Norwich

Norwich is a thriving regional capital with a medieval heart as big as the City of London, crowned by the equally magnificent Norman castle and cathedral. At night, thanks to superb civic lighting, the...

Mont-St-Michel – The Fortress Abbey of Normandy

Set  upon  a  massive  rock  just  off  the  Normandy   coast,   the   great   Gothic   abbey church  of  Mont-St-Michel  is  often  called the   Marvel   of   the   West.   Approaching across  the  coastal  flatlands,  I  get  chills when ...

Tillicum Village

From Pier 55 in downtown Seattle, you can travel 8 miles by boat and end up a world away from the clatter and bustle of the big city. Blake Island, a state park in...

Dead Horse Point State Park

Afflicted by a geology obsession? Give it full scope at Dead Horse Point State Park near the small city of Moab. The bones of the planet are fully exposed here: Red sandstone pinnacles and buttes,...

Bishop Auckland

Bishop Auckland is an ancient town, standing on what was Dere Street - an old Roman road. Like many County Durham towns, it owed its later prosperity to coal mining. When the surrounding pits...

Polar Nights & Northern Lights

Just  about  every  attraction  in  Tromsø, Norway,  bills  itself  as  the  “world’s  northernmost”  this  or  that—the  northernmost university,  the  northernmost  cathedral, the  northernmost  golf  course,  the  northernmost  brewery.  What  else  would  you expect of...

Phnom Da – Island in The Rain

Steep steps rise from dense vegetation to this imperious prasat in the southern province of Takéo. Its hauntingly beautiful and remote location is not for the faint-hearted, especially in November when the twin outcrops...

Pinnacles National Monument

An unusual blend of different ecesystems and home to swveral rare species, including  INCLUDING the California condor, Pinnacles National Monument is in danger of being loved to death by visitors who come to hike...

The Cape Winelands

A wine safari combines two of South Africa's greatest treasures: the spectacular Cape wine region and its excellent regional cuisine, a mix of the culinary skills of the Dutch, French, British, Portuguese, Germans, and...

The Camargue – France’s Cowboy Country

On a marshy delta where two branches of the Rhône empty into the Mediterranean, the Camargue is France’s cattle country. Here, black bulls are raised for bullfights in nearby Arles and Nîmes. The cattle...

Kailua-Kona – The Kingdom’s Capital

The oceanside tourist town of Kailua-Kona, located at the base of 8,271-foot Hualalai Volcano and known for its sport fishing, is also one of Hawaii's most significant historic sites. It was here in 1812...

Great Sand Dunes National Park

To encounter the giant, golden sand dunes of southern Colorado is as surprising as it is uplifting. These wind-sculpted hills rise up suddenly, over 700 feet (213 meters) high from the floor of the...