Author: Sandra

The Charming Towns in Provence

We’ve arrived in France, with our sights set on the French Riviera! After spending a couple of days in Paris, we headed south to the large French region of Provence. Provence is known to many for its lavender fields, though to us it seemed to be full of so much more: quaint villages, vineyards, Mediterranean cuisine, and wine. Though we were out of season to watch the lavenders in bloom, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful places in France! We spent our time zooming our little Fiat 500 through the winding country...

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Guatemala Travel Guide: Our Itinerary

Lake Atitlan Antigua Tikal Flores Though we were both excited to visit Guatemala, I think our visit exceeded both of our expectations. We loved every place we visited and overall had such a memorable and unique experience.   Our Itinerary Our trip to Guatemala was short, spending only 9 days in the country. However, given that Guatemala is not too far away from us and in a similar time zone, we felt we had more than enough time to see the main highlights. Our itinerary went as follows: Lake Atitlan (4 days), Antigua (3 days), Flores/Tikal (2 days). We...

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Flores: The Gateway to Tikal

Another day, another colorful Guatemalan city! When we flew into northern Guatemalan to see the ruins of Tikal, we stayed in the nearby town of Flores. Since this is city is one of the main hubs for visitors getting to Tikal, it a predominantly tourist driven town full of hotels and restaurants. Flores is also a tiny, tiny circular town plopped into the center of one of Guatemala’s northern lakes. There is just one single causeway which connects the town with the mainland. It’s a sight to see, even catching my eye from the plane as we were landing. We...

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Tikal at Sunrise: Guatemala’s Mayan Wonder

Another UNESCO world heritage site in Guatemala is Tikal, one of the largest and most important ancient Mayan cities. These ruins are located in the northern part of Guatemala, close to the borders with Belize and Mexico. We had a few options to get there: take a 16 hour crammed bus ride or a 45 minute flight. We chose the flight. When we got off the plane we were hit with a blanket of warmth, and so much humidity it was almost suffocating. This is the tropical part of Guatemala, with Tikal located completely within the rainforest. We stayed...

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Antigua: Guatemala’s Cutest City

Antigua is probably the cutest town in all of Guatemala, with cobblestone streets, colorful houses, and a huge volcano looming over the city. In fact, the entire town is a UNESCO world heritage site. As adorable as it is, luck was never on Antigua’s side. It’s really a wonder the city still exists. First it was destroyed by fire. Then, it was completely buried by an earthquake and avalanche combo. And then it was hit again in the 1770s with another disastrous earthquake. The government at this point had enough (can’t blame them), and ordered to move the capital...

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