Archive for the ‘ACTIVITIES’ Category

Honeymooning and High Adventure in Manali, India

Honeymooning and High Adventure in Manali, India
Feature photo by Anuj.bhargava7 on Wikimedia Commons. “Waking up with this breathtaking scenic view of Manali from my hotel window.” ——— ON THE BEAS RIVER, almost 340 miles northeast of Delhi, in the scenic mountain state of Himachal Pradesh, India, lies the small resort...
July 27th, 2018 | FEATURED ARTICLES, INDIA, Interesting Towns, Skiing, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Sunbathing at Hungarospa Thermal Baths, Hajdúszoboszló, Hungary

Sunbathing at Hungarospa Thermal Baths, Hajdúszoboszló, Hungary
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul IN ROMANIA, we recently had two bank holidays fall during the same work-week: May 28th celebrated the Orthodox Pentecost Monday and June 1st was Children’s Day. For the Children’s Day holiday we planned for a bathing-suit kind of day, so we headed...
June 15th, 2018 | STAFF, EUROPE, Beaches, Water | Read More

Sunny Day at Belgrade Fortress, Serbia

Sunny Day at Belgrade Fortress, Serbia
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul IF YOU ONLY HAVE one day to visit the capital of Serbia, Belgrade (also called the White City)—and if it’s a sunny one—make sure to go for a walk downtown, but also explore the fortress. Hotel Moskva We visited Belgrade on our drive back home from...
May 4th, 2018 | EUROPE, GARDENS & PARKS, Historic/Museums, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Fear of Not Flying

Fear of Not Flying
Story Copyright © Milli Thornton. Photos Copyright © Brian Williams Editor’s note: This adventure happened in 2012. I found it by accident in a neglected folder. The feelings I experienced that day were too transformational to keep hidden away in some dusty folder so I’m publishing this...
April 7th, 2018 | STAFF, Flying, ONTARIO | Read More

Alba Carolina Fortress Through the Seasons

Alba Carolina Fortress Through the Seasons
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul The 18th-century Alba Carolina Fortress (also known as Alba Iulia Fortress) has over time slowly but surely become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Romania. Arrowed signs guiding you through the fortress With a fascinating “change of the...
March 23rd, 2018 | STAFF, EUROPE, GARDENS & PARKS, Historic/Museums | Read More

Autumn Flowers Exhibition, Anastasie Fătu Botanical Garden

Autumn Flowers Exhibition, Anastasie Fătu Botanical Garden
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul THE ANASTASIE FĂTU BOTANICAL GARDEN in Iași, Romania, founded in 1856, has a rich history. And it is one of the establishing members of the Botanic Gardens of Romania Association. These are some of the reasons I wanted to visit it during a recent trip to Iași....
November 17th, 2017 | STAFF, EUROPE, GARDENS & PARKS, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

There Once Was a Woman in Limerick . . . on a fairy trail

There Once Was a Woman in Limerick . . . on a fairy trail
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols “Life is full of surprises and serendipity. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns.” ~Condoleeza Rice On a recent trip to the UK, the tour guide...
August 11th, 2017 | STAFF, EUROPE, QUIRKY PLACES, WALKING/HIKING | Read More