Exploring One of North America’s Most Livable Cities (pssst…it’s in Canada)

When I visited Calgary back in 2016, I shared my experience with you guys. After revisiting a few years later, I found it even more charming than the first go round. Calgary sits at the junction of the Bow and Elbow River, in the transition zone between the Rockies and the Canadian prairies. When you…

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Explore this Starbucks and McDonald Free City in Iceland with Me

Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland. It’s colorful and quirky. There’s a diverse range of architecture and art. Splashes of color highlight the streets. And it’s the jumping off point for most who travel into the country. I spent the day walking around, taking it all in. I loved that there wasn’t…

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Strasbourg: The Christmas Market Capitol of the World!

Welcome to Strasbourg, France–the currently one of the jolliest place on planet earth! Right on the eastern boarder between France and Germany, this quaint little town dating back to at least 12BC, still proudly boasts a beautiful range of historic buildings from Medieval to Art Nouveau. Every year from the end of November through the…

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The Starting Point of All Spanish Roads

¡Welcome to the capitol of España! I recently spent 24 hours in this beautiful city. In an effort to outrun my jetlag, I walked over 10 miles around the city center, and barely made a dent in all there was to see. I was unaware of Madrid’s scale until that day. It’s the 3rd biggest…

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Warning: Beware of Shoe Thieves in Brussels

Europe during the holiday season is indeed magical (as you may have seen in my previous post). In that department, Brussels did not disappoint. However, my backpack was stolen there, with about 3 grand worth of photography equipment and a brand new pair of Nikes inside. For just a moment, let’s put that aside to…

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81 Stories Over Paris

The Eiffel Tower is the most visited monument on earth. It was built for The World’s Fair in 1889, with the intention of being demolished in 1909. However, this famous structure was saved because the French Navy repurposed it into a giant radio antenna.  At 1,063 ft high, The Eiffel Tower held the title of World’s…

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Solvang

Solvang, California, located in the Santa Ynez Valley, is the unofficial capital of Denmark in America. I also heard someone refer to it as Poor Man’s Wine Country. If that means it’s a place where you can buy a reasonably priced bottle of wine, I’m sold! In the early 1900s Danish immigrants who’d been living…

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Santa Barbara

Holy Smokes, did I love walking the streets of Santa Barbara! The Spanish architecture, ginormous palms, and wealth of succulents, all framed by the Santa Ynez Mountains and the sea are enough to make anyone swoon, really. Where did all this Spanish flair come from, you ask? Well, I’ll tell ya! We have proof that…

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Christchurch: the city that doesn’t quit

When we first landed in New Zealand, we rented a car in Auckland, drove all around the North Island, took the ferry to the South Island, explored there, and eventually took the ferry back north. Throughout our travels, most of the locals told us to avoid Christchurch. The area has been ravaged by several earthquakes…

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Brisbane

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, Australia. There was something about it that reminded me of a much cleaner version of New Orleans. It’s on the bay, and a river winds throw the city center. The architecture is quite diverse and interesting, you can easily take boats to get around the city, and there is…

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