Hiking “The Raad ny Foillan”

I took a little jaunt around The Raad ny Foillan (Manx Gaelic for “The Way of the Gull”) on The Isle of Man.  This coastal route is a 160 km hike around the circumference of an entire nation!  A must do if you enjoy hiking, spectacular scenery and the water. […]

Queen Mary 2 ~ Sailing Across The Atlantic Ocean

I always, always wanted to sail on Cunard and cross the Atlantic Ocean. A Transatlantic Bucket List Item The RMS Queen Mary 2 (QM2) is Cunard’s flagship and the only ocean liner in the world.  I sailed from Southampton, UK to New York, USA from Sunday, 18 November to Sunday, […]

The Killing Fields

I toured S-21 and the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It brought back many memories of touring Auschwitz in Poland. The horror of genocide still continues in our world. Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration and Extermination Camp I’ve heard about The Killing Fields, but didn’t know the details. I knew […]

Borneo Orangutans and Out & About in Kuching

Seeing the orangutans was one of my best experiences! I was up bright and early to get to the Semenggoh Nature Reserve in time for the morning feeding. I’ve been using GRAB (similar to UBER) to get about for longer distances and my driver waited for me through the feeding […]

Komodo National Park

Arrival in Labuan Bajo & Boat Transfer to XPirates Dive Camp I left Kuta, Bali in the morning ~ Kadek once again picked me up at the hotel and drove me to the airport. I flew Nam Air and it was a quick one hour flight. My “window seat” did […]

The Shire ~ Welcome to my Hobbit Hole

I had the best day at Hobbiton! I did not sleep very well last night, I think I woke up every hour. I am not used to setting an alarm anymore and was afraid of sleeping in and missing my pickup in the morning. It’s also a big time change […]

Where Is MY Highlander?

Soulful bagpipes, soaring mountains, fields of purple heather and songs for every occasion.  Scotland is a magical place. I left the Isle of Skye and headed to Inverness.  I had been there before on a cruise stop in 2009 and I absolutely love the Highlands.  I feel at home.  This […]

Antarctica, The 7th Continent

I was in Antarctica!!  That’s my favourite sentence ever.  I’m not sure where to begin describing this spectacular adventure or even how to structure my post.  There’s so much to write, thousands of pictures to sort through and I can gush about Antarctica ALL DAY LONG! I have always wanted […]

Chernobyl ~ Inside The Exclusion Zone

Touring the exclusion zone at Chernobyl was a day I won’t forget.  It is overgrown, thriving with wildlife and vegetation and has an eerie beauty throughout.  Hearing the stories of the people and seeing the abandoned areas is an emotional experience. On 26 April 1986 a systems test resulted in […]

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration and Extermination Camp

Auschwitz.  There isn’t a word that conjures up more horror than this one does.  I will never forget the day I walked here.  There were 1.3 million men, women and children murdered here. Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial & Museum I learned about the Holocaust in school.  I do not remember what grade […]

Hiking Kjeragbolten & Preikestolen

Kjeragbolten As you can tell from the main picture, I made it, but I couldn’t stand up.  I was too scared.  Petrified.  My legs were shaking too much to even attempt to stand.  I thought I was going to fall 984 metres in slow motion to my death.  The slightest […]

The Republic of Užupis ~ The Most Fascinating Place!

Nestled within Vilnius is the Republic of Užupis which is the most fascinating place I’ve ever been!  The Constitution is fabulous! Užupis is a neighbourhood that was once home to the Jewish population that were mostly killed during the Holocaust.  Important areas like the Jewish Cemetary were destroyed during the Soviet […]

Diving Silfra

Bucket List Alert!  Diving Silfra was one of the most fantastic things I’ve ever done! Silfra is a fissure between the North American and Eurasian continental plates and is located in Þingvallavatn Lake in the Þingvellir National Park in Iceland.  With about 100 metres visibility and water temperature between 2 […]

The Beautiful Village of Kulusuk

While researching my stay in Iceland, I stumbled upon a day trip to Greenland offered by Air Iceland Connect.  This was a great way to get a glimpse of Greenland and I highly recommend it if you’re in Iceland. It was a quick 2 hour flight from Reykjavik to Kusuluk. […]

Hiking The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

One of the highlights of my life has been from the Sun Gate, watching the sun rise over Machu Picchu.  Extraordinary. My very first multi-day hiking trip was to Peru and I learned a lot and had a truly memorable experience.  See 5 Hiking Lessons Learned The Hard Way – […]

Anyone Fancy A Weekend in Paris?

Anyone fancy a weekend in Paris?  I was scrolling through my Facebook News Feed and my friend Claire had asked this question.  I think I may have jumped out of my chair.  Of course I fancied a weekend in Paris! My Flight After reading Claire’s post, I was booked on […]

Cité de Carcassonne ~ A Medieval Adventure

When a gal always has her nose in a book, she tends to find a lot of unique places in the world to see.  This whirlwind weekend trip started with a book called “Labyrinth” by Kate Mosse.  I read the book in 2005 and immediately added Carcassonne to my “someday” […]

Team Diabetes ~ Conquer the Crater Hike

I was privileged to travel to Reykjavik in August of 2013 with Canada’s Team Diabetes to participate in the Conquer the Crater Hike.  It followed the (Fimmvörðuháls) 5 Cairns Pass Trail which ends between two volcanoes, (Eyjafjallajökull [E-15] and Mýrdalsjökull).  The 2010 volcanic eruption created two new craters named Magni […]