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Gibraltar is an extremely unique place. With a quirky melting pot of Spanish, English, and North African cultures, it’s hard not to resist popping on over into Britain’s overseas territory of Gibraltar, when in Southern Spain. And there are likely few places in the world that you enter by walking across an airport runway to […]

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Known for the dwellings of the people whom archaeologists once called the “Anasazi” (a derisive Navajo term meaning “ancient enemy”).  Mesa Verde National Park in Montezuma County, Colorado, is home to some of the world’s most beautiful sandstone and adobe structures. The twelfth and thirteenth-century rectangular homes — and circular, subterranean religious structures called “kivas” […]

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Brú na Bóinne, which means the ‘palace’ or the ‘mansion’ of the Boyne, refers to the area within the bend of the River Boyne which contains one of the world’s most important prehistoric landscapes.  Newgrange, Ireland’s best known Neolithic tomb and was built during the Neolithic period around 3000 BC to 2500 BC, making it older than […]

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The Alhambra, a 14th-Century Palace and fortress in the hills of Granada, is a must-see during any visit to the Andalusia region in Southern Spain.  The name Alhambra, signifying in Arabic “the red,” is probably derived from the reddish color of the tapia (rammed earth) of which the outer walls were built. The Alhambra is […]

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Located in the heart of Andalusia (between Seville and Granada), the The Antequera Dolmens is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The complex contains three megalithic monuments: the Menga and Viera dolmens and the Tholos of the Romeral.  The Viera Dolmen is a corridor tomb consisting of a long passage divided into two sections, at the […]

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Just like majority of travel in the past two years, nothing is like it used to be. With that being said, we made the most of our two weeks (Dec 2021-Jan 2022) exploring Montreal & Quebec City enduring many restrictions (ie: indoor dining closing towards the end of our trip) and permanent closures (hello Christmas […]

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From the historic center of Sintra, you can access the Moorish Castle and also the Pena National Palace through signposted trails. The trails take hikers through the forest, the small watercourses and some gardens and old villages.  Built by the Moors, The Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros) was built sometime between the 8th […]

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With the white and icy blue snow contrasting against the red, brown and tans of the canyon walls, winter is a spectacular time of year to visit the Grand Canyon’s South Rim! With over six million visitors a year traveling to view the canyon, the winter months tend to see far less sightseers due to […]

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Visiting the Giant’s Causeway has long been on my bucket list since my science college courses. This spectacular rock formation was so unique it’s hard to believe it was even real. A great hike for kids (ours were 9 and 6 at the time), Northern Ireland’s wild and untamed Antrim coast is home to dreamy […]

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Masada is an ancient stone fortress, perched high above the western shore of the Dead Sea in the barren Judean desert. It’s are made up of chalk, dolomite and marl strata thousands of feet above the Dead Sea. To get to the top of Masada, you can hike up the steep trail or take a […]

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There isn’t a better souvenir than a picturesque shot and Jerusalem was filled with them! Here are a few spots not to miss while visiting the Holy City. The Western Wall It only seems fitting to start with the Western Wall, which is Judaism’s holiest site. However, depending on your visit (we were there during […]

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With nearly 4 million people visiting the majestic Yosemite National Park each year, it is hard to avoid the crowds. People from around the world flock here to see the soaring granite cliffs, peaceful grassy meadows, raging waterfalls and au inspiring vistas. Let’s face it, Yosemite’s unforgettable splendor is one of the reasons California is […]

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