South Africa has so much to offer including its wonderful wildlife! I spent several days at Royal Malewane lodge touring Thornybush Private Game Reserve near Kruger National Park. Reserves are open to the national park allowing access to a much wider area for animals including elephants, lions, rhinos, wild dogs, giraffes, leopards, impalas, several species of antelope and exotic birds.
A time capsule from 1861, when construction stopped because of the Civil War, Longwood tells the story of a nation in conflict and a family caught in the middle. The six-story 30,000 square foot octagon mansion was to be the dream home of wealthy planter Haller Nutt, his wife Julia, and their 11 children. Designed by Samuel Sloan of Philadelphia,
Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us. Oscar Wilde All too often, as a travel writer and photographer, I get home, edit my photos, write any print assignment articles, post the photos on social media and write blog posts before heading to my next adventure forgetting to look back once in a while. Recently though, I
When our tour group arrives, we are immediately surrounded by horses and their owners, each speaking rapid Spanish asking us if we want to ride to the top of the mountain overlooking Pacaya Volcano. Our Bella Guatemala Travel guides Jose Antonio Gonzalez and Emilio Faillace have already arranged for our horses, so we politely make our way past the eager
A fjord is a long, narrow inlet created by glacial erosion. Fjords can be found all over the world, but in Alaska they are especially beautiful. Tracy Arm Fjord — named for Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Franklin Tracy (in office 1889 to 1893) — is a spectacular cruise destination with hundreds of waterfalls flowing down its cliffs, a huge
Sunrise is an hour away as I make my way along the wide pathway to Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world located just north of Siem Reap. I am joined by 15 other Exodus Travels tourists and our guide Vanney. On the edge of a reflecting pool hundreds of other visitors jockey for position to get the
Philadelphia, “The Cradle of Liberty,” is where patriots met and crafted the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, where George Washington and all the delegates of the First Continental Congress dined at City Tavern, and where Benjamin Franklin lived and worked. Whether this is your first visit or your 10th, there’s something very special about visiting Independence National Historical
From the top of a Maya pyramid the view of the jungle and other pyramids was something I imagined other adventure travelers witnessing; not me. But I was here with the help of a manmade staircase alongside the ancient structure and encouraging guides. It was from this vantage point George Lucas filmed scenes for his first Star Wars movie in
On a cold windswept day I visited Göttweig Abbey with fellow Viking River Cruises passengers as part of the Danube Christmas Market Cruise. Founded in Austria as a monastery and dedicated in 1072 AD, its presence atop a hill overlooking the river was a dramatic scene as the tour bus approached. We gathered with our guide and he began his
The week of sailing on AmaCerto, one of the beautiful river cruise ships in AmaWaterways fleet, was like a crescendo. Every day somehow topped the day before. It was Saturday, next to the last full day of cruising, when the ship docked next to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands.