spiritual cities in all of Japan, and this article has captured many characteristics well. Hope you guys managed to see Osaka as well, a complete 180!January 13, 2020 – 12:04 pmReplyCancel

Best Shrines in Japan- My 8 Favourite Japanese Shrines to Visit

I always look forward to connecting with Japanese traditions and one of the best ways to do this is by visiting shrines in Japan. Shinto shrines in Japan are respected places of worship, rich with spirituality and superstition. Here you can witness age-old rituals and discover beliefs that are the foundation of many Japanese customs….

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Things to Do in Jasper National Park- 17 Experiences for Your Jasper Bucket List

Jasper National Park has long been a favourite place of mine. Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been fascinated by Jasper’s rocky mountains, pristine lakes, icy glaciers, roaring waterfalls, and abundant wildlife. It wasn’t hard for Jasper to capture my heart, but even after countless trips, I’m still head over heels in love…

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Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon Trail- A Unique Hike in the Mecca Hills, California

There are plenty of hikes near Palm Springs but one that really impressed us with its variety of scenery and adventurous spirit was the Painted Canyon and Ladder Canyon Trail. Whether we were walking in the shade of towering canyon walls, climbing up rickety ladders, or meandering through a slot canyon, we were completely engaged…

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Palm Springs Day Trips- 6 Fun and Adventurous Places to Visit

Palm Springs is a beautiful desert city in California full of golf courses, stylish hotels, spas, and boutiques. If that’s what you’re into, it’s a great place to spend some time. But for me- someone who loves active travel, getting out into nature and exploring- it was harder to connect with the city. So, we…

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  • Ken - Awesome review! We love our Palm Springs vacations, and you have shone a whole different light on spending time in the area. One other place that might float your boat is Mt. San Jacinto State Park. It’s the park at the top of the mountains that you see to the west when you’re sitting by the pool sipping cocktails in Palm Springs. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, located just north-west of town, takes up to an amazing state park with a completely different climate than the valley below. Bonus: There’s over 50 miles of hiking trails up there, plus a nice cafe to eat and drink.March 12, 2020 – 4:27 pmReplyCancel

One Day in Joshua Tree National Park- Hikes, Nature Walks and Scenic Spots

One day in Joshua Tree National Park was all it took to become completely mesmerized by this unique protected area in California. It was a weird and fascinating landscape, almost cartoonish, and I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Dr. Seuss’ Lorax or everybody’s favourite Stone Age family, the Flintstones, go walking by. The desert…

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Maligne Lake Cruise to Spirit Island- One of Jasper National Park’s Most Iconic Experiences

I’ve been visiting Jasper National Park ever since I was a kid, but had never got around to enjoying one of the park’s most iconic experiences- the Maligne Lake cruise to Spirit Island. I can honestly say, I saved the best for last! The scenery I saw during the Maligne Lake cruise epitomized everything I…

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Weekend Getaway in the Laurentians, Québec- A Nature-Filled Vacation

It’s well known among locals of Québec that the Laurentians (Laurentides in French) is a terrific destination for a weekend getaway from Montreal. With 9,012 lakes, 103 rivers, forested trails, and part of the Laurentian mountains, the region is ideal for outdoor adventures and reconnecting with nature. Despite its popularity as an all-season tourist destination,…

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Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Québec- Things to Do for Nature Lovers

The more I visit Québec the more I fall in love with its vast wilderness. One region that exemplifies the province’s natural beauty and appreciation of outdoor adventures is Abitibi-Témiscamingue. The region’s Algonquin name describes it accurately- Abitibi means place where the waters divide and Témiscamingue means place of deep waters. Abitibi-Témiscamingue’s location on a…

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Things to Do in Thun, Switzerland- Gateway to the Bernese Oberland

Thun is known as the gateway to the Bernese Oberland, but not just because of its geographical location. The city and its surrounding landscape serve as a wonderful introduction to the history, culture, and natural beauty of this region in Switzerland. With several Swiss heritage sites of national significance, an enviable alpine backdrop, and riverside…

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Matsumoto Castle- Visiting an Original Japanese Castle

I’ve visited several castles in Japan but one that stands out in terms of beauty, historical interest, and visitor experience is Matsumoto Castle. As a National Treasure of Japan, Matsumoto Castle is one of the finest of Japan’s 12 original castles. Its towering black donjon, elegant scaffolds, and engraved roof tiles blend strength with grace,…

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Visiting Bru na Boinne- Newgrange and Knowth Passage Tombs

Near a bend in the River Boyne, in Ireland’s Ancient East, is a complex of mysterious monuments older than the Egyptian pyramids. Known collectively as Brú na Bóinne, these three Neolithic passage tombs- Knowth, Newgrange, and Dowth- make up a fascinating archaeological landscape that dates back over 5,000 years. During my tour of Brú na…

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Hiking White Domes Trail- Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Valley of Fire State Park is known for its astonishing rocky landscape and there’s no better trail to experience the diversity of its beauty than White Domes Loop. During our hike on White Domes Trail, we walked in the shade of towering sandstone formations, passed through a small slot canyon, and marveled at colourful rock…

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Valley of Fire State Park- Best Things to See and Do in Half a Day

I don’t think I’ve ever been somewhere more appropriately named than Valley of Fire State Park. As the sun reflected off red Aztec Sandstone, Nevada’s oldest state park glowed in warm light, the surrounding rocky outcrops resembling huge masses of burning embers. The landscape instantly grabbed my interest and held tight throughout the entirety of…

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  • Mahima - wow!! so many great things and amazing pictures.
    Thanks for sharing this.August 6, 2019 – 12:45 amReplyCancel

Visiting Nezu Shrine- One of Tokyo’s Oldest Shrines

Away from the busy crowds and ultra-modernity of central Tokyo sits Nezu-jinja, one of Tokyo’s oldest shrines. Hidden among tall trees and lush azalea bushes, Nezu Shrine is a place where you can experience the tranquility of nature and recall the traditions of old Tokyo. As I wandered around Nezu Shrine, I felt like I…

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What to Expect on Your First Trip to Paris- A First Time Visitor’s Guide

I’ll always remember my first trip to Paris. I was in the eleventh grade, on a school trip to experience the French culture I’d been learning about and romanticizing in my mind for so long. In many ways, my first trip to Paris was exactly what I expected. There were grand buildings, manicured gardens and…

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