Fjadrargljufur Canyon, Iceland

Stunning geen cliffs pull apart from each other as a steel stream runs through dreamlike canyons of Fjadrargljufur.  Hiking around the top of the canyon offers picture perfect views of moss covered cliffs and flowing streams. Take an hour or two to explore the beautiful valley and take lots and lots of pictures. You can…

Jokulsarlon, Iceland’s Glacier Bay

Striking shades of blues, greys and whites streak across wide layers of ice formed by ages of precipitation and centuries of snowfall compressed into the Skaftafell Glacier forcing the weight of the ice to creep and flow down toward the Atlantic sea. The incredible power of  nature is demonstrated in Jokulsarlon bay as you see school bus…

Reynisfjara Beach – Vik, Iceland

On Iceland’s south coast, about two and a half hours south east of Reykjavik by car, you will find the world famous black sand beaches of Reynisfjara near the town of Vik.  Nearby sights are the famous black beaches, columnar basalt formations and the frozen troll towers jutting from the sea providing a dramatic backdrop…

Angers, France

This half timbered town sits on the western edge of the Loire Valley, just west of the Loire Valley Natural Regional Parc. The city has been around for thousands of years! Ptolomy first mentioned it in 150 AD and since then it has grown rich in both Galic tribal history and French culture. Once known as the…

Dinan, France

This ancient, riverside port town is Brittany’s finest, an hour south of Mont St. Michele, its well worth an overnight stay on your way to the Loire Valley  Dinan emulates the typical Breton lifestyle and opens up the window into this region’s more typical rural French lifestyles a little more.  I enjoyed wandering through the back…

Saint Malo, France

Driving along the northern coast of France you cannot help but notice one the crown jewels of Brittany. Saint Malo sits on the sea with its safe harbor for hundreds of sail boats and skiffs in the surrounding bay.  The port was once a privateer headquarters that became very wealthy and is now a charming…

Mont St. Michele, France

The most stunning Castle in Brittany, if not the whole world, sits on the border of Brittany and Normandy at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. Mont St. Michele is an island fortress built to keep out the English. Rising tides made the island impossible to invade half of the day.  Multiple tiers…

Chinon, France

This historic castle is located directly above the town of Chinon creating picturesque views of the quintessential France at its most magical. Chinon was further developed by Henry II in the 1100’s. It was a key point on a strategic river and served many purposes over the course of history. He left the castle to…

Neuschwanstein Castle

Ludwig II was an extravagant man who had a private and complicated life. After leaving his fiance, the night king escaped reality by building fairy tale castles of yesteryear as he withdrew from traditional duties of his kingdom living in a world of fantasy.  Instead he focused on lavishly entertaining his eccentricities and had a…

Mercado 28 – Cancun, Mexico

White Linens, cheerfully painted skulls, cigars, tequilas, vibrantly painted ceramics, and trinkets of all sorts abound.  Under the pavilions’ steaming hot maze of shops playfully, aggressive hawkers try to offer high prices and attract your attention any way possible.  “Cheaper than Walmart” is continually being heard. Named from its neighborhood district number, Mercado 28 is…