Author: Mike & Anne

Smith Rock State Park

The Ultimate Oregon Road Trip: The Cascades

Everyone knows about iconic U.S. road trips like the Pacific Coast Highway or Route 66, but hugging the curves of the Cascade Range? This has been one of our favorite legs on our 8,000 mile journey across the States. Within the Pacific Ring of Fire and running from Northern California to southern British Columbia, this […]

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Hurtigruten Norway

Cruising the Norwegian Fjords

With 15,000 miles of coastline and 1,190 fjords, Norway’s coastline is said to offer the most beautiful sea voyage in the world … and we’ll back them up on that. Beginning our journey from Bergen, we passed medieval cities to timeless fishing villages, glaciated mountains to wildlife-rich archipelagos. Making over a dozen stops on our […]

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Haifa Bahai Gardens

Northern Israel: Haifa & Old Akko

A picturesque Mediterranean port city, cascading down Mt. Carmel to the sea, with the world-famous Baha’i Gardens in between…Haifa holds it’s own for beauty and culture. Not a big tourist-draw, it’s is a real city that prides itself on its harmoniously mixed population of Jews and Arabs. We particularly loved the street market and art […]

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Convent of the Cappuchos

Sintra, Portugal: 1,000 Years of History in 1 Day

Set high in the mountains, just 20 miles from the capital with cool temps and views to the ocean, Sintra has always been in fashion. From the Moors to medieval royalty to the European jet-set, people have flocked to this seductive locale for more than a millennium. Each group left their stylistic mark, from foreboding […]

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Verana Yelapa

Puerto Vallarta’s Secret Hideaway: Yelapa, Mexico

Only accessible by boat or 4×4, Yelapa is happily hidden away from glitzy Puerto Vallarta. While it’s northern Jalisco neighbor was building resorts and state-of-the-art airports, Yelapa was dabbling with the idea of fixed electricity and perfecting its Raicilla moonshine. A sandy beach cove, bountiful sea, and mom-and-pop shops provided everything locals and travelers could […]

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The Great New Zealand Road-Trip

The Complete South Island Road Trip Guide

The South Island was made for road trips. It has glaciers, fjords, volcanoes, vineyards, Lord of the Ring forests, impeccable roads, and very few people sharing it. With only one million inhabitants in a landmass the size of New York State, the South Island feels largely untouched and the ultimate place to connect with nature […]

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Sleeping on Volcano Avenue

We drove from Quito down the Pan-American Highway, the storied road from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, towards the highest active volcano in the world…Cotopaxi. It towered over us at 19,347-feet, growing even taller with a steady stream of smoke and ash. We rounded the gravel road and the charming Hacienda el Porvenir appeared, nestled […]

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Balloons over Cappadocia Turkey

What Travel Dreams are Made of: Cappadocia

A luxury cave? A modern 3,000-year old home? These are the paradoxes of the Museum Hotel that make it the only Relais & Châteaux property in all of Turkey and one of the most unique hotels in the world. Its home in Cappadocia is marked by volcanic eruptions and a blanket of thick ash that […]

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