Barra de Potosi, near Zihuatanejo, is a small coastal village at the mouth of a lagoon. The lagoon, together with long stretches of adjoining beach, are home to over 200 species of birds, endangered butterflies, rare mammals and reptiles, nesting sea turtles, coral reefs and breeding whales. It is the real Mexico.
Mancora, a tiny fishing village in northern Peru near the border of Ecuador, is one of the most beautiful beach towns I've ever visited. Walk the beach and you pass fancy boutique hotels, old wooden fishing boats, vendors hawking coconut water and jewelery, and kite surfers gearing up to fly over the waves. At the end of the day, locals of all ages gather on the beach to play football (soccer).
There are no roads to the small village of Bulnes, located in the Asturias region of northern Spain. To reach the village, locals and wandering visitors must either ride the funicular (cable railway running through the mountain) or hike about an hour from Poncebos. The hike itself is not too strenuous; the true difficultly lies in not stopping to take a photo after every 20 steps.
Arrive early and experience Oia, Santorini before it wakes up... you just might be the only ones around and feel as if you have the picturesque village all to yourself... there's nothing quite like it... well, that, and the sunset.
Cesky Krumlov is located in southern Czech Republic and has a delightful town bound by an oxbow in the Vltava River. Opposite the town lies Cesky Krumlov Castle, which allows the visitor to experience an "on top of the world" view over the Bohemian hamlet. Cesky Krumlov is a three bus ride south of Prague and is worth a few days exploration. Kayaking and rafting on the Vltava river are popular activities, as well as sampling the local brew at Pivovar Eggenberg.
In the Aegean Sea, not far off the west coast of Turkey is the little-known island of Bozcaada. Here, time stands still in the most nostalgic of ways. Old men gather in town square to play backgammon over tulip glasses of Turkish tea, shops open around nine, or ten depending on the haziness of early summer mornings, and people on the streets greet one another as neighbors, stopping to chat, or just to offer a cordial handshake.
The island is old-fashioned, yet winsome: row houses accented with colors from childhood — pink, purple, yellow and blue — flank cobbled alleys and main roads. The smell of the salty sea wafts from the shore and mixes with the delicious scent of thyme, an herb which grows in abundance here.
Bozcaada is tiny — 15 sq mi to be exact — so traipsing around town without getting lost is guaranteed after the first couple of strolls. The island's four major wineries offer...
It's a long journey to the village of Zermatt, Switzerland. A village magically situated at the base of iconic Matterhorn.
We arrived after driving hours of precariously winding alpine roads, followed by an enchanting but just as precarious train ride to Zermatt. You see the village is closed to all automobile traffic, and through winding pedestrian streets and charming timber chalets we were finally viewed the Swiss Icon we had traveled so far to see.
Zermatt offers some of the best view of the Matterhorn. It also offers the best opportunity to get up and close with this natural wonder. From Zermatt you can hike, bike, and even ski the famous mountain.
No trip to Switzerland is complete without a visit to Zermatt and the Matterhorn.
If you find yourself on the Mediterranean Sea or in Italy then be sure you make your way to Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre, or "The Five Lands" (in Italian), is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, which make up the Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There is little or no "corporate development" here. The place has changed little over the past few hundred years and it is picturesque to say the least with turquoise blue water, dramatic sea cliffs, and terraced hillsides full of grape vines and olive groves.
Hiking is the best way to experience Cinque Terre and to get the feel of the five distinct villages. I enjoyed the first hike so much that I decided to do it again a few days later. The vistas are magnificent and I would suggest stopping to spend time in each village to sample their distinct wine, have a...