Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in a non-western culture, something totally different, exotic, and colorful? My friend Gail wanted to celebrate her birthday by experiencing a totally different environment from her norm. After 2 months of research on Morocco, and with the help of hotel owner from Skoura named L’ma, Gail planned their own private experience. Her own trip was less expensive than standard packages and just as nice.
This article takes you through the colorful two week tour that she and husband Mitch experienced, and what they loved about Morocco.
In deciding what to do for summer vacation last year, friends Mark, Karen and their daughter, decided on a Canadian Bus Trip where they could relax, and let Starr, a local bus tour company, do the planning and driving. This post is a result of an interview with them that discusses the 6-day trip, and its pros and cons.
Selecting the Canadian Bus Trip – Quebec City and Montreal
Mark’s friend had recently used Starr, and Mark liked the idea of having someone else do the driving (sounds good to me!). Mark hadn’t been to Montreal and Quebec City so it sounded like a good choice. The Canadian Bus Trip description sounded inviting – “Explore the rich culture and Continue reading →
A top spot on my Ecuador Bucket List was our Quilotoa Loop Adventure. The draw was the many colorful indigenous populations and their markets, the perfect turquoise blue Quilotoa Lake, the art of the Tigua people, and the surrounding snow-capped Andean volcanoes. Get the picture? Here are a few.
The Quilotoa Loop
The Quilotoa Loop is a route around the lake’s remote back country towns off of the Pan-american Highway and Continue reading →
Our last 2 posts talked about our Nashville Top Picks. Now I am sure you want to know my last few, and are wondering about the restaurants and food – especially southern comfort food, for which Nashville is known. We dined in several restaurants during our stay… Continue reading →
Last year I wrote a post about the great opportunities for fun and entertainment in Bucks County. You can see that post with more information about some of the venues listed below. Since people have been asking me about events and concerts, as well as timing, here is the 2016 version with links to concert schedules and more.
While Tom and I love to travel in the winter, we absolutely love living in Bucks County in the summer! Actually the spring and fall are gorgeous too.
I call Bucks County ‘Eye Candy,’ especially for those who love nature. Solebury Township, where we live, also known as New Hope, is among the townships with the highest percentage of preserved land, so it is very green – filled with tree farms and horse farms.
We have a lake too – you can see it in the photos in my 2015 post.
Bucks County Outdoor Summer Activities
Bucks County is quite large, with many towns, and there are lots of great outdoor activities throughout the summer. You can stay busy all summer without Continue reading →
Before choosing Galapagos Land Accommodations, select the islands where you want to stay. If taking a land-only trip, I recommend splitting your time between Santa Cruz, staying in Ayora, and Isabela. Then you must decide if you want a 5-star hotel with all of the amenities, a hostel, or something in between. Another big consideration is Continue reading →
What Galapagos Excursions and Activities do you prefer?
For your Galapagos Excursions, decide if you want to see the Galapagos by motoring between islands and living on a boat. Or would you prefer staying on one or two islands and taking day excursions? You can do some of each; we did both.
How to decide – a cruise, a land package, diving?
Our boat – First Class Cat
A cruise will be much more expensive than a land trip. However, it is not possible to see the remote islands if you do not go on a boat cruise.
Ecuador is tiny. In the diverse distinct regions in Ecuador, you will find extreme beauty from its historic Andean cities to its nature. The nature of Ecuador consists of micro-climates from snow-capped peaks (there are 44 peaks with 14 active volcanoes) to humid jungles to warm coastal beaches.
Tom and I spent 2 months in 2015-2016 traveling the small but diverse country of Ecuador. On Tuesday of this week, as I was leaving the gym, a woman from my dance class asked, “Why did you choose Ecuador? It is an unusual choice.”
We loved the variety of experiences and enjoyed many of the local people we met in Ecuador.