Views of Sólheimajökull Glacier Before it Melts Away

Very near Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, you’ll find Sólheimajökull, a beautiful ice blue glacier covered in black ash. It lies in the space between two volcanoes, Katla and Eyjafjallajökull. The blanket of ash is thanks to previous eruptions from those two rowdy neighbors. Sólheimajökull is the 4th largest ice cap in all of Iceland.This stunning hunk of ice…

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Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach Will Convince You That Iceland Truly is the Land of Fire and Ice

Near the small village of Vík í Mýrdal in southern Iceland is Reynisfjara, a beautiful black sand beach. Perhaps you recognize it from Game of Thrones. It’s the beach at the Eastwatch, where the men of the Night’s Watch are guarding the wall. There is a cliff of basalt columns, large enough to climb. Atop…

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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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Exploring Whistler, But Not in Winter

It’s no secret that Whistler is a little slice of heaven. People have been traveling there to ski for ages. What I didn’t know is that this place is even better in the summer! The ski slopes morph into mountain biking trails, the hiking and biking paths are unparalleled, and the gondolas are fun to…

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Don’t Skip Over Squamish, B.C.

The perfect pitstop between Vancouver and Whistler is the sweet little town of Squamish. It came to life during construction of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway in the early 1900s. Forestry and logging were the major industries in those days. There was a bit of mining there too, but much of that production has ceased. Now…

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Kicking Off a Road Trip to Canada

This year to celebrate July 4th, I did a Canadian road trip. It turns out that traveling to another country over an American holiday is a great way to avoid crowds. We flew into Seattle, immediately hit the road in my rental and hopped on the Mukilteo/Whidbey Island Ferry. The ride was a beautiful way…

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Set Sail From Stavanger, Norway

As I’ve mentioned in my previous Norwegian posts, the fjords are a unique part of Scandinavian topography. What’s a fjord? I had the same question before I set foot in these parts. Most of the Norwegian coast is made up of jagged, narrow inlets to the sea, with steep and rather spectacular cliffs. You can…

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Zurich, Quite a Pretty Little City

Welcome to beautiful Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city. Even though I only experience about 24 hours of this beautiful spot, I’d jump at the opportunity to go back. They city of Zurich sits perched atop Lake Zurich (which happens to look quite a bit like a banana from above). Many boats and swans bob about in…

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