Tag Archives: Unesco World Heritage Site

Amazing Abu Simbel!

After an incredible and quick immersion into Egypt by exploring the pyramids, we headed south to Abu Simbel…and the “wow” factor was about to get ratcheted up a notch! This didn’t just happen – as always there’s a story and a journey involved! Day two

Another Grand Sight

Here is a riddle: Going down is an option, Going up is mandatory. Where am I? The Grand Canyon of course! While in Arizona, we decided to check one of the Natural Wonders of the World off of our bucket lists. To make sure we

Quite the Quito!

We are lucky to belong to a fabulous neighbourhood in Pickering, Ontario. Our street is filled with amazing people who are very kind and giving. Our direct neighbours to the North of our house come from Ecuador. When Victor and Martha heard we were going

Warriors Frozen in Time

Imagine being frozen in time for over 2200 years…buried with your emperor, unable to move, and not seeing the light of day until the middle of the disco era! This was the fate of the Terracotta Warriors!  This world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site in Xi’an

Imperial Beijing

After a short flight from Guangzhou, we found ourselves essentially teleported to China’s capital, Beijing. With our limited exposure to China in the Western media, here’s what I expected to see when we arrived in China: Yes, bicycles! Who doesn’t think of bicycles when thinking of

Row, row, row your boat…

It used to be that the men of Hoi An would row, row, row their boats, gently down the stream…to the ocean! Hoi An’s proximity to the ocean, and the fact that it is a well protected harbour on the river made it an ideal trading

Hello, Hoi An!

It was time to escape the hustle and bustle of Hanoi, so we hopped onto a local flight and headed 1/2 way down the country to the lovely town of Hoi An. We stayed at a lovely, brand new guesthouse called the Phuc Thao Villa.  It

Stepping back in time in Old Goa

Goa, India…jewel of the South.  It’s not all just beach, pool, and awesome fun, you know!  It also has some interesting heritage sites!  As we toured the Goa region, one of our stops was the city of Old Goa. A bit of History Old Goa was

Elephanta Caves…. Without Elephants!

While in Mumbai, we decided to visit the Elephanta Island and caves because we heard they were very interesting to see. To reach the island, we took an hour ferry from the Gateway to India. When we arrived, we climbed stairs lined with souvenir shops

The Circle of Life!

This was our second day on our game drive, which we spent in the Ngorogoro Crater. It is a UNESCO World Heritage park and was incredible to visit. This national park is located inside a crater, called a caldera. This is formed when a volcano


Our last port on the cruise was in Naples where we visited the Amalfi coast and Pompeii. It was a lot of fun and I want to go back again in the future. Positano This is a beautiful little town right on the Mediterranean Sea.

Terrific Toulouse

From Bagneres de Bigorre we went on a day trip to Toulouse.  While there, we went on a tour around the city. Here are some of the interesting points we learned while on our self guided tour.  We used the app called Discovery Itineraries which is a virtual

Pont du Gard – built to last!

Here is proof that when you build something properly right from the start, it can last a very, very long time!  When we met our friends, the Gervais/Kowalski family, in Grenoble, France, they highly recommended for us to visit the Pont du Gard while we were in the

Sur le Pont d’Avignon

Here’s a riddle for you: if you stood on a bridge over troubled waters that leads to nowhere, where would you be?  The Pont d’Avigon!  Read on and see if you can understand my riddle! The Pont Saint Bénezet, known more commonly as the Pont d’Avignon is

The Venice of the North

  How many of you have heard of or visited the city of Bruges in Belgium? Not many people have, so I am here to introduce you to the most amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site that I have ever seen…. When you visit Bruges, it is