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Czech Charm: 7 sweet surprises

There are a few things you’ll probably know before heading to the Czech Republic. The beer will be plentiful, delicious, and inexpensive. Prague’s Charles Bridge will make your jaw drop. And the castles will be splendid. All of… Read More

Faces & flavors, Quebec City

For me, Jocelyne Belleau perfectly summed up the Quebecois’ passion for their home. “My blood is maple!” the petite dynamo said dramatically, hand on her heart. With that, I knew I was in good hands for my first… Read More

Iron Springs, AZ: Prime spot for a ‘hike and a bite’

If it’s a hiking challenge and a fitting reward you’re after, the trails in Prescott, Arizona’s Granite Mountain Wilderness Area – and the nearby Iron Springs Cafe – might just be made to order. Located west of the… Read More

A Hike and a Bite: Durango, Colorado

Every now and then, you visit a place that seems to have it all: Jaw-droppingly gorgeous surroundings, charming city streets, a fun vibe, and uniquely entertaining activities. Durango, Colorado is just that kind of town. At a population… Read More

A Hike and a Brew: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

When it comes to life’s simple pleasures, I believe there are few things that can top a walk through beautiful scenery, capped off with a bite to eat or a frosty brew (or both!) in an out-of-the-way café… Read More

Prescott’s most charming trail

Whenever I hike the Peavine Trail in Prescott, Arizona, two questions come to mind: How can so many amazing features be packed into 5.5 miles? And why aren’t more people using it? As my hometown trail, the Peavine… Read More

Sedona: The most beautiful place on Earth?

First of all, I know that there are many, many gorgeous places that I have yet to see. I’ve been around a bit, but I am under no illusion that I’ve seen it all! Still, I have to… Read More

Jerome to Jiufen: The quirkiness of old mining towns

When I first heard about Jiufen while planning my recent trip to Taiwan, I immediately wanted to visit the picturesque mining town on the island’s north coast. After all, I’ve lived within easy reach of Jerome – Northern… Read More