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Cairo, Egypt

Cairo   If you haven’t seen the Pyramids, you need to go! Prices in Egypt now are quite low, and things are safe for the alert traveler.  However, it is good to be realistic. Cairo is a very crowded and much of the city can’t afford to keep the buildings, streets, or sidewalks clean. Most […]

Salisbury, England

Salisbury, England

Another awesome home exchange in August of 2016 in the cathedral town of Salisbury, 2 hours southwest of London. Our quaint semi-detached home (that means duplex in Brit-speak) was quiet and relaxing and within walking distance of the town center. The historic center of Salisbury is fun to explore on foot for the chance to […]

Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire

  If you are in the Northwest of London area, you will undoubtedly visit Oxford, home of the “dreaming spires”. And a day spent exploring its lovely gardens and buildings is always delightful. Venture just a bit further west and you can spend a day exploring a truly magnificent palace: Blenheim. The family seat of […]

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds

We spent a lovely month during the summer at a delightful home exchange in the small town of Charlton Kings, 2 hours west of Heathrow Airport, London.   Our exchangers were a lovely young couple with 2 children, who enjoyed our home in the wine country while we stayed at their unique, very English home: a […]

Greece: the Peloponnesian Peninsula and Hydra

Greece: the Peloponnesian Peninsula and Hydra

If you have the time to explore further than Athens, consider renting a car and driving south to the Peloponnesian peninsula: the pretty little town of Nafplio is just 2 hours drive on good roads. We rented a car at the Athens airport: from there you get directly onto a freeway to bypass the traffic […]

Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle, WA

Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle, WA

  If you love colorful art glass and gardens, don’t miss the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum on your next trip to Seattle!  I have been a Chihuly fan for many years: I think his work is just fantastic, and now he has a new gallery purpose built to showcase his wildly extravagant creations: details […]

Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

Athens is a beautiful, friendly city and we spent our time in the vibrant old town centered around the Acropolis. We enjoyed a lovely three lovely days there, exploring the city on foot from our centrally located Hotel Hera: which is highly recommended for excellent rooms, service and a lovely rooftop restaurant with views of […]

Safari in Africa

Safari in Africa

Would you like to hear about our African safari? We stayed at AndBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp in the Masai Mara tribal owned nature preserve area of Kenya. A truly amazing place and experience! The first surprise comes as soon as you get off your small commercial “puddle jumper” plane, at the camp’s airstrip, where […]

Garden of the Monsters, Bomarzo, Italy

Garden of the Monsters, Bomarzo, Italy

If you want inspiration to really go wild with your own unique garden ideas, the Garden of the Monsters is a place you should definitely visit! Known in Italian as il Sacro Bosco (Sacred Wood), or Parco di Mostri (Park of the Monsters), this totally unique and unusual garden is located just outside the hill […]

Tropical Fruit World

Tropical Fruit World

Can you imagine experiencing the sweet, sour, and spicy taste of exotic fruits, the smells and colors of delicious flowers, and the sound of tropical, colorful birds all in a huge beautiful garden? This is the world that the Brinsmead family has been toiling to create for over forty years on the site of largest […]