Halfway Around and Back Again!

We all know from my previous post that Ilha Grande ("Big Island") is a beautiful tropical paradise off the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro. The island lives up to its name and is simply enormous. I managed to do a tour called halfway-and-back, where you spend the day going halfway around the island,... Continue Reading →

Welcome to the Paradise Islands

Leaving Ilha Grande ('Big Island') by boat, there are few islands nearby that are referred to as the Ilhas Paradisiacas - the Paradise Islands. You can arrange a tour around these islands. They lie between Angra dos Reis on the Brazilian mainland and Ilha Grande. You can do a private tour, or go in a... Continue Reading →

Feeling Grand on Ilha Grande!

Ilha Grande ("Big Island") is a popular getaway from Rio de Janeiro. From the city, it's only two hours by car and a short boat ride. The island has white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and exciting forest trails, making it the perfect tropical retreat.       One of the most exciting features of Ilha Grande... Continue Reading →

The Pleasures of Painshill!

Painshill is one of the most beautiful 18th century landscape gardens, created  between 1738 and 1738. This place has the most indescribable magic. It is an amazing garden in which to spend your day exploring the many winding paths in a journey of discovery. There are quite a few routes you can take. I chose... Continue Reading →

Aviario Nacional de Colombia

The bird park is close to Cartagena, about half an hour to an hour's drive (depending on traffic) is  well worth a visit. This place is amazing, well kept, and the birds live in their natural habitats.   Wandering the wilderness amongst exotic birds and lush green trees at the Aviario National Park,  shows you... Continue Reading →

Brazil’s North Eastern Coast

The state of Paraíba in Brazil has some of the most amazing beaches in the world. There are miles and miles of unspoiled beaches with little development around them, which makes them very attractive. Most of the beaches are in areas of preservation. The most eastern point of the Americas - the point that sticks... Continue Reading →

Dead Sea Extravaganza

The Dead Sea has a border with Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. It is a salt lake whose banks are more than 400m below sea level, the lowest point on dry land. I went to the Jordanian side, and it was quite impressive to be so low under sea level. Its famously hyper-saline water... Continue Reading →

The Sacred Mountain!

One  attraction that must be visited when in Bogota is the Mount of Monserrate. The views are truly spectacular from there. Monserrate is a mountain that dominates the city centre of Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia. It rises to 3,152 metres above sea level, where there is a church with a shrine, devoted to El... Continue Reading →

Leeds Castle: The Loveliest Castle in the World!

Leeds Castle is very picturesque and has been described as 'the loveliest castle in the world'. A castle has been on the same site since 1086. In the 13th century it came into the hands of King Edward I. It was the king's favourite residence. Around the 16th century, Henry VIII used it as a dwelling for his first... Continue Reading →

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