195. The St. Regis Princeville Resort – Princeville, Kauai

One of the most interesting and my favorite thing we learned about Kauai is that no beach is private or can be privately owned. We were given this great tidbit of advice by our photography tour guide who also told us that there is no better way to spend a day feeling like the rich and famous (without spending the exorbitant price tag of $800-$1000 a night) than to spend it at the St. Regis […]

194. Polihale State Park – Waimea, Kauai

As far as beaches go, it doesn’t get much better than this sandy stretch of heaven on earth —- IF you can manage the drive there. The beach parking and camping areas are only accessible via a 5 mile poorly marked, dirt/sand sugarcane road riddled with potholes that could easily swallow up a small car. A four wheel drive vehicle is recommended however we got there fine in our rental car (sshhhh…don’t tell Alamo) by […]

193. Waimea Canyon – Kauai, Hawaii

Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, is a large canyon located on the western side of the island.  While not as large as the Grand Canyon, it is quite big at approximately ten miles long and up to 3,000 feet deep boasting spectacular waterfalls, jawdropping coastline, and lush forest. It’s no wonder so many movies have been filmed here. Waimea is Hawaiian for “reddish water”, a reference to the erosion […]

192. Poipu – Kauai, Hawaii

Poipu was our home for eight glorious days while visiting the island of Kauai. I’ll first say if you are traveling to Kauai, Poipu is the optimal location on the island for a stay. Known as the “garden isle” for its lush tropical green landscapes caused by almost daily rains — Mt. Waialeale on Kauai gets the prize for being the 2nd wettest spot on earth receiving more than 460 inches of rain per year. […]

191. Buckingham Palace – London, England

Of course everyone wants to see the changing of the guard outside of Buckingham Palace at least once, but truth be told, it’s slightly overrated and a wee bit boring. The crowds are huge and unless you get there hours in advance to get right up to the gates or climb the fountain, you really can’t see very much. The royal police also herd everyone around like cattle so there is not a lot of […]

190. Abbey Road Crossing – Westminster, England

Probably the most famous road crossing in the world, Abbey Road was brought to popular attention when it became the location for the shooting of the cover of the The Beatles last album: Abbey Road. Each year millions of people (including us) try to recreate the photograph on the album cover depicting Paul, George, John and Ringo crossing the road much to the dismay of the locals and drivers trying to get through the crowded […]

189. The Lakes District – England

The Lakes District was the last stop on our 15 day tour of England and Scotland and one that I was pretty excited about.  While I had been once before, I had never spent time exploring quite like this trip as we never had the luxury of a vehicle.  Not that a car is a must – you can easily take a scenic boat ride across the lakes to visit some of the villages and […]

188. Kilchurn Castle – Loch Awe, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

This is a fairly well preserved castle in an impressive location. Unfortunately it is NOT well sign posted and not very easy to find (we drove past it the first time-just look for two small white posts off of A85).  There is a small dirt parking area and from there the castle is just a short flat walk.  Admission is free and there are no facilities but you are able to wander freely through the […]

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