Destinations

This is where you will find info about our favorite destinations.

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 […]

The Vibrant Street Art of Valencia, Spain

Valencia was the first stop of our Spanish road trip, and we didn’t really have any preconceived ideas about the city beyond oranges and paella. What we found was a very unique medieval and modern city, with an abundance of street art that gives a fresh twist to exploring its old town. Overshadowed by Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia is […]

Amazing Japan: Five Insider Survival Tips

Japan has one of the world’s most fascinating cultures to explore. Our daughter Carlee has spent the last few years living in Asia, much of that time in Japan. We were able to visit her there recently, and her experience made our trip so much easier. Here are some of her insider survival tips to make your visit to amazing […]

Must See Highlights of Jasper National Park

Seven Bears and Lemon Squares I live in Calgary, Alberta, so Jasper National Park is essentially local. It attracts visitors from around the world, but crazy as it seems I have never been there until now. We visit Banff National Park several times a year, but I was blown away by the spectacular natural beauty of Jasper. […]

Prepare for the Bears in Canada’s Mountain Parks

On our recent trip to Jasper National Park we saw seven black bears! It was pretty thrilling when this black bear looked up and acknowledged our presence. Like all the bears we spotted, we were watching this one from our car pulled over at the side of the road while in the Jasper area. You […]