Bike Around Sanibel Island

I spent a fun few hours on a Saturday afternoon, bicycling some of the 25 miles of bike paths on Sanibel Island. Sanibel Island is located off the mainland of Florida near Ft. Myers. The island is well-manicured and the bike paths maintained for residents and visitors alike. Traffic on the main road can be maddening, but the […]

Barefoot and Shirtless in Tulum

Tulum, known for the archaeological site founded by the Mayans in the 15th century as a cultural and religious center has become a sought-after destination beyond history seekers exploring the ruins of sacred temples. To the surprise of my wife and I, a vacation in Tulum is unlike a stay in one of the glitzy […]

A visit to the Fatima Shrine in Portugal

A visit to Portugal is not complete without a visit to the Fatima shrine which can easily be reached from Lisbon.  A visit was included on the Globus Portugal Escape 8 day program.  Traveling during the shoulder months, like March, allows a close up visit to some amazing and historic religious centers.

Russia in Wintertime

Long Dark Nights, Magical Christmas Lights Winter Lights Traveling to Russia in the wintertime may seem a little out of the ordinary, however, traveling New Year’s week is something very special. Russia celebrates New Year’s Eve on December 31 and Russian Orthodox Christmas is always celebrated on January 07. A recent visit to St. Petersburg […]

St. Petersburg, Russia – Former Capital, Vibrant Seaport

Ballet At Catherine the Greats Private Theatre The city of St. Petersburg is a relatively new city as it was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. It’s often referred to as the Venice of the North because of the beautiful palaces situated along the sixty-five islands that make up the city of St. Petersburg. […]

Moscow Moments

Gum Department Store Red Square, Kremlin, Metro and the Russian Orthodox Churches For our journey to Moscow, we traveled by train from St. Petersburg. The Sapsan, Russia’s fast train took four hours, was very comfortable and had a dining car. Because we traveled in the late afternoon it was already dark and we were not […]

GLOBETROTTING IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

January 11, 2018 Departing for Southeast Asia While I won’t be arriving in Southeast Asia on elephant back, instead it will be aboard EVA Airlines, which is an airline based in Taiwan. I was in Thailand in 2015, and was so eager to return to Southeast Asia.  Today it becomes a reality. So, after 15 […]

Y’alla, Y’alla, Let’s Go, Let’s Go!

The Dome of the Rock Israel, Land of Creation A faith based Christian tour and travel blog Our journey began by boarding United Airlines from Chicago to Tel Aviv with a change of planes in Newark for our 10 hour flight. Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, named after the first prime minister of […]

Jambo from East Africa!

Submitted by John & Joan Cook After a very long day of travel from Chicago to Nairobi through 8 time zones and 16 hours of flying on KLM we arrived at 11:00pm to the beautiful Nairobi Serena hotel. The hotel is located in the downtown area, near several embassies and consulates. This hotel featured nice […]