Author Archives: Rhonda Krause

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

Tombstone Territorial Park Flightseeing Tour- The Yukon, Canada

As my helicopter lifted off from the outskirts of Dawson City, I had no idea what to expect from my flightseeing tour of Tombstone Territorial Park. The scenery around Dawson City was nice- big hills, forests, and rivers- but the name Tombstone hinted at something far more dramatic. Staring out the window, I watched as…

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  • Anonymous - awesome photos of tomstone territorial parkNovember 18, 2017 – 4:29 amReplyCancel

Canoeing the Yukon River- Whitehorse to Takhini River Bridge

My canoe trip on the Yukon River, from Whitehorse to the Takhini River bridge, took only 3 hours but left me with a wealth of lasting emotions. It was an experience that I can only describe as perfect. The weather couldn’t have been better for canoeing- not too hot or too cold, with a partially…

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A Week in the Yukon- Unforgettable Experiences in Canada’s Northwest

The Call of the North. It’s not some cute marketing slogan but rather a true, deep-rooted feeling that’s impossible to shake after visiting the Yukon. The Yukon’s had a hold on me since my first visit in the 1990’s. It was one of my favourite family summer road trips and even now, in my mid-thirties, I vividly remember how…

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Photo of the Week: Sacred Valley, Peru

The Urubamba Valley is not simply an area to travel through en route from Cusco to Machu Picchu, it’s a destination in its own right. Known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas, this scenic expanse of land is packed with archaeological sites, small villages, colourful markets and weaving communities. If an adrenaline rush is more your style, you’ll find…

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  • Jennifer J. Trego - WoW,
    What a cool place. Do have any more pics of this place?August 26, 2017 – 1:24 pmReplyCancel

Where to Stay in Paris- A Guide to the Best Paris Neighbourhoods for Travellers

A common question I get from my readers is “Where Should I Stay in Paris?” There are so many wonderful neighbourhoods in Paris, each with a distinctive atmosphere, that deciding where to stay in Paris can be a dilemma. While budget is often a deciding factor, I try not to let that limit me too…

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Getting to Know Sucre- Bolivia’s White City

When I was researching possible destinations to visit in Bolivia, I stumbled across Sucre. Over and over again I read how Sucre was “The Most Beautiful City in Bolivia”. Intrigued, I did a quick image search on Google and was instantly sold on visiting once I saw the photos that showed up. White washed colonial…

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  • Angela - This is a great post. I’m curious to know what it was you didn’t like about Sucre. I’ve never been there myself, but judging from these gorgeous pictures and your description, it seems lovely.December 6, 2017 – 1:10 amReplyCancel

Walking the Fortifications of Québec City

Québec City has many things to brag about, but what makes it truly unique is the fortification wall that surrounds the historic district of Old Québec. As the only fortified city north of Mexico, Québec has a long and prominent military history. From its founding in 1608 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain, to its…

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  • Gary - Hi Rhonda,

    Great post. We enjoyed Québec City as part of our 2010 road trip around eastern Canada (or what we could fit into two weeks!)

    Love the detail in your work, and of course the fabulous photography. The history, and detail on this wonderful city, took us right back to standing high on the Plains of Abraham imagining the horrors of 18th-century battle.

    Look forward to reading more of your work.

    Regards,

    GaryJuly 27, 2017 – 2:53 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Gary,

      Thank you for your kind comment. I’m glad you enjoyed my post and that it brought back some happy memories from your trip!July 27, 2017 – 2:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Mark Moore - It was fun reading this post! Great article. We would also like to now more about forts in UK and their history!August 1, 2017 – 12:14 amReplyCancel

2 Days in Québec City- Enjoying European Charm in Canada

It’s not hard to fall in love with Québec City. Only two blocks into the Old Town and I was already head over heels. I still vividly remember the moment Québec City stole my heart. It was my first night in town and I was walking down Saint-Louis toward Château Frontenac. Lantern-shaped streetlights warmly shone…

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  • Mick - Thanks! This helped inspire me for where to go on my week off!July 31, 2017 – 2:37 amReplyCancel

  • Bianca Fortunato - This is a very useful post. Thank you so much and continue with the great work!August 20, 2018 – 3:40 pmReplyCancel

  • Eric - Great post. A few Canadian friends of my have been saying great things about Quebec City and that I needed to visit. Looks like your posts confirms what I’ve been hearing. And yes, more poutine please!!!!!September 8, 2018 – 2:05 amReplyCancel

  • Lisa Kelly - We spent 5 glorious days in Quebec over NYE a few years back and it was a fairytale of wintery goodnessNovember 15, 2018 – 8:52 pmReplyCancel

Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine- Traditional Starting Point for Climbing Mt. Fuji

In the midst of a dense, old growth forest at the foot of Mt. Fuji, sits a small shrine complex with a special connection to the sacred volcano. Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine (Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine) is the traditional starting point of the Yoshidaguchi Climbing Trail. Pilgrims would come here to pray before beginning their…

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Saiko Iyashi no sato Nenba- A Charming Open Air Museum of Japanese Crafts and Culture

On the northwest side of Lake Saiko, one of the Fuji Five Lakes, is a charming village called Saiko Iyashi no sato Nenba. This traditional Japanese village was once a small farming community until it was destroyed by a typhoon in 1966. It has since been recreated and turned into an open air museum where…

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Oshino Hakkai- 8 Sacred Ponds in the Fuji Five Lakes Region

Oshino Hakkai was a place I missed out on during my first visit to the Fuji Five Lakes region, so on my second trip I made it a priority to visit. What piqued my interest was a photo I saw of thatched roof houses on the shoreline of a pond, backed by a snow-capped Mt….

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Exploring the Fuji Five Lakes- Things to Do Even When You Can’t See Mt. Fuji

Perhaps no other place in Japan is iconic as Mt. Fuji. The allure of this sacred volcano attracts many tourists to the Fuji Five Lakes, an ideal area for viewing Mt. Fuji’s perfect cone. There’s just one problem. Mt. Fuji is notoriously shy, often hiding behind low hanging cloud. Where are you Mt. Fuji? I’ve…

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  • Shreya - Hi Rhonda, very informative post . We are planning to go to Tokyo next month. Is it recommended to rent a car directly from Tokyo to Mt Fuji ? Or reach in the five lakes area and then rent a car? We will be taking the trip with our parents so prefer minimal walking. Thanks!April 8, 2019 – 6:59 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Shreya. It’s definitely easier to rent a car once you get to Kawaguchiko so that you don’t have to worry about driving in a big city, paying road tolls etc. There’s a rental shop right beside the train station!April 8, 2019 – 8:15 pmReplyCancel

The Pisac Ruins- Gateway to the Sacred Valley of the Incas

As we wandered through the colourful markets of Pisac, all I could think about was visiting the Pisac ruins. “No more shopping,” I urged Mike, “let’s get to the ruins!” I was eager to see this spectacular site, known for its steep hillside of agricultural terraces. The Pisac ruins were the only archaeological site in…

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Deadwood, South Dakota- Gambling, Gunslinging and Ghosts

In a world where things seem to change in a blink of an eye, Deadwood remains much as it was in 1876 during the height of the Black Hills Gold Rush. Once a lawless town that attracted gamblers, gunslingers and gold seekers, the Deadwood of today still is a destination for people looking to experience…

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Photo of the Week: San Pedro Apostol Church in Andahuaylillas, Peru

On our last day in Cusco we drove part of the Andean Baroque Route, a scenic road in the South Valley known for its four churches of the Andean Baroque artistic movement. We visited only one, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, about 40 kms from Cusco. San Pedro Apostol may not look very grand from…

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A Walk in Moon Valley- La Paz, Bolivia

Take a name like Moon Valley, combine it with a penchant for unique landscapes, and you can bet I was intrigued to visit Valle de la Luna in La Paz, Bolivia. In a city surrounded by dramatic terrain, Moon Valley is a showpiece of the region. Tall, tan-coloured pinnacles rise up from the eroded hillside,…

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Via Ferrata Climbing Adventure- Montmorency Falls Park, Quebec

Riding my bike from Quebec City towards Montmorency Falls, I excitedly anticipated doing my first via ferrata route. My enthusiasm was oblivious to the fact that I didn’t have a clear idea what exactly via ferrata was, only that it sounded like a fun adventure. So with no preconceived notions or expectations, I readied myself…

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Visiting Meiji Shrine- Tokyo’s Most Important Shinto Shrine

Early on an August morning, while Tokyo was just beginning to wake up, I was already standing in front of the large wooden torii gate marking the entrance to Meiji Shrine. Breathing in the fresh morning air, I happily began walking down the wide graveled path leading to the main shrine building. Shaded by tall…

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  • Danial - Of all the Shinto shrines I’ve seen and read about, Meiji Shrine does not look to be covered in vermillion (compare that with the striking Fushimi Inari Taisha) and left in its original wooden color.January 2, 2019 – 7:41 pmReplyCancel

How to Spend 3 Days in La Paz, Bolivia- Our Itinerary

There was only one place during our 3 week trip to South America that I was nervous about visiting- La Paz, Bolivia. A lot of what I’d heard about the city was not positive. On blogs I read stories about encounters with fake police, and heeded my guidebook’s warnings about taxicab “express kidnappings”. Then toss…

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  • Frank - Isn’t it funny how in South America the poor often have the most scenic views in the city? I remember in Rio the favelas stretching up the hills…

    Some beautiful scenery and that photo with Mount Illimani stunning.

    I don’t know if we’ll ever get there, Spanky has always been nervous about South America and even though we’ve been twice (Colombia – Great experience, Brazil – shitty experience) it’s not high on our list mostly because of the crime factor.

    Nice post,
    Frank (bbqboy)May 29, 2017 – 4:33 pmReplyCancel

  • Suzy - We are planning on being in La Paz for a couple of days before going to Uyuni. Could you provide more information about your tour guide?  Your itinerary looks like something I would love.  I would like to see more of the area.March 9, 2018 – 9:34 amReplyCancel

  • Margaret Piskorz - My best friend and I (also from Canada) are heading to La Paz this July. We would love some more information about your travel guide as well! Thank you so much, MargaretJune 11, 2018 – 5:54 pmReplyCancel

  • Linda - Nice blog! would you be willing to share the contact info of your private driver/guider please? Thanks.January 14, 2019 – 3:07 pmReplyCancel

Tiwanaku, Bolivia- Visiting the Ruins of an Andean Civilization

One of the joys of travelling is learning about different cultures, especially ancient ones that no longer exist. I knew nothing of Tiwanaku culture, or the city that was the centre of their empire, until I visited the Tiwanaku archaeological site on a day trip from La Paz, Bolivia. Exploring the ruins with our guide,…

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