Helsinki, Finland: “The Pearl of the Baltic Sea”.

While Helsinki and Finland are lovely, with friendly people and charming historical sights, truthfully, it was my least favorite city/country duo that we visited. It was not because of the people, how we were treated, or even Helsinki itself, but compared to London, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Edinburgh, all of Norway, etc..., Helsinki felt just a …

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Ålesund, Norway: Charming and Colorful.

Of all the European countries we visited, Norway was hands down my favorite. It didn’t have grand palaces like Russia, extravagant parliaments like England, or famous historical classics like Germany, but what it did have, that those countries lacked, was extraordinary natural beauty and unparalleled peacefulness. We visited Norway’s 2nd and 12th largest cities, Bergen …

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Dover, England: Home of the White Cliffs.

***Important note: as I researched for this blog to rewrite it, I found that the castle is currently open to the public; however, the underground secret wartime tunnels are temporarily closed due to Covid, and the underground medieval tunnels are currently closed due to “conservation work”. It is best to continuously check the website https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/dover-castle/

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Evansville, Indiana: Angel Mounds State Historic Site.

About 8 miles southeast of Evansville, Indiana’s 3rd largest city, right next to the mighty Ohio River, sits a centuries-old Native American archaeological site that few know exists. Officially known as the Angel Mounds State Historic Site, it encompasses around 600 acres and was a large residential and agricultural community. It primarily “served as the …

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Northern Arizona: The Land of Freak Snowstorms.

Beware of the 10. It's a 2-lane interstate and the most southern highway from California to Phoenix. A semi overturned and it became a parking lot because there is literally nowhere else to go. Purgatory. When you think of Arizona, what first comes to mind? It's probably something along the lines of hot, barren, desert, …

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