March 27, 2015
Why this national park is called the Arches is a rhetorical question. But if you haven’t been following this mini-on-the-road series from Utah, then read this.
Yes, you want huge natural rock arches – you need to come here. There’s just so much awesome archness here. Wikipedia says there are as many as 2000 here, ranging from the meager to the massive, and from the weird to the wonderful. In our day here we managed to see just nine! They were: Surprise, Skull, Delicate, Tower, Skyline, (the two) Windows, Turret and Double Arch.
Let me jump in here at the deep end: the most beautiful and most famous (and that takes into account desktop wallpaper:) arch of them all is… this one here – Delicate Arch:
Read on: 70 spellbinding sights…
March 24, 2015
Since the previous day my brain had been variously boggling and boiling. This was eased a little by steam being emitted from said boggling and boiling brain out via my camera, but that alleviation process then went too far, leading poor brain into a state of half dehydration.
The diagnosis sounds like this:
I’ve (finally) been to the canyons of Utah!
Eyeballs fairy exploded, jaws drooped down to waist level, tongues hung out of mouths, minds… simply blown. Cameras – white hot with non-stop use! The latter in fact were the only things that didn’t completely lose the plot. The human beings and their mentioned body parts however just conked – unable to the take in unencompassable – in the red and white canyons of Utah.
Read on: Not bad, eh? This pic was just for starters…
March 19, 2015
Still in the US toing and froing between cities, we decided to make a quick stop in a town I’d never heard of: Wendover, Utah State. The town houses the nearest airport to the famous Bonneville Salt Flats. A saliently saline splendid spot!
Read on: The mirages on the horizon…
March 14, 2015
To be in Miami as a tourist and not get a visit to the Everglades in is a bit like… going to Manhattan as a tourist and not seeing Broadway and Times Square: it just doesn’t make any sense. Mind you, visiting the Everglades in anything but an airboat makes little sense too: going ‘on foot’ – or swimming (!) – is out of the question: the Everglades are crocodile infested swamps; and going on any other means of transport is also a no-no: only airboats manage to navigate these unique swamp-scapes cut with dense grassy shrubbery.
Read on: Crocs & yikes!…
March 10, 2015
Turns out the Ring of Fire affects Guatemala too. But then that country classic affects many, and always will :). But no, it’s the seismic-lithospheric-tectonic Ring of Fire that ensures Guatemala is fully sorted in the volcano department.
In all there are around 30 volcanoes in Guatemala – impressive for a country of its modest size. Taking a peek at trusty old Wikipedia, we see Guatemala covers approx. 100,000 square kilometers, so if we divide that by the number of volcanoes… ooh la la!: the volcanism force is strong with this one! It’s nothing on the Kurils of course (68 volcanoes in 10,500 square kilometers!), but the Kurils aren’t a whole country…
Antigua is surrounded by three volcanoes – Agua, Fuego and Acatenango – all of which were visible from our hotel:
Read on: Ahhh, so great being up a mountain!…
January 23, 2015
Last week’s busy overseas business itinerary, this time in London, ended with the usual installment of micro-tourism.
We rented a car and drove down to the White Cliffs of Dover, the sheer façade that drops into the English Channel. I’d long dreamed of getting down to the southern coast of England, the place where d’Artagnan came ashore (seeking out the queen’s diamonds wasn’t it? Will have to re-read the book), as did William the Conqueror, and I’m sure a whole hoard of other invaders and the like did…
Read on: Cliffs, roads, jams and floods…
December 8, 2014
Last week we had another free afternoon in Portugal. Naturally, we made the most of it.
On our way to Lisbon airport we made a quick detour off the highway to take in another two interesting Portuguese places of interest.
They’re not quite as monumental as the cliffs we saw on the southern coast of the country, but all the same they’re still worth a look. The first place, real close to Lisbon, is the town of Sintra (and its Pena Park). The other is the western-most point of Europe – Cabo da Roca – approx. 20km from Pena.
Pena Park is actually the grounds of Pena National Palace, perched high up on the top of a hill here (500 meters above sea level).There are various different touristic tidbits to check out in and around the grounds, but the main two are the palace itself plus Castelo Mouros – Castle of the Moors – another hilltop-located ancient construction (and the cooler of the two).
Pena National Palace
Read on: Summer residence of the Portuguese royal family…
December 4, 2014
We recently had a day spare after a partner conference in Portugal.
What were we to do?
Easy: get ourselves a rented car and race along the country’s south coast! We set out from the city of Faro.
It’s a coastline of very impressive imposing cliffs – forever battling the ferocious forces of the ocean.
Read on: startlingly stunning!…
November 17, 2014
Top of the day to you, folks!
Here we are with the final installment of travel notes from Ireland – and another magical natural wonder from the west coast of the country: Slieve League.
The mountains this day were neither much higher nor steeper than the ones we’d seen the previous day, but the views, somehow were a lot better…
Read on: Chuckle chuckle…
November 13, 2014
When folks who’ve been to Ireland get asked what its best ‘must-see’ or ‘must-do’ bits are (besides Guinness), most reply with the Cliffs of Moher, and understandably so. The Internet even says these cliffs recently became one of the top must-sees, not just of the whole of Ireland, but the whole of Europe! Bold reckonings. But they might just be right…
This part of Ireland is stunningly beautiful.
200-meter high sheer cliffs facing out across ‘the pond‘, aka – the Atlantic Ocean. Monumentally magnificent. And the waves way down below – like 50 floors of a skyscraper down below – can still be heard up here at the top crashing against the rocks. Them some powerful waves.
Read on: Raining cats and dogs…