Author Halliday sprinkles a mix of wit and humor among her often eclectic travel experiences (no surprise considering her career in improvisation comedy). From Africa to India she details a number of travel memoirs prior to the advent of the Internet. She realizes the value of human interaction based on her travels pre wireless technology. To this she encourages travelers today to get off of technology and spend more time interacting with other … [Read more...]
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This National treasure is the largest and oldest museum in the country; it is a must visit for travelers to Tunisia and is certainly one of the more impressive museums on the African continent and in the Mediterranean region. Located in a former palace the museum contains a significant and memorable collection of Roman mosaics from archaeological sites within the country including nearby Carthage. Pieces in the collection date back several … [Read more...]
When our rafts were bitten by crocodiles or hippos, complications ensued we hadn't imagined. We were in Ethiopia making a series of first descents down big rivers that fall off the Abyssinian Plateau: The Omo, Baro, Blue Nile, and the Awash. We called our little expedition Sobek, after the ancient Egyptian crocodile god, hoping the homage would ensure safe passage. But, another challenge reared its head, one unanticipated. When we … [Read more...]
In 1917 towards the end of World War I the United States made an investment in Caribbean real estate with the purchase of what now are the United States Virgin Islands from the Danish for a cool $25 million. This turned out to be a smart investment; today it has become a popular destination from those on the mainland - especially escaping the colder winter months. There are a number of airlines that offer flights to the airport on St. Thomas … [Read more...]
I was recently in Fort Lauderdale and of all places in a very touristy part of town I stumbled into a bar with multiple screens playing American Football and was surprised to find Chapulines (certain type of grasshopper) on the menu among a variety of 'normal' American foods. I've been thinking about the general lack of demand for edible insects in this country and seeing this on the menu made me think even further. Of course I ordered the … [Read more...]
The beach resort town of Mazatlán has long been known as the home of the Pacifico brewery and the first Señor Frog's. Restaurants like the Shrimp Bucket and Señor Frog's have been legendary spots for tourists to visit while in town, but there is much more you should know about the food scene if you are planning a visit. I recently visited Mazatlán and attended their first Culinary Roots Festival; Raíces Culinarias Mazatlán 2015. The festival … [Read more...]
Leaves crunch under our bike tires creating a mesmerizing soundtrack to this blue-sky fall day on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Trees are in their post-peak colors dropping yellow, red and orange leaves around me as I anticipate the next scenic bend in the trail and a new vista. The canal water is still on this calm day and reflects a mirror image of each tree and animal we encounter. By the end of our seven mile ride we see four snapping … [Read more...]
Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries Museum completes Campaigns of Courage pavilion with 10 immersive galleries on World War II in the Pacific, opens additional stand-alone gallery on US Merchant Marine NEW ORLEANS (November 23, 2015) – On December 12, 2015, The National WWII Museum will open its newest permanent exhibit: Richard C. Adkerson & Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries. Retracing the grueling … [Read more...]
While lots of people enjoy Christmas at home with family, some like to take the time to get away from the World and go on a relaxing Christmas vacation. While much of the World is shrouded in Winter and the unpredictable weather that accompanies it, many Winter destinations make great Christmas getaways. Likewise, you also have the choice to escape Winter by retreating closer to the equator and getting some sun during what is traditionally the … [Read more...]
While it’s fun to gather around with friends and family to watch New Year’s celebrations on television and countdown to your timezone’s entry into the New Year, some people like to take it to the next level. There are several amazing places to enjoy the ringing in of the New Year and it just so happens that JustFly’s list of top holiday destinations includes many of them. I decided to take a look at my favourite places to celebrate the New Year … [Read more...]