Essential visitor guide to Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood, is the quintessential Southern California attraction. This theme park is on everyone’s list of must see places when they visit California. I would say its fame is well deserved and it certainly lives up to all these expectations. I have asked my 12 year old daughter to give you a detailed visitor guide to Universal Studios, Hollywood.

6 simple steps for great travel photos

Great photos in general, and great travel photos in particular are easy to spot. It’s pretty simple! If I look at one of my pictures and I can say: that’s nice, or that’s a very cute smile of my daughter, or what a beautiful landscape shot, or this picture reminds me of what I felt at that time and place…then I know that my picture is great. On the other hand, if my photo makes me ask: why did I take this picture? Or those 20 pictures of the same scene…then my photo is probably not that great. However, taking great travel photos that impress you or others is not easy. Read on and find my five simple principles for taking great travel photos.

6 beautiful day trips from Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is a great city to visit. But what if you have a few extra days to spend in the area? Taking a few day trips from Edinburgh will reveal a lot more of the beauty of Scotland, especially the coast and countryside. Come along with me on my favorite day trips from Edinburgh.

8 beautiful castles near Edinburgh, Scotland

Medieval castles abound in Scotland, especially in the countryside. Even near large cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow you can find very old castles and palaces, which makes them very easy to visit. In our four days in Scotland, we tried visiting all the castles close to Edinburgh. Here is my list of castles in the South East of Scotland.

Planning your trip with Garmin GPS favorites

Being able to save favorite locations in my Garmin GPS unit has saved us lots of frustration during all of our trips. It has become my favorite feature of any GPS system. Having your first steps readily available when you arrive at your beautiful destination is crucial to having a great travel experience. Saving these important first steps in your Garmin GPS unit before arriving, will make your trip much more enjoyable. Instead of searching for your destination address, or trying to figure out where to park, you will simply select a destination you previously researched and saved….and just drive. Read on to find out how to save and use favorite locations on your Garmin GPS unit.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

Loch Lomond is the largest fresh water lake (or loch) in Scotland. Together with the beautiful surrounding hills and mountains, Loch Lomond and Trossachs is the most popular national park in Scotland. Since we were in Stirling, we decided to make the extra effort to see this beautiful lake.

Walking tour of Stirling, Scotland

Stirling,Scotland - Thumbnail of the National Wallace monumentWhen we visited Stirling, Scotland we didn’t expect so much history concentrated in such a small place. Every place around Castle Hill has been involved in every major event in Scottish history. Over the years, Stirling has remained the most prominent symbol of national identity. Come along with me on a beautiful walking tour of Stirling.

Walking tour of Saint Andrews, Scotland

St. Andrews is a historical place with a beautiful location in the Scottish coast. Made famous as a movie location and the official birthplace of golf, St Andrews was a pleasant destination for us. Come along with me as we explore historical St. Andrews, Scotland.

5 beautiful fishing villages in Scotland

Fife is a historical County in Scotland. Where the River Forth meets the North Sea you will find five beautiful fishing villages in the Firth of Forth, as the Scottish call this area. Read along and follow me as we go down to each of the tiny harbors of these beautiful Scottish fishing villages.

A beautiful walking tour of Edinburgh, Scotland

In this article I invite you to take a beautiful walking tour of Edinburgh, Scotland with me. Edinburgh was a great experience for us even though we had our two small kids each with its own stroller. We spent a day and a half walking through this city and enjoying the beautiful panoramic views from several viewing spots.