After taking a tour of San Salvador, we felt re-energized. Andy and I were happy with our decision to come to El Salvador, and now we wanted to explore some of its natural attractions. For such a small country, it has quite a few volcanoes. The best way to see a few seemed to be on a tour, so we found one that sounded good and booked it for the next day.
El Salvador wasn’t originally in our plans for Central America. But knowing a return trip to Central America would probably include Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, it seemed unlikely we’d be close enough to El Salvador to justify going so far out of our way. And Andy knows I can be a bit of a list ticker sometimes, so we carved out a few days to spend in El Salvador.
Many of the destinations that are popular in Honduras are so due to scuba diving. Since neither of us dive, we decided to skip the coastal areas. I was more interested in ruins. So even though we had just seen Tikal in Guatemala, a few days later we were in Copan Ruinas to see another ancient Mayan site.
Visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal was something we were both really looking forward to on our trip to Central America. Not only are they one of the most famous sets of ruins in the region, but they were also used in the filming of one of the Star Wars movies (though very briefly) which added to the excitement for Andy. After spending several days in Belize, Tikal in Guatemala was our next stop.
As with a lot of less developed parts of the world, solid, reliable information about transportation for Central America was not always so easy to find online. My trusty Lonely Planet Central America guidebook helped with some legs, and other travel blogs helped as well. But there were several pieces we couldn’t find ahead of time, so we knew we’d have to figure it out on the ground.
One of the things I wanted to do when we started researching Belize was to see the Blue Hole Reef. It’s a circular-shaped reef around a really deep sinkhole, so the water looks super dark blue inside the reef and crystal clear blue outside. The photos I saw were gorgeous!
Paris is one of those places that evokes a lot of emotion from people. Some love it, others hate it. But it’s filled with history and at the top of many travel wishlists. Rachel and I did some of the typical things like visiting the Eiffel Tower and taking in the sights from the upper deck of a hop-on-hop-off bus. Here are just a few of the many photos I took during our week in Paris.
When my best friend started planning her trip to come visit me in Berlin, she told me she didn’t want to spend her whole time in Berlin. Understandable, Europe is a big place with lots to see. After looking at some options, Paris was the clear winner on her wishlist, so I planned us a one week trip to the city of lights. Here’s a look at what I spent for my half for traveling for one week in Paris.
“I’ve seen some crazy stuff in Vegas, including Cirque du Soleil, but nothing like this!”
A couple months before my best friend Rachel came to visit, she told me she’d like to see a show at Moulin Rouge while we were in Paris. It was an expensive ticket, but as it turns out, it was quite entertaining and well worth the price.
Visiting the Palace of Versailles is one of the most popular day trips from Paris. I was there on my first trip to Europe in 1994, but I got to return with Rachel during our week in Paris. After seeing the Chartres Cathedral, we hopped back on the train and up to Versailles to explore this famous palace.