Archive for July, 2010

The Mayan world of Central America

Tikal ruins in Guatemala

Now that you’ve explored the northern Mayan lands of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, it’s time to tackle some of the remarkable ruins left behind by the Mayans in Central America. While Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are separate countries, a glance at a map will show you how these sites once fit neatly into the Mayan world alongside southeastern Mexico.

Riel World photo – Sonoran Desert

Saguaro cactus in the Sonoran Desert

Saguaro cacti in the Sonoran Desert. This photo was taken at Saguaro National Park near Tucson, Arizona.

Seven fantastic sunrise and sunset experiences

Phnom Bakheng temple sunset

Notice that the title of this piece is not “seven fantastic places to see a sunrise and sunset.” That’s because you can see the sun rise and set in countless beautiful locations around the globe. But where is it that you can have the most extraordinary experiences with a sunset or sunrise?

Public bathing in a Japanese onsen

Japanese onsen

One of the real wonders of travel is the opportunity to have cultural experiences that are quite removed from our daily lives at home. In Japan, one of those experiences is to indulge in a public bath in an onsen.

Riel World photo – Monticello, Virginia


Charlottesville, Virginia A view of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, near Charlottesville, Virginia.

In the footsteps of the Mayans on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

Chichen Itza

The Mayan culture that reached its peak in the late first millennium had not only a written language, but also very impressive architecture and well-developed systems of math and astronomy. The cities of the Mayan world stretched across much of what is now southeastern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.

Great train journeys

Great train journeys

Train journeys are one of the great ways to travel. National Geographic Traveler recently published lists of their favorite train journeys in Europe and North America, and there are some wonderful selections to consider for your next adventure.

Road trip through the wonders of California’s Central Coast

Big Sur

It’s true that Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco get much of the attention, but don’t dismiss California’s Central Coast as a travel destination. The region has an abundance of natural wonders and you can piece together quite an enjoyable road trip there. It’s not an exaggeration to say the 280-mile journey from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz is one of the most beautiful drives in the country.

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