Author: Shane

Patagonia: El Chalten & Fancy Fitz

If you are familiar with the brand name of the outdoor gear company, “Patagonia”, then you may have noticed their logo is a mountain range. This mountain range is not the famous Chilean Torres del Paine range, but rather the Argentinian equivalent: Mount Fitz Roy and his partners in crime (faintly seen below). Mount Fitz Roy and the surrounding area is where we spent the next 3 days of our Patagonian adventure.   El Chalten Driving north from El Calafate you enter the small mountain village of El Chalten. Driving into town is a memorable experience, as the winding...

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Maldives: The Perfect Honeymoon

The Maldives (pronounced “mahl-deeves”) is a tiny tropical nation made up of 1,192 islands just south of India. The country is made up of 26 ring-shaped “atolls”, which are rings of coral reef that surround a lagoon: The Maldives is known for its whiter-than-white sand beaches, luxurious resorts, and its “underwater garden” for snorkellers and divers. Despite being the smallest and most dispersed Asian country, the Maldives attract over a million people per year to its beaches – named as some of the best on the planet. The Maldives is also the lowest nation in the world, with an...

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Verdon Gorge: Europe’s Grand Canyon

The Verdon Gorge is known as “Europe’s Grand Canyon”. It is a 25 km long and 700 m deep river gorge that extends all the way from Provence to the Alps. The Verdon river has carved this dramatic gorge, named for the color of the water: an emerald/turquoise green color which is said to come from the floating rock particles and microalgae. The color is stunning, and the water is beautifully clear. The Verdon Gorge is the deepest canyon in France, and said to be one of the most beautiful natural wonders in Europe. For this reason, we didn’t...

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Amazing Day Trips in the French Riviera

The cities and towns of the Cote d’Azur seem to blend together, with no clear distinction from one to another. This makes travel between places easy once you pick a home base. For us this base was Nice and we took advantage of the many towns, beaches, and cities easily accessible in 10-30 minutes. Here are our votes for the best quick daytrips from Nice:   1) St. Paul de Vence St. Paul de Vence is worthy a quick 20 minute drive from Nice. As one of the oldest medieval towns in the French Riviera, this town has a...

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Avignon & Aix-en-Provence: Heart of Provence

Although Provence is full of charming little towns and villages to leisurely peruse, there are also some larger cities which are worth a visit: Avignon and Aix-en-Provence.   The Bridge to No Where: Avignon The historic center of Avignon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is definitely worth a visit. It is home to the Palais des Papes, which is the biggest gothic palace in the world. It housed seven different popes in the 1300s, who were tired of the growing corruption in Rome and chose to relocate to Avignon. They built an impressive palace, garden and church,...

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