The stone circles in the Scottish Highlands

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Chateau de Chenonceau

A visit to France’s Loire Valley is truly incomplete without a visit to Château de Chenonceau. I was first attracted to the Loire Valley in France because of the Loire River, which served as the demarcation line in central France during WWII. The flowing demarcation line cut communities in two. It sliced farms and vineyards in …

Sonoran Desert Museum

From petroglyphs to fossilized bats to petrified poop, this is my “Perfect Day” in Tucson and the Sonoran Desert: It involves a walk along the easy Desert Loop Trail of the Tucson Desert Museum that is dotted with fossils and caves, and an easy walk along the Signal Hill Trail of the Saguaro National …

river cher loire valley

The first time that I visited Saint-Martin-le-Beau, a commune resting near the banks of the River Cher in central France, it was a cold evening in January and the rain slopped across my windshield as I navigated my rental car over the train tracks that run parallel to town. Because it was nighttime, I …

My tour guide in the Scottish Highlands. This tour was a case study in traveling deeper!

I was anticipating 10 very quiet days in Inverness since I figured touring the Scottish Highlands wouldn’t take much time. I mean, the area’s biggest attraction is a mythical creature, right? Wrong! Plan plenty of time to explore when visiting the northern Scottish hills because there is so much to see while touring the …

It took a while to find the little town of Saint-Martin-le-Beau that rests on Cher River in France’s Loire Valley. The GPS started talking in British-accented circles as soon as the compact rental car left the well-lit main road for the narrow street marked with only a small arrow pointing toward Saint-Martin-Le-Beau.