We Will Show you the World…

 Thank you for visiting our blog: a great place to search for deals and get ideas!                 While we  specialize  in  small ships cruises, river and Barge cruises, upscale Vacations, and Tours,  we service our clients’ every need.  Our core business is all about repeat clients and  referrals.   Most clients start their vacation search on the internet and we think that’s a good thing.  The web is a great source of information.  When it’s time to plan your trip, however, then leave it to the Professionals.   One call and we’ll do it all …


Hunedoara Castle in Hunedoara, Romania

Gate 1 Travel Blog

Hunedoara or Corvin’s Castle is located in Hunedoara, Romania in the Transylvania region. It is located along the route from Timisoara, Serbia to Sibiu, Romania. This 14th century Gothic-Renaissance castle is one of the largest in all of Europe and is one of the “Seven Wonders of Romania.” A tour of the castle will include viewing of the bear pit, dungeon and the knight’s hall.

This week’s #g1photofriday was uploaded by user @mkh151using the hashtag #gate1travel. This picture was taken in Hunedoara, Romania. Be sure to tag your photos on social media with #gate1travel or #g1photofriday to be featured. Check out Gate 1 Travel’s Romania tripshere!

Did you know: It is thought that Hunedoara Castle was an inspiration for Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel “Dracula.”

View original post

Grand Alpine Express: Stunning Vistas, Staggering Heights, Poignant Memories

Track 25

GEDE exterior _goldeneaglepic_smallThe Golden Eagle Danube Express.

The 11-day Grand Alpine Express on the Golden Eagle Danube Express is a blast from my past.

Let me explain: does anyone else harbor fond memories of being a young person abroad for the first time, hopping around on a Eurorail pass with 10 francs in your pocket? I know I do.

As a college student some 50 years ago, I made my first European train journeys to many of the places highlighted on the Grand Alpine Express itinerary.

Grand Alpine Route map_without_textRoute map of the Grand Alpine Express itinerary.

Budapest. Vienna. Zürich. The Semmering Pass. The tiny Achensee railway, the Tyrollean Alps. They were exciting, friendly and utterly beautiful.

(And make no mistake: the Golden Eagle Danube Express is no first-class commuter train. It’s held a spot on our World’s Top 25 Trains® list since its inception in 2015. In the past few years, it’s gotten even more…

View original post 255 more words

Carpe Diem in Croatia: High-Class and Historic Hvar

ESL Ventures

The Island of Hvar off the coast of Croatia has been consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. 😍

View original post 1,310 more words

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens | Photo Diary

Ayla Boswell

The Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens - Ayla Boswell

Strolling around gardens is one of my favorite things to do. You’ve probably noticed this if you followed my blog a while ago. It’s a wonderful way to spend a few hours of your day relaxing and taking photographs. And that’s exactly what we did when we went to The Huntington.

We sort of skipped the Library and Art Collections and went straight to the Botanical Gardens. I didn’t mind whatsoever. The gardens were actually much larger than I was expecting, so skipping some of the indoor activities allowed us more time to see all around the gardens. 

The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens - Ayla BoswellThe Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens - Ayla BoswellThe Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens - Ayla BoswellThe Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens - Ayla BoswellThe Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens - Ayla Boswell

Address 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108

Hours 10am – 5pm. Closed Tuesdays.

Admission Adults $25/$29. Youth $13.

The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens - Ayla BoswellThe Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens - Ayla BoswellThe Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens - Ayla BoswellThe Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens - Ayla Boswell

Before going to the Huntington, I never carried for cactus plants or succulents. However, this botanical garden showed me how gorgeous these incredible plants can actually be. I’m so glad…

View original post 33 more words

1% of Budapest

Jules Verne Times Two

Gabriel was fast asleep. It was a hot summer night, and Jules and I were watching the storm and enjoying our last hours in Budapest. The open window let in the sound of the rain and the smell of damp earth. ─ “This reminds me of growing up”, said Jules. “I used to sit at the porch sipping chocolate milk and counting the seconds between lightning and thunder”. The eye of the thunderstorm had passed right above us and was now on the other side of the Danube. Each time lightning stroke, entire city blocks came out from under the shadows. – “Look at that. There’s so much we haven’t seen”, she added.

The feeling wasn’t new. Each time we get back home, we bring back mere fragments of the places we visit. A sunrise here, a walk there, it’s the same everywhere. Allow me to…

View original post 770 more words

Devils Garden Trail in Arches National Park, Utah

Living The Q Life

Another extremely popular hiking trail in Arches National Park is the Devils Garden Trail. One of the reasons for its popularity is the diversity of the trail as well as the number of arches that can be seen on the trail. The first part of the trail is considered easy and also provides views of three arches, including the Landscape Arch, which was one of our favorites. After reaching the Landscape Arch, the trail becomes more difficult as you head toward Double O Arch and then the second half of the loop is extremely difficult where you need to rock scramble and there a steep slopes. For obvious reasons, many people only go as far as Landscape Arch, which was what we did as well.

DSC_1107 Landscape Arch – One of Our Favorite Arches

DSC_1078 Not a Difficult Trail

DSC_1097 Interesting Scenery on Devils Garden Trail

DSC_1079 Pine Tree Arch

DSC_1080 Tunnel Arch

In addition…

View original post 457 more words

Shanghai Time Travelling

The Campervan Man

Shanghai is a wild mixing pot of culture, not only due to numerous Chinese peoples but also due to a collection of international ones. Britain, America, France and Japan all had land in the city in the 20th century,all still evident today from the European architecture along the river bank to the old Japanese factories further out. Now an economical power house, once known as the “Paris of the East”, the most populous city in China has a diverse range of buildings from Ming dynasty gardens hidden amongst skyscrapers to old slaughterhouses disguised as malls. We had a tiring day walking around the variety of buildings, but an enjoyable one, ending at the Yu Gardens, where we went for a peaceful park sit down but instead found ourselves exploring the old botanical gardens built for a Ming Emperor.

View original post

Aloha! Why ID ♥’s Hawai’i

The swaying palms and tropical breezes of Hawai’i are calling…from TheBig Island to Kauai, Lanai, Maui and Oahu, scroll to see why each island is special in its own way, and why this bucket list destination should be at the top of your list…


TheBig Island, also known as Hawai’i, is the largest island that sits in the US Hawaiian archipelago in the Central Pacific. Offering lush rainforests, two active volcanos (Kilauea and Mauna Loa), beautiful natural landscapes and beaches, authentic local fare, ancient history as well as endless activities for the adventurer at heart, this paradise is ideal for the traveler looking to immerse themselves in the warm spirit of Aloha.



For seclusion and tropical beachfront luxury on the rolling Pacific Coast, Fairmont Orchid offers guests elegantly appointed accommodations and suites equipped with remarkable views and…

View original post 1,229 more words

Hongcun Ancient Village

The Campervan Man

A few photos from this charming 11th century village near the Yellow Mountains in China. With beautiful mirror ponds and tiny alleyways it was a massive contrast from the high rises of busy Shanghai just a few hours away.

View original post

Welcome To Smart Travel Deals

Smart and cheap airport parking deals in the UK

Breezy Around the world

Creative Communications

ESL Ventures

Teach ESL and Travel the World


Avid adventurer, travel blogger, and experience seeker. Starting each morning with a desire to see the world through a different lens.

Beyond the Backyard

Travels with Kayla

Fox and Vixen Travels

Globetrotting, travel blogging newlyweds

Jet Set Vacay

Best travel stories, information and images


Travel Blogging For All

Incentive Travel

Best Travel Information on the Web

C & K Travel Adventures

Not all who wander are lost

Travel and tourism news, special promotions for tours, cruises, resorts, specialty travel.

Walk Everywhere

Go further on foot

My vacation woes

Because vacations don't always go as planned


Passionate about all things travel!

%d bloggers like this: