Tag: nature

  • Where to see Edinburgh’s most wonderful sights

    Where to see Edinburgh’s most wonderful sights

    Edinburgh is nothing if not picturesque. The city is quite hilly, which makes for some wonderful views from the hilltops and the cobbled streets beneath them. These are some of the best places from which to enjoy Edinburgh’s most wonderful sights and views. Calton Hill At one end of Princes Street, you’ll find the monument-filled…

  • Day trip to Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle from Edinburgh

    Day trip to Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle from Edinburgh

    A visit to Scotland isn’t complete without enjoying a little bit of nature. So even though our home base was Edinburgh, we took a day trip to see some of the rolling hills and lochs that the country has to offer. Here is everything you need to know about taking a day trip from Edinburgh…

  • A day in the Curonian Spit of Lithuania

    A day in the Curonian Spit of Lithuania

    One of the natural wonders of Lithuania is the Curonian Spit, a thin 60-mile long sand-dune spit that separates the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is partially in Lithuanian territory and partially in Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia. From the Lithuania side, you can see plenty of dunes and take short…

  • Visiting Thailand’s Doi Inthanon National Park

    Visiting Thailand’s Doi Inthanon National Park

    Just two hours out of Chiang Mai sits the highest point in Thailand. The peak is part of the Shan Hills, which connects farther north to the Himalayas. The summit sits at 2565 meters above sea level, which is just under 8500 feet. For an altitude that high, Doi Inthanon hardly feels like a mountain…

  • Why elephants are not part of my Thailand vacation

    Why elephants are not part of my Thailand vacation

    One of the things I really wanted to do in Thailand, besides attend the Yi Peng lantern festival, was go to  Elephant Nature Park. The sanctuary, which is about an hour out of Chiang Mai offers visits and volunteering to spend the day working with rescued and rehabilitated elephants. Of course, I didn’t take into…

  • Hiking from Oia to Fira in Santorini

    Hiking from Oia to Fira in Santorini

    When I went to Greece, after taking dozens of exhausting city vacations, I was ready to be on a beach for 10 days doing absolutely nothing. But when we got to Santorini, my friend had planned for us to take a 6-mile hike from Oia to Fira. To her credit, it’s the number one thing to…