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More Than a Layover: Lima in 24, 48 or 72 Hours

Museo Larco in Lima, Peru

For many travelers, Lima is nothing more than a layover city or on-the-way stop to Cusco and Machu Picchu. The truth is, treating Lima solely as a stopover would be a mistake. With its contemporary museums, colonial architecture, immense culture, endless archaeology, green spaces, food scene and window into the life of the 10 million people who live there, Lima has something for everyone, even if it’s for as little as 24, 48 or 72 hours.

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May 25, 2015 by | Comments Off

Panama City and Canal Sightseeing Tour Review

Paseo de Las Bovedas

My husband, 9-week-old daughter and I embarked on the Panama City and Canal Sightseeing Tour with excitement. We knew we wanted to see the Miraflores Locks, one of the Panama Canal’s three famous locks, and get our bearings in the city where we’d be staying for the next week. The tour provided us with an unexpectedly in-depth Canal experience that gave meaningful historical context to our whirlwind visit to Panama’s Casco Viejo (“Old Town”), also known as Casco Antiguo.

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February 20, 2015 by | Comments Off

London VIP Tour to the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral

London VIP Tour

The Exclusive-Access Tour to The Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and The View from The Shard, a VIP experience only available on Viator, will have people seeing three of London’s most popular attractions as well ceremonies and areas of these attractions that aren’t generally open to the public, all led by expert tour guides.

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May 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Panama City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Panama City Hop-on Hop-Off Tour

Panama City is famous for a lot of wonderful things, like engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal, the beauty that is the city skyline, and the historical gem that is the UNESCO-recognized old town. It’s also famous for some not-so-wonderful things, like unscrupulous taxi drivers and mind-numbing traffic.

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February 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Exploring Bosnia From Dubrovnik


I recently spent some time in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and because I’m on somewhat of a quest to visit as many countries as I can, I decided to take a side trip from Dubrovnik to Medjugorje and Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, the towns that we visited and the people that we met were so intriguing that the day ended up being much more than just another checkmark on my list of countries visited!

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November 21, 2013 by | 0 Comments

10 of the Most Beautiful Spots in Finland

The Kvarken Archipelago. Image courtesy of Ahlea on Flickr.

Finland is famous for its natural beauty, from its jagged coastline and strings of rocky archipelagos to bleak, scrub-covered fells and soundless expanses of northern snowlands. Over half of Finland lies within the Arctic Circle, forest covers 86 per cent of the land, there are 37 national parks, 187,888 lakes and almost as many islands and skerries sprinkling the coast. Here are 10 of the most amazing places in to visit in Finland ­– these beauty spots should be on everyone’s bucket list.

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November 20, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Exploring Texas’ Culture in the Downtown Dallas Arts District

View of Downtown Dallas

Dallas, Texas is known for many things, such as the Dallas Cowboys and other professional sports teams, fine dining and shopping, and the long-running 1978 television drama, Dallas, about a wealthy and feuding Texan oil family. Most people, however, don’t know about the city’s burgeoning Arts District, a rare gem that is the centerpiece of the area’s cultural life.

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November 1, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Kreuzberg District Tour: Food, Culture, and Street Art

One of many famous works of graffiti in Berlin

The Kreuzberg district of Berlin is a very hip area. Hence, it’s the perfect spot for a Kreuzberg District Food, Culture, and Street Art tour. Tour guide Jannes met me and the other tour participant by the East Side Hotel, just outside of the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, and directly across from the East Side Gallery. The East Side Gallery is the longest section of the Berlin Wall that remains standing – at 1.3kms. It’s covered in graffiti-like art, but it’s not for just anybody to come along and make their mark; artists are invited.

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October 24, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Visiting North Holland and the Enclosing Dike

You can see the IJsselmeer on the left (lower part of the dike) and the Zuiderzee on the right.

Constructed between 1927 and 1933, the Afsluitdijk connects the North-Holland province with the Friesland province and runs over a length of 32 kilometers. It’s a fundamental part of the larger Zuiderzee Works that dams off the Zuiderzee (a salt water inlet of the North Sea) and turns it into the fresh water lake of the IJsselmeer.

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September 19, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Exploring Baltimore: Maryland’s City of History and Culture

Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Baltimore, Maryland, is a great place to soak up nearly three hundred years of history and culture. Whether you want to walk the decks of historic ships, stroll along streets in charming waterfront communities, or experience sophisticated dining and nightlife, Baltimore is a city that appeals to everyone, and most of its attractions, hotels and restaurants are within walking distance of its spectacular waterfront.

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September 13, 2013 by | 0 Comments

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