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Traveling to Bora Bora from New York

Did you know it takes 2.5 days of air travel to get to Bora Bora from New York? A strange thing I like to do is study maps and globes... the real kind you hold in your hands and can touch. As a child, it amazed me how large the Pacific Ocean is as it fills ...

Stepping into the Shire – a visit to New Zealand’s Hobbiton Movie Set

It was a few days before Christmas, in 2001. Amanda and I, having been engaged for less than a year, lived in Charlotte, North Carolina. One evening, we went to the movies to see the first in the trilogy series of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." I remember watching that ...

Find Out Why Mauritius Is Called Heaven on Earth

Okay, I will admit it...being an American, I have never really heard of Mauritius before.  When we decided to take a vacation to somewhere warm over the extended Easter Holiday and for Amanda's birthday, we heard a lot of good things about Mauritius from our fellow German colleagues and from information we found online.  But, ...

Get to Know Magical Morocco While Traveling from Casablanca to Marrakesh

In preparing for our trip to Morocco, I wanted to learn as much about the country and the two cities we would visit to fully prepare for our journey. My only image of Casablanca was from the 1942 movie, which I quickly learned was filmed entirely on a Hollywood movie set. Even the movie's cafe ...

How We Spent a Weekend in Paris – with a full moon surprise

Okay, so I have another blog post on a trip to Paris here from a weekend trip we took in January, but there is just something about Paris that keeps bringing us back to this beautiful city.  That, and the fact that is is a 3 hour ICE train ride from Mannheim, Germany! In June ...

Picking the Perfect Way to Spend Two Nights in Venice (Venezia), Italy

My parents and sister visited us in Germany during the month of June.  This was my parents' first time traveling outside of the US, and when learning that Venice was one of my Mom's bucket list cities...well, I knew I had to surprise them with a trip there. Amanda & I had been to Venice ...