From Swing Bridge in Belize City, I caught a ferry to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, the largest of the Belizean cayes, or islands. There are two main ferry lines—the popular Chinese-owned Belize Express and the older Belizean-owned Caye Caulker Water Taxi. Belize Express is definitely the way to go, given its online ticketing, express taxis, onboard wifi and modern decor. Although, if time had been of the essence, I would have forgone the hour-long water taxi and chosen the 10-17 minute flights through Tropic Air or Maya Island […]
Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see wonder! I overnighted in Aguas Calientes to allow myself plenty of time to explore the Incan ruins. Traveling to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes is very easy since there is one bus line that runs up and down mountain every ten minutes, starting before the sun rises. The ride is 30 minutes long. If you’d rather hike, you can reach Machu Pichu in 2.5 hours from Aguas Calientes. I […]
I decided to save the best for last: the Taj Mahal, one of the eight wonders of the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and India’s most visited site. Since this tour was central to my visit, I chose to stay at Hotel Taj Resort since it’s walking distance from the East Gate. (The florescent blue accent lighting in the hallways made the place feel a bit creepy, but the rooms were clean and there’s free wifi in the lobby.) Had […]
In New Delhi: My last time in India was in 2005 when I visited the Miracle Garden Children’s Orphanage in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, which is in southern India. I decided to return to India to meet up with my friend, Sarah, who is working in Jharkhand on a Fulbright scholarship. We made plans to travel together for a week, starting in New Delhi and then to Amritsar and Rishikesh. We intentionally planned a single day in New Delhi since we were […]
Touring Palácio Nacional da Pena in Sintra, Portugal. The Cultural Landscape of Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it was the first centre of European Romantic architecture in the 19th century.
During my three-week trip to Argentina, I was on the fence about whether to make the trip to Iguazu Falls. I wasn’t sure if it was worth such a far journey to see a few waterfalls. Boy, was I wrong. In my final few days, I decided “it’s now or never” and bought my bus tickets. Using two different bus companies, I coordinated a pair of tickets that would allow me to take the 16-18 hour journey overnight and give me a full day—9 am […]
Took a ferry to Colonia from Buenos Aires for a fun day trip! Went on a guided tour through the Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento which was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being a well-preserved European colonial settlement from the end of the 17th century The loveliest buildings are in the old quarters where the prostitutes used to work and live Rode a rickety bike along the coastline with Agustina and Josefina before going for a swim!
I immersed myself in the fascinating—and at times, heart-wrenching—history of Berlin by taking a four-hour English language walking tour through Insider Tour. Many of the sites that were bombed during WWII were restored—but I appreciate that the effects of the bombing were left untouched as a constant reminder of the tragedies war causes. After the tour, I paid a visit to Museum Island, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Right in the center of the city, this island is home to five […]
Toledo is the repository of more than 2,000 years of history. Its masterpieces are the product of heterogeneous civilizations in an environment where the existence of three major religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – was a major factor.1 For this reason, the history city of Toledo is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Click here to see a photo gallery of Toledo. Only about 70 km from Madrid, Toledo is an easy escape and offers you a fun day of exploring the winding […]
Michelle and I spent the day touring Alhambra Palace (a must see!) and the evening hiking up to Mirador de San Nicolas to watch the sun set over Granada, Spain. Alhambra Palace is an exceptional example of royal Arab residences of the medieval period and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check out my other adventures in Spain! >>
Enjoyed wandering the notoriously windy streets in Sevilla, Spain The parks were lovely! Caught a concert at the university! The Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where Christopher Columbus is entombed Michelle and I had dinner in the square Great nighttime view of the cathedral from EME Fusion Check out my other adventures in Spain! >>
While in Barcelona, my “happy place” was Park Güell…full of sunshine and Gaudí’s interesting art… The Works of Antoni Gaudí made the UNESCO World Heritage Site list because of his exceptional creative contribution to the development of architecture and building technology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. And in the evening, I loved watching the colorful light show at the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc! Just off of Las Ramblas, I loved picking up fresh fruit and other tasty goodies at […]
Karen and I visited as many famous sites as we could fit into our four days in Rome—including Musei Capitolini and Musei Vaticani. The Historic Centre of Rome (the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura) comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Coliseum Romain Ruins Pantheon I loved wandering through the plazas and admiring art! We stopped for gelato every chance we could get. Plus, I found a cute shop that sold wooden […]
Visiting the Historic Centre of Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Siena is the embodiment of a medieval city. We ascended the Tower of Mangia Tower to overlook Piazza del Campo and the surrounding city. It is attached to an old hospital called Santa Maria della Scala. Check out my other adventures in Italy! >>
Florence is my favorite city in Italy! The Historic Centre of Florence is a symbol of the Renaissance and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I love how views of ancient art is a close walk from the main square, Piazza della Signoria. Karen and I visited climbed up the Campanile di Giotto at the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore for a view of the city. We also visited Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. Check out my other adventures in Italy! >>
Loving every moment in Venice with Karen! Venice is a city is built on 118 small islands and seemingly floats on the waters of its lagoon. Venice and its Lagoon comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
From Zell am See, I took a train to visit Salzburg for the day. The Historic Centre of Salzburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the city’s biggest attractions is visiting the “The Sound of Music” film locations, such as Mirabell Gardens at Mirabell Palace, officially known as Salzburger Schloss Konzerte. Wandering around, I discovered a trail which gave me a lovely view of the city from above. During the rest of the day, I admired the architecture, shopped and […]
Dawn and her parents, Jim and Kathy, showed me all around Quito, Ecuador. The City of Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it is the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America. Dawn and I even climbed to the top of the Basilica! Quick links: “36 Hours in Quito” in the New York Times “Three Perfect Days in Quito” in Hemispheres Magazine