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A Quick & Scenic San Diego Hike: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

A Quick & Scenic San Diego Hike: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols Vacationing in San Diego, California is a dream for many people, and I know how lucky I am to be here. During my 30+ years in San Diego I’ve appreciated the climate, the endless assortment of outdoor activities, and the natural beauty that surrounds me every...
June 23rd, 2017 | FEATURED ARTICLES, Scenic Wonders, STAFF, USA MAINLAND, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

What to see on a day-trip to Bratislava

What to see on a day-trip to Bratislava
Text & photos © Estrella Azul DURING SUMMER VACATION my boyfriend and I stayed in Budapest, Hungary, for a week. While looking for cities to visit nearby we realized Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, was only a two-hour drive away. We took the M1 motorway early in the morning and, without any...
April 7th, 2017 | ACTIVITIES, EUROPE, FEATURED ARTICLES, Historic/Museums, ROAD TRIPS, STAFF | Read More

The Castle of Diósgyőr’s road to restoration

The Castle of Diósgyőr’s road to restoration
Text & photos © Estrella Azul AS MENTIONED in my previous travel article about the European city of Miskolc (Visiting Miskolc, Hungary during the winter holidays), I first visited the Castle of Diósgyőr in 2005, and it so happened that I revisited it every five years after that. Not much visible...
February 17th, 2017 | ACTIVITIES, EUROPE, Historic/Museums, STAFF | Read More

Visiting Miskolc, Hungary during the winter holidays

Visiting Miskolc, Hungary during the winter holidays
Text & photos © Estrella Azul I FIRST VISITED Miskolc in 2005, and it just so happened that I re-visited this city in Hungary (approx. population 160,000) every five years after that. I don’t recall as much from my first visit as I do from the following two. I guess seeing the city with the...
January 13th, 2017 | ACTIVITIES, EUROPE, STAFF, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Open House at The Village Pantry, Poland, Ohio

Open House at The Village Pantry, Poland, Ohio
Story by Milli Thornton. Photos Copyright © Milli Thornton. ~ . ~ . ~ . ~ . ~ First published five Christmases ago, this story is being republished by popular demand. The Village Pantry still holds open house every year, and this year it was again held on December 3. ~ . ~ . ~ . ~ . ~ SINCE 2003, in...
December 30th, 2016 | Historic/Museums, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS, STAFF, USA MAINLAND | Read More

Corvin Castle, otherwise known as Vajdahunyadi Vár

Corvin Castle, otherwise known as Vajdahunyadi Vár
Text & Photos Copyright © Estrella Azul ONE MORNING LAST DECEMBER, when two bank holidays had us enjoy a long weekend off from work, my boyfriend and I decided to go on a road trip to Hunedoara (Hungarian: Vajdahunyad) and see one of the seven wonders of Romania, Corvin Castle (Hungarian: Vajdahunyadi...
December 16th, 2016 | EUROPE, Historic/Museums, STAFF | Read More

Hotel Castel Dracula in the village of Piatra Fântânele

Hotel Castel Dracula in the village of Piatra Fântânele
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul AT THE END OF OCTOBER our firm took us on a haunted castle-themed, weekend team building trip to Piatra Fântânele in Tihuța Pass. Tihuța is a high mountain pass in the Romanian Bârgău Mountains (Eastern Carpathian Mountains) connecting Transylvania...
November 18th, 2016 | ACTIVITIES, EUROPE, LODGING, Skiing, STAFF, WALKING/HIKING | Read More