US World War II canon, Bora Bora South Pacific

Bora Bora: Behind the Scenes

Bora Bora evokes paradise and romance and the images that normally come to mind when people hear about it are the luxurious overwater bungalows, the mesmerizing cerulean lagoon, and the spectacular motus (islets) that surround the main island. They are exactly what greeted us when we arrived in the private motu where our resort was... Read more
Overwater Bungalow, Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, Bora Bora, French Polynesia, South Pacific

Beautiful, Romantic Bora Bora

We badly wanted to escape the polar vortex that hit New York last winter and  thaw out somewhere nice and warm. I was thinking of an easy hop to one of the Caribbean islands, but Keith had a grander idea in mind. Since we were going around Valentine’s Day, he wanted a destination that was not only toasty but... Read more
Hippopotamus, St. Lucia Estuary, South Africa

South Africa: Boat Safari in St. Lucia Estuary

  After our jeep safari in  Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, we embarked on another safari adventure but of a different kind –  a boat safari. We headed to St. Lucia,  a small town in the east coast where the population of hippos and crocs outnumber the people. It is home to one the largest estuary... Read more
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Langa Township: The Different Side of Cape Town

In visiting Cape Town, as well as Cape Peninsula and Cape Winelands,  we were not only in awe of their natural beauty but also of their remarkable affluence. Aware of the country’s history, we knew that somewhere out there lies a different picture, a deep contradiction to what we have seen so far.  We know that... Read more
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Cool City Break in Cape Town

Voted as one of the  “Top Destinations of the World,” “Most Loved Cities of the World,” “Cities to Visit Before you Die,” etc.. – we found that Cape Town certainly lived up to the voting hype.  Aside from its breathtaking and romantic setting beneath the Tabletop Mountain at the foot of the African continent,  Cape... Read more
African Penguins, Boulder Beach, Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Cape Peninsula: A Stunning Road Trip

  Still intoxicated from the physical beauty and ‘grape juice products’ of the Cape Winelands, we set out for another gorgeous road trip from Cape Town.  This time we headed south of the city to explore Cape Peninsula, an area of great diversity where the coastal route took us from a scenic fishing village to the... Read more
Wine Tasting at Haute Cabriere Cellar, Franschhoek, Winelands, South Africa

Wine Tasting and Visual Feast in South Africa’s Winelands

If our safari adventure in South Africa came short of our expectation, our visit to the Winelands absolutely took our breath away. We were not prepared for the majestic scenery that greeted us in this region.  An easy day trip  from Cape Town, the Winelands region boasts spectacular landscape of mountains, wine hills, farms and... Read more
Old City of Jerusalem, Israel

The Old City of Jerusalem

  Exploring the Old City of Jerusalem was a very powerful experience for us.  Who would’t be moved seeing the major religions of the world – Christianity, Judaism and Islam – peacefully co-existing within the dense confine of this walled city.  It made us wonder – why can’t it happen in the world outside this... Read more
Giraffes on Safari in Kruger National Park, South Afric

South African Safari Experience

I went on an incredibly amazing safari in Tanzania in East Africa before I met Keith. So intensely magical was that experience that it overshadowed my euphoria from successfully summiting Mount Kilimanjaro during the same trip.  I had a safari fever and was looking forward to share the same great safari experience with Keith. So when... Read more