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Funky Signs: Cat Crossing

Funky Signs: Cat Crossing
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols The signs in the U.S. are sometimes rather dull in their warnings. So dull, in fact, I rarely notice them—except where a sign warns drivers of cats crossing the road! This is a legitimate sign I discovered walking my mom’s dog through the streets of Corte Madera,...
October 19th, 2018 | FUNKY SIGNS | Read More

Velo Chic Cluj 2018: a cycling promenade of feminine elegance

Velo Chic Cluj 2018: a cycling promenade of feminine elegance
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul & DAG VELO CHIC CLUJ is an annual free event held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The event has been organized since 2015 by the “Napoca” Cycling Club (CCN), under the umbrella of the Romanian Cyclists Federation (FRC). It is a complementary event...
October 5th, 2018 | ACTIVITIES, STAFF, EUROPE | Read More

Staycation during the Hungarian Cultural Days of Kolozsvár

Staycation during the Hungarian Cultural Days of Kolozsvár
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul KOLOZSVÁR IS HUNGARIAN for Cluj-Napoca, Romania (the city’s Romanian name). Because in this article I’ll be talking about the Hungarian Cultural Days, I will use the city’s name in Hungarian. A view of Kolozsvár from St. Michael’s Church...
September 21st, 2018 | STAYCATIONS, EUROPE, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS | Read More

Why Reykjavík? Part II

Why Reykjavík? Part II
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols TRAVELING DOWN THE HIGHWAY after our first breakfast in the outskirts of Reykjavík, listening to the tour guide go on and on, I learned that, at last count, Iceland had a total population of 350,000—and that 240,000 of the people live in Reykjavík. I was expecting...
September 8th, 2018 | ISLANDS | Read More

The Dangers of Iceland (a warning all Iceland tourists should heed)

The Dangers of Iceland (a warning all Iceland tourists should heed)
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVE MOST about traveling to another country is I get to see just how much Americans are protected from themselves in the United States. We have the most ridiculous warning tags on the most obvious things. Recently, for example, I’ve learned...
August 24th, 2018 | ISLANDS, SAFETY | Read More

Funky Signs: Hillbilly lawn mower

Funky Signs: Hillbilly lawn mower
Story by Crystal Gabrielle. Photos Copyright © Crystal Gabrielle. THE HILLBILLY LAWN MOWER is an ingenious device that may soon replace the noisy ride-on mowers that infest suburbia. I found this one at Hole N” The Rock, near Moab, Utah. Hillbilly lawn mower at Hole N” The Rock, Moab, Utah The...
August 12th, 2018 | FUNKY SIGNS | Read More

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 | INDIA, Interesting Towns, Skiing, WALKING/HIKING | Read More