Universal Islands of Adventure

Universal Islands of adventure - EntranceEmbark on a journey of discovery and excitement through the uniquely themed islands at Universal Islands of Adventure.

Explore areas such as “Marvel Super Hero Islands”, “Jurassic Park”, and “Skull Island” for an array of rides and shows, and immerse yourself in the magic at the other half of the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter”.

The two halves of the Wizarding World are seamlessly connected via the Hogwarts Express, making it an attraction in its own right.

Big Bear Lake

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Big Bear Valley is well known for its winter sports fun. But after the snow melts and the skiers flee the area, a whole new adventure awaits you.

During the summer months, the ski resorts offer more adventures like scenic chairlift rides, slides, and hiking trails.

The valley and mountains around it are full of hiking and biking trails waiting to be explored. Many trails start near the “Big Bear Discovery Center”. 

Monterey, California

Monterey WharfMonterey is a city located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast.

The city is known for its stunning scenery, rich history, and many attractions. It is most known for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, and Fisherman's Wharf.

Interesting Fact: Monterey serviced as the State's capital during the Spanish, Mexican, and USA rules.

Monterey is also a gateway to the unparalleled beauty of Big Sur and other beach towns like Carmel, Santa Cruz, and Pacific Grove.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios HollywoodMy recent visit to Universal Studios Hollywood was an enlightening journey into the world of movie-making magic and non-stop fun.

Despite the scorching 95-degree forecast, my family and I ventured out on a Sunday morning, and it turned out to be a fantastic decision. Universal Studios has masterfully created an environment where the heat doesn't dampen the fun. Ample shade and mist fans create a comfortable atmosphere, almost like having their own microclimate.

Universal Studios Hollywood holds the title of the longest-running active movie studio in the world. If you're lucky, your visit might coincide with live filming of movies or TV shows. During our visit, the Nickelodeon Kids Awards were being filmed (though it required an invite).

Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara

Egypt - Cairo - Pyramids with a Camel

In March of 2023, my wife and I embarked on a much-anticipated exploration of Egypt and the Pyramids.

Discover Egypt and the highlights of our tour here and about Cairo here.

We dedicate this story to our exhilarating journey through the Great Pyramids, Saqqara, and Memphis.

Guided by the knowledgeable Fawzy from Memphis Tours, we delved into the rich history of these ancient sites, creating unforgettable memories.

Our adventure began with a visit to the remnants of the ancient city of Memphis and the captivating Mit Rahina Museum.