São Miguel in the Azores is a lush, green mist-shrouded island. We hike around the Furnas caldera and we visit Parque Terra Nostra to soak in the hot springs. We stay at Quinta das Amoreiras, a 250-year old manor house, and we walk down to the seashore where we swim in a tidal pool.
In part 2 of our Petra hike, we check out the central part of Petra, and we climb up steep steps to get a bird’s eye view of the Treasury. We climb up to the Monastery for more jaw-dropping views.
In part 1 of our Petra hike, we walk down the Siq, get our first glimpse of the Treasury, and we hike across a pass into Wadi Al Farasa.
2019 has been an exceptional year for wildflowers in Alberta, both on the prairies and in the mountains.
Terschelling, an island off of the north coast of the Netherlands, offers great biking on cycle paths through the dunes, and wonderful beach walks on one of the world’s largest sandy beaches.
In the third part of our Kumano Kodo hike we visit the Kii-Kaatsura tuna auction, we have a picnic at Nachisan’s pagoda, and we attend a fire ceremony in Koyasan.
In the second part of our Kumano Kodo hike, we visit the Hongu grand shrine, and we hike to a village called Koguchi. We then walk a coastal section of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail.
In the first part of our Kumano Kodo hike, we walk through mile after mile of cypress forests. We get great views of the mountains at a village called Takahara, and we stay at a beautiful house called Happiness Chikatsuyu.
Magome to Nakatsugawa is a lovely downhill hike along country roads, through the forest, and through towns. A gardener gives Diana flowers.
In part three of our Nakasendo Way hike, we visit the pretty post-towns of Tsumago and Magome, and we hike the pass between the two towns. Near the pass we visit a tea-house and chat with the friendly men who run the place.