Why Belize Makes for an Exhilarating Travel Experience

Pier in Belize

{This article on Belize was written for Albom Adventures by Sam of Soar Legs.} Belize is a tiny country on the eastern coast of Central America and is sandwiched between Mexico and Guatemala. It has the Caribbean Sea to the east and a dense Central American jungle to the west. This small yet eclectic nation […]

Inside the Sydney Opera House: Touring an Australian Icon

Sydney Opera House

I love the look of the Sydney Opera House on a bright day, the white tile glistening against the blue background. This was our third trip to Sydney, and the first time we went inside the iconic Sydney Opera House. It wasn’t to see a show, although we were quite tempted to see My Fair […]

Photos of Mount Cook – Flying Over New Zealand’s Tallest Mountain

Mount Cook - New Zealand's Tallest Mountain

Flying over Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain, was an unexpected bonus on an already spectacular helicopter flight.  While driving up the rugged west coast of New Zealand’s South Island we stopped in the Fox Valley. Many years earlier, when the girls were really young, we had visited and after leaving made a decision that […]

Zig Zag Bridges in China ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Zig Zag Bridge in Suzhou, China. The bends stop the evil spirits from following.

Zig zag bridges are common in China, not because they are beautiful (although I think they are), but rather to keep away evil spirits who can only travel in a straight line.  They often lead to serene islands, symbolically taking followers from the chaos and bustle of a city to a peaceful spot. Possibly the […]

A Royal Palace: Photos of the Homes of Queens and Kings

palaces

Q is for Queen, but today’s photos are about their homes and the gates that surround their Palace.  Each of these structures is unique and different. Masterpieces of their time. Literally, fit for a king. We saw many palaces as we traveled around the world, nearly all from the exterior. Only in Scotland were we premitted inside a […]

Opera Houses Built to Stand Out ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Sydney Opera House

We went to Australia to celebrate my 50th birthday, as a visit to the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge were on my bucket list.  Then, a year later I saw the magnificent Opera House in Muscat, Oman.  Sydney’s Opera House is built in expressionist style, while Muscat chose a combination of Islamic and Italianate architecture. […]

Great Wall of China – A Walking Adventure ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Great Wall of China

We walked on the Great Wall of China! We chose the Mutianyu section as it’s a bit steeper and much less crowded than the more popular Badaling section. Have you walked on the Great Wall of China? Have you been to China? Are you participating in the AtoZ Challenge 2014? This post also submitted for […]

Berlin Wall – A Piece of History Remains as a Memorial ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall enclosed West Berlin from August 13, 1961 to November 9, 1989, cutting a line through the entire city center and separating the East Berliners and citizens of East Germany, from the freedom of the West.  The wall came down in 1989, but a piece remains, protected, as a memorial and stark reminder. […]

Aqueduct of Segovia Spain – A 2000 Year Old Roman Masterpiece ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Aqueduct of Segovia Spain is 16,220 meters in length and 28 meters tall

The aqueduct of Segovia is an engineering feat of the Roman Empire, built about 50 A.D. Twenty-eight meters tall and stretching 16,220 meters in length it is awe-inducing – but not simply due to size. It is held together solely by natural forces, with the unmortared granite bricks staying in place based on an innovative balancing technique. A symbol of Segovia, […]

Photos: The Army of the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an China

Terracotta Warriors

Seeing the Army of the Terracotta Warriors was one of the highlights of our visit to China. This army of almost 6000 warrior statues was created during the Qin Dynasty (2000 years ago) and was accidentally discovered in Xi’an by a farmer in 1974 and opened to the public a few years later. The photos don’t […]

Volubilis is an Ancient Roman City in Morocco, Northern Africa

Basilica at Volubilis, ancient Roman city in Morocco

The ancient city Volubilis exceeded our expectations. Situated in Northern Africa, it is part of the vast Roman Empire, yet somewhat different than other ruins we have seen as it blends the Roman and indigenous cultures. An UNESCO World Heritage site, Volubilis is often considered to be the best-preserved archeological site in Morocco.  Located near Meknes […]

Arc de Triomphe, Military and a Parade

Military Parade line up

Once again we have arrived somewhere randomly, only to find it is a special day. Since we didn’t know what was going on, it all seemed a bit odd to us at first, especially in light of current world events. We are at the base of the Arc de Triomphe, just walking around and having […]

Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, and Other Sights in Athens Greece

Acropolis in Athens Greece

We are in Athens Greece, just for the day as it is another port off the cruise ship. We knew right from the beginning that one day isn’t enough time to see this historical city. I have been to Athens before, but it’s all new to the rest of the family. To maximize our time, […]

Ephesus: Turkey’s Wonder of the Ancient World

Ephesis

Ephesus is one of my favorite ancient sites so far, interesting and stunning.  Having stellar weather helped to, offering clear blue skies. Honestly, we almost skipped this ancient Greek treasure. We our cruise ship docked in the port of Izmir, Turkey for only half a day. When I read that Ephesus is a bit over […]

Photo Tour: How to See the Highlights of Rome in a Day

Photos of Rome

Today we attempted the impossible, to see the highlights of Rome in a day, including a visit to the Vatican. We knew it couldn’t all be done, but we had no option as Rome was a port stop on our Mediterranian Cruise on the NCL Sun. The secret to our success was two fold. First we did […]

Pisa Italy: Climbing the Leaning Tower and Visiting the Cathedral

Miracle Square

With one day in port to split between Pisa and Florence, we needed to be focused. Top on the girls list was climbing the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I did it 20 years ago when I first visited Pisa. Then it was easy. We just bought our tickets, got in the queue, and then climbed the […]

Evora Portugal, More than Just the Chapel of Bones

Inside the Chapel of Bones in Evora Portugal

The town of Evora Portugal is much more than just the Chapel of Bones. It is an old town filled with history and historic buildings. That is what the women in the tourism office wanted to make very clear to us. Apparently, we are not the first visitors to come to the office asking only […]

Sintra: Visiting a Fairytale Castle Outside Lisbon Portugal

Pena sintra

We didn’t plan to visit the enchanted town of Sintra in Portugal, but boy are we glad we did. After four months, we have discovered that the best adventures are often those that are not planned, but rather suggested by other travelers. Sintra came with rave reviews. It is a small village in Portugal about […]

Toledo Spain, City of Coexistence of Christians, Jews and Muslims

Sant Maria La Blanca Sinagoga

After our visit in Segovia, we drove the 1.5 hours to Toledo, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Toledo is a not to be missed city close enough to be a day trip from Madrid, but better spent as an overnight. (Thanks Michelle for the recommendation). According to Wikipedia, “Toledo was declared a World Heritage Site […]

Bergen Norway Offering View from Above and an Historical Village

Bergen Norway

Bergen is stunning, a magical town that caught me by surprise. Not always good surprise, but it kept me on my toes. Bergen is the second largest city in Norway. Arriving via MSC cruise ship, we opted not to do an official excursion from the ship, but rather to do things on our own. Visually, we were in […]

We Climbed the Great Wall of China!

Mutianyu section of the Great Wall

This was a great day! We climbed the great wall of China, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world! We have been looking forward to this day for so long, and it far exceeded my expectations. It is just so massive and beautiful. Some say the wall reminds them of a massive dragon, […]

Xi’an China: Army of the Terracotta Warriors and Other Key Sites

Terra-cotta Warriors

Another item ticked was off my bucket list today, when we saw the Army of the Terracotta Warriors. Although it did start out a bit early, the day was awesome. A quick travel lesson for us; while a 7.25am domestic flight may not sound so bad, it is. We had to get up at 4.30 […]