Festive Fall Days: A Tour of Festivities, History, and Seasonal Fun in Massachusetts

As the cool air of fall cuts into the fading warmth of summer, it’s time to enjoy all that comes with the season.  October approaches, and with it comes opportunity for leaf peeping, apple picking, festive fairs, and more – and what better place to do it than in the New England towns of Massachusetts?  Enjoy autumn in an area riddled with history and folklore for a trip of festive fall days in Salem, Boston, & Concord. 

A Weekend in Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is one of the best preserved medieval cities in the U.K. with their 12th century castle and medieval architecture found throughout Old Town. You can easily spend a weekend exploring the winding streets with their hidden alleyways and climbing up to mountain top viewpoints. Use this weekend tour as your guide to get the most out of everything Edinburgh has to offer.

China on the Cheap

We arrived in China almost two weeks ago. The country has made a good impression so far. This is actually our second trip to China, our first being five years ago to the south (from Hong Kong to the Yunnan). After five years, this behemoth of a country is advancing in leaps and bounds. Economic growth can be witnessed everywhere. At the same time, ancient culture and personal experiences await around every corner.

After arriving in Beijing late in the evening, we found our hotel down one of Beijing’s many Hutong alleyways. These microcosms of Chinese culture, where locals live in close proximity to one another and share a tight-knit neighborhood, are slowly being torn apart and replaced with towering skyscrapers. Beijing as a whole is impressive. It’s huge and modern in some parts, but ancient and cultural in others. We visited Beihai park, where crowds perform Tai Chi in unison along the shore of an ancient lake with a modern skyline as a backdrop.

Photo Friday: Southern Ethiopia

The theme of this week’s Photo Friday is Southern Ethiopia. This is part of my personal effort to convince as many people as possible to visit Africa. After spending several months on the continent, we realized that we had only experienced a drop in the bucket. Africa is so huge and diverse that it would take years to fully understand all of the cultures, history, tragedy, and beauty that this immense land has to offer.

Photo Friday: Mali

One of the most amazing places in the world is also one of the most overlooked. Mali is a large country in West Africa with a diverse and friendly population. They love their history, their culture, and especially their music. Here are some photos to tempt you into visiting.