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Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

The Sandurs and Glacier Lagoon of Southern Iceland

After breakfast of sliced meats, cheeses, oatmeal (really bad) and waffles (quite good), at the Country Hotel Höfðabrekka (this was the only place we stayed that did anything inventive like waffles or oatmeal), we headed out from Vik through the wasteland.  Technically, the drive from Vik to Hofn is not a wasteland – it’s a sandur. A sandur is a

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Skogafoss waterfall in Southern Iceland, our first stop driving Iceland's Ring Road

The Waterfalls and Glaciers of Southern Iceland

The flight from Boston to Reykjavik/Keflavik was short (just 4 1/2 hours of actual flying time). But Iceland Air is more of a no-frills airline.  Don’t get me wrong, Iceland Air is not cheap – far from it. They are actually EXTREMELY expensive for such a short flight. My tickets to Dubai were almost half what

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Peruvian woman rowing to the Uros islands in Lake Titicaca

The Uros Islands of Lake Titicaca in Peru

Like thousands of others, we had come to Puno, Peru, to visit Lake Titicaca – the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world. More specifically, we had come to visit the Uros islands and Taquile in this massive lake. From Puno, it was an easy, 10-minute journey

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The Cathedral of Santo Domingo in Cusco, Peru.

Highlights from a Cusco Walking Tour

Cusco is one of those cities in the world that grabs hold of you and doesn’t let go. Once you visit Cusco, it will haunt your dreams and you’ll be compelled to return again and again. Don’t say you weren’t warned! We set out a Cusco walking tour and discovered this city’s rich heritage.

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Visiting Machu Picchu

Visiting Machu Picchu in Peru

Visiting Machu Picchu is breathtaking. The kind of breathtaking where we had to stop ourselves for a minute to remember the experience because there would never be another first time.

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Vendors at the Sunday market in Pisac, one of the great places to visit in Peru's Sacred Valley

A Day in Peru’s Sacred Valley

While Machu Picchu is the most famous ruin in Peru, dozens of other sites held significance for the Incas. We set out to explore two of them – Pisac and Ollantaytambo – along with the awesome Pisac market.

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Stained glass window at Chartres Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site in France

A Visit to France’s Chartres Cathedral

I can still remember the TV cart being rolled into my seventh grade classroom. It was the early ’90s when the rickety metal things bumped through middle school hallways everywhere, long before the days of touchscreens and streaming video. My European History class was studying cathedrals, and it was time for some animated characters to

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