Showing off Rio de Janeiro’s Magic in 13 Beautiful Photos

I spent some time perusing photo’s from this year’s Carnival and wishing I was back in Brazil.  Rio is a magical city, and I absolutely have spend more time there!  (Plus I have to get more miles our of my ten-year visa). From Christo Redactor to Sugar Loaf to the Tijuca Forrest with its urban waterfalls, … Read more

Visiting Rio de Janeiro’s UNESCO Site: the Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea

I love the way that UNESCO names their sites. Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and Sea–the phrase might as well be the description of a movie with flying birds and lapping waves while the camera pans from the top of Corcovado down to the sea. The natural landscape in Rio is breathtaking, so much so … Read more

27 of the Best Wine Countries in the World for Your Bucket List!

Purple grapes hang from vines in Napa Valley, California in fall. Fallen leaves on the ground and trellising of grapevines.

Looking for the best wine countries in the world? There’s no need to rush out to your local sommelier because this article has got you covered, from old world staples to new world gems! So many countries around the world have their own wine. They vary in acidity, sweetness, flavor, and even alcohol percentage.  If you … Read more

The 50 Most Beautiful Mosques in the World & the Pictures to Prove It

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Morning sun on Nerteva River and Old City of Mostar, with Ottoman Mosque

Anyone who’s had the privilege of traveling in a Muslim-majority country like Azerbaijan, Turkey, or Tunisia can tell you about how stunning Islamic architecture around the world can be. Whether you’re exploring the famed Blue Mosque in Istanbul or the much less visited Blue Mosque in Yerevan, stepping into a mosque for a non-Muslim is both … Read more

23 Fabulous Brazil Souvenirs & Gifts You Want in Your Suitcase!

Christ the Redeemer

Shopping in Brazil is so much fun and it’s even more fun when you know you’re looking for your own special Brazilian souvenir (or let’s be honest, Brazilian souvenirs) to remember your trip by! Brazil is a unique country that stands out for its natural beauty, folklore, and colorful art. The country is famous for … Read more