Author: Sandra

Singapore: Big Places in Small Spaces

Singapore is a city-state in Southeast Asia, and one of our stops on the way home from our honeymoon to complete our “trip around the world”. Singapore is one of the world’s newer countries. It was initially a British trading post in 1819, and only started doing its own thing as a country when it became independent in 1965. And somehow, in those 50 short years, Singapore has become one of the world’s most prosperous countries. It ranks as one of the highest in the world for education, healthcare, quality of life, and safety. The country is also fairly...

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Dubai: Playground of the Middle East

Dubai has been called the “Las Vegas of the Middle East” and often conjures up images of opulence and glitz in the middle of the dessert. For that reason, we were suprised when the city left us with an entirely different impression.   Bigger is Better? Dubai rises dramatically out of the flat Arabian dessert with tall shimmering skyscrapers and massive multi-lane highways. Everything here is the biggest, tallest, fastest, and largest. Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building (Burj Khalifa), the world’s largest mall (Dubai Mall), and the world’s largest artificial island (the Palm Jumeirah), to name...

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Monaco: Land of the Rich & Famous

Along the Mediterranean coast of France is a tiny country for the rich and famous: Monaco. Monaco is the second smallest country in the world, trailing only behind Vatican city, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in wealth. One in three people in Monaco are millionaires (the highest in the world) and the country has the world’s most expensive real estate ($5,800 per square ft, meaning a standard 2,000 square ft house would be around $12 million). We didn’t hesitate to visit this glitzy country, as we were only 10 minutes away by train from Nice....

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Cannes We Sail? A French Riviera Sailing Trip

While everyone was flocking to Cannes for the annual film festival, we took the short 10 minute train ride from Nice with the plan of spending the day sailing! We pushed through the crowds of people trying to catch a glimpse of celebrities, and detoured around the numerous white tents set up for the festival. We just barely saw the red carpet, with the paparazzi snapping photos of Bill Murray as we walked by. Relieved to be out of the chaos and finally on the dock, we found our boat and captain Pierre. He agreed to take us 12...

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Nice: Anchor Point of the Cote d’Azur

Our true purpose in coming to the French Riviera was to stay with a few of our friends in Nice. We have always wanted to travel through the south of France, and this was our perfect excuse! We were lucky enough to have a place to stay for the week, which helped to offset the costs of the otherwise expensive French Riviera. We used Nice as a base to travel to many neighbouring cities along the Cote d’Azur: Cannes, Antibes, and Monaco, which are all a short 10-20 minutes away. But in the meantime, let me tell you about Nice!...

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