Cruising on the Swan River to Artistic Fremantle, Australia

Black swans are the namesake of the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia

Black swans dot the banks and give the Swan River her name according to the commentary on board the hour-long Captain Cook cruise from Perth to Fremantle in Western Australia (WA). It was a late spring day with a light breeze. The river sailing was smooth and the commentary identified key sights like the Royal […]

Photo Tour: Cruising into Venice Italy

Cruising into Venice Italy on the NCL Spirit 2

Cruising into Venice Italy is one of those magical travel moments. For us, it was several years ago, and we were on the NCL Spirit. We stood at the bow of the cruise ship, and despite the crowds, looking out it was captivating. I shared my photos of Venice from the ship, but for some reason these remained in my […]

Views from the Top of the Seattle Space Needle: A City Icon

View of Mount Rainier from the top of the Seattle Space Needle

It’s certainly not the tallest tower in the world, yet the Seattle Space Needle is the number one tourist attraction in the Northwest United States attracting over one-million visitors annually. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, it was considered a space age wonder. It takes only 41 seconds from the ground to the observation deck located […]

Skydeck Chicago: I Walked Out on the Ledge – Would You?

Skydeck Chicago Ledge, professional shot

That first step out onto the Skydeck Chicago Ledge is a bit unnerving. The glass juts out over four feet from the 103 floor of the highest observation deck in the United States. At 1,353 feet up it’s surreal to look straight down. Our adventure actually started out on the ground level of the Willis Tower. I was […]

Cable Car: #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Cable Car in Wellington New Zealand

C is for Cable Car . . .  or climb. Practical Information:  On the “must see” list of most visitors to New Zealand’s capital city, the country’s only funicular railway runs from the centre of town on Lambton Quay up hill for 612m. Once at the top you will find the Wellington Botanic Garden (free), the Cable […]

Hiking Mount Victoria in Wellington

View while hiking Mount Victoria in Wellington New Zealand

A few eyes rolled when I suggested hiking Mount Victoria during our recent visit to Wellington, one of my favourite New Zealand cities. At 196 metres, it is taller than any natural point in Auckland, and the 360 degree views from the top are well worth the effort. And effort it was. We were later told we […]