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Soaking Up Art and Architecture in São Paulo

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I arrived in São Paulo wide-eyed and ready to explore the city that would act as both a layover and launch point throughout the rest of my time in Brazil. As the largest city in the country (and the fifth largest city in the world!), São Paulo can be a tad overwhelming. I knew I […]

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January 30, 2017 by | Comments Off on Soaking Up Art and Architecture in São Paulo

Holy, Hot Wheels!

Cars at the Starting Line Ready to Race

Hot Wheels cars. Micro Machines. The Hess Truck at Christmas. I have a deep connection to anything with wheels and it started early in life. Just thinking of driving somewhere fast fills me with the kind of adolescent glee associated with snowy Christmas mornings or news of A-ha’s latest album release. So when I learned […]

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January 3, 2017 by | Comments Off on Holy, Hot Wheels!

Amsterdam’s Keukenhof Gardens: Tiptoe Through the Tulips

Keukenhof Gardens in season

If you’ve got a thing for flowers, color, beauty, history and sweet-smelling air, the Netherlands’ Keukenhof Gardens, not far from Amsterdam, is the place for you. It’s gorgeous. So gorgeous, in fact, that no one has ever taken a bad photograph there. Well, not of the flowers anyway.

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March 11, 2016 by | 17 Comments

Two Countries, One Trip: How to See More on Your Next Vacation

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Even if you’re not the kind of traveler who wants to check off as many destinations as possible in a week-long vacation, you might get restless staying in one place for that long. With some cities, you not only have the option of visiting another region, you can also stamp your passport by going to […]

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February 24, 2016 by | Comments Off on Two Countries, One Trip: How to See More on Your Next Vacation

Exploring Transylvania from Cluj-Napoca

Brasov and it's most important landmark, the Black Church in the Old Town.

The vibrant student city of Cluj-Napoca, located in legend-riddled Transylvania, and has proclaimed itself as Romania’s ‘city of the arts.’ A multi-cultural city with its origins in Roman times, Cluj’s profile is currently riding high as European Youth Capital for 2015. Thanks to its proximity to many of Romania’s unique attractions, exploring Transylvania from Cluj-Napoca […]

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October 26, 2015 by | Comments Off on Exploring Transylvania from Cluj-Napoca

Explore the Castles of Transylvania from Bucharest

Brasov city-center.

The Peles and Bran castles are a few hours drive outside of Bucharest, therefore making a great day trip to our Romania travel plans. Since we were traveling without a car, I chose to book the Castles of Transylvania from Bucharest Private Tour in order to discover the true history of the region.

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October 7, 2015 by | Comments Off on Explore the Castles of Transylvania from Bucharest

Alpacas, Llamas & Goats at Apple Hill Farm in North Carolina

Get up-close with Alpacas on a farm in North Carolina.

Children shriek in giddy delight as alpacas nuzzle the fence—a strange feel of Andean charm in the middle of Appalachia. Alpacas are the main attraction here on Apple Hill Farm in North Carolina, about 25 minutes from Boone, but there are also goats, chickens, donkeys, and pigs that accompany them on this 42-acre property. As […]

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September 10, 2015 by | Comments Off on Alpacas, Llamas & Goats at Apple Hill Farm in North Carolina

Top 10 Things to Do in Transylvania

Historical churches among mountains in the city of Huedin, Calata.

The mythical land of Vlad the Impaler, Transylvania is the wild frontier of once-secretive Romania. It’s a mysterious region encircled by the Carpathian Mountains and is rapidly opening up to the West. It’s home to enticing Saxon-cum-Baroque cities, medieval villages, fortified churches and magical castles. There’s so much to see and do, but here are […]

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August 26, 2015 by | Comments Off on Top 10 Things to Do in Transylvania

Spending the Day at Trakai

Trakai Castle.

Lithuania is a country with rich history, beautiful scenery and Baroque architecture that will undoubtedly soon be a firm fixture on the destination hotlist. The small Eastern European nation joined the EU 10 years ago and is the home to the historic capital city of Vilnius. There are many charms lying within easy reach of […]

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August 10, 2015 by | Comments Off on Spending the Day at Trakai

Six Reasons to Visit the Mall of America in Minnesota

The famous Mall of America.

Mall of America is a massive shopping center located in Bloomington, Minnesota, just 10 miles from downtown Minneapolis. It’s the largest shopping mall in the United States and has a plethora of retail shops and activities covering four levels. Heading to a mall while visiting Minneapolis may not seem like something that that should be […]

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August 3, 2015 by | Comments Off on Six Reasons to Visit the Mall of America in Minnesota