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Scones with Coconut Oil

Make the Most Delicious Scones Ever with Coconut Oil

In a little garden cafe near Bradford-on-Avon in the UK, we had the most amazing scones I had ever tasted. They were tender and fluffy, served warm with clotted cream and strawberry jam, and pretty much carb perfection. Since then I’ve tried and adapted many recipes to try and match those UK scones. Today I substituted coconut oil for the butter […]

Meteora Monastery

Meteora’s Monasteries in the Sky

About four hours northwest of Athens is Meteora, where unique geological peaks form a dramatic and beautiful natural landscape.  Upon these seemingly inaccessible peaks, monks in the 11th century began building monasteries. Eventually twenty-four of these monasteries were built, and it’s no surprise that Meteora’s Monasteries in the sky are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. We […]

A Taste of Delicious Athens Home Cooking

When you visit a new country, have you ever wished you could glimpse inside a real home, maybe even be invited to dinner? That’s just what we were able to do in Athens, Greece with the Alternative Athens Home Cooked Meals tour. We were taken to a typical Athenian residential neighbourhood where our gracious host, […]

Hagia Sophia – Byzantine Architectural Wonder

If you love architecture, then you probably love visiting cathedrals as much as I do. Besides their historical and religious significance, they represent the best engineering and architectural achievements of their day. So I was really looking forward to our visit to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Hagia Sophia is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture, and […]

Manila, Philippines — a Tale of Two Cities

On our recent trip to Asia we had the opportunity to visit our good friends Ralph and Aida in Manila, Philippines. Our trip was too short, but thanks to our excellent hosts we were able to get a good introduction to this fascinating and complex city. Metro Manila has a population of around 12 million — mostly poor, a few […]

Packing List

General Packing Tips Rolling items helps you fit more in and they wrinkle less. Packing cubes are great to keep things neat and organized. Adjust packing list as needed, according to the destination, weather, and your taste. If you like skirts, you may not need as many pants, etc. Pack wrinkle-free items as much as […]