A Day Trip from Rome to Hadrian’s Villa

The Canopus, modeled after a park Hadrian saw in Alexandria, Egypt, at Hadrian's Villa. When you visit Rome, don't neglect to take some of the easy day trips to other significant attractions. The [...]

By |2018-07-23T13:11:44+00:00July 22, 2018|Categories: Europe, History Travel, Italy, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , |13 Comments

Churches and Other Images of Yaroslavl, Russia

The center of Yaroslavl is a Unesco World Heritage site. In Russia, it's the only city other than Saint Petersburg where the entire center of the city has that designation.

By |2018-07-25T11:41:46+00:00July 8, 2018|Categories: Europe, History Travel, Russia, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: |14 Comments

Visiting the City Center of Saint Petersburg, Russia

According to UNESCO, what makes Saint Petersburg, Russia a World Heritage Site was the building “the greatest urban creation of the 18th century” on the swampy estuary of the Neva River.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Belgium

One of the spectacular rooflines of the Grand Place of Brussels, a Unesco World Heritage site in Belgium. The tiny country of Belgium has 13 Unesco World Heritage sites, including the only museum, [...]

Unesco World Heritage Sites in Australia

Yes, Australia's Great Barrier Reef is every bit as colorful as you thought it would be, and well deserves its Unesco World Heritage site designation. Get there before it's ruined. There's a great [...]

By |2018-06-29T12:28:40+00:00June 28, 2018|Categories: Australia, Nature and Wildlife, Unesco World Heritage Sites|0 Comments

A Photo Tour of Wadi Rum, Jordan

The best way to do a Wadi Rum tour is to stay in a Bedouin camp and let them feed you and drive you around. Early the next morning take photos at dawn.

By |2018-06-23T10:15:05+00:00June 21, 2018|Categories: Asia, Jordan, Middle East, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , |2 Comments

A Golden Hour Bali Tour with Agung Rai

Unlike your typical tour guide, Agung Rai didn't feel the need to fill every moment with commentary. In fact, other than the basic introductions, he didn't say too much at all until we'd left Ubud proper and made it out into the rice paddy and jungle countryside. Then he pulled the well used Toyota SUV off to the side of the road and shut off the engine. We were in the middle of no particular place and he got out of the driver's side and beckoned us to do the same. After we'd walked a little ways from the truck, he said, "Listen to the water." The best advice I'd got in Bali since, "Try the curry."

By |2018-09-18T08:11:36+00:00June 20, 2018|Categories: Asia, Indonesia, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , |4 Comments

What to do in Ubud, Bali

Don't spend all your time on the main streets of Ubud, although they're kind of fun if you like to shop and be asked if you want a taxi every two minutes. Here's a list of what to do in Ubud, Bali.

By |2018-06-21T15:52:18+00:00June 20, 2018|Categories: Asia, Eat Drink Stay, Indonesia, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , |0 Comments

Lessons from a Bali Cremation Ceremony

There's an older man who comes by our villa with his wife a few times a week to do a little gardening while his wife makes smoky offerings to the gods. He's an unfailingly cheerful sort who always has a bit to say, but doesn't hang around enough to become burdensome. Until today, he'd always spoken to us in his rather halting English. But today we discovered by accident that we both spoke Spanish, and the conversation got a lot more interesting. He was the one who told us last week about Tuesday's cremation ceremony and invited us to attend. And when he came back today, he asked if we'd been there and if we had any questions. Let me describe the ceremony first, so we know what we're talking about when I get to the questions.

By |2018-06-21T09:19:44+00:00June 19, 2018|Categories: Asia, Indonesia, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , |2 Comments