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48 Hours in Key West, Florida

Driving into Key West didn't mix with my preconceptions of loud floral shirts, Cuban cigars and Hemingway. Instead we were treated to traffic jams, roosters and cats - and the odd view of turquoise blue water and tiny islands making up the Florida Keys. We had only planned on 48 hours in Key West, Florida. Here's what we did that allowed us to feel like we'd made the most of our time without feeling like we…

5 Things to do in Mendoza, Argentina

What can you do in Mendoza, Argentina - a city of 115,000 people? Plenty as it turns out especially with its premiere location in an area of plains and foothills east of Aconcagua - the highest mountain in South America. With the Andes as a backdrop and a sunny climate with low rainfall, it's no wonder Mendoza draws visitors from around the world. They come for the wine and the food but there's loads of…

What to do on a Trip to Fogo Island, Newfoundland

Fogo Island is Newfoundland's largest offshore island, located in the central part of the province, approximately 120 kilometres north of Gander. It's a great detour if you have a few extra days en route to the Twillingate area. Read my post about kayaking with icebergs out of Twillingate. Getting to Fogo Island The island is accessed via a ferry service leaving from Farewell. Many of the ferries stop at the Change Islands en route to Fogo Island. Interestingly, some of…

15 Things to Do in the Okanagan Valley, BC

The Okanagan Valley is a long north-south valley located in the south central portion of British Columbia, just north of the US border. The Okanagan is known for its sunny, dry climate with hot summers and cold winters. Three main cities and a handful of towns make up the Okanagan - including Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon. It's a wonderful area in Canada to visit at any time of the year.  Try some of these 15…

10 Things to do in Charleston SC

You'll be surprised at the breadth of things to do in Charleston SC. The pre-planned city has been around since 1680. It's got wide streets creating fire breaks, something learned from the Great London Fire of 1666. At one point it was the fourth largest city in America. Now it's the 227th largest. You learn all sort of other interesting facts if you do one of the historical tours - one of the fun and…

Climbing Stairs In Bellagio

7 Fun Things To Do in Bellagio, Italy

Bellagio, a small town in Italy, sits on a promontory on Lake Como where the lake splits into two southern branches. It's a fabulous setting but definitely not what I expected. The hills are bigger, it's very lush and there are far more towns and villages around Lake Como than I ever anticipated. Bellagio is a very popular tourist destination - but it's not for everyone. Mostly I saw romantically inclined couples and young families…

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