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Admiring Art & More in Amsterdam: Things to Do & Travel Guide

I first went to Amsterdam several years ago as a day trip. I was sick that day so a bit disoriented, and I didn’t remember too much of my adventure. So going back to Amsterdam was a way of redeeming my relationship with the city. Amsterdam is home to many, many museums so I was excited to get to see those and dive deeper into the world of Dutch art. I’m very glad I went and now have a much clearer view of this beautiful, unique city.

Amsterdam

A Short History of Amsterdam

You’ll see a few shirts and signs that … Continue reading

Posted on Friday, April 7, 2023 in Destinations
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Visiting Keukenhof Gardens in March (& Getting Hit by Their Bus)

April in the Netherlands is tulip season, and Keukenhof Gardens is an excellent place to see the tulips and makes an easy day trip from Amsterdam. However, April in the Netherlands is also a bit more expensive, so I opted to visit in March. Keukenhof Gardens is open only a few weeks out of the year and I was lucky enough to go on opening day.

Keukenhof Gardens Tulips in March

Of course the weather can change drastically but March usually isn’t peak tulip season. So if you find yourself in the same situation, what’s a visit to Keukenhof Gardens like in March? Is it … Continue reading

Posted on Saturday, April 1, 2023 in Destinations
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5+ Fun Things to Do on Cozumel Island

I’d wanted to visit Cozumel for a long time before I actually got to. Something struck me about the Caribbean island with some of the world’s best snorkelling and a strong Mayan heritage. I researched and found lots of things to do on the island so when the time came, I spent two days in Cozumel – a lot more time than many other tourists who come for a few hours on a cruise. It’s a very small place so I got to see a lot in these few days.

Cozumel

So, here’s a list of some fun places you can … Continue reading

Posted on Friday, March 3, 2023 in Destinations
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Why You Should Visit Baltimore on a Day Trip

Baltimore isn’t known for its tourism industry. Some people visit Baltimore on a day trip but many people, even those who live nearby, don’t visit it at all. For some reason our beautiful areas, events, and museums have flown under the radar so that many people say, “What’s there to do in Baltimore besides the aquarium?” Well, there’s actually a lot! And I’d like to show you why you should visit Baltimore on a day trip, at least.

Which one are you?

The Art Lover
The Historian
The Black Historian
The Foodie
The Beer Enthusiast
The Family
The Sports Fanatic

Continue reading Posted on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 in Destinations
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3 Mayan Ruins in Mexico: Chichen Itza, Tulum & Coba

Mexico’s Mayan ruins are some of the best preserved and fascinating ancient ruins in the world, and I was eager to see as many as possible on my trip to the Yucatan Peninsula. Here’s an overview of what each Mayan ruin is like and the history behind each of them.

Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins

Chichen Itza is one of the “seven wonders of the modern world” and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And I have to say, all three Mayan ruins on this list are nice but in a comparison, the other two pale in the shadow of Chichen … Continue reading

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2023 in Destinations
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6 Essential Places to Visit in Maryland (A Local’s Recommendations)

Even though it’s under the tourism radar, there are lots of great places to visit in Maryland. Maryland’s nickname is “America in miniature” because of its diverse landscape and culture. From some of the busiest areas in the entire country to remote seaside towns, the “border line state” has a lot to offer. I’ve lived in Maryland my entire life and I’d like to tell you, if you’re visiting, what some great places to visit in Maryland are.

A lot of travel blogs and the like will list a lot of places to visit in Maryland and to be honest, … Continue reading

Posted on Monday, February 20, 2023 in Destinations
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A Visit to Assisi, the Home of Saint Francis – Things to Do & Travel Guide

I first visited Assisi when I was 16 and absolutely fell in love with it. Even though rain was pouring down hard, I found the town so charming and loved the sweeping views it had over the Umbrian countryside. So when I returned to Italy as an adult, Assisi made my list of places to return. Not only did I get perfect weather, I had a lot more time to explore and appreciate its extensive history.

Assisi

The History of Assisi

Assisi dates back to the times of the Romans when it was probably called “Assisium.” Its history is tumulus with … Continue reading

Posted on Friday, February 17, 2023 in Destinations
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A Look at Arezzo, City of Frescoes – Things to Do & Travel Guide

There are so many small towns to visit in Italy and it was tough deciding which ones I wanted to visit. Arezzo ultimately caught my attention simply because my friend had studied art there. So, armed with a list of places to visit, I set to spend a few hours exploring this Tuscan town.

Arezzo

A Short History of Arezzo

Arezzo started as a major city for the Etruscans. Like many Etruscan cities, it was conquered by the Romans in the 3rd century BC and was subsequently part of Lombardy and the Holy Roman Empire. The structure changed a lot under … Continue reading

Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2023 in Destinations
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The Medieval Underground City of Orvieto – Things to do & Travel Guide

Orvieto’s only a train ride away from Rome and I was curious to visit since it dates to Etruscan times. What’s particularly fascinating about Orvieto is its city was underground, and I was eager to see what an underground city was all about. So I hopped on the train and made my way to this gorgeous, unique place. Here’s what I thought of it.

Orvieto

The History of Orvieto

I usually start histories at human inhabitation but it’s important to know that Orvieto is actually on a volcanic rock (called tuffa). Because of this, the rock seeps in moisture (meaning … Continue reading

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 in Destinations
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The Northernmost Capital of Reykjavik: Things to Do & Travel Guide

Reykjavik is pretty much the only city in Iceland and thus a popular destination for those looking to visit the Nordic nation. It’s quite small and a lot of people might think there’s no a lot to do or it’s worth skipping. However Reykjavik definitely deserves at least a day and is a wonderful place to explore. Even more, it has a wonderful nightlife and a warm vibe that’s worth experiencing. So without further adieu, here’s my guide on the northernmost capital city of Reykjavik.

A note on getting to and from the airport: A lot of places have only

Continue reading Posted on Friday, January 27, 2023 in Destinations
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