Travel

5 Best Things to Do in Yosemite National Park

Like many, we had to completely cancel and rearrange our 2020 travel. Travel for our family is like oxygen… we need it to breath… we need it for our souls… so to say this was hugely disappointing is a gross understatement. After 7 months of staring at a computer screen with no vacation days, and none on the horizon, we decided to…

6 Reasons to Visit Sequoia National Park

Summer travel looks very different this year since we are still on Covid-19 stay-at-home orders. However, National Parks across the US are in the process of reopening, and are a GREAT drivable option as people look to get away to open spaces after spending months at home. We visited Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park recently and were immediately soothed…

Lourdes, France: Why You Should Visit

Lourdes is nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains in Southwest France. Lourdes is incredibly spiritual, peaceful and tranquil. Lourdes is known for the Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, or the Domain, where pilgrims gather from all over the world. Sites within the Domain include the Basilica of Saint Pius X, the Grotto of Apparitions or the Grotto of Massabielle known for its healing…

What to do with 48 hours in Bilbao Spain

Have you been to Bilbao, Spain?  If not, you should add to your travel list. It’s fantastic, and while there’s so much to see, you can absolutely see the highlights in a couple of days. Bilbao is a neat and compact city, tucked neatly into surrounding hills on either side of the river. Getting around is easy and the ‘must…

San Sebastian Spain: Top 8 Things To Do

As we drove along the Pyrenees, through Southern France and Northern Spain, we were excited to stay in San Sebastian, Spain.  The number one reason most people visit San Sebastián, in Spain’s Basque region, is to sample the fantastic cuisine. We’d heard and read so much about it, and were dying to see the incredible art, architecture, and of course…

Cariuma Sneakers: 5 reasons you need these

We recently drove along northern Spain, hitting all of the hotspots and walked between 8 and 12 miles each day in our Cariuma sneakers. We like to walk around cities rather than take public transportation, since we’ve found it’s the best way to actually get a ‘feel’ for the city. Most cities are easy to navigate and you can…

Istanbul: Top 10 Things to See

Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents. Bosphorus strait separates the European part from the Asian part of Istanbul. Istanbul is seeping with history, culture, and generous hospitality. In recent years tourism has declined because some feel it’s dangerous to travel to Turkey, and since you may be wondering, I never once felt unsafe in Istanbul. Here are some…

Indian Wedding: 10 Reasons This Should be on Your Bucket List

There are weddings and then there are Indian weddings. It’s been on my bucket list for years to attend an Indian wedding. In India. When we received an invitation to celebrate the marriage of two beautiful Indian friends in Delhi, we jumped at the chance. An Indian wedding reflects the cultures of the bride and groom, and very special rituals. We attended a…

What to Expect When Visiting a Turkish Bath in Istanbul

Visiting a Turkish Bath in Istanbul was a highlight of our trip. Hamams or Turkish Baths, are primarily found in Turkey and Morocco. These opulent bathhouses were built as a place for people to cleanse before heading to the mosque. They were also used as social centers where men and women gathered to relax. Traditional hamams contain three chambers: a hot room to steam, a…

Jordan: Five Reasons You Should Visit

Jordan is a country that’s perceived to be ‘unsafe’ and ‘unstable’. I’m guessing people avoid Jordan due to its location in the Middle East (it does border Syria, Iraq, Israel and Saudi Arabia after-all.) But if you step out of your comfort zone and take time to explore this peaceful country, you’d discover endless…