Esna Locks, Egypt

Egypt - Esna locks - by Ad Meskens - WikimediaIn March of 2023, my wife and I decided to embark on our long-awaited journey through Egypt. 

After a hectic three-day tour of Cairo and Giza, we flew on Egypt Air to Luxor, were whisked away to our cruise ship, Steigenberger Minerva, and checked into our fabulous cabin. 

The four-day cruise starts from Luxor and goes up the Nile River to Aswan, but right to the south of Luxor, the river changes to a higher level. We had to use the Esna Locks to rise to the upper level.

The crossing happened late at night, so the few of us who wanted to witness this event stayed up and gathered at the ship’s bow. Our tour guide arranged for us to stand in front of the bridge window for the best view.

Reading Terminal Market Food Tasting Tour

Philadelphia Reading Terminal Market After spending days exploring Philadelphia's historical landmarks, I decided to go on a tour of a culinary landmark, the Reading Terminal Market.

Philadelphia is famous for the historic events that led to the forming of the United States of America. This is where the founding fathers declared independence and later signed the Constitution. Many visitors come here to relive those momentous events and walk in the footsteps of giants.

Costa Rica Adventure

Monteverde - Selvatura Park Hanging BridgesCosta Rica, a Central American treasure, offers a paradise for travelers seeking both adventure and tranquility. Renowned for its lush rainforests, stunning beaches, and diverse wildlife, this vibrant country captivates every visitor with its unique experiences.

In November 2023, my wife and I spent nine blissful days exploring Costa Rica's natural wonders and engaging with its wonderful people. We quickly realized that nine days were hardly enough to fully appreciate the country's stunning nature, national parks, wildlife reserves, and commitment to eco-tourism.

Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens walkway - from WikipediaTucked against the San Gabrial Mountains in Los Angeles County, this arboreal retreat from civilization is a treat for soar eyes.

The Gardens are spread out over 150 acres of hills, meadows, lakes, and streams.

The botanic collections are divided into distinct areas; some, like the Oak Forest, look like pristine woodland ...

Tuna Canyon Hike

Tuna Canyon Park - Hike - Santa Monica Bay ViewLocated in the Santa Monica Mountains between Topanga and Malibu, Tuna Canyon Park covers an expansive 1,255 miles. The park is dotted with sagebrush, wildflowers, and oak trees, offering a picturesque landscape.

Tuna Canyon features numerous hidden trails, making it a less frequented destination perfect for those seeking solitude away from the bustling city life of Los Angeles.