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Magdalena, Colombia
East of the city of Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast of Colombia lies the gorgeous, rugged Parque Tayrona, a true feast for all of the senses. The park doesn't have roads--you have to hike or go by boat in order to get past the entrance--so we...
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With the highest snow peaks in Colombia situated to the East, the Caribbean coast to the west, Los Pinos Hostel sits high nestled amongst the Sierra Nevadas overlooking the lush green top of the jungle's canopy. A former military base/finca, this...
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10965 Berlin, Germany
Viktoriapark in Kreuzberg is a great gem of a park hidden in Berlin. The park is located on a small hill and is easy to get to with public transporation. There's a beer garden at the top of the hill with great views of the city. The western side...
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Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh EH8 8AL, UK
There are few things in life I hate more than hiking. I would sprint anyone given the opportunity - but hiking? No. Every hike that lasts more than 10 minutes is already 9 more minutes than I can handle. But, that doesn't mean I rebuke at every...
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21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, UK
Heading off the Royal Mile to find Greyfriar's Bobby, we passed this cafe that, by its name, I assumed was an Indian restaurant. But a closer look at the bottom of the main window stated that this was where the hero of Hogwarts was created. The...
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Noordhollandschkanaaldijk 21, 1034 ZL Amsterdam, Netherlands
What could easily be considered an icon of Holland is becoming harder to find: The traditional windmill. While windmills can be hard to come by in Amsterdam, rent a bicycle and ride through Noord-Holland, where you'll find this traditional...
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Kayaköy, Kayaköy Mahallesi, 48300 Fethiye/Muğla, Turkey
Most people explore the Mediterranean by boat via it's beautiful blue waters, however it is also possible to explore this area by foot via the Lycian Way. This 500km hiking trail in southwestern Turkey connects Fethiye in the west with southwest...
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Karagözler Mahallesi, Fevzi Çakmak Cd. No:1 D:57, 48300 Fethiye (Mugla)/Fethiye/Muğla, Turkey
The James Bond movie, Skyfall, featuring Daniel Craig hit cinemas in 2012 and the movie featured one of Turkey’s finest travelling experiences – a ‘blue cruise’ on the Mediterranean from Fethiye. You too can live like Bond, James Bond on the...
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Akcapinar Kitebeach, Akçapınar Mahallesi, 48650 Ula/Muğla, Turkey
Gökova hosts a 3km long beach area and thermal winds for kite surfers of all levels. Go to Orange and ask for Ahmet Bey, a 60-something kite surfer who will be happy to help with rentals, instructors or repairs. Stay in nearby Akyaka and mingle...
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Atatürk Mh., Artemis Tapınağı, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
The historic city of Ephesus is a must if you are going to Turkey. It is amazing! You walk down worn stone paths that the ancient people once walked. The library is a definite highlight as it was one of the major buildings of the city. I wanted to...
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Middle East
Cleopatra bathed in the Antique Pool at Hierapolis--before a great earthquake knocked several pillars into the pool. Fed by natural spring, the warm water is said to have healing qualities. My kids and I enjoyed the bubbles; they stick to skin and...
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Büyükada, 34970 Prince Islands/Istanbul, Turkey
As soon as the ferry pushes away from Kabataş ferry terminal on Istanbul's European side, you can feel the frenetic pace of the city slipping away. Sipping a coffee on the ship's bow, the beautiful scenery and azure Bosphorus waters enchant as the...
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The Bosphorus, separating Europe and Asia, was and still is one of the most important maritime routes in the world. Straddled by the city of Constantinople—or Istanbul, as it is known today—the Bosphorus Straits lies between the Sea of Marmara and...
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Jaffa St 44, Jerusalem, Israel
Left Jerusalem early morning for the one hour drive to the Dead Sea as sun rises in the east over the Moabite mountains of Jordan. The early start - 4 am !! allowed us to walk up the winding path called the Snake Path for about an hour till we...
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Temple Mount, Jerusalem
An amazing experience to pray at a site that is so holy to many cultures. What I found fascinating was the amount of space on the wall given to the men to pray (and put their notes in the wall) versus the space given to the women. A very cool...
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Bethlehem
Traveling across the border from Israel into the West Bank stays with you, no matter which side of the conflict you support. Leave it to Banksy to comment.
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Jerusalem
This quickly captured image of a woman sweeping the entrance to Mary's Grotto in Jerusalem, near the Garden of Gethsemane and Mount of Olives, is provocative in the sense that, in Christian theology, Mary was a servant to give birth to God's Son,...
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Omar Ibn Katab, ירושלים
Get these warm, soft beauties just outside the Jaffa Gate to Old Jerusalem. This is the main entrance for most tourists into the Old City. You can join several different excellent walking tours of the Old City that start here.
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Jerusalem
Being at the Western Wall was far from what I had expected. On a crowded Sunday morning, I had to fight my way through hundreds of women in order to even see it. As I got closer, soon I began to see folded prayers on the ground. Even though the...
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Bethlehem
After a whirlwind trip through Israel, I planned a day trip to Palestine. Despite the conflicts surrounding the area, I had come so far to not visit the historical sites in Palestine. As I walked into the Church of the Nativity, I felt a calmness...
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Bethlehem
These days it's easy to cross the border into the West Bank. I highly recommend spending time exploring the other side of the wall. The Church of the Nativity is believed to be located over the cave that marks the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth....
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מלאכי השלום, ירושלים
The Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu ( The cocks crow) is located atop of Mount Zion. It is said to that this is the location that Jesus was jailed after his arrest, The church is a impressive and magnificent sight.
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Beit Eshel St 3, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
While wandering around Jaffa, one of the oldest settlements in the world and now connected to Tel Aviv, I stumbled upon a restaurant called Dr. Shakshuka. The specialty is--wait for it--shakshuka, a concoction of poached eggs, tomato, onion,...
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Eilat, Israel
Eilat is considered the far south city of Israel, just at the tip of the country, linking between Egypt in Africa and Jordan in Asia. It is considered one of the most popular touristic resorts in Israel, mostly for its weather (hot but not humid)...
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Etihad Towers,West Corniche, - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
The Etihad Towers are a series of five separate towers that jut into the Abu Dhabi sky. Tower 2 houses this observation deck and casual dining lounge: the perfect place to have a latte or a cocktail while looking out over the city. The water in...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhaib is a perfect place for Dune Bashing. The sky over is clear and is astonishingly blue and under it lies the highest sand dunes in the world. A great opportunity awaits you to try an exhilarating ride which is at times heart stopping over...
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31 Mina St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Running parallel with Corniche Road, this long stretch along the water is known for beaches, lounging, play areas, swimming, and cafes. Come early on the weekend to stake out a good spot on the beach. Renting a bicycle and traveling along the...
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Ground Floor, Marks & Spencer Complex, Fotouh Al Khair Centre,Airport road - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
A Neopolitan pizzeria in Abu Dhabi with delicious thin crusts artisan pizzas baked in a wood burning pizza oven. The pizzas are very reasonably priced and ingredients range from mozzarella and basil to Tandoori Chicken and mango chutney. The...
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No matter where you are staying in the UAE, you can't leave without visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The mosque, the third-largest in the world, is the final resting place of Sheikh Zayed, the nation's founder. Even on the...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
This tranquil lagoon is an interesting find for the Middle East. Home to numerous species of fish and birds, it's best explored on the water. Kayak excursions include some history on the area, island exploration, and even some fishing. Book a trip...
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Sutherland, 6920, South Africa
Visiting the S.A.L.T. observatory was not on my list of things to do. In fact, I didn't know it existed until a member of our group shared about a dozen drinks with a staff member at a bar in Sutherland the night before, a pit stop on our wild...
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273 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
The biggest challenge about eating at Royale is overcoming your FOMO (fear of missing out) when you see what your friends have ordered and wonder if you've made the right choice. Don't worry, all of their 50 gourmet burgers are delicious. The only...