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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

Nitobe Memorial Garden, Vancouver, Canada

Nitobe Memorial Garden, Vancouver, Canada
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols Imagine a place where it’s bumper-to-bumper traffic for the better part of most days and evenings in the summer. The tourists have descended on your city and there’s nowhere to escape. It takes you 30 minutes to get anywhere (at a minimum), and you just want...
November 4th, 2016 | BRITISH COLUMBIA, GARDENS & PARKS, STAFF | Read More

Kingston Upon Thames: escape the hustle and bustle of London

Kingston Upon Thames: escape the hustle and bustle of London
Text & photos © Estrella Azul. AS YOU MAY KNOW from my previous travel article, How to not over-pack luggage when traveling for both work and fun, I visited London for the first time last year. The company I am outsourced to since I started working as a technical writer is based in the small town...
October 21st, 2016 | EUROPE, Interesting Towns, STAFF, THE UK | Read More

The green therapy of Wildwood Recreation Site, Welches, Oregon

The green therapy of Wildwood Recreation Site, Welches, Oregon
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols “Where’s a good place to hike around here?” I asked the local waitress. “Just up the street about a mile at Wildwood Recreation Site,” she replied with a huge smile. How can you tell you’re in a great place where the majority of the people are happy?...
October 7th, 2016 | GARDENS & PARKS, MIND&HEART, STAFF, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Three days of exploring Debrecen, Hungary

Three days of exploring Debrecen, Hungary
Text & photos © Estrella Azul. Feature photo: Debrecen University 2010. I AM VERY LUCKY: I can walk down a street once in a strange city and then walk around later like I’m a local. Walking with my friends and admiring the flower floats that participated in the St. Stephen’s Day parade in...
September 23rd, 2016 | EUROPE, GARDENS & PARKS, STAFF | Read More

Places worth visiting in Northern Hungary

Places worth visiting in Northern Hungary
Text & photos © Estrella Azul. Feature photo: Miskolc City at night. I LEFT FOR HUNGARY by bus on a Thursday night in 2010, and the person sitting next to me immediately proved to be quite exhausting. She got annoyed about why I sat in “her” seat, which I’d been assigned randomly...
August 26th, 2016 | EUROPE, Historic/Museums, Interesting Towns, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS, STAFF | Read More

Muir Woods: Hiking Under the Mighty Coastal Redwoods

Muir Woods: Hiking Under the Mighty Coastal Redwoods
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols and Sam Nichols I BELIEVE THERE ARE no coincidences. Let me explain my assertion. On a recent trip to San Francisco, I stayed at an AirBnb with my girls in the quaint, small town of Fairfax in Marin. The hostess sent me a text wanting to know when I was going...
August 13th, 2016 | MIND&HEART, STAFF, WALKING/HIKING | Read More