The VanDusen Botanical Garden is located in Vancouver, British Columbia. It contains beautiful plants and lovely scenery that is very enjoyable to explore.
Looking for a day-trip from Paris that you can do on your own? For a wonderful experience head to Giverny and Claude Monet's Home and Gardens. What Monet created here is simply amazing.
Most who visit the city of Venice for more than one day will stay in a hotel on the main island. But there are alternatives, and one is to stay in accommodation on the neighbouring island of Murano
It’s hard but not impossible to enjoy expensive Singapore on a budget. Here are 10 budget tips to help you save money during your Singapore Holiday.
When planning an Australian trip, most vacationers automatically book their trip to Sydney - but if your time is limited, it might not be the best choice.
Ocean City Maryland has been a tourist town since the late 1800's when guest houses and small hotels were opened and operated by widows and fishermen's wives.
Thousands of lava rocks are mailed back to Hawai'i each year by people claiming bad luck after taking the rocks off-island. Learn about this island legend. VIDEO OF VOLCANIC ERUPTION INCLUDED.
The trail beside the waterfront in downtown Vancouver is an attractive place to explore. Some interesting examples of public art can be seen near the trail.
These pictures of some of our favorite masterpieces were all taken in the European art section on the second floor of the Audrey Jones Beck Building at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Goforth Park in Cypress, TX, named after Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth, consists of a playground, dog park, and a 1.97-mile trail surrounding water.
Ubud, Bali has many restaurants that serve only the freshest natural, organic, locally-sourced foods and ingredients. This hub features 8 of the best healthy food restaurants in Ubud.
If you are visiting Milan, do not miss out on the once in a lifetime opportunity to see Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Last Supper.
Stereotypes tend to crop up from time to time. Here are eight common misconceptions about Japan that, although having some element of truth in them, aren't true and shouldn't deter you from visiting.
Heading to Japan to enjoy the country’s gorgeous Sakura season? Here are 8 things to know to ensure a wonderful trip.
Looking for things to do while you're visiting Seattle? Don't fret, Seattle has something for everyone. Great museums, a beautiful setting, markets, aquariums, and of course those drop dead views of the mountains.
Looking for exciting things to do with the kids in Grand Cayman? This article is filled with age appropriate things to do with toddlers, 'tweens and teens in Grand Cayman.
Are you a beach lover? Do you love isolated islands? How about wreck diving and extreme water sports? If you love these things, then this article is for you! Find out the best beaches in the Philippines.
Washington DC’s finest monuments can be seen in an easy do-it-yourself 3-hour walking tour. If you are just passing through the area and have a few hours to spare, take a break, stretch those legs, and experience Washington DC’s most wonderful memorials and monuments.
One of Houston's oldest fountains, the antique dolphin fountain, is located in the half-acre Lamar Park in the Hyde Park neighborhood established in 1893.
With so many sites to see across Italy, is it worth the time and effort to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa? That is the question everyone wants an answer to—to visit or not to visit?
A trip to the Pucon Area of Chile could be the family vacation of a lifetime. This article contains all you need to plan your vacation, including travel advice and suggestions for activities and places to stay.
If you are planning a visit to Seattle, Washington, don't make these 5 mistakes that my family made. You'll have a much better time than we did.
Here is a guide on where to go salsa dancing in Chicago during the week and on the weekends, with reviews of different venues and clubs for salsa dancing, as well as what to expect when you get there!
There are many animals in Florida that are capable of hurting you. Most prefer to be left alone, but they will strike back if they feel threatened. I thought I would put together a list of the top 10 most dangerous animals in Florida.
Nicholas Clayton designed this Victorian beauty. In 1923, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galveston purchased the Gresham mansion. Read on to learn more about the historic Bishop's Palace in Galveston, TX.
These stone-carved gargoyles rested atop the Notre Dame Cathedral which burned in April 2019. They took a variety of forms: goats, birds, elephants, and hybrid/mythical creatures. For centuries they have warded off evil spirits.
No city in the world can compare to Venice. My top 10 list of sights in Venice will take you off the beaten path as well as to all of the must see attractions. Check it out and get your walking shoes on.
Milan may not be at the top of your list when visiting Italy, but it certainly has its share of sites, culture, and history.
The Kalapana farmers' market is a lively night market that attracts over 700 people each Wednesday night for fresh produce, tasty food, and live music. Aloha and welcome everyone!
These off-the-beaten-path medieval villages of Provence sit on top of mountain plateaus and hillside cliffs. The views alone will make you swoon!
Key Vista Nature Park is located on the gulf coast, north of Tampa, and provides visitors the opportunity to see over 220 bird species in a beautiful setting.
A wonderful day trip from Seville is a visit to the famed White Villages of Andalusia. These small communities provide an authentic experience and offer a glimpse into the laid-back lifestyle of southern Spain.
What should you know before visiting Singapore? Here are 25 areas to pay attention to, before traveling to the Lion City.
Poisonous snakes, giant centipedes, jellyfish, scorpions and tarantulas- read about them, study the pictures and avoid them!
Here are 6 fun and easy hikes in and around Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. The hikes are divided by location: near Bar Harbor, Jordan Pond House, and the Quiet Side, Bass Harbor area. Enjoy the hikes and the nearby attractions and you will see many of the highlights of the park.
A 12-hour excursion in central Tokyo by train from Narita Airport, visiting the magnificent Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, the beautiful cherry trees of Ueno Park, and the fascinating Ueno shopping districts.
Buried by Mount Vesuvius in 79AD, Pompeii stands today much as it did in the first century. This archaeological time capsule gives us a glimpse of early Roman life as it was almost two thousand years ago.
Looking to explore Prague from a river perspective? This article highlights the most eye-catching sights of the Czech capital along the River Vltava. Whether on foot or by water, experience the sights of four different areas of this stunning city and make the most of your visit to Prague.
One of the most beautiful mountain top vistas in the northeast is located in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York and is accessible via the Veterans Memorial Highway.
Heading to the Island of Capri? Check out my guide for an easy and stress-free trip to one of the most beautiful islands in the world.
Thinking about taking that trip of a lifetime to Italy? Well it's time to stop thinking and start planning. If you're looking for a reason to go, read on for my ten really good reasons to visit Italy.
Tiny Boxwoods is a delightful escape from the norm in the Highland Village area of Houston. It consists of a cafe, garden nursery, and gift shop.
Don't let the bright lights and flashy billboards fool you, New York City is an exciting place for toddlers to explore. Small zoos, toddler-friendly theater, interactive museums and much more make it the place to be with your little one.
A guide to help you make the most of a vacation to St. Augustine, Florida. The city of St. Augustine, FL is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the United States. Situated on the Atlantic coast of Florida south of Jacksonville, St. Augustine offers the perfect place to relax, as well as learn some early American history.
Japan is an amazing country to visit, but there are things tourists should know before hopping on that plane. From small things to more serious, here's a list for both visitors and potential expats!
There is much to see and learn inside the Houston Fire Museum. It contains many artifacts and lots of information about the early years of firefighting. The museum even has a playroom for kids.
Planning a trip to Venice? Before you leave make sure you know your options for getting from Marco Polo Airport to Venice. The options are many and the cost varies depending on your mode of transportation. A little homework can save you a lot of money.
Gift ideas for that someone special or yourself! Whether you're visiting Hawai'i or lucky enough to live here, these are easy-to-pack items that are great to give all year! Music video with Nā Palapalai!
Traveling alone to Japan for the first time? Here are 25 tips to help you get the most out of your first solo trip to Japan.
The drive from Sydney to Melbourne: the inland highway, or the longer coast road? Both are great drives, but the coastal road begs a meandering holiday, with empty roads and forgotten beaches.
Kilauea erupted in 1990, burying the beautiful Kaimu beach under 60 feet of lava. Twenty years later, a new black sand beach is forming where the lava-extended shoreline meets the ocean waves.
Did you know Melbourne has ranked as the world's most liveable city for seven years in a row? Find out the top places to see on your trip to the capital of Australia's state of Victoria.
Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and is famous for its art, architecture, history and cultural heritage. Check out my top 10 sites to see while visiting beautiful Florence.
The Big Island of Hawai'i is one of the most beautiful on the planet. This article is an overview of what's in store for the visitor. Be sure to watch the drone video of Big Island from the air.
The Cranberry Lake 50 trail is a 50-mile wilderness backpacking route that passes through the Five Ponds Wilderness Area in the Adirondacks, offering solitude and great scenery.
Take a glass-bottomed boat ride on crystal clear water. See animals living freely in lush, jungle-like settings. The Tarzan movies and Sea Hunt were filmed here in beautiful Silver Springs.
Undoubtedly one of the finest museums in the world, the Uffizi is a must see on any visit to Florence. Learn some valuable tips to avoid the long lines and make the most of your visit.
Weather in the Caribbean can give visitors a beautiful experience or a disaster that is best forgotten. The average weather shows both the best and worst times to go.
The Outer Banks in North Carolina is a popular vacation destination in the Eastern United States. While it's beautiful, it can get pricey. The good news is that you don't have to spend a lot of money at the Outer Banks to have a good time. From a National Wildlife Refuge to a Lighthouse, here's a look at a number of fun and free things to do in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Planning a trip to Taormina? Discover all there is to see and do in this comprehensive guide to the jewel of Sicily. Taormina has something for everyone and is considered one of the most beautiful locations in all of Italy.
The exteriors of these churches give no indication of how the beautiful and unusual their interiors are. No wonder tourists come from near and far to view them!
This is your guide to spending a perfect day in Key West, Florida. Visit some of Key West's best dining establishments and watering holes, spend time on the island's best beach, learn about the history of Key West, and find a fabulous spot to watch the sunset.
A local's perspective and tips on being a tourist in Edinburgh, Scotland, including hints on avoiding gimmicks, and what you shouldn't do, so as not to give tourists a bad name.
Want to visit the South Island of New Zealand in the winter? Well there are many places you can visit and many activities to enjoy. Choose from whale watching, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, white water rafting, bungy jumping and many more!
Everything you need to know to make a day trip from Venice to the Dolomites. Don't miss an opportunity to experience some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the world and it's all just a short drive from Venice.
A visual summary of my visit to three classic Hong Kong Night Markets. What a cornucopia of colors, music, fragrances and exotic street food! These night markets are indeed among the best Hong Kong travel attractions.
So you are in a country called New Zealand that has wonderful beaches and stunning scenery. But what can you do on NZ's North Island in the winter when it is cold and maybe the sun isn't shining?
Guam is a US possession, but it is pretty different from the continental US! Discover what to expect in Guam and how to make your trip more enjoyable and affordable.
Welcome to Sorrento. This beautiful seaside community makes a great base for visiting the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and of course Pompeii. It also has so much to offer in its own right.
If you’re looking for an exciting and adventurous activity for your next trip to Florida, consider doing some good old fashioned fossil hunting. The Peace River is one of the best locations for finding prehistoric fossils of the giant carcharodon shark, otherwise known as megalodon.
MacKenzie State Park is a remote but amazingly beautiful 13-acre park located in Puna on the Big Island. It is known as one of the most haunted places in Hawaii.
What is a magnetic hill or gravity hill? Magnet Mountain, Jabal Magnet or Jabal Baido in Wadi al-Jinn, Madinah (Medina) Saudi Arabia that has a strange phenomenon where a vehicle on neutral gear can move uphill is an example of this gravity hill. Read more for detail explanation.
The information every aspiring Appalachian Trail long-distance hiker needs before hitting the trail—like an A.T. vocabulary lesson, a review of the 3-second rule, the trailname tradition, and more.
If you are traveling to Rome, then you will certainly want to set aside a day or two to visit Vatican City. Check out my list of the top 10 things to see when visiting the Holy City.
Oyster Creek Park in Sugar Land, Texas, is a beauty! Trails, spectacular water features, art, a pavilion, lawn spaces, and more delight people of all ages.
If you're considering a vacation in the Emerald Isle, why not take a virtual preview tour on Street View and be back by dinner? In this guide we visit the Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny medieval city, Killarney National Park and more.
Venice has history, architecture and canals. Millions of tourists visit every year. They bring money and support employment, but there is a downside too.
Wondering how to make the most of the variety of transport types available in Porto to see as much as possible of the city and the Douro Valley? Here's a guide to being a savvy traveler in Porto based on what we learned during a 12-day trip there.
Planning a trip to Costa Rica? The hardest part may be deciding where to go and what to do. This Costa Rica vacation itinerary will give you a good taste of everything the country has to offer.
The relationship between the United States, the State of Hawai'i, and Native Hawaiians is a complicated one that many people may not understand. This article sheds light on the origins of this tense relationship by delving into a series of historical facts that are often unknown outside of Hawai'i.
As the most visited and photographed chateau of the Loire Valley, the stunning Chateau Chenonceau is a treasure trove of French history. Perched over the River Cher, Chenonceau is a site to behold.
Planning a trip the to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls? Check out these five mistakes to avoid and discover some fun places to visit.
Kangaroo Island is one of the best places to see fascinating Australian animals, so find out more about its kangaroos, koalas,blue penguins, seals and sea lions
The historic Houston National Cemetery with a hemicycle and carillon tower holding 330 bells is amazing! Ponds throughout the space add much beauty. Join me for a virtual tour of this incredible place.
Florida may be hugely popular during the summer, but the best time to go may be mid-spring and late fall. It all depends on where you want to go and what you want to do.
A visit to the Louvre doesn't have to be an exhausting experience. With a little planning and know-how you can save valuable time and energy while visiting one of the world's most revered museums.
If you are visiting Rhodes for just a day be sure to visit the Palace of the Grand Master. Located within Medieval Old Rhodes Town, the palace is a stunning tribute to the history of this Greek Island.
Read this article to find out what's popular in entertainment, fashion, health and food in Japan this year. Although many of these trends build off of those from the previous year, there are still many new ones emerging.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land building was once a prison. The museum contains a variety of displays to entice young and old alike.
The Houston Maritime Museum contains ship models, relics, and artifacts from all around the globe. Learn the history, plus current events like oil drilling, shipping, etc.
The vernacular of Newfoundlanders is rich in unusual words, sayings, and expressions, so much so that many people believe the province has a language all its own.
Star of the Sea, a historic 85-year-old church, houses an incredible display of hand-painted murals that preserve and tell a fascinating story of the people of Kalapana.
The Lombard Lamp on Heights Boulevard was a gift from the people of Hamburg, Germany, to the City of Houston. It is a beauty! See photos and learn about it here.
14 memorable things to do with your kids in Jamaica. This great list even includes things to do with kids in Montego Bay. and things to do with toddlers.
The Maku’u Farmers' Market is lively, fun, and famous for its eclectic mix of ethnic foods and abundant local produce. This market reflects the true image of a laid-back and diverse Puna community.
The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most recognizable and celebrated monuments in Paris. Sitting atop the Champs-Elysees the Arc has stood witness to almost 200 years of French history.
The Stanley Park Seawall has an 8.8 km path on top. The wall travels around the perimeter of the park beside the ocean. It offers great views and interesting sights.
Rome is like no other city in the world. It's one big on-going archeological dig mixed in with amazing ruins, beautiful monuments, history, culture, great food and crazy traffic. Throw it all together and you get one of the most unique cities in the world.