Tyler Rivenbark in Copenhagen

Why Copenhagen Just May be the Happiest Destination in Europe

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It has been said that Copenhagen is the happiest city in the world.  Denmark is a country with a high GDP per capita and a national health care system. In Copenhagen fifty percent of people ride a bike to work. These happy, healthy people volunteer regularly and have the highest percentage of voters during elections compared to any other democratic …

Ten Fun Things to do in Paris with Kids

Julie France 8 Comments

Our trip to London and Paris was our kids’ very first experience in Europe. They were only 8 and 9 years old at the time, so we wanted to pick two cities that had recognizable landmarks, good food, and fun things to do with kids. During our four days in Paris we toured most of the major sites, ate lots …

Hagia Sophia at Night

Our Favorite Experiences in Istanbul

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Our trip to Turkey ended with a five day tour of Istanbul.  What a great place to end an amazing trip.  There is so much history here, as well as great food, incredibly friendly people, spectacular shopping, and amazing viewpoints.  Here are some of our favorite experiences in Istanbul. Go Shopping in the Grand Bazaar The four of us loved …

Shopping Grand Bazaar Istanbul

Shopping in the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

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The Grand Bazaar…four thousand shops in the world’s oldest shopping mall…what fun! We fell in love with Istanbul. This is a city that keeps you busy for days and then stays in your heart long after you leave. For us, one of the highlights was shopping in the Grand Bazaar. Normally, shopping can be a drag for kids. But not …

Ephesus

7 Experiences to Have in Selcuk, Turkey

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When you visit Selcuk, Turkey, there is more to see than the ancient city of Ephesus. You can also tour a mosque, visit an Ancient Wonder of the World, and see where the Virgin Mary lived after the death of Jesus. Here are our recommendations of things to do in and around Ephesus. The Ancient City of Ephesus Without a doubt, …

Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon

A Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Cappadocia

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Seeing the unique scenery of Cappadocia from the vantage point of a hot air balloon is an unforgettable experience. If you have plans to visit Cappadocia and are wondering if the hot air balloon ride is worth the high price tag, I say yes! This was our favorite experience in Turkey and to this day, these photos are some of …

Julie Rivenbark

Trekking in the Amazon Rainforest

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Tim and I spent one day trekking in the Amazon rainforest, first on the ground, and later in the treetops. Our first trek started with a 5 am wake up call and then a twenty minute boat ride upriver on the Madre de Dios River. We would be hiking through the Tambopata Reserve to Lake Sandoval. We were told the …

Mountain Biking Peru

Mountain Biking, a Broken Hand, and a Trip to a Peruvian Clinic

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Tim and I went mountain biking through the sacred valley of Peru in 2012 with a company called “Gravity Peru.”  We met up with our guide, Chet, in Ollantaytambo. Tim and I packed up all of our bags, and ourselves, into Chet’s small, banged up car that already had three bikes in the trunk. He had a driver (this is …

Sacred Valley Peru

The Sacred Valley of Peru in Pictures

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Tim and I spent three days touring the Sacred Valley of Peru. This area is filled with historical Incan sites, stunning landscapes, quaint villages, and colorful, friendly people. Here are some of our favorite photos from these three days. Sacsaywaman Tim is standing in front of the Incan fortress of Sacsaywaman. It was the site of a 10 month battle …

Pisac Peru

Shopping at the Market in Pisac

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The town of Pisac, Peru is famous for its Sunday market. This is when many Peruvians do their shopping for fruit, veggies, and meat, but it is also a huge draw for tourists. Tim and I wandered through the maze of shops, stopping occasionally to purchase something or pay one sol to have our photo taken with a Peruvian child. …

Cesky Krumlov Czech Republic

How to Plan a Day Trip to Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

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Cesky Krumlov is a town in the Czech Republic that we love love love! The town is amazing and absolutely should not be missed on a trip to the Czech Republic. Located in Bohemia, Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town escaped the bombings in World War II, which is the reason why the old city is so well preserved. …

Cycling Mont Ventoux France

Cycling Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence

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Mont Ventoux is one of the most famous mountains in Europe. It is featured in many Tour de France races, appearing every several years as one of the great climbs of the race. The history and the drama that has unfolded on this mountain is legendary. For cyclists, both amateur and professional, Mont Ventoux is a climb that makes the …