Gold Museum – Bogota

Invisible Man- Bogota, Colombia The Gold Museum is a place not to miss when visiting Bogota. Free admission on Sunday. One of a kind collection of Gold Smith pieces. It began in 1939 and is a highlight for many tourists. Below are some of my favorite exhibits.

Resplendent Quetzals

Highlight of Monteverde Is??? Resplendent Quetzal … we see both male and female. Well known for their colorful plumage. Their pigment is created by melanin which causes tanning in humans. Known as the National bird of Guatemala, the Quetzals are more numerous in Costa Rica due to the large forestation. Up Close and Personal So […]

MONTEVERDE, COSTA RICA – SKY WALK

SKY BRIDGE – 5   Started at Bridge 5. Didn’t realize it is the longest and highest bridge. 200 feet above sea level. A challenge for me with my paranoia of height. However …the view of the treetops forest from the bridge is incredible and worth the height.   COATI MUNDI On Bridge 3 we […]

National Park Manuel Antonio

Beware of Scammers! Totally different here than it was several years ago. Along the way there are tourist hackers everywhere acting as Guides. Avoid! To buy our tickets, we must walk along the tourist street to the entry of the Park. Tourist Trail The entry starts with a trail along a board walk or along […]

Orange Howler Monkey – Costa Rica

Why are Howlers Turning Orange ? Walking  through the Jungle in Caao Negro we hear HOWL HOWL ! We race around and to our amazement we see some Howler Monkeys in the trees with patches of orange, on their tails and legs. Very unusual! The Reason Why There in a tree, on his own is a […]

Eco-Termales Hot Springs Arenal

La Fortuna – Hot Springs Our typical way to explore, on our own. Paid $44.00 each online.  A lot less expensive if booked through a Tour Company. $4.00 each way with to our Uber driver. GeoThermal Pools Upon arrival there were few in the water. Hurrah! Four Geothermal pools provided by hyper-magnesia filled waters on […]

Cahuita – Baby Sloth

Sloth Hiking through the National Park, our first site was this Baby Sloth. He is a definite show stopper. Hugging a tree and slowly moving his head from his arm. He was all by himself…his Mama left him. My gosh …no way I could move on, I became a sloth as well. I waited for twenty […]

Rainy Day in Bergen

Bergenhus Castle Bergen has so many historic places to visit. Bergenhus Castle, built in the 1700’s is located near Bergen harbour. Free visit. The interior is closed for the season. Interesting walk around the Fortress. As we walk by the cannons near the edge of the cliff we notice the spectacular views of the harbour. […]

Tour Bergen Norway

Bergen is an interesting City to visit. History, Food and a Spectacular waterfront. Very hilly and good place for a workout. Our first stop was to see the ancient Leprosy Museum. Founded in the 15th Century, was the Hospital for Leper’s until the early 1900’s. Unfortunately it was closed for the season. A lot of […]

Flam – Our Jump Off Point

Flam This is our stopping point as we sail through the Fjords. Tiny Village …..300 residents. Tourist stop for those sailing through the Fjords. Many people at the shops, restaurants and craft stores. We poked around in the shops. Found a great wool cap. Perfect Norwegian souvenir. The restaurants were packed. We decideto eat street […]

Bergen – Go Fjords Tour

September 2019……Last day of the season for Go Fjord Tour. So pleased we didn’t miss this experience. A 13 hour return from Bergen to Flam. Perfect! Our ticket says 8:00AM. Good thing we arrive 20 minutes before departure. No instructions given as to what time Check-In begins. Oh my Gosh! We could have missed our […]

Norway -Our 108th Country

Bergen –  Norway Always exciting to travel to a country where we have never been. This is now our 108th Country where we have traveled. Before heading through Security at the Charles de Gaulle Airport France, we were selected to have our carry on luggage weighed. Pat’s was over by 3KG, mine under by 4 […]

The Louvre

THE LOUVRE Our booked tickets helped beat the crowds. A popular tourist place. First stop for all visitors is the the Mona Lisa. The highlight of the Louvre. Forty minutes later we are in front of the barred-off area of the Mona Lisa. When we were here, years ago, we could stand directly in front […]

Tour Paris by Foot

Eiffel Tower Our hotel receptionist was very helpful in telling us the best way to reach the Eiffel Tower. “ Walk outside. Turn left and buy 10 bus tickets .” Easy! Just jump on the bus and no need for the correct change. Bus 8o. Twenty minute run from Montmartre to the Eiffel Tower. The […]

Basilica of the Sacred Heart Paris

Basilica of Sacred Heart Paris   Jet lagged and zonked…this is a place we can’t miss. It is a steep climb to get to the Basilica. Located in Montmartre, the highest point in the Paris. The view from here is incredible. In the distance, this is our first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower. The construction began […]

Flight – Canada 🇨🇦 to France 🇫🇷

Sept 2019  Trip to France  With Boeing 737 Max 8 out of the sky, we have an unusually long flight from Nova Scotia to Paris. Otherwise we would have had a direct 6 hour flight. West Jet Halifax to Montreal Tight 40 minute connection with our delayed flight arrival. Had we checked bags they would […]

Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Hong Kong Heritage Museum The largest museum in Hong Kong offering loads of information on history starting from the beginning of time. The video is a great way to introduce us to different times in History. Opium Trade The story about the Opium trade is our favourite . It tells the story of Britain importing […]

Hong Kong – Zoological Botanical Garden

Short and easy bus ride to the gardens from our Hotel. Easy bus ride as I say… tough part, steep climb up the hill to the Park entry. Located on the Northern slope of Victoria Peak. Founded in 1864, it was originally developed for plants. Zoo   Approaching the Western side of the park we […]

Kowloon – Ladies Market

Ladies Market Easy run by bus from the Ferry Terminal to the Ladies Market. The bus is right outside the terminal.   We are surprised to see how busy the market was in the morning. It became insanely  jam packed as we get get closer to noon. Tons of venders selling everything and many shops […]

Hong Kong – Star Ferry

Star Ferry Today we ride the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour from Hong Kong to Kowloon.  This service has been in operation since 1888. Popular with tourists and locals. Research says the ferry service carries over 70,000 passengers per day. It is a short 15 minute walk  from our Ibis Hotel Sheung Wan to Pier […]

Stanley – Hong Kong

Stanley Riding on the top deck of the Double Decker bus to Stanley was like an actual tour. The hour long ride from the South to the North side of Hong Kong offered incredible views of the city , ocean, beaches and a look at Aberdeen. Stanley Market This is the highlight of the area. […]

Hong Kong – Food Etc.

Today’s plan is to try the famous Hong Kong Restaurant, Dim Sum Square. Located in the Sheung Wan area, a short stroll from our hotel. Dim Sum is a favourite of mine. I chose this restaurant as it is rated on Tripadvisor #203 of 12658 restaurants in Hong Kong. When we arrive I am  not […]

Hong Kong – Victoria Peak

Today we head to Victoria Peak. A quick 15 minute walk to the MRT. We follow the advice of our hotel staff and buy the Octopus Card. Perfect way to travel around Hong Kong . The subway station is massive. Could have been better directions, especially for tourists. We saw one couple running back forth. […]

Hong Kong – Day One

Our arrival in Hong Kong Airport was smooth and easy. Quick transit through Border Control. Great directions by staff to the Taxi Kiosk. We were given a ticket with the approximate cost for our taxi fare to our hotel. Total cost including Tolls only 350 HKD. Ibis Hotel Hong Kong Central  Good Choice. Check In […]

Exploring Our World

When my days are numbered, will I look back and say, Dang! I wish I had made more money. Not a chance …this will never be me! Checking Government Travel sites I read. “ Government Warning! High Alert! Do not go!” I go. Other than that . “ War Zones! “ Ok . Agree. I will […]

Airport – Manila

On our way from Manila to Hong Kong. Due to heavy traffic we decide to leave at 4:00 AM. Upon arrival at the Airport all vehicles are being checked by Security. STEP ONE  Passengers are being checked outside the airport before entry. No Visitors are permitted to enter. Without having printed boarding passes, we would have been denied […]

Manila – Greenbelt – Ayala Centre

Garden Addict ? Yep that’s me. High on my list is Greenbelt Park. Easy walk from our Hotel to Ayala Center.   Greenbelt Park   Right away I am captured by the peacefulness of these gardens. Fabulous design and lovely sculptures by Filipino artist Impy Pilapil.  Nice place by the shady pond area to take […]

Makati – Manila

Before heading for Manila I researched the area and chose Makati. A perfect place to stay. A lot of great hotels, restaurants and places to visit.     We ended up in the poorer end of town around the corner from the Red Light District. Could have dug deeper into the reviews. It was all […]

Manila – Day 3

The walled city Intramuros is the highlight of our time in Manila. Even though I am not a history buff, I fell in love with Old World Charm of this ancient area. Not as jammed with people and tourists like others parts of Manila. Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant Narrow streets, stone walkways, quaint restaurants…oh oh …That’s […]

Manila – Day One – what to see and do

Heading out this morning with our driver Joshua. Brutal bumper to bumper traffic. The highlight is seeing a real view of Manila. Jammed with people, bikes, trucks, buses and jeepneys. Jeepney Realized jeepneys were USA military jeeps used during the Second World War. The idea is the the name Jeepney came from the words Jeep […]

Hello Manila – Goodbye Singapore

Singapore to Manila. Another place I can add to my Country Collection list. $20.00 and fifteen minutes later we arrive at the airport. That’s the bonus of an early morning  flight. Otherwise we would have been stuck in the crazy traffic. Border service, fast and easy. Once again my finger prints via the automated machine […]

Botanical Gardens – Singapore

Easy day today . Time for a break….walked 22000 steps in the last couple of days. Finally familiar with the Metro…easy ride to the Botanical Gardens. As a garden fanatic, this is a highlight of my trip. These gardens date back to the 1800’s, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Top on my list, the Orchid […]

Singapore – Gardens by The Bay

Gardens By The Bay, high on my list, as I am a garden addict. The Metro is an easy and fast way to get here. Gorgeous gardens filled with a variety of palms, flowering shrubs, air plants… many like those in Florida. The ponds are are surrounded by sculptures and works of art. The trail […]

India – Singapore’s Version

From the Malay Heritage Center we make our way to Little India. Not far. However in this grueling heats it feels like we are walking miles. If you have never been to India, Singapore’s version is a good start. As soon as we cross the street onto Dunlop St, we are surrounded by a mob […]

Arab Quarter – Singapore

Arab Quarter – long walk from our Hotel in Clarke Quay.  34 degrees and humid …too dumb not to know we could have taken the MRT. Lesson learned. With our long walk and heat exhaustion, we need a break. Restaurants and bars everywhere. Ranging from Turkish, Asian, Mexican and more. Definitely a tourist Mecca. We […]

Singapore by Foot

This morning is the start of our walking tour. Raffles Place at the mouth of the Singapore River is the center of the Financial District. The famous Singapore Sling was invented in 1913 by Ngiam Tong Boon at the Long Bar, Hotel Raffles. Unfortunately it is closed for renovations. Chinatown First stop…Chinatown. Busy area….as time […]

Welcome to Singapore

Early morning for us! Picked up at 5:30 AM ….over an hour run to the airport in Phuket from Karon Beach. During rush hour traffic, it is a three hour run. Our flight is with Air Asia. Read some negative reviews. None from me! The plane looks brand new and very friendly staff. Smooth two […]

Boeing 737 Max- In the Air… When??

With two crashes and 346 people killed, Max 8 has been grounded globally. Tragic and brutally heartbreaking for families and friends loosing people they knew and loved. After the first crash Boeing took no action. Had they, the second crash several months later would not have occurred. The first news out was that Boeing will […]

Travel – What to Bring – What not to Bring

Travelling is the best way to escape everyday life. Keeping things easy while travelling is to pack simple, light and avoid checking your bag. I broke this rule a couple of times. Not a good idea. Once upon arrival in Majorca, my checked bag did not show up. Waiting in a long line with others […]

James Bond Island – Phang Nga Bay

  Our journey to James Bond Island is by long tail boat. Twenty of us on board. Amazing views from the water. Claim to fame is due to its starring role in the James Bond Movie …The Man with the Golden Gun. Actual name of the island is Khao Phing Kan. Our first stop, Talu […]

WatSuwan Kuha – Monkey Cave

Our day today is all about visiting James Bond Island. We join James Bond Discovery which is is a small group tour. Not sure how long our drive would take. We were told forty five minutes. Turns out to be over two hours . Oh well, that’s travel. Phang Nga Province First stop,  Wat Suwan […]

Chiang Mai to Karon Beach Thailand

The easiest and fastest way to travel from the North to the South of Thailand is by air. Only a two hour flight.Surprising  to see a huge lineup of passengers waiting to enter the airport in Chiang Mai. No one without a boarding pass was permitted to enter. A security check before entering the airport […]

THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE

This is a place that is a highlight of our trip to Chiang Rai. It is such a beautiful area. Especially with the view of three countries from the water. Thailand, Laos and Myanmar are connected with the Ruak River and the Mekong River. Its interesting to learn why this is called the Golden Triangle. […]

HILL TRIBE- LONG NECK

Part of our tour around Chiang Rai was to visit the Hill Tribes. Unknown to us, when we booked our tour, we had to pay 600 Baht to enter the village. When we arrive we are dropped off at what was basically, a market. Not a village. We walked through and discovered the Karen Tribe. […]

Chiang Rai – White Temple

Chaing Mai is my favorite place to visit in Norther Thailand . So much to see and do. Looking back I wish we had stayed longer. Its been a long time since we have visited the White Temple. Its design and art is outstanding. It reminds me of a Thai version Of Gaudi’s unusual buildings […]

Wat Pho and Yoga Moves

We are so happy to have a chance to see this amazing again. This is home of this huge 46 meter long reclining Buddha The It dates back the 6th Century. There is a huge line up of tourists. We are surprised to see how well the lineup is moving along. As is the norm, […]

Bangkok- Wat Arun

We found Bangkok easy to get around by the Sky Train, known as the BTS (Bangkok Mass Transit System). Easy and cheap way to get around. Only $6.00 for a day pass. Easy transfer to the River Boat from the Sky Train. The River Boat is a great way to see the sites from the […]