Author Archives: Rhonda Krause

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

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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Visiting Horyu-ji Temple, Japan- The World’s Oldest Wooden Buildings

Walking up the main approach to Horyu-ji Temple, it was obvious that we were going to have a peaceful visit. While crowds were flocking to nearby Nara Park, we had Horyu-ji Temple almost all to ourselves. I welcomed the chance to visit a temple without groups of tourists, but wondered why there were so few…

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Getting to Know St. Gallen, Switzerland- A Tour of St. Gallen’s Old Town

St. Gallen, a city in northeastern Switzerland, was a place I didn’t know much about until I arrived. What I discovered was an elegant city with a long and interesting history, growing from a small hermitage into an influential urban centre. With only one evening and a morning to explore, I decided to join a…

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Hiking Watchman Trail in Zion National Park

If you’re looking for a hike in Zion National Park that offers beautiful views away from the crowds, then Watchman Trail is a fantastic option. The Watchman Trail hike showcases the south end of Zion Canyon and its most magnificent rock formations, especially the trail’s namesake, The Watchman. While hiking Watchman Trail, we experienced much…

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How to Spend 3 Days in Zion National Park- Hikes, Walks, and Scenic Drives

For an adventure-filled winter holiday, we decided to spend 3 days in Zion National Park hiking among the sandstone canyons, towers, and cliffs. Zion’s larger-than-life scenery, fascinating geology, and exciting hikes, quickly made it climb the ranks as one of my favourite national parks in the United States. It’s a powerful place that filled me…

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Photo of the Week: Grafton Ghost Town, Utah

After spending 3 days in Zion National Park, we decided to make a quick visit to nearby Grafton, one of the best-preserved ghost towns in Utah. Grafton was settled by Mormon pioneers in 1859 when Brigham Young, leader of the Church of Latter-day Saints, sent some families to Utah’s “Dixie” region to start growing cotton…

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Best Temples in Japan- My 13 Favourite Japanese Temples to Visit

On my first trip to Japan, I wanted to experience the country’s traditional side, so I made a point to visit as many temples in Japan as we had time for. Even though we visited numerous Japanese temples during those 2 weeks in Japan, I didn’t get my fill and continued to search out more…

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Best Cities to Visit in Europe- My 12 Favourite European Cities for Travellers

Without a doubt, there are many incredible cities to visit in Europe. Some are known for their physical beauty, interesting history, and rich culture, while others are popular for their culinary offerings, local arts scene, and nightlife. What draws someone to a city is deeply personal. There’s no disputing that individual preferences play a huge…

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Senso-ji Temple- Getting to Know Tokyo’s Oldest Temple

It wouldn’t be a trip to Tokyo without visiting Senso-ji, one of the city’s most significant and famous temples. As the oldest temple in Tokyo, Senso-ji attracts thousands of visitors each day who come to worship, participate in traditional rituals, and admire the temple’s vibrant red buildings. During the day, Senso-ji Temple is buzzing with…

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The Atmospheric Ruins of Hore Abbey- Cashel, Ireland

Standing alone in a field, overshadowed by the popular Rock of Cashel, are the ruins of Hore Abbey. The remains of this 13th century monastery are delightfully gloomy, its stone walls crumbling away as plants invade the cracks between rocks. It’s a place I loved visiting, even with wind, rain, and spooky looking black birds…

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The Rock of Cashel- One of Ireland’s Most Magnificent Ancient Sites

I included a lot of ancient sites in my two week Ireland itinerary, but one that made a lasting impression was the Rock of Cashel. Prominently perched atop a green, rocky hill rising from a grassy plain, is a collection of medieval fortifications and religious buildings, their stone walls still strong and imposing though centuries…

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Observation Point Trail- A Classic Hike in Zion National Park

We ended our 3 days in Zion National Park by checking out Observation Point Trail, one of the park’s more strenuous hikes. Over the next six hours, we followed a rough trail through a canyon, along steep ridges looming above sharp drop offs, then up to a plateau high above Zion Canyon. While hiking Observation…

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Visiting Lower Antelope Canyon- A Colourful Slot Canyon in Arizona

Arizona is known for its impressive natural attractions, but one of its most astonishing sites is Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon near Page. Ever since I first saw a photo of Antelope Canyon, I wanted to visit. The narrow passages, smooth curves, and warm tones of this sandstone slot canyon had me infatuated, along with…

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Alta Verzasca Bike Route- Cycling in Switzerland’s Verzasca Valley

I made it a point to do some cycling during my two weeks in Switzerland and one of my favourite routes was Alta Verzasca Bike, in the upper Verzasca Valley. Cycling in the Verzasca Valley was the perfect way to experience the natural beauty and traditional architecture that makes the Ticino canton such a wonderful…

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  • David Cameron - The path has become one with the nature. Such a beautiful place. Amazing!May 3, 2019 – 3:50 amReplyCancel

Angels Landing Hike- What to Expect on Zion National Park’s Most Thrilling Trail

There are many incredible hikes in Zion National Park, but no other invokes nervous excitement like Angels Landing Trail. Steep, narrow, with sheer drop offs on either side, this trail is not for the faint of heart or anyone fearful of heights. The Angels Landing hike is quite literally breathtaking, not only for the dramatic…

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