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Cusco’s Historic Centre- Exploring the Capital of the Inca Empire

As the first stop on our 3 week trip to South America, Cusco was an introduction to the Inca history and Quechua culture that make Peru such a fascinating destination for travellers. In Cusco we discovered a city quite literally built on Inca foundations. Spanish colonial cathedrals and churches stand over Inca temples, long arcades…

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  • Debraj Banerjee - The description is so vivid, I felt that along with you people I was also travelling in these marvellous destinations.April 30, 2018 – 1:21 amReplyCancel

Gokayama, Japan- Enjoying Historic Architecture and Traditional Crafts in Ainokura Village

As with most places I travel to, I was inspired to visit Gokayama by a photograph I had seen. It was a scene I couldn’t resist- a tiny village of thatched roof houses, their steep, sloped tops covered in snow, perfectly complementing the mountainous backdrop in the distance. From then on, I often dreamed about…

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Exploring the Arashiyama District of Kyoto

On the last of our 3 days in Kyoto, we decided to explore the Arashiyama district, a mountainous, forested region in the western outskirts of the city. We were initially drawn to this popular sightseeing district by photos of its famous bamboo grove, but quickly discovered that Arashiyama has far more to offer, both in…

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Visiting Sacsayhuaman- An Inca Fortress in Cusco, Peru

The uphill walk from central Cusco to Sacsayhuaman was slow going, since our bodies hadn’t adjusted to the high altitude yet, but the excitement of seeing our first Inca ruin kept us motivated to push on. In between frequent breaks and gasps for air, I hoped that the effort would be worthwhile and Sacsayhuaman would…

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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

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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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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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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Flying Over the Nazca Lines- Peru’s Mysterious Geoglyphs

“Coming up on the right, whale,” one of the pilots announces over the speaker as we approach the first geoglyph on our Nazca Lines flight. Palms sweating with excitement, I stare intently out the window, camera in hand and ready to shoot as soon as I spot the whale. The pilot banks the plane, angling…

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  • Great Nazca Tours - Hi Rhonda,
    Thank you for taking the time to write such a good article to my motherland also nice shots. I love the last picture.November 12, 2017 – 3:12 pmReplyCancel

The Québec Winter Carnival- Experiencing Canada’s Beloved Winter Festival

I’ve visited many cities that embrace winter but have never seen one that celebrates the season more than Québec City. Every year, the city proudly puts on the Québec Winter Carnival (Carnaval de Québec), one of the largest winter carnivals in the world. This celebration goes beyond your typical winter festival though. What makes this…

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Visiting Machu Picchu- Peru’s Hilltop Inca Citadel

Machu Picchu- just hearing the name conjures up classic images of this hilltop Inca city, high in a tropical forest of the Peruvian Andes. These ruins, once concealed by the jungle, have gone on to become an icon of the Inca civilization and Peru’s most visited tourist attraction. About Machu Picchu- History and Discovery Machu…

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  • the cape on the corner - wow. the photos are amazing, and i can totally see crying over something so beautiful, but also, a long dreamed of location. glad you got some pictures of you both, together.
    bNovember 15, 2016 – 12:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Alouise - Machu Picchu is one of those places I’ve dreamed of visiting for years as well. It’s too bad you didn’t feel whatever energy people said “you’re supposed to feel” when you were there, but I think that’s the thing about travel – we see those pictures with no people and forget there are people in the background, maybe people selling souvenirs, etc. I felt similar when I went to Chichen Itza a number of years ago. I expected it to be like awe inspiring site, of silence and reflection, and it was full of tourists and people selling souvenirs. It was still interesting to visit and I’m glad I went, but I didn’t have the connection I thought of would. Sounds like your experience was similar, but I’m glad you still enjoyed it. The photos look fantastic, and still make me one to to visit one day.November 25, 2016 – 2:09 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Funny you mention Chichen Itza because I kind of felt the same way about it. I was shocked that people were allowed to be inside selling souvenirs. At least that wasn’t the case at Machu Picchu- souvenirs were sold at the gift shop only.December 24, 2016 – 10:10 amReplyCancel

Orongo- Ceremonial Village of the Birdman Cult

Set between the sprawling crater of Rano Kau and the plunging cliffs of Easter Island’s southwest coast, is the small ceremonial village of Orongo. Orongo is a much different site than any other place on Easter Island. There are no famous moai statues and no huge ceremonial platforms. It’s the only place on the island…

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Rano Raraku- Carving Site of Easter Island’s Moai

Scattered across the slope of a volcano are hundreds of stone heads, their serious facial expressions gazing out over Easter Island’s barren landscape. These are moai- idolized by the original Rapa Nui culture and obsessively built here at Rano Raraku, one of Easter Island’s most fascinating sites. About Rano Raraku Rano Raraku is the quarry…

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4 Days in Easter Island- A Self-Guided Tour of Rapa Nui

“We’re most looking forward to spending 4 days in Easter Island,” I’d say when friends asked about our upcoming trip to South America. “What’s Easter Island?” some would ask, a quizzical look on their face. “You know, the place with all the stone heads,” I replied, trying to hide my shock that they didn’t know…

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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 - 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.July 15, 2016 – 8:44 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Oh yes, it was really fun to get to interact with the deer. Back home in Canada that would be a big no-no!July 18, 2016 – 2:02 pmReplyCancel

  • Frank - 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)July 21, 2016 – 2:01 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - 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!July 21, 2016 – 11:19 amReplyCancel

  • Frank - I meant “OR did you do a day trip from Kyota?”July 21, 2016 – 2:02 amReplyCancel

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 - 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)June 28, 2016 – 2:30 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - 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.June 28, 2016 – 4:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Nuna - Hey.. May I ask how much does it costs going around Nikko by public transport? Including the train from Tokyo.

    I’m considering to rent a car since there are 4 of us. But I’m not sure which is cheaper.

    Thank youOctober 25, 2016 – 11:40 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Nuna. I honestly don’t remember how much it cost to take the train from Tokyo and we didn’t use public transportation in Nikko. We like to walk as much as possible. Sorry I can’t be of more help.October 28, 2016 – 2:39 pmReplyCancel

  • Christine Stone - Hi Rhonda, Thanks for sharing your trip.

    We are planning on being in Nikko in April. Do you remember if there are frequent trains from Nikko to Shinjuku Station? Or if there are frequent bullet trains from Tokyo station? I’m just concerned that there may only be 1 or 2 a day.?
    We are thinking of taking the bullet train from Tokyo station one way and then the limited express the other way. I understand there will be a train change for the bullet train but we want to ride a bullet train and it will be our only opportunity. We will not have a JR pass as our transportation will be provided the rest of the time we will be in Tokyo. We will be able to buy tickets at the stations, correct? Do you think it is necessary to get them ahead?

    We also want to go to Lake Chuzeji & see Kegon Waterfall. I think we will skip the Imperial Villa and the Abyss in order to do this.
    Do you have any thoughts about that?

    I know that’s a lot of questions!
    Thank you so much!
    ChrisFebruary 2, 2017 – 7:30 amReplyCancel

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 - Love the pictures! I was there last year and this is definitely an area worth visiting! Thanks for sharing, made me feel there again!July 8, 2016 – 1:19 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you so much, Cristina! Glad I could bring back some happy memories!July 18, 2016 – 2:01 pmReplyCancel

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