Ancient Athens from Philopappou Hill – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , September 19th, 2019

Ancient Athens from Philopappou Hill

From the top of Philopappou Hill, you will be able to see the sweeping views of ancient Athens. The hill is named after Philopappou, a royal prince of the Kingdom of Commagene. On top of the Hill of the Muses, you’ll find a memorial in his honor.

The memorial is facing the Parthenon and it is in the highest part of the hill. This only shows the Prince’s rank in ancient Athens.

As you go along the path to the Muse Hill, you tread the same path that the Ancient Greek philosophers, like Socrates, walked on.

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The Temple of Zeus – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , September 18th, 2019

The Temple of Zeus - Keep Calm and Wander

The Temple of Zeus is at the heart of Athens. It is a few minutes walk from Syntagma and not far from the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games was held.

BEWARE. A friend of mine did a headstand here and I had a jumping photo when a security officer came over and told us not to do it because it is a holy place! Ooopppsss!!! Silly us! We apologized.

If you’re a fan of Greek mythology, don’t you dare skip this piece of history and mythology. This temple is also known as the Temple of Zeus Olympios or Olympieion.

Who is Zeus, you might ask? Well, according to Greek mythology, he is the King of Gods and God of Sky. That’s pretty much a royal ruler and holy one rolled into one.

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Cinque Terre – Dolly Travels

Author: , September 18th, 2019

I promised I would write about Cinque Terre, the five villages on the Ligurian coast that are part of the Italian Riviera. Susan and I spent three lovely days in Vernazza, the fourth of the five cities. We were so busy having fun, I neglected to write while we were there. Now, as we wait for a train that will take us back to Florence, I find I have time to write.

Susan was much more active that I was. Every morning she got up early and went for a hike to either Monterosso or Cerniglia. I walked around town, which was fun and I got some exercise, too. There is hardly any flat ground in Vernazza. The same holds true for the other 3 villages to the south: Riomaggiore, Manarola and Corniglia. These little towns have buildings seemingly Super Glued to the mountainsides. Walking around any of those little towns gives you plenty of exercise.

In Vernazza, the trail twists and turns before you get to a tower. This particular tower is at the east end of town.

Monterosso, to the north of Vernazza, does have some flat ground, and of course, it has the largest beach. People come from all over to swim in the Ligurian Sea at Monterosso.

Our days were filled with walking, exploring and enjoying the fantastic food of the villages. Since Vernazza is a fishing village, our meals were primarily seafood. I did read the menus carefully, for some seafood delicacies are not items I want to try. I suppose I should be more adventurous in that respect.

Yesterday, I wanted to relax at the beach, so I took the train to Monterosso. I walked down to the Bagno di Stella, where I usually go to swim. I rented a chair and umbrella for the day and spent most of the day right at that spot. The Bagno has a restaurant, so I was able to have lunch without leaving the area.

Finally, after I had enough sun and water, I met Susan at the train station. We went back to Vernazza and we both took long naps. We had to renew our energy for more wonderful eating. Dinner last night was at Gambero Rosso, our favorite restaurant. I had some fish in a red sauce with capers and olives. Susan had fried fish, which looked tasty.

Now we will go to our second home, on Via Dei Servi in Florence. We will stay there for ten days. Perhaps we will have time to find all our old favorite places, visit the OK Bar a time or two. One thing I know for sure, I am going to the “mercato” and I will be cooking many of our meals. I am going through cooking withdrawal.

I cannot leave you without giving you a Vernazza sunset. I do hope you will be able to come here some day and witness a sunset for yourself.

I will post more about Florence later. Stay tuned!!

Ciao for now,
Dolly

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The Hundertwasser Houses in Vienna – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , September 16th, 2019

The Hundertwasser Houses in Vienna - Keep Calm and Wander

You might think why a housing complex, like the Hundertwasser Houses in Vienna, is of so much importance considering the fact that the entire architecture of Vienna has the same vibe. Well, when a building has the rebellious touch of Hundertwasser, it’s bound to get some attention that you can’t ignore. They might look weird, but they are marvelously colorful!

The Hundertwasserhaus is a compound with colourful flats built based on the concept conceived by an Austrian artist Friedensrecich Hundertwasser which brought to life by architect Joseph Krawina.

The German architect was just like Gaude. He did not believe in following conventional architecture, nor he took it from the architects who considered themselves pioneer. Instead, he relied on his own vision and the Hundertwasserhaus is an entire depiction of that.

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Utah State Parks – 2TravelDads

Author: , September 12th, 2019

Utah State Parks - 2TravelDads

Utah’s National Parks get all the attention, but there are some remarkable Utah state parks and national monuments that give the National Parks a run for their money. We have some great southern Utah state parks and protected areas that are breathtaking and totally worth your time on a Utah road trip.

The goal with visiting southern Utah state parks and protected land is to get the same unique experiences as you find in National Parks but with a fraction of the crowds. True, there aren’t as many facilities or park staff to provide information, and chances are you’ll be on dirt roads for at least a part of the drive, but you’ll be wowed by the experience and ready to return on a future trip.

WHEN TO VISIT SOUTHERN UTAH STATE PARKS

Something that’s wonderful about southern Utah state parks and protected lands is that year round, they are less crowded than the National Parks. Consider this our recommendation to plan a summer vacation to Utah. Yes, it’ll be hot and you’ll need to plan appropriately with sun protection and lots of water, but it’ll be awesome.

If you choose to visit in the off season, you’ll find that some southern Utah state parks are actually at pretty high elevations so you may have some snow surprises. You may be pleasantly surprised though. For example, we visited Bryce Canyon National Park in March and while it was covered in several feet of snow still, the towns of Tropic and Escalante we perfectly dry and warm. Having said that, weather at high elevations can change rapidly and you should be prepared.

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Gay Cartagena – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , September 12th, 2019

Gay Cartagena

Lonely Planet calls Cartagena the undisputed queen of the Caribbean coast…well that was before these two queens sashayed their way into Colombia’s most touristic city!

The fifth-largest city in Colombia, Cartagena’s old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We adored the city’s mix of old and new architectural design. A sprawling maze of cobblestone alleys, colourful colonial-style buildings, and vines of shrubs climbing down the sides of ancient walls could be found on one side. Towering silver skyscrapers and industrial catwalks can be seen on the other.

Rich in appearance, and rich in history, Cartagena still harbours the shadows of multiple pirate attacks from its days of being a port city. Having shipped out boatloads of gold to places like Spain, the city made itself vulnerable to all sorts of invasion. Luckily, it was well equipped to withstand such a thing, and the protective forts can still be seen today.

Yet, it’s going to take more than a fort to keep us away – for when we touched down in the city, we were prepared to take over by any means necessary.

We found the gay scene to be rather small, but definitely worth checking out. There were lots of great spots to eat and drink with incredibly romantic sunset views. Hotel staff were more than accommodating and made our stay super comfy.

With fantastic sites and incredible nightlife, we’ve put down all our discoveries into this travel guide to gay Cartagena!

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Best London Drag Clubs – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , August 29th, 2019

Best London Drag Clubs - The Nomadic Boys

What makes a good drag club, you ask?

Well, we feel that if you leave a drag show feeling confident, self-assured, and completely in love with yourself…then we’re sorry, but the drag queens did NOT do their job.

“At a good drag show, you are going to be insulted. You are going to be offended. You are going to question your self-worth – and you’re going to lap it all up.”

In all seriousness, drag shows are a lot of fun – and we’ve rarely come across a bad drag act, due to the fact that you can’t define drag as just one thing. There are so many different kinds of drag acts, such as drag queens, drag kings, bioqueens, genderf**k drag acts, and celebrity impersonators! There are fishy queens, butch queens, glamour queens, fashion queens, campy queens, and honey, that barely scratches the surface!

London is bursting with drag talent – and we’ve had the good fortune of seeing a lot of it. There is such a diverse and cultured drag scene, so if you see one drag show that wasn’t your cup of tea, then sweetie, try a different pot because there is something out there that is right for you.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best drag bars/shows in the city, and we hope it will give you the inspiration to go out and see a show!

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Eco Travel – Our Taste for Life

Author: , August 29th, 2019

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If you travel, whether it be short-haul or long-haul, Eco-Travel or Responsible Travel, should be at the forefront of your mind. Even if you don’t travel at all, you should consider the points in this article to help protect where you live – your home.

But what exactly is Eco-Travel?

I’m glad you asked. Eco-travel essentially means to travel responsibly. Whether it be supporting the local community, being mindful about the environment & wildlife, or respecting the local culture, these are all steps to becoming a responsible traveller.

As long term travellers, these steps are even more imperative than if we just went on holiday once a year. We are well aware that our carbon footprint is high due to flying. And therefore we endeavour to make an extra effort in other ways.

Don’t get us wrong. We are far from perfect. It’s not always easy to be a responsible traveller, and we are certainly not here to guilt-trip you; however, there is no escaping the fact that tourism has caused irreversible damage to ecosystems around the globe. Not to mention the global plastic issue that I’m sure needs little explanation.

With this in mind, we have compiled this article with an abundance of tips and recommendations for Eco-Travel. From general day to day habits, to sustainable travel products, by exercising just a few of these suggestions, you are well on your way to becoming a responsible traveller.

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Lesbian Malaysia, A First-Timer’s Guide – Our Taste for Life

Author: , August 23rd, 2019

Malaysia, A First-Timer's Guide - Our Taste for Life

Boasting vibrant culture, rich history, delicious food, budget-friendly prices, and endless opportunity for adventure, Malaysia should be on every traveller’s bucket list. Although there are some important things to know before going to Malaysia, that will not only prepare you for your trip but will guarantee you have a truly amazing time!

When you talk about travelling in South East Asia, lesbian Malaysia isn’t a country that you hear come up very often. This intrigued us, and after spending several weeks backpacking there, we can’t help but feel it’s fiercely underrated.

The country actually has a lot to offer. You can enjoy anything from charming heritage towns and historical cities; to tropical rain forests and pristine beaches. Furthermore, it is a country where you can experience world-class diving, encounter endangered orangutans, and sample an amalgamation of cuisines.

Whether your a nature lover or history buff, thrill-seeker or foodie, you are sure to love all that this beautiful country has to offer. So without further ado, I bring you a first timers guide to travelling in Malaysia.

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Lewis and Clark National Park in the Pacific Northwest – 2TravelDads

Author: , August 23rd, 2019

Lewis and Clark National Park

Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve always been familiar with the history of the area and some key figures in its settlement, including Lewis and Clark, the famous 19th century explorers. In southwestern Washington and part of the Oregon Coast, there is Lewis and Clark National Park. We’re going to tell you all about this little known National Park and give you some great ways to experience it all.

GETTING TO LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL PARK

Most people are going to be visiting Lewis and Clark National Park as part of an Oregon Coast road trip. The park includes a collection of sites, not just one big square, so planning a route is key. If you are coming from Portland, it’s about two hours to the Northwest Coast or Oregon. If you’re driving from the south, such as Newport, it’s a bit over two hours.

For visitors driving from the Seattle area, you’ll have about a five hour drive, as you’ll have to abandon the interstate early on and take a series of rural highways to get to the coast and cross the Columbia River. Wherever you begin, the drive is beautiful and no doubt you’ll find some great stops along the way.

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