Some Greek islands are known for their beauty—the blue domes of Santorini and the white-washed buildings of Mykonos are the things dream are made of. But we had no immediate associations with Crete. Would visiting Crete be worth it?
The first thing you see in Gouda isn’t a surprise—it’s cheese. It hangs above the streets and floats in the canals. And, Thursday mornings, it’s neatly stacked in the middle of the town square for the Gouda Cheese Market.
There are raging waterfalls, colorful fishing cabins, and millennia-old gorges known as fjords carved when the Earth was a much younger place. This route lets you see them all relatively quickly and easily.
The highlight of our entire trip to Mexico was a visit to Akumal bay for a snorkeling adventure to swim with green sea turtles in the wild. Akumal is a wonderful day in the sun and the sea, where the turtles are the stars of the show.
The energetic, historic capital of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna is our favorite type of city. It is large enough to have lots of things to see and do but is easy to navigate and lacks the crowds that can flood some of the bigger cities.
We expected Palermo to be gritty, rough-around-the-edges, largely without charm or intrigue. What we found was a city with blemishes, but also with a mix of fascinating influences, amazing food, friendly people, and a cultural and religious history stretching back for millennia.