5 Marine Museums in Minnesota Worth a Detour

“Minnesota has more shore line than California”! Christopher Finke hunted down the data verifying the claim used by Explore Minnesota Tourism in a 2011 Ad Campaign. His research shows that yes, Minnesota does have more shoreline than California. So, it is not surprising to find Maritime Museums all around the State. These little gems retrace…

[A royal treatment] a unique way to visit France!

A friend of mine just started a fabulous custom-made intercultural and language experience for individuals in the beautiful region of Touraine France. The Touraine region is known for its castles and wines. In the 15th and 16th centuries the region was the favorite residence of the French kings and is now a popular tourist attraction…

What to do on a gloomy Sunday?

What do you to on a gloomy Sunday after Thanksgiving when shopping and football is not one of your past time? Go on a road trip. We left St. Paul and drove to the lovely town of Stillwater located east on the St. Croix River. We took the Scenic St. Croix River road going north…

Sunrise On Darling Lake

Darling Lake, what a pretty name! The town of Alexandria in Minnesota, where this lake sets, is located half way between Minneapolis, MN and Fargo, ND on I-94. It is a popular place for summer vacations and family winter getaways. That October morning I woke up around 5:00 a.m. The weather was unusually warm for…

Chaco Canyon and its long lost civilization

On the North West corner of New Mexico, a few miles from the border of Colorado and Arizona stands the Chaco Culture National Historic Park. The recommended access route to the park is from the north, via Highway 550. The access road is well marked, however out of the 25 miles of road getting to…

2 Days in the Mountains of Colorado during Fall Season

I have few words that can describe the beauty of our mountain state, Colorado at this time of the year. After spending a couple of days at the balloon fiesta in Albuquerque, we decided to take a drive to Durango for a night, and stayed at the General Palmer, a Victorian Era hotel established in…

Historic Route 66 or what’s left of it!

Route 66 in Albuquerque passes through downtown from the West Mesa all the way to the East side of town on what is now Central Avenue. Signs of the Historical Route are disappearing fast. All you can see today are series of old motel signs advertising empty lots, shabby buildings or old motels where I…

The World Largest Hot Air Balloon Gathering!

It was dark outside when the alarm clock went off. We got out of bed, took a quick shower and were out the door within 15 minutes. The highway was already showing signs of heavy traffic, when suddenly 5 miles from the ground of the International Balloon Fiesta, traffic stopped. We started crawling our way…

Iconic Drives in the U.S.: Beartooth Scenic Byway

Driving through the U.S. and its iconic drives has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl browsing through travel magazine in my parents living room. Just hearing their names: Route 66, Pacific Coast Highway, US Highway 1, Blue Ridge Parkway, Great River Road, bring a vision of exotic places and breathtaking…

Post Card from Yellowstone

2016 marks the 100th Anniversary of the National Park system in the US. There is nothing to add to the beauty of this natural wonder, just enjoy.        

Top 5 reasons to visit Medora, ND

Treasures can be found all around us. No need to travel miles away to discover beautiful places in unexpected areas. When I was told we should stop in Medora, ND and make it an overnight stop on our way to Yellowstone, my first thoughts were “what is there to do in Medora?”   The Medora…