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Holyrood Palace and Abbey

Holyrood Palace or the Palace of Holyroodhouse (depending on who you are or what guidebook you’ve been reading) is the British Royal Family’s official Scottish Residence. The 16th Century palace sits at the end of the Royal Mile, at the bottom of the hill looking back up towards Edinburgh Castle. Built between 1671 and 1678 around a central quadrangle, it houses a...

Castillo De San Cristobal, Old San Juan

Its cannons may inspire imagery of marauding pirates, but the Castillo De San Cristobal has played a strictly defensive role in protecting the tropical walled city of San Juan. Finished in 1783, the baroque fort is the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the new world. The stronghold of Castillo De San Cristobal overlooks the whole of Old San Juan from the...

Great Jack o’ lantern Blaze, NY

The Jack o’lantern is the symbol of Halloween, so when it gets to mid October, these ghostly gourds take on a life of their own at the Great Jack o’ lantern Blaze. Thousands of carved pumpkins light up the night with ghoulish faces and colorful light shows. The Great Jack o’ lantern Blaze is a permanent fixture on the fall calendar. Held annually each October, the...

Apple Picking at Fishkill Farms

As New York starts to chill down towards winter, crowds flock to the Hudson Valley orchards to go apple picking at Fishkill Farms. The Big Apple isn’t called that for nothing. And far and away the biggest and best apples come straight off the tree. There are several major farms offering fruit picking experiences within an hour or two of the city. Fishkill Farms is a...

Halloween in New York

As the afterglow of summer fades and the heating begins to warm up, you know it’s not long until Halloween in New York. Here are the best experiences to try. Shopping for a Halloween Costume Half the fun of Halloween is dressing up and the other half is going shopping for what you’ll wear. In the month preceding Halloween, Spirit Halloween Shops pop up in formerly...

Smorgasburg, Brooklyn, NYC

Smorgasburg is a massive outdoor marketplace of food trucks and tents selling all manner of delights. The twice weekly event happens at Williamsburg (Saturdays) and Prospect Park (Sundays) and attracts tens of thousands of hungry visitors. The result is a mash up of different flavors and aromas to try and to share. Smorgasburg. It sounds kinda exotic. Like someone...

Texas School Book Depository Museum

There are not many government storehouses as notorious as the Texas School Book Depository. The 6th Floor Museum is an incredible place to learn about the pivotal moment in American history, when Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated JFK from the 6th floor window. This is hands-down the best museum we have ever been to. It doesn’t have grand exhibitions spread out over...

Beaver Lake, Montreal

Beaver Lake, Montreal isn’t exactly a mecca for winter sports, but for a short break, it gives a taste of the fun you’d get out at Mount Tremblant or one of the other regional resorts. Waking after a heavy snowfall that has escalated from the early hours, it’s the obvious choice to embrace it and make the most of the fresh coating. We head up Mount Royal on foot, in...

Exploring Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza. We’re both excited to finally visit a site that has been on our bucket lists for years. Built between 750 and 900 AD, the well of the itza is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. A Mayan adventure without the sacrifices. In our minds we’re expecting to hack our way into the jungle to get to this ancient site, like something you would see in an...

The Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art), NYC

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, known more commonly as The Met is one of the world’s great museums. The use of art in The Met’s title is loose. This is a serious museum. Sure it has an incredible collection of Van Goghs, rooms of Degas and many pieces that will have you thinking – wow, I didn’t even know that was in America! But this is place is palatial...